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We’re back with another peek at a V3 feature! When you break it down, this shoot is really an ode to four things:

1) young love and honeymoon bliss
2) the beauty of Asheville, North Carolina
3) the ridiculous behind-the-camera talent of Jose Villa and Jen Curtis
4) the styling savvy of one Joy Thigpen

Seriously, though, didn’t she do an amazing job matching Caroline’s dress and accessories to the balloons? Genius. Pick up a copy of V3 to read about our eight favorite Southern honeymoon destinations, with input from SW editors as well as Kathryn of Snippet & Ink, Lauren from I Love You Much, the experts at Asheville Event Co, and Whitney of Darling Dexter. And don’t miss the full gallery, with tons of additional photos!

P.S. Since we have gotten oh so many questions about the gorgeous rainbow dress featured here, I’ll go ahead and tell you that it’s by Thread. The rest of the credits are below!

The talented vendors involved:

Photography: Jose Villa and Jen Curtis // Stylist: Joy Thigpen // Florals: Stacey Brown, The Bloom Room // Dress: Thread // Menswear: Julian’s // Hair and Makeup: Jessica Schrago // Models: Robbie and Caroline from Directions USA // Hot Air Balloons: Asheville Hot Air Balloons

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Emily Scott reply

    I went on a hunt to find this dress to buy it but Thread doesn’t sell it anymore!! so sad! If you know where I can find it again, let me know.

    Other than that, this is probably my favorite shoot of all time. The styling is amazing and Jose Villa did a magical job with the photos!! Swoon.

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  5. avatar Rosemary reply

    I was wondering where to buy that hat box. I think it’s a hat box.. it looks so gorgeous and would be lovely to take whenever I travel.

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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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