Emily’s told me a bit about her love for outdoor weddings – outdoor, as in no tent, no coverings, no nothing – and after seeing Nicki + Mike’s reception pictures from Pure 7 Studios, I have to agree there’s something really magical about a truly outdoor celebration. And the Eden Gardens couldn’t have offered a more perfect backdrop for the newlyweds’ authentic Southern soiree, right? Nouveau Flowers styled the bright, summery blooms, and Confections on the Coast designed the couple’s elegant four-tier cake. More? Visit Pure 7 Studios’ blog post here!
Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets were a mixture of rosette succulents, white anemones, coral dahlias, coral garden roses and double yellow tulips accented with artesian foliage and wrapped in lace. The flower girls wore an adorable halo designed with coral sweetheart roses and white anemones, accented with artesian foliage. They carried fern wands designed with ribbon streamers and complimenting flowers. The Groom, groomsmen, ushers and ring bearer wore a unique boutonniere made from small succulents with a curly willow accent.
Describe your wedding cake: White Garden Roses. My favorite part was that every layer was a different flavor. The first layer was French vanilla with mascarpone cheese and white chocolate filling, the second layer was Fresh strawberry with cream cheese filling, the third layer was Grand Marnier butter cake with blackberry filling and the top layer was Lemon poppy seed with lemon curd filling. The Grooms cake, the ole’ ball and chain, was Viennese Chocolate with chocolate butter cream.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We live in Mississippi but wanted to get married in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. However, this was not so much a challenge, thanks to Shelby Peaden Events. Jenny, my mother in law, and I went to Santa Rosa Beach one weekend to meet with Shelby and her recommended vendors. We hammered it all out in one weekend. There was an instant trust built with Shelby that weekend…and WOW…you see the results!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Mike’s father announcing us as Mr. and Mrs. Michael Christopher Gatling for the first time.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We have both moved to Madison, Mississippi where we will start building our lives together. We’re looking forward to children! We are both settled in our careers and Joe needs siblings.
Congratulations, Nicki + Mike! Wishing you a lifetime of laughs and happiness.