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You know we love a good custom cornhole board, so when I stumbled across this state-themed set, I was smitten! Read on for the sweet details behind the design.

From the bride, Ali:

Ben is from Indiana and I’m from Arkansas, and the little red hearts mark our hometowns (Indianapolis and Little Rock). When we met, one of the first things that caught our eye about the other was that we both had tattoos of our home states, so we wanted to honor our love for our hometowns and share it with our guests. My brother made the boards, and a friend painted them as part of her wedding gift.

Huge thanks again to Photo Love for sharing this gem with us! For more from this picnic-inspired wedding, check out Kaity’s post here!

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Molly Gee is not only a Southern Weddings fan, she’s a Southern Weddings vendor! It’s always fun to see how someone who works in weddings goes about planning her special day, so I hope you enjoy this month’s interview!

Hi! What’s your name?
Molly Gee

What’s your fiancé’s name?

A fun shot from Molly Gee and Justin’s engagement session by Beth Morgan!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.
We met a few times in and after college through mutual friends, but we didn’t really make the effort to get to know each other until the summer of 2010. Separately, we had set big plans for our lives outside of Mississippi, but in the end, the Lord led us back to our hometowns to follow a different path together.

What did you do on your first date together?
Both of us were on tight budgets, so when Justin said he wanted to take me out on a date but couldn’t afford an expensive dinner, I suggested milkshakes and popcorn with a rented movie. We watched Young Guns (not really sure how we came to that choice!?). A few weeks later, I asked him to be my date for filming a friend’s music video. We showed up to the shooting location (a cabin in Mississippi!) and had to dress in 1920’s fashion and pretend to play instruments.

Now tell us alllll about the proposal.
Justin and I first talked about marriage in the spring of 2011. We knew we loved each other very much, but also wanted to be sure we were established in our professions before making such a big decision. Looking back, I now know that Justin wanted his main surprise to be the timing of the proposal. So, when he said sometime in 2012, I believed him!

On December 23, 2011, my sister called to say she needed me to babysit my nieces while she finished last minute Christmas errands. She seemed flustered, but I figured it was just stress from a long ‘to do’ list. I called Justin to tell him my plans, and he mentioned taking me out to dinner that night, and we decided he would pick me up at my house once I was done sitting.

I take my dog, Fern, with me most places. So after babysitting, I parked in my garage, unloaded Fern and my other belongings, and headed inside. My first reaction? “Oh no! My Christmas tree lights exploded everywhere!” Fern tore through the foyer ahead of me, sliding on the dozens of candles that were set up and generally making a mess. I dropped my bags and just stared at Justin (who was on one knee) from across the room. He had to ask The Question from a distance, and finally said, “Can you please walk over here?” I, of course, said yes!

It’s fun to find out the little details afterward, isn’t it? Justin requested my sister’s help in getting me out of the house for two hours, but in the end, only needed about 30 minutes to get everything set up! (He watched Christmas Vacation on my TV while waiting with his car parked down the street!) My sister relaxed at my parents’ house while baking Christmas dishes… not running errands!

Molly Gee, Justin, and Miss Fern! (Photo by Beth Morgan)

When’s the big day?
Friday, October 12, 2012

Where might you two be tying the knot?
The ceremony and reception will be held at The South, a refurbished warehouse in Jackson, MS, owned by the talented Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and Floral. Justin and I love the space and its endless possibilities. It is definitely a blank canvas and we have access to so many great antique furniture pieces stored in the building.

Who or what has been most inspiring in the wedding planning process?
If Pinterest were a person, I would hug her! I have to admit, when I was first engaged, one of my first thoughts was, Yay! It’s now definitely acceptable to start pinning the heck out of wedding photos! Also, thank you, thank you to Southern Weddings for your ultimate wedding planning checklist in V4! I have notes and check marks covering the pages!

Has your vision for your wedding changed or evolved over the course of your engagement? If so, how?
Since I work in the wedding business, I have always tried to stay very neutral with my personal wedding preferences, although it’s hard not to have an idea of what you want and don’t want. I have stayed with a vision of mostly neutrals, complemented by small pops of color. I love both rustic and modern styles, so we have tried to find a happy medium throughout the planning process.

Molly Gee’s inspiration board!

We’re guessing you’re planning to make your own wedding accessories. True?
Of course! I plan to wear the Daisy (a tulle birdcage veil), the Delphinium (a braided rhinestone sash), and for the reception, possibly the Wisteria (a tulle flower hairpiece). The bridesmaids will wear a mix of hairpieces, necklaces, and sashes. Even Justin and his groomsmen will wear a mix of MollyGee designs bow ties and ties!

What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
I’m looking forward to marrying this wonderful man and celebrating with all of our family and friends! On my wedding day, I want to put all the headaches of planning aside and just enjoy! Justin is also VERY excited about his groom’s cake! He is Arsenal’s number one fan, and the cake will be in the shape of the team’s crest.

Two awesome groom cakes we’ve featured in the past: an alligator (photo by Stephen DeVries) and a ham (photo by Oh, Darling!)

Any advice you’d like to pass along to fellow brides?
We all want our day to be perfect and it’s understandable to focus on making that happen! Even through all of the planning and decisions, remember it is only one day of your life. If the wedding doesn’t flow exactly as you planned, you are still marrying the one person you care the most about!

Thank you so much for playing along, Molly Gee! Readers, if you’d like to apply to be a Southern Bride of the Month, check out this post for all the details! If you’ve already emailed me, you’re still in the running for future months!

Stephen DeVries is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Molly Gee reply

    I had so much fun answering questions and perfecting the inspiration board. Thank you for the blog post opportunity; I love the finished article!!
    Molly Gee

  3. avatar Kaleigh reply

    Not only was I excited to see someone getting married on the same day that we will be in 2013. I was so excited to see that you too will be having an Arsenal cake for the groom. Go Gunners!!!!

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Hey, y’all! I just got back from New York City, where I was reveling in one of my favorite weeks of the year – the week of the National Stationery Show!! For four days, stationers and designers big and small converge on a massive convention center in Manhattan. They set up adorable booths displaying their best and newest designs, and then buyers (from both online and brick and mortar stores) and members of the press (like me!) walk the floor checking everything out. It’s bliss, I tell you!

I did my best to capture the gloriousness with my iPhone and tweets in the moment, but thankfully photographer Cyn Kain was at my side doing what she does best. Her photos showcase the beautiful designs far better than mine ever could!

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

Our first booth of the day – Jan Sevadjian! I was all tingly with excitement at this point. Jan makes beautiful silk-wrapped photo albums and keepsake boxes that would be perfect for the classic bride.

The Macbeth Collection is a preppy’s paradise – for real, y’all. There pattern play is amazing, and I loved all the monogrammed goodness! Marissa tweeted that she hoped I would sneak one of the bins out for her, and I would have, if only I thought it would have fit under my shirt. Maybe next time? And how perfect would these be holding ceremony programs, or cold drinks at the reception, or given as bridesmaid gifts? Perfectly perfect.

There was so much fun ephemera – most of it glittery – at Tinsel Trading. I particularly loved the glitter letters (which would be so cute used in chair back decor, like at this wedding) and the cheerful ceremony or exit flags.

Cyn and I both loved these romantic heart-shaped cards from Oblation Papers & Press. Such beautiful letterpress!

Oh my! Next up was the Lifeguard Press booth, home of the one and only Lilly Pulitzer. It was almost too much pink to handle! (But not really, I totally loved it :) We didn’t snap a pic of them, but there were the most adorable patterned iPhone cases on display!

I loved the design of Smudge Ink’s booth, and I enjoyed looking through their new wedding albums, too. Their gift wrap and cards were adorable! (Photo on the bottom left nabbed from Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper!)

Thank you so much to Cyn for these great photos! I’ll be back with much more soon!

Cyn Kain is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I would love to go to the NSS one day. Emily, I love your tunic. Is it Boden?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Elizabeth! Why, thank you so much! Yes, it’s Boden :)

  2. avatar Liz reply

    Thanks so much for the recap! I can’t wait to go to NSS next year!

  3. avatar Mary Kate reply

    All of the booths look like such fun! I am currently on the hunt for horse racing/keeneland themed invites, do you ladies have any suggestions on where I might be able to find or design something along those lines?


    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Mary Kate! I didn’t spot anything ready-made at the show that fits what you’re looking for, but my best advice would be to get in touch with Belle & Union (coming up in my recaps next week!). They have an amazing Southern sensibility, and I’m sure they’d design something you’d love!

  4. avatar Lindsay{LCVintage} reply

    Thanks for sharing! The Macbeth Collection is my favorite! I love, love all of their stuff. I have the utensil holder that I have used to hold my pens at work for the last six years. I always get so many compliments on it.

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