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Hi y’all.  It’s your resident Editor-in-Chief here, chiming in to bring you some exciting news.  I’ve just announced the top 20 photographers who are in contention to be featured on our next cover!  Hop on over to my personal blog to see who we chose.  And while you’re at it, leave a comment to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini camera!

Big congrats to the finalists and many thanks to everyone who submitted.  We cannot wait to see what you create!

Happy Monday!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Katsu reply

    Great article and nice shots!

  2. avatar Brittany reply

    Would love to win!

  3. avatar Sergio reply


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Wow, what a week y’all!  Southern Weddings is making its way to newsstands (thanks everyone who has been twittering pics for us! woohoo!) We’re anxiously awaiting our massive shipment of magazines that arrives today for online orders… all 5 TONS of them.  If you don’t want to wait for your local store to get stocked, order a copy from us online so I don’t have to move my dining room table!

Want a peek into the magazine?  Check out these amazing preview posts floating around the blogsphere and be sure to follow Southern Weddings on Twitter for all the latest!

Gorgeous post from the beautiful Kristy at Momental Designs POST

Amazing post and a bonus CONTEST from J. Malahy POST

We LOVE Christy and Blair at Junebug Weddings! POST

From the always awesome, Sarah Rhoads. POST

Two people who knock my socks off in so many ways: Our Labor of Love. POST

I love these ladies so much: Simply Bloom POST

Reading planner-extraordinaire, Kelly Mc Williams’, post made me teary-eyed.  She echoed exactly what we set out to do- make this issue real, approachable, and down to earth.  Thank you so much, Kelly! POST

We are in love with the creations from DK Designs. POST

One of my favorite photographers, Leo Patrone. POST

These two never cease to amaze me with their joy and unending talent! W. Scott Chester Photography POST

Whitebox Weddings POST

From the amazing Eliana at By Your Side Events who is launching a whole new site and blog soon!  POST

Erin Hearts Court POST

Classic Bride POST

Rockstar wedding planner, Terrica, is an inspiration to us all! Cocktails and Details POST

A RAD post from Josh Ulmer. POST

Melissa Schollaert POST

From the lovely, talented, gracious, creative, wonderful Aletha at Pearls Events POST

Olivia Leigh Weddings POST

Lemiga Events POST

(quite possibly my favorite post… I laughed so hard!) Broke Ass Bride POST

Vue Photography POST

Cherin‘s custom creations in this issue are to-die-for! Customized Wedding Creations POST

One of my absolute favorite blogs by the lovely Gia Graham, Flights of Fancy POST

Punam Bean POST

Something Blue Blog POST

Fidelio Photography POST

Gresham Photography POST

Laura Hooper Calligraphy POST

Blue Moon Events POST

The Raleighwood Blog POST

Vallentyne Photography POST

Melissa McClure POST

Meg Perotti POST

I heart Bonnie Tsang. POST

Ya know who’s awesome? Ashley and Jeremy Parsons! POST

Sweet Iced Tea POST

Planning diva, Latrice Cushenberry, is one of our favorite people in the world! POST

My dear friends and SW supporters from day one- literally! Rae and Wes Leytham POST

Two awesome posts from my new friends at Kim Box Photography.  POST 1 and POST 2

I am currently madly in love with the Linnea’s Lights “Winter” candle that’s burning on my desk. POST

If you blogged about us and you don’t see your link here, leave a comment here with the link and let us know!  We’ll be sure to add it.  Thank y’all so much for the amazing support and for encouraging us like you do.  We are so grateful! Happy Friday!

P.S. A little weekend fun for you… don’t forget to enter the MEGA PHOTO CONTEST and tell us what makes you happiest.

P.P.S. Snap up your copy right here!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Josh reply

    Can’t wait…been checking the stores..but nothing yet!!! Agghh…excited to see our photo and drool over everyone else’s!!!

  2. avatar Leo Patrone reply! Can’t wait to see the issue!

  3. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Added! You’re amazing Leo and we’re so thrilled to have you in this issue!

  4. avatar Lisa Jeffries reply

    Wow – thanks so much for including my humble little blog ;-)XoXo,Lisa

  5. avatar Meg reply

    can’t wait to see the issue- you guys are the best of the best- thanks so much for including me in this issue! xoxoxoxo

  6. avatar Kristy R. reply

    Thanks for including my post!

  7. avatar Vania- SimplyBloom Photography, LLC reply

    oh my gosh what a tease! I can’t stand it!! ;)

  8. avatar ~k reply

  9. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Wow, thanks so much, Kim! Just added BOTH of your amazing posts! : )

  10. avatar Josh Ulmer reply

    Love it all!!! So excited we got to be a part of this issue, we blogged about it:

  11. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Thank you, Josh! What an awesome post!

  12. avatar Barefoot in the Park reply

    Just got engaged Saturday … can’t WAIT to pick up my copy tomorrow!

  13. avatar we are the parsons reply

    thanks so much for publishing us!!! we are so happy we blogged about it! :)

  14. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Ash- thanks so much for the post! Big hugs to you and Jeremy! xo

  15. avatar bonnie tsang reply

    My daughter, Venise, and I heart Southern Weddings from the bottom of our hearts! :)

  16. avatar Emily @ Southern Weddings reply

    We heart you, too, Bonnie! Loved your post.

  17. avatar Aletha | Pearls Events reply

    A little SW Love on the Pearls Events blog – amazing issue, ladies!

  18. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Such a lovely post, Aletha! Thank you!!

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If you’ve been following me this week on Twitter, you know I asked photographers to send me their top shots for print.  Well, they did.  I woke up to 300+ submissions within 16 hours.  I’m going through each one personally and as I check off each email, a strong feeling has come over me:  gratitude.  I’ve worked my tush off, going 1,000,000 miles per minute for the last few years.  Somehow tonight it all hit me… the movie in my mind replayed and showed me how far we’ve come.  With the recent devastating Conde Nast closings, I’m even more struck by our unique place in the wedding market.  Brides, friends and vendors, we’re so grateful for your support in keeping us as a fresh, flourishing, fab magazine- strong and growing online and strong and growing in print! (cover image by Jose Villa)

In going through all of these submissions and incredibly sweet notes, I had to stop in the rush of all of this and give thanks.  I am so overwhelmingly grateful to have a job where people share their art with me.  Many of you confessed being nervous and that this was your first submission.  Many told me personal stories and made me laugh.  There were some mind-blowing submissions from people I had never heard of mixed in with some … uh… scary ones.  (By the way, after hours of scouring through submissions, I started posting #submission tips on my business twitter account:  WeddingRep.)  Thank you all so much for taking the time to share your work with me.  Even if I don’t pick an image of yours for this issue, just know that you’re on my radar.  I added a slew of new blogs to Google Reader and met some wedding professionals I can’t wait to follow.  I’ll be sending acceptance emails out late next week after I get back from Engage09 :: Encore. 

I wish I could personally hug everyone who sent images in.  As a thank you to those who submitted work to me in the last few days, I’m giving you a significant discount on print and online ads. (sorry, if I post the discount here, I’m afraid people will try to send me more submissions!  I’ve got my work cut out for me already! 68 more emails to go through…).  Email Katharine ASAP (discount ends in 48 hours) for the rates and available slots, which aren’t many at this point.

Last but certainly not least, I have a few VIP thank you’s…

Emily, Katharine, Whitney, Sydney, and Alyssa…  It’s a big couple weeks for us and you’re all working your tails off!  Words just don’t do justice to how much I love spending time with you ladies.  Em, I had so much fun with you in ATL.  Ladies and gents, this lady knows weddings!  She taught me more in those three days about blogs and the latest and greatest than I had learned myself in a year.  Katharine, thank you for keeping the SW engine running.  You are always raising the bar!  Thank you for your very sweet gift to me this week.  Made my week and I can’t wait to spend time with grandma busum.  Whitney, I light up when you walk into the office.  It could just be the fact that you’re my redheaded sister, but I think it’s just you.  You will rule the world one day and it will be very glamorous and gorgeous.  Thank you for always being so positive, happy and supportive.  Alyssa, we’re so glad to have you and Syd, you look good sitting at my desk girl!  Much love ladies as we launch this killer issue!  GO TEAM!


Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Jeremy Gilliam reply

    Hey Lara, thank you for the opportunity and changing the way editors interact with clients and content providers!

  2. avatar Lisa Jeffries reply

    Congrats, congrats, congrats!PS – There’s a reason (actually, more like 100) that SW is here and other publications are not. Keep doing what you do so very well :-D

  3. avatar Jenifer Simpson reply

    Great post!…I think one of the many things that makes SW so appealing is the constant influx of fresh ideas. It is what sets your magazine apart from the others. Can’t wait to see the new issue:)

  4. avatar Holly Steen reply

    Really it is a truly inspiring beautiful magazine for brides, vendors, and all those wedding lovers. Thank you

  5. avatar Victoria Joanne reply

    It’s great to read encouraging words from a "boss lady" so many people in the higher positions at companies really forget about how to interact with their employees and vendors. It’s refreshing to see someone who does. Keep up the fab job you’re doing. Having a wonderful group of girls to work with makes each day a fun time instead of a drudgery .

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