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How To Throw a Wedding with Sophisticated Southern Charm

If I had gotten married in the South, I would envision my day to look something like this… layered with elegance, charm, richness and intimacy. To me, that embodies everything a Southern wedding should be, and RO & Co. Events, Petal and Pine and Julie Paisley nailed it with this slice of inspiration. What’s your favorite detail? Let us know in the comments below!

From RO & Co. EventsAs a Los Angeles-focused wedding planner and designer for the past 6 years (formerly the co-owner/creative director at GATHER Events), I have gotten to know my LA turf rather well. As I step into my exciting new solo event planning and design venture, RO & Co. Events, I am focused on traveling outside my home base and partnering up with the greater special event community across the country. There is so much talent out there!

On a recent visit to Nashville, I was struck by the dynamic of this beautiful southern city—rich in history and tradition, but with a clear eye on modern sophistication. Half expecting to see a honky tonk on every corner, instead I found sleekly designed restaurants, gorgeous coffee houses and modern event venues that would rival any larger city.

Inspired by the contrast of the city, we created a modern, sophisticated take on southern charm. Julie Paisley Photography beautifully captured the aesthetic we were envisioning. With a focus on stark and sophisticated black and white, we added a hint of warm hues of blush and Potter’s Clay, one of Pantone’s hot colors for Fall. Metallic gold details were peppered throughout.

The Cordelle, built in the late 1800s, created the perfect backdrop for our shoot. Located in the heart of bustling Nashville, its exposed brick and 100 year old Hackberry trees tell the story of bygone days. 12th table’s eclectic modern furnishings bring the ceremony, dinner table and lounge spaces into an of-the-moment aesthetic.

Petal and Pine’s abundant textured arrangements feel fresh, organic and unfussy. The modern design and calligraphy of Hew + Co’s paper goods were punctuated with a curated collection of vintage stamps from Verde Studio.

Real-life couple Angela and Rico relived their wedding day as our models. Can’t you just feel the love between them? Our bride stunned in a beaded Bo and Luca gown provided by the incredible Nashville bridal boutique, The Dress Theory. Locks By Leslie created a natural but glamorous hair and makeup look. Rico dazzled in a sleek ensemble from The Black Tux.

Aperitif Events & Cocktails created gorgeous, colorful libations. This one (in the champagne coupe) is a recipe of light rum, lemon juice, rosewater thyme simple syrup, fig puree, muddled raspberry, cyan and egg whites. It’s a perfect fall color in the prettiest shade of pink. Cheers to Nashville!

From Julie Paisley It is always a joy when a planner contacts me to shoot an editorial, especially when it’s at one of my favorite venues in Nashville. I loved this shoot, being able to work with some of my favorite Nashville vendors and connecting with new ones is always a treat. I also loved working with our real couple, Angela and Rico they were amazing!

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Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Event Design: Ro & Co Events | Floral Design: Petal and Pine | Wedding Dress: Bo & Luca | hair and makeup: Leslie Ellis Hair and Makeup | Wedding Venue: The Cordelle | Rentals: 12th Table | bride's earrings: Untamed Petals | cocktails: Apertif | groom’s attire: The Black Tux | models: Rico Allen | models: Angela Allen | paper goods and calligraphy: Hew + Co. | vintage stamps : Verde Studio | wedding dress boutique: The Dress Theory

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5 Ways Greenery Can Step Up Your Wedding Design

If there’s one thing wedding planners, Francie and Britt of 42 North know, it’s how to deck out an event in gorgeous, fresh greens. They’re stopping by to share a few of reasons every bride should consider infusing greenery into their design plus insider advice to pull it off with ease.

Enhance Your Venue

Using greenery helps the wedding to feel like it belongs wherever it is and helps it to blend into the landscape while also feeling festive and elegant. And seeing as ‘Greenery’ is the Pantone color of the year, it’s perfectly fitting to find creative uses of that palette to complement the natural setting.

Neutralize a Color Palette

A lot of brides tell us at the beginning of the design process that all their friends are asking them “what are your colors?” We wholeheartedly disagree with this way of thinking! You shouldn’t limit yourself to two or three colors when planning your wedding, rather there should be an entire palette that inspires your vision. Greenery helps neutralize and bring together your other colors without any one color overpowering the aesthetic. It’s the tie between all the other decor elements happening in the room, tent, garden, and more.

Create Interest + Movement

Blooms are beautiful, of course, but greens create movement in a way that’s difficult to achieve with flowers.

Get the Effortless, Organic Vibe

Weddings are trending towards elegant and Tuscan-inspired designs with free-flowing florals, using a ton of greenery with an otherwise neutral palette which creates an al fresco vibe wherever you may be!

Complement the Scenery

For outdoor cocktail hours, consider utilizing the great outdoors – weaving your unique floral collection into the branches of live trees, or using greenery from the surroundings to bring softness to the bar setup.

Photography: Shannen Natasha of The Wedding Artists Collective | Event Planning: 42 North | Catering: Chive Sustainable Events | Floral Design: Dana Markos | Calligraphy: Posh and Prep

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A Boathouse Ceremony = The Perfect Summer Wedding

This wedding has me craving summer in a serious way and it has everything to do with the stunning imagery from Judy Pak. She told the story of Christina and Scott’s seaside wedding, including their perfectly unique ceremony set in a boathouse. The always fabulous Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design complemented the day with blooms galore and it’s all the inspiration a nautical bride needs.

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From the bride… We met at Syracuse University (go Orange!), fell madly in love in New York City, where Scott proposed on our roof, and got married two years later in Bay Head, New Jersey on a VERY windy September day. We both grew up spending our summers down the shore and knew it was the perfect place to tie the knot. Our ceremony was in a boathouse which was a really unique, simple and raw space. We brought in garlands and white flowers to bring some romance to the room. The ceremony was very personal and reflected our playful and passionate personalities.

After the ceremony, we departed by boat and set sail into the most stellar sunset. We’ll never forget sailing away, watching all of our family and friends wave and cheer – happy tears were flowing! After a few laps around the bay we headed to the reception and before we docked, Scott’s mom surprised us with a classic jersey shore beach plane fly-over announcing our marriage. It was epic!

Our reception was filled with unforgettable toasts, delicious local seafood, floor shaking dancing and ended with an after-party filled with all of our favorite jersey shore boardwalk food. We were so lucky to have wonderful vendors. A special thank you to the amazing Judy Pak who captured the day with her natural and magical film photography. Our day was pure bliss – filled with tons of laughter and love! A huge thank you to both of our families for making our dream wedding come true.

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Photography: Judy Pak Photography | Cinematography: Cullen Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: A Fabulous Fete | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Hair + Makeup : Aleksandra Ambrozy | Band : Atomic Funk Project | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Wedding Venue: Bay Head New Jersey | Draping : Fabrico Events | Groom's Shoes : Hugo Boss

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Modern Pink & Navy LA Rooftop Wedding

Any couple who designs a “Drop It Like It’s Hot” display at their wedding is a couple I want to be friends with. “We wanted to incorporate Jason’s family business, Sincere Orient, who manufactured pho noodles, and what better way to do so by making our escort card as Sriracha Hot Sauce that pairs with pho?” said the bride. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg in this cultural, modern lovefest and The Great Romance Photo captured the fun from beginning to end.

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From the bride… Jason and I have always been in love in visiting new cities and places that have been in our bucket list. As we conducted our own research on different venues to hold our wedding, the USC Building was the first and last venue we visited, and it only took a moment for us to decide that this was “it.” This was my dream wedding that incorporated the dreamy fairytale, traditional aspect with a modern twist.

I have always had an idea of what I wanted in our wedding. I knew the flowers, the kind of dress I wanted, the colors, and even the desert, but we were kind of stuck on the escort card and gift. We wanted to incorporate Jason’s family business, Sincere Orient, who manufactured pho noodles, and what better way to do so by making our escort card as Sriracha Hot Sauce that pairs with pho. It also helps that Jason LOVES hot sauce, and he puts it on everything! After, everything came together, and we were able to come up with a theme “Drop it Like It’s Hot.”

One of the things Jason and I wanted to include is the blending of our traditions. Family and our cultural traditions played an important part in raising us to who we are today, and we wanted our wedding to reflect that. I wanted to include the Catholic traditions of the veil and cord, while Jason included his tea ceremony. These traditions are a way to pay respect to our family, and including both displayed a blending of two cultures.

One memorable surprise was the lion dancers. There were many moments that made our day so special. Jason’s overflowing happiness can definitely be remembered as he cried happy tears so throughout the night. Even though it’s typical for the bride to cry during the wedding, it means so much more when the groom expresses his happiness. The support and love from all our close family and friends were felt throughout the night, as we literally danced the night away.

Our wedding reflected who we are in every little bit of detail, to the desert, songs, and atmosphere as everyone celebrated until the end. One thing that was very memorable was passing bowls of pho toward the end. This unexpected surprise not only gave a lot of energy but also helped tie everything together to end the perfect night with the help of CCL Weddings.

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Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Videography: David Rho | Wedding Planning: CCL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Green Leaf Designs | Cake: M Cake Sweets | Catering: Patina Catering | Hair + Makeup: Theresa Huang | DJ: ProKreation/Paul Kim | Wedding Venue: Southpark Center | Custom Backdrop: Modest Peach | Custom Hot Sauce: La Siracha Racha | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photobooth: GC Photobooth | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Specialty Furniture : Etablir Shop | Stationery Design: Small Paper Co. | Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU | Wedding Design + Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

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