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Savannah, a “backwoods princess,” and her wedding planner, Ms. Brandee Gaar, turned The Lange Farm into a romantic and relaxed reception site full of intimate details. I love how they were able to combine the farm’s natural, rustic charm with feminine accents to make Savannah + Robbie’s big day a sweet marriage (pun intended!) of the couple’s style. Seems only appropriate that these two are going on a “huntingmoon”!

Big thanks to our friend Andi Mans for capturing their big day and making us feel like we were in attendance! Especially that line dance photo!

How fantastic is this, y’all?! That image on the left is the inside of Savannah’s boot – she had them custom made with a piece of the couples’ vows inside! GUSH! Oh, and that big ol’ side braid is so stylish!

Describe your wedding flowers: I really wanted to keep an enchanted feeling with the florals — something magical, yet just-picked. My sister and I grew up as backwoods princesses. I wanted to make it feel just like we did as young girls in the middle of the woods playing dress up with lots of soft colors and bright greens. My florist absolutely nailed it.

How stinkin’ cute are these two? What a sweet set of sisters!

What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? By far the food. We knew from the get-go that if all else failed, our wedding dinner would still be phenomenal. We are HUGE foodies, and that was our top priority. Our best memories are when we are sitting together with family and friends at our favorite restaurant, at home cooking together, or discovering a secret spot when we are on vacation. Food is what brings people together, and it’s what brought us together. We wanted it to be an experience for our guests, not just a meal.

Y’all, I am seriously dying over these chairs! I love how they utilized them at the ceremony AND at the reception. Wonder if i can have them in my house next?

Ok, and now these pups? I can’t get over them!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Robbie wanted it to be the biggest surprise of his life and wanted to keep it special. I agreed. It made the connection between us very special because when we looked at each other, we didn’t see Robbie and Savannah, we immediately saw husband and wife. It was an incredible feeling and no one else existed in that moment.
Did you write your own vows? Yes, we wrote our own vows. My favorite was when Robbie said, “I will always cherish the gift you have so passionately given me: true love.” Robbie loved when I said he was my best friend and the one my soul loves.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Corinthians was read at the ceremony, my favorite bible verse.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of “When a Man Loves a Woman.” We walked back to the acoustic version of “Remember When” by Alan Jackson. Our first dance was “You Had Me From Hello” by Brad Paisley — a song that deeply touches Robbie’s heart. It’s special because Robbie used to sing that to wake me up every morning when we bought our first house.

Still dying over these chairs! Anyone else think I need them?

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We both agree that our dinner with our friends and family was our favorite detail (besides marrying each other). We came up with the idea of setting our table up as a horse shoe. It still distinguished the wedding party, but we were able to see everyone. The decorations were absolutely stunning. It was the perfect blend of simple and elegant and made everyone feel right at home — just the way we like it.

Our wedding was smothered in Southern charm and we wouldn’t have had it any other way! For starters, our venue was on a horse farm and our reception and after party was in a beautiful antique barn. One of my favorite details was that I had a charm of a buck (from a necklace Robbie bought me when I got my first buck) and Robbie’s late father’s watch attached to my bouquet so I had a special piece of family with me. I also rounded up all my gals to join me in a sassy line especially for Robbie. We had custom cowboy boots handmade by Lucchese out of El Paso, Texas, and for a personal detail, we each had a piece of our vows engraved inside our boots!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our poor wedding cake was so simple, but it was so perfect for us. It was a beautiful white three-tiered cake on a wood stump. Growing up, I fell in love with “Steel Magnolias” (that’s where a lot of my inspiration came from) and I always knew I had to have a great groom’s cake at my wedding. My groom was the perfect inspiration for an over-the-top groom’s cake and it absolutely did not disappoint!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Our story is one of true “fate.” I was waitressing at a small Italian restaurant in Ponce Inlet, Fl. Robbie was a regular customer, (large pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms). After a few giggles and small talk, I started to see him more than a few times a month. He actually used to order take out just so we could sit and talk, then he would go home and throw the food away. After eight months of friendship, we started to date. It didn’t take very long for us to be completely in love. We are best friends and we have been having the time of our lives ever since.
Describe the proposal. I thought I would hate him forever for this story, but it has become one of my favorites because it was a proposal with character. Robbie and I had to cancel our Christmas trip to Atlantis unexpectedly and wound up spending Christmas at home. He and I had to drive to our shop to grab a few things before heading to his parents’ house for dinner. I was loading up our truck and I accidentally locked our dog and the keys in the truck. My dear Robbie was furious. After what seemed like a decade, I finally found a locksmith to come unlock the truck for us. As I climbed up in Robbie’s four-wheel drive, my brand new iPhone slipped out of my pocket and shattered. My Christmas Day was off to a bad start, but we finally made it to his parents’ house. After about an hour, Robbie decided it was present time and I went first. Everyone was acting funny and all I could think was, “Dear God, please don’t propose to me. Not here, not now, and definitely not after the way you got mad at me!” Sure enough he got down one knee, and I said yes.
In what month did you get married? December
How many guests attended your wedding? 35
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My sister and I went to Solutions Bridal Orlando and the first gown Roberta brought me was the one we both fell in love with. It just belonged to me, and I knew it was the one I wanted to marry Robbie in.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Having to move our wedding venue. We originally planned to have it at our own ranch. Our vision was to have an intimate ceremony on our 6,000 square foot island in the middle of a pond on our property. Our hearts were broken when we found our new home was infested with termites in the middle of remodeling. With the instability of the situation, we opted for the safer option of moving the venue just six months before our wedding day. After a few venues fell through, our vision for a rustic elegant wedding began to fade. But we kept our spirits high and knew what was meant to be, will be. Sure enough, we found the Lange Farms.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The way my groom looked at me when I walked down the aisle. It was like no one else existed. I know that’s cheesy, but I would give anything to live those moments over and over again. For Robbie, it was when Savannah’s granddad put my hand in his. He said, “It was very symbolic and it made my world complete, he literally gave me my best-friend.”
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I think we both agree that the most important thing to remember is that this is your day and no one else’s. Customize it and make the wedding your own. Just let it be and enjoy your big day. Have an absolute blast, laugh and dance and don’t stop kissing your new husband. It’s an incredible feeling and a beautiful day that is gone in a heartbeat, so don’t spend it stressed. Soak it all up and take it in because that time is so precious.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Well when we get home from our “Huntingmoon” (yes we are hunting for our honeymoon), we will be sitting on the back porch with a big glass of ice tea and be taking a nice deep breath of fresh air because a year of wedding planning sure was fun, but we couldn’t be happier it’s over. Robbie and I fully intend on raising a family in the next few years, but for now my new hubby is building me a nice house with a big wrap-around porch. That’s going to be our next project and we couldn’t be more excited.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Layla Mayville reply

    This wedding is just absolutely gorgeous and I love Andi Mans, she is so talented!

  2. avatar Andi Mans reply

    Thank you SW! And Thank you Layla! You both are SO SWEET! Gosh, I’m so excited to see this feature, what a joy it was to capture!! Yeehaw! :)

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Those boots – so cool!

  4. avatar Tali reply

    Love this bride, sister of the bride, photographer, and of course all the details! This wedding is stunning, just like the bride! We had so much fun assisting the bride and her sister with their wedding wardrobe from dresses to accessories. Best Wishes to Savannah and Robbie!

  5. avatar Dee Shore reply

    I love this wedding! The Chalkboard rules my world.

  6. avatar Kat reply

    those chairs?! yes please!

  7. avatar Kelly C reply

    I can’t believe those chairs! They take this wedding from fab glamour to WOWZA! What a great idea. And you know your guests will be comfy!

  8. avatar Bridget reply

    The dogs are too cute!

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    Where did you get the boots???

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    Can you please share where the boots may be purchased. Thank you!

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Bride Ariana shares her paper flower-filled wedding at The Elms Mansion.

Whether it’s the first dress they try on or the venue they’ve been dreaming of for years, some brides know exactly what they want and the vision that they have in mind. And some are like me: completely indecisive. That’s why I’m excited to introduce y’all to today’s bride, Ariana. She’s a combination of both! While she and Mike might have looked into every possible wedding venue in New Orleans before deciding on The Elms Mansion, once they stood under the gigantic magnolia tree, Ariana finally knew. She remembers looking at the gazebo and thinking, “that’s where we’re going to get married.” Of course, said gazebo needed a touch of something special to make it perfect. Ariana, who just so happens to own a paper flower and décor company, Love & Paper, created a huge 8 foot by 8 foot paper flower wall backdrop for their vows (and for guests to snap photos in front of all night long!). Wondering where else Ariana snuck in her paper flower work? Keep reading to find out!

Big SW hugs to Arte de Vie for sharing this sweet wedding with us!

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Our parents all wanted to be involved in the planning process, which I know definitely made me closer with Mike’s parents and sister. I think it taught us all how to communicate with one another as a big family; there were times when one of us would get frustrated and the others quickly learned how to deal with that. If I ever needed help with something, I knew I always had at least six people who would probably jump on a plane for me. I love that my maid of honor was Mike’s sister, Lauren, and his best man was my brother, Erich. It’s a beautiful thing for my parents and in-laws to get along so well – we all spent this past Christmas together! From day one, marriage always meant the union of our two families, not just the two of us, and planning the wedding was a great exercise for that.

I was so in love with our wedding flowers. I had pages and pages of inspiration photos, and Diane from Fat Cat Flowers nailed it. The color palette was a mix of soft corals, pinks, peaches, light oranges, and yellows. When I first saw the gazebo at the Elms, I knew it had to have a floral chandelier, which turned out to be breathtaking. I love peonies and was somewhat heartbroken when I learned they wouldn’t be in season for the wedding. However, since I have a paper flower and decor business, Love & Paper, I just made my own peonies for my bouquet! I love that while the rest of the flowers wilted over time, I’ll always have the fluffy magenta peonies from my wedding bouquet on display in our home. I had paper flowers all throughout the wedding venue; some were out on display on the tables and other were hidden in with real bouquets.

I knew I wanted to wear a big ball gown, and I tried on so many beautiful dresses. There were a couple that I really liked a lot, but they didn’t give me that “feeling” you hear about. I eventually put on the Hayley Paige “Londyn” gown. The second I stepped out of the dressing room, my mom and I both looked at each other and teared up, knowing it was the one. I loved twirling in all that tulle!

We decided to do a first look because we wanted formal photos in the daylight, and it would be dark by the time the ceremony was over. It also allowed us to dive right into the party after the ceremony. We wanted to soak up every moment possible with our loved ones at our reception, which really does go by so quickly! The first look was such a special moment between the two of us, and gave us the opportunity to take each other in as bride and groom in a relaxed and private manner.

We knew we wanted to get married in New Orleans, since it was our home and where we both spent the majority of our adult lives. I think we looked into every possible wedding venue the city had to offer! Mike was actually the one who first wanted to look at The Elms Mansion, and it was one of the last venues we visited. After we walked through the beautiful historic mansion and lush gardens, we stood under the gigantic magnolia tree (one of the largest in the city), and I remember looking at the gazebo and thinking, “that’s where we’re going to get married.”

When I first started my paper flower business, I committed to making an 8 foot by 8 foot paper flower wall for people to rent for their events. When we got engaged, we knew we had to use it at our own wedding! So we planned on having it as the backdrop for our ceremony. On the morning of our wedding, Mike and his groomsmen skipped their hot shave to set it up with my mom in the gazebo, which was such an act of love. I was so nervous, because it had never even left our house before, let alone made it through an entire event, but it was so rewarding to see so many hours of hard work on display. And I’ve rented it out to two other brides since our wedding!

When I asked my godfather to do a reading, he replied, “no reading is good enough for you- can I write my own?” Seeing as he’s a professional speech writer, I knew he wouldn’t disappoint! He wrote the most beautiful speech for us celebrating our love and relationship. Another dear family friend read the “Blessing of the Hands” right before we exchanged rings, which was so special.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We really did have the absolute dream team of vendors, and I’m still so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such talented people. But if I had to pick one in particular to call out, I have to hand it to wedding coordinator, Belinda Belk (Blue Gardenia Events). I loved our meetings, during which we’d pour over inspiration pictures, specialty linens, florals, color palettes, etc. She helped add so many special details and elements that I wouldn’t have thought of myself. I literally cried when I walked into our venue on our wedding day and saw how perfect and beautiful everything was – exactly how I had pictured it all in my mind, except better. Belinda also just made things so much easier on us as the big day came near, and was extremely helpful with tasks and errands that weren’t even her responsibilities.

There were so many love-filled details of our wedding, it’s hard to choose a favorite. I spent countless hours making paper rose escort cards for our guests, which were pinned to gold frames of moss. The whole family was so helpful, and our little apartment felt and looked like a wedding decor factory. My mother-in-law also secretly made flip flops for our wedding guests, which were revealed at the wedding after our first dance. And they were a huge hit – not a single pair was left behind! Putting together the guests’ welcome bags was a huge collaborative effort. My mom made homemade “graNOLA” bars, a family friend of the Shlanskys made chapsticks, another family friend of theirs made the first aid kits (he even painted on the red crosses with help from Mike’s parents), my grandmother helped put on the personalized water bottle labels, Mike and his dad did shopping runs for Zapp’s potato chips and pralines from New Orleans School of Cooking, and everyone, including a helpful bridesmaid, helped to stuff and and deliver the bags. I think all of the work and love that went into putting those bags together makes them one of my very favorite details!

What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? After our ceremony, we led a second line up and down St. Charles Avenue. Once we got back to the Elms Mansion, I remember standing on the front steps and looking down at the 175 people we love most in the world cheering for and waving at us. That was such a surreal moment. We then went upstairs and signed the marriage papers, and people wanted to give us a few minutes alone to gather our thoughts and eat some dinner. But we spent most of that time peering out the window wanting to rush down to the party! We were so giddy and thinking, “Come on, can’t we do this later!? Let us down there!”

Our wedding cake was half white almond with amaretto buttercream and half devil’s food layered with dark chocolate mousse. The three tier cake was iced with white buttercream and had peachy coral brushstrokes on the top tier and mint brushstrokes on the bottom tier. I wanted a watercolor effect, and Melissa’s Fine Pastries did such a beautiful job with it. I made the paper flowers that cascaded down the cake. Mike has a major sweet tooth, so we also had a table of assorted pastries: fresh fruit tartlets, cayenne bourbon pecan tartlets, carrot cake squares, lemon poppy seed cupcakes, Banana’s Foster cheesecakes, and pecan pralines. Yum!

What was Southern about your wedding? We didn’t have to do much to make our wedding feel Southern, because there is so much Southern history in The Elms Mansion, and the food their chef prepares is very New Orleans. We also had a New Orleans second line after our ceremony, which was such a rush. We’ve participated in many second lines in all of our years in New Orleans, but it was so surreal knowing that this parade was in celebration of us! All of our guests were handed monogrammed handkerchiefs to wave in the air and sweet tea and vodka cocktails to sip as we danced down historic St. Charles Avenue. The umbrellas that Mike and I held were the ones his cousin and his cousin’s wife (who was also one of my bridesmaids) used at their own wedding a few years prior. As wedding favors, I put together little jars of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, complete with custom labels that I designed.

Tell us your love story. I had just moved into an apartment on Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans, and Lucy (my small dog), escaped from my yard. Thinking she had gone through a hole in the fence, I rang the next door neighbor’s doorbell asking if he had seen her. My neighbor told me that he saw a little dog in the middle of the (very busy) street furiously licking a hamburger wrapper as honking cars swerved around her. Thankfully, I got her back later that day. That same neighbor ended up coming over to my birthday party a couple months later, and we became good friends (as did Lucy and his dog, Cole). We remained “just friends” for a year before we decided to start dating, and my next door neighbor became my boyfriend, then my roommate, then my fiance!
Tell us all about the proposal! Over the summer of 2015, I had this feeling that he would propose. I don’t know why, and I definitely didn’t admit it to anyone (I barely admitted it to myself), but that feeling grew stronger and stronger as our annual summer vacation to Block Island, RI approached. When Mike didn’t propose on Saturday night, I thought to myself, “Eh, okay, I was just being silly and my imagination was in overdrive!” On Monday, we were rushing around packing because we had to make a ferry. We were cutting it pretty close (as always), and I had started off toward the car when I saw something written in chalk on the drive ahead of me. I stopped in my tracks and just stared, dumbfounded at what was in front of me: “Ariana, will you marry me?” surrounded by hearts. After what felt like seconds to me, but probably minutes to Mike, I slowly dropped my bags and turned around, only to see Mike on one knee holding a ring! It all felt so surreal that I’m not sure I’d remember all the details if it weren’t for his best friend Jason documenting the entire thing on his iPhone. I went to him and said, “of course!” but was suddenly hit with the reality that we were about to say goodbye to one another for a week. “But now we have to leave?” I asked, through tears. He answered, “Nope, we’re staying ’til Friday!” Apparently, it took a small army, the zipped lips of all four of our parents, PhotoShopped plane tickets to New Orleans and Boston, fake work obligations that had been in place for a month or so in advance, and very careful monitoring and deletion of any emails, texts, or pictures that might tip me off to pull off this very elaborately planned ruse. He said he knew that I might think he’d propose in Block Island, which is why he threw me off by “having to leave” and waiting until the very last minute to do it.
When did y’all get married? October 22nd, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 175
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, which I’ve loved ever since I learned how to play it on the piano when I was little. I really wanted a trumpet to play as my dad walked me down the aisle, and I can’t wait to hear and see it on the video, because I don’t remember it at all! I was too distracted by everyone and everything else around me. My father helped me choose the rest of the ceremony music, since he’s the family expert on classical music. Our first dance song was “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne, which Mike and I chose just a couple nights before the wedding. We only had to listen up to the first refrain to know it was perfect – upbeat, not too sappy, but with a sweet message that resonated with us. We did a combined father/daughter and mother/son dance to “Ain’t that Love” by Ray Charles. It was so lighthearted and sweet; I just love the photos from that moment.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed a pearl bracelet from my mom that my dad gave to her when I was born. My something old was a “Magic Hankie” that was given to me at me as a baby and used as a bonnet at my Christening; I had it tucked into my dress to wipe away any happy tears! I had my toes painted light blue as my something blue, and my dress, veil, shoes, and earrings were all new.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Aside from our letterpress invitations, I did pretty much all of the design work using Photoshop and InDesign for our wedding materials. I designed the save the dates, the A&M monogram, the welcome bag brochures, the ceremony programs, the menu (with help from Belinda), the spice jar favor labels, and small signage. Not having to outsource any of those design jobs helped us save money, and I enjoyed doing it. Another small way I saved money was forgoing expensive designer shoes for a pair of cute, inexpensive flats. A bride will often splurge on a fabulous pair of Jimmy Choos or Christian Louboutins for her wedding day (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), but I personally didn’t see the point, as no one was going to see my shoes under my dress, and I wanted something comfortable as I knew I’d be on my feet all night.
What’s next for you as a couple? We actually just moved to Connecticut at the end of March! We miss New Orleans greatly, but are so excited to really start our life together up here. Mike got an amazing job offer, and we’ll be closer to our parents, which will be wonderful once we’re ready to start a family of our own in a year or two. I’m also really looking forward to bringing my business to a new market and expanding Love & Paper’s reach. We still have a lot of family and friends who live in New Orleans, so we’ll be back often for visits (especially during the snowy northeastern winters).

Photographer: Arte de Vie | Videographer: Dyle Films | Planner: Blue Gardenia Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Elms Mansion | Florist: Fat Cat Flowers | Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Caterer: The Elms Mansion | Rentals: Event Rental | Lighting: Fat Cat Flowers and Blue Gardenia Events | Band or DJ: Bucktown Allstars | Paper Products: Scriptura | Bride’s Gown: “Londyn” by Hayley Paige | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Toni Federici | Hair Stylist: Flawless Bride | Makeup Artist: Flawless Bride | Bride’s Shoes: Dessy | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, Hayley Paige, Dessy | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black | Paper Flowers: Love & Paper | Calligraphy: VCalligraphy | Ceremony musicians: New Orleans Classical and Jazz | Second Line Band: Young Pinstripe Brass Band | Linen: Nuage Designs

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Denis Lunyakin reply

    Divine photos! Thank you for your work!

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All y’all, a drumroll, please! Finalist voting is open for the Best of the South Wedding Awards!!

As you already know, the South is overflowing with amazingly talented vendors, and we’ve got 250+ Pineys finalists to prove it! Over the past week, we’ve spent many, many hours going through every single one of your nominations to tally entries and prepare for final voting.

We owe thousands of thank yous to y’all for taking the time to nominate your favorites, and in doing so, introduce us to some incredible new-to-us vendors and gorgeous locations across our beloved South. Not to get sidetracked, but that’s one of the reasons we started the Pineys in the first place – to introduce y’all to the best our region has to offer. We just didn’t know we’d be surprised with new talent along the way, too!

While we wish we could share every single nominee here today, it’s time to get down to business – and that means finalist voting!

Over the next 5 days, we’ll release all 21 category finalists in batches of 3-5 per day (to avoid writing the longest blog post in the history of blogging ;)). Please vote once in each category; all voting will be open until June 9th.

Up first, the best Southern wedding venues, as nominated by you! We know selecting a venue is a great launching point for wedding planning, so get ready to learn about the best barns, ballrooms, and more below the Mason-Dixon. Without further ado…

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*Note: We combined the Farm and Barn categories for finalist voting, as there was almost total overlap in the nominations!

As a reminder, there are prizes worthy of the Pineys for the winners in each category. In addition to golden pineapple trophies (!) and serious bragging rights, a feature in our tenth-anniversary issue is up for grabs! So cast your votes for your favorites and tell all your friends. We can’t wait to roll out the seersucker carpet and award some shiny gold pineapples in a few weeks!

Check back tomorrow to vote for the finalists in the Calligrapher, Paper Goods, Band, and DJ categories!

Image credits for Prettiest Chapel photos: Live View Studios, The Nolans, Theo Milo, Valles Photography, Ashley Seawell, Landon Jacob, Kristyn Hogan, Pure 7 Studios, Ashley Cox, Chloe Giancola

Image credits for Best Barn or Farm: Candi Leonard, Sawyer Baird, Kristyn Hogan, Hartman Outdoor, Andi Mans, Vue Photography, KT Merry, Anna Paschal, Becca Lea

Image credits for Best Plantation-Style Venue: Nyk + Cali, KMD Creations, Pure 7 Studios, BraskaJennea, Nancy Ray, Pasha Belman, Loren Routhier, A Bryan Photo, Aaron & Jillian, Rebekah Senter, Stephanie Yonce, Allison Pedigo

Image credits for Best Hotel or Ballroom Venue: Altmix Photography, Archetype Photo, Amy Arrington, McCardell Photography, Eric Kelley, Mecca Gamble

Image credits for Best Garden Venue: Amy Arrington, Kristyn Hogan, Christen Jones, Kevin Milz, Nicole Barrett, Anna Shackleford, Eric Boneske

Palmetto Bluff, Old Edwards, Cedarwood Weddings, Amy Arrington, Anna Shackleford, Nancy Ray, Proximity Hotel, Live View Studios, The Nolans, Theo Milo, Landon Jacob, Sawyer Baird, Becca Lea, and KT Merry are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
167 Comments
  1. avatar Mary Douglass Smith reply

    Voted for Wavering Place! Such a gem in SC!

  2. avatar Shana Adams reply

    Thank you for doing this!!!!

  3. avatar Sherry butler reply

    Waverly place is so beautiful!

  4. avatar Rose Shiver reply

    Wavering Place!!!

  5. avatar Rose Shiver reply

    Congratulations to all of the nominees

  6. avatar Desi Fernandez reply

    You should consider adding the Lace House to the list of garden locations

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thanks for the suggestion, Desi! These finalists came from nominations from our readers, not our choices! :)

  7. avatar Rachel reply

    Wavering Place Plantation by far is the best venue for a wedding! The service, beauty and location is beyond expectations.
    This venue is a must for any wedding or event!

  8. avatar Sarah Shell reply

    <3 Wavering Place!

  9. avatar Julisa reply

    Love the venues!

  10. avatar Melissa Vessechia reply

    Very beautiful venues!

  11. avatar Mac Mosier reply

    Wavering Place Plantation in South Carolina is outstanding.

  12. avatar Ponza Vaughan reply

    Wavering Place is the hear and soul of the South

  13. avatar Lola Dee Photography reply

    Such beautiful venues! It’s hard to pick! I love Wavering Place.

  14. avatar Leslie Ellison reply

    As a former wedding and event planner (Dreamy AffairsSignature Weddings) I had the pleasure of visiting several of these locations-beautiful! Best of the Best!!

  15. avatar Morgan reply

    Wavering Place is like a dream it is so beautiful!

  16. avatar Zimri reply

    Beautiful venue choices

  17. avatar Leslie reply

    Love the barn venues

  18. avatar Jan reply

    Aldridge Gardens is beautiful.

  19. avatar Leslie reply

    i would love to visit all of these

  20. avatar Jc reply

    Might get married at any of these especially the ballrooms

  21. avatar Bernadette Callahan reply

    Beautiful places, and Bethesda is my favorite.

  22. avatar Tamyra Keller reply

    Good Luck Mary Ann and Tom

  23. avatar kendra reply

    Biltmore Estate is beautiful

  24. avatar Jamie w reply

    Thats so great for them all to have made it this far

  25. avatar Debbie Diaz reply

    The Biltmore Estate is beautiful!

  26. avatar Ashlee reply

    Birmingham has some of the best venues around! We love working with The Barn at Shady Lane, Grand Bohemian Hotel and Aldridge Gardens! Congrats friends for being a finalist!

  27. avatar Will reply

    Go Big Spring!

  28. avatar Becca Melton reply

    I recently got married at Cedarwood in Nashville and it was the most gorgeous wedding ever! I love that place and the staff all so much! My our wedding day perfect!

  29. avatar Alli reply

    Big spring farm!!!

  30. avatar Sean Ankenbruck reply

    There are some great venues mentioned in this article!

  31. avatar whitney reply

    Cedarwood is the best! Timeless beauty and the staffs attention to detail is amazing.

  32. avatar Luanne ashlock reply

    Cypress Grove is an amazing magical place! My daughter’s wedding was perfect! Thank you Cara!

  33. avatar Laurie Summers reply

    Summerfield Farms is a little slice of Heaven right here in Summerfield

  34. avatar Larry Hicks reply

    The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel is a beautifully restored 1800’s church.

  35. avatar Cliff spencer reply

    Shady grove rocks

  36. avatar Debra reply

    Absolutely love THE BARN AT SHADY GROVE!

  37. avatar Diana Braun reply

    Love All Saints Chapel!!!!

  38. avatar Diana Braun reply

    Love All Saints Church in Raleigh, NC!

  39. avatar Gail Wiesner reply

    Beautiful places. Difficult choices!

  40. avatar Wendy Dutton reply

    J&D Farms is amazing!

  41. avatar Elaine Guthrie reply

    Summerfield Farms!

  42. avatar Regina reply

    The venues were so beautiful all of them.

  43. avatar Lynn Lester reply

    Cypress Grove is beautiful.

  44. avatar Kristine Schaffer reply

    Magnolia Gardens is the most romantic gardens in the south with so many acres of beauty. The white covered bridge and red bridge surrounded by so many plants, flowers, trees, especially the magnolia trees. The staff and volunteers provide excellent service with a friendly smile. Southern Hospitality is given to each guest and visitor at the most romantic place in Charleston, SC. Magnolia Gardens has been my favorite plantation since I was 7 years old so that is 43 years of seeing and loving everyday I visit.

  45. avatar Catherine Cooper reply

    Whitfield Chapel- Bethesda Acadamey

  46. avatar Lyla Woodward reply

    The Duke Chapel is beautiful, but it gets plenty of publicity, whereas All Saints Chapel is just as beautiful, but not well known.

  47. avatar Jennifer Taber reply

    We love All Saints Chapel!

  48. avatar Robin reply

    Love The Parlour!

  49. avatar Melissa Rice reply

    All of these places are beautiful

  50. avatar Ann Stanford reply

    The Shady Grove Barn is beautiful inside and out!

  51. avatar Tambra Williams reply

    Spain Ranch rocks!

  52. avatar Donna Duvall reply

    Love Big spring farm!

  53. avatar Shannon reply

    all are such beautiful venues. it’s hard to choose just one!

  54. avatar Chelsea Pockman reply

    J&D Farms!

  55. avatar Becky pollock reply

    My wedding day at Cedarwood was nothing short of magical. I didn’t have a worry in the world and the wedding coordinators took care of everything and made it look effortless. I received so many compliments on the venue and style of the wedding and that was all due to Cedarwood. I would do it again next weekend if I could!!

  56. avatar Becky pollock reply

    Cedarwood was hands down the best decision I ever made!! I’m ready to do it again this weekend!

  57. avatar Michaela Davis reply

    Beautiful venues

  58. avatar Stephanie Couch reply

    Summerfield Farms is my FAVORITE!

  59. avatar Mark Leggett reply

    Congratulations to all of the finalists!

  60. avatar Elizabeth Biber reply

    Love seaside!

  61. avatar Linda Wright reply

    We are so honored to be nominated for this prestigious list!

  62. avatar Joan Lee reply

    Beautiful venue run by beautiful people!

  63. avatar Alexandra reply

    The Roosevelt New Orleans

  64. avatar Ashley reply

    The Greenbrier is a beautiful place to get married!

  65. avatar jean reply

    Go Greenbrier Resort

  66. avatar Karen Stanfield reply

    We absolutely love catering at J&D Farms. The venue is breathtaking and Danny, Jana and Patrick are so wonderful to work with.

  67. avatar Roxana Hebert reply

    The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom is one of the most beautiful hotel ballrooms I have seen!

  68. avatar Kristen Barner reply

    Magnolia Plantation is the best!!! Always my favorite place to officiate!

  69. avatar Lia reply

    Seaside Chapel is so romantic!

  70. avatar Elise Bean reply

    One venue that I did not see that should have been included was Anchorage1770 in Beaufort, SC. Right across from the harbor, horse and buggy ride and gorgeous settings for pictures in and outside the grounds. Please consider them another time.

  71. avatar Penni Hochuli reply

    LANGE FARM IS BEAUTIFAL FOR WEDDINGS.

  72. avatar Sol Moreno reply

    Magnolia is where we are getting married in October! We can not wait!!! Everything is so gorgeous!

  73. avatar Anita Heyd reply

    The Roosevelt Hotel ballrooms are beautiful.

  74. avatar David Smith reply

    Great selections of venues.

  75. avatar Jessica Allison reply

    Love WinMock and Rebecca and Laura are amazing at their work!

  76. avatar Staci Bridgewater reply

    Love J & D Farms! My daughter’s wedding is there this Saturday, 5.27.17!!!

  77. avatar Cathleen Camann reply

    All Saints Chapel

  78. avatar karli christman reply

    Summerfield is a gorgeous place to have a wedding or any special event

  79. avatar Nancy Bancroft Hiers reply

    My daughter was married at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah and it was gorgeous!

  80. avatar Alisha Harris reply

    I love The Barn at Shady Grove it’s so beautiful and elegant.

  81. avatar Allyson Hank reply

    They are all beautiful!!!

  82. avatar Sharon Van kemp reply

    Summerfield Farms is a gorgeous venue !

  83. avatar Tammy Knapp reply

    This is an amazing accomplishment.

  84. avatar Mattie reply

    All of the venues are beautiful

  85. avatar Loucrecia Hollingsworth reply

    I attended a wedding at J&D Farms. It was the most beautiful & fun wedding I’ve ever been to! It was like a fairy tale!

  86. avatar Vyonne reply

    Magnolia Plantation is perfection!

  87. avatar Jan Eldridge reply

    Lovely finalists!

  88. avatar Mari lindsay reply

    Love the Carolina Inn

  89. avatar Telissa Long reply

    The Barn at Shady grove definitely has my vote!

  90. avatar Suzanne reply

    Wavering Place Plantation- so beautiful!!

  91. avatar Paddy nyegard reply

    The Lang Farm is an amazing venue!
    The staff makes sure your wedding is “your” wedding ! Not some cookie cutter version

  92. avatar Caitlyn reply

    All Saints is wonderful. I got married there!!!

  93. avatar Debra reply

    J.D. Farms!!!

  94. avatar Kenna Covington reply

    This was fun! I’m a wedding officiant and I’ve had the honor of visiting many of these venues. As an officiant, I feel like I have the best seat in the house because I get to see it all, the location, the guests, and the wedding couple up close.

    This list is extensive and includes many gorgeous venues. I think my favorite venue of 2017 so far is a place I never knew existed: Winston Salem’em Graylyn Estate. I’m a native North Carolinian and recently officiate a wedding in the tobacco Baron’s turn off the century home. My family is planning to return for a tour because it’s spectacular!

    Thank you for highlighting so many wonderful wedding venues.

  95. avatar Shug Franks reply

    Love Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for the perfect wedding. Words cannot express the beauty and the concept of the peacefulness.

  96. avatar Holley skaggs reply

    Love J&D Farms! Beautiful place

  97. avatar Jill reply

    Magnolia Plantation and Gardens…the best anytime of the year!

  98. avatar Mary Kate reply

    I just got married at Adaumont Farm this weekend. It was absolutely beautiful and exceeded every expectation and vision that I had for our wedding!

  99. avatar Candice reply

    Adaumont Farms I live close to and pic do ant do it justice. The entire property and barn not pictured are just beautiful

  100. avatar The Barn at Shady Lane reply

    We love this contest and we are honored to be a finalist! Thanks!

  101. avatar Jim Rohan reply

    The Greenbrier is an incredible wedding site.

  102. avatar Tracy Boyd reply

    Love Proximity Hotel

  103. avatar michael hwang reply

    All Saints was simply the only choice for our wedding.

  104. avatar Linda Wickersham reply

    Look forward to the results😍

  105. avatar Donna Duvall reply

    Love how Big Spring Farm sits in the middle of the beautiful mountains with the little lake and beautiful views!

  106. avatar Meagan reply

    Loved all these vendors… it was near impossible to choose just one!

  107. avatar Taylor Triana reply

    We love the Roosevelt! An incredible venue.

  108. avatar Jaclyn Gibbs reply

    Beautiful wedding spots!

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  110. avatar Sarah reply

    Go Nottoway! It’s absolutely the best venue out there..😍

  111. avatar Donna Beamer reply

    All are beautiful and deserving.

  112. avatar Sidney reply

    Middleton Place the best

  113. avatar Joan Shortino reply

    All of the entrants are beautiful but Middleton Place is breath taking.

  114. avatar Jennifer Rhodes reply

    Great places

  115. avatar Gina Carter reply

    Summerfield Farms ROCKS!

  116. avatar karli christman reply

    Summerfield farms is the most beautiful farm venue ever.

  117. avatar Stephanie reply

    Great venues!

  118. avatar Shelby McDaniel reply

    Getting married at Middleton Place, on butterfly lakes February 17, 2018! :)

  119. avatar Karla Palomo reply

    I love summerfield farms for the diversity of their venue. It’s gorgeous, anytime of the year!

  120. avatar Jesse Rodriguez reply

    Been to 3 weddings at Montage. BEAUTIFUL CHAPEL!

  121. avatar Emily Cohn Smith reply

    This is so neat! I was just married at the May River Chapel in Bluffton, SC and our reception was The Peabody in Memphis, TN!

  122. avatar Mary reply

    Adaumont is exceptional!

  123. avatar Jackie Arthur reply

    Middleton Place is not only beautiful and romantic, but an authentic plantation with the original “family home”. The gardens contain so many different types of plants and layouts – wedding photos and ceremonies can take place to meet everyone’s desires.

  124. avatar kelli reply

    Montage Palmetto Bluff has the best venues!!!!

  125. avatar Emma Nunn reply

    Such hard decisions! All so beautiful.

  126. avatar Lauren reply

    All choices were idyllic, very hard to pick favorites!

  127. avatar Tim doney reply

    Merrimonwynne

  128. avatar Stephanie Robinson reply

    All are breathtaking.

  129. avatar Robin reply

    Enjoyed. Looking at all of the beautiful Wedding Venues!!!!

  130. avatar Karli Christman reply

    i love summerfield farms

  131. avatar Connie Vinson reply

    We love Summerfield Farms

  132. avatar Sparkycavallo17@yahoo.com reply

    They truly took waverly place and made it come alive again. They poured their heart and soul into this plantation. When you’re there you feel like youre with family not a venue

  133. avatar Heidi Bolden reply

    beautiful venues

  134. avatar walker sanders reply

    Summerfield Farms is the best in the State and likely SE.

  135. avatar paula hunter reply

    I am THRILLED that The Merrimon-Wynne House has been nominated!

  136. avatar Amber allen reply

    Bridle Oaks Bar. In Deland, FL is absolutely breathtaking. Please look into it.

  137. avatar Courtney Kirchmann reply

    I loved our wedding at Merrimon-Wynne!!!

  138. avatar Emily reply

    Merrimon- Wynne!!

  139. avatar NINA TIE reply

    I am having my wedding at Merrimon-Wynne and I’m so excited about it!

  140. avatar Rachel reply

    Rose Hill Mansion is beautiful!

  141. avatar Jessica reply

    Magnolia!

  142. avatar Shirley reply

    Pippin Hill has the best views and location for a wedding!

  143. avatar Kaylah McKinley reply

    We are getting married there this November 4th! So excited! Good luck!

  144. avatar Lauren S reply

    Hi! What time does voting end tomorrow? Thanks :)

  145. avatar HOLLY reply

    Summerfield Farms is the PERFECT slice of heaven on earth with two amazing barn venues, an on-site Market, organic produce and grass-fed beef! We love spending all of life’s special moments at Summerfield Farms!

  146. avatar Roxana Hebert reply

    The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel is my favorite!

  147. avatar Pam C reply

    I love Summerfield Farms!

  148. avatar Brie reply

    Summerfield farms is a dream!!!

  149. avatar Bryan Tice reply

    Beautiful venues!!

  150. avatar Diane Adams reply

    Holly with Barn at Summerfield Farm is wonderful to work with for any occasion!

  151. avatar Paula J Stober reply

    Summerfield Farms is a beautiful place

  152. avatar Lily reply

    Beautiful Venues!

  153. avatar Brittnie reply

    Lovely wedding venues ! They are all
    Winners!

  154. avatar Jessica S. reply

    So many memories in many of these places. This is a great line up!

  155. avatar nicole orie reply

    Love what you do! The Biltmore Estate is beautiful!

  156. avatar Liliana castille reply

    Nottoway makes your dream wedding come true!

  157. avatar Chelsea engel reply

    Nottoway is so beautiful!

  158. avatar Laurie Summers reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Summerfield Farms Barns

  159. avatar Alene Awerbach reply

    Adaumont farm is my favorite

  160. avatar Erin Fuller reply

    Love Magnolia Plantation💗💗💗💗

  161. avatar Robert conkey reply

    I love big spring farm

  162. avatar Kellie Jo Bell reply

    The Biltmore. Such a beautiful place with wonderful wedding planner such as Meredith Hearld

  163. avatar Lisa Gregory reply

    J&D is beautiful!

  164. avatar Angelica reply

    Biltmore!

  165. avatar Traci reply

    The Biltmore

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