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Have you entered our #SouthernSummerGiveaway yet? It’s truly epic! Go here to be entered to win a pair of Jack Rogers sandals, tons of monogrammed goodies, AND $500 in cash for a summer adventure!

Readers who were with us earlier this year will remember Meredith, Lara’s former nanny, who blogged about her wedding plans in March and April for us. I know y’all enjoyed reading about her Rosemary Beach celebration! If you missed Meredith’s posts, catch up with them all here:

An Introduction + Proposal (a must-read – so sweet!)
The Venue
What They’ll Wear
Decor and Style
The Ceremony

Sharlee Rother

Our whole office has been eagerly following the #merefoundherbeau hashtag to see glimpses of wedding prep, like these adorable welcome boxes!

We also sent lots of hugs with Lara, who flew down yesterday to attend and – very importantly – to escort the flower girl to her duties! Stay tuned to her instagram, as well – I’m sure she’ll have some sneak peeks over the next few days!

We’re wishing Meredith and all of our brides getting married this weekend such joyful days! We’d love to hear in the comments from any July 11, 12, or 13th brides! :)

emily Written with love by Emily

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Watching our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory grow is one of the greatest joys of my job. We are all passionate about connecting brides, whose wedding journeys we feel so personally about, with the best kind of vendors – the ones that will not only deliver amazing results and experiences but genuinely care about each couple, too. I’m so happy to introduce you to ten more folks that have the Southern Weddings stamp of approval!

Name: A. Dominick Events
Where you call home: Washington, DC
How I got into weddings: I had just finished culinary school and needed a job. A prominent NYC planner saw my resume, and with my degrees in fashion and food, she thought planning would be a great fit for me. She was right. More than ten years later, I still LOVE my job!

Name: Berrett Photography
Where you call home: Fort Worth, TX
Favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite part is the first look between the bride and groom… so crazy romantic!! A close second would be the dance between the groom and his mother, or the bride and her father. Being a momma myself, I’m always a mess during those sweet moments with parents!

Name: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique
Where you call home: Birmingham, Alabama
Why do you do what you do? Our promise at Ivory & White is to offer the best in service and selection for every bride. Buying a wedding gown is such a special shopping experience for every girl, and we will ensure that it is not only memorable, but also effortless and enjoyable.

Name: Jessica Bordner Photography
Where you call home: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? My favorite thing has to be the ambiance. There is so much character and variety at every turn, whether it’s a beautiful old oak tree, a coastal town, or the perfect barn. There is so much inspiration for a photographer.

Name: Maile Lani
Where you call home: Nashville, Tennessee
How I got into weddings: By accident! I photographed a Renaissance wedding for fun and fell in love with it!

Name: Michelle Lyerly
Where you call home: Raleigh, North Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The involvement of friends and family. From best friends DIY-ing programs to brothers officiating to parents lending their backyards, Southern weddings require a community of love and hard work.

Name: The Sanderling Resort
Where you call home: the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Our favorite thing about Southern weddings is tradition. We are tickled by everything ruffles, pearls, lace, and pastel colors. Rustic chic with a hint of glam is our absolute favorite style! What’s a farm table without a crystal chandelier?

Name: Simply Charming Socials
Where you call home: Atlanta, GA
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: It’s the little things. My mom is always the first to want to see a featured wedding or to hear about the upcoming events. And as I make and create a lot of décor pieces for my clients, she’s fallen into the role of in-house seamstress.

Name: Stacy Brown Designs
Where you call home: High Point, North Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Southern hospitality and charm are the best things about weddings in the South! And CAKE… lots of cake!

Name: Studio R Design
Where you call home: Charleston, South Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The variety between each event is incredible. The South offers so many different wedding venues and custom options, it’s exciting to see how different each wedding looks from the next.

Take a peek at all of our Blue Ribbon Vendors right here. And if you know someone who’d be a great fit? Shoot me an email!

emily Written with love by Emily

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Happy National Pecan Pie Day, y’all! Well, a few days early–it’s really on July 12, but who’s counting? Especially when it comes to matters of pecan pie!

It’s been said that pecan pie originated with boiled pecans in Alabama, sugar pie recipes in Texas, candied pecans in Louisiana, or a discovery by the wife of a Karo Syrup executive. That’s why it’s sometimes called Karo Pie! Either way, I think it’s safe to say that pecan pie is Southern born and bred.

Now the fun thing about pecan pie is that it’s not just for holidays, though of course, if I’m invited to your home for Thanksgiving and it’s missing, we might need to have a chat. From mini-pies (oh so cute!) to pops, there are so many great ways incorporate this yummy desert into your wedding day or rehearsal dinner.

Like most good Southern things, pecan pie is made up of a good amount of sugar! Powdered sugar, corn syrup, brown sugar, refined sugar, and a whole lot of pecans mix together (with a few other ingredients) to make up this sweet treat. The pecan-encrusted top melts right into the custard-y center placed upon a flaky crust–I’m getting a craving just thinking about it! Y’all have to try this Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie recipe; I heard about it from my sister-in-law, and while I haven’t tried it yet, it’s her favorite! Or, just scoop up one of our handy dandy tea towels. You can read the recipe and then wipe the flour off of your cheek!

While the origins of this yummy treat are vague, it’s certainly a favorite Southern dessert. So, dust off your mixer, put on your apron, whip up a pie, and share it with your friends! Hey, you could even check off number six AND number nine of our #SouthernDoins with one sweet treat!

P.S. How do YOU say it? Pee-can? Peh-cahn? Pee-cahn?

From top to bottom, photos by Joey + Jessica from Blue Ribbon Bounty, Michelle Boyd from Kim and Sal’s wedding, Ulmer Studios from Jamie and Dan’s wedding, Caroline Joy from Audrey + Jordan’s wedding, Flora and Fauna from Summer and Jonathan’s wedding, Jillian Zamora from Amy + Kenny’s wedding, Braedon Flynn, last two by KT Crabb from Brittany + Joel’s wedding

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Amanda reply

    That tea towel is so cute!!

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First of all, on the heels of my last Lisa’s Southern Wedding post, I’m overjoyed and delighted to let y’all know that I found a wedding dress!!!! I was pretty nervous beforehand (I knew I was going to be incredibly picky, and I only had one weekend to shop with both my mom and my two sisters), but I ended up having a wonderful experience and found something that I absolutely love. Yay!! :)

Moving on from dresses to my other very favorite wedding topic, let’s talk about flowers! As you can probably tell on my Pinterest, flowers are a soft spot of mine–I love them, and they are the first thing I notice about any wedding, so it’s no surprise that they were one of the first details I started thinking about. Dave and I actually have two florists who will be working their magic at our big day. One is the very talented Mary Stevens at Fearrington, who will be creating our reception arrangements–a topic for another day. Mary is lovely and I’m excited to work with her!

While I love so many bouquets, I have never seen one that is perfectly on-point with what I want for myself. I searched high and low for a florist who I thought would totally get me and turn my mismatched “almost the right color palette,” “pretty texture,” “love this shape”-captioned pins into something magical. Then, Emily stumbled upon Kelly of Philosophy Flowers, who lives just a few hours away in Boone, and passed her website on to me–I could hardly email Kelly quickly enough! Here’s a peek at her beautiful portfolio:

Shortly after Dave and I booked Kelly for our wedding, the SW gals and I also recruited her for a V7 editorial! It was so much fun to meet her in person and see her in action–not to mention, it was the perfect confirmation that I made the right choice.

Without giving away too much of my floral inspiration, here are just a few images showcasing some of the flowers and styles that I love–I have had some of these pictures saved on my computer for years! Overall, I’m dreaming of super romantic bouquets featuring Southern blooms that have deep sentimental meaning to me.

Clockwise from top left: Eric Kelley via V5′s Love in Bloom, Jose Villa via V3′s Something Blue, Melissa Schollaert via V5′s Honey and Pecan, Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Brides

As well as my bouquet, Kelly will be creating two simple and elegant altar arrangements for our ceremony and bouquets for my eight lovely bridesmaids. I’m having a hard enough time narrowing down my bouquet inspiration, so I hardly have a clue of what I want the bridesmaid bouquets to look like! I’d love to know, were your bridesmaid bouquets similar to yours, or were they totally different? And if you’re wedding planning like me, what are you thinking for yours? I’d love any ideas!

In case you missed a post…
I’m Engaged!
The Main Characters
Our Venues
Our Photographer
Our Videographer
Planning Our Engagement Pictures

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Alana reply

    Oh my! Kelly’s work is gorgeous!! I do love mismatched bouquets : ) Each one just a little different, with it’s own beautiful personality just like all the lovely bridesmaids!!

  2. avatar Anna reply

    Hi Lisa! I just got married last month and I had the HARDEST time deciding about flowers. My Bridesmaids dresses were a orange/red so I didnt want things too be too busy. I ended up mirroring the girls flowers to mine but smaller and loved it the result. Here are a few of the pictures if you still need some inspiration :)

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Awww, congratulations!! You’re right, they looked beautiful! :)

  3. avatar Julie reply

    These are such beautiful flowers Lisa! I too am planning my wedding (it’s in December). I decided to have the bridesmaid’s bouquets mirror mine with color scheme and flower types but gave the florist the freedom to arrange each a little differently to make them unique. Since my bridesmaids will have matching dresses, I thought this would be a good way to showcase some contrast!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thanks Julie! My girls will be in matching dresses too, so I’ll definitely have to consider that! :)

  4. avatar lena reply

    What swoon-worthy inspiration–I can’t wait to see the bouquets!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thank you, friend! So much of my floral inspiration comes from your perfectly-curated Pinterest! :)

  5. avatar Emily reply

    My bridesmaid bouquets were a bit more pink/blush than mine (which had more white in it). Mine also had white and black anemones, which theirs did not, and a bit more greenery. And mine was bigger :)

    • avatar Lisa reply

      I don’t know if I’ve ever seen pictures of just your bridesmaid bouquets! At our next planning meeting, I might need to see your wedding photos in their entirety :)

  6. avatar Anna reply

    These pictures are swoon-worthy, you found an awesome florist! I just got married a few weeks ago and went with different flowers for my bridesmaid bouquets. I had always wanted a fluffy all-white bouquet of my own, while I dreamed of my girls bringing out more colors in their flowers.

    It worked out perfectly, my girls wore navy dresses and carried bouquets that were full of bright colors: pinks, oranges, yellows, and coral while I had an all white bouquet wrapped with navy and white striped ribbon. It all tied together so nicely. I also love when the groom has a boutonniere with a similar flower as the bride’s bouquet to distinguish him from the rest of the groomsmen!

  7. avatar Corinna reply

    Love the simplicity and beauty of all these arrangements!

  8. avatar Kat reply

    Oh, so fun!!!! Flowers are a favorite of mine!!! I had a bright bouquet & my bridesmaid’s bouquets all had white. All of them were textured and gorgeous, just different colors. I loved the contrast of my white gown with a bright bouquet & their bright gowns with white! Can’t WAIT to see what you decide!!!

  9. avatar Molly reply

    Ah wedding flowers! My favorite! I can’t wait to see what you’ll choose! I was obsessed with mine and sent no fewer than 4 pinterest BOARDS to my florist! Ha!

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My number one favorite part of my job is hearing amazing love stories, and then having the opportunity to share them with y’all. Sarah and Andy’s story is one for the SW history books–they are a true gem of a couple and their love story is a beautiful testament to friendship, family, and faith. We are SO grateful that they shared their memories and advice with us, and we hope it warms your heart as much as it has ours!

Thank you so much to Aaron Nicholas Photography for sharing this very special wedding with us!

Andy was born in Belfast, Ireland and moved to Canada when he was six years old. He is the youngest of 13 children. He and his first wife, Joan, met in elementary school in Canada and were married after his Canadian navy tour. They had five children. I am a Charleston native and married my first husband, a Citadel grad, Tom Hemingway, who served as a career Marine and then went into Christian work. We had four kids.

Andy and I met in 1989. My husband was speaking at a conference Andy attended. Andy was impressed and asked Tom to speak at his company’s annual convention in Dallas. From that meeting came a wonderful friendship between Andy and his wife and Tom and me. In 2000, my Tom died very suddenly, and Andy and Joan drew in closer and stayed in my life, even though they were in Dallas. We called each other, wrote letters, and visited. They created a major award in their company in memory of my Tom and flew me to Dallas every year to present it at their national convention. Such generous friends! In December 2010, Joan died suddenly, and I was able to stay close to their family and encourage Andy in his grief.

In May 2012, Andy and his daughter came to visit me in Charleston, and I loved introducing them to the area. We laughed and talked and enjoyed our time together. During the next year, he called “to check on me” a little more often, and gradually, the phone calls became more frequent. We both love to laugh and we both love the Lord, so being together has always been very easy. By the next May, when he and his daughter returned for another visit, there was definitely a new dynamic in our friendship. I think we both realized there was something very special happening. We laugh and say that we went from “Nah! That would never happen!” to “Nah, probably not” to “Well, maybe?” to “Okay, we’re in love!!!!!”

This past November, we went with a group on a mission trip to Argentina. By the time I returned home, we realized that being together was God’s plan for us. In January, Andy came to Charleston and we decided to marry. At our ages, we didn’t want to waste any more time apart. We set the date for March 15 and then proceeded to surprise a lot of people who had no idea we’d even been seeing each other! It was hilarious!

What was your most memorable moment on your wedding day? There was so much joy and laughter. Andy kept thinking the pastor had forgotten to say “You can kiss the bride,” so twice, he reminded the pastor in a whisper. The pastor finally replied (over the mike), “Andy, I’ll tell you when you can kiss her. I haven’t forgotten.” Everyone burst out laughing! The other very special memory was when everyone joined in singing, “To God be the glory, great things he has done.” At our stage in life, we never expected this surprise. It was a wonderful moment!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Remember that it is the marriage that’s important, not the wedding details. Invite the Lord into your relationship and your marriage, and remember that your relationship with each other is much more important that what the caterer serves or if the flowers don’t match. It’s a sacred time, not a show. Love one another. Breathe. The rest will fall into place.
What are you most looking forward to about married life? Sharing life together. Laughing and loving, praying and planning, holding hands, eating ice cream, making a difference in people’s lives, and enjoying all that God has for us.

Photography: Aaron Nicholas Photography / Ceremony Venue: Redeemer Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Private residence / Floral Design: Branch Design Studio

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Kaitlin Holland reply

    Oh my goodness – this is beautiful!! This brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing story!

  2. avatar Andrea reply

    Adorable!!! I love this!

  3. avatar Kate reply

    Such a beautiful story!

  4. avatar Kristin reply

    OH MY GRACIOUS!! What a love story. Happiest tears for this sweet bride and groom. I love their advice and especially love what they are looking forward to: holding hands, eating ice cream and making a difference in people’s lives? I wish I could sit down with them and soak up all their wisdom.

  5. avatar Lisa Parker Lott reply

    I’ve followed this blog for so long — and this story just may top the rest! I got chills and teary-eyed while reading this amazing story!

  6. avatar Abby reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS POST! Her bouquet is stunning also!

  7. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    Oh my goodness!! What a beautiful, touching, meaningful, and beautiful love story! I have tears streaming down my face. THIS is what love/marriage/weddings is ALL about! This couple radiates joy & love, and thank you for sharing this wedding. (PS: Her bouquet is beyond stunning, too!)

  8. avatar Jessica reply

    What a precious couple and a sweet, sweet testament to love and marriage! Love this!

  9. avatar Kelly reply

    Southern Bride of the YEAR.

  10. avatar Nita reply

    As a bride, I appreciated her thoughtful advice. It has been so easy for met to get caught up in the stress of wedding planning over the past few months, but a wedding certainly is a sacred time and not a show.

  11. avatar sarah wetzel reply

    Sweet photographs, a lovely couple, a very inspiring story! Thank you, Southern Wedding, for sharing this with the public. And thank you, God, for writing this beautiful love story.

  12. avatar Sara Velordi reply

    I have goosebumps. This is awesome!

  13. avatar Breanna reply

    A beautiful love story and a gorgeous family. Sarah and Andy are an inspiration to all! Their story just goes to show how good people invite good things into their lives with their kindness and love. Their advice to couples planning a wedding is so perfect. Such a beautiful couple inside and out.

  14. avatar Aaron & Jillian reply

    We’re so happy y’all featured Sarah and Andy’s story and their wedding photos! The moment I met Sarah for our first photography consult, I was in love! Her story is one for the books and Aaron and I felt SUPER honored to witness their ceremony and to document such a momentous day in their lives! They really are THE GREATEST and both certainly “made a difference” in our lives after spending one single day with them!

  15. avatar Sally reply

    What a tear-jerker! God writes the most beautiful love stories. Her bouquet is divine!

  16. avatar Katie Minnick reply

    This is literally the most precious thing I’ve ever read. To God be the Glory!

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