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Banana pudding is a Southern Delicacy we have yet to tackle, but I’d say we’re about due, wouldn’t you? Perhaps Marissa will indulge us with a bit of history in a future column! In the meantime, enjoy these diminuitive scoops of this old-school Southern favorite. Yum!

Thanks so much to Landon Jacob for sharing!

P.S. Banana pudding instead of wedding cake

Landon Jacob is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Emily reply

    These are adorable! As a huge banana pudding fan, it’s great to see this delicious treat so adorably shared. Thanks for posting this!

  2. avatar Ashley reply

    We’re serving mini banana puddings at our wedding next May! I’m so excited about it :)

  3. avatar Desiree reply

    Oh my goodness, my cousin was JUST talking about doing this for her wedding in Alabama…way cute! We need to create a recipe for banana nutella pudding…i die.

  4. avatar Heather reply

    We had mini banana puddings at our wedding! Banana pudding is my husband’s all-time favorite dessert, and he’s not a big cake fan, so that was his “groom’s cake” – we brought out the mini puddings and a few other mini treats toward the end of the night. They disappeared very quickly!

  5. avatar Julie reply

    What is the recipe for these mini puddings?

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Doesn’t Christine look so very Gone with the Wind in that first image? I’m swooning over plenty in Christine + Josh’s sweet summer nuptials, starting with her fabulous Southern style. From C’s classic lace gown and edge-detailed veil to the magnolia leaves in her bouquet and the romantic ceremony outside of The Reserve at Oak Bowery, I couldn’t dream up a more beautiful wedding. Make sure you pause to admire their chalkboard photobooth towards the end of this post – I mean, the family tree detail? SO fun, and such a great way to incorporate family heritage and tradition! Big hugs to Ms. Tiffany at Lucky Photography for sharing this beauty with us!

One of my favorite moments – a quick prayer with Christine and her ‘maids before the ceremony.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I’m one of those people who doesn’t shop well with others. But since it was for my wedding dress, I wanted my mom and sister to be there. I’m from the Mississippi coast, so we shopped around Mobile, Alabama with no luck. I easily tried on about a hundred dresses and just couldn’t find the right one. I went back to Auburn empty handed and a little frustrated. While surfing the web, I came across a beautiful lace gown that was absolutely perfect. I called a local salon to see if they had it in stock and they did! I was so excited to see it in person; I drove over there even with class beginning in 30 minutes! When I got to the salon, the salesperson persuaded me to try it on and it was perfect. It was funny to be sharing such a big moment with a stranger, but I couldn’t help it. I had found my dress without argument. The best part was that I got it for 50% off and with a free veil!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to not do a “first look,” but if you ask any of the crew or wedding party, we kind of cheated. I saw him the morning of, before I left for the spa and again walking around the grounds to check on the setup. He didn’t see the dress, though, and I’m glad for it!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We didn’t write our own vows simply because there are too many good ones out there already. How do we compete with that? We had traditional Catholic vows. Our ceremony was a perfect combination of family traditions. Not only was it a perfect combination for us, but our families and friends all enjoyed it as well.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We did a “hands ceremony.” I really cried the first time I read it. It was just too perfect.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. The ceremony music was all classical piano versions of popular songs. The prelude was a mix of Beatles music with the processional being “All You Need is Love.” I walked with my father to “Here Comes the Bride” and we receded to “Wedding March.” The piano really helped to create a classic and light atmosphere. The reception was a lot more upbeat! We started with our first dance to “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait, I danced with my father to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, and Josh and his mother danced to “In My Life” by the Beatles.

Isn’t this bridal party a cool sip of water? The gray and cream tones are so light and refreshing for summer!

There’s that chalkboard photobooth backdrop I was telling you about – isn’t it too cool? We’ve long been fans of Dana Tanamachi’s work, and love this DIY project inspired by it!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our wedding cake had four tiers of traditional, wedding cake with a butter cream and raspberry filling. The groom’s cake was a rich chocolate cake and with a peanut butter cream filling! It was themed, like a lot groom’s cakes in the South; the cake depicted a sandlot with a bride and groom cake topper of the groom pitching to the bride!
What was Southern about your wedding? We love Southern culture! It was no surprise that we married outside a beautiful plantation decorated with magnolias, hydrangeas, and small vintage details.

How did the two of you meet? Technically, Josh and I first met when we were neighbors at Auburn University. Josh, my roommate and his roommate brought a huge TV to my condo. It swallowed my console table! When I heard all the grunting from carrying it up three flights of stairs and into my place, I got curious and came out to see the main attraction. The three of them were sitting on the couch admiring their work and the gigantic discoloration of the screen. We were formally introduced and that was that!
Describe the proposal. I was driving back to Tuscaloosa to see Josh after a couple months working in my hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. We had made plans to have a formal date together that evening. Little did I know, everyone else was looking forward to it, too. The festivities started as I was getting ready for dinner. I had several missed calls and suspicious voicemails granting me a “wooooonderful” evening. With some suspicions in the air, we were off to a dinner both of us really enjoyed. When we got back to the house, I instantly wanted to get in my pajamas. However, Mr. Charming distracted me with dessert. He had made peanut butter pie for us to enjoy and my suspicions began to grow again. We ate pie at the dining room table and he chose the seat next to me rather than the one across. Not letting my thoughts ruin the surprise for myself, I started a common topic on the house work. Josh went on and on about all the things that the house still needed only to conclude that it needed me. At that point, he asked “Will you marry me?” I was so stunned that the moment was really happening, that I put the ring aside and just sat there crying and holding his face. Eventually, he reminded me of the ring and I was more than happy to put the heavy bling on my hand. He couldn’t have done better.
In what month did you get married? We married in June.
How many guests attended your wedding? We had roughly 100 guests.
Describe your wedding flowers: I was looking for a clean and classic look. The florist and I chose a pallet of whites, greens, and silver. My bouquet was filled with hydrangeas, white roses, magnolia leaves, dusty miller, eucalyptus berry, and more.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Oh goodness! I think the most challenging part was delegating. I’m not a control freak, I promise! But it was surprisingly hard to hand over some of the projects and responsibilities at the end. I don’t understand why because I had the best help and a lot of it came out better than what I could have done myself!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? Our wedding was right on budget! It ranged in $10,000-$25,000.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? My best splurge was really two things. A lot of the DIY projects added up to an amazing atmosphere, so I’d say the best splurge was on project supplies like drapery fabric for the altar and MDF for the photo booth. All the overlooked details really added up to be not only a great design, but also a great expense.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My most memorable moment on the wedding day was taking pictures after the ceremony. All the formalities were over and the pictures show just how much fun we had!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? The best advice I have is actually something my dad would say. It’s the five P’s: proper preparation prevents poor performance. I’m sorry it’s corny, but so true! Give yourself time to research what you both really like and how to accomplish it within your budget/timeline! Prep as much as you can early so there won’t be any stress the week of. The best elements of the wedding were a group effort and planned early!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    GIRL! I love seeing all your hard work pay off. This really was a truly stunning wedding and had so much personality and southern charm. I remember being up at studio while you were printing invites! SO DIY :) I think you have some of the most beautiful bridal portraits I have EVER seen. Congrats!!

  2. avatar Christine Rountree reply

    Hey Ya’ll!
    I just want to make sure it’s known that the chalkboard idea was inspired by a wedding design in Chicago. I can’t remember where I found it, but I want to make sure credit gets out somehow! Thanks!
    PS Thanks for the feature!

    • avatar Christine Rountree reply

      *New York wedding at the foundry was the inspiration for the photo booth backdrop. They did it as a backdrop for the ceremony. I’m not sure if it was chalkboard, but mad props to them!

    • avatar Ashley Miller reply

      Christine Rountree: Hi Christine! Your wedding is absolutely stunning! I was wondering if you followed a tutorial for the chalkboard backdrop? I love this idea and also saw it for the New York wedding but am at a loss as to where I should start. Any help/advice/tips is greatly appreciated! Again, congrats on a fabulous wedding!

  3. avatar Marletha reply

    That chalkboard backdrop is awesome!

  4. avatar Heather reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I adore the bride’s lace dress, the mason jar aisle decor, and the chalkboard backdrop especially!

  5. avatar Melissa C. reply

    I loved everything about your wedding, Christine! My favorite thing is that I noticed you wore your hook bracelet on your big day. As a frequent visitor to St. John and the VIs, I find the story behind the bracelets truly romantic — I wear my hook bracelet every day and will most certainly be wearing on my wedding day as well!

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We’re working like busy little bees over here on our next (and gorgeous, might I brag!) edition of Southern Weddings! And, well, we need your help!

As you know, the true meaning of weddings is so important to us – so important, that we’re fixing to include the Sweet Tea Society manifesto right in our glossy, so even brides who pick up a copy off the newsstand can get in on the fun!

But here’s where y’all come in. You know what we believe, but now, we want to know what YOU believe. I may be partial to the part about magnolias and monograms, but doesn’t this make your heart light up like fireflies in a mason jar on a hot summer night? Whether it’s naming your future baby after your grandmother’s maiden name, or going the extra mile to make someone feel special, we want to know what you believe in.

Comment below and tell us! We’ll sprinkle our favorite answers throughout the next issue, so please only comment if it’s okay for us to include your quote, plus your first name, last initial, and hometown in print. We’d love to have you join us!

P.S. Haven’t gotten your Sweet Tea Society badge yet? Why, you can download one right here!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Laura reply

    Smelling honeysuckles as you drive with the windows down on a warm summer evening.

  2. avatar Stephanie B. reply

    The last drop of honeysuckle while chasing fireflies with the cup of your hand at dusk laughing like a child again.

  3. avatar Sheila Marie reply

    We believe a wedding reception isn’t complete without Lady Fingers on the sweets table. – Sheila H. Ocean Springs, MS

  4. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Red velvet and ruffles! And faith, family and tradition. :)

  5. avatar Amanda K.-Madison, Ga. reply

    I believe that wedding vows will hold true forever when God is the foundation of the marriage.

  6. avatar Carly T., Philadelphia reply

    Believe that you will be one of the fortunate couples to say “I do”…forever. My grandparents are both 91 and will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

  7. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I believe homemade always tastes better… I believe a good night’s sleep makes any challenge more manageable.

    Elizabeth P., Dallas TX

  8. avatar Nicole reply

    I believe a hug from someone you love can fix just about anything! Nicole S., Morgantown, WV

  9. avatar Heather reply

    The food always tastes better if it’s Grandma’s recipe.

  10. avatar Ashton reply

    I always smile when I make eye contact with people, because you have to show them what Southern Hospitality is all about.

    Ashton K.
    Mooresville, NC

    Looking forward to V5!

  11. avatar Jessica reply

    We believe that nothing makes a table scape more beautiful than fresh vegetables from daddy’s garden and warm biscuits from mama’s oven! Jessica J. Knightdale NC

  12. avatar Morgan Carwile reply

    Ice cream truck at the reception? Lovely childhood memories of summer time and ice cream from the ice cream truck. Also, rooting the local minor league baseball team.

  13. avatar Tamara Menges reply

    Hi ladies! Im a HUGE believer in all things on your manifesto!! LOVE that yall are putting marriage first, that is the reason for the wedding after all! Great job SW ladies!
    Im absolutely supporting my badge!

  14. avatar Tamara Menges reply

    Tamara M. Groves, Texas
    Hi ladies! Im a HUGE believer in all things on your manifesto!! LOVE that yall are putting marriage first, that is the reason for the wedding after all! Great job SW ladies!
    Im absolutely supporting my badge!

  15. avatar Katie reply

    Leaving love notes in my Fiance’s lunch box, or on his bathroom mirror.

  16. avatar Katie reply

    I forgot to say- Katie B. Raleigh

  17. avatar Molly Stillman reply

    A Southern lady knows that the most important part of the wedding is the union of a husband and wife with the Lord and the life-long marriage that comes when it’s all said and done. :)

    -Molly S., Hillsborough, NC

  18. avatar Kelsey reply

    I believe that even a Yankee like me can be a Southern girl at heart if she is charming, hospitable, and full of joy! -Kelsey F., Cochranton, PA

  19. avatar Leigh Pearce reply

    I believe that weddings have style and that themes are for proms. I believe that you should skip on traditions that don’t matter to you and embrace the ones that do. I believe that showing your guests Southern hospitality means more than any pretty little detail ever could (but they sure are nice!). – Leigh P., Greensboro, NC

  20. avatar whitney porter reply

    I believe that a pause and a deep breath can lock a perfect memory in your mind forever.

  21. avatar Mary Clark reply

    Love the manifesto! I believe that marriage is FUN, that God is GOOD, and that tea should always be SWEET. I believe that weddings should be filled with laughter, love, and beauty. I believe in capturing sweet moments and making them into beautiful memories that will be cherished for years to come. I believe that every wedding is special and that the Lord takes great joy in two becoming one.

  22. avatar Kendall LaRochelle reply

    We know that just because our daddy gives us away, it doesn’t mean our amazing mommas shouldn’t be honored in our ceremony too!

  23. avatar Jessica of My Baking Heart reply

    I believe in cowboy boots, handmade quilts and starry nights from the bed of an old pickup truck. – Jessica R., Denison, TX

  24. avatar Kristina reply

    I believe that where I come from we don’t return your tupperware empty; we refresh it with a homemade treat.

  25. avatar Brittany Mayer reply

    hey Ladies. I just water to say that I love this post. And I had to share this with people I know would understand.
    I have been through every nook and cranny in my home and never saw anything from my folks wedding other than an album and a gorilla mask (don’t ask). But just this year I somehow stumbled upon a gown bag I had never seen and checked it out. Inside was my mom’s veil, it is perfect and gorgeously romantic. I asked her if I could wear it and she was so excited about it! It means the world to me that I will have that from her when I walk down the aisle

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Brittany! I DO appreciate your story, and I bet your veil is gorgeous! So happy for you that you get to wear it down the aisle!

  26. avatar Mariah Hughes reply

    I believe that there is nothing more Southern, than obsessing over being southern! :)

    I believe that we’re all Steel Magnolias at heart!

    I believe that the most important man for a woman to love is her daddy!

    I believe that when life gives you lemons, put them in your sweet tea and thank God you’re from the South!

    *Gainesville, Florida*

  27. avatar Denise Oliveira reply

    I believe that Every Story is a Gift!

  28. avatar Mary Hines reply

    I believe you should spend your time, energy and budget on what is going to matter in 30 years and that it’s easy to say vows but living them out with integrity day by day is what marriage is all about.

  29. avatar Courtney reply

    Courtney from Murray, KY
    I believe that spending the extra dollar on letterpressed invitations and calligraphy has no price. After all, an invitation is the first part of any event the guests will see.

  30. avatar Theresa reply

    I believe in making your guests truly feel a part of your wedding celebration and surrounding them in Southern hospitality.

  31. avatar Emily reply

    I believe that time passes too quickly not to stop and smell the gardenias! It’s a reminder to enjoy the sweetness of life. -Emily M, New Orleans, LA

  32. avatar Nikki Zawol reply

    I believe in holding doors open for others and that a kind smile goes a long way.

  33. avatar Lindsay Heisler reply

    I believe in keeping true to your roots. I love the South (particularly the Low Country of South Carolina). There is a certain element that the South has. We hold our heads a little higher and strand a bit straighter. We are proud of our home and everything it has to offer!

  34. avatar Rebecca Brandt reply

    this sounds like a perfect place to share my marriage of 5 going on 6 years and being together for 10 and we are still in Bliss :)

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