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It has been a busy start to the year! We haven’t given y’all a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the SW gals in awhile, but we’re happily sharing a few glimpses from our time in and out of the office today. As Kristin says, February was the time of love and birthdays.

1. Marissa posted her favorite new shirt from Petal Boutique. It’s business in the front and a party in the back, she says!

2. I pulled out my Pantone swatches to do some color matching for a new product in the shop. Can you tell which print I was working on?

3. Kristin and the SW gals celebrated sweet Marissa’s birthday with a dance party and a cupcake. This is one of K’s favorite pictures ever. (Thanks Kat Harris!)

4. Lara launched her brand new site! See it here y’all.

5. Marissa’s suitcase was a bit over packed for her trip out west, so this Southern girl had to wear her winter coat through the airport!

6. Emily has been loving her tending list and notepad from the new Lara Casey shop.

7. Emily and John celebrated Valentine’s Day with dinner at home and a first viewing of their Inkspot long-form wedding film.

8. Valentine’s Day was delicious in the office thanks to a treat from our intern, Jessica. She gave us heart-shaped biscuits and jam!

9. Kristin and Kyle celebrated Valentine’s Day with a picnic on the floor of their living room using a quilt made by Kristin’s great aunt (a gorgeous wedding ring quilt, oh my stars)!

10. Marissa and her husband got a big laugh out of their last name being on the Padres pronunciation guide for Spring Training. (It’s pronounced “close,” not “clo-ess.”)

11. Grace surpassed walking and started running — a lot!

12. Emily was very happy about our closet overhaul and organization day. It now houses all of our pretty new prints!

13 In addition to their wedding film, Emily and John also received their disc of wedding images from Tanja. She included some gorgeous prints with hand-cut mats.

14. Kristin shared her love story with our amazing readers! Yay!!

15. We had plenty of exciting staff meetings this month as we reviewed our January goals and discussed ideas for V6!

16 Kristin spread some love to celebrate Emily’s birthday and sent a pile of goodies to The Birthday Party Project. (See Emily’s post on it here.)

17. We all appreciated the Southern charm dripping from the lovely cotton wreath on Lara’s office door.

18. My boyfriend and I watched our rival alma maters play against each other in basketball. The Tar Heels won. :)

Tell us: What did you do in February? What were the highlights of your month?

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    So many fun things happened in February, but I’m looking forward to the real start of spring! The highlight for me was a trip to Atlanta to visit my best friend. We had such a great weekend of incredible food and shopping, and of course, lots of girl talk!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Lisa, I love that! I’m looking forward to the real start of spring, too, and the chance to catch up with my best friend in her city.

  2. avatar ann reply

    When is the new issue of southern weddings available to buy?
    thank you

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That’s right , y’all! Its our very own Mrs. Emily Thomas’s birthday today! We would love for y’all to help us send her some birthday love!

Here’s how: Since it’s the very last day of February, that also means it’s the last day to jump on board with our February #SouthernDoin Challenge. Our Emily is one of the best gals you’ll find around these parts and she’s got a heart of gold when it comes to giving back. We love this gal’s passion for kindness, love and community. We’d love for y’all to honor this lovely lady’s birthday with something sweet. Nope, not with a cupcake or some red velvet cake, but with a random act of kindness or a surprise sweet gesture for someone you love. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SouthernDoin and wish this pretty girl the best birthday yet!

Happy Birthday, Emily! Lots of love and hugs, Marissa, Lara, Nicole + Kristin

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar amanda reply

    SO admirable! GO EM! Happiest birthday to you!!!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Happy birthday, Emily!! Wishing you a beautiful and blessed day!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Oh yay, friends! I love this!! If anyone’s looking for a kindness suggestion, take a peek at the Birthday Party Project!

  4. avatar Emily Alice reply

    Happy birthday, Emily!!

  5. avatar Shelby reply

    Happy Birthday Emily!!! I saw your wedding invitations on Oh so Beautiful Paper today! So exciting!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thank you, Shelby! And thank you for the heads-up on OSBP — I hadn’t seen it! :)

  6. avatar Bridget reply

    What a sweet idea. Someone did a random act of kindness for me yesterday, and it made my day! Happy Birthday, Miss Emily!

  7. avatar christen barnes reply

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for bringing so much beauty into the world. I hope this is your best year yet!!

  8. avatar Charlotte reply

    Happy birthday!

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Last week, we pulled off a big first for us Southern Weddings ladies! We actually got one past the incredible Ms. Emily Ayer, and SURPRISED her with a mini-inspired bridal shower! That’s right, with the help of some really fabulous friends, we tricked our own little bride-to-be into thinking we were headed to high tea at The Carolina Inn. Then the doozy came – we were actually throwing HER a shower!

When we arrived, Lara presented Emily with the unbelievably adorable mini-invitation to her shower (awesome job, Amber!). As you can see below, she was a bit surprised!

Our friend Heidi, the Director of Catering at The Carolina Inn, joined forces with the fab Erin McLean to dream up this sweetly Southern and completely “Emily” shower! We told them our girl likes pink, cupcakes and mini things and then we sent them a link to Em’s blog. Heidi and Erin ran with it, and created awesomeness! Boy, have we got talented friends!

I also have to brag a bit on Nicole – not only did Nicole help plan this gorgeous event, but she sat next to Emily everyday for about two months without spilling the beans!

Isn’t this girl cute? Yes, we are lucky enough to work with her every day!

Big thanks to all our friends who came far and wide to celebrate our sweet bride-to-be! And big SW hugs to Cyn Kain for capturing all the divine details of the day!

Congratulations to you, Miss Em! We are beyond thrilled for you, know you will be a stunning bride. We wish you all the love in the world!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Ravmek – Indian Wedding Planner reply

    Very Cute decor and Cyn Kain has captured the bride-to-be’s expressions and her surprise very beautifully.

  2. avatar Mariel reply

    So fabulous! You ladies sure know how to throw a party! Congrats to Emily!

  3. avatar Anastasia Marie reply

    This is absolutely adorable! Love the invites and that table setting is to die for!

  4. avatar Emily reply

    So fun to relieve this AMAZING shower through photos! And, I like how my mouth is wide open in every single one of the photos – clearly I was surprised!!

  5. avatar Whitney reply

    Oh this makes me so, so happy! Em, I hope you had a wonderful mini-bridal shower!!! Everything looks adorably scrumptious and Emily-inspired. I miss you!

  6. avatar Kelly Cummings reply

    Aww I love the look on Emily’s face, how perfect for a mini lover like herself! And those tiny teacups are too cute! And I’m obsessed with that hat box!

  7. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Oh I love re-living this day too! Such a sweet memory; thank you so much for including me in the surprise. Love you Emily! Less than 1 month to go!! xoxo

    PS. Currently craving a scone with clotted cream & jam :)

  8. avatar Cyn reply

    Loved spending this day with you ladies! Thanks for including me! Yay for getting married, Emily! Married life is the best :) xo

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