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Today’s shoot hit home for me, and I’m sure it will for many of you newlywed gals, too! With the help of an adorable real couple, Taylor and Andrew, Stephanie Scholl Events and Ally King Photography set out to capture some of the moments that make a first married Christmas extra special. We do our best at Southern Weddings to help y’all to focus on preparing for your marriage while planning your wedding, and if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by seating charts and centerpieces right now, I hope you’re encouraged knowing that there are sweet holiday celebrations like this one to look forward to!

Don’t miss Handspun Cinema‘s video from this shoot below!

From Stephanie Scholl Events:

Our models, the Lovettes, are a real couple getting ready to celebrate their first married Christmas, and we captured the new and old traditions they’re making together in their home. Taylor introduced Andrew to her grandmother’s famous oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookies, a recipe that has been made in her family each and every Christmas for decades. Wrapping Christmas presents together and sending their first married Christmas cards is a new tradition for this little family, and they can’t wait to send notes of love and joy around the country to their family and friends. And what’s Christmas without decorating your first Christmas tree? The Lovettes adorned their tree with family heirloom glass ornaments and fresh cranberries, topped off with their “first married Christmas” ornament they received as a wedding present! Sharing family traditions with each other, as well as creating new traditions of their own, makes their first married Christmas even more special.

Photography: Ally King Photography | Videography: Handspun Cinema | Planning, Design, and Styling: Stephanie Scholl Events | Hair and Makeup: Ximena Garcia | Props and Decor: Parris Chic | Gift Wrap: Belle and Union | Ribbon: Honeysilks & Co. | Family Recipe Card: Lettered Studio | Marshmallows: Good Heavens Confections | Newlywed Ornament: Paloma’s Nest

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Maria Lockhart reply

    Love love love this. This couple looks amazing

  2. avatar Alexandra reply

    What a gorgeous video! I love seeing how new traditions are created when couples come together.

  3. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    Thank you so, so much for sharing, ladies!! It’s a complete honor + joy to have this shoot on Southern Weddings, and we all had the best time bringing this to life!

  4. avatar Kim reply

    I love everything about this. So sweet!

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As much as we love our wedding features around these parts, we have a special space in our hearts for our Southern Newlywed At Home column. From adorable spaces to insightful interviews, it’s been such a joy to get a peek into the hearts and homes of some of our favorite couples this year! We were inspired by each and every one of the 16 newlywed nests we featured this year, and thought we’d take a walk down memory lane before kicking off 2015 with a whole new group of married friends!

Best mix of feminine + masculine: Emily and Bryan’s Florida home (photo by Shay Cochrane)

Best use of color: Katelyn James’ Virginia home (photo by Katelyn!)

Best use of neutrals: Landon and Jordan’s South Carolina home (photo by Landon Jacob)

Best apartment living: Caroline and Aaron’s 600 sq. ft. Texas home (photo by Michelle Boyd)

Best porch: Erin and Ben’s Mississippi home (photo by Jean Allsopp)

Coziest home: Erin and Todd’s South Carolina home (photo by Courtney Dox)

Most adorable small space living: Meg and Josh’s Texas home (photo by Amanda Marie)

Best city living: Mattye and Woody’s Alabama home (photo by Jacob Blount)

Best dining room: Clark and Caroline’s Tennessee home (photo by Clark)

Best bunk room: Jessica and Jeremy’s North Carolina home (photo by Jessica)

Best wallpaper: Emily and Colby’s Texas home (photo by Apryl Ann)

Best home office: Amanda and Tyler’s Texas home (photo by Heather Rowland)

Best pattern play: Kelly and Andrew’s Alabama home (photo by Jean Allsopp)

Best bedroom: Natalie and Huey’s Maryland home (photo by Natalie)

Best use of wedding china: Abby and Alex’s Alabama home (photo by A Bryan Photo) (also, best chicken names)

Best re-use of wedding decor in a home: Christina and Blair’s Texas home (photo by Jen Dillender)

You can see all of our Southern Newlywed features right here. And stay tuned to the blog the week after Christmas, when we’ll be sharing our Most Memorable moments from a year of weddings!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Yours Truly Wedding Albums reply

    Beautiful homes! Love the 2 huge white dogs!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    What an amazing round-up! Love the wisdom and inspiration every single one of these couples shared!

  3. avatar Liz reply

    This series is my new favorite part of SW!

  4. avatar Kirsti reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new series in SW! It’s so fun to read the different things that make each home and marriage work because there truly is no cookie cutter for your relationship!

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If there was a Belle & Union fan club, I can guarantee that the entire Southern Weddings team would be a part of it! Meg’s whimsical, Americana-inspired products are a favorite in the Southern Weddings Shop, and you may remember when she and her husband Josh gave us a tour of their darling Texas carriage house in one of the first Southern Newlywed features. We were so grateful that they shared their marriage advice with us in V6!

Christine Hall Photography

After being married for four years, I can hardly say that we have things all figured out, but what I can say is that we have learned how to at least try. Love is a choice, each and every day. There are days when we don’t necessarily like each other very much, but we still love each other. It’s important to remember that and to remind each other of that fact every single day. To communicate openly and honestly about what is on our hearts, even when what we have to say isn’t always easy. We have put each other through a lot in such a short amount of time, and when you add the separation of two military deployments, our marriage hasn’t been a cake walk. But, I think we both agree that at the end of the day, it is still worth it–we are still worth it. With a solid foundation of faith, the belief in grace and forgiveness, and a whole lot of patience and love, we get through this journey, together. And what a beautiful journey it has been and will continue to be.

Amanda Marie

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