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As the last editor to share my dream Southern wedding, I’ve had a lot of time to think about exactly what kind of wedding I want (in my dreams, of course). I’ve been perusing the Southern Weddings Pinterest nonstop trying to find the perfect Southern inspiration for my own big day, and do you know what I’ve discovered? I truly and honestly believe that I have had an inspiration overload! There are so many fabulously Southern ideas out there, and I just want to incorporate them all into my dream wedding. What’s a Southern Weddings editor to do?

Step back and take a good long look at all of the images I had collected, that’s what. Were there any recurring themes popping up? Why, yes! The majority of the photos came from sunny daytime weddings, there were an awful lot of deep blues and spring green color schemes weaving their way through my inspiration folder, and oh, I have a major love affair with rustic barn weddings. Without further ado, I am happy to share with you my very own dream Southern wedding:

Image credits, clockwise from top left: Barn wedding by Jose Villa, beau bar by Chocolate Butter Bean (photo by Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings), cake by My Sweet and Saucy, barn decor photo by Abby Ross via Style Me Pretty, table decor photo from Martha Stewart Weddings via Domestic Ease

Tell us the basics. Where do you want to get married and when? How many people would you invite? The more the merrier! If money were no issue (and this is a dream wedding, right?), I would invite upwards of 200 guests and make it a real party. I would love to get married right here in the Ol’ North State in the early fall.

What’s your design inspiration and color palette? One of the main focuses of my design inspiration is the lighting. Nothing adds to a space like a hanging chandelier or a canopy of swinging lights over a dance floor. I also incorporated a lot of classic white details–the white bouquets and white cakes–which look so clean and fresh against the rustic barn backdrop.

What details and traditions would you include in your ceremony? I want to pay homage to my family’s Southern heritage by including many traditions based around family. I am looking forward to my strong, supportive dad walking me down the aisle. I want my Mom, a former makeup artist, and my aunt, a hairdresser, to gussy me up for my walk down the aisle. I am excited to shower my bridesmaids with monogrammed gifts to show how appreciative I am to have them in my life. I can’t wait to surprise my hubby-to-be with a fun groom’s cake. Most of all, I want to incorporate as many details that have significance to my husband and myself. I want my wedding to be a celebration of the memories that we have shared.

What dress would you wear? I have fallen head over heels for Monique Lhuillier’s Scarlet. The lace detailing is classic, while the open back gives it a modern edge. I’m still on the look-out for a getaway dress. I’m thinking short and sleek. Any suggestions?

Image credits, clockwise from top left: lace dress photo by Paul Johnson, white bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, striped bouquet wrap from Brides.com, navy bridesmaid dresses photo by Stephen Devries via Southern Weddings

What would your flowers look like? I love all white bouquets, full of ranunculus and big white hydrangeas. At the reception, I imagine low white and green arrangements decking each table.

What details and traditions would you include in your reception? Again, string lights and warm chandeliers are a must! In addition, I want a large live band that will really get the guests grooving. My goal is to have every man, woman and child on the dance floor having the time of their lives!

What food would you serve? Oh Lordy, I’m already excited about the food at my future wedding! Southerners sure do like their food! I adore all mini foods, so there would be an assortment of barbecue sliders and homemade macaroni served in white ramekins. The dessert spread would ideally stretch out for miles. In addition to the classic white cake, I’d love to see lots of cupcakes, banana pudding (a Southern favorite), and delicious creme brulee!

Where would you honeymoon? My hubby and I would explore Europe. I’m particularly keen on going skiing in the Swiss Alps!

What’s most important to you about weddings? Love is tangible at a wedding. Family and friends come together to celebrate a couple’s love. Weddings are about creating memories and sharing traditions. I love the feeling of community that surrounds weddings and I hope that my own wedding is full of wonderful memories and my friends, my family and my new husband and I will always cherish.

What do you think, ladies? Do we have anything in common? Let me know in the comments below and tell me all about your dream wedding.

P.S. Want to check out our past dream weddings?
Marissa
Nicole
Sierra

Katie Stoops and Stephen Devries are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Written with love by Whitney
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    So fun, Whitney! I love that cake and the bouquet you chose!

  2. avatar MacKenzie reply

    Love, love, love a barn wedding, Whitney!

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Today’s bride has got some serious style! A look through these shots by Captured Photography and you’ll agree! Though her dress and shoes may look familiar, she makes it all her own. Those bold blue Manolos were made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, but we love how they match the J. Crew bridesmaids dresses and pop against the white florals by Glenn Yee in this wedding. Everything came together beautifully at the Miami Beach Community Church ceremony, didn’t it?

Fun fact: the bride looked gorgeous in Vera Wang, giving Khloe Kardashian and Hillary Duff, who wore the same dress at their weddings, some competition!

How did the two of you meet? Charlie and I have known each other for 13 years. Charlie was Sigma Chi fraternity brothers with my brothers, Patrick and Kris, at Furman University. Charlie was also college roommates with Patrick for 3 years at Furman. In 2005, Charlie moved to Miami after living three years in Atlanta after college. Shortly after his move, we started hanging out socially, and then started dating. The rest is history. Charlie has always been very close with my brothers and my parents so we had both their blessings on our marriage.
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) Michael and I took a trip to Key West (one of our favorite spots). The original plan was to propose on a secluded beach during the sunset. When we got there, Michael decided that it was not a good location to see the sunset, so we went to dinner instead. The backup plan was then to propose during dinner, but Michael and I did not enjoy the food, the wait staff or the atmosphere. After talking Michael out of getting dessert at the restaurant, we stopped to get some key lime pie and eat it while enjoying wine on the porch of the bed and breakfast we were staying at. After opening the wine, I slipped the ring on my pinky finger and offered Michael a glass. I don’t know if it was the five years of waiting or just the total disbelief that it would ever happen, but she was in shock and immediately started crying. I guess she said “yes” because we are now married.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Beautiful, amazing, elegant.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The bridal table that seated 34 – it was breath taking. The lighting contractor took the damask pattern that was on the table’s runner and mimicked it over the entire table and center flooring of the room.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mother, my aunt, my mother’s best friend, my friend, my sister-in-law, and my wedding planner and I all went to NYC to find the perfect dress. We went to several designer’s showrooms and stores and found the dress on the very last day at Vera Wang. I tried on several gowns and I finally decided on a mermaid style, very simple with a bit of drama on the bottom on the gown. We added a Vera Wang crystal belt to add some bling. It was perfect, and I felt beautiful in it. The gown was actually worn by Hillary Duff and Khloe Kardashian in their weddings, but our choice to include the belt and restructure the top of the dress made it my very own fairy tale dress!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Kristen reply

    This wedding is beautiful (I’m probably biased because navy is my favorite color!) That flower girl is precious and in exactly the style of dress I’m looking to get for her!! I would love to know where she got it!

    • avatar Michael Bertalan reply

      Kristen: Hi Kristen! Thank you so much for the awesome comment. Our wedding was amazing and wish we could do it all over again. We actually got the dress made for little Ellie from the website etsy. The web address is http://www.etsy.com/shop/beaneandco . This is the sellers direct link. If you are not familar with Esty, it is a great website. We actually got a lot of things from esty. Such as the purses nd earrings that I gave thebridemaids for gifts and the cake pops holders. this website is a great tool for brides! Thanks for the comment again.

    • avatar Kristen reply

      Michael Bertalan: Oh my I love Etsy! I’m on it at least 2-3 times a week! I am definitely going to check out her shop – Thank you for the tip! I’m having the hardest time finding something for my sweet flower girl to wear!! Thanks again! :)

  2. avatar Whitney reply

    This wedding is absolutely gorgeousl. I am using navy in my wedding as well. I was curious where the she got the clutches for her bridesmaids? Congratulations!

    • avatar Morgan reply

      I LOVE this wedding! Kudos to swmag for featuring different styles of weddings. Some sites I frequent post basically the same weddings (outdoor, vintage, tons of mason jars everywhere) over and over. Not that there’s anything at all wrong with that style….but I like a little variety :)

      Thank you!!

    • avatar Michael Bertalan reply

      Whitney: Hey Whitney, Congrats on Your wedding. Navy is such a great color for weddings. I got the clutches for the bridesmaids from the website etsy. Here is the direct link for the seller http://www.etsy.com/shop/novaoflove. Etsy is a great website and actually got a lot of things from etsy. It became my BFF. Well congrats again for the big day. Enjoy every moment because it goes so fast.

    • avatar Whitney reply

      Michael Bertalan: Thank you so much.

  3. avatar Real Florida Wedding: Michael + Charlie, Part II « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

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  4. avatar Emily reply

    Hi Morgan! We definitely try hard to post a variety of weddings, so I’m thrilled to hear you love this one! It’s super helpful for us to hear which weddings you love so we can better choose future content, so keep it up!

  5. avatar Sharon reply

    Wow. I absolutely adore this wedding. Way to go Southern Weddings for putting up something new and different. This is such a classic South Florida/Miami wedding! Elegant, Modern, and just downright GORGEOUS! Captured Photography you are amazing!!! What beautiful shots!

  6. avatar Captured Photography by Jenny reply

    Thanks SW for featuring Michael and Charlie’s wedding. I know they put a ton of work in to it and it was such a lovely day. We had a blast being there! :)

  7. avatar Sarah {A Paper Proposal} reply

    I LOVE a good navy blue wedding….and the shoes…oh, the shoes! Stunning! :)

  8. avatar Tiffany reply

    I love your wedding! We’re doing navy and green as well, with the girls in navy dresses. I LOVE the belts with the girls dresses, what a great idea…where did you get those?

    • avatar Michael Kibler reply

      Tiffany: Thank you so much for the comments. I actually got the bridesmaids dresses and belts from J-crew. The belts were a big hit with the girls and it made a simple dress look amazing. I highly recommend it! Congrats and enjoy planning!!

  9. avatar Lydia reply

    The bridesmaid shoes are to die for, and the color combination is fabulous!

  10. avatar Lauren reply

    Just curious where the reception and ceremony took place?
    It was lovely. I live in FL and Im having such a hard time finding some place different..I really like the photo from above, Im guessing that was of the bridal party table? Love it, congrats!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren! So sorry for not including that information! Michael and friends got ready at the W Hotel in South Beach. The ceremony took place at the Miami Beach Community Church. And the reception took place at the Moore Building and Bamboo Garden. Hope that helps, and I’m glad you loved the wedding!

  11. avatar Grace McKinney reply

    I love the colors in this wedding and the bride is beautiful!! The reception table decorations are absolutely gorgeous! A very beautiful wedding in every aspect!

  12. avatar Meggan reply

    I absolutely LOVE this wedding! So beautiful!

  13. avatar Kristen reply

    What a stunning wedding! I especially love the blue Manolo Blahnik shoes and the studded belt on the bridesmaid dress. These details really make the wedding unique and beautiful!

  14. avatar Carissa reply

    love, love, love this wedding!!

  15. avatar Modern Florida Wedding by 1313 Photography, Part I « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] y’all liked Michael + Charlie’s wedding so much (here + here), I have a hunch you’re going to be equally huge fans of Whitney + Jeff’s. […]

  16. avatar Catherine reply

    What a gorgeous wedding!! Just wondering where you found the groomsmen’s ties? They’re fabulous!

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