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When Annie + Jimmy planned their wedding, they simply wanted a design that would reflect their “deep-seated Tennessee Southern roots.” From homemade elements like numerous family quilts and pillows to the late night snack of Krystal burgers, there ain’t nothin’ more Southern than what the newlyweds put together. (Y’all just read about their getaway truck, Earl!) Of the numerous details, some of my favorites include the hanging kites and wildflower arrangements. Scroll down and you’ll see a gorgeous quilted chair back that will make you want to break out your sewing kit. Even better is the adorable ring bearer trying to make his getaway, but I won’t give it all away. These images from Jonathan Canlas will do just the trick.

For Annie, her best advice to brides is to “make it yours.” I can’t tell you how special it was to have meaning in absolutely everything.

We used all types of flowers for the wedding. I wanted it to look like we had gone out and picked our favorite flowers. We used tons of wildflowers as well as peonies, hydrangeas and sunflowers. We used all different types of containers for the flowers – from mason jars to vintage Cracker Jack tins.

The wedding cake was made to look like a quilt. It was square with three tiers. Each square was made to look like it was quilted and had various quilt square patterns going around it. The cake topper was composed of two handmade fabric birds made to look like us. The groom had Jimmy’s exact plaid pocket square, tie and linen suit (in miniature, of course!), and the bride was made using the actual lace from my wedding dress. It was a strawberry cake with buttercream icing, and it was delicious! I didn’t want a traditional cake with fondant icing. Jimmy’s groom’s cake was a surprise. It was made to look like a stack of his favorite books: “All the Pretty Horses” by Cormac McCarthy, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, and “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren.

We left the ceremony in Jimmy’s green ‘52 Ford pickup truck, affectionately known as “Earl.” It was an engagement gift from my dad to Jimmy, and they plan to restore it over the next few years together. Before the wedding, they managed to cut and build mahogany rails for the bed. My mom stitched the phrase “Just Hitched” onto a burlap banner attached to the tailgate, which was also lined with ribbon streamers strung with yarn pompons. Our guests tossed—or in some cases, hurled—birdseed that was tied up in squares of old floral flour sacks and kitchen twine. My aunt is making us a Double Wedding Ring quilt as our wedding gift using the flour sack fabric from the birdseed toss—something we will cherish forever.

What was the funniest moment? What was the scariest? The cake cutting was one of the funniest moments, I think. I had already warned Jimmy that I was going to smash the cake in his face, but I wasn’t expecting him to strike first! He served the slice delicately toward my mouth, then smeared it straight up my face. While I stood there in shock, he drew war paint on my cheeks with the icing, and grinned wickedly. I was breathing strawberries and butter cream the rest of the night! But I got him back with a great forehand to his face. We kissed and made up, coated in icing. The scariest moment for me was being in front of everyone at the ceremony. I am very shy! It was likewise for Jimmy, but mainly because he felt a little overheated in his suit and had to stand at the altar during the full processional of bridesmaids, flower girls, and ring bearer before my entrance. He was very excited to grasp my hand and stand beside me!
Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? I used pictures of my grandmother and my mom on their wedding days, as well as lots of family antiques and quilted elements – which are part of my family heritage. My family owns a Krystal franchise. It’s a Southern-specific burger chain that has been a big part of the South since 1932. As a surprise, we served Krystals as the late night snack in custom made Krystal boxes Jimmy and I had designed months earlier.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? I’m looking forward to being home as a married couple and using the different objects from the wedding to make a home for us. I am very excited to start our life together here in Chattanooga! We hope to learn something new about each other every day, and we are certain that whatever the future holds, we can enjoy its blessings and endure its hardships as long as we stand by each other.
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. One of Jimmy’s fraternity brothers shared some advice that he was told at his own wedding, and Jimmy found it really moving: “Marriage isn’t about keeping score, because you already owe the other person everything.”

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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Our next finalist in the Ultimate Southern Challenge, burlap edition, is a sweet DIY sent in by Taryn from Atlanta, who writes the blog Formal Fringe. Based on the idea that one thing all Southerners share is a pride in their home states, she imagined a creative guest book alternative wrapped in — you guessed it — burlap.

From Taryn:

“One thing that all Southerners share is pride in their home states. Instead of a traditional guestbook, let your wedding guests leave their mark on a burlap-covered map. Each guest can grab a ribbon-covered pin from the mason jar, then pin it onto the burlap map and show how far they’ve traveled to be there on your special day. This is an easy DIY project that any bride can do. The red and natural brown burlap and the sweet query “Where y’all from?” adds Southern flair to any party south of the Mason-Dixon Line!”

Materials: Foam core board, brown & red burlap, extra-long satin pins, red and black striped ribbon, stick-on black glitter letters, craft wood, white paint, spray adhesive, hot glue gun

Directions:
1. Print a large map of the United States onto paper using the “poster print” function. Tape the pieces together and cut along the edges of the map. Trace the shape onto your foam core board, then cut out the shape with a craft knife.
2. Spray the front of the board with spray adhesive, then cover it with the brown burlap. Pull the excess burlap around to the back of the board and secure with hot glue.
3. Paint the craft wood white and let dry, then use stick-on letters to spell out “Where y’all from?” on the wood pieces. With hot glue, attach the craft wood sign to a “ribbon” of red burlap, then attach it to the burlap-wrapped foam board outline. Attach a long length of ribbon to the top of the map for hanging.
4. Cut the remaining ribbon to 2-inch lengths, then fold and attach to the ends of the satin pins with hot glue. Hang the sign and leave ribbon-topped pins nearby for guests to pin their home states.

Thank you so much for sharing, Taryn! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Laura reply

    Oh my goodness, I love this idea and the fact that directions came with it. This would be so fun to make and show your guests that you have friends from all over the country that wanted to come celebrate with you.

  2. avatar Linda L reply

    Love this idea! And it’s easy to adapt the ribbon pins to match wedding colors if needed. Great concept!

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  5. avatar Nicole reply

    Love this!!!

  6. avatar Wendy reply

    Such a cute idea. I think it will be a hit at many weddings. Love to know who traveled the farthest, such a great conversation starter and you could add in the wedding colors as needed. THanks for sharing this idea.

  7. avatar Madeline Fiol reply

    Such a unique & clever idea….I love it! My sister has just announced her engagement & living in the ‘country’ of central Forida I know she will want me to make her one! (crafting makes her head spin where I hate to go a day with out crafting something)
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. avatar Mary Beth Ritzul reply

    Such a cute idea! I love it! Great job!

  9. avatar J.R. reply

    This one is so creative! I think it should win!!

  10. avatar Raqueol reply

    What a crafty and unique idea!

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    This one wins my final vote! Definitely the most quirky, fun, and creative! Love it! I have never seen this idea before!

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    Love this idea!! So adorable!! Shared this on my facebook page!!

  14. avatar Jenna M. reply

    This one gets my vote!! So cute and creative, I haven’t seen anything like it!

  15. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Cute Idea!

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Our next finalist in the Ultimate Southern Challenge is Sarah from Events Uncorked. She worked with her Mom (love that!) to create the perfect burlap bow tie!

From Sarah:

“I wanted to create something out of burlap with the ultimate Southern flair. And, what’s more Southern than a man in a bow tie? I created these bow ties with the help of my mom using burlap with a linen backing. They are rustic and charming, but most importantly, they’re Southern!”

Materials: 1 yd. burlap, 1 yd. natural linen, 1 yd. fusible interfacing, Stitchwitchery, natural-colored thread, a sewing machine, an iron, pins, a pencil, tape, scissors, a ruler, and a bow tie template (courtesy of Martha Stewart)

Directions:
1. Print bow tie template. Blow up 200%. Cut out and tape together.
2. Begin by ironing the fusible interfacing to the back of your burlap. Iron linen lightly to remove any wrinkles.
3. Place linen on top of burlap and pin at the top. Be sure that once the two are pinned together, the interfacing is on the outside, so once sewn together and flipped, it will be on the inside.
4. Trace bow tie template on to linen with your pencil. Pin on the inside of the bow tie as to keep together while cutting and sewing.
5. Repeat step 4 until you run out of fabric. It should make approximately 8 bow ties.
6. Cut out the bow tie and measure a 1/4 inch in on both sides for your stitch line.
7. Sew the bow tie around both ends and along one straight side. Be sure to leave one side completely open!
8. Flip the bow tie inside out so the stitch line is now on the inside.
9. Iron down 1/4 inch fold on the open side to create a creased edge. Place Stitchwitchery along open edge and iron together.
10. Iron entire bow tie to ensure flat edges and unwrinkled linen.

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Jessica reply

    Fantastic idea, Sarah!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So creative! Wonder who’s wedding will be first to wear them?!

  3. avatar Hayley reply

    She planned my wedding…great ideas!

  4. avatar Denise reply

    Very creative and so handsome! Perfect material for that outdoor guy without going Camo! Love it, Sarah!

  5. avatar alexis reply

    I love my iittle sister and think this is so creative! Good job Sarbear! :)

  6. avatar Alan reply

    Great creative idea for this fabric…any guy would wear this!

  7. avatar Holly Williams reply

    What a great idea! I love, love, love it! I wish I could’ve had these for my wedding!

  8. avatar Nicole reply

    Love this!!

  9. avatar Caroline reply

    They’re adorable!! I bet you could even personalize them with some dyed linen to really give them some flair and color where it peeks around.

  10. avatar Julie reply

    Love this idea! What a fabulous idea for something casual but formal. Its a normal bow tie with flair. How much fun would this be for a groom and his groomsmen to wear to an outdoor wedding? Perhaps a wedding in a barn complete with white twinkling lights and a georgous bride who is sporting her cowboy books underneath a stunning gown.

  11. avatar Alan reply

    Love the idea – Very unique – Any guy would luv to wear this style bow tie – Vs the same old stuff

  12. avatar Lisa A reply

    Such a cute idea for an outdoor wedding!

  13. avatar Lori reply

    Southern gentlemen in burlap bow ties-love it!!

  14. avatar Gaynelle reply

    I like this

  15. avatar Ansley Swanson reply

    Soo cute! Love this! Will mention this to my friend who is getting married this summer!

  16. avatar Emily reply

    They look great, perfect for a spring/summer wedding!

  17. avatar Caitlin reply

    lovee it!

  18. avatar Anita Shrigley reply

    Very creative!!! Love the idea. It is not only neutral so it would go with everything, but it could go formal or casual depending on the attire.

  19. avatar Clairissa reply

    Love it :-)

  20. avatar Beth reply

    Wow….the look, the texture, the clean lines….very original…makes a statement without going overboard…love it!

  21. avatar judy parker reply

    Love the idea!

  22. avatar Gail reply

    What a unique idea,,very nice, love it!

  23. avatar Kelly reply

    Super cool and different. So clever!

  24. avatar Aline reply

    This tie’s got swagger. I love it!

  25. avatar MIke reply

    Perfect for the southern wedding

  26. avatar Betsy reply

    How creative!! I love it!!

  27. avatar Jessica reply

    Perfect compliment for a simple and elegant summer wedding!

  28. avatar Julie reply

    Love these, my son does also and we might use it for Prom!!!

  29. avatar Kenny reply

    Groomsman would love these – Great idea!!

  30. avatar whit reply

    Love it. The prom idea is fantastic too!

  31. avatar Judyo reply

    I can see this idea carries thruout the decor with burlap table over lays and bows pn the backs of the chairs.

  32. avatar Allie Cable reply

    Love these for a backyard summer wedding! Can definitely see the idea being incorporated in the decor for the wedding as well! Great idea, Sarah.

  33. avatar Allie reply

    Love these for a backyard summer wedding! Can definitely see the idea being incorporated in the decor for the wedding as well! Great idea, Sarah.

  34. avatar Patsy reply

    Unique attention to detail and fun!

  35. avatar Kay reply

    Thinking out of the box – nice.

  36. avatar June reply

    Great idea. Love it!

  37. avatar Ruth @ My Love Wedding Ring reply

    What a great idea for this much under appreciated fabric!!

  38. avatar Jordan reply

    Super cute!

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