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Gracious, friends, it has been far too long since we introduced y’all to some of our newest Blue Ribbon Vendors! Searching for vendors can easily become one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning because you’re not only entrusting these folks with the vision for your big day, you’re also entrusting them with photographing/feeding/caring for/etc. the most special people in your and your groom’s lives. Every single BRV member has been carefully vetted by the SW team, and we’re confident they’ll take great care of all the above should you choose to make them part of your wedding team!

Name: Annamarie Akins Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Richmond, VA
Favorite part of a wedding day? I love the getting ready portion of the day! I think it sets the tone and gives the chance for anticipation to build. It’s so beautiful to spend that time with a bride as she prepares to walk down the aisle!

Name: Audra Wrisley Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Alexandria, VA
Favorite Southern city? Charleston, South Carolina is probably my favorite city. My family used to vacation there while I was growing up, and it is still the epitome of summer to me, filled with long days on the beach and nights with delicious, Southern food.

Name: Chips & Salsa Designs
Category: Invitations and Paper Goods
Where you call home: Texas
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Enjoy the ride. The hard times make you appreciate the sweet moments, and the mundane “every days” make up a glorious, well-lived life.

Name: Eliza Gwendalyn
Category: Calligraphy, Invitations and Paper Goods
Where you call home: New York
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? I like how Southern weddings have a romantic, rustic vibe to most of them, and how most Southern brides appreciate anything handmade and hand-lettered. They understand the charm and craft.

Name: Frozen Exposure
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Nashville, TN
Favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite part of the wedding day is when the bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife. I get to witness this major transformation in their lives–they just went from being fiancés to HUSBAND AND WIFE!

Name: Happily Ever After
Category: Event Planning and Design
Where you call home: Raleigh, NC
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? As much as family involvement is integral to every aspect of your wedding day, we hope our clients will be true to themselves and make their day their own. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and come up with your own traditions and personal touches.

Name: Meredith Sledge Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Charlottesville, VA
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? I absolutely adore plantation weddings, vineyard weddings, and anything outdoors, but what I feel is so special about Southern weddings is that beyond the beautiful decor and stunning locations, the day is centered around family and creating a relaxed environment for everyone to enjoy the day.

Name: Ryan & Rach Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Outer Banks, NC
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Sweet tea, bourbon, bread pudding, lightin’ bug catching, sayings like “bless your heart,” and words like “y’all.”

Name: Sarah Bohl Designs
Category: Calligraphy
Where you call home: Arlington, VA
How I got into weddings: I have loved weddings ever since I was a little girl and admired my Nana’s guest suite–it was decorated with wedding photos and invitations from all the women in my family. We all followed similar traditions for our weddings, and holding fast to those while providing modern touches really makes my heart sing! I also LOVE weddings that really make each guest feel special–which is where I feel calligraphy fits in!

Name: The Reason
Category: Videography
Where you call home: Atlanta, GA
How we got into weddings: Our love for marriage got us into weddings. We want to give our clients something that no matter how far in the future, they can always look back and remember why. We’re best friends and married. We get to work together; it’s simply the best thing ever.

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    Talented, professional, compassionate vendors are the backbone of 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: Bows & Arrows
    Where you call home: Dallas, Texas
    How I got into weddings: Everything started out as a love of art and studying painting. Before I knew it, that passion fused with a desire to paint with different medium. Thus, floral and event design emerged.

    Name: Divine Light Photography
    Where you call home: New York City
    Things you’d write home to your Momma about: We have been in business for over eight years, traveled all over the world with our clients, and been featured in many amazing publications and blogs, but our greatest achievement by far is being married for almost eleven years. We have had our struggles and adventures, but still call each other soul mates and lovers.

    Name: Emerald Coast Convention Center
    Where you call home: Okaloosa Island, Florida
    Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Try to savor every minute. It goes by so fast!

    Name: EraGem
    Where you call home: Bellevue, WA
    Favorite part of a wedding day? Exchanging of the rings!

    Name(s): Good Earth Films
    Where you call home: Reidsville, NC (it’s a little town close to Greensboro)
    Things you’d write home to your Momma about: We feel blessed that we are able to work together. Starting Monday mornings with a warm cup of coffee, editing side-by-side, is something we never want to take for granted. We receive joy from the precious moments of ordinary life. We believe we create wedding films that encourage couples and their families to reflect on the joy in their own uniquely precious moments. And we hope that each film inspires folks to remember that this earth is a good place to be!

    Name: Ritani Jewelers
    Where you call home: New York and Seattle
    Things you’d write home to your Momma about: Ritani was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Most Promising Companies in 2014. We’ve also been featured in Brides magazine, Bridal Guide, Glamour, Fox Business, CNN Money, and more!

    Name: Sugar Bee Sweets
    Where you call home: Arlington, TX
    How I got into weddings: I’ve always loved weddings – even in college I worked at an event venue space as well as a bridal boutique. My passion for decorating cakes took it to the next level as I mustered up the courage to open my own bakery boutique seven years ago.

    Name: A&P Designs
    Where you call home: St. Petersburg, Florida
    How I got into weddings: I have always loved paper. I designed my own invitations but didn’t know where to print them. I went to a stationer and after going through the design process, and it opened my eyes to the realization that this is my dream job. I just love designing and playing with paper all day long!

    Name: Fritz Farm
    Where you call home: Cordele, Georgia
    How I got into weddings: In 2010, I started renovating the farm that my Uncle Fritz left in an estate upon his death in 1976. The locals started noticing, and a bride and her mom stopped by one day and asked if she could get married in our pecan orchard. Her wedding photos on Facebook and other social media outlets led to more inquiries and more weddings… thus the birth of The Fritz Farm Venue.

    Name: Kelsey Barnard Catering
    Where you call home: Dothan, Alabama
    Favorite part of a wedding day? I love being able to witness the giddy excitement of a bride and groom’s new marriage as we escort them to their private meal. It’s even better when we can hear the “yums and mmmmms” from the other room.

    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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      Yay!! Thank you for the introductions!! We are so happy to be a part of the SW family!! :)

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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!

    emily Written with love by Emily
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