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It may be the new year, but we still have a few Southern Weddings V6 tricks tucked up our sleeve! First up is this oh-so-charming and appropriately-titled editorial. Though we are all about weddings, in this issue we also wanted to offer inspiration for some of the girly “side parties” that often come along with them, like bridal showers and bridal brunches. From cake pulls to heirloom recipes, this editorial fits the bill. And thanks to an especially talented team including Jen Huang, Poppies & Posies, Elizabeth Demos, and the gals at Amie Decker Beauty, there are just as many beautiful and inspiring details as any of our weddings!

One of these beautiful charm bracelets is my mama’s, and another is my own! We love featuring personal family pieces in our editorials.

What a magical setting!! It was even more beautiful in person, if you can believe it.

Little touches to make the bride feel extra special are always a “do,” and these paper bells tied onto her chair with satin ribbon are a perfect, easy example.

Popping a bow on top of a buttery stack of biscuits almost turns it into a cake, don’t you think?

Not familiar with the cake pull tradition? Read all about it here!

We set up a little station for gifts to give and get off to the side of the table. Guests were invited to bring a favorite family recipe to stock the bride’s recipe box, and were sent home with a basket of tea cakes made from the bride’s family recipe! Looking for a prettier way to organize your own recipes? We love our new citrus floral recipe boxes!

Cheers to amazing friends and happy celebrations!

Photographer: Jen Huang | Film processing: Richard Photo Lab | Florist, copper vessels, pink cake stand, bowls, and spoons: Poppies & Posies | Location, tables, biscuits, and sweet tea glasses: Oldfield Club | Prop styling: Elizabeth Demos | Hair and makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | “Darby” gown: Amsale | “Sofia” dress: Dolly Pearl | “Cap Cana” dress: Troubadour | Pink polka dot dress: Nordstrom | Mix and match china: Replacements, Ltd. | Recipe box: Sugar Paper | Charm bracelets: Crystal Faye and Past Time Jewelry | Gold dot linen: Caitlin Wilson Textiles | Mini cakes: Sweet Memories | Gift wrap: Midori, Paper Source, and Sugar Paper | Crepe paper baskets: Shop Sweet Lulu | Sweet tea stirrers: Em for Marvelous | Cake toppers and calligraphy: Antiquaria

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kyla F reply

    This is such a beautiful setting for an intimate side-party! The little details truly make it magical, like those beautiful flowers on the back of the swing. The use of your family charm bracelets add a special, sentimental touch too! I especially enjoyed reading the linked post about the cake pull tradition because I have never seen that done here in New England.

  2. avatar Brooke reply

    Love this! I’m hosting a bridal shower in February and just decided to do a cake pull because of this post! Are you selling those adorable paper bells on the back of the bride’s chair in the yard sale, by any chance? : )

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    Each and every detail looks so pretty, elegant and unique. Loved the beautiful details of the chair and tables decor.

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Last week, we pulled off a big first for us Southern Weddings ladies! We actually got one past the incredible Ms. Emily Ayer, and SURPRISED her with a mini-inspired bridal shower! That’s right, with the help of some really fabulous friends, we tricked our own little bride-to-be into thinking we were headed to high tea at The Carolina Inn. Then the doozy came – we were actually throwing HER a shower!

When we arrived, Lara presented Emily with the unbelievably adorable mini-invitation to her shower (awesome job, Amber!). As you can see below, she was a bit surprised!

Our friend Heidi, the Director of Catering at The Carolina Inn, joined forces with the fab Erin McLean to dream up this sweetly Southern and completely “Emily” shower! We told them our girl likes pink, cupcakes and mini things and then we sent them a link to Em’s blog. Heidi and Erin ran with it, and created awesomeness! Boy, have we got talented friends!

I also have to brag a bit on Nicole – not only did Nicole help plan this gorgeous event, but she sat next to Emily everyday for about two months without spilling the beans!

Isn’t this girl cute? Yes, we are lucky enough to work with her every day!

Big thanks to all our friends who came far and wide to celebrate our sweet bride-to-be! And big SW hugs to Cyn Kain for capturing all the divine details of the day!

Congratulations to you, Miss Em! We are beyond thrilled for you, know you will be a stunning bride. We wish you all the love in the world!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Ravmek – Indian Wedding Planner reply

    Very Cute decor and Cyn Kain has captured the bride-to-be’s expressions and her surprise very beautifully.

  2. avatar Mariel reply

    So fabulous! You ladies sure know how to throw a party! Congrats to Emily!

  3. avatar Anastasia Marie reply

    This is absolutely adorable! Love the invites and that table setting is to die for!

  4. avatar Emily reply

    So fun to relieve this AMAZING shower through photos! And, I like how my mouth is wide open in every single one of the photos – clearly I was surprised!!

  5. avatar Whitney reply

    Oh this makes me so, so happy! Em, I hope you had a wonderful mini-bridal shower!!! Everything looks adorably scrumptious and Emily-inspired. I miss you!

  6. avatar Kelly Cummings reply

    Aww I love the look on Emily’s face, how perfect for a mini lover like herself! And those tiny teacups are too cute! And I’m obsessed with that hat box!

  7. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Oh I love re-living this day too! Such a sweet memory; thank you so much for including me in the surprise. Love you Emily! Less than 1 month to go!! xoxo

    PS. Currently craving a scone with clotted cream & jam :)

  8. avatar Cyn reply

    Loved spending this day with you ladies! Thanks for including me! Yay for getting married, Emily! Married life is the best :) xo

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Today is a big day for us, y’all. We’ve got our pearls on, our hair blown out and our fluffy dresses donned. We’ve powered through our to-do lists, answered emails and waited for 2:00 to roll around. Why are we so antsy? We’ve been invited to tea at the Carolina Inn!

At least that’s what Emily thinks.

We may have told a white lie a couple of weeks ago when I casually said to the team, “Hey, y’all. Heidi at the Carolina Inn invited us to an afternoon tea in August.” What I really meant was that we’ve been planning a bridal shower for Miss Emily Ayer for over a month and we had to find some casual way to get to her the Carolina Inn!

We’ve enlisted the help of Heidi, the Inn’s director of Catering, Erin McLean, a fab events planner in our area, Amber Housley, a sweet-as-pie designer, and Cyn Kain, one of our good friends and photographers to make Emily’s Mini Cupcakes and Tea Party a reality. (Y’all should have seen the menus and inspiration boards we’ve been emailing each other – I about died with excitement!)

Amber did an amazing job creating Emily’s mini tea party invitations and we can’t wait to show her the rest. In fact, we’re heading to the Inn right now to surprise her! Stay tuned for more fun details and a recap of Emily’s bridal shower!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Nicole reply

    These are so amazing!!! Have fun SW Mag girls!! :) Can’t wait to see the recap!!

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