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Author: Emily

The word I kept coming back to when I read through Caroline and Clark’s interview, and looked through their photos, is simple. They seem to enjoy the simple things in life (Jeni’s included!); they strive for simple, clutter-free, meaningful spaces in their home; and their relationship seems simple and uncomplicated in the best way possible. Simple doesn’t have to mean stark, though, and in the case of the Brewers, it definitely does not. Their home is warm and inviting, thanks, I’m sure, to Caroline’s touch (she’s a stylist and visual merchandiser at Anthropologie!). Think she’d make the trip to North Carolina to work a little magic on my home?! Friends, please enjoy this lovely Nashville family!

Big hugs to Clark for taking these photos, and our friend Tec Petaja for the photos of Clark and Caroline! P.S. How much do we love that Clark titled the wedding day gallery on his site “marriage”? A lot! :)

The Southern Newlyweds: Caroline and Clark Brewer
Years married: 4
Where you live: Nashville, Tennessee.
Tell us your love story in one sentence. We met at a high school soccer game when I was 15 and he was 18 – it was love at first sight!

Do you rent or own? We bought our home a little over two years ago in the 12th South area. We love it so much that I don’t think we will ever leave! Clark says he wants to die in this house :) We are really central to most everything in Nashville and we are basically surrounded by all of our closest friends, so we’re excited to sink our roots down here.
Tell us about the process of moving in together. Since we’ve been married, our style has really changed, morphed, and blended into “our style.” We often collaborate on decorating decisions and we trust each other’s opinions–which has been really fun. My tip would be to buy what you love, not just things particularly for a certain space. If you love it, it will all come together!

What different decisions, if any, would you make for your registry if you knew then what you knew now? I would have registered for more serving pieces. We love opening up our home and entertaining those we love. More serving pieces would definitely get put to use!
Who cooks dinner? It’s usually a joint effort. I cook and he cleans, or we cook together.
What is your go-to weeknight meal? Weekend meal? Our go-to meal when we are super busy is out! Either Burger Up, Crankie’s Pizza Truck, or DeSano’s pizza. If you are ever in Nashville, you can’t go wrong with any of those spots! If we stay in, an easy, go-to meal is chicken fajitas with all the fixin’s.
What’s your favorite place to find recipes? Lately, I have been really into Against All Grain, by Danielle Walker. If I am looking for comfort food or something foolproof, Pioneer Woman never disappoints.

Which room in your home is your favorite, and why? This spring, we decided to clear out our guest room, paint the walls white, and add some plants to it. We already have a guest bed upstairs and we felt like the bed in the guest room was just taking up space, so we decided to simplify. It has created the perfect haven for practicing yoga after a long day at work. It feels calming and tranquil.
What most makes your house feel like home? I think having it filled with friends and family. Clark and I love to entertain, so our house feels most like home when tunes are playing and the house is filled with laughter and the smell of something good cooking in the oven.
Where do you splurge and where do you save when decorating? We have invested in classic staple pieces, like our couch and art, and try to save on quirky, decorative accessories. I often find fun things that I may not love forever at Target and TJ Maxx.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding? It sounds so cliché, but my wedding day really was the best day of my life! I think my favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle to my sweet husband. Knowing the meaning of the promise we were about to make was thrilling and overwhelming.
How do you remember your wedding in your home? We love prints and we have our favorites from our wedding framed around the house. Also, our photographer gave us a print box and a wedding album that we look at from time to time to remember the day.
What’s your best tip for balancing your relationship and other life priorities? Life can get crazy when we are both working, hanging out with friends, and trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of life! Finding the time to slow down, sit across from each other at the dinner table, and connect face-to-face really helps us refocus on what is truly important.
Do you have a favorite date night idea to share? Taking a walk is one of our favorite things to do together. It’s a fun way to enjoy our neighborhood, and it’s free! Some of our best conversations and ideas have come from just being outside without any distractions. Leave your phone at home!

What is one small way you love or serve your spouse? One way Clark serves me, which I love, is that he leaves me notes when he makes my lunch. He is the sweetest!
Do you have children? We don’t have kids yet, but can’t wait for this one day!
Before getting married, I wish someone had told me… how hard it is to divide time between both families during the holidays! Having both in-laws in Nashville, we often feel spread thin trying to see everyone in such a limited amount of time.

What is your favorite part of being married? Getting to do life every day with my best friend–does it get any better?
What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? How much fun it is! So many people give you advice before you get married and it can be a bit discouraging. I think if you are both on the same team working towards the same goal, it can make a huge difference. And it doesn’t hurt that we laugh A LOT!
In 2014, our family is most excited about… some upcoming job changes–I am currently working at Anthropologie as the Visual Merchandiser, but will soon be stepping out to pursue other freelance opportunities, as well as help Clark with his photography business. This change is bittersweet, as I love my job at Anthropologie, but we both feel like this is the right time to make the change. Wish me luck! :)

We’re so grateful to Clark and Caroline for sharing their hearts and home with us! Be sure to follow along with them:
Clark Brewer Photography | Clark on Instagram
Caroline Brewer Styling | Caroline on Instagram

P.S. We’d love to hear from you! Our hope is to feature REAL couples in the South – your inspiring friend, super talented cousin, or neighbor with the cutest house – the kind of person everyone would love to “e-meet.” If that sounds like you or someone you know, take a peek at our Southern Newlywed submission page and shoot us an email!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    These two could not be cooler! Love their cozy home and their favorite/most surprising things about marriage!

  2. avatar Morgan Moore reply

    This house is SO cool and Clark and Caroline are absolutely adorable!

  3. avatar Josh Gruetzmacher reply

    Love their space! That painting on the mantle is especially rad.

  4. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    The colors and artwork are fantastic. Love that light blue wallpaper in the bedroom, a statement piece!

  5. avatar Charlotte Turtle reply

    This home is too cute and so inspirational. I’m taking notes!

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Welcome back to our “Day in the Life” series! Today you’ll get a glimpse into my day as we finish up our shoot season for V7. I am so excited for the new magazine to debut in just a few months!

9:03am I arrive at the office. I am reliably 3-5 minutes late, no matter how I adjust my morning routine.

9:07am I greet the other ladies and sit down at my desk. My to do list from the day before, half crossed out, is in front of me, and I use it to create my new to do list for the day. My to do list generally has between 15-25 items on it on any given day, and I add to it throughout the day so I don’t forget anything. I know this might stress some people out, but it works for me!

9:10am I open up my email and scan through everything that’s come through overnight. I delete emails I don’t need, respond to anything quick and easy or unusually urgent, and drop things into folders as appropriate. I’ll then respond to submissions that came in the day before. People always seem surprised by how quickly I respond, but I try to work on a “one touch” email system as much as possible, which means that if I look at the submission, I need to make a decision on it. Emails are just decisions waiting to be made :)

9:47am I take a mini break to try on nine shirt samples we’ve ordered and perform an impromtu runway show for the other ladies. Heads up – really comfortable and cute tees coming to the Southern Weddings and Lara Casey shops soon!!

10am Back in my own clothes, I sit down for a call with Easton Events. We are working on a REALLY, REALLY exciting and really big project with them (to be announced soon!), and today Lara and I are hashing out some details with the lovely ladies.

10:32am We hang up, and I have about an hour before I’m scheduled for my second call of the day. I figure this is about enough time to work on the text for the V7 bouquet feature. I am tickled pink about the concept we developed this time around, and the photos that Katie Stoops created. Hint: It involves some of my favorite quotes! :)

11:30am I finish a rough draft of the bouquet text but am not 100% satisfied with it, so I send it over to Lisa to take a peek. Lara and I get back on the phone for a call with with The Umstead, a luxury hotel near our office. Again, we were hashing out details for a very exciting collaboration coming this fall – anyone have any guesses?

Noon We have a few new Blue Ribbon Vendors waiting who have been accepted to the Directory and have sent in their materials, so I begin setting up their portfolios. It’s truly a delight to work with such talented, kind, and creative folks! We adore getting submissions or emails from readers who found their beloved vendors through BRV; happily, it happens quite often!

12:57pm I need to confirm rentals for an upcoming shoot, so I spend a few minutes browsing through sites and catalogs, making note of my favorite options.

1:15pm I hop back into my email to sort and respond to anything that’s come in since the morning. I send out inquiries to some of the rental companies I’m interested in. I also like to spend a good chunk of time in the middle of the day responding to or writing more lengthy or complicated emails. They’re often about shoot or V7 projects this time of year, which is fun!

2:30pm My last call of the day is with Ali and Krista. Lisa and I will be heading down to Atlanta in a few weeks to produce one of the shoots I’m most excited about for the next issue. We chat through fashion, food, and favor options, and discuss some of the items we’ve pinned to our joint (secret!) Pinterest board. We also confirm two of Ali’s little neighbors to be flower girls!

2:53pm A sizable chunk of my afternoon is spent choosing and uploading photos for upcoming blog features. Though Marissa and Lisa write most of our online real wedding stories, I love reading through the couples’ interviews as I work – it’s really neat to see what they describe come to life.

4:15pm Lisa, Lara, and I scoot our chairs together to go over the shot list for another upcoming V7 shoot. Lara is hearing most of this for the first time and has some suggestions, so we discuss, and then I finish the day with a lengthy email to Stefanie, the amazing stylist we’re working with.

5:15pm Pinning to our boards can sometimes fall to the wayside in our busiest season, but I try to add at least a few every day. And yes, it is delightful that my job responsibilities include pinning :)

5:33pm Our normal day ends at 5pm, but again, in our busy season, we’re all usually here until at least 5:30. I head out to make a few shoot prop returns (from last week’s editorial with Tec Petaja!) before heading home.

All photos by Blue Ribbon Vendor Faith Teasley. See more from our office tour here!

Catch up with all our Days:
Morgan: Shop Manager

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Morgan Moore reply

    So inspired by how much you get done in one day, Em! I’m proud to work with you!

  2. avatar Jess reply

    I always love behind-the-scenes type blog posts – thanks for sharing this!

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To me, my sweet friend Mattye embodies so much of who I think the true Southern woman is: gracious, gentle, kind, tenaciously committed to her family, and always, always going above and beyond in loving and serving others. She and her husband Woody live in a downtown Birmingham loft apartment that’s the perfect combination of their two styles, offering lots of inspiration for those of y’all trying to balance masculine and feminine design (in a small space!). Please enjoy her very thoughtful words on marriage and doing life together, just a few months shy of her two-year anniversary!

Big hugs to photographers Rachel Coffey and Jacob Blount for the lovely photos!

The Southern Newlyweds: Mattye and Woody Woodcock
Years married: 1 year and 9 months!
Where you live: Downtown Birmingham, Alabama
Tell us your love story in one sentence. We met through the fraternity/sorority professional community, and after Woody lost my number when his phone fell into a glass of sweet tea, we reconnected six months later through two amazing phone calls that quickly led to love, Woody moving from North Carolina to Alabama, a romantic beach proposal, and the coastal Georgia wedding of our dreams.

Do you rent or own? We rent. Woody moved into our current loft when he moved to Birmingham in 2011, and we decided to keep renting and make it our first place together when we got married. It has taken some transitioning and patience, but we’ve truly made it into a home we both love. We are excited about buying a house in the future, and spend many weekends walking through neighborhoods dreaming about where we will land. For now though, we love where we live and enjoy the urban lifestyle of downtown Birmingham. Renting has given us flexibility and allows us to prepare ourselves and our finances for home ownership.

Which items from your wedding registry do you use the most often? The very first wedding gift we received was a gorgeous Martha Stewart cake stand, and it has become a staple in our home. I love baked goods, so our cake stand can regularly be found full of cookies, cupcakes or brownies. I’ve even been known to fill it with one of Woody’s favorite treats–Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies! Also, our gorgeous bedding and towels from Restoration Hardware are some of our favorites, and we feel like a king and queen when we use them daily.

Tell us about the process of moving in together. This has been a work in progress! Since Woody lived by himself in our loft before we got married, let’s just say it was in need of some feminine love! Fortunately, Woody was very gracious to let me make changes, even when it meant some of his items going into storage or being donated. We learned in premarital counseling that the home is the extension of the woman, and Woody still repeats this to me, expressing his understanding that the presentation of our home means something different to me than it does to him. That being said, I fully understand that it is our home and I want to build it together and make sure he always feels comfortable with design decisions I make. It has been a process, but over time, I have earned his trust in this area, and he says I have truly made our house a home.

My best tip when blending your things and your styles is that you shouldn’t expect it to look just like you or just like him. Building a home together means creating a new thing. You may want to have everything done at once, but if you take the time to consider both your styles and find common ground, you will be able to fill your home with things that truly express who you are as a couple, not just individuals.

Which room in your home is your favorite, and why? Living in a loft, we have a lot of open space, so the whole place is my favorite! I love the openness because it allows us to spend a lot of time together and be near each other. If Woody is at his desk and I’m on the couch, it still feels like we’re in the same room. While this setup might not work forever, I love how it has taught us to live together and share space.
Where do you splurge and where do you save when decorating? We splurge on key pieces of furniture that we hope to keep for a long time and pieces of art. We save on trendy pieces that add to our style right now, but that we may grow out of after a few years. For example, we splurged on our dining room table from West Elm, but then we got clear acrylic dining room chairs inexpensively from Ikea, which are perfect for our current loft space because they take up little to no visual space. Woody and I find that our different styles come together best at West Elm and Restoration Hardware. We have several things in our home from these stores, or things that are inspired by them. Target has nice options for affordable and practical style, and I also love the unexpected great buys tucked away at Home Goods. I am constantly inspired by the colorful and fun pieces at Anthropologie. Finally, we love art, so local art shows and festivals are some of our favorite places to invest in unique pieces that will build the style of our home for years to come.

What different decisions, if any, would you make for your registry if you knew then what you knew now? We are so thankful for every gift we received, but if I could make a few different decisions on my end, I would’ve focused less on things I thought I should register for and more on things that really fit our lives. Neither of us are big cooks, but for some reason, I thought stocking our kitchen with every possible culinary tool (even ones I don’t know how to use) was what we were supposed to do with our wedding registry!
Who cooks dinner? I cook dinner and Woody cleans. I am a cook-in-training, but thankfully, my sweet husband thinks everything I make is delicious. He has been known to call my dishes “restaurant quality,” and even told me once that I made him the best bowl of cereal he has ever had! I claim it’s just because God must have created his taste buds specifically to like what I make, and I am totally okay with that. Woody is not only complimentary, but also complementary to me in the kitchen (see what I did there?). He faithfully does an amazing job with cleaning duty, and I love the adorable way he wears the drying towel over one shoulder as he washes dishes. It’s so cute!
What is your go-to weeknight meal? Weekend meal? We both love my mom’s taco soup recipe– it can feed us several meals in one week and we never get tired of it! On the weekends, we eat out for brunch a lot, but when at home, we love scrambled eggs, cinnamon toast, and orange slices for breakfast, and homemade pizza with lots of veggies for dinner.
What’s your favorite place to find recipes? My favorite cookbook was created for me by my bridesmaids. It’s full of sweet personal photos and favorite recipes from my bridesmaids, mom, mother-in-law, and even my beloved wedding planner! I love it because I figure if people I know can make the dishes, then surely I can too! I also love my “Seasoned to Taste” cookbook by the Junior League of Chattanooga from my dear friend and bridesmaid, Christy.

What is one small way you love or serve your spouse? When Woody travels for work, one of the best ways I love and serve him is by being at the airport on time, ready to welcome him home. For a girl who sometimes runs behind, this intentional extra effort lets him know how important he is to me.
Do you have children? We don’t have children yet, but we are very excited for when that day comes! We often talk about baby names and discuss what kind of parents we think we’ll be. In the meantime, we feel like we are in the right place as we continue to love and invest in each other to build a strong foundation in our marriage before we embark on parenthood!
What about your home or family life might readers find surprising? Woody and I don’t have a TV in our home! Woody got rid of cable when he was in a busy travel season, and found he liked being free of TV. When he suggested we continue this pattern into our marriage, I, a self-proclaimed TV lover, was not too sure, but decided to give it a try. Turns out, it has been amazing for us and for our marriage. We don’t have the option to slip into just watching what is on or falling asleep in front of the television. TV is not our default recreation anymore, so instead, we read, take walks, talk, write, and find time for so many other things that are important in our lives. We still make sure we catch Alabama or Georgia Southern football in the fall and enjoy renting movies on iTunes or watching a show here and there on Hulu, but without the option to get distracted by TV shows for hours, we have found there is a lot of other good stuff in life to enjoy!

How does your family handle finances? We decided we wanted to create healthy financial practices early in our marriage, so we set a fairly aggressive savings goal for our first year, and then got down to the dirty work of giving every dollar a name every month to determine how to achieve that goal. I attended a financial conference one weekend that promoted the Dave Ramsey cash envelope system. The idea is to create a budget, pull out cash, and separate your cash into envelopes based on multiple budget areas. This helps keep track of what you’re spending, and when the cash is out, it’s out–no card swiping to save the day. The speaker at the conference suggested that if cash for everything was too much, just try it in the areas you struggled. We used this system for awhile and loved it so much, we soon went to cash for everything, except gas and standing bills like rent and power. Our budget and cash system has united us and freed us to live our lives without the guilt or uncertainty that handling money can often bring. We aim to have a monthly budget meeting to wrap up each month, get on the same page, and prepare for the next month. The numbers do the talking and we are both very committed to our savings plan and big goals (house, vacation, etc.). Also, by consistently budgeting, we saved above and beyond our one-year savings goal!

What is your favorite memory from your wedding? I have two! First, our vows. We chose to say both traditional and personal vows, the latter being my favorite. It was so sweet to hear Woody’s promises he wrote specifically for me and to get to share my heart with him in return. We still reference things we said in these personal vows because they were so specific to our relationship and how we love and serve each other. Second, I loved our first dance! It was the perfect balance of romantic and fun. After all the months of planning and the busy activities of the wedding day, this was the moment we got to be loose and free and literally dance for joy as brand new husband and wife!
How do you remember your wedding in your home? I have a portion of Woody’s personal vows to me stamped out and framed above my desk. These serve as a great visual reminder of the promises we both made to each other. Wedding gifts are one of my favorite ways to remember our wedding. As we use them throughout everyday life, we get to think about our wedding and all the people who loved us so generously during that time. Also, we love collecting and displaying items with the number “3″ on them to represent our wedding date, November 3rd. It’s like our personal little reminder that no one else even realizes symbolizes our wedding. Finally, Woody’s stepfather, Jim, makes gorgeous crosses out of old bottles. The night of our rehearsal dinner, he had one made especially for us sitting at our table with our wedding invitation rolled up inside the bottle and clam shells, symbolizing St. Simon’s Island, to make the cross. It is one of our most treasured keepsakes in our home.

What’s your best tip for balancing your relationship and other life priorities? This has been a challenging area for me. As many women do, I sometimes try to do so much that I end up not doing anything well. What I’ve learned is to let my values and life goals determine my priorities and then let my priorities drive how I spend my time. Just like money, time has to be budgeted. For example, if I say my marriage is a top priority, then I simply am not going to say “yes” to girls’ night multiple times a week. Once I know my priorities, I communicate them to my husband, family, and coworkers so they know what to expect from me. With the start of the Lovingkind this year, I have had a hard time balancing that with my full-time job and my marriage. Both are important to me, but I’ve had to talk it out with Woody to make sure I’m giving both areas what they need to thrive and be successful. Lara Casey’s PowerSheets have been an incredible tool for me to settle what is most important to me, and then set goals that direct my decisions and help me live life in a way that is full, effective, and true to God’s purpose for me on this earth.

Do you have a favorite date night idea to share? My best date night idea is to turn off your cell phones! This has been the best thing we have done for our date-night life. Usually, when we go out, we will take only one phone just in case, but we keep it turned off and in the car if possible. One of the most romantic things Woody says to me before we leave the house is, “I’m leaving my phone here.” Removing distractions and purposefully focusing on each other makes date night extra special and strengthens our marriage.
What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? The most surprising thing about marriage has been that it’s so different from what I expected, but it’s so much better. Somewhere inside, I think I always expected that marriage would be full of fanciful, fairy tale, butterflies-in-your-tummy moments, but it’s not. However, it is full of real moments that are so much better than any fairy tale. I find I love Friday nights at home more than fancy dates, and I still remember the way I felt in our first months of marriage realizing I got to go to the grocery store with this man for the rest of my life! It’s the true grit of day-in, day-out love that has exceeded any surface level expectation I ever had.

What is your favorite part of being married? I have often said that being married is like the slumber party that never ends. Remember when you were a kid, and the day after your friend had spent the night, you bravely asked your mom if she could “pleeeease” stay for another night? Then, on occasion, through some cosmic alignment of the stars, your mom would actually say yes? That, to me, is the best part of marriage. Day after day, night after night, I get to spend my life with my best friend. Even when I’ve had really exciting things happen personally or professionally, nothing compares to the goodness of getting to come home every night and lay my head down next to my best friend, life partner, and favorite person in all the world.

We’re so grateful to Mattye and Woody for sharing their hearts and home with us! Be sure to follow along with Mattye at @the.lovingkind and the Lovingkind.

P.S. We’d love to hear from you! Our hope is to feature REAL couples in the South – your inspiring friend, super talented cousin, or neighbor with the cutest house – the kind of person everyone would love to “e-meet.” If that sounds like you or someone you know, take a peek at our Southern Newlywed submission page and shoot us an email!

emily Written with love by Emily
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In the Sweet Tea Society, we say we believe in history and heritage, and that there is nothing on this earth more important than family. Y’all find such creative ways to honor the families you come from as you join together to create a new family, and today we’re sharing a neat way of displaying family photos at the ceremony. We love the idea of walking down the aisle past generations of family members, surrounded by your dearest loved ones!

Big hugs to White Rabbit Studios for sharing these photos!

From Rebecca, the bride: Prior to getting engaged, I became obsessed with Ancestry.com. I researched my own family back to the 1500′s, and then I started researching Sam’s family. I lucked out by discovering a family photo of Sam’s great grandfather (whom he’s named after) and his great-great grandparents. No one in Sam’s immediate family had ever seen this photo before, so I considered it a very exciting discovery! After that find I tried to collect and gather as many family photos as I could. I reached out to numerous extended family members, and eventually I had photos of all of our great and great-great grandparents. We even received a photo of Sam’s 3 times great grandparents, from 1855, 16 years after the first photography portrait was ever taken.

I think that it’s natural when starting a new chapter and embarking on a new life together, that we reflect on those in the past that came before us and contributed in no small way to who we are in the present. By searching through the old family photos we got the opportunity to connect to our past and learn more about one another and the new family that we are creating. Just as we wanted to include all our friends and loved ones in our wedding, we wanted to include those in our celebration who are with us only in spirit.

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  1. avatar Rebecca reply

    Thank you for including these photos from our wedding!

  2. avatar Loverly reply

    Such a special way to include and honor family members – love this!

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