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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Whew! It’s been a crazy week, y’all! Aren’t you glad tomorrow is Saturday? Maybe you’ll be sleeping in and treating yourself to a big breakfast, like me. This week was all about inspiration! Let’s take a look back.

Emily put together a Southern Inspiration Board full of soft peaches and blues. It’s the perfect ode to our favorite summer fruit, the peach, which hits peak ripeness in August.

This week’s Southern Fab Find brought me visions of an outdoor cocktail hour. Wouldn’t your signature drinks look adorable on these Paper Fancy trays? Go to the original post to enter to win one!

We received so many cute and creative escort card entries for our first Ultimate Southern Challenge. This week, we shared our top ten finalists! Emily Steffen submitted barbecue sauce and spice rub escort cards!

Beeology teamed up with photographer Jill Higgins to bring us these sweet-as-honey escort cards.

Daisies and Pearls brought us an idea that’s sure to put a spring in your guests’ steps. The Carolina Shag steps are illustrated on these escort cards, photographed by Meredith Perdue.

Cyn Kain Photography and Erin McLean Events shared an adorable idea that comes with easy DIY steps! The s’mores escort cards look so yummy!

The pie pop escort cards submitted by Allison Barnhill Designs, photographed by Elizabeth Ryan Photography and catered by Relysh Catering will have your mouth watering!

The entry submitted by Southern Fried Paper and photographed by Sarah Kate brought life to a Southern staple, sweet tea! We also love the table display by After Yes.

Y’all know how much we love our seersucker bow ties! Honey Bee Invites gave us an intense dose of cuteness with their escort cards, photographed by The Studio B.

Honey Bee Invites and The Studio B brought us another adorable concept: Fried Check-In!

We sat a spell with our dynamic Editor In Chief, Lara Casey! She really needs no introduction, but she’s got some pretty funny tidbits to share with you.

Remember Dana + Danny? They’re black, white, and red Florida wedding won our hearts. This week, they’re our featured Real Wedding Gallery!

Y’all will love these announcements!

Paper-lovers rejoice! The Lettered Olive is holding their very first trunk show in Charleston, S.C., to show off their new collections, iPad app, and to offer you a sweet little deal! Remember to visit them on Wednesday, September 7 from 4pm to 7pm at their shop!

We know how much y’all adore Forage bow ties. Lucky you, they’re featured in 100 Layer Cake’s Pop-Up Shop this week! Head over there before the sale ends tonight!

Before y’all go, here’s a photo from Dixie Pixel. Genuine. Fun. Love it.

See you next week!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Caroline reply

    Oh, I am positively swooning over that inspiration board! Makes me want to get married all over again!

  2. avatar Jessica D reply

    I love the Seersucker BowTie escort cards.

  3. avatar Shanna reply

    I was just wondering if there were anymore finalists in the escort card contest. I only counted 8. Were there supposed to be 10?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Shanna! Nope, we just said we’d post our favorites this time around! Here’s the original post I’m referencing:

    • avatar Shanna reply

      Emily: Thanks Emily! I was just confused by this sentence. “We received so many cute and creative escort card entries for our first Ultimate Southern Challenge. This week, we shared our top ten finalists!”

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Shanna! Good catch! I’ll have Nicole make the change :)

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Sit a Spell: Lara Casey

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For the final contestant in our Sit a Spell series, I present to you Lara Casey! Our dynamic Editor in Chief really needs no introduction, so I’ll let her take it away… – Emily

Photo by Millie Holloman

1.  My husband, Ari, and I eloped to Vegas after just having met five months before.  It was so not like either of us, but it was perfect.  We’ll be celebrating our six year wedding anniversary on March 18th!

2.  My grandmother, a true Southern belle from Alabama, is one of my favorite people on earth.  She’s a redhead, too, and feisty at that!  Grandma “Bunny” will be 94 this December.  I just talked to her and she told me to tell all of y’all hello and it’s wonderful to meet you here on this blog.  She doesn’t know what a blog is, but I told her it’s a place on the internet where all of my favorite friends read about pretty weddings and wonderful love stories.

3.  I used to be a personal trainer.   And at one point, I could deadlift 225lbs.   Useless skill, but fun to intimidate my male clients in the gym.

4.  There is an elbow in my rib.  No, really.  And a foot in my belly.  I’m due with my first baby – Grace Austin – in about 11 weeks!

Photo by Nancy Ray

5.  I’ve been eating the same breakfast almost every day (with the exception of about a dozen days) for the last 15 years.  Jay Robb protein powder and oatmeal.  It never gets old to me!  And I probably eat more Luna Bars than is legal.  I should be their spokeswoman.

6.  I am really bad at trivia.  Or anything to do with pop culture.  We cancelled our cable a while ago and I generally rely on my husband to tell me about current events.  Don’t ask me to name a band or pop star.  I’d lose.

Photos by Nancy Ray

7.  I got a D in tap class once.  OK, technically it was because I injured my knee running and had to sit out most of the class, but I was pretty terrible at it.  I went to school for music and theatre and design.

8.  I started the magazine on Microsoft Publisher.  Eventually, I taught myself InDesign by literally pushing all the buttons to see what they did.  Ever since I was a kid, I never read instruction manuals to put things together.  I get much more pleasure out of figuring it out myself.   One exception that I’ve learned the hard way on:  Ikea furniture. Do not attempt without the manual. Ever.

9.  I still don’t know who goes first at a four way stop.  I usually just wait for someone to go first or give me a funny look and pause awkwardly, telling me to go.

10. I genuinely love my job and couldn’t dream up a better group of women to work with every day. I pinch myself every day! Oh my stars, these ladies are the real deal – kind, genuine, hard-working and fiercely devoted to you, dear readers!

Read more about Lara here, here and here!

P.S. Still time to get your gorgeous ad in our next print edition! Email Whitney ASAP for last-minute availability!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Erin reply

    I hear ya aboout Ikea!! And congrats again on baby Grace–what a beautiful name <3

  2. avatar Christine Barker reply

    Lara, I dont live in the south, but I totally love this blog and your candid way of keeping it real. Thank you for sharing… oh and I would love to get my hands on your mag… I cant find it up here though… can we order it online?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Christine! We do indeed sell copies online! We’re sold out of V1 and V3, but V2 is still available and V4 will be released in October! Here’s the buy link:

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Lara, this was so fun to read!! I’m sure I’m not the only fan of yours who can hardly wait to read all about your precious girl when she’s born! :)

    • avatar Lara reply

      Lisa: You are so sweet, Lisa. Thank you for always being such a great encouragement!

  4. avatar Angee & Vincci reply

    Such a fun article about the diva behind Southern Weddings! We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of V4. We are big fans all the way from Hong Kong.

    • avatar Lara reply

      Angee & Vincci: A big HI Y’ALL to you in Hong Kong! We’re so excited to have you as a part of V4!!

  5. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

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  6. avatar [email protected] reply

    I love that you started on MS Publisher! I used to use that back in the day and I definitely learned InDesign by clicking on all 500 buttons and googling “How to make a polka dotted square?” :) Glad to know I wasn’t the only clueless gal out there!

  7. avatar Dana Laymon reply

    love you Lara! such a cute post and you DO have the best job and you rock at it!

  8. avatar Courtney reply

    You are adorable Lara! I love how personal and genuine everything you write is. So inspirational! I’m so happy to have you in my life!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Courtney: Courtney, I’m so grateful for you, too! Love you so very much!

  9. avatar Sheila reply

    Lara, I loved reading about you (and your little one on the way! Congrats!!) My fiancé and I are big into working out, and one day we hope to open our own gym and train. I am in school right now for dance and nutrition and would love to integrate that into our gym, as well. I love SW! It’s the highlight of my day to read the blog and get inspiration! Your love for what you do shows, and that’s what makes SW so awesome!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Sheila: Thank you so much for the kind words, Sheila!! I’m excited about your future gym! I want to come when you open it! Congrats on your upcoming wedding, my friend!

  10. avatar Lydia reply

    Hi Grandma Bunny! Lara, I tried out Luna Bars after seeing a picture somewhere of your pantry collection and am a convert! I’m also bad a trivia and awkwardly lapse into silence when someone brings up the latest celebrity news.

  11. avatar Mary Morrison reply

    HoneyBee Invites is so creative and sweet ! I’d definitely use HoneyBee for any event that I’d plan !

  12. avatar Anna Kim reply

    What’s there not to love about this lady!? Cannot wait to meet Grace Austin!


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The final finalist in our very first Ultimate Southern challenge is a second concept put together by the talented ladies at Honey Bee Invites and photographed by The Studio B Photography. Fried cheek-in? It doesn’t get much more Southern than that!

Thank you so much ladies! Readers, if you love this concept, please let us know in the comment section! And remember, it’s not voting, per say, so you’re welcome to comment on more than one entry.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    Oh I love HoneyBeeInvites! Her work is just so lovely!

  2. avatar Taylor reply

    Nothing says the South like fried chicken and a coca-cola classic! Such a great idea!

  3. avatar Jill reply

    Cute, cute, cute! And easy to do!

  4. avatar Becca reply

    What a yummy creation!! Love this fun take on the cards :) Definitely finger lickin’ good!

  5. avatar Ashton Speegle reply

    I absolutely LOVE Honey Bee Invites! Her work is amazing & her creativity is like none other!!! :)

  6. avatar Ali reply

    I love this…sooo southern and now I’m sooo hungry! Fried chicken for lunch anyone?

  7. avatar Tiffany reply

    I LOVE this… southern flair and delicious :) What a fun idea!!

  8. avatar whitney reply

    OMG! This is TOO cute! I love it!!!

  9. avatar Kelli reply

    This is so stinkin’ cute! An edible place card is an amazing idea- and fried chicken at that! Yum. :)

  10. avatar Andrew reply

    I’m not sure it gets much better than a piece of fried chicken with my name on it. Excellent! Also, I wonder if I’m related to Beau?

  11. avatar Lula reply

    Love this original, appetizing, and well photographed concept y’all!

  12. avatar kimberly reply

    cheek-in? SO clever! love these and all things HBI :)

  13. avatar Connie reply

    Definitely different (yet simple); and of course, yummy too! HBI has some very unique ideas and I love their work!

  14. avatar Southern Weddings Magazine | The Studio B | Honey Bee Invites » Atlanta Georgia Wedding Photographer reply

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  15. avatar sue reply

    Love it! My mouth is watering yet my soul is thirsting for more from Honey Bee Invites!

  16. avatar Sasha reply

    I love HBI!!! they are very cute, pretty, criative and special. Great job!!!

  17. avatar Ben reply

    Can you eat it? Looks good!

  18. avatar Jeff reply

    I really want to be invited to this wedding! Well done Honey Bee Invites!

  19. avatar karen reply

    Unique & so cute!

  20. avatar Laura reply

    This is so original. It doesn’t get any more Southern than fried chicken to check in!

  21. avatar Mikey reply

    GREAT IDEA! Of course I’m afraid they wouldn’t make it to the table! LOL Nothing says “Suthun” like fried chicken! Great job HBI!

  22. avatar Laura reply

    What a wonderful idea!

  23. avatar Debbi Kilgore reply

    Very southern! You would get your guests talking at the reception!

  24. avatar Christina reply

    Creative and memorable! Love what hbi is doing!!!

  25. avatar Suong reply

    Love this idea!

  26. avatar Beca reply

    This is so cute!!!! I just love it!!! hmm, I think I’m craving fried chicken!!!

  27. avatar Beca reply

    I just love this, so cute!!! Hmmm I think I’m craving Fried Chicken!!!

  28. avatar Cindy reply

    Another winner from HBI, so cute!

  29. avatar Karen reply

    How original! Not only do the guests get a multisensory way to find their seats, but they can get ahead on the pre-meal snacking! Most escort cards simply have a one or two-dimensional way to indicate seating – this gives sight, touch, taste, and smell! Brilliant!

  30. avatar Whit reply

    I LOVE it! The people at HoneyBee Invites are so talented!!! WOW!!!

  31. avatar Michael reply

    Wow fried chicken! The first escort card I would LOVE!!

  32. avatar Tony reply

    Such a cool concept! Wish I was this creative!

  33. avatar Kellie reply

    Creative and fried anda must have.

  34. avatar ariel reply

    amaaaaazingly creative… i love this idea :) hbi has my vote!

  35. avatar tessa reply

    this is so fun and different! LOVE IT! SO SOUTHERN! great work HBI!!

  36. avatar Christine reply

    Love it! And it’s edible :)

  37. avatar Marie reply

    WOW! AWESOME! LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. avatar Rob Carswell reply

    Does it get more southern than fried chicken & Coca Cola! This clearly says – the good times start at the reception!

  39. avatar becky reply

    I laughed when I saw this creative idea. Awesome job! What says southern better than fried chicken? What a unique display. First place in my book.

  40. avatar Caroline Ginman reply

    I LOVE the Honey Bee Invites! TOO CUTE!

  41. avatar Raina Rosiek reply

    These look so yummy and such a great southern flare to a southern wedding. Everyone is always hungry by the time guests have to find their name. Super cute and original idea.

  42. avatar Brianne reply

    I love this idea! Something I have never seen before; so unique, southern and adorable!

  43. avatar Katie Hughes reply

    This is so adorable! Love it :)

  44. avatar Katie Dowens reply

    Love these! It’s pure Southern comfort food…and it’s making me hungry…

  45. avatar J Mathew reply

    Creative and FUN!!! I think I’ll go ahead and get the reservations for everyone else at my table while I’m at it ;)

  46. avatar Donna Kerr reply

    Now that is a southern concept! I love it!!!!

  47. avatar Alicia @CharityWedding reply

    LOVE this! Absolutely adorable and SO clever!

  48. avatar Sarah {A Paper Proposal} reply

    Fabulous! These are definitely my favorites! ;)

  49. avatar silke reply

    I would have never imagine fried chicken legs and escort cards!!!!! LOVE IT!!!

  50. avatar Naomi reply

    OMG I would eat everyone’s escort card! Oh my southern loveliness!

  51. avatar amanda @ baci reply

    Love, love, love this idea!!! It also kind of makes me hungry for fried chicken ;o)

  52. avatar Southern Weddings Magazine | The Studio B Photography | Honey Bee Invites – Atlanta Georgia Wedding Photographer reply

    […] In addition to the bow tie cards, Allie also created another set of cards for fun (which were also picked as a finalist in the challenge!) […]

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