SOUTHERN WEDDING INSPIRATION | kraft paper bags with pink hearts + ombre cake + peonies + a barn + dessert station = Is this – am I in Heaven? | Plus, Boudoir Giveaway Winner AND… my shameful addiction, revealed.

Happy Thursday afternoon, faces!  Before I get into this bright and tasty styled shoot, I just want to clarify something if it wasn’t already clear…

normal person’s tabs ↴

my tabs ↴

… that I, Alison, am the reigning Queen of Too Many Open Tabsville.  I can’t believe how many – look, look how many tabs I have open in that image I took of my open tabs.  Do you see?  I am SICK.  It is sick.  Look I can’t even count how many are open in that second image where I had to cut my line of tabs in half and double them up to fit the image in this post.  (That in itself is indicative of too many tabs.)  All my tabs, they’re just, they’re all first letters of words.  Because I have so many open, there isn’t enough room for each tab to tell me what it’s doing there so I’m caught in a merciless figurative Chinese fingertrap of my own sick, sick creation.  I probably need to attend support group meetings.  Really though, this is the fault of the browsers.  This brings me to my point that browsers shouldn’t allow people to get to this point of so many tabs open.  And while I’m on it, you know that problem with the ducks getting caught in those plastic six-pack holders and how it’s an ongoing problem even though I cut those things up every time, and all my friends do.  Doesn’t matter, I *still* hear about the ducks dying.  Why the F word are we still making plastic holders like that??  Is what I’m asking.  We must go to the top of things.  By we I don’t mean me.  I don’t intend to take any action, because really it’s not my place.  I cut up the plastic holders, I do my part.  At the top is where the responsibility lies; same thing with the browser tabs.  I am not as old and mature as the spray painting injuries I have suffered (and will outline in tomorrow’s post) will lead you to believe.  I need limitations set for me, on the tabs thing.  I need someone to ok it really seems like we should have eradicated the problem of the six pack holders by now.  It’s 2011.  Ducks are dying.  Please don’t feel bad for the ducks; the ducks wouldn’t want that.  That will just paralyze you in sorrow.  They’d want the plastic holders to cease to exist, so that they may continue to bite the hands that feed them at the local pond.  Yeah so here’s me saying that browsers need to stop letting me open so many tabs to the point where I have to sound like I need medication because I’ve dedicated the opening of a blog post to it when I have some seriously killer wedding inspiration that was submitted by Meleka Jolliff of MMJ Events to get to.  Because just look at this for second:

I die.

But wait!  Before I move on, there’s more *cool other stuff* to get to!  Because it’s…


Quin, please get in touch by leaving a comment on this post and/or emailing us, and we’ll hook you up with your crazy awesome photographer to get things going!


Candice let me know that she has two spots open for Saturday, so anyone who books with her for Saturday and mentions that they were referred by The Knotty Bride will receive a framed 8×10 of their favorite image!  First come first serve!

Okey dokey smokey, it’s time for this amazeballs in the faceballs (………ok, just roll with it) southern with a twist of garden styled shoot!  I LOVE OMBRE CAKES AT THIS TIME.  I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE OMBRE CAKES.  I just don’t see how people actually go ahead and slice into them.  I’d want to polyurethane the som’b!tch and set it atop my mantle, for like ever.  I hate disturbing beauty.  It even takes a few deep breaths for me to cut into a roll of glitter ribbon.  I can’t understand why.  But that’s me.  I wonder if I’m alone in this.  Hmm.

Aaaaaaand here’s the rundown from the fabulous Meleka Jolliff of MMJ Events:

A southern style shoot with a garden twist was the concept of our shoot. We were happy to find a location like Darby Dan Farms, with over 40 barns on the estate it was the perfect backdrop. The old wood barn, hanging lights, soft colors, and breathtaking sunset gave us the ambiance we were looking for. Wish Upon a Petal brought the amazing vintage wooden box filled with peonies and other soft garden flowers. They added some vintage keys to the arrangements to bring in some a vintage feel to the look. The mason jars were just a little taste of the southern appeal we went for when designing this inspiration shoot. 

The dessert table was soft, sweet and fun. The four-tiered cake by Enticing Icing and Custom cakes was stunning so we made it the centerpiece for our Sweet Station. MMJ Events made the color coordinated marshmallow pops, pudding shots, and chocolate pretzel treats to go with the color palette. Light pink hearts covered the brown paper bags to go with guests as they grab a treat on their way home. The little bags were an easy DIY project, which matched the “Sweet Station” banner over the table.

Leigh Restivo from Phia Salon kept our bride model’s make-up light and soft to compliment the soft natural tones of the wedding. Bella Laccio provided the bride with two gorgeous gowns. First Meagan wore a simple lace gown by Robert Bullock and the birdcage veil was just the touch we needed to add a little spice to the look. Tyler wore a gray Calvin Klein suit, which was perfect for the soft palette of colors we chose for the shoot. Being outdoors gray suits tend to be lighter and look so good with a little color pop of the boutonniere. Before the sunset, Meagan changed into this gorgeous ball gown straight out of a southern wedding. It was dotted tulle and the detail on the bodice was subtle yet gorgeous.

↑ LOVE that.  LOVE.  Love love love it when couples fall apart and it’s all caught by the photographer.  Among my faves types of pics from weddings!

I wanna make love to this shoot.  And I mean that in the least appropriate way possible.  It can even leave its socks on, I honestly don’t care.  I’m too turned on by it to notice.

… As long as they’re not black socks.  Ew.

So, friendlies… some questions if you’re feeling up to it:

1) Do you still like ombre in weddings (assuming you ever did in the first place)?

2) What’s your fave element of this shoot?  For me, it’s kind of clear that’s a tie between that cake and the funny couple moment.  Because there’s really nothing better than pretty delicious treats and pose-to-uncontrollable-laughter situations caught on film.

3) And last, are you a tab addict like me?  Because I’m feeling a weeeeeeee touch of ridiculous right now.

xoxo!  - Alison

Styling + Design: Meleka Jolliff of MMJ Events / Direction + Photography: Ashley & Coty Henry of Henry Photography / Josh with Clay Productions did the cinematography / Hair + makeup: Leigh Restivo from Phia Salon / Dresses: Jen Faulkner, owner of Bella Laccio Bridal / Dress designer: Robert Bullock / Cake: Cindy of Enticing Icing and Custom Cakes / Florals: Wish upon a Petal / Birdcage veil: Kewpie Dolly

Label(s): {Inspiration Shoot}

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  1. Ann on October 13, 2011

    LOVING this post. I think we’re all victim of “too many tabs” but you might just take the cake!

    Loving ombre – never really seen this done at a wedding that I’ve attended though.

    And I love the dress. I know you posted a bridal shop and designer – is that designer the same for both dresses. Loving the strapless one and would like to check it out and research some more about it :)

  2. Janna (SparklyLove) on October 13, 2011

    i love the wooden box centerpiece in this shoot. the flowers are so soft and feminine and the box has rugged masculinity. i loveeee.

    also, i’m a tab addict. it’s a SERIOUS problem, in that i never shut down my computer ever because going through all the tabs and deciding what i can or cannot close just seems all too daunting. then, after a few months of this nonsense, my computer becomes so slow it’s barely usable, then it will finally freeze up and shut down and i’ll feel lost for 3 hours until i fill my tabs back up.

    let me know if they have meetings. i clearly need to attend.

  3. Mindy on October 13, 2011

    Okay …. I didn’t read before looking at the pictures and my only thought was, this bride and groom are WAAAAAAAAY too pretty for real life.

    That ombre cake looks a lot like my ombre cake inspiration:

    and LOL @ the tabs. If I have more than 5 tabs open I start to hyperventilate.

  4. Annie H on October 13, 2011

    3. My name is Annie and I am a tab addict. *cue support meeting chorus*

    2. While I do love that cake (I mean who doesn’t love cake of any kind, really?) I think I love the combination of rustic and girly. There’s lots of barn, dark wooden accents, minimalistic sort of stuff and yet there is a ton of soft pink accents etc to make any girl swoon.

    1. Ombre in weddings is pretty, but I just fear it might be one of those current trends we might hang our heads about 20 years from now…like super puffy sleeves or big hair. But until that day comes along…bring on the gradient effects! (as long as it’s not in hair. I HATE calling undyed roots ombre and makingit sound fashionable and like someone paid tons of money for it….gr.)

  5. Janna on October 13, 2011

    Do you know who made that to die for gown you have the back picture up of. “I die” is a sentiment I copy. I’m in love with the back and would love to find the front!

  6. Laicie on October 13, 2011

    1. Ombre is amazing in every way… still all the way obsessed… although I should also mention that I’m not including any ombre details in my own wedding. So… from a totally gorgeous design trend standpoint, yes all the way! From a, “I’m super sure I won’t ever regret this” standpoint… maybe not?

    2. Marshmallows always win… but that dress is a VERY close second.

    3. I can’t even talk about the tabs. I also hyperventilate when I have too many… which is frequently.

    Such a gorgeous shoot!! :)

  7. Ilana on October 13, 2011

    I can’t say that I’m a fan of the ombre. I’ve always had to suppress the urge to grimace when I see it. Not a fan of the ombre dresses, ombre cakes (okay, the ombre layers INSIDE the cake is awesome), and especially the “ombre” hair.

    Tabs: believe 4 tabs is the perfect number (in a really OCD kind of way). I will actually go so far as to open a new tab just to have four, and I get a little uncomfortable when there are more than four open.

  8. Donna on October 13, 2011

    I love the first dress, absolutely beautiful.
    Definitely a fan of ombre (except for hair). This cake is so pretty.
    My favorite pic is the table in the barn. The contrasts make the pic.

  9. Lena on October 13, 2011

    My name is Lena, and I’m a tab addict.

    (Hi, Lena.)

    THAT CAKE. Those SHOES. The RIBBON on the full skirted gown?!? Not to mention that gorgeous light? This is my happy place.

  10. Brancoprata on October 13, 2011

    too.many.tabs!!!!!!! Toooooo many!!! Oh and yes to the cake, of course and to that cute photo of the couple!!! Oh… Did i mention…… Too.many.tabs!!!!!

  11. lauren on October 13, 2011

    Ombre weddings, wedding cakes, & weddings dresses YES PLEASE. I’m all about it!

    Ombre hair…..Heck noooo. Just a trendy name for “I’m too lazy to keep up proper maintenance of my hair.” I see through you people “rocking” the “ombre hair”!

  12. Stephanie// Vintage Modern Bride on October 13, 2011

    first off, i cracked up with the tabs. i have lots of tabs open, but how do you even have your computer function with that many tabs? i need your computer cuz i think mine would poop out lol. as for the shoot, um LOVE the bride’s first gown. todiefor. the ombre cake is gorgeous too!

  13. Kristine {In Love, Engaged} on October 14, 2011

    Yeah, there’s no way I’d cut that cake. And also, while I looove the gown and the couple trying desperately to keep their straight faces, did you even notice those marshmallow pops and candy-coated pretzels??! Delish! I think it’s time for a late night snack…

  14. Simon on October 14, 2011

    Wow! Possibly the most amazing cake I’ve ever seen! How could they bear to cut it? Fabulous.

    • Fitri on December 2, 2012

      Usually I’ll look up the basic chords, which could be done by ear it just saves time to look them up, then I’ll play it a few times myeslf and eventually I’ll fall into a way of playing it which feels natural to me. I don’t tend to follow tabs because they tell you what to do a little too precisely, which I don’t enjoy, and I don’t really use music theory because I don’t know any music theory. I guess the important thing is I don’t worry too much about it being just how the original is. The covers I upload are always songs that I’ve just been playing for fun, and that’s an important part of the process when a song is stuck in my head I’ll play it over and over starting out with a basic version and gradually falling into the sort of thing I would upload to youtube.Hope that helps, it’s a difficult thing to explain!

  15. Ashley Henry on October 14, 2011

    Loved shooting this. Every detail was gorgeous.

  16. Jen Faulkner on October 14, 2011

    The team did an awesome job at capturing this shoot. To answer Ann’s question – Yes, both dresses are designed by Robert Bullock Bride. Please give me a call if you’d like pricing information 614-735-1165!

  17. spa in costa rica on October 15, 2011

    5. I love your all dresses and its look so beautiful and your cake is awesome i wana just eat it know.

  18. I am so totally guilty of too many tab syndrome. Before I learned how to open a link in a new tab instead of a new window I’d end up with some 44 open windows instead which is only slightly worse.

    Also, I love that table set-up. and the ombre cake is pretty amazing as well :)

  19. Jackie on October 25, 2011

    Gorgeous flowers, reminded me of my wedding. I ordered flowers from and I DIY’ed all my flower arrangements. Something like this is so easy to do, and costs so much less! if you have any questions I would be glad to answer. These flowers are hypericum, roses, and peonies. Such a gorgeous look.

  20. Lindsey on October 28, 2011

    I love this entire shoot! The bride looks beautiful, and the couple looks absolutely enamored with each other. Everything goes together so well, from the desserts to the flowers! This wedding is a beautiful example of putting a personal spin on things!

  21. Cindy on November 11, 2011

    this cake is amazing!!!

  22. Melissa - Keith Pitts Photography on December 13, 2011

    I just love that cake!!!! and the photography is great too! love the color palette….

  23. Leslie on January 18, 2012

    My boyfriend calls me the Queen of the Tabs, too!

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