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Andrea and Daniel were married at Desert Plantation in Woodville, Mississippi on December 15. “There were gorgeous oak trees and beautiful grounds around the cutest little plantation home,” Andrea said. “What really got me was the way the sun beamed through the branches and created this ethereal setting that was just breathtaking.” Instead of doing a first look with Daniel, Andrea had a first look with her dad. “It was a such a sweet and special moment,” she said. She wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with an illusion back, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while bridesmaids wore an array of mauve, ivory, and brown dresses, accessorized with pashmina shawls. These two lovebirds said, “I do” following praise and worship next to hanging vintage doors and chandeliers and walked back down the aisle with fake snow in the air. Reception tables were decorated with picture frames, books, pearls, and do-it-yourself flowers, and Jenga blocks were signed with well wishes to “build memories.”

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Photography: Lauren Carroll Photography | Videography: Montoto Productions | Venue: Desert Plantation | Event Planner: Bride and Marlene Babin | Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo | Shoes: UNISA | Bridesmaid Dresses: Altar’d State | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: After Five | Hair and Makeup Artist: Bride | Officiant: Jimmy Babin | Ceremony Musician: Danielle Bergeron | Floral Designer: Michael’s | Invitations: Bride | Caterer: Lauryn’s Fine Catering | Cake: The Pastry Bag  and Jenny Baker | DJ: Eddie Deweese | Vintage Rentals: Cotton and Pine

Elegant Red Fall Plantation Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 27, 2014

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Ashley and Brian were married at Goodwood Musuem and Gardens in Tallahassee, Fla. on November 10. “It was what I always dreamed of as the venue for me — full of Southern elegance and charm — huge live oak trees and plantation house all at the same location made for a picture perfect day.” Before the ceremony, the lovebirds decided to not see each other, but to exchange letters while holding hands around the corner of the building. Ashley wore a satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, while Brian wore a classic black tuxedo with bow tie. Bridesmaids donned in red orange long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets featuring white roses, eucalyptuses, and dusty millers. “The flowers were absolutely stunning, combined with the hundreds of candles at the reception,” she said. Even though the church Ashley grew up attending,  her mom was able to take the old doors (since they were replaced with new ones) and repurpose them at the end of the aisle. “I started crying during the ceremony, and Brian reached up and wiped the tears off my face,” she said. “It was such a sweet and precious moment.” Guests were escorted to their seats with pine cones, long banquet tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces, and instead of a cake, there were mini shot glasses of milk and fudge striped cookies.

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Photography: Black & Hue Photography | Venue: Goodwood Museum and Gardens | Event Planner: Tom Hunt | Event Designer: Carol Cartee Creations | Caterer: The Black Fig 

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Jessica and Ryan were married at Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, S.C. on September 14. Rain showers passed, and skies cleared just minutes before the ceremony was to begin under the towering moss-draped oak trees overlooking Stono River. The bride walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding dress, accessorized with a lush bouquet of garden roses, ranunculuses, and greenery, while the groom stood there waiting in a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a cotton boutonniere. “When the Plantation Singers began the ceremony with ‘This Little Light of Mine,’ a wave of emotion spread over me like none other I’d ever felt,” Jessica said. “I was awash with joy and love. And as they sang, I looked back and saw Ryan (though he could not see me) and was completely overwhelmed by the moment. My eyes flooded with tears. Without my father’s reassurance, I would have lost it.” The reception followed on the plantation’s porch where each table was decorated with a vintage postcard, antique set, and favor boxes filled with almonds and benne wafers. Atop the cake was two bunny rabbits!

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Photography: Riverland Studios | Venue: Old Wide Awake Plantation | Event Planner: Margaret McKenzie | Floral Designer: WildFlowers, Inc. | Caterer: Hamby Catering & Events | Musicians: The Plantation Singers | Cake: Michaelangelo’s Kitchen | DJ: FingerSnappin’ Entertainment | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein

Rachele & Michael 

August 23 

Charleston, South Carolina 


Q & A with the Bride: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It wasn’t one thing, it was everything!  The plantation was stunning, and the on-site event contact Jessica was incredibly sweet and available to help in any way she could.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Having the ceremony set outside on the Ashley River, under giant live oak trees draped with Spanish Moss.  It was simply beautiful.  It ended up starting to rain hard ten minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start, but then after five minutes, it stopped, the sky cleared, and everything got quiet.

2. The relaxing feel of the entire week leading up to wedding (we spent that week at a beach house on isle of palms with both our immediate families together) as well as the intimate feel of the wedding itself.  We only had 35 guests including the bridal party.  Everyone there was incredibly special to us and we got to spend time with each guest!

3. The rustic, vintage, feel of the décor.  We spent a lot of time formulating a simple, but chic vision and the outdoor lounge area, the dessert display framed by a collage of antique mirrors, and the chandeliers accented by hanging mason jars filled with flowers created that perfectly!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

For my husband, it is our first dance.  We had taken a few dance lessons and had the teacher choreograph something so that people wouldn’t just be watching us sway back and forth for two minutes.  He loved getting to display some hidden talents.  My favorite moment was standing at the back of the lawn with my father waiting for our cue to walk down the aisle.  I loved having that quiet opportunity to stand back observe the wedding and everyone dear to us before getting sucked up into it myself.  It was like time stopped for a minute.

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Handsome Plaid Fall Plantation Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 13, 2013

Rich & Michael  

October 22 

Goochland, Virginia


Q & A with the Couple: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We only looked at four venues and Clover Forest was the last one we saw. We knew that as soon as we approached this long and winding driveway that this plantation built in the 1700s was perfectly in sync with our personal style. Everything from the grand interiors, the library with antique carpets and mahogany walls, the beautiful lawn, brick walkways and lake in the back, it was just the perfect place for us. We could easily imagine a perfect autumn day there with all of our friends and family, and trust me, we had to really use our imaginations since when we first saw the plantation, there were several feet of snow on the ground!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The overall plaid theme was by far our favorite detail. We’re both plaid-crazy guys, so we made sure to include that part of our style in the big day. Our custom-made suits were plaid. There were plaid table runners that we painstakingly sourced with our amazing event planner, and we even carried the menswear theme throughout to the table cards and stickers on the wedding favors (mini candy bins full of M&Ms), which were inspired by classic striped oxford shirts and men’s shirt labels. Even the cupcakes had plaid toppers.

2. We put a lot of attention into the food and drinks, which we also wanted to reflect our personalities. We had beautiful mini glasses of French fries for cocktail hour passed along with exotic dipping sauces, bacon wrapped dates (a favorite appetizer of ours), and we even wanted to have our favorite wines and other adult beverages with dinner.

3. With such an interesting array of friends and family, it was great to see some of them meet for the first time. We were absolutely touched that people literally came from near and far (from Virginia, New York City where we live, from Milan, London, Paris, and even one of our best friends who is a Marine, came home for the wedding from Afghanistan). The fusion of people, who mean so much to us, really made the day.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Standing in a room of this grand old mansion and watching (from behind curtains) everyone arrive in their beautiful outfits and full of smiles was especially memorable and got the evening off to a great start. Then, we both remember the long walk from the house, through the gardens, and down to the ceremony site, walking to a hand-picked song by us that meant a lot (R.E.M.’s “At My Most Beautiful”). But, most of all, the vows were really memorable. We both spent a lot of time on them, and they were full of emotion as well as humor. Rich (a radio DJ by trade, someone who gets paid to talk each day) got choked up on the very first word — so much so, Michael had to do his vows first to get Rich through. It made each word all the more special. 

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