Jenna & Bret
It is a rare occasion when you attend a wedding of high school sweethearts. The friends and family of Jenna and Bret were able to do just that in May 2014, as the couple of 10 years finally said their “I do’s” at the Cetwick Event Center in Asheboro.
It was love at first sight for the high school freshman and senior that July day at their local pool, both attending a mutual friend’s birthday party. Together ever since, they waited to get engaged because Bret insisted that they both experience life, college and gain a little independence before their wedding day…and Jenna thinks that makes him a “Smart Man!”
Bret asked Jenna to be his girlfriend outside the Randolph Mall back in July of 2004. In August of 2013, their story came full circle as Bret created an elaborate story to get Jenna out of Greensboro and back to that special location where he then asked her to be his wife.
Setting a date nine months later, Jenna and Bret got right to planning. They wanted a day that would reflect their Southern backgrounds and make their guests feel comfortable.
“I found my ceremony backdrop idea from a wedding featured in TriadWeddings Magazine.
I saw a green mantle that was used to create the ceremony scene. I fell in love...and created my own space based off that picture.”
Jenna planned on incorporating vintage details. The Cetwick Event Center was transformed into a southern, vintage-filled venue, complete with succulents potted in milk-glass, billy balls, peonies and hydrangeas. There were mismatched cake stands for the southern spread on an old farmhouse table. Burlap runners with gold & white chevron placemats, mojitos served up in mason jars, vintage suitcases and an eclectic array of table décor made this wedding truly personalized by Jenna and Bret. They especially loved their custom sets of cornhole boards... one of which they had guests write messages on as a second guestbook.
The couple didn’t really plan a color scheme until Jenna fell in love with a beautiful shade of blue chiffon dress from J. Crew. She knew her six best friends would look beautiful in them.
“I told my ladies to order this blue dress in whichever style suited their bodies and personalities best!”
The couple wanted the men to be relaxed, so they chose khaki chinos with crisp white oxfords and navy vests. The groom wore a navy blazer. The men’s ties were Southern gingham and coordinated perfectly with the blue dresses worn by the bridesmaids.
“I fell in love with a bouquet I found on Pinterest,” Jenna said. “The flowers were a colorful mix of pink and white peonies, blue and white hydrangeas, billy balls, succulents and greenery from my grandmother’s yard.”
The most unique element of their wedding was the food. “We chose Southern Roots as our caterer. We wanted something different than a buffet, food stations or a plated meal. The owner of Southern Roots, Lisa, proposed a unique way to serve a special twist on the southern-style meal (stuffed grilled chicken, potato salad made with sweet potatoes, a Hawaiian roll with gouda pimento cheese) all served up in a box! The meals were presented pre-packaged to guests on the tables immediately following cocktail hour, with each piece of the meal individually packaged. The box came complete with custom napkins, flatware, stuffed with colorful tissue paper, and wrapped with jute, rosemary and a custom thank-you tag.
“Lisa and Julie at Southern Roots were a blessing to work with, from helping me stay within my budget to the perfect presentation of the meal and the fabulous staff went above and beyond. Amazing ideas just pour out of Lisa’s creative mind.
“Our wedding was beautiful and blessed. We couldn’t have asked for anything more,” concluded Jenna.
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