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Do you remember when you were little and didn’t understand why adults talked so much about weather? What’s so interesting about the forecast? Now, I talk about weather all the time and routinely check my iPhone for an hour-by-hour report (that’s not too much, right?). We’re smack in the middle of some April showers at the moment and though we didn’t expect yesterday’s thunderstorm, I’m grateful it’s washing off the pollen from my car. Who else can’t wait for May flowers?

We’re not trying push spring aside, but we do love the summery freshness of Emily’s Key Lime Pie inspiration board. Refreshing, no?

We just love that our intern, Anna shared her experience at the Old South Ball, Kappa Alpha’s fraternity formal. She rocked a hoop skirt and all!

April’s Southern Bride of the Month, Elizabeth wants her wedding to feel like a garden by the ocean. We love her vision and Marissa loves her Alabama roots!

Y’all this is big news. We’re giving away a photography package from Maile Lani!! Check out this post for details on how to enter — you don’t want to miss this one!

Emily’s told us all about the venues and the rentals for her wedding earlier. This week, we got to see it come together as she shared her vision for her reception style.

Emily’s Southern Spotting is always so adorable! We love these muslin biscuit bags that are tagged with the bride’s grandmother’s recipe.

Marissa’s already married, but you know that wouldn’t stop us from dreaming up some bridal shower inspiration for her! See what Sierra put together here.

This week’s featured Real Wedding Gallery is Whitney + John! Their mountain wedding was complete with touches from family and friends and, of course, that good ole Southern barbecue.

Real Weddings are the bees knees!

Callie + Paul’s wedding was full of handmade touches that brought the event together in a beautiful way. See it here.

Elizabeth + Alex’s Lowndes Grove wedding is timeless Southern perfection. See it here.

Happy News!

We added some fab new members to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory this week! Say howdy to 2BSquared Designs, Ashton Events, The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch, Blueberry Fusion, Creative Films KC, Designs in Paper, Greer G Photography, Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design and Mike Varel!

We’re so happy to announce that we’ve partnered with the visual search engine! Now you’ll be able to find your favorite Southern ideas and details in a search engine catered to weddings.

We’re all about personalization here at Southern Weddings. That’s why we love Sandal’s new Destination Wedding Experience. With the help of their online wedding portal, you can customize your destination wedding. This feature will launch on June 14 at Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall, complete with a travel agent expo and guest emcee Randy Fenoli! Learn more here.

Have a wonderful weekend, my dears! Have any fun plans? Tell us below!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Julia reply

    Love the weekly round up! The straw hat with monogrammed ribbon is right up my ally and perfect for the Derby!

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Welcome back to our current “Sit a Spell” series, where the Southern Weddings gals have been taking turns designing bridal showers for each other! As I’m sure you already know, Marissa‘s already married to her college sweetheart, but I couldn’t resist creating a second dream bridal shower for her to invite all those baseball wives to!

One thing you should know about Marissa is she is one fashionable Southern gal from Alabama! While I almost went with a full out Lilly Pulitzer themed shower (did any of y’all have one?), I chose a “Lazy Afternoon” theme, inspired by a sorority event we have each semester in which you don your best sundress and cowboy boots to shag dance the whole afternoon. It really is a lot of fun!

Marissa’s preppy outdoor party is complete with pink (her favorite color), bows, doilies, mason jars, monograms and yummy biscuits!

Image credits Row 1: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love via Southern Weddings, via Suzie Beezie, via Carolina Prep, Row 2: Untamed Heart Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Engraved Key Chain via Lime Tree Gifts, Row 3: Armen Atoyan via Buzznet, via A Cup of Mai, Jose Villa via Southern Weddings

While eating brunch and sipping on delicious drinks, guests would play “Bridal Bingo,” where you either had spots on the board with phrases like “elementary school friend” or “college roommate” that give you more information about how each person knows Marissa (which could prompt fun stories), or you could just have a board with wedding terms like “bouquet.” The winner would get a Lilly Pulitzer gift such as pencils or a mug.

We would collect recipes from each guest to put on cards and then turn into a little recipe book (my friends did this at a recent shower, and it was adorable!). No lazy afternoon would be complete without music, so there would be music playing, and we’ll play a few rounds of “name that tune” with an iTunes gift card for the winner. You could even have each guest submit a song for Marissa and put a CD together to give her.

Guests will take home these monogramed engraved keychains (a friend gave me one with a Carolina blue bow, and I love it!) and a boxed cupcake for the road.

Get to know more about Marissa here and here!

If you’ve already had a bridal shower, what was it like? What would your dream bridal shower look like?

View past Sit a Spell’s:
A Dreamy Garden Soiree for Whitney as imagined by Nicole
A Romantic Florida Shower for Lara as imagined by Whitney
A Nautical Shower for Emily as imagined by Lara
A Sparkly Emerald Shower for Sierra as imagined by Emily

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for the next post in our shower series, where Marissa will dream up a bridal shower for Nicole!

Written with love by Sierra
  1. avatar Shannon {Shannon Reeves Events} reply

    Oh my goodness, adore! Bookmarked, and the wheels are already spinning. I must try this myself!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Isn’t it adorable?! Thank you so much, Sierra! I think we should throw this shower anyways. Between the keychains and the bow on the cupcake I’m literally dying! xx

    • avatar Sierra reply

      I’m glad y’all like it! Yes, I really think it would be SO much fun! Miss you, M!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    This is the cutest! Definitely need to get myself a monogrammed keychain :)

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I just love Lowndes Grove Plantation. There’s always something special about a beautiful Southern home right by the water, and these photos by Tim Will do it just the right amount of justice. Elizabeth + Alex chose to have their ceremony on the front lawn, and we think that the gorgeous white facade of the house serves as the perfect backdrop. I can’t get over how timeless Elizabeth looks in her lace dress or the fun news that the couple surprised their guests with. (Read on to find out what it is!)

Don’t you just love the varied tones of Elizabeth’s bridesmaids’ gowns? Mixed skirts and a matching top make the look come together.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Boiled peanuts at the bar for guests to snack on, shrimp & grits and fried turkey on the dinner menu, flowers such as gardenias and touches of cotton in the bouquets.

What’s a Southern reception without some lawn games? The custom wooden sign by the bocce ball is such a fun addition.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Telling guests we were expecting a baby by posting “Baby On Board” on the back of the car as we exited the reception.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Our baby girl is due this April. In the fall, we’re moving to Peru for Alex’s job.

In what month did you get married? September on Labor Day Weekend! Since it was a Holiday weekend, all guests were also invited to a Saturday afternoon meet & greet at the Rooftop at Vendue Inn for snacks, drinks and football.
How many guests attended your wedding? 150
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The Voices of Deliverance performing for the ceremony.
Describe your wedding flowers: Peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, gardenias, lisianthus, dusty miller, lambs ear, touches of lavender. We had a mixture of milk glass containers and mason jars.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: It was a two-tier lace design by Jim Smeal to mimic my dress along with gourmet s’mores with homemade chocolates such as orange, chipotle, peanut butter & peppermint.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I plan entertainment for large scale events on cruise ships, which took me out of the country for days and weeks at a time.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our letterpress stationery with custom hand-drawn images by artist Sarah Watts.

Photographer: Tim Will // Planner: Carrie Glasscock of A Charleston Bride // Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation // Florist: A Charleston Bride // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Jim Smeal // Caterer: FISH Catering for Patrick Properties Hospitality Group // Rentals: Snyder and Event Dining Rental Solutions // Custom Table Runners: A Charleston Bride // Lighting: Technical Event Company // Paper Products: Art by Sarah Watts, printing by Sas-E Ink // Hair: Canvas Salon // Entertainment: Quiana Parler & Friends // Transportation: Trolley from Absolutely Charleston, Bentley from Royal Limo

Love this wedding? You might also love these:
Ashley + Patrick’s Southern garden wedding here and here.
Brooke + Victor’s Lowndes Grove wedding here and here.
Candice + Jimmy’s pink Lowndes Grove wedding here and here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Shan reply

    Nicole, would you know where the bridesmaids’ skirts come from? I would love to wear one to my graduation.

  2. avatar Vanessa reply

    Between the amazing dresses and the dictionary guest book, I’m not sure what I love more!

  3. avatar Jenni reply

    The dress is gorgeous! What designer is it?

  4. avatar Emily reply

    Hi ladies! We’re checking in on that for you and will let you know once we find the sources for the bridesmaid outfits and wedding gown! :)

    • avatar Holly R reply

      Emily: I am also in LOVE with the bridesmaid outfits and having a hard time finding the skirts at traditional bridal boutiques. I would LOVE to know where they are from!

    • avatar Ka’ili reply

      Emily: Hi emily, the skirts and dresses are gorgeous, were you able to find out the designer and where the bride found them?

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  8. avatar Emily reply

    Hi ladies! Unfortunately we haven’t been able to get in touch with the bride to find out the designer or name of the skirts. I’ll update this post if/when we hear from her!

  9. avatar Abby reply

    Any word on the bridesmaid’s skirts from the blog about Elizabeth and Alex?
    We are dying to find them for a friend’s wedding!
    Please let us know if you find out any information!

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  12. avatar Amanda reply

    Also still eagerly waiting to find out where these bridesmaids outfits came from!!! :)

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  16. avatar LauraLea reply

    I would love to know where you found the bridesmaids skirts? I love them and this is exactly what I am wanting to do for my wedding. thanks

  17. avatar Lauren Marshall reply

    Any word on the bridesmaid skirts?

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  19. avatar Joy Hilton reply

    Who is the designer of this dress!!??

  20. avatar Gretchen Rambadt reply

    hey nicole I was wondering where the skirts came from. I am getting married in December and would love to have my bridesmaids wear maxi skirts. Trying to decide if I should buy or make them. Do you know what Elizabeth did? thanks!

  21. avatar Maya Alvarez reply

    Another bride to be interested in where the maxi skirts came from :)

  22. avatar Sariah reply

    Hi Nicole, for the Lowndes Grove Plantation wedding, do you know where Elizabeth got her bridesmaids’ maxi skirts? I am getting married in December and the blue and grey are my colors and I want to do the same thing for my bridesmaids.

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