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Do y’all remember this photo? After a particularly cold winter, the dogwoods that inspired our A New Beginning editorial began to bloom early. While we usually have no complaints about early spring flowers, it caused a bit of a panic for Emily and I as we rescheduled our first V7 shoot of the year four times. Bless our sweet vendor friends’ hearts! Thankfully, it worked out in our favor, and we ended up with the most beautiful spring day…and, the biggest dogwood tree we’ve ever seen, blooms still fully intact. Hooray! We started the day at Emily’s house, styling the invitation suite, prepping details, and doing our best to keep her kitty away from our cake.

Last winter seemed to go on forever, which is one of the reasons we planned this shoot in the first place. We were inspired by the joy and peacefulness of spring finally arriving, and how similar that is to an engagement. Just as the spring brings about an enchanting sense of new life and the promise of new beginnings, a wedding is when a new life together is created, and a bride and groom have a chance to start a whole new chapter of their story. In the shade of a historic home, under the dogwoods that are so beloved in North Carolina, we created this shoot to celebrate bringing together history and heritage in a fresh new way. We were overjoyed to have our dear friends, Landon and Jordan of Landon Jacob Photography, capture every sweet detail for us!

We loved working with Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers for the first time, and were all head over heels for the way she incorporated our signature bloom into the bouquets and arrangements!

Love these pastel bridesmaid dresses as much as we do? Good news: they’re from Little Borrowed Dress, an amazing bridesmaid dress rental company! Your favorite gals will love having the option to either rent or buy their dresses for your big day.

These sweet little flower girls stole the show! They looked precious in their mix and match BHLDN dresses and The Scalloped Window crowns, and had so much fun with their extra long Hazel Faire ribbon wands, reminiscent of traditional maypoles.

We incorporated verses from Song of Solomon into our paper goods and fabric banners–a Bible verse or prayer that is special to you as a couple is such a meaningful detail you can bring into your wedding day.

Our bride and groom could not have been sweeter! This real couple drove to North Carolina from their home in Alabama to model in this shoot, and they were married in real life just a month later. We all joked that we were relieved Ashley was not wearing this Monique Lhuillier gown for her actual wedding, and we didn’t spoil the surprise for Ryan!

Our friends at Life Stage Films tagged along with us to capture this day on video! Lovely, isn’t it? I can’t stress enough how relieved we were to have such gorgeous weather.

Now for one of our favorite parts of sharing our editorials with y’all online: a giveaway! Sibo Designs generously sent us the bride’s veil all the way from The Netherlands, and we’re thrilled to give it away to one of our lucky readers. The veil is impossibly light and dreamy, and it would look so gorgeous with a huge variety of gowns! You can read more about it here, and then enter in a variety of ways below. Good luck!

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Photographer: Landon Jacob / Videographer: Life Stage Films / Florals: Philosophy Flowers / Tables, China, Flatware, and Glassware: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Vintage Furniture: Simply Put Vintage Rentals / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Banners: Lionheart Prints / Paper Goods: Alisa Bobzien / Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher / Bride’s Gown: “Esme” by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Veil: Sibo Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress / Flower Girl Dresses: BHLDN / Flower Crowns: The Scalloped Window / Ribbon Wands: Hazel Faire / Hair and Makeup: Lula Hair and Makeup / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Bow Tie: Beau Ties Ltd of Vermont / Cake Stand: The TomKat Studio / Sugar Flowers: Bouquet of Cakes

Landon Jacob, Simply Put Vintage Rentals, and Life Stage Films are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Janna reply

    Those Song of Solomon banners are amazing- what an amazing way to incorporate a song or prayer that are important! Love!!

  2. avatar Jamie Kever reply

    That cake is so sweet!

  3. avatar Stacey reply

    Her gown and veil are gorgeous!

  4. avatar Dana reply

    LOVE this shoot! One of my favorites!

  5. avatar Emily reply

    I love the Magnolia cake! So precious!

  6. avatar Taylor reply

    Love those adorable flower girls! Their smiles are absolutely infectious!

  7. avatar Anna reply

    I love the invitation suite! The dogwood accents and the white lettering on craft paper are so fresh and elegant.

  8. avatar Emily reply

    Love all of the lace detailing!!!

  9. avatar Gabrielle Railey reply

    I loved how the flowers in the bridesmaid bouquets were also in the flowers place on the cake and the inspiration in the invitations. Absolutely beautiful .

  10. avatar Ebony reply

    I love the flower girls’ precious dresses!

  11. avatar Natalie W reply

    simply southern in every way, love love love it!!! and the bridesmaids dresses were fantastic!

  12. avatar Kathleen reply

    I love the beautiful lace detailing along the edges. It’s the perfect touch.

  13. avatar Sam Handel reply

    I love the dreamy calligraphy on the banners! Perfect!

  14. avatar Courtney reply

    My favorite detail is the banners with Song of Solomon written on them!

  15. avatar Madison reply

    The Song of Solomon banners are my favorite detail. Double meaning for such a sacred day in a couple’s life!

  16. avatar Kat reply

    It’s STUNNING!!! Great job, ladies!!! Your hard work paid off:) It’s soft, feminine & full of spring!

  17. avatar Jenna Maddox reply

    Those little flower girls are just precious, along with their ribbon wands and cute little dresses!

  18. avatar Loverly reply

    This is one of our absolute favorite shoots from V7- so fun to hear the story behind these gorgeous images. This color palette is just stunning!

  19. avatar Laura Feezor reply

    I love the romance captured in these photographs! Gorgeous wedding.

  20. avatar Bridget reply

    I couldn’t love the dogwood any more. These photos are exquisite!

  21. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the three flower girls in different white dresses! Precious!

  22. avatar Karen reply

    Everything was simply gorgeous. The pastel bridesmaid dresses are so lovely!

  23. avatar Heather Morgan reply

    Love the lace on the veil! would go great with my dress!

  24. avatar Kelly Perry reply

    Such sweet memories!

  25. avatar Angela Alpaugh reply

    My favorite detail is the Song of Solomon banner.

  26. avatar Lesley reply

    I love that cake! The detail on each flower is gorgeous!

  27. avatar Jessica reply

    The lace veil and that dress…beautiful! I want that breathtaking, awe-inspiring feel for my wedding.

  28. avatar LKinney reply

    Oh I LOVE this editorial!!! The paper, colors, and flowers are all just so lovely! I cannot get over the dogwood. Perfect!

  29. avatar Tiffany Ha reply

    I am absolutely in love with all the dresses in this photoshoot. The bride’s dress is stunning, the bridesmaids dresses are cute and classy, and the flower girls dresses are so adorable!!! I love pretty much everything about this shoot! The flowers are simple and breathtaking and so are all the decorations

  30. avatar Stephanie P reply

    I love the fabric banners with the verses written in the gorgeous font!!!

  31. avatar Raquel Mohr reply

    I love the look of the bridemaids, and am doing the little borrowed dress for them. My question is which color blue is this? I have samples of the mint, and then the powder and sea glass. I know the green is the mint but not sure on the blue. The sea glass sample I have is more tiffany colored than whats shown here so I want to double check :)

  32. avatar Amanda reply

    What color green and blue is used in this shoot? I’m using the same company for my BM’s and wanna make sure I order the right colors.

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Southern Stems: Dogwood

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Some of my earliest memories of my childhood in Virginia are the walks my mom and I used to take through our neighborhood. My mom loves gardening, so she would always point out the trees and flowers she knew. One of her favorites was the delicate dogwood tree, especially when its flowers blossomed in the spring–it has since become one of my very favorite flowers as well! For this installment of our Southern Stems column (see past posts about camellias, wisteria, bluebonnets, and gardenia), we’re discussing this sure sign of spring. Dogwoods are also the state flower of North Carolina, so we have a bit of a soft spot for them around here!

Photo via Plants in the Mail, overlay by SW

There are quite a few species of dogwood, but the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is one of the most common, especially in the South. The trees flower in spring, and while most produce white flowers, some bloom in shades of pink or even light red. Dogwoods are the state flower for both North Carolina and Virginia, and since the dogwood tree is Virginia’s state tree too, these flowers are extra sentimental for Virginia brides!

Clockwise from top: Saipua, Jen Huang Photography via Once Wed, Love Me Do Photography via Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, Karen Wise via The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings

The Victorian flower meanings for the dogwood vary, but they all fall under a similar theme. Variations include faithfulness, steadfastness, durability, and endurance. All pretty great symbolism to include in a wedding, don’t you think?

Clockwise from top left: Megan Clouse via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Chris Bailey Photography, Annabella Charles via Wedding Chicks, Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Since dogwoods are a tree flower, I think they look their best when arranged in a loose, natural way, but they are incredibly versatile. Pair them with other all-white flowers for a monochromatic statement, or combine them with a variety of small wildflowers for a just-picked garden look. With their thin stems, they’re also darling in bud vases or glass bottles. And how pretty are these dogwood-inspired cakes? The different designs–one incorporating the branches and one clustering the blooms on top–really speak to the versatility of the flower.

Abby Jiu Photography via Once Wed, via Martha Stewart Weddings

Finally, a few pretty products that would look gorgeous at a dogwood-filled Southern wedding! We love this wedding stationery line from Paperwhites, which comes in all different colors, and the Dogwood Flower Hairpins from BHLDN would be the perfect finishing touch in a wedding day hairstyle.

What’s your favorite Southern stem? Will you be using it in your wedding day flowers? We’d love to hear!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Stephanie reply

    I love dogwoods!! I also grew up with them, and they have such sentimental value to me. Chapel Hill also has tons of gorgeous dogwoods in the Spring, including beautiful pink blooms!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    Dogwoods are my absolute favorite flower! As a NC native, they always make me think of home. And I love when they bloom because it’s the first sign that spring is on its way.

  3. avatar Katie reply

    Peonies are my favorite southern flowers! I can’t wait to have those big soft blossoms in my wedding bouquet in May!

  4. avatar Meredith reply

    Wow, Lisa, you are reading my mind this week! Dogwoods are my favorite and my florist was so excited I wanted to use them in my bouquet :) To me they are the quintessential Virginia flower… I can’t wait for spring when all the Dogwoods, Red Buds, Azaleas, and Cherry Blossoms around Charlottesville start blooming!

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Have you had a chance to dig through our brand-new editorial gallery yet? It has to be one of my favorite parts of the new site (aside from the Southern Thangs filter!). As Nicole and I were formatting six years of Southern Weddings print editorials in prep for the launch, it was so fun to immerse ourselves in older shoots that we had almost forgotten about, like this one or this one. We were surprised to see that we had never done a blog post on one of our favorite shoots that debuted all the way back in V3, Something Blue with Mr. Jose Villa. There’s no time like the present, though, don’t you think? Please enjoy, and be sure to check out the editorial gallery with all of the details!

Photography: Jose Villa / Styling: Joy Thigpen / Florals: Tre Bella Florist / Cake and macarons: Fearrington House / Hair: Sherry, Wavelengths Salon / Makeup: Nekita / Bride’s fashion: Angel Sanchez from Tre Bella Bridal / Ceramic mint bowls: Gleena / Jewelry: Dogeared, Fuss, Stella & Dot / Coasters: design by Mika78, calligraphy by Paperfinger, printing by For Your Party / Pitcher tags: design by Mika78, calligraphy by Paperfinger, printing by Czar Press / Tissue paper poms and washi tape drink flags: Mika78 / Heart garland: Bananasaurusrex / Calligraphy flag place cards: Moya Minns / Menus: Minted / China: Vietri at Fearrington Village / Pitchers: Dovecote at Fearrington Village / Venue: Fearrington Village

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Love this shoot more than ever, for obvious reasons! :)

  2. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I love this! Everything is just so pretty and I love that bow on the cake! :)

  3. avatar Wedding Rental Supplies reply

    Gorgeous and truly inspiring! Each and every detail looks so pretty. Loved the beautiful infusion of blue along the white backdrop.

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    Love these inspiration posts. As an artist, I get really interested in color coordinated posts like this one! :) Thanks for sharing.

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    Such a beautiful wedding! Where are those bridesmaid dresses from? I love them!

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