Meredith + John’s pastoral wedding at their family farm in Alabama is beautiful in the most subtle and natural ways. Trying not to compete with the rolling hills and lakes as a backdrop, the couple chose floral accents that would be ethereal and natural. The wildflowers tied to the fence post with a lush velvet ribbon are a simple but beautiful detail, but I’m blown away by the babys breath and grapevine that decorate Meredith + John’s altar. And Meredith’s bouquet? Just amazing. Take a look through these photos by Stephen DeVries and you’ll agree with me!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met when I was home from school for Thanksgiving break almost 6 years ago. I knew we would get married after we had hung out for just two nights. It took John just a bit longer to come to the same realization.
Describe the proposal. We went out to the state park to walk our dogs. We climbed up to the top of the ridge, and he proposed standing on a rock where we had sat and talked many times throughout the previous years of our relationship.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Sunny, peaceful, pastoral.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. It was the main reason we chose to get married at the farm, the biggest and most beautiful detail of the whole wedding would be this backdrop of nature. We could never have created a setting as lovely inside any manmade building. Another favorite was the fireworks display at the end of the night! It was a surprise gift to us from John’s parents, and it was spectacular.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The musicians who are friends of ours played traditional Appalachian songs before, during, and after the wedding ceremony. Also, Chef Robby Melvin prepared and served a lovely meal using local and regional ingredients, including organic vegetables, quail and Gulf shrimp. I suppose the most Southern aspect of our wedding was, again, the setting. The wedding took place entirely outdoors between the rolling hills and scattered lakes of a West Alabama farm.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I had actually seen a picture of this dress a few years ago online and always remembered it as the prettiest dress I’d ever seen. When we got engaged, I mentioned this sighting to my mother, who immediately tracked down the one and only sample of the dress still available to try on, which was in the Vera Wang boutique in Manhattan. It was a good excuse for my mom, sister, and I to visit New York. It ended up being the only dress I tried on, so it was worth the trip.
Photographer: Stephen DeVries // Venue: family farm in Livingston, Alabama // Florist: Kathy Miller Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Pastry Art // Caterer: Salt Fine Catering // Paper Products: bride // Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: J.Crew // Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: various // Accessories: earrings by Etc., groomsmen’s ties by Otis James