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Author: Emily

It’s obvious to anyone that knows them that Kristin adores her husband Kyle, so of course, we adore him by extension, too. That being said, like Brandon, most of the Southern Weddings gals haven’t had too many chances to get to know Kyle in person, seeing as the Winchesters live in Virginia. Despite that, he had me cackling and quoting lines to Lisa as I read through his interview, which is exactly what I was hoping for with this series. I hope y’all enjoy meeting Kyle just as much as I did!

Name: Kyle Preston Winchester (Have to roll out the full name in the South, right?)
What do you do for a job? Collegiate Sports Marketing Sponsorship Executive
Your Southern Weddings gal: The beautiful Kristin Neal Winchester
How and when you became a Southern Weddings gent: I noticed KNW on the first day of class during our senior year at UNC when she dropped her pen and proceeded to talk to it. Things blossomed over the next few months as we realized how many friends we had in common. We started dating in October and quickly got married 7.5 years later.

Hot Dog! Photo Booth

What is your favorite SW memory? The V6 Launch party is the only event I’ve had the pleasure of attending and it was a blast. The food was delicious and the people were so much fun. However, my favorite “memory” is more pluralized–since KNW works remotely, I have the pleasure of listening in on an occasional Southern Weddings staff video conference. To hear the energy and passion they all bring to their careers is inspiring. Plus, since it’s a video chat, I get to wave at everyone.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of SW? Editing ads, finding cows to milk, and yes, the bow ties. But, I have a feeling that the craziest thing is yet to come. These gals are dreamers and visionaries, so there’s little doubt that they’ll collectively envision something crazy and Southern and fun for me (or us) to do.
What contributions have you made to SW that people may not realize? Kristin is a sound-boarder, so there are a lot of marketing and sales ideas bounced around during our lunchtime/dinnertime/free time/all the time conversations. When there are sports involved, I am typically consulted in some fashion, given my career and passion for so many of them.

Photo by Laura’s Focus from Kristin’s Southern Newlywed feature

What is something you shouldn’t know about weddings, but do, thanks to SW? Having been a part of Kristin’s life for so long, I’m bound to have learned a great deal about weddings (I mean, she’s had a wedding notebook since she was 10 years old, come on now, people). From trumpet gowns to princess-cut diamonds, from first look photos to latticework, it’s all covered. Of course, she’s learned all about the 4-4-2 Diamond formation and never misses the NBA Draft, so it all evens out.
Have you ever been recognized by a stranger because of SW? Not yet–perhaps that’s an advantage of living in a small college town.
What percentage of your social media followers come from SW? The venn diagram intersection of “wedding blog and magazine devotees” and “basketball/soccer/hip hop music” social media followers is very, very small. Therefore, I don’t think many of my followers can be attributed to SW. However, if any readers want to be the first, @kylepwinchester would be honored.

Photo by Martha Manning on their wedding day

What is the best thing about being an SW gent? Getting to peel just a bit off of the inspiration tree from these ladies. There’s so much intentionality behind the organization’s mission and mantra that you can’t help but be encouraged by their ideas, vision, and vigor.
What is your least favorite thing about being an SW gent? This question is non-applicable.
If given the chance, would you become a Southern Weddings employee? Of course. Once SW expands into covering Southern sports and hip hop, I’m their guy.
Favorite Southern food? See entire Best Southern Foods bracket.
Anything else you want to add? Hi Mom!!

Missed a gent? Catch up with Ari, John, Brandon, and Taylor!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Can’t stop laughing! The Winchesters are such an awesome couple and I love the way they complement each other. Best summed up here: http://instagram.com/p/iUDnmABvt_/?modal=true

    • avatar Nicole reply

      That Instagram photo is the BEST! K + K make a great team — I love that Kyle gets to participate in some of our team meetings through mini appearances and consulting :)

  2. avatar Kristin reply

    I am dying over all these answers. All straight from KPW. I only edited for factual errors (including the fact that we dated for 7.5 years NOT 6.5 years before getting married. Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess.). Also, LJO – that IG photo is the best, I had forgotten about it. I need to get that printed!!

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Have you entered our #SouthernSummerGiveaway yet? It’s truly epic! Go here to be entered to win a pair of Jack Rogers sandals, tons of monogrammed goodies, AND $500 in cash for a summer adventure!

Readers who were with us earlier this year will remember Meredith, Lara’s former nanny, who blogged about her wedding plans in March and April for us. I know y’all enjoyed reading about her Rosemary Beach celebration! If you missed Meredith’s posts, catch up with them all here:

An Introduction + Proposal (a must-read – so sweet!)
The Venue
What They’ll Wear
Decor and Style
The Ceremony

Sharlee Rother

Our whole office has been eagerly following the #merefoundherbeau hashtag to see glimpses of wedding prep, like these adorable welcome boxes!

We also sent lots of hugs with Lara, who flew down yesterday to attend and – very importantly – to escort the flower girl to her duties! Stay tuned to her instagram, as well – I’m sure she’ll have some sneak peeks over the next few days!

We’re wishing Meredith and all of our brides getting married this weekend such joyful days! We’d love to hear in the comments from any July 11, 12, or 13th brides! :)

emily Written with love by Emily
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    […] of the newest members here. We wished this weekend’s brides, including our friend Meredith, a happy wedding weekend! Mandy and Conner shared their five favorite dates, including a darling breakfast date, in Southern […]

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Watching our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory grow is one of the greatest joys of my job. We are all passionate about connecting brides, whose wedding journeys we feel so personally about, with the best kind of vendors – the ones that will not only deliver amazing results and experiences but genuinely care about each couple, too. I’m so happy to introduce you to ten more folks that have the Southern Weddings stamp of approval!

Name: A. Dominick Events
Where you call home: Washington, DC
How I got into weddings: I had just finished culinary school and needed a job. A prominent NYC planner saw my resume, and with my degrees in fashion and food, she thought planning would be a great fit for me. She was right. More than ten years later, I still LOVE my job!

Name: Berrett Photography
Where you call home: Fort Worth, TX
Favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite part is the first look between the bride and groom… so crazy romantic!! A close second would be the dance between the groom and his mother, or the bride and her father. Being a momma myself, I’m always a mess during those sweet moments with parents!

Name: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique
Where you call home: Birmingham, Alabama
Why do you do what you do? Our promise at Ivory & White is to offer the best in service and selection for every bride. Buying a wedding gown is such a special shopping experience for every girl, and we will ensure that it is not only memorable, but also effortless and enjoyable.

Name: Jessica Bordner Photography
Where you call home: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? My favorite thing has to be the ambiance. There is so much character and variety at every turn, whether it’s a beautiful old oak tree, a coastal town, or the perfect barn. There is so much inspiration for a photographer.

Name: Maile Lani
Where you call home: Nashville, Tennessee
How I got into weddings: By accident! I photographed a Renaissance wedding for fun and fell in love with it!

Name: Michelle Lyerly
Where you call home: Raleigh, North Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The involvement of friends and family. From best friends DIY-ing programs to brothers officiating to parents lending their backyards, Southern weddings require a community of love and hard work.

Name: The Sanderling Resort
Where you call home: the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Our favorite thing about Southern weddings is tradition. We are tickled by everything ruffles, pearls, lace, and pastel colors. Rustic chic with a hint of glam is our absolute favorite style! What’s a farm table without a crystal chandelier?

Name: Simply Charming Socials
Where you call home: Atlanta, GA
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: It’s the little things. My mom is always the first to want to see a featured wedding or to hear about the upcoming events. And as I make and create a lot of décor pieces for my clients, she’s fallen into the role of in-house seamstress.

Name: Stacy Brown Designs
Where you call home: High Point, North Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Southern hospitality and charm are the best things about weddings in the South! And CAKE… lots of cake!

Name: Studio R Design
Where you call home: Charleston, South Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The variety between each event is incredible. The South offers so many different wedding venues and custom options, it’s exciting to see how different each wedding looks from the next.

Take a peek at all of our Blue Ribbon Vendors right here. And if you know someone who’d be a great fit? Shoot me an email!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Amy Miller reply

    I can just feel the love , and I love seeing all the smiling faces, beautiful!

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It takes a unique kind of gent to fit into the overly hug-y, intensely photo loving Southern Weddings clan, but Taylor has handled the role with aplomb ever since we met him. We’re so glad he and Nicole have found each other, and thrilled to have him as one of our Southern Gents. Ladies, please enjoy learning a bit more about Taylor!

Name: Taylor D. Adams
What is your job? Television Producer
Your Southern Weddings gal: The lovely and talented Nicole A. Yang.
How and when you became a Southern Weddings gent: We met at a mutual friends’ birthday weekend in Kitty Hawk, NC in 2012. She was the first person to greet me when I walked in the door. She stole my hat.
What is your favorite SW memory? Definitely the launch party for V5. It was my first introduction to the Southern Weddings world, and everyone was so awesome and welcoming to me. The food… ah, yes. The food was awesome.

What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of SW? I’ve worn a bow tie. Twice.
What contributions have you made to SW that people may not realize? I kind of forced my way into consulting on the Mason-Dixon Madness Southern Food bracket. Nicole let me look it over before it was posted, and I showed her how a seeding system could be utilized so only the best foods (or drinks) won. I was rooting for mac ‘n’ cheese.
What is something you shouldn’t know about weddings, but do, thanks to SW? That coral is not orange, and vice versa.
Have you ever been recognized by a stranger because of SW? I haven’t had the honor yet.

Graham Terhune

What percentage of your social media followers come from SW? .1%? Nicole has way more clout than I do. It’s hard to compete with SW fame.
What is the best thing about being an SW gent? The food. Definitely the food.
What is your least favorite thing about being an SW gent? Wearing bow ties.
If given the chance, would you become a Southern Weddings employee? I’d need to see a contract. No doubt there would need to be compensation in chicken and waffles, and an addendum on chess pie.

Grace Hill Photography

Anything else you want to add? It’s really impressive to see all the hard work these ladies do come to fruition once the issue comes out. It is a humbling experience to know how much effort and passion they put into SW.

Catch up with the rest of the Southern Gents!
Ari
John
Brandon

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Ha! Overly hug-y is a good way to describe us. We appreciate your bow tie wearing and Mason Dixon Madness consulting, Taylor!

  2. avatar Melissa reply

    So cute! And so happy for you two! I hope everything is going well.

  3. avatar Sara Velordi reply

    Love it love it love it!

  4. avatar Breanna reply

    What a cutie! It is so obvious how much he loves his SW lady. Absolutely adorable. Congratulations on finding such an incredible, special person. Many blessings to you both!

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You just got back from a really wonderful, luxuriously long holiday weekend. Your skin is the tiniest bit toasted and your lips still taste a bit like salt (or peach juice). You’re ready for summer! To keep the fun-in-the-sun vibe going even though we’re all back in the office, we teamed up with some of our favorite brands to offer a truly epic giveaway, and we’re so excited to share it with y’all today!!!

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– a Marley Lilly monogrammed sand buddy
– a Marley Lilly monogrammed floppy hat
– a Hayden Reis ditty bag
– a Rah Rah Designs monogrammed swim suit
– copies of Southern Living’s The Southern Cake Book, The Southern Pie Book, and Scooped
– AND $500 CASH toward a summer getaway!!

We’ve also recently hit a number of social media milestones, including 200,000+ likes on Facebook, 25,000+ followers on instagram, and 10,000+ pins on Pinterest (plus 272,000+ followers!), so we consider this truly epic giveaway another thank you to y’all – we’re so thankful for your support and passion for what we do and why we do it!

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Happy summer, y’all!!!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 or older and runs through midnight on July 31. Winner will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Maghon reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Y’all! So many awesome items that keep the summer celebration going!

  2. avatar Blair Bone reply

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  3. avatar Kat reply

    YAY so fun!!! Congrats on the big milestones, ladies!!! xo!

  4. avatar JordanShea reply

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  5. avatar Ann reply

    Would LOVE to win this fabulous prize pack. I can think of one couple with whom I would share my winnings.

  6. avatar Mary Katherine Paffrath reply

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