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Suzanne + Keith’s reception at the Wolff Ballroom took place in one of the oldest communities in the South, Washington, Louisiana! The soft lighting against the brick walls and wooden beams created an atmosphere of Southern hospitality, which was only helped by the sight of S + K’s four-tiered wedding cake, decorated with magnolias and the blue hydrangea centerpieces. Guests partied the night away to the band, Louisiana Red, which the newlyweds credit as their favorite detail. True to tradition, the couple also had a money dance at the reception before making their getaway and continuing their journey to their honeymoon. Now, they’re looking forward to their bright future with their new furry companion, Coteau, a shelter dog they adopted and named after the town they were married in! Thanks again to Ali Harper for sharing this wedding!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our band, Louisiana Red. The reception was so much fun!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Magnolias were in my bouquet and accented the wedding cake. An old time trolley transported the wedding party from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church to the reception site at Wolff Ballroom. Both beautiful buildings were built in the 1800’s. Wolff Ballroom is in Washington, Louisiana, which is ranked one of the oldest communities in the South. We had the traditional Southern “money dance” where the bride and groom dance with guests and have money pinned on their wedding dress and tuxedo. Our rehearsal dinner was in the courtyard area of my aunt’s beautiful antebellum home in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, which was also built in the 1800’s and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Describe your wedding cake: It was a four-tiered traditional wedding cake with accents of magnolias on three tiers. It had buttermilk frosting and different fillings on each tier of pecan, chocolate and cream cheese.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It was very stressful trying to plan the wedding in Louisiana from Atlanta. Thankfully, I have a wonderful family and some great friends who helped me to pull it all together.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000 to $25000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The band! It was well worth it!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Gosh there were so many, but probably the most memorable was the minute they opened the doors at the church and I saw my sweet husband standing at the altar.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are so very excited to start our lives together. We had an amazing engagement, wedding and honeymoon and are so thankful to have found each other. We were given some surprising news exactly one month to the date of our wedding. I’m 31 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer. We feel so very blessed that this was found fairly early and believe with all of our hearts that everything happens for a reason, and that this is just part of our journey. The first year of our marriage will have some challenges, maybe more than some. More importantly, it will bring many blessings in unexpected places and bind us even stronger! The future is bright for us, and we just adopted a precious dog from a shelter, and we named him Coteau (taken from the name of the town we were married in, Grand Coteau). We look forward to all that is ahead!

Photographer: Ali Harper Photography // Ceremony venue: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church // Reception venue: Wolff Ballroom // Florist: Kaddie Tidwell of Breaux’s Florist // Wedding Cake Baker: Brent’s Catering // Caterer: Lafayette Receptions // Bride’s Dress: Mikaella // Bride’s Shoes: Alfani

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Cami reply

    Congratulations on your marriage and gorgeous wedding.
    Wishing you good health and happiness.

  2. avatar erin {a lowcountry wedding} reply

    this is just stunning. i love that venue

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  4. avatar Kathryn reply

    Gorgeous!! I love the wedding bands photo with the two old-fashioned cans. So cute!!

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Happy Monday, ladies! We’re back with another inspiration board, and this one is actually a reader request! Christina asked to see ideas for a merlot, blush, and champagne vineyard wedding on our last inspiration board post, and I was happy to oblige! I think this combination is stunning and elegant, while still being relaxed and easy. And I love that the wine cork accents are subtle and sophisticated — perfect for a grown-up vineyard wedding! I could see this event coming to life at Montaluce Winery in Georgia or Raffaldini in North Carolina… what do you think?

Credits:

First row: Vineyard table settings from Napa Valley Celebrations (photo by Meg Smith), wine bottles photo by Kate Kelly via Style Me Pretty
Second row: Bouquet-ed groom photo by Carla Ten Eyck via Elizabeth Anne Designs (florals by Just For You), table setting photo by Karen Wise beribboned wine corks photo by Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings
Third row: Merlot bridesmaid dresses photo by Landon Jacob via Southern Weddings, wine cork heart by Lovely Morning
Fourth row: Wine barrel arrangement by Vibrant Table (photo by Kate Kelly, via Style Me Pretty), chocolate drip cake by Nine Cakes (photo by Karen Wise), calligraphy place card photo by Carla Ten Eyck (calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones and styling by Jubilee Events, via Elizabeth Anne Designs)

Be sure to check back next week for Nicole’s color palette finds based off of this board, and don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments if you have a board in mind you’d love to see come to life!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Gorgeous! And couldn’t be more perfect timing, theme-wise…my best friend since I was 3 years old is getting married this Friday at a winery in Williamsburg, VA!! I am giddy with excitement! :)

  2. avatar Lesley – Lesley Veronika Photography reply

    Oh my that cak looks soo yum! And I love that purple as a wedding color. Its so pretty!

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I don’t usually introduce a real wedding with a shout-out to the bride’s choice of footwear, but I have to say that Stephanie rocked. it. out. in these silver Jimmy Choos. Not surprisingly, the rest of Stephanie + Avery’s South Carolina wedding at the Cloister at Sea Island was just as lovely. The bride, in a scoop-neck Priscilla of Boston gown, and her groom exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony attended by eighteen of their closest family and friends, and photographed by Ashley McCormick. Rose Sinclair of the Sea Island team styled the couple’s fresh white blooms, and Betsy White designed their classic engraved stationery.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We were introduced to each other in 2005 by two mutual friends while we were both living in Gainesville, Florida. At the time, Avery was finishing up his last year of college at the University of Florida and I was getting ready to go to graduate school at the University of Georgia. We went out on a blind date and have been together ever since.
Describe the proposal. To celebrate five years together, Avery and I planned a trip to the Amelia Island Plantation for a long weekend. On the second night of the trip, we went to our favorite restaurant on Amelia Island. After dinner, we went down to the beach. It was nearly pitch black and very windy, but Avery insisted we continue on. We sat down and opened a bottle of sparkling wine. Avery pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him. Because it was so dark, I couldn’t see the ring and at first thought he was joking. My response was, “Are you serious?” After several assurances that he was, in fact serious, I said yes.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Intimate, elegant and unique
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The reception in the wine cellar. It was the perfect location for an intimate family dinner.
What was Southern about your wedding? Definitely the location! Our wedding took place in Sea Island, a beautiful resort community on the coast of Georgia.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I was so grateful to have my mom and sister come with me to shop for my dress. We spent an exhausting day going to three bridal salons in my hometown before we found the classic gown I was looking for.

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Rachel B reply

    Stephanie is sooo pretty! Love the pictures and the location!

    • avatar Lorena reply

      Rachel B: yay, so true! (and we know her, which is weird…never seen anyone I know on a wedding blog before!)

      Love her dress, and I love the groom’s flower/boutonniere… think I may have to do something similar!

  2. avatar Ashley McCormick Photography reply

    Thank you ladies so much for featuring Stephanie & Avery’s wedding! I am so honored to be on the SW site, and I know Stephanie is ecstatic. SW is one of her favorites, and mine as well. Thank you again :)

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