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The iconic “little blue box” color can be a tough one to pull of in a wedding, but as Southern belles know, that’s no reason to shy away from your signature color! The trick, as evidenced by Cally and Robert in today’s lovely wedding, is to use the color sparingly and intentionally, letting it accent your venue and details rather than distract from them. That is especially important when your venues are extra special–Cally and Robert were married in Cally’s brother and sister-in-law’s home, and their reception was at a fabulous downtown Houston restaurant that was a delicious nod to Robert’s Cajun roots.

Thank you so much to Cameron & Kelly Studio for sharing Cally and Robert’s special day with us!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed my sister-in-law’s gorgeous earrings. My something blue was my sapphire engagement ring, something old was my grandmother’s wedding rings, and something new was my dress.

For my procession, the string trio played “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clark, and for the recessional, they played “La Rejouissance” by Handel. Great classics!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The ceremony was at the home of my brother and sister-in-law. The reception was at Brennan’s of Houston–a nod to Robert’s Cajun heritage.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There were many wonderful details, but one that really stood out as different was the scotch bar that my sister-in-law came up with. Robert loves scotch, so it was a really neat surprise.

We had a white three-tiered cake with real flowers on top. Each layer had a different scroll design, and each layer had a different flavor inside. The wedding flowers were mostly white and consisted of peonies, roses, orchids, and hydrangeas. They were gorgeous!

When did y’all get married? May 22, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 40
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mother and I found the dress on our first dress shopping appointment. It was the third dress I tried on.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” and my dance with my father was to “My Girl” by The Temptations.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge I faced in planning the wedding (even with a wedding planner) was working a very full-time job while trying to pull everything together. There was a lot of travel involved as well, since I bought my dress in one city, lived in another, and had the wedding in a third city.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The whole day was full of beautiful memories, but walking down the aisle toward my husband-to-be was probably the most exciting part.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t wait to start planning–it’s never too early.

Photographer: Cameron & Kelly Studio / Planner: Mary Beth Burrow / Ceremony Venue: Private residence / Reception Venue: Brennan’s of Houston / Florist: David Brown Flowers / Wedding Cake: Who Made the Cake / Music: Yvonne Washington / Bride’s Gown: Romona Keveza / Hair Stylist: Monica at Adytum Salon / Makeup Artist: Melissa Morvan / Bride’s Shoes: Rene Caovilla

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Cameron Clark | Cameron & Kelly Studio reply

    Cally & Robert were so thrilled to get married to one another. Everything about this wedding was classic Southern elegance. We loved these two families!

  2. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    The tea length dress is adorable and not worn often enough! I love the scotch bar and the bright touches of teal throughout.

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You know that naturally glamourous friend who looks like a million bucks in a white t-shirt and boyfriend jeans? That’s how I feel about this wedding! Hailey + Rhet [wait, can we pause for a little giddy-fit that the groom’s name is actually Rhet? I know Mr. Butler had two t’s, but oh my Gone with the Wind-loving heart be still!] had a big day filled with lush flowers that Hailey described as “out of this world,” and romantic details that were just the right balance between glamorous and down-home.

From the the moss-covered monogram at the entry gates to the framed photographs throughout the gardens, each detail was not only lovely, but had meaning to the couple. H + R even hand-crafted thank you notes for each guests’ place setting – that just screams the Sweet Tea Society to me!

Be sure to scroll all the way down, because the very last shot from Lauren Larsen may just be my favorite of the day!

Both our ceremony and reception were outdoors in the gardens. Dancing and dining al fresco immediately followed the ceremony, while the sun was setting.

How cute is that monogrammed clutch?!

The entry gates displayed a moss-covered monogram. Mason jar centerpieces filled with hydrangeas, garden roses and geraniums ran along our burlap runners. We had vintage table card numbers, mattress ticking striped napkins, and hand-crafted thank you notes at each guests’ place setting. Hundreds of votive candles and personal family framed photographs were arranged throughout the space. Margaritas served in burlap-wrapped jars with pink and white striped straws completed the look.

We danced to “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison for our first dance. Rhet is quite the accomplished dancer. He led me across the dance floor with enthusiasm, great style and a few dips and twirls. Everyone danced the entire night, thanks to such an amazing band!

So sweet!

Oh my lanta! I can’t get over which is cuter! The little guy with a bow tie or the monogrammed bib?? (And, I’m sure the girls in the office have a bet on whether I comment on this! How can I not, right?)

Dinner consisted of action stations including a macaroni and cheese bar, sliders with signature sauces, a French fry bar, a sandwich wrap station, and a salad in a glass station. Dessert was a variety of peanut butter and chocolate, red velvet and s’mores cupcakes.

Get ready for an epic exit — don’t y’all just want to experience what Hailey + Rhet were feeling in this moment? Pure joy, from the looks of it!

Did you have a cocktail hour? Yes, during our cocktail hour, we passed hors d’oeuvres and a signature grapefruit margarita in honor of the date, Cinco de Mayo.
Tell us about your grand exit. We left under the Super Moon in a shower of confetti. Rhet picked me up and carried me off to a night of more dancing with our wedding party!
What is the one thing that made your wedding different from anyone else’s wedding? All of the personal touches and the opportunity to take amazing photographs at the new Billy Reid store.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are heading to Destin, Florida where Rhet will be serving as an Air Force physician.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Hire vendors you can trust to carry out your vision and give them plenty of detailed information on what you really want.
Who was your favorite vendor and why? We loved Lauren Larsen for her photographic talent and eye and Lori Holley for her out-of-this-world flowers.
What was the most memorable or touching moment about your wedding day? During our first dance, Rhet surprised me by scooping me up and twirling me in the air. I was so thrilled to be his wife.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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The sparkly, winter gorgeousness continues with Molly + Ben’s romantic and warm Christmas reception. String lights and candles decorated the barn, which was even complete with a fully decorated Christmas tree! Just in case guests started to feel a bit of that winter chill, hot ginger toddies were served in addition to the Southern food fare at the buffet station. Molly kept warm in a white fur stole. I must say, it looks quite fab as the newlyweds made their way through confetti and into their horse-drawn carriage! Thanks again to Meredith Perdue for helping us get in the Christmas spirit!

See all the photos from Molly + Ben’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?
Our ceremony was held in a church, my dad walked me down the aisle and Ben and I said traditional Christian vows. I wrapped a monogrammed handkerchief made out of my mom’s wedding dress around my bouquet and wore her veil. Ben’s dad was his best man. Ben and I exchanged wedding gifts the night before and then took communion in the ceremony.
What was Southern about your wedding? The barn is the oldest surviving early twentieth-century fair exhibition hall in North Carolina. It was built in 1917 for use at the Sandhills Fair, one of the major country fairs in the Southeast from 1915 through 1925. We had a Southern station at our buffet table which included barbecue sliders, mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes and more. We served hot ginger toddies as well. Our cake was an almond pound cake.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I would probably say choosing a date. It was hard finding a time that worked for everybody. Originally, we didn’t want a winter wedding; we worried about our guests being stressed with it being the week before Christmas. In the end, I think everyone had a great time and a lot of our guests said that the wedding helped get them in the Christmas spirit! Plus we got to spend our first Christmas together on the beach in Mexico!
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? For the wedding weekend, we rented two cottages for our wedding party, one house for Ben and his groomsmen and one for me and my bridesmaids. It isn’t often that all of our friends are together in one place, so this was really special and worth the cost! As for the actual wedding day, I would probably say our getaway vehicle which was a horse and carriage! It was magical and a perfect exit for a wedding held during the holiday season!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There are two moments that really stand out in our memories. We were both really anxious about standing in front of everyone at our ceremony so we decided to see each other before our ceremony. Our “first look” eased our nerves and was a very quiet, intimate moment and a gentle reminder of the true meaning of the day! We also took communion together in our wedding ceremony which we felt was a very special, humbling way to begin our marriage.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding: It’s easy to get distracted by all the details so we had to remind ourselves that although we were planning a wedding, more importantly we were planning for a lifetime together. It really is true that money can’t buy the things you will remember the most about your wedding. Regardless of the type of flowers you have or what your cake looks and tastes like, the wedding day is a holy, special, joyful occasion; try to enjoy every minute of it!

Photographer: Meredith Perdue // Second Shooter: Graham Terhune // Planner: bride and bride’s mother // Ceremony venue: The Village Chapel // Reception venue: The Fairbarn // Florist: Aldenaye // Wedding Cake Baker: Sweet Fi’s Cakes // Caterer: Mark Elliot // Rentals: Richmond Rentals and Sales // Bride’s Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Vineyard Collection // Hair Stylist: The Spa at the Pinehurst Resort // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Champagne dresses by Anna Elyse, black cocktail dresses were bridesmaids’ own.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Clair F. reply

    Wow! This is by-far my favorite wedding I’ve seen on Southern Weddings. Thanks so much for sharing. So gorgeous! Is the barn private or can other brides have their wedding there?

    • avatar amanda reply

      Clair F.: the barn is available to rent to anyone. :)

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    I love the action shots very much (bride’s dance and rice throwing).
    Nicely done.

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