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Best of 2011 :: Photography

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Featuring excellent photography has always been one of our highest priorities at Southern Weddings, and we are so honored to have featured so many wonderful photographers this past year. They effortlessly capture the day’s emotion as beautifully as its details, and in doing so give us all a peek into so many special wedding days. Here are just a few of the favorite moments we had the privilege of sharing this year.

The last few minutes before the ceremony, captured by Studio A (originally seen here)

A stunning portrait by Joel Flory (originally seen here)

A raucous reception moment, captured by Tina Bass (originally seen here)

Another Southern portrait, captured by Our Labor of Love (originally seen here)

A joyful reception moment, captured by Armosa Studios (originally seen here)

An iconic reception moment, captured by Rensche Mari (originally seen here)

An emotional first dance, captured by Adam Barnes (originally seen here), and a nighttime portrait, captured by Phindy Studios (originally seen here)

A jubilant exit, captured by Ulmer Studios (originally seen here)

A perfect exit, captured by Abby Jiu (originally seen here)

Comment below with your favorite photo!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Amy reply

    My favorite is the 1st photo, by Studio A. It captures the anticipation perfectly.

  2. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Jubilant Exit and Few Moments before the Ceremony!! Stunning

  3. avatar AmandaR reply

    That nighttime photo with the hot air ballon lantern things is pretty awesome.

  4. avatar Sara from MarryThis! reply

    Beautiful! Keep the gorgeous photography coming in 2012!

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  6. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    Ulmer Studios photo taken of Jamie and Dan’s farewell at Historic Cedarwood is PURE JOY in a black and white. We feel magic every time we look at this image. So glad Southern Weddings included it in their best of 2011 photos.

  7. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    These are great photos! I love the one where everyone’s hugging.. so precious!

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Sidney’s a Southern bride if I’ve ever seen one – which is fitting, since the bride + groom celebrated their wedding at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Alabama. You don’t get more Southern than an antebellum plantation, elegant lace gown (Anne Barge, naturally), lace-trimmed cathedral veil and pearl accessories. The bridesmaids, in black LulaKate frocks of their choosing, offset the bride’s all-white bouquet (courtesy of Dennis Harris of Zimlich the Florist with rainbow-colored blooms. We love Studio A Photography, and can’t wait to share their shots of the equally-Southern reception!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Matt and I met in 2006 at a mutual friend’s Halloween Party. Whenever I tell someone our story, the next question I get is, “So what was his costume?” Matt was dressed as Don Johnson from Miami Vice. And me? In 2006, the TV Game show “Deal or No Deal” was popular, so I thought dressing up as one of the models would be easy. All I had to do was put on a cocktail dress and carry a briefcase!
Describe the proposal. I could probably write two pages on our proposal, but I will give you the short version. Matt proposed to me over New Year’s weekend in the mountains of Sewanee, Tenessee. My parents have a vacation home there and it is very special to me since I spent four years in that quaint town going to college at the University of the South. Somehow Matt got me to go inside the gorgeous chapel without me having a clue he was about to propose. He popped the question below a gorgeous stain glass window – with his dog in tow. It was absolutely perfect!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Vintage, Southern and elegant.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Definitely the fireworks! I surprised Matt and our guests with fireworks as we drove off in a 1929 Model A Ford at the end of the night. It was the perfect way to leave such a fun celebration!
What was Southern about your wedding? What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? The location. Our reception took place at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, an antebellum home built in 1855. Not only is the house beautiful, but the grounds are equally as gorgeous. The oak trees on the plantation were perfect for hanging lanterns! In addition to the venue, the menu had distinctly Southern elements. We served fried green tomatoes, mac n cheese, and pecan pie. We also had two signature drinks with Southern flair: a “Mason Dixon” and “Southern Mothers.”

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    The vintage lace dress is gorgeous and only made more so by the stunning lace edge veil!!

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  6. avatar Michelle @ Adirondack Weddings Magazine reply

    The wedding dress is gorgeous, definitely a dream dress of mine I will be pinning! Black and white has always been my favorite because it is so clean and simple, and in this case adds to the vintage feel of the wedding. The bridesmaids’ bouquets add a nice dash of color against their black dresses. I love all of it!

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