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Among my plans this weekend are eating barbecue, watching a movie in the park with my boyfriend, and trying the very first berry from my strawberry plants! (I’ll admit, I had a few berries before, but they shriveled up before I could try them. Not the best example of my green thumb.) What are y’all doing this weekend?

This week we tackled an etiquette question that just might be our most-asked one! Read up on how to mix navy and black in your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

June’s Southern Bride of the Month, Jordan has a contagious excitement for her big day! Be sure to read all about her white and green Highlands wedding and answer her big question!

Real Weddings are the sugar in our tea!

Allison + Andrew’s simple Georgia wedding boasted sweet photos and hydrangeas galore! See it here.

Lauren + Aaron’s North Carolina wedding was classic and romantic. I love the timeless images that resulted! See it here.

Brittany + Ryan’s wedding had all the hallmarks of a traditional Southern fete. We adore everything from their traditional vows to their donut desserts! See it here.

Fun treats for the weekend!

Historic St. Augustine, Florida, is the location of a pop-up wedding! Created for couples who want the romantic wedding feel with the simplicity of a courthouse elopement, “Away We Go” brings together talented vendors to create your dream getaway wedding. Check out their site for more details.

Congratulations to the winners of our bow tie giveaway from our SWV6 sneak peek! Samantha and Katie, you’ll adore these bow ties!

We have another fun giveaway for y’all! We think these Speak Wedding flashcards by Daughter of Design are too beautiful and too handy not to share! Each card explains wedding lingo that’s ever-present during the planning stages and helpful hints for wedding planning. On top of being helpful, they’re gorgeous! Each card was designed by Ceci New York.To win a set, leave a comment below telling us what you’re most enjoying about wedding planning!

Before y’all head out for the weekend, make sure you stop by our Facebook Friday for a lovely session from Erin Lindsey.

Happy weekend, friends!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Samantha reply

    I think I won a bowtie!!!!! :D But I haven’t received an e-mail yet.

  2. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I am loving spending time with my future mother-in-law! I am lucky to be marrying a great man with a great family.

  3. avatar Cait T. reply

    I’m loving the fact that planning is bringing me closer to everyone I love – my fiance, my mother, my sister (it’s been a long time coming!), my future-mother-in-law/sister-in-law, and all of my bridesmaids. It’s been such a great excuse to be in much more constant, and special, contact with everyone!!

  4. avatar Heather K reply

    My fiance and I really enjoyed registering last night!

  5. avatar Lonna Schultz reply

    I love the fact, that through all of this, the ending result will be me married to the man of my dreams. I have dreamed of this moment for so long and it is so close! Most people get are scared of the end, I couldn’t be happier. This is an end that will have a new magical beginning!

  6. avatar Alexandria reply

    I’m having a small wedding, so my favorite part of wedding planning is considering all the small details and how those details will really ensure my guests feel loved and welcome at our wedding. We wanted to make sure everything we do lets our guests know how important they all are to us and how thankful we are that they could be a part of our wedding!

  7. avatar Marnay reply

    My favorite part about wedding planning is the strong bond we are forming with our families. My fiancé’s family is helping to create DIY invitations (they are very crafty!) and my family is growing flowers in their yard for our bouquets! It makes me melt to see how eager and helpful our families are with the many wedding details. It’s making the experience much more fun and much less stressful!
    PS – those Speak Wedding flashcards would be a perfect game for a bridal shower!

  8. avatar Christina C reply

    I’ve really enjoyed touring venues. It is fun seeing how beautiful all the spaces can become.

  9. avatar Alix reply

    Getting in contact with old friends!

  10. avatar Kelly H. reply

    I love the feeling when everything begins to take shape and fall into place!

  11. avatar Justyne M reply

    What I am enjoying most are all the DIY projects, making jam favors has been so much fun!

  12. avatar Jillian reply

    My favorite part about the wedding planning process is being able to get together with my family and my fiancé’s family and listening to all of there ideas, excitement and traditions about our families weddings. It such a blessing to come together this way

  13. avatar Roxanne reply

    Getting to know my fiance’s mum. She is SO amazing!

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It’s no secret I love my job — after all, there are very few ways that someone who loves weddings and loves the South as much as I do would prefer to spend her days! My usual routine at the Southern Weddings office leaves me happy as a goat in a briar patch and thoroughly satisfied. But, sometimes working at SW affords me experiences that are literally out of a dream, and I fall in love with my job (and weddings, and the South) all over again. Such was the case with Engage13.

I recently accompanied Lara to this amazing conference, held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville (she was speaking!), and we enjoyed three days of learning, meeting new friends, and details to make any wedding lover weak in the knees. One party in particular we just knew we had to share with y’all — the opening party, designed by Pressed Cotton and held in a renovated barn on the Biltmore property!

The party began the minute we stepped off the buses at Antler Hill Barn — with a grown-up petting zoo! Lara and I couldn’t resist snapping a photo with this adorable baby goat.

So many of these fun rustic chic details are available in the Pressed Cotton store — perfect for wedding decor and details!

These gorgeous kraft paper menus outlined everything we’d be sampling that evening, including pulled pork sliders, corn spoon bread, fried pickles, short ribs, and much more!

Many of the beautiful rental pieces you see are from Settee in Atlanta. After walking through the barn, the space opened up into a beautiful courtyard with biscuits on each long farmhouse-style table! We loved the kraft paper runners.

Hot boiled peanuts! Lara was in heaven.

Cheerwine! I was in heaven. (You may recall we served it at our wedding.) They couldn’t have designed this party more perfectly for us!

The gentleman you see below was one of our favorite people we met that night, though he wasn’t technically a guest at the party! He’s an actual blacksmith on the Biltmore staff, and was giving demonstrations throughout the evening. We got to chat with him a bit, and found out that his wedding was six days away! He even showed us the (gorgeous!) ring he’d forged for his fiancee. We’re hoping to bring more of his wedding story to the blog soon!

The night concluded with s’mores by a massive bonfire. It’s true, Engage does share some characteristics with summer camp!

Oh yes — these adorable screen-printed snack bags were waiting for us when we stepped off the bus at the Inn at Biltmore! The perfect end to a perfect Southern night. Thanks to Pressed Cotton, the Biltmore staff, and Rebecca and Kathryn of Engage for a delightful evening!

All photos except top instagram courtesy of the talented Allan Zepeda, Carla Ten Eyck & Andrew Henderson, and Jeremie Barlow

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Shelby reply

    This looks honestly perfect beyond words. Absolutely every detail is too Southern for words! I love all of the signage & those welcome bags are beyond amazing.

    Please tell me this means y’all will have a recap of the Gatsby party? I’ve been dying for some inspiration pictures to share with a friend who is planning a similar themed wedding.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    How incredibly fun! Y’all must have felt right at home! I have my fingers crossed for a Gatsby gala recap too :)

  3. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Loved re-living this evening through this blogpost, Em! You represented it perfectly. I’ll never forget devouring that oh so delicious BBQ slider with you after being so hungry. Best food of Engage by far :). Cannot WAIT for the Blacksmith’s whole story to be revealed!

  4. avatar Anna ( reply

    Looks so fun! I’ve been dying to visit the Biltmore for ages. So jealous!

  5. avatar Cheryl Ann @ Southern Blush reply

    Yes! Just beautiful…I love the Biltmore Estate! I would love to attend this next year for sure…since I live right here in Asheville anyways! I am trying to read everything I can find about this conference, and so far this is the best I have found! I especially like the sign “Sips, Y’all.”

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