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Who’s taken a look at the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory lately? So much Southern goodness! We wanted to take a minute to introduce you to a few of our newest members.

Ali Harper is a timeless lifestyle photographer based in Atlanta. Fun fact: Ali’s wedding was featured in SW V3, and you can see it here + here!

Anna Kirby is a photographer based in North Carolina and Florida. You might remember her from this adorable engagement session!

Cedarwood in Tennessee is both Southern chic and rustic luxe, and one of the most unique wedding venues we’ve ever seen.

Jessica Lorren’s photography is simple, natural, and real. She’s based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Millie Holloman Photography is a passionate, creative team based in North Carolina. Millie’s work has been featured in all four Southern Weddings print editions.

Renee Sprink is a fine art photographer offering a boutique experience in North Carolina.

To check out all of our Blue Ribbon Vendors, just click over to the full directory! You can search by category or state to find your perfect match.

Vendors, if you’re interested in getting involved, just fill out this form and we’ll get in touch! Brides, did you particularly love a Southern vendor from your wedding day? Leave a comment below or email Emily, because we’d love to hear about them!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Britt Kirkley reply

    Crystal Genes Photography is AMAZING! Check out her website at http://www.crystalgenes.net. She did our engagements, bridals and wedding day… Can’t describe how talented and thoughtful she is!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Britt! We were so happy to feature your wedding on the blog! We’ll definitely add Crystal’s name to our list :)

  2. avatar jessica lorren reply

    Thank you so much for including me among these amazing artists!! Such a honor.

    • avatar Emily reply

      We’re so happy to have you, Jessica! Can’t wait to see one of your weddings on SW, either! :)

  3. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    Awwwww!!! So excited to be among such amazingly talented and great wedding pros! Thanks Southern Weddings!

  4. avatar Desiree reply

    YAY JESSICA LORREN!!! she’s amazing y’all and has one of the cutest ways to give her clients their photos! ask! :)

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Suzanne + Keith’s reception at the Wolff Ballroom took place in one of the oldest communities in the South, Washington, Louisiana! The soft lighting against the brick walls and wooden beams created an atmosphere of Southern hospitality, which was only helped by the sight of S + K’s four-tiered wedding cake, decorated with magnolias and the blue hydrangea centerpieces. Guests partied the night away to the band, Louisiana Red, which the newlyweds credit as their favorite detail. True to tradition, the couple also had a money dance at the reception before making their getaway and continuing their journey to their honeymoon. Now, they’re looking forward to their bright future with their new furry companion, Coteau, a shelter dog they adopted and named after the town they were married in! Thanks again to Ali Harper for sharing this wedding!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our band, Louisiana Red. The reception was so much fun!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Magnolias were in my bouquet and accented the wedding cake. An old time trolley transported the wedding party from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church to the reception site at Wolff Ballroom. Both beautiful buildings were built in the 1800’s. Wolff Ballroom is in Washington, Louisiana, which is ranked one of the oldest communities in the South. We had the traditional Southern “money dance” where the bride and groom dance with guests and have money pinned on their wedding dress and tuxedo. Our rehearsal dinner was in the courtyard area of my aunt’s beautiful antebellum home in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, which was also built in the 1800’s and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Describe your wedding cake: It was a four-tiered traditional wedding cake with accents of magnolias on three tiers. It had buttermilk frosting and different fillings on each tier of pecan, chocolate and cream cheese.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It was very stressful trying to plan the wedding in Louisiana from Atlanta. Thankfully, I have a wonderful family and some great friends who helped me to pull it all together.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000 to $25000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The band! It was well worth it!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Gosh there were so many, but probably the most memorable was the minute they opened the doors at the church and I saw my sweet husband standing at the altar.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are so very excited to start our lives together. We had an amazing engagement, wedding and honeymoon and are so thankful to have found each other. We were given some surprising news exactly one month to the date of our wedding. I’m 31 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer. We feel so very blessed that this was found fairly early and believe with all of our hearts that everything happens for a reason, and that this is just part of our journey. The first year of our marriage will have some challenges, maybe more than some. More importantly, it will bring many blessings in unexpected places and bind us even stronger! The future is bright for us, and we just adopted a precious dog from a shelter, and we named him Coteau (taken from the name of the town we were married in, Grand Coteau). We look forward to all that is ahead!

Photographer: Ali Harper Photography // Ceremony venue: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church // Reception venue: Wolff Ballroom // Florist: Kaddie Tidwell of Breaux’s Florist // Wedding Cake Baker: Brent’s Catering // Caterer: Lafayette Receptions // Bride’s Dress: Mikaella // Bride’s Shoes: Alfani

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Cami reply

    Congratulations on your marriage and gorgeous wedding.
    Wishing you good health and happiness.

  2. avatar erin {a lowcountry wedding} reply

    this is just stunning. i love that venue

  3. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] We love when a love story is as beautiful as the wedding itself! Suzanne + Keith’s was pure serendipity. See their Louisiana wedding here and here. […]

  4. avatar Kathryn reply

    Gorgeous!! I love the wedding bands photo with the two old-fashioned cans. So cute!!

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    […] Weddings a few weeks ago. I mention it now because as Suzanne writes on the SWMag posts here and here, just a month to the day after she married her beau she found out that she had Stage 2 breast […]

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It’s always a sweet reminder to read about couple’s love stories that are as beautiful as their weddings. Suzanne + Keith’s is one of pure serendipity. They met poolside in Florida but didn’t realize until after they started dating that they had been at the same place at the same time many instances before! We think it’s wonderful that, though Suzanne was diagnosed with breast cancer exactly a month after she and Keith exchanged “I Do’s,” they have found many blessings in unexpected places and believe their obstacles make their relationship even stronger. I love that the cheery coral bridesmaids’ dresses and blue hydrangea bouquets remind of us how happy weddings are! Suzanne looked lovely in lace and gentle curls. I’m smitten with her ivory-colored sash and bouquet with magnolias and exposed stems. Another thing we’re crazy for? Their beautiful church ceremony and bagpipes! Big hugs and thanks to Ali Harper for sharing this one with us!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. (From the groom) If you believe in fate or serendipity, then this story will be for you. A week before Memorial Day, Suzanne decided she needed a break from Atlanta and headed down to Ponte Vedra, Florida. I had some friends going to Ponte Vedra, too, and headed down with them the next day. Both of us used Marriott points to pay for the rooms, so it was no coincidence we were staying at the same place. That Sunday, my friends and I decided to hit the pool instead of going to the beach. There were only a couple of chairs by the pool, next to some lovely ladies. Lo and behold, this beautiful girl on the right would be my soul mate. It only took one little question to have her hook, line and sinker. “Can I borrow some sun tan lotion and can you put it on my back?” The rest, as they say, is history. As we later found out, we lived in Vail, Colorado at the same time and never met. She has pictures with her girlfriends at festivals and you can see me in the background. Our families grew up singing the same songs, in college, her brother-in-law and I played soccer against each other, and the list goes on and on. The stars were aligned that day in Ponte Vedra!
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) Suzanne was in Louisiana for Christmas and I had already decided that I was going to propose around that time. My plan was to ask her when I picked her up from the airport on December 26. I wanted to create a beach scene, and hide the ring in a bottle of sun tan lotion. With the help from my sister and mom, I created a scene with beach chairs, towels, and sand toys. I had tea lights leading the way to the chairs. Suzanne’s flight was supposed to be in around 7, but it didn’t land until after 10. She was sick and wasn’t in a great mood from the flight delays, but I knew she would be happy in a just few minutes. She opened the door, and to her surprise was the beach scene. I asked if she would sit down, and I gave her a giftwrapped bottle of sunscreen. The ring was in the cap and I got down on one knee. It couldn’t have gone better, she said YES!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Exciting, magical, perfect
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mom and sisters all went shopping in New Orleans and found the perfect dress.
Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet had white roses, hydrangeas, and magnolias with exposed stems. My bridesmaids had beautiful large blue hydrangea bouquets.

Photographer: Ali Harper Photography // Ceremony venue: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church // Reception venue: Wolff Ballroom // Florist: Kaddie Tidwell of Breaux’s Florist // Wedding Cake Baker: Brent’s Catering // Caterer: Lafayette Receptions // Bride’s Dress: Mikaella // Bride’s Shoes: Alfani

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Meredith Perduee reply

    Too beautiful for words! I simply adore Ali Harper!

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  6. avatar Jen reply

    I LOVE these bridesmaids dresses, does anyone know the designer?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Jen! Those beautiful dresses were purchased at David’s Bridal. Hope that helps!

    • avatar Jen reply

      Emily: Thanks! You don’t by chance know the color?? ( DB’s “coral” is alot lighter than this)

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  8. avatar Jen reply

    Emily: thanks, do you know what color and style the dresses are?

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  10. avatar ashley reply

    what style number is her dress!?!?! i have looked evvverrryyywhereee

  11. avatar Lorraine reply

    Can you tell me more details about the bride’s dress? Designer, style, etc…..Thank you so much.

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  14. avatar Leigh Rolandelli reply

    Does anyone know if those David’s Bridal bridesmaid dresses are the “guava” or “coral reef” color? I love them!

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