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We loved the jewel-tone palette Ashely + Paul incorporated into their intimate ceremony, but have to say the pops of blue – from the groom’s blazer to the handmade straws – made us fall in love with this Florida wedding all over again. For assistant textile buyer Ashley, the blue fabric swatch-inspired escort cards could not have been a more perfect – or Southern! – touch to their Palm Valley Gardens celebration. Another detail we love? Lori Parker’s rustic blooms are a spot-on complement to the burlap table runners, designed by planner Jennifer Corrente. For a sweet ending to their Florida nuptials, the newlyweds treated guests to a do-it-yourself s’mores station. Umm, yes, please? Hugs to Jenn Hopkins Photography for brightening up our Monday!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew what style and fit I wanted, and fell in love with two beautiful gowns. I went back and forth to each boutique twice before making my decision. I ended up choosing a lace, fit-and-flare Legends by Romona Keveza gown because of the unique neckline, and I could not have been more thrilled with my decision!
Describe your wedding flowers: I had so much fun picking out the flowers. My florist was able to bring out the garnet and gold of the bow ties and add some cotton bolls from her own family farm! We also avoided using plain glass vases and opted for Mason jars wrapped in birch wood to keep with the rustic feel of the day. I wanted my bouquet, however, to be classic, white and beautiful, and it was.
Describe your wedding cake: It was Funfetti with garnet and gold sprinkles!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Only being able to invite a small group of friends. It was such a wonderful day for us, and we wished we could have invited everyone!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The father-daughter dance. My step-dad married my mother when I was just five-years-old, and he has been my father every since. We had a friend of ours play “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley. It was the most emotional moment of the night.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are spending our first years of marriage in New York City! We are loving this experience of trying new things and making new friends, and doing our best to bring the South to the big city!

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Whitney Hall reply

    I love this wedding! I was wondering where the straws pictured above were found. I am looking for some of that nature for my June wedding! :) Thanks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Whitney! I love those straws, too! I actually wrote a post about a few of my favorite sources to find them here: I hope that helps!

  2. avatar Anne Markey- Charlotte Wedding Planner reply

    Great details! Love the escort cards – I am a sucker for great fabrics!

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  4. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing this!

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What’s more Southern than a mason jar full of sweet tea? A monogrammed mason jar full of sweet tea. Ashley + Steve’s Alabama wedding had the office abuzz when we saw photos of their reception. Among the cakes and the flowers, one thing stood out: their mason jars!

We wanted them! If you did, too, I don’t blame you. They’re perfect to serve drinks in, use as vases, or as a part of your wedding favors. Imagine how cute they would look next to a candy bar or stacked and filled with jam!

Want to know how to make a version of your own? It’s simple! Although it might take a little practice with a crafting knife (you’ll need to cut your own stencil), the end result is a cute and cost-effective way to add a personal touch to your wedding.

What you’ll need:
-Contact Paper
-Crafting knife
-Glass etching cream (I used Armour Etch)
-Applicator (like a paintbrush or cotton swab)
-Mason jars, washed and dried.

How you do it:

DIY: Monogrammed Mason Jars from Southern Weddings on Vimeo.

1. Cut out a square of contact paper big enough to cover the front of your mason jar. More is better here, you can always trim later.
2. Trace your monogram onto the contact paper.
3. Cut out your monogram. (Note: a little practice with a crafting knife may be needed before you do this.)
4. Peel the backing off your contact paper and stick it to the front of your mason jar. Make sure there is some excess contact paper around your monogram so that the glass etching cream doesn’t run over your glass later.
5. Press the stencil down well, especially around the area you cut out.
6. Apply the glass etching cream to the cut out areas of your stencil. Make sure all the cut out parts are covered, but you don’t need to use a lot. (Note: be careful not to get the cream on your hands. It can give you a chemical burn.)
7. Let it sit for five minutes.
8. Rise off the cream — with your stencil still on — with some water. (Note: while you’re rinsing, it might look like your glass didn’t etch. Don’t fret! Just let the mason jar dry first and then you will see it.)
8. Peel the stencil off and let the mason jar dry.
9. Put flowers, drinks, candy or the like in the jar and enjoy!

If you couldn’t tell from the video, here is what the mason jar ended up looking like:

I hope you enjoyed our second DIY! If you missed it, you can see the first one here: DIY cupcake wrappers.

If you have any DIY ideas or a project you would like to see done, e-mail me!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    • avatar kara reply

      being a yankee bride, any recommendations on where I can buy 100+ plain mason jars, the ones with handles for a reasonable price?

    • avatar Nicole reply

      I’ve seen plain mason jars with handles on Amazon. You can get a dozen for as low as $15. I hope that works for you!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    This is such a great idea–and not just for weddings! I’m moving into my first “big-girl” home this summer while my fiance’s deployed. He’s dreaming of a “man-cave” of his very own and I think these would make a GREAT gift for him! Thank you for the DIY information!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Mason jars for a man-cave sounds like a great idea! I’m glad you liked the DIY!

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  4. avatar t-dawg reply

    can you re-use the sticker/contact paper? i want to do this for wedding favors but the idea of cutting out so many designs is daunting…

    • avatar Nicole reply

      You can definitely reuse the contact paper, even after rinsing. That’s part of what I love about it! I would just be careful about making sure the edges where you cut your pattern out are still sticking well enough time after time, the etching cream can run and make things sloppy.

  5. avatar Evelyn reply

    Hi! I love this idea! Would the 3oz glass etching cream suffice for 12 jars?

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Evelyn! I think 3oz would be plenty for 12 jars, although that does depend on how big your design is. Let us know how it goes!

    • avatar Brooke reply

      Nicole: If the etched mason jars are washed and used several times will they still look the same? Thinking of it for a wedding favor and wanted to make sure it will be able to be enjoyed years to come.

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What a sweet, happy couple! I still can’t get over how lovely Sara’s bouquet (courtesy of Holly Chapple) is. Perfect for a fall wedding, don’t you think? The newlyweds celebrated their marriage with a chic reception at Virginia’s historic Whitehall Manor. Like the bridesmaids’ bright, flowy frocks, I love that S + B went with a cheery fall color to accent their elegant ballroom. Want more? Head on over to photographer Kristen Gardner’s blog post from the big day!

See all the photos from Sara + Bill’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went shopping for my dress in February during the crazy snow storm. It was fine, because we went shopping in Boston, but unfortunately my oldest sister could not get a flight out to Massachusetts from anywhere in Virginia. My mom and middle sister were still able to come up, though, so we carried on. We only went to one store, and as luck would have it, it was the first dress I tried on.
Describe your wedding flowers: I am not much of a flower person, so it was really hard for me to have a vision of what I wanted. Luckily, we were able to work with an incredibly talented florist, who had also designed the flowers for both of my sisters’ weddings. Holly created exactly what we were looking for, without us ever really being able to express it to her. She included succulents, beautiful cabbage roses, wheat, seeded eucalyptus and lambs ear in the arrangements. Bill is a hunter, so she even added a few pheasant and ostrich feathers to my bouquet and his boutonniere for a personal touch.
Describe your wedding cake: Cake is not our favorite dessert in the world, but we do love pies. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, we would serve miniature pies in four different flavors: pumpkin, lemon chess, apple and chocolate pecan. It was hard to get the traditionalists in our family on board, but once they saw the pies, I think they quickly changed their minds!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Recapping with each other at the end of the day. We hadn’t been alone together since the beginning of the week, so it was awesome to catch up with each other and go over the day. We ordered late night room service and talked non-stop. It finally felt like we were married!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are looking forward to just spending time together. Wedding planning is fun but definitely takes up a lot of time, so it is nice to have that back. We also are busy planning our honeymoon to Italy this February!

Written with love by Katharine

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