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That’s right , y’all! Its our very own Mrs. Emily Thomas’s birthday today! We would love for y’all to help us send her some birthday love!

Here’s how: Since it’s the very last day of February, that also means it’s the last day to jump on board with our February #SouthernDoin Challenge. Our Emily is one of the best gals you’ll find around these parts and she’s got a heart of gold when it comes to giving back. We love this gal’s passion for kindness, love and community. We’d love for y’all to honor this lovely lady’s birthday with something sweet. Nope, not with a cupcake or some red velvet cake, but with a random act of kindness or a surprise sweet gesture for someone you love. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SouthernDoin and wish this pretty girl the best birthday yet!

Happy Birthday, Emily! Lots of love and hugs, Marissa, Lara, Nicole + Kristin

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar amanda reply

    SO admirable! GO EM! Happiest birthday to you!!!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Happy birthday, Emily!! Wishing you a beautiful and blessed day!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Oh yay, friends! I love this!! If anyone’s looking for a kindness suggestion, take a peek at the Birthday Party Project!

  4. avatar Emily Alice reply

    Happy birthday, Emily!!

  5. avatar Shelby reply

    Happy Birthday Emily!!! I saw your wedding invitations on Oh so Beautiful Paper today! So exciting!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thank you, Shelby! And thank you for the heads-up on OSBP — I hadn’t seen it! :)

  6. avatar Bridget reply

    What a sweet idea. Someone did a random act of kindness for me yesterday, and it made my day! Happy Birthday, Miss Emily!

  7. avatar christen barnes reply

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for bringing so much beauty into the world. I hope this is your best year yet!!

  8. avatar Charlotte reply

    Happy birthday!

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Howdy from the beautiful Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, where Emily (and Emily) and I have been engaging at the engage!12 Wedding Conference.

We’ve met so many new friends and had a wonderful time visiting with many of the remarkable vendors that have made our latest issue such a success. It has been a very inspiring week! I was happier as a pup with two tails to be invited to speak here and happy as a pup with three tails to share about how we do things ’round here at Southern Weddings.

Photo by Scott Clark and Chellise Michael with Elan Artists

Y’all know we do things a little differently. We’re small… and mighty… and Southern. We do all the layout, shipping, shoot creation, cleaning up after our messes and everything ourselves. We’re a tiny team with more passion than a hen has feathers. But, I didn’t talk about just us in my speech… I talked about YOU.

You are why we are here. You cheer us on and write us encouraging notes and share our magazine with dear friends and we sincerely wouldn’t be where we are without our very loyal readers. So, I wanted to just say a quick thank you. I wish I could jump through my screen to hug each of you, too. Thank you for believing in us and being our cheerleaders. Thank you, most of all though, for LOVING.

It’s because you love your fiancé’s and husbands and families and this magical place we call home so much that we are inspired every day to do what we do and we have so much goodness ahead! We love y’all! You sweeten our tea!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Jessica Clinch reply

    I have been following your time at the conference on Instagram since Sunday, and it looks like it was such a rewarding experience! I would have loved to be there to hear you share your story and wisdom, and I hope to attend one of these conferences in the future!

  2. avatar Sandryte reply

    You got no idea how much you inspire me! I used to save a photo that I liked. But now it became an obsession. I want to memorize EVERYTHING I see on your page!

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I’m Married!

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Hi, belles! Y’all were so sweet on my sign-off post that I just couldn’t leave you hanging any longer! Yes, a little less than two weeks ago, John and I successfully said “I do” in front of our closest family and friends. And it was awesome!!!

The weather was perfect (literally perfect — couldn’t have handpicked a better day), my bustle did exactly what it was supposed to, the dance floor was packed all evening, and I even cried (but not too much). John and I held hands throughout the ceremony, and, if the candid photos taken by our guests are any indication, we couldn’t wipe the perma-smiles off our faces all evening. Best of all, I remember everything.

Of course, I can’t wait to share everything with y’all, but since our wedding will be appearing in the pages of V5, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer! (But not too much longer — V5 is scheduled to hit newsstands on November 6! WHOO!!)

In the meantime, a little tip: Last weekend, I sat down and wrote down everything I could remember about our wedding day: what time I got up, how I felt driving over to our first look location, what I ate at the reception… every little detail. Because even though I remember everything now, I know that won’t be the case in ten years, or even one year or two months. The writing is not at all polished (I might go back and clean things up at some point, but that’s not the point). What is? If at any point in the future I want to recall something that’s slipped my mind, I’ll have something to rely on other than my faulty memory. If that’s something that’s important to you, I’d recommend you do the same as soon as you can post-nuptials! I might never care to look back and see what I ate for breakfast on the morning of my wedding, but if I do, at least I’ll be able to find out :)

For now, we’re just enjoying admiring our sparkly wedding rings, calling each other husband and wife, and settling back into our new-old life, together. Oh yes, and eagerly (but patiently) awaiting our photos and video. In the meantime, here’s one from our rehearsal dinner!

Photo by the wonderful Nancy Ray, one of our Blue Ribbon Vendors AND a great friend of mine and John’s as well as a wedding guest!

P.S. I have a new Twitter username! I’m at @EmilyAyerThomas now. If you were following me before you’re still following me now, so no worries on that front — just wanted to give y’all a heads up!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    so STINKIN’ CUTE! and I LOVE the dress!

  2. avatar Faith reply

    Yay!! Congratulations, Emily!! :)

  3. avatar Megan reply

    What a wedding it was!!! So excited for you two! You were gorgeous! Can’t wait for V5!

  4. avatar Liz Brown reply

    I wrote down everything about the wedding weekend as well! I am so glad I did it :) Congrats!

  5. avatar Kelly Cummings reply

    Congratulations, Emily! I’m so glad you had a perfect wedding day!

  6. avatar Anni reply

    Congrats! So glad your wedding day was perfect, and what a sweet photo that is.

  7. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Oh, Emily! What a great picture. I love the idea of writing everything down….I think I may do that too! I can’t wait for your pictures! And the new magazine!

  8. avatar Debra reply

    I love this idea. I’m going to send this article to my newly married brides!

  9. avatar Amber Housley reply

    Congrats! Such a beautiful picture and I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures in V5! :)

  10. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Beautiful couple!!


  11. avatar Emily reply

    I can actually feel just how excited you are from the way you write about your big day! I am so glad everything was perfect for you. But even if it had rained or snowed I still think you would have found it perfect! Just something about weddings that makes everyone look on the bright side. Congratulations!

  12. avatar Desiree reply

    Warmest congratulations and wishes to you both! I cannot wait to see how amazing it all was next month! yahoooooo :)

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