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Can y’all just pause with me for a second to gawk at this gorgeous tent?? The soft white folds accented by green paper lanterns knock me off my feet. Just wait until you see the photos of this tent when it’s lit up at night! We saved it for last, like all the best things. Soft lighting appeared in Beverly + Curtis’s wedding in some of our favorite spots, like chandeliers and table votives, but also in some unexpected ones, like hanging for the flower arrangements. We love the effect paired with bold table linens and lush amounts of flowers. The green blooms topped off the newlywed’s cake, too. Beverly asked her baker to make it look like her mama baked it and we think the end result is perfection! Thanks again to Josh Moates from Kim Box Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos!

Describe your wedding flowers: The only thing I knew was that I wanted white and green flowers. I showed the florist a photo I had seen in a magazine, gave him some cotton, and everything turned out perfectly.
Describe your wedding cake: When I ordered my wedding cake, all I really told them was that I wanted a cake that looked like my mother had baked it. That’s exactly what they did for me!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I work night shifts and it was always challenging to meet with people during normal “business hours.”
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The food! I got so many compliments on it from my guests. But my mother would defiantly say the flowers.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle after we said our vows and seeing how many people came to support us.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are just getting used to life being back to normal, so we really don’t know either!

Photographer: Kim Box Photography // Videographer: Drew Woods // Planner: Mary Me // Venue: Brides parents’ home // Florist: Southern Wedding Designs // Wedding Cake Baker: Cake Designs // Caterer: Southern Hospitality // Bride’s Dress: Denson’s, Montgomery, AL // Jewelry: Deans Jewelers // Bride’s Shoes: Zappos, hand painted by bride’s aunt // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Brides hair: Doug’s 2 Salon // Brides Makeup: Bella

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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Sometimes I look at the images for these Real Weddings and I don’t know how to start talking about them. Take Beverly + Curtis’s wedding, for example. Their green and white color scheme and pecan orchard setting can’t justly describe how intimate, yet grand, their ceremony was. The tall trees of the orchard enveloped the bridal party and guests while providing a vast amount of space for their vows to be heard. It’s an appropriate venue for B + C’s wedding, since Beverly’s father planted the orchard the year she was born. Even more nods to the family’s Southern roots come in with the flowers. Beverly’s beautiful bouquet and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres included cotton bolls, which subtly highlighted her father’s cotton farming background. Big thanks go out to photographer Josh Moates with Kim Box Photography for sharing this wedding. Come back for Part II, because we can’t wait to share more of it with you!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at a party in Auburn when we were 19. We had been friends for a long time but only started dating when we were 27.
Describe the proposal. We were getting ready to go watch a play with my parents. Curtis asked right as my parents pulled up to my house to pick us up.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fresh, Southern, touching.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My father is a cotton farmer, so I have grown up with it my whole life and asked our florist put cotton from my father’s farm in our bouquets and in the boutonnieres. I couldn’t find shoes in a color I liked, so my aunt, who is a faux finisher in Louisiana, painted my shoes. My father planted the pecan orchard we got married in the year I was born and the same jeweler that set my engagement ring also set my mother’s. It was also very touching how many incredibly nice things people did for us. I am convinced I have the best family and bridesmaids I could possibly ask for my wedding.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had cotton in the bouquets and were married in a pecan orchard. Guests were given fans and we had cheese grits at the reception. The majority of the logs and stumps used in decorating came off of my father’s farm, and our groomsmen wore seersucker suits.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew my wedding dress the minute I saw it on the hanger, even though I tried on many. It came from Denson’s in Montgomery, Alabama and was made by Allure Bridals.

Photographer: Kim Box Photography // Videographer: Drew Woods // Planner: Mary Me // Venue: Brides parents’ home // Florist: Southern Wedding Designs // Wedding Cake Baker: Cake Designs // Caterer: Southern Hospitality // Bride’s Dress: Denson’s, Montgomery, AL // Jewelry: Deans Jewelers // Bride’s Shoes: Zappos, hand painted by bride’s aunt // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Brides hair: Doug’s 2 Salon // Brides Makeup: Bella

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Desiree reply

    I want to see more images of that altar! how awesome :)

  2. avatar Taylor reply

    LOVING the cotton accents!

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  8. avatar robbin chamberlain reply

    Hi Kim! Fantastic pictures. Your bridal bouquet is absolutely wonderful! But, WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE GREEN SHOES???????? My daughter is getting married in 4 weeks and she’d love to find those shoes, so give it up, Girl!

    Good luck and God bless!
    Robbin C.

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Today I have a lovely Southern engagement session from Landon Jacob Productions to share with you! I love that these two incorporated both a country and a city backdrop into their session — two completely different looks, but they both seem to fit this couple. Which one do you prefer?

Thanks to Landon Jacob for sharing!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Robin McQuay Anderson reply

    Beautiful lighting and totally loving the strings of white lights! Clever!

  2. avatar Lesley Frank reply

    This couple is so cute! I love the ones with the lights on the city rooftop!

  3. avatar Kamie reply

    I think the country setting is so romantic! I love the city ones as well…. you can have the best of both worlds. Flexibility… give and take… keys to a happy marriage. :)

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    These are very nice! Great warm tones!

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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Who’s ready for the weekend? We’re moving into the last official days of summer, so this weekend I’ll be soaking it up! I am, however, very excited for scarf and pumpkin spice latte season. Who’s with me?

I love starting off the week with Emily’s Southern Spotting! We’ve seen plenty of chandeliers, but none as glamorous and Southern as magnolia ones!

We loved getting to know y’all so much with our Sit a Spell Series, that we’re sharing our dream weddings to bond over! I gathered up some of my favorite images and told you all about my dream Southern wedding.

This week’s featured Real Wedding Gallery is Caitlin + Charlie. Their Florida nuptials were classically Southern!

We’re grateful for the beautiful weddings on the blog this week!

Carolyn + Dustin’s colorful museum wedding had us head-over-heels. We love her big, bright bouquet and their adorable getaway photos! Take a gander here and here.

Bethany + Caleb’s handmade wedding came with an adorable proposal story. Their North Carolina wedding was laid back and stylish. See it here and here.

Lauren + Tommy’s wedding was a stunner and full of love and handmade details. Despite the Oklahoma heat, the bride and groom looked lovely! Check it out here and here.

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Can’t get enough weddings? Knot News organizes a bunch of wedding blogs into inspirational photo books for you to flip through virtually. Browse through the photos on their site.

Before you go, here’s a little beautiful dress photo action from Millie Holloman Photography:

Have a splendid weekend, friends!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Rachel reply

    Knot news from Knotist is amazing! What a great way to see all my favorite blogs in one place :) I spent hours “getting inspired” :)

  2. avatar Robin McQuay Anderson reply

    Those magnolia chandeliers are just fabulous. Love the table latterns/arrangements as well…so many great ideas!

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Y’all have been such a hoot to get to know with our Sit a Spell Series! We’d love to bond a little more, so over the next few weeks, each of us will be giving you a look into our dream wedding — what our inspiration is, what we’d want to wear, and the great Southern traditions we’d love to include. First up? Nicole’s Southern wedding!

Dreaming up my future wedding is a constant adventure — there are so many beautiful details I’d love to include and so many color palettes to consider! I’ve gone from “dark and dreamy” to “elegant courthouse” to “bright and whimsical.” Needless to say, my wedding inspiration folder is eclectic and varied. However, one thing I always come back to is the idea of a warm and intimate nighttime wedding with rich colors, good food and great friends. Let’s hope my future husband agrees this is a good choice.

Image credits: (Top to bottom, left to right) Romona Keveza Legends, Jenny Jimenez via Ruffled, Ellen Silverman via Automatism, Oscar & Emma via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Jose Villa via Ariella Chezar, Weddings by Two via Martha Stewart Weddings

Tell us the basics. Where do you want to get married and when? How many people would you invite? Ideally, I would have a small wedding in September in North Carolina. The ceremony would be outdoors at sunset and the reception on a terrace or pavilion.

What’s your design inspiration and color palette? Believe it or not, my inspiration comes from crème brulee. I love the warm colors, the pop of red when it’s topped with raspberries, and the cozy, delectable feeling you get when you crack past the sugary surface. It’s the same feeling I’d want guests to have at my wedding.

What details and traditions would you include in your ceremony? I love my dad for being supportive and for all the wonderful advice and love he’s given me over the years. I’d want him to walk me down the aisle. My bridesmaids would all get monogrammed handkerchiefs to carry with their bouquets and the groomsmen would get fun, matching accessories like socks and cufflinks. My family doesn’t have any heirloom jewelry, so I would love for my engagement ring to become a piece that could be passed down through the generations. (Dear future hubby, I’d like an emerald cut surrounded by pave diamonds sitting on an intricate basket.)

What dress would you wear? I would wear Romona Keveza Legends’ L251. I’ve seen this dress in person and I think I died when the consultant fluffed the skirt. It falls so softly and gives the skirt a fullness without being heavy. Later, I would change into Sarah Seven’s Love Story dress. It’s perfect for running through sparklers and hopping into a getaway car.

Image credit:Weddings by Two via Martha Stewart Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Veil and Bow via Southern Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, A Glamorous Little Side Project, Tanya Tribble via Ariella Chezar

What would your flowers look like? I’m a sucker for giant, fully bloomed peonies. I’d like a medium-sized bouquet of creams and ivories with long stems, wrapped in a big dupioni silk bow. My bridesmaids would have smaller peony bouquets in a deep coral-y red. At the reception, low and simple arrangements of cream and raspberry colored blooms would deck square tables along with dozens of tea lights.

What details and traditions would you include in your reception? Warm lighting would fill the space and there would be string lights connecting European-style lampposts on the periphery of the reception. The bridal party and our immediate families would sit at a banquet table, but everyone will be dancing all night. We will take a dance break for food, however, which will be served on assorted vintage china. We won’t do a bouquet or garter toss, but guests will get to take home adorably packaged favors.

What food would you serve? I’m all about some good food and I will be eating at my wedding. I’d like to have food stations set up throughout the reception area for freshly made tapas-style food – everything ranging from sushi to mini pulled pork sliders. Dessert would be mind-blowing. As in, there would be a lot of it. I intend on having a full ice cream bar, a s’mores pit, and mini crème brulee, among other sweets.

Where would you honeymoon? My hubby and I would honeymoon-hop throughout the Mediterranean, eating and drinking our way through Italy, Greece, Turkey and Morocco.

What’s most important to you about weddings? Not to be corny, but it’s all about love and togetherness. There’s a beautiful thing about two people making vows to each other, two families converging, and a room full of friends who love and support you. I’ve cried at weddings for couples I barely knew! That says a lot. I think that as long as there’s love and joy in the room, a wedding will be a beautiful experience.

Do we have anything in common? Let me know in the comments below and tell me what your dream wedding is like.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Lindsay Ann Corrigan reply

    Nicole, my favorite part is your last comment about what is most important. I could not agree more! It’s so important to remember why we have weddings in the first place. I love how y’all highlight all the beauty of the day, including the truth represented by it all.

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Lindsay! Thank you! My favorite part about our Real Weddings is reading the love stories and proposals — it makes me appreciate the wedding photos even more.

  2. avatar Amy reply

    This is delightful! I love that your inspiration was crème brulee.

  3. avatar Sheila reply

    Nicole, when I’m watching wedding shows (Say Yes, My Fair Wedding…) I cry when they show the couple getting married. I don’t know them, but knowing that these two people are in love and can’t imagine being without the other, makes me emotional. Guess how soppy in going to be at my own wedding! =) I love what you said about how important it is to remember why there is a wedding in the first place. So many times brides get caught up in the details and making the wedding perfect that they momentarilly forget why they are doing the planning. I admit I have gone through this, but I keep reminding myself the day will be perfect no matter what, because I am marrying the love of my life.

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Sheila! That’s so sweet! There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, but I love that at the end of the day, all that matters is the fact that you’re marrying the love of your life.

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