I officially bought my first Christmas present yesterday, which is huge news; this may be the first time in my 26 years that I’ve started holiday shopping before the month of December rolls around, and now I have this urge to just knock the rest of it out! Imagine a festive holiday season free of “finding the perfect gift” stress, and in its place you have more time to watch Elf and sip pomegranate champagne cocktails. #perfectChristmas.
While moving on to shop for other members of my family, I remembered jessicaNdesigns, a website I mentally dog-tagged, thinking it would be a great place to find that unique gift for moms, sisters, grandmothers, etc. After taking a peek around the site again, I had to share it with y’all – the Southern Protocol office has been abuzz for the past 30 minutes ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the adorable hand stamped items! I admit that I was immediately drawn to specifically the personalized jewelry section of the site, but the spoons, spreading knives, wedding section (calling all brides!) and key chains are equally charming.
I am a big lover of rings, whether they be everyday or cocktail, so am always on the hunt for cute discoveries. So when I saw these darling “true love” stacking rings, I started thinking of all the people, myself included, who would love them! Perfect gift for newly engaged friends, don’t you think? The gold family necklace is also sure to be a hit with mom or grandma. Gifts that are personalized AND pretty are hard to come by, and these fit the bill!
And if the sweetly designed website and homemade charm of the products doesn’t convince you these pieces should be on your wish list this season, then maybe knowing that Lauren Conrad recently purchased them for her own wedding will push you over the edge
Thanks to the fabulous Sarah Murdoch of 428 Main for being the one to clue me into this site – it’s one of her childhood friends behind the realm at jessicaNdesigns! Talk about crafty, talented friends, eh?
Alright ladies!! The verdicts are in. Fall Bridal Market was a huge success with designers revealing their freshest looks, couture beauties, and of course the trends for the next wedding season… and we are loving it.
Southern Protocol’s loveliest of fashion-savvy friends, Marie Claire Magazine, who once did a feature on our own Alexa Wyatt (read here), has a fabulous rundown of their 10 favorite dresses from the best of the best! From fluttering Monique to edgy Vera, these gowns will make any bride with an eye for fashion swoon. See the runway rundown here.
Here are a few of my favorite looks from the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 collection. I could see a Southern Protocol bride in any one of these couture gowns! Whether she’s into a sleek silhouette, a feminine a-line gal, or an etherial lace type, any one of these would make a groom’s jaw hit the aisle… which let’s be honest, ladies, is the goal!
Okay, so here are a few trends to look for:
1. SLEEK AND MODERN-
2. CRISS-CROSS BACKS
3. ANKLE-LENGTH HEMLINES
4. OMBRE (my personal favorite!)
5. ABOVE-THE-KNEE (doesn’t everyone love a good Shorty?!)
6. BLACK AND WHITE (Imagine this stunner at a black-tie winter wedding… I die)
See more examples of these trends here!
So needless to say, it’s looking like our 2014 brides are going to have a lot to choose from. St. Louis, Nashville, and Charleston better get ready!!!
It’s October, people! The month of changing leaves, college football, candy corn… oh, and copious amounts of beautifully crafted Fall weddings. However, while all of you ladies are talking about your Pumpkin Spice Lattes and new boots, the thing about October that makes my heart skip a beat is knowing that in just a few short days the runways of NYC will be filled with the latest bridal fashion masterpieces of the season! Thats right, it’s Market time. Finally, the secret creations of Vera, Monique, and Romona will be revealed in all their couture glory and we will be able to catch a glimpse of the trends that will determine the next year of bridal fashion.
I had the extreme pleasure of attending New York Bridal Week in Fall of 2011, and let me tell you, in that context, there is no such thing as too much of a good thing. I was captivated! The colors, the silhouettes, the textures, the designers, the glamour of it all was simply incredible. Sitting front row in the Legends by Romona Keveza show was one of the many fashion highlights of that weekend. I was completely mesmerized as the hand beaded trims of gown after gown literally brushed my feet!
(Funny story, if you look at the photo below from the show, you can see my face right in front of that obnoxious iPad on the right side of the runway)
From the runways, to meeting designers, to the Martha Stewart Weddings party, that trip was pretty much perfection. But I must say, there is nothing that beats the feeling of seeing one of my brides in her gown for the first time. Regardless of whether it’s form fitting lace or full skirted taffeta, there’s just something about a woman putting on the most important outfit of her life, looking in the mirror for the first time and welling up with tears that just makes me love my job even more. On the runway the gowns represent fashion and design, but once on a bride the layers of white and ivory material take on a whole new purpose!
Here are some of my favorite Southern Protocol brides’ wedding day fashions:
I was so thankful for stores in Charleston like Maddison Row, Modern Trousseau, LulaKate and Gown Boutique of Charleston for providing our local and destination brides alike with abundant options of couture gowns to choose from for their wedding days. And now I have the joy of one day gown searching with brides in the best bridal boutiques in St Louis like Fleur de Lis and Town & Country Bridal Boutique!
I am so excited about getting Southern Protocol St Louis rolling! Expect big things.
So this weekend you better believe my fashion-obsessed self will be on pins and needles awaiting the visual verdict of what the Bridal Fashion gods and goddesses have decided to be the newest terms of fresh and beautiful for brides all over the world! It makes me that much more excited to see what my future St Louis brides will decide to wear on their special day.
Paige Winn Photography captured another beautiful Southern Protocol Wedding, this one by Sara Hosch at William-Aiken House in downtown, Charleston, South Carolina.
See all of Paige’s magnificent photos of the wedding here.
Wedding lighting design and audio by AV Connections of Charleston, SC.
Coming all the way from the University of Alabama, we are Lauren and Virginia and are so excited that our internship with Southern Protocol and these fabulous ladies has finally begun. We were lucky to have the opportunity last weekend to dive right in to our first big wedding with Sara, which was everything we imagined and more! With so much detail and hard work that was put in, it is hard to say what we enjoyed the most. From the gorgeous Chuppa to the candelabra with the escort cards, everything was absolutely beautiful.
This summer we are thrilled to get the chance to see all the hard work that is put into to get to that magical walk down the aisle and a fun reception after. With this amazing internship we have learned so much thus far and still have much more to experience and take on. We cannot wait to help the bride with all of her decisions and see how happy she is with her day. Knowing that you have helped make a memory that will last a life time is something that we are most excited about!
With weddings galore every weekend, there are still a few things that we can’t wait to do…
- bottomless mimosas at The Roost
- take a boat out for the day to Morris Island
- skip work to go have frozen bellinis at Blossom for lunch with our stylish SoPro bosses
- go to a tasting at the Firefly Distillery
- learn how to do a design board
- experience Folly Beach on the Fourth of July
- not use GPS to get to the office
- shop at every shop on King Street
- learn how to successfully drive a boat
- have a joint party with our boss Sara… who happens to be our neighbor
The best summer yet has just begun…
Charleston Weddings Magazine is currently holding a contest for readers to select the summer weddings cover! Option B is a Southern Protocol and Charleston Stems wedding that was an amazing beautiful, truly southern event! Vote B!
If you love Southern Protocol and AV Connections (wedding lighting and audio) vote B for their first Charleston Weddings cover! xoxo
We are thrilled to be featured in Style Me Pretty for a magnificent wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation by Lizz Akerman for Southern Protocol Weddings. The blush and pale pink tones of this wedding lent a delicate, feminine touch to the soaring elegance of Lowndes Grove and its unparalleled views of the Ashley River.
Lighting, audio, and sound for the wedding were provided by the Low Country’s best and most creative audio visual company, AV Connections. The beautiful photography was by Marni Rothschild, and all those fabulous florals by Violet Floral Design Studio. All of Charleston, South Carolina.
See the beauty of this Southern Protocol wedding here.
Here is a quick glance into the set up for Lindsay and Adam’s gorgeous wedding at William-Aiken House in Downtown Charleston, SC last weekend (by Sara Hosch for Southern Protocol Weddings). We were pleased to work with Branch Design Studio for the flowers (including the stunning window chandelier) and AV Connections ( both of Charleston, SC) for the magnificent wedding lighting and audio-visual.
Congratulations Lindsay and Adam!
We thought you would like to peek into our own Sara Hosch’s prep for a beautiful Southern Protocol wedding at The William Aiken House in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. With special thanks to Branch, 428 Main Vintage, and AV Connections for magnificent florals suspended from live oaks, fabulous vintage seating areas, and beautiful twinkling lighting through trees, courtyards, and draped tents. Congratulations, Emily & Leman!
Why no, I don’t believe we have. We just tripped over your work on your blog and let me say, we love it shamelessly. Patently Southern, just like Southern Protocol; our hats are off to you, Back Down South. You’re on our list of must-read blog pals.
Wedding eye makeup tip: Shield your eyes in sunlight as long as you can, it prevents your eye makeup from moving even in blazing heat. Better to fix a little foundation at the bridge of your nose with a damp sponge from your bridal emergency kit than to be re-patching both cheeks from runny, colorful eye makeup.
The new Heidi London floral sunglasses at Henri Bendel are both dark and protective and floral-perfect for a wedding and the bright sunny honeymoon days to follow.
As you probably know, our founder Lizz Akerman is a die-hard Auburn University fan. We were cruising our Twitter followers to see what was new and exciting and we came across this fun new company called stripedshirt.com. The tee’s are beautiful, fitted 1×1 cotton in a variety of stripes (although only one colorway matters around here). We think it would be fabulous fun to have them personalized for your bridesmaids as an addition to their welcome bag for the weekend. Especially, if they are all alum’s too…
Have you followed us on our social media sites yet? It’s time, we’re spreading the magic:
It is no secret how we adore Lilly Pulitzer and her vintage prints. Notice of her death yesterday greatly saddened all of us here at Southern Protocol.
We would like to spread a little Lilly love by giving away this stack of Essentially Lilly’s we have here. Entering is easy.
- Go to our Facebook page here, and LIKE OUR PAGE
- Go to the Lilly Post here and LIKE, COMMENT, & SHARE
To double your chances, use Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest and upload photos of Lilly prints using #wearlilly to @soprotocol.
We’ll pick winners on Friday! GOOD LUCK!
The Wedding Row is so good to us! We’ve had two really fabulous features in the last week. Check out this stunner Sara did last year. Sweet Couple, sweet wedding, once again…we are so lucky! Here is the link
As most of you do not know, I have had Juvenile Diabetes since I was 7 years old On the other hand, as most of you do know, medical supplies are not pretty! That being said, I am always looking for new ways to stay stylish and healthy at the same time. The past couple of years, I have resorted to using my little, black Chanel makeup bag to hold my glucometer and insulin (links provided for those of you that have no idea what I am talking about ) However, one of our fabulous photographers, Jennifer Bearden, just surprised me with the cutest little bag, pictured above, for my glucometer from Sugar Medical Supply! They are too cute and not only does the sweet girl that started the company have Juvenile Diabetes, but so does her little sister. If you have Juvenile Diabetes or know anyone that does, it would be a perfect little gift, they would love you forever!