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Melissa, of MQ Photography was more than happy to share this Real Southern Wedding with us! We immediately fell in love with the bride’s dress with removable lace straps and the fabulous butter yellow bridesmaids dresses. We gushed over the bouquet bridal bouquet with light pink peonies and feathers and we were so excited when Melissa allowed us to share her beautiful images of this New Orleans wedding with you.  Melissa had this to say about the wedding:

“Lindsay and Ross both started their wedding day, surrounded by friends and family, while getting dressed in separate suites at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter.  Lindsay was very calm and very happy when I got there.  She was enjoying her bridesmaids and some laughs.  The hair and makeup was perfect and elegant on all of the ladies.  Her make-up was done by Kellie Bode.  Ross enjoyed hanging with his groomsmen while preparing for the big day.  The difference is always amazing between the girls’ room and the guys’ room.  It’s just such a different feel. There is so much giddiness and excitement in the bridal suite and a laid back atmosphere for the guys.  For Lindsays’ bridal suite, it was exactly that – giddiness, smiling, excitement, laughter and anxious to get the wedding day moving.  Plus, we have the make-up time, the getting dressed moments and, of course, seeing the bouquets arrive!  Her flowers were done by Meade Wenzel and I just loved the bouquet.  We have so much girly stuff going on in the bridal suite! I also loved seeing the relationships between all of the girls and the close relationship Lindsay shares with her mom.  It’s a special bond and you can see it.

The ceremony was held in a beautiful, old church on St. Charles Avenue.  Zion Lutheran Church was small, quaint and flooded with light at sunset.  It made for a beautiful backdrop for Lindsay and Ross to exchange their vows and rings in front of friends and family.  From the ceremony, they headed to the reception held at The Elms Mansion on St. Charles Avenue.  Elms Mansion is always a wonderful venue to be at – from the service, the food and the atmosphere – and the staff always ensures a perfect reception for their couples.  And, as always, they delivered.  I think their friends and guests were enjoying it all.  They had After 8 band outside entertaining the guests, plus a cigar bar rolling cigars for guests to enjoy and Dr. Jazz inside playing some jazz for the bar area.  All around fun and sophistication and entertainment.”


Congratulations Lindsay and Ross!  Thank you for sharing your wedding with us!

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The title of this posts says it all. Today we are inspired by Spanish moss and oak trees. Two Southern landscape staples that stretch from Texas all the way to the coasts of the Carolinas.

The wood grain band on these oak motif invitations adds texture and enhances the ‘carved initials’ image. These tags also bear the oak tree motif and an antiqued look.

This oak draped mantle is so simply elegant. Spanish moss can be tucked into all areas of your decor including around centerpieces or food displays like this candy bar. Or you could place your cake, desserts or other food on these trunk pedestals and tuck moss around the bases. If your budget permits you must serve Silver Oak wine (it is divine).

This is a beautiful example of Spanish moss tucked around centerpieces. The Spanish draped arbor creates a beautiful ceremony setting. The light fixture hanging from the tree in this cozy seating area is so chic.

It would be easy as pie to make these string light filled mason jars.

Speaking of string lights, how gorgeous is this light lined tree at night? You could also opt to hang lanterns instead or as well!

Important to Know: Do not touch or take live Spanish moss off of trees. Even though it is gray – it is still living and is host to many little critters (chiggers/red bugs) that will make you wish you never touched the stuff. You can purchase Spanish moss for decorating at most craft stores very inexpensively. This Spanish moss will be very dry so make sure you use it carefully around anything that is flammable.

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A great way to relieve pressure from the initial rehearsal dinner bar rush and to make sure guests are immediately greeted with a cold beverage is to serve a signature drink. A signature drink is a fun cocktail that is usually a bride or groom’s favorite – or both!  Here are a few Southern libations to consider serving at your event.



  • 2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. water
  •  2-3 mint sprigs,
  • shaved ice

Instructions: Fill 3/4 of cup with shaved ice. Add Evan Williams Bourbon, then sugar solution. Stir gently. Add ice to fill cup. Garnish with mint sprig.

Recipe  from Evan Williams


Ingredients & Instructions:

In a 26 oz. Hurricane glass, mix

  • 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Rum or a good Dark Rum
  • 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Mix
  • Fill with crushed ice
  • Garnish with an orange and cherry

Recipe from Pat O’Briens



  • 1¼ c. Southern Comfort®
  • 5 c. Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • 1 – 10 oz. Bottle Club Soda
  • Juice of One Lime
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher/punch bowl and stir. Serve on ice and garnish with lime wheels.
Recipe and image from Southern Comfort
Ingredients & Instructions:
  • One part – Firefly Peach Sweet Tea Vodka
  • One part – Ginger Ale
  • Ice
Combine ingredients and stir and enjoy.
Recipe from Firefly Vodka

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