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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

As I type these words, I still cannot believe it–I am getting married this year!! I cannot wait to walk down the aisle to Zack in four short months, and to be able to call him my husband. I am so excited that my first Jessica’s Southern Wedding post of this year is about our wedding details, because they truly show the heart behind us as a couple!

Just like Lisa so perfectly said in her wedding details blog post, while I have worked in the wedding industry for years, I did not have every little detail planned out before Zack proposed! Of course, I had a secret Pinterest board, but I was waiting to really fill it with design details that are a true reflection of our unique personality as a couple. It has been really fun going through images together and finding details we both love and that mean something to us, rather than designs that are pretty just for the sake of being pretty.

There are a few design details I want to keep a secret from our friends and family for now, but there are some that I am way too excited about that I can’t wait to share with y’all!

1. Since we are getting married outside, I want to create a gorgeous backdrop to help define our ceremony space. I have always been drawn to romantic, flowing calligraphy backdrops and have created some on watercolor scrolls in the past, but for our ceremony, I fell in love with the delicate romance of this cheesecloth-style backdrop. Since it is somewhat sheer, you will still be able to see a faint outline of the rolling mountains in the background!

I am currently envisioning three panels of the fabric to create a large backdrop, surrounded by beautiful eucalyptus leaves. I want each panel to have something different written on it. I am currently torn between calligraphing one panel with our first dance song, one with my parents’ first dance song, and one with Zack’s parents’ first dance song, or using our first dance song, one of our scripture readings, and our favorite love poem! I am really excited to keep these panels after our wedding and find a spot in our home to use them as a statement piece!

Lauren Fair via Magnolia Rouge

2. One of the design details Zack and I are really excited about is our guest book! Zack had the idea of having me create a watercolor painting of the two of us, dressed in our wedding attire, to frame and display at our wedding. We are going to keep the painting framed and showcased on my easel, and ask our guests to sign the mat for the frame. That way, we have a unique piece of art representative of our most special day, surrounded by the names of those who are most special to us!

Kristyn Hogan via Cedarwood Weddings

3. Playing games has become a really big part of our lives, from playing corn hole at tailgates, darts while we are out with friends, Scrabble at home, or cards with our families. So naturally, we want to incorporate games into our wedding day, too! I fell in love with the decorated golf cart in V8’s Fore the Love editorial, and think it would be the perfect area to prop up some lawn games signage, since we are getting married at a golf club. One of our good friends, Shelby, is going to create and paint a custom corn hole board for us (it will be University of Tennessee-themed so that we can take it with us to tailgates after our wedding!). We are also considering having a life-size Jenga game, possibly some darts (I loved this unique white dart board; it would be really fun to create!), as well as some card games to keep in the lounge area. We really hope it allows our guests plenty of opportunities to have fun during our reception, even before dancing begins!

Top: Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings, bottom: Anna Pociask via Brides, Rebekah Westover via Mod Wedding

4. Speaking of our lounge area, I am so excited about our soft seating area. One of my sweet friends, Charity of HoneyBee Events, will be providing us with a variety of couches, loveseats, and chairs to make the area as comfortable as possible for our guests. I definitely want to make sure they are well taken care of! This will be the perfect spot for our aunts, uncles, and my grandparents to sit and relax while they watch us dance–and for our little cousins to hang out and play cards. I might even be designing some custom pillows to decorate the lounge seating with!

Top: Jen Huang via Martha Stewart Weddings, bottom: Elizabeth Messina via Wedding Chicks, Jen Huang via Martha Stewart Weddings

There are many more design details that we will be incorporating, but like I said, I want to keep those a secret for now!

Friends, I’d love to know: how did you showcase your personality through your design details? I love how each wedding is different because of the unique designs!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Bethany reply

    I LOVE the little details in weddings, and these are all fantastic! I especially liked #2, since I did the same thing for my wedding! Our “guest book” now hangs in our gallery wall in the living room. :)

  2. avatar Elizabeth reply

    SO Gorgeous! Did you make the backdrop yourself? I’ve been thinking about doing the same for my wedding in September. If you did, can I ask what materials you used? Thanks!

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If you happened to miss any of the Real Weddings we featured in September, you are both in luck and in for an influx of beautiful and meaningful photos. Ready to pin? Emily, Marissa, our intern Alexia and I are here with the highlights from this past month!

FAVORITE WEDDING DRESS: Gorgeous gowns are never hard to spot on the blog! I just loved the soft lines and silver sash of Maconda’s dress. Emily fell for the lace detailing and lovely train that Rachel walked down the aisle in. For Marissa, though, the pink ruffled gown that Alison rocked for her wedding was too good to be true! Alexia adored Lauren’s ruffled and romantic gown.

FAVORITE BRIDESMAID DRESS: I was loving Lauren’s choice of navy dresses with the adorable button and keyhole sleeves for her ‘maids. Alexia thought the mixed styles in blue and pink at Lindsay’s wedding were too pretty. Emily adored the pink winter dresses with fur boleros at Marielle’s wedding and Marissa fell for the neutral mix of dresses that Alison let her bridesmaids choose.

FAVORITE FEMALE ACCESSORY: Alexia thought Haylee’s fabric flower headband was the perfect addition to her lace reception dress. Our ever-fashionable Marissa just adored the monogrammed fur stole that wrapped Marielle’s shoulders. I fell in love with the vintage lace handkerchief and “something blue” that Geneva carried down the aisle with her and Emily decided that Lindsay’s switch from her white wedding shoes to her monogrammed cowboy boots was just about the best decision we’ve seen!

FAVORITE MENSWEAR: Frank’s black and white wedding attire looked might snappy to Alexia. Also rocking on the suspenders and bow tie was David, whose cotton boutonniere Marissa also loved. I thought the hip chambray shirts that Brent’s groomsmen wore were stylish and fashionable, but it was Fitzlee and his men that stole Emily’s vote with their white dinner jackets.

FAVORITE DETAIL: It was so hard to narrow down the fun details we saw this month! Finally we came to a decision, with Emily choosing Liz + Josh’s vibrant and juicy fruit centerpieces. I thought Meghan + David’s vintage hankies as food bibs was brilliant and Alexia adored Lauren + Justin’s unique monogram guest book. For Marissa (and me, too), Kelly + Will’s puggy Rosie took the cake.

FAVORITE CEREMONY: Lovely ceremonies and cute love stories weren’t hard to come by. I thought Alison + Brent’s stage-like setup and billowing drapes were dreamy. Emily loved the dramatic and picturesque winter ceremony of Marielle + Michael. Alexia thought Lindsay + Jonathan’s prayer circle was oh-so-sweet and Marissa couldn’t help but fall for the beautiful vineyard “I do’s” of Amber + Jon.

FAVORITE BOUQUET: Emily was a big fan of Liz’s slightly wild-shaped pink and green bouquet with it’s burlap wrap. I adored the bright colors and bits of fern in Kelly’s blooms. For Marissa, it was the sweet rose and baby’s breath bouquet at Sara + Justin’s wedding that won her vote. Alexia loved the colors and uncommon additions to Emily’s bouquet.

FAVORITE SWEET: We’ve all got quite a sweet tooth. Marissa, not always the fan of cake, was immediately a fan of Amber + Jon’s pumpkin pie! I wanted to dig right into the buttercream and raspberry cake at Haylee + Frank’s wedding. Emily adored the preppy and striped cake that Lauren + Justin served and for Alexia, it was Rachel + Stephen’s peony-adorned tiers that took her vote.

FAVORITE PHOTO: Marissa loved the cute pre-ceremony portraits that Kelly + Will took and Alexia loved Marielle’s sweet moment with her family. For Emily and me, Maconda + Sacha’s and Rachel + Stephen’s loving embraces were too good to pass.

Previous monthly round-ups:

What do you think of these highlights from September’s Real Weddings? What details did you love?

View all of September’s weddings in our Real Weddings Galleries!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Karey reply

    I love the unique guestbook monogram idea. Do you know where it was ordered from?

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Best of 2011 :: Details

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Ahhh, details: they’re what make each wedding unique, and tell the story of the couple getting married. This category in particular was SO hard to narrow down, but here are just ten of our favorite details from 2011 weddings.

A feather nest for rings (photo by Stephen Devries; originally seen here) and a wreath-wearing dog (photo by Jodi Miller; originally seen here)

An antique truck piled with blankets (photo by Landon Jacob Productions; originally seen here)

A hay bale lounge (photo by Lauren Larsen; originally seen here)

A sunny needlepoint ring pillow (photo by Braedon Flynn; originally seen here) and peach place cards (photo by Our Labor of Love; originally seen here)

A ribbon chandelier (photo by Nate Henderson; originally seen here)

Monogrammed mason jars (photo by Vue Photography; originally seen here) and a custom cornhole board (photo by Virgil Brunao; originally seen here)

Embroidered chair caps (photo by Ulmer Studios; originally seen here)

Comment below with your favorite detail! It’s so hard to choose!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    I have had the picture of the colorful ribbon chandelier saved since it’s original post! Definitely one of my favorite SW details/weddings of the year :)

  2. avatar invitation consultants reply

    beautiful recap! ya’ll have show us some wonderful weddings this year! cheers to 2012!

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  4. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    Ahhhhhhh……The vintage embroidered chair caps!!!! Our design team found them at an antique store (as pillow cases…remember those?) and transformed them into bride and groom chair caps. Thanks for including them. Simple, sweet southern charm all the way.

  5. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    Our 1950 Chevy Truck and bicycle for two, along with a gorgeous couple on heirloom quilts celebrating love on our historic farm. Sigh! Magical day at Cedarwood!

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