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Author: Kristin

Welcome back to the 2017 Southern Weddings Mason-Dixon Madness Tourney! I can’t believe it, but we will officially have a new champion, as everyone’s favorite Southern Soda, Cheerwine, has been eliminated in the Round of 32. It seems there are lots of Kentucky Derby fans among the crowd, as mint juleps won the battle pretty easily. From my own personal bracket, I am thrilled to report that pimento cheese and pecan pie are moving along into the sweet sixteen.

In last week’s head-to-head donut battle, Krispy Kreme took the crown over beingets, the darling of New Orleans. Having grown up visiting the very first Krispy Kreme location in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, I can’t help but be pleased. Given the number of votes cast in the last round, it seems that y’all called in reinforcements to make sure your favorites made it through to the sweet sixteen. Don’t think that your vote doesn’t count. Pound cake beat out peach cobbler by ONE vote and Amber’s red velvet cake nudged out Marissa’s (and my husband’s) beloved banana pudding by a whopping 5 votes out of hundreds and hundreds cast.

You’ve been pre-warned that this next round of voting requires you to pick between biscuits and pimento cheese and sweet tea and Arnold palmers. Is the biscuit or the biscuit spread (which can be put on crackers or celery) more important? To add lemonade to your sweet tea or not? These are some serious question to be debated. Trust your tastebuds! BBQ or shrimp and grits? Mac and cheese or Cornbread? How’s a girl to choose?

Here’s how our bracket is looking now:

To make sure your favorites survive to dance another day, VOTE (and tell all your friends)! Voting is only open until the 22nd, so hurry on up!

Vote in the Sweet Sixteen below (or click here):

Anybody shocked over the results of the Round of 32? Lose your champion or gain a new appreciation for a Southern delicacy? Sound off below!!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Jodi Jackson reply

    I have a question. Is your instgram account for your work only? I #southernwedding all the time but never get my picture added to the feed. Just curious if I am wasting my time. Thank you, Jodi Jackson with Savannah Wedding Dreams

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      Hi Jodi! Good question! Yes, we generally only feature the work of those who are being featured on our blog that day, something from our archives, from one of our editorials, or the work of a Blue Ribbon Vendor. Hope that helps!

  2. avatar Ashlee reply

    Team Sweet Tea all the way!

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Best Southern Wedding Vendors

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We’re just smitten with our new Blue Ribbon Vendors and we can’t wait for y’all to meet them! I couldn’t agree more with Em’s advice on how to find the best wedding vendors. I know I’m a bit partial, but I think our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory is the first place to look because it’s overflowing with the best talent in Dixie. Each one of these vendors is hand-picked, and I’m confident working with whichever one you choose would be a joy. Get to know the newest ladies and gents through some of our favorite interview questions, then click through to their listings to find out more!

Name: 12th Table
Category: Rentals
Where you call home: Nashville, TN
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Surround yourself with the people you love and respect and who will stand beside you throughout your marriage.

Full Name: Amber Hatley
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Raleigh, NC
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The intimate details, Southern hospitality, and of course, mac and cheese!

Full Name: Carrie Joy Osborne
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Marietta, Georgia
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Let go. Give yourself permission to just relax and enjoy your wedding day because no matter what happens, you’re marrying your best friend!

Name: Davy Whitener
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Atlanta
Favorite part of a wedding day? The father-daughter dance always gets me. I usually tear up thinking about my two baby girls, even though it’s a long way away!

Name: Enraptured Events
Category: Event Planning & Design
Where you call home: Dallas, Georgia
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? I love the natural beauty of the South. It provides decor that you just can’t get anywhere else. It’s charming and magical at the same time.

Name: Erin Lindsey
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Huntsville, Alabama
Favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite part of a wedding day is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time! It’s always such a beautiful moment and I almost always get choked up!

Full Name: Love Lee Lane
Category: Event Planning & Design
Where you call home: Lithia, FL
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The rich traditions, twinkling lights, high school sweethearts, charming details, effortless sophistication, warm and inviting friends and family, dancing under the stars, history, and romance! Southern weddings bring such JOY!

Full Name: Meant to Be Boutique
Category: Fashion
Where you call home: Lexington, Kentucky
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Life is too precious and too short to live with hesitations–be a team, and love wildly together. Choose joy, be intentional, trust faithfully, serve selflessly, and be adventurous!

Full Name: Pear & Thorn Productions
Category: Videography
Where you call home: Fellsmere, Florida
Favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite moment of a wedding day is the first moment the bride and groom get to be alone together, usually right after the first look or right after the ceremony. I like to sneak around the corner and film because it truly is, in my mind, the purest, most uninhibited moment of the day.

Full Name: Rach Loves Troy Photo + Cinema
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Savannah,GA > Louisville, KY
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Don’t choose your vendors based on availability, budget, or because someone told you so. You need to find people who you connect with, who get your vision for your day, and will invest in your relationship.

Full Name: Sunshower Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Charlotte, NC
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Weddings in the South just seem to celebrate heritage more than any other place on Earth! I love how proud my brides and grooms are to celebrate their college team, their favorite BBQ, or even just their family name!

Full Name: Untamed Heart Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: The rolling hills of the Midwest.
Favorite part of a wedding day? When the bride and groom walk up the aisle hand in hand as a freshly married couple. There is so much joy in that moment from everyone. It just blesses my heart to witness it every time!

Check out all of our favorite vendors in the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory! If you would like to recommend someone (or nominate yourself!), please send me an email!

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  1. avatar Liz Cox reply

    Yay yay yay!! Love y’all! So thankful to be a part of the SW family. Big hugs from KY!

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Welcome back to the round of 32! The votes have been cast and we’re bidding farewell to 32 bites and beverages, including fried okra (sigh) and coconut cake. I’m happy to report pecan pie and sweet tea both made it through along with my beloved pimento cheese. Although I have to admit that picking between butter beans and pimento cheese so early in the voting seemed unfair.

As with any good march tournament, we had a few upsets and the 7/10 match-ups were quite contentious again this year, with watermelon, pound cake and Coca-Cola emerging victorious as 10 seeds. Sadly, pralines (my gran makes the best pecan pralines in Dixie) didn’t make it through to the next round, but it’s leaving us with a battle of the Southern donuts this week: beignets vs. Krispy Kreme.

Here’s how our bracket’s looking now:

I’m dying to know? Did you learn anything new about your beau oo best friends? I learned that the SW office is loyal to Southern sweets. Marissa is rooting hard for banana pudding and Amber picked Red Velvet Cake to go all the way, which should be interesting since these treats go head-to-head in the Round of 32. Share what you learned, and what you’re pulling for, in the comments below! Second-round voting will be open until March 17th.

Vote in the round of 32 below (or click here):

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Ashlee reply

    Ah! I can’t believe I just had to pick between Fried Green Tomatoes and Pimento Cheese!!

  2. avatar Catherine Marks reply

    It’s already getting so hard! Deviled eggs v. Mac and cheese!

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