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Like many of you, I wanted a space I could customize to my liking on my wedding day. We opted to rent a Sperry Tent for our reception, and it was the perfect (beautiful!) blank canvas! Seating guests under a tent, as we did, is an obvious wedding choice, but tents can be the perfect backdrop to almost every part of your wedding day. We’re sharing ideas for some of those lesser-known tent moments today, inspired by our friends at Sperry Tents!

Photo by Meg Runion via Southern Weddings

Let’s start at the beginning: the ceremony! Tenting your ceremony site is a wise idea in the South, given our sweltering temps and strong sun. And of course, if it happens to rain on your big day like it did for Jess and Aaron (above), you’re already covered!

Photo by Clark Brewer and planning by Ritzy Bee

As the ceremony concludes, a Sperry Tent is the perfect way to visually mark the cocktail hour as a distinct event! Ushering guests into a new environment will keep them engaged and offer an opportunity for fun decor, like the garland and sign above.

Sophie Epton Photography

If you decide against tenting your entire cocktail or reception space, tenting just a portion of it can still make a huge impact! Guests will love venturing into a smaller tent to order a drink at the bar, kick off their heels on comfy sofas, or pose in front of a photo booth.

Jen Fariello via Southern Weddings

Of course, we still love the idea of tenting your entire reception space — and we know your guests will, too. Whether you add flooring, a dance floor, custom lighting, or heaters, everyone will feel right at home in the space you’ve carefully crafted.

Nancy Ray Photography

Our last tenting opportunity falls at the end of the evening! Make like our Volume 7 couple Callie and Jamie and erect a tent just for your late-night dance party. Their guests transitioned into a Sperry Tent for dancing and late-night snacks after dining al fresco, and from the photos, it looks like that decision really helped end their celebration with a bang.

Mikos Photographers

Whenever you choose to employ a tent on your wedding day, we absolutely hope you choose a Sperry Tent to do it. The quality of a Sperry from sawmill to event site is second to none, and the end result is simply beautiful – handhewn wooden pools, snappy sailcloth, pretty corner patches, and merry pennant flags waving in the breeze above it all. All of Sperry’s design decisions prioritize craftsmanship and have a gorgeous, classic aesthetic that’s at home anywhere from a field to a beach to a manicured backyard. You simply can’t go wrong!

For more information on Sperry Tents and to find a specialist near you, head to their website! For weddings and events in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia, contact Sperry Tents Southeast directly.

This post is brought to you by Sperry Tents–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

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    The best weddings feel like experiences outside of time and set apart from normal life, where everyone has the attention, space, and energy to focus on what matters most. There are many ways you can help cultivate this atmosphere – have a strong logistics plan, budget time for moments with family members – but one of our favorites is creating an environment that feels special, and marks the occasion. I can think of no better way to accomplish this than with a Sperry Tent. (I will admit to a bias, though – I rented one for my wedding!)

    Three looks at a Sperry tent from Lauren + Rob’s wedding (photos by Jen Fariello)

    The beauty of Sperry Tents is that they are strikingly beautiful just as they are – no tent liner, no draping, no elaborate florals or lighting needed. They are elegant and classic.

    Sperry Tents are handcrafted by sailmakers in coastal Massachusetts and are made from genuine sailcloth. The wooden support poles are hand-milled at a historic 1930s sawmill. All of their design decisions prioritize craftsmanship and have a minimal, classic aesthetic that’s at home anywhere from a field to a beach to a manicured backyard. You can really feel the love that went into each one when you’re standing inside!

    Jacqueline Campbell via Southern Weddings

    And yes, those merry pennant flags come standard with every rental. I adore them!!

    If you do have a strong color scheme or elaborate decor in mind, a Sperry Tent is the perfect neutral backdrop – no clashing carpet or bad lighting to get in the way! Speaking of lighting, Sperry retailers also offer a variety of beautiful options, from cafe lights to classic fisherman-style lanterns.

    Nancy Ray via Southern Weddings

    Sperry Tents are only available through a network of licensed providers and are available for rent throughout the South. You can find out much more on their website here! I personally guarantee you will not regret your decision to go with a Sperry :)

    This post is brought to you by Sperry Tents – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

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      We don’t share too many vow renewals with y’all, but we couldn’t resist this one. A wedding, after all, is about celebrating the life you live together and the life that lies ahead of you. For Adis + Victor, the family they created and the love they’ve shared for thirty years made crafting a vow renewal look effortless and full.

      “Having our four children there to witness the love we share for one another was pretty amazing,” said Adis. She married Victor thirty years ago, after being introduced to him over the phone. Though they had never met in person, they talked every day for two years. As soon as they met, they instantly became boyfriend and girlfriend and were married just a year after. Their vow renewal, photographed by Diana Marie Photography brings to mind a dozen things I think we all hope for in our marriages, like joy, a youthful spirit, mutual admiration and a big, happy family.

      I can’t get over how beautiful this family is! I love Adis’s summery white dress, too. The hints of lace are the perfect amount for an outdoor vow renewal, no?

      Describe the proposal: It was at a restaurant and I was wearing a white dress, ironically. As he was nervously about to pop the question, he accidentally spilled his wine glass all over me. We both laughed it off and I immediately said yes.

      What do you love most about each other? (From Adis) I love how he keeps me grounded and puts things into perspective; to not sweat the small stuff. (From Victor) I love how she has such a young spirit about her and a contagious laugh.

      What have you learned over your years of marriage? Learning to compromise and choosing your battles. And learning to not have arguments but to have productive discussions.

      Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew the type of dress I wanted: something comfortable and knee length. I had a family friend make the dress so it was exactly what I wanted.
      What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Knowing that we were marrying the person we felt that we were meant to be with.
      What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your renewal? The biggest challenge was staying in budget.
      What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? We had 3 different musical acts that we splurged on. Music and dancing are very important to our family.
      What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Learn to enjoy the planning along the way and try not to get over stressed. Remember why you are having a wedding in the first place.

      nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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      1. avatar Adrienne reply

        What a wonderful couple! It’s so inspiring to see how happy they still are.

      2. avatar Dee Shore reply

        Oh this is so beautiful! I adore her dress

      3. avatar Kate Collison reply

        This is wonderful! What a joyous and official way to celebrate something so beautiful! Congratulations to the happy and long-lasting couple!

      4. avatar Orange County Wedding Photographer Diana Marie Photography | Beloved Darling | Inspiring Photography of Engagements, Vow Renewals, Anniversaries, Families, & Love That Lasts reply

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