Friends! It is with the fullest heart and incredible joy that we introduce to you… the Southern Weddings V7 cover!!!
She charms the dew right off the honeysuckle, doesn’t she??
As we put together this issue, we kept circling back to a few central ideas. We wanted to celebrate the community that surrounds a bride on the way to her wedding day. We wanted to honor best friends, who do so much to get us down the aisle. And we wanted to empower our couples to be confident as they make decisions throughout their engagement, secure in the knowledge that their wedding is only the beginning, and that they can write the story of their life together, no matter what has come before.
Speaking of writing your own story… we couldn’t be more tickled pink about the fact that our cover photographer, Tec Petaja, was none other than the groom on our very first cover, V1!! Tec and his sweet wife Chelsea have always been an important part of the Southern Weddings family, and it’s so meaningful to us to be able to work with them on a cover. As many of you know, the SW story has added so many chapters since that first issue, and this feels like a beautiful full-circle moment.
We had the joy of working with many other talented folks to bring this image to life, including Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events, who graced us with her floral and styling skills. Kate Bryan of The Small Things blog curled our gorgeous ladies’ locks while Makeup for Your Day gave them peachy cheeks and rosy lips. We couldn’t be more proud to have our bride in the dress of a Southern designer (Anne Barge!) or to shoot on location at one of our favorite places, Fearrington Village.
And of course, one of the most exciting things about this cover is that it features one of our very own gals – yes, that’s Miss Lisa to the left of our bride!! You may recognize the face all the way to the left, as well – Whitney, recently married, was one of our famous bridesmaids for the polo shoot a few years back!
Though our official release day is Tuesday, if last year is any indication, V7 may be popping up on newsstands around the South as early as today–yeehaw!! Be sure to snap a pic of yourself with your copy and tag #SWV7 on instagram or Twitter – we LOVE seeing your smiling faces!! If you live outside the South, you can always find a copy in our store.
In the meantime, we’re DYING to know: What do y’all think??? Are you as much in love with V7′s cover as we are?