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This wedding is vintage rustic perfection. I’m loving the juxtaposition of the giant wood tables with the delicate floral pattern on the china–perfect for a wedding at a botanical garden, right? While couples often go the extravagant route with weddings, Jennifer + Barret showed off their personalities with small details, like the Polaroids strung in the reception area, chalkboard menus on each table, and the yummy cupcakes, courtesy of Buttercream Cupcakes. We’re even bigger fans of the cake-eating moment captured by Love Me Do Photography and the so-in-love look the couple share in the photo following it.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I saw a photo of my dress in a magazine and knew it was perfect for me. I found a store that carried it, tried it on, and I said yes. It was that easy. In a world with endless options, I always feel its best to go with what you know, so I didn’t bother confusing myself!
Describe your wedding flowers: When you get married in a botanical garden, there’s no need to compete! Plus, I think it’s crazy to spend so much money on flowers for one evening. We picked out very twiggy, delicate wild flowers, as well as some herbs for the boutonnieres and lilacs for the bouquets. I wanted everything to look natural and reflect a very whimsical and wispy feel.
Describe your wedding cake: We both hate wedding cakes and, again, were astounded by the pricing. We had our local cupcake lady make us a batch of red velvet with cream cheese frosting, chocolate with butter cream frosting, and vanilla with butter cream frosting. They were fantastic!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? To be honest, my biggest challenge was overcoming my philosophical issues with the financial investment for such an occasion. While an occasion like this certainly warrants a worthy celebration, it is very easy to get carried away and lose perspective. A wedding is a very symbolic event about what happens afterward, not just about what happens that day. Both Barret and I made every effort to ensure we were able to have a wedding that reflected an attitude of celebration with appropriate restraint.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It is difficult to pick one as the entire day is so special. I felt the most anticipation about seeing Barret for our “first look.” But for me, having my father perform the ceremony was very meaningful.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Barret and I are quite settled in our jobs but are looking to sell our home and move a bit closer to his work in Delaware. We plan to make Wilmington, DE the next hip spot, if anyone wants to join us!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar April @ Park City Real Estate reply

    I like the groom’s shoes! very nice. .the concept is great.

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I love delicate and feminine details. Jenn + Barret’s ceremony, shot by Love Me Do Photography, is just that. Since the two were married in Bartram’s Garden, the couple chose to go with wispy wildflowers to avoid a floral overload. I personally love that Jenn chose lilacs to carry down the aisle. They’re not a flower you see in weddings often and they stand out fabulously next to her lace Monique Lhuillier gown without overpowering. More things I love about this wedding? The unexpected source for the bridesmaids’ dresses. The satiny gray dresses the girls donned (and with attitude!) are from H&M, but they match perfectly with the rest of the wedding’s vintage details. One last thing to note–how cute are the flower girl and ring bearer?

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Barret and I are a Match.com success story! We were both urged to join by our friends after Barret moved from Atlanta for his new job at the University of Delaware and after I was politely scolded for hanging out with married couples and working too much. We gave in. I totally submitted myself to the process and went out on a limb and sent him a message. We emailed and talked on the phone for about a month and soon enough, we had our first date at a University of Delaware football game! Nine months later we were engaged!
Describe the proposal. Barret proposed to me at the beach in Charleston, South Carolina. I had a feeling something was up that morning as he seemed a bit nervous. When we arrived at the beach, Barret seemed hell-bent on going to the pier. I kept trying to sit down and he kept saying, “Why don’t we go to the pier?” This made me nervous, but I went. I made us sit down on a bench on the pier, which I think complicated his plan for a one-knee proposal. Fortuitously, some dolphins were swimming by and so I said “look, dolphins!” Barret seized the moment to grab a “camera” from his bag, which turned out to be a vintage cocktail ring with diamonds and sapphires, which Barret’s father had used to propose to his mother. When he opened the box, I could see how nervous he was. He had forgotten to take off his sunglasses and looked down at me through them and asked, “Will you marry me?” I was so surprised at the ring (we had picked out a different ring a bit earlier that I liked) that I said something like, “That’s not my ring! But yes! I will marry you!”
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Intimate, merry, warm
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Barret’s favorite detail of the wedding was the bluegrass band. They really set the tone for the evening and made everyone comfortable. My favorite detail of the wedding was the farm tables. I think they made for a very intimate, dinner party-like atmosphere while bringing a lot to the whole aesthetic.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Barret did all of his schooling (BA, MA, PhD) in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, NC, and my mother was raised by a cattle farmer in Kentucky, so we both have an affinity for the South. I think the whole wedding was meant to reflect the charm we both sense from Southern living, thus the blue-grass band, the quilts and lawn-games, the farm-tables and family-style dining. The evening was meant to feel warm and relaxed and intimate, like the dinners I remember having at my grandparent’s house in Kentucky, and the fun Barret had with all his friends during school.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Amanda reply

    Love the Monique Lhuillier dress – yall know the style name?

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Happy Memorial Day

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Hello from sunny Southern California, y’all! I’m here at the Engage!11 conference and couldn’t be more excited about the week ahead. On my way here, I spent three days with my cousins and grandma. Grandma Bunny is 93 years old and genuinely one of the happiest, spunkiest women I know! She runs circles around most women half her age. Needless to say, she is very excited to become Great Grandma Bunny in November! It was such a wonderful visit. She loves to tell stories about days of old – her sweet Alabama wedding, her wonderful marriage to my grandfather and their military adventures. I love their wedding photograph so much! Look at that beautiful bouquet (a simple but gorgeous cattleya orchid with stephanotis), her sweet dress, adorable shoes, grandpa in his military duds and the love in their eyes!

Yesterday, one of her sweet caregivers gave her a hand-crafted flag case for my grandfather’s memorial flag that was given to him when he passed away. We all cried such grateful tears as we remembered grandpa and so many who have bravely served.

On this Memorial Day, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the men and women who have served and are serving our country every day.  Dad (Vietnam) and Ari (Iraq), I love you so much.  Thank you! Our wedding photo below with Ari in his dress whites…

A special thanks today to all of our servicemen and women for their sacrifices!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
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  1. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    Your grandparents’ wedding photo reminds me so much of my grandparents’ wedding photo. Just lovely! Happy Memorial Day!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    I love a classic wedding photo! So lovely! I think maybe you can see a bit of you in her, too!

  3. avatar aurea @ bridal shower favors reply

    Your grandmom and grandpop’s photo is amazing! :) It’s so great that you still have that photo considering that your grandma bunny is already 93 years old! :D She indeed had very cute shoes! :)

  4. avatar melanie gordon reply

    I think you and your husband are as adorable as your grandparents! I pray you have many happy years!

  5. avatar Sarah reply

    The photo of your grandparents is absolutely precious! What a beautiful memory! I would also like to know where she got those shoes. They are fantastic!

    I was fortunate enough to spend the holiday weekend in Raleigh. And I am smitten! Once I saw the first magnolia tree, I knew I belonged there. You all live in a great city!

  6. avatar Coretta’s Elegant Events reply

    Beautiful! I’m active duty Air Force and you all sent my colleague a copy of the magazine on my request while she was planning a wedding while deployed to Iraq over a year ago. Thank you.

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This bright and summery turquoise + red shoot is perfect for Memorial Day, hmm? I love that the designer behind the goodies, Allison Barnhill, modeled this inspiration shoot off the dream wedding she would have loved to have for her big day eight years ago — “whimsical, lighthearted, and filled with unexpected touches.” What can I say, we wedding people love to dream!

Beautiful stationery made by Allison set the cheery tone.

I am loving the team’s use of carnations! They’re often discarded as an ugly flower, but if you mass them together in one color, they can be beautiful — and cost-conscious!

Thank you so much to Allison for sending this over, and to Elizabeth for the lovely photos! We hope you’re celebrating somewhere sunny, readers!

Concept + Design: Allison Barnhill of Allison Barnhill Designs // Photography: Elizabeth and Ryan Bower of Elizabeth Ryan Photography // Stationery, Pinwheels, and Bouquet: Allison Barnhill // Hair, Makeup, and Fashion: Amie Decker of Amie Decker Beauty // Baked Goods: Caroline’s Cupcakery // Flowers, China, and Decor: Allison Barnhill // Models: Amie Decker and Ryan Bower

emily Written with love by Emily
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    Wow! Thanks to Emily, Lara and the whole SW crew for featuring our inspiration shoot. We had so much fun with this shoot and love that you shared it on Memorial Day. Perfect!

  4. avatar Melissa at Wayne Foster Entertainment reply

    I just love this shoot!!! I love the Menu cards and really all the detail.

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    Can I tell you how amazing it is to see these photos on your blog?!? ;) Thank you so much for sharing this inspiration with so many! We appreciate all that you do!

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Weekly Round-Up

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Whoa, y’all! Hang on to your hats because this round-up is bursting at the seams! We have so much wedding goodness to share with you and quite a few announcements that should put a huge grin on your face.

If you follow Emily on Twitter, then you know she attended the National Stationery Show last week. Emily is self-described paper-obsessed, so she’s the perfect person to round up and share the latest designs and sneak peaks of new lines with you!

There was so much paper-goodness that it warranted six posts!

We can’t do the National Stationery Show justice in this round-up, so head to the original posts to take it all in.
Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI.

We’ve all heard the nightmares about bridesmaid dresses and their bad reputations. Things have changed over time, thank goodness, and we know you have fantastic taste. Nevertheless, finding a flattering dress for each one of your ‘maids that also shows off her personality is no easy feat. That’s where twobirds Bridesmaid comes in! Their dresses can be wrapped 15 different ways! Head on over to the original giveaway post to win two dresses in the color of your choice!

With the Royal Wedding still on our minds (let’s be real, we’re still talking about it), Emily brought up a good question in the Southern Etiquette column. Prince William decided against a wedding ring. Does your spouse wear a wedding ring? How would you feel if he or she chose not to? Head over to the original post to weigh in.

This week, Lara is asking another crucial question that we often overlook. How do you want to feel on your wedding day? Use all five of your senses and focus on that amid all the wedding planning hubbub. Go to the original post to tell us how you want to feel the day of your wedding. Three lucky winners who do so will win one of Lara’s favorite Illume candles. They’re practically guaranteed to calm and relax you on your big day.

We have some wonderful news, y’all! Ever since we launched our new site, our RSS feed has looked a little less than lovely. But now the coding is fixed and we are so happy to tell you that our feed is up and running with full text and full images! In fact, we’re so ridiculously excited that we have a Mega Giveaway for you! Subscribe to our RSS feed and leave us a comment on the original post telling us you did so. You might just win a brand new iPad 2 loaded with SW content and a favorite app picked by each editor in the office! Head to the original post to read more details and more ways to enter!

Take a look at our Real Weddings Gallery! This week, we’re featuring Brooke + Victor, a reader favorite from V3. We can’t get the bright blue accents out of our heads! Too pretty.

Don’t forget about these great opportunities!

Our big Southern Weddings yard sale is coming up on June 10! All the SW gals will be there with bells on (and with sweet tea, of course) to help you pick out some great wedding decorations! The proceeds will go to two great causes. Email me at nicole@iloveswmag.com if you want to RSVP.

We’re still accepting ads for our next issue, Southern Weddings V4! We loved how beautiful the ads in V3 looked next to our spreads and how well received they were! If you want in on the action, email Whitney at whitney@iloveswmag.com.

Lastly, we have some fun announcements for you this week!

Want another chance to win some bridesmaids dresses? Bridesmaid Trade is having a giveaway! If you win, you will be able to rent up to eight dresses from their selection of J.Crew and Ann Taylor bridesmaid dresses for free! The giveaway ends today so hurry over to their blog for more details on how to enter.

After you’re done winning a wedding, you can also try your hand at winning a new bedroom set! It’s basically the best bridal shower gift ever! Thomasville Furniture agrees, because that’s what they’re calling their giveaway. If you’re getting married between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012, head to Thomasville’s Facebook page, “like” them and fill out the registration form under the page’s “Home Sweet Home” tab. Registration ends June 27, so don’t wait!

Before you take off for your weekend festivities, I have to share a photo with a great story behind it. Photogen Inc. captured the wedding day of Kelsey + James, including a sentimental tradition. The handkerchief carried by Kelsey was also carried by every woman in the family on her wedding day since the 1800s! Each bride signs and dates the envelope that holds it after the wedding.

This wedding might be from Minnesota (shh, don’t tell), but it’s a wonderfully Southern tradition, too. I love the history! See more of the wedding on Photogen Inc’s blog.

Have a splendid Memorial Day weekend, friends! I’ll see you back here on Monday.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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