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Oh y’all! I’m so excited to share today’s Real Wedding with you. Not only is our bride absolutely cute as a button, but she is talented, and just as much a doll as she looks. Yes, it’s true, I know her! Today’s bride is one of our darling sponsors, and the owner of the fantastic accessory line MOLLYGEEdesigns! Oh yes, and Justin’s new wife!

I knew when I clicked into Molly Gee + Justin’s wedding that I’d be in for a real treat. Together with their uber-talented planner Kendall Poole (another fabulous sponsor!), and the creative styling direction of Lesley at Tulip, MG + J created a glamorous but comfortable celebration for five hundred people. Five hundred people — talk about a big ol’ Southern wedding! I’m sure Molly Gee took her own advice when she said, “If the wedding doesn’t flow exactly as you planned, you are still marrying the one person you care the most about!” Exactly!

Big hugs to B. Mo Foto for sharing this sweet day!

Even though I work in the wedding industry, I had no idea what my dream dress would be! I fell in love with two completely different styles: a cafe Watters ruffled ball gown and a blush Allure lace and tulle mermaid style. I chose Allure and added my own tulle straps and beaded sash. I also styled the dress with a tulle veil and organza flower clip from my collection. What was supposed to be my farewell dress turned into my reception dress as well once the dancing started. I wore a 1950’s vintage tulle and lace tea-length party dress that I happened to find in Austin, TX for $40! I added my Russian netting headband and glittery gold heels as well.

Did you decide to do a “first look”?
 Yes. Justin and I both wanted to have all our photos taken before the ceremony and to relieve ourselves of those initial wedding jitters. I loved having a quiet moment with Justin to take in the day. Our first look is when it began to ‘feel’ like our wedding day.

My bouquet was wild and unstructured, composed of dusty miller, agonis, cafe au lait dahlias, antique lavender roses, pink astilbe, amaranthus, and thistle.  The stems were wrapped in a nude-toned antique lace. Each bridesmaid carried a different bouquet, but all had the same unstructured, wild feel.  Each bouquet was composed of a combination of dahlias, pink protea, thistle, caramel roses, and gold-painted seeded eucalyptus. Nude-toned lace and gold ribbon accented each bouquet.

I am having a serious swoon-fest over this simple pew tie! That lace is perfection!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding.
 Since our ceremony was not held in a church setting, we had complete control over our music choices. Each song was very thoughtfully chosen and our amazing musicians made our day even more special. They were able to adapt to any song with their mix of acoustic guitar, cello, and mandolin. Prelude songs included Chris Rice’s “Untitled Hymn,” Tom Petty’s “Wildflower,” “Amazing Grace,” Alexi Murdoch’s “All My Days,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” The wedding party walked to The Beatles’ “In My Life,” and then, my dad walked me down the aisle to an acoustic guitar version of Sondre Lerche’s “Family Theme.” It was a beautiful transition from the wedding party to my entrance. Our first dance was to The Arctic Monkey’s cover of “Baby I’m Yours,” which is totally us! Instead of hiring a DJ or band, we used a Spotify playlist and sound system for our reception. It was perfect, and we were able to include all our favorites!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Fresh Cut Catering created a delicious display of Southern comfort foods complete with a mashed potato bar and all the fixings (Justin’s main request!), and of course we had mint tea and cranberry punch.

The centerpieces were modern white vessels filled with wild arrangements of dahlias, pink protea, antique roses, thistle, and astilbe accented with gold-painted eucalyptus. The tables were accented with items such as mid-century brass candlesticks, rose-colored candle votives, silver mercury glass, and wooden tree stumps for a rustic touch.  White lace tablecloths adorned each table.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There are so many wonderful details, it is hard to narrow down! I loved the overall decor of romance with a touch of vintage, especially the candlelit aisle for the ceremony. A beautiful dusty rose pink chandelier hung above and a draped cream curtain with tree branches on each side stood behind us.

I love the little painting of Molly Gee + Justin – what a fun piece to have in their home after their big day!

The bride’s cake consisted of a center, two-tiered cake, and two small cakes on each side, all in a textured buttercream icing. The cakes were a mix of traditional wedding cake, strawberry, and carrot cake. The cake topper was a set of white lovebirds, and blush dahlias decorated the sides. Justin’s cake was a rich Dutch chocolate, complete with chocolate shavings, strawberries, and a decorative W. Surrounding the cake were photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days as well as Arsenal premier soccer league memorabilia (Justin’s favorite team!).

The most memorable part of the reception was the dance party, and Justin and his brother even started a dance off. The photo booth was also a blast — I handmade each decorative prop. The photos that came from the booth are very special. We even applied custom ‘Molly Gee and Justin’ labels to every beer and wine bottle (with the help of our friends) for a special touch!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. The Lord’s plan for our lives is so much greater than our own. Justin and I met a few times throughout college and shortly after. Just after graduation, I moved to New York to pursue a career in fashion, which is where I started my wedding accessory business. Around the time I decided to move the business to my hometown in Mississippi, Justin was making his move to Barcelona, Spain. I still remember seeing Justin for the first time in years and thought he was so good looking! When he said he was moving out of the country in one week, I was a little disappointed. When he moved back months later, I made the first move and gave him my number. I wasn’t pushy but showed my interest, which is when he took over from there.
Describe the proposal. 
It didn’t take us long to fall in love and know this was a serious relationship that was meant to last forever. Justin and I first talked about marriage in the spring of 2011. We knew we loved each other very much, but also wanted to be sure we were established in our professions before making such a big decision. Looking back, I now know that Justin wanted his main surprise to be the timing of the proposal. So, when he said sometime in 2012, I believed him! On December 23, 2011, my sister called to say she needed me to babysit my nieces while she finished last minute Christmas errands. She seemed flustered, but I figured it was just stress from a long ‘to do’ list. I called Justin to tell him my plans, and he mentioned taking me out to dinner that night. We decided he would pick me up at my house once I was done sitting. I take my dog, Fern, with me most places. So after babysitting, I parked in my garage, unloaded Fern and my other belongings, and headed inside. My first reaction? “Oh no! My Christmas tree lights exploded everywhere!” Fern tore through the foyer ahead of me, sliding on the dozens of candles that were set up and generally making a mess. I dropped my bags and just stared at Justin (who was on one knee) from across the room. He had to ask The Question from a distance, and finally said, “Can you please walk over here?” I, of course, said yes! It’s fun to find out the little details afterward, isn’t it? Justin requested my sister’s help in getting me out of the house for two hours, but in the end, only needed about 30 minutes to get everything set up! (He watched Christmas Vacation on my TV while waiting with his car parked down the street!) My sister relaxed at my parents’ house while baking Christmas dishes… not running errands!
In what month did you get married? October
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? 
We were on a tight budget and had to be very careful about spending. It was difficult to narrow down our must-haves and things we could live without. In the end, everything turned out perfect and we didn’t even notice some of our cut corners. The reception was a blast and the most important part was that we were now married and celebrating with family and friends!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? 
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? 
Photography and Videography. With this documentation, we are able to relive all the details and emotions of our ceremony and reception! Save the Date video: Wedding Video:
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
I remember Justin telling me he was going to dip me during our first kiss…well with the emotions of our ceremony I completely forgot and when the time came for our kiss, the dip was a special surprise to say the least!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
We all want our day to be perfect and it’s understandable to focus on making that happen! Even through all of the planning and decisions, remember it is only one day of your life. If the wedding doesn’t flow exactly as you planned, you are still marrying the one person you care the most about!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? 
Justin and I now own our first house and are spending time in the yard this spring, planting flowers and making it our own special space. We have set goals for travel in the next few years and just overall enjoying our first year of marriage! As for adding to the family, we have talked about getting a second dog so our pup, Fern, can have a best friend.

Kendall Poole and Molly Gee Designs are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    What a gorgeous bride! They look like they’re just having the best time in all of these pictures!

  2. avatar Lauren reply

    The picture of them kissing under the chandelier is probably one of my favorite real wedding pictures, ever. It is just so gorgeous.

  3. avatar Parker reply

    This post makes my heart SO HAPPY! As a Jackson girl myself, I love love LOVE seeing Mississippi weddings on here! This post has made my morning, thank you SW!!!!

  4. avatar Molly Gee reply

    Thank you, Southern Weddings Magazine, for this post! It wouldn’t have been our dream wedding without our amazing MS vendors!

  5. avatar Shelby reply

    This is too cute! I love her flowers, they are too perfect, and I’m so glad y’all included the videos in the post! An extra bit of goodness!

  6. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    Sweet Molly! I was SO thrilled when I saw this post. It was serendipitous that I came across one of her beautiful headpieces at a store in Auburn that matched my gown perfectly and then lo and behold, we have so many mutual friends! Molly is the sweetest and she is SO creative and beautiful. This wedding absolutely shows that. The chandeliers are amazing, the bouquet is SO unique and lovely, and don’t even get me started on that gown! Congrats to her on a stunning wedding!

  7. avatar Angie reply

    Beautiful wedding! Lesley from TULIP does amazing floral and decor!

  8. avatar isha | isha foss events reply

    I LOVE the ceremony – every detail! And her bouquet is scrumptious!

  9. avatar Sherry Donnelly reply

    Enjoyed all the sweet details and I am madly in love with the bouquet…great job Tulip!!

  10. avatar victoria clausen reply

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Details are just perfect, nothing overlooked, gorgeous flowers! Beautiful job, Tulip!!!!

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I’d list all the things I like about this wedding from Ali Harper Photography, but you can just take a look at the photos and see! From the red and blue handkerchief to the groom’s monogrammed cuffs, the details are sweet, sometimes subtle, and perfectly orchestrated. Mary + Austin’s festive invitation suite will catch your eye for a few minutes — the bride designed them herself and letterpressed them with her mom and sister! The blind impression of their horseshoe-shaped initials and the twine are a terrific finishing touch and theme that is carefully carried through the wedding.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. The short answer is we met in the sandbox. We grew up 1.5 miles from each other and went to every school preschool through college together. Over the years, we would often say with some pride that the only people who we’d known longer than each other were our parents. Still we were just friends. But by our senior year in college, Austin had decided this needed to change! He told me that he had feelings for me, and a few weeks later, we began our romantic relationship. It was like coming over the top of a hill on a rollercoaster, there was no going back! With a lifetime of friendship under our belts, we were instantly committed.
Describe the proposal. In June of 2010, Austin’s cousin got married in Austria and we were thrilled to attend. Little did I know, but Austin had even bigger plans for the trip! One afternoon we hiked up Trisselwand in Bad Aussee. After 3 hours, we finally reached the summit. Then came a very quick picnic lunch, after which Austin put the final step of his plan into motion. He set up our Flip camera and positioned me in the frame. Faster than you can say “Wait! I look like a hobo in this hiking-pant-hoodie ensemble!” he had reached into his pack, pulled out a small blue box, and was down on one knee. He asked me to be his wife, and as I tearfully accepted, a group of fellow hikers erupted into applause and congratulations.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Colorful, musical, and a group effort!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The un-cookie-cutter bridal party. The effect was eclectic and cheerful, just like the wedding.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I tried on dress after dress, but no spark. Then one day I went to Village Bridals, discouraged but armed with an inspiration collage and three generations of family! When I put on “the one” and stepped in front of the mirror, tears filled my eyes! The troops teared up with me, and we all knew it was perfect. I placed my order and stood there deliriously happy as the manager took my measurements. Right as we were leaving I discovered that the dress had pockets and almost fainted with joy!
Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted the flowers to be cheerful, un-fussy, and fluffy! So we ordered lots of white hydrangea & ranunculus, and then craspedia & hypericum berries for pop. Boxwood from a friend’s yard provided the finishing touch. My family made the arrangements and they were perfect! The bridesmaids made their own bouquets: a simple pairing of white hydrangea and craspedia. My bouquet from Flowercraft was a beautiful puff of white peonies surrounded by green viburnum, and dotted with yellow craspedia, yellow freesia and red hypericum berries. The lucky horseshoe brooch was a last minute, very touching gift from a dear family friend.
Describe your wedding invitations: I designed them and they were a labor of love and late nights at the office! My mom, my sister and I hand-letterpressed them at Praxium Press. Praxium is a top-notch, family-run printer, and their expertise & patience is what made it all come together!

Photographer: Ali Harper Photography // Catering & Cake: Annette Marcus // Flowers: Flowercraft and Fuji Floral Design // Paper products: Bride // Hair & Makeup: Louie Lieberman // Reception: private residence // Cake topper: Alexandra Fenzl // Bride’s dress: Lazaro // Veil: Village Bridal & Boutique // Shoes: Michael Shannon // Necklace: Groom’s family heirloom // Groom’s attire: suit by Isaia, shirt and cuff embroidery by Holland & Sherry, cufflinks by Gogo, shoes by To Boot New York // Bridesmaids’ horseshoe necklaces: Beau & Stella // Groomsmen’s ties: Supperclub // Groomsmens’ pocket squares: Jack Spade

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar rebekah reply

    i am totally adoring the custom cuff embroidery on the grooms shirt, and the gorgeous way the fabric wraps around on all the girls dresses. in a word, this wedding is so smooth!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Rebekah: I KNOW! I am a little bit obsessed with the cuff embroidery :)

  2. avatar Sarah Dutton reply

    I love the girls dresses… I want to let me girls pick out whatever they want but I’m worried about how it will look with only 3 girls….
    I want to custom embroidery as a suprise.

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  4. avatar Charlotte O’Keefe, Mary’s mom reply

    Thank you for your lovely article! You (and of course Ali’s wonderful photography) captured Mary and Austin’s wedding perfectly. I’d like to add that we had the wedding at the church where Mary was baptized and grew up, and it just happens to be the location of the preschool where she and Austin met at age 4. The reception was held at the home of family friends, who just blew us away with their graciousness. Again, thanks for showing our family event so beautifully.

    • avatar Nicole reply

      I LOVE that Mary and Austin were married in the same church where they met! It was a beautiful wedding!

  5. avatar Ashley reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! There’s so much that I love about it! Any idea where they purchased the flower brooch heart? Or did they make it? Any info on that special detail would be fabulous — I have some family brooches I would love to incorporate into something like that! THANK YOU!

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