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Southern Weddings Magazine

Author: Lara Casey

Yeehaw, y’all!!!!  As we say here in the South, we’re as happy as hogs in slop right now!!  You may remember last week when we announced that we sent our print files off for proofing.  Well, after many rounds of color proofs and edits, our next gorgeous issue is now 100% DONE!  I just gave final approval to our printer to let the presses rip!  WAHOOO!!!  Make that tea extra sweet today, and enjoy some pecan pie with us!  Time to celebrate! 

Huge thanks again to everyone who made V4 happen.  We can’t wait to share all of the goodness with you when V4 launches on newsstands October 25th!  Want to win the first copy of V4, hot off the press?  Enter to win HERE.  Want your copy delivered right to your door?  Pre-order V4 HERE.  Happy Thursday, y’all!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
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  1. avatar Ashley reply

    Can’t wait to see the new issue! I’ve noticed it doesn’t seem to be distributed here in Austin, Texas–if you have future plans for that I think it would do really well here. Congrats on all the success. Your work is so inspiring.

  2. avatar Christina reply

    I just preordered my copy (yay!), but forgot I move right before the mag will be popped in the mail! Can someone contact me so I can change the mailing address to which the mag should be shipped? Thanks so much; you ladies rock!

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Belles and beaus, I couldn’t be more excited to type this post!  Someone start the drumroll!  Break out your best boots and slice the red velvet!  Get up from your desk and get ready to tear up the pea patch!

WE JUST SENT V4 TO THE PRINTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my stars, it’s so beautiful and BIG and full of all sorts of surprises!  V4 is over 100 pages fatter than our last gorgeous issue.  I keep joking that V4 is pregnant too, but really…. I think it is.  We’re talking over a half an inch thick, friends.  It’s so fat, we’ll only be able to send one copy per envelope this time!   I think this officially takes us from the best “stocking stuffer” to the best full-on Christmas gift for your favorite person under the tree this year!

Emily, Sierra, Marissa, Nicole, Whitney and I have been hard at work here in the SW office over the last two weeks putting all the finishing touches on this issue.  It’s been a very exciting adventure!   But, even though we’re excited, the work isn’t over yet.   A little behind-the-scenes info for you…

Right now, we’re uploading the final files to the printer.  They get the files and make “color proofs” from them, which are giant sheets with several pages printed on each (about 16).  They’ll mail us these giant sheets likely on Friday, and then we get to the hard work of proofing them.  This means we check everything with a fine tooth comb to be sure all the color is perfect and everything is just right.  Even the tiniest change means we need to see another color proof, so the pressure is on!  Once we finally approve all the files, we send them off to print, likely late next week.  Printing takes about two weeks, shipping takes two weeks to go to warehouses all over the country and then to your local bookstores and then, voila!  V4 launches on October 25!  …just days before I have my first baby : )  Such an exciting time here!

We are so thrilled to share all the goodness with you in a few short weeks when Southern Weddings V4 hits newsstands nationwide.  Be sure to pre-order your copy so you get all the goodness right to your doorstep.

GIVEAWAY:  And to celebrate, I’m very excited to giveaway the first copy of V4 that comes hot-off-the-press to one very lucky reader (I’m already jealous of you!).  Just leave a comment here with your excitement and you’ll be entered to win.  YEEEHAW!!!  Time to celebrate, y’all!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
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  1. avatar Jeff Frandsen reply

    in the words of Rebecca Black “WE SO EXCITED”!

  2. avatar Becca reply

    Just preordered my copy!!! SO excited!! Can’t wait to see it in all its large + lovely glory!!

  3. avatar Bethany Aleshire reply

    Woohoo!!! Congrats to all y’all on your hard work! I can’t wait to see it!

  4. avatar Katie reply

    Can’t wait to feature this one on my coffee table!

  5. avatar Aviv reply

    Can’t wait to see it!! Another volume to add to my collection :)

  6. avatar Samantha reply

    I am SOOO excited for the 4th issue of Southern Weddings! Hands down one of the best wedding publications out there. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  7. avatar Cyn @ Cyn Kain Photography reply

    WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  8. avatar Samantha reply

    I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this new issue! I love my wedding magazines and my, oh, my do I love Southern Weddings:)

  9. avatar Erin L. reply

    Ahhh!! Can’t wait to see it!! It’s going to be fabulous!

  10. avatar Katrina reply

    I cannot wait!! Pre-ordered my copy 3 weeks ago :) yeehaw!

  11. avatar Allyson L. reply

    I can’t wait for the new issue! Good luck getting through all the editing in the next couple of weeks!

  12. avatar Desiree reply

    I wouldn’t dare take a free copy of V4 – you ladies have worked too hard! But you are sooo sweet for offering – give to a girl who maybe never has seen a Southern Weddings magazine in person before – and ask her to film her face when she opens that envelope for the first time ;o) priceless, I’m certain!

  13. avatar Jenna Kate reply

    OMG SO EXCITED!!! I missed V3 and I would LOOOOOOOOVE to get a surprise copy of V4!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!

  14. avatar Lora reply

    Can’t wait to add to my collection of paper wedding planning aids! :)

  15. avatar Sarah reply

    I’m a fraternity house mom and I have every version of SW magazine! I cannot wait till V4 hits the stands! Pre-order here I come ya’ll! This will look fabulous next to V1,2,&3 on my coffee table!

  16. avatar Chelsea reply

    Woo hoo!! Can’t wait!!!!!

  17. avatar Lauren Jolly reply

    Gah! I can’t even tell you how excited I am!! It is so awesome to see SWM get so popular so quickly! Can’t wait for V4!!!!!!!

  18. avatar Sierra reply

    Yippee-ki-yay!

  19. avatar Jacqueline reply

    So psyched to see V4! Can’t wait. Congrats to all of you for your hard work!!!

  20. avatar Leslie reply

    SW Mag – I finally found a magazine that reflects my taste, style and wedding price point. You really helped shape and encourage ideas for my wedding in t-minus 10 days! Thank you for showing us warm, darling and personalized weddings that can be DIY.

    • avatar Lara reply

      Leslie: Oh my stars, Leslie! Your sweet words made my day. Thank YOU for the awesome encouragement. And I’m doing a little happy dance right now for your wedding in 10 days!! YAYAYAY!

  21. avatar Lora reply

    Can’t wait to read!

  22. avatar Kristen reply

    I really don’t think I can contain my EXCITEMENT for this huge issue of SW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  23. avatar Rebecca reply

    I can’t WAIT to see the beautiful magazine! I know a lot of vendors who submitted so I can’t wait to see what makes it inside the gorgeous magazine!!!!

  24. avatar sarah g reply

    can’t wait!! my wedding is exactly 4 days after the launch date, so even though it’ll be a little too late for last minute ideas, i still can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    • avatar Lara reply

      sarah g: Yeehaw, Sarah! You’re wedding is right around the corner! If you’re like most of us, you’ll have the wedding bug long after the big day : ) I can’t wait to hear your wedding details!

  25. avatar natalieG reply

    I am soooo excited to have the V4 edition in my hands!!!! Over the past few months I have been pouring over the gorgeous wedding details that you sweet ladies share and I have fallen head over heals for Southern Weddings!!! My wedding is next June and I can’t wait to see all the sweet details come to life!!!! Love ya’ll!!!!! xoxo

  26. avatar Heather Gardner reply

    Woo to the WOOT WOOT! So wonderfully excited for you guys. What a labor of love and I KNOW it will be fantastic.

  27. avatar duchessbelle reply

    How exciting!

  28. avatar rachael J reply

    YEEEHAWWW is right!

  29. avatar Megan H reply

    Countin my lucky stars for the first copy!! Y’all are amazing:) can’t wait to see all the goodness!!

  30. avatar Caroline reply

    Eeeeeeeeeek! Cannot even wait to get mine in the mail- and the postcard with V3 was the nicest touch ever.

  31. avatar Lauren McLeod reply

    So excited! I always get so much inspiration from your magazine, it’s such a breath of fresh magazine publishing air :). I would wish you luck on it when it hits the stands, but I know you’ll do better than fine!

  32. avatar Bethany Ann reply

    Last year, I won a free copy of V3 on my answer to Lara’s twitter question, What’s Your Favorite Southern Food? My answer was Fried Pickles! :) When it arrived, I was getting married that Saturday, October 15th. I devoured it, of course! As the approach of V4 comes along, it reminds me that I’ve almost been married a year. That’s crazy!!! It’s been a great year for me, and it appears that it’s been a great year for SW & all of the SW ladies, too. I can’t wait to devour this ‘pregnant’ issue of V4! :)

    • avatar Lara reply

      Oh, Bethany Ann! I’m so happy to see your name here! You’re about to come up on your one year anniversary, then! You are wonderful! Thank you so much for being such a loyal reader. We’re so grateful for you!

  33. avatar Rachel reply

    I cannot wait to get my hot little hands on a copy of V4! I know that it is going to be gorgeous!

  34. avatar megan reply

    i’m excited!

  35. avatar Alison reply

    I am SO excited to see what you have worked so hard on this year! I would LOVE to receive the first copy!

  36. avatar Brooke reply

    Congratulations on sending it to the printer! I bet it’s just beautiful, and I can’t wait to see it!

  37. avatar Sandryte reply

    I’d love to have a look at the new issue!

  38. avatar Kelsey reply

    I can’t wait to see the issue!! I’m a loyal reader of iloveswmag.com but this would be my first copy of the magazine!

  39. avatar Hannah Montgomery reply

    Cannot wait to see what cute ideas will be in the magazine! Im planning for my Texas wedding in April and ready to be inspired :)

  40. avatar Katie Lamb Photography reply

    love everything yall do! Excited about this one! :)

  41. avatar Jen Creed reply

    Yay!! So exciting!

  42. avatar Lauren Wiebe reply

    Oooh, how fun! We can’t wait to see it over at our office! We’re in the wedding industry and with half of our girls recently married and the other half engaged or almost engaged, we are off our seats just waiting!! Good luck with the proofing!

  43. avatar Mariel reply

    So excited to see it!!

  44. avatar Samantha reply

    WOO HOO! Can’t wait for V4! I love the teaser images.

  45. avatar Winnie Halliday reply

    I’m not even a bride anymore but my sister has gotten engaged this year and I keep sending her your articles ! Even if I don’t win – I’ll be purchasing one for her for christmas :o)
    Loving you guys from Australia !

  46. avatar Megan reply

    Lord help me–only 29 days until that beautiful graces the USPS with its presence?! Hooray! It’ll be the last wedding magazine I get before my own wedding in November. I can’t wait!

  47. avatar jessica sellers reply

    Commence the count-down!! Hallelujah, it’s almost October!! ;) My favorite magazine is almost in print!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. avatar Lydia reply

    So cannot wait to see it!!!

  49. avatar Sarah Lightfoot reply

    AHH!! I’m totally excited about this magazine! I’m sure it’s filled with TONS of fantabulous inspiration and ideas for my big day! I can’t wait to grab up this magazine. :-)

  50. avatar Brooke reply

    I seriously cannot wait for V4! If the blog is anything of a teaser, I’ll be sure to be oh-ing and aw-ing!

  51. avatar kimber reply

    AHH! I’m so excited I can’t stand it y’all! With V4 coming out in October, it will give me 9 more months to add details to our July wedding!!

  52. avatar Rebecca reply

    So excited for V4! And love your site. Congrats!

  53. avatar Meg reply

    Congrats on making v4 happen! So excited to read and take in all the beauty :)

  54. avatar Katiuska reply

    From the moment I first saw your magazine, I WAS HOOKED!

    *fan for life*

  55. avatar Kate E reply

    GAHHH I am so excited!! I actually added a iCal post to remind me! Can’t wait for it to arrive, ladies :)

  56. avatar Chelsea reply

    I absolutely can’t wait for this issue! I would LOVE to win it :)

  57. avatar Courtney reply

    I am super excited for V4. I love all things Southern Weddings, even though I live in MI and am planning my wedding here as well!

  58. avatar Whitley reply

    SO excited to see the newest issue! Reading iloveswmag.com is part of my daily routine!

  59. avatar Kristy reply

    I’m so excited and happy for the SW Ladies! I can’t wait for October 25th : )

  60. avatar Tiffany reply

    I’m so excited for V4!!!!! I hope to get a copy soon! Yay!

  61. avatar Ilana reply

    I bout V3 last January just after getting engaged, and we are planning our wedding for next May in beautiful Charleston, SC! I am SOO excited to see what delicious treats await us in V4! I will be at the bookstore first thing Oct 25 for the newest issue!

  62. avatar Katie S. reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I cannot wait to begin stalking my postman in just a few short weeks!

  63. avatar Brittany R reply

    Cannot.wait.to.see.this.gorgeousness!! Congrats, lovelies!

  64. avatar Jamie Montgomery reply

    I am OH SO EXCITED about the V4 SW!!! The 1st issue came out when I was engaged and I fell in love instantly with southern wedding. I was so inspired by the we bought a tandem bike to ride off on after our reception and just to have to take pictures with. I have several friends who are newly engaged and I have all my SW’s loaned out to them write now…. :-) I can’t wait to see the V4 issue.

  65. avatar Laura reply

    Oh my goodness, you girls work so hard! I bet this issue will be amazing!

  66. avatar Jackie G reply

    OMG! I’m SUPER excited for V4! V3 sold out so quickly :( Lesson learned!

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  69. avatar Brittany reply

    I want a copy!

  70. avatar Sergio reply

    My wife would love one!!!

  71. avatar Jackie G reply

    I missed out buying V3 because it sold out so quick! I would love to win a copy of V4! I’m soooo excited for it! I can’t wait to see it! :D

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  73. avatar April Cenora reply

    OMG I can’t wait!

  74. avatar Emilia Jane reply

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to see the gorgeousness. So excited :-D

  75. avatar Emilie reply

    Yay!!! I can’t wait to get my copy of SW V4!!!!

  76. avatar Becca Caniglia reply

    Oh my goodness! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of V4!!! I have been waiting for it since the day I got V3 and was done reading it within the hour!

  77. avatar Amy reply

    Can’t wait for V4!!!! SW is my favorite, and each day it’s my first stop online everyday!

  78. avatar Samantha reply

    Can’t wait for V4 to come out! I’ve been trying to pre-order but having difficulty. Winning would be awesome!

  79. avatar Jackie reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I follow this site daily and am so excited to see V4 come to fruition!

  80. avatar Sarah Carson reply

    Words cannot express my excitement for Volume 4! My mom surprised me with Volume 2 and 3 last Christmas, and it was by far the best gift I have ever received! When I get engaged, hopefully in the next few months :) , I plan to make my wedding as Southern as can be! Maybe I’ll even make the blog! I’ll keep yall updated ;) Keep up the great work!

  81. avatar Chris cornwell reply

    My SW magazines are my wedding bibles!! I never get tired of them! So much inspiration to lust over…oh I simply can’t wait!!

  82. avatar Ashton reply

    Good Lord, it’s about time! I’ve been waiting for this day to come. Your V3 edition was just so inspiring, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a new one. Y’all have done such a great job with the magazine and blog, I know the V4 will be the most fabulous wedding magazine ever! This time around, it’s even more special around my house since my roommate and best friend is engaged and getting married in GA this December! I can’t wait to read it over with her.

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  84. avatar Erin reply

    I’m SO excited for V4 of Souther Weddings!! Seriously, of all the bridal magazines I’ve read (or collected!), Souther Weddings is my far my favorite. There’s so much time and thought put in to every article, photo shoot, suggestion, etc., and it’s something I truly appreciate. I know I’ll be reading SW long after I’m a bride just to keep up with you ladies!! <3 <3 <3 Thanks for all your hard (and amazing!) work!

  85. avatar Brittani reply

    I’d love to get the first copy! Otherwise I’ll be ordering it…so either way I can’t wait to get mine!!

  86. avatar Emily reply

    Oh my stars, yes please!

  87. avatar Ashley reply

    I am so excited for this! I am pretty new to the Southern Weddings Mag blog but have fallen in love with everything you gals post about! I would be thrilled to win a copy of this magazine!!! Congratulations to all you wonderful ladies I’m sure it’s wonderful!!!!!

  88. avatar Cameron reply

    Yay!!! Can’t wait to get a copy in hand!

  89. avatar matthew @ a fine press reply

    Can’t wait!!!

  90. avatar Meghan reply

    Can’t wait! SO excited! Love reading the blog, so I can’t imagine how wonderful V4 will be!

  91. avatar megan reply

    i’m so excited for the new issue!

  92. avatar Ashley Daniell Photography reply

    I am in LOVE with Southern Weddings! After a lot of thought, I made the difficult decision to hold off on advertising in V4 because my new brand wasn’t complete. :-( BUT, I’ve got my sights on V5!!!! My ideal bride is a loyal SW reader and I would love to have a copy of the newest edition to display in my studio for my couples to flip through when they come to visit!!

  93. avatar Lauren Elizabeth reply

    Ahhh, I love SW Mag! My favorite wedding mag! I’m getting married in November, but I’m still buying it! The last time I can have an excuse to buy a wedding mag…:O)

  94. avatar marisa reply

    Woo hoo! So excited to read it!

  95. avatar Olivia Pennington reply

    Being from Kentucky I gotta have my SW mag!! I love love all the inspirations and ideas! :) keep it up gals!

  96. avatar Justin reply

    Can’t wait to see it, Lara. It’s sure to be another amazing issue.

  97. avatar Lea Hanna Bertram reply

    I am SO excited about SWV4!!! Y’all have outdone yourselves again I’m sure! I can’t wait to see all the loveliness!

    • avatar Nicole B. reply

      I would love to win a copy. It looks amazing from what I’ve seen so far.

  98. avatar Geomyra reply

    Can’t wait to dive in!

  99. avatar Meghan reply

    I would looooooooooove to win!! I have V3, special ordered V2 and unfortunately missed V1 before it was sold out! I have been waiting for V4 for what seems like forever, and cannot wait to see it!! It is by far the best bridal magazine out there and I would be sooooo lucky to win the first copy! Thank you for putting out such a wonderful magazine!!

  100. avatar Kristi reply

    As an Alabama stuck in Maryland, I need a good dose of Southern with V4. I’m in the home stretch of planning my own wedding and need some really great ideas for flowers and reception decor!

  101. avatar Anna reply

    I cannot wait to see what new new issue has to offer! You ladies are such an inspiration, and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful images this issue will bring! <3

  102. avatar Kyndra Robbins reply

    Can’t wait to read this issue! Hoping to use some good ideas for my wedding next November!

    xoxo.

  103. avatar Cara reply

    I can’t wait for the next issue of SW! I loved both V2 and V3 — and I’m still bummed I missed out on V1.

  104. avatar Sarah Torrens reply

    While buttered biscuits with peach preserves sound like heaven, nothing sounds better than the FIRST copy of Southern Weddings V4! I’d be the happiest bride-to-be in south Florida if I won!

  105. avatar Alex C reply

    I can’t wait to see the new issue!!!! This is the best magazine for bridal inspiration I have found!

  106. avatar Brianna reply

    Can’t wait!

  107. avatar Kristin reply

    I LOVE Southern Weddings Magazine! As a Spring 2012 Bride, I’m elated with all your beautiful and unique ideas!!! Perfect for the true SOUTHERN BRIDE!!! I cannot wait for this issue!!! ~*~Just might be better than the first snowfall on Christmas morning!!! ~*~

  108. avatar Nicole reply

    I am so excited about this version! I just got engaged in August and missed out on your last issue! Would LOVE a copy ! Love your website already :)

  109. avatar Deedie Springer reply

    I LOVE your magazine!!! I love checking out your website/blog!!! Y’all have such a fun and creative way of showing brides how traditional and personalization can come together to make it YOUR own wedding!! LOVE all of your great ideas and I cannot wait to get my fingers on a copy of your magazine!! Somehow I keep missing it in stores. I MUST preorder a magazine!! LOVE IT!! I am a florist and I love sharing your blog with my clients…y’all do an amazing job!! I am very appreciative of all your hard work!! Thank you!!

  110. avatar Morgan Carwile reply

    Love to win a copy of number 4! Favorite wedding mag!!

  111. avatar Briana reply

    I’m getting married in June of next year and trying so hard to plan my wedding while being a first year medical student! SWMag is my lifeline for wedding inspiration, since all I have is a few minutes here and there to look at wedding things!!! I LOVE SW Mag!!!

  112. avatar Kailey-Michelle reply

    Can’t wait to see! I bet it’s the biggest, juiciest and loveliest if them all!! Yahoo! Congrats ladies xo

  113. avatar Sammie reply

    I’m so excited!!! :) I only have one, but, I check the site all the time! I LOVE SOUTHERN WEDDINGS!!

  114. avatar Ashley reply

    Can’t wait to see all the pretty pages!!! drool……

  115. avatar CALLIE reply

    I cannot wait to see this! I’m a budding wedding and event planner, and I am EXCITED about seeing all the southern wedding ideas. :)

  116. avatar Kelly reply

    I am planning the details for my wedding and I’ve been waiting for SW4 to come out before I make any final decisions! Can’t wait!

  117. avatar alyssa reply

    So EXCITED for V4 to come out!! Would love to win a copy, but if not :) I’ll for sure be picking myself up one real soon!

  118. avatar Kristin reply

    Whoo hoo! I am so excited…my mom and I can’t wait for exciting wedding ideas for my MAY 18, 2012 wedding to MY “coastie” ~definition: Coast Guard Fiance! <3

  119. avatar Emilee H. reply

    I have to admit…I’m already smitten with V4 and I haven’t even gotten my hands on it yet!! SO looking forward to whipping up some biscuits and berry jam for my date with SWM in just 14 days!!

  120. avatar Dana Laymon reply

    They just keep getting better and better and i can’t wait to read this one! I might just do a little giveaway myself because I want everyone to have this!

  121. avatar kellykaysen reply

    Southern Weddings 4…so stoked!!!

  122. avatar Georgina Longoria reply

    I need! I need! Gimme Gimme Gimme :D

  123. avatar Jessica reply

    Yay! New magazines and new babies!! I remember the first time I found out about SW mag…I was in a bookstore looking through wedding magazines and I happened across SW. As I looked through it, I COULDN’T BELIEVE how amazing it was!! Definitely my favorite wedding magazine. I can’t wait to look through the new issue!! — xoxo

  124. avatar ELISA b reply

    Can’t wait to see all the loveliness – especially now that I’ve seen the cover!

  125. avatar Kallie B reply

    Wahoo!! So excited to add V4 to my collection! Southern Weddings has become by far my favorite wedding magazine, over Martha, which is hard to say! I’ve been an honored to be a part of your online edition, and cannot wait to see beautiful images that will grace the print! You ladies are taking over!

  126. avatar Marisol reply

    Oh my! I am sure it will be a lovely issue! Keeping fingers crossed!

  127. avatar Ashley Horton reply

    YEEHHHHAWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

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Break out your dancin’ shoes and the red velvet cake, y’all!  It’s a very special day here at Southern Weddings. There is a certain bubbly beautiful Southern redhead who is celebrating a birthday… Miss Whitney Davis!

Whitney, Happy birthday, fab, fab lady! I’m so glad I get to see your pretty face in the office more. You’re intelligent, savvy, and stylish and I’m glad we get to work together! I hope this year brings you lots of Starbucks and happiness! Let’s celebrate over cupcakes soon! – Nicole


Happy Birthday Whit! I hope your year is full of hilarious fits of laughter, lots of monogramming and fabulous date nights with Scott! I’m so proud of you and know you have such incredibly awesome things ahead in your life!  Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! Love,  Marissa


Dear Whitney, Happy, happy birthday!  For someone as young as you, it is sometimes astonishing to me how mature, kind, poised, and talented you really are.  It has been a joy to spend another year working by your side, and especially to see you take over the advertising reins with such success and aplomb.  I hope you had the most wonderful, relaxing weekend and have some fabulous birthday sweet lined up for tonight! xo Emily


Whitney, Happy Birthday girl! I hope you have the most wonderful day today! A three-day weekend isn’t too bad for a birthday celebration, huh? Working with you more often over the summer has truly been a joy. You have exceeded everyone’s expectations working your advertising magic, and we cannot wait to see the issue you have put so much hard work into. You rock! Sierra


Whitney, where do I even begin!?  Knowing you for so long now and seeing you grow into the joyful, beautiful, giving, happy woman you are today has been such a gift.  You bless us all with your zest for life and your unwavering determination.  I’m so grateful to have you on this team, but more so to have you in my life.  Thank you for always being such a great encouragement and cheerleader to so many.  You are a remarkable woman, Whitney Davis.  We’re all happier people every day because of you!  Wishing you the best birthday ever.  You deserve the moon and stars, WED!  Love, Lara


Whit, we love you so very much and are so grateful for you.  Y’all go leave her some twitter love today, too!  Yeehaw!!!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
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  1. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    Happy birthday, Whitney – I hope you have the best day ever! It’s so fun to get to know you as we do through Southern Weddings!

  2. avatar Whitney reply

    Thank y’all so much! I’m so, so lucky to work with such amazing women!

  3. avatar Erin reply

    A little late–but happy birthday!!! Hope it was a great time :)

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  5. avatar Liz reply

    WHOOP WHOOP! Thanks for all of your hard work, girls! Man, this wedding planning stuff is tough… but with you guys I know I’m not in it alone!! Can’t wait to see V4! -Lisabeth

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Sit a Spell: Lara Casey

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For the final contestant in our Sit a Spell series, I present to you Lara Casey! Our dynamic Editor in Chief really needs no introduction, so I’ll let her take it away… – Emily

Photo by Millie Holloman

1.  My husband, Ari, and I eloped to Vegas after just having met five months before.  It was so not like either of us, but it was perfect.  We’ll be celebrating our six year wedding anniversary on March 18th!

2.  My grandmother, a true Southern belle from Alabama, is one of my favorite people on earth.  She’s a redhead, too, and feisty at that!  Grandma “Bunny” will be 94 this December.  I just talked to her and she told me to tell all of y’all hello and it’s wonderful to meet you here on this blog.  She doesn’t know what a blog is, but I told her it’s a place on the internet where all of my favorite friends read about pretty weddings and wonderful love stories.

3.  I used to be a personal trainer.   And at one point, I could deadlift 225lbs.   Useless skill, but fun to intimidate my male clients in the gym.

4.  There is an elbow in my rib.  No, really.  And a foot in my belly.  I’m due with my first baby – Grace Austin – in about 11 weeks!

Photo by Nancy Ray

5.  I’ve been eating the same breakfast almost every day (with the exception of about a dozen days) for the last 15 years.  Jay Robb protein powder and oatmeal.  It never gets old to me!  And I probably eat more Luna Bars than is legal.  I should be their spokeswoman.

6.  I am really bad at trivia.  Or anything to do with pop culture.  We cancelled our cable a while ago and I generally rely on my husband to tell me about current events.  Don’t ask me to name a band or pop star.  I’d lose.

Photos by Nancy Ray

7.  I got a D in tap class once.  OK, technically it was because I injured my knee running and had to sit out most of the class, but I was pretty terrible at it.  I went to school for music and theatre and design.

8.  I started the magazine on Microsoft Publisher.  Eventually, I taught myself InDesign by literally pushing all the buttons to see what they did.  Ever since I was a kid, I never read instruction manuals to put things together.  I get much more pleasure out of figuring it out myself.   One exception that I’ve learned the hard way on:  Ikea furniture. Do not attempt without the manual. Ever.

9.  I still don’t know who goes first at a four way stop.  I usually just wait for someone to go first or give me a funny look and pause awkwardly, telling me to go.

10. I genuinely love my job and couldn’t dream up a better group of women to work with every day. I pinch myself every day! Oh my stars, these ladies are the real deal – kind, genuine, hard-working and fiercely devoted to you, dear readers!


Read more about Lara here, here and here!


P.S. Still time to get your gorgeous ad in our next print edition! Email Whitney ASAP for last-minute availability!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
21 Comments
  1. avatar Erin reply

    I hear ya aboout Ikea!! And congrats again on baby Grace–what a beautiful name <3

  2. avatar Christine Barker reply

    Lara, I dont live in the south, but I totally love this blog and your candid way of keeping it real. Thank you for sharing… oh and I would love to get my hands on your mag… I cant find it up here though… can we order it online?
    ~Christine

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Christine! We do indeed sell copies online! We’re sold out of V1 and V3, but V2 is still available and V4 will be released in October! Here’s the buy link: http://iloveswmag.com/info/buy-sw/

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Lara, this was so fun to read!! I’m sure I’m not the only fan of yours who can hardly wait to read all about your precious girl when she’s born! :)

    • avatar Lara reply

      Lisa: You are so sweet, Lisa. Thank you for always being such a great encouragement!

  4. avatar Angee & Vincci reply

    Such a fun article about the diva behind Southern Weddings! We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of V4. We are big fans all the way from Hong Kong.

    • avatar Lara reply

      Angee & Vincci: A big HI Y’ALL to you in Hong Kong! We’re so excited to have you as a part of V4!!

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  6. avatar Allie@HoneyBeeInvites reply

    I love that you started on MS Publisher! I used to use that back in the day and I definitely learned InDesign by clicking on all 500 buttons and googling “How to make a polka dotted square?” :) Glad to know I wasn’t the only clueless gal out there!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Allie@HoneyBeeInvites: Haha! We are birds of a feather, my dear! Love it!

  7. avatar Dana Laymon reply

    love you Lara! such a cute post and you DO have the best job and you rock at it!

  8. avatar Courtney reply

    You are adorable Lara! I love how personal and genuine everything you write is. So inspirational! I’m so happy to have you in my life!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Courtney: Courtney, I’m so grateful for you, too! Love you so very much!

  9. avatar Sheila reply

    Lara, I loved reading about you (and your little one on the way! Congrats!!) My fiancé and I are big into working out, and one day we hope to open our own gym and train. I am in school right now for dance and nutrition and would love to integrate that into our gym, as well. I love SW! It’s the highlight of my day to read the blog and get inspiration! Your love for what you do shows, and that’s what makes SW so awesome!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Sheila: Thank you so much for the kind words, Sheila!! I’m excited about your future gym! I want to come when you open it! Congrats on your upcoming wedding, my friend!

  10. avatar Lydia reply

    Hi Grandma Bunny! Lara, I tried out Luna Bars after seeing a picture somewhere of your pantry collection and am a convert! I’m also bad a trivia and awkwardly lapse into silence when someone brings up the latest celebrity news.

  11. avatar Mary Morrison reply

    HoneyBee Invites is so creative and sweet ! I’d definitely use HoneyBee for any event that I’d plan !

  12. avatar Anna Kim reply

    What’s there not to love about this lady!? Cannot wait to meet Grace Austin!

    xoxo,
    a

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Soooooo….. yesterday we sat down to have our regular Wednesday afternoon staff meeting.   If you follow us on Twitter, you know a few these happen at these meetings.  First, we eat! Every week, we sample a different Southern specialty.

A few favorites from past meetings: sweet tea (naturally), Cheerwine, peach ice cream, fresh baked biscuits with peach jam, fresh local berries and honey, MoonPies, pecan pie, Krispy Kreme (born and raised in NC!) and, among many other favorites, cornbread muffins and Carolina blue cupcakes.   Yum!

Next, we dream up all sorts of goodness for y’all. This starts with everyone giving an update on what they are working on.

So, we start our meeting yesterday and everyone is a bit sleepy from the holiday weekend.   After asking for a volunteer to go first with updates and no takers, Emily gladly says “I have an update!”…. and PULLS HER HAND OUT FROM UNDER THE TABLE WITH AN ENGAGEMENT RING ON IT!!!!!! The room erupted in squealing, jumping (I must have touched the ceiling!) and a pile of hugs all at once!  I’ll let Emily tell you all the details, of course, but needless to say we had a hard time focusing on anything after that!   Emily, we love you and are so happy for you! Don’t get me started again. You’ll have to break out the tissues!  I am over-the-moon happy for Em + John!  Oh my stars! And hello… how cute is this!?

So, in honor of Emily’s engagement, today’s post is all about true love through the ages.  Emily and John have a love that will last and inspire so many, so I couldn’t think of a better occasion to start this feature!

I spent the holiday weekend in Florida with my family and got a chance to capture some of our family wedding pics of old. Every photograph you see here has a beautiful love story behind it.  Above is my great grandparent’s marriage certificate from their tiny 1909 Alabama wedding!  Wow, what a beautiful document!  My great grandparents were farmers and cared for 8 children, including my Grandpa Cecil.

Grandma Bunny + Grandpa Cecil’s wedding above.  They were married in the local church and then celebrated at the Austin family home in Monroeville, Alabama.  My Grandma’s secret to a happy marriage: “Be sweet to each other!  Do kind things, love each other tenderly every day and appreciate the little things.  Cecil used to bring me wildflowers with my coffee.”

My Grandma Betty’s wedding portraits above.  Hello gorgeous!  Who wouldn’t want stunning classic photographs like this!?  This truly takes my breath away.  Grandma Betty passed long before I was born, but I can only imagine what wonderful stories she would tell about this special day!

And finally, my parent’s sweet garden wedding above.  Their secret to a happy marriage as per my mom: “Laugh together, have adventures, love unconditionally and get out and dig in the garden together!”

GET FEATURED! We want to know your family love stories of old! We’ll be highlighting one special couple every week. So, send us your old family photos and a little bit about their love story or their Southern wedding. If you can, interview your parents, grandparents or great grandparents! Here are a few helpful questions to use:

Tell us about your Southern wedding. What was most memorable about it?

What was your favorite detail of the wedding?

What is your best marriage advice?

Send a pic and either this interview above or a little blip about their love story to Marissa with the subject line: VINTAGE LOVE. I can’t wait to see what y’all send in!

P.S. Congrats to the last post’s winners Natalie, Amanda R, Lori and LindenSend us your mailing address and we’ll get your cute heart and love sparklers right to you!

P.P.S. Congrats again to our very own Emily! My heart be still! I’m so excited!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Yay!! Love these photos!

  2. avatar Marissa reply

    I LOVE these photos, but I just can’t get over the fact that EMILY IS ENGAGED! Yay!

  3. avatar Lisa Jeffries reply

    WOOHHHHooo! Congrats, Emily!!! :-*

  4. avatar Meredith reply

    YAY!! Congrats Emily!!!! I kind of knew this would be coming soon after the engagement ring post :) I hope we get to hear the proposal story and a lot of the planning details!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thank you, Meredith!! Rest assured, I will be sharing wedding details :)

  5. avatar Dana Laymon reply

    That was the cutest video ever! So excited for you, Emily!! Congratulations! I wish you 2 the best!

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