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Sara + JY's Moody, 70's-Inspired, Mountaintop Wedding at Cheaha State Park


Sara + JY

February 23, 2019

Jonathan (aka JY) and Sara have been by each other’s side for almost 8 years. They started dating three years after becoming friends. Sara and JY went to Bonaroo together a year into their friendship and came back with a new friendship. They spent the next couple of years as best friends. They would do everything together— go to concerts, watch movies, even study. They were inseparable, then fate took it’s turn and the two fell in love.

About 5 years passed, and Sara and JY went to see one of their favorite artists, Jason Isbell, at the Alabama Theatre. They love going to concerts together and it’s really a big part of the spark that is between them. At the end of the show, Jonathan pulled Sara into the aisle to dance. To her surprise, he got on one knee and asked Sara to spend her life with him. Jason congratulated the two from stage, and gave them the set list from that night. JY even arranged for all Sara’s friends to be there to celebrate.

Their wedding was nothing short of magical. The whole day was full of light and laughter. Sara is a literal ray of sunshine. One of Sara’s bridesmaids, Alexus, had a birthday on her wedding day, and Sara took the time to get her a cake and sing her happy birthday while they got ready. The ceremony was beautiful. They were married by Sara’s Uncle.

They had a smorgasbord of food to kick off the reception. I’m talking spinach and artichoke quiche, chicken fingers, chocolate fountain with waffles, mac’n’cheese, meatballs, chicken salad, sweet potato pie, shrimp, and that is probably not even half of it. Then desert came out: banana pudding, key lime pie, peach cobbler, A DONUT WALL. I am not done. After everyone had gotten a little wine in them, (in true Leslie Knope fashion) Sara planned a breakfast bar centered around waffles. Please note the sign behind the cakes that say “Treat Yo’self.”

After food everyone took to the dance floor. Mind you, this is a family of musicians. JY surprised Sara with a song he wrote for her. IT WAS PRECIOUS. Not only that— after he played his song, family and friends hopped on stage to perform Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile” with Sara’s dad on guitar, JY’s dad on drums, and JY on bass. After that their wedding band Plato Jones, took back the stage and finished out their set. After the band had finished, the night turned into the BEST jam session. They played late into the night until Sara and JY left to hop on a plane to Antigua.

Thanks for letting us be part of your day, Sara and JY. We love you two and hope you’re living in marital bliss!

Dress: Made with Love Bridal from Village Bridal
Groom’s Jacket:
The Groomsman Suit
Sara’s ring:
Heidi Gibson
JY’s ring: Etsy
Katy Perry
Sara’s Earrings: Vintage from Sara’s Nanny
Sara’s Necklace: Vintage from Sara’s Granny

Florals: Mary Messer’s Flower Shop
Corbin Farms Winery
J & A Film Co.
Alexander’s Great Events
Hair: Jody Self Hair Studio
Makeup: Regan Self
Plato Jones
Cake: family friend
Officiant: Rev Dr Russell Jones Levenson (Sara’s Uncle)