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What is it about ceremonies under giant trees that are so romantic? Ansley + Carlton decorated with a simple streamer backdrop and we think it’s all they need to create a lovely space. The couple looked mighty sharp with the bride in an Essence of Australia dress and the groom in a slim fitting tux, but a late night wardrobe change added a punch of fun to the getaway. We’re dishing out hugs to The Reason who shared this wedding with us!

For a bridal party that looked so sharp in the end, it was a rocky road to sartorial splendor: Two days before the wedding we went to pick up the groomsmens’ tuxedos only to find out that the tuxedo shop had gone completely out of business. We were not notified by anyone, the lights were off, and (literally) one pair of shoes and a sewing machine were all that was left behind! Luckily, after a lot of stress, a logistics miracle, and a team effort by our families (with a special “shout out” to the mother of the groom!), everyone had a tux on wedding day.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was on a pecan farm in middle Georgia. The ceremony was held in the midst of the orchard. We enjoyed our first meal on the candle lit back porch of an old Georgia home originally built in 1804. We added some Southern fun into the cocktail hour with corn hole, bocce ball, and bourbon-based Manhattans. Our guests chowed down at the grits bar, on pork tenderloin sliders on sweet potato biscuits, and on braised beef brisket with Coca Cola gravy.

From the groom: Our first dance was amazing, and a little bit surreal. We took a few lessons at Firefly Studios in Decatur and our first song was “I’m Your Man” by Michael Buble. It felt as if we were floating in time… there were several big dips and, fortunately, I didn’t drop her!

We adore these next photos because they seem to represent the best of the South, and, really, the goal of most weddings: enjoying time with the ones you love (bonus points for involving a porch and rocking chairs!). And the late night snacks of PB&J, milk shooters, and a nacho bar? THAT is gooder than grits.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We bumped into each other at Georgia Tech our freshman year of college and met again later that year through a mutual friend. We instantly became friends and were just that for three years. Gradually, our feelings grew for one another. Nights out with big groups turned into long talks, lunches, and romantic dates by ourselves. It was almost strange when we realized how much time we were spending thinking about one another and that our relationship had become more than “just friends”.
Describe the proposal: Carlton proposed in black tie, in the middle of the night while I was sleeping, in complete darkness…the only glow coming from the flashlight aimed at the ring! We then left immediately and spent the next three days in different locations throughout Georgia: The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta, Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, and Cedar House Inn & Yurts in Dahlonega, where our immediate family members joined us for two days in North Georgia wine country.
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 220
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: (From the groom) The lighting from the hanging lanterns and string lights to the lamps at the bar. (From the bride) The dessert area with the antique doors, suitcases, and lace doilies followed by a really close second: our late night snack of a nacho bar with all the toppings imaginable, and Carlton’s PB&J with milk shooters.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I never would have tried on my wedding dress had my mom not insisted. After trying on what felt like hundreds, I put it on and actually used the word “love.” I changed the crystal beading in the flowers on the dress to a matte black to give it a little more personality. Knowing that I wanted to be able to let loose and dance, I had to have a short dress for the reception and was able to find the perfect one at Urban Outfitters.
Describe your wedding flowers: I don’t know a lot about flowers, but the one thing I did know was that I wanted something bright and wild flower-esque. Technically we didn’t have “colors” for our wedding so this was our way of adding a bright pop. They turned out even better than we could have imagined.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Neither one of us felt like we had to have a wedding cake, so we decided to go with cupcakes. We had red velvet, Guinness, vanilla, and carrot cake. They were out of this world!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? For Carlton, it was the band. For me, the photography and videography.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? (From the bride) I had about 15 minutes alone, sitting on the back porch of the house drinking a beer. I was watching all the guests walk down the path into the field to be seated for the ceremony and I could almost see Carlton standing at the front. It was the one moment of calm where I was really able to take it all in.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to do a “first look” or as we liked to call it, “the Big Peek.” We thought this would calm our nerves a bit pre-ceremony and would give us time to spend together before the wedding. The biggest reason of all, though, was so that we could take pictures beforehand and start the celebration right after the ceremony.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? There is a significant amount of small details that add up quickly as the wedding approaches. Plan as much as possible as early as possible! Also, having a wedding planner, if for nothing other than the day of the wedding, will allow you to relax and live in the moment while she/he handles the many inevitable crises, large or small.

Photographer: The Reason // Videographer: The Reason // Planner: Simply Charming Socials // Design/Décor: Simply Charming Socials and Ashley Pepitone Design // Venue: Specht Farm // Florist: Birch Blooms // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: The Little Cake Bakery // Caterer: Endive // Rentals: Don’s Special Event Rentals // Linens: Endive // Lighting: Don’s Rentals and Simply Charming Socials // Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Essence of Australia // Bride’s Reception Dress: Urban Outfitters // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Their own

Simply Charming Socials is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

We love these weddings, too!
Meg + Josh’s colorful barn wedding here and here.
Laurie Anne + Taylor’s intimate ceremony and string lights reception here and here.
Meghan + Michael’s outdoor afternoon wedding here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Ashley Pepitone reply

    Carlton and Ansley are such a beautiful couple, inside and out, and this was such a fun wedding to be a part of. I loved being able to work with two of my very favorite vendors in the industry- Simply Charming Socials and Birch Blooms. Thank you so much for featuring this wedding, it was one I will never forget! xoxo

  2. avatar molly reply

    OHILOVETHIS! we had corn hole at our wedding, too… so i can relate to that awesomeness. but i just love the personal touches. beautiful!

  3. avatar Chris + Allie Bartelski reply

    One of our favorite weddings! Loved everything about it – the couple, vendors, details, everything! Thanks for featuring. :)

  4. avatar Featured . Southern Weddings reply

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    • avatar Caroline reply

      Featured . Southern Weddings: This wedding is beautiful!! How can I find Specht Farms as a possible location for my upcoming wedding? Is there a way you can send me contact information for the place?

  5. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Such a dreamy wedding!!


  6. avatar Coretta/Stella & Dot Jewels reply

    Really well done event! There is a LOT to love about this one. Congrats!

  7. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Love the details of this wedding. The hanging lights and cupcakes were so cute!

  8. avatar Jenny (Captured Photography) reply

    What an adorable couple. Her laugh is so stinkin cute!

  9. avatar Jayson @ Jayson and Rachael Photography reply

    Beautiful wedding and the details are simply stunning. However, I would have liked to see a couple more of the bride and groom. The details are beautiful but the day is about the couple. -Jayson and Rachael

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Jayson and Rachael! Thank you so much for offering your feedback! The mix of detail and couple shots is definitely a delicate balance, and one that we’re always working on. We try to include enough couple shots so that readers can get a feel for the day, but enough detail shots so that it’s a useful feature in terms of inspiring their own planning. And of course, we couldn’t agree more that the DAY is about the couple, but the blog post is a bit more about their wedding day details! :)

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If the sight of a glowing sperry tent in the middle of a manicured lawn doesn’t already knock your socks off, then maybe the bright and flowing linens will do the trick. Or maybe the rows of farm tables topped with blue Ball Jars full of wildflowers? Whatever detail of Alex + Paul’s wedding makes your heart skip a beat, there’s no denying there are plenty to choose from. Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events worked with the couple to create a springy and oh-so-Southern reception. In addition to being delighted with fun pinwheels and a gorgeous tablescape, guests took full advantage of the dessert bar, full of pies, cookies, coffee, and biscotti. Big thanks to Don Mears Photography for sharing this with us!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Since many of our guests came from out of town, we threw a welcome party the night before our wedding, in lieu of a rehearsal dinner. Many of our guests had never visited Richmond, so it was exciting for us to use our wedding weekend to show them the city. The welcome party was at the 2300 Club, in historical Church Hill, which was a great introduction into the history of Richmond. The reception was held at Maymont Park, a sprawling estate in the heart of Richmond. In late May, it was the perfect time of year for the local flora to be a part of the scenery of our wedding. And we can’t forget the Southern pies we served for dessert!
Describe your wedding flowers: We collected over 300 blue Ball Jars from Ebay and hand washed and wrapped each. Kristi of Flower Girls was great to work with and listened to our requests. We wanted a relaxed home feel with the colors of spring. We let her use her artistic talent to create a beautiful landscape.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: In addition to the pies, we had a dessert table offering six assorted cookies, coffee, espresso and biscotti.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our event planner, Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events, helped us figure out what details meant the most to us and our guests, and then took care of the rest.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our band, The Edge.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Seeing each other for the first time.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff! Hire people that you trust and give them the freedom to do their jobs.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’ll be taking on the Big Apple for a couple years for job opportunities and look forward to moving back to the South after.

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
  1. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Wow, the details of this wedding is just gorgeous! I’m love the table decorations – the flowers are perfect!

  2. avatar Joyce Racanelli reply

    Don Mears and Courtney, from Merriment were amazing to work with. The caterer, Gay and her staff were terrific! We all felt so confident in their work, it helped us enjoy the day to the fullest.
    The Mother of the Bride

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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
  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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