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Happy Monday, dear readers! Since we’re all feeling that little nip in the air (and a few of my northern friends actually have seen snow!), we thought it would be fun for Southern Style to take on the cool fall air as well. That’s why in today’s post we’re focusing on cardigans and tights! (Did you know that our own Miss Emily has quite the collections of colorful cardigans?).

If your wedding falls on a day where you’d rather being wearing scarves and boots than a strapless wedding dress, I’ve got you covered (pun intended) with the best options to to keep your shoulders and toes toasty!

First option: cardigans! Oh yes, these sweet little button-ups come in all different shapes, styles and colors – making them the perfect fall accessory. If you’re looking for a way to change up the traditional cardigan, I LOVE how Jonathon Canlas’ stylish bride below chose a fitted navy blazer. Such a great twist on the “I’m freezing, may I please borrow your way-too-big suit jacket?” Not to mention, so much more chic!

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: First three images courtesy of Jonathan Canlas, Catherine Rhodes, Jeff Loves Jessica via SMP, Aravaggio via SMP, Unknown, Jonathan Canlas, Adrienne Gunde, Acres of Hope, Theo Milo and Jeff Loves Jessica via SMP.

Second option: tights! I am such a big fan of tights. No joke, y’all, they might be one of the only reasons I would live in super cold weather! Well, that, and pea coats. I digress. With all the different patterns we’re seeing, tights are such a great way to keep your bridesmaids warm without having to give up style. My advice – less is more. If your maids will be wearing detail-heavy dresses, go with plain tights. If you want their tights to steal the show, choose a more toned-down dress option.

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: First and third image courtesy of Sean Walker, Lizelle Lotter, Courtney Aaron and Priscilla Valentina.

What do you think? Would you or did you wear a cardigan or tights (or maybe both!) on your wedding day? How will you be staying warm on your wedding day?

P.S. Stay tuned for a cardigan and tights Shopping Guide later this week!

P.P.S. See some more Southern Style here:
Classic White Shoes
Mixed Bridesmaid Dresses
Marrying The Notebook

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  1. avatar Hannah reply

    Love the idea! I am getting married in April so hopefully it will be warm by then (here in Tennessee!) Just subscribed to your feed! Love Ya’ll!!

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Hiya! Welcome back to my wedding planning posts :) Today, I would LOVE to introduce you to our photographer — can you tell I’m excited??

Let me begin by saying that I know everyone has different priorities when it comes to planning a wedding, and I know that photography is not at the top of everyone’s list — but it definitely was for us. There are a few reasons for this — most importantly, that the photos are what we will cherish long after almost everything else has been eaten, sold, thrown out, packed up, or forgotten (kind of sad, but true). But the photos? The really good ones? Those will bring us back to that day years and years in the future.

Oh yes, and wedding photography is also my job. I stare at it all day long. Unsurprisingly, I have both strong opinions about it and high standards for it.

With that being said, there were a few things we were looking for in our photographer. They were, in no particular order:

1. Someone who shoots film.
2. Someone who has a great personality.
3. Someone who effortlessly directs their subjects and has a knack for natural posing.

I love SO many photographers, and there wasn’t just one that I HAD to have (there are certainly many who fit the above criteria). I would have been ecstatic to work with a number of photographers, and before I introduce you to our final pick, I wanted to spend a minute on these others, in the hopes that one of them might be right for one of you.

I adore Joey + Jessica. I really, really do. Having worked with them through Southern Weddings, I know that they are so fun and easy going. Plus, I love the ease with which they direct their subjects (probably from all of their commercial experience).

I haven’t met Jonathan Canlas in person, but I would really like to — he seems like such a fun person to be around, and I know his enthusiasm would be infectious on a wedding day. Plus, he turns out some of the most amazing family and large-group portraits I’ve ever seen.

I adore Lisa Lefkowitz’s work. I think her color images have the most beautiful quality to them, and everything she produces reflects such a high level of taste and a classic aesthetic. She also seems like she would be a warm, calming process on the day of a wedding.

Believe me, I could go on, and on, and on, but I think I’ll leave it at that for today!

Now, John and I actually made our choice a few weeks ago, and a few days after that, I asked y’all to guess on Twitter who we chose. The only hint I gave was that our photographer was a female. I had the best time looking through all of your guesses! In no particular order, you guessed: Jasmine Star, Kate Headley, Rae Leytham, Jen Huang, Nancy Ray, Elizabeth Messina, Meredith Perdue, Melissa Schollaert, Jenna Cole, Amy Rae, Katie Stoops, Meg Perotti, Kellie Kano, and Millie Holloman. What a WONDERFUL group of ladies and photographers!

In the end, though, no one guessed our choice. I am so pleased and excited to say that none other than Tanja Lippert will be photographing our wedding!! I have loved Tanja’s work for a loooooong time — ever since I saw this wedding in 2008, in fact. From what I’ve seen, she does an amazing job effortlessly posing single subjects and large groups. She also seems like she’ll be a blast to be around on our wedding day — just check out this video for evidence :) She has a strong commercial background, which gives her a matchless editorial eye. She has a huge heart, which is evident in how much love and emotion comes through in her images. And, of course, she shoots film, which gives her work the most beautiful color and quality.

But enough words from me! I’ll let Tanja’s images do the talking:

Elegant, fun, emotional, light-hearted, editorial, candid, classic, joyful — her photographs really run the gamut, don’t they?

Seeing all of those images together makes me even more excited, but you know what the best part about hiring Tanja has been? She is SO EXCITED about shooting our wedding. And while I know she just loves her job in general, and gets excited about every wedding she shoots, I think it also helps that she knows that I am SO EXCITED she’ll be shooting our wedding. It’s been my experience that vendors can tell when you love what they do and are thrilled to get to work with them — and those seem to be the conditions under which they produce their finest work. Something to keep in mind when interacting with the people who will be a part of your big day!

So tell me: What do you think? Do you love Tanja as much as I do? :) Who will be photographing your wedding?

P.S. In case you missed a post:
The main characters
Where we’re getting married
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emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Calle reply

    Emily! When I first read your three top qualities you wanted in a photographer I immediately thought Tanja Lippert!! She is my all time favorite as well!! I look at her blog daily hoping she has posted new photos!! I cant wait to see the magical pictures she takes on you day! When the day comes for me to get married she will be my photographer as well! I may have a Tanja Lippert savings account!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Calle! I’m so glad you are an uber Tanja fan as well!! Also, your Tanja Lippert savings account cracks me up… I may have not named mine so explicitly, but one of the reasons I started saving for my wedding EARLY was because I knew I was going to want an amazing photographer!!

  2. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    I love Tanja’s work! There’s a very good chance I might have discovered her through Peach & Pearl, actually! I’m so happy that you found someone who makes you giddy with excitement!

  3. avatar Laura reply

    GREAT choice! I was introduced to Tanja’s work through her guest appearance on [Framed] Show, and she seems to be a person who is every bit as amazing as the work she produces!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thank you so much, Laura! We had actually already decided to go with Tanja before I saw her episode of [Framed], but I got even more excited after I watched it. It was so cool to see, in a true wedding situation, how she interacts with her couples!

  4. avatar Brittany R reply

    Yay! Booking a great photographer was high on my list–in importance and things to do first. We are SO so excited to have booked the fabulous Nancy Ray as of yesterday! My head is swimming with ideas, and I know she will do a wonderful job. Congrats on choosing your photog!

    • avatar Emily reply

      How exciting, Brittany!! Nancy is one of my bestest friends in NC, and I know you will love working with her!

  5. avatar Courtney K reply

    Her work is beautiful! What a perfect choice. You two will treasure her work for years to come! Enjoy all of the planning!!

  6. avatar Andrew reply

    Hi Emily! Congrats! I saw Tanja facebook about this and i came over to see your post. So happy you chose tanja! She’s a good friend and i know she will do an amazing job for you! Do you remember this post from 2008? You guys featured Tanja and me way back when; this was the first time i worked with Tanja!
    http://iloveswmag.com/page/3/?s=vintage+cowboy+bride+part+i

    congrats again!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Andrew! Those posts were actually before my time at SW, but I loved going back and revisiting them! :) Thanks so much for chiming in!

  7. avatar Maria Hibbs reply

    She would be my choice as well :)

  8. avatar Emily Anderson reply

    SUCH a good choice!! She shot our wedding in 2009 (http://tanjalippertphotography.blogspot.com/2009/03/emily-and-patricks-wedding-walnut-creek.html) and did a PERFECT job! We treasure our photos so much. She and Tia are hilarious and really help you relax and look your best. So excited for you guys!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! SO glad to hear you loved working with Tanja! And I couldn’t help but check out your wedding — so beautiful!!

  9. avatar Carly reply

    I’ve attending two of Tanja & Tia’s workshops and they are amazing. Congratulations, brilliant choice!

  10. avatar Ashley reply

    Best choice ever! It feels like tanja is a part of the family…she shot my wedding in June and mY brother’s wedding in may 2010. I just wish I had more siblings getting married. We also booked Tia for makeup and Luke goodman for video. The three together are fantastic! Oooh I can’t wait to see your photos!

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  13. avatar Victoria reply

    Do you know where I can go to find other film photographers? I love the ones you’ve posted, but I’d always love to see more!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Victoria! I would be happy to help you out! You can find a number of amazing film photographers in our Blue Ribbon Vendor section, including Elisa B (VA), Katie Stoops (VA), and KT Merry (FL). I’m going to shoot you an email to see where you’re located to tailor my suggestions a bit more!

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We would be remiss to end this week without publicly thanking the scores of friends and fans that have posted about the new issue on their blogs. First, though, I suppose we should apologize for jamming up the airwaves on Twitter. According to our good friend Nate

Nah, we won’t apologize — we’re too excited! Without further ado, a few of the lovelies who’ve given us a shout-out over the last week:

Our good buddy Jonathan Canlas made us blush.

We will forever be indebted to Brooke and the Curious + Company team for their work on the “Choose Your Own Southern Wedding” feature.

Kiley + Tim’s wedding by Paul Johnson was the last wedding we accepted for V3 and we’re so happy we did!

Jose, Jose, Jose… we can’t sing his praises highly enough.

Gina Zeidler wowed us with her Texas brunch cover concept.

And the Vue chicks cover entry was sweet as a peach. Make sure you check out Diva Productions’ video from their shoot day!

Sweet Southern gal Emily Ley was invaluable in helping us with some of the trickier graphic design elements.

Our girl Jen from Green Wedding Shoes came up with the most stunning concept for her “Southern by Design” shoot. We love you, Jen!

Her co-conspirators Carissa of JL Designs

and photographer Stephanie Williams also had lovely things to say.

The ladies of 100 Layer Cake wowed us with their Great Gatsby concept.

We tapped one of our favorite bloggers, Kathryn of Snippet & Ink, to contribute to our Southern honeymoon story.

Kelly Hornberger was one of our fabulous sponsors, and she’s giving away a few copies on her blog!

Jill Thomas was responsible for one of the most beautiful real weddings we featured, Ali + Matt.

Bow ties and gorgeous pocket squares, oh my! The Cordial Churchman made us swoon with thier dapper creations featured in V3.

Lauren, from Every Last Detail, gave us her Southern insight on page 10!

Kirstie lent us a few photographs for the groom’s gallery and blogger directory.

We were THRILLED to have the chance to feature an A Bryan Photo wedding…

…and the work of SW fave Calder Clark.

Kate Headley was the talent behind another one of our real weddings (and perhaps my personal favorite!).

Yet another real wedding was shot by Anne Marie Photography. We loved the bold yellows!

We were thrilled to feature menus from Minted in one of our editorial spreads. They do amazing work and are so easy to collaborate with!

Lauren Larsen came through in the clutch with the perfect imagery to pair with an article that was in dire need of some beautiful photos. Thank you, Lauren!!

We couldn’t have dreamed up a better end story than Ruth & Jerry. Thanks to Donnan Photo for sending the two lovebirds our way!

Amelia Lyon was behind the camera for a stunning editorial spread!

And So Happi Together was the genius behind the details of the same spread!

To round out the all-star team from Amelia’s shoot, we were thrilled to find this post from The Loveliest Day who did event design and styling!

Last but DEFINITELY not least, Joey + Jessica were the photo geniuses behind our beautiful cover. We love you guys!!!

Thank you, again, to all of these lovely friends! If you wrote a post about the new SW on your blog, share it with us in the comments and we’ll make sure to include you in this post or a future one!

Want your own copy of V3? WIN ONE here, or take a pic with V3 and win one here, or order here OR find it on newstands all over the US (heavy in the South of course, but we’re in every state somewhere!) at select Barnes and Noble, Borders, Piggly Wiggly (YEEHAW!!), Walmart, Target, and major retailers. We’re waiting on our complete store list to come in, so if you find your copy, tweet us where you found it or leave a comment here so we can let other folks know. Thank y’all again so much for the love! 

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