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A couple of months ago, Whitney had the great pleasure of actually meeting Matthew Robbins while he was in our neck of the woods. We’ve long enjoyed the weddings and events he’s worked on. From elegant to effortless, glamorous to modern, he can create a beautiful space under any design theme.

Just flipping through his work inspired me to make this pale garden inspiration board. Full of the lush and gorgeous arrangements that we love him for and his clean and elegant presentation, I think it’s perfect for a spring garden wedding. And yes, all of those images came from weddings Matthew designed!

Image credits (from left to right): top row by Mel Barlow, Christian Oth, Karen Hill middle row by Christian Oth, Terry Michael, bottom row by Roey Yohai, Christian Oth

As pretty as these designs may be, you know that we love weddings with meaningful details here at Southern Weddings. That’s why we had to share Matthew’s new book, Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings: Designing Your Big Day with Favorite Objects and Family Treasures! In the book, Matthew shows you how to build a full design based around something significant to you as a couple and he shares some industry tips and secrets! Plus, a bride in lace on the cover? So Southern.

To Enter: There are two ways to enter!
1. Comment below and tell us what you’re more looking forward to about your wedding day!
2. Tweet “I just entered the @mrobbinsdesign giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then come back here and a leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!

Win: A copy of Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings

This giveaway closes on April 19. Good luck!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
45 Comments
  1. avatar Paige reply

    I’m most looking forward to cocktail hour with my new husband and all our guests!

  2. avatar molly stillman reply

    OMG. the quatrefoil garden thing in the bottom left… AHHHHHHH i’m obsessed. :) <3

  3. avatar Nixon reply

    Can’t wait to look around and see all of our beloved ones gathered in the same place to celebrate our marriage! This will be a once in a lifetime moment we will never forget! :)

  4. avatar Helen reply

    I am looking forward to the party afterward! :)

  5. avatar Sara reply

    I just want to have fun and for the whole wedding group(and my church family) to have fun also! I don’t want to have to worry about anything. This should be a happy day!

  6. avatar Erin reply

    On my wedding day I’m most looking forward to walking into the reception ballroom and see everything put together–the cake, the linens, the chairs, the flowers. I can imagine each piece as I plan, but I’m so excited to see it all tied together and really have my breath taken away!!

  7. avatar Gretchen reply

    I’m most looking forward to walking down the aisle to stand by my beau’s side

  8. avatar Mallary reply

    I am most looking forward to marrying my best friend in the southern atmosphere of our dreams, thanks to Southern Wedding Magazines and hopefully Matthew Roberts Inspired Weddings, all of our dreams will come to a reality.

  9. avatar Mallary reply

    I also just entered the contest through twitter! and it was my first tweet! lol

  10. avatar Megan reply

    I am most looking forward to wearing my dress and seeing my hubby-to-be at the end of that aisle! I’m excited to see all the hard work come together into a beautiful setting. Thanks for this awesome giveaway, I could definitely fall in love with this book :)

  11. avatar Larissa reply

    That’s easy — being married to my best friend!

  12. avatar celeste reply

    On my wedding day, I am beyond excited to exchange vows with my future husband in front of all our family and friends. That is what is most important to me and I just couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity.

  13. avatar Theresa reply

    For our first look! I can’t wait for that moment. Also to be surrounded by our closest family and friends as we celebrate our love!

    • avatar Caitlin Allen reply

      I’m most excited about being able to spend time with my hubby! We live 2.5 hous apart (no not a huge long distance deal), but we only see each other on weekends about twice a month. I really can’t wait to spend a Sunday night cuddling on the couch instead of driving home! 192 days!

    • avatar Caitlin Allen reply

      I’m most excited about being able to spend time with my hubby! We live 2.5 hours apart (no not a huge long distance deal), but we only see each other on weekends about twice a month. I really can’t wait to spend a Sunday night cuddling on the couch instead of driving home! 192 days!

  14. avatar Kaley reply

    I’m most looking forward to totally letting go of planning stress and just enjoying my day with my new husband :)

  15. avatar Laura reply

    I’m most looking forward to seeing him waiting for me at the end of the aisle. We’re not doing a “first-look” so this will be my first time seeing him on our wedding day.

  16. avatar megan reply

    being married!!

  17. avatar Sarah reply

    Toasting my new husband with our family mint julep cups that were won over multiple decades and generations as tennis tournament trophies from the club where our wedding will take place!

  18. avatar Kelly reply

    I’m most looking forward to having people from all walks of life with us to celebrate our big day!

  19. avatar Carolyn reply

    I am looking forward to exchanging vows with my best friend in front of all those we hold dear ! And the walk down the aisle as husband and wife!

  20. avatar Carolyn reply

    Just tweeted!! :)

  21. avatar Lauren reply

    I’m most looking forward to spending the afternoon with my closest girlfriends and the evening with my new husband and all our friends and family! Also, the food…our caterer is out of this world!

  22. avatar Megan D. reply

    I am looking forward to getting my dance on with my new husband and our families.

  23. avatar chanel hawkins reply

    Other than marrying my best friend :) I can’t wait to make a wonderful memory and cry with bridesmaids and laugh with my guests. We’re having a funnel cake truck, live country band, games, yummy drinks. I want my guests to have the best time ever!

  24. avatar Katie S. reply

    I cannot WAIT to see my oh-so-handsome groom at the end of the aisle for the first time!! (and I’m also really excited about dancing with my Daddy as his MARRIED little girl!)

  25. avatar Patty reply

    I am most excited to become Mrs. Brewton :) I can’t wait to marry the man of my dreams in front of all of our friends and family. I especially can’t wait for my sister to sing our first dance song.

  26. avatar Tracy reply

    I’m most looking forward to my future hubby’s facial expression as he sees me walk down the aisle.

  27. avatar Andi reply

    I can’t wait to see the look on his face at the end of the aisle when he sees me and my dress for the first time! And then, of course, dancing the night away under the stars to some motown music with our best friends and family!

  28. avatar Shanda K reply

    I am most looking forward to marrying my best friend in front of all of our friends of family! I cant wait!

  29. avatar Mary Ann reply

    I’m looking forward to seeing my groom for the first time as I’m walking down the aisle!

  30. avatar christie reply

    I’m so, so, so excited about having all of my best friends and closest family there to get super creative and set up all of the fun decorations & details! But I’m MOST excited about seeing the look on my fiance’s face when I walk down the aisle (i have a secret, special song picked out… he’s going to melt ;)!!

  31. avatar Jennifer reply

    I am most looking forward to celebrating the start of the rest of my life with my beloved family and friends.

  32. avatar cathy steiner reply

    I can’t wait to see my vision come together. it’s all in pieces in my head, but I know it’ll all make fabulous sense come the big day!

  33. avatar Beth reply

    I am marrying a boy that I met over ten years ago at summer camp. Little did I know then that I was playing silly camp games alongside my future husband! I am blessed beyond measure to have such a wonderful husband-to-be. Although I am giddy just thinking about every aspect of our day, I am most looking forward to serving communion to each of our guests as our first act of service together as husband and wife. It will be a sign of our blessing and appreciation for those we hold most dear, honoring the love, growth and challenge they have given us over the years, making us who we are today. I’m also really looking forward to our lighthearted, whimsical reception of childhood delights afterwards!

  34. avatar Marcie reply

    I’m most looking forward to getting married in my fiancée’s home land this July! He’s originally from Texas but moved to Scotland to work, (where we then met) but now we’re getting married we’re moving back to his home state! My future mother in law has been helping me organise the perfect Southern wedding in, I hope its good enough for the Southern guests and will make a good start with my new family :)

  35. avatar Marcie reply

    I just tweeted! I just entered the @mrobbinsdesign giveaway on @iloveswmag!—Verified Marcie(@MissMarcie_x) April 14, 2012

  36. avatar Cecilia reply

    I am most excited to spend the reception with my family, friends, and most importantly husband. I can’t wait to celebrate the beginning of our new life together!

  37. avatar Melissa reply

    Looking forward to seeing my husband-to-be as I walk down the aisle with my Dad!

  38. avatar Mattye reply

    There is one thought about our wedding day that gives me butterflies more than any other: saying vows of lifelong promise to my sweet Georgia boy. There is nothing more romantic than professing our love and commitment out loud to each other, God, and all our friends and family. What a joy!

  39. avatar Mattye reply

    The Tweet is live!

  40. avatar Evan G. Cooper reply

    Ok. As much as I would love to write about what I am most looking forward to on my big day, I can’t! Why? I’m not getting married. Truth is I’m just a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE Matt Robbins fan. He is so fantastic at what he does. I would LOVE to win a copy of his book. I know its filled with lots of wonderful tips and tricks. Pick Me! ;)

  41. avatar Evan G. Cooper reply

    BOOM!!! I tweeted!!

  42. avatar Jana reply

    What I’m looking forward to most about our wedding day…is GETTING MARRIED! I can’t wait to see my fiance as I walk towards him down the aisle. It’s been a long time coming!

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I confess, I want to be friends with Katie + Nathan. I love how they incorporated old items like vintage keys, tins, and picture frames into their garden-like reception to give their wedding a classic Southern ambiance without being themed. The newlyweds wanted their wedding day to be about spending time with family, and the backyard reception gave them the perfect space to do so. When we talked to Katie as our Southern Bride of the Month, she said she was invested in having good food. The couple delivered! Guests chowed down on good ole Southern food, complete with pie bar courtesy of Wild Flour Pastry, and ended the meal with a slice of Katie + Nathan’s cute and simple lemon cake from The Cake Stand— love those little bird toppers! My favorite part of reading about this wedding was hearing how the newlyweds stole a few minutes away from the party to reflect on how far they’ve come.

See all of the photos from Katie + Nathan’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: Fluffy peonies paired with mint, lavender, and sprigs of stock. I love how our florist incorporated flowers that were not only stunning, but smelled amazing!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Sometimes we would become so entrenched in the wedding planning that it was hard to see the big picture – getting married! In those moments, we had to put away the spreadsheets and the glue gun and take a break from the planning. Spending time with each other and remembering why it was that we wanted to get married helped us regain focus and momentum.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Hiring a videographer was one of the initial items on the “if we have room in the budget list”. We decided to go for it and, looking back, it should have been on my “must have” list all along. The day rushes by so fast. I was so overcome with emotion and joy that I hardly remember certain moments. We cannot wait to receive our video in the mail and be able to relive those precious moments for years to come.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We were well into the reception when I went upstairs to powder my nose. I walked past the groom’s room and noticed Nate standing by the window that led out onto the second story porch. When he saw me, he took my hand and led me through the doorway into the porch. I cherish those few moments that we had together, out of view from everyone, they were the only minutes we had alone all day. We just kept looking at each other, saying, “Wow, we made it!”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are already busy living the life we have built. Spending lots of time with friends, visiting family, and saving up for some fun travels are all priorities for us right now. We are really looking forward to our first Christmas together as husband and wife, complete with our very own tree!

Photographer: Veil and Bow // Videographer: Life Stage films // Planner: Sara Hosch, Southern Protocol // Ceremony venue: Private Residence // Reception venue: Private Residence // Florist: Charleston Stems // Wedding Cake Baker: The Cake Stand // Pie Bar: Wild Flour Pastry // Caterer: The Crazy Dutchman Catering // Paper Products: Invitations by Studio R Design, Programs and other paper goods from the bride // Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: hair fascinator Powder Blue Bijoux, veil from Atlanta Bridal Couture // Bride’s Shoes: Capparos // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm // Makeup: Pamela Lesch // Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Kelly reply

    ooh ooh!!!! this wedding is all kinds of lovely! those cake toppers are DIVINE. also loving: the signage, her hairpiece, the twisty-straws, and the back of her dress!!!! ahhhh!!!!!

  2. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    Gorgeous. Her dress is breath taking and the cake topper is precious. Your site makes me want to get married again and again! : )

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      Just wanted to say that this is my all time favorite wedding out of all the ones I’ve seen on sites everywhere in the last year! The dress is amazing, the tuxes and ties, the vintage style dance floor, the beautiful centerpieces and table numbers, the cake topper…..the list goes on and on. Thank you for the inspiration as I plan my wedding for next June!!

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Today’s bride was our very first Southern Bride of the Month! We loved hearing about Katie + Nathan’s plans for the big day and now we get to see it! I love comparing their inspiration board to the photos from their wedding — the details are seamless! I’m a sucker for a lace gown and Katie looks timeless and elegant in hers from Modern Trousseau (read on to find out how buying her dress was like a Cinderella story!). Paired with her flawless and natural makeup by Pamela Lesch, she could not be more stunning. Of course, I can’t forget to mention Nathan and his handsome groomsmen. The guys looked like perfect gentlemen in their pale tuxes and brown leather shoes. Joey and Jessica of Veil and Bow did an amazing job capturing Katie + Nathan’s wedding. I love looking at the photo of the happy couple walking back up the aisle after their vows–it looks like one their kids might frame and display at their own weddings.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We almost didn’t meet at all actually! We both attended the same college, Elon University. My sophomore year, I was thinking about transferring to Auburn, and Nate had just transferred in to Elon from UNC Charlotte. We were both convinced by different people to attend a recruitment night for the campus business fraternity. The whole meeting, I kept thinking, “Wow that guy is cute!” Turns out I wasn’t the only one noticing people that night.
Describe the proposal. A walk in downtown Charleston with our friends turned into a secret mission to give us some time alone. We were in Waterfront Park and I remember wondering why Nate was so fidgety! Is it terrible that I don’t remember what he said to me when he proposed? He did get down on one knee, though, and said he couldn’t imagine his life without me in it. A group of tourists walking by erupted in cheers when I nodded yes. Good thing I said yes, right?
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Intimate, joyful, carefree
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It’s a rather large detail, but our venue really stole the show with our guests! The house was so full of southern charm and details, from the 3 story wrap-around porches and brick wall covered with creeping fig and jasmine, to the curved staircase and soaring pocket doors in the dining room. With such an impressive backdrop, we had to do very little to decorate!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The location of course, Charleston, was Southern. The fact that the ceremony and reception were held in the backyard of the venue felt very Southern to me; it was all about spending time with family on a warm spring evening.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It’s the Lauren dress by Modern Trousseau. It was all lace with a sweetheart neckline and godets at the bottom; it flares when I twirl! When I first heard the retail price of the dress at my local boutique, I knew that it was absolutely out of my price range. I e-mailed someone directly at the showroom in Connecticut and told them my sad, sad, sad story. To my astonishment, the director called me, and before I knew it, he had sold me the dress at cost and even let me pay it off over several months. The point is, don’t be afraid to ask, you never know when a serendipitous event is headed your way! The folks at Modern Trousseau are an amazing bunch! Thanks y’all!

Photographer: Veil and Bow // Videographer: Life Stage films // Planner: Sara Hosch, Southern Protocol // Ceremony venue: Private Residence // Reception venue: Private Residence // Florist: Charleston Stems // Wedding Cake Baker: The Cake Stand // Pie Bar: Wild Flour Pastry // Caterer: The Crazy Dutchman Catering // Paper Products: Invitations by Studio R Design, Programs and other paper goods from the bride // Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: hair fascinator Powder Blue Bijoux, veil from Atlanta Bridal Couture // Bride’s Shoes: Capparos // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm // Makeup: Pamela Lesch // Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
14 Comments
  1. avatar Chi Photography reply

    Another beautiful wedding in Charleston. Historic homes and beautiful palm trees.

  2. avatar Lori reply

    Beautiful!

  3. avatar Tanesha reply

    What a beautiful wedding that was!!! The day was perfect, the vibe was perfect
    and the couple are perfect for one another!!

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  5. avatar Kelly reply

    Love everything! So beautiful. The groom’s and groom’s men suits are exactly what we are wanting for our wedding. Could you pass on the correct name of the color & also maybe designer or where they were purchased? Thanks!

    • avatar Katie the Bride reply

      Kelly: The suits are from Jos A Bank. They are the poplin suit in the Oyster Color!

    • avatar Sofie reply

      Katie the Bride: Hi, I just wanted to tell you that your wedding has been my inspiration for over a year now and I’m finally getting married in June. We loved the groom and groomsmen suits with the seersucker ties so much! I was ecstatic to see that you had shared where you got them and what color they were. We just went to Jos.A.Bank yesterday and ended up purchasing 7 of the poplin suits in Oyster for my fiance and his groomsmen! We are thinking of doing seersucker ties as well, but a mint green seersucker stripe, to match our colors. The centerpieces, table numbers, dessert display, cake topper, iron gate w/ moss letters, lace dress, feather hair piece, suits, bridesmaid dresses, and even the checkerboard dance floor! Everything was so spectacular!! Thanks again for sharing and for the inspiration!

  6. avatar Jeannine @ Small Chic Home reply

    Hooray! What a beautiful Part 1! I can’t wait to see the next installment. Katie is a “Bee” and I know we were all excited to see her pictures! Thanks for sharing them!

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  8. avatar Sarah Elizabeth reply

    Wow- I went to college with the couple and was in the same fraternity. How wonderful to see their gorgeous wedding here on the blog. Loves it!

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