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I couldn’t think of a better first post for the new year than this Southern inspiration board. I’m imagining a bright and shining winter beach wedding — something we’re uniquely positioned to enjoy here in the South! Fresh, simple, clean colors, a few leftover Christmas lights strung up, and a ceremony on a beach that’s sure to be deserted — it sounds so serene! Soft blues and natural colors at the reception complement a dazzlingly crisp winter sky beautifully.

Credits:

First row: Seaside chapel photo by Stephen Devries, beach portrait by Stephen Devries, hurricane centerpiece photo by Millie Holloman via Style Me Pretty

Second row: shiny packages photo by Jessica Claire via Green Wedding Shoes, kite flying photo by Millie Holloman via Style Me Pretty

Third row: casual reception set-up photo by Steve Steinhardt, sandy shoe shot by Clary Photo via Southern Weddings, unknown

P.S. A few more inspiration boards you might enjoy:
Merlot + champagne vineyard
Peach and blue
Tex Mex fiesta

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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    Ashley is a bride after my own heart. First the gor-geous gown, and now the stunning cake? (In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a lover of all things bow: bow tie, bow dress, bow cake, I love ’em all.) Just in case you were fooled by the lifelike airplane, the Air Force-inspired groom’s cake is the handiwork of the Ritz Carlton Pastry Shop. And yes, that is the bride, a former cheerleader at Florida State University, performing a cheer routine at her wedding. No big deal. I do believe Sara Kauss has made my Monday – and, quite possibly, my week – with this Florida wedding.

    See all the photos from Ashley + Judd’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

    What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? My parents who were born and raised in Beaufort, SC have raised my 2 sisters and I on a tradition of a frogmore stew a.k.a. the low country boil every year. My family introduced Judd’s family to the amazing feast during Judd’s pilot graduation weekend. For the rehearsal dinner, Judd’s parents arranged for the head chef at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando to duplicate my dad’s recipe card he had given to Judd’s dad. They had written on a chalkboard sign “A Boxx Family Tradition.” It brought home and our southern way to a beautiful wedding. It was the perfect beginning to an amazing wedding weekend. My something Blue was a 1940s powder blue hanky that I ordered from etsy to represent not only my something blue, and the fact that my dress had amazing pockets but also to represent the love of history, oldies, and the days of a simpler time Judd and I love so much.
    Tell us about finding your wedding dress: In Utah, designer dresses are few and far between. Priscilla of Boston was top on my list. It was in the first boutique I went to, Avenia Bridal, that I saw a dress on display that caught my eye. I immediately fell in love and knew it was just so me. I continued to shop around and still couldn’t take my mind and thoughts away from this one dress. I decided to go with my heart and order the beautiful Maeve gown from the Priscilla of Boston in Orlando, where the wedding would take place.
    Describe your wedding flowers: My wedding flowers were absolutely amazing. It was a winter wonderland wrapped up in a beautifully displayed bouquet mixed with white roses, white peonies, white ranunculus, and silver foliage such as lambs ear, silver brunia, and mini white pine cones. Deco ice rhinestones were worked throughout bouquet and the full stem was wrapped with extra material from the alterations of my gown. Around the stem I had picture frame charms of our family members that had passed and couldn’t be there to watch us wed.
    Describe your wedding cake: My wedding cake was simple and elegant. It was 4 tiers with ivory fondant and two large navy bows that duplicated the bow on my dress. We put a broach in the center of each bow to add some sparkle. The groom’s cake was a surprise to both the groom and I. Judd’s father planned the whole thing with the JW Marriott Pastry Chef. It was a large C-17 Landing on a Charleston AFB runway. It was absolutely amazing.
    What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Judd is being deployed at the end of this month and were excited to go on our honeymoon in April when he returns. We’re looking forward to a happy healthy life together full of love and laughter.

    Written with love by Katharine
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    1. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

      The bride must be a pretty amazing cheerleader to do those tricks in her wedding dress!!

      • avatar Katharine reply

        Rachel, tell me about it! I could barely walk – let alone do toe-touches – in my wedding dress!

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    I’m kind of in love. It’s no secret around these parts that I’m all black-and-white, all the time. But if I were to add color to a wedding celebration, it would definitely, absolutely, no-questions-asked be a dark navy blue. (Livin’ on the edge, I know.) After I got past the initial WOW from Ashley’s bow-tied Priscilla of Boston gown, luxe Badgley Mischka heels and all-white blooms (courtesy of Tommy Murphy at Greenery Productions), I went a little crazy for the glam Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses. The bride gets extra points for so perfectly matching her bridesmaids to the gents in their Air Force dress blues. (The dramatic movie-star kiss at the end isn’t too shabby, either!) I do believe photographer Sara Kauss has made my day!

    How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Judd and I both mostly grew up in Orlando, Florida. It was during a ninth grade summer P.E. class that we first became friends. After graduating high school, we both started our journey on the path we had chosen to two extremely different colleges. Judd attended the United States Air Force Academy, where during his four years he was able to follow his dream of becoming a military officer, while at the same time, play water polo at the collegiate level. I attended Florida State University, to follow my dreams of being a collegiate Cheerleader for the Noles, as well as go to school to become a teacher. Judd and I dated long distance for about 3 years and along the way we had to overcome things that most couples have never even gone through or could even imagine. We always told each other, that if we could make it through college and still have this strong of a relationship and love for one another, we can make it through anything!
    Describe the proposal. (From the groom) After weeks of planning, the only thing that was really planned was where I was going to pop the question. That special place was going to be back in Utah, the very first place where we had our first date together, and where I taught her how to snowboard. So there we were… it was a cold and snowy December evening on the side of the mountain that overlooked the town of Park City, Utah. The moon was so bright it made the mountains look purple; the air was so cold it took your breath away, and the wind howled around us and blew the snow in every direction, there was not a soul around, and it was the perfect time for a proposal. As I started to crouch down into the snow, pull the ring out of my pocket and begin to ask the question, I think it hit Ashley, too. She knew me well; this was perfect for us. There were no plans, no speeches or cameras, surprise guests, or crowds of people to cheer for us, it was just us and the stars, which is all we needed that night.
    Three adjectives that describe the day are: Amazing, Extraordinary, Fun
    Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I graduated and cheered all four years at Florida State University where I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. The Escort cards were attached to bronze metal airplanes that doubled as pencil sharpeners. It combined our two careers since he is a pilot in the United States Air Force. We tried to make it both a winter and military wedding. Instead of having a guest book for people to sign, we used an 8ft wooden prop, ordered from asimplertime.com to support Judds career. We also used the military alphabet for our table numbers. All ushers were military; either air force or navy. Our ushers performed the traditional military saber ceremony for us as we entered the reception and guests, the bridal party, and the bride and groom were ushered into the reception to the theme from Top Gun.

    Written with love by Katharine
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    1. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

      Omigoodness. You are so right – the blue and that hint of silver, and her dress, and her shoes, and… I love it! Can’t wait to see more!!!

    2. avatar Kalyn Kramer reply

      Beautiful location, and the dress blues….my boyfriend goes to the Naval Academy, but just exchanged for a semester at The Air Force Academy, so we were long distance this semester. Definitely can relate to overcoming things that most couples don’t before marriage, however, it’s so worth it, and I really cannot imagine my life without him. The wedding looks beautiful, beautiful dress, and love the ballet flats idea. God bless you both. Very well deserving couple.

      • avatar Katharine reply

        Kalyn, I only wish I had worn proper flats for my wedding! This bride was a genius :)

    3. avatar Kalyn Kramer reply

      Beautiful location, and the dress blues….my boyfriend goes to the Naval Academy, but just exchanged for a semester at The Air Force Academy, so we were long distance this semester. Definitely can relate to overcoming things that most couples don’t before marriage, however, it’s so worth it, and I really cannot imagine my life without him. The wedding looks beautiful, beautiful dress, and love the ballet flats idea. God bless you both. Very well deserving couple.
      http://preppyinpittsburgh.blogspot.com/

    4. avatar Sara Kauss reply

      I may be a bit biased Katharine, but I LOVE their colors too :) and everything about their cuteness! Thank you so much for posting their wedding, it was one of the sweetest weddings ever. xoxox, Sara

    5. avatar Sara Kauss reply

      Ashley and Judd are absolutely the SWEETEST couple ever! I may be biased, but loved their colors too! And Winter Wonderland Wedding Theme :) Thank you for posting Katharine :) xoxox, Sara

    6. avatar Amanda reply

      this is so beautiful where was this?

      • avatar Emily reply

        Hi Amanda! This wedding took place at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando, with a ceremony in the gazebo and the reception in the Mediterranean Ballroom!

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