Victoria + Rusty described their wedding as full of “‘Slap your granny’ good food” and we believe them! With sweet tea, Arnold Palmers, handmade pies and a red velvet cake, this reception has us licking our lips! Good Southern food was the perfect way to top off a beautiful reception at the Ford Plantation, where hydrangeas, cotton bolls, and burlap set the scene. Of course, nothing’s more Southern than celebrating with your closest friends and family. We love that V + R highlight that as the most important detail. Who could argue? Especially when you end up with fun photos like the last one from 1313 Photography. Too fun!
Describe your wedding flowers: Beautiful blue and white hydrangeas trimmed with hand-picked cotton, orange blossoms (as Rusty proposed in an orange grove), magnolia leaves, and Spanish moss. I had a gardenia for my hair and hand-picked Georgia cotton for boutonnieres.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Just about everything was, but to name a few: Momma’s homemade strawberry jelly in our gift bags, handpicked Georgia cotton, mason jars, sweet tea, Coke in a bottle, spiked Arnold Palmers as the signature drink, Southern Comfort, Georgia micro-brews, fried chicken, BBQ, shrimp and grits, peach cobbler, oyster roast, biscuits, made-from-scratch pies, burlap, bow ties, seersucker, antiques we spent months searching for, George Strait for our first dance, and most importantly, the people we care about most being there to celebrate with us!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The setting. The hundreds-of-years-old oaks draped in Spanish moss against the backdrop of the Ogeechee River made for an idyllic setting we will never forget.
Describe your wedding cake: Simple, but delicious, two-tiered red velvet cake with cream cheese icing.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The budget.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography! We love Ashley, Phillip, and Sarah from 1313 Photography. They captured our vision perfectly and they are just amazing people.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It rained, then poured, then rained some more all morning and early afternoon of our wedding day. We were resigned to having to forgo the beautiful outdoor setting of the Ford Plantation; the very thing that made us fall in love with the venue. But as we ventured out to start taking our photos, the clouds parted revealing the most brilliant blue sky and bright sunshine. It was perfect and seemed like an answer to months of prayer.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Everything….our lives have just begun!
Photographer: 1313 Photography // Planner: Caroline Carter Events // Venue: Ford Plantation // Officiant: Reverend Steven Schulte // Florist: Garden on the Square // Wedding Cake Baker: Two Cakes // Caterer: Ford Plantation // Paper Products: Lilah Paper // Bride’s Dress: Deborah Lindquist // Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan from Nordstrom // Bow Ties: Southern Proper