Google+August 2011 - Page 2 of 18 - Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings

Monthly Archives: August 2011

Didn’t I tell you the flowers in Cassie + Ryan’s reception were gorgeous? Ilex for Flowers created romantic yet dramatic arrangement from white and green orchids and topped off the couple’s four-tiered cake with the pretty blooms. The real floral wow factor, however, was the bed of hydrangeas that the cake sat upon. In addition to good eats, Cassie + Ryan’s wedding was a show of Southern hospitality. Cassie’s Alabama-born family coaxed Ryan’s Canadian relatives onto the dance floor for the night, showing the great tradition of two families coming together. Read on to the interview to see what Cassie had to say about her great Southern community and thanks again to Amelia Strauss, who photographed C + R’s Alabama wedding!

Describe your wedding flowers: It was the sweetest compliment of white english sweet pea flowers for my bouquet (understated and elegant), a bounty of white orchids romantically strung across the stone wall, and green orchids surrounding our wedding cake and groom’s cake. The details of each display on every table was so unique and tied the whole theme together incredibly.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We decided to get married in Huntsville, Alabama, where I spent my childhood. We got married at the Ledges in the intimate golfer’s patio, which overlooked the entire city of Huntsville. You could even see the Tennessee River off in the distance. My husband is from Canada and we wanted to make his family and friends feel welcome by having a chocolate caramel cake (it is far more delicious than you would imagine) with a Canadian flag draped across it. There was a bunch of delicious fried food served in the banquet hall and the Alabamians were slowly coaxing the Canadians onto the dance floor. What truly made this wedding Southern was the community that gathered together and helped make all the details possible and filled with love, by hosting brunches, making incredible eats, and so much more.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning our wedding was not very challenging at all because we had Dori Thorton from The Social Office based out of Nashville. She was always calm and in control in a crisis and took care of deadlines. Without Dori handling all the details, my wedding would have not been the incredible vision that it was on that day. If there is one thing I can suggest to any soon-to-be bride, it is to find a wedding planner who compliments your personality and makes you feel comfortable during every meeting you have with them.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Deloaine’s hair styling and Babette’s makeup done for my mother, my grandmother, my bridesmaids, and myself.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Having all the family together, my father with slightly damp eyes and a sweet smile telling me how happy he was for me just before the ceremony, and then Ryan’s face when he saw me for the first time that day, while I was walking down the aisle.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes we did. Mine were written on tiny sheets of paper, which Ryan now keeps in his wallet. We both mentioned being each other’s best friend, how we both made each other better people and how much we don’t want to picture our lives without ever knowing each other.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We both live and work in Los Angeles. We have been writing together and workshopping screenplays. Ryan has a film that is screening worldwide and has won some impressive awards and I am continuously filming and acting on stage. We don’t plan on children in the near future because we both want to see so much of the world together before we fully settle.

Photographer: Amelia Strauss // Planner: The Social Office // Venue: The Ledges Country Club // Florist: Ilex for Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Dessert Designs // Caterer: The Ledges // Paper Products: Nico and Lala // Bride’s Dress: Amsale // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Saks Fifth Avenue // Bride’s Shoes: bride’s mother’s // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alvina Valenta // Hair and Makeup: Deloain New York // Stylist: Chic Critique,

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
7 Comments
  1. avatar Jo reply

    Love the portraits, stunning!

  2. avatar claire reply

    Love these images!

  3. avatar erin reply

    stunning. always.

  4. avatar Lucy reply

    These are gorgeous! I can see exactly who this beautiful couple are as all of their personality was captured perfectly. Cassie with the coke bottle could have been taken 50 years ago but still looks fresh and modern. Love them!

  5. avatar Melissa reply

    another beautiful group of photos. The bride looks like a model!

  6. avatar Mary Brantley Nalley reply

    Amazing pictures and beautiful people!

  7. avatar katie reply

    Love the photography of the flowers, cakes, and the beautiful couple enjoying the reception! So fun to read about their wedding!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close

It’s only appropriate for Cassie + Ryan, both actors, to have an old Hollywood themed wedding. (How perfectly 1940’s is the photo of Cassie sipping on a soda? Adorable.) The bride’s sleek Amsale dress made her feel like Audrey Hepburn as she walked down the aisle and said her “I Do’s” to Ryan. The orchids and hydrangeas, courtesy of Ilex for Flowers, that hung from the guests’ chairs and were draped along the stone wall were the couple’s favorite detail of the wedding and hinted at the floral gorgeousness to come at the reception. Big thanks to Amelia Strauss for sharing! Don’t forget to come back for Part II.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I was walking across the street at a crosswalk in Los Angeles, when a Suburban ran a red light and nearly hit me. I yelled at the SUV “It’s alright, I’m just walking here!” Ryan was walking ahead of me, had made it to the sidewalk and laughed at what I said. I apologized, and he was impressed that I nearly had a run in with death and I had made light of it. We began walking together and were somehow headed the same direction. It turned out that our cars were parked next to each other and were the same color blue. We continued to talk for two hours by our cars. Ryan admits he was too afraid to ask for my phone number, so he asked me to write my name on a $10 bill. I wrote “Cassie Yeager is a…” right next to the 10. He still has that ten-dollar bill.
Describe the proposal. I was still in school at the time. Ryan had asked me earlier if I would go to dinner with him when I was done with class. At eleven that night, he was waiting outside the school for me. I was starving and he asked me to go for a walk with him. Reluctantly, I agreed. We held hands and his hands were sweating (which never happens). All the restaurants were to the right of the school, but when we turned out of the school, he suggested we go left. As we walked, we came upon the crosswalk where we first met. He said, “Remember how we met, how you made light of such a frightening situation?” I giggled. Then he stopped at the corner and knelt down. “Cassie, I have appreciated how much happiness and laughter you have brought to my life, will you please be my wife?” I forgot how to breathe and couldn’t figure out how to give him my finger to put the ring on, but was eventually able to whimper out a tearful “Yes.”
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Classic, enchanting, dazzling
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: To choose just one is impossible, but the bunches of white orchids that draped across the stone wall as we exchanged our vows strongly stand out when I reflect on the day.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mother knew exactly what dress I wanted before I did when she saw the Amsale design in a bridal magazine. She and my Aunt Cass flew out to LA and we went to Saks 5th Avenue Beverly Hills. When we walked the floor, my mother did not see the dress she saw in the magazine and asked our consultant about it. She knew exactly which dress we were asking about and, within an hour and a half, I was deciding between the Amsale and a gorgeous flowing Grecian goddess dress. It came down to the Amsale because it fit the theme of our wedding, “Old Hollywood” and the classic 1940’s. I felt like Betty Davis and Audrey Hepburn as I stood in it the dress.

Photographer: Amelia Strauss // Planner: The Social Office // Venue: The Ledges Country Club // Florist: Ilex for Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Dessert Designs // Caterer: The Ledges // Paper Products: Nico and Lala // Bride’s Dress: Amsale // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Saks Fifth Avenue // Bride’s Shoes: bride’s mother’s // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alvina Valenta // Hair and Makeup: Deloain New York // Stylist: Chic Critique,

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
16 Comments
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Love those black and white portraits of Cassie! Beautiful work, Amelia!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I love this ! Such a beautiful wedding captured so well. I especially love the coke shot :)

  3. avatar Anna Hedges reply

    Stunning! Love it all…photos, story, couple! Amelia-you never cease to amaze me!

  4. avatar Jo reply

    These images are beautiful, thanks for sharing them and the couple’s story.

  5. avatar Bob Echols reply

    Terrific. Beautiful!

  6. avatar Ivy reply

    Love these images!!

  7. avatar Erin reply

    These images are amazing! They make me want to keep coming back for more. I doubt I could ever tire of them!

  8. avatar claire reply

    Love these photos so very much! Especially the bride drinking a coke. Looks like a print ad!

  9. avatar Ashley Burleson reply

    Amazing spread and gorgeous photography!! So creative!

  10. avatar Kimberlee @ Gracefully Girly reply

    Gorgeous style!

  11. avatar Laura reply

    I wore Amsale Aubrey!!! It is so gorgeous and classic. I especially love the image with the soda bottle.

  12. avatar Melissa reply

    I am always amazed at Amelia’s beautiful work and what a gorgeous wedding!

  13. avatar Mary Brantley Nalley reply

    So beautiful! I love the proposal story, and I feel like the photography really captured the beauty of these two and their wedding.

  14. avatar graham reply

    wow. that has to be the funniest “how we met” story ever. So precious. Loving these classy details. These images are incredibly unique. They don’t look like everything else out there. Well done.

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Graham, I love their “How we met” story, too! I seriously laughed out loud in the office. Definitely proof that you can find your true love anywhere.

  15. avatar Katie reply

    SUCH a beautiful wedding!! The photo of Cassie sipping on a coke is unbelievable! Love it!!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close

How’s this for an exciting start to your week: pre-orders for Southern Weddings V4 are now open!!!

Photo by Millie Holloman

We’re officially a few short weeks away from the date Southern Weddings V4 will release onto newsstands around the country (yeehaw!), and just days before the issue hits stands, we will ship out a massive amount of pre-orders from our humble office in North Carolina! Last year we personally shipped around 500 copies in the first few days of V3’s release — can y’all top that this year?? I think you can!

To add to the madness and make sure you have a copy in hand the minute V4 is available, just click here! Remember, even though you’ll pay now, your order won’t be shipped until October 14! (V2 orders, of course, will continue shipping as usual.) If you choose to order a V2 + V4 combo, that order will also ship on October 14.

We are so crazy, hoppin’ excited over here, y’all!! We can’t wait to share all the goodness we’ve been working on!

emily Written with love by Emily
8 Comments
  1. avatar Jenn Sprinkle reply

    Just ordered mine!!!!!

  2. avatar Victoria reply

    Cute photo girls! Congrats on the new issue, ordering mine ASAP!!

  3. avatar Stacey Van Valkenburgh reply

    Soo… will I find it on newstands before I would receive it in the mail if I order it? I want one regardless, just trying to decide what to do!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Stacey! The magazine will debut on a Tuesday, and we will ship pre-orders Priority via USPS the Friday before that. So, depending on where you live in the country, you should receive your copy either the day before or the day of the newsstand release (obviously international orders will take a bit longer!). Hope that helps you make up your mind!

  4. avatar Jennifer reply

    I just wanted to thank you all so much and congratulate you for the release of your upcoming issue. I had such a lovely time planning my wedding and came to Southern Weddings practically every single day of my engagement for inspiration. You gals are fresh, intelligent, sweet as pie, artistic, and lovely. It’s been so nice to ‘meet’ you. Here’s a public link to our wedding photos on Facebook. Thank you so much!!!! Good luck in the future!

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.226847804030417.54598.100001155987209&l=8b8b4023b4&type=1

  5. avatar The Weekend Post: September? » Anastasia Marie: Handcrafted Cards & Stationery reply

    […] Southern Weddings V4 is now available for pre-order! Loved the last one and will for sure be getting this one. […]

  6. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Who would want to put off looking at these pretty things? We started off with crazy-exciting news. Pre-orders for V4 are now open!! Just a few short weeks before our next print edition comes hot off the press, so click here to […]

  7. avatar Cami reply

    Ordered mine! Cannot wait to get it and see all of the fun bowtie ideas!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close
Top