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Today’s the day, y’all! V5 officially debuts on news stands today and we couldn’t be happier to share our features on the blog. Yesterday, y’all got a sneak peek of our Family Heirlooms shoot with some behind the scenes shots. Judging from your comments, you’ll be positively giddy to see these amazing images, styled by Lora Elaine and photographed by Eric Kelley!

Though we nicknamed this shoot the “Tomato Shoot,” it means far more to us than that. Inspired by the family traditions centered around home-grown food and the history of the heirloom tomato itself, we set about creating an editorial that combined the vibrant colors of those delicious fruits with the family we associate with it.

The paper goods ranked among our favorite details from this shoot! Pitbull & Posies created pieces for us with a bit of humor and some amazing calligraphy by Lindsay Letters.

We were thrilled to see what gorgeous floral arrangements Mary Stevens at Fearrington Village created for us. The bouquets in shades of red, orange and yellow were perfectly wild and warm.

The shot below is one of Emily’s favorites from this feature. We loved the idea of creating an ombre bridal party and Emily made sure we got a gorgeous shot of it!

A fun tomato tasting station gave us the chance to highlight the tomato varieties that we adored and proved to be a crowd pleaser — how could anyone pass up those gorgeous colors? They look delicious.

We just loved the idea of boxed meals with gingham napkins and a calligraphy message inside! The food — biscuits, sweet potato wedges, tomato sandwiches and more — were equally appealing.

In lieu of traditional favors, we opted for a produce stand of sorts, letting guests pick out their favorite fresh vegetables to take home. We love how it reflects our Southern upbringings in that no guest ever leaves the house without something to eat!

Ta-da! The cherry cake that Ashley Cakes whipped up for us was beautiful. The happy rainier cherries lining each tier were too cute!

We were joined by some very special guests for our shoot. Miss Georgia 2012, Jasmyn Wilkins acted as our “bride” for the day and our good friends from around town came in to party at our “reception.” We were privileged that our local bluegrass favorite, The Bloomsbury Boys also joined us, providing music for most of the shoot!

Stay tuned for more from this shoot tomorrow!

Photographer: Eric Kelley / Stylist: Lora Elaine / Location: Fearrington Village / Florist: Mary Stevens at Fearrington Village / Invitations & Stationery: Pitbulls & Posies / Hand Lettering and Calligraphy: Lindsay Letters / Hair and Makeup: Lora Elaine / Hair and Makeup: Makeup for Your Day / Catering: Fearrington Village / Heirloom Vegetables: Coon Rock Farm / Cake Baker: Ashley Cakes / Bluegrass Band: Bloomsbury Boys (919-306-2116) / Bride’s Dress: LZ3059 by Lazaro / Bride's Shrug: Alisa Benay / Bride’s Jewelry: KiraKira / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate / Bridesmaid Dresses: Coren Moore / Bow Ties: High Cotton Ties / Bow Ties: Southern Beaus / Bow Ties: xoelle / Children's Clothing: Toot and Puddle / Children's Clothing: Belles and Bugs / Children's Clothing: TaDa Designs / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Yellow and White Quilt: Red Rabbit Quilting / Red and White Quilt: Cherry Street Quilts / Multicolored Quilt: Evening in the Garden / Heirloom Seed Packets: Lindsay Letters / Porcelain Berry Baskets: Anthropologie
nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
48 Comments
  1. avatar Rachel A. reply

    This is gorgeous, Y’all!
    I cannot wait to pick up V5!

  2. avatar Leigh Pearce reply

    Holy cow!!! I am in l.o.v.e!! Can’t wait to get my hands on V5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    WELL I’LL DECLARE! This is one of the prettiest shoots y’all have ever produced. What an amazing color palette AND story. LOVE IT

  4. avatar Jessica Leigh reply

    I am blown away by this shoot! This by very far the most refreshing shoot (and/or actual wedding) I’ve seen in so long. I love the unique focus on beautiful heirloom tomatoes and produce, all the way down to coordinated shades of bridesmaid dresses. What a fun but classy “backyard” affair (boxed meals + calligraphy). Love love love it!

  5. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh my! The colors are SO lovely. I especially love those sweet box lunches and that gorgeous cake!

  6. avatar Breanna reply

    This is so stunning!

  7. avatar Anna reply

    Oh my gosh y’all – this is so neat! Everything is absolutely stunning! I’m a model :) haha

  8. avatar Lisa reply

    Y’all have outdone yourselves!! The colors, the story, the styling…everything is so fresh, unique, beautiful, and sentimental. It has been so much fun seeing previews from V5 all over the blogosphere today, but this shoot is my favorite so far!

  9. avatar invitation consultants reply

    gorgeous shoot! love the fashion!

  10. avatar Eric Kelley reply

    Such an honor to work with you all! one of my favorite shoots this year! Can’t wait to see everything!!

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  12. avatar Lora Kelley reply

    Ladies!! I love this so much… it was such a tremendous treat to be there for this!! Thank you thank you!

  13. avatar Christy Carver reply

    This shoot turned out GREAT! I was so honored to take part in it. Congratulations to Southern Weddings on their 5th Anniversary!! XOXO- Christy, Owner of Bella Bridesmaid-Raleigh

  14. avatar Jennifer Buenviaje reply

    This is absolutely stunning!! We {Makeup for Your Day} loved working with all of these amazing vendors and the models were so sweet (and gorgeous)! Thanks for including us! Love this!

  15. avatar Shayla reply

    Beautiful inspiration!!

  16. avatar Lauren reply

    This shoot is sooo gorgeous. So unique! Love the colors, the kids. Miss Georgia is super beautiful too!!!

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  18. avatar Rita Miller Dorris reply

    LOVE this amazing shoot! Love the fact that vintage can be combine with color and look amazing and still elegant! The colors make me so happy! WTG!!

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  21. avatar Jasmine reply

    What a GORGEOUS shoot!! I absolutely love it and can’t believe I missed it when it was originally posted! Apparently I need to update my blog reader to feature this one more prominently :) Great work as always, ladies!

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  23. avatar Jordan reply

    These boxed lunches are such a hit! Is there any way you can share where you got those lovely detailed kraft boxes? Gorgeous shoot. I plan on replicating details for a birthday shooting lunch.

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    There are no words to describe my love for this Tomato themed wedding!!! Every detail, every flower, every display is UNBELIEVABLE!!! I am obsessed with tomatoes and just might have to convince my husband of a vow renewal just to have this wedding! I posted this on my blog for my Favorite Things Friday today! Unreal!!! Bravo!

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    Hi there! Beautiful shoot! I was wondering if you could tell me the color and fabric of the LK dress four rows down of the woman in the one shoulder dress holding a basket of flowers? I love it and want to use it for my bridesmaids! Thank you so much!

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  45. avatar Kristen Johnson reply

    Hello! I am a baker who specializes in locally sustainable, whole foods baking and absolutely LOVE the boxes that the lunches were boxed up in! Could you please forward me the source so I can contact them for purchase??!?!?! Thank you so much!

  46. avatar Munirah reply

    Such a beautiful job! I love this theme!

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