“Mutineer” a beach styled wedding shoot has been featured in the latest issue of The Southeastern Bride magazine. Wed With Style was so excited to get to take part in the styling and design of this absolutely gorgeous sunset beach shoot. Here is a little sneak peek of some of the amazing pictures, make sure to visit the gallery on our website to see the full album! Special thanks to all of the other amazing vendors, Kristina Designs, A Ribbon’s Nest, Theodora James, Andree’s Wine Cheese and Things, Maple and Sage, Allure Hair and Make Up, and of course the photographers, Avery Forrest Photography and Freshly Bold Photography.
As a native of the deep, deep, South, I am a huge fan of a laundry list of Southern traditions. But what I truly love are Southern wedding traditions, and I was thrilled to be introduced to the tradition of “burying the bourbon” by my June bride and groom, Abby and David.
I am well-versed on stocking the wedding bar with bourbon, and have seen bottles tastefully packaged and gifted to members of the wedding party, but burying the bottle? This was something new. However, after witnessing the gorgeous blue sky that graced Abby and David’s wedding day…I’m a believer.
Here’s how it works:
The story goes, if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then you’re guaranteed no rain on the wedding day. According to Southern folklore, the “burial” must take place exactly one month before the wedding day, the bottle must be completely full, and it must be buried upside down to successfully keep the rain away.
For Abby and David, the venue was an old family home in Daphne, Ala., the same location where Abby’s parents were married 30 years ago. (Didn’t I say I love traditions?) Superstitious or not, it was a fun way for the bride and groom to take a moment a few weeks before their big day and have a “pre-ceremony” ritual all their own. Want to try it? I think it’s definitely worth a shot.
Photo source: www.blackmountainsanctuary.com
Well, lovelies, I had such fun planning this spring ceremony with Lauren and Matt, who gave new meaning to the term, Destination Wedding! This couple chose not to escape with their guests to a beautiful beachside locale, but instead invited their family and friends to their own coastal condo! The effect was a unique and deeply personal way to start their new life together at their own home-away-from-home.
The Big Picture
The morning ceremony was peaceful and intimate with only family and a few close friends witnessing the exchange of vows against the backdrop of the Gulf’s gorgeous blue-green waters. But the sweet serenity then escalated into a soulful celebration – for what better way to pay homage to the couple’s New Orleans roots than with a five-piece brass band that entertained them at brunch.
In terms of festivities, Lauren wanted to keep things simple, but memorable, and the popular Fisher’s in Orange Beach provided the perfect atmosphere for a little dining, a little dancing, and a whole lot of fun.
All the Details
The personal sentiment Lauren and Matt desired was captured in so many details of their big day. The groom’s cake was a special surprise to Matt, and he and his family even shared a few sweet tears upon its reveal. As Matt has a career in his family’s home remodeling business, the cake was a replica of their familiar company logo. The flavor? Carrot cake – Matt’s favorite. Take a peek for a few more details…
The tone of the wedding was set with the elegant invitations, which reflected the couple’s coastal setting.
Bride Lauren will forever have memories of her special day in their special place, and she and Matt can relive their wedding festivities every time they visit their condo.
The weather could truly not have been more beautiful, or more ideal for a wedding. Bridal white sand against a “something blue” sky and sea? Perfection!
The simplicity Lauren desired was reflected even in the cake – so elegant, and so delicious!
How Everything Came Together
Invitations: Scriptura in New Orleans
Rehearsal Dinner: Tacky Jacks
Ceremony: Needle Rush Point Condos in Perdido Key
Officiant: Steve Horn, www.bamaweddings.org
Ceremony Music: Atkinson Duo
Reception: Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina
Rentals: SOHO Events and Rentals
Reception Music: Cool Bone Brass Band from New Orleans
Photographer: Leslie Davis, Freshly Bold Photography
Florist: Wild Flowers
Cakes: JAM Cakery
Transportation: Gulf Coast Tours
Wedding Attire: Wedding Belles in New Orleans