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WE'RE SO GRATEFUL, Y'ALL! LARA: Oh my stars! Never in a million years could I have dreamed that I'd be here writing my seventh installment of gratitude in this little magazine that started as a crazy idea I had while my husband was deployed. What a blessing and a joy this journey has been! God is so good to bring the incredible SW ladies into my life to do this good work alongside. Ladies, I treasure each of you and praise Him for you every day! My prayer is that you would know just how much you are loved. You are changing the world. Ari, your faith helps to shatter my fear and doubts, allowing me to love deeper than I ever thought possible. Meredith and Rhiannon, it's because of you genuinely loving Grace that I have been able to do any of this. Mom and Dad, thank you for continuing to cheer me on — from being Boylan sister #3 in Annie in fourth grade to now. To our church family, it's your loving us well that helped to shape this issue. I am so grateful for whose you are. To the many friends who have prayed for us, shared their marriage challenges and triumphs with me, and to those who are on this journey with us of encouraging forever love, I wish I could write my thanks across the sky to you. THANK YOU. And finally, to my Gracie girl. I love you, sweet pea, and I love your daddy so much. The words in Philippians 4:13, the same words inscribed inside my wedding band, are true. EMILY: SW ladies: What a joy and comfort to be on this road, and living this mission, together! I am truly grateful for each of your talents, skills, and sunny personalities. I am grateful for my family, the standard of love by which I judge all human relationships, and to my friends, who walk beside and before me. As always, I am most grateful (more grateful than I could ever say) to John, the love of my life and my best friend, and to the God who is leading us on our grand adventure. He is good. NICOLE: Amazing SW gals, I'm so grateful to be a part of this team with you, working toward something larger than all of us. We are stronger together than apart and have done more in the past few years than I could have imagined! To my parents, I have learned so much from you about the complexities of love and the power of great relationships. Thank you, endlessly, for showing me how to love others and how to stay true to myself. Tiffany and Robert, there is no feeling more comforting or powerful than knowing you have sisters and brothers who understand the stories you’ve lived and the ones you want to create. I am so grateful to have you both as unwavering parts of my life. Kat and Amy, life has been too kind to bring us together. No adventure would be as fun without you two to share it with. Taylor, if there were a thousand words for love, I would say them all to you. Thank you for showing me patience, generosity, and a life well lived. MARISSA: Above all, thank you to our Lord for every day this year full of indescribable blessings. Lara, Emily, Nicole, Kristin, Lisa, and Morgan, you are the brightest and most incredible women. I am so proud to not only work with y'all, but call you my friends. I am beyond honored to be a part of a team so focused on mission, marriage, and chickens! And special thanks to you, KNW, for your encouragement, heart, and emoji-filled convos! C + B + L, thank you for teaching me that you can pick your family—RTR! Tatiana, thank you for being an example of selfless love. My dear Mama, thank you for taking care of our girl, teaching me to be a mama, and for answering the phone at 2am. I love you! BDK, my heart is yours forever, and I am so grateful I get to spend my days growing old, and raising our baby, with you! My darling, EKK: You are our greatest adventure, our favorite memories, and our biggest accomplishment. Psalm 106:1 KRISTIN: Note to self: you are wildly loved and incredibly blessed. Sweetest LAC, EAT, NAY, MAK, LJO + MEM: my heart explodes with gratitude for the gifts that you share with me and with the world each and every day, especially your heart and your ability to #hustle! Mama, daddy and sissy: your fierce love, constant support, and endless encouragement are honey to my heart. To my sweet family and dear friends who are always in my corner, serving as a daily reminder to choose love, fight hard, and dream big: I love y’all more than monograms and mashed potatoes. And finally, to my husband and my most favorite, Kyle Preston Winchester: you are my heart and a daily reminder of what matters most. Life with you is my biggest blessing and greatest adventure. All I need is you by my side and ice cream in the freezer. I love you. God is good. LISA: I am thine and all that I have is thine, O most loving Jesus. Lara, Emily, Nicole, Marissa, Kristin, and Morgan: It is a joy and a privilege to spend my days with the most dedicated, compassionate, creative people I know. I am truly blessed by each of you. Mom and Daddy: “Thank you” will never be enough. I love you more than I could ever express and I am so proud to be your daughter. Dana, Erik, and Kristen: Having siblings who are my best friends is one of the greatest joys of my life. I love y’all so much. My bridesmaids: Thank you for your love during this sweet time, and always. The Kirks: I love y’all and I’m so grateful for future in-laws with hearts bigger than Texas. Finally, to David, my fiancé: I will spend the rest of my life thanking God for you. I can’t wait to be your wife, and I am going to love you forever. MORGAN: To start, I’m so grateful to write this text in Southern Weddings magazine! To Lara, Emily, Marissa, Nicole, Kristin, and Lisa, thank you for giving me the opportunity to join this incredible team of hardworking ladies who are passionate about what they do. Thank you to Mommy and Daddy for entertaining all of my big dreams and aspirations, giving me everything I could have ever wanted, and for teaching me about unconditional love. To Haley, thank you for knowing me fully and completely and causing me to laugh just thinking about you and our fun times together. I love you, my kitty, my twin. Ellen and Casey, y’all are two of the greatest blessings in my life! Thank you for being my best friends through the good, the bad, and the ugly (middle school)… I can’t wait for that beach house together! Kev, I’m so incredibly grateful for you. Thank you for making me watch videos of pandas playing in the snow when I’m sad and sitting patiently in Anthropologie while I shop. You are the most selfless person I know and I love every bit of you! Col. 3:23. 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LA N D O N JACO B P H O TO G RA P H Y

FEATURES

REAL WEDDINGS

The Sweet Tea Society 14 33 Tips for Writing Your Story 16 Southern Surcees 24 Blooming Belles: Bouquets Inspired by Southern Heroines 33 Goin' to the Chapel: 12-Month Wedding Planning Checklist 50 How to Have a Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget 56 Tips for Tulle: Dress Shopping Advice 59 The Anniversary Gift Guide 63 A Glossary of Southern Traditions 64 A New Beginning 68 In Full Bloom 76 Holy City Hospitality 86 A Bushel and a Peck 100 A Savored Celebration 110 Family Treasures 121 Fun and Fancy Free 126 Seasons of the South 138 Advice from a Southern Groom 267 Dapper Gents 268 Dapper Dogs 270 Little Belles and Beaus 272 Advice for Southern Newlyweds 274 In Celebration of Marriage 285 The Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory 292 Ever After 302

Under the Oaks: Callie + Jamie 148 Love in the Bayou: Julie + Michael 160 Stylishly Southern : Molly + Eric 168 One Ring, One Love: Christina + Matthew 173 Crowned in Love: Emily + Josh 178 Blush is for Lovers: Jen + Schuyler 186 Garden Party: Kathie + Matt 192 Bluegrass Ball: Anne Sydney + Jesse 200 City Lights: Lauren + Leigh 205 Home Sweet Charleston: Keli + Benjamin 210 By Candlelight: Alexandra + Trevor 218 Oh Happy Day: Beth Ann + Wesley 226 All Dressed in White: Inslee + Anderson 234 Aussie to Austin: Samantha + Samuel 240 Destination Dream: Morgan + Brian 246 Ranch Romance: Kelli + Michael 252 Sweet Home Alabama: Abby + Alex 258

CREDITS

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Tec and his wife Chelsea appeared on our very first cover! We're thrilled to have his image on this issue's cover, seven years later.

COVER PH OTO G RAPH Y BY T EC PETA JA I S S U E CA L L I G R A P HY BY MAGPIE PAPER WO RKS magpiepaperworks.com JENN A B L AZEV ICH jennablazevich.com LIT T LE MIS S PRES S littlemisspress.com

All content copyright © Southern Weddings® 2014-2015. Southern Weddings® is a registered trademark of Lara Casey Media, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without express written permission from the publisher. We wish to thank the wedding professionals who contributed to this issue of Southern Weddings®. The opinions expressed by our contributors are their own and do not necessarily represent our opinions or those of the publisher. We have sought to ensure accuracy and completeness of the content herein, but neither Southern Weddings® nor the publisher assumes responsibility for any errors, inaccuracies, omissions, or other inconsistencies, including those related to quotations. We reserve the right to refuse advertising. All advertisements appearing herein are accepted and published on the representation that the advertiser is properly authorized to publish the entire contents and subject matter thereof. All ads are paid advertisements and/or gifts given to vendors in appreciation for their hard work. Neither Southern Weddings® nor the publisher is responsible for any statements, claims or representations made by contributing wedding professionals, advertisers or others, nor is Southern Weddings® or the publisher responsible for anyone's reliance on the content herein. All projects described in this publication are for private, noncommercial use only. No right for commercial use or exploitation is given or implied.

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A NOTE FROM LARA

P H O T O S C L O C K W I S E F R O M B O T T O M L E F T: J O D I M I L L E R P H O T O G R A P H Y , N A N C Y R AY P H O T O G R A P H Y , FA I T H T E A S L E Y P H O T O G R A P H Y , L A U R E N K I N S E Y P H O T O G R A P H Y , E M I LY M A R C H P H O T O G R A P H Y

I believe in the joy of marriage. That joy is not a joy of fairy tales, but a joy that comes from giving your all every day, no matter how many times you fail. I believe that loving well, even when it's hard, is always worth it. I believe that a wedding is just the beginning of the very best parts of life—a passage into the good stuff. I believe that hot boiled peanuts, sweet tea, and biscuits can bring people together and remind us of what matters most. I believe that a stronger-than-a-Southern-oak marriage can change the world, and I believe that we—and YOU—are a part of something bigger than us. I do what I do at Southern Weddings and wake up every day fired up about encouraging marriages and meaningful beginnings to married life not because I've had the "perfect" marriage. My own marriage was once a mess and I felt like it was impossible for anything to change, but it did. I once was lost, but now I'm found. I once was hopeless, and now I know for sure that the best is yet to come. It's not about having a perfect marriage, just like it's not about having a perfect wedding. It's about living and breathing a purposeful relationship, where you keep choosing love. We have truly loved creating these pages for you. We've laughed, cried happy tears as we've poured through these incredible love stories, and we have celebrated what matters most. We invite you to celebrate with us. Whether you commit your heart to your own relationship, support others in loving deeply, or simply pass this special issue on to a friend, we are genuinely grateful for you and are cheering you on!

LARA CASEY

PUBLISHER | EDITOR IN CHIEF instagram @LaraACasey LARACASEY.COM

To read more about the story of how Southern Weddings began, grab a copy of my first book. Make it Happen releases nationwide on December 30, 2014!

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Love our sparkly dresses? They'd be perfect for your wedding or bridesmaids! See where they're from on page 298.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

MARISSA KLOESS

KRISTIN WINCHESTER

NICOLE YANG

LISA OLSON

MORGAN MOORE

I work to not only fight for my marriage, but also to build a strong foundation for our daughter to build upon in her relationships. Focusing on our core makes me savor 3 a.m. cuddles, and helps me remember to never be afraid to be the one who loves the most. Our mission doesn’t mean things are perfect – it means that there is purpose.

I am driven by a love of the South, a heart for marriage, and a belief that true love always, always wins. I believe that relationships matter and that we are called to celebrate life in a way that is deeply meaningful and rooted in what matters most. I also believe that strong marriage has the power to change the world!

Teaching the world that marriage is important fills my heart because I know how great relationships can create ripples of gratitude and love throughout our communities, changing people for the better. I believe that great relationships can give us roots when we feel lost, a partner when we feel alone, comfort in our past, and excitement about the future.

I believe in planning a wedding that points people's minds and hearts straight to what is really happening on that day. I believe in the importance of treasuring your love story and making it last forever. Most of all, I believe that a wedding— a marriage—means the beginning of a family, and that there is nothing more important, dignified, or beautiful than that.

I'm passionate about our work at Southern Weddings because I believe that love is the greatest gift we’ve been given. For me, considering the meaningful details in a wedding— whatever that means to you—point toward a great meaning and work to communicate a couple’s commitment to marriage, which I count as worthy.

AD DIRECTOR instagram: @MarissaKloess

MARKETING DIRECTOR instagram: @KN_Winchester

ART DIRECTOR instagram: @NicoleAYang

EDITOR instagram: @Lisa_Janel

SOUTHERN PHRASES: HEY, Y'ALL! WE'VE DOTTED THE PAGES OF SOUTHERN WEDDINGS WITH A LITTLE "SOUTHERN SPEAK." ENJOY!

DESIGNER instagram: @MorganEMoore


A NOTE FROM

EMILY

A few years ago, when I was newly engaged, I found myself back in my childhood bedroom, surrounded by boxes upon boxes of magazine clippings. As a lifelong wedding nut, I’d been subscribing to wedding glossies since the seventh grade, and had amassed quite the collection of torn-out pages, which were then carefully categorized into neatly-labeled manila folders. With a ring now on my finger, I figured it was time to put all that I had been saving to good use. Some were slightly embarrassing (I wanted to make my bridesmaids wear those?!), but most were still beautiful and surprisingly in line with my style. And I did, in the end, pull a few ideas from those very pages. But the funny thing is, I also began tossing ideas almost immediately, even the ones that I still thought were lovely—because once you've met the one you love, “lovely” isn’t enough. In the 300 pages of this magazine, there are hundreds of ideas that could be incorporated into your wedding, and all of them are lovely. But you are the expert of your story—your incredibly beautiful and perfectly imperfect story—and you will know when you come across an idea that might help tell it to the world, something that will help you say, this is who we are, and this is what our life will be about. I guarantee you’ll find something to tear out and save in these pages, and I hope that when you get to your big day—whether it’s in ten weeks or ten years—you’ll pull it out and smile. With love,

EMILY THOMAS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR instagram: @EmilyAyerThomas

P H O T O S B Y J O D I M I L L E R P H O T O G R A P H Y A N D N A N C Y R AY P H O T O G R A P H Y


CONTRIBUTORS

TEC PETA JA

S I D E VA N S

SEAN LOWE

@TecPetaja

@SidMemphis

@SeanLoweKSU

Tec Petaja is a lifestyle and wedding photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. A picture of him and his wife, Chelsea, on their wedding day appeared on the cover of our first issue in 2008, and this year, he was behind the lens of our cover image.

Sid Evans is the Editor in Chief of Southern Living Magazine. Over the past few years, he’s had his hand on many beloved titles, including Garden & Gun, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, Sunset, and This Old House. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and two children

Sean Lowe starred in the 2013 season of The Bachelor, where he met his wife, Catherine. His first book, For the Right Reasons, releases in January 2014. He and Catherine were married in January 2013 and now live in Dallas, Texas with their two dogs.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SOUTH: I love when spring starts in April and everything begins to bloom and come to life.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SOUTH: The people. They’re warm, generous, creative, and real.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SOUTH: Everyone always greets you with a smile and will lend a helping hand when you need one.

FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING: After the ceremony,

I love getting the bride and groom away from the craziness for their portraits. The moments away from everything where they get to just be together are really special. FAVORITE SOUTHERN CITY: Charleston, South Carolina, by far. I visit whenever I have the chance! FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD: You can never go

wrong with fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and biscuits from Loveless Café!

FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING: The moment of anticipation right before the bride walks down the aisle. FAVORITE SOUTHERN CITY: Sorry, but I have four: Memphis, Nashville, Charleston, and Birmingham. Though I tend to love whatever Southern city I’m visiting. FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD: I’m a barbecue fan— especially ribs that I’ve cooked myself. Makes me feel like I’ve earned them.

FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING: Weddings are all about bringing family and friends together to celebrate the love the bride and groom have found in one another, and there’s no better way to do that than with a fun reception. FAVORITE SOUTHERN CITY: I’m a Dallas boy, born and raised. I love how it has become a cosmopolitan hub while staying true to its Southern roots. FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD: My grandmother, whom I call Mimi, makes all my favorites: chicken fried steak, fried okra, and blackberry cobbler, to name a few.

OUR YEAR IN INSTAGRAM PHOTOS Follow our hashtag, #MAKINGSOUTHERNWEDDINGS for more fun this year!

coverChristina and Blair recreate their party! worthy pose at our V6 launch

Ou r first spe cia l we ddi ngs sec tion for Southern Living appeared in their January 2014 issue.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SOUTH... @SAYPOPROCKS: One word:

pick my peas! WE ASKED Y 'ALL TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE SOUTHERN THINGS. HERE'S WHAT Y 'ALL HAD TO SAY:

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y'all. Two words: sweet tea. It ain't Splenda honey, it's pure sugar. I think everyone in the #SweetTeaSociety would have to agree! @JULIEEMAYO: Dressing for

the occasion, whether we're in cowboy boots or a sundress and a Derby hat. Welcoming new neighbors with a smile and glass of sweet tea. Cherishing family recipes and passing them on to those we love.

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eal Lace Emily modeling our new Oatm supplies! aprons, perfect for photo shoot

MY FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING...

@ELIZABETHWENHART: The

@SHALYNNELSON: When the

sense of community that thrives in both good times and bad. @BROOKEALLINE: Southern

father of the bride walks into the bride’s room to see his baby girl in her gown for the first time. The expressions are always heartfelt and priceless!

expressions! #hotmess #ohmystars #blessyourheart

@ALLSHEWROTENOTES: That

@ANNABELRABOY: Loving

and caring people, small town football, fireflies, and the sweet smell of magnolias!

second when the new Mr. and Mrs. turn to face their loved ones after being pronounced man and wife. They have this exuberant joy on their faces, like, “We did it!”

@L JSAUNDERS1990: When

there is so much love in the room, you can't help but cry a few happy tears. @SCOUTGUTZMERSON7428 :

My favorite thing about weddings is that they're a rare time when we completely disconnect and simply enjoy a day all about love with the people we love. And there's cake and dancing!


NATALIE GRANT

K AT E B R YA N

H O L LY C H A P P L E

@NatalieGrant

@K8_SmallThings

@HollyChapple

Natalie Grant is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a five-time winner of the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2012. She and her husband have three daughters.

Kate Bryan is a former hair stylist and the author of The Small Things Blog, a popular hair and beauty blog best known for her video tutorials. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and one-year-old son, and is currently expecting her second child.

Holly Chapple is the creative visionary behind floral and event design studio Holly Heider Chapple Flowers. She shares her talents with 170 couples a year, as well as her international network of florists, the Chapel Designers. She works with her husband, Evan; they have seven children.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SOUTH: Friendly people, the charm of a Southern front porch, and rich American history. 

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SOUTH: I love the weather! Having lived in the Arctic, a.k.a. the Midwest, for a great portion of my life, it’s lovely to have such beautiful and mild weather!

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SOUTH: Family matters, history matters, and it’s all about tradition.

FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING: The moment when

the groom sees his bride for the first time. FAVORITE SOUTHERN CITY: Nashville, of course.

FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING: I love watching the groom’s face as his bride walks down the aisle. There’s so much emotion happening, and it’s very sweet.

FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD: Banana pudding.

FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING: My favorite part of a wedding is the moment I present the bride with her bouquet. There are happy tears, squeals of delight, or simply a smile of a girl realizing that in that moment, she has become a bride.

leigh, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina.

FAVORITE SOUTHERN CITY: Charleston, South Carolina. The picturesque cobblestone streets, expansive ocean views, and sense of history make me come alive.

FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD: Biscuits that are still

FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD: Fried green tomatoes.

FAVORITE SOUTHERN CITY: It’s a tie between Ra-

warm from the oven.

Southern Behind the scenes of the first Weddings TV episodes.

Cho osin g fav orit e ima ges for V7 at Nicole’s colorful des k.

MY FAVORITE SOUTHERN CITY... @VZELLEBROWN: Wilmington,

NC—it’s hard to beat the azaleas, beaches, and Southern charm all rolled into one beautiful coastal city. @CARLEY_WAHLBORG: Natchez,

MS. The South and her traditions are preserved with such reverence and pride in this town on the Mississippi. @WILCOXCM: I love the bright

city lights and rich history of Atlanta!

Fayetteville, Arkansas: the perfect little college town with tons of culture and the most beautiful mountain views! @KIBBS31:

@MATTANDJULIEWEDDINGS:

New Orleans, Louisiana— there is truly no place like it! I believe it's the soul of the South! @BAILYBAILEY: Savannah,

Georgia—the charm, the romance, the food!

We loved spending time with local readers at our summer meet up!

All smiles in monogrammed seersucker hats at our first annual SW team retreat.

MY FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD... @CALLIE_AURELIEBLOG:

To m a t o s a n d w i c h e s o n white bread with mayo, salt, and pepper. My gramps and I would sit on the front porch and eat them with an RC Cola.

@E L I S E D E A N E: M a c a ro n i

and cheese is hands down the best comfort food and "vegetable" around! @ M A C K E N Z I E D U F F Y:

Join in on all the fun and conversation, from marriage to monograms! Follow us on Instagram.

@LEIGH_FOITH: My fiancé's

@SOUTHERNWEDDINGS

My Mema’s fried okra. Nothing beats it!

@FABULOUSMISSL A: Fried

catfish straight from the Mississippi Delta.

family introduced me to grits, and I've never looked back!

@AMYCLEM_: Lowcountry

boil! It makes a ton for my big Southern family!

@ASHLEIGHMUTT: How can

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HEN YOUR WEDDING DA Y IS OVER, there will be parts that you will remember most clearly— the moments when time stood still, and you soaked in the sights and sounds around you deeply. The moments you keep in your heart to think back on in the years to come. For this, our seventh issue, these savored times are what inspired us. Even more so, we were inspired by the memories made in the days and years that follow, because we’ll let you in on a little secret—some of the sweetest days of life come long after your wedding dress is packed away. Perhaps it will be when you're sipping sweet tea on the front porch of your newlywed home, when you're planting the first seeds of your family's garden, or when you're celebrating new holiday traditions, created just by the two of you. There is so much meaning in honoring those who paved the path on which your love story began, flourished, and became a “yes” to forever, both on your wedding day and in the new family you and your groom create together. While you may draw inspiration from what came before you, know that no story is perfect, and that’s okay. Take the best pieces of your past into married life, but don’t be afraid to leave the old behind. Your wedding is an opportunity to start marriage your way—with new traditions, a new home together, a new branch on your family tree, and new memories to look back on in the years to come. We can’t wait to see how your story unfolds. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRET T & JESSICA CALLIGRAPHY BY OH MY DEER

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The glowing gal in these photos is one of our dearest friends, Meredith! With her love for family, her love for the South, and her focus on creating a beautiful marriage, we couldn't think of anyone better to represent the Southern Weddings bride. See the rest of her wedding photos by Lauren Kinsey and details from her planning on the blog at southernweddings.com/ meredithandbeau. And yes, that's our daughter Grace as her flower girl. The groom, Beau, had a big pink lollipop waiting for her at the end of the aisle to get her to do her flower girl duties! Love the print above as much as we do? Find it at SOUTHERNWEDDINGSSHOP.COM!


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The dress I wore on our first date was woven into fabrics at our wedding (my wedding dress, handkerchiefs for my wedding party, my husband’s suit, pocket squares for the groomsmen, and brooches for every guest). It was a symbol of beginnings and how a good thing got started. BL AINE + BRIAN, FEATURED ON SOUTHERNWEDDINGS.COM

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Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 was read at the

start of our ceremony. Mason and I spent a semester studying in London, so we knew we had to incorporate some Shakespeare!

L AURA + MASON, FEATURED ON SOUTHERNWEDDINGS.COM

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Emily and Ken fell in love through music and food at creative cafés and music spots in Nashville and Charleston, so their wedding had a family-style, organic, farm-to-table feel with a focus on quality and giving recognition to local craftsman. I found this couple in the kitchen thanking all the vendors—graciousness poured out of their veins! L AUREN HEUBER, RIVEROAKS CHARLESTON

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T IPS FOR WRITING YOUR STORY NO ONE HAS A LOVE STORY QUITE LIKE YOURS, AND

GO BACK TO YOUR ROOTS! THINK OF WHERE EACH OF YOU CAME FROM AND YOUR FONDNESS FOR THAT PLACE. WE RECENTLY INCORPORATED MAGNOLIA BRANCHES AND BLOOMS INTO A CHUPPAH AND UMBRELLAS FOR A SECOND LINE PROCESSION TO REFLECT THE GROOM'S NEW ORLEANS HERITAGE AT A PALM BEACH WEDDING. D E S I R E E O F T E D A L , DESIREE DAWN EVENTS

THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATED ON YOUR WEDDING DAY! WITH THE HELP OF SOME CREATIVE FRIENDS, WE ROUNDED UP 33 WAYS TO TURN YOUR FIRST DATE, YOUR TRADITIONS, YOUR SPECIAL QUIRKS, AND MORE INTO MEANINGFUL WEDDING INSPIRATION THAT IS COMPLETELY AND AUTHENTICALLY “YOU.”

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We always let the signature drink do some storytelling for us – serve your mother’s famous party punch or you and your honey’s favorite cocktail. Or, name the signature drink after your beloved pooch (this has happened at receptions more than once, believe it or not!). C O U R T N E Y SPENCER, MERRIMENT EVENTS

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I grew up loving to climb trees, and I was especially fond of a great

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A PAST COUPLE OF OURS SENT THE SWEETEST SAVE-THE-DATE THAT

big magnolia tree that sat to the

INCLUDED THE STORY OF THEIR

left of my childhood home, so I

ENGAGEMENT ("HE PROPOSED ON

thought, how cool would it be if I

A SUNDAY WITH COFFEE IN THEIR

picked leaves from THAT tree and

PAJAMAS AT THE NEW HOME. HE

made them the place cards at the

SAID THEY SHOULD MAKE THESE

wedding? I wanted every detail to

SUNDAYS A LIFELONG HABIT. SHE

hold meaning, and that house is so

SAID ‘YES' AND THEY WILL…") LETTER-

special—it made me so delighted

PRESSED ALONG WITH THE DETAILS

to have a piece of my childhood

OF THEIR UPCOMING WEDDING. WE

with us on our wedding day. Sarah

THOUGHT THIS SET THE TONE FOR

Tate did the most beautiful job writ-

WHAT GUESTS COULD EXPECT—A

ing everyone’s names in white ink

HEARTWARMING WEDDING THAT

on the bottom of the leaves.

CELEBRATED THEIR REL ATION-

S A L LY W A R D + PAT R I C K , F E AT U R E D O N

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There's nothing more special than making your wedding truly and uniquely your own. To share our love story, we handcrafted books as our wedding invites. The books told the story of "us"—who we are, how we met, how he proposed, and details for the wedding. The book was very interactive; it even had a hand-illustrated map created by the Mister. Not only did it share our love story with others, it was also reflective of our personalities—sharing my creative and sentimental side, while also highlighting his meticulous nature and eye for detail. We poured our heart and soul into making those books and love that they're now a treasured keepsake for our family and friends. KRISTA JANOS, BLUE EYED YONDER

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We had a couple who loved frequenting Whataburger (they even stopped there en route to their reception for some quiet time together!), so they served it as a fun latenight snack for their guests! TAMARA

At Tec and Chelsea Petaja’s wedding, Tec walked to the back of the aisle because he wanted to roll out the white runner for his bride before she entered. The runner got caught and wouldn't roll out easily on the ground for some reason, but he was determined. He picked the whole roll up into his arms and spun it out all the way down the aisle while I held the other end. He was so intent on making every-

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thing perfect for his love—it was a beautiful moment. My advice is to think about details from your story, but also to add on to your story at the wedding. Think about how you can show your love to your partner on the wedding day. Are there any little things you can do for them that would be really meaningful to them?

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Bobby and I love grilling pizzas in the summer, so we fell in love with the idea of serving grilled gourmet pizzas at our outdoor wedding. The port-poached pear and blue cheese pizza with port reduction sauce was hands down one of our favorite food items! GRACE + BOBBY, FEATURED ON SOUTHERNWEDDINGS.COM

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Look back on how you met, why you fell in love, the places you've traveled to, and the people who have helped to write your story along the way. Sometimes, the smallest detail—like pinning a gardenia in your hair in memory of your late grandmother, or using sea glass you collected during your favorite vacation to Pawley's Island as place cards—might go unnoticed by many, but the most important part is the significance it holds for you. Not all details need to be showy or Pinterestworthy—your wedding is based on your marriage, told through the lovely little details, whether significant to just the two of you or involving all of your guests. My favorite details are the simple ones chosen with intent, and if the guests discover the meaning behind them, it ties them in just as closely as it does you. JACIN FITZGERALD, LOVELY LIT TLE DETAILS

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The best way to design with your shared history and personal style in mind is to infuse it either subtly or focally throughout your wedding design—just not both! The last thing you want to do is to craft a “couple’s logo” and stamp it on literally everything, as that can start to look corporate and redundant. The easiest way to create memorable focal points is to think of one great shared love the two of you have, then play that up in just three spots at the reception. If you both grew up sailing and your first date was on an exquisite sailboat, you might have a sailcloth tent, a bright spinnaker groom’s cake, and saltwater taffy as a parting favor, for example. In lieu, you might take 200 vintage wooden buoys to create an amazing band backdrop, and let that stand alone as your statement. One big statement or three small touches—not both. CALDER CL ARK

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A RECENT BRIDE CAME FROM A FAMILY WHOSE GRANDFATHER HAD BEEN GIVEN A BEAUTIFUL BUICK CONVERTIBLE IN THE MID'70S. SINCE THEN, EVERY DESCENDANT OF THAT FAMILY HAS USED IT AS A GETAWAY CAR FOR THEIR WEDDING! IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE PICTURES OF THE BRIDE'S PARENTS WAVING FROM THE CONVERTIBLE, AND IT WAS ALL THE MORE SPECIAL AS WE PHOTOGRAPHED THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER FOLLOWING IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS! JOHN AND LINDSEY BAMBER, BAMBER PHOTOGRAPHY

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At a recent wedding, the groom was a pilot, so for the getaway, we threw paper airplanes. At another wedding, the bride’s family owned a potato farm, so we used potatoes as escort cards! HALEY HARPER, A CHARLESTON BRIDE

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Ceremony music is an awesome way to incorporate your love story. Even if no one else knows the significance of a song, you two will, and you'll remember those moments each time you hear the song again after your wedding. D E S I R E E O F T E D A L , DESIREE DAWN EVENTS

The best way to create a wedding day that represents the couple is to draw from personal stories and aesthetics, favorite memories and moments, and ideas and values that are important to both the bride and the groom. For a wedding to be truly personal, edit the possibilities into a curated design, choosing only the details that leave the guests saying "That was SO them!"

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We recently worked with a couple who told their love story in so many charming ways, but my very favorite detail was a crest designed by Happy Menocal that incorporated iconography special to the couple and their families. It was a wonderful, illustrative representation of the union of two families that the bride and groom will cherish for years to come! COURTNEY SPENCER, MERRIMENT EVENTS

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One of my brides loved girly colors, but her groom wasn’t in favor of a pink wedding. We went with ombré shades of purple, since the groom attended Kansas State University, which created a great color palette for their wedding. We added a pop of magenta for the bride as well!

BEING MADLY IN LOVE: OUR HEARTS ARE A-POPPIN’ LIKE THE FLOWERS IN MAY!

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written and beautiful sign. You can creatively tell your guests why a particular detail is so special to you in a few short words. DESIREE OFTEDAL, DESIREE DAWN EVENTS

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Rosemary took the lead in our florals because it is the herb of remembrance, Brian’s grandmother’s name, and our favorite cooking herb, so we wanted the wedding to be flooded with the scent. Scent is one of the strongest memory triggers–forever, something as simple as cooking dinner will remind us of our special day. BL AINE + BRIAN, FEATURED

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Did you have a particularly adorable meet-cute? One of my grooms was wearing a tiny red bicycle on his lapel when he met

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the girl of his dreams. When she asked what it was, he explained,

Clay gave Shannon a star bracelet as a gift, and when he proposed,

an illustration that was used throughout their wedding—primarily

each guest was given their own handmade or thoughtfully

in the invitation suite. They were the only ones that knew there was a

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Stars were special to Shannon and Clay, who were featured in V6. they saw a shooting star. She is an artist, so she incorporated a star into

"My moach. It's my man-brooch!" Fast forward to their wedding: sourced moach to wear at the celebration.

WILL AND MARY FELL FOR EACH OTHER THROUGH TIME SPENT ON THE WATER, MAINLY FISHING. SMALL DETAILS THAT NODDED TO THIS PRIVATE PASTIME OF THEIRS AT THEIR WEDDING INCLUDED A VINTAGE TACKLE BOX THAT HELD THE GUEST SIGN-IN CARDS, FISH OFFERINGS ON THE DINNER MENU, AND A DEPARTURE UNDER AN ARCH OF HANDMADE CANE POLES, FISHING LINE, AND BOBBERS TO A BOAT.

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Daniel and I have an affinity for bluegrass music—he plays the mandolin and guitar, and suffers from a banjo addiction. The song that we have always considered “ours” is “Ocean of Diamonds” by Jimmy Martin. One Sunday night, I returned to Charleston from out of town. Daniel had cooked dinner since I had been traveling all day. He told me he heard a great new song that I just had to hear. I was exhausted and stuffing my face when he started playing it. It took about five seconds for me to realize that it was him singing and playing guitar, mandolin, and banjo. He had recorded it for me on Garage Band. Still not convinced he was proposing, we started dancing in the kitchen, and I could feel his heart racing…that’s when I knew what was up! He got down on one knee and I was crying so hard, I can barely remember what he said. I said yes, and he gave me his grandmother’s diamond filigree ring. At our wedding, we had our first dance to “Ocean of Diamonds” and the groom’s cake was a chocolate to-scale scale model of a Gibson banjo! RACHEL + DANIEL, FEATURED ON SOUTHERNWEDDINGS.COM

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Kalen and Parks, featured in V5, are often called “Sneaks and Boots.” Kalen is almost always in the latest pair of cowboy boots and a darling dress, but when she found herself desperate for a new pair of running shoes, she snagged her mom and went to the hip running store in town, Fit2Run. The cutest boy (Parks!) helped fit her for sneaks and her mom asked him if he was “attached”—the rest is history. For their wedding at Old Edwards Inn, we came up with fun ways to incorporate their nicknames throughout their weekend. All of the bridesmaids received custom cowboy boots as gifts. The groomsmen had custom Vineyard Vines ties printed with little sneakers and cowboy boots, and they also sported neon sneaks for the pre-ceremony pictures. The servers were clad in their own custom Vineyard Vines ties with a different twist on little running shoes and boots as well; even the stationed chefs sported bright neon kicks from Parks’ stores. CALDER CL ARK


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Last fall, I worked with a couple who had been together for eight years. Their invitation read, “At Last...After eight years in the making, we just can’t wait to start the celebration.” The suite was wrapped with a belly band that read, “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be” by Robert Browning. The bride walked down the aisle to a live rendition of “At Last.” At the reception, guests found their seats at tables named after racehorses, since the groom’s family had a long history with horse racing. Each card told a personal story about the horse on the back. All these special touches had the guests reminiscing about the couple’s history and the moments they had shared with them over the years! JESSICA SLOANE, JESSICA SLOANE EVENTS

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OUR VENUE FELT A LITTLE EUROPEAN, WITH A TERRACOTTA ROOF AND A CHARMING COBBLESTONE COURTYARD THAT HAD GRAPE VINES CRAWLING UP THE FRONT OF THE STUDIO. WE LOVED THAT IT REMINDED US OF FLORENCE, ITALY, WHERE WE HAD OUR FIRST KISS. KATIE + ROB, FEATURED ON SOUTHERNWEDDINGS.COM

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One of our couples loved wine, so they used the corks of wine bottles that they had drank as their place card holders. They also named each table after a favorite vineyard. Needless to say, the wine selection at that wedding was second to none!

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Cooper and Catie met in college—he was a pianist in a band that often played at parties Catie attended. At their wedding, Cooper took the stage while Catie danced front row. The groom's cake was shaped like a piano, and speakers under the table played some of Cooper’s songs. NEILLIE BUTLER, MARIÉE AMI

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ASK YOUR CATERING CHEF TO TRANSLATE YOUR LOVE STORY INTO A MENU. WHEN MY HUBBY AND I WERE MARRIED, WE SERVED TINY SALADLIKE BITES WITH SOUP SHOOTERS AT COCKTAIL HOUR TO REFLECT HOW WE MET: AT A LOCAL SOUP AND SALAD BAR! DESIREE OFTEDAL, DESIREE DAWN EVENTS

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You can’t be Southern and not love college sports, so of course, we had to incorporate our love for our teams! From the college-themed cornhole games, singing the school fight songs, and the groom’s cake, to leaving through a row of team-colored shakers, we definitely shared our love for college sports!

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One of my bride's grandmothers always used to give her fortune-telling fish. When the couple lived in New York, they frequented a local restaurant that gave customers the very same toy at the end of every meal. Naturally, we included fortune-telling fish at every place setting, along with a little explanation of the significance. L AURA HELM, ASHTON EVENTS

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Now that your wheels are turning, let’s focus on your story. These questions will lead you through memories of your most special moments and help you identify the style that will be the most uniquely “you.” Some of the questions may seem unrelated (what could your favorite vacation spot possibly have to do with wedding planning?), but we firmly believe that inspiration can come from anywhere! And, even though some of the questions might seem basic, in our experience, connections come more easily when everything is laid out in front of you on the same page. You don’t need to answer everything at once—take your time, cuddle up on the couch with your husband-to-be, and have fun with it!

By day, we ____________________________________ (bride’s occupation) and ____________________________________ (groom’s occupation). We call ___________________________________ (bride’s hometown) and ___________________________________ (groom’s hometown) home, and now we live in ____________________________. For fun, she loves to __________________________________________ (hobbies) and he can be found ________________________________________ (hobbies).

We met ______________________________ (where) while _____________________________________ (what), and on our first date, we______________________________________________ (activity). ___________________ (number) of months/years later, he proposed by _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (proposal). It was ___________________________________(adjective)!

We love spending time together! Our go-to date night is _________________________________________________________ (activity), and on weekends, you can find us __________________________________________________________ (activity). On our dinner dates, her favorite meal is _________________________________ (favorite food) and he loves _________________________________(favorite food). Our favorite #SouthernDoin to do together is ________________________________________________________________________(activity). Our favorite vacation spot is ______________________ (place), and someday, we dream of visiting ______________________(place).

On any given day, she is probably wearing ______________________________________________ (clothing item/accessory) and he is probably wearing _________________________________________ (clothing item/accessory). If it were up to her, our home would be full of _________________________ (favorite home decor items), while he would fill it with __________________________ (favorite home decor items). She can’t wait to register for _________________________ (registry item), and he has his eye on _______________________ (registry item)!

On our wedding day, she is most excited about _________________________, _________________________, and _________________________. He can’t wait for _________________________, _________________________, and _________________________! Most of all, we can’t wait to be husband and wife!

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The legacy of Southern women throughout history is nothing short of magnificent. Included in that rich history, of course, are our mamas, grandmamas, and great-grandmamas, for all of them have contributed qualities to the elegant, gracious, warm Southern woman we hope to embody. But, we’re also including some of the greatest Southern women who have ever lived—even if they’ve only lived in our imaginations and the dog-eared pages of our favorite books. Drawing bouquet inspiration from these belles on your wedding day is a beautiful way to illustrate your own unfolding love story, whether you’re free-spirited like Jenny or glamorous like Scarlett. Either way, your epic romance has a permanent place in Southern history… whether it’s written about in books, or carefully inscribed on your heart.

FLORAL DESIGN BY: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers PHOTOGRAPH Y BY: Katie Stoops

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The Notebook | book by Nicholas Sparks | 1996 When we think about sweet Allie, we think of the colors of the coast, her blue dress and pearls, and everything ladylike and lovely. This delicate, but strong, bouquet is worthy of a love story that stretches across decades.

“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.”

T H E BLO OMS White peony White and blue scabiosa Queen Anne's lace Blue tweedia Snow on the mountain Ribbon by Silk & Willow

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SKEETER PHELAN

The Help | book by Kathryn Stockett | 2009 Skeeter is a young reporter and the daughter of a cotton plantation owner in 1960 Mississippi. She’s courageous and opinionated—more concerned with developing her career than finding a man. This bouquet, neutral but full of texture, would nicely match her unassuming style and tenacious temperament.

T H E BLO OMS Blush astilbe Combo roses White dahlias White patience garden roses Gunnii eucalyptus Pink berries

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“That’s what I love about Aibileen, she can take the most complicated things in life and wrap them up so small and simple, they’ll fit right in your pocket.”

Skeeter is such an inspiring character and I agree that this humble yet confident bouquet would go perfectly with those brown loafers her mother hates so much! SOUTHERN WEDDINGS MAGAZINE | southernweddings.com

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“I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

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SCARLET T O'HARA

Gone With the Wind | book by Margaret Mitchell | 1936 Moody and glamorous, a “moonlight and magnolias” bouquet is perfect for Scarlett. The abundant green silk and velvet wrap reminds us of her impromptu curtain dress!

T H E BLO OMS Dark purple double hellebores

Purple dianthus

Pink kangaroo paws

Purple scabiosa

Allspice flowers Purple sweet peas

Purple tulips Magnolia leaves

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JENNY CURRAN Forrest Gump | movie | 1994

A true flower child, Jenny was wild and free, and so is her sunny bouquet. The vintage ribbon is a nod to the yellow dress of her childhood, and the feverfew, to the flower crowns she wore later in life.

T H E BLO OMS Yellow peonies Chamomile Poppies Peach ranunculus Orange asclepias Ribbon by Hyman Hendler

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“From that day on, we was always together. Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.”

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“’I love to see you at my table, Nick. You remind me of a—of a rose, an absolute rose. Doesn’t he?” She turned to Miss Baker for confirmation: “An absolute rose?’”

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The Great Gatsby | book by F. Scott Fitzgerald |1925 This belle from Louisville, Kentucky was dazzled by the glitz and glamour of the twenties. She’d love carrying an exquisite, modern cascade adorned with a jeweled wrap. The dark privet berries give this lush bouquet an extra dose of drama.

T H E BLO OMS Open cut white calla lilies Lavender and white lilac Iris Blush ranunculus Lavender sweet peas White clematis Rhinestone belt by Untamed Petals

While I'm not normally a fan of the dazzled and glitzed, I love this bold take on the cascading bouquet shape.

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SCOU T FINCH

To Kill a Mockingbird | book by Harper Lee | 1960 Even scrappy tomboy Scout would appreciate this rustic, dusty peach bouquet. The chambray bow wrap is reminiscent of her beloved dungarees, and the white azaleas were included in honor of the prized crop of her favorite neighbor, Miss Maudie.

When my mom lived in Monroeville, Alabama, the town this book is based on, she went to elementary school right behind "Boo Radley's house." A decade before Harper Lee wrote about them, her classmates were already whispering about the mysterious inhabitants!

T H E BLO OMS White azalea Peach Juliet cabbage roses Virginia blue bells Queen Anne's lace Blue thistle Scabiosa pods Carmel antique roses

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“Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere.�

Defining these Southern heroines and translating them into bouquets was an incredibly fun job! To bring their personalities to life, we leaned on the hunt and gather experts at Old Lucketts Store for props. I could spend days wandering the aisles of vintage hip goodies in Leesburg, VA; if you're looking for some one-of-a-kind pieces for your wedding decor or newlywed home, I can't recommend them more! SOUTHERN WEDDINGS MAGAZINE | southernweddings.com

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Steel Magnolias is one of my all-time favorite movies. In case you haven't met me, watch this movie—I'm the Shelby kind!

“My colors are blush and bashful. I have chosen two shades of pink; one is much deeper than the other.”

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S H E L B Y E AT E N T O N Steel Magnolias | movie | 1989

Girly Shelby would love this ruffly bouquet, sized to match her generously-teased hair. We added a tulle cuff in honor of her veil in Steel Magnolias, and wrapped her bouquet in a pink monogrammed handkerchief as a nod to the importance of her family.

T H E BLO OMS Blush peonies Constance cabbage roses Bridal pink piano cabbage roses Monogrammed handkerchief by Bumblebee Linens

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Cut out this checklist and stick it in your bag or binder for easy check-offs! And since we know you're adding special touches to your big day to tell you and your beau's story best, we've included a few extra lines for you to add in personal to-do's.

WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST While it's so important to keep in mind the big picture while wed ding planning—you're marrying the love of your life in front of the people you love most!—there comes a time when you'll need to dot some i's and cross some t's. And that's where this checklist comes in, keeping you on track during your engagement and making sure your celebration is as organized and stress-free as it is joyful and full of love. Happy planning!

We're so excited to share this wedding planning checklist, excerpted from our brand new wedding planner! Learn more and find it online at SOUTHERNWEDDINGSSHOP.COM.

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The illustrations that decorate this checklist were one of our favorite additions. They were painted in our office by our designer, Morgan, whose watercolor talents we are so grateful for!


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M O N T H S AWAY F R O M T H E B I G D AY During these first sweet months with a sparkly ring on your finger and a beau you can now call “fiancé,” the most important to-do is to celebrate. After all, being engaged is fun! As you begin to plan a wedding, always keep your own love story at the forefront of your mind—at any wedding, it’s the most meaningful source of inspiration!

OO Congratulations, y’all are engaged! OO Decide on a budget. OO Reserve your date and ceremony and reception venues. OO Research photographers, videographers, bands, florists, and caterers. OO Book your wedding planner. OO Book your officiant. OO Book your photographer and videographer. OO Invite your wedding party to stand beside you. OO Start working on your guest list. OO Go dress shopping. OO OO OO


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M O N T H S AWAY F R O M T H E B I G D AY Wedding plans are full speed ahead! We encourage you to spend just as much, if not more, time tending to your relationship and preparing for marriage as you do planning your wedding. These months of wedding planning are especially fun, because many items on your to-do list can turn into fun activities with your fiancé! Cuddle up for the camera during your engagement session, make a date night out of registering, and have fun dreaming up the best honeymoon ever.

OO Finalize your guest list. OO Schedule an engagement session with your photographer. OO Design and order, then send out, your save the dates. OO Start shopping for bridesmaids’ gowns and flower girl dresses! OO Schedule consultations (phone or in-person) with your top florist picks, and then book your favorite bloom team. OO Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. OO Start registries at your favorite stores. OO Search for and book your wedding cake or sweets baker. OO Purchase or design your invitations. OO Hire a calligrapher, if the budget allows. OO Arrange transportation. OO Book your honeymoon. OO Order your wedding dress. OO OO OO

FEELING GOOD ON THE BIG DAY: I FEEL FINER THAN A FROG’S HAIR SPLIT FOUR WAYS AND SANDED TWICE.


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M O N T H S AWAY F R O M T H E B I G D AY Your wedding is around the corner! Now that the big plans are in place, it’s time to turn your attention to meaningful details. Rather than merely what is the prettiest, turn to your relationship, your home states, and your families for inspiration, and choose details that truly reflect your love story.

OO Finalize ceremony music selections with your musicians. OO Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner venues. OO Order your wedding shoes, any under-the-dress essentials, and any special lingerie. OO Schedule your first dress fitting. OO Schedule hair and makeup trials. OO Address those invitations! OO Think through any family or Southern traditions you’d like to include. OO Finalize the menu, bar, and service details with your caterer or venue. OO Purchase your wedding bands. OO Choose your reception music and discuss with your entertainment contact. OO Research local marriage license requirements. OO Finalize the contract with your florist. OO Have your bridal portraits taken. OO Plan your wedding day morning. OO If you’ll be traveling abroad for your honeymoon, get your passports. OO Gents, if you’re purchasing your suit or tux, place your order. OO OO OO


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M O N T H S AWAY F R O M T H E B I G D AY You’re goin’ to the chapel! We hope you’ll savor these last few months as an engaged gal by spending lots of time with your fiancé, staying organized, asking for help when you need it, and being a gracious hostess. Most of all, remember that no matter what happens, all that matters at the end of your wedding day is that you’ll be married!

OO Send your invitations on their merry way! OO Gents, if you’re renting, get measured for your suit or tux at the formalwear shop. OO Decide on and purchase gifts for your bridesmaids and parents. OO Order or craft favors, if desired. OO If you’re having a destination wedding, consider putting together wedding weekend guest totes for out-of-town guests. OO Put together sweet baskets for your reception restrooms. OO Send your event schedule to your vendors. OO Attend your dress fitting(s) and learn how to bustle your dress. OO Obtain a marriage license. OO Submit your wedding announcement to the local newspaper. OO Craft a wedding day timeline, if you're not working with a planner or day-of coordinator. OO Touch base one last time with all of your vendors to ensure everyone is on the same page. OO OO OO


WISE AS A SPOTTED OWL

HOW TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING ON

Any Budget

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y favorite part of wedding planning!” said no one, ever. While we will admit that money talk is not nearly as fun as gown shopping or cake tasting, it is without a doubt one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process. And, if approached thoughtfully and head-on, it might not be as bad as you’re imagining! In our opinion, the trickiest thing about budgeting for a wedding is that most people only plan one—and until you start nailing down specifics and requesting quotes from vendors and venues, it’s nearly impossible to know how much you might spend for your wedding given your unique set of circumstances. Weddings are not easy to generalize! That being said, there are some universal tips—many from the Southern Weddings gals’ own experiences as brides and the experiences of countless readers we’ve profiled over the years—that we’d love to pass along.

Start saving early. This might be our single best tip, especially if (like us) you tend to have champagne tastes on a moonshine budget. Even if you might not know exactly how much your wedding will cost, it’s a pretty good bet that it will be expensive. Like all expensive things, the sooner you start saving, the smaller the amount per month you need to save, and therefore, the less painful the saving will be. If you know you’re going to want some of those amazing extras that a parent might not be as willing to splurge on, like videography, we highly recommend starting to save as far in advance as possible!

Set your budget. Thankfully, even though it’s

nearly impossible to know how much the wedding in your head will cost before getting engaged and talking to vendors, it’s still possible to set your budget, because your budget should be based on the amount of money you have, not the amount things cost. In addition to tallying up whatever you and your fiancé will contribute, check in with both sets of parents or grandparents (if they haven’t made the first move). Though it can be awkward to talk about money or to feel like you’re asking your parents to spend, they will likely be expecting it. If you go into the conversation with a grateful heart and without expectations, being thankful for any contribution they want to make, we think it will turn out well.

Do not go into debt. Perhaps we don’t need to

include this tip, because y’all are sensible people. But just in case, here it is again: do not go into debt over your wedding! No one day, no matter how happy, is worth starting your marriage off on the wrong foot financially.

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time to begin slicing it up. Talk with your fiancé about what’s most important to you both, and reach out to vendors and venues with whom you’re interested in working. As quotes come in, you’ll start to see how your money might need to be allocated. Wedding quotes can be eyepopping and confusing at first, so don’t despair! It’s also hard to generalize the pricing on wedding services since you’re not comparing apples to apples. Also: don’t forget to calculate tips into the cost of each vendor.

Negotiate with care. A photographer might be

willing to take a small percentage off his package price under certain circumstances, but please don’t expect a discount—vendors have set their prices with careful thought. Instead, if the price quoted is beyond your budget, see if you can subtract something from what he’s presenting—an album, hours of coverage, number of prints—for a lower price. A florist should be able to work with you on what flowers are in season and which blooms will have the most impact per dollar. We’ve even seen some vendors who love to travel waive their travel fees for certain locations that they’ve always wanted to visit—if you’re getting married in a particularly stunning location, it might be worth a shot! Following vendors you love on social media or reading their blogs can be a great way to be the first to know about promotions they’re running or discounts they’re offering. Some venues offer a discount for non-Saturday evening weddings, or weddings during their slower season. Finally, if you have the luxury of a long engagement, you might be able to book vendors like photographers or videographers at, say, their 2015 prices even though your wedding is in 2016. No matter what, remember to go in with a grateful heart, and without expectations or a sassy attitude.


PRACTICAL TIPS wine) all night, or offer a limited bar at cocktail hour then open it up to a full bar at the reception; or inquire about purchasing your own alcohol (especially if you have somewhere you can get a discount). Also, don’t assume that either paying by consumption or paying a per-person price is cheaper—here, it really helps to know your audience.

Be wise about DIY. We love when brides and grooms hand craft details for their weddings— these projects can result in some of the most beautiful and meaningful moments of a celebration. In terms of the budget, though, keep in mind that the DIY route is not always the least expensive, especially when a project requires buying tools, supplies that can only be bought in bulk, or techniques so complicated you need to pay for instruction.

Supplement your professionals. While some

If necessary, cut based on your priorities. We

dislike blanket suggestions on what to cut from the budget, because those decisions should be based solely on what’s most important to y’all as a couple. That being said, there is always something that can be cut, so here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning: skip ceremony flowers (choose a beautiful location instead); skip favors unless you can think of something that’s truly meaningful to you as a couple; buy a preloved gown or sell yours post-wedding; borrow a car from a friend or just ride in yours instead of renting a limo or vintage car; skip a reply card and have guests email their RSVPs; order a simple cake design and crown it with a gorgeous topper (bonus points if it’s a family heirloom!).

Consider alcohol. Though alcohol can be a big expense for a wedding, there are actually many ways to cut its cost. A few suggestions: cut the champagne toast; offer a limited bar (beer and

things should ALWAYS be left to professionals, there are ways to cut costs while working handin-hand with the pros you’ve hired! Just a few ideas to get your mind turning: work with a florist, but provide the centerpiece containers from pieces you already own (family silver is great for this!). Hire a live band for the reception, but use their sound system to play a custom mix for cocktail hour. Ask a calligrapher to create a digital file of your names, then use it across your paper suite instead of having everything handlettered.

using them at both weddings! Decor pieces and accessories that can be used more than once are great candidates. So are simple supplies, like envelopes or welcome bags—you can often receive a discount when ordering in bulk. We’ve also heard amazing stories of brides who are getting married on the same weekend at a venue using the same tent draping, for instance, or the same arbor for their ceremonies. See if your venue will put you in touch with your fellow brides, or put out feelers on social media or through friends of friends to see with whom you might be able to connect!

Take care of your guests. We like details as

much as y’all, but at some point (especially when you’re on a limited budget), it’s time to stop worrying about what your wedding will look like in photos, and start thinking about how it will FEEL to you and your guests. Sometimes, $15 worth of bug spray at a cocktail hour can be worth more than all the fancy linens and candles in the world. People will remember when you made them feel comfortable, included, and welcomed, and they will also remember when they had to wait in a line or eat cold food or trek a mile to the bathroom because you didn’t want to pay for a port-a-potty. They will almost certainly forgive you for those things, because they are your dearest friends and family and they love you, but wouldn’t it be better to avoid them altogether? For us, gracious hospitality is always a budget “do.”

Borrow. Not everything has to be bought new

(or even old) for your wedding! Borrowed pieces can lend a beautiful air of family and heritage to your wedding day, and, in our experience, guests love having a hand in the celebration! We’ve heard of brides borrowing clutches, jewelry, cake plates, toasting flutes, veils, wraps, display easels, lounge pillows, chalkboards, and much more. Replacing expense with meaning is always a win in our book.

Share. Getting married close to a friend or relative? Look into purchasing things together and

We’ll leave you with perhaps our favorite way to sum up wedding budgeting: it’s possible to have a wedding on any budget, but it’s not possible to have any wedding on any budget. Your wedding will be gorgeous and meaningful and memorable because you two are at the center of it — blissfully happy and in love — no matter how much you spend or don’t spend. Years from now, that love and happiness is what you and your guests will remember above all else.


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inding a wedding dress is a different experience for every bride. Television shows like to show tear-filled moments of perfect clarity, but choosing a dress because it makes you feel beautiful, your groom will love it, and it fits the style of your wedding day is just as valid and special, tears or no tears! Since this decision is a big one, we can’t promise that dress hunting will go off without a hitch, but with a little bit of preparation and the right mindset, we strongly believe these tips can help make it one of your favorite parts of wedding planning!

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Pull inspiration. Start by gathering im-

ages of dresses that appeal to you. Don’t worry if they vary widely or don’t seem to fit the type of wedding you’re having — at this point, you’re just trying to pull together a visual representation of your style. Take note of recurring features or designers.

Decide on your budget. To determine

your gown budget, you’re going to need to have a firm handle on your entire wedding budget. The industry rule of thumb is that the wedding gown generally makes up 10% of the overall budget, but we find that some brides spend much more on their dress, and some spend much less. Choose an amount that makes sense to you based on how highly you value your wedding day look. Note: If you fall head over heels in love with an out-of-budget gown, consider buying a pre-loved gown online (PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com and OnceWed.com are great resources) or selling your dress after the wedding to recoup some of the cost. Keeping alterations to a minimum and choosing a well-known designer gown can help with the resale process!

Nail down the basics.

The location, venue, and time of year of your wedding will likely have a big impact on the type of gown that feels appropriate for it. Make sure you’ve determined these basics before you begin dress shopping!


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AT YOUR

APPOIN T MENT Bring inspiration… Print out pages of your favorite gowns to communicate your aesthetic to your consultant. Your wedding inspiration board can be helpful, too!

…but be open to anything. The point of

PREPARING

FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT(S)

Start the process well in advance. Un-

less you’re planning to buy off the rack (think J. Crew or BHLDN), know that it can take 6-8 months for a custom gown to be ordered, made, and, if necessary, altered. If you have it, the 15-to-10-month-out time range gives you plenty of breathing room to avoid making a panicked decision (but only if you’ve established your basics!).

Choose your shop(s) carefully. There are

nearly as many bridal shops as there are brides, so there’s certainly one out there that will be a perfect match for your personality. Do you want an intimate boutique experience? Or do you want to see as many gowns as possible? Are you in love with a particular designer? (It seems obvious, but make sure the boutique you’re headed to carries her line!) Does the shop offer a range of gowns/lines in your budget? Have your friends had a wonderful experience there?

Do your hair and makeup. On the day of

your appointment, take a little extra time to do your makeup and hair — just the fancy version of your usual look! This will help keep you from nixing gowns just because you’re not feeling super confident that day. In addition, if you are SURE you’re going to want to wear your hair up, put it in a bun or a ponytail. Same goes for wearing it down.

Ask the right people to come with you.

Dress shopping tips often focus on the number of people to bring to an appointment, but we think the TYPE of people is much more important. You want folks who will be supportive, kind, and generally hesitant to share their thoughts unless you ask! Now is not the time for the opinionated or the attention-hungry. If only your best friend falls into the first category? She’s the one who’s coming. If mama, mama-in-law, grandmama, sister, and best friend fit the bill? Sounds like a fabulous bonding experience.

bringing inspiration is to share the look you love, not to box yourself into a specific gown or designer you’re committed to. Dresses often look and feel very different on you than they do in photos, so be open to trying on anything! Even if you are absolutely SURE you would NEVER wear that gown the consultant is holding up, try the dang thing on. What’s the worst that could happen? You’re there to try on dresses, so have fun! Respect your stylist’s expertise (they do do this for a living, after all), but respect yourself, too — it goes without saying that you should never feel pressured into actually buying a gown you don’t love. We can’t even begin to count how many real wedding interviews we’ve read from brides featured on Southern Weddings who ended up picking a gown 180 degrees different from what they originally envisioned!

Only try on dresses in your price range. There’s no point in falling in love with something you can’t afford, so be honest with your consultant about your budget.

Be gentle with yourself. If you find your-

self frustrated or even in tears at some point, don’t beat yourself up about it, and don’t feel pressured to feel a certain way! That goes for “the moment,” too. If you feel calm and happy, that’s more than enough!

MAKING

THE DECISION Consider your husband. Yes, you’re the

one wearing the dress, and yes, you should absolutely choose something that’s your style and that you feel beautiful in! But just as the wedding day is about the two of you, it’s worth a passing thought to consider your fiancé’s style as you make your final decision. Know he hates anything too frilly or fussy? Save the rows of ruffles for your next black tie event.

Wait for a trunk show. Finally, if you’ve

zeroed in on THE dress and have a bit of time before you need to order it, see if the designer will be having a trunk show nearby anytime soon. Most offer 10% off to those who order during the show, which can be a great way to save!

COMPLETING

THE LOOK Don’t forget about a veil! If you don’t buy

one at the bridal salon when you purchase your dress, ask for a swatch of your dress fabric to bring veil shopping. It’s astounding how many different shades of white there are!

Look for wedding day shoes.

Once you’ve chosen a dress (hooray!), it’s time to start looking for your wedding day shoes. Buy them in time for your first dress fitting and bring them in to your appointment so that your hem can be altered accordingly.

Ready to hit the salon? Our brand-new wedding planner has a handy pull-out “dress shopping journal” for taking notes at each appointment. See it at SOUTHERNWEDDINGSSHOP.COM!

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THE

ANNIVERSARY GIF T GUIDE

Marriage, we like to say, is the gift that keeps on giving. And while (even though it sounds cheesy) we truly believe the best possible anniversary gift you could ever get is another year with your spouse, we also believe marriage deserves to be celebrated! Exchanging gifts can be a lovely way to honor the investment you’ve made in each other. To help you plan, we’ve included the traditional and modern anniversary gifts below, as well as some creative suggestions to help you celebrate the first five years!

ANNIVERSARY

TRADITIONAL

MODERN

1 ST

Paper

Clocks

2 ND

Cotton

China

3 RD

Leather

Crystal/glass

Fruit/flowers

Appliances

5 TH

Wood

Silverware

6 TH

Candy/iron

Wood

7 TH

Wool/copper

Desk sets

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TH

8 TH

Bronze/pottery

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Pottery/willow

Leather

Tin/aluminum

Diamond jewelry

TH

10 T H

Linens/lace

OUR FAVORITE IDEAS

TO GET YOU STARTED While it’s handy to have suggestions to fall back on when you’re stumped for ideas, and it can be fun to try and think of a creative and meaningful gift within the bounds of each material, the traditional list is just a list of suggestions. If you think a trip or experience would better suit your situation, don’t let us hold y’all back! FIRST ANNIVERSARY: PAPER • An album of wedding photos • A fine art print • Tickets to a concert or sporting event, or to an exotic location! SECOND ANNIVERSARY: COTTON • A decadent sheet set or blanket

11 T H

Steel

Fashion jewelry

12 T H

Silk/linen

Pearls

13 T H

Lace

Textiles/fur

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Ivory

Gold jewelry

15 T H

Crystal

Watches

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China

Platinum

25 T H

Silver

Silver

30 T H

Pearl

Diamond

• Hydrangea or gardenia bush (or choose a plant that blooms every year near your anniversary!)

35 T H

Coral

Jade

• A gift certificate for landscaping (to turn your yard into a romantic oasis)

40 T H

Ruby

Ruby

45 T H

Sapphire

Sapphire

50 T H

Gold

Gold

6 0 TH

Diamond

Diamond

TH

• A commissioned painting (canvases are made from cotton!) • Monogrammed robes THIRD ANNIVERSARY: LEATHER • A wallet or pair of shoes • A belt, bag, or watch

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• A leather-bound photo album FOURTH ANNIVERSARY: FRUIT AND FLOWERS

• Floral china FIFTH ANNIVERSARY: WOOD • A piece of beautifully-crafted furniture • A porch swing • An heirloom bowl or cutting board

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T R A DI T IONS

Southern traditions in general, and Southern wedding traditions in particular, can leave many brides and grooms feeling as overwhelmed as a short dog in tall grass. While many are just plain fun, it’s worth taking the time to understand where these sometimes silly and always endearing traditions come from—it helps us remember who we are and what’s so special about this place we call home.

TRADITION

HISTORY

B URYI NG T H E BO URBON

We’re not quite sure where this zany tradition originated, but it’s made its mark on Southern folklore, that’s for sure.

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WHEN TO DO IT

GOOD TO KNOW

To ensure fair weather on their wedding day, a bride and groom must bury a completely full bottle of bourbon upside down at the site of their ceremony exactly one month before their wedding day.

Rain or shine, the bottle should be dug up postc e re m o n y a n d enjoyed with the bridal party, making this a win-win tradition no matter the skies!

We’ve also heard a variation that suggests the burying should be done on a day with weather the couple would be happy to have on their wedding day.

The cake pull gets its roots from an old Victorian tradition of “ribbon pulling.” Back then, charms of luck and fortune were set into the wedding cake by the bride to predict the future of her single friends (much like the tradition that says the single gal who catches the bouquet will be the next to marry). Both good and bad luck options were included in the selection, making the pulling a slightly risky proposition.

Silver charms attached to satin ribbons are placed into a small cake after baking so that the charms are hidden from view. Bridesmaids and close female friends are given the opportunity to pull a charm from the cake just before it’s cut (a ceremony called the “ribbon pull”).

Most brides prefer to hold the cake pull at a time set aside for honoring their nearest and dearest. A bridal shower or bridesmaid luncheon are great options.

A few of our favorite charms and their meanings: a hot air balloon (adventure and trade), the fleur de lis (love and prosperity), and the four-leaf clover (good luck).

We noticed our readers sharing photos from a first look with their father around the same time brides began seeing their grooms before the ceremony with more regularity. However, we’re sure this tradition has been around about as long as brides have identified as “daddy’s girls.”

A father’s first look is what we like to call the sweet moment when a bride sees her father for the first time after getting into her gown and veil. It’s a great opportunity to exchange heartfelt thank you’s and parent gifts, take a short trip down memory lane, and likely shed some tears.

Promptly after you get dressed is a great option, as you'll have time to touch up your makeup before the ceremony.

If photographs of this encounter are important to you, be sure to consult with your photographer on the best location for this sweet moment to take place

Groom’s cakes can be traced back to England’s Victorian era, when there were three cakes at a wedding: the wedding cake, which was served to the guests; the groom’s cake, which was served to the groomsmen; and the bride’s cake, which was served to the bridesmaids. The earliest groom’s cakes were fruitcakes—ick! Groomsmen everywhere would no doubt be terrified to learn that the male half of the bridal party used to be responsible for whipping up the groom’s cake on the morning of the wedding!

Thankfully, fruitcake no longer rules as the flavor of choice, but groom’s cakes are still often made of dark chocolate with fruit or liqueur. Almost anything goes for their design, from intricate designs customized to the gent of honor’s favorite hobbies, to the red velvet armadillo made famous by Steel Magnolias. Some groom’s cakes aren’t even cakes at all—rather, they are towers of Oreos and cold glasses or milk, hot donuts passed on trays, or a spread of childhood treats baked by mama.

Groom’s cakes are generally displayed and served alongside the wedding cake at the reception. Some brides choose to surprise their groom with his own cake at the rehearsal dinner instead!

Legend holds that if an unmarried woman sleeps with a slice of groom’s cake under her pillow, she’ll dream of her future husband. We can’t support singling out your single friends, but we think to-go boxes filled with cake would make any guest sleep better!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

DESCRIPTION

A bottle of bourbon, a shovel, an optimistic outlook, and a rain plan

CAKE PULL DIFFICULT Y:

SUPPLIES NEEDED: A petite cake, a set of cake charms, and your best gals

A FAT H ER’S FI RST LO OK DIFFICULT Y:

SUPPLIES NEEDED: A bride, her daddy, and a big ol' box of tissues

GRO OM ’S CAKE DIFFICULT Y:

SUPPLIES NEEDED: A delicious confection

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HO USE PART Y

The house party is one solution to a common conundrum in the South: too many friends to fit into the bridal party! Along with our hair, our bridal parties tend to be a bit bigger beneath the MasonDixon Line, but we still have to draw the line somewhere, and a house party is a great way to include loved ones without your bridal party ballooning.

Members of a house party are often assigned wedding day tasks like manning the guest book, handing out programs, serving cake, reading during the ceremony, or just assisting the bride. They can also help plan the bachelorette party and bridal shower, or they might just be invited to these events. Some house party members aren’t assigned any duties at all, but are simply included because the bride wants to honor her relationships.

Ask your bridesmaids first, and then your house party gals soon after, so there’s no confusion as to who is playing what role.

The only thing a house party tradi ti onal l y does not do is stand at the altar with the bride—that spot is reserved for bridesmaids. HP gals can be seated in the first or second row, just behind family.

The first monograms appeared when Roman and Greek rulers carved their initials on coins to mark their reigns. Artists soon took up the practice as a way to sign their work; noble households and then the lower class followed suit, marking their table linens, cutlery, and household goods as a sign of prestige and ownership.

Since many Southerners are monogrammed practically from birth, it’s easy to see why there are so many options for monogramming a wedding day. From family Bibles to signet rings, monogrammed pieces are passed down through generations as a reminder of those who came before us. Your personal monogram consists of the initial of your first name on the left, your middle name on the right, and your maiden name slightly larger in the middle. A married or joint monogram features the initial of the wife’s first name on the left, the husband’s name on the right, and the couple’s married surname slightly larger in the middle.

Anything worn before or during the ceremony should reflect your maiden monogram, and a married monogram shouldn’t be used before you're married. Try using your first initials joined by an ampersand, and then debut your new married monogram at the reception.

Your engagement is the perfect time to really dig deep into the values you and your fiancé hold most dear, and then brainstorm what sort of imagery would best represent your new family. See page 25 for a custom monogram and family crest artist we adore!

The second line stems from African American jazz funerals, where a brass band played and paraded to honor the life of the deceased while loved ones followed the band, dancing to add to the spirit and celebration of the procession.

Weddings with a New Orleans connection have flipped this tradition on its head, using a second line parade to signify the beginning of new life for the bride and groom. Though second lines begin with just invited guests, they often attract passer-bys to join the fun—perfect for a wedding in the South, where there’s always enough joy to go around! Have the newly married couple step off first, holding decorated parasols—the band, wedding party, and guests can follow behind!

A second line usually takes place between the ceremony and the reception. Other couples choose to close out their dance floor with a raucous second line at the end of the night.

In a genius display of double duty programs, we’ve seen couples print their order of service on white hankies, then encourage guests to twirl them in the air once the second line sets off!

Sororities have a storied history that includes an encyclopedia of traditions. The “sing” might be the most popular in relation to weddings, but its specifics vary so widely, it’s hard to pin down!

Usually, the sorors in attendance will encircle the bride and link arms, then sing a song common to that chapter. Some use their sorority’s signature song, while other groups have a song specifically for singing at weddings, which could be anything from the university’s alma mater to a sweetheart song or a top 40 hit. Some chapters choose to hold candles while they sing (reminiscent of the “candle pass” for those engaged in school).

During the dancing portion of the reception.

We also love subtle ways of incorporating Greek pride, including attaching your sister pin to your dress, using your sisters' pins for your “something borrowed," or incorporating your sorority’s flowers into your bouquet.

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Y'all, my husband and I trekked all over North Carolina looking for the perfect setting for this shoot! We finally found it at a historic home near the SW office with the biggest dogwood tree I'd ever seen. We blindly knocked on the door to ask permission to shoot in the yard, and happily, the family agreed!

Spring is the start of something new. After the months of waiting for its arrival, waking up on the first day after winter, when you can finally open the windows to let the breeze in and you see the first blooms appearing on the trees, is nothing short of enchanting. There’s something equally magical about opening your eyes on the first day after your beloved gets down on one knee and asks you to spend your life with him. In the soft glow of the morning, you stare at the ring on your finger, and bask in the sweet contentment and excitement of having said yes.

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Botanical prints—newly painted, or copies of vintage versions—make lovely invitation backers and envelope liners, especially if your signature bloom is appearing throughout your wedding details.

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How sweet are these little flower girls? Silk floral crowns made their mismatched white dresses look cohesive and unified for their trip down the aisle, and oversized ribbon wands kept them entertained all afternoon long!

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The months that follow are full of dreams, plans, and to-do lists. This season is short, but it overflows with joy. Whether you’ve been imagining this time since you were a little girl, or you’d never given it a second thought before it was upon you, you’re a bride. There are a million decisions to make, but the only one that truly matters has already been made: you have found the one your heart loves, and you have chosen one another. He is yours and you are his. A wedding is when a new life together is created. While it may mark the close of one sweet season, it is, above all else, a beginning: to marriage, to a shared life, and to never again having to walk through the world alone.

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Our darling bride and groom reader models for this shoot drove to North Carolina from Alabama to participate! Their joy was contagious窶馬o surprise, considering they were married for real just a few short weeks later!

"Our favorite memory of our wedding day was when we looked up at one point during our reception and realized that we were completely surrounded by people we love, and who love us in return." ASHLEY AND RYAN, OUR BRIDE AND GROOM MODELS, MARRIED FIVE MONTHS

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After the wedding, when you talk about “toast,” it means a slice of buttered bread you make for your sweetheart on a sleepy Monday morning, not the touching words your sister shared between dinner courses. Your guest list won’t be the 200-person spreadsheet you’ve organized meticulously—it will be the list of neighbors that you’re asking over for supper later, scribbled on a Post-It note. Bouquets won’t be something you plan for; rather, they may be delightful surprises that your husband picks up on his way home from work. Yes, going from planning a wedding to living everyday life changes many things, but we assure you, friends, these changes are sweet—as sweet as the dogwood blooms that appear on the trees each spring, and as sweet as the first words you whispered to one another as husband and wife. The wedding is not the end—it is the beginning of something beautiful.

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CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER Landon Jacob, FLORALS Philosophy Flowers, TABLES, CHINA, FLATWARE, AND GLASSWARE Classic Party Rentals, VINTAGE FURNITURE Simply Put Vintage Rentals, LINENS Wildflower Linens, BANNERS Lionheart Prints, PAPER PRODUCTS Alisa Bobzien, CALLIGRAPHY The Left Handed Calligrapher, BRIDE’S GOWN “Esme” by Monique Lhuillier, BRIDE’S VEIL Sibo Designs, BRIDESMAID DRESSES Little Borrowed Dress, FLOWER GIRL DRESSES BHLDN, FLOWER CROWNS The Scalloped Window, RIBBON WANDS Hazel Faire, HAIR AND MAKEUP Lula Hair and Makeup, GROOM’S SUIT Jos. A. Bank, GROOM’S BOW TIE Beau Ties Ltd of Vermont, CAKE STAND The TomKat Studio, SUGAR FLOWERS Bouquet of Cakes

If you love the look of a flower-covered cake, but elaborate sugar work doesn’t fit into your budget, order a simple, frosted cake (this one is from Whole Foods) and cover it in gumpaste blooms—we found these dogwoods on Etsy.

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“Letting good things grow” is an idea that fits as beautifully in the garden as it does in a marriage—and the two combine especially well in a wedding. Just as generations may work together to tend to a garden, many people have tended to the hearts and minds of you and your groom throughout your lives. Consider this our ode to the gift of collective love that allowed your romance to grow!

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Intricate paper cuts wrap around simple and elegant invitations in this stationery suite by Yes Ma'am Paper Goods. To continue the pluckedfrom-the-garden theme, give guests handmade packets of wildflower seeds culled from your or a family member's garden.

A GREAT COUPLE: THEIR BOND IS AS COMFY AS A GARDEN HAMMOCK IN THE SUMMER SHADE.


A new way of preserving wedding memories: pressing a flower from each bride's bouquet between the heavy pages of an heirloom family Bible. For an extra sweet touch, slip each flattened bloom between the pages of a reading used at the ceremony!

Place a bowl of snipped flower heads and petals at the aisle-end of each ceremony bench. They'll be at hand for a celebratory toss when the couple has their first married kiss!

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Sweet Dottie May, who belongs to Krista, this editorial's designer, was a champ for our shoot! She happily wore her flower collar and politely stayed away from the delicious food whipped up by Sun in My Belly.

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I love this multipurpose table runner and menu. The texture and soft folds of even the simplest fabrics add so much to an experience!

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I love the idea of using a patterned dress that can easily be worn to future events—in this case, perhaps for an upcoming garden party!

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The simplicity and spontaneity of an elopement can help to strip away some of the "stuff" that surrounds weddings, leaving just the essence of a marriage: committing yourself to the one you love in front of the people who matter most. For this editorial, we imagined a couple who wanted to elope in Charleston, but still celebrate with their very closest family and friends. With so few guests in attendance, we were free to create a lavish experience that abounded in hospitality and sweet touches, honoring the ones who traveled to toast the happy couple. Many of these ideas are easily adapted to a larger celebration, too! Whether you have five or 500 guests in attendance at your wedding, gracious hospitality can always be the centerpiece.

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Whether you have two 'maids or twenty, little black dresses are always a good idea. These beauties are from Rent the Runway, a great option for mix and match styles!

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That's my engagement ring up there to the right! I think it's appeared in about six editorial shoots so far :)

Too shy to exchange personal vows in front of all your guests? We love the idea of writing each other promises in letter form to exchange the morning of the wedding or at your first look. Having a calligrapher letter them for you makes for a beautiful keepsake.

With an intimate celebration, you can afford to go hog wild with a very gracious welcome basket. This one includes Charleston goodies like benne wafers and salt water taffy! If you're working with a larger guest count, reserve these special boxes for just bridal party members or immediate family.

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Imagine our delight when the Charleston City Hall turned out to be absolutely beautiful and perfectly within our color palette! We were holding our breath until we saw a photo of it. Though not every government building is as picturesque, taking photos immediately after your ceremony is always a "do."

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The crisp colors, clean lines, and beautiful architecture in this shoot have my city girl heart skipping a beat!


This was actually the last segment of the shoot that we photographed, and the light was glorious! Our "bride" and "groom" received many well wishes from passersby headed home at the end of the day!

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The design of the William Aiken House was a huge inspiration for us as we designed this shoot—its buttery yellow walls and black and white tile floor could not have fit better with our palette! It was the perfect Charleston landmark to anchor our destination story.

A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE: WELL, DON’T YOU LOOK PRETTIER THAN A GLOB OF BUTTER MELTING ON A STACK OF WHEAT CAKES!


One striking detail—like the modern black wine glasses here—can elevate a table. We find that details that surprise guests tend to make the biggest impact and have the longest-lasting effect, so be sure to include a few in your design plans!

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These individual pound cakes topped with dried pineapple flowers were delicious! We devoured them post-shoot.

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I think this classic LWD would be just as fitting for a vow renewal, don't you?

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"Grow old with me, the best is yet to come" was written on almost all of Brandon's and my wedding day elements. Such amazing words to dwell on. 

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Allie, our lovely bride, was truly as sweet as a peach. She was kind, gracious, and warm—all qualities we love in a blushing bride! We are grateful to have her grace the cover of this meaningful issue.

While the biggest yes takes place on your wedding day, you’ll quickly learn marriage is about waking up every day and saying yes to the opportunities before you: to say the kind thing, to start the coffee, to listen when you want to talk, to forgive again…and again…and again. Choosing your love in this way, daily, is like building up supports around a new tree. The secret? Your marriage will never stop needing nourishment and care, but the fruit just gets sweeter with time.

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It was such a joy to model for this shoot alongside my groom-to-be (on the far right), at our wedding reception venue, no less! It gave us one more sweet memory to cherish from that special place.

If you’re stumped on a groomsmen gift, we love the idea of purchasing your groomsmen’s shirts and adding a monogram to the pocket or cuff. Even if they’re renting the rest of their ensemble, it’s a gift they’ll be sure to use and treasure.

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A moment of prayer around the couple is one my favorite wedding traditions. The love in this sweet moment is so incredibly powerful.Â

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CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER Tec Petaja, FILM PROCESSING Richard Photo Lab, STYLIST AND FLORALS Hey Gorgeous Events, WHOLESALE FLOWERS Florabundance, BOUQUET RIBBON FrouFrou Chic and Sara Kate Studios, HAIRSTYLIST Kate Bryan, MAKEUP ARTIST Makeup For Your Day, GROOM AND GRANDMOTHER'S HAIRSTYLIST Makeup For Your Day, VENUE Fearrington Village and Auman’s Orchard, FOOD Fresh.Local.Good. food group, PAPER GOODS Lucky Luxe, CALLIGRAPHY Holland Wilson, CEREMONY PROGRAM AND CUSTOM BACKDROP Momental Designs, BRIDE’S GOWN “Aspen” by Anne Barge Blue Willow, BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale, GROOM’S SUIT Jos. A. Bank, GROOM’S BOW TIE Mrs. Bow Tie, CHAMBRAY NAPKINS Bloom Textile Co., NAPKIN EMBROIDERY Gramercy Fine Linens, FIDDLE PLAYER Tommy Edwards Bluegrass, FARM TABLE AND CHAIRS Party Reflections, FLATWARE, CHINA, AND GLASSWARE Classic Party Rentals Raleigh, STONEWARE PLATES Seagrove Pottery, RUNNERS La Tavola Linen, CANDLES Creative Candles

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In the months leading up to a wedding, a bride plans every detail. As lovely as each choice she makes may be, however, once the cake has been cut, the guests have gone home, and the dress has been carefully packed away, all that remains are the memories. That’s why, as well as planning the decor and details of your big day, we encourage you to intentionally plan meaningful moments—for yourself, for the people closest to you, and for your guests. On your wedding day, stand in front of the mirror for just a few seconds longer when you’re finally wearing your wedding dress. Take the time to tell your parents how grateful you are for them. Steal away from the dance floor with your new husband to soak in the sight of your loved ones all gathered together. We hope that this elegant shoot, set at a gorgeous private home in Texas, inspires you to look for opportunities to truly savor the moments on your wedding day that may go by all too quickly, helping them to live on in your memory for years to come.

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Surprising your parents with a gift is a sweet way to show your appreciation for them on your wedding day. An heirloom-quality photo album of your favorite pictures together is always a thoughtful option—don’t forget to leave a spot to add a wedding photo later on!

A guest book is the perfect opportunity for guests to share words of wisdom and sweet thoughts. Offering a prompt will get their wheels turning and lead to responses you’ll treasure.

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"Give grace, get grace. When two people come together, being in agreement isn't always easy, but the moment your spouse shows you unconditional love is the moment grace runs wild." KAIT AND BRAD, OUR MODEL BRIDE AND GROOM, MARRIED ONE AND A HALF YEARS

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Weddings are a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, so why not seat family members and friends according to their interests? Write short letters introducing guests to the seat mate on either side to facilitate memorable conversations.

The personal note above is one of my favorite details in this issue—I can only imagine how much guests would appreciate the time you put into making such thoughtful introductions!


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Since a married monogram shouldn’t be used until after the ceremony, a cake is the perfect place to debut your new moniker.

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Past and present entwine here, as beautifully as the twisting branches of our giant, moss-laden oaks. Weddings echo with antebellum grandeur — gas lamps, cobbled streets and pealing bells — as well as today’s most enchanting lowcountry pleasures. exchange vows in a quaint, waterside chapel. Dance and dine on a sun-splashed veranda. and indulge in a romantic honeymoon brimming with sunset cruises, horseback rides and couples massages. at the inn at Palmetto Bluff, perfect moments like these are just as endless as they are timeless. (866) 706-6565 m o n ta g e h o t e l s . c o m

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I love how these chic Camilyn Beth tops pair with floaty tulle skirts by Alexandra Grecco! Pulled together and effortless.

Every family has their treasures—whatever it is that they cherish most and pass down to their children and grandchildren. In a world that moves quickly, these things serve as a gentle reminder that so much came before us. Whether a treasure is passed down in the form of something tangible, like a family jewel; something that creates an experience, like a tradition or a beloved recipe; or simply words of wisdom that have guided generations, there is no more meaningful and honorable place to highlight the things your family values most than at a wedding.

I often wear a monogrammed necklace my late maternal grandfather gave my grandmother on their wedding day over 60 years ago. I attribute my love of monograms to it, as well as my love of marriage.Â

"Our favorite thing about being married is living life as one long date. Even mundane grocery store runs turn into adventures." KATIE AND STEPHEN, OUR BRIDE AND GROOM MODELS, MARRIED FIVE MONTHS

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We love the idea of a silhouette display to introduce your family members or bridal party to your guests. These vintage-inspired pieces will also become sweet gifts for each person pictured after your wedding!

While there are many creative guest book ideas out there, a classic hardcover book is always a lovely option. Use beautiful signage to give guests a prompt—in this case, an invitation to share their "pearls of wisdom" with the newlyweds.

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JENNIFER BEHR Jennifer Behr’s headpieces are constructed completely by hand using a range of luxurious materials. Complex pieces can take hours to create— silk flower petals are even curled by hand using tweezers—and the workmanship is evident. From intricate head wraps to sparkling combs, Jennifer Behr pieces are perfect for a bride looking to make a statement with an heirloom-worthy accessory. J E N N I F E R B E H R .C O M

T H E S E N T I M E N TA L I S T Located in the Westside neighborhood of Atlanta, The Sentimentalist is a lovely boutique that carries a flawlessly curated collection of vintage bridal gowns and accessories, as well as vintage-inspired designs by current designers. We love their cozy space, attention to detail, and discerning eye for pieces that are already true treasures! THESENTIMENTALISTATL.COM

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T R U M P E T & H O RN The team at Trumpet & Horn is passionate about scouring the world for rare estate jewelry and vintage rings, making them a wonderful source for one-of-a-kind finds. If you love the idea of an heirloom engagement ring, but don’t have one in your family, we think it’s perfectly acceptable to adopt an heirloom that was passed down through a different family, and make it your own. TRUMPETANDHORN.COM


T I F FA N Y & C O . This iconic brand has been a go-to source of wedding jewelry for almost 200 years, and for good reason— their style is the epitome of classic, timeless, and elegant. Their high quality standard ensures that Tiffany & Co. jewelry will last for generations, and pieces will look just as beautiful by the time your grandchildren use them at their weddings. We love the idea of attaching a Tiffany & Co. charm to your bouquet, and then wearing it on a necklace or bracelet afterward! TIFFANY.COM

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H I G H S T R EE T M A R K E T We love when details from your big day can be seamlessly incorporated into your newlywed home, giving you not only a new piece of decor, but also a sweet way to remember your wedding in your daily life. High Street Market carries a mix of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and new home furnishings that are clean, classic, and tailored. HIGHSTREETMARKET.COM

As much as we love family heirlooms used in weddings, the fact of the matter is, not everyone has a tangible treasure to include in their decor or bridal look. If that’s the case for you, never fear! Instead, choose a meaningful, timeless, high quality “something new” that you can pass down yourself. Here are a few sources we love for finding items your future granddaughters will love as much as you do.

B H L D N Along with beautifully unique dresses for the bride and bridal party alike, BHLDN is home to a wide range of decor items and accessories that are exquisite additions to any wedding celebration. Whether you’re looking for a pretty clutch to carry your wedding day must-haves in or the perfect cake knife to slice into your red velvet cake, their options are both reminiscent of past eras and relevant to the modern bride.

B R I LLI A N T E A RT H Brilliant Earth is best known for their dedication to socially and environmentally responsible sourcing. Their jewelry is all handmade in America using materials that have been carefully selected to ensure the ethical origins. For couples looking for engagement and wedding rings that reflect their values, we love the idea of passing these pieces down through generations, along with the stories of where they came from. BRILLIANTEARTH.COM

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PA L O M A’ S N E S T Paloma’s Nest is renowned for the invention of their signature Ring Bearer Bowl, and their elegant, understated, and natural style has become instantly recognizable since they opened in 2007. Their pieces are created completely by hand out of fine porcelain and clay, wood, paper, and cloth at the Paloma’s Nest Studio. Along with their Ring Bearer Bowls, we especially love their bouquet charms and Christmas ornaments. PALOMASNEST.COM

E M I L E RW I N For your dapper groom’s wedding day attire, Emil Erwin leather goods are second to none. Their products are made from the highest quality leather and are flawlessly constructed at the home studio in Nashville, using only the best tools and techniques. Emil Erwin products are guaranteed for life, making them perfectly suited as heirlooms-to-be. E M I L E R W I N .C O M

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The joy and simplicity of the Southern summers of childhood bubble over in this fun, love-filled day at the lake. There's something magical about growing up in the South—neighborhood swimming pools, backwoods fishing holes, sprinklers on full blast—and there's something pure and sweet about reaching all the way back into childhood for wedding day inspiration. At the very least, we believe that honoring these sweet and playful parts of growing up will set you up for a lifetime of giggles, fun in the sun, and staying up late catching lightning bugs. A lighthearted love starts with a fun and fancy free celebration just like this one!

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Sneaking away between the ceremony and reception to steal a few minutes alone as husband and wife is a great idea. Hopping in a rowboat? The ultimate private getaway!

I love these monogrammed oars—a small detail that makes a big impact!

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We were so excited to learn that our venue, Cedarwood Weddings, had an Airstream on property! It was the perfect place for our groom and groomsmen models to hang out. On your wedding day, be sure to designate a special space for the gents to get ready, stocked with plenty of refreshments.

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That bearded groomsman and I have been friends since middle school! A few short weeks after this shoot, he proposed to his sweet girlfriend, and they’re now planning their own Tennessee wedding.


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This kraft paper menu is a perfect (and inexpensive) way to share foodie details with your wedding guests. If you're throwing a casual picnic, it's a great way to give guests an idea of what's for supper as they're working up an appetite mingling during cocktail hour.

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This oh-so-Southern menu has my mouth watering! A chicken pot pie biscuit? Don’t mind if I do!


Honor your favorite fella by creating a custom groom's cake with a nod to his favorite pastime or hobby. In this case, our groom loves fishing, so this fisherman's basket couldn't be more perfect!


An idea after my own heart! It has always been my dream to have food trucks at my wedding—it's good cookin' at its best! Even without formal silverware, the presentation couldn't be sweeter.

If you’re including lawn games at your cocktail hour or reception, it may be a good idea to make sure there are a few instruction sheets available— we had to teach some of our models these games!

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Snacks and treats don't have to be fancy. These patriotic goldfish crackers would be a huge hit with guests young and old—they're a perfect nod to the groom's love of fishing! Take a trip to the grocery store and walk up and down the snack aisles to see if you can find anything that fits with your theme.

My patriotic, Fourth-of-July-loving heart is doing backflips over these kiddos dressed in our fun and fancy free color palette.

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I want to join in on this fun!

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Who knew setting up a few sprinklers would provide such great entertainment? If you're considering an outdoor venue space and have a lot of pint-sized guests, ask them to bring their swimsuits and a towel and let the fun begin after supper!

Sprinklers, sparklers, ice cream, and fresh peaches embody summer in the South to me. I have fond childhood memories of spending all day in my bathing suit and coming back inside sticky with peach nectar—so fun!

AFTER THE “I DO’S”: I’M AS HAPPY AS A CALF IN CLOVER!


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CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER Nancy Ray Photography, VIDEOGRAPHER Nicholas & Keaton, VENUE, STYLING, FLORALS, AND SIGNAGE Cedarwood Weddings, COORDINATOR, DESIGNER, AND PAPER GOODS Amber Housley Weddings, WATERCOLOR MAP Simply Jessica Marie, CATERING Pappy’s Cafe, Legato Gelato, The Peach Truck, CAKES Patty Cakes, HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST Tara Thomas and Gina Putnam of Studio BBC, FASHION STYLIST Opulent Couturier, BRIDE’S GOWN “McCants” by LulaKate, RECEPTION DRESS “Organza Striped” by LulaKate, BRIDAL SALON The Bride Room, BRIDE’S VEIL AND HAIR ACCESSORIES Beatrice Couture Designs, LADIES’ ACCESSORIES Charming Charlie, BRIDESMAID DRESSES LulaKate, BRIDESMAID DRESS SALON Bella Bridesmaids Nashville, MENSWEAR Street Tuxedo, BOW TIE Otis James Nashville, MEN'S ACCESSORIES Land of the Thread, KIDS CLOTHING Gap Kids Green Hills Mall Nashville and Chaps Ralph Lauren, KIDS' ACCESSORIES Land of the Thread and Charming Charlie

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We're proud and grateful that the majority of our "models" are real couples! Thank you, Lauren and David, for sharing your joy with us all!

Fall: the Southerner's reward for surviving summer. Can we get an amen? Though we adore warmweather weddings, there's something to be said for planning a celebration as summer makes its first shift into fall: when the afternoon light feels more orange than yellow; when you stock up on the last of summer's peaches and begin to see new, darker fruits at the farmer's market; when you smell something cool and fresh in the air after months of heat. This fleeting season deserves a celebration in its own right, but when it sets the stage for a love story about people and community, it becomes irresistibly magical.

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Though this embroidered banner looks like a homemade find, it's actually a ready-to-order item from BHLDN. It would be a great heirloom to pass down, or could be adorable hanging in your home post-wedding!

One of our favorite Southern designers, Camilyn Beth, sent over these bridesmaid dresses. Your ladies will be happy to wear them for fancy occasions long after you say "I do!"

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Oh, how I love this dreamy long veil!

"A happy marriage is a balancing act of meeting your own needs and your spouse's needs. Listen, be present in the moment, and think before you speak, but don't lose your sense of self in the process of giving. Never forget to work as a team, compromise, and communicate!​" L AUREN AND DAVID, OUR MODEL BRIDE AND GROOM, MARRIED ONE AND A HALF YEARS

Summer and fall fruits add such beautiful texture and dimension to a table's centerpiece. We love the look of peaches, figs, red pears, and pomegranates for early fall!

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Even if you go with simple linens and standard rental tables for the majority of your reception seating, we love the idea of dressing up the head table to make a big aesthetic impact.

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Wowee, y'all—that peach tart looks incredible!

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P H O T O B Y N A N C Y R AY P H O T O G R A P H Y

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Inside each of us, there is a longing: the desire to be part of a great adventure in this life, and perhaps even more so, a partner in a great love. While adventure may come in many forms, for most of us, it comes in the culmination of many ordinary days that are exquisite in their ease and simple joy. The adventure is saying yes to a promise of forever, and then living out your marriage vows every single day, for better or for worse. It’s the adventure of give and take, of weekday date nights, of creating a home and a family together. And it all starts—really starts—on the day you become husband and wife. Each of the 17 real weddings that follow ring so true to each couple—from Alexandra and Trevor’s vows in a candlelit forest, to Leigh and Lauren’s celebration in the heart of Atlanta, to Morgan and Brian’s intimate ceremony by the sea, and so many more. We hope they show you that there is no one way to have a beautiful Southern wedding, and no one way to set out on the great adventure of married life—there's just your way. SOUTHERN WEDDINGS MAGAZINE | southernweddings.com

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HOW THEY MET: Callie and Jamie had mutual friends in high school, but didn’t really get to know each other until the summer after Callie graduated. They talked regularly for a year before Callie returned to their hometown of Raleigh and they officially started dating. THE PROPOSAL: Jamie proposed in the rose gardens of the NC State University Arboretum. Callie remembers that as soon as Jamie said her name, she knew what was coming and burst into tears! Nancy and Will of Nancy Ray Photography, where Callie is an associate photographer, were hiding in the bushes to capture the whole thing. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 200. CHARLESTON WEDDING: As a wedding photographer, Callie works at most venues in the Raleigh area often, so she and Jamie decided to have a destination wedding in Callie’s childhood hometown of Charleston. UNDER THE OAKS: Throughout their planning, Callie and Jamie were inspired by their prayer for “a marriage as strong as the oaks and as deep and wide as the sea.” RiverOaks, with its moss-covered oak trees and Wando River views, was the perfect place for them to start their marriage. YOUNG LIFE TO MARRIED LIFE: Callie and Jamie asked their best friend and former Young Life leader to officiate, and worked with her to craft a deeply meaningful Christian ceremony. SOUTHERN COCKTAIL HOUR: While the ceremony space was transformed for the reception, cocktail hour was held on the front lawn of RiverOaks. The passed hors d’oeuvres included fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and Gulf oyster shooters. MOTHER-SON MEDLEY: Since Jamie and his mother both love to dance, they surprised guests with an energetic dance medley to everything from “What a Wonderful World” to “Disco Inferno.” GRAND EXIT: For their getaway, Callie changed into a sparkly dress before she and Jamie walked through a line of sparklers onto a sport fisherman boat and into the tuna tower. As they sailed away, an explosion of fireworks lit up the sky—a truly memorable ending to a magical wedding day.

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When Callie chose the Monique Lhuillier gown that fit her “classic with a twist� aesthetic perfectly, her mother encouraged her to keep the dress a secret from everyone until the day of the wedding. Callie claims this was one of the best decisions she made during her engagement.

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A HUNDRED WAGONS CAN’T HAUL ALL THE LOVE I HAVE FOR YOU.


This quiet moment between Jamie and Callie gave me flashbacks to my own wedding day. What a treasured moment full of so many emotions—a perfect way to connect if you don’t want to do a first look.

Callie and Jamie chose to follow a little-known wedding tradition: before Callie and her father walked down the aisle, the officiant asked guests to wait to stand until after Callie’s mother had risen to catch the first glimpse of her loved ones on this special walk.

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The community around Callie and Jamie is awe-inspiring— the emotions on the faces of everyone from their parents to their bridal party are so evident of that!

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Jamie decided to wear his grandfather’s wedding band, which had been passed down to him. His and Callie’s names and wedding date were engraved under his grandfather and grandmother’s names and wedding date, and since there is still a little bit of room left, Callie and Jamie hope that one of their future grandchildren will wear the ring someday too.

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Instead of eating with their guests, Callie and Jamie chose to share a private dinner at the end of the dock. They cherished the moments alone together, and loved looking over their guests enjoying the meal. After eating, they joined their family and bridal party at the head table for toasts and cake.

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COMPLIMENTING YOUR WIFE: SHE’S AS SMART AS A TREE FULL OF OWLS.


Dave and I were so honored to be present at this wedding of our dear friends! It was just as beautiful and emotional in person as it looks in these incredible images by Nancy Ray Photography.

The confetti poppers are WAY too much fun! I love seeing them fall on the dance floor!

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Louisiana's unpredictable weather was a big unknown for Julie and Michael—in fact, one year before their wedding date, they remember sitting on the patio of her parents' house with propane heaters to keep warm! They did a whole heap of praying for good weather throughout the next year, and were blessed with sunny skies and a temperature in the low 80's for their outdoor celebration.

HOW THEY MET: Julie and Michael met their freshman year of high school. After dating off and on throughout high school and college (and remaining great friends in between), they came together for good in 2011, despite living 5.5 hours apart. THE PROPOSAL: Under white lights, at an outdoor dinner celebrating their two-year dating anniversary. Michael’s fraternity brothers were waiting at their hotel to congratulate them! HEIRLOOM RING: Julie’s ring first belonged to Michael’s great-grandmother, Maw-Maw, the beloved matriarch of his family. They’re already looking forward to passing it down to the next generation. THE “I DO’S:” A spring celebration in White Castle, Louisiana, at one of the oldest antebellum mansions in the South. WEDDING GUESTS: 175. MAMA KNOWS BEST: Julie had dreamed of wearing her mother’s gown ever since she was a little girl, and with a few alterations (including removing the 80’s sleeves!), it was perfect! Walking down the aisle with her dad, wearing the same dress her mom had worn 30 years before, was one of her favorite moments of the day. TABLE FOR TWO: Since Julie and Michael did a first look and took all of their photos early, their guests moved right from the ceremony to the reception. The newlyweds, however, spent a few minutes at a private table soaking in the day and grabbing a bite to eat before joining the festivities. SWEET SWEETS: Julie and Michael chose a white cake layered with cream cheese pecan filling for their wedding cake, and an Atlanta Braves baseball jersey cake for Michael’s groom’s cake. The bridesmaids also participated in a cake pull, a true New Orleans tradition! BEST ADVICE: “Always treat each other like you did while you were dating.”

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This sweet, embroidered ring bearer pillow is so lovely!

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One of Julie's favorite memories from her wedding day is walking around Nottoway Plantation with her maid of honor before she got dressed, soaking in all of the special details she and Michael had planned coming to life.

I wonder what Julie and her precious daddy talked about right before they started the walk down the aisle. They look like they have a great story to tell.

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IF YOU’RE HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE: IF I WERE ANY PEACHIER, I’D BE A COBBLER!


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I can't imagine how loved Julie and Michael's guests felt once they saw the sweet favors for the ride home! Colorful patterns and stamped bamboo forks are such a fun way to add a little extra personalization.


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A stylish gown and a ruffly bouquet? Molly is a bride after my own heart!

HOW THEY MET: While they both remember the way it happened a bit differently, Molly and Eric met at a party through mutual friends three years before making their relationship official. POWERADE SLUSH: Molly jokes that she had never gotten so dressed up to go through a drive-through as she did for their first date to Sonic. Molly says he had her at “Route 44 Powerade Slush.” SAY YES: At the end of Eric’s famous annual party, Molly was surprised with an enormous projector screen and all the guests holding champagne in their hands. Once the video began to play, it was filled with flashes of family and friends holding signs that said “Say Yes." The video ended, and Eric got down on one knee and asked Molly to be his bride. FOCUSING ON LOVE: Molly and Eric wanted their wedding day to be a reflection of their love story. Their focus was on their marriage, which made for clearer minds when making wedding decisions. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 300. FAMILY-MADE BOUQUET: As well as her bouquet by Haute Horticulture, Molly's brother-in-law surprised her with a small bouquet of garden roses and dusty miller, which she carried down the aisle. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME: Along with delicious food, Molly and Eric prioritized great live music. The couple shared their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. to “Have a Little Faith in Me” by John Hiatt. It was sung by a dear friend who happened to serenade them on the night of their engagement as well. GRAND EXIT: After originally planning a nighttime getaway, their photographer suggested their classic rose petal exit take place after the ceremony instead. Thanks to the gorgeous light, Molly and Eric couldn’t have been happier with their last-minute choice.

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Molly and Eric sent along their proposal film, and Lisa and I both cried when we watched it!

Eric wore a custom tuxedo that he designed alongside wedding gown designer Olia Zavozina. He chose a black bow tie with gold pin dots, before realizing he needed to learn how to tie it!

I hope that Molly printed out this sweet image and gave it to her dad to proudly display after the wedding! What a touching moment between father and daughter. SOUTHERN WEDDINGS MAGAZINE | southernweddings.com

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Although they passed on other traditions, Molly’s friend and owner of The Flour Garden, Laura Jackson, surprised them with a small cake on the wedding day, so they could get a few of those traditional, yet priceless, images Molly wished for.

Molly and Eric worked with the chef at Acre to design a custom menu for their wedding day that told the history of who they are and where they come from. It included such delicacies as Delta tamales, pecan-smoked ribs, “Taylor Street” Italian beef sandwiches, and pork-stuffed pretzels.

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From Christina, on her big day look: "I loved the way it maintained its dramatic shape whether I was walking, spinning, or standing still! It was unmistakably a wedding dress."

HOW THEY MET: Christina and Matt met in Ouagadougou while volunteering with the Peace Corps. A few months later, Christina switched sites to be closer to Matt (he didn’t know until years later why she switched!). Upon arrival, she fretted whether he was still interested in her, but her fears were put to rest when, her first night in Togo, he found her hotel room, kissed her, then promised, “see you tomorrow.” THE PROPOSAL: After losing a tearful bidding war on their dream house, Matt drove Christina into the driveway of that same house. Turns out they weren’t trespassing—the bidding war was made up, and Matt had completed the transaction in secret! Candles and roses were waiting inside their new home, where Matt dropped to one knee. They signed the paperwork to make the purchase official (their real estate agent was hiding in the bushes!), then headed to dinner to celebrate. THE “I DO’S:” With family spread out along the East Coast, Matt and Christina chose a destination wedding in Charleston, where Matt went to school, and a place Christina’s family “came to know and love through Matt’s eyes.” WEDDING GUESTS: 180. FOREST FÊTE: Christina brought her love of the magical-looking forests in Lord of the Rings and the tropical greenery native to Africa as inspiration to planner and designer Tara Guerard, who combined them in an effortlessly elegant four-day extravaganza with a natural aesthetic. SIMPLE CEREMONY: Christina and Matt gathered under a huppah, led through their vows by a pastor and family friend who used words from that great Southern philosopher, Forrest Gump, in his message. SPECIAL GUEST: A representative of Peace Corps Togo traveled all the way from West Africa to attend the wedding, a meaningful nod to the part of the couple’s life that brought them together. SIGNATURE SONG: Christina’s cousin is a songwriter and musician who surprised the couple by writing a brand new song for the occasion. He and his son performed it for the couple’s first dance.

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I love a good wide ribbon on a bouquet, and this tone-on-tone brocade number looks so special!

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A string quartet played favorite songs as guests were seated, including selections from "Lord of the Rings," "Braveheart," and some of Matt (an IT professional)'s favorite video games. Christina asked her brother to be her "man of honor" and he took to the role with gusto, holding the rings at the ceremony and giving an unforgettable speech at the reception.

Such joy! I love this photograph of the groom and his proud mom.

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What an amazing tent–I love how it brought the outside in!

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YOUNG LOVE: Emily and Josh met at a coffee shop when they were 15 and 17, respectively. Emily didn’t yet have a license, so Josh would come in right before closing and nonchalantly offer to drive her home. WRITTEN IN THE STARS: After a year of friendship, Emily and Josh snuck away while on a group trip to Seaside, Florida for fish tacos and beach conversation under the stars. She rested her head on his shoulder, and they decided to make it official. PARISIAN PROPOSAL: Unbeknownst to Emily, Josh flew to Paris to surprise her at the end of her two months abroad. A taxi picked her up and brought her to a hilltop, where she found rose petals and a sign marked “follow this trail for an adventure.” Josh was waiting at the end, ring in hand. (He even proposed in French!) WEDDING DATE: April 26—the same day Josh’s parents were married 39 years before! HEAVENLY HILLTOP: On a drive through the rolling hills of Franklin, Tennessee, Emily and Josh stumbled across a hilltop structure with a breathtaking view. They forgot about it until a year later, when they were at their wits’ end looking for a venue in their price range. Turns out the property belonged to Josh’s doctor, who built the structure for his daughter’s wedding, and was happy to let these two “almost family members” use it, too! NUMBER OF GUESTS: 155. DRESS DECISIONS: Emily couldn’t get her delicate dress from Rue de Seine out of her mind, even though she had already purchased a dress stateside. They were able to ship her the dream dress in time, and with a few alterations, it was just right! RUSTIC ROOTS: Emily’s father chopped up a tree branch for her to pen guests’ names on in lieu of place cards. He also built their ceremony arbor and doors. SIBLING SERENADE: Josh’s six siblings sang a mash-up of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “All of Me” to accompany the couple’s first dance. BROTHERLY LOVE: Josh also named all four of his brothers his “best men.” They each got up and shared a brief word during the speech portion of the evening.

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Emily’s bouquet included seeded eucalyptus, olive branches, jasmine vine, Israeli ruscus, caramel antique garden roses, peach Juliet garden roses, peach amaryllis, pink astilbe, green and white parrot tulips, and plum ranunculus.

This is a wedding that I'm always going to remember—even just from experiencing it through the page! Emily and Josh's thoughtful details are only topped by their gorgeous portraits that capture their love so well.

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“A friend told me to make sure I looked into Josh’s eyes when I walked down the aisle," said Emily, "because it can be so overwhelming to see everyone looking at you that you miss the intimate moment of looking at each other. That was amazing advice.”

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Josh and Emily planned a number of meaningful moments for their ceremony, including a tree planting (using soil from their parents’ homes); washing each others’ feet; and a message from Josh’s cousin, a pastor and their officiant.

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Emily and Josh planned an entertaining cocktail hour for their guests while they took photos, including a latte bar, basil lemonade, lawn games, a photo booth, and henna tattoos! The latte bar was a sweet nod to their first meeting, way back in high school.

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CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER Amanda K Photography, VIDEOGRAPHER Anchor Heart Films, DESIGNER, RENTALS, AND RECEPTION DECOR Megan Proby of 12th Table, VENUE Private residence, FLORALS Lauren Atkinson, CATERER AND WEDDING CAKE Lucy’s Kitchen, BRIDE’S GOWN “Eve” by Rue De Seine, BRIDE’S SHOES Klub Nico, BRIDE’S JEWELRY Consider the Wldflwrs and Anthropologie, BRIDE’S VEIL Custom by Muna Couture, BRIDE’S HAIR ACCESSORY Lauren Atkinson, BRIDESMAID DRESSES Free People and Joie, HAIR STYLIST Jordan Byers, MAKEUP ARTIST Jordan Byers and Rachel Shepherd, GROOM’S ATTIRE Zara, GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Top Man, PAPER GOODS Oh My Deer, LETTERING Jessie Early, TRANSPORTATION A Better Bus, LIGHTING Matt Brady, SOUND Ralph Rivera

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HOW THEY MET: Although they met at summer camp when they were 15 years old, Jen and Schuyler didn’t start dating until a few years after they both graduated from the University of Virginia. THEIR VENUE: Their college town of Charlottesville was a natural choice for Jen and Schuyler’s wedding—they both love the Virginia wine country scenery, and enjoyed hosting their loved ones in a place that is so special to them. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 131. BLACK TIE IN THE VINEYARD: A French toile print served as the inspiration for the soft, subtle color palette and Parisian accents throughout the wedding—Jen loved the way the formal, European-inspired details elevated their casual venue. ALL DRESSED IN BLUSH: Jen fell in love with a tulle ball gown by Austin Scarlett during his trunk show at Hitched Salon in Georgetown. He agreed to make it in blush to accommodate Jen’s dream of bringing some color into her wedding dress. THE CEREMONY: Since they wanted their ceremony to feel very intimate, Jen and Schuyler elected to stand at the altar alone, while their bridesmaids and groomsmen sat at the front of the congregation. A THOUGHTFUL GIFT: As a wedding present, Schuyler’s aunt brought in an artist to paint the scene of the ceremony while it was happening. The oil painting is now hanging in Jen and Schuyler’s home as a special reminder of their wedding day. DOUBLE HAPPINESS: To incorporate Jen’s Chinese heritage, she framed paper cut-outs of the characters for “double happiness” and displayed them at the escort card table—a perfectly meaningful way to welcome guests to their celebration.

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Jen and Schuyler included a Virginia wine map in their welcome bags, along with an assortment of treats. Jen’s favorites were the Cocoa Vienna chocolates, which included red velvet and pumpkin truffles, fitting for their fall wedding.

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Along with a custom tuxedo, Schuyler wore his grandfather’s gold cuff links. He gifted his groomsmen with mix and match gray silk pocket squares, which complemented the mismatched gray dresses Jen’s bridesmaids selected themselves.

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Don’t be afraid of using a color palette outside of its usual season—the pastels Jen and Schuyler selected looked so romantic at their October wedding.

What a treasure for Jen and Schuyler to have from their special day—the mountain backdrop was just calling to be painted and captured forever for their home!

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Veritas Vineyards created an autumninspired menu for Jen and Schuyler’s reception, featuring cold weather comfort foods like butternut squash soup with apple chutney and truffle risotto with ratatouille.

REACTION TO A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL: WELL DIP ME IN MOL ASSES AND ROLL ME IN CORNFL AKES!


HOW THEY MET: While working for a political candidate, Matt went to Kathie’s house to pick up her fundraising check. The next day, he called her and asked her out on a date. THE PROPOSAL: Matt surprised Kathie with a trip to the Inn at Little Washington, where he proposed with Kathie’s late mother’s engagement ring. The heirloom ring was deeply meaningful to Kathie, and now reminds her daily as she wears it that her mother is still with her. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 60. TRADITIONAL CEREMONY: Kathie and Matt had a Catholic ceremony, officiated by Matt’s family priest, who traveled to Maryland from Colorado for the occasion. SWEET ADVICE: A guest advised the newlyweds to walk back up the aisle slowly after the ceremony, in order to really take in the moment. RUSTIC ROMANCE: Kathie and Matt wanted their tent to feel romantic and warm. They achieved this feel with antique silver vases, tree branches, cozy lounge furniture, lanterns, and soft flowers. FIRST DANCE: Kathie and Matt’s first dance was to the country song “Hey, Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore. Since they hadn’t even practiced once, they ended up laughing through the whole dance. SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY: Taking care of their guests was a priority for Kathie and Matt, so they provided a nanny service for their guests with young children. LAST GLANCE: As Kathie and Matt left their reception, they stopped for one more look back. Seeing the shadows of the trees against the glowing tent was a special way to end the night.

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Kathie carried a lush, late summer-inspired bouquet, fitting for their August wedding. It was made up of David Austin roses, dahlias, lisianthus, lamb’s ear, and stock, wrapped in Midori ribbon and accented with a brooch that has been in Kathie’s family since the early 1800’s.

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Cocktail hour was held under a group of giant trees adorned with string lights. A bluegrass band kept guests entertained while they snacked on an antipasti bar and enjoyed signature drinks inspired by the states where Kathie and Matt were born.

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As well as the silhouettes attached to the backs of Kathie and Matt’s chairs, a silhouette artist was on hand at cocktail hour, cutting silhouettes for guests. These custom pieces of art made extra special favors!

A GREAT CATCH FOR A HUSBAND: HE’S BIGGER THAN LIFE AND TWICE AS HANDSOME!


This sweet moment melts my heart—the father-daughter dance is one of the things I’m looking forward to the most at my wedding next year!

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The cake by Maggie Austin was such a big hit, guests asked for seconds! By the end of the reception, not a crumb was left.

I love everything about this cake and its display! The perfect blend of rustic chic style.

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HOW THEY MET: Anne Sydney and Jesse’s families attended church together when they were children, and they met so long ago that they don’t even remember when exactly it happened. THE PROPOSAL: After dining at their favorite restaurant, Jesse planned to propose to Anne Sydney on their walk home, along the quaint South Mill Street in Lexington, but the Tiffany’s box was too large to hide! Undeterred, Jesse proposed once they returned home. WEDDING DATE: June 29. MEANT TO BE: Anne Sydney fell in love with a strapless Peter Langner while on a dress shopping trip in New York City with her mom and friends. She knew it was the one when her mom scored an appointment the very next day at the designer’s trunk show, at a salon where it usually takes six months to get an appointment! NUMBER OF GUESTS: Around 470. FAMILY TIES: Anne Sydney and Jesse felt especially lucky to be joined by Anne Sydney’s paternal grandmother, her late maternal grandmother’s three siblings, and Jesse’s paternal grandfather. At their reception, they served the mints that Anne Sydney’s late maternal grandmother used to make for family weddings. TICKET TO RIDE: To make their remote reception location easier on their guests, Anne Sydney and Jesse rented buses to transport their guests up the mountain, and gave everyone “Tickets to Ride” in their ceremony programs. LATE-NIGHT REVELRY: Anne Sydney and Jesse’s guests spent the night dancing to a live band, munching on beignets and coffee milkshakes, and marveling at a breathtaking fireworks show under the stars. GRAND GETAWAY: Amidst sparklers and fireworks, Anne Sydney and Jesse exited the reception in a Bentley convertible chauffeured by Jesse’s dad. Not wanting the night to end, they drove around their hometown, reminiscing about the incredible day they’d just experienced.

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The church where Anne Sydney and Jesse were married was not only the place where Anne Sydney and Jesse used to do church plays and Vacation Bible School together, it was also where Jesse’s parents were married exactly 39 years before Anne Sydney and Jesse’s own nuptials. Their childhood pastor officiated the ceremony.

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I love the intricate monogram at the top of Anne Sydney and Jesse's photo backdrop. Such a pretty way to honor their family trees!

Anne Sydney and Jesse’s reception site was a reclaimed coal mine owned by family friends, on a mountaintop overlooking the entire small town where Anne Sydney and Jesse grew up. While the space lacked water and power, the breathtaking view from the mountaintop was worth the logistical challenges. The couple nodded to their families’ ties to the coal mining industry by displaying little pieces of coal on the bar and on their seating displays.

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CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER Melanie Mauer, VIDEOGRAPHER Blueberry Creative, PLANNER Wedding Weekend Warrior, DESIGNER, FLORIST, AND DECOR Jaclyn Journey, CEREMONY VENUE First Baptist Church of Pikeville, RECEPTION VENUE Private residence, CATERER Apiary Fine Catering & Events, WEDDING CAKE Martine’s Pastries, BRIDE’S GOWN “Puccini” by Peter Langner, BRIDAL SALON Mark Ingram Atelier, BRIDE’S SHOES Jimmy Choo, BRIDE’S CEREMONY EARRINGS Marco Bicego, BRIDE’S RECEPTION EARRINGS Justine M Couture, BRIDE’S VEIL Peter Langner, BRIDE’S BELT Lela Rose, BRIDESMAID DRESSES J. Crew, BRIDESMAID EARRINGS Kendra Scott, FLOWER GIRL DRESS Isabel Garreton, GUEST BOOKS AND PENS Blue Sky Papers, RIBBONS M&J Trimming and The Ribbon Jar, VINTAGE POSTAGE Verde Studio, FAVORS The Little Candy Cake Company, CEREMONY MUSIC Highland Chamber Players, COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC Coaltown Dixie Band, RECEPTION MUSIC The Jump Street Band, PYROTECHNICS W.A. Loeffler, HAIR STYLIST Justin Greer and Ryan Reeves of Lux Hair Bar, MAKEUP ARTIST Ana Crane of Applied Cosmetic Services, MEN’S SUITS Jos. A. Bank, MEN’S SHIRTS Brooks Brothers, MEN’S TIES Collared Greens, PAPER GOODS Hound Dog Press, CALLIGRAPHER Rachel Fisher Calligraphy, RENTALS AND LIGHTING Camargo Rentals, LINENS La Tavola Linen and Wildflower Linens, TRANSPORTATION Blue Grass Tours

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HOW THEY MET: Lauren and Leigh met at a dinner with mutual friends in Midtown Atlanta. After an evening of great conversation, they started dating, and have been together ever since. THE PROPOSAL: The night of Leigh’s family’s Christmas party, Leigh took Lauren on a winter date night to the Botanical Gardens’ Festival of Lights. While admiring the exhibits, they sat down on a bench so that Leigh could get a “rock” out of his shoe. When Lauren turned around, he was proposing! A photographer captured the moment, and the newly engaged couple celebrated with family and friends back at the Christmas party. JULY WEDDING: Lauren and Leigh chose a July wedding date so that Leigh’s friends could attend before starting training camp—Leigh is a retired NFL football player. NUMBER OF GUESTS: Over 250. SKYLINE VIEWS: After looking at many venues that fit Lauren’s dream of being married outside, Lauren and Leigh chose Park Tavern in Piedmont Park for its magnificent views of the Atlanta skyline. MODERN DESIGN: Fitting for their urban locale, Lauren and Leigh chose a crisp, tailored color scheme for their wedding: navy, slate gray, yellow, and champagne. UNIQUE BLOOMS: Andy Beach created romantic, monochromatic bouquets out of butter yellow garden roses, spray roses, orchids, snapdragons, and lilies. SOUTHERN SWEETS: Lauren and Leigh loved their cakes by Sweet Caroline’s Cakes—along with an elegant five-tiered wedding cake, they also served a groom’s cake that paid tribute to Leigh’s football days. What a fabulous view! Park Tavern was the perfect place for Lauren and Leigh to combine their desire for an outdoor wedding with just the right amount of city chicness.

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The ombré petal aisle, made up of over 400 roses, was Lauren’s favorite detail of their wedding. Leigh’s favorite was being able to pull off the outdoor wedding his bride had always wanted!

I seem to fall head-over-heels for one dapper young gent per issue, but this year, it's double trouble thanks to these two!

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While some brides pass on this tradition, I love the classic chicness of Lauren's blusher veil. 

At the ceremony, Lauren and Leigh’s parents lit symbolic candles for each family. Lauren and Leigh then used these candles for their unity candle lighting.

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CHASING WATERFALLS: After reconnecting at Keli’s sister’s wedding, Ben took her hiking to the Southeast’s tallest waterfall for their first date. Despite clumsiness and a bee-stung lip, Keli remembers it as the best first date she’d ever been on. ASHEVILLE ADVENTURE: Asheville, North Carolina was centrally located for Keli and Ben during their long-distance relationship, and it ended up being the site of their proposal, too—Ben fell to one knee on a Biltmore Estate hilltop during their annual flower festival, with beautiful blooms all around. CEREMONY SURROUNDS: Both history and architecture buffs, Keli and Ben fell in love with the fan vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows of their Charleston ceremony venue. THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE DAY: Sentimental, elegant, and personal. WEDDING GUESTS: 150. SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW: Keli’s mother-in-law lent her the lace-trimmed veil she wore at her own wedding. Keli’s “something new” came from Ben, who gifted her a rice pearl bracelet, a nod to their Lowcountry location and rice’s history as a Charleston cash crop. BEST BOUTONNIERE: Ben chose sweetgrass roses, a Charleston staple, and lily of the valley for the men’s boutonnieres. PERSONAL VOWS: Ben’s father led the couple through their vows and ring exchange; the pastor from Ben’s home church married them. SOMETHING BLUE: The famous “haint blue” of Charleston porch ceilings was the inspiration for Keli and Ben’s soft blue palette, and the blue ceilings were replicated in the fabric swags overhead at the reception. TREATS WITH A TWIST: The menu included innovative Southern favorites like citrus crab salad on an edible Asian spoon, fried okra, black eyed pea dip, she crab soup, and duck confit on a steam bun. CAKE PARADE: Keli and Ben chose a pound cake filled with raspberry buttercream and covered in a swiss dot design for their main cake, then flanked it with two coconut cakes, displayed on her mother’s silver and cut-glass cake plates. FINAL NOTE: “Our wedding was Southern because the tea was sweet, the people were sweeter, and Charleston in April is the most beautiful Southern city on God’s green earth.”

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Looking for something that wouldn't compete with the church's dramatic architecture and coloring, Keli asked each of her bridesmaids to choose a black dupioni silk dress from LulaKate. The flower girls wore simple swiss dot dresses and their gift from Keli—classic pearl necklaces.

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Keli and Ben wanted their wedding to feel like a gathering at their house—a cozy and intimate setting. They chose to incorporate items from their own home, and their parents’ and grandparents’ homes, to honor their upbringing. They even used their own formal china for their cake cutting, and upholstered and refinished several furniture pieces for the big day! Many of the pieces now grace their newlywed home.

Emily and I share a love for miniature food, so I am sure she would agree that we wish we could sample this darling Southern delicacy!

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Keli and Ben offered benne wafers (which are thought to bring good luck!) to their guests as favors, and they displayed the treats in the same tray her parents used to display the favors at their wedding.

A SURPRISED REACTION TO A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL: WELL BUTTER MY BUTT AND CALL ME A BISCUIT!


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Since both of Keli’s parents have passed away, her four uncles and aunt surprised her by taking a turn on the dance floor with her to “My Girl,” her and her dad’s favorite song growing up.

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HOW THEY MET: Alexandra and Trevor met when they both started working at RT Lodge, the venue in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where they were later married. After three years of friendship, Trevor asked Alexandra out. They were engaged just six months later! THE PROPOSAL: After setting up for Trevor’s birthday dinner, Trevor left a package addressed to Alexandra on the table and went to his car. Curious, she opened it to find a custom print with Trevor’s proposal written on it. She was sure she had ruined his plans and frantically tried to put the print back into the envelope, just as he came through the door and got down on one knee. THE I DO’S: Alexandra and Trevor welcomed 250 guests to the RT Lodge for their late April wedding. Many of them stayed in guest rooms on-site for the whole weekend. ROMANTIC INSPIRATION: Alexandra and Trevor drew inspiration for their ethereal decor from the spring season, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Dutch still-life paintings. SWEPT AWAY: After they reluctantly nixed “Swept Away” by The Avett Brothers as a first dance song, Alexandra surprised Trevor by walking down the aisle to a strings version. SOUTHERN CUISINE: Trevor’s passion for Southern food culture was evident throughout all of the food served at the wedding. He was humbled to create the menu, including vegetables he grew, meat from his parents’ farm, and food he had preserved himself. THE AFTER PARTY: After a sparkler exit, guests were invited to the after party. Passed silver trays of Krystal sandwiches kept their energy up for the dance floor!

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Alexandra’s wedding dress, circle veil, and beaded crown with freshwater pearls were all custom made by White Orchid Bridal. The experience of having a completely unique gown created is something Alexandra says she will never forget.

These are the types of first look photos every bride dreams of—Clark Brewer did an amazing job capturing these special moments for Alexandra and Trevor!

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Alexandra’s sister, her maid of honor, was the only member of the bridal party who carried a bouquet. The rest of the bridesmaids walked down the aisle in pairs, holding hands. What was originally intended to be a little silly ended up being something guests found particularly sweet!

In the months leading up to the wedding, friends and family members helped search for the antique candlesticks and candelabras that lined the 60-yard ceremony aisle, holding over 1,000 candles.

Such genuine love leaping off the page! Alexandra and Trevor, we are honored to share your incredible marriage celebration!


Since their ceremony was at 7:45 p.m., Alexandra and Trevor served a family-style dinner to their bridal party and immediate family members a few hours prior. Guests arrived at 7:00 p.m. for a cocktail hour before the ceremony, featuring champagne, homemade bread, charcuterie, and cheese.

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Lisa Cunningham of Oven Art created over 250 gumpaste flowers to completely cover the coconut wedding cake. A true showstopper, Alexandra and Trevor decided to use it as decor for the duration of the wedding, in lieu of cutting into it.

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After a winter of record lows and snow the week before the big day, Alexandra and Trevor were grateful that the trees started blooming just in time for their wedding. They also credit their buried bottle of 20-yearold Pappy Van Winkle bourbon for keeping rain away!

A friend of ours taught my husband and I about impossible-to-find Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, so I'd have to agree that this was what kept the rain away!

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HOW THEY MET: Beth Ann and Wesley grew up in two tight-knit families, making them childhood friends turned high school sweethearts. Their first kiss was during a game of truth or dare on a combined family cruise! THE PROPOSAL: The day before Beth Ann and Wesley were scheduled to leave on a family vacation, Wesley, ring burning a hole in his pocket, set up a private lunch at their eventual wedding venue. Beth Ann, suspecting nothing, almost refused to go because the weather was terrible, but a break in the gloom gave Wesley a window of opportunity. They celebrated with family and friends that night at a favorite local restaurant. THE I DO’S: 478 guests celebrated with the couple on the groom’s family property on a perfect May day. KEEP IT LOCAL: Beth Ann and Wesley’s wedding planner traded jars of her homemade jam with the blueberry farmer down the street from the venue. In exchange, he let her clip branches to include in the flower arrangements and boutonnieres! ONE DOOR OPENS: A favorite detail for Beth Ann was the antique doors she and her father walked through to enter the outdoor ceremony space. The couple hopes to incorporate them into their newlywed home. KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: The couple chose to include a wedding prayer that was read at her parents’ ceremony 29 years earlier. Wesley’s cousin also co-officiated the ceremony with a family friend. SINGING SURPRISE: A local gospel choir surprised the guests with a spirited rendition of “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” at the conclusion of the ceremony. The choir led guests straight into the tent, where they sang along to Beth Ann and Wesley’s first dance, “Crazy Love.” WINE AND DINE: Custom details peppered the reception, including the wine poured: Beth Ann and Wesley had bottled it the year before on a trip to Italy, and commissioned labels that matched their invitation for the occasion. SIMPLE LOVE: A favorite note from a guest, post-wedding: “With all of its extravagance and magic, at its heart, it was a simple wedding with a simple message of love. A truly genuine sense of faith, hope, and love was evident in every detail!”

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Beth Ann’s spring bouquet included peonies, ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace, garden roses, viburnum, clematis, scabiosa, anemones, and a few sprigs of blueberry branches.

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RIGHT BEFORE YOU GO DOWN THE AISLE: MORE NERVOUS THAN A LONG TAILED CAT IN A ROOM FULL OF ROCKING CHAIRS.


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With such a large guest count, the couple and their planner worked hard to incorporate many smaller “rooms” within the reception space to help people feel comfortable and connected. A bourbon sampling bar and cigar lounge were favorites of the groom!

What I wouldn’t give to grab a chair and sit down next to these two gents and soak up some of their wisdom and marriage advice.

I think these bottle candleholders are so neat—the driftwood perfectly reflects Charleston's seaside location!

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A true Southern menu greeted guests at dinner, including fried green tomatoes with melted pimento cheese, Gulf oyster shooters, and tomato and watermelon salad. Late night bites included fried chicken in waffle cones with a maple bacon remoulade, sliders, mini quesadillas, and french fries!

I love the idea of having custom watercolored wine labels for your big day. I will definitely be saving Beth Ann and Wesley's idea for my future wedding!

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CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER Tec Petaja, VIDEOGRAPHER Shaking Hands Productions, PLANNER, DESIGNER, AND FLORALS Lovely Little Details, PAPER PRODUCTS DESIGN Momental Designs, PAPER PRODUCTS PRINTING Southern Fried Paper, CALLIGRAPHY Traci Green, CATERING Cru Catering, CAKE BAKER Incredible Edibles, PHOTO BOOTH Michael Newton, STRING QUARTET Classical Charleston, GOSPEL CHOIR Voices of Deliverance, COCKTAIL HOUR AND RECEPTION MUSICIANS Sol Fusion, LOGISTICS Dovetail, TENT, FLOORING, AND RENTALS Synder Events, LIGHTING Production Design Associates, LINENS La Tavola Linen, HAIR AND MAKEUP Team Hair & Makeup, VALET Shoreline Valet, TROLLEY Sunway Charters, LIMO AND SHUTTLE Carolina Limo, RESTROOMS Nature’s Calling Inc., DRAPING Duvall Events, VENUE Whitehall Plantation, BRIDE’S GOWN Anna Maier, BRIDAL SALON Joan Pillow, BRIDE’S SHOES Jimmy Choo, BRIDE’S JEWLERY Yael Designs, BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale


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HOW THEY MET: In college at Washington and Lee University, a mutual friend arranged for Inslee and Anderson to attend Inslee’s sorority formal together. While Inslee was unsure about Anderson at first, he won her over speaking in a fake British accent on the bus ride home. THE PROPOSAL: While visiting Inslee’s family over Easter weekend, Anderson woke Inslee up in her childhood bedroom at 7 A.M., getting down on one knee beside the bed. THE RING: Inslee’s engagement ring was the same ring her late father had given her mother years before. When her mother remarried Inslee’s adopted father, she put away the ring for Inslee to have someday. Anderson reset the stone in its original antique Cartier setting with new diamond baguettes. SPRING IN THE CAPITAL: Inslee and Anderson chose Washington, D.C. for their wedding because they had fallen in love in Georgetown and spent their first three years together there. The natural beauty of the spring season inspired the soft and neutral design of their wedding. SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: An artist and stationery designer, Inslee remembers choosing invitations was one of her biggest decisions. She ultimately picked a design by Dempsey & Carroll, and then painted an original botanical print pattern for the envelope liner. THE CEREMONY: "Standing in the church together and feeling the full weight and significance of the commitment we were making, in light of our joint effort of preparation, was incredible.” VIRTUAL GUEST: Inslee’s 101-year-old grandmother joined the happy couple via Facetime to see the flowers, the bride, and the groom (in that order!). THE RECEPTION: Cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing were held at the Chevy Chase Club—a place that holds special meaning and many joyful memories for Inslee and her family. SOUTHERN STATIONS: In order to maximize their dancing time, Inslee and Anderson planned a stations dinner, featuring Southern favorites like ham biscuits and shrimp and grits.

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After trying on at least a hundred dresses, Inslee chose “Katherine” by Vera Wang. She loved how it was romantic and feminine, without being too sweet. Her bridal party wore Jenny Yoo dresses in the same ivory color as her dress.

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Christ Church is a special place for Inslee’s family—it’s where her parents were married, where Inslee was baptized, where her father’s funeral was held, and now, where Inslee and Anderson were married!

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Anderson’s favorite detail of the wedding was the champagne saber he used to open a jerboam of champagne at the reception. Inslee and Anderson hope the saber will become part of a new family tradition!

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HOW THEY MET: Samantha was staying at a Houston hotel on a girls weekend when Sam, who had just walked off the plane from Australia, sat down on the pool chaise lounge next to her, the only one left unoccupied. After an hour of chatting, he asked her to write down her number on a cocktail napkin. Unfortunately, her handwriting was so terrible that he later called the wrong number—but was still able to track her down on Facebook. THE PROPOSAL: After dinner together at a favorite local restaurant, Samantha arrived back at her house to find rose petals and candles leading up her staircase to the rooftop deck. Sam was lit up by the Houston skyline, waiting to tell her how blessed he felt to have found a home with her in a city once so foreign to him. THE “I DO’S:” The couple described having all of their far-flung family and friends in one place for their March Austin nuptials as a “real-life fairy tale.” WEDDING GUESTS: 125. WEATHER WORRIES: Samantha called planning their outdoor wedding “a lesson in letting go.” The morning of the wedding was drizzly, but the clouds cleared around noon, making way for a beautiful spring evening. COLOR PALETTE: Blush, gold, champagne, ivory, soft blue, and pops of coral—soft, so as not to distract from the live oak trees and lush green surroundings. GUYS’ GATHERING: The men spent the morning of the wedding partaking in “the timeless men’s ritual” of beer and pizza…and trying to figure out how to tie a bow tie. MERRY MARGARITAS: A cocktail hour highlight was the margarita bar, with combinations ranging from the adventurous (blueberry jalapeño) to the classic (lime—garnished with cotton candy!). EPIC SEND-OFF: At the end of the night, the Matchmaker Band led guests off the dance floor and to the front of the venue in a New Orleans-style procession. Everyone waved Australian and American flags to send the couple off in style! THE BIG PICTURE: Sam’s sweet response to his favorite detail of the wedding? “There were too many parts of the day that blew me away, from the custom cocktails and the band through to the cigar rollers, so I like to remember the big scheme of things and why we were there in the first place—to bring us together.”

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At the end of their ceremony, an a cappella group posing as guests in the congregation stood up and sung the Beatles’ song “All You Need is Love,” a major surprise for all of the real guests!

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Custom sugar cookies were a sweet nod to important locations for the couple: Australia for the groom's home country, Oklahoma for the bride's home state, and Texas for the couple's new residence.

COMPLIMENTING HER FIANCÉ: YOU SURE DIDN’T PICK UP NO CROOKED STICK!


I bet MAK fell out of her chair when she caught sight of these chandeliers. Southern glam in action! Outdoor chandeliers will always be one of my favorite wedding details.Â

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HOW THEY MET: Morgan, a former Miss Oklahoma USA, and Brian, a former wide receiver for Ole Miss, fell in love over Skype. They were introduced while hundreds of miles apart, and said they fell in love with “the reflection of Christ that we saw in each other” through countless conversations. THE PROPOSAL: After six months of dating, Morgan and Brian traveled to Israel with Brian’s parents and their church to tour the Holy Land. At the base of the Mount of Olives, Brian read to Morgan from the book of John, then dropped to one knee and handed her a heart carved from olive wood along with a sparkly engagement ring. The olive tree thrives in any condition and is difficult to kill, traits Morgan and Brian hope their marriage will share. THE “I DO’S:” Morgan has always loved the ocean, so they planned a Marco Island destination celebration for 21 special guests followed by a closer-to-home reception at an equestrian farm in Tulsa, Oklahoma for about 200 guests. FAMILY RING: Brian’s mother gave Brian his great-great-grandmother’s wedding band for his future wife. He designed Morgan’s engagement ring to complement it perfectly. MINT TO BE: Morgan asked her older sisters to choose a dress they loved and felt beautiful in. The mint design was worn by her best gals, including one dear friend who traveled over 24 hours from Zimbabwe to be a part of her special day. STANDING ON CEREMONY: Morgan and Brian chose to have their guests stand around them throughout their intimate ceremony rather than bring out chairs, which made for a “magical” experience. SURPRISE SERENADE: Brian surprised Morgan by serenading her after their vow exchange with a rendition of “Happy” by the Daylights, which was “their song” throughout their engagement. AFTER THE I DO’S: After their wedding in Marco Island, Morgan and Brian drove to Islamorada and stayed at the beautiful Cheeca Lodge for four days, then followed it up with a week in Turks & Caicos. Three months after their wedding, they moved to England together to serve as youth pastors!

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I love that Morgan and Brian's floral arch stood as a gorgeous ceremony marker among the otherwise untouched and lovely beach landscape.

Stylist Kylie Swanson lined the aisle at the simple beach ceremony with rose petals and ruffled peonies in soft pinks and creams.

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Morgan loved her gown for its simplicity. She thought its makeup of lightweight Spanish tulle and silk was "feminine, delicate, and freespirited"—perfect for a beach wedding!

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This wedding looks like a dream, doesn't it? I love that the beginning of a marriage gives us an excuse to create such magical experiences for the ones we love!

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For their close-to-home reception, Morgan and Brian chose a ready-made invitation from Minted. We love how she transformed her bridal look from beachy to boho for the two distinct celebrations!

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Though Morgan and Brian's destination wedding had a very different style compared to their Tulsa reception, I love that there were plenty of details that carried through, from the wispy white gown to the table garlands.

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HOW THEY MET: During Kelli’s college orientation, she and her dad stopped for coffee. Michael was working as the barista, and when Kelli noticed his good looks (he was also an Abercrombie and Fitch model at the time), she was so shy, she made her dad go up and order for them! A few months later, Kelli moved in with five roommates, including one who worked at the coffee shop with Michael. Shortly after Valentine’s Day, Michael left Kelli a message asking her out to coffee. THE PROPOSAL: After graduating, Kelli moved home to Houston and Michael moved to Seattle. The distance made them realize they were ready to be together forever, so Michael moved to Texas. He proposed at Kelli’s parents’ house with a simple, elegant diamond ring. NUMBER OF GUESTS: About 150. DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS: Kelli and Michael were married at their best friend (and wedding photographer)’s ranch in Marquez, Texas. Since many of their guests were coming from California, Kelli and Michael wanted to give them an authentic Texas experience, and the rustic setting did just that. DREAM DRESS: Kelli is good friends with Hayley Paige and the owner of Now and Forever Bridal Boutique in Houston. Together, they helped Kelli customize Hayley’s “Hattie” gown. THE CEREMONY: The outdoor ceremony was officiated by a pastor Kelli has known since she was young. He had mentored Kelli for years and led Kelli and Michael through pre-marital counseling, making the ceremony especially meaningful. ON HORSEBACK: For their grand entrance to their reception, Michael led Kelli in on a beautiful white horse. UNDER THE STARS: Kelli and Michael loved sharing their first dance to “Boat Song” by JJ Heller under the Texas night sky.

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Kelli and Michael loved creating many of the details for their wedding with the help of talented friends. The illustrations of them were drawn by Tricia Lowenfield, and Kelli designed and printed the programs herself.

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Kelli wanted her bridesmaids to feel comfortable and relaxed on her wedding day, so she chose budget-friendly lace dresses from American Eagle for them, which they wore with their own cowboy boots.

As the resident Texan in the Southern Weddings office, I have a special place in my heart for Kelli and Michael’s big day. They did an incredible job showing all of their out-of-town guests the beauty of the Lone Star State!

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It wouldn’t be SW if there weren't a few farm animals in our pages. Kelli looks straight out of a fairy tale perched up on her horse.

How sweet is Kelli holding hands with her daddy instead of walking arm in arm?

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While the temperature during the day was perfect, it dipped into the 60’s after the sun went down, so Kelli and Michael set up an outdoor fireplace and displayed fleece blankets in baskets for their guests to cozy up with during the reception.

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As a favor, Kelli and Michael gifted guests with coffee beans from the coffee shop where they first saw each other.

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HOW THEY MET: “In true small town fashion, Alex and I heard about each other after his grandmother cut my aunt’s hair,” says Abby. “Beauty shop talk—straight up Steel Magnolias, y’all!” THE PROPOSAL: Cutting short a day trip to a small Alabama town, Alex feigned a stomachache for an excuse to lure Abby back to his parents’ farm in search of medicine. Once she saw the twinkle lights strung from the branches of a tree in the distance, she knew what was happening, but all she remembers from his proposal speech is him saying “I want to have babies and adopt babies with you,” to which she tearfully exclaimed, “PLEASE!” THE “I DO’S:” These two wanted an outdoor wedding, and they wanted it as soon as possible. They chose an April date (the first month the trees were in bloom after their August engagement) in their college town of Auburn. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 250. FAMILY VALUES: While color palettes and texture played key roles in the design, Abby and Alex’s goal was for each guest to feel valued through their attention to detail. DRESS DELEGATION: Abby invited her mom, sister, and two young nieces on a dress shopping trip to Birmingham. Abby pulled the trigger on a corset/skirt combination with all the “texture” she was hoping for after the nieces gave it two thumbs up. WEDDING MORNING WALK: Abby and Alex began the day with a cup of coffee together in the lobby of the hotel where their guests were staying, and a walk around their alma mater’s campus, basking in the reality that their day had finally arrived. FAMILY AFFAIR: Alex’s uncle, a pastor, officiated their ceremony, while Abby’s brother gave the message and Alex’s sister delivered a reading from Revelation 19. Their wedding party included Abby’s six nieces and nephews and Alex’s five younger cousins. ON THE HUNT: Abby’s best friend joined her in scouring antique malls for vintage plates and dishes to use at the reception, which were layered over a mix of ivory and beige linens. WHAT’S NEXT: Abby and Alex are enjoying newlywed life in their chosen city of Birmingham, where, among other things, they’ve dabbled in urban farming via the acquisition of two hens: Ina Garten and Martha Stewart. Says Abby, “Even in the past few months, Alex and I have grown in our depth of knowledge and understanding of each other. With years of marriage comes years of experience—learning personality traits, finding ways to serve the other, and knowing how to make each other laugh. I look forward to our connection growing deeper as our marriage marches on.”

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Abby’s bouquet included peonies, garden roses, Japanese ranunculus, frilly-edged tulips, parrot tulips, dahlia, veronica, dusty miller, and maidenhair fern. A piece of lace trim from her mother’s veil was wrapped around the stem as her “something old.”

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These gorgeous ceremony programs (created by Abby!) are one of my favorite details in the whole magazine!

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You can practically feel the pre-ceremony anticipation in the air looking at this page!

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Abby and Alex exchanged thoughtful gifts the morning of their wedding. She chose a Best Made Co. heirloom axe for him (she customized the handle with paint), and he delivered an antique cameo bracelet to her via his sister. "There was no feigning my complete surprise and excitement when I opened it," she said. "I wore it for the rest of the day, and now I can't imagine my wedding ensemble without that antique addition."

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Twinkly lights get me every time. Abby and Alex lucked out with the weather for their early spring celebration. The joys of getting married in the deep South窶馬o worries about late spring snowstorms!

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Abby and Alex chose two groom’s cakes to keep things symmetrical on the dessert table, both with tiers of chocolate, coconut, and red velvet. The bride’s cake was white cake with lemon curd between the layers and buttercream icing on the outside. Abby’s aunt also learned to make macarons for the occasion, and whipped an entire tableful together!

CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER A Bryan Photo, VENUE AND CATERER Moore’s Mill Club, FLORALS AND DECOR Nimblee, WEDDING CAKE 1220 Cafe, BRIDE’S GOWN “Loren” corset and “Sabrina” skirt by Watters, BRIDAL SALON The White Room, BRIDE’S SHOES “Madalyn” by Badgley Mischka, BRIDE’S EARRINGS BHLDN, BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale, Donna Morgan, Dessy Group, and Ceremony by Joanna August, MENSWEAR The Black Tux, PAPER GOODS Abby Bowlin Designs, LETTERPRESS Four Hats Press, RENTALS, LINENS, AND LIGHTING The Event Group

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Something old, something new, something borrowed and the ocean blue.

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Join us on January 18 for the 2015 Golden Isles Bridal Show, A Seaside Affair at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on beautiful Jekyll Island, Georgia. This amazing venue is the only oceanfront convention center on the east coast south of New Jersey. Visit us at goldenislesbridalshow.com for more information.

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hen my wife, Christina, and I were planning for our marriage, I didn’t know I would learn so much about weddings. Though I was lucky enough to marry into the wedding planning world (my wife is the owner of Christina Leigh Events), I know that’s not the case for every groom. So, in addition to sharing my accumulated wisdom through her work, I’m happy to do so here with a few things I think every Southern gentleman groom should know.

While planning your wedding, there are a few other people you shouldn’t forget to show your appreciation for, starting with your mother. Whether you take her out to dinner, just the two of you, to share excitement about upcoming events, or you give her something special on your wedding day, you can never say thank you enough when it comes to the woman who raised you to be the best husband possible. Don’t forget your grandmother(s), either!

Growing up in the South, I learned to appreciate the women (ma’ams, as we refer to our elders in Texas) in my life and what they did for me. Whether it was a teacher at school or my mother at home, all of these ladies had something to share with me. During wedding planning, I carried that over and learned that my fiancée’s way of showing me love was to share in planning an amazing start to marriage. Gents, make sure you let your fiancée know that you appreciate all she is doing to make your wedding a day to remember. Some grooms may think their only role in planning is tasting the food or deciding which bow tie to wear, but chances are, your bride-tobe is excited to share the process of creating what will be the most special day in both of your lives. Jump on in!

Speaking of gifts, don’t stress about choosing the “must have” gift for your wife on your wedding day (the secret is, there isn’t one). Instead, think from the heart. Whether you write her a letter telling her the reasons you’re excited to become her husband, or you send her something that you held on to from a special date, this particular gift, even more than usual, is about the thought and meaning behind it, not the money spent. Although picking out the cake, food, and venue can be fun, remember that above all, you are planning for the start of your marriage. You’re not just planning a day for all of the “planning” to simply be over with. Enjoy each moment. You don’t get to be engaged forever, and while having a Mrs. to join you for the rest of your life will be great, cherish where you are in this season of your relationship, too.

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While being a gentleman is about much more than learning to tie a bow tie or memorizing the finer points of etiquette, dapper dressing is a useful skill to master for any beau, especially when it comes to his wedding. Pick and choose from our sartorial inspirations to find a look that's just right for his big day! THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEF T: Landon Jacob Photography, Julia Wade Photography, Gracie Blue Photography, Wings of Glory Photography, Kate Belle Photography, Flora and Fauna; OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEF T: Amy Arrington Photography, Landon Jacob Photography, Robyn Van Dyke Photography, Erich McVey Photography, Jen Dillender Photography, Nikki Santerre Photography, Captured Photography

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IS ONE WHO PUTS MORE INTO THE

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DAPPER

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A dapper bow tie, a pretty floral collar, or a snappy new leash will have your beloved fourlegged friend looking just as snazzy as you on your big day. Just don't forget to pack a few extra treats, too! THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: White Rabbit Studios, Kate Noelle Photography, We Are The Mitchells, Liz Banfield Photography, A Bryan Photo, Blest Photography, Nicole Berrett Photography, Anna K. Photography; OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Troy Grover Photographers, Nancy Ray Photography, Mustard Seed Photography, Dyan Kethley Photography, Laura Murray Photography, Jodi Miller Photography, Gracie Blue Photography, Melissa Wilson Photography

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BELLES & BEAUS

Whether you choose the same look for your entire gaggle of guys and gals or let them each choose their favorite frock to wear down the aisle, we feel comfortable guaranteeing they'll look adorable. We've rounded up some of our favorite inspiration for the smallest members of your wedding party here!

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEF T: Mint Photography, Gabriel and Carin Photography, Julie Lim Photography, Laura Leslie Photography, Ash Imagery; OPPOSITE PAGE, FIRST ROW FROM LEF T TO RIGHT: We Are The Mitchells, Amy Arrington Photography; SECOND ROW: Jen Dillender Photography, Michelle Boyd Photography, Troy Grover Photographers; THIRD ROW: Ashley Seawell Photography, Anna Routh Photo, Landon Jacob Photography

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After living in an 1800 sq. ft. house during our first year of marriage, we wondered if there was another way, so we downsized. This past year has totally changed our perspective on space and how much we actually need. Renting often gets a bad rap, and we definitely went through an intense phase early in our marriage when all we could think about was buying a house of our own. But there’s something to be said for listening to your inner compass and buying at the right time for you. Having experienced both renting and owning, I have to say, there are so many lovely things about living in an apartment that often go overlooked–the pool, the gym that’s steps out my door, the free coffee at the office when we run out at home, and the ability to pick up and move to Paris for a few months should we feel so inclined! CAROLINE RECTOR, CAROLINE JOY PHOTOGRAPHY

Michael and I grew up together and have known each other since we were toddlers, so there were very few things that shocked us after moving in together. I am learning not to have unrealistic expectations about how tidy our house should be. Messes stress me out…Michael doesn’t seem to mind them! However, over the last three years, Michael has learned that I’m in a much better mood when the house is somewhat put together, so he makes that a priority, and I love him for it! KATELYN JAMES, KATELYN JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

Early in our marriage, our house felt very empty because we hadn’t accumulated many mementos and souvenirs from adventures together. I made the mistake of filling the “white space” with random things (vases, fake flowers, knick-knacks) that had no meaning to us. As the years have gone by, we’ve slowly replaced the meaningless stuff with really special things that have specific memories or people associated with them. This is probably my favorite part about our home. EMILY LEY

Both of us enjoy the art of creating spaces, and we can both be pretty stubborn about it. It didn’t take us long to realize that one person needed to have the final say. So, after about a year of intense decorating battles, I relinquished the veto power to Jordan (my wife). This doesn’t mean she won’t ask for my opinion, or that I don’t often give it. It just means I’m okay with her final decision either way. We no longer argue about it, and I love the way our house looks and feels. Guys, if decorating is super important to your wife, there’s nothing wrong with giving in or learning to love and appreciate her taste.

L ANDON THOMPSON, L ANDON JACOB PHOTOGRAPHY

My favorite way to splurge is on textiles. I love to look at rugs, pillows, wallpaper, bedding with interesting graphic patterns, and bold colors. I think any room can look beautiful with a bold textile – it can hide ugly furniture (like the throw covering an old futon in our den) or become a focal statement for the room. As we get older, I’m more interested in splurging on furniture, but so far, we have purchased most of our furniture on sale or by thrifting providence. EMILY ALLEN, CAKEWALK BAKE SHOP

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ON HOME Since Woody lived by himself in our loft before we got married, let’s just say it was in need of some feminine love! Fortunately, Woody was very gracious to let me make changes, even when it meant some of his items going into storage or being donated. We learned in premarital counseling that the home is the extension of the woman, and Woody still repeats this to me, expressing his understanding that the presentation of our home means something different to me than it does to him. That being said, I fully understand that it is our home and I want to build it together and make sure he always feels comfortable with design decisions I make. It has been a process, but over time, I have earned his trust in this area, and he says I have truly made our house a home. My best tip when blending your things and your styles is that you shouldn’t expect it to look just like you or just like him. Building a home together means creating a new thing. You may want to have everything done at once, but if you take the time to consider both your styles and find common ground, you will be able to fill your home with things that truly express who you are as a couple, not just individuals. MAT T YE WOODCOCK, THE LOVINGKIND

In most of the rooms in our house, you’ll find gallery walls of old photos of our grandparents and parents from the 1940s through the 1970s. For instance, there’s one of my daddy’s parents in their 20s, in their swimsuits at the lake, leaning against a 1940s Buick mid-laugh, holding a watermelon. They aren’t old—they’re just like us, now. We don’t want pictures of ourselves hanging around to stare at–we can see each other in real life any time.

ERIN NAPIER, LUCKY LUXE

At first, our home was the biggest, most ridiculous mash-up of furniture and styles you’ve ever seen. My style was shabby chic meets glam and Aaron’s style was dark, heavy, and manly. Awkward mental picture, right? But over time, our tastes and styles changed and meshed together. Honestly, my best tip for blending styles is simply this: don’t worry if your house isn’t styled perfectly right away. Embrace the messy mash-up at first—it’s like a fun little rite of passage. We’ve all been there. CAROLINE RECTOR, CAROLINE JOY PHOTOGRAPHY

Since we’ve been married, our style has really changed, morphed, and blended into “our style.” We often collaborate on decorating decisions and we trust each other’s opinions–which has been really fun. My tip would be to buy what you love, not just things particularly for a certain space. If you love it, it will all come together! CAROLINE AND CL ARK BREWER, CL ARK BREWER PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAROLINE BREWER ST YLING

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THE WEDDING IS JUST THE BE-

“Why don’t we do it?” is our fam-

GINNING. IT’S NOT ALWAYS PRET-

ily motto, which we try to live by

T Y AFTER THAT, BUT THE MEMO-

with our kids. We try to say “yes"

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more than “no" to fun experiences

MILLION!

ERIN CARROLL, BLUE-EYED BRIDE

that will enrich our family. For two summers, we have taken all three kids and gone to New Hampshire to work at a family camp. Instead

Make a vow from the start that you’ll

of looking at all the reasons why

always be on the same team. When

it would be a bad idea (surviving

a conflict arises, we try to remind

on less income, leaving our house,

each other that we have each other’s

leaving friends behind), we choose

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to see the beauty of how this

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position.

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CAMILLE ST YLES

The most surprising thing about marriage is how naturally it has come. Marriage has definitely been work, but in the best possible way. Our preacher told us at our counseling session that “life is a series of adjustments; it’s how you handle them that will make or break you.” Those words are so true, and we remind ourselves of them often!

JESSICA HORTON, JJ HORTON PHOTOGRAPHY

In this day and age, it's so easy to fall into the "comparison trap." With everyone's lives on display, you often fool yourself into thinking that everyone's marriage is picture perfect—you don't see the bills, disagreements, piles of laundry, or burnt meatloaf on social media. It's helpful to remind ourselves that no marriage is perfect, simply because we, as humans, are not perfect. Marriage is a constant state of growth, and the beauty of marriage is in that growth. You're two individuals navigating life and learning more and more about yourselves and each other with each passing year. When things go wrong, don't freak out, just think of it as a chapter in your book, another piece of your story. Instead of focusing on what's "not perfect," take time each day to celebrate the little moments that make your marriage so special. KRISTA JANOS, BLUE EYED YONDER

Conner travels a lot, so we made it a priority to set aside “post-travel breakfast dates.” Sometimes this falls early on a Friday morning before the work day starts, and sometimes it’s even a Wednesday night breakfast supper if Conner is between two flights. We find it important to start new-to-us family traditions that focus on our marriage and quality time. MANDY VOLPE, MANDYANDCONNER.COM

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We walked down the aisle, and just as our off iciant began with “We’re here today to celebrate Jack and Jeanine,” a car in the distance let out the loudest brake-screeching sound you’ve ever heard. (As it turns out, it was a couple of our guests who were running late–we’re grateful that no accident ever took place!) Our wedding was beautiful, but that moment really sums up what our relationship is about–beautiful, but far from perfect. We’re able to laugh when tensions rise, which I think is the key to a good marriage. JEANINE DONOFRIO, LOVE & LEMONS

At the end of each year, the Mister and I have a Year-in-Review/ Goal Setting session. This sounds very "corporate," but I promise, it's so much fun! We keep a list for each month of the year and note both the great things and the not-so-great things that happened that month. At the end of the year, you can laugh and reminisce about the good times, and also share a few "oh Lordy, I'm glad we made it through that " moments. Afterwards, we brainstorm and share our personal goals and shared goals for the upcoming year. I highly recommend writing them down and keeping them somewhere in your home where you will see them often—on your bathroom mirror, nightstand, or fridge. Nothing beats written, visual goals; they're constant reminders to make time for the things you want to do. It's fun to encourage each other in our goals and, since I'm a huge listmaker, it's always rewarding to cross things off the list! KRISTA JANOS, BLUE EYED YONDER

Our biggest struggle at the moment is owning a small business and making time for each other. We try to have at least one day to spend completely together, but even that feels short. About every six to eight weeks, we try to plan a special weekend, whether it be a weekend away or a weekend at home where we set aside time just for us, no matter what. Ideally, I’d like to have much more time, but we are working on it. E M I LY A L L E N,

Before getting married, I wish someone had told me to let go of all expectations and understand that two different upbringings are going to require making big decisions together. It’s not about a fairy tale and it’s not about instant gratification. The beauty of marriage is experiencing the memories along the way. ERIN CARROLL, BLUE-EYED BRIDE

CAKEWALK BAKE SHOP

PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAROLINE BREWER ST YLING

Taking a walk is one of our favorite things to do together. It’s a fun way to enjoy our neighborhood, and it’s free! Some of our best conversations and ideas have come from just being outside without any distractions. Leave your phone at home! C A R O L I N E A N D C L A R K B R E WE R, C L A R K B R E WE R

Bryan and I have been married for 11 years. While we were in love when we married, we didn’t understand its full meaning at the time. Years of hardships and joys have refined our definition of marriage. We have come to find that marriage is not just about loving someone, but also being fully known. Being known may mean seeing the faults and weaknesses of each other. While it is excruciating to confess wrongdoing, it is utterly life changing to be forgiven and still loved. There is nothing more freeing and beautiful than someone knowing everything about you (weaknesses and strengths) and still loving you!

ASHLEY JOHNSON, A BRYAN PHOTO

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We’re hardcore about tithing. We give to our church, no matter what, every single week, and our needs have always been met. Ben always says, “In the same way that prayer focuses us spiritually, tithing focuses us financially.” When you give up what controls you (money) and put your faith in God, He always provides. If you do it with confidence and without bitterness or worry, it’ll change your life. We generally don’t spend money unless we really need something. Otherwise, we save everything we can and invest it in mutual funds, our IRAs, and real estate trusts at the end of every year. If you get a financial advisor, you’ll thank yourself later. They’re worth every penny, and it’s not even many pennies! ERIN NAPIER, LUCKY LUXE

When we got married, Bryan and I decided to put our individual strengths to work financially. We decided that Bryan would be “CEO” and I would be the “Office Manager.” I handle the day-to-day needs (i.e. paying bills that come in the mail) and Bryan manages our long-term, big picture financial plan (i.e. investments, insurance, retirement, etc.). I take an active role in these things by understanding the terms, meeting with our financial advisor with Bryan, and helping to make important decisions, but ultimately, Bryan leads us in this. EMILY LEY

You don’t need to be wealthy to own a vacation home. Three months after getting married, Jeremy was laid off from his job. We had a nice savings, so that helped us pay cash for the beach house lot we bought in 2010. We kept our spending to a minimum and worked really hard to save money (which was easier after Jeremy’s 14-month layoff ended!). JESSICA HORTON, JJ HORTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Dream! We find that we are hugely motivated to pay down debt or save more money if we both understand and see the big picture of WHY we’re making these sacrifices. Is it so that one of you can stay home with a future child? To be able to buy a house? To have the freedom to quit a job you hate, or start a new business, or move to Paris for a year? If something matters to you, I think you’ll be surprised how steely your Target resolve can become. Talk often about your hopes and dreams for the future and how you can make them happen, together.

EMILY THOMAS

“And now, you are one!” Not only is this true for your relationship—it’s true for your finances. Act as one. Combine your finances and get on the same page in regards to your spending, saving, and giving. Make all financial decisions together, and pull in the same direction towards your goals. Don’t spend the first five years of marriage chasing the standard of living that your parents have. Remember, it took them thirty years to get there! Instead, avoid debt at all costs. A car, home, boat, or a closet full of clothes are not nearly as important as getting to pursue your dreams together. Finally, practice the habit of generosity. Build in a habit of giving from the very start of your marriage—we promise, it’s the most fulfilling thing you’ll ever do with your money! NANCY AND WILL RAY, NANCY RAY PHOTOGRAPHY AND WILLIAMRAY.COM

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OUR FAVORITE SOURCES FOR

N EW LY W ED COOK ING BLOGS 101 COOKBOOKS 101cookbooks.com A COUPLE COOKS acouplecooks.com A HOUSE IN THE HILLS ahouseinthehills.com EVERYDAY OCCASIONS jennysteffens.blogspot.com HEALTHFULLY EVER AFTER healthfullyeverafter.com LOVE AND LEMONS loveandlemons.com MINIMALIST BAKER minimalistbaker.com THE PIONEER WOMAN thepioneerwoman.com SKINNY TASTE skinnytaste.com

BOOKS AGAINST ALL GRAIN BELL’S BEST FOREST FEAST HAPPY HERBIVORE

One of our best habits has been creating a ritual of sitting down for dinner together every single night. At the end of a long work day, there’s nothing I look forward to more than setting the table, turning on some great music, and reconnecting with my husband over a great meal (even if it’s a roast chicken I picked up on the way home!). We catch up on what happened that day, talk through any challenges either of us is having at work, and even when life gets busy, it always feel like we’re still “dating” each other. CAMILLE ST YLES

SUPER NATURAL EVERY DAY THE KINFOLK TABLE

Living apart during the week while Adam travels has been a huge challenge, but one benefit is that we don’t take our time together for granted. We cherish our meals together—whether they’re homecooked meals with candles and wine or a frozen pizza we devour while sitting on the couch.

TRISHA R., DURHAM, NC

We love to walk to the farmer’s market down the street, come back with some goodies, and have an outdoor lunch. When you have good ingredients, that’s all you need. We grab artisanal bread, cheese, produce, and bacon (says the dietitian). We put it all on a big platter with a salad and sit outside and nibble. It works on any scale, from two people to ten. Just add wine or cocktails! CARLENE THOMAS, HEALTHFULLY EVER AFTER

We sit down on Sunday afternoon and I meal plan. I ask Kyle for feedback on anything he is in the mood for, and I also use the weekly grocery sales flyer to help me make decisions. We have a few go-to meals that make the rotation each week to reduce the stress of having to come up with 5+ new suppers (I tried this during our first few months of marriage and it eventually wore me out). I love to cook, but I am cautious with trying no more than two new recipes each week, depending on how much available free time I have in the evenings. Because of our schedules and commitments, meal planning is a must, otherwise we would eat cereal for supper at 9:00 every night. It gives us a roadmap for the week, as well as the ability to detour when something unexpected happens. It also helps protect regular meals at the table, which are incredibly important to us.

A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE: WELL, DON’T YOU LOOK PRETTIER THAN A GLOB OF BUTTER MELTING ON A STACK OF WHEAT CAKES!

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Aren't our Kristin and her beau a stinkin' cute couple? Brandon and I wish we lived closer, so we could be couple friends!

When it comes to registering for dishes, go with your gut and get what you really love — these days, there are definitely no set-in-stone rules about what you “must” include on your registry! When my husband and I got married five years ago, I knew that our casual entertaining style would not require fine china, so we registered for 12 place settings of affordable white everyday dishes from Crate & Barrel. It was much more important to us to have enough dishes for a house full of friends than to have special occasion pieces that we’d rarely use. CAMILLE ST YLES

I almost always do the meal planning. I like to use overlapping ingredients throughout the week, and with our CSA, which runs from May to October, we don’t really have a say in what ends up in our kitchen. For us, it’s all about being flexible. THOMAS, HEALTHFULLY EVER AFTER

CARLENE

Our favorite meal of all time was on our honeymoon in Florence, Italy. It was our last night there, so we splurged on a very fancy dinner, where we discovered white truffles with homemade pasta and Brunello wine. That meal has inspired so many hands-on homemade pasta dinners at home, as well as special dinners out. J E N N Y S T E F F E N S H O B I C K , EVERYDAY OCCASIONS

We are so thankful for every gift we received from our registry, but if I could make a few different decisions on my end, I would’ve focused less on things I thought I should register for and more on things that really fit our lives. Neither of us are big cooks, but for some reason, I thought stocking our kitchen with every possible culinary tool (even ones I don’t know how to use) was what we were supposed to do with our wedding registry!

MAT T YE WOODCOCK, THE LOVINGKIND

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M ARRIAGE One of our favorite features, and yours, in our last issue was the 13 pages we packed to the brim with marriage advice. It was such a big hit that we considered adding more advice to the magazine you hold in your hands now. But then, it dawned on us that advice is best offered like slices of red velvet cake: sweet and in small portions. The last thing we would want is for you to feel as though all of the fun stuff

(Dress fittings! Cake tastings! Dance lessons!) is restricted to your engagement, and as soon as you make your sparkler exit, everything left is just hard work. Marriage is hard work, we won’t deny that, but it is also a joy, a comfort, and an adventure. Here are just a few of the things you have to look forward to after saying I do—it may not be advice, per se, but we hope you will find it just as inspiring!

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This is one of my engagement pictures! More than the beautiful photos Ryan Ray took for Dave and I, we cherish the memories of that joyful day so much.

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Our wedding day was everything we dreamed and more...we still occasionally pull out the photos from our big day, just to re-live it all over again. That said, even the wedding of our dreams can't begin to compete with the deep satisfaction that comes with the process of building our life together. The last year has been filled with the excited planning and hosting of our first holidays, working on endless (but fun) home improvement projects, and countless little everyday moments. We have found so much joy in the little things, like taking a long walk or flopping down on our sofa at the end of the day, too exhausted to talk—just happy to have a hand to hold. If I had to choose just one thing, what I love most about being married is the opportunity to be a part of this incredible, sacred partnership. It's an amazing feeling to be able to take on someone else's dreams and goals as your own, and then work together to make them a reality! It has also been really fun to see our home come together over the past year. Being able to see the evolution of our two distinct styles and tastes melding to make something unique (and even better!) feels very symbolic of the chance we've been given to merge our talents, flaws, and perspectives into this new life and marriage. SARAH JANE BOYSON, SARAH JANE + BRAD, FEATURED IN SWV6

In due time, through marriage, you discover

things that are a joy and other things that are a frus-

tration, an unpleasant surprise, or just plain difficult to like

about one another. But one of my other favorite things about being

To experience adventure, to challenge each other for better change, to inspire growth, to comfort and cry with, to laugh with every day, to affirm with honesty, to trust without doubt, to forgive and apologize often, and to love deeper with each passing year...this is marriage. My relationship with my husband is a journey I have learned to embrace, both the good times and the hard ones. My husband and I have grown intimately close to each other by facing many different moments, some joyful, some painful, but it is the choosing to love through it all that has made our marriage extraordinary. JENNIFER SMITH, FOUNDER OF UNVEILEDWIFE.COM AND AUTHOR OF THE UNVEILED WIFE AND WIFE AFTER GOD

My favorite thing about being married is spending every day with my best friend. Marriage is the greatest adventure we've ever embarked on (tied with having our girl!). I love knowing that I have my favorite person in the world by my side to get the church giggles with, even as grown ups, to lean on when things get tough, and to fight with and to fight for. Throughout our almost six years of marriage, we have lived in fourteen different places (yep!), but each and every place has felt like home. Not because of where we've been or the four walls we lived within, but because of the person I

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married is that all the memories we have shared, both joys and junk, are

OUR history. I wouldn't trade it or want to start over with anyone else,

because our marriage story is unique to just us. I love the fact that through

our lives together, we have slowly become one, and it's hard to determine where I stop and Kenny begins. It took time, heartache, intention, work, love, surrender, faith in Christ, change, trials, victories, and more, but this oneness is a favorite reality for me of being married. Nothing else in life but our marriage could make such two different people into one complete, loving whole.

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My favorite thing about being married is that I am married to someone who fully accepts me, imperfections and all. Knowing that you are completely safe with someone, even after that early romance has worn off and they see you for who you really are, and they love you completely anyway, is a blessing.

NATALIE GRANT

I love being married because it is all about sharing—the covers, dessert at fancy restaurants, and our hopes, dreams, and hearts (especially during long road trips).

KRISTIN WINCHESTER

I love knowing without a doubt that he is the man God intended me to be with. Even on days when I may not like him very much, I’m always reminded that he is exactly who I need. MEG SUT TON, BELLE AND UNION

F

rom the moment my journey on The Bachelor began, I told

everyone I was looking for my best friend. I was lucky enough

to be raised by amazing parents who showed me that the

foundation of any successful marriage is friendship, and though it sounded improbable, I was hoping to find that same friendship in one of the women I was soon to meet. Well, if you watched the show, you know what happened. I met a beautiful goofball of a woman named Catherine, who was definitely “best friend” material. In fact, she was “wife material.” When the show ended, I asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. We were married 14 months later, and since then, we've been inseparable. For me, the wonderful aspects of marriage are simple: waking up next to Catherine each morning, eating her delicious home-cooked meals, cuddling with her on the couch while we watch our favorite shows, walking our dogs. This is the stuff of life—the everyday things that happen when no one else is around, when there are no cameras. Just us. I love knowing that I get to experience life's most memorable moments with the person I love the most. Even better, I get to experience life’s dull, uneventful moments with her. She truly makes “the everyday” fun.

SEAN LOWE, THE BACHELOR 2013

My favorite thing about being married right now is creating our own family and getting to create the life together that we want to live. We are so blessed to be able to pursue our dreams and have one another to support those pursuits. We got married very young, when I was right out of college, but I knew he was the kind of person that would support any of my crazy ideas, and I would always have someone along for the adventure. JOY THIGPEN

Our favorite thing about being married is having our best friend by our side always. It’s having someone to pick you up when you are down and to encourage you when times are tough. It’s having someone to celebrate all of life’s most amazing

moments with, to go on crazy adventures with, and to conquer the world with. It’s knowing that someone else knows all of your deepest secrets and doesn’t care about your annoying habits. It's having someone by your side who will laugh at your

jokes that aren’t as funny as you think. It’s having someone to serve, someone to uplift, and someone to create memories with that will last forever. It’s having someone to experience this amazing life with always and forever... and that is what we love most about being married!!! LIZ AND RYAN BOWER, AMAZING LIFE TOGETHER

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I LOVE BEING MARRIED BECAUSE THE WAY MY HUSBAND LOVES ME MAKES ME MORE CONFIDENT IN MYSELF THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.

GRACE T., RALEIGH, NC

I love being married because even on my worst days, I know there is someone at home waiting to make me laugh and tell me that life is too short not to laugh every day! Being in love with someone so lighthearted is such a blessing! ALLISON B., ORL ANDO, FL

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y favorite thing about marriage is the ability to speak truth to the one I love without fear of being rejected. When we first got married, my husband and I often found ourselves

hurt and wounded when we told each other what we were really feeling, because we didn't know how to communicate well with one another. At a certain point, he didn't even want to stay married to me because of our inability to communicate with each other in the right way. I remember wondering if things would ever be okay for us, because I didn't want a failed marriage. I loved my husband so much! Eleven years have passed since we first got married, and we are now in an entirely different place. God healed some of the deepest wounds in us, some that went back as far as our childhoods. Slowly, we started to learn to speak truth in love to one another. We have learned that just because we have a disagreement, it's not the end of the world. We have learned that real, true, and lasting love is something worth fighting for. And now, even when we disagree or have arguments (oh yes, we are normal—we still argue from time to time), we know we can talk through those things without fear of one or the other leaving. We are secure enough in our love for one another and in the strength of our marriage that we have the freedom to disagree! Being loved and cherished for the unique person you were created to be is priceless. Last year, we renewed our vows in a field of yellow wildflowers in Norway. In that field, with our three-year-old twins by our side, we cried through every word we spoke, as we committed ourselves to each other once again.

NINA AND WES MULLINS, NINA AND WES PHOTOGRAPHY

THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE EVERYDAY LIFE FROM WHAT IT WAS BEFORE IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED. WHAT WAS A LONELY BREAKFAST-FOR-DINNER (BFD) BY MYSELF CAN BECOME A GRAND FEAST WITH KRISTIN. SHE ADDS SPARKLE AND FUN TO THE SIMPLEST THINGS. BFD WITH KNW > BFD WITHOUT KNW.

KYLE WINCHESTER

You go through every life experience with your

spouse and each one has the opportunity to

bring you into a deeper union. My husband

and I were in a city on our own when we got

married and had our first child. We have been

through a few moves, suffered the loss of loved

ones, and experienced the joy of each milestone our children go through together. These experi-

ences are only shared with him, and it is what

makes marriage such a sacred relationship. It Every day is a new and exciting adventure, especially with our little girl. My favorite thing about being married is just how much fun it is!

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means more to me with each passing day, and each day is a chance to renew our committed

love to one another. That unity has never been more valued than the present day. MEYER, IN HONOR OF DESIGN

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In our relationship, we have an amazing chance to encourage each other to grow not only as people, but as artists. At each wedding, we always steal a glance at one another during the ceremony. It might be subtle, but there's always that "thinking of you" or "I remember our vows" moment that we share as we witness the covenant of another couple. We have been married and photographing weddings together for 12 years now and we have both changed so much in that time. For many couples, that is scary, but for us, we try to step back and allow God to mold us into the people He created us to be.

JOHN AND LINDSEY

Someone said, "Marriage is having a witness for your life." I love this idea, but I'm thankful it gets even bigger—marriage is having a daily witness to the work God is doing in my life. It's having my husband to guide, support, and cheer me on as I grow in my love for Christ and He works through me. And then I get to do that in my husband's life too! I love being married because each day is an opportunity to remind one another of what is true and to celebrate that together. C AT H E R I N E PA R K S , C O -A U T H O R O F A C H R I S TCENTERED WEDDING

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My favorite thing about being married is the romance and comfort

in having a true partner to navigate all the good and bad things life throws at you. I think when you're young, it can be easy to worry that the toughest thing about marriage will be the consistency (which, in

your 20s, you may fear translates to monotonous). But life is a constant

stream of changes, so when you have someone who inspires you to go after change, and someone who makes you strong enough to endure unwanted changes, the whole experience is an adventure. There's nothing boring about it.

EMILY CAGWIN, EMILY + MONT Y, FEATURED IN SWV3

I love being married because he makes life fun and spontaneous, and he challenges me to be brave and courageous. He shows me grace and love in all of his actions and teaches me how to do life better than I've done before. I

We were giddy for each other in the beginning, and that was so fun! But as the years went by, our love settled into a mature love. A trusted love. We have lived under the same roof for 24 years and yet, to this day, seeing my husband across a crowded room makes me feel like, "Ah, there you are" and I just relax. The familiarity that we have developed over time in our marriage is a true connection, commitment, and covenant of the mind, body and spirit. Pop culture tells us all kinds of lies about love and doesn't always place value on a long marriage. Scripture tells us that love never fails—we must have this attitude in our hearts and actions. This security and confidence is the BEST part of marriage. The day we married, we created a family, which, after all, is the root word of familiarity. The peace in that is wonderful. DENISE L., CARY, NC

love having someone to cook dinner for and surprise with small treats!

EMILY R. LOUISVILLE, KY

I am a brand new military wife. I still get butterflies when my husband walks in our door in his uniform. I love hearing him introduce me as his wife—I don’t think it will ever get old. I love knowing that in all of the ups and downs of life, we get to go through them together. KELSEY H., SAVANNAH, GA

I love being married because I have a dance partner for life. CHRISTINE W. ANNAPOLIS, MD

Having someone to share the moment

THAT RARE WEEKEND WHEN WE HAVE NOTH-

with, good or bad. With her, the good

ING TO DO BUT HANG OUT AS A FAMILY. AND

moments are better and the bad mo-

THE EVEN RARER WEEKEND WHEN MY WIFE

ments are easier to deal with. OLSON, LISA’S DAD

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Without a doubt, my favorite thing about being married is being known so intimately. There is no one else on this earth who knows me as well as John, and in fact, there are pieces of me that he has seen that no one else has ever seen. What a beautiful and precious trust that is! I am never afraid to be my whole self with him—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and in turn, I learn more every day about who my true self really is, and how to make that true self better. While self-improvement may not sound like a "favorite" thing about marriage, for me, it is—but only because I have my best friend cheering me on, all the days of my life.

EMILY THOMAS

I LOVE BEING MARRIED BECAUSE I HAVE A LIFELONG FRIEND BESIDE ME TO DREAM ABOUT THE FUTURE WITH, TO RELAX WITH AFTER A LONG DAY AT WORK, AND TO MAKE LONG ROAD TRIPS SEEM SHORT. MARRIAGE TEACHES ME HOW TO LOVE MORE DEEPLY, BECAUSE OFTENTIMES, IT IS CHALLENGING TO PUT THE OTHER PERSON'S NEEDS BEFORE YOUR OWN.

MARIEL A N., HOUSTON, TX

Every. Single. Bit of it. I love that we’re creating a life and legacy together—something that wouldn’t have existed in this world otherwise. I love that we’re better people just by being together. CAROLINE RECTOR, CAROLINE JOY PHOTOGRAPHY

My favorite thing about being married changes regularly, but here are some of the things I love most. Exploring the world with this guy who is an eternal optimist, adventurer, supporter, and my very best friend. Coming home after working a long wedding day to a celebratory glass of champagne together. Surprising him with his favorite meal. Taking our dog on walks together. Moving to new states together and meeting new friends. Laughing at the most ridiculous things. Family time (with his and mine). Road trips and running out of music on the playlists, so we're only left with the most random, old school, embarrassing songs on our iPod shuffles (Newsies or Neil Young's “America,” anyone?). Buying our first house together. Always reuniting with the beach, salt air, and sand, no matter where we live. Enjoying the special memories we will cherish forever without the need for photographic evidence or likes on social media. Learning new strengths about each other while leaning on each other through each curveball life throws at us, but going through it all together. Together. I guess that is my very favorite thing about marriage. It's the common thread in everything we do, every day. Being friends, dating, and being engaged was so much fun, but being married? That tops them all. I can't wait to see what life has in store for us next, together. JACIN FITZGERALD, LOVELY LIT TLE DETAILS

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I love being married because I have someone who knows the real "me”—someone I can trust, who is there through sickness and health, and who laughs at my jokes, but not when I make a mistake playing the piano (very important when you're a church musician). I have someone that the grandkids think "sets the moon," and who loves them enough to let the granddaughters paint his work-roughened nails when they play beauty shop. I have someone who will pick blackberries for us to share, and who will fire up the grill when we get home from work. We're coming up on 40 years married. I wouldn't take a million dollars for him—wouldn't give you a quarter for a new one. SUSAN M., MONROE, NC

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I can steal food from his plate, t-shirts from his closet, and the chapstick from his work bag, and know that he is still going to love me forever. MEGAN S., RAYMORE, MISSOURI

I love being married because every day, I learn something new about him, and whether it be a strength or a flaw, it makes me fall even more in love, which I never even thought was possible.

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TA B L E TO P I C S We think the natural course of a happy marriage leads to lots of fun—but sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to manufacture some of your own! The page of “getting to know you” (even if you’ve been together ten years) questions in our last issue was so popular that we knew we had to include version 2.0 this time around. Take them on a road trip, take them on a picnic, or just answer one or two over breakfast!

IF YOU HAD TO PICK A NEW NAME, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOOD?

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WHAT SHOULD BE OUR FAMILY’S MISSION STATEMENT?

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WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH?

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IF YOU COULD FREEZE TIME, WHAT MOMENT WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE IN?

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WHO IS YOUR HERO?

WHAT’S THE BEST PURCHASE YOU’VE EVER MADE? THE WORST?

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DID YOU HAVE ANY IMAGINARY FRIENDS GROWING UP?

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WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AS A KID?

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WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU BRING WITH YOU ON A DESERT ISLAND?

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WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?

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IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHERE AND WHEN WOULD YOU GO?

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13. Nicole’s desk is the most colorful one in the office, so we love gathering there to collaborate! (Faith Teasley) 14. Emily smiling with the Fun and Fancy Free team in Nashville. 15. Emily snapping a behind the scenes picture for Instagram. (Nancy Ray Photography) 16. Morgan, Lisa, and Emily sampling some ice cream for a blog shoot—all in a day’s work, y’all! (Robyn Van Dyke) 17. Spotting Tec Petaja while he balanced on a precarious crate at the Bushel and a Peck shoot. (Nancy Ray Photography) 18. Our bouquet lesson with the florist at Fearrington Village, Mary Stevens, during our team retreat.

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