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Happy Fourth of July!

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Wishing y’all a Fourth of July filled with fun in the sun, peaches, a small town parade, berry pie, a mason jar of lemonade, or whatever summer in the South means to you. We’ll see you back here tomorrow!

xo,
Lara, Emily, Nicole, Marissa, Kristin, Lisa, and Morgan

P.S. See more from this patriotic editorial by Trent Bailey here!

emily Written with love by Emily
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From the bride’s fishtail braid to the paper suite designed to look like a fresh-out-of-the-oven berry pie, this wedding inspiration from Nicole Berrett and The Southern Table has me ready for summer wedding weekends! Just in time for the Fourth, their red, white, and blue ideas are a burst of Southern sweetness. And though their palette could be translated to any month of the year, there’s something especially appropriate about featuring it near Independence Day – after all, there are few things as worthy of celebratory fireworks than a new marriage!

Caroline from Lovely Paper Things made an insanely gorgeous paper suite with the theme of “Sweet as Pie.” The actual invitation was a hand-painted pie wrapped in a pie tin, with recipe cards for guests to give the couple their “recipe for a happy marriage,” a menu in the form of a sweet cookbook, and escort cards tied to mini jars of jam!

Maxine from The Southern Table put on the perfect touches with the florals, using red, white and blue in the most beautiful way I could have imagined! The flowy, lace “Sian” gown from BHLDN, and the gorgeous makeup (red lip!) and fish tail braid that Rayven from Beauty & The Blush did on our stunning bride was just the icing on the cake!

Here in Texas we love our holidays, especially our great nation’s birthday on the 4th of July! We went with a red, white and blue theme with a sophisticated Southern twist. I really wanted pies to be involved, and Heidi from Sugar Bee Sweets did an amazing job with her delectable sweets!

Photographer: Nicole Berrett Photography | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Hair & Makeup: Beauty & the Blush | Pies: Sugar Bee Sweets | Paper Goods: Lovely Paper Things | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Film Scans: Photovision

Nicole Berrett is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Breanna reply

    I am totally in love with so many little details of this shoot. From the blue table cloths, to the gorgeous flowers in her hair, and the bold, red stationary, to the look-so-good-I-can-taste-it pies, Nicole Berrett and all the vendors put together some fabulous inspiration.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Excuse me while I go pin every single thing from this shoot. I love every detail, and Nicole’s photography is beautiful!!

  3. avatar Caroline | Lovely Paper Things reply

    Yippie! Such a delight to have the Lovely Paper Things, for this darling inspiration shoot featured! What a marvelous team of vendors to collaborate with! Thanks so much!! xoxo

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Most of y’all know that Marissa works remotely for us, traveling around the country (and, when lucky, around the Southeast!) with her baseball playing husband. We love hearing about her adventures on the road, but we’re a little sad that their on-the-go lifestyle means that none of us – not one – have ever met Brandon. Today’s Southern Gent, feature, then, is really a behind-the-scenes peek for us as much as y’all! Please join us in welcoming and learning a little more about Marissa’s mustache-sporting man of mystery!!

Amy Paulson

Name: Branch Kloess
What do you do for a job? Professional baseball player
Your Southern Weddings gal: Marissa
How and when you became a Southern Weddings gent: We had a class together in college, and what started as friendship quickly grew into something more. But, I actually had her from the very first day.

Jennifer Pharr

What contributions have you made to SW that people may not realize? I always help on all of the Alabama articles, since that’s my home state, and I’m good at suggesting Southern date nights and fun things to do across the South, since I’ve traveled so much for baseball. I have also served as the inspiration for plenty of Southern gentleman features, especially Marissa’s Southern Gentleman article in V5–see page 287. I also taught Marissa how to tie a bow tie, so I think that counts for something!
What is something you shouldn’t know about weddings, but do, thanks to SW? With Marissa as my wife, I know a lot about monograms. Not sure if that’s from SW or just Marissa.

Have you ever been recognized by a stranger because of SW? No, not yet.
What percentage of your social media followers come from SW? There are a few, but more notably, my mustache had its own Twitter.
What is the best thing about being an SW gent? Press trips! Marissa and I got to go on an awesome one to Key West! My favorite part was the key lime pie.
If given the chance, would you become a Southern Weddings employee? I think it would be a fun experience.
Favorite Southern food? Shrimp and grits!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Breanna reply

    Wow! What amazing photographs. Your daughter is so adorable hanging out with her daddy. I think it is so cute that he says he had her from the very first day. What a special couple. Many blessings to your beautiful family!

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Every post I get the chance to write on Southern Weddings is special, but today’s post is especially close to my heart! Each of the SW gals will readily admit that our respective gents are our touchstones, our rocks, our trustworthy support systems, and that could not be more true for today’s guest: my husband, John! Some of you may recognize him from our wedding or wedding film, but those two features only scratch the surface of his history and relationship with Southern Weddings. Like me, he’s been with SW almost from the beginning, and as you’ll see, he has some pretty strong feelings for this company. I’m so excited for y’all to get to know him a bit better, so without further ado…

Though John has yet to appear in any SW photo shoots, he has attended many SW magazine launch parties! This gem is from SWV2.

Name: John Thomas
What do you do for a job? Financial guidance and retirement planning
Your Southern Weddings gal: Emily
How and when you became a Southern Weddings gent: Emily and I started dating our senior year of high school. We stayed together through college, then decided we’d both move to North Carolina when she got her job at Southern Weddings. We were married in 2012.
What is your favorite SW memory? I always love attending the staff dinners because it’s always inspiring to be around the SW ladies. One I remember in particular was on a beautiful August day at Fearrington, and all the ladies went around the table talking about what it is that they treasure about one another. It was neat to be a part of something so real and sincere.

One of our first team dinners, in April 2011!

What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of SW? There is a lot of photo shoot scouting that I get recruited to do. Knocking on a stranger’s door to ask permission to use his yard for a shoot and driving across the Piedmont looking at half a dozen peach orchards come to mind.
What contributions have you made to SW that people may not realize? See previous answer. Also, back in the wedding planning days of SW, I helped as day-of labor and invented a pretty sharp-looking chair tie.
What is something you shouldn’t know about weddings, but do, thanks to SW? I think the big question is, what do I know about weddings that didn’t come from SW? But if I had to pick something, I’d say my somewhat extensive knowledge of wedding vendors is something there is no chance I would have if it wasn’t for SW. I know to look suitably impressed if Jose Villa is mentioned.

V5′s launch party!

Have you ever been recognized by a stranger because of SW? A few times, but never without Emily. At least twice we’ve been recognized by people new to our church, and once when we were at an outdoor concert in Durham. Probably most memorably, when we were in the checkout line at Wal-Mart soon after we were engaged, an older woman came over to congratulate us and to take a look at Emily’s ring.
What percentage of your social media followers come from SW? Probably a pretty low percentage, since Instagram is pretty much the only form of social media I use and I keep my feed on private.
What is the best thing about being an SW gent? Being able to be close to an inspiring, mission-focused company, and the opportunity to travel to neat places and eat incredible food on occasion.

Gina Zeidler

What is your least favorite thing about being an SW gent? Trick question: there is none.
If given the chance, would you become a Southern Weddings employee? Yes.
Favorite Southern food? That is so difficult to narrow down. Top contenders would be eastern North Carolina style BBQ, biscuits, and pimento cheese.

Missed the first post in this series? Catch up with Ari here! And get excited, because next week is Mr. Brandon Kloess!!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    So fun! I laughed out loud at his knowledge of when to look “suitably impressed”–that’s definitely something I think Dave would agree on!

  2. avatar Nicole reply

    What a throwback! I remember the sharp-looking chair tie! One of many brilliant contributions from John :)

  3. avatar Sally Maxwell reply

    “I know to look suitably impressed if Jose Villa is mentioned” – hilarious! Loving these interviews.

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Though few days in our year top out as more exciting than the day the magazine arrives at our office, we’ve had a couple close runners-up over the past few months. The day our May Southern Living issue arrived was absolutely one of them! There’s just nothing like seeing your work in print.

The May issue, our second in partnership with Southern Living, features the beautiful work of KT Merry, Eric Kelley, Easton Events, A Bryan Photo, Calder Clark, and Jonathan Canlas, just to name a few Southern Weddings favorites! For those who missed the original announcement and are wondering what the heck I’m talking about, we produce a 24-page insert filled with gorgeous wedding content for Southern Living three times a year, and the May issue was our second!

We’ve already sent our September pages off to print, so Southern Living subscribers, keep an eye out in a few months! The insert isn’t available in newsstand copies, but goes out to 400,000 specially-selected subscribers. It was so fun to get surprised calls and texts from our friends around the country when they saw our faces in their copies of SL!

Missed the insert? Don’t worry! There’s lots of fun happening online, too, including a new Southern Weddings post every Friday on the Daily South blog! You can see our past posts here.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Julie reply

    It looks amazing!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    oh I do love this wedding so very much! the flowers!

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