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Since y’all liked Michael + Charlie’s wedding so much (here + here), I have a hunch you’re going to be equally huge fans of Whitney + Jeff’s. It’s also set in Florida, and Whitney is also rocking a fabulous ruffled dress by Vera Wang. But Whitney + Jeff’s wedding has a style all its own: a lovely pink and grey color scheme, peonies for days, a poolside ceremony, and an overall vibe that manages to be both modern and romantic. Check back soon for part two with more fabulous photos by 1313 Photography!

P.S. Don’t you love those Plum Pretty Sugar robes Whitney and her girls are sporting? I think they’d make a perfect bridesmaid gift, especially paired with a monogrammed tote!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Jeff and I met in 2002 when we were both in college in Washington, DC. Jeff was a sophomore at George Washington University and I was a freshman at American University. We were both working at Abercrombie and Fitch and had our first conversation while we were walking in Georgetown after work. It was going great until my bus came and I hopped on without giving Jeff my number! We didn’t reconnect until several months later when we both had to come in for a staff photo. I drove Jeff back to his dorm and, after noticing I was listening to country music, he asked me to go to a Pat Green concert with him later that month.
Describe the proposal. Jeff wanted to surprise me, so he planned a secret trip to New York City. I thought we were just visiting his parents for the weekend, but he woke me up at 6 that Saturday morning and said he had something special in store for me. We drove to the city, where we checked into the gorgeous Jumeirah Essex House Hotel right on Central Park South. I was immediately whisked away for a spa treatment. When I returned to the room, a bottle of wine from the year we met and some chocolates were waiting for me. At that point, I started to get suspicious, but Jeff threw me off by taking me to a nondescript diner for lunch. Afterwards, a cab drove us up the West Side Highway to the Cloisters, a gorgeous French monastery that was transplanted in Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River. When we approached the fountain in the middle of the courtyard, Jeff got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. As I cried “yes!” I heard the clicking of a camera. I turned around to find one of my best friends, who had been lurking in the shadows and captured the entire moment on film. We spent the afternoon celebrating with friends and capped off the day with a delicious dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking the city.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Chic, romantic and fun!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our ceremony. After being together for more than eight years, we wanted to have a really personal ceremony to reflect the different elements of our personalities, religions and relationship. Other than our personalized vows, my favorite moment was listening to our friend sing the song “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. Her voice was so beautiful, it gave me chills!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew I wanted something somewhat unexpected that had a “wow” factor without being too over the top. I went shopping with my mother all over South Florida, and tried on about 50 dresses! I fell in love with the origami folds of my Vera Wang gown. I felt like I was walking on a cloud the moment I tried it on. The dress made a statement, but was still romantic at the same time. I put my spin on it by modifying it to a sweetheart neckline and swapping out the grosgrain sash for a crystal Jennifer Behr belt to add a little glam factor.

Photographer: 13:13 Photography // Day-Of Coordinator: Karla Blanco // Venue: The National Hotel // Florist: Petunia Florist // Wedding Cake Baker: We Take the Cake // Caterer: The National Hotel // Paper Products: Blush Paperie // Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Bella Bleu Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Bridget reply

    Oooooooo!! The florals are killing me. In a really good way :). I love the pink and green bouquet especially. And YES!! The robes—LOVE.

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High school sweethearts Meghan + Chris were married on the bride’s family farm, right in front of the water, where their family, friends and a few cows and ducks (no joke!) attended. Their wedding was chock full of family-made details, including the line of quilts hung in the background. They provide a comfy backdrop for the blue-infused ceremony. Isn’t the hydrangea-decked altar beautiful? Special thanks to Cyn Kain Photography for sharing!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Chris and I met in high school. Neither of us can really pinpoint the exactly when we met, but we clicked as buddies immediately. Then, a few years later, we started dating the summer before our senior year.
Describe the proposal. We had been dating for SEVEN years! To say I expected it was an understatement. I even had a “proposal” dress because I was so convinced that I would predict when he would pop the question. He had other plans. He bought the ring on a Tuesday and came home that night and proposed, just him and me in our bedroom. It was so sweet and I had no time to snoop!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Farm-chic, family-oriented and FUN!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, we stuck with the tradition. It was nice for those long spoken words to transform into a personal and special meaning for me and Chris! We did break from tradition with our unity ceremony. Chris and I planted a water oak tree, complete with soil from our childhood homes, in order to signify our growing relationship.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Well, there was the farm part – it is a working farm and over the years has grown tobacco, cotton, cows, pigs, and chickens. A dozen or so cows attended the ceremony (great for background ambiance!) along with my Papa’s pet geese and ducks! I am such a Southern girl, so I really wanted that reflected in the wedding. We used my great-grandpa’s ’72 Chevy Cheyenne pickup truck as our gift “table.” We had hay bales, hydrangeas and country garden flowers as decorations. We had quilts displayed that were collected from members of my family, one of which was a wedding ring pattern made by my great grandma. My Uncle Tim handcrafted many of our wooden tables out of old barn wood from the area. All 300+ of our napkins were sewn by my grandmother and great aunt from fabric that was purchased in the 60’s and 70’s. Anoop Desai, an UNC graduate and top 10 American Idol contestant, sang Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” for our first dance!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Ironically, I actually went the morning before Chris proposed to look at a Watters gown I had my heart set on but I hated it on! So that night, after Chris gave me the ring and the excitement had died down, I started having panic attacks about finding the perfect dress. That week, I went to Victorian Rose in downtown Raleigh, NC. This time I loved everything I put on! In order to decide, my mother, aunt, grandmother and three of my bridesmaids came with me and voted on their favorite. Their votes were priceless because I am still madly in love with my Rosa Clara gown!
Describe your wedding flowers: My girls and I carried bouquets of white peonies, white hydrangeas and white spray roses. The altar under which we married was covered in blue hydrangeas and the tables were decorated with a variety of country garden flowers.

Photographer: CynKain Photography // Videographer:Cline Video Productions // Planner: bride’s mother // Venue: The Kelly Farm // Florist: Floral Designs by Eddie // Wedding Cake Baker: bride’s aunt // Caterer: Chef Gregg Hamm // Hair Stylist: Brittany Smith // Make Artist: Stef Sevilla // Paper Products: By Invitation Only // Band: In the Pocket // Bride’s Dress: Rosa Clara // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Gardenia by Details by JLynn, veil by Victorian Rose Boutique // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Cyn reply

    Thank you, ladies for the feature! Meg + Chris had such a sweet wedding :) xo

  2. avatar Pamela Counsell reply

    Love the photographs Cynthia! Beautiful wedding!

  3. avatar Erin McLean reply

    Yeah Cyn! Your work is so gorgeous!!

  4. avatar Lauren Frances reply

    Absolutely stunning!

  5. avatar Adger Rothwell reply

    I simply cannot pick a favorite out of all of these images- each is so beautiful! Cynthia, you are so talented and continually amaze me!

  6. avatar Amanda reply

    AAAHHH!! I love it all! Such a fabulously Southern, farm-chic wedding! I am getting married on my parents’ farm next June and this is right up my alley! LOVE IT.

  7. avatar Becky reply

    Love love love it! What a fun wonderful wedding for such a special couple. And Cynthia did such a great job capturing it all!

  8. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Cyn, congrats on the feature!! This is a beautiful wedding and you did an amazing job of capturing it!

  9. avatar Meghan reply

    YAY! What a wonderful day for me, Chris and our family and friends! Thank you to Cyn for taking such gorgeous shots for us! And I LOVE this blog – how exciting to have our wedding featured!

  10. avatar Cindy Loftus reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Cyn, you really captured the feel of this wonderful event. And thanks for making my wood-burning look so good. LOL…Aunt Cindy

  11. avatar Sharon reply

    Beautiful day, beautiful colors, beautiful location, beautiful bride…..Cyn you make it look so easy….what a TRUE gift …. your talent and what you give to your clients! Congratulations Meghan and Chris!

  12. avatar Kimberly Reece reply

    Thanks so much Southern Weddings for featuring Meghan & Christopher’s wedding. We were so blessed to have Cynthia’s amazing talent capture all the hard work we did to prepare for our beautiful daughter’s special day. We had so much quality time with family and friends working on the details of this wedding…that is my wish for all of you out there planning your “happily ever after.” Love & Blessings, Meg’s Mama

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    I was a guest at Meg and Chris’ wedding. Meg’s mom and I went to school together and I’ve known Meg since she was a baby. My husband and I had a wonderful time at the wedding. Everything was so beautiful! My daughter is getting married in Dec. and we live on a big family farm. I’m borrowing several ideas from them.

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    I love the color of your bridesmaids dresses! Where did you get them?

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Howdy! July’s Southern Bride of the Month is our first from Texas (yeehaw!). Lauren is also notable for her adorable dating history and the fact that she’ll be walking down the longest aisle in Fort Worth. Let’s get started!

Hi! What’s your name?
Lauren Ashley Hunt… soon to be Lauren Hunt Brogdon!

What’s your fiancé’s name?
William Blake Brogdon, but he goes by Blake

Engagement photo by Perez Photography

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.
We both began kindergarten at Fort Worth Country Day School in 1992 (when asked what he noticed first about me for a bridal shower game, Blake said, “Probably her lunchbox or something”!). Things really started to take off for us in sixth grade. At carpool one April day, Blake asked me to be his girlfriend and we stayed together for five months, talking on instant messenger all summer and going bowling with our other twelve-year-old friends. We finally broke up in September, when I decided that Blake didn’t talk to me enough!

Engagement photo by Perez Photography, taken at Lauren and Blake’s high school!

Fast forward to ninth grade, and we were together once again. On the night of the freshman Howdy Dance, Blake asked me to be his date to Homecoming and I said yes. Very soon thereafter we realized how much we loved one another, and we have been together ever since! Our relationship continued to grow and change as we went through high school, then graduated from Country Day and moved to Houston for college, then graduated from Rice and moved to New York!

Now tell us alllll about the proposal.
Blake’s parents were in town for the weekend, so we went out to dinner with them at one of our favorite Italian restaurants in New York, Caffe Cielo. We had our favorite dishes and some great wine there, and then Blake’s parents went to a Broadway show. After they left for the show, we tried to figure out where we should go since we were already out and about. Blake suggested we go sit on the steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sitting on the steps on the Met at dusk was something I had mentioned very early in the summer, after reading an article in the New York Times about how romantic and beautiful it is at that time of day (not to mention that it’s a New York City icon!). So when Blake oh-so-casually mentioned going there, I jumped at the chance!

Our cab pulled up in front of those huge steps and we started looking for a place to sit. It was just as wonderful as the article had described- the sun was setting, there were not too many people around, and there was a saxophone player on the street serenading everyone with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I had only climbed up one or two steps, when I felt Blake pulling at my hand, so I turned around and he was down on one knee! The moment I had been waiting for for almost a decade was finally here. I’d like to say I held it together, but I was crying like a baby as Blake gave the sweet speech he had prepared.

When’s the big day?
August 20, 2011- the ten year anniversary of when we first started dating in high school!

Where might you two be tying the knot?
University Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Our reception is at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

How did you pick your ceremony and reception venues? What do you love most about each space?
We both grew up going to church at UCC. My great-grandfather was the head of the art department at TCU and actually painted the designs on the rafters when the church was first built. It is such a beautiful space with so many memories for us. I’ve also heard it has the longest aisle in all of Fort Worth.

Not Lauren + Blake’s ceremony spot, but a long aisle nonetheless! Photo by A Bryan Photo.

Were you totally that girl who planned her wedding from age 5, or not so much?
Absolutely! It didn’t hurt that Blake and I met at age 5. When we got engaged, I pulled out a box of magazine clippings I had started when we began dating in high school.

Has your vision for your wedding changed or evolved over the course of your engagement? If so, how?
Not really! I have been much more decisive than I originally anticipated, and I’ve pretty much stuck to most of my original decisions. The only thing that seems to keep changing is I keep adding people to the guest list!

Have you picked your dress yet? How’d that go? What will you be wearing on the big day?
I have! I only tried on four dresses, and I definitely had that “Oh my goodness, this is it!” moment. I had planned to take advantage of living in New York and go shopping at all those boutiques you see on TV, but I also wanted to share the experience with my mom and future mother-in-law, so I made an appointment at Ocone’s Bridal in Fort Worth for a weekend I would be in town. The first few dresses I tried on weren’t quite right, but I ended up choosing a Maggie Sottero gown that fit my personality so well and brought tears to everyone’s eyes. I also have a “getaway” dress I’m changing into to go to the hotel after the reception. It’s by BHLDN and looks like a more casual version of my gown.

A lovely, lacy Maggie Sottero, photographed by Meredith Perdue

Who is your favorite vendor you’ve booked so far?
Chrissie Stuntz of Chrissie Stuntz Events has been my fairy godmother and guardian angel through this whole process. There is no way I could have done any of this without her.

What do you love most about Southern weddings?
I think the two most important things in life, God and family, are also the two greatest things about Southern weddings. There’s nothing like going to a wedding in a Southern church, big or small, and listening to hymns and Scripture about love. People always do such a great job of honoring their families in the South too, and I love seeing family heirlooms incorporated into weddings. At our wedding, I will be wearing a headpiece that my great-grandmother made for my grandmother to wear at her wedding in 1951. My grandmother gave it to me before she passed away last November. I’m so thankful I will have a part of her with me as I walk down the aisle.

Do you have a favorite Etsy store you’d love to tell us about?
Alter Designs makes beautiful monogrammed jewelry (great for gifts), and Woomi has absolutely gorgeous headpieces and ring pillows.

Gorgeous country club reception inspiration Lauren found on The Knot!

If you had to pick three top priorities for your budget, what would they be and why? Are your fiancé’s priorities different?
The most important things to me were the location, the dress, and the photographer, Perez Weddings. I just love how the engagement pictures and bridal portraits turned out. The engagement photos were taken in downtown Fort Worth and at our old high school, and the bridals were taken at Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth, where we are having our rehearsal dinner. Cesar Perez has such a great eye for a beautiful photo, and we love his style of working with couples, which isn’t too posed. He just puts you somewhere and tells you to “interact” while he snaps away!

Blake has been pretty laid-back with the planning, but we did end up budgeting quite a bit for our groom’s cake (a model of the Met Museum where Blake proposed) and on a scotch and cigar bar at the end of the night, which Blake and his groomsmen are very excited about! We’ll even have mint juleps for the ladies.

Tell us about the one that got away.
Peonies are my absolute favorite flower and they won’t be in season for our wedding! Our florist, Bridal Blooms by Kelly Norvell, was so great, though, and was able to get me a peony bouquet for my bridal portraits, and is making a bouquet to resemble peonies for the big day.

Gorgeous white peony bouquets, a favorite of brides everywhere! Photos clockwise from top left: Jose Villa, Generation Photography, Brian Adams Photographics, Next Exit

What has been the biggest challenge so far in wedding planning?
It was difficult figuring out how to incorporate NYC, where we live now, while still having a Southern wedding! We decided to have our groom’s cake made to look like the Met where we got engaged, and our favors are mini black and white cookies served with coffee in those famous blue NYC paper cups.

What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
Becoming Mrs. Brogdon! I have doodled that name on notebooks and things for so long that I can’t believe it is actually finally happening!

Now it’s your turn to ask for advice – is there anything you’d like to poll the SW readers on?
I would love to hear sweet ways people have honored their families on their wedding days. Our moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, and extended family have done so much for us through this process, and we are looking for cute and creative ways to show them our appreciation.

Thank you so much for playing along, Lauren! Readers, if you’d like to apply to be a Southern Bride of the Month, check out this post for all the details! If you’ve already emailed me, you’re still in the running for future months!

Love meeting our Southern brides? Check out these ladies from past months:
Alison, planning an outdoor wedding in Georgia with cotton bolls and milk glass
Katie, planning a garden wedding in Charleston with a pie bar
Kelly, planning a destination wedding in Savannah with an adorable and sentimental favor

The Southern Bride of the Month header was designed by our Assistant Art Director Sierra, with illustration by Curious & Company!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Amanda R. reply

    Lauren, awesome “love story”! Here a few ideas I have come across or thought of along the wedding-planning-way:

    If you have a favorite family recipe (i.e., your grandmother’s cobbler), you can have your caterer re-create that recipe and name it something to let everyone know what it is. “Granny Brogdon’s Blackberry Cobbler” or whatever… Then handing out those recipes on cards as part of the wedding favors/gifts. And definitely the fact that your grandfather painted the church ceiling! That is super cool and needs to be known. Don’t know how to do that necessarily, but cool nonetheless. Maybe you could have one of his paintings be the background of your wedding program…?
    There’s always the classic framed family portraits incorporated into the wedding decor, at the guest book, at the entrance to the church, or by the wedding cake. Or honor a loved one who has passed by adding a family heirloom to your bridal bouquet. Selecting a first dance or father-daughter dance that has some significance to yall’s family traditions. Play a family slideshow during a part of the reception. These are all pretty non-original ideas, but if you make them special to you and the hubs, it will be evident that yall value your family and family traditions. And you are already wearing your grandmother’s headpiece on the big day, and that is really cool in itself. Oh ya, it is so cool that yall have been together since high school, so you need to give a nod to that aspect of your relationship! Like……….play your alma mater or your high school fight song or something. That isn’t necessarily a “family” tradition, but it is a big part of your love story. Good luck!

  2. avatar Pam Archer reply

    What an adorable couple and sweet story!

    FYI – Peonies are available year-round now. I have some contacts for them. Please tell the bride to have her florist contact me and I will pass along the information.

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Love your story, Lauren! One of the ways my sister honored family at her wedding was to ask two special relatives — my aunt and her husband’s godmother — to sign their marriage certificate as witnesses instead of asking the best man and maid of honor to do it. Since those two were already recognized in other ways, it was a great way to involve and honor a few more loved ones!

  4. avatar Jillian reply

    This is so weird! My fiance and I are getting married on August 20 too, and we’ve been dating for ten years– since Freshman year of high school too!

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