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When I was little, my family used to go the beach every summer. We used to spend hours on the weathered dock behind the house watching the sun set, watching fish swim and enjoying the air. There’s nothing quite like spending the end of the day outside by the water, which is why I am positive that the guests at Turner + Forrest’s wedding were extra thrilled to celebrate that way with the newlyweds. Of the details, the walkway lit with potted hydrangeas, the silver platter the cake sat on and the boat full of the Gulf’s best shrimp top my list. How about you?

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I had cotton in my bouquet and we served Southern food like fried oysters and shrimp served in wooden boats.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: The bride’s cake was lemon flavored and the groom’s cake, which was a surprise to him) was a chocolate cake shaped like a gator.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Living eight hours from the wedding location.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? My wedding dress.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the isle and seeing Forrest. He cried.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every minute of it!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’re living in Florida and working for Younglife. We’re looking forward to getting settled in a normal routine.

Photographer: Stephen Devries // Videographer: Stuart Atkins // Ceremony venue: Trinity Presbyterian Church // Reception venue: Private residence // Florist: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Paper Pieces: Sweet Peach Paper // Wedding Cake Baker: The Little Cake Shop // Caterer: Clifton Morrisette // Rentals: Blue Rents // Linens: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Lighting: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Veil from the mother of the bride // Bride’s Shoes: Nina // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Melissa Sweet via Bella Bridesmaid

Stephen Devries is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Love this wedding? Check these links out:
Emily + Brian’s blue and white wedding here and here.
Molly + Ben’s classic New Year’s Eve wedding here and here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Crystal reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! I love all of it! Any idea where the lanterns came from? We are doing a similar look for our wedding day (also blue and white) and have been searching for lanterns everywhere. I have found black and plan on spray painting them, but would love to just find a white option. Thanks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Crystal! In my experience, these lanterns aren’t easy to find at a good price point online, but they’re pretty easy to find in stores. I found a similar (white) style at Walmart last year, and I’ve also seen similar designs at Ikea and Carolina Pottery (not sure if they have CP where you live…). I’d also try Pier 1 or Cost Plus World Market. I hope that helps — best of luck!

  2. avatar chicago wedding photographer Caroline Ghetes reply

    WOW! I love the back of her dress! And the little boat appetizer thing is genius!

  3. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    These photos are AMAZING! The details – cake, flowers, food – are all so pretty!

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