There's more to explore in the June issue!

Wedded Bliss

Will your wedding be casual, maybe with a country flair? Or will it be an elegant candlelight affair? The venue will certainly determine the kind of ambiance your wedding will project. Writer Karon Warren takes a look at several Mid-South wedding venues that can create a magical atmosphere for the big day.
Two friends recently saw their children walk down the aisle, and both of these women are independent and talented professionals used to making hard decisions. But the angst of choosing a dress for their daughters’ weddings kept them in a quandary for weeks. I don’t have children so I couldn’t relate to what they were feeling, but I listened and tried to offer encouraging words to each of them. So, when writer Deborah Burst pitched a story about her quest for the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress, the editorial team realized this must be a real concern among today’s women. Moms will be delighted with the advice Deborah shares in her story, “Oh, Mom, what will you wear?”
We love featuring our area’s beautiful brides and handsome grooms in our annual “I Do” section. Thank you to all who answered our call to share your wedding photos this year.
On a different note, congratulations to our regular contributor Verna Gates who was recently named Alabama Media Professionals’ 2019 Communicator of Achievement. The organization is a state affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, and Verna will now compete for the national title of 2019 NFPW Communicator of Achievement. Several of her stories for DeSoto Magazine have won NFPW awards and will be recognized at the national awards ceremony later this month. In the meantime, please read Verna’s latest story in this issue about Bourbon Pens, a perfect wedding or graduation gift.
Although this issue is dedicated to love and wedded bliss, we think you’ll find lots of other stories of interest regardless of your marital status.

Happy reading!
Mary Ann