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Well, ladies and gents, it’s that time again.  Even with all of this craziness going on, Lara and I are picking up and heading to The Breakers in Palm Beach next week for a few days for the latest Engage wedding conference.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Engage events, they are twice yearly luxury wedding business summits where some of the most exciting people in the industry come together to learn and grow.  Lara has been several times before; this will be my first trip.  You can read a little more about Lara’s most recent experience on her blog here.

Now, would it be bad to say I’m almost as excited about our surroundings as the people I’ll meet? Feast your eyes on this:

Okay, okay, I guess Darcy Miller, Carly Roney (who I had an awkard encounter with in an elevator when I interned at The Knot, by the way — think she’ll remember me?!), Randy Fenoli, Sylvia Weinstock, Marcy Blum, Maria McBride, etc., etc., etc. can stand up to those stunning interiors and exteriors.  They are pretty fabulous, themselves, I suppose.  Oh yes, and that other speaker, Lara Casey, I hear she’s pretty fabulous, too.

In all seriousness, we are very much looking forward to meeting and reconnecting with all of the speakers and attendees in just a few days!  Will you be there?  Let us know in the comment section!

P.S. Lisa Johnson, the creative mind behind Ceci New York and a speaker at The Breakers, recently released her latest CeciStyle, focused complelely on the iconic property and her stationery inspired by it!  Check it out here.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Eliesa reply

    I will SO be there and can't wait to rock out with all of the fabulous attendees!! Whoop!! LOVEe

  2. avatar Phyllis {My Wedding Concierge} reply

    Hi Emily! I'll be there! Can't wait to meet you!

  3. avatar Gen reply

    I would have loved to be there. Being a part of this would be so amazing for me right now. Its only an hour and a half from my house, but between needing new gear + my mortgage + and my student loans, it was not possible this year. To next year!

  4. avatar Lacy B reply

    I am very excited to see everyone who I havent seen since Cayman! Can't wait

  5. avatar Michele Spiezia reply

    Francesco and I can't wait to document it all! Looking forward to a fabulous event with our friends and colleagues at the beautiful Breakers property.

  6. avatar Jen reply

    I will be there! It is my first engage event. I am so excited!

  7. avatar Emily @ Southern Weddings reply

    It's my first, too, Jen! Looking forward to meeting you and all of the other attendees :)

  8. avatar Siri reply

    YAY!!! I can't wait to see you both. What fun!

  9. avatar Kristy R. reply

    Can't wait to see you both!

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Welcome back to another installment of Southern Etiquette!  We’re going to do something a little bit different today.  Instead of puzzling over an etiquette conundrum, I have a potential ceremony reading to share with you!  I stumbled upon it over on Weddingbee, and instantly fell in love.  Obviously I’m enamored because it’s an excerpt from Miss Manners by Judith Martin, but I also think, as Miss Knitting pointed out, that it’s a great choice for those couples who might not be “gushingly romantic” or religious.  Here it is:

“While exclusionary interest in one other human being, which is what we call courtship, is all very exciting in the stages of discovery, there is not enough substance in it for a lifetime, no matter how fascinating the people or passionate the romance.  The world, on the other hand, is chock full of interesting and curious things.  The point of the courtship – marriage – is to secure someone with whom you wish to go hand in hand through this source of entertainment, each making discoveries, and then sharing some and merely reporting others.  Anyone who tries to compete with the entire world, demanding to be someone’s sole source of interest and attention, is asking to be classified as a bore. ‘Why don’t you ever want to talk to me?’ will probably never start a satisfactory marital conversation.  ‘Guess what?’ will probably never fail.”

What do you think?  Would you consider an excerpt from an etiquette book for a ceremony reading?  What’s the most unusual reading you’ve heard someone use?

All header images c/o Millie Holloman

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Jessie reply

    Actually, I love that. I think it's appropriate and very much what a marriage today is about. We want to be with people who we can grow and learn and flat have fun with. I'm saving this in my "when I get married" file!

  2. avatar emily hansel reply

    I like that reading – the tone and the message- a lot, but maybe as something the officiant would say as part of their message. Something about the "why don't you ever want to talk to me?" line seems out of place for a reading someone else would get up and say. but as someone who loves etiquette books, i'd absolutely include something from one if we loved it. i mean, we had a tom robbins reading, so i say to each his/her own, as long as it works for everyone involved! (since some churches/officiants have guidelines, i think it is up to more than just the couple.)

  3. avatar Jesse reply

    My favorite non-gushy ceremony reading is the following, from Captain Corelli's Mandolin:Love is a temporary madness,it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.And when it subsides you have to make a decision.You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined togetherthat it is inconceivable that you should ever part.Because this is what love is.Love is not breathlessness,it is not excitement,it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.That is just being "in love" which any fool can do.Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,they find that they are one tree and not two.

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As most of you know, Katharine is getting married on Saturday!  Whee!!  In honor of her and Kyle’s big day, we thought we’d declare this week “Classic Wedding Week” on SW.  Seeing how much Katharine loves a traditional, black and white wedding (and, in fact, has planned one for herself!), we figured it was only appropriate to outfit the blog in her preferred style in the run-up to Saturday.

To start us off right, we have Ashley + Dusty.  Ashley’s gorgeous dress is by Romona Keveza (one of my very, very favorite designers) from Solutions Bridal, and her floaty veil (which I love!) is by Sweet Elegance. The couple celebrated at Highlands Ridge in Florida, Hobby Hill Florist took care of the arrangements, and Sprinkles delivered the wedding cake.  Last but certainly not least, the delicate bridesmaids’ dresses are by Belsoie from Olga’s Bridal and Boutique.

Besides its traditional style, what initially attracted me to this wedding was the subtle aviation details — the paper airplane toss exit, the adorable wish card that read “Love is… knowing you’ll never fly alone!”  Completely appropriate, of course, since both the bride and groom are pilots!  I also fell hard for the last photo in this post, of Ashley + Dusty’s vintage-outfitted 1937 Packard, which Ashley’s father refurbished for the couple as a wedding day surprise.  Big thanks to photographer Sarah Bray for sending this wedding our way.  Stay tuned for another classic tomorrow!

See all the photos from Ashley + Dusty’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  Initially, we met our senior year of high school, at the airport. We both attended the same college, but didn’t actually get together until later. When Dusty started airline training in Atlanta, he was partnered with one of my best friends. I came to visit from Memphis, and after a great weekend of everyone hanging out, ended up missing my flight home because of weather, but absolutely had to be back for work. Dusty drove me to find a rental car at two in the morning and then hand wrote directions from Atlanta to Memphis. He left his number at the bottom so I could call if case I got lost. I made it home safely, and after work called to say thank you since he had gone so far out of his way for me even though we didn’t know each other very well. After talking on the phone for a couple weeks, he made a trip to visit and the rest was history. 
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Beautiful, vintage and playful.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My father surprised me with a 1937 Packard that he had refurbished just for my wedding day!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: We had grand plans of going to Kleinfields in New York just before Christmas, but since I had no idea what I wanted, we decided to stop and look in Florida, never expecting to find anything. The first stop was Solutions Bridal in Orlando.  After trying on about 20 dresses, it was clearly down to 2.  One was very traditional and the other was not. We stopped at another store, but I had no interest in trying anything else on. I had already found my dress. On my way back to the airport, we stopped back by Solutions, this time with Daddy and Grandma in tow, and bought my dress
Describe your wedding cake: My grandparents used a wedding bell on their cake, and it has been used for every wedding in the family since. Our cake was vanilla with different fillings for each tier: custard, strawberry cream, lemon, cherry cheesecake and chocolate. Dusty’s groom’s cake was in the shape of his R/C airplane controller, and was chocolate with peanut butter filling.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Having our wedding in a small town was a challenge, especially when it came to finding a venue and vendors.  At one point, I felt like Sweet Home Alabama with all the trailers were rolling in because everything was from out of town, except the flowers.
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future?  Getting settled into married life, lots of traveling and, in a few years, starting a family.

Congratulations, Ashley + Dusty!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lara reply

    YAY! I'm so excited about this weekend!

  2. avatar Dennis @ Wholesale Flowers reply

    The 1937 Packard was definitely a nice touch to a vintage wedding. Congratulations to both of you.

  3. avatar lois reply

    The Packard…OMG ANd the photo of the packard driving down the road is so wonderful. I loved looking at your photos. I am such a HUGE sucker for romance and wedding days are just about as good s it gets. I will never be "mother of the bride" the kid simply refuses to wear a dress, even when I lock him in the basment. So I will have to make do with vicarious pleasures, Making wedding accessories is one way to get that pleasure. I love hanging around with all the beautiful brides.

  4. avatar Nate Henderson reply

    What gorgeous images; so classic and elegant. Blue paper airplanes? Pretty awesome if you ask me!

  5. avatar Hunter Valley Wedding Venues reply

    Those paper aeroplanes are great – SO unique!

  6. avatar Briana reply

    Oh my gosh! This is in my county. I just got engaged and will be visiting Highlands Ridge as a possible venue. I completely understand the bride’s challenge with planning a wedding in a small town. Clearly, she was successful!

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