Southern Weddings


We’re back with more love for the beyond-awesome sponsors of Southern Weddings magazine!  We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback about the November issue, but one thing we were thrilled to hear was how much everyone loved the ads this time.  We couldn’t agree more: the newest issue is dotted with some truly beautiful ads and we are so grateful to be working with these talented vendors!  Thank you to each of our advertisers who helped make this issue a little more fabulous:

Coren Moore

Finally!  A brides and maids collection for the true Southern bride!   Classic shapes in fresh, fun colors and ultra-Southern fabrics (think seersucker, eyelet and silk shantung) make the Coren Moore frocks an easy choice for oceanfront ceremonies and sophisticated soirees alike.  We loved the Coren Moore brides + maids collection so much, we just had to feature their frocks in our fabulous WaterColor feature.  Peruse the entire Coren Moore line here!

Rae Leytham Photography

SW loves us some Rae Leytham Photography – so much so that we made sure to feature their work in our premier issue!  A husband and wife duo defying the typical photographer stereotype, Wes + Rae Leytham have photographed weddings from Hawaii to Savannah to beautiful upstate New York.  Famous for the energy they bring to every wedding, Wes +Rae have worked diligently to develop a skill that uses cameras and lighting to make their images works of art.  Make sure you check out their website here and follow their ultra-fun blog here!

Ann Whittingon Events

Ann Whittington’s slogan – Events for Rockstars, Royalty and You – says it all!  A twenty-year veteran of the hospitality industry with planning and managerial experience at The Ritz Carlton, The Lancaster Hotel and Brennan’s Restaurant, Ann Whittington has produced events for European royalty, heads of state, and sports and stage celebrities, and now she’s ready to plan your wedding!  What makes Ann among the best in the business is her unique ability to match the style of an event to her clients’ personalities.  Learn more about Ann’s services and design inspiration here!

Nine Photography

Next we have Nine Photography, based out of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin.  Their blog, talk sweet, is a fun read and really shows how well they get to know their couples.  Visit it here and their website here!  See our previous post about Nine Photography here.

Lo Boheme

Based out of a 1920’s bungalow in San Diego, California, Lo Boheme specializes in one-of-a-kind accessories.  Offering both custom and ready-to-wear pieces to an international clientele through their online shop, Lauren (“Lo”) and Josh Christensen create unique yet wonderfully wearable hairpieces that quickly become family treasures.  Check out Lo + Josh’s sweetly sophisticated collection here or find the perfect accessory for your big day in their etsy shop!

Brooke Schwab Photography

We like Brooke Schwab Photography.  A lot.  Modern, romantic and emotional, Brooke Schwab’s style is a SW and fan favorite alike.   (A quick peek at her website and blog quickly shows why!)  To learn more about Brooke and her amazing work, visit our first Sponsor Love post here.

Shelby Peaden Events

Shelby is one of the sweetest, most capable planners you will ever have the pleasure of working with.  We should know – she was a lifesaver at the WaterColor shoot for our November issue!  Every time we needed something (paperclip, plastic bag, pair of scissors…) the item in question always seemed to materialize in the well-stocked trunk of her car!  We know she would be even more prepared on your wedding day.  Shelby is based in Pensacola, FL and available for both full planning and day-of coordination. 

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar amy weeks reply

    Shelby did my wedding in Destin in September and it was more than I could have imagined!!! Be sure to look her up if you’re getting married in that area!!!

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As many of you know, we celebrated our fresh, fun and fabulous new issue with an authentic Southern celebration at wedding hot spot, Bridal Bar Atlanta.  We were so honored by the vendors, photographers, readers and well-wishers who stopped by to toast our new cover (Jeremy Cowart, we can’t thank you enough for this beauty!), and were beyond touched by the outpouring of support on the blog and Twitter.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Whitney, Emily, Lara and I wanted to share out thoughts from the weekend and to reiterate our gratitude for everyone who helped put together Southern Weddings Volume II.  So from all of us to you, huge hugs and big thanks!

…Thank you to the amazing people that made our launch party possible, from Whitney!

The Southern Weddings launch party was a huge success! Over one hundred of our favorite vendors, wedding professionals, and readers came out to the Bridal Bar Atlanta for a fun-filled night celebrating the launch of our latest issue. The night went by in a blur as I had the opportunity to mingle with some of the most talented people in the business.

Rebecca at the Bridal Bar Atlanta did such an amazing job coordinating everything for the launch party. She assembled a great team of vendors to make the evening absolutely fantastic.

The invitation by the Dressed Caterpillar was adorable and the red velvet cake (complete with “Butter My Butt and Call Me A Biscuit” topper, red wood background to match our cover, bow tie and SW logo!  WOW!)  from Sweet Sensations was to die for. I have literally never tasted a dessert so delicious in my life! Epting Events provided the oh-so-Southern food and it was delectable! (Katharine’s Kyle was a particular fan of the ham sandwiches.)

Katharine, Lara, Emily and I had a ridiculously good time in the Smilebooth. The backdrop by Ashley of Dolci Odille was adorable! Seriously, I would love to have a Smilebooth in the office (though I doubt we would ever get anything done)!  Many thanks to Our Labor of Love for all the fun!

I could not be more thankful for all of the amazing people that have enabled us to create this issue of Southern Weddings. Y’all are awe-inspiring. 

…Thank you to our loyal readers and devoted sponsors, from Katharine!

As the official office newbie who had never subscribed to any wedding magazines or followed any wedding blogs before joining Southern Weddings, my foray into the wedding world has been a whirlwind of new faces, projects and terms.  At our fabulous Atlanta launch party on Friday, I had the opportunity to thank two groups of SW supporters that not only helped make me feel wonderfully welcome in such unfamiliar territory but that also are the backbone of what we do.

I’m sure Emily would agree that one of the very best perks of our respective jobs has been our daily interaction with readers, whether online or in print.  Your enthusiasm, suggestions and loyalty is what motivates us to make each day at Southern Weddings better than the last.  This issue was made for you, with lots of love!

While it’s our readers who make us want to publish the best material we can, it’s our advertisers who make Southern Weddings (and everything we do here!) possible.  As the Managing Editor for SW, I’ve been lucky to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the business side of our glitzy mag and, in doing so, it’s become very clear that we have some of the most talented and dedicated sponsors out there!  This year, we’re especially grateful for our print sponsors, namely Big Events Weddings, of Nashville, TN, J. Malahy Photograhy, Asian Bees Photography and Modern Photographers, for sprucing up our inside and back covers.  After you’ve flipped through the November issue, I hope you’ll take a minute to check out our amazing sponsors and visit their websites; these ladies and gents do some of the very best work in the business and it’s always a treat to see the new and exciting things on their websites.  Thank you, also, to our loyal online advertisers, including Dede Edwards, Scarlett Lillian, Our Labor of Love, David Murray Weddings, W. Scott Chester and so many others!

…Thank you to the photographers and vendors who made this issue possible, from Emily!

Katharine, who ended her speech by introducing me as the “wedding guru” (some would say fanatic), gave me the perfect opening for my remarks.  I started by acknowledging that I’ve subscribed to Martha Stewart Weddings since I was a wee middle-schooler (true story!).  At the launch, it was my “job” to thank all of the photographers who contributed to the issue, either through a real wedding or just a single image.  I put job in quotations, because, in truth, it’s anything but — it’s been an absolute dream to get to know and have the pleasure of working with so many of the talented vendors that I’ve admired from afar for so long.  I finished by offering a personal thank you to Joy Thigpen, stylist extraordinaire, who worked with us on our cover shoot and WaterColor shoots and is a huge part of so much of the beautiful inspiration you’ll see once you crack open your copy of the new issue.

…Thank you to the people who have supported us from day one and our special guests, the Mammoth Men, from Lara!

It’s a week to give thanks, but we always feel overwhelmed with gratitude here!  As a small office, we can’t do anything without the support of so many.  Our launch party wasn’t about celebrating just the magazine, but rather, the community of people that has formed around it.  I felt incredibly blessed to celebrate the launch of this new issue in Atlanta where we had our very first premiere event in January.  So many people have supported us and cheered us on from day one: Jeannine, Eliana, Michelle, Joy, Ashley, Khadine, Whitney and Jesse, Sharon, Emily, Kristy, Cristen, Ashley and countless others.  I’m so thankful that Caroline from Paloma’s Nest, Cassandre from Fete Festa Fiesta and Kristy Rice from Momental Designs flew in from so far away to celebrate with us. My favorite part of the evening?  Hello!  The CAKE!  Sharon, I’m hereby dubbing you the Southern cake diva!  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jeremy Cowart for our gorgeous cover and for coming to share in the celebration with us. Thank you to friends who came from my hometown — I’m so floored by your generosity and good wishes.  It was such a blessing to have my husband and best friend, Sandi, there.  They made my night.  And of course, the party wouldn’t have been complete without the Mammoth Men.  Thank you Nate, Matt, Jeff, Kyle, Fred, Justin, Michael, Mark, and surprise last-minute guest Jory for bringing the dance party to Atlanta!  I had more fun than I can begin to explain. Thank you Rebecca, Epting Events, Our Labor of Love, and so many more for making our launch event a true celebration! 

And last but very not least on my thank you list…  to the amazing women of Southern Weddings for being fun in the office and out of the office.  I couldn’t ask for a better team to share such great memories with!

Want more party pic action?  Check out all the Smilebooth pics here

Happy Thanksgiving eve y’all!  We have a very special post coming tomorrow : )

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  1. avatar xoxo, C reply

    I just got my copy of the new issue and it is absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t know such deliciousness could be captured in a magazine! Fantastic job ladies!!

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The November issue of Southern Weddings has officially been on shelves across the country for the past week!  For those of you who already have flipped through the mag, you’re probably as in love with the real weddings, the special editorial features and, of course, the bombshell cover courtesy of photography superstar, Jeremy Cowart, as we are. 

Of course, this issue would not have been possible without the support of our advertisers.  At Southern Weddings, we really believe the advertisers (and ads!) we select are an integral part of our editorial features.  Selecting and finalizing an ad for print is more than just squeezing them into whatever open spaces may be left over after all the text is placed; rather, when Emily, Lara and I sit down to plan our editorial line-up, we treat the ads like any other feature.  Ads are not only strategically placed next to or near appropriate features, but if Lara doesn’t like the aesthetics of a given ad, she has no qualms about editing it until it is as beautiful as the surrounding pieces.  (Take a minute to flip through our ads in this last issue and you’ll see what I mean!)  While our sponsors have not paid for this post, we wanted to give them a shout-out, say thanks and introduce their work to you, starting with our cover ads.

J. Malahy Photography

Exposed to photography from an early age, Josh Malahy has always been fascinated with the process of taking pictures.  From anticipating that perfect moment and envisioning a composition to capturing it on film and then waiting to see the final image, Josh loves everything about film photography – and that passion is reflected in every wedding he shoots!  Based in Memphis and Atlanta, J. Malahy Photography is a bride-favorite throughout the southeast.  Committed to only shooting weddings so as to provide brides with a unique and personalized experience, Josh wows with simple, clean compositions and classic, timeless images that quickly become family treasures.  Catch a glimpse of Josh’s work here and be sure to follow his blog!

Asian Bees Photography

After seeing her bright, modish ad on our inside back cover, it’s no surprise that Annabella Brandon’s website is riddled with rave reviews from happy clients praising her fresh approach, relaxed and creative style, and knack for capturing “real life” from behind a lens.  Cleverly named after a childhood mispronunciation of the letters A’s and B’s, the Memphis-based Asian Bees Photography specializes in modern wedding photography in Nashville and around the country.  Learn more about the husband and wife team at Asian Bees Photography here and follow their blog here!

Modern Photographers

A collective of some of the best and most talented photographers in the country, Modern Photographers hold themselves and their peers to a higher standard of quality and creativity – and their brides reap all the benefits!  Unlike most traditional studios, Modern Photographers was created to give couples looking for artistic professionals a place to connect with the very best in modern wedding photography.  Voted onto the collective by experts in the industry before they are even featured on the site, the members of Modern Photographers truly are part of an elite group of highly recommended wedding professionals.  Looking for a topnotch photographer for your upcoming nuptials?  Be sure to check out Modern Photographers’ renowned one-stop site to find a qualified expert in your area.  Fun Fact: Modern Photographers has graced our back cover for the last two years, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Images courtesy of Divine Light Wedding Photography, a founding member of Modern Photographers.

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Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar bridal wish reply

    Great job to Josh and all the other photographers who took the effort in shooting these wonderful shots.

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