A Non-Traditional Wedding: EF Couple Highlight

Jaime + Ben's official start of forever began here at Emerson Fields earlier this month. And it was everything. I don't often blog about specific weddings for fear that I won't be fair to every bride, I might leave something, or someone, out, it might hurt someone's feelings...insert all of the irrational mothering-type of fears here... but I'm realizing if I don't blog any of them, then no one gets the benefit and insight of what it truly means to be an Emerson Fields' bride.

So I begin with a goal for 2019 to blog at least three times specifically about weddings that are taking place here, the relationships that are built here and the magical quality of a wedding day celebration here.


THIS. couple y'all. They have my heart when it comes to doing weddings un-traditionally, un-conventionally, and jam packed full of reflection about who they are as a couple.

I'm not even sure where to begin so we'll start with the couple's plan to go on a hike the morning of the wedding with their friends, get ready for the ceremony casually at Emerson Fields and walk down the aisle together, hand in hand. They had planned and longed for an outdoor wedding in the field but the ground was just too wet, temperatures weren't warm and it was a bit blustery.

Not to be dissuaded, they instead planned for time outside with their dogs, a fun first look on the dock, and an intimate indoor ceremony, followed by the reception dinner party of their dreams.

The bride's mother had served as her wedding planner through it all and they worked closely with their day-of-coordinator, D-Zines Weddings of Macon, to compile a vendor team that truly offered an outpouring of personality. Let me run down the list here for you so I don't miss acknowledging anyone:

  • Photography | Grace Earhart Photography

  • Wedding Coordinating | D-Zines Weddings, Macon

  • Floral Designer | D-Zines Flowers, Macon

  • Vintage Rentals | Pretty Lil Things, Boonville

  • Linen + Charger Rentals | A.B. Helton Fine Linen Rental, Macon

  • Flatware Rentals | A-1 Party & Event Rental, Columbia

  • Calligraphy Artist | Letters by Shari, Kirksville

  • Caricature Artist | Lincoln McCoy, Kirksville

  • Catering | Four Points Catering, Columbia

  • Cake | For Heaven's Cake, Macon

  • Gown | Poshmark

  • Groom's Attire | His closet


The elopement-style ceremony was held on our stage that was flanked with untamed greenery, Antiqua Carnations, candlelight and a stunning, floral arbor. The groom's aunt officiated the union and the family was included by incorporating a few meaningful readings. The couple stood alone with the officiant while the witnesses and about 100 guests sat around their dinner tables and soaked in every moment of this personalized ceremony.

This Oscar-style celebration was just gorgeous. My words are inadequate to describe how informal, yet exquisite, or personal, but inclusive the entire event was.

The segue from ceremony [5:30pm] to reception [7:15pm] was completed with a wonderful social hour. Appetizers were served during the social hour and lawn games had been suggested but the couple included indoor games in our balcony area in case of inclement weather, as well as, a "kid's zone" with a few toys from Jaime and Ben's childhood. There was music, dancing, laughing and visiting that flowed throughout the rest of the evening.

The newlyweds left [around 10:00pm] to begin the start of their forever and many of their guests and family members mingled and enjoyed more of the spring evening.

My takeaways:

  • If you like a more relaxed, laid back vibe to your wedding day... and the entire weekend... then we want to work with you.

  • Hire a wedding coordinator so you don't have to fret over all the final details.

  • Plan your day your way first and foremost. Your guests are coming to celebrate YOU (as a couple) and they'll love an evening planned just for that purpose.

  • Plan for any type of weather. Make a Plan A, B, and even C but, in the end, relish in the fact that your "start of forever" has begun.

Gillian Tracey