Alright, y’all. I know we feature a lot of Southern goodness around these parts, but this wedding? This wedding might actually come out on top as THE MOST Southern wedding we’ve ever featured. I know that’s a pretty big claim, so let’s run down the checklist, shall we? Large guest list? 375+ Large bridal party? 32, if you include both sides. Adorable children? Yes, and they rang bells down the aisle! Cowboy boots, wildflower bouquets, a wedding gown with lace, bow ties, bluegrass music at the ceremony, a farm venue? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes, and trust me, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check back soon for more of Perkins + Wickliffe’s Southern stunner, shot beautifully by Jodi Miller Photography!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Pretty hilarious. The two of us met in a bowling league a few years out of college, through mutual friends.
Describe the proposal. AMAZING. We were on my family’s annual beach vacation. Every night my three-year-old nephew had a “treasure hunt” on the beach. One night, Wickliffe slipped the ring box in his treasure as my nephew pulled it out! Wickliffe snatched it from his hand, got down on one knee and proposed in front of my entire family. Of course, they all knew but me and they captured EVERY moment on film!
Adjective that describes the day: Breathtaking
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 375-400
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The venue and being outside.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Everything! We were married on my parents’ farm. We had the ceremony in a field and the reception around the house. We had the largest wedding party ever, and our dog was the main focus! The bridesmaids did a charm pull from the cake (my mom joined too, as a surprise to her because she is amazing), we served Southern themed food with a raw bar featuring oysters, crawfish, trout, wahoo (which we caught), tuna and shrimp. We wore cowboy boots, the men wore Virginia coalition belt buckles, and we handed out props to our guests after dark including cowboy hats, bandanas, tambourines and maracas. We buried bourbon for good weather, had a bluegrass band, hay bale décor, a hand carved guest book, and bell children. Our toasting goblets were also hand blown by a dear friend and gifted to us by my brother and sister-in-law.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I am currently a Southern girl living in the Big Apple. I went with two friends to several boutiques hoping to avoid the Kleinfeld extravaganza. Little did I know that it was actually true. I found that they have the best selection and service and I ended up saying “Yes” to the dress there – but not on TV.
Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography // Planner: bride and Hilary Cook the weekend of // Venue: Bride’s family farm // Florist: Betsy Burton // Wedding Cake Baker: Laurie Ward of Avenue Foods // Caterer: Avenue Foods // Rentals: True Value // Linens: True Value // Lighting: True Value // Paper Products: High Peak Sportswear // Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Bride’s mother’s // Bride’s Shoes: Old Gringo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew
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