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We’re so grateful for the print sponsors we had the pleasure of working with on V6, and are excited to link to them here!

Earthmuse Photography captures the magic and joy of their clients’ wedding days unobtrusively, honestly, and joyfully. We love the contemporary, fresh style and sleek elegance of their work!

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Our darling Blue Ribbon Vendor Elaine Palladino also hails from the great state of Florida. Her work is full of light, love, and pure, unabashed fun, capturing everything as it unfolds on your wedding day.

Another Blue Ribbon Vendor, Heba Salama Photography, takes images that are vibrant and colorful, and filled with true emotion always. She’s based in NC.

Julie Paisley’s images are sweet and happy and wonderfully pretty, and the experience as her client is pretty much the same, from what we can gather – happy and sweet and affirming! Tennessee brides, take a peek!

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emily Written with love by Emily
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    I am loving all of the cozy winter wedding inspiration we’ve been sharing lately, aren’t y’all? I’m glad that even though it doesn’t often snow in the South, it does get chilly enough to make drinking hot cocoa and snuggling by the fire reasonable activities. Photographer Julie Paisley and the ladies of Southern Grace Events and Gatherings agree, and were sweet to share this rustic and romantic inspiration with us!

    What a gorgeous tulle gown! Love this one and all the others on our Southern Style Pinterest board.

    Twine and bark make for a beautiful and unexpected bouquet wrap.

    Pancakes at a dessert buffet? Since doughnuts are my absolute favorite sweet, I wouldn’t say no to mixing genres!

    That cotton is the perfect Southern touch for this bouquet, isn’t it?

    Our inspiration for the shoot all started with a craving for a cozy setting, a stack of country flapjacks, fresh cotton, soft greenery, and a desire for an intimate setting with an organic feel. We wanted to put a fresh twist on combining rugged with feminine. Drawing inspiration from airy neutrals and deep shades of berry, we incorporated this seasons “go to” print – plaid! It provides the perfect pop of playful texture and can be both modern and classic.

    Photographer: Julie Paisley | Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Cami | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Paulina Perez | Event Designer: Southern Grace Events and Gatherings | Cake Designer: Sugar Rush Confections | Florist: Ruby Reds Floral & Garden | Invitation: Rifle Paper Co. | Dress Salon: The White Magnolia | Bridesmaid Dress Salon: J. Ashley Boutique

    emily Written with love by Emily
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    1. avatar Lindsay {Everistta} reply

      This bridal look is simply stunning! I love the modern head piece with the huge ball gown. So chic!

    2. avatar Friday Fresh Squeeze #124 | Floridian Weddings reply

      […] Woodsy, pancake-filled, plaid-inspired loveliness. […]

    3. avatar Rustic Woodland Editorial | Nashville Wedding Photographer » Julie Paisley Photography reply

      […] One of my most favorite things ever is when I’m asked to shoot an editorial.  Coming together with an amazing group of vendors and making something lovely is just a magical thing!  What’s even more special is when it is picked up by a major wedding blog!  We were beyond thrilled when Southern Weddings decided to feature this shoot on their blog.  I’m a HUGE fan of Southern Weddings and yes, I was “tickled pink” to say the least.  Enjoy this lovely editorial, and stop by and show these amazing vendors some love!  AND, if you want to check out the feature on Southern Weddings, just click HERE. […]

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      […] A scarf is a simple and incredibly affordable way to add warmth to the bridesmaid look. Layer a classic winter white on colored dresses or opt for a tartan or textured scarf with neutral-toned frocks. Top: Wedding Obsession| Bottom: Southern Weddings […]

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    After only attending a double date for the sake of their respective friends, “the sparks immediately flew!” (Her words, not mine!) Though both Marjorie + Adnan say they weren’t looking for their one and only, fate had other plans for their relationship! But when it came to their big day, careful planning and consideration went into to each and every detail. From each piece of her something borrowed and something blue to swapping out the standard guest book for a wooden bench, Marjorie + Adnan crafted meaningful moments throughout their wedding day, and into married life.

    Big hugs to Julie Paisley for sharing the joy of their wedding day with us!

    I went all the way to Miami to find my wedding dress. I had fallen in love with Maggie Sottero dresses, and Miami is where we found lots of different stores who carried them. We went to Miracle Mile and went into a lot of bridal shops, but didn’t have any luck. I looked online and found a shop called Brides of Florida that had great reviews, so we gave it a shot. They were so friendly and we felt right at home. I told her what type of dress I was looking for and she picked out a couple dresses for me to try on. I loved them, but I still didn’t get the feeling like it was ‘the one.’ My best friend pointed to a dress she saw on the rack and told me to try it on. It wasn’t something I would have originally chosen, but when I put it on I started to get goosebumps. After discussing how we could change the dress to make it strapless like I had wanted, I knew that was “the one” I had been looking for. Everyone’s eyes were watering. I had found my dress.

    Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided not to do a first look because I wanted to keep the tradition of seeing me when I first came in with my Dad. I had a grand entrance planned for us, so I wanted everyone to be surprised.

    Oh y’all, if Marjorie’s dad’s face doesn’t say it all right there, I don’t know what can!

    I walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years,” the Christina Perri song by the Piano Guys. I love this song and the meaning behind it, and the Piano guys do a great job with it. My girls walked down the aisle to “I Do” by Colbie Cailat. They had fun with this song and strutted and twirled while walking down the aisle. We walked back up the aisle to Bruno Mars “Marry You.” Our first dance song was a remix of songs. We started with a slow dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley. Then it went into the Bosnian Kolo, a traditional Bosnian dance, because my husband is from Bosnia. We then did a Bachata, a Spanish dance. Then it went into a fun dance, Soulja Boy’s “The Wop,” and finally the Harlem Shake with the whole bridal party.

    What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I think there was a lot of Southern charm at my wedding. The venue was at a barn with lots of horses. All of our decor was burlap and lace. My mom made burlap napkin rings, chair sashes, table numbers, table runners and an aisle runner. We used mason jar glasses as favors for our guests. We had an altar that my Dad, my grandpa and his friend created with old wood, and a mason jar chandelier. The flowers at the altar were in big milk jugs. The mason jar lanterns decorated the aisle. My cake was on a tree stump cake stand my dad and his friend created. My dad also made wooden signs to direct the guests to our ceremony and reception site, and a corn hole game with Adnan and I’s silhouettes. My guests had to sign a wooden bench instead of a sign-in book. My bridesmaids all wore cowboy boots, as did I, and we drank out of our special custom-made mason jar wine glasses.

    Describe your wedding cake or dessert. I absolutely loved my wedding cake. It was exactly how my friend and I designed and pictured it. Dream Theme Cakes did a fabulous job! My wedding cake had three different flavors: red velvet with cream cheese frosting, classic yellow with strawberry filling and chocolate chip with chocolate buttercream.

    How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Neither of us were looking but my best friend, Coralys (one of my bridesmaids) and his friend at the time were going on a date. Coralys didn’t want to go alone on her date, so she asked me to come with her. She told her date to bring a friend as well, so he did. We both tagged along on this date to the Casbah, only for our friends’ sake, and that’s when we met. Our friends didn’t work out, but we did. It was just fate!
    Tell us all about the proposal! We had been together for over four years. It was my 24th birthday. Adnan told me he wanted to go grab a drink before dinner and it just so happened that he told me to meet him at the Casbah. I immediately started to get butterflies. When we went inside, the hostess took us to the same table we had sat at during our first blind date. Adnan proceeded to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him in front of everyone in that restaurant. It was so surreal.
    When did y’all get married? May 26, 2013
    How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
    Describe your wedding flowers. My wedding flowers were a mixture of green, coral and white. They also had a rustic look with the twig branches. I used white hydrangeas and coral roses.
    Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I can’t choose only one. My mom made so many details of our wedding, from the napkin rings to the aisle runner, the table numbers to the chair sashes. If I have to choose one detail that I absolutely loved, it was our sign-in bench. Instead of having a guest book we would never really look at, we decided to have a sign-in wooden bench that we would use in our house. This bench has the messages and signatures of all of our guests that we would see whenever we sat on our bench. It truly is a daily reminder of how much we are loved.
    Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? Yes. I borrowed a pearl ring from my Godmother, Zulma. I had blue “I Do” bride undies from Victoria Secret. My something old was my grandmother’s charm that was on my bouquet. She passed away and it was her favorite charm. My something new was my pearl earrings that my mother in law, Bahra, bought me as a gift.
    What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was designing the layout for the barn and figuring out where everything would be located. The barn isn’t really wide, so having to figure out where everything would go and where we would put a dance floor was probably the biggest challenge.
    What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
    What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? The vendor I was so happy to have as a part of our wedding would have to be my photographer. She has become more and more like a friend, so having her there with us on our big day really meant the world to us. She has given us a gift we will get to keep forever.
    What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment for me was definitely riding in the carriage with my dad to the ceremony site. It was so indescribable what was going through my head. We were holding hands and all of the horses in the field were running over to see us, as if they knew what was about to happen. It was a good moment for us to just breathe and soak it all in before my Dad gave me away. It was such a special moment with my dad that I truly will treasure forever.
    What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I would have to say it gets hard and it gets stressful, but everything will turn out exactly how you wanted. If it doesn’t, at the end of the day, all that matters is that you get to marry the love of your life. Nothing can ruin that, not even that one minor detail that didn’t turn out like you expected.
    What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are enjoying every aspect of living together in our new home that we purchased a couple months before the wedding. I am learning how to juggle cooking, cleaning and paying bills. The perks of being a married woman! It is all so new to us, but every day is so exciting. We are also looking forward to traveling together, like to Puerto Rico this summer for my sister’s wedding!

    Photographer: Julie Paisley Photography | Day-of Planner: Southern Charm Weddings and Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Oaks Equestrian Center of Lake City | Florist: Park Avenue Florist | Wedding Cake Baker: Dream Theme Cakes | Caterer: Anthony’s Gourmet Catering | Rentals: United Rent-All | Lighting: St. John’s Illuminations | DJ: Ryan from Skip Kelly Productions | Bride’s Strapless Gown: Custom “Bernadette” by Maggie Sottero, purchased at Brides of Florida | Paper Straws and Mason Jar Wine Glasses: Etsy | Bride’s Veil: Brides of Florida | Bride’s Earrings: Kay Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Maria Prezaz from R. Lindo Salon | Makeup Artist: Amanda Hopcraft | Bride’s Heels: “Romey” from Saks Fifth Avenue | Cowgirl Boots: Discount Shoes in Asheville, NC | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Alevina Valenta” from Bella Bridesmaids | Groom’s Attire: Express | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

    marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    1. avatar Friday Fresh Squeeze | Floridian Weddings reply

      […] Loving all the pink details in this sweet barn wedding. […]

    2. avatar Julie Paisley reply

      Thank you so much for the feature! xo

    3. avatar danielle reply

      that cake is beautiful!!! love the trees, and light and colors-pretty wedding!

    4. avatar Leyda Perea reply

      Thank you so much for including our daughter in your magazine. Great pictures taken by the most professional and amazing photographer in the north florida Julie Paisley. She is now part of our family and a great friend. We love your magazine and again Thank You So Much. Leyda Perea, Mother of the Bride.

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      […] Photo: Julie Paisley  Cake Baker: Dream Theme Cakes […]

    6. avatar Tanya Hendricks reply

      Thank you so much Marissa for the feature. Can you please tell me where the vendors were credited? I was the Wedding Planner, Coordinator and Vintage Rental Company for this wedding.

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