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Our Instagram family continues to grow and grow–over 236,000 friends have spent time with us over the last year. Y’all have swooned over sweet moments and lovely wedding details and laughed along with the behind-the-scenes peeks into life in our office. We don’t use the word family lightly, as we love being able to interact with y’all through the power of social sharing. It’s always fun to see what y’all like the most and which details or moments lead to the most conversation. Here are ten of our most-liked Instagram posts from 2016!

The stunning tented reception space at Emily and Jim’s wedding

Hope and Michael’s darling newlywed home tour with some impressive before-and-after renovation peeks

A breathtaking setting for Erica and John’s wedding ceremony.

Maggie’s magnificent and perfectly pink bouquet

Amanda’s stylish Hayley Paige gown and classic up-do

Brent and Graham’s elegant (and cozy) wedding portrait

This sweet bride’s stunning veil

It is quite possible that this is one of my favorite looks of any #SouthernWeddings editorial. A bold statement, I know. But I’m a classic Southern bride through and through, so when you combine my very favorite style elements (big Southern hair, bows, and pearls!) I’m all in a tizzy! Plus, being married to a born and raised Montgomery boy, I can’t help but love our Montgomery bride just a little extra. Link in profile to see the all our beautiful South city styles. Photo by #BlueRibbonVendor @KatelynJames, hair by @AshandCoBridalHair, makeup by @BellelinaStudio, dress by @MiraZwillinger, bouquet by @StephanieGibbsEvents, jewelry by @Croghans, at @KSHGEvents. – @MarissaKloess P.S. Insta has a zoom now, so you can see how gorgeous this gown is! ? /2016/12/13/favorite-wedding-dresses-southern-brides/

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Our Montgomery bride and her perfect bow-backed gown

Peyton and her maids (and their magical winter wedding day style)

kristin Written with love by Kristin

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Welcome to the new year, friends! The Southern Weddings gals are already feeling a bit dazzled by all the potential 2016 holds, but before we jump into the real weddings, advice, and inspiration that it promises, we wanted to take one more walk down memory lane. We love inviting you into our office, whether it’s through daily peeks on SnapChat or Instagram or the #MakingSouthernWeddings hashtag; what we do wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without y’all alongside, offering feedback and encouragement! So here’s a look back at a few of our favorite moment from 2015, including a few we weren’t able to share with you along the way!

We started 2015 with a visit from a contractor, as our growing team needed a bit more space to stretch its wings. Holes in walls followed shortly, which made kicking off our V8 shoot plans with editorial partners a bit more challenging – but we persevered! We also had a mini flower arranging lesson from our friend Kelly Perry, and began interviewing candidates for a Southern Weddings Marketing position. Little did we know, the latter is a pursuit that would continue until the very last month of the year!!

V8 editorial planning continued in February! Lisa jetted off to New York City for a few days to shoot a campaign with Zales – you can see the completed videos here, here, here, and here! We were all so proud of her! We also were so excited to launch a fresh new design in our sister storefront, the Lara Casey Shop. The office renovation continued :)

In March, it was my turn to leave the still-being-renovated office to fly to New York, this time to speak at our friend Holly Chapple’s workshop on creating editorials and magazine submissions. I missed out on a visit to our office from Lysa TerKeurst and the Proverbs 31 team, but got to hear the enthusiastic reviews from the other gals. Those talented ladies helped us implement some new ways of doing things, and we are still so grateful! Later in the month, Lisa and I flew to Texas for our first two V8 shoots (yeehaw!) — one in Houston and one in Austin — and two reader meet-ups, making it back just in time for the spring Making Things Happen conference. The SW gals always help host, and we hope to see some of you at the 2016 version – tickets are on sale for half price for a few more weeks!

Just a day after the MTH Conference concluded, we headed to the wilds of North Carolina for our third V8 shoot – Love Preserved! There was lots of pig snuggle time to be had (behind the scenes photos and video here!). We also moved into our new office space (take a tour here – yippee!!), did more interviews for our marketing position, and set aside some time for our annual team retreat and team photos with Katelyn James. Our retreat even included a surprise bridal shower for Lisa, who was getting married in just a few days!!

After two years with our team, we said goodbye to our Assistant Art Director Morgan in May, but not before celebrating Lisa and Dave’s wedding!!! It was an amazing celebration that really brought to life everything we believe about weddings and marriage. I headed to Charlottesville solo for our Equestrian Elegance editorial while Lisa was on her honeymoon, and then the two of us reunited for our Fore the Love editorial and reader meet-up in Charleston later in the month! Nicole attended Alt Summit for the first time and also began looking into moving our shop fulfillment out of our small office. Oh yes, we also interviewed some more people :)

In June we wrapped up our final two big photo shoots for V8: the Southern belle shoot and Our Kentucky Home! (Marking the first trip to Kentucky for Lisa and me!) Nicole began laying out our new issue’s pages, and met with another potential fulfillment house for the Southern Weddings Shop.

Even in the hustle of getting V8 ready for print, there was lots of community happening in July! The NC Southern Weddings gals continued our yearly tradition of blueberry picking while the Florida division hosted the first ever reader meet-up in that state as part of our “Summer Love” theme. We also gathered with our beaus for our annual team summer BBQ! Finally, we had an extensive meeting with a production company for a possible Southern Weddings TV show (!), but ultimately decided it was not the right opportunity for us.

The most exciting thing that happened in August was that Lara had a baby!! Our gang of girls was more than happy to welcome Joshua to the office. We shot a few last photos for V8 on the back porch of our office, Lisa spearheaded the V8 cake shoot, and she and I worked hard on a proposal for a super-secret project! And, after another round of lovely but not-quite-right marketing interviews, we opened up another application with slightly different criteria. Whew!

In September, we hit a fun milestone: 100,000 Instagram followers! Crazy to think we’re already up to 158,000 as I type this, all thanks to you lovely readers and the way you generously share us with your friends. Thank you, thank you!! Also in September we styled and shot the surcees feature for V8 all by ourselves, which was a big milestone for us! We also said goodbye to Elizabeth, our summer intern, and hello to Jill, our fall intern!

October was a total whirlwind, and kicked our tail in a lot of ways! There was tons of action on the V8 front, from final layout adjustments to copyediting to color proofing at our printer in Wisconsin. Lisa and Kristin traveled to Bridal Market for three days (posts here and here), and Lisa and I traveled to Charleston to speak at Bliss & Bespoke for three days. We also moved our shop product out of our office into our fulfillment house, we got to see the first copies of the magazine, and we did a ton more interviews for our marketing position!

We didn’t really slow down in November, however: the first two weeks included the fall Making Things Happen Conference, V8’s newsstand launch day, a mini baby shower for me (so nice!!), and the V8 launch party (our biggest ever, at our beloved Carolina Inn!). We rounded the month out by sharing all of our V8 editorials with you, and more marketing interviews!

Finally, in December, we were able to pause and reflect on our year, together. We had a mini team retreat at the beginning of the month to work through our PowerSheets as a company and begin to set goals for 2016. Lara spoke at the Rising Tide Society Summit, which was awesome! We had our annual team celebration dinner, and celebrated with readers at the fifth annual Gingerbread Barns event. And finally, finally, in the final week of 2015, we offered positions to two new ladies (one more for the Southern Weddings side, and one more for the Lara Casey/Making Things Happen side)… and they accepted. We can’t wait to introduce you to them in the new year!

Dear readers, thank you doesn’t really begin to cover all that we feel. We couldn’t do any of this without you, and we are so grateful for the ways you encourage us in and inspire our mission. Here’s to a really beautiful, meaningful 2016 for all of us!!

emily Written with love by Emily
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    Congratulations on such an amazing year! Y’all work so hard and it is appreciated! <3 Can't wait for more great things in 2016!

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Happy Saturday, lovelies! I’m back home in Charlotte for the weekend, which makes today’s film a little more special for me. Y’all know there’s no place like where you grew up, and we know many of you are planning weddings in your hometowns. Emily + Taylor did the same, and we love how it came together and focused on family.

From Emily, the bride:

“We wanted our wedding day to be an expression of our love for each other while also reflecting our personalities and style, and I think it did just that! Taylor and I met and fell in love in Jackson, Mississippi and he proposed on a surprise trip to Disney World. But when it came to our wedding venue, I could not imagine getting married anywhere other than my home town of Monroe, Louisiana. I wanted the ambiance to be casual but elegant, keeping the look neutral with touches of soft light color. “Southern garden” was the original inspiration but it evolved into so much more! Kendall Poole Event Planning of Jackson really made the whole event come together exactly like we wanted.

“Both the ceremony and reception were full of personal touches. We chose March 24 as our date and the Spring weather was a gorgeous backdrop! The ceremony was held in the church in which I grew up, making it incredibly meaningful. Fresh Cut of Jackson transformed the Sanctuary, filling it with candlelight, scattered lanterns, and a square arbor of greenery and white hydrangeas. It was truly breathtaking! We have wonderful family and friends and it was important to us that they participated in our ceremony. The musicians included both Taylor’s father as well as his brother, along with several of our good friends. We had two officiating pastors: one from my church in Monroe and one from Taylor’s church in Jackson. We both had 11 attendants — all of them special friends of ours. Having all of these significant people play, sing, officiate, and stand with us made for an incredible night. Of course, the best part was seeing Taylor at the altar and our families and friends in the audience.

“The reception site was the auditorium of the first high school in Monroe. Facing the Ouachita River, the Ouachita Grand Plaza had the character we were looking for and it was large enough to accommodate our 400 guests. The food included some of our favorite dishes like Louisiana jambalaya and beignets. The five-tiered bridal cake was a replica of the lace on my dress and it was topped with handmade birds (a play on our new last name, Byrd) from Wolfe Pottery of Jackson. The groom’s cake was a golf bag with clubs that featured club covers of his
alma mater, Mississippi State. It was placed in a outdoor courtyard that was strung with lights and the weather was perfect for the guests to enjoy mingling outside. The guests received pralines as favors, a Southern favorite! Mo Money of Jackson kept the guests on the dance floor with Motown hits. We left in a classic 1957 Thunderbird. The list of what made this day special could go on and on! But in the end, sharing it with Taylor made it special and fun. It was a great start to a new a life together!”

Photographer: Followell Fotography // Videographer: Nathan Willis Wedding Films // Wedding planner: Kendall Poole Event Planning // Florist: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral // Lighting: Davaine Lighting // Wedding cake baker: The Cake Diva // Rentals: Great Southern Events // Band: Mo Money Band

P.S. We think you’ll love these past films, too:
A homespun Georgia wedding film
A fun + casual Arkansas wedding film
A glamorous Charleston wedding film

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole

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