Oh my stars, what a wonderful week here in the office! Thank y’all so so so much for the amazing feedback on our latest issue and for encouraging us through the years. I just don’t have words big enough to say thank you to you, dear readers, for helping us grow like wild honeysuckle! We’re all feeling so grateful as we finish this exciting week!
If you are new around these parts, welcome! We’re so glad to have you and hope you’ll sit a spell with us. If you just picked up your first copy of Southern Weddings on newsstands this week or got one of our many pre-orders via the hilarious and hard-workin’ SWPS, you may know there is a little biscuit in my oven. I’ve reached the nine-months mark, so Baby Grace is set to arrive any day now! The current view from my desk…
I’m about to set off into maternity leave land, so I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you! As a tiny office, all of your warm words and encouragement really do mean the world to us. We truly love y’all and love dreaming up new fun things to inspire your big day plans! There are so many exciting things in the works while I’m on maternity leave. Emily, Whitney, Marissa, Nicole and Sierra have all sorts of Southern surprises in store!
Photo above by my dear friend, Nancy Ray. It’s been a blessed nine months, y’all! And this week, feeling so much love from you all about our office baby, V4, has been the cherry on top! The wonderful SW ladies will fill you in when Grace arrives and you can always stay posted on my personal blog, daily tumblr and twitter. Thank you to the moon and back!
Oh, y’all. You are so good to us. The blush on our cheeks keeps getting redder and redder — your feedback on our fourth volume of Southern Weddings has been tremendous! Everyday, we exchange a ton of emails squealing about how great our readers, sponsors, and collaborators are. We love you all like a million Reese’s cups! (That’s saying a lot. Have you seen the SW girls around some Reese’s? Probably not because we eat them too quickly.) Check out our big thank you post!
To start off the week, we had to show you SWPS, V4 Style! We package every mailing by hand in our little office. This year, we had about 500 pre-orders to get out in just a couple of days!
We couldn’t have been happier for Tuesday, V4 release day, to come around! Y’all know that means a Giant Photo Contest! Find V4 in stores (or order online to have it shipped via SWPS), take a photo with your glossy new magazine and then tweet it (@iloveswmag) and email it to us. Five winners will get to choose from some fabulous prizes we’ll putting together!
With V4 on shelves, we had to post photos from our Southern by Design spread! Southern met Minnesota in this shoot by Maddy of The Inspired Bride and Paper Antler Photography. We’re crazy for the details like the blooms from Studio Fleurette, paper products by Amy Hardy and treats from Shauna Younge.
It’s giveaway madness this week! Sierra and I were giddy to attend the Design*Sponge book signing at Anthropologie, where we met Amy Azzarito and snagged a photo with Grace Bonney. After, we had our first V4 sighting at Barnes & Noble! In celebration of all new publications, we’re giving away a signed copy of Design Sponge at Home. Tell us where you found V4 for the chance to win!
The V4 gorgeousness continues with a Southern by Design feature where Southern meets Southern California. This punch inspired shoot brings a pop of color, a twist of modernization, and the cutest details you ever did see.
Food is at the heart of the best Southern traditions! This week in the Newlywed Kitchen, one of Marissa’s oldest and dearest friends shared her recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes. It’s so good, it won her first place at the Greater Gulf State Fair when she was 10! That’s good cookin’, y’all.
This week’s featured Real Wedding Gallery was Meghan + Chris! Their creative mason jar escort cards and delicious-looking cake had us at hello.
Who’s up for some fun announcements?
This winter, The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia is giving the ultimate gift to the wedding couple: the entire selection of guestrooms — up to 17 of them — are included at no charge with weddings that take place at The Clifton Inn from from December 2011 through mid-March 2012. To learn more about this offer for your friends and family, visit their site.
The St. Regis Atlanta introduces their new one-of-a-kind registry, St. Regis-try. The service for couples, friends and families offers opportunities for guests of the St. Regis Atlanta to register for and purchase custom experiences for their weddings, honeymoons, or bridal showers. The St. Regis-try makes gift giving easy by offering the opportunity to contribute to a series of memorable experiences at The St. Regis Atlanta during a guest’s stay ranging from dining to spa packages to extended overnight accommodations. To find out more, visit their site!