Southern Charm-Filled Backyard Wedding

Samantha and Ben's love affair began at a tacky Christmas party where Samantha donned a red reindeer costume and her soon-to-be beloved, an avid hunter, decked himself out in a fabulous camouflage sweater… with Christmas lights. It wasn't before long that these two knew the hunt was over.

So what kind of wedding do you get when you combine an Italian New York bride and her charming Southern groom? A southern charm-filled wedding with a splash of Tuscan flair in Suffolk, of course!

Beautifully captured by Stephanie Yonce Photography, a wooden canopy wrapped in magnolia leaves and pale blue hydrangeas greeted guests as they made their way to the ceremony. While keeping in tune with Ben's Southern roots, the bridesmaids’ wore sunny yellow dresses and cowboy boots. But whether you have all of these gorgeous details or not, Samantha offered the following advice:

"Make sure you take time to step away from everything and reflect. Ben and I were able to go onto the widow’s watch and have a bird’s eye view of our reception. It was nice to be together just the two of us and have that romantic moment."

Photography: Stephanie Yonce Photography // Venue: Private Residence // Cake: Appletree Cake Company // Band: Arte Musicale String Ensemble // Event Rentals: Big Top Entertainment // Bridal Gown: Blush Consignment // DJ: Colonial DJs // Catering: Creative Cuisines // Florals: Holly Days Floral // Invitations: Magnet Street // Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse and Sperry Topsiders // Veil: Heirloom redesigned by Evelyn's Designs // Submitted via Two Bright Lights