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We often talk about the mission of Southern Weddings, and how we want to inspire couples to celebrate their families, the culture of the South, and what matters most to them. Y’all, nothing makes us happier than when we see couples do just that! Jen and Schuyler’s wedding had us seriously swooning when we featured it in V7. By incorporating Jen’s heritage into artwork in front of their escort table, and celebrating their big day in Virginia wine country–a place Jen and Schuyler both love–their wedding is such a lovely example of how details can be as meaningful as they are beautiful.

Thanks to Abby Jiu for sharing this sweet day with us!

I wanted the bridesmaid gifts to be really special, so I put together a bag of personalized gifts, such as monogrammed compacts with the quote “The best mirror is an old friend” engraved on the back, and ring holders with each lady’s name and an imprint of a gray dress imprinted on them. For our welcome bags, we had Antiquaria (the same company that did our invitations and day-of stationery) create a custom stamp for us, which we used to stamp the gift bags with our personal touch. We included snacks and a Virginia wine map. My favorite snack was chocolates from Cocoa Vienna, which are the best chocolates we have ever had. Some of the flavors included red velvet cake truffles and pumpkin truffles.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I have always known that I wanted some element of color for my wedding dress, but I was never sure what that element of color would be. I was being terribly picky and running out of time. Finally, at the last minute on a Friday, I scheduled an appointment at Hitched Salon in Georgetown for the next day. That weekend, Austin Scarlett was bringing in his creations straight off the runway for a trunk show. After trying on a few dresses in the store, the Camellia gown by Austin caught my eye and I asked my consultant if I could try it on. Once I put it on, it was so amazing. It was elegant and classic and so incredibly light, it was like walking on a cloud. Austin Scarlett was there with his business partner, Allison, and they were just the sweetest (it was really neat to have the designer there and to be able to talk with him and ask him questions about the dress!). On a whim, I asked Austin if it would be possible to recreate the dress in blush, and he said of course! When I finally got my dress, the blush tulle was just so stunning and subtle. The dress was really perfect, because it was exactly what I wanted and I was truly able to make the dress my own–no one else has a dress exactly like it!

When we were choosing a place to get married, the obvious choice was Charlottesville. It is a special place to both of us and has the most stunning views and scenery. We love great wine, and Veritas had some of our favorites from the region. They did an amazing job on the day of our wedding, and we couldn’t have been happier with our choice.

Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. I wanted to give the bridesmaids a chance to show their own styles, and I didn’t want a “matchy-matchy” wedding party, so I gave the bridesmaids guidelines on the dress (gray and long, a pattern would be okay), and sent them some examples. Some of the ladies rented their dresses from Rent the Runway and some bought their dresses, and in the end, everyone looked amazing. I loved seeing the spectrum of unique gray dresses and how cohesive everything looked together.

We know that the bridal party typically stands with the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. Although we thought that was great (it is so comforting to have your best friends and family standing with you), we also wanted the ceremony to be very intimate between us, with no distractions. Therefore, we decided to have our wedding party sit during the ceremony so that it would just be the two of us standing.

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Why was this design special to you as a couple? Early in the planning process, we were drawn to subtle, beautiful colors, like blush, whites, and greens. We loved the French toile print we chose for our cocktail tables, and that quickly became an inspiration for our black tie vineyard wedding. We were drawn to the natural and timeless look of the toile, and loved how the European formality of the print elevated our more casual venue. Throughout the planning process, the subtle, soft blush color of my dress also remained a constant source of inspiration, which led to a feminine color palette accented with gold for the evening. Being inspired by the French toile print naturally led the design to subtle Parisian accents, like bistro lights, gauzy organza runners, filigree votives, and romantic floral décor.

What kind of food did you serve? Our menu included butternut squash soup with apple chutney, roasted sirloin steak with horseradish mashed potato, citrus shrimp, seared red snapper with roasted eggplant, cabbage ragout with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, and truffle risotto with ratatouille and red wine reduction with fried leeks.

One of the most unique parts of our wedding was the painter who painted our wedding, Dan Nelson. As our wedding gift, Schuyler’s aunt brought him in to paint our ceremony. He not only painted the scene of our ceremony, but he also stayed throughout the entire reception to finish the painting as part of the evening’s entertainment. All our guests loved it and couldn’t stop talking about it after the wedding–he was so fun to watch! The final oil painting turned out so beautifully and is now hanging in our home. It is such a perfect reminder of our wedding day, and we love seeing it every day.

What was the funniest moment? I fell off the chair during the Hora!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We first met when we were 15 years old at a summer camp. We knew each other, but were not really friends, and did not keep in touch after the summer ended. By chance, we both ended up going to UVA for college, and ran into each other during my fourth year (his third year) at the gym. We recognized each other and chatted for a bit. We did not start dating, however, until a few years later, after we had both graduated. Even after that, we were long distance for awhile (due to grad schools, jobs, etc.), but were finally able to settle down in the same city.
Tell us all the basics of your wedding! We chose a date in late fall (October 26, 2013) because we knew the changing colors of the leaves would make for beautiful photos. We love Virginia wine country and wanted to invite our guests to a venue that was fun and special for us.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Refined, personal, and classic
How many guests attended your wedding? 131
What did the groom and groomsmen wear? Schuyler wore a custom English-tailored tuxedo with his grandfather’s gold cuff links. The groomsmen wore tuxedos of their own choosing, paired with gifts from the groom: mix-and-match gray silk pocket squares and cuff links.
What was your favorite detail from your wedding? I wanted to incorporate something from my heritage, but I wasn’t sure how to go about doing it. I proposed the traditional paper cut-out double-happiness characters to Kate (our planner), and wanted to know if there was an elegant way to incorporate it somewhere. Kate suggested that we create artwork for in front of the escort card table. I thought it was a wonderful plan, so we had Nikki, our calligrapher (an amazing artist) design the paper cut-out of the Chinese characters, as well as the other elements of the display. We framed them in mirrored frames, and our florist and decor vendor, Beehive Events, provided the draping to hang the artwork on. It was a great personal touch, and now we get to hang the artwork in our home!

Photographer: Abby Jiu / Videographer: Underground Short Films / Planning and Design: Kate Harlan of Simply Chic Events / Venue and Catering: Veritas Winery and Vineyard / Florist: Beehive Events / Cake Baker: Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations / Bride’s Gown: “Camellia” by Austin Scarlett / Bridal Salon: Hitched / Bride’s Shoes: Lola Cruz / Bridesmaid Dresses: Robert Rodriguez, BCBG MAXAZRIA, Liz Fields, and David’s Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Joy Pfister of Faces by Joy / Paper Goods: Antiquaria / Rentals: Beehive Events and Festive Fare / Transportation: Ambassador Limo / Live Painting Artist: Daniel Nelson

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    Wow! So pretty! I just love the bridesmaid dresses!

  2. avatar Kelly reply

    This is where I’m having my wedding in just 4 months!! Looks absolutely beautiful!!

  3. avatar Caitlin reply

    I adore the ring holders that the bride customized for her maids. Any idea on where they are from?

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With holiday shopping season in full swing, we thought there was no better time to share this year’s Surcees feature! In case you’re not familiar, “surcee” is a Southern term for a little gift given unexpectedly, and we have so much fun rounding up products from across the South and beyond to include in each issue. Our V7 surcees, photographed by Brett & Jessica, are made up of our favorite things for people in four different categories: newlyweds, brides and grooms, ladies (such as bridesmaids, moms, and hostesses), and foodies. We hope they help you check the last few people off of your list for the holidays, as well as get your wheels turning for gifting ideas throughout your engagement. Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one of these goodies for yourself, too!

First up, a few sunny finds for newlyweds! We love these as housewarming gifts, wedding presents, or a special little something you treat yourself to post-honeymoon.

Clockwise from top left: Mr. & Mrs. Mug Set ($38, Lindsay Letters), custom canning labels ($25 for 20, Felix Doolittle), custom family crest ($175, Juliet Grace Design), camellia napkin ring ($19, Oxford Exchange), 9 oz. “tomato” soy candle ($24, Produce Candles), embroidered pineapple cocktail napkins ($42 for set of 4, Lettermade), North Carolina state plate ($78, Corbe Company), hostess square soap set ($39, Mark and Graham), “how to pray for your husband” bookmark ($3, Gather and Dwell)

From bouquet ribbons to bow ties, we loved rounding up these special details for your big day!

Clockwise from top left: pink and navy plaid bow tie ($38, The Belle and the Beau), lace plates ($25-48, Food52), state ring bearer pillow ($25, Emily Steffen), polka dot bow tie ($55, Collared Greens), Diamond Monogrammed Sandal ($168, Jack Rogers), velvet ring boxes ($75, The Mrs. Box), sixpence necklace ($49, Crow Steals Fire), linen stripe bow tie ($60, Southern Proper), hand-dyed silk ribbon ($24-33 for 6 yards, Froufrou Chic), pink seersucker bow tie ($50, High Cotton Ties), velvet ribbon ($30, Sara Kate Studios), ceremonial marriage certificate ($45, Southern Weddings Shop)

A whole wagon full of gifts wouldn’t be quite enough to thank the special ladies who help us to the aisle, from our mamas to our house parties. Along with a gracious handwritten note, we think these sweet surcees are a pretty good start, though!

Clockwise from top left: 14 oz. “gardenia” soy candle ($30, Sydney Hale Co.), Sweet Tea Sugah scrub ($20, The Charleston Soap Chef), lavender and lemongrass bar soap ($7, Seychelles Soap Co.), rose daily body serum ($39, One Love Organics), monogrammed pashmina scarf ($28, Dixieland Monogram), cotton pearl initial bracelet ($98, John Wind Maximal Art), navy gingham clutch ($129, Ila Handbags), Greek charms in antique gold ($67 each, Diana Warner Studio), Southern sayin’ pencil set ($15 for set of 6, Stephanie Creekmur), 15-piece New Orleans chocolate collection ($31, Sucre), Sweet Tea print ($20, Southern Weddings Shop)

A delectable food or heirloom-worthy kitchen accessory makes a welcome gift for any occasion. We love these ideas as gifts for hostesses, neighbors, or anyone who could use a little something special!

Clockwise from top left: spiced watermelon pickles ($9.99, Pickled Pink Foods), cast iron drop biscuit pan ($45, Food52), fried chicken rub ($14, Blackberry Farm), sweet tea concentrate ($7-12, Moonshine Sweet Tea), Wellfleet oyster, littleneck clam, and crab knives with leather wrap ($150, Food52), red velvet cake mix ($5.99, Old School)

We are so excited to give away some of the beautiful things from this feature! Just leave us a comment on this post letting us know which surcee you’d like to win (please note, the products that are up for grabs are in bold above and listed in the graphic below)!

Winners for all nine surcees will be chosen and emailed on December 15!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Cindy Young reply

    How precious are these surcees! And what wonderful gift ideas!

  2. avatar Mollie reply

    That sweet tea scrub sounds to die for! :)

  3. avatar Erin reply

    Never heard that word before, but these all look so sweet!

  4. avatar Heather B. reply

    gardenia is one of my favorite scents and I am always burning candles at home!

  5. avatar Laura reply

    Such a fun giveaway! I would LOVE to win something!

  6. avatar Tanya reply

    I love the gingham clutch :)

  7. avatar Corinna reply

    I love them all… would love to showcase these products and more in our wedding packages!

  8. avatar Meredith reply

    I learn something Southern from you guys almost every post, love the term “surcee”! I have my eye on that gingham clutch :-)

  9. avatar Shannon Melrose reply

    I would love to win the charleston soap chef bar soap and sugah scrub in sweet tea! What a fun prize to use before my 12/31/14 wedding!

  10. avatar Lindy reply

    great ideas!! I’m going to a girls night gift exchange soon and these have given me great ideas! I’d love to be entered into the giveaway for the candle. Thank you!!

  11. avatar Elizabeth DiStanislao reply

    the gardenia candle would remind me of my wedding day everyday at home!

  12. avatar Kathryn reply

    I would love the “how to pray for your husband” bookmark or the Gardenia candle!!!

  13. avatar Elisabeth reply

    Such good ideas!

  14. avatar Lauren Baker reply

    Absolutely love all of your picks! Pray for your husband bookmark and gingham clutch!

  15. avatar Caitlin reply

    I’d love the Pi Beta Phi charm for one of my (yet-to-be-asked) bridesmaids!

  16. avatar Ty reply

    The Diane Warner charm in Pi Beta Phi to tie around my bouquet!

  17. avatar Kate R. reply

    I love all of these things! Super cute!

  18. avatar Julie Mayo reply

    That sweet tea scrub! Swoon.

  19. avatar nicki reply

    I would love the Charleston soap!

  20. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    I really loved this feature. Y’all put together a wonderful collection of items and it’s so thoughtful of you to share the goodness! As a clutch girl through and through, I would like to win the navy gingham clutch from Ila handbags. :)

  21. avatar Jacquelyn Chambers reply

    Crow steals fire Sixpence necklace! pretty :)

  22. avatar Nicole reply

    I would LOVE to win the gingham clutch. That has my name written all over it!

  23. avatar Whitley Gaffney reply

    Ooooh that gingham clutch or the KKG charm! :)

  24. avatar Liz reply

    What wonderful ideas!!! I love all of these!

  25. avatar Lauren reply

    Oh my gosh, what fabulous gifts! Love those Mr & Mrs mugs and the how to pray for your husband bookmark. How special!

  26. avatar Sylvia reply

    The Bar Soap and Sugah Scrub sound delightful!

  27. avatar Ashley Hirst reply

    Love the gingham clutch! The “How to Pray for Your Husband” bookmark is super sweet :)

  28. avatar Gerri reply

    Such beautiful gift ideas!

  29. avatar Bianca Andrea reply

    I love these ideas, I saw them in your beautiful magazine.

  30. avatar Ariana M. reply

    Oh My Goodness! All these are to die for! #letswinthis!

  31. avatar Lauren reply

    Gardenia is my favorite smell in the world. It reminds me of everything good in this world.

  32. avatar Cassidy reply

    I love the combination of lemon + lavender. So refreshing!

  33. avatar Bethany H. reply

    The Sydney Hale Co. Gardenia candle would be lovely to receive – and right before my birthday on the 16th, too! :)

  34. avatar Abby reply

    yes please!!

  35. avatar Sarah reply

    Love the term surcee! And I most definitely run on sweet tea :-)

  36. avatar Jennifer reply

    The Charleston Soap Shop soap and scrub are precious! I would love to win them! They would make me think of summertime even in this chilly weather :)

  37. avatar Julie reply

    As a librarian, avid reader and wife to be in 10 days, I would love the “how to pray for your husband” bookmark!

  38. avatar Hannah Rogers reply

    The Sydney Hale Co. gardenia candle would be a wonderful addition to our newlywed home! xo

  39. avatar Laura reply

    Love that clutch!

  40. avatar abby r reply

    the candle or the clutch sound amazing! you can never have too many of either one!

  41. avatar Liz reply

    I would love to win the gardenia candle!!

  42. avatar Sarah reply

    Oh mercy, a surcee! Love that clutch!

  43. avatar Jessica K reply

    I would love the sixpence necklace!

  44. avatar Kristy reply

    Soooooo cute! Would love the lavender soap!

  45. avatar Anna Crady reply

    This giveaway is amazing! I would love any of these!

  46. avatar Lisa reply

    As someone prayerfully preparing to become a wife soon, I would love to win the ‘How to Pray for Your Husband” bookmark! Love all of these gorgeous surcees (and love having a new word to add to my vocabulary!)

  47. avatar Emilee Renwick reply

    I’ve been a surcee queen and I didn’t even know it! The unexpected gifts are the most thoughful. :)

  48. avatar Lindsay Bishop reply

    I’m dying over that gingham clutch! So gorgeous!

  49. avatar Brianna reply

    That clutch is just darling, and I love the bookmark! What a great reminder to pray for my sweet husband!

  50. avatar Tiffany Ha reply

    I’d love to win the Texas ring bearer pillow!

  51. avatar jen reply

    I’d love to win the Texas ring bearer pillow!
    Thanks !

  52. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh I love that blue pashmina! I’m a Tarheel fan come basketball season and that pashmina would be just perfect!

  53. avatar Rachel reply

    Hello! I would love to win any of these!! So cute!

  54. avatar Kirsti reply

    The Charleston Soap Chief bar soap and sugar scrub in sweet tea, please! I would love to test this out before I give as gifts!

  55. avatar Haley reply

    Love all of these wonderful sweet things! If i had to pick on it would be the dainty sixpence necklace!

  56. avatar Erin B reply

    The navy gingham clutch! All of these items are lovely!

  57. avatar Christie Barker reply

    I just ordered a gift off of these recommendations! Thank you!

  58. avatar madelynne moulton reply

    I love the gingham clutch! so cute!

  59. avatar Amanda T reply

    Those surcees are so sweet! They will make people’s holidays very happy indeed :)

  60. avatar Amanda T reply

    What sweet surcees! Sure to make anyone’s holidays happy :)

  61. avatar Jodi S reply

    lemon grass soap!1

  62. avatar Alex Stockton reply

    The gingham clutch! Its a perfect little gift for my friend to use for her BBQ rehearsal dinner!

  63. avatar Katie H reply

    How lovely. The Mrs. Box is on my Christmas wish list :)

  64. avatar Stephanie reply

    I would love to win the Gingham Clutch! It is adorable!

  65. avatar Mandy Campbell reply

    I love the cast iron drop biscuit pan!

  66. avatar Jessica Widick reply

    I would love the sixpence necklace!:)

  67. avatar Kelly E. reply

    December 15th is my birthday! I’d love to win the sweet tea sugah scrub or the gardenia candle (the best scent ever). Thank you so much for the chance to win. :)

  68. avatar Devin E reply

    love love love! Southern Weddings always comes up with the cutest things!

  69. avatar Samantha Caldwell reply

    I sure would love any of these adorable items!

  70. avatar Ashley M. reply

    All of these are lovely! I loved this post! :)

  71. avatar Amy M. reply

    I love this blog!

  72. avatar Matt reply

    I would like to win the sweet tea sugar scrub.

  73. avatar Stephanie P reply

    These are all so cute! I absolutely adore that gingham clutch!!!

  74. avatar Susan reply

    The Pi Beta Phi charm for my sister who is her chapter’s newly elected president!

  75. avatar Julie reply

    the gardenia candle!

  76. avatar Taylor reply

    I LOVE the Crow Steals Fire Sixpence necklace and want to include it in my June 2015 wedding!

  77. avatar Jill reply

    What a great selection of surcees! I would love the scrub or Kappa Charm to gift to one of my sweet bridesmaids<3

  78. avatar Madeleine B reply

    Absolutely love all of your surcee ideas! The Greek charms are perfect for bridesmaids!

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    […] Featured on: weddings on Ruffled, Bridal Musings (1, 2), The Lovely Find, an elopement featured on Ever Ours, a family shoot on Little Bellows and lifestyle shoots on The Fresh Exchange, Camille Styles. Had a big feature in print in Southern Weddings Magazine. […]

  80. avatar Kelsey reply

    I love your site. It’s been a great source for my wedding. I love the first set with How to pray for your husband.

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When we first saw these beautiful images by our Blue Ribbon Vendors Anna Routh and Graham Terhune, the leaves were just barely starting to change, and the temperatures beginning to fall. The rich colors and sweet community that is so evident in this shoot reminded us of the cozy days to come, and suddenly, the winding down of summer seemed a little sweeter. While we love warm weather weddings and are so glad that living in the South means we get to enjoy lots of them, there is something especially magical about the fleeting early fall season. It’s the loveliest setting for one more outdoor celebration of the year!

Recognize these bridesmaid dresses? We just wore some of the same Camilyn Beth designs at our V7 launch party!

We love this mix of textural florals with in-season fruits–for early fall, some of our favorites are peaches, figs, red pears, and pomegranates.

See more from this editorial in V7, available online and on newsstands across the South!

Photographers: Anna Routh and Graham Terhune / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Coordination: After Yes Weddings / Designer: Emily Allen / Florals: Bows and Arrows / Bouquet Wrap: Oatmeal Lace / Venue: Aldredge House / Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilyn Beth / Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye / Sweets: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Cuff Links: Bourbon and Boots / Bow Ties: High Cotton Ties / Wardrobe Styling: Rian Nichole Fashion Consulting / Tables: The Olive Bench / Ceremony Chairs: Juniper Rentals / Reception Chairs: Bella Acento / China: West Elm / Flatware: Pottery Barn / Linens: Williams-Sonoma

Anna Routh and Graham Terhune are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Beane and Company reply

    So quaint and sweet!

  2. avatar Anna Routh reply

    Woo hoo! This looks beautiful! Thanks again so much for featuring our shoot. We love seeing it in your amazing publication and again here. We <3 SW Mag! xoxo

  3. avatar Dana reply

    gorgeous table setting!!

  4. avatar Graham reply

    Thank y’all so much for this feature!!! Love you ladies!

  5. avatar Sara reply

    Oh my gosh, those tables are totally gorgeous!

  6. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    The invitation is adorable, the drawing is extremely reminiscent of a drawing from James and the Giant Peach. And, that cake is beautiful!

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    […] A definite highlight of our 2014 season was the opportunity to travel to Dallas to photograph an editorial piece that was inspired and beautifully executed by a handful of talented people. We are truly delighted to share a selection of our favorite images from the Seasons of the South photo shoot. It has been an enormous honor to see these images in the latest volume of Southern Weddings Magazine. You can see more images, read about the inspiration behind this editorial and see the entire list of wonderful vendors here. […]

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