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As some of you may know, the Southern Weddings gals moved into a new office back in May. We’re pretty well settled in at this point, but if you can believe it, we still don’t have much on our walls! That’s pretty much a travesty for visual people like us.

Last week we took the step of buying frames, but now we have to decide what goes in them… and that’s where y’all come in! We need to choose just SIX perfect images from all of the past Southern Weddings shoots and features. SIX. Talk about pressure! We’ve narrowed it down to ten, but would love your help to make the final decision. If you would, please weigh in with your top six from the ten images below — or, if you can’t choose, we’ll just take your one favorite :)

No. 1: A perfectly preppy table shot from our V4 Charleston shoot with A Bryan Photo and Calder Clark (see more here!).

No. 2: Mason jars go champagne sophisticated with help from Jose Villa and Lisa Vorce in this V4 shoot (see more here!).
No. 3: Punch for two? Yes, please! Thanks to Summer Watkins and Braedon Flynn for this beautiful image from a V4 shoot!

No. 4: An epic and oh-so-Southern portrait from a real wedding by Tanja Lippert, originally seen in V4. Look for this wedding to hit the blog soon!

No. 5: A favorite bride + bridesmaid shot from one of our V3 photoshoots with Jose Villa.

No. 6: A gorgeous anemone bouquet (by MG Floral) from one of our V4 real weddings, shot by Melissa Schollaert. See more from Natalia + Levi’s wedding here + here!
No. 7: Oh yes, the seersucker wedding gown. You didn’t think we’d get away without mentioning it, did you? Shot by Veil and Bow for a V4 editorial.

No. 8: We snuck in a little more V3 love with this pretty shot of fresh, Southern beauty from the cover editorial. Thank you, Veil and Bow! See more here.
No. 9: A gorgeous ceremony set-up from our V4 Williamsburg shoot with Katie Stoops and Courtney Spencer.

No. 10: Last but not least, this majestic hot air balloon shot by Jose Villa from a V3 editorial.

So what do you think, ladies and gents? Comment below with your top six prettiest, most Southern picks! And good luck to you — I’m guessing it will be a hard decision!!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Beth reply

    My choices – 1, 10, 5, 9, 6, 7

  2. avatar Tiffany Medrano reply

    Definitely number ten. It is whimsical and lovely. (my other favorites are 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8) Have fun decorating! :)

  3. avatar Kelly reply


  4. avatar Victoria reply

    All are great choices! My favorites are 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

  5. avatar Kelley reply

    10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 3 :)

  6. avatar Sheila @tableauevents reply

    Without a doubt #10. I love love love all the colors and inspiration you can pull from just one image! Stunning!

  7. avatar Bethany reply

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9

  8. avatar Nicole reply

    #4 has to be one of the 6! Such a calming, love filled image! Good luck choosing the rest!

  9. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh this is hard!! But my favorites are 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10. Can’t wait to hear what y’all decide on! :)

  10. avatar Jillian Nicole reply

    All beautiful images, but my favourites are 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10! You really can’t go wrong with any!:)

  11. avatar caitlin reply

    ABSOLUTE FAVORITES: 1, 4, 6, 10

    also love: 7, 2

  12. avatar Jillian Nicole reply

    They’re all so beautiful, but my favourites have to be 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10. You really can’t go wrong with any!:)

  13. avatar Katiuska reply

    #’s 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, & 10! Even I want 10!


  14. avatar Jen reply

    all lovely!! My pick 6 are 1, 5(just because that is one of my favorite colors), 4, 6, 7 and 10. Happy decorating!!

  15. avatar Laura reply

    4, 6, 9, and 10 for sure. I love the colors in 10, gorgeous.

  16. avatar Amanda reply

    3,4,7,8,9,10!! Love the couples so much and the beautiful decor from williamsburg, and that gorg gown!

  17. avatar Jessica reply

    top 6 in no particular order:
    1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 4/9

  18. avatar Heather reply

    I love 3,4,6,7,8. 3 & 4 for how intimate they are – especially how timeless 4 is. 6 is just so classic. 7… well you can’t get much more southern than seersucker! Except maybe if a bow tie was thrown in. And I love the colors using in 8 between the flower and earrings.

  19. avatar Laura reply

    1,4,6,7,9,10. My favorite is 10 though. :-)

  20. avatar Ashley reply

    1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10. Such gorgeous pictures!

  21. avatar Megan reply

    Numbers 1, 4, 6, 7, & 10 are my favorites!

  22. avatar Cassandra reply

    That was hard! 2, 4, 6, 7, 9 & 10 – 10 is amazing and I love the colors.

  23. avatar Theresa reply

    2,4,7,9 for sure!

  24. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    These aren’t necessarily my top 6 favorites of all the images, but the 6 that I think would best look displayed on a wall, TOGETHER. All important factors to think of!

    2,3,4,5,8,+ 9!

    Good luck, ladies!

  25. avatar Tasha reply

    I love 5, 6, 8 and 10

  26. avatar GiGi reply

    My vote:

  27. avatar Brit {Colure Weddings} reply

    You guys have a tough choice to make! I think 4, 8, and 10 are a must though. Good luck narrowing it down!

  28. avatar Chelsea reply


    All fantastic photos, but these are exceptional!

  29. avatar Jenna Stratman reply

    2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 are my favorites!! They’re all stunning photos, though. You can’t go wrong! :)

  30. avatar Kelly Cummings reply

    1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10

  31. avatar Suzette reply

    #1 Because: it’s elegant and sophisticated.
    #4 Because: he’s taking her down a country dirt road! how much more romantic could you get?
    #5 Because: who needs shoes anyway? not southern girls!
    #9 Because: it’s a beautiful outdoor wedding in Old Dominion (Virginia IS for lovers, you know)
    #10 Because: the majestic trees in the background unique to our region.

  32. avatar Patti from Perfect Match Bridal Jewelry reply

    2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, with faves being 7 and 9. Champagne in baby mason jars? Love it!

  33. avatar Melissa W reply

    My Fav are: 1,3,4,5,7 & 9 …but they are all so pretty!! I can see why ya’ll needed help deciding!! :)

  34. avatar Vanessa reply

    This is a hard one but I think I’d have to go with: 1,2,4,6,8,10! (Apparently I’m all about the even numbers!)

  35. avatar Nicole reply


  36. avatar Emily reply

    I can’t help but love 1,2,4,5,6,10

  37. avatar Sarah Tippins reply

    Please use #7 and #1!

  38. avatar Lauren reply

    1, 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 get my votes! But honestly, this is like picking a favorite pup from a litter… I just want them all!

  39. avatar Coretta’s Elegant Events reply

    Number 5! The lovely bridesmaids and bride. Partly because I remember reading that they weren’t professional models and they look so real, partly because every wedding party should look so awesome and lastly because of the FAB triple strand turquoise Stella & Dot necklace on the left maid that I have and love.

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Welcome to the fourth installment of our Southern Hospitality feature! Each month, we pick a Southern city and an expert host. Our host shares their favorite items custom to that city that would be perfect packed into a welcome bag for family and friends at a weekend wedding. Just one more perk of attending a destination wedding!

This month, we’re headed to Richmond, Virginia, the bustling capital of the Commonwealth. I had the pleasure of visiting Richmond last spring and actually happened to make many Richmond friends at our V4 shoot in Williamsburg last summer! One of the talented people I met was the stylist for the shoot, Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events. This was before she had her precious baby girl! Courtney also styled one of my favorite real weddings from V4, Katie + Max. You know I love colorful weddings, right?

Since Courtney is based in Richmond, we knew she would be the perfect expert. I hope you’ll enjoy her picks!

A. Petites Bouchées Macarons. French macarons made locally in Richmond by Veronica Perez. Can be made to coordinate with your wedding colors! (priced per order)

B. Popptags. These quirky, letterpress gift tags are made by my friend, Anya in Richmond. Anya also takes custom orders and could personalize a tag for your wedding using your logo, monogram, etc. ($9.95 for 3 or priced per custom order)

C. A Bottle of Virginia Wine. A bottle of wine would be lovely paired with a custom wine tag from Popptags (above). Wine can be purchased locally in bulk from Once Upon a Vine. (price varies)

D. Carriage House Cheese Straws. No self respecting Southerner would ever entertain without cheese straws! These are made here in Richmond. ($6.95 for 6 oz bag)

E. Blanchard’s Coffee. Roasted in Richmond. (price varies)

F. A Ticket for a Trolley Tour. Richmond was one of the first cities in the country to travel by electric street car, and this year, the trolley is making its return to Richmond. Wouldn’t it be lovely to treat guests to a trolley tour of historic Richmond? (custom pricing)

G. Hub’s Virginia Peanuts. (price varies)

H. Chocolate Cravings. Made here in Richmond, it’s truly some of the best chocolate you’ll ever taste! Wouldn’t it be fun to work with the owner to concoct a signature flavor for your wedding? (price varies)

I. Route 11 Chips. Made in Virginia and a staple locally. ($35.00 for a case of 30 2 oz bags)

J. Richmond Gungho Guide. The definitive pocket guide to Richmond produced locally by Kelly Brown. (free)

K. A Copy of Virginia Living Magazine. ($4.95)

L. Lavender Fields Farm Roobios Loose Tea. Perfect for pairing with Lavender Fields honey! ($6.00 for 2 oz bag of tea, $7.50 for 8 oz jar of honey)

M. RVA Playing Cards from Quirk Gallery. 52 reasons to love Richmond from 52 Richmond insiders. ($9.95 for pack)

N. Virginia is For Lovers Pencils. ($49.90 for 100)

We paired Courtney’s expert picks with a custom tote design from another Richmond native, Lauren of Lauren O’Neill Design, who designed this adorable Richmond is for Lovers tote for us! Want one? Simply download the overlay here and take it to your local screen-printer. Thank you for the fun design, Lauren!

From the Richmond area and have additional suggestions to add to our tote? What did you love about Richmond if you’ve visited before? Have a city in mind for future posts? Comment below and let us know!

Check out past totes:

Written with love by Sierra
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    Raleigh next please! :)

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We are still riding the high that is V4, y’all! So many kind folks have posted about the newest addition to the Southern Weddings’ family, and we wanted to take a minute to update our first link post. Click around, and you might even sneak a peek at features we haven’t yet featured online! Needless to say, we are so, so, so grateful and humbled by all of your incredibly kind words in response to V4. We are SO thrilled that you love our true labor of love as much as we do!

Haven’t picked up your copy yet? Pick one up in stores or purchase one online! And don’t forget to enter our fabulous photo contest!

Amy Rae Photography posted more images from this beautiful Southern shoot, and is giving away a copy of V4!

The gals at Two Wedding Belles posted a few of their favorite images from V4 — they have great taste! :)

Carlie Statsky posted about her beautiful image featured on the Contributors page.

Virgil Bunao’s work graced our Bows & Beaus feature.

We were so happy to include Michelle Edgemont’s darling ring bearer pillow in our Fab Finds!

Colleen from Inspired to Share is “freaking out about” (her words!) our Southern Meets Minnesota feature!

Blush by Brandee Gaar is one of our fabulous V4 advertisers.

Stephanie Hunter snagged one of the best photographer advertising spots, in my opinion — across from the Real Weddings opener!

Tanja Lippert is one of our beyond-fabulous V4 Real Wedding photographers (and yes, I may be a little biased :)

The ladies of Magnolia Pair contributed to our bouquet feature.

Camille Styles was one of the experts for our “If I Had a Southern Wedding” feature.

Diana Marie also contributed an image to our Beaus & Bows feature.

Shauna Younge created the delicious-looking dessert spread in our Southern Meets Minnesota feature.

Charlotte Jenks Lewis provided a gorgeous cake shot for our Top Tips feature.

Courtney, the stylist behind our Williamsburg shoot, shared a few set details on her blog.

Our other main stylist extraordinaire, Calder, shared some hi-larious details about the shoot day from her perspective in this post.

Our friends at Inkspot Crow wrote the sweetest post about placing their first national ad. We can’t WAIT to share the behind-the-scenes film they produced for us oh so soon!

We were thrilled to feature a ring shot from Cheyenne + Geoff.

We not only published a real wedding shot by Jodi + Kurt in V4, but their OWN WEDDING, as well!

Melissa Schollaert was another one of our talented real wedding photographers! You can see a sneak peek of Natalia + Levi’s wedding here.

Click here for a sneak peek at Ginny + Todd’s wedding, shot by Sean Flanigan.

Red, White, & Green Photography contributed to our Beaus & Bows feature.

Cramer Photo was featured on our Table of Contents page!

Jen of Green Wedding Shoes shared a sneak peek at our punch shoot, and is giving away a copy! Go here to enter!

Snippet & Ink also shared a lovely sneak peek.

Our friends at Weddingbee shared the final sneak peek, and are also hosting a giveaway!

We are so happy to have Kallima Photography as one of our V4 advertisers!

Have you written a post about V4? Why, we would be delighted to link it up here! Just leave a comment below!

Finally, thank you all SO MUCH for all of your sweet comments, emails, tweets, and posts on Facebook about our newest issue. We are so grateful!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar rebekah reply

    hi emily! we just posted a blog about how amazing you ladies are, and how thankful we are that you worked so lovingly with us on our ad. !! :) WE LOVE THE SW LADIES.

  2. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    What a great round-up! I loved seeing so many here that I’ve read myself over the past couple of days!

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    Love all that you ALL do! <3

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