Outdoor Fall Wedding in Mississippi
At Laura and Mason's Mississippi wedding, their Southern heritage reigned supreme. From the church-held ceremony to the outdoor reception, their big day was filled with sentimental touches.
How the Met
Laura and Mason met during their freshman year at Mississippi College. As Laura was handing Mason some study notes for their final exam, he asked her out on a coffee date.
Laura was thrilled to tie the knot in her childhood church.
The sanctuary pews were softened by pretty arrangements made with flowers, lace, and ribbon.
Because Laura and Mason spent a semester studying abroad in London, they chose Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 for one of their ceremony readings.
Decked in Emerald
Rich jewel tones are a perfect alternative to fall's usual palette of red and orange. Think plum, ruby, deep blue, and teal.
Envelopes addressed with calligraphy and adorned with multi-colored stamps add a personal touch to invitations.
The bride's light pink and magenta bouquet provides a stunning color contrast to the bridesmaids' emerald dresses.
Instead of petals to toss, give each flower girl a floral crown to wear down the aisle.
The pale pink flowers in the flower girls' bouquets tied their outfits to the bride's stunning ensemble.
Caught in the Rain
During cocktail hour, the bride and groom were drenched in an unexpected rainstorm, but they made the best of the situation with a few cute umbrella portraits.
A Southern Feast
Laura and Mason's menu was perfectly Southern, including mini chicken and waffles, pimiento cheese fritters, blackened gulf shrimp, and fried okra.
Displaying food in a rustic wooden tower gives a nod to the reception's farm setting.
Fruit of the Season
Apples were used to decorate the serving tables, incorporating the bounty of the harvest season.
A combination of fresh vegetables, mini chalkboards, wooden bins, and tealight candles gives this food display effortless appeal.
Monogrammed napkins add a nice touch to the buffet tables at the reception.
The bandmember's jackets fit in perfectly with the reception's color scheme.
These elegant centerpieces are just the right size to provide visual interest, while allowing guests to see across the table.
Editor's Advice: "For a nod to the season without breaking your color palette, look for creamy white Baby Boo or Cinderella pumpkins." —Lara Casey, Southern Weddings Editor in Chief
The burlap monogrammed pillows not only provide personalized decoration, but will be a lasting memory of the big day.
The Wedding Cake
Fresh flowers provide a simple, but impressive decoration for this white wedding cake.
Simply Sweet Groom's Cake
Groom's cakes don't need to be in elaborate shapes—this one was decorated with chocolate coins in honor of the groom's coin collection.
Sequins and bows give the cake table a feminine, celebratory feel.
Hanging lights and an outdoor setting make the couple's slow dance even more romantic.
Laura lost her mother to breast cancer a few years before the wedding, so she tried to incorporate her memory as much as possible. A picture from her parents' wedding inspired the birdseed toss during Laura and Mason's grand exit.