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Today, we’re sharing ten of our favorite bridesmaid looks and ten of our favorite wedding ceremonies from the real Southern weddings we’ve featured this year! Enjoy, and may they inspire your 2018 and beyond wedding plans! :)

OUR TEN FAVORITE BRIDESMAID LOOKS

Amanda’s soft gray dresses paired with bold red florals (photo by Feather & Twine)

Ellie’s dusty blue BHLDN dresses (photo by Elisa Bricker)

Amanda’s pastel jewel tone mix-and-match dresses (photo by Shauna Veasey)

Felicia’s short navy dresses with cowboy boots (photo by Nichols Photographers)

Laura’s big and beautiful bridal party in neutrals (photo by Lance Nicoll)

Maiya’s floral mix-and-match dresses (photo by Robert Chicoine)

McKenzie’s dusty blue off-the-shoulder dresses (photo by Shannon Griffin)

Shelby’s emerald green skirt and collared shirt combo (photo by Sara Bee)

Teresa’s ombre blue dresses (photo by Kristen Kilpatrick)

Morgan’s vibrant red dresses (photo by Caroline Jurgensen)

OUR TEN FAVORITE CEREMONIES

Anna and Ben’s sweet bell ringing moment post-ceremony (photo by White Rabbit Studios)

Ariana and Mike’s evening ceremony with a paper flower backdrop (photo by Arte de Vie)

Hannah and Ryan’s magical Spanish moss-draped ceremony (photo by Rebekah Senter)

Jessica and Sawyer’s charming chapel wedding at The Brooks at Weatherford (photo by Sarah McKenzie)

Kate and Damon’s bold red ceremony florals by Clementine (photo by Sophie Epton)

Laura and Caleb’s New Orleans courtyard ceremony (photo by Lance Nicoll)

Lauren and Austin’s library reading room ceremony (photo by Emily Ann Hughes)

Scarlett and Jon’s outdoor Rivermill ceremony (photo by Gaby J)

Allison and Mike’s front porch wedding at Old Wide Awake Plantation (photo by Landon Jacob)

Kristina and Kevin’s all-white wedding at The Farmhouse (photo by Erin Wilson)

Elisa Bricker and Kristen Kilpatrick are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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Y’all, I have to say: as I combed through our 2017 archives to pull our favorites from the year, I was amazed at the beauty and goodness of the real weddings we’ve featured in the last few months. We feel so honored that each of these couples would choose to share the details of their most precious days with us, and behind each of these photos of gorgeous dresses and breathtaking bouquets, there are funny, sweet, and thoughtful stories about why our brides made the decisions they did. If there’s a detail that catches your eye, I encourage you to click through and read more about it in the original post!

I hope these favorites from 2017 will inspire you as you plan your own wedding in the months to come!

OUR TEN FAVORITE WEDDING DRESSES

Allison’s lace Sarah Seven dress (photo by Landon Jacob)

Anna’s vintage-inspired Alexandra Grecco and Jenny Lee combo (photo by Jennifer Stuart)

Sarah Ann’s bow-bedecked Rosa Clara gown (photo by Graham Terhune)

Jennifer’s tiered lace dress by Paloma Blanca (photo by Olivia Griffin)

Lilly’s lace Modern Trousseau dress (photo by Rach Loves Troy)

Lynnsey’s dramatic Martina Liana gown (photo by Mark Williams Studio)

Mary’s classic scoop-neck gown by Modern Trousseau (photo by Lang Thomas)

Sonia’s glam gown, redesigned from her grandmother’s with help from Donna Beth Creations (photo by On a Whim)

Shelby’s voluminous Monique Lhuiller gown (photo by Sara Bee)

Whitney’s tulle-wrapped Vera Wang gown (photo by Callie Davis for Nancy Ray Photography)

OUR TEN FAVORITE BOUQUETS

Courtney’s green bouquet by Floressence Flowers (photo by Cheyenne Schultz)

Ellie’s dahlia and beach rose bouquet by Mallory Joyce (photo by Elisa Bricker)

Emily’s peony, clematis, and lilac bouquet by Colonial House Flowers (photo by Anna Shackleford)

Lilly’s peach bouquet by Tiger Lily (photo by Rach Loves Troy)

Maiya’s dark, moody bouquet by Porter & Ives (photo by Robert Chicoine)

Stephanie’s dogwood bouquet by Serendipity Designs (photo by Ally & Bobby)

Jennifer’s classic magnolia and peony bouquet by Greg Foster (photo by Olivia Griffin)

Alex’s tropical-inspired bouquet by Fern Studio (photo by Landon Jacob)

Ashley’s coral charm peony bouquet by Sprout (photo by Feather & Twine)

Marci’s dahlia and ranunculus bouquet by Enemies of the Average (photo by Taylor Dane)

Anagram Photo, On a Whim, Elisa Bricker, Ally & Bobby, Anna Shackleford, Nancy Ray, and Serendipity Designs are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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It’s no secret that Christmas is one of my favorite holidays—my TV is perpetually set to the Hallmark channel, peppermint hot chocolate is my drink of choice, there have been attempts at making sugar cookies with royal icing, and the best of all, I get to spend time at my grandparents’ homes in Kentucky.

This year, we kicked off the holiday festivities with the seventh annual Southern Weddings Gingerbread Barn Building Competition at the magical Carolina Inn!

Builders worked quickly to make their creations come to life—each complete with a creative story that wowed each of the judges.

As you can see, the Carolina Inn at Christmas time is sure to spark your holiday spirit. What a joy it was to take in the holiday decor and toast with hot chocolate to a great year with many of our remote team members!

Guests brought out all the stops with elaborate construction—a Southern dream shown here complete with a gingerbread front porch designed with candy cane columns.

This year was extra special with the sweetest (and littlest) additions to the Southern Weddings family taking part in the fun.

Taking home the top award was “No Room at the Carolina Inn,” a mash-up of the nativity story and a holiday take on a favorite Carolina event, Fridays on the Front Porch!

Honorable mentions were awarded for gingerbread barns that were Most Structurally Sound, Most Festive, Most Architecturally Creative, and for the barn with the Most Creative Story—although the builders this year certainly made it hard to choose!

Thank you so much to all our friends who joined us at this year’s competition, and to The Carolina Inn for hosting the festivities! We cannot wait to see what creations you dream up next year!

Written with love by Kaylee Hobbs
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