Tami awoke the morning of her wedding to hear a cold March rain pouring outside her hotel window. She and fiancé Ryan knew that planning an outdoor ceremony so early in the spring was risky; however, she did not become discouraged, and by the time Tami and her bridesmaids arrived at the wedding venue later in the afternoon, the temperatures had risen and the skies cleared to a glorious shade of blue! Because many of the groom’s relatives traveled south for the occasion, the sweethearts desired their nuptials to reflect true Southern style, and the historic charm of Pine Mountain wedding venue Sweet Home Plantation could not have provided a more perfect atmosphere! Soft sage and gray were selected for the attire of the wedding party, and their bouquets and boutonnieres were classic combinations of roses, hydrangeas, and baby’s breath. After Tami and Ryan exchanged their vows, all ventured down a pathway lined with tiki torches to a cluster of tents set up for the reception. Guests savored grilled chicken and shrimp from Kimble’s, after which they danced the night away to the magical sound of a steel drum!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I never really had an idea of what my perfect wedding dress was going to look like. The day I did find my dress I was out with several of my bridesmaids and my mom and was literally trying on every style you could imagine so I could get an idea of what I liked and didn’t like. But when I finally tried on the dress I bought, I just knew it was the one I had to wear. It was a dress unlike any I had seen in any magazines or other stores and it fit my body in a way that was exactly as I had unknowingly pictured. My five bridesmaids are all so different and unique in their own way that I knew that I couldn’t put them all in the same dress – I wanted each of their unique personalities and styles that I love so much to be reflected individually. So I went to J. Crew and picked out the fabric and color that I liked and then let them choose whichever dress they liked and felt most comfortable in. Without planning, they each picked a completely different dress and I don’t think it could have turned our more perfectly had I tried to pick them myself!
Please give us an overview of the event.
Ryan and I were married on March 23, 2013 at Sweet Home Plantation in Pine Mountain, GA. We had an outdoor ‘southern style’ wedding that was attended by (60) of our closest family and friends. Our ceremony began at 5:30pm and the reception went until the late hours while everyone danced the night away!
Was there a specific theme or style?
We got married at an old southern plantation home as I (the bride) am born and raised in the South, My husband is from the north but has come to love and appreciate the South just as much as me so we wanted our wedding to reflect true Southern style. Both my husband and I are athletes, so we knew without discussion that we wanted an outdoor wedding as that is the best representation of who we are as a couple. Add in our love of vintage décor and all things beach related and there you have our “southern vintage wedding with a beachy flair”!
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
In order to play to the ‘north and south’ aspect of Ryan and I, the welcome bags that we gave our guests had peanuts for GA and biscotti for PA. When guests arrived at the wedding, they were treated to a glass of wine and hour d’ourvres of cheese straws and grapes. For the ‘beachy flair’, we had a steel drum musician play the ceremony and cocktail hour music and also had tiki torches lining the pathway from the ceremony to the big white tents where the reception was held. By the dance floor, we had big silver tubs filled with flip flops labeled “dancing shoes” so that our guests could dance the night away!
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The caterer we chose for our wedding day was recommended to us by our venue as they are local to that area. We went for a tasting to just check them out and decided that day to book them! In fact, we enjoyed the food so much that Ryan actually hugged the chef at the end of the tasting! Our food was a heavy buffet style with a selection of foods that most people would probably consider “healthy”…..as athletes, Ryan and I try to keep a healthy diet and so we picked foods like salad, grilled chicken, and baked shrimp that we love! From what our guests told us, they liked everything as well! Instead of a candy table at the end of the night, we continued our healthy theme and had a trail mix table! We had a vintage sign that said “Happy Trails to You” and our guests were given small muslin bags to fill with different kinds of trail mix for their late night snacks! Apparently everyone really loved it as there was nothing left at the end of the night!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
The energy for our ceremony and cocktail hour was very relaxed as we had a steel drum musician playing at both. That style of calypso music has always been a favorite of ours and we wanted our guests to start off the day/party feeling like they were on vacation and relaxed. Our DJ continued the ‘good mood’ feeling at the reception and the energy really came from all of our friends who never left the dance floor!
Photography: Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts | Venue: Sweet Home Plantation | Catering: Kimble’s | Floral & Decor: Bloomin’ Bouquets | Entertainment: Paul Vogler | Cake: Cakes by Heather | Wedding Dress: Bridals by Lori | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew