SOUTHERN BRIDE WITH SERIOUS STYLE {Plus: our Dad’s Day & the best parenting advice I’ve ever read…}

Happy Monday, you crazy kids.  How were your weekends?  Do anything special?  Fiancé and I spent a nice, calm summer day with my Popsicle et al and, all in all, it was pretty relaxing.  (Plus, I made a cake!)  By the way, to all the brides who got married on Father’s Day: I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful gift to your dad than to let him walk you down the aisle on such a meaningful day.  Both my Dad and I are major proponents of the idea!  So congrats to any of you who got hitched on Sunday – well played!

(Like the shoes?  You might love the Badgley Mischka Randee featured in this post.  Btw, if you like ruffled things, here’s my fave quilt EVER.)

Alright, today I’ve got a couple of things I thought I’d share with you, the first of which I’m going to pepper in throughout all the chatter of the second one…

So, number one = totally stylish bridal look inspiration, as photographed by the endlessly creative genius that is Elizabeth Messina and;

Number two = details about how my Dad spent his Father’s Day.  Plus, I’ve got a comment on good parenting at end of this post.  Well, more like an excellent quote on the topic.  Not that you care, but I’m sharing anyway.  (;

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Ok, I am obsessed with this bride’s style, and think you might be, too.

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Back to Dad’s Day… some of you might remember that little bit of unsolicited advice I dispensed about Father’s Day at the very end of this post right here; well, I like to make a habit of taking my own medicine, which translates into the kind of Father’s Day we gave the ol’ patriarch.  So, how did he spend his day?  Exactly the way he wanted to (most activities done with his loving wife by his side):

-watched his morning news programs
-watched Italy and New Zealand end in a tie
-went for a walk
-had a heart to heart with his kidsters
-took a shower
-went to a friend’s barbeque
-got heartwarming cards and calls from each of his kids
-watched a bunch of golf
-took a break to have dinner with us
-watched the end of the golf
-had an amaaaaazing black and white (choc/vanilla) cake with sprinkles, made by yours truly
-then we had him listen to this
-then he went for another walk, during which he thanked his wife (my Mom) for giving him wonderful children (which she did, thank you very much).  Awwwwwwww.  Right?

Sprinkling in more shots of the bride and this unbelievable wedding!


Gorgeous.  You MUST check out more on Elizabeth Messina‘s blog, Kiss the Groom.  You MUST.

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Because yesterday was Father’s Day, and because proper parenting is so important and so little advice is given to those who don’t actively seek it out, I thought today would be the perfect day to include a passage my fiancé brought to my attention.  It’s by the great Kahlil Gibran, author of “The Prophet.”  I don’t have kids, so I’m no authority by any stretch, but I’ve got to believe this is one of the smartest bits of thought on the subject of parenting, imo:


Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends with you His might that His arrows might go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Hope you enjoyed both bits of this post!  I’m curious, what do you think of today’s bride’s style?  Are you into the ruffle-mania, the statement headgear, the whole shebang?  Share your thoughts, either way!

xoxo!  -Alison

{Credits: Sweet southern nuptials via Elizabeth Messina‘s Kiss the Groom}

Label(s): {Details}, {Holiday}, {Real Weddings}

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  1. brancoprata on June 21, 2010

    Thank you Alison, this is REALLY an inspirational post (both parts of it)! Love that wedding and everything you wrote about Father's Day!

  2. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on June 21, 2010

    Loving that bride's style. Her dress is so fun and chic! Oh, the ruffles!

  3. Postcards and pretties on June 21, 2010

    ur a girl after my own heart…i love ruffles too…love today's posts…dad's are awesome!!! xo

  4. goodlifeevents on June 21, 2010

    Love the dresses! So ethereal!

  5. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on June 21, 2010

    Loved reading all about Father's Day! The bride is pretty and all, but awesome Dad's are where it's at!

  6. Jackie | Merci New York on June 21, 2010

    ahhh that has been my fav dress for while, but this bride pulls it off with such a different, fresh and fun look. i love this wedding!!

  7. NinaReneeDesign on June 21, 2010

    The bride is fabulous! You go girl! :-) Love the hair flower…

  8. TenThouBride on June 21, 2010

    Love her style and the dress…horses! Fab. “You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.” So wise…good work.

  9. Bret Turner on June 21, 2010

    I totally dig that style she's got goin' on. What's more, she totally OWNS the style. She's not just wearing that dress, she's WEARING that dress. She's workin' it. Oops, I mean WORKIN' it. Gotta maintain my all-caps motif.

    If there's one thing I think of as much as being a husband soon, it's being a father. From the little things (I am irrationally excited about letting my future kids punch down the risen dough when I make them homemade pizza and bread) to the big things, there's so much to look forward to.

    Here's to all the dads out there.

  10. drollgirl on June 21, 2010

    what a lovely post!

    i never would have thought to have a wedding on father's day, but that is a really nice tribute if dad is available to walk you down the aisle!

    and love the shoes.

    and hope you had a fab weekend. it kind of sounds like you did! :)

    p.s. i want some of that cake. :(

  11. Super Burbs on June 21, 2010

    Love the bride's style and love Dads…fabulous post as always!

  12. Alison on June 22, 2010

    Bret, that's really darling of you. I love it when guys get excited about these kinds of things! Dreaming about the fun you'll have with your kiddos is the coolest thing ever, imo. You sound like you'll be one of the greatest dads alive! :)

  13. Bret Turner on June 22, 2010

    Golly, I sure hope so!

  14. Bret Turner on June 22, 2010

    Golly, I sure hope so!

  15. Bali Wedding Videographer on September 15, 2016

    Love the bride’s style. Love the dresses too!


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