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Happy first day of summer, belles + beaus! I’m not sure what it’s like where y’all are, but it’s forecasted to be 99 degrees in Richmond today, where we’re shooting an editorial for Southern Weddings V5! Send cool thoughts our way, pretty please?

We thought these oh-so-Southern images from Horace & Gertrude were the perfect way to kick off both the summer season AND our new Summer in the South column! We’ll be bringing you Southern summer goodness once a week for the next ten weeks – get excited! And if our posts are anywhere near as charming as these details from Blue-Eyed Yonder, I think we’re all in for a treat.

With everyone officially kicking off summer this weekend, I wanted to share with your our beautiful “Summer in the South” shoot. It’s beautiful inspiration for brides wanting to plan a darling, vintage-inspired Southern weekend with their best gals before the big day. Perhaps the perfect time to ask them to be bridesmaids or to enjoy a little time away from the stress of wedding planning? Dripping with gorgeous Southern details, such as homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, icy Coca-Colas, lemonade in mason jars, and homemade ice cream, I thought this shoot would be perfect for SWMAG readers.

We were inspired by memories of lazy summer days growing up in the South: warm afternoons filled with picnics and homemade ice cream, dipping your toes in the cool waters of a pond, loading up the car and hitting the road with your best buddies… if you close your eyes, I’m pretty sure you can hear the cicadas and smell a hint of jasmine in the air.

How cute are these gingham cone wrappers?? Way to go, Yours is the Earth!

As an extra-special treat, Artworks Wedding Cinema put together this short film from the afternoon. I’m kind of obsessed with it, actually!

Blue-Eyed Yonder is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Krista | Blue Eyed Yonder reply

    We had the best time shooting this series, from the hair, the suits, and all the fun details!Thanks so much for the feature! I’m looking forward to your other Southern Summer posts.

  2. avatar Stephanie Creekmur reply

    This is AMAZING! I could watch that video over and over again! Thanks for sharing! & I can’t wait to see more of your Southern Summer posts! :)

  3. avatar Nine Photography | Dallas Wedding Photographers reply

    most adorable summer shoot EVER! Those bathing suits are sooooooooooooo cute!

  4. avatar kathy reply

    I just LOVE this…I keep looking at the pics and video over and over….can’t you just feel the sweltering heat and the soft southern breeze blowing as you gracefully swat the gnats from your face!!!!

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    Such perfection!

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  8. avatar Eloïse reply

    I’m a french soutern belle, living down southern France in Montpellier where it’s hot and sunny! I loooved the video, full of grace, it really make me wanna join the ladies! Everything is perfect and delicate, and it is so pleasant to see women with real bodies, they are all gorgoeous!!Bravo!

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If porch-front ceremonies are becoming a “trend” in Southern weddings, then sign us up! (We’ve featured two fairly recently — check out Andrea + Tres’ here!) Lane wore a gorgeous Pronovias gown for her marriage to Dan, while her bridesmaids donned J. Crew dresses. Speaking of bridesmaids, I loved what Lane had to say about what was Southern about her wedding: read on to hear all about her incredible group of family + friends, and how they pulled off such a beautiful wedding! We’ll be back soon with more succulent goodness from Maile Lani!

How did you meet? Tell us your story. We met while both working as interns for the Santa Monica office of Gensler, a global architecture and design firm. Our summer desks were next to one another, and we quickly sparked up a friendship. Dan and I would go to a beach called El Matador every weekend that summer; it was unpopulated by anyone but locals — a romantic place by any measure!
Describe the proposal. After a long distance courtship, with Dan leaving to finish school in London, England and me returning to Baton Rouge for my final year of design school in Louisiana, we finally ended up back in Los Angeles where we would eventually start our lives together. Dan proposed at our beloved beach, El Matador, a year and half later.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Creating all of the details ourselves and bringing our families together in one place for the first time.
What was Southern about your wedding? Our guests stayed in New Orleans’ historic Hotel Monteleone, greeted with hospitality packages consisting of local goodies such as Tony’s Cajun seasoning, pecan pralines, Zapp’s potato chips and Louisiana hot sauce. As soon as I arrived back in Baton Rouge from Los Angeles, I had an amazing group of friends and family rally around me to help with the execution of all the flowers and décor for the wedding. The sense of community that existed in these days leading up to the wedding may not be strictly Southern, but that sensibility is still especially strong in the South and it was very present at this time. It reminded me of what things must have been like before people just paid to have it all done. We were married on the front lawn and porch of a plantation on the bank of the Mississippi River under oak trees draped in Spanish moss. The food offering ranged from regional staples such as fried catfish and crawfish étouffée to truly delectable Cajun treats like curried pumpkin, crawfish & corn bisque, duck with praline sauce and candies yams. The evening’s entertainment was provided by a seven-piece brass band from New Orleans. Needless to say, this led to more than one soulful second line.

Photographer: Maile Lani Photography // Venue: Houmas House Plantation // Florist: bride and friends // Wedding Cake Baker: Ambrosia // Paper Products: bride // Bride’s Dress: Pronovias // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Family heirlooms // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Marissa reply

    I’m a huge fan of porch-front ceremonies and this one is gorgeous! Love it, Emily!

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I LOVE (love love) that Ali + Matt had a theme without being too “theme-y.” Since Matt travels for work during the week, they wanted to bring a feeling of “house and home” to their whole celebration, and I think they did it in a really unique way — incorporating tea kettles and keys into their decor, hanging fabric wreaths on the door, placing family photos on the mantle, and giving each guest a napkin hand-embroidered by Ali’s Mom (yes, all 100!!). Ali herself pitched in with the paper goods — all self-designed, and printed by Mirabel Press. The Frogtown Winery was truly transformed into a home away from home, from the looks of it. The mini cake came courtesy of a dear friend, while the pie bar was baked by Razzle Dazzle Bakery. Guests took home mini jars of jam (made from wine — how appropriate!) from Emily G’s Jam of Love. And the lovely photographs that recorded this most special day? That was all Jill Thomas.

For even more details from Ali + Matt’s wedding, pick up a copy of V3!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Corinna Hoffman reply

    Oh wow, I’m in love with this wedding!! I particularly love their guestbook :) Thank you for sharing :)

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