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I don’t know about y’all, but it has felt positively springlike here the last few days! In fact, our office even moved out to the front porch one day last week – it doesn’t get more Southern than that!!

Because we’re ready for chirping birds and brilliant green grass and everything else that comes with a Southern spring, we wanted to kick off a new series: Southern Stems! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring several of the blooms particularly prized below the Mason-Dixon Line. Let’s begin with the camellia!

Camellia image by yocca; overlay by SW

Gorgeous, no? The camellia is such a soft, romantic flower, and it just seems quintessentially Southern to me. It’s also the state flower of Alabama. Lucky ‘Bama gals! Here are two botanical prints to give you a close-up look at those ruffly petals:

The botanical print on the left is available for purchase here, and the print on the right is available for free download here!

My research turned up various “floriography” meanings for the camellia, including graciousness, steadfastness, honesty, excellence, and “my destiny is in your hands.” All lovely, and perfect for a wedding!

Both images from Southern Living

Camellias are known for their big, luscious blooms. Because they’re heavy flowers, they like a little support, so floating them in shallow bowls or propping them up in short vases or pitchers is best. Loosely grouped vases of these blooms would be perfect as a long, low centerpiece down a reception table – nothing to block conversation!

Photo on left from Better Homes & Gardens; photo on right from Martha Stewart Living

Camellias bloom in all shades of pink, red, white, making them perfect for almost every color palette.

Adeline Country Cottage

Possibly my favorite characteristic of camellias is that they bloom in winter and early spring, when not too many other flowers dare to show their faces!

Browne Photography via Style Me Pretty

For those who would like to see camellias up close and personal, now is the perfect time! Descanso Gardens in Flintridge, CA, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC, and Middleton Place just outside of Charleston, SC, all have great collections. Middleton, in particular, boasts hundreds of different camellia specimens, as the first camellia in America was reportedly presented to Henry Middleton in 1786!

Photo on left from Better Homes & Gardens, and on right, by Amy Neunsinger from House Beautiful

Finally, if you’re marrying in a season when camellias are not in bloom, but would still like to show your Alabama pride in flower form, we love these delicate paper versions from The Green Vase:

Images from The Green Vase

What’s your favorite Southern stem?

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Ashley reply

    I am SOOO happy y’all are doing this series now!! I am positively clueless about flowers and have needed a breakdown of the names and styles :) what a great idea! Thanks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Ashley! I’m so happy to hear it! Look for many more blooms in the coming weeks :)

  2. avatar Acanthus Nichole reply

    What a lovely post. The camellias remind me of my growing up at my Grandmother’s. She had several Camellia bushes along the house in the back yard and I loved to pick them when I was young.

    I love all of the beautiful ways you’ve shown this flower. They are unique and beautiful!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    So excited for this new series!!

  4. avatar Katie S. reply

    I’m so excited you guys are starting this series!! I’m planning on using magnolias and gardenias at our wedding, and love their quintessential southern qualities!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Ooo, great picks, Katie S.! We will definitely be covering those two in the weeks to come!

  5. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    Having moved away from the South a few years ago, I find myself longing for the region’s lovely blooms! My favorites: camellias, magnolias, gardenias, and dogwoods!

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  7. avatar Chelsea reply

    What a great series! I can’t wait to see the rest of the posts. Gardenias and magnolias are, of course, two of my favorite Southern flowers :)

  8. avatar Sarah Ellenburg reply

    I love the camellias; I am getting married June 6th in South Carolina, do you think they’ll be in bloom still then?

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I love jam and mason jars, both separately and together — and mostly at weddings! In fact, the other day, my friend called me from the grocery store in a jam conundrum — which to choose? Thank goodness I was available, in my infinite wisdom, to guide him through the options. Unfortunately, I’m not the best at canning things in general, so this handy DIY from the lovely ladies at Yours is the Earth will have all us reaping the benefits!

This fun jam recipe is meant to be stored in the refrigerator, so you don’t have to get into the nitty-gritty of actual canning. (But feel free to use pretty jars, regardless!) Our friends at Yours is the Earth have provided us with canning labels, too! Perfect to personalizing those jam wedding favors, no? I love a homemade touch at weddings and I think guests really appreciate it, too.

What you’ll need:

2 pints ripe strawberries (or about 5 cups), hulled and chopped
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
The juice of a whole lemon

What to do:

Bring all of these ingredients to a simmer in a dutch oven. Mascerate the strawberries until you have a bright, sticky, slightly chunky jam. Transfer to sterilized glass jars with tight-fitting lids. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, if you can make it last that long! Those biscuits are calling!

If you are feeling really adventurous, add a drizzle of balsamic and a few cracks of pepper to the jam while it’s cooking.

For the labels:

Download our PDF template here, and print onto regular paper or sticker paper. Cut along the black outline with scissors. If you’re using regular paper or cardstock, place the label on top of a mason jar lid, then screw the metal ring on top of it. Or, punch a hole through the top and hang it around your jar with a bit of twine or ribbon.

If you’re using sticker paper, cut out and place that pretty little label anywhere your heart desires.

Thanks to our friends at Yours is the Earth for sharing this DIY! Now tell us, what will your wedding favors be?

If you found this DIY helpful, you might like these, too!
Ashley Brooke Designs’ Tote Bag DIY
How to: Preserve Fruits
How to: Biscuit Bar

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  2. avatar Vanessa reply

    I love these! Definitely saving this for a later use :)

  3. avatar [email protected] reply

    I love these labels! So amazing!

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  8. avatar Claudine Greer reply

    As the rain falls outside here in the northwest, my heart is looking forward to summer canning, and jamming, and all the yuminess of the process …. Love your labels! Could you tell me what font did you use? :)

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  13. avatar jessica reply

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  14. avatar Zen reply

    We were looking for cool but simple labels for our homemade gifts (bath salts, salsas, pickled beans, granola…) and found your post. THANK YOU for sharing your designs!

  15. avatar Cristina Álvarez García reply

    I love it

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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Yeehaw for the weekend, y’all! I desperately need to restock my fridge and pantry, so I’ll be making a run to the grocery store. I’ll also need to think more seriously about what I’m going to put on the bulletin board above my desk because it’s looking mighty empty right about now. What are you fine readers doing this weekend?

In a few weekends to come, we’re hosting another Southern Weddings Yard Sale! This is going to be so much fun for everyone because it’s on St. Patrick’s Day! Are you a bride or vendor who wants to sell some of your gently used wedding items, too? Email me!

Did y’all eat your black-eyed peas on New Year’s? According to tradition, eating a spoonful of the beans gives you good luck and prosperity for the New Year, so we love seeing couples incorporate this Southern delicacy into their weddings!

We love seeing new paper collections and great collaborations come together. When MM Ink and Betsywhite Stationery got together, we were giddy! This great partnership saves you time and money. In celebration of their collaboration and our love for paper and calligraphy, we’re giving away a set of custom calligraphy thank you cards and gift tags! Enter here.

Emily was smitten when she spotted the lovely stationery suite made by Mr. Boddington for a couple marrying on Blackberry Farm. That’s a heckuva lot of Southern charm, y’all!


We’re hiring y’all
! We’re looking for a Corporate Advertising Account Manager. If this sounds like your cup of tea, we’d love to see you apply! Catch the details here — but hurry! We’re only accepting applications through March 1.

We love sparkly things around these parts, so Marissa’s post on the Southern Wedding Tradition of estate diamonds had us dreaming. Do any of y’all have estate jewelry?

We’d love to introduce you to some of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory members! Say howdy to Ali Harper, Anna Kirby, Cedarwood, Jessica Lorren, Millie Holloman Photography, and Renee Sprink!

Whitney might not be engaged, but we couldn’t help but take turns dreaming up some bridal shower inspiration for everyone! I envisioned a springtime garden party full of cake decorating and monograms for our dearest ad director.

This week’s featured Real Weddings Gallery was Bethany + Caleb! Their park nuptials were complete with the sweetest proposal story ever.

We like Real Weddings the way we like pie: Lots of ’em!

Darcy + John’s family-centered wedding was full of memorable and details and a lovely day-after shoot! See it here.

Jodi + Kurt’s V4 wedding was a treat for the eyes and full of tiny details that don’t go unnoticed! See it here and here.

Whitney + Nick’s NOLA wedding was perfect for Mardi Gras week and boasted some of that good ole Mississippi food and fun. See it here.

Good news is always welcome!

We love sweets around here! Magnolia Bakery is now offering delicious and freshly-baked desserts for your wedding, engagement party of wedding shower! Couples can choose from a selection of cupcakes and brownie and cookie assortments as well as individual favor boxes and cupcakes trees. The treats are all available for nationwide shipping! Take a look at the options on their site.

Are you planning a vow renewal? Check out this Facebook contest hosted by Casa Velas Hotel. Like Casa Velas on Facebook and enter to win an all-inclusive vow renewal for up to ten guests.

Coco Anaïs is having a trunk sale in Kentucky this weekend and next weekend! If you’re in the Covington area, check it out! See the Coco Anaïs website for more details.

Have a lovely weekend, dearies!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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