This month’s Society Wedding Spotlight features Krisy Parker Thomas of Southern Sparkle Events. Krisy gave us some insight into one of her favorite weddings!
Krisy Parker Thomas is a Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society and is located in Nashville, TN. She is extremely passionate about celebrating all of life’s events, especially weddings! Among many other things, she loves traveling, all things Southern, genuine friendships, The Golden Girls, spending time with family, Dr. Pepper, sparkle and being inspired by the people she surrounds herself with. She considers herself extremely blessed to have a loving husband, the sweetest rescue dog and quite possibly the cutest baby in the world!
Date of Wedding: 6/25/16
The couple: Brittney and Brandon Churchill
Photographed by: Angela Spencer Photography
Share a brief background story about your clients including their names, wedding date, how they met, how the engagement happened:
Brittney and Brandon Churchill got married on June 25, 2016. The ceremony was held at East Jackson Baptist Church and the reception was held at The New Southern Hotel.
How were they referred to you?
They were referred to me by a 2015 Mother of the Bride. This wedding’s Mother of the Bride has already referred me to two other weddings.
What unique elements did they want to incorporate into their wedding?
Here are some words from the bride about their wedding day. Family is extremely important to both of them, and they were sure to include every important family member into the wedding.
“Family is so important to Brandon and me so we wanted as many family items to be a part of our wedding as possible! The bible belonged to Brandon’s grandfather. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but from the love and Christ-like heart of Brandon’s mom and even Brandon, I know he was a special man. He lived a life honoring the Lord with everything he did. He valued family and spent his time praying for and loving on his family. He had a servant heart that I see in Brandon on a daily basis.
The handkerchief came from dining table linens my grandmother used to use. There are many memories gathered around the dining room table for holidays with my moms entire family. My grandfather passed away in 2006 and my grandmother passed away in 2011 but I wanted a little piece of them to be a part of our wedding as well. So my mom had the linens made into a handkerchief for me to have as my “something old” and I wrapped it around my bouquet. I also wore my grandmothers wedding bands as my “something borrowed”.
To show everyone who came to celebrate with us how much we value family, we wanted our parents to be a part of our ceremony in a special way. Our parents have loved and guided us and constantly pour into us on a daily basis. They are our biggest prayer warriors. So having them surround us with prayers during the ceremony will always be our favorite part of our wedding!
I also asked my grandfather, my dads dad, to do part of our ceremony. The solid Christian foundation we have in our family is thanks to him and my grandmother. I’m thankful he made it though without any tears 🙂 he is so special to me and I’m so thankful he was able to start off our ceremony.
Brandon’s dad, Greg, is a physicians assistant. Brandon has always looked up to his dad and values his opinion immensely. With Mr. Greg being so in love with medicine is one reason why Brandon was so passionate about going to medical school. He gave his dad a stethoscope with a bible verse engraved on it. Brandon said Mark 10:45 was a verse that reminds him of Mr. Greg.
Brandon’s mom, Mrs. Debbie, is one the most encouraging and most prayerful lady I know. She wakes up and goes to sleep knowing God is going to take care of everything. She’s a wonderful mom and a faithful follower of the Lord. Brandon gave her a devotional journal and a plaque that said God is going to handle her day. He also gave her a bracelet from her favorite brand Brighton that had a special mom quote.
I gave my mother, Jennifer, a pearl bracelet. There were two pearls on it that I told her represented us. We have been best friends, two peas in a pod, since I can remember. We may have butted heads in my teenage years, but she was always the person I would call with my problems. She held my hand and dried my tears during my bad days and encouraged me and celebrated me during my good days. She’s always been there for me and I value her love, prayers, and support. So I wanted her to have something with value and she would always remember my love for her.
I gave my dad, Jerome, a handkerchief and a money clip. The money clip said “this is all that’s left from my daughters wedding”. I needed him to have something funny because I knew the rest of the day would be full of (happy) tears 🙂 I gave him the handkerchief because I knew there would be tears! Ha! I had it monogrammed with a note to the first man I ever loved that I would always be his little girl. My dad is my rock. He raised me to value myself and to wait for the right man. He’s the reason my standards were so high when it came to the characteristics of my husband. He’s loyal and thoughtful. Strong headed but lovable. He always has the right words to say even if you don’t want to hear it!
I gave my brothers, Trey and Matthew, golf ball markers with “brother of the bride” and the wedding date on them. They love golf and I knew the ball markers would get put to use! My brothers are my best friends and I’m so thankful they could play such a big part in my big day. That’s why I wanted them to have a first look. They needed to get tears out early too 🙂
What was your favorite moment on this wedding day?
One of my favorite moments of the wedding day for the first look with her dad and their first dance. You could just tell how close they were and how proud he was of her. Those moments literally brought tears to my eyes.
What was your favorite part of planning this wedding?
My favorite part of planning this weekend was getting to know the bride and her mother during the process. Brittney is so kind and just has such a big heart. I was so excited to have her be able to enjoy her day and not stress at all. She thanked me every step of the planning process and nonstop during the entire day. I certainly miss talking to her on a weekly basis!
What was one item you could not live without on this day?
One wedding item I couldn’t live without on the wedding day was comfortable shoes. The church was HUGE and was basically one big circle. I guarantee I hit my 10,000 steps just at the ceremony location!
Thank you to Krisy for allowing us to feature Brittney and Brandon’s wedding. If you are a CWP through The Bridal Society and would like to submit a Spotlight Wedding to be featured, please be sure to visit our private Facebook forum for the application.