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Voting is open for the Best of the South Wedding Awards Finalists: Bridal Salons, Hair Stylists, Make-up Artists, and Honeymoons!

Moving right along, it’s day three and time to meet the Piney finalists who will help you feel like the most beautiful bride on your big day!! From helping you pick the ballgown of your dreams, to knowing just the right shade of pink lipstick and how to make the perfect Southern bump, these finalists will help ensure your fashion and beauty preparations are magical from the moment you try on your very first dress. And since the South is overflowing with amazing travel destinations, we’ve got nine of the best destinations for your Southern honeymoon, as recommended by y’all. Now, time to vote…

Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you may need to click through to the blog to vote!

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

As a reminder, there are prizes worthy of the Pineys for the winners in each category. In addition to golden pineapple trophies (!) and serious bragging rights, a feature in our tenth-anniversary issue is up for grabs! So cast your votes for your favorites and tell all your friends. We can’t wait to roll out the seersucker carpet and award some shiny gold pineapples in a few weeks!

Check back tomorrow to vote for the finalists in the Event Planner, Rentals and Decor, Florist, Caterer, and Cake and Sweets categories!

Missed a day? Vote for the best Southern wedding venues and Paper, Caligraphy, and Music!

Image Credits for Bridal Salon Photos: Carolyn Scott Photography, Kristen Weaver Photography, Justin DeMutiis Photography

Image Credits for Hair Stylist Photos: Southern Grace Photography, Cassidy Dawn, Katie Stoops, Jake + Heather, Whitney Neal, Anna Shackleford, Davy Whitener, Landon Jacob, Perry Vaile, Julie Livington, Claire and Barrett Photography, Melanie Mauer

Image Credits for Makeup Artist Photos: Drake Photography, Lyndi and Jason Photography, Kelly Ginn Photography, Sara Anne Photography, Bronwyn Duffield Photography, Emily March Photography, Alicia Antoinette Photography

Heidi Elnora, Twirl Boutique, Ivory & White, Teighla Norris, LULA Hair + Makeup, and Verde Beauty are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
133 Comments
  1. avatar Austin Mann reply

    Glad to give my input.

  2. avatar Melissa Rudiger reply

    Maggie Louise!!!

  3. avatar Roxy Toledo reply

    Katy is awesome!

  4. avatar katherine reply

    I absolutely love Lauren at Modern Trousseau in Charleston! She was phenomenal in helping me find my dream dress!

  5. avatar Tiffany Gaither reply

    How lucky I feel to be a southern girl! <3

  6. avatar Alyssa Marion reply

    Katy is amazing! She is so kind and pleasure to be around, I’d use her in a heartbeat!

  7. avatar Sarah reply

    Go Verde Beauty!

  8. avatar Jennifer Hicks reply

    Love Lula Blue!

  9. avatar Andrea reply

    GildedBridal
    Is truly a treasure!

  10. avatar Brittany reply

    Love Verde Beauty!

  11. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is a beautiful person inside and out who deserves this more than anyone else I know. Her love for hair and makeup is surely reflected on her clients!

  12. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is the most deserving person of this. Her passion for hair and makeup is surely reflected on her clients! Her work is absolutely beautiful!

  13. avatar Roxy Toledo reply

    Kart is amazing at makeup and hair!

  14. avatar Joe Ann Durham reply

    Lula is a lovely place and a caring place to get your dress for your wedding. Andra is the best

  15. avatar McKenzie Clapp reply

    Katy Lynn is amazing!!

  16. avatar Kelli Gilchrist reply

    Go Lula Blue!

  17. avatar Brandon reply

    Gilded Bridal is the best!!

  18. avatar Rachael reply

    In LOVE with Verde Beauty studio’ sworn! They are doing the hair and makeup for my wedding at Nottoway Plantation in October of this year and I could not be more excited!

  19. avatar Courtney Smith reply

    Good luck Ash!

  20. avatar Samantha statler reply

    Yay twirl!

  21. avatar Meredith vetell reply

    Modern trousseau was fantastic!

  22. avatar Niki Loiacono reply

    Carla White is beyond Amazing !!!! Hair , makeup she does it THE BEST!!!!!

  23. avatar Keely reply

    Carla is the best!!!

  24. avatar Lyndsay reply

    Teighla is seriously the best! I couldn’t ask for a better stylist! :)

  25. avatar Anthony Pellegrino reply

    Referred two friends to Gilded Bridal and they had nothing but wonderful things to say.

  26. avatar cody darrough reply

    Ashley Franke is the best.

  27. avatar Mike reply

    Guilded is great

  28. avatar Taylor pickard reply

    These girls are AMAZING!!!! Fun and patient…they showed up on time and catered to all of my girls and definitely catered to me. My bridals were perfect, my engagements were perfect, and my wedding day was perfect! I would recommend Tina and the girls to anyone! ❤❤

  29. avatar Hannah Johnson reply

    Pink Lou Lou is the best

  30. avatar Jennifer Hood reply

    Lula Blue for the win!

  31. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is awesome!!

  32. avatar Pamela Garrison reply

    Good luck!! Go Lula Blue!

  33. avatar Kristal reply

    Morgan is an incredible artist

  34. avatar Jennifer Tingle reply

    Pink Lou Lou !! Great girls! Amazing hair and make up!

  35. avatar Samantha Robins reply

    Lula Blue the owner is down to earth from a small town, she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

  36. avatar Sarah reply

    LOVE the White Room

  37. avatar Shae reply

    The White Magnolia is truly the best! Kerrie is wonderful!

  38. avatar Veronica Lewis reply

    I love Make up for Your Day!!❤️

  39. avatar Kassandra Hamilton reply

    Hard to choose! 😑

  40. avatar Jody Parten reply

    Lula Blue rocks!

  41. avatar LeeAnna Robertson reply

    KATY LYNN IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST! always has been!

  42. avatar Catherine Marks reply

    Heidi Elnora is the BEST!

  43. avatar Sandy Angelly reply

    Lauren at Modern Trouseau is absolutely fantastic.

  44. avatar Amanda harwood reply

    Good luck Ash Franke

  45. avatar Alivia reply

    Morgan Nichols is amazing!!

  46. avatar Elizabeth Hall reply

    <3 pink lu lu

  47. avatar Stacey reply

    Love Modern Trousseau!!

  48. avatar Jordan osborn reply

    Twirl and pink Lou Lou are the best!

  49. avatar Amber reply

    Lulablue!

  50. avatar Jenna reply

    Love southern weddings!

  51. avatar Kelsey Mowrey reply

    White Magnolia is the absolute best bridal salon!

  52. avatar Bonny Bailey-Finck reply

    Solutions is Amazing and always treats our Clients like Royalty.

    We are pleased to have them in Orlando!

  53. avatar Maria reply

    Makeup for your day is amazing!

  54. avatar Courtney Pate reply

    Brooke at Ivory & White is the BEST!!

  55. avatar Maggie reply

    I purschaed my wedding dress at The White Magnolia and I could not be more impressed with their selection, service and overall aesthetic of the store.

  56. avatar Victoria Clapp reply

    Katy does an absolutely stunning job on makeup! Honestly like I’ve never seen before :)

  57. avatar RJ Garner reply

    Thanks for supporting young entrepreneurs!

  58. avatar Jessica reply

    I went to White Magnolia Tampa and found my dress in April. The entire experience was AMAZING!!! The selection and the staff completely blew me away. I loveevery minute. They totally deserve this award!

  59. avatar Michele Bethel reply

    Teighla is absolutely amazing! Extremely talented make-up and hair artist.

  60. avatar Erin reply

    TWM is the best bridal shop around!!

  61. avatar Jennifer reply

    Hayden Olivia Bridal is hands down the best Bridal store ever. They have great selection and the staff is exceptional.

  62. avatar Janet ashby reply

    I follow Pink lou Lou. They are the best.

  63. avatar Joann Ray reply

    Emma Collins is extra special when it comes to makeup artist…

  64. avatar Molly reply

    Pink Lou Lou <3

  65. avatar Brandi Collins reply

    Emma Collins Beauty is the best!

  66. avatar Lauren Carney reply

    Absolutely love Hayden Olivia.

  67. avatar Dana reply

    Love Emma. She is crazy talented

  68. avatar Jess reply

    What a great honor for each one listed!! Congrats all!

  69. avatar Kristi reply

    Alison Sardina Best Hair Stylist!!!

  70. avatar Kelisha Amos reply

    Love Alison’s hair styles and she is a great person

  71. avatar Marjory Badham reply

    The White Room has helped me with wedding dresses and Mother Of Bride and Mother Of Groom…their expertise in style, fashion and honest opinion on dresses that look best makes such a difference. Last but not least, the quality and perfection in alterations makes it PERFECT!

  72. avatar Kate reply

    Modern Trousseau CHS made me feel like I was their #1 priority and knew everything about me and my special day!

  73. avatar Misty Cole reply

    If you want an AMAZING one of a kind dress Lula Blue is the place to go. Believe me you won’t be disappointed. Owner/Designer Andrea Glenn Ingram is a truly talented woman, who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

  74. avatar Jackie Goldfarb reply

    Love modern trousseauchs!! Lauren is the best

  75. avatar Shelley reply

    Go WMB

  76. avatar Maria Prna reply

    Jackie Robinson is the best

  77. avatar Katie Pursche reply

    Teighla did hair and makeup for my wedding in April 2016 and she killed it! We all looked AMAZING!

  78. avatar Tori reply

    I love Rawwbeauty!!!! Jackie does the absolute best makeup and is so easy going and hilarious!!!

  79. avatar Amanda reply

    Emma Collins is awesome!!!

  80. avatar Kirstie Chancey reply

    Love Emma Collins Beauty!!

  81. avatar Michele Schosser reply

    I have had several enjoyable visits in Hayden Olivia Bridal!

  82. avatar Janet Morana reply

    Love Raww Beauty!

  83. avatar Brittany reply

    White magnolia!

  84. avatar Christi Ledbetter reply

    Love Jackie Robinson with RAWW Beauty. She is the best!

  85. avatar Kaylan Ledbetter reply

    Jackie you are very talented! I’m extremely proud of you and everything you have accomplished and also thankful to call you family!!!!!! You are amazing!! Great job! Keep up the fantastic work!!!

  86. avatar Rosemary Dobbins reply

    I was the mother of the bride and my daughter bought her dress at the White Magnolia in Tampa!. We travelled from VA to FLA because TWM was recommended by everyone we knew and Kerrie and her staff did not disappoint. They did a fantastic job and my daughter bought an unbelievable dress. She was a gorgeous bride and TWM made her dreams come true. The staff did everything in their powers to make the bride find the “one” dress and I will definitely return with my other two daughters when their time comes. Thank you Kerrie and staff!!

  87. avatar Rose reply

    Emma Collins is the best! Love her work!

  88. avatar Rose reply

    Modern Trousseau and Emma Collins are the best! I absolutely loved working with them!

  89. avatar Alei flanders reply

    Emma collins beauty did a wonderful job on my makeup! Love her

  90. avatar Katy Barham reply

    Maggie Louise is very deserving!

  91. avatar Ashley reply

    Amazing experience at The White Magnolia!

  92. avatar Bethany AdMs reply

    Alison is amazing! She is so fast, professional and not to mention a good friend of mine from high school! When my husband and I decided to get married on the beach, I chose a place where I could be close to Alison!! I was so please with everyone’s designs!! Bethany AdMs

  93. avatar Nina Fike reply

    Jackie is the best .

  94. avatar Sophie Raines reply

    Go Maggie Louise!

  95. avatar Anna Smith reply

    Maggie Louise is the perfect place to find the wedding gown of your dreams! It was one of my favorite experiences during the wedding planning process!

  96. avatar Natalie Curry reply

    The White Magnolia is an amazing bridal salon, I had such a wonderful experience selecting my dream dress with them in Jacksonville, FL.

  97. avatar Tyler Litwack reply

    Emma Collins has done my makeup on multiple occasions and there is no one like her!!!

  98. avatar Joann Rhodes reply

    Absolutely love working with Solutions Bridal and About Face Design Team!

  99. avatar Emily Allen reply

    Love love love Katy Lynn Beauty

  100. avatar Jennifer Black reply

    Gilded is absolutely beautiful and they are so amazing to work with!

  101. avatar Ashley Brooks reply

    I found my wedding dress at Maggie Louise and my whole experience was so lovely like a dream come true!

  102. avatar Betty Black reply

    Morgan is an extremely talented Makeup Artist, loves her work and I seen a lot of her work and it is outstanding!

  103. avatar Carla reply

    Excited to vote!

  104. avatar Julia reply

    Alison Sardina is amazing to work with and does an incredible job!

  105. avatar Ronni reply

    LOVE White Magnolia’s unique dresses!!

  106. avatar Lydia Middleton reply

    Love how Alison does hair!! She’s amazing.

  107. avatar Ashley Rahill reply

    Solutions Bridal’s is number one !

  108. avatar Beth reply

    Jackie at RawwBeauty is the best

  109. avatar Logan reply

    Gilded bridal made my gown shopping a dream!

  110. avatar Henry reply

    I love Susan at Gilded Bridal!

  111. avatar Maggie Matthews reply

    Maggie Louise is a dream store!

  112. avatar Lauren Roether reply

    Has the most amazing experience at The White Magnolia! Still love my dress as much as the day I bought it!

  113. avatar Valerie reply

    We LOVE Johna Lutz at White Magnolia!

  114. avatar Emily reply

    Emma Collins Beauty is the best in business! She is a TRUE artist and has a wonderfully talented team of stylists that will execute the perfect makeup look for you! Good Luck Emma, even though you wont need it!

  115. avatar Sue reply

    Verde Beauty Studio are awesome!

  116. avatar Charla reply

    Gook luck everyone

  117. avatar Joe Ann durham reply

    Lula Blue is the greatest! Andra is a wonderful lady!

  118. avatar Joni dawson reply

    Emma Collins beauty is amazing!

  119. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy Lynn is awesome!

  120. avatar Rhonda reply

    Allison at Pink Lou Lou does beautiful work and she is a true southern sweetie.

  121. avatar Jaclyn reply

    Katy Lynn Beauty is amazing!

  122. avatar Bobbi reply

    Love verde beauty!

  123. avatar Karen reply

    Gilded bridal is the best.

  124. avatar Telissa Long reply

    Definitely Lula Blue!

  125. avatar Lori Black reply

    Morgan Nichols has done make-up for both of my daughters and myself, more than once(lots of occasions). She is professional and always on time, with a smile on her face. We have never had to have her change anything! Would recommend!

  126. avatar Hillaree Bennett reply

    They are ALL super talented!

  127. avatar Sarah reply

    I hope the sentimentalist wins!

  128. avatar Meghan reply

    Carla is the sweetest person and I cannot wait to work with her. Her reputation goes far before her and she has nothing but rave reviews.

  129. avatar Amanda Rhodes reply

    I love the sentimentalist!!!! My bff got her dress there and the staff was so wonderful and knowledgeable. Can’t wait for my day to visit

  130. avatar Kristy Anderson reply

    I had the most wonderful “this is the dress” experience that every bride dreams of. The hite Magnolia exceeded my expectations. No other store came close to comparison.

  131. avatar Luke Riley reply

    Absolutely love gilded bridal

  132. avatar Lauren reply

    Good luck to everyone!

  133. avatar Lynn reply

    Love Gilded Bridal!

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Introducing Best of the South!

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Back in December when we introduced our pretty new website to y’all, there was one part that was not quite ready for its close-up. We added a “Best of the South” button to our main navigation at that time, but up until now, it simply led to a splash page. Well, no more! Best of the South has launched, and we are pleased to make your introduction!

As y’all know, the South is comprised of many different subcultures, each with their own regional preferences, dialects and accents, vocab words, delicacies, and more. While the things that unite us are oh-so-strong (namely, a love for family and tradition!), with these pages, we wanted to celebrate the beautiful differences, too! After all, Southern gals are fiercely loyal to their locales, and there’s a reason you each chose to get married in a certain state: maybe it’s the one where you grew up, or your fiance attended school, or where your families live now. Whatever your reason is, it’s special, and we want to celebrate that!

So whether you’re tying the knot in Texas or Virginia, consider our Best of South pages your hub for all things state-specific. Choose your favorite and make it your home base for all the most helpful (and fun!) local info as you plan!

Each state’s beautiful header and footer were designed by the talented Joy Laforme. Jess from Magpie Paper Works delicately lettered the names (she did our logo, too!).

And yes, since so many have asked, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Oklahoma will be making their entrance soon! We needed a little more time to put the finishing touches on those three, but keep your eyes peeled for their debut.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear: Which state’s illustrations are your favorite? We had a hard time deciding in the office, but Nicole ultimately chose Florida, Lisa chose Louisiana, and I went with Mississippi!

emily Written with love by Emily
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    […] our new “Best of the South” pages–have you explored them yet? Read all about them here. Kristin shared her tenth hint for a happy marriage: eat dinner together. Find her advice and add […]

  2. avatar Dana reply

    the illustrations are so beautiful! I loved absolutely all of them!!

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