Real Wedding: Ansley & Clark

Posted September 1, 2015

Late summer months like August and September are a magical time of year in the South. The last hot rays of summer sun are slowly giving way to the crisp breezes of fall, school bells begin ringing again, and college football frenzy cranks back up to a fever pitch. As summer is now starting to hint at giving way to fall, we are already gleefully anticipating that slow transition from fun, bright summer colors to the richer, autumnal shades of fall—and we are reminiscing of some fabulous fêtes from last fall. Like in October, when Ansley and Clark set the style bar high with their gorgeous, southern plantation affair.

With subtle colors of champagne, metallics and neutrals, this wedding transported us back to the elegant days of Scarlett O’Hara and the sweeping beauty of traditional plantation homes in the South. The wedding was held in a stunning plantation style home that held a special story within its walls. Once a rundown, abandoned historic home located in the middle of the woods off Pelham Road, Clark and his friends stumbled upon its overgrown path while he was in high school. Clark, connected with Ansley there amidst his friends and the rest, as they say, is history. While the couple was in college, the property was purchased, renovated, and expanded into a gated neighborhood; the original house & expanse of pecan trees became the center of the establishment. What was long ago a stately, pecan tree lined drive became a beautiful park, and the house became the clubhouse/meeting space for private events of the neighborhood residents (including Ansley’s parents!). This was truly a spectacular way to see something steeped in their relationship’s history come full circle become the ideal site for their wedding!

The couple exchanged their vows on the lawn, bathed in shade from the hundred year old trees.  The outdoor space was both beautiful and intimate, surrounded by the lush green canopy. Wooden chairs faced a natural branch wood alter draped with perfectly arranged asymmetrical greenery and white orchids. The aisle was lined with shepherd hooks holding sophisticated, vintage hobnail jars and delicate, soft florals. Loose, flowing champagne satin ribbons tied around the jars were the perfect finishing touch.

The bridesmaids wore one of our favorite-ever bridal party dresses; they looked sophisticated and polished in blouson style gowns with heavy, patterned metallic beading by Adrianna Papell. (To see another set of drop dead gorgeous bridal party gowns, check out Whitney and Jordan’s two toned, knee length cocktail dresses!) The bride was every inch a classic Southern beauty in an elegant, fitted gown by Watters with a jeweled champagne ribbon belt and delicate lace overlay. The bottom of her gown flared out in delicate, wispy tiers of ruffles and lace. We adored how she topped off her romantic gown with a southern classic, pearls, and a traditional cathedral length veil trimmed in scalloped lace. Four darling little flower girls preceded the bride down the aisle, as sweet as could be in a lovely ankle length white dresses belted with big sateen ivory bows (of course! In the South, the saying has been heard, “the bigger the bow, the better the mama!”).

Let’s not leave the gentlemen out when discussing style—you’ll see below the amazing shoes the groom selected, not to mention the swoon-worthy Brackish bowtie with guinea fowl feathers he sported for the day. The bowtie is the epitome of Southern style, handcrafted in Charleston!

After the ceremony, guests happily enjoyed the beautiful weather and delicious southern fare. Ansley and Clark knew they wanted to have a fantastic party—and that they did! Casual outdoor food stations of delicious, traditional southern fare were arranged in a manner that encouraged guests to wind through and explore the house. Clark’s aunt (a local cake baker) made the elegant four tier white cake, iced in delicious buttercream. The outdoor dancing space, open air photo booth, and a DJ (who knew how to turn it up to 11) made the party unforgettable. After enjoying a fabulous evening spent celebrating in chic southern style, the bride and groom made their grand exit in a classic car amid a tunnel of sparklers. We loved being part of this gorgeous wedding. Ansley and Clark, thank you for sharing your day with us!

Florist + Event Designer: Elements of Nature  :|:  Hair: Megan Diez Salon
Makeup: Shantel the Makeup Artist  :|:  Photographer: Josh Rigsby Photography
Ceremony Musicians: Sharon Gerber Music  :|:  Officiant: St. Michael Lutheran Church
Venue: Plantation on Pelham Clubhouse  :|:  I Do Crew: Allie | Jen
Cake: Gretchen’s ABS Cakes  :|:  Catering: Smoke on the Water  :|:  DJ: Elite Audio Visual
Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Event Rentals   :|:  Bar: Liquid Catering
Transportation: Garrett’s Discount Golf Carts | Elite Limousine
Bridesmaids Gowns: Adrianna Papell for Nordstrom’s  :|:  Bridal Gown: Watters