{Bride}  Christina Cribb 
{Groom} Brian Havard
{Hometowns} Bride: Port Gibson, MS, Groom: Lucedale, MS
{Wedding Site} Fondren Church, Jackson, MS
{Reception Site} The South Warehouse, Jackson, MS
{Bride’s Bouquet} White roses
{Bridesmaid Bouquets} White roses and white hydrangeas

{How did the two of you meet?} Brian had been living in Jackson for a little bit, and was involved in a young professionals ministry, Static, through First Baptist Church Jackson. Christina had been in Jackson for a few years, and was finishing up college at Belhaven College, about to head to graduate school at Reformed Theological Seminary. Christina’s friend, Shruti, who was also involved with Static, would invite Christina to events and functions frequently, and Christina would usually say no. On January 8, 2009, Shruti invited Christina to a National Championship party, but Christina didn’t want to go, but Shruti convinced her. Christina worked at a local gym, and came to the party when she got off. She arrived with a 5 flavored pound cake (because her mama taught her you can’t go to someone’s house empty handed!), and when she got to the party, the only seat available was next to the only person in the room she didn’t know. That person was Brian. They started talking, and immediately hit it off. Christina’s family is from Italy, and Brian had just been to Italy, and drew Christina a picture of his recent travels. Neither remembers who played or won that game. When it was time to go, Christina wanted to give Brian a hug, but he wasn’t going to be so easy! We left without exchanging numbers, but began immediately communicating through Facebook J

{What is your proposal story?} Preface: We both really love being outside and exploring. We had driven up the Trace one weekend, and stopped at the Cypress Swamp. During the walk, Christina mentioned to Brian how beautiful the place was, and that once they got engaged, she wanted to come back out here and take some engagement photos. Christina is a very scheduled and planned person, and we have our routine. And on Wednesday nights, we go to worship at our church, Pinelake. On May 4, 2016, a Wednesday, Brian showed up at Christina’s office after work, and he was wearing a suit, which was way out of the norm and off schedule. Christina immediately knew something was up. He asked if she wanted to go for a drive. She of course said yes. As they were driving, they were talking about their days, just like they normally would. He stopped at the Cypress Swamp, and asked if Christina wanted to go for a walk. She said yes again. About halfway down the boardwalk, he turned to Christina, and said the most beautiful, sweet things, of which she remembers none of. Christina is a crier, but she held it together, and was just so happy! When he was finished talking, he got down on one knee, and told Christina he wanted her to close her eyes for the ring. As soon as she felt the ring slip on her finger, she lost it. When she opened her eyes, she saw the most gorgeous ring, that she couldn’t have picked out any better! She had never tried on or picked out any rings; Brian did this all on his own. We spent the next 30 minutes together, walking through the woods, and just being giddy. We then sat in the parking lot of the Cypress Swamp, and Facetimed our family and friends to tell them the good news! We had a celebratory meal at Seafood Revolution.

{What inspired your wedding and reception locations?} Christina has always loved Wendy Putt, and has dreamed about having her reception at The South for years. It is so gorgeous and rustic, and right up her alley. That was the first thing we booked, the day after we got engaged. The church was a little bit more difficult. We love our church, but it was bigger than what we wanted for our wedding, and was too far from the reception venue. We knew we wanted to get married in a church, and one that was close to our reception venue. Fondren Church was perfect for several reasons. One, it is one of our church’s plants, so it felt like our sister church. Secondly, as soon as we stepped inside and saw the beams in the ceiling and the stained glass, we knew. And last but not least, Laura McAlpin, the church director for weddings was just the best. So easy to talk to, and was just a breeze to work with!

{What inspired your color scheme/theme/flowers?} Christina is not a “color” girl. Her wardrobe has a lot of black, grey, white, etc. She knew she didn’t want a lot of bright colors in the wedding, both with décor, and flowers. She loves the rustic theme, which is why the South fit so perfectly. She gave Wendy Putt free reign, and Wendy created the most beautiful fairy tale!

{How did you pick “the dress?”} Christina and Brian didn’t want a long engagement (they dated for 7.5 years afterall!), so Christina knew she had to get to planning and shopping pretty quickly. The weekend after the engagement, Christina took her mom and best friend down to Brookhaven to Imagination’s. She knew what sort of dress she DIDN’T want, and had a few guidelines for what she did want. The associates at Imaginations were so helpful, and pulled exactly the dresses she was looking for. The first dress she tried on, she cried, and didn’t know if it was because she loved the dress, or if it was because she was just so overwhelmed. She found bits and pieces she liked from several dresses, and wanted to combine those into one dress: lace, a little bling, sleeves, and a gorgeous back. Her best friend actually found “the dress” on the rack. As soon as Christina put it on, everyone knew that was the one. Funny thing is, every other dress fit like a glove. This perfect dress was 3 sizes too small, and we still just knew!

{What’s your favorite unique accessory? Is there a story behind it?} I had several favorites. My best friend and matron of honor showed up on the wedding day with her diamond tennis bracelet for me to wear, which was a complete surprise. Secondly, my cousin allowed me to borrow my deceased grandmother’s ring, to wear on my first finger. My bouquet was wrapped in one of my deceased grandfather’s handkerchiefs, and the ring bearer was to carry my other deceased grandfather’s Bible, instead of a pillow. Finally, an aunt allowed me to borrow a silver dime to put in my shoe. The old saying was originally “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe”. We didn’t have a sixpence, so the dime was the next best thing, and originally belonged to my grandfather, so it was super special!

{What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?} It was all really fun. I didn’t feel stressed at all. Kendall and all of the vendors we worked with were such a dream. Kendall thought of every detail, and made sure I was completely happy. Brian said his favorite part was cake tasting! I loved giving free reign to the vendors, and just watching them do their creative thing!

{Besides the actual wedding, what was your favorite moment of the wedding day?} All of the bridesmaids, and all of Christina’s aunts gathered at her mom’s house for “Pancakes in Pajamas” before the day started. It was so much fun to start the day being relaxed, and with my best people! I also really loved the first look and letter exchange. It was just tender and sweet, and kicked off the ceremony so perfectly.

{What was your favorite surprise detail/moment about your wedding day?} It was all the biggest surprise, especially since I didn’t necessarily have a “vision”. I really trusted our vendors, and felt like we had picked a dream team. They were all so creative and kind, and just blew me away with their work. I was literally breath-taken when I walked into the sanctuary, and then again when we walked into the South. Both were the most beautiful things I had ever laid my eyeballs on. I had no idea the magic of lighting, and was so overwhelmed with how much it transformed the space. Kendall told me repeatedly during planning “you won’t fully get it until you see it”. And she was right. And it was perfect. My other favorite moment was worshipping with our friends and family in our ceremony, and finally being pronounced husband and wife!

{Your favorite picture from the big day?} Our Veil picture.

{The picture that represents the two of you best?}  Our Cross picture.


Photographer: Followell Fotography
Event Planner: Kendall Poole Event Planning
Dress: Imaginations Bridal
Bride’s Jewelry: Albriton’s Jewelry, Inc.
Hair & Makeup: Molly Gee Designs
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Tuxes: Tuxes Too
Videographer: BGP Productions
Venue: Fondren Church and The South Warehouse
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Rentals: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral
Florist: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral
Catering: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral
Band: The Jason Stogner Band
Bride’s Cake: Cakes by Iris
Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Iris
Print Material: Emily Ferguson for Designs by KPEP
Car Service: Groom’s dad’s Corvette



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