Thanks to being born in New York City, raised in Virginia and abroad, and now calling Texas home, Lisa has a hard time answering the question of where she’s from, but the South has always had her heart. She loves classic style, city skylines, and Sunday brunch. On the prettiest spring day in North Carolina, she married the love of her life, and the smell of peonies now takes her right back to her wedding day! She can often be found gushing over fabulous bridal gowns, reading the sweetest parts of real wedding interviews out loud, and searching for the best iced coffee in Raleigh with her husband.
Hometown: Warrenton, VA/The Woodlands, TX
Birthday: April 15, 1990
What fires me up: God and His perfect timing, my family, travel, gorgeous gowns (my favorite wedding detail!), Sunday brunch, impractical shoes, and perfectly blush peonies.
You would be surprised to know: I grew up abroad–four years in Singapore and seven years in Qatar.
How I met my husband: The short version is that we went to the same college for two years before I transferred, and met while we were both studying abroad in Austria. The longer version involves us quickly becoming best friends, adventuring around Europe together, losing touch for three years, reconnecting at the perfect time through a mutual friend, falling in love, dating long distance, and getting engaged at the V6 launch party.
Claim to fame: I’m a really fast reader and I cry at almost every wedding video I watch.
Favorite class I took in college: My Creative Nonfiction class during my senior year pushed me so much creatively. I did some of my favorite writing I’ve ever done in that class.
How I came to work at Southern Weddings: I was an avid SW reader and blogger for about three years. At the beginning of my last semester of college, where I was majoring in magazine journalism, I reached out to Emily to introduce myself and ask her advice. Less than a month later, a position opened up that the SW team thought I could be the right fit for. I interviewed for a few months before being offered the job three days after graduation and moving to North Carolina from Texas six weeks later!
Favorite Southern Weddings editorial ever: The Texas Sweethearts editorial in V8 is so close to my heart–I loved helping to dream up details inspired by my home state, and the day of the shoot (just a few miles down the road from my college town of Austin!) is one of my favorite memories!
Best part of my job: It’s a tie between the amazing women I get to work with every day and the fact that reading/thinking/talking/writing about weddings is my job. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing!
Why I do what I do: I believe that a wedding–a marriage–means the beginning of a family, and that there is nothing more important, dignified, or beautiful than that. One tangible way a couple can show their appreciation and understanding of what a big deal marriage is is by planning an intentional, deeply meaningful wedding. That doesn’t mean a wedding filled with perfect details, as wonderful as those things can be–it means planning a wedding that points people’s minds and hearts straight to what is really happening on that day, and what really matters. I am grateful that at Southern Weddings, we help equip couples to do just that.
What I do in my spare time: I love traveling, blogging, trying new restaurants and recipes, reading, decorating my apartment, trying to make myself enjoy running, and cheering on my alma mater (The University of Texas at Austin–hook ‘em!).
The cause/organization/charity that most captures my heart: My new in-laws participate in the Buddy Walk every year–a Kirk family tradition that I’m so excited to take part in!
True love is: always willing the greatest good for someone.