A Shabby-Chic Southern Wedding at Historic Masonic Amphitheater in Clifton Forge, Virginia

Terri Baker (28 and an academic adviser) and Jerome Miller (27 and a US Marine Corps pilot) had their wedding in the South, and fully embraced their good old Southern flair. The San Diego-based couple served chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits for their wedding brunch, which was, of course, completed with sweet tea and Arnold Palmers. “We love waking up on the weekends and having great breakfast foods,” Terri says. “Being from the South, we love comfort foods like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. When we started the wedding-planning process, we were clear on two things: good Southern food and good music. We got both.” Loving their Southern roots, Terri and Jerome exchanged vows in Terri’s hometown nestled in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, at Historic Masonic Amphitheater in Clifton Forge. “It was recently built with great space for the wedding and the reception on the lawn,” Terri says. “We knew there would be a risk of rain in the summer, but the natural beauty in the area was just too good to pass up. The amphitheater was a beautiful stage, lawn and wooden deck nestled on an unsuspecting street in Clifton Forge, and it allowed us to have a semiprivate wedding without worrying about the restrictions or costs that often come with indoor reception halls.” Terri’s mother donated hydrangea bushes to the venue, which they used in a lot of the decor, including on the three-tier ivory wedding cake. We love that the wedding cake matched the brunch theme of the wedding with flavors like cinnamon bun with cinnamon cream cheese icing and almond with peach filling. Yum! A tip from Terri: “If it rains on your wedding day, don't fret. At the end of the day, you married the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Everything else is optional.” See our favorite details, beautifully captured by Heather and Jared Photography, below.