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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, my friends! And on Friday, we sure had a reminder that winter is sticking around for a few more weeks (freezing rain, ick). This inspiration makes me pretty happy with exactly where we are in the calendar right now, though, with touches of cranberry red for V Day and icy white and blue for winter. Kudos to Vine & Light for the lovely photos!

Our goal was to create an inspiring editorial session that captured winter elegance in an unexpected and modern way. We pulled together a muted color palette of icy blue, ivory, forest green and cranberry. The white muslin fabric throughout the design pulls from white snow, the greyish blue from icy water, and the brown recycled kraft paper from bare trees. Because of the earthy color palette, it seemed fitting to do hand lettering with a very light and free hand. The antlers were used throughout to frame different components tied in the wintery earthy feel, as well.

Love this cascading centerpiece in a vintage urn!

Gorgeous metallic china supplied by Dishie Rentals!

I am obsessed with this dress by Ines Di Santo. Fun fact – the dress was shipped directly to us from the designer. It was pulled right off the runway at bridal fashion week and sent to Solutions Bridal for the shoot! These are the first photographs of this gorgeous dress outside of the runway photos. I was in wedding heaven! I love the lace detailing and tulle overlay. So dreamy. And Josh from Willard Randall did a fantastic job styling our groom to keep up with our bride’s gorgeous look – I loved the grey and on grey layering.

Thanks again to Vine & Light and all the other talented ladies and gents who brought this shoot to life!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar invitation consultants reply

    killer bridal ensemble! adore!

  2. avatar Courtney reply

    It turned out so beautifully! I was so thrilled to be part of this shoot with such amazing ladies!

  3. avatar Tali reply

    Yay! Had such a blast working with this team and styling up this gorgeous model. I hope you southern gals love this look as much as we do!!! The dress from Ines Di Santo is just splendid. I almost fell over backwards when I saw it come down the runway at Bridal Fashion Week! So happy the photographer loved it as much as I do. Such a soft couture look! Can’t wait to style the next shoot!

    As for the accessories…. I was fortunate enough to meet the designer of the bolero this past Fall. She makes these gorgeous lace pieces as well. The bolero can come in ivory if you want to go for a more traditional look and I’m sure she can make it without the beading as well. The earrings by Maria Elena are my favorite pieces from the collection. I actually own a pair for myself. I couldn’t resist! And don’t forget to stack your cuffs for some bridal flare by Desla and Erin Cole!

  4. avatar Shannon reply

    Oh joy! I just love this shoot. Thanks so much for sharing, ladies!

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It’s the last week before Christmas, and all through the Southern Wedding offices, gals are getting excited! Especially when we get to share lovely holiday inspiration like this with you. What I love most about today’s shoot is that it shows how easily winter or Christmas style can be translated to the sunny South, snow or no snow. The tartan and deer motif Better Half Weddings and Julia Rohde Designs put together is simply adorable — no freezing temps required.

Such a gorgeous winter bouquet! I love all the green tones from the eucalyptus and dusty miller.

Plaid bow tie!

It does not get more perfect for a winter wedding – mistletoe hanging above the ceremony spot!

Woodsy and warm while still feeling Southern — perfection.

How sweet is that little doe figurine tucked into the centerpieces? And how SWEET are these gorgeous candy apples?

I adore this little cake topper, with the pussy willow supports, hand-painted mini burlap bunting, and sweet little figures. Love!

From Julia, the florist, who dreamed up this concept:

“For many years my family and I have celebrated Christmas at our family cabin in north Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in South Florida, it is always a nice escape from tropical weather and a busy city life when we visit. Apple cider, homemade chili, a warm fire and deer sightings are the everyday in that region of our country. The South. And during wintertime you just might get to see the snow fall through the cabin windows. Many times we have had brunch in nearby lodges, decked with pine garlands, mounted deer head, and Christmas lights – the ambiance is always so festive. This experience inspired Shelley and I for this shoot. Shelley is originally from Northern California, and shares just as many memories of cabins, snow, and deer from her family vacations on the west coast. As Floridians, we generally don’t see seasons change like up north or in other parts of the country. We also don’t see much in the way of lodges or barns. On our search for the perfect venue for this inspiration, we found the Cooper Estate in Homestead, Florida. With its mounted deer head and rustic charm, Shelley and I knew it was the perfect fit. We tied the look together with splashes of plaid, vintage silver trophies, wood slabs, moss, a hot cocoa bar, and adorable miniature deer. We wanted to show brides that even though we don’t get snow, it is possible to have a winter themed wedding down in South Florida.”

Huge thanks to photographer Michelle March for sending over this gorgeous inspiration! I am very inspired to dig out some tartan fabric and make a new table runner for Christmas dinner…

Michelle March is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) reply

    This is gorgeous! I love all the plaid details…it’s definitely perfect for a winter wedding!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Every detail is so lovely! Pretty, Southern, simple, and thoughtful. The mistletoe above the ceremony space is an especially amazing idea!

  3. avatar Michelle March reply


    Thank you so much for sharing this with all your amazing readers! We’re all so excited + honored. I wish you and all the other ladies at SW an incredible holiday season. :)



  4. avatar Shelley, Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc. reply

    Overjoyed to be featured on your blog today, and cannot thank you enough for sharing our beloved Oh Deer shoot with the SW family & readers! We are completely HONORED, on cloud nine today, & couldn’t be more excited and thankful for the opportunity.

    Michelle, your pictures are just stunning, and Julia, you’re my partner in crime {well, more like PIC in design & winter woodsy beauty!}

    Once again, a huge THANK YOU to all the vendors involved (listed above) who made this dream day possible, and SW for gushing over this shoot as much as we have.

    Happy Holidays, Southern Weddings!!!!!

    Sweetest Regards,
    Shelley {owner of Better Half Weddings} XOXOXO

  5. avatar Erika Delgado reply

    Oh heavens, this is just adorable! Great work ladies and congrats! <3

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  9. avatar Kathryn reply

    plaid!!! deer!!! red and green floral!!!
    I would have never thought to pair a plaid shirt with a wedding gown, but that photo is gorgeous! Love a winter wedding!

  10. avatar Afsar reply

    I am thinking to spend this winter out of my country. I liked these photos. :)

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Happy Thursday, friends! Today we have a fun little three-part series for you. We often get emails from readers with various questions and queries, and though we don’t have time to post about every one individually, we try to when we can. Reader Madi emailed us a few weeks ago, and this is what she said:

“I am a student at Texas Christian University, and I am a huge fan of Southern Weddings Magazine! Just two weeks ago, the sweet love of my life proposed, and since then I’ve been like a giddy girl as we’ve been exploring and contemplating the many options that come with planning our “big day.” Though I grew up in Kansas City, I’ve always been a Southern girl at heart, and even hurried South as soon as I could! I always thought I’d be married in the summertime, but our timing of things is looking more like a celebration in the winter, which could mean cold weather and possible snow fall! I always envisioned a ceremony outside of a barn and a reception with mason jars, cowboy boots, great food and beautiful floral arrangements… but winter timing may tweak all of that a bit. Is there any possible way y’all would share some ideas or do some sort of feature on how to pull off a traditional Southern wedding in a colder climate or even during the winter months? I’m looking for the warmth of Southern hospitality to surround us on that day.”

We loved the idea of dreaming up Southern ideas for a winter wedding, so today, we’re posting a three-part series for Madi. Up first is my inspiration board, then Marissa will be posting about winter fashion, and lastly Nicole will round us out with some Southern winter finds and DIY projects. If you have a brilliant winter wedding idea of your own, we’d love for you to chime in in the comments!

There’s absolutely no reason why traditional Southern style can’t be translated to the colder months, and I hope this board shows that. In fact, some Southern staples – raw cotton in particular – are more than perfect for winter. Use the fluffy bolls in bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces for a lush winter look.

Madi wants to get married in a barn, which is also totally doable in the winter. Just make sure to rent heaters, as older barns can be pretty drafty!

For tablescapes, I love the idea of substituting flowers (which would be pricy, and probably not all that pretty) with low clusters of cotton in vintage silver containers surrounded by white and ivory pillar candles (probably in hurricanes, if we’re talking about a barn!). A tone-on-tone dotted linen or runner would complete the scape.

Throughout the day, concentrate on layering texture – cotton, wood, nubbly linen, luxe chiffon – over a pretty neutral palette of white, ivory, and barnwood gray.

Credits, clockwise from top left:

Cotton bouquet photo by Pasha Belman via Southern Weddings; Samuelle Couture dress photo by Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings; monogrammed mason jars photo by Vue Photography via Southern Weddings; cotton boll boutonnieres photo by 13:13 Photography via Southern Weddings; dotted linen photo by Sylvie Gil via Style Me Pretty; hot cocoa from Martha Stewart Weddings; wood fireplace photo by Thayer Photo via Snippet & Ink; Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard photo by Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings

To tide you over until Marissa’s post, here are a few of my favorite winter weddings we’ve featured:
Molly + Ben’s Chapel Hill Christmas wedding (here + here)
Lizzie + Greg’s glam New Year’s Eve wedding (here + here)
Sarah + Ryan’s rustic barn winter wedding (here + here)
Ashley + Judd’s glittery ballroom winter wedding (here + here)

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    I love your inspiration board, Emily! I couldn’t agree more–Southern winter weddings are gorgeous and romantic, and all that legendary Southern hospitality just gets that much cozier :)

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    […] hope you enjoyed part I of our Southern winter wedding inspiration! Wasn’t Emily’s inspiration board gorgeous? […]

  3. avatar Eric Kelley reply

    So glad to be on your blog! : )

  4. avatar Ask the Experts: A Southern Winter Wedding, Part III « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] that Emily has started us off with some winter wedding inspiration and Marissa has given us the run-down of practical but pretty Southern style, I’ve rounded up […]

  5. avatar Lora reply

    Love it! : )

  6. avatar Sara {Then Comes Life} reply

    I have seriously never seen a more beautiful inspiration board…. ever.

  7. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Totally Awesome! I love the setting! We do cotton, check us out!

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