Real Weddings: A Bold and Bright Southern Wedding
Megan and Brooks returned to the site of their first meeting for a summer wedding that was big on family, love, and heritage -- and plenty of Southern charm.
To set the tone for the day, Megan and Brooks sent romantic floral invitations. The garden party-inspired suite showcased Megan's favorite flower -- peonies.
To Have and To Hold
Megan carried a bold bouquet of peonies and roses, accented with fresh fruit and a cascade of greenery. The bouquet and other floral creations were made by Sand’s Old Hickory Florist.
The Bridesmaid Dresses
Megan wanted her bridesmaids to feel comfortable and confident, so she let each choose her own dress. Her only requirements: the dresses must be long and match the bright pink-and-orange color palette.
Bride's Tip: To keep things as stress-free as possible, Megan sent each bridesmaid fabric swatches in her color palette -- no need for them to guess on color.
Just Like the Bride
Each bridesmaid carried a petite bouquet similar to Megan's (with a mix of blooms, including roses, peonies, and of course, fresh oranges.) A stripped ribbon completed the look.
The bridesmaids wore matching flower crowns featuring delicate greenery and bright pink, orange, and red roses.
Brooks and his groomsmen wore crisp black suits accented with bright pink floral boutonnieres. A striped ribbon and matching tie gave the look a masculine edge.
“One of my favorite details from the wedding were my mother and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses. They put them up in the Providence House to surprise me.”
The couple hosted guests outside on the grounds of the historic Providence House at Casey Jones Village, a third-generation business operated by Brooks and his family. They chose to have an evening wedding timed with the sunset. "As people headed to the reception area, the sun went down. We wanted it to be shady and comfortable for our guests."
The couple exchanged hand written vows in front of all their guests. “We wanted to make the ceremony really personal -- the first time we heard each other’s vows was at the ceremony. It was really special for both of us.”
Guests were greeted by sweet scripted signs -- a celebration of love.
Sign by M • Dub • Design.
Guests headed behind the historic house for cocktails before a dinner of classic Southern favorites, like fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, and mac and cheese. “We knew we wanted modern twists on comfort food.”
Antique bottles and cans gave the tablescapes a fresh mix of modern and vintage. "The antiques were from the family restaurant and Brooks's grandfather."
Megan knew she wanted something different than traditional floral arrangements. “I love peonies and ranunculus and knew I wanted to include them. After meeting with our florist, we decided to add oranges and limes. They were unique and carried through the bouquets and centerpieces.”
A dessert table and cigar bar had the party going late into the night.
Bride’s Tip: We wanted to reception to be full of personal details, so we chose our favorite family recipes for the dessert bar.
Megan chose a stunning white chocolate chip naked cake filled with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
And One for the Groom, Too!
Brooks had only one request for his groom’s cake -- chocolate! “The cake was chocolate with chocolate chips, and it was topped with chocolate butter cream, drizzled with chocolate ganache, and finished with chocolate covered strawberries.”
“We choose cake balls for our favors. We simply put them in kraft paper boxes and tied them up with ribbon.”
Shower of Confetti
To send off the couple, guests lit up the night with a shower of bright neon confetti.
Wedding Planner - Southern Sparkle Wedding & Event Planning
Photography - Teale Photography
Videography - Lynn Productions
Catering - Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store
Bakery - The Village Baker
Florist - Sand's Old Hickory Florist
Photo Booth - Bluff City Photo Booth
Printing (Wedding Invitations) - Allegra Print & Imaging
Signs - M • Dub • Design
Wedding Dress - The Something Blue Shoppe