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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Holy moly, y’all! After a big week of proofing V4, we’ve finally sent that baby to print! There have been lots of dance parties in the office lately, so you’ve got a lot to look forward to! Of course, we had so many pretty features on the blog this week, too. As Lara said, “gorgeousness abounds!”

We love starting our Mondays with a Southern Spotting. These giant boxwood monograms are impressive and beautiful! Can I have one in my front yard?

We love a tradition ’round these parts. This week, Marissa and Sierra partnered up to teach us all about the Sorority Sing. How much fun does that sound?

Southern Bride of the Month, Lori told us all about her upcoming nuptials with her hubs-to-be, Sean. Her favorite part of wedding planning? Thinking of all the details that represent their relationship and personalities!

One of my favorite parts about fall is the state fair! It’s no surprise, then, that this state fair-inspired shoot from Southern Fried Paper stole my heart.

Marissa had a difficult time making decisions for her dream Southern wedding (or shall we say vow renewal?), but with some help from Emily, her inspiration boards look perfectly classic and pink. We think it’s very “Marissa!”

This week’s featured Real Wedding Gallery was a beach beauty! Check out Katie + Clark’s gallery here!

We love Real Weddings!

Victoria + Rusty’s Ford Plantation wedding was a Southern beauty! We love how many significant details the couple included. Take it all in here and here.

We’re so impressed that Victoria + Michael’s sweet garden wedding not only looks beautiful, but does so in 95 degree weather! See it here and here.

Announcements are Fab!

Who likes diamonds? If you’re local to North Carolina and near Lexington, the Sheila Bayes Diamond Dash is tomorrow! Register here for the chance to win a beautiful diamond after competing in fun events around town.

We love all paper goods here at Southern Weddings, but we’re particularly big fans of letterpress. We jumped for joy when Annemie at Megapixie Photography passed along this crazy-good offer at Parklife Press: 20% off any order started before October 7. Check out her blog for more details and don’t be scared by the week deadline — you don’t need to finalize anything yet.

Have a terrific weekend, my dears!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    Those monograms? Pretty sure I need one. Although the hubs would not entirely love the idea.

  2. avatar Erin Davenport reply

    Marissa’s inspiration board is SO after my own heart. Swoon! Love it to pieces. So excited for V4! <3

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    Victoria an Rusty’s Ford Plantation Wedding is simply amazing. I love the combination of colors and the relaxed atmosphere of the wedding party!

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Y’all! This might have been the hardest post for me to work on… ever! As many of you know, I am already married (to the love of my life) and had my own Southern wedding. When I planned my own wedding (almost three years ago) I knew exactly what I wanted: classic Southern style, light pink accents and, for BDK’s contribution, men in tails + bow ties! Needless to say, I nixed the top hats and white batting gloves.

My taste hasn’t changed much since then. I still love classic Southern style and light pink, however, looking at gorgeous Southern weddings everyday doesn’t help my decision making skills! Poor Emily took a billion inspiration images (fifteen of which were dresses) and turned them into the great boards you’ll see below – thanks, Em!

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: Emily Ley Paper, Studio Cabrelli via SMP, Christine Farah, Corbin Gurkin, A Bryan Photo, Tec Petaja, via Style Me Pretty and Yan Photography.

Tell us the basics. Where do you want to get married and when? How many people would you invite? Well, let’s just start by saying this is my dream vow renewal (I wouldn’t want to give BDK the wrong signal, now would I?)! I would love to renew my vows at the amazing Cathedral in Downtown Mobile where I grew up, however I am IN LOVE with the amazing outdoor cathedral from this Tec Petaja wedding. Since I need to plan around baseball season, I’d go with a lovely winter wedding with a small group of our closest family and friends.

What’s your design inspiration and color palette? I am completely obsessed with the image of the Bible and pearls from A Bryan Photo. It’s actually the background on my computer! I love the soft, feminine feel and the meaning behind it. I’m also inspired by classic Southern style with a bit of ballet shoe-colored accents. Think Grace Kelly/Audrey Hepburn with a slow Southern drawl.

What details and traditions would you include in your ceremony? Since this would be my vow renewal, I’ve always loved when the bride and groom meet half way down the aisle and walk to the altar together. Such a powerful message in just a few short steps. I would also be sure that the Bible verses that were read at our wedding were read at our renewal.

What dress would you wear? Um, herein lies quite a problem! I love SO many dresses that I absolutely cannot pick just one! Since this is my dream wedding, and in my dream I can wear as many dresses as I want, I would wear (in no particular order!): Amsale Coco, Amsale Dahlia, Justin Alexander 8483, Watters Escalante and then a gorgeous custom Chaviano Couture mini-dress for the getaway. I do have to add that IF I had to choose just one, I would say the Justin Alexander would win!

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: First two images and last two images A Bryan Photo, plate with cameo and monogram napkin images Martha Stewart Weddings, cake by Amy Cakes and photo by Amy Rae (see more from this shoot here!), Kristin Vining and The Nichols.

What would your flowers look like? Like Nicole, I love giant, fully bloomed peonies. For my vow renewal, I’m leaning toward a fluffy all white bouquet, even though I do also adore that light pink color palette! I do know that I die for long and clean estate tables with low and fluffy arrangements with LOADS of tea light candles. Who doesn’t look stunning in candlelight?!

What details and traditions would you include in your reception? I absolutely love the idea of displaying generations of family bridal portraits, it’s just so sweet and personal. I would have large estate tables below bands of string lights enveloping family and friends while they dined on mixed vintage china (preferably heirloom!). Dancing and more dancing! Have you ever sung at the top of your lungs along to Journey at a wedding? It’s pretty fab, I’m not going to lie! Oh, and I’d monogram everything!

What food would you serve? I’m a big fan of good Southern comfort food. I’d love to serve macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, mini pot pies, grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken & biscuits. My reception would say we’re formal, but like to have fun!

Where would you honeymoon? In a private bungalow in Bora Bora! They have see-through glass floors, y’all!

What’s most important to you about weddings? God and love. Weddings, as gorgeous as they may be, are truly about two people being joined together as one to share, grow and love for the rest of their lives. Weddings are just the beginning of a crazy wonderful adventure!

What do you think, ladies? Should we begin planning a vow renewal for Miss Marissa? :)

P.S. In case you missed a post…
Nicole’s Dream Southern Wedding

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Kristyn reply

    This is EXACTLY, and I mean word for word exactly, what I am planning for my wedding. My colors are blush and champange, ivory and black. Thank you for making some inspiration boards that so perfectly describe what I am going for. And good luck planning your vow renewal!

  2. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    Love the romantic feel of this! Beautiful!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    So pretty, Marissa! I love that white Bible photo, too, as well as the one of the spinning dress in the first board!

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  7. avatar Anndria reply

    Can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me (if you know) the designer of the dress in the top middle is? The one with the lace sleeves? I just fell in love and I have to see it!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Anndria! That dress is by Sassi Holford ( Hope that helps!

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Yeehaw, y’all!!!!  As we say here in the South, we’re as happy as hogs in slop right now!!  You may remember last week when we announced that we sent our print files off for proofing.  Well, after many rounds of color proofs and edits, our next gorgeous issue is now 100% DONE!  I just gave final approval to our printer to let the presses rip!  WAHOOO!!!  Make that tea extra sweet today, and enjoy some pecan pie with us!  Time to celebrate! 

Huge thanks again to everyone who made V4 happen.  We can’t wait to share all of the goodness with you when V4 launches on newsstands October 25th!  Want to win the first copy of V4, hot off the press?  Enter to win HERE.  Want your copy delivered right to your door?  Pre-order V4 HERE.  Happy Thursday, y’all!

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

    Can’t wait to see the new issue! I’ve noticed it doesn’t seem to be distributed here in Austin, Texas–if you have future plans for that I think it would do really well here. Congrats on all the success. Your work is so inspiring.

  2. avatar Christina reply

    I just preordered my copy (yay!), but forgot I move right before the mag will be popped in the mail! Can someone contact me so I can change the mailing address to which the mag should be shipped? Thanks so much; you ladies rock!

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