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Hosting people in your home can be one of the most intimidating, but also one of the most rewarding, activities you can do as a newlywed. While you may be armed with serving trays and fine china (thanks to your carefully crafted registry and generous loved ones!), choosing details to include, figuring out how to make guests feel comfortable, and planning a menu is a whole different ball game. With Easter right around the corner, we asked one of our newest SW gals, Amber, to share a few of her favorite tips and tricks for hosting a sweet and celebratory brunch. The great thing about Easter is that it’s an undeniably festive holiday that doesn’t quite hold the pressure that Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner does, so if hosting is new for you and your beau, this may be the perfect first holiday to open your doors for!

Thanks so much to Amy Nicole Photography for capturing all of these delightful details!

Include a few themed details. For a fresh take on place cards, use a chalk paint marker to add the first name initials of guests to pastel colored eggs that perfectly match your decor. I used this wonderful color chart to dye the eggs to match the napkins and color scheme for our brunch.

Source beautiful, affordable fresh blooms from the grocery store. Choose large, fluffy blooms like hydrangea and bunches of alstromeria to display in multiple vessels down the center of your table. I love using drinking glasses or parfait glassware in lieu of traditional vases.

Prepare the florals the day before. Most fresh blooms prefer cooler temperatures, so store the finished arrangements in your garage or on a back porch, as long as it doesn’t get below 38 degrees.

Creatively display standard fixin’s and incorporate local sources. Pink striped baking cups were a fun way to display freshly baked biscuits on a serving tray, alongside sweet jam from my favorite local cafe that is just down the road from our home, The Nashville Jam Co.

Keep your menu simple and rely on done-for-you options from the grocery store. I like to spotlight one or two homemade items. In this case, it was a favorite glazed ham recipe from Southern Living.

Look for recipes that double as pretty accents on your buffet. Citrus salad had simple ingredients–sliced grapefruit and oranges with a sprinkling of chopped mint, lime zest, and a drizzle of honey–and is as pretty as it is delicious!

Elevate non-alcoholic drinks by the glass you serve them in. Fresh orange juice and pink lemonade paired with slices of fruit look fun and festive served in white wine glasses.

Everything is cuter in small sizes! Individual cups of yogurt fruit parfait are easy to create and serve to your guests.

Have some classic treats on hand for party favors. What is Easter without a chocolate foil-wrapped bunny? Display some bunnies and chocolate egg bites in mini straw baskets for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

Thanks so much for sharing, Amber! Friends, we’d love to know, what are your Easter plans and traditions?

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Samantha Hall reply

    Dear SW Gals.

    I very much like this post, and would love to see more like this on the site. I get married in two weeks and have been looking at the blog and the magazine since 2011! But getting married now, I have started to look for something different from the site, and this is close to some of the things I want.

    Thank You Kindly.

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Samantha! So glad you like it! We share “Southern Newlywed” content every Friday that includes home tours, recipe rounds ups, date night ideas and more–you can see all the past posts here :) /category/southern-newlywed-2/

  2. avatar Laura reply

    I loved this post and hope to see more like it in the future! One of my favorite Easter traditions is going to our church’s sunrise service. It’s the only time of year I actually look forward to getting up before the sun :)

  3. avatar Amy reply

    Thank you so much for sharing! Always a treat to work with you wonderful ladies!

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With cooler weather and changing leaves knocking at the door, if you weren’t already craving pumpkin everything and snuggling up for movie nights, Katherine and Weston’s Tennessee wedding will push you right over the edge! Their florist, The Enchanted Florist, brought Katherine’s vision of fall colors mixed with pinks, blush, and cream to life with stunning blooms that only made our Blue Ribbon Vendor venue, CJ’s Off the Square, even more lovely. And, those gold pumpkins at each place setting? I think I need a few for my own dining table!

We’re so happy Amy Nicole was on hand to capture this cozy fall celebration!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I imagined dress shopping would be much more difficult than it was. I found my dress during my first appointment, and it was the last dress I tried on. I had tried on about nine dresses and none really felt like “the one,” when y mother and maid of honor pulled out one more. When I tried it on, I felt like a bride, and everyone started crying!

I only had one meeting with my florist, and she brought exactly what I had shown her to life–the fall colors, the greenery, everything was perfect! I still wanted pinks, green, blush, and cream incorporated, even though it was November, and she was able to make it work.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? At first, we did not want to do a first look, but due to the time of the ceremony, we changed our minds and did one so that there would still be light when we took pictures. I am so glad we decided to do a first look! It got out all of the nerves, and I love the pictures! Amy did such a great job capturing the emotions of the day.

I loved getting ready to walk down the aisle. There were about five minutes when it was just my dad and I, and I was able to reflect on the day and on our relationship.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We set up corn hole for the guests and were able to have an outdoor wedding in November!

Describe your wedding cake. I wanted something simple and classic. I found a cake that I loved on Pinterest, and changed a few things to my liking. We didn’t do a grooms cake, so we made the cake four tiers, each tier in a different flavor.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. He worked at a movie theater and I worked at the Starbucks down the way. I was friends with his boss, and they would come over and get free coffee in exchange for free movie tickets :) We started hanging out more and more that summer, usually grabbing dinner or going to parties together. He finally asked me to be his girlfriend on July 1, 2009!
Tell us all about the proposal! He proposed at the same movie theater we met at! After our movie got out, we were sitting in the lobby just chatting, and I was starting to wonder why we hadn’t left yet. He then said he thought he had seen something in the hallway. When I looked down the hall, all of the movie marquees were lit up and said “Katherine, will you marry me?” I turned around and he was on one knee! It was absolutely perfect and so unexpected.
When did y’all get married? November 8, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 120
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I lived in Memphis for about four months of our engagement and then moved to Franklin. Weston didn’t move until three months later. Planning from another city was difficult, and then planning without the groom present was difficult. We had to schedule meetings around his visits, which was tricky, but it wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle! Wedding planning went pretty smoothy overall.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are enjoying being married. We definitely are going to start a family, but also want to take a year or two to spend time together and travel.

Photographer: Amy Nicole Photography / Planner, Venue, and Lighting: CJ’s Off the Square / Florist: The Enchanted Florist / Cake Baker and Caterer: Main Event Productions / Rentals: Southern Events Party Rentals / DJ: Jason Middleton of Premier DJs / Paper Products: Minted / Bride’s Gown: “Paz” by Augusta Jones / Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN / Veil: Toni Federici / Hair Stylist: Leah Blanco / Makeup Artist: Lisa Johnson / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “165” by Bill Levkoff / Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang

CJ’s Off the Square is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Amy Nicole Cherry reply

    Today is SUCH a joy! I’m SO thankful for this beautiful couple to be featured!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  2. avatar Kelsey reply

    That color scheme is to die for! Perfect for fall.

  3. avatar Tricia reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! I love all the colors and florals. Amy Nicole’s images are always so rich and vibrant! Well done!

  4. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    Love the colors used for this fall wedding! Beautiful flowers too!

  5. avatar lisa johnson reply

    i just love the vibrant colors and details of this wedding! such a lovely sweet bride and family!

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