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Weekly Round-Up

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Y’all, tell me, what is better than the weekend? Few things compare, except say, the weekend + close friends + ice cream + movies. That’s a winning combination! You know what I’ll be doing tomorrow and Sunday. Before you take off with your fantastic plans, let’s round-up the week!

We’ve had sooo many great things appear on the blog this week! First up was one of our favorites, the Southern Bride of the Month! Bride-to-be, Lauren met her fiance in kindergarten and is now planning her dream Texas wedding! (Really, y’all, she’s been collecting inspiration since high school!)

Emily gave y’all a little sneak peek behind the scenes of our latest photo shoot for V4 with Katie Stoops. Remember that time Sierra modeled as a bridesmaid? I do!

To hold us all over until V4 hits the stands, Marissa shared her favorite feature from V3, Something Blue by Jose Villa. She wanted to live in the blue and white gorgeousness from these spreads! Take a look and you’ll understand why.

Y’all know the South is steeped in tradition, so over the next few months, Marissa is going to give us all a history lesson! (We will admit, there are a few that we’re still curious about.) First up? The groom’s cake! Go to the original post to learn all about this yummy tradition.

Emily’s engaged! I can’t say it enough, I’m so excited! A few weeks ago, we asked you for your opinion on engagement rings. Now, Emily’s back to share her engagement story and ring hunt! Read all about it here.

Vendors, we issued you our first “Ultimate Southern” challenge this week! We want to know your most creative ideas for escort cards! We hope that brides everywhere will be executing these ideas soon enough! Go to the original post to get more details on how to submit.

Calling all Southern bride bloggers! We’re setting up a new page on the Southern Weddings blog for all you fellow bloggers. Tell us a little more about yourself and find out how to get on the page here!

We know there’s a ton to think about and do when you’re planning a wedding. I hope I can make it a little bit easier with my new How-To column! Read up on how to send your invitations here, where I gave you the basics on calligraphy, envelopes, mailing and stamps!

We know you can’t resist a photo booth! This week’s giveaway is going to help you make those silly photos even more fun! Say Cheese! Paper Props are the perfect addition to your wedding’s photo booth and you could win a specially made kit for Southern Weddings! Go to the original post to enter.

Emily spotted Southern utensil wrappings this week! These cowboy boot utensil packets are just so darn cute!

This week, Marissa is dishing out some tidbits about herself. We love Marissa! I think you will too when you Sit a Spell with her and get to know this fabulous lady!

Sierra shared Meg + Josh’s love story and wedding in this week’s Real Wedding Gallery. We’re crazy for the red and yellow details!

Take a look at this week’s Real Wedding!

Mary + Austin’s colorful backyard wedding had me wishing I’d been invited! Check out their Southern bash here and here.

Announcements:

Something Borrowed NY is launching their site today! Something Borrowed is an online wedding shop that rents designer bridal accessories to brides at a fraction of the retail price. They’ve partnered with top designers to curate a special collection of veils, tiaras, headpieces and jewelry to “frost yourself” with for your special day. Any minor damages are covered (please, no red velvet cake fights!) and after you’re done, you just ship it back to them and they’ll clean and preserve it for the next savvy bride! Head to their new site www.somethingborrowedny.com to take a look around!

Vendors, did you hear the good news?? We’re adding more pages to V4 which means we’re extending our ad deadline so you can help us fill up the pages! Just fill out this little “get to know you” form and Whitney will set you up for V4 awesomesauce!

Have a splendid weekend, friends!

P.S. Don’t forget, Southern Weddings is now on Pinterest!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    What a week! The excitement of Emily’s engagement and the Ultimate Southern Challenge is just too much for me!

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Well, friends. I have to admit I’m getting a little sentimental over here. With all this newness comes a whole lot of nostalgia about days gone by at SW. When I started this blog, I just wanted a place to show local brides what I loved about weddings.  I’m a pretty passionate person.  I love a lot!  Long story short, I was living in Pensacola when I met my husband. We moved to Ventura, CA, where he was being stationed. While I was there, I worked for some event greats like Mark’s Garden, Corridan and Company, Colin Cowie, etc.  It was wedding design heaven.  I learned so much and couldn’t wait to show Southern brides what was out there. This was back when the only blogs I remember were Faye and Greer, Style Me Pretty and Snippet and Ink, among a small handful of others.

Photo above by Rae Leytham Photography. I say “back in the day” as if it was 30 years ago, but it was only 3ish years ago.  Time flies in the blog world!  So, my husband got deployed to Iraq and I moved back to Pensacola to stay with my family while he was gone. I needed something to keep my mind busy while he was at war and – inspired by my time in LA – I really wanted to show Southern brides that there was more out there.  So, I started the Southern Weddings blog in July 2007 with some local vendor friends and it took off like a freight train in Georgia! The very first design…

Ari thankfully came home from Iraq safely and – again, long story short – we moved here to Chapel Hill, NC. We launched the first print edition to rave reviews. It sold out in the first three months! In November 2008 we launched the second version of the SW blog…

And now… here we are with all new digs.  And a very sentimental me.  It’s been a wonderful journey, y’all.  I never ever thought I’d be sitting here at this desk with these lovely ladies to spend my days with, doing “work” that makes my heart happy, with so much love and support from readers like you.

A HUGE thanks to the team at Flosites for making this happen.  Ross, Dima, Alina and crew – you are the best.  Thank you, friends, for these wonderful years! Here’s to many more!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
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  1. avatar Katherine {flower & honey} reply

    I started reading SW Magazine about 10 months ago and the blog even less time than that. As a relatively new reader, it’s refreshing to find just how far your endeavor has come! Everyone involved with SWMag should be beyond proud, especially you, Lara. The new site is beautiful! :)

  2. avatar Emily Scott reply

    You inspire me, LC. Love You.

  3. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Lara, what an incredibly inspiring journey. I love that you never gave up, persevered, overcame and went big. The new site is beautiful, love it! Congratulations on this new chapter.

  4. avatar Sydney Dawn reply

    Awesome. I really like the progression of the web page designs. The new one seems much more fitting for y’all. It’s so cute and classy!

  5. avatar Natalie Norton reply

    Congratulations Lara! It is EXQUISITE! I am amazed by you every single day.

  6. avatar Wesley Leytham reply

    I cannot believe the journey we have all taken in the last 3 years. Anyone who doubts God has a plan for all of us has not walked a mile in our shoes for sure. Here’s to 3 more amazing years together! Glad to have all of you in our lives :-)

    • avatar Lara reply

      Thank you Wesley! We couldn’t have done any of this without you and Rae! We love you!

  7. avatar 2010: YEAR IN REVIEW « Lara Casey reply

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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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