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We’ve been having more fun than a pup with two tails soaking up all of your sweet comments on instagram and the blog about our newest issue! Shh – don’t tell V7, but we SW gals all have our own favorite spreads just like y’all! And word around the hen house is that the Blooming Belles feature is a universal favorite. If you haven’t picked up a copy of the magazine yet to see the quotes we paired with each bouquet, well, get on it! In the meantime, please enjoy these magnificent floral creations by Holly Chapple, inspired by some of our most beloved Southern heroines.

Big thanks to Katie Stoops for these lovely photos, and Old Luckett’s Store for many of these props!

First up is Allie from The Notebook. For her ladylike, sea-inspired bouquet, Holly chose white peony, white and blue scabiosa, Queen Anne’s lace, blue tweedia, and snow on the mountain. The 4″ wide ribbon is from Silk & Willow.

For Skeeter, from The Help, we wanted a simple bouquet that wasn’t too fussy. Holly went with lots of neutral texture for this one, including blush astilbe, combo roses, white dahlias, white patience garden roses, gunnii eucalyptus, and pink berries.

Of course, nothing would do for Ms Scarlett O’Hara except for the most dramatic and moody blooms, like dark purple double hellebores, pink kangaroo paws, allspice flowers, purple sweet peas, purple dianthus, purple scabiosa, purple tulips, and magnolia leaves.

Forrest Gump’s Jenny is the ultimate flower child, so for her bouquet, we chose yellow peonies, chamomile, poppies, peach ranunculus, and orange asclepias.

Our Daisy Buchanan bouquet shimmered and shined like a 20’s flapper. For blooms, Holly chose open cut white calla lilies, lavender and white lilac, iris, blush ranunculus, lavender sweet peas, and white clematis. The rhinestone belt we used as a bouquet wrap is from Untamed Petals.

My personal favorite belle, Scout, inspired a bouquet of white azalea, peach Juliet cabbage roses, Virginia blue bells, Queen Anne’s lace, blue thistle, scabiosa pods, carmel antique roses, mock orange, and honeysuckle. Her chambray bow was sewn by Nicole!

Last but certainly not least is Shelby’s blush and bashful bouquet. Holly arranged a fistful of – what else? – blush peonies, Constance cabbage roses, and bridal pink piano cabbage roses. A tulle skirt and monogrammed handkerchief from Bumblee Linens finished it off!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Olivia reply

    So Colorful and fresh.. Absolutely beautiful!

  2. avatar Stephanie reply

    I LOVE this feature so much! Holly is so incredibly talented and spot-on with these bouquets for each Southern lady!! The blooms are simply gorgeous, and as a bookworm, I adore how perfectly the bouquets match up with some of my favorite fictional belles.

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I love this shoot more and more every time I look at it!

  4. avatar Loverly reply

    When we saw this in V7 it immediately made us want to watch all of those amazing movies right away! I think we know what our plans for this weekend are :)

  5. avatar Dana reply

    This was a phenomenal idea! I love every single one of these! One of my favorite shoots ever in SW!

  6. avatar Alison Ellis reply

    Beautiful flowers and a beautiful post. I think Jenny’s is my favorite, but they are all divine!

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It was so fun to relive my and Lisa’s stay at the Salamander Resort on Tuesday! Our trip wasn’t all spa treatments and horseback riding, though – we were in Virginia to work! We met up with one of our favorite florists, Holly Chapple, and one of our favorite photographers, Katie Stoops, to pull together our bouquet feature for Southern Weddings V7. Our floral features have been inspired by a number of things in the past, including Southern states and different aspects of the South, but I dare say this one is our most fun yet.

Our day started with a visit to The Old Luckett’s Store out in the cow fields of Leesburg, VA. Anyone who has been to this vintage treasure trove and/or feels the same way I do about collected goodies knows how painful it was for me to walk briskly through all four floors, sticking to my list, instead of meandering from room to room for the rest of the day. We left with an armful of artifacts to complete our vision, and headed to Holly’s delightful home studio!

The rest of the day was really just the best kind of photo shoot dream. The weather was gorgeous, so we set up our shooting space outside in the garden, and the rest of the day was spent building bouquets, choosing ribbon, snipping branches and greenery from the yard, and composing images.

We even had a few helpers as Holly’s kids came and went! Miss Grace was particularly taken with the cotton bolls we were using, and asked us very sweetly if she could keep one after we were finished. We said yes :)

That’s it for today, but keep an eye on the instagram hashtag #MakingSouthernWeddings – we’ve been sharing the daily bits and pieces and tiny steps that somehow, over the course of a year, add up to a big, beautiful magazine!

P.S. We’re still looking for reader models for our Charleston and Nashville editorial shoots!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Such a fun day!!

  2. avatar Kat reply

    This makes me even MORE excited for this issue!!! YAY!

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Anytime a bride cites “Father of the Bride” as a source of wedding inspiration, you know her wedding is going to be lovely! Following a traditional Catholic ceremony, Kelly and Marvin celebrated with their guests in the backyard of Kelly’s childhood home, in a reception full of lush red peonies, the most charming swing, and sweet nods to Kelly’s Chinese heritage. I especially love that their most memorable moment was their peaceful, private drive to the reception, and the fact that Kelly literally let her hair down to twirl around the dance floor with her new husband!

Big SW hugs to the talented Katie Stoops for sharing Kelly and Marvin’s wedding with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I was so lucky to have my mom with me at every dress appointment. When we visited Carine’s Bridal Atelier, I loved every Monique Lhuillier dress I tried on! Putting my dress on with the veil sealed the deal. I felt like a bride!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed and old was my pendant from my mom, which was passed down to her from my great grandmother. My something new was my shoes. I wore a little something blue under my dress!

I loved our wedding flowers! We used our wedding invitations and other Redoute prints as inspiration. The colors ranged from white, blush, pops of peach, pink, and red. We had peonies, garden roses, clematis, ranunculus, freesia, sweet peas, jasmine, and hypericum. The red peonies were amazing, full, and lush.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. It didn’t fit into our schedule before the ceremony and I really wanted that moment of seeing Marvin waiting for me at the altar. I didn’t realize I would become so emotional the moment we arrived at the church!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows. We stuck to the traditional Catholic vows.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The swing! The swing hung on a huge tree in my parents’ backyard, just beyond the tent. It was decorated with greens, beautiful flowers, and ribbon streamers. It added just the right hint of whimsy to our wedding.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? St. Clare of Assisi is a beautiful church tucked away in the town of Clifton. It is surrounded by trees and natural beauty. Our reception was at my parents’ house. Ever since I was a little girl watching Father of the Bride, I’ve dreamed about a wedding at the home I grew up in. I couldn’t have picked a more special place for our wedding celebration!

I am half Chinese, and for our favors, my Aunt Wendy handmade tea cups with the Chinese characters for double happiness stamped in red on the front. In China, red is the traditional wedding color, as it signifies joy, love, and prosperity. Because the wedding was at my parents’ house, we were able to use lots of personal items throughout the day.

Our first dance was to “The Way I Am,” by Ingrid Michaelson, and the father daughter dance was to “The Way You Look Tonight,” by Steve Tyrell. Marvin is Puerto Rican and I teach Zumba, so we also put together a collection of salsa music to dance to later in the evening.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our wedding cake was called Heaven and it is my favorite cake–we have it every year for my birthday! It is white chocolate cake with raspberry filling and white chocolate frosting. It was simply decorated and adorned with flowers. We also had a dessert bar with mini sweet treats. The berry crumble with ginger ice cream was amazing!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We first met on Memorial Day 2010 when Marvin moved onto the same floor as me in our condo building. A few months later, after lots of brief chats in the elevator (he was a principal and I am a teacher), he slipped a note under my door. We eventually met for coffee and went out for dinner. We’ve been together ever since! The real love story unfolded shortly thereafter on my birthday when Marvin gifted me our two puppies, Pippi and Penelope!
Tell us all about the proposal! Marvin proposed on Memorial Day 2012, two years after we first met! After finishing dinner with my family, Marvin gave me a gift: a picture of him with our puppies that read, “Will you marry us?” Then, he pulled out the ring, and of course, I said YES!
When did y’all get married? June 29, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 100
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? The readings we selected were Genesis 2:18-24, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8, and Mark 10:6-9.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose “Canon in D” for the procession and “Ode to Joy” for the recessional. A family friend sang the most beautiful “Ave Maria” during the presentation of flowers to Mary.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We really wanted an outdoor tented wedding reception, but that meant we had to let Mother Nature do her thing. It poured like crazy the day before our wedding. Thankfully, we had Megan, our wedding planner, by our side, thinking of backup plans for pictures, cocktail hour, etc. Luckily, the sun came out bright and early the morning of our wedding!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I really loved all of our vendors. I’m so happy that we worked with our photographer, Katie Stoops. Her work is amazing and she has a great personality. Plus, she loves dogs! She was able to make us feel comfortable and capture the beauty of the day. I also loved our florist, because she brought our wedding to life. She had such a fun personality and really listened to what we envisioned. I love that in her description of my bouquet, she wrote “It will be drop dead gorgeous.”
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My favorite memory of the day was leaving the church with Marvin by my side. We didn’t have a limo, so the two of us drove from the church back to my parents’ house together. I loved the moment we had alone, driving through the back roads of Clifton, with the sun shining down on us. Our other favorite moment was walking out as Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez, escorted by our puppies!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t stress, and enjoy every moment! What’s meant to be, will be. I felt confident about our wedding day going off without a hitch because we had an amazing wedding planner who stayed on top of the details and thought one step ahead! And, it helps if you have a team of vendors that have worked together in the past.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are enjoying married life! We bought a home the month before getting married, so we’ve been busily making our home our own. We can’t wait to start a family. We’ve been writing shared goals for our future and we’re excited for the journey ahead!

Photographer: Katie Stoops / Planner: Megan Pollard, Events in the City / Ceremony Venue: St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Private residence / Florist: Barbara Von Elm, Growing Wild Floral Company / Cake Baker: Victoria’s Cakery / Catering: Design Cuisine / Rentals: Capital Party Rentals / Band: Empty Pocket / Custom Watercolor: Tina Steenerson / Bride’s Gown: “Sentimental” by Monique Lhuillier / Paper Products: Smitten on Paper / Bride’s Accessories: Carine’s Bridal Atelier / Hair Stylist: Giselle Chreky / Makeup Artist: Susan Lim Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka /Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG and David’s Bridal / Men’s Attire: Brooks Brothers / Tea Cup Favors: Double Happiness Pottery / Caricature Artists: About Faces / Valet Parking: MarcPark

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    As a fellow “Father of the Bride” fan, I love that it was an inspiration for their wedding! And what a beautiful backyard to celebrate in!

  2. avatar Alana reply

    Oh my goodness! This wedding is absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with the pops of red and subtle pink touches! The flowers, the china, even the place cards are all so beautiful!!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    love the paper products!

  4. avatar Cheri {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    GASP! I adore this romantic red and pink color scheme! So pretty.

  5. avatar Hochzeitsfotograf reply

    So beautiful!!

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    Each and every details about this wedding is so unique and beautiful. Right from the wedding venue, to the beautiful usage of colors, the florals, the chairs and table decor, is so pretty. Specially loved those hanging glass spheres with flowers inside. So gorgeous!

  8. avatar Catherine Grace reply

    SO pretty, delightful and well, Southern !

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