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Hi belles! Our friend and former Southern Weddings intern Jessica Clinch is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Jessica has been blogging for us once a month during her engagement and we couldn’t be more excited to send her into married life with lots of love! In case you missed her introductory post, be sure to check it out here! — Lisa

Y’all, our wedding is this Saturday! Zack and I are so incredibly excited that it is officially our wedding week! We thought it would be fun for our last blog post of our wedding planning series to be a reflection of what we are most looking forward to about our wedding day.

The element of our wedding day that the two of us are both most excited about is seeing all of our friends and family in one place for the first time. Some of our friends have met, and some of our family members have met, but we have never had our entire group of loved ones in one room! We cannot wait to be surrounded by the people who have made our lives so special and full of wonderful memories, and are looking forward to making even more memories with them this weekend. While our wedding day is about our union and the beginning of our family together, to us, it is also a celebration among loved ones! That is what has been the most important to us during our entire planning process.

One of the things I am personally looking forward to is seeing our wedding design elements come together at our venue. I know that when I see all of our design details, from the artwork I am creating to the fun surprise details we can’t wait to show our guests, to our flowers, and more, I am simply going to be blown away by seeing it all come together!

I am also so incredibly excited about our first look! This will be one of the only moments we have alone together, and I know it will be one that will be etched into our minds and hearts for years. I am not a happy crier, but I have a feeling that seeing Zack for the first time on our wedding day is going to bring a few tears to my eyes! It is also going to help us to both calm any nerves we have, and get us really excited for what is to come the rest of the day and evening!

Lastly, we cannot wait to let loose at the end of the night and dance at our reception! Whenever anyone asks us what our wedding is going to be like, we both say that we really want it to be fun! Dancing and singing along to our favorite songs with friends and family is going to be the epitome of fun, in our opinion.

There are a million other things I can think of that I am excited about for our wedding day, like getting pampered in the morning with my bridal party, our ceremony (of course!), my father-daughter dance, and more. As we lead up to Saturday, the two of us have let go of any of our nerves and jitters, and are simply looking forward to what is to come this weekend! We hope that any other brides and grooms getting married this weekend feel the same way!

Friends, I’d love to know: what were you or are you most looking forward to on your wedding day? If you had once piece of advice to share with us during our wedding week, what would it be? We are always so thankful for your love and advice!

See more of Jessica and Zack’s engagement session by Perry Vaile here! You can also find all of Jessica’s past posts below:

The Proposal
Choosing a Wedding Planner
Choosing a Wedding Photographer
Shopping for a Gown
Knoxville Wedding Venues
Attire and Colors
The Registry
The Details
The Cake
The Flowers
Bridal Style

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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Hi belles! Our friend and former Southern Weddings intern Jessica Clinch is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Jessica will be blogging for us once a month until her wedding this May. In case you missed her introductory post, be sure to check it out here! — Lisa

One of the first things most brides get excited about is their bridal style, and I am definitely one of those brides! I quickly realized that bridal style includes so much more than your wedding gown–it also includes your jewelry, shoes, accessories, rehearsal dinner outfit, potential reception or after party dress, and more. I’m excited to share my input with y’all about how I chose these elements!

There is such an abundance of inspiration in wedding magazines, on blogs, on Pinterest, and in shops and boutiques. It is easy to become overwhelmed with options, and it can be challenging to narrow down and choose a cohesive style for your wedding day look! My constant struggle in choosing my style elements was whether I wanted to look truly classic and timeless, or if I wanted to incorporate modern touches to my outfits. To help me make my decision, I decided to look at what pieces I naturally gravitate toward in my daily wardrobe. I personally adore an abundance of color and amazing statement jewelry. I was originally nervous about finding the perfect statement jewelry to coordinate with my wedding gown–I knew I wanted it to be crystal, potentially have hints of color, and be large enough to be considered a cocktail piece, but also delicate enough to be bridal. That’s a lot to consider! When looking for such bridal jewelry, I immediately went to my two favorite stores, J.Crew and Kate Spade. I found a few different options that I think would all be beautiful paired with my gown! Most importantly, I would love to keep any of these pieces as heirloom jewelry to pass down to my daughters and granddaughters one day!

Clockwise from top left: Kate Spade, Ashley Keleman via Style Me Pretty, Kate Spade, J. Crew, KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, J. Crew

While deciding on my bridal jewelry was a bit harder than I had anticipated, I had a lot of fun deciding on the two dresses that would complement and support my wedding gown: my rehearsal dinner dress and my after party dress! I knew I wanted the three dresses to all be a cohesive style, but also all stand on their own. There are very few times I am able to dress up in an elegant gown, and y’all, I love to dress up, so I knew I wanted my rehearsal dinner outfit to be a floor-length dress. I know it’ll make me feel beautiful practicing walking down the aisle, and it will be good to see how it feels walking in a full-length dress in the grass before I do so in my wedding gown. I have decided to rent my gown from Rent the Runway so that I can experience a gorgeous designer gown at an affordable price! Here are a few of the options I am considering–what do y’all think of the potential of wearing blush to a rehearsal dinner? I will likely choose a white gown, but how pretty is that high-low style?

Left to right: BCBGMAXAZRIA, Badgley Mischka, Nha Khanh, Cynthia Rowley

While I am renting my rehearsal dinner gown, the sentimental part of me wants to keep my after party dress, since it will be one I am wearing on our wedding day! I love my wedding gown so much, so I will not be changing into this until we have already exited from our reception and are on our way to our after party with friends. This dress will be a shorter dress, but will still be fun and fancy with lots of character! I searched through the dress options on BHLDN and am happy to report that I found the perfect cocktail dress–which of these would you choose?

Clockwise from top left: Lili Lace Dress, Renata Sheath, Shined Cocktail Dress, Gwendolyn Dress

Friends, I’d love to know: what did you consider when you were selecting pieces to create your bridal style? What was your favorite accessory or design element that truly completed your look? I can’t wait to show you mine!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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    Now that I’ve ordered my gown, I’m actually slowing paring down the jewelry and accessories! I am planning to wear my grandmother’s sapphire and pink diamond ring (old and blue), the diamond studs my fiancee gave me, and a comb in my hair after my full length veil with blusher comes off. Other than that I’m leaning away from a necklace, drop earrings or a belt. Which is funny since I love to wear a good statement necklace!

    In terms of rehearsal dinner, I actually tried on the Renata dress at BHLDN with a tulle skirt over it. While I didn’t like it for my bridal gown, the whole group loved the sheath on it’s own and I’m leaning toward that for the rehearsal. If I get an after party dress, it will likely be rented as well :)

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