Monday, March 21, 2011

Let Us Hear from You!




This week, the invites are arriving in mailboxes across the country. Yeah, we're a little behind on the suggested six weeks, but with enough envelopes to keep the postal service pretty darn busy, we're just glad it's finally out of our hands!

We are expecting quite the large crowd to our big day. So, we recommend getting to the Cox Capitol Theatre early. In true concert style, DOORS OPEN AT 7 p.m.

Family and the friends-like-family will have some reserved seating on the floor, as well as the front row of the balcony and box seats. Just ask your usher to take you there.

There will be plenty of seating upstairs in the balcony. Seating downstairs will be extremely limited. Most of it will be standing room only. For those who are used to concerts, this shouldn't be a problem. You will remain standing for the bride and groom through the short and sweet ceremony and will already be on the dance floor when the party starts immediately after we say our vows (you will also be closest to the bar!).

You'll notice your invite didn't include an official RSVP. Since we've already bogged down the post master, we decided to let Macon Candy make up for it. Just shoot us a quick note to maconcandy@gmail.com and let us know that you received your invite and whether you will or will not be attending the rehearsal party and/or the wedding. This helps us get an idea on just how big our big day is going to be.

Finally, if you are reading this and did not receive an invite over the course of this week, and you think you should have (or heck, liked to have!), please don't be shy about emailing us and letting us know. We did our best, but sometimes stuff happens. Especially en route.

With gratitude,

JW + JW

Friday Night Rehearsal Party - It's On!

We are so stoked to introduce one of our favorite local acts to our visiting Macon guests. There is no better way to show off our city than to show off the contenders of the local music scene. These gentlemen our friends, and we're proud to say we're their fans, too. Please put your hands up for Macon's own Jubee & the Morning After, performing at the historic Grant's Lounge the night before our wedding!

Check out the video shot off the cuff this weekend in one of our downtown alleyways. And then check out their current music video, also shot on location in beautiful downtown Macon. Just remember, you get to say you saw them then. Friends of the groom, you might want to break out that old taping equipment . . .



p.s. This message was sponsored by the Bride, who is sponsored by Jubee and the Morning After ;-)

Friday, March 18, 2011

I-Do Intinerary


Here's the skinny on the schedule for the Walden-Weatherford Wedding Weekend:

Friday, April 29: 7:30 p.m. - Rehearsal Party at Grant's Lounge!

We'll be serving fried fish and cheese grits along with some serious Macon music by Jubee & the Morning After and some of our Macon music friends.

Saturday, April 30 - Wedding Day!

We'll be keeping you updated on friends organizing friends get-togethers throughout the day (such a playground times for the second generations). If you have anything in mind, e-mail us at maconcandy@gmail.com and keep us posted so we can post here.

The wedding doesn't start until late. We advise grabbing dinner before the ceremony. We'll have a list of suggested downtown restaurants here soon who will be aware of the wedding party. We will have food at the reception . . . but we're keeping it concert-style and serving a gourmet hot dog bar. Yep, you read it right.

7 p.m., Cox Capitol Theatre - Doors Open!

We suggest getting there early for sure. Family and friends-like-family will have reserved seating on the floor, box seats and front row balcony. Just ask your ushers.

8 p.m., Cox Capitol Theatre - Wedding Begins!

Hopefully you're either seated or standing around the Cox Capitol Theatre stage by this time. The short, sweet and sure-to-be soulful wedding ceremony will be immediately followed by the reception (a.k.a. Concert by T-Bird & the Breaks!), all in one place.

11 p.m., Rookery - Afterparty!

The party of our lives continues just around the corner from the Cox Capitol Theatre. Jamie's longtime friend Brian Nolen is getting the band together for a rousing performance by Brian Lee & the Family.

Sunday, May 1 - Safe Travels!

Before you hit the road or close out the wedding weekend, we highly recommend Sunday Brunch in beautiful downtown Macon at the Rookery or Dolce Vita. Both of which serve delicious breakfast/lunch selections as well as the requisite Bloody Mary and mimosa.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Get Ready to Get Funky

It's a concert with a wedding wedged in and we are delighted . . . no, ecstatic . . . no ELATED and HONORED to have Austin's own T-Bird & the Breaks performing at our celebration. This is a band that is near and dear to us after they brought the house down at Bragg Jam 2009. The 11-piece rock and soul revue will get you to dance like nobody is watching!

Here's a little sample of what's to come:

Cordially En Route

Check your mailbox over the next couple of days because invites were mailed this week. Thanks to Jessica's cousin and co-hort Jody Judd and Judd Mailing Services for helping us get the invites out. With 450 addresses, our penmanship would never have been able to keep up!

Extra special thanks to Jessica's dear friend, mentor and former colleague (he hates it when she says "boss") David Canady, president of Imedia Group, for giving us the gift of print in honor of our union. Not only did David gently nudge Jessica in Jamie's direction in the beginning, but he took special care in creating and printing the invites to the day we have all been waiting for.

David enlisted his expert artist-in-residence, graphic designer Susie Allen to bring the look we wanted to life. Thanks to you all for getting the party officially started!

JW + JW

Wondering What to Wear?


Neither one of us are fans of dress codes. And this wedding is no exception. But if you are wondering what to wear, here are a few fashionable hints to the attire atmosphere of the night:

- Think "[Backstage] Cocktail Attire," meaning just about anything goes!

- Best Man David Higdon and Bradsmaid Brad are wearing dark jeans with the velvet jackets

- Jessica's posse of gal pals have been advised that they can't go wrong with the LBD (little black dress, for all you dudes)

- The Mothers of the Bride and Groom are staying away from anything that goes on a rack for "Mothers of the Bride or Groom"

- Ties will just get in the way

- Jessica's J. Crew wedding dress is short and was on sale for $60

- Tuxedo t-shirts won't be turned away

Don't look to us for some fashion do's and don't's. Do whatever feels right for the night!

JW + JW

Monday, March 14, 2011

Something Else to Sing About!

Even though we're busy with the wedding, work duties still call . . . Good thing duties include awesome concerts like this one by Romantica at yesterday's Second Sunday Brunch in Washington Park, just a stone's throw from our house. Jessica's office of the College Hill Alliance puts on this monthly concert as part of their role in Macon's downtown development efforts. Maid of honor Sarah got this concert series going just over two years ago. Best man David helps Jessica with booking the bands and taking good care of them while they are here. Bradsmaid Brad has also helped promote the concert from the beginning. And Jamie remains the number one volunteer. If the weather yesterday was any indication, we're in for a beautiful spring.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

From Macon with Love

We're some lucky people to have talented friends in this town who created this Macon music video put together by the Gateway Project to promote the city we're proud to call home. Among the great southern drawls you hear talking in the video is Father of the Bride Alan Walden and his late, great brother Phil Walden. And you'll see many of the video stars hopefully in attendance at the wedding!

If You Must


We're both humbled and uber-appreciative of the love and support our friends and family, as well as community, has given us as a couple. Truly, what more could we ask for?

But if you would like to give in honor of our marriage, give a gift that will keep on giving. Something that is super special to us is the place where we are marrying. The Cox Capitol Theatre has been a big part of our lives since it was restored in 2006 to its original 1915 glory. It is a centerpiece in our daily downtown lives, as well as a place where we've shared many memorable concerts, movies and festivals like MAGA as well as our dear Bragg Jam, which is a board we both serve on that relies on the Capitol each year. Jamie also serves on the Cox Capitol Theatre's board of directors. The historic theatre operates as a non-profit and donations are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation in our name, please contact the theatre's development director (and our friend) Kirsten West. Click here for her e-mail or call the Cox Capitol Theatre at 478.257.6391.

For those of you who have been asking, we've tried to make it easy by registering at a few places to stock our new home.

Our dishes and stemware can be found and ordered from Tiffany & Co. The website that will take you to our registry and order online is found HERE.

We're both big believers in supporting our local economy by shopping local. We are registered for serving dishes, home decor, linens and towels - as well as our special "JW" monogram - at Isabel's in Macon. The "lifestyle boutique" is found at 3121 Vineville Avenue or online at isabelslinens.com. Owner Isabel Walsh is also available to assist you in person or toll-free via 888.317.4254.

We also registered for home incidentals and a few other fun things at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

We mean it when we say you presence is our present. Thank you for being the best gift money can't buy!


Where to Stay



From the rehearsal party on Friday night (April 29) at the historic Grant's Lounge to the big day the next night at the Cox Capitol Theatre, the Walden-Weatherford wedding is a weekend affair and a good excuse to spend some time in Macon.

There are three hotels within a short distance of all of the festivities taking place in downtown Macon, all generously offering discounted rates for Walden-Weatherford wedding guests.

The 1842 Inn is walking distance to and from the Cox Capitol Theatre and Grant's Lounge. It is also a stone's throw from Jessica & Jamie's house. The Inn's normal rate is $230 per night, but the Inn is offering a special rate of $169 (+tax) per night for guests of the Walden-Weatherford wedding. Thanks to hotel manager EJ Nobles for the discount and say hello to Miss Gloria and Miss Emma who will take grand care of you.

The Hilton Garden Inn is Jessica's hotel partner in the College Hill Corridor. The hotel is located at Mercer University, and it is minutes' drive to downtown's wedding festivities. They are offering a special rate for Walden-Weatherford wedding guests at $109 (+tax) per night and have a personalized reservation page set up to make booking easy. Just click HERE. Elizabeth, Jonathan and the other great folks who Jessica loves to work with in the Corridor will make sure you have a wonderful weekend staying with them.

The Macon Marriott City Center is the newest hotel in the downtown region. They are a quick minute's drive to the wedding festivities, and it is possible to walk. They are offering a special wedding rate of $89 (+tax) per night. We love their bar (especially their blueberry mojitos!) and restaurant in their beautiful lobby and you'll get the full downtown Macon experience staying there. Click HERE to go to our personal reservation page.

We recommend making reservations soon in case the blocks fill. Please shoot us an e-mail as you make your reservations so we know where you will be staying. E-mail us both at maconcandy@gmail.com. We also hope to have information on transportation options soon.