The scene was set. A long line of wooden farm tables formed the perfect backbone for an evening of outdoor dining. The expansive spread was punctuated by bursts of tall blue and white ceramic pieces and complemented by low floral arrangements, designed to draw the gaze down the entire length of the table.
As the caterer hurriedly plated and placed small bites on the table, the wedding planner added custom menu cards to each place setting to complete the look. As a final touch, distressed lanterns, which lined the length of the tables, were lit, creating a romantic glow against the vast expanse of the open-air setting.
Petite bursts of fresh floral arrangements – hydrangeas, roses and ranunculus – completed the tablescape, and the flicker of small votive candles added to the ambiance. Large Italian olive jars (pulled from the personal collection of author and designer James Farmer) anchored the center of the table decor and ran down its length. The crisp blue and white tones were decidedly Southern and paid homage to all things vintage.
The bridesmaids wore classic gowns in a delicate hue of cornflower blue. Each carried a timeless bouquet in tones of crisp white and green. The groomsmen donned classic tuxedos and sported petite boutonnieres. The bride radiated in her elegant gown—accented with a custom bouquet that featured Southern staples such as hydrangeas and native greenery.
Guests were treated to a variety of menu selections from rich dips to petite sliders, topped off by an array of mouthwatering desserts. Keeping much of the menu hand-held allowed guests to mingle and move with ease, negating the need for silverware.
Rather than a single statement cake, the couple opted for a collection of smaller, custom cakes. Each boasted a different flavor and a slightly different take on the event’s overall color scheme—while one cake sported the classic blue hue seen throughout the evening, another included delicate gold foil accents. Each sat atop a gilded pedestal, creating a delightful display.
As the evening waned and guests began to exit, a classic car emerged to transport the happy couple to their honeymoon destination. From beginning to end, the evening had radiated Southern charm mingled with classic sophistication.
About The Author and Designer:
JESS MARGESON is a floral designer and freelance writer for multiple publications. In the Gainesville area, she enjoys regularly working with the team at Keith Watson Events.
Photography: Tristan Cairns (Tristan Cairns Photography)
Cake: Tania Cobine (Cakes by Tania)
Catering: Christine Healey (Christine’s Unlimited Catering)
Models: Emily Prestridge (Bridesmaid) Miranda Fields (Bride) Amy Robertson (Bridesmaid) Jesse (Groomsman) and Nathan Edwards (Groom)
Hair: Jennifer Sealy (2 Chic Salon and Boutique)
Makeup: Mallory McCain (Youngblood Makeup Artist, One Eighty Wellness Spa)
Rentals: The Event Group: A Tailgate Guys Company
Florals & Design: Jess Margeson (Frou Frou, Inc.)
Coordination & Planning: Katy Blackburn (Make it Perfect Events, LLC)
Graphic Design: Abbi Phillips Printing: Kemp & Sons Printing
Classic Car: Chris Dorsey (Memories In Motion Classics)
Tux & Dresses: Elegant Bridal Boutique