Featuring excellent photography has always been one of our highest priorities at Southern Weddings, and we are so honored to have featured so many wonderful photographers this past year. They effortlessly capture the day’s emotion as beautifully as its details, and in doing so give us all a peek into so many special wedding days. Here are just a few of the favorite moments we had the privilege of sharing this year.
Part II of this New Orleans wedding does not disappoint! Andrea and Tres had their three-tiered cake made by NOLA staple, Gambino’s. The cake was topped with magnolias, the state flower of Mississippi, and the pretty pink color was matched perfectly to a swatch of Andrea’s bridesmaids’ dresses! The newlyweds danced the night away at the beautiful antebellum home at Southern Oaks Plantation where Armosa Studios captured the gorgeous wedding.
Describe your wedding cake: We got our wedding cake from the one and only Gambino’s, a New Orleans staple. We had three layers: red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, buttercream cake with buttercream icing, and another layer of buttercream cake with raspberry icing. A swatch of my bridesmaids’ dresses was given to the baker to make the cake the exact pink color of their dresses, and it was topped with magnolias, continuing the Southern theme. The taste of the cake was more important than anything for us, and Gambino’s was a charm!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It was difficult planning a New Orleans wedding in Memphis, but Tres and I made several trips down to The Big Easy to get everything squared away. We were lucky enough to have such great vendors, that we never ran into a problem too stressful.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? After we were pronounced husband and wife, walking down the aisle hand in hand was one of the warmest feelings I’ve ever had. I knew we were going to ride away in the horse and carriage together, but we had no idea our venue, Southern Oaks, would make the conclusion of our ceremony so exhilarating. When we got in the carriage, the Black Eyed Peas song, “I Got a Feeling” began to play. The carriage circled around our guests who were all standing and clapping their hands to the music. When we got to the front of the aisle, out of nowhere, streamers and confetti came down on top of us and fireworks went off in the distance. Tres and I were completely surprised and our guests were in complete awe. A lot of smiles, laughs, and a complete celebration came from that moment, and I felt it was a perfect, fun beginning to our new life together.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We each wrote our own vows to each other. The vow I made to Tres that I take most to heart is: “I promise to love you more tomorrow than I do today and love you even more each day to follow. And if times get tough, to promise to pull these vows out, read them, and remind myself of what I promised you on this day.”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? One of the main aspects of our relationship is how much fun we have together, and right now we are enjoying life as a married couple and living it to the fullest. We have already traveled together so much in just the seven months we have been married and have many more travels planned for the future. We are both very focused on our careers and will continue to support and encourage each other in the work we do. Mostly, we are blessed to have found each other and are looking forward to our everlasting lives together!
Andrea + Tres’ evening nuptials at the Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans combines a touch of glam with down-South charm. Andrea walked down the aisle with a beautiful bouquet of white roses, courtesy of Fat Cat Flowers, and some killer blue Christian Louboutin pumps. I love that Andrea had her nine bridesmaids, wearing Watters dresses, carry single magnolia blooms down the aisle. The newlyweds rode away in a horse and carriage after being pronounced husband and wife as fireworks shot off in the background–now that’s the way to celebrate a marriage! Thanks Armosa Studios for sharing this gem!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at work. Tres had just moved to Memphis from Knoxville, and a big group of our work friends were going to dinner after work. After dinner, the two of us got into deep conversation. We were having so much fun talking to each other that when we finally looked up, all of our friends had left!
Describe the proposal. It was perfect. We had just left Napa Valley after wine tasting for a few days and were headed to San Francisco for the rest of the week. We drove to a park overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, and Tres asked me there. Aside from the wedding, it was the most exciting day of my life. There’s a funny story that I have to mention, though. Tres set up the video camera so we could wave into it in front of the Golden Gate Bridge when what he really wanted was for our proposal to be on camera so my parents could see it when we returned. After the proposal, we couldn’t wait to watch it. We got in the car and turned on the camera. The shot of us waving was perfect, but literally the second Tres got down on his knee to propose, the wind moved the camera so that the only thing seen was the Golden Gate Bridge. We still laugh about it and, bridge or not, I love that we have some of it on camera!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Timeless, fun, perfection
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Everything about our wedding was Southern! Our theme was Southern vintage, and our venue, Southern Oaks Plantation, set the tone for all the details. The front lawn of the antebellum home served as our ceremony site with a horse and carriage incorporated into the ceremony. Magnolias played a big role in our wedding, as I’m from Mississippi, and it’s the state flower. My girls carried magnolias down the aisle, and magnolias were also included on our invitations and our wedding cake. To give the guys a Southern touch, they wore cotton bloom boutonnieres. The food was completely New Orleans style with everything from jambalaya and gumbo to crawfish and oysters being served.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went to Atlanta to find the dress of my dreams with my my mom, grandmother, aunt and cousin, who all came in from Austin, TX. It only took two places and about 10 dresses before I put on the one I loved most. I knew I wanted a dropped waist silhouette and a sweetheart neckline, but not taffeta. Well, the perfect dress just happened to be taffeta! My advice? Never say never!