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The simplicity and spontaneity of an elopement can help to strip away some of the “stuff” that surrounds weddings, leaving just the essence of a marriage: committing yourself to the one you love in front of the people who matter most. For this editorial, we imagined a couple who wanted to elope in Charleston, but still celebrate with their very closest family and friends. Though we tucked in lots of special details focused on hospitality, whether you have five or 500 guests in attendance, gracious hospitality can always by the centerpiece.

Big hugs to the supremely talented KT Merry for these photos and to the ladies of A Charleston Bride for pulling together the details. Purchase your copy of V7 (and her BFF, our brand new wedding planner!) here!

To shy to exchange personal vows in front of your guests? We love the idea of writing each other promises in letter form to exchange the morning of the wedding or at your first look. Having a calligrapher letter them for you makes for a beautiful keepsake.

Charleston City Hall was the perfect spot for these beautiful, light-filled photos! They’re some of my favorites in the magazine!

This editorial was inspired in part by one of our friend Kathryn’s inspiration boards. She imagined the scene set at the William Aiken House, and we agreed that the venue’s yellow walls could not have been more perfect to bring this scene to life!

Special glassware can instantly transform a table. We loved the combination of sleek black wine glasses and vintage tumblers!

Photographer: KT Merry | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Designer and Florals: A Charleston Bride | Venues: Charleston City Hall and the William Aiken House | Caterer and Baker: Fish | Cake stand: Country Kitchen SweetArt | Rentals: Snyder Rental, Ooh! Events, Event Haus | Ticking napkins: Un Original Americain | Flatware: West Elm | Hair and makeup: Carrie McLeod of Paper Dolls | Getaway car: Charleston Rickshaw | Invitations and stationery: Smitten on Paper | Calligraphy: Blue Glass Design | Custom sewing: Behind the Seams | Palm fans: Favors and Flowers | Wrapping paper: Sugar Paper, Ann Page, Snow & Graham, Linda & Harriet | Welcome bags: A Signature Welcome | Bass player: Other Brother Entertainment | Bride’s gown: “Lucille” by Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s cuff: Modcloth | Bride’s shoes: Nina | Bride’s clutch: Mar y Sol | Other jewelry: Perfect Details | Menswear: J. Crew | Bow tie: TieMart | Bridesmaid dresses: Rent the Runway and Modcloth | Pineapple dress: Townsen | Overnight bag: Mark & Graham

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Southern Weddings V7: Holy City Behind the Scenes – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] our 5 A.M. wakeup calls, when Emily and I hit the road to Charleston for our Holy City Hospitality shoot, we were giddy with excitement. The clouds cleared more and more the further south we drove, […]

  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Love this shoot so much. I must say, the image of the man with the standup bass in the grass caught my eye. The light, the composition – just beautiful. All of the images are stunning, but it’s always fun to see one unexpected image stand out. Beautiful work as always, KT!

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For the last two years, working with this talented Atlanta crew has been a highlight of my summers. As I’m sure you’d agree if you’ve taken a peek at our wildflower or Fine Feathered Fete shoots, these people are crazy talented! We had the most beautiful August day at Serenbe to stage this shoot, and we’re so grateful Blue Ribbon Vendor Anna K Photography was on hand to snap these behind the scenes pictures!

Yes, Sun in My Belly created that delicious food out of the back of their SUV! My mind was blown :)

We’ll do anything to get the right angle, including climbing into a tree house!

Thanks to Paul Moody of Before Your Eyes who set this beautiful day in motion with his behind the scenes film!

See the final photos and full list of vendors right here!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Such a fun day!! This team is so amazing!

  2. avatar Maureen (@SheisMoments) reply

    I love the Paul Moody video! It’s always so fun to see you guys in action behind the scenes. I feel like I was there almost! :)

  3. avatar Dana reply

    my absolute favorite!

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We’ve been having more fun than a pup with two tails soaking up all of your sweet comments on instagram and the blog about our newest issue! Shh – don’t tell V7, but we SW gals all have our own favorite spreads just like y’all! And word around the hen house is that the Blooming Belles feature is a universal favorite. If you haven’t picked up a copy of the magazine yet to see the quotes we paired with each bouquet, well, get on it! In the meantime, please enjoy these magnificent floral creations by Holly Chapple, inspired by some of our most beloved Southern heroines.

Big thanks to Katie Stoops for these lovely photos, and Old Luckett’s Store for many of these props!

First up is Allie from The Notebook. For her ladylike, sea-inspired bouquet, Holly chose white peony, white and blue scabiosa, Queen Anne’s lace, blue tweedia, and snow on the mountain. The 4″ wide ribbon is from Silk & Willow.

For Skeeter, from The Help, we wanted a simple bouquet that wasn’t too fussy. Holly went with lots of neutral texture for this one, including blush astilbe, combo roses, white dahlias, white patience garden roses, gunnii eucalyptus, and pink berries.

Of course, nothing would do for Ms Scarlett O’Hara except for the most dramatic and moody blooms, like dark purple double hellebores, pink kangaroo paws, allspice flowers, purple sweet peas, purple dianthus, purple scabiosa, purple tulips, and magnolia leaves.

Forrest Gump’s Jenny is the ultimate flower child, so for her bouquet, we chose yellow peonies, chamomile, poppies, peach ranunculus, and orange asclepias.

Our Daisy Buchanan bouquet shimmered and shined like a 20′s flapper. For blooms, Holly chose open cut white calla lilies, lavender and white lilac, iris, blush ranunculus, lavender sweet peas, and white clematis. The rhinestone belt we used as a bouquet wrap is from Untamed Petals.

My personal favorite belle, Scout, inspired a bouquet of white azalea, peach Juliet cabbage roses, Virginia blue bells, Queen Anne’s lace, blue thistle, scabiosa pods, carmel antique roses, mock orange, and honeysuckle. Her chambray bow was sewn by Nicole!

Last but certainly not least is Shelby’s blush and bashful bouquet. Holly arranged a fistful of – what else? – blush peonies, Constance cabbage roses, and bridal pink piano cabbage roses. A tulle skirt and monogrammed handkerchief from Bumblee Linens finished it off!

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  1. avatar Olivia reply

    So Colorful and fresh.. Absolutely beautiful!

  2. avatar Stephanie reply

    I LOVE this feature so much! Holly is so incredibly talented and spot-on with these bouquets for each Southern lady!! The blooms are simply gorgeous, and as a bookworm, I adore how perfectly the bouquets match up with some of my favorite fictional belles.

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I love this shoot more and more every time I look at it!

  4. avatar Loverly reply

    When we saw this in V7 it immediately made us want to watch all of those amazing movies right away! I think we know what our plans for this weekend are :)

  5. avatar Dana reply

    This was a phenomenal idea! I love every single one of these! One of my favorite shoots ever in SW!

  6. avatar Alison Ellis reply

    Beautiful flowers and a beautiful post. I think Jenny’s is my favorite, but they are all divine!

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We’re taking a break from our Volume 7 parade of pretty to bring you a very special Veteran’s Day feature! When Megan and Tyler were married last year, he opted to wear a black suit even though she begged him to wear his dress blues. When Megan stepped back into her gown for a bridal session, however, she convinced him to join her in his full Marine duds! The two celebrated with a private dinner on the same porch where their first look took place on their wedding day several months before.

Big thanks to Jennefer Wilson for sharing these sweet photos, and even bigger thanks to Tyler and all of the men and women who serve our country so bravely. And thanks to all the guys and gals, like Megan, who support them!

Venue: The Milestone in Krum, TX | Styling: Meggie Francisco | Florals: POSH Floral | Gown: Maggie Soterro | Photography: Jennefer Wilson

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Angie reply

    Thank you SW for featuring our Patriotic shoot! We are so thankful for our Veterans!!

  2. avatar Meggie Francisco reply

    Thank you for featuring our styled after-session! We love our military couples, and we are so thankful and proud of the contributions and sacrifices America’s military families make every day. We appreciate it that you’re honoring them on this perfect day.

  3. avatar Jennefer Wilson reply

    We couldn’t be more thrilled to have our amazing couple represent all of the incredible veterans who serve our country today. Thank you for featuring these two!!

  4. avatar Loverly reply

    What a sweet patriotic shoot- the love is just pouring out of this couple!

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Many people, upon cracking open their copy of Southern Weddings V7, commented that “it’s like Christmas came early!” We’re very flattered to hear that, and tend to agree! In fact, now that we’ve gotten our mountain of V7 pre-orders out the door, we can turn our attention to the SW 2014 Holiday Collection. There’s lots of goodies to give and get, so go take a peek!

Our Ho Ho Ho Y’all ornament is back by popular demand – these puppies sold out lickety split last year, so get yours while you can!

For all the newlyweds, this year we added an “Our First Christmas 2014” option, with beautiful gold edging. My husband and I have a tradition of giving each other an ornament every Christmas to help grow our collection, and this one would be perfect! (Except that we just celebrated our two year anniversary!)

Rounding out the ornament collection is the gold-edged Love Never Fails. A portion of the proceeds from this ornament goes to Heifer International, a charity close to our hearts. We also have the most adorable illustrated Christmas cards for sale. You could either send these or keep and frame them as holiday decor!

Last but certainly not least, we have the 2015 Southern Phrases Calendar! We think you’ll be happier than a pup with two tails to have this cheerful and bright beauty hanging in your home next year. It also makes a great gift at just $12!

Go take a peek at the whole holiday collection here! And remember, the Southern Weddings Planner is now available for pre-order!!

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  1. avatar Kat reply

    EEE! I just ordered my calendar!! So excited for this cute thing to find a home in my office:)

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