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The past two months have been full of amazing giveaways. I love reading all of your responses and seeing how much these fab prizes would mean to you. It would be so hard to me to choose a winner. Thankfully, we leave these things up to fate and use a handy-dandy random number generator. I’m excited to finally announce the winners!

We featured Jess Wainer’s one-of-a-kind mini bud vases. I’m a fan of how each vase is hand-made and completely unique, just like your bridesmaids!

We asked you to tell us how your bridesmaids have made your life fun and full. Reading over your comments made my day! Winner, Courtney said,

I consider each of my bridesmaids to be the sister I never had. I have my best friend who I can tell everything (matron of honor), the other best friend who has always wanted the best for me and cheered me along to finish my dreams (maid of honor), the friend who I am most like-personality wise, the friend who is sentimental and wants to make sure my wedding is my dream’s vision, the friend who is always happy and bring happiness to people when they are down, and the friend with whom I fight with like sister’s about mostly everything but still can look at each other and know that at the end of the day we are always there for one another. My bridesmaid are a collection of friends from lifelong friends to sorority sisters to college roommates. It was a tough decision picking who I wanted in the wedding party, but in the end I knew that these girls have always had my back and I couldn’t imagine not standing up on the most important day of my life without them!

Fine & Fleurie knows a Southern girl needs her pearls. I was so excited to feature a giveaway with their beautiful Swarovski pearl necklace and bracelet bridal set. Any bride would look lovely in it!

We asked you to tell us about your favorite piece of heirloom jewelry or, if you didn’t have one, why this set would make the perfect heirloom. Winner, Shannon said,

My favorite (and only) piece is from my grandmother, and is her college ring! I like to think of her attending classes way back in the 1920s when I wear it.

Over here at Southern Weddings, we’re big fans of photo booths. We know you love them, too, which is why this giveaway from Say Cheese! Paper Props was so perfect. Their mustache and bow tie props are adorable. I’d be happy to sport one of them in a photo booth!

You guys told us all about your favorite photo with your sweetie (those were some cute responses y’all!). Winner, Courtney, told us,

My favorite picture of my fiance and I is a picture of the moment we met. We met at a “mixer” that his fraternity threw for my sorority, October 2, 2008 (I still have the invitation). We were talking about how we were from the same hometown (Chickamauga, GA) when one of his fraternity brothers came by and snapped a picture of us. Not many couples have a picture of the moment they met, so we are lucky. Now almost 3 years after that picture was taken we are getting married. We are getting married on August 20, 2011 in our shared hometown of Chickamauga, GA. (This is a very small town. We both grew up there all of our lives and never met. I went to the City school and he went to the County school. We also had mutual friends and never met til we joined Greek Life.)

Congratulations, y’all! Winners, I’ll be getting in touch with you soon, so be on the lookout for an email from me.

Keep an eye out for more giveaways in the future!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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I’m loving the soft colors in Heather + Sam’s reception. Light pink blooms backed by mint and seeded eucalyptus were made at home in blue mason jars. They look even more darling on top of burlap table linens and vintage lace doilies! The Southern details kept on comin’ with good eats and a cake buffet! Multiple sweets options? We like. But what sticks out most to me in this wedding is Heather’s most memorable moment. I adore that she remembers the post-wedding bliss that hit her as she and Sam walked back the house after the reception. Thanks again to Our Labor of Love for sharing this lovely wedding.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our ceremony and reception location, The Hill, was definitely full of Southern charm with its sunken garden and various restored historic antebellum homes. The decor was also very Southern – burlap table cloths, blue ball mason jars and vintage lace doilies. And let’s not forget the food! We had a bit of North vs. South for the appetizers (since I grew up in Pennsylvania), which were pierogies and fried green tomatoes. The highlights of dinner included smoked beef brisket, pulled pork with apple BBQ sauce, tomato bread pudding, and cheese grits – yum!
Describe your wedding cake: Sam and I opted to have a cake buffet rather than the traditional tiered wedding cake. Two cakes were white velvet raspberry flavored, two were Spanish lemon and one was chocolate. For the chocolate cake, the baker was able to print Sam’s family crest onto edible rice paper as a surprise.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Probably the DIY projects. I had very lofty aspirations, especially with the save the dates and invitations. Despite the fact that we had an almost two year engagement, I waited until the very end, when we finally had a concrete vision, to work on most of them.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? We are so, so happy that we splurged on the photography and cinematography. Heidi Geldhauser from Our Labor of Love and Andy Jackson of Portal Films do such beautiful work and they created so many tangible memories of our day that we will cherish forever.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Sam said that his was seeing me for the first time in my wedding dress while walking down the aisle. Mine would have to be at the very end of the night. Sam and I were staying in another house on the property and I remember walking hand in hand down the gravel road in the pitch dark, tired and sweaty from dancing all night, perfectly content and so unbelievably happy in that moment to finally be married.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? One of our favorite lines was, “In the name of God, I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband, secure in the knowledge that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? In my husband’s words, we are looking forward to “going through the adventures of life as best friends”

Photographer: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love // Videographer: Andy Jaskson of Portal Films // Planner: Diana Ryan of Consultants Unlimited // Ceremony venue: The Hill (Epting Events) // Reception venue: The Hill (Epting Events) // Florist: Epting Events // Wedding Cake Baker: Cecilia Villaveces Cakes (via Epting Events) // Caterer: Epting Events // Paper Products: DIY by the bride // Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge, Purchased from Kleinfeld’s // Bride’s Veil: Anne Barge, Purchased from Kleinfeld’s // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lula Kate via Bella Bridesmaid // Hair and Makeup: Ariane Turner of Pretty Girl Group // Wine Box: Mike Pendleton of MP Custom Made (etsy shop here); Lid design by bride, laser etching by MP Custom Made // Fingerprint Tree: Bleu de Toi // Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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I’m so glad y’all enjoyed Nicole’s color palette last week! From here on out, she and I are going to be teaming up to bring you a double whammy of Southern inspiration — I’ll start by developing an oh-so-Southern inspiration board, and then she’ll take the color palette and round-up an assortment of Southern goodies that correspond.

First up? A board celebrating a quintessential Southern summer drink, lemonade!

Credits, from top to bottom and left to right:

First row: Lemonade bottle photo by Millie Holloman with styling by Salt Harbor Designs; yellow bridesmaid dress photo by Jill Thomas; yellow striped paper straws photo by Hazelnut Photography via Style Me Pretty
Second row: Lemonade and mason jars photo by Simply Bloom; lemon macarons photo by Cannelle et Vanille; yellow pillow lounge chair photo by Gia Canali
Third row: Lemon yellow bouquet bride photo by A Bryan Photo; yellow and white bouquet photo by Poser via Southern Weddings

Check back next week for Nicole’s color palette picks! In the meantime, if you’ve got an idea for a future Southern inspiration board, feel free to leave it in the comments!

emily Written with love by Emily
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