Be My Love

Inspired by the Poem “Come Live with Me and Be My Love”

Inspired by the Poem “Come Live with Me and Be My Love”

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“Come live with me and be my love.” This poem is what inspired me to write about an Indian and Filipino wedding at Twin Oaks Farms that I worked on recently.

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That hills and valleys, dales and fields,
Or woods or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
And see the shepherds feed their flocks
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies;
A cap of flowers and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold.

A belt of straw and ivy buds
With coral clasps and amber studs:
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me and be my love.

The shepherd swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May morning.
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE

One of the most memorable weddings I’ve done that is very dear to my heart. The fact that the bride has Filipino roots, has no influence on my opinion. NOT! As soon as this wedding was booked, my heart was inspired and soared with excitement.

The Bride and Groom

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Nishi asked me to include cotton in the design since the cotton field has a special relevance to their love story. In addition to this blog, I decided to share with you the link to their love story.

 

The Story

Here are some pictures of the bride and groom.

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Frans and Nishi with the mandap flowers

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Inspired by the spectacular colors and patterns of the traditional Indian outfits

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I can't get over the breathtaking "Maria Clara" style dress!

I can’t get over the breathtaking “Maria Clara” style dress!

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The Parade and Ceremony

When I heard that there was going to be a parade before the ceremony, of course, I just had to see it.

Oh, the excitement! First of all, the crowd was already dancing and celebrating before it even started. And then the Groom arrived!  It was like the home team made a touchdown. Everyone was excited and jamming to the beat, and it also got loud. The baraat, which is the groom’s wedding procession was  accompanied by the rhythm of the dhol as well as a sound system playing a mash-up of Indian and Hip Hop music. Finally they reached hub, where the elders of both the families met. All the family members and guests alike  marched on to the ceremony location, where the mandap was set up under the large and maybe the oldest pecan tree in Georgia.

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I love the spectacular clothing patterns of the day. The sari, the saya, the barong and all the other traditional Filipino and Indian outfits.

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Inspired by the sound of the drum, and the mash-up indian and hip-hop music, they marched on.

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Maria Clara and Sari inspired dresses displayed the beauty of these bridesmaids, accented by the lotus flower that they held in their hands

The groomsmen looked amazing in their barong tagalog

The groomsmen looked amazing in their barong tagalog

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Friends and Family as far as the eye can see participated in this parade

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The Grand Pecan Tree. Who can tell how old this really is?

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The Reception

I believe that one of the best wedding venues in middle GA is Twin Oaks Farms. Karen and Tom Hunt are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. At Twin Oaks Farm you can  have your ceremony, reception and lodging all in the same place. Miss Karen gave me an extensive tour of the place recently. From the Grand Barn, the Hospitality Barn, the Plantation Farm house to the Log Cabin and even the Great Pecan Tree, everything is very beautiful and the lay out is well designed.

Here are some photos from the reception.

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Magnolia, seeded eucalyptus, Italian Ruscus and other premium greenery. In addition, a variety of colorful flowers accented this garland that went for days.

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The Lotus pod place settings complimented the garland really well.

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Bride and Groom Table centerpiece

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In addition to these photos, I would also like to mention that they were also able to use the ceremony flowers for the reception. Thanks for all the hard work of  Laura Lyn Coody of LLC Events. She made us look good!

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The Garland around the mandap accented the stone fireplace

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mason jar pew markers were used as decorations for snack bar, food and drink tables, guest book table,, etc.

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The Mandap Flowers were used to decorate the Grand Barn doors

The Mandap Flowers were used to decorate the Grand Barn doors

And lastly, I would like to bring your attention to the people behind the scenes that made this an epic wedding. Katrina Causey James and her crew for the make-up and hair design. Laura Lyn Coody, the Coordinator did an amazing job. And of course, Mike Moreland of Mike Moreland Photography, who without him, I would not be able to write this blog.