An Intimate Backyard Wedding at Southern Living Idea House in Taylor, Mississippi

About seven years after Lauren Pond (27 and in business) and John (Patrick) Ferguson (30 and an entrepreneur) met through mutual friends, he popped the question. The couple were playing fetch with their two golden retrievers on the Grove at the University of Mississippi when Patrick proposed. In just six months, they planned a simple backyard wedding accented with neutral tones and pops of color at Southern Living Idea House. “This location was beautiful, peaceful and convenient for our families,” says Lauren. “We knew we could make it work at the home no matter the weather.” Lauren and Patrick had an outdoor ceremony in the venue’s brick gazebo as their 10 guests watched from white folding chairs and a violinist played in the background. “I would say it was very 'us' to get married with only immediate family,” says Lauren. “It was very important to us that the ceremony was about us and the commitment we were making to each other.” Their golden retrievers were also present for the ceremony. After they said “I do,” Lauren, Patrick and their guests went inside for champagne, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres made by Lauren’s friend and a homemade two-tier ivory wedding cake. “It was simple and perfect,” says Lauren.