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Happy weekend, friends! I don’t know about y’all, but we are more than ready to spend the next few days relaxing and enjoying our loved ones–between the amazing Making Things Happen conference and our third editorial shoot for V8, all of the SW gals have been seriously hustling this week. With Easter comes so many sweet traditions, and we’d love to hear about your favorites over on the #SWFrontPorch!

From Inslee + Anderson‘s wedding, by Kate Headley

In case you missed it this week…

April marks our 7th birthday! Look back on seven years of SW (and take our annual reader survey for a Southern Weddings Shop discount code!) here.
The sweetest “favorite thing about marriage” in Sweet Tea Sunday.
Get your Pin It button ready–these spring bouquets are completely gorgeous!

As seen in V7, Inslee and Anderson were such a joyful and classic bride and groom!
Mary Grace and Jason loved including meaningful details and Southern traditions in their wedding.
Lucy and Will‘s Texas wedding included nods to both their heritage and their new life together.
Anna and Nathan celebrated their marriage with a wedding centered on beauty and community.

More weekend reading:

Hummingbird cake would be a delicious addition to your Easter table!
If you love spring cherry blossoms as much as we do, don’t miss this delicate inspiration board.
Spring is bridal shower season! Find our shower-throwing tips (plus some pretty pastel inspiration) here.

Have a sweet weekend and happy Easter!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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Kristin in our office loves to celebrate a birthday month, so we’re taking her lead this year and celebrating for 30 days instead of just one. After all, surviving and thriving for seven lucky years deserves some hoopla! Let’s kick off the party with a look at a few favorites – all in sets of seven!

Don’t forget – the link to our annual survey is at the bottom of this post!

More than any snack or photo or experience, though, we all agree the most important (and fulfilling!) work we’ve done over the last seven years is discovering our mission and using it to encourage our sweet readers. Our mission is to inspire brides to celebrate a life full of love – celebrating their families, the culture of the South, and what matters most to them – and then to draw from that rich well to plan a meaningful beginning to married life. In our own words, here’s what it means to each of us:

Emily: Our mission matters because every bride should have access to practical, relate-able, unbiased information that helps her plan a meaningful and beautiful wedding – and then get back to celebrating life with her love!

Lisa: Our mission matters because a wedding–a marriage–means the beginning of a family, and there is nothing more important, dignified, or beautiful than that.

Kristin: Our mission matters to me because I believe in the power of marriage and know that it has the ability to change the world. I believe in encouraging brides (and grooms) to focus on what matters most and thoughtfully prepare for their wedding AND their marriage.

Lara: Our mission matters because the wedding world is flooded with distractions from what truly matters. Brides often look first to Pinterest when starting their wedding planning journeys, but what will last longer is looking to their relationship with their spouse.

Marissa: Our mission matter because years from now, we won’t remember the days the bed wasn’t made or the dinners that were eaten on paper plates instead of fancy china. We’ll remember the times we laughed until we cried with our best friends, the feeling of being surrounded by everyone you love as you twirl during your first dance, and the sweet first smile of that tiny baby. And, that there is always a happily ever after (whatever that may be, or even if it involves hard work!).

Nicole: Our mission matters because every marriage is a unique story. It isn’t dictated by your past or your doubts, but by deep love, hard work, and the support of a wonderful community.

Morgan: Our mission matters because marriages are worthy of being celebrated! A wedding is an exciting, lovely, and important beginning to married life.

That’s the good stuff, y’all! Thank you, from the very bottom of our hearts, for joining us in spreading this mission. We could NOT ask for better readers, and we are so grateful for the ways you ladies encourage us, cheer us on, and link arms with us in living out our mission and the Sweet Tea Society every day. Cheers to y’all!

Could we ask one more favor? Our annual survey is up and we’d love for you to weigh in. (Personally, I love taking surveys, so I hope y’all do, too!) Everyone who completes the survey will receive a discount code for our shop – perfect for picking up the Southern Weddings Planner, our Project Life set, or the newest issue of the magazine! In addition, we’ll be drawing a winner from all those who submit their email addresses at the end and giving away one copy of the SW Planner (or, if you already have the Planner, a PL bundle!).

The survey should take about five minutes to complete, and we have two versions:

CLICK HERE to take the survey if you are a bride or groom currently planning a wedding.
CLICK HERE to take the survey if you are a wedding professional, a family member or friend, a married lady, or just someone who loves weddings!

Thank y’all SO much in advance!! We are grateful for you and want to do everything we can to make Southern Weddings even better!

Team photos by Jodi Miller, one of our Blue Ribbon Vendors!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Kirsti reply

    Congrats on the last seven years! I cannot wait to see what all wonderful things will be in the future of SW!

  2. avatar Karina reply

    Congratulations on seven years! I filled out the survey and tried to use the coupon code to get the Project Life bundle, but it didn’t seem to work. Could I get some help with that please?

  3. avatar Rhiannon reply

    I sort of want to frame this photo of you gals! I love you all :)

  4. avatar Jessica Chavez reply

    Happy Anniversary ladies!! All the reasons you posted about your mission is exactly why I’m crazy in love with your magazine and all you do! Keep up the amazing work!! xoxo

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It’s always a joy having our friend and Blue Ribbon Vendor Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events in our office, especially when it means we’re making something pretty together for the next issue! Rhi, Nancy Ray, Lisa, and I are in the wilds of North Carolina under a beautiful blue sky today creating our third editorial for Southern Weddings V8, and we couldn’t be more excited! (And I think you should be, too, if you saw yesterday’s flower peek on instagram!) Stay tuned to our account for more #MakingSouthernWeddings peeks throughout the day.

In the meantime, feast your ideas on these four gorgeous bouquets Rhi put together – if they don’t make you happy spring is here, I don’t know what will!

Bouquet includes: white sweet pea, green eye anemone, Duchesse De Nemour peonies, Patience garden roses, white ranuncula, bay leaves, white Majolika spray rose, and black privet berry

This sweet and feminine bouquet includes Kiera garden roses, Sarah Bernhart and Jules Elie peonies, pink Majolika spray roses, right pink ranuncula, white lilacs, and jasmine vine.

Rhi’s whimsical orange bouquet includes Icelandic poppies, scented geranium leaves, yellow ranuncula, orange ranuncula, Campanella garden roses, white veronica, white anemones with black eye, dahlias, peach finess roses, and Sarah Bernhart peonies.

Rhi’s final bouquet is bold and glam. It includes Red Charm peony, King protea, Echeveria Colorata succulent (pink lavender), Echeveria Agavoides succulent (green), purple clematis, poppy pods, purple anemone, and Moody Blues roses.

Thanks so much to Rhi for sharing, and to the other talented vendors who made this shoot happen!

Styling, concept and florals: Hey Gorgeous Events | Photography: Bradley James Photography | Gowns, accessories and styling: Stacy Fork, The Gown Shop Ann Arbor | Make Up: Alexandra Nicole Make Up | Hair: Jillian’s Salon

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Sarah reply

    The gown, with the pink hued train, my I ask who the designer is? That’s very pretty! The flowers are also beautiful!

  2. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Thank you gals for the sweet feature! We loved this project and love seeing it here even more :)

  3. avatar Hey Gorgeous, The Blog – Hey Gorgeous Events Floral Artistry reply

    […] can see more over on the Southern Weddings Magazine blog! And a big thank you to everyone who came out for the day to help make this possible. I am forever […]

  4. avatar Anastasia Kristina reply

    LOVE LOVE you featured a model with tattoos! That’s what I’m talking about!!

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