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Y’all, we are all busy enjoying summer in the South, quickly checking off #SummerDoin after #Summerdoin. I have already picked fresh blueberries, tried my hand at making fried green tomatoes and served some friends homemade peach ice cream – made with fresh peaches from the farmer’s market. Don’t miss out on the chance to print out the Summer Doin’ Challenge and join in the fun!

Speaking of fun, wouldn’t it be thrilling to open your order from the Southern Weddings Shop and find a $25 Golden Gift Card? And wouldn’t it be MORE fun to take that $25 gift card and plan the most perfect Southern Summer date night?

All you have to do is scurry over to the Southern Weddings Shop and make a purchase between now and midnight on July 31st (TOMORROW!!). We’ll be tucking a Golden Gift Card (also known as a $25 AMEX gift card — think Mr. Wonka’s Golden Ticket) into one lucky person’s order over the next two days! How fun, right?

Just in case YOU are the lucky recipient of our Golden Gift Card, we’ve rounded up a few ideas for planning the perfect Southern summer date night with your winnings:

Oh my heavens alive, even if you don’t win, these all sound like a lot of fun, but remember what they say — you can’t win if you don’t play! Now scoot on over to the Shop, make a purchase, and YOU could be the proud recipient of our $25 Golden Gift Card! Remember, all purchases made between now and July 31st at midnight are eligible. Best wishes!!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Victoria reply

    Loving all the Southern Livings lifestyle things lately and dreaming of a separate launch one day.. :) Printed off both of these charts for a little summertime fridge eye candy and inspiration! Thank ya! :)

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Friends, I don’t think I have ever seen a bride happier to be getting married than Ms Kaylie. Doesn’t her joy just LEAP off the screen? I’m sure her bliss was just as apparent to the guests at her and John’s wedding — in fact, I’m sure it ripples throughout her life, which is probably why these two had one of the largest bridal parties I’ve ever seen! Enjoy these photos by Anna Pociask, and just try to keep from smiling while you do :)

P.S. Kaylie had one of the best answers to our question, “What’s next for you as a couple?” “We can’t wait to build a life together that shows the world that love is real.” AMEN!

John and I were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend, and from the moment we met, it felt like we had known each other all of our lives. Instantly, I knew that John was the man I’d always wanted to marry. While dating was an ever-refining experience, we always knew that we’d rather do life together than with anyone else. He asked me on a February evening if I would do life with him forever; I instantly replied, “Of course I will!” and the rest is history. On June 22, 2013 (exactly one year from the day we met), we were wed in my parents’ backyard, surrounded by close friends and family. Our ceremony was everything we dreamed it would be: intimate, personal, God-honoring, and full of love. We’ve been married for a month now, and we have never been more in love. Never been gladder that we took a leap of faith on a blind date set-up. Never been more grateful to do life with each other.

My sister and I had planned on taking a trip home to go shopping with my mom and grandmother. On the way, we decided to just “stop and see” what we could find in a nearby store. So we made an appointment, dropped in to try some dresses on, and fell in love with every one of them! No one tells you that the hardest part about wedding dress shopping might be that you love all of them! Right before I changed back into my clothes I realized that there was one dress I had not tried on, so for fun, I slipped into it. And immediately, I knew. “Amber…” I calmly stated from inside the dressing room. And when I emerged, she cried. I was beaming! It was everything I had ever wanted. AND in my size. Off the rack. Under budget. Needless to say, we only ended up having to shop for flower girl dresses when I finally made it home to Muscle Shoals!

I love that you can see Kaylie’s beaming smile in the photo on the left, even though she’s not in focus!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did. We knew that we would be nervous and that the day would get away from us quickly. And ultimately, our wedding day was about John and I. We both wanted that time together before the actual ceremony began to take it all in. Time to hold one another. Time to take one collective deep breath before the biggest day of both of our lives.

This photo is so rich with little details — what a sweet reminder of the emotion these two felt during their ceremony.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We didn’t, but John’s uncle (our minister) wrote them, and they were beautiful. He has been using the same vows in his ceremonies for years, and we loved them so much that we couldn’t change one thing about them. My favorite line: “I will protect you against every enemy.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Song of Solomon 3:4 was proudly displayed on our programs: “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose hymns for our wedding. John and I both grew up in church and have always loved the richness of them. People just don’t write songs like that anymore! We began the ceremony with the “Doxology.” Our wedding party walked to “Be Thou My Vision.” I walked down the aisle to Canon in D, simply because it is classic. Our recessional was “He Leadeth Me.” Our wedding, our love story, and our lives are all about Jesus Christ. We wanted God to get the glory on our wedding day. This was just one of the ways we chose to do that.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Location — we were on the Tennessee River! 2. Our food was Southern brunch style (complete with shrimp n’ grits!) 3. Our favors were red velvet cupcakes in mason jars! 4. Mason jars were actually the container of choice for all flower arrangements. 5. Our reception musicians were a guitar player and a violin player! A little bluegrass here, a little folk and country there.

Tell us all about the proposal! We went to visit John’s parents one weekend in February. After a sweet baby shower for our cousin that afternoon, I remember that I was standing at the sink doing dishes when John asked me to change clothes. He said we were going to check on some land for his dad and some trees that he and his brother had planted years ago. I quickly changed and we headed out! We drove to a secluded spot right off the beaten path and got out of the truck to “check on a deer stand.” After admiring the stillness of the bright green meadow before us for about a minute, John turned to me and said, “You know I love you, right?” At that moment, I knew what was happening. My heart started to race as I saw him drop to his knee and I heard him declare his love for me. Then he asked for my hand in marriage. I didn’t even see the ring! I just started jumping up and down and squealing, exclaiming, “Of course I will!” I did, eventually, see the stunning ring and wore it proudly back to the house to tell his parents, who already knew, of course! He had asked my parents weeks prior and even planned a surprise engagement party with all of our closest friends when we got home. He’s just the best. :)
When did y’all get married? June 22, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 130
Describe your wedding flowers. I wanted simple, light, and happy so I chose baby’s breath as our main flower. Occasionally, we used hydrangeas and daisies to give it a Southern-happy feel too!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Classic. My wedding cake was white, three-tiered, and simple. His groom’s cake was the same, only chocolate with chocolate covered strawberries! John really wanted the inside of his to be butter cake and he got it! It was delicious!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our friends. We love them so much and couldn’t have imagined making that covenant without them standing right beside us.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Yes! My dress was my new! And my old, borrowed and blue were one in the same. I borrowed a couple of old broaches from my grandmother and attached them to my bouquet. One was actually my great-grandmother’s (the blue one). It was so special and added the perfect touch to my ensemble.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Trying not to get overwhelmed by the details!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Anna Pociask. She was our wedding photographer and she captured the day perfectly. Her presence was calming, kind and joyful, so she fit right in! Also, our caterer Margaret Baggett (The Chef Next Door) was outstanding! Her food is out-of-this-world good!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Make sure that your wedding is personal! You’ll regret listening to all of those voices that tell you what it should be like if you completely drown out your own! John and I look back on our wedding day with such sweet memories because it was EXACTLY what we wanted it to be!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are still learning so much about each other! Obviously, we know each other better than anyone else, but we are looking forward to just doing life together. Day in and day out. Good days and bad days. We can’t wait to make more memories, have a ton more laughs, and build a life together that shows the world that love is real.

Photographer: Anna Pociask Photography | Wedding Cake: The Corner Bakery | Caterer: The Chef Next Door | Rentals: Party Pros USA

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Katie reply

    I love every little detail but mostly the couple! You are right. She is the prettiest and happiest bride yet. My goodness :)

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh my gosh, Kaylie is just the sweetest!! I love everything about her interview and her joy is so contagious!

  3. avatar Lotus Eyes Photography reply

    Stunning, simply beautiful wedding!

  4. avatar Meredith Teasley reply

    Kaylie is a sweet friend, and I am thrilled that her wedding was featured on the SW blog! You picked a winner to feature, Em! :) I love the personalities that shine through all the images, and of course that ring bearer is the cutest! So excited for you, Kaylie and John, and your new life together! Marriage is the best adventure!

  5. avatar Denisse (Lotus Eyes Photography) reply

    Words to describe this wedding- Bright, Happy, Sunny, Gorgeous.

    Love the back of her dress!

  6. avatar Carmen McAnalley reply

    This was one of the sweetest weddings i have ever attended and the article was correct in saying you have never seen a bride smile so much!!! Love this couple and her family and so thankful that I was able to share in this day with them.

  7. avatar Belinda Brown reply

    Beautiful pictures! The picture of them bowing their heads and praying and his finger gently touching her arm took my breath away!

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Hello, friends! When we introduced Lisa we mentioned that we looked forward to y’all getting to know her and her style better over the coming months. So, to help with that, and because we think there’s no pastime more fun than planning faux celebrations, I present to you: our Dream Southern Summer Wedding series! I’m up first, and the other gals will be coming to you over the next few weeks!

I actually already planned my dream summer wedding, but it didn’t happen to take place in the South. If it had, it might have looked a little something like this:

Clockwise from top left: peach plate from Martha Stewart Living, gown photo by Tim Will via Southern Weddings, pink depression glass photo by Byron Loves Fawn via Burnett’s Boards, garden rose centerpiece photo by Stylish & Hip Weddings via Snippet & Ink, dahlia bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, peach photo by Elaine Palladino, monogram program photo by Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings, jeweled gown photo by Byron Loves Fawn via 100 Layer Cake, rose champagne photo by Kristyn Hogan via 100 Layer Cake

The feel: Sophisticated, elegant, classic, and warm. Shades of peaches and pinks mixed with whites, creams, grays, and soft blues. Enough sparkle to make it special and some gray and white stripes thrown in for good measure. Velvet ribbons to mimic peach fuzz.

The place: A manicured estate with stone walls to bring in the gray and a neat lawn where we can pitch our tent. We’re dreaming, so I think the Biltmore would do nicely :)

The time: 4:30pm, late August

The style: I absolutely adored my wedding gown, but if I had to choose something different, I might go with the tulle confection Rachel wore. I actually tried it on in my dress search! The ladies would wear light gray blue floor-length gowns, and the gents would wear crisply tailored suits in the lightest stone gray. Blue and white seersucker boutonnieres would be a perfect summer accent, with white ranunculus boutonnieres.

The food: Dinner would be served family style at long tables covered in my favorite blue gray linen from La Tavola, Tuscany Ocean. There would absolutely be individual grilled peach cobblers for dessert! And a pink champagne signature drink, since that’s the only kind of libation I like :)

The music: A string quartet for the ceremony (I adored our ceremony music and wouldn’t change a thing!), and an 11-piece jazz band for the reception, set up right next to a white dance floor for boogieing the night away.

The flowers: For my bouquet, a perfectly peachy pink clutch of dahlias, sweet peas, zinnias, garden roses and ranunculus. I’d tie it off with my favorite ribbon of all time to bring in some blue and sweetness. For the tables, fresh peaches and white flowers like dahlias and garden roses tumbled down the center would look lovely, with some pink depression glass cake stands for height.

What do you think, belles? What would YOUR dream Southern summer wedding look like?

Elaine Palladino is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Shelby reply

    I love this! What a fun series! Peach & gray is honestly my favorite summer combo, those are perfect pink/peach color selections. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s!

  2. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    So pretty! How much fun to think of dream weddings~ I already had my wedding, but there are so many different ideas and colors, I could probably have a dozen imaginary weddings (especially if budget isn’t a factor!).

  3. avatar Kristin reply

    Mercy! You know I have a special place in my heart for peaches. I love how you created such a soft and sweet fete by adding in the greys and blues. I hope I get an invitation. I sure would love to sip on a signature bubbly beverage and toast the bride + groom!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      You did peaches beautifully, ma’am! And you would certainly get an invite for this soiree!

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