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There are very few more Southern meet-cute settings than an SEC football game, and even though it took a few months after the Arkansas vs. MSU matchup where Alison and Brian met for them to start dating, these Southern roots rang true as they planned their Mississippi wedding! The talented Lesley of Tulip Design Studio helped bring all of their romantic inspiration to life at Providence Hill Farm–an equestrian farm that reminded Alison of her childhood in the country. As you can probably imagine, we’re especially smitten with the monogrammed Oatmeal Lace wraps around each of the bouquets!

Thank you so much to Adam + Alli Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!

Our wedding flowers were so perfect! They were soft and romantic, and they had a garden feel to them. My florist used a color palette of ivory, white, various shades of soft pink, and gray. We had an abundance of beautiful peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, and dahlias. Each of the bridesmaid bouquets featured a custom monogram ribbon by Oatmeal Lace. The reception florals were arranged in beautiful stone and wood vessels that fit the feel of the wedding perfectly!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom, maid of honor, and I all started the journey to Low’s Bridal in Brinkley, Arkansas after work on a Friday and decided to cut the trip in half by stopping in Tunica, Mississippi. That Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early, only to realize that the light snow that was predicted had turned into inches of thick snow. What was suppose to be a short two-hour drive turned into hours on the road sitting in traffic, and we finally arrived at Low’s Bridal at 1 p.m. (our appointment had been at 10). Everyone was so nice, and told us to take our time browsing. Around 5:30, I was completely worn out and all but in tears as my decision came down to two polar opposite dresses: the exact dress that I knew from the beginning I had always wanted, or the ball gown I was wearing that every little girl dreams of getting married in. Finally, I just decided to go with the one I was wearing, and needless to say, I said yes to the wrong dress. Thankfully, the company it was ordered from had not started making the dress, and I was able to switch them. I was completely overjoyed and happy in that moment, and realized that was the feeling I should have felt when saying yes to the dress.

I’ve always known that if we wrote our own vows, there was no way I would be able to hold it together and say what I wanted to say, much less get anything out before breaking down. That was another decision I am thankful I made because I completely lost it, even just repeating after our officiant. I have two verses from our ceremony painted on a wood palette hanging above our bed: “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Mark 10:9) and “For where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16).

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Beside the fact that it was held at a beautiful equestrian center in the heart of the South, our wedding designer included details such as monogrammed ribbons for all of the bouquets. Nothing says you’re in the South more than a custom monogram! Guests dined on classic Southern food like boiled shrimp, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I loved the monogram ribbons flowing down from our bouquets, the pop of sequin linens and pillows throughout our reception area, and our fabulous program fans. We both loved the huge chalkboard that had detailed information on each side about Brian and I, which we stood in front of during our receiving line as a photo backdrop.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We had to make the call two days before the wedding to implement our rain plan. We were all a little bummed about it, but it worked out in the end, and it was beautiful!

Don’t miss Alison + Brian’s film from BGP Wedding Films!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met the weekend of the Arkansas vs. Mississippi State football game on November 20, 2010 in Starkville. I was a sophomore at MSU, and Brian had just returned home from playing in the Arizona Fall League. Brian and his best friend drove to Starkville to spend the weekend and catch up. His friend visited my roommate, which is how Brian and I first met. For the next three months, we stayed in contact and saw one another any time we were free. Brian was so charming and such a gentleman, but a guy was the last thing I was looking for at the time, so to me, he was just a friend with an incredible personality. At the end of February, we said our goodbyes as he was leaving for another season of baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It only took two weeks of him being gone before I realized he was truly everything I had ever looked for in a guy. On June 4, 2011, he officially became a part of my life forever.
Tell us all about the proposal! It was incredible! Brian had taken me out to dinner for a “work promotion.” After finishing our meal, we were walking to his truck when I realized a limo was waiting outside the restaurant for us. Brian said it was taking us to go look at Christmas lights, but we had to make a quick stop first so that Brian could help his brother with something at their CrossFit/baseball facility. Once we arrived, he told me to stay in the car. Literally right when he walked through the front door, a video on the limo’s TV screen started playing. Brian had made a slideshow video of pictures from all of his favorite memories of us together over the past few years with a caption on each slide that quickly brought me to tears. As soon as the video ended, the limo driver opened my door. All the lights were off inside the facility, and there were six beautiful Christmas trees, three on each side, filled with lights and a card on each tree. I read a sign with directions explaining to start on the right with the first tree and zigzag back and forth reading each card. Once I got to the end, the last card had an additional special message saying to turn the corner and to go find him. I turned the corner to find Brian standing in between two tables filled with candles. He gave a beautiful speech, and then said he had three questions to ask me. First, he asked if I would accept his rose (yes, he loves the Bachelor/Bachelorette). Second, he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. After lots of hugs, kisses, and tears, he asked his third question, which was if I would dance with him. When the song was coming to an end, Brian whispered in my ear saying he had one last surprise for me. He turned me around, and there stood both of our families. Having our families there meant the world to me and that moment will forever hold a special place in my heart.
When did y’all get married? June 28, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 400+
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Hands down, Lesley Frascogna. She was our florist, our planner, and designer, but to me, she was so much more than that. I owe so much of our wedding day and every single day leading up to that to her. She truly turned my vision into a reality. Not a day went by when she wasn’t contacting me to help me stay on track with everything. Lesley was so much more to us than just a “vendor,” and I will forever be blessed and honored to have her a part of our wedding.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We’re looking forward to expanding our cooking skills, experiencing football games (since we’re a family divided), making our own traditions, traveling, and of course, starting a family of our own one day!!

Photographer: Adam + Alli Photography / Videographer: Brock Gomez Productions / Planner and Florist: Lesley Frascogna / Venue: Providence Hill Farm / Cake Baker: The Cake Diva / Catering: Pretty Presentations Catering / Rentals: Mississippi Tent / Lighting: Davaine / Band: Al Paris & the Heartbreakers / Monogrammed Ribbon: Oatmeal Lace Design / Signage: Southern Sprout / Paper Products: Thimble Press / Bride’s Gown: “9104” by Allure Bridals / Hair Stylist: William Wallace Salon / Makeup Artist: Louis Peterman of William Wallace Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “2895” by The Dessy Group / Menswear: Tuxes Too / Linens: La Tavola

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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Did you know that I used to hate pink? I can’t pinpoint when, exactly, it became my now third favorite color (second only to orange and orange-red!), but I can’t get enough of it. I love how pink grants ordinary things either a fun and preppy demeanor or a romantic and wispy character. Somehow, Crystal + Trip’s wedding manages to do a little bit of both! The gorgeous bride met her handsome beau at the Oaks Plantation to say their “I do’s” and we love the pretty images from Kim Box and Josh Moates of Kim Box Photography that resulted.

P.S. Make sure you ladies check out the bridesmaid dresses – I know you’ll love them!

Hello gorgeous! Crystal’s favorite flowers are peonies, so they were found throughout the wedding. According to the bride, “My bouquet consisted of pink and white peonies and roses. We were married under a gorgeous archway adorned with pink peonies, roses, green hydrangeas, orchids, branches and hanging crystals. We had a variety of different centerpieces but these were the main flowers used throughout.”

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It was definitely a process but I knew when I found it that my heart would melt as it did! After scouring various bridal boutiques, I thought I had found my dress at a place in Montgomery. I was not completely in love with it but I felt it was the closest to what I was looking for. I decided to put the dress on hold and drove to Birmingham with my mom to pick up a satin sash that I found while trying on dresses there. I thought it would give the dress more pizazz. We stopped into The White Room in Birmingham to purchase the sash and I told my mom I was going to just look at the dresses there one more time. Lo and behold, I saw it! Lace, lace and more lace! This Rivini gown was poking out of the rack like it knew I was headed its way. It was perfect so I picked it up and had to try it on. I knew when I put it on and began crying that this was my dress!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No. Trip was more adamant than I was about keeping that tradition. He wanted to be surprised.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Colossians 3:12-17
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. We had The Lamb Family play violins throughout the ceremony. They are amazingly talented! I also was so blessed to have my cousin sing two solos, “This is the Day” by Brown and The Lord’s Prayer.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I wanted a good mix of Southern yet whimsical flair. Our food was definitely Southern, as well as our venue. We had the ceremony and reception at an old, gorgeous plantation home in the country. With its mile-long driveway and beautiful oak trees, I felt that it definitely set the mood and tone I was looking for. We had a large hay bale placed at the entrance with our last initial made of pink peonies and branches. I wanted our food to be something that everyone would enjoy and that would give guests that Southern comfort feeling. We had fried green tomatoes, fried okra, fried chicken fingers, fresh fruits, vegetables and cheeses, a ham carving station, green bean bundles, cornbread in mini iron skillets, a mashed potato bar with sweet and regular potatoes with all the good fixin’s, chicken, shrimp and beef skewers, banana pudding shooters and much more. I wanted to do something different for guest gifts so I had a popcorn bar with all different flavors. From caramel to butter and even fun confetti popcorn in all different colors and flavors, guests had plenty to take home in personalized bags. Another Southern detail were the buckets of flip flops I had for guests, making sure they knew to kick off their shoes, relax, dance and have a good time.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Trip and I actually met in high school and began dating in the ninth grade when we were only 14. We stayed together throughout high school and both attended Auburn University, where we got engaged our senior year. I know you are probably wondering, but we have never broken up!
Describe the proposal. Trip’s family had planned a New Year’s Day lunch at his sister’s house in Birmingham and we were on our way there when he told me that we had to stop by their family farm in Clay County at the base of Mt. Cheaha to pick up something for his dad. When we arrived, he said he wanted to take me on a walk. We took a short walk up to the tallest point overlooking their property and the beautiful mountains of North Alabama. He got really silent once we reached the top and walked behind me. I turned around and he was down on one knee, saying the sweetest things. All I can remember is grabbing the ring from him ecstatically and saying, “YES!” We decided to wait until after our graduation in December to start planning our wedding.
In what month did you get married? June
How many guests attended your wedding? About 400
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Oh goodness, we loved every minute of it, from the flowers to the amazing food and our dance party reception! I absolutely love repurposing furniture, so I decided to take an old screen door, paint it and pin pictures of me and Trip, beginning with baby pictures all the way through college. It was so much fun going through old pictures of us when we were younger. Our friends and family loved seeing us through the years and how young we were when we started dating.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: I had a five-tiered white buttercream cake with raspberry filling laced with a pink and lime ribbon. Trip had the famous chocolate peanut butter fudge cake.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable was definitely seeing Trip for the first time as I walked down the aisle and hearing him tell me that I looked beautiful. Time just stood still. Another memorable moment was the poem that all of my girlfriends sang to me at my reception. It was hysterical and definitely something I will never forget!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every minute of it! Do not get stressed over the little things. Anything goes nowadays so do exactly what you want to do!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are absolutely loving being married and just looking forward to what God has in store for us!

Photographer: Kim Box Photography // Videographer: Darren Freeman Videography // Planner: Jackie Bennett of Dana’s Floral Design and RSVP Montgomery // Venue: The Oaks Plantation // Florist: Jackie Bennett of Dana’s Floral Design // Wedding Cake Baker: Peggy McKinney // Caterer: Tammy Griffin of A Catered Affair // Rentals: Brendle Rentals // Linens: BBJ Linens // Lighting: Design Productions // Paper Products: invitations by Alan’s Invitations, programs by Lovett Printing // Bride’s Dress: Rivini “Aria” via The White Room // Veil and Earrings: The White Room // Bride’s Shoes: Gianni Bini // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lula Kate via Bella Bridesmaid “Christy” in umber with pink flamingo sash // Hair and Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus // Music: The Lamb Family Violin Ensemble and 2nd Coming // Groom/Groomsmen attire: Jos A. Banks

Love pink? You might like these weddings, too!
Shelley + Greg’s preppy Charleston wedding here and here.
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Katie + Clark’s pink + white beach wedding here + here (similar bridesmaid dresses!)

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I am loving this alabama wedding!! SO very pretty. The wreath with the monogrammed sash, the monogrammed hay bale, and the bridesmaid’s dresses are standouts! It’s all gorgeous :) War Eagle!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Yes, aren’t the bridesmaid dresses fabulous? I would totally wear that one again!!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    How beautiful!! I LOVE her bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses, and that monogrammed haybale–I’ve never seen that one before, and it’s amazing!

  3. avatar Jenny J Cook reply

    Gorgeous! Beautiful bride. Really loving those BM dresses too!

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    Wow, you’re right… I love the bridesmaids dresses! :) And that decor for the ceremony.. WOW!

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Welcome back to the world of weddings, y’all! We have some fun posts ready to go this week. In addition to the usual real weddings, we’re excited to be presenting the finalists in our most recent Ultimate Southern Challenge over the next few days! The focus this time around was on burlap. Our finalists really went above and beyond, with several putting together full shoots involving our favorite rough and tumble material! Let’s get started!

The talented team at Cedarwood Weddings is known for their creativity, so we were not surprised to find a detail-filled submission from them! Kristyn Hogan photographed everything to perfection. Here’s a look at the unique ideas they put together:

To start, Linda and her team worked with Designs in Paper to develop a sophisticated stationery suite. We love the vertical burlap belly band – a twist on the usual horizontal version!

The Cedarwood team used large sheets of burlap (purchased from a local fabric store) to create burlap wall panels. The letters were cut from gray suede fabric and attached to the burlap with brads. The panels were installed with rods and brackets. These would be such a good idea for a Southern photobooth or ceremony backdrop, or to hide a less-than-desirable corner of your venue!

For the table tops, Cedarwood ordered French grain sacks in burlap from Online Fabric Store and stitched them together to create rustic runners. Side note: How cute are those mini cookies??

Finally, the team set up a gourmet popcorn bar in lieu of favors. They used burlap bags and suitcases from Save on Crafts as containers, and put together a handmade burlap bunting and quilted sign for the backdrop. Popcornopoly in Nashville supplied the treats!

WHEW, y’all! So many fabulous burlap ideas, and that’s just ONE entry! Thanks so much, Linda + Kristyn! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

Cedarwood Weddings is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Kristyn Hogan reply

    Thanks so much for featuring this lovely little burlap inspiration. We had so much fun photographing it and are always inspired by the creativity of Cedarwood!

  2. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    We are huge Southern Weddings fans and lovers of burlap. Love the contest and the inspiration it provides.

  3. avatar sara e. rose reply

    Big Fan of Burlap, Cedarwood + Kristyn Hogan!! A++ And, yes, how cute are those mini cookies? Adorable.

  4. avatar Kristal David reply

    I am getting married at Cedarwood on May 25th, and Kristyn Hogan will be capturing my wedding on film. I am so lucky that these creative minds who love what they do are involved in my very own special day (which will also include LOTS of burlap!) Thanks Southern Weddings for always posting such beautiful and inspirational things! You are by far by favorite wedding blog!

  5. avatar Stephanie reply

    Love, love, love :) Beautiful design and amazing images.

  6. avatar Alicia M reply

    I love the grain sacks they used as table runners! And the whole popcorn set up is awesome! Great job!

  7. avatar Brenda Douglas reply

    Love, love, love Cedarwood weddings! Also love the way they have used burlap! My son and his bride were married at Cedarwood about 11/2 years ago and they, too, used a lot of burlap! It was fabulous and so uniquely them! Linda and her team are masters at creating the most beautiful and unique weddings, no matter what the style!

  8. avatar Pam reply

    How creative! Great use of burlap.:)

  9. avatar Cynthia reply

    Only the most beautiful and creative work from Cedarwood, as always!!!!!! They are such a talented group and always a joy to work with on each individual wedding.

  10. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Love the designs! That love sweet love sign is way cute!

  11. avatar Donette – Designs in Paper reply

    What a wonderful way to start off the week! It’s SO exciting to see your post — we love, love, love getting to work on inspirations like this with Cedarwood and Kristyn Hogan – they are so on-track for design and something that brides can truly incorporate into their day! Thanks so much for the post!

  12. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Love sweet love sums up this entry perfectly!

  13. avatar Lanie reply

    Adore this!!

  14. avatar Matt reply

    What splendid concepts! The lighting is gorgeous and each table is styled to perfection. Absolutely love the French burlap table runners!

  15. avatar Matt reply

    What splendid concepts! Amazing how many different burlap elements are used here to style multiple tables in such an elegant fashion. They are perfectly complimentary!

  16. avatar Linda at Cedarwood reply

    We are thrilled to hear these amazing comments….we are blushing :) Appreciate the feedback so very much!

  17. avatar Courtney H reply

    Every southern brides favorite-BURLAP, paired with the new southern staple piece- GALVANIZED STEEL! It goes together like dixie chicken and Tennessee lamb!

  18. avatar Mary reply

    Love the burlap backdrop, so creative!

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  21. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    So great! Love it!

  22. avatar Dawn reply

    Love all the burlap ideas. We are having a country chic wedding this September and several of these ideas will be used in the wedding. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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