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Lucy and Will’s wedding makes my heart sing a little, because with every image, I can imagine them looking back on their wedding in five, ten, and even fifty, years, and still loving everything about it. As they planned their special day with the help of Carson Castellaw at Bella Flora, they included special nods to their families (like Lucy’s heirloom veil and a gorgeous family photo display), their love story (they were married in the church that led to their first meeting!), and even the married life they were creating through their wedding (they coincidentally both gifted one another with monogrammed wedding gifts). All of those meaningful elements were set against a timeless green and white color palette and arranged under a clear-top tent to create a lovely beginning to Lucy and Will’s marriage!

Thank you so much to Sarah Kate Photography for sharing this celebration with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My parents and I went to New York City for my brother’s engagement in January. The engagement was a surprise, so we did not want to run into them anywhere, and decided to spend our day where we knew they would not be: bridal salons. I tried on a few dresses with only my parents there and found the one. I kept it a secret to everyone but my family until the day of, which was hard, but so worth it!!

We didn’t mean to, but we both gave each other monogrammed gifts the day of the wedding. He gave me a necklace with my new monogram and I gave him a monogrammed cummerbund!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I think the most memorable moment of our wedding day was the ceremony. It was the part of the wedding that we were most looking forward to: committing to one another in front of God and our family and friends.

I absolutely love flowers and I think they were my favorite part of the whole event! Carson, our wedding planner, and Lucy at Bella Flora went above and beyond on the flowers, making sure they were exactly what I was imagining. We wanted the reception to feel very natural and rustic, but still elegant, and used a combination of white and green flowers.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I think our wedding had a lot of Southern flair, especially the reception! The venue itself is a ranch, but the clear tent and hanging lanterns made us feel like we were outside the whole time. The food at our reception was so good–we had guacamole and salsa tostadas, quail legs, cheese grit tacos, and more.

We had a bride’s cake and a groom’s cake. The bride’s cake was a five-tier white cake with my new monogram and flowers all over it. Will’s cake was two-tired, covered in chocolate shavings and succulents. We are both pretty traditional when it comes to cake flavors, so mine was white cake with white icing and his was all chocolate. I actually never saw the groom’s cake amidst the craziness of the reception, but it looks beautiful in the pictures!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy the process! It is a short season that is so much more fun when it’s enjoyable, rather than stressful.

Don’t miss Lucy and Will’s wedding film by Elle Films below!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We both grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, but didn’t cross paths until our junior year of high school. Will first noticed me at a mission trip preparation meeting. We started dating not long after, and have been together ever since.
Tell us all about the proposal! Will proposed on December 20, 2013 at his family’s lake house. He told me that since the Christmas season is always busy, the 20th would be the best night for us to celebrate and exchange gifts. He gave me my gift first, which was an iPad, and I was shocked. He had set the iPad background to a photo of him holding the ring, so when I turned it on, I saw the picture. When I looked up, he was down on one knee. He asked me if I would marry him, and I said yes! Afterwards, he surprised me again with all our closest friends and family waiting to celebrate at my parents’ house. It was the perfect night!
When did y’all get married? September 20, 2014
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We had a hard time deciding whether or not to do a first look, but in the end, we decided not to, and I’m so glad! For us, it made the ceremony even more special and sacred.
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Christ Chapel Bible Church was an easy choice for us, as it was the church both of us grew up attending. We decided on Heart of the Ranch for our reception because I wanted an outdoor venue where I could create a new look from scratch. Heart of the Ranch was the perfect place for us!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed the veil that my grandmother, mom, and aunts have all worn, and am excited to continue to pass it down. My something blue was my garter, old was my earrings, and new was my shoes.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We made sure to take time out of wedding planning and focus on us and the future of our marriage. We did premarital counseling through our church, which was so great and fun!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking forward to life slowing down post-engagement and settling into married life together in Dallas!

Photographer: Sarah Kate Photography / Videographer: Elle Films / Planner: Carson Castellaw of Bella Flora / Ceremony Venue: Christ Chapel Bible Church / Reception Venue: Heart of the Ranch / Florist: Bella Flora / Cake Baker: Creme de la Creme / Caterer: Bonnell’s / Band: The Project Band / Paper Products: Southern Fried Paper / Bride’s Gown: Oscar de la Renta / Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles / Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “9327” by Alvina Maids / Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    This wedding is a stunner!! I love her showstopper of a dress, and I have always loved the idea of keeping your dress a surprise til your wedding day. My sister did this (only my mom and I saw it beforehand), and I think it was an amazing decision. I also love how this couple wanted to keep the wedding natural and rustic, yet elegant – and it’s perfectly all of that!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    beautiful venue made even more beautiful with all those flowers!!

  3. avatar Yannis Larios | Wedding Photographer reply

    Fabulous color palette!
    And a magnificently organized wedding with meticulous attention to last detail.
    Kudos!

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Sending out a call for the ultimate Southern anything reminds me of just how many goodies we take pride in in the South. For example, we’ve gone a whole week without featuring a sweet tea concept, and it’s difficult to get more Southern than that! Luckily, Chelsea from Southern Fried Paper is here to set us straight with her adorable escort cards. Thanks also to After Yes for planning the display, and Sarah Kate, Photographer, for the lovely images!

From Chelsea:

“What’s more Southern than sweet tea?! We crafted small paper envelopes of tea with names and table assignments on the front of each. After guests find their name, they can sip a big glass of Southern sweet tea as they find their seat!”

Thanks so much, ladies! 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.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Raine reply

    LOVE this! such a sweet idea!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    What a cute idea! I like the inclusion of a pre-dinner drink, too! A little “self-serve,” interactive escort card!

  3. avatar Shelby reply

    Love the sweet peach tea! Makes me thirsty for some right now…

  4. avatar Corinne reply

    Absolutely LOVE this idea! What a cute way to display the names and the tea at the same time!!

  5. avatar Lisa reply

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Southern Fried Paper makes the cutest stuff!!!

  6. avatar Juliana reply

    Love! love love! I could go for a glass right now!

  7. avatar Sara reply

    I love love love this idea! It almost makes me want to reconsider our buffet dinner without assigned seats, so I can use escort cards

  8. avatar Amanda reply

    So cute! I love the straws and the fresh sliced apples!

  9. avatar Susie reply

    Such a clever and creative way to use the namecards!

  10. avatar Julia reply

    What a darling idea and beautiful presentation!

  11. avatar Susie reply

    Great idea! I love that it’s not just a plain ‘ole name card … and who doesn’t love sweet tea!?

  12. avatar Wendy reply

    Love these! Chelsey is so talented!

  13. avatar Raelee Merrill reply

    This one definitely gets my vote!

  14. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

    LOVE what Southern Fried Paper & After Yes have put together. Love me some Southern Sweet Tea :)

  15. avatar Angela Rollins reply

    They are great and their invites are amazing!

  16. avatar Mark reply

    What a great idea! Just another example of the extraordinary work that Southern Fried Paper does.

  17. avatar Luke reply

    Really nice, like the southern style!

  18. avatar Debbie Parker reply

    Chelsea from Southern Fried Paper!!

  19. avatar Shelley reply

    can’t get any more southern than that! Darling!

  20. avatar Lauren reply

    Oh my gosh!! This is adorable!

  21. avatar MLH reply

    I love me some Southern Fried Paper!

  22. avatar Brad reply

    What a nifty idea! You would’t soon forget the wedding you attended with sweat tea escort cards!

  23. avatar mitchell reply

    great set up reminds me of back home… classic southern weddings!

  24. avatar Mitchell reply

    Great set up… classic southern wedding!

  25. avatar Gary P reply

    Nice, very niiiiice! Very talented.

  26. avatar Beth reply

    What a great idea!!

  27. avatar Rita reply

    OH…..love this idea! Loving me some peach tea and wanting some right now!!!

  28. avatar Jim reply

    What an awesome idea! I got married this summer and I wish we would have seen this before hand..would have fit right in our reception.

  29. avatar Stephanie reply

    Southern fried paper makes the cutest things. I have ordered from them a couple of times and LOVE their work everytime!

  30. avatar Stephanie reply

    I have ordered from Southern Fried Paper different items for my wedding. I loved everything they did and will continue to order from them!

  31. avatar Hickman reply

    Awesome looking invitations. Would be more than happy to have this at my wedding.

  32. avatar Dean L. reply

    GREAT!

  33. avatar Jay reply

    Brilliant Idea, looks great!

  34. avatar Billy reply

    What a fresh and creative new idea using an old Southern theme!

  35. avatar Nolan reply

    What a creative idea! Unique and full of personality and creativity, but still functional. Love it.

  36. avatar Vincent reply

    thesecardslookawesomecantwaittogethitchedandusethem!!!!

  37. avatar Beckie reply

    Great idea, beautifully put together. Who doesn’t love sweet tea? I’m using this entire setting when I plan my wedding. After Yes, we’ll be in touch!

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  39. avatar Sharon reply

    Love this idea! I’ll be DIYing this soon!!

  40. avatar Debbi reply

    Love the bow times. Bow ties are in style again. My husband wears them all the time!

  41. avatar Darby reply

    I don’t think you can get more southern than this! Great job Southern Fried Paper!

  42. avatar Sharon reply

    I think this is the ultimate southern idea. Creative, homey, casual yet elegant. The epitome of southern style. I vote for Sweet Tea.

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  44. avatar Laurien reply

    I cannot tell you how much I wish I was a Southerner!! Alas, I am from New Zealand and fell in love with your blog a little while ago : ) Is there any way you can send me a recipe for good sweet tea? It looks SO yummy but every time I’ve tried to make it I fail miserably…

    • avatar Brittany reply

      Laurien: Hi Laurien! I am from Australia, and my mum is a Kiwi! she lived in the deep South for about 6 years as a young lass (and was legally adopted by a Southern family) and so consequently I have grown up with alot of Southern traditions, cooking, stories and memories! I feel a kinship, and so consequently I am going to have a few select Southern touches at my wedding in March. Sweet Tea will be one of them!

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