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Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on the first V5 editorial we debuted! I was going to say that that one has a special place in our hearts (and it does!), but truly, we feel similarly about every shoot we produced for this issue! This one, photographed by Melissa Schollaert, is no different.

This shoot was inspired by two very Southern elements: honey and pecans. As we did more research into these two humbles components, we got more and more inspired. Because, you see, the word pecan comes from an Algonquian word meaning “the nut that requires a stone to crack.” That toughness and durability, paired with the sweetness of honey, seemed to us like the perfect recipe for a strong marriage.

Of course, we had great fun coming up with creative ways to incorporate winks to honey and pecans throughout the shoot. One of my very favorites is the honeycomb wrap on the stationery suite designed by Erica Loesing, and printed beautifully by Alee & Press.

And don’t you love how our beautiful bride’s veil resembles a honeycomb, as well?

That bouquet looks like quite a handful, doesn’t it? I think that’s the only way Amy Osaba makes them :) I also adore the bee “pin” we attached to the bouquet ribbons – it’s actually an earring!

Speaking of beautiful people, we were lucky enough to draw all of our “models” from our Atlanta reader pool! Erin and her husband Taylor were our bride and groom. From left to right below, we have Emily, Madelynne, Laura, and Brittany standing in as bridesmaids. Aren’t they the sweetest??

Stay tuned, because you’ll have a chance to win some of those fabulous sparkly headbands soon!

A honey themed shoot wouldn’t be complete without a honey tasting, now would it? Something like this could be fun to arrange at cocktail hour!

All the glistening gold goodness comes to a point in the table, I think, beautifully arranged by Lindsay Pitt of TOAST. I adore that blown-open magnolia in the centerpiece, and the pecan pies at each place setting are too much! Talk about Southern hospitality…

Southerners are known for their sense of humor AND for their love of beautiful things, and I adore how those two traits are represented perfectly in our moonshine bar! Mason jars have never looked so glam. And should you wish to set up your own moonshine bar, make sure you check out Ole Smoky – they have lots of flavors! Just sayin’.

Last but certainly not least, we have this masterpiece of a wedding cake by Sweet Sensations. I adore how Sharon took our pecan inspiration and ran with it! The gorgeous linens from I Do Linens and the flowing fabric backdrop by Michelle Edgemont set it off perfectly.

Huge hugs to all the folks that made this shoot happen! Pick up your copy to see even more Georgia goodness!

Melissa Schollaert and TOAST are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) reply

    This is a gorgeous shoot…every detail is absolutely stunning!

  2. avatar Lauren reply

    Gorgeous shoot! The very talented Maria from the Amy Osaba team is doing all the floral for my wedding, absolutely love the lushness of it! And we’ll be visiting Ole Smoky this weekend on my bachelorette weekend in Gatlinburg :)

  3. avatar Laura reply

    Both of the features from V5 so far are absolutely stunning! Such unique and Southern themes!

  4. avatar Diana reply

    I ABSOLUTELY am in love with this wedding!!

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Y’all is it bad that my arms hurt a little from carrying boxes full of magazines? We’ve just sent off a ton of glossy pages and now I think my arms need a rest. Luckily, I had some fun product searching to do (one of my favorite things!) and got to put this post together. We’ll leave the weight training for later.

Natalie + Wade’s wedding (here + here) is one we love for not only it’s dreamy colors and venue, but for the customizable details that reflect their personality. If you want to get the same look, you’re in the right place!

A. Reminders of the new couple’s love and marriage were abounding at N + W’s wedding! We like how zinc letters acted as table decor.

B. Offering a basket full of parasols was a clever way to keep the sun out of guests faces while looking mighty pretty.

C. Natalie + Wade’s family and friends traveled from Tennessee and Texas to attend their Florida wedding. We think providing mixed CDs of the couple’s favorite love songs for the drive back was a brilliant idea! Package them in kraft holders like these. We also love these from Kraft and Jute — they have stitching on the sides!

D. We loved seeing photos of Natalie + Wade’s family strung throughout the reception site. Get the same effect with some twine and cute clothespins like the stained ones we found here.

E. The smallest details are often the ones that stand out to us. We love how the couple chose to mix and match ribbons and lace for their escort cards and tags. We think this thin velvet number is too perfect.

F. We think Natalie + Wade’s “Here Comes the Bride” banner was adorable. Make your own with some burlap, ribbon, paint and stencils from a craft store or buy one here.

G. Natalie had the right idea when she added a wreath to her hair adornments. After you take the veil off for the reception, you’ll still look fab with a sparkly headband. We love this one from Twigs and Honey.

H. The mixed and matched bridesmaids dresses at Natalie + Wade’s wedding were a wonderful way to coordinate ‘maids with different styles. We love this option from J.Crew in graphite.

I. There’s no denying that Natalie’s sparkly bow shoes were a hit! Follow in her footsteps with the same pair from Kate Spade. If you’re looking for something a bit different but equally scintillating, might we suggest this pair from BHLDN or this pair?

J. Wishing trees are a sweet way for guests to give you well-wishes, advice, thanks, or cute notes during the wedding. Provide some tags for them to fill in. We think these are adorable.

K. The hanging jars of flowers and tea lights caught our eye at the ceremony and reception. Achieve the same look with mason jars and pink ribbon — just be sure that they’re well secure and won’t fall! (We suggest browsing online for more secure wire hangers that you can attach ribbon to. Try here and here.)

L. The glittering banner at N + W’s reception caught our eye! Put a little sparkle in your guests’ eyes with a similar one, like this. Or maybe you’d like to make your own? We like these simple instructions.

M. Store favors or programs in a rustic wooden box or crate. We love this one for it’s chalkboard side!

N. Natalie decided to include a bouquet tile with her gorgeous blooms. The little addition can include a meaningful quote or your married monogram and wedding date.

Take a look at past “Get the Look” features from V4:
Romantic Plantation Wedding
Colorful Inn Wedding

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    Now that Emily has started us off with some winter wedding inspiration and Marissa has given us the run-down of practical but pretty Southern style, I’ve rounded up some finds to turn these ideas into a reality.

    Madi said she envisioned a Southern barn wedding with “mason jars, cowboy boots, great food and beautiful floral arrangements.” Though a summer wedding may not be in the cards, there’s still a way to incorporate all of those elements! Southern hospitality never fails, even when the weather is unforgiving. Play up the rustic details, which are as beautiful as ever in the winter and keep your guests’ best interests in mind by providing a warm atmosphere (candles and string lights are a favorite in my book) and comfy details like blankets and warm drinks. They’ll feel right at home and ready to celebrate!

    A. Warmth is a priority when you’re wearing a dress! Keep a (faux) fur stole, jacket or wrap close by. If fur isn’t your style, try a warm wool cardigan or a sleek white blazer.

    B. Want some jewelry that looks lovely in winter weather without reminding you of sparkly (and cold!) snow? How about these pearl Kate Spade earrings?

    C. Keep makeup essentials and a hanky handy in this geometric clutch from Oatmeal Lace. Bonus? It’s just casual enough to be used after the wedding!

    D. Dress up those comfy cowboy boots with some warm lace mohair socks! The little side buttons are adorable!

    E. Crocheted netted wrist gloves will keep your fingers warm without being bulky. We love this pair from BHLDN. Want something a little warmer? We love these, too.

    F. Cotton bolls will last even in the dead of winter. Tie name tags to a boll for Southern escort cards (see our Fab Finds in V4!), or put a few in a mason jar for a centerpiece.

    G. I love the warmth of glowing string lights. The view of your reception area flooded with yellow light will immediately let your guests know where the party’s at!

    H. Keep the small details rustic, too. These monogrammed cuff links will surely look dapper on your sweetie’s sleeve.

    I. Warm pie and goodies from the dessert bar will look scrumptious on these silhouette dessert plates!

    J. Nothing beats warming your hands by the fire. A round fire pit in your lounge area gives guests the opportunity to get some fresh air while staying warm.

    K. Dressing up your table without the cost of out-of-season flowers is easy. These Epsom salt candles pick up the winter theme. Place them in mason jars for an added Southern flair.

    L. S’mores are great favors for winter weddings, and guests can break into their supplies while they sit around the fire pit. You can put these together easily by placing a few graham crackers, chocolate pieces and marshmallows in a cellophane bag. We love packaging them inside muslin bags (we use this source and Amazon.com) that you can stamp with a custom message. Want another warm favor idea that involves less work? We think these hot chocolate stirrers will be a hit.

    M. Stock your lounge area with these comfy (and affordable!) cable-knit throws from Ikea. After the wedding, you and your beau will love snuggling up with them on the couch.

    N. Warm up your guests with a rich signature cocktail — milk punch!

    What do you think of our winter wedding finds? Are there any ideas that you’re dying to share with us? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

    nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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