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Summer Love Round-Up

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While it can be sad to bid farewell to summer (how on earth is Labor Day weekend already here?), it feels good to know that we made the most of the season, and just a peek at our summer hashtag on Instagram proves that y’all did the same! We truly loved revisiting childhood adventures and making new memories with each of you this summer, and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. To wrap things up before launching a brand new theme (and hashtag!) for fall, here’s a look back at Summer Love.

We introduced Summer Love and the purpose behind it here, as well as a fun list of Southern Doins inspired by our favorite childhood memories to help guide us. What was most important to us all summer long was sharing these memories and activities with our beaus, and growing in our relationships as a result.

Graham Terhune

We couldn’t resist the opportunity to revisit some of our all-time favorite summer editorials, and loved strolling down memory lane with Carolina On My Mind from V3 and Fun and Fancy Free from V7.

Nancy Ray

Since the inspiration from Summer Love came from our childhoods, we took turns filling out a fun interview about what we were like as kids, and what our favorite summer memories are. You can find them all here: Emily, Nicole, Marissa, Kristin, and Lisa.

Kristin and her sister!

On Southern Weddings TV, we made a little video about our favorite summer dates. We loved hearing about yours, too!

Finally, we shared our summer adventures and followed along with yours on Instagram via our #PassThePopsicles hashtag. As a little thank you for participating, we foot the bill on date nights for three (randomly selected) Instagram friends–hope y’all had a blast!

Clockwise from top left: @AmalieOrrangePhotography, @StephanieScholl, @AlisonFargason, @DishieRentals

And that’s a wrap! It sure has been fun, and we hope you take advantage of this weekend to grab your beau and enjoy any last-minute activities you’ve been wanting to do. When you get back on Tuesday, we’ll be ready to help you welcome fall in a sweet, intentional way–here‘s a sneak peek! :)

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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A few years ago, Kristin wrote an amazing series here on Southern Weddings called Hints for a Happy Marriage. One of those hints was to keep dating, so while we already knew that regular date nights and quality time together are a huge priority for the Winchesters, we thought it was high time we all tagged along on one of their adventures here on Southern Newlywed. We also picked their brains for some of their favorite date ideas, and I’m positive y’all will be as inspired as I am!

Thank you so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Jordan Weiland for capturing K+K’s date for us!

Names: Kyle Preston and Kristin Eileen
By day: Kyle loves sports and manages corporate partnerships for UCF (Go Knights, charge on!). Kristin loves love and marriage and handles client relations for Southern Weddings.
Where they live: Sunny Orlando, Florida

Their love story: All the magic started in the fall of 2004. We met in a college class and exchanged some good-natured banter until early October, when KPW asked me out on an official date. Our first date was supposed to be to the North Carolina State Fair, but I woke up with a terrible case of strep throat. Instead, he showed up to check on me that night with diet coke, gummy worms, and cotton candy (from the fair–I know, I couldn’t believe it either!) in hand. The rest is history (a long, juicy, marvelous history. You can read more here, or invite me to coffee and I’ll tell you all about it).
Their wedding: Our day included our favorite meal (two words: Thanksgiving dinner), many of our favorite people, and our most favorite place in the world: Chapel Hill. It all took place on and around the same campus (Go Heels!!) where we had exchanged our first hellos many years before. In addition to a heart-filled ceremony with lots of laughter and quite a few happy tears, there was a whole lot of dancing, celebrating, AND the most incredible chocolate chip cookies! In short, it was magical, and I wish we could get married every year.

Kristin and Kyle’s top five favorite date ideas:

1. Rent swan boats (AKA, go on mini adventures): Going on mini adventures and exploring your surroundings can be great fun, and a wonderful way to spend a free afternoon or evening! Often, it takes you out of your respective comfort zones and leads to great stories to be told later. This is how we found the most adorable swan boats and hand-crafted popsicles just down the road from our new house. It’s also how we wound up hiking trails in Virginia and exploring new wineries on Saturday afternoons. And how we found ourselves blueberry picking and out to brunch one weekend morning. A tip: use your resources. Date night ideas can be just a “Google” away. We just moved to a brand spanking new state, so I love that we can search “date nights in Orlando” and come up with a ton of suggestions! Or, ask your friends and neighbors for their favorite ideas.
2. Make a reservation: It’s no secret that I love a reservation. While this isn’t the most “creative” idea, I feel it is very purposeful and practical! There is something a bit wonderful about the pre-planning and thought that goes into making the effort to make a reservation, and I love that it gives me something to look forward to at the end of a day or week! A reservation also offers the chance to try new places (both fancy and not-so-fancy), sometimes letting you take a peek at the menu in advance so you can start drooling over the homemade pimento cheese appetizer (big hugs, Cask & Larder) days before your dinner date. We are big Open Table fans–with the click of a few buttons, we can find new restaurants close by and snag a table for a fun date night on the town. Sitting at a table, enjoying delicious food, and chatting the night away with KPW? Sounds pretty good to me!
3. The next Food Network Stars: Our schedules are busy and weekdays can get crammed with commitments. While I love cooking and we eat at home most nights, we tend to go with standard, tried-and-true recipes that keep us (ahem, me) from spending all evening in the kitchen. However, it can be extra fun to plan to stay in and make an ordinary evening not-so-ordinary (all while wearing pajamas and no makeup). We love to open a bottle of wine, find a “fancier” (see: more time-consuming) recipe, and maybe even pull out the nice napkins. While prepping the meal together, we are known to be pretty silly–singing (me), rapping (KPW) and dancing (both) while chopping vegetables and making marinades. A good meal, and more importantly, quality and dedicated time together that isn’t rushed or hurried, is sometimes just what we need at the end of a long week.
4. Double date: As much as we love spending time together just the two of us, inviting others along on date night is always fun. Meet friends for dinner, dessert, or Saturday morning brunch! Go to an outdoor movie (splitting food and drink responsibilities). Go bowling or play mini golf. Some things, while fun with just the two of you, are even more fun with another couple or two!
5. Walk down memory lane: Coming up on our 11th dating anniversary makes this date night idea one of my favorites. Over the years we have have gone on some really fun dates and made some great memories. Sometimes, revisiting a place or recreating a favorite special date night brings back a flood of goodness from the past. We jump at the chance to stroll around the campus where we first met and grab a bite on Franklin Street when we’re in North Carolina. We also love going to the Carolina coast for a weekend when given the chance, because it’s where we got engaged! Going back to the restaurant where we ate right before KPW popped the question? It makes me feel like we’re magically back at that sweet December 31st evening. There’s nothing quite like recreating some magical moments to remind you why you fell in love in the first place.

Thanks so much for sharing, Kristin and Kyle! Find more date night ideas and inspiration in the Southern Newlywed archives.

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Jordan reply

    Yay! Thank you for asking me to be a part of this! Kristin + Kyle you are adorable and what great date ideas. :)

  2. avatar Nancy reply

    Who is sweeter than Kristin! Love this!

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Introducing Summer Love

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What comes to mind when you think about summer?

This time of year is abundant with some of our very best memories–running through sprinklers, spending long days at the lake, catching fireflies, and most of all, enjoying the company of family and friends. We love summer in the South, and know y’all do too! This year, we want to make the most of the season by enjoying many of the same things that color our best childhood summer memories—except this time, we’ll be sharing them with our beaus, and with all of you.

We have two goals for this summer: to soak in this season to the fullest, and to cultivate our relationships with the people we love–our beaus, our families, our friends, and our communities. As we huddled around a table at The Carolina Inn during our team retreat, throwing out ideas for making these things happen, we noticed a theme. Nearly every favorite thing about summer that we mentioned was connected to our childhoods.

Kristin remembered eating watermelon on the porch of her grandmother’s house. Emily remembered playing tag outside until dark. Nicole remembered splitting popsicles with her friends after school. As we shared these memories with one another, giggling and reminiscing, it dawned on us how much we wanted to revisit all of these activities. It’s been too long since we ran through sprinklers or bought sweet treats from the ice cream truck, and how much more fun would they be now, with our beaus in tow? That’s how we decided on our “Summer Love” theme for this summer, and we hope you’ll join us as we revisit childhood adventures, make new memories, and grow in love!

We have buckets of exciting things planned for the next three months, and we want you to be part of all of it! From summer date ideas and road trip tips to sunny inspiration for your wedding and behind the scenes fun with the SW gals, there are so many delightful things ahead. To get started, download our Southern Doin’s: Summer Love Edition list for some of our favorite ideas, all inspired by our favorite summer memories.

Before diving in, we encourage you to sit down with your beau and chat about your own favorite summer memories. From swinging in a hammock to building sandcastles at the beach, your childhoods are full of date night inspiration. We’ll be displaying the South print from the Southern Weddings Shop this season as a reminder that traditions are sweeter when shared—you can pick one up for your home here!

From now until August 31, we’ll also be using the hashtag #PassThePopsicles on Instagram to share all of our summer adventures. Use it yourself when you post about your favorite activities, date nights (friend dates count too!), and moments this summer, and each month, you’ll be entered to win a date night on us! We’ll be choosing a new winner at the end of each month, and you can use the hashtag as many times as you’d like on your summer posts. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the hashtag to get inspired by y’all and your great ideas!

We are so excited about Summer Love and can’t wait to experience it right along with y’all! Share your summer with us and with your families and friends–be present, enjoy the moments, and pass them on. Together, let’s revisit childhood adventures, make new memories, and grow in love. Ready to get started? Let’s dive in!

All photos by our delightful Blue Ribbon Vendor Graham Terhune.

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Maureen R. Goldman (@SheisMoments) reply

    What a fun idea! I was actually just telling my mom how nostalgic I was for summers growing up. We would go to swim team practice, come home and put on a dry suit and then head back to the pool to play the day away. I have such fond memories of times when the only responsibility was to be free and use your imagination!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    finding a beau asap for these activities! this is so fun!!

  3. avatar Makeup for Your Day reply

    This was so much fun! Thanks for including us. We’d love to have some of Graham’s photos to share, as well and get people to #passthepopsicles! :)

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