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Picking out color palette finds to match Emily’s soft peach and blue inspiration board was pressure-packed! With a peachy-keen eye and a dedication to doing our beloved Southern fruit justice, I looked high and low for finds that were both colorful and lovely. In the process, I built up a hankerin’ for peach cobbler and an affinity for powdery blue things. I can’t say I hate it.

A. Pearls are a Southern girl’s best friend. Embellish your outfit with this multi-strand pearl necklace that will “wow” without overpowering.

B. With a hint of an era passed, bow details and soft colors, this frock won my heart. From BHLDN here.

C. Create a little ambiance with round paper lanterns from Luna Bazaar. We like to buy dozens to light up a room!

D. A pair of heels can always brighten up your day. And a pair of heels that match our color palette? That’s just swell! I love this pair from Nina.

E. Light up this prettily-packaged kitchen candle as you and your sweetie prep dinner. It’ll bring back memories of your first date.

F. Snuggle up with your sweetie and this cozy blue pillow from Pottery Barn. We love the embroidered chain stitch.

G. Share the peach love with these adorable note cards from Gilah Press. We haven’t gotten them off our minds since the National Stationery Show where Emily first spotted them.

H. There’s no reason why peaches can’t be dessert (and maybe breakfast, lunch and dinner). Grab your sweetie and fire up the grill for this delicious grilled vanilla peaches recipe.

I. The best peaches practically melt in your mouth—that’s how we know gourmet peach marshmallows are a good idea.

J. Pay homage to the peach state with this bright print. It’ll make you happy that you took the time to make some peach preserves to last through the winter.

K. Pale blue doilies dressing up our go-to tea towels? We love it! These delicate-looking linens will instantly put a smile on your face.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar invitation consultants reply

    love this! absolutely adorable color combo :)

  2. avatar Christina reply

    Love this! How about a winery inspired wedding – merlot, blush and champagne?

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Let me start by saying that I spent last Saturday night in watching this movie and bawling my face off! There is just something so incredibly romantic about Allie and Noah’s love story that just causes me to immediately reach for my hankie!

In my humble opinion, The Notebook is one of the best Southern romance movies of our generation (yep, I just went there!). Style-wise, well don’t even get me started. Allie is sophisticated, yet fun and her accessories are so perfectly classic Southern I would die to raid this prop closet! And Noah… that driving cap, the shaggy mop, the sweet Southern drawl … need I say more?

All images by New Line Cinema c/o IMDB.

Since there wasn’t actually a wedding shown in The Notebook, we’ve decided to pull a few of our favorite key elements to discuss. First up, the blusher veil. If you remember that fateful scene where Allie is trying on the gorgeous wedding dress she plans to wear to marry dear, sweet Lon you’ll notice her great long cathedral length veil and blusher. We’re sure that she wore a similar classic style to her wedding to Noah!

Image credit from top to bottom: Elizabeth Messina via Snippet & Ink, Sean Flanigan, Erin Hearts Court via Snippet & Ink and Stephen Seebeck.


In the movie, Noah was very rarely seen without his driving cap. These caps, also known as the flat cap, were originally made of wool or tweed and worn for warmth, but in the 1920′s this hat became a fashionable “street” look for working class young men. I think this adorable little guy below looks more sweet than street in his cap and bow tie combo!

Image credit from top to bottom and left to right: Blushing Bride Studio, Jose Villa and Kristin Vining .

I’m a huge fan of our next item – I think that classic white gloves never go out of style! I think you’d agree with me that Allie would have worn lovely pair to her wedding to Noah. These stylish brides below are proof that white gloves aren’t just for Deb Balls anymore.

Image credit from top to bottom: Angi Welsch, Michele M. Waite, Dixie Pixel and Heather Waraksa via Ruffled.

Last, but most certainly not least we have the rowboat scene! Who could forget this scene? Romantic, relaxing and just plain gorgeous. Feast your eyes on these beauties below, then grab your beau and make plans to enjoy this sweet past time under some giant gorgeous oak trees and sunshine (or rain)!

Image credit from top to bottom: A Byran Photo (see more of this sweet Southern adventure here), Mastin Studio via Green Wedding Shoes, Matt Shumate, next two beauties Sheena Jibson via Ruffled and Wai Reyes.

What’s your favorite Southern movie? Leave a comment or send me an email on which Southern movie you’d like us to do next.

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Larry Hammack reply

    I agree wholeheartedly about “The Notebook”…. one of the best movies and of course, great inspiration for weddings here in the south.. no other place is as pretty.

  2. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh goodness!! I completely second your statement of it being one of the greatest Southern romance films of our generation… such an incredible movie! And the style is just AMAZING. Love love love this post!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Yay!! Been waiting for this one! Love everything you picked, and I would add a big flower in the bride’s hair (maybe switch out the veil during the reception), and red lipstick :)

  4. avatar Lesley Anne reply

    Loved this post! But you can’t forget about the invites! I have to point you to this Allie + Noah invitation suite I stumbled upon on The Future Mrs. Darcy: http://www.thefuturemrsdarcy.com/invitation/allie-noah/. Adorable right?!

  5. avatar Jennifer reply

    Great post Marissa! I love that movie too!

  6. avatar Stephanie reply

    Great job on this piece I have enjoyed it. The Notebook is also my all time favorite movie! This is what I imagine my dream wedding looking like. If you have any other websites or any ideas for putting together a big Southern wedding I would greatly appreciate it!

  7. avatar Allie reply

    Oh wow, I almost squealed when I clicked on the “SWM” favorites icon on on my browser (at work no less!) and this post popped up. This is by far one of my favorite movies of all time and I so wish we could see how they styled Allie as a bride. I imagine her dress would be very Grace Kelly though. Marissa, you totally nailed it with the veil with the blusher and the white gloves. So classy :)

    • avatar Marissa reply

      I would have loved to see Allie + Noah’s wedding as well! I’m sure she would have been stunning! I’m so happy you loved the feature! xo, Marissa

  8. avatar madelynne miller reply

    This is SO sweet and beautiful – what a GREAT idea for an inspiration shoot – you should expand further!!

  9. avatar Kristina reply

    Marissa! I’m soooo glad that you chose THE NOTEBOOK! I adore this film, and the style lent itself beautifully to this spread. I’ve been waiting for this one. Great work! Another reason I love SW!

  10. avatar Marielle Williams reply

    Wow! I should have sent you my Engagement PIctures by now! Fits this perfect…of course its my favorite movie ever!

  11. avatar Shannon reply

    Oh my goodness. This makes me want to have our e-pics done in a canoe in Biloxi Bay. I’m just imagining the moss-covered oaks as a backdrop. *sigh*

    On a side note: My fiance is a restaurant manager. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams came to our city a few years back. (Not sure why.) When they showed up at his restaurant, all of the servers were starstruck and freaked out. So he was the one that took care of them. LOL!

    I envy him for that. ;-p

  12. avatar Megan reply

    How about the classic Gone With The Wind? Scarlett O’Hara’s glamorous (and sometimes audacious) fashions would be a blast to try adapting for the modern Southern bride. Not to mention her gallant leading man, Captain Rhett Butler!

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Let’s start this morning off with a soft and cozy inspiration shoot! What I love about barn weddings is the perfect juxtaposition of romantic details in rustic settings. Today’s barn inspiration from Amy Rae Photography provides so much for your eyes to feast upon with that killer Southern combo. Some of my favorite details include the duo of shabby chic chandeliers (one baby’s breath, one mason jar!), cozy lounge area and amazing altar. Kudos to Embellished Weddings for rounding up all the details! Read on for all the credits from this talented team below, and don’t miss the delicious-looking Southern eats from Abbey Road Catering!

Credits:

Lighting: Innovative Event Solutions // Catering: Abbey Rd. Catering // Paper: Paper and Thread and Love Byrd // Furniture: Mood Party Rentals // Trunk, pillows chargers: Pottery Barn // Flowers: The Flower Girls // Rentals: Mariannes Rentals // Cake Stand and Cake: Amy Cakes // Plates and Glasses: BC Clark // Milkglass Containers: Rebecca’s Silver Rose // Details and Decor: Thumbprint tree, large doily ball, banner, peaches, mason jars provided by Embellished Weddings, hanging doily balls from My Haley Girl // Barn: 4T Farms // Bride’s Dress, Veil, and Hairpiece: Bella Rose // Bridesmaids Dress and Jewelry: J. Crew // Hair: Jamy Green
Makeup: Jennifer McLaughlin // Groom’s Suit: Tuxedo Junction // Bow Tie: Forage // Clutch: ila handbags

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Allie@HoneyBeeInvites reply

    I love this wedding! It is sooo gorgeous and the lighting is incredible!! Definitely need to steal a few ideas from this for my own big day! :)

  2. avatar Desiree reply

    this photo shoot is just darling! i really love the 2 unique chairs flanking the head of the dinner table and that beautiful cake! very nicely done, everyone!

  3. avatar Amy reply

    Thanks for sharing this shoot! It was truly a labor of love! Now I hope I can photograph a wedding just like it!

  4. avatar Mallory reply

    Love this shoot! There are so many totally steal worthy ideas – like that chuppah?! Dying. Congrats Amy!

  5. avatar Lydia reply

    Everything is beautiful, but that cake?! It’s gorgeous! Love the elegant use of texture!

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    Just gorgeous, I love every bit of it!! Wonderful job, Amy! :)

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  11. avatar Heather reply

    I am IN LOVE with the dress for the Aug 2011 barn shoot…can I find out who it is? Thanks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Heather! I just heard from Amanda, the planner, and the wedding gown is Maggie Sottero’s “Karena Royale.” Hope that helps!

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Didn’t I tell you the flowers in Cassie + Ryan’s reception were gorgeous? Ilex for Flowers created romantic yet dramatic arrangement from white and green orchids and topped off the couple’s four-tiered cake with the pretty blooms. The real floral wow factor, however, was the bed of hydrangeas that the cake sat upon. In addition to good eats, Cassie + Ryan’s wedding was a show of Southern hospitality. Cassie’s Alabama-born family coaxed Ryan’s Canadian relatives onto the dance floor for the night, showing the great tradition of two families coming together. Read on to the interview to see what Cassie had to say about her great Southern community and thanks again to Amelia Strauss, who photographed C + R’s Alabama wedding!

Describe your wedding flowers: It was the sweetest compliment of white english sweet pea flowers for my bouquet (understated and elegant), a bounty of white orchids romantically strung across the stone wall, and green orchids surrounding our wedding cake and groom’s cake. The details of each display on every table was so unique and tied the whole theme together incredibly.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We decided to get married in Huntsville, Alabama, where I spent my childhood. We got married at the Ledges in the intimate golfer’s patio, which overlooked the entire city of Huntsville. You could even see the Tennessee River off in the distance. My husband is from Canada and we wanted to make his family and friends feel welcome by having a chocolate caramel cake (it is far more delicious than you would imagine) with a Canadian flag draped across it. There was a bunch of delicious fried food served in the banquet hall and the Alabamians were slowly coaxing the Canadians onto the dance floor. What truly made this wedding Southern was the community that gathered together and helped make all the details possible and filled with love, by hosting brunches, making incredible eats, and so much more.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning our wedding was not very challenging at all because we had Dori Thorton from The Social Office based out of Nashville. She was always calm and in control in a crisis and took care of deadlines. Without Dori handling all the details, my wedding would have not been the incredible vision that it was on that day. If there is one thing I can suggest to any soon-to-be bride, it is to find a wedding planner who compliments your personality and makes you feel comfortable during every meeting you have with them.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Deloaine’s hair styling and Babette’s makeup done for my mother, my grandmother, my bridesmaids, and myself.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Having all the family together, my father with slightly damp eyes and a sweet smile telling me how happy he was for me just before the ceremony, and then Ryan’s face when he saw me for the first time that day, while I was walking down the aisle.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes we did. Mine were written on tiny sheets of paper, which Ryan now keeps in his wallet. We both mentioned being each other’s best friend, how we both made each other better people and how much we don’t want to picture our lives without ever knowing each other.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We both live and work in Los Angeles. We have been writing together and workshopping screenplays. Ryan has a film that is screening worldwide and has won some impressive awards and I am continuously filming and acting on stage. We don’t plan on children in the near future because we both want to see so much of the world together before we fully settle.

Photographer: Amelia Strauss // Planner: The Social Office // Venue: The Ledges Country Club // Florist: Ilex for Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Dessert Designs // Caterer: The Ledges // Paper Products: Nico and Lala // Bride’s Dress: Amsale // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Saks Fifth Avenue // Bride’s Shoes: bride’s mother’s // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alvina Valenta // Hair and Makeup: Deloain New York // Stylist: Chic Critique,

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Jo reply

    Love the portraits, stunning!

  2. avatar claire reply

    Love these images!

  3. avatar erin reply

    stunning. always.

  4. avatar Lucy reply

    These are gorgeous! I can see exactly who this beautiful couple are as all of their personality was captured perfectly. Cassie with the coke bottle could have been taken 50 years ago but still looks fresh and modern. Love them!

  5. avatar Melissa reply

    another beautiful group of photos. The bride looks like a model!

  6. avatar Mary Brantley Nalley reply

    Amazing pictures and beautiful people!

  7. avatar katie reply

    Love the photography of the flowers, cakes, and the beautiful couple enjoying the reception! So fun to read about their wedding!

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It’s only appropriate for Cassie + Ryan, both actors, to have an old Hollywood themed wedding. (How perfectly 1940′s is the photo of Cassie sipping on a soda? Adorable.) The bride’s sleek Amsale dress made her feel like Audrey Hepburn as she walked down the aisle and said her “I Do’s” to Ryan. The orchids and hydrangeas, courtesy of Ilex for Flowers, that hung from the guests’ chairs and were draped along the stone wall were the couple’s favorite detail of the wedding and hinted at the floral gorgeousness to come at the reception. Big thanks to Amelia Strauss for sharing! Don’t forget to come back for Part II.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I was walking across the street at a crosswalk in Los Angeles, when a Suburban ran a red light and nearly hit me. I yelled at the SUV “It’s alright, I’m just walking here!” Ryan was walking ahead of me, had made it to the sidewalk and laughed at what I said. I apologized, and he was impressed that I nearly had a run in with death and I had made light of it. We began walking together and were somehow headed the same direction. It turned out that our cars were parked next to each other and were the same color blue. We continued to talk for two hours by our cars. Ryan admits he was too afraid to ask for my phone number, so he asked me to write my name on a $10 bill. I wrote “Cassie Yeager is a…” right next to the 10. He still has that ten-dollar bill.
Describe the proposal. I was still in school at the time. Ryan had asked me earlier if I would go to dinner with him when I was done with class. At eleven that night, he was waiting outside the school for me. I was starving and he asked me to go for a walk with him. Reluctantly, I agreed. We held hands and his hands were sweating (which never happens). All the restaurants were to the right of the school, but when we turned out of the school, he suggested we go left. As we walked, we came upon the crosswalk where we first met. He said, “Remember how we met, how you made light of such a frightening situation?” I giggled. Then he stopped at the corner and knelt down. “Cassie, I have appreciated how much happiness and laughter you have brought to my life, will you please be my wife?” I forgot how to breathe and couldn’t figure out how to give him my finger to put the ring on, but was eventually able to whimper out a tearful “Yes.”
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Classic, enchanting, dazzling
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: To choose just one is impossible, but the bunches of white orchids that draped across the stone wall as we exchanged our vows strongly stand out when I reflect on the day.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mother knew exactly what dress I wanted before I did when she saw the Amsale design in a bridal magazine. She and my Aunt Cass flew out to LA and we went to Saks 5th Avenue Beverly Hills. When we walked the floor, my mother did not see the dress she saw in the magazine and asked our consultant about it. She knew exactly which dress we were asking about and, within an hour and a half, I was deciding between the Amsale and a gorgeous flowing Grecian goddess dress. It came down to the Amsale because it fit the theme of our wedding, “Old Hollywood” and the classic 1940′s. I felt like Betty Davis and Audrey Hepburn as I stood in it the dress.

Photographer: Amelia Strauss // Planner: The Social Office // Venue: The Ledges Country Club // Florist: Ilex for Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Dessert Designs // Caterer: The Ledges // Paper Products: Nico and Lala // Bride’s Dress: Amsale // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Saks Fifth Avenue // Bride’s Shoes: bride’s mother’s // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alvina Valenta // Hair and Makeup: Deloain New York // Stylist: Chic Critique,

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Love those black and white portraits of Cassie! Beautiful work, Amelia!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I love this ! Such a beautiful wedding captured so well. I especially love the coke shot :)

  3. avatar Anna Hedges reply

    Stunning! Love it all…photos, story, couple! Amelia-you never cease to amaze me!

  4. avatar Jo reply

    These images are beautiful, thanks for sharing them and the couple’s story.

  5. avatar Bob Echols reply

    Terrific. Beautiful!

  6. avatar Ivy reply

    Love these images!!

  7. avatar Erin reply

    These images are amazing! They make me want to keep coming back for more. I doubt I could ever tire of them!

  8. avatar claire reply

    Love these photos so very much! Especially the bride drinking a coke. Looks like a print ad!

  9. avatar Ashley Burleson reply

    Amazing spread and gorgeous photography!! So creative!

  10. avatar Kimberlee @ Gracefully Girly reply

    Gorgeous style!

  11. avatar Laura reply

    I wore Amsale Aubrey!!! It is so gorgeous and classic. I especially love the image with the soda bottle.

  12. avatar Melissa reply

    I am always amazed at Amelia’s beautiful work and what a gorgeous wedding!

  13. avatar Mary Brantley Nalley reply

    So beautiful! I love the proposal story, and I feel like the photography really captured the beauty of these two and their wedding.

  14. avatar graham reply

    wow. that has to be the funniest “how we met” story ever. So precious. Loving these classy details. These images are incredibly unique. They don’t look like everything else out there. Well done.

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Graham, I love their “How we met” story, too! I seriously laughed out loud in the office. Definitely proof that you can find your true love anywhere.

  15. avatar Katie reply

    SUCH a beautiful wedding!! The photo of Cassie sipping on a coke is unbelievable! Love it!!

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