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Oh, be still my Southern heart. We love these dreamy images of Paige + Adam’s V4 wedding from Tanja Lippert. Among the equestrian details like the illustrated invitation suite from Inviting Affairs and the location at the Kali Kate Equestrian Center (which played off of Paige’s love of horses), the mixed bridesmaids’ dresses, fun pinwheels and white asters lining the aisle take the cake, too. I’m impressed with how hard Paige + Adam worked to customize their ceremony (read on for more details!) and just adore the photo of the bridal party praying together.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Adam and I both spent the summer of 2005 in Spain, he in Granada and I in Santander. We had only been state-side for a few weeks at the end of the summer, when we met at a fraternity party at Texas. We immediately struck up a conversation reminiscing over our summers abroad. We had two classes together that semester and soon became very dedicated study partners. We dated until Adam graduated that same year and moved to New Hampshire to start a career in pharmaceutical sales. We maintained a very difficult long-distance relationship for a year until Adam finally returned to Austin and I graduated one year later in 2008. From then on, we grew closer through our love of Jesus and Longhorn football, not without many trials in between. We have been blessed beyond measure to have made some amazing friends in Austin who have encouraged and challenged us during our time together. Their support continues to minister to our marriage in amazing ways.
Describe the proposal: Adam and I had planned a day trip to Fredericksburg, Texas. Unbeknownst to me, Adam had actually visited the proposal location (Becker Vineyards) earlier that week to make sure everything would be perfectly prepared for us. When we arrived at Becker, we did a tasting and then sat down to have a picnic lunch. As we ate, Adam began quoting scripture from memory and talking about the future. Before I could catch on to his plans, he was down on one knee, and I was speechless. I looked at the ring and the first words out of my mouth were, “Is that real?” Several seconds of shock later, we eventually got to “Yes!” I later found out the best part of the whole plot: Adam’s best friend and older brother were wearing disguises (safari hats, vests, and aviators) and wandering around the vineyard snapping pictures of the whole thing. Somehow I never noticed them!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Joyful, beautiful, personal
What was the weather like on your big day? Absolutely perfect. We couldn’t believe it. It was one of the many blessings of the day. It was also the date of the super “perigee moon”, meaning it was the largest full moon (closest to earth) in the last twenty years. That was one aspect we didn’t plan!
How many guests attended your wedding? 222
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: As soon as I walked into the bridal salon at Carolina Herrera, I knew I was going to find my dress there. Allison, my consultant was caring, attentive, and gracious. For me, I ended up falling in love with the designer, not necessarily a specific dress. Allison was even able to get a dress straight off the runway model in New York for me to try on. It was a dress I had fallen in love with and never in a million years thought I would have the privilege to wear. I ultimately decided on a different dress, but that experience was still very special to me.
Briefly describe your wedding flowers: They were a spring mix of roses, peonies, and other gorgeous blooms.
Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. Our processional was a bit unique. Both Adam and his father walked his mother down the aisle, and I walked half the distance alone and then joined hand-in-hand with both of my parents to cross the rest of the distance to the altar. During the ceremony, we spoke vows to our parents before reciting our own. Our good friend and youth pastor, Andy Baxter officiated. This was so special, in that Andy knew us personally and could speak truthfully about our relationship while delivering a joyful and spiritually-focused message.

Photographer: Tanja Lippert // Videographer: Paul Raila // Coordinator: Lizze Belle Events // Band: Blind Date // String Quartet: Barton Strings // Venue: Kali Kate Equestrian Center // Florist: Petal Pushers // Wedding Cake Baker: Simon Lee Bakery // Caterer: Crave Catering // Bridesmaid Dresses: bridesmaids’ own, Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera // Hair Stylist: Zig Zag Salon // Makeup Artist: Mandy Morrison // Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch // Bride’s engagement and wedding rings: Andy Feist, Premier Diamonds (972-994-9292) // Bride’s Veil: Warren Barron Bridal // Groom’s Fashion: Suit from JoS. A. Bank, bow tie from Tux & Tulle // suspenders from Suspender Store // boots from Lucchese // Groomsmen Fashion: suits from JoS. A. Bank, ties from Tux & Tulle, suspenders from Suspender Store // Paper Goods: Save the dates from Wedding Paper Divas, invitations from Inviting Affairs, calligraphy by Bailey Amon // Rentals and Linens: Premiere // Ceremony/Reception Décor: guestbook fingerprint tree by Bleu de Toi, table numbers by Pertyfultings, burlap table runners by Straight Stitch // burlap welcome banner by Funkyshique, cake-top banner by Ready Go, hammered table number spoons by Wooden Hive, embroidered handkerchiefs by Embroidery by Melissa // Transportation: R&R Limousine and Bus and Transportation Consultants // Sound: Filo // Officiant: Andy Baxter

Want to see more weddings from V4?
Natalia + Levi’s Paris-meets-Plantation wedding here and here
Camille + Mark’s fun and colorful wedding here and here
Natalie + Wade’s Watercolor wedding here and here
Becky + Cameron’s preppy coral and green wedding here and here

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Autumn Lee reply

    Love it!! Weddings like this make my heart happy!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    ADORE that last photo! One of my favorite wedding images ever.

  3. avatar Kelli Ahern reply

    LOVE this wedding!!!! Those invites are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!!! WOW!

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Welcome back to Emily Plans a Wedding, belles! I’m kind of jumping all around over here, but I trust you don’t mind. Especially since today, we’re talking hair and makeup inspiration, which is always a favorite with brides-to-be! I know that I personally can’t help pinning gorgeous updos left and right. You?

Image by Heather Kincaid, overlay by SW

Let’s get started! First, we’ll discuss my hair and makeup inspiration, and then I’ll introduce you to the lady who’s going to make the magic happen. We’ll save accessories for another day.

Right, so I was all set to come in here and tell you that I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to wear my hair up, down, or half up/half down. But then I looked at the inspiration images I’d been hoarding, and saw there was a clear pattern: they were almost all updos, as you’ll soon see. Here are a few favorites:

Credits from top: style by Naemmah Carre via Teen Vogue; unknown; hair by Hot Heads Salon and makeup by Bobbi Brown (photo by Tec Petaja via Weddingbee); photo by Jill Thomas via Style Me Pretty; photo by Tory Williams

Contrary to what these photos might be telling you, I will not be wearing a hair flower. I am, however, looking for a loose, modern updo with side-swept bangs and a bit of a Southern bump. I have fairly long hair that is naturally curly and pretty thick, so I think this is doable.

Though I think overall I prefer the look of an updo, and think it would look better with the neckline of my dress, I still haven’t completely given up on a half up/half down look. My two favorite inspiration images:

Credits: Kate Middleton photo by Getty Images via Glamour and Rachel McAdams photo courtesy of New Line Cinema

Yes, that would be Princess Kate and Rachel McAdams. I aim high. Though I love these two looks, I think I would get annoyed having my hair down all night while dancing. Thoughts, ladies who have gone with this look?

So that’s hair, and I think I have a fairly good handle on what I want. Makeup, though? That’s a whole other story. I don’t wear much makeup on a day to day basis, and it’s all pretty mysterious to me in general. (In fact, Marissa had to do my eye makeup for our last staff photoshoot!) Because I don’t wear much makeup normally, I don’t want to try anything too dramatic on our wedding day, because I still want to look like myself… but prettier :) In fact, that’s about the best direction I can give: pretty, please! Here’s what I mean:

Credits: Natalie Portman image by Tim Walker from Teen Vogue and image by Jamie Beck

I think I have similar coloring to Natalie Portman and Emma Watson, so I try to scope out what they’ve got going on. Do any of you do that? Who’s your celeb coloring twin?

Thankfully, I won’t be left to my own devices with this scanty inspiration. No, someone very talented is going to be on hand to get me prettified, and her name is Tia Reagan! Now before you all go thinking I’m crazy for flying a hair and makeup artist in from California for my big day, let me explain. Tia just so happens to be best buddies with our amazing photographer, Tanja Lippert, and the two work together all the time. Tia started out in the industry as a photographer, and she still second shoots on occasion with Tanja. When Tanja suggested Tia as the second shooter for our wedding, I jumped at the chance, knowing it meant she would be able to do our hair and makeup, as well! I’m so, SO happy it worked out like it did, and can’t WAIT to experience the dynamic duo that is T&T Dynamite! Here’s a little more of Tia’s work to give you a sense of her magical (yes, magical) abilities:

Clearly, Tia is a pro at exactly the kind of romantic, modern updo I’m looking for, not to mention soft, natural makeup. Yippee!! If anyone could set me at ease about my wedding day look, it’s her. All of these photos were shot by my girl Tanja, too. These two make beauty together!

What do you think, ladies? How are you planning to wear your hair and makeup on your wedding day? Comment and let me know!

In case you missed a post…
The main characters
Where we’re getting married
I go dress shopping
We choose a photographer
I ponder bridesmaid style
Mini food!
The music
We’re renting a tent!
We discuss bouquets + boutonnieres
We send out our save the dates

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Laura reply

    Emily, I love your hair inspiration pictures, the up-do’s are exactly what I want. But what I’m thinking about doing is have an up-do during the ceremony and pictures and then during the reception fix it so that it is half-up/half-down. I usually wear my hair down and free, so I understand how you want to make sure you “feel like yourself” and I thought this might be a nice middle ground. Get the best of both worlds, fancy up-do for your big-day and then be able to “let your hair down” during the reception.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Laura! I love your idea! AND, since Tia will be with us all day, I’m sure she could manage a quick fix. Must think about this…

  2. avatar Marissa reply

    LOVE the Miss Dior shoot with Natalie Portman! You’re going to be a GORGEOUS bride!!

  3. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Our hair inspiration is SO similar!! I love the lower down updo with the gorgeous texture – so classy, elegant, and timeless. I will also have a gorgeous headband. fave hair –

    My makeup top priority is false eyelashes – my sister had some and it kicks up the glam 10 notches! I am doing very neutral taupes and browns on the eye with a shimmer highlight on the brow bone and one swipe of black liner on the top. Topping it off with some pretty bold pink lipstick! love her eyes –

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Madelynne! Yes, I think I will go with false lashes, as well! I use to wear them all the time for dance performances :) Not sure if I’ll go with a full set or just individual lashes, though!

    • avatar Madelynne Miller reply

      Emily: I’m doing individual for a more natural look :)

  4. avatar Lisa Edwards reply

    I am in your same boat :) I do not wear much make up (just bronzer and light eye shadow) and for hair, I want a soft romantic look. I am thinking hair down with soft curls, or 1/2 up and 1/2 down with soft curls. However, I ike the first up do you posted. It is loose with Volume. I believe my best friend is going to do my make up because I have had bad experiences with make up artist making me look so different and like I came out of a night club. I can’t wait to see your pictures! You will look amazing!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lisa! I know lots of people have great experience asking a friend to do their makeup – heck, if Marissa lived in Connecticut, I might consider having her do mine! :)

  5. avatar tricia reply

    i love the very last hair style… and i reallly love the dress. anyone happen to know the designer? thanks for the inspiration!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Tricia! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! That last dress is the Amsale “Calista.” You can see more from Annie’s wedding here:

  6. avatar Jennifer reply

    I had a friend who had her hair half up half down for ceremony and she pulled it into a loose bun off to the side for dancing it looked great. Lucky you for having your hairdresser the entire time.

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  8. avatar Robin Mink reply

    Tia is the BEST!!!!! makes you at ease, exceptional. She styled my video shoot and another photo shoot. She let’s me be me and captures the best. I want Tia on all my shoots….. to dress me , do my make up….. and someday soon….Tia….we’ll do a photo shoot with Tia shooting film as well. Rock on Sisters.

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As some of you may know, the Southern Weddings gals moved into a new office back in May. We’re pretty well settled in at this point, but if you can believe it, we still don’t have much on our walls! That’s pretty much a travesty for visual people like us.

Last week we took the step of buying frames, but now we have to decide what goes in them… and that’s where y’all come in! We need to choose just SIX perfect images from all of the past Southern Weddings shoots and features. SIX. Talk about pressure! We’ve narrowed it down to ten, but would love your help to make the final decision. If you would, please weigh in with your top six from the ten images below — or, if you can’t choose, we’ll just take your one favorite :)

No. 1: A perfectly preppy table shot from our V4 Charleston shoot with A Bryan Photo and Calder Clark (see more here!).

No. 2: Mason jars go champagne sophisticated with help from Jose Villa and Lisa Vorce in this V4 shoot (see more here!).
No. 3: Punch for two? Yes, please! Thanks to Summer Watkins and Braedon Flynn for this beautiful image from a V4 shoot!

No. 4: An epic and oh-so-Southern portrait from a real wedding by Tanja Lippert, originally seen in V4. Look for this wedding to hit the blog soon!

No. 5: A favorite bride + bridesmaid shot from one of our V3 photoshoots with Jose Villa.

No. 6: A gorgeous anemone bouquet (by MG Floral) from one of our V4 real weddings, shot by Melissa Schollaert. See more from Natalia + Levi’s wedding here + here!
No. 7: Oh yes, the seersucker wedding gown. You didn’t think we’d get away without mentioning it, did you? Shot by Veil and Bow for a V4 editorial.

No. 8: We snuck in a little more V3 love with this pretty shot of fresh, Southern beauty from the cover editorial. Thank you, Veil and Bow! See more here.
No. 9: A gorgeous ceremony set-up from our V4 Williamsburg shoot with Katie Stoops and Courtney Spencer.

No. 10: Last but not least, this majestic hot air balloon shot by Jose Villa from a V3 editorial.

So what do you think, ladies and gents? Comment below with your top six prettiest, most Southern picks! And good luck to you — I’m guessing it will be a hard decision!!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Beth reply

    My choices – 1, 10, 5, 9, 6, 7

  2. avatar Tiffany Medrano reply

    Definitely number ten. It is whimsical and lovely. (my other favorites are 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8) Have fun decorating! :)

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  4. avatar Victoria reply

    All are great choices! My favorites are 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

  5. avatar Kelley reply

    10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 3 :)

  6. avatar Sheila @tableauevents reply

    Without a doubt #10. I love love love all the colors and inspiration you can pull from just one image! Stunning!

  7. avatar Bethany reply

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9

  8. avatar Nicole reply

    #4 has to be one of the 6! Such a calming, love filled image! Good luck choosing the rest!

  9. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh this is hard!! But my favorites are 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10. Can’t wait to hear what y’all decide on! :)

  10. avatar Jillian Nicole reply

    All beautiful images, but my favourites are 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10! You really can’t go wrong with any!:)

  11. avatar caitlin reply

    ABSOLUTE FAVORITES: 1, 4, 6, 10

    also love: 7, 2

  12. avatar Jillian Nicole reply

    They’re all so beautiful, but my favourites have to be 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10. You really can’t go wrong with any!:)

  13. avatar Katiuska reply

    #’s 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, & 10! Even I want 10!


  14. avatar Jen reply

    all lovely!! My pick 6 are 1, 5(just because that is one of my favorite colors), 4, 6, 7 and 10. Happy decorating!!

  15. avatar Laura reply

    4, 6, 9, and 10 for sure. I love the colors in 10, gorgeous.

  16. avatar Amanda reply

    3,4,7,8,9,10!! Love the couples so much and the beautiful decor from williamsburg, and that gorg gown!

  17. avatar Jessica reply

    top 6 in no particular order:
    1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 4/9

  18. avatar Heather reply

    I love 3,4,6,7,8. 3 & 4 for how intimate they are – especially how timeless 4 is. 6 is just so classic. 7… well you can’t get much more southern than seersucker! Except maybe if a bow tie was thrown in. And I love the colors using in 8 between the flower and earrings.

  19. avatar Laura reply

    1,4,6,7,9,10. My favorite is 10 though. :-)

  20. avatar Ashley reply

    1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10. Such gorgeous pictures!

  21. avatar Megan reply

    Numbers 1, 4, 6, 7, & 10 are my favorites!

  22. avatar Cassandra reply

    That was hard! 2, 4, 6, 7, 9 & 10 – 10 is amazing and I love the colors.

  23. avatar Theresa reply

    2,4,7,9 for sure!

  24. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    These aren’t necessarily my top 6 favorites of all the images, but the 6 that I think would best look displayed on a wall, TOGETHER. All important factors to think of!

    2,3,4,5,8,+ 9!

    Good luck, ladies!

  25. avatar Tasha reply

    I love 5, 6, 8 and 10

  26. avatar GiGi reply

    My vote:

  27. avatar Brit {Colure Weddings} reply

    You guys have a tough choice to make! I think 4, 8, and 10 are a must though. Good luck narrowing it down!

  28. avatar Chelsea reply


    All fantastic photos, but these are exceptional!

  29. avatar Jenna Stratman reply

    2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 are my favorites!! They’re all stunning photos, though. You can’t go wrong! :)

  30. avatar Kelly Cummings reply

    1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10

  31. avatar Suzette reply

    #1 Because: it’s elegant and sophisticated.
    #4 Because: he’s taking her down a country dirt road! how much more romantic could you get?
    #5 Because: who needs shoes anyway? not southern girls!
    #9 Because: it’s a beautiful outdoor wedding in Old Dominion (Virginia IS for lovers, you know)
    #10 Because: the majestic trees in the background unique to our region.

  32. avatar Patti from Perfect Match Bridal Jewelry reply

    2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, with faves being 7 and 9. Champagne in baby mason jars? Love it!

  33. avatar Melissa W reply

    My Fav are: 1,3,4,5,7 & 9 …but they are all so pretty!! I can see why ya’ll needed help deciding!! :)

  34. avatar Vanessa reply

    This is a hard one but I think I’d have to go with: 1,2,4,6,8,10! (Apparently I’m all about the even numbers!)

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  36. avatar Emily reply

    I can’t help but love 1,2,4,5,6,10

  37. avatar Sarah Tippins reply

    Please use #7 and #1!

  38. avatar Lauren reply

    1, 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 get my votes! But honestly, this is like picking a favorite pup from a litter… I just want them all!

  39. avatar Coretta’s Elegant Events reply

    Number 5! The lovely bridesmaids and bride. Partly because I remember reading that they weren’t professional models and they look so real, partly because every wedding party should look so awesome and lastly because of the FAB triple strand turquoise Stella & Dot necklace on the left maid that I have and love.

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