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Who can blame this bride, a Louisiana native, for wanting to tie the knot with her high school sweetheart at her family’s Christmas tree farm?  (Yes, folks, a real Christmas tree farm!)  How romantic… and appropriately seasonal!  We love the Christmas trees (naturally) providing a ready-made seasonal backdrop for the couple’s Southern nuptials, the tractor parked near the Pepper family’s barn, the bride’s and her maids’ cowboy boots and, of course, Bailie’s Mori Lee gown.  Local florist, A Dream Come True, captured the rustic feel of the surrounding Christmas tree farm with sweet white and yellow bouquets bound in twine.  We want to see more… and get an office Christmas tree of our very own!  A big holiday thank-you to Two Suez Photography for these breathtaking images!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We were friends in high school and hung out with the same group of friends.  (I actually dated one of his friends during high school!)  What’s funny is that I always had the biggest crush on Chase when we were in school.  We shared a few little kisses but never dated.  After Chase graduated, he moved to Missouri with his family.  Since I hadn’t spoken to him since my graduation two years earlier, I didn’t even know he had moved.  A few years later, one of our mutual friends invited me to a bonfire.  It just so happened that Chase was in town that weekend.  I was sitting around the fire and Chase walked over to me and gave me a hug and said hey!  I hadn’t seen him in two or three years, and he didn’t know I had broken up with my boyfriend.  We soon reconnected on MySpace and spoke long distance on the phone.  We talked on the phone for hours every night before he finally moved back to Louisiana.  We’ve been together ever since!  
Describe the proposal. 
It was late on Christmas Eve, and we just returned home from visiting relatives.  Chase told me he had me a Christmas present for me, but that he had left it down the road at his aunt’s house.  I was so anxious I made him go get the present, even though it was already midnight!  When he returned, Chase presented me with a huge box.  When I opened it, there was a smaller box and an even smaller box inside.  There were about 10 boxes inside of each other, and they just kept getting smaller!  Finally, I got to the middle and found a card.  I started to read the card, and started tearing up when he said he wanted to grow old with me.  Chase hit one knee and asked me to be his wife.  Of course, I said “yes!”
Three adjectives that describe the day are: 
Perfect, laid back and amazing.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? 
I grew up on my family’s Christmas tree farm so I always wanted to have my wedding there. Old style, country, laid back, all natural, comfortable – was what I was going for.
What was your favorite design element of your big day? 
I have two favorites!  We released “sky lanterns” into the night sky.  They were absolutely amazing.  I also loved it when all the groomsmen and Chase got out their guitars and put on a show for our guests.

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar suz reply

    What a beautiful wedding!! Can’t wait to see part 2!

  2. avatar louisiana gurl reply

    the two suez can make anything look amazing!!!

  3. avatar Lisa Jeffries reply

    It’s a no-brainer that I’m going to love any wedding where denim is appropriate! This has just become one of my SW favorites – LOVE it!

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New FTC Regulations: Explained

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Here at Southern Weddings, we like to keep you informed of the goings-on not only in our little office and the wedding world at large, but also in anything that might affect how we do business.  This, of course, includes the happenings across the blogosphere.  Since the SW blog is a big (okay, huge) part of our life (and hopefully yours, too!), we thought it important to share some newly-announced Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that will change how blogs do business in the upcoming year. 

Effective today (December 1), any website (including blogs!) receiving money for a post must disclose that they received compensation for the post.  For example, if a photographer is paying a wedding blog to write about or feature them, said wedding blog has to disclose that fact to their readers.  Similarly, if a blog receives a complimentary product to review, the blog is compelled to let readers know they received the product for free.  Additionally, consumers may no longer describe unusual results in a testimonial (even with a disclaimer noting results as “not typical”); rather, they can only disclose the results or reviews of a service or product that are typical

The FTC’s new regulations also have consequences for how websites recognize their print and online advertisers.  Not only must bloggers disclose when and where their membership is paid advertising, they also have to disclose any featured vendors or contributors in editorial posts who are also advertisers. 

Why the sudden concern for websites properly noting paid sponsor posts and recognizing advertisers, even in editorial features?  Simply, the FTC wants sites to be honest and upfront about money changing hands and what consumers might reasonably expect from certain products or services.

What does all this mean for you?  As a reader and prospective consumer, you’ll now be able to tell whether a blog genuinely supports or recommends a particular vendor or if they are being compensated for their online coverage of that vendor.  Genius! 

Since Southern Weddings always has chosen not to take part in paid sponsor posts, you can trust that any vendor we highlight, feature or recommend really does deserve our praise and really is among the best in the industry.  That’s not to say we never feature real weddings from some of our advertisers; to the contrary, we think our advertisers are among the most talented in the business and are always eager to share the best of their work with you.  But we promise to always let you know whenever a featured vendor (be it a photographer, florist, wedding planner, etc.) is also a member of our advertising family. Think of it as an official SW seal of approval!

Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  Free hugs?  Feel free to email me at katharine {at} iloveswmag {dot} com.

Happy December, y’all!

P.S. if we’re gonna make you read a boring post, we might as well put in an awesome image, right? Done.  image credit :: jeff newsom

Written with love by Katharine

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