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Blogaversary Giveaways

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In celebration of our second blogaversary (yay!), this week has been all about giveaways, giveaways, giveaways. You’ve probably noticed.

Well you have just eensy-weensy bit of time left to enter all of these amazing contests and I definitely don’t want you to miss this amazing opportunity.

Here’s a quick round up of all of the great contests that you can still enter:

Head over to the Wedding Window contest for your chance to win a free 12-month hosting term at Wedding Window including premium planning tools and 75 MB of Audio/Visual space. There will be two winners… so you have double the chance to win!

Next up on the giveaway list is a chance to win a gorgeous custom veil from Chaviano Bridal Couture. Annette is a Southern Weddings favorite and she is even making a veil for Katharine’s wedding so you know her work must be superb!

The girls at Southern Weddings (especially Emily) refuse to believe this hub-bub that hand-written letters are going extinct. We believe that everyone should send out personal thank you cards often. It just gives us warm fuzzies whenever we get them! In an effort to bring back the art of the thank you card, we are giving away 50 custom thank you cards from Mika 78.

You aren’t going to want to miss this one! Enter to win a classic vase from Wedgwood. Wedgwood China serve as great heirlooms, which Emily can attest to. Win your heirloom here.


Mmm, no blogaversary giveaway week is complete without a chocolate giveaway. To make matters even better, these aren’t just any chocolates. These are some of the best chocolates we have ever tasted from Delysia Chocolatier. Hurry! Enter now!

Last but certainly not least, be sure to enter the Cufflinks 2 Wear contest for 5 pairs of cufflinks. That’s a lot of cufflinks! Enough for all your groomsmen!

Okay, y’all have until 11:59 tonight to enter all of the stellar giveaways. My advice to you is to enter every single one of them!

Good luck!

emily Written with love by Emily

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Like the ladies of SW, St. Clair Photography is a big fan of film, and their talent clearly shows in Danielle + Nathan’s lovely wedding.  Though located in Hamilton, New Zealand, the gorgeous estate (Sarnia Park) where the reception and ceremony took place have the same feel as a true Southern plantation (Drayton Hall in Charleston pops immediately to mind).  The highly-edited details this couple chose to include would be equally at home at a Southern soiree, I think!  The bride’s dress is by Temperley London, and the delicate florals were put together by Flower Concepts.  More soon!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We were introduced by a mutual friend, Rachael, who worked with Nathan. On the day that he got his new job, he was out celebrating at the pub all afternoon, and we met in the local pool hall where I hung out a lot with Rachael. I took his number but didn’t want to give mine, as I wasn’t looking for a boyfriend at that time. At some insistence from Rachael, I called him later the next week and arranged to go on a “proper date” with him at a little Italian restaurant. He was nervous, which was cute, and I was late, as usual, and we got on like a house on fire. Plus he let me eat both of the desserts I ordered for us, which is definitely one way to win over a keen dessert person!
Describe the proposal.
We were on holiday in Madrid, and I didn’t realize Nathan had a ring in his backpack. We were wandering around a beautiful secluded garden in the Casa de Campo and Nathan kept trying to get me to sit and rest in the shade with him. I was too hot and in desperate need for a drink of water, so I was very uncooperative and basically ruined the moment. He ended up waiting until after we’d had our siesta and a cool shower before asking me a simple “Will you marry me?” over dessert at the restaurant.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
The rose petal aisle and the after-dinner indulgence table filled with goodies!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
I had looked in a few different places around London, but there wasn’t anything in my price range with wow-factor, so I ended up at a boutique in Notting Hill that I knew was going to be out of my budget.  There were so many gorgeous dresses that were “my style,” and then I tried on the Long Jean Dress and knew it was the one!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Oakstream Photography reply

    Beautiful wedding! One that some bride’s can only dream of! It is breathtaking. Look at that mansion..WOW!

  2. avatar Album Boutique Team reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I love the pale pink accents and the gown is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. avatar Kelly @ Notable Inspiration reply

    Ah! I’m so in love with that Temperley London dress!!

  4. avatar Feuza reply

    beautiful, love how colorful the images are

  5. avatar Dennis reply

    Beautiful wedding, definitely with Southern feel to it. The bridesmaid gown is simply amazing.

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WHEW!  Y’all blew up the comments section on this one!  The final tally was 1,844, far more than any other giveaway we’ve hosted, and split pretty darn evenly between our three equally-deserving finalists.  We take this as a testament to Brion Hopkins’ talent, as well as the desire of our readers to give in a meaningful way to Haiti Relief.

Without further ado, our winning couple is Sarah and Ryan!  They wrote:

“We are getting married in an intimate evening ceremony in the stables of the Belle Meade Plantation, with an elegant ‘barn party’ reception to follow in the carriage house.  The ceremony will highlight the natural beauty of the wooden stables, with magnolia garland, numerous candles, and an iron and candle chandelier.  The wedding attire will have an earthy, vintage feel.  The flowers will be a lot of greens, ivories, and some winter berries.  The reception will feature a bluegrass band playing in the carriage house, and will be decorated with a ceiling strung full of lights.  We’re using antique harvest tables to display the buffet of home-style Texas and Tennessee favorites, as well as winter desserts, including large jars full of cookies with small burlap sacks stamped with horses, hearts and ‘I Do’ for guests to take as favors.  The tables will be filled with candles as well as vintage vases and apothecary jars full of winter flowers and berries.  We also plan to have baskets displayed of pine cones, clementines, and berries.  And, in the hallways, vintage benches with cozy plaid blankets draped across them.”

Congratulations to Sarah and Ryan!  I know Brion is excited to work with you, and the SW ladies can’t wait to see your wedding!  Thank you to everyone who entered, and most especially to our three final couples.  We (and we know Brion, too) really wish we could have declared all of you joint winners.

Readers: stay tuned for more great giveaways in the next few weeks!  We’ve got some fairly fabulous things in the works as we gear up for the next print edition and celebrate a big milestone…

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Whitney reply

    Congratulations, Sarah and Ryan!!-Whitney and John :-)

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