A Southern Garden Wedding

Our weekend was filled with all manner of wedding-related fun, mainly because the bride-to-be was Mary Allison, a very special friend who’s been a big part of our family’s life since, well, she looked like this.

I have such fun memories of Mary Allison and her brother when they were little. I babysat them whenever I was home from college, and they were such sweet children. Now they’re all grown up and don’t really let me take them to the library or put them in the kiddie pool or feed them pot pies for lunch anymore, but they’re still just as sweet as ever. So when Mary Allison got engaged last year and set her wedding date, there was no question where we would be on June 12th. And since every child in our extended family was in the wedding party, it made the day even more special.

The wedding was at Mary Allison’s parents’ house, which also happens to be where my husband and I had our wedding reception thirteen years ago. Over the last few months Mama has updated me on what Mary Allison’s mother, Robbie, has been doing to get ready for the big day, but I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how absolutely gorgeous the setting would be.

It was breathtaking, really. Mary Allison and Robbie thought of everything, including monogrammed fans wrapped in coordinating ribbon and a lemonade table at the entrance to the backyard so that guests could enjoy a cool drink after they found their seats. Hydrangeas were in full bloom, pots were overflowing with calladiums, daisies and impatiens, and arrangements of fresh flowers were everywhere.

My cousin Benji’s daughters were precious as flower girls. Not to mention that the fellas in bow ties – my little man, my nephews, and my cousin Paige’s little boy – were so proud to stand with Mary Allison on her big day. They just adore her. And I think that my parents and my aunt were tickled to have all of the grandchildren in one place.

It was a sweltering day – one of the hottest I can remember – but Mary Allison never lost her cool. She was a gracious, beautiful bride.

And we’re thrilled for the new Mr. and Mrs. as they start their life together.

Here’s to their happily ever after.


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  1. What beautiful pictures. I have daughters so I’m always taking notes : )

  2. Everything looks so beautiful. I love love love the wreaths, they are just gorgeous.


  3. My son, Jarred, and his girlfriend, Brittni Ward were there! Brittni is the groom’s stepsister. Small world!!

  4. Wow…lovely. The flowers were gorgeous…as was the bride.

  5. Love all those flowers – makes me want to throw a wedding, or at least a luncheon just so I have an excuse to buy some beautiful new planters. Your boy looks so handsome in his bow tie. Any chance those older boys live in Columbia, SC? They look just like a pair of brothers from our school!

  6. Those lovely pictures, the flowers – just about made me swoon!

    I want to go there.

  7. Are you kidding me?! Those pictures are amazing! OH THE FLOWERS!!! Looks like something out of BH&G, well, more like Southern Living Home. Did you take all the pics? I am a sucker for gorgeous flowers. And the bride?! Hello, model. OH MY! The beauty! Alex looked adorable as well. And by the by, was that margarita in one of those beverage holder thingies?
    Thanks for sharing! : )

  8. Beautiful – way to start a week!

  9. Oh my gosh – what a small world! I have been reading your blog since I ran across it a while back as we share the same love of TV and your recaps are always hysterical. Well, imagine my surprise when I clicked on your blog today to find a recap of my cousin’s wedding that I was also at this weekend! If I had seen you I surely would have recognized you from blogland and would have run over to introduce myself, but I didn’t – perhaps it was the heat! The little ones in the wedding party were so dashing! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one snapping pictures of the lemonade in mason jars and other fabulous details. It was straight out of a magazine, just what I had expected from Aunt Robbie and she did not disappoint.

  10. The pic with the grandmothers made me smile.

  11. Oh. my.

    Your little man looks so fab in a bow tie…

    And I want to be her mom and have her garden when I grow up. (But I am almost 40, so I doubt there is hope for me!)

  12. Oh. My. Gosh. What a beautiful wedding. Those flowers! And that setting! And that beautiful bride! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  13. Everything is breathtaking. I love the tables, the kiddos, the bride and especially the wreaths hanging on the trees (a very neat idea).

    Beautiful wedding… and since I know what “hot” is (I’m a life-long Alabamian), it is truly amazing how cool and refreshed everyone looks in the heat.

    That lemonade table really did the trick!

  14. Oh my goodness, that is like just the most beautiful wedding! I would like that EXACT same wedding for my own girls!

  15. The apple green door and wreath could be on the cover of a magazine. Your little guy is darling. “Southern Garden Wedding” could be a coffee table book- get on it! You could travel the south, drinking sweet tea, visiting with folks, writing catchy phrases…

  16. WOW that is right out of a southern living wedding style magazine!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    And could the bride have been tinier or more beautiful – stunning!
    Alex – well he just took my heart with that big smile and bow tie – darling handsome little guy!!!!
    And June 12th is one amazing day to get married – I should know it is my wedding day as well – 11 yrs and going strong :)
    Much love

  17. Does she look just like Beth Moore in real life, or is it just the picture?!

  18. OH MY! She is drop-dead gorgeous! I love a wedding outdoors in the South–I really do. And your little man is so very handsome with his green tie and that smile that will one day make girls swoon.

  19. Leslie Ruth says:

    Alex in that bowtie is darling, absolutely darling. The grandmother’s dresses? Southern fabulosity at its best. And is it just me or does the bride resemble a young Beth Moore? GORGEOUS.

  20. Beautiful!! Every bit of it is just beautiful! I was a June bride, too. Hubs and I are celebrating our 30th on the 21st. Congratulations to Mary Allison and her new hubby!

  21. have you got a close up of her dress? looks gorgeous

  22. I’m so glad you had a great time! The photos are simply beautiful.

  23. Oh my goodness – that was a BEAUTIFUL southern wedding. That bride is GORGEOUS! And there are no words for how cute Alex is in that suit and bow tie. NO WORDS!

  24. Beatiful wedding…also inspiration to make my own backyard beauiful!!

  25. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!! Alex looks like such a little man :).

  26. Wow, you weren’t kidding about being beautiful!!
    And sweet little A. looked soooo cute in his little tux. :)

  27. Encore! Encore! I want to see more pics of this GORGEOUS wedding!!!!

  28. Seriously Sophie. I’m borderline speechless.
    That wedding should be in Southern Living. Absolutely a sanctuary!!!!

    And, your little guy is just down right handsome in that bow tie.

  29. Breathtaking! What a gorgeous wedding and lovely bride! I gasped at the wreath on that tree. Wow. And, honestly, I got tears in my eyes seeing your boy all dressed up. He is quite a handsome little dude. Love you, girl!

  30. Gorgeous photos! I’m looking forward to meeting you at the McDonald’s event this week!


  31. So beautiful!! And that little man of yours…so handsome!

  32. Absolutely beautiful!!! :)

  33. How BEAUTIFUL! The setting and most of all the bride. What a beautiful day…thanks for sharing.

  34. Congrats to the bride and groom. That is one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! LOOOVE the flower girls dresses and bow ties! Love it!

  35. Jennifer says:

    Look at Alex in his Mississippi Tuxedo! So handsome!

  36. Judith Walton says:

    This post makes me wish I was from the south.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    How absolutely beautiful! The bride, decor, and adorable children!
    And an outdoor wedding? in Alabama? in June? hats off to the bride, that’s something I definitely would not be able to handle!

  38. Wow! That is eleventy billion kinds of fancy! Gorgeous & very Southern! Love the bow ties!!

  39. Truly beautiful…everything. But, someone please give the bride a big mac. She’s earned it.

  40. Very beautiful and very southern looking, which I love. Love the lemonade station. Jotting that idea down in my mental notebook.:o)

  41. Oh.my. Every detail is gorgeous! Loved the wording of “the celebration and blessing of the marriage” on the card. Alex looks adorable.

  42. The only thing I saw at first was the first picture of the two kids and I thought that you had been to the Creepiest Wedding Ever. Then I saw the rest and it all made sense. Very nice. Ripped from the pages of a magazine.

  43. Jeanette says:

    Thank you for the lovely pictures and discription of the day! I was suppose to have been there, but ended up on vacation in Minnesota.
    Absolutely a beautiful wedding according to the pictures. I know it had to have been even better to be there.