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Skip Hopkins, your portraits are totally 100% wow-worthy.  The end.  Sure, Erin + Adam are a gorgeous couple (no, seriously, a lovely, gorgeous couple), but these post-ceremony shots of the newlyweds are just stunning.  I’m going to channel Emily for a minute and point out the understated centerpieces (arranged by the bride herself, no less), the too-cute “bride” and “groom” chair signs and pretty grey and white cake from Signature Cakes by Vicki.  For more to die for images from Erin + Adam’s Tennessee celebration, visit Skip’s original blog post here

Describe your wedding cake: Our wedding cake was a three-tiered grey cake with white lace floral appliqué.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Definitely walking down the aisle. It was a big moment. Having my dad give me away, seeing my husband-to-be waiting at the end for me and, of course, the musician Adam hired as a surprise to sing my favorite Rufus Wainwright song! It was something I’ll never forget for as long as I live!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did! My romantic husband planned a picnic on Valentines Day in the garden where we would be married six months later. We had our picnic and wrote our vows. The thing I loved most about our vows was that they were so real. Most traditional vows promise to love, honor and cherish, which is very sweet and a lovely promise, but what about the times when you are not loving? What about the times were you are struggling or have heartache? We vowed to love each other even when the other is cranky or not able to love back.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Since the wedding I quit my full-time job and am enjoying working part-time designing wedding invitations, stationery and, most recently, interior design, and am just loving it. Adam is still working in medical sales. Outside of work, we’ve been traveling and spending time with our amazing friends and family and our puppy. We are incredibly blessed and really enjoy living life together!

Congratulations, Erin + Adam!  Love and hugs from your friends at Southern Weddings!


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  1. avatar Dennis @ Wholesale flowers reply

    The bride is not only very beautiful, but talented as well. The centerpieces look perfect!

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Okay Erin, from one bride to another: your lace-embellished Melissa Sweet gown (“Fern,” for all you need-to-know brides!) has been one of my all-time favorite dresses since – like – forever.  And, girl, you are rocking that dress and veil!  SW favorite Skip Hopkins photographed the couple’s nuptials at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee.  The groom looks like he stepped right out of a fashion shoot in his silk neckerchief and feather-embellished boutonnière, and I’m loving the father of the bride’s low-key Southern look.  They’re all so darn good-looking, in fact, that I’m still not convinced this a real wedding, though Emily promises me it is.  Check back soon for more details from the reception!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Adam and I met at a non-profit charity event for diabetes in Nashville the third week I moved to Nashville.
Describe the proposal. Adam took me to the hotel where we met for Christmas dinner. After dinner we wanted to walk around the hotel and reminisce about the night that we met. I especially wanted to see the rooftop again since the view is amazing and as it was where we shared our first dance. When we got up to the roof, there was a table with roses, candles, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries…. I knew something was up. Adam got down on one knee and asked me to spend my life with him.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The gorgeous setting. There is nothing like it. The garden was so beautiful!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Being in the wedding industry for so long, I always knew exactly what I wanted. Finding that in Nashville was another thing entirely! I had a photo on my desktop of Melissa Sweet’s “Fern.”  It was the perfect dress!  After a bit of hunting around the internet, I found that a local Nashville boutique carried the line. It was meant to be!
Describe your wedding flowers: We used beautiful white ranunculus, gorgeous mums, large garden roses and peonies and green berries.

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  1. avatar Holly Hatam reply

    I love that the aisle has a little note saying "reserved for bride"…how cute is that!!!

  2. avatar Emily L. reply

    Head over heels for those pin-stripe suits. SWOON!

  3. avatar Leigh N reply

    Who made those invites? They are lovely!

  4. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Leigh! We’re pretty sure that the bride made them herself. Talented, no? We can put you in touch with Erin if you’d like!Emily @ SW

  5. avatar Dennis reply

    Beautiful setting! I like groom’s boutonniere – very unusual.

  6. avatar Carly (@realgloss) reply

    The signs are so so so sweet + romantic!

  7. avatar Jamie reply

    I just saw the dress the bride was wearing for sale at a great deal:http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/19605/Melissa-Sweet-Fern-Size-2.html

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Some of you may be aware that Bridal Market went down in NYC a few weeks ago.  (For those of you who aren’t aware, Bridal Market is when designers debut their latest lines!)  Lucky for us Southern gals, the ladies of Tre Bella are bringing a little of the fashion fabulousness to North Carolina!  They’re hosting a fashion show at the gorgeous, brand-brand-brand new NC Museum of Art next Thursday, May 6.

The event begins at 6:30, with mixing and mingling, hors d’oeuvres, and a signature drink until the runway show starts at 8pm.  Couture gowns by LOTS of SW favorites will be featured, including Melissa Sweet, Junko Yoshioka, Priscilla of Boston, and Lela Rose!

Attendees will scoop a fabulous swag bag, which might include a little something from your favorite Southern magazine editors… just sayin’.

You’ll also have the chance to enter a raffle for a fabulous Manuel Mota gown (the Salisbury, in fact), as well as an awesome overnight package at the O Henry Hotel in Greensboro and a series of dinner-for-two gift certificates around the Triangle.  Proceeds go to Dress for Success, an entirely worthy cause.

Last but certainly not least, Carol Hannah Whitfield of season six Project Runway fame (any other fans out there?!) will be on hand to send her latest bridal collection down the runway.  This is a major coup, as Carol has been receiving tons of press lately for her designs, and just recently debuted her line at Bridal Market!  Carol will also be hosting a trunk show at Tre Bella on May 7 and 8, so if you love her designs, make sure to book an appointment ASAP!

Tickets are $25 and available for purchase here.  I’m planning to attend — hope to see you there!

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  1. avatar CapitolBites reply

    the gowns are gorgeous and so is the model!

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