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This shoot was one of the very first ones we put together, and can I tell you a secret? It actually wasn’t shot in the South! We typically stay below the Mason-Dixon Line, for obvious reasons, but since Jen Huang and the Poppies & Posies gals came to us with the kernel of an idea and the perfect place to set it — a private property in Jen’s family in upstate New York — we traveled to them. And it turned out beautifully!

As you’ll be able to see pretty quickly, we were inspired by the Kentucky Derby, but we wanted to put our own classic girly sophisticated spin on things. We focused on apples, a favorite treat of the stars of the show, and pulled soft blush into the bright red palette to soften it.

Bryn from Paperfinger created the beautiful stationery suite and penned all the calligraphy, including the lines you see in the magazine feature!

Here’s our beautiful couple for the day! Jacqueline and Jeff just got married in October, so they were engaged at this shoot, and they were so sweet and adorable! The “bridesmaids” were equally as wonderful, and they were ALL good sports about shooting in the mist, and then rain :)

Now that’s a bouquet!! Between Amy yesterday and Sierra and Juliet today, we were lucky to work with the most talented florists!

This little guy might look cute, but he was not so interested in our photo shoot. Well, I take that back. His interest in our photo shoot extended to trying to nip treats off the sweet table and steal mouthfuls from the bouquets. Needless to say his stay was short-lived “on set.”

A bourbon bar! Love this man-friendly option for a cocktail hour or a corner of the reception. Sierra and Juliet brought boxes of beautiful accessories, like these vintage bourbon bottles from their prop shop The Trove, which was so helpful!

Gorgeous linens from La Tavola, an overflowing centerpiece from Poppies & Posies, and gilded details everywhere made this table shine. My very favorite detail, though, might have been the apple place cards – such a beautiful bright pop of color on the soft table!

Ahhh the sweets table. Emily from Lael Cakes blew us out of the water with her amazing looking and tasting completely vegan and gluten free apple-themed desserts. Between the mini apple pies, the gold-dusted caramel apples and THAT CAKE, we were singing her praises the whole day. Isn’t that cake pretty much the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen??

Huge thanks to our entire northern crew who worked on this shoot! Even though you’re in Yankee territory, you know a thing or two about Southern hospitality :)

Be sure to pick up your copy of V5 to see even more details and photos from this editorial, and stay tuned for the behind the scenes video by McKenzie Miller on Saturday!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Laura reply

    Those florals are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Just dying over that last cake shot. Stunning! I love the concept of this shoot, and although your horse was not so interested, I love that shot of him! He definitely added some personality :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Absolutely dreamy! That might be my favorite wedding cake ever, and the bourbon bar is such a wonderful idea!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Yep, I’m with you! Might be my favorite cake ever. AND I think Emily will ship the sugar flowers she makes, so that’s good news for those of us outside the NY area!

  4. avatar Love List – Something Pretty reply

    […] {The most exciting news of the week in the wedding world is that Southern Weddings V5 is officially out, and every page is just breathtaking! My favorite shoot so far is the “My Kentucky Rose” shoot, a romantic take on the Kentucky Derby. Isn’t that cake one of the most beautiful cakes you’ve ever seen? By Jen Huang Photography via Southern Weddings} […]

  5. avatar Kate Collison reply

    Beautiful wedding shoot! So sweet and very do-able and inspiring for the real-world bride! Congratulations to SW on V5, as well! Gorgeous. Always!

  6. avatar Kimberly Tunstall reply

    Beautiful wedding! I’m getting so much inspiration for my own wedding from your site:) I adore the shot of her with the half up do. Are those flowers or just flower pins?

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    I have been trying to find a venue like this! I want to get married beneath a large oak tree with horses roaming around in the background. Oo and white fences. Does this exist in the South??

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