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I love a good party, y’all, but I also love being surrounded by only people I truly love and cherish. For Emily + Michael, keeping their wedding small was a challenge that was worthwhile and turned into their favorite memory of the day. “We wanted to feel relaxed on our wedding day and enjoy everyone present. It was incredibly important to us not to compromise that. Having a small wedding allowed us to have many memorable moments. We did not feel rushed nor did we feel like we were entertaining. We really had time to enjoy and appreciate each person there.”

We just love that these photos from Jeff Hall make us feel just as relaxed as E + M wanted their celebration to be.

My wedding dress was more of a work in progress than anything. Both the dress and the shrug were made by friends. The dress design was a compilation of my favorite aspects of several dresses I had seen. It was really cool to see how my vision evolved. I love every piece of that dress. It has so much story, from the fabric to the broach to the shrug. Each element is precious to me and I know exactly where it came from.

I was so pleased with our wedding flowers. A dear friend of ours did all of the flowers. I gave her a picture of what I had hoped for and she made it happen well within budget! I wanted something that had an old-fashioned feel using the eucalyptus, wheat and whatever pink hues she thought would work. They turned out beautifully!

Did you write your own vows? We didn’t write our own vows. I think that is one of the few things we left to tradition. We used the Marriage Liturgy from the Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer and that had everything we needed to say. I remember those words from every wedding I had ever been to, so being able to say them myself was important.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Michael’s brother read Corinthians 13.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. My very best friend played the fiddle before and after our wedding and she wrote a song for us.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We really couldn’t choose. Everything in the wedding was hand-picked from thrift stores, borrowed, handmade or already in our collection of stuff. Each item was touched by someone we love and it all had a story. Our families and friends were so supportive and helpful in making every detail come together. We couldn’t have had a more meaningful wedding as far as all of the details go.

I love the photo below ridiculous amounts. I love that with a small wedding, a group portrait isn’t out of the question. This is one that I would hang in my home for generations.

I feel like there was so much that was Southern about our wedding. To begin, the Southern location, South Carolina Table Rock is just gorgeous, especially in the fall. The park itself has so much history and really is one of South Carolina’s great gems. The food was no exception. Barbecued pork, cornbread, cole slaw, mac ‘n’ cheese, drinking beer out of mason jars, sweet tea and lemonade! It was all Southern as far as the food goes! Another Southern element we had was that all the ladies were given lovely vintage handkerchiefs before the ceremony.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Michael and I met through our best friends years before we ever began dating. In those years, he was a nomadic rock climber (very much the bachelor) and I was a single mom. Needless to say, we were at very different places in our lives. Years later, we all reunited over a few beers and great memories. I gave him my number, he called, and five years later we married!
Describe the proposal. It was the coldest night here in South Carolina in December. He asked me to come into the backyard with him and look at the stars. It must be love because I obliged, though I detest the cold! Right there, he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I said “of course” and then “can we go inside?” I was so cold and I couldn’t see the ring! It was simple and perfect for us.
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 55
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes we did. We thought it would be a great way to settle into the day, just to see one another and hang out before the ceremony. It was really sweet, too, because my son and our moms were there and the pictures turned out so well! Michael and I are both very happy we made the decision to have a “first look.” It was a very special part of the day and it really made everything afterward so relaxed and natural.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We went with pies. Many of our guests baked and we had about ten different pies.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Making decisions was my biggest challenge. Although I knew what I wanted, I was overwhelmed by the details and how to make things happen. The women in my life really helped with that. I looked at the people I knew who were excellent planners and I told them to tell me what to do and I did it. No questions asked.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? Less than $10,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The wedding itself. We feel that having a wedding and spending that amount of money on one day is such a luxury! Michael and I went back and forth as to whether or not we should have the wedding celebration. We are so happy we chose to celebrate in the way we did! I wouldn’t trade the entire experience for anything. It was the perfect way for us to begin our lives together with our precious family and friends.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Just try to keep perspective about what this day represents for you as a couple.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? There is no telling what’s next! Our son will be in high school this year so that will be an experience within itself. Michael and I have learned that life has its own plans for us at times and we hope to handle it all as gracefully as possible. We do enjoy a good adventure every now and then. Maybe we’ll add a baby!??

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) reply

    Wow, This is a gorgeous wedding with absolutely beautiful photography! I love how every detail gives off such a warm and inviting feel…simply amazing!

  2. avatar invitation consultants reply

    love the big family photo!

  3. avatar The Photography of Haley Sheffield reply

    Beautiful photos. Beautiful wedding.

    I love that you guys shared a low-budget wedding. The details were adorable, but that B&W family picture just tugs on my heart-strings.

  4. avatar tammy reply

    One of my favorites weddings you have featured so far. Beautiful and intimate and precious. Budget friendly too :-). Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. avatar Laura reply

    Love the grooms tie, does any one know where it’s from?!

  6. avatar Ali reply

    LOVE the guys vest with the blue stripe tie! Please tell me where they’re from! I’ve been searching everywhere!

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  8. avatar Heather reply

    This wedding is absolutely amazing! I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get garland similar to that used above the pavilion. .

  9. avatar Special Event Painter – Arlissa Vaughn reply

    Love the “realness” of this folksy wedding — not too done up and fancy, but still gorgeous!!

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Whew. August was a big month for us y’all! We had some big photo shoots (in our office, no less), tons of magazine-prep, fun reuniting with Marissa and of course, many Southern Doin’s. Take a look at what happened behind the scenes at Southern Weddings!

1. While all the girls were primping and prepping for our team photos, I snapped a quick photo of our office couch covered in outfit options! We had a ton of fun choosing what to wear.

2. We could not believe Marissa hadn’t met Grace until Em’s shower! They spent some snuggle time together afterward.

3. Yahoo! Em finally got some cowboy boots! We just love that she paired them with a cute navy dress and a fun necklace for the day.

4. We shot our cover this month — what do y’all think?

5. Marissa had a hilarious text reaction to Lara’s iPhone preview of a feature shoot.

6. Emily’s ring bearer bowl from Paloma’s Nest arrived!! Just a few short days until she says “I do!”

7. We made some beautiful bouquets with cotton from Floral Cotton for shoots. We think they might have made it into almost every shoot this year! We just can’t get enough.

8. We shot three giant features in our office this year!

9. We took our new team photos this month with the help of Nancy Ray.

10. Emily snapped a quick shot of the belties at Fearrington while she was at brunch with her parents! They might be one of our favorite features of Fearrington.

11. I powered up for a day of Southern Weddings projects at my favorite local coffee shop and wondered if anyone would invent a pecan-flavored shot.

12. A plate full of biscuits from one of our last big shoots — a guaranteed tummy-filler when the troops are getting hungry.

13. Emily’s pre-wedding reminder on her home chalkboard. Can y’all tell that she’s been practicing her calligraphy?

14. Marissa finally found the elusive “Tart Deco” color by Essie. It was on her summer essentials list, and she couldn’t find it anywhere! We think it’s the perfect peachy color.

15. Marissa’s adorable new desk décor from Katie at Petal and Print.

How was August for y’all? What were the highlights of your month?

See what happened in July, June and May.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Gina reply

    What a great month! You are all a true inspiration!!!
    And that cover… is truly AMAZING!!!!!! I can’t wait to read it!
    Clap! Clap! Clap!
    Bravo, you girls rock!

  2. avatar Robyn reply

    Oh. my. gosh! Number 14! I totally feel your pain! After WEEKS of searching I finally found it at Target! Love it so much!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Oh girl! A friend of mine had me hooked, and I looked for literally a month! I finally found it at a random CVS while traveling!

  3. avatar Jessica Thornton reply

    August was good for me because I got married! (I’m still eagerly anticipating the new issue of SW, though!) We spent our honeymoon at Disney World, and now we’re settling into our first place!

    You girls are my favorites! LOVE from Mississippi.

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I was in denial about the return of the colder months until I saw Marielle + Michael’s winter wedding. Marielle, who is a wedding professional (one of the talented members of the family behind Mark Williams Studio), embraced the romance behind the absence of color during winter and went to work creating a DIY wedding that tops the charts. Marielle’s “I do’s” to Michael were packed with family antiques and notions and then pulled together seamlessly by family and friends. We love that their winter wedding feels positively warm and cozy with the addition of handmade details and sentimental charm.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I actually went with a friend a few months before to look at dresses and she tried it on! Of course, I loved it on her — I never thought that it would be my dress! It was the second one that I tried on, and I knew immediately that it was the one.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Being that my family, bridesmaids, and myself shot the pictures, we had no choice but to see each other before and get the “to-do’s” out of the way. Our first look was actually on the dock of the mill pond. It was the initial spot that I fell in love with at the venue, and if I had planned a small, intimate wedding, I would have married on the dock. It was a perfect compromise and a perfect moment.

Marielle is a woman of many talents! She put together this beautiful bouquet on her own and made a few nods to the women of her family. The blooms were tied with a hand-crocheted ivory lace handed down from her great grandmother and then adorned with an ivory cameo necklace, a gift from her mother.

As the DIY/wedding professional that I am, I decided to do all of the décor and floral myself. I fell in love with the look of winter and the absence of color during this time of year, so I decided to mimic this in my flowers. All of the flowers were made of seasonal plants that grow in my grandmother’s yard: dried baby’s breath, sola/tapioca wood flowers, cotton and cotton flowers, tallow berries, and preserved roses in my bouquet. I spent hours and hours hand crafting each design, but the end result and the feeling of creating my own wedding with my hands was so rewarding.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was the location. When Michael and I began dating (as children), he continuously told me that he knew exactly where he wanted to get married. I never understood quite how breathtakingly beautiful the place was until he made his case after we were engaged. Needless to say, I was blown away! The steeple that was positioned beside the ceremony was the steeple that I was baptized under at my church as a child. This of course, made my mother fall in love.

Set among the bare trees at McGarrh Mill Pond, M + M brought to life a ceremony that stuns. The dramatic aisle and light breeze could not have been more romantic!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last. I am a die-hard Twilight lover and this song just spoke to my heart! Our first dance was to the first song that Michael and I listened to together as kids, “This Year’s Love” by David Grey. For our father-daughter dance, we danced to “Fields of Gold” by Sting. It’s Daddy’s all-time favorite. We have so many memories of it as kids. It was the most emotional part of the entire day!

Did you write your own vows? We actually recited vows written by our pastor in the ceremony, but we had a sacred vow exchange and prayer ceremony on the dock following the ceremony under the crepe myrtle lane. Michael and I exchanged written letters to each other, and threw the bottle in the water on our honeymoon. Pastors, who had been a special part of our life laid hands on us in a beautiful moment of blessing.

Everything was a timeless expression of Southern love. I wanted my wedding to be beautiful to everyone who attended, old and young. I have such an appreciation for my family’s collection of antiques and handmade notions from our ancestors past. All of the furniture used at the wedding came from within our ancestor’s plantation home, all of the lace was handmade by the women of my lineage. It was a “collaboration” of art and handmade beauty not only by me and my family, but our generations past. One detail that I loved was my garter. I made it from the lace of my grandmothers wedding dress sleeves. My sisters will also carry on this tradition.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Pulling it all off was definitely a challenge! My family and dear friends brought the beautiful scene to life with the details, shot all of the pictures, and were a part of one of the most emotional days of our lives. It was such a beautiful experience being able to work as “A Family of Artistic Professionals” and see my dreams come to life. I could have never been happier with the beauty of it all. We ARE our business and my wedding was a perfect showcase of our love for each other and what we do.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. After a crack of his adorable smile, Michael caught my eye in the fourth grade and swept me off my feet in the seventh grade during our two-week fling. We “rediscovered” each other in our high school art class. We began dating that summer and have never been apart since. I find it funny how so many people have a story of when they “knew” they were right for each other or when they fell in love. However, Michael and I have ALWAYS known! We have been each other’s best friend nearly half of our lives!
Describe the proposal. I was in the art studio working with ceramics, making a place setting of stoneware for the two of us to have one day in our future home. When I left the studio that afternoon, Michael asked me to come pick him up at Sweetheart Circle. It is a legend at Georgia Southern University that if you walk around Sweetheart Circle three times with your significant other, you will one day marry that person. The entire time as I drove there, I was thinking to myself, “I look like such a mess. My hands are shriveled and muddy! I just know he is going propose! He never asks me to pick him up here!” I was right, but of course at that point the mud didn’t matter, and even though my hands were shriveled to nothing the ring was still beautiful on my hand.
In what month did you get married? We were married on January 7, 2012.
How many guests attended your wedding? Over 500! This was with our guest list CUT! Having a line of small family businesses, we know a lot of people!)
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My childhood friend, Jordan Mason read scripture from Song of Solomon 8:6&7, “Hang my locket around your neck, wear my ring on your finger. Love is invincible facing danger and death. Passion laughs at the terrors of hell. The fire of love stops at nothing— it sweeps everything before it. Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold — it’s not to be found in the marketplace.” My first cousin, Christian Maile read from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” He read from the wedding Bible that my late grandfather used when he officiated at wedding ceremonies.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: I actually had a table full of different deserts and cakes! The cakes were all heavenly in flavor. I decorated and assembled the tiered cakes myself.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? Being so DIY, we managed to have an amazing event for approximately $19,000. Keep in mind, a LARGE portion of this expense was feeding over 500 guests!
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? I honestly can say that I don’t think I splurged on anything! Everything was 100% worth it and reasonable in my eyes.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My Daddy! Being that we work together 24/7 and attend weddings every weekend, it was such a surprise to watch him turn into a complete ball bag! Our time walking down the aisle and during our first dance was the most special part of the day.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Natural Handcrafted Soap reply

    Beautiful and Elegant , love vintage style.

  2. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    I LOVE this winter wedding so much!! So beautiful :-)

  3. avatar Cindy Gray reply

    I pray God’s rich blessings upon your union! That your lives together will glorify His kingdom! In the lovely name of Jesus! Amen

    • avatar Marielle W Singletary (Mark Williams Studio) reply

      Cindy Gray: Thank you so much! He has and continues to bless us daily in our marriage :)

  4. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh goodness, winter weddings are my weakness!! They are a gorgeous couple, and every detail is exquisite!

    • avatar Marielle W Singletary (Mark Williams Studio) reply

      Lisa: Thank you so much :) It was my perfect wedding! I’ve always loved using heirlooms and other scraps from the past to make something beautiful.

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    • avatar Marielle W Singletary (Mark Williams Studio) reply

      Love List -: Thanks for sharing our wedding :)

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  7. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    Anyone know where the bridesmaids’ gorgeous fur jackets were found??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Melissa! The bride’s fur was vintage (in her family), but the bridesmaids’ furs were from Hope that helps!

    • avatar Melissa Vause reply

      Emily: Thanks Emily!! I’ve been looking several places for sweaters or cardigans for my girls so they won’t freeze to death! I know it probably won’t be “freezing” at the beginning of December, but Southern ladies tend to have a different definition of chilly weather ;-)

  8. avatar Wedding Shoppe, Inc. reply

    What an incredible wedding! Everything about it is absolutely stunning..the perfect blend of rustic and elegant. Watch out, Pinterest’re about to get flooded with gorgeousness.

    • avatar Marielle W Singletary (Mark Williams Studio) reply

      Wedding Shoppe, Thank you so much :) It was my perfect wedding! I’ve always loved using heirlooms and other scraps from the past to make something beautiful.

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  10. avatar cari reply

    I was wondering where the groomsmen’s suits were from and if the bride’s fur stole was a family piece or something bought? Thanks!

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  13. avatar amanda reply

    where are the candelabras from? thanks!

  14. avatar BETH reply

    can you tell me the color of these dresses?

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  18. avatar rebeccca pineda reply

    Where did u get your blush flats?!?!? I live in los angeles ca.

  19. avatar fiona lee reply

    that`s ao amazing wedding ! wanderful wedding`s place , beautiful everythings and a happy couple!
    congratulations !

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  21. avatar Abby Stancil reply

    Hello!! This venue is beautiful!! I would love more information about it. I can’t seem to find any. I am wanting a wedding in the woods and this looks divine. Please let me know! Beautiful pictures!

  22. avatar Sara reply

    I absolutely love this venue! Can you tell me where it is?? Thank you!

  23. avatar Chasidy reply

    Where was the venue for your wedding? It is breath taking!

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