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It is with great excitement that I’m kicking off this week of Bridal Market recaps! Emily and I had a wonderful, whirlwind long weekend in New York City two weeks ago admiring the new collections from our (and your!) favorite designers, seeing old friends and making new ones, and greatly improving our taxi-catching skills. Our first day of Market was one of the busiest, and after flying into LaGuardia early in the morning, we headed straight over to our first show of the day. We’re so grateful that Briana Elledge of Divine Light Photography was on hand to capture all of the gorgeous gowns for us!

First stop, the Claire Pettibone show at the incredible High Line Hotel. Our sweet friends Alicia and Kylie were the talents behind the show’s stunning blooms, and we were so thrilled to run into them on our way inside! Claire’s collection was inspired by iconic Gothic cathedrals, and this inspiration combined with her signature ethereal, intricate style was truly striking. We were also delighted to see plenty of silver and blue, which we like to think had something to do with a certain magazine cover ;)

Going from romantic, bohemian Claire Pettibone to chic, modern Kelly Faetanini almost felt like a culture shock, in the best way! Kelly’s Fall 2015 collection was so true to her signature style: classic and elegant, with lots of fun details. The gowns were fashion-forward, but totally wearable for a traditional bride. We were also smitten with the braided updos and red lips on the models–it may have even inspired the bright lip colors we wore for the remainder of Market!

The venue of the Ines Di Santo show was amazing–it took place in a stunning mansion that opened up to an enclosed courtyard. Fake snow covered the floor, and the winter inspiration for the collection was more than evident in the shimmery tulle, sparkly beading, and crisp white fabrics. Ball gown-loving brides–this is one collection you’ll definitely want to try on!

We were so excited about the next show–Anne Barge, one of our favorite Southern designers. Her collection completely lived up to our expectations, and her elegant gowns, sweet detailing (Alencon lace! Satin bows! Stripes!), and lovely styling were some of our favorites from the weekend. We also had the opportunity to meet Anne after the show, and tell her some exciting news in person: one of her gowns will be gracing our V7 cover!

From the Anne Barge show, we hurried over to the Park Hyatt for Rivini. The collection included lots of edgy dresses with sheer detailing and interesting cutouts, but our favorites were the nontraditional takes on the classic ball gown silhouette.

After the show, we ran into some familiar faces! Randy Fenoli of Say Yes to the Dress is an old friend of Lara’s, who we were so happy to see, and we also introduced ourselves to Lori and Monte of Bridals by Lori (from Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta). As y’all can imagine, they are all just as kind and gracious as they seem on TV, and Lori and Monte’s accents brought us right home to the South for a minute!

Getting to our next presentation was a bit of a hike, but it was completely worth it as soon as we stepped into the Sarah Seven flagship! Since it was a presentation rather than a runway show, we got to see her new collection up close and ask Sarah questions about her designs as the models showed them. Y’all, the fabrics she uses are incredible! We especially loved the off-the-shoulder gowns (so romantic!) and subtle beaded bodices.

There’s still even more to share from our first day at Market, but in the meantime, we’d love to hear which gowns are your favorites so far! I’m crazy about the silver lace gown from Claire Pettibone (fifth row), the shimmery tulle ball gown from Ines Di Santo (fourth row), and the low lace back at Anne Barge (first row), while Emily’s top picks are the sparkly illusion back Ines Di Santo (first row), the subtle high-low ball gown from Rivini (second row), and the gray chiffon Sarah Seven (first row)!

P.S. Check out our #SWBridalMarket hashtag on Instagram to see more from our trip!

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With an eight-year age difference between them, Cayla never thought she and Adam would end up together. But, once they had both taken their time growing up, these two realized their long-time friendship was something more. While their relationship may have taken awhile to bloom, their venue choice certainly didn’t! Once Adam popped the question, Cayla knew exactly where she wanted to get married. She even booked the gorgeous Sweet Meadow the day after they got engaged! Sweet Meadow was a gorgeous backdrop for this self-proclaimed tomboy to mix wildflowers, unique china, and a stunning Leanne Marshall gown from our sweet friends at The Sentimentalist (remember our fancy team shoot? I got to wear a gown from them as well!).

Big hugs to Blue Ribbon Vendors, GodWink Art for sharing this fun day with us!

I’ve never worn a stitch of makeup, would cry if I was told I had to wear pink growing up, and would rather wear jean shorts and one of Adam’s t-shirts than just about anything else in the world. I definitely find the most beauty in things that are simple and unique. Being in a family with four sisters, we were all pretty excited about dress shopping, and I had a list a mile long of places people suggested I go. I went to a few websites and nothing stuck out to me until a friend suggested The Sentimentalist. I went to their website and followed them on Instagram immediately. I was obsessed, and I hadn’t even been there yet! When my mom, sisters, aunt, cousin, and I walked into the boutique, they all said, “Cayla, this place looks just like you! It’s perfect.” The ladies were so helpful and so sweet. There was one adorable room with a rack full of the most gorgeous, vintage-style dresses that fit the exact look I was going for. I think I tried on every dress at the store just for fun, but it was the third one that stole my heart. They were all beautiful, but once I decided on that one, there was no turning back.

I can’t handle it, these minis are way too cute!

Describe your wedding flowers. My mother-in-law was our florist, so that was pretty cool! From the beginning, I told her, “I just want them to be wild.” The bouquets were made up of wheat, berries, blush roses, ivory carnations, ivory hydrangea, and yellow craspedia. They were all tied up together with a piece of twine. The boutonnières were also made out of wheat and craspedia, decorated with an old vintage button, and we added a piece of cotton to Adam’s.

I saw some pictures taken at Sweet Meadow on Facebook a few years ago and knew that’s where I wanted to get married someday. Adam proposed on a Friday night. I called Sweet Meadow and booked that Saturday! I didn’t even have to look anywhere else; I just knew.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Three letters: DIY. We did so many fun DIY projects! I couldn’t have done any of it without my family and friends. My dad married us, Adam’s mom did the flowers, and I made the cake and all of the yard signs. Adam and I also made the corn hole boards and the piece that hung from the tree at the ceremony. The details just meant so much more to us after we had worked so hard on them.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Half of our seating at the ceremony was hay bales with quilts from family and friends laid across them. We served Hudson’s BBQ at the reception, as well as Southern sweet tea and lemonade. We played corn hole and checkers, and danced to all of the best Southern classics. We also had an old-fashioned popcorn bar and photo booth. We wanted everyone to be relaxed and have a great time, just like they would at any Southern backyard barbecue!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. I made my wedding cake! I wanted a naked cake, so I made a yellow cake with buttercream icing and shaved almonds in between each layer. I put the red apples on top to give it a little touch of fall. I also had several other cakes, like carrot cake, cheesecake, chocolate cake, strawberry cake, and key lime cake, to name a few. I had eight pies as well!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Adam and I have known each other our whole lives because our families have always gone to the same church. However, since he is eight years older than I am, we didn’t really grow up together. Never in a million years would we (or our families) have thought that we would end up together, but thankfully, God had other plans. When we got older, my mom would always say, “Cayla, what do you think about Adam?” My response was always, “Mom, he’s cute… but he probably still thinks I’m 12 years old.” Little did I know, he realized I had grown up. Shortly after our first date, I decided that there was something different about this guy…I was pretty sure I was going to marry him. It took him a little longer, but since he had waited on me to grow up, I didn’t mind waiting on him to figure it all out. :)
Tell us all about the proposal! CrossFit is a huge part of our lives. We’ve been doing CrossFit together ever since we started dating. In January 2012, we, along with a few friends, decided to open up a gym, CrossFit92. Adam gets to the gym after work at about 5:30 every evening. Our families were there, but most of them work out at our gym, so nothing at all seemed fishy about this certain afternoon. I began my workout at about 5:30. The music was blaring, weight was being thrown around, and everything was normal. I finished my burpees, turned around, and saw Adam on one knee. I was in shock–I couldn’t believe it! He asked me to marry him, and of course, I said, “YES!” Immediately after I spoke, all of my friends and family circled around us, showing us so much love. It was perfect and I wouldn’t change one thing about it.
When did y’all get married? September 20, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 300
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes! We decided to do a first look, and I would suggest it to every bride out there–I was counting down the minutes! Getting to see him and spend time with just him before the ceremony began was something I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was such a special moment for us to be able to just hang out for a little while without being rushed or stared at. I think it calmed both of our nerves completely!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We didn’t write our own vows, but my dad performed the ceremony, which was pretty special.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My very favorite detail was that we used mix and match dishes at every place setting. All of the collecting was well worth it when we saw the finished product!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? Less than $10,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Well, I’ve talked him into getting a dog, so that’s next on the list! Right now, we are just enjoying each other, but kids are definitely in our future. We are just so happy we get to enjoy this adventure together.

Photographer: Godwink Art Photography / Venue: Sweet Meadow Farms / Pies: McEntyre’s Bakery / Caterer: Hudson’s BBQ / Rentals: Top Notch Events & Rentals / DJ: Johnny Volk / Paper Products Printing: Vista Print / Bride’s Gown: “Samantha” by Leanne Marshall / Bridal Salon: The Sentimentalist / Hair Stylist: Madison Rogula / Men’s Shirts: JCPenney / Men’s Pants: American Eagle / Groom’s Vest: J. Crew

Godwink Art is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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All marriage advice can be helpful and valuable, but there’s something to be said for advice that is immediately effective and easy to implement. Nole Garey of Oh So Beautiful Paper shared this sweet advice with us in V6, and I can think of no better way to brighten your spouse’s day…today!

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Write love letters! They can be handwritten cards sent through the mail or short surprise notes tucked into a shirt pocket. My husband, Andrew, started sending me notes before we were married and continues to do so today. The timing is totally random, and every time one shows up–either in our mailbox or as a note left on a pillow or desk–I can’t help but smile. We see each other every single day and it can be easy to get bogged down by all the things that go into daily life–caring for our daughters, cleaning the house, paying bills, running errands. These little notes are a sweet reminder of our love for each other and the fact that we chose to spend the rest of our lives together, both the fun parts and the not-so-fun parts. I keep every single note in a keepsake box, and every time I look through that box, I realize all over again why he’s the perfect person for me.

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Keep up with Nole:
Blog: Oh So Beautiful Paper
Facebook: Oh So Beautiful Paper
Twitter: @BeautifulPaper
Instagram: @BeautifulPaper

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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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As you may have noticed in this week’s posts, the official countdown to V7 is on!! We’re thrilled to be celebrating the completion of this year’s heart-filled issue in our office, and we’re getting so excited to celebrate with our beloved readers, sponsors, and friends soon, too! Tickets for the V7 launch party are available here, and if you’re interested in joining us, we highly recommend getting your tickets ASAP–we’ve sold out for the last two years. If this party was any peachier, it’d be a cobbler, and we certainly don’t want anyone to miss it! :)

Todd Helzer

In case you missed it this week…

This adventure-inspired engagement session is so sweet and colorful.
New on Southern Weddings TV, some of our favorite unique engagement ring styles!
Amanda and Tyler Lackey gave us a tour of their colorful, cozy home in Southern Newlywed.

Laura and Marty‘s backyard wedding was sentimental and family-focused.
Brooke and Carlos loved combining traditional wedding elements with their swingin’ Sixties theme.
Megan and Josh‘s “city chic” wedding had just the right amount of Southern charm.
Claire and Mitch loved welcoming their guests to their beloved home of Charlottesville for their wedding.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Unique Engagement Ring Styles

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This post is brought to you by Zales Jewelers – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

As y’all may have seen on Instagram, I recently took a whirlwind trip to New York City to chat about one of my favorite topics for Southern Weddings TV–engagement rings! I’ve had a ring on my left hand for almost a year now (crazy!!), but seeing it still takes me right back to the moment when I was looking at my handsome fiancé on one knee through teary eyes and I caught sight of my ring for the very first time. I had given Dave very little direction, and thankfully, he picked out something perfect for me regardless, but I do think there’s a lot of value in knowing what kind of ring you want, especially if you’re looking for something particularly unique. I loved sharing a few of my current favorite unique ring styles from Zales Jewelers in this video!

Let’s take a closer look at a few of these styles, shall we?

Composite rings, in which the “center stone” is made up of a grouping of smaller stones, create a dramatic look with tons of sparkle, but at an affordable price point. As much as we love all things traditional at Southern Weddings, we also love seeing rings that are a little bit unusual, and composite rings often remind me of the vintage pieces my grandmother may have worn. If you’re not a vintage-loving bride though, never fear–composite rings also come in beautiful, modern settings.

Clockwise from top left: Composite Diamond Square Frame Ring in 14K white gold, Princess-Cut Composite Diamond Frame Ring in 10K white gold, Composite Diamond Framed Ring in 10K white gold, Composite Diamond Square Framed Ring in 10K white gold

I’m sure y’all will agree with me when I say that having a signature color is a very Southern thing–Shelby’s blush and bashful in Steel Magnolias, anyone? If you have a sentimental connection or special tie to a certain color or gemstone, I love the idea of making your ring more “you” by incorporating colored stones–either through colored diamonds or gemstones.

Clockwise from top left: Diamond and Blue Sapphire Swirl Ring in 14k white gold, Yellow and White Quad Diamond Ring in 14K white gold, Oval Enhanced Pink Diamond Ring in platinum and 18K rose gold, Green and White Diamond Pavé Framed Engagement Ring in 14K white gold

For a ring that’s glamorous and different, but that will still be as stylish on your 50th anniversary as it is today, fancy shapes are a lovely option. This just refers to a diamond shape that isn’t your standard round or princess (my personal favorites are cushion, oval, and emerald). If this is a look you’re considering, pay special attention to the tip I gave in the video–it’s important!

Clockwise from top left: Oval Diamond Frame Ring in 14K white gold, Emerald-Cut Diamond Frame Ring in 14K white gold, Pear-Shaped Diamond Vintage-Style Ring in 14K white gold, Cushion-Cut Diamond Frame Ring in platinum

Zales is now holding their Semi-Annual Bridal Sale until November 6–just in time for your beau to pick something up before the start of engagement season! I can’t tell y’all how many brides we’ve heard from whose grooms checked their gal’s Pinterest boards before buying a ring, so if you love these styles as much as I do, don’t be afraid to pin your favorites! ;)

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Such a fun video, Lisa! Proud of you!!

  2. avatar Lara reply

    Love this and you are a natural Lisa!

  3. avatar Jadzia reply

    Great job Lisa!

  4. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] adventure-inspired engagement session is so sweet and colorful. New on Southern Weddings TV, some of our favorite unique engagement ring styles! Amanda and Tyler Lackey gave us a tour of […]

  5. avatar Dana reply

    celeb status!!!

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