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Today’s shoot hit home for me, and I’m sure it will for many of you newlywed gals, too! With the help of an adorable real couple, Taylor and Andrew, Stephanie Scholl Events and Ally King Photography set out to capture some of the moments that make a first married Christmas extra special. We do our best at Southern Weddings to help y’all to focus on preparing for your marriage while planning your wedding, and if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by seating charts and centerpieces right now, I hope you’re encouraged knowing that there are sweet holiday celebrations like this one to look forward to!

Don’t miss Handspun Cinema‘s video from this shoot below!

From Stephanie Scholl Events:

Our models, the Lovettes, are a real couple getting ready to celebrate their first married Christmas, and we captured the new and old traditions they’re making together in their home. Taylor introduced Andrew to her grandmother’s famous oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookies, a recipe that has been made in her family each and every Christmas for decades. Wrapping Christmas presents together and sending their first married Christmas cards is a new tradition for this little family, and they can’t wait to send notes of love and joy around the country to their family and friends. And what’s Christmas without decorating your first Christmas tree? The Lovettes adorned their tree with family heirloom glass ornaments and fresh cranberries, topped off with their “first married Christmas” ornament they received as a wedding present! Sharing family traditions with each other, as well as creating new traditions of their own, makes their first married Christmas even more special.

Photography: Ally King Photography | Videography: Handspun Cinema | Planning, Design, and Styling: Stephanie Scholl Events | Hair and Makeup: Ximena Garcia | Props and Decor: Parris Chic | Gift Wrap: Belle and Union | Ribbon: Honeysilks & Co. | Family Recipe Card: Lettered Studio | Marshmallows: Good Heavens Confections | Newlywed Ornament: Paloma’s Nest

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Maria Lockhart reply

    Love love love this. This couple looks amazing

  2. avatar Alexandra reply

    What a gorgeous video! I love seeing how new traditions are created when couples come together.

  3. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    Thank you so, so much for sharing, ladies!! It’s a complete honor + joy to have this shoot on Southern Weddings, and we all had the best time bringing this to life!

  4. avatar Kim reply

    I love everything about this. So sweet!

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Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at Branches & Light, a photography workshop for ladies organized by Nancy Ray and Caroline Joy. I very much enjoyed chatting with the attendees about getting published and what we look for in submissions at Southern Weddings. (Vendors, if you’re wondering, here are our submission guidelines!) One of the things I spoke about is how we very rarely feature “inspiration shoots” on the blog, because the submissions we receive just don’t match up with what y’all enjoy: gorgeous photography, approachable, doable styling and ideas, and fresh, meaningful Southern details. However, I’m so happy that Caroline and Nancy let me share the images they created from the workshop shoot here, because they do fit the above criteria — and are perfect for Valentine’s Day, to boot!

First, I must introduce you to the adorable couple who posed for the day. Nope, they’re not professional models, but they couldn’t have been any cuter!

That gorgeous calligraphy heart was penned by Juliet Jones. We’re not the biggest fans of elaborate photo props at SW, but using sweet, simple ones like these can be a GREAT way to “warm up” and get comfortable in front of the camera!

Don’t you love how the table was nestled right under that big magnolia tree? The grounds of The Sutherland were so beautiful!

Erin McLean, the stylist of the day and the talent behind the tablescape, also dreamed up a darling dessert bar. We were so happy it featured an Ashley Cake!

Many thanks to Nancy and Caroline for having me, and for sending over these lovely images! Make sure to check out all of the talented vendors below. And ladies, if you’re interested in learning more about Branches & Light, click here!

Photographer: Caroline Joy and Nancy Ray // Designer and Stylist: Erin McLean with Erin McLean Events // Flowers: Tre Bella // Gown: Tre Bella // Cake: Ashley Cakes // Cake Stand: Sarah’s Stands // Hair and Makeup: Samantha Crowder // Jewelry: Emily Hansel Designs // Calligraphy: Juliet Jones // Venue: The Sutherland

Erin McLean Events is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Natalie reply

    Love this! Nancy Ray and Caroline Joy are fabulous! Wonderful shoot, ladies!

  3. avatar Lindsay Ann reply

    I was so thrilled to be a part of this shoot and see Caroline and Nancy in action! The vendors did such an amazing job setting it all up. So much beauty, and so little time to photograph it! Thank you again, Emily, for sharing your insight and expertise!

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    Oh my, those photos next to the gate are EXQUISITE! the climbing vines look like a natural progression of her bouquet and I can’t get enough!

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The sparkly, winter gorgeousness continues with Molly + Ben’s romantic and warm Christmas reception. String lights and candles decorated the barn, which was even complete with a fully decorated Christmas tree! Just in case guests started to feel a bit of that winter chill, hot ginger toddies were served in addition to the Southern food fare at the buffet station. Molly kept warm in a white fur stole. I must say, it looks quite fab as the newlyweds made their way through confetti and into their horse-drawn carriage! Thanks again to Meredith Perdue for helping us get in the Christmas spirit!

See all the photos from Molly + Ben’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?
Our ceremony was held in a church, my dad walked me down the aisle and Ben and I said traditional Christian vows. I wrapped a monogrammed handkerchief made out of my mom’s wedding dress around my bouquet and wore her veil. Ben’s dad was his best man. Ben and I exchanged wedding gifts the night before and then took communion in the ceremony.
What was Southern about your wedding? The barn is the oldest surviving early twentieth-century fair exhibition hall in North Carolina. It was built in 1917 for use at the Sandhills Fair, one of the major country fairs in the Southeast from 1915 through 1925. We had a Southern station at our buffet table which included barbecue sliders, mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes and more. We served hot ginger toddies as well. Our cake was an almond pound cake.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I would probably say choosing a date. It was hard finding a time that worked for everybody. Originally, we didn’t want a winter wedding; we worried about our guests being stressed with it being the week before Christmas. In the end, I think everyone had a great time and a lot of our guests said that the wedding helped get them in the Christmas spirit! Plus we got to spend our first Christmas together on the beach in Mexico!
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? For the wedding weekend, we rented two cottages for our wedding party, one house for Ben and his groomsmen and one for me and my bridesmaids. It isn’t often that all of our friends are together in one place, so this was really special and worth the cost! As for the actual wedding day, I would probably say our getaway vehicle which was a horse and carriage! It was magical and a perfect exit for a wedding held during the holiday season!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There are two moments that really stand out in our memories. We were both really anxious about standing in front of everyone at our ceremony so we decided to see each other before our ceremony. Our “first look” eased our nerves and was a very quiet, intimate moment and a gentle reminder of the true meaning of the day! We also took communion together in our wedding ceremony which we felt was a very special, humbling way to begin our marriage.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding: It’s easy to get distracted by all the details so we had to remind ourselves that although we were planning a wedding, more importantly we were planning for a lifetime together. It really is true that money can’t buy the things you will remember the most about your wedding. Regardless of the type of flowers you have or what your cake looks and tastes like, the wedding day is a holy, special, joyful occasion; try to enjoy every minute of it!

Photographer: Meredith Perdue // Second Shooter: Graham Terhune // Planner: bride and bride’s mother // Ceremony venue: The Village Chapel // Reception venue: The Fairbarn // Florist: Aldenaye // Wedding Cake Baker: Sweet Fi’s Cakes // Caterer: Mark Elliot // Rentals: Richmond Rentals and Sales // Bride’s Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Vineyard Collection // Hair Stylist: The Spa at the Pinehurst Resort // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Champagne dresses by Anna Elyse, black cocktail dresses were bridesmaids’ own.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Clair F. reply

    Wow! This is by-far my favorite wedding I’ve seen on Southern Weddings. Thanks so much for sharing. So gorgeous! Is the barn private or can other brides have their wedding there?

    • avatar amanda reply

      Clair F.: the barn is available to rent to anyone. :)

  2. avatar Studiophotograf reply

    I love the action shots very much (bride’s dance and rice throwing).
    Nicely done.

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