Four years ago, I got an email from Lara that I read during the closing credits of The Great Gatsby at the movie theater. It contained a job offer, and let’s just say that more than few moviegoers expressed concern over the tears I burst into! I packed up my Honda Accord and moved from Austin, Texas to Chapel Hill, North Carolina a month later.
Since then, I’ve worked on 15 photo shoots, traveled on 14 business trips, covered Bridal Market in NYC twice, attended the Making Things Happen Intensive six times, spoke at the Bliss and Bespoke and Trouvaille workshops, co-wrote the Joyful Wedding Planner, and wrote almost 1000 blog posts and probably close to 100 magazine features. More importantly, I had SO much fun. I believed wholeheartedly in the work I was doing, and the girls I worked with became like family to me.
As many of you know, a lot happened outside of work during these years, too. Dave and I got engaged. He moved to North Carolina. We got married and shared an incredible first year of marriage. We bought a house. And, in September, we became parents to our precious baby boy.
I had originally planned to follow in the footsteps of the many AMAZING, inspiring mamas I work with, but over the last few months, I’ve realized that this is a new season for me in more ways than one. Through many prayers, I made the very personal decision that my time with Southern Weddings had come to an end.
And so, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for your support over the years. It has been an incredible, humbling, and joyful privilege to celebrate so many of you as you got engaged, said “I do,” shared your beautiful weddings with us, and then stayed in touch as a newlywed. Many of you have become much more than readers to me—you’re precious friends! I will be in the front row of SW’s cheering squad as they move forward with two wonderful new team members I know you’ll love.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being the sweetest readers below the Mason-Dixon. It has been an honor to be a small part of your days through Southern Weddings.
All my love,
P.S. I couldn’t resist—below, find some of my very favorite photos and memories of the past four years!
My first team photos, for V6–feels like forever ago! (Landon Jacob)
One of my most cherished Southern Weddings/life memories: when Dave proposed at the V6 launch party! (Callie Davis)
Meeting Carolina Herrera at my first Bridal Market with Emily. We were so starstruck! (Divine Light Photography)
One of my favorite team photo shots ever! (Jodi and Kurt)
Two weeks before my wedding, the girls threw me a gorgeous surprise bridal shower! (Julia Wade)
An SW family photo at my wedding :) (Just missing Marissa and Brandon!) (Ryan Ray)
Another favorite from Bridal Market, this time with Kristin (Kat Harris)
The V8 launch party, with my mama and sister in attendance–so fun! (Theo Milo)
Silly selfies and one of my very first baby bump photos at the V9 team shoot (Jake + Heather)
And finally, the most recent launch party, which was such a joy to attend in the middle of my maternity leave! (AJ Dunlap)
A note from the rest of us: Needless to say, many tears have been shed over Lisa’s farewell. But mostly, we are so, SO grateful for all that she has given to our company and to y’all over the last four years–and how her love for our mission and our readers will live on in things like the Joyful Wedding Planner! Please join us in sending her love today!