Sarah Darling and James Muriel tied the knot in a secret spur-of-the-moment ceremony back in April 2013 — but they’re still planning a big Nashville wedding in May 2014 to celebrate with family and friends! Sarah’s sharing her personal wedding diary exclusively with Great American Country. She’ll take us along on the whole journey, from the dress to the flowers to the big day. Check back every other Wednesday for a new post from Sarah!
Only two months now until the wedding. I’m actually starting to feel like I’m ahead of everything. At this point it’s about reconnecting with all of my vendors. Let’s start with food! James and I both are foodies, so creating a fun menu for the
wedding that fits us both was important. For those who are reading this for the first time, James is British. With that, comes different traditions. When I think of Tennessee, I think of barbeque pulled pork. When I think of London, I think Yorkshire puddings. We’ve decided to incorporate traditional British fare with a twist of down-home southern. We’ve also chosen family style for serving, which is completely different! It’s also a good way to allow guests to meet one another.Choosing the dessert was one of my favorite parts. You will soon see what we chose!
As you know, weddings are a cause for celebrating — with all kinds of fun spirits! We’ve decided on two signature cocktails and beer and wine. Basically each cocktail represents our favorite drinks! James chose something called a Pimms Cup. It’s a traditional British drink that is refreshing in the summertime. I encourage you to Google it right now! It may be your new favorite. It will be served in a mason jar with the vintage striped straws that have become quite popular. It will be a hit.
My drink is on the more feminine side. It’s champagne with a spash of St. Germain and a twist of lemon. I always think it’s fun when you choose beer and wine that is local. For example, we have wonderful breweries here such as Yazoo and
Jackalope. Also, Kix Brooks has a beautiful winery outside of Nashville called Arrington Vineyards.
We are coming down to the wire on putting our bridal party together. James had a tough choice of going with a vintage style suit for his wardrobe or doing a traditional morning suit. You may have seen these on Downton Abbey. It’s the reason I fell in love with him in the first place. When I think of British men, it’s the sexy accent, top hats, and styled clothing. Need I say more?
I decided to incorporate some gorgeous belts from Anthropologie to my bridesmaid dresses. I’m into mismatching pieces! Every girl will have a belt that’s similar, but slightly different. That goes for my china as well. I will be doing mismatched china and votive candles. It gives it a very vintage texture that I love. I’m also thinking of throwing in some cowboy boots for the reception. Check out some of my favorite boots here >>
Once you have the big details in place, you can search for unique details. I’m really into the Marquee signs made of lights. Especially the Love sign! So many items can be found on Etsy. If you can dream it, it’s there! I say if you really love something, it’s your big day to splurge. You only get that once, so why not! We are now at the part of checking and double checking what we’ve talked over with the vendors. I can’t wait for all of our families to be together. It’s going to
be beautiful! Catch up soon.