Southern Weddings

Bride Anna shares her homespun Alabama wedding at The Brick Church.

I’m delighted to introduce y’all to our bride for today, Anna! Her Alabama wedding to Ben is filled with so much sweetness and charm that it was almost impossible for her to choose her most memorable moment from their wedding day. She says, “trying to choose just one, though, I think I would pick the weather.” A strange choice, I thought at first, until I read why! You see, the forecast called for rain on their wedding day, but it only drizzled during their ceremony (which was indoors, thank heavens!) and just a bit after, creating a lovely memory! “It was still sprinkling a bit so we ran off and hid in a local coffee shop, where had tea. It soon stopped raining, so Ashley took Ben and me off to the lovely town of Mooresville where we were able to hold a newborn lamb.” Add in tea as husband and wife and snuggles with a newborn lamb, and I totally get why the weather ended up being her most memorable moment! Keep reading for more details on their big day (and a peek at said newborn lamb!).

Big SW hugs to Ashley Vaughn of White Rabbit Studios for sharing their special day with us!

The third dress ended up being the one. I had a feeling from the moment I saw it on the hanger in the boutique, but knew it from the first time I tried it on. My mom and I went to a handful of other shops and boutiques but I couldn’t stop thinking about the two-piece embroidered gown.

Did you decide to do a first look? I’ve always wanted to do a first look! Ben and I both found it important to have a bit of a calm before the storm. We weren’t sure how to go about it, and our photographer, Ashley, had the idea for her to capture our first look, and then give us some alone time in the church. We took her up on that!

A Southern detail that was important to me was a theme of “generations.” Family has always been so important to me, and I took extra care in having my late grandparents and Ben’s late grandmother honored in small ways, such as having their wedding pictures at the wedding reception and by using my grandmother’s earrings and sheet music to walk down the aisle to.

How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? At the Brick Church, there was a fire marshal code that only 120 people could be in the church! The attendance for the reception was around 220.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Yes! My dad, Joel McWhorter, loves history and is like a walking book of history (especially regarding Alabama). When my brother and I were little, he took us to Mooresville one Saturday and told us the history of the Post Office there, and the little Brick Church (where I ended up getting married)! I remember, even though I couldn’t have been more than seven years old, wanting to get married in that beautiful church. I’ve always loved old churches rich with history and community, and having it be so close to my hometown of Decatur it couldn’t have been more perfect!

What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Ben and I have worked so hard for five years to get married, we can’t believe it actually happened! We look forward to sharing our love of Christ through our marriage and helping each other to become better people by building one another up and lovin’ on each other. We so look forward to traveling, making new friends, and getting a puppy! Sadly, the puppy is not in the near future, but we so look forward to having a bigger family together!

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Rather than buying many small items for those perfect details, I ended up making a lot of them myself or using things around my parents’ home! We used cigar boxes and books on the reception tables, and I hand made signs out of my grandmother’s old picture frames and old postcards my mom and I have been collecting over the years! Not only did it help save money, but it was SO much fun! I loved being able to hand make some of the decorations for my wedding! It definitely made the wedding seem so much more like Ben and me!

What did you serve for your wedding cake or dessert? Why did you choose it? My wedding cake was a three-tier vanilla funfetti cake with light pink buttercream frosting! Ben’s and my first date ever was to The Chocolate Crocodile, and we split an apple pie apple! It seemed only appropriate that we would choose it for the groom’s dessert, so the groom’s “cake” were apple pie apples from The Chocolate Crocodile!

“The Girl” has always been such a special song for Ben and me throughout our relationship, and we spent no time deciding on that being the song we would dance our first dance to.

Ben is my God-given gift, my very best friend, my counsel, my protector, and the person who has made me laugh the most. There is no doubt that we had been made a pair since before we were born. I had been praying for so many years that God would send me someone who would unconditionally love me and my family, and put God first. It is an understatement to say I’ve been blessed with Ben. He is the hardest-working, and smartest man I’ve ever met.

Tell us your love story. I have known Ben since I was in 4th grade, but I didn’t became friends with him until I was in 10th grade. We had a mutual friend set us up on a double date then (when I was in 10th grade and he in 11th), but neither of us were very interested in a romantic relationship at the time. We have a lot of fun looking back on that, especially how neither of us thought we would end up dating, let alone get married! That next year, however, we ended up having a study hall together, where, as Ben puts it, “we didn’t get much studying done.” I asked him to sit by me as soon as he walked into the class and we ended up spending that hour talking about anything and everything (with the occasional homework here and there). We ended up becoming really close friends being able to spend that time together everyday! I still can’t recall a specific date when I realized I liked him more than a friend. Our relationship had always been so natural. After spending every day during 6th period together (and sometimes 7th and after school), Ben finally asked me out on March 20th, 2012!
Tell us all about the proposal! Ben proposed to me on September 30th, 2016 at Falls Mill in Tennessee. This was always a very special date spot we would go to when we had a free day in the week! Lunches we would take there would always taste better by the water mill (even when the bugs were bad in the summers)! He took off work that Friday, picked me up and took me to The Brick in downtown Decatur for lunch and then off to Falls Mill. After he had proposed, he drove us back to our hometown where my mother hosted an engagement party with all of our families there to celebrate! It was a perfect day!
When did y’all get married? March 25, 2017!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? I had these poems read: “[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” by e.e. cummings and “It’s all I have to bring today” by Emily Dickinson. And these scriptures were read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and Song of Soloman 2:8-17. The wonderful man that read them is a dear, dear friend of mine named Eugene Banks!
What was your favorite detail from your wedding? There are so, so many details of the wedding that were favorites and so special to me. Having to pick one, I would have to pick the sheet music that my wedding party walked into the church to, and I walked down the aisle to. For a little backstory, my mom’s mother, who I called Nanny, passed away three years ago. She was the most delightful woman: full of laughter, full of fun, and full of Jesus. When I started taking piano lessons around nine years old, she gave me a piece of sheet music with a sticky note on it. I remember taking it home, poking around at the notes on the piano and putting it in the piano bench, completely forgetting about it. Sure enough, a few months before the wedding I was digging through all of my piano music trying to find what I wanted to walk down the aisle to. The sheet music that Nanny gave me was marked in pencil, “Martha Eckard March 25, 1948” (March 25th is my wedding day)! The music was THE WEDDING MARCH! How wonderful is that?! Having her recital music played from when she was a little girl made me feel like she was able to be there at the ceremony. My piano teacher from when I took lessons played it on the pump organ in the Brick Church.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I did! My something borrowed were the earrings I wore. They belong to my dad’s mother, who I call Grammy, and they were a prized gift my grandfather bought for her. My grandfather died when I was young, so it meant the world to me to be able to wear a gift from him to my grandmother. It made it feel like he was a part of the wedding too! My something blue was a handkerchief that I carried down the aisle that belonged to my Nanny when she was a little girl. My something old was a penny in my shoe (the same one my mother wore in her shoe in her wedding)! My something new was my wedding dress.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Dr. Steve Bateman, the head pastor at First Bible Church in Decatur, ordained Ben and me for our wedding. A prerequisite of his marrying us was that we go through marriage counseling with him. He recommended Timothy Keller’s, The Meaning of Marriage and spoke with us on what it means to be married and how relationships work. My favorite thing we did in the counseling was Ben named five ways in which he feels respected by me, and I named five ways in which I feel loved by him. I will forever cherish these things.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Having the wonderful vendors that we had made the day perfect! From the wedding planner, sweet Lori Bateman, listening to all my ideas and wishes and making them come true, to having a reception coordinator, Emme Long, making sure everything went according to the plan, to having a phenomenal, artistic florist making everything look gorgeous, to the most wonderful photographer to capture every detail! It wouldn’t of gone as perfect as it did if it weren’t for these wonderful ladies working so hard and having so much fun with it!
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? The best advice I have for anyone planning a wedding is how important it is to surround yourself with people that are organized and level-headed! Planning one of the most exciting, expensive, and beautiful celebrations can become so overwhelming and stressful! Having vendors, friends, and planners that were all organized and calm was so important in making the day and the planning run smoothly. Don’t be afraid to be vocal about what you want your day to look like, and most all people working on your wedding are so happy to make your vision come to life!
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your wedding? I cannot give enough credit to the wonderful wedding planner, Lori, for how hard she worked and how sweet she was in making everything that I wanted happen! She took extra care in having the details I asked for come to life! The day wouldn’t have been nearly as perfect as it was if it wasn’t for her! Love you long time, Lori!

Photographer: Ashley Vaughn of White Rabbit Studios | Planner: Lori Bateman (family friend) | Ceremony Venue: The Brick Church | Reception Venue: Woody + Lyla’s Dance Hall | Florist: Simpson’s Florist | Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Molly Moo Cakes | Caterer: Curry’s on Johnston Street | Rentals: Mullins Special Occasions | Band or DJ: Andrew Hodge + Matthew Sasser (childhood friends of the bride) | Special Details: 1951 Chevy Truck provided by Family Friend | Paper Products: Minted in Wanderlust Wreath | Bride’s Gown: Odylyne the Ceremony from Finery | Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel from Finery | Bride’s Shoes: Phoenix Suede Booties from Forever Soles | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Darccy Frill Layered Maxi Dress from ASOS | Groom’s “Cake”: The Chocolate Crocodile

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For Southern Weddings V9, we asked a few of our wisest, most creative, and just plain fun friends how they celebrate their anniversaries. From simple takeout dinners served on wedding china, to trips back to honeymoon destinations, and everything in between, their ideas spanned every timeframe, budget, and tradition we can think of. Whether you’ll be celebrating your first anniversary or your fifteenth this year, we hope these ideas inspire you–we’ll be sharing a new one each Sunday!

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Voting is open for the Best of the South Wedding Awards Finalists: Digital Photographers, Film Photographers, and Videographers!

Pop the champagne and grab the biscuits, it’s time to meet our final batch of Best of the South Wedding Awards finalists!! Capturing your wedding day is a big job, but we know that this group is up for the challenge. Each one of these talented folks creates imagery that will be treasured for generations to come, an idea that just gives me giant chicken bumps.

The votes are pouring in — over 13,000 (!!!) and counting — which has the whole SW team high fiving and exchanging text messages full of confetti cannon emojis and celebratory gifs. Why? Because your enthusiasm for the Pineys is more than we could have ever imagined. We dreamed up this celebration of vendors in tandem with our tenth-anniversary issue because we wanted to honor the wedding community in the South that has bloomed over the last 10 years alongside us. We knew that our fellow Southern wedding vendors were some of the best in the world and y’all are proving us right! Keep the votes coming…

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Please vote once in each category; all voting will be open until June 9th!

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  1. avatar Rhonda Lee reply

    East West Productions is the best!!

  2. avatar Rachael reply

    East West has the talent to turn any event into the most cinematic and romantic film possible. Caleb and his team work relentlessly to provide the best service and professionalism on your wedding day in addition to the end results which are what I believe to be the best films on the market.

  3. avatar Mike Lee reply

    East West are the most stress reducing vendor on wedding day

  4. avatar Kristin Congelli reply

    A.J Dunlap Photography is amazing!

    Inkspot crow was the best to work with for my wedding.

  5. avatar Tracy reply

    Love Leslie Hollingsworth’s work

  6. avatar Tricia McLister reply

    Love them! Congrats to all the finalists!

  7. avatar Cortney Rains reply

    Holly felts !

  8. avatar Court Price reply

    My fiancé and I could not be more in love with Ryan and Alyssa! They work and their personalities! They do the best work and make sure you are comfortable no matter what!

  9. avatar Riaan reply

    Anna is the best

  10. avatar T. Forrest reply

    Whitney Neal photography is unmatched. Love her work like no other!

  11. avatar Tommy Cox reply

    Kelly Ginn is the best!!!

  12. avatar Taylor bunch reply

    Go Maggie !!!!

  13. avatar Morgan pettigrew reply

    Loved kelly Ginn Photography!

  14. avatar Lauren Wilson reply


  15. avatar Lauren Wilson reply

    Kelly Ginn is absolutely amazing and we are so incredibly lucky to have her as our wedding photographer!!!

  16. avatar Hailey james reply

    Kelly and john ginn are the best!!!

  17. avatar Larissa reply

    Maggie is an amazingly talented woman and photographer

  18. avatar Ashley Hurley reply

    Kelly Ginn is amazing!!

  19. avatar Liz Shaw reply

    Good luck everyone!

  20. avatar Lindsey Cronlund reply

    The Happy Bloom does absolutely amazing work! The best choice for any wedding!

  21. avatar Brittany reply

    Kelly Ginn Photopgragy is awesome!! Very sweet loving couple

  22. avatar Lauren Watson reply

    KellyGinnPhotography is hands down the best in Memphis!

  23. avatar Caitlyn reply

    Leslie rocks!

  24. avatar Andrea Tutor reply

    Kelly Ginn is amazing and super super sweet!!

  25. avatar Liz Alford reply

    Kelly Ginn photography!

  26. avatar AFAgnew reply

    The Happy Bloom is my favorite!

  27. avatar Jessie Armitage reply

    Melissa is THE. BEST.

  28. avatar Kelsey A. McCathie reply

    Kelly Ginn photography is original, beautiful, and they are the most precious people!! ❤️❤️

  29. avatar William McCoy reply

    Maggie’s awesome

  30. avatar Melissa reply

    Beautiful pictures ♡Melissa Wilson

  31. avatar Adam Lader reply

    Margaret Taylor is fantastic!

  32. avatar Kara reply

    Bright Frame Films

  33. avatar Michelle Clover reply

    Al weddings is amazing.

  34. avatar Debbie reply

    Go Holly!!

  35. avatar Sarah thatcher reply

    We love Aaron and Jillian!!!

  36. avatar June Watkins reply

    thank you for the opportunity to vote.

  37. avatar linda Conner reply

    Great Job everyone!

  38. avatar Alicia reply

    I am obsessed with Pen Weddings ❤️ I follow them on YouTube, and Facebook and watch their videos as if they are going out of style. They really know how to capture raw, pure emotion and get the most of every couples story in each film they make. The day I get engaged is the day I’ll be booking them for my wedding, hands down!

  39. avatar Emily reply

    The shacklefords are amazing

  40. avatar Kristen Buchignani reply

    Reel Special videographers did a superb job at capturing our most cherished moments on on such a special da! They made us feel relaxed and everything was so natural! I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a videographer!

    • avatar Ryan & Brittany Worthen reply

      You are the absolute BEST, Kristen! Thank you SO much for voting and for choosing us to capture your wedding day! It was truly an honor and we’re so blessed to now call you friends (and soon to be parents)!

  41. avatar Cortney reply

    Margaret Taylor is AHH-mazing!!

  42. avatar Tabitha reply

    Tiffany Danielle has some amazing work.

  43. avatar Larry reply

    Pen Weddings! :D

  44. avatar Peter Nguyen reply

    Pen wedding is the best!

  45. avatar Mary reply

    Asha is amazing! Bright Frame FFilms has such quality work!

  46. avatar R Boxberger reply

    Love Pen Weddings

  47. avatar Abbey Bain reply

    Anna does amazing work!!

  48. avatar Robin reply

    Anna S. Is a fabulous photographer!

  49. avatar Jarrett Tyus reply

    Go Kelsey!

  50. avatar Melissa Chrzastek reply

    Heartstone films!

  51. avatar Kim Aldridge reply

    Love the way Caitlyn Lee captures the hearts of her wedding party.

  52. avatar Cindy Chafin reply

    Leslie Hollingsworth has been a long time friend. She has taken many photos of my family and all have been absolutely beautiful. She never disappoints

  53. avatar Danielle K reply

    Photos By Heart are the best film photographers!!! We used them for our wedding, and I have been using them for every other event since!

    • avatar Haley Bilunas reply

      Thanks, Danielle! So fortunate to have shared in your wedding day, and to now count your family as some of our dearest friends. Love you!

  54. avatar Richie Stone reply

    I’ve known Daniel and Anna Shackleford for nearly a decade. Not only are they two of the most talented people with a camera, they are even better people! As a fellow working photographer/videographer they are always willing to speak freely about the business and ways to help their fellow photogs! That doesn’t happen very often!

  55. avatar DElizabeth reply

    We love Melissa!

  56. avatar Melissa Barnes reply

    Phenomenal videographers!!!

  57. avatar Jessie reply

    Loved Tiffany Danielle’s work. While all the photos were beautiful, she chose a location that complimented the dress. The composition highlighted the couple. The lighting brought a heavenly atmosphere. artistic, yet intimate.

  58. avatar Becky i reply

    I adore Melissa Wilson’s Photography, her work is truly exquisite. She shot both my wedding and also my brothers. She’s amazing!!

  59. avatar Jeanne Kaufman reply

    Jonathan and Kaye deserve to win!!!!!!
    Beautiful work and so very talented and very accommodating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. avatar Jacob reply

    Vote holly

  61. avatar Allison Adams reply

    Twenty-One films is the best far and away!

  62. avatar Nate Sweeting reply

    Great photographers all around.

  63. avatar Allison reply

    Twenty-One Films is far and away the best!

  64. avatar Alexis Williams reply

    Nancy Ray all the way :)

  65. avatar Kat May reply

    They are all so great!!

  66. avatar Stacey Payne reply

    Melissa Wilson is amazing!

  67. avatar Talal Salameh reply

    How can someone not vote for the filmpoets after seeing their work… amazing stuff.

  68. avatar Christy knutson reply

    Love Twenty One Films’ work!

  69. avatar Bob reply

    Ally and Bobby

  70. avatar KRISTIN ROSE reply

    Always LOVE Justin DeMutiis work!

  71. avatar Cathy reply

    Bright frame films is incredible.

  72. avatar Lexi Tolbert reply

    Justin Demutiis is incredibly talented. He shot our wedding in Tampa last November. Not only is his work amazing, he is incredibly thoughtful. I will cherish his work forever!!

  73. avatar Evan Junot reply

    Asha only creates great videos. Since she is my sister-in-law, I know how dedicated she is and how much she loves what she is doing.

  74. avatar Hannah Tellez reply

    Way to go Bright Frame Films.

  75. avatar Laura Layne reply


  76. avatar Kayla reply

    Bridefilm is the best!

  77. avatar Rachel Hebert reply

    My husband and I still watch our wedding video often and we got married September 2013. Jonathan and Kaye gave us a priceless gift!

  78. avatar elizabeth reply

    This photo makes me want to get married again!!

  79. avatar Jackie Weaver reply

    Al weddings makes beautiful pictures.

  80. avatar Helen reply

    Wow Kristen Sweeting. SWEET photo!

  81. avatar JW reply

    What a gross concept, judging weddings. None of the pictures here are spontaneous. That are all staged by the photographer. Oh look at the loving embrace: no that we directed by the photographer. Couples wanting so desperately to by the subject of a romantic photo-documentary would be better served by enjoying the authentic moment.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi JW! No one here is judging weddings, people are casting their votes for wedding vendors! Very different. I also think to say that there is no genuine emotion here is extremely disrespectful to both the photographers and the couples themselves. I see tons of authentic joy and emotion when I look at these photos.

  82. avatar Becky Bishop reply

    Film poets is the best! Comitted to excellence.

  83. avatar Taylor Gilliland reply

    Lance deserves this!!

  84. avatar Natalie Eve Sandi reply

    BrideFilm is the best!

  85. avatar marianne mankin reply

    all these finalist are so talented.

  86. avatar Danna reply

    Penn Weddings is the best!!!

  87. avatar Mackenzie reply

    The Film Poets rock!

  88. avatar Pat Gingrich reply

    Heartstone is so beautiful!

  89. avatar Natalie Eve Sandi reply

    BrideFilm is the absolute BEST!

  90. avatar Alicia Trias reply

    Justin rocks

  91. avatar michael reply

    Lance Holloway is by far the best videographer! All our guests were blown away with his final result!

  92. avatar Jason Williams reply

    Film Poets – outstanding video Grapher, even better people!

  93. avatar Cynthia Greenberg reply

    The finalists certainly brought their “A” game! I can’t wait to see which of these expert artists prevail.

  94. avatar Laura reply

    Love photos by Heart!!!

  95. avatar Chelsea Hagopian reply

    Jonathan and Kaye are the BEST!!!! They did such an amazing job with our wedding!! Love y’all!!

  96. avatar Kendall reply

    Kelly is awesome

  97. avatar Rachel Whitaker reply

    Pick kelly ginn!

  98. avatar Debbie reply

    Go Bright dream films

  99. avatar Crystal Inglis reply

    Lance Holloway is the best!

  100. avatar Shirley neal reply

    Whitney neal

  101. avatar Will Cliatt reply

    Hands down the best videographer in the south. Thanks Lance!

  102. avatar Naomi wretham reply

    Julia Wade’s work- stunning!

  103. avatar Laura Murray reply

    Reel special is amazing!

  104. avatar Tyra Campbell reply

    Reel Specials is amazing!!!!

  105. avatar Alvin Coleman reply

    film poets absolutely ROCK!!!

  106. avatar Christian Harris reply

    Pennweddings captures more than just images.
    Emotions and memories come along with their gifted eyes.

  107. avatar Grace Moleton reply

    We loved working with Davy Whitener and he’s incredibly talented!

  108. avatar Linda reply

    Davy is the best!

  109. avatar Shelly reply

    Film poets are amazing!

  110. avatar Stephen reply

    Melissa is truly wonderful photographer!

  111. avatar Alexander reply

    Ally and Bobby are excellent people and stellar photographers!

  112. avatar Diana Meyer-Dittman reply

    Such a wonderful contest!!!

  113. avatar Courtney reply

    Tiffany Danielle….that is pure excellence

  114. avatar Jan reply

    Melissa’s photography is fabulous!

  115. avatar Gail Hill reply

    Twenty one the very best

  116. avatar Anna Culver reply

    Reel Special does an amazing job and absolutely the best videographer I know!

  117. avatar Katie reply

    AL Weddings is wonderful!!

  118. avatar Vic reply

    Love Aaron and jillian

  119. avatar Tabitha reply


  120. avatar Carolyn Dunlap reply

    AJ Dunlap has done exceptional work over the last 8 years+. We have followed them through several family weddings and on instagram and Facebook and seen their progress and expertise grow. We believe they are one of the best photographers in The Southeast. They get my vote.

  121. avatar Marcia Hudson reply

    The Happy Bloom does great work!

  122. avatar Meredith Keller reply

    Bride Film is amazing

  123. avatar Nicole Johnson reply

    Bride Films

  124. avatar MacKenzie reply

    Thank you so much for nominating us for this award! What awesome company we keep! Many thanks!- MacKenzie & Philip, Inkspot Crow Films

  125. avatar Jenna bosch reply

    Highly recommend Holloway productions

  126. avatar Peggy LeCour reply

    Davy Whitener is the best very professional, experienced, and listens to you and exactly what you would want your pictures to look like also willing to travel to you

  127. avatar Jaclyn Gibbs reply

    Love these photographers!

  128. avatar sumaya maghariaf reply

    Davy whitener is a very gifted & talented photographer, love his work & love working with him .

  129. avatar Samantha Hill reply

    So inspiring to look at such great work!

  130. avatar Jan Cook reply

    Kelly Ginn is wonderful

  131. avatar Sherrie Bass reply

    Love Julia Wades work!

  132. avatar Cacky Dias reply

    Go bright frame films!

  133. avatar Carrie Geddie reply

    Julia Wade!

  134. avatar Stephanie reply

    Film poets are amazing

  135. avatar Lidia Santelices reply

    When a videoagrapher can make you cry and you don’t know the family, they are great!!! Such is the case with BrightFrameFilms!! The best I’ve ever seen or used.

  136. avatar Robby Nelson reply

    Melissa always seems to catch the unplanned moments!

  137. avatar Lindsay Kelly reply

    Heart stone is the best!!!

  138. avatar Shayna Banfe reply

    Pen Weddings are so incredible!!!

  139. avatar Ginger Thompson reply

    Justin D! He’s the best!

  140. avatar Ellen Potts reply

    Holloway Productions — WONDERFUL!!!

  141. avatar Karen Proctor reply

    Reel Special does outstanding work. They film from the heart and capture the details you want to always cherish and remember in a unique and creative way.

  142. avatar Amy mcpherson reply

    What happened to katie cannon art? She was nominated !

  143. avatar Anthony Loudis reply

    Pen Weddings is the finest Wedding Videographers EVER!

  144. avatar Banessa reply

    Julia wade is amazing!!!

  145. avatar Paige reply

    Love Melissa’s work and personality!

  146. avatar Becky reply

    Melissa’s work is amazing!! I love her pictures. She did an amazing job on my wedding.

  147. avatar Vanessa reply

    Julia wade is amazing!!!

  148. avatar Ashley reply

    BrideFilm rocks!

  149. avatar Talia reply

    Love Pen Weddings

  150. avatar Traci reply

    Love the happy bloom

  151. avatar Robin Vouga reply

    Wow! These are fantastic! REALY tough choice!!!!

  152. avatar Laura Weiser reply

    Holly Felts!!

  153. avatar Haley Warren reply

    We LOVE Melissa!!

  154. avatar Danielle reply

    This was hard to choose from!

  155. avatar Vanessa reply

    Julia Wade is so incredible!

  156. avatar Katie Eberly reply

    Davy Whitener is absolutely the Best!!! You can not top his talent, his talent shines through in every moment he captures in photographs!!! He did a fantastic job capturing my wedding, my sisters wedding and every wedding I have seen on his site; you can not beat his photography skills and passion. He is hands down the Best!!!

  157. avatar Trish hannah reply

    Photos by heart are great

  158. avatar Erin Edwards reply

    FILM POETS!!!!!!

  159. avatar Tena Calhoun reply

    Film Poets videos brings weddings to life. We love to watch them over and over.

  160. avatar Emily Vocke reply

    I can’t imagine anyone capturing my wedding day other than Bridefilm!

  161. avatar Julia reply

    Bride film makes a wonderful video. Best choice!

  162. avatar Caroline reply

    Love Davy and his beautiful wife! So sweet and does amazing work!

  163. avatar Aly C reply

    Bright Frame was wonderful! Asha is the sweetest Towork with and does amazing work! We were sooo happy with our video!

  164. avatar Ashley Tidwell reply

    Be Light Photography did an amazing job at capturing my special day!! I would recommend them to anyone! My husband and I get to cherish the beautiful pictures for years to come and we couldn’t be more thankful!

  165. avatar Amanda reply

    Love ryan and Alyssa!!!

  166. avatar Natasha Gonzalez reply

    Reel Special is amazing!

  167. avatar Kristen J Scott Events reply

    love so many of these vendors!

  168. avatar Barbara Taylor Beggs reply

    Congratulations to Tiffany Daniel for her nomination as best photographer in the South. Her work certainly merits this!

  169. avatar Betty Kilpatrick reply

    Excited to vote for these two extremely talented individuals!

  170. avatar Sara reply

    Kelly Gin is by far the best photographer!

  171. avatar Klaida Fleming reply

    Love Holly so so talented.

  172. avatar Roxanne reply

    Love Miss Holly Felts!

  173. avatar Seth Taylor reply

    The Reel Special team is absolutely amazing! you couldn’t ask for a more passionate, kindhearted, positive and just all around amazing people. Reel Special makes you feel just that, special with how personable they are and how amazing they are at what they do!

    • avatar Ryan & Brittany Worthen reply

      You are too kind, Seth! Thank you so very much for your encouragement and thoughtful comment. We are just so humbled that we get to capture such important moments in the lives of those around us!

  174. avatar Marjory Badham reply

    Holloway Productions was timely, professional and a great videographer and end result of wedding video! Highly recommend!

  175. avatar Toni Wheaton reply

    Awe this is such exciting news!! Thank you so much for including us in this list among such talented creatives!! We love our couples!! xoxo Toni+Chris and the Heart Stone team

  176. avatar Toni Wheaton reply

    Awe yay!! This is so exciting, thank you so much for including us among such talented creatives!
    We love our couples!!
    xoxo Toni+Chris & The Heart Stone Team

  177. avatar Ryan & Brittany Worthen reply

    We are SO thankful to even be considered as a finalist in this amazing group of wedding video providers…THANK YOU to the amazing gals at Southern Weddings for including us! We also LOVE seeing several of our friends nominated in other categories…go cast your vote for Jaclyn Journey’s AMAZING floral designs, Jason and the team at Kentucky PRO DJ, Meredith and the INCREDIBLE team at The Biltmore Estate, our friends at the Apiary right here in Lexington, Kentucky, Allison and Dana with PinkLouLou because they are the absolute BEST hair stylists, and last but not least, the Twirl girls (Ty and Liz, we L-O-V-E you and your hearts of pure gold!!!).

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  179. avatar Jaclyn Gibbs reply

    Love these photographers

  180. avatar greta reply

    So many incredibly talented people on the list!
    Inkspot Crow is always my number one recommendation to the couples

  181. avatar Katie reply

    I love inkspotcrow!!!

  182. avatar Martha reply

    Inkspot Crow!!!!

  183. avatar Lindsay Riney reply

    I would get married all over again just to have Inkspot Crow film my wedding! I love their work!

  184. avatar Kristina reply

    Julia is the best!

  185. avatar Margaret reply

    Inkspot Crow did a phenomenal job for my wedding!

  186. avatar Cheri Peele reply

    Inkspot Crow-love

  187. avatar Anna reply

    Julia Wade!

  188. avatar Patricia Ward reply

    Philip is a former student of mine and his creativity has continued to flurish. He is definitely worthy of this honor.

  189. avatar Natalie reply

    Yay for Inkspot!

  190. avatar Janelle Hutchinson reply

    Inkspot Crow filmed my wedding almost 3 years ago and they are THE BEST. They are kind, thoughtful, and extremely talented. You couldn’t ask for a better team.

  191. avatar Adam reply

    Inkspot Crow is the best!

  192. avatar Lydia Mayfield reply

    Loved working with Graham Terhune and Inkspot Crow last March!

  193. avatar Perry 💚 Houghton reply

    Love ink spot crow!!!!!!

  194. avatar Frances King reply

    Inkspit Crow is amazing!!

  195. avatar Trish Deerwester reply

    Love, love Inkspot crow!

  196. avatar Lydia Mayfield reply

    Love Graham and Inkspot!

  197. avatar Caroline reply

    It would be impossible for me to cast this vote with more admiration and gratitude for inkspot crow!! MacKenzie and Henry are a tremendously talented duo with even bigger hearts (if that’s possible!) they were an absolute pleasure to have our wedding weekend and absolutely deserve this award!! – Caroline & Rory

  198. avatar Martha Ezell reply

    Philip and MacKenzie Henry at Inkspot Crow filmed two of our children’s weddings. They were AMAZING in every way!Professional, creative and fun to work with. I would recommend them to anyone.

  199. avatar Marcus Adams reply

    Justin at The Happy Bloom is an amazing photographer! He is very good at what he does and takes amazing photos!

    The Happy Bloom for Life!

  200. avatar josh reply

    be light photography!

  201. avatar Carmen reply

    kristen kilpatrick is a DREAM! she makes the shyest of us feel sooo beautiful in front of the camera. is there anything better than that?!

  202. avatar Rachel reply


  203. avatar Kasey Kilpatrick reply

    Kristen kilpatrick photography is hands down the best!

  204. avatar Natalie Pappas reply

    Go Kristen go!!

  205. avatar Clay reply

    Kristen rocks

  206. avatar Brooke reply

    Reel Special does an amazing job! Love their work!

    • avatar Ryan & Brittany Worthen reply

      Brooke, thank you so much! We are so honored that Reel Special was included amongst so many other talented filmmakers, but it makes it that much sweeter when we see comments like yours!

  207. avatar Phyllis Moreno reply

    Jonathan and Kaye!

  208. avatar Ky reply

    Great contest!

  209. avatar Angela Hoogstad reply

    BeLight… AMAZING!!!

  210. avatar Mary kunz reply

    Good luck!! xoxo

  211. avatar Michael Noel reply

    Inkspot Crow is beyond comparison!

  212. avatar Melanie reply

    Hampton Road is awesome! Used them for both daughters weddings!

  213. avatar Heather Knowles reply

    So much talent!

  214. avatar Meleah reply

    Hampton Road Studios filmed my wedding, and I could not be more delighted with their work! My husband and I will treasure our wedding video forever- they captured our day in such a beautiful, sweet way! I am so grateful for their skill and artistry! Not to mention, they are two incredible people in their own right! They are a pleasure to work with!

  215. avatar Cortni reply

    Jonathan & Kaye are world-class at photo AND video. We LOVE working alongside this dynamic duo!

  216. avatar Melisa Tanverdi reply

    We could not have been luckier to have our wedding memories captured by Graham Terhune and Inkspot Crow. These “vendors” quickly became dear friends, and their talent continues to amaze and inspire!

  217. avatar Best of the South – Finalist for Best Digital Photographer – Julia Wade Photography reply

    […] so happy to have been nominated for Southern Wedding’s Best Digital Photographer in this year’s Best of the South […]

  218. avatar Grace truscott reply

    I love the wedding photos of Holly felts

  219. avatar Jeanne Dupuy reply

    BrideFilm is incredibly talented and awesome to work with! Their work always surprises and amazes me. They really capture everything you want for your wedding! Love them!

  220. avatar Joal Stone reply

    Our family is truly blessed to have had Bride Film provide the most beautiful memories of all three of our children’s weddings through their extraordinary filming and editing. We are forever grateful to this amazing couple! Thank you, Bride Film!!!

  221. avatar Ashley Gardiner reply

    Bride film was used for my wedding and they were spectacular

  222. avatar Emily Ware reply

    Love Aaron and Jill! They were the best part of my wedding!

  223. avatar Kim Bair reply

    KT Merry’s work is beyond gorgeous!!

  224. avatar Lucy Stefani reply

    I love AJ Dunlap photography, and twenty-one films!

  225. avatar meryt harding reply

    Bride film videod our daughters wedding and it was the best investment we made in the wedding as we have watched the footage time and time again. !!

  226. avatar Kelli reply

    Aaron andJill

  227. avatar Mary Drylewski reply

    KT Merry is amazing!!!!!

  228. avatar Donna reply

    Twenty-one Films are awesome

  229. avatar Claire Law reply

    Aaron and Jillian are by far the best. Amazing photographers and even better people!

  230. avatar Irene Tseretopoulos reply

    KT Merry is simply amazing

  231. avatar Brit reply

    Jill is the best!

  232. avatar Demi Mabry reply

    Awesome list to choose from!

  233. avatar Anna reply

    Love julia wade

  234. avatar lynnesy reply

    Go Whitney!

  235. avatar Jerrell reply

    East West Productions
    Nancy Ray
    Julia wade

  236. avatar Tom reply

    so many hard choices!

  237. avatar Hannah C. reply

    Nancy Ray and her team of film photographers are highly skilled, passionate about serving their clients, and intentional to educate other creatives.

  238. avatar alicia belle reply

    Beautiful work! Congrats guys

  239. avatar Josh reply

    Ryan and Alyssa are the best.

  240. avatar Sarah reply

    We will be using Heartsone for our wedding in Sea Island on October 13 and we cannot wait! Their work is stunning and they are so personable!!

  241. avatar Rachael blood reply

    Whitney is amazing!

  242. avatar Susannah reply

    love! so much talent here!

  243. avatar Jessie reply

    Love Whitney Neal!

  244. avatar Robert reply

    go whitney!

  245. avatar Danielle reply

    Holly Felts is awesome!

  246. avatar Jan reply

    I loved Kari’s photos

  247. avatar Kipp reply

    Kelly Ginn is wonderful to work with!! Her eye for photography is beautiful!

  248. avatar Amy reply

    My fiancé and I loooooooooved Kelly and John’s photos when we were doing our research for wedding photographers. And we fell in love with them even more after meeting them!! We are so excited about having them there to capture our day later on this year!! #teamKellyGinn

  249. avatar Jamie Collett reply

    Ryan & Brittany are AMAZING!

  250. avatar Jeff reply

    Great videographers

  251. avatar Laurie brotherton reply

    So many talented artist!!

  252. avatar Kayla Walker reply

    I will forever be thankful to Reel Special. They made our wedding even more special!

  253. avatar Ryan & Brittany Worthen reply

    Aww Natasha…We just can’t even thank you enough for your support and encouragement!!!!

  254. avatar Beth reply

    Julia Wade! not only does she has the best work, she has the kindest heart.

  255. avatar Tara reply

    Ryan and Brittany could not have done a better job. Everything was perfect! Would absolutely use them again and highly recommend them. Thank you Reel Special again for making Morgan and Scott’s wedding so perfect!

    • avatar Ryan & Brittany Worthen reply

      Thank you so much, Mrs. Van Epps! That you would take the time to vote for us AND comment here means so much to us… It was such an honor to be able to capture Scott and Morgan’s wedding and we pray that footage will be treasured for a lifetime to come!

  256. avatar Karen reply

    Love Julia Wade!!

  257. avatar Ivette reply

    Great job Davy Whitener!

  258. avatar Sharon Roach reply

    Daniel and Anna Shackleford do amazing work!

  259. avatar Ken reply

    Reel Special!

  260. avatar k piuze reply

    davy has been taking photographs & building his skill since he was a kid & it shows

  261. avatar Grace Huh reply

    Love Ally and Bobby!

  262. avatar Jackie McCain reply

    Davey Whitener is unequald in talent as a photographer. The best of the best.

  263. avatar Holly reply

    Yay Anna and Daniel!

  264. avatar Terri Jorgenson reply

    Julia is amazing!!!

  265. avatar Cristina Bearden reply

    Good luck to all of these amazing folks!

  266. avatar Melissa reply

    Go Reel Special!!

  267. avatar Erin Estrada reply

    I was treated to a beauty session with Leslie Hollingsworth and was blown away! I had no idea of how to pose or what to wear, but she guided me every step of the way. The pictures turned out so well and I came away with a renewed view of myself.

  268. avatar Debbie Levy reply

    Bride Films is the best videographer.

  269. avatar Amory Godley reply

    Reel Special is incredible!

  270. avatar Mary reply

    Love Whitney’s work!

  271. avatar Elizabeth Woods reply

    How can someone be mentioned or picked or voting? I am a local Makeup and Airbrush Tanning artist and would love to be featured in the future.
    Thank you!

  272. avatar Laura Crafton reply

    Davy is incredible!

  273. avatar Pamela reply

    Go Julia, you rock!

  274. avatar June reply

    Bridefilm is cutting edge. Always in the know. Love Bridefilm. You are the greatest.

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