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Among my plans this weekend are eating barbecue, watching a movie in the park with my boyfriend, and trying the very first berry from my strawberry plants! (I’ll admit, I had a few berries before, but they shriveled up before I could try them. Not the best example of my green thumb.) What are y’all doing this weekend?

This week we tackled an etiquette question that just might be our most-asked one! Read up on how to mix navy and black in your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

June’s Southern Bride of the Month, Jordan has a contagious excitement for her big day! Be sure to read all about her white and green Highlands wedding and answer her big question!

Real Weddings are the sugar in our tea!

Allison + Andrew’s simple Georgia wedding boasted sweet photos and hydrangeas galore! See it here.

Lauren + Aaron’s North Carolina wedding was classic and romantic. I love the timeless images that resulted! See it here.

Brittany + Ryan’s wedding had all the hallmarks of a traditional Southern fete. We adore everything from their traditional vows to their donut desserts! See it here.

Fun treats for the weekend!

Historic St. Augustine, Florida, is the location of a pop-up wedding! Created for couples who want the romantic wedding feel with the simplicity of a courthouse elopement, “Away We Go” brings together talented vendors to create your dream getaway wedding. Check out their site for more details.

Congratulations to the winners of our bow tie giveaway from our SWV6 sneak peek! Samantha and Katie, you’ll adore these bow ties!

We have another fun giveaway for y’all! We think these Speak Wedding flashcards by Daughter of Design are too beautiful and too handy not to share! Each card explains wedding lingo that’s ever-present during the planning stages and helpful hints for wedding planning. On top of being helpful, they’re gorgeous! Each card was designed by Ceci New York.To win a set, leave a comment below telling us what you’re most enjoying about wedding planning!

Before y’all head out for the weekend, make sure you stop by our Facebook Friday for a lovely session from Erin Lindsey.

Happy weekend, friends!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
13 Comments
  1. avatar Samantha reply

    I think I won a bowtie!!!!! :D But I haven’t received an e-mail yet.

  2. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I am loving spending time with my future mother-in-law! I am lucky to be marrying a great man with a great family.

  3. avatar Cait T. reply

    I’m loving the fact that planning is bringing me closer to everyone I love – my fiance, my mother, my sister (it’s been a long time coming!), my future-mother-in-law/sister-in-law, and all of my bridesmaids. It’s been such a great excuse to be in much more constant, and special, contact with everyone!!

  4. avatar Heather K reply

    My fiance and I really enjoyed registering last night!

  5. avatar Lonna Schultz reply

    I love the fact, that through all of this, the ending result will be me married to the man of my dreams. I have dreamed of this moment for so long and it is so close! Most people get are scared of the end, I couldn’t be happier. This is an end that will have a new magical beginning!

  6. avatar Alexandria reply

    I’m having a small wedding, so my favorite part of wedding planning is considering all the small details and how those details will really ensure my guests feel loved and welcome at our wedding. We wanted to make sure everything we do lets our guests know how important they all are to us and how thankful we are that they could be a part of our wedding!

  7. avatar Marnay reply

    My favorite part about wedding planning is the strong bond we are forming with our families. My fiancé’s family is helping to create DIY invitations (they are very crafty!) and my family is growing flowers in their yard for our bouquets! It makes me melt to see how eager and helpful our families are with the many wedding details. It’s making the experience much more fun and much less stressful!
    PS – those Speak Wedding flashcards would be a perfect game for a bridal shower!

  8. avatar Christina C reply

    I’ve really enjoyed touring venues. It is fun seeing how beautiful all the spaces can become.

  9. avatar Alix reply

    Getting in contact with old friends!

  10. avatar Kelly H. reply

    I love the feeling when everything begins to take shape and fall into place!

  11. avatar Justyne M reply

    What I am enjoying most are all the DIY projects, making jam favors has been so much fun!

  12. avatar Jillian reply

    My favorite part about the wedding planning process is being able to get together with my family and my fiancé’s family and listening to all of there ideas, excitement and traditions about our families weddings. It such a blessing to come together this way

  13. avatar Roxanne reply

    Getting to know my fiance’s mum. She is SO amazing!

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When we announced our V5 Photo Contest, we had no idea just how stinkin’ cute our readers are! Now we do, and let me tell you, y’all are cuter than a little red wagon full of speckled pups! Let’s recap: super cute kiddos, a sweet nana (who appears on page 54 of this issue!), a loving hubby and adorable pups? Check! Our big ol’ Southern Weddings V5 photo contest finalists are some kind of adorable. So adorable, in fact, that we need your help choosing a winner!

A little more background, just for fun: Peyton (the blond) gifted her recently-engaged best friend Melissa with her own copy of SW. You may recognize Marissa as a model from two of our past photo shoots (she’s showing off more of her posing skills above). That adorable golden puppy was involved in the proposal for Amanda, Julianne’s friend (with a copy of SW being the next logical step). Stephanie said, and I quote, “hubby literally took it off my lap.” Love that!

Help us find a winner! Vote by leaving a comment below with your favorite’s name! The winner will receive an adorable Emily Ley iPhone case!

Voting will end on Friday, February 1, so get your votes in quick! One vote per person, please!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
183 Comments
  1. avatar Peyton Dismukes reply

    EEEK! I vote for Peyton!

  2. avatar Candice Robinson reply

    I vote for Peyton! You have turned into a beautiful southern bell!

  3. avatar Kayla Cook reply

    Peyton and Melissa are my vote!!

  4. avatar katie reply

    Peyton

  5. avatar Dee Shore reply

    Darn these are all so adorable! But I do have to admit “Lucy O” melts my heart. Such sweetness!

  6. avatar Marilu reply

    Peyton!

  7. avatar Stephanie Baker reply

    Peyton!

  8. avatar Karen Dismukes reply

    Peyton

  9. avatar Krista reply

    Peyton!!!!!!!

  10. avatar Kat reply

    I’m a sucker for the puppy! Julianne has my vote!!

  11. avatar Karen Dismukes reply

    My vote goes to Peyton!

  12. avatar Amber reply

    PEYTON!!! She is beautiful on the inside and out, and a woman I am proud to call my friend! I cannot wait to be there for her special day.

  13. avatar Melissa reply

    I vote PEYTON… because I’m the Melissa in the picture! :) We had no idea this was for a contest!! So thankful I have such a sweet friend to be a part of my engagement AND give me the Southern Weddings magazine for my first bridal magazine!

  14. avatar Cameron reply

    I love Julianne’s photo!

  15. avatar Aubrie Moates reply

    PEYTON is adorable!!

  16. avatar leg reply

    pup+bow tie+southernweddings = katey

  17. avatar Melissa Borden reply

    I love “Lucy O”!!

  18. avatar Ashleigh reply

    I vote Julianne! Puppy + ring + SW5? Yes, please!

  19. avatar Sara Perks reply

    I vote for Lucy O!!!

  20. avatar EBNicholson reply

    Lucy O!

  21. avatar KC Fisher reply

    Lucy O!!!

  22. avatar Stuart Goetke reply

    I vote for Kristin Shyla! She took pictures at my church, Integrity, a few weeks ago! So glad she’s one of the top picks!

  23. avatar Ali W reply

    LUCY O + her little Edith!

  24. avatar esther reply

    Lucy O

  25. avatar Rachel reply

    Can’t beat the cuteness of Lucy O and her little girl, Edith! Precious!

  26. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Lucy O!

  27. avatar Maggie reply

    Lucy O!

  28. avatar Julia reply

    Lucy O

  29. avatar MB Miller reply

    Lucy O

  30. avatar paula rowan-page reply

    without a doubt… Lucy O

  31. avatar Lora reply

    Love Lucy O baby!!!! So cute!

  32. avatar paula rowan-page reply

    Absolutely Lucy O!

  33. avatar Crystal reply

    Gabrielle

  34. avatar Jenny reply

    I love Lucy O!

  35. avatar Evey reply

    Peyton!!!

  36. avatar Jessica reply

    Gabrielle :)

  37. avatar Cassie Wicks reply

    I vote for Gabrielle! She’s a sweetie! :)

  38. avatar Ashley Flippin reply

    All very cute but Julianne has got to be the sweetest thing ever!!

  39. avatar Edward B reply

    Lucy O baby ftw!

  40. avatar Jill Powers reply

    Lucy O! …cutest baby ever!!

  41. avatar Mary reply

    Lucy O!!

  42. avatar Kelsey reply

    Gabrielle!

  43. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    Nina is JUST PRECIOUS. She has my vote!

  44. avatar Kelsey reply

    I vote for Lucy O!

  45. avatar Rachel L. reply

    Lucy O

  46. avatar Suzie reply

    Lucy O gets my vote!

  47. avatar ADokun reply

    Lucy O. has my vote. Love the baby!!!

  48. avatar Molly reply

    Lucy O!!

  49. avatar Rebekah Hoyt reply

    LUCY O!!!

  50. avatar Tiffany Caddell reply

    My vote is for Peyton!!

  51. avatar Kathleen Beede reply

    Lucy O

  52. avatar Angela reply

    They say train up a child-I guess Lucy O is preparing for wedding rehearsals even before walking down hallways.

  53. avatar Rebekah reply

    Peyton!!

  54. avatar Cameron reply

    Goodness me, of course lucy o!!!

  55. avatar Sarah reply

    Marissa!!

  56. avatar Emily reply

    Marissa obviously! Gorgeous!!

  57. avatar Henry reply

    Team Marissa!!

  58. avatar Sydney reply

    Peyton!!! For sure. So beautiful!

  59. avatar Allison reply

    Lucy O!

  60. avatar sarah der! reply

    LUCY O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. avatar Nina reply

    Haha! Awesome! I put a vote in for “Nina”, but truly the vote goes to my twins that are in the pic! :) They LOVE talking about brides and grooms and getting married. :)

  62. avatar Jen O. reply

    Nina! Her twins are so cute!

  63. avatar Erin Pivonka reply

    Nina!

  64. avatar Steph reply

    Definitely Nina! Those are two adorable kiddos.

  65. avatar Lisa Marie Anderson reply

    Nina and her twins!

  66. avatar Jane reply

    Lucy O!

  67. avatar Amanda reply

    Nina

  68. avatar Lisa C reply

    I vote for Marissa!! She’s the best!!

  69. avatar Mallory reply

    Oh, that Lucy O! My vote goes to her and her sweet babe Edith! xo

  70. avatar Palma T reply

    Marissa is great at everything she does!

  71. avatar Carolyn reply

    Peyton is my vote !

  72. avatar Lauren | Lauren Nicole Photography reply

    My vote is for Gabrielle! She’s the sweetest thing ever and totally deserves to win! Love you guys!

  73. avatar Maureen reply

    Lucy O! Edith is sooo cute!!!

  74. avatar Abby Grace reply

    Ahhh Lucy O’s little one is the CUTEST! Get ’em hooked at an early age :)

  75. avatar ASM reply

    Peyton!

  76. avatar Lisa J reply

    Nina!

  77. avatar Jen reply

    Nina!

  78. avatar Emily Rhyne reply

    Peyton fo sho!!!!!!!!!

  79. avatar Lauren reply

    Peyton!

  80. avatar marissa reply

    What a great photo.

  81. avatar Amanda reply

    Nina is adorable!

  82. avatar Hannah Freeman reply

    Peyton!!!! (Of course;my beautiful future sister in law!!!

  83. avatar Keith reply

    Peyton,definitely!

  84. avatar Marissa reply

    Great photo – I took it!!!!

  85. avatar Linda reply

    You Go girl – Marissa!!!

  86. avatar Faith reply

    Gabrielle! :)

  87. avatar Daniel White reply

    Lucy O takes this one.

  88. avatar Andy Flowers reply

    Peyton

  89. avatar Carolyn reply

    I vote for Peyton!!!!

  90. avatar Robin reply

    Love the adorable puppy proposal by Julianne! Great magazine with awesome inspiration..

  91. avatar adam barnes reply

    lucy o! :)

  92. avatar Megan Martin reply

    JuliAnne for the win! Xo– Megan : )

  93. avatar Carolyn reply

    I vote for PEYTON!!!!!!

  94. avatar Portia Phillips reply

    I vote for Gabrielle!!

  95. avatar John Phillips reply

    I vote for Gabrielle.

  96. avatar Libby reply

    How could anyone say no to JuliAnne’s precious puppy!!!

  97. avatar Stephen von Heyking reply

    I vote for Gabrielle because she is my cutie pie wife!

  98. avatar Amber Garvey reply

    Julianne!!!!

  99. avatar Ia Williams reply

    Nina and her beautiful twins.

  100. avatar lauren reply

    Juilianne

  101. avatar Emily Steffen reply

    DEF Ms. Edith (Lucy O!) She is an adorable fan!!!! :)

  102. avatar Sally Kelley reply

    Julianne is awesome!! The perfect combination of love and beauty with her design !!

  103. avatar catherine reply

    LUCY O!!!

  104. avatar Debbie golub reply

    My favorite is Marissa! What a beauty!
    She’s a winner from head to toe!

  105. avatar Katie K reply

    Lucy O!!!!! She is fabulous and her daughter is adorable. Love little Miss E!!!

  106. avatar Erin reply

    Lucy O!!!!

  107. avatar Keith reply

    Hands down – Lucy O. The fact that it is my baby doesn’t sway my judgement at all!

  108. avatar Tammy reply

    My vote is for Peyton!!

  109. avatar Ashley reply

    Julianne’s is more than adorable its perfect!!! (Soft spot in my heart for Goldens)

  110. avatar Teri reply

    Who could resist a proposal that employs such an adorable puppy? My vote us for JuliAnne!!

  111. avatar Sara reply

    Lucy O!!

  112. avatar Carla reply

    LUCY O

  113. avatar Evan G Cooper reply

    I vote PEYTON!!

  114. avatar kayla zimmerman reply

    Peyton Dismukes

  115. avatar Ashlee reply

    JULIANNE!!!

  116. avatar Linda Stowell reply

    Love JuliAnne’s pup!

  117. avatar Vicki reply

    Marissa is a beautiful model with a great personality!

  118. avatar Emma reply

    Marissa!!! She is the best!!

  119. avatar kathe reply

    definitely Lucy O!!!

  120. avatar Carly Totten reply

    Lucy O! I remember your post of her on Instagram. Too cute. : )

  121. avatar ayelet jonisch reply

    marisa – awesome photo!

  122. avatar Jackie reply

    I vote for Julianne!!! What a great photo!

  123. avatar JuliAnne reply

    I am in desperate need of a new iphone case and would love to win this! After all who doesn’t love puppies, proposals & planning with SWmag…JuliAnne is my vote :)

  124. avatar Brittany reply

    Marissa!!!

  125. avatar Nicole Masi reply

    I vote for the beautiful Marissa!

  126. avatar Jeanna reply

    Marissa’s photo

  127. avatar Chris reply

    Marissa!!!!

  128. avatar Edie reply

    My vote is for Peyton….too cute!!!!

  129. avatar Kristyn M reply

    Julianne for sure!!

  130. avatar taylor lord reply

    NINA ALL THE WAY! :) :)

  131. avatar Ruthie reply

    YAY Kristin Shyla!

  132. avatar Victoria Derrick reply

    Love them all, but my favorite would have to be Kristin Shyla! The tongue sticking out is just perfect.

  133. avatar liz reply

    Go Marissa!!!!

  134. avatar Carolyn reply

    Peyton!! So adorable. I gifted my best friend V5 right after she got engaged as well.

  135. avatar Darby reply

    Peyton!

  136. avatar Victoria reply

    Lucy O!!!

  137. avatar Olivia reply

    JULIANNE!!!

  138. avatar Liz reply

    Julianne has my vote!

  139. avatar Erin Dudley reply

    Julianne

  140. avatar Amanda reply

    i LOVE Lucy O’s!! there is just something about babies!!

  141. avatar Stefania reply

    Peyton!!!

  142. avatar Sonya McCarley reply

    Peyton

  143. avatar Dani reply

    congratulations, Love Peyton’s picture. She is adorable!

  144. avatar Alice reply

    Peyton I love you

  145. avatar Mildred Tanner Wynne reply

    PEYTON!

  146. avatar Diane reply

    Marissa – great going!!

  147. avatar Emily Wertman reply

    Marissa

  148. avatar Lisa reply

    I vote for the beautiful Gabrielle!!!

  149. avatar Ermanno reply

    I vote for Marissa. Love the photo.

  150. avatar Elizabeth Losi reply

    Looking good, Marissa!

  151. avatar Andrew reply

    Marissa!

  152. avatar Francesca reply

    I vote Gabrielle!

  153. avatar lacy reply

    I vote Julianne

  154. avatar Stephanie D reply

    Voting for Gabrielle!!

  155. avatar Jamie K! reply

    Gabrielle!!

  156. avatar Kelly reply

    Gabrielle

  157. avatar Mandy Caudill reply

    Gabrielle :)

  158. avatar Tori Watson reply

    Lucy O!!!

  159. avatar Chelsea T. reply

    Gabrielle!!

  160. avatar Linda reply

    A vote for Gabrielle

  161. avatar missy reply

    Gabrielle Von Heyking

  162. avatar mandy reply

    I vote for Gabrielle!

  163. avatar tara reply

    Gabrielle!

  164. avatar Paige reply

    Gabrielle!!

  165. avatar Brenda Eley reply

    Gabrielle von Heyking is my vote!

  166. avatar rachelle reply

    I vote for GABRIELLE!!!!

  167. avatar Amanda reply

    Gabrielle!

  168. avatar Lyndsey reply

    Gabrielle!

  169. avatar Ashley Victoria Photography reply

    I vote for Gabrielle :)

  170. avatar Lucille Cappello reply

    My vote goes to Marissa’s photo.

  171. avatar gradchica reply

    Lucy O!!

  172. avatar Sarah reply

    Lucy O

  173. avatar Manisha reply

    Lucy O photo for the WIN!!!

  174. avatar Katie K reply

    Lucy O and Baby E are my fav!!!!!

  175. avatar Katie K reply

    Lucy o photo and Baby E are my favorites!!

  176. avatar Edwina reply

    I vote for Peyton

  177. avatar Wendy reply

    lucy O

  178. avatar Carmen reply

    I vote for Lucy O!

  179. avatar Phillip reply

    Lucy O by far!

  180. avatar Ashley Crute reply

    Lucy O all the way!

  181. avatar Maria Norcia Santillanes reply

    I chose MARISSA … she’s beautiful!

  182. avatar Hillary Fitch reply

    Julianne for sure!!! So cute!

  183. avatar Maggie Shealy reply

    The puppy is too cute, my vote goes to JuliAnne!!

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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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The Southern Weddings office is officially in merry-making mode. (Aren’t we always?) Our Christmas lights are up, our office is home to a little tree, we’ve made many gingerbread barns and we’re ready to send out our ornaments for the Ornament Swap! The only thing we’re missing is snow. Though the recent warm-weather days have us thinking it’s October instead of December, our Twelve Days of Christmas giveaways have us in quite the holiday spirit.

We’re counting down the days until Santa and his reindeer arrive with giveaways. They’re open until Christmas Day, so be sure to enter them all.

Day 1: Perch Paper Company
Day 2: Monogram Works
Day 3: 1 Canoe 2
Day 4: Design Darling
There are many more to come, so keep your eye on the blog!

Our “Definition of a Southern Gentleman” feature from V5 is near and dear to our hearts. We think this shoot is full of the charming and masculine details that remind us of our gents.

We said hello to our newest Blue Ribbon Vendors this week! We’re thrilled to have so many talented members in our listings.

Amidst a bit of bewilderment, we introduced our V5 Collector Edition! Keep an eye out for these (hopefully) rare copies and let us know if you see one.

We’re spreading the holiday joy! Be sure to order V5 in time for Christmas delivery. We think it makes for the perfect stocking stuffer. Want to wrap it up pretty, too? I’ve whipped up some free printable gift tags with Southern charm.

Real Weddings take the cake!

Caroline + John’s classic rose garden wedding was romantic and reminiscent of another family member’s “I do’s.” See it here.

Good news for the weekend!

Searching for the Southern details to make your wedding come alive? Take a look through the Southern Weddings General Store! It’s full of products we love from vendors we love.

We’re just full of the giving spirit! A giant congratulations goes to Abby who won the fab Emily Ley Simplified Wedding Planner! There were so many entries and we’re thrilled that Abby gets to put this to good use.

Hooray for our Yellow Rose of Texas giveaway winners! Elizabeth won the Yellow Rose Tablecloth, Kelly E. won the boy’s bow tie from The Happy Couple, Lorraine won the white suspenders, Samantha won the ring bearer pillow and Taylor won the canary pocket square!

Our Blue Ribbon Bounty giveaway led to a bounty of entries! Congrats to Christy Ann and Taylor who won rings from Mary John, Laura F. and Jillian W., who won the Alexis K Jewels bracelets, Liz, who won the engraved server set from Jagged Edge Designs, Ashleigh, who won the mini cake stand trio from Aedriel Originals, and to Marisa and Audrey who won bracelets from Georgie Jewelry.

If you’re a winner, be on the lookout for an email from us!

Happy wedding weekend to all you belles and beaus ready to walk down the aisle, including our Southern Bride Blogger, Kate. Big hugs to everyone who said “I do” last week, including our Southern Bride Bloggers Briana and Melissa!

Have a happy weekend, y’all!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Anna (Lover.ly) reply

    Found the print incarnation of V5 at the office today, and I absolutely LOVED that Southern gent article. It’s true, us northern girls are smitten too!

  2. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Seriously hoping I’m the “Ashleigh” that won those mini-cake stands! eek!

  3. avatar Kate reply

    YAY! Thanks for the shout-out! I had a wonderful wedding week!

  4. avatar Melissa V reply

    Thanks y’all! I can honestly say wedding day was the best day of my life!! Can’t wait to see the photos when Landon and Jordan are through :-)

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