Alex + Galen |
Galen and Alex met during a soccer tournament called Beer City Cup that takes place every year in Asheville. As coincidence would have it, Alex was invited to play as a guest player on Galen’s team by a professor at her alma mater of LSU where she played soccer. She didn’t know a single person she would be playing with but decided to give it a shot since it was only an hour away from where she was living at the time.
The two quickly realized there was a connection and the following weekend Alex drove from where she lived in Greenville, South Carolina to where Galen lived in Louisville, Kentucky. They crammed nearly a whole month’s worth of dates into that one weekend. Knowing the long distance relationship would be tough, the two agreed it was worth a shot. To help, Galen gifted Alex a set of 52 letters so that at the beginning of each week she could start her week off as if he was there. You can’t get much sweeter than that!
Two years later, the same Beer City Cup commenced and so did their engagement. The couple was engaged at the same tournament they first met at and decided a year later, to get married in the same place.
The wedding was completely personalized with things like a tournament bracket seating chart, custom-made cornhole boards, childhood face cut outs of the couple for the photo booth, a signature cocktail from the current hometown of Louisville – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg on customized décor they had!
“I believe that the entire wedding was personalized to us,” said the bride. “So many people after the wedding, and even now, have told us how ‘Galen and Alex’ the wedding was.”
One thing that was very important to Alex was getting married in a Catholic Church so that was what happened. After spending the morning getting ready with their respective bridal party and family members, everyone headed over to the church for the ceremony where their guests awaited them.
As Alex entered the double doors arm-in-arm with her dad, it was as if Galen and her were the only two in the room. They locked eyes and as soon as Alex met them at the altar, they locked hands and didn’t let go.
“We wrote each other notes and exchanged small gifts prior to the ceremony, but he didn’t seem me until the double doors opened and my dad and I walked through,” recalls Alex. “I saw his face light up and we couldn’t stop smiling.”
Alex wore a strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline that had an embellishment bodice. Her hair was swept back with a side braid and low up-do woven with fresh lavender sprigs. Her teardrop diamond necklace was the perfect accessory to complete the look.
Standing next to Alex were her bridesmaids, each in a different floor length dress in a similar dusty blue shade. The mismatched dresses were the perfect complement to the mismatched groomsmens’ grey suits.
“Since we knew the bridesmaid dresses were going to be different colors, we thought that a contrasting look of grey suits would match up well,” Alex explained. “The slightly different hues of grays and dress colors actually ended up looking cohesively appealing.”
As Alex and Galen shared their first kiss as husband and wife, they made their way down the aisle and outside where they were sprinkled with love by all their families and friends. Everyone then boarded the transportation the couple thoughtfully provided and headed to the reception site down the road.
The open air pavilion was the perfect space for the couple’s somewhat rustic, mountainy celebration. The cedarwood planks, branch chandeliers and stone fireplace of the pavilion mixed with the soft pastel roses, ranunculus and succulents in the bouquets that were reused as centerpieces and greenery woven throughout the space were the perfect mix of mountainside rustic and romance. The best part was every important moment and detail was perfectly captured by Inspired Life Photography so the couple can relive the day over and over again!
Guests were greeted by an oversized Jenga guest book where they could write well wishes for the couple on the game pieces. After signing the custom guest book, they found their names on the soccer tournament bracket inspired seating chart as a nod to the tournament the couple first met and later became engaged at. Before taking their seats, most guests ordered a signature cocktail called the “Lilly.” which is a known drink from the couple’s current hometown, Louisville.
The guest tables were lined with white linens and decorated with an arrangement of terrariums, votives and vases filled with mostly greenery and succulents, and candles. At each place setting there was a beer glass from one of several local breweries – yet another nod to the Beer City Cup tournament.
Once everyone made their way to their seats, the couple made their grand entrance and shared their first dance as husband and wife. Following their first dance, the bride and groom each shared a dance with their parents.
From there, dinner began and after that the party started – but not before the cake was cut!! The perfectly simple and perfectly frosted white three tier cake had a greenery accent cluster on each tier and a gold last name topper. The cake sat on top of a wooden slab for the perfect rustic accent. The table was decorated with a gold “Mr. & Mrs.” tabletop sign, greenery accents and more wooden slabs with votive holders and candles on top.
If guests weren’t out on the dance floor dancing the night away, they were probably playing a round of cornhole on the custom made boards. One board was a LSU tiger for Alex’s alma mater and one board was a University of Washington board for Galen’s alma mater. But don’t worry, if guests didn’t feel like dancing or playing cornhole, they were kept plenty busy by the photobooth, which included cut outs of the bride and groom’s faces as props for pictures.
There was something to keep everyone busy and having fun, but everyone came together out on the dance floor for the last song of the night.
Alex said, “We closed the night with ‘It’s All Coming Back to Me Now’ by Celine Dion and the entireplace was singing to it; it was amazing.”
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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Four Seasons Florist Waynesville
Sugar Cloud Bakery
St. John the Evangelist
Laurel Ridge Country Club
Inspired Life AVL
DJ Steven Grindstaff
Side Street Media
Emma Bus Line
Distinctly Different Salon
Adorabella Salon Waynesville
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