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One of my most prized possessions (and one of the most frequently-admired items in my home!) is the giant canvas in our living room. It’s a large (24×30 inches) photo of the sky at sunset on our wedding day, taken by our wedding photographer. The sky that day was the most beautiful ombre of pink, lavender, and blue, and walking by our canvas never fails to transport me back to being a bride!

Because of this, one of the best pieces of advice I offer my engaged friends is to ask their photographer to take a few landscape shots during their portrait session. That way, you can prominently display a reminder of the day you said “I do” without decorating your walls with only your faces :)

Photo by Morgan Stradling of her Canvas HQ artwork

Whether you choose to highlight a portrait, a landscape, an engagement photo, or something else entirely, our friends at Canvas HQ are a great source for printing your beloved photos! They offer sizes ranging from 6″ to 96″, all at reasonable prices (and they’re always running coupon offers, so don’t order without one!).

I’d love to hear: how have you remembered your wedding in your home? With a canvas? Framed photos? An album? Something else? Tell me!

This post is sponsored by Canvas HQ. Thanks for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Colleen reply

    We are doing a charm cake at my nieces bridesmaid luncheon. Should the cake be pink and what is the significance of the color??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Colleen! How fun! No, the cake does not have to be pink – I’ve never heard of that! Most of the ones I’ve seen have been white, but you can choose any color you like! :)

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Here’s a little something different for your Wednesday! :)

Amidst the flurry of excitement over our tenth anniversary issue (wheeee!), our team has been hard at work on something else, too.

Many of you know that we have a sister brand, Cultivate What Matters. All of our team members work on both brands, and we’re passionate about our mission, which is one and the same: to help women cultivate what matters, right where they are. At Southern Weddings, we’re coming alongside brides (y’all!) with encouragement and resources, and that is our joy!

At Cultivate What Matters, we get the privilege of speaking to women in all stages on life, in every role, in every season. The main way we do that is through the PowerSheets, our intentional goal planner. PowerSheets are truly perfect for all women, but we not-so-secretly feel they’re particularly perfect for our engaged friends. What season other than your engagement are you pulled in so many different directions, juggling so many different priorities, and above all, wanting to make really meaningful, impactful decisions with how you spend your time and resources?

Your engagement is a beautiful time of laying the groundwork for one of the best parts of life — marriage — and we think PowerSheets can help you do this.

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The Old Edwards Inn was one of the first destinations I had the pleasure of traveling to after I moved to the South eight years ago, and it made a BIG impression on me. Now that I’ve added many, many dreamy venues in every corner of the South to my resume, I know that it wasn’t just naivety that made the OEI seem magical – it truly is.

And this property just keeps getting better, especially with the recent addition of Half-Mile Farm, a new hotel and event space under the Old Edwards umbrella! Just like the rest of Old Edwards, it has Old World European charm; impeccable service; stunning surroundings; and friendly Southern hospitality. I can think of few better destinations to bring your guests to for a wedding, and would love to tell you more about Half-Mile Farm this morning!

Half-Mile Farm is a 14-acre property with 35 guest rooms (including 12 luxury suites, and eight rooms within historic on-site cabins). The cabins are perfect for a bridal party or family members, and when hosting your wedding or event at the Farm, all 35 rooms are reserved for your guests only!

We’ve heard time and again that one of the best ways to ensure amazing wedding weekend memories is to house all of your guests in one place, and Half-Mile Farm would be perfect for this.

Speaking of amazing memories, here are a few of the things you and your guests can expect to enjoy during your stay:

— A heated outdoor mineral pool (!)
— Hiking trails with streams and a stocked fish pond
— Complimentary chef-made breakfast
— Afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres
— Fitness center access and bicycles on site
— A private lake with canoes and stand-up paddleboards

As brides, one of the things we plan for and look forward to most about our weddings is being a gracious hostess for our loved ones. I love that Old Edwards and Half-Mile Farm will come alongside us in that, setting the perfect low-key, warm, and welcoming environment in which to create memories.

Half-Mile Farm can accommodate up to 100 guests, and all food and beverage is catered through the Old Edwards Inn (yum!). You can hold both your ceremony and reception on-site; all receptions are set under a tent.

Take a peek at their website for more details, and tell me: have you ever been to the Old Edwards Inn? If not, you MUST add it to your bucket list!

This post is sponsored by the Old Edwards Inn, a property we know and love. Thank you so much for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

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