SOUTHERN WEDDING STYLE | lace cake + seersucker suits + the perfect bridesmaids’ dress + generally stellar Southern styling! | Also, men make the strangest requests.


Aright here we go… I believe it was Friday, girls and boys, when we stumbled upon something I believe I will choose never to speak of again on this blog.  Something so hilariously in bad taste, something so phenomenally beyond the pale of what should happen on television, let alone in reality… something so redonkulously redonk, that I – well, simply put, I have very few to no words to speak on it.

… so instead, I shall quote one of my many favorite lines from it.  Oh, what was it?  *It* was the Hooters 2011 International Swimsuit Pageant.  Yes.  YES.  As I was saying – one of my favorite lines; this one was uttered by the announcer, who’s last time on television was, I believe, back when he starred on one of the premiere seasons of MTV’s The Real World.  Y’know, back when The Real World was an edgy, racially charged, let’s-seriously-address-the-biggest-issues-going-on-in-our-nation-and-society kind of show, as compared to The Real World of today, which is more a series of soft-core collegiate pornos with feelings.  Again, as I was saying… here’s what “Brooke,” one of our Hooters contestants (yes they all work at Hooters, that’s the only other requirement for this competition, aside from breast implants) apparently decided to write down when she was asked to let the show know what she wanted the announcer to say as she bounced down the runway…

Announcer: “Brooke is an Alabama football fan!  And she just loooooooves updating her facebook.”

LOL.  And yes, this was on Spike TV.  On an unexpected note, I have a close friend who used to work at Hooters for like a split-second.  She was nothing like these ladies.  So yep, there are smart women who work at Hooters.  But, unfortunately, it seems that none of them made the cut. :\

Ok, so other than that, this weekend was pretty packed with happy thoughts and occurrences.  This, despite the fact that it was the last weekend of a trip to NY for my sister’s family (most importantly, my niece and nephew, aged seven and four years, respectively), and so we spent a lot of the time running around, sharing stories, and – my favorite – tickle-attacking Honey, ambush-style.  (He doesn’t like to admit it, but he’s quite ticklish.)  Good times.  GTs.  Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered if my particular sense of humor runs in the family…

… The above magnet is what my lovely sister brought home for me from her week in the Hamptons.  So yeah.  This s*** runs in the family.

Alright ANYWAAAYYYYY… that’s enough about my weekend, right?  Let’s get to this FREAKINGLY AWESOME SHOOT!!!!

I’m MODERATELY PUMPED to share today’s feature with you guys.  It was submitted by Elyse Skansi, the lovely young lady who heads up Tying.the.Knot Wedding Coordination.  She’s a pretty imaginative chika because HOLY BALZAC FOLKS THIS SHOOT IS AMAZEBALLISCIOUS.

Here’s the killer rundown from Elyse:

I worked with some amazing vendors to design and bring to life a beautiful shoot under the Southern Oaks of Audubon Park in New Orleans, LA! We think that it’s perfectly suited for The Knotty Bride and we hope that you will love it as much as we do!

Being from New Orleans, you come to love the uniqueness of each and every street corner! It is a truly magical place with so much character and personality! I like to mirror that uniqueness with each and every wedding! When designing a wedding, the goal is to tell the story of that couple and the love between them! When designing this styled shoot, I tried to portray the quintessential southern couple who loves vintage nostalgia, but appreciated a fresh touch of girly glamour! I wanted that couple to be connected to their southern roots and get married under a gorgeous oak covered in moss! The shoot took place at the gorgeous Audubon Park, the home of the oldest and most magnificent trees in New Orleans! And magnificent this shoot became!   I connected with the best group of people who all pooled their talents to bring this dream wedding to life! Greer of Greer G Photography truly captured the essence of my dream and gave us something to drool over forever!

I thought it was important to connect the couple with their roots by using some vintage aspects as staples in their wedding decorations. Bee’s Weddings and Events, a company so great at thinking outside of the box, took care of all of our floral needs {and just about everything else}! Eric placed the centerpiece flowers in his mom’s depression glass- a dainty touch that nods to the past! The floral flatware from Macy’s brought such great colors to the table and the ruffled edges gave the plates a really feminine feel! We pulled out the lace overlay to add that homey feeling!

Melissa’s Fine Pastries brought every aspect of the shoot alive in one gorgeous cake! She combined the feminine pink color with intricate lace fondant appliques to create the perfect mix of southern Belle and southern nostalgia! The vintage dusty roses and berries completed the look! The chandelier cake stand from Fabulous Wedding Cake Stands added an extra touch of glam!

We also got our bridesmaids dress from Wedding Belles {who has an amazing selection of bridesmaids dresses in every color, shape, size, and fabric}! I love the feminine chiffon and blooming peony neckline! Bee’s once again created the perfect bouquet of color to accent the beautiful bridesmaid!

Our wedding ceremony took place under the gorgeous oak with cascading vintage mirrors, ribbons, and sheers!

Oh, thought I’d share with you what Bambo looked like when we told him we were driving over to see his cousins…

He loves his cousins.  Almost as much as he loves driving.  LOVES IT.  I mean, obvs. ↑

So, what think you?  By the way, I dunno about you, but I am seriously a sucker for a seersucker suit.

By the way, can’t wait to share with you what I’ve got planned for tomorrow.  Talk about gorgeous wedding inspiration.  Holy S***BALLS, people.

xoxo!  – Alison

Event planning and design: Tying.the.Knot / Location: Audubon Park / Photographer: Greer G Photography / Flowers and design: Bee’s Weddings and Events / Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries / Short bridal and Bmaid: Wedding Belles / Long bridal: The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe / Suit: Perlis / Make Up: Make Me Up!! / Hair: Ginger Dickey / Tableware: Macy’s / Stationer: A Pinch of Lovely / Parasols: Pamela’s Parasols

Label(s): Color, Mr. McPuppyPants, Pink, {Inspiration Shoot}

Love all of this...


  1. Loe on July 25, 2011

    That is a stellar suit. Also I LOOOOOOVE the mirrors hanging! Its amazing.

    And of course, I always love the Bambino pictures.

  2. claire on July 25, 2011

    OMG. That cake is absolutely DIVINE. and that cake stand is utter perfection. I looooooooove.

  3. Mimi Tilton on July 25, 2011

    The searsucker suit makes me want to live in the South. Oh wait…I do live in the South. Evidently, however, I must live in the South of Ghetto, cause none of my guy/girl/whateverelsekindof/ friends are A. that amazing looking or B. that Southern looking – sheesh. Hang on while I look for another word to signify my thoughts other than love :::enchantment::: I am enchanted by today’s photos. And, although I’m not a ‘start-a-phrase-with-a-prep sort a gal, just so you know…because of your blog, I’ve started a ‘what my day will be like come hell or highwater’ album. Nevermind that at this point it’s gonna end up like a Happy Me party rather than a wedding, but oh well…there will be searsucker, buttons and lace. PERIOD.

    As always, love the Bamberpants. Hims a good traveler! He could travel to Texas (the other South) and visit Mocha so that they could judge people harshly!

  4. Alison on July 25, 2011

    Loe – omg aren’t the mirrors hanging the BESTEST?!! I always love the look of items found in homes HANGING FROM FREAKING TREES in weddings and styled shoots. it’s like, whoa, I have one of those on my wall at home… but it looks miles better suspended in mid-air! OK seriously I’m not on drugs, I promise.

    Claire – We are completely completely compleeetely in agreement. :)

    Mimi – Woot! I really like that TKB has inspired such wonderful wonderfulness, doll. But my inner grammatisticallist adores most your preposition awareness. ;)

  5. ryan on July 25, 2011

    ohhh….so jealous!! looks like it was an awesome wedding to shoot. i love everything about this wedding

  6. Ashley on July 25, 2011

    OK, I have never once commented negatively, on anything wedding related. My policy is usually if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. But I have to speak up here, and the reason is because it’s not mean… it’s just not… nice. I think this wedding is very very well put together, but I do not like the fact that it is 100% feminine and not at all masculine. I love the seersucker, but the colors and the tea cups and kettle and pink cake and pink invitations and pink macaroons and the delicate china… I don’t like it when the guy is completely excluded from the proceedings. Does that make me a total bitch?? Like I said, don’t get me wrong that it’s impeccably put together, but more for a bridal shower, not the actual wedding. Your magnet though, is the awesomest thing I have ever seen, so please don’t hate me!

  7. Alison on July 25, 2011

    Ashley – You kiddin’? Why would I hate you; you’ve expressed your opinion which is what leaving comments is all about! :) Besides, the fact that you love my sister’s magnet makes me adore you. ;) But seriously, thanks for sharing your thoughts – I truly die for weddings that infuse both the bride’s AND the groom’s loves and interests, so you’re totally right on that front! It happens to be what this blog is all about, so we’re on the same page with regard to that. This specific shoot was styled to bring out the girly southern glam factor, so that explains the girly leanings. And aren’t they absolutely GORGEOUS? I’m dying over every element going on in this post. Amazeballs. But, truly, you make a great point about what should be addressed/focused on when it comes to the wedding day! So right on!

    Anyway, don’t worry, we cool. We cool. :)

  8. Jenny on July 25, 2011

    Love this! I’m having a “southern wedding” (I’m from the south, SC’s where I was born) and haven’t found the bridesmaids dresses yet which I thought was a bad thing. But I’m thrilled now becaiuse I love the ones in this post!! The rosettes along the neckline are heavenly. ANd I really like the bouquets. Very similar to what I’m going for! Thanks for the inspiration :) It’s amazing.

  9. Rhiannon Nicole {Hey Gorg} on July 25, 2011

    This is such a gorgeous gorgeous shoot! Everything is done perfectly and that cake? Can we just talk about how amazing that cake is? I am floored. Well done, team, well done! Al, you rock.

  10. Lena on July 25, 2011

    This shoot is pretty like no one’s business. The very best thing I could imagine for a Monday afternoon. John puts on a seersucker suit and I can’t help myself. It’s just so…Southern.

    Now, how did I miss all this Hooters business Friday? Did you know that I was, in fact, a Hooters girl? I won our shop’s bikini contest, and promptly quit before I had to go any further down that particular road in life. Plus, I don’t have breast implants and I was quite sure that would be my downfall.

    Happy Monday Macing, love!

  11. Alison on July 25, 2011

    Jenny – the rosettes are so awesome, I know!!!!! Totes agree :) They MAKE that dress!

    Rhiannon – omg I know. That cake is essentially the embodiment of a foodie wet dream for me. If I was a foodie. But it would also be a nightmare, because I could never cut into it. Too pretty. Cannot disrupt the pretty. So, night-dream? No… maybe wetmare? You get it.

    Lena – I am so with you on seersucker. I *made* Honey try one on in a Nordstroms once, and I almost wet my myself in a good way when I saw him in it. Hot tamale train rider, he was. Siiiiigh I still dream about it. :)

  12. Cocroft & Delbridge on July 25, 2011

    bahahahahahaha. stop it…that magnet made my sides hurt from laughing. I can’t tell you how hysterical I think that is.

    Also…what a wonderful display of both brains and beauty the Hooters International Bikini pageant is! It is almost as funny as when the contestant on Miss Teen USA (I think it was this show) kept speaking about ‘the Iraq’. Ugh…it brings a tear to my eye in so many ways.

    As for this shoot…loving the bright burst of color in the groom’s pocket square and I do adore the Mr. & Mrs. door! :)

  13. Shannon on July 26, 2011

    My fiance is a manager at Hooters. I can say that some of the girls at his store seem pretty smart and sweet. Of course, I haven’t carried on extended conversations with them. It is a lot in how they market themselves. :-p

    And I must say that I’m SWOONING over that cake. That is EXACTLY what I had in mind. And I will be a NOLA bride in Oct ’12! Love it!

  14. Eleanor on July 26, 2011

    Where do I start! The girly color palette is WORKING for me, first of all, so I just love everything as a result of that. And I loveee the dresses- especially the pink one, it’s so cute/dainty and the detailing and fabric are so photogenic! (Ive been thinking in terms of my photos a lot lately:) I’m emailing my BM’s this post (I’m letting them choose their dresses; just need to be a soft pink but beyond that they can go crazy) Thanks for the ideas!!

  15. FELICIA on July 26, 2011

    I ADORE this dress, it’s so hard to find a non strapless dress. Does anyone know the designer?

  16. Elaine on July 26, 2011

    wow…amazing….i love the first dress…and the cake is so cool…love them

  17. oh this is all so lovely. Such prettiness!

  18. Jenny ~SOSN on July 27, 2011

    Beautiful shoot – I love that old door with the Mr. & Mrs.!

  19. I had no idea what a seersucker suit was until I saw it here!

  20. ElyseSkansi on July 27, 2011

    Thank you all for the sweetest comments about the shoot! It was absolutely amazing and so rewarding to work with such amazing vendors who helped to bring this vision to life! I love them all and I love you for loving it :)

    Felicia- To answer the question of the bridesmaid dress, it is a gorgeous pink chiffon Lela Rose style LR118!

    Shannon- Hire everyone that participated in the shoot! They are the best :) And I’m available Oct 2012!

  21. Once Upon Your Day -- Julia on July 27, 2011

    I love love love that cake stand!

  22. brideandjoy on July 29, 2011

    What a fantastic shoot! My favourite photo is the marshmallows in the tea cups. So Marie-Antoinette!

  23. Lauren on August 3, 2011

    Okay, I absolutely NEED to know where the bride’s dress is from.. it’s my dream dress! It has everything I’m looking for in a dress!!

  24. Naomi on August 5, 2011

    Wow! I need to really take time to visit my fave blogs…that cake is BANANAS. Gorgeous!! Gorgeous!!

  25. Barbara on August 6, 2011

    Absolutely beautiful wedding. I actually went to school with the bride. Very sweet girl.

  26. ElyseSkansi on August 10, 2011

    Lauren, the gorgeous cotton lace dress is from the Blush line by Jim Hjelm :) I hope you find it and love it for your wedding day just as much as I do!! PS. the back is even more gorgeous!

  27. SouthernRushChair on August 22, 2011

    Disgusting… Pairing a seersucker suit with a faux hawk and black shoes would be grounds for a lynching in the old south. How times have changed…

  28. Travis Cossel on August 25, 2011

    Ahhhhhh!!! The magnet!!! Must stop … laughing …… can’t breathe!!!!

  29. Claire on October 6, 2011

    i love it! vintage is always the way to go

  30. Doll on March 11, 2012

    Wow. . . you’re really classy

  31. Stephen on March 24, 2012

    Love the clothes, very awesome

  32. Kaitlin on May 9, 2012

    The romance of this southern wedding is absolutely charming! Modern and fun while traditional! I love the touches like the seersucker suit and floral tableware.

  33. Shane Jackson on December 3, 2013

    This a beautiful photo shoot and I love the style of the wedding cake. I think the pink icing with the white is very stylish and seems to be quite trendy in plymouth weddings at the moment .

  34. carrie on January 29, 2014

    Love the old door such a nice touch! Gives me a couple ideas for my upcoming wedding THANK YOU!!!!

  35. Baloobook on September 13, 2015

    This is beautiful photosession. I like this style


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