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We’re kicking off our Wednesday with a South Carolina wedding from Landon Jacob Productions – and we love it! Paige + Scott were married in a sweet outdoor ceremony at the Magnolia Plantation, and while we love the natural beauty of the couple’s venue, it’s their fashion choices that we’re really mad for. Take the chic Jim Hjelm frocks the bride chose for her maids. Emily + I <3 these dresses, though for predictably different reasons: I, for one, am swooning over the asymmetric neckline and subtle ruching, while E insists the rich plum couple is a welcome alternative to the traditional reds + orange fall color palette. Paige didn’t disappoint, either, in a dreamy Augusta Jones gown and femme Chuck Taylors. Of course, I’d be remiss not to point out the burlap-wrapped bouquets from Out of Hand Events – stunning!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Scott and I were neighbors that had never met for 3 years and were both highly involved in college. In fact, we had both gone on the exact same spring break to the Bahamas a year before we ever met. We were in the same hotel, rode the same cruise ship and spent time at the same beaches and nightlife locations. A year after that we were set up by a mutual friend and it’s history from there.
Describe the proposal. We were going on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with my parents. Unfortunately, all of us got sick at some point in the trip and it was during the huge hit of Swine flu. Scott was barely able to make it out of bed after spending two days in it to come to our 5 course dinner on the beach but there was no way he was going to miss this particular dinner! It was the most romantic atmosphere. It was right as the sun was setting, the food was delicious and the company was the best we could have asked for. It was time for dessert when Scott bent down on one knee and said “This evening has been absolutely perfect, I only know one thing that could make it better…will you marry me?” AAHHH it was amazing! Of course within two seconds the entire resort was cheering, our waiter ran up with gorgeous flowers for me and pictures were going like crazy! It was a perfect start to what has been the perfect beginning of our lifetime together!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Romantic, Vintage, Casual
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Neither of our families is from South Carolina so when we planned our wedding we wanted to show our families what we have fallen in love with— the Southern charm. We planned our entire wedding around southern romance. We were married on a plantation in Charleston, all of our foods were southern including crab cakes, she crab soup, fried green tomatoes, macaroni and cheese, coconut shrimp, sweet potato chippers etc. All of the decorations were old heirlooms of Scott’s family that kept the old feel of the plantation and made it extra special to include our family’s items in our day.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mom, maid of honor and I went to about ten places looking at dresses until we found Gown Boutique of Charleston. I put on the dress and didn’t immediately fall in love until I added the sash and we discussed some adjustments that could be made to it. Once it was all altered, the boutique made me a shawl, I added the sash and Scott’s great grandmother’s brooch it was absolutely everything I wanted and worked perfectly with the venue where we were married!

Written with love by Katharine

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Giveaway :: Paperfancy

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Well hello, ladies and gents! I’m here to present to you another grand opportunity to win fabulous finds and glorious gifts. Today I want to introduce you to Paperfancy. It’s the only site you’ll ever need to find stationery and gifts for the modern paper lover. The Southern Weddings girls are most definitely modern paper lovers (Emily in particular) and we just can’t resist sharing our paper finds with you. With a large selection of invitations, clipboards, plates, planners and even holiday ornaments to choose from, you are bound to find something (or 100 things) that you like at Paperfancy.

Win: We are giving out two $50 gift certificates for! That means two readers will have the chance to choose from any product on the paperfancy website. Want to purchase thank you cards? Done! Hope to get presents for your bridesmaids? Paperfancy is the place!

To Enter: We would love to hear what invitation or gift strikes your fancy from Paperfancy! Leave a comment below with your favorite gift or paper product from Paperfancy and why you’re dying to have it for your chance to win.

This giveaway will close on Monday, November 1 at midnight. On your marks, get set, GO!

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How about a hairy little etiquette conundrum to start your Monday off right?

This one comes from reader Whitney in Illinois. She writes:

I am having a destination wedding in Mexico in June of 2011 and we are sending out save the dates in about a week. They simply state the date, where the wedding will be and our wedding website. Deposits for group space will be due around mid-November and final payment is due April 15. My question is about the formal invitations: my fiance is questioning the reason for them. Besides the fact that I really want them, if we are sending out save the dates and guests need to make their decision somewhat soon, do we really need them? Guests will obviously have to book their trip in advance, most likely before they receive their invitation. So what would the point of a formal invitation be? We are also having a reception back home in early September. Is it okay to include the information and response card for that in the same invite even though it will be months ahead of time? There’s not a whole lot out there for destination weddings yet so I appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks so much, Emily!

Great question, Whitney! I’ll admit, I had to think a bit before I came up with an answer that I think will convince your fiance. You’re right – in the age of rampant save the dates, guests generally don’t rely on the actual formal invitation to tell them where to go when. This is the case for many weddings now, not just destination events like yours.

So if not for basic information, then what is a formal invitation for? As wedding experts always say, the style of the invitation sets the tone for the event. In your case, the formal invitation will also serve to get your guests really, really excited to attend your wedding. Have you arranged a welcome dessert reception with marachi band for the first night of your wedding weekend? Tell them about it! Is your ceremony going to be on a cliff overlooking the ocean or on the beach with the sound of waves? Tell them about it! Since you only included the bare bones details in your save the date, you have plenty of reason (and room) to expound upon the adventures awaiting your guests in Mexico on the actual invitation. In addition, for a destination wedding, the bride and groom often like to include auxiliary items in the invitation such as a suggested packing list or sightseeing opportunities.

If you need some pretty pictures to get your fiance on board, look to Ceci NY for inspiration — she does beautiful destination invitation suites.

Lastly, even though it’s another mailing to send out, I would suggest sending out your at-home reception information at a later date. As you said, it’s so much later than the destination part of the wedding, and I wouldn’t want the information to get lost in the shuffle – and excitement! – of Mexico.

I hope that answers your questions, Whitney! Readers, weigh in — do you, too, think a formal invitation is necessary in this circumstance, or would you suggest something else? We’re all ears!

Photos in header by Millie Holloman, photos in post by Kate Headley

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