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For years, readers and vendors have been asking me whether we’d ever done a “mountain shoot.” For no particular reason, the answer was always no — which is sad, because I and so many of y’all adore the mountains, and because so many of the love stories we feature on Southern Weddings start in the shadow of the Blue Ridge or the Great Smokies, usually in the tents and mess halls of camp. (Just take a gander at a few of our past real weddings for proof!)

Love in a Mist is for all of you who met while spending a summer away, who fell in love around a campfire, or who decided to be together forever while serving as counselors. I hope this beautifully atmospheric day takes you right back to those years of mountain laurel and canoes, and maybe even inspires a mountain wedding of your own.

It’s hard to think of a better team to have brought this vision to life than photographer Graham Terhune and stylist and designer Tailor & Table, so if you adore this color palette or love this region, don’t hesitate to be in touch with these talented folks!

Typo Boutique created a truly stunning invitation suite, complete with hand-torn paper to mimic the misty mountains.

Natalia created the most stunning wildflower bouquets for our ladies, overflowing with Queen Anne’s lace and coreopsis.

To evoke our couple’s summer camp love story, we set up a ceremony-in-the-round at dusk, lit by lanterns — reminiscent of the intimacy of a campfire!

That fishtail braid! Emily Anne Hair did such a beautiful job with our ladies.

Lonesome Valley had no shortage of picture-perfect locations, but my favorite was probably this little boathouse where we set up cocktail hour. From the stones ringing the lake to the color of the clapboards, the only word that seems fitting is idyllic!

Picking up detail from the invitation suite, Handy Dandy Productions crafted this custom bar with strips of textured fabric. It was incredible in person!

For creative cocktail hour fare, we opted for a peanuts and popcorn bar: in-the-shell nuts, cornsticks, local honey, honey butter, and freshly-popped corn!

Dinner with a view, indeed! We couldn’t stop staring at the breathtaking rock face Lonesome Valley is graced with!

Don’t miss our behind-the-scenes film from SW favorite Inkspot Crow — but please try to ignore the fact that we all look like drowned rats! :)

Be sure to pick up your copy of Southern Weddings V9 in stores today, or in our shop!

Photographer: Graham Terhune | Designer, stylist, and florals: Tailor & Table | Film processing: Richard Photo Lab | Videographer: Inkspot Crow | Venue: Lonesome Valley | Hair: Emily Anne Hair | Makeup: Ali Lawless | Catering and desserts: Canyon Kitchen Catering | Paper goods and matchbox printing: Typo Boutique | Rentals: Goodwin Events | Lanterns and props: Tailor & Table | Silk ribbon: Adorn Company | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Jewelry: Jewelry by Blitz | Bluegrass band: Elliot Sperrin | Custom bar: Handy Dandy Productions | Bride’s gown: Truvelle | Bridesmaid tops and groom’s vest: ASOS | Bridesmaid skirts: Anthropologie | Groom’s tie: BudeVintage

Graham Terhune and Inkspot Crow are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Elizabeth | Elizabeth Burns Design reply

    One of my favorite shoots to date! I LOVE the simplicity and rawness of this shoot. That backdrop speaks for itself! :)

  2. avatar Mary Kay reply

    I love the ceremony-in-the-round! You can almost feel the soft coolness of dusk, warmed by the glow of the latterns!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    One of my favorites!

  4. avatar Skylar Caitlin reply

    This was one of my favorites from the issue – and I definitely couldn’t pick just one. My jaw dropped when I turned the page to see the tablescape with those perfect little chairs. And the idea of creating a circular ceremony set up to mimic a campfire – genius! Also, adored watching the behind-the-scenes video. Inkspot Crow Films did a beautiful job capturing the action.

  5. avatar Jani reply

    Beautiful, love the style of the ceremony!

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One (very true) realization that I’ve come to over the years is this: You can’t have every wedding on every budget, but you can have a wedding on any budget. With less than $10,000 to spend and 200 beloved family members and friends attending, Haylee + Frank crafted a wedding that was perfect for them: sweet, simple, homemade, and Southern. Camp Shenandoah Springs in Virginia was a beautiful backdrop to the humble celebration, and Sarah Matozzi was there to capture the fun.

Haylee’s ladies all chose their own neutral dress to wear for the day, and brightened the overall look with colorful accessories. As for Haylee, she stumbled upon the online shop Grace Loves Lace a few months before the wedding. When she locked eyes on the “Emme” style, she instantly knew it was the something different and special she had been looking for.

Frank and I took communion during our ceremony. It was one of my favorite parts of the wedding — a special moment for me and my husband to honor the one who brought us together. I walked down the aisle to “A Place Only You Can Go” by Needtobreathe, and while we prayed together we had “Beautiful Things” by Gungor playing. Both songs were performed by talented friends of mine.

That’s their first kiss ever, folks – pretty sweet.

I wanted our cake to look simple but beautiful, and to taste delicious, and that’s what we got! We also served little pies in mason jars and caramel-dipped apples made by Frank’s Aunt Cheri.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Frank went to high school with my best friend and sister-in law Olivia. It wasn’t until about a year after graduation that she got to thinking we might get along great. We started talking online when I was 16 and he was 18 (when Myspace was cool!). Right away, we began to fall in love. Shortly after that, he came to my church to meet me, and we’ve been together ever since!
Describe the proposal. After four years together, the time had come! Frank, my sister Emily and I went hiking one Saturday. After a long hike, we reached the top, where Frank pointed out a huge rock, noting it would be a good spot for a picture. I, being the fan of heights that I am, said NO WAY am I climbing up there! After a bit of persuasion, he pulled me up onto the giant boulder. I was scared to death and clinging onto him, but we posed for a picture, taken by my sister. After that, I begin inching my way back down when he said, “wait, wait, don’t you want to think about how you’re going to get down?” I stood back up, turned around, and saw him getting down on one knee! My sister got great pictures, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way he asked.
In what month did you get married? May
Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did not do a first look. We both were so looking forward to that moment when we would see each other down the aisle.
Describe your wedding flowers: Wildflowers all the way! I wanted them to look freshly picked.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The venue was very Southern. It went perfectly with our Southern décor, which included vintage hankies as napkins, and mason jars and all different colors and sizes of vases filled with fresh and dried flowers. We had fresh raspberries on our cake, burlap table squares, and vintage table cloths.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Bridesmaids dresses. There were so many girls I wanted by my side that day, and we were all on a budget! I wanted them all to love what they were wearing, and for it to be practical. I’m so happy with what we decided on, as they all looked stunning!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Kissing my husband for the first time.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax and enjoy this time with family and friends. It will all come together in the end! I’m so thankful I was able to have such a joyous wedding day without stressing, but it was because I chose not to.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Starting a family and living happily ever after with my best friend.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar tammy reply

    love, love, love this wedding!! How very precious to save thier first kiss. Love the sweet and beautiful loveliness of it all!! Thank you so much for sharing this wedding with us.

  2. avatar Megan {Bayside Bride} reply

    What a sweet wedding! Love the bride’s dress, the lace adds beautiful detail!

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    I am so honored to have shot this wedding and to be featured on this beautiful blog, thank you for sharing, Emily! :)

  4. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    That little boy (in the first kiss pic) is precious! Great moment captured :-D

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  6. avatar Jennifer reply

    This is more like me. I loved her wedding and im trying to plan mine. We dont have much for a big wedding. but our love for each other and our family love and bond. We are both humble and we want our love lo shine in our special day just like your or theirs did. Love it. God bless them always

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When I first read Jodi + Kurt’s interview, I was blown away, y’all! Kurt, who has a background in the culinary arts, catered their entire wedding! He woke up early on the big day to put together a delicious family-style meal, keeping things light (but hello, delicious) with butternut squash soup, artisan cheeses, bread and a variety of toppings. The couple took “homemade” to another level, making their soup from squash they had grown on the family farm and serving home-brewed beers! We love how the vintage and shabby-chic details come together into a comfy family gathering. Thanks again to Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance for sharing!

We love how simple but beautiful these leafy and wild arrangements look in vintage jars and tins!

Jodi + Kurt’s pie hutch is a favorite in the office. Since the newlyweds aren’t big fans of cake, their family and friends all contributed a pie to the dessert selection.

Aren’t those piggy-stamped muslin bags adorable as favors? They hold bacon gingersnap cookies that Kurt made using leftover bacon drippings instead of oil. Who else is hungry?

Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: Most of our decorations were handmade by our stylist, Lynn and me. Lynn hand-embroidered a lot of the details, including most of the signs placed around the wedding. She sewed all of the linens we used for our wedding, including table runners and napkins and made several chalkboard signs, including a large menu sign. Our favors were “Bacon Snaps.” Kurt basically made a gingersnap cookie and used bacon fat instead of butter. We placed them in muslin bags with a pig stamped on them. They were placed in old cheese boxes on top of my dad’s great-grandfather’s roll top desk. Being photographers, we had to have several photography-related sections of our wedding! One station was our “snapshot” station. We set up a tall shelf and placed several vintage cameras all over it for guests to pick up and take instant pictures during the reception. We also had a photo booth. We used an old bed sheet as the backdrop and hired one of our photographer friends to operate the booth. Our cheese table was also a labor of love! Kurt made the sawhorses for the cheese table and we found an old Johnny house door from the farm to set the cheese on. Lynn made embroidered tea towels with the words “jam & honey”, “bread” and “cheese”. Each cheese had its own sign. Another station we set up was our wash station! Since I wanted cleanup after our wedding to be as organized as possible, Lynn came up with the wash station for our guests to deposit their dishes in after they ate. We set up several galvanized tubs with signs specific to each tub and set out an old washboard found on the farm. We made a clothes rack that hung a “dirty dishes” towel and two Anthropologie dishtowels.
Describe your wedding cake: Since Kurt and I aren’t big fans of cake, we wanted to do something a little bit different and have homemade pies instead. We absolutely love pie and it was so special to have our friends and family help make some of our favorites. We had about 20 of them that were all placed on an antique hutch.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Next, we are photographing couples in love and helping their day go as smoothly as possible. In the future, we’ll be waking up beside each other and loving each other every single day.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Book your photographer first! Stephanie and Isaac were the first vendor we booked. Actually, I contacted them the day after I got engaged. They were my dream photographers and I had to see if they were available. Lucky for us, they were! We absolutely adore them and their work. We knew having gorgeous images would really be the only thing that lasted from our wedding. We couldn’t have had a more perfect pair to photograph it!

Photographer: This Modern Romance // Videographer: Josh Gooden Cinematography // Designer: Sunshowers and Rainshine // Venue: Family farm in Mount Crawford, Virginia // Florist: JMFlora Design // Pie Baker: homemade // Caterer: groom // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Hair Stylist: bride // Makeup Artist: Erika Nixon // Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew // Bride’s Jewelry: earrings by Ten Things // Groom’s Fashion: J. Crew // Groomsmen Fashion: J.Crew // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Central Virginia Rental // Linens: Griffith Bag Company // Cameos: Poppy Loves Paris // Fabric: A Garden of Roses and Lonestar Quilting // Favors: groom // Officiant: Troy Pearson // Band: Shenandoah Travelers

Love this wedding? You might love these:
Sarah + Dan’s colorful barn wedding full of antique goodies here.
Jenn + Barret’s vintage and rustic wedding here and here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  2. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    I love the details of this wedding!

  3. avatar Vanessa reply

    Wow! I am loving the details!

  4. avatar Michelle reply

    Do you have any kind of tutorial on how to make those pinwheel chair flowers? I love them!!

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