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The ranks of our Blue Ribbon Vendors are swelling daily! We wanted to take a minute to introduce you to some of our newest additions, because we just know you’ll love them! Without further ado…

Andi Mans Photography is based in Orlando and has a boundless enthusiasm for life, love, photography, and her couples!

We love the selection of gowns at Bellissima, a couture shop in Salisbury, NC.

Blush by Brandee Gaar is a full-service design and coordination firm based in Orlando. She loves to pluck details from the love stories of her couples!

Eric Boneske and his team deliver beautiful images and a fun experience for their clients around the country from their home base in Wilmington, NC.

To me, there’s something about Jessica D’Onofrio’s images that feel cinematic, filled with rich colors and epic moments. She is based in Dallas.

Karen Stott and her husband have a huge heart for their couples, and it shows in their images. They travel throughout the Southeast shooting weddings.

La Gartier makes some of the most beautiful and unique garters I’ve ever seen (and psst – you have to go check out the seersucker one in their gallery!).

Lauren Rosenau is a storyteller, and a lover of light, love, and travel. She is based in Charlotte, NC.

I love that Leigh Pearce believes in wedding styles, but never themes. She is also passionate about her couples and the great state of North Carolina! (She’s based in Greensboro!)

MMD Events is a designer and producer of weddings and events – they specialize in florals, lighting, draping, lounge furniture, specialty bars, and custom event decor! They are based in Tampa, FL.

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 Kristin will be in touch! Ladies, we would love to hear if you’ve hired or used any of these talented folks!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Sarah Dobson reply

    La Gartier is honored to be listed among such creative and unique wedding industry professionals!

  2. avatar Andi Mans reply

    I am THRILLED to be part of your amazing team and beautiful work! Thank you for having me as a blue ribbon vendor, it makes me smile cheek to cheek :) xo! – Andi

  3. avatar Carolyn reply

    Lauren Rosenau is my wedding photographer! She took absolutely beautiful pictures of my fiancé and I for our engagement session and I can’t wait to work with her on our wedding day! We were so nervous and she made us feel super comfortable. I highly recommend!

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Carolyn!! Thanks for sharing!! We are so excited for your upcoming wedding!

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Savannah, a “backwoods princess,” and her wedding planner, Ms. Brandee Gaar, turned The Lange Farm into a romantic and relaxed reception site full of intimate details. I love how they were able to combine the farm’s natural, rustic charm with feminine accents to make Savannah + Robbie’s big day a sweet marriage (pun intended!) of the couple’s style. Seems only appropriate that these two are going on a “huntingmoon”!

Big thanks to our friend Andi Mans for capturing their big day and making us feel like we were in attendance! Especially that line dance photo!

How fantastic is this, y’all?! That image on the left is the inside of Savannah’s boot – she had them custom made with a piece of the couples’ vows inside! GUSH! Oh, and that big ol’ side braid is so stylish!

Describe your wedding flowers: I really wanted to keep an enchanted feeling with the florals — something magical, yet just-picked. My sister and I grew up as backwoods princesses. I wanted to make it feel just like we did as young girls in the middle of the woods playing dress up with lots of soft colors and bright greens. My florist absolutely nailed it.

How stinkin’ cute are these two? What a sweet set of sisters!

What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? By far the food. We knew from the get-go that if all else failed, our wedding dinner would still be phenomenal. We are HUGE foodies, and that was our top priority. Our best memories are when we are sitting together with family and friends at our favorite restaurant, at home cooking together, or discovering a secret spot when we are on vacation. Food is what brings people together, and it’s what brought us together. We wanted it to be an experience for our guests, not just a meal.

Y’all, I am seriously dying over these chairs! I love how they utilized them at the ceremony AND at the reception. Wonder if i can have them in my house next?

Ok, and now these pups? I can’t get over them!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Robbie wanted it to be the biggest surprise of his life and wanted to keep it special. I agreed. It made the connection between us very special because when we looked at each other, we didn’t see Robbie and Savannah, we immediately saw husband and wife. It was an incredible feeling and no one else existed in that moment.
Did you write your own vows? Yes, we wrote our own vows. My favorite was when Robbie said, “I will always cherish the gift you have so passionately given me: true love.” Robbie loved when I said he was my best friend and the one my soul loves.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Corinthians was read at the ceremony, my favorite bible verse.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of “When a Man Loves a Woman.” We walked back to the acoustic version of “Remember When” by Alan Jackson. Our first dance was “You Had Me From Hello” by Brad Paisley — a song that deeply touches Robbie’s heart. It’s special because Robbie used to sing that to wake me up every morning when we bought our first house.

Still dying over these chairs! Anyone else think I need them?

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We both agree that our dinner with our friends and family was our favorite detail (besides marrying each other). We came up with the idea of setting our table up as a horse shoe. It still distinguished the wedding party, but we were able to see everyone. The decorations were absolutely stunning. It was the perfect blend of simple and elegant and made everyone feel right at home — just the way we like it.

Our wedding was smothered in Southern charm and we wouldn’t have had it any other way! For starters, our venue was on a horse farm and our reception and after party was in a beautiful antique barn. One of my favorite details was that I had a charm of a buck (from a necklace Robbie bought me when I got my first buck) and Robbie’s late father’s watch attached to my bouquet so I had a special piece of family with me. I also rounded up all my gals to join me in a sassy line especially for Robbie. We had custom cowboy boots handmade by Lucchese out of El Paso, Texas, and for a personal detail, we each had a piece of our vows engraved inside our boots!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our poor wedding cake was so simple, but it was so perfect for us. It was a beautiful white three-tiered cake on a wood stump. Growing up, I fell in love with “Steel Magnolias” (that’s where a lot of my inspiration came from) and I always knew I had to have a great groom’s cake at my wedding. My groom was the perfect inspiration for an over-the-top groom’s cake and it absolutely did not disappoint!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Our story is one of true “fate.” I was waitressing at a small Italian restaurant in Ponce Inlet, Fl. Robbie was a regular customer, (large pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms). After a few giggles and small talk, I started to see him more than a few times a month. He actually used to order take out just so we could sit and talk, then he would go home and throw the food away. After eight months of friendship, we started to date. It didn’t take very long for us to be completely in love. We are best friends and we have been having the time of our lives ever since.
Describe the proposal. I thought I would hate him forever for this story, but it has become one of my favorites because it was a proposal with character. Robbie and I had to cancel our Christmas trip to Atlantis unexpectedly and wound up spending Christmas at home. He and I had to drive to our shop to grab a few things before heading to his parents’ house for dinner. I was loading up our truck and I accidentally locked our dog and the keys in the truck. My dear Robbie was furious. After what seemed like a decade, I finally found a locksmith to come unlock the truck for us. As I climbed up in Robbie’s four-wheel drive, my brand new iPhone slipped out of my pocket and shattered. My Christmas Day was off to a bad start, but we finally made it to his parents’ house. After about an hour, Robbie decided it was present time and I went first. Everyone was acting funny and all I could think was, “Dear God, please don’t propose to me. Not here, not now, and definitely not after the way you got mad at me!” Sure enough he got down one knee, and I said yes.
In what month did you get married? December
How many guests attended your wedding? 35
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My sister and I went to Solutions Bridal Orlando and the first gown Roberta brought me was the one we both fell in love with. It just belonged to me, and I knew it was the one I wanted to marry Robbie in.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Having to move our wedding venue. We originally planned to have it at our own ranch. Our vision was to have an intimate ceremony on our 6,000 square foot island in the middle of a pond on our property. Our hearts were broken when we found our new home was infested with termites in the middle of remodeling. With the instability of the situation, we opted for the safer option of moving the venue just six months before our wedding day. After a few venues fell through, our vision for a rustic elegant wedding began to fade. But we kept our spirits high and knew what was meant to be, will be. Sure enough, we found the Lange Farms.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The way my groom looked at me when I walked down the aisle. It was like no one else existed. I know that’s cheesy, but I would give anything to live those moments over and over again. For Robbie, it was when Savannah’s granddad put my hand in his. He said, “It was very symbolic and it made my world complete, he literally gave me my best-friend.”
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I think we both agree that the most important thing to remember is that this is your day and no one else’s. Customize it and make the wedding your own. Just let it be and enjoy your big day. Have an absolute blast, laugh and dance and don’t stop kissing your new husband. It’s an incredible feeling and a beautiful day that is gone in a heartbeat, so don’t spend it stressed. Soak it all up and take it in because that time is so precious.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Well when we get home from our “Huntingmoon” (yes we are hunting for our honeymoon), we will be sitting on the back porch with a big glass of ice tea and be taking a nice deep breath of fresh air because a year of wedding planning sure was fun, but we couldn’t be happier it’s over. Robbie and I fully intend on raising a family in the next few years, but for now my new hubby is building me a nice house with a big wrap-around porch. That’s going to be our next project and we couldn’t be more excited.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Layla Mayville reply

    This wedding is just absolutely gorgeous and I love Andi Mans, she is so talented!

  2. avatar Andi Mans reply

    Thank you SW! And Thank you Layla! You both are SO SWEET! Gosh, I’m so excited to see this feature, what a joy it was to capture!! Yeehaw! :)

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Those boots – so cool!

  4. avatar Tali reply

    Love this bride, sister of the bride, photographer, and of course all the details! This wedding is stunning, just like the bride! We had so much fun assisting the bride and her sister with their wedding wardrobe from dresses to accessories. Best Wishes to Savannah and Robbie!

  5. avatar Dee Shore reply

    I love this wedding! The Chalkboard rules my world.

  6. avatar Kat reply

    those chairs?! yes please!

  7. avatar Kelly C reply

    I can’t believe those chairs! They take this wedding from fab glamour to WOWZA! What a great idea. And you know your guests will be comfy!

  8. avatar Bridget reply

    The dogs are too cute!

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    Where did you get the boots???

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    Can you please share where the boots may be purchased. Thank you!

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It’s no secret that I’m a fabric junkie. I love all things textile-related and I have an overflowing drawer full of fabric at home that tells me that I find fabric faster than I know what to do with them.

Lucky for us, there are people like Andi of Andi Mans, who turn the patterns and colors of fabric we love into something purposeful and pretty. Her fabric backdrop streamers are country chic and I’m digging how she used pinking shears to get a zigzag edge. Couldn’t you see yourself saying your “I Do’s” under the the limbs of oak trees with this backdrop behind you? Or maybe set it behind the dessert bar at the reception?

To Enter: Head to Andi’s Etsy shop and take a look around. Come back here and tell us where you would put the fabric backdrop! For ANOTHER entry, tweet “I just entered the @andimans giveaway on the @iloveswmag blog today!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!

Win: One backdrop streamer in floral Southern peach fabric!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Kara reply

    We are getting married under a big oak tree and I would LOVE to have this hanging behind us when we say our vows! It matches perfectly with our pink, peach and coral color scheme too!

  2. avatar Andrea reply

    The southern peach fabric backdrop streamer is absolutely beautiful and is the perfect match for my wedding colors! This would look amazing as the back drop in my photo booth!

  3. avatar Andrea reply

    I follow you on twitter (@andreainguanti) and left a comment!

  4. avatar Jen Behnke reply

    These colors are so amazing, it gives off a feeling of warmth and cozy with elegance of true beauty. I would love to have this behind some pictures of my fiance and I!

  5. avatar Jen Behnke reply

    I left a comment as my twitter status @funlovingjen

  6. avatar Nikki Palazzo reply

    I love these streamers!! My fiance and I are getting married in November, and our color scheme is all white and naturals. These streamers fit in perfectly :-) !

    I would do a few things with the streamers! First, I would put the fabric backdrop at the entry-way to our reception ballroom (right behind the guest book table). Then, I would use ribbons or cute clothes pins to hang our guest’s escorts cards!! I have been looking around for ways to hang the table assignments, and these fabric streamers are the perfect fit.

  7. avatar Rebecca Hollis reply

    I love the fabric backdrop!!! It would be perfect for a silly photo area or even as a backdrop for our ceremony. We are getting married outside and the fabric backdrop would be perfect for that. Also, I love Andi’s Etsy site. She had cute hair pieces as well which is something I am looking for!

  8. avatar Liz D reply

    one of these would look cute behind the welcome/sign in table with our guest book at the reception!

  9. avatar Christina reply

    I am not having a fabulous Southern wedding (yet!) but my best friend is!! The backdrop streamer matches her sweet, whimsical style perfectly & the Southern peach fabric hints to her March wedding colors- soft blush and gray. I’d love to gift her this backdrop to either use for her sure-to-be-hilarious photo booth or bridal shower tea. It would be a fabulous addition to either event!

  10. avatar Heather reply

    I think I would use the streamers as a backdrop for our photobooth!!! It would be adorable! :) And, then I would offer it to a friend of mine who is getting married in the mountains a couple months after us… it would be the prize that’s a winner for at least 2 brides! :)

  11. avatar Courtney Cross reply

    I would use it as a backdrop for the photobooth area!

  12. avatar Kelley reply

    This lovely peach background would be perfect behind our doughnut and cookie bar! Since our reception is being held outside at the Winter Park Racquet Club in Orlando, Florida, this backdrop is the perfect airy solution that we’ve been looking for!

  13. avatar Kelley reply

    I just tweeted, “I just entered the @andimans giveaway on the @iloveswmag blog today!” woo!

  14. avatar Layne reply

    I would LOVE thses streamers as a gorgeous backdrop behind the old fashioned fun candy bar at our reception! My grandpa started an old fashioned candy store in Florida back in the 60’s and now my Daddy owns it. We couldn’t think of a better way to make our wedding even sweeter!

  15. avatar Katie reply

    These are gorgeous! I would use the southern peach backdrop for our photo booth! It would look great!!

  16. avatar Mandy reply

    This is co cute and would be perfect for the photo booth backdrop! Reminds me of some of my late Granny’s fabric. A perfect combination of something “old & new” all at once and a treasured keepsake afterwards!

  17. avatar Laura reply

    I love the floral Southern peach fabric, those are exactly my colors! The streamers would look great hanging behind the dessert table, with a sign in front saying “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You” We’re getting married in NC, got to have some James Taylor :)

  18. avatar Farren reply

    I am planning my sister a bridal shower and the peach streamers would be the perfect touch behind my cupcake display!

  19. avatar laura thompson reply

    need this for photo booth backdrop at weddings! please…

  20. avatar Katie reply

    These are gorgeous! They would be perfect for our photo booth!

  21. avatar Maple reply

    I’d use this for my wedding dessert table or photo backdrop!!

  22. avatar Maple reply

    I just tweeted about the giveaway!

  23. avatar Jenny H. reply

    For my wedding, I’d love to have this backdrop for our formal pics.

  24. avatar Davonne Head reply

    I love the Blue Fabric Backdrop Streamers, it would look perfect behind my dessert bar at my wedding.

  25. avatar sarah reply

    i would love to hang these streamers near our cake or desserts!

  26. avatar Sara reply

    I have been wanting to do streamers!!! I was thinking of putting them behind the head table and behind the dessert table! I’m not really in love with the backdrop or walls of my venue, so this would really give it that extra bit of love <3

  27. avatar Vickie reply

    My daughter is using the beautiful peach theme colors in her wedding. It would be perfect for her wedding in Atlanta, GA as a background for her photo booth. She will be as pretty as a “Geogia peach” standing in front of it on her wedding day.

  28. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I would use the fabric backdrop behind the guest book / favor table at the reception location. It’s so pretty!

  29. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I just tweeted about this giveaway!

  30. avatar Susan reply

    I have a loft at my wedding venue that this would be perfect to put in (the turquoise ones because they are my wedding colors) and then turn it into a makeshift photo booth! Love it! :)

  31. avatar Hannah reply

    Hi! This is AMAZING! I am getting married March 10th and our whole wedding theme is souther/shabby chic…and eco friendly! We actually have our wedding altar/arch made from birch. Currently it is plain, but attaching these fabric beauties would REALLY add a lot! The ones shown in this post even match our colors. Love love love. I also tweeted from @hannah_zier

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  32. avatar Hannah reply

    oops! i realize i was supposed to leave a separate comment for the tweet haha.. I just tweeted from @hannah_zier!

  33. avatar tara reply

    this is beautiful! i would wrap it around the gorgeous old pecan tree we are getting married in front of for an amazing backdrop!

  34. avatar Kristy reply

    I would like to put them by the dessert table :)

  35. avatar AJ reply

    These would make a backdrop for the photo booth!

  36. avatar AJ reply

    I tweeted about the giveaway too :) (@SingleandSaving)

  37. avatar Mandy reply

    I just tweeted about this contest too! @mandylou82

  38. avatar Layne reply

    I would LOVE thses streamers as a gorgeous backdrop behind the old fashioned fun candy bar at our reception! My grandpa started an old fashioned candy store in Florida back in the 60’s and now my Daddy owns it. We couldn’t think of a better way to make our wedding even sweeter with this family tradition! :)

  39. avatar Jessica reply

    I would love the turquoise streamers for my ceremony. I’m getting married over looking the beach and I think the turquoise would look amazing against the ocean.

  40. avatar Brooke reply

    I would love these streamers to hang behind the place where my groom and I are exchanging vows. They would go prefect with our theme of “country meets coast” and would also help cover up the power box that happens to be right behind us! I’ve been trying to figure our how to cover it up and now I know!!

  41. avatar Melissa reply

    I would love to use this (or something like it if I don’t win) as the backdrop to my homemade photo booth!

  42. avatar Stephanie Martinez reply

    I would hang the adorable shabby chic streamers behind my wedding cake/dessert table! It would be the icing in the cake, since it perfectly fits with out peach/pale pink southern wedding theme.

  43. avatar Stephanie Martinez reply

    I just tweeted my contest entry!

  44. avatar Jasmin Gipson reply

    I would use these for my backdrop behind my rustic wedding cake!! I have a plain white wall so decor would be a must.

  45. avatar Suzette Kersey reply

    I can just picture this background behind our Candy Table at the reception. Our theme is vintage/shabby chic with a very Southern twang! The reception will be at our church gym so needless to say it will need all the decorating it can get… a breezy backdrop like this would be lovely.

  46. avatar Suzette Kersey reply

    I just tweeted “I just entered the @andimans giveaway on the @iloveswmag blog today!” =)

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  48. avatar Kelly reply

    I would put the Etsy fabric streamers behind my escort card table or use it as the backdrop for my photo kiosk.

  49. avatar Kelly reply

    I just tweeted that I entered the contest (@kckalmar).

  50. avatar anna vogel reply

    i would put the streamers as a backdrop to our photobooth at our wedding!

  51. avatar cleesmile reply

    would go beautifully in our outdoor mini reception immediately following the ceremony :) where we’ll be serving snacks before the actual reception!

  52. avatar Kaelie reply

    Our wedding next summer will take place by the lake under two birch trees; I would string the gorgeous fabric backdrop between the two trees. The fabric backdrop streamers fit my wedding vision perfectly!

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