A Garden-Style Wedding at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama


                    Between the lush hanging arrangements, centerpieces and bouquets, this outdoor wedding feels like a garden – even in March! The

Between the lush hanging arrangements, centerpieces and bouquets, this outdoor wedding feels like a garden – even in March! The King's Garden, Mary Caroline Byers (24 and a caretaker) and Forrest Roberson’s (22 and an entrepreneur) florist, accented each row of white folding chairs with glass bottles of blue hydrangeas and pink blooms for their ceremony as pink and white flower petals lined the aisle. Mary Carolina’s entrance was simple and sweet. She walked down the aisle in an ivory lace, A-line wedding dress with a classic lace-trimmed veil and champagne sash. “I knew I wanted an outside wedding from the time I was a little girl,” she says. Forrest met her at a wooden cross covered in florals that marked their altar space. Once Mary Caroline and Forrest exchanged vows, all celebrated with a tented reception. Invision Events designed the affair with a vintage touch. Pedestal vases filled with tulips and roses accented each table as tea light candles surrounded its base. Another detail we loved were their wedding cakes. Olexa's Cakes and Catering baked a three-tier confection with blue hydrangeas between each layer, as well as a two-tier groom’s cake surrounded by chocolate-covered strawberries. For guests who wanted a little something different, Mary Caroline and Forrest even had a s’mores bar and the open fire pit. Heather Durham Photography captured every detail as they finished the night with a few turns on the dance floor and a sparkler exit. For future newlyweds, Mary Caroline encourages having someone to help that day: “Don't sweat the small stuff. Surround yourself with good people who take care of the details so you don't have to.”

The King's Garden lined Mary Caroline and Forrest's outdoor wedding with a natural touch. Hanging arrangements of blue hydrangeas, pink delphiniums and pink tulips accented the front of their aisle as pink and white flower petals lined the floor.
“Our florist, King’s Garden [Susan Huff and Beth Jordan], knew the look we wanted and they just ran with it,” Mary Caroline says. On Mary Caroline and Forrest's wedding day, white and pink flower petals lined the aisle as arrangements of hydrangeas and delphiniums were hung alongside the first few rows of white folding chairs. Lush white and pink blooms also accented their wooden cross.
Mary Caroline and her bridesmaids chose light pink dresses for the outdoor celebration. Each woman wore a long, one-shoulder dress by Donna Morgan with an updo or down hairstyle and simple jewelry. The King’s Garden tied their looks together with one final touch, a garden bouquet with sweet blue, pink and white blooms.
Lace Flower Girl Basket and Ring Pillow
Ivory Flower Girl Dress, Blush Sash
"We wanted the focus to be on family and our faith," Mary Caroline says. The King’s Garden helped to emphasize this with a sweet accent along the altar space. Pink garden roses, white stargazer lilies and white and pink delphiniums topped the wooden cross as greenery circled its base.
The King’s Garden, their florist, accented the bridesmaid looks with a sweet touch. Each woman carried an arrangement of pink tulips, blue hydrangeas, white delphiniums and Queen Anne’s lace as a large white ribbon was wrapped around its stems.
The team at a local JoS. A. Bank dressed Forrest and his groomsmen in neutral suits for the outdoor affair. Each finished the look with a pink and blue Brooks Brothers tie, brown shoes and a white shirt. Instead of the groom, Forrest's father stood out from the group with a blue tie.
Olexa's Cakes and Catering matched Mary Caroline and Forrest's garden-style wedding with a sweet vanilla and strawberry cake. Blue hydrangeas separated each ivory, buttercream-frosted tier as its bride and groom topper was placed in front of the confection.
This is not an average groom's cake! Olexa's Cakes and Catering baked a two-tier confection covered with a chocolate drizzle and topped with chocolate-covered strawberries.
Mary Caroline, Forrest and their guests ended the night with a few tunes from the Blue Denim band before taking a bright exit. More than 160 friends and family members helped to make an archway of sparklers as the newlyweds shared one last kiss and left Pursell Farms.