The Barn at Shady Lane was transformed into a French countryside for this romantic wedding and reception. The rustic barn doors were adorned with fresh floral wreaths with French silk ribbon to welcome guests upon their arrival. The bride’s colorful bouquet featured an array of white florals of peonies, delphinium, tweedier and shimmer roses accented with blue hydrangea, Queen Anne’s lace and Italian ruscus. During the intimate indoor ceremony the couple said “I do” between antique French urns filled with masses of blue delphinium underneath a sparkling vintage chandelier.
After the ceremony, the space was transformed into a reception area, where guests were seated at a table covered with the Champagne Lodi linen that paired perfectly with the china pattern that featured a mix of golds, whites and grey florals. The newly married couple took their seats at the head of the table in driftwood chairs decorated with French hand lettered signs of Monsieur and Madame.
During the reception, guests indulged their sweet tooth on mini croquembouches (a traditional French wedding cake), a naked wedding cake adorned with florals complementing the bride’s bouquet which sat atop a gold cake stand, upon a Water Dupioni linen draped in Ivory Marchesa lace. Other French touches throughout the reception included a tiered cheese wheel cake that featured multi-tiered “cakes” made from whole wheels of handmade artisan cheese stacked to resemble a traditional wedding cake.
The bride and groom wanted their love of French tradition to reflect throughout the many details of their special day. The non-traditional sign-in book featured a gold frame with wire that allowed guests to sign their names on love locks, reminiscent of the lock bridge in Paris. As a wedding favor, guest were given Dragees, or French Jordan Almonds, symbolizing eternal love and fertility.
Along with the couple’s signature cocktail of lavender lemonade, a grand champagne tower provided a festive drink option. The couple slowly poured the chilled champagne into the glass at the top of the tower, allowing the champagne to overflow, and then they simply continued pouring champagne into the top glass until all the other glasses were filled. As the day’s festivities came to end, the happy couple departed their wedding in style, waiving goodbye to their guests in a vintage blue 1976 Mercedes 240 D.
Event & Floral Design, Props: Bloom & Petal
Photography: Arden Photography
Bridal Gown: Imperial Formal Wear (Eddy K Dreams)
Bride Model: Hannah McMurphy
Cakes: The Cake Boutique & Events (Croquembouche & naked cake)
Champagne Tower Glasses, China, Crystal & Flatware: Tea & Old Roses
Groom’s Attire: Imperial Formal Wear
Groom Model: Brandon Maxwell
Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mel Team (Melissa Bogardus, Lisa Nguyen Perez & Rachel Morris)
Jewelry & Champagne Bucket: Bromberg’s
Lighting & Draping: On-Site Productions
Linens: I Do Linens
Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited
Venue, Pews & Tables: The Barn at Shady Lane
Calligraphy: Jessica White Hand Lettering
1976 Mercedes 240 D: Lamar D. Adcock