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We ate our peach ice cream this week, made sure to stop by the farmer’s market for the last of the good crop and prepared our pies and mason jars for peach-filling. Summer is winding down (sniff sniff). We can’t say goodbye to August (National Peach Month, y’all!) or to summer without reflecting on the good ol’ peach — a summer staple, thirst-quencher and tummy-filler from May until September.

Oh yes, y’all, the Southern Weddings ladies are bursting with peach knowledge. Have another fun fact? Share them in the comments below! We’re also open to peach canning tips, peach recipes and offers of eternal summertime :)

Want more peach-lovin’ posts?
Summer in the South: Peach Fab Finds
National Peach Month Real Wedding Round-Up

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Madi Reid reply

    Love that as I sat down to catch up on posts for today I had a glass of peach tea in hand! How’s that for perfect timing?

  2. avatar Adrienne Snyder reply

    Love your website and blog! I am curious about your submission process for weddings. We recently photographed a wedding in Spruce Pine, NC that I would love for y’all to see ;)

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Summer in the South means beach getaways, gingham shirts, crazy humidity, and really good music! Last week we asked for y’all’s help rounding up the best music festivals in the South, so without further ado, let’s get started! We can’t help but think that any of these awesome events would make the perfect break from wedding planning…

Bonnaroo is a four day long music and arts festival taking place on over 700 Acres of Tennessee nature. With over 80,000 happy campers, 150 performances and 10+ stages of music, comedians, Bonnoroo is described as “overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Bonnaroovian Dancing. An escape into Excitement.” Now that sounds like a blast!

The KISS Country Chili Cookoff holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I started my corporate event planning career, it’s also where my husband rode in a golf cart with Jewel, and where Jessica Simpson wore those famous jeans! Not to mention it’s the South’s largest one day outdoor concert, jam-packed with the best country artists and a Chili Village full of awesome vendors. Also tons of cowboy hats.

In honor of our former editor, Sierra, we couldn’t leave the CMA Music Festival off this list! This four-day country music fest takes place in June in Nashville, Tennessee. Beginning in 1972 as Fan Fair, the event now draws over 400 artists and celebrities who hold autograph sessions and perform in one of the many concerts offered throughout the festival. In 2011, total combined attendance for the four-day event was estimated to have exceeded 250,000 people, and visitors came from 41 different nations, and all 50 states. Whoa!

Taking place in our own Ms. Lara’s hometown, DeLuna Fest is officially America’s original beach party! For three-days, music fans can dance on the sugar white sands of Pensacola Beach, revel in a diverse mix of live beach-friendly bands and musicians, and admire gorgeous Florida’s sunsets. DeLuna Fest celebrates Pensacola’s rich heritage with great music and a big ol’ party!

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival might have been our most-suggested festival from y’all! The Nola Jazz Fest is a 10-day cultural event where thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome nearly 400,000 visitors each year. With 12 stages of “soul-stirring” music from jazz, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk, and much more, the festival is a celebration of many cultures. In 2001, the Festival celebrated Louis Armstrong’s centennial, and the total attendance eclipsed 650,000 attendees, smashing all past records!

Have you been to one of our favorite festivals? Or have a favorite music festival we missed? Let us know! Then put on your favorite Southern song, and let’s enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

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    At the beginning of the summer, Marissa and I had a lengthy discussion about gingham. Which gingham shirt would we choose? Did we like the smaller patterns or larger ones better? Didn’t we think it was the perfect summer fabric? We’re not just obsessed, y’all. We’re kind of advocates of gingham-fication. The happy variation of the checked pattern is one that we all love because it signifies many things that we adore about this season, including warm temperatures (and lighter fabrics), brighter colors, and picnics.

    If y’all agree, you’ll definitely love the finds we’ve wrangled up for today’s Summer in the South.

    A. You can never go wrong with a light dress during the dog days of summer. How about a gingham print to go with it?

    B. We do love a man in a bow tie, but how about a bow tie and matching suspenders? Be still my Southern heart!

    C. These treat bags from Shop Sweet Lulu are always handy — perfect as favor bags or for taking cookies with you to work!

    D. We’re ribbon fanatics around here. Whether you’re wrapping a bouquet or a present, or even pulling your hair back, these fabric options will look adorable!

    E. Give your pearl earrings a break and don these sweet gingham button earrings.

    F. Beach, lake, pool or rock quarry, a gingham swimsuit is a must! Bonus points if you don red lipstick like these fab gals.

    G. I’ll admit I’m a bit obsessed with these gingham heart picks! Any food will look ten times more appetizing with these on top!

    H. We can’t get enough of Emily Ley’s colorful iPhone cases. With so many colors to choose from, the options will sustain you through even the hottest summers.

    I. Sometimes the best gingham finds are on the most overlooked objects. I’ll be stocking up on these fun twist ties.

    Don’t want the summer to end? Take a look at our past posts!
    A Day at the Lake
    A Weekend Barbecue
    Summer Essentials from A Southern Lady
    Beach Getaway Essentials
    Summer Escapes
    Watermelon Wonder
    Peach Fab Finds

    nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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