How did you meet?
It started in 2013 while we were both attending Hinds Community College to play soccer. During preseason, the men’s and women’s teams got together one night to get to know everyone. We gravitated towards each other immediately, and we were practically inseparable every time we were together afterward.
What is your proposal story?
While on a family vacation cruise, we dressed to impress for our formal dinner on day five. We went out on the deck a little while before our scheduled dinner time to take pictures. Since it was just us two, we were forced to take selfies. During the selfies, her hand was on his chest and the nurse inside noticed how rapid his heartbeat was, but she still didn’t put two and two together. This was followed by a heartfelt speech and him kneeling for the big moment. Still oblivious she asked, ‘What are you doing?’ as he was still on the way down to one knee. Finally, the rehearsed line came out: ‘Sarah Elizabeth Paullus, will you marry me?’
Tell us about your wedding vision.
We wanted a traditional wedding with a semi-rustic theme. Our venue was an old warehouse “ice house” to be exact. The exterior brick with the wooden rustic inside was perfect. Having old church pews in the ceremony area and then moving to a huge reception area drew us in immediately. We loved the history of the building and it helped us give the classic yet rustic theme. We went with maroon and navy blue as our main colors to wrap up the September fall feeling.
Tell us about your attire choices.
The girls wore a simple scoop neck maroon floor-length dress. paired with simple gold earrings and necklaces. The boys wore a navy blue suit with maroon ties, the ring bearer wore a maroon bow tie.
What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?
The most important thing for us was making sure every special moment was captured for us and our guests. We splurged on getting a videographer and a photo booth- to add a fun but memorable thing for our guest.
One thing we skipped more on was the flowers. We rented fake flowers for our bouquets and extras. They were beautiful and saved us so much money.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
The boys had a basement with games and pool tables to get ready in and they loved getting to hang out in that environment while waiting on the girls.
Doing our personal vows during our first look was such a special moment for us to share personally. The ceremony was so beautiful and as the groom says, ‘getting to kiss my wife for the very first time” was the best part.
My personal favorite moment was during our exit, Nathan surprised me with a horse and carriage waiting to pick us up.
Tell us about your wedding flowers.
We rented fake flowers for everything and they were perfect. Everyone thought they were real and looked great. We used them for our bouquets, boutonnieres, a few centerpieces, and garlands.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
The bridal cake was 3 layers; one strawberry, one wedding cake, and one swirl layer. with a simple vanilla icing with some maroon and white flowers stuck diagonally down the cake.
The groom’s cake was two tiers consisting of a chocolate swirl. Chocolate icing and choc. covered strawberries on top.
What did you do for favors?
We had maroon and navy blue koozies for the guest. They also got a photo strip of their pictures each time at the photo booth.
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
We made our cross for the ceremony, made from 100-year-old natural pine wood. We also repurposed an old door to make a “memory” door instead of a table. As a ring bearer pillow, I used my father’s bible wrapped with a burlap bow since he passed away I wanted pieces of him throughout the wedding.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
My mother gave me a necklace she wore on her wedding day that was my great grandmother’s. I also had a charm put on my bouquet that was a picture of my father.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Do as much as you can as early as you can. Plan, order, and schedule details as soon as possible. Make a checklist with dates and assign tasks to your wedding party for help. Try to make the week of your wedding as stress-free as possible.