Southern Weddings

Thinking about planning a Southern wedding of your own?  For a sweetly authentic Southern affair like this one in Mobile, Alabama, follow Christi + Chris’ lead and grab yourself a croquet set.  Really, there are few things more Southern than a rousing game of backyard croquet on the sprawling lawn of a real-life plantation.  Add vintage Coca-Cola bottles (glass, of course), an outdoor chandelier and mason jars filled with blooming hydrangeas à la Beth Humphrey of Elizabeth Events and you are in business, my friend!  A three-layered pistachio-covered cake from Buttercream Dreams (complete with a birds nest cake topper!) is just icing on the metaphorical cake. Kudos to you, Studio A Photography, for capturing the very best of this deep-South wedding.

[publisher’s note:  I don’t usually interject here, but I just had to say how much I adore this wedding and every single detail!  Congrats y’all! – Lara]

Describe your wedding flowers: We used hydrangeas everywhere. They are so effortlessly sophisticated. My bouquet was really simple with mostly hydrangeas and a few other fillers. One of my favorite details was the little white bird we hid among the blooms. I also loved the creative wrap we did for the bouquet. It had burlap and navy satin ribbon and my “something borrowed” pinned in the middle – a little mother of pearl ‘E’ initial brooch that belonged to my great grandmother.  My bridesmaids’ bouquets were smaller versions of mine, and for the guys’ bouts we did green hypericum berries and twig bunches with a little feather, my mother’s idea and design.
Describe your wedding cake: DELICIOUS. As a testament, the guests literally ate every last bite; there wasn’t even anything left to save for the anniversary cake. We were thrilled that it was such a huge hit. It was a traditional three-tier round, but we went a little untraditional and used pistachio filling between the layers and pistachios covering the outside of the cake. Instead of a grooms cake, we had red velvet cupcakes and German chocolate cupcakes. To tie in our tree theme, we sat the cake on a huge lacquered cypress stump instead of a traditional sterling-plated cake pedestal.
Were there any wedding traditions or new ideas you included in the wedding? Instead of hiring a string quartet or having the reception band play something, we decided it would be so much more meaningful to have our talented friends play the ceremony music. I walked down the aisle to Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring played on the electric guitar and we recessed to a 3-piece rendition of Here Comes the Sun.  We also were untraditional and decided to see each other before the wedding. Fearing that the day would get hotter, we decided to take advantage of the early morning light and milder temperatures and met in downtown Mobile at 7 a.m. for an intimate photo session together.  Afterward, we put our casual clothes back on and headed over to a friends’ house to have breakfast together with many of our out of town guests.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It’s such a typical answer, but definitely walking down the aisle and reciting our vows. We really soaked in every minute of it.
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future?  Working, maybe going back to school (for both of us) and traveling the world as we enjoy life together. 

Congratulations, Christi + Chris!  Best of luck with work, school and your new life together!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
16 Comments
  1. avatar ting ink reply

    congrats to the happy couple! love your invites and the theme. so creative :) especially love the little birdies on the thank you fan.thanks for sharing your beautiful wedding!

  2. avatar Robin reply

    Looks absolutely beautiful & the photography captured it all wonderfully. Congratulations.

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    The wedding was indeed beautiful. Every detail – from the "p’s" throughout the house, to the gold wooden letters spelling Mr. and Mrs. in the window sill, to the coke bottles on ice – was perfect! On top of all of that, the weather which is usually unbearable in July for an outside wedding in Alabama, was perfect – a cool spell in the middle of July!

  4. avatar Amanda Eubanks reply

    My mom is the best at envisioning things! This was one of the best days of my life. So much fun and such a beautiful setting. It was southern and so special.~ Sister of the bride :)

  5. avatar Holly reply

    Such unique, personal touches everywhere… Y’all did such a beautiful job! I can only hope my own wedding is just as perfect!! Best of luck to the both of you!!

  6. avatar Kathryn reply

    I adore the feather details here – gorgeous!

  7. avatar Debra Swanzy reply

    Not only was the wedding absolutely perfect in every way but it was so relaxed and FUN! There was nothing stuffy and the guests actually did not want to leave. If anyone wants to know what it is like to live in the south….look at the pictures….that’s us ya’ll! Special admiration to Rhonda (mother of the bride) she made it all happen with her creative ideas. Good job with the flowers Beth. Studio A…picture perfect!

  8. avatar Fran reply

    Going through the photography for this wedding is an event unto itself. Congrats, Studio A, on a job spectacularly done! Be SURE to check out the 8mm on their website — fantastic, too much for words.

  9. avatar Beth Humphrey (Elizabeth Events) reply

    Wow, it was a great honor to with such a fun couple and family this was a southern wedding of a life time

  10. avatar Kim reply

    It was such an extraordinary day for south Alabama, low humidity & not too hot…. it set the stage for a very relaxed , but elegant wedding that was so enjoyed by the friends & family that gathered to witness the love & joy of this occasion!

  11. avatar PDXBride reply

    This whole wedding looks so sweet. And I love her bustle!!!

  12. avatar Sheri reply

    Everything about this wedding was beautiful, romatic and southern.

  13. avatar Sarah Mikus reply

    This wedding is like a fairy tale, the creative details are so charming and unique. I loved everything about it. Lots of great ideas for my daughters’ wedding, whenever that time comes. Thank you for sharing!

  14. avatar Christina Gressianu reply

    I love Christi & Chris! I shot an engagement session with them in NYC before they moved, and they are absolutely wonderful and totally in love. Their wedding was gorgeous and I wish I could have been there! Good luck!

  15. avatar Amanda reply

    I just love this wedding! So precious, perfect venue, southern, classic, and unique all at the same time! Way to go Mrs. Beth, you have such wonderful talent!

  16. avatar Cynthia reply

    Thank you for this post! It really demonstrates the saying that "it’s all in the details." The tie clip, the coca-cola bottles, the little birds illustrated on the arrangement – beautiful! And the photography is absolutely gorgeous – it feels so intimate and personalized.

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