We featured so many lovely real weddings in V3, but few seem as perfect for the first day of spring as Farren + Kevin’s North Carolina nuptials at the Airlie Gardens. The talented Millie Holloman photographed the high school sweethearts, and Salt Harbor Designs styled their Wilmington wedding. Farren, who wowed in a romantic Melissa Sweet gown and matching veil, showed us how to do pink the right way with her maids’ chic frocks (also by Melissa Sweet) and ladylike bouquets, courtesy of the team at Salt Harbor Designs. It’s the parting shot of the bridal party beneath colorful parasols that really makes me swoon, though.
Happy Thursday y’all! Our round-up is coming a day earlier than usual. Southern Weddings is participating in a bloggers’ day of silence tomorrow, which means no posts will be going up. We’re all devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that hit last week, and we’d like to take the day to reflect on what happened and what we can do. The cause we are connecting with is Shelterbox — if you’d like more information on what we’re doing or on how to donate, visit the For Japan with Love site!
But on to some happier things:
Emily’s Southern Spotting put us all in a cheerful mood. How could you not smile when looking at this lovely scalloped dress? Although the line is based in Toronto, you can find the “Jaclyn” by Alyne for Rivini at some Southern shops!
Marissa’s Southern Style post made it MUCH easier to be green. Take a peek at her suggestions for maids, beaus, and brides here!
Before you go, take a look at these sweet engagement photos of Elaina + Dan from Set Free Photography. Elaina is a HUGE SW fan, and we had no choice but to feature a few images from her session!
Cheers to a happy weekend!
Andrea Bonelli, the woman behind the gorgeous rings, earrings, and necklaces you see below, is a self-taught metalsmith whose pieces are above all interesting. She incorporates textures and hand-crafted details into every piece of jewelry to make each truly spectacular and one-of-a-kind. On top of that, all of the gold and silver Andrea uses is recycled, and she only chooses ethically mined diamonds. If you haven’t checked out her website yet, you better get over there and check out how absolutely jaw-dropping the rest of her pieces are!
In the spirit of Andrea’s eco-friendly collection, we asked readers to share with us how they are incorporating eco-chic details into their own weddings. I was struck by how passionate y’all are about making your weddings eco-friendly! Some of the ideas you came up with blew me away! Here are a few of my favorite tips:
Jessica:” To make our wedding eco-friendly we are collecting old mason jars and vases to be used in our centerpieces. We are also using old buttons and vintage ribbon in our decor. We plan on using/reusing as many items as we possibly can :) Love your website! Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas!”
Stefanie: “One of my favorite eco friendly aspects I am including is having potted herbs as centerpieces, that double as favors! It will be beautiful, they won’t go to waste days after the wedding, and they will be so aromatic! I am also using recycled paper, and using all local vendors! By the way… love the jewelry!!”
Jess: “We’re focusing on eco-friendliness for our wedding! The ceremony’s going to be held in the woods and the reception’ll be a picnic in the park. Think quilts and blankets spread across a lawn, kites flying in the air…We’re using recycled paper for our invitations, using mis-matched china for the hor d’oevres, going minimal on the decorations and such to eliminate waste. I’m heading to a farmer’s market the day before to buy flowers for my bouquet, and am growing other flowers for decorations in a greenhouse. Can’t wait to see it all come together!”
Katie: “I used all recycled paper for my programs and kept the page number to a minimum. I hated the idea of all that paper going immediately in the garbage after the ceremony. I also didn’t have flower centerpieces. I used apothecary jars that could be reused after the wedding.”
You absolutely must check out the rest of the comments readers submitted — there are hundreds of fabulous ideas on how to make your own nuptials more eco-chic!
Congratulations to Jamie M. and Meg! You two were randomly selected as the winners of the Andrea Bonelli giveaway and will each receive a $75 gift certificate for your own environmentally friendly jewels!
Another great giveaway is on the way, so be sure to check back in!
This week we were inspired by A Bryan Photo’s beautiful image of Miss Katharine in her getaway dress as well as this Jeff Clark bride’s stunning Angelina Jolie-ish red carpet-worthy earrings. So, we thought it would be quite fetching to bring a little style to your St. Patrick’s Day. Plus, we wouldn’t want you to get pinched, now would we?
Let’s start with your bridesmaids. Your maids’ frocks are the perfect place to add that pop of color to your wedding without going overboard. Green is a great color to add to your wedding day palette, since there are about as many shades of green as you can think of! From hunter to sage, when choosing the shade that’s right for your big day consider the season, the time of day you will be tying the knot as well as the hair and skin colors of your bridesmaids. Like a few of our brides below, consider choosing the color and then having your girls choose the style of their dress. This allows each to find the most comfortable and flattering dress for her body type. Believe me, they’ll thank you!
Image credits from top to bottom and left to right: Sylvie Gill, Jen Curtis via Style Me Pretty, Jeff Clark, The Parsons, Katie Murphy (see more of this classic Tennessee wedding here), Troy Grover, Jennifer Dery, Tim Will (see more of this reader-favorite V3 wedding here) and Melissa Schollaert (check out our Real Weddings gallery for more of this Georgia wedding).
Onto the shoes! If you are looking for a way to add color to your own wardrobe, but love the look of classic white bridal attire and accessories, shoes are the perfect item to really go all out on! They can be hidden under a long gown or paired with a short dress like the teal peep toe Valentino’s below from Millie Holloman for a more modern look. Don’t worry, we’ve got some great shoes in our shopping guide that are a little more affordable, but equally as stylish. Come on, y’all — you know this bargain shopper wouldn’t leave you hanging!
Image credits from left to right and top to bottom: Erin Hearts Court, Millie Holloman via Southern Weddings, Amelia Lyon, Amy Squires via The Brides Cafe and Marie Labbancz via The Brides Cafe.
And last, but certainly not least, we have the beaus! As you know, we‘ve got a sweet spot for bow ties and what better way to “tie” in your favorite color than with your groom’s accessories. Just like green shoes can add subtle color to your attire, let the gents in your wedding party join in on the fun with socks in coordinating green shades. Quick tip: by mixing in prints, like the Lane Dittoe groom below did with the baseball bat tie from Vineyard Vines, you can tone down the brightness of a certain color as well as create a cohesive blend of all your wedding colors.
Image credits from left to right and top to bottom: First image and image of the groomsman’s socks Amelia Lyon, Tim Will (see more of this handsome V3 groom here), Aaron Delesie via Martha Stewart Weddings, Punam Bean, Meg Perotti via Style Me Pretty, Browers Photography via With This Ring
As promised, below is our Shopping Guide filled with some of my favorites sure to make it a lot easier being green:
A. Marlon Garci Bow Tie ($13.99), B. Brooks Brothers Bold Stripes Bow Tie ($55), C. Pierrepont Hicks Southside Bow ($62), D. Danielle Stevens Multi Strand Necklace ($86.40 on sale!), E. Judith Ripka Two Toned Double Drop Pendant ($135 per week), F. Cocktail Bling CEC7 ($200), G. Kenneth Jay Lane Jade Link Necklace ($80), H. Angelina Jolie Inspired Emerald Earrings ($108), I. Cocktail Bling CB3 ($350), J. Emerald Studs ($89.99), K. Alex and Ani Rock Candy Bracelet ($118), L. AO3 Designs “The Knot” Clutch ($78), M. LulaKate “Zoe” ($285), N. Siri “Carmel Valley”, O. J. Crew “Mika” ($250), P. J. Crew ” Erica” ($160), Q. Hunter “Original Tall” ($125), R. Green Siebe TOMS ($48), S. Caparrios “Narita” ($63.20), T. Nina “Elizana” ($89.99), U. Converse Kelly Green Chuck Taylors ($39.99), V. Nina “Electra” ($89.95).
Readers, weigh in! What do you think about adding this bright and cheery color to your wedding palette? Are you incorporating your favorite color in your wedding, and if so, how? Will you or were you a green-shoed bride? Tell me about it in the comment section below!
I want to hear from you! Have a question for me or something you’d like me to discuss? Leave a comment below or send me an email.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, y’all!
We’re back with Part II of Kristin + Kincaid’s wedding at the Lone Star state’s Gage Hotel. Yep, still in love. After the “I dos,” guests grooved to the classic rock + soul tunes of Austin-based HOTWAX. (The bride boasts her new husband stole the show with his moves, and we don’t doubt it for a minute.) Rings are kind of my thing (surprise, surprise), and Anne Marie’s photo of the couple’s ring clipped to a clothesline just tickles me. First time seeing K + K’s vibrant wedding? Get your own copy of V3 for this and other real Southern weddings.