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Weekly Round-Up

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Hi friends! If you’ve had a busy week and haven’t had the chance to scroll through the lovely things we posted this week, no worries! Of course, I’ll be rounding up the features from our personal blogs and the two great giveaways from this week. That’s a great start to the weekend, right?

Let’s start off with some giveaways, shall we?

Whitney pointed out that the Southern gal is all about the details. Long gone are the days of the poufy, hideous bridesmaids dresses. Now, brides are all about dressing up their best friends in the most flattering ways. This, of course, means arming them with the best accessories. BabbsBoutique clutches are a perfect compliment to any dress for a Southern bridesmaid. To enter the giveaway, go to the BabbsBoutique Etsy shop, check out the fold over clutches, then go to the original post and leave a comment. Tell us how you would customize the clutches to make the perfect accessory for your bridesmaids. The winner will receive three free custom clutches!

Congratulations to all of our newly-engaged readers! To get you off on the right foot to wedding bliss (as Emily said), we’re featuring lots of resources to make the planning process a little smoother –if not swimming with ideas. This week, we had Amanda from NewlyWish give advice on the wedding registry! She covered how to get started, the amount of stores you should register at, and gift ideas. Even better, Amanda is offering up a $100 gift certificate to Bowery Kitchen! Click on over to the original post to read details about the gift certificate and how to enter.

Katharine and her hubs, Kyle debated whether they would write their own vows or stick with traditional ones. Combining the fears of having to materialize their love into words, potentially boring their guests, or being overly-cheesy made the decision one of the hardest for them. Eventually, they decided to do both! Katharine started thinking of what to say seven months before the big day. Kyle worked out what he wanted to say before the ceremony. Regardless, they reached the perfect compromise for their big day and you can read what they said here. There’s even a video! Brides weigh-in: what did you decide to do?

Did you miss Southern Etiquette with our resident manners-master, Emily? Read up on the details of save the date manners here. Are they necessary and when should you send them out? Who should you send them to? Emily reviews the etiquette for save the dates for destination weddings and holiday weddings, the appropriate time to send them out and to whom.

This week’s Paper Pick puts a Southern spin on Valentine’s Day. Emily’s pick, Rifle Paper Co. came up with sweet designs that will surely warm your darling’s heart.

You can’t end the week, of course, without checking out our real wedding features!

Brooke + Victor, a V3 couple, elicited gasps with a bright blue palette and beautiful Charleston surrounds (posts here, here and here)
Hillary + Matt defined “refined rustic” with their neutral nuptials (posts here and here)
Jennifer + Armand celebrated in colorful style at the Country Music Hall of Fame (posts here and here)

Lastly, the girls at TreBella Bridal in Durham, NC let us know they’re holding a Jenny Packham trunk show today and tomorrow. Call 919-323-7167 to make an appointment, or drop by during the open hours (2-5pm on Saturday).

Happy Friday, y’all!

P.S. All those interested, don’t forget to send in your applications for the two positions we have open! See all the details here. We will be accepting applications until March 1, so don’t delay!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Karen reply

    Hi Y’all!
    I love love the new site. Beautiful!

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It’s hard to believe it’s still winter after seeing Jennifer + Armand’s technicolor dream wedding at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the celebration only got bigger + better once they moved the party to the ballroom. I’d spend more time in speechless wonder at the glitzy indoor reception, styled by Sweet Life Designs, but I’m already two steps ahead and drooling over the to-die-for candy bar. Oh, my sweet heaven! As if the happy couple wasn’t already on a sugar high, Maples Wedding Cakes designed J + A’s blue and white confection. Hugs to Nashville-based photographer Kristyn Hogan for getting our weekend off to a bright start!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted. I went to one store with my mother and we tried on about 13 dresses. I liked a lot of them and they were all different styles, which made it harder to decide which style I liked best. A few weeks after the first attempt, we went to another store where I found two that I loved. They were total opposites too and I couldn’t decide. Someone asked me how I wanted to wear my hair on that day, and I did a makeshift ponytail on the side while wearing the drop waist dress and knew immediately that it was the one I wanted.
Describe your wedding flowers: I love bright colors and I wanted my flowers to reflect that. The bouquets, boutonnières, and flower arrangements consisted of blue dendrobium orchids, hydrangeas, orange roses, calla lilies, and a few more flowers. There were hints of blues, oranges, and pinks in all the arrangements. There were flowers that bordered the runner as well. The table arrangements at the reception venue were amazing. There were tables with large cyliners filled with water, some of them had pomanders of orange roses, and some had submerged blue hydrangeas. The flowers were absolutely amazing and definitely everything I wanted and more.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We both agree that being apart was the biggest challenge. Armand’s group, Naturally 7 began touring with Michael Buble in March of 2010, which meant he was gone most of the time for long stretches. Armand definitely wanted a part in the planning so much of it was done sending pictures, calling while in meetings with the our planner, and showing him things to choose over iChat or Skype.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? (From the groom) After the prayer of consecration, I saw Jennifer being given a microphone, and my first thought was, “Oh my goodness! I didn’t write my vows, I guess I’ll just have to improvise. Stay calm Armand!” And then I see one of my favorite pianists, Dr. Cedric Dent from the group Take 6, move toward the piano to play. All of a sudden, Jennifer starts to sing! She already knew that if she sang, I wouldn’t be able to control my emotions, and sure enough, I cried throughout the whole song. I have no idea how she was able to make it through but she did an amazing job.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Tweets that mention Real Tennessee Wedding: Jennifer + Armand, Part II « Southern Weddings Magazine — reply

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  2. avatar Sabrina reply

    I am in love with the colors in this wedding. It is so vibrant and fun but sophisticated at the same time. Congrats to the couple.

  3. avatar Eliana B. reply

    Absolutely adorable. I love everything about this wedding!

  4. avatar Terrica reply

    What a GORGEOUS wedding!

  5. avatar Kelli Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography reply

    What a gorgeous wedding in Music City! The photography is wonderful and the details are to die for! Congrats to an adorable couple.

  6. avatar crystal – chez wedd reply

    That dessert table is INSANE! Seriously…the most elaborate I’ve seen. *drool…

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  8. avatar Tammie reply

    Where can I get the personalized soda bottles? I LOVE them!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Tammie! I’m so glad you love the sodas! You can order bottles with custom labels through Jones Soda: Hope that helps!

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Jennifer + Armand, photographed by Kristyn Hogan, brought a burst of color to Tennessee’s Country Music Hall of Fame with their Nashville nuptials, planned by Amber Housley of Sweet Life Designs. Rhonda Patton Designs coordinated the bold blooms for the celebration, and LulaKate supplied the coordinating periwinkle-blue sheaths for Jennifer’s bridesmaids. The bride kept the focus on her with a romantic drop-waist Priscilla of Boston gown and sparkly Louboutins that I just know y’all are going to gaga over!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. (From the groom) We both went to Oakwood College and knew very little about each other. We never even came into contact with each other until Jennifer was studying for boards in California and I came out for a show. I wanted to meet up with some friends from college but only one friend was available and she ended up bringing Jennifer along. We went to a sushi restaurant that turned into a lounge after dinner. Jennifer and our mutual friend left me in another part of the restaurant and actually tried to “hook me up” with another young lady there! It was a fun night that went so well that we decided to keep in touch. A month later, I invited Jennifer to accompany me to a charity ball in NYC. It just so happened that my group was performing at the event. She accepted and we ended up having a blast!
Describe the proposal: (From the groom) In all my planning, I decided it would be great to get engaged where we had our first date, New York. I told Jennifer we wouldn’t be able to spend New Year’s Eve together because I had a show in San Francisco, but that I would fly to Nashville New Years day. (From the bride) I was supposed to pick Armand up at the airport on New Year’s Day, but at 5:30 in the morning, Armand began messaging me on my phone telling me to wake up and he was excited he was going to see me. While we were messaging back and forth my brother busted in my room and turns on all the lights and had a video camera! I was so angry! I messaged Armand and told him what was happening and then he asked “Will you marry me?” on blackberry messenger. I thought it was a joke so I told him to stop playing. Then he sent a picture of the ring and I freaked out. I got all dolled up and my brother drove me to the airport but when we got there he took me to the short-term parking and pulled out the video camera and said “Have a good trip!” He took me to the back of the truck and there was a bag packed and my boarding pass to go to NYC! I arrived in NYC and Armand’s friend Jonathan picked me up in a cab from the airport. He took me to the same hotel we stayed in a year earlier when we had our first date. When I got up to the room, the door was cracked. I walked in and there was a pathway of candles and rose pedals all leading to Armand on one knee with the ring. I don’t think he even got the question out, I just ran to him and hugged him and started crying.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fun, spiritual and magical.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We are both huge music fans (country music included) so we decided that the Country Music Hall of Fame was a perfect venue for the reception. We also thought it added a bit of southern flair and a taste of Nashville’s history having the reception there and pictures in the museum area. In our menu, we added cheese grits, per my request.

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Kristyn Hogan reply

    Thank you so much for featuring this wedding. Jennifer & Armand are two of the most amazing people I’ve ever met and I always love remembering their gorgeous day!

  2. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    I love all the vibrant colours, it brightens up the wedding and you can’t help but smile!

  3. avatar Tweets that mention Real Tennessee Wedding: Jennifer + Armand, Part I « Southern Weddings Magazine — reply

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by The Bride Room, Amber Housley and Marissa Kloess, Emily Ayer. Emily Ayer said: Brilliant color + sparkly shoes from @kristynhogan, @amberhousley, + @maplescakes! + […]

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    […] hurt that it was also featured on the Southern Weddings blog as well!! Enjoy the two parts of their Nashville wedding at Country Music Hall of Fame, part I and part II. Before seeing some amazing photos documenting the day by Kristyn Hogan, this beautiful […]

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