JEWEL-TONES & RUFFLES SOUTHERN WEDDING by Simply Bloom Photography | Plus, I’ve already had a wedding planning nightmare, you guys.

Happy Wednesday evening, friends and family!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m baaaack!  From my whittle burfday vacation in the south.  And I feel like a million buc–aaahhh, well, I don’t know if I’d say *a million* bucks.  Maybe more like a thousand bucks?  A thousand bucks.  Give me the ass I had when I was 18 and maybe then we’ll talk.


I have two things to share today; one is one of the loveliest southern weddings ever, submitted by our friends Vania and Christine of Simply Bloom Photography.  I thought it would be the perfect first post to share with your eyes upon our return from our little Georgia vacation.  Christine, I need to know where you got that green dress you were wearing at Airplanes & Blazers at WPPI.  Because it was a minty-fresh dream of a flowy frock.

The second thing I’m sharing today is wooHOO!, my very first horrible wedding planning dream.  Which I had last night.  Which is the night of the day of the confirmation of the visiting of the possible wedding venue.  Isn’t that great?  That’s great.

See here’s the thing.  I am fuh-REAKING. out in general right now because we are taking actual steps here, you know, in the actual planning of this wedding we’re having.  It’s one thing to announce the decision to be wed this year, but it’s quite another to start making the decision a reality by putting into place the necessary elements required to bring the event to life.  And I’m a little bit in disbelief that we’re visiting a possible wedding venue this Friday.  AAAHHH!!!  I’m sorry, this is just so mind-blowing to me.  We happen to be rather psyched about this venue, and we’ve enjoyed our discussions with them so far.  I’m just hoping the in-person IRL viewing element is as positive as I’m expecting it to be.  As you can imagine, I’m essentially hemorrhaging wedding inspiration out of my eyeballs and various other orifices on my body, at all times.  I bleed inspiration, instead of the typical red, white and blue of so many patriots.  So this whole decision-making process, as a whole, is definitely going to be… a toughish road.  You feel me?

So, naturally, last night I had my first – of what I am expecting to be an endless series – of nightmares about our wedding.  And I can’t help but laugh at myself for how incredibly superficial this is.  But I told you I was going to give you the nitty gritty, so…….

Last night, I dreamed that…………… it was two days before our wedding, and I wasn’t tan enough.


WTF, me.

You wanna smack me, right?  For having such a superficial nightmare.  The superficial nightmare to end all nightmares of total arrogance and self-importance.  But I’m telling you, I WAS VERY SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING POSTPONING THE WEDDING OVER THIS, IN THE DREAM.

The fun part about this is that I mapped out my Lady Shark Week monthly predictions, and I’m pretty sure I’m cutting it within a four-day window of HAVIN’ ZEE PERRIUUHHD on or around the body and face of my actual wedding day.  So it would seem that my appearance is becoming a bit of a serious concern, in my subconscious.

Am I insane, or is this *bad dreams about the wedding* thing more common than I’m currently imagining.  I cannot be alone in this.

Time for a killer southern wedding, Y’ALLS.  Gosh I love it when Simply Bloom Photography shoots me stuff like this.  I think you’ll love it, too, you guys.

First, here’s the rundown from that gorgeous bride, Becca:

Justin and I met in high school. When I first saw him, I thought his smile was SO beautiful, and I just could not take my eyes off of him. We have so many things in common, such as a deep love for art and music, and we continue to learn from each other every day. Definitely the most important aspect to our relationship is to just keep each other smiling. So in planning our wedding, we wanted to let people in to the joy we feel in being together. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, and we wanted an intimate family feel as well. So we felt it would be so special to be married in the back yard of Justin’s family home. We didn’t want to distract from the atmosphere, so the theme of our wedding really centered on complimenting the scenery. We wanted it to be bright and cheery, natural and bold at the same time. In the planning, it was so important to us to be able to make our wedding as personal as possible, and to be as involved in the process as we could. So, anything we could do ourselves, we did. For my part, I hand-made the boutonnieres and the honey-jar wedding favors. (The honey was actually supplied by a close family friend who has a honeybee farm in their backyard-so special!) Since Justin is a musician, he really wanted to write the music for the ceremony. He wrote the most gorgeous music, orchestrated it, and performed it on the guitar while everyone walked down the aisle. Of course when it was my turn to walk down, he let the rest of the musicians take over ;). Without a doubt, the best part of the wedding was walking down the aisle to his music, and witnessing the sweet look on his face when I came around the corner. The second best part: having his wonderful father perform the ceremony.

My advice for brides to be:
I have to pass down the BEST advice we got while planning our wedding — Don’t take it all so seriously! I can’t tell you how many times someone said to me, “if I would have known how stressful planning a wedding was going to be, I would have eloped!” So many couples say that, and it’s unfortunate! Justin and I really had so much fun planning the wedding together (not to say that we didn’t experience some stressful moments). Try to let your family and friends in as much as you can without going crazy, and it will be that much more special. All in all, just try to concentrate on the fun and excitement of planning your wedding, and the love you have for each other, and hopefully you’ll remember the whole process with fondness.

Ok, now enjoy the loveliness, lovies!

Ok, so…

1) Do any of you ever experience bad dreams when you’re about to undertake a huge life experience?  I honestly don’t think I’m going to be able to stand regularly having eerily real-feeling dreams about how everything is going to go WRONG on my wedding day.

This is NOT ok, Alison.  Stop doing this to yourself, me.  Not cool at all, brain in my head.  Get it together, myself!

2) Do you love this wedding?  And how about that COLOR SCHEME, eh?  EH?!  Any favorite aspects?  I’m excited to hear your take. :)

xoxo  - Alison

Photography: Simply Bloom Photography / Dress: Pronovias (Arzelles in Nashville) / Flowers: Bishops Flowers in Huntsville, AL / Hair Accessories: Lo Boheme & Untamed Petals / Cakes: Peggy Ann Bakery / DJ: Metropolitan Disk Jockey Service / Rentals: Mullins in Huntsville

Label(s): Blue, Color, Popular *New*, Purple, Real Life Issues, {My Wedding}, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Lena on March 7, 2012

    Is it wrong that your nightmares made me quietly giggle? I’m fairly sure it makes me a sick person, but I’m so, so glad I’m not alone in these bizarre dreams.

    And then there are weddings like these, soft, happy, lovely weddings, that remind me that this girl must have had nightmares, too.

  2. Erin on March 7, 2012

    Very pretty! I love the jars of honey!

    I had a dream the seamstress re-worked my dress into a mullet dress (short in the front, long train in the back). Wtf? haha

  3. Meg on March 7, 2012

    I just read your latest blog post and wanted to suggest something that I thought might be found helpful….you mention you are cutting it close to your wedding with “Shark Week” (love that, very creative). IF you take birth control pills, you can avoid having your period by taking your pill straight through rather than taking the week off and getting your period, essentially skipping it once – you just start the new pack when the old one finishes… which might work out timing wise for you if you are going on a honeymoon right after your wedding.

    I should mention I was told about this by my doctor when I complained about a vacation I was taking having bad timing, and she assured me it is perfectly safe to do when necessary (I think a wedding or honeymoon fits that description).

    Love your posts :)


  4. Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on March 7, 2012

    From the jewel-toned dresses to the gorgeous bouquets, this may be the most beautiful bridal party EVER. Of course, the Bride & the entire wedding is quite beautiful too.

    Good luck at your venue tour!

  5. Eileen on March 8, 2012

    The nightmares? I can’t even BEGIN.
    No one shows up, the wrong people show up, no one dresses up, the wedding is in the wrong location, the invitations never really got sent out so no one could rsvp and so they didn’t come….UGH. For MONTHS now.

    But then, a few weeks ago, I had my first awesome-wedding-dream, in which everyone came to the right location (it was the wrong time of year, but whatever), the dress fit, everyone looked GORGEOUS and awesome and swanky and it just made all of the wedding nightmares totally worth it. As, I hope, will the real deal in three months.

  6. Maire on March 8, 2012

    As for the nightmares…all the freaking time!!!! I kid you not, I have woken up in a cold sweat after living out my deepest fears of drunk fathers, sisters hemming their own dresses, and groomsmens’ tuxes being Duke blue plaguing my subconscious. My only consolation is that the actual day couldn’t possibly be that bad, and the chances of ALL of those horrifying things happening is pretty slim. Although the jury is still out on the drunk father. Enjoy the planning process. Have as much fun with it as possible. Congratulations!

  7. Marit on March 8, 2012

    I had a dream that we got married (we being my husband and I, although I do love you!) and when we got to the reception I went to the bathroom.

    I walked into the bathroom and saw myself in the mirror. I had NEON ORANGE underwear under my dress and you could see them straight through my dress.

    It was awful. What I learned from this? GO COMMANDO on your wedding day.

  8. Rachel on March 8, 2012

    We’ve been engaged and planning our wedding for 20 MONTHS, and we’re now two weeks from the wedding. I’ve had wedding anxiety dreams about once a week consistently. No programs, decorations, no one knew where to go, hair and makeup person didn’t show up, bridesmaids didn’t show up, wrong cupcakes, the food made people sick, you name it.

    All that matters is that you wake up the next morning realizing how silly they were, and that no matter what, you are marrying your best friend. As long as that happens, your wedding is a success.

    Make the wedding YOURS, and above all have fun with your new hubby! :)

    PS. I am not as lucky to avoid shark week on my wedding day, but it is done by the time we leave for our honeymoon the following week!

  9. Meg on March 8, 2012

    Dont feel bad! My first wedding nightmare was that I forgot my hair extensions and in my dream I was seriously freaking out! :)

  10. Chelsea on March 8, 2012

    wedding nightmares, totally normal. And they will be bizarre but it’s a normal way of dealing with stress I think, but I’m no expert!

    Also- if you’re on any type of BC totally take it back to back w/out skipping a week in between so no worrying about that during your wedding/honeymoon.

  11. Ariana on March 8, 2012

    This wedding is gorgeous but I especially love the hair pieces!! So pretty and the colors look great.

  12. Jaf Gifts on March 8, 2012

    First of all, let me praise the wedding photographer for these excellent photos, I love your work! The best wedding I’ve seen this week. The dresses, starting from the bride, groom down to the flower girls and bridesmaids – they are fabulous. The wedding theme is lovely. Cheers!

  13. Ilana on March 9, 2012

    In my experience, the wedding nightmares ended once the major things were solidified (location, guest list, etc.) HOWEVER, I had my fair share of hideous dreams including, but not limited to: naked wedding dreams, wrong dress, no dress, my parents were late, no flowers, no rings…take your pick (naked wedding dream might top the books though!).

    As for this lovely, lovely wedding featured: That bride has the most awesome booty! And her dress is to die for and she is stunning! I’m also a huge fan of the colors in this wedding, and the soft light in the photography was incredible! Absolutely beautiful.

  14. Beautiful Wedding.. Love the dress. All the small details adds a simple touch. The hairstyle and hairpiece looks great with the mermaid style dress and the blue necklace to match the color theme.

    Gorgeous pictures.

  15. Krista on March 12, 2012

    I LOVE this wedding! :) SO beautiful! And purple is my favorite color! What were those favors/reception treats in the jars? Did I overlook that detail? So many lovely pictures to enjoy!

  16. Scott on March 12, 2012

    Gorgeous Wedding photography. True love the wedding gown.

  17. Tim Duncan on March 13, 2012

    Really really diggin’ those bouquets! The purple looks great!

  18. Heather Barranco on March 13, 2012

    I love the purple dresses and flowers. The wedding dress is very chic. The photos are really really beautiful. I have to say that I’m not loving the cake.

  19. prom dresses on March 13, 2012

    Her dress is stunning!! Love all the white dresses!!And the shots are surreal and so great job!!

  20. Tahleen on March 18, 2012

    I’ve had nightmares where I haven’t been finished getting dressed and had no makeup on by the time the ceremony starts. THAT is a heart attack and a half.

  21. Annie on March 19, 2012

    Love the wedding party colors! Of course I’m biased because I also used shades of purple. And about the wedding nightmares, I had a few when we were in the planning stages. But the most unnerving one was after we were married, right before we went to the photographer to start designing our album….funny thing the dream had nothing to do with the pictures! Planning a wedding is stressful, but totally worth it.

  22. Wedding Planner on March 20, 2012

    lol don’t worry about wedding nightmares, if i had a dime every time one of my clients had one…

  23. Beth on March 21, 2012

    I am loving the purple colors and I DO love the cake and how gorgeous is that dress? Love it! Beautiful wedding! Congrats!

  24. NJ Limo on March 27, 2012

    LOVE her Mermaid Dress and beautiful hair piece on the side and her light pink feathery Bouquet! So Elegant! The flower girls were so adorable and the purple bridesmaids’ dresses with matching bouquets and feathery hair pieces looked stunning together! The matching cake with purple ribbons and flowers topped it off, too!

  25. Brittany on April 10, 2012

    I’m really loving this bride’s hair. It’s super pretty…arranged and yet loose. Also digging the bouquets and the bride’s shoes! Loved seeing this one…

  26. Malaya on April 30, 2013

    Favorite aspect of this wedding? The brides dress! BREATHTAKING! Her bridesmaids and flower girls look amazing too! Anyone know who designed the ruffled flower girl dress!? Every part of this big day was flawlessly designed and absolutely beautiful!

  27. Felix Films on January 15, 2017

    Beautiful Wedding.


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