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I’m sure you all know the feeling of following the Instagram rabbit hole… you click through an ever-lengthening chain of photos and profiles until suddenly you land on something that makes you stop and say aaaaah, this must have been what I was looking for. That’s how I felt when I stumbled upon Emma’s profile. As one half of a couple who loves to travel, I was immediately impressed by the adventures Emma and her husband Wesley had under their belts while still in their twenties. Today, they’re stopping by Southern Newlywed to share a few of their best tips for couples traveling together!

Husband and wife: Wesley Teague, 29, and Emma Teague, 27
Years married: 5
Where you live: Birmingham, AL
Tell us a little bit about yourselves. Wesley is enough extrovert for the both of us. He enjoys being active outdoors and is always making new friends. Emma likes reading blogs and books, amateur gardening, and cuddling with our cat. We love binge watching TV shows, spending time with our church community and our families and, of course, traveling.

Tell us your love story in one sentence. (Wesley) While sitting next to one another in a Spanish class, Emma’s first compliment to me was, “Hey, you have nice teeth.” (What she really meant was “I love you!”), and the rest is history ;)
What is your favorite part of being married? We don’t take ourselves too seriously; we’re constantly laughing and being goofy together. Finding humor in the day to day is just one small thing we enjoy about doing life together.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding? (Wesley) It was late August in Alabama; the heat was like a fog sitting over the property. Twenty minutes before the ceremony, it started to rain. We were minutes from moving everything inside a covered barn, but the rain retreated and gave us a beautiful background on which we could start our life together. During our ceremony, we planned to remove each other’s shoes as a symbol of the sacred covenant we were making with the Lord (and we were married on a farm, so it was quite fitting). As previously stated, it was warm outside and when Emma tried to delicately remove my shoes, they were stuck to my feet because sweat and leather don’t mix well. Haha! I eventually had to help out and it was just a beautiful and funny reminder that we’d always be working and fumbling through this adventure together.

Before getting married, I wish someone had told me… how it feels like we’re constantly doing laundry. We’re always cleaning out our closet in hopes that it will lighten the load.
Tell us about your favorite vacation you’ve ever been on. That’s such a tough question. The experiences are always different and we like certain places for certain reasons. We lived in Spain for our first year of marriage and that was like an extended honeymoon. It’s our favorite for sentimental reasons. Last year, we took a road trip down Hwy 1 and the scenery was amazing – something beautiful around every corner. We ended up in Palm Springs/Joshua Tree where we traded in our sweaters for swimsuits and fruity drinks. It was the perfect end to such an amazing road trip. It’s hard to beat that West Coast. We’re headed to Iceland in a few weeks and I’m pretty sure it’s going to give our other trips a run for their money.

Favorite city: Amsterdam
Favorite way to travel: By train
Do you have any tips for saving money while planning travel or while traveling? We usually have a budget in mind before we go anywhere. We pick a place and then make that trip fit the budget. We use AirBnB and Priceline a lot! We’ve bid and won so many great deals when we travel. Sometimes we stay in “cheaper” accommodations so we can splurge one or two nights of our trip. Also, we make our own food a good bit. That will save you $10-$20 per meal. Road trips usually consist of a lot of PB&J. Also, we don’t pay for tours very often. A friend of ours recommended we use Rick Steve’s FREE audio guides. It’s just one of the many great resources you can use as a self-guide when seeing a city.

How does travel fit into your life? Do you have to make any sacrifices to travel like you do? If so, what? We’re so thankful that we get to travel for work. We often tag on an extra day or two if we’re shooting in a place we’ve never been before. As far as sacrifices are concerned, we’re pretty frugal and we’re always saving for our next trip. We prefer experiences to material things most of the time.

The close proximity and unknowns of long trips can sometimes be stressful. Do you have any tips for a husband and wife traveling together? We’ll preface this question with the fact that we spend 98% of our time together because we both work (and live) at home. We like to think our communication has a slight advantage on the average relationship simply because we have a lot of practice. Haha!

We love this question because anything can happen on a trip. Wrong turns, missed flights, layovers, language barriers, other humans, appendicitis (on our honeymoon) and my pride… the list goes on. One time Emma and I lost each other for 20 minutes in a crowded train station in Belgium. We had no cell phones and our train was leaving. I had NO IDEA what happened to her. I freaked out – running back and forth, calling her name… it was like a scene from the movie Taken except I didn’t have to kill anyone. Turns out, she went to the restroom. Just like with marriage as a whole, forgiveness and communication is key. Don’t leave anything implied. You should apologize with no strings attached and if you need some alone time, you can do it on the plane, train, or car ride to your next awesome destination.

Any tips for those planning a honeymoon? We always say go big or go home. Do something or go somewhere neither person has experienced. If you are on the fence about anything, just do it! We promise you won’t regret it. You have this one honeymoon and the rest of your life to be frugal and save.
Why do you love to travel? To travel together? We’ve been traveling together since the beginning of our relationship. We studied abroad together in Spain and that’s where our wanderlust really began. It’s been an ongoing part of our relationship and something we truly enjoy doing together. We feel so alive when we’re out experiencing cultures and taking in new landscapes.

Favorite memory or experience while traveling: (Wesley) The last evening of a road trip through the South of France with Emma and my brother, we drove into the medieval town of Collioure. We ate crepes at 1am, roamed the city under the glow of “super moon,” tried to sleep in the car, and watched the sunrise over the water while sitting on the walls of a 1500-year-old church. Pretty surreal. (Emma) My visit to a public Hamman (bathhouse) in Marrakech is one I’ll never forget. I was invited by a middle-aged Scottish woman who happened to be staying in our hostel. After being told to strip down and wait, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into. I have an eye-opening memory of being scrubbed head to toe by a gray-haired Moroccan woman. A cultural experience that I’ll always cherish!

As photographers, we take a lot of photos and carry around a pretty big arsenal of camera gear when we travel. It’s ingrained in us to want to document each and every moment and subsequently share it with the world, but on the contrary we love the line from the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, where the photographer, Sean O’Connell shares, “If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.” We don’t have many images from the two experiences above, but they’ve changed us all the same.

Thanks so much to Emma + Wesley for coming to chat with us today! In addition to being travel bugs these two are talented wedding photographers, and all of these photos are theirs. Follow their adventures on instagram (@emmateague, @woonteague, and #travelingteagues).

emily Written with love by Emily

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Peaches are a serious favorite here in the Southern Weddings office, so it’s no surprise that we fell in love with Augusta and Jordan’s wedding! This adorable Alabama couple was married by Jordan’s former college mentor in a traditional ceremony, and enjoyed a “breakfast for dinner” dinner and reception afterwards. I love the way they celebrated the wonderful bounty of the South by asking a local farmer to bring in a few crates of peaches, which they proceeded to scatter around their venue. Combined with an abundance of peachy pink blooms and some of the prettiest desserts, the result was beautiful and oh-so-Southern–the perfect backdrop for Augusta and Jordan to begin their marriage!

Many thanks to W+E Photographie for sharing Augusta and Jordan’s special day with us!

We both attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and had many mutual friends. We became closer friends during my sophomore year/his junior year, and during that summer, I traveled to Paris for the summer with Campus Crusade. When I returned, I had no intentions to date, but Jordan asked me to come over to have dinner. We got to know each other as friends, and a couple of months later, he asked me out on an “official” date.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided not to do a “first look” because we wanted to have that moment in the chapel (and because we wanted to keep that tradition alive!). Instead, we met in the chapel, held hands around a corner and prayed together. It was nice to have a moment to ourselves, and catch up before walking down the aisle. It also worked well for pictures, because we were able to take our pictures right before sunset, and the lighting was beautiful.

My close friend, and wedding planner, who I interned under, Catherine Wayman, created the most amazing floral displays I’ve ever seen. For our bouquets/boutonnieres, she used a pale pink/peach-colored garden rose, accompanied with other peach, pink and fuchsia shades of garden roses, and lamb’s ear. The main arrangements were combinations of garden roses and peonies (both are my favorites). She mainly used coral charm peonies, and we also had various hydrangeas and succulents. The color scheme was based off of a set of stationery from Rifle Paper Co.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows, but our vows were both personal and traditional. Jordan’s mentor from college officiated, and because he knew both of us so well, he made it very personal.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our officiant read from 1 Corinthians.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose my favorite hymn, “Come Thou Fount,” for the bridal processional. We both took communion, and during this time, we chose Jordan’s favorite hymn, “Abide with Me,” to be played, which my “big sister” in my sorority sang. It gave everyone chills. The recessional was “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” which my mother walked down the aisle to on her wedding day. Our first dance was to “Be My Baby” from the movie Dirty Dancing. We both loved the song, and had never heard it at any other wedding before, so we went with it!

Isn’t Augusta’s lace gown stunning? It’s perfect for a sweet Southern bride!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We loved the peach detail of our wedding. We had a local farmer bring in some crates full of peaches, and we decided to just put them everywhere! It’s one of my favorite fruits and colors, so it worked out perfectly. Our colors were peach, coral, and a light seafoam blue/mint. When we picked up the peaches, some of them were in blue colored crates, so it seemed perfect with our theme.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. I didn’t want a very traditional wedding cake at our wedding, so we went with a smaller two-tiered wedding cake and two one-layer cakes, from the best cake shop in town, Olexa’s. Jordan’s cake was a red velvet sheet cake, decorated with a rugby player and bride on top of a rugby field. The only thing I knew I really wanted for the wedding was donuts, to go along with our “Breakfast for Dinner” theme. We got donuts from a local shop, Heavenly Donut Co., in various flavors, including my favorite, maple bacon.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It’s a tie between seeing Jordan at the end of the aisle, and driving away at the end of the night. I was so happy to finally have an alone moment with Jordan and thrilled about the events of the day, yet so sad that the day was over. It was a tender moment.

Tell us all about the proposal! Jordan moved to Indianapolis to begin working with a new company, and we had been dating long distance for a couple of months. He asked me to come visit for Labor Day weekend to celebrate our one-year anniversary. He had originally planned to propose a month later, over our university’s homecoming weekend, when both of our families would be in town, but he changed his mind. He took me to the “Canal Walk” and then to dinner to celebrate. We walked around the canals and came to a beautiful vine-covered bridge with the city in the background, and he proposed. I was completely surprised, and he even had one of our good friends (who lives in Indy) photograph the whole thing. The two of us went to dinner afterwards, and although we wanted our friends and family there, it was so nice taking the moment in, just us. I surprised my sorority with an “out-of-the-blue” white candle.
When did y’all get married? June 23, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Around 250
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. We went to a boutique in Mt. Laurel, AL, where one of our family friends is a manager. I made a day of it with my mom and three of my bridesmaids/best friends. I knew the look I wanted, and it was the second dress I tried on. I was sold!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Something borrowed was the lipstick I wore, something blue was my garter, something new was the wedding dress, something old was my grandmother’s wedding shoes, which happened to fit me perfectly.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The food was definitely Southern. We had a biscuit station, ham with grilled peaches, and bacon with brown sugar. Our friends played a game of cornhole outside, with a custom-painted corn hole set, and sipped sweet tea at picnic tables. The peaches tied everything together with a very Southern feel.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The guest list and invitations were definitely the hardest challenge to overcome. We wanted to invite so many people, but just couldn’t because of the size of our venue.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Last summer, I interned for a wedding venue in Birmingham that specialized in in-house floral design and in-house catering. I felt so blessed that Catherine, their wedding planner (and my close friend), created my bouquets and flower arrangements. Also, Corretti Catering created the most delicious buffet I’ve ever seen. Their staff is incredible, and it was a blessing seeing them all on our wedding day. Our photographers were equally amazing, and so much fun to work with. They made everything flow effortlessly, and I felt so calm working with them.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff. After interning for a wedding planner and working so diligently on our own wedding, I realized that at the end of the day, you’re getting married to your best friend, and that’s all that should matter. Also, make the day and the details look like you. You want your guests to think that every detail reflects your personality and style.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking forward to settling down in Birmingham, a city we both love. We are anxious to travel and can’t wait to begin planning our next adventure together.

Photographer: W&E Photographie | Videographer: Matt Wambles | Planner and Florist: C. Wayman Floral & Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: American Village | Wedding Cake Baker: Olexa’s | Donut Baker: Heavenly Donut Co. | Caterer: Corretti Catering | Lighting: Don Orr | Band: 3rd Generation | Bride’s Gown: Allure | Paper Products: Shannon Kirsten Illustration | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Anthropologie | Hair Stylist: Joanna Ballentine | Makeup Artist: Molly Stilley | Bride’s Shoes: Grandmother’s | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridesmaids’ choice | Groom’s Attire: Jos A. Bank | Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Bank | Groomsmen Ties: Billy Reid

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Their chapel is gorgeous! And I love all of the bridesmaids’ dresses together!

  2. avatar Amanda {Amanda Jayne Events} reply

    I love the use of peaches – real peaches! – in this wedding!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    definitely got some wedding inspiration for this perfect southern wedding!

  4. avatar Eliza reply

    Love this wedding! The colors are similar to what I’m thinking and the breakfast for dinner is great!

    Can you share where the cake topper is from? I met my fiancé while we both played rugby in college and this is a must for our wedding!

    Thank you!

  5. avatar Sarah reply

    Adorable! Love every detail! Where are those cute getting ready robes from?!?!

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    Love those robes! Did the bride make them herself or were they purchased?

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