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If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably in agreement that beautiful photos that accurately capture the story of your wedding are a priority. There are so many ways to go about making that happen, and we’re happy to present a unique one today! George Street Photo & Video is a team of talented photographers dedicated to photojournalism – the art of capturing the natural beauty of emotional moments. Instead of a single photographer handling all aspects of the client experience, George Street’s artists are backed by a support staff that ensures your photographer’s focus is squarely on getting to know you, and then capturing your wedding in a way that makes you 100% thrilled.

Their team is stopping by today to offer some tips for engagement photos – and we couldn’t resist adding in our own two cents, too!

Follow your interests: Do you and your sweetheart share a love for wine tasting? Are you die-hard hockey fans? Whatever your common bond may be, use those hobbies and interests to your advantage in your engagement session. If that means roaming the trails of a winery or going head to head in a makeshift hockey match, the end result will be creative, while still reflecting who you are as a pair.
SW says: Unique details are the best! Just remember to get some classic, simple photos for your formal announcement, too, if that’s important to you.

Venture off the beaten path: Sure, your local botanical garden or city park is filled with beautiful scenery. Some of the most creative photos, however, are those captured in spots you wouldn’t expect. So, don’t be afraid to explore and embrace your adventurous side when scouting photo locations. Who knows? The faded mural you pass on your walk to work or the antique barn in your grandparents’ backyard could wind up being a hidden gem!
SW says: Make sure to choose comfortable shoes! Even if you’re set on high heels, bring along a lightweight or foldable pair of flats to help you move quickly from one location to another. And don’t forget bug spray if you’re heading for a field or forest!

Try a new twist on an old idea: By now, we’ve all seen many different takes on the ‘save the date’ engagement photo. If you’re hoping to use your e-session as an opportunity to create your save the date, try putting a unique spin on the idea. Tying the knot in the fall? Toss the cardboard signs to the side and paint your date on mini pumpkins or matching coffee cups!
SW says: If possible, choose your save the date design before you take your photos – that way, you’ll have a better idea of whether the ideal photo for your chosen design is a horizontal or a vertical; if it requires a lot of “negative space” at the top or bottom; or if just one photo or multiple, coordinating photos are required.

Step outside of your comfort zone: Let’s face it — we’ve all dreamed about having the style and confidence of a supermodel in front of the camera. But realistically, it’s normal to feel shy or uneasy when you’re the subject of the photo session. Since this session is gearing you up for the main event, why not throw caution to the wind and step outside of your comfort zone? For instance, if you and your fiancé love old movies, coordinate a vintage-inspired engagement session, complete with period attire and props!
SW says: Even if you try a bold set-up or theme, we recommend wearing your hair in a favorite and familiar style – that way, you’ll know which of your angles look best, and you won’t spend time fidgeting or adjusting it!

George Street Photo & Video’s packages start at $1,500, and all of their packages include free digital negatives. For more information, head to their website to see all they have to offer!

emily Written with love by Emily
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    Hello, belles! After all the snow we had last week, this week has dawned sunny and warm — which makes us ready for spring and summer! One of our favorite things about the warmer months just happens to be the arrival of our summer editorial intern, and we’re excited to meet the next guy or gal to fill this role! This is a fantastic opportunity to get a hands-on experience working in a dynamic, small-office environment. Here is what we’re looking for:

    – An undergraduate student who can commit to working approximately 20-25 hours a week in June and July. We would ideally love someone who could start in late May and stay into August, as well, for a total of about 10 weeks.
    SOMEONE WHO LOVES WEDDINGS. More than anything else, we want to work with someone who loves weddings and has a KEEN familiarity with weddings, wedding trends, the wedding industry, and the wedding publishing industry. A deep love for the South is important, too!
    – A great work ethic is super important to us, as well as someone who loves to learn, can work and problem solve independently, is very responsible, and is a self-starter.
    – A firm grasp on grammar. Familiarity with Photoshop, InDesign, and WordPress would be a bonus.

    Every Southern Weddings internship is a bit different, but here are some of the things you can expect to experience:
    — Sitting in on and contributing to weekly staff meetings and brainstorming sessions
    — Learning the basics of working with a WordPress blog and the Adobe Creative Suite
    — Writing a post on the blog and/or copy for the magazine
    — Researching images and information for features
    — Researching, requesting, and tracking products for editorial
    — Assisting on site at editorial shoots
    — Building portfolios on the SW site
    — Assisting with our social media accounts
    – Getting a firsthand view of how a bustling magazine, blog, shop, and small business run with a small staff of women

    Sound like something you’re interested in? Please fill out this form by Sunday, March 2 at 11:59pm. Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions. Please do not email your application to us or email us to confirm receipt. We will be in touch with applicants who we think might be a good fit within two weeks of March 2.

    This position is unpaid, but we are happy to work with you to get college credit if that’s something your school offers. We know this will be a great learning opportunity! If chosen for the internship, we will need you to work in person at our Chapel Hill office, but any college student who can get themselves to Chapel Hill for the summer is eligible to apply.

    We can’t wait to hear from y’all!!

    emily Written with love by Emily
    12 Comments
    1. avatar Erin reply

      YAHOO! I don’t often comment here, but I love Southern Weddings and am filling out this application ASAP! Thanks a bunch, ya’ll!

    2. avatar Samantha reply

      Would you need to live in the area or is living accommodations something you can work with?

    3. avatar Courtney Basik reply

      Hello SW Ladies!
      I am a recent college grad with a BA in English with an emphasis is Creative Writing. I have also done professional graphic design for several years specifically in the wedding and event industry. I would love to be considered for the summer intern spot. Although I am no longer in college, I would happily accept an unpaid position with SW for experience. When looking at the form I noticed there was no way to specify that. Would I still be able to be considered for this position?
      Warmly,

      Courtney Basik

      • avatar Emily reply

        Hi Courtney! Thank you so much for your interest! At this time, this opportunity is only open to undergraduates.

    4. avatar Ashley reply

      Is this position only available for people who live in the area?

      • avatar Emily reply

        Hi Ashley! This internship is open to anyone who can get themselves to Chapel Hill for the summer, so as long as you have a place to stay, you’re eligible to apply!

    5. avatar Renee Wright reply

      I might of submitted twice my browser timed out! Sorry!

    6. avatar Christina Dean reply

      I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for a while! Thank you SW ladies!

    7. avatar Lindsey fillman reply

      Hi! I was just wondering if you ever do internships but for those who already have an undergraduate degree? I am currently an elementary teacher with a passion for graphic design, blogging, design, and weddings. Any suggestions with how to gain experience and possibly work with a great company such as Southernweddings ? Thanks so much! I appreciate it! Lindsey Fillman

      • avatar Emily reply

        Hi Lindsey! We do not offer internships to non-undergraduates at this time, but many companies do! In addition, some companies, such as Style Me Pretty, are often hiring contract writers for their blog, which could be a great part-time (and paid!) way to gain experience. If you are interested in something like that, I would recommend writing on your own blog first to be able to show them your voice and style. Best of luck!

    8. avatar Chelsey Peterson reply

      Hey y’all!
      I am currently a Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing student at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte,NC and I was wondering/hoping that y’all would have another internship opportunity in winter. I have to complete a full time internship for school in our winter term and I would love to have a chance to do it with y’all since I want to persue a career in y’all’s field. I have experience in the wedding industry and would love to expand my experience and knowledge through an internship with Southern Weddings, so I’m crossing my fingers that y’all will have something around that time!

      Thanks!

      -Chelsey

    9. avatar Morgan reply

      Hi there,
      I am absolutely perfect for this Internship, are you accepting applications for this year?

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    Something we hear frequently from brides is how overwhelming the many sources of wedding inspiration can be. As wonderful as wedding blogs (yes, even this one) and Pinterest are, it can be far too easy to lose sight of what’s important after you’ve been scrolling through ideas for what seems like hours. That’s one of the many reasons we created the Sweet Tea Society: to remind us–and you!–what really matters when planning your big day. One of my favorite lines is “We believe in history and heritage, and honoring both to create a deeply meaningful beginning to married life.” Farris and Taylor did this in spades. From the big things like the chapel where they were married (Farris was the third generation in her family to say “I do” there!) to the little details, like the s’mores bar lovingly crafted by Taylor’s mama, everything about their Nashville wedding was personal and sentimental.

    Hugs to Kristyn Hogan for sharing Farris and Taylor’s wedding with us!

    We met through mutual friends during our sophomore year at the University of Tennessee. The attraction was definitely always there and it was obvious to the many friends that kept encouraging us to date. One night, we were watching a movie with a bunch of friends, and before we knew it, all of them had left and lit a ton of candles on their way out. We looked at each other and just laughed because I don’t think either one of us was ready for a relationship at that point. Fast forward a couple years, there was a girl who liked Taylor and would not leave him alone. She decided to come to town to visit him and he did what any man would do–asked me to be his fake girlfriend. Of course, I agreed, and our friends decided we should hold hands to “make it look official.” Believe it or not, that was one powerful hand hold…the rest was history. Funny fact: the girl did not even show up. ;)

    Tell us all about the proposal! My family has a cottage in Monteagle that is very special to our family. Taylor and I were spending Thanksgiving apart, but we decided that he would meet me the day after Thanksgiving in Monteagle. When he arrived, he asked to take a walk to “The Point” (our favorite cliff top view). He laid out a blanket on the cliff and we were enjoying the views when he pulled out a book. He had written an entire book on our story! He read the entire story to me, and at the end, he read, “On November 23rd, Taylor proposed to Farris.” I remember thinking, “When is November 23rd??” but before I could finish my thought, he pulled me on my feet, got on one knee, and asked me to be his wife! Of course, I said yes, and after much rejoicing, he pointed out his brother hiding in the woods with a camera. We walked down the path to an opening where both of our families were there to congratulate us. It was absolutely perfect.

    Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes, we did! I get nervous easily and Taylor can always calm my nerves, so we decided to see each other and pray together alone before the ceremony. Best decision I’ve ever made.

    My great grandmother and my grandmother were both married in the same chapel as I was. There is something magical about memories that happen in the same place over a period of time.

    Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We started writing our vows when we happened to come across my parents’ vows and realized that they promised everything we wanted to promise to each other. We changed some wording in their vows and made it our own. My two favorite lines were “By God’s grace, I will affirm and challenge you in becoming all that God has purposed you to be to the church and the world, and will serve Him together with you as one, giving Him the glory and honor” and “I will support you in the pursuit of your dreams and cherish you above all the possessions and honors of this life.”
    What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 1 Corinthians 13: 1-8. The typical wedding scripture is usually verses 4-8 but I actually love verses 1-3 the most: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

    I knew I wanted Kristyn Hogan as our photographer and wouldn’t budge on that and I am SO happy I didn’t…I mean, just look at these pictures! The pictures are the one thing you will keep from your wedding for the rest of your lives to help you remember what a blessed day it was!

    Describe your wedding flowers. Amazing. My mom works at Village of Flowers and they are loads of fun! Everyone at Village of Flowers chipped in and made it all possible. I could not have been more happy with how beautiful the flowers made both venues look!

    Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The s’mores bar and fire pit at our reception. My mother-in-law worked on every little detail from the s’mores bar inspiration I had collected on Pinterest and my dreams came true when I saw the final product! My parents brought in the fire pit to roast the marshmallows. It was a hit at the reception!

    When did y’all get married? October 12, 2013
    How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
    Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Walking down the aisle, we had Matt Wertz singing “I Will Not Take My Love Away.” It is such a beautiful song about unconditional love, and it reminds me of the love of Christ that made our relationship possible. Walking back up the aisle, Sam Levine played “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay, just because we love it and it sounds awesome with a band.
    What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our venue was also quite Southern, as it was a gorgeous barn on a local Nashville farm.
    What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Learning that nothing will be perfect. God had to teach me that the wedding was not the part we needed to be most prepared for…it was the marriage. I was so caught up in every little detail that I sometimes forgot that the whole reason for the celebration was my marriage to Taylor. I am a perfectionist, so it was hard to let go of the small stuff and begin spending time on the relationship stuff–the stuff that really matters AFTER the wedding!
    If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
    What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? It was very special to have one of our favorite artists, Matt Wertz, and my cousin, Joelle May, sing at our ceremony. It was breathtaking, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the chapel.
    What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I knew there was something special about our first kiss after we became husband and wife, but later, we heard why from our parents. They told us that as soon as we kissed, the sun shown so brightly through the windows, straight on the two of us like a spotlight. I also loved walking down the aisle and seeing all the amazing people who have supported and loved us, and then looking up to see my amazing husband crying. I don’t think I have ever felt so much love!
    What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? During the planning process, keep your sole focus on your relationship with your fiancé. We both got so much out of pre-marital counseling. Marriage brings about a lot of changes that you never had to deal with as a dating couple. No one can ever be fully prepared for marriage, but preparing yourself enough to get through it together is worth it.
    What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We bought a sweet little house and have been decorating it together and making it our own. We love to travel and hope to travel around the world within the next couple of years. We looked forward to living together and boy, is it fun! It’s just like living with your best friend who you also happen to be in love with. It is amazing how much you learn about a person just by living with them. We have been surprised by how much we work as a team when cooking and doing dishes together. I love that no one has to hold the weight of any one thing–we have an equal-responsibility household. We love to go on walks together and have recently got into “juicing.” Our honeymoon in St. Lucia was absolutely amazing, and my favorite part about getting back to real life was returning to our new home together and being able to make dinner, eat by candlelight, and talk about all the amazing memories we had made over the past week.

    Photographer: Kristyn Hogan / Videographer: Kip Kubin / Planner: Danielle Loeffler from Catalyst Weddings and Events / Ceremony Venue: Scarritt Bennett / Reception Venue: The Grange at Green Door Gourmet / Florist: A Village of Flowers / Cake Baker: B. Jacksons Bakery / Caterer: Sargents Catering / Rentals: Music City Tents and Events / Lighting: Bright Event Productions / Ceremony Musician: Sam Levine / Reception Band: AVENUE 615, David Deloach / Bride’s Gown: “Ebie” by Olia Zavozina / Programs: Darby Cards / Invitations: Emily O. Holmes / Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Barbara / Bride’s Accessories: Olia Zavozina / Hair Stylist: Leslie at Katie Russo Beauty / Makeup Artist: Katie Russo at Katie Russo Beauty / Bride’s Shoes: Gianni Bini from Dillards / Bridesmaid Dresses: Coren Moore in Blush and Joanna August in “All Tomorrows Parties” / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaid / Men’s Attire: “Egara” suit from Men’s Wearhouse / Ties: Otis James / Rolls Royce Rental: Grand Avenue Worldwide / Trolly: FADDS Party Bus / Photo Booth: Shutterbooth

    lisa Written with love by Lisa
    13 Comments
    1. avatar Nicole reply

      That photo of the little boy taking the newlyweds’ picture is ADORABLE.

    2. avatar Kristyn Hogan reply

      Thanks so much for sharing this lovely wedding! Farris & Taylor are such a joy and their wedding day reflected every bit of that!

    3. avatar Amanda {Planning It All} reply

      I love the s’mores bar!

    4. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar reply

      A sweet beautiful wedding. We love these pretty details and the florals are to adore!

      xo

      http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

    5. avatar Lindsay {Everistta} reply

      So stunning! Love the monogram clutches.

    6. avatar Dana reply

      so many things to love in this wedding!

    7. avatar Rachel reply

      I’m currently planning a wedding, and I would LOVE to know where you purchased the flower girl dresses.

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