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If there’s one thing that every bride strives to show on her wedding day, I’d venture to say it’s true Southern hospitality. After all, when you have all the people you love in one place, it’s only natural to want to mirror that love back to them! That’s why this shoot appeals to me so much — it’s inspired by the pineapple, the quintessential symbol of Southern hospitality, and filled with vintage family pieces that mean so much to Stephanie Yonce and the other vendors that put this shoot together. Enjoy!

From Stephanie: The shoot has so many components that are near and dear to my heart – especially my grandmother’s jewelry. I grew up the only granddaughter (and the youngest!), so we have a pretty special bond over her love of jewelry. All of the bride’s & bridesmaids’ jewelry (with the exception of the bride’s hair pieces) belonged to Stephanie’s 97 year old grandmother, Richmond native, Liz Yonce. Liz worked at BEST Products and Thalhimers for years and had a special affinity for jewelry. Some of the pieces she purchased herself with hard earned money, while others were special gifts from family. The locket was a gift from her husband, and the cameo was a gift from her father. He brought it to her from NYC when she was a little girl.

I have to say, the place for these portraits is almost as gorgeous as the wedding gown! It’s the Monumental Church in Richmond, VA, and it has quite the storied past. The architect was Robert Mills, Thomas Jefferson’s only student. There were once eight of these octagonal churches in the country, but this is the only one still standing — so special! It is on the National Historic Register, and is now available as an event and wedding space.

Love these little boxwood wreath boutonnieres! An elegant alternative to flowers.

The team’s goal with this shoot was to set a scene that could be at home in 1800 or 2013. I think they succeeded, in no small part thanks to the beautiful vintage pieces from Paisley & Jade.

Gorgeous, gorgeous cake! The bold sapphire stripes manage to look modern and classic at the same time.

If nothing else, this shoot has definitely inspired me to dust off my silver and pull out my wedding china! :) Big thanks to all the talented vendors involved! Are y’all incorporating family heirlooms into your ceremonies or receptions?

Photographer: Stephanie Yonce / Hairstylist: Amanda Hodges from Lou Stevens Glam Squad / Catering: I.K. Catering / Event Planner: Events by Elizabeth Palmer / Floral Designer: The Picked Petal / Invitations & Stationery: Confetti Grey / Cake Designer: Sweet Fix / Lighting: Lighting Professors / Linens and Coverings: The Prop Shop / Vintage Rentals: Paisley & Jade / Tuxedo and Men's Attire: Bella Rosa / Venue: Monumental Church
emily Written with love by Emily
9 Comments
  1. avatar Shalese Danielle reply

    Look at all my friends working together on such an AWESOME shoot! I’m so proud of you, Stephanie!!!! This is a wonderful post. :)

  2. avatar Stephanie reply

    Hooray! Thank you so much for sharing this shoot with your readers!

    I’m at the beach with my family this week, so I was able to show my grandma the photos of her jewelry. She was so surprised. :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Y’all, I LOVE this! The portraits are breathtaking, and the pineapple details are so perfectly subtle. So pretty!

  4. avatar Joanne reply

    Awesome layout. What an inspiration for a memorable wedding. The attention to detail is remarkable! Just fabulous!

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  7. avatar Brittany reply

    That sapphire ring is GORGEOUS i have been scouring the internet for a similar one, do you have any idea where it came from?

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