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Southern Garden Wedding Wrapped in Elegance

For as un-southern as I am, I am fully obsessed with the elegance and traditions of the region right down to the way my Southern friends add y’all to just about anything. And this Louisiana affair is the poster child for Southern elegance. Photographed in that gorgeous Erich McVey way with styling and vintage vignettes by Mrs. Vintage and grand, sweeping florals by Karin’s Kreations LLC, this full gallery is a must.

From The Bride…My husband and I became engaged a little over a year prior to our wedding, and I couldn’t have been more excited about the upcoming journey! Like most ladies, I had a vision for our wedding day. I immediately booked our amazing photographer, venue, and stylist! I had dreamed of a very classy and elegant look with purples, blues, and pinks mixed with a hint of gold. From mood boards to Pinterest boards, we began our planning! I worked very closely with my photographer and stylist to create the perfect wedding! Our wedding was very intimate, and the day could not have been any more magical! I will dearly cheerish March 8th of 2014 for the rest of my life.

Photography: Erich McVey | Florals: Karin's Kreations LLC | Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal Couture | Shoes: BHLDN | Jewelry: Vintage | Makeup: Jenna Levert Kelly | Hair: Kelly Hopper | Tux: Tallia | String Quartet: South Louisiana Virtuosi | Wedding Venue: Windrush Gardens At The Rural Life Museum | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Flower Girl Dresses: Tea Princess Special Occasion | Headpiece: Twigs And Honey | Paper Goods: Val Marie Paper | Rentals & Styling: Mrs. Vintage

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Kentucky Wedding with Vintage Charm, III

The bride behind today’s first featured Kentucky wedding is actually a photographer. Which means that she’s probably seen every type of wedding on the planet thus making it both impossible and incredibly easy to design her own. And what I love the most about the day that she and her hubby built is that it bucked all tradition in design and instead focused on the love, the family, the fun. With that as the focus, you are pretty much good to go.

picnic wedding

picnic wedding

Because of the difficulty of setting up chairs on a hilltop we decided that the seating at the wedding would picnic style.  In the invitation we had a section informing guests to bring their own blanket.  (Due to my mother’s great concern for the “elderly” we did have a small section of chairs).  It had rained three days straight before the wedding which is so not typical for August in Kentucky, but thankfully on August 1 the sun rose early shining its glorious yellow light down on our oak tree and drying up all the grass around it!

My isle was 200 yards long…yeah, nearly a football field, so we needed some way to line it so people wouldn’t lay there blankets in the isle!  Originally we were going to do flowers all along the way but we realized that we would still need a TON, so my dad kindly cut up a few trees from the farm into stumps to separate out the potted arrangements that my mom made (all by hand…she bought up flowers for weeks before the wedding!)

The whole event was very family oriented.  I got ready with my bridesmaids at the cabin, and we were surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings all day long who were helping set up for the wedding!  The cabin is our family get-away spot and very special to us.  As well as vacation spot, it also serves as the men’s hunting cabin!  Hence the deer that appear in some of the pictures.

Kentucky Wedding with Vintage Charm, II

This Kentucky wedding was really easy to fall in love with. First of all, the ceremony was held picnic style. Yep, total cuteness. Second, the bride and groom are madly in love with each other and both have that glowy, hopelessly smitten look which I love so very much. And third, the wedding style is pretty much as gorgeous as you can get with pink and red flowers, bright turquoise bridesmaids dresses (which they had made), a wedding gown that is as sexy as it is timeless and little handmade details that are all about the charm. All in all, definitely a new fav.

Kentucky Wedding with Total Charm

Kentucky Wedding with Total Charm

My husband is from El Salvador so we added bits and pieces of Salvadorian tradition to our big day.  Since some of his family doesn’t speak English the ceremony was bilingual, done by the pastor of a Hispanic church I attended through college.  The invitations and programs were also bilingual.  During our ceremony instead of a Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony we had the traditional Salvadorian Rope Ceremony.  In the rope ceremony the bride and the groom kneel and two people close to them (we chose our fathers) come and place a rope in a figure 8 over their shoulders symbolizing unity, or being yoked together.  Then they pray over the couple.  Instead of using a rope we used a long strand of pearls.

For our grand exit, since we didn’t really want anything thrown at us, we decided to give our guests ribbon sticks.  I searched and searched online for them, and after a few weeks of coming up dry one of my bridesmaids offered to make them…and so we did!  We went to Lowe’s and bought dow rods and (my father) cut them into thirds leaving each one about 16 inches long.  I got online and ordered 1 inch thick organza ribbon on aqua, red and white (wedding colors) and when it came in we cut them down to 20 inch pieces and began assembling the ribbon sticks!  We found that the easiest way to attach them was to put a dot of hot glue at the top point of the dow rod, then tie a loose knot at the end of the ribbon and tighten it over the top (where the glue was).  They were fun to make, fairly easy and made for beautiful pictures!  We opted to do our grand exit from the wedding instead of after the reception so there would still be some daylight, and so that everyone could participate.

Kentucky Wedding with Vintage Charm

I kind of feel like I should have saved today’s first featured Kentucky wedding (yep, we have two) for Valentine’s Day. The colors, the ridiculously in love couple, the warmth and intimacy of the whole wedding. It screams Valentine’s Day. But, isn’t that just what every wedding should be? Absolutely. So, let me introduce to you, Josue and Susannah Galan. The world’s cutest couple with possibly the world’s most lovely wedding.

Kentucky Wedding with Total Charm

Kentucky Wedding with Total Charm

photography by Catana Photography

Everything about the day was perfect…our families together, our cultures mixing, our two lives becoming one and it all happened so beautifully on a hilltop under a very special oak tree in Washington County, Kentucky. Josue Galan and Susannah Marlowe (that’s me) were married August 1, 2009 at 7 pm at my family’s cabin in the country, under the most beautiful old oak tree.  I was so worried that it would be painfully hot (August in Kentucky can be miserable) so I ordered wedding fans in our colors for the guests.

My dress. After months of dress shopping, I was one frustrated bride…I couldn’t seem to find the perfect dress!  I tried on many that had elements of what I wanted but none that were exactly it, so I decided to have it made!  I worked with an incredible seamstress to design my dress, and I got to be part of every step.  I got to choose every fabric on it from the lining, to the crinolin, to the silk dupioni and the overlay.  Needless to say I finally did have my perfect, one-of-a-kind dress!  I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in their dresses too, especially since each of them had a very different body shape, so we had their dresses made too (by the same awesome seamstress).  I ordered one huge panel of their blue dress material and gave it to the seamstress.  Each of the bridesmaids went out to find their perfect pattern and took it to the seamstress who then took their measurements and went to work!  And if that wasn’t enough, the seamstress also handmade my veil!