I met Emily and her mom and dad in June as they were beginning the planning for Emily and John Patrick’s April wedding. Emily is one of three sisters and the last one to get married. Her sisters had absolutely stunning and quite epic weddings (including one at Disney!), so they wanted to go out with a bang for the last Dumas wedding…and I think we did just that! Emily had a clear vision of what she wanted her wedding to be like, and we were able to take that vision and run with it. Their wedding day was full of fabulous details and some amazing surprises!
Emily and John Patrick were married at McLemore Plantation, which is a plantation that has been in the groom’s family for years. Over the years they’ve hosted many family gatherings, but this was the first wedding. The plantation was built in the early 1900s and has such Southern charm with the white picket fence and old oak trees…it was truly the perfect venue for an Earth Day wedding.
Emily had two main inspirations for her big day. Since April 22nd was Earth Day she used that as inspiration to incorporate tones of blues, greens, and white into her color palette. Secondly, she wanted to her wedding to feel like a British garden party, much like what the Queen throws in the Spring to celebrate the good weather. The bridesmaids all wore tulle dresses in different shades of blues and greens and the combination was absolutely stunning. The ceremony took place inside a white picket fence with a beautiful, show stopping floral arbor that perfectly framed Emily and John Patrick as they said I do. It was the perfect mix of Southern charm and British garden party. One of my absolute favorite details of Emily and John Patrick’s wedding was when they sealed their union with a kiss, a canon went off with a rose petal explosion! What a way to celebrate their new marriage!
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a fabulous cocktail hour full of delicious appetizers and a full bar selection. The reception was held under the biggest and most beautiful tent I’ve ever seen. The tent was completely draped with beautiful fabrics and adorned with the most stunning crystal chandeliers. An all white dance floor featured Emily and John Patrick’s custom monogram, and right behind it was the most stunning ivory and gold, eight tier cake you ever did see. The head table featured gorgeous chantilly lace linens, beautiful gold vintage china, and fabulous floral arrangements full of an amazing selection of garden flowers. I would absolutely say their garden reception was fit for a queen!
I wish I could pick out just a few of my favorite details, but there were SO many! Custom stationery, an absolute epic cake, a live event artist, flowers everywhere…every detail was so beautiful and incredibly intentional. Emily and John Patrick’s wedding day made my wedding planner heart sing!
Emily and John Patrick (and Mr. and Mrs. Dumas!), it was such a pleasure working with you guys on such an incredibly special day. Everything about this day was so beautiful and perfect, and it was such an honor to work with you to make your vision come to life. You guys treated me like family and it was seriously one of the highlights of my career to work with you. Thank you SO MUCH for trusting me with such a joyful and meaningful day in your lives! I wish we could do it all over again!
View their wedding film here: http://vimeo.com/218871671/c1809e098b
See their feature on Inside weddings here!
Planning: Becky’s Brides | Photography: Allison Lewis Photography | Videography: The Film Poets | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Private Family Plantation | Catering: Kathy G & Company | Cakes: Barb’s Cakes | Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio | Hair and Make-up: Rawwbeauty | Rentals: PropHouse Birmingham | Tents: Event Rental Unlimited | Lighting: Design Productions | Linens and Chairs: Decor to Adore | Reception Entertainment: JAMM Entertainment | Vintage China: Vintage English Teacup | Reception Calligraphy: Anna Sayers Calligraphy | Stationery: Empress Stationery | Invitation Calligraphy: The Refined Pen | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: Music Excursions and soloist, Natalie Fry-Horne | Metal Art Favors: The 3 Graces Studio