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Each team summit is totally different from the last. Not just because we may be welcoming new team members or talking about new topics, but because each year that passes brings us into a totally new season of business. Some years bring challenging conflict, high stakes, and multiple priorities. Some years are full of fun brainstorming, unpacking new ideas, and finding new inspiration. Either way, we consider our summit to be precious time together.

Even though half of us work remotely, we don’t take it lightly that we have the great privilege of calling each other team members. Most of us have been working (read: spending most of our waking hours) together and sharing everyday life with each other for the past seven years! On top of that, we each bring our personal passions into our work, making this summit not just a business formality, but a time to gather and bring our greatest goals to life.

We got cozy at Fearrington Village’s Garden House for three days of quality time.

Lifeguard Press was so kind, and gifted us each a Kate Spade journal to take notes in. They also threw in extra dahlia-patterned tumblers, pencil pouches, napkins, and straws. All of our new supplies got put to good use during our two days together.

One of our big priorities this year is focusing on workplace health — it actually increases productivity in addition to making you a healthier person! We chatted about how to improve our daily work lives with standing meetings, posture exercises, and color theory, and then had a blast with an outdoor yoga class! (Y’all, some ladies on our team are crazy flexible! I learned that I am just as unbalanced as ever.)

Later, we were incredibly grateful to have our friend Will Ray speak to us about what makes effective teams. He also walked us through our DiSC profile results. Our entire team was solidly representing the Influence and Steadiness quadrants, which are marked by collaboration and enthusiasm, and cooperation and sincerity.

While we did get a good laugh at how skewed our results were, we weren’t at all surprised. Our office culture is marked by enthusiasm for our jobs, and we place a high value on team unity. That’s why it seemed perfectly natural to us that after a full day’s work, we were still looking forward to spending time together at dinner and then getting into our pajamas for a full-on Disney sing-a-long in our hotel room. (Thank goodness our rooms were thoughtfully isolated from other guests!)

Day Two was a game-changer. We showed up ready to get down to business in our new Birdie’s Slippers. (Y’all — they are the best way to look professional while feeling like you’re wearing PJs!) Then, we dove into heartfelt (and yes, sometimes hard) conversation.

To break things up, we scattered in some fun activities (like a scavenger hunt, a nail polish trade from Kendra Scott’s new line, and chair massages). Our favorite activity? A surprise mini baby shower for our dearest editor in chief, Kristin!

After smothering Kristin with love, baby name guessing, and fun games, we narrowed our focus back to business and creating a strategy for the future. This meant studying graphs (it’s more fascinating than it sounds!), engaging in good and healthy conflict, and stripping away the layers of routine to answer important questions with new ideas.

Needless to say, we thought we really earned some of Fearrington’s famous ice cream sandwiches after all of it, and Chef Bedford happily obliged and delivered!

So what are we up to now that the summit is over? We’re making big and small changes—some behind the scenes, and some right in front of your eyes! We’ve simplified our website navigation so it’s easier to find exactly what you’re looking for, and we’re rolling out more content that will help you prioritize what’s meaningful in your wedding. On top of all of that, we’re having fun inside and outside the office soaking in the magic of the South and living our lives with you!

Photos by Olivia of Nancy Ray Photography (and some iPhone pics by the team, too!)

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    Love seeing the joy among all of you! Thanks for giving us a peek behind the scenes.

    (I hadn’t heard of the DiSC but I’m a sucker for all personality tests, so I’ll have to look into it!)

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In the Southern Weddings office, we all have different approaches to the holidays.

Emily prefers to give Thanksgiving its due, not decking the halls for Christmas a day sooner than Black Friday. Lisa prefers to get all of her holiday shopping done in November, so she can focus on spending time with loved ones in December. I prefer to celebrate the holidays as soon as possible—they only come once a year, and don’t last that long!

No matter how we approach our yuletide celebrations, we all agree on two things:

1. We love a good deal, but Black Friday sales are much too stressful for us, and we’d prefer to spend that day with our families.
2. When it comes to gift giving, the more meaningful, useful, and beautiful, the better.

I’m guessing y’all would agree on those two points, too! This year, we’re taking them to heart and running our annual holiday sale for an entire WEEK! Today through Monday, November 28, you can take up to 50% off select products in the Southern Weddings Shop.

We even went ahead and combined our most popular items into one AMAZING gift bundle! The bundle is the ultimate gift for any Southern bride, and includes the Southern Weddings Planner, the new Welcome Home Guestbook in natural linen, a Marriage Certificate in gold foil, Southern Weddings Volume 9, The Wedding Day Journal, and a Vows Booklet Set in blue. The whole bundle is valued at over $150, but is on sale for $99 for this week only! Find the Ultimate Southern Bride Bundle here.

Whether you’re searching for a sweet gift for your bridesmaids, the bride in your life, or your favorite newlywed couple, you can find prints, journals, and even our Project Life collection up to 50% off for the next week.

Head to the Southern Weddings Shop to explore all of the deals. No coupon code needed, and no Black Friday rush required :)

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    Though we love providing y’all with inspiration and practical advice, possibly the most rewarding part of our job is creating products that will live in your homes and at your weddings, helping you to celebrate the things that are most important. And we won’t pretend—we make the things we’d love to have and can’t find anywhere else!

    Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to two new products in the Southern Weddings Shop!

    Our Welcome Home Guestbook is a place for your friends and family to record the memories that they make at your home—anything from the first dinner you host as newlyweds, to Friday night movie marathons, to Thanksgiving as one big family. My favorite part of this guestbook is that it’s something you can start together, whether you’re dating or have been married for years!

    The Welcome Home Guestbooks come in coral, blue, and natural linen. Each is foil-stamped with hand lettering from Hand Lettered Designs!

    Our Vows Booklet Sets are a sweet place to write down your wedding day vows. At less than 4 inches wide, they’re small and beautiful enough to carry down the aisle and read from on your wedding day. Knowing this, we partnered with Moya Minns of MM Ink Studio for our cover calligraphy—we know her styles are timeless and that these booklets will look just as beautiful for years to come.

    The Vows Booklet sets are available in blue and cream. I love the covers of each of these little booklets—they’re soft to the touch, and embossed with Moya’s calligraphy.

    Find these and all of our products in the Southern Weddings Shop!

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