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As some of you may know, the Southern Weddings gals moved into a new office back in May. We’re pretty well settled in at this point, but if you can believe it, we still don’t have much on our walls! That’s pretty much a travesty for visual people like us.

Last week we took the step of buying frames, but now we have to decide what goes in them… and that’s where y’all come in! We need to choose just SIX perfect images from all of the past Southern Weddings shoots and features. SIX. Talk about pressure! We’ve narrowed it down to ten, but would love your help to make the final decision. If you would, please weigh in with your top six from the ten images below — or, if you can’t choose, we’ll just take your one favorite :)

No. 1: A perfectly preppy table shot from our V4 Charleston shoot with A Bryan Photo and Calder Clark (see more here!).

No. 2: Mason jars go champagne sophisticated with help from Jose Villa and Lisa Vorce in this V4 shoot (see more here!).
No. 3: Punch for two? Yes, please! Thanks to Summer Watkins and Braedon Flynn for this beautiful image from a V4 shoot!

No. 4: An epic and oh-so-Southern portrait from a real wedding by Tanja Lippert, originally seen in V4. Look for this wedding to hit the blog soon!

No. 5: A favorite bride + bridesmaid shot from one of our V3 photoshoots with Jose Villa.

No. 6: A gorgeous anemone bouquet (by MG Floral) from one of our V4 real weddings, shot by Melissa Schollaert. See more from Natalia + Levi’s wedding here + here!
No. 7: Oh yes, the seersucker wedding gown. You didn’t think we’d get away without mentioning it, did you? Shot by Veil and Bow for a V4 editorial.

No. 8: We snuck in a little more V3 love with this pretty shot of fresh, Southern beauty from the cover editorial. Thank you, Veil and Bow! See more here.
No. 9: A gorgeous ceremony set-up from our V4 Williamsburg shoot with Katie Stoops and Courtney Spencer.

No. 10: Last but not least, this majestic hot air balloon shot by Jose Villa from a V3 editorial.

So what do you think, ladies and gents? Comment below with your top six prettiest, most Southern picks! And good luck to you — I’m guessing it will be a hard decision!!

emily Written with love by Emily
42 Comments
  1. avatar Beth reply

    My choices – 1, 10, 5, 9, 6, 7

  2. avatar Tiffany Medrano reply

    Definitely number ten. It is whimsical and lovely. (my other favorites are 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8) Have fun decorating! :)

  3. avatar Kelly reply

    1
    4
    5
    7
    10
    2

  4. avatar Victoria reply

    All are great choices! My favorites are 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

  5. avatar Kelley reply

    10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 3 :)

  6. avatar Sheila @tableauevents reply

    Without a doubt #10. I love love love all the colors and inspiration you can pull from just one image! Stunning!

  7. avatar Bethany reply

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9

  8. avatar Nicole reply

    #4 has to be one of the 6! Such a calming, love filled image! Good luck choosing the rest!

  9. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh this is hard!! But my favorites are 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10. Can’t wait to hear what y’all decide on! :)

  10. avatar Jillian Nicole reply

    All beautiful images, but my favourites are 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10! You really can’t go wrong with any!:)

  11. avatar caitlin reply

    ABSOLUTE FAVORITES: 1, 4, 6, 10

    also love: 7, 2

  12. avatar Jillian Nicole reply

    They’re all so beautiful, but my favourites have to be 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10. You really can’t go wrong with any!:)

  13. avatar Katiuska reply

    #’s 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, & 10! Even I want 10!

    Beautiful!!

  14. avatar Jen reply

    all lovely!! My pick 6 are 1, 5(just because that is one of my favorite colors), 4, 6, 7 and 10. Happy decorating!!

  15. avatar Laura reply

    4, 6, 9, and 10 for sure. I love the colors in 10, gorgeous.

  16. avatar Amanda reply

    3,4,7,8,9,10!! Love the couples so much and the beautiful decor from williamsburg, and that gorg gown!

  17. avatar Jessica reply

    top 6 in no particular order:
    1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 4/9

  18. avatar Heather reply

    I love 3,4,6,7,8. 3 & 4 for how intimate they are – especially how timeless 4 is. 6 is just so classic. 7… well you can’t get much more southern than seersucker! Except maybe if a bow tie was thrown in. And I love the colors using in 8 between the flower and earrings.

  19. avatar Laura reply

    1,4,6,7,9,10. My favorite is 10 though. :-)

  20. avatar Ashley reply

    1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10. Such gorgeous pictures!

  21. avatar Megan reply

    Numbers 1, 4, 6, 7, & 10 are my favorites!

  22. avatar Cassandra reply

    That was hard! 2, 4, 6, 7, 9 & 10 – 10 is amazing and I love the colors.

  23. avatar Theresa reply

    2,4,7,9 for sure!

  24. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    These aren’t necessarily my top 6 favorites of all the images, but the 6 that I think would best look displayed on a wall, TOGETHER. All important factors to think of!

    2,3,4,5,8,+ 9!

    Good luck, ladies!

  25. avatar Tasha reply

    I love 5, 6, 8 and 10

  26. avatar GiGi reply

    My vote:
    1,5,6,7,8,9

  27. avatar Brit {Colure Weddings} reply

    You guys have a tough choice to make! I think 4, 8, and 10 are a must though. Good luck narrowing it down!

  28. avatar Chelsea reply

    1,2,3,4,6,10

    All fantastic photos, but these are exceptional!

  29. avatar Jenna Stratman reply

    2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 are my favorites!! They’re all stunning photos, though. You can’t go wrong! :)

  30. avatar Kelly Cummings reply

    1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10

  31. avatar Suzette reply

    #1 Because: it’s elegant and sophisticated.
    #4 Because: he’s taking her down a country dirt road! how much more romantic could you get?
    #5 Because: who needs shoes anyway? not southern girls!
    #9 Because: it’s a beautiful outdoor wedding in Old Dominion (Virginia IS for lovers, you know)
    #10 Because: the majestic trees in the background unique to our region.

  32. avatar Patti from Perfect Match Bridal Jewelry reply

    2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, with faves being 7 and 9. Champagne in baby mason jars? Love it!

  33. avatar Melissa W reply

    My Fav are: 1,3,4,5,7 & 9 …but they are all so pretty!! I can see why ya’ll needed help deciding!! :)

  34. avatar Vanessa reply

    This is a hard one but I think I’d have to go with: 1,2,4,6,8,10! (Apparently I’m all about the even numbers!)

  35. avatar Nicole reply

    1,4,5,10

  36. avatar Emily reply

    I can’t help but love 1,2,4,5,6,10

  37. avatar Sarah Tippins reply

    Please use #7 and #1!

  38. avatar Lauren reply

    1, 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 get my votes! But honestly, this is like picking a favorite pup from a litter… I just want them all!

  39. avatar Coretta’s Elegant Events reply

    Number 5! The lovely bridesmaids and bride. Partly because I remember reading that they weren’t professional models and they look so real, partly because every wedding party should look so awesome and lastly because of the FAB triple strand turquoise Stella & Dot necklace on the left maid that I have and love. http://www.stelladot.com/elegantcoretta

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If the sight of a glowing sperry tent in the middle of a manicured lawn doesn’t already knock your socks off, then maybe the bright and flowing linens will do the trick. Or maybe the rows of farm tables topped with blue Ball Jars full of wildflowers? Whatever detail of Alex + Paul’s wedding makes your heart skip a beat, there’s no denying there are plenty to choose from. Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events worked with the couple to create a springy and oh-so-Southern reception. In addition to being delighted with fun pinwheels and a gorgeous tablescape, guests took full advantage of the dessert bar, full of pies, cookies, coffee, and biscotti. Big thanks to Don Mears Photography for sharing this with us!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Since many of our guests came from out of town, we threw a welcome party the night before our wedding, in lieu of a rehearsal dinner. Many of our guests had never visited Richmond, so it was exciting for us to use our wedding weekend to show them the city. The welcome party was at the 2300 Club, in historical Church Hill, which was a great introduction into the history of Richmond. The reception was held at Maymont Park, a sprawling estate in the heart of Richmond. In late May, it was the perfect time of year for the local flora to be a part of the scenery of our wedding. And we can’t forget the Southern pies we served for dessert!
Describe your wedding flowers: We collected over 300 blue Ball Jars from Ebay and hand washed and wrapped each. Kristi of Flower Girls was great to work with and listened to our requests. We wanted a relaxed home feel with the colors of spring. We let her use her artistic talent to create a beautiful landscape.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: In addition to the pies, we had a dessert table offering six assorted cookies, coffee, espresso and biscotti.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our event planner, Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events, helped us figure out what details meant the most to us and our guests, and then took care of the rest.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our band, The Edge.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Seeing each other for the first time.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff! Hire people that you trust and give them the freedom to do their jobs.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’ll be taking on the Big Apple for a couple years for job opportunities and look forward to moving back to the South after.

Photographer: Don Mears Photography // Planner: Courtney Spencer // Ceremony venue: St. Bridgets Catholic Church // Reception venue: Maymont // Florist: Flower Girls // Wedding Cake Baker: Sweetest Thing Bakery // Caterer: A Pimento // Rentals: Tent from Skyline // Linens: La Tavola, napkin rentals from Classic Party Rentals of Virginia, other rentals from Beehive Events and Festive Fare // Bride’s Dress: Matthew Christopher // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Paper: Reception calligraphy by Ginny Rogan // Makeup: Stephanie Parker

*Merriment Events is a Southern Weddings sponsor.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Wow, the details of this wedding is just gorgeous! I’m love the table decorations – the flowers are perfect!

  2. avatar Joyce Racanelli reply

    Don Mears and Courtney, from Merriment were amazing to work with. The caterer, Gay and her staff were terrific! We all felt so confident in their work, it helped us enjoy the day to the fullest.
    The Mother of the Bride

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  5. avatar Valerie Feathers reply

    Where did you find the teal mason jars?

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Merriment Events and Don Mears Photography make my heart happy. Alex + Paul’s May wedding was a springy garden-like celebration that boasted bright florals, which looked even more amazing against Alex’s bridesmaids’ teal green dresses. I love how each gal wore a style that most flattered her, while still color-matching. Of course, I’d be remiss if I neglected to highlight the beribboned wreaths on the doors and the adorable send off. Guests congratulated the newlyweds by ringing dozens of bells as Alex + Paul made their way to their bright blue vintage car. The bells belong to Paul’s family and it’s tradition for them to be rung at family weddings! Now that’s a great way to start a party, no?

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We became friends during our senior year of college. During the years after graduation, we would bump into each other in random places (twice in Europe and once in Las Vegas!) and the friendship developed into a relationship.
Describe the proposal. I grew up on the beach in Montauk, and over the course of our relationship it became a special place for me and Paul. Paul wasn’t able to plan a trip up to Montauk for us because of my schedule, so he brought Montauk to me to set the scene for the proposal. We came home from dinner to find my backyard transformed into a beachscape—covered in sand with a projection of a Montauk sunset onto a movie screen.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Unique, personal and intimate.
In what month did you get married? May
How many guests attended your wedding? 250
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We wrote individual notes to each couple attending the wedding and left them on the table prior to the guests’ arrival. We knew we wouldn’t have much time with everyone so this was a unique way to tell them how important they are in our lives. Dinner was served family style, which was a personal touch that we wanted to incorporate into our day. Gay Berry of A Pimento Catering created an intimate dining experience for 250 people, cooking and managing her staff out of a 20 x 20 tent.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I was determined to find my dress in one day, so my mom, my sisters and I set out on a whirlwind bridal tour of New York City. I put a deposit down on a dress and was ready to cancel my last appointment but my mom and sisters convinced me to go anyway, just in case. I walked into Gabriella’s salon in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and saw that a bridal designer was there for his trunk show. There was one dress of the several I tried on that I kept going back to, but something was missing. We asked to take the straps down, and with that minor tweak it turned into the dress I knew I wanted to wear on my wedding day.

Photographer: Don Mears Photography // Planner: Courtney Spencer // Ceremony venue: St. Bridgets Catholic Church // Reception venue: Maymont // Florist: Flower Girls // Wedding Cake Baker: Sweetest Thing Bakery // Caterer: A Pimento // Rentals: Tent from Skyline // Linens: La Tavola, napkin rentals from Classic Party Rentals of Virginia, other rentals from Beehive Events and Festive Fare // Bride’s Dress: Matthew Christopher // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Paper: Reception calligraphy by Ginny Rogan // Makeup: Stephanie Parker

*Merriment Events is a Southern Weddings sponsor.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    What gorgeous flowers and a beautiful church!

  2. avatar HollandPhotoArts reply

    What a sweet & fun wedding to start 2012 off with! How can you not *love* an affair with cowbells?!? Beautiful work, Don, Lindsay & Courtney! xoxo…a&b

  3. avatar Handmade Wedding Albums reply

    What a lovely wedding. Going to that last wedding dress salon was well worth it. Stunning dress.

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  5. avatar kate reply

    Hi! Would you be able to tell me the desiger for the bridesmaid dresses and color? I’m looking to do the exact same color, but I’m having trouble finding it. Love the emerald green dresses! Thanks so much!

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