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A garden full of flowers is an indicator of many things: good soil and roots, sunshine and rain, and plenty of careful tending. In the same way, the celebration of a wedding recalls a few things of its own: the love that brought the bride and groom to this day, their ability to weather good times and bad, and the community that surrounds and supports them. On a hot August day in Serenbe, Georgia, a talented team of vendors helped us bring our ode to summer’s sun-kissed hues, and the collective love that allows a romance to grow, to life. We’re so grateful to Ali Harper for capturing every detail, and Krista of Blue-Eyed Yonder for styling such a magical day!

Paper cuts were a huge source of inspiration for us. Yes Ma’am Paper Goods created this beautiful invitation suite and wildflower favor packets, using vintage botanical prints as a guide.

Our bride’s Lela Rose gown could not have been more perfect for this shoot if we designed it ourselves! We had so much fun pulling together floral-inspired fashion, including the groom’s bow tie, the floral bridesmaid dresses, and sweet flower girl dresses.

Serenbe is full of lovely views, perfect for a ceremony backdrop. A wildflower clippings toss when the bride and groom walk back up the aisle is sweet and environmentally friendly in an outdoor space.

We love this idea for creating a new tradition–pressing a flower from the bride’s bouquet into the pages of a family bible, and then passing it down for the next generation of brides to do the same.

Sun in My Belly whipped up the most colorful food and drinks, which were explained on the oversized table runner menu. Such a show-stopping piece of decor!

Making the bouquets and arrangements for a wildflower-themed editorial is a tall order, and Victory Blooms delivered in every way. We couldn’t stop raving about her creations, which this shoot truly would not have been complete without!

We can’t forget about the sweets! We served up berry ice cream and a hummingbird cake, with decorations reminiscent of the invitation suite.

Stay tuned for behind the scenes photos of this lovely day by Anna K. Photography!

Photographer: Ali Harper / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Prop Styling and Furniture: Blue Eyed Yonder / Videographer: Before Your Eyes Cinema / Florals: Victory Blooms / Bride’s Gown: “The Forest” by Lela Rose / Bridesmaid Dresses: Charlie Jade from ShopBop / Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew / Bow Ties: Stag Handmade / Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle and Raney O’Keefe / Catering: Sun In My Belly / Cake: Sugar and Slate / Paper Goods and Table Runner: Yes Ma’am Paper Goods / Venue: Serenbe

Ali Harper and Blue Eyed Yonder are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Morgan reply

    Oh, my favorite! So many beautiful and meaningful details!

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  3. avatar Dana reply

    so many things to love: dresses, bow ties, flowers, invitation, flower crowns! My favorite V7 shoot!

  4. avatar lena reply

    My goodness, every detail is more stunning than the last–though I’m particularly fond of those lovely invitations!

  5. avatar Jadzia reply

    Everything….and that cake!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Magazines are popping up everywhere, and I am dreaming of my grandmama’s famous turkey and dressing. While I have a strict no Christmas music rule until after we’ve eaten Thanksgiving dinner, I start to get excited about holiday events soon after I pack away my back-to-school decorations! So of course, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting two of our favorite holiday events in December: our sixth annual Southern Weddings Ornament Swap and our fourth annual Gingerbread Barn Building Event!

We’ll be pulling out our favorite holiday aprons for a night of gingerbread barn building fun at the lovely Carolina Inn on Thursday, December 11. Please RSVP if you’re planning to join us, so we know how many graham crackers to purchase and how much frosting to secure!

Not familiar with this SW holiday tradition? Take a peek at the last few years for some inspiration: 2011, 2012, 2013 (ahem, recognize anyone from the 2011 event? That’s where I met the SW gals for the first time!!). Most attendees choose to work in groups, so grab your best friends, your mama, or your darling beau! Everyone is invited, and for the last few years, many people have come armed with building plans and their own holiday aprons–we love the enthusiasm!

For those of y’all who can’t make it to Chapel Hill on December 11, we’d love to have you join us for our sixth annual Southern Weddings Ornament Swap! As someone who loves getting “real” mail, I can personally vouch for how much fun it is to participate in this!

We had an amazing swap last year and would love for all y’all to participate again this year. Here’s how it will work (please read carefully!):

1. By Monday, December 1: Email lisa@southernweddings.com with “2014 Ornament Swap” in the subject line. Include your name, mailing address, email address, website/blog address, and Instagram handle.
2. By Wednesday, December 3: Lisa will have emailed you the names and addresses of up to five people to send ornaments to. Yep, that means you’ll be sending up to five ornaments, and you’ll be receiving up to five in return!
3. By Friday, December 12: Be sure to send out your ornaments no later than this date! Then, all that’s left to do is wait for the holiday goodness to roll in.

Your ornaments can be homemade or store-bought, and we suggest that you make them as Southern as possible!

Everyone around the SW office is so excited for the coming weeks and the chance to spend some sweet time with y’all! Because we know this time of year can get busy, we’ll be keeping you updated on these events as the holiday countdown commences. Keep your eyes open and hurry on’ up and RSVP!

P.S. If you have any questions, leave a comment on this post or email me directly at kristin@southernweddings.com!!

P.P.S. The Southern Weddings Postal Service will be closing up shop on December 18, so be sure to get your gifting orders in before then! There are lots of new Southern holiday goodies to snag!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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We’ve been having more fun than a pup with two tails soaking up all of your sweet comments on instagram and the blog about our newest issue! Shh – don’t tell V7, but we SW gals all have our own favorite spreads just like y’all! And word around the hen house is that the Blooming Belles feature is a universal favorite. If you haven’t picked up a copy of the magazine yet to see the quotes we paired with each bouquet, well, get on it! In the meantime, please enjoy these magnificent floral creations by Holly Chapple, inspired by some of our most beloved Southern heroines.

Big thanks to Katie Stoops for these lovely photos, and Old Luckett’s Store for many of these props!

First up is Allie from The Notebook. For her ladylike, sea-inspired bouquet, Holly chose white peony, white and blue scabiosa, Queen Anne’s lace, blue tweedia, and snow on the mountain. The 4″ wide ribbon is from Silk & Willow.

For Skeeter, from The Help, we wanted a simple bouquet that wasn’t too fussy. Holly went with lots of neutral texture for this one, including blush astilbe, combo roses, white dahlias, white patience garden roses, gunnii eucalyptus, and pink berries.

Of course, nothing would do for Ms Scarlett O’Hara except for the most dramatic and moody blooms, like dark purple double hellebores, pink kangaroo paws, allspice flowers, purple sweet peas, purple dianthus, purple scabiosa, purple tulips, and magnolia leaves.

Forrest Gump’s Jenny is the ultimate flower child, so for her bouquet, we chose yellow peonies, chamomile, poppies, peach ranunculus, and orange asclepias.

Our Daisy Buchanan bouquet shimmered and shined like a 20′s flapper. For blooms, Holly chose open cut white calla lilies, lavender and white lilac, iris, blush ranunculus, lavender sweet peas, and white clematis. The rhinestone belt we used as a bouquet wrap is from Untamed Petals.

My personal favorite belle, Scout, inspired a bouquet of white azalea, peach Juliet cabbage roses, Virginia blue bells, Queen Anne’s lace, blue thistle, scabiosa pods, carmel antique roses, mock orange, and honeysuckle. Her chambray bow was sewn by Nicole!

Last but certainly not least is Shelby’s blush and bashful bouquet. Holly arranged a fistful of – what else? – blush peonies, Constance cabbage roses, and bridal pink piano cabbage roses. A tulle skirt and monogrammed handkerchief from Bumblee Linens finished it off!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Olivia reply

    So Colorful and fresh.. Absolutely beautiful!

  2. avatar Stephanie reply

    I LOVE this feature so much! Holly is so incredibly talented and spot-on with these bouquets for each Southern lady!! The blooms are simply gorgeous, and as a bookworm, I adore how perfectly the bouquets match up with some of my favorite fictional belles.

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I love this shoot more and more every time I look at it!

  4. avatar Loverly reply

    When we saw this in V7 it immediately made us want to watch all of those amazing movies right away! I think we know what our plans for this weekend are :)

  5. avatar Dana reply

    This was a phenomenal idea! I love every single one of these! One of my favorite shoots ever in SW!

  6. avatar Alison Ellis reply

    Beautiful flowers and a beautiful post. I think Jenny’s is my favorite, but they are all divine!

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Do y’all remember this photo? After a particularly cold winter, the dogwoods that inspired our A New Beginning editorial began to bloom early. While we usually have no complaints about early spring flowers, it caused a bit of a panic for Emily and I as we rescheduled our first V7 shoot of the year four times. Bless our sweet vendor friends’ hearts! Thankfully, it worked out in our favor, and we ended up with the most beautiful spring day…and, the biggest dogwood tree we’ve ever seen, blooms still fully intact. Hooray! We started the day at Emily’s house, styling the invitation suite, prepping details, and doing our best to keep her kitty away from our cake.

Last winter seemed to go on forever, which is one of the reasons we planned this shoot in the first place. We were inspired by the joy and peacefulness of spring finally arriving, and how similar that is to an engagement. Just as the spring brings about an enchanting sense of new life and the promise of new beginnings, a wedding is when a new life together is created, and a bride and groom have a chance to start a whole new chapter of their story. In the shade of a historic home, under the dogwoods that are so beloved in North Carolina, we created this shoot to celebrate bringing together history and heritage in a fresh new way. We were overjoyed to have our dear friends, Landon and Jordan of Landon Jacob Photography, capture every sweet detail for us!

We loved working with Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers for the first time, and were all head over heels for the way she incorporated our signature bloom into the bouquets and arrangements!

Love these pastel bridesmaid dresses as much as we do? Good news: they’re from Little Borrowed Dress, an amazing bridesmaid dress rental company! Your favorite gals will love having the option to either rent or buy their dresses for your big day.

These sweet little flower girls stole the show! They looked precious in their mix and match BHLDN dresses and The Scalloped Window crowns, and had so much fun with their extra long Hazel Faire ribbon wands, reminiscent of traditional maypoles.

We incorporated verses from Song of Solomon into our paper goods and fabric banners–a Bible verse or prayer that is special to you as a couple is such a meaningful detail you can bring into your wedding day.

Our bride and groom could not have been sweeter! This real couple drove to North Carolina from their home in Alabama to model in this shoot, and they were married in real life just a month later. We all joked that we were relieved Ashley was not wearing this Monique Lhuillier gown for her actual wedding, and we didn’t spoil the surprise for Ryan!

Our friends at Life Stage Films tagged along with us to capture this day on video! Lovely, isn’t it? I can’t stress enough how relieved we were to have such gorgeous weather.

Now for one of our favorite parts of sharing our editorials with y’all online: a giveaway! Sibo Designs generously sent us the bride’s veil all the way from The Netherlands, and we’re thrilled to give it away to one of our lucky readers. The veil is impossibly light and dreamy, and it would look so gorgeous with a huge variety of gowns! You can read more about it here, and then enter in a variety of ways below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline to enter is November 20!

Photographer: Landon Jacob / Videographer: Life Stage Films / Florals: Philosophy Flowers / Tables, China, Flatware, and Glassware: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Vintage Furniture: Simply Put Vintage Rentals / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Banners: Lionheart Prints / Paper Goods: Alisa Bobzien / Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher / Bride’s Gown: “Esme” by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Veil: Sibo Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress / Flower Girl Dresses: BHLDN / Flower Crowns: The Scalloped Window / Ribbon Wands: Hazel Faire / Hair and Makeup: Lula Hair and Makeup / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Bow Tie: Beau Ties Ltd of Vermont / Cake Stand: The TomKat Studio / Sugar Flowers: Bouquet of Cakes

Landon Jacob, Simply Put Vintage Rentals, and Life Stage Films are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Janna reply

    Those Song of Solomon banners are amazing- what an amazing way to incorporate a song or prayer that are important! Love!!

  2. avatar Jamie Kever reply

    That cake is so sweet!

  3. avatar Stacey reply

    Her gown and veil are gorgeous!

  4. avatar Dana reply

    LOVE this shoot! One of my favorites!

  5. avatar Emily reply

    I love the Magnolia cake! So precious!

  6. avatar Taylor reply

    Love those adorable flower girls! Their smiles are absolutely infectious!

  7. avatar Anna reply

    I love the invitation suite! The dogwood accents and the white lettering on craft paper are so fresh and elegant.

  8. avatar Emily reply

    Love all of the lace detailing!!!

  9. avatar Gabrielle Railey reply

    I loved how the flowers in the bridesmaid bouquets were also in the flowers place on the cake and the inspiration in the invitations. Absolutely beautiful .

  10. avatar Ebony reply

    I love the flower girls’ precious dresses!

  11. avatar Natalie W reply

    simply southern in every way, love love love it!!! and the bridesmaids dresses were fantastic!

  12. avatar Kathleen reply

    I love the beautiful lace detailing along the edges. It’s the perfect touch.

  13. avatar Sam Handel reply

    I love the dreamy calligraphy on the banners! Perfect!

  14. avatar Courtney reply

    My favorite detail is the banners with Song of Solomon written on them!

  15. avatar Madison reply

    The Song of Solomon banners are my favorite detail. Double meaning for such a sacred day in a couple’s life!

  16. avatar Kat reply

    It’s STUNNING!!! Great job, ladies!!! Your hard work paid off:) It’s soft, feminine & full of spring!

  17. avatar Jenna Maddox reply

    Those little flower girls are just precious, along with their ribbon wands and cute little dresses!

  18. avatar Loverly reply

    This is one of our absolute favorite shoots from V7- so fun to hear the story behind these gorgeous images. This color palette is just stunning!

  19. avatar Laura Feezor reply

    I love the romance captured in these photographs! Gorgeous wedding.

  20. avatar Bridget reply

    I couldn’t love the dogwood any more. These photos are exquisite!

  21. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the three flower girls in different white dresses! Precious!

  22. avatar Karen reply

    Everything was simply gorgeous. The pastel bridesmaid dresses are so lovely!

  23. avatar Heather Morgan reply

    Love the lace on the veil! would go great with my dress!

  24. avatar Kelly Perry reply

    Such sweet memories!

  25. avatar Angela Alpaugh reply

    My favorite detail is the Song of Solomon banner.

  26. avatar Lesley reply

    I love that cake! The detail on each flower is gorgeous!

  27. avatar Jessica reply

    The lace veil and that dress…beautiful! I want that breathtaking, awe-inspiring feel for my wedding.

  28. avatar LKinney reply

    Oh I LOVE this editorial!!! The paper, colors, and flowers are all just so lovely! I cannot get over the dogwood. Perfect!

  29. avatar Tiffany Ha reply

    I am absolutely in love with all the dresses in this photoshoot. The bride’s dress is stunning, the bridesmaids dresses are cute and classy, and the flower girls dresses are so adorable!!! I love pretty much everything about this shoot! The flowers are simple and breathtaking and so are all the decorations

  30. avatar Stephanie P reply

    I love the fabric banners with the verses written in the gorgeous font!!!

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We’re taking a break from our Volume 7 parade of pretty to bring you a very special Veteran’s Day feature! When Megan and Tyler were married last year, he opted to wear a black suit even though she begged him to wear his dress blues. When Megan stepped back into her gown for a bridal session, however, she convinced him to join her in his full Marine duds! The two celebrated with a private dinner on the same porch where their first look took place on their wedding day several months before.

Big thanks to Jennefer Wilson for sharing these sweet photos, and even bigger thanks to Tyler and all of the men and women who serve our country so bravely. And thanks to all the guys and gals, like Megan, who support them!

Venue: The Milestone in Krum, TX | Styling: Meggie Francisco | Florals: POSH Floral | Gown: Maggie Soterro | Photography: Jennefer Wilson

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Angie reply

    Thank you SW for featuring our Patriotic shoot! We are so thankful for our Veterans!!

  2. avatar Meggie Francisco reply

    Thank you for featuring our styled after-session! We love our military couples, and we are so thankful and proud of the contributions and sacrifices America’s military families make every day. We appreciate it that you’re honoring them on this perfect day.

  3. avatar Jennefer Wilson reply

    We couldn’t be more thrilled to have our amazing couple represent all of the incredible veterans who serve our country today. Thank you for featuring these two!!

  4. avatar Loverly reply

    What a sweet patriotic shoot- the love is just pouring out of this couple!

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