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We all try our best to not play favorites when it comes to weddings, editorials, etc., but I have to admit, this is my favorite piece of marriage advice in V6. The reason? It’s from my very own parents, who are celebrating 29 years of marriage today!! There is no one I look up to more, in life and in love, and I am forever grateful for the example they have set for me. The advice they wrote together is something I cherish, and I hope it inspires you, too!

Always be kind and considerate! Remember that marriage is meant to last a lifetime and there will be ups and downs in LIFE, not just in the marriage. If you are committed to a lifetime together, you find a way to get through the hard times and rejoice in the good ones. It’s remarkable to look back and appreciate all that we’ve come through together and know that there is still more to come!

Tom Sanderson

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Dana reply

    love them!!!

  2. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    Love the advice and 29 years later, your Mom is still so beautiful!

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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Happy weekend, friends! It turned from fall to winter very quickly this week, and even though it feels a tad too early for us Southerners to be scraping ice off of our cars and digging out our winter coats, the plus side is that it makes the holidays feel that much closer! We have some fun seasonal features coming up next week, including the SW gals’ Thanksgiving plans and a holiday doin’s list, so keep an eye out for those. We’re also offering free shipping on all domestic orders placed between November 28 and December 1 in the Southern Weddings Shop, making it the perfect time to stock up on V7, the new Sweet Tees, Southern holiday goodies, and our brand new Planner. Sales in the Southern Weddings Shop are few and far between, so we hope you’ll take advantage of it to pick up a few gifts for loved ones…or for yourself!

See more from this engagement session by Matt and Julie Weddings on our Facebook page!

In case you missed it this week…

“Have fun and keep a sense of humor,” and more wise marriage advice in Sweet Tea Sunday.
We love the concept of a “family elopement” and brought it to life in V7’s Holy City Hospitality (plus behind the scenes photos).
Introducing the newest addition to the Southern Weddings Shop, the Sweet Tees!
Our Seasons of the South editorial celebrates community and the beauty of early fall.
Some of our baker friends shared the stories behind their go-to holiday recipes in Southern Newlywed.

Lacey and Caleb‘s Texas wedding was full of elegant, rustic details.
Alyson and Nick have an adorable proposal story, and their barn wedding was just as sweet.
Sara and Austin are such a joyful, colorful couple, and their Texas wedding reflected that perfectly.

Have a happy weekend, and congratulations to anyone getting married!!

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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Even after a big holiday meal, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Southerner who would turn down a slice of pecan pie or red velvet cake for dessert. So many memories are made around Southern food, and during the holidays, when there is nothing more cherished than feeling at home, family recipes find an extra special place in our kitchens and on our tables. We asked some of our sweet (pun intended!) baker friends to share the stories behind the desserts they come back to year after year, no matter how many cakes, pies, and treats they’ve perfected along the way.

Ashley of Ashley Cakes, Raleigh, NC

My absolute favorite thing to bake during the holiday season is my Grandma Mitchell’s homemade carrot cake. For as long as I can remember, she has been baking this yumminess for every Thanksgiving and Christmas family get-together. Since I’m a cake baker, she shared her recipe with me (of course!), and it is one that I will cherish forever! It was fun converting some of her recipe to actual measurements, because, like all great Southern cooks, hers contained instructions like “two shakes” of this and “three pinches” of that! I can’t say that mine will ever be as delicious as hers, but I love carrying on the tradition. With every bite, it takes me back to being a little girl at Grandma’s kitchen table.

Shay Cochrane

Natalie of Chic Sweets, Tampa, FL

These desserts come straight from my home, heart, and family. I have a rather large family, and one of our traditions is cooking up our favorite recipes all day and then getting dressed up to sit down and enjoy our special dishes. It may seem a bit silly that we all get dressed up, but with a house full of boys, I love getting dolled up to sit at the table with family and friends! When we wrap up dinner and our bellies are full, I get to share two of my favorite desserts with my family. I don’t ever like to go too heavy with desserts, especially after a big meal, and my heart-shaped strawberry Nutella mini-pies and white chocolate hot cocoa always hit the spot!

Natalie graciously shared her recipes with us! Download the recipe cards to add to your collection here and here.

Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes

This “Real Deal Caramel Cake” is my essential for all holidays because it has such a rich history in my family. The caramel was passed down from my Aunt Beverly, and has been the centerpiece of our holiday baking tradition for years. There is nothing more delicious, and nothing more beautiful, than baking this cake in the kitchen with my family.

Anna of One Belle Bakery, Wilmington, NC

One of my favorite things to bake this time of year is a to-die-for peppermint red velvet cake. Is there a more Southern cake than red velvet? It’s possible, but not according to my sweet Southern granny. In her house, the most delicious deviled eggs you’ve ever tasted always meant spring was here, fresh watermelon slices arranged just so on a polished silver platter meant summer was here, and this cake meant the the holidays were here! I can still smell the peppermint that filled her house when she would make this cake. It’s one of those recipes that will always be special to me and bring back the best memories of time spent with my family. Like most Southern families, food surely brought us together.

What dessert do you bake for the holidays every year? We’d love to hear your stories, too!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Molly reply

    I’ve been making this Chocoloate-Pumpkin Layer Cake recipe from The New York Times for 6 years now. Sometimes I cheat and use my favorite store-bought chocolate icing, though. I make this for Thanksgiving usually, and it gets me in the holiday spirit every year!

  2. avatar amy reply

    Look at that red velvet cake, doesn’t get better than t hat!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    we must try that caramel cake!

  4. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    These all look and sound delicious. Love the bite size heart pies with the touch of sprinkles. Perfect for after a large dinner or for a dessert buffet.

  5. avatar Nutella Filled Heart Shape Pies and White Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Shay Cochrane Photography – Chic SweetsChic Sweets reply

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