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It’s no surprise that we love a beau in a bow tie here at Southern Weddings, so when the opportunity to collaborate with our dapper friends at High Cotton on an exclusive bow tie collection presented itself, we couldn’t have been more thrilled! You see, a bow tie line has long been on our wish list, and we simply can’t think of better partners to create it with. After lots of emails and phone calls, plus more fabric swatches than we can count, we are tickled pink to introduce you to the Southern Weddings for High Cotton bow tie collection!

Each of these beautiful bows (most available in neck ties, pocket squares and boy’s bow ties as well!), has its own personality and inspiration behind it that I’m excited to share with you!

While our UNC-loving gals might say this blue and white stripe was inspired by their beloved Heels, the real muse for our “Something Blue” bow was actually a classic Southern Weddings editorial, Something Blue from V3! While it’s perfect for spring weddings, it’s so stinkin’ hot here in the South, your gent can go on wearing it right into early fall!

Of course, no Southern Weddings collection would be complete without chambray, and our friends at High Cotton found a way to improve on our favorite fabric–make it peach, of course! Inspired by our pretty pink cover shoot for V7, A Bushel and a Peck, the sweetly saturated fabric of our “Sweet as a Peach” bow will have you craving a trip to Georgia before it’s even tied.

When you’re creating a fabric inspired by Freshly Squeezed, one of the happiest editorials we’ve ever produced (and one of my personal favorites!), it’s imperative that you go bright! The coral check print of our “Freshly Squeezed” bow tie is a delightfully juicy pattern that will make the perfect addition to your gent’s summer wedding attire!

Boasting the signature Southern Weddings color palette, our custom madras print, “Southern Madras,” is sure to become an instant favorite! We created this colorful design using our own gents as inspiration. We wanted a classic print that reminded us of our homes in the South, our mission, and, of course, our adorable beaus. The perfect pop of color for a classic gray suit or the cherry on top of a fun suspender and slacks combo, you can’t find this custom print anywhere else!

Way back when we started brainstorming about our bow tie collection, we knew we wanted a print inspired by our darling readers! “Champagne Toast” is a gold and white polka dot print that is the only silk tie in the collection, making it extra special, just like each of you. The pretty golden hue makes it formal without being fussy, and the white polka dots make it fun as a sprinkler in summer. Whether you’re planning a formal black tie affair or adding a little glitz to a more casual soiree, your dapper gent can dress this design up or down!

Y’all, aren’t they all so amazing?! We’re so thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful project and we are so grateful to our friends at High Cotton for helping us bring our dream to life!

Now the hard part, picking a favorite–which one is yours?

Photographer: Anna Routh / Venue: The Bradford / Dresses: Donna Morgan /Florals: Simply Elegant Floral Designs / Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Lorin Fairweather reply

    My hubby would love these! Just beautiful, y’all!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    I love them all, but especially the Freshly Squeezed! That color is amazing!

  3. avatar High Cotton reply

    This just made our day! We have loved seeing the Southern Weddings for High Cotton collection come together with your inspiration. We couldn’t ask for better partners!

  4. avatar Madison reply

    My favorite is the “freshly squeezed” bow tie!

  5. avatar Dana reply

    soo adorable!! love them all!

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With the help of their planner, Courtney Kappus of Moore & Co. Events, Laura and Neil transformed the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club into a fabulous venue that was completely unique, and totally their own! I love how they used colorful blooms to complement their black, white, and gold decor, and how fun is that marquee above the band? As they celebrated while dancing under a beautiful tent dressed with glittering lights, surrounded by rolling hills and running horses, Laura and Neil always kept their focus on why they were celebrating in the first place.

We’re so happy Jeff Frandsen of Brooke Courtney Photography was on hand to capture this lovely day!

We met at the pool of our apartment building. I was one of the first people at the pool that day and I saw him walk in. I remember everything about that moment. I willed him in my direction and he sat right next to me. I obviously said nothing, too bashful to even look up from my book. About 30 minutes passed before my friend arrived, and I asked if she wanted a glass of wine. The cute guy next to me, my back now to him, announced “I would love a glass.” Done and done. We introduced ourselves, talked till the sun set, and have been inseparable since that moment.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We wanted something different–a place where our guests had never attended a wedding before. We wanted a location that reflected the season and the beauty that is the Maryland countryside. The fox hunting club had understated elegance, and the fact that it was not a venue at all allowed us to play up a unique theme with just a few whimsical details

We wanted elegant and classic music for the ceremony that was a bit more interesting than the standard choices. We had “Stranger in Paradise” and “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera played for the prelude, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach for the seating of the families,”Rondeau” by Mouret for the processional, and “Te Deum” by Charpentier for my walk down the aisle. The recessional was to “Water Music” by Handel. Having a trumpet play seemed quite fitting given the steeplechase and fox hunt surroundings.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The whole feeling of the night was Southern–we danced under a beautiful tent dressed with glittering lights, surrounded by rolling hills and running horses. We also really like chicken and waffles and ham biscuits, so naturally, we needed to have them served at cocktail hour!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The lanterns hanging from the trees and above the dance floor made our reception so magical. I also loved the boxwood around the dance floor, the marquee sign that hung behind the band, the Rifle Paper Co. notecards we made into table numbers, the signature cocktail we named after our sweet labrador, Mya, and the overall color scheme of the day.

I borrowed a white coral beaded bracelet that belonged to my grandmother. My mother and my aunt had both worn it on their wedding days, too. For my something old and blue, I carried a handkerchief that Neil’s twin sister made for her own wedding two years ago out of their late mother’s wedding dress. It was embroidered in blue with their initials, and she gave it to me at my bridal shower. My something new was my sparkly gold glitter shoes.

Don’t miss Laura and Neil’s video from Wise Films!

Tell us all about the proposal! I hurried through the door of our home hoping to make it to a friend’s party on time when I heard “our” song playing. I turned the corner to find Neil on bended knee, in a tuxedo, with champagne, holding a ring box, sweating bullets. He told me how much he loved me and finally asked, “Laura Jane, will you marry me?”
When did y’all get married? June 7, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 155
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had visited four shops and found a few dresses I liked, but I ended up going with something completely different than what I had envisioned. I walked out of the fitting room and felt like a movie star. The dress was simple, but elegant, and I liked being able to add my own touches with my lace-trimmed veil and sparkly beaded sash.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We wanted our own special moment to connect before the chaos of the day, so I am so glad we chose to do a first look. It helped ease a lot of nerves so that we were really able to enjoy the day of our marriage.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our cake was super simple because Neil and I really wanted individual strawberry shortcakes–the real kind, with a shortbread biscuit, fresh strawberries, and lemon crème fraiche.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We prioritized what was important to us and I did a TON of research. I recommend hiring a planner, as they can save you money through the relationships they have.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t drive yourself crazy striving for perfection. Don’t worry about what other people might think of your wedding details. Remember why you are celebrating in the first place, and always remain gracious.

Photographer: Jeff Frandsen of Brooke Courtney Photography / Videographer: Wise Films / Planner: Courtney Kappus of Moore & Co Events / Venue: Elkridge Harford Hunt Club / Florist: Petal and Print / Cake Baker: Mary Elliott / Caterer: Laurrapin / Rentals: Party Party and Loane Brothers / Lighting: Davinci / Band: Spectrum / Special Details: XOXO Vintage / Paper Products: The Pleasure of Your Company / Bride’s Gown: “Dakota” by Nicole Miller / Bridal Salon: Garnish Boutique / Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bride’s Sash: Untamed Petals / Hair Stylist: Devon Baltimore / Makeup Artist: Blend Makeup Artistry / Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Assorted styles in Vanilla, Guava, Blush, and Opal by Amsale / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Ties: The Tie Bar / Draping: 27 Studios / Boxwoods: Plants Alive / Linens: Linen Hero / Farm Tables: Vintage Affairs

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  2. avatar Jennifer Quillen reply

    Beautiful wedding! I love the picture frame seating chart. Can you tell me where you got the picture frames?

  3. avatar Chris reply

    I really like the His/Hers framed drink idea. Can I find out if you all used a particular template?
    Thanks!

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Emily and I were chatting about bridal showers on our road trip home from Charleston last week, and we agreed wholeheartedly that they’re one of the sweetest pre-wedding traditions. A beautiful shower is such a fun way to make a bride feel extra loved and special as she prepares for her wedding, which is why we’re excited to share today’s inspiration! A fabulous team of Florida vendors (including our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Ashton Events) designed this bridal shower shoot around the theme of “gingham and bunnies,” which struck a lovely balance between summery brights and soft feminine details. And yes, there were real bunnies involved–adorable!

Thanks so much to Amalie Orrange for sharing this fun shoot with us!

Those bow napkins holders are actually bracelets that doubled as favors–what a sweet surprise for the lucky guests!

From Laura of Ashton Events:

This shoot is a blend of a crisp, clean, and bright palette combined with charming vintage touches. We brought in live bunnies (you should have heard the laughter and delight that ensued!), and also used bunnies consistently throughout the decor. One of my favorite bunny elements was the miniature gold bunnies that guests could put in their teacups at the seed bar! It was a subtle touch, but something fun for the guests to take home.

The menu was comprised of several light and refreshing salads. We couldn’t stop eating the watermelon and basil salad that Good Food Catering made! We also served watermelon and mint slushies–they were the perfect summertime treat! ​

Photography: Amalie Orrange / Coordination, Design, and Custom Decor: Ashton Events / Furniture, Props, and Design: Wish Vintage Rentals / Floral Design: Peplum Events / Venue: The Junior League’s Sorosis Building / Paper Products: Renee Nicole Design & Photography / Cake: The Sugar Suite / Vintage China, Glassware, and Flatware: Dishie Rentals / Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Chantel / Dresses: Camilyn Beth / Pinata and Chargers: Katie Franklin / Bunnies: Family Fluffers / Catering: Good Food Catering / Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio / Napkins: Kate Ryan Linens

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  1. avatar Lisa Hays reply

    Love these colors and beautiful tables capes!

  2. avatar Amalie Orrange reply

    Thank you ladies so much for featuring this super fun and beautifully styled shoot, we had a blast working with this amazing team of talented vendors. It is a huge honor to be featured on Southern Weddings and am I so thankful! XO

  3. avatar Karena Dixon reply

    This might be one of the sweetest bridal showers I’ve ever seen! I adore that cake. So cute!

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  5. avatar Amparo Viscounte reply

    Love the dresses!!!!

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