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Happy New Year’s Eve, ladies + gents! I also wanted to take a minute to share my personal highlights from the world of weddings with you.

My first highlight would have to be the Asheville hot air balloon story we shot last May. It was the first shoot I organized pretty much solo (though with LOTS of design help from Joy Thigpen), and everything just came together perfectly — the weather, the balloons, the photography, the models, the crew. It was a magical morning, exactly the kind of magazine experience you (or at least I!) dream about. This despite the 3:30am wakeup call – you know it must have been a good day! Take a peek at the finished product in V3 and the editorial gallery.

My second highlight would have to be my sister’s wedding. Again, magical doesn’t really begin to cut it. Time with my family has become increasingly precious as I’ve gotten older, and we were so lucky to be able to spend 10 full days with each other getting ready for the wedding in our favorite place in the world. I wrote five posts on the SW blog about Kate and Cormac’s big day — check them out here, here, here, here, and here.

In the same vein, my third highlight is Katharine and Kyle’s wedding. She’s not one for over-the-top verbiage, but I think even she would admit it was — yes, again — magical. The vows, getting to be her bridesmaid, the speeches at the reception, dancing and singing in a big circle at the end of the night — I loved it all and felt so lucky to be a part of it.

Lastly, my fourth highlight is attending Engage10 :: The Breakers. Not only did I get to vacation in Palm Beach for a few days (for work!), I had a chance to take a break and be inspired by everything from the food presentation to the amazing speakers and attendees. Some of the favorites I met or reconnected with? Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce, Shira Savada from Martha Stewart Weddings, Randy Fenoli (of course!), Tara Guerard, Annie Lee of Daughter of Design, Siri Eklund of Two Bright Lights, Carol Poon of The Bride and Bloom, photographer Gayle Brooker, Michelle Rago, and Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty. You can check out the posts I wrote about Engage here, here, and here.

What were your 2010 highlights?

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Peyton reply

    I love the dress in the hotair balloon picture! Who is the designer???

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Peyton! Thread made the gorgeous dress from the hot air balloon shoot. Hope that helps!

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Three cheers for 2010!

It feels like I was just writing my year-in-review post for 2009, and here I am recapping 2010. If I thought last year, what with graduating from college, taking my first job and relocating to a new state, was busy, 2010 knocked ’09’s socks off!

I can sum up my year in two pictures:

Yes, in the short time between 2009 and 2010, I went from new college grad to blushing bride in what felt like the blink of an eye. Of course, there was a lot of fun (and work!) in between. Here’s what I’ve been up to this year.

This time last year (December 28, to be exact), Kyle and I announced our engagement. After a quick celebration in Cambridge and then NYC over the New Year, we set the date for September 11, 2010, five years to the day after our first meeting on the first day of freshman year.

My father, sister and the entire SW team ventured to Kleinfeld’s for a dress shopping extravaganza. With Randy Fenoli’s help, we managed to find the perfect dress.

And the wedding planning frenzy ensued! With a short nine-month engagement egging me on, I jam-packed my winter and early spring with dress shopping (for me + my beautiful maids), flower picking, cake tasting, ceremony planning and bridal showering. (Be sure to revisit Emily’s and my weekly posts in my personal blog for all the fun.)

We like to have our picture taken, especially when there’s a SmileBooth involved.

At Sara’s North Carolina wedding, Kyle + I practiced dance moves for our own big day.

With the warmer months approaching, the SW team jumped into full wedding planning mode for two special brides. Somewhere and somehow over those two very busy weekends, I managed to have sneak in some fun with my co-workers and Kyle, who served as our special helper.

We didn’t have professional pictures taken before the wedding, but we like to consider these candids from Nancy Ray our engagement shots.

I’m not sure what’s more impressive: that we’re all in the same place at the same time, or that everyone is smiling and keeping their hands to themselves.

In June, little brother Christian graduated from high school and headed off to college at Virginia Tech. Go, Hokies! “Three down, one to go,” says a happy Dad.

Before we knew it, summer was upon us and we were less than three months from our big day. Kyle’s mom and sister threw me a proper Cincinnati bridal shower to welcome me into the Gibler family, and my best friend / co-Maid of Honor, Molly, arranged a Jane Austen-inspired tea in North Carolina.

Since we met at Harvard, it only seemed appropriate that Kyle and I return to our beloved campus for our September nuptials. Memorial Church was the perfect setting for our black-tie evening wedding!

Finally! On September 11, 2010, five years to the day after we first met in an awkward Never-Have-I-Ever icebreaker outside our freshman dorm, my college sweetheart and I said “I do,” replete with personal, handwritten vows, a string quartet and the biggest bridal party known to man. I’m from the South. Don’t judge.

On the steps of Widener Library at Harvard, surrounded by our eighteen-strong troupe of bridal attendants. Pictured: my two brothers, and little sister, Kyle’s brothers, sister and sister-in-law, and a handful of family, high school and college friends. Can you spot Miss Emily?

With Kyle’s family and friends in Cincinnati. Can you tell who’s related to whom? Hint: don’t let the red hair fool you!

We’d only been newlyweds for six weeks when we jetted off to Cincinnati for Kyle’s brother’s wedding to Wei. It was funny to hear to hear Kyle and his family refer to me as his wife. In fact, I’m still getting used to my new title.

2010 wasn’t all about weddings – though, between the two of us, Emily and I definitely kept the office hopping back and forth to the altar. In December, the SW team set off for our annual visit to Santa’s workshop. Here’s a list of what I asked for this year.

Kyle and I were excited to send our very first Christmas card. Black, white and totally me.

Which brings us to today, the last day of 2010. I said it last year, but this year was the craziest, most wonderful year of my life. With an engagement, wedding and all-around fabulous year on the books for 2010, 2011 has some pretty big shoes to fill. Maybe I’ll get lucky and have a quiet year as a newlywed.

Then again, I wished for a quiet year last year, and look what I got! Happy 2011, y’all!

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Happy New Year’s Eve! « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

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  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Love this nostalgic post! Very lovely. And Katharine… if you ever want a few more engagement / newlywed photos, just say the word! I’m only 30 minutes away… ;]


  3. avatar GSH reply

    I am trying to get an answer to a question on whether if you know that if you are having a small wedding and know that everyone cannot be invited is it in poor taste to have a large party in the town you live with friends and both families and their friends before the wedding? or is it more tasteful to do that after the wedding. Example — wedding will be a Destination wedding, list limiting…and a part two to this question is it appropriate for the groom’s side to host this event since they live in the town where the couple will reside. Thank you!

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Well, my dearies, I don’t know about you, but I’m still basking in the glow of Christmas even as New Year’s Eve sneaks around the corner! To celebrate this lovely in-between time, we have a glamorous yet sweet fashion shoot to share. Shannon Nicole Smith sent in the sparkly submission and was both the photographer and stylist for the day. Solutions Bridal provided the gowns (and the larger bow!), In Bloom Florists the bouquets, and Le Chic Studio the insanely (sorry, I can’t help it!) chic hairpieces and veils. Props also go to Sarah Hearts for the torn fabric backdrop spotted in a few photos. Enjoy, and happy almost New Year’s!

Those beautiful blushes? All courtesy of Make Me Up Labs. I love how fresh and sweet these ladies look!

Anyone else IN LOVE with the sparkly bolero or petite bow veil?! I DIE!

For any ladies who might be interested, I have a few more details on the dresses…

Dress No. 1: Mimi by Watters (silk taffeta full a-line with pleating at the natural waist and chapel train)
Dress No. 2: Tabernas by Watters (fitted dropped waist mermaid with a gathered skirt created with silk organza)
Dress No. 3: By Marisa (Silk satin rouged bodice with a multiple layered organza skirt)
Dress No. 4: Torrean by Watters (silk satin bodice with textured neckline and skirt created with hand cut flowers with swarovski center)

…and bouquet: white mini calla lilies, spray roses, porcelina, and yellow stock (tied with satin ribbon).

Check back tomorrow for personal reflections on 2010 from Katharine, Lara, and myself!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Shannon reply

    Yay! Thanks for sharing : )

  2. avatar Anne Barr reply

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  3. avatar Amy reply

    WHERE can we find that gorgeous gold sequin bolero??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Miss Amy! I freaked out over the gold sequin bolero, too :) It was a piece from Le Chic Studio (, and though I don’t see it on their website right now, I’m sure if you sent them an email they could probably make a custom piece for you. Best of luck!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi, again! I just got word from Shannon, the photographer, that the gold bolero was NOT made by Le Chic Studio but a thrifted, vintage item. Shannon suggested checking eBay and other internet sources to find your own!

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    Shannon, these are absolutely lovely.

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