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Happy Thanksgiving!

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We hope y’all are with your families and enjoying turkey today! (Or tofurkey, if that’s more your style!) We wanted to take a moment to each list a few of the things we’re thankful for on this most wonderful holiday.

From Emily, whose favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is stuffing:
I am thankful for my family. I really think I lucked out with the most loving, most brilliant, and most fun family that a girl could ever ask for. I’m thankful for a warm home, a snuggly bed, and best friends, even if they’re flung far and wide. I’m thankful for God and the innumerable blessings He has entrusted to me. And today, I will probably be thankful for the Butterball hotline, seeing as I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

From Katharine, whose favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese (which is what she’s contributing to her family’s spread):
After five years, I am thankful to be spending my first Thanksgiving with Kyle. My father will be hosting the celebration this year, and I couldn’t think of a better place to share our first official holiday as husband and wife than at my family’s home in Virginia. (Macaroni + Cheese will be included.) I’m grateful for the year of changes we have enjoyed, for my father and three younger siblings and for my new family in Cincinnati. (Our first home in North Carolina, my best friend Molly and the Duke trail are just a few of the blessings that make make life so sweet.) Speaking of sweet, I’m especially grateful for candy – of all shapes and sizes.



From Lara, whose favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is: my mom’s turnip puree.  OK, maybe it doesn’t sound exciting at first glance, but it’s like mashed potatoes with a hint of spicy heat and nutmeg.  Pretty much Southern heaven on earth. I am so grateful for Jesus, my family, and the way God has worked in my life this year.  I’m so grateful for Katharine, Emily, Marissa, Whitney, Nicole and Sierra and how they make me want to be my best every day.  They put up with my crazy ideas and my insatiable drive that keeps us busy.  I love you all so much.  I am so grateful for Gina and Emily L. and for the adventure of a lifetime we just went on.  I’ve never had close girlfriends and I have found two soulmates.  I’m so grateful for the people who opened their hearts to us on that journey.  All 100+ new friends – I’m thanking God for each one of you at my Thanksgiving table today.  So much love and thanks for all that you are.  As they say, my cup overfloweth.  I could write volumes.  I’m thankful for YOU, dear readers.  Thank you for supporting us.  I’m grateful for my eternal roomie Harmony, who is like a sister to me, and for my half-sister Kathy.  I’m thankful that these two women – my favorite women in LA – just happened to meet by chance the other night.  God is good.  I’m grateful for all of these people who have made this year so powerful for me.  Last but not least, I’m thankful for my husband.  My grandma loves him too… maybe a little too much.  Filmed just ten days ago when Gina, Ari, Emily and I went to Irvine.  Wait for it… wait for it….

Grandma Bunny from lara casey on Vimeo.


Happy Thanksgiving, lovely readers! What are you thankful for?

Photo by Erin Hearts Court

emily Written with love by Emily
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    On the final morning of the conference we each chose four breakout sessions to attend.  I chose Todd Fiscus of todd.events, Maria McBride from BRIDES Magazine, and Tara Guerard and Liz Banfield.  My last session was the editors panel with Lara, Shira from Martha Stewart Weddings, Susan from Destination Weddings Magazine, Marilyn from Inside Weddings, Brooke from Weddings Unveiled, and Carol from The Bride & Bloom.  It was moderated by Michelle Rago (whom I now love) and they all did a fabulous job!  On a side note, it was so cool to see V3 out and about and in the hands of all of our industry buddies!  Though a little crazy, it was also a really neat experience to release the issue while we were at Engage!

    After a social media panel by Lienne of Think Splendid, we had the afternoon to ourselves.  I spent mine by the pool :)  Soon enough, however, it was time to get gussied up, because the gala was about to begin!  To say that The Breakers culinary and design staff pulled out all the stops is really not doing it justice.  When we entered the ballroom, there was a chandelier of hanging champagne glasses about twelve feet up in the air.  Oh yes, and there were waiters on STILTS waiting to cut one down for you!  I know this phrase is used a lot, but we all really couldn’t stop ooohing and aaaahing. 

    Pictured below :: Lara, me and Harmony Walton; Jessica Lorren, Yesim Insel, Lara, and Sara Kauss; Lara and Sharon Alexander of Sweet Sensations; Lara, Todd Fiscus, and Xoua Vang of Preston Bailey Designs

    Pictured above :: Lara, Jeff from The Breakers, Cameron Keating from The Breakers, Edward Neary of Joseph Edwards Wedding Filmmakers, and me; Melina Glavas from The Little Nell and Lara

    Isn’t the decor just stunning?  Again, The Breakers staff truly outdid themselves.  Every table was different, but each was equally as fantastic.  As a paper nerd, I also loved the stationery — menus by CECI New York and calligraphy escort cards by Laura Hooper.  I was also thrilled to finally have a chance to connect with Tara Guerard and Charleston photographer Gayle Brooker the final evening.  I also sat next to Carol Poon of Bride & Bloom at dinner, and she was wonderfully friendly!

    Dinner consisted of an individual raw bar, the choice of lamb or Chilean sea bass (the lamb was delicious!), and individual giant sundae bars.  We were also entertained at different times by a jazz band, dueling violinists, and STOMP-esque performers, all courtesy of Elan Entertainment.

    Pictured below :: me, Jeff from The Breakers, and Lara; Anthony Luscia from Martha Stewart Weddings, Lara, and Randy from Say Yes to the Dress; our table — Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable, Laura Hooper, Beth Helmstetter, Alexandra Rembac of Sterling Engagements, Leslie Maynor of Fantasy Frostings, Carol Poon, Harmony, and Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

    The night ended with dancing, break dancing, mingling, some more eating in the adjoining ballroom-turned nightclub.  We also had the pleasure of screening Cloud Nine Creative’s GORGEOUS films from Days 2 + 3 of the conference.  Bruce and his team are so, so talented!

    Watching the film really reminded everyone, I think, of what an amazing experience Engage! is.  This was my first time attending, and I was definitely nervous — would people like me?  Would I have anyone to talk to?  I needn’t have worried.  Unlike some other conferences I’d been to, it was SO easy to introduce yourself to anyone and to talk to everyone, even though some attendees were quite famous.  Others have said the same thing, but it’s so true — there really are no egos at Engage!  Everyone is there to learn and to teach, which makes for a magical experience all around.

    To end, then, HUGE kudos to Rebecca and Kathryn, the geniuses behind Engage!  They do such an amazing job planning everything, and Lara and I are so thankful you allowed us to attend (and Lara to speak!).

    On that note, if any vendor is thinking about attending a future Engage!, I would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.  Between me (first time attendee) and Lara (five-time attendee), we have all the bases covered!

    All photos in this post are courtesy of Mel Barlow, DVB Photographers, Sara Kauss, Lara’s camera, or one of our iPhones!

    Laura Hooper is a Southern Weddings sponsor.

    emily Written with love by Emily
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      WE JUST CAN’T WAIT!  Someone is going to win the first copy of V3 today and have it in 36 hours.  That’s right!  One of you is getting a copy before anyone else!  We. are. excited!! And now, ladies and gents, our very own Lara Casey all the way from Salt Lake City, Utah!  

      WIN THE FIRST COPY OF V3! from lara casey on Vimeo.

      What you could win:

      In honor of our new issue, you could win a pre-pre-order copy of V3, to be shipped out tomorrow afternoon!  That’s right, if you’re the winner, you’ll officially become the first person to hold a copy of V3 in your hands, aside from the SW ladies and, um, our parents.  And our printers.  But that’s it!  Exciting stuff, huh?

      In honor of our new site, you could win a sweet ad prize pack of a NEW tier 3 ad (much more exciting than the current tier 3, I’ll have you know) AND a wedding resources listing, both valid for three months!

      Why all the hullabaloo?  Well, to quote one Ms. Katharine Waterman: What’s so great about the new site, you ask?  Besides just about everything?  How about: a completely redesigned home page and user interface that will revolutionize the way you view your favorite weddings, a brand new vendor registry and all-new, bigger and better advertising options dedicated to helping you find the best vendors in the South, an exclusive Southern Shop filled with our most fabulous fab finds for the big day and beyond, and, for the first time ever, personal blog pages that will help you keep tabs on your favorite SW gals.  Whew, I almost can’t handle all the awesomeness that’s about to take over Southern Weddings.

      That’s right, folks!  It’s going to be awesome.  And vendors, don’t forget:

      To celebrate the all-new SW site and to help make Southern Weddings the best wedding resource around, we’re offering a 25% discount for our first advertisers on the new site.  (That’s anywhere from $50 – $300 in savings, y’all!)  Interested in being a part of the all-new SW blog?  Want a copy of our media kit? Email Katharine!

      But back to the important business of winning things. Three ways to win this contest:

      1) Tweet the phrase “I love @iloveswmag, y’all!” and include a link to this post, then leave an additional comment on this post telling us your twitter name.

      2) Follow our Editor-in-Chief, Lara, on twitter (@LaraCasey) today and tell her why you think you should win the first copy of V3!  Then, tweet a link to this post.

      3) Post the phrase “I love Southern Weddings, y’all!” on your facebook with a link to this post.  Leave a comment here telling us you did.

      Feel free to enter using all three strategies for better odds, but do it quick!  We’ll draw a winner (or maybe two… we’re crazy like that!) tomorrow morning.  Good luck!

      Written with love by Southern Weddings
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      1. avatar Jen Lynne reply

        I tweeted!!! @jenlynnephotoCan't wait to see the new issue!

      2. avatar Lauren @ Every Last Detail reply

        Hi! I tweeted, of course! :) @ELD_Lauren

      3. avatar Lauren @ Every Last Detail reply

        Annnnd I posted on my Facebook too. :)

      4. avatar Simply Perfect Weddings reply

        What an exciting contest!! I'm soooo looking forward to seeing V3! (Twitter name: spweddings)

      5. avatar Marletha Booker (In Season Events) reply

        I love @iloveswmag, y'all! Twitter: InSeasonEvents

      6. avatar Silvia reply

        I did it!!! I posted that in facebook! (i did it in spanish, though, since I'm from Spain ;)Love ur blog!!

      7. avatar Sasha reply

        twitter – youpluswephoto y'all!

      8. avatar Rayna Ortwein reply

        Done!! Twitter @alwaysplanned Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AlwaysPlanned Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

      9. avatar Marletha Booker (In Season Events) reply

        Twitter: [email protected] I would love to win the new mag and all the ad features because I know it'll be "gooder than grits!" Lol!! http://www.swsmag.net

      10. avatar nick breedlove reply

        @njbphoto :)

      11. avatar Heather Brown reply

        I tweeted! @dzheatherbI'm currently in Japan with my Solider and I can't buy the magazine here. I need it!!!

      12. avatar Sara Zimmer reply

        I posted "I love Southern Weddings, y'all!Go here to check it out: http://www.swsmag.net/blog/2010/9/28/surprise-win-the-first-copy-of-v3-you-have-24-hours.html" on my facebook page! Hope I win!! I just LOVE ya'll!

      13. avatar Bethany reply

        I tweeted this! My twitter name is @bethyesterday! :)

      14. avatar Katie reply

        Can't wait to see V3, you three are rockstars as are the rest of the SW team (and all your vendors too!) Passed along the word on twitter and fb ;)

      15. avatar April Foster reply

        I tweeted and facebooked the message! :) @aprilfoster

      16. avatar Mallory Clifford reply

        YAY for V3! Twitter name @MalloryClifford … I love y'all's blog … I am planning a southern wedding in Lexington, Ky next fall and have found SO MANY great ideas! Thanks so much I cannot wait to see the new issue!

      17. avatar Moya Minns reply

        Hi y'all! My twitter name is MoyaMinns. Congrats to you ladies and I cannot wait to see everything!

      18. avatar Kelly McWilliams reply

        Honestly now, who isn't waiting for the new issue? V2 is on it's last leg in the studio…far too many pages turned over and over.If I win, I'm showing it off at The Engagement Party on Sunday!Waiting not so patiently,@weddingtidbits

      19. avatar Janice Carnevale reply

        @bellwetherevent :)

      20. avatar Janice Carnevale reply

        I also posted on FB

      21. avatar Lynn reply

        Can't wait for V3!! I tweeted my love! @lynnwynnkym

      22. avatar Melissa Porter reply

        Our twitter name is AshevilleEvents! Thanks for the blog post yesterday too! I can't wait to see the new mag!

      23. avatar Astrid and Rene reply

        I love looking at pretty things, so of course I love Southern Weddings! @astridandrene

      24. avatar Nicole reply

        I tweeted! http://www.twitter.com/nicoleneff

      25. avatar Ashley Dains reply

        So excited to see V3. I love your magazine, blog and so excited for your website too! Twitter name AshleyDains.

      26. avatar Sara D Harper reply

        Done! I can't wait to see it!!!!! @saradharper

      27. avatar Dreamland Images reply

        tweet tweet @dreamlandimages

      28. avatar Britney Smith reply

        I tweeted! britsmithphoto

      29. avatar Nicole reply

        I also posted to my facebook! facebook.com/nicoleneff

      30. avatar Dreamland Images reply

        also on fb:)

      31. avatar Stephanie reply

        Congrats on the third issue. So exciting :) I tweeted and facebooked ya'll. @pawsitivelypics{my pet photography }Stephanie Smith {on facebook}

      32. avatar Britney Smith reply

        I posted on Facebook too! :)

      33. avatar Nancy Ray reply

        can't WAIT to see this beautiful magazine! facebook.com/nancyraytwitter: @nancyrayxo love you girls!

      34. avatar Christine Elizabeth reply

        I'm not in the South, but I still say y'all, AND I posted some twitter and Facebook love! ;)@FandangoChica

      35. avatar Maribeth reply

        I posted this to my Facebook… Looking forward to a fresh new look at southern weddings..

      36. avatar Jessica reply

        FACEBOOK[ed] :) <3

      37. avatar Amanda reply

        I tweeted! Twitter name: Amandaphotog

      38. avatar Amanda reply

        I linked on Facebook, too!

      39. avatar Thelma reply

        Tweeted! (liagpurple)

      40. avatar Ruthie reply

        Facebooked it! & "liked" SW facebook page :) http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=1631155358

      41. avatar Kimberly reply

        I tweeted, @kimberly_boyd, and posted a comment on facebook =)

      42. avatar Thelma reply

        Posted on facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/liagpurple

      43. avatar Jenny McMillan reply

        posted on facebook with the NEW V3 thumbnail! can't wait for all the updates :)check the site EVERYDAY for more and more ideas for my Southern Spring Wedding in Fayetteville, AL!you girls are ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL for what you do!

      44. avatar Ashley reply

        We tweeted and shared on our FB page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/scobeyphotography?ref=ts) Ahhh!!! Fingers crossed soooo super tight. Dying to see the new issue!!!

      45. avatar LeAnn Lawrence reply

        Love it all!!! On my FB!

      46. avatar Emily reply

        yay! i did it ! @emilyhansel

      47. avatar Jaime (WeddObsessed) reply

        I Tweeted! (@WeddObsessed)

      48. avatar Jaime (WeddObsessed) reply

        Posted on Facebook too! And Tweeted Lara!:)

      49. avatar Kallie B reply

        I tweeted! @kalliebrynn

      50. avatar Kallie B reply

        I posted it on my facebook fan page! http://bit.ly/9zthd4

      51. avatar Katie reply

        So exciting. Y'all give a literary publicist GREAT ideas! :)I tweeted: @KSBond

      52. avatar Megan reply

        I <3 SWS MAG! Can't waiiiiiiit for V3! Tweeted and Facebooked! Twitter: Meg514 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=47300104

      53. avatar Anges reply

        Love Southern Weddings! Facebooked here http://www.facebook.com/BlossomAccents "I love @iloveswmag, y'all!" and Tweeted from @BlossomAccents ;) But I already couldn't hold my horses and pre-ordered V3! The SW ads are still grits-licious!

      54. avatar Elise reply

        I tweeted. Find me at EliseSchreiner. Thanks!!!

      55. avatar Laura Reaux reply

        I really can't wait to see the new site! It sounds incredible. And Lara, you are ridiculously cute. lolI tweeted!

      56. avatar Laura Reaux reply

        …aaand it went to Faceook.

      57. avatar Shannon Gray reply

        I tweeted! :) @ShannonCGray

      58. avatar Ashley Veselka reply

        Can't WAIT to see V3! Twitter: @owlandpear

      59. avatar Ashley Veselka reply

        And Facebooked! Really hope I win! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646433351#!/profile.php?id=646433351

      60. avatar vicki reply

        I tweeted for @iloveswmag and want the first copy! @mysimpledetails

      61. avatar vicki reply

        I posted on my Facebook too!

      62. avatar Joy Lengyel reply

        Well, of course I tweeted and Facebooked! Can't wait to see what you have in store in V3! @JoyLengyel

      63. avatar Charity @ A Charmed Event reply

        WOOHOO! I want V3!I twittered it :: @acharmedeventI already follow @LaraCaseyI posted it on my personal FB :: http://www.facebook.com/charityplasterand posted it on business FB here :: http://tinyurl.com/charmedonfbHave a great day!

      64. avatar Kristyn Hogan reply

        Can't wait to see! I tweeted from @KristynHogan :)

      65. avatar jeni reply

        I tweeted, posted and sent out the love! Cannot wait to see the new issue!!!!

      66. avatar Karen reply

        Looking forward to seeing this! Twitter handle: karen_g

      67. avatar Lauren reply

        Tweeted!! @laurenhatch

      68. avatar Lauren reply

        Facebooked! (via Lauren Rae Photography)Can't wait to see this, and would LOVE to get the ad prize pack!!!

      69. avatar Heather Gardner reply

        Woo Hoo! v3 is ALIVE! Can't wait to see it….here's a link to my FB page too. :) http://www.facebook.com/#!/LaDolceVitaWeddingsBest Congrats to you all!

      70. avatar Nicole reply

        I posted on FB! <3

      71. avatar Sapelo Light Photography reply

        Posted to FB – "I love Southern Weddings, ya'll, especially on the coast!"

      72. avatar Stephanie Osborne reply

        So excited to see what you ladies have come up with! You make amazing look amazing :) Twitter name: ardentphoto officially tweeted, same with facebook!

      73. avatar Lisa Tilley-Newman reply

        posted on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/tilleyphotography :) Fingers crossed! Who wouldn't want to win that sweet ad prize pack!!

      74. avatar Krista B reply

        It's on my facebook! Yea for V3!

      75. avatar Lisa Tilley-Newman reply

        And now, it's tweeted @tilleyphoto :) Fingers crossed!

      76. avatar Jasmine reply

        I tweeted (@jasthefembot)! Good luck with everything this week. :)

      77. avatar Vanessa Myers reply

        I tweeted!! @vanessamyers81

      78. avatar Vanessa Myers reply

        Posted it on my FB biz page! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Columbus-IN/Vanessa-Weddings/132390046797773?ref=tsAND my personal page. =)

      79. avatar Janille reply

        I posted on FB! Unfortunately I don't have a twitter account :P Can't wait to see the mag!

      80. avatar Erica Wilkerson reply

        Posted on Facebook @Erica Wilkerson

      81. avatar Christina Coomer reply

        My twitter name is clcoomermd

      82. avatar Jennifer Hamilton reply

        I tweeted!! @MrandMrsEvents I also facebooked it. ;) (Jennifer Huggins Hamilton)

      83. avatar Erica Velasco reply

        I tweeted! @ericavelascowed

      84. avatar Erica Velasco reply

        I posted on my facebook too! My profile name is evelasco

      85. avatar Rhonda Hendricks reply

        I just put it on my Facebook ("Rhonda Hendricks") along with a tag to SW's Facebook page!

      86. avatar Melissa Schollaert reply

        Tweeted (@melschollaert) & tweeted at @LaraCasey & Facebooked – oh my!

      87. avatar robyn reply

        tweeted! @meanttobesent :)

      88. avatar Jacqueline Scott reply

        I facebooked: http://i53.tinypic.com/34qvbe9.pngI tweeted via @jacquelinesctt.AND I tweeted @laracasey.I HAVE MY FINGER'S CROSSED! XO

      89. avatar Kelly Riordan reply

        Oh my goodness! I cannot wait to see V3! And I'm sure your site will be gorgeous – it is already. My twitter name is kellirdan.

      90. avatar Bethany A. reply

        I love @iloveswmag, y'all! http://www.swsmag.net/blog/2010/9/28/surprise-win-the-first-copy-of-v3-you-have-24-hours.html Twitter: @sheekforever Thanks for the chance at your MARVELOUS wedding magazine! Love it!!Bethany A.

      91. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

        Posted on Facebook! :)

      92. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

        Tweeted too :) @catieronquilloCan't wait y'all!

      93. avatar Nansen Malin reply

        I tweeted from @nansen with links. I posted on facebook – Nansen Pihlaja Malin. Please I really need to win – my daughter is getting married in 7 weeks.. help- I am doing it all myself! We live in SW Washington at the beach – in a remote area. We really need some Southern Wedding goodness for the wedding.

      94. avatar Ashley Baber reply

        I posted to Twitter, Ya'll! @ashleybaber :)

      95. avatar CraftFarmsNorth reply

        I tweeted! http://www.twitter.com/craftfarmsnorth

      96. avatar Krystle reply

        I tweeted! twice actually! haha @futuremrspaz

      97. avatar Mariel reply

        I posted on Twitter @marielt87! And I want V3 because my sister just got engaged and I will be planning her wedding, and need y'alls inspiration to get us started!

      98. avatar Adrienne Lenz reply

        I tweeted about this and am following Laura on twitter.Thanks,Adrienne (@destdiva11)

      99. avatar Bethany reply

        I posted this on my facebook wall! :)

      100. avatar Oakstream Photography reply

        I tweeted! Lara it was AMAZING meet you yesterday here in SLC! You are freakin hilarious & loved your talk!!!!!!! Thanks millions & thanks for your honesty!!!!!!!My twitter name is @Oakstreamphoto

      101. avatar Michelle Bowman reply

        I tweeted !twitter.com/mbowman7

      102. avatar Michelle Bowman reply

        I posted on FBfacebook.com/mbowman7

      103. avatar Michelle Bowman reply

        I follow on twitter !

      104. avatar Jason McGrew reply

        I tweeted! @jmcgrewphoto and Facebooked it! http://www.facebook.com/utahweddingphotos Winner winner chicken dinner!!

      105. avatar Emily Gonsoulin reply

        I tweeted, I facebooked, I did all I could do to win this wonderful early issue!!!Twitter Name: BytheSea_Emily

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