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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!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Gorgeous! Pink and turquoise is my all time favorite color combination, and her shoes are AMAZING :) And I love the bowties and her perfect birdcage veil…just everything is so beautiful! Congratulations to the lovely couple!

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    Those blue pumps look so cute, wonder where she got ’em

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      Hi there! Andrea’s fab pumps are, unsurprisingly, Christian Louboutins :)

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I know it’s only just now spring, but is anyone else already itching for summer after seeing Dana + Danny’s ceremony in the Sunshine State? The bride + groom took the celebration indoors for an intimate reception at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club, where guests enjoyed dinner from My Personal Chef (904-626-1677) and berry-topped wedding cake courtesy of Chez Lezan Bakery. The newlyweds kept the decor minimal with understated centerpieces from Dottie B Florist that played up the sophisticated nautical theme of the Yacht Club. Thanks to Melissa Schollaert Photography for sharing her work!

Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted the flowers to be very simple but elegant. They were mostly creams with hints of blush. I loved my bouquet of roses, freesia and cymbidium orchids. I had as much fun finding and designing the vases for the flowers. I found the mercury glass apothecary bottles at an antique market in Atlanta. We weren’t able to have any glass outside because of the pool, so I wrapped soup cans of various sizes with decorative papers. I loved the patterns of the papers against the monochromatic flower arrangements.
Describe your wedding cake: I found an image of figs and dark grapes in a bowl and knew immediately that I wanted to incorporate fruit into the cake. We placed bowls of cranberries on some tables as a way to bring in the season and tie the cake design into the table settings. We also incorporated cranberries into the menu and signature cocktail. At the beginning of planning, I didn’t think I really cared about the cake as much as some of the other details, but it ended up being one of my favorite features, so I placed it front and center! I also loved the cake stand that I found at an Antique market in Atlanta.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? (From the groom) The doors of the Church opening with the sunlight coming in and seeing Dana and her Dad walk down the aisle. (From the bride) I would have to agree with Danny. I also loved walking down the aisle as husband and wife after the ceremony. It was the best feeling.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We opted for traditional vows. It was so emotional, that I think reciting our own vows would have been challenging. The mood was lightened a bit when our Reverend dropped the rings! Some people in the back thought Danny fainted when he bent down to get them.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are moving to Tampa, Florida within the month and are hoping to find our own place soon where we can get out first dog.

Written with love by Katharine
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