Dee Dee & Nelson | Outdoor Wedding Celebration at Old Lystra Inn
Wedding: 9 November 2019 | Posted: 25 January 2020
Dee Dee & Nelson are two of the most fun, love-filled, sarcastic, and hilarious people we have the privilege of knowing. They crafted a delightful wedding day that would maximize their time together and their time with their families and friends, many of whom traveled quite far to witness Dee Dee & Nelson's union.
Aside from the beautifully dyed sola wood flowers, dusty blue and purple fall tones everywhere, and the perfectly gorgeous golden fall sunlight we got for Dee Dee & Nelson's couple's portraits, one of my favorite parts of the day was the multiculturality of it, the homage to so many different parts of Dee Dee & Nelson's identities. Dee Dee's mom made some widely loved egg rolls for a cocktail hour appetizer; local favorite Boricua Soul crafted an incredible meal in their signature Puerto-Rican-soul-food style (those empanadas, though!); they involved as many family members they could in as many ways as possible; Nelson performed a solemn and moving Missing Man table ceremony, in recognition of his own military background and all the military and law enforcement friends and family they've both had and lost; and halfway through the night, Dee Dee changed into a delicate, lacy áo dài and got to spend the rest of the evening in pants!
And when I talk about fun...well, we could start with Nelson playing boobie bongos when he first saw Dee Dee during their first look. We could start with Nelson coming down the aisle prior to the ceremony to deposit their wine box and applauding himself on his way back out. We could start with Nelson throwing shade right back at guests who didn't like that he used his cell phone to read his vows; or their fantastic officiant (Rev. Ron!) reading his couple perfectly and inserting a joke into Nelson's vows, which earned him an enthusiastic high five from said groom; or their reception entrance behind three-foot-tall cutouts of their respective baby faces. The fun is evident throughout: guests hugging and laughing, everyone dancing and laughing, Dee Dee & Nelson cheesing and enjoying the company of their dear families and friends.
We are so thrilled to have had the privilege of capturing Dee Dee & Nelson's fun and energetic wedding day. We wish them every imaginable happiness in their marriage and in life! Send them your well wishes in the comments below, and enjoy a selection of our favorites from their wedding day!
Venue: Old Lystra Inn
Coordinator: Heather Schaffran, Southern Bridal Events
Officiant: Rev. Ron, Rev. Ron Weddings
Catering: Boricua Soul
Bartending: Celebration Sidekicks
Rentals: American Party Rentals
Flowers: Elizabeth Coleman
Cake & Cupcakes: Publix
DJ: Dylan Hudock, Oak City Entertainment
Photobooth: Oh Snap! Magic Mirror
Hair & Makeup: Poppy Salon
Dress: Allure Bridals, Bridal Showcase Bridal Salon
Accessories: Carolyn Bremer
Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal
Menswear: The Tie Bar, Land's End
Coffee Cart: Caffe Bellezza
Popcorn Bar: Campbell's Popcorn
Cookies: Sweet Mia's
Love the fun, relaxed, energetic feel of Dee Dee & Nelson's wedding photos? Want some delightful and fun photos of your own? Planning something completely different? We'd love to hear what you have in mind! Use the Contact Us link above or send Kate an email directly to start the conversation. We can't wait to hear from you!