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Author: Emily

In the Sweet Tea Society, we say we believe in history and heritage, and that there is nothing on this earth more important than family. Y’all find such creative ways to honor the families you come from as you join together to create a new family, and today we’re sharing a neat way of displaying family photos at the ceremony. We love the idea of walking down the aisle past generations of family members, surrounded by your dearest loved ones!

Big hugs to White Rabbit Studios for sharing these photos!

From Rebecca, the bride: Prior to getting engaged, I became obsessed with Ancestry.com. I researched my own family back to the 1500′s, and then I started researching Sam’s family. I lucked out by discovering a family photo of Sam’s great grandfather (whom he’s named after) and his great-great grandparents. No one in Sam’s immediate family had ever seen this photo before, so I considered it a very exciting discovery! After that find I tried to collect and gather as many family photos as I could. I reached out to numerous extended family members, and eventually I had photos of all of our great and great-great grandparents. We even received a photo of Sam’s 3 times great grandparents, from 1855, 16 years after the first photography portrait was ever taken.

I think that it’s natural when starting a new chapter and embarking on a new life together, that we reflect on those in the past that came before us and contributed in no small way to who we are in the present. By searching through the old family photos we got the opportunity to connect to our past and learn more about one another and the new family that we are creating. Just as we wanted to include all our friends and loved ones in our wedding, we wanted to include those in our celebration who are with us only in spirit.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Rebecca reply

    Thank you for including these photos from our wedding!

  2. avatar Loverly reply

    Such a special way to include and honor family members – love this!

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Yesterday you had the pleasure of meeting our newest team member, Morgan, and none too soon – because today, you get to meet the final participant in our Southern Gents series: her boyfriend, Kevin!

Name: Kevin Rollinson
What do you do for a job? Marketing specialist
Your Southern Weddings gal: Morgan!
How and when you became a Southern Weddings gent: We met at a soccer game during our sophomore year at NC State. After that, I came up with an excuse to hang out with her by asking for help on some assignment. We talked about the assignment for maybe ten seconds, then spent an hour getting to know each other. After some romantic dinners in the dining hall and a downtown date, we started officially dating!

What is your favorite SW memory? Definitely the V6 launch party. The food was amazing.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of SW? Nothing too crazy. Yet.
What contributions have you made to SW that people may not realize? I’d like to think that my contribution to SW is encouraging Morgan and serving as a sounding board for her ideas.
What is something you shouldn’t know about weddings, but do, thanks to SW? There is way more to “wedding invitations” than just the invitations.
Have you ever been recognized by a stranger because of SW? Not yet.

What percentage of your social media followers come from SW? No idea.
What is the best thing about being an SW gent? Knowing Morgan goes to a job she loves every day with great people!
What is your least favorite thing about being an SW gent? That there’s only one launch party per year.
If given the chance, would you become a Southern Weddings employee? Yes, but only if my title was “Director of Southern Food Sampling.”
Favorite Southern food? Biscuits!

Missed a gent? Catch up here!
Ari (Lara)
John (Emily)
Brandon (Marissa)
Taylor (Nicole)
Kyle (Kristin)
Dave (Lisa)

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Wendy Moore reply

    I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this Southern Gent from California since Morgan introduced him to our family almost three years ago. He’s truly a gentleman and we’re so happy to know him!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Welcome to the team, Kevin!! Love how supportive he is of Morgan :)

  3. avatar Julie Ferguson reply

    Kevin has always been a SW gent. He has the most tender heart and giving spirit. nothing to not love about him. Know he has a great gal by his side!

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My first thought when I saw Meg Sutton’s home was, “Good golly, this is ridiculously adorable.” My second thought was, “It’s like her products came to life!” As some of y’all might know, Meg is the amazingly talented Southerner behind Belle & Union Co., a staple of the Southern Weddings Shop. Since her product collection is impeccably curated, it’s no surprise to me that her home is, too, with not one of the 800 square feet marred by unnecessary clutter. It is, however, filled with plenty of meaningful mementos from their life together. Please enjoy this peek into the lovely Texas home and studio of Meg and Josh Sutton!

Big hugs to Amanda Marie for these lovely photos! And P.S.: scroll down to the bottom of the post for an exclusive Belle & Union discount!

Introducing: Joshua and Meg Sutton
Years married: 5
Where you live: College Station, Texas (whoop!)
Tell us your love story in one sentence. The art student and soldier fall in love along the sandy beaches of Tybee Island and beneath the mossy oaks of Savannah, Georgia. There was exactly one year between our first date and our wedding day. (Crazy kids!)

Do you rent or own? Currently, we rent our little carriage house–800 square feet of living space above the garage, which acts as studio space for Belle & Union. We know we most likely will not stay in College Station forever, as we are here while Josh is in school. We previously owned our home in Savannah, and can’t wait until the day that we buy again. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a fixer upper! Someday, we hope to own a little store with a studio in the back for me, and maybe a café next door for him, on a quaint little main street in smalltown USA.
Tell us about the process of moving in together. When we bought our first home, Josh was actually on the other side of the world, quite literally, serving a tour in Afghanistan. The house-picking process was one for the books, and I had to move everything from our little rental into the house myself. I then had three months before he came home to get everything all set up. I frustrated him quite a bit because I refused to share photos that entire time! I think it was all worth it for both of us when he walked in and said immediately that it just felt like home.

Which items from your wedding registry do you use the most often? I have to admit, the registry was more for Josh than it was for me! That being said, I asked him this question and he was quick to answer his knife set and the pots and pans. Safe to say, he is the chef around here.
What different decisions, if any, would you make for your registry if you knew then what you knew now? White! I wish we had registered for white stoneware from the beginning. We picked red stoneware, which was fun, but we got tired of it very quickly. I would suggest sticking with classic pieces, and adding the fun into your linens and other accessories that can be easily changed without a lot of expense.
Who cooks dinner? Josh is the chef. He loves to experiment in the kitchen, and is currently studying food science at Texas A&M. He cooks, I clean, and everyone is happy.
What is your go-to weeknight meal? Weekend meal? I don’t think we have a regular meal… Josh loves to experiment in the kitchen! But we do probably have Tex Mex at least once a week.
What’s your favorite place to find recipes? My creativity is all on paper, but for Josh, it is with food. We have a stack of cookbooks in the kitchen, but for the most part, he just starts creating. Sometimes, it’s like an episode of Chopped in our kitchen. I’ll pull out a few random ingredients and let him go to town. I haven’t had a bad meal yet!

Which room in your home is your favorite, and why? This is a trick question, since our house is basically one big room! All of the natural light makes it a wonderful spot to just sit and enjoy each other’s company. We were worried that moving from a 1500 square foot house to essentially an 800 square foot studio apartment would make us feel cramped and on top of each other. But honestly, I think we’ve loved living with less. You definitely learn what is more important to you in a smaller space.
Where do you splurge and where do you save when decorating? My best source has to be my husband. If I can’t seem to find just the right piece, I ask him to build it. Usually, it turns out better than I could have ever dreamed or imagined, and it costs a lot less money! He has built furniture, tiled a kitchen backsplash, and has even sewn roman shades for our kitchen! On the other hand, I do love a good day of junkin’! I currently have a weakness for all things typewriters, oil cans, and windmills.

How do you remember your wedding in your home? We have a few of our favorite wedding photos scattered around the house, but my favorite memento is our cake topper. It’s one of the first things I see every morning when I wake up, and it always brings a smile to my face.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding? My favorite memory is walking back up the aisle arm in arm after we were pronounced husband and wife. There was a bugler playing in the background (a surprise to my husband), and I remember turning and looking at him as we exited the chapel and feeling as if the world stopped spinning for just a moment.

Do you have a favorite date night idea to share? We tend to be homebodies, so there’s nothing either of us quite enjoys more than just cuddling on the couch while watching a movie. During football season though, we love to hang out with 80,000 of our closest friends and watch the Aggies BTHO whatever team we’re playing that week.
What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? I think a lot of brides (and grooms) expect any problems before the wedding to magically disappear after. Marriage doesn’t solve your problems–you have to do that yourselves, together!

What’s your best tip for balancing your relationship and other life priorities? With Josh in school and me working what feels like 24/7, it helps to be able to share what we do. He certainly helps me more with the business than I help him with homework (organic chemistry? No, thank you), but having a support system is invaluable. Knowing when the other person is stressed out and being able to step in, even if it’s something as simple as me giving him a ride to class, or him packaging cards for an order, helps us show love to one another, and thus grow closer together. But, probably the most important thing I can share is communication. Despite popular belief and expectations, we can’t read each other’s minds! Open and honest communication keeps us on the same page.

Do you have children? Currently, we just have one fur baby, our rescue dog, Ellie. The business is a baby all on its own, and combined with Josh in school, there’s a lot on our plates. We’d like to have children someday, once we are settled after Josh has completed school.

What is one small way you love or serve your spouse? When we were first married, it was common for us to leave little love notes around the house for each other to find. We both found our love languages to be words of affirmation (side note: read The Five Love Languages–it rocks). Being able to find a surprise full of kind words was always an instant day-brightener, and the notes were something that could be kept and treasured. For us, it all ties back to the importance of communication. That’s one reason I love what I do so much. For me, the Belle & Union line is not about the greeting card itself–it’s about the message it shares. It’s the opportunity to build, strengthen, and sometimes mend a relationship, connecting people in a thoughtful and tangible way. That’s what we try to do for each other in our marriage through those kind words and acts of love.

Before getting married, I wish someone had told me… love is a choice, a choice that you each have to make every single day. Josh and I have been through our fair shares of ups and downs, many we have put on ourselves, and others, such as hardships like physical separation while he was in the Army. We’ve had to grow up a lot, as individuals, and as a couple, in a very short amount of time. I think it’s key to know those are two very different things! The other person is not responsible for your happiness. They can certainly add to it, but you have to choose to be who you are, and whom you are with.
What is your favorite part of being married? I love knowing without a doubt that he is the man God intended me to be with. Even on days when I may not like him very much, I’m always reminded that he is exactly who I need.

We’re so grateful to Meg and Josh for sharing their hearts and home with us! Be sure to follow along with Meg at @belleandunionco and the Belle & Union site. We’re also offering 15% off all Belle & Union products in the Southern Weddings Shop, including tea towels, cards, recipe cards, and magnets! Enter code ILOVEBELLE&UNION at checkout until August 15.

P.S. We’d love to hear from you! Our hope is to feature REAL couples in the South – your inspiring friend, super talented cousin, or neighbor with the cutest house – the kind of person everyone would love to “e-meet.” If that sounds like you or someone you know, take a peek at our Southern Newlywed submission page and shoot us an email!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Rachel Nordgren reply

    What a beautifully curated home! I’m such a fan of small, functional and clutter-free spaces!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Not surprised at all that her house is so darling, and I LOVE her interview!

  3. avatar Mary reply

    MEG! Can we be BFFs?
    I just loved this feature so much! As a fellow Aggie, former military spouse, and lover of junkin – I think it’s just meant to be!
    Beautiful home, beautiful views on marriage, and such a wonderful company!

  4. avatar Meg reply

    I’m still absolutely giddy about this! Thank y’all so much for featuring us and our little home. XOXO!

  5. avatar Maria @ ritzy bee reply

    Great feature – your place is awesome Meg…just like you!!! xo

  6. avatar Lindsay reply

    I love how they decorated their home!

  7. avatar Stephanie Creekmur reply

    I am in love with every detail! So beautiful and cozy! I’m definitely envious of that gorgeous studio! :)

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Though they’re also the dog days of summer, July and August are our busiest months for magazine prep! We’ve been sharing sneak peeks on social media (find #MakingSouthernWeddings on instagram!) as we work with amazing vendors to create inspiration for y’all to enjoy this fall. In the meantime, Marissa and Kristin have been equally hard at work building a roster of stellar advertisers for our book! Here’s a little sneak peek at a few of the folks who will be joining us for V7…

P.S. Haven’t purchased your magazines yet? Just a friendly tip between pals – there are only TWELVE (!!!) copies of Southern Weddings V4 left, and then they are gone forever! Go grab your copy now!

Donna Morgan makes some of the prettiest bridesmaid dresses we’ve ever seen – in fact, we’ve used them in several of our editorials because they’re so lovely! You can spot them in our Blackberry Beauty feature, and check out all of their (shipping immediately!) styles and colors here.

The Art of Creating seems to have a lock on beautiful things in Charleston. Between Ooh! Events (their talented event planning and design firm), their amazing rental collection, Ooh! Beautiful (an organic Charleston beauty bar), Out of Hand (their jewel box of a retail store), and more, there is so much to explore with this company!

Photo by Ben Lowry from Cassidy and Mark’s wedding

The Outer Banks is a beloved long weekend destination in our office, and it’s perfect for weddings, too! If you’re looking to be married on the beach, the Outer Banks Wedding Association has you covered, with vendor recommendations, real wedding inspiration, and tons of info.

Photo by Sarah Der

If we’re talking about beloved, the Carolina Inn without a doubt needs a mention – it’s an all-time favorite with the Southern Weddings crew. Their ballrooms are modern, fresh, and colorful, and their service is impeccable. It would be hard to dream up a better hotel to host your reception!

Scotti Cline Designs is the home of wedding paper loveliness. From wedding invitations to save the dates, menus to programs, they’ve got you taken care of in style.

We still have spots open for V7, and we would love to have YOU join the Southern Weddings sponsor family! This is not an issue you want to miss, so be in touch with Marissa as quick as butter melting on a biscuit!

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When one of your first encounters with someone involves frantic email exchanges involving highly-secret public proposal plans, you know they’re not afraid to dive right in and become one of the team. Such is the case with Dave, Lisa’s fiance and one of our newer Southern Gents. He’s been gung-ho and encouraging about all things Southern Weddings since Day One, and we love him for it! Please join me in welcoming Mr. Dave Kirk to the blog this morning…

Ryan Ray

Name: David Kirk
What do you do for a job? Financial analyst
Your Southern Weddings gal: The lovely Miss Lisa Janel Olson
How and when you became a Southern Weddings gent: Y’all may have read Lisa’s version on the blog, so my shortened version is: we met studying abroad in Austria four years ago, tried not to fall in love, lost touch, reconnected early last year, (quickly) fell in love, (quickly) got engaged, and we are getting married in May!

What is your favorite SW memory? Aside from the obvious, asking Lisa to marry me while at an SW event, it was incredible hearing from Lisa on the phone the day she got her dream job. That was a really special moment and I could not have been more proud of her!
What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of SW? While this wasn’t in the name of SW, I proposed at the V6 Launch Party… I’d say that’s as crazy as it gets.
What contributions have you made to SW that people may not realize? I conveniently manage to show up to shoots/events just in the nick of time to move furniture around. I hope this experience pays off in married life. Also, I make the spreadsheets for all our wedding planning, so I’m hoping to contribute some excel templates to the blog at some point.

What is something you shouldn’t know about weddings, but do, thanks to SW? I can correctly pronounce Monique Lhuillier and can identify a Sperry tent within seconds.
Have you ever been recognized by a stranger because of SW? I am still waiting for that special moment.
What percentage of your social media followers come from SW? Less than half, but I’m hoping this post will make it grow.
What is the best thing about being an SW gent? Being able to be a part (by a small degree of separation) of such an incredible small business whose mission is so noble. There are few things in this world as important and sacred as faith, marriage, and family, and to have my fiancée work for an organization that holds these things in such high regard is inspiring.
What is your least favorite thing about being an SW gent? You never know when something is going to wind up on Instagram. See me car singing here.

If given the chance, would you become a Southern Weddings employee? Of course.
Favorite Southern food? I’m a Yankee by birth, so being recently introduced to Southern foods has been the best year of my life. My favorite is probably biscuits, closely followed by fried chicken. If you put them together, that’s another favorite.
Anything else you want to add? I’m relatively new to the exclusive SW Gents club, but I can say that the SW ladies are truly passionate about what they do and they are amazingly talented at how they do it. The result is a magazine whose mission permeates the pages, content that inspires so many, and weddings that would make even the bravest men tear up (myself included… Lisa and I are a perfect match).

Catch up with the other SW gents!
Ari
John
Brandon
Taylor
Kyle

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar JessicainFlorida reply

    Ok, so the obvious question is, “Does Dave have a brother?” Or cloning technology? What a sweet, articulate, gracious guy. I don’t know Lisa but I’m just so happy for her after reading this post. He’s a keeper for sure!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    He’s the best :)

  3. avatar Lisa Hays reply

    I hope he has a bunch of brothers! The world could use more gents like him.

  4. avatar Dana reply

    my fave SW gent!!

  5. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Definitely a stand up guy, that Dave. Even though you are from the North, you’ve definitely got the charm of a Southern gentleman! Loved this post!

  6. avatar Jennifer Rose Smith reply

    Great interview! It’s been such fun to watch Lisa and Dave’s story unfold online. He seems so supportive and sincere and open-minded. A great match for Lisa! Can’t wait for the reveal of the big day… xoxo

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