I’ve got another installment of Behind the Veil for you today, and I think you’re gonna L-O-V-E it!  I’m obsessed with the details of Lauren of Southern Aisle’s wedding!  Grab some coffee, or a mimosa – no judgement, and enjoy!

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

I honestly love the variety.  As a blogger I get to see many different types of couples with many different styles.  The ideas and creativity that go into weddings these days constantly blows my mind.

What was your favorite part of your wedding?

Saying our vows and being announced for the first time as husband and wife was unforgettable.  We decided not to wire the front porch with a microphone. So, even though our ceremony was witnessed by 250 people, it honestly felt like an extremely private moment between the two of us and our closest family (who had VIP seats on the porch).

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

My first official wedding planning duty was to book our venue; Marlsgate Plantation. We both love history and immediately knew we wanted to get married in a classic outdoor location.  The moment I stepped on the gorgeous grounds I was sold.

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

A great photographer. These are photos you will have for the rest of your life, definitely make them count.

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

Every bride is different.  You really have to prioritize which elements are the most important to you.  These days it’s very easy for brides, grooms and guests alike to get caught up in the theatrics of it all. And, many times those ideas may not fit the budget.  Always, always remember that at the end of the aisle, it will not matter what cocktail napkins you used, or how large the centerpieces were, it will matter that you took a vow to love, honor and cherish. 

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

We really let our venue do the talking.  A lot of our wedding details just fell into place once we had decided on a plantation home setting for our ceremony and reception.  If you think about it, the venue typically sets the tone of any event.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a glitz and glamour wedding set in a barn, or a shabby chic wedding that took place in a ballroom.  We decided to play up the history and the traditional Southern-ness of our venue choice.  Therefore, bow ties, a string quartet, mason jar cocktails and a home cooked Arkansas meal just made perfect sense.

Do you do an inspiration board?  

I kept a running document where I saved inspirational images.  I had one page for every category (invitations, flowers, tables, etc).  It was my basic foundation and I referred to it often.

Your favorite wedding memory?

I distinctly remember a moment during dinner where I just took it all in – the gorgeous setting in our reception tent, the fact that all those people were there just to love and support us and that I had said ‘I do’ to my favorite man ever.  I definitely had a Jim & Pam camera moment…

Your favorite wedding detail?

I would have to say our bow tie detailsTo pay homage to Bryant’s Southern style, the napkins were tied in the shape of bows and we reminded our guests in our wedding invitation suite that it was a “bow ties welcome” event.

Were you a DIY bride?  If so, what did you DIY?  

I didn’t want to load myself down with projects, so I picked a few key details to DIY.  They were mostly items that I really wanted at the wedding but wasn’t willing to dip far into my budget for.  I decided to make my own welcome bags, table signs, seating cards and ribbon wands. 

Describe your wedding style.

Bryant and I were both born and raised in Arkansas, yet we met and fell in love in Washington, DC.   Since I also went to college out of state, many of our guests were going to be traveling and had never dreamed of visiting Arkansas before.  We immediately decided to show off the best our state had to offer in every aspect of our wedding.  From save the dates, to the breathtaking plantation home, to the food and the table decor – Arkansas and classic Southern details was our main focus.

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

Definitely make time to do other activities you love during the planning process.  It’s easy to sit there and stress over linens and flowers.  When that happens, take a big step back from the wedding planning; go for a walk, see a movie or get some ice cream.  Ironically for me, my activity of choice was to work on Southern Aisle.  Anytime I got stressed or frustrated, I’d funnel that into a blog post.  I give it full credit for keeping me sane.

How did you make your wedding YOU?

Southern weddings are just different.  Not better, just different.  After living for a time in the Midwest and on the East Coast, I have gained a deeper appreciation for my Southern roots. We really wanted to hone in on that at our wedding. There’s something special that distinguishes weddings in our region from others around the country.  Often times it is the obvious things; classic details, historic venues and country cooking.  But you can always find those subtle hints of tradition, hospitality and charm.

{all photos by Katie Day}
Ah, I love the bowtie details!  And the florals. And the monogrammed mens shirts Lauren and her bridesmaids wore as they got ready (a gift from Lauren – such a fab idea!).  And that welcome sign!  
What is your favorite detail or piece of advice that Lauren shared?  I’d love to hear!  And a big thanks to Lauren for sharing her lovely wedding with us today 🙂