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Happy Saturday, guys + gals! The Southern Weddings crew is happily enjoying the weekend after a whirlwind few days of magazine launch, magazine shipping (like crazy — more on that next week), and magazine launch party! We couldn’t resist popping in and following up on Thursday’s gorgeous Kentucky Rose shoot by sharing the behind the scenes film, however. McKenzie Miller did a beautiful job capturing the day and all the work that went into it, despite the less-than-ideal weather!

McKenzie is actually a Southern gal herself, so we were so happy to find her in upstate New York (she actually lives in the city, but traveled for the shoot!). Big hugs again to everyone who brought this shoot to life!

If you haven’t got your paws on a copy yet, be sure to pick one up here or check your nearest Walgreens, Barnes & Noble, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Walmart, and/or Target!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Madi Reid reply

    That pesky horse! Haha! Love the shoot y’all!

  2. avatar Kathleen Brown reply

    Just watched the lovely video of the Kentucky Rose Shoot! It was very, very pretty to watch. I was hoping I could find out who the singers are, and the name of the song! My fiance and I are a reunited couple, 35 years after our first romance. I would love to play this song, at some point in the events leading up to our wedding. I WILL make it work, just hoping you don’t mind sharing this information. Thank you, and thank you for such a beautiful site. I am a first-time visitor, and I know I will spend countless hours here!! Sincerely, Kat

  3. avatar McKenzie reply

    So happy I was able to be a part that day! Everything was gorgeous. Kathleen, the name of the song is Honey by Us and Our Daughters.

  4. avatar Kris reply

    You had a picture of monogrammed cowboy boots. Who makes them???

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Kris! You can find all of the details on the monogrammed cowboy boots in the comments of this post: http://iloveswmag.com/2012/09/17/pastel-texas-wedding-by-kelly-hornberger/

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This shoot was one of the very first ones we put together, and can I tell you a secret? It actually wasn’t shot in the South! We typically stay below the Mason-Dixon Line, for obvious reasons, but since Jen Huang and the Poppies & Posies gals came to us with the kernel of an idea and the perfect place to set it — a private property in Jen’s family in upstate New York — we traveled to them. And it turned out beautifully!

As you’ll be able to see pretty quickly, we were inspired by the Kentucky Derby, but we wanted to put our own classic girly sophisticated spin on things. We focused on apples, a favorite treat of the stars of the show, and pulled soft blush into the bright red palette to soften it.

Bryn from Paperfinger created the beautiful stationery suite and penned all the calligraphy, including the lines you see in the magazine feature!

Here’s our beautiful couple for the day! Jacqueline and Jeff just got married in October, so they were engaged at this shoot, and they were so sweet and adorable! The “bridesmaids” were equally as wonderful, and they were ALL good sports about shooting in the mist, and then rain :)

Now that’s a bouquet!! Between Amy yesterday and Sierra and Juliet today, we were lucky to work with the most talented florists!

This little guy might look cute, but he was not so interested in our photo shoot. Well, I take that back. His interest in our photo shoot extended to trying to nip treats off the sweet table and steal mouthfuls from the bouquets. Needless to say his stay was short-lived “on set.”

A bourbon bar! Love this man-friendly option for a cocktail hour or a corner of the reception. Sierra and Juliet brought boxes of beautiful accessories, like these vintage bourbon bottles from their prop shop The Trove, which was so helpful!

Gorgeous linens from La Tavola, an overflowing centerpiece from Poppies & Posies, and gilded details everywhere made this table shine. My very favorite detail, though, might have been the apple place cards – such a beautiful bright pop of color on the soft table!

Ahhh the sweets table. Emily from Lael Cakes blew us out of the water with her amazing looking and tasting completely vegan and gluten free apple-themed desserts. Between the mini apple pies, the gold-dusted caramel apples and THAT CAKE, we were singing her praises the whole day. Isn’t that cake pretty much the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen??

Huge thanks to our entire northern crew who worked on this shoot! Even though you’re in Yankee territory, you know a thing or two about Southern hospitality :)

Be sure to pick up your copy of V5 to see even more details and photos from this editorial, and stay tuned for the behind the scenes video by McKenzie Miller on Saturday!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Laura reply

    Those florals are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Just dying over that last cake shot. Stunning! I love the concept of this shoot, and although your horse was not so interested, I love that shot of him! He definitely added some personality :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Absolutely dreamy! That might be my favorite wedding cake ever, and the bourbon bar is such a wonderful idea!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Yep, I’m with you! Might be my favorite cake ever. AND I think Emily will ship the sugar flowers she makes, so that’s good news for those of us outside the NY area!

  4. avatar Love List – Something Pretty reply

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  5. avatar Kate Collison reply

    Beautiful wedding shoot! So sweet and very do-able and inspiring for the real-world bride! Congratulations to SW on V5, as well! Gorgeous. Always!

  6. avatar Kimberly Tunstall reply

    Beautiful wedding! I’m getting so much inspiration for my own wedding from your site:) I adore the shot of her with the half up do. Are those flowers or just flower pins?

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    I have been trying to find a venue like this! I want to get married beneath a large oak tree with horses roaming around in the background. Oo and white fences. Does this exist in the South??

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It’s finally starting to feel like spring, both outside and here on the blog, and Kate + JoJo’s Vermont wedding at the Edson Hill Manor feels equally seasonal. The bridesmaids’ sherbert-colored Jenny Yoo frocks and sweet boquets from the Stray Cat Flower Farm make me a bit giddy – they’re just so pretty! And I’m casting my vote now for my favorite groomsmen look for the March Monthly Round-Up: JoJo and his attendants (both young and old) looked dashing in black and white seersucker and matching vest. Be still, my beating (Southern) heart! Special thanks to photographer Jen Huang for making our morning a little brighter.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. (From the groom) I was living and working in Caracas, Venezuela running a program for an international human rights organization called Global Exchange. I organized delegations throughout the country, focused on grassroots movements and politics. Kate was finishing law school and came on one of our trips. We met, hit it off, and then stayed in touch. Our first date was about a month later when I convinced her to come back to South America. We spent a few days on a deserted beach in Colombia and fell in love. We maintained a long distance relationship for a year then I moved to NYC where she had recently moved.
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) I invited her to meet me at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for some wine and dinner. After about an hour, I asked her if she knew what day today was. She hadn’t a clue. I told her to close her eyes. When she opened them, I had laid out a bunch of index cards. I had written in crayon, “ TODAY IS THE DAY I ASK YOU TO MARRY ME.” She looked at me is disbelief and we cried, and celebrated. Then I told her that I wanted to take her out for a glass of champagne. We took a cab down to Brooklyn Farm and waiting on the patio were about 15 of our close friends to toast us.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Exhilarating, inspiring and loving.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We held a big party the night before up in Stowe, VT, at a lodge. Friends made speeches, played music and had a got to know each other.

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Katie reply

    What a happy, cheerful wedding! the colors really get me in the mood for spring! Kate you were a beautiful bride!

  2. avatar Tammy reply

    Jen Huang’s photography makes brides look more beautiful and weddings more romantic. The way she captures everything is so gentle, natural yet magnificent.

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