Samara & Calvin | Private Home Ceremony & Reception

Events being held at private homes, especially weddings, always bring something different and unique to the table. While they can present challenges traditional venues don’t have, such as the need for many rental items, {tents, tables, chairs, fans/heaters, etc.}, having your ceremony and/or reception at a private home gives you the ultimate advantage: no one else can host anything quite like it.

Samara and Calvin held their ceremony and reception this fall at a family friend’s home in Camden, Alabama. Camden is located around 150 miles southwest of Birmingham and has an abundance of beautiful Southern Live Oaks. For those of you unfamiliar with Live Oaks, they can live to be hundreds of years old thanks to its deep tap-root that anchors while the tree is young, and it eventually becomes a deep, extensive, and widespread root system. Spanish moss commonly grows on large trees, these included, and creates a beautiful, lush canopy.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Designer Justin used hundreds of locally grown dahlias and zinnias to bring Samara’s dream wedding to life. Orange and yellow fall tulips,  sweetheart roses, and yellow parrot tulips were used to create Samara’s bridal bouquet. Ivory satin ribbon was wrapped around the stems, and the bouquet was finished off with twine.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

The bridesmaids wore brown satin knee-length dresses and carried smaller clutch bouquets of yellow and orange dahlias, sweetheart roses, and tulips. Their bouquets were also wrapped in ivory ribbon and twine.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

The bridal party boutonnieres consisted of yellow and/or orange sweetheart roses with a stem of dusty miller which was a great contrast against their khaki linen suits.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

As we all know, Pinterest has taken the world by storm — especially the wedding world! I would be willing to say every single bride we have met with over the past year has pulled some type of inspiration from the website. One photo especially caught Samara’s eye, and she knew she had to have it at her wedding: a hay bale with a single letter monogram showcasing her new last name. The hay bale, with orange and yellow carnations in the shape of the letter P, greeted guests as they arrived and headed to the ceremony spot.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

We have quite a few archways in our inventory, and Samara chose one of our iron ones  for the ceremony. Orange and yellow dahlias, sweetheart roses, dusty miller, tulips, and Spanish moss {straight from the trees!} were used to create the lush look that Samara wanted. Combined with the naturally gorgeous scenery and the perfect fall day, we feel it all came together perfectly!

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Pomander balls of carnations marked the aisle along with yellow and orange petals that spanned the length of the aisle. Samara wanted her flower girl to carry something that she hadn’t seen before, so designer Justin created a birch basket for her complete with a curly willow handle and moss.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

The walkway leading from the ceremony site back to the main house {where the reception took place} was lined with wrought iron stands which held mason jars with small bouquets of the wedding flowers.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

The buffet was decorated once again with pomander balls of carnations on wrought iron stands as were the bars. A large drink menu created by Samara with wine corks and chalkboard displayed the specialty drink available, and personalized koozies added another personal touch!

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

The brides cake was a five tier buttercream cake with yellow scroll work provided by Olexa’s Café, Cakes, and Catering of Birmingham, also decorated with the wedding flowers and Spanish moss. Ivory personalized napkins with a brown, script P rounded off the bride’s cake table.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

For the reception, a large tent was brought in to provide guests with shade. Large chandeliers hung in the tent, and each guest table was set with a monogramed orange napkin and caramel apple. Guest table centerpieces alternated between Mason jars with bouquets of flowers with LED votive candles in birch holders, Mason jars containing the bridesmaid’s repurposed bouquets, and iron candle “trees” with votive candles and a wrapped trunk of flowers. Rose petals in coordinating colors were scattered throughout.

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

The newly married couple departed through the front entrance of the home under a tunnel of sparklers. We send you our thanks again for choosing Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market to be a part of your day! Thank you also to Haley’s Photography for so generously sharing the lovely shots from the day!

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Haley's Photography

Haley’s Photography

Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market is also on the web www.dorothymcdaniel.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/dorothymcdanielsflowers

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Twitter www.twitter.com/dmcdanielflower

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