The Maynards tied the knot on a cool fall evening surrounded by family and friends on November 16, 2019.
Brittany and Andrew first met at Brittany’s school where she teaches first grade. “Andrew was working to install some new equipment and software at my school. A mutual acquaintance at my school helped to set us up by asking me if it was okay to share my contact info with Andrew. I agreed and the rest is history!”
Brittany says their engagement story is a funny one. Andrew didn’t want Brittany to see the proposal coming, so he chose a moment when she’d least expect it. “He asked me while we were sitting on the couch watching The Office. Needless to say, I was very surprised!!”
Ever since she saw the venue, Brittany knew Four Oaks was where she wanted to get married. “We were so impressed by how gorgeous the house was. Everything is just beautiful – the inside and the outside.”
Brittany also says the people were another reason she chose Four Oaks. “Everyone was so nice and so friendly and everyone was willing to help and make suggestions. It was just a great experience.”
The Maynards spent the afternoon getting ready in the bridal and groom suites. Brittany recalls getting dressed in Four Oaks’ bridal bathroom as one of her favorite memories from the day. “I was watching everything come together and I just remember breathing this deep sigh of relief. It just looked so perfect and everything was gorgeous and I didn’t have to do a thing. I just had to worry about getting dressed and being with my friends and my family. It was just the best feeling.”
Before the ceremony, Brittany and Andrew decided to do a first look, but Brittany and the groomsmen wanted to add a fun surprise. One of the groomsmen wore Brittany’s veil and held her bouquet while the other two held the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Andrew had no idea. While he thought he and Brittany were taking photos for their first look, his friends were actually behind him posing for the camera. Needless to say, he was surprised! After having a good laugh, Brittany and Andrew did a real first look and their pure joy during the moment is evident on their faces.
Brittany and Andrew were married at a classic and simple arbor decorated with white chiffon, lights, and a chandelier hanging from the center. Brittany wore a stunning lace gown with a shorter veil attached to an elegant pearl hair comb. Andrew was dressed in a dark gray suit with a cabernet-colored tie and matching pocket square.
The couple was accompanied at the altar by their bridal party and flower girl. The bridesmaids and flower girl wore floor-length, cabernet dresses and held bouquets of blush roses, flowers the color of wine, and eucalyptus leaves. The groomsmen all wore matching dark gray suits with white boutonnieres.
During their ceremony, Brittany and Andrew decided to include a “tying the knot” special ceremony. Their three strands of rope were attached to a wood plaque painted white with Ecclesiastes 4:12 written on it. They’ll be able to hold on to this plaque forever. As it hangs on the walls of their home, they can always be reminded of the commitment they made to each other.
They added touches of the South into their wedding with a menu full of southern cooking and barbecue. Plus, they even had cute personalized Coke bottles with their last name and wedding date on them. Not to mention they also held their rehearsal dinner at Four Oaks the night before with a Chick-fil-A theme (how cute!).
The reception area was covered in gold decor with cabernet and blush accents. The tables were covered with gold overlays, white and gold china, plus antique golden lanterns and gold geometric centerpieces decorated with floral accents by Karen and Laurens. Brittany loved planning and putting all the decorations together and seeing it all come to life. “That was so exciting to be able to go and pick out exactly what you wanted to use for your special day.” We love the way her look turned out!
Hints of Brittany and Andrew’s personality could be seen all throughout the night. Instead of a traditional guestbook, they set out Jenga blocks that guests could sign. Right before the dancing, they played the classic and always-fun newlywed game with groom and bride dolls. They raised the corresponding doll to represent whoever better fit the question. It was such a fun addition to the reception and gave everyone a good laugh!
Brittany and Andrew also made sure their guests were taken care of and felt welcomed during their special day. For favors, they gave out blankets by the ceremony area with a fun chalkboard sign that read, “To have and to hold in case you get cold.”
They closed out the night with dancing and a sparkler grand exit. Brittany changed into a shorter lace dress and she and Andrew walked away as husband and wife!
“I love Four Oaks. I love the house, the history, the decor, and mostly the people because the people were what made it so special. It was so easy to work with everyone, and everyone wanted to help and make it the best day ever.” We’re so glad Brittany and Andrew chose to spend their big day with us. It was a night to remember!