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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.