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HOW DID YOU MEET?
Robby and I met on a cruise in 2010. He was on a bachelor party and I was with my family celebrating their anniversary and my graduation from nursing school.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO ROBBY?
His smile was what first got my attention, but the more we talked, his personality and sense of humor was what really got me. He’s truly one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW HE WAS “THE ONE”?
My mom had had some health problems for a while when Robby and I met and passed away 2 months after the cruise. He and I were still getting to know one another when that happened and he was living in Georgia, but drove up to Tennessee the day after she passed and spent the following 2 weeks with me. He was one of the few reasons that I could smile and reflect on the good times and not just the bad. He kept me going when I didn’t think I could go anymore. That’s how I knew he was meant for me. He was my blessing in all of that sadness.

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HOW DID HE PROPOSE?
He called me while he was working and told me to get dressed and be ready when he got home. I didn’t think much of it because we have a lot of “date nights” but I knew something was up when I saw him because he was very quiet and even appeared a bit nervous. We went to Ray’s On the River in Georgia where he suggested we take a walk by the river because he had heard how nice it was. We walked a bit and came to a clearing where we were on the river bank and he started talking so fast and hugging me and the next thing I know, he’s down on one knee. I don’t think even he knew what he was saying at first it was perfect. I had never seen him at a loss for words. He later confessed that he had a big speech worked out in his head, but lost it all when the time came.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR VISION FOR YOUR WEDDING?
I wanted a very simple, classic wedding. My dress was lace and that was the theme for everything else. I believe that less is more. Fortunately, I had an amazing coordinator, Brenda Smith who suggested I go to Deborah of Deborah’s Designs in Cookeville. Deborah was wonderful. I said I wanted a classic, simple and still beautiful wedding and she knocked it out of the park. And DelMonaco Vineyards provided a beautiful back drop.

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR VENUE:
I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding. That had always been my dream, but that proved to be pretty tough. I went to several places and just didn’t feel that “wow” factor that I had been looking for. My dad suggested I take a look at DelMonaco. I had never been there and wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was beyond perfect. The natural beauty there is wonderful and the ballroom provided the perfect place for a reception. I was immediately sold on it.

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WHAT SONGS DID YOU USE AT YOUR WEDDING?
We had a string quartet for the ceremony who played “Yellow” by Coldplay for the processional, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perry for me to walk to and All You Need is Love” by The Beatles. We were very non traditional. And then we had a band who provided their own playlists for the ceremony, but we danced to “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison.

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
My biggest challenge was planning a Tennessee wedding from Georgia. When I say that my coordinator “became my new best friend” that is exactly what I mean. She was a life saver. It’s so difficult to put your wedding in someone else’s hands and trust that they’ll do things as you’ve envisioned, but she nailed it.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?
The most memorable part for me was walking down the aisle toward Robby. That’s when everything became real to me. I think I had been so busy throughout the day that I hadn’t really stopped to think about how my life was about to change. I had cried on and off all day thinking of how bittersweet my wedding would be without my mom, but as soon as I saw him, I knew everything would be ok. Vowing my love and life to him was by far, the best and sweetest part of the entire day for me.

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ANY LAST BITS OF ADVICE?
Just breath. Take it all in. Take moments to look around at family and friends who are there to celebrate your day with you. Those people love you and are there to make your day perfect. Don’t get hung up on minor glitches. It’s your day and as long as your best friend is standing by your side then nothing else matters.

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HOW DID YOU MEET? 
We meet through his brother!
We were best friends long before we were ever lovers and it just morphed into happily ever after.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO COREY? 
He could make me laugh. He levels my crazy self out and I know God created him to help me find who I am supposed to be. He makes life easier even at its hardest. Just two kids on an adventure.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW HE WAS “THE ONE”? 
Well I knew he was after I broke up with him. Funny right. We dated for awhile and then broke up. We both needed to learn a lot and grow up in areas of our lives. About a day without him I figured out no matter how bad it was with him I didn’t wanna be without him. That’s when you know it’s a lifetime kinda thing. He just makes my life better. We have been through A LOT, but we have what it takes to make it forever.

HOW DID HE PROPOSE? 
Well I actually planned the date he proposed on. We were supposed to go ice skating with his brother and his girlfriend in Gatlinburg. Well the ice rink is probably about 30-45 minutes away from our house so of course we all had to go to the restroom when we got there. There is a little touristy mall so we walked to the restroom. There was a caricature place at the bottom and Corey wanted to stop. After a brief push to go ice skating I submitted to get our picture done. Of course we were joking with the guy who was turning into cartoons and having a great time. When he was done he asked if we were ready to see it. Brandon (Corey’s brother) stopped him and said I think there are some other people who wanna see this. Out walk my parents and his parents plus his grandparents. I turned to Corey and he was down on one knee. I didn’t look at him or hear a word he said. He could has asked me to eat poop and I would have said yes. I cried and laughed  it was perfect and I still have the picture. It is a cartoon of us and on the top it says “Will you marry me?” He had called the man the day before and asked my dad all in the same week. To him it was very spur of the moment and to me it is a memory that will last a lifetime. We framed the picture and used the border around it as our guest book at our wedding.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR VISION FOR YOUR WEDDING? 
I just wanted a country easy wedding. My friend Fara Dockery did almost all the planning and decorations with my help and some one the other brides maids. We wanted something very very affordable since Corey and I paid for our own wedding. Something country elegant and it was every bit if that.

 TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR VENUE:
Venue was the hardest because we were on a tight budget. After a lot of research online, it was the second place we visited and it just fit. It was just me and my mom when I first went to the Barn Event Center of the Smokies. I took Corey back after and we knew it was the right place. Amazing people who were very helpful and it was one of the most gorgeous places and cheapest places. It was definitely a God send kinda thing. The Barn Event Center of the Smokies was great.

 WHAT SONGS DID YOU USE AT YOUR WEDDING?
Walked down the aisle to: Sand ceremony: We Both Know by Gavin Degraw and Colbie Calliet
Exit: 10000 reasons by Matt Redman

 WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING? 
The money!!! Yard sales and DIY is a must if you are trying to keep it cheap. Corey and I saved a lot of money that way that we could out towards other things (like the photographers) it was well worth the work though. Also the bridesmaid dresses were tough, because my colors were kinda hard to match. But we got the job done beautifully.

 WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING? DO YOU HAVE ANY DIY (Do It Yourself) DETAILS? 
Everything was DIY!! We made jars, shoes, bouquets, decorations. It was so much fun to get the girls together and just start creating things. I have some many awesome memories of making various parts of my wedding and I think that made the day that much more special. Pinterest is a must for DIY wedding ideas. A life saver for sure.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? 
That is a terrible question. I have so many memories from my big day. Ill give top 3.
1) Walking down the isle to see the huge amount of people. We had no idea that many people were coming and it was overwhelming to see all the people who loved us so much.
2) The kiss!! Corey and I didn’t kiss for 21 days before our wedding. Needless to say it was very special.
3) Going to McDonald’s after the wedding because we were both starving. Drove through the drive-thru in all our wedding stuff.

ANY LAST BITS OF ADVICE?
The best advice given the me was to stop and take in the day. Most of the time you are running around crazy and in a whirl wind. Take a moment and just stop to take in what is going in and how amazing everything really is. Notice the little details and breathe

VIEW COREY AND JESSICA’S BLOG POSTS: 

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Corey and Jessica’s Wedding Blog Post

after the wedding | interview | sarah
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HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met the summer after I graduated high school in 2007 when we both worked at Puleo’s Grille. He was a server and I was a hostess. Let’s just say there was a lot of flirting up at the hostess stand that summer.  However, we never actually went on any dates, and at the end of the summer I went off to college in Chattanooga. The following summer I came back home to Cookeville and worked at Puleo’s again, so the flirting continued and this time we went on a few lunch dates. Still nothing came of it, and I went back to Chattanooga at the end of the summer. This little game continued for 2 more years until my 21st birthday. I had my birthday dinner at Puleo’s, and all of my friends knew about Timothy and that we had liked each other in the past, so they all asked me if he was going to be our server that night. I had no idea. But sure enough after we were all seated for dinner, in walks Timothy to take our drink orders and the room went silent. Twenty-five pairs of female eyes immediately turned in his direction. Rumor has it that he was pretty intimidated.  After I left the restaurant, we texted for the rest of the night. A couple weeks later, Timothy called me as I was driving back to Chattanooga for school (yet again!), and finally laid all of his feelings out on the table. If you have ever driven from Cookeville to Chattanooga, you know that the cell phone service is pretty spotty along the way. Right after he finally told me that he liked me, we lost cell phone connection before I had the chance to tell him I liked him too. When I got a better cell connection, I called him back so we could finish our conversation, and we made plans for me to come back home to Cookeville a few weeks later when we would finally go on a real date. I guess the timing was finally right, so even though we still lived in different cities, we started dating after knowing each other for 3 years. Oh, and did I mention that Timothy was my first (and last!) kiss?

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO TIMOTHY?
His smile. Also the fact that he is so personable. I’ve never seen him meet someone and not be able to carry on a conversation like they were old friends. He just overflows with kindness and has such an amazing heart. And to top it off, he loves Jesus.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW HE WAS “THE ONE”?
Let’s just say that Timothy knew I was the one way before I knew that he was the one, and he was so incredibly patient as he waited for me to figure that out. When I realized that I couldn’t imagine my life without him would be the cliche answer, however it’s also true. But I guess when I realized that every single one of his actions when I was around him was rooted out of love for me…that’s when I knew. Timothy is genuinely one of the most selfless people I know. His love for me and for others is an incredible reflection of God’s love for all of His children.

HOW DID HE PROPOSE?
It was the night before his 25th birthday. We had just had dinner with my mom at our favorite Cookeville restaurant, House of Thai. He told me that he was going to hang out with his brother, Ben, while my mom and I did some shopping for his birthday. When my mom and I pulled into the driveway after shopping, I noticed that all of the porch lights were off. As we walked up to the front door, I realized that all of the lights inside the house were turned off as well. We walked into the front room and I saw a single votive candle on a table. That’s when the butterflies in my stomach started going crazy because I knew what was about to happen. I then walked into the living room, which was decorated from top to bottom in white Christmas lights, and the mantel and all of the tables were covered in lit votive candles (Ben had been helping him set the room up while we were shopping!). Timothy was standing at the far end of the room waiting for me. He sat me down on the couch and sang an acapella version of “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. We both love that song, and we had seen Ben Folds perform with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra the year before. When he finished singing, he invited my mom in to be the photographer, got down on one knee, said a whole slew of unbelievably sweet things, and asked me to be his wife.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR VISION FOR YOUR WEDDING?
We wanted a wedding where all of our friends and family would feel relaxed and just have fun! We never wanted a super fancy wedding, so we went for a more casual feel with a touch of elegance. We decided that Dogwood Park would be the perfect location for the atmosphere that we wanted. Pinterest, of course, was a HUGE help. We picked our colors- yellow, grey, and light blue, and just went from there. I also wanted a bit of a DIY feel, so I let my bridesmaids pick out any style of grey dress to wear, and I also made some DIY crafts and decorations.

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TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR VENUE:
We knew we wanted to get married in Cookeville. It’s where I was born and raised, where we met, and the most central location for all of our family and friends. We only looked at a few places because we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding to display all of Fall’s beautiful colors. Dogwood Park was really an easy decision for us because it is about a block from my house, right next door to the Leslie Town Centre where we decided to have the reception, and of course it looks absolutely beautiful after the expansion and renovations. To top it off, there is a lamp post dedicated to my dad as well as a tree planted in his memory at Dogwood Park, so I knew that his spirit would be present at the park on our wedding day.

WHAT SONGS DID YOU USE AT YOUR WEDDING?
A lot of the pre-ceremony music was my cousin Jeremy’s own music that he had written himself. For the seating of parents and grandparents, Jeremy played and sang “Garden” by NeedToBreathe, and for the wedding party processional, he played and sang “Marry Me” by Train. I walked down the aisle with my mom and brother as a dear family friend played a beautiful piano version (no vocals) of “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, since that is the song Timothy sang to me the night he proposed. After the wedding, we walked out to “She Said Yes” by Mumford & Sons. It is such a fun song, and everyone was clapping along with it!

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
Probably planning it long distance. I lived in Chattanooga when we first got engaged, and then a few months before the wedding we moved to Nashville, so the entire time I was planning the wedding, I was doing it from afar. It was stressful to schedule time to drive in to Cookevillle to meet with vendors, and it was hard to plan out decorations when I couldn’t go to the venues and brainstorm ideas in person.

DID YOU HAVE ANY DIY (Do It Yourself) DETAILS?
Yes! We had several. I went to Goodwill with my maid-of-honor, and we bought quite a few picture frames of various sizes and painted them. I then put scrapbook paper into the frames and made them into signs to display at the wedding and reception. For example, I made one that said “Don’t get blinded by our love!” to display next to our wedding favors — sunglasses!  I also asked one of my bridesmaids to make our cake topper, and one of my other good friends made a “here comes the bride” sign for Timothy’s nephews to carry down the aisle. Finally, I borrowed a ton of china plates of all different patterns and colors from a good family friend, and then went to Goodwill and bought more to ensure that each of our guests would have a unique place setting for their meal at the reception.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Oh man, there were quite a few! I distinctly remember walking down the aisle with my mom and brother thinking to myself, “I can’t believe I’m about to get married!” And then after the ceremony as Timothy and I were walking away from everyone, I remember looking at him and saying, “Did that really just happen?!” We were both grinning ear-to-ear. It was all so surreal. One more memorable moment was during the wedding ceremony when my cousin was giving us the Charge. He hadn’t told us anything about what he was going to say, so you can imagine my surprise when he incorporated my dad and his love of baseball and had everyone literally stand up and “charge” us (“Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh…CHARGE!!!”…just like at a baseball game) into our marriage with their fists up in the air!

ANY LAST BITS OF ADVICE?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! After doing the majority of wedding planning myself, I would definitely advise future brides to delegate tasks to their friends and family members to take some stress off of themselves. My sister kept telling me to delegate, and I realized that I am just not a very good delegator! I guess I am such a perfectionist that I thought I had to do everything myself. Towards the end of all of the wedding planning, I finally started asking some of my good friends for help, and each one of them was so happy to pitch in! So I would strongly suggest to delegate tasks from the beginning, and then wedding planning will be much more relaxing.

after the wedding | interview | ali
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HOW DID YOU MEET?
I moved away to a new school in 8th grade, and moved back home in 10th grade. When I moved back a new person had joined my circle of friends. It was Brian. We became pretty good friends, but Brian still likes to tease me about not recognizing what he thinks was his blatant-hit-me-over-the-head flirtying. Two summers later, he let it slip to some of our friends that he had a crush on me…which didn’t take long to get back to me of course. A week or so later, he asked me on our first date, and the rest is history.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BRIAN?
Well for one, he’s pretty cute  but he’s also really funny and very, very honest. I really liked that I never had to wonder if he was playing games or what he was thinking.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW HE WAS “THE ONE”?
Our first year together we were still in high school, so we saw each other lots, but then came college. He went to Georgia Tech in Atlanta and I went to UGA in Athens. We were adjusting to college life and also to being a little more than an hour apart. We still saw each other almost every weekend, but it was hard on us and a strain on our relationship. We hit our first rough patch, but we worked through it, and the following year we decided to get a place together and split the commute.

HOW DID HE PROPOSE?
He took me hiking at Cloudland Canyon and popped the question at the overlook at the very top. The real story is that he bought my ring in Atlanta and had to come up with elaborate excuses to get there two weekends in a row without me getting suspicious. He managed to keep his secret for about 20 seconds after I said yes.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR VISION FOR YOUR WEDDING?
I really wanted our wedding to be beautiful and classy, but still very “us”, We really wanted people to be able to relax and enjoy themselves. I was really guided by the venue and the season. The atmosphere at Loose Cannon lead me to a black and white color scheme and daisies felt very summery to me. I put those two things together and the rest just sort of fell into place.

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR VENUE:
Loose Cannon was the first and the last place I visited as a potential wedding venue. It had exactly the feeling I wanted in a venue and the ability to hold both the ceremony and reception in the same place. We are not from Chattanooga, so nearly all of our guests were from out of town, so not having to have people drive all over town was really important to us. Loose Cannon was everything I had in mind from the very start.

WHAT SONGS DID YOU USE AT YOUR WEDDING?
The processional was Appalachia Waltz by Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer, and Yo-Yo Ma.
The bridal march was Air on String G by Bach
Our first dance was to Breathe Me In by Candlebox

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
It was mostly smooth sailing until the last week. I had a lot of time to plan, so I had most of the major details ironed out well in advance. 12 hours before my brother’s flight was supposed to leave from Colorado, he called and told my mom the the might not be able to make it. I was freaking out! Then I got an email that said only 1/3 of my flowers had shipped. My brother did make it, and so did the flowers, right on time. The day of was insane. My grandparents didn’t like their hotel, my mom ran out of black dye for the icing, so it was gray…at noon…for my 6pm reception…holy moly! In the end, everything worked out just fine though.

DO YOU HAVE ANY DIY (Do It Yourself) DETAILS?
We made several things actually. I made the invitations. We made all of the centerpieces, flower arrangements, and bouquets. My friend—and bridesmaid—Laura, made the pomanders that hung off the chairs lining the aisle. She cut out, shaped, and glued about 500 felt roses for me. And my mom made both my wedding cake and the grooms cake.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?
I am really torn between our first look and when we finally got home at the end of the night. I really loved having a few moments before all the chaos began to just be together, and you can’t beat the look on your groom’s face the first time he sees you in your dress. But then after having guests in our house for a solid week before our wedding, having the house to ourselves again was glorious. And the day goes by so fast! It wasn’t until it was over that we were able to relax and absorb everything that happened.

ANY LAST BITS OF ADVICE?
Something is bound to go wrong. Do as much as you can ahead of time, and then accept that by the time you are in your gown, you have done what you can, and now everything is out of your hands. Also, give your phone away! People are going to call you with all sorts of issues, let someone else handle it. There’s not a lot you can do from the salon chair anyway. Let it go, and enjoy your day.

after the wedding | interview | rebekah
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HOW DID YOU MEET?
The story of how we met is so crazy. Ryan went to college with Rebekah’s sister.  Ryan also lived with Rebekah’s cousin for 2 years in college.  Rebekah’s mom is one of the reasons that Ryan received an interview for his job.  Ryan coaches basketball with both of Rebekah’s brother in laws.  All of these connections and we had still never met until cold November night when they both just so happened to be sitting about 10 feet away from each other at a high school football game.  A few weeks later Ryan made a comment to Rebekah’s brother-in-law and that was all it took.  As you can see, our lives had crossed paths so many times over the years but we somehow managed not to catch each others eye until the time was right.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO RYAN?
There are so many things that attracted me to Ryan but I think the biggest thing was the fact that he is such a gentleman.  The night of our first date Ryan came downtown to pick me up and it was extremely cold outside.  Ryan turned the seat warmer on in his car so that when I got in it would already be warm for me.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW HE WAS “THE ONE”?
This may sound korny but I knew Ryan was the one the first time I saw Ryan with his mom.  Growing up my mom taught me that you always want to pay attention to the way a guy treats his mom because that is going to be the way he treats you.  I remember waiting around after a basketball game (he is a coach) and Ryan came out of the locker room and the first thing he did was hug his mom and give her a kiss on the head.  Right then I knew that that was the guy I was going to spend the rest of my life with.

HOW DID HE PROPOSE?
Ryan proposed on a Friday night.  Earlier that week he texted me and told me that it had been awhile since we went on a date and asked if we could go on one on Friday.  When Ryan picked me up on Friday instead of opening up the door for me like he always did he reached into the backseat of the passenger side door of the car and pulled out a cooler.  He said he wanted to take me on a picnic since I had never been on one and always wanted to.  Well imagine my excitement of having to walk about a mile through downtown Chattanooga in high heel shoes to get to our spot (did I mention that it was also pretty cold outside?!?)  Well we finally arrived at my favorite spot up in the art district and he sat me down on a rock and told me some of the sweetest things and the next thing I knew it, he was down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of my life with him and of course I said YES!!!!

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR VISION FOR YOUR WEDDING?
Ryan and I wanted to make sure that our wedding reflected us.  We wanted to make sure our guests were able to relax and have fun.  We are both huge Georgia Bulldog fans and knew getting married in October meant that we had to incorporate Georgia football somehow into the wedding.  Having the game played at the reception provided entertainment for our other friends that were huge football fans as well.

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR VENUE:
Lindsay Street Hall was the only venue that we visited.  The first time we walked inside it we knew that it was where we both wanted to get married.  We wanted to find a place that we could have both the wedding and the reception at.  We also both grew up in church and loved the fact that Lindsay Street was originally a church and still had the church feel to it. The fact that everything was included in the package made it even that much better.  We picked a date and signed the contract that day!

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WHAT SONGS DID YOU USE AT YOUR WEDDING?
We played a variety of songs at the reception and allowed our guests to request songs for the DJ to play.  Ryan and I had our first dance to “Have I told you Lately that I love you” by Rod Stewart.  Mother/Daughter dance “Like my mother does” by Lauren Alaina, Father/Daughter dance “Because you loved me” by Celine Dion, and mother/son dance “Angel Band” by The Stanley Brothers.

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
The biggest challenge to wedding planning was definitely both being in school, working full time, and trying to plan a wedding.  Being so busy and stressed with everything definitely led to many sleepless nights!

DO YOU HAVE ANY DIY (Do It Yourself) DETAILS?
Most of the decorations that we used at the wedding and reception were DIY.  My mom and I spent so much time at Hobby Lobby buying different material and getting ideas that I thought we were going to end up getting our own parking spot.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?
There were so many amazing memories that day that it is hard to pick just one.  However, I would say that the most memorable moment would be when Ryan and I exchanged our notes to each other.  We decided not to see each other before the wedding but wanted to exchange notes right before the wedding.  Ryan gave me a pair of earrings that use to be his grandmothers.  I knew how special those earrings were to him and when I opened the box and saw them I just lost it because that was definitely the sweetest gift that anyone has ever given me.

ANY LAST BITS OF ADVICE?
One major piece of advice is not to worry about all the small things that could go wrong on your special day.  Always remember that no matter what happens, at the end of the day you are still going to be married!!! J