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The ladies of {Elizabeth Anne Designs} are top notch!  I am so inspired by their posts– beautiful real weddings, expert event advice, stunning inspiration boards and to-die-for details, oh my!  We are honored to have them here with us at SWS this week to bring you their incredible southern wedding inspiration boards. And now, the beautiful and talented duo from EAD…

We are so thrilled to be guest blogging for Southern Wedding Style!  As Southern girls ourselves, we love injecting doses of true Southern charm into every style of event.  So this week, we will be sharing with you inspiration boards for five very different Southern affairs.  We hope that we inspire some ideas for planning your own Ultimate Southern Wedding! ~Ami and Rebekah

Southern Beach:

True Southerners love the beach – and beach weddings, especially in gorgeous rustic locales such as the Outer Banks and Amelia Island, are ever-popular.  This board illustrates the quintessential Southern rustic beach wedding – muted blues, lots of white, and a hint of kraft paper neutral.

Clockwise from top left: Weddings Magazine via Nibs; Toast; Martha Stewart via DC Nearlyweds; Impressionen; House Beautiful via Nibs; Source Perrier via {frolic!}; renaann’s Etsy; Michelle Rago; The Green Vase

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  1. avatar kristin @ the fairmount bride reply

    Northern girls love the south too! Amelia Island, here we come! :)

  2. avatar chelsea reply

    beautiful and thanks for the link.

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We are so excited to introduce our next guest blogger!  After a slew of emails about her first post, Elizabeth was thrilled when we asked her to share some of her wedding day secrets with you.  The greatest joy I have in working on this magazine is getting to know our beautiful brides.  Liz is certainly one of those brides who makes my days so fun.  It has been such a pleasure getting to know this incredibly sweet southern belle.  Enjoy!  ~Lara

Hello! I’m Elizabeth, a traditional southern bride with a twist. I’d like to share with you some of my vendors and ideas including how I made some nontraditional elements work in a southern and traditional setting!


The fabulous {Michael Norwood} from Orange County, California took our engagement pictures in Malibu, CA near where we now live (above).  Our pre-ceremony pictures were taken in the riverbed at {Belle Meade Plantation}, the site of our ceremony. Michael also set up a slideshow of the ceremony at our reception, held at the {Nashville Downtown Hilton}, where the southern menu consisted of country ham encrusted filet mignon, cornbread dressing stuffed chicken breast, fried corn pudding and of course, sweet tea! Hamburger sliders came out a few hours after dinner.

{Pendragon} wrote the one of a kind script for our invitations, and also created our signature “W” that we printed on everything from our invitations to our aisle runner, created by {Fairytale Runners}. We used the aisle runner at the reception instead of the ceremony to create a grand entrance for everyone.

{Mary Elizabeth Long} left my hair in soft curls while Beth Pilgreen of Atlanta created my natural makeup. My dress was “Lia” by {Melissa Sweet}—a form fitting satin dress with a trumpet skirt. And who says the bride must wear white shoes? After searching for the perfect white wedding heel I decided to go with the shoe that I’d definitely wear again–black {Manolo Blahnik} heels. I went with a bold antique bib necklace, but the most unusual element was the 4-piece veil I designed and my mother-in-law made.

More on my DIY projects such as invitations, guest book and favors next! ~Liz

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  1. avatar Brooke reply

    Wow Elizabeth! You designed that veil? Gorgeous and so resourceful to have your family member make it. I can’t wait to hear more!!! I am getting married this fall and it sounds like you may be the perfect blogger to give me do it yourself ideas!

  2. avatar kristin @ the fairmount bride reply

    wow! your wedding was beautiful!

  3. avatar Melissa reply

    What beautiful pictures and great details of your wedding! Very romantic! You two make a lovely couple…Do you have any pictures of the necklace you mention? I would love to see a close up of it.

  4. avatar Ashley @ Bliss Event Group reply

    I can’t wait to hear more about that fabulous veil, and interested to hear how you got the inspiration for using white for the bridesmaid’s dresses. Very unique and elegant.

  5. avatar Cozette reply

    Elizabeth, Nice comments from everyone and I certainly enjoyed working with your design and seeing you so beautifully carry if off at the most wonderful wedding I have ever attended. I know, I know you married my son. What can I say. (Smile).

  6. avatar amber reply

    i heart liz! hugs to you nashville bride buddy! :)

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Elizabeth’s big day is fast approaching!  Only a week and half before this preppy southern bride walks down the aisle.  Here are a few big day details from Elizabeth of {Tie the Knot}

Bridal Party Attire

I knew right from the beginning that I wanted a very casual feel for the wedding. My bridesmaids are wearing {Vineyard Vines Seaport Seersucker} dresses in green. I chose this dress because I knew my girls would wear it again and they would be comfortable all night! The groomsmen are wearing Vineyard Vines green seersucker ties with little anchors on them, navy blazers, and linen pants. The groom wanted to stand out, so we chose Vineyard Vines twill pants in {Mariner}, which is a faded red color. His tie is red seersucker with anchors on it. I bought his blazer at {Jos A Bank}.  I keep telling myself that these are things he will wear again.  Originally I opted for a white seersucker dress from Thread for the bridesmaids but when it didn’t make it here on time I had to choose a more traditional dress. I have decided to use this Lilly Pulitzer Mckim Sandal in White for them.  Whenever people ask me questions about what we are wearing they can’t believe what I tell them, but I couldn’t imagine it any other way!

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  1. avatar melissa @ the inspired room reply

    This is so fun, I was so glad you shared that website too! I love the ties. My daughter’s wedding is at the beach (in a church, but at the beach) this summer and she is looking for unique and fun ways to make it special and appropriate for the location. Since she and her bridal party are all in college, they don’t care what people think either! They are brave enough to do things in their own less formal and traditional way. I think it will be really fun to shed some of the stuffy formalities! Melissa

  2. avatar Kate reply

    Who made the handbag? It’s so fresh and CUTE!

  3. avatar Donna reply

    I love what you’re doing, I think it’s perfect!

  4. avatar Virginia @ Celebrate reply

    I am loving your fashion choices! The men will be so comfortable. And the ladies can definitely wear that cute dress again. Sooo cute!

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