To start your week, how about a little Great Gatsby charm meets Marie Antoinette glamour – all in a romantic Southern venue. A Bryan Photo and Calder Clark Designs team up again for Bridget and Rob’s beautiful Georgia wedding.
Bridemaids wore nude shoes and Ivy & Aster chiffon dresses in a mix of pastels.
Kraft paper bags were filled with white rose petals and mint leaves for guests to toss as the couple walked back down the aisle. Long-stemmed white tulips filled large green glass bottles for a unique ceremony backdrop.
The couple toasted with a pair of blush pink champagne coupes (similar from BHLDN). After the ceremony, guests enjoyed frozen white Georgia peach Bellinis.
On the long tables, traditional centerpieces were replaced with a dramatic garland of hydrangea and roses.
The dessert table included three cakes and French macarons. The central cake was vanilla with chocolate ganache filling, one of the side cakes was banana cake with hazelnut Belgian chocolate filling, and the third cake was chocolate cake with strawberry filling.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Rob’s family has a house on the plantation, so it had sentimental value to us. But we also knew we wanted a destination wedding and the Ford Plantation is so different from the midwest where we’re from. Once we stood on the front lawn of the main house, we knew we had found the perfect place. Not only is the Plantation physically beautiful, but it has it’s own interesting history and charm that we wanted our guests to experience.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The Plantation itself was a big inspiration for us. It set an old world and romantic backdrop and we just filled in the rest with what we thought complimented its natural beauty. We also drew from the style and feel of Great Gatsby and Marie Antoinette, which our planner, Calder Clark captured beautifully.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Oh there were many! I’d say exchanging vows and the first dance in front of our closest friends and family
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Although we didn’t see each other until we walked down the aisle, we exchanged wedding gifts and letters while we were getting ready. Funny enough, both of our gifts had our wedding date engraved in them (Rob gave me a locket and I gave him cufflinks).
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Take a few moment together as a couple sometime during the reception and observe the party from a couple different vantage points. This helped us experience the wedding from various perspectives and take it all in because it flies by!
What advice do you have for other brides? I’m not someone who enjoys being in the spotlight or center of attention, but on your wedding day, it’s okay to like it! It’s such a wonderful and unforgettable day that you deserve to feel like you’re a part of its uniqueness
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? It was such a blur! But it was raining for part of the day, which gave us some jitters, but about twenty minutes before the ceremony, the skies cleared and there was a lovely smell of fresh rain.
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Romantic Southern Wedding by Calder Clark4 February 2013
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