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These details from {Regina Holder Photographer} are so fun!  Beautiful floral artistry by {Holley Creek Florist}.  For more of Desiree + Marty’s Tennessee wedding, check out Regina’s wonderful {BLOG}.  Thank you so much for sharing these lovely details, Regina!  Enjoy~

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  1. avatar Cathy and David – Photographers reply

    I never have good luck with non-parrots. :) Anything but a parrot usually thinks I’m a place to use the facilities, even so, I LOVE the whole dove thing and that bride looks terrified and excited all at the same time. I love it! :-D But more so is that bird nest bouquet. Wow.

  2. avatar Tutu reply

    The doves were gentle and left no remnants and the best part, they returned home after circling. This wedding was remarkable in that there was no impact to the environment which was the goal. Hope others will take the time to enjoy Regina’s photography of this special day as the photos posted are only an appetizer!

  3. avatar regina holder reply

    Thanks so much, Lara and Danielle! I really appreciate your kind words!!! Desiree and Marty were so fantastic and they really transformed her aunt’s riverfront property into the perfect wedding venue.

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And the winner is……….

Michelle from {Starry-eyed Barefoot Bride}!  “Many things can add a southern flair to a wedding, from the down home food to the backyard of a big ‘ol mansion setting, and even the smaller touches like Mason jars used for drinks or floral arrangements. But the KEY thing that makes a wedding southern regardless of the setting or decor, is the one thing you can’t find anywhere else in the world – Southern Hospitality! To me, this is a phrase that encompasses wonderful things like southern comfort (the feeling! Not the liquor!), sweet southern charm, et al. Its a feeling of being at home, and welcome as soon as you set foot in the door, regardless of where you are from or how many people you know at the event… all this and a little ‘twang is what sets a southern wedding apart from anything else.”

Congratulations!  Thank you so much to everyone who entered.  We loved so many of these comments that we may contact you about printing them in our print edition!  Thank you to the wonderful people at {Wedding Paper Divas} for the fabulous contest prize.  Email me your contact info and we will get you connected with the WPD team for your custom thank you notes.

Oh yes, there is another fabulous contest startingtomorrow! Stay tuned for details…

Southern brides know the importance of being gracious and saying thank you for those wooden plates.  (Southern brides, you know what I mean!  Wooden dishes are more valuable than Konigliche Porzellan Manufaktur place settings around these parts.   Check out the woodenware collection from one of our fav local stores, {Artesana})   The F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S folks at {Wedding Paper Divas} have generously offered the lucky winner a set of 75 thank you notes from their gorgeous signature line.  To enter, just leave a comment here telling us what you think makes a wedding “Southern”.  Contest ends next Monday the 14th at midnight, so get those comments in!  You may enter as many comments as you wish.  Wedding Paper Divas also hosts one of our favorite blogs, {Diva Dialogue}.  Check out these incredible (and affordable) invitations from {Wedding Paper Divas}… gorgeous!

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  1. avatar Karen reply

    To me what makes a wedding "Southern" is the traditions that are done and created on your special day. The meaning behind each wedding day activity in the south is rooted in rich tradition and as a little girl I noticed right away that I would have these traditions on my wedding day. A southern wedding is a very special occasion!

  2. avatar Karen reply

    To me what makes a wedding "Southern" is the traditions that are done and created on your special day. The meaning behind each wedding day activity in the south is rooted in rich tradition and as a little girl I noticed right away that I would have these traditions on my wedding day. A southern wedding is a very special occasion!

  3. avatar Melissa reply

    To me the perfect southern wedding is all about traditions, sunshine, great food, family and friends, and charming details.

  4. avatar Amy M. reply

    A southern wedding is about being the perfect host to your guests! Whatever that means to you and your guests.

  5. avatar Starry-eyed Barefoot Bride reply

    Many things can add a southern flair to a wedding, from the down home food to the backyard of a big ‘ol mansion setting, and even the smaller touches like mason jar’s used for drinks or floral arrangements. But the KEY thing that makes a wedding southern regardless of the setting or decor, is the one thing you can’t find anywhere else in the world – Southern Hospitality! To me, this is a phrase that encompasses wonderful things like southern comfort (the feeling! Not the liquor!), sweet southern charm, et al. Its a feeling of being at home, and welcome as soon as you set foot in the door, regardless of where you are from or how many people you know at the event… all this and a little ‘twang is what sets a southern wedding apart from anything else.

  6. avatar Kat reply

    What makes a wedding Southern is SOUL! :)

  7. avatar Karen reply

    H-O-S-P-I-T-A-L-I-T-Y. All Southern weddings are about showing your guests how grateful you are to have them share this moment with you, through good food, good music and a classic and comfortable atmosphere.

  8. avatar Ley reply

    As a Northern girl marrying a very traditional Southern man, I’ve found that what makes a wedding "Southern" is a combination of the location, the guests, the traditional elements you include in the wedding, and, of course, sweet tea. lol.

  9. avatar [C+D] Cathy and David – Photographers reply

    I think it’s the people. :) Being originally a city-boy as I’m called by the in-laws and their family I’ve learned all about the wonders of Southern. It’s the smiles on their faces, the happiness in their eyes, the laid back gentle attitude, the comforting hugs, the warm smiles, the food they make (always a plus) and the way you feel when it’s all done and over with.That’s what it is to me.

  10. avatar Britney reply

    Southern wedding = sweet tea at the reception! Oh and an explosion of flowers seems to be the trend as well! :)

  11. avatar Mye reply

    The small little details, that seem so insignificant but make all the difference to the guests.

  12. avatar Lauren reply

    To have the perfect southern wedding, you should probably serve sweet tea vodka to drink, because it’s amazing. But seriously, you only REALLY know a southern wedding when you’re sitting at one, because it’s the feel of the wedding that makes it southern. The friendliness and the charm combine to make the wedding truly unique and special!

  13. avatar maryclaireb reply

    For me, Southern wedding must-haves are the uniquely Southern blend of hospitality and fun–the kind of attitude and atmosphere that makes everyone come away from the weekend feeling like it was not only a great party, but that they were a valued guest and their presence was welcomed and important.

  14. avatar maryclaireb reply

    For me, Southern wedding must-haves are the uniquely Southern blend of hospitality and fun–the kind of attitude and atmosphere that makes everyone come away from the weekend feeling like it was not only a great party, but that they were a valued guest and their presence was welcomed and important.

  15. avatar Christine reply

    For me, Southern Weddings are all about the little traditions that we have here in the South. Bridal portraits, grooms cakes, things like that. And of course, we can’t forget things like Blush & Bashful! ;-) Southern couples make such a point of making all of their guests feel so welcomed and loved.

  16. avatar amanda reply

    a southern wedding is unique not only because it incorporates uniquely southern traditions and details, but also because southern or not, the guests and participants are not just charmed by the event, but engaged and welcomed as a part of it.

  17. avatar Pensacola Beach weddings reply

    Southern hospitality is legendary. We have preserved traditions and invented a few new ones. Our laid back ways and Southern accent make people feel relaxed and part of the family.

  18. avatar Lauren S. reply

    What makes a wedding southern is the warm & welcoming atmosphere, laughing so hard your sides ache, and the smell of flowers dancing through the humidity soaked air.

  19. avatar Kalync reply

    You know what? I’m not even FROM the south – I live in Canada and have done so my whole life. However, each year growing up, my family would spend a few wonderful weeks travelling through the south – and the memories I’ve made and the feelings that those times have left with me are enough to keep me permanently connected to the wonderful elements of southern culture.My wedding, although we’re having it in Canada, is going to evoke the best elements of a southern wedding – we will be encorporating many southern elements and traditions, but above all, the focus is on friends and family coming together to eat good food, share best wishes, and relax in a hospitable, charming setting.

  20. avatar Holly reply

    I’m a Philadelphia Bride, but I love Southern Weddings because you can feel the love even by just looking at pictures. Sometimes people get lost in the showiness of weddings. All of the weddings I’ve seen on this blog demonstrate that nothing is more powerful than love & if you have real love at a wedding that’s all that matters.

  21. avatar torey bryant reply

    I think the perfect southern wedding combines fun, classiness, a great band that can play everything from classic rock-n-roll to bluegrass, wonderful food (shrimp and grits has to be on the menu), seersucker suits and all the family and friends toasting the bride and groom with the best bourbon cocktail!

  22. avatar Le reply

    Being a "Northener," I find that southern weddings have a personal style and a strong focus on the guests. Brides are not afraid of the little details that put their personal tough on the day and make you feel like you are the most important guest in the room.

  23. avatar Casie reply

    I think it is the food that makes a Southern wedding. It must be excellent, and provide a feeling of comfort.

  24. avatar Brooke reply

    Southern weddings are warm (and often hot- it IS the South!) and welcoming, never losing that Southern hospitality. There’s sweet tea and lots of "y’all"s and hopefully some fabulous hats. And maybe even a red velvet armadillo groom’s cake!

  25. avatar Sarah reply

    Southern Weddings are about being stunningly gorgeous and completely comfortable in haute couture dresses while barefoot on the cool grass. It’s about elegance and family charm intertwined.

  26. avatar Steph reply

    A southern bride would ask you about your wedding before describing details about her own.She wouldn’t perspire, but would glow…she wouldn’t be afraid to let her quirkiness show–and wouldn’t be complete with a "traveler" to go!Geaux tigers!

  27. avatar kristeen reply

    a southern wedding has lots of thought out details and hospitality!

  28. avatar Starry-eyed Barefoot Bride reply

    Thanks for the blog love Laura! Yup – I am in Pcola and was actually at the SWS Mag premier.(Which I thought was fantastic!) And if memory serves, I work with a high school classmate of yours. Small Bridal Blog world…. especially when you live in the same town!

  29. avatar Starry-Eyed Barefoot Bride reply

    They have arrived!! And they rock!!THANK YOU!!!http://barefootstargazer.blogspot.com/2008/08/thank-you-for-thank-you-cards.html

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Enjoy these beautiful details from fabulous photographer {Natalie Moser}.  For more details from Lyndsy + Elon, visit Natalie’s gorgeous {BLOG} or {Elizabeth Anne Design}‘s fabulous feature on this gorgeous couple.  Lyndsy also has her own wonderful blog, {Yellow Brick Blog}.  Thank you, Natalie, for sharing these lovely details with us! Enjoy~

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  1. avatar Jen reply

    I love these!!! What a fun wedding this must have been to put together, so fresh and colorful!!! Amazing details :)

  2. avatar Lyndsy reply

    Wow! Thank you so much for the kind words! Natalie captured the day perfectly and it couldn’t have been a more perfect day :) Cheers!

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