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Merriment Events and Don Mears Photography make my heart happy. Alex + Paul’s May wedding was a springy garden-like celebration that boasted bright florals, which looked even more amazing against Alex’s bridesmaids’ teal green dresses. I love how each gal wore a style that most flattered her, while still color-matching. Of course, I’d be remiss if I neglected to highlight the beribboned wreaths on the doors and the adorable send off. Guests congratulated the newlyweds by ringing dozens of bells as Alex + Paul made their way to their bright blue vintage car. The bells belong to Paul’s family and it’s tradition for them to be rung at family weddings! Now that’s a great way to start a party, no?

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We became friends during our senior year of college. During the years after graduation, we would bump into each other in random places (twice in Europe and once in Las Vegas!) and the friendship developed into a relationship.
Describe the proposal. I grew up on the beach in Montauk, and over the course of our relationship it became a special place for me and Paul. Paul wasn’t able to plan a trip up to Montauk for us because of my schedule, so he brought Montauk to me to set the scene for the proposal. We came home from dinner to find my backyard transformed into a beachscape—covered in sand with a projection of a Montauk sunset onto a movie screen.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Unique, personal and intimate.
In what month did you get married? May
How many guests attended your wedding? 250
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We wrote individual notes to each couple attending the wedding and left them on the table prior to the guests’ arrival. We knew we wouldn’t have much time with everyone so this was a unique way to tell them how important they are in our lives. Dinner was served family style, which was a personal touch that we wanted to incorporate into our day. Gay Berry of A Pimento Catering created an intimate dining experience for 250 people, cooking and managing her staff out of a 20 x 20 tent.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I was determined to find my dress in one day, so my mom, my sisters and I set out on a whirlwind bridal tour of New York City. I put a deposit down on a dress and was ready to cancel my last appointment but my mom and sisters convinced me to go anyway, just in case. I walked into Gabriella’s salon in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and saw that a bridal designer was there for his trunk show. There was one dress of the several I tried on that I kept going back to, but something was missing. We asked to take the straps down, and with that minor tweak it turned into the dress I knew I wanted to wear on my wedding day.

Photographer: Don Mears Photography // Planner: Courtney Spencer // Ceremony venue: St. Bridgets Catholic Church // Reception venue: Maymont // Florist: Flower Girls // Wedding Cake Baker: Sweetest Thing Bakery // Caterer: A Pimento // Rentals: Tent from Skyline // Linens: La Tavola, napkin rentals from Classic Party Rentals of Virginia, other rentals from Beehive Events and Festive Fare // Bride’s Dress: Matthew Christopher // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Paper: Reception calligraphy by Ginny Rogan // Makeup: Stephanie Parker

*Merriment Events is a Southern Weddings sponsor.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    What gorgeous flowers and a beautiful church!

  2. avatar HollandPhotoArts reply

    What a sweet & fun wedding to start 2012 off with! How can you not *love* an affair with cowbells?!? Beautiful work, Don, Lindsay & Courtney! xoxo…a&b

  3. avatar Handmade Wedding Albums reply

    What a lovely wedding. Going to that last wedding dress salon was well worth it. Stunning dress.

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  5. avatar kate reply

    Hi! Would you be able to tell me the desiger for the bridesmaid dresses and color? I’m looking to do the exact same color, but I’m having trouble finding it. Love the emerald green dresses! Thanks so much!

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While Perkins + Wickliffe’s ceremony alone might have qualified for most Southern, their reception takes it to another level and is just further proof that Southerners can throw a party the good ole’ fashioned way — chock full of traditions, love and fun. Like Perkins said, “it was either go big or elope!” The reception at the bride’s parents’ home included a cake pull (for all 15 bridesmaids and the mother of the bride, y’all!), a raw bar including wahoo that the bride and groom caught themselves, cowboy hats and tambourines, and toasting goblets hand blown by a good friend of the newlyweds. The tire swing, drink koozies and hay are just the icing on the cake! We can’t thank Jodi Miller Photography enough for sharing!

See all the photos from Perkins + Wickliffe’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: Daisies and in-season flowers with a very loose garden theme.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: My sister-in-law made my cake and it was simply white, three-tiered with six accent cakes that were all different flavors covered in white daisies and greenery. The main cake tier that we ate was pumpkin, our favorite.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Size. We are both from huge families and have lots of different groups of friends from various parts of our lives. It was either go big or elope!
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The music and having two bands that featured our love for bluegrass and Motown.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Seeing Wickliffe smile as I walked down the aisle.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, but our readings were the Irish Wedding Blessing and a scripture reading from the Book of John 15: 9-12 that were very meaningful to us.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every minute because it is one of the best days of your life!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? One day moving South and having a farm of our own.

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography // Planner: bride and Hilary Cook the weekend of // Venue: Bride’s family farm // Florist: Betsy Burton // Wedding Cake Baker: Laurie Ward of Avenue Foods // Caterer: Avenue Foods // Rentals: True Value // Linens: True Value // Lighting: True Value // Paper Products: High Peak Sportswear // Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Bride’s mother’s // Bride’s Shoes: Old Gringo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

Jodi Miller Photography is one of our fantastic Blue Ribbon Vendors!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar AmandaR reply

    I think I would get along great with this Southern bride! I am planning my wedding for next June on my mom’s farm and I have already planned on incorporating at least half of the elements that Perkins beautifully pulled off in this fabulous wedding: bury the bourbon, the dog/best friend wedding party member :), Southern food (obvi), cowboy boots, hay bales, lace dress, Motown band, and a farm reception, all while pulling it off all so elegantly! Thanks for featuring this wedding – it confirms that a farm wedding can be elegant and classy, and anything but redneck.

    • avatar Perkins Lyne reply

      AmandaR: THANK you so much, It was so much fun to plan! Best of luck with your plans:)

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Alright, y’all. I know we feature a lot of Southern goodness around these parts, but this wedding? This wedding might actually come out on top as THE MOST Southern wedding we’ve ever featured. I know that’s a pretty big claim, so let’s run down the checklist, shall we? Large guest list? 375+ Large bridal party? 32, if you include both sides. Adorable children? Yes, and they rang bells down the aisle! Cowboy boots, wildflower bouquets, a wedding gown with lace, bow ties, bluegrass music at the ceremony, a farm venue? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes, and trust me, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check back soon for more of Perkins + Wickliffe’s Southern stunner, shot beautifully by Jodi Miller Photography!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Pretty hilarious. The two of us met in a bowling league a few years out of college, through mutual friends.
Describe the proposal. AMAZING. We were on my family’s annual beach vacation. Every night my three-year-old nephew had a “treasure hunt” on the beach. One night, Wickliffe slipped the ring box in his treasure as my nephew pulled it out! Wickliffe snatched it from his hand, got down on one knee and proposed in front of my entire family. Of course, they all knew but me and they captured EVERY moment on film!
Adjective that describes the day: Breathtaking
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 375-400
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The venue and being outside.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Everything! We were married on my parents’ farm. We had the ceremony in a field and the reception around the house. We had the largest wedding party ever, and our dog was the main focus! The bridesmaids did a charm pull from the cake (my mom joined too, as a surprise to her because she is amazing), we served Southern themed food with a raw bar featuring oysters, crawfish, trout, wahoo (which we caught), tuna and shrimp. We wore cowboy boots, the men wore Virginia coalition belt buckles, and we handed out props to our guests after dark including cowboy hats, bandanas, tambourines and maracas. We buried bourbon for good weather, had a bluegrass band, hay bale décor, a hand carved guest book, and bell children. Our toasting goblets were also hand blown by a dear friend and gifted to us by my brother and sister-in-law.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I am currently a Southern girl living in the Big Apple. I went with two friends to several boutiques hoping to avoid the Kleinfeld extravaganza. Little did I know that it was actually true. I found that they have the best selection and service and I ended up saying “Yes” to the dress there – but not on TV.

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography // Planner: bride and Hilary Cook the weekend of // Venue: Bride’s family farm // Florist: Betsy Burton // Wedding Cake Baker: Laurie Ward of Avenue Foods // Caterer: Avenue Foods // Rentals: True Value // Linens: True Value // Lighting: True Value // Paper Products: High Peak Sportswear // Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Bride’s mother’s // Bride’s Shoes: Old Gringo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

Jodi Miller Photography is one of our fantastic Blue Ribbon Vendors!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Wow, wow, wow! So much perfect, sweet Southern wedding goodness! :)

  2. avatar Weddings Down South reply

    So beautiful!

  3. avatar amanda reply

    i just HAVE to know where the littlest flower girl’s dress is from?! i love it!! such fun details though! love the bow ties and the amazing location!

    • avatar Perkins Lyne reply

      amanda: The little girls dresses were Jcrew and the boys bow ties were Collard Greens http://www.collaredgreens.com/

      Thanks for the sweet compliments!

  4. avatar Jodi reply

    Thank you SO much for featuring Perkins + Wickliffe’s wedding…we’re so honored! Their wedding couldn’t be more Southern :)

  5. avatar Lisa reply

    Weird request, but if any of your bridesmaids might be interested in selling their dress, let me know. I have 9 BMs and asking them to find different shades of teal dresses in taffeta fabric. AWESOME ideas BTW!!!!

    • avatar Perkins Lyne reply

      Lisa: I don’t think it is a weird request at ALL! I am happy to send out an email to my maids to see if anyone is interested in selling their dress. Do you want to give me your email and I can have them reach out to you directly?

    • avatar Sarah reply

      Perkins Lyne: SUCH a beautiful wedding!
      I’m an Ontario Canada girl currently teaching in Alberta, but planning my Ontario wedding for this August from all the way out here :S Planning is going smooth, except for figuring out the bridesmaid dresses. I LOVE the teal colour you chose. Where did you purchase them? Also, if you or Lisa have girls that want to sell their dresses for this summer, I would be very interested. Thanks!

    • avatar Sarah Schaefer reply

      Perkins Lyne: I’m just wondering if you made your own arch and if so would you mind sharing the ” how to” info? My cousin spotted your arch and has asked if we could make it for her August wedding. Thank you so much!

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