Drawing Inspiration from Southern Weddings V8

Oh happy day, y’all! Southern Weddings V9 officially launches today, and she’s gorgeous. I got my copy in the mail last weekend and was so delighted that the release date coincided so well with my recent engagement. To join in the festivity, I am sharing my favorite editorial inspiration pulled from their last issue.

Our Kentucky Home

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 I especially love the pie bar, the mismatched groomsmen, and their bowties. View the original post here.

Equestrian Elegance

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The blue ribbon-inspired escort cards are my favorite part of this editorial. Her bouquet is beautiful and her gown is unique and dreamy, and the stationery is simple and elegant. View the original post here.

Texas Sweethearts

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 This is my favorite Southern Weddings editorial to date. The farm tables, the chambray accents, the tea towels, every detail ties together so beautifully. I really like the neutral mismatched bridesmaids dresses, too! View the original post here.

Love Preserved

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 How cute is that pig?! I’m just a bit smitten. This shoot is so dreamy, with the soft lighting, the watercolor details, and the Southern charm of the mason jar display. View the original post here.

For further inspiration, view digital copies of past issues of Southern Weddings here.

Becca + Hayden’s Wedding

This summer, Dillon and I got to attend our first wedding together as we celebrated the marriage of Becca and Hayden, two sweet friends from church. Their ceremony was held in a sun-strewn garden at the New Hampshire Audubon in Concord, and the reception followed in a dreamy field across the way. Y’all, every bit of their day was beautiful and God-glorifying, full of memories I have tucked away into my heart.

Becca and Hayden were kind and thoughtful to include sweet details throughout the day to show love to their guests. They had cucumber and lemon-infused water and iced tea available upon arrival with the cutest little birch straws (similar) for sipping, a lovely off-set to the mid-July heat. When we were seated for the ceremony, there was an individual folded fan on each seat for keeping cool as they exchanged vows. Becca was radiant as she walked down the aisle and the joy between her and Hayden was bursting at the seams. My favorite part of their day was how much they pointed to God in every bit of it.

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After the ceremony, we walked over to the field for lawn games and hor d’oeuvres as the couple took their portraits. I was delighted to find the print I’d created for them as a shower gift serving as decoration on the bar. Dillon and I joined our friends for a game of cornhole and snacked on refreshments during cocktail hour, and then found our places beneath the sailcloth tent.

IMG_2384The place settings were beautiful, with a foundation of mismatched china and accented with copper flatware. I was delighted to play a tiny part in the tablescapes by designing the menus that were tucked into each spot.

I was excited to find my one of my favorite sparkling beverages beside my plate, in my favorite flavor too!

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After a delicious meal of barbecue with all the fixings – including the most delicious cheesy jalapeno cornbread! – Dillon and I were the first to hit the dance floor.

The newlyweds served dessert to their guests, an assortment of delicious cupcakes – I had raspberry and Dillon had coconut. The most beautiful sunset streaked across the sky just as we were finishing dessert, a sweet way to end the day. Congratulations Hayden and Becca, we had the best time celebrating you!
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Weekly Wedding Favorites No. 9

This week came and went very quickly for me! I began the week with a raw food cleanse and carried my clean eating through most of the week. Sickness has been rampant here in the Northeast so I have been taking it easy and making rest a priority to be proactive with my health. I am still in the midst of finding a rhythm with my blog posts, so please bear with me as I continue to find my voice and polish my style. There is lots of Southern sweetness in this week’s collection. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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Dress by Grace Loves Lace | Captured by Laura Gordon | via Style Me Pretty

This precious moment shared between the bride and group is conveyed so well in this simple photo.

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Florals by Myrtie Blue | Event Planning by Shelby Peaden Events | Captured by Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography | via Style Me Pretty 

I really like the soft pink bridesmaids gowns, the lush bouquets, and the long ribbons that tie the blooms together. This sweet flowergirl photo was also captured at the same wedding:

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The groom held a lollipop for sweet little Grace at the end of the aisle. I think that is such a cute idea!

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Gown by Allure | Captured by Amy Arrington Photography | via Elizabeth Anne Designs

This radiant bride has such a fresh, natural, joyful look about her. The multi-dimensional white bouquet makes an excellent complement to the lace detail on her gown.

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Favors captured by Brumley & Wells | via Wedding Sparrow

Gif little jars of honey as favors is an idea fit for a wedding in the South. So sweet and simple.

weekly wedding favorite prayer

Captured by Nancy Ray Photography

Callie and Jamie’s wedding is my favorite that I’ve ever seen. They were determined to use their wedding day as an opportunity to praise God for bringing them together in marriage and they did an amazing job doing so! Their wedding was captured through video by Heart Stone Films and can be viewed here. I highly recommend watching it with a tissue in hand, as it is a heartwarming reflection of God’s hand in their lives and their day was a beautiful reflection of that.

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Bride’s Gown by Monique Lhullier | Bridesmaids Dresses by J. Crew | Florals by River Oaks Charleston

The dress style and color chosen for Callie’s bridesmaids, as well as her florals, are also among my all-time favorites. The rich peacock color and long style of the flowing J. Crew gowns is beautiful and timeless. The ribbon bouquet wraps complemented them perfectly and looked stunning in the South Carolina breeze.

If weddings warm your heart too, I encourage you to view the first eight of my weekly wedding favorites here: November 21, November 30, December 7, December 14, December 21, January 4January 11, and January 18. Even more inspiration can be found here and here.

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