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Taylor & Brandon – A Nottoway Plantation Wedding

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Venue:  Nottoway Plantation
Cosmetician:  Verde Beauty Studio
Florist:  Billy Heroman’s Florist
Cakes:  Sweet Impressions
Band:  Phat Hat

There are lots of beautiful venues in the South. So many incredible places to share your nuptials with your soulmate and share the moment with family and friends.

For those who are bold, Nottoway is the perfect backdrop for those who want an old-world plantation feel, but also with a very refined elegance. The “white room” sets the scene for so many special times in our clients’ lives. It’s seen many brides and grooms come through it’s doors, only adding to the room’s long, long history.

For Taylor and Brandon, the White Room was the scene for some of their portraits together, as well as their family formals. The gold gilded furniture was perfect for their large bridal party to spread out for their portrait.

After working with both of them, witnessing their wedding day, then later speaking to Taylor’s mom on the phone, it’s pretty clear that they are soulmates. Friends for years before they became something more, they decided to be open and articulate some of the things that they love about each other at the reception. Each reception guest table was adorned with a framed quote from Taylor or Brandon, about the other. It was a sweet detail for the wedding and a great way to share with everyone exactly what they love about each other. In one frame, Brandon said that he loves her passion for teaching, while Taylor said she loves when Brandon calls her “girl”.

While the ceremony was planned to be outside, however, our Louisiana weather decided that the ceremony should happen inside instead. While Brandon and Taylor had to forgo the 100+ year old sprawling oak trees on Nottoway’s property for a more formal ballroom setting with candles and some incredibly beautiful chandeliers – the ceremony was absolutely perfect in a different way. The amber light shining through the chandeliers gave the ceremony a much more intimate feeling. And with family and friends gathered, they said their vows.

Most brides and grooms offer some wedding favor to their guests. It’s a bit of a “thank you” for coming to the celebration. A “send-off” and a reminder that if you were invited to the wedding, you’re really special to the couple.

I met a gentleman at the reception who told me that he was Taylor’s grandfather. We talked for a bit after taking a portrait of his family. He told me that he was responsible for the honey in the foyer – the wedding favor for the guests. He said he had around 19 bee boxes and had been making honey for quite some time, around 20 years if I recall correctly. He told me that he didn’t really understand what Taylor had in mind when she asked him to supply her wedding with lots of honey in little bottles – but he made it clear to me that it didn’t matter, he was going to help his granddaughter in any way he could. It was a very special part of the wedding day for her, but also for him – I could tell he was extremely happy that he could contribute to their celebration.

I had an incredible time working with Taylor and Brandon and their families and I can’t wait to build some albums for them to enjoy in the future.