SouthWood./southwood plantation photographer

I am starting a project of going around Tallahassee and finding the most gorgeous and spectacular venues and vendors. The people here are just so gracious and inviting.  First on my stop is SouthWood. If you know anything about me, you know that my taste is very old south. I love crown molding and gaudy gold frames.  I love pedistal sinks and black and white tiled bathroom floors. I love hardwood floors, REAL hardwood floors. Old rugs and warn out books. Vintage fabrics all mix matched. So, needless to say…this place felt like home. <3

I met with Cara Dollinger, the Director of Sales for SouthWood. From our email conversations, all the way to our face to face interview, she was so kind. She showed me around the old plantation home and told me all about its history.  The original house was located in downtown Tallahassee, but after burned down in 1880, it was moved to its new location on Hemmingway Boulevard.  Some of the bricks from the original house were used in rebuilding the new house.  You can see the original owner of the land’s family crest on the doors in the back of the house.  The last person to own this house is Ed Ball, the founder of St. Joe company.

SouthWood specializes in weddings, but also host holiday parties, business meetings, and private dinners.  They welcome outside vendors, but can also do every single part of the planning, if needed.  William Mann is head chef at the SouthWood golf club, but also does the catering for the events at the house.

I asked Cara what she loves most about working at SouthWood and she said,”Seeing it all come together on the wedding day.  I’m their main contact and it’s so neat to see it from start to finish and to see how happy they are with the outcome.”  SouthWood is definitely ”old Tallahassee” and if you’re on the lookout for a place warm and charming, then you’ve found your place.

Yep…if the house wasn’t gorgeous enough on its own, these are the grounds!

This is the catering kitchen that was remodeled.  I’m SO IN LOVE!!!

Look at the different fabrics that are on the chairs here.  Stunning.

This is one of the bridal suites.

This is the other.  I love the bed!

mmmmmm…vintage bathrooms…this is one of the ones off of the top level where the bridal suites are.

These are the guest cottages.  With names like “Sweet Pea” and “Magnolia”, who wouldn’t want to stay here?!

And this is the Annex, where the guys get ready for weddings.  I love the rocking chairs.

Thank you again Cara.  It was my pleasure having you show me around and fill me in.

Diane - THIS…is right up your ally..

jessica lorren - oh gracious you are incrdible.