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Best of 2013: Photography

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Paging through all of our 2013 real weddings to prep for our “Best of” series, I couldn’t help but be overcome with gratitude for the generosity of the photographers, florists, event designers, videographers, and so many other wedding magic makers that shared their work with us this year. There is SO much talent in the South, and we are delighted to share some of the prettiest pieces of it every day!

But I have to say, I’m even more indebted to all the brides and grooms that shared with us this year. Because as beautiful as these photos are, they become even more so when you get a glimpse into the story behind them. As these ten photos show, we have the privilege of publishing some of the most joyful, intimate, sacred, and meaningful moments the world has ever known. Though we did (painstakingly) narrow our photo favorites down to just ten for this post, we had so many beauties on the cutting room floor that we decided to share our top 50 moments from 2013 on Facebook. Here’s to 2013, and to an even more wonderful new year ahead!

Chanda wearing her grandmother’s veil as her grandmother looks on | Chanda + David | Lexia Frank

Bridesmaid on duty | Maggie + Alec | The Nichols

A groom seeing his bride | Brittany + Matt | Rebekah Hoyt

A tearful first look | Leah + Austen | Nancy Ray

Prayer before the ceremony | Natalie + Shobie | Cassidy Brooke

Perfect light inside the church | Anne + Eric | The Studio B Photography

The most joyful kiss | Margaret + Marty | Heirloom Collective

First dance | Britt + Ren | Paige Jones

A groom’s serenade | Kelly + Corey | Amy Arrington

A dramatic first dance | Kara + Jon | Chrisman Studios

Which photo is your favorite? We’d love to hear!

Amy Arrington, Paige Jones, and Nancy Ray are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Becca reply

    Thanks so much for featuring our photo from Anne and Eric’s wedding! She was such a gracious and gorgeous bride, the perfect Southern combination!

  2. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    I absolutely love the first photo. Such a quiet and special moment between a bride and her grandmother!

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  4. avatar Jenna reply

    You guys always feature the best weddings! I love all of the movement and excitement in these pictures. Can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring…

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  7. avatar Patty reply

    I especially love “Prayer before the ceremony ” Seeing the loving support of all those around them in that moment of solemnity, what a wonderful way to start a marriage!

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Have you taken our 2013 survey yet? Thanks, y’all!

We’ve been celebrating our fifth birthday all week, and though they haven’t been a focus, our advertisers are a huge part of our family and growth! We are so proud to work with such kind and talented people, and we love sharing them with you. Today, I’m introducing you to a few of our new Blue Ribbon Vendors!

Hot Dog! Photo Booth’s name is almost as fun as the images their booth produces — almost. Hot Dog! is based in North Carolina and prides themselves on custom backdrops, props, and print layouts for every event.

As a wedding stylist and creative director, Lindsey Zamora’s job is to “make things beautiful.” I can imagine her loose, natural style makes Texas brides as happy as it makes me!

Loft Photographie is made up of Two Texas girls with two passions – to create beautiful art out of the people and places they photograph, and to bring glory to God while living out purposeful days. Sounds pretty perfect!

Mrs. Vintage Rental Boutique has some of the loveliest, most varied inventory I’ve ever seen — New Orleans brides are lucky to have her!

With a wealth of experience both inside and outside of the wedding world, Premier W.E.D. has a long track record of bringing their motto — “we turn fantasies into memorable realities” — to life. They are based in Nashville.

Robin Lin Photography is based in Chapel Hill, NC and has a clean and polished style. I also love that they pride themselves on enhancing your day and helping out in any way.

Sarah McKenzie has a relaxed, easy, friendly style that makes sense when I read more about her goal for each wedding: to get to know her brides and grooms on a personal level. She is based in Houston, Texas, but loves traveling for destination weddings.

Sperry Tents truly speak for themselves — those snapping flags, dramatic peaks, and gorgeous wooden poles say more than I ever could! They have offices based in Virginia and South Carolina but travel all over the Southeast.

On their wedding days, all of Stephanie Parker’s clients have one thing in common: a flawless, natural, gorgeous look. She is based in Richmond, VA!

Alabama brides are so lucky to have White Dresses Boutique! This adorable shop is located near Huntsville and carries fabulous lines like Marchesa, Hailey Paige, and Anna Maier.

Still on the hunt for your perfect Southern vendors? Check out our whole crop here! Vendors, if you’re interested in applying, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!

emily Written with love by Emily

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Happy Tuesday, belles + beaux! We wanted to take a minute to introduce you to some of our newest Blue Ribbon Vendors. They’re a pretty stunning group, and we just know you’ll love them! Without further ado…

Adam Barnes is a fine art film photographer based in Virginia. Adam is an Editors’ Pick because we featured Rachel and Jeffrey’s wedding in Southern Weddings V4!

Alexa of Alexa’s Photography is based in Greensboro, North Carolina and prides herself on taking photos that capture your true relationship and personalities.

Ben Sasso offers hip and candid coverage from his home base of St. Augustine, Florida.

Fit to be Tied makes gorgeous bridal sashes, and each one is lovingly crafted by hand.

Haley Sheffield is based in Perry, Georgia and approaches weddings with a fresh, organic eye and a passion for people and the arts.

The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co is based in California but eager to travel the South throwing fabulous parties. With experience working with Mindy Weiss under her belt, we have no doubt Nicole will do just that.

Justin DeMutiis captures real moments in a natural, editorial style and is based in Tampa, Florida.

Kickstand Events specializes in clean-lined and contemporary events with a hint of tradition and is based in North Carolina.

Pezz Photo shoots in a modern, vintage chic style and is based in Tampa, Florida.

Scobey Photography is a husband and wife duo based in Georgia who specialize in capturing “authentic moments rooted in love.”

Stephen Devries is a film photographer with a timeless and classic style. He is based in Tennessee and Alabama.

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 Whitney will get in touch! Besides getting connected with the best brides in the world (that would be Southern brides, of course!), a new benefit of Blue Ribbon Vendor membership is access to our private business blog, a resource for SW sponsors only, where Lara, Emily, and the SW team share tips on submitting and branding to make your business even better! Curious? Just email Whitney and she’ll answer any questions you might have.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Adam Barnes is one of my favorite photographers! Happy to see that he’s joined the Blue Ribbon Vendors!

  2. avatar Lara reply

    I am SO excited about all the business and branding info we’ll be sharing on the new BRV blog! We’re so grateful for all of our amazing BRV members and all they do for their very lucky brides!

  3. avatar Bri @ Posh Purpose reply

    Justin DeMutiis is my wedding photographer! We did our engagement shoot right before Thanksgiving and he is absolutely amazing. And the pictures turned out beautiful!

    I am so looking forward to working with him at my wedding in December :)

  4. avatar Daniel reply

    Very nice pictures! Congrats!

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