Wedding Planning Update - Joy & Carson

Hi, all! It's Joy here, and I'm so happy to be back blogging for the Old Haigler Inn!

We are about six months away from our wedding, and it has been so exciting to start the planning process! Luckily for me, it hasn't been too stressful thus far - with the help of Carson and so many of our family and friends, everything seems to be falling into place! Here are a few things we've done since our engagement...


Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to have my wedding ceremony outdoors in a beautiful "woodsy" area, and since I have grown up, that hasn't changed one bit! We plan to have our ceremony outside at The Lodge at The Old Haigler Inn. We are inviting approximately 400 guests to our wedding, so we knew we needed to get creative with the space we are using. After brainstorming with Starr, we decided to get "thrifty!" We are going to buy chairs from stores like Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity, spray paint them black and re-cover them! This is a HUGE project, but I know it will be such a fun story to tell down the road! Check out more of our ceremony and decor inspiration here.


Flowers have definitely been the biggest debate between me and Carson. We have very different tastes when it comes to decor, and this was showing while discussing flower options. I prefer muted and pale tones whereas he prefers bright and bold. Check out our current inspiration on my Pinterest board here. When looking at the cost for florists and pre-made arrangements, we couldn't seem to find anything we both loved and felt was worth the money. So, we decided to look into growing our own flowers. Carson's grandparents know so much about gardening - his grandpa even works at our local Lowe's garden shop - and my mom has always had beautiful plants everywhere we've lived. My mom has plenty of land for us to use so we decided, why not? We submitted an order with Exciting Gardens, and are excitedly awaiting our shipment! For practice, we bought wildflower seed packets from The Dollar Tree, and we just planted them last week! I can't wait to make a post all about our progress!


I am so excited to have Sydney Pressley as our photographer! You can check out her website here. Sydney is one of my girlfriends from Lee University and is amazing at what she does. She is one of the funniest people you'll ever meet, and we had so much fun shooting our engagement photos with her earlier this year!

We plan to meet with Sydney later this spring to walk The Lodge at The Old Haigler Inn, so she can get a feel for the venue before the big day!

Wedding Dress

This has been one of the most exciting parts of the wedding process for me! If you know me personally, you know how much I LOVE to shop - especially dresses. I even worked at David's Bridal for a little while, and loved seeing so many brides find the dress of their dreams!

I knew this would be a very long process. With a dress this important, I knew I would be very picky with what I bought - and I needed to stay within a budget, too! Of course, I started a Pinterest board (here) with all of my favorite dress styles - most of which were WAY out of budget for me, but I knew that I could probably find a cheaper lookalike or wait for a good sale.

But then...I did something I said I would never do - I purchased my dress online.

While simply looking for inspiration, I stumbled upon a dress from Kleinfeld Bridal Party that was way under budget, and looked to be the dress I always dreamed of - even down to the material! Naturally, I was terrified to order online - especially since my dress size was the only one that was a special order and wouldn't come in until April or May. Long story short, after talking with their wonderful customer service reps, they told me I could order a size up to see if I truly loved the dress and send it back for a full refund! I did this and LOVED it. So, I sent it back, got my refund and have ordered the dress in my size! I am so impatient and can't wait for it to get here!

With only six months left until the wedding, we have so much more to do, and I will be documenting all of our progress here on the blog for The Old Haigler Inn. See you all soon!