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After meeting each other when they were young’uns (pre-cell phone young, y’all!), Lindsay and Ty’s wedding day was the accumulation of years of love and memories! As you can imagine, they shared so much throughout their years together, so when it came to plan their wedding, they chose wedding details based on meaningful moments. From the cabin where Lindsay got ready, the same site of their sweet Christmas proposal, to their gorgeous reception at Ty’s family’s farm, each detail came full circle with their relationship. And, major kudos to Lindsay for getting all her thank you notes out before their wedding day – y’all know we’re all about snail mail!

Big SW hugs to Mark Williams Studio for not only capturing this lovely day, but for creating the beautiful blooms as well!

My something borrowed was my Grandmother’s sash from her wedding dress in 1949 that I wrapped around my bouquet. My something blue was a patch I had sewn into my wedding gown, with my initials sewn in blue thread. My something old was my maternal Grandfather’s engraved pocket knife that the team at Mark Williams Studios incorporated as a “charm” on my bouquet. My something new was a handkerchief Ty had made for me with the words “Oh heavenly day, all the clouds blew away, Got no trouble today with anyone. The smile on your face, I live only to see. It’s enough for me baby, it’s enough for me, oh heavenly day, heavenly day, heavenly day. Only I’m glad to be here with you. I love you, Ty. 4-26-14” embroidered on it. They are the lyrics of the song “Heavenly Day” that was played during the ceremony.

Our venues were probably the most special part of our wedding. As a little girl, I had always envisioned a rustic wedding out at the cabin–a place that is so special to me. We got engaged at my family’s cabin, had the wedding at the cabin, and had the reception at the Tyson Ranch (Ty’s family’s land). My daddy worked so hard to make the cabin the place that it is, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts. The Tyson Ranch happens to be directly across the dirt road, and it is a beautiful property, complete with ponds, a barn, and horses in the pastures. At first, we weren’t sure how we would make the reception work out there, but I was determined and I had a vision. It turned out to be the most picturesque event ever.

On the Franklin farm, we have an old vehicle that my uncle fixed up into sort of an “open-air” bus. It has steps that you walk up to get in the back of it and a top and sides, but no windows or doors. It feels like a small school bus, but it has bench seats on either side. For years, the Franklins have been loading up in the “Red Rover” to go on rides around our farm, so we decided it would be neat to ride on “Red Rover” with my uncle driving. The entire wedding party rode and we had a blast on that short little ride. Our arrival to the reception made quite a scene! The “Red Rover” was decorated beautifully and fit our style just right.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our venues were out in the country on family land, all of our closest friends were included in the wedding, our vows and music were traditional, our menu at the reception was Southern food, and our band was a Southern band. Our wedding was a perfect example of the charm of the South.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Over fifteen years ago, our two neighboring churches would often attend services at the other church. Our paths first crossed when Ty was sixteen years old and I was fourteen. Ty sang the special music that night, and dinner was served in the social hall afterwards. Although I didn’t know it at the time, Ty had noticed me when I first walked into the sanctuary that night, and he was extremely nervous. All throughout dinner, we were eyeing one another, trying to make sure the other didn’t “catch us looking”. A few days later, Ty called my parents’ house and asked to speak to me (this was before cell phones, texting, etc.). We talked effortlessly for hours that very first time. The rest is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! Each year, my Daddy and I go out to the family farm to get mistletoe for a Christmas tradition. This year in particular, Ty informed me that “Mr. Marty (my daddy) said he wanted us to meet him at 3:00 to get the mistletoe.” I had been wrapping last-minute gifts all day and was not keeping track of time. At 3:10, Ty came in and said to me “Well, are we going to just let your Daddy do it by himself?? We need to go if we are going!” Ty drove right past the usual farm and informed me that Daddy wanted to try a new tradition this year, so we were going to get the mistletoe from my daddy’s cabin instead of the family farm. When we arrived at the cabin, Daddy wasn’t there yet. I was frustrated as I thought about all of the presents that I could’ve gotten wrapped during this time, but after a couple of quiet minutes went by, Ty began to tell the story of “this boy and this girl” as we sat beside the pond. He told our story from the beginning and said that it had always been a fairy tale, and that he never wanted the fairy tale to end, but he did want it to continue on to the next chapter. He got down on his knee, opened the ring box, and popped the question! Our parents, siblings, and closest friends were all on “standby” on the dirt road near the cabin. After the proposal, Ty summoned them all inside for champagne and food that Ty had arranged. Needless to say, Christmas 2013 was the best Christmas ever.
When did y’all get married? April 26, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 400
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. Ty and I both are very traditional, so that wasn’t even a consideration for us. We did not even talk to each other at all that day until I walked down the aisle, but we did write each other letters that we each read before the ceremony.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I guess the biggest challenge was working a full-time job as a nurse in a management position, basically taking no days off until the wedding. It was hard to focus my attention at work when all I could think about was wedding details! The second biggest challenge for me was my personal goal to get every single thank you note for all of our shower gifts written prior to the wedding. I was determined to have them all finished before the big day, and finding the time to sit down and do them was difficult.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I remember getting dressed inside the cabin as all the anticipation for this day continued to build. Just a few moments before it was time to start the ceremony, I looked out the window and saw all the people seated, as well as people standing, as there were no more seats available. Seeing all of our dear friends and family out there who had all come to share in this special day with us brought tears of joy to my eyes. It was at that moment that I told myself, “It is happening, let’s do this.” I couldn’t wait to walk down that aisle to meet my best friend at the altar.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking forward to having each other all to ourselves, like for evenings on the couch with popcorn and movies! We love to travel, so there are many fun times ahead. But mostly, we are just looking forward to getting to spend every single day with our best friend–doing life together, with the person we love the most. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Photographer: Mark Williams Studio / Florist and Stationer: Enamore by Mark Williams Studio / Planner: Lisa Jones / Ceremony Venue: Private residence / Reception Venue: Tyson Ranch / Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Sweet Cheeks Bakery / Caterer: Honey Catering / Rentals: Savannah Special Events / Band: Sam’s Drive-In Band / Personalized Cups, Plates, and Napkins: Party Innovations / Bride’s Gown: Mikaella / Bridal Salon and Veil: Bleubelle Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Emily Warren and Taylor Kennedy of 30 Volume Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Belk / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “675” by Mori Lee / Bridesmaid Dress Salon and Men’s Attire: J’Adore Bridal

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Loverly reply

    That decorated red rover truck is just TOO cute!!

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As many of y’all know, I’m lucky to be married to my college sweetheart, so I always feel so akin to fellow college sweethearts! Madison and Brady’s story not only started at their alma mater, but their sweet proposal also took place right in front of the building where they first met! Gah, so romantic! And, can we talk more about romance for just a sec? Madison and Brady’s stunning ceremony backdrop at Mint Springs Farm makes my heart skip a beat! I can absolutely see why Madison couldn’t believe she got to marry the man of her dreams there!

Hugs to Kristin Sweeting for sharing this lovely day with us!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I was so thankful for all of them! But specifically, Mrs. Jan, the mother of one of my dearest friends and bridesmaids, Elizabeth, does incredible calligraphy and designed our wedding invitations and hand-addressed them, as well as designed our programs. They were absolutely stunning, and having her design them made them that much more special.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I went to a little local bridal shop with my mom and my dad. Since my fiancé and I wanted a quick engagement, I was very afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to find my dream dress and have it be ready in time for the wedding. Amazingly, I found not one, but two perfect dresses. The ladies at the bridal shop were so sweet and offered me the sample of either dress! I picked my dress and had my first fitting that afternoon!

Describe your wedding flowers. They were so dreamy! We used lots of whites with delicate touches of pink and lots of greenery. I wanted the arrangements to look like traditional wedding flowers, but also to reflect our personalities. They turned out more incredibly than I could have ever imagined!

We loved the altar where the ceremony took place. The stunning flower arrangements that surrounded us, the white curtains billowing in the wind, and the wooden cross behind us were all so idyllic. The first time I saw it, I was so overcome with emotion and I kept thinking “I cannot believe I get to marry the man of my dreams here.”

My dad is the lead singer of Sawyer Brown. I joked with him since I was first engaged that he should write a song for our first dance. He claimed he didn’t write songs anymore, so my godfather, who is another member of the band wrote one for us instead. I was so touched. My dad also recorded the song “Down the Road” by Mac McCanally for the daddy/daughter and mother/son dance. He used to play it around the house when I was little, and it was always one of my favorites. However, after dinner, my dad was handed the microphone and said that he had lied to us and played us the song he had written for us. It was truly the highlight of the entire wedding.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Brady and I met our very first day of classes at Vanderbilt. I was walking to class behind a group of very tall boys and one of them turned around, asked if I was going to ethics class, and proceeded to introduce me to his friend, Brady. We sat next to each other every day in class and started dating around Christmastime. The rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal! While I was at home in Nashville, Brady had one of my best friends (who still attends Vandy) invite me to visit with her one afternoon at our sorority house. She then tricked me into walking across campus “to meet a friend at her class.” Before I realized where we were, I was in front of the building where Brady and I had had that ethics class all those years ago. He (not our friend) walked out of the building and the rest was a complete blur. I was so surprised!
When did y’all get married? June 29, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We were married at Mint Springs Farm. The first time I saw the venue was in a picture on Instagram, and I knew that it was exactly where I wanted to be married. It was so beautiful and matched our personalities perfectly.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. It was a four-tiered cake with three different flavors: white chocolate almond, caramel butterscotch, and key lime. It was an all-white cake with a lace pattern that matched the lace on my wedding dress. And of course, it had a big monogrammed “B” on it!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I feel that what made our wedding Southern was the importance we placed on our friends and family. We wanted to make sure that our friends and families felt how much we loved and appreciated them being with us on the best day of our lives. After that, all of the other details became added bonuses.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Do not sweat the small things! It was raining (pouring, really) the entire day of my wedding, but that didn’t matter. No matter how much rain there was, I was still going to be married to Brady at the end of that day. If you can keep laughing instead of worrying, the little things (like a massive bug crawling up the lace of your dress while taking pictures) become something to laugh at and remember instead of something to cry about.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We cannot wait to be in our first home in Florida!

Photographer: Kristin Sweeting / Venue, Planning, and Florals: Mint Springs Farm / Cake Baker: Signature Cakes by Vicki / Caterer: Chef Penelope / DJ: Snyder Entertainment / Paper Products: Jan Pruitt at Annabelle’s / Bride’s Gown: Pronovias / Hair and Makeup: Amanda Gros / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Morgan” in Petal by Donna Morgan / Men’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Elaine {EventsbyElaine} reply

    Everything about this wedding is so sweet and charming. Of course, the venue is a wonderful backdrop for this love story.

  2. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    Love the color palette, really sweet combination. The reception with the large beams and balcony is beautiful (love the black and white shot with everyone watching their first dance).

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Y’all have been such a hoot to get to know with our Sit a Spell Series! We’d love to bond a little more, so over the next few weeks, each of us will be giving you a look into our dream wedding — what our inspiration is, what we’d want to wear, and the great Southern traditions we’d love to include. Next up? Sierra’s Southern wedding!

It’s started: My friends are already asking me what type of wedding I want to have. And man, that is a good question! I feel like working for a wedding magazine and blog, you start to like many different things — things you would never have considered before. You’re exposed to so much that you could really go in a few different directions for your own wedding. Oh yes, and those friends? They’ve also begun teasing that they’re not inviting me to their weddings because they won’t be as nice as those featured on SW (I’m sure they’re only joking about the invite!)

When putting together these boards, I told Emily that I wish I could wait until after the V4 real wedding posts went out on the blog, because they were ALL I could think about for my inspiration! (I particularly loved Katie + Max, Camille + Mark and Jodi + Kurt’s!).

Now I just need to find a dapper Southern gentleman! Any suggestions?

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: Braedon Flynn, Clary Photo, Jill Thomas, Vue Photography, Spindle Photography, Leila Peterson via Wedding Chicks, 1313 Photography

Tell us the basics. Where do you want to get married and when? How many people would you invite? I would like to get married near the beach but not on the beach (that way, family and friends could head over and have some fun during the wedding weekend – no sunburns, please). Current possibilities are Charleston, Savannah or Wilmington. I would guess 100-150 people and in the spring or early summer.

What’s your design inspiration and color palette? I based my color palette off a combo I saw somewhere that included tan, a soft yellow, peach, coral and light blue. My dream wedding would be light, fun and crafty. In the office a year or so ago, we went around and defined what we thought each person’s wedding style would be for a branding exercise. The girls said they pictured something natural for me, and I agree. I don’t want anything too over the top.

What details and traditions would you include in your ceremony? Ideally, I would love for my wedding ceremony to be in a church or on the grounds of a plantation with a beautiful altar setup. The men would certainly be wearing bow ties. There would be a bluegrass band, Southern-inspired programs, and I just loved the monogrammed handkerchief idea in V4!

What dress would you wear? I am completely devastated that Priscilla of Boston is closing because I wanted to wear a Priscilla of Boston gown. They seem to be perfect for Southern brides — not too crazy and very classic. Would it be absurd for me to buy one about three years in advance? Generally, I like dresses with a little bit of lace and/or beading, but with an overall elegant aesthetic. I don’t want to have a dress that wears me, you know?

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: Jessica Lorren, Jose Villa, from Martha Stewart, Jen Huang via Style Unveiled, dress by Ivy & Aster, Jenna Walker via Style Me Pretty, Our Labor of Love

What would your flowers look like? My current favorites include: gardenias, tree peonies, clematis, hellebores, tree peonies, tulips and billy balls. The bouquet could be something simple, like fluffy, white peonies or a yellow and pink combo like Jen Huang’s photo above. For the table setting, I would like colorful arrangements similar to those in Katie + Max or Camille + Mark’s wedding.

What details and traditions would you include in your reception? There would certainly be a live band and dancing. I love the custom bottle labels in V4’s Southern Meets Nantucket shoot by Trent Bailey. I would also include a fun groom’s cake!

What food would you serve? Like Marissa, I’m a big fan of Southern comfort food. There would be chicken, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, pinto beans and most importantly, a blackberry cobbler from the Dutch oven. I also loved the chicken and waffles from V4! We tried to put lots of Southern food into the issue.

Where would you honeymoon? We would honeymoon in the Caribbean, somewhere tropical and warm. I am literally envisioning scenes from The Bachelor. Does anyone else watch that show?! Emily and I are super fans.

What’s most important to you about weddings? The celebration of love. It’s possibly the only time in your life that you will have all of your friends and family together in one spot to just let loose and celebrate well, you!

What do you think, ladies?

P.S. Want to check out our past dream weddings?
Marissa
Nicole

Written with love by Sierra
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  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    What a beautiful and unique color palette! I am devastated that I didn’t know Priscilla was going to close or I would have waited to buy my gown from there – it’s INSANE how cheap they are now! You could always check preownedweddingdresses.com if there’s a particular POB dress you want. Hands down, POB has the best collections out there – so MANY options and so unique and beautiful. Your wedding will be beautiful too!

    • avatar Sierra reply

      Thanks for the kind words, Madelynne! Yes, maybe it will be even more special if I snag a POB gown because it will be unique and technically vintage by then!

  2. avatar Kelly Cummings (Spindle Photography) reply

    Gorgeous color palette!

    Also, Eek! I love that you used Ashley’s bridal shot in your inspiration board! I also love that you’ll be having mac and cheese at your reception. If I find you a dapper southern man to marry can I be on the guestlist?

  3. avatar Deborah Piland reply

    The wedding would be beautiful because you are beautiful, and I would know! What color do you see the mother of the bride wearing? Would your Dad wear a bow tie too?

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