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It’s our pleasure to get to introduce y’all to a new set of Blue Ribbon Vendors each month, because I just know any one of them would be a joy to you if you choose to work together! This time around, we’re introducing you to a few of them through their answers to some of our favorite BRV interview questions. Click through to their listings to find out more about them!

Name: Merideth Bugbee, Belle Soiree Events
Where you call home: New Orleans, LA
How I got into weddings: My very first job was waiting tables in a New Orleans restaurant. The ONE time the staff let me bring out a birthday cake to a lady celebrating her 50th birthday my heart was so full of joy knowing I played a very tiny part in making this day special. I knew from that moment that special events were what I was made for. A few years and lots of hard work later, Belle Soiree Events was born!

Name: Michael Cottrell, Cottrell Photography
Where you call home: Dahlonega, GA
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? My favorite thing about weddings in the South is the low humidity. No really, I love everything about the South! The folks I photograph are extremely pleasant to work with and are grateful for everything. I love sweet tea, too! Never been to a wedding that didn’t have it.

Name: Duck Woods Country Club
Where you call home: Kill Devil Hills, NC
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The true romance of it! I am especially partial to romantic country club weddings.

Name: Emilie Baros, Emilie Anne Photography
Where you call home: Austin, TX
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? A tall glass of sweet tea, good music, and BBQ!

Name: Jessica Sowyrda, Ever & Anon
Where you call home: Houston, TX
Favorite part of a wedding day? Hands down: when the groom sees the bride for the first time. In that moment, you see utter love and awe in his eyes.

Name: Jennifer Vu, Firefly Ambiance
Where you call home: New Orleans, LA
How I got into weddings: My background is in accounting and on the weekends, I worked for another local company setting up weddings. I fell in love with weddings and three years ago decided that I needed to follow my heart. It has been three amazing years!

Name: Keeneland
Where you call home: Lexington, KY
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? During the planning and on the big day, always remember what this is all about- marrying the love of your life. Be thankful for the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and be thankful for all your friends and family who came to celebrate with you.

Name: Lauren Soley, Lovegood Rentals
Where you call home: Hattiesburg, MS
Favorite part of a wedding day? We love everything about the reception! From the first dance to cake cutting, we enjoy seeing the newlyweds and their guests have the best time socializing and dancing the night away. Relax, and take it all in!

Name: Lydia Robins Hendrix
Where you call home: Columbia, SC
Pie bar or red velvet cake? Pie bar all the way. One of my life’s dream was fulfilled when I had one at my wedding!

Name: MiKel Rumsey
Where you call home: Columbia, SC
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The South is like no other place on earth – the land of sweet tea, hospitality, yes ma’am and yes sir, biscuits and gravy. Where everything is better with some good food and a few friends, and no piece of clothing is safe from a monogram. Southern weddings are just the same – traditions handed down from mother to daughter, father to son, embroidered handkerchiefs and something blue. The sweet sounds and scents of the South make a Southern wedding something you can’t duplicate anywhere else.

Check out all of our favorite vendors in the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory! I also wanted to mention that we’re working particularly hard to expand some of our areas of slim pickings – namely, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. If you would like to recommend someone (or nominate yourself!) for any of these states, please email emily at southernweddings.com!

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    Our Blue Ribbon Vendors are some of the best in the South — of that there’s no question. And by best, we don’t just mean that they excel at their chosen craft, whether it be photography or planning (though they do), but that each is a kind, patient, creative individual who is just bursting to help you make a meaningful beginning to your married life. Please say hello to a few of our newest additions, including several wonderful venues!

    Barrington Hill is a private equestrian estate in Florida that has opened their doors for select weddings! Their gorgeous oaks and manor house are the perfect setting for happy nuptials.

    CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin, TN provides the best of both worlds — a gorgeous garden venue, and a talented, big-hearted full planning team.

    George Street Photo is a talented, passionate group of photographers in Texas who specialize in photojournalistic coverage of your wedding day.

    Christi, Lindsay, and Veda make up the Atlanta-based team of Godwink Brides, and all three specialize in natural light photography.

    I’m so happy to introduce Grey Snail Press to you today, because J created the invitations for my dear friend Jackie, who is getting married this weekend! I love her casual cursive style.

    I love that the work of Huz from Kreative Angle manages to be both dramatic and hearfelt at the same time. He is based in Houston.

    RiverOaks Charleston specializes in “event setting and story telling” (by the river and under the oaks, no less), and they do it with an talented planning and floral team that can handle “everything but the dress.”

    We recently had the pleasure of working with Raleigh-based Twenty-One Films on a behind-the-scenes film for V6, and I can say that they are as delightful and talented in person as you’d guess from their online presence!

    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!

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    1. avatar Lily @BarringtonHill reply

      So excited to be part of the Southern Weddings Family. Love Y’all!

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    The ranks of our Blue Ribbon Vendors have veritably exploded over the past few months, so definitely take a look at your state if you haven’t in a while! In the meantime, we’re taking a few minutes to introduce you to ten new members whose work and businesses have so impressed us.

    2+Hue Designs carries some of the most beautiful rental items I’ve ever seen. Though they have lots of vintage pieces, I love that their style is more refined and tailored than most. Florida brides, check them out!

    Anna K Photography is based in Georgia and specializes in happy brides! Her cheerful, clean images would make anyone smile.

    Music can be one of the hardest vendor decisions to make, since unless you’ve attended one of their events before, it’s hard to truly know what you’re getting. That’s where recommendations come in super handy, and we can say with confidence that we’d recommend Bruce Pike Productions for DC and Maryland couples!

    Christina Gillon’s portfolio is filled with some of the most beautiful wedding designs I’ve seen. Her work has such a cohesive look to it that, as a bride, I’d feel supremely confident in her style and track record. Emerald Coast brides, look her up!

    Elizabeth Ray’s photography has a Southern glam edge to it with a bit of vintage style. She is based in Austin but often travels to New Orleans.

    I love Georgia-based Flawless Finish’s simple philosophy: you should look like the best version of YOU on your big day. Amen!

    Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio has a vintage-sounding name (after the owner’s grandmothers!), but their designs are lovely and fresh. They are based in Clarksville, Georgia.

    The wonderful Heather Roth is based in Missouri; I love the depth and classic style of her images.

    Holly Chapple creates the sort of lush, textured bouquets brides dream about! She is based in Leesburg, Virginia and is an Editors’ Pick for her past print work with SW!

    Julia Wade captures honest, real, and heartfelt images. She is based in North Carolina.

    That’s just scratching the tip of the iceberg, my friends, so be sure to hop over to the full Directory to see what we have in store! Vendors, if you’re interested in applying, just fill out this form and Kristin will be in touch.

    Have any of y’all worked with any of these lovely folks? We’d love to hear in the comments!

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    1. avatar kristin kelli reply

      I love EVERY detail about this wedding!! <3 <3 <3

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