Loves Greatest Adventure

BY LAUREL DONAHOO | PHOTOS BY SULLY CLEMMER PHOTOGRAPHY

On a perfect October evening in Biloxi, Mississippi, Ellen and Darrell Parker said “I do.” Not only was the couple blessed with perfect weather, but every single detail of their big day was also perfect. Perfect because it was personal.

“We wanted our day to really represent us as a couple, down to the very last detail. We wanted it to be rustic but chic, warm, and filled with feelings of love and closeness,” says the bride.

One of the main details that stood out most to the couple and to their guests were the custom- built banquet tables, handcrafted by the groom and the bride’s father.

“When I showed Darrell a picture of similar tables that I thought would be the perfect addition to our wedding venue, he quickly went to work drawing up plans for these gorgeous herringbone tables,” says Ellen. “He and my dad used my uncle’s woodshop and set up a sort of assembly line, cutting boards, staining and painting boards, building the table bases, and nailing the varying boards atop the bases in the herringbone pattern. It was an amazing sight,” she shares.

The ceremony and reception were both held outdoors at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, so the handmade tables, which were surrounded by a mix of vintage chairs from Lovegood Wedding and Event Rentals, were used for guest seating during both the cere- mony and the reception.

“The museum in itself added a romantic and whimsical air to the wedding, with its brick courtyard covered in hundred-year old oak trees, right on the gulf of Biloxi,” shares Ellen. “The large stainless-steel vestals, designed by architect Frank Gehry, shone brightly and reflected the most brilliant colors.”

Brilliant fall colors were also present in other details like the bridesmaids’ dress selections and the flower arrangements by the Ocean Springs based florist The Petaler Co.

Two drifters off to see the world, There’s such a lot of world to see…

The couple’s first dance, which was under hun-dreds of string lights canopying the courtyard, was to The Honey Trees’s adaptation of the song “Moon River.” “The lyrics ‘Two drifters off to see the world, There’s such a lot of world to see…’ is us to the core. We never stop exploring and travel is our favorite thing in the world,” says the bride about this senti- mental tune.

Their love of travel was also represented in their special day’s details. “We included travel a good bit in the theme, from the music, to our cake topper stating “You Are My Greatest Adventure,” to our guest book, a children’s book called Home which lists so many different types of homes around the world,” Ellen shares.

The Parkers’ day ended under a breathtaking full moon as the couple celebrated their brand new adventure together as man and wife. One thing they’ll always have as a souvenir of their perfect day is the handmade dining table they kept. As for the rest of the tables, Lovegood Wedding and Event Rentals now has a collection of “Parker” tables available for other couples to enjoy on their own wedding days!