Although Rachel and Shawn live in Maui, they envisioned an elegant backyard affair at Rachel’s family’s sprawling estate in the charming Southern town of Monticello, Florida. And boy did it ever provide the perfect back drop to what Rachel described as her “Steel Magnolias” wedding.
A true Southern lady, Rachel was sure to tie plenty of tradition into her big day. She wore her mother’s veil and incorporated tiny pieces of tulle from her mother’s bridal bouquet into her own.
Having the sweet, Southern tradition they cherished covered, the couple celebrated their love of their new home in Hawaii by incorporating traditional leis into their special day, which they exchanged privately during their first look.
The gated estate provided the most romantic of backdrops and the flowers Rachel chose to compliment the beauty of the surroundings couldn’t have been prettier. Shepherd’s hooks lined the ceremony aisle with a mixture of hydrangea, English garden roses and dusty miller, a look that carried through to the reception, which was held under white tents on the estate’s lawn. Guests found plenty of little surprises at their tables, including individual jars of local Tupelo honey and mini flashlights to explore the property and its secret gardens, fountains and hedge mazes.
It was Southern elegance done perfectly, only with coconut macaroons instead of an armadillo cake, which suited everyone just fine.
Photographer: Ashley Daniell Photography
Caterer: Carrie Ann & Company
Event Planner: Shannon Reeves Events
Floral Designer: Missy Gunnels Flowers
Other: Lisa’s Bartenders, LLC
Equipment Rentals: In Tents Events
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