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I like to believe in fate. Do you? It makes everything a little more romantic, and it’s stories like Suzanne + Sean’s that seal the deal for me. (Just read their interview for details!) Their South Carolina wedding was full of fun and sweet details that are so completely Southern, like those screen printed linen bags, bike rides down the street and the serene white chapel. I love that Suzanne’s bouquet of orange tulips included a sentimental note. A single white rose was included in the bunch to honor her father who passed away.

Can we pause for a moment and marvel at this beautiful church? I love that the couple chose to decorate the interior with simple white and green florals that don’t distract from the church’s natural beauty. We can see why Suzanne described the ceremony as “a dream.”

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I was out in California with some friends visiting my sister. We went out one night and ended up meeting Sean and one of his friends at a bar. We talked for a while and planned to meet up again during the trip but never did. When we were on our way home back to Michigan, we ended up on the same connecting flight to Phoenix! At this point we decided it must be fate and we all exchanged email addresses and phone numbers. We remained friends for a few years until finally realizing we were meant to be together.
Describe the proposal. We were down in Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina visiting Sean’s family and they arranged for us to go out on a dinner boat. It was really windy, but we sat on the front of the boat and had a four course meal. It was delicious! Just before they were going to bring out dessert, Sean got down on one knee and popped the question! I, of course, said yes!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I always knew I would wear a mermaid style gown. When my mom and I went dress shopping, I started to give up toward the last dress of the day and figured I would just try on the ball gown to make my mom happy. Little did I know that it would change my mind completely!
Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet was made of orange tulips with a single white rose to honor my father who passed away.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Whimsical, unforgettable, fun.
In what month did you get married? April
How many guests attended your wedding? 88
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The late night snack! We had mini burgers, French fries, and milk shakes!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning the wedding in six months! Luckily we had a planner and family willing to help!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When they opened up the doors to the chapel; Sean was standing at the end and the sun was glowing all around me. It was like a dream.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every second because it goes by so quickly.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are closing on our first house this week!

Photographer: Amy Arrington Photography // Planner: Kelli Corn, Wedding Design Studio of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff // Ceremony venue: Waterside Chapel on the May River // Reception venue: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff // Florist: Sue Burden // Wedding Cake Baker: Custom Cakes // Caterer: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff // Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals // Linens: Cloth Connection // Paper Products: Gunther Gifts // Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: David’s Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Mystique // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

If you like this wedding, you might like these:
Amanda + Brent’s blue and white wedding here and here.
Tara + Steve’s orange and pink wedding here and here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    How absolutely gorgeous…that white church could not be more perfect, and they look so happy together! :)

  2. avatar Kristen Smith reply

    Sigh….the chapel at Palmetto Bluff truly is the prettiest chapel. Love!

  3. avatar Theo reply

    Love the pews and wooden floors! Nice touch with the white flowers!

  4. avatar Brit {Colure Weddings} reply

    Love that the bride used tulips, they are lovely! And I’m in love with the photo of the groomsmen on bikes! What a great posing idea!

  5. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    The venue is so stunning! I love the cake, too!

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It’s no secret that I’m a fabric junkie. I love all things textile-related and I have an overflowing drawer full of fabric at home that tells me that I find fabric faster than I know what to do with them.

Lucky for us, there are people like Andi of Andi Mans Photography and Design, who turn the patterns and colors of fabric we love into something purposeful and pretty. Her fabric backdrop streamers are country chic and I’m digging how she used pinking shears to get a zigzag edge. Couldn’t you see yourself saying your “I Do’s” under the the limbs of oak trees with this backdrop behind you? Or maybe set it behind the dessert bar at the reception?

To Enter: Head to Andi’s Etsy shop and take a look around. Come back here and tell us where you would put the fabric backdrop! For ANOTHER entry, tweet “I just entered the @andimans giveaway on the @iloveswmag blog today!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!

Win: One backdrop streamer in floral Southern peach fabric!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
52 Comments
  1. avatar Kara reply

    We are getting married under a big oak tree and I would LOVE to have this hanging behind us when we say our vows! It matches perfectly with our pink, peach and coral color scheme too!

  2. avatar Andrea reply

    The southern peach fabric backdrop streamer is absolutely beautiful and is the perfect match for my wedding colors! This would look amazing as the back drop in my photo booth!

  3. avatar Andrea reply

    I follow you on twitter (@andreainguanti) and left a comment!

  4. avatar Jen Behnke reply

    These colors are so amazing, it gives off a feeling of warmth and cozy with elegance of true beauty. I would love to have this behind some pictures of my fiance and I!

  5. avatar Jen Behnke reply

    I left a comment as my twitter status @funlovingjen

  6. avatar Nikki Palazzo reply

    I love these streamers!! My fiance and I are getting married in November, and our color scheme is all white and naturals. These streamers fit in perfectly :-) !

    I would do a few things with the streamers! First, I would put the fabric backdrop at the entry-way to our reception ballroom (right behind the guest book table). Then, I would use ribbons or cute clothes pins to hang our guest’s escorts cards!! I have been looking around for ways to hang the table assignments, and these fabric streamers are the perfect fit.

  7. avatar Rebecca Hollis reply

    I love the fabric backdrop!!! It would be perfect for a silly photo area or even as a backdrop for our ceremony. We are getting married outside and the fabric backdrop would be perfect for that. Also, I love Andi’s Etsy site. She had cute hair pieces as well which is something I am looking for!

  8. avatar Liz D reply

    one of these would look cute behind the welcome/sign in table with our guest book at the reception!

  9. avatar Christina reply

    I am not having a fabulous Southern wedding (yet!) but my best friend is!! The backdrop streamer matches her sweet, whimsical style perfectly & the Southern peach fabric hints to her March wedding colors- soft blush and gray. I’d love to gift her this backdrop to either use for her sure-to-be-hilarious photo booth or bridal shower tea. It would be a fabulous addition to either event!

  10. avatar Heather reply

    I think I would use the streamers as a backdrop for our photobooth!!! It would be adorable! :) And, then I would offer it to a friend of mine who is getting married in the mountains a couple months after us… it would be the prize that’s a winner for at least 2 brides! :)

  11. avatar Courtney Cross reply

    I would use it as a backdrop for the photobooth area!

  12. avatar Kelley reply

    This lovely peach background would be perfect behind our doughnut and cookie bar! Since our reception is being held outside at the Winter Park Racquet Club in Orlando, Florida, this backdrop is the perfect airy solution that we’ve been looking for!

  13. avatar Kelley reply

    I just tweeted, “I just entered the @andimans giveaway on the @iloveswmag blog today!” woo!

  14. avatar Layne reply

    I would LOVE thses streamers as a gorgeous backdrop behind the old fashioned fun candy bar at our reception! My grandpa started an old fashioned candy store in Florida back in the 60′s and now my Daddy owns it. We couldn’t think of a better way to make our wedding even sweeter!

  15. avatar Katie reply

    These are gorgeous! I would use the southern peach backdrop for our photo booth! It would look great!!

  16. avatar Mandy reply

    This is co cute and would be perfect for the photo booth backdrop! Reminds me of some of my late Granny’s fabric. A perfect combination of something “old & new” all at once and a treasured keepsake afterwards!

  17. avatar Laura reply

    I love the floral Southern peach fabric, those are exactly my colors! The streamers would look great hanging behind the dessert table, with a sign in front saying “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You” We’re getting married in NC, got to have some James Taylor :)

  18. avatar Farren reply

    I am planning my sister a bridal shower and the peach streamers would be the perfect touch behind my cupcake display!

  19. avatar laura thompson reply

    need this for photo booth backdrop at weddings! please…

  20. avatar Katie reply

    These are gorgeous! They would be perfect for our photo booth!

  21. avatar Maple reply

    I’d use this for my wedding dessert table or photo backdrop!!

  22. avatar Maple reply

    I just tweeted about the giveaway!

  23. avatar Jenny H. reply

    For my wedding, I’d love to have this backdrop for our formal pics.

  24. avatar Davonne Head reply

    I love the Blue Fabric Backdrop Streamers, it would look perfect behind my dessert bar at my wedding.

  25. avatar sarah reply

    i would love to hang these streamers near our cake or desserts!

  26. avatar Sara reply

    I have been wanting to do streamers!!! I was thinking of putting them behind the head table and behind the dessert table! I’m not really in love with the backdrop or walls of my venue, so this would really give it that extra bit of love <3

  27. avatar Vickie reply

    My daughter is using the beautiful peach theme colors in her wedding. It would be perfect for her wedding in Atlanta, GA as a background for her photo booth. She will be as pretty as a “Geogia peach” standing in front of it on her wedding day.

  28. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I would use the fabric backdrop behind the guest book / favor table at the reception location. It’s so pretty!

  29. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I just tweeted about this giveaway!

  30. avatar Susan reply

    I have a loft at my wedding venue that this would be perfect to put in (the turquoise ones because they are my wedding colors) and then turn it into a makeshift photo booth! Love it! :)

  31. avatar Hannah reply

    Hi! This is AMAZING! I am getting married March 10th and our whole wedding theme is souther/shabby chic…and eco friendly! We actually have our wedding altar/arch made from birch. Currently it is plain, but attaching these fabric beauties would REALLY add a lot! The ones shown in this post even match our colors. Love love love. I also tweeted from @hannah_zier

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  32. avatar Hannah reply

    oops! i realize i was supposed to leave a separate comment for the tweet haha.. I just tweeted from @hannah_zier!

  33. avatar tara reply

    this is beautiful! i would wrap it around the gorgeous old pecan tree we are getting married in front of for an amazing backdrop!

  34. avatar Kristy reply

    I would like to put them by the dessert table :)

  35. avatar AJ reply

    These would make a backdrop for the photo booth!

  36. avatar AJ reply

    I tweeted about the giveaway too :) (@SingleandSaving)

  37. avatar Mandy reply

    I just tweeted about this contest too! @mandylou82

  38. avatar Layne reply

    I would LOVE thses streamers as a gorgeous backdrop behind the old fashioned fun candy bar at our reception! My grandpa started an old fashioned candy store in Florida back in the 60′s and now my Daddy owns it. We couldn’t think of a better way to make our wedding even sweeter with this family tradition! :)

  39. avatar Jessica reply

    I would love the turquoise streamers for my ceremony. I’m getting married over looking the beach and I think the turquoise would look amazing against the ocean.

  40. avatar Brooke reply

    I would love these streamers to hang behind the place where my groom and I are exchanging vows. They would go prefect with our theme of “country meets coast” and would also help cover up the power box that happens to be right behind us! I’ve been trying to figure our how to cover it up and now I know!!

  41. avatar Melissa reply

    I would love to use this (or something like it if I don’t win) as the backdrop to my homemade photo booth!

  42. avatar Stephanie Martinez reply

    I would hang the adorable shabby chic streamers behind my wedding cake/dessert table! It would be the icing in the cake, since it perfectly fits with out peach/pale pink southern wedding theme.

  43. avatar Stephanie Martinez reply

    I just tweeted my contest entry!

  44. avatar Jasmin Gipson reply

    I would use these for my backdrop behind my rustic wedding cake!! I have a plain white wall so decor would be a must.

  45. avatar Suzette Kersey reply

    I can just picture this background behind our Candy Table at the reception. Our theme is vintage/shabby chic with a very Southern twang! The reception will be at our church gym so needless to say it will need all the decorating it can get… a breezy backdrop like this would be lovely.

  46. avatar Suzette Kersey reply

    I just tweeted “I just entered the @andimans giveaway on the @iloveswmag blog today!” =)

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  48. avatar Kelly reply

    I would put the Etsy fabric streamers behind my escort card table or use it as the backdrop for my photo kiosk.

  49. avatar Kelly reply

    I just tweeted that I entered the contest (@kckalmar).

  50. avatar anna vogel reply

    i would put the streamers as a backdrop to our photobooth at our wedding!

  51. avatar cleesmile reply

    would go beautifully in our outdoor mini reception immediately following the ceremony :) where we’ll be serving snacks before the actual reception!

  52. avatar Kaelie reply

    Our wedding next summer will take place by the lake under two birch trees; I would string the gorgeous fabric backdrop between the two trees. The fabric backdrop streamers fit my wedding vision perfectly!

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Last night my husband and I went to dinner at a friend’s home, and the hostess made key lime pie bites (and chocolate chip cookies with the Neiman Marcus recipe)! Talk about yummy! Emily’s lemon squeeze inspiration board reminds me of those key lime pie bites – yummy (looking) and completely refreshing. Yellow bridesmaids’ dresses can do that exact same thing for your wedding. The bright and vibrant pop of color can be a fun twist to your wedding day palette!

Image credit from top to bottom: Anne Marie Photography via this lovely SW feature, Rebekah Westover, Clary Photo (see the rest of these high school sweethearts’ party here), and Susan Dean (see more of this sunshiny-bright wedding here).

Looking for a yellow dress that has your maids looking more like Andie in How to Lose a Guy in 10 days than Big Bird? Our Shopping Guide has you covered:

A. Modcloth Blossoms and Buttercream Dress ($48), B. Allure “1279″ ($198), C. Old Navy Belted Cap-Sleeve Dress ($25) D. Calvin Klein One Shoulder Jersey Sheath Dress ($98), E. Belted Lace Dress by Rare ($90), F. Jenny Yoo “Nikki” ($325). G. Nordstrom “Muse” ($128), H. 6 Shore Road “Panama” ($204), I. Modcloth “Sunshine on my mind” ($49.99), J. Modcloth “Lemon Armour” ($419.99), K. Rebecca Taylor “Stunning Strapless” ($335), L. BHLDN Bowknot Dress ($160), M. Donna Morgan Belted Chiffon ($99), and N. Asymmetrical Ruffle by Rare ($90).

What color will your girls be wearing down the aisle? Would you/have you chosen a bright pop of color for them to sport?

If you haven’t decided yet, be sure to check out our other Southern Style posts:
Mixed Bridesmaids’ Dresses
Cardigans and Tights

Still stuck? Check out our yellow board on Pinterest!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Sarah reply

    Where’s N? It’s the best, but it’s not listed underneath. Thanks!

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Friends, have you ever lost your umbrella? I lost both of mine a couple of weeks ago and ever since, my days have been spent constantly checking the weather on my phone or running from rain clouds. The skies have been a bit gloomy in the Carolinas lately, so I finally resigned to the fact that I wasn’t going to find my umbrella and got a new one yesterday. Let’s hope that Emily’s lemon squeeze inspiration board paired with my color palette finds puts Mother Nature in a better mood for tomorrow. Be prepared for sunshine, y’all!

I love how these yellow and green picks play off the colors of citrus groves throughout the South! These items will add some Southern sunshine to any wedding. Want more finds? Stay tuned because later today, Marissa is sharing her favorite yellow dress picks in her Southern Style column!

A. We love the idea of using chalkboards to identify signature drinks and menu items, especially when it comes in a bright frame like this one!

B. I am gaga for this ribbon. I see it wrapped around a lush bouquet or tied in the flower girl’s hair. What do you think it’s perfect for?

C. Balance out the sour of those lemons with some sweet rock candy. We think these would look adorable on a candy buffet!

D. We just love the idea of using mini citrus trees as part of the decor! You can buy meyer lemon trees and more online here.

E. No need to get too fancy with drinks, this lemon prosecco is tasty and only needs three ingredients (four if you count the mint garnish).

F. We know a Southern girl never skimps her guests on sweets or on cute presentation. Try these pleated cupcake liners if you’re baking for the wedding yourself!

G. Guests will have a ball guessing what’s inside these bright striped treat bags. Another option? Let guests fill the bags themselves with treats from the dessert bar. Provide custom stickers to keep goodies from falling out.

H. For tying treats, invitations, napkins and more, this “Lemondrop” twine is a go-to. We’ll never tire of seeing it!

I. For your bridesmaids who need a place for their lipstick and camera, this yellow cornflower clutch is the perfect summery accessory.

J. Draw eyes upward with an epic yellow chandelier. Whether it’s hanging over a lounge area or the dance floor, it’s sure to make a statement.

K. Can’t you picture these adorable lemon souffles sitting at each place setting during dessert? I love how they’re presented in the lemon rind!

L. Complete your outfit by accessorizing with this adorable green “Rana” cocktail ring in mint.

M. For a little snack before the nuptials, pack up lemonade, some fruit and cheese and crackers in a picnic basket for two. Or, fill it with some late night snacks to take with you after the reception!

N. For changing into when heels are too painful for the dance floor or for gifting to your ‘maids, these bright cap-toe flats are comfy but cute enough to don all night!

Did these picks bring some sunshine to your life? What other details would you include in a citrus-inspired wedding?

Past Color Palette Finds:
Bright Winter Beach
Southern Gothic
Merlot + Champagne Vineyard
Soft Peach and Blue
Tex Mex Fiesta
Lemonade Summer

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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When I was little, my family used to go the beach every summer. We used to spend hours on the weathered dock behind the house watching the sun set, watching fish swim and enjoying the air. There’s nothing quite like spending the end of the day outside by the water, which is why I am positive that the guests at Turner + Forrest’s wedding were extra thrilled to celebrate that way with the newlyweds. Of the details, the walkway lit with potted hydrangeas, the silver platter the cake sat on and the boat full of the Gulf’s best shrimp top my list. How about you?

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I had cotton in my bouquet and we served Southern food like fried oysters and shrimp served in wooden boats.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: The bride’s cake was lemon flavored and the groom’s cake, which was a surprise to him) was a chocolate cake shaped like a gator.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Living eight hours from the wedding location.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? My wedding dress.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the isle and seeing Forrest. He cried.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every minute of it!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’re living in Florida and working for Younglife. We’re looking forward to getting settled in a normal routine.

Photographer: Stephen Devries // Videographer: Stuart Atkins // Ceremony venue: Trinity Presbyterian Church // Reception venue: Private residence // Florist: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Paper Pieces: Sweet Peach Paper // Wedding Cake Baker: The Little Cake Shop // Caterer: Clifton Morrisette // Rentals: Blue Rents // Linens: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Lighting: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Veil from the mother of the bride // Bride’s Shoes: Nina // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Melissa Sweet via Bella Bridesmaid

Stephen Devries is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Love this wedding? Check these links out:
Emily + Brian’s blue and white wedding here and here.
Molly + Ben’s classic New Year’s Eve wedding here and here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Crystal reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! I love all of it! Any idea where the lanterns came from? We are doing a similar look for our wedding day (also blue and white) and have been searching for lanterns everywhere. I have found black and plan on spray painting them, but would love to just find a white option. Thanks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Crystal! In my experience, these lanterns aren’t easy to find at a good price point online, but they’re pretty easy to find in stores. I found a similar (white) style at Walmart last year, and I’ve also seen similar designs at Ikea and Carolina Pottery (not sure if they have CP where you live…). I’d also try Pier 1 or Cost Plus World Market. I hope that helps — best of luck!

  2. avatar chicago wedding photographer Caroline Ghetes reply

    WOW! I love the back of her dress! And the little boat appetizer thing is genius!

  3. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    These photos are AMAZING! The details – cake, flowers, food – are all so pretty!

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