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Happy first day of summer, belles + beaus! I’m not sure what it’s like where y’all are, but it’s forecasted to be 99 degrees in Richmond today, where we’re shooting an editorial for Southern Weddings V5! Send cool thoughts our way, pretty please?

We thought these oh-so-Southern images from Horace & Gertrude were the perfect way to kick off both the summer season AND our new Summer in the South column! We’ll be bringing you Southern summer goodness once a week for the next ten weeks – get excited! And if our posts are anywhere near as charming as these details from Blue-Eyed Yonder, I think we’re all in for a treat.

With everyone officially kicking off summer this weekend, I wanted to share with your our beautiful “Summer in the South” shoot. It’s beautiful inspiration for brides wanting to plan a darling, vintage-inspired Southern weekend with their best gals before the big day. Perhaps the perfect time to ask them to be bridesmaids or to enjoy a little time away from the stress of wedding planning? Dripping with gorgeous Southern details, such as homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, icy Coca-Colas, lemonade in mason jars, and homemade ice cream, I thought this shoot would be perfect for SWMAG readers.

We were inspired by memories of lazy summer days growing up in the South: warm afternoons filled with picnics and homemade ice cream, dipping your toes in the cool waters of a pond, loading up the car and hitting the road with your best buddies… if you close your eyes, I’m pretty sure you can hear the cicadas and smell a hint of jasmine in the air.

How cute are these gingham cone wrappers?? Way to go, Yours is the Earth!

As an extra-special treat, Artworks Wedding Cinema put together this short film from the afternoon. I’m kind of obsessed with it, actually!

Blue-Eyed Yonder is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Krista | Blue Eyed Yonder reply

    We had the best time shooting this series, from the hair, the suits, and all the fun details!Thanks so much for the feature! I’m looking forward to your other Southern Summer posts.

  2. avatar Stephanie Creekmur reply

    This is AMAZING! I could watch that video over and over again! Thanks for sharing! & I can’t wait to see more of your Southern Summer posts! :)

  3. avatar Nine Photography | Dallas Wedding Photographers reply

    most adorable summer shoot EVER! Those bathing suits are sooooooooooooo cute!

  4. avatar kathy reply

    I just LOVE this…I keep looking at the pics and video over and over….can’t you just feel the sweltering heat and the soft southern breeze blowing as you gracefully swat the gnats from your face!!!!

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  6. avatar Gina reply

    Such perfection!

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  8. avatar Eloïse reply

    I’m a french soutern belle, living down southern France in Montpellier where it’s hot and sunny! I loooved the video, full of grace, it really make me wanna join the ladies! Everything is perfect and delicate, and it is so pleasant to see women with real bodies, they are all gorgoeous!!Bravo!

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I love jam and mason jars, both separately and together — and mostly at weddings! In fact, the other day, my friend called me from the grocery store in a jam conundrum — which to choose? Thank goodness I was available, in my infinite wisdom, to guide him through the options. Unfortunately, I’m not the best at canning things in general, so this handy DIY from the lovely ladies at Yours is the Earth will have all us reaping the benefits!

This fun jam recipe is meant to be stored in the refrigerator, so you don’t have to get into the nitty-gritty of actual canning. (But feel free to use pretty jars, regardless!) Our friends at Yours is the Earth have provided us with canning labels, too! Perfect to personalizing those jam wedding favors, no? I love a homemade touch at weddings and I think guests really appreciate it, too.

What you’ll need:

2 pints ripe strawberries (or about 5 cups), hulled and chopped
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
The juice of a whole lemon

What to do:

Bring all of these ingredients to a simmer in a dutch oven. Mascerate the strawberries until you have a bright, sticky, slightly chunky jam. Transfer to sterilized glass jars with tight-fitting lids. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, if you can make it last that long! Those biscuits are calling!

If you are feeling really adventurous, add a drizzle of balsamic and a few cracks of pepper to the jam while it’s cooking.

For the labels:

Download our PDF template here, and print onto regular paper or sticker paper. Cut along the black outline with scissors. If you’re using regular paper or cardstock, place the label on top of a mason jar lid, then screw the metal ring on top of it. Or, punch a hole through the top and hang it around your jar with a bit of twine or ribbon.

If you’re using sticker paper, cut out and place that pretty little label anywhere your heart desires.

Thanks to our friends at Yours is the Earth for sharing this DIY! Now tell us, what will your wedding favors be?

If you found this DIY helpful, you might like these, too!
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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  2. avatar Vanessa reply

    I love these! Definitely saving this for a later use :)

  3. avatar Allie@HoneyBeeInvites reply

    I love these labels! So amazing!

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    […] GATHER For a tomato canning party! Arm yourselves with your favorite canning jars, a great book of recipes, and a huge pot. That will get you started. It really is easier than it looks, especially when using an acidic food, like tomatoes. Don’t you want to savor all of those market or garden-fresh beauties for the dark days of winter? Now is a great time to start. Our canning lid labels make for pretty and useful storage. Give them as gifts to your guests! If you’re up for it, there’s still a free download available here. […]

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  8. avatar Claudine Greer reply

    As the rain falls outside here in the northwest, my heart is looking forward to summer canning, and jamming, and all the yuminess of the process …. Love your labels! Could you tell me what font did you use? :)

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  10. avatar Alan Diaz reply

    How I may get the labels????!!

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  13. avatar jessica reply

    me gusta mucho

  14. avatar Zen reply

    We were looking for cool but simple labels for our homemade gifts (bath salts, salsas, pickled beans, granola…) and found your post. THANK YOU for sharing your designs!

  15. avatar Cristina Álvarez García reply

    I love it

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