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It’s a well-known fact that the Southern Weddings gals love farms and farm animals. But do you know why? Actually, I’m sure there are many reasons, but the one that’s coming to mind is that farms remind us of the simple and best things in life — they’re uncomplicated and unhurried (at least to someone other than the farmer!), beautifully pure, and generally idyllic. No wonder so many brides and grooms choose to get married on their rolling hills and under their graceful trees!

Ashleigh Jayne and Angela Marie clearly share our love for farmland; we’re so glad they sent this bucolic Louisiana editorial our way!

We tried to use as many textures as we could in the florals while still keeping a very earthy feel, especially in her bouquet. The blooms used included dahlias, caramel garden roses, white veronica, maiden hair fern, tree fern, astilbe, spray roses, wax flowers, Italian ruscus, and scabosia pods. The table arrangements also had lemon leaf, pink hydrangeas, and privet berries. The headpiece she was wearing in the fields had a more dramatic, colorful feel, using lots more garden roses and pink spray roses.

After many miles of driving and searching, I stumbled across an old saw mill that had been converted into hay barns for a local family’s cows that roam the pastures surrounding their property. The gorgeous oaks in our area are over 300 years old, and this particular oak provided us with a picturesque backdrop for our bride. The mossy limbs, the old barn, the curious cows, and the rolling pasture all made for breathtaking photos.

When I think of old farm days, I think of an old kitchen. The heart of the South, especially in Louisiana, is in the kitchen. Using sacks of flour and sugar, brown eggs, old sifters and vintage kitchen utensils, I brought the kitchen to our table. I added beautiful plates from Anthropologie, old vintage flatware tied in the moss from that gorgeous oak, beautiful handwritten place cards, and eyelet napkins monogrammed for our bride and groom. Every Southern event must have at least one thing monogrammed, right? When styling an event I always like to use something from the property or venue when I can. There were some beautiful pear trees on the property that I just couldn’t resist using here and there throughout the shoot.

Styling and floral design: Angela Marie Events | Photography: Ashleigh Jayne Photography | Hair: Dustin Gauthier | Makeup: Tina Rodosta, Verde Beauty | Invitations: The First Snow | Antiques and furniture: Timeless Vintage Rentals and Design | Signage: MillerLine Design | Fig Pies: Heirloom Cuisine | Cake: The Ambrosia Bakery | Dress Hanger: Pure Vintage Clothing

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emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Shelby reply

    Absolutely beautiful! I love farm life for the very same reason :)

  2. avatar Tina Rodosta reply

    I’m so excited to be apart of this feature!!! <3 <3
    The link to my work is wrong though – it should be :) That's where all of my bridal work is :)

  3. avatar JLeslie Wedding Decor reply

    Love this wedding!!

  4. avatar Olivia Fischer reply

    I love farm weddings. They are always green, fresh and calm. The naked wedding cake is beautiful!

  5. avatar uyvonna copelan southern manor farms reply

    absolutely beautiful

  6. avatar southern manor farms reply

    we have farm weddings on our farm of 100 ac

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And the effortless Southern splendor that is Hannah + Chas’ wedding continues with a down-home potluck reception at Broadacres Farm. Yes, guests did, indeed, bring their favorite dishes to share with the newlyweds! Emily especially loves the authentically handmade quality of H + C’s celebration. Case in point: the three-tiered, bunting-bedecked cake made by a family friend. Sigh. To join her family + friends in some authentic square dancing, the bride changed into a short, vintage frock and sweet Anthropologie cardigan. Again, we say: sigh! Haven’t quite had your fill? Visit Alea Moore’s blog for more!

See all the photos from Hannah + Chas’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: a vendor at our local Farmer’s Market provided buckets of flowers the day of the wedding. Our moms, sisters and girlfriends fashioned bouquets the morning of the wedding.
Describe your wedding cake: I found an adorable wedding cake on Green Wedding Shoes that I felt would fit well with our non-theme theme. We had three simple round cakes set on a cake tier with colorful paper garland and flowers encircling it. My baker is a long time family friend that bakes cakes on the side to save funds for her own daughter’s wedding. She collected local ingredients and whipped up a fabulous dessert.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Juggling finishing my master’s thesis, starting a new job, moving, and planning a wedding in 5 months. We were really nervous about the weather and had the big challenge of planning a wedding for well under $20k. But everything truly turnout out perfectly!!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My favorite memory by far is our first dance. The sun was just beginning to set and cast a warm orange glow over the field and barn. We ran out of time to rehearse a dance, but when the band started to play the waltz, Chas knew exactly what to do and I was happy to follow. I had no idea my dress would twirl out so beautifully but was so excited it did! In that moment it hit me: I just married the most wonderful man in the world and we will have a beautiful life together!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are blessed to both have found our callings in the professional world as a farmer and lactation consultant and are excited to help as many folks as possible. We now live on the farm where our wedding was held with a beagle, 4 hens, and Elvis the rooster. We look forward to hosting friends and family for more farm dinner potlucks and impromptu dance parties. We are so excited to learn what it means for our generation to farm and live simpler, sustainable lives.

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Okay, if this isn’t a true-blue Southern wedding, I don’t know what is! Hannah + Chas were married in an intimate ceremony at their family property, Broadacres Farm. For her wedding day, Hannah donned a custom Myline replica of the iconic open-back Monique Lhullier “Scarlett” (we think she looks positively statuesque!), and even had her groom’s grandmother’s sixty-year old wedding buttons sewn onto her dress. The bride’s classic Aldo riding boots and her maids’ vintage-inspired frocks (all of their own choosing) lent a sweet, ladylike feel to this North Carolina wedding. To say Emily + I are in love with H + C’s wedding, photographed by the talented Alea Moore, would be an understatement.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Chas and I met as students in Raleigh, NC. He was the classic boy from NCSU, and I was the girl from the all women’s college down the road, Meredith College. We locked eyes on the dance floor of shag night at Red’s. He didn’t know how to dance, but asked me to teach him. I wasn’t deterred by his novice moves. Instead I saw a tall, dark, and handsome man willing to give it a try! I was a hard catch though, and quickly pointed out that he was just a freshman and I was a first year graduate student. Our romance quickly developed over creative dates like quilt making, art gallery hopping, and collecting gifts for a child we sponsored for Christmas. Chas was not the average freshman and confidently pursued me.
Describe the proposal. I am a tricky girl to surprise, but Chas pulled off a sweet proposal at Dawson’s Creek in Pamlico County, NC. I grew up spending summers with my grandparents on the water and Chas honed in on this magical spot. He caught me off guard Easter weekend of 2010. I was told he would spend the holiday with friends in Greensboro. After a day at the beach with family, I drove to my Grandmother’s house where I unexpectedly found Chas with a nervous smile on his face. He dropped to one knee on the sandy bank of Dawson’s Creek in time for a sunset proposal, and I never saw it coming.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: unique, outside-the-box, comfortable
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The music. Folk Psalm played fantastic bluegrass music for us, and even called a square dance! We were also thrilled to have a cellist play during the ceremony, a long time favorite instrument of mine. We were also in love with the “Big Fish”-esqe lighting draped across the field.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? Potluck!! Not traditional for weddings these days, but standard fair for other celebrations. We decided to give it a try, and it was THE best wedding food we, and most of our guests, had ever enjoyed. The bluegrass band, hay bale seating, and use of our old barn and wraparound porch made for a particularly Southern wedding. We had no wedding planner and no big budget. We allowed our family and friends, many of which are talented artists, to provide personal touches.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I had visited nearly every wedding shop between Winston and Raleigh without finding anything I liked. I considered ordering something online or having a custom designer fashion something, but time was running out. Six weeks before the wedding, my mother mentioned one last shop we had not yet visited. The tiny building housed hundreds of beautiful new dresses and Myeline, the owner and master seamstress, helped me find exactly what I wanted. For a very reasonable price, she altered the dress down 4 sizes and it was ready in plenty of time.

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  1. avatar Izzy Hudgins Photography reply

    This wedding encompasses everything I adore about weddings – its so fun and laidback and beautiful and creative and simple but detailed at the same time – LOVE! The photography is fabulous! Great job to everyone involved in this wedding!

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