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When we debuted our ceremonial marriage certificates two years ago, they quickly became one of our favorite shop products — and yours, too! They’re such a special way to remember your wedding in your home after the confetti has been swept away, and look absolutely gorgeous framed.

One piece of feedback we did hear from y’all was that though you LOVED the certificates, you were worried that your handwriting on the fill-in lines wouldn’t stack up next to Moya’s beautiful calligraphy. I totally understand, as I’m in awe of her lettering, too!! Normally we would just say “go for it!” or “make a mess!” but such a special piece is not the place to wing it.

So, like last year, we’ve teamed up with MM Ink herself to offer a special lettering promotion for a limited time: with the purchase of our special certificate packages (either gold foil or black letterpress), Moya will hand-letter the lines for your names, wedding date, wedding venue, and wedding location. All you’ll have to do is sign! (And we guarantee y’all can handle that!)

The hand-lettered certificates are available in gold foil and black letterpress, and make perfect holiday gifts for the newlyweds in your life (or for yourself!). Goil foil certificates will be lettered in gold, and black letterpress certificates will be lettered in black ink. The certificate + lettering packages are $55. Orders for this special offer will close on October 31, and you should receive your final lettered product from Moya by November 15 – plenty of time for holiday gifting!

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask below! We hope y’all love this idea as much as we do!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa Taylor reply

    I would love to order this for my daughter can you please contact me and give me the details on what I need to do to get the information to you

  2. avatar Monica N reply

    Tried both the gold foil and black letterpress links in the article and it goes to a 404 page. :(

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I share an alma mater (the University of Texas–hook ’em!) with today’s bride and groom, Alison and Andrew, and I’m sure I speak for many Longhorns when I say that it is tremendously easy to fall in love with Austin. The city also set the stage for Alison and Andrew’s love story, so it was a natural fit when it came time to choose the location for their wedding! After Alison and her bridesmaids got ready for the day at the iconic Hotel St. Cecelia, she and Andrew were married at Laguna Gloria, which they chose for its view of Lake Austin–one of their favorite places to spend time together. I’m sure that any of their guests who traveled in for the celebration loved getting a taste of the incredible place where Alison and Andrew fell in love!

Thank you so much to Clark Brewer for sharing this beautiful day with us!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We love spending time on Lake Austin, and Laguna Gloria has a beautiful view of the lake.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes. We wanted to take all of our photos before the wedding so we could enjoy the cocktail hour with our guests!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We used traditional vows.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our readings were a September 8, 1869 letter written by Mark Twain to Olivia Langdon (no relation to me) in anticipation of their own wedding and “A Blessing for a Marriage” by James Dillet Freeman.

Describe your wedding flowers. The flowers were composed of peonies, ranunculus, lily of the valley, dahlias, parrot tulips, garden roses, lisianthus, lilac, dusty miller, bay laurel, seeded eucalyptus, olive, and a trailing jasmine vine.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our cake was toasted coconut with vanilla buttercream.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met through mutual friends while attending The University of Texas.
When did y’all get married? October 31, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 225
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed a necklace that was made for my grandmother for her wedding. It was also worn by my mother, aunts, and cousins on their wedding days.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? There were tornado warnings and major flooding the day before our wedding.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? My good friend Jane of Carolyn Jane Design designed our save the dates, wedding invitations, programs, and menu!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are looking forward to traveling to Italy this fall for our honeymoon.

Photographer: Clark Brewer | Planner: 36th Street Events | Ceremony Venue: Laguna Gloria | Reception Venue and Caterer: Westwood Country Club Austin | Florist: Posey Floral and Event Design | Cake Baker: Michelle’s Patisserie | Rentals: Loot and Bee Lavish | Lighting: Illios | Band: The Motts | Paper Products: Carolyn Jane Designs | Bride’s Gown: Carolina Herrera | Hair Stylist: Salon Hush | Makeup Artist: Donna Bruns | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Attire: Billy Reid

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

    I love how effortlessly classic this wedding is, while brining the funk from Austin in, in the details!

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  3. avatar 36th Street Events reply

    Thank you for sharing our work!!

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As many longtime readers know, the Southern Weddings Shop has grown faster than a freight train in Georgia! From just a few gold foil prints and the magazine a few years ago, to the bustling home of the Southern Weddings Planner, Wedding Day Journal, Marriage Certificate, and many more custom products we’ve created just for you, the need for a full-time SW gal to care for our customers and all the logistics became very apparent. Lucky for us, Jess Metcalf unexpectedly came into our lives at the perfect time, and we’re so excited to introduce her as our new Customer Delight and Shop Manager!

To help you get to know Jess a little more, we asked her to fill out the “getting to know you” interview that each of us have on our About pages. In her own words, here’s what you need to know about her!

Hometown: Maiden, NC
Birthday: September 19
What fires me up: Fresh flowers, handwritten letters, brunch, thoughtful book recommendations, big squeezes from old and new friends, encouraging others, front porch sitting on a sunny day
You would be surprised to know: That I’m terrified of heights, though I mask it pretty well on airplanes.
Claim to fame: I am an master Google-er :)
Favorite class I took in college: HIST 262: History of the Holocaust, taught by Dr. Browning. I know it sounds morbid, but Dr. Browning’s research is focused on the culture created by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. His work is an insightful and revealing perspective into what drives people to buy into atrocities. Hearing him teach about a topic that he was so driven to understand, made the class extra appealing, even as the topic regarded one of humanity’s darkest hours.
How I came to work at Southern Weddings: I may have to borrow Emily’s “right place at the right time” answer for this! I’d known Lara for about a year when she asked me to help her current nanny so that she could focus solely on writing her next book. I turned her down (sorry Lara!) and instead took a full-time job in Customer Service and Social Media with a start-up in the Triangle. When my hours at new job unexpectedly shifted, I offered my assistance to Lara with Grace and Joshua. We had a few conversations about my newfound love for customer service, and she mentioned that the Southern Weddings team was looking for a Customer Delight and Shop Manager. A few whirlwind days of conversations, interviews, and prayer later, I officially joined the Southern Weddings team!
Favorite Southern Weddings editorial ever: This is such a hard question to answer! I’m going to have to say Sweet Corn Sweethearts from V6. My favorite color is yellow, and I love how it’s sprinkled throughout the whole shoot. More than that, I love that it tells the story of a couple who has so beautifully woven their families into their wedding day. From the location on the family’s dairy farm to the delicious meal served family-style on a long table, everything is centered around celebrating alongside the people whom you love. Oh, and I love corn on the cob :)
Best part of my job: Can I choose two things? Having the chance to work alongside women who embody every aspect of our mission with such warmth, grace, and hospitality, and interacting with all our wonderful readers through social media, emails, and phone calls!
Why I do what I do: I believe that marriage is not the end goal. There’s so much more to life, and relationships, than a wedding day. Southern Weddings encourages our readers to cultivate what matters in their current season–whether that’s dating well or focusing on planning a marriage that’s more beautiful than a wedding. I love that I have the opportunity to share that mission through a variety of different avenues while getting to know and caring for our customers!
What I do in my spare time: Reading, spending time with family and friends, browsing thrift stores, Facetiming my adorable niece, and eating at all the yummy restaurants in Durham.
The cause/organization/charity that most captures my heart: Love Does Orphanage in Nepal. Last year, I started sponsoring Sanju, who wants to be a helicopter pilot when she grows up! I love that this organization gives young girls a safe place to dream big and pursue their passions.
True love is: always choosing to see the best in another person.

Friends, please help us give Jess a big SW welcome in the comments below! You can also say hi and get to know her on Instagram.

P.S. Thanks so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Robyn Van Dyke for these photos!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Jordan reply

    Welcome Jess! Thank you for sharing so much about yourself and your journey to Southern Weddings. I can’t wait to see all that you do on this fun adventure. I took a class on the Holocaust in high school and it was my favorite class by far. It seems odd, especially when you are sharing with others, but there is so much to learn from that time in history and when you have a wonderful teacher, well, it just can’t be beat. Have you ever seen La vita e bella? If you haven’t, I would highly recommend it! I saw it in Italy when I studied abroad and the emotion of it has stayed with me to this day.

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