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Same-Sex Southern Plantation Wedding – Devon & Casey

“Casey and I met through work. She worked as a designer for Lowe’s (Home Improvement HQ) directly and I worked for a sports marketing agency that was hired by Lowe’s…my client called me one day and told me that Lowe’s facilities department was moving my cube to another spot in the building and I needed to come and pack up my stuff to get ready to move. When I arrived at my cube, Casey was sitting there. They had already moved her into the cube before I could get my stuff out. For several weeks after that, they kept delivering my mail to her cube and she would use that as an excuse to come talk to me! Eventually, we finally  went out a couple times and it was great; we definitely hit it off…but there was a problem, I was set to move back to Canada (my home country) in a few months. After I told Casey, I thought for sure that would be the last time we hung out. I was wrong – and instead we ended up doing a long-distance relationship for 1.8 years before I convinced her to move to Philly with me. There was a job opening there and although it wasn’t here in Charlotte where we had hoped, it was at least back in the United States. 3 years in Philly and we finally made our way back to Charlotte. We both proposed actually. When you’re in a same-sex relationship, it’s not very clear who should propose! But, we both wanted to do one so, Casey proposed and gave me a ring on Christmas morning, in Canada and I gave her a ring on top of the mountain that we first hiked together on one of our first dates. Both were perfect!”

These two brides chose an absolutely gorgeous plantation for their intimate outdoor ceremony. Their wedding was full of giggles and dancing together and their portrait session is the absolute sweetest. When asked if there was a theme, style or colour palette, Devon and Casey said that “there was less of a theme and more of an incorporated aesthetic throughout. From our dresses to our center pieces we chose styles and colors we liked most – luckily we have very similar taste in that regard. Our choices trended into a mix of vintage, modern, elegant, rustic, and minimalist. There were no religious traditions within our day but we wanted to make sure the day centered around love and how much of it we had for each other and those around us.”

There were no DIY elements as part of their big day, but as you’ll see throughout, they wanted the wedding decor and everything at the wedding to reflect them and who they are together. “So, the decor was very simple yet tasteful, natural tones – lots of green and white flowers, soft grays, with candle light in the middle of each table to set the ambiance. Casey’s mother provided  all of the glassware, candles, mirrors, and floral for the place settings and arranged the center pieces at each table.”

Casey’s mother did all the floral arrangements (bouquets, corsages, aisle markers, florals on the arbor, and center pieces for the reception! They wanted to keep it simple but elegant, natural colours with lots of green and white arrangements. They used white roses and white dahlias within the bouquets and corsages with hydrangeas, babies breath, and eucalypti sprinkled throughout. The bouquets were re purposed during the reception as the decor for the sweet heart table – we love that idea!

“Devon is Canadian and we wanted to subtly bring some of that into the wedding – so our favors were maple leaf shaped bottles of maple syrup, direct from Canada! We also had several props in our photobooth such as hockey sticks, fun signs, Canadian flags, Mountie hats, and moose antlers that showed off our proud heritage. There were honestly too many favorite parts of the wedding. The ceremony was outdoors on a beautiful day, with beautiful people. To symbolize how special Philadelphia is to both of us we used a large wooden “LOVE” sign as our guest book. Casey’s dad surprised her with a first dance and song he had chosen just for her that encompassed their father daughter relationship perfectly. For our first dance we wanted to enjoy the special moment with our guests so midway through our first dance to the song “Signed Sealed Delivered” we invited all of our guest to the dance floor to join in our first dance with us! The photobooth was a big hit, which is always a lot of fun…and our families officially met for the first time that week and day; and that was pretty special.  In the end though, the fact we were was legally able to marry the loves of our life  was the greatest gift of all! #loveislove”

“We’re pretty casual and simple in general and wanted to be true to that and to ourselves on our wedding day. We didn’t want the same dress, but funny enough – we both picked out the same dress when searching for ‘our look’ online (out of all the thousands of dresses available)! In the end, I found one that suited me and my personality perfectly. Simple v-neck vintage (ish) lace with a butterfly back…Casey chose the dress we first both picked out – a lace V-Neck sheath wedding dress; it was beautiful and so perfect for her.”

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Photography: f8 Photo Studios // Venue: Historic Langtree Plantation

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