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Confession: I’m a bit of a magazine hoarder. While part of that may be due to my career field, the other reason is that I really do love looking back at past issues! No matter how old a magazine is, I always find an idea or two to take away for the season with every read. In the same vein, there are so many gorgeous editorials in our archives, so it’s always fun to revisit old favorites. Since we’re eagerly anticipating the dogwood season in North Carolina, it seems like the perfect time to take a peek back at V7‘s A New Beginning! We kept things quite simple in this editorial, allowing the stunning trees, gorgeous real life couple, sweet kiddos, and joyful moments to shine. It’s one of my personal favorites to this day and we hope y’all love it as much as we do!

Thank you so much to Landon Jacob Photography for capturing every detail for us!

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

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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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The deadline to enter is November 20!

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!

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  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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It doesn’t get much more Southern than a front porch, and when said front porch is the namesake of a beautiful farm venue outside of Nashville, Tennessee, it’s safe to say that you have the attention of the Southern Weddings gals! Christine and Drew chose Front Porch Farms as the venue for their spring wedding, and they loved hosting their out of town family members and friends there. One of their most special guests? The pastor who officiated their ceremony–he had predicted Christine and Drew were perfect for each other a year before they met, and even set them up on their first date!

Thank you so much to our dear Blue Ribbon Vendor friends, Landon and Jordan of Landon Jacob, for sharing this lovely day with us!

The pastor who married us had been trying to set us up for over a year. As chance would have it, we were both in other relationships, but that didn’t stop Matt (our pastor) from still trying to get us together. Finally, when the timing was right, we went on a brunch date. After leaving our first date, Drew called his brother and said, “Mark my words, I am going to marry that girl.”

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes!! I’m a wedding photographer, so I know that the day can already be a bit of a blur. I think the first look can be even more intimate of a moment, and it takes nothing away from walking down the aisle. Drew was not sure about doing a first look, but now that we have done it, he thinks it was the best decision. We got sweet photos before the wedding, and we got to spend more time together by seeing each other before the ceremony. It was a favorite moment of the day!

We chose songs that had personal significance in our relationships with God. The wedding party walked down the aisle to “Before the Throne,” and I walked down the aisle to Phil Wikham’s “Divine Romance.” We also played a bluegrass version of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” They were performed by our talented friends, singer-songwriter Jake Ousley and songwriter Jeff Pardo. After we said our vows, we walked out to “Your Love is Lifting me Higher.”

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The pastor who married us is the man who predicted our marriage a year before we met, and the one who finally got us to go on a date.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Most of our guests were from out of town, so we wanted a venue that allowed our guests to stay in downtown Nashville and experience all that we love about the city. We also wanted a place that had good lighting, was beautiful and didn’t need much additional decor, and was budget friendly.

We had organic bouquets of peach, burgundy, white, and pink Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, anemones with navy centers, peonies, and Queen Anne’s lace, mixed with an assortment of greenery, including seeded eucalyptus and clematis vine. We tied bouquets with a variety of lace and ribbon, and the boutonnières were also all wrapped with different ribbon or gold wire. The table centerpieces were in wooden boxes, and we mixed in wood slices with milk glass, blue mason jars, old books, and brass candle holders. We also had greenery garlands around the menu and bride and groom chairs.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. This is one area where we saved money, but didn’t feel like we cut corners. We ordered three cakes, all with buttercream icing in different textures, and we added flowers for the decoration. The cakes were delicious, and they were from Publix! Drew LOVES chocolate chip cookies–he is literally a cookie monster! Chocolate chip cookies and milk for the groom’s cake were a no-brainer. We had 2%, skim, and almond milk available for guests to have with the cookies.

Tell us all about the proposal! I love to travel. Early one morning, Drew came to my house and woke me up, Starbucks in hand, and told me to pack my bags while he made us breakfast tacos, because we were headed to a destination that was 70 degrees. I was pretty confused and started to list off the design meetings and engagement session I had scheduled, but he assured me he had contacted all of my clients and taken care of everything. As we scanned our ID’s at the airport, San Diego came up on the screen! Once we arrived, we rented a convertible and headed straight to La Jolla beach, where Drew proposed at sunset. He had made three boxes representing when we met, when he fell in love with me, and then him asking me to be his wife. Each box had journal entries he had written and photos. It was extremely significant and special. After that, we got a glass of wine at Hotel de Coronado, followed by some late night McDonald’s. We were able to stay with some of Drew’s friends in San Diego and spent a few days exploring the city.
When did y’all get married? April 18, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 160
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to Tristan Prettyman’s “All I Want is You.” One of our favorite memories of the wedding day was our last dance. We had everyone clear out of the reception and we shared our last dance alone to “Wagon Wheel,” which was the first song we ever danced to together.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I did! My something borrowed was my veil (which I only wore walking down the aisle); it belonged to one of my bridesmaids. My blue was my blue suede Cole Hann wedges. My old was the diamond on my engagement ring; it was my grandmother’s that she gave to me. My new was my Stella York wedding dress!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We recently moved to Fort Worth, Texas from Nashville and bought our first house! Drew is working at Watermark Community Church as the director of student ministries, and I’m working on starting my photography company, Declare Photography, and my interior design company, Christine Zeiler Interiors, in Fort Worth.

Photographer: Landon Jacob / Planner and Paper Products: Christine Zeiler / Venue: Front Porch Farms / Florist: Catherine Wilson / Cake Baker: Publix, Catering: Bacon & Caviar / Rentals: The House Nashville / DJ: Tim Hiber / Calligraphy: Four Hats Press / Print Layout: Arboreal paper / Invitation Template: How Lovely Paper / Bride’s Gown: “5703” by Stella York / Bride’s Jewelry: Jessie Jordan / Hair Stylist: Leslie from Katie Russo / Makeup Artist: Katie Russo / Bride’s Shoes: “Nike Air Wedges” by Cole Haan / Menswear: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan

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  1. avatar Karena Dixon reply

    This is such cute wedding!

  2. avatar Loverly reply

    What a stunning ceremony venue!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    love so many details in this wedding!

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    […] image #1 cake by maggie austin, photographed by abby jiu for maria & josh’s wedding; #2 wreath via once wed; #3 cookies for megan + will’s wedding photographed by katie stoops; #4 maids with dogwood bouquets photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings magazine; #5 dogwood arrangement photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings […]

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