Google+ Southern Christmas wedding Archives - Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings

Tag: Southern Christmas wedding

We have signed off for the holidays and are relishing some quiet time with our families, and we hope y’all are doing the same! Here’s what we’ll all be up to over the next few days…

Haley Sheffield

Nicole: This Christmas, I’m down in Charlotte, spending time with my sister, brother-in-law-to-be, dad, mom and step dad. My mom has graciously saved all of the Christmas baking for my arrival, so a large amount of my time has been in the kitchen rolling out dough. Of course, we’re also taking breaks by drinking copious amounts of sparkling grape juice and chocolate and watching The Family Stone. I’m also really excited to be reunited with my two best friends, who are also home for Christmas, and with my puggy nephew. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s festivities, watching my dad’s face when he opens his gifts and spending time with my mom on Christmas Day. It’s her favorite holiday and it makes her so happy to have her kids together (brother-in-law-to-be and furry friends included).

Ryan Ray, styled by Lavender Joy Weddings, via Wedding Chicks

Lara: Ari, Grace, and I will be headed to my hometown of Pensacola, Florida, to spend the holiday with my parents, Grandma Bunny and my brother, Stephen, who just finished his master’s degree… so we will spend lots of time calling him “Master Stephen” this Christmas. He is already enjoying this new title. This is an unexpected change of plans for us, so my parent’s house will need some holiday decorating (they were originally planning to come here to Chapel Hill). So, I may stuff a suitcase with tinsel and all the tree trimmings! I am very much looking forward to hugging my family — I could care less about anything under a tree this year, I just want some bear hugs. OK, and some turkey and sweet potatoes.

Michelle March via Southern Weddings

Marissa: This year, BDK and I will be spending Christmas with my side of our family. We’ll be in South Florida, wearing Jack Rogers and sundresses (well, I will be, not BDK!). Even though it’s a little crazy to celebrate Christmas when it’s 80 degrees out, I’ll be thankful to see my family. Christmas Eve will be spent trying to stay up late enough to make it through midnight mass, and then on Christmas Day my mama will make a delicious linner (lunch + dinner) complete with homemade pumpkin cheesecake and her famous green bean casserole. Oh, and A Christmas Story will be on the television ALL day long. It’s a BDK tradition that I’ve grown to love!

Ryan Ray, styled by Love & Splendor, via Style Me Pretty

Kristin: Once again, we will be crisscrossing the state of NC – spending a few days with my family in eastern North Carolina at my ‘Nama’s house before heading back west to spend time with Kyle’s family. It will be a bit of a different Christmas this year, as it will be my first Christmas Eve spent without my parents and baby sister. This is a definite challenge of getting married, but I am excited to finally get a chance to experience KPW’s family traditions for this holiday. Not to worry – my family’s annual Christmas Cookie Competition is still taking place, and I have my recipe and apron ready. I am hoping to snag the crown back this year, after finishing in second place last year.

Haley Sheffield via Ruffled

Emily: Like Kristin, my first married Christmas is coming with some “firsts”… and a whole heap of travel. For the first time in my 25 years I will be spending Christmas morning somewhere other than my childhood home. My family (mom, dad, two sisters, and one brother in law) are traveling South to spend Christmas with John and me. Then everyone but John (he has to stay home and work — boo!) will fly north to Maine to celebrate with my Mom’s family. Then — wait for it — we’ll all drive down to Connecticut on the 28th to celebrate with my Dad’s family (lunch) and our best family friends (dinner). THEN, late that night, I’ll pick John up at the airport, and he and I will spend the weekend with his family (mom, dad, sisters, brother in law, and boyfriend) before flying back to NC on Sunday. Whew!! It might be crazy, but I’m looking forward to it all :)

We hope those of you who are celebrating have a very merry time with your loved ones. I know I’ll be giving mine an extra squeeze this year!

As for the blog, we’ll be quiet tomorrow but back with our highlights from 2012 starting on the 26th and continuing through next week!

P.S. I hope you love these little bits of Christmas inspiration! All sans snow, as we do it in the South :)

Michelle March, Haley Sheffield, and Lavender Joy Weddings are all fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Merry Christmas to all of you lovely ladies!! Wishing you and your families peace, love, joy, and many blessings! xoxo

  2. avatar Christmas Engagement Photo Ideas | Mid-South Bride reply

    […] Photo Credit: Haley Sheffield, Via: Southern Weddings  […]

  3. avatar This Holiday Playlist is Better than Christmas Morning | Loverly Planning reply

    […] by Haley Sheffield Photography on Southern Weddings via […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

It’s the last week before Christmas, and all through the Southern Wedding offices, gals are getting excited! Especially when we get to share lovely holiday inspiration like this with you. What I love most about today’s shoot is that it shows how easily winter or Christmas style can be translated to the sunny South, snow or no snow. The tartan and deer motif Better Half Weddings and Julia Rohde Designs put together is simply adorable — no freezing temps required.

Such a gorgeous winter bouquet! I love all the green tones from the eucalyptus and dusty miller.

Plaid bow tie!

It does not get more perfect for a winter wedding – mistletoe hanging above the ceremony spot!

Woodsy and warm while still feeling Southern — perfection.

How sweet is that little doe figurine tucked into the centerpieces? And how SWEET are these gorgeous candy apples?

I adore this little cake topper, with the pussy willow supports, hand-painted mini burlap bunting, and sweet little figures. Love!

From Julia, the florist, who dreamed up this concept:

“For many years my family and I have celebrated Christmas at our family cabin in north Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in South Florida, it is always a nice escape from tropical weather and a busy city life when we visit. Apple cider, homemade chili, a warm fire and deer sightings are the everyday in that region of our country. The South. And during wintertime you just might get to see the snow fall through the cabin windows. Many times we have had brunch in nearby lodges, decked with pine garlands, mounted deer head, and Christmas lights – the ambiance is always so festive. This experience inspired Shelley and I for this shoot. Shelley is originally from Northern California, and shares just as many memories of cabins, snow, and deer from her family vacations on the west coast. As Floridians, we generally don’t see seasons change like up north or in other parts of the country. We also don’t see much in the way of lodges or barns. On our search for the perfect venue for this inspiration, we found the Cooper Estate in Homestead, Florida. With its mounted deer head and rustic charm, Shelley and I knew it was the perfect fit. We tied the look together with splashes of plaid, vintage silver trophies, wood slabs, moss, a hot cocoa bar, and adorable miniature deer. We wanted to show brides that even though we don’t get snow, it is possible to have a winter themed wedding down in South Florida.”

Huge thanks to photographer Michelle March for sending over this gorgeous inspiration! I am very inspired to dig out some tartan fabric and make a new table runner for Christmas dinner…

Michelle March is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) reply

    This is gorgeous! I love all the plaid details…it’s definitely perfect for a winter wedding!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Every detail is so lovely! Pretty, Southern, simple, and thoughtful. The mistletoe above the ceremony space is an especially amazing idea!

  3. avatar Michelle March reply


    Thank you so much for sharing this with all your amazing readers! We’re all so excited + honored. I wish you and all the other ladies at SW an incredible holiday season. :)



  4. avatar Shelley, Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc. reply

    Overjoyed to be featured on your blog today, and cannot thank you enough for sharing our beloved Oh Deer shoot with the SW family & readers! We are completely HONORED, on cloud nine today, & couldn’t be more excited and thankful for the opportunity.

    Michelle, your pictures are just stunning, and Julia, you’re my partner in crime {well, more like PIC in design & winter woodsy beauty!}

    Once again, a huge THANK YOU to all the vendors involved (listed above) who made this dream day possible, and SW for gushing over this shoot as much as we have.

    Happy Holidays, Southern Weddings!!!!!

    Sweetest Regards,
    Shelley {owner of Better Half Weddings} XOXOXO

  5. avatar Erika Delgado reply

    Oh heavens, this is just adorable! Great work ladies and congrats! <3

  6. avatar Tied the knot: Oh Deer Wedding at The Cooper Estate – Michelle March Photography – South Florida / Miami Wedding Photographer – US + Destination Weddings reply

    […] this lovely wedding this week, just in time for Christmas! Check out the feature by clicking here. Below is a peek! Many thanks to the sweet […]

  7. avatar Happy Holidays and a big THANK YOU from us! | unearthedvintage reply

    […] we will leave you with the latest styled shoot we were so fortunate to be a part of, as seen on Southern Weddings.  Shot at the Cooper Estate, it was dreamed up and styled by Julia Rohde of Julia Rohde Designs, […]

  8. avatar Plaid Winter Wedding Inspiration | Bride’s Blog reply

    […] Christmas Eve! Just in time for the holidays, we bring you this wonderful woodsy plaid holiday wedding from Southern Weddings Magazine. The beautiful pictures were taken by Michelle March. This styled shoot is full of great winter […]

  9. avatar Kathryn reply

    plaid!!! deer!!! red and green floral!!!
    I would have never thought to pair a plaid shirt with a wedding gown, but that photo is gorgeous! Love a winter wedding!

  10. avatar Afsar reply

    I am thinking to spend this winter out of my country. I liked these photos. :)

  11. avatar bridal musings – WEDDING SEASON SPECIAL: ONE OF A KIND WEDDING GIFTS | crazyforus reply

    […] Image by Michelle March via Southern Weddings […]

  12. avatar Crimson and Coal – Glam Red and Gray Winter Wedding | Hey Wedding Lady reply

    […] by 10.11 Make-up and Hair, Dress Designed  by Kirstie Kelly Couture | Bow Heels by Halogen | Winter Bouquet – Photography by Michelle March Photography,  Coordination and Styling by Better Half […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

Happy Monday, ladies + gents! I hope y’all had fabulous weekends! I just wanted to start off the week with a quick reminder that if you’d like to participate in the Third Annual Southern Weddings Ornament Swap, you have until the end of the day today to send me your info!

Here are all the details again:

If you would like to participate, send an email to emily [at] iloveswmag [dot] com (or click here!) with “Holiday Ornament Swap” in the subject line by the end of the day. Include your name, address, email address, website/blog address, and Twitter handle, if you have one.

On Wednesday, I will email you the names and addresses of up to five people to send ornaments to.

You then have two options for the ornaments you send out:

Option One: Handmade by you. We suggest getting familiar with Gocco, Yudu, Cricut, Photoshop… or just some good old fashioned construction paper, glitter, and glue. Whichever design you choose, make sure it’s easy to produce in multiples – and ideally a bit Southern!

Option Two: Made by someone else. That someone else could be your sister-in-law, it could be an Etsy vendor, or it could be your neighborhood Target. It doesn’t have to be expensive! You could even buy a multi-pack of ornaments and send one to each of your swap partners.

Whether you choose option one or two, be sure to send out your ornaments no later than Friday, December 9! Then, all that’s left to do is wait for the holiday goodness to roll in.

A last note: Please don’t sign up if you don’t intend to follow through! Think about how disappointed you would be if you sent out beautiful ornaments and didn’t receive a single one in response… I know I would be very disappointed. And watch out for postage!

It’s been so fun seeing names new and old pop into my inbox over the last week. We’d love to have you join in, too!

emily Written with love by Emily

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to: