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Ladies and gents, please give a warm welcome to Marissa! She’ll be joining us about every three weeks to talk about fashion and style, and Southern fashion and style in particular. Marissa has a great eye and a knack for tracking things down, so if you have a question or a suggestion for a future topic, don’t hesitate to get in touch either by leaving a comment or shooting us an email! — Emily

Thanks for the great introduction, Emily! For those you that don’t know me, I’m Marissa! I’m new to the blog, but an old hand around SW. I’m a bit of a fashion addict with a healthy obsession with style — Southern style, especially! Classic wardrobe staples and vintage finds are a few of my particular favorites. I’ll be dropping in from time to time to give you a little fashion love!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to kick off this feature with the color red! I’m going to show you some simple and stylish ways to add a splash of this bright and cheery color to your big day.

Let’s start with red lipstick. A long-time favorite of celebrities on the red carpet like Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon, red lipstick can actually make your smile appear brighter. Choosing a blue-based red balances out pink undertones and makes teeth appear whiter. If you’re red-shy, try a berry or wine hue for your big day.

Image credits from top: Jose Villa for Once Wed, Simply Bloom, Justin and Mary and The Nichols, and Lark Photography. The last image is from one of my absolute favorite parts of SW V3, the Amelia Lyon Sweet Love feature. See more of this gorgeous editorial here.

Much like red lipstick, we’re seeing red nails make their way from the red carpet to wedding days more and more. Even our own KTW got in on the action at her recent nuptials by donning cherry-apple red polish (“I’m Not Really a Waitress” by OPI, for those of you who are wondering!). Also a fan of red, Katherine Heigl kept her make-up classic + clean, but glammed up her entire look with red nails at her winter wedding. Just a few tips: be sure to buy the same color that your manicurist uses to touch up unwanted chips, keep your nails short and square and remember the color in the bottle will appear a bit darker on your nails once the traditional two coats is applied and completely dry.

Image credits clockwise from top left: Our Labor of Love (see the rest of this awesome wedding here), Jasmine Star, Sarah E. Evans, OK! Magazine, The Image is Found, Tanja Lippert and Shannon Nicole Smith.

Now we’re on to the fun part, y’all…the shoes! Lots of brides are opting for pops of coordinating color to peek out from under the hem of their dress, but I think there’s just something especially exciting about red shoes! And since this feature is about Southern style, I couldn’t resist two very Southern shoe options – the wellie and the cowboy boot. Wellies are a fun and stylish option for rainy day weddings like the one below from Gregg Gibson. Ditching the heels for a pair of cowboy boots? Be sure to check out Katharine and Emily’s great round-up of boot options here. A couple tips for the road: be sure to bring any shoes you plan on wearing to your dress fittings to be sure the hem lies just so. Wear your wedding day shoes around your house with a pair of socks on under them, which will help to break the shoes in without blisters.

Image credits, clockwise from top left: Gregg Gibson, unknown via Michelle Rago, Jagger Photography and Elisabeth Millay.

Looking for your own perfect pop of red? We’ve rounded up a few options below!

Okay, that’s more than a few options. We couldn’t help ourselves! Where to find these beauties:

A. Hunter Wellies ($125), B. Christian Louboutin Lady Bow ($735), C. RSVP Carol ($62.30), D. Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ($395), E. Carlos Santana Prestige ($71.96), F. Pour La Victoire Irina ($260), G. RSVP Larisa ($89), H. Kate Spade Darla ($298), I. GUESS Rapine ($90), J. Toms Wedge ($68.95), K. Unlisted Natural Glow ($59), L. MAXSTUDIO Sxishi ($128.95), M. BP Romantic ($69.95), N. BP Summer ($69.95), O. Badgley Mischka Randall ($200), P. Kate Spade Kamille ($325), Q. Via Spiga Marilla ($198), R. heart shoe clips ($25), S. RSVP Angelique ($95), T. Valentino Bow Thong Sandal ($295), U. Keds Champion Canvas ($35), V. Nina Electra ($92.95)

Lastly, I just couldn’t leave out these handsome beaus. Their burst-of-red ties works perfectly together with their subdued grey suits. So dapper, no?

Photo by: Heather H. Photography

Readers, weigh in! Did you or would you add a splash of red to your wedding day? How will you incorporate pops of color into your design? Will you be donning red nails or lips? Tell me about it in the comment section below!

I want to hear from you! Have a question or an idea for a future column? Leave a comment below or send me an email! P.S. I also enjoy love notes.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Erin reply

    Great shoutout to OPI’s “I’m not really a waitress” red! I’ve rocked that color on my toes for probably two years straight, now! It’s *the perfect* red!

  2. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    oh how pretty! talk about daring, but gorgeous!

  3. avatar Lauren @ ELD reply

    Looooove all of this Marissa! I adore your style- hopefully I can get some style tips for general everyday style too! :)

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  5. avatar *holly. reply

    such a cute post….love the red! thanks, marissa!

  6. avatar Lara reply

    Love love LOVE!!!! I want ALL of those shoes! So happy to see this feature, M! xo

  7. avatar Jean Cotten Schnaak reply

    Simply beautiful!!! I love my red lipstick….so glad to see its return to the main stage!

  8. avatar Paloma reply

    What a great new feature! Those Valentino bow flip flops are out of this world.

  9. avatar Stefanie reply

    Yay, Marissa!!!!! So excited for your new column and all that you add to the SW team! Been making good use of my red wellies with the all the ice + snow down here!

  10. avatar Patti reply

    I love the emphasis on red. It really makes the traditional “wedding white” pop. My daughter is getting married in May and she has opted for bright pink shoes under her dress – I was a little skeptical at first, but now I think it’s a great look! Too bad we can’t get the groomsmen to wear bright pink ties! And the cowboy boots are great!

  11. avatar Sara Kauss reply

    How FUN Marissa!!! Great article. Just because of this article, I’m going out right now and buying those amazing Louboutin’s in red. :)

  12. avatar Emily reply

    I keep re-reading this post because I love it so much! Great job, Marissa!

  13. avatar Marissa reply

    Thanks for the warm welcome and all the kind words!! This was such a fun feature to work on and I’m so glad y’all like it!

  14. avatar Annie reply

    What a great article! I’m so glad that you are here, Marissa! I think you have a great perspective and I’m really excited to read your next article. A great addition!

  15. avatar Kathy reply

    What a great article! I loved all the pictures! I used to wear red lipstick and thought it had gone out of style. I’m pulling it out of the cupboard!

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  18. avatar Kristin Vining reply

    So excited for you, Marissa!! It is a GORGEOUS spread!! I feel the love!! CONGRATS!! xo

  19. avatar Lori reply

    I have been looking for the perfect red nail polish… I am going on the hunt for OPI’s “I’m not really a waitress” tomorrow! I swear by OPI polishes, in the rare event my nails are actually polished, and it sounds like this is one in need of being added to my collection.

  20. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    Ah, love this post Marissa!

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