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I am loving all of the cozy winter wedding inspiration we’ve been sharing lately, aren’t y’all? I’m glad that even though it doesn’t often snow in the South, it does get chilly enough to make drinking hot cocoa and snuggling by the fire reasonable activities. Photographer Julie Paisley and the ladies of Southern Grace Events and Gatherings agree, and were sweet to share this rustic and romantic inspiration with us!

What a gorgeous tulle gown! Love this one and all the others on our Southern Style Pinterest board.

Twine and bark make for a beautiful and unexpected bouquet wrap.

Pancakes at a dessert buffet? Since doughnuts are my absolute favorite sweet, I wouldn’t say no to mixing genres!

That cotton is the perfect Southern touch for this bouquet, isn’t it?

Our inspiration for the shoot all started with a craving for a cozy setting, a stack of country flapjacks, fresh cotton, soft greenery, and a desire for an intimate setting with an organic feel. We wanted to put a fresh twist on combining rugged with feminine. Drawing inspiration from airy neutrals and deep shades of berry, we incorporated this seasons “go to” print – plaid! It provides the perfect pop of playful texture and can be both modern and classic.

Photographer: Julie Paisley | Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Cami | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Paulina Perez | Event Designer: Southern Grace Events and Gatherings | Cake Designer: Sugar Rush Confections | Florist: Ruby Reds Floral & Garden | Invitation: Rifle Paper Co. | Dress Salon: The White Magnolia | Bridesmaid Dress Salon: J. Ashley Boutique

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lindsay {Everistta} reply

    This bridal look is simply stunning! I love the modern head piece with the huge ball gown. So chic!

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You guys know I’m a sucker for a non-traditional dress. Alison’s pink Vera Wang was a show-stopper, but still looked perfectly whimsical to fit into her outdoor brunch “I do’s” with hubby, Brent. I am absolutely loving their breezy ceremony set-up, calligraphy details and lush green florals, courtesy of The Byrd Collective. We wish we could join in on Alison + Brent’s fun wedding from Paige Newton Photography!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Wow. It was quite an experience. I fell head over heels for the blush dress in Vera Wang’s collection for David’s Bridal the second I saw it. I was trying to save money and ended up buying another dress that I wasn’t happy with. After lamenting the decision and trying the blush pink dress on several times with friends, I stumbled upon a Three Nails Photography giveaway for my dream dress in my size! I held my breath for weeks and jumped straight out of my chair when I WON!

Brent knew that advent calendars were one of my favorite Christmas traditions. So when I made one for us, he decided to surprise me with a very special present on the last day! The ring was tucked in a chocolate candy wrapper (I have a major sweet tooth). I was in such a state of shock that it took me a minute to realize that he was down on one knee! It suddenly made sense why my parents had been avoiding me all morning. They had known since Thanksgiving when he had asked for my dad’s permission and they had all gone ring shopping together!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? No. That moment when I was walking down the aisle and we were both crying our eyes out was well worth the wait.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes! Brent’s were amazing. My favorite parts were the opening and the end. They started out very sweet and simple. “I promise to hold your hand under tables, in public, during the movies, while you sleep.” And the end was so special. “I look forward to the day it is no longer just us. To the day that we begin a family, and to working together as one body. I will be our hands, while you are our eyes. And you will be our heart, while I am the flesh, bones, and even armor that protects us.”

Two things I love: fun accessories and happy couples. Don’t y’all love Alison’s little black hair bow above and her adorable post-ceremony photo with Brent, below?

Ashley with The Byrd Collective is a floral genius. I wanted the flowers to be romantic and wild and she captured it perfectly. The room smelled gorgeously of sweet buds and delicious brunch food.

What range did your wedding budget fall into? I went over budget, broke down and hired a wedding planner. If I had been smart about it, I would have saved a lot by hiring her earlier on! We hit around $25,000. It could have been done for much less if I had planned my rentals earlier in the game and been better at budgeting — another handy reason to hire a planner.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Prioritize. If you aren’t good with budgets, then find someone who is immediately and follow your gut. Write thank you cards as you receive the gifts and make a list of those you’ve sent. Also, don’t borrow or buy your dishes. Washing 300 dishes isn’t anyone’s idea of a fun way to spend their first two weeks of marriage.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We became the best of friends during our last year of college at Texas State University. My maid of honor was also his good friend, so when he invited me to be his date at a wedding in his hometown, I didn’t hesitate. There is something extremely charming about a Southern gentleman and a small town wedding. But I bet I don’t have to tell y’all that!
In what month did you get married? I have always wanted to be a June bride and loved the date 6-2-12. Should be easy enough to remember!
How many guests attended your wedding? Close to 120.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Julia Ward sang “Love is a Big Deal” by Miya Dunets as I was walking down the aisle and as our first dance. It is hauntingly beautiful and has always brought tears to our eyes.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: When we sat down at the bakery to taste flavors, we had no idea what we were in for. We ended up choosing four different flavors because they were all so incredible. We chose to leave off the outer icing and drizzle the top with caramel. It gave it that wild and undone look that matched the flowers, but we placed two romantic brass swans on top to give it a polished touch.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The way it all felt very “us” from the bridal party outfits to the decor and food.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our families are from the South (Mississippi, Alabama, and deep in East Texas) so the accents alone made it feel very Southern. Other than that, we had several Southern touches. For brunch, we served scratch biscuits and gravy, I wore my something old/new/borrowed/blue in the form of wedding jewelry from our grandmothers and great grandmothers. The entire wedding had a family reunion feel which we loved, and we asked everyone to dress for my favorite Southern love, Sunday brunch.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I tried to do it all myself, while living in Arizona. If we hadn’t moved back to Austin a month before the wedding, I don’t know how I would have pulled it off. Having our friends and family around helped tremendously.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The photography! We’ll cherish these photographs forever.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The look on Brent’s face when I saw him standing at the altar. It was the sweetest moment of our entire relationship.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just moved home to Austin because we’d like to settle down, begin planning a family of our own, and enjoy every day that we are back where the people are friendly and the land is beautiful.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lynn reply

    I love the signs for the drinks and the beautiful range of colors in the bridesmaid dresses the most. Hope you had a great labor day weekend and are excited for the official return of pumpkin spice lattes and salted caramel mochas starting today!

  2. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    Love the dress in blush pink! I wore it in ivory. Beautiful photos!

  3. avatar Leah Muse reply

    Holy gorgeous. That dress is amazing, the photography is beautiful and bright, and the details are so charming!

  4. avatar Emily @ BDW reply

    It was a blast helping Alison + Brent pull off their wedding vision along with some of my favorite people. Alison is such a talented artist and hand letterer, too! Thanks for featuring :). And, congratulations, Martins! xoxo

  5. avatar Katie @ Lovebird Productions reply

    Stunning! It is amazing how romantic sheer curtains can be.

    And the blush dress…perfect!

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  10. avatar ann reply

    Who designed/made the corn hole bag board. Its amazing.

  11. avatar Jenna reply

    I am planning my wedding right now and REALLY want to copy your corn hole boards. I was going to paint the design myself but I was just curious if yours was a decal you got made or hand painted? If it was a decal do you mind telling me where it was from?
    Thank you!!

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One benefit of a short wedding gown? You get to wade in the picturesque creek at the Historic Cedarwood! Photo fun aside, this family-style reception manages to be Southern-stylish without any fussy details. With lace underneath, guests chowed down to fried chicken and all the fixin’s at a long banquet table that brought the entire party together. I’m totally smitten with Jamie + Dan’s embroidered chair sleeves and their floral china makes my heart pitter-patter! Even with these beautiful details, their reception looks like the epitome of summer ease and relaxation. The only thing that could make it better would be hummingbird cake by Patty Cakes and pecan pie! Guests were treated to the desserts along with chilled watermelon slices and homemade jam as the night came to a close. Don’t you wish you could hop right into this wedding? Big thanks to Ulmer Studios for sharing this sweet celebration!

Describe your wedding flowers: The flowers for our wedding were an array of summer colors – natural like a wildflower meadow. Yellow, purple, green, and orange were just a few of the colors in the amazing arrangements and bouquets. They were set on the tables in gorgeous antique glasses and mason jars. Cedarwood incorporated hummingbirds for a perfect show of a Southern summer style.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our wedding cake was a hummingbird cake, which is an old recipe of several layers of a banana cake with layers of icing in between. The cake was garnished with handfuls of strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. We also had a pecan pie made especially for the groom. I don’t know if there is another dessert that is more Southern than a pecan pie!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I think the biggest challenge was the distance. The wedding was held in Nashville and Dan and I live in Arkansas. Though there was a lot of distance and it was hard for me to imagine how everything would come together, I knew that our wedding was in the best hands. The Cedarwood team did an amazing job of pulling together all of the details of the wedding.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The venue. Cedarwood is probably the most beautiful setting for weddings that I have ever seen. They are also wonderful designers. Dan and I couldn’t have styled our own wedding as well as they did. They were always very receptive to our ideas and any questions we had were always answered right away. They not only gave us an amazing wedding, but they made it easy even though we were so far away.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It is hard to choose just one thing as the most memorable moment. One of the details of our wedding that we were so happy with was the band. The guitar, banjo, and fiddle brought the whole ceremony together. To be able to listen to them play and sing throughout the ceremony made it feel that much more special.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We didn’t write our own vows, but we did choose the different parts of our ceremony. One thing that meant a lot to us was including my four year old daughter. There was a part of Dan’s vows where he promised to always take care of Presley. Not only was it important to him to let her know that he would always be there for her, but it also meant a lot to her to be included.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Decide what you want and don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Make yourself happy first and foremost or you will regret not making the wedding your own.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future?
Next, we would like to buy some land where we can build a home and expand our little farm. Presley is so amazing and watching her growing up and playing around our home and little farm really makes us look forward to having more children in the future.

Photography: Ulmer Studios // Venue and wedding planner: Historic Cedarwood // Flowers and styling: Cedarwood Weddings // Officiant: Ralph Griggs // Hair and Makeup: Katie Guberud of Aura Salon // Wedding Dress: The Bridal Cottage // Invitations and Paper Goods: Designs in Paper // Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes // Bluegrass Music: Mark Burnett and Kathy Kuhn with Jason Fletcher of Nashvegas Ramblers // Catering: Monell’s // Favors: DIY by the bride

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Emily reply

    I ADORE the embroidered chair decor and gorgeous cake in this wedding!! Good job all around!

  2. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Love all the creative details!


  3. avatar Linda @ Cedarwood reply

    Thanks Emily! This wedding was perfectly pure of heart in every way. Thanks for the feature on Southern Weddings. Ulmer Studios, Patty Cakes, Designs in Paper, and more great vendors made magic.

  4. avatar Deidra reply

    Fried chicken and hummingbird cake, you cannot lose!

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  8. avatar Jamie reply

    Thanks to Southern Weddings for featuring our wedding! It’s every girls dream to have her wedding featured by a magazine! It was an amazing day and it couldn’t have happened without the help of Historic Cedarwood and Josh and Amber Ulmer of Ulmer Studios Photography. We Love y’all!!

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    Where, oh where, did you get those tiny mason jars?!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Stephanie! I often find those skinnier mason jars at Walmart. For the really small ones, try a craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby!

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