A Natural Wedding at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg, Mississippi


                                                            Brooklee Lightsey (23 and a doctoral student) had always wanted to get married under a c

Brooklee Lightsey (23 and a doctoral student) had always wanted to get married under a canopy of trees, but Mississippi's weather makes this a little difficult. So she and Charley Tynes (25 and a music director) had an indoor affair filled with natural decor—and 400 guests. With help from Cordially Yours, their planner; Blooms, their florist; and Brooklee’s mother, they had a spiritual church ceremony that fit the theme to the T. These 20-foot illuminated branches and greenery were set on both sides of the stage to resemble trees. Lush greenery and wooden arches also accented the aisle for a grand exit. If that's not enough, their reception at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was inspired by “Into the Woods.” Every candlelit lantern centerpiece was set on a bed of moss and greenery. Their lush wedding cake was even placed on a moss and natural-wood stand. Music was also an important part of Brooklee and Charley's day. Charley’s friends from a seven-piece house band filled the night with music until their sparkler exit. Danny K Photography even captured every detail, below.

Her bouquet looked like it was just picked from a forest. Blooms filled the arrangement with pink ranunculus, mauve and light pink roses, yellow delphiniums, silver brunia, seeded eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s lace, thistles and scabiosa pods for a totally natural look. The best part: Both a piece of her mother’s and Charley’s mother’s wedding dresses was wrapped around the bouquet. Brooklee’s great-great-grandmother’s blue brooch fastened the fabrics together.
The bridesmaids wore these dupioni silk tea-length dresses in lavender. Each one had a V-neck and slight pleating along the hi-low skirt. Everything from their half-up, curled hairstyles to stud earrings and low, natural bouquets from Blooms matched to the T.
The spot where Brooklee and her bridesmaids got ready, also brought in a little of their natural flair. Blooms made these twin wreaths covered in greenery and accented with white ribbon bows for the wedding.
The aisle decor brought out Brooklee’s canopy of trees with these whimsical branch archways. Each one was anchored by Blooms, their florist, to the wooden pews alongside lush, natural arrangements. Each was filled with greenery, white hydrangeas and red hypericum berries in a neutral cone-shaped wrap.
“I always dreamed of getting married under a canopy of trees,” Brooklee says. “But with weather being so unpredictable, we decided to marry in Charley's childhood church, Carterville Baptist Church, which is special to both of us.” Cordially Yours, their planner; Blooms, their florist; and Brooklee’s mother still helped Brooklee get her wish. They filled the church’s stage with lush 20-foot tree-inspired designs of illuminated branches and greenery. The altar space even had a series of candles surrounded by greenery to create that natural atmosphere.
The celebration's natural elements were also reflected in Charley's look. He wore a boutonniere that was designed by Blooms with only seeded eucalyptus ad silver brunia wrapped in green ribbon.
Under an “Into the Woods” theme, every piece of decor at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, resembled a forest. Cordially Yours, their planner, and Blooms, their florist, paired every table with a wooden candlelit lantern placed on a moss and greenery-covered stand.  For the rest of the room, they used cast-iron skillets, wooden boards and these fall-inspired canopies to decorate the space.
Their cake was nothing short of incredible and truly captured the woodland idea with a custom moss-covered stand. Under the four-tier buttercream cake, greenery even covered the table. Plus, a garland of red, mauve and orange roses, as well as white hydrangeas, red hypericum berries and burgundy delphiniums draped over every tier. For guests who wanted something different, Brooklee and Charley also had a sundae bar on the original ice cream cart from his grandfather's company, Redbird Ice Cream.
Brooklee’s romantic ball gown was covered with white Venise lace over yards upon yards of blush organza. Its strapless sweetheart neckline was also accentuated with a matching blush satin belt.