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We’re working like busy little bees over here on our next (and gorgeous, might I brag!) edition of Southern Weddings! And, well, we need your help!

As you know, the true meaning of weddings is so important to us – so important, that we’re fixing to include the Sweet Tea Society manifesto right in our glossy, so even brides who pick up a copy off the newsstand can get in on the fun!

But here’s where y’all come in. You know what we believe, but now, we want to know what YOU believe. I may be partial to the part about magnolias and monograms, but doesn’t this make your heart light up like fireflies in a mason jar on a hot summer night? Whether it’s naming your future baby after your grandmother’s maiden name, or going the extra mile to make someone feel special, we want to know what you believe in.

Comment below and tell us! We’ll sprinkle our favorite answers throughout the next issue, so please only comment if it’s okay for us to include your quote, plus your first name, last initial, and hometown in print. We’d love to have you join us!

P.S. Haven’t gotten your Sweet Tea Society badge yet? Why, you can download one right here!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Laura reply

    Smelling honeysuckles as you drive with the windows down on a warm summer evening.

  2. avatar Stephanie B. reply

    The last drop of honeysuckle while chasing fireflies with the cup of your hand at dusk laughing like a child again.

  3. avatar Sheila Marie reply

    We believe a wedding reception isn’t complete without Lady Fingers on the sweets table. – Sheila H. Ocean Springs, MS

  4. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Red velvet and ruffles! And faith, family and tradition. :)

  5. avatar Amanda K.-Madison, Ga. reply

    I believe that wedding vows will hold true forever when God is the foundation of the marriage.

  6. avatar Carly T., Philadelphia reply

    Believe that you will be one of the fortunate couples to say “I do”…forever. My grandparents are both 91 and will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

  7. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I believe homemade always tastes better… I believe a good night’s sleep makes any challenge more manageable.

    Elizabeth P., Dallas TX

  8. avatar Nicole reply

    I believe a hug from someone you love can fix just about anything! Nicole S., Morgantown, WV

  9. avatar Heather reply

    The food always tastes better if it’s Grandma’s recipe.

  10. avatar Ashton reply

    I always smile when I make eye contact with people, because you have to show them what Southern Hospitality is all about.

    Ashton K.
    Mooresville, NC

    Looking forward to V5!

  11. avatar Jessica reply

    We believe that nothing makes a table scape more beautiful than fresh vegetables from daddy’s garden and warm biscuits from mama’s oven! Jessica J. Knightdale NC

  12. avatar Morgan Carwile reply

    Ice cream truck at the reception? Lovely childhood memories of summer time and ice cream from the ice cream truck. Also, rooting the local minor league baseball team.

  13. avatar Tamara Menges reply

    Hi ladies! Im a HUGE believer in all things on your manifesto!! LOVE that yall are putting marriage first, that is the reason for the wedding after all! Great job SW ladies!
    Im absolutely supporting my badge!

  14. avatar Tamara Menges reply

    Tamara M. Groves, Texas
    Hi ladies! Im a HUGE believer in all things on your manifesto!! LOVE that yall are putting marriage first, that is the reason for the wedding after all! Great job SW ladies!
    Im absolutely supporting my badge!

  15. avatar Katie reply

    Leaving love notes in my Fiance’s lunch box, or on his bathroom mirror.

  16. avatar Katie reply

    I forgot to say- Katie B. Raleigh

  17. avatar Molly Stillman reply

    A Southern lady knows that the most important part of the wedding is the union of a husband and wife with the Lord and the life-long marriage that comes when it’s all said and done. :)

    -Molly S., Hillsborough, NC

  18. avatar Kelsey reply

    I believe that even a Yankee like me can be a Southern girl at heart if she is charming, hospitable, and full of joy! -Kelsey F., Cochranton, PA

  19. avatar Leigh Pearce reply

    I believe that weddings have style and that themes are for proms. I believe that you should skip on traditions that don’t matter to you and embrace the ones that do. I believe that showing your guests Southern hospitality means more than any pretty little detail ever could (but they sure are nice!). – Leigh P., Greensboro, NC

  20. avatar whitney porter reply

    I believe that a pause and a deep breath can lock a perfect memory in your mind forever.

  21. avatar Mary Clark reply

    Love the manifesto! I believe that marriage is FUN, that God is GOOD, and that tea should always be SWEET. I believe that weddings should be filled with laughter, love, and beauty. I believe in capturing sweet moments and making them into beautiful memories that will be cherished for years to come. I believe that every wedding is special and that the Lord takes great joy in two becoming one.

  22. avatar Kendall LaRochelle reply

    We know that just because our daddy gives us away, it doesn’t mean our amazing mommas shouldn’t be honored in our ceremony too!

  23. avatar Jessica of My Baking Heart reply

    I believe in cowboy boots, handmade quilts and starry nights from the bed of an old pickup truck. – Jessica R., Denison, TX

  24. avatar Kristina reply

    I believe that where I come from we don’t return your tupperware empty; we refresh it with a homemade treat.

  25. avatar Brittany Mayer reply

    hey Ladies. I just water to say that I love this post. And I had to share this with people I know would understand.
    I have been through every nook and cranny in my home and never saw anything from my folks wedding other than an album and a gorilla mask (don’t ask). But just this year I somehow stumbled upon a gown bag I had never seen and checked it out. Inside was my mom’s veil, it is perfect and gorgeously romantic. I asked her if I could wear it and she was so excited about it! It means the world to me that I will have that from her when I walk down the aisle

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Brittany! I DO appreciate your story, and I bet your veil is gorgeous! So happy for you that you get to wear it down the aisle!

  26. avatar Mariah Hughes reply

    I believe that there is nothing more Southern, than obsessing over being southern! :)

    I believe that we’re all Steel Magnolias at heart!

    I believe that the most important man for a woman to love is her daddy!

    I believe that when life gives you lemons, put them in your sweet tea and thank God you’re from the South!

    *Gainesville, Florida*

  27. avatar Denise Oliveira reply

    I believe that Every Story is a Gift!

  28. avatar Mary Hines reply

    I believe you should spend your time, energy and budget on what is going to matter in 30 years and that it’s easy to say vows but living them out with integrity day by day is what marriage is all about.

  29. avatar Courtney reply

    Courtney from Murray, KY
    I believe that spending the extra dollar on letterpressed invitations and calligraphy has no price. After all, an invitation is the first part of any event the guests will see.

  30. avatar Theresa reply

    I believe in making your guests truly feel a part of your wedding celebration and surrounding them in Southern hospitality.

  31. avatar Emily reply

    I believe that time passes too quickly not to stop and smell the gardenias! It’s a reminder to enjoy the sweetness of life. -Emily M, New Orleans, LA

  32. avatar Nikki Zawol reply

    I believe in holding doors open for others and that a kind smile goes a long way.

  33. avatar Lindsay Heisler reply

    I believe in keeping true to your roots. I love the South (particularly the Low Country of South Carolina). There is a certain element that the South has. We hold our heads a little higher and strand a bit straighter. We are proud of our home and everything it has to offer!

  34. avatar Rebecca Brandt reply

    this sounds like a perfect place to share my marriage of 5 going on 6 years and being together for 10 and we are still in Bliss :)

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Betcha didn’t know that June 10 is officially National Iced Tea Day! And since here in the South we like our tea like we like our gentlemen – sweet! – we’re going with sweet tea in honor of this fine holiday!

When I was younger, every year we had a gymnastics banquet in downtown Mobile. It’s was so much fun to get dolled up (with giant bows, of course), and head down to the ballroom with friends. One of my favorite things about the banquet was the sweet tea in pretty glass goblets – it just seemed so fancy! I’ve since grown into an Arnold Palmer kind of girl, but I still feel fancy drinking out of a goblet! :)

A few fun facts about this delightful delicacy:
— In the early 1900’s, sweet tea was considered a luxury status symbol, since the main ingredients – tea, ice, and sugar – were prohibitively expensive. It seems strange now, but the ice was actually the most prized ingredient, since it had to be shipped in from afar.
— The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called “Housekeeping in Old Virginia” by Marion Cabell Tyree. Ms Tyree was a native Texan, and suggested making the recipe with green tea.
— In 2003, the Georgia House introduced a bill making it a “…misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature” to sell iced tea in a restaurant and not also offer sweet iced tea on the menu. The bill never went to vote, but I sure know a few folks who would have voted it through!
— In most Southern states, sweet tea has become such a signature drink that the use of the word “tea” is largely used to refer specifically to cold sweet tea, and not to hot or plain varieties.

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We love the idea of serving tea at weddings, whether with fun striped straws, in mason jars, or both! Sweet tea is a staple of sweet Southern hospitality, and is sure to make your guests feel right at home.

With lemon, raspberry, mint or all of the above? How do you take your tea? Will you be serving it at your wedding? Leave a comment below with your favorite tea recipe – we’d love to try it sometime! And, of course, however you take your tea, we hope it’s always sweet!

P.S. For more gorgeous Southern sips, make sure you check out this Pinterest board!

P.P.S. We can’t talk about sweet tea without mentioning the Sweet Tea Society! Are you a member yet?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Nicole reply

    Y’all know I’m partial to peach iced tea!

  2. avatar Katie reply

    I love sweet tea and all its varieties–peach, raspberry, arnold palmers, and even any with firefly vodka :) It’s very tragic to live in Northern Virginia, where the only restaurant serving sweet tea is Mcdonalds :(

  3. avatar Theresa reply

    We will be serving Sweet Tea with lemon wheels in mason jars with old fashioned stripe straws at our outdoor ceremony in July!!

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Y’all, long distance is hard — I mean both long distance relationships and long distance wedding planning. I am in awe of how beautifully Audrey + Jordan’s turned out considering that they planned it while overseas in Asia working for a college ministry AND while they were both five hours apart from each other. Their wedding day came together with what looks like the ease, comfort and elegance of the best Southern soirees. These photos by Caroline Joy convinces us that not only are Audrey + Jordan a gorgeous couple, but that they must also be superheroes.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went shopping three months before the wedding because for the first 2 months of our engagement, I was overseas and couldn’t shop yet! My mother and stepmother and I went to some stores in Birmingham, found one dress I loved. We made the decision to get that one, but decided to wait and look around more that day. My mom urged me to go to a shop in Hartselle, Alabama, the next day just to look. When I went in, the first dress I tried on was the exact dress I had been looking for! We bought that one immediately! It had a sash that tied around my waist, which matched the ivory dress, but when I went for my dress fitting, I realized it just wasn’t the look I wanted — it was all too white and shiny. I wanted a softer, more natural look so a family friend dyed the sash a tan/light cocoa color and it was perfect!
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes, we wanted our first time to see each other to be an intimate setting without people around- and it was way more practical as far as picture-taking goes.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our food! We had pulled pork, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, corn pudding, black eyed pea slaw, apple crisp, pecan pies and mint sweet tea with vodka. Our decorations included quilts, hat boxes, mason jars, dough bowls, rustic wooden serving pieces that looked like they came from a barn. And the outdoor barn setting was Southern!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our cake was two gigantic round layers with a collection of flowers similar to our bouquets on top of the cake. The cake was placed on a giant wooden stand and had a messy buttercream frosting that looked rustic!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met in college at the University of Alabama. I saw Jordan onstage playing music for a college ministry we both were going to. I had a crush on him for a few weeks before we met at a concert. We hit it off instantly and spent every day together after that.
Describe the proposal. We were in East Asia, working for a college ministry there. I had gone to visit Jordan in his city and we were supposed to go to a friend’s house for dinner that night. I was called to go to someone else’s apartment to grab some wine for the dinner. Upon arrival, I found Jordan on a rooftop garden with flowers and candles everywhere. We wrote our names on some Chinese lanterns and were going to set them off, when I found the engagement ring tied to the bottom of one! He asked me to marry him then!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Emotional, peaceful, natural.
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? About 300
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The ceremony began at sunset and we were married under a giant oak tree on my family farm.
Describe your wedding flowers: They were pastel colors- peaches, greens, creams, a lot of dahlias and some berry looking plants. I wanted them to have a wildflower look. I pretty much gave our florist/decorator my wedding invitation from Rifle Paper Co. and told them to use the flowers illustrated. The flowers were tied with some lace, and my bouquet was tied with an old piece of knitted fabric I found at a second hand store.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000 -50,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Over-communicate about details to be sure you have everything taken care of and know who is doing what!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Establishing our life together in Birmingham and enjoying each other as husband and wife. We are looking forward to knowing each other more intimately and having more and more fun every day.

Photographer: Caroline Joy Photography // Planner: Randy Roper // Venue: Private residence // Florist: In Bloom, Huntsville, Alabama // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Cake by Cakes, etc, Desserts by Mary Lynn Carlton // Caterer: Mary Lynn Carlton // Rentals: Limestone Bay Trading Company // Lighting: In Bloom // Paper Products: Invitations from Rifle Paper Company // Bride’s Dress: Robert Bullock via Something Blue Bridal Shoppe // Bride’s Shoes: Pour Le Victoire // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters

If you love this wedding, might we suggest these?
Holly + Chase’s homemade Alabama wedding here
Melissa + Eric’s peach, green and grey wedding here and here
Lauren + Tommy’s outdoor ranch wedding here and here

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar NatalieG reply

    I love the BM dresses!!!! Please share!!!!! :)

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Natalie! I love those bridesmaids’ dresses, too! They’re from Urban Outfitters :)

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Love those mini pecan pies – so cute!

  3. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    SO wonderfully southern! And what a handsome couple! Congrats to y’all for a beautiful wedding and for the start of a beautiful life together!

  4. avatar Marissa, Foldable shoes reply

    wow! what cute wedding! love the photos :)

  5. avatar Kristine {In Love, Engaged} reply

    I love the feel of the outdoor venue. So relaxed, peaceful, and fun. All the antique details are so fun too. What a great wedding!

  6. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Love love love the her dress and the bridesmaids dresses! What a cute couple!

  7. avatar Natalie reply

    Wow! This was an absolutely gorgeous wedding! And the pictures… Beautiful!

  8. avatar Honey reply

    Love the pics- looks like a great wedding! Where did y’all find the getaway car?

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