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I spent Christmas and New Year’s in my home state of Texas, and I must admit, I miss it already! Thankfully, I have Lauryl and Langdon’s lovely Pilot Point wedding to admire from afar and give me a little dose of the Lone Star State in North Carolina today. This sweet couple was inspired by the natural beauty of their venue (White Oaks Ranch, which you may recognize from this V7 editorial!), and with the help of their planner, After Yes Weddings, and florist, Coco Fleur, they celebrated their marriage with a wedding that struck the loveliest balance between rustic and elegant.

Thank you so much to Apryl Ann for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

My something borrowed was the beautiful long veil I wore, loaned to me by my matron of honor. Putting the veil on for the first time was one of my most emotional moments of the day. My something old was my ring, which had belonged to Lang’s grandmother, who passed away before we met.

Describe your wedding flowers. White Oaks is so lush and green, so I really wanted to keep the flowers minimal and let the natural greenery be the star. Our invitations incorporated ferns, so I asked our florist to do the same, which she did beautifully.

I loved the altar covered with ferns. Our florist left empty vases on it for each of our mothers to put their bouquets in. We then combined their bouquets with mine during the ceremony to create a unity bouquet!

The ceremony featured acoustic guitar renditions of some favorite songs, including “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison for our parents, “Best Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes for the wedding party, “Rise” by Eddie Vedder for my walk down the aisle, and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz for the recessional.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I’ve spent a lot of time in Pilot Point with my parents, riding their horses on the local trails, so I already loved the area. I wanted a casual outdoor ranch wedding, and Lang wanted a more traditional, formal wedding. The outdoor pavilion at White Oaks was the perfect mix of traditional elegance and a very natural, outdoor setting. I also loved the 100-year-old tree where we held the ceremony.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had a toasted meringue-covered Quatros Leches Cake from La Duni. We love La Duni, and I loved the simplicity and color of the meringue.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We both wore our cowboy boots and encouraged our wedding party, family, and guests to do the same with their black tie attire. We also had the band play lots of classic George Jones and Don Williams!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met at a karaoke dive bar in Dallas with a large group of mutual friends. A friend wanted to introduce us because we had the same last name. Lang sang several songs that night, the highlight being Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore,” which became the song he would always sing to me at karaoke bars.
Tell us all about the proposal! We were on vacation with my family at Lake Tahoe over Christmas. Lang had asked my dad for his blessing before the trip, so everyone knew his plans except for me. After a day on the slopes at Squaw Valley, Lang sat down next to me at the top of the mountain as I was putting on my snowboard and proposed. He’d bravely kept the ring in his pocket all day while skiing!
When did y’all get married? May 3, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 125
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to our favorite slow song, Keith Whitley’s classic “When You Say Nothing at All.” We ended the night with all the guests swaying arm-in-arm in a big circle to Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore.”
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I have graphic resources through my work, so I opted to purchase artwork files from the invitation designer and then sourced a local letterpresser to do the printing, formatting, and assembling of everything. I also recruited the help of crafty friends and family for the frames, signs, and table numbers.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our band, The Revolvers. We received so many compliments on them from our guests, and they learned countless new songs for us. They really made the night special for us!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? If you can hire planners, even for just the day or month of, it’s well worth it. I could not have imagined a more stress-free wedding week or weekend. Amanda Connolly with After Yes was wonderful to work with through every step of the planning process.

Photographer: Apryl Ann / Planner: After Yes Weddings / Venue: White Oaks Ranch / Florist: Coco Fleur / Wedding Cake: La Duni / Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering/ Rentals: Ducky Bobs / Lighting: Absolute Lighting / Band: The Revolvers / Invitation Design: Antiquaria / Invitation Letterpress Printing: Elefant Press / Bride’s Gown: Allure / Hair Stylist: Rachel Andonian / Makeup Artist: Rachel Andonian and Rebecca Longmire / Bride’s Shoes: Lucchese / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Photo Booth: Photobooth Love Notes

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Anastasia reply

    I adore her paper goods! The ferns in the envelope are gorgeous, as is her dress! Love!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    pretty cowgirl boots!!!

  3. avatar Caitlin Sullivan reply

    Every detail in this wedding is absolutely stunning! And it looks like it all starts with the venue and the lace dress!!

  4. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    Look at all the beautiful greenery and florals. The greens are so rich, it really compliments her the white flowers.

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Hey y’all! Our final submission is another collaboration between Palm Papers and photographer Catie Ronquillo, and this time, After Yes got in on the fun, too! I think this mason jar escort “card” idea would be perfect for an outdoor weddings, when actual cards would probably be blowing across the lawn before your guests even got to them!

From the ladies:

“Using small or large mason jars, fill with gumballs (from your local candy store) about 3/4 of the way full. Attach escort cards or tags to your pencils, and then fill each jar with 10-12 escort cards. We labeled our jars to make it easier for guests to find their names. Not into gumballs? Try lemon drops or red hots, and consider swapping out the pencils for paper straws guests can use in their drinks!”

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to comment on more than one concept!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Carrie reply

    Love it! What a great idea!

  2. avatar Lauren | Palm Papers reply

    I loved how these turned out – especially those gum balls! Thanks SW!

  3. avatar penny reply

    So original ! Love the theme!

  4. avatar L.Duncan reply

    I ABSOLUTELY love this!!!!! Are the guest allowed to have a gumball too?!

  5. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

    Thanks ladies! :) Also, the vintage quilt, fan, and globe were furnished by Rent My Dust Vintage Rentals. Love how these turned out!

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  10. avatar Sarah reply

    It looks like you used index cards for the tags around the mason jars but what did you use to make the name tags? Did you somehow print on just regular lined paper?

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Sending out a call for the ultimate Southern anything reminds me of just how many goodies we take pride in in the South. For example, we’ve gone a whole week without featuring a sweet tea concept, and it’s difficult to get more Southern than that! Luckily, Chelsea from Southern Fried Paper is here to set us straight with her adorable escort cards. Thanks also to After Yes for planning the display, and Sarah Kate, Photographer, for the lovely images!

From Chelsea:

“What’s more Southern than sweet tea?! We crafted small paper envelopes of tea with names and table assignments on the front of each. After guests find their name, they can sip a big glass of Southern sweet tea as they find their seat!”

Thanks so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Raine reply

    LOVE this! such a sweet idea!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    What a cute idea! I like the inclusion of a pre-dinner drink, too! A little “self-serve,” interactive escort card!

  3. avatar Shelby reply

    Love the sweet peach tea! Makes me thirsty for some right now…

  4. avatar Corinne reply

    Absolutely LOVE this idea! What a cute way to display the names and the tea at the same time!!

  5. avatar Lisa reply

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Southern Fried Paper makes the cutest stuff!!!

  6. avatar Juliana reply

    Love! love love! I could go for a glass right now!

  7. avatar Sara reply

    I love love love this idea! It almost makes me want to reconsider our buffet dinner without assigned seats, so I can use escort cards

  8. avatar Amanda reply

    So cute! I love the straws and the fresh sliced apples!

  9. avatar Susie reply

    Such a clever and creative way to use the namecards!

  10. avatar Julia reply

    What a darling idea and beautiful presentation!

  11. avatar Susie reply

    Great idea! I love that it’s not just a plain ‘ole name card … and who doesn’t love sweet tea!?

  12. avatar Wendy reply

    Love these! Chelsey is so talented!

  13. avatar Raelee Merrill reply

    This one definitely gets my vote!

  14. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

    LOVE what Southern Fried Paper & After Yes have put together. Love me some Southern Sweet Tea :)

  15. avatar Angela Rollins reply

    They are great and their invites are amazing!

  16. avatar Mark reply

    What a great idea! Just another example of the extraordinary work that Southern Fried Paper does.

  17. avatar Luke reply

    Really nice, like the southern style!

  18. avatar Debbie Parker reply

    Chelsea from Southern Fried Paper!!

  19. avatar Shelley reply

    can’t get any more southern than that! Darling!

  20. avatar Lauren reply

    Oh my gosh!! This is adorable!

  21. avatar MLH reply

    I love me some Southern Fried Paper!

  22. avatar Brad reply

    What a nifty idea! You would’t soon forget the wedding you attended with sweat tea escort cards!

  23. avatar mitchell reply

    great set up reminds me of back home… classic southern weddings!

  24. avatar Mitchell reply

    Great set up… classic southern wedding!

  25. avatar Gary P reply

    Nice, very niiiiice! Very talented.

  26. avatar Beth reply

    What a great idea!!

  27. avatar Rita reply

    OH…..love this idea! Loving me some peach tea and wanting some right now!!!

  28. avatar Jim reply

    What an awesome idea! I got married this summer and I wish we would have seen this before hand..would have fit right in our reception.

  29. avatar Stephanie reply

    Southern fried paper makes the cutest things. I have ordered from them a couple of times and LOVE their work everytime!

  30. avatar Stephanie reply

    I have ordered from Southern Fried Paper different items for my wedding. I loved everything they did and will continue to order from them!

  31. avatar Hickman reply

    Awesome looking invitations. Would be more than happy to have this at my wedding.

  32. avatar Dean L. reply

    GREAT!

  33. avatar Jay reply

    Brilliant Idea, looks great!

  34. avatar Billy reply

    What a fresh and creative new idea using an old Southern theme!

  35. avatar Nolan reply

    What a creative idea! Unique and full of personality and creativity, but still functional. Love it.

  36. avatar Vincent reply

    thesecardslookawesomecantwaittogethitchedandusethem!!!!

  37. avatar Beckie reply

    Great idea, beautifully put together. Who doesn’t love sweet tea? I’m using this entire setting when I plan my wedding. After Yes, we’ll be in touch!

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  39. avatar Sharon reply

    Love this idea! I’ll be DIYing this soon!!

  40. avatar Debbi reply

    Love the bow times. Bow ties are in style again. My husband wears them all the time!

  41. avatar Darby reply

    I don’t think you can get more southern than this! Great job Southern Fried Paper!

  42. avatar Sharon reply

    I think this is the ultimate southern idea. Creative, homey, casual yet elegant. The epitome of southern style. I vote for Sweet Tea.

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  44. avatar Laurien reply

    I cannot tell you how much I wish I was a Southerner!! Alas, I am from New Zealand and fell in love with your blog a little while ago : ) Is there any way you can send me a recipe for good sweet tea? It looks SO yummy but every time I’ve tried to make it I fail miserably…

    • avatar Brittany reply

      Laurien: Hi Laurien! I am from Australia, and my mum is a Kiwi! she lived in the deep South for about 6 years as a young lass (and was legally adopted by a Southern family) and so consequently I have grown up with alot of Southern traditions, cooking, stories and memories! I feel a kinship, and so consequently I am going to have a few select Southern touches at my wedding in March. Sweet Tea will be one of them!

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