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Y’all know there is nothing we like more than a great, big party! We’re thrilled to celebrate our fourth birthday with you, our sweetest readers. Since we can’t fit all of you into our little office, we’re having a virtual party! This week is packed with a candy giveaway a day from some of our favorite sweet shops in the South and beyond.

Among the most delectable treats we’ve come to love are marshmallows. We’re always surprised by how many flavors vendors are coming up with and how they’ve turned what was once just a gooey and delicious addition to Rice Krispies and s’mores into a dessert of its own.

240sweet’s artisan treats are not only packaged adorably, but their list of flavors is wide and unique. Our favorites? Sweet tea, Bacon, Maple and Toffee and Salty Caramel Swirl. They even have cakes, y’all.

We can’t even image how cute these treats would look on your dessert bar or wrapped prettily in welcome bags! You’ll have to see for yourself!

To Enter: There are three ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment below telling us which 240sweet flavor tugs at your tummy the most.
2. Tweet “I just entered the @240sweet giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!
3. Like Southern Weddings and 240sweet on Facebook. Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!

Win: One $50 gift certificate toward a purchase at 240sweet!

This giveaway will close on April 13. Good luck y’all!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Kristy reply

    Yummy!! I think I would have to go with Chocolate Swirl flavor : )

  2. avatar Linsey reply

    Just liked 240sweet and Southern Weddings on facebook. Looks so yummy!!

  3. avatar Tamara reply

    Chocolate Covered Pretzel sounds delicious! I have to go with that one!

  4. avatar Elisa Bricker reply

    I have to say that blackberry twist sounds perfect to my ears!

  5. avatar Allie reply

    The Bourbon Sugar Churro with Cajeta flavor sounds amazing, because anything that is marshmallow and somehow churro related must be amazing. I think they would be best with the chocolate drink mix. Yummo! :-)

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  7. avatar Jamie reply

    pumpkin pecan?! yes, please! adorable!

  8. avatar Kelly Ed reply

    I tweeted! @jarslikejam

  9. avatar Laura reply

    Avocado and lime?!? Holy cow, those are some creative flavors and sound absolutely delicious.

  10. avatar Ashlynn reply

    The chocolate covered pretzel sounds amazing! I love sweet and salty :)

  11. avatar Theresa reply

    pumpkin pecan!!

  12. avatar Lindy reply

    mmmmm…. Nutella + marshmallows?!??! Sounds like heaven! Yep, Nutella tops my list! Happy bday to SW!

  13. avatar Ilana reply

    I honestly can’t choose! I love anything marshmallow and it all looks deeee-licious!

  14. avatar megan reply

    pumpkin chai?! now doesn’t that just sound delicious!

  15. avatar Lauren Linn reply


  16. avatar Laura reply

    A banana pudding marshmallow?!? Be still my heart!

  17. avatar Caroline reply

    The Salty Caramel Twist sounds soooo yummy!

  18. avatar Ash V reply

    I had no idea it would be so difficult to pick a favorite! I’d probably have to pick either S’More or Cara Cara with White Chocolate. But seriously…narrowing it down to just those two was almost painfully difficult.

  19. avatar Brooke reply

    Craving the Chocolate Covered Pretzel

  20. avatar Brooke reply

    Liked both fan pages too :)

  21. avatar Katie reply

    hellooooo sweet tea!

  22. avatar Sarah reply

    Oh, definitely the Chocolate Chocolate Swirl — mmmmm chocolate :)

  23. avatar Sarah reply

    AND just realized this company is based out of southern Indiana, in the town right next to where I grew up before moving to NC 5 years ago :) LOVE IT!!!! I will definitely be liking them on Facebook too (already like Southern Weddings on Facebook).

  24. avatar Katherine reply

    Strawberry Chocolate Chip sounds delicious!!!

  25. avatar Bianca C. reply

    Hmmmm! Peppermint chip sounds great, not to mention the pineapple and mango! In fact all the fruit ones, and chocolate! :)

  26. avatar Emily Lawrence reply

    The only thing better than a sweet tea-flavored something would be a sweet tea with lemon-flavored something! I think the sweet tea flavor sounds delightful.

  27. avatar Brittany reply

    The Salty Caramel Twist! I just love the combination of caramel and salt especially with some chocolate!

  28. avatar christie reply

    “roasted pineapple” yum, yum, yum! Reminds me of summer!

  29. avatar Anne L reply

    Wow, so many amazing flavors! I’m super impressed at the selection… but it makes it so hard to choose just one! I’ll have to go with salty caramel twist.

  30. avatar Anne L reply

    I also liked Southern Weddings and 240sweet on FB!

  31. avatar Jessica Williams reply

    Come on y’all .. Chocolate covered pretzel hands down!! It’s like heaven in a puff!! Born in North Carolina and going back to get married in sept. This would be great to show off!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  32. avatar Jessica Williams reply

    I just tweeted about this amazing giveaway!! Thanks again for hosting !!

  33. avatar Anna A. reply

    The Maple and Brown Sugar sounds delicious!

  34. avatar Anna A. reply

    I liked both on fb!

  35. avatar Emily reply

    The flavors all sound AMAZING! But I’d have to be adventurous and go with Bacon Maple Toffee

  36. avatar Bre C. reply

    The s’more flavor sounds amazingly delish and makes me want one RIGHT NOW! Happy birthday, by the way :)

  37. avatar Selina reply

    I just tweeted this yummy contest! :)

  38. avatar Selina reply

    I would love to try cookies and cream.

  39. avatar Brittany Teague reply

    Liked 240sweet and Southern Weddings on facebook. :)

  40. avatar Brittany Teague reply

    Tweeted from @ABTeague :)

  41. avatar Katie K reply

    Salty Caramel Twist. -swoon!-

  42. avatar Brittany Teague reply

    Favorite Flavor… peach marshmallows! My heart be still!

    But lets be real… how can you pick just one!?!

  43. avatar Katie K reply

    Tweeted from @kahcarre :)

  44. avatar Katie K reply

    I liked both pages on FB!

  45. avatar laura reply

    dark chocolate!!

  46. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    I tweeted!! YAY! @babyglitz

  47. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    The flavor I so desire is Meyer Lemon. I just love anything lemon flavor! Delish!

  48. avatar Rachel G. reply

    Happy birthday!! I like the sound of peppermint chip the most! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  49. avatar Davonne Head reply

    the Bacon, Maple, and Toffee sounds amazing. They have so many flavors!

  50. avatar Meg S reply

    The meyer lemon sounds amazing!

  51. avatar Megan D. reply

    carrott and Gingersnap sounds like a great flavor!

  52. avatar Laura P reply

    I really love classic flavors, but if I had to go crazy, I would pick the Bourbon Sugar Churro with Cajeta – it just sounds out of this world!

  53. avatar Cecilia reply

    I love cheese and my fiance enjoys a fine bourbon so I am going to have to go with the Bourbon Sugar Churro with Cajeta!

  54. avatar Afton Cole reply

    The Chai Spice marshmallows sound delicious. Chai tea is my favorite!

  55. avatar Michelle D reply

    I Liked Southern Weddings and 240sweet on Facebook!

  56. avatar Zadry Ferrer Geddes reply

    Oh my the list of flavors are just yumm! … Vanilla Rose sounds like a lovely spring choice :)
    Good Luck to everyone!

  57. avatar Zadry Ferrer Geddes reply

    Just sent my tweet!

  58. avatar Zadry Ferrer Geddes reply

    Just LIKED Southern Weddings and 240sweet on Facebook :)

  59. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    Liked you both on FB!

  60. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    Banana Cinnamon sounds amazing….

  61. avatar Kate E reply

    I tweeted it!

  62. avatar Kate E reply

    I “liked” both on Facebook.

  63. avatar Kate E reply

    I definitely would love to try the chocolate hazelnut swirl. Yum!!

  64. avatar Tracy reply

    Maple and Toffee for sure!

  65. avatar Tracy reply

    Liked both on FB

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We usually stick to showcasing weddings that took place in our beloved South, but when a bride goes to this much trouble to bring the South to her, well, we think that deserves a little love on Southern Weddings! Sarah’s Momma, who just so happens to own an antique shop in Texas, drove a UHaul full of vintage Southern goodness all the way out to California for her daughter’s wedding. The warm and cozy celebration that resulted was worth all the miles, as I think you’ll see. Michelle Warren’s lovely film images do an exquisite job of documenting the warm and cozy celebration that followed, helping us to see that yes, all those hours behind the wheel were well spent for Sarah + Dan!

My wedding dress was one of the first ones I tried on. I actually saw it in on a mannequin in the window of the bridal boutique and knew I had to try it on. It was the only one they had in stock, so I was embarrassed that I made the sales girl go into the window display and take it off the mannequin, but it was worth it. It was love at first sight!

I walked down the aisle to the love theme from Cinema Paradiso, a great, romantic Italian movie that we both love. We walked back up the aisle to “Married Life” from the Pixar movie, Up. It’s the song that plays during the first 10 minutes when they go through the timeline of the old couple’s relationship. It’s a very touching and poignant scene.

Do you love that Sarah and her Dad drove up to the ceremony in a lovingly restored 1940’s truck? We do!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Right after the ceremony, we had to drive back to the reception in the old pickup truck and had a moment alone to really absorb the moment and reflect.

Here’s some good news from Sarah for those of you painstakingly planning and constructing details (and sometimes wondering if anyone will notice): they will! My advice? Plan everything WAY in advance. Vendors get booked up far earlier than you would imagine. Also, make sure to add lots of personal touches. Your guests will really appreciate it.

And yes, there were beautiful details galore at this wedding! Renae’s Bouquet used local wildflowers and herbs along with roses and peonies for the arrangements and bouquets, and everything was arranged in vintage bottles and containers that Sarah’s mom sourced from flea markets in Texas (see: UHaul above!).

Wedding foosball — so fun!

We had a very simple carrot cake with some flower decorations as our wedding cake, but we had an amazing dessert buffet, with delicious mini cupcakes, pies, and my favorite giant chocolate chip cookies from a baker in Chicago!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met in college in probably the most “college-y” way you can meet: over a game of beer pong. Instantly bonding over our love of drinking games and movies, we agreed to meet up in our film class the next day. Gradually, over the course of the school year, the friendship morphed into a romantic relationship.
Describe the proposal. Having dated for five years, including a period of cross-country long distance, it soon became clear that we were going to be together forever. Our common desire to work in entertainment brought us both to Los Angeles, where we now live and work. One of our favorite weekend trips is driving up to the Santa Ynez Valley, filled with amazing wineries, gorgeous scenery, and delicious food. On our five year anniversary, we decided to take a trip up to celebrate, and while picnicking, Dan popped the question! By the end of the weekend, we knew that they had to get married up there as well.
In what month did you get married? June 2011
How many guests attended your wedding? Around 120
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The location! We had guests coming in from all over the world, and everyone was impressed with the beautiful venue in the vineyards of the Central Californian Coast.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Being from Texas, I had to have some type of BBQ at the wedding! We had three food stations: Texan food (brisket, onion rings, etc) for my upbringing, European food (Swiss and Spanish favorites) from Dan’s childhood, and Californian produce (from where we live now). More Southern details include the rustic feel of our barn reception, the 1940s Ford pickup truck that I drove up to the ceremony in and the line dancing!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We had to bring in everything at the venue…even the bathrooms! Having the reception in the barn was great because it was a blank canvas to work with, but there were so many decisions to make since we had to bring everything in for the event. My mom brought in lots of great antiques and vintage details from Texas. She even drove a Uhaul out to California with all of her decorations!
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Food and wine! It was great to give our guests such a big selection, and they got to experience all of the delicious local produce and wines from the Central Coast area.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Our ceremony was very personalized. We worked with the officiant and he incorporated our favorite traits about our spouse into the ceremony. We also wrote our own vows. I loved that we both reiterated how natural and organic our relationship has been. It has never felt like “hard work.” We just really enjoy each other’s company and everything that comes with that.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? The 1 Corinthians 13 passage that everyone has at their wedding because my parents used it as their wedding vows.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just bought a house! Looking forward to decorating, sprucing it up, and having lots of parties in our backyard this summer!

Photographer: Michelle Warren Photography // Planner: Carla Jacobsen of Special Occasions // Ceremony venue: Coquelicot Estate Vineyard / // Florist: Renae’s Bouquet // Dessert: Pattibakes, Enjoy Cupcakes, & Carol’s Cookies // Caterer: New West Catering // Rentals: Town & Country Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Paper Products: Urbanic Paper Boutique // Bride’s Dress: Melissa Sweet // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Vintage // Bride’s Shoes: London Sole // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar molly stillman reply

    OH wow! this wedding is BEAUTIFUL. so so so beautiful. great way to start a Tuesday!

  2. avatar Gina reply

    I loved this wedding. So perfect and colorful! All the details match so perfectly and that pink… rocks my world! Great choice!

  3. avatar Erin Davenport reply

    Love the wedding foosbal and favor mailboxes, what cute ideas! Beautiful overall, and love seeing the fabulous Michelle Warren featured :)

  4. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Love the invitation! Super cute!

  5. avatar Gayle reply

    Wedding fussball?! Genius!

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The word “fabulous” is used in a lot of circumstances, but I feel as though its most appropriate use might be for this very shoot. The Connecticut crew of vendors, including Jubilee Events, Carla Ten Eyck, The White Dress by the Shore, and Jennie Fresa Beauty Library, flew down to New Orleans to ensure an authentic look. And they brought in a local jazz band. And they shut down a busy French Quarter street to set up their dessert display. Fabulous? Yes, indeedy. Check out the gallery for ALL the gorgeous, jaw-dropping, delicious details! And file this under one we WISH we’d had room for in V3.

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The talented vendors involved:

Location: The Cornstalk Hotel // Planning and Design: Jubilee Events // Photography: Carla Ten Eyck // Videography: Vantage Point Films // Fashion Styling and Accessories: The White Dress by the Shore // Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden // Beauty: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library // Paper: Posh Paperie // Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones // Linens: Gala Cloths // Music: Dr. Jazz & The New Orleans Sounds // Confections: Sucre // Custom China and Napkins: Sarah Drake Design // Tuxedo: Perlis // Shoes: MADELiNE and Poetic License // Custom Floral Headpiece: Twigs & Honey // Jewels: Karen Lindler Designs // Birds: Orange & Blossom // Vintage Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella // Crystal Candelabras: Riedel // Champagne: Pommery Gold POP Champagne // Jewelry: Haute Bride // Gowns: Modern Trousseau and Vineyard

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Candice reply

    Gorgeous! Amazing. Thanks so much to SW for the brilliant feature. Big thank you to all our wonderful co-conspirators and collaborators on this project. Your hard work and art made this one inspiring shoot!


  2. avatar Cindy reply

    Loving the tulle wrap on the bouquet. It’s gorgeous!

  3. avatar Beth Chapman reply

    We were so fortunate to be able to use designs by some of the brightest talents in the industry! The shoot featured the following designers:
    Maids dresses- Jenny Yoo and Priscilla of Boston
    One Shoulder Gown- Tia by Modern Trousseau
    Halter Gown with Ruffled Neckline- Priscilla of Boston
    Jewelry- Haute Bride and Karen Lindler Designs
    Custom Floral Headpiece- Twigs & Honey
    Shoes- Madeline and Poetic Justice

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  5. avatar Gina Leigh reply

    I love, love, love all of Sarah Drake’s designs…a gorgeous addition to this shoot!

  6. avatar Sara Dunn reply

    Gorgeous! Love the deep pinks and purples in this wedding shoot (and I always love Carla’s photography!)

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