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Friends, it is with bubbling-over delight and many happy squeals that I introduce you to… the Southern Weddings V9 cover!!!

We are so, SO, so, SO, so, SO very proud of this beauty. Not only because she is quite obviously beautiful, but because of all of the stories between the pages that she represents. Ready for a little bit of her own backstory? Here we go!

There’s a text chain for all the girls in our office, and at the end of every shoot day, Lisa and I load it up with behind-the-scenes snaps, so that the ladies back home can see how all of our dreaming and planning came together. (And yes, you can bet your bottom dollar there’s some high-voltage emoji use going on when the photos come through!)

At the end of this particular shoot day last June, along with the photos, I also commented, “I guarantee there will be a cover shot from today.” A bold statement, yes, but from the perfect weather, to the talented vendors, to the joyful models, to the gorgeous gown, to the stunning bouquet, I just knew we had created something truly special, something that would represent the heart of Southern Weddings perfectly.

And when the final images from Davy Whitener came back from the lab (thank you, Richard Photo Lab!!), it was unanimous: this was our cover. We never seriously considered anything else.

I really think this image does represent our heart, which makes it my all-time favorite cover we’ve ever produced. (There, I said it!!) Kelsie is the Southern Weddings girl, from the top of her head to the tip of her toes, from her joyful, beautiful smile to her modern lace wedding dress. As Jess in our office keeps saying, “I want to be her on my wedding day!”

Back to those sweet vendors for a moment. One of our values at Southern Weddings is working with new-to-us vendors, to introduce y’all to new talent and to champion it ourselves. We couldn’t be happier that both the stylist and photographer from our cover shoot are new to our pages, and that in addition to being two incredibly talented people, they are unbelievably kind and humble. We knew Davy would be excited about making the cover, so we filmed our call to tell him the good news :) Listen in to our convo with him and his wife Lydia below!

Aside from the couldn’t-have-happened-to-nicer-people aspect, I also love that our cover image came from this shoot because the shoot itself is inspired by one of the most beloved Southern love stories, and one that reverberates with the Southern Weddings’ mission: The Notebook. Yes, y’all!! In addition to an entire editorial inspired by Allie and Noah’s story, this issue is packed full of content that will spur you on to create your own legacy of a strong, rich, joyful marriage through 15 real weddings, six more editorials, practical planning advice, and an entire section devoted to newlywed life.

Our official release is one week and one day from today (Thursday the 10th!), but a little birdy told us copies have begun to pop up on news stands already! Be sure to snap a pic of yourself with your copy and hashtag #SouthernWeddingsV9 on Instagram — we LOVE seeing your smiling faces!! If you live outside the South or want your copy before everyone else, you can purchase it in our shop — and preorders ship TODAY!


In the meantime, we’re DYING to know: What do y’all think??? Are you as much in love with V9’s cover as we are? Are you as excited as we are about SW + The Notebook? :)

Photographer: Davy Whitener | Film processing: Richard Photo Lab | Planner and stylist: Molly McKinley Designs | Venue: Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation | Floral design: August Event Design | Hair and makeup: Jennifer Nieman | Bride’s gown: “Lainee” by Christos | Jewelry: Gabrielle Jewelry

P.S. A walk down memory lane… the V8 cover reveal, the V7 cover reveal, and the V6 cover reveal (including one of my favorite cover stories ever!)!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Davy Whitener reply

    This is so beautiful!! Lydia and I love it! Can’t wait to celebrate with y’all at the Launch Party!!

  2. avatar Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography reply

    Stunning! This is one of my favorite covers to date.

  3. avatar Dana reply

    LOVE IT! Another perfect cover :) Cannot wait to get my hands on V9!

  4. avatar Tamara Menges reply

    Ahhh!!! My favorite cover now! I my stars! She is radiant!

  5. avatar tammy reply

    The cover is beautiful!! She is so preciously lovely. And THAT dress!!! Dreamy!!

  6. avatar A Storied Love | Part 2 – Davy Whitener Destination Wedding Photography reply

    […] We were honored to photograph this beautiful editorial with Southern Weddings for their Volume 9 magazine.  It was a humbling and amazing feeling that they pulled one of our images for the cover!  The great team that contributed are listed below.  See more on their website here – A Storied Love. Also, see the cover reveal here – V9 Cover Reveal. […]

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We just couldn’t wait till tomorrow y’all!  After months of bursting at the seams, we are thrilled to reveal the V3 cover shot by Joey + Jessica!

For all the cover shoot details, a behind-the-scenes interview with Joey + Jessica, and to see the whole spread, visit Lara’s blog right this second!  Enter to win some amazing prizes and a few copies of V3 for you and your friends, too!

We hope you love her as much as we do, and we can’t wait for you to crack open a copy of your very own V3!!  YEEHAW!!!  So, what do y’all think?!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar fer juaristi reply

    looks amazing! congrats on V3

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  3. avatar Lacy Dagerath reply

    I love it!! I love the detail of her hair flowing into the braid! The colors- light- simply gorgeous! :) congratulations Joey and Jessica!! I don't know you… But I know you are SO proud!! :)

  4. avatar Eboné Smiley reply

    I've never don this before…but first! The V3 cover is so fresh, lovely and just so beautiful! I have been scouring the shelves at Publix and can't wait to grab my copy…even if i win one! :)

  5. avatar Annette Thurmon reply

    Yay!! I love the cover, the issue, the whole thing from cover to cover is amazing!!

  6. avatar Laura Reaux reply

    Oh, it is gorgeous! So soft and and romantic! I adore it. Congrats, Lara & girls!

  7. avatar Stacy Reeves reply

    Gorgeous, and perfect. I can't think of a photography team more deserving of such an honor than Joey and Jessica. They are great photographers and great people, and this shoot is so Southern and beautiful, it's a perfect fit! Can't wait to get V3 in my own hands!!

  8. avatar April Russell reply

    LOVE the colors! So beautiful.

  9. avatar Jessica from Fine and Fleurie reply

    Wow! I absolutely love it! So ethereal and natural! I would say you gals nailed this one <3 <3 <3 Can't wait to see the rest of the issue!!

  10. avatar Janna reply

    Oh it's so gorgeous!! I cannot wait to pick up my copy- I kept forgetting to pre-order and now have to wait for it! :)

  11. avatar Mandy reply

    It's beautiful ladies! Great job and Congratulations!! I can't wait to get my own copy!

  12. avatar Dreamland Images reply

    It is gorgeous and amazing, just as would be expected from Joey + Jessica Seawell!

  13. avatar Jessica reply

    Gorggeous!!! Can't wait, can't wait, can't waaaait!!! :)

  14. avatar Astrid and Rene reply

    Lovely….I love the naturalness of the image, the colors, the setting, the bride. It's a great look that's very refreshing.

  15. avatar Tina Ebanks reply

    Natural. Romantic. Stunning!

  16. avatar [email protected] reply

    Oooo looks SO pretty…. I'll start stalking the mailbox for my copy now!!

  17. avatar wedding accessories reply

    It's a beautiful cover for the mag. An appropriate one.

  18. avatar Latrice C. reply

    Beautiful glossy ladies! Job well done.

  19. avatar Jessica Lynn reply

    GORGEOUS! cannot wait to get my hands on it!

  20. avatar Lindsey Joy reply

    I adore this cover, it's so soft and whimsical! I'm loving the messy braid too! Beautiful work ladies, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!! :)

  21. avatar T reply

    Love the magazine in particular the girl and the boy going to their new home. They look so cute and the photographer is fantastic

  22. avatar whitney reply

    It's hard to pick but one of my favorite things was the postcard hand written from Katherine… true southern charm by the SW Mag girls. You all are fabulous, don't ever change!! :)

  23. avatar Lara Rios reply

    I just bought my magazine yesterday and I'm in love. Very different in many aspects and simply… well, GORGEOUS!!!

  24. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Thank you, thank you, Lara! We try to be at least a little bit different! :)

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