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It may be the new year, but we still have a few Southern Weddings V6 tricks tucked up our sleeve! First up is this oh-so-charming and appropriately-titled editorial. Though we are all about weddings, in this issue we also wanted to offer inspiration for some of the girly “side parties” that often come along with them, like bridal showers and bridal brunches. From cake pulls to heirloom recipes, this editorial fits the bill. And thanks to an especially talented team including Jen Huang, Poppies & Posies, Elizabeth Demos, and the gals at Amie Decker Beauty, there are just as many beautiful and inspiring details as any of our weddings!

One of these beautiful charm bracelets is my mama’s, and another is my own! We love featuring personal family pieces in our editorials.

What a magical setting!! It was even more beautiful in person, if you can believe it.

Little touches to make the bride feel extra special are always a “do,” and these paper bells tied onto her chair with satin ribbon are a perfect, easy example.

Popping a bow on top of a buttery stack of biscuits almost turns it into a cake, don’t you think?

Not familiar with the cake pull tradition? Read all about it here!

We set up a little station for gifts to give and get off to the side of the table. Guests were invited to bring a favorite family recipe to stock the bride’s recipe box, and were sent home with a basket of tea cakes made from the bride’s family recipe! Looking for a prettier way to organize your own recipes? We love our new citrus floral recipe boxes!

Cheers to amazing friends and happy celebrations!

Photographer: Jen Huang | Film processing: Richard Photo Lab | Florist, copper vessels, pink cake stand, bowls, and spoons: Poppies & Posies | Location, tables, biscuits, and sweet tea glasses: Oldfield Club | Prop styling: Elizabeth Demos | Hair and makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | “Darby” gown: Amsale | “Sofia” dress: Dolly Pearl | “Cap Cana” dress: Troubadour | Pink polka dot dress: Nordstrom | Mix and match china: Replacements, Ltd. | Recipe box: Sugar Paper | Charm bracelets: Crystal Faye and Past Time Jewelry | Gold dot linen: Caitlin Wilson Textiles | Mini cakes: Sweet Memories | Gift wrap: Midori, Paper Source, and Sugar Paper | Crepe paper baskets: Shop Sweet Lulu | Sweet tea stirrers: Em for Marvelous | Cake toppers and calligraphy: Antiquaria

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kyla F reply

    This is such a beautiful setting for an intimate side-party! The little details truly make it magical, like those beautiful flowers on the back of the swing. The use of your family charm bracelets add a special, sentimental touch too! I especially enjoyed reading the linked post about the cake pull tradition because I have never seen that done here in New England.

  2. avatar Brooke reply

    Love this! I’m hosting a bridal shower in February and just decided to do a cake pull because of this post! Are you selling those adorable paper bells on the back of the bride’s chair in the yard sale, by any chance? : )

  3. avatar Wedding Rental Supplies reply

    Each and every detail looks so pretty, elegant and unique. Loved the beautiful details of the chair and tables decor.

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Friends, we hope you had the most wonderful Christmas, and that you’re still relaxing and celebrating with your families (we are, too!). We’ve rounded up and narrowed down a few of our very favorite things from the past year and are looking forward to sharing them with you over the next week or so. Check back in whenever you need a break from eggnog and candy canes!

First up, ten of the most gorgeous gowns we featured on the blog this year, starting with my absolute favorite below…

Tulle ballgown | Rachel + Daniel | Tim Will

Skinny strap silk taffeta ballgown | Tori + Andrew | Armosa Studios

Blush ballgown | Grace + Daniel | Shea Christine

Lace gown with bows | Katrina + Tyler | Ben and Colleen Photography

Satin fit and flare gown | Laura + Chad | Our Labor of Love

Silk low-back gown | Candice + John | Olivia Griffin

Lace cap sleeve gown | Brittany + Matt | Rebekah Hoyt

Short vintage gown | Jessica + Burton | Dixie Pixel

Lace off the shoulder gown | Danielle + Chris | Erika Delgado

Seersucker ballgown | April + Nick | Pasha Belman

Which gown is your favorite? We’d love to hear!

Dixie Pixel and Ben and Colleen are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kathryn reply

    The lace off the shoulder gown is my favorite! What a beautiful photo!

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  3. avatar Victoria reply

    Love this recap of beautiful gowns! And just love seeing mine up there- wish I could wear that beauty on my errands today HA! xo ladies

  4. avatar Caitlyn reply

    Ahh, the blush ball gown is to die for! : )

  5. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    They’re all gorgeous, but I especially like the soft fluffiness of the first gown!

  6. avatar Rachel May reply

    Thank blush gown had me at hello. SWOON!!

  7. avatar Charlotte reply

    Gorgeous brides. Jessica’s gown is my favorite.

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  9. avatar Gloria Law reply

    The seersucker gown of April is my favoirite.

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We don’t share too many vow renewals with y’all, but we couldn’t resist this one. A wedding, after all, is about celebrating the life you live together and the life that lies ahead of you. For Adis + Victor, the family they created and the love they’ve shared for thirty years made crafting a vow renewal look effortless and full.

“Having our four children there to witness the love we share for one another was pretty amazing,” said Adis. She married Victor thirty years ago, after being introduced to him over the phone. Though they had never met in person, they talked every day for two years. As soon as they met, they instantly became boyfriend and girlfriend and were married just a year after. Their vow renewal, photographed by Diana Marie Photography brings to mind a dozen things I think we all hope for in our marriages, like joy, a youthful spirit, mutual admiration and a big, happy family.

I can’t get over how beautiful this family is! I love Adis’s summery white dress, too. The hints of lace are the perfect amount for an outdoor vow renewal, no?

Describe the proposal: It was at a restaurant and I was wearing a white dress, ironically. As he was nervously about to pop the question, he accidentally spilled his wine glass all over me. We both laughed it off and I immediately said yes.

What do you love most about each other? (From Adis) I love how he keeps me grounded and puts things into perspective; to not sweat the small stuff. (From Victor) I love how she has such a young spirit about her and a contagious laugh.

What have you learned over your years of marriage? Learning to compromise and choosing your battles. And learning to not have arguments but to have productive discussions.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew the type of dress I wanted: something comfortable and knee length. I had a family friend make the dress so it was exactly what I wanted.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Knowing that we were marrying the person we felt that we were meant to be with.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your renewal? The biggest challenge was staying in budget.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? We had 3 different musical acts that we splurged on. Music and dancing are very important to our family.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Learn to enjoy the planning along the way and try not to get over stressed. Remember why you are having a wedding in the first place.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Adrienne reply

    What a wonderful couple! It’s so inspiring to see how happy they still are.

  2. avatar Dee Shore reply

    Oh this is so beautiful! I adore her dress

  3. avatar Kate Collison reply

    This is wonderful! What a joyous and official way to celebrate something so beautiful! Congratulations to the happy and long-lasting couple!

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