A Southwood House Wedding in Tallahassee, Florida

Careful not to compete with the natural beauty of their venue, Meghan and Louis used organic earth tones and natural details for their rustic, Souther

Careful not to compete with the natural beauty of their venue, Meghan and Louis used organic earth tones and natural details for their rustic, Southern affair.

Salal leaf runners were studded with white roses and topped with rustic pewter candelabras.
In addition to cake, guests were treated to a cookie bar with the mother- of-the-bride’s homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk in vintage-style milk bottles.
At the end of the celebration, the couple escaped through a tunnel of sparklers.
After setting eyes on the historic home surrounded by large live oaks and Spanish moss, it was hard to imagine the wedding anywhere else, says Meghan.
A vintage table and chairs greeted guests at the entrance to the ceremony and provided the ideal spot everyone to grab a program.
Meghan wanted her bridesmaids to be comfortable, so she chose a navy chiffon, floor-length dress by Bill Levkoff. The groomsmen wore white shirts, khaki pants and matching burgundy ties.
“For the bridesmaid bouquets, I was inspired by a natural, handpicked look,” Meghan says. Her five bridesmaids carried unfussy bunches of white veronica, rosemary and fern fronds. The couple’s casual carrot cake was frosted with cream cheese icing and decorated with fresh succulents.
Weathered wood boxes held the centerpieces, which were filled with hydrangeas, succulents, proteas, ferns and veronica.
The couple kept their ceremony traditional until their recessional, when a blue grass band began to play as they made their way back up the aisle.
The ceremony took place beneath a wooden arch draped with grapevines, salal leaves and white spray roses.
“After setting eyes on the historic home surrounded by large live oaks and Spanish moss, it was hard to imagine the wedding anywhere else,” Meghan says of their venue. “SouthWood House & Cottages was the perfect combination of natural beauty and Southern charm.”
Meghan carried a bouquet of rosemary, seeded eucalyptus, garden roses, white veronica and hocus pocus roses.
Kraft paper tags, that matched the rest of the wedding stationery, decorated the sparklers that were used for the couple's final getaway.
Large planter boxes were filled with magnolia leaves, white hydrangeas and burgundy proteas for a lush, yet rustic look.
A few fresh succulents were placed on the sides of the carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
The couple chose a standard for their first dance: At Last by Etta James.
An oak tree motif on the programs reflected the natural surroundings of the venue, while the kraft paper provided a rustic look and feel.
A rustic chalkboard displayed the fresh menu selections for dinner.
Megan and Louis married under a wooden arch beneath a towering oak tree in the gardens of Southwood House.