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Well, belles, here we are! Two days away from my wedding. John and I are both in Connecticut with our parents, and the weather looks beautiful for this weekend (praise the Lord!). Our siblings are set to arrive tomorrow, and the rest of our guests will follow on Friday. I am ready — we are ready. The projects are done, the vows are written, the welcome bags are ready to be delivered, our amazing vendors all have their instructions, and the tent is going up soon. Would you like to take a walk through the past year of planning with me, for old time’s sake?

On June 25, 2011, on a little beach on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, John and I were engaged! A fun staff meeting followed when I whipped my newly-bedazzled hand out from under the table midway through updates :)

Once I was ready to chat all things wedding, I thought it best to introduce you to the main characters first! Later, you got an up close and personal look when we shared our engagement photos by Gina Zeidler.

We started with the most basic building blocks: where and when we were getting married.

Personal photo

Next, I reported on my first two dress shopping experiences: in South Carolina and Connecticut. Hint: I didn’t buy any of the dresses I tried on in either of these trips, but my wedding gown DOES make an appearance in that post! :)

Personal photos

Later, I talked about my accessories and hair and makeup inspiration. We also can’t forget about the gents! John got a post all to himself, chatting about classic tuxedos.

A Bryan Photo

We also discussed bridesmaid dresses — one of the most challenging parts of wedding planning for me! We eventually decided on long and charcoal gray. I know my gals will look lovely!

One of the most important decisions to me was our photographer, and I was so excited to introduce you to Tanja Lippert. I can’t wait to meet her in just a few days!

Not long after securing Tanja we booked Inkspot Crow Films, a duo I am equally as excited about working with!

My love for mini food is well-documented, and it will, of course, make an appearance at our wedding. We discussed cake and sweets, too!

Mini chicken and waffles by Cru Catering via Southern Weddings (photo by A Bryan Photo)

We talked tents (SO excited to see those Sperry flags waving!). Y’all don’t even KNOW how thrilled I am to see the weather forecast for this weekend!! (Okay, maybe those of you also planning outdoor weddings do!) We also talked about different music options, and I introduced you to our band.

Photo by Cramer Photo

I adore our florist, and loved telling you about our bouquets and reception florals almost as much as I loved picking out the perfect shade of ribbon for my bouquet wrap.

Photos by Stephanie Williams and Thayer Gowdy

I told you about a few of the DIY projects I’ve been working on, and we discussed nitty-gritty details like timelines and day-of coordinators and our registry.

I am an acknowledged paperaholic, so it was with great pride and excitement that I unveiled our save the dates and wedding invitations. Minted, Magpie Paper Works, and MM Ink all did me proud!

Personal photo

Last but certainly not least, I loved sharing my thoughts on our ceremony (in two posts – here + here). Of all the things I am excited about for our wedding day, saying our vows has got to be at the top!

Personal photo

After today, I will be signing off SW duties for the remainder of the week and our minimoon next week (more about that soon!). You’ll see a (non-wedding-related) post from me on Friday, but rest assured it was written earlier this week! :)

Before I sign off as a Miss, however, there are a few thank yous I need to hand out.

First, to the darling vendors I get to work with every day: Y’all, I can’t tell you how many photographers, planners, florists, stationers, and cake bakers have taken time of out their busy days to offer a tip, to answer one of my questions, to volunteer their expertise, or to just be excited with me! It’s amazing how many people even remember I’m getting married, let alone take the time to offer a sweet note of encouragement. I love y’all!

Second, to you lovely readers: It has been one of the greatest joys of my engagement to plan alongside y’all, to see your excitement over our choices, to get your feedback on decisions we were weighing, and to learn alongside you. Sharing this experience has made it that much sweeter!

Finally, to my beyond-fabulous Southern Weddings ladies: You guys are the best. Seriously. For being overjoyed and excited from the first news of my ring, and through the end, oh-so-understanding. For letting me work from New England for three weeks this summer (which made long-distance wedding planning much easier!). For throwing me the fanciest bridal shower known to (wo)man. I can’t thank you enough! Lara, Marissa, Nicole, Kristin, Whitney, Sierra, and interns Melissa, Caitlin, Anna, Emily Alice, and Alexia (because all of them worked at SW at some point during my engagement!), I will be carrying your best wishes with me on my wedding day! Love y’all!!

Y’all know I’ll be back after the big day to recap and share! In the meantime, feel free to offer your best last-minute pieces of wedding day advice in the comments!!

Inkspot Crow Films, Cru Catering, and MM Ink are all fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Jessica Thornton reply

    Since I’ve now been married for one month and one day, I’m practically an expert! Enjoy your day. So much has gone into it. It will FLY by. (People told me that, but I didn’t realize how true it was!) Soak up every detail. Again, the time passes so quickly. Just remember to breathe and smile.

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Simple + excellent advice, Jessica! I’ll do my best to follow it :)

  3. avatar wtg reply

    Typo on the engagement date! I believe it was 2011, unless you planned a spectacular wedding in 3 months (which I’m sure you could do!)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Haaaa!! You are so right! Yes, definitely did not plan this wedding in three months :) Fixed!

  4. avatar Lara reply

    We love you and are so happy for you! I’m pretty sure I’ve cried more than a few sappy tears already this week just thinking about you walking down the aisle! Enjoy every moment : )

  5. avatar Madi Reid reply

    Sending you my best, Emily! Know that I will be sending prayers to you and John on Saturday. This wedding is bound to be the epitome of beautiful and I am so excited for you!

  6. avatar Emily Alice reply

    Emily I’m so excited for you in the next few days! I can’t wait to hear and read all about this weekend! Congrats on finally making it here! I will be eating mini foods in your honor down here in South Carolina!

    Emily Alice

  7. avatar amanda reply

    I CANNOT wait to see the wedding pictures! It’s going to be THE event of the fall! ;) Loved going through the process with you since I got engaged July 6, 2011 and am getting married November 10th so it’s been fun to enjoy the process with someone even if it’s on the internet.

    PLUS I think I know what designer you choose for your gown because I got my dress at Nitsa’s in Winston too! :) CONGRATULATIONS and we can’t wait to read more from your as a MRS!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thank you so much, Amanda! It has been great fun planning alongside you, and I can’t wait to see how YOUR big day turns out!

  8. avatar Lily Tatum reply

    I’m planning a southern theme wedding in Oakland California. It’s outdoors and it’s a rustic elegant decor. My colors are guava and celedon green and ivory. Can you give me some suggestions for flowers and should I add another color? My wedding is in October. Thank you.

  9. avatar Kat reply

    Emily I have LOVED reading about the wedding planning process with you. I am so SO excited for you! I feel as if I KNOW you from the blog haha! Sending you blessings and wishes of beautiful weather (as another outdoor reception bride I know the fear!!). Enjoy your beauitful day :) I cannot WAIT for the follow-up post!!

  10. avatar Laura reply

    Gracious, I’m almost as excited for your wedding as I am for my own! Congratulations! And many blessings for you and John as you begin your new life together!

  11. avatar Kate reply

    Emily, thank you for sharing your heart and your special journey. The best piece of advice I received was to “pause” at the beginning and the end of the aisle. Take a moment for yourself before you walk toward John and then a moment for both you and John to share as you walk back down it together. Best wishes for a beautiful day!

  12. avatar Shaniqua reply

    I love the cones, they look so good. Would bamboo cones work with the fruit?

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