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A few years ago, we started chatting in the Southern Weddings office about how much fun it was to exchange those little paper valentines as kids. Remember them? As self-professed snail mail lovers, it wasn’t long before we decided that we needed a grown-up version, which led to the launch of our Valentine’s Day Postcard Set!

This is the third year we’ve had the Postcard Set in the Southern Weddings Shop, and this year’s might be my favorite–Nicole added a bunch of adorable new designs, making them even more perfect for sending to your beau, your bridesmaids, and your best friends. I’m sure anyone would be tickled pink to find these sweet messages in their mailbox!

We have a very limited number of postcard sets available, so place your order ASAP! We highly recommend ordering by February 4–all orders ship via Priority Mail, but we want you to have plenty of time to write them to your favorite folks, and then pop them back in the mail before 2/14!

Sending these postcards has become a favorite tradition in our office, and we hope it is for you too! Pick up a set to send to your valentines here.

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Cynthia McIntyre reply

    I love this idea! I too always thought it was such a special thing to trade valentines day cards as a child. Thank you for making this an adult tradition!

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At Southern Weddings, we always say that the most meaningful source of wedding inspiration is your own love story and your personalities. Drawing from that rich well is a surefire way to ensure your guests will proclaim your day “so you”–something I think every couple wants to hear! As I read through Caroline and Shaun’s interview, I kept noticing subtle ways their own stories influenced their fall wedding, from the dress Caroline chose, to the song she walked down the aisle to, to the venue they invited their beloved guests to. I’m confident that surrounding themselves with things they truly love played a small role in their joy on this beautiful day, which is so evident in these photos by Whitney Wysong!

I had always known I wanted to wear a long-sleeved wedding dress. My grandmother and my mom both wore long sleeves for their weddings and I love the elegance a lace long sleeve adds to a wedding dress. It was the most important detail I wanted. I had a few appointments at some of the bridal boutiques around town, and went shopping with my parents and a few friends and relatives. The third dress I tried on was perfection. I loved the sleeves, I loved the keyhole back, I loved the material of the skirt, and the whole dress was covered in chantilly lace. I felt like it had a vintage look to it that matched my 1920s refurbished engagement ring. We cancelled all of my other appointments and went to brunch to celebrate finding “the dress” over a few mimosas!

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We spoke to our pastor about our relationship a few times before the wedding. We talked about finances, family planning, and what to do when we get mad at each other. We both know now that when we get upset, we should take a little time away from each other to cool off so we don’t say anything hurtful. We were also instructed to talk other couples who have been married for different lengths of times and ask them what works for them and what doesn’t. That said, someone reminded us that it’s important to remember that every relationship is different, and what works for some people might not work for us. She told us to remember who we are and to always listen to each other before listening to other people’s opinions.

The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle with Shaun after the ceremony, and ringing the bell in the steeple of the chapel together as husband and wife. I thought it was the perfect way to kick off our marriage, and it was one of the happiest moments of my life.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I have always been an animal lover. I grew up riding and showing horses, so I spent all of my free time as a young girl at a barn. My family has always had at least three dogs, and we were always the people who had a knack for finding young and injured animals and nurturing them back to health. We had tons of baby squirrels, birds, rabbits, mice, snakes, and even a baby alligator at one point, when I was growing up. When I heard about Pine Knoll Farm, we went to check it out immediately. It is a working farm with a reception venue on the property. When we got out of the car, I was greeted by horses neighing–they have cows, goats, chickens, and a Great Pyrenese. The reception barn is gorgeous, with hand-welded light fixtures and a beautiful wooden stage built in. There isn’t a single detail about the venue that I didn’t love. It was the only place we looked at and we booked it that day.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Shaun and I met while working together at a restaurant in west midtown Atlanta. I got a job there while I was studying to take my boards before I could begin working as a registered nurse. On my third day of training, I was pleasantly surprised to find out my trainer was a tall, cute guy who made me laugh the entire night. We started dating and were soon attached at the hip. We both enjoy traveling, so we started traveling together, and I loved wandering through streets of random cities with him, striking up conversations with strangers, trying weird food, and just laughing our way through Panama and Europe together. We not only fell in love, but also became best friends and life partners.
Tell us all about the proposal! On Saturday, December 20, 2014, I woke up and went for a run. Shaun and I had planned on running together that morning, but he was still sleeping and had been up working late the night before, so I decided to let him sleep in. Halfway through my run, I got a text from Shaun telling me to meet him in the big field behind Oakland Cemetery, where he was going to be letting our two dogs run around. Oakland Cemetery is a historic cemetery right across from the lofts we lived in. There is a huge, beautiful, open field behind the cemetery and we have been taking our dogs there to run around for years. People always laugh when I tell them we got engaged in a cemetery, but it’s one of our favorite places to go in Atlanta–we call it our hidden gem. When I walked onto the field, Shaun was standing there with our two dogs. When he got down on one knee, I immediately burst into tears, and, of course, said yes! After staying at Oakland for about an hour, Shaun told me he had arranged a brunch, and that we needed to head to one of our favorite places. When we arrived at Atkins Park, about 20 of our closest friends were there and ready to celebrate. It was by far one of the happiest and most exciting days of my life.
When did y’all get married? November 28, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. My wedding cake was a four-tiered ivory ruffle cake. The actual cake was lemon cheesecake with a lemon curd layer and italian buttercream icing. I had my florist put flowers on each layer of the cake. I loved it!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? To slow down and enjoy every second of it! It’s easy to stress over tiny details, but at the end of the day, none of those small details matter. Also, have someone make you a plate of food that night!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? For my bachelorette party, my bridesmaids asked Shaun some questions to answer without me knowing. The last question they asked him was “What are you most looking forward to in the future?” and I feel like his response was perfect: “In the future, I picture has having some awesome kids that we will raise and love and show them how to have fun. I picture us having our friends over with their kids and having cookouts and parties and going to Little League games. I am looking forward to expanding our blessed lives and keeping our network of friends and family close together.”

Photographer: Whitney Wysong Photography | Videographer: Tim Hunt | Day-of Coordination: Amanda Brewer of Boheme Concepts | Planner and Caterer: Events 2020 | Venue: Pine Knoll Farms | Florist: Sandra Burton | Cake Baker: A Piece of Cake Bakery | Bride’s Gown: Martina Liana | Bridal Salon: La Raine’s Bridal Boutique | Hair Stylist: Morgan Weathers of Tease Color + Hair Design Studio | Makeup Artist: Tabitha Ross | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Annabelle” and “Willow” in Shadow Grey by Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Attire: Simon’s Formal Wear

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Cynthia McIntyre reply

    The church and reception location are exceptional! What a lovely wedding! Thanks for posting a true Southern wedding!

  2. avatar Gosia reply

    Stunning wedding! Bridesmaid dresses look fab!

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While a wedding is about you and your beau, I know I have a hard time imagining what my engagement season would have been like without my best friends, my sisters, and my mama by my side, and I’m sure many of you could say the same! These women may have loved and supported us since childhood, and celebrating with them and leaning on them for support creates some of the sweetest engaged memories. For V8, we had so much fun brainstorming special ways to say thank you to the ladies who mean the most to us. Take a peek below!

P.S. A few of these goodies are up for grabs, so see below for details on how to enter the giveaway!

Clockwise from top left: Pearl statement necklace, pearl cluster earrings, pearl cluster necklace, honey body butter, Charleston rice beads bracelets, Blossoms and Bourbon honey body scrub, Sweetheart robe in Babes, oyster shell jewelry dish, monogrammed gold leather clutch, Tropicana clutch

And now for the giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below and let us know which of the FOLLOWING items you’d like to win:

Pearl statement necklace
Pearl cluster earrings
Pearl cluster necklace
Honey body butter
Charleston rice beads bracelets
Blossoms and Bourbon honey body scrub
Sweetheart robe in Babes (size small)

Winners will be randomly selected and emailed on Friday!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Erin reply

    Oh my–I would love to win that pretty sweetheart robe! xoxo

  2. avatar Aleigha reply

    All of these are lovely and would be the perfect gift my maids! The sweetheart robe is something I would love- I have a soft spot for any lacey details.

  3. avatar C.L. reply

    That robe is gorgeous! I’d love to win it.

  4. avatar Jessika reply

    Sweetheart robe in Babes! So pretty!

  5. avatar Molly reply

    I love the Pearl Cluster Earrings! So pretty!!!

  6. avatar Cassidy reply

    The Pearl Statement Necklace is so Southern and so divine!

  7. avatar Lindy reply

    Y’all hit a home run with this one!!! Every single one of these items is fabulous and something I would be thrilled to own!! If I HAD to pick a favorite, I’d go with the pearl cluster necklace but oh my… that would be a hard decision!

  8. avatar Lauren reply

    Oh man! That pearl jewelry is all so beautiful, but I love the robe too! How could I ever choose?

  9. avatar Lauren reply

    Love all of these items! This would make such a lovely gift for your maids/sisters! I would love the pearl statement necklace or the Sweetheart robe! Both so classic and pretty!

  10. avatar Sarah reply

    Love all of the southern touches! I’d love the Sweetheart robe…so feminine and pretty.

  11. avatar Mollie reply

    I would love to win the rice bead bracelet. I am from the small part of Missouri where rice is grown (only a few counties in MO grow it), and my uncles are some of the few farmers there who grow it. What a great reminder of home! :)

  12. avatar Emily Kristen reply

    I would love to win the sweetheart robe!!

  13. avatar Sarah Beth reply

    The pearl cluster earrings & necklace and the jewelry oyster dish :)

  14. avatar Christine reply

    I’d love to win the Sweetheart robe!

  15. avatar Abbey reply

    I love them all! But I especially would love to win the Charleston rice beads bracelets!

  16. avatar Katie reply

    I’d love the Charleston Rice Beads Bracelets…. My fiancé’s family always vacations in Charleston & Folly Beach so it would be a sweet reminder of the times I have enjoyed with his family.

  17. avatar Vicki Wolski reply

    I would absolutely LOVE to win the Pearl Statement Necklace and Sweetheart robe <3 I'm sure my fiancé would love the smell of the Blossoms and Bourbon honey body scrub – we will be having a Bourbon mule as our signature drink!

  18. avatar Kristen reply

    I love the pearl cluster necklace!!! Both classic and trendy.

  19. avatar Skye reply

    Charleston rice beads bracelets, Pearl cluster earrings, Pearl cluster necklace!

  20. avatar Dani reply

    I would love the tropicana purse!

  21. avatar Jenna Halliwell reply

    Sweetheart robe, I have been eyeing that same robe for ages!!!

  22. avatar Kelsey Padgett reply

    I’d love to win the Sweetheart robe in Babes to gift a sweet friend and bride-to-be!

  23. avatar Casey reply

    That darling sweetheart robe in babes!! What a fun color name too!

  24. avatar Hannah Porter reply

    I would love to have the pearl statement necklace! I have so many uses for pearls, from everyday wear, gamedays, church, and date night with my sweet boy! Pearls are the classic statement of every sweet, southern lady!

  25. avatar Morgan Tyus reply

    Oooh I’d LOVE that sweetheart robe!!!

  26. avatar Brooke reply

    The robe – it’s so lovely!

  27. avatar Emily reply

    The sweetheart robe!

  28. avatar Ashley reply

    I would love the pearl statement necklace! Stunning!

  29. avatar Whitney reply

    I would love to have the pearl cluster necklace ! So pretty!

  30. avatar Emily reply

    That lovely sweetheart robe!!!

  31. avatar Mandi reply

    Oh goodness. I would love love love the pearl necklaces, the pretty robe, or the rice beads bracelets. Such great gift ideas!

  32. avatar Megan Horner reply

    The sweetheart robe!!

  33. avatar Jeni reply

    I have that robe and it’s BEAUTIFUL! I love the pearl cluster earrings … Would be perfect with my rehearsal dress!

  34. avatar Sarah Drake reply

    I absolutely love the Charleston rice jewelry. My mom has a charm and necklace that I adore. It would be great to win a piece of my own. Thanks!

  35. avatar Molly reply

    The Tropicana clutch would be perfect for my Florida wedding :-) So cute and fun!

  36. avatar Kayla reply

    I would love the bracelet or the beautiful robe!

  37. avatar Kelly reply

    These are too sweet! I love that pair of pearl earrings!

  38. avatar Cat Calhoun reply

    The sweetheart robe! So pretty!!

  39. avatar Alicia reply

    Sweetheart robe in babes!!

  40. avatar Caroline reply

    Ooh it’s hard to choose! Either the necklace or that robe – both are beautiful!

  41. avatar Kristy reply

    Looove the pearl statement necklace!

  42. avatar Kenzie reply

    These are all beautiful! I would love to win the sweetheart robe!!

  43. avatar Alexandra Thees reply

    the pearl cluster earrings are gorgeous!

  44. avatar Casey reply

    Sweetheart robe!

  45. avatar Carrie reply

    I would love to win the robe! I’ve been looking for one for the big day for me and my girls.

  46. avatar Sarah Ingrasselino reply

    All are so gorgeous! I would love to win the Charleston rice beads bracelets. My wedding is in Charleston this summer, and it is also where my fiancé and I met, where he proposed to me, and where we will start our lives together as husband and wife.

  47. avatar Christina Hunter reply

    Sweathart robe in Babes!!

  48. avatar Jessica Stwart reply

    The pearl cluster necklace is beautiful! I would be so lucky and fortunate to win it for one of my lovely bridesmaids!!

  49. avatar Ally D reply

    These are great gift ideas!! I would love to win the Charleston rice beads bracelets or the Sweetheart Robe in Babes! So beautiful.

  50. avatar Stacy Bubenik reply

    Oh my gosh! I would love to win the sweetheart robe in Babes!

  51. avatar Olivia Ashurst reply

    Love the precious robe and gold clutch!!

  52. avatar Audrey reply

    The Sweetheart robe in Babes is perfect color for my upcoming wedding! <3

  53. avatar Spenser reply

    I would love any of the items, but especially the robe!! :-)

  54. avatar Dana reply

    The pearl statement necklace!

  55. avatar Lindsey Czarra reply

    Glowing skin makes everyone feel fabulous whether you are the bride or a bridesmaid. The scrub looks positively perfect! I would love to have that, please! <3

  56. avatar Bethany reply

    I would love to win the sweetheart robe!

  57. avatar Sara Colbert reply

    Would love to win the sweetheart robe in babes!

  58. avatar Laura reply

    Oh my stars, I love all of these! I’ll pick the honey body butter, though!

  59. avatar Shelby Vanhoy reply

    Love this giveaway! Such sweet ideas for bridesmaids! I would LOVE the Charleston Rice Bracelet. I’m actually about to start planning a Charleston wedding!

    xo, Shelby
    http://www.prettyinthepines.com

  60. avatar Amy reply

    Everything is cute! If I had to pick, I’d go with either pearl necklace or the robe.

  61. avatar Blair reply

    I love the pearl cluster earrings. Pearls go great with any outfit and I love them. I also would be happy with the Charleston rice beads bracelet. VERY classy!

  62. avatar Melanie reply

    Honey body scrub – definitely needed right now in this awful winter cold!

  63. avatar Esther reply

    I’m not generally a necklace person but I would definitely add the pearl cluster necklace to my wardrobe! It’s so simple but elegant!

  64. avatar Ana reply

    I love the Charleston rice beads bracelet! So unique!

  65. avatar Jenna reply

    I love that robe!

  66. avatar Caitlyn reply

    These are all gorgeous! I would be happy winning any of these, but that Sweetheart robe would be perfect to wear while getting ready for my wedding in a few months!

  67. avatar Kelly reply

    Sweetheart robe in Babes!

  68. avatar Lauren Porter reply

    I love all things pearls! The pearl cluster earrings would be perfect for my best friends summer wedding!! Great ideas!!

  69. avatar Alli reply

    I would love that sweetheart robe! How perfect!

  70. avatar Abby reply

    I’d love to win whose Charleston rice bead bracelets – they are adorable!

  71. avatar Kate reply

    My mom bought a pearl necklace on her honeymoon, and I’ve always wanted one like it, so I’d love to win the pearl cluster necklace!

  72. avatar Cameron reply

    I truly love them all however that oyster dish is divine! Perfect way to remember our oyster roast rehearsal dinner coming up next month!

  73. avatar Lorelei reply

    Loving the pearl cluster earrings and necklace– Thanks for the chance!

  74. avatar Rachael reply

    What a fun giveaway! I love the robe and the oyster dish :) would be happy to win anything at all!

  75. avatar Maddie Pothour reply

    Oh be still my heart!!!! I live in Colorado but Southern Weddings is my BIGGEST wedding inspiration for my October wedding! EEEK! We are going for a lovely barn/antique wedding filled with lots of personal touches, as I always say, classy girls always wear pearls! I just ADORE this sweetheart robe! I would absolutely love one!

  76. avatar Jen Nee reply

    Sweetheart robe in Babes

  77. avatar Michelle Christy reply

    Sweetheart robe in Babes is so adorable! I would love to win it :)

  78. avatar Lauren reply

    The Pearl Statement Necklace!

  79. avatar Kate Huie reply

    sweetheart robe!

  80. avatar Jamie Pettit reply

    So sweet! I love the pearl cluster earrings!

  81. avatar Betsy Paulk reply

    Absolutely love the robe and Charleston rice beads! They would be a lovely gift for my Charleston wedding in May!

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