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Y’all might be surprised to find out that I actually worked in Miami for over five years after college! It’s true, I donned black suits, and spiked heels everyday as a corporate executive before trading that in for Jack Rogers and gorgeous bouquets. One thing I learned in that time was that while the deep South will always have my heart, there is something so nostalgic and chic about the art deco and colorful architecture of Coral Gables, especially the Biltmore Hotel! Those arch ways, that green wall, heavens I could go on! When I opened Tiffanie + Pierre’s lovely wedding, I couldn’t help but swoon over how they seamlessly brought the South to life with food and hospitality while keeping the fabulous Miami flair alive!

Big hugs to Captured Photography by Jenny for sharing this pretty peach day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I knew I wanted an all-lace gown from the start. I went looking with my mom and stumbled on a gown similar to the one I wore. What was really awesome was that I was at a dress designer on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables without knowing it, so my dress was actually custom made. I chose the material and the design, and they made it just for me.

Monogrammed cufflinks + grey suits + peach plaid bow ties? All the makings of a dapper Southern gent!

I borrowed the veil from my sister. My something blue was my engagement ring. For my something old, I carried an old picture of my grandfather and I on my bouquet, so I would have him with me. For my something new, Pierre gave me peach-colored pearl earrings that I wore.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes. We wanted to be able to celebrate the whole time with our friends and family that came from all over the world. We also wanted to see each other without anyone else around. It was so perfect and intimate.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No. We are very traditional.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We didn’t have any. We wanted our ceremony to be nondenominational and more intimate. My brother-in-law, who has been married to my sister since I was 14 and is very close friends with Pierre, married us. He got notarized to do so. He was very funny and mostly spoke about our college rivalries (UF and UGA) and why we are meant for each other.

We used a lot of country music. We are both huge country music fans and it has been something that we really share. Our first dance was to our song, “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton. Our favorite song though, was what I walked down the aisle to, “Overwhelmed” by Tim McMorris. We also used Philip Philips for the procession and recession.

Could these little fellows be any cuter? I highly doubt it!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The food. The music. The decor and flowers—the tables were covered in burlap and I walked down a burlap aisle runner. The groom.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The guest list
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? My coordinator. She made my life much easier!

Describe your wedding flowers. They were perfect! Our colors were peach, gray and ivory. My bridesmaids wore bright peach dresses and had ivory bouquets to contrast. My bouquet was full of beautiful roses in different shades of peach with some dusty miller for the gray effect. Our centerpieces were a lot like my bouquet. They were low to the tables and full.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. The cake was simple with just a little lace effect and our initial on it.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The food. We didn’t go with the traditional wedding food. We wanted our food to be Southern cuisine. Our passed hors d’oeuvres were fried green tomatoes, pulled pork sliders and bacon wrapped peaches. For dinner, we served a wedge salad, corn bread, bourbon-braised beef short rib, New Orleans BBQ shrimp, and truffled mac-n-cheese, served family style.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met on :) We messaged back and forth for about a month and then decided to meet in person. We had our first date on a Saturday night and then pretty much became inseparable. He is everything I ever wanted in a man. It’s hard to find a nice Southern boy in south Florida, but Match made it happen.
Tell us all about the proposal! We took a long weekend vacation to Long Boat Key Beach. On the drive up, Pierre told me he was ready to start looking at rings. It was a successful effort to throw me off. The next night at sun down, we sat at a private beach where the only people there were us and a man listening to classical music (coincidence). Much to my surprise, Pierre got down on one knee, took out the most beautiful sapphire and diamond ring, and proposed. All of our family and friends were in on it, but luckily no one spoiled the surprise.
When did y’all get married? March 16, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 170
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The first look.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? In the end, all of the stress and craziness is worth it. It is the best day of your life and it is a wonderful feeling seeing everything and everyone come together.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We just returned from Europe. We had wedding celebrations (little parties) in Spain and France for our families who couldn’t make it to our wedding. My family is from Spain and Pierre’s family is from France. So that was really big and important to us. Next on our list is working on our house and hopefully having babies.

Photographer: Captured Photography by Jenny | Planner: A Classic Appeal by Paula Jackson | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Biltmore Hotel | Florist: Parrish Designs | Wedding Cake: Todo Dulces | Caterer:  The Biltmore Hotel | DJ: Entertainment Management Group | Bride’s Gown: J. del Olmo Bridal | Hair Stylist: Minna Rautio from Toni Marie Makeup | Makeup Artist: Toni Marie from Toni Marie Makeup | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Love her bouquet and the sweet bridesmaids at the ceremony! :)

  2. avatar Nicole reply

    How pretty is that venue?? I also love that Tiffany borrowed her sister’s veil, especially because I have my eye on my sister’s veil, too :)

  3. avatar Lauren reply

    Absolutely LOVE her dress. That gorgeous lace dress is so perfect for her.

  4. avatar Lisa reply

    The bougainvillea-covered wall makes such a stunning ceremony backdrop! The picture of their kiss in front of it is my favorite. So romantic!

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  7. avatar Alexis reply

    Can you tell me where the invitations are from? I love both the save the dates and the invitation!

  8. avatar Sandra reply

    Beautiful Wedding! Bridesmaids dresses are gorgeous, which colour are they from Dessy as I would love to use the same? Thanks!

  9. avatar Brottany reply

    what color are the bridesmaid dresses?

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Whitney + Layne’s wedding is a perfect example of a ballroom wedding done beautifully! Their minimal decorations and baby blue color scheme looks so Southern and delicate. It’s welcome change from some of the more glamorous receptions that often take place in ballrooms, especially since W + L decided to include yummy Oreo milkshakes in their dessert lineup.

Take a look through these lovely photos from Caroline Joy. I’ve already picked out a few sweet moments that will serve as my future wedding inspiration!

I saw my dress online on the Priscilla of Boston website. I loved it and subscribed to their email updates. Soon, I got an email that after 60 years of business they were closing! Of course, I freaked out and searched for the wedding dress in Dallas, Austin, and Houston stores. The Dallas store had it! But we weren’t engaged yet. After a little convincing my parents, my dad agreed that I was going to get married someday even if not to Layne in the next year. So he let me go get it with my future maid-of-honor!

Describe your wedding flowers: We used blue hydrangeas and white roses mostly. My bouquet was an assortment of blue flowers that the florist copied from a picture I found online. It was perfect!

I will never tire of prayer photos. This one by Caroline Joy is particularly sweet.

For Whitney + Layne, doing a “first look” was more advantageous than not. It was a special moment for the couple and allowed them to head straight to the reception to spend time with guests!

This is one of my favorite photos from this wedding! One of Whitney’s most memorable moments was walking down the aisle with her daddy.

Did you write your own vows? No, I knew I would cry too much and wouldn’t be able to get a word out! So we stuck with traditional, even though we both love to write.
What readings did you have at your ceremony? We had 1 John 4:7-12, 19. “We love because He first loved us.” This was especially important to us, because we know that we cannot love each other fully without experiencing the love of Jesus Christ. True love is sacrifice for one another, and the ultimate display of sacrifice was that of God sending his son to die for us as it says in 1 John.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to “Dawn” and “Stars and Butterflies” from the Pride and Prejudice movie. It is both my favorite movie and my favorite book, so I was so excited to use it in my wedding! It’s beautiful piano music. We used “Love on Top” by Beyonce for walking back up the aisle. We wanted to get the crowd excited for a celebration afterwards. We were finally married! Our first dance was “Marry Me” by Train. Slow, sweet, and sentimental. We practiced dancing to this on the rooftop of a parking garage at Baylor — I’ll never forget it!

Our wedding cake was blue with white flowers, and each layer was a different flavor. The wedding topper was a skiing bride and groom with parkas over their wedding clothes! The groom’s “cake” was his favorite dessert: Oreo milkshakes!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at a Christmas dance party during our freshman year at Baylor University. Layne and his friends choreographed a dance to “Forever” by Chris Brown and performed for the crowd. His dance moves were so good that I just HAD to talk to him. Ha! But we talked and became instant friends. We spent eight months of “friendship” playing basketball together, going dancing in any empty cul-de-sac we could find, skiing in New Mexico, and living our crazy freshman life at Baylor. He asked me to be his girlfriend that summer on the beach and under the stars of Pensacola, Florida.
Describe the proposal. Over Christmas break of senior year, we went with 10 of our friends to Layne’s cabin in New Mexico for a ski trip. In the middle of the last day at Taos, he wanted to hike to the top of the peak for pictures of the great view. It was beautiful! You could see all of Colorado and New Mexico from there. After a long trek in high altitudes with all of our friends, Layne dropped to one knee during a photo and told me for the first time that he loved me with all of his heart. Then, he asked me to be his wife. I said yes!
In what month did you get married? June 2012
How many guests attended your wedding? 300
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The blue and white flowers and our coordinating leaving clothes! It was on accident, but my champagne BCBG dress matched his new champagne suit. He looked great.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I loved our names monogrammed, so I used that as much as I could. I designed the napkins and the programs myself. I also loved our little barefoot flower girls with matching white and blue headbands that a lady in England made. The flower girls were two of my cousins Brighton and Morgan. The service was in a very old Baptist church with beautiful ceilings and stained glass. We took bridal portraits on a ranch in Texas, and our rehearsal dinner had a country band to which we two-stepped the night away. Since I’ve only lived in Mississippi and Texas, all I know are Southern weddings.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? We came in right at $25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? I am happy that I splurged on the dress and the bouquet. Let’s face it, those are the two things that are in the most of the pictures! I absolutely loved my flowers! They did a great job. Even though I had the dress about 9 months in advance, I saw many other dresses and never once regretted my decision. Other than that, the photography and video were both totally worth it. Those are the two things that will last the longest and help you remember every detail of the day you spent months planning for.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t make it all about yourself. Yes, it is your wedding, but in the end, it’s still just another day, another 24 hours. Be excited to spend time celebrating with other people. Focus on the joy and happiness of the day. It’s finally here and it’s time to party! If something doesn’t go right, it’s not a big deal. Don’t sacrifice your kindness, attitude, joy, friendships, and others’ opinions of you for minute details.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are living in Ft. Worth for the summer and then moving to Louisville, Kentucky for masters degrees. We will both be attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Layne will get a master’s in Theology and I will get a masters in Counseling.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Taylor reply

    That picture of daddy giving his little girl away… oh, I cried. What a beautiful, special portrait.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Agreed, Taylor! Caroline did a fantastic job with this wedding!

  2. avatar Madi reply

    Beautiful wedding! Loved hearing that you had 300 guests and still were able to come in at $25,000 on budget! Would love more information or any tips/tricks on how you made this possible. Planning a wedding on the same budget and guest count and am having trouble making it all work!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous wedding! The details of this wedding were stunning. I loved Whitney’s advice to share. I look forward to keeping that in mind when it comes time to plan for such a special day!

  4. avatar Kelli Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography reply

    Love this simple, yet elegant wedding! And that cake topper is just too funny.

  5. avatar Lauren Townes reply

    I don’t understand the comment about ballroom receptions done right. Many ballroom receptions are beautiful. SWMag shows so many weddings with the same theme-outdoors, on a barn, rustic-y. As I bride-to-be I found that many ballrooms offered more affordable and practical options for brides (at hotels there’s usually no charge beyond food+drink, you can get married in the winter months, no chair and table rentals you don’t have to worry about bathrooms!). So I think SWMag should open up their minds some, also show a greater variety of weddings-the ‘fancier’ weddings are sometimes actually much easier to orchestrate then someone’s backyard :-)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for your feedback! I think what Nicole was getting at is that unfortunately, many hotel ballrooms have outdated carpets, lighting fixtures, furniture, wall coverings, etc. that don’t mesh with the simple, classic style our brides tend to love. That’s why we wanted to celebrate this one! We do our best to show a variety of weddings, and LOVE showing ballroom weddings!! Also, I totally agree with you that ballroom/hotel weddings can often be less expensive and easier to organize than outdoor weddings!

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