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Hey y’all!  I’m recouping from a vacation (if 10 days out of town with an almost 1 year old can ever be a vacation!) and a late night flight with a fussy baby.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

Here’s the latest Behind the Veil installment, and this time it is from a soon-to-be bride blogger, Emily from Southern Weddings Mag.  

As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?

Great photography.  Looking at wedding photography is a huge part of my job, and I love seeing some of the most important, emotional moments of someone’s life captured so beautifully.  Great wedding photography is able to pull me into the celebration, even if I don’t know the couple!  I also love the love stories couples share in the interview we ask them to fill out.

What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?

I would say the first thing we did was choose a wedding month.  September has always been my favorite month of the year, and though I was not a little girl who planned her wedding down to every last detail, I did always know I wanted to be married in September.  Our second decision was to ask our pastor to marry us, as we are so looking forward to the ceremony and want it to be full of faith and meaning.  After that, we chose the chapel for our ceremony, the location for our reception, and our photographer fairly quickly.

In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?

I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but a great photographer tops my list!  We are so beyond incredibly excited to have Tanja Lippert documenting our day.  She is absolutely amazing!!  You can read all about how we chose Tanja right here.

In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?

Though I love a good Monique or Amsale as much as the next girl, I think there are plenty of lovely and more reasonably-priced wedding gown options from which to choose.  I also love the idea of purchasing a pre-owned gown, and might just go that route myself!

What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?

We knew very early on what we wanted our wedding to feel like: warm, happy, easy, elegant, classic, effortless.  Every decision we are making is inspired by sticking as close to that vision as possible.

Are you a DIY bride?  If so, what are you DIYing? 

I’m not sure if I would classify myself as a DIY bride, because we are certainly trusting most large elements to the pros.  But I will be putting together our favors, our programs, some signage, and a few special treats for our guests.

Describe your wedding style.

I would say my wedding style is warm, effortless elegance… at least, I hope so!

If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?

Guard your aesthetic vision very carefully.  It’s so easy to be drawn in by every new idea that pops of up on wedding blogs, but before incorporating something, think about whether it makes sense for your venues, your season, your style, your history as a couple… YOU. 

How are you making your wedding YOU?

Mini food!  I am slightly obsessed with it, so we’ll definitely be incorporating mini lobster rolls, mini mac and cheese cups, and probably some other mini goodies into our reception.  John’s favorite color is blue, so that will play a big role in our color scheme.

{credit: Millie Holloman}
Thanks so much Emily for participating and giving us a planning bride’s perspective!  Maybe you can come back after your wedding and share even more with us!  xx

Happy Halloween everyone!  I’m really excited for Charlie’s first Halloween experience, although here is a little preview of him in his costume from a party this weekend.  Trick or Treat!
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