Tucked in the middle of a residential neighborhood, just south of downtown, lies a seven acre oasis known as Green Pastures. This registered historic landmark is a gorgeous location for an outdoor wedding – especially for couples that love peacocks as they have several roaming the property. This weekend I was pleased to return to Green Pastures, this time for the wedding of Bonnie and Brad.
Even better, I was pleased to be able to be their Day of Coordinator as well as their Officiant. Our day started with me and my assistant meeting Bonnie and her bridal party at Siren Salon where they were finishing up with hair and make-up. Bonnie kept things simple with her hair pulled back a little at the top but the rest smoothed into an upward curl at the end (think Bridgette Bardot). Her make-up was very light and natural with dramatic eyes. The bridal party all had bright blue threads weaved into their hairstyles – and each one was different. It was really unique and a great way to bring one of her wedding colors into their hair.
Later we arrived at Green Pastures and were greeted by a white peacock with his feathers proudly fanned out and on display. This guy really wanted attention and stayed out most of the day. Bonnie and Brad had chosen to get as many photos done ahead of time as possible, so with the help of Sherry of Sherry Hammonds Photography we staged a great first look photo for Bonnie and Brad. And the look on his face when he saw Bonnie was priceless.
Bonnie’s ladies all wore the same knee-length, strapless light blue iridescent dress with silver shoes of their choosing. The bouquets were all bunches of blue hydrangeas. The men were all in black tuxedos with black vests and bow ties with a small hydrangea boutonnière. The wedding party was completed with the bride’s nephews as ring bearers dressed in tuxedos to match the rest of the wedding party and a sweet little flower girl dressed in white with a sash to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Bonnie wore a gorgeous ivory strapless gown with a fitted bodice and A-line skirt. Her bouquet was made of a variety of white flowers including hydrangeas, ranunculus, and sweet peas. For the ceremony, Brad wore his dress blues changing into a tuxedo with white vest and bow tie for the reception.
The ceremony was very sweet and traditional with a couple of readings – one from the book of Corinthians and the other a poem by Linda Lee Elrod. I received many compliments from their guests following the ceremony. Music for the evening was provided by Laura and Ross of Look No Further Entertainment – who also recorded all the evening’s audio for the couple, including the ceremony and toasts!
The evening went off without a hitch (well except for the one intended). Tanya, Joe and the rest of the staff at Green Pastures are all amazing and were a great help toward ensuring Brad and Bonnie had a Carefree wedding day. And the best part of the day for me? At the end of the evening, as Bonnie and Brad were preparing to make their exit, Brad gave me a hug and said “Hiring you was the best decision we made about our wedding“.
Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your day. Bonnie and Brad – I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.