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As you know, we are constantly raving about the bouquets that our brides and their florists are dreaming up and showing off on the blog. When it came to pulling some of our very favorites for our Beautiful Bouquets section in V4, we were faced with the challenge of narrowing down the bouquets from beautiful to downright tugging on our heart strings.

This gorgeous magnolia shot by Jose Villa was so loved that we couldn’t resist putting the full image on our back cover.

Image credits (clockwise from top left): Poppy and jasmine vine bouquet by Flower Wild photographed by Jose Villa, rose and peony bouquet by Roselady Designs photographed by Magnolia Pair, white anemone, tulip, billy ball and ranunculus bouquet by Birch Blooms photographed by Melissa Schollaert, delphinium, muscari and fever bouquet by Myrtie Blue photographed by Lauren Kinsey.

Spectacular, am I right? You know we had to fill up more than just two pages with these pretties.

Image credits (clockwise from top left): garden rose, ranunculus, peony, mock orange, fever few and ladies mantel bouquet by La Fleuriste photographed by Lori Paladino, hot pink garden rose, yellow acacia blue thistle, coral anthirium and ranunculus bouquet by JL Designs photographed by Gabriel Ryan Photographers, ranunculus, azalea, and hellebcre bouquet by Flowerwild photographed by Jose Villa, ranunculus, succulent and hypericum berry bouquet by David Rohr Studio photographed by Dave Richards.

Succulents in a bouquet — genius!

Image credits (clockwise from top left): tree peony, white sweet pea and yellow ranunuclus bouquet by Charleston Stems photographed by Corbin Gurkin, succulent, rose, billy ball and ranunculus bouquet by Uptown Flowers photographed by Elissa R Photography, peony and raw cotton bouquet by Fertile Crescent Gardens photographed by Laura Leslie, peony, scabiosa bloom, white poppy, dusty miller and blooming jasmine vine bouquet by Pollen Floral Art photographed by Jesse Ryan.

Jose Villa, Melissa Schollaert, Myrtie Blue, and Laura Leslie are members of the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Tell us, ladies, what kind of flowers will you be using and which of these is your favorite?

Want more flowery goodness? How about our Southern Blooms feature? It’s another V4 beauty!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    Have y’all featured the real wedding that belongs to bouquet #6? (garden rose, ranunculus, peony, mock orange, fever few and ladies mantel bouquet by La Fleuriste photographed by Lori Paladino)….its the main inspiration picture I gave my florist and I’d love to see the rest of the weddings details!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Ashley! Isn’t that bouquet just AMAZING? That bouquet is actually from a styled shoot, the rest of which you can see here: http://www.greylikesweddings.com/3-resources/shoot-this-not-that-recap-part-one/ Hope that helps!

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More than any other shoot in the magazine, this one was simply fun to work on. When else do you get to spend a full day tossing, fluffing, shaking and waving pretty objects? Boone Hall Plantation was the perfect backdrop for our colorful props, Carlee Sizemore styled everything beautifully and Corbin Gurkin captured the tricky shots masterfully.

We had far more images than we had room to share in the magazine, so I’m excited to show you more of this shoot here! First up: custom ribbon wands from Romancing Juliet! Caroline, our bride for the day, is wearing a Kate Spade dress with style no. 34 by Preston & Olivia and S Dot Jewelry’s double glass drop earrings in champagne and clear. She carries the Big Bloom Bridal Clutch by Oatmeal Lace Design.

Our next look was college-inspired, with custom pennants and pom poms (or as Marissa calls them, “shakers”). Sierra designed our pennants in Illustrator and printed them at FedEx Kinkos, and the pom poms came from Cheerleading.com. Our lovely bride is wearing the “Shayna” by Lilly Pulitzer from Palm Avenue in Charleston, with a white seersucker clutch from Oatmeal Lace Design and Copella Designs agate-coin bracelets.

Our next getaway idea would be perfect for a couple who loves to travel, or for a bride or groom who’s a pilot! Caroline is wearing “Madge” by Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid Tampa, carrying a Davie & Chiyo pleated clutch, and accessorizing with the “Charlotte” earrings by Rhyne Becton, S Dot Jewelry bracelets, and a birdcage veil from Brenda’s Bridal Veils. Spy anyone you recognize in the photo below? :)

I think this next idea is so fun, and with the range of hues craft poms come in, there’s an option for every color palette! Plus, the poms are much easier to clean up than confetti or seeds. We got our poms from Create For Less in two different sizes. Caroline is wearing the “Melbourne” by Watters. She is also wearing the “Southern vintage feather” accessory by Preston & Olivia and Copella Designs pearl hoop earrings. Instead of a clutch, Caroline is carrying a gorgeous pink bouquet from Stems.

This next idea just might be my favorite, and again, it’s a great one if your venue won’t let you make a mess: streamers! Caroline and Lionel are all glammed up in a tux (from Jim’s Formal Wear) and “Sweet Dreams” by Ivy & Aster, respectively. (SUCH a gorgeous dress!) Caroline is accessorizing with Copella Designs’ pearl drop earrings and the “Peyton” clutch in silk dupioni from Belles & Crystals.

For our last set of the day, we went classic: big, colorful confetti from Artistry in Motion, a black tuxedo, and a one-shoulder dress from Chloe & Reese (via Maddison Row) with a puffy two-part veil from Brenda’s Bridal Veils (my favorite!). Caroline accessorized with the “Champagne” crystal hoop earrings from S Dot Jewelry.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine to get the inside scoop on some fun behind-the-scenes details! Also, a huge thank you to the eight readers who came out to help us with this shoot, standing in as guests — it was so fun getting to know you all!

The talented vendors:

Photography: Corbin Gurkin // Styling: Carlee Sizemore of High Cotton Event Design // Makeup: Pamela Lesch // Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha // Florals: Charleston Stems // Location: Boone Hall Plantation

emily Written with love by Emily
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    Love these Southern Exit themes! My favorite is the ribbon, so elegant with the simple feel. Beautiful! -Dani

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    My mom and I were looking at the mazgazine together the other night and when we saw these pics both remembered that when I was little, everytime we went into a craft store she had to buy me handfulls of pom pom balls. That would be such a fun way to play tribute to a bit of my childhood.

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Y’all! This might have been the hardest post for me to work on… ever! As many of you know, I am already married (to the love of my life) and had my own Southern wedding. When I planned my own wedding (almost three years ago) I knew exactly what I wanted: classic Southern style, light pink accents and, for BDK’s contribution, men in tails + bow ties! Needless to say, I nixed the top hats and white batting gloves.

My taste hasn’t changed much since then. I still love classic Southern style and light pink, however, looking at gorgeous Southern weddings everyday doesn’t help my decision making skills! Poor Emily took a billion inspiration images (fifteen of which were dresses) and turned them into the great boards you’ll see below – thanks, Em!

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: Emily Ley Paper, Studio Cabrelli via SMP, Christine Farah, Corbin Gurkin, A Bryan Photo, Tec Petaja, via Style Me Pretty and Yan Photography.

Tell us the basics. Where do you want to get married and when? How many people would you invite? Well, let’s just start by saying this is my dream vow renewal (I wouldn’t want to give BDK the wrong signal, now would I?)! I would love to renew my vows at the amazing Cathedral in Downtown Mobile where I grew up, however I am IN LOVE with the amazing outdoor cathedral from this Tec Petaja wedding. Since I need to plan around baseball season, I’d go with a lovely winter wedding with a small group of our closest family and friends.

What’s your design inspiration and color palette? I am completely obsessed with the image of the Bible and pearls from A Bryan Photo. It’s actually the background on my computer! I love the soft, feminine feel and the meaning behind it. I’m also inspired by classic Southern style with a bit of ballet shoe-colored accents. Think Grace Kelly/Audrey Hepburn with a slow Southern drawl.

What details and traditions would you include in your ceremony? Since this would be my vow renewal, I’ve always loved when the bride and groom meet half way down the aisle and walk to the altar together. Such a powerful message in just a few short steps. I would also be sure that the Bible verses that were read at our wedding were read at our renewal.

What dress would you wear? Um, herein lies quite a problem! I love SO many dresses that I absolutely cannot pick just one! Since this is my dream wedding, and in my dream I can wear as many dresses as I want, I would wear (in no particular order!): Amsale Coco, Amsale Dahlia, Justin Alexander 8483, Watters Escalante and then a gorgeous custom Chaviano Couture mini-dress for the getaway. I do have to add that IF I had to choose just one, I would say the Justin Alexander would win!

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: First two images and last two images A Bryan Photo, plate with cameo and monogram napkin images Martha Stewart Weddings, cake by Amy Cakes and photo by Amy Rae (see more from this shoot here!), Kristin Vining and The Nichols.

What would your flowers look like? Like Nicole, I love giant, fully bloomed peonies. For my vow renewal, I’m leaning toward a fluffy all white bouquet, even though I do also adore that light pink color palette! I do know that I die for long and clean estate tables with low and fluffy arrangements with LOADS of tea light candles. Who doesn’t look stunning in candlelight?!

What details and traditions would you include in your reception? I absolutely love the idea of displaying generations of family bridal portraits, it’s just so sweet and personal. I would have large estate tables below bands of string lights enveloping family and friends while they dined on mixed vintage china (preferably heirloom!). Dancing and more dancing! Have you ever sung at the top of your lungs along to Journey at a wedding? It’s pretty fab, I’m not going to lie! Oh, and I’d monogram everything!

What food would you serve? I’m a big fan of good Southern comfort food. I’d love to serve macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, mini pot pies, grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken & biscuits. My reception would say we’re formal, but like to have fun!

Where would you honeymoon? In a private bungalow in Bora Bora! They have see-through glass floors, y’all!

What’s most important to you about weddings? God and love. Weddings, as gorgeous as they may be, are truly about two people being joined together as one to share, grow and love for the rest of their lives. Weddings are just the beginning of a crazy wonderful adventure!

What do you think, ladies? Should we begin planning a vow renewal for Miss Marissa? :)

P.S. In case you missed a post…
Nicole’s Dream Southern Wedding

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Kristyn reply

    This is EXACTLY, and I mean word for word exactly, what I am planning for my wedding. My colors are blush and champange, ivory and black. Thank you for making some inspiration boards that so perfectly describe what I am going for. And good luck planning your vow renewal!

  2. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    Love the romantic feel of this! Beautiful!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    So pretty, Marissa! I love that white Bible photo, too, as well as the one of the spinning dress in the first board!

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  7. avatar Anndria reply

    Can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me (if you know) the designer of the dress in the top middle is? The one with the lace sleeves? I just fell in love and I have to see it!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Anndria! That dress is by Sassi Holford (http://www.sassiholford.com/). Hope that helps!

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