There is so much to love in this preppy Southern garden wedding captured by Karyn Johnson! It was filled to the brim with handmade details, from the farm tables the bride and groom made themselves to the veil made by the bride’s mother. Everything about this summery wedding was personal, romantic, and fun! I love the calligraphy oyster place cards!
We wanted our wedding to be fun, laid back, personal, and romantic with a base of southern hospitality. The garden reception, historic home, and ceremony on the creek were perfect settings. We loved the feel of the un-tented reception under the tall oaks. Chandeliers hung in the garden square and twinkle lights were hidden in the towering magnolias. Our head tables were hand-made farm tables from a barn on our property. My husband and I made them from scratch and salvaged the wood ourselves. The cake was handmade by my Mom and was absolutely delicious. The light atmosphere made way for a fun reception.
I especially loved getting ready that morning and the chaos that is the morning of your wedding. Your bond with your Mom and your closest friends is seen in such a pure, fun, and unfiltered light that morning. Through the nerves, laughter, and love it’s just unforgettable. I remember I ended up arriving to the ceremony (late of course) in my Mom’s Jeep (not exactly as planned), in my wedding day robe. Just her and I-two peas in a pod as usual; like any other day.
Our ceremony was on the creek bank of the plantation which overlooked our future home on the opposing bank. Our closest friends and family made up our intimate guests list and wedding party along with my family yellow lab as ring bearer. A local string quartet, lead by my upper school rowing coach and dear friend, played classical music during our ceremony. A favorite detail of mine during the reception was a sign displayed on the aisle as a surprise for me handmade by Spencer. It held a special quote from our proposal.
One of the most heartfelt favorites of the day were the freestanding ceremony church doors donated to us by a complete stranger. Upon meeting the owner of the doors, we discovered that our wedding date and her and her late husband’s wedding date were the same. He had just passed away and made the doors himself for their daughter’s wedding. It was so touching and she ended up donating the doors to us. We could never thank her enough and will never forget it.
The most important thing to us was how our guests felt during the day and trying to plan a celebration that was both centered around us and them equally. It was our special day, but we wanted everyone to enjoy their time celebrating with us.
Our favorite parts of the day were the ceremony and being married with our future home in the background across the creek. We loved digging up the bourbon. We loved that all of our loved ones were together.
I wanted a soft, romantic, southern feel so for colors I chose a blush pink, soft blue, oyster, and sage. Flower arrangements were loose and flowy with eucalyptus and blush cabbage roses. Our main goal above everything was for everyone to feel at ease and to have a great time. We focused on a great band and made our cocktail hour a little longer than usual with corn-hole and a bourbon bar. Our cocktail hour was held in a garden square adjacent to the reception so our guests were in the shade.
We DIY’d so much for our wedding! We hand-made the reception farm tables, I made our oyster shell place holders, and we made our own invitations by asking my upper school art teacher to design a black and white sketch of the historical home at Elkington. My Mom, her cousin, and our friend Dot made our wedding cake from scratch (which fell during transport-another funny detail). We made all of the ceremony and reception signs and ceremony hand-fan programs. One of my bridesmaids, Carmen made a few signs for us as well. Spencer’s Mom and I hand-made my veil. There were so many more details…I know I am missing some, but we loved the DIY aspect and making it all so personal.
It was our wedding day, but we wanted our guests to feel as though the day were equally about them. It was truly the perfect day. Every piece of the day was personal in it’s own way. Spencer and I loved every single part of our reception. It was an absolute blast. The food was great. The cake my was delicious. The toasts were hilarious and our band played well into the night.
Photography | Karyn Johnson | Venue | Elkington Plantation | Planner | Kelsey Ann Events | Florals | Driftwood Floral Design | Catering | Mallards | Rentals | Eastern Shore Events and Rentals | Invitations | Design by Sarah Morgan printed at Paper Source | Band | Broken Monday | Ceremony Musicians | Eastern Shore Orchestra | Dress | Allure Bridal from Studio I Do | Jewelry | Moonrise Jewelry | Shoes | BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses | J.Crew | Hair | 76 West Salon | Makeup | Vanity Hair Boutique | Groomswear | Jos. A. Banks | Ties | Carolina Cotton Ties