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Since we’re still feeling the love from Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d extend the warm and gooey feelings to a few of our newest sponsors.  We couldn’t do what we do without them, and even more than that, we really believe in their work and want to share it with you.  We hope you’ll take a moment to visit their sites and send them a little SW love.

Project Wedding is a community of people who love to talk about weddings and share advice.  It’s known for its bride-generated vendor recommendations and reviews, a one-stop, uber-organized index of rants and raves from across the web.  They also have a nifty blog, a DIY section where experts from outside the wedding world (like Jordan of Oh Happy Day! and Chelsea of {frolic}) share projects, and an awesome sister site, Weddingbee!  Check out their site here, their blog here, and their reviews here.

John Bamber Photography takes some of the loveliest black and white images I’ve ever seen.  Their use of light and layering is great, and the joy they gets from what they do is evident in their site and blog.  John and Lindsey are a husband-and-wife team (cool!) with complementary personalities and shooting styles, and they are based in Dayton, TN but willing to travel.  See their blog here and site here!

I hadn’t checked out the work of husband and wife photo team Davina + Daniel in a while, but when I opened up their website to format this post, I was truly blown away.  Their work is intimate, fun, beautifully composed while still feeling fresh and photojournalistic.  Davina + Daniel are based in Montreal but love traveling for weddings of all stripes.  Check out their blog here and their site here!

It’s not hard to write something nice about Laura Hooper Calligraphy, but I almost don’t feel like I have to — her work speaks for itself!  Her precise + girlish script is instantly recognizable; it adds the perfect touch to the invitations, maps, and totes on her site.  You can check out her three tiers of styles here and her blog here!

Blossom Accents designs and illustrates artistic handmade wedding invitations and coordinating accessories (think save the dates, seating cards, thank you cards, favor cards…). Owner Agnes’ fun, colorful designs are pretty enough to make you forget about the hours that must go into crafting these lovelies!  Check out her site here and blog here.

Hope you’re having a fabulous Tuesday, y’all!


Part I: Nancy Aidee, Nine Photography, Our Labor of Love, Dede Edwards, W. Scott Chester Photography

Part II: Cook Images, Agnes Lopez, Luna Photo, Brooke Schwab, Millie Holloman

Part III: Rae Leytham Photography, GB Photographers, Christine Tremoulet, East Hill Photo, Kellan Studios, Stacy Reeves

Part IV: A Delightful Day, Birdsong Photography, Asheville Events, Ashley Colhouer, Betsy White, Momental Designs, Regina Holder, Scarlett Lillian

Part V: Poser Photography, Isha Foss Events, Jory Cordy, Kristen Alexander, Delphine

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Agnes reply

    Wow, what a nice surprise! Thanks so much for the love :) Best wishes to you girls!

  2. avatar Nancy reply

    I totally love wedding bee. It is good to have that sort of website sponsoring you. You run a great site.

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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 : )

Written with love by Southern Weddings
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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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