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Moments after I finished the real wedding interview for the blog, I sent Mrs. Emily Thomas an email with a flurry of excitement and a million exclamation points. The process of filling out the questions brought me right back to my wedding day, and I immediately knew that I would treasure having these answers forever. I also knew that we needed to figure out how to give this gift of memory capturing to ALL our brides. While we can’t feature every reader’s wedding on Southern Weddings (gah, I wish we could), we want to give everyone the opportunity to remember and record this special season of life. Our solution? Meet: Memories of Us: A Prompted Wedding Journal

This sweet prompted journal covers everything from your engagement to the emotional whirlwind of your wedding day, to your honeymoon, to the sweet early days of newlywed life. We know all these memories are precious and we don’t want you to forget a thing! The prompts are inspired by the real wedding interview from the SW blog and print magazine and encourage you to capture all the moments (both big and small) of your marriage journey. We hope that your journal becomes a keepsake for years to come!

Every single one of my girlfriends who gets engaged gets a Memories of Us journal as a gift from KPW and me. Why? Because as someone who self-identifies as an “anti-journaler’ I love this little memory keeper so very much!! The prompts make it feel less like a ‘journal’ (important for someone who is anxious at the thought of free-writing) and more like answering the best and most personal questionnaire. (There are also extra blank pages to capture your feelings and other details if you are a journal kind of gal.)

After getting engaged, I was bombarded with people who told me “good luck, you won’t remember a single thing about your wedding day.” As a gal who had been looking forward to getting married since the ripe old age of four, this was less than encouraging. I knew our wedding season would be a whirlwind, but I was determined to remember as many moments as possible, and I want the same for all my best friends and for all of you. We have a limited number of journals available right here so snag one for yourself or a best friend who recently got a new left-hand sparkler!

I’m grateful that the Memories of Us: A Prompted Wedding Journal is one of my Southern Weddings claims to fame. And even more grateful that our future kids and grandkids will be able to flip back through our wedding memory journal and giggle over the missing candle incident and understand why the first few chords of Strawberry Wine always make me burst into tears.

Happy memory capturing, belles!

PS: Want a peek inside the pages of the journal? Don’t miss the fun video at the bottom of this page: Memories of Us: A Prompted Wedding Journal

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Tu Nguyen reply

    Many people would do a blog but I still love a good old journal <3

  2. avatar Bella Vita Montreal Wedding Photography reply

    love this!!

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Kristin and I often joke about our hair washing schedules, but let’s be honest… we’re only semi-joking. Of course, this makes me extra thankful for easy and chic hairstyles that can be done on second (or third!) day hair. So, if you’re in need of a fun Valentine’s Day style that’s quick and stylish, I have something just for you. And, of course, we put a bow on it!

Big SW hugs to Brooke of Colorbox Photographers for these fun photos.

To start, tease all over the crown of your head, focusing on the center. (If you need a little teasing refresher course, take a peek at this post!) After I have sufficient height, I spray it all over with a workable hairspray and smooth out my part/swoop with a comb.

Then, using a good old-fashioned hair tie, I secure all my hair in a low ponytail. I try to keep the shape and body of the tease while wrapping the hair tie as many times as will comfortably fit. Then, I pull ONLY the underneath of the ponytail tighter, while leaving the top layer of hair with volume. Next, I lay my hands flat on my head and gently push the top layer of hair forward to increase the “bump.”

Now for two of my favorite tricks for the perfect Southern pony! First, using the rat tail of the comb, I carefully reshape and pull up any hair that might not be exactly where I want it (check from the front to see if the shape is symmetrical). I also like to pull the back up a bit more to give it a little extra oomph! Second, I lift half of the hair from the ponytail and place an itty bitty clear (or whatever color matches your hair best!) claw clip in the middle. This helps give your ponytail that little bump that just looks extra cute.

And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I added a bright red bow! I actually used leftover Christmas ribbon, but any ribbon will do. Grosgrain is great because of its texture.

There you have it, belles!I’d love to hear if there are any beauty or hair tutorials you’d like to see in the future!

Photos by Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers, shot at Kim Box Studios.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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When it comes to interior design and decór in our home, my husband and I have… differing tastes. And it’s not just a feminine vs. masculine thing. Brandon leans toward a more modern and sleek style, while I tend to fall for a classic, traditional, Southern look. Think: black leather couch alongside white monogrammed hand towels. However, there’s one decor concept we’re agreed on: our love for displaying pieces that are unique or meaningful to our story. Oh, and college football!

If your house is anything like mine, I’m excited to introduce you to Southern Design today! Because, after showing Brandon their collection, we actually picked out a few of the same pieces that we’d love to hang in our home. It’s a minor miracle, friends. We already have a spot for this sign!

Personalized horseshoe | Custom city/state sign | Welcome Friends sign |Western welcome sign

Southern Design offers personalize-able home decor that both you and your beau can agree on. Their designs make it easy to incorporate collegiate or home state pride pieces into your home without sacrificing style, something that’s tricky to do. I also love that their products are made in America!

Home print | Forever and always print | Welcome Y’all metal hanger

Though we may not be wine connoisseurs ourselves, I am bookmarking their custom cork shadow box. Come Christmastime, I’ll be ready to check my sister-in-law off my list!

Initial cork shadow box | Last name cork shadow box | Personalized bottle cap shadow box

Tel me! Do you and your darling share the same style or are you, too, learning to compromise when it comes to home decorating?

This post is brought to you by Southern Design. Thank you so much for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

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