real engagement:: stephen & jenn

Oh, engagement season. I love the early spring because it means heavy volume of planning power sessions and lots of face-to-face time with my darling couples. (Meetings are probably my favorite part of planning!) Especially those who live out-of-town -- spring seems to be the best time for people to make a quick weekend jaunt to Nashville, power through some tastings and final meetings, and get ready for their late spring/summer/fall nuptials.

all photos by  Jessica Rai Photography

One of my late spring couples is particularly dear to me - my husband's brother and his fiancee will be tying the knot (at long last!) this Memorial Day weekend at the gorgeous historic Carnton Plantation. Stephen and Jennifer have been in my life for many years; Drew and I photographed them getting ready for their high school prom what seems like ages ago! Now they'll be saying "I do" beneath the oak tree at one of their favorite Franklin plantations in just a few short weeks.

Here are a few sweet photos of them (taken by the talented Jessica Rai), in honor of our mega (final) planning session tomorrow!


Stephen & Jenn - we can't wait to get y'all hitched in just over two months! Love you two!

xoxo, KD

real engagement:: hayley and braxton

You may recognize this sweet (and beautiful!) couple from the main page of the KDE website. Oh, Hayley and Braxton! Hayley is one of my beloved sorority sisters and long-time friends. She also happens to be one of the most naturally stunning people I know. She exudes an air of J Crew meets Kate Spade meets Southern sweetheart with a dash of sass. We capitalized on her natural style to plan the wedding of her dreams for this Saturday, October 12 (which will inevitably be the most beautiful weekend of the year).

Hayley, it has been a true honor to work with you from the get-go (and squeal about the prospect of it a month before he actually got on bended knee, in fact, at Kristin's shower). I will truly be sad to not have our late-night Starbucks planning dates to look forward to month after month, but I am absolutely thrilled for you to be marrying your college sweetheart in three days. Wishing you all the happiness in the world and the most fabulous trip to Jamaica EVER.... xoxo, KSD

{All photos by the incredible Q Avenue Photo.} 

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