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I went into Michael’s yesterday and saw Halloween decorations. I did a double take and then I literally said out loud, “how did it become August already!?” To soothe my summer-is-almost-gone fears, I’ve put together a few of my favorite finds to get us geared up for the last stretch of steamy summer days.

Top row: I have recently become obsessed with these woodgrain watches from Nixon. I couldn’t pick a favorite, so I put both of my current lusts in here. On a recent journey to the magical land of Anthropolgie, I discovered Lollia. Hello, Lollia… you smell so good and your packaging is just divine.

Second row: I cant get enough of wedding dresses with pockets. There are a thousand practical uses for those little pockets, but mostly they are just cute. I think I’d feel right at home in this JCrew Genevieve gown with a place to rest my hands… and store my lip gloss, mints and maybe a cheat sheet of my vows. Wendy at Fuss Jewelry has made a life-long fan in me. Every season she finds the most lovely stones and natural materials for her one-of-a-kind pieces. How dreamy are these turquoise and gold hoops!?

Row three: ok, the SW ladies here know I am obsessed with candles… the really good smelling ones. This Volcano candle I discovered at (yet again) Anthropologie has me whistling while I work. Every time I see the Nantucket furniture collection in the Restoration Hardware catalog, my heart flutters. I just want to step into this picture and pour myself a glass of lemonade.

Row four: J Crew melts my heart once again. Loving the colors for fall and the detail on this shirt. More lovely Lollia lotions. I have both sitting on my desk right now.

Row five: I think it’s safe to say that August is my Anthropologie month. More lovelies from Anthro that I’m dying to get: Beams and Sparks bracelet, Lemon Initial necklaces, Enchanted Seeds bracelet

Don’t hang up those yellow polka dot bikinis yet my dears, but the turn into August makes me crave a little mountain adventure. I stumbled upon my new dream vacation destination yesterday: The Paws Up Resort in Montana. Not only is this place located on some of the most beautiful land I’ve ever seen, but this place is “glamping” at its finest. Luxury “tents”, mountain homes, gourmet dining from Montana’s top chefs, wine, wilderness, spa time and adventure… what more could a cowgirl ask for!? They have some stunning locations for weddings, but I’d pick this as a honeymoon destination in a heartbeat. Check out their fab website and you can even follow them on Twitter here. Can we please take a week and “work” from Paws Up? Anyone want to join us for a little glamping?

Happy August y’all!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Brettan reply

    Oh! I have those earrings from Fuss in pinks and browns … they are fabulous. I plan my outfits around them! Their bridal jewelry is gorgeous … perfect for your Something Blue.

  2. avatar Stephanie Flanders reply

    Lara~The resort is gorgeous. I would really like to see more resorts here in the states that could be great honeymoon options!

  3. avatar Jay reply

    Wow! That resort looks awesome! I could use a couple weeks there!!!JayPicasso Perfect Photography

  4. avatar Paola reply

    Fantastic…..that’s the kind of thing that turns my day!!Thanks you from Italy/Spainpaola

  5. avatar Wanwisa reply

    That resort looks amazing!!!!

  6. avatar Debbie reply

    Beautiful resort!

  7. avatar sara reply

    I’ve heard about this resort! It’s supposed to be amazing. Of course, Montana is gorgeous. And isn’t it pet friendly too? How much fun would it be to have a wedding there, with all your favorite pups!

  8. avatar Karol Welsh reply

    We visited Paws Up Resort for a week last year in October. The scenery is gorgeous, the weather was to die for and it even snowed one day while we were there (yeah!) and cold enough to use the fireplace in our cabin every evening. It’s a great place to relax with the one you love.

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There are a handful of things that make me want to jump up and get married tomorrow. Kasia Fink Birdcage Veils are definitely one of them. They remind me of old Hollywood–red lipstick, antique car, a dashing leading man sweeping the bride off her feet and into a swanky hotel… they’re so glamorous!

Kasia describes herself as a lover of all things lovely, and that couldn’t be more true. She has created gorgeous fascinators and veils in a variety of lengths to please all brides and sassy gals. The gorgeous Marisa fascinator gives the veil a dramatic flair, while the Kasia and Ella fascinators are elegant and refined. All of the veils are handmade by Kasia herself.

I will probably not be dashing to the altar in the next 24 hours because I’d have to find a fiance pretty fast, but if I were, one of Kasia Fink’s birdcage veils would be sitting pretty on my head!


PS– That is Kasia in the black and white photos. Isn’t she cute?

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

    I lovve her veils but her website has said she "currently doesn’t have veils for sale" for a long time :( I hope she starts making them again soon.

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A down-home Kentucky farm wedding photographed by fan favorite Leslee Mitchell is perhaps the best way to usher in the last month of summer and turn our thoughts to all things fall.  While we all love the sunny days and balmy night of summer, don’t the cheery sunflowers in the bridesmaids’ Amazonia Flowers bouquets and the towering cornstalks behind the snapshots of Sarah + Benji secretly make you wish for cooler weather, changing leaves and handpicked apples?  The attendants’ adorable chocolate brown pleated sheaths from Bari Jay and the bride’s romantic Joli Bridal gown already have me looking forward to those September weddings that are just around the corner!  And as you may have noticed, my eye seems to go straight to the personal elements of each wedding (after all, it’s these little details that really make a wedding, right?), and I just love that the couple was married on Sarah’s family farm and that their three-tiered Swiss dot wedding cake was handmade by Benji’s mother and aunt!  While we’re on the subject of changing seasons: what makes you think of autumn?


How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story: Benji and I were both summer camp counselors at a day camp in our hometown.  We spent the first summer giving each other advice about therelationships we were in at the time and got to be good friends by the summer’s end.  We ran into each other the following spring and Benji started coming to the ice cream shop where I worked on a regular basis.  By the second week of that summer, we had our first date, which ended with a kiss on my mother’s back porch.

Describe the proposal: I had been working in Chicago for a week and was flying home to spend the weekend with Benji for our sixth anniversary.  Though we made plans to go to dinner and a movie that night, my flight was delayed a few hours and our plans seemed to be ruined.  When I finally got home, we decided to just grab a pizza and eat-in at my house.  But when I turned into my neighborhood, there were bright lights lining the street.  At first, I thought there must have been a neighborhood function that I didn’t know about, but as I drove the final quarter mile to my house, I realized the lights led straight to my driveway.  I got butterflies knowing that Benji was up to something.  I parked and followed the lights all the way to my backdoor.  I opened the door to find over 100 lit candles surrounding a large wrapped box while Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” played in the background.  I opened the box to find a smaller box, which held a smaller box, which held a smaller box that held a ring box. When I opened the ring box, it was empty.  Then Benji, dressed in a nice suit, spoke up from behind me.  He gave me huge hug and told me how much I meant to him as I cried.  He took a step back, got down on one knee and asked me to make him the luckiest man on earth.  I said, “Yes!”

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Simple Southern elegance down on the farm.

Favorite design element of your big day: The church where we held the ceremony!  I was married in the same church where my my parents were married and where my grandparents attend services every Sunday.  Benji’s favorite elements were the wooden arch his father built for us to stand under during the ceremony and having a cake made by his mother and aunt for the reception.

Describe your wedding flowers: I carried a bouquet of white roses and hydrangeas while my bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of sunflowers.  The groomsmen wore single white rose boutonnieres.

Describe your wedding cake: Benji’s mother and aunt made and decorated our wedding cake.  It was a three-tiered white cake with buttercream icing.  The top and bottom tiers had raspberry filling, while the middle was filled with lemon.  The cake was topped with fresh sunflowers and our initials in chrome lettering.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The warm, southern feel of being surrounded by our guests at my family’s farm.  Kentucky is beautiful in the summertime; all the corn fields were lush and green and provided a great back drop for all our wedding festivities.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Benji and I wanted to do a lot of the planning and coordinating ourselves, which was difficult because we both lived in Florida and the wedding was to be held in Kentucky.

Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? I carried my grandmother’s hand-sewn handkerchief and wore a veil my mother made.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My favorite moment was taking pictures on my family’s farm.  It is a special place where I spent many summers with my grandparents.  Being able to share that with everyone was my way of remembering my grandparents and having them be a part of our beautiful day.  Benji’s most memorable moment was standing in front of the church waiting for everything to begin.  He couldn’t look at anyone, for fear that he might start crying, so he stared at the ceiling.  Once the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle, our eyes locked and a huge smile came across his face.  I don’t think that smile left his face for the rest of the day!

Funniest moment? Benji and I had decided not to see each other at all the day of the wedding.  We were staying at the same hotel, but on different floors.  I got up Saturday morning to go the farm for final wedding preparations, and as soon as I stepped out of the elevator and into the hotel lobby, I saw Benji sitting right in front of me eating his breakfast.  He turned his head quickly and I jumped back into a hallway pretending it didn’t happen.  Our not seeing each other lasted all of five minutes!

Threewords that describe the day are: Family, friends and fun! 

What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Enjoy it and don’t worry about every detail. No one will notice if everything isn’t just right.  Really take time on the day of your weddingto take everything in.  I promise, it really does go by SO fast!

Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. The most memorable moment of the day was when our best man’s daughter told me I looked like a princess.  She was too cute!

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are looking forward to spending time together as husband and wife with our dog, Tuck.  We have many projects around the house we want to get started on, followed by many years of travel and adventure!

Congratulations, Sarah + Benji!  We hope you enjoy setting up your new home and finding time to travel!

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  1. avatar True Blind Faith reply

    The photos in front of the cornfield are perfect Southern elegance!

  2. avatar Shel reply

    I LOVE LOVE the silhouette of the bride & groom dancing in front of the American flag. So classic, yet so original. Very talented photographer. LOVE her work.

  3. avatar Kristi reply

    Exquisite. Unbelievable. Moving. Gorgeous. Incredible. And the photographer captured it all.

  4. avatar casey reply

    love. it. beautiful

  5. avatar Megan reply

    The photographer is immensely artistic. Thoroughly enjoy her work.

  6. avatar Samantha reply

    There is definitely a signature style to this photographer’s work. Love the feel of this wedding. Beautiful bride. Beautiful story.

  7. avatar Bernard reply

    There’s something different about this photographer’s work. It’s amazing. Love the cornfields. Love the couple’s story. So personal. So warm.

  8. avatar jamie reply

    WOW! Absolutely Stunning!!!

  9. avatar Susan reply

    What an incredeible wedding. The one with "Tuck" tore at my heart! All are beautiful and I understand fron the photographer’s web sit that she will travel to you.

  10. avatar Stetson Girl reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I love how the pictures tell the story.

  11. avatar Marilou reply

    What an amazing backdrop for a summer wedding. I love the picture of all the guests outside the little white church….this picture is timeless. The picture with the flag is amazing. Great story….awesome pictures.

  12. avatar Tess reply

    Such a beautiful and warm wedding – what amazing photos!

  13. avatar Stevi reply

    The cornfields, sunflowers, red barn, little white church….all make this a beautiful southern wedding. The bride has memories of her family farm in her heart. The wedding couple have memories of their special day in these amazing photos!

  14. avatar Judy reply

    Absolutely beautiful photos! The photographer has such a unique perspective for capturing the moment. What memories were made and recorded that day!

  15. avatar Debbie reply

    True Southern Wedding – Love the cornfields!

  16. avatar Julie reply

    What a beautiful wedding and perfect setting for a Southern Wedding! The pictures are gorgeous!!

  17. avatar Holly reply

    So beautiful!!

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