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So you might have heard that Southern Weddings V4 hit newsstands nationwide, and you might have heard we’re running a HUGE photo contest. We’ll let me tell you, we’ve been getting some super fun entries! (I’m especially fond of Betsy + Ashley from Ashley Brooke Designs’ entry below)!

Aren’t they adorable? We’re sure you’ve got a ton of ideas up your sleeve, but we thought it’d be fun to share a little sneak peak of your competition!

Thanks to Ali Peek, Kelly Sauer and Jestinn Bird for showing off their V4s!

Yes ma’am, that is V4 at The Swamp for a Gator game (Boo! Okay, I digress!) and having a tea party! It’s not just our Twitter stream that’s been blowing up with V4 fun; our Facebook fans have been getting in on the action, too!

Think you’ve got what it takes to win this contest? Put on your thinking cap and get creative! Entries are due November 25. We’ll post our favorites and then vote on a winner that week! Remember there are only two rules: you have to tweet your pic(s) to us (@iloveswmag) and then email the same to howdy at iloveswmag.com with the subject line “V4 Photo Contest.” We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Get friendly with us! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and pin away on Pinterest!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Time for more good news! Can’t get enough of Emily’s wedding planning? Check out the interview she did with Oh Lovely Day! Men’s Wearhouse is currently hosting their Well-Dressed Man Facebook contest! Brides, submit a photo of your fiancé looking his best so that Facebook users can “like” their favorite entrant. At the close of the contest on November 17, the photo with the most “likes” will win $2,500 to spend at Men’s Wearhouse! See more details here. Have you entered our HUGE photo contest yet? Find a V4 and tweet and email us your photos! We can’t wait to see your creative entries! Take a look at some of the competition here. […]

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    […] to one of my Spring brides, Ali, for being featured over on Southern Weddings showing off her copy of Southern Weddings V4 at the Swamp! I can’t wait to shoot Ali and […]

  3. avatar kaity reply

    that’s actually everbank field in jacksonville for the florida/georgia game :)

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How about a sweet little break from all the V4 excitement, y’all? Since it’s officially fall, I think it’s quite appropriate to share a recipe that’s bound to have you craving scarves, riding boots and a hot chocolate or two!

Not only is Greer one of my dearest/oldest/bestest friends in the whole world, but these pumpkin cupcakes are going to rock your world! AND, she might have the most adorable baby girl on the planet! (I’m not biased at all, she really is!) This recipe even won Greer first place at the Greater Gulf State Fair when she was 10 years old!

Greer and I forever ago as bridesmaids at her sister’s wedding

What you’ll need for the cupcakes:
4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 can of 100% pure pumpkin (15 oz can)

What you’ll need for the frosting:
1 package (16 oz) cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons of butter, softened
5 cups of sifted powdered sugar
4 tablespoons of vanilla extract

Directions: (Cupcakes)
Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl; add all ingredients except frosting and mix well with an electric mixer. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin pans, filling them three-fourths of the way full. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and then frost with yummy cream cheese frosting.

Directions: (Frosting)
Combine cream cheese and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add remiaining ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost and enjoy! And because Greer is a good Southern girl, sometimes she tops the cupcakes with smashed pecans.

All photos courtesy of the fabulous Greer Ladnier

Are you ready for boots and scarves? What’s your favorite fall recipe?

Looking for more ideas to get your kitchen started?
Damie’s Catsup
Miss Linda’s Anta Fe Soup
Mama’s Homemade Poundcake

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar megan reply

    sounds wonderful, very, very similar to barefoot contessas pumpkin cupcake recipe

  2. avatar Joyce Cunningham reply

    I was wondering if the sugar was left off of the recipe for pumpkin cupcakes?

  3. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] is at the heart of the best Southern traditions! This week in the Newlywed Kitchen, one of Marissa’s oldest and dearest friends shared her recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes. […]

  4. avatar Amanda reply

    Funny story:

    I can testify to the fact that these cupcakes are not quite so delicious without the sugar ingredient! I printed off the recipe on Friday morning and made the cupcakes Sunday night to take to my office for Halloween today. Wasn’t really getting the reaction I thought I was gonna get from co-workers who tasted them. Then I tasted them and realized they tasted like a dog treat, haha! But with DE-LICIOUS icing! I have since checked the blog and discovered that sugar was left off the list of ingredients and now it all makes sense! Luckily the icing recipe made a ton of extra icing so I am going to give it another shot tonight and hopefully redeem myself at work. :)

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Oh my stars!! I am so sorry Amanda! You must have printed it right after it was published! (I fixed it just minutes after it went up)! I am glad you tried the recipe though! Again, I am SO sorry! I’m glad it made for a funny story! xo, Marissa

    • avatar Amanda reply

      Marissa: I gave the recipe another shot last night (with sugar!) and man alive! Those cupcakes are good! I have had a belly ache since noon, but it was worth it. And I think you’re right, I must’ve printed the article right after you posted the recipe… Now I know that cupcakes need sugar. I gave my dogs several of the bottoms of the cupcakes from the sugar-free batch and they loved those. Take-aways: 1) leave sugar out of the recipe and you have yummy dog muffins, haha! Minus the icing, of course.

  5. avatar Kim reply

    I love to cook and try lots of new receipes. This is a definite keeper! Beyond moist and delicious. Thanks so much for posting. Everyone adored these.

  6. avatar Cindi reynolds reply

    Must try

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Welcome to the last entry in our Bridal Market coverage. Even though our fun must come to an end, we’ve got quite the finale for you!

After hitting the Piers and seeing new and old friends alike, we stopped for a quick pick-me-up at Eleni’s in the MeatPacking District on the way to our meeting at Gabriella New York. When you have a fabulous photographer in cahoots with you, it’s hard not to stop for an impromptu photo shoot! Thanks, Trent!

Visiting the Gabriella New York Bridal Salon was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Not only was Gabriella a complete doll and her staff sweet as pie, but her salon was filled with the most gorgeous gowns and bridal accessories.

One particular lovely caught my eye as soon as we walked in – the amazing “Addison” from Marchesa. Gabriella was kind enough to let me try it on and let me tell you I literally died! Whitney fell for this stunning Sassi Holford and I think her first time in a wedding dress might have been her best! BIG huge thank you hugs to Gabriella and her team for making this MAJOR fashion moment happen!

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end our Bridal Market whirlwind then with the Romona Keveza Legends show. Romona herself sat in a large comfy chair and described each dress as smiling models twirled around a gorgeous suite at the St. Regis. Fashion heaven! We were so thrilled to be a part of her last Market show and to have chatted with her after. I especially loved the lace-edged cathedral length veils and that her collection was inspired by real brides everywhere.

All images courtesy of the amazing Trent Bailey.

Whitney and I hope that you enjoyed following along with our adventures in the city that never sleeps! We are so grateful to have been able to take y’all along for the ride! Special thanks to our amazing Editor in Chief Lara for being such an awesome boss and to our fabulous photographer Trent Bailey! Whitney, you we’re a fabulous partner in crime and I can’t wait for next year already!

Which designer is your favorite? Who will you be wearing on your big day?

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  1. avatar Lara reply

    Oh my gracious!! I love you two SO much! You in wedding dresses just made my heart explode! Thank YOU for being so incredible and spreading the good Southern love all over NYC!

  2. avatar Nicole reply

    I love you guys!! You both are gorgeous in those wedding gowns! And I LOVE those veils from Romona Keveza.

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