Google+ Virginia Farm Wedding with Southern Charm, Part I - Southern Weddings

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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

Jodi Miller Photography is one of our fantastic Blue Ribbon Vendors!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Wow, wow, wow! So much perfect, sweet Southern wedding goodness! :)

  2. avatar Weddings Down South reply

    So beautiful!

  3. avatar amanda reply

    i just HAVE to know where the littlest flower girl’s dress is from?! i love it!! such fun details though! love the bow ties and the amazing location!

    • avatar Perkins Lyne reply

      amanda: The little girls dresses were Jcrew and the boys bow ties were Collard Greens

      Thanks for the sweet compliments!

  4. avatar Jodi reply

    Thank you SO much for featuring Perkins + Wickliffe’s wedding…we’re so honored! Their wedding couldn’t be more Southern :)

  5. avatar Lisa reply

    Weird request, but if any of your bridesmaids might be interested in selling their dress, let me know. I have 9 BMs and asking them to find different shades of teal dresses in taffeta fabric. AWESOME ideas BTW!!!!

    • avatar Perkins Lyne reply

      Lisa: I don’t think it is a weird request at ALL! I am happy to send out an email to my maids to see if anyone is interested in selling their dress. Do you want to give me your email and I can have them reach out to you directly?

    • avatar Sarah reply

      Perkins Lyne: SUCH a beautiful wedding!
      I’m an Ontario Canada girl currently teaching in Alberta, but planning my Ontario wedding for this August from all the way out here :S Planning is going smooth, except for figuring out the bridesmaid dresses. I LOVE the teal colour you chose. Where did you purchase them? Also, if you or Lisa have girls that want to sell their dresses for this summer, I would be very interested. Thanks!

    • avatar Sarah Schaefer reply

      Perkins Lyne: I’m just wondering if you made your own arch and if so would you mind sharing the ” how to” info? My cousin spotted your arch and has asked if we could make it for her August wedding. Thank you so much!

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