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Is there anything more delectable in the early summer than strawberries? Inspired by this striking, yet unassuming berry that reminds us of Southern belles (see V6 for why!), we followed “Pick Your Own Strawberry” signs through Chapel Hill, consulted the Farmer’s Almanac to set a shoot date, rounded up our favorite redheads, and brought Berry Bliss to life.

Cheree Berry created this delightfully bold invitation suite for us. How fun is that envelope liner?

Our beautiful bride, Cate, was the roommate of one our interns! She looked stunning in a striped gown by Hayley Paige and bold red lipstick. Fun fact: her bouquet wrap is actually a delicate scarf!

It is no secret that the SW gals are smitten with LulaKate. Not only did we love having their darling custom dresses in this shoot, we were also tickled pink to wear LulaKate at the V6 launch party last week! Love these dresses as much as we do? Don’t miss the end of this post for a surprise! :)

Even though we had these simply elegant boutonnieres on hand, the only dapper gent in this shoot was MacKenzie‘s son, Pax! Isn’t he adorable in his little bow tie?

Emily commented in Sweet Corns Sweethearts that the area we live in is sometimes photo shoot-ready, even without our help, and this was certainly one of those cases. On the day of this shoot, the field next to the strawberries was bursting with pretty red clover. Thanks for that one, North Carolina!

We were truly spoiled to have the most beautiful, luscious strawberry desserts gracing this shoot. Ashley Cakes made the lovely cake, and Little Sugarbakers whipped up the mini desserts.

There were so many amazing elements in this shoot, and we are excited to share two of our favorites!

We’re giving away all three LulaKate dresses (one in size 4, two in size 8) and a pair of red Nina Forbes shoes (size 10). For a chance to win one of these items, leave a comment telling us your favorite thing about this shoot! Don’t forget to specify which item you’d like (including which dress size, if applicable). We can’t wait to hear from you!

Katie Stoops / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Venue: Oakley Farm / Bride’s Gown: “Guindon” by Hayley Paige / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Pearl Bracelet: Fornash available at Swell Caroline / Earrings: Swell Caroline / Bracelet: Loren Hope / Bride’s Sunhat: Zappos / Hair and Makeup: Makeup For YourDay / Rentals: CE Rentals / Benches: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Strawberry Fields Tablecloth: House8810 / Plates: Anthropologie / Dessert Plates: Replacements / Dog’s Bow: High Cotton Ties / Florist: Watered Garden / Bouquet Wrap: Fairstore / Pots: Jamali Garden / Paper Goods: Cheree Berry / Cake: Ashley Cakes / Cake Stand: Sarah’s Stands / Mini Strawberry Desserts: Little Sugarbakers

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  1. avatar Rachel reply

    This shoot was so fun! Although I loved the stripped details on the bouquets and dresses and paper goods. However, I am a true stationary lover at heart, the invitation suite is so bright and unique! I would love the Lula Kate dress in the size 4!

  2. avatar blakely reply

    I LOVE the loose wild florals! beautiful!

    dress size 4!

  3. avatar Lauren reply

    My favorite part of the berry bliss shoot are the fields! The strawberry fields are to die for and make the shoot! I’d love the LK dress in size 8, so pretty!

  4. avatar Ryann reply

    I don’t think I can pick just one thing! I love the bold red stripes incorporated into everything from the invitation suite to the cake to the bouquet scarf! I also just love it when redheads own their gorgeous hair and wear bright colors. I am a LulaKate lover so my favorite is definitely the dress! My bridesmaids wore a LulaKate dress and I was actually kind of jealous they got to and I didn’t ;) I would love the dress in size 8!!

  5. avatar Catie reply

    The precious little baby eating a strawberry is my favorite part!

    Shoes :)

  6. avatar Kathryn Pavia reply

    I meant to sign my comment with
    Xo
    A big fan from Raleigh!!

    However somehow I sent submit before I was done!

  7. avatar Brittany reply

    Favorite thing about this shoot has to be Pax. What a cutie! Obsessed with the LulaKate dresses. (size 4)

  8. avatar Lisa B. reply

    I love everything about this shoot! My husband and I got engaged in the strawberry patch of a farm near our house where we first fell in love! My favorite touches are the strawberry shaped invitation information cards and the sweet red and white ribbon around the bouquets. I would love to win one of the dresses in a size 8!

  9. avatar Jessica Horton reply

    LOVE all the red & white (go pack! ;-) )

  10. avatar Ashlee reply

    What I love most about this shoot is the fact that you are embracing redheads! So many women are dying their hair to cover it up. Southern Weddings teaches women to love themselves and I find this shoot empowering! This dress, in a size 10, would be perfect to wear to client meetings at local wineries and estates :)

  11. avatar Betty reply

    the strawberries!

  12. avatar Abi Losli reply

    My favorite thing about this shoot is…ALL the things! That’s probably not an acceptable answer, but I truly adore all the details. Especially that gorgeous gown (those stripes!), the big, floppy, elegant sun hat, and the energy from the bright, vibrant colors. What a gift, those red clovers and the perfect weather. So blessed. Great work, ladies! (oh, and I think a size 8 would be just about perfect! LulaKate is fab and I am so excited that you’re giving away dresses in my size!)

  13. avatar lena reply

    What a gorgeous shoot!

  14. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I love the location of the shoot! It truly makes for a great impact with the design. Every detail is absolutely beautiful, but my favorite thing about this shoot would be the strawberry linen table setting… or maybe that four-tier wedding cake! Gorgeous! And I would love the LulaKate dress in the size 4.

  15. avatar Jessica Horton reply

    ….. and size 8 dress, please!

  16. avatar Emily reply

    I absolutely adore the sweet striped ribbon on those beautiful bouquets!!! I would be over the moon to win one of the Lula Kate dresses in size 8!!!

  17. avatar Megan Leader reply

    My favorite thing about this shoot (other than that perfect field of clover… swoon!) is the red scarf used to tie the bride’s bouquet! I think it pairs perfectly with the wedding dress fabric and the bridesmaids’ dresses. I would love to win one of the LulaKate dresses in size 8! I think they’re just gorgeous.

  18. avatar Naomi Wilcox reply

    This shoot is just so beautiful & amazing! My specific favorite thing about the shoot, is the COLORS! I love the crispness of the white & the bold, daring yet classiness of the red! I would love to win one of the lovely dresses from LulaKate in Size 8!

    PS The Southern Wedding ladies looked FANTASTIC in their LulaKate dresses at the Launch Party!

  19. avatar Kelsey reply

    Oooh, what beautiful colors! Simply stunning. I would love to win the Lula Kate dress in size 6!

  20. avatar Whitley Gaffney reply

    Those adorable hand pies are my favorite thing about this shoot! I need to make some myself :) And that size 8 LulaKate dress has my name written all over it (I hope)…

  21. avatar Loren reply

    Those fields of red clovers are stunning! But Id say my favorite thing has to be the adorable red bow tie on the dog. I’m a sucker for dogs :)

    Dress size: 4

  22. avatar Lisa Eickel reply

    I am smitten over how the red/ strawberry theme was taken through to all the elements of the dessert table. And the super cute little one couldn’t make this shoot look any better! I would LOVE to win one of the LK dresses, size 4!!

  23. avatar Lisa Eickel reply

    I’d happily take a size 6 and try to get it altered if the 4 is already spoken for!

  24. avatar Mandy DeTurk reply

    I love those cute little invitations!

  25. avatar Ashlee reply

    Ah! I meant a size 8!!

  26. avatar Brittany reply

    The fields of Oakley Farm are gorgeous! But my fav has to hands down be the Guindon dress by Hayley Paige, its to die for, those stripes are perfection! And those Nina shoes are just fab!

  27. avatar Brooke Motchan reply

    I love the details included on the invitation….the little “seed envelope” with the strawberries and ant listing the details of the reception! Would love to win the pair of red Nina Forbes shoes!

  28. avatar Cara Crowley reply

    Oh my! I love everything about this shoot from the strawberry table cloth, to the geraniums in the arrangements and the delicious looking strawberry shortcakes! I would love the Lulu Kate dress in a size 4 to wear to two upcoming weddings. Love the work that you ladies do! xo

    • avatar Cara Crowley reply

      Cara Crowley: I found a dress today for the weddings so I would like to withdraw my name for the size 4 Lulu Kate dress. However, the shoes would be a perfect fit for my size 10 feet :) I’m just in love with this shoot and with the sophisticated simplicity that it conveys.

  29. avatar Hannah M reply

    I love the field of red clovers! Fits in so perfectly with the shoot!

    Lula Kate dress size 4!

  30. avatar Waverly Tucker reply

    I absolutely love all of the crisp white details in the shoot, the little dessert stands are precious! The detail of the top layer of the cake inspires me to do something similar for my wedding. I’d love to wear the Lulakate dress in the size 4!

  31. avatar Kate E. reply

    I love love love the beautiful blooms in this shoot! So perfect! I’m also dying for those shoes!

  32. avatar abby r reply

    i love the table cloth and how the theme is consistent but not overpowering. those shoes would be perfect!!!

  33. avatar Billie Anne reply

    That tablecloth is perfection!

    And I would lovelovelove the dress in size 8! :)

  34. avatar Victoria Shao reply

    My absolute favorite part of this shoot is the table location. I’m totally in love with the idea of the table being in the middle of the strawberry field. So different and cheery! The size 4 LulaKate dress size 4 would be a dream. Thanks y’all!

  35. avatar Hannah Mallalieu reply

    From the subtle hints in the fabric of the bridal gown, to the lovely LulaKate bridesmaids dresses, to the sweet ribbon on the bouquets, and the delightful stationary – the stripes steal the show in this shoot! I would love a LulaKate dress in size 8! It would be the perfect springtime wear for my bridal shower next April!

  36. avatar Katie reply

    I absolutely love those unstructured vibrant centerpieces! They are so gorgeous. I’d love those beautiful red shoes as well!

  37. avatar Carrie reply

    Love that vintage table cloth! I would love that lula kate dress in 8!

  38. avatar Kelly reply

    My favorite part about this shoot is the table setup! The red tablecloth, the strawberry and white tablecloth, the flowers, I love it all!

    I’ve got my eye on that Lula Kate dress size 4 ;)

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  40. avatar Tori Ford reply

    The strawberry theme is divine! Loving the originality of the theme and the color palatte is stunning! Bold pops of red make this blissful affair a show stopper, and those boutineers! Wowzers!
    I am loving the dresses (size 4) and shoes are to die for! I would love either!

  41. avatar Samantha reply

    I love the dapper little gent in the bow tie and red pants. So adorable!!! What girl can resist a bow tie?? I would love the size 4 dress!!!

  42. avatar Fran Hall reply

    My favorite thing was seeing the previous post of all of your preparation for the shoot. The fun you were having, the creativity AND THEN as I viewed the actual post, to see the magic the photographer created to capture all of your wonderful ideas. The angles, the focus, the “just right” cropping. This is all a true talent. It was so evident from the two posts what magic must occur. Love, Love, Love ! Could pick one photo but this post is too good to over look the finished product! WOW! Love the size 4 dress.

  43. avatar Laura Caroline reply

    I would have to say little Pax was my favorite part of the shoot. He is just adorable eating the strawberries in his bow tie! And I would absolutely love those stunning shoes!

  44. avatar Rebecca reply

    I just love the mini pies in this shoot! Also, the photo of the table in between the two strawberry fields is just stunning! I would love the size 4 dress!

  45. avatar Kaylan reply

    Why do I love this shoot? Because red is my signature color! Adorable. When I was little and visiting my grandparents in West Point, GA, my sweet Pop would go to the grocery store just to get my favorite spread for the biscuits- strawberry preserves. If only I were getting married in strawberry season instead of Christmas! (Don’t worry– there’s still lots of red in my wedding! Including floor length Red LulaKate bridesmaids dresses!) If I won, I’d look so snazzy in the size 4 striped dress. Love love love everything.

  46. avatar Kaylan reply

    Also, I just bought that exact bow tie for my fiance for his birthday, TODAY! I’m telling you, meant.to.be.

  47. avatar Caitlin reply

    I’d love to win the Size 8 Dress! or the shoes! I’m a 10! :)

  48. avatar Jill Donovan reply

    I LOVED the entire shoot! The dessert table in the middle of the strawberry field made me swoon!

    And, I just happen to be a size 10 shoe :) Great magazine ladies, I am loving all the inspiration!

  49. avatar Mackenzie Kern reply

    That first image is killer! Love, love, love everything! Seeing it all makes me want to throw on a beautiful dress and run into a strawberry field myself. I love every element of the shoot, and mainly the fact that it feels so fresh! Such a beautiful sight on some of these dreary fall days. I would adore that Lula Kate size 8 dress and possibly never take it off! Spectacular images and awesome post Lisa!

  50. avatar Whitney G. reply

    (size 8) my favorite thing about the shoot is definitely the dresses! I LOVE the beautiful collars.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  51. avatar Kelly D reply

    Oh my goodness!!!!! Those LulaKate lovelies are DIVINE!!!! I would love love love love L-O-V-E to get my hands on that stunning ruffled-collared size 4 beauty!!!!!!

    Besides the dresses (which, it is HARD to look past them!) I adore the setting for this shoot! I’d always dreamed of having a wedding in an apple orchard but never even KNEW how incredible a real-life strawberry field could be as a wedding venue! Gorgeous.

  52. avatar Michelle W. reply

    LOVE the natural beauty of this shoot! I also love the Lulu Kate dresses (size four).

  53. avatar amanda reply

    OH MY GOODNESS! I loved this shoot!!! The red is delicious! I think my favorite part though, is how creative the invites are with the “packet” of strawberries detailing more of the events of the wedding. I’m sadly obsessed with stationary! But also, since I’m a Wolfpack fan, I’d love to win the LulaKate dress in a size 8! :)

  54. avatar Stewart reply

    My favorite part of this shoot is the red & white striped ribbon used around the plates at the place settings. I also love how it carries elsewhere like in the bouquet & boutonniere wraps. It’s no lie that I could use a pair of red shoes- and I just happen to be size 10!

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It should come as no surprise that the wedding of For the Makers co-founder Janet was a perfect example of DIY-done-elegant — after all, through her genius business, this talented gal has subtracted the guesswork and multiplied the beauty of craft projects everywhere. (LOVE!) So even though her wedding to Collin was filled with DIY projects, from the dye-dipped napkins and table runners, to the watercolor invitations and custom wine labels, the chalkboard photo booth backdrop, Janet’s jewelry, and ALL the desserts, the end result is clean, sophisticated, and understated. Huge thanks to Julia Wade for capturing everything to perfection so we could share!

What a beautiful sentiment with which to start your wedding day!

Janet’s gorgeous necklace was actually featured as a DIY on For the Makers — find it here!

A lot of the music, both from the ceremony and reception, was really just songs that represent memories that we’ve shared. Many of the songs were later-year hits from the Beatles. I walked down the aisle to “Here, There and Everywhere,” and exited to “All You Need is Love.” We chose Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” as our first dance because we love the song and we were married on the first day of fall (just after a harvest moon).

So many happy faces in a row!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in college. He sat in front of me in Art History. I asked him for pencils. The whole semester, he would turn around to look at a clock behind me, even though we both knew that he couldn’t actually see it from where he was sitting. On the last day of class, I asked him out for coffee. He said yes (and that he had wanted to do the same but was too shy) and we’ve been inseparable since. That was ten years ago.

I saw a Vera Wang dress in a magazine and thought it would absolutely be the one. I booked an appointment at the showroom along with a few other places in NYC, and my mom came up from North Carolina to help me look. The Vera Wang dress turned out to be a complete disaster — I took it off just as fast as I put it on. At the next location, I pulled several dresses from the racks, and the second one I put on made my mom start crying. I loved its simplicity and subtle structure. I slept on it and we went back the next day and bought it. I wasn’t a fan of the flutter sleeve that it originally had, so we had them alter the shoulder for a more streamlined look. After that change, I loved it even more.

Describe your wedding flowers. Natural, loosely arranged in pretty pale tones. Both the ceremony floral arrangements and the table arrangements were stunning. Each one was different and in a different vase/vessel. We included fruit and lots of foliage. We wanted it to feel natural and fit in with the gorgeous venue.

Get ready for your mouths to water, y’all…

Instead of a cake, we opted for cakes. My mother, an excellent baker, crafted more than a dozen cakes, plus cookies, truffles and macarons. The specific cake that we cut was a three-layer white velvet cake with milk chocolate buttercream icing, wrapped with French vanilla buttercream. It was topped off with a poured dark chocolate ganache. And it was the best cake ever.

Tell us all about the proposal! It was my birthday. We spent the day wandering around the city, shopping, eating and drinking. Hours later, we went to my favorite restaurant and ordered my favorite meal. On the way out to catch a cab, he asked me if I felt like the luckiest girl in New York City and I said yes. Then he said “will you make me the luckiest guy in New York City”? I turned around and he had knelt down on the sidewalk looking up at me with a cute box in his hand. I said yes before he could even open it or say anything else. All I remember saying was “oh my God” over and over again. I was shocked. After nine years of dating, you just don’t expect it. He asked me if I liked the ring and I realized I hadn’t even looked at it. It was gorgeous and perfect. We got into a cab and drove off to midtown to catch a Broadway show we had tickets for. After that, we met up with friends for celebratory drinks. It was the perfect day.
When did y’all get married? September 22nd, 2012
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 170
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, neither of us wanted to. Collin said the first time he wanted to see me was when I walked down the aisle. I felt the same way.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite details really sprang from my DIY skills. My mother, my bridesmaids and I worked to create one-of-a-kind pieces that tied in with the overall theme of the wedding. From dye-dipped napkins and table runners to watercolored invitations and custom wine labels, the wedding really reflected the warm, personal feel of an idea that was hand crafted. The ultimate centerpiece was a huge chalkboard that doubled as a photo booth backdrop and giant wedding card.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! On the inside of my dress, we sewed in one of my late Grandmother’s blue silk hair ribbons that I borrowed from my mom. So that covers everything!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We heard it was good luck to bury a bottle of bourbon a month before the wedding so it wouldn’t rain. We did that. It absolutely worked. We had gorgeous weather and not one second after the last song ended, it started to rain. The next day, we dug the bourbon up and drank it, as all good Southerners would do.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenges when planning the wedding centered around our distance from the location. While the caterers, photographer, florists, and most importantly, our family members were busy planning and facilitating, we were hundreds of miles away in NYC. We both had fairly unforgiving schedules at the time, so finding our way down to meet and plan with all of the various folks that really pulled this day off proved to be incredibly challenging.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Hands down, Julia was the best photographer we could have ever asked for. She was so warm and professional that she truly felt like a part of the bridal party by the end of the week. While all of our vendors were amazing to work with and blew away our expectations, Julia still managed to shine.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We both agree that our favorite moment was the walk down the aisle. Everything was perfect. Neither one of us have ever smiled half as hard as we were in that moment.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Just more of the same. Please and thanks.

Julia Wade is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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  1. avatar Sara Velordi reply

    I love this – that dessert table is simply incredible! And I LOVE “For the Makers!

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Few things tug at my heartstrings quite like a military wedding. The special love and loyalty that Christy and Rob share, which I think is so characteristic of military couples, shines through these pictures! Their vintage-inspired, DIY wedding was a true labor of love, as Christy and Rob collected decor and mismatched china from every corner of the country to use at their barn reception. After vowing to go wherever the Navy may take them, but to always find their way back to one another (so romantic!), they danced the night away to their favorite country songs. Y’all must know that we adore the idea of ending a reception with a family line dance!

Special thanks to Stephanie Fay for sending us this sweet wedding to share!

We met at a Halloween party in Frederick, MD in 2007. We both noticed each other right away and Rob eventually mustered up the courage to talk to me but we left that evening without exchanging numbers. A week later, I mentioned Rob to my best friend Krystal (who threw the party) and told her how handsome Rob was. A few days later, Rob found me on Facebook and for the next five months we talked over the phone and computer while I studied abroad in Italy. One week after returning from Italy, I drove down to Maryland for my best friend’s (as well as Rob’s brother’s) graduation and Rob took me on our first real date. For the next four years, we did long-distance and saw each other every three weeks.

Christy’s style is right up my alley–I love her Plum Pretty Sugar getting-ready robe (in my favorite print, no less!) and her simply elegant gown!

Finding my gown was a lot easier then I thought it would be. While I was on a wedding blog, I completely fell in love with a gown that I saw a bride wearing. Sometimes you don’t even have to try a gown on to know it’s yours. The only hard part was finding the gown to try it on, but once I found it, it fit me exactly how I knew it would. The best part about my gown was that it had pockets!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes! Doing a first look was probably one of the best things we could have done. We were so excited to see each other and it made the rest of the day so relaxed for us. Getting all the pre-wedding jitters out really made the day a breeze and we were able to enjoy moments together that you normally wouldn’t get to do without having a first look.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we wrote our own vows. Rob mentioned that he’d love me no matter how many times he had to replace a bumper on the Denali (I “lightly” bumped his SUV into something the week prior while I was in New Jersey and he was in Mississippi). We also vowed to go wherever the Navy may take us and to always find our way back to each other, no matter what life throws our way.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? During the ceremony my cousin, Dr. G. Drue Smethers, said some kind words about love, faithfulness, and growing together. He talked about how Rob and I grew closer with them while living nearby in San Diego, CA, our passion for each other, and our adventurous nature that always made us up for something new or spontaneous.

These yellow chairs are one of my favorite details about Christy and Rob’s wedding. They really pop against the wood in the barn!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? If you’re a DIY vintage bride like me, start collecting everything early from rummage sales, thrift stores and antique stores. If you’re making a lot of the details yourself, have a plan and write down a project to do each week to keep yourself organized. If you know exactly what you want, go for it; don’t be afraid to be different or unique, even when people around you might think you’re crazy at times! Get to know your vendors really well and make sure you trust them fully. If something doesn’t feel right to you, they probably aren’t a good fit for your wedding. It’s important to choose vendors that you are completely happy with and whose style fits in well with your wedding.

The most memorable moment for us, besides looking at each other while walking down the aisle, was standing in the middle of our reception and seeing all of our friends and family surrounding us. It was the first time everyone was in one spot together and we will never forget it!

Tell us all about the proposal! We were getting ready to go to a Christmas Eve party in NJ three weeks before Rob’s second deployment. Right before we walked out the door, Rob got down on one knee. I was shocked, to say the least, to see Rob holding such a beautiful ring! My response was, “You’re doing this right now?” and then Rob asked, “Will you marry me”? I said YES and gave him a kiss! Rob originally had “a plan” on how he was going to surprise me, but since our life is so crazy and nothing planned is set in stone with the Navy life, it was no surprise the proposal was spontaneous.
When did y’all get married? June 22, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 110
Describe your wedding flowers. I really wanted the flowers to look organic and chic to add to the vintage feel of our wedding. I wanted to incorporate colors that were soft and pastel. After almost eight months of searching, I came across a bouquet by Floral & Bloom Designs on a fellow photographer’s blog. I immediately fell in love with her work! After I met with the owner, Rachel, I knew I found the perfect florist. We were both on the same page and I basically told her “it’s your show; I want you to have fun with it. Be creative and do your thing.” All of the florals for the wedding were absolutely breathtaking and I couldn’t have been happier. I’m so grateful I found Rachel at Florals & Bloom Designs and I highly recommend her!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Instead of having a traditional cake, we wanted a dessert bar that had a mix of different things. We had a mini cake that was made just for Rob and I by Rob’s aunt. The cupcakes and macrons were ordered from Pearl Cupcake in Richmond and were delicious! We also added in some glazed munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts and my mom made chocolate cookies for us!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There were so many favorite details from our wedding, but I think our favorite was the photo booth that Rob and my dad built. All of the guests enjoyed it and it was a lot of fun seeing both of our families taking photos together. To be honest, I think the line for the photo booth was longer then the line for the bar.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! For something borrowed, I wrapped my grandparent’s wedding bands and my grandpa’s dog tags around my bouquet. I borrowed my mother-in-law’s pearl earrings and my garter had blue in it.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I buried a bottle of bourbon upside down exactly one month before our wedding at our venue in the bourbon garden. I believe it helped bring us good luck because the sun was shinning and it was a gorgeous out the entire day. All of our favorite country songs were played. Rob and I were driven to our barn reception in a cameo Rhino—it was awesome! We ended the night with a family line dance called the Tush Push, which is played to “Achy Breaky Heart” from Billy Ray Cyrus. It’s a must-have tradition by the Smethers family at every wedding.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was trying to plan a DIY vintage wedding while living in different states. We literally started collecting the mismatched china plates in Virginia Beach, and bought everything else in Maryland, New Jersey, California, and Mississippi. Another challenge was organizing all the décor and china plates at Rob’s house in Maryland (he was living in Mississippi at the time). The week of the wedding, we had to do about seven trips back and forth from the venue with an SUV and trailer because we had so much stuff. Another challenge that we faced was finding vendors that were a good fit for our wedding and nailing down the details while living in California. Early on, if something didn’t feel right to us, we weren’t afraid to keep searching until we found vendors that we were happy with.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I would say the one vendor that we were really happy to have a part of our wedding day was our photographers, Stephanie and Stephen. They flew all the way from Arizona to capture our special day and there are no words I can express for how grateful we are to have had them there. It’s because of them that we are going to have gorgeous images that will last us a lifetime!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Just being married to each other and spending time together, something that we don’t often get to do. With the military, you never know when there’s going to be another deployment or when you’re going to have to move across the country a couple of times in one year (we’ve moved three times in the last 18 months). We want to enjoy every minute that we get with each other! Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most, like cooking together, watching a movie or just going on long drives.

Photographer: Stephanie Fay | Planner: Bride | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Silverbrook Farm | Florist: Floral & Bloom Designs | Cupcakes and Macarons: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe | Caterer: Mosaic Edibles | Vintage Furniture and Reception Chairs: Something Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Mosaic Edibles | DJ: Mattie Fresh | Bride’s Jewelry: Marolsha Etsy Shop | Bride’s Veil: Jefre Bridals | Bride’s Garter: Rose Bud Lips Etsy Shop | Bride’s Clutch: Juneberry Stiches Etsy Shop | Bride’s Gown: Paloma Blanca, Jefre Bridals | Invitation Design: Paper Dolls Design | Envelopes: Paper Source | Burlap Cases, Tags, Labels, Liners, Vintage Stamps, and Wedding Programs: Handmade by the Bride and Groom | Hair Stylist: Mikyla from The Shop Salon | Makeup Artist: Jodi from Ariel Lewis | Bride’s Shoes: Aldo | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic | Groom’s Tie: Handsome and Lace Etsy Shop | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Rentals: DC Rental | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: JaeCmaie Etsy Shop | Flower Girls’ Dresses: Kate Feist, Mother of Flower Girls | Favors: The Succulent Source Etsy Shop

lisa Written with love by Lisa
12 Comments
  1. avatar Keira reply

    The ties look great Rob!! Of course you guys are the MOST ATTRACTIVE COUPLE EVER!!!

    -Keira

  2. avatar Ken Tan reply

    Love the colours! Beautiful wedding :)

  3. avatar Dana reply

    One of the most beautiful rustic chic weddings ever! I love the color palette!

  4. avatar Resa reply

    Stunning!!! As expected :)

  5. avatar Fred Forbes reply

    Actually, Lisa, Rob did wear his Navy outfit for the ceremony. Check the shot of them during the ceremony where he is wearing his dress whites. Changed for the reception. Great time had by all!

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    Is the dress in natural or cream color?

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