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The iconic “little blue box” color can be a tough one to pull of in a wedding, but as Southern belles know, that’s no reason to shy away from your signature color! The trick, as evidenced by Cally and Robert in today’s lovely wedding, is to use the color sparingly and intentionally, letting it accent your venue and details rather than distract from them. That is especially important when your venues are extra special–Cally and Robert were married in Cally’s brother and sister-in-law’s home, and their reception was at a fabulous downtown Houston restaurant that was a delicious nod to Robert’s Cajun roots.

Thank you so much to Cameron & Kelly Studio for sharing Cally and Robert’s special day with us!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed my sister-in-law’s gorgeous earrings. My something blue was my sapphire engagement ring, something old was my grandmother’s wedding rings, and something new was my dress.

For my procession, the string trio played “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clark, and for the recessional, they played “La Rejouissance” by Handel. Great classics!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The ceremony was at the home of my brother and sister-in-law. The reception was at Brennan’s of Houston–a nod to Robert’s Cajun heritage.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There were many wonderful details, but one that really stood out as different was the scotch bar that my sister-in-law came up with. Robert loves scotch, so it was a really neat surprise.

We had a white three-tiered cake with real flowers on top. Each layer had a different scroll design, and each layer had a different flavor inside. The wedding flowers were mostly white and consisted of peonies, roses, orchids, and hydrangeas. They were gorgeous!

When did y’all get married? May 22, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 40
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mother and I found the dress on our first dress shopping appointment. It was the third dress I tried on.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” and my dance with my father was to “My Girl” by The Temptations.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge I faced in planning the wedding (even with a wedding planner) was working a very full-time job while trying to pull everything together. There was a lot of travel involved as well, since I bought my dress in one city, lived in another, and had the wedding in a third city.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The whole day was full of beautiful memories, but walking down the aisle toward my husband-to-be was probably the most exciting part.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t wait to start planning–it’s never too early.

Photographer: Cameron & Kelly Studio / Planner: Mary Beth Burrow / Ceremony Venue: Private residence / Reception Venue: Brennan’s of Houston / Florist: David Brown Flowers / Wedding Cake: Who Made the Cake / Music: Yvonne Washington / Bride’s Gown: Romona Keveza / Hair Stylist: Monica at Adytum Salon / Makeup Artist: Melissa Morvan / Bride’s Shoes: Rene Caovilla

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You know those love stories that stop you in your tracks? The opportunity to share those stories–the ones that make our hearts leap, make us hopeful, and remind us that love never fails–is one of the greatest privileges of working at Southern Weddings. Our friend Katie of Thomas Nelson (where Lara’s book is being published) has one of those stories, and we were so grateful for the advice she shared with us in V6. She recently shared even more of her love story on Real Simple, and I highly encourage y’all to take a few minutes over your coffee this morning to give it a read!

Gray Photography

My husband suffered a spinal cord injury a decade before we met, leaving him wheelchair-bound and meaning that I would be a spousal caregiver from day one. While we were dating, we established a reciprocal rule of communication: Bryce has to ask for help when he needs it, and I have to ask questions when I don’t understand aspects of his care and abilities. Our natural tendencies often steer us in the opposite directions–he’s a strong, kind-hearted man who wants to do as much as possible for himself and for me, and I’m a strong-willed, independent woman who wants to believe that I’ve “got this” with little help or explanation. But that’s not what God intended marriage to look like, for us or for anyone. Giving over to that vulnerability is hard, but it’s beautiful. The moments I’ve felt closest to my amazing husband are those marked by some of the hardest circumstances, when we simply surrender, admitting to each other and to our loving God that we cannot rely on our own strength. Oh, and my sweet hubby adds this nugget of marriage wisdom: “You don’t need separate sinks; you need separate bathrooms. Period.” True story!

Dove Wedding Photography

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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Though it makes me a little sad to think of summer winding down (I still have a handful of Southern doin’s to complete before September 21!), the start of college football is making me much more excited for fall! I know I’ll be sporting burnt orange all weekend in support of my alma mater, and I’m willing to bet that the entire Kloess clan will be decked out in crimson. We’d love to know, which team do you root for? Stay tuned for some of our favorite Southern collegiate-inspired wedding details coming up in the weeks ahead!

See more from this engagement session by Colorbox Photographers on our Facebook page!

In case you missed it this week…

The mission of Southern Weddings drives all that we do–read about what it means to each of us here.

Whitney and Nick‘s Charleston wedding was sweet and meaningful–we love the way they honored their family.
Ali and Matt may have been married in December, but their glamorous wedding was absolutely timeless.
Caitlin and Sam let the beauty of their South Carolina venue shine at their outdoor plantation wedding.
Victoria and Marcus‘ outdoor wedding plans were rained out, but the end result was better than they had imagined.

Don’t forget!

We are so excited to be throwing a wedding with Southern Living!! Yes, a real wedding, complete with a lovely couple, their friends and family, and traditions and details that are meaningful to them personally. We are looking forward to sharing every step of the process with y’all, with the help of the amazing vendors we’ll be working with to bring this day to life, but first, we need our bride and groom! Learn how to nominate yourself or a deserving couple here.

Have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

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Events that are beautiful and elegant, but also approachable and stress-free, may sound like an oxymoron, but as Jenny Steffens Hobick demonstrates time and time again on her inspiring blog, Everyday Occasions, with a little bit of planning and a big dose of Southern hospitality, they are absolutely doable. The Southern Weddings gals all share a love for celebrations, so it’s no surprise that Jenny’s thoughtful approach to entertaining and meal planning is a favorite of ours. We are so grateful that she shared her story with us, as well as the recipes that she and her adorable family gravitate toward again and again!

By day: I am the owner of Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick, a home entertaining blog and online store. Mike works in commercial real estate for a real estate investment trust.

How they met: We met and became friends in college. After college, we had both moved to the same city and were in the same very close circle of friends. After becoming even better friends, we started dating a year later.

Their wedding: About six months after we started dating, Mike took me to Seaside, Florida for my birthday. Three years later, we were engaged, and decided Seaside would be the perfect place for a destination wedding. It was our favorite place in the world and we wanted to share it with our closest family and friends. We were married on the front lawn of a grand house in Seaside, and our guests watched the ceremony from the large porches. We had long tables set for dinner in the backyard under lanterns. Our colors were ivory, pale blue, light gray, and navy.

Jenny Steffens Hobick

Meal planning: Since I am a food and home entertaining blogger, the kitchen is my domain. I do ask him what he’s in the mood for for dinner, but we have a running joke that his suggestion is always either steak and baked potatoes, or tacos. Such a typical guy!

The cooking: I do all of the cooking with the help of our two-year-old daughter, Emma. She is a great help washing the veggies and baking treats for her dad! Mike is in charge of the dishes, which he is much better at than I am!

Favorite meal-related memory: Our favorite meal of all time was on our honeymoon in Florence, Italy. It was our last night there, so we splurged on a very fancy dinner, where we discovered white truffles with homemade pasta and Brunello wine. That meal has inspired so many hands-on homemade pasta dinners at home, as well as special dinners out.

Jenny Steffens Hobick

Top ten favorite recipes:

1. White Truffles with Homemade Pasta and Seared Filets: This is our favorite “fancy dinner”–we make it for our anniversary, birthdays, and other celebrations.

2. Braised Beef and Italian Vegetable Stew: This is my favorite cold weather entertaining recipe. It is an elegant and indulgent beef stew that everyone loves.

3. Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs: We fix spaghetti and meatballs almost every Sunday night–it is our go-to comfort dinner.

4. Korean Beef Tacos with Mango Cilantro Slaw: Mike is a huge taco fan. These are our new favorite from Tessa’s blog…also my favorite :)

5. Rustic Penne Shrimp Pasta in a Parmesan and Red Pepper Cream Sauce: This is a great make-ahead recipe for entertaining. I make it in individual bowls for an elegant presentation.

6. Shrimp Scampi and Linguine: Simple and elegant–one of my favorite recipes for an easy dinner party.

7. Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad: I’m obsessed with this salad right now–which is saying a lot, because I’m not a salad person. There is so much going on with it, from the creamy goat cheese, to the heirloom tomatoes, to the crunchy marcona almonds.

8. Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef: A staple for us around the holidays–this recipe tastes luxurious and feeds a large group. You’ll be shocked by how easy it is to prepare!

9. Cranberry Orange Scones: We make these almost every weekend. They take about five minutes to stir together and fifteen to cook–much quicker than a run for donuts!

10. White Pizzas With Arugula: The Barefoot Contessa is my ultimate recipe resource–her food is just so good. I love these goat cheese pizzas with arugula. Emma loves homemade pizza night, too!

We’re so grateful to Jenny for sharing her family’s favorite meals with us! Be sure to follow along with Jenny on her blog, Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick.

P.S. We’d love to hear from you! Our hope is to feature REAL couples in the South – your inspiring friend, super talented cousin, or neighbor with the cutest house – the kind of person everyone would love to “e-meet.” If that sounds like you or someone you know, take a peek at our Southern Newlywed submission page and shoot us an email!

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    Thanks so much for sharing my story and favorite recipes! I enjoy your site so much – lots of great inspiration!

    Best,
    Jenny

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

I was quickly reminded as Dave and I compiled addresses for our save the dates (I’ll be sharing them with y’all soon!) that planning a wedding means a lot to keep track of. After gathering addresses via text, email, over the phone, and more (my sweet Grandma mailed my mom a list!), we still had to organize them and format them for our envelopes before finally popping our finished save the dates into the mailbox. I know that as the wedding gets closer, there will be even more to track (gifts, thank you notes, and actual wedding invitations, to name a few!), and if you’re planning a wedding and struggling to stay on top of all of those lists, I’m happy to introduce RSVP Wedding Manager.

RSVP Wedding Manager has thought of every possible wedding guest organization need, from importing and organizing contacts from your email account, iCloud and more, to keeping track of who is coming to which event, to whether or not you’ve sent a handwritten thank you note for gifts received. Each guest is assigned an ID number for easy tracking, and you can organize guests into helpful groups (like “Bride’s Family”). If you’re having your envelopes addressed in calligraphy, RSVP Wedding Manager makes it easy for you to organize your information in the format that your calligrapher needs. So helpful to you both!

Beyond your guest list, RSVP Wedding Manager also offers tools for organizing other important parts of your wedding. You can create to-do lists and assign tasks and deadlines to different people (like your mama or your maid of honor–super helpful if y’all are spread out across the country!), monitor your budget and print reports of it, and keep track of your vendors and inspiration. You can even scan in vendor contracts to keep everything in one handy, organized place.

Of course, the need for an organized mailing address system doesn’t end after your last wedding gift thank you note is sent. RSVP Wedding Manager can also be used to organize parties and events, keep track of addresses for Christmas cards, moving announcements, and baby announcements, and more. Anything that makes sending good old-fashioned snail mail easier is good by us!

We’d love to know, how are you keeping your wedding organized?

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