The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

Love may be blind, but this wedding was definitely a vision

Story by Rachel Perkins
Photos by Lindsay Vallas Photography

When Ginny Stephenson met Bob Herr on a blind date, neither of them knew quite what to expect. Blind dates are a lesson in romantic trust falls, after all. For Ginny and Bob, that willingness to take a risk on an unknown stranger worked out in the truest, loveliest, most serendipitous fashion typically saved for romantic films and storybooks.

Ginny (formally Helen Virginia), of Madison, MS, married Robert Columbus Herr IV, of Mt. Vernon, IL, on May 24, 2014 at The South in Downtown Jackson. With the help of wedding planner extraordinaire, Kristen Blackard of Signature Occasions, they were able to plan a picturesque and lively Southern night.

“Ginny and Bob wanted a night that was classic, with a touch of the eclectic,” said wedding planner Kristen. “We wanted it to be special and unique, to represent them as a couple.”

Kristen got right to work planning the event with the couple. Months after the big day, both Ginny and Kristen still rave about how much they enjoyed the planning process.

“It’s great when you can become friends with the bride and groom, because you really have to earn their trust when it comes to making some of these decisions,” said Kristen. Ginny totally agreed, and made sure to mention that she “completely trusted” Kristen’s judgment and opinion.

The couple shared their vows and their first wedded kiss against a gorgeous backdrop of candles, underneath a shimmering chandelier. Maid of honor, Tyler Crowder, and best man, Dustin Herr, stood beside the couple. The bride’s niece, Harlow Grace Stephenson, acted as flower girl, showering guests with pink and white flower petals. The ceremony featured the gorgeous vocal stylings of Katie Boles, a friend of the bride’s from Pinelake Church.

“The music was so perfect,” said Ginny, “Everything was so beautiful, I couldn’t help but to cry just a bit.”

Afterwards, family and friends celebrated with the happy couple at the reception. With flowers and food provided by Fresh Cut Catering and Floral in Flowood, guests were treated to a luxurious but lighthearted evening.

The Colonels performed, providing their own blend of country, rock and blues music to the evening. Family and friends sang and danced underneath the gorgeous décor and lighting, provided by Davaine Lighting.

Ginny and Kristen agreed the groom’s cake was a highlight of the evening. Showcasing both Bob’s strong love for the St. Louis Cardinals and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the groom’s table told the adorable story of Bob’s proposal to Ginny at a World Series playoff game in St. Louis. With a display of baseball memorabilia as well as personal touches and photos of the couple, the groom’s table knocked it out of the park.

For décor, the couple opted for a color palette of soft whites and floral pinks. Inside the rustic and open space of The South, the gentle romance of the flowers lent a magical feeling to the evening. A cascading array of flowers descended effortlessly down the wedding cake, expertly crafted by the folks at That Special Touch Cakes and Flowers in Pearl.

From the ceremony to the décor to the cake, Bob and Ginny smiled and held each other close. The evening was romantic and classic with just a few touches of unique magic—perfect for these two people who were so truly meant to be together.

“Everything was just incredible,” said Ginny with a sigh.

 “I wouldn’t change a thing.”