There are countless magical moments in Jaclynn and Brock’s wedding video. The short list includes: Jaclynn’s incredible gown (and the way Brock looks at her while in it!), the glance the FOB shares with his daughter on their walk down the aisle, and the happy newlyweds dancing and just being the most in love on the dance floor at their reception. Watch the gorgeous wedding by Cruz Films, then read our interview with the bride below:
Take us through planning your wedding.
We always knew we wanted to do a destination wedding because we wanted to create an intimate experience for ourselves and guests without the outsides pressures and responsibilities of being at “home”. When exploring destination options it was very important that we kept the destination close enough so that our extended families and grandparents could make the trip. That’s when Nashville popped into my head and it made total sense because 25 years prior my parents were married there at The Opryland resort and conference center. Also Nashville had been the one place that Brock and I visited every year of our relationship over the course of 4 years. It was definitely a special place for us. I ran the idea past Brock and there was no question in his mind. He was very excited about the idea and so we started our planning process and did not look back. I knew Nashville would be the perfect canvas for my southern flair mixed with traditional elegant decor and the wedding turned out even better than I had envisioned. We cannot wait to share our wedding day location with our own children someday whether we are living in Nashville or just taking a quick family vacation. Who knows, maybe they will follow our tradition…
Tell us a little about your dress – it’s stunning!
Trumpet/mermaid style low back dress. Sweet heart neckline with beaded spaghetti straps. It is Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner and I purchased it at Formals of Litchfield, IL. I added the belt and had that added to the dress and altered to perfection by Kori Schacht.
How did you find your wedding videographer and what made you choose them?
We were actually referred to our videographer by our DJ Brad Reed with 3rd Coast Entertainment. I looked up Ulisses at Cruz Films and decided to go for it. We are so happy we did because now we can relive that day forever
What was the most unexpected thing about your wedding day?
Well the most unexpected part was that my wedding was a destination wedding in Nashville, 6 hours from our home in Illinois. While I was getting my hair done at the hotel I looked in the mirror and realized I did not have my veil. I had to come up with a plan to how I was going to get a veil in the short window of time before heading to the church. I had 3 hours to get a veil and my cousin Jina came to my rescue. With modern technology like FaceTime we were able to get a similar veil to the one that was left behind. It was extremely stressful at the time but now we look back and laugh. We have even hash tagged #whereistheveil?
What was your favorite part of your wedding journey?
My favorite part of our wedding journey was the moment when we arrived at the reception. We were both so incredibly busy and overwhelmed in the moments leading up to the ceremony and during the ceremony itself that I remember specifically walking into our reception venue and seeing all the fruits of our labor and all our amazing wedding guests enjoying what we had brought them together to enjoy. Brock and I looked at each other with this huge sense of accomplishment and just spent the remainder of the evening basking in our own amazement. It was a long year and half engagement and at times it seemed like it was so far away it would never become real. We tried our best to be in the moment all day but I am so grateful for our photo and video images because that definitely helps jog our memories so that it lives on forever.
What’s your #1 piece of advice for future brides?
My #1 piece of advice would be to create a vision board. Whether it be Pinterest or a manilla folder with print offs and clips in it just create something that depicts your vision for the day. Once that is set all you have to do is communicate that vision to your vendors in the best way possible. I drew out a few sketches even so that I could make sure they were aware of exactly how we wanted it to look. Most people do not get too involved because it is not “something they are good at” but having a vision is so important because it tells the story of the whole event.