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Thank you Studio A Photography for sharing this ultra-sleek and uber-sophisticated Alabama wedding!  College sweethearts Christi + Chris (how cute is that?) exchanged their vows in an intimate outdoor ceremony at the historic and distinctly Southern Magnolia Manor.  The bride’s ruffle-neck Vera Wang looks like it belongs on the runway and her chic birdcage veil courtesy of Brenda’s Bridal Veils (another fabulous Etsy vendor) adds just the right sass and flair to this stunning gown.  After pining over the bridesmaids’ sweet BCBG frocks and the groom’s checkered tie from J.Crew, I have to say I’ve never seen ivory and navy done quite so well.  Brava, Beth Humphrey, planner extraordinaire from Elizabeth Events!  Since a Southern wedding is really complete without the requisite lapel shot, check out Chris’ twine-wrapped boutonnière. 

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story. We met in calculus class at Auburn University. Neither of us went to class very often but, when we did, we always managed to sit near each other and commiserate over our dislike for the professor and our slipping grades. I came out of that semester with the only C I’ve ever made and a new boyfriend – in hindsight, definitely worth the GPA sacrifice!

What was the design inspiration for your wedding invitation? We wanted our invitations to reflect the amazing venue we had chosen and really didn’t have time to commission an intricate letterpress design. One night while agonizing over what to do about invitations, my mother suggested we make our own. I sketched an oak from a photo we took at the site and had a graphic designer (and close friend) lay out the invitation format and pick the typeface. The hand-drawn oak tree (with a little bird on one of the branches) became the inspiration for the rest of the wedding. We incorporated little branches and birds and feathers on everything from my feather fascinator and birdcage veil to the birdcages hanging from the front porch.
What was your favorite design element of your big day?  The altar area was my favorite thing. After living up north for a while, we were feeling deprived of all the things we love about coastal southern summers.  We decided that nothing was more perfect for us than a wedding under an oak tree with romantic Spanish moss. The antique chandelier that hung above us really anchored our ceremony and I was thrilled with the way the bamboo chairs and the shepherd hooks and hydrangea-filled vases looked. I also really loved the mason jars with tea lights accenting the dance floor.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: So many things, I don’t know where to start. The groom’s tie, which we bought from JCrew, was one of my favorite design choices. It helped lighten up the navy suit and really played up the casually elegant Southern summer theme.  We were also really excited about the food. We worked as much of the south into our menu as possible, taking the chance to indulge in all of the great cuisine you just can’t get in New York, like crawfish etouffee with gouda grits, white jambalaya, biscuits, crab cakes, boiled shrimp, chicken salad croissants and, of course, sweet tea and lemonade.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I noticed that Daily Candy was advertising a Vera Wang sale the week my mother was going to be visiting me in NYC for the first time so we decided it might be our only chance to have this mother-daughter experience. I tried on every dress she brought me (30 in all), and decided I liked the last one best. It was a 2007 runway dress with frayed silk ruffles and it fit like it was made just for me. After some encouragement from the salesgirls and all of the complete strangers in the room who had stopped their own dress shopping to ‘ooo’ and ‘ahhh’ over the perfectness of the dress, we decided it was the one. The whole trip (subway ride included) took about 3 hours. With no tears or bridal consultations or champagne or fanfare, we wrote a check for the dress, stuffed it in a huge brown paper bag and carried it right home with us on the subway. 

Don’t worry – there’s more!  Come back soon for the reception photos!

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  1. avatar Amy reply

    Looove the fabic backdrop! Where can I find the pattern?

  2. avatar Emily @ Southern Weddings reply

    Hey Amy! I’m not exactly sure where the bride purchased the fabric — hopefully she’ll chime in — but I’ve had success finding great patterns at Purl Soho, Fabric.com, and Etsy. Good luck!

  3. avatar Olga reply

    Beautiful wedding! and awesome shoes!Any word of where can i buy them???

  4. avatar Shannon reply

    Beautiful pictures…if only I had my wedding to do over… :-)

  5. avatar Mike Moran reply

    Gorgeous pictures for a gorgeous wedding. Congratulations and best of luck.

  6. avatar Harmony reply

    What a beautiful wedding, the photography is amazing! Congratulations Christi and Chris

  7. avatar Christi (the bride) reply

    Hi Olga,Thank you!They are Max Studio. I ordered them online from Bloomingdales but I saw them first at Macys. I bet they are even on sale by now.–Christi

  8. avatar Amy Anderson reply

    The fabric for the backdrop is from Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern collection. It comes in several different colors!

  9. avatar Amanda Eubanks reply

    Un matrimonio bellissimo!!!!

  10. avatar Whitney (friend of Christi) reply

    I’m not much of a wedding person by nature. In fact, I’ve often said that I find funerals to be more interesting. With Chris & Christi’s wedding, this was definitely not the case. I can only describe their wedding in three words: It was perfect! There was never a thought of: "Maybe this could have been done different" or "I would have chosen better bridesmaids dresses." At this wedding, I could just sit back and enjoy their moment because there was nothing that needed to be changed. It was a wedding out of a dream, a Southern dream; and I am so happy to have been a part of it. Chris and Christi, I adore you guys…and your exquisite taste of course!Lots of love, W:)

  11. avatar Lauren M. reply

    Absolutely beautiful, so orignal- has a definite wow factor! congrats. I want to use your wedding photographer when the time comes!

  12. avatar Lindsay Lebresco reply

    What a gorgeous and stylish wedding!! The details are beautiful and thoughtful (feather in corsage, mason jar lanterns, veil, bird cages) LOVE IT! (and not to mention the bride is absolutely glowing!)

  13. avatar Julia S. reply

    Love love love the whole wedding and the pictures are of course amazing. Congrats Chris & Christi!

  14. avatar Fran reply

    THE most aesthetically pleasing wedding I’ve ever attended, hands down. The themes were made successful by the charming, thorough, thoughtful (yet not annoying) attention to detail. That, and all the LOVE floating around everywhere :) Kudos on achieving such a beautiful end-product.

  15. avatar Abbie reply

    I’m loving all of the details! Gorgeous.

  16. avatar Alexandra reply

    Wow, absolutely gorgeous! This is my new favorite wedding that I’ve seen recently. I love the twig bunch on the groom and the tree that reminds me of the giving tree on the invite. Christi, that dress is beautiful and you all look great! Congrats!

  17. avatar Sarah reply

    Beautiful pictures and attention to detail. This makes me miss Alabama!

  18. avatar kelley lyons reply

    great photos! i love photos of the details that you spend so much time planning.

  19. avatar karin wilson reply

    These photos are very original and the attention to the details are beautiful.

  20. avatar Alex reply

    For sure the most effortless looking wedding ever and so elegant! i’ve loved looking at the pictures!

  21. avatar Kathy reply

    So Perfect…..Literally everything…..Beautiful Wedding….The details are fabulous….the photography is like none I’ve ever seen!! These pics will make such wonderful memories! Congratulations on a job well done! And may your life together be as perfect as your special day was!

  22. avatar Ann W. reply

    Wow…. what a beautiful southern wedding. Photos are beautiful and capture the essence of a summer wedding in the Alabama. Chris and Christi’s personalities and love for each other really shines through in these photographs. Enjoyed this blog very much. Ann W.

  23. avatar Kelly @ Dare to Be Domestic reply

    This entire wedding so SO adorable. I’m so happy I found this site. While I’m not yet engaged I am learning all the ins and outs of throwing a Southern Wedding (I’m originally from Maryland and now have been living in Alabama for 5 years it’s amazing to see all the different traditions – helllo – grooms cake is the coolest idea on earth! :) Thank you for all the great work!

  24. avatar Olga reply

    Thank you Christi!To give more info on the shoes they are the MAX STUDIO ‘Salsa’ Sandal. . .I would like to have green shoes for my wedding, but if I decide to have beige shoes, I think these would be the chosen ones :)I found them in Nordstrom

  25. avatar Amanda reply

    Such beautiful pictures! Where is the invitation from? It is perfect!

  26. avatar John W. reply

    The wedding was beautiful, and the pictures really capture that beauty. Everyone had a great time at the wedding, and it shows through the pictures.

  27. avatar Jill B reply

    I really enjoyed looking at the gorgeous photos and reading the story of this perfect couple. I love weddings and this looks like it was a truly special one. The pictures are gorgeous and capture the essence of the south. Good luck to the bride and groom, may they share many happy years together.

  28. avatar Dee reply

    Very professional pictures, I felt like I was there. Beautiful story about the couple. They will have wonderful memories forever with such great photos.

  29. avatar Erica reply

    Chris and Christi’s wedding was absolutely beautiful!!!!! Wow.

  30. avatar Ashley B! reply

    These photographs are GORGEOUS!! i am thinking i should hire this photographer for my wedding! (i actually already have). I love how amy captured all the tiny details christy so perfectly selected!

  31. avatar Amy M. reply

    Absolutely beautiful wedding…but I expected nothing less from these two! Congrats on creating such a unique and memorable day!

  32. avatar Kara reply

    These are BEAUTIFUL pictures and it seemed like a fantastic day! Congrats to Christi and Chris!

  33. avatar lLinda S reply

    What awesome photos of a very special day…loved their shoes photo…!!!!

  34. avatar PAT reply

    THE PHOTOS ARE FANTASTIC. YOU PERSONALIZED THE DETAILS. VERY WELL DONE.

  35. avatar Susan reply

    Wow! The photography is amazing! Love how the photographer captured both the intimate and the unexpected, whimisical moments.

  36. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  37. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  38. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  39. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  40. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  41. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  42. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  43. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  44. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  45. avatar Les & Tina reply

    What a great story so beautifully captured in the photographs – the details shown in the pics make this a unique and special event something that they can recall forever!!!

  46. avatar bird cages reply

    What amazing photos. It looks like the day was fantastic. Must of been a memorable one too!

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As promised, we’re back with more inspiration from a few of our fabulous sponsors. Seriously – we can’t get enough of these people, and we hope you can’t either!  I just spent a delightful afternoon perusing their blogs in the name of putting this post together, and I’ll tell you what – I could spend many more hours clicking through their archives.  But enough about me, and on to the main event…

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  1. avatar paula luna reply

    so awesome, thank you so much for including us in the lovely post!

  2. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    OK, maybe I’m not supposed to comment on my own blog, but reading this got ME excited! I mean, seriously, we have some incredible sponsors who have become such great friends. I feel so lucky to be inspired by their work every day! -Lara

  3. avatar millie holloman reply

    Oh you girls are too sweet. Kisses and hugs from the bottom of my heart! Thanks for the love ladies!

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Love for Serenbe

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You’ve already seen the sneak peek of our cover shoot, but I wanted to share a few more behind-the-scene images that I took while we were at Serenbe.  Out of all of our crew, I think I might have fallen in love with the location the most (Lara would be a close second, but the spotty iPhone reception was not a point in its favor!).  Despite flash flooding in the days leading up to our shoot, the weather — and the property — was absolutely beautiful when we arrived.

From the moment we stepped into the Inn, it was impossible not to feel at ease.  All of the Serenbe buildings, from the Inn to the restaurants to the residential community, look like they’ve been there a long time — in a really great way, of course.  The mix of sleek, black and white modern and antique, rusty metal repeated over and over throughout the property was design-y without feeling pretentious or overwrought.  Whoever designed the interior of the house we were staying at, The Roost, did an especially fabulous job blending flea market antiques with minimalist Ikea furnishings.

My favorite part of our stay?  Impossible to say, really, but here are a few of the contenders:

1. The cowbell tied to our house key.

2. The Blue-Eyed Daisy, the ridiculously cute bakeshop we walked to every morning for breakfast.

3. The Serenbe Stables + Mindy, the lovely trainer who graciously accommodated all of our sometimes-wacky requests.

4. The vintage Royal typewriter in The Roost.  Swoon…

Again, thank you thank you thank you to all of the lovely folks at Serenbe who made our stay a breeze: Garni, Wanda, Mindy, we love you all!  And to our brides: you truly could not choose a better place for your wedding.  Serenbe has five different ceremony and reception spots to choose from, each perfect for a different sort of bride (see more details here!).  And if you need another reason to help you make the decision, check out this Serenbe wedding posted by our friends over at Once Wed and coordinated by Ashley Baber, one of the fabulous planners who helped us with our shoot!  Can y’all say amazing?!

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  1. avatar The Perfect Palette reply

    We cannot wait to visit Serenbe! We live in Georgia :)

  2. avatar Victoria Joanne reply

    Looks like the kind of rustic place my neice got married in. So pretty.

  3. avatar Emily @ Southern Weddings reply

    You most definitely need to pay them a visit! It is really the most amazing place.

  4. avatar ashley baber reply

    Thanks for the shout out and link love, Ladies :) Great to spend time with you ladies at the magical Serenbe recently! xoxo

  5. avatar Lauren reply

    I have a pretty intense love for Serenbe, also. I’ve started shooting engagement sessions around there pretty regularly. It’s perfect for all of my clients who love the outdoors!

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