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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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We Want You in Southern Weddings V7!

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Friends! We are SO close to sending our next issue to print, but before we do, we need some help from our sweet married readers with one of our favorite upcoming features!

Love this photo of Clark and Caroline Brewer from their Southern Newlywed post!

We would love to hear your answer to this question: what is your favorite thing about being married? Please feel free to elaborate and get creative!

Comment below and tell us by Friday! We’ll sprinkle our favorite answers throughout the next issue, so please only comment if it’s okay for us to include your quote, plus your first name, last initial, and hometown in print. We’d love to have you join us!

P.S. Have you preordered your copy of V7 yet? If not, you can do so here!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Ashley Hirst reply

    The best thing about being married is having your best friend always by your side. I love seeing his smiling face everyday after work, it makes going home so much better!
    Ashley H, Orlando, FL

  2. avatar Mary V. reply

    I think my comment got eaten so I’m trying again!

    My husband and I dated long distance for almost 5 years before we got married 2 years ago so my favorite thing about being married is all the time we get to spend together now! Since most of our dating was spent rushing around weekends trying to fit a month’s worth of activities into two days, we now look forward to any weekend that has zero plans and use that time to create a blanket nest on the couch.

  3. avatar Jillian reply

    My favorite thing about being married is having a partner, to help you, hug you and be there for you whenever you need it. My second favorite, a close runner up, is a having a lifelong sleepover with your favorite person.

    Jillian S. Beltsville, MD

  4. avatar Maggie Hickman reply

    The absolute best thing about being married is having an accountability partner in my walk with Jesus Christ. My husband keeps me grounded, and helps me to remember to always keep God first in every aspect of life. He’s also pretty cute to look at!

  5. avatar Whitney M reply

    Knowing that I always have someone in my corner & on my side (: No matter if my hair is a mess or I completely burn a casserole, he’s right there waiting with a hug & kiss. He truly embodies what “extending grace” means, & it’s one of my favorite things about having a husband!

  6. avatar Lauren P reply

    It’s been surprisingly fun to have the same last name. Newly monogrammed things aside :).. When you’re dating you don’t think how it will feel for people to refer to you as mrs-his-name. There’s something about it that feels so fun and special and permanent, connecting you to generations before you and beginning your own little family of two.

  7. avatar Amy Salo reply

    My favorite part of marriage is getting to start and end each day with my best friend. It’s the fact that his home is my home, too.

  8. avatar Lauren P reply

    I was surprised by how much I love sharing a last name. There’s something so sweet and special about being Mrs-his-name. You feel connected to generations before and that somehow it makes your little family of two official.

  9. avatar Lesley Tapley reply

    The best part about being married is having a partner to experience every walk of life with; the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

  10. avatar Melissa P. reply

    My favorite thing about being married is having someone who makes me want to be the best version of myself. Even after almost 9 years, he still constantly encourages me to be successful, loves me like I’m the most deserving person in the world- even when most times I feel far from deserving.

  11. avatar Lacey Rabalais reply

    There’s so many things I love about being married. Besides having someone to take out the trash and kill bugs, it’s wonderful to have a partner in life. Someone to enjoy the big moments along with the little ones. Someone to cheer you on and lift you up. Someone to keep you in check when you’re getting a little crazy. Someone to just truly love you and for you to love back.

  12. avatar Juliana Spivey reply

    I am the luckiest girl in the world simply because I got to marry the man of my dreams. As I’ve grown older, I have had many goals + aspirations added to my “bucket list”, but now I realize that my husband, Clayton, entirely encompasses it. He is my bucket list. He is my glass half-full, if not overflowing, and he makes me a better person because of that. He makes me laugh, he comforts me when I cry, he takes my breath away, & still makes my heart skip a beat. He captured my heart and I gladly threw away the key, and I am beyond blessed to have gained a partner who will walk with me by my side, hand in hand, to wherever our journey leads us.

  13. avatar Meredith Shanks reply

    My favorite thing about married is doing life with my best friend. Whether it’s praying before we go to sleep or making chocolate chip pancakes on a Saturday morning, I love making memories with him.

  14. avatar Jennifer M reply

    My favorite things about being married are Friday date nights, daily runs outside…even though I get passed because I’m much slower ;), traveling to new and exciting places, long chats over coffee on Saturday mornings, nighttime snuggles and best of all…knowing my husband and I are living “OUR” dream together!!

  15. avatar Bryson Kessler reply

    I met my husband in college. My mother passed away the year prior to breast cancer. I knew, when I met my husband, that he was the one – instantly. He felt the same thing. Because I was still dealing with the loss of my mother, I was not emotionally ready for the relationship. I moved to a different college and we both moved forward with our lives. After 15 years and failed marriages, we were randomly reunited. We have now been married for three years. My favorite part of my marriage is knowing each day that, although the path has been broken and painful, by grace, I was given a second chance to walk through my crazy, joyful, flawed and completely beautiful life with my best friend and love of my life!

  16. avatar Jamie Leakey reply

    My favorite thing about marriage is creating and establishing family traditions with my husband! I live for sweet memories and it has been so much fun to share them with my best friend!

  17. avatar Stacy W. reply

    To put it simply, I get to see my favorite person in the entire world every single day. What’s better than that?

  18. avatar Leanne Woodward reply

    My favorite part of being married is continuously learning from each other and growing with each other. We each have our own passions, but are always willing to share those interests with each other. My husband taught me to fish, golf and shoot; I shared my passion for running, yoga and cooking. We love the opportunity to engage in these interests with each other!

  19. avatar Tanya P reply

    There are so many! But my favorite part is falling asleep wrapped in each other’s arms and waking up to sweet, good morning kisses. We’ve been married for 5 years now, and it’s still something we look forward to all day and can’t wait to get home for!

  20. avatar Mandy Volpe reply

    My favorite thing about being married is that he knows me better than I know myself and shows that to me with little gestures of surprises. That moment when he comes home from work with a lemonade in hand because he knows I had a rough day is truly the sweet spot of marriage!

  21. avatar Laura Kittrell reply

    The best thing about being married is never having to say goodbye at the end of the night! I remember hating that when we were dating, and now we don’t have to! I love doing life with my very best friend. He see’s me at my best and worst, and I love that at the end of a hard day or argument he will lean over and say, “You know there is no one that I would rather do this with….right?” For better or worse.

  22. avatar Haley M; Raleigh, NC reply

    The little moments are my favorite part of marriage; fits of laughter, morning coffee, silly dancing, and evening strolls with our dog.

  23. avatar Leanne Woodward reply

    My favorite part about being married is continuously learning from each other and always growing with each other. We each have our own passions, but are always willing to share our interests with one another. My husband has taught me to fish, golf and shoot; I’ve shared my passion for running, yoga and cooking. We love the opportunity to engage in these interests together! – Leanne W. Durham, North Carolina

  24. avatar Kelsey Hawkins reply

    My husband and I have been married for 3 months and I am a brand new military wife. I still get butterflies when he walks in our door is his uniform. I love hearing him introduce me as his wife, I don’t think that will ever get old. I love knowing that in all of the ups and downs of life, we get to go through them together.

    -Kelsey H
    Savannah, GA

  25. avatar Janine P reply

    My favorite thing about being married is two-fold. It’s the pride I feel when I call him my husband and the comfort I feel knowing that I have a companion for life with whom I love more and more every day.

  26. avatar Sally Maxwell reply

    Laughing everyday like I’m in high-school. My husband is mature and serious and but has always made me laugh with a good sense of humour, however it wasn’t until we were married that I saw his real silly side. He is a creative (graphic designer) so he’s forever making up silly but creative on-the-spot songs depending on what I’m doing (like making sandwiches) and turns an otherwise menial moment into hilarity. I love that he tries to make me laugh and loves to see me happy! How nice that it’s someone’s goal each day just to see you happy and laughing.

  27. avatar Emma A. reply

    Having a built in late night chinese take out partner and fellow car dancing aficionado. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that mean the most. Emma A. Washington D.C.

  28. avatar Katie Harper reply

    I feel like my favorite thing about being married should somehow sound more glamorous. We have been married for 6 years and anytime anyone asks me about marrital advice I tell them you have to want to be married just as much as you want the person. It’s not enough to love the person next to you, you have to love being yolked to them. That is my very favorite thing – that i am connected to my spouse. He makes my burdens lighter, my happiness more happy and my sorrows less cumbersome. He pulls with me everyday. I love how the Savior said, take my yolk upon you…and he shall find rest unto your soul. I think it’s the perfect model for marriage. Commit to one another and pull with all your might through this life. I love that my husband is my dear companion through the good and rough terrain of this life. And that we are not just in love with each other, but in love with being yolked together.

  29. avatar Carolyn G. reply

    My favorite part of being married is witnessing the vulnerable moments, the things that don’t happen around anyone but me, knowing that my husband trusts me enough to be himself without concern for judgement.

    I would love it if you would like to include my quote!
    Carolyn G.
    Greenwood, SC

  30. avatar Haley Bohon reply

    On a serious note, I love having a teammate. We have such a baby marriage, but it is already the sweetest thing to have a partner to walk through life with.

    On a less serious note? Well, my husband is a fantastic cook, and it’s his turn in the kitchen every Tuesday. So…Tuesday evenings are one of my favorite parts of marriage ;)

    – Haley B.
    Charlotte, North Carolina

  31. avatar Kati Mallory reply

    There are so many great things about being married, but my favorite is that I get to start and end each day with my best friend. However, there are simple pleasures about marriage that bring a smile to my face – I love getting my mail and seeing his last name behind my first, and I love sending Christmas Cards from our family to others. I think marriage is about the simple things in life, and just knowing that I get to share my everything with him brings me the greatest joy!

  32. avatar Kati C. reply

    My favorite part of being married is cooking dinner for my hubby each night. Like many Southern women I show love through food, and it makes me so happy to make his favorite dishes and watch him clean his plate!

  33. avatar Marilisa reply

    My favorite thing about being married is having a “forever” date to all of life’s events and adventures! Whether it’s going to weddings, dinners, movies, concerts, work events- you name it- I love that even though we’re married, he’s always my date :)

  34. avatar Marilisa S. reply

    Athens, Georgia!!

  35. avatar Emily P. reply

    Our favorite part of being married is the amazing sense of comfort we find in our relationship. When our lives outside of our relationship get chaotic and stressful we know that our stability at home will carry us through. While we have many things in our lives to question, we never question our relationship.

  36. avatar Tiffany H. reply

    My favorite thing about being married is knowing that – as happy and full of love as our lives are now- the best is yet to come!

    Washington, D.C. (always a Tennessee girl at heart)

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You’ve seen what’s it’s like to be the Southern Weddings’ Art Director, Shop Manager, and our Creative Director! But, I can tell you that my day in the life looks quite a bit different – literally and figuratively! As y’all may know, I work remote most of the time as my husband’s career takes our little family all over the place (mostly Texas this year)! Sit a spell with me as I walk you through a typical day for Southern Weddings’ Ad Director.

Jodi Miller Photography

5:23am: With the addition of our sweet girl this January, my mornings always start quite a bit earlier than I hope, but 3am snuggles are worth tired eyes!

8:45am: On most mornings, I’m up, mascara on, and donning a Walk in Love tee + yoga pant combo (yeah, I’m that mama, what of it?!) This quote from Paulo Coelho keeps me going on rough days: “No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up, and show up.”

9:00am: I open my email client, and since we’re just days away from closing advertising for our next gorgeous issue, I’m in print crunch mode! My inbox is exploding with media negations, gorgeous print ads for our darling sponsors, and text features that I need to finish up.

10:00am: Since my job as Advertising Director encompasses all our revenue streams for print, online and Blue Ribbon Vendors, I spend a good amount of time with my head in Excel documents! Before our meetings, I prep our spreadsheets to report all the numbers, and progress to the team.

10:20am: Since Kristin and I both work remotely, we hop on Google Hangout a few minutes to prep for our portion of our weekly team meeting. Since we’re virtual BFF’s, I always tend to compliment KNW’s hair – that girl can rock a set of hot rollers!

10:30am: Our editorial meetings have been compressed a tad bit for the past few weeks since we’re all busy bees preparing for V7, so we chat about important updates, tie up any loose ends, and give out golden eggs to encourage and show appreciation for each other. What’s a golden egg, you ask? Yeah, that’s the Southern Weddings version of a gold star!

11:21am: After our meeting, Emily, Kristin, and I stay on the hangout to brainstorm a BIG exciting project we are working on and how we can best serve our sweet sponsors.

11:50am: Back to email – Nicole and Morgan are designing a bunch of gorgeous print ads for our print clients, and I’m always happy to weigh in with my layman’s eye! More like, I tell them which options I think are prettiest :) Then we send the options along to our clients for their approval. Y’all, you’re going to swoon over these pages, I can guarantee!

Jodi Miller Photography

12:45pm: While this is my busiest time of the year, I try my best to stop for a quick lunch break and a few baby kisses with EK. She’s growing so fast, and today she learned to wave “bye bye!” It’s adorable, I can’t lie!

1:00pm: I have a call with an advertising agency regarding a client who will be joining us in V7 as well as on the blog. We are working on negotiating rates, chatting about our beautiful content and sharing our heart for marriage. With my corporate background, negotiations and numbers are my strength, but marriage and what matters most is my heart! Needless to say, when I can share our mission with a potential client it brightens my day.

1:41pm: While most of my day is spent on the business side of Southern Weddings, I LOVE writing real wedding intros! Lisa and I share the majority of this responsibility and we also share a love for gushing over the sweet quotes from darling grooms and wiping tears over heirlooms passed down through generations.

2:10pm: Speaking of Lisa, together we jump on a conference call with a brand new client to discuss details of a super secret collaboration that will have Miss Lisa in NYC this week! Hint: she gets to have her and makeup done, and there is a set!

3:00pm: Back to email – Kristin has welcomed five new Blue Ribbon Vendors, and I need to get them all set up! I use our electronic invoicing and contracting system and send them welcome notes along with all the needed paperwork to be able to share these talented folks with y’all!

3:40pm: Excel, Google Docs, and Illustrator time! Since we’re nearing the door closing on this issue, I’m working hard to ensure that all our documents are in order. I quality control all the spreadsheets we use to make sure our clients have submitted artwork or we are working together on creative and check off each step in the process.

4:30pm: Nicole is designing a collective ad that will be showcasing some gorgeous venues, so I give our sponsors each a ring to make sure they all approve of the design. I collect the feedback and Nicole and I connect on a call to walk through the edits.

5:00pm: Traditionally, I’d be closing down around now, but in print crunch time, I’m not done yet! Kristin and I jump on the phone again to chat through our projects for the next couple days and discuss pending accounts and client needs. And, let me mention that typically Kristin and I must send over 25 texts to each other a day! Mostly emojis – we have that kind of relationship.

5:27pm: Back to email – yep, as you can see I spend a lot of time in email! Things go fast this time of year, and it’s so much fun to work with our sponsors who truly want to love and serve our brides.

5:50pm: BDK and EK have snuck into my office from EK’s play room and the combo of their baby blues makes it impossible for me to answer any more emails at all. I sign off, and spend the evening playing blocks with EK, or reading Peekaboo Sophie!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lindy reply

    As a mom, I’m always curious about how other working moms make it work. Who takes care of your sweet girl while you work? Or do you work and take care of her simultaneously? Love that your job is flexible enough so that your family can travel together… what a blessing!

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