a big southern wedding in the midwest

Today, on the 3-month + 1 day (but who’s counting?) anniversary of being married, I finally found some quality time to blog about my most favorite day. On October 23, I married my best friend and celebrated the occasion with our amazing family and friends. Despite a few clouds and a bit of drizzle outside, the day was absolutely perfect.

To guide this post a little more (because it’s strangely hard to figure out how to put it all into words) I’m going to list a few of the fun things about the big day that I compiled into the collage you see above.

1. Pretty pink and green business cards doubled as table assignments. I pre-printed the word “table” onto a business card template and then used a hot pink Sharpie to fill in guest names and tables.

2. I loved having a chance to use lots of vibrant green button daisies.

3. The table numbers were handmade using chipboard, scrapbook paper, and plenty of glue sticks.

4. Technically my colors were navy and apple green, but it wouldn’t be my wedding without something pink.

5. We made all the flower arrangements using blooms from the Farmer’s Market thanks to a team of incredibly talented mothers, neighbors, and friends.

6. I had the privilege of having two vintage cake toppers. The one pictured above belongs to a friend of my grandmother and was so delicately stunning. I used my grandparent’s cake topper for the actual cake. So lucky that we found it just in time! Here it is:

7. Red Tree vineyards makes a delicious and affordable selection of wines. And the red and white label is totally lovely.

8. Back to the cake….it was so, so good!

9. Having a heritage table with photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings was the perfect combination of vintage, class, and love.

My other favorite things included my sister reading this poem during our ceremony, my father holding my arm tightly down the aisle, reassuring me I wouldn’t trip, my mother fixing my handmade veil just so, the aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who came from near and far to be with us, getting a brand new Minnesota family, laughing and smiling until my face hurt, holding Karl’s hand, and pinching myself to make sure it was all real.

Here are a few more peeks into a wonderfully overwhelming day:

a bernina for christmas


{I’m a little bit obsessed with picnik’s holiday photo embellishments}

Santa brought me (and Karl) a Bernina 330 for Christmas! My parents stealthy planned an errand to Gina’s Bernina sewing store in Knoxville on Thursday morning, citing a need for new needles for my mother’s older machine. When we got to the store, Gina, the owner, met us and pointed out a sewing machine in the corner wearing a bright red bow!

Here’s a little breakdown of the experience:


so many stitches…


and an alphabet function!

p.s. Gina’s has an amazing fabric selection….and I hear it’s going on sale on Monday morning…which ones should I pick?

tennessee christmas

Merry Christmas dear readers! We’re spending Christmas this year in Tennessee and taking full advantage of a chance to relax and re-charge.

Our vacation started with a holiday party with neighbors and friends (and a red velvet cake, of course.)





Pretty presents, cinnamon rolls, and matching pjs have made the last few days lovely, delicious, and cozy.



Finally, we’re celebrating a couple of “firsts” this year—our first Christmas as a married couple, Karl’s first Christmas in Tennessee, and the first time I’ve ever experienced a real white Christmas! We woke up to this:



Though it’s nothing close to the blizzard from a few weeks ago in Minneapolis, a little snow goes a long way in making a southern holiday more festive!

Wishing you a relaxing, festive, and bright rest of your holiday!

About A Midwestern Belle

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Southern girl loving life in the Midwest. Meeting and event planner, handmade creator and crafter, lover of interior design and fresh blooms. Wife to a cute male nurse, puppy mama and constantly inspired.

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