Working with Ashton was a pleasure! She is just as sweet as she looks, and this Julia Belle’s Bride knows how to plan a Southern Wedding! My grandmother was from Louisiana. So this wedding, steeped in Ashton’s Louisiana heritage, is near and dear to my heart. From the barn to the lakeside, I love every detail. Congrats Ashton and Addison!
1. Who did your…
Photography: Carolyn Bolivar Photography. She’s a local photographer and amazing behind the camera. During my bridal portraits it actually started raining on us, but thanks to Carolyn you could never tell!
Catering: My family! We are originally from south Louisiana and I wanted to incorporate my heritage into my wedding. Traditionally the men cook more often than the women, and my grandfather, uncles, and cousins spent all day preparing a traditional jambalaya, along with green beans, potato salad and french rolls as a side. It was a hit! We also had a friend of my mom’s make homemade jam preserves (mayhaw, blackberry, and fig) in small mason jars as a party favor.
Cake: Sweet Maine’s owned by Sharmaine Hardin in Denham Springs, LA. She is a small business owner who is also family. I wanted a simple cake with a “ruffle effect,” which she did perfectly! The flowers on the cake were provided by Vintage Designs. She also made the cake pops, which went so fast I only got one!
Dress: MiMi’s Bridal in Laurel. My dress was a Mori Lee. The fun part about my dress was that it had removable straps! I wanted a dress with a keyhole back, but I also wanted a strapless one. So, this dress let me have the best of both worlds! I wore the straps for the ceremony and went strapless for the reception.
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal. Because two of my bridesmaids were in Louisiana, I wanted to make sure they didn’t have to drive across the state to get alterations!
I would like to add that most of my decorations were rented from Vintage Designs in Hattiesburg, MS (they also created my bouquets and floral arrangements). Everything I rented they set up and took down after the reception, which took a lot of stress off my mother! They were so kind and were really invested in making sure my wedding decor was exactly how I envisioned it to be.
2. Why did you pick your venue?
My venue was at The Barn at Bridlewood in Hattiesburg, MS. I chose Bridlewood because I wanted a venue that was unique, allowed me to hold the ceremony outside, and fit my theme of a classic Southern wedding. Bridlewood was the perfect setting for my dream wedding. The ceremony was right before sunset under a wooden arch and oak trees, in front of the lake. The venue itself has open, exposed rafters, sliding barn doors, and three gorgeous chandeliers, giving it the unique Southern feel I was looking for. It was spacious enough to hold our large family and all of our friends, and still have room for a live band!
3. What details were special to you?
Some of my earliest memories are of my daddy, playing his guitar and singing old country classics. Music has always been his passion and I owe my great taste in music to him! During the reception, he got on stage with the band and sang “In Color” by Jamie Johnson. My new husband and I danced to it, and it was a special moment I will never forget.
4. Where did you get ready?
My bridesmaids, mother, aunt, grandmother, and I all got ready together in the bridal room at our venue. I will cherish those memories with my girls forever! My mom helping me into my dress was my favorite moment while getting ready. It was actually a bit difficult because we couldn’t make eye contact or we’d both start crying!
5. Where was you honeymoon?
We honeymooned at Disneyworld! Addison and I are both kids at heart, and as soon as I suggested it, we knew it was the perfect destination. Disneyworld and Universal was the perfect way to start our “happily ever after” together.
6. What were your colors?
My main color was a warm coral, my favorite color. My accent colors were cream, champagne, and a pastel pink. Coral is such a vibrant color that I didn’t want it to overwhelm the arrangements, so we just used a few coral flowers here and there, and incorporated mostly the softer colors to bring in the classic Southern feel. My main flower was going to be peonies (they’re my favorite) but at the last minute a tropical storm hit Chile and we couldn’t get them imported! So my florist showed me a nearly identical cabbage rose, which I fell in love with. We also used eucalyptus leaves and coffee beans to give my bouquet and table arrangements a wispy, fresh garden-picked look.
7. What’s your best piece of wedding advice?
My best piece of wedding advice? Slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy your big day! Take the time to enjoy those special moments with your friends and family. The day passes so quickly that it’s important not to stress over little details. Cherish the big moments, like exchanging your vows, and your first dance as a married couple. Those are the moments you will always hold close to your heart.