It’s a well-known fact that the Southern Weddings gals love farms and farm animals. But do you know why? Actually, I’m sure there are many reasons, but the one that’s coming to mind is that farms remind us of the simple and best things in life — they’re uncomplicated and unhurried (at least to someone other than the farmer!), beautifully pure, and generally idyllic. No wonder so many brides and grooms choose to get married on their rolling hills and under their graceful trees!
We tried to use as many textures as we could in the florals while still keeping a very earthy feel, especially in her bouquet. The blooms used included dahlias, caramel garden roses, white veronica, maiden hair fern, tree fern, astilbe, spray roses, wax flowers, Italian ruscus, and scabosia pods. The table arrangements also had lemon leaf, pink hydrangeas, and privet berries. The headpiece she was wearing in the fields had a more dramatic, colorful feel, using lots more garden roses and pink spray roses.
After many miles of driving and searching, I stumbled across an old saw mill that had been converted into hay barns for a local family’s cows that roam the pastures surrounding their property. The gorgeous oaks in our area are over 300 years old, and this particular oak provided us with a picturesque backdrop for our bride. The mossy limbs, the old barn, the curious cows, and the rolling pasture all made for breathtaking photos.
When I think of old farm days, I think of an old kitchen. The heart of the South, especially in Louisiana, is in the kitchen. Using sacks of flour and sugar, brown eggs, old sifters and vintage kitchen utensils, I brought the kitchen to our table. I added beautiful plates from Anthropologie, old vintage flatware tied in the moss from that gorgeous oak, beautiful handwritten place cards, and eyelet napkins monogrammed for our bride and groom. Every Southern event must have at least one thing monogrammed, right? When styling an event I always like to use something from the property or venue when I can. There were some beautiful pear trees on the property that I just couldn’t resist using here and there throughout the shoot.
Styling and floral design: Angela Marie Events | Photography: Ashleigh Jayne Photography | Hair: Dustin Gauthier | Makeup: Tina Rodosta, Verde Beauty | Invitations: The First Snow | Antiques and furniture: Timeless Vintage Rentals and Design | Signage: MillerLine Design | Fig Pies: Heirloom Cuisine | Cake: The Ambrosia Bakery | Dress Hanger: Pure Vintage Clothing