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This Southern Bridal Party Proves the More the Merrier

With a bridal party of 20 (!!) these sweethearts prove that their celebration was about the more the merrier. A truly Southern affair filled with tradition, a historic cake topper, and heirloom linens, Jacqui Cole Photography captured it all to share and we’ve got it waiting for you to pin in The Vault!

From Jacqui Cole PhotographyThis beautiful couple wed in the bride’s home town of Macon, Georgia on February 27th 2016. Almost 400 guests attended their wedding, from all over the country, which really goes to show what kind souls they both are! The bride’s family own a pecan farm, so they chose subtly incorporate the pecan motif on many of the paper goods and guest welcome bags. Guests were even gifted a little packet of the families’ very own pecans!

While many of the wedding day moments were centered around traditions, the unique touches that were included really made their wedding one to remember. The couple chose to enjoy a first look to really maximize the time they could spend together on their wedding day. With a bridal party of 20 they also wanted to make sure they had a enough time to enjoy the day with all of their friends!

After the ceremony, guests made their way to the grand Macon Terminal Station where they enjoyed cocktail hour with classic southern hors d’oeuvre passed around. The couple incorporated many unique and personal touches to their wedding day. Lauren Summers Hodgens did an incredible job of planning and incorporating the sentimental southern traditions within the wedding day. It was extremely important for this bride and groom to include their families rich history and traditions. The cake topper was from the bride’s parent’s wedding cake and some of the linens were actually from her grandparent’s wedding! The florals were loose, organic and incorporated many natural green elements. The true statement of the reception was the incredible historic train station!

It’s clear to see the Mr&Mrs had a blast at the reception! The Voltage Brothers band was absolutely incredible and we even found the bride and groom up on stage during the night! They exited their reception to a beautiful vintage car and rode away waving thanks to all their guests. This wedding was such a joyful, beautiful day that was such a joy to capture – I couldn’t be more thrilled for the new Mr and Mrs!

From the Bride… We envisioned a traditional, elegant, Southern occasion surrounded by all of our closest family and friends who encouraged us along the way. We didn’t have a color theme or palette but rather we wanted everything to tie back to the idea of family. The wedding weekend began with the bridal luncheon at the bride’s childhood home. Minutes before guests began arriving, the bride and her two sisters spent time reliving their mother’s of wedding thumbing through her album their mom. As guests began arrived, the bride’s aunt played the piano from sheet music the bride’s grandmother once used to play the organ in their small town for weddings. At the luncheon, each table told a family story – the bride collected beautiful, special heirloom pieces and mixed and matched with the groom’s family. For instance, china from her grandmother, silver from his, napkins from his great grandmother and vases from the bride’s mother all told a story of two families coming together to celebrate the occasion. A little place card on each table told the story of the pieces.

On their wedding day, the bridesmaids came back to the bride’s childhood home to be surrounded my memories, laughs and a few tears.They married in the church where the bride grew up and the pastor was a longstanding figure throughout her childhood. The bride wore her mother’s veil made of Brussels lace her mother purchased while living abroad more than 40 years ago and her two younger sisters plan to wear it as well. The bride also carried a handkerchief that the groom’s maternal grandmother carried during her wedding – the bride and groom married in the their 60th year of marriage. During the reception, the groom’s grandparents danced to the song “May I Have This Dance?” that reminded them when they met at a dance 60 years ago in October. 

There were so many happy tears shed – tears of joy, appreciation, admiration. The whole weekend focused on love, happiness and genuinely bringing together all the people who made us the people we are today – a memory of the totally overwhelming love and support is what we will always remember.  

Our weekend would not have been possible without our wedding planner who is the most kind, selfless, creative, organized person we know. When we got engaged, we knew that we wanted her to help. She kept our best interests always at the forefront of her mind and navigated others with poise and grace always stopping to ask, “Is this what you want in your heart? Does this feel good to you?” Reflecting back on our engagement experience, she allowed us to focus on one another and our loved ones while she quietly handled the details. 

One piece of practical advice I received was to look for occasion outfits (like for a luncheon, shower or party) when you are in the mood and light years before you need them. It makes the experience fun, takes the pressure off and of course you never find something when you need to! More sentimental advice is choose a few things that are important to you and prioritize them. For me, it was this element of family and that helped guide the other pieces of our planning.

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Summers Hodgens | Floral Design: Mary Pinson Flowers | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Lisa Mae Cakes | Invitations: Arzberger Stationers | Catering: Two’s Company | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Jane Salon | Lighting: Tom McCampbell MMI | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Venue: Chandelier Grove | Beverage Services: Vineville Beverage | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Tent Rentals: Macon Tent Rentals

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Elegant + Eclectic Farm Wedding Inspiration

If you are in the throws of planning a gorgeous Southern affair, then this shoot photographed by Jess Hunter with design and styling by Martha McIntosh is so up your alley. It pairs eclectic pieces with gorgeous blooms and a beautiful charm that Southern weddings seem to have in abundance. And even if you’re wedding doesn’t have Southern roots, you’re sure to find a little something to love here.

I currently live in Washington state, but grew up in Georgia. This time during my visit home I knew I wanted to put together some inspiration for a Southern wedding-something that would resonate with Southern brides yet have a little different feel to it. This is how this shoot was born. I wanted it to have gorgeous, yet unique florals, along with eclectic elements that you wouldn’t see all the time in the South, while also allowing some traditional Southern elements to shine through. At the same time, I wanted it to be outdoors to have an organic and rustic feel, and the gorgeous farm venue definitely lent those two things which paired great with the elegant and eclectic elements. Southern Vintage helped tremendously with finding the perfect pieces for the shoot-down to a very specific array of tableware-each place setting was different along with the glasses, and chairs. Everything was mismatched-but in a complimentary way to provide visual interest and to keep the eclectic feel. Also, Martha Macintosh decorated one of Southern Vintage’s wagon wheels with greenery which makes a great ceremony or even reception decor piece. The ceremony seating was to die for-a perfect timeless, eclectic blend of old wooden chairs and stately upholstered pieces provides a refreshing option from the same old ceremony seating.

Photography: Jess Hunter | Wedding Dresses: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique | Cake: Lisa Mae Cakes | Hair & Makeup: Nichole Mitchell | Wedding Venue: Morgan View Farm | Decor, Props, And Tabelware: Southern Vintage | Florals & Styling: Martha McIntosh | Jewelry And Hairpiece: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique | Paper And Calligraphy: Laura McCarty Of Marked

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1920s Winter Glam Inspiration Shoot from Haley Sheffield + Southern Vintage

Combining the uber-gorgeous fashions of the 1920’s with just a dash of modern stylings is never a bad idea, particularly when it comes in the form of a beautiful inspiration shoot like this darling sesh captured by Haley Sheffield.  I’m talking stunning gowns from The Sentimentalist, glamorous jewelry from Vintage Green and a whole lot of vintage goodness courtesy of Southern Vintage, here to rock your Wednesday in all sorts of ways.  Care to take a gander?  Join me in the gallery for sooo much more.


Melissa Welch, stylist for the shoot, found inspiration in the pieces of Vintage Green Jewelry–a company by Edith Anne Hunt that collaborates vintage gems (literally) with contemporary elements to make extraordinary, unique pieces. After thrifting two 20’s-inspired evening gowns, Melissa coordinated with Southern Vintage (a vintage rental company based in Macon, GA) and several other vendors to create a shoot that would inspire the modern bride, while incorporating the glam and elegance of the 1920’s that we all love.

For the day-look, we used a light blue beaded chiffon gown, paired with a stunning Twigs & Honey headpiece from The Sentimentalist (a bridal boutique in Atlanta), as well as a few vintage-mod pieces from Vintage Green. We decided to go with a down-do for the bride, styled by Nichole Mitchell of Signature Salon. Jennifer Horton decided to use a soft, peachy color palette for the bride’s makeup, supplementing the softness with the classic cat-eye liner. For an extra touch of modern, she also painted the bride’s nails black to bring a “punch” into the light colors of this look.

For the evening look, we used a black beaded halter-neck gown, paired with a vintage fur coat, a dramatic necklace from Vintage Green, and another headpiece from The Sentimentalist. We just love the way each of the elements catches the candlelight. For this look, hair stylist Nichole Mitchell structured a stunning modern take on the classic up-do, featuring interwoven pin curls. The makeup for this look played on the drama of the gown, with sultry eyeliner and a dark burgundy lip.

We hope that these looks inspire brides who love the elegance of the 1920s, but want to incorporate them in a more modern way. We recommend choosing daring colors, vintage-mod jewelry pieces, and even small touches like dark lips and nails. In addition, we love the idea of using unique and bold statement pieces in the wedding decor–like the vintage red chaise lounge used in this shoot.

Photography: Haley Sheffield | Jewelry: Vintage Green | Hair: Nichole Mitchell | Bridal Shop: The Sentimentalist | Makeup Artistry: Jennifer Horton | Stylist: Melissa Welch | Vintage Rental: Southern Vintage