The Thompson Wedding | November 28, 2015 | Photography by: Kent Moore Photography
Mutual friends brought Dawn and Paul together. Paul played in a band, and Dawn and her friends followed his gigs around for a while. The two struck up a friendship, and three years later it turned into something more.
Both of them had been talking about marriage for a while, but when they found out Dawn’s mother was diagnosed with cancer it moved up on the priority list. Paul proposed at a music festival in September, and they were married a month in a half later the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The most important thing for both of them was to have Dawn’s mother there.
There were three moments that Dawn says are her favorite from the big day. The first was actually after the wedding, when they were in the limo sharing a bottle of champagne. They just looked at each other with goofy grins, not quite believing they were actually married. The second was when they read their vows to each other, pledging their love for one another in front of their family in friends. Another favorite memory was when Dawn’s mother walked her down the aisle. Her father had already passed a few years before, and when asked who gave the bride to the groom, her mother replied “Her mother and father.” It felt like her father was with them all in that moment.
The theme was “Moonshiner Glam meets Winter Wonderland.” Their ceremony and reception were in the same place, and it had the glamour and romance feel they wanted. Paul’s band mates played live during the cocktail hour.
What was most amazing for Dawn and Paul was how their friends and family came together to make everything happen. Paul’s mom and stepfather cut down a tree for wood slabs for the table décor, the bridal party foraged for greenery for the tables and their flower crowns, Dawn carried a handkerchief passed down from Paul’s grandmother, and the bridal party, mothers, and officiant wore antique brooches that belonged to Dawn’s mother. They even cut the cake using a knife Paul’s grandfather made!
The fact that everyone who helped in the wedding was someone they knew really made the day more special for them. Every element was personal and meaningful, and that’s all they could have asked for.
Make sure to see more of the Thompson Wedding on page 113 of bridebook!
Photography by: Kent Moore Photography
Dress: David's Bridal
Cake: With This Ring Events
Venue: Mountain View Center
Caterer: Black Tie Catering
Planner: Creative Entertainment
Jewelry: JC Penney
DJ: Stephen Davies
Attendant Dresses: ModCloth
Groomsmen Attire: JC Penney
Hair & Makeup: Julia Bird