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Talented, professional, compassionate vendors are the backbone of most every smoothly-running wedding day. When you hire people who are great at what they do AND good people to boot, your only job on your wedding day will be to act as a gracious hostess, love your family and friends well, and say “I do.” What a blessing! That’s why we’re passionate about our Blue Ribbon Vendors – because we want y’all to be worrying about those three things, and nothing else. Here are a few we’d love to introduce you to!

Name: Alea Moore Photography
Where you call home: Atlanta, GA
How I got into weddings: I have had a camera in my hands for what feels like forever. In college, I went to school to be a vet, but photographed weddings for my sweet friends to make a little extra pocket money and because I loved it so much. It took a little heart and soul searching to come to the conclusion that I needed something happy every day and though it scared me, I picked up my camera again and never looked back. God was SO good, and I’m beyond thankful to get to do what I love every day!

Name: Astrid and Mercedes
Where you call home: Toronto
Favorite part of a wedding day? The vows… truly, there is no more sacred ground than that you walk upon in marriage and I think the vows set the tone for the life you want to build.

Name: Cherish Creations
Where you call home: Deep in the heart of Texas
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Tradition is always the staple and I love how they are always a family affair.

Name: Cynthia Rose Photography
Where you call home: Havelock, NC
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: I’d write home to my momma, but I happen to reside in the same neighborhood where I grew up, just a few houses down from my parents, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! We’ve been published in local wedding magazines in Eastern North Carolina and a handful of wedding blogs, but we feel our greatest and most important accomplishment is making our clients happy.

Name: Distressed | Rentals & Revival
Where you call home: South Mississippi
How I got into weddings: I ditched the rat race and went for something I loved – design and working with women! This warm style from a much simpler time came so naturally to me and I quickly went from styling homes to weddings. While working on my first few weddings, it drove me crazy that I could not find authentic pieces to use! So I started building and hunting them one by one. From there, my collection grew into something really special – it may now be the largest vintage rental collection in the Southeast!

Name: Early Mountain Vineyards
Where you call home: Madison, VA
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? We love seeing couples incorporate family traditions and heirlooms into their wedding days. Having four defined seasons lends to wonderful colors and creative decor, making each wedding unique.

Name: Everything But the Ring
Location/Coverage: Texas and worldwide
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? When you sit down to dinner, take each other’s hand and stop for a moment. Look around the room and take it all in – this is the only moment in time that all of those people will be in the same room together and it’s all for you. Feel THAT love!

Name: Jaclyn Journey, Jaclyn Journey
Where you call home: Louisville, KY
Favorite part of a wedding day? Quiet mornings before the storm – taking time to rest and be present with your family or bridesmaids is to be cherished. You’ll never forget having coffee and breakfast with them while dreaming about the day that is to come!

Name: Jordan Weiland, Jordan Weiland Photography
Where you call home: Lakeland, Florida
How I got into weddings: I’ve always loved photography. I graduated with a Studio Art degree and a passion for photography. I knew I wanted to be my own boss so I did portrait photography for some time until a friend asked me to shoot a wedding with her. I was hooked.

Name: Emily Kennedy, Kennedy Occasions
Where you call home: Murfreesboro, TN… it’s just a tad south of Nashville!
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The traditions! I love pearls and grandmother’s lace. I love Southern charm and family influence. I love the rolling hills, beautiful blooms, and high school/college sweethearts.

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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    We’re just tickled to get to introduce y’all to a new set of Blue Ribbon Vendors each month, because we know any one of them would be a joy to you if you choose to work together! We’re using a few of our favorite BRV interview questions to help you get to know them. Click through to their listings to find out more about them and see all of our wonderful vendors!

    Name: Sarah Joelle Furr, Sarah Joelle
    Location/Coverage: Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida. Available worldwide.
    Dream travel destination: Traveling makes my heart sing! Some of the places on the top of my list are Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Provence, and Santorini.

    Name: Cassie Thibeaux, Southern Fete
    Where you call home: Anywhere there’s oak trees and moss, generous hospitality, and a little Southern charm!
    How I got into weddings: For as long as I can remember, I dreamed and planned my perfect wedding (and practiced walking down the aisle with a bath towel as a train… oh, you did that too?). When my husband and I moved to Lafayette from Baton Rouge after our dream wedding in 2012, I knew it was time for a career change. I craved a creative outlet that highlighted my passion for meticulous organization and immersed me in fast-paced situations that were never the same. I’ve never looked back.

    Name: Stephanie Rachmeler, Stephanie’s Paper Shop
    Where you call home: Atlanta, GA
    Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Southern weddings have a charm unlike any other I’ve seen. They feel homey and inviting. That’s not to say they’re all informal, but rather, they all carry with them the Southern hospitality for which our region is known. You feel like you’re part of one big family, and at the end of the night, you’re a little tired, a little too full, and you’ve had a ball.

    Name: Randi Smith, Sugar Euphoria
    Where you call home: Raleigh, NC
    How I got into weddings: You know the saying “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth?” I’m convinced that I was born with a spatula and a whisk, since I come from a long line of bakers. However, I didn’t venture into the world of weddings until my husband encouraged me to sign up for a wedding expo. I’ve loved every minute of being a cake designer, from the consultations with sweet brides to the deliveries.

    Name: Rachel Bridgwood and Lauren Anderson, Sweet Root Village
    Where you call home: Alexandria, VA
    Favorite part of a wedding day? Seeing everything come together after months of hard work! Aaaaand also putting flowers on the cake. We like cake.

    Name: Nate and Jaclyn Kaiser, The Image is Found
    Location/Coverage: Nashville/Worldwide
    Things you’d write home to your Momma about: We were chosen as one of American Photo’s Top Ten Photographers.

    Name: The Market at Grelen
    Where you call home: Somerset, VA
    Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Being from California, I just LOVE the “Southern charm” family and friends bring to every wedding in the South. I love seeing guests get all gussied up, whether it’s a black tie affair or a seersucker suit. I also love it when couples get creative with their signature cocktails and put a fun twist on a Southern classic.

    Name: Lisa Formaro, The Sweet Trend
    Where you call home: Cumming, GA
    Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Fill the day with what is most important to you and your groom. You will love looking around and seeing all the special touches you took the time to add to your day and keep in your memories. It is just the beginning of a beautiful journey together.

    Name: Virgil Bunao
    Where you call home: Charleston, SC
    Favorite part of a wedding day? Hmmm, the whole day. If I had to choose, I would say 15 or so minutes before the ceremony, when most people are scrambling, to about when the bride walks down the aisle. There tends to be A LOT of great moments during that time that I love capturing.

    Name: Sara Fields, Wedding Connections
    Where you call home: Asheville, NC
    Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Remember that love is the most important detail of any wedding day.

    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!

    emily Written with love by Emily
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      Thank you so much for the warm welcome and the shout out!!! xoxo

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    One of the biggest delights of my job is getting to interact with our Blue Ribbon Vendors. They’re just such a neat group of people — passionate about their jobs, weddings, and marriages. We feel so lucky to have like-minded partners, and grateful that we can recommend them to y’all! A few of our newest favorites who have joined the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory

    Bustle is a luxury wedding gown consignment boutique in Birmingham specializing in designer, vintage and sample gowns. Meredith’s sweet Southern style and impeccable eye leave us with no doubt that the collection of gowns she pulls together will please the most discerning bride!

    Carla White’s hair and makeup team is based in Greensboro, NC, and they specialize in making brides even more beautiful! We love her soft spot for the love stories of her couples, and know she’d be a kind, encouraging presence on your wedding morning.

    Jeff and Jane Greenough’s years of experience don’t dim their excitement for each new couple they work with, and their fresh approach is apparent in their elegant, classic images. They are based in Charlottesville, VA.

    Jennifer Pharr’s work is quiet and lovely. We love how she finds the beauty in each wedding day by capturing the intimate and tender moments! She is based in Spanish Fort, AL.

    We love the way Jessica Rourke goes about her job — with the belief that she’s not just planning a wedding, she’s “marrying the stylistic and strategic details of the day that marks the beginning of a beautiful new adventure.” She is based in South Carolina.

    Katie Nesbitt has a modern and fun style that will appeal to our delightful Virginia brides! Her infectious enthusiasm for life, love, and her clients shines through in her images.

    There’s no shortage of gorgeous images in Michelle Boyd’s portfolio (so dreamy and full of beautiful smiles!), but we almost love her gorgeous heart more. You will love her sweet personality and devotion to capturing the love and legacy of your wedding! Michelle is based in Austin, TX.

    Catherine’s work is clean and joyful. We love her belief that no one needs to feel rushed on their wedding day, and know a day spent with her would be calm and encouraging! MyLife Photography is based in Georgia.

    It’s easy to see that Perry Vaile is a lover of life, and it shows in her images — whether intimate and sweet or joyful and exuberant, they capture the wide range of human emotion and record it beautifully for posterity. Perry is based in Raleigh, NC, but regularly shoots throughout NC, SC, and VA.

    Aside from being one of the sweetest souls we’ve had the pleasure of working with, Kaitlin’s collection of vintage goodies is lovely and enviable. You will adore working with her to pick out the perfect pieces for your wedding! Simply Put Vintage Rentals is based in Raleigh, NC.

    Take a peek at all of the talented folks in our Directory right here! Of course, we’re always happy to hear your recommendations for others who should be added – just email Emily!

    emily Written with love by Emily
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