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Remember this adorable engagement session? Y’all loved Sara and Austin, and their bright, preppy style, as much as we did, and we’re delighted to share their wedding today! With the help of Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events, Sara and Austin planned a colorful celebration in the heart of Texas, complete with Kate Spade-inspired details, plenty of gorgeous blooms, sweet nods to their families and Southern roots, and a few cameo appearances by their lovable bulldog. It’s impossible not to smile looking at these photos by Love, The Nelsons, and be sure to read about the heart that was poured into every detail of this joyful day!

Describe your wedding flowers. Mind-blowing. Beyond my wildest dreams. I don’t even know where to start. Rhi took a video of my first look at my bouquet–I was just so giddy and excited, and the squealing sound I made was embarrassing. There were flowers everywhere at our wedding–dahlias and hydrangeas and various kinds of garden and sweetheart roses were used throughout the floral elements as base blooms. Ranunculus, anemones, stock blooms, and sweet pea were used to create lush texture. Boxwood greens, laurel-like garlands, and small amounts of green jasmine vine were used throughout the event to add a touch of kelly green to the color palette, while lending to an understated preppy look. There were also pops of succulents and the most amazing accents of vibrant, wine-colored leaves! Rhi seriously outdid herself!

My something borrowed was my grandma’s bible, which my dad and I held together as we walked down the aisle. All the women on my dad’s side of the family have carried it with their bouquets. My something blue was a small piece of satin that had “love and loyally” embroidered on it with blue thread, sewn into the hem of my dress. The saying is the closing salutation used in formal correspondence with other members of my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. My something old was a diamond earring (just one, because I lost the other as a child) given to me by my mom, which was a gift from her parents when she was young. I had the single diamond reset into a tragus earring. My something new was my amazingly sparkly Kate Spade glitter shoes! The second I saw them, I knew I had to have them for my wedding!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did! We really wanted to have those traditional words in our ceremony, like “to have and to hold” and “for as long as you both shall live,” but we also wanted to add our personal vows, so our ceremony ended up being a hybrid of both. Exchanging our vows was very emotional–I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room. I have to say, Austin totally knocked it out of the park! My favorite line from his was, “I promise to always bring you flowers when I am wrong and carry your shoes home when I am right.” It got a great reaction out of the crowd, because everyone knows I always end up complaining about my feet hurting due to my impractical choices of shoes.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. In March 2013, my mom and my sister came to help us pack and get ready to make our move from Florida to Texas, so we took advantage of the three of us being together and went to every bridal store in the Tampa Bay area. After trying on what felt like a million dresses, we were exhausted and I was discouraged. Wedding dress shopping took a backseat for about five months while we got settled in Texas. That September, my parents came for their first visit, and again, I had a jam-packed schedule of bridal appointments. From the beginning, I had said that I didn’t want strapless and I didn’t want mermaid. After yet another long day of trying on dresses, the sweet stylist at the boutique pulled a strapless mermaid and said, “Please just try it, you might be surprised.” Boy, was she right! I fell in love with the strapless mermaid sample that came as-is, needed to be altered into a sweetheart top, couldn’t be let out, and was totally outside what I ever imagined myself wearing on my wedding day.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our invitations were very traditional, with a twist. The front of the invitation was simple and understated, with traditional wording straight out of the Emily Post etiquette book, but the back had this beautiful floral pattern, designed by Lemon & Lavender, that was used throughout the wedding. Our food was very Southern–we served Texas BBQ, complete with beef brisket and sausage, mesquite-smoked chicken, macaroni and cheese, and jalapeño cornbread. People said it was the best wedding food they had ever had!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: So many details, so many favorites. The blush-colored sequin linens (Rhi was right, a tablecloth can make such a statement), the laser-cut cake topper, the boxwood Mr. & Mrs. chair swag, the programs that doubled as fans (because it was HOT and those came in handy for our guests), our hand-lettered chalkboard welcome sign, and clear plastic beer cups that incorporated our clever wedding hashtag: #mrmrslafinally (our last name is LaFaille, and after a four year, seven month, 30-day courtship, followed by a one year, nine month, 27-day engagement, we FINALLY got married!).

Our cake was so amazing! It was a three-tiered round cake with black and white stripes on the top two tiers and an all-white bottom tier. It was sitting on a base covered in beautiful bright green boxwood, had a small, perfectly-placed cluster of HGE blooms, and was topped with a gorgeous gold laser-cut cake topper that said “happily ever after.” We also had a groom’s cake in the shape of Howard’s Rock at Clemson University, Austin’s alma mater. The groom’s cake sat on a marble table that was adorned with all of Austin’s favorite things: hot tamales, cigars, golf balls/tees in big apothecary jars, an old gumball machine that was given to him by his late grandfather filled with peanut M&M’s (his grandpa’s favorite candy), a square gold vase that held the state flags of all the places Austin has lived, and even a ceramic figurine of an English bulldog.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in March 2008 while we were both vacationing in Negril, Jamaica. I was in my junior year of college and on a trip with two friends–girls only, relaxation required, and no drama allowed. Austin was on his high school senior trip with 15+ friends–last hurrah, no rules, and a whole lot of memories to make. It was hard not to notice them. We were officially introduced after running into each other on the beach. Our groups exchanged friendly conversations and hollow declarations of meeting up again. It wasn’t until a fortuitous encounter at the hotel bar that same evening that we started to recognize there was a magnetism that existed between us. We had our first kiss in a Jamaican discotheque, and thanks to the sheer scandal of this budding relationship, we have a picture of our first kiss. We spent the rest of the week getting to know each other and hoping it would never end. Once the trip was over, the reality of the situation set in. I lived in Colorado. Austin was in South Carolina. It all seemed crazy, but we knew we had a connection and we knew we wanted to make it work. So, a zillion dollars in plane tickets that first year while I was still in Colorado, a lot of miles on our cars once I moved to West Virginia, four years of college for Austin, three moves, and one ornery-but-lovable bulldog later, here we are–starting our lives in Texas. We couldn’t be happier or more excited to finally be husband and wife.
Tell us all about the proposal! It was the week of Thanksgiving 2012 and my parents and sister were visiting us in Florida. On Saturday morning, the only thing on the agenda for the day was decorating our Christmas tree, which I really wanted to do while my family was still there. Since decorating a tree and dropping people off at the airport hardly requires getting ready, I was going to go sans shower, which was met with extreme opposition by my sister and mother–so much so that they ended up convincing me that I smelled and I reluctantly heeded their demands that I get ready. Once everyone was showered and looking cute (unnecessarily, in my mind), we began to decorate our Christmas tree. True to form, The Colonel (my daddy) was filming the whole event on his iPad. We emptied four boxes of ornaments and topped it off with a giant gold glittery bow (obvi). My parents said, “Okay, now let’s light it up and get a picture of y’all in front of your first Christmas tree.” We turned the lights on as I hammed it up in front of the camera, and then Austin got down on one knee in front of everyone and said, “Sara Ashley Lucas, I love you more than anything in this world–will you marry me?”
When did y’all get married? September 20, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 90
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My Uncle Steve officiated the wedding; he also married my parents 35 years prior. That was really special to us. We took his standard ceremony and made a few tweaks here and there to put our own stamp on it. My mama loves 1 Corinthians 13, so we spilt that up between two of my sorority sisters and they each read a portion. It was really special to be able to involve them in such an intimate way!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. My daddy and I walked down the aisle to “Shape of Us” by Ian Britt. I did struggle a bit with whether or not I should use the original version with the words or find an instrumental version. I took my wedding planner’s advice to just do what felt right to me and not to worry about what people would think, so I ended up using the original. After all, it’s the words that made my first listen of the song so profound. A crowd favorite at our reception was “Country Roads” by John Denver. It was the last song of the night and such a perfect way to pay tribute to West Virginia. My parents both grew up there, we still have a lot of family there (many who were in attendance), and I even lived there for three years right after college. A part of my heart will always be in the “Wild and Wonderful” state of West Virginia!
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We loved the concept of juxtaposition; the idea of our guests eating good ol’ Southern BBQ off of gold-rimmed china with gold flatware was so perfect! The whole BBQ notion lent itself seamlessly to a buffet rather than a plated dinner, which is inherently less expensive. I mean, let’s be honest, everyone wants to serve up their own helping of macaroni and cheese!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Hire a wedding planner–not just any wedding planner, but one that shares your aesthetic and style, one that understands your vision, and one that you can be honest with. Hands down, the best investment. I would have lost my mind without Rhi! And make sure you “click” with your photographer. Feeling comfortable in front of Shalyn and Drew was really important to us!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We have planned so much of everything up to this point, so we are really just looking forward to living and not planning! We are excited to continue to grow as individuals and as a couple. And eventually, grow our family! But for now, Austin, Rumpelstiltskin, and I are looking forward to a long weekend cuddling on the couch!

Photographer: Love, The Nelsons / Planner and Florals: Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Vista West Ranch / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori / Caterer: PoK-e-Jo’s / Rentals: Premiere Events, Loot Vintage Rentals, Whim Event Rentals / DJ: Complete / Paper Products: Lemon + Lavender / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Bride’s Gown: “Sorento” by Ines Di Santo / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bride’s Sash: Venust Bridal Design / Bride’s Bracelet and Shoes: Kate Spade / Bride’s Garter: Fallen Star Couture / Bride’s Earrings: Nicole Miller via Rent the Runway / Hair Stylist: Mindy Fuller / Makeup Artist: Makenzi Laine / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Bridesmaids’ Monogrammed Chambray Shirts: Crystal Faye / Monogrammed Bouquet Ribbons: Oatmeal Lace / Flower Girl’s Tutu: Tutu Girl / Dog’s Bow Tie: Mia’s Closet

Vista West Ranch is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Zookbinders reply

    What a gorgeous bride, love the earrings. The wedding cake is also beautiful! Love the stripes and the Happily Ever After on top.

  2. avatar Bradley James reply

    This is incredibly stunning! Love everything about this wedding, impeccable job Rhi and Shalyn.

  3. avatar Julie reply

    That place setting is gorgeous!

  4. avatar Shalyn Awesomesauce Nelson reply

    YOU GUYS ARE MY FAVORITE MUFFINS IN THE WORLD! Thank y’all for the beautiful feature! Truly wish y’all lived close so I could hug all of your necks! <3

  5. avatar MaryIsabel reply

    Love the Ines Di Santo dress!

  6. avatar Dana reply

    love her shoes, the pink suspenders, the flowers, and the ceremony arch!

  7. avatar Amy reply

    Just lover-er-ly all the way around! Best wishes to the bride and groom

  8. avatar Amy reply

    Love the pink, suspenders, dresses, and the bride, how gorgeous and the smiles, best part!

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When we first saw these beautiful images by our Blue Ribbon Vendors Anna Routh and Graham Terhune, the leaves were just barely starting to change, and the temperatures beginning to fall. The rich colors and sweet community that is so evident in this shoot reminded us of the cozy days to come, and suddenly, the winding down of summer seemed a little sweeter. While we love warm weather weddings and are so glad that living in the South means we get to enjoy lots of them, there is something especially magical about the fleeting early fall season. It’s the loveliest setting for one more outdoor celebration of the year!

Recognize these bridesmaid dresses? We just wore some of the same Camilyn Beth designs at our V7 launch party!

We love this mix of textural florals with in-season fruits–for early fall, some of our favorites are peaches, figs, red pears, and pomegranates.

See more from this editorial in V7, available online and on newsstands across the South!

Photographers: Anna Routh and Graham Terhune / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Coordination: After Yes Weddings / Designer: Emily Allen / Florals: Bows and Arrows / Bouquet Wrap: Oatmeal Lace / Venue: Aldredge House / Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilyn Beth / Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye / Sweets: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Cuff Links: Bourbon and Boots / Bow Ties: High Cotton Ties / Wardrobe Styling: Rian Nichole Fashion Consulting / Tables: The Olive Bench / Ceremony Chairs: Juniper Rentals / Reception Chairs: Bella Acento / China: West Elm / Flatware: Pottery Barn / Linens: Williams-Sonoma

Anna Routh and Graham Terhune are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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  1. avatar Beane and Company reply

    So quaint and sweet!

  2. avatar Anna Routh reply

    Woo hoo! This looks beautiful! Thanks again so much for featuring our shoot. We love seeing it in your amazing publication and again here. We <3 SW Mag! xoxo

  3. avatar Dana reply

    gorgeous table setting!!

  4. avatar Graham reply

    Thank y’all so much for this feature!!! Love you ladies!

  5. avatar Sara reply

    Oh my gosh, those tables are totally gorgeous!

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Navy gingham, the perfect amount of cotton bolls, and the sweetest couple! Lisa told me ahead of time that I’d love today’s wedding and interview, and boy was she right–Alyson and Nick are exactly the kind of people BDK and I want to be couple friends with! I adore everything from the way Nick asked Alyson to be his wife (“Alyson, will you do me the honor of changing your monogram?”) to Alyson’s advice on wedding planning (“Focus on the marriage and not the wedding. If you stay focused on that, everything will fall into place as it should.”) Now throw in meaningful details, like the cross Alyson’s father made for their altar out of wood from their family farm, to the corn hole boards Nick’s father made, and I’ve officially fallen in love!

SW hugs to Danielle Nichol for capturing all the goodness of this day!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Nick had conspired with my best friend and maid of honor to have her deliver notes from him to me throughout the day of the wedding. The first one came as soon as I woke up. It was a note that said the best day ever had to start with my favorite thing ever: donuts! It included a Dunkin Donuts gift card. The next note came after we got our hair done, and I remember crying in the salon because the note said he loved me just as I was, with or without makeup and fancy hair (#nofilter). But I think the most memorable moment of the day for me was when my best friend handed me the last note, a long, really sweet and sentimental one. While I was desperately trying not to cry and ruin my makeup, my best friend hugged me, pointed to the note, and said, “You get to marry that today.” All the nerves and anxiety disappeared in that moment. I was surrounded by my favorite people in the whole world and about to walk down the aisle and say “I do” to the man of my dreams. It was all excitement and happiness from that moment on.

I actually fell in love with my wedding dress about a year before Nick proposed. I was on J. Crew’s website looking for a dress to wear to a cousin’s wedding and happened to stumble across a beautiful silk chiffon gown with an illusion neckline and beautiful appliquéd flowers across the chest. It was the definition of understated Southern elegance and I immediately fell in love. However, I wasn’t engaged and had no idea when that might happen, so as tempted as I was to just buy it and wait, I couldn’t. A year or so later, when we got engaged, I hopped online to purchase the dress, and it was gone. I reached out to J. Crew’s customer service team to see if there was any way they had an extra one around somewhere. They had two in a warehouse–both of which were 4+ sizes too big for me. I ordered the smallest one and crossed my fingers that I could find a seamstress who could make my dress dreams come true. I took the gown to an incredible seamstress in Atlanta who made it fit like a glove. She was a miracle worker and I will recommend her to anyone for as long as I live!

We decided to do a first look for a couple of reasons. For one, our wedding was in early October and the days were beginning to get shorter and shorter, so we wanted to make sure we got enough photographs while it was still light out. Also, I knew we would both be a bundle of nerves, anxiety, and excitement, and that seeing each other and getting a chance to pray together before the ceremony would be something that would really calm our hearts.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I think it was all the little meaningful details that really made the day special. My father made our cross out of wood from our family farm, Nick’s father made our corn hole boards, the corn in the corn hole sacks was from corn grown on our farm, and one of my dearest friends designed all the paper elements for the wedding. I also loved our spin on a guest book. We bought cutting boards in the shapes of Florida and Georgia to represent where we met and where we got married and have started our life together, and we asked guests to sign them. We now have them hung in our new home along with the knot we tied during the ceremony.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows, but the vows we said were a little different than the traditional vows we’ve heard throughout the years. My favorite line was in my vows to Nick: “I promise God and I promise you that I will cherish you and respect you, I will love you with a Godly love, and I will serve the Lord with you.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Oh, there were so many. The venue alone was full of Southern charm and hospitality. Our reception was inside a beautiful barn and The Wheeler House has a rich history in North Georgia. The cotton throughout the wedding, rustic florals, gingham bow ties, gilded magnolia leaf escort cards, wood from our family farm, sugared and peppered pecan favors, and personal touches from family and friends is what made our wedding so Southern. I think that’s what living and growing in the South is all about–coming together as family and celebrating something in a genuine, heartfelt way, before God and each other.

When we got engaged, I decided to incorporate raw cotton stalks and bolls into the floral arrangements and decor, so my family went out and picked cotton! LOTS of it! I’ve also always loved the fullness of garden roses and the wild feeling of ranunculus, so I wanted to make sure they were incorporated as well. We didn’t want every table arrangement to be the same, so we decided to have a wood log arrangement on every other table. My father cut wood of varying sizes and heights from pine trees on our farm in West Georgia, and our florist arranged them with hydrangeas and cotton spilling around them and candles in mason jars sitting on top. It added a touch of home and created the perfect romantic ambiance for the tables.

Our first dance was to Michael Buble’s version of “Crazy Love,” a song that I fell in love with about the time we started dating. Nick heard me listening to it all the time, so he taught himself how to play it on the guitar. I think the moment I fell in love with him was when he played it for me–either then or the first time he cooked for me. :) The father-daughter dance was also a special moment in the day. Growing up, my father would always ask me, “Have I told you lately that I love you?” And I’d roll my eyes and say, “Yes, Daddy.” Now as an adult, I realize just how important it is to hear your daddy say “I love you.” My dad also took me to school every morning until I was old enough to drive, and we would often listen to oldies in the car. For our father-daughter dance, we began dancing to “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” which broke into “Chantilly Lace” by Big Bopper halfway through–that’s when I learned my dad can jitterbug! Nick’s family is from Louisiana, and his grandparents are Cajun dance instructors, so we couldn’t have a wedding without getting them out on the dance floor to show us all how it’s done. The DJ put on the song “Jambalaya” and the two of them immediately started two-stepping. About 30 seconds into the song, his grandfather pulled me in and the three of us danced together!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Nick and I met in a broadcast journalism class at Florida State University. He was behind the camera and I was in front of it. We were paired together to do a story on Christian Ponder, FSU’s quarterback at the time. Before our interview with him, Nick asked if I wanted to get together to talk about the project. I agreed, so he picked me up that evening and we went to Mellow Mushroom for dinner, where we proceeded to talk about everything EXCEPT our story on Christian Ponder. Afterwards, he paid for dinner and dropped me off at home, I told my roommates, “I think I just went on a date.” After we wrapped up the story, I told Nick he should buy me dinner again, so he did. After over four years of dinners, laughs, two cross-country moves, and many wonderful memories, he proposed on a trip to Charleston with some of our very favorite people there to celebrate with us. My favorite part of our story, though, is what I learned long after we started dating. Before we met, Nick was helping a friend of his in our college program with some video editing of a sports story. When I came into the frame to do my on-camera stand-up, he asked the editor who I was. When she told him, he said, “I’m going to marry her.” Not long after, we officially met when we were paired up on our story.
Tell us all about the proposal! We have some good friends that live in Charleston, and their daughter was turning one over Labor Day weekend. Nick and I, along with some of our best friends from Florida, headed over to Charleston to celebrate. On the second day of our trip, we spent the day walking around the city and then headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Nick suggested we take a walk on the Battery and take a look at the park before we met up with everyone. I happily agreed, as it was on my list of things to do while in town and the weather was absolutely perfect. We walked around the perimeter of the park looking at all the gorgeous homes, and as we walked up to the large gazebo, I saw candles, flowers, and a sign lining the steps on each side. We were still too far away for me to see clearly what it was, and my first thought was, “Oh my gosh, it’s a shrine. Someone died.” So I told Nick that we should walk around it to be respectful. He insisted we walk right up to it, and as we got closer, I saw that it was a framed sign that read, “Alyson, will you marry me?” I instantly started crying tears of joy as he got down on one knee and said, “Alyson, will you do me the honor of changing your monogram?” He had recruited our friends to set up the romantic spot, and they were hiding behind trees taking pictures of the whole proposal. It was so nice being able to celebrate with loved ones on such a momentous occasion, and we laughed and celebrated the night away with all the oysters we could eat.
When did y’all get married? October 3, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 85
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our pastor suggested Ephesians 5:21-23 and we’re so glad he did. We love the message of love and respect, how God designed men and women to desire each of these things differently, and how He calls us to meet those needs in our partners.
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? Providing the cotton and wood logs for the floral and decor arrangements was one way we drastically cut costs. We also decided to do a big chalkboard program instead of purchasing paper programs. Our venue allowed us to provide our own alcohol, so we were able to cut out the middleman and save some money that way as well.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Keep your eye on the prize. Focus on the marriage and not the wedding. If you stay focused on that, everything will fall into place as it should. You won’t be nearly as worried about if it will rain, if the menu cards look just right, or if the cake plate arrives on time. And have fun!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We’ve moved into our new home and are enjoying the “nesting” process. I’m almost done with my MBA program and we’re looking forward to having more time to spend together on new adventures. Our photographer and friend expressed our sentiments towards marriage so well. She said, “Being married makes even the most mundane things fun.” It’s so true. Grocery shopping has never been more fun. :)

Photographer: Danielle Nichol Photography / Planner: Winey Blonde Events Co. / Venue: The Wheeler House / Florist: Tony Whitlock Designs / Wedding Cake: Cake Envy / Caterer: Coast to Coast Catering / Ceremony Musicians: Amber and Jared Humphries / DJ: Nice Guys DJ / Paper Products and Makeup: Ashley Brooke Designs / Bride’s Gown: “Violette” by J.Crew / Hair Stylist: Danielle Bianco / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Men’s Suits: Jos A. Bank / Men’s Shirts: Banana Republic / Men’s Ties: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Bow Ties: High Cotton Ties

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  1. avatar Sara reply

    Very creative idea using leaves as table placecards. Beautiful wedding, great details. Congrats!

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Belles, get out your Christmas lists and your favorite pen, because we have a fun new addition to the Southern Weddings Shop to share with y’all today, and we think it would make the perfect gift for any Southern gal!

We are tickled pink to introduce the Sweet Tees! This exclusive t-shirt line includes three darling designs that can be dressed up or down. All of the Southern Weddings gals have a heart for marriage and a deep love of the South, and if you do too, we hope you’ll join us in spreading our mission in this sweet and stylish way! All of the Sweet Tees are designed in-house and are printed in the South on jersey cotton with water-based ink that feels softer with each wash. Let’s take a closer look at all three options, shall we?

The “We Run on Sweet Tea” tee could be the SW office uniform–we think it would be an especially adorable addition to the wardrobe of a wedding vendor, or any other hardworking gal who wants to look cute while making big things happen.

The “Love Never Fails” tee is a nod to the Southern Weddings mission, but even more so, it reminds us of what matters most. You don’t have to be married/engaged/in the wedding industry to rock this tee–you just have to believe in its message and want to share it with others!

Our third and final Sweet Tee, the “Oh My Stars” tee, is a tribute to our love for the South–after all, you won’t hear “Oh my stars!” exclaimed anywhere else!

Love these tees as much as we do? Enter our giveaway for a chance to win the Sweet Tee of your choice! We’re raising our sweet tea glasses to this fun new line on Instagram with the hashtag #SweetTeeCheers, and if you post a picture of yourself with a glass of sweet tea and the hashtag, you’ll be entered to win!

P.S. Don’t have Instagram? Leave us a comment on this post and let us know which Sweet Tee is your favorite!

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  1. avatar Kristy reply

    Love the Love Never Fails tee!!!

  2. avatar Tiffany Ha reply

    I love them all, what a hard choice! But my favorite has to be the love never fails, because it is such a sweet bible verse that represents Gods love for us and how we are to love each other. Love always wins!

  3. avatar Jessica @ The Budget Savvy Bride reply

    I just LOVE these tees!! Love Never Fails is my fave. So sweet!!

  4. avatar Sarah Dixon reply

    I’ve been such a big fan of Southern Weddings and it was an amazing inspiration and help for my own wedding a couple of months ago! I absolutely love the “We run on Sweet Tea” shirt and how easy it would be to dress it up or down! Thank you for coming up with them, ladies! :)

  5. avatar Julie reply

    We run on sweet tea! Fits my study group’s mentality perfectly

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Eleven years after they first dated in college, Lacey and Caleb ended up in the same town yet again, but this time, they knew they were meant to be. Two and a half years later, they were newly married at Brownfield Fulford Farm dancing to the very same song they had heard performed at a coffee shop when they were just friends falling in love. Fun fact: BDK and I had our own first dance to the song he played on our first date!

Along with their sweet love story, I am smitten with the beautiful, neutral details filling Lacey and Caleb’s lovely day! Thanks so much to Jen Dillender for capturing it all and sharing it with us!

I went to two different dress shops with something really simple in mind. My mom and my best friend came with me. With no luck at the first place, we headed to the next place, and when we walked in, I saw my dress hanging on a rack. It looked perfect for me! I tried on a few similar dresses, just to make sure it was the one, and it was! I think I looked at it every single day until the wedding because I loved it so much!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look for several reasons. Caleb and I love pictures and we knew that if we didn’t do a first look, we wouldn’t get much time after the ceremony to do our portraits. We also wanted to do the majority of our pictures before the wedding so that we could have more time after the ceremony to be with our friends and family. It was a really special moment and I am so glad we did it!

There are so many details that we loved at our wedding, but the flowers just blew me away. Our altar had two beautiful wine barrels topped with the most extravagant flowers I had ever seen! I could have never imagined such beautiful arrangements and colors!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows. A close friend ours, Chuck, married us. He and his wife also did a little pre-marital counseling with us. He presented the gospel and the most beautiful message about marriage. It was perfect.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The venue was a huge barn surrounded by trees. We had mason jars for kids to drink from, mashed potatoes, and sweet tea at the reception. Our dance playlist included lots of two-stepping music and other classics. We were surrounded by rustic wine barrels and chalkboard signs.

For our first dance, our friend sang “If I Fell” by Brandon Reid. We heard Brandon Reid sing it at a coffee shop when we were just friends falling in love, so it was really special to dance to it! We told our parents to choose what songs we danced to with them. I danced with my dad to “I Saw God Today” by George Strait and Caleb danced with his mom to “How Sweet It Is.”

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Caleb and I met when I was a junior in high school and he was a freshman in college. We saw each other at a concert, and even though we didn’t speak, we both felt like we had to meet each other. Some time went by, and while I was at a mutual friend’s house one day, Caleb showed up with some of his friends! We never spoke a word to each other while we were all hanging out, but when he saw me leaving, Caleb walked me to my car and asked me for my number. We loved each other instantly and dated for a year and a half, but I broke his heart to go travel and do mission work for a year. We moved on, had other relationships, went through some life-changing experiences…and 11 years later, after moving around several times, we ended up in the same town again. Caleb emailed me (we didn’t have each other’s numbers anymore) and asked me if we could get together and catch up. We met for coffee and talked for hours. I denied my feelings for him for a whole year while he waited patiently, asking me to be his girlfriend over and over. I finally gave in and fell head over heels. We “officially” dated for a year before he asked me to marry him!
Tell us all about the proposal! Besides our wedding day, this is my favorite day/experience/moment of my life! It was my birthday and Caleb had a special day planned for us. First, he picked me up and we went for ice cream. He then drove us to the park and unpacked a picnic that included crackers, my favorite wine, speakers, a guitar, and some presents. We sat on a quilt surrounded by the trees, with a little creek next to us. Totally my love language! He played his guitar and sang the sweetest song that he wrote for me. By now, I was sweating a little…I just had a feeling! He played one of our favorite songs that we had danced to when we first dated twelve years ago, and then he asked me to dance. “If I Fell” by Brandon Reid came on, and he stopped dancing and grabbed something out of his bag–a ring!!! He got on his knee and asked me to spend forever with him. Little did I know, he had one of my best friends hidden in the trees, taking pictures and recording the whole thing! He also had all of our friends and family waiting at my favorite restaurant to surprise me and celebrate with us. Truly one of the best days of my life.
When did y’all get married? August 8, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. My cake was an ivory four-tiered cake adorned with fresh flowers and a wooden G, set atop a vintage cake stand. My groom had a rustic pie table full of cherry and apple pies, served with vintage silver pie servers.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Yes! I borrowed my earrings from my maid of honor, Susan. My mom surprised me with something blue: a vintage handkerchief embroidered with my initials. For my something old, I wrapped a strand of my mom’s wedding veil around my bouquet. My dad surprised me with something new: a beautiful pearl bracelet.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? One of the biggest challenges was planning such a big, detailed wedding in less that six months at a venue that didn’t provide any amenities. It was overwhelming at times, not to mention more expensive, to plan an event from scratch. Totally worth it though!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There are so many, but one of the most memorable moments was when my dad gave a toast at our reception. We stood there for the first time as husband and wife, surrounded by everyone we loved, listening to my dad say the sweetest words. It was a moment that I will cherish forever!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Remember the reason for the season you are in: you are marrying the man of your dreams. Planning a wedding is stressful, for sure, but stick to your vision, and don’t wait until the last minute to do anything!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are loving married life! Life is very simple right now. We both love where we are with our jobs and just getting to do life together. We look forward to many traveling adventures and hopefully starting a family in the near future!

Photographer: Jen Dillender / Videographer: Brian and Mariah Williams / Planner: Sherry Alexander / Venue: Brownfield Fulford Barn / Florist: Lou Dee’s / Wedding Cake: Market Street / Pies: Slaton Bakery / Caterer: Jeana’s Feedbag / Rentals: Festive Occasions / DJ: West Texas DJ / Programs: Invitations to Celebrations / Invitations: Elli / Bride’s Gown: “L164013″ by Jasmine / Bride’s Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. / Bride’s Necklace: Dogeared / Hair Stylist: Cassie Temple of Terra Bella Lubbock / Bride’s Shoes: Chinese Laundry / Men’s Vests and Pants: JCPenney / Men’s Shirts: H&M / Patches: Sew Happy Girls / Lavender: The Lavender Gal / Flower Girl Dresses: Princess Feathers Boutique / Ring Bearer Suspenders and Bow Tie: The Boytique Express

Jen Dillender is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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