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I love that when Non + KG think back on their wedding day, what stands out most is how happy their friends and family were. Their sweet love story was followed by an intimate ceremony in what I can only imagine is a little piece of heaven. (Those vines! That gate! It pulls my heartstrings!) Non, looking for a comfortable yet elegant dress, went for a one-shouldered Greek-style number and complemented the gown with a green and pink bouquet. Not to be ignored, KG looked fine and handsome in his slick grey suit and shiny black shoes. These lovely photos are the work of Rensche Mari and we can’t stop staring at the details. Good thing Part II is coming up!

How did the two of you meet? (From the groom) We met at the bus stop in Johannesburg as we were coming home from work. We spoke for what seemed like forever without knowing each others’ names. I wasn’t looking for love at the time because I was nursing a broken heart and, while I believed in love, I wasn’t sure if I could survive it. Nonhlanhla got a car and needed an experienced licensed driver to ride with her and she, thank God, thought of me (I was blessed because it was winter and most importantly, because she turned out to be “the one”). Then as our story goes, we got to know each other, fell in love, and the rest is history.
Describe the proposal. He took me out for lunch at Signature Restaurant and he was acting odd. We had lunch and when dessert came, I was too busy looking at what he ordered that I didn’t even notice the ring on top my dessert. Then, he went down on one knee and told me how much he loved me and that he can’t imagine his life without me. He was so nervous during the proposal. I said yes and I noticed that half of the staff was looking at us while he was proposing. After, they congratulated us.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Beautiful, intimate, spiritual.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We really liked the table setting, especially the frozen fruit. But the one thing that sticks out for both of us is how happy our family and friends were.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I was looking for a simple and comfortable, yet beautiful dress, so I went for a Greek style dress.
Describe your wedding flowers: Nude and peach roses – they really looked stunning

Photographer: Rensche Mari // Planner: Nolwazi Serero (2771 222 5549) // Venue: Morrels Boutique Venue // Flowers Morrels Boutique Venue // Catering: Morrels Boutique Venue // Wedding Cake Baker: Sarah Mtetwa (2772 337 2835) // Paper Products: Canvas Stationery Boutique // Bride’s Dress: Makoti Couture (2771 222 5549) // Bride’s Hair: Khosi (2783 669 1500) // Bride’s Shoes: Juliettes // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Makoti Couture // Grooms attire: Bogart Man (2711 938 1358)

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Meredith Perduee reply

    I love this wedding! The stories of their proposal and how they met are too cute!

  2. avatar Kelli Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography reply

    What a stunning couple and exquisite details. Love the bridal portrait in the doorway.

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Belles and beaus, I couldn’t be more excited to type this post!  Someone start the drumroll!  Break out your best boots and slice the red velvet!  Get up from your desk and get ready to tear up the pea patch!


Oh my stars, it’s so beautiful and BIG and full of all sorts of surprises!  V4 is over 100 pages fatter than our last gorgeous issue.  I keep joking that V4 is pregnant too, but really…. I think it is.  We’re talking over a half an inch thick, friends.  It’s so fat, we’ll only be able to send one copy per envelope this time!   I think this officially takes us from the best “stocking stuffer” to the best full-on Christmas gift for your favorite person under the tree this year!

Emily, Sierra, Marissa, Nicole, Whitney and I have been hard at work here in the SW office over the last two weeks putting all the finishing touches on this issue.  It’s been a very exciting adventure!   But, even though we’re excited, the work isn’t over yet.   A little behind-the-scenes info for you…

Right now, we’re uploading the final files to the printer.  They get the files and make “color proofs” from them, which are giant sheets with several pages printed on each (about 16).  They’ll mail us these giant sheets likely on Friday, and then we get to the hard work of proofing them.  This means we check everything with a fine tooth comb to be sure all the color is perfect and everything is just right.  Even the tiniest change means we need to see another color proof, so the pressure is on!  Once we finally approve all the files, we send them off to print, likely late next week.  Printing takes about two weeks, shipping takes two weeks to go to warehouses all over the country and then to your local bookstores and then, voila!  V4 launches on October 25!  …just days before I have my first baby : )  Such an exciting time here!

We are so thrilled to share all the goodness with you in a few short weeks when Southern Weddings V4 hits newsstands nationwide.  Be sure to pre-order your copy so you get all the goodness right to your doorstep.

GIVEAWAY:  And to celebrate, I’m very excited to giveaway the first copy of V4 that comes hot-off-the-press to one very lucky reader (I’m already jealous of you!).  Just leave a comment here with your excitement and you’ll be entered to win.  YEEEHAW!!!  Time to celebrate, y’all!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Jeff Frandsen reply

    in the words of Rebecca Black “WE SO EXCITED”!

  2. avatar Becca reply

    Just preordered my copy!!! SO excited!! Can’t wait to see it in all its large + lovely glory!!

  3. avatar Bethany Aleshire reply

    Woohoo!!! Congrats to all y’all on your hard work! I can’t wait to see it!

  4. avatar Katie reply

    Can’t wait to feature this one on my coffee table!

  5. avatar Aviv reply

    Can’t wait to see it!! Another volume to add to my collection :)

  6. avatar Samantha reply

    I am SOOO excited for the 4th issue of Southern Weddings! Hands down one of the best wedding publications out there. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  8. avatar Samantha reply

    I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this new issue! I love my wedding magazines and my, oh, my do I love Southern Weddings:)

  9. avatar Erin L. reply

    Ahhh!! Can’t wait to see it!! It’s going to be fabulous!

  10. avatar Katrina reply

    I cannot wait!! Pre-ordered my copy 3 weeks ago :) yeehaw!

  11. avatar Allyson L. reply

    I can’t wait for the new issue! Good luck getting through all the editing in the next couple of weeks!

  12. avatar Desiree reply

    I wouldn’t dare take a free copy of V4 – you ladies have worked too hard! But you are sooo sweet for offering – give to a girl who maybe never has seen a Southern Weddings magazine in person before – and ask her to film her face when she opens that envelope for the first time ;o) priceless, I’m certain!

  13. avatar Jenna Kate reply

    OMG SO EXCITED!!! I missed V3 and I would LOOOOOOOOVE to get a surprise copy of V4!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!

  14. avatar Lora reply

    Can’t wait to add to my collection of paper wedding planning aids! :)

  15. avatar Sarah reply

    I’m a fraternity house mom and I have every version of SW magazine! I cannot wait till V4 hits the stands! Pre-order here I come ya’ll! This will look fabulous next to V1,2,&3 on my coffee table!

  16. avatar Chelsea reply

    Woo hoo!! Can’t wait!!!!!

  17. avatar Lauren Jolly reply

    Gah! I can’t even tell you how excited I am!! It is so awesome to see SWM get so popular so quickly! Can’t wait for V4!!!!!!!

  18. avatar Sierra reply


  19. avatar Jacqueline reply

    So psyched to see V4! Can’t wait. Congrats to all of you for your hard work!!!

  20. avatar Leslie reply

    SW Mag – I finally found a magazine that reflects my taste, style and wedding price point. You really helped shape and encourage ideas for my wedding in t-minus 10 days! Thank you for showing us warm, darling and personalized weddings that can be DIY.

    • avatar Lara reply

      Leslie: Oh my stars, Leslie! Your sweet words made my day. Thank YOU for the awesome encouragement. And I’m doing a little happy dance right now for your wedding in 10 days!! YAYAYAY!

  21. avatar Lora reply

    Can’t wait to read!

  22. avatar Kristen reply

    I really don’t think I can contain my EXCITEMENT for this huge issue of SW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  23. avatar Rebecca reply

    I can’t WAIT to see the beautiful magazine! I know a lot of vendors who submitted so I can’t wait to see what makes it inside the gorgeous magazine!!!!

  24. avatar sarah g reply

    can’t wait!! my wedding is exactly 4 days after the launch date, so even though it’ll be a little too late for last minute ideas, i still can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    • avatar Lara reply

      sarah g: Yeehaw, Sarah! You’re wedding is right around the corner! If you’re like most of us, you’ll have the wedding bug long after the big day : ) I can’t wait to hear your wedding details!

  25. avatar natalieG reply

    I am soooo excited to have the V4 edition in my hands!!!! Over the past few months I have been pouring over the gorgeous wedding details that you sweet ladies share and I have fallen head over heals for Southern Weddings!!! My wedding is next June and I can’t wait to see all the sweet details come to life!!!! Love ya’ll!!!!! xoxo

  26. avatar Heather Gardner reply

    Woo to the WOOT WOOT! So wonderfully excited for you guys. What a labor of love and I KNOW it will be fantastic.

  27. avatar duchessbelle reply

    How exciting!

  28. avatar rachael J reply

    YEEEHAWWW is right!

  29. avatar Megan H reply

    Countin my lucky stars for the first copy!! Y’all are amazing:) can’t wait to see all the goodness!!

  30. avatar Caroline reply

    Eeeeeeeeeek! Cannot even wait to get mine in the mail- and the postcard with V3 was the nicest touch ever.

  31. avatar Lauren McLeod reply

    So excited! I always get so much inspiration from your magazine, it’s such a breath of fresh magazine publishing air :). I would wish you luck on it when it hits the stands, but I know you’ll do better than fine!

  32. avatar Bethany Ann reply

    Last year, I won a free copy of V3 on my answer to Lara’s twitter question, What’s Your Favorite Southern Food? My answer was Fried Pickles! :) When it arrived, I was getting married that Saturday, October 15th. I devoured it, of course! As the approach of V4 comes along, it reminds me that I’ve almost been married a year. That’s crazy!!! It’s been a great year for me, and it appears that it’s been a great year for SW & all of the SW ladies, too. I can’t wait to devour this ‘pregnant’ issue of V4! :)

    • avatar Lara reply

      Oh, Bethany Ann! I’m so happy to see your name here! You’re about to come up on your one year anniversary, then! You are wonderful! Thank you so much for being such a loyal reader. We’re so grateful for you!

  33. avatar Rachel reply

    I cannot wait to get my hot little hands on a copy of V4! I know that it is going to be gorgeous!

  34. avatar megan reply

    i’m excited!

  35. avatar Alison reply

    I am SO excited to see what you have worked so hard on this year! I would LOVE to receive the first copy!

  36. avatar Brooke reply

    Congratulations on sending it to the printer! I bet it’s just beautiful, and I can’t wait to see it!

  37. avatar Sandryte reply

    I’d love to have a look at the new issue!

  38. avatar Kelsey reply

    I can’t wait to see the issue!! I’m a loyal reader of but this would be my first copy of the magazine!

  39. avatar Hannah Montgomery reply

    Cannot wait to see what cute ideas will be in the magazine! Im planning for my Texas wedding in April and ready to be inspired :)

  40. avatar Katie Lamb Photography reply

    love everything yall do! Excited about this one! :)

  41. avatar Jen Creed reply

    Yay!! So exciting!

  42. avatar Lauren Wiebe reply

    Oooh, how fun! We can’t wait to see it over at our office! We’re in the wedding industry and with half of our girls recently married and the other half engaged or almost engaged, we are off our seats just waiting!! Good luck with the proofing!

  43. avatar Mariel reply

    So excited to see it!!

  44. avatar Samantha reply

    WOO HOO! Can’t wait for V4! I love the teaser images.

  45. avatar Winnie Halliday reply

    I’m not even a bride anymore but my sister has gotten engaged this year and I keep sending her your articles ! Even if I don’t win – I’ll be purchasing one for her for christmas :o)
    Loving you guys from Australia !

  46. avatar Megan reply

    Lord help me–only 29 days until that beautiful graces the USPS with its presence?! Hooray! It’ll be the last wedding magazine I get before my own wedding in November. I can’t wait!

  47. avatar jessica sellers reply

    Commence the count-down!! Hallelujah, it’s almost October!! ;) My favorite magazine is almost in print!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. avatar Lydia reply

    So cannot wait to see it!!!

  49. avatar Sarah Lightfoot reply

    AHH!! I’m totally excited about this magazine! I’m sure it’s filled with TONS of fantabulous inspiration and ideas for my big day! I can’t wait to grab up this magazine. :-)

  50. avatar Brooke reply

    I seriously cannot wait for V4! If the blog is anything of a teaser, I’ll be sure to be oh-ing and aw-ing!

  51. avatar kimber reply

    AHH! I’m so excited I can’t stand it y’all! With V4 coming out in October, it will give me 9 more months to add details to our July wedding!!

  52. avatar Rebecca reply

    So excited for V4! And love your site. Congrats!

  53. avatar Meg reply

    Congrats on making v4 happen! So excited to read and take in all the beauty :)

  54. avatar Katiuska reply

    From the moment I first saw your magazine, I WAS HOOKED!

    *fan for life*

  55. avatar Kate E reply

    GAHHH I am so excited!! I actually added a iCal post to remind me! Can’t wait for it to arrive, ladies :)

  56. avatar Chelsea reply

    I absolutely can’t wait for this issue! I would LOVE to win it :)

  57. avatar Courtney reply

    I am super excited for V4. I love all things Southern Weddings, even though I live in MI and am planning my wedding here as well!

  58. avatar Whitley reply

    SO excited to see the newest issue! Reading is part of my daily routine!

  59. avatar Kristy reply

    I’m so excited and happy for the SW Ladies! I can’t wait for October 25th : )

  60. avatar Tiffany reply

    I’m so excited for V4!!!!! I hope to get a copy soon! Yay!

  61. avatar Ilana reply

    I bout V3 last January just after getting engaged, and we are planning our wedding for next May in beautiful Charleston, SC! I am SOO excited to see what delicious treats await us in V4! I will be at the bookstore first thing Oct 25 for the newest issue!

  62. avatar Katie S. reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I cannot wait to begin stalking my postman in just a few short weeks!

  63. avatar Brittany R reply!! Congrats, lovelies!

  64. avatar Jamie Montgomery reply

    I am OH SO EXCITED about the V4 SW!!! The 1st issue came out when I was engaged and I fell in love instantly with southern wedding. I was so inspired by the we bought a tandem bike to ride off on after our reception and just to have to take pictures with. I have several friends who are newly engaged and I have all my SW’s loaned out to them write now…. :-) I can’t wait to see the V4 issue.

  65. avatar Laura reply

    Oh my goodness, you girls work so hard! I bet this issue will be amazing!

  66. avatar Jackie G reply

    OMG! I’m SUPER excited for V4! V3 sold out so quickly :( Lesson learned!

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  69. avatar Brittany reply

    I want a copy!

  70. avatar Sergio reply

    My wife would love one!!!

  71. avatar Jackie G reply

    I missed out buying V3 because it sold out so quick! I would love to win a copy of V4! I’m soooo excited for it! I can’t wait to see it! :D

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  73. avatar April Cenora reply

    OMG I can’t wait!

  74. avatar Emilia Jane reply

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to see the gorgeousness. So excited :-D

  75. avatar Emilie reply

    Yay!!! I can’t wait to get my copy of SW V4!!!!

  76. avatar Becca Caniglia reply

    Oh my goodness! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of V4!!! I have been waiting for it since the day I got V3 and was done reading it within the hour!

  77. avatar Amy reply

    Can’t wait for V4!!!! SW is my favorite, and each day it’s my first stop online everyday!

  78. avatar Samantha reply

    Can’t wait for V4 to come out! I’ve been trying to pre-order but having difficulty. Winning would be awesome!

  79. avatar Jackie reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I follow this site daily and am so excited to see V4 come to fruition!

  80. avatar Sarah Carson reply

    Words cannot express my excitement for Volume 4! My mom surprised me with Volume 2 and 3 last Christmas, and it was by far the best gift I have ever received! When I get engaged, hopefully in the next few months :) , I plan to make my wedding as Southern as can be! Maybe I’ll even make the blog! I’ll keep yall updated ;) Keep up the great work!

  81. avatar Chris cornwell reply

    My SW magazines are my wedding bibles!! I never get tired of them! So much inspiration to lust over…oh I simply can’t wait!!

  82. avatar Ashton reply

    Good Lord, it’s about time! I’ve been waiting for this day to come. Your V3 edition was just so inspiring, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a new one. Y’all have done such a great job with the magazine and blog, I know the V4 will be the most fabulous wedding magazine ever! This time around, it’s even more special around my house since my roommate and best friend is engaged and getting married in GA this December! I can’t wait to read it over with her.

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  84. avatar Erin reply

    I’m SO excited for V4 of Souther Weddings!! Seriously, of all the bridal magazines I’ve read (or collected!), Souther Weddings is my far my favorite. There’s so much time and thought put in to every article, photo shoot, suggestion, etc., and it’s something I truly appreciate. I know I’ll be reading SW long after I’m a bride just to keep up with you ladies!! <3 <3 <3 Thanks for all your hard (and amazing!) work!

  85. avatar Brittani reply

    I’d love to get the first copy! Otherwise I’ll be ordering it…so either way I can’t wait to get mine!!

  86. avatar Emily reply

    Oh my stars, yes please!

  87. avatar Ashley reply

    I am so excited for this! I am pretty new to the Southern Weddings Mag blog but have fallen in love with everything you gals post about! I would be thrilled to win a copy of this magazine!!! Congratulations to all you wonderful ladies I’m sure it’s wonderful!!!!!

  88. avatar Cameron reply

    Yay!!! Can’t wait to get a copy in hand!

  89. avatar matthew @ a fine press reply

    Can’t wait!!!

  90. avatar Meghan reply

    Can’t wait! SO excited! Love reading the blog, so I can’t imagine how wonderful V4 will be!

  91. avatar megan reply

    i’m so excited for the new issue!

  92. avatar Ashley Daniell Photography reply

    I am in LOVE with Southern Weddings! After a lot of thought, I made the difficult decision to hold off on advertising in V4 because my new brand wasn’t complete. :-( BUT, I’ve got my sights on V5!!!! My ideal bride is a loyal SW reader and I would love to have a copy of the newest edition to display in my studio for my couples to flip through when they come to visit!!

  93. avatar Lauren Elizabeth reply

    Ahhh, I love SW Mag! My favorite wedding mag! I’m getting married in November, but I’m still buying it! The last time I can have an excuse to buy a wedding mag…:O)

  94. avatar marisa reply

    Woo hoo! So excited to read it!

  95. avatar Olivia Pennington reply

    Being from Kentucky I gotta have my SW mag!! I love love all the inspirations and ideas! :) keep it up gals!

  96. avatar Justin reply

    Can’t wait to see it, Lara. It’s sure to be another amazing issue.

  97. avatar Lea Hanna Bertram reply

    I am SO excited about SWV4!!! Y’all have outdone yourselves again I’m sure! I can’t wait to see all the loveliness!

    • avatar Nicole B. reply

      I would love to win a copy. It looks amazing from what I’ve seen so far.

  98. avatar Geomyra reply

    Can’t wait to dive in!

  99. avatar Meghan reply

    I would looooooooooove to win!! I have V3, special ordered V2 and unfortunately missed V1 before it was sold out! I have been waiting for V4 for what seems like forever, and cannot wait to see it!! It is by far the best bridal magazine out there and I would be sooooo lucky to win the first copy! Thank you for putting out such a wonderful magazine!!

  100. avatar Kristi reply

    As an Alabama stuck in Maryland, I need a good dose of Southern with V4. I’m in the home stretch of planning my own wedding and need some really great ideas for flowers and reception decor!

  101. avatar Anna reply

    I cannot wait to see what new new issue has to offer! You ladies are such an inspiration, and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful images this issue will bring! <3

  102. avatar Kyndra Robbins reply

    Can’t wait to read this issue! Hoping to use some good ideas for my wedding next November!


  103. avatar Cara reply

    I can’t wait for the next issue of SW! I loved both V2 and V3 — and I’m still bummed I missed out on V1.

  104. avatar Sarah Torrens reply

    While buttered biscuits with peach preserves sound like heaven, nothing sounds better than the FIRST copy of Southern Weddings V4! I’d be the happiest bride-to-be in south Florida if I won!

  105. avatar Alex C reply

    I can’t wait to see the new issue!!!! This is the best magazine for bridal inspiration I have found!

  106. avatar Brianna reply

    Can’t wait!

  107. avatar Kristin reply

    I LOVE Southern Weddings Magazine! As a Spring 2012 Bride, I’m elated with all your beautiful and unique ideas!!! Perfect for the true SOUTHERN BRIDE!!! I cannot wait for this issue!!! ~*~Just might be better than the first snowfall on Christmas morning!!! ~*~

  108. avatar Nicole reply

    I am so excited about this version! I just got engaged in August and missed out on your last issue! Would LOVE a copy ! Love your website already :)

  109. avatar Deedie Springer reply

    I LOVE your magazine!!! I love checking out your website/blog!!! Y’all have such a fun and creative way of showing brides how traditional and personalization can come together to make it YOUR own wedding!! LOVE all of your great ideas and I cannot wait to get my fingers on a copy of your magazine!! Somehow I keep missing it in stores. I MUST preorder a magazine!! LOVE IT!! I am a florist and I love sharing your blog with my clients…y’all do an amazing job!! I am very appreciative of all your hard work!! Thank you!!

  110. avatar Morgan Carwile reply

    Love to win a copy of number 4! Favorite wedding mag!!

  111. avatar Briana reply

    I’m getting married in June of next year and trying so hard to plan my wedding while being a first year medical student! SWMag is my lifeline for wedding inspiration, since all I have is a few minutes here and there to look at wedding things!!! I LOVE SW Mag!!!

  112. avatar Kailey-Michelle reply

    Can’t wait to see! I bet it’s the biggest, juiciest and loveliest if them all!! Yahoo! Congrats ladies xo

  113. avatar Sammie reply

    I’m so excited!!! :) I only have one, but, I check the site all the time! I LOVE SOUTHERN WEDDINGS!!

  114. avatar Ashley reply

    Can’t wait to see all the pretty pages!!! drool……

  115. avatar CALLIE reply

    I cannot wait to see this! I’m a budding wedding and event planner, and I am EXCITED about seeing all the southern wedding ideas. :)

  116. avatar Kelly reply

    I am planning the details for my wedding and I’ve been waiting for SW4 to come out before I make any final decisions! Can’t wait!

  117. avatar alyssa reply

    So EXCITED for V4 to come out!! Would love to win a copy, but if not :) I’ll for sure be picking myself up one real soon!

  118. avatar Kristin reply

    Whoo hoo! I am so excited…my mom and I can’t wait for exciting wedding ideas for my MAY 18, 2012 wedding to MY “coastie” ~definition: Coast Guard Fiance! <3

  119. avatar Emilee H. reply

    I have to admit…I’m already smitten with V4 and I haven’t even gotten my hands on it yet!! SO looking forward to whipping up some biscuits and berry jam for my date with SWM in just 14 days!!

  120. avatar Dana Laymon reply

    They just keep getting better and better and i can’t wait to read this one! I might just do a little giveaway myself because I want everyone to have this!

  121. avatar kellykaysen reply

    Southern Weddings 4…so stoked!!!

  122. avatar Georgina Longoria reply

    I need! I need! Gimme Gimme Gimme :D

  123. avatar Jessica reply

    Yay! New magazines and new babies!! I remember the first time I found out about SW mag…I was in a bookstore looking through wedding magazines and I happened across SW. As I looked through it, I COULDN’T BELIEVE how amazing it was!! Definitely my favorite wedding magazine. I can’t wait to look through the new issue!! — xoxo

  124. avatar ELISA b reply

    Can’t wait to see all the loveliness – especially now that I’ve seen the cover!

  125. avatar Kallie B reply

    Wahoo!! So excited to add V4 to my collection! Southern Weddings has become by far my favorite wedding magazine, over Martha, which is hard to say! I’ve been an honored to be a part of your online edition, and cannot wait to see beautiful images that will grace the print! You ladies are taking over!

  126. avatar Marisol reply

    Oh my! I am sure it will be a lovely issue! Keeping fingers crossed!

  127. avatar Ashley Horton reply


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Our second lovely bit of inspiration for today comes from photographer Jessica Lorren and event planner Lauren Daversa. These two, along with a talented team of South Florida vendors, imagined a shoot based around a “tropical island wedding with a twist.” We’re all about “with a twist,” here, and thought you all would enjoy the soft colors, nautical touches, and clean antique details. Enjoy the lovely images, read on for even more of the inspiration behind the shoot, and check back on Saturday for a GORGEOUS corresponding video from Cabana Pictures!

From Jessica:

“I was born and raised in South Florida and have always been in love with the natural landscape here. The greens and blues of the sea, pink and orange citrus hues, soft sandy beaches, clear blue sky – it all served as the perfect inspiration to create a tropical island wedding with a twist.

I’ve had the good fortune of shooting some beautiful Florida weddings over the past two years, but started to feel like I was seeing a lot of the same thing (there’s only so much one can do with seashells). I wanted to go beyond the expected, providing a fresh approach to “the beach wedding” and inspiring brides to think outside the box. We came up with what I think is a unique concept – an Old Florida Seaside Rendezvous – with the goal of showing brides what’s possible if you’re willing to truly take advantage of the magical backdrop this Southern coastal region has to offer.

A tiny little island just off the coast served as the backdrop for our outdoor ceremony and reception. As you look through the images, you’ll notice dozens of details that were all inspired by the location. Fresh citrus was procured from local groves (yes, I literally climbed the trees and picked it!), antiques were scoured from local shops – reflecting the true character of South Florida – like the brass keg and alligator, vintage wine casks used to transport wine on ships, barometer for the ring shot, and web-spun patio drink cart. Outdoor fabrics in classic cabana stripes brought in the feeling of an old Florida resort town. Using items native to the area, as well as inexpensive vintage items, is a great idea for any bride who is both on a budget and looking to be environmentally friendly. It also imbues the wedding with instant character.

We envisioned the guests arriving by boat, greeted at the dock with fresh oysters, “Honeymooner” cocktails, pink champagne, and sparkling key limeade. Citrus flavors and colors were repeated throughout the shoot. The ceremony took place down by the water, with a simple bamboo and fabric canopy serving as the backdrop. Guests found their table numbers via escort cards that had been strung onto vintage fishing poles, and made their way to the charming reception tables scattered with citrus and rope covered sea glass jugs. Dessert was an assortment of coconut cake, mini key lime pies, and lemon cookies, set at a table with favors inspired by a message in a bottle – with the idea that guests would repurpose the bottle at home as a bud vase. The bride wore an ethereal gown made of swiss dot fabric – sophisticated but sweet. She and her groom danced on the great lawn in front of the old Coast Guard house, with a painter standing by to memorialize the magic on canvas. They set off for their honeymoon at the end of the night on an old sailboat, capping off a picture perfect seaside wedding day.”

The vendors who brought this magical scene to life:

Photographer: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography // Hair Stylist: Team Beauti // Event Planner: Lauren Daversa Events // Event Designer: Kate Spencer // Reception Venue: Palm Beach Maritime Museum // Flowers: Simply Flowers // Desserts: The Sugar Monkey // Live Artist: Frances Lynn // Dress Store: Bacio Bacio // Dress Designer: Romona Keveza // Heirlooms and Extras: Culpepper Nautical and Brass Scale Antiques

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    So dreamy! It almost seems as if they styled their entire wedding color scheme after the sunset in the last photo. Love the soft, beautiful light!

  3. avatar Jessica Lorren reply

    Thanks so much for the feature and the sweet words! I hope it inspires seaside brides to plan “with a twist”!

  4. avatar Desiree reply

    Very lovely! I love seeing more ladies from South Florida in Southern Weddings! woo :)

  5. avatar Katherine reply

    Can’t wait!!

  6. avatar Nicole Antolino reply

    I love the colors! I feel so breezy looking at it. SW – I am so happy you featured this photog as she’s from my town and I’ve been honored to be photographed in a wedding she did! Love Jessica Lorren:)

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  11. avatar Sachin Khona reply

    Absolutely gorgeous bride and beautiful set of images here!

  12. avatar Heather reply

    Love the theme and how you cleverly documented the big day. The bride and groom are so happy!

  13. avatar Dani K. reply

    So beautiful! And interestingly enough, these colors immediately reminded me of you and your work, Jessica. Lucky couple!!

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Hello, ladies + gents! You’ve waited patiently enough: I’m back with another wedding planning update! This time I thought I’d tell you about our ceremony and reception locations.

Contrary to popular belief, I was not the girl who had her wedding planned down to the last detail years in advance (I love weddings in general, not my wedding, specifically!). In fact, there were always just two things I knew:

1. I wanted to be married in September.
2. I wanted to be married in Connecticut.

Happily, John enjoys the month of September, as well, and he just so happens to also hail from the fine state of Connecticut.

Though it took weeks of frantic searching to find a reception venue (more on that below), our ceremony spot came together quite easily. We knew we wanted to be married in a church, and we knew we wanted our pastor from North Carolina to be able to lead the service. We ruled out both of our childhood churches fairly quickly (mine doesn’t have a center aisle, his is not the most scenic, and neither of us are that connected to the current pastors), which left one obvious answer: the Memorial Chapel at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London.

A few reasons why we love the CGA Chapel:

1. The Chapel welcomes visiting clergy, meaning there were very few obstacles to the pastor from our church in North Carolina performing the service.
2. It’s in a spot central to many of the reception locations we were considering, and only about 15 minutes away from the location we finally landed on.
3. My Dad is retired Coast Guard and taught at the Academy for 25+ years, so I have very happy memories associated with the base.
4. It is gorgeous!

Love that blue and all that gorgeous light!

With our ceremony spot secured, we put our heads back down and plowed on with the reception venue search. Ready for another list? Here’s what we were looking for:

1. A spot that was scenic, by the water, and able to be tented.
2. A venue without excessive restrictions or requirements (including but not limited to noise ordinances, lists of vendors from which you’re required to choose, and overly restrictive time schedules).
3. Somewhere that was not terribly expensive. Since we planned to tent and knew our “infrastructure” costs would not end with the site fee, we didn’t want to pay excessively for just a pretty spot of land.

WELL. I think it’s safe to say that we looked at most typical venues in southeastern Connecticut, and some atypical ones as well. Harkness, the Branford House, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Saltwater Farm, the Inn at Mystic, Florence Griswold, the Mystic Seaport, Lower Farm… oh yes, we looked at them all and then some, and came up empty, whether because of cost, space, date availability, or a combination thereof. (If you’re planning a wedding in Connecticut and are interested in all the details, you can check out the posts I wrote on my personal blog here + here.)

Yes, friends, we finally got so desperate that John literally sat down and began scrolling along the Connecticut coastline in Google Maps, calling out “Here’s a piece of lawn! Here’s a piece of lawn!” And you know what? It actually worked! One of the pieces of lawn he stumbled upon happened to be the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and that, my dears, is where we will be holding our reception. In their Sunken Garden, to be specific. I had never once considered this venue before John found it, but now I can’t imagined celebrating anywhere else!

Pictures? Of course! Here’s the stone wall of the garden, with water view beyond:

Keep in mind that poor Connecticut suffered serious damage from Ms Irene a week or so before these photos were taken, so hopefully all these trees will have leaves next year!

Below: The view of the garden from one corner. There will be mowed grass and a tent here next September!

Next door to the garden is the porch of the Yellow House, where we might hold cocktail hour (minus the picnic tables, obvs).

Here’s the view from down below, looking back up toward the house and garden.

Stick a softly glowing Sperry tent in there and you’ll have our wedding. Maybe something like this?

So there you have it: our ceremony and reception venues! What do you think?

Tell me: Did you have a hard time finding your spots to celebrate, or was it the easiest part of the whole process?

Up next: I think maybe we should talk about my first two dress shopping trips — what do you think? They were pretty fun!

In case you missed a post…
I introduce the happy couple

All photos personal except final, which is from the Sperry website

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Whitney reply

    We had too many venues that we liked so we decided to only visit 4 because it became to overwhelming. Two came out as our favorite and then by the end it was what felt more like us as a couple and where can we see ourselves saying “I Do!” and dancing all night long with our family and friends. Your venue is beautiful Emily! Congrats :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Sounds perfect, Whitney! We actually didn’t visit a single venue in person (though I had been to many of the ones we considered over the course of my life, living in the area). I’m so glad we loved our reception spot once we actually saw it in person! :)

  2. avatar Laurien reply

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest : )

  3. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    I spotted the venue we chose online – I was out of town and sent my parents there to check it out. They called me back and said, this is your venue. I put my faith and trust in them and God, and let them sign the contract before I even saw it in person! When I saw it, I knew they were right. An art gallery in an old factory-like building in downtown Birmingham. Check out the link to see a reception there –

  4. avatar Amanda reply

    Congrats on finding your venue! It’s definitely such an exciting time and you realize that, you’re getting married there!! CRAZY! My wedding is next November in Raleigh and the reception venue I picked happen to be because I saw Megan and Steven’s wedding on HERE at the stockroom and fell in LOVE! I wanted the Cotton Room or Bay 7 in Durham but they were a little pricey and as soon as I saw the wedding in April I emailed immediately to find out the pricing even though I wasn’t engaged yet! Luckily I got engaged on July 6th! Whew!

    But as for dress shopping.. don’t get me started. It almost felt like I would never find the one… It was daunting! How do you choose one when you can barely choose what to wear in the morning?! AH! GOOD LUCK and best wishes! I’m sure you’ll be b-e-a-utiful! P.S. Nitsa’s is amazing and Alexia’s in Cary! ;)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Amanda! SO glad you found the Stockroom through SW!! Megan is actually a good friend of mine, and I know she was very happy with it! Also, have heard great things about Nitsa’s and Alexia’s, and I think my Mom and I will be heading to Nitsa’s next month!

  5. avatar Kelly reply

    Oooh ooh! I love it! Those tents are divine. And the ext. of the church is my favorite!! Good choices! And yes, please tell us about your dress adventures next!!!!!

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  9. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the Sperry tent, wow! I’ve been engaged for four months now and I’m beginning to panic over selecting a venue and finally having our date set. My fiancee and I live down in Atlanta, GA and both of our families are up in Michigan, Metro Detroit to be exact. I did go and venue hunt during the holidays, ten sites to be exact and I just feel lost. Not one captures my heart as I had hoped for. Some of the pricing was beyond our means and the other places looked very tired. I’m really leaning towards a tent as well but where to put it is the problem. I’m a bit frightened by the DIY process but it feels like that’s the only way to get exactly what you want in your venue. Am I the only one with this problem? Oh and our guest count is between 275 an 300 :) that can really make things difficult. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren! I’m so sorry to hear about your venue troubles, but if it makes you feel any better, I think a lot of brides are in the same boat! If you’re interested in a nontraditional venue, I think it really helps to be planning in an area you’re very familiar with. In my experience, planning from scratch hasn’t been too difficult; you just have to be very realistic about the additional costs (lighting, generator, rentals, restrooms, tables, chairs, dance floor, etc., etc., etc.). I also thinks it’s almost a necessity to hire a planner to make sure everything is delivered, set up, and runs smoothly. I hope that helps a bit, and that you have a venue breakthrough soon!!

  10. avatar Laura Anne reply

    Would you consider 4 hrs at the reception sight to be too limited? I’ve found the perfect venue, but they limit the actual event to that length of time :-/

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Laura Anne! If 4 hours only includes the reception, and not the cocktail hour or ceremony, then I think that would be enough time! If you’re trying to squeeze in both a cocktail hour AND reception, then that might be a tough squeeze.

  11. avatar Kat reply

    Hi Emily!! I have loved reading all about your wedding :) I remember you wrote this post and came back to re-read because I just recently got engaged (insert a huge smile and a big YAYYY!). My fiance and I would love an outdoor reception and I adore Sperry tents. However, I’m nervous about implement weather. Are you planning your reception under the beautiful tent rain or shine? What if theres a huge thunderstorm? I know the tent will keep guest dry but I’m more worried about potential high wind or lightning. I’m a huge planner and implement weather is definitely a fear of mine. Any suggestions or wisdom you can pass on to a fellow bride-to-be?? Thanks so much :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Kat! Thank you so much for your kind words, and congratulations to you! We are planning to hold our reception under the tent rain or shine, which does make me a bit nervous. But one of the great things about Sperrys is that they all come with beautiful side flaps (clear on top, white on bottom), and there is a technician there throughout the reception, so if they need to come down immediately, it’s not an issue. Other than that, there’s not much we can do except pray for good weather! There will always be a certain amount of risk/uncertainty you have to accept if you’re going to use a tent, so it’s important to make sure you’re okay with that before you make the decision. Best of luck to you – I’m sure it will be beautiful either way!!

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Southern Fab Finds: Rodeo Glasses

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I think searching for the perfect bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts can be so much fun! Granted, there are times when it can be difficult to tell your best friends just how much you love and appreciate them in gift-form, but then there are other times when you find items that are exactly what you’ve been searching for. The Rodeo Cocktail glasses from Rolf Glass gave me that feeling as soon as I set my eyes upon them. Ain’t nothing more appropriate for a Southern bash than a cowboy and cowgirl cocktail!

Rolf Glass perfectly etches their designs into glassware, including monograms and patterns. We love the cowboy boot, horse, star, and cow that decorate these wares so much we’re giving you the chance to win them!

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us all about your closet circle of cowboys and girls who will stand next to you at the altar and how they’ve made your life an adventure.

Win: A set of four Rodeo glasses from Rolf Glass!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Rissi reply

    My ladies and gents are the best family and friends a girl and her groom could ask for…they have stuck by us through thick and thin. They are always willing to lend a shoulder to cry on, even if they say “I told you so” afterwards ;-)

  2. avatar Ashley reply

    I truly think my fiance and I have the best group of individuals standing next to us. Our best friends have been shoulders to cry on through illnesses, deaths as well as the people we celebrate the great news and joy of life’s most exciting minutes. No matter what’s going on they lend helping hands and we can always count on them! I couldn’t imagine standing next to my future husband not having our closest friends standing behind us all the way!!!

  3. avatar Hillary reply

    The hicks and chicks that will be standing at the altar with my fiance, Mark, and myself are one of a kind, composed of both old and new. Two of closest people in my life, my sisters, will be standing right next to me as my matron and maid of honor. My oldest sister (Matron) is always there to run to for advice with her outlandish attitude. My other sister is someone very close to me whom I have shared a room with since we were in cribs. She is my identical twin, and has always been there through every decision. We have chosen the same college, same major (Nursing), and continue to live together. I could not imagine having someone else as close to me as her! My bridesmaid, one of the most down-to-earth chicks I know, is someone who has come into my life more recently. She is someone I can count on to be there in a flash and give me alternate advice I would have never thought of! As for the guys, the best man will be Mark’s younger brother, Eric. They share a tight bond with identical passions that they enjoy doing together. Even I have been able to create such a strong bond with Eric, who is not usually a sentimental kind of guy. Mark’s other 2 groomsmen will be two very close friends that have also come into his life more recently. Mark and the two boys have very similar aspirations, and are always there to bail one another out when needed. It is almost as if they have known one another forever! The 6 guys and gals that will be standing next to us at the altar with their boots on have been such a major part of our lives, both in the past and present. We could not fathom saying “yee-haw” to a lifelong marriage with any other cowboys and cowgirls standing nearby!

  4. avatar Cat reply

    First, these glasses are adorable. My bridal party is awesome. My maid of honor is one of my closest friends from high school . . . we used to get into so much trouble together. The best man is one of the funniest people I have ever met and he is always “on” .. . always saying something crazy and funny. The other two members of our party are my brother and future sister in law. And they know more about us then anyone in the world probably . . . crazy thought.

  5. avatar Ashley Stout reply

    OMg…if the contest wasn’t screaming out my name idk what else can. Our theme is very western. we both grew up in very rodeo families. My wonderful maid of honor is my amazing sister. She has been there for me through everything. My wonderful fiances sister will be up there and she is above and beyond my best friend. We have been through some crazy things whether a little intoxicated or sober as can be. My best friend mady will be up there as well. She has almost caused me to go to jail on a handful of times. We have been through so much together including her brother committing suicide seven months ago…I know she is always there for me just like i was there for her during those rough times. And the groomsmen are a handful of a story of there own.

  6. avatar Kristine reply

    Leave a comment below telling us all about your closet circle of cowboys and girls who will stand next to you at the altar and how they’ve made your life an adventure.

    Daddy’s baby girl of 3, so I will have my 2 sisters, my cousin, and a couple childhood friends. My best friend was killed in a terrible 4 wheeler accident, though we are having her on the program and she will be there in between the girls in spirit. They will hold wheat tied together in burlap, each piece of wheat resembles the hillarious moments we have all shared. They have made my planning process a breeze and they absolutely love parties. I have had many showers.. anywhere from Boots & Spurs shower to a Hook, Line, and Sinker shower. My handsome lover has his dad as his best man, his cousin and a few of his closet friends. They are all going to look so stunning in their cowboy boots from Corral Boots, not to mention the cute suspenders that will fit in perfectly. My fiance and his boys know how to cut a rug, I think that is whast they are most looking forward to that night. They’ve been amazing supporters throughout and always tell him how lucky he is, though I believe I am the lucky one.

  7. avatar Katherine reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these glasses! My fiance and I are getting married in Austin, so what better fit than the capital of TX? We are incorporating my sister as my Matron of Honor, his cousin as his Best Man, and another one of his cousins as a Groomsmen – because family have been and always will be there for you no matter what. At the end of the day and throughout our lives, they have and always will our best interests at heart. My second bridesmaid is my high school best friend – despite going to different colleges and having completely different circles of friends, I always end up calling her whenever a big life change is about to occur or if I need her advice on clothing. We are practically the same person. My third bridesmaid is my college best friend – we were inseparable throughout the years and even studied abroad in Europe together, sharing our love for travel. Whenever we see each other, it feels like no time has passed. The last person in our wedding party is his groomswoman – she was the one who introduced us and his best friend in college. When I know I can’t be there for him, she can.

  8. avatar Kassi reply

    I have grown volunteering and competing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, as have all my girls who will be up there with me :-) we started in diapers and cowboy boots, and havent looked back since!

  9. avatar Davonne reply

    My best friends, boys and girls will be standing next to me. they are my closest friends from college and we have stayed close through many relationships, moves and new adventures. they are my family.

  10. avatar Christie reply

    I love these! As a native Texan, of course I do! My bridal party will be made up of my sisters who, though they are not my real sisters, couldn’t be closer to me than a real sister. And the other is my best friend who has been with me through countless crying phone calls, many road trips and adventures and we can talk about absolutely anything and I love her for it. I couldn’t imagine surviving life without them, let alone my wedding day!

  11. avatar Ally G. reply

    We have the most beautiful, fun and amazing bridal party! We each have 8 of our best pals that will be standing next to us on our big day! Fortunately all of our friends have become friends over the past few years and now we all get to hang out together all the time! It so great the my fiance’ and I have the same friends…makes our lives so much easier! We have such great friends that would do anything for us, and in the past, they have! Those glasses are so adorable and totally match our personalities! We’re all cowboys and cowgirls at heart! Hope I win!!

  12. avatar Dara reply

    My bridal party is small and comprised of only family and childhood friends which in itself says how they’ve made my life an adventure – they’ve been there through it all! My fiance’s groomsmen are his fraternity brothers, so they’ve been through the pledging process together and have continued to remain close after college. This special group of men and women mean everything to us and I know they’re going to add so many memories and joy to our special day!

  13. avatar Brittany reply

    My MOH was my cousin who is really more of the sister I never had. She was there every step of the way, always supporting me and offering help and advice from across the country. She was instrumental in helping with all the finishing details! I don’t know where I’d be without her!

  14. avatar Sergio reply

    Most of my groomsmen have been friends since elementary school. We have countless stories of shenanigans and I’m sure we will have many more to come!

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