I’m so sorry for disappearing on Friday – I had a raging headache that was more interested in a dark, quiet room than in a link round-up. Which just means that this week’s Friday post will have more fun links than usual! But first, we have a week of beautiful posts, starting with this sneak peek from the latest issue of Southern Weddings

Don’t you love it? You know I’m a sucker for gorgeous classic details. Check out the entire story in the fourth issue of Southern Weddings, available on stands tomorrow, or for purchase here. Oh, and keep an eye out for the “If I Had a Southern Wedding” story, which includes some of my dream Southern wedding details!



Photography: Katie Stoops / Styling: Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events / Gown: “Arabella” by Christos / Programs: The Lettered Olive / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Calligraphy: Moya Minns of MM Ink / Custom wine label: Magpie Paper Works

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You are going to love this sweet and simple wedding. The bride wore her mother’s dress and flowers in her hair, the groom wore a polka dotted bow tie and skinny suspenders, guests enjoyed homemade “Hostess” cupcakes. But the most wonderful thing about this wedding is the ceremony backdrop: an exquisite castle crafted entirely from cardboard.

How amazing is that castle! Amy is an artist and created the entire thing from cardboard. She also created the cake-like turrets for the dessert table.

The dessert table included red velvet, carrot, and filled chocolate cupcakes.

From the bride:

What was your favorite part of the day?  I was so nervous and stressed out, but as soon as I walked down the aisle and saw my husband waiting for me I felt only joy.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Have fun! Drink water! Take a break if you need one during the reception. Also, the day doesn’t need to be perfect. We had a few mishaps like scrambling the seating chart a little bit and me trying to put the ring on the wrong finger! But we just took it all in stride and tried to have a lot of fun.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Friends provided the music for the ceremony. One friend played “Strawberry Fields” for the processional, and two bridesmaids sang “The Book of Love.”

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: Berkeley Faculty Club in Berkeley, California / Bride’s reception dress: BCBGMaxAzria / Groom’s suit: vintage / Catering: Berkeley Faculty Club / Cupcakes: Noe Valley Bakery
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A fun, cheery wedding full of sweet details for your Wednesday. And even better than all those details, this is one of the happiest, most darling couples. Enjoy!

The wedding included lots of hand crafted details made by the bride, including signs, a hand-cut window decal, altar backdrop, programs, confetti in stamped glassine bags, and centerpieces.

Says Candace of the ceremony: I thought I would be stressed and anxious on our wedding day, but instead, I was the exact opposite. I was completely relaxed, which allowed me to be totally present and soak in the joy and sincerity of our marriage ceremony. I took in every word as Rich recited his personalized vows and felt the loving energy from our guests. Also, we went against tradition and had our mothers present us with our wedding bands as a symbol of their love and support.

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the couple opted for tiers of vanilla almond and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting, with a tier for cutting (an award-winning banana cake with fudge filling and vanilla frosting). There were also little bags of cookies with shots of milk.

Some details from Candace about the day…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose a venue in the Old Market district of downtown Omaha. The building was formerly a restaurant and brewery, but originally a nut and bolt manufacturing facility. We felt this refurbished historic location captured the spirit of Omaha and offered a relaxed atmosphere.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The large entrance windows and cream colored brick walls at 1316 Jones Street provided the perfect blank canvas for all of our design elements. I decided to approach the design as if I were designing a brick and mortar store, so I spent my weekends crafting window decals, backdrops, and programs. All of our decor followed a red and lavender color scheme inspired by a Martha Stewart cupcake.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  A moment that stands out was an impromptu trip to Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream with Emily and Aaron (from Gem Photo) during our pre-wedding photo session. I hadn’t eaten much that morning during hair and makeup, so I was beyond excited when Aaron handed us two waffle cones filled with pumpkin and blueberry pie ice cream. I will cherish that memory forever. I felt so relaxed and content as I shared ice cream with the man I was about to marry and share a lifetime with.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Although we wanted our guests to spend the few days and hours leading up to the wedding relaxing, we also needed their help setting up the venue. Months prior to our wedding, I found myself feeling guilty about having to ask our family and friends to spend so much time helping us even though they had all expressed their eagerness to pitch in. Decorating on the morning of our wedding was unforgettable. A mass of family and friends arrived early in the morning. Everyone was so focused on making sure my “vision” was executed the way it was planned. Rich and I felt incredibly loved, and after the wedding, I received so many comments about how much the pre-party set up made them feel intimately connected to our wedding. Their contribution was a true labor of love. To our surprise, Rich and I realized the tables were turned on us: Our goal to show our appreciation and give our guests a gift of a wonderful celebration became an entire day where our guests showered us with their gifts of labor, love and support.



Venue: 1316 Jones Street in Omaha, Nebraska / Photography: Gem Photo / Planning and design: Lovestru.ck Social Events / Bride’s dress: Priscilla of Boston / Engagement ring: Brilliant Earth / Bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s tie: J.Crew / Red dahlias: Swan Island Dahlias / Cake: Lorraine Arthur, 402-734-2931 / Music: BK DJ / Rentals: AAA Rents



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