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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Oh, what a week this has been!! It is certainly one that I will never, ever forget! ;)

Thank you SO much to everyone who came out to the V6 launch party last night. We had the best time celebrating and hugging y’all! It was a magical evening and we’re so grateful to all of our amazing party sponsors for helping us make it happen.

Before diving into all of our gorgeous editorials from V6, we shared a peek into the Southern Weddings Postal Service. The total number of V6 copies we’ve sent out from our little office so far is well over 1,500!

First up for our editorial posts was our stunning cover shoot, Deep in the Heart of Texas! We love every detail of this gorgeous shoot, inspired by the classic Texan folk song.

Our Generations Past shoot features some of the dreamiest dresses and flowers we’ve ever featured, I’m sure y’all will agree! Even more than that, we love the heirloom-inspired details that are so special in Southern weddings.

So much happens behind the scenes on shoot days! We were so happy that BRV member Anna K. Photography was on hand to capture all of the fun and hard work that went into creating Fine Feathered Fete. See it here!

And now for the finished product! Our love for chickens is well-documented, so it is probably no surprise that we’re all smitten with Fine Feathered Fete! P.S. A big SW thank you to our sweet friend Kathryn at Snippet and Ink for sharing a preview of this shoot here!

We love real weddings!

Juliet and David’s beautiful North Carolina barn wedding was so lovely and sentimental. We love that their planner, BRV member Ashton Events, was even part of David’s proposal! See it here.

Joan and Matt’s sunny wedding was a special reminder to us of how meaningful weddings truly are. See it here.

The pastor at Lauren and Adam’s beautiful winter wedding told them to just say “I love you” to each other before saying their vows. Our hearts just about burst over this sweet moment! See it here.

Rachel and Zack’s glamorous wedding looks like it was so much fun, and we love that it blended city and country elements seamlessly. See it here.

Before heading out for the weekend…

We have a darling engagement session by Scott Hopkins on our Facebook page, so be sure to stop by and leave some love!

Speaking of engagement sessions, we are so honored to be mentioned in This Modern Romance, a new book that came out today! It’s by Stephanie Williams and is all about engagement sessions. Find it here!

Our Sandals honeymoon giveaway is still going strong! Be sure to comment by November 22 for a chance to win.

Happy weekend!

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

by in Main on

Oh happy day!! Many of y’all already have V6 in your hands (if you pre-ordered, your order is on its way!), and even though our official launch isn’t till Tuesday, we couldn’t be more excited about our new issue popping up a little early. We can hardly wait to hear what y’all think–don’t forget to use #SWV6 and tag us on social media if you take pictures with your magazines!

Just in case you missed it this morning, we debuted our gorgeous new cover! Don’t miss the sweet story behind our decision, as well as pictures from the unique opportunity we had to reveal it to our gorgeous cover girl, here!

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for the week, Lara and Nicole were tickled pink to be featured on The Everygirl! After the teaser you can see in that fun feature, we finally gave y’all a tour around our cozy office.

Now onto the lovely weddings from the week!

College sweethearts Mycah and Todd filled their beautiful Florida wedding with Southern food, sweet details, and adorable nods to their alma mater. See it here.

Melissa and Justin were married at an absolutely stunning venue in North Carolina. Despite the rain that day, their portraits are incredible! See it here.

From looking at their glamorous wedding pictures, you’d never guess that Heidi and Garth are dairy farmers! Rich contrasts like this are one of our favorite things about the South, so we love their West Texas wedding. See it here.

Danielle and Sam’s joyful big day put such a smile on our faces this week! We love her tea-length dress, their colorful flowers, and the details inspired by their respective hometowns. See it here.

Last but not least!

We’re giving away a Sandals honeymoon! There’s still time to enter to win this amazing trip here.

We’re sharing an engagement session by Scott Hopkins Photography on our Facebook page for Facebook Friday, so stop by and take a look!

Have a happy weekend!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Jessica Sloan reply

    My best vacation happed just recently when my sweetie planned a trip for us to Salem, MA where he purposed by carving “Will you marry me?” in a pumpkin. Romantic and thoughtful! Thanks the man I’m going to marry and I would love to be able to give him this amazing gift back. :)

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Love Southern wedding traditions and want to include them in your wedding? We wrote our e-book just for you!

I was so excited when I saw a Southern Tradition feature on our calendar, as tradition in any form is one of my favorite things! I especially love how strong and deep tradition lies here in the South — it’s woven right into the fabric of our days.

When it comes to Southern wedding traditions, I find the groom’s cake to be an especially fun one! Groom’s cakes can be traced back to England’s Victorian era, when there were three cakes at a wedding — the wedding cake, which was served to the guests, the groom’s cake, which was served to the groomsmen, and the bride’s cake, which was served to the bridesmaids.

The earliest groom’s cakes were actually fruitcakes – ick! Thankfully, fruitcake no longer rules as the flavor of choice, but groom’s cakes are still usually made of dark chocolate with fruit and/or liqueur, maybe to contrast with the wedding cake, which as y’all know is usually white or light colored.

We’re happy to say that even after the popularlity of groom’s cakes lessened elsewhere in the U.S. after making the hop over from England, this sweet tradition is still going strong in the South. We like that it’s a special way to give recognition to the handsome beau on a day that can be a bit bride-centric.

Clockwise from top left: Chocolate and fruit cake photo by Picotte Weddings via Style Me Pretty, chocolate and peanut butter cake via Ashton Events, petite chocolate cake photo by Tanja Lippert via Southern Weddings, Guinness chocolate cake by Call Me Cupcake

Clearly, you can’t go wrong with a chocolate cake! These days, though, we’re seeing an influx of groom’s cakes customized to the gent of honor’s favorite hobbies and flavors. Think the red velvet armadillo (or armadilla, as we say around these parts) cake in Steel Magnolias. Alma maters and favorite teams are ripe for the picking, too!

Georgia cake photo by Scott Hopkins via Southern Weddings, Alabama cake photo by Spindle Photography via Southern Weddings, Texas cake photo by Dustin Meyer, Tennessee Titans cake photo by Kristyn Hogan via Southern Weddings

When researching this Southern tradition, we dug up this funny little fact: apparently, the groomsmen used to be responsible for decorating the groom’s cake the day of the wedding! Can you imagine?? I don’t know if they’d be able to replicate some of these fabulous designs…

Book cake photo by Jonathan Canlas via Southern Weddings, soccer cake photo by Ali Harper via Southern Weddings, sandwich cake photo by White Rabbit Studios via Southern Weddings, gator cake by Stephen DeVries via Southern Weddings, ham cake photo by Oh, Darling via Southern Weddings

Have a groom that doesn’t love cake? (My handsome hubby is in that camp!) We love these clever groom’s “cakes” that earn their quotation marks — a crepe “cake” on the left, and an Oreo “cake” on the right!

Crepe cake photo by Eric Kelley via Southern Weddings and Oreo cake from Martha Stewart

Like most traditions, the groom’s cake has evolved over the years, and sometimes, it’s not a cake at all! Try serving his favorite dessert, or ask his mom to whip up some of his childhood sweets, like MarLa and Sager did, below. I could definitely get on board with those Krispy Kremes!

Childhood sweets photo by White Rabbit Studios, mini banana puddings photo by Landon Jacob, and Krispy Kremes photo by The Schultzes

Wondering when the perfect time to serve the groom’s cake is? Many couples prefer to offer the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner, a fitting time, since the groom’s family often hosts that evening. That way, you also won’t have to worry about the aesthetic of the wedding and groom’s cake clashing, since they’re often very different!

Our final favorite, hilarious piece of lore surrounding the groom’s cake is this: Legend has it that if an unmarried woman sleeps with a slice of groom’s cake under her pillow, she’ll dream of her future husband. Not sure how your single friends would feel if they were singled out (haha) for a boxed slice of cake, but it could be cute to tie on a little tag explaining the tradition!

What’s the craziest groom’s cake (or groom’s sweet) you’ve seen? The last wedding I went to, the groom had a life-size guitar made of cinnamon roll cake – it was divine!

Landon Jacob, Scott Hopkins, Spindle Photography, Ali Harper, and Ashton Events are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar TIFFANY ABRUZZO reply

    My favorite print is the “Love Never Fails” print, mildly obsessed with it! :)

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