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After only attending a double date for the sake of their respective friends, “the sparks immediately flew!” (Her words, not mine!) Though both Marjorie + Adnan say they weren’t looking for their one and only, fate had other plans for their relationship! But when it came to their big day, careful planning and consideration went into to each and every detail. From each piece of her something borrowed and something blue to swapping out the standard guest book for a wooden bench, Marjorie + Adnan crafted meaningful moments throughout their wedding day, and into married life.

Big hugs to Julie Paisley for sharing the joy of their wedding day with us!

I went all the way to Miami to find my wedding dress. I had fallen in love with Maggie Sottero dresses, and Miami is where we found lots of different stores who carried them. We went to Miracle Mile and went into a lot of bridal shops, but didn’t have any luck. I looked online and found a shop called Brides of Florida that had great reviews, so we gave it a shot. They were so friendly and we felt right at home. I told her what type of dress I was looking for and she picked out a couple dresses for me to try on. I loved them, but I still didn’t get the feeling like it was ‘the one.’ My best friend pointed to a dress she saw on the rack and told me to try it on. It wasn’t something I would have originally chosen, but when I put it on I started to get goosebumps. After discussing how we could change the dress to make it strapless like I had wanted, I knew that was “the one” I had been looking for. Everyone’s eyes were watering. I had found my dress.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided not to do a first look because I wanted to keep the tradition of seeing me when I first came in with my Dad. I had a grand entrance planned for us, so I wanted everyone to be surprised.

Oh y’all, if Marjorie’s dad’s face doesn’t say it all right there, I don’t know what can!

I walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years,” the Christina Perri song by the Piano Guys. I love this song and the meaning behind it, and the Piano guys do a great job with it. My girls walked down the aisle to “I Do” by Colbie Cailat. They had fun with this song and strutted and twirled while walking down the aisle. We walked back up the aisle to Bruno Mars “Marry You.” Our first dance song was a remix of songs. We started with a slow dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley. Then it went into the Bosnian Kolo, a traditional Bosnian dance, because my husband is from Bosnia. We then did a Bachata, a Spanish dance. Then it went into a fun dance, Soulja Boy’s “The Wop,” and finally the Harlem Shake with the whole bridal party.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I think there was a lot of Southern charm at my wedding. The venue was at a barn with lots of horses. All of our decor was burlap and lace. My mom made burlap napkin rings, chair sashes, table numbers, table runners and an aisle runner. We used mason jar glasses as favors for our guests. We had an altar that my Dad, my grandpa and his friend created with old wood, and a mason jar chandelier. The flowers at the altar were in big milk jugs. The mason jar lanterns decorated the aisle. My cake was on a tree stump cake stand my dad and his friend created. My dad also made wooden signs to direct the guests to our ceremony and reception site, and a corn hole game with Adnan and I’s silhouettes. My guests had to sign a wooden bench instead of a sign-in book. My bridesmaids all wore cowboy boots, as did I, and we drank out of our special custom-made mason jar wine glasses.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. I absolutely loved my wedding cake. It was exactly how my friend and I designed and pictured it. Dream Theme Cakes did a fabulous job! My wedding cake had three different flavors: red velvet with cream cheese frosting, classic yellow with strawberry filling and chocolate chip with chocolate buttercream.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Neither of us were looking but my best friend, Coralys (one of my bridesmaids) and his friend at the time were going on a date. Coralys didn’t want to go alone on her date, so she asked me to come with her. She told her date to bring a friend as well, so he did. We both tagged along on this date to the Casbah, only for our friends’ sake, and that’s when we met. Our friends didn’t work out, but we did. It was just fate!
Tell us all about the proposal! We had been together for over four years. It was my 24th birthday. Adnan told me he wanted to go grab a drink before dinner and it just so happened that he told me to meet him at the Casbah. I immediately started to get butterflies. When we went inside, the hostess took us to the same table we had sat at during our first blind date. Adnan proceeded to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him in front of everyone in that restaurant. It was so surreal.
When did y’all get married? May 26, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
Describe your wedding flowers. My wedding flowers were a mixture of green, coral and white. They also had a rustic look with the twig branches. I used white hydrangeas and coral roses.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I can’t choose only one. My mom made so many details of our wedding, from the napkin rings to the aisle runner, the table numbers to the chair sashes. If I have to choose one detail that I absolutely loved, it was our sign-in bench. Instead of having a guest book we would never really look at, we decided to have a sign-in wooden bench that we would use in our house. This bench has the messages and signatures of all of our guests that we would see whenever we sat on our bench. It truly is a daily reminder of how much we are loved.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? Yes. I borrowed a pearl ring from my Godmother, Zulma. I had blue “I Do” bride undies from Victoria Secret. My something old was my grandmother’s charm that was on my bouquet. She passed away and it was her favorite charm. My something new was my pearl earrings that my mother in law, Bahra, bought me as a gift.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was designing the layout for the barn and figuring out where everything would be located. The barn isn’t really wide, so having to figure out where everything would go and where we would put a dance floor was probably the biggest challenge.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? The vendor I was so happy to have as a part of our wedding would have to be my photographer. She has become more and more like a friend, so having her there with us on our big day really meant the world to us. She has given us a gift we will get to keep forever.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment for me was definitely riding in the carriage with my dad to the ceremony site. It was so indescribable what was going through my head. We were holding hands and all of the horses in the field were running over to see us, as if they knew what was about to happen. It was a good moment for us to just breathe and soak it all in before my Dad gave me away. It was such a special moment with my dad that I truly will treasure forever.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I would have to say it gets hard and it gets stressful, but everything will turn out exactly how you wanted. If it doesn’t, at the end of the day, all that matters is that you get to marry the love of your life. Nothing can ruin that, not even that one minor detail that didn’t turn out like you expected.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are enjoying every aspect of living together in our new home that we purchased a couple months before the wedding. I am learning how to juggle cooking, cleaning and paying bills. The perks of being a married woman! It is all so new to us, but every day is so exciting. We are also looking forward to traveling together, like to Puerto Rico this summer for my sister’s wedding!

Photographer: Julie Paisley Photography | Day-of Planner: Southern Charm Weddings and Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Oaks Equestrian Center of Lake City | Florist: Park Avenue Florist | Wedding Cake Baker: Dream Theme Cakes | Caterer: Anthony’s Gourmet Catering | Rentals: United Rent-All | Lighting: St. John’s Illuminations | DJ: Ryan from Skip Kelly Productions | Bride’s Strapless Gown: Custom “Bernadette” by Maggie Sottero, purchased at Brides of Florida | Paper Straws and Mason Jar Wine Glasses: Etsy | Bride’s Veil: Brides of Florida | Bride’s Earrings: Kay Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Maria Prezaz from R. Lindo Salon | Makeup Artist: Amanda Hopcraft | Bride’s Heels: “Romey” from Saks Fifth Avenue | Cowgirl Boots: Discount Shoes in Asheville, NC | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Alevina Valenta” from Bella Bridesmaids | Groom’s Attire: Express | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  2. avatar Julie Paisley reply

    Thank you so much for the feature! xo

  3. avatar danielle reply

    that cake is beautiful!!! love the trees, and light and colors-pretty wedding!

  4. avatar Leyda Perea reply

    Thank you so much for including our daughter in your magazine. Great pictures taken by the most professional and amazing photographer in the north florida Julie Paisley. She is now part of our family and a great friend. We love your magazine and again Thank You So Much. Leyda Perea, Mother of the Bride.

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    Thank you so much Marissa for the feature. Can you please tell me where the vendors were credited? I was the Wedding Planner, Coordinator and Vintage Rental Company for this wedding.

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Happy Monday, friends! So far, you’ve gotten a peek at the Dream Southern Summer Weddings of the lovely Emily, Marissa, Nicole and Kristin, and now it’s my turn!

One thing that sets me apart from most of my fellow SW gals is that I am a city girl, through and through. My sister and I joke that we sleep better to traffic noises than country noises, and nothing fires me up quite like exploring places like Atlanta, Raleigh, or Austin (three of my very favorite Southern cities). With that being said, an elegant wedding in my nearest big city (Raleigh) complete with lots of charming Southern details would be my dream come true!

Clockwise from top left: bridesmaid dresses by Jessica Lorren, tablescape by Caroline Joy via Style Me Pretty, chalkboard calligraphy by Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty, cake by Steve Steinhardt via Southern Weddings, Raleigh wedding portrait by Nancy Ray via Style Me Pretty, Just Married sign by Max Wanger via 100 Layer Cake, invitation by Patricia Lyons via Southern Weddings, venue by Sam Stroud via Southern Weddings, Vera Wang Delaney dress by Lacie Hansen via Snippet and Ink

The feel: Classic and chic with an undeniable sense of Southern hospitality. Lush florals, swirly custom calligraphy, and cafe lights strung across the ceiling would help strike the perfect balance between urban and romantic. The details would all have an understated Southern feel, such as mint julep signature cocktails, a seersucker something blue, gussied up biscuits (like from our V6 biscuit shoot–check out a little sneak peek on Instagram!) and monogrammed cocktail napkins.

The place: I love industrial elements in reception spaces, especially brick walls, hardwood floors and huge architectural windows. A venue in the heart of Raleigh with any combination of these things would be fine by me!

The time: Early June, around 5 p.m.

The style: Since we’re just dreaming here, I’d splurge on one of my favorite dresses ever, the gorgeous Vera Wang Delaney. Y’all, this dress gives me chills! I love anything with bows, so I would pair it with some dreamy Valentino bow pumps, and complete the look with a long, wispy veil, My girls would wear long, mismatched dresses in shades of blush, gray and ivory, plus some delicate gold jewelry. My groom and his guys would dress in classic, dark gray suits and brown wingtip shoes.

The food: I can’t quite shake my love affair with the foodie culture in Austin, where I went to college, so I’d have to go with an elegant, modern take on Tex Mex. If Torchy’s Tacos would like to deliver to Raleigh as well, I would not refuse it. :)

The music: This is one place I would bring in more distinctly Southern elements, especially because I love country music. I’m thinking a live bluegrass band at cocktail hour and then a handful of my favorite country songs on the reception playlist.

The flowers: My two favorite flowers are quite strictly spring flowers (peonies and dogwoods–though see if you can find a different way I’d incorporate dogwoods!). For the summer, I would opt for blush garden roses, white gardenias and pale pink ranunculus, all anchored with some dark greenery. My bouquet would be tied with a charcoal gray Froufrou Chic ribbon and accented with my mom’s gold heart locket (something old and borrowed!). Centerpieces would consist of more of the same, arranged in loose, low vessels that let the flowers and greenery spill out on to the table.

What do y’all think? What would your dream Southern summer wedding look like?

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Caroline Joy reply

    As Austin-ites ourselves, Torchy’s Tacos is our absolute favorite! :) I love every bit of this beautiful post, Lisa!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thank you so much, Caroline! I cannot wait to get some tacos and queso when I visit Austin over Thanksgiving–my stomach is growling just thinking about it!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Gorgeous! What a sparkly and fun Southern soiree :)

  3. avatar lena reply

    Oh so pretty!

  4. avatar Dana reply

    i would totally be a bridesmaid in this wedding! especially if torchys is there :)

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It’s not always easy to tell how a wedding day must have felt through the pictures alone, but that is not the case with Britt and Ren’s lovely Georgia wedding. There is such a calm and joy in these images, which makes me wish I could have been a guest and seen it all in person! Thanks to long communal farm tables, a charming country venue, and simple, sweet decor, Britt and Ren managed to make their 400+ guest wedding feel relaxed and intimate–no easy feat, I’m sure. I especially love Britt’s recollection of their most memorable moment, as well as the pictures that captured it all so beautifully!

Hugs to Paige Jones for sharing Britt and Ren’s day with us!

Last December, we took a visit to Ren’s family farm in South Georgia to drop off some wood and check on the property. As we walked around, Ren led us to his favorite field (mine too, now!) where he stopped to give me an early Christmas present. He pulled out a beautiful Anthropologie houndstooth coat from his backpack and told me to try it on. Inside the pockets were two tickets to New York for the next morning! I was pretty distracted by all the excitement, but the next thing I knew, Ren was down on one knee. Of course, I said YES to forever with my very best friend!

My dream Southern summer wedding post is coming up later today, but if I can update it already, I want to include this gorgeous bouquet! It’s perfect!

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our pastor from our church in Oxford, Pat Ward, officiated our wedding beautifully. I felt like it was just the three of us up there as Pat spoke to us about Christ in the center of our marriage and our lives together. My favorite part was taking communion together, and then Ren and I served our wedding party and family communion while the musicians played “Live Forever” by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our awesome photographers, Paige and Michael Jones, stole us away for a few minutes to snag a couple pictures in the dwindling light. I loved having just a few moments alone after the ceremony and first dances were over. Paige told us to walk down the road a bit, so Ren and I raced each other there. It was just a sweet, sweet moment!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We chose to get married at a beautiful horse farm just a mile away from where Ren grew up .We had a Southern food buffet that included macaroni and cheese, collard greens, cornbread, biscuits and sweet tea! Did I mention the huge communal farm tables?

This macaroni and cheese food truck can stop by my apartment any day–I don’t think there could possibly be a cuter way to get my favorite Southern comfort food!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes, of course! We didn’t want to be confined by tradition and tried to make all decisions about the wedding based on what we truly wanted to day to be like. Ultimately, we wanted it to be sweet, intimate, and very relaxed. It was a definite yes to hang out together beforehand and spend as much time as possible on the dance floor post-ceremony!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. I love the variety of desserts we had. The cookies were made by my sister’s best friend’s new business, Jimella’s Bakery. They were so fun and colorful.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We first met in middle school, where we became fast friends. We stayed very close friends over the years, and despite Ren’s many attempts, we didn’t start dating until our junior year of high school. We went our separate ways in college, Ren to Ole Miss, and I to UGA, but then decided sometime junior year that not being together was no fun. We did long distance until graduation, when I moved to Oxford to pursue painting and Ren worked for Young Life and a local restaurant. We just wanted to be together in a town we loved. Life ended up bringing us back to Atlanta where we were engaged and married.
When did y’all get married? June 8, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Around 400
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. It was really a little too easy. I was initially looking for a delicate, lacey, beaded number. I found several that I loved at the first boutique we went to in Atlanta, but they were a little out of my price range. A couple days later, some girlfriends and I decided to stop by a little shop close to our hometown of Milton. As we picked out our favorites, one of my friends broke away from the sheaths to look at the A-lines, which I was avoiding. She found her old wedding dress from a year ago, and picked out the dress hanging next to it for me to try on. I tried that dress on last and it was the easiest decision of the whole wedding—we were all in love!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? This was something we talked a lot about, but ultimately chose not to do. I love the idea and if we had had a smaller wedding, we would have done it without a doubt. I was just too nervous to do so in front of 400+ people!
Describe your wedding flowers. The most beautiful creations I’ve ever seen! Lush and sherbert-y.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? To forget about everything everyone else was saying and do what we wanted to do!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy being engaged, it flies by! Focus on the big things that are important for you and your fiancé. The rest of the details don’t matter!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are just soaking up this busy, fun time. We’re loving settling in to our new home and learning how to love each other deeper and know each other better as newlyweds!

Photographer: Paige Jones | Videographer: Levi Mlinar | Planner: Jamie O’Dea | Coordinator: Jordan Alexander | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Chukkar Farms | Florist: Meredith Mejerle for Amy Osaba | Cookie Sandwiches: Jimellas Bakery | Cake Baker: Mac the Bakeshop | Caterer: Mac the Cheese Food Truck | Rentals and Lighting: The Rental Place | Band: Enturaj | Bride’s Gown: JLM Couture, Jim Hjelm | Paper Products: Silhouettes by Anna | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Sibo Designs | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Claudia Mejerle | Bride’s Shoes: Frye Boots | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Choice of Bridesmaids within specified palette | Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger |  Groomsmen Attire: Choice of Groomsmen

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Dana reply

    perfect flowers and a beautiful dress! i love the pictures of them on the road.

  2. avatar Paige Jones reply

    YAYAYAY!

    Thanks for sharing. This was such a fun wedding :-)

  3. avatar Haley Sheffield reply

    Love this wedding! LOVE the way Paige captured it… so much joy. Beautiful photos.

  4. avatar Bridget reply

    I had no idea there was such a thing as a mac and cheese truck – that beats an ice cream truck hands down! That wedding looks like it was so much fun.

  5. avatar Kristin reply

    Those long reception tables were a gorgeous way to have everyone dine together!! Love this detail.

  6. avatar Gracie reply

    What a gorgeous wedding photographed by one of my favorite photographers in the southeast!!! Beautiful southern details and genuine joy :)

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