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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
  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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You’ve gotten a peek at the days of Morgan, Emily, Nicole, and Marissa, and now it’s my turn! Since our V7 shoot season is complete, Emily and I have switched gears from shoot planning to lots of writing and proofreading. It’s tremendously rewarding to find the perfect words to bring our shoots and real weddings to life, or tweaking things I’ve already written to make them sing. I’m getting so anxious to see how everything comes together in the pages of our new issue!

9:00: I arrive at the office, put my lunch in the fridge next to a batch of vegetables from Gracie’s garden, head upstairs to the office, and say hi to Nicole (who is always here first—I don’t know how she does it!).

9:05: I open my email and the blog to make sure the morning’s post went up and everything looks the way it’s supposed to. I love the gorgeous fall wedding we’re sharing today!

9:15: Not many people know this, but I manage the Southern Weddings Instagram account. I pick a photo from today’s real wedding (so hard to choose!) and post it. I also check to see if anyone has tagged us so that I can leave them some SW love!

9:19: I update my to-do list with things I didn’t finish yesterday. I keep my list pretty long and number things in the order I need to accomplish them. Anything that doesn’t get done rolls over to the next day. I always have two notepads on my desk—one for my to-do list, and one for blog real wedding interviews that have come in and need edits.

My gold foil notepads are the “Make It Happen” and “Oh Happy Day” notepads from the Lara Casey Shop!

9:30: We send a LOT of emails around here! Today, my inbox is full of last-minute V7 contributions, Bridal Market invitations (eek!), and a few quick notes from Emily and Nicole.

10:04: One of the gems in my inbox is a guest article we’re including in V7, and it is sweet as can be! I download it and start text edits.

10:26: Our weekly team meeting is starting in a few minutes, so I jot down my updates and anything I want to run by everyone. Before scooting my monogrammed chair over to Lara’s desk where we gather on Google Hangout with Marissa and Kristin, I check the blog to make sure our second post of the day is ready to go.

10:30: Team meeting time! I always look forward to this time when we all get to share our updates and celebrate our successes.

11:02: I take a picture for Instagram of some clutches that Lucy Jane Totes sent us. They’re so darling!

11:10: I show Emily our tentative Bridal Market schedule—there are so many shows we want to see, and so little time! We also plan to chat briefly later this week about our outfits. We show up to work unintentionally matching so often, we want to make sure that doesn’t happen at Market! With our schedule in place, I start sending our RSVPs to shows. I am counting down the days till we get to see all of the gorgeous gowns in person!

12:50: My stomach is growling, so I head downstairs for lunch. I usually bring dinner leftovers or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but today, I’m having Trader Joe’s macaroni and cheese—yum! If the weather is nice, I try to take a break from my computer screen by eating outside on the porch.

1:05: Back at my desk, I continue tweaking our Bridal Market schedule and coordinating our plans via email.

1:58: With most of our plans set, I switch gears to do a final edit of a few V7 text pieces and then send them to Nicole. We are SO close to being done!!

2:05: I post our afternoon blog post on Instagram, and then head into the blog to edit the interview for tomorrow’s real wedding. Marissa is writing the introduction for this one (and I think she’ll love it!), so after I finish my edits, I shoot her an email to let her know it’s ready.

2:35: Back to my inbox!

3:23: Our October newsletter is going out tomorrow, so I write a draft and email it to Emily for feedback. As you may be able to tell, we rarely work on projects individually and are constantly collaborating based on our strengths. After Emily signs off on the text, I send an edited version to Nicole and Morgan to lay out.

4:40: Marissa is done with tomorrow’s real wedding post, so I give it one last read through. It looks amazing!

4:56: I post the last Instagram for the day—I always try to get the last post of the day up before 5 P.M. so that none of our followers feel the need to check in at the end of the day. Evenings are for family time :)

5:00: I head back into my inbox to clear out as much as I can—we have so many balls in the air with our V7 text features, and addressing my emails as quickly as possible helps me stay on track. I write thank you emails to people who have sent me their quotes and ideas, organize them in a Google Doc, and make edits so that they’re ready to pop into the V7 layout.

5:47: With my inbox close to empty, I pack up my laptop, turn off the SW iPhone we use for Instagram, and head on home to meet up with Dave and make dinner—our current favorite meal is Pinch of Yum’s lemon chicken and asparagus!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  3. avatar Victoria Conn reply

    Hi there!
    I stumbled across this fabulous and beautiful website and wanted to inquire about any potential career opportunities. I’m a wedding-obsessed northerner with a degree in Broadcasting/Journalism ready to relocate down South. I’d greatly appreciate a response back!

    Victoria Conn

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Victoria! We are not currently hiring, but you can find information about future opportunities here: /working-southern-weddings/ :)

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Happy Birthday, Lisa!

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Lisa has been with our team for less than a year, but it’s already hard to imagine what we would do without her. One of her most important contributions to what we do y’all are familiar with – her wonderful way with introducing the couples you meet on our blog every day. As our “hopeful romantic,” every story is genuinely unique and special to her – and, more often than not, moves her to tears. So in honor of her birthday, we’ve rounded up seven of the moments most likely to set off the office waterworks – and interspersed our own little love letter to this gal in between.

Sweet relationships between sisters and moms (like in Abby and Cameron’s wedding by Jess Barfield)

From Nicole: Lisa! I’m happy as a pup with two tails to know you! You’re beautiful inside and out — always seeing the bright side of situations and the best version of other people. You have a knack for making friends almost instantly, and you keep them around with your big heart, love for adventure, and thoughtfulness. I am so lucky to be celebrating another year of you because in big and small ways, you inspire the best in people. (Plus, hooray for another year of playing the Country BBQ Pandora station, gushing over puppies, and lunches outside!)

Friends who overflow with genuine happiness (like in Kat + Matt’s wedding by Katelyn James)

From Morgan: Happy Birthday, Lisa! I hope you have a great day! I have learned so much from you and am very thankful for the time you’ve invested in teaching me the Shop Manager roles. You’re such a joy to be around and I love hearing your many stories from all of your adventures!

Tears at a first look (like in Leah + Austen’s wedding by Nancy Ray).

From Marissa: Happy birthday, Lisa! I hope that not only is your birthday filled with joy, but your entire year is filled with all the love and happiness your heart can hold! Make sure Dave spoils you today. From one teary-eyed editor to another, XOXO!

Anytime a couple has weathered major storms (like Beth and Brody, photographed by Jeremy & Kristin).

From Emily: Lisa, everything I thought I knew about you before I ever met you has been confirmed a hundredfold in the time we’ve spent together. That says so much to me – that you are just as thoughtful, kind, driven, purposeful, and delightful day in and day out as you seem on first glance. I am so grateful that we get to be each other’s sidekick, and there’s no one I’d rather show up dressed the same as nine days out of ten.

Grooms crying at the ceremony (like in Laura and Micah’s wedding by Ryan Price).

Grooms crying, period (like in Kristy and Cory’s wedding by Sara & Rocky).

From Kristin: Happy birthday to the one who loves, love! Lisa, your genuine love of heartfelt stories and ability to emotionally connect to what really matters inspires me to love better, stronger, and more fiercely each day. You are a blessing to the SW family and add a sweet Texas touch to our team. I hope you birthday is filled with love, joy and a tear-jerking wedding video or two.

Intergenerational anything (like in Molly Gee and Justin’s wedding by b mo foto).

From Lara: Lisa, our “Hopeful Romantic,” we are so blessed to have you as a part of our lives! I am also blessed to have you as a neighbor. As we celebrate your birthday, we celebrate all you have added to our lives — that calls for a lot of celebration! I am so grateful for you and wish you the most joyful year ahead! P.S. Grace will no doubt be singing you several renditions of “Happy Birthday” today as well :)

Dads and daughters (like in Laura and Shannon’s wedding by Paul Johnson).

We’d love for you to leave a little love note for Lisa in the comments, too!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much for this super sweet post! Love y’all! :)

  2. avatar Erin reply

    Happy Birthday Lisa! I love reading your Real Wedding introductions, and I hope you have an amazing day!! :)

  3. avatar Jadzia reply

    I didn’t tear up until I saw the grooms! Beautiful post, thank you SW ladies for celebrating my wonderful daughter in this way!

  4. avatar Abby reply

    Happy Birthday sweet Lisa! You’ve been an awesome addition to the SW team and I enjoy your posts! :)

  5. avatar Sara Velordi reply

    Happy, happy birthday Lisa!! So grateful to have worked with you for a few weeks :) I hope your day is amazing!!

  6. avatar Kat reply

    Oh happy, happy birthday, Lisa!!!!!

  7. avatar Samantha Cordialini reply

    Wishing you the happiest of birthday’s, Lisa! I hope your day is full of joy, laughter, and love! xoxo

  8. avatar Catherine Grace reply

    Happy Birthday to you Lisa, your kindness and graciousness is so evident even 12,000km away. You are incredible at what you do. :)

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