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You’ve seen behind-the-scenes, now let’s take a look at the finished story! KT Merry captured the full (very full) day as it unfolded, and we’re so pleased to share her beautiful photos with y’all…

MaeMae Paperie created this intricate invitation suite. I love all the patterns!

The story of this editorial was this: A bride who grew up on a dairy farm and returned with her beau for an intimate family wedding in the field. Mamas and grandmas and little nieces helped prepare all of the food, including shucking corn and baking classic Southern cakes. We wanted to capture some of these preparatory moments in the shoot, too!

She asked her sisters and cousins to be her bridesmaids, and they all wore yellow and white dresses of their choosing.

She carried a hand-tied bouquet of yellow and white blooms (expertly created with a casual look by Serendipity Designs).

They got married on the steps of her hometown chapel, and the ceremony was performed by her childhood pastor.

Family members adjourned to the farm to celebrate at a long communal table long into the evening. Instead of a traditional guest book, they penned encouragement next to favorite verses in the family Bible. A pass-down monogram runner (lovingly embroidered by the Merriweather Council) awaited Beau and Charlotte’s married letters.

Nuage Designs created these beautiful pleated linens from scratch — they’re amazing!

We mixed and matched vintage china from Replacements, then wrapped a thin band of corn stalk around each napkin for a pop of green.

The most delicious savories by Fearrington Village were enjoyed by all (this is one faux reception where everyone ate!).

I loved our sweet kids’ table — just push together two hay bales, throw a baby quilt over the top, and pull up two Ikea child-sized chairs! We added a mason jar centerpiece for extra pretty.

A classic Southern cake buffet rounded out the evening, complete with lemon pound cake, caramel, hummingbird, red velvet, and coconut.

I would love to know: What’s your favorite part of this shoot? For me, I think it’s the giant American flag behind the cake buffet!

Photographer: KT Merry | Photographer: KT Merry | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Videographer: Twenty-One Films | Floral Design: Serendipity Designs | Bouquet Ribbon: Pressed Cotton | Hair and Makeup: Makeup For Your Day | Bride’s Gown: Alvina Valenta, Style 9358 | Bride’s Veil: Jule’s Veils | Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth | Yellow Little Girl’s Dress: Belles and Bugs | White Little Girl’s Dress: Sorella Designs | Aprons: Stitch Thru Time | Casserole Dishes: Bloomingdale’s | Men’s Shirts: Lands’ End | Groom’s Suspenders: No Slip Suspenders | Floral Bow Tie: Voila! Press | Paper: MaeMae Paperie | Calligraphy: MM Ink | Food and Cakes: Fearrington Village | Ceremony Venue: Martha’s Chapel | Reception Venue: Maple View Farm | Table, Napkin, and Bench Rental: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh | Vintage Tables: Mason Dixon Collection | Table Linen and Bench Cushions: Nuage Designs | Vintage China: Replacements, Ltd. | Eyelet Runners: El Ritmo Retro | Kids’ Table Quilt: Keri Quilts | Embroidered Runner: The Merriweather Council | Garland: A&M Growers | Guitar Flowers: Inc. | Cake Stand: Smash Cake & Co. | Cake Stand: The TomKat Studio | Yellow Tubs: Pressed Cotton | Vintage Ribbon: Hyman Hendler

KT Merry, Makeup For Your Day, and Twenty-One Films are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Caitlyn | The Aerialist Press reply

    Oh my goodness, too. cute. And the cow! Love him!

  2. avatar Faith reply

    SO much pretty!!!! Love it! :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I’m still in love with the yellow gingham shirts and the family monogrammed table runner, though looking back at these pictures, I’d be lying if I said the beautiful and delicious food wasn’t a favorite of mine!

  4. avatar Corinna Hoffman reply

    Love the the elegant southern theme & colors.

  5. avatar Jadzia reply

    Those pleated table linens are amazing! Love everything else as well!

  6. avatar Abby reply

    This is stunning! One of my favorite shoots you all have done! Love the wreath on the cow and the suspendered groom! Great job ladies!

  7. avatar Alana reply

    Oh my goodness! Yay! The love story is just as beautiful as all the gorgeous photos! So grateful and honored to have been a part of this amazing shoot!!!

  8. avatar Jordan reply

    I love this shoot!! I wish my wedding had looked like this. Beautiful job!!!

  9. avatar Kelly D reply

    Oooh ooh! My favorite detail in this shoot is definitely the corn stalks-turned-bellybands on the place settings! What a novel (and striking) idea!!!

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    Where is that chapel located?? Love it!

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    Hi, I would love a print out of the picture of the corn field (below the cow on the side of the flag rock). Is there any way I can order an 8×10 from you so that it is not in low resolution!?

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I’m pretty sure that a how-hungry-will-this-make-you score should be posted at the beginning of each Southern Delicacy column, just as a warning if we’re approaching mealtime when you happen to be reading. Of course, since they’d all rate a 10 out of 10 on the danger scale, it might not be that helpful. Still, I’ll warn you: today’s focus on the sweet Southern favorite Hummingbird Cake is entirely delicious!

Call Me Cupcake

A traditional Hummingbird Cake has incredibly moist layers packed full of banana, pineapple, and coconut, with the nutty crunch of pecans and the slightly sour and salty finish of cream cheese frosting. Might sound a bit too healthy for dessert, but we promise, this one packs a sweet punch! My friend described the taste as a cross between banana bread and carrot cake!

Hummingbird cake ingredients via Hungry Gems

Like many Southern favorites, Hummingbird Cake has a confusing history. It’s also known as “granny cake” or “cake that don’t last,” and some sources have it originating in Australia or Jamaica. The first known publication, though, was in a February 1978 edition of Southern Living. Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina, submitted the recipe, and it has grown to be SL’s most-requested recipe of all time. (And it’s won many blue ribbons at country fairs along the way!)

Hummingbird cake slice via Desserts for Breakfast, hummingbird cake with pecans via Call Me Cupcake, hummingbird cake slice via Sugar & Spice by Celeste

The original recipe published in SL actually called for twice the amount of frosting that their current recipe uses (wow!), but like I said, this one’s still for the sweet tooths among us. In fact, some say the Hummingbird Cake got its name because it’s as sweet as the sugared water that attracts its flying namesake.

On the left, hummingbird cupcake with pineapple almond butter cream cheese frosting via The Cupcake Project, and on the right, hummingbird cupcake with sweet cream cheese frosting from Crave Cupcakes

The other theory about the name is that each bite makes you hum with delight :)

Hummingbird bundt cake from Southern Living, hummingbird cake pops via Broma Bakery, hummingbird mini cheesecakes via Mangoes and Palm Trees

With its sweet flavor and sweet history, Hummingbird Cake is a perfect pick for Southern showers and weddings. We love the new formats above, especially the Hummingbird Cake Pops!

Hummingbird layer cake via Southern Weddings, edible flower bitesize hummingbird cakes via Sweet Life, hummingbird cake with dried pineapple flowers via Martha Stewart, hummingbird cupcakes topped with dried pineapple flowers via Seeded at the Table

Though I firmly believe that something so delicious doesn’t even need to be pretty, we loved the addition of dried pineapple flowers to the beauties above. They’d make a hummingbird proud, don’t you think?

Desserts for Breakfast

Now that your mouth is officially watering, tell me, have you tried Hummingbird Cake? Will you include it at your big day or a shower along the way?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    I work at Maxie B’s, a bakery in Greensboro, and our Hummingbird Cake is one of our most popular flavors, so moist and delicious!

  2. avatar Melissa Vause Feetham reply

    Our wedding cake was 4 tiers and the bottom tier was Hummingbird Cake!! We had never had any until a couple months before the wedding and we HAD to have it as our largest tier. It was DELICIOUS!

  3. avatar Taylor Elise reply

    In addition to our wedding cake we are also having a very southern dessert table with pecan pie, peach cobbler and HUMMINGBIRD CAKE! I grew up with my grandma making it all the time so it was a nice tie in. Love seeing it on your site!

  4. avatar Joanna Duff reply

    I’ve made Hummingbird bundt cake and Hummingbird cupcakes. A real crowd pleaser and it stays fresh for a few days.

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