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Today, we’re sharing ten of our favorite bridesmaid looks and ten of our favorite wedding ceremonies from the real Southern weddings we’ve featured this year! Enjoy, and may they inspire your 2018 and beyond wedding plans! :)

OUR TEN FAVORITE BRIDESMAID LOOKS

Amanda’s soft gray dresses paired with bold red florals (photo by Feather & Twine)

Ellie’s dusty blue BHLDN dresses (photo by Elisa Bricker)

Amanda’s pastel jewel tone mix-and-match dresses (photo by Shauna Veasey)

Felicia’s short navy dresses with cowboy boots (photo by Nichols Photographers)

Laura’s big and beautiful bridal party in neutrals (photo by Lance Nicoll)

Maiya’s floral mix-and-match dresses (photo by Robert Chicoine)

McKenzie’s dusty blue off-the-shoulder dresses (photo by Shannon Griffin)

Shelby’s emerald green skirt and collared shirt combo (photo by Sara Bee)

Teresa’s ombre blue dresses (photo by Kristen Kilpatrick)

Morgan’s vibrant red dresses (photo by Caroline Jurgensen)

OUR TEN FAVORITE CEREMONIES

Anna and Ben’s sweet bell ringing moment post-ceremony (photo by White Rabbit Studios)

Ariana and Mike’s evening ceremony with a paper flower backdrop (photo by Arte de Vie)

Hannah and Ryan’s magical Spanish moss-draped ceremony (photo by Rebekah Senter)

Jessica and Sawyer’s charming chapel wedding at The Brooks at Weatherford (photo by Sarah McKenzie)

Kate and Damon’s bold red ceremony florals by Clementine (photo by Sophie Epton)

Laura and Caleb’s New Orleans courtyard ceremony (photo by Lance Nicoll)

Lauren and Austin’s library reading room ceremony (photo by Emily Ann Hughes)

Scarlett and Jon’s outdoor Rivermill ceremony (photo by Gaby J)

Allison and Mike’s front porch wedding at Old Wide Awake Plantation (photo by Landon Jacob)

Kristina and Kevin’s all-white wedding at The Farmhouse (photo by Erin Wilson)

Elisa Bricker and Kristen Kilpatrick are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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    Y’all, I have to say: as I combed through our 2017 archives to pull our favorites from the year, I was amazed at the beauty and goodness of the real weddings we’ve featured in the last few months. We feel so honored that each of these couples would choose to share the details of their most precious days with us, and behind each of these photos of gorgeous dresses and breathtaking bouquets, there are funny, sweet, and thoughtful stories about why our brides made the decisions they did. If there’s a detail that catches your eye, I encourage you to click through and read more about it in the original post!

    I hope these favorites from 2017 will inspire you as you plan your own wedding in the months to come!

    OUR TEN FAVORITE WEDDING DRESSES

    Allison’s lace Sarah Seven dress (photo by Landon Jacob)

    Anna’s vintage-inspired Alexandra Grecco and Jenny Lee combo (photo by Jennifer Stuart)

    Sarah Ann’s bow-bedecked Rosa Clara gown (photo by Graham Terhune)

    Jennifer’s tiered lace dress by Paloma Blanca (photo by Olivia Griffin)

    Lilly’s lace Modern Trousseau dress (photo by Rach Loves Troy)

    Lynnsey’s dramatic Martina Liana gown (photo by Mark Williams Studio)

    Mary’s classic scoop-neck gown by Modern Trousseau (photo by Lang Thomas)

    Sonia’s glam gown, redesigned from her grandmother’s with help from Donna Beth Creations (photo by On a Whim)

    Shelby’s voluminous Monique Lhuiller gown (photo by Sara Bee)

    Whitney’s tulle-wrapped Vera Wang gown (photo by Callie Davis for Nancy Ray Photography)

    OUR TEN FAVORITE BOUQUETS

    Courtney’s green bouquet by Floressence Flowers (photo by Cheyenne Schultz)

    Ellie’s dahlia and beach rose bouquet by Mallory Joyce (photo by Elisa Bricker)

    Emily’s peony, clematis, and lilac bouquet by Colonial House Flowers (photo by Anna Shackleford)

    Lilly’s peach bouquet by Tiger Lily (photo by Rach Loves Troy)

    Maiya’s dark, moody bouquet by Porter & Ives (photo by Robert Chicoine)

    Stephanie’s dogwood bouquet by Serendipity Designs (photo by Ally & Bobby)

    Jennifer’s classic magnolia and peony bouquet by Greg Foster (photo by Olivia Griffin)

    Alex’s tropical-inspired bouquet by Fern Studio (photo by Landon Jacob)

    Ashley’s coral charm peony bouquet by Sprout (photo by Feather & Twine)

    Marci’s dahlia and ranunculus bouquet by Enemies of the Average (photo by Taylor Dane)

    Anagram Photo, On a Whim, Elisa Bricker, Ally & Bobby, Anna Shackleford, Nancy Ray, and Serendipity Designs are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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      Two brand new babies and all the horses in Georgia couldn’t keep me from hitting the pause button on maternity leave to recap the most magical night: our celebration for the launch of our special tenth-anniversary issue a few weeks ago. Of course, we did it in high style at the Carolina Inn, with 300+ of our favorite friends and family, lots of fancy dresses and tuxedos, and a menu that would make your grandmama beam with pride.

      The launch party is one of our favorite nights year after year, but we knew we wanted to pull out all the stops to make this tenth-anniversary celebration one for the record books. The night started with a signature cocktail for each guest and ended with a dance party that I’m confident we will be talking about for years, maybe decades, to come.

      Biggest hugs to our dear friends McLean Events for pulling together all the details and to Brent from Live View Studios for all of these amazing photos! Our friends at Reel Special captured video coverage of the whole evening (don’t miss it at the bottom of this post!), and the Bourbon Booth made sure everyone left with legendary photobooth memories.

      Our darling Marissa wasn’t able to celebrate in person since her little fella, BDK3, was only hours away from making his grand debut, so we had to improvise to ensure she didn’t miss out on all the fun (and photos). Speaking of babies, I know I’m a bit biased, but I think all the miniature party guests stole the show.

      Lara started Southern Weddings in her tiny apartment on a PC computer nearly 10 years ago, and here we are, all these years later, with 9 team members (did I mention that we all missed Marissa like crazy) and all our families for an iconic tenth-anniversary team photo to commemorate the evening. Interested in a little Southern Weddings trivia? The SW babies and kiddos now outnumber the SW ladies. I’d also be remiss to not give all the kudos to Lindsey Regan Thorne and her Be Pretty squad for their help beautifying the whole Southern Weddings team and doling out some serious curls and lashes.


      We’re big believers in good ol’ Southern hospitality, so we greeted guests by name thanks to All She Wrote Notes‘s gorgeous hand-calligraphed nametags, and offered everyone a place to rest their tired feet compliments of furniture from Cottage Luxe. And what’s more hospitable than lovely fresh florals? Our friends at Tre Bella made all our pink-floral-loving hearts swell with gorgeous arrangements sprinkled all over the room, and Jessica with Empress Stationery outdid herself with the party invitation.

      As we say in our Sweet Tea Manifesto, “we believe that beautiful things have value simply because they make the world a more lovely place”. It’s such a joy to see this proclamation come to life with beautiful linens from CE Rental and gorgeous ‘walk down memory lane’ chalk signs from the Chalk Shop.

      Getting to hug Anna and David Shackleford, our cover photographers, along with so many other friends, including many dear vendors who helped us bring our tenth-anniversary issue to life, was such a gift. We’ve said it over and over, but we could not do this work without the help and support of so many talented friends.

      So many hugs!

      I told y’all that the food would make any Southern grandmama proud. We love to use the issue for inspiration for the menu, and the Carolina Inn chefs pulled out extra tricks this year. The shrimp po’boys went fast, and I personally enjoyed five or six miniature soups and grilled cheeses as well as my fair share of treats from the biscuit bar (who can say no to pimento cheese). And it wouldn’t be a Southern Weddings party without plenty of Cheerwine, who, coincidentally, is celebrating a big anniversary this year too.

      We were treated to amazing live music in the early phases of the evening, thanks to Bounce from EastCoast Entertainment and then an unforgettable dance party thanks to Joe Bunn DJ later. Whitney Houston’s iconic “I wanna dance with somebody” will be an instant flashback memory. And of course, the toasts are always a highlight. It’s such an honor to stand on the stage and raise a glass of thanksgiving to all the friends who helped make our latest issue happen.

      It never fails that the photobooth is the most popular spot for the whole evening. The line was never-ending as friend after friend piled into the Bourbon Booth to capture a few memories. Looking back at my first launch party where we proudly piled all five Southern Weddings gals in for a picture, I might have to admit that one of the hidden SW team talents is cramming more and more of us into the photobooth each year.

      Before leaving, all our party guests grabbed their very own copy of Southern Weddings and some treats to help them relax the rest of the evening — pralines from Loose Sugar Bakery and a Milk Bath from Southern Traditions Home. Not a bad way to end a wonderful party.

      There’s something so special about having your memories captured on video, so thank you to Reel Special for allowing us to relive this sparkling evening over and over again.

      I’m going to go on record and proclaim our tenth-anniversary celebration the best one yet. Thank you so much to everyone who celebrated with us, from near and far, for your love and support of the Southern Weddings mission and our special tenth-anniversary issue. We love y’all more than all the biscuits in the world.

      Venue and catering: The Carolina Inn | Planning and design: McLean Events | Photography: Live View Studios | Videography: Reel Special | Music: Bounce via East Coast Entertainment | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Flowers: Tre Bella Florist | Linens: CE Rental | Lounge furniture: Cottage Luxe | Sweets: The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery | Chalkboard Art: Chalk Shop Events | Photo booth: Bourbon Booth | Signage: All She Wrote Notes | Invitations: Empress Stationery | Hair and makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne | Pralines: Loose Sugar Bakery | Milk bath containers: Southern Traditions Home

      East Coast Entertainment, Bourbon Booth, McLean Events, Bunn DJ Company, Live View Studios, Reel Special, Chalk Shop, and Cottage Luxe are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory

      kristin Written with love by Kristin
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      1. avatar Ryan Worthen reply

        It was such an awesome celebration and we were SO honored that you asked us to film the launch party! Congratulations on 10 amazing years, and here’s to many more!

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