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Do y’all scour Etsy like I do sometimes? I love finding cool new items that we can feature on the blog in some way. Natalie + Wade were pros at this, too. Their wedding consisted of many heartfelt details, like family photos and fun customized props, but also many Etsy finds that made their day full of handmade charm. We love how the couple infused the wedding with their favorite memories while dating. The part that I love the most? The mixed CDs that the newlyweds made for guests’ drive back home, which were full of love songs that N + W traded while living apart. Thanks again to Tec Petaja for sharing this wedding with us in V4!

What was the design inspiration for your reception? I wanted the reception to be very whimsical/Anthropologie-inspired/vintage with lots of pretty elements. I spent months browsing through various wedding blogs, the new BHLDN website, and Etsy for typewriters, chalkboards, tags, vintage bottles, birdcages and other pretty elements.
Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: I enjoyed planning and preparing the creative elements of our wedding, which included typed love letters, a “key to happiness” tree and the Polaroid guest book. I also loved our favors that we did through Wade’s company, usimprints.com. We designed a couple of different logos, and had canvas tote bags, plastic cups, sunglasses and travel journals made for the guests. I also spent time over the last year taking snap shots of the area and had postcards made for everyone. We also had CDs made by Kraft and Jute with our favorite love songs for guests to have for the drive back to Texas or Tennessee.
Groom’s favorite detail of the wedding: I loved the ceremony in the garden. It was like a movie. The garden was intimate and so beautiful.
Tell us a bit about your first dance. During the first month we were dating, Wade and I made each other mixed CDs. He made me a Nashville mix of all country songs and he put a song on it by LeAnn Rimes called “Some People.” We played it on repeat for months. It was everything we felt for each other, but weren’t exactly telling the other, so when it came down to picking a song for the first dance, we knew it was the perfect song.
What was the funniest moment? What was the scariest? The funniest moment was when I looked around and realized that everyone was wearing props from the photo booth on the dance floor. Wade’s company sells promotional products, so we decided to make old school neon sunglasses with “N + W” on one of the arms for everyone to wear at the reception. They were a huge hit on the dance floor. The scariest moments were when three guests were rushed to the hospital due to heat exhaustion. All three recovered, which made for a good story.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are starting our life together in Nashville. I’m going to start working for Wade’s company, which should be fun. We are looking forward to all the fun that goes along with married life — lots of home-cooked meals, traveling, the joy of having someone to come home to and eventually, children.

Photographer: Tec Petaja // Videographer: Celia Hilton // Planner: Watercolor Inn and Resort // Ceremony Venue: Western Lake Park at Watercolor Inn and Resort // Reception Venue: The Boathouse at Watercolor Inn and Resort // Florist: Bella Flora // Wedding Cake Baker: Confections on the Coast // Caterer: Fish Out of Water // Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG and J. Crew // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Hair Stylist: Katie Carter // Makeup Artist: Two Fishes Artistry // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Bride’s Jewelry: Grandmother of the bride’s // Bride’s Veil or Hair Accessory: Toni Federici veil, BHLDN wreath // Groom’s Fashion: J. Crew // Groomsmen Fashion: J. Crew // Paper Goods: Save the dates by Posh Paperie, invitations by Rock Scissor Paper, programs and maps by Jennifer Lane // Rentals: Bella Flora // Linens: Bella Flora // Favors: Kraft and Jute // Lighting: Bella Flora

Love this wedding? Here are a few past posts we think you might enjoy:
Two peeks at our V2 editorial set in Watercolor (here + here)
Natalia + Levi’s pink and vintage-whimsical wedding here and here

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Melissa Schollaert reply

    Ooo, that cake is dreamy! Love. Beautiful photos Tec!

  2. avatar Half Orange Photography reply

    That reception venue, her dress and her flowers are absolutely to die for! Beautiful wedding!

  3. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    So many things to love about this wedding – the photography, the colors, the venue, the flowers, and that cake!! Wow!

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Reading how couples met is on the top of my list of favorite things about my job. Sometimes couple’s stories are hilarious, others are movie-like. For Natalie + Wade, it was meeting at the right time, at the right place. I love how this V4 couple chose to spend their wedding day on the beaches of Watercolor Inn and Resort, the same place they first met. The tree under which they stood to recite their vows was filled with hanging flowers and looks so dreamy. See that photo of Wade with his eyes closed during the ceremony? Bliss. Biggest thanks to Tec Petaja who captured that moment and shared this wedding with us.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Wade and I met on the beach in Watercolor, Florida at the perfect time and place. I had just graduated from Texas A&M and began to question if I would ever find “the one.” Ironically, Wade was simultaneously praying about his future wife. One week after arriving at Watercolor, unbeknownst to me, I’m hanging out on the beach next to my future husband. We believe our families’ chairs were placed next to each other on the beach, not by coincidence, but by God. My nana and mom instantly bonded with Wade’s mom and sister because of their sweet spirits and common interests. After talking with his family for an hour or so, I discovered he was single like me, and our families immediately started trying to play matchmaker. They were successful in setting up a family date before their vacation was over. After returning to Tennessee, Wade decided he would fly back down to Florida a week later to pursue this possibility with me. He invited me to Nashville two weeks later, and after regular trips between Texas and Tennessee, the rest is history.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Breathtaking, romantic, unforgettable
How many guests attended your wedding? 210
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went to two different bridal shops in Houston to find the perfect wedding gown. I had looked through numerous wedding magazines, as every young bride does, and thought I would love a mermaid style Vera Wang gown. But after trying on a mermaid style Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, I fell completely in love with it and knew it would be perfect for the garden setting of my wedding. Once I made my decision, I never looked back!
Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them? I did not want traditional bridesmaids’ dresses because they are not my style at all, so instead, I picked out various BCBG dresses that were muted tones for the girls to choose among.
Briefly describe your wedding flowers: My flowers were one of my favorite elements of the wedding. I wanted them to be muted neutrals with pops of peach and blush tones featuring hydrangeas, David Austen roses, succlents, lamb’s ear, craspedia, and seeded eucalyptus. I purchased a wedding bouquet token to attach to the bouquet that said “I love you to the moon and back” with the date of our wedding on the back.

Photographer: Tec Petaja // Videographer: Celia Hilton // Planner: Watercolor Inn and Resort // Ceremony Venue: Western Lake Park at Watercolor Inn and Resort // Reception Venue: The Boathouse at Watercolor Inn and Resort // Florist: Bella Flora // Wedding Cake Baker: Confections on the Coast // Caterer: Fish Out of Water // Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG and J. Crew // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuiller // Hair Stylist: Katie Carter // Makeup Artist: Two Fishes Artistry // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Bride’s Jewelry: Grandmother of the bride’s // Bride’s Veil or Hair Accessory: Toni Federici veil, BHLDN wreath // Groom’s Fashion: J. Crew // Groomsmen Fashion: J. Crew // Paper Goods: Save the dates by Posh Paperie, invitations by Rock Scissor Paper, programs and maps by Jennifer Lane // Rentals: Bella Flora // Linens: Bella Flora // Favors: Kraft and Jute // Lighting: Bella Flora

Love this wedding? Check out these past features:
Natalia + Levi’s plantation wedding here and here
Mix and match bridesmaid dresses (inspiration + shopping guide)

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Gosh – just truly breathaking. Watercolor is beautiful on its own – one of my favorite places on the coast. The bridesmaid’s dresses and flowers? DIE. I love their story too – so sweet!

  2. avatar Erin McLean reply

    Oh my goodness, this is breathtaking!

  3. avatar Paula {JustABiteDesserts.com} reply

    Absolutely love all aspects of this wedding – the sweet story of how their family matchmade, the beautiful locale, flowers, dresses, shoes and of course, the stunning bride and groom. The only thing missing are the shots of the food, cake and desserts which I’m sure matched this well planned and detailed wedding!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Paula! Make sure you check out the second post — there’s a gorgeous cake!

  4. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    That dress is gorgeous. She looks like a pretty pretty princess!

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  7. avatar Jame reply

    What is the name of that dress? I know it’s by Monique Lhuillier, but what is it called? I have been looking for a dress like that forever and would love to try it on!!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Jame! I’m almost positive it’s “Devotion” by Monique!

  8. avatar Naomi reply

    Love this wedding!!!! Please help me find how/where those antiquey wooden French doors!

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  10. avatar Amy reply

    I love her dress! Does anyone know what the name of the dress is?

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    The details of this wedding are incredible. And the beautiful light and amazing skills of the photographer make for some beautiful wedding photos. My favourite part is those old wooden doors, which make the entrance to an outdoor church. Love it!

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It’s usually around this time, a month after the holidays, when my parents surprise me with another Christmas gift. You know, that one that they hid so far back in the closet they forgot it existed and never wrapped? Does that happen to anyone else?

In celebration of this (unofficial) tradition, we’re rounding up the winners of some of our recent giveaways and some from before the holidays! Consider this a late gift from us at Southern Weddings.

We’re still spotting V4 on shelves throughout the city, though the stacks are getting mighty low! Sierra and I were giddy when we saw the glossy mag for the first time on our way to the Design*Sponge book signing. We asked you to tell us where you spotted V4 for the chance to win Grace Bonney’s Design*Sponge at Home!

Congrats to winner Lizzie who said, “I just picked up my copy at the Barnes and Noble in New Hope Commons in Durham! I wish I could’ve picked it up from the Southpoint location so I could have seen you. I have been gushing to everyone how it is my new favorite wedding magazine!!”

Just about a month ago, we launched our fabulous new feature, the Honey List! We’re so excited for y’all to flip through our curated list of the best honeymoon spots in the South and beyond. To celebrate and to prepare all you newlyweds for wonderful honeymoon, we gave away a Heys USA carry-on-friendly luggage piece!

Congratulations to Sonia Marie whose ideal honeymoon spot was Hawaii!

We love having events to look forward to and we’re thrilled to be able to give one of you lucky readers the chance to attend the CREAM event in Austin! Food, fun and dancing will abound, so we asked you to tell us about the dancing shoes you’d wear to the CREAM.

Our winner is Madi, who said, “As a Texas girl, what else would I wear but a pair of my best boots for dancin’?”

Congratulations all you giveaway winners! Be on the lookout for an email from me soon!

Didn’t win this time? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty more giveaways lined up!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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