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Happy April Fool’s Day!

Small town venues lend a special charm to Southern weddings everywhere, and we just can’t get over how much fun the jean short (“jort”)-wearing guests seem to be having at Elaine + Bruce’s Florida shindig.  CMT was on-hand to document the high school sweethearts’ Southern soiree at the Horse Hole Mud Bog.  The best thing about holding your wedding at a local mud pit?  Ya don’t have to wear shoes!  (Trust us: guests will thank you later when they don’t have to muddy-up their favorite pair of cowboy boots while four wheeling.)  Sure, we love the personalized DIY projects (invitations handwritten on paper napkins plus an oversized beer can archway) the couple wove into their big day, but our favorite detail of all?  The giant matrimonial beer slide that took the place of a traditional aisle.  Fun!  Celebrity Tom Arnold officiated the intimate wedding before guests noshed on a mud-themed wedding cake.  Now, if only we could get Emily to stop oggling the wait staff’s sleek owl-studded tank tops and cute orange shorts…

For more from this wedding, click here!

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  1. avatar Leslee Mitchell reply

    Oh my goodness. The muddy cake is absolutely hysterical!!!! I love it.

  2. avatar Audrey reply

    You simply MUST tell us where to find the bride’s elegant hairpiece.

  3. avatar mike steelman reply

    I want to go to there! :) Looks like a blast… Congrats Elaine & Bruce!

  4. avatar Latrice reply

    I seriously had to rub my eyes when I logged on and saw this. It was like WOAH! Good April Fools Ladies! The mud cake is what’s up!

  5. avatar Shelby reply

    Okay, I thought you were serious there for a minute. Good one!!

  6. avatar Dennis reply

    Actually, I can totally imagine a shindig like this say in Daytona Beach at the height of Race Weeks (say, the day before Daytona 500). Totally digging the beer cans arch!

  7. avatar Charity Hall reply

    My first reaction: "What in the world?!!!!" Second reaction: Why is the last link to Wikipedia….oh yeah, April Fool’s! Thanks–great joke!

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Over the years we’ve amassed a collection of… ahem… more humorous images of the SW staff + friends. Yes, we’ve taken many a lovely portrait together, but y’all know that behind every good portrait is an even better out-take.  In honor of our blogaversary, we’ve decided to open the vault and share a few with you, our dear readers, at the risk of our own embarrassment. 

To see these gems, all you need to do is head over to our Facebook Fan page.  If you’re not already a fan, become one!* 

Then, choose any photo from our “Out-Take Album” and create a hilarious caption for it.  We’ll pick the best one and announce the winner next Friday, April 9! 

To sweeten the deal, our wittiest reader will win a copy of the extremely rare print edition Volume I.

To whet your appetite…

Yep, that’s what I thought.  Head to the Facebook Fan page now!

*To be honest, we’ve been neglecting our Facebook Fan page.  So, we’ve been brainstorming ways to make it a more exciting place since y’all seem to love it.  Stay tuned, because we’ve got some awesome ideas that we’ll be rolling out in the next few weeks and months.

PS Wanna shoot our next cover?

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  1. avatar 2010: YEAR IN REVIEW « Lara Casey reply

    […] seeing my playhouse still intact in the backyard. Back in the office in NC, we celebrated our Two Year Blogaversary and set out to plan V3 (Volume 3 of Southern Weddings).  Lots of brainstorming, a bajillion […]

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That’s right, y’all! Southern Weddings has officially been around for two whole years, which, in blog-time, is a fairly lengthy tenure.  In real-world time, however, it’s pretty much just a blip — making what’s happened in these two years even more amazing! 

Our site design has certainly changed…

…our name has changed (anyone else remember the days of SWS?)…

…we moved from publishing a blog to publishing a blog and a magazine…

…but our focus has remained the same: to bring a sweet, Southern sensibility to weddings the world over, and to bring the best of weddings the world over to the South.  Whether you live in Charlottesville or Chicago, our aim is to inspire.

We’ve got a few goodies coming up throughout the day and over the next week to celebrate, but we wanted to take a minute to send out a few thank yous.

First, to our readers.  We love y’all, plain and simple.  You tell us when we’ve done well, you tell us when we appear to be off our rockers, you tell us what you love and want more of, and you tell us what you’d be happy to never see again for the rest of your life.  You’re the life of this blog.  As of this morning, we’ve registered 14,627 comments.  We read every. single. one.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The other HUGE thank you goes to our vendor partners.  Whether you’ve sponsored our site in the past or present, are featured regularly, have been featured once, or have never been featured, THANK YOU for believing in SW as a great place to share your work.  We could not be more proud that you trust us enough to form a partnership. 

Nothing is more Southern than a good ole fashioned hand-written thank you note, so here is a little note of thanks from our Editor-in-Chief, Lara Casey.

Here’s to two, twenty, or two hundred (!) more years of Southern Weddings!

xo Emily, Katharine, Whitney, Sandi, Lara and AKP too! 

PS Be sure to follow us on Twitter today and tell us why you love Southern Weddings for a chance to win an iTunes gift card! 


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  1. avatar Divamom-Act II reply

    Love your website/blog/everything you do.I’m a total wedding junkie who gets her fix with SW.Congratulations!

  2. avatar Abbie reply

    Woohoo! Time has really flown. I was just talking to someone less than a month ago about the old "name" of the blog. Keep up the fabulous posting!

  3. avatar Sierra Piland reply

    I was very confused by who AKP was, but then after looking at Abby K Pants twitter, I realized I have met her in person! Happy 2 year Mag/Blogaversary! Very exciting!

  4. avatar Amy Ruocco reply

    Congratulations SW… definitely an occasion worth celebrating!Amy RuoccoWeddingWindow.com

  5. avatar johnwaire | photo reply

    congratulations. BTW….lara…you have awesome penmanship!

  6. avatar Jessica Barker reply

    Congrats on 2 years!! :)

  7. avatar Melissa Schollaert reply

    Congrats y’all on your continued success! Thanks for the southern charm and inspiration! Love SW!

  8. avatar Mary Marantz reply

    Happy Blogaversary guys!! Here’s to many more!!M:)

  9. avatar Lauren reply

    Happy anniversary ladies!! I always enjoy reading the blog, it inspires me to be better at my craft. Congrats on 2 year and here’s to 20 more :)

  10. avatar christina reply

    happy blog anniversary…thanks for all the yummy inspiration goodness!

  11. avatar Christine -simplybloom reply

    Happy blogaversary!!! SW is ever so inspirig and we absolutely heart you guys!!Here is to you! Cheers! Ps: Lara, your handwriting is darling!!!

  12. avatar Robert Johnson reply

    congrats to y’all! thanks for all the inspiration. looking forward to many more years…

  13. avatar Kelly @ Notable Inspiration reply

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for an amazing, outrageous, totally unbelievable two years of inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you girls will bring in the future!

  14. avatar Latrice reply

    Happy Blogaversary! Here’s to many more awesome years of inspiration!

  15. avatar [email protected] reply

    Congratulations to you all!! I didn’t realise I’d been following almost since the beginning!! It’s such a fantastic source of inspriation and a MUST daily read…well several times a day actually! I look forward to your continued success!

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