Has there been any change in my life so seismic as the shift from wedding-hater to wedding-lover?
Other than my new fondness for oatmeal…nope, I don’t think there has been any alteration quite as drastic.
For reasons vast and wide, I used to cringe at the thought of weddings – whether attending, photographing, planning – the whole shebang. I could think of 8,000 things I’d rather do. Possibly 80,000.
Whether it was my heart changing substantially over the past few years or attending/being in/photographing/assisting on more weddings than I can count (literally…I only know it’s more than 50), something got to me.
I am officially that girl who wants to talk about the diversity and usefulness of burlap as it pertains to reception decor.
Stranger things have not happened.
The apex of this affection for wedded bliss? Southern Weddings Magazine.
OH, Southern Weddings Magazine!
I stumbled upon iloveswmag.com last year when I was entrenched in the search for a photography internship. I was looking for a list of photographers in the south (because every year around this time I decide I want to move to the south) and found that information and SO MUCH MORE on the Southern Weddings blog. Luckily this happened on a day with a free schedule. I literally sat at my computer for the next few hours and poured over pages and pages of blog archives, profiles of Southern Weddings employees, Lara Casey’s website, and the Making Things Happen website.
I would wholeheartedly recommend that you do the same.
Here’s a brief history of this amazing publication (from Lara Casey’s Sit a Spell With Me section):
“I always wanted a place to showcase what fired me up. This all started when we launched the Southern Weddings daily blog in 2007. It was a place for me to share what I loved in weddings, what was inspiring me and to show Southern brides that there was more to telling their unique love story than tulle and stuffed chicken. The blog caught on like wildfire, and people got so excited about a modern look at weddings in the South. The print magazine was born out of the incredible feedback from the blog. I am so grateful for the work we do because our job is to tell these authentic love stories. I love my “work.” We’re not corporate or owned by some big publishing house. We do the layout, write the editorial, organize the advertising – and everything else – ourselves. We are self-published, which is a rarity nowadays. We’re really, really small. We never want to grow to the point where we can’t give personal attention to what matters most. We are really grateful for that.”
It took me about 5 seconds to decide that I wanted to support this endeavor and needed to order both of the back issues that were currently available – those being Volume II and Volume III since sadly (and not surprisingly), Volume I had completely sold out (Volume III has since acquired the same status).
When it arrived at my doorstep I couldn’t believe my eyes.
There, tucked inside the front cover of the most beautiful magazine I had ever seen (seriously – no exaggeration – and you all know how deep and wide my magazine obsession runs) was a postcard. A thank you postcard. A HAND WRITTEN THANK YOU POSTCARD!!!
I was too overjoyed to take pictures that day…and too busy savoring each and every page…but I had the presence of mind to photograph a few of the contents of Volume IV when it arrived. Let’s chat about it, shall we?
This is what makes Southern Weddings Magazine my favorite magazine of all time (corresponding to the pictures above):
- The aforementioned hand-written postcard. Can you even believe it?
- The sheer beauty – and heft – of the perfectly packaged magazine
- The design quality of the layout. Each page is packed with unique details and eye-catching colors.
- The southern sayings randomly dispersed throughout the magazine (!!!!!!)
- The personal factor of having the editors comments displayed by different features; the fact that the magazine is so BEAUTIFUL, so professional, and yet so personal is by far my favorite aspect.
- The attention to detail. From the first page to the back cover, every inch of the magazine is soaked in Southern charm.
- The fact that this 250+ page magazine, filled to the brim with more breathtaking imagery, ideas, and love than I can describe in a blog post, is only $5.95. ($5.95!!!)
As for the Volume pictured above, these were my favorite selections:
real weddings (but you’ll have to buy V4 to see them all!):
katie + max (color!)
ginny + todd (elegant and understated!)
annie + jimmy (beautifully country!)
paige + adam (rustic!)
And…as if all of this weren’t enough…you can also view free digital editions of Volumes I, II, and III online. That means you get to peruse the sold out Volumes! For FREE!
Clear your schedules.
Southern Weddings, thanks for being so wonderful. You’re not just a good thing, you are an amazingly wonderful thing that makes me over-the-top giddy. Keep up the phenomenal work!