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Weekly Round-Up

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Hi friends! We’re wrapping up another great week at Southern Weddings, full of some great weddings and exciting announcements. Antsy for more details? Read on.

We featured some lovely real weddings this week:

Laurie Anne + Taylor had a sweet reception backed by a sweeter love story. See the wedding here and here.

Our very own Katharine got married! Check out her beautiful black and white wedding here, here and here. If you’re new to the blog, you can also check out all the posts Katharine and Emily co-authored as the wedding was planned here.

And we made some big announcements:

Though we searched and searched for a new Ad Director, we realized we needn’t have searched much at all! We are very excited to introduce Whitney as our new Ad Director! Whitney has been with Southern Weddings for two years and has moved from intern to editorial assistant and now to ad director. Head to the post to leave her some love!

Times are a-changin’ on the blog. Though we’re excited for Whitney’s new position, we’re very sad to see Katharine go. We bid our lovely managing editor farewell today since she’s off to law school. Take a trip down memory lane with us.

Now for a few bits of randomness.

First, a fun picture to share with you! Last week, all the SW ladies and their respective beaus went to dinner to celebrate all of the wonderful changes.

From left to right: (top row) Lara’s husband Ari, Katharine’s husband Kyle, Katharine, Whitney, Whitney’s boyfriend Scott, Nicole, Emily’s boyfriend John (bottom row) Sierra, Emily N., Marissa, Lara, Emily

Because every post is better with shoes, Jimmy Choo announced their 2011 Bridal Collection! If you’re searching for the perfect pair or just a huge fan of shoes, check out their website to explore the collection.

Lastly, we just wanted to say that our hearts go out to our belles and beaus across the South who’ve been affected by this week’s violent tornadoes. Readers, if you’re moved to donate, the Red Cross is taking a collection.

Have a great weekend y’all!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar DITR reply

    I love all the pretty picture! I cant wait to see what changes have to store for the website!
    you ladies are doing great!

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We Love You, Katharine!

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Last sappy staff post for awhile, we promise. But we just couldn’t let our dear KTW go without a few words from each of us, especially not after her post this morning. Without further ado…

Katharine,

You are one of the funniest people I’ve met in a long time. I’ve always admired your commitment to the most important food group: candy. Truly inspiring. Your witty comments and perfectly timed sarcasm have really brightened the office, and I’ll certainly be sad to see you go!

Emily Nycum

KTW,

Although I have only been in the office for about 7 months, I feel like I’ve known you for more than that. You are smart, talented, funny and all around a joy to work with. From the hilarious stories about Kyle or the personalities in your family (not bad ones) to chatting it up about country celebrity gossip, you certainly made the job a lot more entertaining, and I’m really going to miss you. That being said, I’m overly exciting about you and Kyle’s future… becoming Tar Heels and all! You’ve done a fabulous job and brought so much to Southern Weddings, and I know you’ll be very successful at whatever you do. Best of luck. Stay in touch!

S

Katharine,

I am so sad to see you go, but I’m also excited for all the wonderful things you will be doing with your life! You immediately made me feel comfortable when I started working in the SW office a year ago and I’m so grateful for all the support you’ve given me, both in the office and out of it. I’ll miss our conversations about teen pregnancy, Lifetime movies and relationships. Never again will I look at Styrofoam without thinking of you! I hope there’s a macaroni and cheese date in our future!

Love love love,
Nicole

Dear Katharine,

I want you to know how proud I am to know you and how terrified I was to have you edit my first post. (Harvard grad editing my writing = scary!) I’ve learned so much from you in such a short time and for that I am forever grateful. I’ll miss your off-beat sense of humor and receiving serious emails from you laced with comical sound effects like “womp womp”. Albeit I was sometimes confused on how they should actually sound out loud, they never failed to make me laugh. This is just the beginning for you and I can’t wait to see how amazing your life will unfold. I know you will succeed at whatever you do. I also know that God has some truly incredible things planned for you and Kyle. I wish you the best on this new and exciting chapter in your life.

Love,
Marissa

Katharine, remember the first weekend we met? We jetted down to Atlanta to attend the Bridal Bar opening and our taxi took us to the wrong hotel. Remember how we decided to walk over a mile to our own hotel on that humid, Hot-lanta summer day dragging our suitcases behind us? I’m pretty sure that was the day that I realized that you were absolutely amazing. You took everything in stride and still looked gorgeous that night for the Bridal Bar party. What a trooper!

I am grateful that I have had the joy of having you in my life these past few years. You have it all…beauty, brains, and a killer sense of humor. Next year, you’ll be joining me at the greatest university on earth (GO TAR HEELS!) and I couldn’t be happier about it. We still have so many TV and junk food nights ahead of us! You are a fabulous co-worker and more importantly, you are a wonderful friend. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you go on to do.

Here’s to friendship, reality TV, and our shared obsession with babies!

Love,
W/Whitpick/Red/Whitney

First of all, I am not saying anything in the realm of “goodbye” to you. I think I can speak for the whole office on that one. As I told you at the SW Spring Dinner, you are getting a key to the soon-to-be-new office for candy-laden study breaks, witty banter with Em and future baby-sitting of “The Biscuit” (and teaching said Biscuit about important things like keeping your maiden name, how to deal with husbands who have crazy call schedules and all things classic and Southern). While we aren’t saying goodbye, I will admit I have been dreading this day since we first talked about your path many moons ago. Luckily, I can get away with this and just blame the prego hormones, but I’ve honestly cried at least once a day for the last two weeks about today. From the moment you walked in with your hot pink office lamp to watching you walk down the aisle – the most beautiful bride I have ever seen – I have savored the last two wonderful years with you! It has been more than I ever imagined. Thank you for (ok, hello tears again!) changing this company and genuinely changing my life with your loyalty, drive and unmistakable ability to make every day full of laughter. Just know that you have a permanent invitation to all office holiday festivities (who am I going to buy suitcases of candy for now!?), Christmas pics with Santa (I know you’ll miss that) and… when The Biscuit finally arrives in November, you better pull a hotshot lawyer move and argue your way out of class to come see me! If I have a boy, someone is going to have to teach this babe how to properly tie a bowtie. Thank you for many wonderful memories and milestones. Thank you for YOU. You are brilliant, beautiful beyond words and a force to be reckoned with, KTW. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is the strongest stuff that you are made of. Ms. Waterman, you are a treasure and we’re all better people in knowing you.

Lara

My dear KTW,

I have never worked a day in the Southern Weddings office without you by my side, and I am not looking forward to starting on Monday. I have always lived by the motto “if you want something done right, do it yourself,” which is why it’s been a rare and wonderful gift to have you as a coworker: someone who I trust implicitly, someone who always gave me a second opinion better than my first, someone who always raised the bar. I will miss our lunchtime bantering, your no-BS outlook on weddings, your calm and clear head, the way you’d open emails I was nervous about (who’s going to do that now?!), and, of course, holding your hand during photoshoots with Millie. But mostly (and most importantly), I will miss getting to hang out every day with a girl who’s become a treasured friend. I know this is not goodbye, so for now I will just say, it’s been an honor and a pleasure. I have no doubt you will do great things, and I can’t wait to be at your side, cheering you on.

Much love,
Nerdling

Readers, feel free to leave your well wishes for Katharine in the comments! I know y’all will miss her, too.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lindsey reply

    Congratulations Katherine! I have enjoyed reading your posts over the last year since I found the SW blog, and have especially enjoyed reading your own wedding-related posts and advice! You made a beautiful bride.

    As a double Tar Heel alum who now works in NYC, I so enjoy reading the blog and getting glimpses back to the lovely South. As a UNC Law alum myself, if there’s any kind of law school-related advice I could give, I’d be happy to help. Best of luck!

  2. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    Oh my goodness. My heart is filled with such sadness and joy. I am so excited for what is to come for you, Katharine. I know the SW gals (and us loyal readers) will definitely miss having you around these parts! Best of luck with your new chapter! XOXO

  3. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh, goodness! I definitely teared up throughout reading this (and KTW’s own) post. I feel like I’ve gotten to know a little bit of all of you by reading the SW blog for the past several years, and I know it will not be the same without you, Katharine! Good luck at law school, and please periodically come back and let us know what you’re doing! You will certainly be missed by your coworkers and readers alike.

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Like most of you, we’ve been up since the wee hours of the morning swooning over the royal wedding coverage. Along with the fabulous fascinators and glamorous hats, we couldn’t help but notice how wonderfully Southern the former Miss Kate Middleton’s dress was! The gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (how appropriate, I might add!), features a full train, hand-sewn lace applique over the bodice, and, most notably, sleeves.

Looking to replicate Kate’s classic Grace Kelly look? We’ve got you covered (with lace):

Left to right and top to bottom: “Kennedy” by Modern Trousseau, Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012, next two gowns Legends By Romona Keveza Spring 2012, “Ivanka” by Monique Lhuillier, Watters Spring 2012, “Escalante” by Watters and Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012.

What do you think? Will you be donning sleeves for your own wedding? Have your been inspired by Kate’s classic look? Let me know! Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Erin reply

    While I’ve already chosen a one-shoulder gown for my wedding next year and I wore a very Jackie-O type sheath dress to my justice of the peace wedding last month–I’m SO excited for sleeved dresses to come into the limelight. I’ve always thought they were gorgeous and classic, not to mention one of the only appropriate options for many religious ceremonies out there. As I watched TLC’s coverage of the wedding this morning (definitely wanted all the fun Randy and Clinton commentary!), I couldn’t help but smile when Randy said 90% of gowns in America today are strapless but it will all change now because of Kate. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m a little over strapless. When I went to buy my gown I told the girl “no, I don’t want strapless” and she said “well you just eliminated 3/4 of the store!”–vary it up ladies! This sleeved look is timeless, classic, gorgeous, and extremely elegant!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I’ve always wanted to wear sleeves at my wedding. I’m actually a little sad that Kate beat me to it, not that sleeves is her original idea or anything. However, I feel like I will probably get a lot of comments about how my wedding dress will look similar to Kate’s. The moment I saw her dress, though, it was like everything I had ever dreamed for my dress to be was on the television screen. Hopefully this will means there will be a larger sleeved-dress selection when my time finally comes!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! I know exactly what you mean! But hey, if people are comparing you to Kate, you can just smile and thank them — because in my opinion, that means you have pretty darn good style. I’m sure your dress will be gorgeous!

    • avatar Lauren reply

      Emily: I completely sympathize with you! I’ve always felt that lace sleeves are so beautifully classic and the moment the new Duchess stepped out of the car I had a brief moment of jealousy. Even my fiance (who was up at 4am to watch the wedding with me) stated that she was wearing a dress after my own heart. If our shared (fantastic) taste gets us compared to Kate on our wedding days then I say, “Congratulations to us!”

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