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Now that December (and therefore all Christmas-related things!) is only a few days away, the holidays are at the forefront of our minds. We’re ready for another fierce competition of the South’s Gingerbread Barn Building finest. Want to be one of them? RSVP today! Just want to hang with the SW gals and build a barn full of sweets that you’ll tear down and eat the next day? This event is for you, too!

We’re really excited that The Carolina Inn and Hammond’s Candies is sponsoring this event again. Experience tells us that it’s a match made in holiday heaven! Anna Kirby will be joining us to catch all the magic, so come with your game face on!

So are you ready to join us for a night of sugar highs and Christmas cheer? Email me ([email protected]) with “Gingerbread Barn Building” in the subject line and tell me you’ll be there!

See y’all soon!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Amanda reply

    Can’t wait!!!!

  2. avatar anna dean reply

    so excited!!!

  3. avatar Jessica Clinch reply

    I cannot wait! My best friend and I have been practicing our gingerbread cookie/barn decorating skills, and we’re so excited to see the fabulous candy we can use at the event!

  4. avatar Nicole reply

    Yay! Can’t wait to see all of y’all there! The box of goodies I opened up from Hammond’s today is amazing.

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Friends! We are overwhelmed and humbled with the response we’ve gotten in the wake of V5’s launch. We hoped with all of our hearts that the heart of this issue would be apparent, and we’re so happy to see its message moving and touching so many people. And, of course, the gorgeous images spreading far and wide! We wanted to take a minute to highlight a few of the kind posts that y’all have written over the past few weeks as a small way of thanking you for taking the time to write them. BIG HUGS from all of us!!

xo Lara, Emily, Marissa, Nicole, and Kristin!

Our delightful friend Jen of Green Wedding Shoes shared an early sneak peek at our Family Heirlooms shoot!

Michelle wrote the most beautiful post about how the message of V5 has affected her business. The wedding of her couple Eddie + Jordan was featured in the mag!

Jen and her team at Makeup for Your Day wrote about their experience working on our Family Heirlooms shoot!

Jen shared the exciting news that one of her images was featured in our bouquet section!

Val highlighted eight reasons why she loves SW. We’re blushing!!

Lucy O Photo shared her featured image AND her adorable baby girl. I think I see a contender in our photo contest!

Emily highlighted her featured image and a few snaps from our launch party!

Floridian Weddings mentioned us in their weekly round-up post… thanks, gals!

So did Lisa. We adore that cake, too!

Snippet & Ink kindly shared a peek at our Honey & Pecan shoot.

Faith, whose images appear in several spots throughout the magazine, wrote the sweetest post about her experience!

Our dear friend Kristy shared some behind the scene shots from the making of our launch party photobooth backdrop. She made a similar one for the Lilly feature in V5!

Leigh Pearce contributed to our ceremony tips feature, and we were so glad to have her!

100 Layer Cake shared an early peek at our Kentucky Rose shoot!

Style Unveiled loved it so much they asked to feature it, too!

Liz & Ryan shared the sweetest post about our launch party and their excitement over V5!

Our lovely friends the Wedding Chicks shared a sneak peek of our cover shoot — fun!! They also posted some yellow bridesmaid dress ideas to accompany it!

Leila and co., who helped us pull together our Lilly Pulitzer shoot, shared a few snaps!

KT Merry, the photographer, shared a few, too! We love you, KT!!

The Lilly shoot was quite a popular lady! Summer from Grey Likes shared a sneak peek on her blog early on!

Our friend Rebecca Rose wrote the NICEST post about V5 and our launch party. We were so happy to see you there, R!

And last but certainly not least, Lindsay from TOAST Events, the planner behind the Honey & Pecan shoot, shared a few spreads on her blog!

I am entirely positive that we missed some of y’all’s kind posts, so please leave the link in the comments if you’re not mentioned here! We’ll be sure to either add them to this post or save them for a second round-up!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    So tickled pink to be included in this round up! I love seeing bits and pieces of V5 pop up all over the internet :) I can’t tell y’all enough, thank you for a beautiful magazine!!

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Have y’all been enjoying a look into our our newest issue through all the gor-geous editorials the last couple of days? Heavens, I know I have, and I surely can’t pick a favorite. Can you?

However, I sure can pick a boatload of favorites out of this classic yet glamorous wedding from Justin DeMutiis. Hello, I die over Blair’s monogram veil, and that’s just the beginning! Y’all, there are so many beautiful details in this wedding that I could gush for days. But to me, it’s the small details that matter most, like how B + B incorporated Brian’s family tradition of opening poppers before Christmas dinner by using them as place cards. And how they cut their cake with Blair’s late grandmother’s wedding knife. Not too mention how Blair worked with Jade Lee from Lovelee Affairs on just the perfect Southern menu – yum!

Oh my stars! Those silver sparkly shoes were made for dancing, and that Anna Maier gown… Blair, you got style, my friend!

Let’s hear a little more about that stunning gown! I looked both in Seattle (where I live) and in Atlanta (where I am from). I tried on about a million tulle fit and flares but still had not found ‘the one’ and was afraid I never would. After a long day of searching, some silver beading caught my eye. The dress was so different than anything else I was looking at that the woman helping me thought the dress had been grabbed by mistake. The gown’s bubble hem and stunning appliqués on the bodice made me swoon. THIS was the dress I was going to marry Brian in.

Don’t you love Blair’s dad’s face as they do their father daughter first look? So sweet!

I kind of adore the story of how these two first met: My sorority was hosting a philanthropy basketball tournament and I was assigned to be the coach for Brian’s fraternity. I went to his house to drop off the schedule and Brian answered the door. I thought it was adorable that he shook my hand as he introduced himself. He requested that I bring orange slices and Capri suns so I showed up to the first game with about 10 pounds of each.

Describe your wedding flowers: We stuck with mainly white hydrangeas and white roses with accents of peach and blush flowers. My favorite arrangements were in these oversized mint julep cups. They looked amazing on our long estate tables.

Y’all know I about flipped when I saw this gorgeous veil complete with Blair’s monogram!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Fortunately, our church has an amazing organ. We choose songs that shared our excitement for the day but also our reverence towards the commitment we were about to make to each other. Our mothers walked down the aisle to the same song my mother walked down the aisle to on her wedding day. I walked down to the traditional Wedding March. For our first dance, we choose” Love Is Not a Fight” by Warren Barfield. One lyric in the song is “love is a shelter from a raging storm.” Those words perfectly capture the comfort and peace Brian’s love provides me.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did traditional vows followed by personal words of affirmation. He told me, “I will lead you and I will never stop seeking you or seeking the Lord. I told him, “You will wake every day in a home where you are wanted, where you are supported, and where you are loved.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My brother read Colossians 3: 12-17 and Brian’s sister said a prayer of blessing right before we were announced as husband and wife.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My wedding planner and I worked really hard to create the perfect Southern menu. So many of our Northwestern guests only had an idea of what Southern cooking would be like and we wanted to blow them away. We searched for months for the perfect recipes and went over every detail with the venue. It was really important to me that we include traditional Southern items like pimento cheese, grits, and Coca-Cola barbeque sauce, but in a elevated way. From fried green tomato BLTs to our shrimp & grits bar to our spiked Arnold Palmer and my Dad’s famous ginger ale bourbon tonic… It was all yummy and perfect.

Our cake was a beautiful five-tiered pink/peach fondant cake with two beautiful sugar magnolia flowers. We cut the cake with a cake knife given to me by my grandmother. She died just a few months before our wedding but I still felt her love with us that day, especially when we were able to use her knife.

Describe the proposal. Brian took me to the site of our first date, where we had sat in a park next to the restaurant overlooking Puget Sound. Brian had set up a semicircle of wedding photos of each of our parents and grandparents and in the middle he had placed the bible which I gave him as an anniversary present. He got down on one knee and proposed with one of our friends hiding in the distance taking pictures to capture the whole thing.
In what month did you get married? September
How many guests attended your wedding? 155 people
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? One of the first photographers we met with really encouraged us to do a first look. He said that it would really help with any nervousness and we would get to make out the whole day as opposed to just seeing each other for the ceremony and reception. We ended up choosing to do a first look and both really appreciated all of the extra kisses we were able to sneak in.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: As a tradition in Brian’s family, they open poppers before Christmas dinner and wear paper crowns so we used poppers as place cards and had our guests join us in wearing gold paper crowns during dinner.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Editing. I wanted a modern/vintage/classy/Southern/formal/laid-back wedding .
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? My dress!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Be a gracious host. As you plan your day, keep in mind what experience you want your guests to have as they help you celebrate this amazing occasion. Try to think of ways to invite your guests to share in the love you have for each other and anticipate what they might need to stay comfortable and in the mood to celebrate with you!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? I knew marrying Brian would be my greatest adventure. As he finishes his last year of dental school, we are now looking at several residency programs around the country. We both have faith God will shepherd us as we begin to lay the foundation for our marriage and future family no matter what city we call home.

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Stephanie reply

    This wedding is beautiful! What a stunning bride. Her hair and dress are just gorge. Justin, you are an amazing photographer

  2. avatar Lauren @ Every Last Detail reply

    Oh my goodness… LOVE!!!!

  3. avatar Eileen Pandolfo reply

    Although I’ve never met this couple, their story and these images literally brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely gorgeous!!

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  5. avatar Lindsay reply

    Love love love! Can you please tell me where you got the robes for the bridesmaids?? Thanks so much!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lindsay! We’ve added it to the credits, as well, but you can find the robes here: SO pretty!

  6. avatar Kelli Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography reply

    This wedding is absolutely stunning!! We can’t get over how beautiful the bride’s dress is. Love it!

  7. avatar Jessica Armstrong reply

    Hey I was wondering if you knew where this couple found the blue and white striped table clothes? My best friend is getting married and we have been searching high and low! If you can even just point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it! The pictures are great and the details in their wedding are beautiful!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Jessica! It looks like B + B got their linens from I Do Linens. We love them, too!

  8. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh my goodness…I love everything about this wedding! Her gown is absolutely stunning and the linens are incredible!

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  12. avatar Laura reply

    Love! Any idea where they got/made the monogrammed pillows?

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  15. avatar stephanie Hargis reply

    I am searching for the striped table cloths pictured in the wedding above, or something similar. do you know the source? Or is it possible to ask the bride?
    Thank you!!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Stephanie! Blair got those amazing linens from I Do Linens. I hope that helps!

  16. avatar Ashley reply

    Gorgeous wedding! Any idea where the monogram pillows are from?

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  19. avatar Jessica reply

    I would love to order the Monograms she has used throughout… please tell me where they were ordered from. Thanks!!

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