According to the Shack Up Inn – they ain’t the Ritz. It is actually several authentic sharecropper shacks, and an original cotton gin filled to the brim with southern history. It also was the perfect location for Ivy and Molly’s Mississippi wedding. This rustic venue influenced all the detail and decor, from the gray, white and gold color palette to the cotton used in the florals.
For an entire weekend, friends and family came to celebrate Molly and Ivy and to experience the deep south and all that it was. Do yourself a favor and visit the web site. Not only will you crack up, but you will want to visit this B & B. Standing for Bed & Beer, not Bed & Breakfast. See more of this Mississippi Wedding, photographed by Stephen DeVries in the full gallery by clicking here.
From The Shack Up Inn
Blues lovers making the pilgrimage to the cradle of the blues, the Mississippi Delta, should not miss the unique opportunity to experience Hopson Plantation, located only three miles from the legendary Crossroads, Highways 49 and 61, in Clarksdale. Immerse yourself in the living history you will find at Hopson. Virtually unchanged from when it was a working plantation, you will find authentic sharecropper shacks, the original cotton gin and seed houses and other outbuildings.
Shacks, if you think you might not like one then do yourself, and us a favor and don’t book one. They are for people who appreciate history. Shacks are loved by artists, musicians, writers and just plain cool folks.
From The Bride:
After we got engaged we knew we could get all our friends and family to finally experience the Shack Up Inn by getting married there. We also loved the idea of a smaller destination-wedding weekend where we could spend more time with out guests. When we began planning we had two goals, to stay true to ourselves, meaning veer from tradition if necessary, and to throw an awesome party for our family and friends. I am proud to say we accomplished both. The venue influenced the rustic elements of the wedding, but we still wanted a casual elegance. We stuck to neutrals, greys and whites, with pops of gold, and then incorporated cotton as a theme throughout as a way to celebrate the heritage. We joked that we were going for a bohemian-1970’s-western feel, which Ivy’s rhinestone tux helped tremulously. I walked down the aisle to a Bob Dylan instrumental from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, which is probably what actually brought tears to my husband’s Dylan-fantic eyes.
I enlisted my friends and family for DIY projects to save money and personalize the day, but I also worked with closely with great vendors to achieve our vision. I read a lot of blogs (like Wedding Chicks!) for ideas. My mom hit every second hand store in my hometown for the handkerchief basket, one of my favorite details. Everyone cried during our very personal ceremony, so it was useful too! She found the dogwood handkerchief, which I wrapped around my bouquet as my “something old” in honor of my home state, Virginia. Another favorite detail of mine were our dinner menus, which my friend laboriously hand wrote on brown paper bags. But I loved the big things too. The ceremony itself and the family style seated dinner were perfect. Seeing all the big and small elements come together as a cohesive whole was pretty surreal.
Photographer: Stephen DeVries
Venue: Shack Up Inn
DJ: Kenny Brown
Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone
Flowers: Amber Harthcock at The Flower Bouquet
Groom’s Attire: Vintage Manuel
Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo
Stationery: Appalachia Press
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Magnolia Rentals
Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Abe’s BBQ
Favors: Hubig’s Pies
Bride/Bridesmaids Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar
Groom/Groomsmen Bow-Ties: Custom made by E.W. McCall
Makeup & Hair: Rhianna Emerson | Caterer: OXBOW Restaurant and Catering | Coordinator: Erica Eason Hall