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A little behind the scenes gossip; we actually looked long and hard for a dress similar to Whitney’s Vera Wang showstopper for a V9 editorial shoot, and never thought of the amazing idea she had to customize it by wrapping a simple tulle veil. It was the perfect addition to the strapless design. While I could talk plenty about her gown, there is much more sweetness about Whitney and Cory’s wedding day that you’re not going to want to miss. Like the amazing florals from Philosophy Flowers. Whitney loves to garden and had quite a vision that she hoped Kelly could bring to life. Not only did she make her vision come to life, but she even surprised Whitney with little details like unripened blueberries hidden in my bouquet and our table arrangements. A fun nod to Whitney’s love for the color navy. Of course, a girl after our own hearts, Whitney’s favorite detail wasn’t detail exactly; it was simply having all their friends and family together to celebrate their wedding and marriage together.

Big hugs to our darling Blue Ribbon Vendor Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography for sending us this lovely day!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Corey: Although we worked at the same company at the time, we didn’t know each other, and thanks to the company Christmas party in downtown Raleigh, we had the chance to meet. Whitney was holding a UNC cup and I was wearing a Santa hat. I had to politely let Whitney know I disagreed with her choice in drinkware (go Wolfpack), and Whitney wanted a Santa hat to match her green dress. From there, we struck up a conversation and ended up dancing the night away. It took about a month before our first date and on our date, we found out that our dads used to fly together for the same commercial airline and we just clicked. Six and a half years later, we haven’t looked back!
Tell us all about the proposal! Corey: So the main goal of the proposal was to make sure Whitney was surprised. I came up with an elaborate plan to have my older sister and her fiancé call and cancel their ‘plans’ of joining us for dinner last minute. I made sure Whitney was in the room when my sister called to cancel and put on a performance pretending to be upset. Since we were pretty much dressed already, I convinced Whitney we still needed to go to dinner. After dinner, I told Whitney I wanted to get a picture in front of the restaurant and since we parked out back, it was a little strange to walk out front. So we took a picture, continued walking around the restaurant, and unbeknownst to Whitney, waiting for us was a horse-drawn carriage. I urged Whitney to pet Marty the pony, but Whitney didn’t think he and his carriage were for us. I asked the carriage driver for a ride and he said “sure, hop on in!” I couldn’t contain my excitement and almost immediately asked Whitney to marry me. She said yes! I had her mom, her best friend, my mom, and my sister waiting for us at the State Capitol building as we made a loop around downtown. I then had a bunch of our friends meet us back at our townhouse to celebrate… it was an amazing night that we will never forget!
When did y’all get married? June 4, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 100
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Whitney: Finding my dress was definitely an experience, in the best possible way! I knew I only wanted my mom and my maid and matron of honor to help me decide as I am notorious for being the worst decision-maker. I figured the less people and less opinions, the easier it would be. We ventured out to our three appointments at various bridal boutiques in Raleigh, only to be disappointed with the first two appointments. When we started heading towards Alexia’s, I was incredibly anxious, thinking that we weren’t going to find my dress that day even though I knew I had plenty of time to find the one! I was bound and determined to find a classic dress and to steer clear of the strapless ball gown style. Well, lo and behold, I ended up with the strapless ball gown. After arriving to Alexia’s and chatting with the girls and telling them what I was looking for, they brought out three dresses for me to start with. The first dress blew me away even before I put it on. I saw the dress and started getting excited as it was poofy and draped in tulle with an amazing unstructured skirt! I was completely shocked that as soon as I put the dress on, my entire demeanor changed and excitement and emotions flooded my face! However, I knew something was missing. I asked if they could bring me a plain tulle veil and had them tie it around my arms! This completely made the dress for me and I knew this was the one! The girls at Alexia’s worked with me on creating this custom wrap for my dress and it was exactly what I saw myself in on the day I would marry Corey! My mom and maid of honor even lit up and they knew the second they saw my face that this was the one!
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes, we decided to do a first look and are so happy we made the decision to do so. After months of anxious planning and looking forward to the day, we knew we couldn’t wait any longer to see one another, plus it helped calm our nerves! Both of us wanted a special moment for ourselves prior to the ceremony; along with deciding to have most of our pictures with the wedding party and family done prior to the ceremony, we wanted a private moment with one another.
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Once we started with the planning phase, we knew we wanted to get married close to home! While we initially started thinking that we would get married in Raleigh, as this was the place where we’ve both called home for the last ten years and we would be starting our lives together here too, we also knew we’d love to get married in another place we both love: Blowing Rock, NC! We both love the area and the quaintness of the town and after narrowing down a few locations, we fell in love with the outdoor area at the Inn at Crestwood, nestled between Blowing Rock and Boone. The trees lining the lawn and the brick paver terrace were exactly what we envisioned. Of course, the rain had other plans on our wedding day. Meris and her team were able to have everything moved indoors and in the midst of a few rain showers, our guests were still able to get outdoors and enjoy the view we fell in love with! We also were very grateful that the rain held off just long enough for us to have our first look on the lawn!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Whitney: Corey and I are pretty traditional and loved the idea of reciting traditional vows during our wedding. We knew we wanted the preacher to read a few of our favorite verses (Romans 12:9-13 and Ruth 1:16), which we believe embody what we view in marriage and faith.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had such a difficult time narrowing down our wedding song! We have three songs that we have always cherished and fit our love to a point. After much debate and thinking about the style of our band, we decided on “I Found You” by the Alabama Shakes. This song has always had a special place in our hearts and it was so wonderful to hear as we twirled on the dance floor, not following any particular steps and dancing to our own tune! It recently played on a random shuffle we were listening to on a trip and we got the same butterflies we had on our wedding day, just listening to that song!
Describe your wedding flowers. Whitney: Two of the main aesthetic aspects of our wedding which we knew were incredibly important to us were the flowers and the photography. I am a true lover of all flowers and gardening is one of my favorite hobbies. Corey knew I had a vision when it came to our floral design and was very supportive of letting me take the reins on working with Kelly on our design. I knew the minute I found Kelly that it was a perfect fit. After hearing my long and exhausting plan, Kelly immediately knew what I wanted, sketched out everything, and made my vision come to fruition! She even mentioned sneaking in some amazing little design surprises and it was perfect! To our surprise, we had unripened blueberries hidden in my bouquet and our table arrangements. What a fun detail! I was blown away; who would think of this sweet little touch and design detail? Kelly was so patient with me and always listened to my thoughts and ideas, and seeing her bring her team together to have our floral ideas come to life was truly amazing.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Whitney: After a little debate, Corey and I decided on a dessert bar as I am not a big cake person. We knew we still wanted at least a small couple’s cake to cut and have the memory of cutting the cake at our wedding so once we sat down with Beth at Ugga Mugga Bakery, we came up with a great plan to have a couple’s cake to cut along with a dessert bar for all of our friends and family. Corey’s favorite cake flavor is funfetti, and Beth jumped at the idea of making us a custom and simple funfetti cake! After talking with Kelly, our floral designer, we knew we wanted a simple floral element as part of our cake and everything turned out exactly how we wanted! It was perfect and a big hit with all of our guests.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite detail was probably not a detail; it was simply having all of our friends, family, and those who support us in one room there cheering us on and celebrating our wedding and marriage together. While we knew we wanted to keep the wedding small, we wanted to make sure we had a chance to speak to everyone there, and we did! Sharing one of our favorite places and having those we love in one place, all together for the same purpose, was something we will always cherish.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Whitney: Yes! Navy is my absolute favorite color and when I found my sparkly navy shoes, I was smitten! They were my something blue. My dress was new and my mom let me borrow one of her bracelets which I have loved since I was a little girl. It was so special that she let me borrow it for the big day. My something old comes from a sweet story from our earlier years when Corey and I were dating. My birthday is right before our anniversary and leading up to my first birthday with Corey, he and some of my friends had planned for us to go out of town to celebrate. Upon arriving at our destination, Corey snuck away, unbeknownst to me, to pick up my birthday present. Later on, Corey surprised me with a pair of pearl earrings from Tiffany’s. Earlier in the year, I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding and had lost one of the pearl earrings gifted to me by my parents when I was younger. He remembered this little detail months later and definitely surprised me with a new pair! I wear them almost every day and thought they would be such a wonderful addition to wear at our wedding.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Whitney: Corey and I both grew up in the South and are definitely both Southern at heart! We wanted somewhere that reminded us of home, had a classy Southern mountain vibe, with great views. Crestwood checked all of those boxes. Also, while we stuck with simple wedding traditions, we knew we wanted to make our wedding black tie. The one Southern tradition we forgot about (and wished we hadn’t) was burying a bottle of bourbon at the location prior to the wedding!
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? During our engagement, we both had many things occurring (buying a house, a new job, traveling, etc.) and at times, the stress got to us both. While Corey is definitely the more laid-back one of the two of us, we both knew we had to focus on our wedding and what lies ahead. Never going to bed angry is such a cliche, but it is very true for us and has been a grateful reminder during our years together and looking forward. We will keep this in our minds no matter if it’s life’s little stresses, planning a family, or focusing on little bumps in the road that come our way. Focusing on each other, our faith, and home will be a key aspect in our lives together.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Honestly, how can we pick? Callie, Meris, and Kelly were the ultimate team and they were able to capture every detail we had planned for. From Callie and her team working all day on capturing the details and making us feel at ease to Meris and her team focusing on making sure everyone was happy and timelines were being met was an incredible feeling to have. The details alone were a lot to keep up with and seeing everyone come together truly put smiles on our faces. Kelly captured our dream floral design and everything was perfect! The white and cream floral pallet was everything we wanted for our timeless floral design. These ladies are amazing and we cannot thank them enough for being the amazing artists and professionals that they are. There are not enough words to do them justice!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? As I was sneaking up behind Corey for our first look, my heart was racing with excitement! That feeling, the sweet kisses we stole during that moment, and the look on Corey’s face will stay with me always. I knew everything we planned for together was finally happening and to begin our marriage together was perfect! Corey: The moment I turned around and saw Whitney during our first look was incredible; I will never forget that moment and could not wait to marry her!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? We would definitely suggest not stressing, if that is even possible! At the end of the day, if something goes wrong, it does not matter as long as you are happy, married, and having an amazing time! We had to keep telling ourselves that during the entire process and it helped immensely!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Since the last year has been quite busy and hectic with many travels, buying our first house together, and planning the wedding, we are looking forward to relaxing and adding four furry paws to our family! We cannot wait to add a puppy to the mix and to welcome him or her to our home.

Photographer: Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography | Planner: Meris Gantt of The Whole Shebang | Venue: The Inn at Crestwood | Florist: Philosophy Flowers | Dessert Baker: Ugga Mugga Bakery | Band: Phase Band | Paper Products: Julie Patoolie’s | Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang | Bridal Salon: Alexia’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Julianna Knox | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Place Card Calligraphy: Leen Jean Studios

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    Lovely colors! The greenery in place setting is a nice touch!

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Combining an outdoor ceremony flanked with the beautiful backdrop of Texas Hill Country together with an indoor reception of decked with beautiful florals, Amanda and Jordan blended the best of both worlds for Texas in July. Blue Ribbon Vendor Bristol Lane created a romantic, natural look with blooms of deep reds and pinks with lots of texture that perfectly complimented Pecan Springs Ranch’s already lovely aesthetic. But the detail I could not love more? Amanda said that there are very few times she has ever felt more loved or supported than the moment they wanted into their reception. “It was the first time I really got to take in all of the excited, loving faces of our friends and family.”

Thanks to Feather & Twine for sending along Amanda and Jordan’s sweet Texas wedding!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Jordan and I went to Texas A&M and worked at the Student Rec Center together. We were friends from the start, and I always loved Jordan’s friendly, down-to-earth nature. In the fall of 2012, we went on our first “date” to our boss’ church. After church, the congregation gathered to eat together, so we brought a dessert that we made the night before. I love to cook, but that dinner was a bit of a fiasco. Of course, as a proud Italian, I made penne vodka and it was so spicy that Jordan could not even touch the pasta. In typical Jordan fashion, he was extremely nice about it and pretended he liked it. The dessert we made for church was also a mess. We tried to double the recipe and the chocolate mousse that was supposed to be fluffy turned out to be more of a dense paste (yum!). Despite our cooking being a bust, Jordan and I had so much fun together, constantly laughing and doing equally awkward things. From there, our relationship steadily grew, we became more confident about cooking together, endured long-distance, exchanged countless letters, and got engaged at the Grand Canyon in April 2015!
Tell us all about the proposal! A few of our favorite things include camping, the mountains, and quality friend time, so we were more than excited for our trip to the Grand Canyon! Jordan and I didn’t have a lot planned for the trip except for hiking and camping with our friends. On day two of our trip, the four of us hiked down the South Kaibab Trail. I honestly didn’t suspect that we were going to get engaged. Jordan and I had discussed it, but I had no timeline or suspicions. We arrived at an amazing lookout and thought it was a good time to take a break and eat our lunch. Before we headed out, Jordan asked if we could take one last picture (which should have tipped me off, because he never asks to take pictures). Andrew and Sarah assumed their roles as photographers and when I turned around, Jordan was on his knee. When he asked me to marry him, I was more overwhelmed and shocked than anything. I am pretty positive the only thing I said was “Are you joking??” Eventually, I came to my senses and said yes! The day could not have been more perfect.
When did y’all get married? July 2, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 185
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My best friend Ellen had recently moved to Nashville, so I was planning a trip to go visit her. Shortly after getting engaged, I started following The Dress Theory on Instagram and fell in love with their unique style and small, intimate stores. My mom and I flew to Nashville and had a wonderful weekend exploring the city. We visited the Dress Theory Nashville location, and it was the most relaxed, special time! We worked with such a kind and genuine stylist, and we found my dress in just a short amount of time. It definitely was a different style than I anticipated, but I loved it right away.
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We decided against it! We always imagined our first look being while we were at other ends of the aisle, so we kept it that way.
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Pecan Springs Ranch was the very first venue we toured, and we fell in love with it! They have beautiful property and great options for indoor or outdoor ceremony sites. Given that it was Texas in July, we thought an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception would be the best of both worlds.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did, with help from some friends! A friend from college had some of the most beautiful, thoughtful vows, so she offered to share them with us. We used inspiration from their vows and incorporated parts that were special for us. We are so grateful for the wisdom and sincerity she passed on in her vows, and they will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our dear friends (matron of honor, Sarah, and best man, Ryan) read a scripture from a verse that meant a lot to us, Philippians 2: 1-11. The verse exemplified how we want to model our relationship and our marriage after Christ.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had a guitarist (Aaron Goldfarb) and violinist (James Anderson) play during our ceremony and cocktail hour, so we wanted to take advantage of their talents. Sharing music and going to concerts has always been a big part of our relationship, so choosing the songs was honestly one of our favorite parts. It was fun and challenging trying to pick the songs that were significant to us and also set the tone for our ceremony. I could go on and on about why we chose each song, but I’ll be brief! :)
The Head and the Heart – “Down in the Valley” (Wedding party entry)
Johnnyswim – “Take the World” (Processional)
“Come Thou Fount” (Communion)
Stevie Wonder – “For Once in My Life” (Recessional)
Alabama Shakes – “I Found You” (First Dance)
Describe your wedding flowers. We chose deep reds and pinks, with a variety of textures and greenery. We wanted the overall feel to be romantic and natural, so Bristol Lane used a combination of ranunculus, peonies, roses, and more. Everything was beautiful, from the arbor piece to the bouquets, and our flower girl was beyond precious with her flower crown!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. It was unreal! Green Lily is an organic baker who made our wedding cake and assorted mini desserts. We chose a triple berry cobbler cake; it was a Southern vanilla cake with triple berry cobbler filling and vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream. If only we could eat it every day! In lieu of a groom’s cake, we selected an assortment of some of our favorite (mini) desserts: chocolate chip cookies, cannoli (for my Italian family, of course), donuts, and peach cobbler shots. They were fantastic!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: This isn’t necessarily a detail or design element, but one of our favorite parts of the wedding was our adorable ring bearers and flower girl. They are our cousin’s children, and we have watched them grow up into the most precious kids. Cooper, Cambelle, and Grey are the best of friends, and they talked about their “jobs” during the ceremony for months. Cambelle was GLOWING while she was walking down the aisle and told us it was the best day of her life! Beyond adorable.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! In a lot of ways, we weren’t overly concerned with traditions, but it just so happened that the blue bracelet I wore was my mom’s, so I checked off something borrowed and blue!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My mom found out that Pecan Springs Ranch had beer donkeys, and she fell in love. Opie and Sassy were quite a big hit with our guests during the cocktail hour! Being a Texas wedding in the summer, it was almost too fitting to have our ceremony and reception in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We had a fairly long engagement, so we had plenty of time to not only plan our wedding, but also invest in our future marriage. We went to premarital counseling, and not surprisingly, learned even more about each other and important areas where we needed to grow and mature. It was so vital for us to learn from a couple who was Christ-centered and had endless wisdom to pass on.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? For us, the main challenge was the guest list. We wanted to include as many close friends and family as possible, but didn’t want to have an overwhelmingly big wedding. Finding that right balance of including our closest friends and family was critical. We definitely had some tough decisions when forming our final guest list, but everything worked out in the end.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? While I always appreciate a beautiful wedding, I am a realist, so I was constantly trying to cut cost whenever possible. Having a wedding planner who can keep you on track is extremely helpful as well. We had coffee and jam as our favors, and we were able to save some money on each of the items. We gave our guests Third Coast coffee, as they are our favorite local Austin roasters! We bought the coffee wholesale and stamped small coffee bags, which turned out really cute. My uncle, a man of many talents (think retired Houston police officer turned baker!) makes wonderful jam. The custom stickers, glass jars, and jam were all very affordable and relatively easy to assemble.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Truly, all of our vendors were FANTASTIC. I can’t thank them enough for making our day so special. None of it would have been possible without our planner, Ellen of Westcott Weddings; she is simply wonderful. In addition, we absolutely adored and worked closely with our photographers (Feather and Twine) and videographer (Henry Weddings). They went above and beyond.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There were a couple! I chose to have my mom and dad walk me down the aisle, and there’s nothing quite like making the walk towards your groom. I have never enjoyed being the center of attention, so I guessed that I would be extremely nervous. Instead, I felt a great sense of peace while walking with my parents, and seeing Jordan’s ear-to-ear smile was unforgettable. The second most memorable moment was walking into our reception. It was the first time I really got to take in all of the excited, loving faces of our friends and family. Very few times have I ever felt more loved or supported!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? You will hear this a thousand times, but truly enjoy this time and appreciate every minute! There are so many details to look over, which can make it easy to get overwhelmed. At the end of the day, you get to marry your best friend, and that is what counts. From a planning perspective, if something is a big stressor to you, really examine if it needs to be part of your wedding.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? With no more wedding planning to take care of (although that was a blast!), we’re enjoying more free time together to do what we love: travel, go to concerts, trying lots of new food, and creating a home together.

Photographer: Feather & Twine Photography | Videographer and Lighting: Henry Weddings | Planner: Westcott Weddings | Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch | Florist: Bristol Lane | Wedding Cake: Green Lily Bakery | Caterer: Royal Fig Catering | DJ: Look No Further Entertainment | Special Details: J.RoCro Arts + Letters | Paper Products: Posy and Pine | Bride’s Gown: “Style 2206” by Tara Keely | Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel | Bride’s Earrings: Lux Divine Jewelry | Hair Stylist: Jamie Heeneman | Makeup Artist: Makenzi Laine | Menswear: The Black Tux

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    Belles and beaus, it’s a joy to write to you today with some exciting news!

    When I started Southern Weddings magazine ten years ago, I never imagined it would grow to what it is today. What a joy this decade has been! Many of you know that we are a very unique company, running two businesses under one roof with one small-but-mighty team. As my own family, our sister business Cultivate What Matters, and Southern Weddings have continued to grow, it has become clear that we need a few more hands around here! I stepped away from doing Southern Weddings work several years ago to focus on books and babies, and this truly incredible team of women you know so well has taken the reins.

    Like I’ve learned in my garden, you can only grow so much with the space and time you’ve been given. I can’t lead two large businesses at once and nurture a growing family, so it was time for someone else to take the lead. This change happened a long time ago internally, but we decided it was high time to change things externally, too.

    I’ve been working alongside Kristin Winchester for five years, and her passion for the Southern Weddings mission made her a natural fit. She’s already been doing the work of an Editor-in-Chief behind the scenes: cheering on our team, shepherding the big picture, and encouraging meaningful beginnings to married life. She is a pretty remarkable woman, and we are all SO excited for this new season!

    Photo by Blue Ribbon Vendor Nancy Ray Photography

    My title is now Founder and Grateful Wife, which fits me to a tee. I’ll still be here behind the scenes, loving on our team and you all, especially as you move into newlywed life. It is with joy that I re-introduce this familiar face to you, as the new Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings!

    Photo by Blue Ribbon Vendor Jake and Heather Photo

    Friends, I can’t begin to express my gratitude. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined my first fateful interaction with Lara at the inaugural SW Gingerbread Barn Building event would one day lead me here. Stepping in as Editor-in-Chief to continue Lara’s legacy is an incredible honor, just as playing a small role in your wedding and marriage planning is a privilege.

    I’m accepting Lara’s passing of the torch with grace and humility. Around the office, I’m teased about the way my energy and enthusiasm bubble over when I start talking about new ideas and my passion for this job. (Anyone who’s seen one of my giant-laugh-smiles would probably join in! ;)) It’s my heart for you, dear brides (and future brides), that produces these excited outbursts, though. To say I’m thrilled to nurture and continue spreading the Southern Weddings mission would be an understatement.

    From the outside, not much is changing around here. We’ll continue to share the best wedding planning advice and Southern inspiration, the stuff we share with our sisters and best friends the moment they get engaged. And as Lara mentioned, she’ll still be around, weighing in on ideas in the background.

    As for me? I’m looking forward to jumping into my new role and having the opportunity to support and cheer on the SW team (who are some of the smartest and savviest gals in Dixie) as we continue to grow. Here’s a little recap on where we are and what’s ahead!

    2016 was a big year for Southern Weddings: we added two lovely ladies, three Southern babies, and launched our ninth issue. We also consumed an unknown quantity of biscuits and sent countless emoji- and GIF-filled messages back and forth as we celebrated milestone after milestone as a team.

    In the new year, we’ve got big plans to continue to live out our mission and equip y’all with the resources and tools you’ll need to prepare for your wedding days and beyond. We’re busy dreaming up new ideas and bubbling over with anticipation, as we’re already knee-deep in planning for our TENTH (!!!) anniversary issue, due out in November. Stay tuned for V10 sneak peeks, fun celebration plans, and details on how you can join us in the pages of this VERY exciting anniversary issue.

    We’ve also got fun newsletter updates coming soon to your inbox (sign up here) and plans for SW Meet-ups as we move into the new year. Safe to say, I have a great feeling about 2017!

    xo,
    Kristin

    P.S. Extra big hugs and thanks to Lara, Emily, Nicole, Marissa, Lisa, Amber and Jess. Each one of you encourages me to be my best self and motivates me to love bigger and laugh harder. It is a joy and privilege to do this work alongside y’all, and I know, without a doubt, that I wouldn’t be able to take on this new role without each one of you right by my side.

    lara Written with love by Lara Casey
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    1. avatar Laura reply

      Congrats Kristin on your new role! Crazy to think that this year will be a celebration of 10 years of Southern Weddings (and crazy to think that I’ve been a reader since V4!) Can’t wait to hear about the plans for the new year, I have a feeling it’s going to be the best one yet!

    2. avatar Erin McLean reply

      So excited for you all!! xoxo

    3. avatar Bri A reply

      Congratulations! I’m inspired by the grace this requires on both parts and am honored that you shared this so openly with us. I’m excited to see where SW goes and I’m so proud to see Chapel Hill being represented so well.

    4. avatar Ashley Landry reply

      Congrats Kirstin! And I’m so excited to see what evolves for SW in the new year! I always enjoy reading your helpful content and can’t wait to see what creative ideas lie ahead! Keep up the great work, ladies!

    5. avatar Theo reply

      Absolutely wonderful Kristin! Congratulations!!

    6. avatar Bumby reply

      Congratulations and this is all very excited!
      Kristin, when I read the first part of Lara’s message all I could think about was your story with how you met Lara and said “I am going to work with her someday” You are such an amazing person and your smile is infectious. Each time try to put a bow on Soybean I think of you telling me “the bigger the bow the better the mama” I am very excited for you and all the gals. Cannot wait to see what you do!
      xoxo.

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