April Carpenter and Michael Campbell met in Algebra class in high school.
But it didn’t take a mathematician to figure out that these two high school sweethearts were meant for each other.
April gives us a peek at their Arrington Vineyard wedding where the couple added one plus one to create a family.
How did you meet?
Michael and I are high school sweethearts! We were in the same Algebra 2 class when I was a sophomore and he was a junior. We dated throughout high school and then on and off in college before we got back together officially. We joke that we have known each other forever because we pretty much have (at least half of our lives)!
How did your husband to be propose?
We had planned a dinner date at Rolf & Daughter’s for the day after Valentine’s Day, and I thought that was all we were celebrating. While we were at dinner, Michael had my mom and aunt swoop in and completely decorate our home with candles and rose petals everywhere. When we arrived home I was completely shocked, totally did not expect to see that when I opened the door. I turned around and found him on one knee in the doorway. It was so intimate and so perfect, I will always remember how I felt in that moment.
Where was the wedding/reception held?
We had our wedding and reception at the barn at Arrington Vineyards. We were married upstairs in their gorgeous red barn and had our reception under twinkly lights in the grass in front of the barn. Arrington is a very special place for us. We have had many date nights and date days lounging in the grass and enjoying the sunset so it just seemed like the perfect place.
Why did you choose your dress?
A few of my bridesmaids came with me to shop for wedding gowns, and after several dresses that just weren’t right my friend Ali handed me one more dress to try on – and it was absolutely perfect. I loved the silhouette and the lace. The train was amazing. It had absolutely everything that I wanted. I had that feeling that everyone talks about when you just know.
Who was the designer?
Veil and shoes? Designer?
My veil was by Richard Designs and shoes were Bagdley Mischka.
What flowers were in bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet and boutonniere?
My bouquet had peonies and baby roses with assorted greenery by Knestrick by Design. Our good family friend, Donna Daniel, did an incredible job on our ceremony and reception flowers, as well as the flower crowns worn by our sweet little flower girls, the boys’ boutonniere’s and the grandmothers’ and mothers’ flowers.
What flavor was your wedding cake?
Michael and I LOVE donuts. We’re a little obsessed actually. We opted to have a huge tower of our favorite – Shipleys! – instead of a wedding cake. We had a ton leftover, and that was just fine.
What food was served at the reception?
When Michael and I talked about which details were the most important on our wedding day, we agreed we wanted amazing photos and amazing food. We worked with B&C Barbecue in Melrose to create a yummy Southern menu, including a biscuit bar with country ham and fried chicken, honey and assorted preserves. We had smoked chicken and beef brisket alongside BBQ staples such as mac and cheese, baked beans and corn bread. B&C has incredible hot chicken grits, and we loved incorporating a little Nashville into our menu in that way.
Anything personal or meaningful you included in your wedding?
My mom gave me a locket with photos of my great-grandmothers on the inside that I carried in my bouquet. I also wore her garter from her wedding as my something old. Michael collaborated with one of my bridesmaids to give me an embroidered blue handkerchief with a handwritten note for my something blue, and I will treasure it forever. One of my favorite moments during our reception was when our DJ played a short clip of my Nana singing. She and I were very close, so it meant a lot to me to hear her voice and I felt like she was right there beside me again.
Anything funny happen on your big day?
Funny now that I look back on it, not so funny in the moment – but absolutely turned out for the best. About 3 hours before our ceremony began we had to completely change our plans because of rain. We had originally planned to have our ceremony under the lantern tree on the property, but moved it to the barn at the last possible minute. It turned out to be the most incredible layout imaginable, and I wouldn’t change it now even if I could.