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Oh my stars, what a wonderful week here in the office! Thank y’all so so so much for the amazing feedback on our latest issue and for encouraging us through the years. I just don’t have words big enough to say thank you to you, dear readers, for helping us grow like wild honeysuckle! We’re all feeling so grateful as we finish this exciting week!

If you are new around these parts, welcome! We’re so glad to have you and hope you’ll sit a spell with us. If you just picked up your first copy of Southern Weddings on newsstands this week or got one of our many pre-orders via the hilarious and hard-workin’ SWPS, you may know there is a little biscuit in my oven. I’ve reached the nine-months mark, so Baby Grace is set to arrive any day now! The current view from my desk…

I’m about to set off into maternity leave land, so I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you! As a tiny office, all of your warm words and encouragement really do mean the world to us. We truly love y’all and love dreaming up new fun things to inspire your big day plans! There are so many exciting things in the works while I’m on maternity leave. Emily, Whitney, Marissa, Nicole and Sierra have all sorts of Southern surprises in store!

Photo above by my dear friend, Nancy Ray. It’s been a blessed nine months, y’all! And this week, feeling so much love from you all about our office baby, V4, has been the cherry on top! The wonderful SW ladies will fill you in when Grace arrives and you can always stay posted on my personal blog, daily tumblr and twitter. Thank you to the moon and back!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Desiree reply

    Oh, Lara. from my end – thank you! It is a true pleasure to be a fan of Southern Weddings (print and online), a fan of your staff & all your beloved vendors, and a fan of you! My dear, you make it pretty darn easy to love ya right back!

    I wish you a happy and healthy delivery – I will be praying for you, your hubby, and baby Grace the whole way through. Enjoy your leave and enjoy your newest joy in life!
    1 Samuel 1:27

    May God pour out a blessing that you just cannot contain! :)

    • avatar Lara reply

      What wonderful words, Desiree!! We love you so much! Thank you thank you! Lots ot love to you!

  2. avatar Laura Leslie reply

    Yah! What a sweet treat to end with after the wonderful and exciting week you ladies had.

  3. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Your blog brings me absolute joy every week, both Lara Casey’s blog and Southern Weddings. I think my new dream job is to work with you all. You just can’t even begin to realize how much positive energy, happiness, and inspiration y’all spread to all us ladies out here! Keep up the good work!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Thank you so much, Madelynne! We love what we do and genuinely love working together. Thank you for the encouragement!!

  4. avatar Amber J reply

    Where oh where did you get your “Let her sleep” print? I must have one!

    • avatar Lara reply

      Hi Amber!! I designed it myself and printed it on my home printer. But, I’ve seen lots of pretty prints like this on places like Etsy. Happy decorating!

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    […] me. I’m savoring my last day in the office with the wonderful SW ladies before I head out on maternity leave. Seriously, y’all, I’m so sad thinking about not seeing Emily, Whitney, Marissa, Sierra […]

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I’m quite the indecisive person, but when it came to choosing my favorite feature in Southern Weddings V3, I had no doubt! Something Blue by Jose Villa took the (red velvet) cake, in my humble opinion.

When I got a sneak peek of this gorgeousness I literally wanted to live in this feature. And you know what? I still do. The clean white and the lovely shades of blue just make my heart happy!

Honestly, how could we go wrong with Jose Villa and Joy Thigpen? This fabulous duo makes everything look so lovely! Let’s not forget, though, that most of the lovely details were gathered by none other than the uber-talented Emily Ayer, Southern Weddings’ Art Director.

I love behind-the-scenes secrets and one of the best things about this shoot is that none of the models were professionals! In fact, our “bride” was Joy’s beautiful assistant, and her ‘maids were real-life, engaged Southern Weddings readers! Congratulations, ladies!

Oh my milk glass and lemonade! Dear Joy, can you please come to my house and set my table?

From the gorgeous calligraphy from SW favorite Moya Minns to the delicious-looking cake from Fearrington Village, I could pin up this whole page and be filled with inspiration for days! No joke, y’all!

Taking these little trips back into V3 is making me all the more excited for y’all to see V4! It will be worth the wait, I promise!

Wanting more V3 nostalgia? Check out Emily and Nicole’s favorite features:
Joey & Jessica’s Cover Shoot
Amelia Lyon’s Sweet Love

Want to place your ad in the amazingness that V4 is bound to be? Fill out our new “getting to know you” form and Whitney will take real good care of you!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar V3 :: Our Favorite Features :: Sierra « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Whitney‘s favorite features: Joey & Jessica’s Cover Shoot Amelia Lyon’s “Sweet Love” Jose Villa’s “Something Blue” Jose Villa’s “Up, Up and Away” You can also scroll through the editorial gallery or see the […]

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Weekly Round-Up

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Did you guys hear the good news?? If you follow all of us on Twitter, then you probably know by now, but we’re still over-the-moon-ridiculously-happy for Emily + John who got engaged last week! (Sly Emily kept it from us for a week!) There’s never been a better time to look back on all the wonderful features we posted this week and look forward to what’s ahead.

After we spent the weekend celebrating July Fourth, swimming at the lake, eating tons of barbecue and spending time with friends and family, we met you back here on Tuesday with the most adorable bridal shower inspiration. Designer Kristin Cone came up with an afternoon tea party to celebrate the upcoming nuptials and we love how girly and Southern it turned out!

Emily showed off her favorite V3 spread. After all this time, she still has a hard time picking a favorite (we can’t blame her!) but she finally chose our cover story feature, photographed by Joey + Jessica. The gorgeous photos might have caused her eyes to well up, it was so perfect!

We know how much a Southern girl loves her pearls, so we’re giving you the chance to win a bridal set with the luminescent beauties. Fine + Fleurie’s Swarovski pearl necklace and bracelet set are the perfect match to any wedding dress. Go to the original post to enter to win!

It’s the beginning of July, and you know what that means. Another Monthly Round-Up! Take a look at our favorite aspects of June’s Real Weddings, chosen by the fabulous Emily, Marissa and Sierra.

It’s seriously pure wedding bliss this week at Southern Weddings. Not only are we celebrating Emily’s engagement, but we want to know all about your family’s love stories of old! I loved looking at Lara’s family’s wedding photos and can’t wait to see some of yours! We’ll be highlighting one special couple every week, so go to the original post to find out how to submit those love stories!

I don’t know if you guys know this, but our Assistant Art Director, Sierra is amazing. She’s responsible for our Real Wedding Galleries and the cute graphics on our site. Sit a spell with her and get to know more about her!

Speaking of Real Wedding Galleries, this week’s featured gallery was Kiley + Tim. They lit up V3 with their fun color palette and great details.

Can’t get enough Real Weddings!

Bonnie + Brent’s Florida wedding was so relaxed and laid back. They really showed us how to appreciate a wedding! For more of the family-spun event, click here and here.

A few announcements:

David’s Bridal is giving one lucky couple the chance to win the ultimate royal treatment! Upload a photo of your and your sweetie to the David’s Bridal Facebook page and tell them how your partner makes you feel like royalty in 100 words or less. Fans will vote on their favorite love story and the winner gets a free 5-night stay at a tropical resort and a wedding dress fit for a princess.

philoSophies, a custom stationery and gift shop that provides whimsical illustrations wants to give you a custom drawing of you and your bridesmaids that you can frame for posterity! Look through philoSophies website and check out the details of the giveaway here.

Have a splendid weekend, friends!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole

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