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Author: Nicole

Are y’all tuckered out from fireworks, cook outs and corn hole like I am? The Southern Weddings gals celebrated the Fourth of July the best we know how and loved being able to share the joy with y’all through our very first newsletter! If you haven’t yet, but sure to sign up here to receive fun sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes and exclusive promotions.

This week’s Southern Delicacy had all of our tummies growling! Just a warning: this one rates 10 out of 10 on the dangerously appetizing scale! Read all about hummingbird cake and how it got its name here.

Now that July is in full swing, we’re looking forward to this month’s #SouthernDoin’s! Participate with us and snap a photo of something red, white and blue.

Blaine + Mike’s all-American engagement session was the perfect fit for this week. We adore that their shared love of baseball was included in this sweet session!

Real Weddings take the cake!

Julie + Shane’s ranch wedding boasted gorgeous scenery but sweeter traditions. See it here.

Congratulations to Alix, who won the Speak Wedding flashcards from last week’s giveaway! Be on the lookout for more fun giveaways!

Before y’all head out for more July fun, be sure to stop by our Facebook Friday with Nolan Photography!

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Howdy, y’all! We’ve spent a good amount of time this week giggling over outtakes from our very first Instagram videos. Haven’t turned into Southern Weddings TV yet? Take a look here. In between our video updates, we did do some actual work.

Emily gave some expert advice on budgeting for your wedding with regards to your priorities and your circumstances.

We’re in love with this polo-inspired eye-candy set in the most romantic of Southern settings.

We’re so tickled pink by the cute goodies in the Southern Weddings Shop that we had to have a sale! Get 15% off pink prints and our enclosure cards before July 8.

Real weddings turn our hearts aflutter!

Casey + Anthony’s Florida wedding combined the best of their favorite Southern locales. See it here.

Katrina + Tyler’s barn wedding combined each family’s ideas and a ton of handmade details. See it here.

Britt + Brad’s lakeside wedding was a fun nautically-inspired bash with modern details and a great love story. See it here.

Laura + Shannon’s seaside wedding brought a beachy laid back feel to a romantic and elegant big day. See it here.

Before y’all head out for some weekend adventures, make sure you stop by our Facebook Friday for something sweet from Love is a Big Deal.

Let’s also wish all the guys and gals saying “I do” this weekend the biggest congratulations, including our Southern Bride Bloggers Ryann and Kaylia!

Have a marvelous weekend!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar PlumPrettySugar reply

    Oh, my! Love, love all this beauty!

    xo

    http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

  2. avatar Wedding Invitations by Tango Design reply

    Lovely photos. The “polo” wedding with the horse behind is beautiful, the bright yellow on the bridesmaids dresses so full of life. Totally real weddings, natural and capturing the happiness of the moment.

  3. avatar DreamDay Invitations reply

    Loving the pink wedding invitation designs!

    Beautiful pictures too. I love the ombre yellow bridesmaid dresses! Very trendy and happy :)

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Even though Britt + Brad are from California, a wedding in either of their hometowns was a huge priority. Their lakeside nuptials captured the best of country rustic (Britt’s a country girl at heart!) with some nautically-inclined modern touches. I love how their big day feels like a meshing of their families and the new life they started on the west coast (and y’all tell me you don’t love those bright orange boutonnieres!). We’re serving up big hugs to Mandy Mohler, who shared this day with us.

We both felt very strongly about not doing a first look. We wanted the first time we saw each other to be when I was walking down the aisle. I’m so glad we did it that way. When the church doors opened, the sun was set perfectly that you could only see the silhouettes of my father and I at first. It was very dramatic and beautiful!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
Since I live in California and my family is back in the Midwest, my mom, sisters and I met in Chicago for a girl’s weekend. My dress was the first one I tried on at the third store. I must say, I almost went with the very first dress I tried on. There is something about seeing yourself in a wedding dress for the very first time that just takes your breath away. I’m so happy I continued looking though because I couldn’t love my dress more. It was perfect for both me and the setting of our wedding. It was a mermaid fit, organza with some gorgeous lace detail. I wish I could wear it again, I love it that much. Maybe I’ll put it on and just frolic around our living room for fun.

How cute are these little guys? Boys in seersucker always look like perfect Southern gents. And those teeny boutonnieres! Britt + Brad made a great fashion decision here, I think!

Did you write your own vows? 
We didn’t write our own vows, but we both wrote notes to each other the morning of our wedding. My maid of honor and his best man made the delivery. I wrote Brad a letter expressing my love and admiration for him and vowing to never wear granny panties! He presented me with a flip-book that he drew with a sweet note at the end that brought both a tear and a laugh right before I walked down the aisle.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
Our first reading was from the Book of Genesis. The second reading was from the first Letter of Saint John.

I had several pieces of “something borrowed.” It was extremely important to Brad and me that our reception felt very “us” – it oozed Britt and Brad! One of the things that bonded us from the beginning was our strong family values. We are both very close to our families and wanted to be sure to include several unique heirlooms and other meaningful details from our backgrounds. My grandmother passed away the year before we were engaged. Thankfully, Brad was able to meet her just months before she passed. I wanted to add a part of her to our ceremony, so I asked that her rosary be wrapped in my bouquet. One of my favorite moments was taking my bouquet in my hand and looking down at the rosary to find my late grandparents initials and wedding date engraved into the rosary. No one in my family realized the rosary was engraved, so it was a beautiful discovery to make on my own wedding day. Another special “something borrowed” was our cake server. It was the server my parents used on their wedding day and it was engraved with their names and wedding date. My “something new” were the pearl earrings Brad gave me on our rehearsal dinner night. I wore suede blue pumps with a white lace dress to our rehearsal dinner, which served as my something blue.

Brad and I both love to be near the water, so the decision to have our reception near a lake was arrived at pretty quickly. We wanted our wedding to resemble that of our ideal day — a summer day spent on the lake surrounded by family and friends. Although we live in California, we both felt it was important to hold our wedding near our families. The hardest part was choosing between my home state of Ohio and Montana where Brad’s family lives. After he took me to visit his favorite summer spot, Whitefish Lake, I was immediately on board for a Montana wedding. The location took my breath away and completely resembled our vision. As a total country girl at heart, I definitely wanted to incorporate some of those elements into our wedding. I was careful not to over-saturate the design with an abundance of mason jars and chalkboards but rather create a hybrid of country rustic and modern elegance. Tying the raw wood tables, rustic chandeliers and crisp white furniture with the natural beauty Montana has to offer created a relaxed, airy feeling.

Describe your wedding flowers. 
I choose beautiful square wood tables with burlap wrapped centerpieces boasting an array of colorful ranunculus, dahlias, delphinium, hydrangeas and kangaroo paw. Our amazing florist, Cara at Mum’s Flowers captured our vision and color palette so perfectly. Hammered metal chargers, varying heights of mercury and glass votives, and photos of sentimental Los Angeles locations that served as our table names completed our table-scape. Crisp white lounge furniture paired with the rustic tables added a modern touch to the country feel and really popped off the lake.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. 
Our prelude music was “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.Even though our ceremony took place in a Catholic church, we wanted to add some modern music. The prelude was just the place to do it! “I’m Yours” is such a beautiful and happy song. For the wedding party processional, we played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” I walked down to Canon in D. Our recessional was to Trumpet Voluntary. The opening song to our cocktail hour was “Toes” by Zac Brown Band (Such a feel good song and a great way to kick off the party! We also printed some of the lyrics to this song on our cocktail napkins). The introduction of the bridal party was “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida. Our first dance was to “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band. Brad and I love this song and it felt very “us.” The father-daughter dance was “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. Years ago, before I even met Brad, my dad and I were driving in the car together and this song came on the radio. He looked at me and said, “I want to dance to this song at your wedding one day.” As we danced, my dad sang every word to me through the tears. It was quite emotional! The mother-son dance was “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Montana is known for huckleberries, so we went with an orange cream cake with huckleberry fruit and vanilla cream filling. It was delish! My mouth waters just thinking about it!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
Brad and I had decided that in order to save some money, we would wait until our first anniversary to purchase my wedding band and use my engagement ring during our ceremony instead. After the priest had blessed the rings, Brad slipped both my engagement and my wedding band on my finger. It was a well-kept secret that only my mom and the best man were in on. (Jason, our best man, was careful to cup his hand while the priest was blessing the rings so that I wouldn’t see the wedding band). I was completely surprised and immediately teared up. It was such a sweet moment.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Don’t sweat the small stuff! You will be so blissfully happy on your day that those little stressors won’t even matter. If you are having a destination wedding, determine how many days in advance you want to arrive. Got that day in mind? Okay, now add one extra day to that! The travel nightmares we endured prior to our wedding taught us that! Let’s just say three re-routed flights, a rented car, a four-hour drive and two days later, we finally arrived in Montana.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. (From the bride) My mom and my sister-in-law both told me when you find the one, you’ll know. I didn’t believe it until I met Brad. Everything with us clicked from the very beginning. It took me less than six months to realize he was the one. We actually met a couple of times through mutual friends about eight months before we started dating. It wasn’t until months later, when the timing was right, that we realized there was something very special between us. Our first date was more of a marathon date. Lunch turned into a matinee movie, which led to a sunset walk on the beach in Malibu. Neither of us wanted the day to end so we decided to have dinner and go for ice cream too! About six months after our first date, it was my turn to meet the family. We made the long road trip from LA to Montana to spend Thanksgiving with the Johnson family. Still loving each other after an 18-hour car ride is a good sign I’d say! Seeing him with his family and in his element, I knew this was the man I was going to marry. I fell more in love with him during that trip than I ever thought was possible. We are so alike in many ways but also so different in others. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Brad is much less of an open book. Brad is very laid back and has a creative spirit whereas I am more “type A.” I keep Brad organized and he keeps me from taking life too seriously. Whenever I’m stressed, Brad will do or say something silly to put a smile on my face. I know Brad will keep me young at heart even when I’m old and gray. He is my very best friend. He loves me at my best and worst. He is my safe place, and makes everything just little bit better and brighter. (From the groom) I never expected to meet someone special while I lived in LA. The LA adventure was mainly just for a diverse work experience and to enjoy some sunny SoCal weather. But, just over a year after moving here, I met Britt. As soon as we started dating, I knew she was the one for me. We complemented each other in so many ways the more and more we got to know each other. It seemed that everything that was dear to me — family, friends, and faith — were equally important to her. And as we’re always in an ever-evolving relationship, I feel loved and challenged by her to be a better, stronger, and more thoughtful person as every day passes.
Tell us all about the proposal! 
Brad had been traveling for work for the last four months. Thankfully, his company flew him home on many weekends, but it still made for a long, lonely four months apart. When his out-of-state project was finally over, Brad planned something special for us for his first weekend back. He told me he wanted to rent a luxury convertible for the day and cruise the Southern California coastline. That alone sounded fun to me! Little did I know all that he had planned for the weekend. The night before our little road trip, Brad told me what I should pack for our getaway. I was pretty excited because I didn’t even know we were staying overnight! As we started our drive that gorgeous Saturday morning in July, my mind started racing as to where we could be going. For a moment, I thought we just might be headed to the airport to fly somewhere, but then that exit passed so I started brainstorming other possibilities. As we started nearing one of my favorite resorts in Newport Beach, I thought there was no way that’s where we were going, but sure enough! Brad says the look on my face when he turned into Pelican Hill’s entrance was priceless. When we opened the door to our gorgeous villa, there were champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries waiting for us. We then walked down to the beach where Brad got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was a magical and perfectly planned weekend. I am definitely the planner in our relationship, so I was pretty proud of him for pulling this one off!
When did y’all get married? 
August 25, 2012
How many friends, family, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
100
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
It is so hard to pick just one! Our escort card display was pretty amazing. My talented hubby handcrafted a small wooden rowboat from which we hung the escort cards. It was about 3 feet tall and sat on our entry table. The table also included photographs of our parents on their wedding day, a Polaroid camera, a wooden guest book and an old German suitcase. Our guests really enjoyed the interactive guest book station.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge we faced was planning our wedding from afar. We only made one trip to Montana to pick our location and meet with vendors. All the planning was done from California. It was a challenge, but we would do it again in a heartbeat!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
Our vendors were truly amazing. We feel very blessed to have had all of them be a part of our day. Mandy Mohler, our photographer, created such a fun environment for our photo sessions. Our guests said she felt like part of the family. Our DJ was a huge hit. The Party Store pulled together our vision with their gorgeous furniture and decor. Tim Lannaghan, our Banquet Manager at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, was an absolute delight to work with. He is exactly the person you want in charge of your reception. He is calm, accommodating and always has a can-do attitude. We could really go on and on about how great he is. Without him, I don’t know that our reception would have been as perfect as it was! We want to give a huge thank-you to all over our vendors who made our day so special.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? 
We are enjoying married life and looking forward to lots of travel before we hear the pitter patter of little feet! We are planning a trip to Europe for next summer and hope to buy our first home sometime next year as well.

Photographer: Mandy Mohler Photography | Videographer: Ben Watts | Planner: Britt Johnson | Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Florist: Cara at Mum’s Flowers | Wedding Cake: Miss Patti Cakes | Caterer: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Rentals: The Party Store | Lighting: The Party Store | DJ: John Schultz with Mobile Beat Productions | Special Details: Brad Johnson with Iron Fusion Laboratories, Escort Card Display / Custom Gift Bags / Woodworking | Bride’s Gown: Enzoani | Paper Products: Jason Johnson (groom’s brother) at Prime Incorporated | Bride’s Veil: White Satin Bridal | Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Ashley at Reecia’s Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  Nordstrom | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Bracelets – Giles & Brother,  Earrings – Marlyn Schiff Jewelry | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Additional Vendors: Ring Bearers Attire – Children’s Place, Hats – Baby Gap, Bow ties – Me and Matilda

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Katrina + Tyler’s barn wedding was a mixture of her family’s Northern tastes, his family’s Midwestern ideas and their Southern locale. Though ideas didn’t always match up, what resulted was a sweet day full of handmade details that came together under the barn at Vinewood. K + T let their vendors work their talents and were completely open to doing a first look at Ben and Colleen’s suggestion. Katrina now says the first look photos are her favorites from the big day! We love that even though the couple was surrounded by talented vendors, everyone pitched in to make everything from wedding accessories to decor to cakes!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new?
 Yes! My maid of honor had special garters made for me (one to toss, one to keep). She had them made with satin (blue), vintage lace from her grandmother (borrowed), and had vintage stamps from our invitations made into charms hanging from the garter (something old turned new!). They were so special!

Three months after we met, Tyler popped the question. Hey, when you know, you know! We got engaged underneath the willows at Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. We even had our own private drum circle to provide the romantic background music (okay, it wasn’t part of the plan, but it certainly did add some humor to our memories). We were sitting on a blanket together reading. It was a nice day, but the clouds had started to roll in. When it looked like it might rain, Tyler turned to me and said, “So do you want to head inside before it rains, or do you want to stay out here and get engaged?” My heart exploded! He proposed with the ring that his father, who passed away when Tyler was very young, gave to his mother 28 years ago. Soon after, we set our wedding date for April 5, 2013, exactly one year from the day we met.

I found my wedding dress at a charming little boutique in Atlanta’s Candler Park called Kelly’s Closet. I brought my best friend, who is one of the most honest people you’ll ever meet. I tried on about 11 dresses that day, and with each one my best friend gave an immediate head shake of disapproval until I tried on the perfect one. The second I walked out of the dressing room, my best friend’s eyes lit up. When I saw myself in the mirror, mine did the same. Even though it was a store sample and three sizes too big, I knew it was the one. I came back to the store two more times with my mother and mother-in-law before making my final decision, but I finally did it! And I couldn’t love my dress anymore. It’s still in my closet and I stare at it every day wishing I could wear it again!

Describe your wedding flowers. 
Our wedding flowers were simple and rustic. My bouquet was loose and cascading, with peonies, feverfew, peach stock, and greenery. It was tied with burlap. The groomsmen had boutonnieres with yellow Billy balls, peach stock, greenery, and were tied with twine. My bridesmaids each had a unique and different bouquet, with mixes of peonies, feverfew, peach stock, and greenery. For our reception flowers, we had an eclectic mixture of flowers, with each table having a different arrangement and set up. The color scheme remained the same as the bridal party flowers: yellows, peach, white, and greenery. Some tables had white hydrangeas in blue mason jars, other tables had bud vases with peach stock, Billy balls, and baby’s breath. Everything looked incredible together!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did decide to do a first look. Our photographers recommended it because they would be able to get a lot of great shots together before the ceremony and all of the craziness that would follow. We also weren’t very traditional with our wedding. Tyler had already seen me in my wedding dress at one of my final fittings, so a first look sounded great to us. And the pictures are so sweet, it was one of my favorite moments during the day!

Did you write your own vows? 
We did not write our own vows. I am extremely nervous in front of crowds and didn’t want to say anything except “I do!” Our officiant took care of all of the talking so I was able to remain calm and collected.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
We did not have any. Our officiant, who is best friends with Tyler, shared the story of how we met, how we got engaged, and how we were getting married on the anniversary of when we met. It was perfect!

I walked down the aisle to “Seventeen” by Youth Lagoon. I chose this song because it’s so beautiful, with piano and hazy vocals, and a line that makes me cry every time I hear it: “When I was seventeen, my mother said to me, ‘Don’t stop imagining, the day that you do is the day that you die.” It meant so much to have that playing to remind us just how magical life can be, and all the wonderful things we have in store together. The song started out slow and calm, but when I started walking down the aisle, the beat picked up and was just absolutely perfect. Our first dance was to “Look at Where We Are” by Hot Chip. We chose this song because of a memory we have together. When Tyler and I first started dating and I visited him where he lived a few hours away, we were driving around during the summer with our windows down, holding hands, and listening to this song. We weren’t talking, just smiling and listening as we heard, “Look at where we are, remember where we started out. Never gonna be without each other’s love again.” This meant a lot to us because when we first met, our futures were a little uncertain. Tyler had been planning on moving to California, and I had been in a long-term relationship that hadn’t completely dissolved. We knew that we were crazy about each other, but weren’t sure exactly where things were going. Once we realized that we knew exactly what we wanted, we knew we’d be with each other forever. Cheesy, but true!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? 
For one, we had our wedding at Vinewood, an outdoor venue with our reception held in renovated stables! We included a lot of Southern decor in our wedding and reception, specifically with a lot of mason jars and other vintage decorations. Having the ceremony outdoors with vintage chairs also made our wedding feel elegantly Southern.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
All of the DIY work my mother and I did definitely was my favorite part. We worked so hard for months on everything and worked as a great team. I made and designed the invitations, save the dates, menus for the reception, drink stirrers, cake toppers, rings and hairpins for my bridesmaids as gifts (which I am now working to sell on Etsy!), and so many other things! My mother made fantastic dyed coffee filter balls that hung above the dance floor, she made all of the napkins and she made every single dessert we served. She even made her own dress and the flower girl dress and accessories! We also made the signature drinks ahead of time (Apple Pie Moonshine and White Wine Sangria) and the wedding favors (homemade limoncello and herb-infused olive oil). I’m sure most people didn’t notice all of the effort we put in, but we will never forget it!

My mother made all of the desserts for our wedding. She worked for weeks getting everything together. Our wedding cake was two-tiered and was a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I made the cake topper myself out of wooden skewers, string, and washi tape! The groom’s cake, also made by my mother, was a dark chocolate Guinness cake. I made the cake toppers for the groom’s cake — individual plants creating the solar system because Tyler is a Space-Systems Engineer and loves space. Other desserts my mother made were mini tiramisus, Italian cookies, lemon cake, fig and date cake, red velvet cupcakes, and much more!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
We met through mutual friends. Tyler’s best friend was dating my best friend, and they had been trying to set us up for a while, but things weren’t the cards for us to meet just yet. One night in April 2012, we both just so happened to be going to Sweetwater Brewery with our friends and we finally met. The second I saw him, I couldn’t stop staring. Tylere was beyond adorable! We immediately hit it off and talked all night, ending with the sweetest hand-holding session I’ve ever had. From that moment on, he was all I could think about. It still makes me smile to think about that night!
When did y’all get married? 
April 5, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
150
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Keeping everyone happy! My family is from the North and Tyler’s is from the Midwest, so our ideas didn’t always line up. We wanted a very untraditional wedding, while our families wanted something a bit more traditional and upscale. While some things we had to stand up and say we weren’t going to do, we did settle by having Sun in My Belly cater, a very sophisticated (and delicious) caterer, instead of a food truck with tacos!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? 
$25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
Our photographers were my favorite part! They were fun, witty, and made us comfortable and relaxed, which you could definitely tell in the pictures! They captured every single detail, even some things that I was too busy running around to notice, so I got to see every part of my wedding once our photos came back!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
When my little sister Sophia, the flower girl, started walking up the aisle before me. She couldn’t see the aisle in between the two sides, so she decided to just go all the way around everyone and completely ignore the aisle! She had no idea she did anything the slightest bit wrong. It was precious, and Tyler says that he and some of the other groomsmen got tears in the eyes because it was so cute. Some of my friends now call her Sophia “I do what I want” Brosan.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Take a deep breath! There were times when I was planning things and worrying about how it would all turn out and I would just sit and cry for hours. Don’t do this! It doesn’t help. Just remember that it’s just a big party for a day, and even if things don’t go completely as planned, no one will ever notice. I also recommend that everyone try to DIY as much as they can if you have the time — it gives you a lot to be proud of and memories you’ll never forget because you made it all happen!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
Right now we are just relaxing and enjoying being married without having to plan a wedding! There are two big things in our future that we’re looking forward to: an addition to our family (a kitten!) and searching for our first house (we are planning to move to Austin, Texas sometime next year!!). We can’t wait!

Photographer: Ben and Colleen | Planner: Maria Hickman from Vinewood Events |
Ceremony Venue: Vinewood Events | Reception Venue: Vinewood Events | Florist: Southern Stems | Wedding Cake: The mother of the bride | Caterer: Sun in My Belly | Band Duo: Mixed Genes – Barbara and Will Jenkins | Bride’s Gown: Queen Anne’s Lace by Claire Pettibone (from Kelly’s Closet) | Paper Products: Made/designed by bride | Bride’s Headpiece: Aria Vine headpiece by Enchanted Atelier for Claire Pettibone | Ampersand Pumps by Seychelles | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: All different | Groom’s Attire: H&M | Groomsmen Attire: H&M

Photographer: 
Ben and Colleen / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: 
Maria Hickman at Vinewood Events / Venue: Vinewood / Flowers & Decor: Southern Stems / Cake Baker: Mother of the Bride / Catering: 
Sun in My Belly / Band: 
Mixed Genes - Barbara and Will Jenkins / Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone / Invitations & Stationery: Made by the bride / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Enchanted Atelier for Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Bridesmaid Accessories: Various / Groom’s Attire: H&M / Groomsmen Attire: H&M
nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Peter reply

    Love the yellow! Beautiful wedding and great job backlighting the ceremony with the sunset.

  2. avatar Tangled Lilac Photography reply

    This is such a beautiful wedding. So inspiring and the decorations/venue is to die for.
    Gorgeous!

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  4. avatar Patricia Mae reply

    Beautiful wedding! I had a question, where did you get your chandeliers? Or did they come with the venue? They look gorgeous!

    • avatar Jamie Elliott McPherson reply

      He there Patricia – I am one of the owners of Vinewood. Yes, the ‘candle’-iers are part of our inventory. If you want something like them for your wedding, we got them on http://www.save-on-crafts.com we had to remove the little spike that typically a candle would go on. Then we just hot glued a small mason jar and voila – there you have it. We wish you all the best o your wedding planning. Jamie

  5. avatar Lacey reply

    Hello,
    I really love the kissing balls made with the coffee filters. Is there anyway I can contact the bride to see exactly how they made these? Beautiful wedding!

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Among my plans this weekend are eating barbecue, watching a movie in the park with my boyfriend, and trying the very first berry from my strawberry plants! (I’ll admit, I had a few berries before, but they shriveled up before I could try them. Not the best example of my green thumb.) What are y’all doing this weekend?

This week we tackled an etiquette question that just might be our most-asked one! Read up on how to mix navy and black in your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

June’s Southern Bride of the Month, Jordan has a contagious excitement for her big day! Be sure to read all about her white and green Highlands wedding and answer her big question!

Real Weddings are the sugar in our tea!

Allison + Andrew’s simple Georgia wedding boasted sweet photos and hydrangeas galore! See it here.

Lauren + Aaron’s North Carolina wedding was classic and romantic. I love the timeless images that resulted! See it here.

Brittany + Ryan’s wedding had all the hallmarks of a traditional Southern fete. We adore everything from their traditional vows to their donut desserts! See it here.

Fun treats for the weekend!

Historic St. Augustine, Florida, is the location of a pop-up wedding! Created for couples who want the romantic wedding feel with the simplicity of a courthouse elopement, “Away We Go” brings together talented vendors to create your dream getaway wedding. Check out their site for more details.

Congratulations to the winners of our bow tie giveaway from our SWV6 sneak peek! Samantha and Katie, you’ll adore these bow ties!

We have another fun giveaway for y’all! We think these Speak Wedding flashcards by Daughter of Design are too beautiful and too handy not to share! Each card explains wedding lingo that’s ever-present during the planning stages and helpful hints for wedding planning. On top of being helpful, they’re gorgeous! Each card was designed by Ceci New York.To win a set, leave a comment below telling us what you’re most enjoying about wedding planning!

Before y’all head out for the weekend, make sure you stop by our Facebook Friday for a lovely session from Erin Lindsey.

Happy weekend, friends!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
13 Comments
  1. avatar Samantha reply

    I think I won a bowtie!!!!! :D But I haven’t received an e-mail yet.

  2. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I am loving spending time with my future mother-in-law! I am lucky to be marrying a great man with a great family.

  3. avatar Cait T. reply

    I’m loving the fact that planning is bringing me closer to everyone I love – my fiance, my mother, my sister (it’s been a long time coming!), my future-mother-in-law/sister-in-law, and all of my bridesmaids. It’s been such a great excuse to be in much more constant, and special, contact with everyone!!

  4. avatar Heather K reply

    My fiance and I really enjoyed registering last night!

  5. avatar Lonna Schultz reply

    I love the fact, that through all of this, the ending result will be me married to the man of my dreams. I have dreamed of this moment for so long and it is so close! Most people get are scared of the end, I couldn’t be happier. This is an end that will have a new magical beginning!

  6. avatar Alexandria reply

    I’m having a small wedding, so my favorite part of wedding planning is considering all the small details and how those details will really ensure my guests feel loved and welcome at our wedding. We wanted to make sure everything we do lets our guests know how important they all are to us and how thankful we are that they could be a part of our wedding!

  7. avatar Marnay reply

    My favorite part about wedding planning is the strong bond we are forming with our families. My fiancé’s family is helping to create DIY invitations (they are very crafty!) and my family is growing flowers in their yard for our bouquets! It makes me melt to see how eager and helpful our families are with the many wedding details. It’s making the experience much more fun and much less stressful!
    PS – those Speak Wedding flashcards would be a perfect game for a bridal shower!

  8. avatar Christina C reply

    I’ve really enjoyed touring venues. It is fun seeing how beautiful all the spaces can become.

  9. avatar Alix reply

    Getting in contact with old friends!

  10. avatar Kelly H. reply

    I love the feeling when everything begins to take shape and fall into place!

  11. avatar Justyne M reply

    What I am enjoying most are all the DIY projects, making jam favors has been so much fun!

  12. avatar Jillian reply

    My favorite part about the wedding planning process is being able to get together with my family and my fiancé’s family and listening to all of there ideas, excitement and traditions about our families weddings. It such a blessing to come together this way

  13. avatar Roxanne reply

    Getting to know my fiance’s mum. She is SO amazing!

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