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As we’ve been putting together our upcoming print edition that debuts on 11/12/13 (how about that for a release date!?), I’ve been thinking so much about why I love the South and asking myself, “what is it that makes it so magical here?”

Photographed by Jose Villa. This stunning image also graced the back cover of V4!

There is a certain something about the South that makes me slow down and focus on what matters most — celebrating family and love. That certain something is different for everyone, and that’s what makes the South so sweet to me. Whether you’re a Southern transplant or born and bred deep in the heart of Dixie, your South has a story. I’d love to hear from you today what makes your South so wonderful.

Photographed by Faith Teasley for V5.

My South is rich with farmer’s markets and friends that stop to chat on front porches. I love driving home and seeing cows, chickens (especially chickens – y’all know I love our fine feathered friends!) and goats happily grazing on the green landscape. I love the smell of tomato leaves in my garden and the sound of roosters crowing in the distance. I love how I am welcomed into homes of people I just met for a long conversation and a glass of cold sweet tea, as if we’ve been friends forever. I love the magnolia trees, monograms, biscuits, banjos and the plethora of Southern summer blooms that make our days so colorful. You should see the crepe myrtles right now! I love how all of these things (and too many more to name) melt the stresses of life and remind me to slow down and live intentionally. The magic of the South keeps me on the right path.

Photographed for V5 by Joey and Jessica. See the full editorial here.

I love all of this thanks to many generations before me. There is a rich meaning to even the simplest things. As I wrote about in our latest print edition, I love the smell of tomato leaves thanks to my Grampa Cecil, who was born in Excel, Alabama, and would spend many a long afternoon telling me about what Heaven was going to be like as he tended his Early Girls. My love for chickens hatched from a science project in fourth grade where we incubated eggs. We fell in love with our Bantams and my mama has had chickens ever since. My love for flowers and gardening sprouted from my Grandma Celeste, who was a florist in her early years in Birmingham, Alabama. She passed her love of gardening on to my mama who passed it to me. I love the sign in her garden that reads, “God lives in every garden. He loves each growing thing. Forget your ills, get out and dig and sing!”

Photograph by Eric Kelley. More from this amazing shoot here.

I love Southern weddings because a wedding is the perfect opportunity to honor your own special history, heritage, love story and even your grandmother’s prized pie recipe. My perfect Southern wedding would definitely include chickens : )

Photograph by Virgil Bunao.

GIVEAWAY! What do you love about the South? What’s your story? How are you celebrating this magical place we call home in your wedding? Or how did you celebrate with a Southern spirit? I’d love to hear from you! One lucky commenter (chosen randomly) will win one of my favorite prints from our shop that I have in my own kitchen, our South print.

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Brittany Sweat reply

    There are soo many things I love about the South but if I had to choose one thing it would probably be the sweet people! I haven’t been too many places but when I have visited other states people are as quick to say hello or even give you a smile. I try to be intentional in opening the doors for people and just smiling at people. I love being greeted the same way around the south! You can pop in any little country store and they treat you like family! I love that about the South :D

  2. avatar Hillary Mantha reply

    I love the South for the delicious food, the kind people and the strong sense of tradition.

  3. avatar Jessa R. reply

    I’ve never lived in the South (born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA) but we spent every summer growing up on Kiawah Island for a week. There is nothing like melting mint chocolate chip and catching the sunshine as it streams through moss-covered branches. The sense of peace that pervades on a southern afternoon – it stretches on and on – is a memory that will remain with me always!

  4. avatar Linden reply

    Friendliness, state pride, sunsets, biscuits, monograms, and lakes! Love the south!!

  5. avatar Leigh Pearce reply

    I love so many things about the South. Biscuits and sweet tea, monograms and pearls, college football and mason jars. But what I love most about the South isn’t a thing… It’s the feeling of hospitality and home that you get no matter what state or area you are visiting. People hold doors open for you, folks wave as you pass by, and fruit stands are open on the honor system. I don’t ever want to live anywhere else.

  6. avatar Kristy reply

    I love the music, the food, and the South is where my family is :)

  7. avatar Autumn Lee reply

    I love everything about the south. I am from Texas and moved to Colorado 3 years ago and every day my heart aches to return home. The people are friendlier, the food is way better and they have sweet tea no matter where you go! We had our wedding 2 years ago and our theme was “Front Porch Texas”…basically anything you would find on a front porch back home-whiskey barrels, crates, boots, flowers, wagon wheels, stars, horseshoes etc. We even had flowers in BlueBell Icecream tubs on the tables! There is no place like home!

  8. avatar Mary-Kate McClure reply

    The South is my home and something about home makes my heart filled with joy and warmth! I got married this April and the outpouring of love we were shown absolutely overwhelms my heart. Our loved ones from all over the South gathered around my husband and myself with such generosity, kindness and wisdom! I can not imagine calling anywhere else home!

  9. avatar Tiffany reply

    The South was the place where I first discovered the gloriousness that is red velvet cake! To honor that love, I hope to have red velvet cupcakes at my reception.

  10. avatar Stephanie reply

    I love so much about the south, it is hard to narrow it down! What I love most is how close knit the communities are. I grew up with a large family close by, friends that had known us for years, devoted church friends, and teachers at school that knew my family and had taught a lot of us already! I couldn’t imagine having grown up anywhere but my small town and being surrounded by those people. I hope that my children will have those same blessings!

  11. avatar Peyton reply

    I love the South because I can find every member of my family in Georgia, the Carolina’s, and Louisiana. I love it for it’s jam, cheese grits, and home-grown fried green tomatoes. I love it because it’s where my grandmother taught me how to shag in her kitchen while pecan pie baked in the oven. I love being able to monogram everything I own without anyone looking twice. I love oak trees and Spanish moss and hydrangea-filled summers. I love my sweet neighbors, and the sweet accents that can be heard anywhere below the Mason-Dixon Line. I love the South because it’s my home, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

  12. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the South because of our amazing Southern Hospitality and the sense of community!

  13. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the South for so many reasons it’s hard to name just one! I love the true Southern Hospitality that is unmatched anywhere else, the undeniable passion for College Football (War Eagle, y’all!) the food (sweet tea and cheese grits are my fav!) and the importance of family. Couldn’t live anywhere else!

  14. avatar Rae reply

    Not married yet and now I’m back up North but my dream wedding would take place under a magnolia tree and the dinner would include fried chicken, Mac & cheese, buttermilk biscuits and lots of sweet tea

  15. avatar Laura reply

    For knowing that you’re never too busy to sit on the front porch visiting with friends, for taking Sunday afternoon drives down back roads with the windows rolled down so you can smell the honeysuckle, and for knowing that your Grandma’s recipe book is worth its weight in gold. I love the South because I am constantly reminded that these simple things are my richest treasures.

  16. avatar Lorel reply

    My family is from the Midwest, but my soon to be hubby is from Covington, KY. I adore his accent and the gentlemanly way he has about him.

  17. avatar Dana reply

    There’s just too much to love down here, but the South excels when it comes to food! The happiest place I can be is on a porch with delicious bbq, biscuits galore, a large glass of sweet tea, and chocolate pecan pie for dessert!

  18. avatar Shelby reply

    The South is home to many, but it means so much more than a house to live in or a town to work, shop, & play in. This place is our family. Whether its your neighbors lending a hand, a peach cobbler to fill your belly, a family tradition that warms your soul, or even the yearly magnolia blooms filling your heart with joy, home in the South is everything.

  19. avatar Samantha reply

    What DON’T I love about the South?? Were celebrating the south through many aspects of our wedding, from the sweet tea station with many flavors of sweet tea (though who could pass up the plain ol’ taste of the original?!), the pie bar, the giant oak that we will be wed under, the magnolias in my bouquet that signify everything about home to me and my fiancé, and plethora of family that will attend and those that have already supported us by baking and crafting!!! Everything we love about the south is only magnified when you’re with family! The tea is sweeter, the flowers fresher! :)

  20. avatar gaji reply

    I love the southern hospitality, warm weather, and beautiful wedding venues.

  21. avatar Katie reply

    What perfect timing for this question! As a recent college grad, I left Virginia after 22 years to move to upstate New York-and my, are things different here! Born and raised in Virginia, my heart belongs in the South, and I am so thankful to have spent my life growing up there. As I have settled into New York, I have day dreams of front porches, more monograms and a familiar farmers market. People look at me like I have two heads when I order sweet tea. I love that I stick out like a sore thumb here, people always notice that I’m not from here, and I beam knowing that I can thank the South for that. I love the sound that ‘y’all’ makes paired with a friendly warm smile, and the comfort that it brings. I love the South for our tradition, and hospitality, for the heat that goes on for days and days. A true Southern spirit is strong, determined, and brave; and I’m thankful for my time away from the South to reflect on all it has taught me! I’m not married yet, but my dream wedding will be covered in Southern goodness. Complete with traditional readings, a huge bridal party,plenty of cold drinks, home-cooked food, monograms and lots of love to go around! The South will always be home=)

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Unlike their fancier counterpart, the cake, pies hold all the sweetness of classic desserts but with the added bonus of nostalgia and memories. There’s something about our mama’s pie recipe, those vibrant fillings and that carefully laid crust that evokes more than just a tummy growl. The wedding pie may be humble, but it holds the best parts of the family tree that marks weddings with meaning.

We couldn’t think of anyone better than Joey and Jessica to capture the feast we were dreaming up. With dozens of pies from my favorite pie shop, PieBird and china from Replacements reminiscent of our family heirlooms, we were ready to capture the South’s favorite flavors.

Y’all, we just have to tell you — your screen cannot do these horizontal shots justice. Get a copy of the magazine to see just why we made them cover a full two pages. A hint? You’ll also get to read the the “Love Pie” poem that our own Emily hand lettered below, written by a childhood friend of Lara’s.

We just love the idea of using these monogrammed hankies from Bumblebee Linens as a way to mark seating and demonstrate some Southern hospitality. Tucked under each plate and accompanied by a stamped fork from Silverware Creations with each guests’ name, we were ready to feast!

Oh my. How gorgeous is the crust detailing on these pies?

We had a blast pairing each pie flavor with china that represented the pie’s “personality.” The key lime pair ranks among our favorites.

When it came to Texas, there was only one thing to do. We asked Elizabeth at Hardink Calligraphy to hand letter a plate with lyrics from a song close to every Texan’s heart. The little star cutouts as the crust only made this Texas two-step pie even cuter!

Rah, rah, Carolina! We adore the collegiate preppiness of this Carolina blue plate with its decadent dessert.

This Southern classic just kills me! We were so enamored with the sugary pecans, deep colors and beautiful details of this pie that we had to close the feature with a full page shot of it.

Don’t forget to get your copy right here. Just be warned: when you come across this feature in print, you’ll want to dig your fork right into the pages.

Now that y’all have seen our full bounty of pies, how about spreading some love with a giveaway? We’re thrilled to give some of our props from this shoot a new home, including rings from Mary John, bracelets from Georgie Jewelry and Alexis K Jewels, an adorable dipped cake server set that reads “Your love is sweet as a peach” from Jagged Edge Designs and the cute mini cake stand trio from Aedriel Originals!

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite pie is and which of these items you’d love to win.

Win: Five people will win the item of their choosing!

Good luck y’all!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Audrey reply

    I absolutely love the key lime pie! Being a born and raised Florida girl, key lime pie is a staple in my mama’s home!
    I’m getting married May 11th, 2013 and would love to adorn my wrist with the pearl bracelet by Georgie Jewelry.

  2. avatar Ashley reply

    This shoot has me craving pie in any form! Good thing Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Those mini cake stands are cute as a button! Would love to have those to celebrate my baby girl’s first birthday next year.

  3. avatar Brittany reply

    Pecan Pie will always be my favorite because I remember picking pecans at my grandmother’s house as a little girl and making the best pies you could ever imagine!

  4. avatar Mariel reply

    I love the Key Lime Pie…that plate is GORGEOUS! Love the styling of the WHOLE shoot!!

    I would love to win the engraved servers!

  5. avatar Laura reply

    I would love any of these, but the Georgie bracelets are lovely!

  6. avatar Liz Rotz reply

    I think key lime is one of the yummiest pies around! And I’m dying over that infinity sign bracelet! Love y’all! -Liz

  7. avatar Jen reply

    Peh-Kahn or Pee-Can Pie is my favorite southern pie! ;) I baked two last night trying to get a jump start on my Thanksgiving prepping. What better way to serve pecan pie slices than with the cute and colorful engraved pie server?! Happy Thanksgiving SW ladies!!

  8. avatar Courtney Cross reply

    Key lime pie is always my favorite! I would love to win any of the items really! I do love the two bracelets!

  9. avatar Jessica Clinch reply

    I have to admit, apple pie will forever hold a place in my heart as my all-time favorite pie. But, from the pies featured above I would undoubtedly choose the strawberry rhubarb pie. It’s my mom’s favorite pie and will forever remind me of her and of home. I’d love to win that adorable mini cake stand trio! They would be a fabulous addition to any dessert table.

  10. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Oh my stars! I LOVE the Tarheel Pie… because it’s chocolate, of course! Chocolate is most definitely the way to this girl’s heart. The mini cake stand trio would be perfect at our August 2013 wedding since we’re planning on doing an array of mini-desserts sure to delight all of our guest’s tastebuds.

  11. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I love the bracelets by Alexis K! And my favorite pie is strawberry rhubarb.

  12. avatar Liz reply

    My all time fave pie is the PECAN PIE!!! I’m obsessed…seriously! I would love to win the engraved server set! It’s exactly what I need. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m a lucky winner :)

  13. avatar Sarah H. reply

    I love Strawberry Rhubarb pie. It is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. I would love to win anything on this page, but if I had to pick just one it would be the lovely engraved serving set.

  14. avatar Jan reply

    My favorite pie is banana cream. All the prizes look amazing…my favorite would have to be the mini cake stand trio.

  15. avatar Meghan P. reply

    My absolutely favorite pie from above is the Coconut Cream Pie! My grandmother used to make them for me during southern summers I would spend at her house in Virginia. I have such wonderful memories from those summers, and especially of that delicious homemade pie! I would be thrilled to win the Engraved Server Set! I am engaged and would love to start by building my collection with that so I could serve any of those amazing pies! Nothing is as southern as a fresh pie enjoyed by family and friends.

  16. avatar Laura reply

    It was actually really hard for me to pick a favorite. But I’m going to have to say that my favorite is the Texas Two Step and I’m not even from Texas :) but I love the calligraphy on the plate! And I would love to win the bracelets from Alexis K jewels.

  17. avatar Jennifer reply

    I love Blackberry Pie. It reminds me of picking blackberrys with my family in the woods when I was little. I’d love to win the Engraved Server. It would be perfect for my upcoming wedding!

  18. avatar Liz M reply

    Strawberry pie, a recently discovered favorite! I would love to win any of the items, but the Alex K Jewels bracelets are my favorite.

  19. avatar Meredith Maher reply

    I couldn’t help eating a very delicious piece of chocolate chess pie while slowly flipping through every page of the new issue. Receiving it in the mail today made a horrible, terrible, no good very bad day – amazing! I have so been looking forward to looking through it!

  20. avatar Michelle reply

    Being raised in SC, I’m a Pecan Pie kinda girl :).

    And I’d love to have one of the rings by Mary John. So sweet!


  21. avatar Kristy reply

    Why Texas Two Step of course :) love the rings by Mary John!!!

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  23. avatar Amanda reply

    My favorite pie is apple pie!! There is nothing better than my aunt’s homemade apple pie! My favorite item is the engraved server set!

  24. avatar Laura F reply

    Nothing beats a Georgia peach pie – although that Key Lime looks like a close second! And what could be better than eating pie with those gorgeous Alexis K bracelets on your wrist?

  25. avatar megan reply

    i think the pearl bracelet is so sweet and i LOVE banana cream pie!!

  26. avatar Gabi reply

    I love all the items! But my fav is the engraved serving set!

  27. avatar Marisa reply

    The pearl bracelets are amazing! Love!

  28. avatar Anna ( reply

    These all look beyond delicious- Definitely worth getting my hands on a copy of V5 for this shoot!

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  30. avatar Sandryte reply

    I like sweet and sour desserts, so Key Lime pie is my favourite! Along with bracelets by Alexis K Jewels :) Thank you! What a great photoshoot – I got lot’s of ideas how to shoot food!

  31. avatar Roman reply

    The pies all look so delicious! My favorite would have to be the Key Lime Pie and I would chose the engraved serving set.

  32. avatar Christy Ann reply

    The Tar Heel Pie looks amazing, and I want to win the rings!!

  33. avatar Ashley Elaine reply

    My favorite is sweet potato pie & since I am a Tar Heel love the idea of that pie & love the plate it is served on. I like the engraved server.

  34. avatar Taylor J reply

    PIE!!!!!!! Why, my beau and I love pie so much, we’re having a pie bar at the reception! Our favorite pie is the classic southern pea-can pie. And I do have to say, we love the engraved server set by jagged edge!

  35. avatar Lindsey reply

    My favorite pie is Key Lime Pie! Love the rings by Mary John!

  36. avatar amanda reply

    OH my! I’d have to say my favorite pie is actually the tomato pie!!! My friend makes it every summer and I absolutely love it! There’s also nothing finer than going to the farmers market in the summer and getting tomatoes that have never been put into the fridge to use in your tomato pie. MMmmm! I also think those adorable mini cake stands are amazing! I’d love to utilize those in my home!

  37. avatar Natalie reply

    Could you put some of the china patterns up? I LOVE the pattern that is displaying the delicious looking pecan pie. I also really liked the delicate gold pattern, any idea of where I could find them?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Natalie! Thank you so much! And YES, we are working on adding the china patterns and should have them up by tomorrow!

  38. avatar Taylor reply

    Pecan pie is without a doubt the best pie ever! I’d love to win any of the rings by Mary John – I love the way they look stacked!

  39. avatar Abby reply

    The Tar Heel Pie looks so scrumptious I could die! I’d love to win any of them, but the pie stands are too cute.

  40. avatar Marisa reply

    The Blackberry Pie looks wonderful! I would love one of the Georgie Peal Bracelets in gold, it’s gorgeous!

  41. avatar Katie reply

    Pecan pie and butterscotch pie! One time I dragged my friend all up and down bourbon street around midnight, searching for some pecan pie. I sure wish I could win a plate with that beautiful calligraphy, but those rings are equally gorgeous.

  42. avatar LaShanda reply

    I love pumpkin pie. I would get the pearl bracelet as a gift for my flower girl. Thanks!

  43. avatar Amber Sloop reply

    My favorite pie is the Tar Heel Pie, I love anything chocolate. I would like to win the mini cake stands they are so cute.

  44. avatar jade reply

    I’d love, love, love to win the rings- beautiful! and my favorite pie is actually Key Lime- growing up in Florida we ate it at Thanksgiving over pumpkin!

  45. avatar Marybeth Whalen reply

    My favorite pie is Tarheel Pie, a pecan/chocolate combo that graces our holiday tables every year. As for which item I’d love to win, well all of it of of course! Between my niece who is getting married and my own daughters I know I’d find welcome homes or each item!

  46. avatar susie flores reply

    Pecan pie is my favorite!!
    I’d love to win the engraved server <3

  47. avatar Kelly E. reply

    I love the pearl bracelets or the engraved server set. My favorite pie is PECAN for sure! I was just in Texas, visiting my folks, and we found a gazillion pecan trees, and were able to pick up fresh pecans from the ground. BEST.THING.EVER!! In fact, I have a bag full of pecans just waiting to be cracked and put in a pie. YUM! Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. avatar Caron reply

    Favorite Pie: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust. I would love to win the rings for my nieces.

  49. avatar Jillian Wist reply

    My favorite pie is the Pecan Pie because my fiance’s family are pecan farmers! I would love love love to win the braclets by Alexis K Jewels!

  50. avatar Jennifer C reply

    My favorite pie is Derby pie. I would love to win the engraved server set!

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