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We’re starting a new feature round here called Southern Hospitality which I know y’all are going to just love! Why? Because it focuses on different cities and states across the South (hopefully yours!). How it works: Each month, we pick a Southern city and host an “expert” in that area. The expert will select their favorite items that give a taste of what the city is all about. These items will go in a customized tote to make the perfect gift bag for friends and family to enjoy upon arrival for your wedding weekend. A perk for attending destination weddings!

This month, we featured one of my all-time favorite cities and hometown, Nashville, TN! Holler if you’re from Music City USA! The Nashville “expert” was our good friend Amber Housley of Sweet Life Designs. Below are Amber’s picks for a Nashville tote bag. She chose everything from Loveless’ Cafe Butter My Biscuits Gift Pack (famous secret biscuit recipe you can make at home along with apple butter) to a bottle of Jack Daniel’s with glass bottles of Coke (since us Southerners know that Coke always tastes best in a glass bottle! – or Lemonade to make either one of these famous recipes: Jack and Coke or Lynchburg Lemonade) to tickets to a backstage tour at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry!

A. Hatch Show Print Ladies Cowboy Tee ($20), B. Southern Artisan Chocolate ($5.99 each), C. Bluebird Cafe Gift Certificates (varies), D. Loveless’ Cafe Butter My Biscuits Gift Pack ($19.95), E. Bottle of Jack Daniel’s ($19.99), F. Spirit of Nashville Shortbread Tin’s with Willa’s cookies and Spirit of Nashville Postcards ($14.95). G. We Are Nashville Decal ($4), H. Handmade I Love Tennessee State Necklace in Silver ($55), I. Tickets to a Backstage Tour at the Historic Ryman Auditorium ($17), J. Plantable Music Note from Country Music Hall of Fame ($3.99), K. Blackberry Wine from Belle Meade Plantation Winery ($19.50) and Meet me at Belle Meade Plantation Recipe Book ($19.95), L. Tickets for a Dinner Cruise on the General Jackson Showboat down the Cumberland River and past downtown Nashville ($87.95).

Okay, these really make me want to plan a trip to Nashville. I mean a showboat. Any takers?

Amber also created an overlay to go on your Nashville tote. There are two options: You can download a PDF of just the design with no customization or you can download a PDF with room to add the couple’s name and date (example left). Either way, you can download the print from our site and take it to your local screen printer!

From the Nashville area and have additional suggestions to add to our Nashville tote? What did you love about Nashville if you’ve visited before?

Have a city in mind for future posts? Let us know!

Written with love by Sierra
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  1. avatar Tracy reply

    You say in the blog that there’s a free PDF download but there’s no link?

    • avatar Sierra reply

      Hi Tracy, thank you for letting us know. I’ve relinked the downloadable graphics for you, so you should be good to go. Enjoy!

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Howdy, y’all! We’ve been serving up a bunch of new features lately and I’m really excited to share this one, a collection of fab finds that will color you inspired! A Southern gal is stylish and savvy in every way — not just when it comes to planning and creating her wedding. We came up with a few items that would look lovely at a bridal luncheon, on your honeymoon, or in your new home with your new husband!

This color palette reminds me of afternoon tea on the well-manicured lawn of your grandfather’s estate. Slip on some pearls and take a look at my favorite steel gray, green and ivory things!

A. Slip into the Ribbon Mirabelle dress by Kate Spade for tea with your ladies.

B. Take in the scenes around you with these Coach Summer sunglasses.

C. Every Southern girl loves her pearls. We love this Pave Pearl Necklace from Ann Taylor.

D. Keep your table linens organized and adorable with these Fleur de Lys napkin rings from Sur La Table.

E. Keep the sun off your face and look like a movie star in this floppy brimmed hat.

F. This chevron-striped clutch would look fab against your outfit.

G. Dress up your tables with the Belle Boulevard China collection from Kate Spade.

H. Fill up your glass with this Drink Dispenser from Pier 1 Imports.

I. Cheers with this gem-colored champagne flute from Anthropologie.

J. This rose stationery from Minted will look lovely on your writing desk.

K. Cut off a sliver of this floral and vanilla Beekman 1803 soap for your powder room.

L. Line the steps to your front door with these mini boxwood trees.

What do you think of our finds? Tell us in the comments below and be on the lookout for more inspiration!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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Y’all, this was one of the toughest decisions I have ever, ever had to make. How in the world can I choose just one feature from Southern Weddings V3 as my favorite? I absolutely, positively adore so many parts of V3. What’s a girl to do?

Well, I’ve flipped through V3 a total of 23 times to finally make up my mind, but I am positive about my decision. My favorite feature from V3 just had to be the Up, Up and Away Southern honeymoon feature shot by fabulous photographers Jose Villa and Jen Curtis.

Could there be anything more romantic than sailing away with your fine gent in a multicolored hot air balloon to your honeymoon destination? I’d be hard-pressed to find a better form of transportation.

Then there’s that gorgeous couple. Between her Anthropologie dress (that matches the hot air balloon perfectly) and his Southern ensemble courtesy of local Chapel Hill favorite, Julians, this couple is sheer Southern honeymooning perfection.

I think my very favorite part of the feature are the eight fabulous honeymoon destinations. Some of the best and brightest writers in the wedding industry agreed to write about their favorite Southern honeymoon spots and I’m just dying to hop in the car and visit every single place. Are you in? Let’s go!

This trip down V3 memory lane has made me even more excited for all of the fabulous features in V4! It’s coming soon, y’all, and we just can’t wait till you see it!

Wanting more V3 nostalgia? Check out EmilyNicole and Marissa’s favorite features:
Joey & Jessica’s Cover Shoot
Amelia Lyon’s Sweet Love
Jose Villa’s Something Blue

Do you want to see all of the wonderful vendors that worked on this feature? Just check it out in our editorial gallery!

Written with love by Whitney
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    Ahh! Be still my heart. That air balloon is beautiful.

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