When dreaming up the perfect Southern comfort wedding reception Robyn and Justin knew it had to be at Robyn's family's plantation house. Not only was it a tradition to say "I do" there in her family, but it was a gorgeous venue they could do anything with. And let us tell you, their modern glam event was stunning, as was their impressive selection of food and drink.
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From the Bride: Our wedding reception was a special place for me. This plantation house has been owned by my family for many years. Most of my generation of cousin and siblings were married here so I knew it was a place I wanted to join in the tradition in having my reception here too. Plus it was a blank canvas that allowed me to do whatever I wanted. Our Southern theme worked perfectly at the Salmen Fritchie House.
We kept the inside of the tent untouched until Justin and I arrived to see it first. When looking at everyone it was everything I have ever dreamed of. From the florals by Bee’s Wedding and Event Design, the custom cake by Royal Cakery, my favorite New Orleans band, Groovy 7! Nothing could top it, it was everything to us.
Reception Our reception décor was a mixture of my and Justin's style. With Justin being an architect he loves modern, straight lines and very contemporary. We split the designs to have a Southern Modern look which represents Justin and then I had a Southern Romantic look that represented me. With the help of Eric with Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs, he made it work and flow so flawlessly.
The Cocktail Hour
Our guest started with a cocktail hour where we had a Champagne and Beer bar. The food, catered by Patton’s Caterers, was endless with a seafood station mixed with shrimp, oysters and crab claws to the passed hors-d'oeuvre. My brother homebrewed his own beer for our wedding and we served it with mini sliders. The food and drinks were something very important to us to make sure no one left hungry or thirsty.
My cake was custom made by Royal Cakery, taking the designs from my dress and recreating them on the cake. Not only was that cake beautiful it tasted amazing! Justin's cake took us a while to design. We knew we didn't want something generic and all he wanted was it to be a cookie cake. Since he is an architect and I asked him a million times to do and redo our wedding floor plan, because changes were made daily, I thought why not blow this image up and make it look like a blueprint. It was so him and it turned out perfectly, plus he got his cookie cake.
Our first dance was under hanging orchids and greenery that was formed around the dance floor. The type of tent style we had also made us have 4 poles in the center of the room. We utilize these and created custom high boys with white drapery around it so that we didn’t have 4 ugly silver poles in the way of the dance floor. These high boys were great because it added more table space and also covered the poles. No one stopped dancing all night long.
We had all out close family and friends all around us celebrating our wedding day. At 11:11 pm I surprised Justin with Fireworks. This was one of his only requests but I told him we couldn’t do it. We made it happen and it was a moment that definitely completed the night.
Bridal Advice & The Budget
Enjoy your day together. This seems so simple and easy to do but it is so important that you let all the little (and big) things go and just enjoy your day with your new Wife or Husband. Also, make sure you tell your photographer to never stop taking photos. Some of my favorite photos are candids from the night that I missed.
The Catering and Decor took up most of my budget as it usually does.
Planned Budget: $135,000.00
Actual Budget: $135,000.00
Number of Guests: 300