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Like our Family Heirlooms shoot, this editorial looks like a good time was had by all, doesn’t it? You just want to jump right in to the photos! Having a band on hand will do that, and a band was most definitely necessary for this story, where everything was inspired by the sweet song of the South. We are SO lucky that Nancy Ray, Amber Housley, and Cedarwood Weddings (all Blue Ribbon Vendors!) collaborated on this gem… please enjoy!

Amber put together a wedding weekend welcome pack to rival the Savannah version in our Generations Past editorial! These goodies are all Nashville or Tennessee favorites.

This team did such a great job incorporating crafty ideas while still maintaining a clean and cohesive look over all. Love the boutonnieres made out of sheet music!

Oh my word, this wreath is a stunner, isn’t it? I was immediately smitten. With it as the centerpiece of your ceremony, I don’t think you’d need any other decoration.

Speaking of showstoppers, these little belles and beaus definitely qualify. All five are the nieces and nephews of photographer Nancy Ray — we love that they were able to incorporate actual family into the day!

I’m sure the music from those triplet drummers was just lovely, but there was a real bluegrass band on hand, too — Jace Aaron and the Ranchers.

A pretty drink station is such a good idea for cocktail hour. It doesn’t have to be fancy, either — thyme sprigs dress up lemonade in simple glasses just beautifully!

We’re all about creative guest books, and this album is an especially good idea. It would look striking framed on the wall in a newlywed home!

I can’t get over this cake table — that patterned linen makes such a splash! Even if you don’t have the budget for custom linens, splurging on just one for a focal point can make a big impact. And I’d consider buying instead of renting, too. That way, you’ll have a special piece that reminds you of your wedding to bring out for special occasions for years to come!

We’d love to hear: What’s your favorite part of this editorial? I adore the ceremony wreath and everything about the cake and its table!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Southern Weddings V6 Feature | Song of the South – Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner | Designer | Stylist | Custom Wedding Invitations Stationery | Lifestyle | Inspired | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner | Designer | Nashville Wedding Pla reply

    […] had the honor and pleasure of being featured in Southern Weddings newest print issue, V6. We styled an editorial photo shoot that we called Song of the South based […]

  2. avatar Morgan Jones reply

    Oh my goodness, I would absolutely cherish a banjo (or any object) from a late Grandparent!

  3. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    We feel blessed to be part of this gorgeous project with some good friends! The banjo was actually handmade my late father, and seeing it in Southern Weddings V6 brings joy to our family — our Dad would be so proud.

  4. avatar olivia reply

    Lemonade drink is part of the wedding theme, love it!!

  5. avatar Alexandra | Foiled Invitations reply

    The ceremony wreath is killing it, but I think the little drummer boys steal the show. Adorable.

  6. avatar Latrice @ Opulent Couturier Style reply

    Thankso so much for featuring this amazing shoot. It was a honor to be apart of this project with such an amazing professional team. To style so many beautiful people both inside & out still warms by heart! XOXO

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Before the we share the full Song of the Song editorial with you, we wanted to pop in and post a few behind the scenes snaps! We love seeing how editorials come together, especially for ones we weren’t on hand for, and hope y’all do, as well. We’re thankful to have these photos from Nancy Ray’s associate photographer, Callie!

For those of you who are wondering, that big white circle is a reflector. It’s used to bounce light around, which helps us get nice, even coverage for something like a stationery suite shot!

I think we can all agree that Amber is going to be one adorable mama (she already is, in fact!) — perhaps topped only by our own Marissa :)

Check back in just a little bit to see the rest of this editorial!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Britni Ramsey reply

    I love this! I also would like to know where the photogs shirt is from? It’s so cute!

    • avatar Nancy Ray reply

      Britni Ramsey: Hi Britni! I actually borrowed the shirt from my sister, but I believe she got it from Anthropologie! Thanks for the sweet compliment :)

  2. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar reply

    Thank you for sharing! We love this!

    xo

    http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

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Is there anything more delectable in the early summer than strawberries? Inspired by this striking, yet unassuming berry that reminds us of Southern belles (see V6 for why!), we followed “Pick Your Own Strawberry” signs through Chapel Hill, consulted the Farmer’s Almanac to set a shoot date, rounded up our favorite redheads, and brought Berry Bliss to life.

Cheree Berry created this delightfully bold invitation suite for us. How fun is that envelope liner?

Our beautiful bride, Cate, was the roommate of one our interns! She looked stunning in a striped gown by Hayley Paige and bold red lipstick. Fun fact: her bouquet wrap is actually a delicate scarf!

It is no secret that the SW gals are smitten with LulaKate. Not only did we love having their darling custom dresses in this shoot, we were also tickled pink to wear LulaKate at the V6 launch party last week! Love these dresses as much as we do? Don’t miss the end of this post for a surprise! :)

Even though we had these simply elegant boutonnieres on hand, the only dapper gent in this shoot was MacKenzie‘s son, Pax! Isn’t he adorable in his little bow tie?

Emily commented in Sweet Corns Sweethearts that the area we live in is sometimes photo shoot-ready, even without our help, and this was certainly one of those cases. On the day of this shoot, the field next to the strawberries was bursting with pretty red clover. Thanks for that one, North Carolina!

We were truly spoiled to have the most beautiful, luscious strawberry desserts gracing this shoot. Ashley Cakes made the lovely cake, and Little Sugarbakers whipped up the mini desserts.

There were so many amazing elements in this shoot, and we are excited to share two of our favorites!

We’re giving away all three LulaKate dresses (one in size 4, two in size 8) and a pair of red Nina Forbes shoes (size 10). For a chance to win one of these items, leave a comment telling us your favorite thing about this shoot! Don’t forget to specify which item you’d like (including which dress size, if applicable). We can’t wait to hear from you!

Katie Stoops / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Venue: Oakley Farm / Bride’s Gown: “Guindon” by Hayley Paige / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Pearl Bracelet: Fornash available at Swell Caroline / Earrings: Swell Caroline / Bracelet: Loren Hope / Bride’s Sunhat: Zappos / Hair and Makeup: Makeup For YourDay / Rentals: CE Rentals / Benches: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Strawberry Fields Tablecloth: House8810 / Plates: Anthropologie / Dessert Plates: Replacements / Dog’s Bow: High Cotton Ties / Florist: Watered Garden / Bouquet Wrap: Fairstore / Pots: Jamali Garden / Paper Goods: Cheree Berry / Cake: Ashley Cakes / Cake Stand: Sarah’s Stands / Mini Strawberry Desserts: Little Sugarbakers

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Rachel reply

    This shoot was so fun! Although I loved the stripped details on the bouquets and dresses and paper goods. However, I am a true stationary lover at heart, the invitation suite is so bright and unique! I would love the Lula Kate dress in the size 4!

  2. avatar blakely reply

    I LOVE the loose wild florals! beautiful!

    dress size 4!

  3. avatar Lauren reply

    My favorite part of the berry bliss shoot are the fields! The strawberry fields are to die for and make the shoot! I’d love the LK dress in size 8, so pretty!

  4. avatar Ryann reply

    I don’t think I can pick just one thing! I love the bold red stripes incorporated into everything from the invitation suite to the cake to the bouquet scarf! I also just love it when redheads own their gorgeous hair and wear bright colors. I am a LulaKate lover so my favorite is definitely the dress! My bridesmaids wore a LulaKate dress and I was actually kind of jealous they got to and I didn’t ;) I would love the dress in size 8!!

  5. avatar Catie reply

    The precious little baby eating a strawberry is my favorite part!

    Shoes :)

  6. avatar Kathryn Pavia reply

    I meant to sign my comment with
    Xo
    A big fan from Raleigh!!

    However somehow I sent submit before I was done!

  7. avatar Brittany reply

    Favorite thing about this shoot has to be Pax. What a cutie! Obsessed with the LulaKate dresses. (size 4)

  8. avatar Lisa B. reply

    I love everything about this shoot! My husband and I got engaged in the strawberry patch of a farm near our house where we first fell in love! My favorite touches are the strawberry shaped invitation information cards and the sweet red and white ribbon around the bouquets. I would love to win one of the dresses in a size 8!

  9. avatar Jessica Horton reply

    LOVE all the red & white (go pack! ;-) )

  10. avatar Ashlee reply

    What I love most about this shoot is the fact that you are embracing redheads! So many women are dying their hair to cover it up. Southern Weddings teaches women to love themselves and I find this shoot empowering! This dress, in a size 10, would be perfect to wear to client meetings at local wineries and estates :)

  11. avatar Betty reply

    the strawberries!

  12. avatar Abi Losli reply

    My favorite thing about this shoot is…ALL the things! That’s probably not an acceptable answer, but I truly adore all the details. Especially that gorgeous gown (those stripes!), the big, floppy, elegant sun hat, and the energy from the bright, vibrant colors. What a gift, those red clovers and the perfect weather. So blessed. Great work, ladies! (oh, and I think a size 8 would be just about perfect! LulaKate is fab and I am so excited that you’re giving away dresses in my size!)

  13. avatar lena reply

    What a gorgeous shoot!

  14. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I love the location of the shoot! It truly makes for a great impact with the design. Every detail is absolutely beautiful, but my favorite thing about this shoot would be the strawberry linen table setting… or maybe that four-tier wedding cake! Gorgeous! And I would love the LulaKate dress in the size 4.

  15. avatar Jessica Horton reply

    ….. and size 8 dress, please!

  16. avatar Emily reply

    I absolutely adore the sweet striped ribbon on those beautiful bouquets!!! I would be over the moon to win one of the Lula Kate dresses in size 8!!!

  17. avatar Megan Leader reply

    My favorite thing about this shoot (other than that perfect field of clover… swoon!) is the red scarf used to tie the bride’s bouquet! I think it pairs perfectly with the wedding dress fabric and the bridesmaids’ dresses. I would love to win one of the LulaKate dresses in size 8! I think they’re just gorgeous.

  18. avatar Naomi Wilcox reply

    This shoot is just so beautiful & amazing! My specific favorite thing about the shoot, is the COLORS! I love the crispness of the white & the bold, daring yet classiness of the red! I would love to win one of the lovely dresses from LulaKate in Size 8!

    PS The Southern Wedding ladies looked FANTASTIC in their LulaKate dresses at the Launch Party!

  19. avatar Kelsey reply

    Oooh, what beautiful colors! Simply stunning. I would love to win the Lula Kate dress in size 6!

  20. avatar Whitley Gaffney reply

    Those adorable hand pies are my favorite thing about this shoot! I need to make some myself :) And that size 8 LulaKate dress has my name written all over it (I hope)…

  21. avatar Loren reply

    Those fields of red clovers are stunning! But Id say my favorite thing has to be the adorable red bow tie on the dog. I’m a sucker for dogs :)

    Dress size: 4

  22. avatar Lisa Eickel reply

    I am smitten over how the red/ strawberry theme was taken through to all the elements of the dessert table. And the super cute little one couldn’t make this shoot look any better! I would LOVE to win one of the LK dresses, size 4!!

  23. avatar Lisa Eickel reply

    I’d happily take a size 6 and try to get it altered if the 4 is already spoken for!

  24. avatar Mandy DeTurk reply

    I love those cute little invitations!

  25. avatar Ashlee reply

    Ah! I meant a size 8!!

  26. avatar Brittany reply

    The fields of Oakley Farm are gorgeous! But my fav has to hands down be the Guindon dress by Hayley Paige, its to die for, those stripes are perfection! And those Nina shoes are just fab!

  27. avatar Brooke Motchan reply

    I love the details included on the invitation….the little “seed envelope” with the strawberries and ant listing the details of the reception! Would love to win the pair of red Nina Forbes shoes!

  28. avatar Cara Crowley reply

    Oh my! I love everything about this shoot from the strawberry table cloth, to the geraniums in the arrangements and the delicious looking strawberry shortcakes! I would love the Lulu Kate dress in a size 4 to wear to two upcoming weddings. Love the work that you ladies do! xo

    • avatar Cara Crowley reply

      Cara Crowley: I found a dress today for the weddings so I would like to withdraw my name for the size 4 Lulu Kate dress. However, the shoes would be a perfect fit for my size 10 feet :) I’m just in love with this shoot and with the sophisticated simplicity that it conveys.

  29. avatar Hannah M reply

    I love the field of red clovers! Fits in so perfectly with the shoot!

    Lula Kate dress size 4!

  30. avatar Waverly Tucker reply

    I absolutely love all of the crisp white details in the shoot, the little dessert stands are precious! The detail of the top layer of the cake inspires me to do something similar for my wedding. I’d love to wear the Lulakate dress in the size 4!

  31. avatar Kate E. reply

    I love love love the beautiful blooms in this shoot! So perfect! I’m also dying for those shoes!

  32. avatar abby r reply

    i love the table cloth and how the theme is consistent but not overpowering. those shoes would be perfect!!!

  33. avatar Billie Anne reply

    That tablecloth is perfection!

    And I would lovelovelove the dress in size 8! :)

  34. avatar Victoria Shao reply

    My absolute favorite part of this shoot is the table location. I’m totally in love with the idea of the table being in the middle of the strawberry field. So different and cheery! The size 4 LulaKate dress size 4 would be a dream. Thanks y’all!

  35. avatar Hannah Mallalieu reply

    From the subtle hints in the fabric of the bridal gown, to the lovely LulaKate bridesmaids dresses, to the sweet ribbon on the bouquets, and the delightful stationary – the stripes steal the show in this shoot! I would love a LulaKate dress in size 8! It would be the perfect springtime wear for my bridal shower next April!

  36. avatar Katie reply

    I absolutely love those unstructured vibrant centerpieces! They are so gorgeous. I’d love those beautiful red shoes as well!

  37. avatar Carrie reply

    Love that vintage table cloth! I would love that lula kate dress in 8!

  38. avatar Kelly reply

    My favorite part about this shoot is the table setup! The red tablecloth, the strawberry and white tablecloth, the flowers, I love it all!

    I’ve got my eye on that Lula Kate dress size 4 ;)

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  40. avatar Tori Ford reply

    The strawberry theme is divine! Loving the originality of the theme and the color palatte is stunning! Bold pops of red make this blissful affair a show stopper, and those boutineers! Wowzers!
    I am loving the dresses (size 4) and shoes are to die for! I would love either!

  41. avatar Samantha reply

    I love the dapper little gent in the bow tie and red pants. So adorable!!! What girl can resist a bow tie?? I would love the size 4 dress!!!

  42. avatar Fran Hall reply

    My favorite thing was seeing the previous post of all of your preparation for the shoot. The fun you were having, the creativity AND THEN as I viewed the actual post, to see the magic the photographer created to capture all of your wonderful ideas. The angles, the focus, the “just right” cropping. This is all a true talent. It was so evident from the two posts what magic must occur. Love, Love, Love ! Could pick one photo but this post is too good to over look the finished product! WOW! Love the size 4 dress.

  43. avatar Laura Caroline reply

    I would have to say little Pax was my favorite part of the shoot. He is just adorable eating the strawberries in his bow tie! And I would absolutely love those stunning shoes!

  44. avatar Rebecca reply

    I just love the mini pies in this shoot! Also, the photo of the table in between the two strawberry fields is just stunning! I would love the size 4 dress!

  45. avatar Kaylan reply

    Why do I love this shoot? Because red is my signature color! Adorable. When I was little and visiting my grandparents in West Point, GA, my sweet Pop would go to the grocery store just to get my favorite spread for the biscuits- strawberry preserves. If only I were getting married in strawberry season instead of Christmas! (Don’t worry– there’s still lots of red in my wedding! Including floor length Red LulaKate bridesmaids dresses!) If I won, I’d look so snazzy in the size 4 striped dress. Love love love everything.

  46. avatar Kaylan reply

    Also, I just bought that exact bow tie for my fiance for his birthday, TODAY! I’m telling you, meant.to.be.

  47. avatar Caitlin reply

    I’d love to win the Size 8 Dress! or the shoes! I’m a 10! :)

  48. avatar Jill Donovan reply

    I LOVED the entire shoot! The dessert table in the middle of the strawberry field made me swoon!

    And, I just happen to be a size 10 shoe :) Great magazine ladies, I am loving all the inspiration!

  49. avatar Mackenzie Kern reply

    That first image is killer! Love, love, love everything! Seeing it all makes me want to throw on a beautiful dress and run into a strawberry field myself. I love every element of the shoot, and mainly the fact that it feels so fresh! Such a beautiful sight on some of these dreary fall days. I would adore that Lula Kate size 8 dress and possibly never take it off! Spectacular images and awesome post Lisa!

  50. avatar Whitney G. reply

    (size 8) my favorite thing about the shoot is definitely the dresses! I LOVE the beautiful collars.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  51. avatar Kelly D reply

    Oh my goodness!!!!! Those LulaKate lovelies are DIVINE!!!! I would love love love love L-O-V-E to get my hands on that stunning ruffled-collared size 4 beauty!!!!!!

    Besides the dresses (which, it is HARD to look past them!) I adore the setting for this shoot! I’d always dreamed of having a wedding in an apple orchard but never even KNEW how incredible a real-life strawberry field could be as a wedding venue! Gorgeous.

  52. avatar Michelle W. reply

    LOVE the natural beauty of this shoot! I also love the Lulu Kate dresses (size four).

  53. avatar amanda reply

    OH MY GOODNESS! I loved this shoot!!! The red is delicious! I think my favorite part though, is how creative the invites are with the “packet” of strawberries detailing more of the events of the wedding. I’m sadly obsessed with stationary! But also, since I’m a Wolfpack fan, I’d love to win the LulaKate dress in a size 8! :)

  54. avatar Stewart reply

    My favorite part of this shoot is the red & white striped ribbon used around the plates at the place settings. I also love how it carries elsewhere like in the bouquet & boutonniere wraps. It’s no lie that I could use a pair of red shoes- and I just happen to be size 10!

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