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Friends, I am tickled pink to be able to introduce our newest team member to you today – Catherine Marks!

If you recognize that smiling face, then major bonus points to you (and it probably means you’ve been reading for a long time!). We first met Catherine when we featured her sparkling winter wedding to Will in 2015. (And it is a stunner – go take a peek!) She wowed us then with her thoughtful interview and meaningful wedding day details, and has only continued to delight us since she joined our team in May.

That’s right, May! :) Catherine joined our team at the same time as Kaylee (whom some of you may have met if you’ve emailed us with a customer service question!), but since she went on to have a sweet baby in July, we decided to formally introduce her to y’all once she was back from leave.

Well, she’s here, and we couldn’t be more excited for you to meet her! Though we joked throughout this process that we weren’t just hiring a new team member, we were hiring a new friend, it’s true! One of the greatest joys of the work we do is doing it alongside each other. A company culture that fosters this kind of team unity has become one of the biggest blessings of my life, and it makes our hiring decisions really, really important!

Just as our team dynamic is so incredibly important to us, it’s equally important that we have someone caring for our readers who understands and lives our mission. Catherine has quickly become one of the most enthusiastic members of our team, pitching in any and everywhere across both Southern Weddings and Cultivate What Matters. You can expect to find her doing the same from here on out, both behind the scenes and here on the blog!

What a gem this lady is to our team! Now, without further ado, meet the lovely Catherine Marks!

Tell us how you joined the team in a few sentences: I’m a long-time Southern Weddings fan (I know I’m not the only one still loyally reading years after my wedding day!), PowerSheets user, and Making Things Happen Conference alum. I have always had so much love and respect for this team from afar; I even told my husband at one point that if I could just work with the SW and CWM gals I would have my dream job. As luck would have it, I was in a transitional period in my life, knowing I was to be a new mama soon, when they posted that they were searching for a new team member. I never dreamed I would actually get the job, but God had other plans, and here I am!

What have you been doing since May? I have been loving my job! Can you believe that my very first “assignment” was to get my hair and makeup done for our team photo shoot at Fearrington Village? Granted, not every day is that glamorous, but most days are that fun! Starting out with the Cultivate Team Summit was like getting three months of information and team bonding done in three days! Since then, I’ve been editing and drafting blog posts, managing the beautiful Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory, helping out with V10 and our weekly newsletter, and gearing up for the 2018 PowerSheets release on October 25th! On a personal note, I also gave birth to my baby girl, Victoria.

What else will you be doing in the coming months? I am so excited to be able to write and share more from a personal perspective now that you know who I am! I have such a passion for both sides of our business — for encouraging women to cultivate what matters, right where they are, whether they’re brides, business owners, or new moms. I’m also coming back from leave at a great time, as both Kristin and Marissa are due to give birth soon and I’ll be taking on some of their responsibilities for the next few months!

Hometown and where you live now: I’m from Southeast Missouri (Charleston and Cape Girardeau, MO) and live in Arlington, VA now.

Birthday: September 28

Something others might not know about me: I am a proud (fourth generation) farmer’s daughter!

Favorite part about being on team: Since “everything” is a boring answer, I’ll narrow it down to two very broad things: the work I do and the people I do it with. It is such a joy to do work that I believe so strongly in and love so much. It’s cliche, but it truly never feels like a job! And then, of course, to work with these eight incredible women who are so much more than coworkers is a daily blessing I hope I never take for granted!

Friends, please help us give Catherine a big SW welcome in the comments below! She’s been such a delight to our team, and we know you are going to love her just as much as we do! You can also say hi and get to know her on Instagram.

Photos by Ally and Bobby and Olivia Suriano of Nancy Ray Photography.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Big News, Big Praise, and Big Gratitude: I've Joined the Southern Weddings and Cultivate What Matters Team! – Classic Catherine reply

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    Welcome Catherine! As a fellow Southeast Missouri girl (I grew up in Perryville!) who went to college in St. Louis, I’ve been such a fan of your beautiful wedding for a long time. :)

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Can you feel the extra sparkle in the air? That sizzle? It’s not fall, friends — I’m pretty sure it’s coming straight from Chapel Hill and all our excitement over our tenth anniversary issue!! After finally selecting a cover (holy goodness, she’s going to blow your socks off!) and nailing down the final few real weddings, we’re moving full steam ahead with wrapping up this gorgeous book and sending her off to the printer at the end of the month. The sweet tea and biscuits are at the ready for a big party once Nicole presses that final send button!

We’re gearing up for our biggest celebration to date when Volume 10 hits newsstands on November 9th, and we know we couldn’t have gotten here without all of y’all. We’re truly grateful. And, we’re thrilled to be able to include you in the celebrations in a brand new way this year by inviting you to join our official Southern Weddings Tenth Anniversary Launch Team!

The launch team will help us spread the news of Volume 10 and the Southern Weddings mission. Why? Because we believe that our mission for cultivating relationships and telling meaningful love stories matters, and that the simplest way to include others to join in the magic is to invite them. And who better to do that than the best hostesses we know? (You!!)

Launch team members will have:
• Special access to sneak peeks from the upcoming issue
• Exclusive membership to a private Facebook group
• Behind the scenes time with the editorial team
• Access to launch team only giveaways
• Loads of fun and more!!

Applications close Monday, September 25, so scoot along and apply today if you’re interested!

The fun doesn’t stop with the launch team! Pre-orders are going on sale soon (ahem, October 9th). I’m hard at work nailing down details for a blockbuster launch party celebration at our beloved Carolina Inn. AND we need your help with a few final details for this issue, so stay tuned to our social channels to vote on a few Southern favorites and for the chance to get your responses published in print!

The countdown to our tenth anniversary issue is on!!

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    Last summer Marissa and I did a fun in-person event where we got to debut the Joyful Wedding Planner to many new friends. Between the two of us, we convinced more than a few people who already had wedding planner binders to buy ours and switch – ha!

    It’s wasn’t because we were trying to hustle our products (though we did have a friendly competition going with Jess and Emily), but because we truly believe in the power of the Joyful Wedding Planner (and the rest of our shop products). We created them from a place of purpose, with the hope that they’ll make the whole wedding and marriage planning process easier and more meaningful. (It doesn’t hurt that they’re extra pretty.)

    Now for the exciting news — we’re looking for friends who believe in these products as much as we do. Could that be you? All the details are below:

    For our first crop of Southern Weddings Affiliates, we are looking for folks who fit the following:

    • I have a passion for the wedding industry, marriage, or am a Southern Weddings product user.
    • I am a resident of the US or Canada.
    • I will commit to publishing Southern Weddings related product content at least six times annually.
    • I have an active and working website/blog centered on weddings, lifestyle, marriage, business, home, or a related topic.
    • My website/blog is regularly updated and has at least three months of content.
    • I have an audience reach of at least 5,000 (social media or blog followers, newsletter subscribers, monthly visitors, etc.)

    Does that sound like you? Here’s how our program works!

    Step 1. Join Our Team
    Complete the online application at ShareASale and wait for us to reach out to you with approval. Apply now! For bonus points, send an email to [email protected] to help expedite your application. Include a link to your website, a little info about you, and how you intend to share the mission of Southern Weddings. Your application will be reviewed within 7 business days.

    Step 2. Share the #SouthernWeddings Love
    If approved, you’ll have access to a library of graphics, banners, and links along with a monthly newsletter. Whether you add a banner to your site or feature a product in an upcoming social or blog post, you’ll have many options to share all your favorite Southern Weddings products. We’re so grateful for your help in getting the word out!

    Step 3. Earn Money
    As an affiliate, you’ll earn 10% on every Southern Weddings Shop purchase made through your links! ShareASale takes care of all the back-end tracking, reporting and payment, making it super simple for you.

    Whether you’re an official affiliate or not, know that we’re so stinking grateful for your support of our brand and mission! I’m sending you big hugs right now. And remember – Kaylee is your gal if you have questions, so shoot her an email – [email protected]!

    xoxo
    KNW

    All photos by Ally and Bobby

    kristin Written with love by Kristin
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    1. avatar Sydney reply

      Ahhh I fit every requirement except the number of followers! Maybe next time! :) Love love love my Joyful Wedding Planner!

      • avatar Anna reply

        Me, too! I’m always telling people about the Joyful Wedding Planner, though, and won’t stop anytime soon! I’m adding the link to my “client sendoff” packages along with the link to the Welcome Home Guestbook because I loooove that idea.

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