Real Wedding: McKay + Joey’s Sweet Southern Wedding

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I have such a lovely southern wedding to share with you all today. Photographed by Matt of Our Labor of Love, it really is just so sweet. McKay also shared some details into the day with me. Thanks McKay!

We wanted our wedding to be a once-in-a-lifetime party. A big, loud, raucous, fun celebration where family and friends from all different points in our lives could come together and witness our marriage. That led to the search for the perfect venue which really set the tone for the day. Once I found Goodwood I knew it was the place. Ceremony and reception in one spot? Check. We can get married outside under the live oaks? Yes ma’am! The carriage house will hold all of our guests for the reception? Sweet! Bring in whatever caterer you like? Yippee. Provide your own alcohol? Don’t mind if I do! From there, the rest just kind of fell into place. We stayed with a natural palette- greens, creams and tan so as not to compete with the beautiful backdrop of the plantation. I love the textures of burlap, twine and wood and tried to incorporate those elements into the décor in ways that would complement the rustic feel of the venue. You could say I found my inner Martha during wedding planning and had fun DIY’ing whatever I could.

wedding sign

anthropologie bridesmaids dresses

wedding gold shoes and bouquets


southern wedding ceremony

wedding throws and bouquet

southern mansion wedding

southern outdoor wedding ceremony

bridal party

wedding place cards and table numbers

wedding cake and decor

wedding photography our labor of love

This one is hard. I can honestly say that the whole day was better than anything I could’ve EVER imagined. I was completely overwhelmed by the joy I felt all around us. Everyone was smiling and having a great time, just genuinely happy to be there and happy to celebrate the day. It was amazing. I’m a self diagnosed people pleaser and usually spend parties we have making sure no one needs anything and if they’re doing ok. So I wasted a lot of time leading up to the wedding worrying how I could ensure all the guests would have a good time. Once dinner ended, and I’d gotten my fill of fried chicken and mashed potatoes, I hardly left the dance floor and spent the entire night with my husband. I just realized that that is my favorite moment: Spending the entire night with Joey. And you know what? Everyone had fun without me checking on them. We still have friends and family telling us what an awesome time they had.

Check out this fun video of their Smilebooth – yep, I’d say lots of fun was had!

Make it yours. If you enjoy DIY, do it- if you loathe the idea of crafting for hours on end, don’t feel like you are a failure of a bride. There are some amazing people out there that can make your vision come alive. Etsy is a godsend. Take in the day- really look around and feel the love surrounding you. It’s an unbelievable sensation. Above all else, stay true to what is important to you and your fiancé. Some people may not agree with or understand your ideas at first, but wait until they see the day unfold.

Getting there can be stressful and uncertain, exciting and wonderful and sometimes just plain hard. But don’t most things worth creating take work? Creating our new family was incredible.

Thanks so much McKay! And congrats to you and Joey! Your day looked like so much fun – best wishes to you both :)

Location: Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Floral Design: Jessie Winchester
Photographer: Our Labor of Love
Decor: I mainly made or bought all of the other decor, and my dad did all of the woodwork :)
Invitation Suite: emilyley paper
Caterer: Food Glorious Food
Wedding Cake: Publix
DJ: Bob of loganmania
Calligraphy: Jane Farr
Ring Bearer bowl: Paloma’s Nest
Wedding Dress: Demetrios
Flowers on Dress & Hairpiece: B poetic
Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie
Groomsmen Attire: Jos.A.Banks
Caketopper: lynns little creations

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  1. Gorgeous! Love the bride’s dress and the bridesmaids dresses :)

  2. I love this wedding! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous. And I love the bridesmaids’ clutches! Such a cute idea!

  3. OHHH, I love love love her little advice.

  4. Do you know where the bridesmaid’s clutches are from? They are so beautiful!

  5. where were those clutches from that the bridesmaids had? i love!!!

  6. gorgeous wedding! those anthro dresses and the bride’s jeffrey campbell flats are awesome. can you share where you got the bridesmaid clutches?

  7. Such a fun wedding! As a bridesmaid, I am going to brag that not only did McKay pick out the best dresses ever for us, but she personally hand-made our clutches!

  8. So much fun for this smilebooth!!! I love this wedding!!! Thank you so much for sharing…

  9. Love the bridesmaids dresses and clutches – so cute! That bouquet is pretty amazing also! Great location – fun to see a southern wedding here :)

  10. What a fun video! And cute cake topper :)

  11. Wow!!! The location is breathtaking and I love all the little details. I was wondering how you made the brown place seating cards? I am thinking of using the same idea for my rustic wedding in the fall and have no idea where to begin. Thanks a bunch :)

  12. Those purses are so sweet. And, I love how McKay speaks about enjoying the reception with her husband!


    All this is Grace and Charm

  13. Yeah, I second that. Where are those amazing clutches from??

  14. Wow, the effects on those photos are great. That seems to be a photographer that really knows what they are doing.


  15. Thanks for all the sweet comments ladies!! Daniela- I’d be happy to show you where I found everything for the escort cards if you want to send me an email
    ( As for the clutches, I made them all and if you are interested in one(or more)I’d be happy to take orders! I’m setting up an etsy shop this week ( but you can email me above as well. :)

  16. Absolutely adore this, especially the fashion (bmaid dresses, bridal gown, clutches!) Everything is just perfection and we love her advice : ) Great way to stay “sane” which is out motto! Couldnt be more true..

  17. Amazing blog, great photos. The wedding cake topper is cute

    Rene Brook

  18. How did you set up the smilebooth? That was awesome… I really want a photo booth at my wedding, but im assuming that they are expensive? You were a beautiful bride!

  19. I love the pocket schedules! So cute! Do you have any pictures of what it looks like when you open it up?

  20. @sarah- thanks!! our photog (matt w/ was the one who set up the smilebooth, it came with out photo package. you might be able to get more info here:

    @amber- i do have some pictures- send me your email and i’m happy to send them over (i have a template as well if you want that). :)

  21. Absolutely BREATHTAKING!! McKay can you send me over those schedules too!!!

  22. sure kathleen- just email me with your address.

  23. I currently live in Tallahassee and have been to the Goodwood house and they were actually setting up for a wedding that evening. I saw the pictures and knew I have seen that house before! Such a great location and the wedding looked beautiful! Congrats!

  24. those were some awesome pics! i thought the one when all the guys were in the air jumping was funny

  25. Somebody said the bride’s shoes are by Jeffrey Campbell. I looked it up online and cannot find those shoes. May I ask where I might them? They’re adorable!

  26. I LOVE the fact that this is a beautiful, personalized, personality-filled wedding featured on a top tier blog … even with those metal folding chairs. they almost look like they fit! and no one is missing white wooden folding chairs- trust me. bravo for going with what was economical :)

  27. Awww love the doggie cake topper x


  29. The only thing I would like to remind brides and their families, is that this day IS YOUR DAY, give your ideas and visions to a wedding planner and let them create your perfect day while you and your family ENJOY the day. Don’t get yourself stressed out by worrying about the decorating instead of getting ready and enjoying your day! Tell your planner what you want, go over it with them, ask for samples and let them do all the work while you sit back and relax. :)

  30. I absolutely love those clutches and the idea of giving those as bridesmaids gifts. Are they handmade…do you have a pattern? I love DIY. Thanks!

  31. Incredible location. And love the dogs on the top of the cake :)


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