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Though I have lived all over the country, I have always felt that there is something magical about the South. Of course, I am sure I’m a bit partial having grown up below the Mason-Dixon, but if Veronica and Patrick are any indication, my love is justified! Veronica and Patrick visited Trump Winery while dating and were quite smitten, so post-engagement, they didn’t have to look around much before deciding to invite their friends and family there to celebrate their marriage with a destination wedding. These two might not have a drop of Southern blood in them, but with the help of Cinda Hoege of White Birch Events, they planned a sweetly Southern soirée, complete with a family-style dinner that’d make even a born-and-bred Southerner feel right at home!

Thanks to Ashley Cox for sharing this Charlottesville beauty!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Yes! My something borrowed was a pair of beautiful earrings from my mother-in-law. My something old was my veil, which is about 180 years old and has been worn by every bride in Pat’s family! My something new was easy, my dress. We kind of forgot the something blue, so we took a piece of baby blue string from a pair of pajamas and tied it around my bouquet for a bit.

I had a pretty precise idea of what I wanted. I actually went to a few different shops with friends, but ended up finding my dress by myself during my lunch break. My mom didn’t even see it until my first fitting!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did not. For as long as I can remember, at every wedding I’ve gone to, when the bride comes down the aisle, I always watch the groom instead of the bride. The look on the groom’s face when he sees the bride for the first time is so telling, it’s so hard to hide your emotions at that point! That moment was really important to me, and I didn’t want to miss out on it.

I had a pretty specific vision for the flowers, and Amy at Blue Ridge Floral Design executed it perfectly. I didn’t want anything too put together or perfect. I wanted something that looked like it was just picked from a garden–very natural and beautiful with lots of greens and more muted tones. My bouquet was my favorite, full of peonies, garden roses, jasmine and Veronica flowers, which Amy included as a surprise.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? While Pat was in law school in D.C. and I was still living in Miami (long before we were engaged), we made an effort to try and take short trips on the weekends I came to visit. We visited Charlottesville during a long weekend and did a winery tour. Our driver snuck us up to the top of the Trump Winery, and we loved it. When we got engaged, we didn’t look around much.

This is a little embarrassing, but our cake was so good that I took a tupperware full of it on my flight to our honeymoon! Rachel from Cakes by Rachel is apparently some sort of magician. The cake was really beautiful, and simply decorated with fresh fruit and some of the flowers we used. I’ve been eyeing the top part in the freezer for a few weeks–not sure if it’ll make it to the one-year mark!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Patrick and I met when we were 15 years old. Two of our best friends were dating and they introduced us, but sparks didn’t fly just yet. A few years later, we became Words with Friends opponents. Funnily enough, I read an article about a couple that met and got married via Words with Friends, and I jokingly sent him a message letting him know I wouldn’t be able to play with him anymore because I needed to play others in order to find a husband. Fast forward a couple of years, I was moving into my new apartment with my best friend (who was really excited for us to have this awesome bachelorette pad together). Patrick’s friend lived in the building, and when we asked him for help bringing up a couple of things, Patrick was there. Within a few weeks, we were dating, and my best friend’s bachelorette pad dreams vanished.
Tell us all about the proposal! Oh, this is a good one! Pat is from Peru, and we took a family trip to Machu Picchu. The day before we hiked up the Huayna Picchu, Pat watched a three-hour video of a guy who recorded his entire hike up with a GoPro strapped to his head. I was pretty annoyed, but I didn’t realize he was trying to stake out a good spot to propose! The next morning, we woke up at 4 A.M. and took a bus up a very narrow, winding path to the mountain. His sister insisted on braiding my hair, but I was so tired, I didn’t protest. When we got to the top of the mountain, I peered over a rock to look down at the bottom. When I turned around, Pat had gotten down on one knee, and his brother and sister were behind him photographing and videotaping us!
When did y’all get married? April 23, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 180
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. All of our songs were pretty special to us–music is an important part of our relationship. Pat and I decided on “Something” by The Beatles for our first dance. For months before the wedding, I searched for songs that would be fitting for my dad and I. We are both huge Pink Floyd fans, and a few days before the wedding, we decided that we didn’t really care to be traditional and chose “Wish You Were Here.” Pat surprised us and played the guitar during our dance! Pat and his mom danced to “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys, which was so fitting for them.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My family is from Nicaragua and Pat’s is from Peru, and for the most part, our friends are all Latin as well. We don’t have a drop of Southern blood in us, so it was a lot of fun to have our wedding in Charlottesville because it was such an adventure for everyone! I’d say the most Southern thing was the cuisine, especially because it was served family-style! Harvest Moon did an amazing job–we had chicken and waffle skewers, salted butter corn bread, beef short ribs, and mac and cheese.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I think the biggest way I cut costs was actually by hiring a wedding planner. Cinda at White Birch Events is truly a wizard. She reviewed all of my estimates and told me where I could cut costs, figured out where to repurpose my flowers with my florist, and simply brought me back down to earth when I would mention something that was outside of my budget or unnecessary.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Travel! We have a huge list of places we want to visit, but limited PTO…

Photographer: Ashley Cox | Videographer: Carly Rae Productions | Planner: Cinda Hoege of White Birch Events | Venue: Trump Winery | Florist: Blue Ridge Florals | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering | Band: The Finns | DJ: Slable | Bride’s Gown: “Calla” by Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist: Top Knot Studio | Makeup Artist: Rouge 9 Makeup Studio | Bride’s Shoes: Gucci | Groom’s Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss and Armani | Photo Booth: Mox Box | Get Away Car: Albemarle Limousine | Buses: Easy Riders

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Our friend Jacin, who styled the V9 shoot we did last week, is a little bit infamous for her homemade jam (do y’all remember this V6 shoot? She was the mastermind behind it!), and when she sent us home from Atlanta with jars of her first strawberry jam of the season, I was instantly reminded of our Berry Bliss editorial. Strawberries always feel like the most celebratory kickoff to the abundant spring and summer bounty ahead, and revisiting these cheery images has me ready to pencil in a picking date!

Pick up a copy of V6 to see more from this shoot by Katie Stoops!

Photography: Katie Stoops / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Venue: Oakley Farm / Bride’s Gown: “Guindon” by Hayley Paige / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Pearl Bracelet: Fornash available at Swell Caroline / Earrings: Swell Caroline / Bracelet: Loren Hope / Bride’s Sunhat: Zappos / Hair and Makeup: Makeup For YourDay / Rentals: CE Rentals / Benches: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Strawberry Fields Tablecloth: House8810 / Plates: Anthropologie / Dessert Plates: Replacements / Dog’s Bow: High Cotton Ties / Florist: Watered Garden / Bouquet Wrap: Fairstore / Pots: Jamali Garden / Paper Goods: Cheree Berry / Cake: Ashley Cakes / Cake Stand: Sarah’s Stands / Mini Strawberry Desserts: Little Sugarbakers

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    Is there anything more delectable in the early summer than strawberries? Inspired by this striking, yet unassuming berry that reminds us of Southern belles (see V6 for why!), we followed “Pick Your Own Strawberry” signs through Chapel Hill, consulted the Farmer’s Almanac to set a shoot date, rounded up our favorite redheads, and brought Berry Bliss to life.

    Cheree Berry created this delightfully bold invitation suite for us. How fun is that envelope liner?

    Our beautiful bride, Cate, was the roommate of one our interns! She looked stunning in a striped gown by Hayley Paige and bold red lipstick. Fun fact: her bouquet wrap is actually a delicate scarf!

    It is no secret that the SW gals are smitten with LulaKate. Not only did we love having their darling custom dresses in this shoot, we were also tickled pink to wear LulaKate at the V6 launch party last week! Love these dresses as much as we do? Don’t miss the end of this post for a surprise! :)

    Even though we had these simply elegant boutonnieres on hand, the only dapper gent in this shoot was MacKenzie‘s son, Pax! Isn’t he adorable in his little bow tie?

    Emily commented in Sweet Corns Sweethearts that the area we live in is sometimes photo shoot-ready, even without our help, and this was certainly one of those cases. On the day of this shoot, the field next to the strawberries was bursting with pretty red clover. Thanks for that one, North Carolina!

    We were truly spoiled to have the most beautiful, luscious strawberry desserts gracing this shoot. Ashley Cakes made the lovely cake, and Little Sugarbakers whipped up the mini desserts.

    There were so many amazing elements in this shoot, and we are excited to share two of our favorites!

    We’re giving away all three LulaKate dresses (one in size 4, two in size 8) and a pair of red Nina Forbes shoes (size 10). For a chance to win one of these items, leave a comment telling us your favorite thing about this shoot! Don’t forget to specify which item you’d like (including which dress size, if applicable). We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Katie Stoops / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Venue: Oakley Farm / Bride’s Gown: “Guindon” by Hayley Paige / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Pearl Bracelet: Fornash available at Swell Caroline / Earrings: Swell Caroline / Bracelet: Loren Hope / Bride’s Sunhat: Zappos / Hair and Makeup: Makeup For YourDay / Rentals: CE Rentals / Benches: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Strawberry Fields Tablecloth: House8810 / Plates: Anthropologie / Dessert Plates: Replacements / Dog’s Bow: High Cotton Ties / Florist: Watered Garden / Bouquet Wrap: Fairstore / Pots: Jamali Garden / Paper Goods: Cheree Berry / Cake: Ashley Cakes / Cake Stand: Sarah’s Stands / Mini Strawberry Desserts: Little Sugarbakers

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    1. avatar Rachel reply

      This shoot was so fun! Although I loved the stripped details on the bouquets and dresses and paper goods. However, I am a true stationary lover at heart, the invitation suite is so bright and unique! I would love the Lula Kate dress in the size 4!

    2. avatar blakely reply

      I LOVE the loose wild florals! beautiful!

      dress size 4!

    3. avatar Lauren reply

      My favorite part of the berry bliss shoot are the fields! The strawberry fields are to die for and make the shoot! I’d love the LK dress in size 8, so pretty!

    4. avatar Ryann reply

      I don’t think I can pick just one thing! I love the bold red stripes incorporated into everything from the invitation suite to the cake to the bouquet scarf! I also just love it when redheads own their gorgeous hair and wear bright colors. I am a LulaKate lover so my favorite is definitely the dress! My bridesmaids wore a LulaKate dress and I was actually kind of jealous they got to and I didn’t ;) I would love the dress in size 8!!

    5. avatar Catie reply

      The precious little baby eating a strawberry is my favorite part!

      Shoes :)

    6. avatar Kathryn Pavia reply

      I meant to sign my comment with
      Xo
      A big fan from Raleigh!!

      However somehow I sent submit before I was done!

    7. avatar Brittany reply

      Favorite thing about this shoot has to be Pax. What a cutie! Obsessed with the LulaKate dresses. (size 4)

    8. avatar Lisa B. reply

      I love everything about this shoot! My husband and I got engaged in the strawberry patch of a farm near our house where we first fell in love! My favorite touches are the strawberry shaped invitation information cards and the sweet red and white ribbon around the bouquets. I would love to win one of the dresses in a size 8!

    9. avatar Jessica Horton reply

      LOVE all the red & white (go pack! ;-) )

    10. avatar Ashlee reply

      What I love most about this shoot is the fact that you are embracing redheads! So many women are dying their hair to cover it up. Southern Weddings teaches women to love themselves and I find this shoot empowering! This dress, in a size 10, would be perfect to wear to client meetings at local wineries and estates :)

    11. avatar Betty reply

      the strawberries!

    12. avatar Abi Losli reply

      My favorite thing about this shoot is…ALL the things! That’s probably not an acceptable answer, but I truly adore all the details. Especially that gorgeous gown (those stripes!), the big, floppy, elegant sun hat, and the energy from the bright, vibrant colors. What a gift, those red clovers and the perfect weather. So blessed. Great work, ladies! (oh, and I think a size 8 would be just about perfect! LulaKate is fab and I am so excited that you’re giving away dresses in my size!)

    13. avatar lena reply

      What a gorgeous shoot!

    14. avatar Elizabeth reply

      I love the location of the shoot! It truly makes for a great impact with the design. Every detail is absolutely beautiful, but my favorite thing about this shoot would be the strawberry linen table setting… or maybe that four-tier wedding cake! Gorgeous! And I would love the LulaKate dress in the size 4.

    15. avatar Jessica Horton reply

      ….. and size 8 dress, please!

    16. avatar Emily reply

      I absolutely adore the sweet striped ribbon on those beautiful bouquets!!! I would be over the moon to win one of the Lula Kate dresses in size 8!!!

    17. avatar Megan Leader reply

      My favorite thing about this shoot (other than that perfect field of clover… swoon!) is the red scarf used to tie the bride’s bouquet! I think it pairs perfectly with the wedding dress fabric and the bridesmaids’ dresses. I would love to win one of the LulaKate dresses in size 8! I think they’re just gorgeous.

    18. avatar Naomi Wilcox reply

      This shoot is just so beautiful & amazing! My specific favorite thing about the shoot, is the COLORS! I love the crispness of the white & the bold, daring yet classiness of the red! I would love to win one of the lovely dresses from LulaKate in Size 8!

      PS The Southern Wedding ladies looked FANTASTIC in their LulaKate dresses at the Launch Party!

    19. avatar Kelsey reply

      Oooh, what beautiful colors! Simply stunning. I would love to win the Lula Kate dress in size 6!

    20. avatar Whitley Gaffney reply

      Those adorable hand pies are my favorite thing about this shoot! I need to make some myself :) And that size 8 LulaKate dress has my name written all over it (I hope)…

    21. avatar Loren reply

      Those fields of red clovers are stunning! But Id say my favorite thing has to be the adorable red bow tie on the dog. I’m a sucker for dogs :)

      Dress size: 4

    22. avatar Lisa Eickel reply

      I am smitten over how the red/ strawberry theme was taken through to all the elements of the dessert table. And the super cute little one couldn’t make this shoot look any better! I would LOVE to win one of the LK dresses, size 4!!

    23. avatar Lisa Eickel reply

      I’d happily take a size 6 and try to get it altered if the 4 is already spoken for!

    24. avatar Mandy DeTurk reply

      I love those cute little invitations!

    25. avatar Ashlee reply

      Ah! I meant a size 8!!

    26. avatar Brittany reply

      The fields of Oakley Farm are gorgeous! But my fav has to hands down be the Guindon dress by Hayley Paige, its to die for, those stripes are perfection! And those Nina shoes are just fab!

    27. avatar Brooke Motchan reply

      I love the details included on the invitation….the little “seed envelope” with the strawberries and ant listing the details of the reception! Would love to win the pair of red Nina Forbes shoes!

    28. avatar Cara Crowley reply

      Oh my! I love everything about this shoot from the strawberry table cloth, to the geraniums in the arrangements and the delicious looking strawberry shortcakes! I would love the Lulu Kate dress in a size 4 to wear to two upcoming weddings. Love the work that you ladies do! xo

      • avatar Cara Crowley reply

        Cara Crowley: I found a dress today for the weddings so I would like to withdraw my name for the size 4 Lulu Kate dress. However, the shoes would be a perfect fit for my size 10 feet :) I’m just in love with this shoot and with the sophisticated simplicity that it conveys.

    29. avatar Hannah M reply

      I love the field of red clovers! Fits in so perfectly with the shoot!

      Lula Kate dress size 4!

    30. avatar Waverly Tucker reply

      I absolutely love all of the crisp white details in the shoot, the little dessert stands are precious! The detail of the top layer of the cake inspires me to do something similar for my wedding. I’d love to wear the Lulakate dress in the size 4!

    31. avatar Kate E. reply

      I love love love the beautiful blooms in this shoot! So perfect! I’m also dying for those shoes!

    32. avatar abby r reply

      i love the table cloth and how the theme is consistent but not overpowering. those shoes would be perfect!!!

    33. avatar Billie Anne reply

      That tablecloth is perfection!

      And I would lovelovelove the dress in size 8! :)

    34. avatar Victoria Shao reply

      My absolute favorite part of this shoot is the table location. I’m totally in love with the idea of the table being in the middle of the strawberry field. So different and cheery! The size 4 LulaKate dress size 4 would be a dream. Thanks y’all!

    35. avatar Hannah Mallalieu reply

      From the subtle hints in the fabric of the bridal gown, to the lovely LulaKate bridesmaids dresses, to the sweet ribbon on the bouquets, and the delightful stationary – the stripes steal the show in this shoot! I would love a LulaKate dress in size 8! It would be the perfect springtime wear for my bridal shower next April!

    36. avatar Katie reply

      I absolutely love those unstructured vibrant centerpieces! They are so gorgeous. I’d love those beautiful red shoes as well!

    37. avatar Carrie reply

      Love that vintage table cloth! I would love that lula kate dress in 8!

    38. avatar Kelly reply

      My favorite part about this shoot is the table setup! The red tablecloth, the strawberry and white tablecloth, the flowers, I love it all!

      I’ve got my eye on that Lula Kate dress size 4 ;)

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    40. avatar Tori Ford reply

      The strawberry theme is divine! Loving the originality of the theme and the color palatte is stunning! Bold pops of red make this blissful affair a show stopper, and those boutineers! Wowzers!
      I am loving the dresses (size 4) and shoes are to die for! I would love either!

    41. avatar Samantha reply

      I love the dapper little gent in the bow tie and red pants. So adorable!!! What girl can resist a bow tie?? I would love the size 4 dress!!!

    42. avatar Fran Hall reply

      My favorite thing was seeing the previous post of all of your preparation for the shoot. The fun you were having, the creativity AND THEN as I viewed the actual post, to see the magic the photographer created to capture all of your wonderful ideas. The angles, the focus, the “just right” cropping. This is all a true talent. It was so evident from the two posts what magic must occur. Love, Love, Love ! Could pick one photo but this post is too good to over look the finished product! WOW! Love the size 4 dress.

    43. avatar Laura Caroline reply

      I would have to say little Pax was my favorite part of the shoot. He is just adorable eating the strawberries in his bow tie! And I would absolutely love those stunning shoes!

    44. avatar Rebecca reply

      I just love the mini pies in this shoot! Also, the photo of the table in between the two strawberry fields is just stunning! I would love the size 4 dress!

    45. avatar Kaylan reply

      Why do I love this shoot? Because red is my signature color! Adorable. When I was little and visiting my grandparents in West Point, GA, my sweet Pop would go to the grocery store just to get my favorite spread for the biscuits- strawberry preserves. If only I were getting married in strawberry season instead of Christmas! (Don’t worry– there’s still lots of red in my wedding! Including floor length Red LulaKate bridesmaids dresses!) If I won, I’d look so snazzy in the size 4 striped dress. Love love love everything.

    46. avatar Kaylan reply

      Also, I just bought that exact bow tie for my fiance for his birthday, TODAY! I’m telling you, meant.to.be.

    47. avatar Caitlin reply

      I’d love to win the Size 8 Dress! or the shoes! I’m a 10! :)

    48. avatar Jill Donovan reply

      I LOVED the entire shoot! The dessert table in the middle of the strawberry field made me swoon!

      And, I just happen to be a size 10 shoe :) Great magazine ladies, I am loving all the inspiration!

    49. avatar Mackenzie Kern reply

      That first image is killer! Love, love, love everything! Seeing it all makes me want to throw on a beautiful dress and run into a strawberry field myself. I love every element of the shoot, and mainly the fact that it feels so fresh! Such a beautiful sight on some of these dreary fall days. I would adore that Lula Kate size 8 dress and possibly never take it off! Spectacular images and awesome post Lisa!

    50. avatar Whitney G. reply

      (size 8) my favorite thing about the shoot is definitely the dresses! I LOVE the beautiful collars.

      Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    51. avatar Kelly D reply

      Oh my goodness!!!!! Those LulaKate lovelies are DIVINE!!!! I would love love love love L-O-V-E to get my hands on that stunning ruffled-collared size 4 beauty!!!!!!

      Besides the dresses (which, it is HARD to look past them!) I adore the setting for this shoot! I’d always dreamed of having a wedding in an apple orchard but never even KNEW how incredible a real-life strawberry field could be as a wedding venue! Gorgeous.

    52. avatar Michelle W. reply

      LOVE the natural beauty of this shoot! I also love the Lulu Kate dresses (size four).

    53. avatar amanda reply

      OH MY GOODNESS! I loved this shoot!!! The red is delicious! I think my favorite part though, is how creative the invites are with the “packet” of strawberries detailing more of the events of the wedding. I’m sadly obsessed with stationary! But also, since I’m a Wolfpack fan, I’d love to win the LulaKate dress in a size 8! :)

    54. avatar Stewart reply

      My favorite part of this shoot is the red & white striped ribbon used around the plates at the place settings. I also love how it carries elsewhere like in the bouquet & boutonniere wraps. It’s no lie that I could use a pair of red shoes- and I just happen to be size 10!

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