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One benefit of a short wedding gown? You get to wade in the picturesque creek at the Historic Cedarwood! Photo fun aside, this family-style reception manages to be Southern-stylish without any fussy details. With lace underneath, guests chowed down to fried chicken and all the fixin’s at a long banquet table that brought the entire party together. I’m totally smitten with Jamie + Dan’s embroidered chair sleeves and their floral china makes my heart pitter-patter! Even with these beautiful details, their reception looks like the epitome of summer ease and relaxation. The only thing that could make it better would be hummingbird cake by Patty Cakes and pecan pie! Guests were treated to the desserts along with chilled watermelon slices and homemade jam as the night came to a close. Don’t you wish you could hop right into this wedding? Big thanks to Ulmer Studios for sharing this sweet celebration!

Describe your wedding flowers: The flowers for our wedding were an array of summer colors – natural like a wildflower meadow. Yellow, purple, green, and orange were just a few of the colors in the amazing arrangements and bouquets. They were set on the tables in gorgeous antique glasses and mason jars. Cedarwood incorporated hummingbirds for a perfect show of a Southern summer style.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our wedding cake was a hummingbird cake, which is an old recipe of several layers of a banana cake with layers of icing in between. The cake was garnished with handfuls of strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. We also had a pecan pie made especially for the groom. I don’t know if there is another dessert that is more Southern than a pecan pie!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I think the biggest challenge was the distance. The wedding was held in Nashville and Dan and I live in Arkansas. Though there was a lot of distance and it was hard for me to imagine how everything would come together, I knew that our wedding was in the best hands. The Cedarwood team did an amazing job of pulling together all of the details of the wedding.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The venue. Cedarwood is probably the most beautiful setting for weddings that I have ever seen. They are also wonderful designers. Dan and I couldn’t have styled our own wedding as well as they did. They were always very receptive to our ideas and any questions we had were always answered right away. They not only gave us an amazing wedding, but they made it easy even though we were so far away.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It is hard to choose just one thing as the most memorable moment. One of the details of our wedding that we were so happy with was the band. The guitar, banjo, and fiddle brought the whole ceremony together. To be able to listen to them play and sing throughout the ceremony made it feel that much more special.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We didn’t write our own vows, but we did choose the different parts of our ceremony. One thing that meant a lot to us was including my four year old daughter. There was a part of Dan’s vows where he promised to always take care of Presley. Not only was it important to him to let her know that he would always be there for her, but it also meant a lot to her to be included.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Decide what you want and don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Make yourself happy first and foremost or you will regret not making the wedding your own.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future?
Next, we would like to buy some land where we can build a home and expand our little farm. Presley is so amazing and watching her growing up and playing around our home and little farm really makes us look forward to having more children in the future.

Photography: Ulmer Studios // Venue and wedding planner: Historic Cedarwood // Flowers and styling: Cedarwood Weddings // Officiant: Ralph Griggs // Hair and Makeup: Katie Guberud of Aura Salon // Wedding Dress: The Bridal Cottage // Invitations and Paper Goods: Designs in Paper // Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes // Bluegrass Music: Mark Burnett and Kathy Kuhn with Jason Fletcher of Nashvegas Ramblers // Catering: Monell’s // Favors: DIY by the bride

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    I ADORE the embroidered chair decor and gorgeous cake in this wedding!! Good job all around!

  2. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Love all the creative details!

    xo

  3. avatar Linda @ Cedarwood reply

    Thanks Emily! This wedding was perfectly pure of heart in every way. Thanks for the feature on Southern Weddings. Ulmer Studios, Patty Cakes, Designs in Paper, and more great vendors made magic.

  4. avatar Deidra reply

    Fried chicken and hummingbird cake, you cannot lose!

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  8. avatar Jamie reply

    Thanks to Southern Weddings for featuring our wedding! It’s every girls dream to have her wedding featured by a magazine! It was an amazing day and it couldn’t have happened without the help of Historic Cedarwood and Josh and Amber Ulmer of Ulmer Studios Photography. We Love y’all!!

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  11. avatar Stephanie Smith reply

    Where, oh where, did you get those tiny mason jars?!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Stephanie! I often find those skinnier mason jars at Walmart. For the really small ones, try a craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby!

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Our next delightful entry comes from Palm Papers and Catie Ronquillo. What could be sweeter or more Southern than a sweet tea favor? I like the simplicity of this idea, and I also like their suggestion of stacking for an easy, inexpensive, multipurpose centerpiece. Check below for all of the details!

From Catie:

“This submission is a collaboration between Lauren of Palm Papers and myself – we came up with a Sweet Tea Kit in a Mason Jar!” To assemble, simply fill each mason jar with a few sugar cubes, Lipton tea bags, and one small lemon (or other colorful fruit). Wrap each jar with a little baker’s twine (we love Divine Twine) and a small gift tag, and then give to guests as a sweet favor, or display on table tops as centerpieces or as part of the place setting to add a pop of color to your decor!”

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to vote for more than one concept!

emily Written with love by Emily
36 Comments
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh, this is too cute! I love it!

  2. avatar Ilana reply

    This is adorable! My favorite so far, definitely gets my vote for Ultimate Southern Mason Jar Finalist!

  3. avatar Kristine {In Love, Engaged} reply

    Love, love, LOVE this idea! It’s so simple and easy–but such a cute {and seriously useful!} favor. I wish we did this–it would have gone perfectly with our barn wedding!

  4. avatar Laura reply

    I LOVE this idea! It’s definitely the most original so far.. and I would gladly sip one for the rest of the day.. :)

  5. avatar Lydia reply

    What a cute idea!

  6. avatar Carrie reply

    Love this idea! Perfect for summer wedding!

    • avatar Amanda reply

      I’ve been on the search for the perfect southern touch for my winter wedding. Even though this has summer written all over if, I think I may still use it. I drink sweet tea year-round, why shouldn’t my guests?! :)

  7. avatar Penny reply

    Love it! So Southern! Pretty, yet practical.

  8. avatar Kristen reply

    Most ADORABLE idea – especially for a southern gal wedding…so unique and original! Love!

  9. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

    Woo hoo! Thanks y’all! We loved putting this together – a little something different, yet oh so southern!

  10. avatar Karyn reply

    LOVE this idea!! It’s sooo cute and easy to do and I bet the guests will talk about it long after the wedding!

  11. avatar Jackie reply

    Such a cute idea! I love it! Of course, (southern) sweet tea goes straight to the heart for me.

  12. avatar Lisa reply

    Hard choice in terms of my favorite use of a mason jar (being a HUGE fan of red velvet cake) but I’ve decided this one is my top choice because I like the idea that I could take this home and make myself a yummy jar full of tea from it – there’s just something about DIY projects that brings out the kid in me :-) There’s something wonderfully tactile about that nice texture-y lemon and those grainy sugar cubes too. It’s like having a little bit of summer captured in a jar!

  13. avatar Saadia Me*Chel reply

    I love this idea. Here in GA we are all about our sweet tea. I may have to use this idea when I get married.

  14. avatar Andrew reply

    Wow!
    GORGEOUS images!!!

  15. avatar TaKiyah Wallace reply

    Love it!!

  16. avatar Elisa reply

    I am in love with this idea. So cute and simple to do and I love the colors!!!!!

  17. avatar Stephanie reply

    Such a cute idea!

  18. avatar Marcia reply

    What a super cute idea!! This is a great gift for teachers at the end of the year also

  19. avatar Suzie Bell reply

    I love this idea, very southern! Great idea for a gift or road trip!

  20. avatar Leslie Kerrigan reply

    Love this! Sweet Tea is my favorite and should always be consumed in a mason jar! :)

  21. avatar Jess reply

    I love this idea! So perfect for a great wedding outdoors!

  22. avatar Lauren | Palm Papers reply

    What a nice surprise! I love that people are loving this! Thanks so much SW!

  23. avatar Beth reply

    Love it! Great favor, cute photos.

  24. avatar viv {the eclectic life} reply

    I love this idea! I adore the tag as well. So cute!

  25. avatar Ashley reply

    I love this!! So cute…I’m bookmarking it to use at my wedding! :)

  26. avatar cami reply

    LOVE this idea! So cute, definitely my favorite!

  27. avatar Stephanie reply

    This is really cool! Perfect and cute for a southern wedding!

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  30. avatar maighan reply

    I LOVE this idea and will totally be using it for my wedding favors! do you have any print outs for the “take home some sweet tea”?

  31. avatar Lauryn reply

    Hello!! I love this idea. I am looking at using this idea for a bridal shower favor. Based on the picture I only see one tea bag, so you only use one tea bag for the recipe. Thank you for your help. Its an awesome idea!

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  33. avatar katie reply

    hi there- i was wondering where did you get your tags printed? thanks, katie

  34. avatar Samantha reply

    I love this idea! I’m creating them for my friends baby shower favors! I’ve never made sweet tea before so do you leave the fruit whole even when putting the water in?
    I look forward to hearing from anyone who can give me some pointers? Thanks!

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Sending out a call for the ultimate Southern anything reminds me of just how many goodies we take pride in in the South. For example, we’ve gone a whole week without featuring a sweet tea concept, and it’s difficult to get more Southern than that! Luckily, Chelsea from Southern Fried Paper is here to set us straight with her adorable escort cards. Thanks also to After Yes for planning the display, and Sarah Kate, Photographer, for the lovely images!

From Chelsea:

“What’s more Southern than sweet tea?! We crafted small paper envelopes of tea with names and table assignments on the front of each. After guests find their name, they can sip a big glass of Southern sweet tea as they find their seat!”

Thanks so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
55 Comments
  1. avatar Raine reply

    LOVE this! such a sweet idea!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    What a cute idea! I like the inclusion of a pre-dinner drink, too! A little “self-serve,” interactive escort card!

  3. avatar Shelby reply

    Love the sweet peach tea! Makes me thirsty for some right now…

  4. avatar Corinne reply

    Absolutely LOVE this idea! What a cute way to display the names and the tea at the same time!!

  5. avatar Lisa reply

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Southern Fried Paper makes the cutest stuff!!!

  6. avatar Juliana reply

    Love! love love! I could go for a glass right now!

  7. avatar Sara reply

    I love love love this idea! It almost makes me want to reconsider our buffet dinner without assigned seats, so I can use escort cards

  8. avatar Amanda reply

    So cute! I love the straws and the fresh sliced apples!

  9. avatar Susie reply

    Such a clever and creative way to use the namecards!

  10. avatar Julia reply

    What a darling idea and beautiful presentation!

  11. avatar Susie reply

    Great idea! I love that it’s not just a plain ‘ole name card … and who doesn’t love sweet tea!?

  12. avatar Wendy reply

    Love these! Chelsey is so talented!

  13. avatar Raelee Merrill reply

    This one definitely gets my vote!

  14. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

    LOVE what Southern Fried Paper & After Yes have put together. Love me some Southern Sweet Tea :)

  15. avatar Angela Rollins reply

    They are great and their invites are amazing!

  16. avatar Mark reply

    What a great idea! Just another example of the extraordinary work that Southern Fried Paper does.

  17. avatar Luke reply

    Really nice, like the southern style!

  18. avatar Debbie Parker reply

    Chelsea from Southern Fried Paper!!

  19. avatar Shelley reply

    can’t get any more southern than that! Darling!

  20. avatar Lauren reply

    Oh my gosh!! This is adorable!

  21. avatar MLH reply

    I love me some Southern Fried Paper!

  22. avatar Brad reply

    What a nifty idea! You would’t soon forget the wedding you attended with sweat tea escort cards!

  23. avatar mitchell reply

    great set up reminds me of back home… classic southern weddings!

  24. avatar Mitchell reply

    Great set up… classic southern wedding!

  25. avatar Gary P reply

    Nice, very niiiiice! Very talented.

  26. avatar Beth reply

    What a great idea!!

  27. avatar Rita reply

    OH…..love this idea! Loving me some peach tea and wanting some right now!!!

  28. avatar Jim reply

    What an awesome idea! I got married this summer and I wish we would have seen this before hand..would have fit right in our reception.

  29. avatar Stephanie reply

    Southern fried paper makes the cutest things. I have ordered from them a couple of times and LOVE their work everytime!

  30. avatar Stephanie reply

    I have ordered from Southern Fried Paper different items for my wedding. I loved everything they did and will continue to order from them!

  31. avatar Hickman reply

    Awesome looking invitations. Would be more than happy to have this at my wedding.

  32. avatar Dean L. reply

    GREAT!

  33. avatar Jay reply

    Brilliant Idea, looks great!

  34. avatar Billy reply

    What a fresh and creative new idea using an old Southern theme!

  35. avatar Nolan reply

    What a creative idea! Unique and full of personality and creativity, but still functional. Love it.

  36. avatar Vincent reply

    thesecardslookawesomecantwaittogethitchedandusethem!!!!

  37. avatar Beckie reply

    Great idea, beautifully put together. Who doesn’t love sweet tea? I’m using this entire setting when I plan my wedding. After Yes, we’ll be in touch!

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  39. avatar Sharon reply

    Love this idea! I’ll be DIYing this soon!!

  40. avatar Debbi reply

    Love the bow times. Bow ties are in style again. My husband wears them all the time!

  41. avatar Darby reply

    I don’t think you can get more southern than this! Great job Southern Fried Paper!

  42. avatar Sharon reply

    I think this is the ultimate southern idea. Creative, homey, casual yet elegant. The epitome of southern style. I vote for Sweet Tea.

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  44. avatar Laurien reply

    I cannot tell you how much I wish I was a Southerner!! Alas, I am from New Zealand and fell in love with your blog a little while ago : ) Is there any way you can send me a recipe for good sweet tea? It looks SO yummy but every time I’ve tried to make it I fail miserably…

    • avatar Brittany reply

      Laurien: Hi Laurien! I am from Australia, and my mum is a Kiwi! she lived in the deep South for about 6 years as a young lass (and was legally adopted by a Southern family) and so consequently I have grown up with alot of Southern traditions, cooking, stories and memories! I feel a kinship, and so consequently I am going to have a few select Southern touches at my wedding in March. Sweet Tea will be one of them!

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