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Simply Gorgeous Events

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Simply Gorgeous Events is a full-service wedding planning, design, and floral design company! Our goal is to create a one-of-a-kind wedding for each of our couples and end your wedding night with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We make the planning process as easy and fun as possible and take out all of the stress and anxiety for you two. We want you to relax and focus on marrying the love of your life!

Name: Lara-Jill Reynolds
Where you call home: West Virginia
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: Every day something exciting is happening, whether it’s completing a design mock-up our couple loves or booking the next SGE couple. The best, though is when a couple or family shares their gratitude with us at the end of a wedding day! We are so honored to be featured on some of my favorite blogs, including Wedding Chicks and The Perfect Palette, and I am still in shock at becoming a Blue Ribbon Vendor — when I told my mom, she was beyond thrilled and so proud!
Location/Coverage: West Virginia, but we love to travel!
How I got into weddings: I have always enjoyed design, whether it was interior design, fashion, or just pretty details. After my own wedding, I started the process of getting certified as a wedding planner, and Simply Gorgeous Events was created. My goal is to bring a high quality service to West Virginia brides and serve them well! Your wedding day is the start of your marriage, and I want you two to focus on that!
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? My favorite things about weddings in the South are the traditions, values, and the sweet hospitality for guests. I love when couples incorporate special family traditions into their wedding day along with the special events leading up to the big day!
Favorite part of a wedding day? There are so many! The moment right before I send the bride down the aisle is a favorite — the look on her face is everything!
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Consider you two as a couple – what is most important to you that will make your wedding day uniquely yours? Remember this is YOUR day. It will fly by, so cherish every moment – your vendors are there so you and your families are able to enjoy this special day in your lives.
Dream travel destination? There are so many places I would love to travel to, but Ireland, Greece, and Paris would be amazing!
Favorite Southern city? Charleston, SC
Early bird or night owl? Night owl, but on wedding days I’m an early bird.
Favorite pie flavor? Chocolate!
Favorite biscuit topping? Love biscuits and gravy!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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Southern Posies

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Southern Posies is a boutique wedding planning and floral design studio. We love helping classic Southern brides tell their story with a beautiful and purpose-filled wedding full of whimsical, romantic details — so they can have peace of mind that every detail is handled with care and intention and focus on building a marriage more beautiful than their wedding.

Full Name: Crystal Strickland
Where you call home: Montgomery, Alabama
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: We have been in business right at four years and have been featured in various publications, including Southern Weddings, Brides.com, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Wire, and Southern Bride. We have played a part in almost 150 weddings to date!
Location/Coverage: Alabama, Georgia, and wherever the beauty takes us!
How I got into weddings: I interned at a magazine here in Montgomery right before graduating from college that also planned major city events, weddings, corporate events, and birthdays, and I completely fell in love with weddings. At one point, I was working for a venue, the magazine, and assisting on some weekends with another floral designer/planner just to learn as much as I could about the events industry. I also come from a line of gardeners (my grandfather was an award-winning rose gardener and my grandmother worked in greenhouses at Caffco), so I guess you could say it is in my veins. My heart lies in serving others and I am so grateful to call this my passion and my job!
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Rich love of family, traditions, and faith.
Favorite part of a wedding day? I absolutely love handing a bride her bouquet for the first time, and get chill bumps every time I watch the bride and her dad make their way down the aisle.
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Tackle finances at the get-go before making large decisions in planning. I always tell people that you can have a wedding on any budget, but you cannot have any wedding on any budget. Set your boundaries, but make sure it is proportioned and balanced so your event stays cohesive aesthetically and financially to your goals.
Dream travel destination? Italy
Favorite Southern city? Thomasville, Georgia! Love the gorgeous plantations and small hometown feel of the downtown area. Auburn is a definite favorite, too!
Early bird or night owl? Early bird
Favorite pie flavor? Tie between coconut and lemon meringue
Favorite biscuit topping? Mayhaw jelly

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A Touch of Southern Events

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We are a best friend wedding planning duo based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. It makes our hearts melt when we get to help brides plan for one of the greatest parts of their love stories. We strive to get to know YOU, so that together, we can make your dream for your day become a reality.

Full Names: Amanda Ward and Alyson Walker
Where you call home: Reidsville, North Carolina
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: We are both truly Mama’s girls. They taught us to “Live simply, but think BIG,” and have wholeheartedly supported us throughout our journey. We tell them everything, so they get the joy of hearing the good, the bad, and the ugly. They are so proud of our hard work and determination and of how far we’ve come since we took a chance on pursuing our dream. We would thank them for teaching us to strive to be polite, gracious, thankful, and hospitable. They set a great example of what it means to be a true Southern lady!
Location/Coverage: Will travel wherever the event takes us!
How we got into weddings: We are two best friends who grew up together in a small Southern town in North Carolina. Our friendship has now lasted for over 20 years, and we could not imagine life without the other one in it. We both went into the field of teaching after college, but quickly realized our true passion after directing weddings and events on the side. One night as we were sitting outside chatting about life, we asked each other what our dream job would be if we could choose any career. Of course we both answered, “event planners!” That night, we came up with our business name, and decided that we would start this sweet little business. We are so fortunate to have now made our dream a reality and are truly blessed to have met and worked with some of the most amazing people. Who knew that a “silly” idea that we came up with at 2 am could turn into such an amazing journey.
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? There is nothing like a good Southern wedding no matter where you are from! Not only do you know that “Copperhead Road” is going to be played, but you can also always count on a big glass of sweet tea to be calling your name during the reception. We take pride in being from the South where we never meet a stranger and building lasting relationships is a personal priority. When we show up to a Southern wedding, we do not feel like we are there to just do a job, but instead we feel like we become part of the family and are celebrating right along with them.
Favorite part of a wedding day? As wedding planners, we obviously love the groom’s first look at the bride and the beloved father-daughter dance. However, our absolute favorite part of that special day comes moments after the bride and groom say “I DO!” and seal it with a kiss. In the seconds that follow, we love stepping back and watching the new Mr. and Mrs. take their first steps together in their new journey. All of the stress of planning is diminished and forgotten, and they finally get to enjoy their time celebrating with family and friends.
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Your wedding day is the first day of the rest of your lives together. Oftentimes the chaos and excitement of the day can overshadow the true meaning behind the celebration. It is important to take a private moment as a couple to enjoy that blissful newlywed feeling and celebrate the commitment made to one another.
Dream travel destination? Bora Bora – just so we could stay in one of those huts on the water.
Favorite Southern city? Charleston is at the top of the list because of the bright colors, the coastal feel, and the Southern charm. However, if we are being truly honest, our main reason for loving this city is because of the delicious Southern food.
Early bird or night owl? Night owls for sure! We burn the midnight oil.
Favorite pie flavor? Pecan pie is our favorite, but we would definitely prefer a big bowl of banana pudding.
Favorite biscuit topping? Loads of grape jelly!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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