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When you combine pretty pink, peach, and white Camilyn Beth dresses with sparky La Tavola linens and a beautiful backdrop compliments of the amazing Umstead Hotel, you get a lovely party. Add in a bow tie bar, the Hot Dog! Photo Booth, and few fun surprises, and you get one amazingly sweet Southern celebration! I am not quite sure how, but it seems that each year, our launch party gets better and better. We look forward to this special night for most of the year–after putting our hearts and souls into the pages of our latest issue, it is such a joy to celebrate with friends and family from near and far!

Big hugs to Millie Holloman and her team for all of these precious photos!

The amazing Rhiannon Bosse of Hey Gorgeous Events, a dear friend of Southern Weddings (and the mastermind behind the beautiful florals on the cover of V7), reached out soon after she returned home from the Bushel and a Peck shoot in August, asking what I thought about helping her surprise the rest of the team AND do the florals for the party in November. Of course, I was 100% on board! I can’t believe we managed to keep it a secret from everyone else for nearly three months.

Yes, this is Mr. Brandon Kloess, live and in person!!! After patiently waiting 4+ years to FINALLY meet our sweet Marissa’s darling gent in real life, we were thrilled for the chance to give him a million hugs and take photos to memorialize the special event. Of course, MAK + BDK’s darling Emerson wore her biggest bow and best party dress for the festivities. Aren’t they the cutest little family?

We pulled in a few reinforcements at check-in to give everyone ample time to celebrate. I spy sparkly letters that helped make the entry table lovely!

We also brought a fun and fancy “beau bar” to life with the help of our friends at High Cotton Ties, and set out some really amazing magnetic buttons from Belle & Union. Not having to poke holes in your party attire? The best!!

Before the doors opened at 7:30, we had a quick team huddle. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and fun, so it was important for us to take a few deep breaths and thank our lucky stars for the chance to hug 300+ friends and celebrate love, marriage, and all the peachy goodness of V7!

Once the doors opened, the hugs started flowing! Besides BDK, a few other special SW family members in attendance were Emily’s darling sister, Kim, who flew in from Boston, and my parents, who traveled up from Gastonia to finally meet the SW gals in person. It was a big ol’ SW family reunion!!

I told you the Hey Gorgeous blooms were swoon-worthy! I think we can also agree that James and the Eventful Furniture fellas outdid themselves. All the lounge spaces were amazing–the perfect combination of cozy meets posh!

There was no shortage of delicious bites and beverages, thanks to the amazing Umstead Hotel! We used the pages of V7 for inspiration and created a menu that left partygoers with happy hearts and full bellies. From mini chicken and waffles to bite-sized ham biscuits, there was a smorgasbord of Southern delicacies. The Umstead chefs pulled out all the stops–pulled pork sliders, sweet potato chips, mini chicken pot pies, and so much more! There was also plenty of Cheerwine and Cheerwine Holiday Punch on hand to help wash it all down.

Hopping on the stage and being able to personally thank all of our guests is always a highlight of our evening. Big hugs to Maghon Walker for being our Ustream Hostess, which let faraway friends join in the festivities. It is quite humbling to have the chance to express our gratitude and tell our story! I get a little teary all over again just thinking about that moment.

Lara’s darling daughter Grace (don’t you love seeing how much Gracie grows from launch party to launch party?) stole the show with her speech, which she had practiced for days–she thanked everyone for coming to her “lunch party!”

The Bloomsbury Boys definitely know how to work the room and include the guests in the fun! No one is surprised that I jumped at the chance to play the washtub, right?

Natalie of Chic Sweets and her darling husband traveled all the way from sunny Florida with a car full of treats to put together the prettiest pink dessert table. While there were takeaway bags with peachy stickers to make to-go bag for the road, I think most of the goodies were gobbled up during the evening! I can personally vouch for the cake pops, and I heard great things about the dipped Oreos (when I went to the sweets table to snag one, they were all gone!!).

If the list of savory treats had your mouth watering, hang on tight! The list of sweet treats included everything from hummingbird cake to lemon-raspberry bars, plus chocolate s’more tarts and a pile of the always popular red velvet cupcakes. Shame on anyone who left this party hungry!

When we dream up products for the Southern Weddings Shop, we focus on creating things with heartfelt purpose and meaning. We loved having the chance to introduce the newest shop products in person and give guests an opportunity to do a little early holiday shopping (and save on shipping!). We are in LOVE with our laser-cut wooden “Southern Weddings” sign, compliments of our friends at Southern Fried Paper!

As guests were leaving, they snagged goody bags full of treats from a few of our favorite friends! The bags included “Sweet as a Peach” cups from Haymarket Designs and koozies from High Cotton, yummy organic popcorn from Cosmos Creations, Sugar Confetti Shop confetti, and custom calligraphy note cards from All She Wrote Notes!

It’s safe to say that the party was sweeter than a peach. And the chance to take a picture of ALL of the Southern Weddings gals with ALL of our gents? Priceless! Thank you so much to everyone who celebrated with us from near and far, and for your love and support of the Southern Weddings mission and of V7. We love y’all more than all the biscuits in the world!

P.S. Don’t miss tagging yourself in the Hot Dog! Photo Booth photos on Facebook!

Millie Holloman, Eventful Furniture, Chic Sweets, Southern Fried Paper, and Hey Gorgeous Events are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
8 Comments
  1. avatar Liz reply

    You are all just the cutest! And the dresses are gorgeous! Looks like another wonderful party!

  2. avatar Maghon Walker reply

    I love y’all so much!! Being a part of the V7 Launch Party was a major highlight in my year! Thanks so much!

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Ahh, Maghon! You’re the best. We were so thankful for all your help!! xo.

  3. avatar Leanne Caroline reply

    That last photo of you all with your families is gorgeous!

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When we first saw these beautiful images by our Blue Ribbon Vendors Anna Routh and Graham Terhune, the leaves were just barely starting to change, and the temperatures beginning to fall. The rich colors and sweet community that is so evident in this shoot reminded us of the cozy days to come, and suddenly, the winding down of summer seemed a little sweeter. While we love warm weather weddings and are so glad that living in the South means we get to enjoy lots of them, there is something especially magical about the fleeting early fall season. It’s the loveliest setting for one more outdoor celebration of the year!

Recognize these bridesmaid dresses? We just wore some of the same Camilyn Beth designs at our V7 launch party!

We love this mix of textural florals with in-season fruits–for early fall, some of our favorites are peaches, figs, red pears, and pomegranates.

See more from this editorial in V7, available online and on newsstands across the South!

Photographers: Anna Routh and Graham Terhune / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Coordination: After Yes Weddings / Designer: Emily Allen / Florals: Bows and Arrows / Bouquet Wrap: Oatmeal Lace / Venue: Aldredge House / Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilyn Beth / Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye / Sweets: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Cuff Links: Bourbon and Boots / Bow Ties: High Cotton Ties / Wardrobe Styling: Rian Nichole Fashion Consulting / Tables: The Olive Bench / Ceremony Chairs: Juniper Rentals / Reception Chairs: Bella Acento / China: West Elm / Flatware: Pottery Barn / Linens: Williams-Sonoma

Anna Routh and Graham Terhune are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Beane and Company reply

    So quaint and sweet!

  2. avatar Anna Routh reply

    Woo hoo! This looks beautiful! Thanks again so much for featuring our shoot. We love seeing it in your amazing publication and again here. We <3 SW Mag! xoxo

  3. avatar Dana reply

    gorgeous table setting!!

  4. avatar Graham reply

    Thank y’all so much for this feature!!! Love you ladies!

  5. avatar Sara reply

    Oh my gosh, those tables are totally gorgeous!

  6. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    The invitation is adorable, the drawing is extremely reminiscent of a drawing from James and the Giant Peach. And, that cake is beautiful!

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A garden full of flowers is an indicator of many things: good soil and roots, sunshine and rain, and plenty of careful tending. In the same way, the celebration of a wedding recalls a few things of its own: the love that brought the bride and groom to this day, their ability to weather good times and bad, and the community that surrounds and supports them. On a hot August day in Serenbe, Georgia, a talented team of vendors helped us bring our ode to summer’s sun-kissed hues, and the collective love that allows a romance to grow, to life. We’re so grateful to Ali Harper for capturing every detail, and Krista of Blue-Eyed Yonder for styling such a magical day!

Paper cuts were a huge source of inspiration for us. Yes Ma’am Paper Goods created this beautiful invitation suite and wildflower favor packets, using vintage botanical prints as a guide.

Our bride’s Lela Rose gown could not have been more perfect for this shoot if we designed it ourselves! We had so much fun pulling together floral-inspired fashion, including the groom’s bow tie, the floral bridesmaid dresses, and sweet flower girl dresses.

Serenbe is full of lovely views, perfect for a ceremony backdrop. A wildflower clippings toss when the bride and groom walk back up the aisle is sweet and environmentally friendly in an outdoor space.

We love this idea for creating a new tradition–pressing a flower from the bride’s bouquet into the pages of a family bible, and then passing it down for the next generation of brides to do the same.

Sun in My Belly whipped up the most colorful food and drinks, which were explained on the oversized table runner menu. Such a show-stopping piece of decor!

Making the bouquets and arrangements for a wildflower-themed editorial is a tall order, and Victory Blooms delivered in every way. We couldn’t stop raving about her creations, which this shoot truly would not have been complete without!

We can’t forget about the sweets! We served up berry ice cream and a hummingbird cake, with decorations reminiscent of the invitation suite.

Stay tuned for behind the scenes photos of this lovely day by Anna K. Photography!

Photographer: Ali Harper / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Prop Styling and Furniture: Blue Eyed Yonder / Videographer: Before Your Eyes Cinema / Florals: Victory Blooms / Bride’s Gown: “The Forest” by Lela Rose / Bridesmaid Dresses: Charlie Jade from ShopBop / Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew / Bow Ties: Stag Handmade / Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle and Raney O’Keefe / Catering: Sun In My Belly / Cake: Sugar and Slate / Paper Goods and Table Runner: Yes Ma’am Paper Goods / Venue: Serenbe

Ali Harper and Blue Eyed Yonder are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Morgan reply

    Oh, my favorite! So many beautiful and meaningful details!

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  3. avatar Dana reply

    so many things to love: dresses, bow ties, flowers, invitation, flower crowns! My favorite V7 shoot!

  4. avatar lena reply

    My goodness, every detail is more stunning than the last–though I’m particularly fond of those lovely invitations!

  5. avatar Jadzia reply

    Everything….and that cake!

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  12. avatar Mary reply

    Does anyone know where the bridesmaid dresses are from? I would love to order them!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Mary! They are by Charlie Jade from Shopbop. It looks like they are sold out right now, but maybe try calling Shopbop to see if they have any in their warehouse? Good luck! http://www.shopbop.com/eden-dress-charlie-jade/vp/v=1/1533186665.htm

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  16. avatar Courtney reply

    just love that wedding gown! Any idea as to the designer or where I could find it??

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  18. avatar Ashley reply

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I would love to know where the bridesmaids dresses were purchased.

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  24. avatar Candace reply

    where are the floral bridesmaids dresses from? Designer? I adore them and would love to have them in my wedding.

    Thanks in advance,

    Candace

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Candace! They’re by Charlie Jade from Shopbop, and while the exact dress isn’t available anymore, they have some other pretty, colorful styles! You can find them here: http://bit.ly/1KkL6N9

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  33. avatar Shayla Silva reply

    Where can you find those bridesmaid dresses??

    Thanks!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Shayla, these fabulous dresses are from Charlie Jade and were purchased from ShopBop. xo!

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