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Happy New Year’s Eve, ladies + gents! I also wanted to take a minute to share my personal highlights from the world of weddings with you.

My first highlight would have to be the Asheville hot air balloon story we shot last May. It was the first shoot I organized pretty much solo (though with LOTS of design help from Joy Thigpen), and everything just came together perfectly — the weather, the balloons, the photography, the models, the crew. It was a magical morning, exactly the kind of magazine experience you (or at least I!) dream about. This despite the 3:30am wakeup call – you know it must have been a good day! Take a peek at the finished product in V3 and the editorial gallery.

My second highlight would have to be my sister’s wedding. Again, magical doesn’t really begin to cut it. Time with my family has become increasingly precious as I’ve gotten older, and we were so lucky to be able to spend 10 full days with each other getting ready for the wedding in our favorite place in the world. I wrote five posts on the SW blog about Kate and Cormac’s big day — check them out here, here, here, here, and here.

In the same vein, my third highlight is Katharine and Kyle’s wedding. She’s not one for over-the-top verbiage, but I think even she would admit it was — yes, again — magical. The vows, getting to be her bridesmaid, the speeches at the reception, dancing and singing in a big circle at the end of the night — I loved it all and felt so lucky to be a part of it.

Lastly, my fourth highlight is attending Engage10 :: The Breakers. Not only did I get to vacation in Palm Beach for a few days (for work!), I had a chance to take a break and be inspired by everything from the food presentation to the amazing speakers and attendees. Some of the favorites I met or reconnected with? Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce, Shira Savada from Martha Stewart Weddings, Randy Fenoli (of course!), Tara Guerard, Annie Lee of Daughter of Design, Siri Eklund of Two Bright Lights, Carol Poon of The Bride and Bloom, photographer Gayle Brooker, Michelle Rago, and Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty. You can check out the posts I wrote about Engage here, here, and here.

What were your 2010 highlights?

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Peyton reply

    I love the dress in the hotair balloon picture! Who is the designer???

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Peyton! Thread made the gorgeous dress from the hot air balloon shoot. Hope that helps!

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