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Today is VERY special. You see, Kate, today’s bride, happens to be my older sister, and Cormac is officially my new brother-in-law! They were married in a seaside ceremony on a tiny island off the coast of Maine this past August, and I’m thrilled to be able to share their multi-day celebration on SW. Let’s kick things off with the welcome event!

The Friday before the wedding started with a wiffle ball game on-island. Cormac played baseball and Kate played softball in college, so it only seemed an appropriate way to kick off the festivities. Funnily enough, the field we were playing on would play host to their ceremony about 24 hours later!

But let’s back up a bit. Guests found their way to the Island via rustic wooden signs (handmade by my Dad and I!), then boarded a former fishing boat-turned ferry for the short trip across the river. There is only one truck on the island and no bridge that connects it with the mainland, so you can bet the logistics got a bit harried at times :)

Then it was up the hill and on to the game!

We had about as many onlookers as active players…

After the game we returned to the main float hot and sweaty and ready for a jump into the, shall we say, refreshing Maine ocean. For all you Southerners, think “so cold you gasp when you hit the water” cold. “So cold you can’t feel your legs after a few seconds” cold. Yeah. But it was worth it for photos like these, and worth it to see the expression on the faces of our guests who had traveled from all parts of the country!

Yep, we were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous day.

What do y’all think so far? We’re not even done with Friday yet! Be back soon with more from the rehearsal dinner, but before I do that, I have to introduce you to Kate + Cormac’s photographer, Jenna Cole. Jenna came all the way out from Texas to spend Friday and Saturday with us, and we were thrilled to have her there capturing not only the big moments, but also these funny little casual ones. Brides, if you can swing it, I would definitely encourage you to hire a photographer for the rehearsal dinner and any other smaller events you might be hosting. It’s absolutely worth it!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Meredith reply

    So fun to see a peek into Friday’s events!

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    I love the pictures of the water, especially the woman jumping into the lake. Pictures like these are amazing because I think it’s important to not only catch the wedding day but the events leading up to it too.

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

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The word “fabulous” is used in a lot of circumstances, but I feel as though its most appropriate use might be for this very shoot. The Connecticut crew of vendors, including Jubilee Events, Carla Ten Eyck, The White Dress by the Shore, and Jennie Fresa Beauty Library, flew down to New Orleans to ensure an authentic look. And they brought in a local jazz band. And they shut down a busy French Quarter street to set up their dessert display. Fabulous? Yes, indeedy. Check out the gallery for ALL the gorgeous, jaw-dropping, delicious details! And file this under one we WISH we’d had room for in V3.

P.S. Still confused about the new site features? Make sure to read this post!

The talented vendors involved:

Location: The Cornstalk Hotel // Planning and Design: Jubilee Events // Photography: Carla Ten Eyck // Videography: Vantage Point Films // Fashion Styling and Accessories: The White Dress by the Shore // Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden // Beauty: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library // Paper: Posh Paperie // Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones // Linens: Gala Cloths // Music: Dr. Jazz & The New Orleans Sounds // Confections: Sucre // Custom China and Napkins: Sarah Drake Design // Tuxedo: Perlis // Shoes: MADELiNE and Poetic License // Custom Floral Headpiece: Twigs & Honey // Jewels: Karen Lindler Designs // Birds: Orange & Blossom // Vintage Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella // Crystal Candelabras: Riedel // Champagne: Pommery Gold POP Champagne // Jewelry: Haute Bride // Gowns: Modern Trousseau and Vineyard

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Candice reply

    Gorgeous! Amazing. Thanks so much to SW for the brilliant feature. Big thank you to all our wonderful co-conspirators and collaborators on this project. Your hard work and art made this one inspiring shoot!

    XOXOX

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    Loving the tulle wrap on the bouquet. It’s gorgeous!

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    We were so fortunate to be able to use designs by some of the brightest talents in the industry! The shoot featured the following designers:
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    One Shoulder Gown- Tia by Modern Trousseau
    Halter Gown with Ruffled Neckline- Priscilla of Boston
    Jewelry- Haute Bride and Karen Lindler Designs
    Custom Floral Headpiece- Twigs & Honey
    Shoes- Madeline and Poetic Justice

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    I love, love, love all of Sarah Drake’s designs…a gorgeous addition to this shoot!

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Whew! We hope y’all had a fabulous weekend of poking around the new site. We don’t want to inundate you with even more posts when you already have so much exploring to do (though we have SO much to share!), so today, we’re just going to introduce you to one of the editorial galleries. It’s the one for 1/3 of our “Southern by Design” feature from V3, a photoshoot dreamed up by Emily and Joy at Once Wed. I thought Joy’s imagining of old engine parts as palmetto fronds was a particularly genius starting point for the design, and everything else seemed to fall into place after that. Head to the gallery to see all the details, but not before thanking Jen Curtis for the lovely images!

P.S. Still confused about the new site features? Make sure to read this post!

The talented vendors involved:

Concept and Design: Emily Newman and Joy Thigpen // Styling: Joy Thigpen Environments // Photography: Jen Curtis // Venue: An Atlanta parking garage // Flowers: Joy Thigpen // Flatware: Found // Rentals: We Rent Atlanta // Linen: Vintage // Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap

Like what you see? Pick up a copy of or see the store listings for V3 here!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Katherine {flower & honey} reply

    The napkin rings are genius! Very cool idea :)

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