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One of our favorite parts about creating the Southern Weddings for High Cotton Bow Tie Collection was that we got to focus on and celebrate our Southern beaus! It’s not often that we get to create something specifically for men or shine a spotlight on them in our photo shoots — our groomsmen reader models were surprised when our “super secret shoot” put them directly in front of the camera!

Creating this bow tie line with the help of High Cotton was certainly a labor of love, and studded with many tips and expert knowledge from the High Cotton owners, Judy and James. Take a peek into what went into creating each of these bow ties, and our fun photo shoot with Anna Routh!

Like most projects at SW, we started with an inspiration board, pulling together the colors we wanted to bring to life, and the Southern style we wanted the collection to evoke. It was important to us that each bow tie represented a bit of the South and its personalities — from classic blue stripes to cheeky coral check — and that we could envision our own beaus happily wearing each one.

Working with High Cotton is truly like being invited into the family! Thank goodness for Judy and her son, James, who traded dozens of emails, thread, and fabric swatches with us as we narrowed down our choices. Once we decided on patterns, we then sprung into color options. As a designer who lives for nuances in color, this was the hard part! For example, the blue couldn’t be too cool or too warm, the gold had to be yellow enough to read as gold, but not too yellow that it wouldn’t be a classic neutral color.

With lots of patience from the High Cotton team, we finally made our decisions! High Cotton ordered our fabric from all over the world — madras from weavers in India, silk from the same weavers that work with Hermès — and sent them to a local North Carolina manufacturer to be sewn.

Seeing the bows ties in person for the first time was like a blast of spring! Each of the colors was just what we were looking for, and we were happily surprised that many of them matched various bridesmaid dress swatches from this year’s collections. Don’t you agree that High Cotton’s suit-donning mannequin looks handsome in his coral check bow tie?

After picking up our brand new bow ties, our photographer, Anna, and I headed to The Bradford for a photo shoot debuting the goods, crossing our fingers that the forecast for rain wouldn’t be true!

After a few sprinkles of rain upon our arrival, the sun came out in full force, giving us plenty of light indoors to prep.

Meristem Floral created a few different boutonniere options to represent each bow tie’s personality, plus an amazing bouquet for our bridesmaids to carry! We loved using them throughout the shoot and then taking them home afterward to put in bud vases :)

I busted out my bow tying skills (usually only handy at our launch parties) to style some flat shots, while Ashley Mooney gussied up the gals and the gents got dressed.

(Don’t know how to tie a bow tie yet? Stay tuned — we’ve got you covered!)

Y’all, these gents we’re killin’ it! While the guys don’t normally get a ton of camera time, each of our models shined, beamed, and posed like pros. Lucky for us, Anna’s also a blast to work with — making everyone laugh easily and feel totally comfortable.

It was an amazing day for a shoot, leaving Jess and I marveling at the weather and the amazing vendors and readers we get to work with.

Love these bow ties? Read more about the Southern Weddings for High Cotton collection here, and find them in High Cotton’s shop. The bow tie line is also available for Home Try-On, so you can see them in person before deciding which is best for your wedding or event!

Photographer: Anna Routh / Bow Ties: Southern Weddings for High Cotton / Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney / Floral: Meristem Floral / Venue: The Bradford / Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    SO fun to see the behind the scenes! Can’t wait to see real grooms in these beauties, too!!

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Back in May, we put up this blog post announcing that our team was growing and that we were looking for another great person to add to our office space! Well, a few months later, we’re still looking. Specifically, we’re hoping for a Marketing and Customer Delight Manager who can serve our readers on a one-on-one basis, and analyze our business as a whole to find new ways to share our mission. We’ve met dozens of amazing candidates for the job in the past three months, and though we aren’t 100% positive that we’ve found the right person, we are so glad that we know a few new friendly faces.

Finding the right person to add to our team is a tall order since each of us highly values our office culture and the relationships we’ve built. Finding someone who can seamlessly add another dimension to our group while balancing the many job responsibilities of this position is our biggest priority. We had a few specific conditions that might have disqualified someone from applying the first time around, but now we want to open up a new application to get to know anyone who might be perfect for us!

Think you’re the right person for the job? Take a look at our job description and requirements below, as well as the link to apply. We’ve now opened up our search to include remote positions, as well as candidates who have less than two years of post-grad experience.

The person most fit for this position:

  • Has a positive attitude and is a team player
  • Is well-spoken and has a great grasp of grammar and punctuation
  • Is energetic
  • Has experience with digital marketing/marketing strategy
  • Is an early adopter of new technology
  • Has a love for marriage and the South and has a Southern voice
  • Enjoys goal-setting and encouraging others
  • Has an indefatigable spirit and thrives on “situation solving”
  • Thrives on relationship building and exceeding expectations with charm
  • Experience in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and experience styling and photographing, is a plus

Job Description & Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate trust in the Southern Weddings and Lara Casey audiences through relationship building and marketing efforts.
  • Manage, track, and grow our campaigns, programs, and relationships
  • Collaborate with the design and editorial teams to create well-timed social campaigns to promote events, new products, and new features
  • Create in-office imagery and help with product styling
  • Respond to all customer service inquiries via social media and email with a positive and friendly voice
  • Infuse our social media voice with our brand’s core and mission
  • Write and schedule all social media posts
  • Post to all social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus for all Lara Casey Media brands, including Southern Weddings, the Lara Casey Shop, and Making Things Happen
  • Identify brand advocates and leverage their voice to further encourage strong relationships in our readers
  • Track our social media and shop analytics, and use the data to guide new efforts
  • Spearhead brand social conversations and marketing plans, including some in-person events
  • Coordinate and manage quarterly themes
  • Help pack orders, when needed

Job Requirements

  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be able to begin working full time by the end of the year
  • Must be able to work in our Chapel Hill office or telecommute daily (preference given to CH candidates)
  • Must be able to commit to 4-5 interviews (including at least one in-person interview)

To apply, fill our our application here, and have these items ready to upload:

  • Your resume (bonus points for showing us your personality and any fun facts about yourself here!)
  • A styled Instagram shot that illustrates your personality brilliantly. Feel free to get creative here and interpret this in any way that feels right to you!

We’d suggest giving yourself 30-45 minutes to complete the application. Applications will close Friday, August 28.

For more information about working at Southern Weddings and what we look for, explore our Working with Southern Weddings page.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
12 Comments
  1. avatar Katie reply

    Hey SW ladies! Are you accepting applications from people who didn’t attend college?

  2. avatar Jessica reply

    Oh, if only this was one year away! I graduate with my Communications/Marketing degree in May from Texas A&M, and will be moving to the Southern Pines, NC area in the fall of 2016! You ladies have been my dream team since I was 17 years old. Oh, if only you knew… (You’re actually the reason I have interned at two magazines thus far.)

    Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re inspiring belles across the country. Maybe one day, if it’s God’s will, I can be a part of your inspiring, classy and driven team!

    P.S. – Congrats Lara on your sweet little red-headed ball of blessing, Joshua! <3

  3. avatar Andrea reply

    Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that the link in the first sentence isn’t working.

  4. avatar Chelsi reply

    I just submitted my application. Best application I’ve ever filled out! The questions were so thoughtful and purposeful. I hope to have the opportunity to interview.

  5. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    Oh gosh how I love y’all. This is very exciting :)

  6. avatar Shelby Vanhoy reply

    How exciting! I can’t believe this opportunity is still open. It would be a dream to work with y’all! Application submitted.

    Shelby

  7. avatar Alex B reply

    This is such an exciting opportunity! I submitted my application the other day but never received a confirmation email that is was submitted. Just want to make sure that y’all got it since the application closes today!

  8. avatar Sierra Kalain reply

    I see that this position technically closed a few weeks ago, but since the opportunity arose again once before- I wanted to ask if the perfect candidate had been selected! If not, I’d love to offer my services up! Please post an update and I will inquiry if so! Thanks so much Southern Weddings!

  9. avatar Sara Jones reply

    Hello! I read your blog post and I was wondering if this position is still available? I saw that the deadline was back in August, but I thought I might as well ask. Hope y’all are having a wonderful week.

    Regards,
    Sara Elizabeth Jones

  10. avatar Katie Bell reply

    Hey Ladies!

    Just wanted to inquire to see if this opportunity is still available. I see the application closed a few months back but if you are still conducting interviews I would absolutely love to apply. Happy V8 launch week!

    Thanks so much!

    Katie

  11. avatar Bridget reply

    Hi!

    Iw as wondering if this application is still open? I noticed its from August, but since it is still up I was curious if I could still apply.

    Warmly,
    Bridget Cauley

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Bridget! Applications are now closed for this position. Thanks so much for your interest!

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Our small but mighty team is growing, friends! One of our favorite things that we all have our hands in is relationship building and delighting our readers and customers with great service. It makes our day to chat about marriage on Instagram with you, to help you package up our wedding planner as a gift to your best friend, and to tell you about all the exciting things that are happening in our office! The more we grow and our mission spreads, the more we have need of a person who could be fully dedicated to this part of our company. While each of us will always have a hand in managing our conversations with you, we’re excited to hire someone who can officially become our new Marketing and Customer Delight Manager!

Think you’re the right person for the job? Take a look at our job description and requirements below, as well as the link to apply. We know the right addition to our team will shine through an energetic, Southern voice, and will integrate into our office culture seamlessly. Each of us values independent and efficient workers who can also thrive in collaborative environments. Though we intend to add a new worker bee to our ranks, we’re also looking for someone we completely trust who has both integrity and charm.

The person most fit for this position:

  • Has a positive attitude
  • Is a team player
  • Has a Southern voice
  • Is well-spoken
  • Is energetic
  • Has experience with marketing/marketing strategy
  • Is an early adopter of new technology
  • Has a love for marriage and the South
  • Has an indefatigable spirit and thrives on “situation solving”
  • Has a great grasp of grammar and punctuation
  • Thrives on relationship building and exceeding expectations with charm

Job Description & Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate trust in our readers through relationship building and marketing efforts.
  • Manage, track, and grow our campaigns, programs, and relationships
  • Collaborate with the design and editorial teams to create well-timed social campaigns to promote events, new products, and new features
  • Create in-office imagery and help with product styling
  • Respond to all customer service inquiries via social media and email with a positive and friendly voice
  • Infuse our social media voice with our brand’s core and mission
  • Write and schedule all social media posts
  • Post to all social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus for all Lara Casey Media brands, including Southern Weddings, the Lara Casey Shop, and Making Things Happen
  • Identify brand advocates and leverage their voice to further encourage strong relationships in our readers
  • Track our social media analytics and use the data to guide new efforts
  • Spearhead brand social conversations and marketing plans, including some in-person events
  • Coordinate and manage quarterly themes
  • Help pack orders, when needed

Job Requirements

  • Must have at least two years of professional experience in marketing and/or social media
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be able to begin working full time in our Chapel Hill office in July
  • Must be able to commit to 4-5 interviews (including at least one in-person interview)

Click here to fill out our job application. We’d suggest giving yourself 30-45 minutes to complete it. Applications will close Friday, May 29.

For more information about working at Southern Weddings and what we look for, explore our Working with Southern Weddings page.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
20 Comments
  1. avatar Laura reply

    I wouldn’t be qualified for this position, but I’m always keeping my eye out for when you want to hire an in-house baker/crafter/office manager :) Can’t wait to see who you add to the team!

  2. avatar Kristie Bradley reply

    Oh how I wish I was close to you! Your brand, passion, hearts are all wonderful and whoever gets to join this team is a lucky lady!

  3. avatar Meghan reply

    Crying that I live across the country! I LOVE you ladies at Southern Weddings and wish so badly that I could join you! Good luck!

  4. avatar Stephanie Rickman reply

    Hello!

    I am trying to apply for the position and in the “Education & Achievements” section, after I select the year of graduation, the “next” button disappears. What is the best way to get around this?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Stephanie! I’m guessing you graduated in 2014 or 2015. For this position, we are looking for someone who has two years of work experience, so that is why the application won’t move forward!

  5. avatar Rachel Nordgren reply

    This is so exciting! Out of curiosity, does “Southern voice” have to mean “Southern accent”?

  6. avatar Kirsti reply

    I have always prayed that I would have an opportunity to work with SW, however I wouldn’t be able to move to NC right now. I hope you all are blessed with amazing applicants that will be great new team members!

  7. avatar Hilari reply

    Oh how exciting!! Fabulous news on a Monday after my own wedding weekend :)

  8. avatar Autumn reply

    I feel that my years spent in the bridal industry, as well as my career in communications, has all led up to this moment. Not to mention that my husband and I are moving to Durham/Chapel Hill later this summer. I am so excited to apply.

  9. avatar Stacey Greene reply

    I am so excited for this opportunity to apply! Southern Weddings is an extension of my passions in life and I am honored to be part of the application process. Good luck to your team and everyone else who is applying!

  10. avatar Suzannah reply

    On the application is states “where did you get your BA?” Are you guys only looking for individuals with a BA, or do other degress work?

  11. avatar Brittney Scurry reply

    Should recent grads not apply for this position?
    When I went through the application and put my graduation year I was unable to continue.

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Brittney! For this position, we are looking for someone who has at least two years of post-grad work experience. Thanks so much for your interest! :)

  12. avatar Stacey Greene reply

    Question: Will all candidates be contacted?
    Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity!

  13. avatar Mary Hannah Statham reply

    Hi there!

    Are you still accepting applications for the Marketing & Consumer Delight Position? I would love to apply if so! I will be relocating to Raleigh at the end of July and am a big fan of Southern Weddings!

    Thanks,
    Mary Hannah

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Mary Hannah! We’re so grateful for your interest! The applications are closed, but we’re looking forward to keeping in touch through the blog!

    • avatar Courtney reply

      I just saw your comment today. SW re-opened the application, but it’s due today. If you’re still interested act quick! Good luck to you too!

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