Oh my stars! Things around the SW office have been sparkling and shining since V6 hit shelves on 11.12.13. We’re all still on a post-print high, celebrating the joy found in the 300+ pages of our latest issue every time one gets sent out from our shipping department. To top it off, we were elated to share our pretty new home with you after months of behind-the-scenes effort, and then happily shared another big announcement. In the midst of all the busy, we would have been remiss not to take time to celebrate the release of a book that shouts our mission from each and every one of its pages.
I think we started day-dreaming about the V6 Launch Party while we were still picking the gold glitter out of our hair from the V5 Launch Party. There is something so very magical about being able to celebrate our mission for marriage with our amazing friends, vendors and readers. This year over 300 of y’all caused quite a traffic jam outside the Carolina Inn as you arrived to join in the merrymaking.
We encouraged everyone to wear their best blue and silver! We think Gracie might have stolen the show in her sparkly star tights! And of course, we felt like princesses perfectly dressed for the ball in our LulaKate frocks.
The doors opened promptly at 7:30 to big cheers from the Southern Weddings gals. Imagine our surprise when the line was already snaking down the hallway! Luckily there were buttons (compliments of our friends at M2M Party Designs) to put on and friends to meet while waiting to enter the party. A HUGE thank you to our friends Rebecca and Renee with Millie Holloman Photogrpahy for capturing the details of the evening, including all 300+ hugs as we welcomed our guests to the party!
We practiced our shot with our lovely fall interns, Ana and Morgan. And no, you’re not seeing double — that’s Morgan’s twin next to her! We posed with big groups and little groups for an hour straight, and you can see all of the shots in our Facebook album!
Christina and her darling husband Blair, our beautiful cover couple, couldn’t resist recreating the magic of their cover image (Blair’s idea!). After Christina was blown away with our sneaky cover reveal, they decided they couldn’t miss out on celebrating with us at the launch party! They flew in from Texas and then spent the weekend traipsing around Chapel Hill on a mini-vacation.
And can we talk about the amazing lounge spaces created by Simply Put Vintage Rental? These spaces to sit and chat were a huge hit with everyone (including our own sweet Marissa and her precious baby bump who needed to put their feet up after a long night of greeting guests!).
Heavens to Betsy, I feel sorry for anyone who left this party hungry. Heidi and her team at the Carolina Inn outdid themselves this year. We pulled inspiration from the pages of V6 and there was no shortage of yummy (mini) Southern treats to munch on during the evening. We had mini pies (y’all, the mini chicken pot pies were to-die-for), Southern soup shooters, skillet mac & cheese, a bacon bar, a biscuit bar with pulled pork and fried chicken, a hot chocolate bar, and so much more. Of course, we washed it all down with mason jars full of lemonade and the always popular glass bottles of Cheerwine.
After having the chance to share our heartfelt thanks with EVERYONE who helped make V6 happen, we all joined together on the dance floor and cut a rug to Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” compliments of our joyful music entertainment for the evening: Long Leaf Trio with EastCost Entertainment
It’s not too often that all of the SW ladies AND our gents are in the same place, so of course we took the opportunity to get a photo. The only one missing? Miss Marissa’s Brandon!
If you had a sweet tooth, you were in hog-heaven at this party!! Natalie and her darling husband from Chic Sweets road-tripped up to North Carolina and brought with them the most delicious cake pops and sparkly candies. Our guests were able to make a bag of goodies for the road, although I have it on record that most of the treats were enjoyed before leaving the building!
And if you thought the list of savory foods blew you away, hold on to your hats! Ashley Cakes knocked our socks off with her dessert spread. Again, we pulled inspiration from the pages of V6 and Ashley brought them to life in the most magical way. We enjoyed mini pies (with blackberry being an office favorite), strawberry skewers and a three-tiered masterpiece with layers of red velvet, sweet potato, and strawberries and cream. Oh yes, and edible glitter.
The evening was topped off with beautiful signage and decorations from our favorite gal from Kentucky, Miss Kristen Becker of Five Dot Design. Rest assured, there was no shortage of sparkle or Southern glam.
As you may know, we streamed the entire evening live, via Usteam. Three cheers for technology, as it allowed friends far and wide to witness our sweet Lisa Olson’s engagement festivities (confetti included). We were so excited to be able to share in her sweet moment with her brand spankin’ new finance, Dave!
As everyone left for the evening, they snagged a goodie bag filled with treats from some of our favorites! Snickety Snacks provided adorable state cookies, Sugar Confetti Shop added sparkle with tubes of confetti and Image 2 Image provided the most darling koozies!
Of course, the evening wasn’t complete without a jump into the Hot Dog Photo. Mercy, the SW gals love a photo booth! (You can hop over to Facebook to see more — remember to tag yourself!). Thanks again, from the bottom of our hearts for joining in all the sparkly festivities! We love y’all!!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the photos from our Nashville friends! Blue Ribbon Vendor Amber Housley threw a mini satellite launch party that looked oh so fun!