I’ve been living in Virginia for 35 years. That beats my native New York years by quite a bit and qualifies me as a member of the “New South.” I’ve tried to merge the best of my big city ways with all the essential traditions of southern charm. I’ve been known to slip a ‘y’all’ in a conversation; and I call every one – and thing – ‘Darling.’ I’ve even learned how to cook shrimp and grits with a side of collards, much to the delight of my southern husband John.
Loving tradition as I do endears me to the South even more. I’ve learned about so many aspects of Virginian life from savvy southern friends. Years in the garden club helped me fall madly in love with peonies and hydrangea. Entertained at homes of some of the best hosts in town has taught me about hospitality and grace. Dining in this region has made me obsessed with oysters and other gifts of the sea. And most of all, living in an area surrounded by tributaries, rivers, the ocean and the Chesapeake Bay has shown me a lifestyle rich in nature and beauty.
Which is why we’re dedicating this issue to all things ‘Southern Charming.’
Couples making the choice to ‘get hitched’ in a setting rich with plantations, farms, wineries, bay and ocean views, and coastlines that stretch to forever, are doing it for a reason. They’re proud of their heritage and all that defines them– with much of it rooted right here. We’ve showcased some of the best fashion, weddings, venues, and talent –all the things that make couples proud to say “I Do” under Southern Skies.
Kim Wadsworth, Editor-in-Chief