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Happy Friday, belles! Since we just flipped the calendar page again (hello, May!) and Lisa and I have been hard at work with our team of stylists and vendors making Volume 9 magic happen, we thought it was time for a little #MakingSouthernWeddings update here on the blog! We have two editorial shoots under our belts (hooray!), two coming up this month, two in June, and one that is yet to be scheduled – but will likely end up being in June, too! We’ve actually already gotten the photos back from our first shoot, and let’s just say, there were some dancing lady and heart eye emoji texts involved amongst our team. We can’t wait for you to see!! But in the meantime, here’s what we can share…

Our first editorial was staged in sunny Florida. We had the help of two long-time Blue Ribbon Vendors, Ashton Events and Justin DeMutiis, and since I was out on maternity leave, Lisa also had Marissa by her side! (That’s her wearing one of our cute shoot aprons from Oatmeal Lace, above.) This shoot was bright and colorful, with just a hint of gold and citrus :)

Our second editorial took place at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta. Yeah, we couldn’t stop staring at that ceiling, either! We were thrilled to take on an indoors shoot – something a little different for us – and hope y’all will love having some ballroom inspiration in our next issue! Of course, peonies arranged by Blue Ribbon Vendor Jacin Fitzgerald, an epic tulle wedding gown, and photos by Sawyer Baird don’t hurt, either. I was back from maternity leave for this one, and it was extra fun to have my little girl and my Mom in tow for the day! But don’t get me started on Atlanta traffic… yeesh!

As always, follow along on Instagram and Snapchat for more Southern Weddings V9 action as it unfolds! You can find everything on our account, @SouthernWeddings, and the #SouthernWeddingsV9 and #MakingSouthernWeddings hashtags. And don’t forget: we will be reviewing real weddings for Volume 9 through August, so send them our way! We can’t WAIT to see your big days!! You can find our submission guidelines here.

P.S. Interested in being a Volume 9 sponsor? There’s still time, and we would love to have you! In fact, we’re running a special deal until May 9, so hop like a bunny and email Marissa!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Christine reply

    Can’t wait to see it!! xoxo
    Christine
    http://www.ccaseyphotography.com

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As many of you know, Lara and Ari are expecting a baby at the end of July (hooray!). While our print photo shoots usually take place in May, June, July, and August, this year we decided to slide everything up a few months to better accommodate Lara’s maternity leave. So far, we have been LOVING our new, earlier schedule, and have been rewarded with beautiful, warm (not hot) shoot days and glowing (not sweating) models! Lisa and I are also totally tickled that it’s only the beginning of May and we’ve already put three editorials in the books – totally different from last year, when our second shoot was in June!

Though we’ve been sharing all along on Instagram (follow the #MakingSouthernWeddings hashtag), we wanted to catch y’all up on the blog, too. Here’s a peek at where we are so far with V8!

Since we were starting so much earlier this year, we knew our first few shoots had to be wayyy down South, where it gets warmer and greener earlier! Lisa and I had the pleasure of traveling to Texas in March for two back-to-back projects. Our first was in Houston with Heather Hawkins behind the camera. We had a whole host of Blue Ribbon Vendors on hand to make the magic happen, including Christina Leigh Events, Tamara Menges, Tracy Melton Artistry, and Bourbon & Bloom Vintage Rentals!

Even more fun, since Houston is Lisa’s stomping grounds, we got to stay with her family while we were in town, and her mom came to help out the day of the shoot! It’s a family affair at Southern Weddings :)

From Houston we took a mini road trip through Texas Hill Country (complete with blue bonnets!) and landed in Austin. We lucked out with another gorgeous day for our adventure with Kristen Kilpatrick, Without Wax, Katy, and BRV friends Southern Fried Paper and Jen Dillender!

We were working with a very different palette but another super fun crew at the coolest venue (Star Hill Ranch). Y’all are going to DIE when you see this one – Lisa says it’s her new favorite Southern Weddings shoot ever! :)

Our most recent shoot was in our backyard, out in rural North Carolina. We were working with the prettiest shades of pink and purple and a HUGE crew for this one, spearheaded by Blue Ribbon Vendors Nancy Ray and Hey Gorgeous Events. A whole host of other BRV friends came out to play, including Heartstone Films, Ashley Cakes, Lula Hair & Makeup, and Paisley & Jade.

The weather was so nice that day our shoot almost felt like a picnic instead of a work event!

Despite all of those smiling faces you see up there, the highlight for everyone was undoubtedly Gumdrop the pig. Yes, there was a pig in the shoot, and everyone patiently waited for his or her turn to take a portrait with him!

Three down, four more to go! I love seeing these shoots come to life for so many reasons, but the top two are getting to work alongside talented vendors (I learn something new every time!) and getting to meet our sweet reader models. We’ve worked with more than 25 guys and gals already, and I can’t wait to see where our last four shoots take us!

P.S. Vendors and creative friends, want in on the action? Our ad pages are filling up fast, but we’d love to reserve a spot for you! We all agree this is shaping up to be our best crop of advertisers ever! Fill out this form and Marissa will be in touch lickety-split.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Laura reply

    One of my favorite things about Southern Weddings is getting to see all of the behind the scenes action of the making of the magazine! It’s like seeing a trailer for a movie you can’t wait to see :)

  2. avatar Dana reply

    Cannot wait for the magazine to come out and see all the details of these stunning shoots!!!!

  3. avatar Ciera Chante reply

    Can’t wait to see it all in print! Look like y’all had a blast!

  4. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Love this post! Thank you so much for including me in such a memorable shoot. Gumdrop was definitely a hit!

  5. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    It’s such a delight to see behind-the-scenes of the editorial process! Thank you for sharing :)

  6. avatar Christina L. Frederick reply

    I love this post! Thank you so much for including the CLE Team for the Houston shoot! I can’t wait to see all of the final images in SWV8! Yea! xo

  7. avatar Elizabeth Lane reply

    I love the behind-the-scenes posts! Gumdrop the pig might just be the cutest little pig I have ever seen!

  8. avatar Ginger reply

    Thank you for this amazing post=) It made my day=) Congrats. You had an awesome wedding=) Soon I start planning mine too=) I am so excited I have already found some ideas from this community Wedding Forward and I can’t wait for it=) I want an ideal but small ceremony and invite only the closest ppl)

  9. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Oh Goodie! What a fun fun day my friends :)

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It is so hard to believe that we’re wrapping up our V7 photo shoot season! We have loved spending the summer traveling across the South to work on some truly beautiful, meaningful editorials that we can’t wait to add to the Southern Weddings archives. But before that happens, we have just a few more photo shoots to go (plus all of the magazine writing and layout, of course!), and we are SO excited about where we’re headed next…Atlanta!

We are looking for a bride and groom and bridesmaids for a shoot on August 25. All hair/skin colors are welcome! If chosen, we will need you to be available on site from about noon – 8 p.m. We might start later or end earlier, but we want you to be prepared!

If you’re interested, please send an email to howdy@southernweddings.com with the subject line V7 Atlanta Model Call. Be sure to include a recent headshot (no need for professional photos, we just want to see your lovely face!), a few candid photos, and your height. Please note that we do not provide monetary compensation for time or travel, but we promise it’s going to be a blast! :)

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Lauren reply

    Are you looking for couples already married or engaged couples? Is wardrobe included or do you bring your own?

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Couples can be engaged/married/dating–doesn’t matter! Wardrobe will be provided.

  2. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] appeared in Life and Love in the South. We’re looking for reader models in Atlanta–see this post for details on how to apply. I picked out bridesmaid dresses for my wedding! We love Mattye and […]

  3. avatar Kelsey reply

    Hello SW girls! Did you already select models? I was crossing my fingers hoping I’d get picked, but haven’t heard back.

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Kelsey! We have not responded to anyone yet, so hang tight :) Thanks for your patience!

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