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Today, we’re sharing ten of our favorite wedding details and ten of our favorite reception sweets from the real Southern weddings we’ve featured this year! Enjoy, and may they inspire your 2018 and beyond wedding plans! :)


Emily and Kevin’s signature drink menu by Cami Monet (planning by Whitewood Events and photo by Anna Shackleford)

Emily and Josh’s open air tented reception (planning by Hannah Grogan and photo by Virgil Bunao)

Mary and Tyler’s sentimental family photo display (planning by Riverwood Mansion and photo by Cassidy Carson)

McKenzie and Andrew’s sweet monogrammed table details (planning by Design Studio South and photo by Shannon Griffin)

Louise and Christopher’s watercolor bar artwork by Simply Jessica Marie (planning by NK Productions and photo by Hunter Ryan)

Rachel and Sam’s floral chandelier (planning by McLean Events and photo by Perry Vaile)

Sarah Ann and Blake’s monogrammed wedding invitation (paper goods and planning by Rebecca Rose Events and photo by Anagram Photo)

Teresa and Jeff’s blue book backdrop (planning by Bird Dog Wedding and photo by Kristen Kilpatrick)

Cathleen and Thomas’s magnolia garland (planning by Hall & Webb Event Design and photo by Carolina Lima)

Morgan and Scott’s ranch cocktail hour (planning by DFW Events and photo by Caroline Jurgensen)


Hayley and Dillon’s berry cake by Peggy McKinney (photo by Taylor Dane)

Jennifer and Matt’s classic magnolia cake by Kathy and Company (photo by Olivia Griffin)

Kate and Damon’s bold red cake by Green Lily Bakery (photo by Sophie Epton)

Kristina and Kevin’s dessert display (photo by Erin Wilson)

Rachel and Cory’s donut tower (photo by Cassidy Carson)

Sarah Ann and Blake’s berry cobbler (photo by Anagram Photo)

Stephanie and Rob’s wreath-bedecked cake by The Cupcake Shoppe (photo by Ally & Bobby)

Laura and Callum’s sweet gold foil cake by Whisk Bakery (photo by Leighanne Herr)

Allison and Mike’s sweets table by Izzabee’s (photo by Landon Jacob)

Louise and Chris’s classic pastel cake by Cakes by Ron (photo by Hunter Ryan)

Anna Shackleford, McLean Events, Anagram Photo, Rebecca Rose Events, Kristen Kilpatrick, Ally & Bobby

emily Written with love by Emily

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Warm, spring weather means a few things: bright dresses, mason jars overflowing with sweet tea, and, of course, weddings. If you’re in the process of planning yours, we’re tickled pink to introduce you to Beau-coup, a new-to-us source of favors, supplies, decorations, and gifts! We especially enjoyed perusing their charming new spring wedding collections, inspired by garden, fairytale, glam, and tropical themes. From personalized candles to stamped leather flasks, they certainly have your hospitality needs covered!

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It’s no secret that Southerners love a good get-together, and there are many more opportunities than simply the wedding to show your loved ones hospitality and care. With the help of Beau-coup, not only will your wedding be equipped with unique favors, gifts, and decorations, but your engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties will be, too! They offer so many ways to show your guests that you’re delighted to be celebrating alongside them–from your engagement party, right through to your wedding day.


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Hi belles! Our friend and former Southern Weddings intern Jessica Clinch is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Jessica will be blogging for us once a month until her wedding this May. In case you missed her introductory post, be sure to check it out here! — Lisa

One of the things Zack and I were most looking forward to during our planning process was our wedding cake tasting! After looking through the various cake designers in the Knoxville area, we are excited to say that Art of Cakes will be designing our wedding cake. We recently had our cake tasting, and it was a really fun (and delicious!) morning!

While the tasting itself was such a blast, I did need to gather some inspiration and create a design vision before we stepped foot into the bakery. Buttercream or fondant? Classic or modern? Three-tier or two-tier? I had a few different ideas in mind that were all fairly different from one another, and I was torn! Here’s a look at some of my inspiration:

Artistic-Inspired: Since I am a watercolor artist and love surrounding myself with vibrant colors and beautiful textures, I thought it might be fun to incorporate some of these details into our cake! I remember being in such awe of painted cakes the first time I saw one. The creativity and artistry put into the intricate designs is something I greatly appreciate–some of these cakes are almost too pretty to eat!

Top: Catherine Guidry via Style Me Pretty, Peaches & Mint via Wedding Sparrow; bottom: Elizabeth Fogarty via Style Me Pretty

White: A big part of me also desires a classic, white wedding cake! I love how traditional they look, and know this style of cake would be one I would still appreciate when I look at pictures years down the road. However, if I choose a white wedding cake, I would still like to add a touch of modern style to it, either through a unique hexagonal shape, minimalist flowers, or a two-tier design.

KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Kayla Barker via Style Me Pretty

Colored: I have started to notice a trend with colored wedding cakes lately. While I am not normally one to follow trends, I do adore this look! It is a great compromise between the ultra modern, artistic cakes and the traditional white wedding cakes. Having a colored wedding cake would also be a beautiful way to incorporate one of our softer wedding colors, like a dove gray or blush! The brushed gold details on these cakes also make me swoon, and are a great way to include a subtler hint of artistry.

Top: Paula O’Hara via Style Me Pretty, Kerinsa Marie via Style Me Pretty; bottom: ModWedding, Lauren Gabrielle via Style Me Pretty

Throughout the inspiration gathering process, I realized a few things about my preferences that I never would have thought about before starting my search. I quickly learned that I gravitate more toward the two-tier style, regardless of the overall cake design. As well as our two-tiered cake, we will have a sheet cake in the kitchen using one of our cake flavors, so we will have plenty for our guests to enjoy!

I also realized that all of the cake designs I am attracted to require fondant. There is such a stigma against fondant, but Art of Cakes promised us that theirs has a light, marshmallow texture and a sweet flavor–nothing like the fondant of my parents’ time! We also decided on one classic and one unique flavor that we hope our guests will love! Hint: one of the flavors is pink in color, so we will get to cut into a pink cake!! I am so excited about how that will look in pictures!

Overall, this process was so much fun! We are still finalizing our cake design, but I have a feeling I know which one we will choose! Zack loves the design, and said he was shocked at my choice! That being said, do y’all have any guesses as to which we will choose?

Friends, I’d love to know: what style of cake design did you have at your wedding, or do you plan to have at your upcoming reception? What influenced your wedding cake style and helped you to make your decision?

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Anita reply

    So pretty and such a stunning decoration

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