In my previous post I mentioned the three practical criteria I used to pick a venue. It had to be:
3.) On theme.
But what I didn’t mention was a secret extra criterion I had.
4.) History. It cannot be at a historical plantation home.
One of the big problems of looking for a beautiful venue in the South is that many of the large historic homes are former slave plantations. The practice of slavery was so extensive that it’s nearly impossible to find a property that is untouched by its history. While I’m reasonably happy that Villa Marianna is a post-emancipation structure and it doesn’t have any visible traces of what we think of as antebellum architecture (big white columns, symmetrical facades, and covered porches), it is literally on a street called “Old Plantation Road.” I wince each time I read that address. Had it been an actual preserved plantation structure, we would not have chosen to get married there.
Image: Marion Post Wolcott
An example of what I mean by pre-war plantation architecture: Old Jackson Plantation home in Schriever, Louisiana