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There is nothing like a classic Southern wedding to welcome you back from the weekend! From the beautifully renovated 1830s bridal suite to the long driveway lined with oak trees leading up to the perfectly Southern plantation, I can personally attest to how absolutely gorgeous The Oaks Plantation is. My sister-in-law was married there and it’s even more dreamy in person! Together with their planner, Southern Posies, Mallory and Andy added stunning florals and meaningful details to the venue that not only made their day even more beautiful, but also honored their families. And, those mini pecan pies and peach cobblers topped with vanilla ice cream? M + A, y’all should have saved one for me!

We’re sure glad Erika Tracy of Kim Box Photography was on hand to capture such a lovely day!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom and sister went with me to try on dresses, and I found my wedding dress at J. Andrews Bridal in Peachtree City. I tried on about 10 dresses and fell in love with two of them. While I was trying to decide between the two that I loved, a girl next to me put on the most beautiful dress. I asked the lady who was helping me if I could try on that dress, and once I put it on, we all knew it was the one. It wasn’t anything like what I had pictured, but I loved it so much, we bought it that day!

Our wedding flowers were my favorite thing about our wedding! I don’t know much about the different types of flowers, but I knew I wanted pastel colors to match my bridesmaids’ dresses. For my bouquet, I wanted slightly cascading flowers that were loosely pulled together. I described my vision to my wedding planner, Crystal Strickland, who also did all of the flowers, and she truly brought it to life. At the end of the altar, we had a large wooden cross that was covered with flowers. We dedicated the cross in memory of our loved ones who couldn’t be there with us.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes, we chose to do a first look for several reasons. I wanted to have a special moment for just the two of us, and I knew that if I waited until the ceremony to see him, I probably would have cried the entire ceremony. When we saw each other, sure enough, we both cried! I also wanted this time to exchange gifts that we had gotten each other. He surprised me with a second band, and I got him a study Bible with his name engraved on it–I knew he had been wanting it for a while. I am very glad he and I had this private time with each other prior to the ceremony.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We didn’t have any readings during our ceremony, but our pastor made the ceremony very personal. Prior to the ceremony, he asked Andy and I some personal questions about each other, like what was your first thought when you met each other, what do you love the most about each other, what is the funniest memory you have of one another, etc. He incorporated both of our answers during the ceremony, making it very special to both of us.

When our wedding planner took my mom and I to visit The Oaks, I discovered that the pictures that I had previously seen of it did not do the venue justice! The long driveway lined with oak trees leading up to the plantation truly took our breath away. The landscape is what sealed the deal–I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding and could only imagine how beautiful it would be there. We decided that the wedding ceremony would take place in the front yard under a huge oak tree and the reception would be in the back under a tent. I loved the idea of having our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception all at the same place. The Oaks was the perfect venue for us!

Describe your wedding cake and dessert. I wanted our wedding cake to be simple and classic. We also had mini pecan pies placed in small skillets, along with mason jars filled with peach cobbler and topped with vanilla ice cream.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met on Memorial Day at a party at Gant Lake, not too far from where we both live and attended school. I went with one of my close friends, who was dating Andy’s younger brother at the time. I knew who Andy was, but we had never officially met before that night. Andy has always been very outgoing; he walked right up to us almost immediately after entering the party and my friend introduced us. He instantly struck up a conversation with me, and by the end of the night, he asked me to dance. We have been together almost every day since then.
Tell us all about the proposal! A few months before Andy proposed, he surprised me with a golden retriever puppy named Baylee. We try to spend as much time as we can outside with her, allowing her to run and play. This particular Friday was no different than any other Friday–when we got home from work, he asked if I wanted to take Baylee on a ride and let her play. When we got in the car, we started talking about the different places we could take her. He told me he would like to go to his friend’s family’s land outside of town. When we made it, we got out of the car and played with Baylee. We could see storm clouds rolling in, so I suggested we leave before it started raining. I could tell Andy didn’t want to, but couldn’t figure out why. While I was trying to get Baylee into the car, he told me he had a surprise for me in the back of his truck, so he walked over to get it. He pulled out a big brown paper bag and told me to close my eyes. When I opened my eyes, he was down on one knee with a ring box in his hand. Needless to say, I was in complete shock! Of course, I said yes, and kept asking “Do my parents know? Does my sister know?” Earlier that day, he had gone to Montgomery to ask my dad if he could marry me, to Eufaula to pick up the ring, and back to Troy to propose. He had had a very busy day, to say the least!
When did y’all get married? May 9, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We wanted use our programs to include all of our family members who weren’t able to be with us. We also wanted to do something special in memory of Andy’s dad, who passed away several years ago. We set up a table with a picture of him and a framed quote. It was important to us to include him on our special day.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I couldn’t imagine my wedding without my wedding planner. She made sure every detail was perfect during my experience, not only the day of the wedding, but during the planning process as well.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are looking forward to decorating and settling into our first home together. We are excited to share our first holidays together as husband and wife, and look forward to making new memories together!

Photographer: Erika Tracy of Kim Box Photography / Planner and Florist: Southern Posies / Venue: The Oaks Plantation / Baker: Peggy McKinney / Caterer: A Catered Affair / Rentals: Brendle Rentals / DJ: Moon Dance / Ceremony Sound Tech: Chris McCoy / Violinist: Beth Hoener / Paper Products: Kwik Kopy / Bride’s Gown: Watters / Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Jess / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Love Lane Collection at Bella Bridesmaid / Menswear: Mr. Burch Formal Wear

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Wedding Venues reply

    All the pastel colours, light sun and natural venue create stunnig effect. And their story is so lovely

  2. avatar Elizabeth L. reply

    Perfectly Southern, I love it! Those sweet treats have my mouth watering and her flowers are simply stunning!

  3. avatar Elizabeth F. reply

    Everything about this wedding is perfection.

  4. avatar Linda Murdock reply

    who designed and printed the beautiful invitations?

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When you get engaged at a State Fair, it seems only fitting that your wedding has the same amount of color, whimsy, and fun! Country club weddings occasionally get a bad rap for all looking the same or being too difficult to personalize, but I daresay that Brooke and Bryan blew that idea out of the water. With the help of their planner, Kim Bignon, and designer, Stacy Coon Stage, they turned the Orlando Country Club into a truly fabulous and colorful place to become husband and wife!

We’re so happy Amalie Orrange shared this celebration with us!

Tell us all about the proposal! One of our first “official” dates was to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. Each year after that, we made sure to make at least one trip back to visit and snag a corndog. On our anniversary last year, Bryan convinced me that we were going to the fair to watch his dad receive an award. During our walk to “find his parents,” he stopped me in a garden, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him! After he proposed, he surprised me even more with a party, complete with our friends, his family, and most importantly, my family who had secretly flown in from Florida. We ended the night with the fair’s mascot, Big Tex, congratulating us. It was perfect!

Living in Dallas while my mom and sister were living in Orlando made wedding dress shopping a little tricky. We were lucky to find one weekend when everyone could be in Orlando together to speed-shop for dresses! I tried on dresses in three stores, and by the second store, I knew I had found the one. It was the perfect mix of several other dresses I had liked earlier in the day! Although it was a bit scary committing to a dress after only one day of searching, I knew it was the one when every dress I tried on afterwards didn’t even compare.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Bryan and I chose not to do a first look before our wedding because we thought it would take away from the magical moment of walking down the aisle. Right before the ceremony, when the nerves were setting in, I thought it may have helped if I had seen him already. Walking down the aisle towards him was such an amazing moment though, and I am so glad we waited to see each other then.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Although it’s hard to pick just one detail, I think our favorite was our confetti exit. Our wedding designer, Stacy Coon, created the most elaborate and beautiful confetti bar where guests could make their own mix of confetti. There were about twenty varieties of confetti to choose from, including pieces with our pictures on them. As we made our exit, not only did our guests shower us with confetti, but there were also ten confetti cannons shot from the balcony above us. It was so much fun and made for great pictures!

Our ceremony and reception were both at the Country Club of Orlando, the country club I grew up attending. We initially wanted our ceremony to be in my parents’ backyard in Orlando, but due to the bugs and weather in Florida, we decided an indoor venue was a better choice. Since we couldn’t be in the backyard, the country club right down the block was the next best thing.

Our flowers were magnificent! Lana from Fairbanks Florist has been a long-time friend of the Bosserman family. She did an amazing job taking some of my weak ideas and turning them into beautiful floral pieces throughout the ceremony and reception venue. She made hundreds of arrangements in hues of red, pink, and white. Everywhere I looked, there was one (or ten!) of her masterpieces. One of the most special moments of the day was when she personally delivered my bouquet to me before the wedding. It was so special to receive my bouquet from a friend, who I know had worked so hard to make the day perfect for me!

Describe your wedding cake. Our cakes were absolutely gorgeous and, more importantly, delicious! Sugar Suite created the exact cake I had pictured in my head for months. The bride’s cake was eight tiers and had amazing red and pink sugar flowers running all the way down it. There were gold accents on the cake that matched the cake stand and sequin tablecloth. Bryan’s groom’s cake was a chocolate peanut butter cake in the shape of Texas with a replica of his favorite cowboy boots on top. The boots looked stunningly real. One of our favorite parts of our morning-after brunch on Sunday was eating leftover cake!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Bryan and I met in college through our roommates. I attended Baylor University and he attended Texas A&M. We attended several sorority and fraternity functions together before we started dating, almost ten months later. We lived in different cities for the first three years of our relationship, but finally both ended up in Dallas. We were in Dallas together for almost two years before we got engaged.
When did y’all get married? May 23, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 270
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Neither of us are marvelous writers, so we opted for traditional vows. We also found something special in reciting vows that thousands of other couples have recited before us.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had readings from Proverbs and 1 John.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Bryan and I walked back up the aisle to “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks. My dad suggested this song because Bryan is quite the cowboy. We did our first dance to “Me and You” by Kenny Chesney. This song was sweet and country–our favorite! We also danced to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder to officially start the dance party.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I think what was most Southern about our wedding was that it was very traditional. Our venue was the Country Club of Orlando, which was founded in 1911 and is very traditional in decor. Our ceremony was traditional in that we waited to see each other until I walked down the aisle, old hymns were sung, scripture was read, and traditional vows were said. At dinner, we sat our guests at long banquet tables, which created a warm and inviting environment, showing Southern hospitality. Bryan’s groom’s cake also had cowboy boots on top of it–can you get more Southern than that?
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We planned for our marriage by attending an eight-week wedding prep class at Watermark Community Church in Dallas. We learned about roles in marriage, communication, finances, expectations, etc., in regards to our upcoming marriage and life together. It was a great way to have discussions on important topics that aren’t always the most fun to talk about, but that are so important when deciding to share your life with someone.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Find a solid team to help you. Whether it be friends and family who love doing DIY crafts or a team of trained professionals, don’t try to do it all yourself! Delegating tasks takes the stress off of you and allows you to enjoy the planning process.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? When Bryan and I got back to Dallas after our honeymoon, we got right to work moving into a home we recently purchased together. For the next couple of months, we plan on finishing up house projects and making memories together with our friends and family in our new place. Our honeymoon to St. Lucia also inspired us to do some more traveling in the future.

Photographer: Amalie Orrange Photography / Videographer: Voila Cinematic / Planner: Kim Bignon / Venue and Caterer: Country Club of Orlando / Florist: Fairbanks Florist / Cake Baker: The Sugar Suite / Lighting: Kaleidoscope Lighting / Band: Frequency Band / Bride’s Gown: Hayley Paige / Hair and Makeup: Simone at Makeover Station / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaid / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Designer: Stacy Coon Stage / Dance Floor Covers: Flourish Balloons / Paper Products: Balloon World Invitations and William Arthur / Cookies: Parker’s Crazy Cookies / Linens: Over the Top / Paper Flowers: Paperposh Events

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Amalie Orrange reply

    Ekkkk we are so thankful and excited to have Brooke and Bryan’s wedding published for all of the world to see. This was such a beautiful couple inside and out and we are honored that we got to capture their big day. <3

  2. avatar Laura reply

    I am sure that the cake was really tasty :D

  3. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    I love this color! And they did it so well – just beautiful!

  4. avatar Stacy Bauer reply

    I absolutely love the use of red in this wedding, and that ring is incredible!! xo

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  6. avatar Dana reply

    Confetti bar is genius!!!

  7. avatar Haley reply


    I absolutely adore her wedding ring and bands. Would she be willing to share where they got them?


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  9. avatar Miranda reply

    I absolutely love her wedding ring! Would love to know where she got it! Thank you!

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  12. avatar Sarah reply


    Dying to know where the ring was from!?


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One of our most deeply-held beliefs at Southern Weddings is that the wedding is just the beginning, not the end. The wedding is where the good stuff starts! So of course, we are totally on board with celebrating anniversaries in style. When one of our former Southern Brides of the Month and Southern Bride Bloggers, Madi, sent over this sweet celebration on the occasion of her first wedding anniversary, we knew we had to share it! Whether your celebration is a full-on candy-colored party or a simple dinner and dessert for two, we hope you make plans to mark these special milestones in style. And if you’re going the gift route, be sure to take a peek at our anniversary tradition posts (here and here)!

Hugs to Cassandra Castaneda for these sweet photos!

Even more in love than a year ago on the day they wed, Bret and Madi were able to share their affection in a sweet intimate dinner setting in the heart of downtown Kansas City. With a focus on their forever together and all they have learned in their first year of marriage, vendors were able to create a setting that brought them back to the sweet tender moments when they first fell in love. Celebratory champagne, sweet treats, and a look back on the vows that bound them together were arranged to commemorate a wonderful year shared together.

Photographer: Cassandra Castaneda Photography | Venue: The Gallery Event Space | Paper Goods: Little Yellow Leaf | Florals: Branches and Twigs | Rentals: UltraPom and The Vintage Plate | Coordination: Soirée Event Designs | Hair and Makeup: BeChic Bride | Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid – Kansas City | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank | Cake: CakeGirl | Earrings: Kendra Scott

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Madi Reid Sanders reply

    A BIG thank you to my favorite Southern belles! Love it! Love y’all! Happy Valentine’s :)

  2. avatar Cassandra reply

    Thank you for such a lovely feature!

  3. avatar Maura Coleman-Murray reply

    This is just lovely! You two are darling! Congratulations!

  4. avatar Mary reply

    Hooray! Loved this shoot! Cassandra did a wonderful job and Madi was beautiful as always!

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    Oh emm gee! This is such a brilliant idea! Every couple should do this for their one year anniversary.

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