Monday, May 11, 2009

Wedding Bells are Ringing

The phones are ringing! WV Weddings has begun landing in mailboxes and on newsstands around the state.  The response has been terrific! 

Our amazing cover photo was taken by Morgantown photographer Rebecca Devono, and our cover bride and groom is Quinn Edgell and Gabe Devono of Bridgeport. The barn is on the bride's family farm in Doddridge County. But to learn more about this incredible couple and the 30+ brides featured in this amazing issue, you'll have to read the issue.  We promise it is a keeper!  

If you subscribed to WV LIVING before May 1, you'll receive a copy of WV WEDDINGS in the mail.  It is mailed directly from our printer, and it seems that different parts of the state receive it at different times. Not sure why, except that the Post Office can choose not to deliver it immediately (the fine print says that they have up to 3 weeks to deliver publications.) So if you haven't received it by the end of next week, let us know-- we've been tracking how long it takes to be delivered. If you want to buy a copy off the newsstand, check out our store locations page on the Web site for locations near you.  If you want to buy a copy from us directly, give us a call at 304.413.0104.

Let us know what you think! Your thoughts, ideas and suggestions are invaluable!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Welcome to WV WEDDINGS

Welcome to WV WEDDINGS—the first and only magazine solely dedicated to celebrating weddings in the Mountain State. It is not only a comprehensive wedding resource for brides-to-be, but it is also a showcase for beautiful ideas, breathtaking receptions, dazzling cakes, incredible destinations, and so much more. And the best part of all—these are real West Virginia weddings.

Since we first announced that we would be publishing WV WEDDINGS as a supplemental issue of WV LIVING magazine, we’ve set up booths at several bridal expos around the state. We were reassured that there was a need for this type of publication by the thousands of future brides who flocked to our tables and the numerous calls from couples looking for information and recommendations as they planned their special day. What I didn’t anticipate (thanks to Google and our Web site) was the number of calls and e-mails from non-West Virginians who were planning a destination wedding to West Virginia. From New York to Florida, brides are looking for that unique venue that is centrally located where their family and friends can gather to celebrate their momentous occasion.

We have also introduced a section called “The Wedding Register,” a special section where you can submit your wedding photos and a write-up about your special day. This is an important part of the magazine—not only do you get to appear in a high quality magazine and have a keepsake to share with friends and family for generations, but we choose our cover from the photos submitted to the Wedding Register! So, for all of you brides who were married (or will be married) from January 1, 2009 until March 15, 2010, make sure you reserve your spot—and you may be our next cover bride! 

After looking at thousands of wedding photos, I can truly say that this issue represents an amazing collection of ideas to inspire you to make your wedding uniquely your own. West Virginia has many talented cake designers, florists, photographers, wedding planners, and venues, and we are pleased to offer you a sampling of their services. And we will continue to feature even more weddings, more resources, and more great locations and venues on this blog. 

Let us know what you think!  We value your input in helping us craft a blog and magazine that fits your wedding needs!