The beautiful sunset seemed to emphasize the loveliness of Oak Hill’s formal garden as Abbie walked down the aisle to Canon in D performed by a violin and cello duet. Because the gardens were naturally so full of color, the black dresses of the bridesmaids and classic tuxedos of the groomsmen were an elegant contrast to the backdrop. That lovely combination of black and white with a touch of green was later carried over to the reception, which was held in the garden behind the house. Interestingly, this was also the site of the almost-wedding ceremony in the film Sweet Home Alabama.
When guests first arrived to the reception they had the opportunity to sign the guest book and see the sweet favors that were both displayed on the veranda. These setting-appropriate favors were small jars of jams and preserves adorned with monogrammed labels, fabric squares, ribbons and pearls. Not to be forgotten there was also a special birthday cake for the maid of honor located on the guestbook table.
The guests’ tables on the lawn continued the elegant look with a variety of centerpieces utilizing differently shaped vases, white roses, white hydrangeas, and several forms of greenery.
Once the new Mr. and Mrs. Bannister were introduced, the members of the wedding party and the family were more than happy to lead the way in enjoying the delicious looking buffet provided by Harvest Moon Catering. Included in the menu was a thoroughly southern spread of pork tenderloin, pecan crusted chicken, sweet potato soufflé, squash casserole, and several other delectable southern delicacies.