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I have a sneaking suspicion that a handful of these images from our Generations Past editorial are some of our most-pinned ever…and I don’t blame anyone, because heavens, they sure are gorgeous! A truly phenomenal team brought all of the magic to life beneath the shade of Spanish moss three years ago for V6, with the help of exquisite, hand-painted details, a seriously stunning blush tulle gown, family heirlooms nestled into every corner, and some of the prettiest blooms I’ve ever seen. I don’t think we’ll ever grow tired of this shoot, and we sure hope you don’t either! You can also still see it in print, too–just pick up a copy of V6 in the Southern Weddings Shop.

Photographers: Katie Stoops and Adam Barnes | Videographer: Naz Films | Styling: Ashley Baber Weddings | Venue: Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Academy | Florals: Amy Osaba | Choir: Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir | Stationery: Momental Designs | Cake: La Bella Torta | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | Jewelry: Erin McDermott | Bridal Headpiece: Lo Boheme | Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra via Rent the Runway | Bridesmaid Dresses: Erin Fetherston via Rent the Runway | Grandmother and Mother’s Attire: Nordstrom | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bow Tie: High Cotton Ties | Hair Stylist: Jordan Purtee Reddick | Makeup Artist: Jules De Jesus Fritz, assisted by Jessica Mack | Cuff Links: Megan Cash

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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    We all know I’m a classic wedding kind of girl; I love big pink blooms and puffy dresses (yes, I even wore a tiara at my own wedding!) But, y’all! Completely juxtaposed with what I traditional fawn over, there is something so lovely about Morgan and Coty’s wedding day that I am obsessed with! I’m pretty sure it’s their exuberant joy, but the handmade details, including the campfire log benches-turned-ceremony pews has a little something to do with it too! When Morgan told us about their guests singing “You Are My Sunshine” as they danced in dripping wet wedding day clothes after the rainstorm, my heart jumped right out of my chest!

    I’m sure we can all agree that big hug are in order for Michael + Carina for sharing this sweet day with us!

    How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Coty saw me on my first day of high school as I strolled out onto the floor in my cheerleading outfit during a pep rally. Our eight-year dating anniversary actually fell three days after our wedding!

    I made my bouquet the day before the wedding. I recommend that all brides go to a flower market so you can actually see what a bloom looks like in person, rather than just in a catalog. I knew I wanted a pastel color palette, since there weren’t any set colors for our wedding, and the David Austin roses were perfect for the romantic look I wanted to achieve. The flower market was out of dahlias, so I chose white football mums for a similar texture. Ranunculus and the sweet feverfew added the perfect touch of fun and wild. I finished the bouquet with ripped strands of white fabric.

    We have been camping and kayaking at Shortbranch Farms since we were teenagers. For the past several years, we have loved to sit by the river and dream about what we each would do if we were to ever decorate it for our wedding. The owners are family friends, and it was such a blessing that they allowed us to get married on the land where we have so many memories!

    Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I am in love with our ceremony benches. I looked and looked for something I thought was appropriate, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing for the simple ceremony we desired. I didn’t want aisle or alter decorations, so I needed something that would speak for itself. The owners of the farm had small log benches around their campfire at their cabin, so we asked him if he could create something similar to seat 130-140 people! They came out perfectly!

    What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We are from Kentucky and we love our state! We had to include some Kentucky bourbon in our day, so Coty buried the bottle in his grandfather’s old ammo box, and he and his groomsmen dug it out the morning of the wedding for a toast. I have to say–it unfortunately didn’t keep away bad weather!

    We live in a very rural area in the middle of the nowhere, Kentucky. We are an hour from a (small) mall and thirty minutes from the nearest grocery. One of our biggest challenges was finding vendors that offered what we loved in our tiny area. We ended up doing a lot of items ourselves–stationery, flowers, decor–and a lot of driving and ordering to get other items.

    After the rain came, everyone grabbed a pie and ran to the covered bridge. Coty and I cut a soggy pie with our hands and fed it to one another. Everyone then sang “You Are My Sunshine” as we danced in our dripping wedding clothes. It was like being in a scene from a romantic movie.

    Tell us all about the proposal! We met the amazing Alicia of Aesthetiica Photography in the woods for a frosty winter session in the middle of December. Coty and Alicia had brainstormed for weeks before and planned a secret cue for when he should pop the question. We cuddled up in the blanket for a few photos in the perfect light, and the photographer told me to throw the blanket off to the side. When I turned back around, Coty was on his knee!
    When did y’all get married? August 23, 2014
    How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 130
    Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did, but believe it or not, our vows were in Coty’s pocket during the rain, and both papers were smudged beyond recognition. Make sure your wedding vows are backed up somewhere so you can read them in fifty years!
    Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose to have a banjo player for the ceremony–we love listening to modern bluegrass music and it is such a big part of our state’s history. He began playing slowly as everyone entered the ceremony, and for our exit, he played a fast tune in a manner Coty calls “pickin’ and grinnin’.”
    If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? Less than $10,000
    Is there anything else you’d like to share about your wedding? I didn’t look at the weather on the morning of the wedding–whatever happened was going to happen, and there wasn’t any amount of worrying that could change it. It started out in the mid-nineties, but I was just beaming from ear to ear that it wasn’t raining. At our reception, as we made our way to cut our pie, the heavens opened and the rain came flooding down. Everyone ran for the covered bridge and we all stood huddled together waiting for the rain to end. It didn’t. It rained 3.75 inches by morning. We had a blast playing in the rain, and although we wish everyone hadn’t gotten soaked–especially our sweet grandparents–we were married all the same.
    What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Our newest adventure has been getting a golden doodle puppy! We actually had a dog when we got married, and now the two of them keep us busy and entertained!

    Photographer: Michael and Carina Photography / Venue: Shortbranch Farms / Florist: Import Flowers, bouquet by the bride / Caterer: Brothers / Chairs: Brown Paper Bag of Kentucky / Band or DJ: Otis / Favors: The Succulent Source / Bride’s Gown: “9MK3576” by David’s Bridal / Hair Stylist: Riley Eskridge / Bride’s Shoes: “Jaxxon High-Back” by Gianni Bini / Groom’s Suspenders: No Slip Suspenders / Groom’s Bow Tie: Clip a Bow Tie / Groom’s Wood Wedding Band: Cool Natural Jewelry

    marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    1. avatar Lisa reply

      That bridesmaid breakfast looks like so much fun!

    2. avatar Erin | Elizabeth Anne Designs reply

      If I needed any more reasons to love Michael and Carina! This wedding is so fun and filled to the brim with the most gorgeous whimsy and perfectly rustic details. xo!

    3. avatar Michael and Carina reply

      Thank you so much for sharing one of our favorite weddings of 2014! Morgan and Coty are such a sweet couple and it makes us so happy to see their photos on here! xoxo M+C

    4. avatar Bonnie & Lauren reply

      My southern heart <3's Kentucky. Beautiful details (those watercolor invites!), and what a gorgeous, creative couple!

    5. avatar Michael and Carina reply

      Thank you for featuring our photos of this wonderful couple! <3 xoxo

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    7. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

      There are so many wonderful details like the groom’s red pants and suspenders and the natural stone stage. I can’t get over their invitations, though! The watercolor and customized picture is adorable.

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    We’re taking a break from our Volume 7 parade of pretty to bring you a very special Veteran’s Day feature! When Megan and Tyler were married last year, he opted to wear a black suit even though she begged him to wear his dress blues. When Megan stepped back into her gown for a bridal session, however, she convinced him to join her in his full Marine duds! The two celebrated with a private dinner on the same porch where their first look took place on their wedding day several months before.

    Big thanks to Jennefer Wilson for sharing these sweet photos, and even bigger thanks to Tyler and all of the men and women who serve our country so bravely. And thanks to all the guys and gals, like Megan, who support them!

    Venue: The Milestone in Krum, TX | Styling: Meggie Francisco | Florals: POSH Floral | Gown: Maggie Soterro | Photography: Jennefer Wilson

    emily Written with love by Emily
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    1. avatar Angie reply

      Thank you SW for featuring our Patriotic shoot! We are so thankful for our Veterans!!

    2. avatar Meggie Francisco reply

      Thank you for featuring our styled after-session! We love our military couples, and we are so thankful and proud of the contributions and sacrifices America’s military families make every day. We appreciate it that you’re honoring them on this perfect day.

    3. avatar Jennefer Wilson reply

      We couldn’t be more thrilled to have our amazing couple represent all of the incredible veterans who serve our country today. Thank you for featuring these two!!

    4. avatar Loverly reply

      What a sweet patriotic shoot- the love is just pouring out of this couple!

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