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Y’all fell in love with John and Samantha when we featured their wedding on Monday, and so we’re especially happy to be back with their wedding film by Andrew Vanover today! I loved seeing their ceremony and downhome Southern reception come to life, and I think you will, too. Enjoy!

P.S. More wedding films for your Saturday morning viewing pleasure.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Nine Photography | Dallas Wedding Photographers reply

    just beautiful! WOW!

  3. avatar wedding dress reply

    Very creative video. It might be expensive but it’s worth for the memorable experience in your wedding. Congrats to John and Samantha!

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I know summer just started, but I already feel like it’s moving too fast! July is just a few days away y’all! I’m heading to Virginia this weekend for waterside fun, music, parades and crab races. What are you up to?

After shining the spotlight on the Kentucky Hot Brown in our Southern Delicacies post, we’re all looking to plan a field trip to Louisville.

Summer in the South
ain’t nothin’ without a few barbecues! We rounded up the essentials for a weekend cookout in our next installment of our Summer in the South series.

Ceremonies are the part of weddings that stick to our hearts most dearly, so Emily’s back with more details about hers. This week, it’s all about music and readings! Read more here.

We want YOU in Southern Weddings V5! If you’ve read our Sweet Tea Society manifesto, you know what we believe. Now tell us what you believe and you might be published in our next issue! See details here.

Banana pudding is a Southern Delicacy we’ve yet to tackle, but Emily’s Southern Spotting will hold us over until Marissa can indulge us with the history!

Days in the Southern Weddings office are often packed with gorgeous wedding images, print prep and sweet tea. Spend the day with me in our Sit a Spell series.

Real Weddings make us smile

Samantha + John’s casual wedding was full of community-made charm. We love how their lakefront “I do’s” reminded us of their cute proposal story. See it here.

Ellie + Breck’s wedding weekend was full of Southern events to greet their far-traveling guests. We love how they achieved a homey feel. See it here.

Christine + Josh’s summer nuptials have us swooning over the classic details. Their chalkboard family tree is amazing! See it here.

Before you go, take a look at this adorable photo shoot Anna Paschal Photography did for her V5 ad! (New office mascot? I think so.) We can’t wait to see the finished product in print! Vendors, want in on the V5 action? Email marissa {at} to join the family!

Let’s give a shoutout (and giant hugs) to all the belles and beaus out there who are saying “I do” this weekend, including our Southern Bride Blogger, Kelsey. Congratulations, y’all!

Have an amazing weekend, friends!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Melissa reply

    Those banana pudding cups look amazingly delicious! And the wall framing Christine and Josh is beautiful!

  2. avatar Anna Paschal Photography reply

    Thanks so much for sharing a peek from our session, our pup is so excited to be on Southern Weddings!! Can’t wait for V5!

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Y’all have seen us dream up weddings and bridal showers for each other, but our life together in the Southern Weddings office consists of more than just the pretties we present to you on the blog! (We’ve been known to indulge in an office party now and then.) Sit a spell with me as I walk you through a typically day for Southern Weddings’ Art Director.

Left: A view of the bulletin board above my desk, which usually holds memories from office parties and photo shoots, paper inspiration and little reminders; Right: My favorite orange desk tray corrals my to-do lists, meeting agenda and the adorable “How to Tie a Bow Tie” chipboard from Launderette.

9:00 I walk into the office, drop my lunch into the fridge and, on the days that she’s up, I say good morning to Miss Gracie. Then I head upstairs to Southern Weddings headquarters where I’m often met by a pile of mailings. This week, it’s some gorgeous invitation samples from Smock and a giant box of goodies for a Making Brands Happen client!

9:10 After I sort through everything, I sit down at my desk and take my shoes off (I’m not sure if this increases productivity, but I’m a proponent of it). I log in to the blog to make sure everything’s posted correctly and the site is running properly and then I check my email. I answer the ones in my inbox and then send out a bunch to vendors we’re working with for another V5 feature to make sure we’re all on the same page.

9:30 Team Meeting time! Since Emily’s working from Connecticut this week, Lara and I Skype her into the office and then put Marissa on speakerphone. We’re total pros at the whole mobile office thing, except we still can’t figure out group Skype.

Left: Our virtual team meeting with Emily on Skype and Marissa on the phone; Right: my desk on the days I work from home. This week, I opened up Photoshop and Illustrator to put together our Summer in the South barbecue post!

10:30 The team meeting is over and everyone’s been updated on V5 features and then some. (Poor Marissa broke her toe!) Lara and I sit down and start building the InDesign document that will become our next issue! Emily sends over our story budget and now we start to see how the magazine will flow. (Hint: SO MUCH AMAZING.)

11:00 There’s only so much we can do before we pick selects from photo shoots and Real Weddings so Lara and I pull up the images we’ve gotten in so far and begin to narrow down the ones we want to place in the magazine.

12:00 We have an absolute squealing fit over a Jonathan Canlas wedding we took for this issue. Seriously, y’all will die. I wish I could tell you more, but you’ll just have to trust me – it’ll make you happier than a pup with two tails.

12:30 I start worrying because there’s no way we can narrow down the images from this wedding. I don’t think y’all would mind if we made this issue bigger than the last, would you?

Left: Rough sketches of a graphic for a blog side project; Right: Flipping through old issues to see what styles we want to update for V5. Yes, that’s my mason jar of water on the side! (I promise it’s not moonshine!)

1:00 We break for lunch, so I grab my food from the kitchen and then head back to my desk and start editing interviews for Real Weddings that are going up in the next two weeks. I almost tear up reading one of our brides’ vows to her new hubby – a constant job hazard, but oh-so-sweet! It’s pretty quiet in the office this week since Em’s in Connecticut and our intern, Emily Alice is on vacation, so I put on some music. I’ve been trying to create the perfect country music station on Pandora, but their new Country BBQ summer station is perfect! Plus, it reminds me of this post.

1:30 I spend the rest of the day working on blog graphics and prepping posts like this one. (Which means I’m wandering around the office taking photos of the paper messes I’ve made so far.) Emily’s got some Real Wedding submissions that she’s torn about, so I look through the photos with her. Sometimes we squeal over super-cute details and gush over gorgeous florals. (Hint: Farm animals are a big plus. Don’t tell Lara that’s how I make my decisions.)

3:00 We’re cooking up some awesome new features on the blog and there are still some graphics that need tweaking. I hop into Illustrator and mock up some options for the team to look at.

4:00 I get an email from Emily telling me how sad she is that she’s missing out on the chocolate tasting we’re doing for Taste TV. (Lucky for me, that means I get to take her place!)

5:00 It’s time to head home! I jot down a list of things that I need to take care of the next morning and then pack up my things. Usually, Emily and I say goodbye to Lara and Grace and carpool home. This week, I head out by myself and stop by the grocery store for some Sweet Tea ice cream, my new obsession.

And that’s my day, y’all! In just a few weeks, I’ll be living in the computer glow of V5 layout (and dying over the gorgeousness). Candy, sweet tea and puppies are welcome during this time.

Want more behind the scenes? Check out our “In the Office” posts here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Amanda reply

    I love this! Especially since you do exactly what I want to aspire to in the future. Love the sneek peak, keep them coming!

  2. avatar Kelly reply

    Love the play-by-play! Everything sounds dreamy — and I can’t wait to see the Jonathan Canlas wedding in V5!

    You just let me know the next time y’all decide you need another Jr. Assistant Art Director; put me on standby! ;)

  3. avatar Carolina reply

    OMG dream job! This is so inspiring and amazing!

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