Inside a Southern Wedding Inspired by Ernest Hemingway
When event designer Erin McLean began to produce a southern wedding shoot at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she found herself inspired by a single quote from Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast: “We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.” Her thoughts turned to the novelist’s estate in Key West, Florida, where he spent much of the 1930s.
Envisioning what a wedding would look like in the tropical locale, she pulled in “the rich and bold greens through varying types of palm and mixing creamy ivories” to capture “the essence of a warm day in the islands.” Recalling the front porch of his island home, with its white walls, and round, green shutters, she chose “a neutral palette with earthy greens to mimic the flora of his estate and the weathered shutters of the home itself.”
Though Hemingway lived an understated life, she chose to elevate the dinner tablescapes with gold tones in flatware, guest chairs, and place settings. Gold-speckled cakes by Ashley Cakes and mercury glass votives and amber glassware continued the rich, warm tones. Hydrangea and orchid floral arrangements by Lily Greenthumb’s created a beautiful balance of true Southern style and a little tropical flair.
“Our goal was to transform a space into one that Ernest himself would have found comfort in and enjoyed a freshly rolled cigar alongside the newly married couple under the stars,” McLean says.
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