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Friends! I just checked in with Nicole, and she estimates that V7 layout is about 93% complete – this is great news!! It’s a massive job that always seems like it will never get done, and then it does :)

We’re entering into some very exciting weeks for #MakingSouthernWeddings – in one week (October 3rd) we send the files to our printer! A few days later, on October 7th, we should receive our color proofs back, which will allow us to see how all of the photos are printing (and make final adjustments!) as well as scour the writing for any last edits. Later that week we’ll send in our final final files, and then on October 14th the magazine will begin rolling out of the printing presses!!

All of this to say that there are just days – hours, really! – to become a part of our V7 sponsor family! We have just four pages left and have discounted them considerably in order to fill our book. We anticipate these going extremely fast, so email Marissa (marissa @ southernweddings.com) ASAP to reserve your spot! We are so very careful in how we present our ads (see above and below for actual spreads from this year’s magazine!!), and readers love love love them. We would be thrilled to have your company join us.

A few words from one of our past advertisers, photographer Katherine Miles Jones: A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone at Southern Weddings for having my ad in the magazine. My amount of inquiries has already started to increase, and I am thrilled! Ad space in Southern Weddings is magical! I’ve already booked a few weddings where the bride has told me in the inquiry that she came straight from the SW mag ad. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Booking just one wedding from your ad can pay for itself, and we have to say – our brides are some of the best around :) Email Marissa to reserve your spot TODAY!

P.S. Pre-order your copy of V7 to have it in hand come November 4!

emily Written with love by Emily
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    Marissa and I had a bit of an e-mail swoon-fest over Emily and Chris’ Asheville wedding when we featured it earlier this year, so you can imagine my delight when Good Earth Films sent over their highlights film. Emily is the loveliest bride, and it’s so clear that she and Chris are smitten with each other! My favorite thing about both wedding pictures and videos is that they can take you right back to the magical day you say “I do,” and with E & C celebrating five months of marriage tomorrow, we hope this little reminder of their sweet video does just that!

    See more of our wedding films here!

    lisa Written with love by Lisa
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    1. avatar Graham reply

      Hooray!!! It’s so wonderful to see Emily and Chris’ wedding video on SW! Good Earth Films are a joy to work with and we love the beautiful films they create!!!

    2. avatar Jalyn reply

      What a lovely video! I would be lying if I said I didn’t tear up!

    3. avatar Vinss reply

      Its interesting, love to see more videos from Good Earth Films…

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    After a serendipitous meeting on a cruise ship, Jeni and Adam knew there was something special between them. So special, in fact, that just three weeks after their vacations, Jeni flew to Oklahoma to see Adam, and they began a long-distance relationship. Over the next year, Jeni and Adam not only fell in love with each other, Jeni also fell in love with Oklahoma, so when given the opportunity, she decided to take a chance on what she and Adam had by moving cross country. A few years later, charming country details, a rustic venue, and plenty of hospitality gave Jeni’s family a lovely introduction to the Southern state Jeni and Adam had made their home, and the celebration couldn’t have been sweeter!

    Thank you so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Amanda Watson, for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

    My mom flew out to Oklahoma City from San Diego to go dress shopping with me. We went to three different boutiques and had a great experience at each of them, complete with champagne and oversized mirrors, but by the end of the day, I become somewhat discouraged because no one dress seemed to be perfect for me. After I tried on the last dress that I had picked out, my stylist, Christina, said she had one more that may fit my desires. I wasn’t too impressed when I saw it on the hanger, but when I came out of the dressing room, we all knew it was the ONE!

    What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I wanted to give my family (who is mainly from California) the perfect Oklahoma experience. We wanted a venue that was country, but also clean and romantic. We searched for weeks and visited so many, but when we pulled up to the Tatanka Ranch, we knew it was perfect. My whole family was able to stay on the ranch for the entire weekend, which made it feel like a family reunion. It was in a perfect central location in Oklahoma too, so none of our local guests had to drive more than an hour.

    Our entire wedding had a rustic, country theme that highlighted the natural beauty of Oklahoma. The field we got married in, the boots we all wore, the oversized barn doors draped in white fabric, the homestyle food we served, the horses all around us…all of it made for the perfect Southern wedding.

    What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every minute, because no matter how long your engagement seems, time goes by so quickly. Also, spoil your bridesmaids and your parents–they deserve it.

    Don’t miss Jeni + Adam’s wedding highlights by Glorious Day Films!

    How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. In May 2011, my mom and I took off for the California coast for a “girls trip” to Cabo San Lucas and Puerta Vallarta. Along with his parents and older brother, Adam also set out on a trip to visit Los Angeles and Hollywood. After seeing the sights of Southern California, we boarded the same Carnival cruise ship. We were introduced to one another on the cruise ship deck (the seas of Mexico are quite romantic!). We spent the rest of the trip together, and started making plans to see each other afterwards–I was finishing school in Tucson, Arizona, and Adam in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Three weeks later, I took my first trip to Oklahoma, and after a year of long distance, I moved to central Oklahoma to pursue graduate school and love.
    Tell us all about the proposal! We made plans to attend our first OKC Redhawks game of the season together. The day of the game, we walked around Downtown OKC Bricktown and had lunch at a local taco shop. With sunny skies above, we finished lunch and made our way to the Redhawks stadium across the street, but first, we stopped at the fountain to take a photo. After asking my brother, Jake, to take the picture, we posed and Jake counted to three. On three, Adam dropped to one knee and asked for my hand in marriage. Jake caught the whole experience on video.
    When did y’all get married? May 17, 2014
    How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 140
    Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did do a first look because we wanted to maximize our time together on our special day. We don’t like hearing that first looks are “untraditional” because that time together really did ease our nerves out before the ceremony, and even more so, it gave us the most romantic time between the two of us, where our photographer captured some of our favorite photos. We were never rushed for time, we were able to enjoy each other all dressed up, and we were able to savor every minute.
    If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
    What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We were honest with vendors about our budget from day one. Every single one of them worked with us and found a package that fit our budget and needs. We were very blessed in that regard.
    What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Growing closer to God, together. We are so excited about everything that comes along with being married and spending forever with one another–growing our family, setting and achieving goals, serving our communities, traveling, and making memories.

    Photographer: Amanda Watson Photography / Videographer: Glorious Day Films / Venue, Catering, and Lighting: The Tatanka Ranch / Florist: Emerson Events / Cake Baker: Rosebeary Design / Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals / Music: Xcell Productions / Paper Products: Unhinged Designs / Makeup Artist: Regina Rodriguez / Bride’s Shoes: Old Gringo Boots / Men’s Attire: Perry Ellis

    Amanda Watson is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

    lisa Written with love by Lisa
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      […] What better way to kick off the new blog than with a featured wedding?! We were so blessed to be a part of Jeni & Adam’s big day and are proud to have it featured over on Southern Weddings, see the feature here: http://southernweddings.com/2014/09/25/oklahoma-wedding-by-amanda-watson/ […]

    2. avatar Loverly reply

      Love the green truck! It adds such a great vintage element!

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