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Happy New Year’s Eve Eve, y’all!  What are all you Southern belles and beaus up to tomorrow night?  Get some new tunes for the New Year…  Leave a comment here telling us what your New Year’s plans are and we’ll pick 3 random winners tomorrow.  The Prizes: $10 iTunes gift cards!

Be safe tomorrow night and have fun!

xoxo Lara, Kirstin, Laura, Rachel, Leah, Wanwisa, and Madelyn

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  1. avatar Alisha Clark reply

    I’m working!

  2. avatar JoVonn reply

    The fiance and I are spending a quiet evening at home while I cook black eyed peas (for good luck in new year) and collard greens (for money in new year).

  3. avatar Katie reply

    My boyfriend and I are headed out to the local art museum where there will be a dinner, followed by a showing of an exhibit on Eastern Art. At the end of the night, a DJ will spin and we’ll all dance our way into 2009.

  4. avatar Katie reply

    Hi! Love ~ love your blog! Thanks for sharing all of these gorgeous pictures. :)I’m flying to New Orleans, little black dress in tow, for a fancy dinner and New Years Eve festivities in the quarter tomorrow night… can’t wait!

  5. avatar Emily @ Peach and Pearl reply

    I’ll be in the big NYC celebrating a friend’s birthday {and NOT in Time’s Square!}. Some new tunes would keep me busy on the train ride…

  6. avatar Zolie reply

    We’re going to keep it simple after our whirlwind Christmas. We’re getting together to play board games and toast the New Year with a couple of our very best friends.

  7. avatar Jessica reply

    My plans are to bake cookies with my fiance and then play video games all night.

  8. avatar kwolyniak reply

    Im traveling to memphis for my alumni’s bowl game— all my friends and are I embarking on a ten-hour road trip…!

  9. avatar Katie reply

    My fiancee and I are heading to Charlotte, NC, to visit two dear friends. We are looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation!

  10. avatar Emily reply

    Nothing fancy…just keeping it low key and going to a house party. I have to work late on New Year’s Eve!

  11. avatar angelique reply

    Since the fiance and I both have work all day, we’re thinking about ordering in and toasting the night away!

  12. avatar LeRae reply

    In college my best friends and I all "rang in the new day" for an entire semester, which simply meant that we counted down every "new day" and celebrated our highs and lows from the day before. Although we currently live in different states we’re all reuniting to ring in the New Year!

  13. avatar Catie reply

    I get to spend it with my fiance! He lives in Dallas and I live near San Francisco. So New Years has become one of OUR holidays that we get to spend together. Our wedding is in July, so it’s our last set of holidays apart! :)

  14. avatar Elizabeth reply

    It’s my fiance’s birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate the man I am going to marry and New Years too. I am taking him to dinner at Old Bookbinders Grill in Richmond and I bought a sassy red dress to surprise him. Happy New Years to all!

  15. avatar Silvia reply

    I’m just spending time with my family, something low key and relaxed. It’ll be a much different experience from last year when I spent the new year on a plane… asleep.

  16. avatar aletha :: pearls events reply

    I will be spending NYE with friends + my husband at New Years On the Grand in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There will be bands, food, drinks + fun! I cannot wait.

  17. avatar L. Maxie reply

    I will be bringing in the New Year talking to my future husband who is in the Middle East right now.

  18. avatar Liz reply

    We’re headed out to dinner and dancing at the dance studio where we took our wedding dance lessons from. This is our first new year’s together as a married couple so we’re looking forward to it!!

  19. avatar Kenzie reply

    I plan on working, due to the fact that one of my managers hates me. Then when 9:30 rolls around I’ll get off, go into the bathroom and put on my party clothes. I’ll then leave hopefully to have my manager who will be staying later see, and hate me even more.

  20. avatar Ashley reply

    As soon as we get off work we’ll be driving three hours so we can spend the night having drinks and playing wii and board games with our best friends!

  21. avatar Amanda reply

    I think my bf and I will be hanging out in the band’s "garage" and having a dance party. Either that or staying in and taking it easy as we’re flying to Baton Rouge for a big weekend the next day!

  22. avatar Genna reply

    My fiance and I are going out to a girl friend’s historic Mill house with 8 other couples…sipping champagne and shucking oysters! Can’t wait!

  23. avatar Courtney reply

    My fiance and I spending New Year’s with my pregnant Matron of Honor (the baby is my in utero junior bridesmaid) and her husband!

  24. avatar ohana photographers reply

    i will be shooting at a new year’s party here in La Jolla California. it is going to be awesome! can’t wait for 2009. Happy New Year everyone!

  25. avatar Lisa Michelle Jeffries reply

    Downtown for an overly expensive dinner (only because it was the request of the NYE birthday boy who we’ll be joining) then back to the new favorite neighborhood watering hole for their insanely affordable NYE promo :-) Plus, it is within walking distance of two of our friends’ townhouse if a cab is nowhere to be found at the end of the night! (We’ve got to party smart to start 2009 off right!)

  26. avatar Christin reply

    The best friends and I, along with our guys are having a giant house party to ring in the new year with style & tons of fun!

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This beautiful beach wedding was coordinated by Penelope from the {Amelia Island Plantation}.  Catering by the Amelia Island Plantation and fudge favors by {Fantastic Fudge}.  Yum!  Bridal party attire by {J.Crew}.  To check out all the shots, click over to Scarlett Lillian’s {Blog}

The weather on our wedding day was: The most beautiful Florida day we could have been blessed with, as if God painted the canvas to match the rest of our design….
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Classic Americana Beach Wedding
Favorite design element of your big day: I loved that the overall simplicity (J Crew attire for the bridal party, shells, starfish, sea grass, white votives, steel drums, close family and friends) is what created the most perfect beach wedding. Both indoors and out.
Describe your wedding flowers: Timeless. I love the wild daises that grow in the south and I especially love when you see that patch near the east coast, the ocean in the background, with the sea grass setting off the bright white and yellow color of the daisy. We used that picture to create the bouquets and centerpieces adding the shells, lemons and limes to tie in that ideal fresh look. Even my three pound yorkie, Cletus, wore a daisy necklace around his collar.
Describe your wedding cake: Quintessentially classic. We kept traditional details like the tiers, the white color with dainty edges but added the clean details we had incorporated elsewhere – lemons, limes, daisy blooms and shells.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We couldn’t decide between these two:
The music: the sound of the steel drums on the most beautiful beach evening was like something out of a romantic movie … and my cousin and her husband playing acoustic guitar and singing the song that seemed to explain our relationship so unequaled, “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. The pictures of Brian with tears streaming down his cheeks and the minister holding us close, are some of the most dear.
The bringing together of two families: symbolized by the minister when he mixed the dark Tennessee soil, brought from my childhood home by my parents, with the white Atlantic sand at the wedding ceremony on Amelia Island, Brian’s childhood home.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? A destination wedding can be somewhat stressful especially when your fulltime job has you working 80-90 hours a week. What could have been enough for a bride to have a breakdown was solved when Brian and I decided to seek the help of Penelope; a best friend’s wife who lived on Amelia and had taste I knew would work well with mine. It was great to solve the challenge before it became a problem and Penelope and my mom worked hard together to narrow down choices so that I only had a few options with each wedding category that needed a decision.
Scariest moment? This is such a girly scary moment but the rest of the day seemed so painless, so effortless it was scary in the moment. I had not tried on my dress since it had come back from the last fitting that was weeks prior. I had been in Florida for the week before my wedding – eating my favorite foods like shrimp, key lime pie and the good stuff. So the first step into my dress, with my bridesmaids, I am laughing while sucking in at the same time and holding my breath. Also, praying the dress would still fit as perfectly as I’d remembered, weeks prior.
Funniest moment? Scarlett Lillian, our photographer, takes the most astonishingly creative pictures. It was one of the first qualities that first drew us to her. She had us taking some great bridal party group pictures like with jumping, running, sitting. Well, one of the groomsmen split his pants from the funky position he was posed in. And he had forgotten his undergarments. We insisted he keep taking pictures. It sure did help create genuine smiles on everyone’s faces in the last few frames.
The most unexpected event on our wedding day was: The seamlessness with which everything flowed the entire day. Brian and I looked at each other on the terrace outside the reception as the night was drawing to a close and both agreed, we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect beginning to start the rest of our lives together.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: exhilarating, time-honored, romantic
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Enjoy the time, be grateful for each day of anticipation and even when time won’t allow you to focus entirely on the special day. Find a little something, a detail you can make all your own: the gifts we gave our guests, the sand pails filled with items representing the island, Brian and myself (sand dollar shaped chocolates from local Candy store, green tea bags, photo albums with an inset seashell and one of our engagement photos to hold the rest of the pictures from their trips to Amelia Island) were something I worked on personally with my part time planner Penelope. It helped me feel really involved and they were such an awesome addition to the setting we had already created.
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. I don’t believe there was one most memorable as Brian and I sat amazed at our dinner table as guest after guest stood up to affirm via a story, a toast, a few words. This was exactly what Brian and I knew, we were meant to be together. How cool to have those closest to you personally give their blessing as well.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? A baby! Before we reach our first wedding anniversary we will be blessed with a new addition to our family. The future is no further than tomorrow as each day we wake to a new experience, a new feeling and a sense of hope for our little one to arrive healthy in the late spring…
Other details you want us to know about your wedding: The Amelia Island Plantation was the site of our wedding and reception and the wedding coordinator and team were a pleasure to work with on helped us with recommended florists, our menu, our cake and everything else. Our minister, Jim Tippins, was also amazing and instantly bonded with our families. His added special details that included bringing the soil and sand from our hometowns, and the water ceremony, incorporated our love ones into our celebration just as we had wished. Scarlett Lillian – what can I say? You will not find a photographer who captures the emotions, the passion, the love felt, not only by the bride and groom but by everyone who attends in their pictures.

Congratulations to Sarah + Brian! We wish you happiness and joy as your family grows to three!

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  1. avatar Andrea @ Cloud Nine Events reply

    What a beautiful wedding! Everything is so bright and cheerful but still gives a romantic and magical moment. Great job to all. Sarah you look beautiful in your dress.

  2. avatar Leigh reply

    Do you mind if I post some of these photos on my blog? I love sharing real women wearing J.Crew.

  3. avatar Scarlett Lillian reply

    Thanks gals for the awesome showcase!! I can’t wait to see the first issue!!

  4. avatar Annette@Swanky Tables reply

    Love the yellow dresses and the sandpail favors!

  5. avatar sarah louise reply

    we were so excited to see our special day featured on here …. we had such an amazing time and Scarlett Lillian captured the moments so perfectly. how lucky we are! we enjoyed getting to revisit not only our "how we met" story but the pictures again as well!thank you!!

  6. avatar Kari reply

    Thanks for sharing. I am glad the picture of Cletus and Luke was included. In addition to the details mentioned by Sarah, Cletus and Luke’s unexpected route was one of my favorite parts of the ceremony. The celebration was absolutely perfect!!

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I’m dreaming of a …beach wedding… just like the ones we used to feature.  Alright, alright, I’ll stop humming Bing Crosby Christmas carols!  Now that we are nearing the New Year, we thought we’d bring you something fresh!  Sarah + Brian’s Florida wedding is the perfect cure for cold day in December. Capturing this fantastic wedding at the {Amelia Island Plantation} was the hot Florida-based photographer, {Scarlett Lillian}. Thanks so much, Scarlett, for sharing this fun wedding with us today!  More to come in part II…

How did the two of you meet? Brian was transferred temporarily to my hometown of Nashville TN. It was not my territory but after a couple months of working long days and still finding time and reasons to spend much time together as possible (any excuse – extra work so staying at the office late, dinner time, needing a ride somewhere) and a “break-up” dinner before ever dating dinner, Brian finally asked me out on an “official date”. Our first date was in Brian’s hometown, a tiny beach side restaurant called “The Surf”, staying at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton and meeting all of his wonderful friends and family and we knew from that moment, we would be together forever and yes, the temporary became permanent.
Describe the proposal: On our one year “dating anniversary “Which we spent back in Amelia Island, the site of our first official date”, I wanted to surprise Brian – I had packed little gifts in my suitcase and a sweet card filled with words about how much he meant to me, how he inspired and surprised me and how grateful I was that he was brought into my life. Brian looked at me when I said “happy anniversary” and said, “Why are you celebrating and giving me gifts? It’s just a dating anniversary…” I took a deep breath and tried not to cry, little did I know this was part of his elaborate plan. Brian made little comments about it not being a big deal, it was a just a “dating anniversary” all day. But for me, it was a such an important marker – not only a year, but a year with the person who seemed to be my soul mate. But Brian was laying the groundwork for his surprise. His friends and family met us that evening at the same restaurant in which we had our first date, The Surf. We ate dinner with everyone, me trying to fight back my tears of frustration with him as we started a discussion of “if this doesn’t mean that much to you, maybe we should take a break?” We headed back to the Ritz, where Brian dropped to a knee and proposed on our balcony. When I finally felt like I could make sounds again, I screamed, “I can’t believe you” at Brian, in which case he said – “could you answer me please?” I said yes and his family rushed into our room to celebrate. We made our way downstairs to dance the night away to the jazz band in the lobby bar. It could not have been more splendid.
What attracted me to my husband was: His gentle spirit and sense of humor that he tries to cleverly mask with a “tough guy” exterior. I loved watching the smile start to spread across his face when I did something frivolous, flirty or in my usual style – goofy.
Why do you love your husband? As cliché as it is… his love for my family, his family, and now – our unborn child and me. He makes me want to be a better person. He balances me and at the same time, knocks me off guard, he absolutely completes me.
What attracted me to my wife was: Passion, belief, faith, and forgiveness. She has a gift, an ability to see the good in everything and everyone and to believe in that goodness. I was truly intrigued when we first met. Listening to her stories and hearing no matter how bad anything seemed to me she was always able to see the good. After a while I came to the realization that she actually is the person I was so intrigued by.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: Our non-dating “break-up dinner”. After weeks of enjoying each other’s company, spending time together whenever we could. Rendezvous in Memphis, Tennessee (one of our favorite restaurants to this day) was the location for the infamous dinner in which we discussed our breaking up. Mind you – we’d never been on one date. Brian asked “Did you just break up with me even though we aren’t dating?” to which I replied “I think so, but it’s just better this way. This thing we have going is just too good so let’s just make sure it doesn’t start…then we don’t ever have to end it bad.” We laughed, agreed, finished our dinner and Brian asked me out “officially” two weeks later, it was such a sign of things to come. No matter the circumstance we seem to find the sense of humor in it all.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Some people say that looking for a wedding dress can be stressful, a little more difficult than what you imagine it to be. But, with my absolute affinity for clothing (some close to me might call it an addiction ) dress shopping was such an amazing experience. The girl, who can never have enough beautiful clothes, gets to try on the some of the most fantastic dresses in the world. My mom, my sister, a good friend and even my father, alternated days spent shopping with me. As I played dress-up, trying to find that “it” dress from online designer galleries to every store offering a variation of a wedding dress in Nashville. My only struggle was that the “it” dress had to be perfect for the beach … it had to move in the breeze, retain the simplicity of the classic design we had incorporated throughout but still be my perfect “wedding” dress. I found the designer at a local boutique near my home, in Franklin Tennessee, {Faccio}. They had also worked with my sister to create her dream wedding gown and it was my last stop. The designer was {Rivini}, who I absolutely loved every dress in the collection and tried on the pieces from the latest runway show, they were elegant, simple and seemed to be as close to what I saw me wearing in my dreams about the now quickly approaching BIG day. I found that very Americana yet “beach wedding” dress in almost all of the Rivini dresses from the new collection. Picking one that seemed to be “the one”, and everyone gave their seal of approval. We did leave the boutique to go eat lunch so that we could come back to sign the papers without stomachs growling. My mom and I turned around as we closed the door to the shop and saw in the window – the “it” dress! It had been forgotten in the search, hidden in the front of the store. We just knew without exchanging words, such a classic strap less dress with layers that looked like they would blow so effortlessly in the wind at the perfect beach ceremony – we had to try it! Forgoing lunch (it was as though we were never hungry), I stepped back in to try on that dress and the teary eyed smile from my father and that look from my mother that said “that’s it”. I knew I had found my “it” dress!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We still remember the first time we saw each other that day, as I came over the boardwalk, Brian was on the beach. We smiled and if it was possible, without words, it was as if we fell in love even more.
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? My dad walking me down the aisle. I couldn’t imagine changing that tradition not being our ceremony, no matter where the wedding occurred. My father and mother being married for thirty plus years, their marriage teaching me what genuine unconditional love is and being the first born, I was and will, always be daddy’s girl.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase/verse/or line? We didn’t write our vows but worked with the minister to create ones more tailored to our ideal, which was to tie in our families and friends, those we care about most, to the ceremony. Our vows included interaction from those gathered
to help us celebrate – He asked our parents each for their blessings, in which they responded with “they do”, and then he had all guests stand, Brian and I facing them and asked – “Will you, family and friends, stand beside them, celebrating their decision and do all in your power to uphold this marriage in the days and years ahead?” In which case they all responded with, “We will”. It was such an emotionally charged moment in the ceremony and one we will remember always.

More from Sarah + Brian to come!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
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  1. avatar Heather Thorne reply

    Way to go Scarlett – love this wedding and you captured it beautifully!

  2. avatar my girl reply

    thank you for your sharing information.

  3. avatar Pat reply

    Love the picture with all the Bridesmaids and Bride with their legs crossed.

  4. avatar Suzie Seagraves reply

    CONGRATS Scarlett!!! What awesome shots! And what a fabulous wedding! Great job!

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