Sweet friends, I could not be more overjoyed to introduce you to…the Southern Weddings V8 cover!!
Isn’t she gorgeous? And even better, though you can’t tell from the image above… the flag is the most beautiful rose gold foil!
In this issue, we really honed in on the stories behind our editorials. Each one starts with a couple and a love story we dreamed up, because we wanted to demonstrate how you too can be inspired by your own story while planning for your wedding–the kick-off to the adventure of married life. Along with that, we also thought long and hard about YOU, our dear reader. More than anything, we’re passionate about equipping you with the very BEST information and tools to plan your wedding. We want you to enter into married life joyfully and confidently, knowing that you lived your engagement with intention and planned a truly purposeful wedding–pointing yourself, your groom, and your guests to the true meaning of the day.
We thought about your families and the traditions you hold dear. We thought about the lessons you’ve learned from the generations before you, the heirlooms you’ll pass down someday, and the elements of the South that fill your heart and make you feel most at home. We’re so honored to have you as our reader, and to walk with you on this sweet journey into your forever marriage. It’s only fitting, then, that we wanted our cover to represent YOU!
Our cover girl, Alexandra, is a reader model who flew from Alabama to Virginia one day this summer to join us at a shoot that was all about celebrating what it means to be a Southern belle. Our longtime friend Eric Kelley photographed her at Tuckahoe Plantation, while Heidi Marie Garrett gave her an adorable top knot and fresh makeup, Mallory Joyce lent her styling eye, and Watters (a designer based in Texas) provided her fun gown. We love the fact that this cover is reminiscent of V3: Alexandra has the sweet approachability and joy that Paulina, our V3 cover gal, did, but Alexandra’s look is completely modern and perfect for a Southern belle in 2015!
Our official release is Thursday, but if history is any indication, copies may begin to pop up on news stands any day now! Be sure to snap a pic of yourself with your copy and hashtag #SouthernWeddingsV8 on Instagram or Twitter–we LOVE seeing your smiling faces!! If you live outside the South, you can always find a copy in our shop. Preorders are shipping this week!
We can’t WAIT to hear what you think of this issue and this darling cover!! Honestly, y’all, it’s my all-time favorite, and I know I’m not the only one in the SW office :) Comment below and let us know if you love it as much as we do!!