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Jenn is an equastrian and during college took a job at the track.  It was there that she met Josh.  For this celebration, planned by the FABULOUS {Amorology Weddings}, the signature drink was the Kentucky Derby and the table names were of famous race horses. The wedding took place at {The Crosby Country Club} with flowers by {Twigg Botonicals-florals}.  I love the beautiful arrangements on the lounge furniture by {Plush Lounge}.  Check out the beautiful cake by {Edelweiss Bakery}.  This entire event was captured by {EK Media} and incredible photographer, {Sara France}.  To check out more amazing shots from this wedding, check out Sara’s {Blog} and Amorology’s {Blog}.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story: I grew up riding horses, which as any avid equestrian knows, doesn’t leave time for much else. So when I decided to take a part-time job at the local tack shop during my sophomore year at the University of San Diego, finding the love of my life was the last thing on my mind. But find him I did… Josh was working as the store’s accountant and the day our paths crossed, I was smitten.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? I always knew that I wanted a black and white wedding, something about it seemed so classic and elegant. After we selected {The Crosby Country Club} as our venue and saw the carpet that we had to work with, we decided to throw a color into the mix. I love the freshness that the apple green palette added to everything. It was the perfect way to modernize the look. We also decided to incorporate a few equestrian touches throughout as a special way to personalize our wedding.
Favorite design element of your big day: It’s so hard to choose; I loved everything! I think that my favorite design element had to be the lollipop favor/escort card boxes that our amazing wedding coordinator Heather Balliet from {Amorology} made for us – they were so creative and just really pulled everything together.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I was actually quite surprised at how quickly I found my dress. One weekend I made appointments at about six different bridal shops in my area (thankfully I live in an area that has a bridal shop on literally every corner, so my options were limitless). I took my mom and one of my bridesmaids with me and we tried on dress after dress. What a process it is to get in and out of those gowns! The dress that I picked was the last dress that I tried at the last boutique that we went to. It was in from a trunk show and I almost didn’t try it because I was so set on a strapless dress. The moment that I put the dress on I knew it was the one, just like they always say you will. It was perfectly classic – just what I wanted.
Describe your wedding flowers: I was in awe with the flowers my wedding; I thought that they turned out just beautifully. I love clean and modern looking flowers, so my florist, Twigg Botanicals, incorporated lots of calla lilies, roses and floating green cymbidium orchids. For crisp clean lines we used green Fuji mums and Star of Bethlehem which were white with black centers.
Describe your wedding cake: We decided on a round three-tiered cake by {Edelweiss European Bakery}. The first and third tiers were white cake with Bavarian cream and strawberry filling and the second tier was lemon cake with a lemon mousse filling. The cake was frosted with a white whipped cream frosting and was decorated with black ribbon and a selection of flowers.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Again, it’s so hard to choose… I would have to say our photographer, {Sara France}. Sara was amazing. I can’t help but look at the pictures of my wedding. They are just so beautiful. I am so thankful that we chose someone so special to document one of the most important days of our lives.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Modern, Elegant, Blessed.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Enjoy the ride. Your engagement goes by in the blink of an eye and you don’t want to have spent the entire time stressed out. Take some time to just enjoy yourselves. Also, it’s important to have help, even the most organized bride can’t go at it alone. The help of family and friends will take a lot of the stress out of planning. If you can, hire a wedding coordinator to help you navigate through, they are true experts and will help you negotiate the best contracts with your vendors and will make sure that your wedding day vision is executed flawlessly, leaving you and your family free to relax and just enjoy the day.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Traveling and House Hunting!

Congratulations to Jenn + Josh.  We wish you the best as you house hunt!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Teresa reply

    I love the place card set up. The lollipops, the stones, the raw silk fabric… gorgeous!

  2. avatar Maureen reply

    I am looking for parasols just like these! Where did she find them?

  3. avatar DernierCri. reply

    Love this wedding. The colors, the details, everything!!!

  4. avatar Cathy reply

    Love the wedding colors and what a fun idea – I would love to know where the mini lollipops came from – Thanks

  5. avatar Laura E @ Southern Weddings reply

    Maureen,Yes, we love the Parasols too. We don’t know exactly where the bride got them but check out Luna Bazaar. Their website is that helps.Laura E

  6. avatar Lisa reply

    I LOVE this wedding, where did she get her dress from?!..

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Happy Anniversary to the wonderful owners of Delphine Press! Erika and John were married ten years ago today on Meeting Street in Charleston, SC, and in honor of their special celebration they’re offering an amazing deal exclusively for Southern Weddings blog readers.

Each reader can receive $250 discount and free matching place cards or info cards with their Meeting Street wedding invitation order from Delphine Press. The Meeting Street design, part of the new “Charleston Collection,” was inspired by ironwork details on the famous balcony of the Mills House Hotel where Erika and John held their reception.


Delphine loves to let couples customize their designs to make them their own through their choice of inks, papers, envelopes and liners. Every piece is printed to order for each bride, so this is definitely an offer you don’t want to turn down!

All you have to do to receive the discount is enter the discount code, ANNIVERSARY (and be sure to enter it in all caps), upon checkout. The offer expires May 31, 2009 so make sure you take advantage of it now!

Photo credit: Vallentyne Photography

lara Written with love by Lara Casey

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Can you say gorgeous?  Floral design by {Nouveau Flowers}, planning by Victoria from {Carillon Weddings}, catering {Townsend Catering Company} and the wedding cake was created by {Confections on the Coast}.  To see more shots from this wedding, click over Vue Photography’s {Blog}Happy Friday!

The weather on our wedding day was: Perfect. One of the guests said, the sky was so blue, it almost looked fake!
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? We are both very simple people and we didn’t want anything that was over the top. I had seen a picture of the tall orchid vases at another wedding and I just had to have them. The reception was based around those centerpieces.
Favorite design element of your big day: The large vases with orchids and the awesome table linens.
Describe your wedding cake: Zane and I both were not very big on the idea of a wedding cake. We had initially said we were not going to have one. We went down to Carillon to meet with our wedding coordinator and the vendors and the cake lady brought samples. There was no way we could deprive our guests of that cake! We still didn’t want a big traditional cake so we had 9 small cakes all different flavors, ours was strawberry. The cakes were a big hit!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our A to Z theme.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge had to be living away from the actual venue and feeling like we were that hands on.
Scariest moment? Zane dropping my wedding band in the sand!
Hardest decision you made in planning? Not inviting all of our family and friends. We wanted to keep the guest list more intimate and unfortunately that meant some people had to be left off of the list.
The most unexpected event on our wedding day was: Zane “breaking it down” at the reception. He is not usually a dancer!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Breathtaking, magical and perfect.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Take it all in. It all goes by so fast, you hardly have time to enjoy it. It only happens once in your life (hopefully) so you should savor every moment! Oh, and if possible, hire a coordinator. They are lifesavers!
Any DIY items? We (and by “we” I mean my mother) rolled white wash cloths and tied them with green ribbon for the guests to have to wipe the sand off of their feet. Zane and I printed our own escort cards for the reception. We went to a local office supply store and bought the cards and typed the guests name onto them and printed them at home. It was so simple and only took 30 minutes!

Congratulations to Ashley + Zane.  We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar LPC reply

    You know what I like about Southern Weddings, both the site and the actual things? They are unashamedly what they are. Not too over the top, no political correctness, just super well done let’s all have a good time.

  2. avatar V3 Weddings + Events reply

    WOW! There is so much to love about this wedding! It is absolutely GORGEOUS!

  3. avatar ekl reply

    What beautiful pictures of a happy and beautiful couple. I would like to see more!!!

  4. avatar JLF reply

    All the moments of this wedding were captured perfectly!! They seem like such a genuine couple with a fun flare in their wedding– too cute

  5. avatar sls reply

    A fairy-tale setting – the sincere happiness of the couple make it real.

  6. avatar Curtis Copeland reply

    Wow! What an amazing wedding!

  7. avatar Blaise Dismer reply

    What incredible pictures! The one of Zane "sweeping Ashley off her feet" is one of the best wedding pictures I’ve ever seen.

  8. avatar Maria Harbert reply

    What an amazing wedding! Love the black and white cakes — very modern.

  9. avatar Lauren reply

    It was so beautiful!

  10. avatar Kristin reply

    Creative, yet timeless, which is a combination that is so difficult to pull off. You guys definitely did! Again, hats off to VUE photography… wish I would have known about you when I got married!

  11. avatar limousine hire portsmouth reply

    Love is sometimes denied, sometimes lost, sometimes unrecognized, but in the end, always found with no regrets, forever valued and kept treasured. The photographer should market his work because it just brilliant.

  12. avatar Alesha reply

    Wow what a beautiful wedding! I love everything about the pictures!!

  13. avatar Larissa reply

    WOW! What a beautiful day! The pictures are priceless!

  14. avatar limo hire reply

    What an amazing way to start a life together. It was gorgeous.

  15. avatar limo hire surrey reply

    These are incredible pictures.The bride and groom seems to be having a good time.

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