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Seeing as how we’re still in a festive mood thanks to the impending change of seasons, we have an extra special surprise for you today, courtesy of Perez Photography!  While we absolutely adore the weddings we get to sort through and gush over every week, we thought we’d share a unique (and often overlooked) part of the real Southern wedding process with you.  When Crystal passed along her lovely bridal portraits taken at the rustic Penn Farms in Cedar Hill, Texas, we quickly fell in love with the idea of formal bridal portraits.  What better way to preview (and get even more excited for!) one of the most important days in your life than with a pseudo dress rehearsal that allows you to experiment with your hair, make-up and accessories and even spend a few hours in your gorgeous gown? Crystal’s flowy wedding dress from Anna Maier / Ulla-Maija Couture is simply divine, but what I can’t get over is how flirty and fun her Phoebe Couture reception dress is, especially paired with those cotton-candy pink Valentino heels.  A feminine bouquet of pretty pink roses and romantic orchids from A Stylish Soiree completes the bride-to-be’s picture perfect wedding day look.  What would you do for your bridal portraits?  

Why did you decide to have bridal portraits taken? It’s a Southern tradition! These are pictures I will keep forever and will be able to share with my children one day. A bride can see how the hair, make-up, dress, veil, etc. look on film. A bridal portrait is also the perfect opportunity to make any adjustments before the big day. What if you decide you hate your shoes or want to change up your hairstyle?  It also gives the bride a bit more practice in front of the camera plus I won’t have to worry about getting a bunch of bridal shots the day of my wedding! I highly recommend that all brides have a bridal portrait session!

The weather on my portrait day was: Hot!! This was the first of many 100+ degree days in Dallas. In between shots, I used small hand-held fans to try and stay cool.

What was the design inspiration for your portrait? Rustic prairie love. I wanted a location that would be completely different that our wedding location  and different from what everyone else does. Perez Photography does amazing shots with light and color so what better setting to capture these elements in?

Favorite design element of the shoot: The lighting, color and simple shots.

Are you wearing the same dress in the shoot as you’ll wear for the actual wedding? Most definitely!

How did you decide what to wear to the shoot? I knew I had to have pictures in my reception dress. It would be fun and give the photographer more flexibility. Also, the bridal salon recommended that I not dry clean my wedding dress before my wedding so I was a little nervous about getting it dirty during the bridal portraits. I ended up wearing my wedding dress at the end of the shoot.

Describe your flowers for the shoot: My bridal portrait bouquet was made up of soft pink roses, antique pink spray roses and pink orchids in varying sizes

My favorite detail of the shoot was:I loved the vintage cameras that my photographer used for the shoot

My favorite location of the shoot was: The wooded path and old fence.

Three adjectives that describe the day are:Hot, quick and fun.

What advice would you give to someone planning to have bridals taken? Do it! And when you do, bring two or three people to help assist.

Good luck on your upcoming wedding, Crystal!  You are going to make a beautiful bride!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Oakstream Photography reply

    Oh I LOVE seeing a bridal session posted. She’s GORGEOUS & I LOVE her dress!!!!

  2. avatar Crystal reply

    I feel so honored to be the extra special surprise today! Thank you Southern Weddings!!

  3. avatar katharine @ southern weddings reply

    Hi Crystal! We’re so happy you like the post! We were thrilled to post something so beautiful and original on the blog. Make sure you keep in touch after your big day!

  4. avatar Phyllis Brown reply

    I am the very proud grandmother of this beautiful bride. It would be hard to get a bad photo of her !

  5. avatar The Perfect Palette reply

    beautiful bride! Great hair! Love the bouquet & the short dress!

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In celebration of the end of summer and the beginning of cooler months, we’re excited to feature a mega-giveaway that’s designed specifically with you, a one-of-a-kind bride, in mind!  Here at Southern Weddings, we like to think of our brides in terms of their own personal style.   Whether classicrelaxed, vintage or modern, each bride has her own unique flair and corresponding design inspiration for her big day.  Since everything from your wedding day jewelry to your garter should complement your personal style, we’ve selected items from some of the best vendors to help make your memorable day even more wonderfully you! 


Win: An eclectic gift set from leading vendors like Stella & Dot, MGMart, Twisted Crystals, evie s., Julianne Smith, Bel Canto Designs and La Plates that is perfectly-tailored to your distinct bridal style.  

The classic bride will leave her groom breathless with a perfectly vintage (and wonderfully versatile!) hairpiece from MGMart and dreamy German pendant glass earrings and delicate ivory floral hair clips from Twisted Crystals. Come reception time, Julianne Smith’s lovely blue-and-white garter is sure to add just the right hint of feminine fun! 

The relaxed bride will offset her wonderfully fun and laid-back personality with equally vibrant Julianne Smith garters, a sweet floral ring pillow courtesy of evie s., rustic hairpieces from MGMart and personalized tableware from La Plates.

The vintage bride will make an appropriately dramatic entrance in a luxe pair of earrings from Bel Canto Designs, a sophisticated black-and-white sash and bridesmaid hairpiece from Twisted Crystals and bridal hairpiece from MGMart. A chic feathered boutonniere, courtesy of Twisted Crystals, promises the handsome groom will look just as striking as his stylish bride. 

The modern bridewill wow in a delightfully fun pair of pink earrings from MGMart, bright turquoise and jeweled bracelet from Stella & Dot and a color-coordinated Twisted Crystals set complete with matching sash and hairpieces.


To Enter: No two brides are just alike, and the SW girls want to hear what kind of bride you are!  Are you a classic bride who repsects tradition and opts for simple elegance or maybe a vintage bride going for all-out glitz and glamour on her big day?  And what about our modern ladies who know just how to put a fresh, modern spin on old favorites and often choose to forego the customary for the unconventional?  Of course, we can’t forget the relaxed bride who will feel most at home celebrating with friends and family at a down-home, outdoor reception in her parent’s backyard.  Leave a comment on this post about your unique bridal style and be sure to tell us exactly how you plan to make your personality shine through during your I-Do’s.  We will select four winners: one classic, one relaxed, one vintage and one modern bride.  Let September commence! 


The contest will end at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 9. I can’t wait to learn more about all our lovely brides-to-be!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Thao reply

    It’s difficult for me to classify what kind of bride I am, exactly, but if I had to choose, I would call myself a relaxed bride. My fiance and I are having a small 40-person wedding at his family’s lakeside cottage. I’m wearing a tea-length dress with a birdcage veil. He’s wearing grey slacks and a silver vest. We are reading an ee cummings poem as part of our vows. We will rent boats and let our guests watch the sunset from the water. Then we’ll come back for delicious food and lemonde cocktails. I will eat my entire meal and hug every single guest in attendance. I will hold my new husband’s hand and toast to our new life together. Our decorations will be simple, sweet, and pretty: yellow paper lanterns, tea lights, fresh white flowers in low glass vases. And of course, there will be dancing under the stars, on the deck right on the water. Afterwards, when nearly everyone has left, I can see us sitting with our legs dangling from the dock, drinking beers and laughing about the day. (Thank you for this contest, ladies–I love your blog!)

  2. avatar Holly Siedow reply

    As with probably every bride, its hard to pinpoint exactly what my style is. I’d have to say though, that in one aspect of my wedding, I’ll be very modern, putting a twist onto an old song. My fiance had joked in the past about walking down the isle to a choir, but little does he know that I have planned to walk down the isle to our song (Baby I Can’t Wait, but NuShooz) sung by a women’s chorus. Out of everything for our wedding I’m most looking forward to seeing his face as a bunch of women in robs walk down the isle, get into place and then when he’s expecting to see me walk down the isle to a traditional wedding song, instead I’ll come out to our song sung the way he joked it would be.

  3. avatar AShley reply

    I’m a relaxed bride.

  4. avatar NLee reply

    I think I’m a vintage bride. I love the birdcage instead of a veil. I love the short dress instead of the long formal one. I just love the old look of it all and so unique!

  5. avatar Amanda W reply

    Ah! It is hard to choose just one — I really think I’m a combination of classic, relaxed, and modern! I think if I had to choose one, though, I would choose relaxed. We’ve really run into quite a few snags (unethical vendors stealing money, not so great friends, etc) and we just took it in stride, and never let it have a negative effect on our wedding. We’ve kept it really simple – 25 guests, a quick ceremony in the courtyard at our hotel, and then we’ll take everybody out to lunch at our favorite restaurant. We’re forgoing a lot of traditions to keep it simple and relaxed — just like us! :)

  6. avatar mparker reply

    I am a vintage Bride. We are getting married next June at My Old Kentucky Home. It is the perfect southern wedding for a vintage bride. I am riding in on a classy carriage coming from the back of the Home. It’s going to be so special. I found the perfect dress to fit in our vintage southern theme. I am getting a birdcage veil made for me, and I’m trying to find the perfect pearl jewelry. We are serving our drinks in mason jars, and finding some old tins to put our flowers in. I can not wait for our southern affair!

  7. avatar BEL reply

    I’d have to call myself a vintage vibe. I have a new dress, but some of small touches on it really remind me of a different era. I was hoping for something that I could have worn 50 years ago and 50 years from now, and I think I found it!

  8. avatar Jen reply

    Is it bad that I want all 4?? :) I think I’m a pretty fair mix of classic and relaxed. As much as my fiancee and I wanted a small wedding, we both come from big, close families, and are looking at over 100 people with just immediate family. So while it won’t be small, it will be still be casual- navy blazers and khakis with navy and apple green ties for the groomsmen, short navy strapless dresses for the girls. My dress is pretty simple though I did fall for some beading and trim! But there are some things I treasure doing the traditional way– having my nephew carry the ring bearer’s pillow from my parent’s wedding, using my fiancee’s great grandmothers wedding band, using the same processional my parents did.

  9. avatar Sebrina S reply

    I would definitely say I am a vintage bride. I am constantly inspired by anything from decades past. My FH and I decided to plan a lower-middle class 1930’s style wedding with lace and ribbon and my grandma’s antique stemware for centerpieces.

  10. avatar Callie Preast reply

    I would classify myself as a relaxed bride. I am wearing a perfect ivory tea length gown, my girls are wearing navy dresses of their choosing, and the boys are wearing gorgeous grey suits. We are having a sweet, simple ceremony surrounded by some beautiful trees that my father-in-law (a landscaper) is bringing in. We’re going to have potted plants all over the place: outside, on the tables, etc. Me and my mother have been collecting old vases and rare mason jars at antique stores and flea markets all over the place and we’re going to have candles and fresh cut flowers in them. The overall feel of the wedding will be casual and southern, right down to the bbq and sweet tea!

  11. avatar Esther Zeledon reply

    When I saw this post and website, I thought to myself which bride am I? But then as I looked carefully in the image above, I saw the exact blue and white garter piece I imagined in my mind wearing for the ceremony! The garter is perfect because "its something blue" mixed with elegance that can be worn secretly under the dress! I am therefore, the perfect example of the classic bride. My wedding even though it will be in a rustic mountain resort in Nicaragua, will be simple and elegant. My dress is simple Lazaro strapless A-line with a long elegant tail and I will be wearing my hair up with a veil. My cake is simple with pink and brown satin and the colors to my wedding are pink, green and brown. The rustic chapel will be decorated with flowers, I will coming out of the mountains in a carriage covered with my flowers. The reception will be elegantly decorated and we will do the traditional things: take pictures, dance with my father, dance with him, the toast and dance the night away. I am a simple traditional girl who can’t wait to marry the man of my dreams in the rustic chapel in the Nicaraguan mountains (my place of origin).

  12. avatar Candace reply

    While planning for my June wedding, I have described the style as vintage, classic, relaxed, and elegant. Being this encompasses three of the four words provided, you can tell I am not the bride who can make decisions. I love it all! How will I ever choose a dress, a centerpiece, a cake? I love all things wedding and am truly enjoying myself through the wedding planning process. However, if I had to choose one word to describe my wedding style, I think it would be classic. Although some brides love to think of creative and unique flairs to add to their wedding day, I have found I turn to the classics. As most girls do, I have envisioned this day since I was a little girl…from the very first time I watched Father of the Bride to be exact. And I can’t imagine my wedding day without some of the classic traditions that some modern brides are cutting. I will walk down the aisle to the traditional music, I will have an elaborate exit, and imagine rushing off to the airport to catch the red eye, all whlile wearing the classic, never out of style, pearls.. To me, all of those things encompass the classic wedding that I want for myself and my soon to be husband. I don’t need ice sculptures, jugglers and face painters…just classic traditions that I have always wanted for this day.

  13. avatar Kayla reply

    Oh all things Vintage how I love thee. Vintage is always one of the first words that comes to my lips when I describe to vendors the feel I’m trying to achieve with our wedding. A romantic, elegant, vintage extravaganza. Our hall was picked for the way that it evokes all of this, and so much more-with beautiful gold chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and a grand marble floor, with balconies lining a skylight that runs the length of the room that are reminiscent of days gone by. I swoon just thinking about it. I’m trying my best to integrate this feeling throughout the wedding as well-from the calligraphy and the slightly muted colors. My great-great aunt’s sapphire bracelet as my something blue. The pearl and crystal brooch that will go on my bouquet. Muted, soft colors of champagne, bronze and ivory. The parasols that say thank you for our thank you cards. I cannot wait to see how our romantic, elegant, vintage wedding extravaganza will turn out :)

  14. avatar Janna reply

    I’d say I am a classic bride. Just started planning since I got engaged on August 13, but know we want to have a traditional wedding but add some touches to it that make it our special day. We will be getting married in the same church my fiance’s parents were married. The few dresses I’ve looked at so far would definitely be more on the traditional and timeless side- I love some of the lace dresses I’ve seen out there. I don’t plan on using many flowers other than orange and coral roses for the bouquets but candles and our monogram will be used in various settings throughout the wedding day. Our bridal party is filled with family and friends who we’ve come to love as family and as we are surrounded by all the people who have made an impact in our lives- we’ll repeat the same vows both sets of our parents promised to one another many years ago. At our reception, we want our family and friends to enjoy themselves and help us make great memories that we will cherish for years to come from when we first became man and wife.

  15. avatar Klau reply

    Definitely a relaxed bride! A wedding with 15-20 of our closest family and friends at the Cosi’s sandwich shop where we met in NYC would be my dream wedding. He proposed with a Mickey Mouse ring at Burger King with a sleeping homeless guy as our witness, and I think that’s precious and perfect! I used to work with the homeless community and truly love hearing their stories, they are so unique, and I liked that his proposal is just as unique. So, definitely a relaxed wedding for this chilled out bride.

  16. avatar Amber reply

    Before I was engaged, I always imagined myself as a classic bride. But as I’m making wedding decisions, I am definitely a modern bride. We are getting married in a narrow courtyard between two brick buildings in downtown Greenville, S.C. For our arch, we are hanging candle holders from fishing line (attached to the catwalk above the space) in the shape of an arch. Our reception is by the river in an open, old mill. It will be decorated with white paper lanterns and ficus trees. My dress is an Alfred Angelo mermaid-style dress with a sweatheart neckline. It doesn’t have any lace or beading, just crinkled tissue taffeta. My necklace is a big bold, multi-layered pearl necklace customized by Nanda on I’m going to wear dark red peep toe pumps (But not too tall or my fiance will fuss lol). Our centerpieces will be cupcakes (red velvet, mocha chocolate and caramel apple made by my awesome mom!) on simple cake stands. Our favor is a truffle box with a chocolate buckeye (I’m from Ohio) and pecan fudge (My fiance is from South Carolina). We are going to have our guests light sparklers and make a tunnel on the bridge after the reception as they send us off. Our wedding welcome bags will include a small bloody mary mix, a mini bottle of vodka, aspirin and crackers in case our guests have too much fun at the reception :) We want them to be able to attend a barbecue at my future in-laws house the day after the wedding!

  17. avatar rachel reply

    hi there! very nice giveaway!!i am getting married next may, one day before i turn 20! isn’t that great!? it isn’t easy for me to classify in one of those 4 types. i am more the creativ kind of bride, i think. we are getting married in a botanical garden in basel, switzerland. adrian, my fiance, is american/swiss and i am swiss. so we decided we will marry in switzerland and after that stay in california and have another smaller party there for his friends. we always wanted to marry under a tree and now our dream will come true!! after that we will have a reception in the same garden as we will have the ceremony in a renovated horse barn. our colors that we have chosen are pink, green and white. when i now think about it, i think i am a romantic bride. yeah, i think that is it. so i would go to the "vintage" brides i think.well, anyway, the most decoration i am going to do by myself. i already designed our monograms in photoshop. i want to have those monograms as a theme on our wedding. it is black and pink so it matches perfecly to our color scheme.maybe it will be my lucky day..?? ;)rachel

  18. avatar Erika reply

    With just two months to plan, I’ve kind of had to be the relaxed bride. Sweet and simple necessities are the name of the game. Our reception is being held at a historic ranch so we’ll have a backyard, rustic wedding feel with mason jar candles hanging from the trees, burlap runners on the tables, and metal garden lanterns filled with candles as the centerpieces. The plain buttercream cake (no fondant here!) will be topped with fresh berries. And, of course, we’ll be serving the best barbecue in town (we do live in Texas, after all). Our guests are getting packets of s’mores for favors, my bouquet is a few calla lilies tied with ribbon, and I nixed the veil idea early on. We don’t really have colors – we’re just going for a natural, organic look with wheat, wood, and other earth tones dominating. Anything we didn’t feel was absolutely necessary went out the window. Seating charts? Nah, people can sit themselves. Programs? We don’t really have a bridal party and they know who we are. We’re also blessed with many talented people in our lives who will be lending their talents for the food, photography, music, and flowers so that we can share the special day with those we love. We want our guests to feel like they’re enjoying a fun, summer night on their back porch.

  19. avatar Jillian Williams reply

    I am a Classic bride with a touch of vintage and relaxation! :D I love traditions and following in the foot steps of other weddings that have taken place generations before me. I have asked my Mother for a play by play of her wedding, what she did how she did, etc. And tried to incorporated special things in too mine! For example I will be getting married at High Noon just like my Mother did, and my older sister. I would add in the vintage because I always go towards things they might be a little whimisical or retro! As for the relaxed side of me, it would be that bride on a budget! It is so important for my future handsome and I that we get to spend this day with everyone that we hold dear to us! So we are choosing to go with a bbq over a fancy dinner spread! :D I am a classic, vintage, and relaxed bride who is very in love and can’t wait to get married! <3

  20. avatar Olga Avila reply

    mmm, I definitely fit into the ‘classic’ bride. . .but let’s say I have a bit of ‘relaxed’ as well. Our wedding will be on an outdoor setting, right in front of a lake, which will allow for an elegant reception, with lanterns with a soft light. . .but we will also add some fun twists, like a DIY photobooth (since we both love pictures), and we are also planning on have traditional dishes from our countries. . .Sometimes I think I would prefer a more cozy enviroment with few people (right now our guest list adds 150 people), but well, this is a unique moment in our lives, and we would like to share it with the world :)

  21. avatar SM reply

    I am most definitely a modern bride! My long time boyfriend and I are eloping to Jamaica in December. I can hardlly wait and keeping this a secret has been the hardest thing I have ever done. I am wearing a simple, but simply stunning ivory silk gown from J.Crew. It has beautiful clean lines and will go perfectly with my bf’s linen suit. I will not be wearing a veil or tiara of any sort. And for a little bit of unconventional style, I will be wearing bright royal blue shoes (that I am in LOVE with, they are knock off’s of Valentino’s). I may also add some blue touches in my jewelry, but I have yet to find the perfect pieces.

  22. avatar Ashley reply

    Out of the four, I would say my style is modern with a classic elegance. I am having a garden wedding at a historic plantation in Nashville, TN. The site itself is absolutely beautiful! I am bringing my modern style through the flowers, linens, cake, and whole reception feel to add my personality to the classic historic plantation.

  23. avatar Allie reply

    I see myself as the modern bride. I have been planning my wedding since I was 5 – or so it seems. I love tradition but we have put a little spin on all of the traditional aspects to the wedding. I have added a encrusted sash to my classic dress with a extra long veil. As to bridal party, we forgave tradtion and we are only having one MOH and one BM. We are having the traditional ballroom reception expect our ballroom is a round two story ballroom with views of the sunset, hotel pool, and golf course. Congrats on everyone’s wedding,Allie

  24. avatar Nicole Cozza reply

    Hands down modern…while I’m keeping certain things traditional – father walking the bride down, unity candle, father daughter dance, etc…I’m not your typical bride.I’m making it my own by incorporating readings that encompass both me and my fiance, focusing our wedding around a peacock theme – bold colors that show us as individuals, a hand drawn marriage certificate that all our guest will sign, a room filled with feathers, a wedding cake with gold balls – 3D peacock feathers – a beautifully colored stripes, heck I’m even getting my father who can’t dance taking dancing lessons to bust a move at the reception (that will bring the house down for sure!)But honestly the thing that makes it modern is that it is a reflection of the style I’ve grown into with my fiance.

  25. avatar Janel Smith reply

    I am a very modern bride. I like to have a different look on a wedding like instead of a tiered cake I would rather have cupcakes, instead of a church wedding I would rather have the wedding and reception in the same room. I just dont think because everyone does tradition that I am subject to the same idea as well. I just love to be different.

  26. avatar Reb reply

    I am, without a doubt, a classic bride. My fiance is British-Australian, and I’m a traditional Southern girl, so the classic theme of our wedding is a nod to both of our cultures. I spent days looking for the perfect, small church– it’s intimate but inspirational with its two rows of pews, stained glass windows, fantastic organ, and classic white limestone bell tower. Our ballroom reception will be characterized by delicious food, free-flowing wine and local beers, moving speeches, a big dance floor and great music! All of the details– from my elegant but simple white satin dress and my groom’s British morning suit to our beautiful flowers in white and pinks and our reception music selections featuring lots of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald– capture the classic feel of our big day. I’m still looking for a garter, as well as ‘something blue’ to complete my wedding ensemble– the garter in your classic collection giveaway is perfect! I’ve also been searching for a flower hairpiece that I can put on for the reception when I remove my classic, cathedral-length white veil… the one in the classic giveaway is beautiful! Great job on putting together such a great giveaway!

  27. avatar Betsy reply

    I’m a vintage bride all the way, it’s been a ton of planning to find just the right details though! I LOVE that feathered boutonniere for my groom… I’ll have to pay a visit to Twisted Crystals this afternoon ;)

  28. avatar Daisy reply

    I’m classic to the T. My invitations are thick ivory cards with a pane border, my dress is a simple Anne Barge frock, I have pearl covered ballet flats to wear and my flowers are ivory hydrangeas, peonies and roses. All of these gift-bags are fabulous though- the winner will be a lucky girl!

  29. avatar Dawn reply

    I’m from a small town and I just want my wedding to be beautiful! Simple, elegant, sophisticated, and me! My wedding colors (purple, orange, and lime green) are definitely modern, but the look of the wedding is more classic and romantic with lots of candle light and white lights.

  30. avatar Laura L reply

    Let me preface this with I’m in public relations and am your stereotypical type A personality. I research everything, ask a million questions, work hard for what I want and feel like I know who I am as a person. However, before I began planning my wedding I thought I was the stereotypical traditional bride (church wedding, elegant ballroom, etc.). Now that I’m knee deep in planning, I think I’m a more contemporary bride. We’re having a black and white wedding (the element of my wedding I’ve known my entire life) with some "spring" green accents in the floral decorations and our invitations. Our ceremony will be in our beautiful neo-classical style church, with our reception on the 66th floor of the Sears Tower (beautiful views of Chicago–the city we LOVE). When I describe our wedding I use the term "simple elegance," recognizing that is a contradiction! I’m a fan of straight lines and squares (no swirls and nothing ornate), however I love some of the classic traditions of my father walking me down the aisle (he also will be our minister) with my fiance seeing me and my dress for the first time that day, first dance as a married couple and a head table with the wedding party (I know that is not the "in thing" anymore). I’ve known from day one that our wedding favors will be a donation to Habitat for Humanity, which is how Mark and I met (through working on a home in our college town). I think our wedding style completely describes our personalities: traditional with a splash of the unexpected!

  31. avatar Laura L reply

    Let me preface this with I’m in public relations and am your stereotypical type A personality. I research everything, ask a million questions, work hard for what I want and feel like I know who I am as a person. However, before I began planning my wedding I thought I was the stereotypical traditional bride (church wedding, elegant ballroom, etc.). Now that I’m knee deep in planning, I think I’m a more contemporary bride. We’re having a black and white wedding (the element of my wedding I’ve known my entire life) with some "spring" green accents in the floral decorations and our invitations. Our ceremony will be in our beautiful neo-classical style church, with our reception on the 66th floor of the Sears Tower (beautiful views of Chicago–the city we LOVE). When I describe our wedding I use the term "simple elegance," recognizing that is a contradiction! I’m a fan of straight lines and squares (no swirls and nothing ornate), however I love some of the classic traditions of my father walking me down the aisle (he also will be our minister) with my fiance seeing me and my dress for the first time that day, first dance as a married couple and a head table with the wedding party (I know that is not the "in thing" anymore). I’ve known from day one that our wedding favors will be a donation to Habitat for Humanity, which is how Mark and I met (through working on a home in our college town). I think our wedding style completely describes our personalities: traditional with a splash of the unexpected!

  32. avatar Melissa reply

    I would think I’m a vintage bride, marrying a classic man, and our wedding will be a balanced mix of the two. I’m looking for a birdcage veil to wear with my ivory, beaded dress. I’m using a handkerchief that was embroidered by my Great Grandmother, Katsie, who also happens to be my daugther’s namesake, around the stems of my bouquet. We’re getting married at the courthouse, which is now a Historic Museum, where my Mom used to wait everyday for the school bus as a child. Our hope is that our wedding will bring fond memories of days past to the surface, and etch new, unforgettable memories in the minds and hearts of each of us. Thank you for your valuable advice, I LOVE your blog!! :)

  33. avatar Jen Good reply

    I guess I am a plain bride. I want simple things clean lines, not too fancy or over the top. We are getting married at a state park conference center kind of cabin like. We both love the mountains so this seems perfect and the price was just what we needed. So I really don’t know what kind of bride I am.

  34. avatar Lia reply

    I am a modern bride who is planning a timeless wedding with a vintage feel. The wedding will take place in May 2010 at a villa 30 minutes South of Florence (yes Italy, my fiance is from there). I have the perfect gown but no accessories yet, all of these vendors are fabulous.

  35. avatar SaraD reply

    Modern with a relaxed edge :) We’ve having an outdoor wedding, and I prefer to think of the reception as just a big party with our friends and family. Clean lines, bright colors, good drinks and hopefully tons of fun!

  36. avatar Erika reply

    I am definitely a relaxed, country bride. I love being at home. That is were I am most happy. Family and friends are very important to me and I think that without them it would just be a boring life! I am keeping things relaxed for my guests with my country/rustic theme. There will be daisies all over the place and a bluegrass band. There is nothing like being relaxed in everything you do.

  37. avatar Nicole Marie reply

    Without a doubt – vintage bride!We’re having our March 5, 2011 wedding in Lake Mary, FL in the backyard of a huge southern mansion. We’re doing southern classic food set up into stations. There’s going to be a butcher shop for the carving station and even a milkshake and vintage soda station! Paper straws? Check! I’ll be in a tea length dress and all of our linens have been borrowed from the grandmothers on both sides. Each table will be different, but it will be so nice to incorporate a little bit of each family into the event!

  38. avatar Rebecca reply

    I certainly hope that above everything else, I am a *genuine* bride! Allow me to explain. I haven’t settled on a gown yet, and let me tell you, the hunt has been entertaining (to say the least). I’ve had saleswomen tell me that the dress is, "…like that man! You’ll know The One. It’s all you’ll be able to talk about. You’ll dream about it. You’ll know that you know that you KNOW." Oof. That’s just one example of some of the advice I’m getting, and I’m not feeling it. Now, please understand me–I’m not saying this philosophy is wrong by any stretch of the imagination. No indeed. What I am saying is THAT’S NOT ME! :) I’m not the type to look at a dress and become obsessed with its beauty–I’m far more likely to find something that fits, is beautiful, and makes me happy–so I can focus on marrying the man of my dreams (but it sure would be nice if I could pick a dress!)I’m not the type to spend hour after hour pouring over bridal magazines and come out wanting everything I see. Yes, I’ve poured over them, and yes, I’ve gotten some ideas–but try as I might, I can’t be a diva. Seriously, I’ve tried!I’m not the type to fixate on table linens, taffeda, or font choices. I know the details are important. I want everything to be perfect, I really do!…I’m just far more concerned with making sure my bridesmaids feel beautiful, my guests are comfortable, and my family is honored.All that said, I do have a style. I think it’s somewhere between vintage and modern with a pinch of normal (because I know I’m not the only one who feels this way!) I want the charm of an outdoor wedding inside my Oak Cliff, Dallas reception hall. I’d love to feel classic, vintage, and fresh, all at once! I love picnics, music, gorgeous large-blooming flowers, and the wild-dancing types. I love weddings that are filled with excitement and celebration! I would love for my guests to feel like my family worked hard to provide them with a beautiful wedding and reception. Most of all, however, I love my husband-to-be, and hope to be the most beautiful, peace-filled, and Christ-oriented bride I can be–for his sake and mine!

  39. avatar BowieBride reply

    Dude. Hands down. I am a MODERN bride. My fiance and I sat down and examined every single wedding tradition we could think of, and decided how we can make it our own – because let’s face it, some of these traditions are a tad anti-feminist and outdated. So here are a few things we’ve decided to modernize to fit US:1. We are having ONE unified wedding party – not defined by gender. I have male friends. My FH has female friends. This isn’t the 1950s. We’re mixin’ it up and not choosing sides. AND we are not making everyone wear the same thing.2. EVERYONE – not just the ladies – will participate in the bouquet toss.3. First my FH will be escorting BOTH his parents down the aisle. And after that, I will be escorting BOTH my parents down the aisle. Dad, I love ya, but the thought of you literally "giving me away" as if I was your property creeps me out.4. My sister will be playing our processional song – a David Bowie song – on the ELECTRIC GUITAR while we walk down the aisle.5. A judge, who is also a long time family friend, will be marrying us. 6. Our venue – a studio in downtown LA – is owned and operated by an artist’s collective. The venue fee we are paying will go towards all their artistic endeavors.7. Our wedding will be catered by a popular LA FOOD TRUCK that serves Korean style Mexican food. There will be no such thing as a three course plated meal at our wedding. 8. I will be singing and playing a Regina Spektor song on the piano dedicated to my fiance during the ceremony.9. Instead of a limo, we will be taking the city BUS to the venue. We’re trying to make this event as green as possible.10. We are making everything for this wedding by hand – all DIY. 11. We are giving our guests the option to donate to Lambda Legal – an organization that fights for marriage equality – as a gift option if they so choose. We will also be including an excerpt about marriage equality in our ceremony programs. 12. My dad is making homemade beer and homemade mead (honey wine) for the reception.13. I AM wearing a white dress, but no veil. Because my dress doesn’t have any glitz or sparkle, I want to dress it up with colorful jewelry and bright flowers in my hair.14. I write a blog called The Bowie Bride – my motto is this: "Bowie-inspired, offbeat, and on a budget. Planning an LA wedding that rocks so hard it’ll have a hangover the next day."15. I will not be taking my FH’s last name. We thought it would be funny if when the judge introduces us as a married couple after we’ve kissed, he will say "Introducing Mrs. and Mr. Brittany Hilgers" – just for a laugh. My FH isn’t really taking my name. But we want to pepper in a few chuckles throughout the whole night. What can I say? We’re a couple a comedians. :)This is SUCH an awesome contest. Thank you for recognizing that all of us brides are unique and special – and that we are ALL valid no matter what our beliefs are and no matter what our style is – whether it be modern, vintage, relaxed or traditional – or a mix of all four!

  40. avatar Christin reply

    Classic with a splash of modern is how I would describe my wedding style. We’re having a traditional Catholic wedding and mass on my parents’ anniversary in the same church where they were married. Since my father passed away when I was young, I’m incorporating lots of elements from my parents’ big day into our wedding to honor him. My groom and I will not be seeing each other before the ceremony, as is a big tradition in my family and in the South. And I’ve promised my mother we would do an Italian dance at our reception to celebrate my family’s heritage. However, when it comes to bridal fashion, I plan on wearing a very contemporary, couture gown with a birdcage veil. Not to mention, while our 60s-style band is on break at the reception, we’re going to have an Elvis impersonator entertain our guests– what can I say, it’s Memphis?!

  41. avatar Robin reply

    It is really hard because I don’t really feel like I fit into one category. Over all, I’d say I’m a relaxed bride. I bought my wedding dress at a department store, I’m not really having flowers, there are no favors or things to toss. We are only having 60 people at the wedding and my goal is to have good music and just hang out with my nearest and dearest. My favorite aspect of the wedding will be the firepit outside because i’m sure everyone will end up around there with the Smores bar. All that said, I’m definitely going very modern and all out on the menu and bar. I’m also doing a VERY classic invitation that is on ivory paper and hand calligraphied (yes each one) mounted on black silk and in a beautiful box.

  42. avatar Alexis M reply

    I am absolutely a vintage bride!!! I recently purchased a new wedding dress but there was something about it that just didn’t seem right. So off to ebay I went for a way to spice it up. I found a set of 5 antique brooches for only $12! I only plan on using one, but I would love to have my bridesmaids use the others and really pull in that vintage feel! I love taking old things and giving them life again in a new way.

  43. avatar Caroline reply

    Can I be a hybrid relaxed, vintage, modern, classic? I think that would totally cover it. If I had to choose I’d say classic with a preppy, flirty twist.

  44. avatar Libbi reply

    I feel like I don’t really fit into any single category but am more of a combination of tradition/classic and modern. I love all of the tranditional aspects of weddings like the ceremony, candles, and dances but plan to put a modern spin on most of the decorations/details/attire! The whole entire idea for my reception is a cocktail hour that is more like a lounge/party than a sit-down dinnerI love creating a wedding that is just about me and my fiancee and is unlike anything that has been done before!

  45. avatar Heather reply

    I think that I am a little bit of a vintage bride with the deisgn elements of our day, a bit of a relaxed bride- that is why we choose to have a brunch cermony, part modern in the way we threw most tradition out the door. Were having our ceremony and reception at a hotel that was once a payboy gentleman’s club. I would love to have any of these prizes, and I really think I am mostly a modern bride.

  46. avatar Sunny B. Amos reply

    I am most likely a relaxed bride. We are planning on having our wedding very simple and easy but at the same time have little touches that make if very beautiful. We plan to make a lot of our own decorations and flowers (possibly the cake too). The wedding is planned to be outside in October 2010 at our new house that’s being built right now in NE Oklahoma. I can’t hardly wait! It’s gonna be so much fun with our families and close friends there celebrating our love for one another.

  47. avatar Lily reply

    Classic, definitely. Regardless of whom I was marrying, that answer would probably be the same. But Classic seems to personify so much more about our upcoming wedding because it simply defines what my future husband and I dream of, together. We love tradition, which means that there will be plenty of Southern flair (courtesy of my future husbands incredibly stylish mother’s Southern heritage) along with the important elements of a traditional Jewish ceremony. Classic because our goal is something timeless. The dress, the jewels, the simple but inherently beautiful floral arrangements, even the photographers seem to embody this hybrid vision we have of a simple, classic, and FUN weekend of festivities. (We’re even hosting a golf scramble tournament the morning of.) We want our guests to feel special and welcomed. We also want them to have the time of their lives. Our venue is about as classy as you can get – a wonderful glass atrium within one of the city’s best museums, overlooking some of the best views of the city available in town. Four floors for our guests to enjoy, but all within this single unified space…it’s simple elegance. It’s everything I could have dreamed of on my own and more. A few milk glass pieces to give the decor a sense of strength in the past, coupled with the elegant and clean lines of the space. We can’t wait!

  48. avatar Megan reply

    I am a vintage bride. Normally, I like everything to be very modern from my furniture to my clothes, but I do have a love of history and antiques. I figured my wedding day would be the perfect time ti showcase this. I am holding my reception at a history museum. I am using old postcards as my save the dates. I am hoping to have a custom made gown from antique French lace as well.

  49. avatar Jillian Crowe reply

    It’s hard to pinpoint exactly…but I’d have to say I’m a relaxed bride. We are planning an outdoor summer wedding for about 80-100 people. We want to celebrate with our closest friends and family amid delish food and a fun party! We just couldn’t see ourselves doing a stuffy, formal-type wedding (especially outdoors)– so a relaxed style works for us!

  50. avatar Micki Clark reply

    Casual and original are the words I would use to describe the wedding we are planning for next July. I’m a relaxed bride, for sure. As a high school English teacher, I’ve learned to be flexible or I’d go crazy. The same flexibility applies for the little outdoor intimate wedding we’re planning. We’re getting married in an old barn late in the evening with just our closest family and friends to join us. Already we have thought and planned ideas that reflect our carefree style. We’re so head over heels for each other, we’re just ready for our lives to begin. We couldn’t be more excited for the actual big day but I love that we are a laid back couple, finding fun in anything we do.

  51. avatar Becky Mochaface reply

    It’s hard to choose one, though I have to go with classic because "simple elegance" is exactly how I start to explain my wedding day vision to all of my vendors. Though parts of my wedding will not be traditional: I won’t be wearing a veil, no flower girl/ringbearer, no church, a bridesman. Black and white with a crimson accent is the start of my simple elegance look. Only two or three different types of flowers. A simple swirl flourish to all paper products.

  52. avatar montanna reply

    I am a cross between vintage and relaxed. My fiance and I are a young couple with a 1 year old son. We obviously don’t have an endless amount of funds for our big day, but that is not stopping me. My wonderfuly Maid Of Honor (and soon to be sister-in-law) is helping me try out just about every DIY project I come across that I love. My dress is BCBG gone vintage. It’s light grey and white lace and very simple, and was a reasonable price since it was BCBG and not a "real" wedding gown. We plan on having our wedding in 2010 in my mother’s back yard with about 30 of our loving family and friends. I hope the event ends up being warm, casual and inviting with great unique vintage touches that represent mine and my fiances love for each other.

  53. avatar Natosha H. reply

    I’ve always thought of myself as a VINTAGE bride and will be getting married next October in Tennessee. I did not buy a vintage dress, but many other details that we are incorporating are decidedly vintage. We chose a venue that is historical and timeless in Nashville, TN. I will decorate the reception rooms with antique Anchor Hocking cut glass bud vases, rose petals, rhinestones and of course, pearls! They are my birthstone and I will definitely be wearing a lot of them on my wedding day! An old wooden Pepsi Cola case has become our program holder and I hope to carry one of my great-grandmother’s handkerchiefs along with my bouquet. The groomsmen are going to look so "Mad Men" in their one-button classic tuxedos. I even bought blue rhinestone and pearl earrings (vintage, of course) to use as shoe clips.

  54. avatar Natalie reply

    I never thought I’d be a "vintage" kind of girl, but as I begin my wedding planning (we got engaged last month!), I find myself drawn more and more to details from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Kenley from Project Runway has become my style icon for wedding plans (though I could do without her attitude). When I’m searching for design inspiration, I sometimes think, "What would Kenley do?"I love feathers, lace, and intricate metalwork. A week ago I saw a photo gallery of a funky vintage-chic wedding — the couple drove off in an elegant white classic car that could have driven right out of old Hollywood — and now I’m dead set on finding a car like that here in Houston. Just yesterday I found the *perfect* vintage-style letterpress invitations on Etsy — score!The centerpiece of my vintage inspiration is my heirloom engagement ring. It originally belonged to John (my fiance)’s grandmother. When her husband died, she passed the ring on to her daughter (John’s mother), who was already married but hadn’t been able to afford a ring. When she passed away, John’s mother left it to him, and eleven years later, he gave it to me. The ring means so much to both of us; through it I feel connected to John’s mother, whom he loved dearly but whom I never got to meet.Maybe it seems a little precious to design an entire wedding around a ring, but it feels right to me.Vintage all the way!

  55. avatar Kelly reply

    I am a vintage bride, definitely. My gown is covered in lace and my hair piece almost resembles one of the flowers you have chosen for the "vintage bride." My flowers are light and unstructured, in whites and pinks. The cake will be a classic white adorned with flowers and monogramming. I enjoy anything that is traditional, vintage, and elegant, and I am working hard to bring all of those details into my wedding, next May. Thanks for the opportunity at such a fun give away! Your blog is inspiring and I check it out everyday for tips and inspiration!

  56. avatar Lauren B. reply

    I’m entering on behalf of a friend of mine. She’s due to get married later this fall and I know she would love some of these items! Basically, I’d say she is a Modern Bride. A lot of her wedding plans take new ideas to try and make it fun and up to date. My mom is always joking that she’ll need her to help when my sister and I get married because she hasn’t seen some of these things. The brides maids are wearing really cute black and white cocktail dresses that are fun and sweet, and not necessarily prom-dress like in nature. They are great to wear after the wedding, and I think that’s always nice if they are buying these dresses for your special day. She loves to follow some traditional things of course, as most people do, but a lot of the favors and pre and post wedding ideas are a lot more modern.

  57. avatar Carrie B reply

    I am certainly a vintage bride, from where we will be married to the way he asked my parents… Our colors are a heavy cream and black-so all of the pieces from Twisted Crystals are absolutely PERFECT! I think (I hope anyways-they’re amazing) I found the earrings that you mentioned they are giving away too! ?? Our wedding isn’t until next spring, so we’ve still got plenty of time to decide on a few more details.

  58. avatar Amy Bowles reply

    Definitely vintage. Daniel and I will host our reception at the house we bought–an old farmhouse sitting on 1.6 acres that we are completely restoring. As we’ve been clearing out the barn and cleaning out the basement, I’ve been hanging onto unique vintage items that the original owner left behind–things like antique mirrors, ancient bottles, old cigar boxes, and even an antique magician’s trunk. We want to invoke the rustic vintage style of our house throughout the wedding.

  59. avatar Ashley C reply

    I am a classic bride with a bit of vintage and whimsy mixed in. Our wedding is in my fiance’s church that his father is minister of and we are having pretty much a traditional ceremony because I think it’s really romantic to participate in the same tradition that millions of people have before you. However, we are also making things our own by incorporating some nontraditional aspects to the ceremony. I am also wearing red high heels and carrying deep red roses for our Christmas wedding and our bridesmaids are not wearing long dresses. But the traditionalist in both us loves the traditional tuxedos with bow ties for the groomsmen. We are not having a meal (gasp!); we are having a fun and light hearted dessert reception full of yummy sweet treats. Our wedding is very much centered on family and fellowship and a lot of our food will be made by our loved ones. (Grandma’s homemade desserts beat a caterer any day.) Our ceremony is very classic, but we want our reception to feel like a fun family reunion!

  60. avatar Erin reply

    While my fiancee says that we’re not doing anything "traditional" at our wedding (we’re not getting married in a church, and a family friend who happens to be a divorce attorney is our officiant); I would still classify myself as a "classic bride". To me, a classic bride embraces simplcity, but still has fun with the details. We’re getting married at the student union on the university campus where we met. It’s a 1920’s building famous for it’s terrace overlooking a lake. It’s especially famous for the chairs on the terrace, and for our wedding, I designed a symbol that is reminiscent of the back of the chairs to use as a stamp for our invitations, favors, etc. Although our wedding colors are modern-royal blue and gold- I plan to keep the invites simple and carry the chairback motif throughout the wedding. I hope that on my wedding day, I can embody some of the classic beauties of hollywood, like Grace Kelly, or Ingrid Bergman. When I was looking for a wedding dress, I kept thinking of the dress Carolyn Bessette Kennedy wore when she married JFK Jr, a dress with timeless elegance. I chose an A-line bias cut silk dress from Jcrew, that I cannot wait to wear. Well, I think perhaps I went into a bit too much detail, but you get the idea.

  61. avatar Amanda reply

    It is hard to pick just one… If I had to pick just one I would say Im relaxed. This might sound funny when you hear that our wedding will probably have 350 people in attendance, so let me explain. Being the "last to get married" our of all my friends has made me very relaxed. I have been a part of so many weddings that I thankfully realize whats important, not all the little details (as wonderful as they are!!!) but the fact that you are starting a new life with your husband. That has been our focus. We are getting married on January 2nd and it is going to be one big celebration! What better way to ring in the new year than to get married to your best friend?! We are getting married at a good friend’s event center in Georgia on the river. We are having an amazing band and we can’t wait to dance the night away with our family and friends!!

  62. avatar Nicole R. reply

    I’m a Classic Bride! I am very traditional and modest when it comes to a lot of things. I am a true "Charlotte" {Sex and the City}! I love anything preppy, paper, monogrammed, and follow proper ettiquite always! On our wedding day I plan to carry on many classic traditions such as having my dad walk me down the aisle, wearing a beautiful white dress and viel, and keeping jewlery classic and minimal with diamond studs or pearls! Like any Classic Bride, I’ve dreamt of my wedding day since I was a little girl and I’m just so happy I am finally marrying my prince charming!

  63. avatar Patricia Bishop reply

    I would have to classify myself as a relaxed and modern bride-to-be! My fiance and I decided on having a destination wedding in Negril, Jamaica – making us both modern in thinking because now-a-days a lot of couples are choosing this route when making a wedding theme decision. We are also being modern with our wedding party – my fiance’s sister will be his best man on our big day!I’m a relaxed bride-to-be because after our decision to have a destination wedding – all other decisions are really in whatever resort’s hands you chose to have the wedding take place at!! Crazy, I know! We don’t decide on anything – like ceremony or reception site, food, cake or music – until 48 hours before it all takes place! The only thing I’ve been able to do thus far are the details that can take place here, at home…and a lot of other brides might be stressed out by that – but not me!! I can almost say I like not having to make the decisions for a change! :o)

  64. avatar christina reply

    I am a classic bride! I would describe my wedding as sophisticated elegance. I am getting married in an old Episcopal church with stain glass. The reception will be next door at a historic club. I am using a lot of candles verses lots of flowers. It is coming up in a month, and I can’t wait!

  65. avatar JLT reply

    I’m definitely a Relaxed bride. Our wedding ceremony is in a room with exposed beams and brick and wrought iron chandeliers. The reception is in an open air pavilion with exposed beams and twinkle lights. We wanted to save money and the best way to do that was to be a little more laid back about the whole thing. I am just buying whatever strikes my fancy for the wedding decor. If I like it and it’s in our colors, I buy it. I figure that it may end up a little eclectic, but it will be us and it will at least have a color theme. :) I usually tend to be very particular about things, but I realized that I can’t get all bent out of shape about every little detail. I just want to marry the man of my dreams and have a blast with all our friends and family. So that’s what we’re gonna do!

  66. avatar roxy reply

    I am definitely a modern, fashion-forward bride. I have a love for all things new and different and have incorporated many new traditions into our star-worthy beachside affair. I love the glitz and glamour of our decorations and flowers, yet I have still allowed the natural setting of the ocean to be beautiful all on its own.

  67. avatar Katya Lavelle reply

    If I had to choose what type of bride I am going to be, I would most definitely say classic. Deciding what type of wedding style fits me best was difficult because I am not your typical southern bride. Although I am getting married at a Texan manor by my house and all my guests hail from Houston…my entire family does not. You see, my family is 100% European, except for me…making my classic wedding a reflection of my southern lifestyle that I have adapted to, as well as keeping with the classic traditions of my European relatives will be a challenge but I feel that the classic style will compliment my upbringing as well as my environment. I look forward to the traditions, the cake, wearing simple but elegant dress/shoes/jewlery…so I can definitely say I am a classic bride!

  68. avatar Sylvia reply

    I am a mix of relaxed and vintage in my bridal style. I want the wedding and reception should be fun and light-hearted, filled with personal memories and a homey feel. Comfort and relaxation take priority.

  69. avatar Ashleigh reply

    I’m a modern and vintage bride! I love to mix the funky modern elements with great vintage pieces. Our wedding is peacock inspired but with an vintage 1920’s glamour!

  70. avatar lindsay c. reply

    I’m definitely a vintage bride… we’re having the wedding at an over 100 year old hotel in Galveston that has weathered all kinds of storms (especially Ike last year) and still maintains charming original character. I’m a crafty gal and love the look of handmade items (a la Etsy). I would hate to look back at pictures of my wedding in 30 years and think that it looked too trendy.

  71. avatar Brooke Hagee reply

    I am a vintage bride – and I love it! I am only engaged for 5 months so I am planning every day – I cannot wait to see everything come together. I am LDS so we are getting married in the Dallas Temple and then having a very large, glamorous "wedding celebration" for 250 people in "The Grand Ballroom" of a 19th century restored Opera House. It is so amazing; pressed tin ceiling, one vintage brick wall, french doors, and crystal chandeliers. My dress has a lace overlay and all the men will wear vintage inspired suits. The decorations and centerpieces will be filled with flowers stacked on vintage books, old keys, pomegrantes and candles. I plan on twisting the vintage a little to fit my cute cupcake cake! I cannot wait! P.S. The necklace would look PERF with my dress :)

  72. avatar Crystal reply

    I’m a vintage bride. I will look chic and elegant. I hope to look back at my pictures in 20 years and not wish I’d of done anything different. I will wear a flower in my hear, pearls, and my dress will have just enough sparkles. I can’t wait!

  73. avatar Jessica reply

    I am a good mixture of both types of brides. Matt & I are getting married the day after Christmas – he is jewish and I am catholic – we are definitely a wonderful mix. I bought an incredible princess tulle bridal gown from Casablanca and have burgundy & gold for my best friends who are are bridesmaid. Our ceremony will be a mix of both new and old, jewish & catholic with love being our most central theme. Our venue is Hotel Bethlehem which is already decorated and I cannot wait. I wanted a vintage snowflake jewel for my hair – I have yet to find it and Matt loves our caricature invitations. Thank you for the offer!

  74. avatar Jessica reply

    I am a classic bride. My wedding will be in March and I have been planning my behind off! I love simple yet beautiful. I don’t like it when things are "over done". I just want a pretty lil’ wedding. My dress has the old timey look to it. It has the pretty buttons down the back. It has little things sewn on it that looks like tiny pearls. It is gorgeous. My wedding is going to be in my Grandparents back yark in front of a huge pond…Its going to be gorgeous!! I can’t wait for my big day!!

  75. avatar Kara reply

    I am with out a doubt a Vintage bride. From my obsession of red lipstick and red nail polish to the style of my engagement ring, I adore the romance and comfort that comes from everything vintage, and that’s the goal for our wedding, a comfortable, romantic and fun event. Thanks ladies for this contest, seeing the four styles makes it even more clear to me that I am a vintage bride.

  76. avatar Jamie Montgomery reply

    I was definitely a fun and relaxed bride. We wanted our wedding to be laid back but yet still elegantly southern. After our outdoor ceremony in a garden next to a historic antebellum house, we walked down the aisle as husband and wife to Bob Marley’s "One Love." My groom and his groomsmen wore Chaco flip flops during the whole wedding. We had a live acoustic guitarist playing mellow sounds by artist like Jack Johnson and Ben Harper at the reception. And at the end of our perfect night we rode off on our baby blue tandem bike with a just married tag on it. It was such a relaxed wedding which lead to a chill bride.

  77. avatar Rebecca Petrie reply

    I’m definitely a classic bride. From my dress…. to quote my dear bridesmaid "Judd Waddell + Lace = Gorgeous," to a traditional Catholic ceremony, to a beautiful indoor/outdoor reception at a southern Baton Rouge plantation. Our wedding colors are a classic combination of black and ivory, accented by glorious shades of vibrant purples and eggplant colored flowers. We’re serving traditional Louisiana fare (can we say Muffalettas, meat pies, and jambalaya!!), while guests lare departing with delicate Savannah pralines (a tribute to my Georgia roots).

  78. avatar Katie reply

    I would have to say that I am definitely a classic bride, with a touch of modern added to the mix. We are having a traditional catholic mass with lots of family and friends taking part in the readings and ceremony. The priest that is marrying us married my fiance’s parents 35 years ago, which I think is really special. We are having a classic reception – nighttime dinner, dancing, and the like – but our reception venue is a room in our home team’s baseball stadium. I thought this was a fun twist on tradition and was a way to incorporate my fiance’s love of sports into the wedding. Thanks to everyone for sharing their ideas!

  79. avatar SEWright reply

    I would have to classify myself as a classic bride with a twist. With a Colombian mother and a tree geneticists father (read. tree doctor) I am trying to incorporate both nature and my mothers family culture into my ceremony and reception. I am lucky enough to be getting married in Charleston, SC at a local plantation on a dock that will help me incorporate my families love of trees and the outdoors as well as celebrate my husband to be’s love of history, he is a law student and majored in history in college. My way of celebrating my mothers culture in a classic bride way is to have my shoulders covered during the ceremony and wear my grandmothers veil as well. During the reception there will be an area dedicated to my mothers home country with food as well as pictures taken by my very talented grandfather. All this is somehow being tied to my theme of a classic southern cocktail party. But who doesn’t like a southern cocktail party on a dock on a plantation with Colombian food and festivities?!

  80. avatar Katie reply

    I am a modern/vintage bride. More modern though as I get closer to the big day (2 months as of yesterday!) I very much like unique things, and have tried to pull that in with every element of the day. The vintage tie in has been with the invitations, our text and layouts are very much a mix of block letters, some cursive, with an old fashioned scroll type logo that has Two Become One in block letters in the middle with each of our names on both sides. The modern is brought in by the colors and some of the unique things we’re creating. The favors are made out of 10 different fabrics with modern/fun designs in the bright fuchsia/lime green/and orange that I went with for my theme. We made pillows with lavender in them for everyone who is coming and that will be sitting at the table with pink napkins, lime green runners, and fun florals in small sqaure vases and then some in tall taper vases with branches. We are attaching fabric to the wood columns as well with a splash of color and I’m looking for vintage containers for little food at the cocktail reception and for added decor. We are also doing the photo booth in B&W for our guests as well. Our ceremony will be very traditional with the only modern look probably being the programs with attached belly band. The rest is traditional music (except for one) and readings and such. We are looking forward to seeing everything come together and some of the unique pieces above would be just perfect!

  81. avatar Christy reply

    I am definitely a classic bride. I love the traditions surrounding a wedding, and can’t imagine NOT wearing a big white dress! We are getting married in the church that is connected to the Catholic school I teach in – a wonderful old building with lots of history. We’re following most of the traditions – I won’t see David before the ceremony, my father will give me away – and hopefully starting some new ones, such as having the reading done by my godfather. I love the traditions!

  82. avatar Megan reply

    I’m definitley the VINTAGE bride!! I cherish all things old and borrowed, and that is exactly the idea that we used for our wedding style…well, with the exception of my dress! All of our stationary includes the vintage plume in classic natural white and black ink…I’ve designed everything, including the save-the-dates, the invitation, the coasters, the menus and placecards, the tags for our country store honey jars…the list goes on and on..and that is exactly how I’ve put my own personal touch in the details of my wedding!

  83. avatar Liz Dunlap reply

    I am a very relaxed bride. Mainly due to the fact that my fiancee is in the Military and is currently stationed in Italy and had to leave 2 weeks after our engagement. He will be deployed in November and we cannot set an exact date until he will return somewhere between 8-12 months =(. We are both about just wanting to celebrate our love and be with our friends and family. We plan on having a very small wedding in Italy and have told our family members (he has alot of cousins) start saving now and who ever wants and would like to come please do. When he and I can finally return to the US we plan on having a large celebration with both families and friends from all over the country. Something very simple with lots of fun, food, and friends.

  84. avatar Dmz reply

    I am certainly not a traditional bride. I would say i am more of a modern vintange bride. To potray this, almost everything about my wedding is modern but has some vintage elements incorporated, Being from west Africa originally, I have tried to incorporate some elements of my African heritage into the wedding. Our ceremony & reception is going to held outdoors with colors complementing the fall! My wedding details are all DIY projects which borrows from a lot of different cultures! For example I am using Asian paper lanters and tissue pomanders as my decor. For my favors i am using chocolate bars made from Ghana. My bridal look is simply vintage too complete with colored shoes, a birdcage veil (DIY project), and some bling. My wedding is definetly going to be different !

  85. avatar Lacey Duell reply

    I’m a modern and cheap creative bride. I am doing a lot of things different than the traditional wedding. I am having ALL male bridesmaids, and my wedding theme is NBC’s "The Office". All of my ideas are funny for those who watch the show, but still cute to those who have no clue (for example my fiance and I are using mugs that say "worlds best couple" instead of toasting flutes). Also, everything I have been doing wth this wedding is to try and be creative and original and as cheap as possible (I kind of have to be creative and original because I doubt anyone else has done an "Office" themed wedding). I made my own bouts and corsages and my own monogrammed napkins and even centerpieces. Its fun to DIY!

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If yesterday’s wedding was all about lovely, understated details and feminine romance, then today’s Virginia wedding screams preppy fun and Southern flair.  Really, how perfect is this wedding from Kellan Studios?  Sure, Molly + Christopher’s homespun affair at the Virginia Military Institute is wonderfully eclectic (the bride let her maids choose their own sky blue Melissa Sweet dresses) and delightfully adorable (there may not be a more perfect cake than the couple’s ribboned and polka-dotted confection from Sweet Treats), but what I really love are the distinctly Southern details that give this soiree some real personality!  From the adorably flip-flopped bridesmaids to the super-chic bride in a striking Alvina Valenta gown and wide-brimmed hat fit for the Kentucky Derby, Molly + Christopher’s wedding makes traditional Southern anything but conventional.  Add a vintage car and personalized bouquets from Lexington’s University Florist and you have the ultimate in Southern style and good fun – just the way we like it!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Chris was informally introduced to me at Randolph Macon College while I was visiting a mutual friend in 2003. After graduating college, our paths crossed again when we both were in Richmond and ran into each other in the fan district! That night,Chris asked our mutual friend for my phone number and called me the following afternoon after he had finished running a 10K. We went on our first official date on Cinco de Mayo!

Describe the proposal. I have always told Chris not to take any of my holidays away from me! Being the “smartie” that he is, we went out to dinner to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day where we surprisingly ran into several friends of ours. While I was in the restroom, Chris revealed his elaborate proposal plan to our friends. The plan was put on hold when our friends asked us to join them for dinner. Since plan A did not work, Chris went to plan B. When we arrived home, Chris started to complain about his knee (this happens on a regular basis) but would not let me leave to get him ice or Advil. Instead, he popped the questions and all I could do was say, “My ring! My ring!” I had to say yes before he would give me the ring!

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Comfy and reusable! I had each of the girls pick out their own dresses in the same color but in any style they wanted. This way they would have a dress they would want to wear again someday!

What was your favorite design element? The water beads and the photo booth! Our center pieces were tall glass vases filled with green and blue water beads. Our other favorite element was the photo booth. We used the photos as favors for our guests.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Finding a dress was so hard! My mother and I looked everywhere. I knew I wanted a mermaid style dress with buttons down the back! Though these style dresses are very difficult to find, I finally found the perfect dress right down the road from me in Richmond!

Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted to personalize each of the arrangements. My bridesmaids carried an assortment of blue and green flowers with large grass strands looped through the flowers and an initial button on each of the bouquets. For my bouquet of calla lilies, I used my grandmother’s blue pin. Something blue and something borrowed!

Describe your wedding cake: I absolutely loved my cake, from the ribbon to the polka dots. Both Chris and I were truly excited when we first saw it! The white cake was filled with raspberry and had five layers wrapped with ribbon and a bow on each layer.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The various greens and blues throughout all the details.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Chris’s most memorable moment was his surprise gift: the antique car waiting to take us to the reception. My favorite detailis whenour wedding planner had to push me down the aisle because I was so nervous!

Three adjectives that describe the day are: Glamorous, unforgettable and exciting.

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Buying our first home together. We have been looking for quite a while and cannot wait to find the right one!


Congratulations, Molly + Christopher!  Good luck finding and settling into your new home!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Chocolate Butterbean reply

    So pretty! I love the bridesmaids’ shoes.

  2. avatar True Blind Faith reply

    The green and print heels make my heart flutter. As does the ice cream and rainbow sprinkles ;)

  3. avatar Leslee Mitchell reply

    That hat is truly divine!!! LOVE IT!!!!

  4. avatar Beth reply

    I’m not usually a fan of the shoe shots, but the print heels with the flowers is really pretty.

  5. avatar Cristen reply

    What great wedding details! The colors are great as well! :)

  6. avatar Virginia reply

    Absoluty georgous! Love the colors and "THE HAT" is to die for! What a fun wedding!

  7. avatar Debbie reply

    What wonderful pics!!! I love the colorful shoes and I love the car! The bride and her bridesmaids are just beautiful.

  8. avatar May 2010 Bride reply

    Absolutely love these ideas! Such unique style & class. The ice cream bar idea is the best!

  9. avatar Joan reply

    Everything is beautiful!! You can tell you and Chris put a lot of time and effort into creating the perfect wedding. Love the pictures!

  10. avatar SKDFW reply

    I love the colors, and the pictures are all so unique – not your average wedding photos!

  11. avatar Dianah reply

    This must have been an amazing wedding, the pictures are a testimony to that. Such wonderful ideas for everyone!

  12. avatar Richmonder reply

    Classic, chic and fun – I love it all! The monogram details are my favorite.

  13. avatar Jill reply

    Beautiful photos of a fun wedding. Love the bridesmaids’ shoes and the car on Lexington streets. Best wishes.

  14. avatar Susan Wager reply

    What great ideas you had for a fabulous wedding! I particularly loved the color groupings you used throughout the day, the photo booth and the beautifully monogrammed door wreaths and monogrammed bodice of the flower girl’s dress. These details in combination with the glorious setting in Lexington, Va. made for a truly remarkable day!

  15. avatar Jo reply

    Planning each detail really paid off—what a extraordinary day! I love the way the green and blue color scheme is carried throughout the entire event. What cute shoes! The flower girl photo is precious.

  16. avatar Locklin reply

    Such a wonderfully Southern idea to include the Derby! And you can’t get more Southern than Lexington, VA! BEAUTIFUL!

  17. avatar Beverly reply

    Love the blues but the shoes…every girl loves a dreamy pair of high fashion pumps! The delightful colors make it such a fun atmosphere. Beautiful photos too!

  18. avatar Nancy reply

    The vintage taste! The green metal chair the bride delicately sits, the black & white side view pic in her gown wearing a spectacular hat, the period automobile, a metal tub to chill the wine, ice cream served in sugar cones and to top it all off –a photo booth. Mixed with the obvious blue and green color theme this wedding was spectacular to read about. CONGRATS!

  19. avatar karen reply

    I loved the pictures. I loved the idea for the ice cream containers and the picture booth. It looked like it was alot of fun.

  20. avatar Midlothian reply

    Great photos! What a great job of coordinating all the details. Beautiful!

  21. avatar Betsey Nicely reply

    From looking at the pictures, everything about this wedding seemed so unique. I love the color/pattern combinations. Molly and Chris did a great job thinking outside the box.

  22. avatar Robin reply

    What a beautiful wedding! There is true Southern romance at this wedding!!

  23. avatar Coretta reply

    LOVE that hat!

  24. avatar Nancy in Winchester reply

    This was the most creative, unique wedding I have attended!!! The attention to detail is definitely reflected in the pictures. The bride was absolutely gorgeous, especially in the hat!! The shoes, the flip-flops, the many, many colorful and themed tablecloths, and the water beads. What an experience!!

  25. avatar Karen2 reply

    OMG …. the colors just come alive !!! Beautiful pictures with such vibrance! Love the bow tie, the ice cream and all the hats and shoes!!!

  26. avatar Brooke reply

    These pictures are absolutely stunning!!! What great ideas!!! LOVED the hat and the ice cream…must have been a fun wedding!!!

  27. avatar Virginia reply

    A touch of Class, Fun, & Whimsey….but my favorite is her very special Grandmother’s blue pin. A real tribute to her beloved Grandmother.

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