A Simple Romantic Wedding at Rip Van Winkle Gardens in New Iberia, Louisiana
Erin, 30, and Charley, 27, wanted a wedding that was both simple and reflected their location. "Our style was easy going meets Southern tradition," says Erin. The couple had their reception and ceremony at the Rip Van Winkle Gardens in Jefferson Island, Louisiana. After a first look, Erin and Charley took pictures with their wedding party overlooking Lake Peigneur. Their peach and ivory invitation suite was specifically inspired by the peacocks that roamed the gardens on their first visit. The couple chose ivory, peach and coral as their wedding colors. All three hues were present in Erin's bridal party as the bridesmaids wore either peach or coral versions of the same sleeveless evening dress, complementing Erin's ivory gown. The groomsmen, while dressed in dark gray suits, had peach and white boutonnieres. The day's floral arrangements incorporated the same color palette in the roses, garden roses, tulips and hydrangeas that were placed in the reception centerpieces, bride and bridesmaids' bouquets and the men's boutonnieres. Instead of a cocktail hour, the couple chose to go straight into the reception. Erin and Charley had an open bar that served the same local beer they drank on their first date, Canebrake by Parish Brewing Company. Their 100 guests enjoyed a buffet style dinner as well as cookies and matchbooks as wedding favors.