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Winter is almost here! This means we’re getting more and more excited for Country Winter Weddings! Here are a few reasons why celebrating eternal love is so great this time of year.

1. You can have a beautiful table scape like this…

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2. Playing in the snow makes for a spectacular time (and photo).

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3. Wearing plaid with your wedding dress isn’t weird, but extremely beautiful.

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4. Fur and crochet shawls make for the perfect bridesmaid accessories.

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5. Sapphire blue never looked better!

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6. Cake.

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7. Jingle bells, pine leaves, and red are the perfect decor.

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8. There’s nothing quite as magical.
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It’s August, and it seems like everyone is already looking forward to fall. Don’t get me wrong, fall is great, but if you’re like me, you aren’t ready to let go of summer yet. So while everyone else is telling you to bust out the hoodies and pumpkin spice lattes, here’s [NUMBER] things you absolutely MUST check off that summer bucket list before it’s too late!

1. Swim in something that isn’t a pool.

It may not be reasonable for some of us to get all the way to a beach to swim in the ocean, but everyone is bound to be at least within a few hours of a lake, pond, creek, quarry, or some natural body of water. Throw caution to the wind and dive right in! (Well, okay, first check how deep it is, then dive at your own risk). With sweltering August temps, late summer is the perfect time to finally check this off your list.

Or, you could try a make-shift pool!

Okay, so you won’t really be able to swim, but this still seems way fun! All you need is a truck, a tarp, and a hose. Then you can add chairs and umbrellas and beverages at your discretion.

2. Stargaze from the bed of a truck.

While we’re on the subject, if you haven’t done this yet this summer, do it. Get as far away from civilization as you can. Bring blankets, pillows, and a special someone. Roll the windows down and blast country music on the way there, but then take a moment to take in the vastness of the stars in silence. Have a deep conversation about your futures, fears, favorite memories – anything. There’s just something about being outside at night in the summer, and if you haven’t had that yet this summer, you need to!

3. Go to a country music festival.

Sure, Stagecoach and Country Jam already happened, but festival season is far from over! There’s still time to experience this crucial summer event.

Lockn Festival in Virginia is September 4-7, and features Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, among others. Tickets are still available on their site, and start at $109.

Ramble Jam in Minnesota is September 12-13, with headliners Chase Rice on Friday and Josh Thompson on Saturday. You can still get advance tickets for $49 through August 13th on their site!

Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN is September 17-21, featuring Greensky Bluegrass, The Avett Brothers, and many others. Tickets are pretty steep starting at $365, but hey, it’s Nashville.

4. Go on a road trip.

A road trip doesn’t have to be a huge, week-long, cross-country adventure. You can get the same thrill and fun in an overnight trip. Here’s how:

  1. Choose your destination. Find a city or spot about a 4-6 hour drive from your starting point. Look for concerts or shows in the area, or just choose a place with great nightlife.
  2. Book a motel. You’ll only need it for the night, so go as cheap as you can. Cram all your friends into one room. Heck, you could even sleep in your car. Remember, it’s not about comfort, it’s about the story.
  3. Pack. Put a toothbrush and a change of clothes in a backpack. Bring snacks, a cooler full of drinks, and some music.
  4. Be spontaneous. Leave in the morning so you have all day to get there. Then, if you see something you like, go for it. Photo ops, scenic routes, and anything with “World’s Largest” make for great memories. Use your phones as cameras, but nothing else. Facebook can wait, you’re on a road trip, dang it!
  5. Share. Split the cost of gas, the motel, snacks, and tickets, and take turns driving. It turns out a one-day road trip can actually be pretty feasible, and super fun.

5. Spend a day doing nothing.

For just one day, live like a cat. Move only from nap to nap, just following a sun beam. Have food brought to you, if you can. You may start to feel that nagging feeling of needing to do something, but you can push through it. Whatever you do, do it aimlessly: listen to music, browse Pinterest, read a magazine. Whatever else you need to do can wait a day. Your body will thank you for the relaxation.

Have you done any of these? Is there anything else everyone should do this summer? Let us know in the comments!

Etta is a flower child. She prefers to be barefoot and in the grass. She loves nature, animals, and feeling free. Etta may seem delicate and flighty, but she has a powerful creative mind and strong spirit. She is confident in herself and loves life.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite artist: Tom Petty

Country Crush: Dierks Bentley

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Etta is named for Etta Place, the mysterious companion to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Charley is tough as nails, and she won’t let you forget it! Charley has worked on a farm her whole life, and loves every grueling minute of it. She’s a tomboy for sure. Charley refuses to give a damn what anyone thinks about her.

Charley is fearless, confident, and dignified. Even when she’s quiet, she’s got a million thoughts in her head, and when she speaks she’s wicked smart. You don’t have to worry if she’s better than you – she is.

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Favorite Artist: Johnny Cash

Country Crush: Jason Aldean

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Charley is named for Charley Parkhurst, a stagecoach driver who posed as a man so she could have equal rights and vote.

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Annie is our sweetheart. She’s the girl next door, a daddy’s girl, the kind of girl they write country songs about. In the words of Tom Petty…

She’s a good girl, loves her mama, loves Jesus and America too. 


Annie is a girly girl and loves it. Her favorite colors are pink and glitter. But Annie has a sassy side! Fierce and loyal, Annie won’t take any crap, especially when it comes to her family, friends, and Country music.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite artist: Carrie Underwood

Country Crush: Luke Bryan

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Annie is named for sharpshooting legend Annie Oakley, who always dressed like a lady and shot like a badass.

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Jane is the wild one of the bunch. She loves having fun and breaking rules. Jane always has a new idea for getting into trouble. She laughs, she dances, and she lives passionately.

Jane has something of a redneck streak in her. She loves to get down and dirty, and she’ll do anything if you dare her first. She’s loud, proud, and comfortable in her own skin.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite artist: Miranda Lambert

Country Crush: Brantley Gilbert

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Jane is named for Calamity Jane, a sharpshooter and rider with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

  

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Who is Country Girl? Country Girl is tough but sweet, fun but diligent. She’s cute, hot, beautiful, and everything in between. She’s a best friend, sister, daughter, and girlfriend. Country Girl is confident, smart, and proud of her roots. She’s got a lot going on! Here’s a quick look at our CG Girls:


Annie


Annie is sassy and spunky. She loves pink, sparkle, and bling. But don’t let that fool you: she’ll kick your ass!


Charley


Charley is as tough as her boots. She doesn’t worry about how she looks, she’s here to get shit done. Strong and smart, Charley loves hanging tough with the boys – and showing them up.


Etta


Etta is a free-spirited Country Girl. She’s in tune with her roots and the beauty of the land. Etta is beautiful, quirky, and mysterious; she line dances to the beat of her own drummer.


Jane


Jane is a down-home wild child. She loves whiskey and guns, and she’ll never turn down a challenge. She’ll break the rules and break the boys’ hearts.


Which one are you? Or are you a combination of a few of them, or them all?