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Welcome back to part two of our Paper, Cotton, and Flour love fest! I thought it might be fun to present the shoot with its three materials separated out, so you can see a little more of the concept behind the shoot. Let’s start with paper! (But don’t forget to see ALL the gorgeous images from Joey + Jessica in the gallery!)

Bella Figura provided all of the invitations for this shoot, and they couldn’t have been a better pick, seeing as all of their designs are printed on 100% tree-free cotton paper. You can read a bit more about Bella’s eco commitments here.

We also had a favor for each element, and for paper, we chose a mini kraft paper bag tied off with a blue satin bow. The possibilities are endless for what to include inside!

This BHLDN dress, with its intricate rickrack, pleating, and trim, was perfectly evocative of folded paper details. Jennifer’s neatly braided updo echoed the dress lines nicely, don’t you think? We also loved the “paper” cake, with its sharply-punched eyelet pattern.

Ready for the piece de resistance of the paper set? That would be the masterful bouquet crafted by Jenny of The Crimson Poppy. It’s almost too good to believe, right? Yes, all of those gorgeous blooms are individually crafted from paper. Love this bouquet? Hold tight, because you’ll have a chance to win one in just a bit!

Lastly, we couldn’t resist setting our paper address against some fluffy paper poms, courtesy of Pom Love.

Moving on to cotton! First, of course, is the showstopper of the piece, and perhaps the entire magazine: the striped cotton gown from Ian Stuart.

Our favor for cotton was a sweet little cloth drawstring bag filled with pecans. We chose a patterned one, but love the simple muslin bags from here, too.

Jennifer of Ambrosia Cake Creations draped the cotton cake with a trail of spun sugar.

The minute I saw the pompom shoe clips from BHLDN, I knew they’d be perfect for this shoot — don’t they remind you of cotton bolls? And I think every bride should have a cotton boll garland decking her and her groom’s reception chairs.

Finally, we have flour! Obviously the location played into this element — we were shooting at a working cotton mill in North Carolina. The ruffled wedding gown from Vera Wang fit right in.

For our “flour” favor, biscuits were an easy choice! We wrapped these babies from Bojangles in waxed paper and tied them off with cotton twine.

Last but not least, we have the beautiful flour cake – my favorite of the trio. The coconut dusting was just perfect!

The talented vendors who made this shoot happen:

Photography: Joey + Jessica of Veil and Bow // Film processing: Richard Photo Lab // Paper florals: The Crimson Poppy // Natural florals: Floral Visions // Hair and makeup: Jennifer Ericksen // Pale blue stripe wedding gown: “Libertine” by Ian Stuart // Long ivory gown: “Fern” by Vera Wang // Short gown: “Fondant Tea Dress” by BHLDN // Pompom shoe clips: BHLDN // Paper poms: PomLove // Stationery: Bella Figura // Cotton bolls: The Cotton Man // Cakes: Ambrosia Cake Creations // Model: Directions USA

P.S. Love Joey + Jessica as much as we do? Check out their past SW features:
A lovely Charleston garden wedding
A pink and orange South Carolina wedding
A classic Biltmore wedding
The V3 cover shoot

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Alison reply

    Love it! It is all beyond delish and my heart is fluttering! I love that you used The Cotton Man for your cotton source. They provided the cotton for our wedding in September and we were very pleased. Beautiful!!

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  3. avatar amanda noel reply

    I LOVE this shoot! I am having a paper flower bouquet at my wedding as well as a variety of other paper decorations and the “paper cake” just gave me another brilliant decorating idea. THANK YOU!

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  10. avatar Brit reply

    I am so in love with that Ian stuart wedding dress (the one that is in blue seer sucker) and I am dying to get my hands on that cotton dress just in white!! Does anyone know where to find it!!!! It is beyond a perfect fit for my dream southern wedding!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Brit! I’m so glad you love the Ian Stuart dress! I would recommend getting in touch with Ian Stuart directly, and I’m sure they can help you locate a salon. Best of luck, and be sure to send us a photo if you’re able to track it down!

  11. avatar Misty reply

    My Daughter is dying to get her hands on the Blue & White dress for her wedding in June!
    We are running out of time and not certain it will arrive in time if we have to order it.
    Did this dress come to you directly from Ian Stuart or did you use it from a Bridal Boutique? Thought maybe if you borrowed it from somewhere locally they might still have it in stock. I have only been able to track down the “honey” color one in Atlanta….any suggestions?

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    Thank you!

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Today is ALL about the Paper, Cotton, and Flour shoot from Southern Weddings V4 (which makes me really, really happy, because the PCF shoot is one of my very favorites from this issue!). We’re going to try something a little different, though, for this day-long extravaganza. First, we’ll show you the FUN behind-the-scenes video Inkspot Crow filmed for us, then we’ll share the final images from the shoot, and finally we’ll have an amazing giveaway featuring one of the fabulous details from the spread! Sound good? Let’s go!

MacKenzie + Philip are the husband and wife duo behind Inkspot Crow Films, and we had such a blast filming this behind-the-scenes peek way back on a hot, hot, hot North Carolina summer day. Things you should make sure to notice in their film?

1. Joey + Jessica are amazing, and wore outfits that matched the shoot’s color scheme.
2. I concentrate really hard when I arrange invitations, while Whitney appears to have a grand old time fluffing paper poms.
3. The flour mill really was DUSTY.


We’ll be back with the final images soon! In the meantime, you can check out more of Inkspot Crow’s work on their blog and website, and be sure to check out their past SW feature right here!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Erin McLean reply

    Love this!! Great work all!

  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    I have been wanting to see this video ever since you did this shoot. It did not disappoint! The details and behind-the-scenes look definitely help me appreciate the beautiful images you created, J+J. Loved every second – Great job again Mackenzie and Philip!

  3. avatar Ilana reply

    I ADORE that first dress in the video. When I opened my V4 issue to that page, my heart almost stopped. I would wear that dress any day of the week if I had the opportunity! Love to see all the creativity going on in the shoot. Y’all rocked it’s socks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      We feel the same way, Ilana! I think it’s safe to say that dress is collectively one of our office’s favorite things about V4 :)

  4. avatar William Travis Jewelry reply

    This is such a great video- y’all chose such a great song.
    Love the bouquet wrap!

  5. avatar sarah der reply

    Love this video and shoot! Such a talented group of people!

  6. avatar the crimson poppy reply

    This issue was seriously inspiring, and the editorial was my favorite. I *love* how you managed to get the soft, subtle palette to provide so much color and elegance!

    Very, very cool to see how everything comes together for the shoot – always wondered about that sort of thing! – and delighted to have been a part of it. Can’t wait to see the rest of today’s southern goodness!

  7. avatar Graham Terhune reply

    I kept waiting for a flour fight! :) Great video Ink Spot and awesome shoot ladies.

  8. avatar Sierra reply

    MacKenzie + Philip are great! Loved getting to meet and work with them.

  9. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    What a fun behind the scenes video!

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Hiya! Welcome back to my wedding planning posts :) Today, I would LOVE to introduce you to our photographer — can you tell I’m excited??

Let me begin by saying that I know everyone has different priorities when it comes to planning a wedding, and I know that photography is not at the top of everyone’s list — but it definitely was for us. There are a few reasons for this — most importantly, that the photos are what we will cherish long after almost everything else has been eaten, sold, thrown out, packed up, or forgotten (kind of sad, but true). But the photos? The really good ones? Those will bring us back to that day years and years in the future.

Oh yes, and wedding photography is also my job. I stare at it all day long. Unsurprisingly, I have both strong opinions about it and high standards for it.

With that being said, there were a few things we were looking for in our photographer. They were, in no particular order:

1. Someone who shoots film.
2. Someone who has a great personality.
3. Someone who effortlessly directs their subjects and has a knack for natural posing.

I love SO many photographers, and there wasn’t just one that I HAD to have (there are certainly many who fit the above criteria). I would have been ecstatic to work with a number of photographers, and before I introduce you to our final pick, I wanted to spend a minute on these others, in the hopes that one of them might be right for one of you.

I adore Joey + Jessica. I really, really do. Having worked with them through Southern Weddings, I know that they are so fun and easy going. Plus, I love the ease with which they direct their subjects (probably from all of their commercial experience).

I haven’t met Jonathan Canlas in person, but I would really like to — he seems like such a fun person to be around, and I know his enthusiasm would be infectious on a wedding day. Plus, he turns out some of the most amazing family and large-group portraits I’ve ever seen.

I adore Lisa Lefkowitz’s work. I think her color images have the most beautiful quality to them, and everything she produces reflects such a high level of taste and a classic aesthetic. She also seems like she would be a warm, calming process on the day of a wedding.

Believe me, I could go on, and on, and on, but I think I’ll leave it at that for today!

Now, John and I actually made our choice a few weeks ago, and a few days after that, I asked y’all to guess on Twitter who we chose. The only hint I gave was that our photographer was a female. I had the best time looking through all of your guesses! In no particular order, you guessed: Jasmine Star, Kate Headley, Rae Leytham, Jen Huang, Nancy Ray, Elizabeth Messina, Meredith Perdue, Melissa Schollaert, Jenna Cole, Amy Rae, Katie Stoops, Meg Perotti, Kellie Kano, and Millie Holloman. What a WONDERFUL group of ladies and photographers!

In the end, though, no one guessed our choice. I am so pleased and excited to say that none other than Tanja Lippert will be photographing our wedding!! I have loved Tanja’s work for a loooooong time — ever since I saw this wedding in 2008, in fact. From what I’ve seen, she does an amazing job effortlessly posing single subjects and large groups. She also seems like she’ll be a blast to be around on our wedding day — just check out this video for evidence :) She has a strong commercial background, which gives her a matchless editorial eye. She has a huge heart, which is evident in how much love and emotion comes through in her images. And, of course, she shoots film, which gives her work the most beautiful color and quality.

But enough words from me! I’ll let Tanja’s images do the talking:

Elegant, fun, emotional, light-hearted, editorial, candid, classic, joyful — her photographs really run the gamut, don’t they?

Seeing all of those images together makes me even more excited, but you know what the best part about hiring Tanja has been? She is SO EXCITED about shooting our wedding. And while I know she just loves her job in general, and gets excited about every wedding she shoots, I think it also helps that she knows that I am SO EXCITED she’ll be shooting our wedding. It’s been my experience that vendors can tell when you love what they do and are thrilled to get to work with them — and those seem to be the conditions under which they produce their finest work. Something to keep in mind when interacting with the people who will be a part of your big day!

So tell me: What do you think? Do you love Tanja as much as I do? :) Who will be photographing your wedding?

P.S. In case you missed a post:
The main characters
Where we’re getting married
Something for the bride to wear

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Calle reply

    Emily! When I first read your three top qualities you wanted in a photographer I immediately thought Tanja Lippert!! She is my all time favorite as well!! I look at her blog daily hoping she has posted new photos!! I cant wait to see the magical pictures she takes on you day! When the day comes for me to get married she will be my photographer as well! I may have a Tanja Lippert savings account!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Calle! I’m so glad you are an uber Tanja fan as well!! Also, your Tanja Lippert savings account cracks me up… I may have not named mine so explicitly, but one of the reasons I started saving for my wedding EARLY was because I knew I was going to want an amazing photographer!!

  2. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    I love Tanja’s work! There’s a very good chance I might have discovered her through Peach & Pearl, actually! I’m so happy that you found someone who makes you giddy with excitement!

  3. avatar Laura reply

    GREAT choice! I was introduced to Tanja’s work through her guest appearance on [Framed] Show, and she seems to be a person who is every bit as amazing as the work she produces!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thank you so much, Laura! We had actually already decided to go with Tanja before I saw her episode of [Framed], but I got even more excited after I watched it. It was so cool to see, in a true wedding situation, how she interacts with her couples!

  4. avatar Brittany R reply

    Yay! Booking a great photographer was high on my list–in importance and things to do first. We are SO so excited to have booked the fabulous Nancy Ray as of yesterday! My head is swimming with ideas, and I know she will do a wonderful job. Congrats on choosing your photog!

    • avatar Emily reply

      How exciting, Brittany!! Nancy is one of my bestest friends in NC, and I know you will love working with her!

  5. avatar Courtney K reply

    Her work is beautiful! What a perfect choice. You two will treasure her work for years to come! Enjoy all of the planning!!

  6. avatar Andrew reply

    Hi Emily! Congrats! I saw Tanja facebook about this and i came over to see your post. So happy you chose tanja! She’s a good friend and i know she will do an amazing job for you! Do you remember this post from 2008? You guys featured Tanja and me way back when; this was the first time i worked with Tanja!

    congrats again!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Andrew! Those posts were actually before my time at SW, but I loved going back and revisiting them! :) Thanks so much for chiming in!

  7. avatar Maria Hibbs reply

    She would be my choice as well :)

  8. avatar Emily Anderson reply

    SUCH a good choice!! She shot our wedding in 2009 ( and did a PERFECT job! We treasure our photos so much. She and Tia are hilarious and really help you relax and look your best. So excited for you guys!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! SO glad to hear you loved working with Tanja! And I couldn’t help but check out your wedding — so beautiful!!

  9. avatar Carly reply

    I’ve attending two of Tanja & Tia’s workshops and they are amazing. Congratulations, brilliant choice!

  10. avatar Ashley reply

    Best choice ever! It feels like tanja is a part of the family…she shot my wedding in June and mY brother’s wedding in may 2010. I just wish I had more siblings getting married. We also booked Tia for makeup and Luke goodman for video. The three together are fantastic! Oooh I can’t wait to see your photos!

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  13. avatar Victoria reply

    Do you know where I can go to find other film photographers? I love the ones you’ve posted, but I’d always love to see more!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Victoria! I would be happy to help you out! You can find a number of amazing film photographers in our Blue Ribbon Vendor section, including Elisa B (VA), Katie Stoops (VA), and KT Merry (FL). I’m going to shoot you an email to see where you’re located to tailor my suggestions a bit more!

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