Gorge Black Tie Wedding with Ballerina Buns in Joplin, Miss.

Sep 18, 2012

I have a few favorite things about this gorgeous black tie wedding - I love the range of  group shots, from the proper shots in the library {don't those boys look like they're having fun?} and on the staircase to the more candid and relaxed shots. I'm also a bit in love with the bridesmaids' ballerina buns and LBDs - so Audrey - how can you go wrong? I hope you enjoy Molly and Tim's wedding:

Says Molly, "As for style, we wanted our personalities to shine through - we like to have fun yet be fancy! I think we accomplished that by having a formal venue, formal tuxes, formal wedding dress, formal table settings as the backdrop for a pizza buffet and live band kicking out tunes you'd most quickly find at a neighborhood bar.

Molly and Tim's ceremony was a low-lit affair that provided a very intimate 
and warm atmosphere and it was officiated by one of their dear friends. :)

The location was never really a question. In a small town like Joplin, MO, there are limited options and the Scottish Rite Cathedral is at the top of the list. It meant so much to us to have our ceremony and reception in a place based on faith and brotherhood. We were both Greeks in college and it reminded us of our respective fraternity and sorority. To be able to go through an incredibly powerful ceremony and then have the best time EVER was a direct reflection on how much of an impact our Greek lives were on each of us.

The precious 30 minutes we spent right after the ceremony taking pictures of just the two of us [was a favorite memory]. We finished all the group pictures prior to the ceremony so it was just me, my husband and our photographer. That was the closest we got to alone time the entire evening and we had someone telling us to keep kissing the entire time (which was NOT a problem :) After that it was a wonderful whirlwind of bouncing from friend to family member trying to see every person and losing each other on occasion in the process.

I spent a lot of time thinking about how our guests would experience our wedding and reception ... from the handmade programs that we spent hours making and the giant M&T chalkboard letters we used for our guestbook to the 'Thank You' note on every person's place-setting that described how the reception would flow and the goofy photobooth where EVERYONE lined up to snap a picture, we wanted each of our guests to have the most amazing time while knowing that we were extremely grateful for their love and support."

Many thanks to photographer Aaron DuRall for submitting this beautiful wedding and to Molly for sharing the sweet details with us! And here's a little wedding-related advice from Molly: "Most people probably say that they would relax and enjoy it more. After spending over a year stressing about every detail of the ceremony and reception, I approached the day with the mindset that I was. going. to. be. relaxed. No question. I didn't wake up until 10 am the day of my wedding and none of the bridesmaids had a hair appointment before noon. In looking back, I wish I would have been a little more on top of things the day of to ensure that ALL the little touches we had planned were executed. I know none of our guests knew the difference, but we sure did."

Photography: DuRall Photography
Scottish Rite Cathedral: http://www.joplinaasr.com/
Woody's Woodfire Pizza: http://782wood.com/contact.html
The Wildflower: http://www.thewildflowerjoplin.com/
Diversity Band: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Diversity-BaAaron DuRall, owner and photographer for DuRall Photography in Joplin, MO. 


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