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Now that V5 is out on shelves, we get asked quite frequently if things have slowed down a bit and all of us SW gals are relaxing. Well, we are quite relaxed, but the V5 hubbub has not died down. (Especially with surprise collector’s editions sprouting up throughout the South!) Nope, we’re still on the post-print high, soaking in the gold foil on our cover and the love in our pages. We still can’t believe this magazine is ours!

That’s why, in celebration of five years of publishing, of great love stories and of amazing friends, vendors and readers, the V5 Launch Party was a must-do! We were blown away by how many people came to celebrate with us last month. Over 200 of y’all! We had a blast at the Carolina Inn hugging everyone and piling into the Cheese Photo Booth.

Those adorable buttons up there are from our event sponsor, Busy Beaver Button Co.! They greeted guests as they began rolling in at 7:00 on the dot. (Apparently, they were so well liked that many people from the event down the hall from us wanted to take them!)

Ryan Ray and Stefanie Miles of Lavender Joy Weddings, the talented brains behind our cover, didn’t know they could come until the very last minute. We are so glad they did because not only did we get to give them giant hugs, but we got to witness them seeing their cover in person for the very first time!

With our fifth anniversary cover donning glitzy gold and bright yellow, you know we jumped on the chance to make the whole party and gold glitter bash! Our intern Alexia was crucial in executing ideas. (In all seriousness, we do often refer to her as the official glitterer in the SW office.) We’re big fans of rustic and glam, so we just love that Floral Cotton provided us with some fluffy bolls to stick in our glittered mason jar. Those cheery and dressed up yellow centerpieces are the work of Expressions of Love, who nailed our color theme.

Y’all, let me tell you. There was no shortage of delicious (mini) Southern food at this party. Heidi at the Carolina Inn is a master at creating menus. Ours was full of mini pies, mini chicken and waffles, pulled pork sliders, a sweet potato bar, a sweet tea bar, a hot chocolate bar and so much more. Of course, we washed it all down with something sweet, courtesy of our friends at Cheerwine.

After we cut the (delicious red velvet) cake, we had to hop into the Cheese Booth! The lovely people below are Faith Teasley and Stacey Lanning, the photo and styling masterminds behind our feature, “In Celebration of the Mason,” followed by photographer Lauren Larsen and V5 Real Wedding couple Hailey + Rhet!! We couldn’t resist dropping a few poses with our new cover, Ryan Ray and Stefanie Miles.

Yahoo! The party was quite a big night for us. (Lara’s car and mine are still covered in glitter!) Since we’re still celebrating, we’re giving away one of our swag bags from the party! This gilded bag is full of a golden V5, fun buttons and a Sweet Tea Society manifesto. Want to win? Leave a comment below telling us what you love about weddings.

In other merry news, ornaments should be rolling into your mailboxes as I speak! If y’all are participating in our annual ornament swap, you should have sent your ornaments out on Friday. Slipped your mind? Get them in the mail today!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Laura reply

    There’s not too much that I don’t love about a wedding…but the very best thing about a wedding is the happiness. From the moment a bride puts on her dress, to the moment when the groom sees her for the first time and then the celebration on the dance floor, everyone is always happy and that’s as awesome as it gets.

  2. avatar Mollie reply

    I’m nowhere near planning my own wedding, but I love weddings that have a heavy emphasis on family, and two families becoming one. I want an small(ish), intimate wedding, but it’s impossible for me to imagine it without my family there! :)

  3. avatar Cassie reply

    I love the hope that you can’t help but feel at a wedding. It’s palpable in the air. Hope for the happy couple, hope that love conquers all, hope in general. Love it!

  4. avatar Melody reply

    I love when the bride sees her reception space for the very first time. It brings tears to my eyes when you know in your heart that every dream she’s had for her wedding is coming true in that amazing moment.

  5. avatar Dee Shore reply

    That Sweet Tea, as well as the Chicken & Waffles bars, are brilliant. I want!

  6. avatar Shelby reply

    Looks like such a blast! Y’all need to head down to Atlanta for the next Launch party!! What do I love about weddings? Tough to narrow it down, but I’d day the traditions of two families coming together to celebrate the love and the beginning of two wonderful people’s forever. Love never fails, y’all!

  7. avatar Ashley reply

    Love the happiness and love surrounding weddings!

  8. avatar Emily Tuohy reply

    I love wedding videography as much as you guys but I especially love wedding films that capture vows that are both a little bit traditional and a little silly, showing the personality of the couple! ( Lifestage Films’ video on a couple named Wiley and Mallory is my absolute favorite )

  9. avatar Loverly reply

    What a great party! Wish we could’ve been there. What a sweet and cheery recap, and we’re glad it was such a success!

  10. avatar Callie reply

    I love weddings because they’re more than just a display of unity between two people, and more than just an expression of love between two people. It’s a celebration of love between all sorts of people. It’s an expression of emotion that’s so beautiful, so well-planned and so thoughtful, that it makes everyone in the room feel something. Whether it’s your first wedding or your thousandth, whether you’re the bridesmaid or barely know the bride, there’s something in the air at weddings that goes beyond everyday emotions. It’s like the love between the couple transcends, and permeates the entire climate of the wedding.

  11. avatar Christin reply

    There is so much that I love about weddings, but two of my very favorites are 1) the flowers and 2) the vows. Floral creations can turn any space into the perfect ambiance the couple is trying to achieve and often bring the outdoors in (particularly for the glistening prone summer bride who would not dare get married outside in the heat!). And the vows. The vows, whether traditional or personalized, really exemplify all the joy, hope and LOVE that that couple has for one another and their future. It makes me teary-eyed just thinking about it!

  12. avatar Nicole Saffron reply

    First off, the love is the best part of a wedding, but I also love the history of the details. What brought the couple to have these things at their wedding – their grandparents cake topper, a mama’s wedding gown, etc. So many special family historic details. Love!!

  13. avatar anna reply

    my favorite part about weddings is hanging with the girls 30 minutes before when everything is DONE, seeing the grooms face when the bride walks in, and the true celebration of love, friends and family that helped make it all possible

  14. avatar Amanda reply

    What I love about weddings is the different details and touches that every bride brings to the table! Every wedding we do at The Barn has a similar theme, but all the details vary in style and personality!

  15. avatar Katie reply

    I love the ability to showcase a couple’s personality. No 2 weddings are the same the way no 2 couples are the same! Weddings should be a showcase of a couple’s love.

  16. avatar megan reply

    one of my favorite things about weddings is the father’s toast. gets me every time!

  17. avatar Emily reply

    I LOVE all the pics from your events. I always with I could jump right on in! Your blog has given me SO much inspiration for my upcoming June wedding. Don’t know how I’d do it without you! :)


  18. avatar Meghan P. reply

    I love weddings for bringing families together to create a new family. The wedding itself is the celebration of two halves becoming whole, and in my opinion is the perfect springboard into a wonderful life full of love. I cannot think of anything better than being surrounded by so many people who all share the same love and support for you in your journey to find happiness and love. The greatest of these is truly love, and I am thrilled to start a wonderful life with the man I love with our families standing by our side.

  19. avatar Sandryte reply

    I really like the tears at the weddings! You can fake the smile, but you can never fake the feeling with happy tears! Like when the couple is entering the church it’s beautiful to see the eyes of the bride, of her parents. So emotional!!

  20. avatar Kristy reply

    I enjoy seeing the grooms reaction and the two families coming together.

  21. avatar Katie reply

    Love this! What’s NOT to love about weddings?!

  22. avatar Yasmin Sarai reply

    What I love about weddings is how it is a glimpse of what Heaven will be like… a joyful celebration, a delicious feast, and beauty and love all around!!

  23. avatar Parker reply

    I love the class and style of weddings! The color schemes, the small details, all of the thought that is put into the day make each one so classy and unique!

  24. avatar Cece reply

    I love the feeling of family. I think it’s one of the few times in a couple’s life when they are surrounded by all those they love the most…and that warm fuzzy feeling is contagious!!

  25. avatar Kristen reply

    I love stealing my couples away for a few minutes during their reception to take photos of them so in awe of each other. Intimate and romantic times are witnessed through my viewfinder!

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  27. avatar melanie reply

    what do I love about weddings? love, laughter, family, friends, joy, tears, details, dancing, vows from the heart that cause you to choke back tears, good food, fun music, memories made for a lifetime, and the start of a new life together for the bride and groom!

    what do I love about weddings? pretty much everything!! :)

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Y’all already learned in a previous Southern Delicacy column that I am a big fan of the big hair bow, but did you know that growing up I did competitive gymnastics, too? We traveled a lot around the Southeast for meets, and my mom always tried to build in fun stops along the way. One of the stops we made when in Atlanta was a very famous landmark restaurant: The Varsity!

For those of you not familiar with The Varsity, its downtown location is the world’s largest drive-in (or World’s Largest Drive-In, I suppose, since it does hold the official title!). Opened in 1928, it sits on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over eight hundred people inside. On Georgia Tech football gamedays, up to 30,000 people visit The Varsity. Holy cow!!

My favorite part of visiting was the vintage decor and nostalgic “What’ll ya have” greeting from servers. A visit to The Varsity will definitely send you back in time!

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Ready for a few numbers? Every day, The Varsity goes through two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies (peach and apple), and 300 gallons of made-from-scratch chili. The original owner, Frank Gordy, insisted on fresh ingredients, and three to six deliveries per day is still routine. According to The Varsity’s website, when asked what he did with leftovers, he responded: “We don’t have any.” Love that!

Something else fun involving numbers: The Varsity has always managed its extensive drive-in business by numbering cars and employing “car hops,” or “curb men.” These fellows sang and danced while reciting the menu (awesome!), and some even used their time at The Varsity to launch a career in Hollywood!

Finally, my favorite fact about The Varsity has to be that it has its own lingo. A few of my personal favorites: the Naked Dog (a plain hot dog in a bun), Walk a Dog (a hot dog to go) and the Mary Brown Steak (a plain hamburger without a bun). Take that, In-N-Out!

Tell me: Have you ever been to The Varsity? Ever considered serving their goodies at your wedding like our cute couple above? They do cater!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lauren Stone reply

    OMG! This is me and my now husband, Ryals. I would like to go on record and say that he was the one who initially suggested having a late night Varsity snack at our wedding and it was a huge hit! Check out Vue’s photo album on their website!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Hi Lauren! That is SO awesome! Y’all looked fabulous at your wedding! :)

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I really have to learn not to work on Southern Delicacy posts when I’m hungry, because boy does that Coke in a bottle and pimento cheese sandwich look DIVINE!

For those who aren’t familiar with the deliciousness of pimento cheese, it’s a simple Southern staple typically made of sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos and some simple seasoning, such as salt and/or pepper. Some folks like to get fancy and sub in or add onions, cream cheese, garlic or Monterey jack cheese. Works for me!

Aunt Sissy Si’s recipe for pimento cheese sandwiches via Design*Sponge (photos by William Brinson), pimento cheese sandwiches (photo by Horace & Gertrude via Southern Weddings)

According to this fun article on NPR by Wright Bryan (talk about a Southern name!), “Pimento cheese is so ingrained in the lives of many Southerners that we don’t realize our passion for the stuff doesn’t exist outside the region.” He wrote that perhaps the most “national” exposure for pimento cheese was its yearly appearance as a popular sandwich choice at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta. I think those green-jacket-wearing boys have the right idea! The yummy pimento cheese sandwich is traditionally served on cheap white bread. From a quick fix for children playing on a hot summer’s day to the after-church potlucks, pimento cheese has been firmly rooted in everyday Southern life for years and years.

Cracker spoons with creamy pimento cheese and spicy roasted bell pepper pimento cheese, both from Southern Living

Of course, like most Southern favorites, pimento cheese can be dressed up or dressed down. We love these creative presentations for a wedding cocktail hour!

Tupelo Honey’s pimento cheese – image by Margaret Houston for Garden & Gun

And how about this, y’all? Really love pimento cheese? We were tickled pink by the fact that you can actually join a pimento cheese of the month club. Seriously! It’s through Asheville’s famed Tupelo Honey Cafe, so you know it’s going to be delicious. Find out more here! If you’re not ready for a yearlong commitment yet, try your hand at their personal recipe, available here.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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