There is something so dreamy about this Alabama wedding from Mandy Busby. I’m not sure if it’s the pale blue accents, or the English garden-inspired decor, or maybe the bride’s ethereal gown… or maybe it’s everything put together. Whatever it is, I know you’re going to love this one as much as I do!
Holly Hollon hand-lettered the invitations and illustrated a custom map of the property where the wedding took place. “By not including an envelope liner with the invitation or a reply card,” says the bride, “I was able to save and instead have the most gorgeous letterpress invitation with a custom map of Choctaw Bluff and it is one of my very favorite details from the entire wedding.”
Bridesmaids carried small bouquets of peonies and olive leaves.
The bride explains the decision to hold the wedding at Choctaw Bluff: “The location was inevitable and decided upon from the time little girls start dreaming about their weddings. Choctaw Bluff is my family’s place in the country that was purchased by my great-grandfather almost a century ago. It is my favorite place in the world and a part of who I am. The ceremony took place in the chapel by my parents’ home overlooking the Alabama River and the reception followed in the yard.”
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the yard of the bride’s parents’ house, just a short walk from the chapel.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? As Assistant Editor at Flower Magazine, a large part of what I do is study and write about floral design and weddings so my mind’s eye was full of inspiration and ideas. I have learned that English gardens always make my heart melt so the floral design was largely influenced by that sort of romantic and wild, yet also focused and impactful aesthetic. Also, I didn’t want to compete with the beauty of the land, but rather to give the impression that Mother Nature had reached in to each and every detail to make an ethereal setting.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite moment was being led, with my daddy, across the yard and up to the chapel by a bagpipe band as part of the bridal procession. This was done in honor of my beloved grandmother who is of Scottish descent and passed away only a month before Robin proposed. The pipers played “Amazing Grace” and it truly felt mystical. The gravity of how very sacred it all was hit me in that moment. And walking with my daddy to meet my groom at the altar was all that it should have been and more.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice was to keep the main thing the main thing. At the end of the engagement and wedding, I would be married to the love of my life and that is the greatest gift of all. Your brain tries to convince you that the tiny details are life or death, but that’s just not true and I had to keep myself in check there. Also, the advice to pray and purpose to soak up each moment of the incredible day. I truly feel that I can remember it all vividly despite the whirlwind and I am so thankful for this.
Photography: Mandy Busby / Venue: private estate in Alabama / Dress: Reem Acra / Event Planner: Blair Bullen / Bridesmaid dresses: Jim Hjelm / Stationery, Calligraphy: Holly Hollon / Floral Design: Sybil Sylvestor of Wildflower Designs, Floral Creations / Rentals: Blue Rents / Bagpipers: Duncan McCall Pipe / Catering: Clifton Morrissette
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Garden Inspired Wedding from Mandy Busby11 March 2014
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