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Fun fact: my mother’s lace wedding gloves sit in a box in my closet. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t even know they’re there! (Hi Mom!) Every once in awhile I put them on just for fun. Though I probably won’t be wearing gloves at my own wedding, I’m excited about the idea of spending the morning of my wedding day with her. That’s why I’m always partial to photos of moms buttoning their daughter’s dresses, zipping zippers and adjusting veils. The photo of Turner and her mom by Stephen Devries below is sweet, and it keeps getting better with the images of her bridesmaids waiting and the wedding party praying. I could rave for days about the ruffle-sleeved bridesmaids’ dresses at Turner + Forrest’s wedding or her all-white bouquet, but those black and white photos are really the ones that tug at my heart strings.

P.S. Speaking of photos, do any of these look familiar to you? Emily used a few in her Bright Winter Beach inspiration board!

How did the two of you meet? (From the groom) After moving to Atlanta, I began running with a friend who told me about Younglife. The area director was Randy and he asked me to lunch at Ted’s Montana grill to meet Turner Outlaw and discuss volunteering with Younglife. To be honest, I was surprised when I arrived at lunch and found out that Turner was not only a girl, but a beautiful blonde. We found a connection immediately and found that we shared many common friends. In the middle of lunch, Randy excused himself from the table, a move that we later found out was intended to allow us to stoke our romantic flame and ended up being quite a success. Our relationship began as a friendship centered on our ministry, and I am so grateful that this is how God brought us together.
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) In January 2011, we both had found jobs in Tampa and decided that the Lord was calling us to pursue a life in this new city where we could finally be together. We both immediately felt at peace in our new city and began building community and a life together. May rolled around in Tampa, and Turner officially moved to town on our anniversary. I full year had gone by, and amid all the turmoil of 3 jobs and 2 moves, one thing remained a constant in my life: Turner. Our love had grown so much over the course of a year and I realized that there was no one else on earth that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I spent the next few months planning and visiting her family, and on July 13, I asked Turner to be my wife at sunset on the Gulf of Mexico.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Southern, holy, and unique.
In what month did you get married? November
How many guests attended your wedding? 280
Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted cotton to be associated in the flowers to give it a Southern and natural feel.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The lanterns in the trees.

Photographer: Stephen Devries // Videographer: Stuart Atkins // Ceremony venue: Trinity Presbyterian Church // Reception venue: Private residence // Florist: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Paper Pieces: Sweet Peach Paper // Wedding Cake Baker: The Little Cake Shop // Caterer: Clifton Morrisette // Rentals: Blue Rents // Linens: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Lighting: Ron Barrett and Zimlich The Florist // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Veil from the mother of the bride // Bride’s Shoes: Nina // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Melissa Sweet via Bella Bridesmaid

Stephen Devries is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Forrest and Turner: Wedding | Stephen Devries Chronicles reply

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  2. avatar Brit {Colure Weddings} reply

    Adorable wedding, and the bride’s dress is lovely!

  3. avatar Justine reply

    I love the wedding invites– what company was used? :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Justine! Forrest + Turner’s invites came from the Sweet Peach Paper Company. Their contact was Jenni (sweetpeachpaper at I hope that helps!

  4. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Oh wow, her dress (especially the back) is STUNNING! Loving the lace details. And her bouquet is equally beautiful!

  5. avatar HaleyBritt reply

    My Mother and I LOVE the MOB dress. Can anyone share who the designer of her dress was? Many Thanks! xoxo

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Our last post of the day is a lovely Southern Spotting! Pasha Belman Photography sent over these cotton details mixed with rich purple fabrics, and the juxtaposition of the two is perfectly Southern!

If you love this couple’s look, you can see more from their wedding on Pasha Belman’s blog!

P.S. Need more Southern details?
Banana pudding
Magnolia chandelier
Scalloped dress

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar uberBrides reply

    Cotton! Incredible! The buttoners and bouquets are truly original.

  2. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    I totally want a small bit of cotton in my bouquet! Like this one –
    What a sweet surprise!

  3. avatar Whitney reply

    So pretty! I wish I would’ve thought of this!

  4. avatar Leo Timoshuk reply

    Super awesome man, congrats & awesome photos!

  5. avatar Leslie Schiefer reply

    Ann Collins you are truly talented!!!! The bouquets are one of a kind!! I LOVED the cameo within the cotton.

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  7. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    We love this! We have been providing cotton like to to folks all over the US!

    Thanks for showing the beauty of cotton,

    Floral Cotton

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Hello there, readers! June’s Southern Bride of the Month has a plethora of fabulous details to share with you, so let’s get right down to it, shall we? Make sure you read Alison + Cal’s engagement story, too — it’s a long one, but super sweet!

Hi! What’s your name?
Alison Pierce

And who’s your handsome fiancé?
Cal Oxford II

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.
Cal and I first met while working for the same company a few years ago. He and I worked in a close-knit office and were involved in a few clients together. Honestly, I thought that he was just too good to be true, so I was a bit hesitant at first! Cal has the biggest heart and completely perfect manners. He is the definition of a true Southern gentleman, which has become so rare!

Now tell us alllll about the proposal.
It was such a surprise! I knew that it was coming at some point, but I did not expect it at all when it happened! Cal’s grandmother was celebrating her birthday and wanted more than anything to travel with the family to Nashville and see a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Now, being from Tennessee and loving Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, this was right up my alley! We had spent a weekend in Nashville a few months earlier and completely fell in love with The Patterson House, a fabulous place for cocktails, and decided that we would see a show at the Opry and afterwards go to The Patterson House for drinks as a family. It was all set and I was so happy to be a part of the birthday weekend!

Little did I know that Cal and his amazing sisters had been working overtime all week to set up the perfect proposal! Cal called The Patterson House a week earlier to tell them his plan and ask for their help. After he finished, the woman on the phone laughed at him and asked if he realized how busy the weekend is for them – he was crushed! But before he could hang up, she stopped him and said that she thought it was really sweet and that they would be on board. That started the ball rolling. During the show at the Opry, I noticed that Cal’s family was very quiet and I just assumed it was because they weren’t big fans of country music. Regardless, I was tapping my toes and having a great time! We left and I could not understand why everyone was hightailing it out of the building! They told me that we had a reservation and that we were going to be late. Little did I know that The Patterson House does not take reservations…except for this special situation.

Once we arrived, Cal’s sister nearly broke her neck trying to jump out of the car so fast, and I took off running after her. She hadn’t been there before, and I thought that she might need some help! She was actually trying to lose me so she could get inside and make sure that everything was set up correctly and that a special, select menu was handed to me. I later learned that Cal’s oldest sister worked with The Patterson House to create a special insert that would be placed in the middle of one menu…my menu. Well, of course I caught up to Cal’s sister and luckily was handed “my” menu. I start flipping through while the rest of the family was still settling in and Cal had not even sat down yet. I did not understand why he was still standing by the side of the table – I was ready to get the party started! Before I knew it, I had completely flipped right past the special insert and started talking about some drinks near the back of the menu! Unbeknownst to me, everyone was on the edge of their seats and Cal’s sister asked me to flip back to the middle of the menu. It was then that I saw it: “Featured Cocktail… Alison, Will You Marry Me?” I threw the menu down and covered my face in complete shock! I peeled my fingers away from one eye and saw Cal down on one knee with tears in his eyes and a beautiful emerald ring. Of course I said yes, and there was not a dry eye at the table! Family is so important to both of us, and having Cal’s family with us for such a special moment was just wonderful! His grandmother had a super fun birthday and we had an amazing weekend!

When’s the big day?
We are getting married on September 10th, 2011. There were a few options for catchy wedding dates this year and 09.10.11 was our choice!

Where might you two be tying the knot?
We will be having both the ceremony and reception outside at Cal’s childhood home. We wanted to be somewhere that felt real to us, and nothing feels more real than home.

Who or what has been most inspiring in the wedding planning process?
Two items have provided inspiration from the very beginning of planning the wedding: cotton bolls and the altar that Cal is building. Those two items were decided on first and have been a consistent theme throughout.

Cotton inspiration images from Jasmine Star

Who or what has been most helpful in the wedding planning process?
Our families! We are all very hands on and everyone has been so wonderful to help with ideas and projects. We absolutely could not have done this without the support of our families!

Has your vision for your wedding changed or evolved over the course of your engagement? If so, how?
The suffocating Georgia heat has changed our vision just a bit! Originally, we wanted to have an uncovered reception with lovely strung lights and hanging Mason jar lanterns, but decided very quickly that we just can’t do that to our guests in early September! A tented reception with lots of fans is what we have planned now. Although, I secretly wish every day that a cold front will come through that weekend and that we will be able to cancel the tent…shhhhh!

Which part of your wedding are you most invested in?
Definitely the food and drink! Cal and I are complete foodies and want our guests to enjoy delicious Southern staples like shrimp and grits and ham biscuits from Gayla Grubbs at Mill Towne Gourmet, classic Southern desserts with a twist like mini peach pies and red velvet cake balls from Lauren Chekanow at Sugar Style Events and creative cocktails including the “Tennessee Tickler” made from Ole Smoky Moonshine! Although the wedding will be in Georgia, there will definitely be a Tennessee presence!

Cheese straws and ham biscuits! (Biscuit photo courtesy of Southern Living)

Have you picked your dress yet? How’d that go?
I was so focused on other details that I waited until the very last minute to go dress shopping! I was so lucky to have one of my best friends with me and she ended up being more help than I ever could have imagined. I had a very good idea about the type of dress I wanted, but once I was trying them on I was completely overwhelmed. In addition, I was running a fever and didn’t even realize it! With the no-nonsense, tough decision making ability of my sweet friend, we were able to decide on the all Spanish lace La Sposa Lituania and I could not be happier!

Alison’s Lilly Pulitzer rehearsal dress and gorgeous emerald engagement ring!

Who is your favorite vendor you’ve booked so far?
I love all of my vendors! They have all truly been wonderful to work with! We are completely anchored by the expertise and guidance of our planner, Ashley Baber. That woman never sleeps! We feel so secure knowing that she is behind everything. In addition to our food and dessert gurus, Jessica with Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals is providing us with the most amazing church pews and other beautiful vintage items, Blake and Jeff with Peachtree Tents and Events are providing the tent and rentals that we need, Anna from Anna and Spencer Photography is our photographer, Tortoise and Hair are performing a few very special songs during the ceremony and family friends The Party Time Band, will be getting everyone moving on the dance floor all night long!

Vintage church pew inspiration from The Found Blog

Do you have a favorite Etsy store you’d love to tell us about?
Etsy has become a new addiction! It was such a pleasure to work with Rachel from Benign Objects on our custom wedding invitations. They turned out beautiful and Rachel was just wonderful!

Custom pieces from Benign Objects. Fun fact: Rachel’s wedding was featured in V3!

What has been the best part of wedding planning? The worst part?
The best part of planning the wedding has been the time Cal and I have spent laughing together while working on projects (although, I know that sometimes we were delirious!) and high-fiving each other when we come up with new and even better ideas. The worst part has been staying focused on completing tasks when we really just want to lie by the pool! That has been so tricky lately!

What has been the biggest challenge so far in wedding planning?
Having a full time career! Working while planning a wedding is exhausting! Time management and updated to-do lists are crucial and even then you are mentally drained. Just last night, I wasn’t sure what was fueling the words that were coming out of my mouth. Honest to goodness, what energy was left to put those sentences together that I was speaking?! Beyond working, creating our save the dates was quite a challenge. We cut wood from the yard where the ceremony and reception will be held and had to trim that wood down to equal sized rounds. Needless to say there were numerous trips to the local home improvement store and many late nights cutting and sanding the rounds and finding the perfect box for them to be mailed. We were never sure that the save the dates would work out, but we were determined!

Milk glass inspiration and Alison + Cal’s handmade save the dates!

What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
There is so much I am looking forward to! I am most looking forward to seeing Cal’s face when I walk down the aisle. I get chills just thinking about it! My mother is my best friend and matron of honor and Cal’s father is his best man, so having them there beside us will be a special moment that we will never forget. We are also very excited to dance the night away with our family and best friends and to send them off with homemade peach jam and beer and cider brewed by Cal and me!

Any advice you’d like to pass along to fellow brides?
Start early and plan very little the week of the wedding. Things change and your vision evolves throughout the process, therefore you are always adding more to the list. The more you get done upfront, the more time you have to lie by the pool!

Now it’s your turn to ask for advice – is there anything you’d like to poll the SW readers on?
We cannot decide on a first dance song! Are there any suggestions that would fit with a Southern, vintage wedding?

Thank you so much for playing along, Alison! Readers, if you’d like to apply to be a Southern Bride of the Month, check out this post for all the details! If you’ve already emailed me, you’re still in the running for future months!

The Southern Bride of the Month header was designed by our Assistant Art Director Sierra, with illustration by Curious & Company!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Katie B reply

    Wow! It sounds like you two are all geared up for a beautiful fall wedding. It is going to be amazing for sure! I think you gave great advice about planning as much as you can ahead of time and doing very little the week of (let’s see if it works out for you! Much easier said than done haha).

    hmmm, first dance song, What about Under this Harvest Moon? We danced to You and Me by Dave Matthews band and absolutely loved it. First dance songs are so personal, it’s hard to give recommendations! Sweet pea by Amos Lee? Good luck choosing a song!

  2. avatar Jessica reply

    I love that Lilly dress for the rehearsal! I might just have to copy that! Mine is next Friday evening and I think that would be perfect!!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Jessica! You are getting married next week! SO excited for you!!!

  3. avatar Caitlin reply

    What a gorgeous couple! It seems as though you will pull together a gorgeous Southern wedding! Some cute, Southern song choices that I think could work are Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” Little Big Town’s “Bring It On Home To Me,” Garth Brooks’ “To Make You Feel My Love,” and The Band Perry’s “All Your Life.” Super cute, super sweet songs! Hope this helps a little bit!

  4. avatar Emily reply

    Your wedding sounds absolutely gorgeous! Great advice on planning too! My fiance and I are dancing to Percy Sledge’s “I’ll Be Your Everything,” which fits with the Motown music that we grew up listening to in the South. My fiance’s sister and her husband recently tied the knot and danced to Ray Lamontagne’s “You are the Best Thing.” It was so sweet. Good luck and best wishes!

  5. avatar Natalia reply

    Wow! This is one wedding I am dying to see come to fruition. Can’t wait to see the outcome!

  6. avatar Emily reply

    I love that someone already suggested Amos Lee. What about “Southern Girl” by Amos Lee?

  7. avatar Lindsey Skye reply

    First Dance Songs:

    Until You by Dave Barnes

    Nothing Fancy by Dave Barnes

    I Have and Always Will by Dave Barnes


    • avatar Emily reply

      Love Dave Barnes, Lindsey! Great suggestion :) This is random, but have you heard his Christmas CD? I’m kind of obsessed with it…

    • avatar Lara reply

      Ditto to that! Love Dave and the Christmas album is the BEST!

    • avatar Lindsey Skye reply

      Emily: I start listening to Dave Barnes Christmas in JULY! :)

    • avatar AshleyHH reply

      Emily: Dave Barnes is AMAZING!! I love him so much. God Gave Me You is another great one for a wedding song.

    • avatar Lindsey Skye reply

      Lindsey Skye: Until You (You, The Night & Candlelight) Version. :)

  8. avatar Kelly reply

    LOVE the church pew ideas and the backyard wedding. Can’t wait to see this all come together! I’m getting married in October and we are still trying to figure out our first dance song as we don’t have “a song”…here are a few ideas… Clink Black – When I said I do, Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is, Rascal Flatts – I Won’t Let Go, George Strait – I Cross My Heart, Michael Buble – Everything, Jason Mraz – I’m Yours…Good luck!

  9. avatar Alison Pierce reply

    These suggestions are WONDERFUL!! Thank you all!!

  10. avatar Sierra reply

    I wonder if anyone with a wedding recently has played Scotty McCreery’s I Love You This Big. I’m really feeling it right now. And George Strait’s Carrying Your Love With Me is my all time favorite.

  11. avatar Kelli Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography reply

    The cotton strands–I’m dying. Love them.

  12. avatar Megan reply

    To me, Elvis is the epitome of “southern vintage” in terms of music. I had a friend who danced with her husband to his “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and it was beautiful.

  13. avatar Kelly reply

    I am obsessed with the vintage furniture rental company! I’ve seen a few on blogs around the country-but there are none where I live! I just got married last weekend. My (now) Husband and I danced to “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell. No one expected something so ‘upbeat’ and everyone had a great time! However, I am currently obsessed with Blake Shelton’s, “Honeybee”. We gave jars of honey as our favors from a honey bee that my fiance bought me a long time ago-she lives on a bee farm in Georgia-so that song would have been perfect! We played it at the end of the night instead! :)

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