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Today’s couple’s story is a little different from most of the brides and grooms who grace Southern Weddings! Jeremy proposed spontaneously in Vegas, and he and Ashley were married in a chic, casual elopement ceremony the very next day. While their whirlwind 36-hour engagement was perfectly them, they were excited to share their joy with family and friends, too. A year and a half after their first wedding in Vegas, these wedding industry cuties were pronounced “still married” at a beautiful Virginia barn.

Thanks so much to Justin & Mary for sharing Ashley and Jeremy’s wedding day with us!

Tell us all about the proposal! It was about 3 a.m. at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant inside the MGM Grand during the 2012 WPPI, a photographer’s conference (I am a wedding photographer and Jeremy is a wedding cinematographer). Through a crazy turn of events, Jeremy decided that he was going to propose to me as soon as I returned to the table. He borrowed a sterling silver ring from a friend, got down on one knee to the shrieks of our friends, and asked me to marry him! We were engaged and married within 36 hours in the most amazing elopement ceremony EVER! You can see our elopement film here and the images here. It was a complete whirlwind but SO us.

Even though our wedding was in the fall, I wanted pastels, pastels, and more pastels! I wanted our florals to feel lush, inviting, soft, romantic, and pretty, with a touch of glam. Rachel, our florist, did an absolutely amazing job with every single piece throughout the day. She even created a little flower collar for our dog to wear down the aisle! My favorites were the huge succulents and giant dahlias that she found and incorporated throughout the wedding!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Of course! There were several reasons we chose to do a first look. One, of course, being a wedding photographer myself, I knew the value of having that extra time on the wedding day for portraits, which were so important to us. We did not have the weather on our side on our wedding day, and if we hadn’t done a first look, all of our portraits would have been in the rain. I’ve also had the privilege of seeing so many couples have a first look, and the emotions and love that comes from them cemented my desire to have one. Jeremy is my best friend and all I wanted to do was see him and hang out before the ceremony!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we did! In my vows, I spoke about the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and how, in that book, the ultimate answer to everything in the universe is the number 42. Through some strange coincidences, that number in particular is very meaningful to us, and I expressed to Jeremy that I was so thankful that “the ultimate answer to everything in my universe was you.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our ceremony was short and sweet. We had one of our great friends, Dave, officiate for us, so it was amazing hearing him tell the story of how we met, offer some advice, and pronounce us “still married.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our food was most decidedly Southern–we wanted upscale, small-plated Southern tapas, and Jodi with Sweetwater more than delivered! We had an entire biscuit bar with homemade jams and jellies, mini mac n’ cheese, mini pot pies, mini grilled cheese paninis with tomato soup, butter beans with cornbread, mini shrimp po’boys…my mouth waters just thinking about it! So many people told us the food was the best they had had at any wedding. Our venue was also so beautifully Southern–a gorgeous home that dated back to the 1800s, tucked away in a tiny Virginia town. I also think our decision to keep the wedding as intimate as possible was Southern too–growing up, we had backyard BBQs and pool parties and were always surrounded by a close knit group of friends and family. I wanted to keep that same feeling alive by not “meeting” anyone at my wedding for the first time!

When we started planning our wedding, I wrote down in my notebook that my dream venue would be a barn with chandeliers. I stumbled across Silverbrook, immediately emailed and spoke to Dot, the owner, and when she said the chandeliers were part of the barn, I couldn’t arrange a site visit fast enough! We chose the venue based on the location and vibe, but we never expected to fall as in love with Dot as much as we did–she was such an amazing part of our day.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had an entire table of Southern dessert favorites! My daddy made his famous banana pudding, which was served in tiny flip-top mason jars. Our incredible caterer, Jodi, put together hand pies on sticks (the chocolate ones were to die for!), miniature Coke floats, and mason jar strawberry shortcakes. We went this direction in lieu of a traditional cake and it was so much fun letting everyone pick their favorites (or try them all!).

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met about eight years ago when I bought car parts from Jeremy and he installed them on my car. Romantic, right? We are both big car nerds and happened to have the same type of car at that time. It wasn’t until about three years later that we saw each other again when a group of our mutual friends organized a snowboarding trip. We annoyed all of our friends by staying up late and talking while everyone else was trying to sleep. It was pretty much “game over” after that!
When did y’all get married? The first time, February 22, 2012. This time, October 12, 2013!
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 75
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I wanted this particular Vera dress from the minute I saw it. My only fear was that it wasn’t going to fit me right, so as soon as we picked a date for the wedding, I ran to the store and tried it on. To my absolute relief, it was exactly what I had imagined! With a few tweaks (I added a sweetheart neckline), it was my dream wedding dress. I also picked out a fun BHLDN dress for the reception so that I could show off my favorite accessory, my sparkly gold Kate Spade shoes!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Music is a huge part of our lives, so our music choices were very deliberate! The song I walked down the aisle to was “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros, and we walked back up the aisle to American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life.” Our first dance song was Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life,” and the rest of our playlist consisted of super fun old-school songs that kept everyone on the dance floor all night long!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We loved the overall combination of the items we chose to include in each part of the day–each choice was made with the intention to not only describe us and our relationship, but to provide a fun, Southern party for all of our best friends to come together at. I think one of the detail highlights was Jeremy’s signature drink–a “pickleback,” which is whiskey and pickle juice. Everyone was scared at first, but by the end of the night, everyone was requesting how to make them, and it was so fun seeing everyone cheers-ing with their newfound favorite drink.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The weather! I know that being in the wedding industry, I should know better than to get upset over the weather, but we had a freak nor’easter roll through Virginia the week of our wedding and it would NOT stop raining. I tried very hard to “let go” during the week, but I couldn’t help but feel a bit helpless. However, when the rehearsal rolled around and I was surrounded by my friends and family, I realized it truly did not matter in the least what the weather brought–everything was going to be perfect no matter what. And truthfully, the overcast skies and the foggy mountains made our wedding absolutely magical.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I couldn’t pick just one! Our vendors were amazing and we chose them not only because of their talents, but because of who they are as people. They not only did their jobs, they treated us like family every step of the way, and when we looked around on the wedding night, it made us so happy to see them dancing and enjoying themselves just as much as we did. We had the best team of vendors ever!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There was a point when Jeremy and I were looking around and we realized that even though we had invited lots of family and friends from all different parts of our lives, there was absolutely no sign that these people hadn’t known each other for more than two hours. All of our friends, from all over the country, from all different parts of our story, were dancing, laughing, and cheers-ing together. That was by far my favorite memory–seeing all of our favorite people meet and become friends with all of our other favorite people!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? As hard as it is, and as cliche as it is, at some point you have to let go and know that your marriage is far more important than your wedding. There are going to be things that are out of your control, but what is in your control is how you react, and how you communicate with your soon-to-be hubby in the face of a stressful situation. Know that in your heart, you are marrying someone amazing, and at the end of the day, that is what matters. I promise, everything will fall into place just as it should. You will look back and see the things that went “wrong” as sweet memories that made the day all the better. It will all be okay!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Married life has been incredible!! We are just looking forward to continuing to build our life together, hand in hand, side by side. He’s my best friend and he saves me in the smallest of ways, every day. I can never truly show him how much I love him, but I darn well am going to try! Oh, and hopefully purchasing our first home together soon–we can’t wait!

Photographer: Justin & Mary Photography / Videographer: Josh Gooden / Planner: Antonia Christianson Events / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Silverbrook Farm / Florist: Floral and Bloom / Dessert Baker and Caterer: Sweetwater Cuisine / DJ: Amanda pearl of Fat Cat Productions / Photo Booth: Liz & Ryan / Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang “White” / Paper Products: PaperDolls Design / Hair Stylist: Ian McCabe / Makeup Artist: Sarah Rillon / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groom’s Attire: Levi Denim, J.Crew Shirt, Forever 21 Blazer, Etsy Bow Tie, and Aldo Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew Shirt, Levi Denim, and H&M Shoes / Chalkboards, place cards, and window panes: Coastal Calligraphy and Design

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Ashley Mitchell reply

    Ahhhh! What an amazing honor and treat to see our wedding grace the “pages” of Southern Weddings this morning!!! We are so stinking excited!!! Thank you so much!!

  2. avatar Emilia Jane reply

    AHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Love you two and I just can’t get enough of your wedding photos :-D <3

  3. avatar Suzy VanDyke reply

    Justin and Mary are amazing photographers, and Ashley & Jeremy are a wonderful couple! I love this wedding!

  4. avatar Liz and Ryan reply

    Ahhh! We just love reliving Ashley and Jeremy’s special day! ;) (x2) So gorgeous! And so perfect! Love you A&J! Ohh and of course AMAZING photographs J&M!!! ;) Love all around! ;)

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    Where are your bridesmaids earrings from….I love them!! Your wedding pictures are gorgeous!!

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    I love the necklace that your bridesmaid in the grey is wearing! Where did you buy it?

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    I also LOVE the necklace you bridesmaid is wearing. Where did you/she get it? I’d love for my ladies to have it for my wedding this October.

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Bridesmaid dress shopping is generally not the easiest part of wedding dress shopping. In fact, I’ve written previously about how challenging the search was for my own wedding! I love hearing about anything that makes the process easier, which is why I’m delighted to introduce you to Little Borrowed Dress – bridesmaid dresses you can rent, for a surprisingly affordable price!

Little Borrowed Dress offers an easy solution to finding a stylish, affordable dress for your bridesmaids. And yes, we really do mean affordable — most short styles are $50 to rent, and most long dresses are $75. The dresses are also available for purchase, if your bridesmaids prefer, and those prices are great, too! (Generally $150 to $185.) If you’d like your bridal party to wear a long gown, I think LBD is an especially great option, because most long styles tend to be a minimum of $250, and even if your gals like the dress, they probably won’t have too many other opportunities to wear it. (If only we got to get gussied up and go somewhere fancy every day!)

Little Borrowed Dress offers 12 lovely styles in 18 colors (and you can order three free fabric swatches!). Every dress is made in New York, which helps keep the quality high. We also love that LBD shows women of all shapes and sizes modeling their dresses on their website, giving you a more accurate idea of what the dresses might look like on your gals. They even have options for pregnant friends! Here are a few of our favorites:

Wondering how it works? Once you’ve made your color and style decisions, place your rental reservation online. Your dresses will arrive two weeks before the wedding ready to wear, and they even include a second size with every rental just in case! Post-wedding, drop them in the mail in pre-paid packaging, and LBD will take care of the rest.

Lucky for us, Little Borrowed Dress is offering up a goodness gracious giveaway! To enter for the chance to outfit up to four bridesmaids for free, just take a peek at all of the dress styles on Little Borrowed Dress and leave a comment here telling us which is your favorite before March 31. One winner will be picked at random on April 1! For full terms and conditions, see here.

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  1. avatar Rachel reply

    Love the Madison dress!

  2. avatar Nicki reply

    I like the Olivia !

  3. avatar Victoria reply

    I love the Emma style!!

  4. avatar Chelsea Smith reply

    I absolutely LOVE the Little Borrowed Dresses, and I would love even more for my maids to wear them!

  5. avatar Chelsea Smith reply

    Whoops! My favorite is the Emma!

  6. avatar C.H. reply

    I’d love to put my girls in any one of the long dresses. The Catherine is classic!

  7. avatar Danielle OMalley reply

    My favorite style is Jane!

    http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/jane.html

  8. avatar Vickey Tsai reply

    I love Ann and Olivia styles – I want my bridesmaids to wear something with a strap so that they’ll be comfortable all day and not feel like they need to tug or pull on their falling strapless dresses. The Ann and Olivia are both classic and beautiful designs with pleating around the waistline that allows for movement to hide any full bellies :)

  9. avatar Amanda reply

    If I have to choose one, I think Jane is my favorite. However, I really like the idea of letting my bridesmaids choose which style they like after I’ve chosen the color (probably skipper).

  10. avatar jennifer reply

    I like the Madison.

  11. avatar Hilari reply

    The “Kate” and “Emma” dresses are my favorite! What a fabulous idea!!

  12. avatar Cydney S. reply

    I love the Jane dress in Sea Glass!

  13. avatar Danielle Michels reply

    I just ordered some swatches from LBD! So glad y’all are doing this giveaway!

    I love the Madison style since it’s flattering for almost every shape!

  14. avatar Samantha reply

    I’m in LOVE with the Emma dress!!

  15. avatar Logan B. reply

    Short dresses with straps are definitely my favorite — they’re so versatile and are sure to look great on any bridesmaid!

  16. avatar Kelly reply

    Love the Kate style!

  17. avatar Mykl reply

    I loveeeee the Cheryl! Love it in the mint color especially:)

  18. avatar Bianca reply

    I love the Jane!

  19. avatar Jordan Troublefield reply

    Oh what a great idea it is to rent!
    Loving the Hillary in the butter yellow color!

  20. avatar Laura Beth Mullins reply

    I love the Jane dress in Skipper! I would love for my bridesmaids to wear this dress!

  21. avatar Alison reply

    I love the Catherine and Jane dresses! My ‘maids would look stunning in them!!

  22. avatar Sara reply

    I would let my girls choose the style best suited for them and I would pick the color — cream. I love the Olivia as a rehearsal dinner option for myself though!

  23. avatar Elizabeth Cox reply

    Loooooving the Olivia style! It would compliment our bride’s dress beautifully! :)

  24. avatar Jessica Walker reply

    I love the Ann style dress in mint! It’s just what I’m looking for my bridesmaids to wear in our winter wedding!

  25. avatar Olivia Foster reply

    I absolutely love the Ann dress one shoulder dresses are my soft spot :) But I have fallen equally in love with the Olivia (I love the name

  26. avatar Leah Barber reply

    My favorite style is the Madison. It’s perfect!

  27. avatar Christine Schultz reply

    I love the Hillary dress!
    http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/hillary.html

  28. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the Kate! LBD is such a great idea.

  29. avatar Kristin Jolly reply

    My favorite dress style from little borrowed dress is definitely the long sweetheart neckline dress. So elegant and classic.

  30. avatar Mallary reply

    I love bridesmaids in mismatched styles. All the same color, just a different dress for each individual bridesmaid.

  31. avatar Kim reply

    Love the Jane in Sage! http://www.littleborroweddress.com/uploads/Image-464-White.jpg

  32. avatar Sadie Schureck reply

    What a wonderful concept! Long, mismatched styles in Slate would be a great way for each bridesmaid to choose what she feels most comfortable wearing!

  33. avatar Nicole reply

    LOVE the long dress that is green in the picture, but I would prefer it in blush coloring!

  34. avatar Angela reply

    I love the Catherine dress! My girls would look great in this one-shouldered look! :) It would be so amazing to win a drawing like this– thanks for the opportunity!

  35. avatar Veronica V reply

    My favorite styles are the Hillary and the Mia. I like these because they are perfect for a beach wedding.

  36. avatar Elisha Dudley reply

    I like the Jane!

  37. avatar Alyssa Thiele reply

    I love the Jane! It has the vintage, romantic look that I am looking for and would flatter all body types.

    http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/jane.html

  38. avatar Melody Chapman reply

    My favorite is the Madison style. I love how flowy it is at the bottom and the criss-cross top would flatter everyone!

  39. avatar Amanda Gardner reply

    I LOVE the Jane dress! It is exactly the style I have in mind for my wedding!

  40. avatar Emily Zorn reply

    I love the Grace and Jane styles! Classic :)

  41. avatar Meredith reply

    I love the Ann in Papaya. That color is so pretty!
    http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/ann.html

  42. avatar Kayla reply

    I love the Catherine dress. It is a flattering style and would look great on anyone!

  43. avatar Mary reply

    Oooh, the Catherine has been a favorite of mine for a long time! Whether I win this wonderful contest or not, we’re still using LBD for my June wedding. :)

  44. avatar Camry reply

    Jane :) So pretty and flowy

  45. avatar Jena reply

    I love the Jane! Would really love for my girls to wear them to my beach wedding!!

  46. avatar Elisabeth reply

    This is such a great idea, thanks for introducing me to the site. I loved the Kate most of all! I ordered some color swatches from them just now :)

  47. avatar Kira reply

    I love the Jane! Crossing my fingers!!

  48. avatar Allyssia reply

    Hillary has to be my favorite style but same color different style is still a possibility.

  49. avatar mmhines reply

    What a great idea – I have been having a hard time coming up with suggestions for my bmaids because they all live in different states, so renting could be a killer option for them. I LOVE the Ann style!

  50. avatar Ruth Carmon reply

    My favorite style for bridesmaids is the Hillary and for the maid of honor the Grace

  51. avatar Britni reply

    Heard about LBD a few weeks ago and kicking myself for not thinking of this idea first :) For my wedding, I would like the girls in long dresses so I’m gravitating towards Madison as the fave – but I’m all for the (controlled) mix-matched styles!

  52. avatar Shannon reply

    Olivia is my favorite, this would be SO COOL to win!

  53. avatar Laurel reply

    Madison & Ann are my favorites :)

  54. avatar Megan reply

    Catherine

  55. avatar Anna reply

    I REALLY like the style “Ann”, especially in Plum. I mean how could I not like that style, with an awesome name like Ann? ;)

  56. avatar Brittany Lau reply

    I love leigh and Cheryl

  57. avatar Christina C reply

    I love the Catherine Dress

  58. avatar Christina C reply

    forgot to include the link! http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/catherine.html

  59. avatar Tabitha reply

    I’ve been planning on getting my bridesmaid dresses from Little Borrowed Dress, because the styles are so cute but won’t break the bank (important for kids fresh out of school). My favorite style is the Emma- I really love that gathered neckline!

  60. avatar Kacey Capps reply

    My favorite dresses are Catherine! I also love Hillary!

  61. avatar Meghan reply

    Kate is my favorite and it will flatter all body types!

  62. avatar Caitlyn Kryston reply

    I love the Catherine or Emma. What a great idea!

  63. avatar Cherin reply

    Its a touch decision but I would put my bridesmaid in the Mai in Papaya and my Matron of honor in the Mia in but in Blush or Peach. Not sure which so I just ordered the 3 free swatches. Fingers crossed

  64. avatar Kari reply

    Love the Madison!
    http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/madison.html

  65. avatar Jenna reply

    I love them all! But the Emma in Sea Glass is my favorite :)
    http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/emma.html

  66. avatar Amanda Gardner reply

    I love the Jane! It is exactly what I have been imagining for my wedding, and powder blue is the PERFECT color.

  67. avatar Amanda reply

    I love Jane! I forgot to link the website earlier. :) I just adore this dress!

    http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/jane.html

  68. avatar Kathleen Q. reply

    I love love LOVE the Catherine dress in Blush! This dress would beautifully compliment my girls, who are all different sizes! I hope I win :)

  69. avatar Tricia reply

    The Jane is the exact style I have been looking for. The perfect dress to belt and it can be rented! How have I never heard of this?

  70. avatar Lindsay Kerins reply

    I love the Emma I feel like it could be really flattering on any figure!

  71. avatar Monica reply

    I love the dress Hilary! Too cute!!!

  72. avatar Sarah E. reply

    I love the Madison in Steel. I like that my bridesmaids could mix and match styles and still go together perfectly.

  73. avatar Heather R reply

    I think my favorite is the Madison, but I also really like Olivia, Catherine….ok, most of the dresses haha

  74. avatar Gabby P reply

    I Love the Hillary style!

  75. avatar Katie reply

    Love the long flowing style! This would be a great fit for my full chested girls and still flatter my not-so-full chested maids ;)

  76. avatar Melissa Kay reply

    Oh m goodness, I have never heard of the opportunity to rent bridesmaids dresses and found it so unfair since groomsmen can easily borrow a tux the day of.

    The Catherine style would look fantastic on my bridesmaids; even if I don’t win I’m directing these lovely ladies to this website.

    My colors are purple so Iris and Plum alternating coloring would be stunning.

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  77. avatar Katrina Holloway reply

    Kate in Sage would be perfect for my maid of honor. She’s really busty and has an olive skin tone. The back up size offer is so cool since she has problems finding a correct size for her chest. :) <3

  78. avatar Olivia S. reply

    So lovely! My itty bitty bridesmaids would look like little princesses in the blush colored floor length Ann design.

  79. avatar Kathleen K reply

    Wow! These seem so high quality and renting is a really cool option.

    Eeeeeeh! The Leight is totally amazing.

    Maybe in sea glass?

  80. avatar ShaRi reply

    Madison, Jane, or Ann are my favorites. I feel no matter what time or season these are timeless and elegant and fit all body types.

  81. avatar Janelle reply

    The Cheryl is a fantastic look! :)

  82. avatar Claudia reply

    The Olivia dress is fabulous!

  83. avatar Amber reply

    I love the “Madison,” which was surprising because I typically go for short dresses! They are all wonderful.

  84. avatar Carol reply

    I love the Jane style. So pretty!

  85. avatar Latoya smith reply

    Short dresses

  86. avatar Latoya cherry reply

    Emma

  87. avatar Harrelle Porter reply

    Dear Little Borrowed Dress,

    I am in love with “Jane!” She is a beauty and would love for my bridesmaids to be able to walk down the aisle in this flattering piece. This dress will fit any figure which makes it very versatile which is a very important.

    You can find Ms. “Jane” below:
    http://www.littleborroweddress.com/boutique/jane.html

    Yours truly,
    Harrelle Porter future Mrs. Thompson

  88. avatar Stephanie Bell reply

    I LOVE the Olivia! I looks elegant and classy… and yet comfortable too!

  89. avatar Monica Starr-Arthur reply

    I love the Kate from LBD! My BFF is finally tying the knot after 10 years, I’m so happy that they’ve made the commitment to go for happily ever after. The wedding will be lakeside in Mass and will be georgeous in August! We can’t wait to try out LBD!

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Happy Monday, friends! So far, you’ve gotten a peek at the Dream Southern Summer Weddings of the lovely Emily, Marissa, Nicole and Kristin, and now it’s my turn!

One thing that sets me apart from most of my fellow SW gals is that I am a city girl, through and through. My sister and I joke that we sleep better to traffic noises than country noises, and nothing fires me up quite like exploring places like Atlanta, Raleigh, or Austin (three of my very favorite Southern cities). With that being said, an elegant wedding in my nearest big city (Raleigh) complete with lots of charming Southern details would be my dream come true!

Clockwise from top left: bridesmaid dresses by Jessica Lorren, tablescape by Caroline Joy via Style Me Pretty, chalkboard calligraphy by Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty, cake by Steve Steinhardt via Southern Weddings, Raleigh wedding portrait by Nancy Ray via Style Me Pretty, Just Married sign by Max Wanger via 100 Layer Cake, invitation by Patricia Lyons via Southern Weddings, venue by Sam Stroud via Southern Weddings, Vera Wang Delaney dress by Lacie Hansen via Snippet and Ink

The feel: Classic and chic with an undeniable sense of Southern hospitality. Lush florals, swirly custom calligraphy, and cafe lights strung across the ceiling would help strike the perfect balance between urban and romantic. The details would all have an understated Southern feel, such as mint julep signature cocktails, a seersucker something blue, gussied up biscuits (like from our V6 biscuit shoot–check out a little sneak peek on Instagram!) and monogrammed cocktail napkins.

The place: I love industrial elements in reception spaces, especially brick walls, hardwood floors and huge architectural windows. A venue in the heart of Raleigh with any combination of these things would be fine by me!

The time: Early June, around 5 p.m.

The style: Since we’re just dreaming here, I’d splurge on one of my favorite dresses ever, the gorgeous Vera Wang Delaney. Y’all, this dress gives me chills! I love anything with bows, so I would pair it with some dreamy Valentino bow pumps, and complete the look with a long, wispy veil, My girls would wear long, mismatched dresses in shades of blush, gray and ivory, plus some delicate gold jewelry. My groom and his guys would dress in classic, dark gray suits and brown wingtip shoes.

The food: I can’t quite shake my love affair with the foodie culture in Austin, where I went to college, so I’d have to go with an elegant, modern take on Tex Mex. If Torchy’s Tacos would like to deliver to Raleigh as well, I would not refuse it. :)

The music: This is one place I would bring in more distinctly Southern elements, especially because I love country music. I’m thinking a live bluegrass band at cocktail hour and then a handful of my favorite country songs on the reception playlist.

The flowers: My two favorite flowers are quite strictly spring flowers (peonies and dogwoods–though see if you can find a different way I’d incorporate dogwoods!). For the summer, I would opt for blush garden roses, white gardenias and pale pink ranunculus, all anchored with some dark greenery. My bouquet would be tied with a charcoal gray Froufrou Chic ribbon and accented with my mom’s gold heart locket (something old and borrowed!). Centerpieces would consist of more of the same, arranged in loose, low vessels that let the flowers and greenery spill out on to the table.

What do y’all think? What would your dream Southern summer wedding look like?

lisa Written with love by Lisa
6 Comments
  1. avatar Caroline Joy reply

    As Austin-ites ourselves, Torchy’s Tacos is our absolute favorite! :) I love every bit of this beautiful post, Lisa!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thank you so much, Caroline! I cannot wait to get some tacos and queso when I visit Austin over Thanksgiving–my stomach is growling just thinking about it!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Gorgeous! What a sparkly and fun Southern soiree :)

  3. avatar lena reply

    Oh so pretty!

  4. avatar Dana reply

    i would totally be a bridesmaid in this wedding! especially if torchys is there :)

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