Wonder at Woodland

By Amanda Wells
Photos by Lauren Kinsey Photography
Flowers by Lesley Frascogna of Tulip Floral


Camille McKinley and John Hensley began their lives together last September with a sweet Southern soirée. Both native Mississippians met at Ole Miss and the two tied the knot in Oxford. The ceremony was held at Paris Yates Chapel with a reception following at John’s family farm, Woodland Farms. From Southern flowers to dining al fresco, bourbon, snow cones, soul music and more, the occasion was everything a Southern wedding should be.

Oxford-Wedding-WEB2Camille and John followed the Southern tradition of burying a bottle of bourbon to prevent rain on their wedding day. Perhaps it all paid off, as they only saw a tiny sprinkle before the festivities began.





A subtle color palette of dove grey and neutral tones was accented with pops of indigo blue. The bold color made an appearance in the chiffon bridesmaids’ dresses by Jenny Yoo and silk and willow ribbon around the bride’s show stopping bouquet by Lesley Frascogna of Tulip Floral.

“They wanted a laid-back yet elegant wedd- ing where their guests would leave talking about how fun of an evening it was,” says wedding designer and planner Jessica Sloane of Nashville. “Having the reception out in the open, fresh air made all of that possible.”

Friends and family were greeted at the farm by a bourbon and tequila tasting. Guests enjoyed sipping on libations and each other’s company around a custom corn hole set by Bonnie Dickerson of Southern Sprout. “The Southern dinner was served buffet style with intention to get people to mix and mingle,” says Jessica. The rustic setting, topped off with farm tables and cross back chairs, allowed for what felt like a real family gathering. Rough linen fabric was accented with gold and brass candlesticks and compotes.

Camille surprised John with a snow cone bar, his favorite summer treat. The evening was topped off with an extensive selection of late night cigars smoked around a roaring bonfire.

Guests danced the night away and welcomed Camille and John on their new journey to the tunes of Memphis Soul Revue. Rumor has it that we know how to “do” weddings in the South and this magical night under the stars is what Southern weddings are all about.