Kevin Haines Brown- Perkinston, MS
Wedding site- Forest United Methodist Church
Reception- Four T Ranch, Lake, MS ( Bride's family lake house )
Brides Bouquet- modern bouquet of creamy white miniature calla lilies. The stems were wrapped in a mint green silk ribbon and tied with a streamer of handmade lace (something old) tatted by my paternal great grandmother. It was secured in place by two rhinestone horseshoe brooches (for luck) that belonged to my paternal grandmother.
Bridesmaids Bouquets- They each carried a bouquet of centered miniature calla lilies with a surrounding base of white roses, tied with a mint green silk ribbon.
How We Met - We were introduced to each other by a mutual friend while we were both on vacation at the beach. We met in the most unlikely of ways as we were enjoying a lazy evening at a local beach establishment, Flora-Bama. When introduced, I thought that Kevin was the farthest thing from my type that I have ever met. But we ended up finding common ground. I lived in Jackson and Kevin lived in Perkinston, MS, but Kevin traveled to Jackson often for work. When I showed up for our first date in Jackson, I was shocked to find a completely different person than the one I met. He was wearing ostrich skin boots and jeans. I thought to myself, "I've never dated a guy who wore boots before we started dating; maybe this guy is different." After dinner we realized that we had more in common than we originally thought. Having grown up in the cattle business, I was shocked to realize that Kevin too had a cattle farm. As the days went on and we spent more and more time together, we eventually began talking about marriage.
Proposal Story - As told by the Groom: In June 2013, we went to Parris Jewelers in Hattiesburg, MS, to look at engagement rings. Greggina began expecting a ring any day. However, I was still trying to figure out the perfect proposal and how I would ask Greggina for her hand in marriage. After many visits to the jewelry store, I finalized the ring in early December and laid the plans for the proposal. Greggina's parents had recently purchased a new condo in Perdido Key, FL, and Greggina had not seen it yet. So with the help of Greggina's sister, Char'Lesa and her parents, I made plans for Greggina to visit the condo the Monday before New Years Eve 2014. Char'Lesa picked Greggina up after work on Sunday, December 29, 2013 and headed for the beach. I woke up the morning of December 30, 2013, and went hunting at my farm in South Mississippi looking to clear my head before leaving for the beach. I ended up killing a deer that I had been hunting for all season and I knew at that moment that everything would go smoothly that day. I cleaned up and drove to the beach. When I got there I stopped at the florist and picked up white rose petals and waited for Char'Lesa to get Greggina out of the condo. At Char'Lesa's signal I made my way to the condo only to see Greggina pulling out of the parking garage. After speeding off and hiding, I safely snuck into the condo and prepared for Greggina's arrival. I laid white rose petals on the floor from the front door to the balcony and waited for Greggina to come back to the condo. As the sun set over Perdido Bay, Greggina walked through the condo and met me on the balcony. Greggina could not get over how beautiful everything was and kept remarking to me how great it looked. After asking me why I was there numerous times I finally could not take it anymore. I sat Greggina down in the patio chair and kneeled down in front of her as the sunlight began to fade. I pulled the ring from my pocket and before I could even ask her for her hand in marriage, Greggina responded with a resounding, "YES YES YES!!!" We were joined that night by family and friends for drinks and dinner to celebrate, and continued the celebration the next night with a New Years Eve engagement party. It was wonderful.
What Inspired Your Wedding/Reception Location - My hometown inspired my wedding and reception location. I am from the small town of Forest, MS. I have lived in Forest my whole life, until 4 years ago, and you know the saying, "there is no place like home." I grew up going to Forest United Methodist Church. When deciding on a church wedding, there was no doubt that I wanted to have my wedding in the big beautiful church I remembered as a child. My late grandparents were members there also. Several Sunday school rooms are named in remembrance of them. The church meant so much to them and it was very special for us to get married there.
My reception took place at my family's lake house, Four T Ranch. We call it "the cabin" but it's really not a cabin. We have had the cabin for 23 years. My family and I have had so many memories there, from fishing, riding four wheelers, checking the cows, and playing in the creek. I wanted to make another memory there and that's exactly what we did. It was amazing and more than I could have ever dreamed of.
Inspired Color Scheme/Theme/Flowers- I have always dreamed of a white, modern wedding full of white calla lilies, hydrangeas, roses, and orchids . I knew exactly what I wanted when the time came to plan my wedding. To me, white is pure and elegant. I wanted to represent the purity of our love. I added a touch of color to my wedding with beautiful, silk chiffon gowns in mint green by Amsale.
How Did You Pick the Dress- The first dress I pulled off the rack ended up being "the dress." I had no idea what type of dress I wanted walking into The Bridal Path. My mother, sister, close friend, and I chose numerous dresses for me to try on. I was in between two different dresses for over 2 hours, but in my mind I kept going back to my first choice. My father ended up being the deciding factor. I really wanted my father to see me in my dress before the wedding day to get emotions out of the way. When I walked out in "the dress" he said "wow!" and I could tell from the look on his face that it was the one. It was simple, elegant and absolutely perfect. After telling Kevin that I chose the dress, I asked Kevin what he thought it would look like. His first response was, "Well, I know it's not strapless because I have never seen you in anything strapless". My dress was a strapless, timeless and classic ivory silk gown. I definitely shocked Kevin.
Favorite Unique Accessory and Story Behind It - I actually had several unique accessories. In tradition of something blue, I had a piece of my father's blue jeans cut into a heart and sewn into the inside of my dress to rest on my heart. In tradition of something old, my bouquet was wrapped in a mint green silk ribbon and tied with a streamer of handmade lace tatted by my paternal great grandmother, the late Mrs. O.T. Gilbert. It was secured in place by two rhinestone horseshoe brooches (for luck) that belonged to my paternal grandmother, the late Mrs. Luther E. Tadlock.
Event Planner: Kendall Poole Event Planning
Church: Forest United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Tadlock Family Four T Ranch
Photography: Barrett Photography
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Catering & Florals: Fresh Cut Catering & Florals
Cake: The Cake Diva
Bartending: World of Wines & Liquors
Rentals: Great Southern Events
Videography: Brock Gomez Productions
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Transportation: Phoenix Limo
Band: Smiley & The Young Guns
Dress: The Bridal Path
Tuxes: Tuxedo Junction
Hair & Makeup: Russell's Salon