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Hi friends! Can you believe that SWV7 is on her way to newsstands at this very moment!?! To pass the time, I thought I’d give you a little behind-the-scenes peek into my day.  Welcome to the Southern Weddings Blacksburg office – I’m so glad y’all are here!

All photos by the lovely Kristie Lea Photography!

It’s safe to say that my day looks quite a bit different from everyone else’s as I juggle and manage my day at SW with my day at my corporate marketing job, splitting and balancing my time between both. My typical day is never quite typical and always leaves me with a good story to tell KPW over supper!

7:31:  Working from home with a 13-step commute doesn’t stop me from putting on my pearls, a little mascara and occasionally swiping on some lipstick – to do my best, I have to feel my best.

7:32: I told you it’s a short commute! I start my day by turning on both (yes both, I have to keep my work brains separate) of my computers and loading my email and calendars. While everything is firing up, I take a look at my day and my leftover to-do’s, then make an action plan for how I am going to tackle my priority tasks.

9:00: After plowing through my morning email and quick to-do’s, I hop on a conference call and take on the morning’s corporate marketing action items.

9:31: My conference call ends, so I put on some tunes and knock out a few to-dos while eating my breakfast and singing along to the Wicked Soundtrack!

10:28: It’s time for the weekly Southern Weddings conference call. Technology is SUCH a blessing because with the quick click of a button, the rest of the SW ladies pop up on my computer screen. It feels like I am sitting in the office with them even though I am 208 miles away (and 863 miles away from MAK)!

10:53: The SW Team call is short today – we are busy bees preparing for the launch of V7, tackling final Making Things Happen prep, planning our SWV7 Launch Party and upcoming Southern Weddings Shop product launch. So, after a quick round of updates from everyone and getting a few questions answered, we’re all off to continue our days and tackle our action item lists!

10:56:  When the call wraps up, I run downstairs to refill my water cup and give myself a chance to stretch my legs (hint: another way I manage working from home by myself). When I sit back down, I dig into Blue Ribbon Vendor updates. Being able to love on our committed Southern Weddings vendor family is definitely a bright spot in my day.

12:37:  One of the joys of living in a small town is that most days, my darling husband comes home for lunch!  I welcome the chance to tear away from my work to run downstairs and grab a bite to eat with him.

1:02:  After a quick lunch of cauliflower soup and a salad with KPW, I head back upstairs to continue the afternoon. I have some corporate marketing work to finish before my end-of-business deadline.

2:33:  Back to my SW Inbox! I read and respond to a few exciting V7 Launch Party-related emails. Marissa and I exchange a few exclamation point filled (!!!!) notes about an adorable item for our swag bags, and I set up a telephone meeting tomorrow with the Umstead to finalize party details.

3:17:  Like Marissa, most of my day is spent on the business side of Southern Weddings. I take a few minutes to call a client to discuss their questions about the Blue Ribbon Vendor directory.  Getting a chance to speak about the Southern Weddings mission statement in addition to answering BRV-specific questions is always a great way to remind me why I do what I do

3:33: I try to answer a few more emails before switching gears. This time, I am checking with Emily on a few BRV profile edits and with Morgan on a V7 Promotion effort we are working on together.  I might not make it into the office as much as I’d like, but I sure love connecting with the SW gals each and every day!

4:00:  Time to hop back on a corporate conference call.

The Love Never Fails print is available in our Southern Weddings Shop. Gallery wall credit goes to KPW who put it up 2 hours before the photographer arrived!

4:37: I give Marissa a quick call to discuss an exciting sponsorship opportunity and brainstorm through a few fun marketing strategies I had been thinking about for 2015.  Calls with M are never short ;) – we wind up on a tangent dreaming about ways to grow and welcome new advertisers to our Southern Weddings family! As we wrap up, I beg for the chance to say hi to EKK, Marissa’s darling baby girl!

5:05: I jump back into my email for one last chance to make some decisions and clean out my inboxes before the end of the day.  I also use this time to straighten up my desk (which has slowly become a paper-covered mess) and jot down any priority to-dos for tomorrow.

5:37: Time to shut down my computer and throw on my workout clothes.  I tossed dinner in the crockpot during lunch (I love my crockpot – especially during the fall and winter) so I check on it as I head out the door to the gym.  It smells great, and I can’t wait to dig into the Santa Fe Chicken when I get home! I cook most nights of the week, so if y’all are ever in town, come on by for supper!

PS:  Catch up with the rest of the gals and get a glimpse at how they spend their days: Emily, Nicole, Lisa, Marissa and Morgan!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Holly Cromer reply

    So cool! I had no idea Souther Weddings had a Blacksburg office :)

  2. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    Your offices all look so fabulous and it seems like you have such a great time!

  3. avatar Maureen R. Goldman (@SheisMoments) reply

    I love hearing about your day! Especially since you work from home and manage multiple job duties.

    I also work in marketing and it’s amazing how rewarding it is to be involved in the business of it all but then still get on a creative tangent with a colleague.

  4. avatar Kirsti reply

    Some of my favorite things to see are the “Day in the Life…” it makes me want to fulfill me dream of working for Southern Weddings one day!

  5. avatar Mary reply

    I love your calendar/planner with the horizontal multi-colored stripes! I’ve been seeing it on blogs a lot recently but can’t trace back to any posts that say where it’s from. Can you tell me where you found it?

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Mary!! Yes ma’am. My planner is from sweet Emily Ley – you can snag one a! The 2015 calendars are running out – so don’t delay!!

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With each issue of Southern Weddings, our team make-up has changed just a bit (which is why we love reminiscing about our old friends!). We’ve been so very lucky to work with a variety of talented photographers for our team photos over the years, including Millie Holloman and Nancy Ray, and this year was no exception. We were thrilled to spend the day with Blue Ribbon Vendor Landon Jacob! They happily indulged our requests for multiple locations and outfit changes (you know how we roll), and though you’ve likely seen these gems on social media, we wanted to share a few more of our favorites with you today!

Before we even got out the door, though, Landon and Jordan captured a few snuggles with the youngest member of our team!

You know we love a good front porch, so a pretty one we had scouted near our office was our first stop.

This one’s kind of an outtake, due to my and Marissa’s awkward hug. She really loves me, I promise :)

While the rest of us caught our breath and changed outfits, Lara and Nicole headed to a local garden shop to take a few photos with some very special friends!

We knew corn was going to be a major part of this issue, so we decided to take our next set of photos in a beautiful nearby field. We happened to hit it at the perfect point in the growing season — isn’t that glossy green just gorgeous?

We borrowed gowns from some of our most fashionable friends for this portion of the shoot — Marissa is wearing “Bailey” in honeysuckle from Donna Morgan and Nicole is wearing “GA112C” in shell by Amsale.

Oh yes, these two were workin’ it with the hats! Kristin is wearing “JH5375” in blush by JLM Couture and Lara is wearing “G764C” in coral by Amsale.

Rounding things out, I am in “Genevieve” by Erin Fetherston and Lisa is wearing “JH5357” in blush and rose by JLM Couture.

Our third and final destination was Fearrington, one of our favorite local venues. We snapped just a few more photos (which turned out to be some of our favorites!) before heading into our summer team dinner.

Big hugs again to Landon Jacob — we couldn’t love these photos more!!

Landon Jacob is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar admin reply

    Hi Y’all!

  2. avatar Faith reply

    That “awkward hug” is the best! ;) Beautiful ladies!!!

  3. avatar Abby reply

    Stunning! Gorgeous ladies! These deserve a spot on my inspiration board! :) thanks for sharing!

  4. avatar Kyla F reply

    This collection of photos perfectly captures the Southern Weddings family! I absolutely love the variety with both everyday outfits and the gorgeous gowns – you ladies looked stunning. The locations are charming, too, especially the corn field. My favorite photos are the individual shots on the porch and the sweet moment captured of Lara and the chicken. Great job Landon and Jordan!

  5. avatar Mary reply

    I cannot get enough of Kristin’s gown or Emily’s pink skirt! Gorgeous shoot, ladies!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thanks, Mary!! I borrowed it from our intern Morgan and didn’t want to give it back! :)

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Oh Mary, you are too sweet! It was a gorgeous gown! I loved the one shoulder style and soft, flowy fabric!

  6. avatar Melissa reply

    Beautiful pictures ladies!! <3

  7. avatar Jessica Rourke reply

    Gorgeous photos!

  8. avatar Angela reply

    Oooh theses are so southern and sweet, love the tea and peaches!

  9. avatar Whitney reply

    Love these, ladies!!! You all look wonderful!!

  10. avatar Ashleigh from Marry Me Metro reply

    What a fun and adorable staff you have, Lara! But more importantly y’all look like great friends! Keep up the wonderful work ladies :)

  11. avatar Caitlyn reply

    I love the last one! So good. Y’all are gorgeous!

  12. avatar Morgan Jones reply

    Oh my goodness y’all, so gorgeous!! I love Marissa’s high-waist bow shorts!!

  13. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] We had a wonderful day this past summer running around Chapel Hill, having our picture taken by Blue Ribbon Vendors, Landon Jacob Photography. You may have seen a few of them in V6 and on Instagram, but you can find lots more here! […]

  14. avatar Sponsored Post: Donna Morgan Convertible Bridesmaid Dress – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] …and our own Marissa wore a Donna Morgan beauty for this year’s team photos! […]

  15. avatar North Carolina Camp Wedding by Olivia Griffin – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] these lovely bridesmaid dresses? Nicole wore this Amsale print in our V6 team photos, and we loved it so much, we put it on our cover this […]

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We love our Blue Ribbon Vendors! They are some of the best in the best in the South, and we hope you’ll take a minute to check out their portfolios! Here, a few of our favorite new additions…

Coastal Knot Bridal is a small boutique located on the coast of NC. They love that they’re able to give personal, one-on-one attention to each bride!

Heather O’Brien Designs can take care of your wedding paper needs from save the dates to thank you notes! Her style is colorful, simple, and clean.

Jennifer Stuart grew up in the South with heartfelt hospitality and family traditions, and they are the things that inform her business values today. She is based in Greenville, SC.

The husband and wife team behind Keepsake Memories Photography love shooting weddings and natural light. They travel all around the Southeast for their couples.

This one’s especially fun, folks! Jacin from lovely little details is moving to our neck of the woods in the fall, and is ready to start meeting with lovely Southern brides! We love her preppy, colorful, stylish aesthetic.

Lu Photo specializes in modern, elegant, fine art wedding photography. They are based in Nashville, TN.

Mason Dixon Rentals has a bevy of vintage goodies for your wedding day. They are located in Huntersville, NC.

Oldfield Plantation in Okatie, SC is a venue filled with timeless, historic elegance. We particularly love the amazing live oaks!

Paige Jones is based in Atlanta, GA, and takes photos with a colorful style and unique perspective.

Last but certainly not least, The Byrd Collective creates gorgeous, unique florals with lots of texture in Atlanta.

Still on the hunt for your perfect Southern vendors? Check out our whole crop here! Vendors, if you’re interested in applying, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Thrilled to see Lovely Little Details and The Byrd Collective in this list–two of my favorites!!

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