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You’ve gotten a peek at the days of Morgan, Emily, Nicole, and Marissa, and now it’s my turn! Since our V7 shoot season is complete, Emily and I have switched gears from shoot planning to lots of writing and proofreading. It’s tremendously rewarding to find the perfect words to bring our shoots and real weddings to life, or tweaking things I’ve already written to make them sing. I’m getting so anxious to see how everything comes together in the pages of our new issue!

9:00: I arrive at the office, put my lunch in the fridge next to a batch of vegetables from Gracie’s garden, head upstairs to the office, and say hi to Nicole (who is always here first—I don’t know how she does it!).

9:05: I open my email and the blog to make sure the morning’s post went up and everything looks the way it’s supposed to. I love the gorgeous fall wedding we’re sharing today!

9:15: Not many people know this, but I manage the Southern Weddings Instagram account. I pick a photo from today’s real wedding (so hard to choose!) and post it. I also check to see if anyone has tagged us so that I can leave them some SW love!

9:19: I update my to-do list with things I didn’t finish yesterday. I keep my list pretty long and number things in the order I need to accomplish them. Anything that doesn’t get done rolls over to the next day. I always have two notepads on my desk—one for my to-do list, and one for blog real wedding interviews that have come in and need edits.

My gold foil notepads are the “Make It Happen” and “Oh Happy Day” notepads from the Lara Casey Shop!

9:30: We send a LOT of emails around here! Today, my inbox is full of last-minute V7 contributions, Bridal Market invitations (eek!), and a few quick notes from Emily and Nicole.

10:04: One of the gems in my inbox is a guest article we’re including in V7, and it is sweet as can be! I download it and start text edits.

10:26: Our weekly team meeting is starting in a few minutes, so I jot down my updates and anything I want to run by everyone. Before scooting my monogrammed chair over to Lara’s desk where we gather on Google Hangout with Marissa and Kristin, I check the blog to make sure our second post of the day is ready to go.

10:30: Team meeting time! I always look forward to this time when we all get to share our updates and celebrate our successes.

11:02: I take a picture for Instagram of some clutches that Lucy Jane Totes sent us. They’re so darling!

11:10: I show Emily our tentative Bridal Market schedule—there are so many shows we want to see, and so little time! We also plan to chat briefly later this week about our outfits. We show up to work unintentionally matching so often, we want to make sure that doesn’t happen at Market! With our schedule in place, I start sending our RSVPs to shows. I am counting down the days till we get to see all of the gorgeous gowns in person!

12:50: My stomach is growling, so I head downstairs for lunch. I usually bring dinner leftovers or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but today, I’m having Trader Joe’s macaroni and cheese—yum! If the weather is nice, I try to take a break from my computer screen by eating outside on the porch.

1:05: Back at my desk, I continue tweaking our Bridal Market schedule and coordinating our plans via email.

1:58: With most of our plans set, I switch gears to do a final edit of a few V7 text pieces and then send them to Nicole. We are SO close to being done!!

2:05: I post our afternoon blog post on Instagram, and then head into the blog to edit the interview for tomorrow’s real wedding. Marissa is writing the introduction for this one (and I think she’ll love it!), so after I finish my edits, I shoot her an email to let her know it’s ready.

2:35: Back to my inbox!

3:23: Our October newsletter is going out tomorrow, so I write a draft and email it to Emily for feedback. As you may be able to tell, we rarely work on projects individually and are constantly collaborating based on our strengths. After Emily signs off on the text, I send an edited version to Nicole and Morgan to lay out.

4:40: Marissa is done with tomorrow’s real wedding post, so I give it one last read through. It looks amazing!

4:56: I post the last Instagram for the day—I always try to get the last post of the day up before 5 P.M. so that none of our followers feel the need to check in at the end of the day. Evenings are for family time :)

5:00: I head back into my inbox to clear out as much as I can—we have so many balls in the air with our V7 text features, and addressing my emails as quickly as possible helps me stay on track. I write thank you emails to people who have sent me their quotes and ideas, organize them in a Google Doc, and make edits so that they’re ready to pop into the V7 layout.

5:47: With my inbox close to empty, I pack up my laptop, turn off the SW iPhone we use for Instagram, and head on home to meet up with Dave and make dinner—our current favorite meal is Pinch of Yum’s lemon chicken and asparagus!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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