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Y’all, I’m a total romantic. I believe in love at first sight (this totally happened with BDK), happily ever after, and even Cinderella stories (I always cheer for the underdog!). That being said, I am not embarrassed to admit that I have cried during every single one of Nichols Sparks’ movies. Come on, The Notebook? I’ve seen it hundreds of times and still ball my eyes out at every viewing.

Even if you’re not a devoted NS fan (like Kristin and myself), you’re in for a real treat with today’s inspiration from our friends Faith Teasley and Kickstand Events. Inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven, this talented duo created a nautical dream wedding for the characters, Alex and Katie. I’ll let Faith take it away with a little insight into their creative process!

I’ve always been inspired by the North Carolina coastal town of Southport. When I first saw trailers for Nicolas Sparks’ new movie Safe Haven, which is based in Southport, I knew it’s small beach town vibe would be a beautiful source for wedding inspiration. I reached out to the talented ladies of Kickstand Events who were thrilled to create a dream wedding for the Safe Haven characters, Alex and Katie.

We decided to incorporate details that would really resonate with fans of the book and motion picture. We strategically chose locations straight from the movie. The beautiful Southport Marina served as our ceremony and reception location – the Marina staff was absolutely wonderful! The Southport Marina is a perfect venue for an intimate wedding. The white house pictured is the actual home used in the movie. The tower-like structure in the background is seen throughout the movie as well.

In the story, Alex gives Katie a special letter, so we decided to incorporate handwritten letters in the ceremony.

Readers of the novel will recognize the reception menu – it’s straight from Chapter 16.

Kickstand Events’ incredible vision and enthusiasm for this project was beyond amazing. Together, we created beautiful imagery that we hope will bring inspiration to brides seeking a small beach town romance vibe for their wedding.

An extra treat: this adorable couple in action plus behind-the-scenes details in this fun film from the guys at Blueberry Fusion!

Haven’t seen Safe Haven? That’s okay, take a gander at the preview, and you’ll love this shoot even more! But I must warn you, you may get teary-eyed!

Faith Teasley and Blueberry Fusion are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Faith reply

    Yay!! Thank you for the beautiful feature, SW! We had a blast creating these images and are honored to have them on your blog! xoxo

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Marissa, you are definitely not alone–I can’t even watch a preview for a Nicholas Sparks movie without getting misty-eyed! All of the vendors did such a beautiful job incorporating sweet details from the book on this shoot. I especially love that cake!

  3. avatar Sabrina reply

    Just… STUNNING! I haven’t seen the movie (only the preview), but it’s perfect!!

  4. avatar June reply

    What an elegant and beautiful scenario. Loved the book, loved the movie, love the wedding.

  5. avatar MIchelle reply

    That is my boat at the marina!! Nice job. The cake is really a nice touch. Well done.

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  8. avatar Emily reply

    After working at a bakery for the last seven years, I consider myself a bonafide cake snob, it takes a lot to impress me. But that cake?? It is so wonderful!! I’m obsessed.

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Whew! That editorial was quite the party, wasn’t it? On the day of the shoot we joked that it felt like we had just pulled off an entire (intimate) wedding – 30+ guests and all! For that reason in particular, we were so thrilled to have Blueberry Fusion on hand to capture all the merriment and hard work. Take a peek at what went on behind the scenes, and see if you can count how many helping hands went into pulling off this large and in charge shoot!

And if you missed it, don’t forget the behind the scenes photos we shared here!

Blueberry Fusion is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Nichole reply

    I C-A-N-N-O-T wait to get my copy of the new magazine! I’m sure the mailman thinks I’m a stalker !!

  2. avatar Carly Totten reply

    Oh, this video makes me happy. I love all of your behind the scenes shots. Y’all just seem like FUN.

  3. avatar Amber Moon reply

    WOW! This makes it almost as if we were there with y’all!

  4. avatar Kelsey reply

    I am just in love with this whole shoot! The colors are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for posting this video! It looks like so much fun!

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  6. avatar Eric Kelley reply

    Blueberry Fusion was awesome! Love this.. thanks for sharing! : )

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Today’s the day, y’all! V5 officially debuts on news stands today and we couldn’t be happier to share our features on the blog. Yesterday, y’all got a sneak peek of our Family Heirlooms shoot with some behind the scenes shots. Judging from your comments, you’ll be positively giddy to see these amazing images, styled by Lora Elaine and photographed by Eric Kelley!

Though we nicknamed this shoot the “Tomato Shoot,” it means far more to us than that. Inspired by the family traditions centered around home-grown food and the history of the heirloom tomato itself, we set about creating an editorial that combined the vibrant colors of those delicious fruits with the family we associate with it.

The paper goods ranked among our favorite details from this shoot! Pitbull & Posies created pieces for us with a bit of humor and some amazing calligraphy by Lindsay Letters.

We were thrilled to see what gorgeous floral arrangements Mary Stevens at Fearrington Village created for us. The bouquets in shades of red, orange and yellow were perfectly wild and warm.

The shot below is one of Emily’s favorites from this feature. We loved the idea of creating an ombre bridal party and Emily made sure we got a gorgeous shot of it!

A fun tomato tasting station gave us the chance to highlight the tomato varieties that we adored and proved to be a crowd pleaser — how could anyone pass up those gorgeous colors? They look delicious.

We just loved the idea of boxed meals with gingham napkins and a calligraphy message inside! The food — biscuits, sweet potato wedges, tomato sandwiches and more — were equally appealing.

In lieu of traditional favors, we opted for a produce stand of sorts, letting guests pick out their favorite fresh vegetables to take home. We love how it reflects our Southern upbringings in that no guest ever leaves the house without something to eat!

Ta-da! The cherry cake that Ashley Cakes whipped up for us was beautiful. The happy rainier cherries lining each tier were too cute!

We were joined by some very special guests for our shoot. Miss Georgia 2012, Jasmyn Wilkins acted as our “bride” for the day and our good friends from around town came in to party at our “reception.” We were privileged that our local bluegrass favorite, The Bloomsbury Boys also joined us, providing music for most of the shoot!

Stay tuned for more from this shoot tomorrow!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Rachel A. reply

    This is gorgeous, Y’all!
    I cannot wait to pick up V5!

  2. avatar Leigh Pearce reply

    Holy cow!!! I am in l.o.v.e!! Can’t wait to get my hands on V5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    WELL I’LL DECLARE! This is one of the prettiest shoots y’all have ever produced. What an amazing color palette AND story. LOVE IT

  4. avatar Jessica Leigh reply

    I am blown away by this shoot! This by very far the most refreshing shoot (and/or actual wedding) I’ve seen in so long. I love the unique focus on beautiful heirloom tomatoes and produce, all the way down to coordinated shades of bridesmaid dresses. What a fun but classy “backyard” affair (boxed meals + calligraphy). Love love love it!

  5. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh my! The colors are SO lovely. I especially love those sweet box lunches and that gorgeous cake!

  6. avatar Breanna reply

    This is so stunning!

  7. avatar Anna reply

    Oh my gosh y’all – this is so neat! Everything is absolutely stunning! I’m a model :) haha

  8. avatar Lisa reply

    Y’all have outdone yourselves!! The colors, the story, the styling…everything is so fresh, unique, beautiful, and sentimental. It has been so much fun seeing previews from V5 all over the blogosphere today, but this shoot is my favorite so far!

  9. avatar invitation consultants reply

    gorgeous shoot! love the fashion!

  10. avatar Eric Kelley reply

    Such an honor to work with you all! one of my favorite shoots this year! Can’t wait to see everything!!

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  12. avatar Lora Kelley reply

    Ladies!! I love this so much… it was such a tremendous treat to be there for this!! Thank you thank you!

  13. avatar Christy Carver reply

    This shoot turned out GREAT! I was so honored to take part in it. Congratulations to Southern Weddings on their 5th Anniversary!! XOXO- Christy, Owner of Bella Bridesmaid-Raleigh

  14. avatar Jennifer Buenviaje reply

    This is absolutely stunning!! We {Makeup for Your Day} loved working with all of these amazing vendors and the models were so sweet (and gorgeous)! Thanks for including us! Love this!

  15. avatar Shayla reply

    Beautiful inspiration!!

  16. avatar Lauren reply

    This shoot is sooo gorgeous. So unique! Love the colors, the kids. Miss Georgia is super beautiful too!!!

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    LOVE this amazing shoot! Love the fact that vintage can be combine with color and look amazing and still elegant! The colors make me so happy! WTG!!

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  21. avatar Jasmine reply

    What a GORGEOUS shoot!! I absolutely love it and can’t believe I missed it when it was originally posted! Apparently I need to update my blog reader to feature this one more prominently :) Great work as always, ladies!

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  23. avatar Jordan reply

    These boxed lunches are such a hit! Is there any way you can share where you got those lovely detailed kraft boxes? Gorgeous shoot. I plan on replicating details for a birthday shooting lunch.

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    There are no words to describe my love for this Tomato themed wedding!!! Every detail, every flower, every display is UNBELIEVABLE!!! I am obsessed with tomatoes and just might have to convince my husband of a vow renewal just to have this wedding! I posted this on my blog for my Favorite Things Friday today! Unreal!!! Bravo!

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  32. avatar Michaela reply

    Hi there! Beautiful shoot! I was wondering if you could tell me the color and fabric of the LK dress four rows down of the woman in the one shoulder dress holding a basket of flowers? I love it and want to use it for my bridesmaids! Thank you so much!

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  45. avatar Kristen Johnson reply

    Hello! I am a baker who specializes in locally sustainable, whole foods baking and absolutely LOVE the boxes that the lunches were boxed up in! Could you please forward me the source so I can contact them for purchase??!?!?! Thank you so much!

  46. avatar Munirah reply

    Such a beautiful job! I love this theme!

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  48. avatar Lale Cicek reply

    I absolutely love the kraft lunch boxes with the customized calligraphy. Could you please tell me where I can purchase/order these lovely boxes. I would die to use them on my wedding day next year. Thank you in advance!

  49. avatar Sandy B reply

    Love the Tomato Shoot wedding. So beautiful and a lot of creative ideas. I love the boxed meal. Would like information on where to purchase those awesome kraft boxes. They would be perfect for my daughters upcomimg wedding. Thank you in advance for your help

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  51. avatar jami reply

    This wedding is THE most incredible wedding ever! Could you PLEASE share where you purchased the boxes for the meals. Please, please!! Thank you!

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  54. avatar Jackie Tate reply

    what is the source of the boxes used for the meal?

  55. avatar Don Griffin reply

    I have been searching for the issue of your magazine that had a brief article about a Historic cherry cake recipe or article that indicated it was often used in southern weddings

  56. avatar Rita Howell reply

    I love the boxed lunches for the Southern Weddings V5: Family Heirlooms. Where did you purchase the boxes? Thanks!

  57. avatar Terri Warren reply

    Beautiful! Can you tell me where you purchased the lunch boxes please?
    Thanks!
    Terri

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