Classic Outdoor Wedding at Rip Van Winkle Gardens

October 22, 2015 | Junebug Weddings


Amanda and John Albert’s Rip Van Winkle Gardens wedding is proof that an outdoor wedding can be inexplicably elegant with the right styling. Thankfully, the couple enlisted Southern Fete to create a classic wedding look full of navy and cream details with natural elements and greenery sprinkled throughout. Erin & Geoffrey Photography captured the stunning scene, as well as the most dreamy portraits of the newlyweds basking in the golden glow of the Louisiana sunset.

The Couple:

Amanda and John Albert

The Wedding:

Rip Van Winkle Gardens, New Iberia, Louisiana

The Inspiration:

We both wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception. I knew I wanted to keep it simple and classic which is my style and I wanted to incorporate his love of the outdoors. We kept the color scheme simple with navy, green, white, and neutral browns with the wood centerpieces and deer antlers. I would described the wedding as elegant with rustic accents. We had some fun branding the wood centerpieces with a logo I had made. I loved the flowers! They added a whimsical and romantic feel to the night. As for the fashion, I just knew from the beginning that I wanted long sleeves with an open back for my wedding dress. The dress I ended up falling in love with had an illusion back with long lace sleeves. It was the one dress I kept comparing all the others to! I chose navy for the bridesmaids dresses because after looking for so long to me it was the color that looked the best on all skin tones and was so classic. I also knew I wanted the convertible dresses so that the girls could choose the style best for their body types and styles. The groom and groomsmen wore dark brown suits with navy ties, a white pocket square and cowboy boots.





















The Moments:

I would say that walking down the aisle and seeing John Albert for the first time with tears in his eyes, which of course made me tear up, would be my favorite moment! We decided against a first look because we wanted that special moment with our raw emotions to be a surprise! My other favorite moment from the wedding is when John Albert split his pants from dancing so hard on the last song of the night with our beloved friends and family!

The Couple Recommends:

All of our vendors were outstanding! I would really recommend my great wedding planner, Southern Fete! They were very professional, kept me on schedule and budget and had great ideas for everything! There were so many compliments on the band I chose, Phat Hat Band!!! I’m also in awe every time I look at our wedding photos from Erin & Geoffrey Photography!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Erin & Geoffrey Photography
Event Planning – Southern Fete
Venue – Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Floral Design – Root Floral Design
Catering – Heirloom Cuisine
Cake – Sugar Belle by Elise
Live Music – Phat Hat Band
Invitations – Inkling Design Studio
Hair & Makeup Artist – Bleu Coiffure

A special thanks to Southern Fete for sharing Amanda and John Albert’s extraordinary day with Junebug! For more of Erin and Geoffrey Photography, check out Kaylin and Matt’s chic wedding in Lafayette, Louisiana.


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  1. What a truly lovely, nature-inspired wedding! I would love to do a gown like this for a portrait! The little wooden accents and the decoration of the cake were impeccable!

  2. Really beautiful photos – I like them. Would love to see more :)

  3. The wedding dress and veil are sensational, such a gorgeous bride.

  4. Wow ! very wonderful and looking charming

  5. Gorgeous couple and wonderful wedding photography. It’s my pleasure to see these photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. This bride wedding dresses are very complex.

  7. Stunning dress, stunning place. Lovely wedding photography!

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