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Author: Marissa

Y’all already know I love plantation weddings, and it’s safe to say that Celeste and Michael’s wedding takes said planation love up a notch! Nottoway Planation was the perfect combination of classic Southern charm and relaxed elegance that these two were looking for. Since Celeste grew up on a sugar plantation in Louisiana, the cane fields reminded her of her home and her roots, making this place extra special. With the help of their planner, Leslie Campbell, these two created a Louisiana wedding I wish I’d been able to attend, if just for the spread! A beignet bar? You’d know where to find me! To top it off, I’m not sure a more Southern phrase has been written in our interviews than “with a New Orleans-style medley playing as we walked out to the front of the plantation, facing the Mississippi River, and watched an amazing firework display over the levee.” Truly magical, indeed!

Thanks to Dark Roux for sharing such a sweetly Southern day with us!

My bridal bouquet was a cluster of white tulips. I’ve always loved the romantic, cascading element of the tulip, and February was the perfect time of year for them. My bouquet was perfectly executed by my florist and exactly what I had envisioned in my head. My bridesmaid bouquets were clusters of beautiful white flowers, including tulips, hydrangeas, and leafy greenery. I wanted them to look organic and cascading–not too structured or perfect. The table arrangements were tall vases with white french tulips and curly willow with hanging votives.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No! We are traditionalists. I wanted his first sight of me to be walking down the aisle of the beautiful church.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? As the ceremony ended and we finished the recessional, Michael leaned over and kissed my hand. We had our family, friends, and this beautiful celebration behind us, and we were finally able to share in the special moment for ourselves. The photographers happened to capture the beauty of the moment and it’s our absolute favorite picture!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I chose Nottoway because of its beauty and Southern charm. I grew up on a sugar plantation in Houma, Louisiana, and the cane fields reminded me of home and my roots. I wanted the day to be full of Southern elegance, and to have a relaxed and casual feel.

I made a lot of the special details myself. My mom is an incredible seamstress, so she and I created custom monogrammed linen pillows with a “V” crest gilded on them. We placed them on all of the lounge furniture arranged throughout the tent. It really helped cozy up the venue and added a very personal touch. I also made the cake topper, and brought a lot of decorative items from home, including the candelabras and picture frames to decorate the tent and lounge seating areas. Guests joked that I brought my living room to Nottoway!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose our first dance and song based on the style of our band, which we picked even before the venue. It was a cover of Audra Mae’s cover of “Crazy Love.” Michael arranged for dance lessons specific for our band’s version of the song. We already love to dance together, but to have choreographed moves together made for such a transcendental moment. Our band, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, had authentic soul and passion that truly helped define the event.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I was going to church regularly with a friend of mine who had just met this “good Catholic boy.” He set us up in a very casual manner, but didn’t tell either of us about it! He met both of us at a local hot spot, made the introduction, and then disappeared. Michael and I came by deep conversation easily and three hours flew by. Very quickly into our conversation, I wanted Michael to ask for my number, but he never did! I took it as disinterest, but if you ask him, he’ll tell you he REALLY wanted it, but couldn’t work up the nerve! At the end of the night, we walked out together, and right outside the entrance, Michael asked to walk me to my car. Without thinking about it, I said, “Not necessary, I parked right over there.” Walking away, I realized the opportunity I had just missed. The next day, I asked my friend more about Michael, and he responded, “Are you kidding? You kicked him to the curb, I thought? He was pretty dejected.” I didn’t delay–I asked for his number and, against my upbringing, made the first move. We had dinner, and our love story began.
Tell us all about the proposal! It was our second anniversary, and Michael had everything planned out. He started by playing the game, “let’s see how much I can frustrate Celeste before I propose” – of course unbeknownst to me. He had me at the absolute breaking point by first “forgetting what day it was,” then not reacting appropriately and making dinner plans after he was “reminded,” and then, the coup de grâce was that he wasn’t dressed when I got to his house, even when he had insisted I drive! This was all very out of character for him, and he had never treated an occasion this way. After he eventually got ready for the evening and I was boiling mad, he led me outside to his patio. As it turned out, Michael had written detailed accounts of the best dates we had experienced in our first year together, and he recreated some element from each of them in a wonderful candlelit setting in his backyard. Much to my surprise, everything was in place and he then walked me through each of the date memories. As I began to tear up, he got down on one knee and told me this was just the beginning of our lives together. Of course, I said yes!
When did y’all get married? February 15, 2014, our three-year anniversary
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 275
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? There was a cocktail hour serving mint juleps on the veranda of the plantation. Some Southern treats served at dinner included a beignet bar, which included traditional, red velvet, and a savory option topped with crawfish etouffee; a grits bar with toppings of shrimp Creole and traditional grillades; and boudin-stuffed chicken. We did a traditional second line. The band unplugged and performed a New Orleans-style medley as we walked out to the front of the plantation, facing the Mississippi River, and watched an amazing firework display over the levee. To top it off, there was a full moon that appeared as the lights and smoke faded. It was truly magical.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The guest list. We both have large families and Michael makes friends with everyone he meets! We wanted the day to be intimate, but still wanted to celebrate with everyone who is special in our lives. We finally gave in and the numbers just kept growing.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $75,000-$100,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Trust your instincts and do what you love. Be true to your style and don’t do things purely because you think it’s what “should” be done at a wedding. It’s your day and should reflect your style and your relationship. Focus on the important aspects, like celebrating with your love and your family and friends. In the end, that’s all that really matters.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We want our love and commitment to grow stronger each day as we ready our lives to brace for the increasing soft sound of little feet in the house. Ten little feet, to be exact!

Photographer: Dark Roux Photography / Videographer: JCW Productions / Planner: Leslie Campbell Weddings / Ceremony Venue: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church / Reception Venue, Catering, and Rentals: Nottoway Plantation / Florist: The Plantation Florist LLC / Cake Baker: The Ambrosia Bakery / Band: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue / Paper Products: The Keeping Room / Bride’s Gown: “Style 432″ by Martina Liana / Veil: Bustle / Hair Stylist: Bliss Hair Salon / Makeup Artist: Olga Longoria / Bride’s Shoes: David Tutera / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Style 771″ in Latte by Bill Levkoff / Men’s Attire: Ralph Lauren

Dark Roux is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Such a simple and stunning bouquet. I also adore the shot of Celeste outside the church!

  2. avatar Cassidy reply

    10 little feet?

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Whenever I hear that one of our Real Weddings took place at a historic plantation, I’m instantly excited to see it! Maybe it stems from my love for Gone with the Wind or the amazing antebellum homes of Mobile that I grew up visiting. Either way, they’re so Southern, and completely romantic! Page and Blake chose to tie the knot at the beautiful Pebble Hill Plantation, and just as I suspected, Pebble Hill was the perfect backdrop for their big day! I know Emily (who had a tented reception herself!) would be equally smitten with their classic white Sperry Tent and twinkle light combo!

We’re so happy Harwell Photography was on hand to capture this lovely day!

Describe your wedding flowers. I wanted something simple, elegant, and in all soft colors. We had a great florist who brought my vision to life. My bouquet was full of white and ivory peonies, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I was lucky to have had a stress-free experience, and I tried on around ten dresses total. I knew that I wanted something strapless and lace, and once I found one that I loved, I didn’t hesitate to say yes to the dress!

We had a first look, and I am so glad we did. We wanted to have a special moment together, just the two of us. It was also less stressful getting a lot of pictures done beforehand, so we didn’t keep all our family and friends waiting!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We decided on traditional vows. We asked our former teacher and good friend to perform the ceremony, while one of Blake’s groomsmen led a prayer. Having a Christ-centered marriage is very important to us, so we had Ephesians 5:25 and Isaiah 61:3b read: “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” This verse went perfectly with our ceremony under the giant oak tree!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: One neat detail was the horse and carriage we had waiting at the end of the aisle to pick us up after the ceremony. Riding it gave us the chance to be alone together in the moments right after becoming husband and wife. We wanted to remind each other to enjoy every minute, knowing the night would go by fast! It was also our getaway “car,” which was so fun and unique. At the end of the night, we were able to ride around the property for a little bit, already reliving every minute of the day! It was magical.

Our food was very Southern, and it was a hit! We served watermelon salad with candied pecans, quail with tomato jam, fried green tomatoes, and pimento cheese sandwiches. We had several food tables that featured seafood, beef, poultry, and a cheese display with local honey and berries. Our caterers made each table look beautiful and put a lot of effort into making great-tasting food! Towards the end of the night, we surprised our guests with a snack of chicken and biscuits.

We are blessed with awesome family and friends. With our wedding being out of town for many of our guests, we were blown away by how many people traveled to the South to celebrate with us! Our band had us come to the stage to thank all of our guests for being there. I will never forget that moment, and I’m so glad I had the chance to slow down and take that in. It reminded us how much love and support we have from everyone.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I was a sophomore and he was a junior… yes, we are high school sweethearts! We were both trying out for the musical that year, and I am pretty sure I got butterflies the first time he talked to me. Later, he sent me a Facebook message asking for my number, and soon after that, we started dating.
Tell us all about the proposal! The proposal was very much a surprise! Blake took me back to the theater at our high school, which is where we met and our story began. I walked in and he was standing at the bottom of rose petal-lined steps, and the stage was decorated with pictures from our time together. We were so excited and filled with emotion! Both of our families were there to celebrate with us afterwards. I felt so special seeing all the thought, time, and love he put into making his proposal so memorable.
When did y’all get married? May 31, 2014
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Many of my family members are in Thomasville, and I’ve spent every Christmas there, so I knew it would be the perfect location to get married. We chose Pebble Hill Plantation. We held our ceremony under the oak tree, and it fit the vision I had pictured for our wedding day perfectly! We opted for a tent for the reception, which was just steps away from the ceremony site, and kept everyone cool.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Blake chose all of our songs, which I loved, because it was one less decision I had to make! He chose “Canon in D” for me to walk down the aisle to–we loved that it was traditional and beautiful. Our first dance was “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis Presley. Blake is a big Elvis fan, and it was perfect!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed/old was my great-great-grandmother’s pin, which I attached to my bouquet. All of the women in my family had it with them on their wedding day, so it was pretty special. My something blue was my garter and my something new was my earrings.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Many of your family and friends will want to help with planning and day-of things, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. It will make your wedding day a lot less stressful if you don’t have to worry about last minute decisions or details. Don’t forget to take time on your wedding day to slow down and take in all the details that were your vision for so long. Most importantly, remember that the day is ultimately about the two of you becoming one, so don’t sweat the small stuff!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We just got a place together in Nashville and are in the process of making it our own. We are just excited to do everyday life together! It is so wonderful to have someone to go through life’s ups and downs with and to have a constant companion and supporter.

Photographer: Jeremy Harwell / Videographer: Shutter Life Productions / Planner: Tricia Willis Custom Event Planning / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Pebble Hill Plantation / Florist: Singletary’s Florist / Cake Baker: Savannah Moon Bakery / Caterer: Jeannie Bracy and John Thomas / Rentals: Sperry Tent / Band: The RiverTown Band / Linens: La Tavola / Bride’s Gown: “Alana” by Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon: Formally Yours / Hair Accessories: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Dreamstate Salon / Bride’s Shoes: “Chrissy” by J.Renee / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “555″ by Bari Jay in Misty Blue /Menswear: Joseph A. Banks

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  1. avatar Robyn Van Dyke reply

    LOVE their first look image!! What a gorgeous wedding!

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  3. avatar Finley reply

    This is such a lovely and sweet style. Thanks for sharing!

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We talk often about our mission, including the importance of marriage and sweet Southern culture, and I must say, Julie and Will truly get it! Julie said her best advice for the newly-engaged is “to focus on your marriage more than your wedding!” Amen, sister! These two planned a day that was beautiful from the inside out. They wanted their guests to have the best time, and to see their love throughout the entire weekend. Southern hospitality doesn’t always have to come in the form of sweet tea or handwritten notes (though those are nice!)–one way Julie exuded Southern hospitality was by giving her maid of honor a special bouquet filled with peonies, since they were out of season during her own wedding. What a sweet gesture!

Thanks to our friend Pasha Belman for sharing this wedding day with us!

Tell us all about the proposal! Will popped the question with a surprise like no other. I, under the impression I was going home to Kentucky to spend the weekend with one of my best friends and attend a concert, flew to Kentucky from Atlanta. When I arrived, my friend took me to Lexington for the concert to meet her “friend” that had the tickets. Taking a shortcut through Lexington’s Triangle Park, I saw Will with a big smile on his face by the beautiful fountains, and I instantly knew. Will proposed, with a secret photographer capturing the moment, and I said “yes!” Will then took me back to his parent’s house for more surprises–an engagement party with some of our closest friends and family!

The flowers were one of my favorite things about our wedding! We chose a romantic, yet whimsical, theme for our flowers with lots of whites, creams, and hints of blush. Garlands flowed alongside an abundance of brass candlesticks on the dinner tables to provide the intimate, romantic look we were going for. A special bouquet was made for the matron of honor, who loves peonies, but wasn’t able to include them in her bouquet when she got married because they weren’t in season.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look and I’m so glad we did! The day went by so quickly, so it was so nice to “steal” a moment for just the two of us! I also did a first look with my dad right before my first look with Will, and that was really neat and special too! I have such a wonderful relationship with my dad, and it was great to share a few special moments with him on that very special day!

We knew we wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding, and knew we wanted something that really represented our personalities. We wanted our guests to not only have the best time ever, but also to see pieces of us and our love all throughout the day and the entire weekend. We wanted it to exude Southern charm with a fun Kentucky twist, including a bluegrass band, a Lowcountry boil, and even bourbon barrels! Will is the biggest fan of golfing you’ll ever meet, so our venue included a beautiful plantation home on a golf course in South Carolina–it was absolutely perfect. We also really wanted to make things easy for our guests by having everything in one location, and Pine Lakes Country Club allowed us to have the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing all in one perfect place!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. To honor Will’s grandfather, who had a bluegrass band in Kentucky before he passed away, we had a bluegrass band, The Blue Plantation Band, play before, during, and after our ceremony during the cocktail hour. We had them play some of our favorites, as well as some of Will’s grandfather’s favorites. They were even able to play a beautiful rendition of Canon in D as I walked down the aisle.

We had lots of great Southern details at our wedding. Dinner was a Lowcountry boil, and cocktail hour included pimento cheese, shrimp, and country ham biscuits. We did a two-step (after I changed into a short dress) for our first dance, and Will wore his grandfather’s cowboy boots! Our “guest book” was the top of a bourbon barrel that guests signed. The bluegrass band and cigar bar provided a lot of Southern charm as well!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We loved our location! Having everything (the ceremony, cocktail hour, and evening activities) in one location allowed us to spend a lot of time with our guests and soak up every moment–every laugh, smile, dance, and hug! We were overwhelmed by the joy of having all of the people we love the most in the world in one place to celebrate this wonderful exciting new chapter and journey!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It’s really hard to choose one moment because every moment was absolutely perfect! But, our two-step first dance in our cowboy boots, with guests singing and clapping along to Randy Travis’ “If I Didn’t Have You,” was the absolute best!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met at the University of Kentucky and we were acquaintances all through school. After undergrad, Will went on to law school at the University of Alabama, and I stayed in Lexington. After losing touch somewhat, Will asked me to meet for drinks while he was home from law school one spring break. We quickly realized that we felt something more than friendship, so we decided to try long distance while Will finished his last two years of law school. After two and a half years of driving back and forth, we decided to move to Atlanta after Will’s graduation.
When did y’all get married? May 17, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 135
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I was by myself when I found my dress at LaRaine’s Bridal in Atlanta, and instantly knew it was the one. I felt guilty for finding it without any of my friends or family there, but I hadn’t expected to find it so quickly! I called my mom and told her that I found it, and she told me to get it right away. She came down two weeks later with my sister, my future mother-in-law, and some of my closest friends, and they confirmed that it was, indeed, “the dress!”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had two very special readings: a compilation of Thomas Merton readings (which my friend created), and Ephesians 3:16-21.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our wedding cake was a simple, classic cake design, half of which was almond marzipan and half of which was chocolate raspberry. The cake topper was a family heirloom–the same topper used in my grandparents’ and parents’ weddings.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We did a lot of the decor ourselves–my parents made the neat wooden direction signs, we found all of the brass candle sticks at thrift stores, my mom made the flower girl crowns, and my mother-in-law made the ring pillow out of my grandmother’s wedding dress!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our photographer, Pasha Belman, was really where all of our wedding planning began! After a quick search of photographers in South Carolina, I knew I wanted him, and his photos led me to our venue, and our venue led us to our awesome wedding planner! All of the other details followed from there.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? My advice would be to focus on your marriage more than your wedding! It’s really easy to lose sight of what the wedding is all about, but the moment you do, you lose sight of everything. We really enjoyed our marriage counseling, and throughout the entire wedding planning process, we tried to keep things into perspective and remember what the celebration was all about.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We now live together in Atlanta, Georgia and are loving life as newlyweds. What I’m looking forward to most is just doing life with him every day forever! We are so grateful to have each other as partners in this crazy, beautiful adventure!

Photographer: Pasha Belman Photography / Planner: Sara McCall / Venue and Catering: Pine Lakes Country Club / Florist: Blossom Events / Cake Baker: Croissants Bistro and Bakery / Rentals: Event Works / Lighting: Global Truth Entertainment / DJ: DJ Scott / Band: The Blue Plantation Band / Photo Booth: ShutterBooth / Paper Products: The Blu Sash / Bride’s Gown: Paloma Blanca / Bridal Salon: LaRaine’s Bridal / Hair Stylist: Perfect Reflections / Makeup Artist: Angela at Perfect Reflections / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Twirl / Men’s Ties and Pocket Squares: The Tie Bar / Transportation: Carolina Transportation and Limousine

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3 Comments
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    LOVE this wedding! Julie and Will seem so sweet, and their venue is to die for–the perfect combination of Southern charm and European elegance!

  2. avatar Rebecca Kaneiwa reply

    What a pleasure it was for us to get to know Julie and Will, we wish you a bright and prosperous future together! Pine Lakes Country Club is proud to provide a backdrop for such lovely memories.

  3. avatar Sandra | Simply Peachy reply

    This is such a beautiful wedding! Love all the floral details and the whiskey and red wine sign is adorable!

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I wasn’t able to be at Bryant Denny last weekend, but like any good Southern girl, I still spent my Saturday wearing my team colors, texting elephant emojis, and introducing my baby belle to a good ol’ Southern tradition: college football!!! Y’all know crimson and white runs deep in my family, and y’all even knew which bouquet was mine at the SW Retreat based on my team alliance! We frequently sign our emails with college rally cries here in the Southern Weddings office, so with a new game day on the horizon, we thought it would be the perfect time to share how these SEC-loving couples incorporated their allegiances into their wedding days! Roll Tide, y’all!

Want more SEC inspiration? Be sure to check out last year’s post here.

Reese Moore via Southern Weddings, Sara & Rocky via Southern Weddings, Gracie Blue, Aimee Reynolds, via M. Elizabeth Events

University of Alabama
Nickname: The Crimson Tide
Mascot: Big Al, an elephant
Colors: Crimson and white
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Joined the SEC: Original member (1932)

Unknown, Kourtney Allyse, Taylor Howard

University of Arkansas
Nickname: The Razorbacks
Mascot: Tusk the Razorback
Colors: Cardinal red and white
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Joined the SEC: 1991

Cassidy Carson via Snippet and Ink, Simple Color, The Studio B Photography, Stephen DeVries, Alisha Crossley, Spindle Photography

Auburn University
Nickname: The Tigers
Mascot: Aubie the Tiger. Since 1930, Auburn has also kept an actual eagle as a live, flying mascot at athletic events. War Eagle VII, a golden eagle named Nova, along with Spirit, a bald eagle, perform the “War Eagle Flight” before all Auburn home games at Jordan Hare Stadium!
Colors: Burnt orange and navy
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Joined SEC: Original member

Caroline Lima and Marissa Moss

University of Florida
Nickname: The Gators
Mascot: Albert and Alberta (alligators, of course)
Colors: Orange and blue
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Joined the SEC: Original member

Melissa Schollaert via Southern Weddings, A Bryan Photo, and Brita Photography

University of Georgia
Nickname: The Bulldogs
Mascot: Hairy Dawg, a costumed bulldog, and Uga, a real bulldog (currently the ninth bulldog from the same lineage to hold the role)
Colors: Black and red
Location: Athens, Georgia
Joined the SEC: Original member

Alexis Sweet and Alisha Crossley

University of Kentucky
Nickname: The Wildcats
Mascot: The Wildcat, a wildcat, and Scratch, a more child-friendly wildcat :)
Colors: Kentucky blue and white
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Joined the SEC: Original member

Mark Eric Photography, Rachel Erin Photography, unknown

Louisiana State University
Nickname: The Tigers
Mascot: Mike the Tiger
Colors: Gold and purple
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Joined SEC: Original member

Aislinn Kate Photography and April + Paul Photography

Mississippi State University
Nickname: The Bulldogs
Mascot: Bully, a bulldog
Colors: Maroon and white
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Joined the SEC: Original member

Danny K Photography, The Reason, Courtney Dellafiora via Southern Weddings, unknown, Lovely Union, Paul Johnson

University of Mississippi
Nickname: The Rebels
Mascot: Rebel, a black bear
Colors: Crimson and blue
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Joined SEC: Original member

Austin Gros and Courtney Tompson

University of Missouri
Nickname: The Tigers
Mascot: Truman the tiger
Colors: Black and MU gold
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Joined the SEC: 2012

All by JoPhoto except for third photo by Ramblin Rose

University of Tennessee
Nickname: The Volunteers, or Vols
Mascot: Smokey X, a Bluetick Coonhound (The current Smokey is the tenth since live mascots were adopted in 1953! He is cared for by the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity on campus.)
Colors: White and orange
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Joined the SEC: Original member

Jessica D’Onofrio, Sunglow Photography via Southern Weddings, Krystle Akin via Southern Weddings

Texas A&M
Nickname: The Aggies
Mascot: Reveille, a collie
Colors: Maroon and white
Location: College Station, Texas
Joined SEC: July 1, 2012

Anna & Spencer, unknown

Vanderbilt University
Nickname: The Commodores
Mascot: Mr. Commodore
Colors: Black and gold
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Joined the SEC: Original member

Corey Potter, unknown, unknown

University of South Carolina
Nickname: The Gamecocks
Mascot: Cocky the gamecock
Colors: Garnet and black
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Joined the SEC: 1991

Tell me: Where does your alliance lie? Have you been to or will you be representing your alma mater at your wedding? We’ll be covering the ACC next week, so be sure to send in any good photos you might have to share!

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  1. avatar Lauren Taylor reply

    What a fun round up of photos! I’m a UGA Bulldog living in the Triangle now, so its nice to see some red & black in the middle of all this Carolina blue! My husband’s groom’s cake was a GA Bulldog with a Duke hat (since we were heading up to Durham for him to start Law School this fall), and everyone loved it!

  2. avatar Loverly reply

    The little football chocolate covered strawberries… TOO cute!!

  3. avatar Annie reply

    What about University of South Carolina Gamecocks?!

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  5. avatar J reply

    Next year can you include a USC wedding in the SEC roundup?!

  6. avatar Mary reply

    Woohoo Aggies! Have you ever seen the popular groom’s cake modeled after Kyle field? Those are my favorite!

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Gracious alive, I think we hit the Southern wedding jackpot with Jennifer and Justin’s Virginia wedding! I could literally list each and every one of their details as the best part–I know Kristin would agree, considering their wedding is like a smorgasbord of our combined favorite things! While you must scroll down to completely understand, humor my list-making heart and let me share a few: monogrammed Jacks, pineapple centerpieces with magnolias, seersucker LulaKate dresses, hush puppies, and did I mention monograms galore? Yes, these two included so much Southern goodness in their wedding, and they did so with the best frame of mind: making their friends and family feel at home through sweet Southern hospitality and gracious love.

Hugs to Nikki Santerre for sending us this lovely day!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was the pair of David Yurman pearl earrings my sweet new sister in-law lent me to wear on the wedding day. My something blue was my shoes, a pair of navy blue monogrammed Jack Rogers. My something old was my late grandmother’s handkerchief, which I carried around my bouquet. My something new kept up with our celebratory koozie theme. I asked all the girls to be bridesmaids with monogrammed koozies embroidered with “Will you be my bridesmaid?” so for my something new, my bridesmaid Heather, who does all my monogramming, surprised me with a matching monogrammed bride koozie. It was such a sweet keepsake and it fit perfectly in the pocket of my dress to save for the reception!

Describe your wedding flowers. The bouquets had pink peonies, which are my absolute favorite flowers, and white and green hydrangeas to go with our pink, green, and navy color scheme. We had the same flowers in half the centerpieces, and the other tables had pineapples with magnolias and Spanish moss on them.

Dear Sweet Tea Monograms, can WE be friends?

I am a huge history buff and loved the idea of having our wedding reception at one of the oldest and most historic plantation homes in Virginia. It was a great way to show our family and friends all the wonderful things the South has to offer. The Cathedral was important to us because the Monsignor that does weddings there also did my First Communion and First Reconciliation, so it was very fitting to have him marry us as well. It is also a historical landmark with beautiful architecture and intricate design.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It’s tough to narrow it down to just one because we tried to reflect our personalities and who we are as a couple in almost every aspect of the wedding, but we both agree the location and the weather really helped make the day. The Plantation’s view of the James River and the magnolia and weeping willow-lined walkways made quite the picturesque setting. We could not have asked for better weather–being outdoors in the summer in the South is always a gamble, but we lucked out with sunshine and low humidity, which made for a beautiful day.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We wanted our family and friends to experience a taste of Southern hospitality at our wedding. We served some of our favorite Southern foods including mac and cheese, chicken biscuits, Old Bay shrimp, and my personal favorite, hush puppies. We incorporated the Southern symbol of hospitality, the pineapple, along with magnolias in many of our decorations and details. Every Southern girl loves her monograms, and one of my bridesmaids has a monogramming company, so we put monograms on everything from our favors (koozies, of course), to our cups, to our corn hole boards. We utilized several Southern companies for our wedding party attire and our Firefly and lemonade signature cocktail. Plus, we rocked the dance floor with some of our favorite country and Southern rock songs.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in the summer of 2003. I was finishing up my freshman year of high school and got my first job working as a lifeguard at my neighborhood pool. Justin was finishing up his junior year at a neighboring high school, and was a veteran lifeguard who was assigned to the same pool. After a couple of dates, one of which included dinner at Arby’s and a movie, we have been together ever since! We dated all through college while we were both at James Madison University, stayed together when Justin went to grad school in Florida, then both ended up getting jobs back in Richmond, Virginia.
Tell us all about the proposal! Two of my best friends (and bridesmaids) live around Charleston. We love Charleston, so we could not wait to visit them. While we were down there for a long weekend, we planned a beach day on Sullivan’s Island. We were laying out on the beach looking out at Ft. Sumter and the Charleston skyline when my friends said they had to go back to the car real quick. Justin then asked me if I needed another drink from the cooler. When I turned around, he was on one knee with a koozie embroidered with “Will you marry me?” and my new married monogram on it. He had stuck the ring box in the koozie! Our friends were hiding getting pictures of it all. It was the perfect proposal for me because he made sure to incorporate all of my favorite things: monograms, koozies, the beach, my favorite Southern city, and even some Civil War history!
When did y’all get married? June 28, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I went dress shopping with my mom, my future mother-in-law, and my future sister-in-law in Richmond. A few friends had recommended their bridal consultant from Bella Rosa, so I made an appointment with her. She was so helpful in working with what I knew I didn’t want, and helped me realize what I did want. We ended up narrowing it down to three dresses and I was so indecisive. However, I knew I had found the one when I tried it on and someone in my group mentioned it reminded them of something from “Gone with the Wind.” Extra bonus: it had pockets!
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. We are pretty traditional when it came to wedding details and I always knew I wanted the first time Justin saw me on our wedding day to be when my father walked me down the aisle. I love a good surprise!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows. Again, in keeping with tradition, we thought there was something special about using the same wedding vows that have been used for generations!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? One of the biggest challenges of planning a wedding is staying focused and within budget. In this age of technology, there are so many distractions; with all of those ideas, it is easy to get wrapped up in all the little details and stress about having a “perfect” wedding. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you are married to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Our advice to couples currently planning a wedding is to TRY to relax and enjoy it. It all goes by so quickly, and the next thing you know, you’ll be back at work after the honeymoon wishing you could re-live it all again!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking forward to settling into married life in the Richmond area and enjoying the rest of the summer with our dog, Stonewall. We recently built a house and can’t wait to finish decorating it.

Photographer: Nikki Santerre / Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart / Reception Venue: Berkeley Plantation / Florist: Petals & Twigs / Cake Baker: Candy Valley Cake Company / Caterer: David Watson / Rentals and Lighting: Party Perfect Event & Party Rentals / DJ: Greg Haynes / Paper Products: Collins Printing / Bridal Salon: Bella Rosa / Hair and Makeup: Bombshell Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Jack Rogers / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Zoe” by LulaKate / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaid Richmond / Men’s Attire: Southern Proper / Men’s Attire Store: Natty Beau Richmond / Monogramming: Sweet Tea Monograms / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Kate Spade

marissa Written with love by Marissa
10 Comments
  1. avatar Loverly reply

    Swooning over those seersucker bridesmaids dresses!

  2. avatar Nikki Santerre reply

    Thank you so much for featuring Jen & Justin’s wedding day! xoxo!

  3. avatar Heather reply

    Loved seeing this gorgeous wedding featured on the blog today! As one of Jennifer’s bridesmaids and good friends, this was such a special day for all of us! And YES let’s be friends! :) xo Heather from Sweet Tea Monograms

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  5. avatar AC reply

    I LOVE Jennifer’s dress!! Is there any way you could share the name of the designer or collection?

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi AC! Of course, we tracked down the dress info for you. It’s “Diana” Dress by Kathy Ireland Weddings in ivory, but Jennifer did have a few custom alterations made. Best of luck! xx

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  7. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    The church is stunning and the monogram details on everything are an adorable idea! It really makes the pieces special for that day.

  8. avatar Mer reply

    In love with the pineapple centerpieces – such a brilliant idea. And Stonewall is just a perfect name for a dog!! :)

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