Real Wedding | A Sweet Southern Summer Wedding

Prepare yourselves for gorgeousness, because you will most definitely get your full with this beautiful Southern wedding. I am so in love with the bright summer colors, especially the bride’s ‘something blue’ ring. With stunning images from Hilton Pittman, this wedding is one not to miss!

The lovely bride Megan gives us the details:

We knew we wanted a southern-style wedding. Shady Wagon Farm was only the second site we visited as a possibility but we fell in love with it right away. It had the perfect amount of charm :). From then on, everything was pretty smooth sailing, I feel like we got lucky with a lot of the planning details, everything just fell into place! My biggest concern was photography. That was the one thing I was not willing to skimp on. The rest, you’re only going to have for one night. The photography is how you remember it. I found Hilton Pittman because he was a preferred vendor of Shady Wagon Farm. After reviewing his website and deciding that I liked his work the best out of everyone I looked at, I contacted him, we met and my entire family fell in love with him and booked him on the spot!

I knew that having 11 (yes, 11) bridesmaids was going to be tough. But there wasn’t one person that I didn’t want up there with me that day. I picked a light aqua/tiffany blue for their dresses because I wanted something springy and something that everyone could pull off. I also know what it’s like to be a bridesmaid (I’ve done it 7 times already and have 2 more next spring!) so I didn’t want them to break the bank just to be apart of my wedding. I also wanted them to be as comfortable as possible (I am a middle child which equates to being a people-pleaser). My mom and I came across the Ann Taylor website and saw that a bunch of dresses were on clearance in the color I had been looking for. I let the girls choose between two different styles (straps and strapless). I also let them choose whatever shoes they wanted to wear as long as they were the color I requested (gold/champagne).  As part of their gifts, I gave them all gold beach flip-flops so that they could dance away at the reception!

Instead of wedding favors, we made donations to 2 different charities, Free to Breathe for Lung Cancer Awareness in memory of my grandfather who passed away a year prior to the wedding, and a Youth Scholarship Fund in memory of a dear family friend who we lost last October in a freak accident. I made some cards with their pictures on them and a message. We also had Table Names instead of numbers. The names of the tables had to do with important events/trips in our lives. For Example, one table was the “Carolina Hurricanes” table because we went to a hockey game for our first date. Each card had an explanation of the event/trip on the back and the date. The programs were also handmade by my family and friends. My dad printed them and everyone helped assemble them into fans (the high on the wedding day was 87 and it was an outdoor ceremony!)

Spending the day getting ready, surrounded by my mom, sister and all of my best friends was absolutely amazing!  I had tears in my eyes every time someone even mentioned Adam because I was so excited to marry him!  Our whole relationship has been like a fairytale–it’s cheesy, but I actually do pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream. The wedding day was the PERFECT way to start our lives together. It was everything I could have dreamed of and more. Everyone said it would go by SUPER fast, and I tried to prepare myself for that, but there was no way around it. When the DJ announced that our car was there (at 11pm) I could have sworn on my life it was only 8pm! 

Photography | Hilton Pittman Photography

Ceremony & Reception | Shady Wagon Farm

Wedding Coordinator | Ashley Perry

Catering | Catering By Design

Cake | Piece-a-cake

DJ | DJ Bob Perry

Flowers | Melissa Johnston (family friend)

Dress | Lazaro

Bridesmaid Dresses | Ann Taylor

Jewelry | Francescas and Banana Republic

Hair | The Hair & Face Lounge

Makeup | Jenna Gasper