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Today, we have a TON of winners to announce. It’s a plethora of giveaways…a copious amount of prizes…frankly we just like to give away awesome things and today we have a whole group of new SW giveaway winners!

First up, our lovely friends over at the Etsy site BabbsBoutique! We know that modern Southern brides often spend days upon days fretting what their bridesmaids will wear and whether their maids will be happy with the bride’s choices. We want to alleviate some of that stress by getting one lucky bride-to-be started with three gorgeous silk clutches from BabbsBoutique. There is no doubt your bridesmaids will be fawning over them and use them again and again.

Congratulations to Taylor J! We asked entrants to describe how they would customize the BabbsBoutique clutches for their bridesmaids and here’s what Taylor answered:


Oh these are gorgeous! If these were for my bridesmaids, I’d have the silver clutches with each one having a different pink or yellow embellishment (flower or bow depending on the girl’s personality) and a small monogram placed on the lower right flap of lid. HOW ADORABLE!


Next up? Who will win tickets to the party of the year? Yes, you read that right! This party is going to knock your socks off! What party am I raving about? The one, the only Airplanes + Blazers party in Las Vegas during this year’s WPPI conference! Think glitz and glamour. Think Don Draper and 1960s sophistication. Think party dresses and bow ties. Think awesomeness!

Oh, speaking of bow ties, the winner will also get an XOELLE bow tie that will make any man fit in perfectly with this classy crowd.

Lara will be hopping around Vegas attending the WPPI conference and will be at The Total Package and Making Things Happen as well. Obviously she’ll be a busy gal, but she will certainly be dancing the night away at Airplanes + Blazers… and maybe dancing with you!

Congratulations to Ashley S, who will get two tickets to Airplanes + Blazers AND an XOELLE bow tie! We asked what y’all were planning on wearing to the event and here is Ashley’s choice:


I’m thinking a classic, red DVF wrap dress and some gorrrrrgeous heels :) With some red lips to match, of course!


You are going to look simply stunning, Ashley! Have fun! To those of you who didn’t win, you can still get in on the party fun here.

Onward to even more winners! Creating the perfect wedding registry is exciting. What’s on your registry determines what you may be getting near your big day to help you and your significant other start your new life together. NewlyWish is here to help you pick the perfect things for your registry.

We asked our friend Amanda at NewlyWish to tell us a little bit more about NewlyWish’s services: NewlyWish is an online registry and wedding-related gifting service that brings together engaged couples with our network of shops and service providers all in a single, easy-to-use website so that you can create a registry that includes everything for your home, from kitchen equipment, to tabletop items, bed and bath linens and home décor, as well as a range of unique experiences and non-traditional items such as food and wine, cooking and dancing lessons, artwork, museum memberships, and even tickets to the theater and sporting events.

Today, one lucky winner is getting a $100 gift certificate to Bowery Kitchen, redeemable at NewlyWish, to make their registry dreams come true! A big round of applause for Erin C.! Enjoy your gift certificate!

Last but certainly not least, we recently celebrated our two year print-aversary and we wanted to include you in the celebration! It has been a tremendous adventure these past two years and we are so lucky to have such an amazing readership. Our first issue quickly sold out and Lara now only has one small box of V1 for memory’s sake. Now one of you will get to take home a piece of history, the original issue of Southern Weddings Magazine.

We asked readers to share with us their favorite thing about weddings in the South and we are so happy to announce Shelby as our winner! Here’s her delightful answer:


Al Green put it perfectly when he said “all I can say is there’s a sweetness here…a Southern sweetness.” Southern weddings have the ability to combine the sweet, slow-talking nature of southerners with the romance and love that a wedding brings. Every southern bride exudes the happiest air about them and you can’t help but smile when you see the father give the bride away. You can’t stop yourself from imagining the bride and groom growing old together, sippin sweet tea in a rocking chair on their wrap around porch watching their children grow into little debs and gentlemen. There is something so perfect in the air at a southern wedding, the mason jars with flickering lights, the magnolia’s filling the room….a feeling that can’t be matched.


Ladies, please email me (whitney at iloveswmag dot com) with your mailing addresses!

Well, that’s all for today, folks! Didn’t win this time? Never fear, there will be plenty of giveaways to come!

Written with love by Whitney
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Cowboy Boot Round-Up!

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Well, nothing but a good ‘ol “howdy!” seems appropriate this afternoon! A few weeks back I received the sweetest email from reader Stephanie. Just to let you know how awesome Stephanie is, the subject line of her email read “YEEHAW! Cowboy boots!” Here’s what she wrote:

Just an idea for a blog section, perhaps? I can’t be the only Southern girl with a real hankering to break out my dancing boots at the reception, can I?! Although my traditionally Southern mother will probably have a heart attack, for my reception I plan on switching out the Manolos for a stylishly Southern pair of cowboy boots. Only problem is that I haven’t yet found the perfect pair… I’m wanting tall brown boots, with a square or round toe, preferably with purple embroidery. Maybe you could do a feature on some good options? Just a suggestion… Honestly, your blog/magazine/etc are my favorite thing about the wedding planning process thus far! My wedding is Southern-themed in Virginia, and I can’t wait to incorporate your ideas!

A “Southern-themed reception?” I’m not sure what, exactly, that means, but it sounds fabulous!

In order to help Stephanie out, Katharine and I set to work rounding up a plethora of options. I’m not sure we found her perfect pair with purple embroidery, but I hope she’ll find something to love! Since KTW is the more expert half of our cowboy boot duo, I thought I’d let her introduce our selections.

From Katharine: My Virginia-based father owns seven (yes, seven!) pairs of cowboy boots, ranging from his classic, tried and true Justins to his favorite UVA-orange ostrich kicks. (He’s currently enamored with a snazzy pair of green eel skin boots, though the verdict’s still out on where, exactly, one wears green eel skin.)

For those of us who can’t lay claim to such an enviable collection but still itch for a pair of cowboy boots to call our own, you’ll probably want to steer clear of boots made of unusual materials or with flashy coloring and designs. For first-time boot-buyers, brown and tan are your best bet. Hands-down. They’ll match anything (really, anything!) and will be a subtle foray into the Western look. Added bonus: get the right pair and they’ll almost certainly top the list of your go-to kicks. Next to my running shoes and flip-flops, my first pair of cowboy boots is what I wear most frequently.

Where to find these lovelies:

A. Lucchese L4611, B. Laredo Timekeeper, C. Durango Western Boot, D. Roper Madison, F. Bruce Pull On from Frye, G. Durango Crush, H. Ariat Legend, I. Carson Pull On from Frye, J. Justin Vintage Goat, K. Lucchese N4710, L. Justin Bay Apache

For a classic, sophisticated look that you can dress down with jeans or spruce up with a sundress, opt for a tall base (at least 11″, though I personally prefer 13″+) and either a traditional pointed (sometimes termed “narrow rounded”) or “fashion” square toe. Avoid a true rounded toe to keep the look of your boot modern and stylish without becoming costume-y. First-timers often cringe at the thought of the classic pointed toe, but the non-rounded toes are classics for a reason. Trust me: nothing looks better under a pair of jeans than a narrow rounded or square toe!

With some help from the expert (thanks, Dad!), I settled on the Justin Bay Apaches (Letter L, above). I’ve had – and loved – them for the past four years, and only now am thinking about adding to my collection. The more luxe and less rugged Lucchesse tan “Mad Dog Goats” have my name all over them (Letter E)! (Or how about these for a fun twist on the basic boot?)

While you’ll always love your first pair of boots best of all, branching out from basic brown to black, white, turquoise or even – gasp! – red with skull + crossbones is where the fun really begins! Think bright, bold colors, varying heel and base heights, fun stitching, funky patterns and kick-butt embellishments. There really is no limit to the cowboy craze, made fashionable by celebs like Taylor Swift, Hilary Duff and Jessica Biel, just to name a few. The craziest I’ve gotten with my c’boots so far is black + white snakeskin, courtesy of Dad, but boy, do I love me some vintage turquoise (check out Option F above)! Sure, you won’t get nearly as much mileage out of your fun + funky boots, but you’ll absolutely make a statement.

Where to find these lovelies:

A. Old Gringo Leigh Anne, B. Liberty The Cutie, C. Liberty Spider, D. Durango Fringe Suede, E. Liberty Flor Chale, F. Lucchese NV4005, G. Dan Post Alice II, H. Liberty Luna, I. Liberty Morning Lilly, J. Lucchese Alexia Stitch, K. Liberty Love and Peace, L. Durango White Leather, M. Liberty Santa Fe

A final note? Great boots can also be found vintage — try searching eBay, antique or consignment stores, or your neighbor’s garage sale. Happy hunting!

Weigh-In: Do you own cowboy boots? What’s your favorite brand? Are you wearing or would you wear them on your wedding day? Care to share a photo of you – or your ‘maids – in your favorite pair of boots? Email us!

Top photo by Our Labor of Love and bottom photo by Meghan McSweeney

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Erin reply

    Are any other Southern Weddings readers obsessed with the show “How I Met Your Mother”? I saw the red cowboy boots and thought to myself, “Pulling…them…off” (a line from the show about red cowboy boots!) and cracked up.

    Great post, and fun boots!

    Also, I got a pair of brown faux-leather cowgirl boots from Journeys a few years back that feature rouching down the side seams, which I think makes them a little more girly!

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Erin: Mr. Kyle and I are diehard HIMYM fans! It’s kind of getting out of control. If Ted can rock the red cowboy boots, Southern gals can totally pair boots with couture on their wedding day. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it :)

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  3. avatar Lori reply

    LOVE THIS! My plan is to wear a fun pair of heels for the ceremony and pull on my comfy but cute cowboy boots for the reception. After all, we are tying the knot at a historic plantation in Nashville, TN at which horses were once housed and trained- so it’s completely appropriate!
    My mom definitely thought I was crazy initially but the idea has grown on her. As I was trying on dresses last weekend she commented that she could really picture the dress with boots for the reception.
    For any readers new to the world of boots- if you don’t mind a little higher price tag, Frye boots are my absolute favorite! Stylish and VERY comfortable.

  4. avatar Amber Karson Events reply

    Yeee Hawww! Growing up in a small farm town, we appreciate this great (and informative!) post today! Em’s favorite pair are ones that were passed down from our mom- she bought them when we were 6 months old. 30+ years later, now she rocks them! Amber’s new favorite pair are a fun purple color & were purchased at the Santa Monica Flea Market over the summer while scouring antiques during a So Cal visit from DC! -Amber & Emily, Amber Karson Events

  5. avatar Lara reply

    I LOVE this post so much! KTW and EAA – you are awesome times infinity! YEEHAW!!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Oh and Mr. Waterman is awesome, too. Maybe more awesome than you two. Maybe.

  6. avatar AshleyHH reply

    I wear cowboy boots alllllll the time. My favorites are my first ones by Ariat. Brown with teal stitching. <3 them!! I have already warned my best friends that when I do get married the bridal party will be in boots.

    For Stephanie,

    Double H boots are supposed to be awesome and I saw a pair in a western store recently that were brown with purple stitching…

    Laredo Boots has a boot called the Madison in purple … which I am going to buy with my next paycheck. =)

    Maybe that helps?

  7. avatar Mary Ellen reply

    AH! I loved reading this post! I am a southern girl from Atlanta,Georgia and wore my cowboy boots not only at my reception but also down the aisle in a traditional church ceremony! :) I wore the Ariat Legend with blue stiching. I have owned them for years, but i loved that they also satisfied my something blue. I have some family from New Jersey that were more than APPALLED about my shoe decision, as well as my mother, but hey it was my day! I don’t regret that decision for a second!

  8. avatar christina reply

    i would die for a pair of those turquoise boots (f)…i may have to beg for these as an anniversary gift!!

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Christina, I love, love, LOVE the turquoise boots! And I love the way you think: anniversary gift all the way :)

  9. avatar Adrienne Wilson reply

    YEA!!!! for Katherine’s VA dad. I live in Newport News and people are constantly challenging our claim to be the South. Nice to see the hometown getting some love.

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Dad W. is awesome. The end :) Williamsburg (where I’m originally from) and Newport News (where I went to high school!) are also awesome. I’m all kinds of thrilled there’s another 757 gal reading the blog. P.S. If you see a snazzy older gent rocking the blazer, boots + bowtie look, it’s most likely my dad. Make sure you say hi!

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  11. avatar Charity reply

    I absolutely love cowboy boots! I constantly put cowboy boot inspiration photos in my wedding portfolio. I have 6 pairs (and yes, I do live in the SF Bay Area) and my favorites are my narrow-square toe Frye Daisy Dukes (brown with blue “F’s”). I wear them with everything from denim to sundresses. They’re really comfy and the more worn they get, the better they look! I also have Durango Roper’s, a pair of Vintage boots from Great-grandma (think 1970’s style) and a Tony Lama black pair to name a few. Can’t get enough of cowboy boots!!

  12. avatar Amanda reply

    Just in case anyone is looking for another pair – these ones have a nice soft (not pointy) toe on the front and are TOTALLY comfortable !

    Got these to go with my wedding dress!

  13. avatar Stephanie reply

    I am a diehard Ariat fan! I have numerous pairs or paddock and cowboy boots- all Ariat. Of course, they’re great at the barn, mine have always had that broken in feel, and they last forever. Definitely my favorite shoes and mine are brown and green :)

  14. avatar Hannah reply

    I am wearing my vintage cowboy boots at my reception! My boots were passed down to me by my mother – they were her first big purchase after she graduated college. They are so special to me and I couldn’t imagine my big day without them!

  15. avatar Lindsey reply

    Thanks so much for featuring this post. I too am from VA and am on the hunt for the perfect boots to wear to my July reception. Thanks for all the great boot options and brands, and thanks for your constant feed of southern wedding inspiration on your blog!

  16. avatar Corinna Hoffman reply

    L-O-V-E this post :) I think Frye makes the best cowgirl boots ever :)

  17. avatar Bethany Myers reply

    When my grandfather passed away nearly over a year ago, I was given his tried and true boots. Absolutely heartbroken that he would not be physical present for my wedding, I decided to incorporate the boots. Yes, I wore them with my dress along with a broach from my grandmother. I knew carrying their memory on my wedding day was symbolic of bringing pieces of me into my marriage. My bridesmaids joined me in wearing their boots. One pair of boots was worn as equestrian princess, another as a teacher in Texas, and yet another was just bought and beginning its new legacy. I adored and still cherish that each of us brought pieces of our lives with those boots to that day, creating new memories and loving the old ones we had been a part of.

    Cheers to a married life!

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  22. avatar Melissa reply

    I wore my cowboy boots for my Grad 12 graduation. The looked great with my dress! Now I wear them when I throw on a sundress or am wearing a nice pair of wide legged jeans. They are so classy. Not to mention my cowboy boots are my go-to boots seeing as I am a cowgirl and spend most of my days on the farm riding.

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Ah, the cupcake. Sweet, petite, and delicious. Either as cake’s easy-to-serve stand-in or as its counterpart in dessert-scrumptiousness, we love the cupcake.

Image credits: Aspect Photography via Dandelion and Grey.

For Southern Weddings’ first Do-It-Yourself project, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate other than featuring something sweet like the cupcake wrapper. Aside from being plain cute, they are so easy to make!

Image credits from left to right: Jose Villa via Green Wedding Shoes, Rowell Photography via Style Me Pretty

Here’s what you’ll need:

The cupcake wrapper template
-Scrapbooking paper in whatever pattern/color you choose. A card stock weight holds its shape better. (2 or 3 liners will fit to a sheet, depending on the size)
-Crafting scissors (optional)
-Cupcakes. Lots and lots of cupcakes.

And here is how you do it:

Any ideas or things you would like to see done? E-mail me or comment below!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Rachel reply

    I love you for posting this.

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  3. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    Such sweet cupcakes!!

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