A Barnsley Bash
It's More Difficult to Untie A Wet Knot Than A Dry One
This is one of my favorite sayings to share with clients when mother nature refuses to cooperate. For the most part, no one wants it to rain on their wedding day. Even brides planning indoor weddings are concerned about the forecast and do everything short of taking a crash course in meteorology to predict how their day will turn out. In the South, the threat of rain doesn't only cause logistical concerns but real anxiety about the impact on.....hair. Yes, hair. Rain = a spike in humidity = frizzy hair (think Monica Gellar in Barbados).
But we have a "solution"! Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married it won't rain on their wedding day. There are many variations of this superstition but the one I hold to is: 1. this must be done in the month leading up to the wedding on a day the weather is nice 2. the bottle must be completely full and 3. it must be buried upside down to ensure the best possible results. The happy couple must dig up the bottle and share with their wedding party the night before the wedding to lock in a killer forecast. Morgan and Jim did just that. And while it still rained prior to and immediately after their outdoor ceremony, the skies cleared for 20 perfect minutes so they could have the wedding of their dreams. So as far as I'm concerned, it worked (sidebar: my clients are batting 1000). Bury that bourbon, y'all.
Regardless of how the weather plays out, attitude about it will make or break your experience. Thankfully, these two gorgeous human beings, their friends, and family, handled it with patience and grace and I will be forever grateful for their positive vibes and sense of humor.
The couple selected the Ruins at Barnsley Resort as the backdrop for their celebration. The bones of this venue gives designers tons of opportunity and creative freedom to style events that align with any vision. It's a fabulous canvas to work with and we painted every square inch with upscale rustic charm and beauty by incorporating natural elements throughout. After a classic, romantic ceremony and cocktail hour, the reception started with a bang when Morgan and her dad interrupted their formal dance to showcase their hip hop skills (thank you DMX for blessing the world with Party Up). Their choreographed routine was complete with jumping, lifts, and somersaults (praise hands emoji). The fun continued into the night with the incredible New Royals playing a non-stop party set from dinner to send off, generating enough energy to power a small town. Guests were begging for more when the party ended but were thrilled to discover an end of the night surprise when we wowed them with a fireworks show after the sparkler send off. It was an unforgettable night from start to finish!
Morgan and Jim - THANK YOU for allowing me to collaborate with you on your special day. I wish you many, many years of happiness, laughter, and dry weather.
Creative Partners: Sowing Clover Photography, Kevin Hursh Films, Shannon Jennings, Lindsay Coletta Floral Artistry & Design, I Do Linens, Peachtree Tents & Events, Collection Event Furnishings, The New Royals, Candlelight String Quartet, Honeymoon Bakery, Paper Daisies Stationery, Vivid Fireworks Show In A Box