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Happy September, y’all! The beginning of the month always means a Real Wedding round-up. Take a look at Emily’s, Marissa’s and my favorite things from August’s weddings. We’re also happy to introduce our intern, Alexia, who is joining us with her picks!

FAVORITE WEDDING DRESS: Bride Lauren chose her dress not just because it’s beautiful, but because it made her feel comfortable. Isn’t that what we all want? It’s enough for it to top my list. Alexia loved the slim-fitting lace gown that Bonnie donned at her North Carolina wedding. Emily was perfectly smitten with the unique and flowing gown that Kelsey wore. Nicole’s backless dress instantly knocked Marissa off her feet.

FAVORITE BRIDESMAID DRESS: We think it’s hard to go wrong with full length black dresses. Marissa loved the way Melanie’s ‘maids looked in them. Emily adored the pretty blue dresses that Nicole’s gals wore and I thought Kelsey’s pink bridesmaid dresses were too fun. Alexia thought the softer pink frocks that Bonnie’s ladies wore were lovely.

FAVORITE FEMALE ACCESSORY: Alexia and Marissa agree, glitter and sparkles win! For them, Liz’s shoes and Bonnie’s bridal accessories were perfection. I thought Emily’s yellow wedding shoes were an adorable addition to her gown. Emily loved Alise’s fluffy lace-trimmed veil.

FAVORITE MENSWEAR: The men at Xaviera + Chris’s wedding were nothing short of well-dressed. I loved their black and grey suits and sweet succulent and rose boutonnieres. Marissa fell for the dress blues that Jake donned on the big day. Alexia couldn’t get enough of the dapper gingham-wearing gents at Caitlyn + John’s wedding. Emily thought the Evan’s groomsmen looked cool and casual.

FAVORITE DETAIL: We are never short of amazing details on the blog. This month was particularly hard to narrow down. Marissa was a fan of Xaviera + Chris’s altar setup, with beautiful draping and a floral cross. Alexia (our resident glitter queen), couldn’t get enough of the glittery place cards at Bonnie + Armon’s tables. We’re sure that the glittery linens at Melanie + Joe’s reception have a reserved spot in Emily’s heart forever. I just loved the sweet printed dinner napkins and rosemary-adorned place settings at Emily + Chester’s reception. Not only was it beautiful, but it was sweet and sentimental. All of us agreed that Alise + Conor’s chair decorations topped the list! Beautiful, sweet and Johnny Cash? Win.

FAVORITE CEREMONY: Alise + Conor’s beautiful church ceremony won Alexia’s heart. I thought Ali + Austin’s front porch I do’s were sweet and lovely. Marissa loved the Southern outdoor ceremony that Emily + Morgan created and Emily adored the lakeside vows of Katie + Mike.

FAVORITE BOUQUET: The wildly shaped fun and colorful bouquets at Caitlyn + John’s wedding were a favorite for Alexia. Emily was crazy about Kelsey’s pink bouquet with its sweet blue ribbon wrap. I loved the pretty purple bouquet that Madeline carried down the aisle and Marissa was a fan of Xaviera’s white blooms paired with textured leaves.

FAVORITE SWEET: We had some yummy treats in this month’s Real Weddings! I thought Katie + Mike’s pink flower cake was adorable. Emily just loved the strawberry pies on each table at Lauren + Jake’s wedding. Alexia picked Bonnie + Armon’s burlap-adorned sweets table and Marissa chose the ribbon-backed table at Nicole + Rob’s reception.

FAVORITE PHOTO: I love ending with our favorite photos. Alexia thought Nicole + Rob’s post-ceremony kiss was lovely. Emily immediately fell for the sweet photo of Ali and her dad at their father-daughter dance. Marissa loved the fun trampoline-goers at Lauren + Jake’s wedding. I adored the sparkler-framed kiss that Ali + Austin shared at the end of the night.

Previous monthly round-ups:

What do you think of these highlights from August’s Real Weddings? What details did you love?

View all of August’s weddings in our Real Weddings Galleries!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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Exciting things are happening over here in the Southern Weddings office, y’all! The gorgeous images that have been flowing into our office from completed shoots are being placed on the page (after much agonizing over which photos to choose!), we just completed our final two shoots for V5, and, oh yes, I’m getting married in less than two weeks!! (Okay, so that last one is not exactly SW related, but I had to throw it in there!)

With our excitement about V5 just about boiling over, we decided it was high time to release the digital edition of V4, our 2011 issue. Of course, you can still pick up a copy right here (though I will warn you supplies are dwindling!), but now, you can see the whole shebang online, as well! Click here to see the complete digital edition of Southern Weddings V4!

Before V5 steals the spotlight, we wanted to share our favorite features one more time, especially for those of y’all who might not have been around when V4 debuted. Be sure to check out all of these spreads and more in the editorial gallery!

Marissa, our Southern fashion fiend, chose the Paper, Cotton, and Flour shoot. She has great memories of the shoot day, and loved how everything turned out! She also was (understandably) enamored with the seersucker dress!

Joey and Jessica

Nicole, our lover of bright color, chose the “punch shoot” (as we like to call it) for her favorite. I love that she said she almost stuck it on her bulletin board, but couldn’t bear to tear it out!

Braedon Photography

Lara opined that it was “SO hard to choose a favorite” (true), but eventually settled on the Williamsburg shoot. The said the image of the peanut poppers is one of her favorite Southern Weddings images ever, which is high praise from the woman who’s seen every Southern Weddings image there is!

Katie Stoops

Finally, I chose our South Carolina polo shoot as my favorite. It makes my heart happy every time I see those bold green and white striped skirts show up on Pinterest or another site! (And trust me, they’ve shown up everywhere — we haven’t done a scientific study, but if I had to guess, I would say that was the most popular image from all of V4!)

A Bryan Photo

Gorgeous, all of them! And before you go, just a final note to add that we are thisclose to being sold out of print ads for V5 (whoo!). To finish us off in grand style, we’ve decided to offer a bonafide piece of V4 memorabilia — a perfectly patterned bow tie — to the first five vendors/companies to book their print ad! Get in touch with Marissa (marissa at to reserve your spot ASAP!

emily Written with love by Emily

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You guys know I’m a sucker for a non-traditional dress. Alison’s pink Vera Wang was a show-stopper, but still looked perfectly whimsical to fit into her outdoor brunch “I do’s” with hubby, Brent. I am absolutely loving their breezy ceremony set-up, calligraphy details and lush green florals, courtesy of The Byrd Collective. We wish we could join in on Alison + Brent’s fun wedding from Paige Newton Photography!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Wow. It was quite an experience. I fell head over heels for the blush dress in Vera Wang’s collection for David’s Bridal the second I saw it. I was trying to save money and ended up buying another dress that I wasn’t happy with. After lamenting the decision and trying the blush pink dress on several times with friends, I stumbled upon a Three Nails Photography giveaway for my dream dress in my size! I held my breath for weeks and jumped straight out of my chair when I WON!

Brent knew that advent calendars were one of my favorite Christmas traditions. So when I made one for us, he decided to surprise me with a very special present on the last day! The ring was tucked in a chocolate candy wrapper (I have a major sweet tooth). I was in such a state of shock that it took me a minute to realize that he was down on one knee! It suddenly made sense why my parents had been avoiding me all morning. They had known since Thanksgiving when he had asked for my dad’s permission and they had all gone ring shopping together!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? No. That moment when I was walking down the aisle and we were both crying our eyes out was well worth the wait.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes! Brent’s were amazing. My favorite parts were the opening and the end. They started out very sweet and simple. “I promise to hold your hand under tables, in public, during the movies, while you sleep.” And the end was so special. “I look forward to the day it is no longer just us. To the day that we begin a family, and to working together as one body. I will be our hands, while you are our eyes. And you will be our heart, while I am the flesh, bones, and even armor that protects us.”

Two things I love: fun accessories and happy couples. Don’t y’all love Alison’s little black hair bow above and her adorable post-ceremony photo with Brent, below?

Ashley with The Byrd Collective is a floral genius. I wanted the flowers to be romantic and wild and she captured it perfectly. The room smelled gorgeously of sweet buds and delicious brunch food.

What range did your wedding budget fall into? I went over budget, broke down and hired a wedding planner. If I had been smart about it, I would have saved a lot by hiring her earlier on! We hit around $25,000. It could have been done for much less if I had planned my rentals earlier in the game and been better at budgeting — another handy reason to hire a planner.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Prioritize. If you aren’t good with budgets, then find someone who is immediately and follow your gut. Write thank you cards as you receive the gifts and make a list of those you’ve sent. Also, don’t borrow or buy your dishes. Washing 300 dishes isn’t anyone’s idea of a fun way to spend their first two weeks of marriage.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We became the best of friends during our last year of college at Texas State University. My maid of honor was also his good friend, so when he invited me to be his date at a wedding in his hometown, I didn’t hesitate. There is something extremely charming about a Southern gentleman and a small town wedding. But I bet I don’t have to tell y’all that!
In what month did you get married? I have always wanted to be a June bride and loved the date 6-2-12. Should be easy enough to remember!
How many guests attended your wedding? Close to 120.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Julia Ward sang “Love is a Big Deal” by Miya Dunets as I was walking down the aisle and as our first dance. It is hauntingly beautiful and has always brought tears to our eyes.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: When we sat down at the bakery to taste flavors, we had no idea what we were in for. We ended up choosing four different flavors because they were all so incredible. We chose to leave off the outer icing and drizzle the top with caramel. It gave it that wild and undone look that matched the flowers, but we placed two romantic brass swans on top to give it a polished touch.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The way it all felt very “us” from the bridal party outfits to the decor and food.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our families are from the South (Mississippi, Alabama, and deep in East Texas) so the accents alone made it feel very Southern. Other than that, we had several Southern touches. For brunch, we served scratch biscuits and gravy, I wore my something old/new/borrowed/blue in the form of wedding jewelry from our grandmothers and great grandmothers. The entire wedding had a family reunion feel which we loved, and we asked everyone to dress for my favorite Southern love, Sunday brunch.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I tried to do it all myself, while living in Arizona. If we hadn’t moved back to Austin a month before the wedding, I don’t know how I would have pulled it off. Having our friends and family around helped tremendously.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The photography! We’ll cherish these photographs forever.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The look on Brent’s face when I saw him standing at the altar. It was the sweetest moment of our entire relationship.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just moved home to Austin because we’d like to settle down, begin planning a family of our own, and enjoy every day that we are back where the people are friendly and the land is beautiful.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lynn reply

    I love the signs for the drinks and the beautiful range of colors in the bridesmaid dresses the most. Hope you had a great labor day weekend and are excited for the official return of pumpkin spice lattes and salted caramel mochas starting today!

  2. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    Love the dress in blush pink! I wore it in ivory. Beautiful photos!

  3. avatar Leah Muse reply

    Holy gorgeous. That dress is amazing, the photography is beautiful and bright, and the details are so charming!

  4. avatar Emily @ BDW reply

    It was a blast helping Alison + Brent pull off their wedding vision along with some of my favorite people. Alison is such a talented artist and hand letterer, too! Thanks for featuring :). And, congratulations, Martins! xoxo

  5. avatar Katie @ Lovebird Productions reply

    Stunning! It is amazing how romantic sheer curtains can be.

    And the blush dress…perfect!

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  10. avatar ann reply

    Who designed/made the corn hole bag board. Its amazing.

  11. avatar Jenna reply

    I am planning my wedding right now and REALLY want to copy your corn hole boards. I was going to paint the design myself but I was just curious if yours was a decal you got made or hand painted? If it was a decal do you mind telling me where it was from?
    Thank you!!

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