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Though the Southern Weddings gals created the My Kentucky Rose editorial for V5 before my time at SW, it has a special place in my heart for two reasons: 1. That cake by Lael Cakes is the most gorgeous cake I’ve ever seen, and 2. It’s one of VERY few editorials we’ve shot outside of the South, and in this case, the venue was just down the road from my husband’s hometown in upstate New York! While it was probably the last shoot from above the Mason-Dixon line to appear in our pages, it was certainly worth it to collaborate with the tremendously talented Jen Huang and Poppies and Posies. We hope it’s a sweet reminder that even if you’re one of our readers outside of the South, you can always add a little Dixie charm to your wedding celebration!

See more from this shoot in our editorial gallery–there are also links to behind the scenes photos and video!

Photographer: Jen Huang | Behind the Scenes Videographer: McKenzie Miller Films | Florals: Poppies & Posies | Hair Stylist: Stacy Pitt | Makeup Artist: Kerry Crawford | Cake and Desserts: Lael Cakes | Stationery and Calligraphy: Paperfinger | Letterpress Printing: Cordes Printing | Custom Coaster Printing: For Your Party | Bride’s Gown: “Bianca” by Ulla-Maija Couture | Bridal Salon: Gabriella New York | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Reflections | Gold Hair Pins: Hushed Commotion | Earrings: Nina and Kate Ketzal | Groom’s Bow Tie: Southern Beaus | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Gold Flatware: Muhs Home | Pink Coupe Glasses: BHLDN | Props: The Trouve

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Nicole reply

    Love the horse and her one-shoulder dress!

  2. avatar Adrienna reply

    That cake! So stunning!

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Happy Saturday, guys + gals! The Southern Weddings crew is happily enjoying the weekend after a whirlwind few days of magazine launch, magazine shipping (like crazy — more on that next week), and magazine launch party! We couldn’t resist popping in and following up on Thursday’s gorgeous Kentucky Rose shoot by sharing the behind the scenes film, however. McKenzie Miller did a beautiful job capturing the day and all the work that went into it, despite the less-than-ideal weather!

McKenzie is actually a Southern gal herself, so we were so happy to find her in upstate New York (she actually lives in the city, but traveled for the shoot!). Big hugs again to everyone who brought this shoot to life!

If you haven’t got your paws on a copy yet, be sure to pick one up here or check your nearest Walgreens, Barnes & Noble, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Walmart, and/or Target!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Madi Reid reply

    That pesky horse! Haha! Love the shoot y’all!

  2. avatar Kathleen Brown reply

    Just watched the lovely video of the Kentucky Rose Shoot! It was very, very pretty to watch. I was hoping I could find out who the singers are, and the name of the song! My fiance and I are a reunited couple, 35 years after our first romance. I would love to play this song, at some point in the events leading up to our wedding. I WILL make it work, just hoping you don’t mind sharing this information. Thank you, and thank you for such a beautiful site. I am a first-time visitor, and I know I will spend countless hours here!! Sincerely, Kat

  3. avatar McKenzie reply

    So happy I was able to be a part that day! Everything was gorgeous. Kathleen, the name of the song is Honey by Us and Our Daughters.

  4. avatar Kris reply

    You had a picture of monogrammed cowboy boots. Who makes them???

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Kris! You can find all of the details on the monogrammed cowboy boots in the comments of this post:

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This shoot was one of the very first ones we put together, and can I tell you a secret? It actually wasn’t shot in the South! We typically stay below the Mason-Dixon Line, for obvious reasons, but since Jen Huang and the Poppies & Posies gals came to us with the kernel of an idea and the perfect place to set it — a private property in Jen’s family in upstate New York — we traveled to them. And it turned out beautifully!

As you’ll be able to see pretty quickly, we were inspired by the Kentucky Derby, but we wanted to put our own classic girly sophisticated spin on things. We focused on apples, a favorite treat of the stars of the show, and pulled soft blush into the bright red palette to soften it.

Bryn from Paperfinger created the beautiful stationery suite and penned all the calligraphy, including the lines you see in the magazine feature!

Here’s our beautiful couple for the day! Jacqueline and Jeff just got married in October, so they were engaged at this shoot, and they were so sweet and adorable! The “bridesmaids” were equally as wonderful, and they were ALL good sports about shooting in the mist, and then rain :)

Now that’s a bouquet!! Between Amy yesterday and Sierra and Juliet today, we were lucky to work with the most talented florists!

This little guy might look cute, but he was not so interested in our photo shoot. Well, I take that back. His interest in our photo shoot extended to trying to nip treats off the sweet table and steal mouthfuls from the bouquets. Needless to say his stay was short-lived “on set.”

A bourbon bar! Love this man-friendly option for a cocktail hour or a corner of the reception. Sierra and Juliet brought boxes of beautiful accessories, like these vintage bourbon bottles from their prop shop The Trove, which was so helpful!

Gorgeous linens from La Tavola, an overflowing centerpiece from Poppies & Posies, and gilded details everywhere made this table shine. My very favorite detail, though, might have been the apple place cards – such a beautiful bright pop of color on the soft table!

Ahhh the sweets table. Emily from Lael Cakes blew us out of the water with her amazing looking and tasting completely vegan and gluten free apple-themed desserts. Between the mini apple pies, the gold-dusted caramel apples and THAT CAKE, we were singing her praises the whole day. Isn’t that cake pretty much the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen??

Huge thanks to our entire northern crew who worked on this shoot! Even though you’re in Yankee territory, you know a thing or two about Southern hospitality :)

Be sure to pick up your copy of V5 to see even more details and photos from this editorial, and stay tuned for the behind the scenes video by McKenzie Miller on Saturday!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Laura reply

    Those florals are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Just dying over that last cake shot. Stunning! I love the concept of this shoot, and although your horse was not so interested, I love that shot of him! He definitely added some personality :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Absolutely dreamy! That might be my favorite wedding cake ever, and the bourbon bar is such a wonderful idea!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Yep, I’m with you! Might be my favorite cake ever. AND I think Emily will ship the sugar flowers she makes, so that’s good news for those of us outside the NY area!

  4. avatar Love List – Something Pretty reply

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  5. avatar Kate Collison reply

    Beautiful wedding shoot! So sweet and very do-able and inspiring for the real-world bride! Congratulations to SW on V5, as well! Gorgeous. Always!

  6. avatar Kimberly Tunstall reply

    Beautiful wedding! I’m getting so much inspiration for my own wedding from your site:) I adore the shot of her with the half up do. Are those flowers or just flower pins?

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    I have been trying to find a venue like this! I want to get married beneath a large oak tree with horses roaming around in the background. Oo and white fences. Does this exist in the South??

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