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Happy Thursday, friends! Today we have a fun little three-part series for you. We often get emails from readers with various questions and queries, and though we don’t have time to post about every one individually, we try to when we can. Reader Madi emailed us a few weeks ago, and this is what she said:

“I am a student at Texas Christian University, and I am a huge fan of Southern Weddings Magazine! Just two weeks ago, the sweet love of my life proposed, and since then I’ve been like a giddy girl as we’ve been exploring and contemplating the many options that come with planning our “big day.” Though I grew up in Kansas City, I’ve always been a Southern girl at heart, and even hurried South as soon as I could! I always thought I’d be married in the summertime, but our timing of things is looking more like a celebration in the winter, which could mean cold weather and possible snow fall! I always envisioned a ceremony outside of a barn and a reception with mason jars, cowboy boots, great food and beautiful floral arrangements… but winter timing may tweak all of that a bit. Is there any possible way y’all would share some ideas or do some sort of feature on how to pull off a traditional Southern wedding in a colder climate or even during the winter months? I’m looking for the warmth of Southern hospitality to surround us on that day.”

We loved the idea of dreaming up Southern ideas for a winter wedding, so today, we’re posting a three-part series for Madi. Up first is my inspiration board, then Marissa will be posting about winter fashion, and lastly Nicole will round us out with some Southern winter finds and DIY projects. If you have a brilliant winter wedding idea of your own, we’d love for you to chime in in the comments!

There’s absolutely no reason why traditional Southern style can’t be translated to the colder months, and I hope this board shows that. In fact, some Southern staples – raw cotton in particular – are more than perfect for winter. Use the fluffy bolls in bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces for a lush winter look.

Madi wants to get married in a barn, which is also totally doable in the winter. Just make sure to rent heaters, as older barns can be pretty drafty!

For tablescapes, I love the idea of substituting flowers (which would be pricy, and probably not all that pretty) with low clusters of cotton in vintage silver containers surrounded by white and ivory pillar candles (probably in hurricanes, if we’re talking about a barn!). A tone-on-tone dotted linen or runner would complete the scape.

Throughout the day, concentrate on layering texture – cotton, wood, nubbly linen, luxe chiffon – over a pretty neutral palette of white, ivory, and barnwood gray.

Credits, clockwise from top left:

Cotton bouquet photo by Pasha Belman via Southern Weddings; Samuelle Couture dress photo by Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings; monogrammed mason jars photo by Vue Photography via Southern Weddings; cotton boll boutonnieres photo by 13:13 Photography via Southern Weddings; dotted linen photo by Sylvie Gil via Style Me Pretty; hot cocoa from Martha Stewart Weddings; wood fireplace photo by Thayer Photo via Snippet & Ink; Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard photo by Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings

To tide you over until Marissa’s post, here are a few of my favorite winter weddings we’ve featured:
Molly + Ben’s Chapel Hill Christmas wedding (here + here)
Lizzie + Greg’s glam New Year’s Eve wedding (here + here)
Sarah + Ryan’s rustic barn winter wedding (here + here)
Ashley + Judd’s glittery ballroom winter wedding (here + here)

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    I love your inspiration board, Emily! I couldn’t agree more–Southern winter weddings are gorgeous and romantic, and all that legendary Southern hospitality just gets that much cozier :)

  2. avatar Ask the Experts: A Southern Winter Wedding, Part II « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] hope you enjoyed part I of our Southern winter wedding inspiration! Wasn’t Emily’s inspiration board gorgeous? […]

  3. avatar Eric Kelley reply

    So glad to be on your blog! : )

  4. avatar Ask the Experts: A Southern Winter Wedding, Part III « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] that Emily has started us off with some winter wedding inspiration and Marissa has given us the run-down of practical but pretty Southern style, I’ve rounded up […]

  5. avatar Lora reply

    Love it! : )

  6. avatar Sara {Then Comes Life} reply

    I have seriously never seen a more beautiful inspiration board…. ever.

  7. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Totally Awesome! I love the setting! We do cotton, check us out!

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Happy Monday, ladies! We’re back with another inspiration board, and this one is actually a reader request! Christina asked to see ideas for a merlot, blush, and champagne vineyard wedding on our last inspiration board post, and I was happy to oblige! I think this combination is stunning and elegant, while still being relaxed and easy. And I love that the wine cork accents are subtle and sophisticated — perfect for a grown-up vineyard wedding! I could see this event coming to life at Montaluce Winery in Georgia or Raffaldini in North Carolina… what do you think?

Credits:

First row: Vineyard table settings from Napa Valley Celebrations (photo by Meg Smith), wine bottles photo by Kate Kelly via Style Me Pretty
Second row: Bouquet-ed groom photo by Carla Ten Eyck via Elizabeth Anne Designs (florals by Just For You), table setting photo by Karen Wise beribboned wine corks photo by Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings
Third row: Merlot bridesmaid dresses photo by Landon Jacob via Southern Weddings, wine cork heart by Lovely Morning
Fourth row: Wine barrel arrangement by Vibrant Table (photo by Kate Kelly, via Style Me Pretty), chocolate drip cake by Nine Cakes (photo by Karen Wise), calligraphy place card photo by Carla Ten Eyck (calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones and styling by Jubilee Events, via Elizabeth Anne Designs)

Be sure to check back next week for Nicole’s color palette finds based off of this board, and don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments if you have a board in mind you’d love to see come to life!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Gorgeous! And couldn’t be more perfect timing, theme-wise…my best friend since I was 3 years old is getting married this Friday at a winery in Williamsburg, VA!! I am giddy with excitement! :)

  2. avatar Lesley – Lesley Veronika Photography reply

    Oh my that cak looks soo yum! And I love that purple as a wedding color. Its so pretty!

  3. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] before you know it. Now on to the round-up! Things became vineyard-inspired with Emily’s Merlot and Champagne inspiration board — a wonderful request from one of our readers! The deep colors are so […]

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    […] became vineyard-inspired with Emily’s Merlot and Champagne inspiration board a wonderful request from one of our readers! The deep colors are so […]

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    […] merlot + champagne vineyard inspiration board from last week had me really excited to pull some fun finds that correspond to the rich color […]

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    […] merlot + champagne vineyard inspiration board from last week had me really excited to pull some fun finds that correspond to the rich color […]

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Our final treat for the day is this soft and pretty Southern inspiration board! Since August is the peak of peach ripeness, Nicole and I wanted to do something that celebrated the fruit’s gorgeous hue while still being unexpected. I think peach looks lovely paired with a soft blue, don’t you think? Read on for all the sources, and be sure to check back next Monday for Nicole’s color palette finds!

Credits:

Peach and soft blue ribbons photo via In Honor of Design, peach heels photo by Elizabeth Messina, ribbon escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, dahlia bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake photo by Elizabeth Messina (cake by My Sweet and Saucy), stone fruits photo from Martha Stewart Living, khaki suit groom photo by Allyson Magda via Style Me Pretty (design by La Fleur Weddings), tent reception photo by Lisa Lefkowitz via Snippet & Ink

Be sure to check back next week for Nicole’s color palette finds based on this board!

emily Written with love by Emily
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    I love soft peach. It’s such a gorgeous and naturally feminine color! I especially love the look of it paired with the groom’s tie! Perfection!

  2. avatar Megan reply

    LOVE this color combo! So sweet and southern :) The light peach always seems to photograph so nicely so that is always a perk as well!

  3. avatar Judith of Felicity Crew reply

    Such a lovely combination and great inspiration!

  4. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] like me. This week was all about inspiration! Let’s take a look back. Emily put together a Southern Inspiration Board full of soft peaches and blues. It’s the perfect ode to our favorite summer fruit, the peach, […]

  5. avatar Southern Weddings Color Palette Finds: Soft Peach and Blue « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] out color palette finds to match Emily’s soft peach and blue inspiration board was pressure-packed! With a peachy-keen eye and a dedication to doing our beloved Southern fruit […]

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