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Howdy, friends! About two years ago, we ran a “Day in the Life” series on the blog, and it was quite popular! My, how times can change in a short amount of time – we have three new faces around the office, and lots of different arms of our business that didn’t exist in 2012! We figured it was time for an update, and what better gal to start with than Morgan, our newest addition. We adore her and are all in awe of her skills, as you’ll see below. Please help me give her a warm welcome this morning! — Emily

My role, like most of the SW gals’ roles, is very multi-faceted. I’m officially the Shop Manager for the Lara Casey Shop and the Southern Weddings Shop but I also spend about half of my time as Assistant Art Director/Designer. When people ask what my title is, I usually say Shop Manager and Designer. So, there you go. :)

I love that my role allows me to dabble in many different realms of Southern Weddings because there is always a variety of projects to do! However, this also means I have to be very organized with my time during the day. I try to break my day up into time slots to set little deadlines for myself. My day usually looks something like this:

9:00am My commute to work is about 45 minutes, but I actually love it as a great time to get ready for the day and listen to audiobooks! I’d love to hear y’all’s audiobook recommendations in the comments! When I get to work, I usually hop onto my email and print the packing slips for the orders that came in over night.

9:15am After printing out packing slips, I get to packing orders! My favorite part of this rhythmic but relaxing task is writing notes to go with the magazines. Seeing the stack of orders complete at the end of the day is a nice physical representation of productivity, which makes me feel good!

10:30am I’m usually finished with orders around 10:30, just in time for our staff meeting on Tuesdays. We gather around the desktop computer on my desk and all squeeze in to see Marissa and Kristin via Google Hangout. We each share updates and then talk through some key things we’re working on. Staff meetings are always great motivators, and I’m continually thankful to be a part of such a great team.

11:30am Nicole asked me to make some new sliders for the Southern Weddings Shop homepage. I gather up some gold foil prints and beautiful little props to set up a quick styled shoot. I take the photos downstairs because Lara’s white dining room table makes a perfect backdrop. Gracie is napping so I try to be quiet as I set up my shoot and click away!

Another mini shoot I worked on this week – colorful journals!

12:00pm I upload the photos to my laptop so I can edit them in Photoshop and add graphics in Illustrator. I’ll make a couple of iterations to explore different options, then run the finals by Nicole before uploading them to the Shop.

1:30pm Lunch time! I like to make a big batch of some sort of meat and vegetable variety like grilled pesto chicken with squash and zucchini on Sundays, then divide the meal into containers for the week’s lunches. Today, however, my sweet mom made me the cutest miniature chicken pot pie! What a treat! I eat lunch at my desk while working on some graphics for the blog.

2:00pm The SW ladies and I have an exciting project in the works that I get to watercolor a little something for. I brought my watercolor set to work and spread them out across my desk so I can get started. Painting is one of my favorite things, so of course I love when I’m able to paint at work!

3:00pm I’ve brainstormed a fun idea for a little film like this one that will feature the SW gals and a cute shop product! I begin to story board the video out and email everyone to make sure they set aside about fifteen minutes for filming next week.

4:00pm A few key packaging items are running low, so I make a list of things to restock. I also schedule post office pickups for all of the lovely shop packages! I respond to any emails I haven’t gotten to yet and tidy up my space for the next day. Lastly, I review my list of things to get done and start making a list for tomorrow.

5:00pm It’s time to go! I say good bye to the SW gals and then head downstairs to say bye to Rhiannon and Gracie before hopping into my car, plugging up my audiobook and starting home!

Next up in our series: Kristin!

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  1. avatar Morgan Jones reply

    Love this series and Morgan! She is so very talented and is the sweetest :)

  2. avatar Stephanie Creekmur reply

    I love these posts! It’s so fun to see into other creative’s workdays! :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Yay Morgan!! Love seeing all of the fun stuff on her desk every day, especially on watercolor days!

  4. avatar Liz Kinney reply

    Oh what fun! That sounds like a dream job to me! Keep up the GREAT work SW :)

  5. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    I really enjoyed getting to see a day in the life of your job, Morgan! What are some of your favorite watercolor supplies? It is a goal of mine to build that skill over the next few months and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    • avatar Morgan Moore reply

      Hi Kyla! Thank you! I use Lukas watercolors and basic watercolor paper. You can find both at any craft store. Have fun experimenting with watercolors, I’m excited for you!

    • avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

      Thank you Morgan, I will definitely look into investing in some Lukas watercolors. I’m excited to practice and create some pieces!

  6. avatar Julie reply

    It’s so fun to get a peek into the behind the scenes of SW magazine. I’m always in awe of such creative people!

  7. avatar Kat reply

    Such a fun series!!!

  8. avatar Lauren Taylor reply

    I love this series! Its really fun to get to see what goes on in the making of Southern Weddings.

  9. avatar Wendy Moore reply

    I’m so glad I got to see what your day is like at SW!

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Confession: I have been wanting to see Katie and Josh’s wedding ever since I caught a sneak peek of it on Instagram, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that they had graciously shared their big day with Southern Weddings! There are few things more lovely than spring in North Carolina, and I love how these two embraced the natural beauty of their venue (an SW favorite, Fearrington!), while also incorporating a healthy dose of glamour and gold. While their reception was exquisite, they clearly put so much love and thought into planning their ceremony as well, and it shows in these beautiful pictures by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography!

I found my wedding dress at Alexia’s Bridal in Raleigh, and it happened to be my first time shopping for a gown. I had always dreamed of wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown, and to my surprise, Alexia’s was holding a trunk show sale on the same day as my bridal appointment! The first time I tried on THE gown, I immediately fell in love with the light organza fabric and detailed rose pattern on the skirt. Finding my dress was actually the first thing checked off of my wedding to-do list!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! YES! The most special was my something blue: my grandmother’s sapphire diamond bracelet, gifted to her by my grandfather. All of my girl cousins have worn it on their wedding days, and it has become a family tradition. It’s our way of remembering our dear grandfather, who loved all of us unconditionally.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We chose Fearrington because of its rustic, yet elegant, charm. I knew that the gardens would be blooming with spring flowers in May, and I had heard that Chef Bedford’s cooking was exquisite. I am originally from Northern Virginia and Josh is from Michigan, so we wanted to give our guests a little taste of classic Southern comfort.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Make your ceremony special. Oftentimes, couples overlook planning special things for the ceremony because they figure they will only be there for 30-60 minutes. I love looking back at the pictures of our beautiful pews, chandelier, and bureau table. After all, the ceremony is the most important and intimate part of your whole wedding!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? For the ceremony, we decided to rent old doors and white distressed pews to make the ceremony feel more church-like. I think the Fearrington Barn’s tree branch chandeliers were the icing on the cake.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Choosing a color palette and theme. It started out rustic, but we slowly incorporated more gold tones and spring flowers. Eventually, everything came together, but for a few months, I was having a difficult time envisioning the look of the wedding. Kaitlin Holland helped us pull it all together.

Music can make or break the party–it’s worth it to splurge on a wedding band. Our guests, young and old, are still raving about how much they enjoyed a night filled with dancing!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met through mutual friends while I was a senior at East Carolina University. One of my girlfriends convinced me to go out with her to hang out with a guy she was interested in. Josh had already graduated from ECU, but was working in Greenville and happened to live at the house we were going to. Josh and I hit it off immediately–his friends always tell me that the day after Josh met me, he admitted, “I love her, I love her, and I don’t care who knows it!” We were inseparable for two weeks after meeting, until he found out that he had landed a job in San Diego. I figured we would attempt the long distance, but just assumed it wouldn’t work. The next thing I knew, we were flying out to see each other almost every other month! Josh left his job as soon as I graduated and moved back to Northern Virginia with me, even though we had only been dating for eight months.
Tell us all about the proposal! Josh planned a trip to California for us to visit his brother, who lives in Laguna Hills, and we also planned to spend a night in San Diego. Josh and I decided to go to our favorite restaurant in Ocean Beach to indulge in some of the best fish tacos we’d ever eaten. Before going into the restaurant, we took a quick walk out onto the pier nearby to take a couple of pictures, and before I knew it, Josh was on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I’m usually a difficult person to surprise, but Josh really got me, considering we didn’t even go ring shopping together. We headed into the restaurant, where I planned on calling my family to tell them the good news, but then I saw them all waiting for us inside! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Huge props to Josh on this one!
When did y’all get married? May 17, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 165
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, we decided to go the traditional route. My favorite part of any wedding is seeing the groom’s reaction the first time he sees his bride.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $75,000-$100,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We saved a lot of money when it came to the tiny details. My family is full with DIY-ers who went out of their way to help. My future sister-in-law and her mom made and canned all of the peach preserves that were given as favors, along with all of the wooden ceremony signs and chalkboard signs. My dad built the mailboxes that were used to hold the programs. Luckily, my parents own a security printing company, so any of the tags/card stock that we used for escort cards, party favors, and programs came from their printing plant!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? The owner of Simply Put Vintage, Kaitlin Holland! My mom and I originally did not think we would need a wedding planner, but then we both started getting tied up with school and work. Kaitlin was our saving grace. My mom met her at the SPV warehouse to check out the old doors we wanted for our ceremony, and was so impressed with the collection that she asked Kaitlin to style the wedding. I was so overwhelmed with emotion when I saw the set-up of the ceremony for the first time–it was simply perfect.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? I will be graduating from UNCG with my second degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in Spring 2015 and hope to pursue a career as a registered dietitian. Josh is currently working for a start-up company as a business development manager. Kids are definitely next for us! Josh and I adore our nieces and nephews. We have been living together for almost three years now and just purchased our first home in May 2013, so we are ready to expand our family in the near future.

Photographer: Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography / Videographer: Innerloupe / Planner: Kaitlin Holland Creative / Venue and Catering: The Fearrington / Florist: Mary Stevens of Fearrington / Wedding Cake: Maxie B’s / Rentals: Simply Put Vintage Rentals and CE Rentals / Band: Elegance / Bride’s Gown: “1206” by Bliss by Monique Lhuillier / Paper Products: The Dandelion Patch / Bride’s Veil: Jennifer Leigh / Bride’s Crystal Sash: Monique Lhuillier / Hair and Makeup: Makeup For Your Day / Bride’s Shoes: Ann Taylor Bridal Collection / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaids / Groom’s Attire: Baroni Prive / Groomsmen Attire: Gordon’s Menswear Rentals / Pews: Carolina Rustic Rentals / Strings: Arioso Strings

Nancy Ray Photography, Simply Put Vintage Rentals, and The Dandelion Patch are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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  1. avatar Loverly reply

    Every part of this wedding is absolutely stunning! We are swooning over the bride’s gown and loving the different colors and styles of the bridesmaids dresses!

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Emily Ley is a dear friend of ours–she works with Lara on the Making Things Happen conference, and you may remember her lovely home from one of our earliest Southern Newlywed posts. The advice she shared with us in V6 is just as sweet and thoughtful as she is, and we’re so happy to pass it along to you today!

P.S. Emily announced earlier this week that she is expecting twins!! Congratulations and big SW hugs, Emily!

My best advice is to laugh and laugh often. Never take life too seriously, and at the same time, focus on the things you both care about deeply. Above all, never, ever stop dating each other. A good marriage is built, not found.

Shay Cochrane

Keep up with Emily
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