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I’m not sure that I’ll ever tire of pretty pink blooms. Christina’s lovely bouquet reminds me of spring and Marie Antoinette. (Don’t soft pinks and greens remind you of Marie, too? Maybe it’s just my Paris brain.) We are loving the soft colors in Christina + Scott’s wedding, photographed by Haley Sheffield, but it’s the BBQ sundaes that really had us gawking! I had actually never heard of a BBQ sundae before (shame on me) so Emily had to fill me in on the details. Whitney was a bit skeptical, but I decided that it’s the best. Idea. Ever. Where do you stand?

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. My friend signed up for and encouraged me to sign up as well. After much pleading, I eventually signed up for a 7 day free trial. Scott and I emailed back and forth until I finally worked up the nerve to ask him out for coffee, since he was taking so long to make a move. We met up at Atlanta Bread Company for coffee. We chatted until they closed the place down, and the rest is history.
Describe the proposal. Scott flew me up to Oregon to visit his family for the first time. The first day we arrived, we took a trip by ourselves to his family’s vacation house on the Oregon Coast. We took a hike to see a lighthouse, and on the way, he proposed to me on a huge cliff with the ocean crashing beneath us. It was incredibly romantic!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Romantic, Southern and charming.
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 150
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My favorite detail was the beautiful (and giant) handmade lanterns I found at The Not Wedding event in Atlanta. They were so beautiful, and my favorite pictures are the ones underneath them.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The reception was in a beautiful restored barn, and the girls all got ready in an old Southern home from the 1800s! There were BBQ sundaes, sweet tea in a few different flavors, and shrimp and grits! I wanted to give all of our wedding guests that had traveled from Oregon a taste of the South.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went with one of my friends who was getting married to try on bridesmaid dresses. I saw a wedding dress on a mannequin and fell in love with it. Even though Scott and I were not engaged, my friends urged me to try it on. I fell in love with it, and the next week Scott proposed! I went back and got that dress. It was the only one I ever tried on.
Describe your wedding flowers: My flowers were light pinks and whites. They were very ruffled and fluffy, just like I wanted. My florist even managed to make my dream of peonies in my bouquet come true, even in October!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: I’m a huge dessert girl, and while I wanted it to look great, I was even more concerned about taste. My cake was both gorgeous and delicious! There was an almond layer, and orange layer, and a strawberry layer. The cake was simple, with no actual flowers. It had vintage, pale pink floral cutout designs all over.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I was working, planning a wedding, and going to school full time. Finding time to get everything done was by far the biggest challenge!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Definitely the venue! It was a gorgeous backdrop for the photos, and the staff made my day so memorable and stress free!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The moment I saw my future husband’s face as I walked down the aisle. I couldn’t wait to exchange promises of forever.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not, because the part of the wedding Scott most looked forward to was seeing me walk down the aisle. I was thankful we didn’t, because the look on his face when I came out was well worth the wait.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Make sure it is everything you want. Don’t be bullied into other people’s ideas for your big day. It’s ok to say no!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’re talking babies right now, and I’m very excited to start our own little family.

Photographer: Haley Sheffield // Videographer: Marke Foley // Planner: Delise Knight // Ceremony venue: Pineola Farms // Reception venue: Pineola Farms // Florist: Delise Knight // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: LisaMae Cakes // Caterer: Katerings by Kelly // Linens: Delise Knight // Lighting: Oversized Lanterns from Brown Linen & Co. // Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Davids Bridal, Alfred Angelo Bridal, and Swarovski // Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

Hayley Sheffield is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Looking for more romantic weddings?
Meredith + Blake’s sweet Texas wedding here and here
Natalia + Levi’s plantation wedding here and here

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    Oh my goodness, we love this so much!

  2. avatar Delise Knight reply

    It was a pleasure working with Christina and Scott. Christina’s vision was a designers dream. We feel honored to have been part of the team. We just love the way Haley Sheffield captured the day.

  3. avatar Kimberly Martin reply

    I love everything about this wedding. My daughter is getting married at a 150 year old barn in Oklahoma in September. We are from Tennessee, the Groom is from Oklahoma and want to have Southern elements from both Southern states. This is wonderful.

  4. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Absolutely gorgeous wedding! I would really like to know where I could find those amazing giant lanterns for my wedding this summer. I was disappointed to find out my venue wouldn’t allow the kind you set off into the sky, but these might be a great alternative!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Elizabeth! I LOVE those lanterns, too! Christina got them from Brown Linen Co, a company that does lots of custom work. I’m sure if you inquired she’d be able to give you all the info!

  5. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Love love love all the pink details in this wedding!

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Happy Thursday, friends! Today we have a fun little three-part series for you. We often get emails from readers with various questions and queries, and though we don’t have time to post about every one individually, we try to when we can. Reader Madi emailed us a few weeks ago, and this is what she said:

“I am a student at Texas Christian University, and I am a huge fan of Southern Weddings Magazine! Just two weeks ago, the sweet love of my life proposed, and since then I’ve been like a giddy girl as we’ve been exploring and contemplating the many options that come with planning our “big day.” Though I grew up in Kansas City, I’ve always been a Southern girl at heart, and even hurried South as soon as I could! I always thought I’d be married in the summertime, but our timing of things is looking more like a celebration in the winter, which could mean cold weather and possible snow fall! I always envisioned a ceremony outside of a barn and a reception with mason jars, cowboy boots, great food and beautiful floral arrangements… but winter timing may tweak all of that a bit. Is there any possible way y’all would share some ideas or do some sort of feature on how to pull off a traditional Southern wedding in a colder climate or even during the winter months? I’m looking for the warmth of Southern hospitality to surround us on that day.”

We loved the idea of dreaming up Southern ideas for a winter wedding, so today, we’re posting a three-part series for Madi. Up first is my inspiration board, then Marissa will be posting about winter fashion, and lastly Nicole will round us out with some Southern winter finds and DIY projects. If you have a brilliant winter wedding idea of your own, we’d love for you to chime in in the comments!

There’s absolutely no reason why traditional Southern style can’t be translated to the colder months, and I hope this board shows that. In fact, some Southern staples – raw cotton in particular – are more than perfect for winter. Use the fluffy bolls in bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces for a lush winter look.

Madi wants to get married in a barn, which is also totally doable in the winter. Just make sure to rent heaters, as older barns can be pretty drafty!

For tablescapes, I love the idea of substituting flowers (which would be pricy, and probably not all that pretty) with low clusters of cotton in vintage silver containers surrounded by white and ivory pillar candles (probably in hurricanes, if we’re talking about a barn!). A tone-on-tone dotted linen or runner would complete the scape.

Throughout the day, concentrate on layering texture – cotton, wood, nubbly linen, luxe chiffon – over a pretty neutral palette of white, ivory, and barnwood gray.

Credits, clockwise from top left:

Cotton bouquet photo by Pasha Belman via Southern Weddings; Samuelle Couture dress photo by Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings; monogrammed mason jars photo by Vue Photography via Southern Weddings; cotton boll boutonnieres photo by 13:13 Photography via Southern Weddings; dotted linen photo by Sylvie Gil via Style Me Pretty; hot cocoa from Martha Stewart Weddings; wood fireplace photo by Thayer Photo via Snippet & Ink; Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard photo by Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings

To tide you over until Marissa’s post, here are a few of my favorite winter weddings we’ve featured:
Molly + Ben’s Chapel Hill Christmas wedding (here + here)
Lizzie + Greg’s glam New Year’s Eve wedding (here + here)
Sarah + Ryan’s rustic barn winter wedding (here + here)
Ashley + Judd’s glittery ballroom winter wedding (here + here)

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    I love your inspiration board, Emily! I couldn’t agree more–Southern winter weddings are gorgeous and romantic, and all that legendary Southern hospitality just gets that much cozier :)

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  5. avatar Lora reply

    Love it! : )

  6. avatar Sara {Then Comes Life} reply

    I have seriously never seen a more beautiful inspiration board…. ever.

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    Totally Awesome! I love the setting! We do cotton, check us out!

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Oh wow. So many adorable details! Kristen + Chad charmed their guests with rustic and Southern elements throughout their reception. Burlap made an appearance in their banner, guestbook and tables, while gingham dressed up favors, signs and mason jars. The newlyweds were delighted with the surprise wishing well set up for them by Historic Cedarwood, a sweet nod to their engagement (read about it in Part I). We love the sentimentality and the Southern inclusions like the quilt-lined red pickup, the wicker basket-adorned tandem bike, and the fabric touches. It makes us feel right at home and ridiculously happy for this so-in-love couple. Thanks again to Landon Jacob for sharing!

Describe your wedding cake: Our cake was so delicious! It was seriously the best cake I have ever tasted! I am not big on cake and icing, but I could eat this cake everyday! It was so moist and full of flavor.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Mason jars – they were everywhere! I have become obsessed with them over the last year and I knew that I wanted them everywhere, with flowers and candles, used in the sand ceremony, and to drink out of (this is the South and sweet tea belongs in a mason jar!). Our gifts to our guests was mason jars filled with lemon drops, draped with a piece of gingham, and tied off with jute and a thank you tag. I also knew that I wanted gingham and burlap everywhere. The gingham gave the wedding such a fun and comfortable feeling and the burlap gave a very country-chic feel to everything. The bridesmaids’ bouquets all had burlap and gingham wrapped around them. My sister and I had pieces of lace from our mother’s wedding veil wrapped around our bouquets, which is very special to us. The venue was already complete with Southern charm. The ceremony took place by a big red barn with an old Ford truck sitting off to the side. I had to incorporate my cowgirl boots into a few pictures because I love them and they were my mother’s boots when she was younger and rode horses.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The venue! Cedarwood is an all inclusive wedding package! They took care of everything and made it such a wonderful day. I was never stressed about the wedding, wondering if things would get done or not. I always felt so comfortable about Cedarwood and I knew from their blogs and previous weddings that I would love what they did with mine. We are also happy that we spent extra on our catering. Chad and I wanted everyone to have fun, relax, and remember the night! We wanted food that we loved, so we chose a mix of gourmet hamburgers, chicken quesadillas, pulled chicken and pulled pork. We also had fruit, cheeses, chips and variety of dips. We had so many compliments on the food… it was delicious!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our first look at each other! I was waiting in the bride’s room ready to go and getting so nervous. Right before I went out to meet Chad, I was handed a sweet card that he wrote! I followed the photographer out to the red barn that we love so much. They had me wait on one side and walk up to see Chad… I was standing there just knowing he was on the other side and I felt like a little girl with a crush. I had butterflies and could not stop smiling. The emotions and looks that we gave each other will always be something we remember from that day! It was such a sweet moment that we will forever cherish.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We have moved to North Carolina and are away from our families, which is hard but also an exciting step for us to be somewhere new together and grow as husband and wife. We are looking forward to spending time together, traveling, laughing a lot, and being happy. We both want to get in a good place with our careers and hope to someday raise a family. For now, our sweet dog Denver is our child and she is so spoiled.

Photographer: Landon Jacob Productions // Planner: Linda Wright at Historic Cedarwood // Venue: Historic Cedarwood // Florist: Historic Cedarwood // Wedding Cake Baker: Patty Russell // Caterer: A Dream Come True Catering // Paper Products: Designs in Paper // Bride’s Dress: The White Room // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: The White Room // Bride’s Shoes: LuckyBrand // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy Collection

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Bobbi reply

    Love the wish wands and all the mason jars!

  2. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I just LOVE this color combo!! It’s so tastefully done and vibrant! I MUST know where she got the “wish wands” or the materials to make them! They are my favorite ribbon wands I’ve seen yet!! This wedding is absolutely adorable!

  3. avatar Kristina reply

    Love her hairstyle! Gorgeous!!!!

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