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Hi belles! Our friend and former Southern Weddings intern Jessica Clinch is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Jessica will be blogging for us once a month until her wedding this May. In case you missed her introductory post, be sure to check it out here! — Lisa

As I type these words, I still cannot believe it–I am getting married this year!! I cannot wait to walk down the aisle to Zack in four short months, and to be able to call him my husband. I am so excited that my first Jessica’s Southern Wedding post of this year is about our wedding details, because they truly show the heart behind us as a couple!

Just like Lisa so perfectly said in her wedding details blog post, while I have worked in the wedding industry for years, I did not have every little detail planned out before Zack proposed! Of course, I had a secret Pinterest board, but I was waiting to really fill it with design details that are a true reflection of our unique personality as a couple. It has been really fun going through images together and finding details we both love and that mean something to us, rather than designs that are pretty just for the sake of being pretty.

There are a few design details I want to keep a secret from our friends and family for now, but there are some that I am way too excited about that I can’t wait to share with y’all!

1. Since we are getting married outside, I want to create a gorgeous backdrop to help define our ceremony space. I have always been drawn to romantic, flowing calligraphy backdrops and have created some on watercolor scrolls in the past, but for our ceremony, I fell in love with the delicate romance of this cheesecloth-style backdrop. Since it is somewhat sheer, you will still be able to see a faint outline of the rolling mountains in the background!

I am currently envisioning three panels of the fabric to create a large backdrop, surrounded by beautiful eucalyptus leaves. I want each panel to have something different written on it. I am currently torn between calligraphing one panel with our first dance song, one with my parents’ first dance song, and one with Zack’s parents’ first dance song, or using our first dance song, one of our scripture readings, and our favorite love poem! I am really excited to keep these panels after our wedding and find a spot in our home to use them as a statement piece!

Lauren Fair via Magnolia Rouge

2. One of the design details Zack and I are really excited about is our guest book! Zack had the idea of having me create a watercolor painting of the two of us, dressed in our wedding attire, to frame and display at our wedding. We are going to keep the painting framed and showcased on my easel, and ask our guests to sign the mat for the frame. That way, we have a unique piece of art representative of our most special day, surrounded by the names of those who are most special to us!

Kristyn Hogan via Cedarwood Weddings

3. Playing games has become a really big part of our lives, from playing corn hole at tailgates, darts while we are out with friends, Scrabble at home, or cards with our families. So naturally, we want to incorporate games into our wedding day, too! I fell in love with the decorated golf cart in V8’s Fore the Love editorial, and think it would be the perfect area to prop up some lawn games signage, since we are getting married at a golf club. One of our good friends, Shelby, is going to create and paint a custom corn hole board for us (it will be University of Tennessee-themed so that we can take it with us to tailgates after our wedding!). We are also considering having a life-size Jenga game, possibly some darts (I loved this unique white dart board; it would be really fun to create!), as well as some card games to keep in the lounge area. We really hope it allows our guests plenty of opportunities to have fun during our reception, even before dancing begins!

Top: Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings, bottom: Anna Pociask via Brides, Rebekah Westover via Mod Wedding

4. Speaking of our lounge area, I am so excited about our soft seating area. One of my sweet friends, Charity of HoneyBee Events, will be providing us with a variety of couches, loveseats, and chairs to make the area as comfortable as possible for our guests. I definitely want to make sure they are well taken care of! This will be the perfect spot for our aunts, uncles, and my grandparents to sit and relax while they watch us dance–and for our little cousins to hang out and play cards. I might even be designing some custom pillows to decorate the lounge seating with!

Top: Jen Huang via Martha Stewart Weddings, bottom: Elizabeth Messina via Wedding Chicks, Jen Huang via Martha Stewart Weddings

There are many more design details that we will be incorporating, but like I said, I want to keep those a secret for now!

Friends, I’d love to know: how did you showcase your personality through your design details? I love how each wedding is different because of the unique designs!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Bethany reply

    I LOVE the little details in weddings, and these are all fantastic! I especially liked #2, since I did the same thing for my wedding! Our “guest book” now hangs in our gallery wall in the living room. :)

  2. avatar Elizabeth reply

    SO Gorgeous! Did you make the backdrop yourself? I’ve been thinking about doing the same for my wedding in September. If you did, can I ask what materials you used? Thanks!

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Megan + Steven’s wedding at The Stockroom in Raleigh was as delightful as their ceremony! While Megan and her mom were the creative geniuses behind the details, A Joyful Occasion coordinated the big day. Catering by Design took care of the food — and man, did their menu sound delicious! The beautiful monogrammed cake was designed by Ambrosia Cake Creations, and the flowering branch, peony, and rose floral arrangements were by Dogwood Tree Floral. One of the most special details? Megan’s (gorgeously monogrammed) reception dress was made by a dear friend, Joslyn Chase! Nancy Ray was, of course, the talent behind the lens.

But you want to know what my favorite detail from Megan + Steven’s wedding was? The BISCUIT BAR! Megan got the idea from SW V3 (see the whole shoot here!), but put her own spin on it. I love that her mother-in-law sewed all the take-home bags! Don’t have an amazingly talented MIL? We’ve put together a shopping round-up debuting this afternoon which will help you whip up your very own biscuit bar. We’ll be back in a flash!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: To be honest, the dress was not my first priority! It wasn’t until I went with two of my bridesmaids, my mom, and her friend to the Carolina Bridal Outlet that I found the one. I felt like a bride as soon as I had it on. It wasn’t too formal, but it was gorgeous. For me, it was comfortable and simple with a little glam. My veil, however, was made from a sample of my mom’s wedding gown. It was cathedral length lace with beautiful detailing. It meant so much that she gave it to me to wear. Paired with my dress, it was absolutely perfect for our ceremony.
Describe your wedding flowers: We used fluffy, pink peonies. They have always been my favorite! I loved the contrast against the mint bridesmaid dresses. We also incorporated some cherry blossoms and garden roses in some of our centerpieces.
Describe your wedding cake: Our cake was a three tiered round cake. It was fairly traditional, with buttercream icing. We filled the spaces between the tiers with peonies and the details of the embedded dots and the monogram dressed it up even more. The inside was delicious! We had different fillings, but our favorite was cookies n’ cream.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our biggest challenge was actually overcoming some of the emotions that a wedding can bring on. We really came to realize some major differences between his family and mine, and we had to find a way to merge everything, but be true to ourselves at the same time. Steven and I grew closer through it, which I’m very thankful for!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? In our ceremony, we stuck to the traditional vows. We wrote our own promises to one another and kept it personal as we exchanged them in letters the day of our wedding. The cutest part of Steven’s note to me was that he included the “40 Rules for a Happy Marriage” notecard from Hyman’s Seafood – one of our favorite spots in Charleston.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lydia reply

    I love the idea of a biscuit bar! Can’t wait to see your shopping round-up!

  2. avatar Linda Surles reply

    Me too! A Biscuit Bar couldn’t be anymore North Carolina. LOVE IT! I hope they had some sweet tea in the mix, too ;)

    • avatar MeganH reply

      Linda Surles: Of course there was some sweet tea to wash all that down! :) Gorgeous feature, SW!! I am beyond honored and tickled to death!!

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    Megan and Steven’s wedding was absolutely beautiful! I think my favorite was the M + S in green flowers (kermits?) on the chapel doors and of course the biscuits were simply delicious :)

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