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Ever since our First Annual Southern Weddings Team Retreat last August, all of the SW gals have been looking forward to our next one. Getting the entire team together is a rare occurrence with Marissa and Kristin working remotely, but the chance to spend quality time together focusing on how we can best serve our amazing readers and each other has become crucial. We love that team retreats are now a part of our office culture and we soak up every minute of strategizing, learning, and, indeed, late night slumber party heart-to-hearts.

Our three days together are invaluable, so Kristin and I spent the two months prior assembling a schedule for the team to make sure all areas of our work together would be covered. It was jam-packed full of goodness, but here are the pared down highlights:

The fun started on Sunday with all of us getting gussied up for our annual team photo shoot! We were lucky enough to have Katelyn James drive down from Richmond to shoot with us, 140 Salon on site for some Southern blow-outs, and Lula Makeup on hand to work her magic. Unlike past years, the weather was breezy and beautiful! Not a drop of sweat threatened our hair or makeup, we’re happy to report.

Working with the women at Southern Weddings is truly a privilege and Kristin and I can’t begin to explain how grateful we are to spend our days with them! We knew that this retreat was much more than just strategizing for the business portion of Southern Weddings. It was a time for us to feel pride in the South, reflect on all that we’ve accomplished as a team, and show each other love and gratitude. We worked with some amazing vendors to surprise the gals with goodies along the way, including a Dixieland Monogram clipboard and a gorgeous robe from The Bride’s Maids Shop waiting in their rooms after dinner. So after some Southern fare and frozen yogurt on Chapel Hill’s famous Franklin Street, we headed back to our retreat headquarters at the Carolina Inn, hopped into our robes, and gathered in Emily, Lisa’s and Morgan’s room for a pajama party.

The next morning, we dove into work for what I dubbed, “Big Ideas Day!” But first things first. In order to get us all in the proper frame of mind for a day full of big ideas, we wrote the Southern Weddings anthem — a musical rendition of our company mission set to the tune of Sweet Home Alabama! I’m dying for us to make a music video, so y’all stay tuned.

After warming up our vocal cords, we shared the results of the StrengthsFinder quiz we took a few days prior, and discussed how each of our strengths impacts our company as a whole. It was so much fun seeing everyone’s results and understanding how they can help us work together even better! We each came away from the conversation with a defined purpose: Lisa and Emily inspire connections between all of us, all of you readers, and the ideas we share. Morgan and I cultivate trust for Southern Weddings by providing consistent messaging and visual cues. Marissa and Kristin fuel relationships by reaching out to our partners and generating the funds we need to continue our work. Lara defines our direction and provides the momentum needed to do all of this!

After lunch at the Carolina Inn Crossroads Restaurant, some of the SW gals had the opportunity to lead their own mini-session. We love learning from each other, and have discovered that each of us brings special skills or knowledge to the team that makes us better at what we do. Morgan’s session was by far the most interactive and creative! She gave us a lesson in watercoloring, and we each got to try our hand at painting peaches. Emily passed down her top six lessons she’s learned during her past six years at SW, and Lisa shared her writing and editing tips.

As our paintings dried, we discussed what we imagined our company would look like in 5 years. How did each of us view our future? What projects or goals did we have in mind? What would make Southern Weddings a place we could continue to love and grow in?

All of this talk about our big ideas and overarching concepts ended with Kristin teaching the team how to dance the Carolina Shag! As you can see, Emily picked it up like a pro, and I slowed Marissa down with my two left feet.

The last day of our retreat (dubbed “Action Items Day!”) had plenty of surprises. One of my favorites was a round of The Newlywed Game between department partners (Emily + Lisa, Marissa + Kristin, me + Morgan), officiated by Lara. We answered questions like, “What is your partner’s favorite Southern food?” and “Is you partner more likely to channel Dolly Parton or Taylor Swift at karaoke night?” Emily and Lisa won the game, with Marissa and Kristin trailing by one point!

The big ideas we came up with the day before wouldn’t see the light of day without a proper plan of action, and one thing we wanted to improve from last year’s retreat was taking on more than we could handle. We’re still a small team, and while we’d like to do everything, we’ve learned to focus on doing what we can do better.

Over a delicious lunch of BLTs and Cheerwine at Merritt’s, we discussed how to best use our newly renovated office space, how to make Kristin and Marissa feel more involved in our office culture (always a challenge when you work remotely!), and how we can improve our workflow.

With full bellies, we returned to the Carolina Inn for another round of mini-sessions! Kristin shared her secrets for striking up conversations with strangers, Marissa taught us Advertising 101, and I shared some background on the Southern Weddings Style Guide, why it’s important, and how to propose creative ideas.

Kristin and I planned some fun work breaks throughout the retreat, but nothing will top our afternoon tea at the Carolina Inn. It was the perfect cover for Lisa’s surprise bridal shower!! We have boundless amounts of love for Lisa and her beau, Dave, so we’re saving a full recap of her shower for another post, but here’s a little peek from Julia Wade to hold you over!

A look at our conference table mid-retreat! We’re so thankful for The Mason Bar Company for keeping us hydrated, May Designs for supplying our journals (which are now filled to the brim with notes!), and Thimblepress for providing the beautiful state flower prints that remind us of our love for the South and the importance of growing in love.

Returning to work after the bridal shower was challenging, but we had some exciting things ahead of us. The rest of the afternoon was spent flushing out ideas from the day before and then opening up the conversation for any other topics that were on our minds. We ended the retreat with an old activity borrowed from the Making Things Happen Conference. Each of us randomly picked another SW gal’s name from a hat, and then wrote an encouraging note to her. I’m saving the letters to mail out in the coming weeks and love the idea that the gals will be surprised with a thoughtful letter!

Despite all of the excitement over the past three days, my favorite part of the retreat was the very end — a casual team dinner at a favorite local eatery where we encouraged, praised, and celebrated everyone (a concept from the book “How Full is Your Bucket?“). Throughout the retreat, we had been writing “drops,” or small notes of general positivity, to share with each other at the end. Reading them aloud over dinner was a reminder of how special our time together is, and how lucky we are to work together. Until next year!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Kristina reply

    What a lovely recap Nicole! It is so inspiring to see and read about how excited you are to work for Southern Weddings. Makes reading the blog/magazine so much more fun for us readers too. And I wish I was there to hear Kristin’s secrets about how to approach a stranger. Definitely an area where I could use some inspiration too ;-)

  2. avatar Nancy reply

    I love you all!!! Where do I apply ;)
    Your retreats make me want to do soemthing like this for my team.

  3. avatar Ashlee reply

    What a great recap, Nicole!

  4. avatar Julie reply

    I love how you intentionally encourage each other! Ya’ll have such a positive work environment; I think many workplaces could take lessons from you!

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The gals and I joked that my Day in the Life post would just be a “Gone Fishin’” sign. While Emily and Lisa are busy as bees from June through August, my busiest time of year starts in August and runs through October. Right now, we’re waist-deep in layout for our next print edition, developing a bunch of exciting shop products, and have some pretty fun partnerships and projects happening at the same time.

Photo by Faith Teasley

8:53am I’m always the first in the office, which I love (it means I get first dibs on fridge space for my lunch bag and get to open the mail!). I go upstairs to our office bungalow and settle into my chair. My to-do list today is titled, “hustle,” which has become our unofficial motto for this time of the year.

8:58am I open up my internet browser and three tabs at once: my inbox, the Southern Weddings blog and the Southern Weddings Shop dashboard. I make sure everything on the blog is displaying correctly and then take a look at how many V7 preorders we’ve gotten overnight. Whew! It’s a lot!

9:00am The rest of the gals trickle into the office and Lisa and Emily are reliably in matching outfits. I get started with my emails. Marissa forwarded over a bunch of gorgeous V7 ads that need approval (done!) and some that need ads made. Like Emily, I also try to work on a one-touch email system, so I always download and copy over materials to a design document as soon as I read the email. Next in my line of emails come wireframe designs for an web project and a long message from one of our shop product manufacturers — our email chains are ridiculously long as we both try to get all of the specs and files perfect and print-ready.

I love my monogrammed chair! When we’re in the thick of layout, I like to make a cup of tea and sink into it with an orange blanket. There’s now a giant iMac on my desk, too, for laying out the magazine. Photos by Faith Teasley.

9:30am I make a list of all the decisions still waiting to be made in my inbox. Many of them require the input of the rest of the gals and I always wait to go over everything at once with them so I don’t keep them from their own tasks. As I wait for their time to free up, I get started with some product designing. A new line of 2015 items and holiday gifts are on our list to complete, so Morgan and I huddle for a few minutes to make sure we’re on the same page and to distribute the tasks.

10:00am Lara’s ready to go through proofs for new products and talk about our schedule for the day. Since so much of the design work is a combination of ideas and collaborations from the two of us, she’s often at my desk going over projects with me. I give her a quick update on all of our projects and then have her look over a mockup of designs that Morgan and I have been working on. I’m particularly nervous about these since they’ll be sent off to a partner we’re really excited to work with. Lara reassures me that we’re moving in the right direction. This is such a big relief for me and is just another reminder of how grateful I am to work with women whose opinions I trust and who are always supportive.

10:30am I get a call from our magazine printer who wants to make sure we place our order with them in time to acquire the paper needed for all tens of thousands of copies. Our circulation has increased this year, but we haven’t received a final order from retailers yet. I send out a slew of emails to make confirm our retailer orders and check in with competing bids.

A big part of my day is spent making new products for the Southern Weddings Shop and the Lara Casey Shop. We just finished a new design of PowerSheets and are working on something special for Southern Weddings that we’re almost ready to announce!

11:00am I see a bunch of DropBox folders and gallery links come into my inbox and they’re all full of gorgeous print images that we haven’t seen yet! I open them right away to give them some time to download. Then, I email the artists and calligraphers we’re working with for this issue. I’ve pulled some examples from our calligrapher’s website that I really love and send them to her to make sure we’re on the same page. We’ve got 17 real weddings in print this year, so I want to make sure she has enough time to hand-letter all of them and that the style matches our taste and direction.

11:15am We design a handful of ads for our print sponsors each year, so I get started on one for a bakery. (It’s not great timing — all of their dessert photos are making me hungry and it’s not even lunch time!) I’m quite familiar with this company, but I always take some time to reacquaint myself with their website and all of their social media accounts. In part, this is to make sure the ad we’re creating for them has the same voice and style as their web outlets, but I’m also looking for photos of their desserts and buffets that really stand out to me and that I think will make a great impression, in addition to the ones they sent over. I usually create three to five different versions of an ad for a sponsor to choose from. It’s always fun and insightful hearing which ones they like best and why!

12:00pm Emily sends over a bunch of V7 text pieces that she and Lisa have been working on. One of them needs a little experimentation with layout, so I quickly put the text on the page and style it to see how much room we have and what the possibilities could be.

A giant inspiration board above my desk helps me focus on things that make me happy when I need a break. Candy and tea are always within reach, too. Photos by Faith Teasley.

1:00pm I trade desks with Lara for the next hour or two so she can pick her favorites among the hundreds of images we just got in. We systematically label them in Adobe Bridge. When I start laying out those features, I can quickly look at and place only the images we think are best for print. Thank goodness for technology!

2:00pm I join Lara back at my desk so we can review the features that I’ve already laid out. I always design features and photographs so they’ll tell a story and show our readers place, context, detail and love story. However, getting Lara’s eye and opinion is so helpful in making the story even clearer, and bouncing ideas off each other always results in a better end-product.

3:30pm With the final layout of most of our features approved, I go back and make sure that all of the images are aligned correctly, that they all have the proper color-mode and that they’re all large enough to print at high quality. I record all of our final image choices and send those in to the respective photographers to see if they want to make any final edits, making sure to point out certain images that are running full page.

3:55pm I go back into our layout for Volume 7 and begin working on the features Lara have just chosen photos for. Some stories are told easily and come together intuitively. Some require a lot of experimentation. After playing around with many variations, I think I might have gotten one of our weddings to read just as elegantly as the images.

Lara and I trade notes on selects for the next issue. We get a ton of flash drives and DVDs of images that come with the prettiest packaging!

5:00pm Usually around 5, we’d all be wrapping up our projects for the day and heading home. Lately, everyone stays late to accommodate the workload. I take a break from layout so I don’t go cross-eyed staring at the same page. I move on and try to separate myself from the project a bit by picking up on product design. I wish I could tell y’all more, but all I can say right now is that we’re working on a really fun new collection for SW and a ton of updated and brand new items for the Lara Casey Shop! I made headway on some projects and also wrap up the first design round on others. I send a PDF of the designs out to the rest of the girls to get their opinions and make sure we’re all happy with it.

5:45pm With some fresher eyes, I take a look at the V7 layout again and make some changes to what I did just an hour before. It’s amazing how much clearer a vision gets once we give yourself a little room to breathe!

6:45pm I check my email again, make a to do list for tomorrow and get any little things off my plate while I’m still in the office.

7:00pm I’m usually the last one out of the office, especially during layout season. I pack up all of my things, turn off my computer, turn off all of the office lights and head downstairs. Sometimes Lara and Grace have an overflow of veggies from the garden to give me, which just makes my evening. I drive home and then usually whip up dinner using one of their home-grown tomatoes or carrots.

Next week, get a peek into a day in the life of our Ad Director, Marissa!

Catch up with Emily’s day here and Morgan’s day here.

Faith Teasley is a member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Morgan Moore reply

    I’m so thankful that I get to work beside you everyday, Nicole. I also love that your happy inspiration board is in my line of vision!

  2. avatar Mary reply

    I just love these posts! They not only remind me of the incredible work y’all do at SW but also the talent that goes into it!

  3. avatar Mandy Volpe reply

    Love these behind the scenes look at the SW team. Can’t wait to see the layout you are putting together Nicole!!

  4. avatar Jessica Frere reply

    So fun hearing about your work day, Nicole! It’s so nice to read about such a refreshing and collaborative environment!

  5. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    Great post! I love your desk area and monogrammed chair~ the orange is so fresh! And yes, candy is a must.

  6. avatar Sandra | Simply Peachy reply

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve always wondered what everyone gets up to in their day!

  7. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    I really look up to you Nicole and the work that you do with the SW family! Thank you for sharing your day with us. This is the kind of work I dream of doing in the future and this post really inspires me to keep working towards my goals :)

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When Ruthie sent me images of everything we had seen at the National Stationery Show, I was at a loss when it came to narrowing them down. Aside from beautiful designs on paper, the most creative minds in the stationery industry have also created some amazing gift options. I loved finding wedding cards in the same booth as wrapping paper and house-warming or bridesmaid presents (and floral arrangements and streamers)! One of our favorite booths had a gift item that we thought was too cute not to share. Read on to find out what it is and how to win it!

We’ve been longtime admirers of AHeirloom’s gorgeous state cutting boards, so seeing the heft and wood grain up close was a treat! In addition to their famous state shapes, AHeirloom also makes artwork into regular round and rectangular boards and into sparkly cake toppers!

Cute cut-outs and sheep are really all that it takes to make me stop for awhile. Egg Press’s fun illustrations in heartwarming colors were extra clever.

Mattie and Amanda of Puddleduck Paper Co. are the sweetest gals, and their booth was full of whimsical hand-lettering and bold color choices. The bright yellow ombre invitation was even more gorgeous in person!

If anyone knows how to make paper products the most fun thing you’ve ever encountered, it’s Ladyfingers Letterpress. Arley-Rose and Morgan are two incredibly talented and creative women who specialize in punny cards, hand-lettering and all things colorful and innovative. I love that they’ve added custom address stamps to their collection — Arley-Rose’s unique hand lettering gets to dress up all sorts of mail now!

Fig. 2 Design’s booth was one big celebration, with neon, glittery monograms and confetti galore. Their striped invitation suite featured the calligraphy of Lindsay Letters and a festivities card that expanded accordion-style, making the suite twice as fun.

I will confess that by the time Ruthie and I came across Live Love Studio, the booth looked so comfy and welcoming that we really just wanted to sit for awhile. Of course, owner Kate is from Tennessee and knows a thing or two about hospitality. Aside from the hanging plants and soft rug, we found seed packets, mini love notes and a print that is officially on my wish list. Cute and comfy things aside, we are seriously impressed with how Kate lives out her company tagline, “Happy paper goods to brighten the world.” Each purchase from her shop provides a meal to a hungry tummy in East Tennessee.

Little Low’s booth was a bright and happy spot in the middle of a busy intersection of booths. I am just smitten with Caitlin’s fancy and fun hand lettering and the colorful illustrations on her prints. Her regions map and produce chart were two of my favorites.

I imagine that stepping into Sugar Paper’s booth is much like stepping into a bridal boutique. Soft colors, gorgeous flowers and beautiful designs fill up the walls. I was thrilled to see note cards made especially for mom and dad on the wedding day proudly displayed. We think wedding days are momentous occasions for them, too!

Ruthie and I were first drawn into Karen Adam’s booth by her delicate and feminine illustrations. It wasn’t until we read the messages on her cards that we were truly fawning over them!

The intricacy and detail in the paper from Alexis Mattox was gorgeous! Her wooden cards and table numbers were fun, but the lacy bride and groom signs were truly lovely.

The Pink Orange was full of fun and thoughtful surprises. We loved their ampersand and Mr and Mrs designs for wedding day decor, but we were really impressed by their bridesmaid gifts. Acrylic trays reading, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” can be customized, so that your gals can remove the paper liner and replace it with their favorite pattern after they’ve agreed to be by your side down the aisle. The “Tie the Knot” earrings, a partnership with Lola Accessory Boutique, were the most adorable play on words and provide your gals with a little something pretty for the big day, too!

Image by Tiffany Wayne Photography

In fact, when we posted an image of the earrings on Instagram, y’all loved them so much that we couldn’t resist a giveaway!

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All images by Ruth Eileen Photography unless otherwise noted

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
44 Comments
  1. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh these sparklers are so darling! Love em!

  2. avatar Brooke reply

    I have the BEST bridesmaids. They range from sisters, to childhood friends, to sorority sisters and each one has made a huge impact on my life. Each of them is always there for me for advice, a shoulder to cry on, someone to laugh with, and someone to go on adventures with! Some of my best memories are with these girls! I am so honored that they get to stand by my side on my wedding day.

  3. avatar Alison reply

    I would love to gift those sweet earrings to my bridesmaids! They are the most supportive, loving friends and sisters, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them!

  4. avatar Kari reply

    What DON’T I love about my bridesmaids? They’re loving, funny, supportive, crazy, and I couldn’t imagine a better group of girls to share in our special day!

  5. avatar Molly reply

    Nicole, I have loved reading these recaps! And Ruthie’s photos are gorgeous!!! I love NSS – so many amazing designers who push me to be a better designer each day! And some of the warmest people you’ll ever meet! Thanks for the recaps!!!

  6. avatar Christine reply

    My bridesmaids are amazing women who range from my cousins, childhood friends, and even fairly new friends. They are are all family to me though, even if not by blood. I am luck to have such a sweet group of seven ladies stand by me when I wed the man of my dreams.

  7. avatar Caroline Leonard reply

    I have the sweetest bridesmaids in the whole wide world!

  8. avatar Morgan reply

    No question….the thing I love most about my bridesmaids is the consistency of their friendships.

  9. avatar Margaret Baggett reply

    My bridesmaids were a compilation of some of my childhood friends, my new sister in law, my favorite cousin, two of my new adulthood friends, and my lifelong BEST friend as my maid of honor. I was surrounded by people who have done life with me and know my heart and soul. I wouldn’t have done it any other way! Never feel pressured to include someone you don’t really want to! That only opens the doors to unnecessary awkwardness or potential drama. Surround yourself with your favorite women on earth and your wedding day will be that much more special and perfect.

  10. avatar Nicole reply

    This is absolutely everything my wedding is about. My bridesmaids are my friends, but more then that. They are my sisters and family and for them to be apart of our big day this September is going to be a huge blessing in my life.

  11. avatar Meredith reply

    Lola Accessory Boutique is one of my favorite stores in my hometown, Saratoga Springs, and I love following the work of The Pink Orange on Instagram and Facebook. I also read Southern Wedding daily! So this giveaway involving all three of these companies is to me one of the best collaborations ever! So excited to see, if any, future collaborations with you all. #FavoriteThings

  12. avatar Lauren reply

    I love that my bridesmaids went out of their way to make my wedding day special. They were all so selfless and caring!

  13. avatar Sarah K reply

    These are adorable! My bridesmaids have been by my side for most of my life, which is why I couldn’t imagine not having them there on my wedding day. They keep me calm and happy!

  14. avatar Kelly reply

    My bridesmaids and my best and closest friends! I honestly cannot imagine anyone else by my side supporting me during my special day.

  15. avatar Bridget reply

    I am getting married in 2015 and am getting ready to ask my girls to stand by my side! I just adore these and can’t imagine a cuter way to ask the ones you love to stand by your side on your special day! I hope to share these with them soon!

  16. avatar Megan reply

    I’m having such a hard time deciding how I want to ask my girls to stand next to me at my wedding! This is perfect!

  17. avatar Kaleigh reply

    I am biased but I had the best bridesmaids in the world. My sister, sis-in-law, best friend since 5th grade and two of my other best girls. I’m thankful that they were there with me because they know me better than anyone, did everything to make my day go as smoothly as possible and loved me even when I was a stressed out bride.

  18. avatar Elyse G. reply

    They have always been by my side…during my best days and my worst. I couldn’t ask for a better group of ladies to stand by my side. *fingers crossed*

  19. avatar Danielle O’Malley reply

    What I love most about all 8 (yes 8!) of my bridesmaids is that each one has a very specific role in my life. They each come from my different worlds: family, high school, college, work, etc. It’s so nice that after all of these years I can find a way to say thank you to each of them!

  20. avatar Jenny Lucas reply

    My bridesmaids come from different times in my life and didn’t know each other before I asked them to be a maid, but they all get along SO well and are nothing but supportive! Also, two of my bridesmaids are brides-MEN, which I think is fabulous :)

  21. avatar Carolyn reply

    I love how each and every one of my 9 (!!) bridesmaids is so different from the other but each holds a special place in my life and my heart. They are all special in their own way and forever will be.

  22. avatar Kelli reply

    I have the best bridesmaids because they keep me sane when I begin to feel overwhelmed. They also send me sweet ideas for my wedding decor and tips on how to not stress leading up to the big day :)

  23. avatar Ashley Costanzo reply

    I love my bridesmaids because they are my sisters and closest friends. They make me smile and are always there for me!

  24. avatar Michelle reply

    Love catching up with your blog! Definitely a great place to gather ideas for my big day!!

  25. avatar Veranda Hillard reply

    I love that they are all willing to put their lives on hold to be there to help me celebrate my bug day in a different state!

  26. avatar Sarah R reply

    I only have one bridesmaid, but she is the best! We have been through thick and thin, laughing…and crying. But no matter what we have been through, she will be my best friend until the end. I’m so lucky to have her in my life!

  27. avatar Nicole-Lynn reply

    I love that bridesmaids offer their love and support throughout the engagement journey! So fun and important to have that!

  28. avatar Deidre reply

    Love Sugar Paper LA and those earrings!

  29. avatar Laura reply

    I love the way they represent the different parts of my life so completely. They’re all the kind of friends that you can go a while without seeing and still pick right up where you left off.

  30. avatar Claire reply

    They’ve always been there for me and they’re excited to be there for me when I get married!

  31. avatar Sky Evans reply

    I love their kindness

  32. avatar leslie reply

    I love my bridesmaids because they are loyal friends

  33. avatar Stephanie Pardue reply

    I love my bridesmaids because they are the absolute best girls! We are all so different, but we all love and support each other no matter what, and I am so excited to have each of them stand by me when I marry my best friend!!!

  34. avatar Shannon reply

    What don’t I love about my bridesmaids? They are sweet, caring, supportive, and there for me whenever I need them. They also love to have a good time!

  35. avatar Jordan Troublefield reply

    Love all my girls impact that they have had during the different seasons of my life. Such sweet personalities all around.. and the best support group! No better people to have stand by my side

  36. avatar Madison reply

    My 5 bridesmaids are all friends. I love their honesty, sincerity and friendship. We live across the 5 edges of the continental US today (Boston, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Seattle & Maui), but the moment we are in the same room again it as if no time has passed. It is the best feeling in the world.

  37. avatar Kelly Hughes reply

    My bridesmaids have stood by me through thick and thin. I love them!

  38. avatar Victoria reply

    I love that my bridesmaids have huge hearts and are so excited to share my day with me!

  39. avatar Erin O. reply

    I love my bridesmaids for their kind hearts and adventurous spirits! Plus two of them are my sisters, so of course that’s extra meaningful!

  40. avatar Aly reply

    The fact that she always listens to me when I need to talk the most

  41. avatar Katelyn reply

    I am the luckiest bride-to-be to have my beautiful bridesmaids be a part of all that is leading up to our wedding in 2015. They mean the absolute world to me. There isn’t anything that I do not love about these lovely ladies. They are thoughtful, sweet, kind, helpful, sincere, dependable, fun, loving, …and the list goes on and on! These darling earrings would be a sweet way for me to thank these girls for playing such a special role in my every day life and on this exciting journey to tie the knot (or pretty bow).

  42. avatar Vanessa Miller reply

    My bridesmaids are all wonderful and my favorite thing about each of them is they have all come from different parts of my life. They all know me from different times but we all share something special!

  43. avatar Grace reply

    My bridesmaids include my sister, my future sister, and three ladies who might as well be my sisters (partners in crime since 1st grade!). My bridesmaids are among the most important people in my life, and I want my wedding to be as special for them as it will be for me.

  44. avatar Jo reply

    They are smart, funny, and accomplished women! I am proud to call them my friends and family.

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