At least that’s how it looked from the pew of Barnwell chapel as the ceremony blended Spanish and English vows harmoniously. Bride Rachel dreamed of a wedding that her groom’s family from Mexico could enjoy just as much as her own. To incorporate their southwestern edge, she chose bouquets of beautiful mint green succulents with other complimentary blooms and greenery from Bussey’s Florist. As beautiful as they were, the story behind the choices made the each southwestern accent even more perfect.
As a Berry Student, I see the flawless beauty of the college every day; however, this was my first time in Barnwell chapel that sits just past the Ford Buildings, seen in the distance.The rich, detailed wooden walls and ceiling were designed by and named after an early Berry architect, John Bibbs Barnwell, in 1911. As Rachel’s alma mater, Berry College was a great choice for her venue, and this chapel in particular made a perfect backdrop to her desired style.
The reception was held in the heart of Rome at the Rome Area History Museum, recreated into a Mexican fiesta! From hanging Spanish banners to a selection of Jarritos Mexican beverages, no corner went untouched with southwestern or southern details. The museum’s stunning brick walls and tall windows overlooking Broad Street continued to compliment the wedding’s theme. One of my personal favorite accents to the reception was the lively Mariachi band!Dressed to the nines, they brought authenticity and endless energy to the room.
Possibly one of the most well-known attributes of the southwest is their food – both for its taste and presentation. Ray Harris catering from Rome did a fantastic job making the Mexican cuisine from colorful slaw to cheese biscuits to melt-in-your-mouth beef empanadas. A nod to the South included the most amazing, tender, juicy, boneless fried chicken! We still dream of it!