A gorgeous southern winery is more the perfect wedding venue for BSBs. Courtney and Joshua are high school sweethearts who took their love to the next level at the 8 Chains North Winery in Waterford, Virginia. Fall in love with their mint and pink wedding with the backdrop of one of the south’s most beautiful wineries in our feature below.
Courtney White Miller
June 11, 2016
Alma Mater of Bride
University of Alabama (Roll Tide!)
Current City where you live:
Potomac Falls, Virginia
Potomac Falls, Virginia
How did you meet?
Joshua and I met through mutual friends my senior year of high school.
How long did you date?
We first started dating in 2009 but ended up parting ways for a bit while in college. We reconnected in 2012 and have been together ever since.
How did he propose?
Joshua proposed on Christmas night 2014 in front of both of our families! The day had already been filled with so much joy as we celebrated our son’s first Christmas. That evening, Joshua helped Jayden walk over to me with one last Christmas gift that I had yet to open. As I opened the box, Joshua got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and of course, I said yes! It was most definitely a Christmas to remember!
When did you know he was the one?
After we reconnected, it was like no time had passed. Things just felt right and I knew then what I hadn’t realized before, that he was the one!
What is the cutest thing he has done for you without you asking?
Joshua is always good at reminding me that he’s thinking of me by sending me sweet little texts throughout the work day and when we’re apart.
What is something you love about him that has completely changed your life?
I have loved watching his relationship grow with our two year old son, Jayden. Jayden admires Joshua so much and I love their bond.
What part of wedding planning made you crazy?
The guest list!
What part of wedding planning could you not live without?
My wedding coordinator! I don’t know what I would have done without her those last couple of months leading up to our big day.
What was your first thought the day after your engagement?
“Did yesterday really happen?!”
What was your favorite part about the ceremony?
We had a pretty intimate ceremony, and I loved being able to exchange vows in front of our closest family and friends. The backdrop wasn’t too bad either!
What was your favorite part about the wedding?
The whole day was absolutely amazing. Besides getting to marry my husband, my favorite part was our reception. Everyone had a blast dancing and using the photo booth.
Did you do any DIY? If so, what?
Our table numbers – we saved wine bottles and spray painted them with chalkboard paint and wrote on them with a chalk marker. We also created the labels for our favors (chocolate covered pretzels). My cousin also did a few floral arrangements for our ceremony and reception to add to the additional arrangements provided by the florist.
Who were your wedding vendors?
J. Morris Flowers
(Ceremony musician: acoustic guitar by Peter Fields)
DJ Xtreme Sound
Wedding Planner/Day of Stationery and Calligraphy
What were your wedding colors?
Blush pink, mint and gold.
What was your wedding theme?
What is your favorite part about being married to each other?
I just love being married to my best friend!
What did you learn about each other through the wedding planning process?
Joshua is definitely a more go with the flow kind of guy, while I was always in planning mode. He was definitely more relaxed during the whole planning process, while I had many moments of stress! He was beyond patient with me throughout our year and a half engagement.
What southern traditions did you do at your wedding?
We had a groom’s cake at the reception. The day before the wedding, I had a charm pull cake at my bridal luncheon.
Did you have any southern food on your menu?
If so what and why? We had mini chicken and waffles as one of our hor d’oeuvres because it’s one of our favorite meals! One of the dinner entrée choices was a ginger peach chicken, which was garnished with some sweet Georgia peaches.
What southern decor did you include in your wedding?
We had a ton of peonies, mason jars, and chalkboards!
What did you love about being a southern bride?
I loved being able to include some southern traditions, décor, and hospitality in our wedding.