Rise and shine wedding lovers! We’ve got a day jam packed with pretty inspiration starting off with this sweet, Southern themed wedding by Millie Holloman Photography and Salt Harbor Designs. We’re loving how this couple infused so many personal and meaningful details into their day including black eyed peas (to be tossed at them for good luck after the ceremony), the bride’s grandmother’s brooch, and a special ring pillow handmade by her mother out of her great-grandmother’s lace wedding dress. See that and so much more here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…In the midst of planning my wedding I turned to your site for inspiration, excitement and information almost on a daily basis.  Now that I am a newly-wed I am dying to share all of the details, thought and background that inspired our wedding and made it the absolutely most perfect day for us!

These are the little details, themes and inspiration we gathered to make our wedding what it turned out to be: Both Austin and I grew up in Texas and happened to meet there, therefore we wanted to have an underlying Southern theme with a nod to Texas.  We made sure to incorporate this throughout the wedding in all of our designs, flowers, traditions, etc.  For instance, my bridesmaids all carried yellow roses to represent the yellow rose of Texas.  Keeping with this southern theme we decided to have all Southern food at our wedding, including a biscuit bar, make your own shrimp & grits stations, sweet potato fries; we even had our wedding our guests throw black eyed peas at us for good luck and again to touch on the Southern theme. All of our groomsmen wore seersucker ties and even our dog, Miller wore a matching seersucker bow tie.  All designs were put together by Salt Harbor Designs based on lifetime events that Austin and I encountered and pieces of Southern charm that affected our lives in one way or another.  From the custom-designed program fans, napkins, food station signs, drink menu which was aptly named for numerous of our life events: places we have lived, the place we met at or our college alma maters.  To top off the southern charm & roots, one of our wedding guests is a member of the Texas State Senate and gave us a Texas State Resolution signed & passed by the Senate for our marriage that we had framed and displayed at the wedding.

Besides the “Southern themes” we also incorporated mementos from our family that made our day unique and special to us.  For instance, my bouquet had my step-mother’s perfume bottle given to her by my dad on one of their 1st dates, my recently passed grandmother’s brooch and my great-grandmother’s handkerchief.  My mom hand-made the ring pillow and was made from her old wedding dress and lace my great-grandmother gave to her.  Additionally, Austin’s Rolex was given to him by his late father and was originally from the 60s; it was broken and unable to be worn- I gave him it fixed and restored as his wedding present.  He was so surprised!  Our golf cart was decorated with a “Just Married” sign of burlap (so appropriate again for the Southern theme) that one of my best friend’s and bridesmaids made for me as a present for our wedding.

One of my DIY projects: our vendor who printed our save the dates printed them in the wrong size and gave us them for whatever we wanted to do with them.  I decided to make these into cone shapes and fill them with black eyed peas for our guests to throw at us for good luck at the end of the night- another southern themed touch we added.  Finally, I custom designed my dress and had a local wedding dress tailor make it into my perfect vision. There are many more details that went into planning our wedding. We hope you have as much fun reading about and looking at pictures of our wedding as we did planning it!

Ceremony Location: “Old Baldy” Lighthouse / Officiant: Reverend Jim Brown / Ceremony Music: Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi + Chris Johns / Reception Location: Shauna Harris of Bald Head Island Club / Wedding Planning + Floral Design: Jane Roberson + Jennifer Rose-Sandy of Salt Harbor Designs / Wedding Photography: Rebecca Schlieman of Millie Holloman Photography / Wedding Videography: Josh Sliffe Videography / Wedding Band: Deja Vu via East Coast Entertainment / Wedding Cake + Groom’s Cake: Alison’s Cakery / Wedding Dress: Custom Designed by The Bride, Tailored by Kathe Foster / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groomsmen Ties + Dog’s Bow Tie: Etsy / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS / Hair: Island Retreat & Spa / Veil: Borrowed from Bride’s Sister / Wedding Invitations: We Heart Paper / Rings: Skatells

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