Marissa and Mason’s wedding day at The Pavilion at Mixon Farms is overflowing with vibrant, happy details. The bride and groom— self-described as “very bubbly and happy people”—wanted the wedding to be a reflection of their personalities. Planner Swanky Soiree Events helped the couple infuse joyous vibes throughout celebration at the orange grove—from the big, bold florals by Oh Darling Events to fresh orange favors and the result is delightful. Lucky for us, the couple enlisted the skills of Everence Photography to capture all the moments of their big day in these lovely images.
What made the wedding special and unique?
There were so many things that felt so special and unique during our big day. The little details were very important to us. We wanted our personalities and favorite things to be incorporated to our special day. Since we were getting married at an orange grove out of season, it only felt fitting to incorporate the oranges in our décor! They were the perfect addition and we even used them as our party favors with customized thank you tags pinned to them at each table setting. Not to mention – they smelled amazing.
The florals were a huge part of the day. The groom and I are very bubbly and happy people. We wanted the flowers to be bright and vibrant, just like our personalities. Plus, once I got my eyes on coral peonies and hot pink ranunculus, I fell in love and wanted them everywhere on the big day! Our florist then took creative control to create all the florals that were at the wedding. It was better than I could have ever imagined. I wanted to ensure all the little details came together. Every piece of décor was though out. Down to our pink glasses we had for the bridal party and the fun unique ones for our guests, to our bar sign that was on a copper tray! I made our signature drink match our theme with a pink margarita on the rocks with a copper straw. We had colored sugar and salts that matched our colors that our guests could choose from and it was such a fun detail! The groom also loves Corona, so the groom and all the groomsman wore Corona socks on our big day.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
We found my gown at Something Blue Bridal, a beautiful boutique in our town. I tried on about 15 dresses, which were all gorgeous, but I just did not feel like I had found “the one.” We almost gave up thinking today was not the day I would find my dress. I decided to skim the rack one more time, and one dress caught my eye. It was not anything I envisioned myself in, but I figured there was no harm in trying just one more. The moment I put it on and saw myself in the dressing room, I started to tear up and could not stop smiling. I walked out to my bridesmaids, mom and grandma, and instantly everyone cried and loved it. We knew in that moment I had found the dress!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
Both of our fathers passed away before our big day, so incorporating the most important men in our life into our wedding was at the top of the list. My maid of honor gifted me a charm that could be tied to my bouquet with my father’s photo and the quote “With you every step of the way”. It was one of my favorite details of the entire wedding. To incorporate the groom’s father, I found the last birthday card he had given to the groom, and had the message transferred to a handkerchief that the groom could carry with him the entire day. To incorporate our copper theme, and as a nod to our special day, I picked out a copper wedding band, so every time I look at it, it takes me back to all the details, and the day I married the most amazing man. We had custom signage made by a local calligraphist who incorporated our copper theme into the lettering, and we painted our easels copper. It was so subtle but so perfect. We also had custom napkins made that were handed out during cocktail hour and throughout the night. We also line danced at our wedding as a cute nod to how we met!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The most memorable part of the day for the groom and I was our last dance. As all our guests were lining up for our sparkler send off, we had one last slow dance with no one around. We were able to talk about our big day, all our favorite moments, and really soak in everything we just experienced. It was the sweetest thing full of love and we cherish that moment so much. We recommend every bride and groom to do it!
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We grew up in the same town with mutual friends and saw each other around for a few years but never really spoke until one special Saturday night. We both loved to line dance, and we were at our local country bar line dancing one night! That’s the first night the groom approached me and asked me to dance – from that moment on we were smitten and inseparable. Now here we are 4 years later, married!
Photography: Everence Photography // Planner: Swanky Soiree Events // Florals: Oh Darling Events // Venue: The Pavilion at Mixon Farms // Hair & Makeup: Krystal Hall // Makeup: Amy Shaw Makeup Artist // Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero // Tuxes: Something Blue Bridal Boutique // Videography: Brandon Paul Photography & Films // Cake: Cakes by Ron // DJ: TLS Entertainment // Goblets/Rentals: The Copper Acorn // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box