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When I first read Jodi + Kurt’s interview, I was blown away, y’all! Kurt, who has a background in the culinary arts, catered their entire wedding! He woke up early on the big day to put together a delicious family-style meal, keeping things light (but hello, delicious) with butternut squash soup, artisan cheeses, bread and a variety of toppings. The couple took “homemade” to another level, making their soup from squash they had grown on the family farm and serving home-brewed beers! We love how the vintage and shabby-chic details come together into a comfy family gathering. Thanks again to Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance for sharing!

We love how simple but beautiful these leafy and wild arrangements look in vintage jars and tins!

Jodi + Kurt’s pie hutch is a favorite in the office. Since the newlyweds aren’t big fans of cake, their family and friends all contributed a pie to the dessert selection.

Aren’t those piggy-stamped muslin bags adorable as favors? They hold bacon gingersnap cookies that Kurt made using leftover bacon drippings instead of oil. Who else is hungry?

Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: Most of our decorations were handmade by our stylist, Lynn and me. Lynn hand-embroidered a lot of the details, including most of the signs placed around the wedding. She sewed all of the linens we used for our wedding, including table runners and napkins and made several chalkboard signs, including a large menu sign. Our favors were “Bacon Snaps.” Kurt basically made a gingersnap cookie and used bacon fat instead of butter. We placed them in muslin bags with a pig stamped on them. They were placed in old cheese boxes on top of my dad’s great-grandfather’s roll top desk. Being photographers, we had to have several photography-related sections of our wedding! One station was our “snapshot” station. We set up a tall shelf and placed several vintage cameras all over it for guests to pick up and take instant pictures during the reception. We also had a photo booth. We used an old bed sheet as the backdrop and hired one of our photographer friends to operate the booth. Our cheese table was also a labor of love! Kurt made the sawhorses for the cheese table and we found an old Johnny house door from the farm to set the cheese on. Lynn made embroidered tea towels with the words “jam & honey”, “bread” and “cheese”. Each cheese had its own sign. Another station we set up was our wash station! Since I wanted cleanup after our wedding to be as organized as possible, Lynn came up with the wash station for our guests to deposit their dishes in after they ate. We set up several galvanized tubs with signs specific to each tub and set out an old washboard found on the farm. We made a clothes rack that hung a “dirty dishes” towel and two Anthropologie dishtowels.
Describe your wedding cake: Since Kurt and I aren’t big fans of cake, we wanted to do something a little bit different and have homemade pies instead. We absolutely love pie and it was so special to have our friends and family help make some of our favorites. We had about 20 of them that were all placed on an antique hutch.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Next, we are photographing couples in love and helping their day go as smoothly as possible. In the future, we’ll be waking up beside each other and loving each other every single day.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Book your photographer first! Stephanie and Isaac were the first vendor we booked. Actually, I contacted them the day after I got engaged. They were my dream photographers and I had to see if they were available. Lucky for us, they were! We absolutely adore them and their work. We knew having gorgeous images would really be the only thing that lasted from our wedding. We couldn’t have had a more perfect pair to photograph it!

Photographer: This Modern Romance // Videographer: Josh Gooden Cinematography // Designer: Sunshowers and Rainshine // Venue: Family farm in Mount Crawford, Virginia // Florist: JMFlora Design // Pie Baker: homemade // Caterer: groom // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Hair Stylist: bride // Makeup Artist: Erika Nixon // Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew // Bride’s Jewelry: earrings by Ten Things // Groom’s Fashion: J. Crew // Groomsmen Fashion: J.Crew // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Central Virginia Rental // Linens: Griffith Bag Company // Cameos: Poppy Loves Paris // Fabric: A Garden of Roses and Lonestar Quilting // Favors: groom // Officiant: Troy Pearson // Band: Shenandoah Travelers

Love this wedding? You might love these:
Sarah + Dan’s colorful barn wedding full of antique goodies here.
Jenn + Barret’s vintage and rustic wedding here and here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    I love the details of this wedding!

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    Wow! I am loving the details!

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    Do you have any kind of tutorial on how to make those pinwheel chair flowers? I love them!!

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We would be remiss to end this week without publicly thanking the scores of friends and fans that have posted about the new issue on their blogs. First, though, I suppose we should apologize for jamming up the airwaves on Twitter. According to our good friend Nate

Nah, we won’t apologize — we’re too excited! Without further ado, a few of the lovelies who’ve given us a shout-out over the last week:

Our good buddy Jonathan Canlas made us blush.

We will forever be indebted to Brooke and the Curious + Company team for their work on the “Choose Your Own Southern Wedding” feature.

Kiley + Tim’s wedding by Paul Johnson was the last wedding we accepted for V3 and we’re so happy we did!

Jose, Jose, Jose… we can’t sing his praises highly enough.

Gina Zeidler wowed us with her Texas brunch cover concept.

And the Vue chicks cover entry was sweet as a peach. Make sure you check out Diva Productions’ video from their shoot day!

Sweet Southern gal Emily Ley was invaluable in helping us with some of the trickier graphic design elements.

Our girl Jen from Green Wedding Shoes came up with the most stunning concept for her “Southern by Design” shoot. We love you, Jen!

Her co-conspirators Carissa of JL Designs

and photographer Stephanie Williams also had lovely things to say.

The ladies of 100 Layer Cake wowed us with their Great Gatsby concept.

We tapped one of our favorite bloggers, Kathryn of Snippet & Ink, to contribute to our Southern honeymoon story.

Kelly Hornberger was one of our fabulous sponsors, and she’s giving away a few copies on her blog!

Jill Thomas was responsible for one of the most beautiful real weddings we featured, Ali + Matt.

Bow ties and gorgeous pocket squares, oh my! The Cordial Churchman made us swoon with thier dapper creations featured in V3.

Lauren, from Every Last Detail, gave us her Southern insight on page 10!

Kirstie lent us a few photographs for the groom’s gallery and blogger directory.

We were THRILLED to have the chance to feature an A Bryan Photo wedding…

…and the work of SW fave Calder Clark.

Kate Headley was the talent behind another one of our real weddings (and perhaps my personal favorite!).

Yet another real wedding was shot by Anne Marie Photography. We loved the bold yellows!

We were thrilled to feature menus from Minted in one of our editorial spreads. They do amazing work and are so easy to collaborate with!

Lauren Larsen came through in the clutch with the perfect imagery to pair with an article that was in dire need of some beautiful photos. Thank you, Lauren!!

We couldn’t have dreamed up a better end story than Ruth & Jerry. Thanks to Donnan Photo for sending the two lovebirds our way!

Amelia Lyon was behind the camera for a stunning editorial spread!

And So Happi Together was the genius behind the details of the same spread!

To round out the all-star team from Amelia’s shoot, we were thrilled to find this post from The Loveliest Day who did event design and styling!

Last but DEFINITELY not least, Joey + Jessica were the photo geniuses behind our beautiful cover. We love you guys!!!

Thank you, again, to all of these lovely friends! If you wrote a post about the new SW on your blog, share it with us in the comments and we’ll make sure to include you in this post or a future one!

Want your own copy of V3? WIN ONE here, or take a pic with V3 and win one here, or order here OR find it on newstands all over the US (heavy in the South of course, but we’re in every state somewhere!) at select Barnes and Noble, Borders, Piggly Wiggly (YEEHAW!!), Walmart, Target, and major retailers. We’re waiting on our complete store list to come in, so if you find your copy, tweet us where you found it or leave a comment here so we can let other folks know. Thank y’all again so much for the love! 

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