Casey Manning and Nathaniel Lewis Wed in a Traditionally Southern Celebration at Arlington Hall

When Casey Manning and Nathaniel “Nate” Lewis first met through mutual friends, they instantly knew they belonged together. They started dating long distance—he was stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana; she lived in Denton—before Nate moved to Texas to attend the University of North Texas. Five years after that fateful meeting, Nate proposed. The couple both had strong Southern upbringings, and their wedding on May 19, 2018, at Arlington Hall strove to capture timeless Southern charm and hospitality. Along with including traditional details, Casey and Nate added unique twists to their special day by including a gospel choir during the ceremony and surprising guests with swing dancers dressed in vintage military clothing (an homage to Nate’s military history) to kick off the reception. Says Casey: “Our vision for a Southern-themed wedding seemed natural for us as it describes our roots and who we are.”

Becoming One
Casey says a crest “maintains the idea that a new identity is created once you are married.” Wedding programs and napkins also featured the design.

Casey Manning and Nathaniel Lewis Real Wedding

Just Peachy
Casey wanted to include real fruit in the decor, so her team used peaches as place cards. The element also continued the couples’ “sweet as a peach” Southern theme. More than 200 peaches were included in the design.

Casey Manning and Nathaniel Lewis Real Wedding

You’re Glowing
These glass-encased candles mixed traditional Southern decor with simple and romantic ambience. “Early on in the design process, Casey mentioned that she liked candelabras,” Wendy Kay of Birds of a Feather Events says. “I wanted to do something more streamlined and contemporary, so we decided on these particular candelabras that were custom ordered by our florist.”

Casey Manning and Nathaniel Lewis Real Wedding

Something Blue
“Our wedding was in May—a perfect, spring dream—and took place just before Memorial Day,” says Casey. “Since Nate and his groomsmen wore their military medals, I felt that it was the perfect way to subtly facilitate the feeling of patriotism.”

Casey Manning and Nathaniel Lewis Real Wedding

Credits

  • Ceremony & Reception Site

    Arlington Hall

  • Photographer

    Apryl Ann Photography

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Custom by Robert Bullock Bride

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    StarDust Celebrations

  • Hair & Makeup

    Natalia Issa

  • Groom's Attire

    Custom by Joseph Abboud

  • Bridesmaids' Dresses Designer

    Mori Lee

  • Bridesmaids' Dresses Retailer

    StarDust Celebrations

  • Groomsmen's Attire

    Men's Warehouse

  • Flowers

    Max Owens Design

  • Invitations

    Minted

  • Calligraphy

    Harts & Quills

  • Cake

    Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery

  • Catering

    Food Glorious Food

  • Music

    Time Machine Band; Serenata Strings; Concord Choir

  • Dancers

    35 Jive

  • Lighting

    Beyond

  • Videographer

    Splendor Films

  • Wedding Rentals

    La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

  • Wedding Rentals

    POSH Couture Rentals

  • Wedding Planner & Designer

    Birds of a Feather Events

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