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It seems like you girls like gold + pearl jewelry as much as I do, which is awesome for our contest sponsor, Erin McDermott, (because, let’s be honest: she’s pretty awesome) but bad for me since I was hoping to steal some of these pieces myself.

Anyway.  If you were buzzing around the blog last week, you probably saw that Erin was giving away two pairs of earrings, the Whitney and the Lucky Penny).  Our lovely SW brides-to-be wrote in to tell us which of Erin’s many gorgeous pieces would best convey her unique style, and we’re happy to report that the winners are in!  These lucky ladies were hand-picked by Erin herself.

Of course, it’s only appropriate that the Whitney earrings be gifted to their namesake, Whitney, who wrote:

“I la la la looooove the “Whitney” earrings! When I first saw them in the pos,t I said “Omg! Wow!”  When I visited Erin’s site, I realized they were named after me!  How more my style can they be? It’s as if they were created for me. It would be a great gift for my bridesmaids to wear in my wedding! And I’m not going to a lie: I will definitely have to get myself a pair. They are perfect because you can dress them up for a night out or a wedding, or dress them down with a fabulous pair of jeans. I love things that are versatile and classic… the definition of my style!”

And like Erin herself, the winner of the Lucky Penny earrings will be getting married at a Vineyard in our home state of Virginia.  Congratulations, Annie!

“My wedding is going to be held at a rustic vineyard in the countryside of Virginia.  My mother is sewing my dress and my engagement ring was my great-grandmother’s.  While I consider myself a modern and fashionable young woman, the traditional and rustic ties that these elements will bring to my wedding are very me as well.  Erin McDermott’s jewelry is gorgeous and unique!”

Thank you to all our readers who participated in this giveaway and especially to my dear friend, Erin McDermott, for sharing your incredible work with us! 

Whitney and Annie: Email me at katharine {at} iloveswmag {dot} com to claim your prizes!

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We feature our share of classic, beachy and backyard weddings on the blog, but I’m kind of loving this Western-inspired shindig from Joshua Caine in Parkfield, California.  The bride’s ruffly frock from Timeless Vixen is one part vintage, another part flirty and all-around delicious.  Love, love, love the rustic feel of the bride’s ensemble (thanks to that kick-butt awesome pair of distressed cowboy boots) as well as the subtly glamorous touches, courtesy of Dominique’s birdcage veil and red nail polish.  What do you think of the bride’s hand-wrapped bouquet from Lori Boe?  I’ve recently become obsessed with heirloom brooch accents and may even want to incorporate this into my own wedding.  Any other great tips for designing one-of-a-kind bouquets you’d be willing to share?

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  Taylor and I met at a mutual friend’s wedding. Taylor had to leave early, but he interrupted my conversation with another guy to ask for my number before he left. I knew he was classy :)
Describe the proposal. One lazy Sunday, Taylor and I were enjoying hours of lounging when he got a phone call from his brother asking if we would like to go on a private plane ride with a family friend the following day. I was told that this family friend (Dave) needed to take it up in order to keep it maintainanced. Pilot Dave had called to offer the free flight to Taylor’s brother and his wife, but they weren’t able to make it. After hours of begging, I agreed to the spontaneous flight, banking on the fact that I would have to “work late” and miss the near death experience. (Little did I know, Taylor had already coordinated with my work to ensure that this excuse was not an option.) I began rehearsing new excuses to get out of flying, but the childlike excitement of my boyfriend about to enjoy an adventure in the sky made it impossible to say no. Pilot Dave suggested we fly over the new piece of land Taylor had recently purchased. As we flew over this little patch of land, my eyes narrowed on what appeared to be letters: “Marry me, Dom Dom”.  As I read the words, my heart began to race again. Only this time, it wasn’t my fear of flying. In my plane headset I heard Pilot Dave ask what my answer was. Somehow through the screeching, “I managed to squeak out a ‘”yes”.  We toasted with champagne and enjoyed the rest of our flight. And just like that, we were engaged!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Whimsical, quirky and fun!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: All the little details! The ‘52 Chevy used as a guest book… the cigarette tree… all of the unique trinkets collected for centerpieces… the unique setting of Parkfield… our HUGE toasting glasses… the Photobooth… karaoke… the list goes on. It would be impossible for us to pick just one detail because all of the time and thought we put in to every detail is what made our day so special and unique.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Finding my wedding dress really wasn’t a huge ordeal. I knew that I wanted a dress from the 50’s so I looked a lot on e-bay and random different vintage sites that I discovered. I ended up finding a website called Timeless Vixen. They don’t specialize in wedding dresses, but they have some beautiful vintage items. I immediately fell in love with a dress that fit the picture I had in my mind. I ordered the dress and that’s the one I wore.

Monday, March 1st is the deadline to enter the Brion Hopkins giveaway for a chance to win a spectacular wedding photography package and a spot on the Southern Weddings Blogsite!

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  1. avatar Jenny reply

    I am absolutely in LOVE with this veil! It has completely changed my opinion about having a birdcage veil. Please tell where you got it! Your wedding was gorgeous by the way!Jenny

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I don’t know if y’all know this, but our lovely Emily designs all our real wedding image boards herself, meaning she hand selects every picture of every wedding you see on the blog.  Naturally, it’s always fun for me to try and guess what Emily liked best about each wedding, and with Jessica + Jeff’s Oklahoma affair, I think it’s pretty obvious.  (Did you guess floral arrangements, too?)  I don’t think I could name half of the flowers the florists and Mom and Me Events selected for the sweetly Southern centerpieces, but I sure do love the loose clusters of sherbert-colored stems resting in rock-filled Mason jars.  Looks like the bride and her bridesmaids (in coral Bari Jay frocks) picked and tied them right before the wedding!  In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Jessica + Jeff treated guests to a cupcake tier from Nibbles by Grandeur Affairs.  Take a peek at Josh McCullock original blog post here if you want to see a bit more! 

Describe your wedding flowers: Oh, they were just lovely! I wanted rustic wedding flowers but was open to pretty much anything! I think we chose peach roses, mums and fillers.  
Describe your wedding cake: Cupcakes with three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.  The cake topper was custom-made by an Etsy vendor.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?  The early planning of the wedding was the hardest.  All of my family live out of the country and were not going to be in Oklahoma until the week of the wedding.  Jeff was in Kuwait, and, to top it off, I was in the middle of finishing my thesis to get my masters in food science.  I started searching online about how to plan a wedding and that’s when I found the world of wedding blogs.  I learned a lot and as time went by, planning our wedding became easier and so much fun.  Of course, I was definitely blessed to have Jeff’s family there every step of the way, both physically and spiritually.  Our wedding would not have turned out as perfect as it was if it hadn’t been foe them.
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future?  We just bought a house! We will be busy moving, re-arranging and decorating for the next few months, but are so excited to make it our home.  I also started a new hobby (knitting) and hopefully will be launching my diary blog soon.

Congratulations, Jessica + Jeff!  Thank you for sharing your too-cute wedding with us.

You only have until Monday, March 1st to enter the Brion Hopkins giveaway for a chance to win a dream wedding photography package! Don’t forget!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Tangerine Fairy reply

    Lovely bottle centerpieces!

  2. avatar Flowers reply

    Oh my gosh I love the way this wedding looks. What a cool white color and her dress was amazing! Love the wedding flowers.

  3. avatar Jessica Smith reply

    i’m with you on the florals.. they’re gorgeous! but i think my favorite element is the venue.. looove the rustic feel to it :0)

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