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A month after their intimate ceremony on the beach, Morgan and Brian gathered their family and friends back home together for a fun, casual reception. Even though the design between their Florida ceremony and Oklahoma reception switched from beachy to rustic, the most important thing remained the same: it was a joyful celebration of the love Morgan and Brian share. Y’all please enjoy part two of Morgan and Brian’s wedding, full of gorgeous styling by Kylie Swanson, and captured by the talented Aaron Snow!

Our reception took place on an equestrian farm in Tulsa. The horses were such stunning creatures and made beautiful wedding guests. I love being outdoors, so I really enjoyed the natural touches of the wide open spaces and grassy fields. All of the wood features and tables brought great warmth to the reception, and the greenery along the tables were extra lovely.

What was Southern about your wedding? Farm tables, horses, and the great outdoors!

What kind of food did you serve? We served a combination of some of our favorite foods at both our wedding and our home reception. Both were served buffet-style and were very casual.

Being a bride who never really had a particular “vision” for my wedding day, I honestly left all of the design up to our planner and designer, Kylie Swanson. She really made it her mission to get to know Brian and I as a couple, and that affected the outcome of both our wedding and our reception back home. Aside from having her focus on our aesthetic as a couple, I was drawn to bright colors and I love anything with great natural light.

For our cake in Florida, we chose to stick with something classic, and Kylie adorned it with fresh blooms. Our cakes at our home reception also included flowers and were not only beautiful, but also extremely delicious!

Tell us about your grand exit. We ran through a tunnel of smiles and sparklers and into a vintage hot rod getaway car.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your wedding? It was probably the time crunch–we got engaged and married in four months. For couples with short engagements, I recommend hiring a wedding planner, for sure!
Tell us a bit about your first dance. Our first dance was to the original version of “Crazy Love.” It was soft, sweet, slow, and intimate. It felt like we were the only ones there.
Did you toss the garter or bouquet? We did both!
Tell us about a way or ways you saved money or cut costs while planning. Kylie not only created two incredible events in a short amount of time, but she was also invaluable in budgeting everything and brought everything together seamlessly. She supplied us with great vendor teams and we trusted not only her vision, but also those she chose to work with.
What’s next for you as a couple? Three months after our wedding, we moved to England to be missionaries.
What are you most looking forward to about marriage? We are simply looking forward to doing life together. One of God’s greatest gifts is getting to share your days with your best friend.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Wedding planning can be inevitably stressful, so always keep what your wedding day is really all about in the forefront of your mind! Brian says to make every decision fun and to celebrate when you get something accomplished.

Photographer: Aaron Snow / Videographer: Pen Weddings / Planner, Designer, and Stylist: Kylie Swanson / Ceremony Venue: Marriott Marco Island / Reception Venue: KJM The Farm / Florals: Isn’t She Lovely (Florida) and Poppy Lane Design (Oklahoma) / Catering: Marriott Marco Island (Florida) and Ludger’s (Oklahoma) / Cake Baker: Marriott Marco Island (Florida) and Amy’s Cakes (Oklahoma) / Hair and Makeup: Blo OKC / Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Bridal Salon and Veil: JJ Kelly / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dillard’s / Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic / Paper Goods: Gather & Co. / Rentals: Niche Event Rentals (Florida), Kahoy Studios (Oklahoma), and Marianne’s Rentals (Oklahoma) / Transportation: Tulsa Vintage Rides / Lighting: Zach Downing Productions

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Wendy reply

    Thank you so much for the beautiful feature. It was a honor to have Morgan and Brian celebrate their marriage at KJM The Farm! We wish the couple a very happily ever after!

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Not too many couples register for actual silver these days, it’s true. For most of the world, perhaps it’s because silver isn’t seen as practical or “fun.” For lucky Southerners, though, it’s because we know we’ll inherit our mama’s or grandmama’s collection one day, so there’s no need to register! Whether or not you stand to inherit this pretty metal, it’s good to know a thing or two about it.

First, how do you know if something is actually silver? Look for the word “STERLING” in capital letters somewhere on the item as a first step. Any piece marked STERLING in America must contain a minimum of 925 parts silver for every 1000 parts of material, the “sterling standard” that was adopted in the U.S. in the 1860’s. There will likely be a number of other marks on the silver, including the company name, patent date or number, and/or shape or model number.

It’s good to note that not all pieces made to the sterling standard have the STERLING mark, and both the U.S. and other countries used different standards in the past — from as low as 800 to as high as 950.

Of course, silver collections aren’t just valuable because of the metal they’re made from — they’re valuable because they are special to families, and become more special every time they’re used. Open a silver drawer and you’ll see not just shiny spoons and forks, but heirloom pieces that tell the story of a family through decades of celebrations.

With that spirit, we thought we’d share a little inspiration for taking your silver out from under lock and key and using it in your everyday life! After all, compared to fine china or porcelain, silver is DURABLE. I don’t know about y’all, but we believe beautiful things are meant to be enjoyed, not gather dust… even if they collect a few chips or spots along the way.

As Southern Weddings, of course we’re going to remind you that your wedding is an amazing place to break out silver — in fact, that’s what I did at my own! We used pieces from both of my grandmothers, my mom, and several friends to hold flowers and treats at our cocktail hour and reception. I know it was really special for my family, especially the pieces with engraved inscriptions or monograms.

Tanja Lippert via Southern Weddings

I’m certainly not the only bride who loves the look of silver at a wedding! A few of our other favorite examples:

Trophy cup photo by Ali Harper via Snippet & Ink (styling by Blue Eyed Yonder); mint julep centerpiece photo by Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings; mint julep photo by Kate Headley; mint julep photo from Camille Styles; ham biscuit photo by Ali Harper; peony centerpiece photo by Picotte Photography via Style Me Pretty; centerpiece photo by Michael + Anna Costa; champagne bowl photo by A Bryan Photo; silver charger photo by Jose Villa via Once Wed; white cake photo Jodi Miller via Martha Stewart Weddings; white cake photo by Jose Villa

As you can see, a little tarnish doesn’t dampen the beauty of silver — at least not in our eyes! I hope that’s an additional encouragement to y’all to leave these pieces out instead of tucking them away. And leave them out you can, long past the wedding. To that end, a few of our favorite ideas for using silver around your newlywed home!

Trophy cup flower arrangements from Velvet & Linen and unknown; trophy cups in the kitchen from Savvy Southern Style and Heather Bullard; trophy cup flowers from Thuss + Farrell; evergreens in silver cups from Southern Living

A few tips:

Opinions differ on whether or not silver can be dishwasher safe, but if you’d like to give it a try, DON’T mix silver and stainless-steel flatware, as a reaction between the two metals can damage both finishes. Knives should always be washed by hand. For best results, remove flatware before the drying cycle begins and dry pieces with a soft cotton cloth. Be sure to use a non-citrus detergent, as they can cause rust spots.
If washing by hand, put a rubber mat or dishtowel in the bottom of the basin if your sink is metal. Use a soft cloth, mild (non-citrus) detergent, and hot water. Never use abrasive pads or steel wool. Dry immediately after washing to prevent water spots.
To polish silver, begin with clean, dry pieces. Apply a reputable silver polish in a gentle, circular motion, using a soft cloth. Wash and dry each piece thoroughly to remove excess polish. Try finding silver polish at a fine jewelery store, or look online.
— Don’t have a silver collection of your own? To buy new, check out Tiffany & Co or Reed & Barton. Replacements and Beverly Bremer are great sources for building or filling out a collection with new or gently used pieces. And if you’re not as concerned with pedigree, some scrounging at the flea market can turn up amazing pieces for a mix-and-match collection!

Happily, silver that’s used often requires the least amount of care and special attention. And since silver’s finish actually improves with daily use, developing a patina of thousands of teensy scratches, there’s really no reason to keep it in the attic!

Tell me: Are you looking forward to inheriting silver, or are you registering for it? Are you planning to use it at your wedding? Do you use it in your home? Let’s share!

Ali Harper, Blue Eyed Yonder, and Jodi Miller are all delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Fran reply

    I am inheriting a set of silverware from my Grandmother Jane, who lives in TX. She originally wanted to split up her set between me and my cousin, Sara Grace. She then decided she didn’t want us to have to share a set. She started buying pieces in her pattern whenever she could find pieces at estate sales, etc. until she eventually built us each our own set. She already sent me a few pieces of mine so I could take it to pick out my china. I can’t wait to use it!

    • avatar Emily reply

      That’s amazing, Fran! So sweet of your grandmother. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    I love the silver you used at your wedding, Emily! I don’t know of any silver I’ll be inheriting, but I love the look of it so much, I’m going to start collecting it for sure. Thanks for the tips!

  3. avatar Kelsey M. reply

    I’m inheriting my mom’s silver (and my grandmother’s). My mom was smart enough to register for the same silver pattern as my grandma, so I’m going to be completely sent – right down to the sweet tea spoons and mint julep stirrers! For my bridal shower, my mom got me my own piece of the set – a cake server and knife that she had monogrammed with our married initials in the same exact font/type that my grandmother’s silver is monogrammed. We used it to cut the cake at our wedding.

    I can’t imagine putting it in the dishwasher though! Yikes!

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