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After weeks and months of dreaming for us (and a few extra days… er, weeks… of waiting for you!), our new site has arrived! Isn’t she as pretty as a little red wagon full of speckled pups? We couldn’t be more enamored. Shall we take a little tour?

NEW HEADERS! Our new headers were designed by the very talented Brooke Forry of Curious & Company Creative. (The rest of our site design comes courtesy of the equally talented folks at Flosites!) We loved our old header, but because it was Flash, it made it tricky for our readers who read SW via an iPod or an iPhone… or any other fancy technological device. After seeing Brooke’s work in V3 (she illustrated the “Choose Your Own Southern Wedding” feature!), we knew she’d do a spectacular job with our header. And she did! Thank you, Brooke! We also have to give a shout-out to calligrapher Kathryn Murray, whose work graces our print editions and now, our site!

REAL WEDDING GALLERIES We’re still busy busy busy populating our real wedding galleries with our past wedding features, but we’re thrilled you can now search more easily by state and color. Access the galleries by clicking “Real Weddings” up in the top nav bar, or clicking here.

EDITORIAL FEATURES We know have a B-E-A-UTIFUL spot to house all our past and present editorial features! We love the new format and are thrilled to get to feature our print lovelies online, too! You can access the editorial galleries by clicking “Editorial” in the top nav bar, or by clicking here.

WEDDING RESOURCES Back by popular demand, our Wedding Resources Directory is also accessible by the top nav bar! If you’re holding a wedding in the South, we hope our vendor directory will be your first stop on the planning train. Have a suggestion for a photographer, baker, planner, or other wedding vendor you think deserves to be in our directory? Shoot Emily an email!

STREAMLINED NAVIGATION Vendors, all of our submission, advertising, and contact information, as well as frequently asked questions, can now be found in the drop-down tab under “Info” in the top nav bar.

HI, Y’ALL! This new tab in the nav bar is your one-stop shop for learning more about the SW ladies. See our photos, take a gander at a few of our favorite things, and maybe even find out a little bit about our dream weddings.

ENHANCED POSTS As you might have noticed, when you roll over images in the blog, you now have the option of saving, Facebooking, or tweeting each one. Try it out! You can also tweet an entire post, or like it on Facebook. In the real wedding and editorial galleries, you’ll notice extra information pops up when you scroll over images — think of it as the blog equivalent of our mini conversation blurbs in V3!

INDIVIDUAL BLOGS Lara, Katharine, and I are definitely individuals, and we definitely have three different perspectives on weddings. (And what constitutes a balanced diet, but let’s not go there!) Accordingly, we thought y’all might enjoy hearing from each of us individually. The real wedding and giveaway goodness will continue right here on the main blog, but we all also have fun ideas up our sleeves for our new mini, personalized blogs. Check them out — the links are in the sidebar, under “Sit a spell with us”! For your organizational pleasure, we’re also planning to publish a round-up of all the individual posts at the end of every week.

And that’s just about that! Before we quit taking up your time and let you go explore on your own, however, we HAVE to give a HUGE thank you to Ross, Alina, Dima, Jenny, and the entire team at Flosites. Seriously, ladies and gents, they are INSANE. Pretty much everything you see on this site is custom and made just for us. In addition, not only is it easy on the eyes, it’s easy for us, and, we hope, for you, to use! Ross, we love you forever!!!

We still have a few more tweaks to make, but there you have it! Have a question? Thrilled? See something that isn’t quite as it should be? Leave a comment below! We can’t WAIT to hear what y’all think!!!

GIVEAWAY We’re giving away a copies of the magazine as well as three wedding resource directory listings to readers and/or vendors who spread the word by tweeting, facebooking or blogging about our new site. Ends Tuesday at midnight! Just leave a comment below to tell us you did so!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Samantha reply

    The website is AMAZING! All of your hard work has definitely paid off!

  2. avatar Trevor Christensen reply

    This looks amazing! So good.

  3. avatar Kelly McWilliams reply

    It is wonderful! I love the changes. It’s pretty and organized and lovely and I might have to spend ALOT of time here.
    Congrats y’all!
    Here’s to another great BLOG!

  4. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    LOVE love love the new look ladies! I am so so so excited about the new design, and Brooke did a fab job!

  5. avatar Bob reply

    Hey Y’all…just came upon the mag a couple days ago doing some research and then promptly fell in love with Lara and the whole SW world/feel. i did enjoy the old site, but this one does rock upon first viewing. I have also clicked on many of your sponsors to learn more about them. Having spent time at WaterColor I can rave about them as much as you, great partners. Best of luck with all things moving forward.
    Cheers from a Southern Canadian,

  6. avatar Emily Scott reply

    Woo HOO. Gorgeous and wonderful, Just like you.

  7. avatar Tessa Woolf reply

    The new site and blog look fantastic! Love that you included a spot for all your gorgeous editorial features on the site. Congrats!

  8. avatar Eliana @ ellyB reply

    Love love love it all! Keep up the swoon worthy content!

  9. avatar brooke @ curious & company reply

    Thanks so much for the lovely shout-out! Y’all are such a fantastic bunch and an absolute delight to work with — the pleasure was all mine. Congrats on the beautiful new site and enjoy the success that continues to come with this big landmark in the Southern Weddings story!

  10. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    Wow, wow, wow! I’d seen a little in the media kit you sent me, but this is beyond wonderful! I already clicked in from my Reader just because I loved coming here, but now, I don’t want to close my windows and leave!

    Just one quick question – the feed for the SW blog doesn’t seem to be working? I don’t want to miss a thing!

    • avatar Southern Weddings reply

      Hi Kelly! We’re working on the feed right now so you won’t miss a beat. Thanks so much for letting us know!

  11. avatar Sally reply

    LOVE IT!!! Everything looks gorgeous – great update! :)

  12. avatar Kelly | Glamour This reply

    It’s beautiful. Congratz on the redesign. :)

  13. avatar Kerry Sorrell reply

    LOVE IT! I haven’t looked around the whole site yet, but my addiction to SWmag just got a lot worse! haha! Wonderful job ladies!

  14. avatar Emily Ley reply

    So unbelievably proud of you ladies! I know you put so much heart into this – and it SHOWS in every little corner! STUNNING. xoxo Emily

  15. avatar Jessica reply

    Everything looks wonderful! Congrats Lara, Emily, and Katharine, and Whitney!

  16. avatar Krista A. Jones reply

    This new site is fantastic! Really nice work!

  17. avatar Corinna Hoffman reply

    It’s very beautiful and charming!! Just like the ladies at SW :) Great stuff, guys!!

  18. avatar Lauren @ Every Last Detail reply

    Love love love the site!I just can’t get enough of it! :) Oh, and I tweeted about it! ;)

  19. avatar Helena @divine_events reply

    I LOVE the new site! Your hard work has paid off! I’m sending all of my brides here! I tweeted about the goodness and would love some extra issues of V3 or even better a little ad space. xoxo

  20. avatar Melissa Abeyta reply

    I think its fabulous!! Congrats! Also tweeted =)

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  22. avatar JESSICA@DOSSIE-A reply

    CRAZY about the new look and feel ~ so much so, that I tweeted about it repeatedly and put it on both my Fan Page and personal wall!! LOL
    Good job guys!

  23. avatar Raquel reply

    Congrats ladies! The new site is not only beautiful, but very comprehensive and well-organized. I really like the special touches, like the added feature of sharing via Facebook and/or Twitter. I’ll be sure to spread the word via twitter myself, and would absolutely L.O.V.E. to be listed in your directory. Cheers!

  24. avatar Lorretta Couvillier reply

    Sometimes I just think that people write and dont really have much to say. Not so here

  25. avatar Kiki @ My Big Small Wedding reply

    Congratulations guys on the new blogite. It looks incredible! Can’t wait to read all the fun new things you’ll add on here :)

  26. avatar Moya reply

    Is there a kitchen left? You all REALLY did some cooking and I love it! :) The site is beautiful and comprehensive!! Congrats ladies! And I tweeted too!

  27. avatar Moya Minns reply

    Wow! Is there a kitchen left??!!? You all REALLY did some cookin’!!! The site is beautiful and I love the layout! Congrats ladies! I tweeted as well. :-)

  28. avatar Marletha reply

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

    1. I love the the customized Twitter & Facebook logos!
    2. I am so in love with the Southern Phrase of the Day! The southern phrases always make me smile. My two favorites are “May your tea always be sweet” and “gooder than grits”.
    3. I love Emily’s bio! It is too cute!!

    I love just about everything on this new and improved site! Congratulations ladies! I wish y’all nothing but happiness and success! May your tea always be sweet!

  29. avatar Erin McBrier reply

    Just spread the word to our followers about the new site – really great job, you guys!

  30. avatar Laura Burke reply

    You three continue to amaze me. Love the new site. And would LOVE to be apart of the fun! xoxo

  31. avatar Laura Burke reply

    ps…it has been easy to spread the Love all over twitter and facebook!

  32. avatar Amber Moon reply

    Love it! Love you! Beautiful work! Congrats!!! I’ve been screaming about your launch from the Hollywood Hills – oh and on twitter too!


  33. avatar Amber Moon reply

    Love this! Love y’all! Love SWMag! My goodness! This site is the most beautiful ever! And if you haven’t heard me screaming about it from the Hollywood Hills – then I tweeted too! Sure did! Congrats!


  34. avatar K L reply

    So much easier to navigate!!!! Thanks for the re-do!

  35. avatar Saadia Me*Chel reply

    I’ve been tweeting you guys’ editorial images the last couple of days. I also just tweeted to my followers that they NEED to check you guys out! Love the design and feel of the new site. Very user friendly and of course, as a photographer, I love the way you guys display images on the site. Great job ladies! You should be so happy!

  36. avatar V3 Feature :: South Carolina Cool « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Whew! We hope y’all had a fabulous weekend of poking around the new site. We don’t want to inundate you with even more posts when you already have so much exploring to do (though we have SO much to share!), so today, we’re just going to introduce you to one of the editorial galleries. It’s the one for 1/3 of our “Southern by Design” feature from V3, a photoshoot dreamed up by Emily and Joy at Once Wed. I thought Joy’s imagining of old engine parts as palmetto fronds was a particularly genius starting point for the design, and everything else seemed to fall into place after that. Head to the gallery to see all the details, but not before thanking Jen Curtis for the lovely images! P.S. Still confused about the new site features? Make sure to read this post! […]

  37. avatar Ellie reply

    Love it!!! Tweeted it, FB’d it, yipppppppppeee, I can even access it at work, WHOOHOO

  38. avatar Gina Leigh reply

    love, love, love the new site! y’all are amazing…congrats on a fabulous launch!

  39. avatar Gina Leigh reply

    P.S. I tweeted you!!

  40. avatar Kristin @ Kristin Goode Photography reply

    Be still my heart! I had heard rumors of this blog and am SO glad I have found you. And at the unveiling of your new blog no less. Thank you for celebrating all the little (and not so little things) that make a Southern wedding so wonderful. Thank you too for showcasing such gorgeous photography. I especially love the Southern Honeymoon editorial piece in Asheville. I must meet you fabulous ladies the next time I visit my alma mater. Best of luck on this new season of SW mag! I’ve posted the news on my facebook page.

  41. avatar Matt Keo reply

    How could I not spread the word tweet this! Absolutely love it! Tweeted and RT again and again.

  42. avatar Jenny Khachaturian reply

    You’ve made such a lovely, gorgeous website that I can’t stop looking at it. Each time I explore it, I find a beautiful new feature. I’m going to have to put myself on a time limit just so I can get some work done! I tweeted about it so all my twitter friends can share in the loveliness! Can’t wait to keep exploring!

  43. avatar Kelly Cummings :: Spindle Photography reply

    Tweeted and blogged! Congrats on the awesome new site, I looove the colors and the gorgeous heading!

  44. avatar Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

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  45. avatar Victoria C reply

    Hey I love the new site but I’m having a lot of trouble subscribing to it. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong? The subscribe link keeps leading me to an error. Also I can’t read the comments.

  46. avatar Coretta reply

    The new site is A-MAZING!! Great job ladies!! I’m sharing the news.

  47. avatar Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] personal blogs for Lara, Emily and Katharine! If you need a new SW orientation, you can check out this post…or keep reading this one because we’ll be rounding up the highlights of this week! Lara […]

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Ceara and Nate’s wedding continued in beautiful style under a gorgeous tent set on her family’s land. More than the lovely details, though, there’s something that sticks with me about this wedding. From Ceara: “The whole weekend is etched in our minds as a profound celebration of life and love and family. Two weeks before the wedding, my father was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. He decided not to tell anyone outside the family before the wedding, but we all had a heightened awareness throughout the weekend that this was time out of time. And it was. My father was his exuberant self and seized the opportunity to celebrate his family and friends on land that had always been sacred to him. We are all so grateful to have the incredible photos and film of him in his element.” That, my friends, is what weddings are all about — celebrating family, life, and love. Big thanks to Christian Oth Studio for sharing this beauty with us.

The weather on our wedding day was: Beautiful, but major storms were predicted for Friday night. Our rehearsal dinner was to be outside by our pond and we had tent coverage for dinner but not cocktails. At the last minute my planner, Jung, found some tents for the cocktail area, but I made her take them down as soon as they were up – they were filthy and ruined the beautiful view! Practicalities weren’t first and foremost in my mind. Heavy winds and a purple sky portended massive storms and Jung thought I was crazy, but obliged. Much to her relief and my delight the clouds cleared just as guests arrived and it turned into a perfect evening.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: On Friday night as we gathered by our pond for drinks a baby alligator joined us, sunning himself on the bank below. During the ceremony on Saturday an eagle flew overhead as we exchanged vows. Obviously these weren’t details we had any hand in arranging, but they added to our sense that we were marrying at the right time in the right place.
Funniest moment? In retrospect it is pretty funny, and somewhat surprisingly at the time we thought so too—the ceremony began at the exact late afternoon moment the gnats descended. I had just assumed spraying would be enough, but all of our local guests could time the insects’ arrival to the minute. Throughout the ceremony Nate and I gripped hands so that we wouldn’t scratch, but our many flower girls, ring bearers, and most members of the wedding party couldn’t keep still. If you look closely at the photos, there is a halo of gnats around all of our heads. I don’t think everyone thought it was so funny—some of our guests looked like they had the chicken pox for weeks! Luckily they all said the experience was well worth the scars.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Without a doubt, logistics. The first hurdle was planning the wedding from New York during my first year of law school, but we were both happy to use the wedding as an excuse to head down to Charleston on the odd weekend. Then there was the problem of hosting 200+ people on our rural land, where the only space open enough to fit a tent was a remote field once used to land airplanes. I have to credit Jung and Josh, our wedding planners, with pulling it off—they figured out a way to bus everyone in, throw up a tent, cook dinner for 225 guests and power a 10-piece band in a field in the middle of nowhere!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There is not just one moment — the whole weekend is etched in our minds as a profound celebration of life and love and family. Two weeks before the wedding my father was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. He decided not to tell anyone outside the family before the wedding, but we all had a heightened awareness throughout the weekend that this was time out of time. And it was. My father was his exuberant self and seized the opportunity to celebrate his family and friends on land that had always been sacred to him. We are all so grateful to have the incredible photos and film of him in his element.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Natural, irreverent, magical.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are expecting a baby boy in July, leaving me just enough time to graduate from law school in May!

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar stefanie reply

    Can you please help me find the bolero that Ceara is wearing in her wedding? I would like to treat my daughter-in-law to be…

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This wedding was captured by Shawn Connell of Christian Oth Studio and planned by fete, who also did the decor and flowers. Take a look at the stunning Valentino gown that Ceara wore — I love the detailing on the sleeves! Those who liked the yellow bridesmaid dresses will be happy to know they are from the Jenny Yoo collection.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met as freshmen in college but did not start dating until our junior year. A few friends of mine were joining me at my family’s property south of Charleston for spring break, which also happens to be turkey season. I always knew Nate would love our place, as he grew up in northern Minnesota and was already an avid fisherman and hunter. I coyly mentioned my spring break plans to him one night and happily he invited himself before I had to. He was the first to arrive and within 24 hours he had bonded with my father, a fellow hockey defenseman, and crashed our Suburban. A few days later he got his first turkey and before the end of the week we were together.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? We immediately wanted the wedding weekend to be about the location – the marshy wetlands and diverse bird life of our land and the spirit of the house, which my late grandmother had decorated in sunny yellows and oranges. These inspirations were drawn upon to create a natural, elegant and light-hearted atmosphere. The paper products set the tone, all incorporating birds and the color yellow in some way—the invitation was the most formal, designed to open like an old-fashioned hand-written note. The ceremony was outside in a huge field dotted with hay bales (we found square ones for the guests to sit on). Mozart’s Magic Flute then greeted us in the dinner tent, which had a maze of long green silk-draped tables with silver candelabras and a peacock feather on each plate. After dinner everything shifted to the other side of the tent, which had a Moroccan feel—large elephant palms, mercury balls clustered above the dance floor and lots of cozy chaises.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I tried on dozens of gowns. When I first saw my dress on the rack I thought it was crazy—an explosion of lace and silk flowers. My fashion-forward little sister insisted I try it on and the moment I did I was in love, but worried it was not the easiest gown to wear. Over time I began to have visions of the beautiful lace train with its big, silk flowers against the grass of the field we would be married in. In the end there was no question that it was the dress.
Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted all of the wedding flowers to be natural and organic, like they had been plucked that morning and (skillfully!) thrown together. Jung and her team at Fete captured my vision perfectly and pushed it in new directions, suggesting sunflowers for the ceremony and bridesmaids’ bouquets to pick up the yellow of their dresses. For the dinner tent we sought a gracious, old-world feel, and the predominantly white arrangements worked beautifully.

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar stefanie reply

    Could some one please let me know more information on the bolero…My son is getting married in November and I would love to treat my daughter-in-law to be to this beautiful accessory!

  2. avatar Victoria reply

    What are the names of the flowers used in the bridesmaids bouquets, besides the sunflowers!? Please!

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