Holiday in the Sun

This local couple took their nuptials to Georgia for a classic southern country club-style celebration

 

THE BRIDE
Morgan Hall
25, Pharmacist

THE GROOM
McLane Poteet
26, Senior Vice President Sterling Bank

THEIR STORY Morgan Hall and McLane Poteet grew up in the same small town—Poplar Bluff, MO—but never knew each other very well until their mothers became close friends. On a winter break from college, the two spent their first date dining at a local Mexican restaurant and then taking in a movie—at least, they tried to. The flick was so bad that they decided to get up and leave in the middle of it, choosing to spend time with each other rather than suffer through it any longer. The couple began dating long distance, with McLane in St. Louis and Morgan shuffling around Southern cities for school. After a year of dating, McLane took Morgan to Destin, FL, where they’d spent spring break together the previous year, and asked her to marry him. After she happily accepted, they jumped into a limo and drove to dinner. In the limo, McLane gave Morgan a note from her parents expressing how happy they were for the couple and how sorry they were to miss the trip. Then, when McLane and Morgan arrived at the restaurant, they found both sets of parents there waiting to congratulate them.

LAKESIDE LOVE The couple wanted to make their nuptials a shared vacation with friends and family, so they decided on a destination wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA. The resort sits on a picturesque lake and has golf courses, pools and a spa that guests could enjoy throughout the weekend. Plus, the venue handled almost all of the wedding planning and execution in-house, making preparations simple and seamless for the couple.

PRETTY IN PINK Morgan wanted the celebration to feel soft and romantic, so she chose ivory and blush peonies and roses for her floral arrangements. Her dress was an ivory silk jacquard trumpet gown by Monique Lhuillier accented with a beaded belt. She’d admired the gown in photos before, so when she tried it on at Town & Country Bridal in Frontenac, she knew it was the one. In choosing their wedding party, both McLane and Morgan wanted to include their closest friends from different parts of their lives. So brothers, sisters, childhood friends, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters and pharmacy school friends comprised the sizable 20-person party. Each of Morgan’s bridesmaids wore pale pink chiffon gowns, choosing from three different necklines.

GONE FISHING The plated dinner of crab cakes and grilled filet of beef served at the reception earned rave reviews, but the couple’s favorite food came at the end of the evening when they served a late-night snack of pigs in a blanket, mini grilled cheeses and milkshake shooters. The three-layer cake—red velvet and vanilla cream with strawberries—was adorned with fresh flowers and rows of pearls. Because McLane is an avid fisher, Morgan had the pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton create a life-sized bass for the groom’s cake as a surprise. Next to the cake she placed a photo of the couple’s first fishing trip together: Morgan was holding the first fish she ever caught, and McLane was smiling like a proud dad.

COUNTRY STRONG For their first dance, the couple chose Zach Brown Band’s “Free,” a country song they’d always listened to on road trips. The ceremony was accompanied by a string quartet, and the Atlanta-based The Platinum Band performed at the reception, playing everything from Lady Gaga to Motown. The happy couple left the reception at the end of the night with a dazzling sparkler send-off and hopped onto their “Just Married” golf cart to head back to the room. But on the way there, the cart’s battery died and the couple was forced to make the rest of the hike on foot, laughing about it all the way.

 

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Photo credit: Picsee Studio

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