Real Country Wedding: Delta Love in a Cotton Field

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The romance of Peter and Mary Susan is far from typical. It’s not that they aren’t madly in love, it’s just that Mary Susan was playing her own version of  hard to get for a while, as she was in school and had things to do, so she held off Peter for a couple of years before he finally proposed in the town where they met, Fayetteville, Arkansas. At the time the two were living in Saint Louis and knew they wanted to get married in her hometown, Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (yes, you read that correctly).

You won’t meet many people with a thicker Southern accent or deeper love for her home than Mary Susan. When the opportunity to get married in her uncle’s cotton field came about, there was no turning back. She could honor her late father’s work in the cotton fields and provide a wedding backdrop you don’t see every weekend.

Mary Susan’s younger brother built a bit of an outdoor chapel for the ceremony, including doors for the bridal party to walk through and windows, which surrounded the guest seating. Mary Susan’s mother, maybe the most hospitable woman in the South, gathered cotton, dishes, grew succulents among many other things, for the big day and family and friends from across the Delta brought desserts for the reception.


The entire day spoke volumes about the love Mary Susan and Peter have for each other, but also how much they deeply love where and who they come from with tributes to each throughout the decor.

This is definitely a day we would “pick” to emulate again and again!

Photographer: Angela J. Martin Photography