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Weddings are always special and beautiful, but they are also so, so much more than that. They bring families together and begin new ones. They join two people who have chosen each other, over anyone else in the world. And in the midst of suffering, they are a much-needed source of happiness and comfort. Joan and Matt fell madly in love on their first date, and after months of Matt planning a proposal, there was an unexpected tragedy in Joan’s family. Her family urged him to go through with his plan anyway, and he asked Joan to marry him. As you can see in these beautiful pictures from their wedding, sure enough, their beautiful day was full of Georgia sunshine and the sweetest joy. We are so inspired by their love story!

Thanks so much to Soli Photography for sharing Joan and Matt’s wedding with us!

Matt and I met while working at a newspaper in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was a reporter and he came to the paper to help run the magazine division. He had seen me around the office and was trying to find a way to meet me. He later told me he thought I had one of the most beautiful smiles he’d ever seen. When we ended up in a meeting together, he fumbled around with what to say and acted awkward, but I liked him anyway. We had a lot in common, and I was taken by his vivacious personality and style. I asked him if he wanted to get coffee and he said he wanted to get drinks instead. We went to sushi and he told me his whole life story before the check came. We didn’t want the night to end. So, we went to a historic riverboat on the Tennessee River and drank Jack Daniels until we couldn’t see straight. We made friends at the bar with a blind guy and two Scottish bikers. We fell madly in love that night and we haven’t been apart since.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I found my wedding dress at Boutique Couture, a wonderful designer shop in downtown Chattanooga. It was love at first sight on one of my first trips shopping. All lace, fitted, with a heart shaped neckline and a glamorously long train. My mom told me I would be crazy not to get it, so I did.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We went traditional and I don’t really regret it. When Matt saw we walking down the aisle, he cried and cried. It was such genuine emotion, and it felt so special on our wedding day. Matt just loves surprises, so having see me for the first time at the altar felt like the ultimate in surprises.

We wrote our own vows, and it was what most people said was their favorite part of our wedding. We listened to our pastor, who said we should say what we wanted, but that we needed to remember the traditions, too. In Matt’s vows, he told a beautiful story of when he first realized I would be his wife. Before I read mine, I told him I was shocked he had written his so well. I thought I was supposed to be the writer in our family.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The barn and the farm were our favorite elements. Matt grew up on a dairy farm and my family raised cattle. It meant a lot to us to have the wedding near animals and on scenic land. I dreamed my whole life of dancing under string lights in an open barn with the hay bales stacked above.

Our wedding shouted the South from beginning to end. We had horses and goats in the fields. The party was inside a traditional old barn. We hung lace doilies that my mother in law made. We used old depression glass and milk glass to decorate. We ate BBQ and country pies and danced to my favorite country music. I wore boots under my beautiful wedding dress. And I tried to be the kind of Southern bride my grandmother would be proud of. I went to every table and thanked every guest for their attendance.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had a small wedding cake decorated with billy balls and succulents, as well as several country pies. The groom’s cake was chocolate peanut butter and comic themed. Our desserts were so popular that we didn’t even get a piece of anything.

Tell us all about the proposal! Matt had been planning the proposal for months when our family received tragic news: my sister Dalta had been killed in a car accident a week before Matt planned to ask me to marry him. He had just traveled to my home in Birmingham, Alabama to ask my sisters and parents for their permission. We were devastated, but he was my rock. My father told him to go through with his plan, despite the pain we were suffering. Just 11 days after my sister passed away, he got down on one knee in front of my entire family and a group of close friends. He had made signs to put along the road to lead me to him and had my family in on his plan. Each sign detailed a beautiful moment in our relationship. Then the last one said “The Most Beautiful Moment Ever” and the arrow pointed to him holding a sign saying “This Moment.” For the first time in days, I saw my parents smile again. It was bittersweet, but I was overjoyed that the man of my dreams was asking me for forever. I jumped on top of him when I saw the ring. It was huge!
When did y’all get married? April 13, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Over 200
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Music is important to me and Matt, so we wanted our selections to be songs that meant a lot to us. We love Peter Cetera because his songs are so dramatic and Matt loves “Karate Kid: Part Two.” Our first dance was to “Glory of Love.” We learned a ballroom dance to go with it. I also sang Garth Brooks’ “To Make You Feel My Love,” because I think it is one of the most wonderful expressions of true love.
Describe your wedding flowers. The flowers included garden roses and ranunculus in yellow, orange and light pink. The whole bouquets with greenery looked untamed, like they were just picked from a field.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The hardest thing about planning the wedding was trying to grieve the loss of my sister at the same time.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I am most thankful for our wedding planners, the girls at Homespun Weddings and Events, our photographer at Soli Photography, and our florist at The Daily Flower. They really brought our imagination to life and had fun in the process.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The best moment was standing beside Matt during the ceremony, seeing his excitement and joy, hearing his vows, and kissing him for the first time as his wife.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I would say go with your gut. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing or thinking. Stay true to your vision as a couple. Don’t get too caught up in comparing your wedding to other weddings. Things won’t go perfectly, but it will be the imperfections that bring humor to you later. Soak in every minute, because the day will speed by so fast.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Everyone told Matt and I that the first year would be terrible, but we are loving every minute. Right now, we are thinking about our career futures and where we want to live next. I am trying to talk Matt into getting a beagle puppy.

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Those pies look delicious. I also love her amazingly sunny bouquet + those pretty bridesmaid dresses!

  2. avatar Mary reply

    Love her dress!! Maybe because it’s lunchtime, but my mouth is watering over those pies now! Such a beautiful wedding.

  3. avatar Dana reply

    this wedding has so many beautiful details! i love it!!

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Katrina + Tyler’s barn wedding was a mixture of her family’s Northern tastes, his family’s Midwestern ideas and their Southern locale. Though ideas didn’t always match up, what resulted was a sweet day full of handmade details that came together under the barn at Vinewood. K + T let their vendors work their talents and were completely open to doing a first look at Ben and Colleen’s suggestion. Katrina now says the first look photos are her favorites from the big day! We love that even though the couple was surrounded by talented vendors, everyone pitched in to make everything from wedding accessories to decor to cakes!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new?
 Yes! My maid of honor had special garters made for me (one to toss, one to keep). She had them made with satin (blue), vintage lace from her grandmother (borrowed), and had vintage stamps from our invitations made into charms hanging from the garter (something old turned new!). They were so special!

Three months after we met, Tyler popped the question. Hey, when you know, you know! We got engaged underneath the willows at Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. We even had our own private drum circle to provide the romantic background music (okay, it wasn’t part of the plan, but it certainly did add some humor to our memories). We were sitting on a blanket together reading. It was a nice day, but the clouds had started to roll in. When it looked like it might rain, Tyler turned to me and said, “So do you want to head inside before it rains, or do you want to stay out here and get engaged?” My heart exploded! He proposed with the ring that his father, who passed away when Tyler was very young, gave to his mother 28 years ago. Soon after, we set our wedding date for April 5, 2013, exactly one year from the day we met.

I found my wedding dress at a charming little boutique in Atlanta’s Candler Park called Kelly’s Closet. I brought my best friend, who is one of the most honest people you’ll ever meet. I tried on about 11 dresses that day, and with each one my best friend gave an immediate head shake of disapproval until I tried on the perfect one. The second I walked out of the dressing room, my best friend’s eyes lit up. When I saw myself in the mirror, mine did the same. Even though it was a store sample and three sizes too big, I knew it was the one. I came back to the store two more times with my mother and mother-in-law before making my final decision, but I finally did it! And I couldn’t love my dress anymore. It’s still in my closet and I stare at it every day wishing I could wear it again!

Describe your wedding flowers. 
Our wedding flowers were simple and rustic. My bouquet was loose and cascading, with peonies, feverfew, peach stock, and greenery. It was tied with burlap. The groomsmen had boutonnieres with yellow Billy balls, peach stock, greenery, and were tied with twine. My bridesmaids each had a unique and different bouquet, with mixes of peonies, feverfew, peach stock, and greenery. For our reception flowers, we had an eclectic mixture of flowers, with each table having a different arrangement and set up. The color scheme remained the same as the bridal party flowers: yellows, peach, white, and greenery. Some tables had white hydrangeas in blue mason jars, other tables had bud vases with peach stock, Billy balls, and baby’s breath. Everything looked incredible together!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did decide to do a first look. Our photographers recommended it because they would be able to get a lot of great shots together before the ceremony and all of the craziness that would follow. We also weren’t very traditional with our wedding. Tyler had already seen me in my wedding dress at one of my final fittings, so a first look sounded great to us. And the pictures are so sweet, it was one of my favorite moments during the day!

Did you write your own vows? 
We did not write our own vows. I am extremely nervous in front of crowds and didn’t want to say anything except “I do!” Our officiant took care of all of the talking so I was able to remain calm and collected.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
We did not have any. Our officiant, who is best friends with Tyler, shared the story of how we met, how we got engaged, and how we were getting married on the anniversary of when we met. It was perfect!

I walked down the aisle to “Seventeen” by Youth Lagoon. I chose this song because it’s so beautiful, with piano and hazy vocals, and a line that makes me cry every time I hear it: “When I was seventeen, my mother said to me, ‘Don’t stop imagining, the day that you do is the day that you die.” It meant so much to have that playing to remind us just how magical life can be, and all the wonderful things we have in store together. The song started out slow and calm, but when I started walking down the aisle, the beat picked up and was just absolutely perfect. Our first dance was to “Look at Where We Are” by Hot Chip. We chose this song because of a memory we have together. When Tyler and I first started dating and I visited him where he lived a few hours away, we were driving around during the summer with our windows down, holding hands, and listening to this song. We weren’t talking, just smiling and listening as we heard, “Look at where we are, remember where we started out. Never gonna be without each other’s love again.” This meant a lot to us because when we first met, our futures were a little uncertain. Tyler had been planning on moving to California, and I had been in a long-term relationship that hadn’t completely dissolved. We knew that we were crazy about each other, but weren’t sure exactly where things were going. Once we realized that we knew exactly what we wanted, we knew we’d be with each other forever. Cheesy, but true!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? 
For one, we had our wedding at Vinewood, an outdoor venue with our reception held in renovated stables! We included a lot of Southern decor in our wedding and reception, specifically with a lot of mason jars and other vintage decorations. Having the ceremony outdoors with vintage chairs also made our wedding feel elegantly Southern.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
All of the DIY work my mother and I did definitely was my favorite part. We worked so hard for months on everything and worked as a great team. I made and designed the invitations, save the dates, menus for the reception, drink stirrers, cake toppers, rings and hairpins for my bridesmaids as gifts (which I am now working to sell on Etsy!), and so many other things! My mother made fantastic dyed coffee filter balls that hung above the dance floor, she made all of the napkins and she made every single dessert we served. She even made her own dress and the flower girl dress and accessories! We also made the signature drinks ahead of time (Apple Pie Moonshine and White Wine Sangria) and the wedding favors (homemade limoncello and herb-infused olive oil). I’m sure most people didn’t notice all of the effort we put in, but we will never forget it!

My mother made all of the desserts for our wedding. She worked for weeks getting everything together. Our wedding cake was two-tiered and was a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I made the cake topper myself out of wooden skewers, string, and washi tape! The groom’s cake, also made by my mother, was a dark chocolate Guinness cake. I made the cake toppers for the groom’s cake — individual plants creating the solar system because Tyler is a Space-Systems Engineer and loves space. Other desserts my mother made were mini tiramisus, Italian cookies, lemon cake, fig and date cake, red velvet cupcakes, and much more!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
We met through mutual friends. Tyler’s best friend was dating my best friend, and they had been trying to set us up for a while, but things weren’t the cards for us to meet just yet. One night in April 2012, we both just so happened to be going to Sweetwater Brewery with our friends and we finally met. The second I saw him, I couldn’t stop staring. Tylere was beyond adorable! We immediately hit it off and talked all night, ending with the sweetest hand-holding session I’ve ever had. From that moment on, he was all I could think about. It still makes me smile to think about that night!
When did y’all get married? 
April 5, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
150
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Keeping everyone happy! My family is from the North and Tyler’s is from the Midwest, so our ideas didn’t always line up. We wanted a very untraditional wedding, while our families wanted something a bit more traditional and upscale. While some things we had to stand up and say we weren’t going to do, we did settle by having Sun in My Belly cater, a very sophisticated (and delicious) caterer, instead of a food truck with tacos!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? 
$25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
Our photographers were my favorite part! They were fun, witty, and made us comfortable and relaxed, which you could definitely tell in the pictures! They captured every single detail, even some things that I was too busy running around to notice, so I got to see every part of my wedding once our photos came back!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
When my little sister Sophia, the flower girl, started walking up the aisle before me. She couldn’t see the aisle in between the two sides, so she decided to just go all the way around everyone and completely ignore the aisle! She had no idea she did anything the slightest bit wrong. It was precious, and Tyler says that he and some of the other groomsmen got tears in the eyes because it was so cute. Some of my friends now call her Sophia “I do what I want” Brosan.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Take a deep breath! There were times when I was planning things and worrying about how it would all turn out and I would just sit and cry for hours. Don’t do this! It doesn’t help. Just remember that it’s just a big party for a day, and even if things don’t go completely as planned, no one will ever notice. I also recommend that everyone try to DIY as much as they can if you have the time — it gives you a lot to be proud of and memories you’ll never forget because you made it all happen!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
Right now we are just relaxing and enjoying being married without having to plan a wedding! There are two big things in our future that we’re looking forward to: an addition to our family (a kitten!) and searching for our first house (we are planning to move to Austin, Texas sometime next year!!). We can’t wait!

Photographer: Ben and Colleen | Planner: Maria Hickman from Vinewood Events |
Ceremony Venue: Vinewood Events | Reception Venue: Vinewood Events | Florist: Southern Stems | Wedding Cake: The mother of the bride | Caterer: Sun in My Belly | Band Duo: Mixed Genes – Barbara and Will Jenkins | Bride’s Gown: Queen Anne’s Lace by Claire Pettibone (from Kelly’s Closet) | Paper Products: Made/designed by bride | Bride’s Headpiece: Aria Vine headpiece by Enchanted Atelier for Claire Pettibone | Ampersand Pumps by Seychelles | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: All different | Groom’s Attire: H&M | Groomsmen Attire: H&M

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Peter reply

    Love the yellow! Beautiful wedding and great job backlighting the ceremony with the sunset.

  2. avatar Tangled Lilac Photography reply

    This is such a beautiful wedding. So inspiring and the decorations/venue is to die for.
    Gorgeous!

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  4. avatar Patricia Mae reply

    Beautiful wedding! I had a question, where did you get your chandeliers? Or did they come with the venue? They look gorgeous!

    • avatar Jamie Elliott McPherson reply

      He there Patricia – I am one of the owners of Vinewood. Yes, the ‘candle’-iers are part of our inventory. If you want something like them for your wedding, we got them on http://www.save-on-crafts.com we had to remove the little spike that typically a candle would go on. Then we just hot glued a small mason jar and voila – there you have it. We wish you all the best o your wedding planning. Jamie

  5. avatar Lacey reply

    Hello,
    I really love the kissing balls made with the coffee filters. Is there anyway I can contact the bride to see exactly how they made these? Beautiful 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)

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  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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  3. avatar Eric Kelley reply

    So glad to be on your blog! : )

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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.

  7. avatar Floral Cotton reply

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

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