I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I absolutely LOVE it when I see a bride rockin’ a pair of cowboy boots on the big day.  Love.  It.  And not only did this gorgeous Donalsonville bride don cowboy boots with her stunning gown, she also realized a childhood dream and held her oh-so-charming nuptials in her parents’ garden.  Add to that the handsome groom in uniform and I am literally drowning in a sea of wedding goodness.  All captured in amazing images by Meg Baisden Photography and designed to perfection by David Ethridge, this wedding is one lovely Southern detail after another.  And I, for one, am completely smitten.  Join me in the gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… To quote the immortal Steel Magnolias, “my colors are blush and bashful.” I knew since I was a little girl that I wanted a Shelby Eatonton, pink, Southern backyard extravaganza when I got married. Our wedding day was more than I could have ever dreamed of (particularly my sweet, handsome groom in his Air Force tuxedo).

Alex and I got married in my hometown of Donalsonville, and the out-of-town guests got a taste of South Georgia at its finest. My wonderful parents hosted the reception in their garden. I think my mother worked for a year and a half straight, and it paid off. Her garden is gorgeous! Guests pulled up to our yard and were greeted by spiked sweet tea, Georgia peach sangria, and lemonade under our ancient oak tree, which was be-decked with sparkly chandeliers. The small-town details peeked out everywhere, from family photos to my grandmother’s chest of drawers in the outdoor living room.

We dined al fresco in the front yard on Southern fare (including fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, chicken salad, macaroni and cheese), and then we went to the the back yard for some dancing, cake, and liquid refreshments. Some guests stayed warm with kegs of beer and bonfires, while others boogied on the dance floor. Unfortunately, we don’t have any photographs of the entire wedding party’s epic cake fight and swim in the pool (yes, I ended up in the pool in my dress). The night ended perfectly at 3 am, when Daddy chased everybody off with a shotgun!

Wedding Photography: Meg Baisden Photography / Flowers: The Petal Pusher / Event Design + Planning: David Ethridge / Ceremony Location: First Baptist Church of Donalsonville / Reception Location: Private Residence / Bride’s Shoes: Baker’s / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via Kelly’s Closet / Gardenia Hair Pin: DK Designs / Hair: Haute Headz / Make-up: Randi Buchanan / Bridesmaid Dresses: Melissa Sweet / Mother of the Bride Dress: Modern Trousseau via Kelly’s Closet / Wedding Musicians: Legacy / Catering: Sheila Shelley / Bride + Groom Cakes: Foster Street Bakery / Favors: Mayhaw Jelly from Cedar Head Farms / Rentals: Pope Tent Rentals & Supplies

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