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Mare and Jake met in Oxford while attending Ole Miss, so for these college sweethearts, their alma mater’s campus proved to be the perfect spot for Mare’s dream wedding. To help bring the wedding she had always pictured–an outdoor celebration complete with a white tent and chandeliers–to life, Jake gifted her with a wedding planner after their engagement! While this was a sweet gesture of his love for her, it was also a way for them to serve their future marriage, since it gave them time to tend to their relationship amidst their wedding plans.

Big hugs to Brian Flint for sending along this fun day!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. One afternoon, my mom and I stopped in The Bridal Path in Jackson so I could try on dresses, and as soon as I walked in, I fell in love with a dress on the mannequin. My mom started crying when I tried it on, so I knew it was the one!

I wanted the flowers to be very elegant and classic, but with a Southern twist. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, so I wanted all of the bridesmaids to carry full white hydrangea bouquets. Large arrangements with hydrangeas, white lilies, cabbage roses, and bell of Ireland were elevated on each guest table at the reception. My bouquet was made up of green hydrangeas, roses, and lilies.

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something old was a gift from my father–he created a diamond necklace with his mother’s engagement diamond. My something blue was my garter, my dress was new, and I borrowed my lipstick from my fabulous makeup artist!

The ceremony music was so special to my family. A family friend, who had also sang at my parents’ wedding, sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” My sister, who was my matron of honor, sang “Surely the Presence” during the lighting of the unity candle. She and I have always loved that song.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our hotel gift boxes included Mississippi cheese straws and we served fried chicken at our reception. We also chose Southern signature cocktails, hired a Memphis soul band, and left our ceremony in a New Orleans-style trolley double decker bus!

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding with a white tent and chandeliers. Since we both went to Ole Miss and met in Oxford, we decided that the Ole Miss campus was the perfect place for our outdoor reception.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We loved the candy bar filled with gold and white gum balls, pink and white lollipops, strawberry cheesecake jelly beans, gold-wrapped gummy candy, gummy grapefruit, Reese’s, and sweet taffy.

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We were able to focus on our upcoming marriage by hiring a wedding planner. This was a gift from my husband right after our engagement! As he says, “This is the best investment I have ever made.” While we both have busy schedules, we were able to enjoy time with each other when we were off of work, instead of spending that time worrying about our wedding. Pre-marital counseling also had a huge impact on planning for our marriage.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met through mutual friends while at Ole Miss. My good friend had gone out with Jake and his best friend, and she told Jake he needed to meet me. A few nights later, she talked me into going out with her so she could introduce us. I did not want anything to do with Jake for the first month, and declined when he asked me out. Finally, my roommate convinced me to go on one date with him to the University Club, and after that, it was history.
Tell us all about the proposal! Jake proposed on May 4, his birthday! I had made reservations to go to Season 52 for his birthday dinner, and then we were planning to head to a friend’s house. We went to dinner, and on the way home, Jake told me that we had to stop by the house so he could get something. When we pulled up to the house, I waited in the car. Jake told me to get out because he had a surprise for me. He said it was “something small that could get bigger.” I was convinced he had gotten a dog, so I was a little aggravated, but then, he came out of the bedroom and proposed. After asking him five times if he was serious, I said yes.
When did y’all get married? May 2, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Over 300
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We chose a three-tiered cake with homemade almond flavored icing. The cake was accented with sugar tulips trimmed in gold.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I had to realize that my husband was not going to make any wedding planning decisions! He wanted me to have the wedding I dreamed of.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are excited to begin renovating our home that we purchased before the wedding. We are looking forward to traveling back to our honeymoon location once a year, having a family, and growing old together.

Photographer: B. Flint Photography / Videographer: Frameblender Films / Planner: Claire Kiamie of One Fine Day Event / Ceremony Venue: Oxford United Methodist Church / Reception Venue: Ole Miss / Florist: Oxford Floral / Cake Baker: Sweet Things by Janet Smith / Caterer: My Michelle’s LLC / Rentals and Lighting: Magnolia Rental & Sales / Band: DMP Band with Ram Entertainment / Paper Products: Nest Paper Studio / Bride’s Gown: “LZ3415” by Lazaro / Bride’s Veil: Meringue Veil / Hair Stylist: Bloom Salon & Spa / Makeup Artist: Jessica Mathias / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani from Dillard’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Ball Gown” by Two Birds / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaids Memphis / Menswear: Thomas Brothers

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  2. avatar betty simmons reply

    I attended the wedding, and it was simply lovely!! We even brought our children and 4 grandchildren. One said I met a real princess!

  3. avatar Antonio Gual reply

    Stunning wedding– Best wishes!

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Good gracious, y’all, where do I even start? Lynae + Brenton’s reception is truly a feast for your sparkle-lovin’ eyes. Though the details are amazing and numerous, one skim through their interview will tell you that each one was a purposeful representation of their personalities and fun-loving spirits. If the gold glitter linens don’t make you want to hop through your computer screen, maybe their sweets bar will do the trick, or their rock candy-covered cake. If sweets aren’t your thing, L + B made sure the night was one to remember from the dance floor. Balloons filled the space so guests could volley them as they partied, and Lynae + all 14 of her bridesmaids made sure to close the night with a choreographed dance to a Beyonce hit. Now don’t all of you want to be friends with this couple?

Our reception felt like a grand party. The outpouring of love and celebration was overwhelming. It set the tone for a fun and exciting time. There was an ample supply of food, dancing, and merriment to go around. Our reception was an ode to all our favorite things. We really tried to incorporate personal touches with the entire vibe of the room. We had balloons, candy, and lots of sequins and sparkle.

What is the one thing that made your wedding different from anyone else’s wedding? I think our love story is what made it unique. We both have very strong personalities and idiosyncrasies that separate us not only as individuals, but as a couple. I think being able to highlight and celebrate those eccentricities is what will set our wedding apart. People can always duplicate the design, but no one will quite have our personal panache.

Our centerpieces were each assorted and distinctive. Some featured single blossoms and others featured full floral arrangements in vases decorated in fruit slices or birdcages. My favorite centerpieces were floral paper poms adorned atop pedestals. I thought it was a fun, non-traditional twist. It looked like giant tiers of cotton-candy!

Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: Brenton loves Izze sodas so it was essential to include them in décor in some way. I love the Denver Broncos so we had glitter Broncos as center pieces for the head table. Our engagement pictures featured 36” balloons, so we incorporated our love for balloons into our reception for some continuity. We had our guests leave thumb prints inside a poster board with a hot air balloon outline as our guest book. Guests could leave their ink thumb prints and then write us love notes and words of encouragement beside it. We also had balloons sprinkled around the dance floor for people to volley around while they were grooving the night away.

Tell us a bit about your first dance. Even though Brenton and I have been together for seven years, it truly feels like a lifetime — but in a meaningful way. I don’t remember many milestones without him by my side so we chose a song with lyrics that celebrated that sentiment. We won dance classes from a bridal show in January so we had been practicing in the early part of the year. It’s too bad we didn’t attend a refresher course or brush up on our moves prior to hitting the floor because we completely free-styled the entire dance. We sang, laughed, and harmonized the melodies of Brian McKnight’s “Love of My Life” in front of an entire ballroom of people. And that’s when it hit us — we chose the longest first dance song ever! It was so long that we actually started laughing to ourselves on the floor and making up our own moves. It was a priceless moment!

Describe your wedding cake: After months of wedding prep and classifying cake and all it’s derivatives as a “no-no food,” I was really excited about our cake confection. We decided to go with a square, four-tiered cake that had flavored layers for everyone. We decorated the cake in rock candy arranged in ombre hues and topped it with a sequin cake topper.

What were some of the highlights? The biggest highlight was that my entourage of bridesmaids and I performed a choreographed dance to Beyonce’s “Love On Top.” It was imperative for me that our reception feel like us and there’s nothing more true to form for me than dancing to Beyonce with my girlfriends. It was special to me that all my bridesmaids came together to support a personal interest of mine — even though a lot of my bridesmaids were apprehensive about dancing in public. That performance was epic and the expression on my husband’s face was priceless.

Groom’s favorite detail of the wedding: Our candy bar will always stand-out to me. It was purely amazing.
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? We were grateful that 6 of our grandparents attended our wedding. At our age, it really meant a lot that our grandparents were in good health and good spirits to witness our moment. Having them in their late 70s and 80s is something we don’t take for granted.
What kind of food did you serve during the cocktail hour, dinner and dessert? During cocktail hour we had a cheese display and passed hors d’oeuvres. Dinner was a buffet featuring a custom menu that we designed with inspirations from all our favorite foods. We wanted all of our guests to have options so we had a variety of sides and proteins to choose from including chicken, salmon and vegetarian protein. Brenton adores breakfast food so we also included French toast, vegetarian strada, and breakfast blintzes. The breakfast bar was a huge hit!
Did you toss the garter or bouquet? We love professional football so the bride surprised the groom with a Denver Broncos garter. Considering we had an oversized Tennessee Titans helmet in the room, it only felt natural to throw a dash of home in as well.
Did you take a honeymoon?  We enjoyed adventures in Maui for a week following our nuptials.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Our biggest aspiration is to get back into life as we know it. Also, we both have blogs that we’re inspired by and passionate about that have been neglected while planning the wedding and our new life together. They are in much need of a refresh.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Your wedding is just a day. Your marriage is for a lifetime. Many people view the wedding as the end of a planning process rather than the beginning of a new life chapter. Whenever you encounter wedding stress, acknowledge that at the end of the day what matters most is your marriage and the eternal commitment you are making to your spouse. It helps to put wedding planning stress in perspective because you appreciate that ultimately no matter what happens that day, you have the rest of your life to celebrate your love together.
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. During the homily, our officiant cautioned, “Don’t get caught up in gender roles in your marriage. Get caught up in serving your spouse any way you can with all your energy.” That really stuck out to us because we’re pretty non-traditional couple. We never had to stress over who was going to fit into what role and why when planning our marriage because we both committed to just doing the best we can and loving each other unconditionally. That’s all you can ever really ask for.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Kelly reply

    Ahhh!!! The rock candy cake decor, the citrus-lined centerpieces, the hot balloon guest “book” — every last detail just makes me want to live in this wedding!!!! Can I have a modified version to use as my home office?!

  2. avatar Kristyn Hogan reply

    Loved every single details :)

  3. avatar Kat reply

    Everything about this wedding just makes me smile!!! It’s so FUN!!! Love the hot pink, gold glitter and all the sweet personal touches :)

  4. avatar Emily reply

    This is by far one of my favorite weddings you guys have ever shared! The pure joy that radiates from the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the guests is contagious!!

  5. avatar Style Sweets Magazine reply

    Love this wedding…So much color, I tell ya,I wish I was there to see those dance moves. lol.

  6. avatar Amanda reply

    This wedding is absolutely amazing!!!! What are the chances of finding out where she scored those glitter linens??

  7. avatar Dee Shore reply

    What a beautiful and vibrant wedding. Congratulations to the adorable couple!

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This week is like my dream come true on the Southern Weddings blog! Not only do I love birthdays, but I love sweets. So today, we’re offering up TWO giveaways!

Emily was the first person who pointed out Sweeteeth’s amazing line of chocolate bars, bon bons and sauces to me. I was so excited to be able to partner with them for a giveaway. Really, y’all, just take a look! Isn’t your mouth watering?

Johnny (an Alabama native!), Sweeteeth’s owner and chocolatier creates unique chocolates in flavors that look as good as they taste. Plus, we love their fun names and cool packaging. Sweeteeth is based in Charleston, so we’re confident that these chocolately treats will add a yummy splash of the South to any wedding.

We’re taking a cue from Sweeteeth and getting creative with our desserts. That’s why we’re really excited to be giving away Courtney Dial Whitmore of Pizzazzerie’s book, Push-Up Pops! I wish y’all could see the recipes inside this thing. Only one word could describe them: yum. Who knew red velvet cake and banana pudding could look so adorable in a push pop?

To Enter: There are two ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment below telling us which chocolate bar speaks most to your sweet tooth OR which dessert you would put in a push pop!
2. Tweet “I just entered the Sweeteeth + Push-Up Pops giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so.

Win: A $50 gift card to Sweeteeth OR the Push-Up Pops book by Courtney Dial Whitmore!

This giveaway will close on April 13. Good luck y’all!

Don’t forget to enter our other birthday giveaways!
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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Kelly Edm reply

    I tweeted the giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/#!/jarslikejam/status/187513012293345280

  2. avatar Kelly Edm reply

    I think I’d like to try the cinnamon, apple and pecan bar from Sweeteeth. Yum! Of course, the salted caramel also looks divine.

  3. avatar Emily Lawrence reply

    Sea is for caramel looks amazing! I am always up for a combination of salty and sweet.

  4. avatar Laura reply

    I think I would try a key lime pie in a push-up pop. Mmmmm, that sounds good!

  5. avatar Meg S reply

    If there were any feasible way to get a crepe in a push pop, I would be all over that.

  6. avatar Lindy reply

    Salted caramel… yummm!!!! And hi to Courtney, my sorority sister from Vanderbilt! A big WOO to you for your success as an author!!!

  7. avatar Olivia S reply

    I LOVE the idea of the ‘call of the wild bar’. Caramel, port wine, and chocolate? There is no possible way that could go wrong.

  8. avatar Laura P reply

    The ‘Sea is for Caramel’ Sweeteeth bar sounds delicious to me – I love that classic salty + sweet combo!

  9. avatar Laura reply

    Seriously, this week’s giveaways have made me hungry every time. The cinnapsis chocolate bar looks divine: cinnamon, apples, and pecans in chocolate!

  10. avatar Amy Kennedy reply

    Call of the Wild – port wine caramel – is there even a question!!!

  11. avatar Vanessa reply

    My family hails from Central America which means I like everything with spice. Combine that with peanut butter and you have a masterpiece. My vote is for the Peanut Butter + Chipotle, keeping my fingers crossed :)

  12. avatar Megan D. reply

    Some delicious Sea is for Carmel sounds amazing!!

  13. avatar Anna A. reply

    The Port Wine Caramel sauce sounds delicious!

  14. avatar Nancy Oben reply

    Those chocolate bars look so decadent.

  15. avatar Leah Romulus reply

    I would love to try a dark chocolate bar from Sweeteeth! YUM!

  16. avatar Rhian reply

    All the chocolate bars sound delicious but if I had to pick one to try first it would be the A’Chocolypse!

  17. avatar Rhian reply

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/JASIVRAS/status/187632061228650497

  18. avatar Kelsey Bjelland reply

    Salted caramel sauce?? Get out! I’m so hungry now!

  19. avatar Cecilia reply

    If you could get a Texas chocolate sheet cake with pecans and vanilla ice cream in a push pop I would be in heaven!

  20. avatar Sam Crisp reply

    Mmmmmmm sea is for caramel looks divine!

  21. avatar Afton reply

    First of all, I LOVE chocolate!!! The Sea is for Caramel bar looks amazing. There are not many things greater than the pairing of chocolate, caramel and salt!

  22. avatar megan reply

    call of the wild chocolate sounds delish!

  23. avatar megan reply

    and i tweeted at @meg1t.

  24. avatar Sarah reply

    I would put a brownie sundae in a push pop :) YUM!

  25. avatar Paige reply

    Tough choice, but I think I’d go for the salted caramel!

  26. avatar Michelle D. reply

    They all sound great but i would choose Cinnapsis.

  27. avatar Kristy reply

    I would try strawberry shortcake for the push pop : )

  28. avatar Kristy reply

    I would try strawberry shortcake for a push pop :)

  29. avatar Kassi reply

    i would do a red velvet and shortcake with strawberries push pop

  30. avatar Charity S reply

    I would put a sweet potato pie in a push pop.

  31. avatar Charity S reply

    tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/ccboobooy/status/188110434774163456

  32. avatar Alex reply

    I would love to try the salted caramel bar

  33. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    Everything is better in a push pop… I think it could be my favorite way to eat cheesecake ever.

  34. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    I would most certainly put Tiramisu in a push up pop. How fab and delicious!

  35. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    I also just tweeted! @babyglitz

  36. avatar Brittney Perryman reply

    Narrowing my choice down to just one chocolate bar from Sweeteeth that I want to try was TOUGH! My first choice would have to be Call of the Wild! The name drew me in first and when I read the description, I WAS HOOKED! Dark chocolate and caramel that has wine in it?!?! YES PLEASE! In fact, I may just have to order a dozen or two! :)

  37. avatar Brittney Perryman reply

    I just tweeted! My handle is @britmperryman ! Here’s the link: https://twitter.com/#!/britmperryman

    Keep up the fantastic work ladies! I just love y’alls work!

  38. avatar Kate E reply

    I tweeted it!

  39. avatar Kate E reply

    The cinnapsis sounds so delish! Cinnamon apple & pecan, uh yum!!!

  40. avatar Tracy reply

    Ooouu… I must try the Port Wine Caramel chocolate.

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