Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting Morgan Trinker in the quintessentially Southern town of Pine Mountain, Georgia to photograph a wedding. Upon seeing the perfect little downtown, I fell in love. It felt like I was on the set of my favorite movies… like “The Notebook” and “Elizabethtown” all rolled into one. Upon arrival, I headed into the Bakery & Cafe at Rose Cottage and chatted with Maria who told me all about the history of the restaurant. I love how they’ve adopted a farm-to-table mentality by sourcing most of their ingredients from local farms. I also love that the dinner menu changes weekly! If I lived closer, I would totally be a regular… and it turns out, within a 24-hour period I felt like one! Phil, the owner of Sweet Home Plantation (where the wedding reception was being held the next day) was in the cafe when I came in. Maria introduced me to him & his friend Bruce, and I had a lovely time chatting with them both, getting the shopping recommendations and hearing about the history of Sweet Home Plantation. Maria also introduced me to James of Details of the Gardens, the florist for the wedding. In no time at all, I’d made friends and felt at home. I was convinced Morgan & I needed to have dinner at Rose Cottage, made a reservation & headed out for some shopping.
Maria was also kind enough to let me take these photographs around her lovely cafe.
I absolutely LOVED all the fun Southern details all over the shop! And check out those gorgeous roses from out front! Uhhh… stunning!
When Morgan & I returned for dinner we enjoyed a beautiful feast that began with their peach iced tea, homemade bread and rosemary olive oil.
Our entrees were almost too beautiful to eat! We shared the rack of lamb with green beans and potatoes (left) and beef tenderloin in a creamy shrimp sauce with scalloped potato slice and green beans (right). Yum!
Morgan with the sugar bowl… because she’s just so sweet!I’ll also mention here that we headed back to Rose Cottage the next morning for coffee, tea and chocolate croissants… and to my delight we were greeted with “Would you like to sit at your table?” It felt like being home…
Morgan & I ended the night by checking out Sweet Home Plantation & getting some ideas for the wedding the next day.
I loved the town so much that I’ve already started making plans to go back & spend a day there with my husband next month. And if anyone would be interested in doing a shoot there in the future, it’d be a ball! :)