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Eliza + Brigham look like the kind of couple you just want to squeeze (as Kristin would say) because they look so happy and in love! The two met while teaching at the same school and made every excuse to see each other during the day, from relocating distracted students to another class to borrowing Sharpies. We love how their roles as teachers made its way into their big day. Guests chose an apple to find their seating arrangements and leave sticky notes of marriage advice and the couple used fun chalkboard signage throughout the day. The details sure did make Eliza + Brigham’s venue look sweet — but it only gets better when you learn that their big day took place on Brigham’s family farm. What a perfect place to start your married life!

Giant hugs to Abby Jiu who snapped all these lovely photos of E + B’s wedding!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
The whole process was much easier than I expected! I knew I wanted a simple dress that didn’t overwhelm my (very!) short frame and one that went with casual, country feel of our wedding, and was lucky to find a dress I loved right away!

It was really important to us that we were able to spend as much time with our guests as possible once they arrived, so we decided to do a “first look” so that we could get all of our photos done before the wedding began, while also making sure that we did not miss out on the magical moment of getting to see each other for the first time. While we initially made this decision for pragmatic reasons, it ended up being one of our favorite memories from the day — a moment just for us before the excitement (and chaos!) of the wedding began.

What an amazing photo! I just love the laugh Eliza and her dad are sharing before the ceremony.

We put together our own vows based on a mix of phrases and verses that spoke to us. A favorite passage from our vows is: “From this day on, I will be your partner and companion, for you are my dearest love and my best friend. I look forward to the joy we will find in each other’s separate successes, as well as in those we share. I welcome the challenge of whatever obstacles we encounter, for I know that whatever we face, we face together.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? 
We got married on Brigham’s family farm in Poolesville, Maryland, so our wedding definitely had a Southern vibe built right in! We also added some “Southern details” of our own, such as using red bandanas as dinner napkins and serving comfort food like fried chicken and mac and cheese!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
In keeping with our teacher theme, we had an easel to which our guests stuck post-it notes of advice for life and love.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. 
Neither of us are big fans of wedding cake so we went with apple and chocolate pie!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? 
Planning a wedding in September — the busiest time of year for teachers!

What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? 
A fabulous band that got everyone out on the dance floor!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. 
We met while teaching at the same DC charter school. The magnetism was there from the start, and we would invent every possible excuse to visit each other’s classrooms — relocating distracted students to “buddy class,” borrowing Sharpies, etc.

Describe the proposal. 
Brigham came over to my apartment after work on a Friday, and awkwardly asked me to join him for a glass of wine on the building’s rooftop deck overlooking Rock Creek Park. I found his urgency strange on a cold, windy evening, but was still shocked when he took to a knee on the roof and asked for my hand. My response was “Are you kidding me?!” which he took for a “yes.”

In what month did you get married? 

How many guests attended your wedding? 

Describe your wedding flowers. 
We went a bright mix of rustic flowers in rich fall colors that would compliment the natural beauty of the farm where we were married.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Our first dance was the Jackson 5’s “ABC,” which got the party started as only two teachers could. We relieved Brigham’s dancing anxiety and my fear of public performance by having everyone join us on the dance floor after 30 seconds or so. The band ‘Round Midnight got the party going with all our Motown favorites, and channeled everything from Van Halen to Lady Gaga.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
Looking back at all of our family and friends as we walked through the evening sunshine at the end of the ceremony!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Try not to sweat the details so that you can really enjoy what the day is all about!

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’re taking a long-awaited honeymoon to Italy this summer, then we both start in new roles at DC charter schools, which will keep us busy but growing. Our new puppy, Otis Redding Kiplinger is a trial run for the family we look forward to starting some day!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    Thanks ladies for blogging this sweet wedding!


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Happy Friday, ladies + gents! Having just been thrown a second (SURPRISE!) bridal shower, today’s sponsored post is especially close to my heart!

When I was planning a shower for my future sister-in-law a few months ago, I knew I wanted to do something different than the usual lined book to record guests’ sweet notes of love and encouragement. Had I known about Petal Wishes, my brainstorming might have been over before it began! Here’s the whole set-up so you can see what we’re looking at:

Founder Michelle came up with the first Petal Wishes bouquet for her future sister in law’s shower (fun!). The best new ideas come from personal necessity, don’t you think? Shower guests can write messages to the bride, or wishes for her new life as a married lady, on the blank petals, and then each petal is slipped into “flowers” in the bouquet.

The Petal Wishes gals encourage brides to customize their bouquets with personal trimmings, and I think it would look extra sweet to tie a cascade of ribbons plucked from shower presents around the handle. A little old, a little new!

I think my favorite part of the Petal Wishes bouquet is that not only does it allow a bride’s closest friends and family members to shower her with good wishes, it allows her to physically carry those wishes down the aisle with her – and that can be a powerful thing! I also love that the bouquet has a life beyond the big day: with the addition of “wish clips,” the petals can be snapped together and mounted into a shadow box frame, meaning the good wishes will be a part of your life long past your wedding day. Check out a video of the process here.

You can find out more about Petal Wishes and see all their bridal shower options right here! And tell me: Have you planned a bridal shower this year? I planned my second one in May with a Kate Spade theme!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Ravmek – Indian Wedding Planner reply

    Just love the idea of the wedding bouquet outliving the wedding day and good wishes, love and blessings staying with the bride forever in a box frame.. very cute!

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Our next finalist in the Ultimate Southern Challenge, burlap edition, is a sweet DIY sent in by Taryn from Atlanta, who writes the blog Formal Fringe. Based on the idea that one thing all Southerners share is a pride in their home states, she imagined a creative guest book alternative wrapped in — you guessed it — burlap.

From Taryn:

“One thing that all Southerners share is pride in their home states. Instead of a traditional guestbook, let your wedding guests leave their mark on a burlap-covered map. Each guest can grab a ribbon-covered pin from the mason jar, then pin it onto the burlap map and show how far they’ve traveled to be there on your special day. This is an easy DIY project that any bride can do. The red and natural brown burlap and the sweet query “Where y’all from?” adds Southern flair to any party south of the Mason-Dixon Line!”

Materials: Foam core board, brown & red burlap, extra-long satin pins, red and black striped ribbon, stick-on black glitter letters, craft wood, white paint, spray adhesive, hot glue gun

1. Print a large map of the United States onto paper using the “poster print” function. Tape the pieces together and cut along the edges of the map. Trace the shape onto your foam core board, then cut out the shape with a craft knife.
2. Spray the front of the board with spray adhesive, then cover it with the brown burlap. Pull the excess burlap around to the back of the board and secure with hot glue.
3. Paint the craft wood white and let dry, then use stick-on letters to spell out “Where y’all from?” on the wood pieces. With hot glue, attach the craft wood sign to a “ribbon” of red burlap, then attach it to the burlap-wrapped foam board outline. Attach a long length of ribbon to the top of the map for hanging.
4. Cut the remaining ribbon to 2-inch lengths, then fold and attach to the ends of the satin pins with hot glue. Hang the sign and leave ribbon-topped pins nearby for guests to pin their home states.

Thank you so much for sharing, Taryn! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Laura reply

    Oh my goodness, I love this idea and the fact that directions came with it. This would be so fun to make and show your guests that you have friends from all over the country that wanted to come celebrate with you.

  2. avatar Linda L reply

    Love this idea! And it’s easy to adapt the ribbon pins to match wedding colors if needed. Great concept!

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  5. avatar Nicole reply

    Love this!!!

  6. avatar Wendy reply

    Such a cute idea. I think it will be a hit at many weddings. Love to know who traveled the farthest, such a great conversation starter and you could add in the wedding colors as needed. THanks for sharing this idea.

  7. avatar Madeline Fiol reply

    Such a unique & clever idea….I love it! My sister has just announced her engagement & living in the ‘country’ of central Forida I know she will want me to make her one! (crafting makes her head spin where I hate to go a day with out crafting something)
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. avatar Mary Beth Ritzul reply

    Such a cute idea! I love it! Great job!

  9. avatar J.R. reply

    This one is so creative! I think it should win!!

  10. avatar Raqueol reply

    What a crafty and unique idea!

  11. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    This one wins my final vote! Definitely the most quirky, fun, and creative! Love it! I have never seen this idea before!

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  13. avatar Lisa Tilley-Newman reply

    Love this idea!! So adorable!! Shared this on my facebook page!!

  14. avatar Jenna M. reply

    This one gets my vote!! So cute and creative, I haven’t seen anything like it!

  15. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Cute Idea!

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