Gorgeous Garden Wedding at the Commodore Perry Estate
Colby and Jack wanted a September wedding that would contrast the numerous others they had previously attended. The typical bountiful floral arrangements, church ceremony, and reception dance party was something they’d participated in so many times, and they wanted their big day to be something different, something special. And special it was! This couple put their own unique spin on each element of their wedding day, and the overall outcome was simply gorgeous.
Stacy, their planner, was lucky enough to be the first from the Eclipse Team to plan a wedding at the Commodore Perry Estate! The wedding’s color scheme matched the Estate’s own main colors, which were terracotta, lively green, and a bright ivory. Are you obsessed with the venue’s clean garden aesthetic like we are?!
Ilios Lighting came to set up bistro lights across the lawn, which came out looking stunning. By the time the sun had set, the string lights were twinkling romantically for reception.
Instead of filling their space with flowers, they kept their decor completely natural-looking and full of greenery. Even the bride's bouquet was totally green - something so rare and enchanting for a bridal bouquet! The only pop of color was a rustic orange ribbon to tie the bouquet together. Claudia with Kitsch Event Styling did such a great job curating each piece of greenery and decor together. Especially with the fringe garland in the Welcome Hour, like wow. We love you and your styling!
Colby got her makeup done by Donna Bruns Makeup and hair by Carolyn Taylor Holden, giving her an elegant and natural look that fit so well with her classic Sarah Seven Bridal Gown. Lastly, her bright blue eyes were perfectly complemented by her blue Nine West shoes.
To capture the beauty of the entire venue, Cloud Craft Studios came and shot video footage with professional drones - totally necessary for a venue this cool!
Rather than start the day with a ceremony, the couple arranged a ”welcome hour” to greet their guests as soon as they arrived. That way, Colby and Jack could surprise their guests by being with them from the very start, allowing them more time to share with the people they love.
Vogue Vignette came to sketch their wedding guests, as well as the couple themselves, and did a spectacular job as you can tell from Vitae Weddings’s photos! Including this artistry as a part of their wedding was incredibly special.
Another vendor that people absolutely loved was the floating photo booth from Say Cheese Photo Booths - it was a hit!
Let’s talk more about Stacy’s favorite part: these iconic terracotta shades throughout the entire wedding! First of all, the invitations were the primary influence of shape and color. The welcome sign, seating chart, table numbers, menus, and name tags were top notch! If you put every warm-toned item from this wedding altogether, it would seriously look like a cutesy fall-themed Target section. We have The Inviting Pear to thank for this lovely stationery! And the cherry on top was the bar menu design: they used terracotta pots with calligraphy on it, holding succulents. So freaking cute!
Afterwards, Colby and Jack had a short ceremony, officiated by Colby’s grandmother - beyond sweet! And the scenery looks straight out of a movie with the majestic fountain in the background. Taylor Rae sang several classics for them, particularly playing “Jackson” by Johnny Cash to conclude the Wedding Ceremony of the newlyweds. The photographer from Vitae Weddings captured some great shots of the moment they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Hudson!
Then came the preparations for the reception. Again, Colby and Jack wanted to host something out of the box, so they focused on making their reception feel like a really intimate dinner rather than a loud dance party. The napkins, chargers, and plates were rented from Table Manners and got the warm-toned memo, of course!
Then, the vintage furniture from Loot Rentals was placed on the Mansion Lawn to create more lounge space. At last, the scene was set to start their reception. For dinner, the catering staff from Commodore Perry Estate served a crazy delicious dinner and wedding cake, which had the cutest little clay cake topper of the Hudson Family: Colby, Jack, and their little cat.
The Pamela Hart Band played 100% classics all night. The couple had heard “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars 1 too many times at past weddings, LOL! So they stuck to oldies but goodies, like Stevie Wonder, Etta James, etc.
To end the night, the two gave a simple wave goodbye as a send-off, nothing crazy. But they did encourage their guests to take home the small succulents on the reception tables as party favors - isn’t that such a good idea? The guests got to take home a little terracotta plant as a memory of such a beautiful day.
In the end, this wedding was truly one-of-a-kind, and came out perfect. Congratulations to Colby and Jack Hudson! A million thank you's for planning such a lovely 2021 wedding with us.