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One of the most fun parts of making V7 was including things that are not only meaningful to the South and to our mission, but also, to the history of Southern Weddings. Our cover was photographed by Tec Petaja, who appeared on the cover of V1, and our annual team photos were taken by the talented Jodi and Kurt of Jodi Miller Photography, whose wedding graced the pages of V4! Jodi and Kurt joined us on the first day of our team retreat for an afternoon of shooting all over the Triangle, and despite the heat and the mosquitoes, I think it’s easy to see how much fun we had with them!

We were so grateful that the Makeup For Your Day ladies helped us out with our hair and makeup! Our first colorful set of photos was taken in the gardens of Fearrington Village.

Next, we changed into lovely, neutral gowns and headed to Fernrock Farms to take some pictures amongst hundreds of flowers. The owner, Carrie, was so gracious to host us, and she even whipped up a few vibrant bouquets for us to pose with.

Last but not least, we stopped at Maple View Farm to take advantage of the golden hour light in a beautiful field. These are some of our favorite photos from the day! Curious about our fancy dresses? Marissa is wearing “Halo” by Elizabeth Dye from The Sentimentalist, Morgan is in “Goldie” by Sarah Seven, Nicole is in “Practically Perfect” by Sarah Seven, Lara is in “Monique” by Erin Fetherston, Emily is in “Amour” by Sarah Seven, I’m in “Cecilia” by Jenny Yoo from Nordstrom, and Kristin is in “Odette” from BHLDN.

A big SW “thank you” to Jodi and Kurt–we loved working with them on these team photos, and we’re so happy to have them in our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    Y’all are beautiful!! These pictures capture you perfectly :)

  2. avatar Robyn Van Dyke reply

    UM, y’all are all GORGEOUS! Seriously stunning! :)

  3. avatar Sam reply

    I love the champagne gold colour, it would look beautiful in a neutral or cream/gold wedding theme. x

  4. avatar Jenna Lowery reply

    I am COMPLETELY obsessed with those gold and beige dresses, My wedding colors are gold and red and Ill be getting married in a barn and those dresses are BEYOND perfect !

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The first day of summer is right around the corner, and with the higher temperatures and more ridiculous humidity, things can get a little crazy around the Southern Weddings office – so crazy that we’re asking our gents to contribute to this here blog. That’s right: over the next few weeks, you’ll get to hear from all seven of the SW Gentlemen. They’ll be sharing everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the secret (or not so secret) life of a magazine editor’s husband – what it’s like to be on the other side of the sweet-tea-drinking, seersucker-wearing, instagram-taking public persona. We’ll be going in order of Southern Weddings longevity, so please join me in welcoming the original Southern Gent, Ari Isaacson!!

Family photo by Gina Zeidler

Name: Ari Isaacson
Your Southern Weddings gal: Lara Casey
Occupation: Interventional Radiologist
How and when you became a Southern Weddings Gent: October 2005– it was a balmy Pensacola fall and Lara was the hottest personal trainer in town. I was a navy guy with something to prove. I won Lara over with my cheesy one liners and my bulging biceps.

We are hitting the way-back button on this one – Ari was a groom model in one of SW’s very first photo shoots, back in 2008! We were going for the distressed look :) Photo by East Hill Photo.

What is your favorite SW memory? Out of all of the memories, my favorite was watching Lisa and Dave get engaged.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of SW? I wrote about twelve real wedding stories for the first issue.
What contributions have you made to SW that people may not realize? I often push heavy pallets on delivery day.

Another Ari photo shoot appearance – can you spot him? Photo by Rae Leytham.

What is something you shouldn’t know about weddings, but do, thanks to SW? Oasis foam, hot glue, and mermaid style dresses.
Have you ever been recognized by a stranger because of SW? Yes… A girl in the neighborhood stopped me while I was walking one day and said, “Are you Lara Casey’s husband?”
What percentage of your social media followers come from SW? Social media? What’s that?

What is the best thing about being a SW Gent? The cookies and cupcakes and chocolate tasting.
If given the chance, would you become a Southern Weddings employee? I already am.
Anything else you want to add? I put together all of the furniture for the SW office, including the famous monogrammed chairs.

There you have it, ladies – the behind-the-scenes perspective from the ringmaster Southern Gent! Check back next Tuesday for our next interviewee: the one and only John Thomas!!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Jessica Thornton reply

    He’s a good one! Thankful for the grace (and Grace!) that abounds in he and Lara’s marriage!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    This is the best series ever, and I’m so honored to be part of Ari’s favorite SW-related memory! Though I imagine that the modeling was a close second.

  3. avatar Sara Velordis reply

    This is SO great!!! Love it and y’all!

  4. avatar Rachel Nordgren reply

    What a man!! I love that the SW Gents are going to be featured here on the blog!

  5. avatar Jan reply

    This is perfection! Loved reading his perspective. Reminds me of my very quiet, patient, helpful husband who is my rock and helper for my business who I don’t give enough credit. Very cute =)

  6. avatar Julie reply

    What a wonderful idea to feature the SW gents! I look forward to reading more!

  7. avatar Morgan Jones reply

    This is SO great! Love the sense of humor :)

  8. avatar Emily reply

    So good!! Ari is a very good sport :)

  9. avatar Brooke reply

    This is so cute and so fun! Can’t wait to meet the other SW gentlemen!

  10. avatar Sally Maxwell reply

    Too funny! Such a great idea.

  11. avatar Stephanie reply

    I love this! Such a fun, fresh, funny feature you’re doing – and Ari’s responses are great!!

  12. avatar Catherine Grace reply

    “The cookies and cupcakes and chocolate tasting.”
    I think that has to be one of the best response to the “what’s the best part of your job?” question.

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Today’s Sweet Tea Sunday couple needs no introduction–it’s our very own Editor-in-Chief and her husband! Lara and Ari’s story is the most beautiful testament to the power of enduring in challenges. The impossible is possible. After eloping in Vegas five months after they first met (yes, the editor of a national wedding magazine eloped in Vegas!), they endured countless hardships over their first years of marriage, many of which threatened to tear them apart. But, they held on. They are a living example that love never fails, and there are truly no words to adequately express how much they inspire each of us at Southern Weddings. Lara and Ari will be celebrating eight years of marriage this Tuesday, and we’re delighted to share their wise advice today!

From Ari: The best way to improve your relationship with your spouse is to work on your relationship with God. That means humbling yourself and working to be your very best for everyone around you. When you feel His love for yourself, you will joyfully serve, give, and sacrifice for your spouse, and these actions will nurture your relationship.

From Lara: Yes, our marriage completely changed. We went from hopeless to bubbling over with love and joy together. I know it sounds too good to be true, but that’s because it was God that made this happen, not us. We tried doing marriage our way and everything almost crumbled. It took both of our hearts changing, laying down all of our past failures and forgiving each other, to help us see the real lasting path to love. Praying together has helped us a lot on the journey. It felt awkward at first to pray together, but now it feels like second nature. Especially when we are mad at each other, praying together changes things. Our hearts soften and strengthen. If you are in a marriage that feels impossible to fix, keep choosing hope. I felt like it was impossible for anything to change too — about a thousand times, no exaggeration. If you are engaged even and having a hard time figuring each other out, keep choosing love. Little by little flowers grow with sun and water. Little by little your relationship can be strengthened and grow in a new way with the same daily tending. I know this is true and that’s why I do what I do here at Southern Weddings. Because, marriage matters and the impossible is possible. Keep choosing love, never stop dating, and slow dancing in the kitchen helps too. 

Landon Jacob

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Claire reply

    Awe! I love Lara and Ari’s sweet story. Very honest and real. Happy Anniversary you two! You inspire me to pray more with my fiancée. :-)

  2. avatar Kyla F reply

    This is lovely! Happy (in two days) anniversary to Lara and Ari! They inspire me to put God first in everything, including my future marriage someday.

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