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Last week, we pulled off a big first for us Southern Weddings ladies! We actually got one past the incredible Ms. Emily Ayer, and SURPRISED her with a mini-inspired bridal shower! That’s right, with the help of some really fabulous friends, we tricked our own little bride-to-be into thinking we were headed to high tea at The Carolina Inn. Then the doozy came – we were actually throwing HER a shower!

When we arrived, Lara presented Emily with the unbelievably adorable mini-invitation to her shower (awesome job, Amber!). As you can see below, she was a bit surprised!

Our friend Heidi, the Director of Catering at The Carolina Inn, joined forces with the fab Erin McLean to dream up this sweetly Southern and completely “Emily” shower! We told them our girl likes pink, cupcakes and mini things and then we sent them a link to Em’s blog. Heidi and Erin ran with it, and created awesomeness! Boy, have we got talented friends!

I also have to brag a bit on Nicole – not only did Nicole help plan this gorgeous event, but she sat next to Emily everyday for about two months without spilling the beans!

Isn’t this girl cute? Yes, we are lucky enough to work with her every day!

Big thanks to all our friends who came far and wide to celebrate our sweet bride-to-be! And big SW hugs to Cyn Kain for capturing all the divine details of the day!

Congratulations to you, Miss Em! We are beyond thrilled for you, know you will be a stunning bride. We wish you all the love in the world!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Ravmek – Indian Wedding Planner reply

    Very Cute decor and Cyn Kain has captured the bride-to-be’s expressions and her surprise very beautifully.

  2. avatar Mariel reply

    So fabulous! You ladies sure know how to throw a party! Congrats to Emily!

  3. avatar Anastasia Marie reply

    This is absolutely adorable! Love the invites and that table setting is to die for!

  4. avatar Emily reply

    So fun to relieve this AMAZING shower through photos! And, I like how my mouth is wide open in every single one of the photos – clearly I was surprised!!

  5. avatar Whitney reply

    Oh this makes me so, so happy! Em, I hope you had a wonderful mini-bridal shower!!! Everything looks adorably scrumptious and Emily-inspired. I miss you!

  6. avatar Kelly Cummings reply

    Aww I love the look on Emily’s face, how perfect for a mini lover like herself! And those tiny teacups are too cute! And I’m obsessed with that hat box!

  7. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Oh I love re-living this day too! Such a sweet memory; thank you so much for including me in the surprise. Love you Emily! Less than 1 month to go!! xoxo

    PS. Currently craving a scone with clotted cream & jam :)

  8. avatar Cyn reply

    Loved spending this day with you ladies! Thanks for including me! Yay for getting married, Emily! Married life is the best :) xo

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Paper, paper, everywhere! By this time, my and Cyn’s feet were getting a little sore (she had actually changed from her heels into flats!), but we pressed on, all in the name of paper!

The Smock + Bella Figura booth is reliably one of my favorites – it’s just so colorful! There patterned boxes were a hit as usual, and I liked seeing their new notebooks, as well. It was also a pleasure to meet Erica, who I have worked with often over email but had never met in person before!

Next up was the Ladies of Letterpress booth, where several talented (you guessed it) letterpress printers exhibit together. We loved the sweet cards from Moglea. (Bottom image by Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper!)

These wine bottle tags by Tella Press were quite cute, and would be great for dressing up wedding or thank you gifts.

Also at the LoL booth were Shauna and Stephen, the geniuses behind Something’s Hiding in Here, Forage, and now, Seed House! I love these fill-in advice cards as a stand-in for a traditional guest book.

Pink Orchid Press designed this darling card which made me think of our Florida brides!

A card all about mason jars?! You know we loved this one from Petal Press! (And aren’t their little business cards adorable?)

Sweet art prints from May Day Studio. These would be pretty hanging at a reception, too!

That’s it for today, y’all – coverage will continue next week! Let’s have another round of applause for Ms Cyn Kain, who snapped these photos!

NSS 2012 Part 1
NSS 2012 Part 2

Cyn Kain is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Stephanie Jacobs reply

    Hi- Can you please tell me where I can find the calligraphy stationary suite (picture #2)?

    Thank you!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Stephanie and Courtney! That suite is “Simple Charms” by Bella Figura! Here’s the link: http://www.bellafigura.com/letterpress/simple-charms.html

  3. avatar courtney reply

    Please let me know who makes the calligraphy invitation suite in the second photo?

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Long-time readers might remember that, as the resident paper lover in the Southern Weddings office, I get irrationally excited about my yearly pilgrammage to the National Stationery Show in New York. The NSS is held every year in May, so you can expect to see the report from my 2012 visit in just a few weeks! (Whee!)

As a little bit of a paper prelude, then, we have a special treat for you from Momental Designs. Kristy put together four different Southern spring invitation suites, and we’re so happy to share them with you today! If you’re not familiar with her work, be prepared to be impressed – each piece is individually hand-painted, meaning each is truly a work of art. What a way to invite guests to your wedding!

The first Southern suite Kristy put together for us was inspired by spring blooms in delicate shades of pink.

Aren’t these photos by Cyn Kain just lovely? Kristy’s second suite was also flower-based, but this time focused on the blue hydrangea.

The gorgeous old trees of the South took center stage in suite number three. This one would be perfect for a backyard bash at the bride’s childhood home!

The last suite Kristy dreamed up was inspired by the iconic Southern fabric, seersucker. I love her artistic interpretation of this familiar material!

Huge thanks to Kristy and the Momental team for putting together these pieces, and to Cyn Kain for photographing them!

Tell me, belles: Have you purchased your wedding invitations yet? Where are they coming from?

Cyn Kain is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Amanda Hoffman reply

    Oh my gosh, as a self-proclaimed paper fanatic these suites make my heart smile! Thank you for sharing!

  2. avatar Taylor reply

    I have to agree with Amanda – these are just awesome and made me feel all warm and fuzzy! Does anyone else get a thrill from feeling fine paper goods between their fingers? Maybe it’s just me! ;)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Wow…these are all incredible! So unique and so Southern!

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  5. avatar MacKenzie reply

    WOW! Love these designs (and great photography Cyn!). So fresh!!!

  6. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    I just love the feminine elegance of the first suite. Tickles me pink!

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