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Ever since our team retreat, we have been antsy with excitement about unveiling one of the biggest plans we made. For weeks now, we’ve been dreaming up a way to embrace all of the best things about summer in the South, cultivating our relationships with our beaus, families, friends, and communities all the while. Be sure to check in first thing on Monday to learn all about it, and find out how you can get involved, too!

See more from this engagement session by Landon Hendrick on our Facebook page!

In case you missed it this week…

We unveiled the newly renovated Southern Weddings office here and on Style Me Pretty Living!
Our friend and Blue Ribbon Vendor, Jacin, shared her favorite thing about marriage with us.
We shared our favorite fabric and ribbon sources on Southern Weddings TV.
We’re looking for reader models in Richmond, Virginia! Find more info here.

Stefanie and Kevin‘s wedding included so many meaningful military wedding traditions.
Ellie and Nick focused on showing hospitality to their guests at their Florida wedding.
Monica and Jerrod‘s wedding combined bright, feminine details with an industrial space.
Lina and Mario loved the venue they chose for their romantic, rustic wedding.

Sponsor Corner

We couldn’t even begin to count the number of times we’ve heard that, out of all their vendors, brides are most happy that they hired a videographer to capture their wedding days. We’re not surprised! A wedding film can help you and you groom re-live your special day in such a unique way for years to come, and for our readers in North Carolina and beyond, we’re lucky to have our Blue Ribbon Vendor Twenty-One Films to share with y’all. Twenty-One Films is a passionate team of filmmakers and editors, and they believe in creating authentic films that tell the true story of your wedding day. In each of their films, they aim to connect to the hearts of their viewers, and the care they put into everything they do is so evident. You can learn more about Twenty-One Films on their website and in their Blue Ribbon Vendor profile!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Summer is practically here, which means ’tis the season for weddings, showers, barbecues, al fresco dinners with friends, and more! Every Southern belle knows better than to show up to a wedding or a party empty-handed, which is why we love sharing our favorite places to find sweet, unique gifts with y’all. Tabula Tua is a Chicago-based company that’s new on our radar, and we were delighted to discover their elegant, stylish offerings!

Tabula Tua carries everything from fine china to home accessories to linens, and even though they have a sizable selection, it’s immediately evident that they’ve curated it well–every item is beautiful and heirloom-worthy. I especially love the unique pieces in their Tabletop Accessories collection–can’t you envision them in a Southern Newlywed home so easily?

If you’re looking for the perfect wedding or hostess gift to bring to a special event this summer, you’re in luck, because Tabula Tua is generously offering a $100 gift card to a lucky Southern Weddings reader! Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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

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  1. avatar Chloe reply

    Cool. I like the third one.

  2. avatar Sierra Ariel Kalain reply

    Love the elegant touch and clean features of these products! Love Southern Weddings even more!!!

  3. avatar Erin B. reply

    Definitely the Berry & Thread Mixing Bowls Set by Juliska! So pretty!

  4. avatar Caitlin reply

    Love these beautiful gift ideas!

  5. avatar Leah Beth reply

    I would buy the Michael Aram pastry dome xoxo

  6. avatar Erica reply

    The flip flop platter is fantastic! So great for summer

  7. avatar Kelly e. reply

    I LOVE the deviled egg plate. I would also look into some of their serving platters. I especially love the simplicity of the Mud Australia pieces.

  8. avatar Ashley Hirst reply

    I would love to get beautiful serving platters or bowls with the gift card :)

  9. avatar Stephanie reply

    I love it all! So gorgeous!

  10. avatar Daniela reply

    I absolutely love the new Sertodo Copper Tableware! I would definitely want to get one of those pieces with the giftcard. :)

  11. avatar Janna reply

    Those silver platters would be wonderful for hosting friends for dinner!

  12. avatar Erin reply

    I LOVE the optical gold champagne glass and water glasses found under “wedding gifts.” The champagne flutes would be perfect for my fiancé and I to toast with at our upcoming wedding in August!

  13. avatar Lesley reply

    I would choose the “Believe” Tray by Mariposa and the “Home Sweet Home” Lg. Oval Tray.

  14. avatar Kristin Davis reply

    I have so much to be grateful for, and my wonderful friends and family deserve a special token of appreciation for all they have done for me leading up to my wedding day. I would love to spoil my hostesses with the ‘define bottle’… what a fun and unique gift it would be for healthy girls on the go :)

  15. avatar Paige reply

    I would use the gift card to purchase the Crystal Cake Stand. I am in need of a cake stand for my wedding, and the simple elegance of this classic piece would be the perfect one!

  16. avatar Kate Reiss reply

    Love that teapot! It’s so cute!

  17. avatar Jessica K reply

    I love the bee hive cheese pick set! And the geography pillows!

  18. avatar Lorelei reply

    Swooning over the Teapot by Match Pewter.

  19. avatar Kristy reply

    The serving pieces are great!

  20. avatar Madison Grisham reply

    What is silver, gold and ceramic and has my name all over it? Love you ladies. Thank you for spreading love through your warm hearts and great taste.

  21. avatar Kelly reply

    I would LOVE some new crystal stemware to host parties with!!

  22. avatar Julie reply

    I love the place settings

  23. avatar Rachel Kane reply

    I would buy two of thegorgeous stemless wine glasses!

  24. avatar amanda reply

    what unique gift ideas! perfect for wedding season!

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Lina knew that Mario was the one for her on their very first date, so it seems only fitting that choosing their wedding venue came down to love at first sight too. They were immediately smitten with The Glen Venue after attending a friend’s wedding there during their dating days, and once they were the ones with a wedding on the horizon, there was no question where their rustic, romantic celebration would take place. Lina and Mario loved it so much, they did their engagement session there too, adding one more layer of sweet memories to this special place!

Thank you so much to J. Layne Photography for sharing this beautiful day with us!

I chose to invite only my mother dress shopping, because I wanted the experience to be a special memory between her and I. I found my dress at The White Magnolia. My mom was the one who actually spotted my dress and made me try it on. Once I had it on, I knew it was the one! I remember not wanting to take it off, and feeling like it had been made just for me!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Plan your wedding according to what you both want! Mario and I were committed to that, and although we felt some tension along the way, we wouldn’t have had it any other way. It turned out to be the wedding of our dreams because we stuck to our guts. Prioritize the elements that are most important to you. We knew we wanted great flowers and great photographers, so those things were at the top of our list when it came to the budget.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look because we wanted an intimate moment between the two of us before the celebrations began. We loved getting a glimpse of one another before walking down the aisle, and some of our most favorite pictures of the two of us are from our first look!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our ceremony. Everything from walking down the aisle, to saying our own vows, to taking communion together for the first time as a married pair, to the blessing one of our pastors prayed over us. I remember the ceremony so clearly; it was as if time stood still. I was just so happy to finally marry the love of my life. Every worry and stressful thought disappeared the moment I started to walk down that aisle with my mother.

When Mario and I were dating, we attended a friend’s wedding at The Glen Venue. I immediately fell in love with it and knew that it would be the place where we would get married someday. We loved how naturally beautiful it was. We knew we wanted an outdoor, rustic, romantic wedding, and our venue brought that vision to life. There was also a large wooden deck surrounded with lights, which made for a dreamy reception setting. We loved our venue so much that we even had our engagement session done there.

We had such an incredible baker. We couldn’t make up our mind on one flavor, so we decided to have five different cakes, all of which were organic! Our main cake was a two-tiered Key lime cake (our favorite flavor). The rest of the cakes were ginger carrot cake with maple cinnamon buttercream, red velvet cake with white chocolate buttercream, vanilla bean cake with light almond buttercream with fresh lemon curd and raspberry preserve filling, and lastly, dark chocolate cake with hazelnut buttercream.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met at our local church while serving on the worship team. We began spending a lot time together with friends, and we immediately sensed a strong connection with one another. Group dates turned into dates between the two of us, and on February 11, 2011, we began our relationship. We dated for three years before Mario proposed. Although I was pretty restless about not being engaged in our three years of dating (I knew I wanted to marry him on our first date!), looking back now, I appreciate all of the seasons that Mario and I went through, because they prepared us for this beautiful gift of marriage.
Tell us all about the proposal! We took a trip to Savannah to celebrate our anniversary on February 16, 2014. Our plan that day was to eat, shop, and take a few pictures of the town. When we arrived at Forsyth Park, Mario decided that he was going to show me a few simple photography tips. I was in a full “photographer stance” when he asked me to focus the camera in on his hand. I was about to take another picture when I saw the most beautiful engagement ring on the palm of his hand through the camera lens. I was in such shock that he had to repeatedly tell me to stand up. I stood, and he got down on one knee and asked me the question that I had been obsessing over for the past few years: “Will you marry me?” I immediately said yes, cried my eyes out, called my mom, and continued to cry, all while feeling like the happiest and luckiest girl in the world.
When did y’all get married? November 7, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 150
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We went through marriage counseling with the pastor who married us. We also did a pre-marital workbook that brought up a lot of great topics for us to talk through.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We paid for most of the wedding ourselves, so it became very stressful at times. We just trusted that everything was going to work out and tried to be intentional about our spending.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Our venue came with tables as well as wooden benches, which shaved off a large amount of rental money! Another thing we decided on was to forgo a videographer and invest in amazing photographers. I think this was a great decision! Although we don’t have a video to look back on, we have hundreds of amazing images that still take me back to that day as if it was yesterday. I am forever grateful to our incredible photographers for doing such an outstanding job.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are looking forward to traveling, buying our first home together, starting a family, and living our lives while always supporting each other’s dreams.

Photographer: J Layne Photography / Venue: The Glen Venue / Florist: Aime Peterson Flowers & Events / Cake Baker: Sweet N’ Flour / Caterer: Tres Leches Eatery / Rentals: Aime Peterson Flowers & Events /
Band: Who Rescued Who / Chalkboard Art and Invitations: Ashley Purser / Bridal Salon: The White Magnolia / Bride’s Gown: “Jacinda” by Watters / Bride’s Veil: Love Bridal Boutique / Hair Stylist: Jessica Rowe / Makeup Artist: Jill Bogers / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “650I” by Wtoo and “Annabelle” by Jenny Yoo / Groom’s Jacket: Daniel Cremieux / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Groomsmen’s Jackets: Men’s Wearhouse / Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / Table Numbers and Reserved Signs: Sixpence Press / Cake Topper: Host & Toast Studio / Bride’s Dress Hanger: BHLDN

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