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Welcome back to our current “Sit a Spell” series, where the Southern Weddings gals have been taking turns designing bridal showers for each other! Yep, I’m still the only one that’s currently engaged, but it’s fun to dream :)

After Lara put together a gorgeous nautical shower for me, it was my turn to create something for Sierra! Sierra is one of the most stylish and put together people I know (she’s probably shaking her head right now, but it’s true!). There’s a particular emerald green blouse she wears that I completely adore (she’s wearing it in this photo!), and so I decided to model her shower color scheme around that shade. I also couldn’t help but add in a little sparkle, because she’s just that kind of gal.

I’d start by sending crisp green and white invitations, inspired by the ones below. I’d definitely glue on a few gold sequins to mine, though!

Calligraphy invitations by Love*Jenna via Martha Stewart Weddings, spring green invitations from Minted, green and white striped invitations from Martha Stewart Weddings

We’d travel down to Charleston for the shower, because it’s one of Sierra’s favorite Southern locations, and where some of her family is based.

Virgil Bunao via SW and Veil & Bow via SW

Of course, my favorite part of this little exercise was dreaming up the decor. I’m picturing black and white striped linens for a sharp base, layered with green and white flowers, and tons of texture – gold glitter mason jars, green satin ribbon, raffia on the centerpieces, kraft bags filled with grits for take home favors.

Black and white striped linen and menu photos by Katie Stoops via Inspired By This (design by Amber Karson Events), green and white centerpiece photo by Clary Photo via SW, gold glitter mason jar photo by Paige Newton via The Sweetest Occasion, pom pom stirrer photo by Odessa May Society via Somewhere Splendid, kraft paper favor bags from A Magazine Moment

All the SW gals love to eat, so a variety of Southern bites would be just the ticket. Mini fried green tomatoes, pulled pork on tiny biscuits, and individual servings of chicken and waffles – yum!

Return to Sunday Supper, Martha Stewart Weddings, Ingalls Photo via Martha Stewart Weddings

Now for a few final details: Since this is a dream shower, I have no trouble whipping together a monogrammed mason jar to send home with each guest (in addition to their bag of grits!). We’ll hire a bluegrass or country band to play, since Sierra loves country music. I’d also ask each guest to bring a mixed CD of their country favorites for the guest of honor. Finally, I’d for sure arrange to have these glittery heels for Miss Sierra to wear — with her green blouse, of course!

Vue Photography via SW, Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty, Tec Petaja via SW

What would your dream bridal shower look like? Comment + let me know!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Sierra reply

    Oh my! Thank you Emily! You know, it’s funny because when I saw this I thought oh dear, my friends are going to think this is hilarious. They made fun of me for wearing that particular shirt about ten times in one month, but that is because it went perfectly with all of the recent holidays: Christmas, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day. Really, a fashionable kelly green anything is hard to come by! And I do love gold accessories… I just love those sparkly heels!

  2. avatar amanda noel reply

    I had a pretty perfect bridal party thrown for me this weekend! The afternoon component was an outdoor party with iced tea, punch, cobbler, hot cross buns, raspberry chai cupcakes, and all my other favorite food with picnic blankets, croquet matches, and lots of super thoughtful individual details! Then we had a more intimate, evening portion with a white sparkling sangria and tequila pink lemonade and only my closest friends. (It was also Grey’s Anatomy themed… yes… I will publicly admit my obsession.) My girls went all out! I felt SO LOVED!!!

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Happy Birthday, Sierra!

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This past Saturday was our dearest Assistant Art Director, Sierra’s birthday! This lovely lady is in charge of our blog graphics and Real Wedding Galleries, among many other things. Now that we’ve recovered from our turkey comas, we had to stop and take a moment to tell her how much we love her!

Happy birthday, Sierra!! You are one of the most poised, talented, and thoughtful young ladies I know, and I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you better this year on our epic photoshoot drives. I hope you have the most wonderful birthday, and an amazing year ahead! xoxo Emily

Happy Birthday, Sierra! (!!!!) I am so happy to have gotten to know you this year and seen you grow into such an incredible person! I can’t wait to see what next year holds for you. I wish you a fabulous birthday filled with something sparkly and lots and lots of birthday cake. Love, Marissa

Happy Birthday, Sierra! We are all so lucky to have such an extraordinarily talented and endlessly kind person in our lives. I hope you have an absolutely amazing birthday and I’m wishing you lots of desserts and cowboy boots! Love, Whitney

Big birthday wishes to you, Sierra!! I’m so lucky to have met you two years ago. Who knew we’d end up spending so much time together? You’re incredibly talented, a ton of fun, and always thoughtful. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for you! Love, Nicole

Feel free to leave Sierra some birthday love in the comments, y’all!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Desiree reply

    happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear, Sierra, happy birthday to you! may the good lord bless you, may the good lord bless you, may the good lord bless Sierra, may the good lord bless you!!!!

    (my birthday was on Friday…high five for firey Sag girls!!)

  2. avatar Kristina reply

    Happy Birthday! Hope it was as beautiful and fun as the work you ladies create!

  3. avatar Sierra reply

    My coworkers are just too sweet. Love y’all, too!

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    […] our signature Southern features, we also brought you some fun Holiday events and giveaways (and big Happy Birthday wish to Sierra!). Can’t wait to see what we wrangled up? You’re in the right place! Emily’s […]

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Howdy, friends! It’s a bittersweet day for me. I’m savoring my last day in the office with the wonderful SW ladies before I head out on maternity leave. Seriously, y’all, I’m so sad thinking about not seeing Emily, Whitney, Marissa, Sierra and Nicole for a few weeks! They are the bees knees. I’m 40 weeks pregnant and due any day now. Wahooo!! So, we decided to make y’all a fun little video with some exciting updates so you could join in the fun…

Southern Weddings Staff Meeting Updates! from lara casey on Vimeo.

The wonderful SW ladies will fill you in when Grace arrives and you can always stay posted on my personal blog, daily tumblr and twitter. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season ahead!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Taylor reply

    This is so adorable. What I wouldn’t give to work there!!

  2. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    Too cute! I hope you all enjoyed the cupcakes!

  3. avatar Angee & Vincci reply

    What a fabulous team! Your video literally brightened up our day. :) It’s a true pleasure working with the SW team.

  4. avatar Kelsea Russo reply

    I absolutely love getting a glimpse of what goes on behind-the-scenes at SW! You girls are simply darling!

  5. avatar Clair Fabrizio reply

    Y’all are seriously the cutest! Loved the video :)

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