A Neutral, Pink and Navy Wedding at Antebellum Winston Place in Valley Head, Alabama

When planning an outdoor wedding, the possibility of rain is an issue. But this time, it made Cori Cunningham (27 and a nurse practitioner) and Nick J

When planning an outdoor wedding, the possibility of rain is an issue. But this time, it made Cori Cunningham (27 and a nurse practitioner) and Nick Johnson's (25 and a deputy sheriff) celebration that much sweeter. Cori, Nick and their wedding party started the day by taking a few pictures with Mandy Owens Photography. Just before the ceremony started, it began to pour. Luckily, within 30 minutes it moved down to a drizzle and the bridesmaids started their procession through the wet grass to the porch at Antebellum Winston Place in Valley Head, Alabama. “The minute I started walking down the aisle, the rain completely stopped,” Cori says. She passed each hanging arrangement of baby’s breath from Traci's Unique Party & Floral Boutique in a white, V-neck wedding dress covered in a lace overlay and accented with a sweet fingertip veil. After she and Nick exchanged vows, the celebration continued with an outdoor reception. Each white table was nestled under the trees, as burlap runners, oil lamps and mason jars served as the centerpieces. Our favorite part was the entertainment. Cori and Nick’s high school friend, Jacob Stiefel, brought his band to play for their reception. He even sang a rendition of “Then” by Brad Paisley for their first dance. Afterward, all enjoyed strawberry, red velvet and chocolate cupcakes and two wedding cakes before Cori and Nick left in a sparkler exit. The rain started again just two minutes later. For future newlyweds, Cori shares a tip: “There will never be a perfect wedding day without something unexpected happening, whether it's rain or something else. But if it ends with you marrying the person you love, then it really is perfect.”

Traci's Unique Party and Floral Boutique added a romantic and sweet touch to Cori's look with her bouquet. Pink roses and hydrangeas offered a hint of color as burlap wrapped around its stems. What we loved most was nestled inside a single bloom. Cori honored her grandfather, who had passed away, by having his gold wedding ring added to the bouquet.
Cori's bridesmaids added an elegant touch to the outdoor affair with long navy dresses in their chosen neckline. For an extra hint of personality, they also chose their own hairstyle and makeup. Traci's Unique Party & Floral Boutique then tied the looks together with bouquets of pink roses and hydrangeas that matched Cori's arrangement.
Simple Baby’s Breath Aisle Decor
While there was a high chance of rain on their wedding day, Cori, Nick and their wedding party were able to take a few pictures outside and avoid the storm—until 15 minutes before the ceremony. "We waited about 30 minutes for the rain to stop," Cori says. "When it started to lighten up, the groomsmen wiped down the chairs, guests returned to their seats and we started the wedding." As soon as Cori started walking down the aisle, the rain stopped. They were all able to enjoy a sweet outdoor wedding with the mansion at Antebellum Winston Place in Valley Head, Alabama, as the backdrop.
The team at Traci's Unique Party and Floral Boutique accented the outdoor ceremony with a lush, garden-style display. Pink gerbera daisies, roses and hydrangeas were set on the balcony as Cori and Nick held their ceremony on the porch at Antebellum Winston Place in Valley Head, Alabama.
Each reception table was accented with a simple touch. Burlap and lace-wrapped mason jars were filled with baby's breath as antique-style oil lamps added an unexpected touch to the decor. Wooden bases and burlap runners suited the outdoor setting with a rustic touch.
Although it had rained just before the ceremony, Cori and Nick were able to have a sweet outdoor reception nestled below grand trees at Antebellum Winston Place in Valley Head, Alabama. Each table was met with white linens and burlap runners, while baby's breath and oil lamps served as centerpieces.
Cori and Nick had more than a few options for their guests with a sweet tooth. Laverne and Lucy's Bake Shop made a wedding cake and strawberry, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes to cover each tier of the display. A single-tier wedding cake topped with baby's breath and orange roses was also placed on the smallest layer.
For the groom's cake, Cori and Nick had something a little different. Rather than mimicking the tiers of cupcakes in their wedding cake display, Tina Cakes baked a three-tier confection covered in a chocolate drizzle, white delphiniums and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Before their exit, Cori and Nick changed into something a little more casual. Cori wore a short, white halter dress with her cowboy boots while Nick changed to a button-down and jeans. "About two minutes after we went through the sparklers for our exit, it started pouring rain again," Cori says. "We felt fortunate to have the perfectly timed break in the rain.”