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EDITORIAL: Southern Summer

A bride and groom outside the gates of The Henry Smith House in Picayune, Mississippi




Sarah Alleman Photography


The Henry Smith House


Glo Events


True Value Rental


Century Girl Vintage

Pearl’s Place Bridal

Tuxedos to Geaux


Jolie Blon Jewelry


Kasey Smith


Brittany Spreen

for AHB Hair and Makeup


Katycake & Co.


Camellia Memories


Handwritten Hannah


Katie Hellbach Art


Peony & Petunia


Passport Polish


Leccare Lollipops


Samantha Williams | Denny Weeks of JEA Model Management


The NOW Factor Marketing


about the henry smith house

​​The Henry Smith House, located in the serene woodlands of Picayune, Mississippi, is a historic 1900s Victorian home nestled among towering oak trees and lush gardens. In 2020, Dustin Castrinos, a wedding and event planner based in New Orleans, purchased the 100+ year old home and set about transforming the property into a luxurious destination for weekend getaways and wedding celebrations. Castrinos brings years of event planning and floral design expertise to this stunning property, working closely with couples to plan the perfect wedding at The Henry Smith House.

Floral wedding invitation suite by Camellia Memories with Calligraphy by Handwritten Hannah

about the wedding invitations

The invitation suite designed by Megan Kattengell of Camellia Memories features a floral motif digitally printed on blush handmade, deckle edge paper.  The envelopes, made of handmade paper in the color Dusk with a cream cardstock envelope liner, are hand-addressed in Dr. Ph. Martin’s black india ink in an elegant narrow italic script by New Orleans calligrapher Hannah Jordan of Handwritten Hannah.  The invitations are tied with velvet ribbon and embellished with a gourmet White Peach and Rose Lollipop by Leccare Lollipops based in Winder, Georgia.

Gourmet lollipops by Leccare Lollipops
Gourmet lollipops by Leccare Lollipops in White Peach & Rose and Tangerine Honey Sea Salt Flavors

close up of bride and groom under bridal veil

Samantha is wearing  an off-the-shoulder bridal gown with all-over dimensional textures and a cathedral-length veil, available at Pearl’s Place in Metairie, Louisiana.

Her earrings, necklace and bracelet are custom designed pieces by Louisiana-based designer Lacie Fontenot of Jolie Blon Jewelry.

Her loose curls styled by Kasey Smith and dewey, natural makeup by Brittany Screen, both for AHB Hair and Makeup, exude sweet southern elegance.

On her nails, Samantha is wearing Passport Polish in the color Roman Candy from their New Orleans Collection.

Custom earrings and necklace by Jolie Blon Jewelry
Custom earrings and necklace by Jolie Blon Jewelry

Denny is wearing a Two Piece Skinny Fit Suit in Dusty Rose available at Tuxedos to Geaux in Metairie, Louisiana, and an orange floral bow tie available on Amazon.

Passport Polish in the color Roman Candy
Passport Polish in the color Roman Candy from their New Orleans Collection

Jolie Blon Jewelry and Leccare Lollipop
Jewelry by Jolie Blon Jewelry and Leccare Lollipops

One Strap Heeled Sandals Open Toe Bow Knot Satin Ankle Buckle Stiletto Summer Shoes for wedding
Whimsical Stilettos with bows available on Amazon

The Chapel at The Henry Smith House set for an intimate wedding

The Chapel at The Henry Smith House is a charming backdrop for this intimate wedding ceremony. The mix and match vintage seating from the venue’s collection complements the lush florals designed by Henry Smith House proprietor Dustin Castrinos.

A-frame welcome sign by Peony & Petunia

An A-frame Welcome Sign by Peony & Petunia greets guests as they arrive at the wedding.

Signature cocktails for a summer wedding

Treat your guests to signature cocktails before your ceremony. Here a Pink Lemon Drop cocktail is garnished with a Tangerine Honey Sea Salt lollipop by Leccare Lollipops and a Summer Session Old Fashioned sports an orange slice and thyme garnish. Both cocktails are served in True Value Rental’s Excalibur Rocks Glasses.

handwritten wedding vows by calligrapher Handwritten Hannah

Beautifully penned vows by Handwritten Hannah on blush deckle edge paper matching the invitation suite by Camellia Memories make a frame-worthy wedding keepsake.

bride and groom in front of the chapel at the Henry Smith House

wedding ceremony at the Henry Smith House

wedding ceremony at the Henry Smith House

floral wedding seating chart

Seating charts don’t have to be boring! Here, mix and match bud vases with blush deckle edge tags and velvet ribbons by Camellia Memories serve as a seating chart. A matching sign under a cloche directs guests to find their name and take their bloom to their seat.

floral seating chart

floral seating chart for wedding

wedding reception table on the Garden Lawn at The Henry Smith House

The pergola on The Henry Smith House’s Garden Lawn is a charming spot for an intimate wedding party dinner. Mix and match vintage chairs from the venue’s collection provide seating and colorful taper candles and votives from Glo Events are nestled among lush florals on the table.  At each seat, guests find place settings from True Value Rental including their Divine Gold Chargers, Carousel Goblets, Blush Plates, and Matte Gold Flatware. A deckle edge menu by Camellia Memories sits atop each place setting along with a watercolor, hand-painted macaron.

True Value Rental Carousel goblets

summer wedding reception table

wedding menu

summer wedding cake

A three-tier buttercream cake by Katycake & Co. is a decadent showpiece for the wedding reception.

three tier buttercream wedidng cake by KatyCake& Co.

wedding champagne tower

Champagne towers have been a hot trend and we don’t see them going out of style any time soon!  We added a pop of color to True Value Rental’s champagne coupes by adding fresh blooms (Pro tip: ask your florist for flowers not treated with pesticides if you’d like to do this!) and had New Orleans artist Katie Hellbach custom paint the champagne bottle for the pour in her signature style.

Painted champagne bottle by artist Katie Hellbach

wedding champagne tower

wedding champagne tower

wedding champagne tower

seed packet wedding favors on lace pinboard by Peony&Petunia

Looking for an eco-friendly favor idea? These seed packets by Sustainable Sprout  are beautifully packaged and make great wedding favors. Display these favors on this elegant lace cork board by Peony & Petunia. A blush deckle edge sign by Camellia Memories encourages guests to “Let Love Grow” and take home a packet of seeds of their choice.

seed packet wedding favors

bride and groom on the front porch swing at The Henry Smith House

Samantha is wearing the Sucré Cupcake Gown, a voluminous rose tulle gown from Lebanese designer Gemy Maalouf, available at Century Girl Vintage. Her pearl-accented jewelry by Jolie Blon Jewelry is the perfect delicate accompaniment to this fabulous gown.

wedding jewelry by Jolie Blon Jewelry

wedding headpiece and jewelry by Jolie Blon Jewelry

Denny is wearing a brown Slim Fit Single Breasted Two Button Suit available at Tuxedos to Geaux with a handmade feather bow tie available on Amazon.

handmade feather bowtie

groom in brown suit from Tuxedos to Geaux

antique convertible car with wedding flowers

An antique convertible is the perfect wedding photo opp, especially when it’s overflowing with gorgeous blooms!

antique convertible car with wedding flowers

antique convertible car with wedding flowers

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