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DIY Plantation Wedding

Where to begin with this handmade wedding sent from Ulmer Studios? The bride worked with event stylist Megan Byrd to execute every detail to perfection, from the incredible bouquets and boutonnieres right down to the library book centerpieces. For the favors, Carly even baked lemon poppy seed muffins for the guests to take home in sweet little paper bags!

bride and groom by wall

plantation historical sign

From the bride, Carly: I made all of the table squares, and collected the frames, vases, trays, silver sets and knick knacks from various antique and thrift shops and yard sales. Megan completely styled everything on the day of and made the burlap runner for the head table. The birdcage photo holder was also hers. She also did all the flowers, including the bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres. I collected vintage brooches for almost a year and used floral wire to make stems to put my bouquet together on top of silk hydrangeas. A few of the pieces were family heirlooms. My shoe clips were a pair of earrings I picked up at an antique shop. For the guest book, we chose to do the guest box, and used scrapbooking paper for guests to write little messages on. It’s still so neat to look back and see what people wrote to us.


rustic boutonnieres

vintage bridal beautybeaded wedding clutch

bride and bridesmaids

rings tied around bookleafy bridal bouquets

birdcage favor bags

I almost forgot the books! I am a school teacher so we wanted make it personal so we rented the books from the library! I think we had something close to 150. It was a hilarious process. We went up and down the aisles picking only pretty, vintage, books and ones with romantic titles. Megan picked the letters and used twine to hang them on the back of our chairs. The favor bags were regular brown paper sacks that I stamped with our wedding stamps and clipped with stamped clothes pins. My mom and I baked the lemon poppy seed muffins the day before the wedding. I made Andrew muffins every morning in high schools, so we thought they would be a perfect favor. Lemon poppy seed is his favorite. Our day-of coordinator was Gilda York. She’s very thorough. The day went so smoothly under her direction. The guys outfits were from her shop, Ambassadors Formal Wear. Kerry Luna was our music guy. He was so flexible and helpful when it came to picking songs for then different events and back ground music.


chalkboard wedding sign

first look outdoors

plantation wedding ceremony

bridesmaid holding bouquetantique book centerpieces

green decorated clothespins

As far as my favorite parts of the day, the first look is certainly at the top. Just the way Andrew looked at me and couldn’t even put together a full sentence was an amazing moment. I thought I was holding it together until his reaction got to me. I felt so blessed and full of gratitude. Those were surely the happiest tears I have ever cried. It was a truly priceless experience, just being able to revel in the emotion of being together and in love on the biggest, and most exciting day of our lives.


tin can centerpieces

bride and groom sunset

reserved signsimple pink centerpieces

owl cake toppers

Our first dance was pretty magical. We’d gone back and forth about which song to choose and what we wanted… Something new, something old, something R&B, something traditional… We literally changed the song the day of the wedding. We chose Stay With You by John Legend on a whim, and it was absolutely perfect. It was like one of those movie scenes. Everything else faded and we were the only people there. I still get chills when I hear it.


vintage dessert tables

vintage bird detailsvintage bird details

reserved vintage centerpieces

The send off at the end of the night was a ton of fun! Our venue had a rule against open flames, so sparklers were not an option. I was trying to come up with something to go with the mason jar candles people would have to hold. (There was no light on the side of the house where we would be leaving from.) Then it hit me: Wedding bells! Just not the traditional kind. They were so festive and as silly as it sounds, running through all of your friends, congratulating you and ringing bells, is a super fun way to end your wedding night!


bride and groom dancing


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Wedding Vendors (Franklin, TN):

Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Event Stylist: bride and Megan Byrd / Day-of Coordination: Gilda York / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes: Publix / Cake Topper: Vintage / Rentals: Music City Tents / Music: Kerry Luna

10 Comments on DIY Plantation Wedding

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  • 1

    Love the bride’s gown…love the venue…love the table centerpieces…love the cake topper…everything about this wedding is absolutely gorgeous!

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  • 2

    The colors are so soothing.

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  • 3
    Sara @ Top Southern Weddings on June 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Love the vintage book idea! Beautiful wedding!

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    Carly Poole on June 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Andrew and I are so excited to be feature on here! I scoured Ruffled repeatedly through out my wedding planning process. It’s such a great resource for ideas and inspiration. What an honor to have our wedding be a part of that now. Thank you so much, Ruffled! Good luck to all you beautiful brides out there planning the wedding of your dreams! It will go fast, so be sure to soak up every minute of it when it gets here! – Carly

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  • 5

    Thank you to Ruffled for featuring Carly & Andrew’s wedding! It was such a fun wedding to help style & I absolutely loved doing all of the flowers. Ulmer Studios Photography obviously played such a huge part in portraying just how beautiful the day truly was. They are so fantastic to work with! I hope everyone enjoys re-living the details of the wedding as much as I do!

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  • 6

    Very pretty photos! Love the way the bride integrated books into her wedding day, especially into the centerpieces. Also, all the DIY touches are so special.

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  • 7

    What a gorgeous wedding! Is there any way I can find out where that beautiful clutch is from?

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    Vickie Brooks on October 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I really love the owl cake topper and i cant find it anywhere. Are you able to tell me where it came from? It is exactly what i am looking for.

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  • 9

    Your cake topper is very sweet. Do you know how I can get one just like it for my daughter’s wedding?

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  • 10

    I really love the owl wedding toppers. Where did you get those?

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