Ford Plantation Wedding with Southern Elegance
Family style dining and southern influences set the scene for this romantic plantation wedding.
When these Southern sweeties began planning their Big Day, representing family roots was an absolute must. Surrounded by Spanish moss and starlight, Caroline Carter planned an evening around Southern specialties served family style accented by wild grass Garden On The Square blooms. TimWill and Artworks Wedding Cinema beautifully captured the joy felt, and you can see it all here!
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From the beautiful Bride...We wanted our wedding day to feel full of warmth and joy. The kind of warmth and joy that overcomes you after you share a delicious meal and wine with your oldest friends and family. That’s the good stuff. We wanted that same joy and warmth to permeate through every aspect of our day. Sort of like a thank you to our guests for giving us the same happiness our entire lives.

There was no question when planning the wedding that we would get married at The Ford Plantation, a place that is truly special to our family and us. For years Will and I would tell our friends about this amazing place and we couldn’t wait to share it with them. We wanted our guests to experience the same magic that enchants us about Ford. As an interior decorator, surroundings are very important to me. I wanted our décor and flowers to enhance the breathtaking beauty that surrounded us, almost like they could have always been there. Our ceremony couldn’t have been more magical. Will’s sister delivered a heartfelt and personal homily, the soft evening sun beamed through oak trees as we exchanged vows, and we made our way down the aisle as a married couple to Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”.

We dined under the stars surrounded by the swaying Spanish moss covered oak trees that lined the property. We drank a variety of bourbons curated by our fathers, and Schramsberg, an ode to our engagement. We shared buttermilk fried chicken (my grandma’s specialty!), shrimp and grits, and biscuits and cornbread. We insisted on eating family style to give that feeling of friendship and warmth. We danced under sparkly chandeliers and ended the evening with glittery gold pom poms during our favorite wedding song, “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. Not a single person strayed away from the dance floor that night.

After eight years of dating, we finally had all of our family and friends in one place and could finally call each other “husband” and “wife”. It was the most joy and warmth we’ve ever felt. It was certainly worth the long nights of DIY and a very patient husband dealing with a garage covered in gold glitter and spray paint.

We were so grateful to work with such an amazing team of vendors. A big thank you to Caroline Carter who personally harvested wild grasses for our flower arrangements off the side of the highway (and was questioned by the highway patrol, talk about a superstar!) and to Tim Willoughby who beautifully captured exactly what our hearts felt that day: WARMTH and JOY!