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Southern Weddings V8 has been on newsstands for a little over a week, but we are only getting started sharing all of the goodness that is inside! (And just a tip: we truly believe that online features can never fully capture the experience of reading through the magazine from start to finish — that’s why we have a print version! There are so many little nuggets and surprises tucked throughout that can only be understood once you’re holding our girl in your hands!)

That being said, I’m so excited today to share with you another bright and colorful V8 feature: Crawfish Boil Bash! For this story, we imagined a couple whose favorite way of celebrating involves a boiled spread and all of their friends and family. That’s how they chose to celebrate their wedding, and how they hope to celebrate their anniversary for years to come!

Big hugs to Heather Hawkins for these photos and Blue Ribbon Vendor Christina Leigh Events for planning everything to perfection!

Yes, those bow ties have tiny crawfish and pots on them! Thank you, Southern Proper!

Tamara Menges pulled together colorful handfuls of flowers for our gals to carry, including ranunculus, poppies, and garden roses.

Bold Kendra Scott jewelry not only ties together a mix and match bridesmaid look, but it makes a perfect bridesmaid gift, as well!

We loved working with this real life couple, who were married earlier this year (a few months after our shoot!).

I can’t think of anything more delicious to finish off a huge boil spread than a selection of good-enough-to-be-homemade pies. “Yum” is right!

Don’t miss this colorful celebration in action, thanks to our behind-the-scenes film from Nathan Willis!

As always, if you haven’t picked up your copy yet, you can do so here or on newsstands near you!

Photographer: Heather Hawkins Photography | Film processing: Photovision | Videographer: Nathan Willis Wedding Film Co. | Planner: Christina Leigh Events | Florals: Tamara Menges Designs | Hair stylist and makeup artist: Tracy Melton Artistry | Venue: La Torretta Lake Resort | Pies: Three Brothers Bakery | Paper Goods: Fig. 2 Design | Hand Lettering: Paperfelt | Table rentals: Bourbon & Bloom | Chair rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Flatware: Totally Bamboo | White china: West Elm | Colorful china and flatware: Rice from Shop Sweet Lulu | Favor jars: Specialty Bottle | Bride’s gown: “Waverly” by Anne Barge from Nordstrom | Bridesmaid dresses: Rent the Runway and Weddington Way | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Men’s shirts: Brooks Brothers | Bow ties: Southern Proper

Christina Leigh Events, Tamara Menges Designs, and Bourbon & Bloom are all delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Valerie reply

    So fun to see!! These are popular in South Louisiana! They are always so fun especially for weddings with lots of out of town guests to experience the culture!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    one of my very favorite shoots!

  3. avatar Beth reply

    Love, love, love the citrus colors of this wedding! And, the lemons used at tablecards! Absolutely lovely!

  4. avatar Bright Wedding | The CaroLøve reply

    […] not branch out with the catering? You could go for a full on Texas barbecue, a good old Louisiana crawfish boil, a delicious Indian buffet, or absolutely anything else. All you have to do is ensure your venue […]

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We’re back with more of our Bridal Market coverage — I hope you’re ready for some serious fashion!

Day two kicked off with the dramatic couture collection from Ines DiSanto. Her collection featured lots of lace and intricate beadwork. My favorite gown was “Glory,” with its Italian lace and sweetheart neckline. Plus, seeing it up close made me love it even more! After the show we were escorted backstage to meet the chic Ms. Ines, and we totally did a double-cheek kiss! I felt so fancy!

We then headed to The Intercontinental Hotel where Whitney found her own room – literally! We were escorted to the front row for the Maggie Sottero show where we saw ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles. Plus, a great selection of removable black accent belts.

I feel so New York in the taxi photo above. I think I might have even hailed this one!

Next we went to the Modern Trousseau showroom. Callie and her team could not have been more welcoming! I fawned over the Thai silk and chantilly lace she used on her gowns. The dresses were SO sweet and Southern I must have died about 50 times. We even gave them a special preview of V4! Keep an eye out Nashville ladies, the Modern Trousseau girls will be moving into town early next year.

We were so thrilled to see dear friend and SW favorite Ms. Ashley Baber on our way to the Anne Barge show! Speaking of Anne Barge, this lady never disappoints! Her collection was classic and oh-so-Southern with a great pop of gold in the finale! Check out that veil!

After the show we had to stop and chat with V2 cover model Adair. She told us she recently got married in Napa and guess who she wore… Anne Barge, of course! She is just so sweet and we couldn’t be happier for her!

All these lovely images are courtesy of the super-talented (and Southern I might add) Mr. Trent Bailey.

I sure hope you’re enjoying our Bridal Market coverage! My partner in crime Miss Whitney will be back in a few with more gowns to gawk over, so don’t go too far!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Jordan reply

    Totally random question unrelated to the Bridal Market….Marissa, where did you get your purse???? I love!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hey Jordan! Not unrelated as it’s still fashion! : ) My bag is an Isabella Fiore from a few seasons ago. Don’t you love it? My only qualm is it’s very heavy with all the studs! xo, Marissa

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