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Today is the day, friends!! Southern Weddings Volume 9 is available on newsstands around the South, and we are giddy thinking of y’all flipping through our pages — our heart on paper. Whether you’re curled up on your sofa or cozied in at a coffee shop to ooh and ahh, dog-ear and drink in, know that we are as excited for you as we are for this debut! We hope the practical and pretty we packed into this issue will encourage and equip you to live out your very own love story.

And speaking of love stories: we couldn’t have picked a better one to inspire our cover than Allie and Noah’s. The illustrated manor house on the invitation, the Spanish moss setting, the jewelry made from family heirlooms, the slightly-vintage bridesmaid dresses, the nod to Allie’s love of painting… it all combines for a joyful ode to Lowcountry style and lifelong commitment. We hope you love it.

Thank you so much to Blue Ribbon Vendor Davy Whitener for capturing these dreamy photos!

Lydia found the perfect shade of haint blue for our invitation suite – a nod to Lowcountry porch ceilings like the one on Allie’s dream house.

I mean, y’all. Dying over that dress, that bouquet (!!!), her radiant smile!

Isn’t our bride’s silver bracelet gorgeous? Gabrielle Jewelry creates their designs with a lost wax casting process, which incorporates textile patterns (like, for example, the lace from your Mama’s wedding dress) into metal. So cool!

Burying the bourbon worked like a charm for us – we had a cool 80 degree day in Hilton Head in June, which was more than we were hoping for!

Elaine worked throughout our shoot day to create the most beautiful painting of our ceremony spot. It was so neat to watch it come together!

Thrive Catering designed an innovative, beautiful, and delicious menu of updated Southern favorites, like two-tone pimiento cheese, fried deviled eggs, and deconstructed shrimp and grits. Yum!

One of my personal favorite details from this editorial is the signage at our sweet tea station – Lydia penned it on a vintage serving tray!

Such a sweet way to honor the marriages that have come before yours: assemble a board of your parents and grandparents advice beforehand, then, if you like, ask guests to add their own two cents during cocktail hour!

For a refreshing nod to the ’50s, Thrive Catering suggested vintage rootbeer floats as our “groom’s cake.” Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and choose a sweet you know your beau will love!

Order your copy now of Southern Weddings Volume 9 in the Southern Weddings Shop!

Photographer: Davy Whitener | Planner and stylist: Molly McKinley Designs | Film processing: Richard Photo Lab | Venue: Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation | Floral design: August Event Design | Hair and makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman | Cake: Minette Rushing | Caterer: Thrive Catering | Paper goods: Lydia Whitener | Furniture rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals | Lounge area: Ooh! Events | Tabletop rentals: Southern Vintage | Live painting: Elaine Burge of Gregg Irby Gallery | Taper candles: Creative Candles | China: Peacock Alley | Sweet tea spoons: Milk & Honey | Table runner and ribbon: Nettle Textiles | Linens: I Do Linens | Bride’s gown: “Lainee” by Christos | Bride’s veil: Tessa Kim | Jewelry: Gabrielle Jewelry | Bridesmaid dresses: Paper Crown | Seersucker pants: Bonobos | Bow ties: Southern Weddings for High Cotton Ties

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Bumby reply

    I LOVE IT!!! I see a familiar face in there too I know around the group table. Cannot wait to get my copy!!!!

  2. avatar Rhiannon reply

    So so beautiful! Well done, SW and team!

  3. avatar Amy reply

    Beautiful bride, totally radiant, I can feel the love. Best wishes to all from Amy of https://poemstogo.tv!

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It’s hard for any of us at Southern Weddings to answer the question of what exactly we love so much about the South, namely because there is so much of it to love. We love our deeply-held traditions. The focus on family and creating a legacy over anything else. Our historic cities, our rolling hills, our beautiful beaches, our Spanish moss-covered trees. We love the books and movies that our mommas introduced us to, the recipes that are handed down to us through generations, and the strong-as-oak marriages that we get to learn from. In our new column Life and Love in the South, we’ll be sharing snippets of these things–culture, places, people, epic love stories–that inspire us daily and make us thank our lucky stars for this place we call home. We hope they transport you back home, too!

Meg + Jeremy by Melissa Schollaert

“And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent the summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you, forever.”

— from The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    As a New England girl (much like Emily) who desires to move to the South, I’m especially excited for this new column!

  2. avatar Christina L. Frederick reply

    What a wonderful column! I can’t wait to read each and every post! xo

  3. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    I love this new feature! Spanish moss + a sweet quote from The Notebook is quintessentially Southern – perfect!!

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Let me start by saying that I spent last Saturday night in watching this movie and bawling my face off! There is just something so incredibly romantic about Allie and Noah’s love story that just causes me to immediately reach for my hankie!

In my humble opinion, The Notebook is one of the best Southern romance movies of our generation (yep, I just went there!). Style-wise, well don’t even get me started. Allie is sophisticated, yet fun and her accessories are so perfectly classic Southern I would die to raid this prop closet! And Noah… that driving cap, the shaggy mop, the sweet Southern drawl … need I say more?

All images by New Line Cinema c/o IMDB.

Since there wasn’t actually a wedding shown in The Notebook, we’ve decided to pull a few of our favorite key elements to discuss. First up, the blusher veil. If you remember that fateful scene where Allie is trying on the gorgeous wedding dress she plans to wear to marry dear, sweet Lon you’ll notice her great long cathedral length veil and blusher. We’re sure that she wore a similar classic style to her wedding to Noah!

Image credit from top to bottom: Elizabeth Messina via Snippet & Ink, Sean Flanigan, Erin Hearts Court via Snippet & Ink and Stephen Seebeck.


In the movie, Noah was very rarely seen without his driving cap. These caps, also known as the flat cap, were originally made of wool or tweed and worn for warmth, but in the 1920’s this hat became a fashionable “street” look for working class young men. I think this adorable little guy below looks more sweet than street in his cap and bow tie combo!

Image credit from top to bottom and left to right: Blushing Bride Studio, Jose Villa and Kristin Vining .

I’m a huge fan of our next item – I think that classic white gloves never go out of style! I think you’d agree with me that Allie would have worn lovely pair to her wedding to Noah. These stylish brides below are proof that white gloves aren’t just for Deb Balls anymore.

Image credit from top to bottom: Angi Welsch, Michele M. Waite, Dixie Pixel and Heather Waraksa via Ruffled.

Last, but most certainly not least we have the rowboat scene! Who could forget this scene? Romantic, relaxing and just plain gorgeous. Feast your eyes on these beauties below, then grab your beau and make plans to enjoy this sweet past time under some giant gorgeous oak trees and sunshine (or rain)!

Image credit from top to bottom: A Byran Photo (see more of this sweet Southern adventure here), Mastin Studio via Green Wedding Shoes, Matt Shumate, next two beauties Sheena Jibson via Ruffled and Wai Reyes.

What’s your favorite Southern movie? Leave a comment or send me an email on which Southern movie you’d like us to do next.

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Larry Hammack reply

    I agree wholeheartedly about “The Notebook”…. one of the best movies and of course, great inspiration for weddings here in the south.. no other place is as pretty.

  2. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh goodness!! I completely second your statement of it being one of the greatest Southern romance films of our generation… such an incredible movie! And the style is just AMAZING. Love love love this post!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Yay!! Been waiting for this one! Love everything you picked, and I would add a big flower in the bride’s hair (maybe switch out the veil during the reception), and red lipstick :)

  4. avatar Lesley Anne reply

    Loved this post! But you can’t forget about the invites! I have to point you to this Allie + Noah invitation suite I stumbled upon on The Future Mrs. Darcy: http://www.thefuturemrsdarcy.com/invitation/allie-noah/. Adorable right?!

  5. avatar Jennifer reply

    Great post Marissa! I love that movie too!

  6. avatar Stephanie reply

    Great job on this piece I have enjoyed it. The Notebook is also my all time favorite movie! This is what I imagine my dream wedding looking like. If you have any other websites or any ideas for putting together a big Southern wedding I would greatly appreciate it!

  7. avatar Allie reply

    Oh wow, I almost squealed when I clicked on the “SWM” favorites icon on on my browser (at work no less!) and this post popped up. This is by far one of my favorite movies of all time and I so wish we could see how they styled Allie as a bride. I imagine her dress would be very Grace Kelly though. Marissa, you totally nailed it with the veil with the blusher and the white gloves. So classy :)

    • avatar Marissa reply

      I would have loved to see Allie + Noah’s wedding as well! I’m sure she would have been stunning! I’m so happy you loved the feature! xo, Marissa

  8. avatar madelynne miller reply

    This is SO sweet and beautiful – what a GREAT idea for an inspiration shoot – you should expand further!!

  9. avatar Kristina reply

    Marissa! I’m soooo glad that you chose THE NOTEBOOK! I adore this film, and the style lent itself beautifully to this spread. I’ve been waiting for this one. Great work! Another reason I love SW!

  10. avatar Marielle Williams reply

    Wow! I should have sent you my Engagement PIctures by now! Fits this perfect…of course its my favorite movie ever!

  11. avatar Shannon reply

    Oh my goodness. This makes me want to have our e-pics done in a canoe in Biloxi Bay. I’m just imagining the moss-covered oaks as a backdrop. *sigh*

    On a side note: My fiance is a restaurant manager. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams came to our city a few years back. (Not sure why.) When they showed up at his restaurant, all of the servers were starstruck and freaked out. So he was the one that took care of them. LOL!

    I envy him for that. ;-p

  12. avatar Megan reply

    How about the classic Gone With The Wind? Scarlett O’Hara’s glamorous (and sometimes audacious) fashions would be a blast to try adapting for the modern Southern bride. Not to mention her gallant leading man, Captain Rhett Butler!

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