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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!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Alicia Rohan reply

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

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We had so much fun hearing from so many of y’all who are recently engaged on Instagram a few weeks ago! Since we expect there to be quite a few more proposals coming up with Valentine’s Day around the corner, what better time to share a little antique and vintage engagement ring inspiration? EraGem is an amazing source for estate rings, ranging from intricate vintage pieces to more modern options. There’s something for every bride, and I had fun picking out just a few of my favorites to share with y’all today!

EraGem recently added a page to their website that makes it super easy to find pre-owned modern diamond rings. These estate pieces are not only completely gorgeous, they’re also an eco-friendly option, since no new mining or refining is necessary when you purchase a ring that’s been previously loved.

We can’t wait to hear from new brides-to-be who get engaged on Valentine’s Day! These ruby and pink sapphire rings EraGem carries are so unique and lovely, and would seem extra appropriate given on February 14, don’t you think?

Thanks to a certain princess we all know and love, sapphire engagement rings have found a permanent place on the list of classic ring styles. Sapphires have actually been used as engagement rings since the Victorian era, so EraGem carries some stunning vintage pieces that date back to the 1880’s!

EraGem’s newly redesigned website is incredibly easy to use, and to make sure you love your ring in person as much as you do online, they offer a 60-day money back guarantee, free overnight shipping and returns, and a lifetime warrantee. If you find yourself in the Seattle area, you can also visit their new showroom!

What are your favorite rings from this selection? I can’t stop staring at the oval pink sapphire (top left)!

This post is brought to you by EraGem–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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As y’all probably already know (especially if you read this post!), estate diamonds and passed-down engagement rings are fairly common here in the South. Alas, not all of us are lucky enough to have precious heirloom baubles already in our families, which is why we love today’s sponsor, EraGem Estate Jewelry! If you’re hoping that your ring might one day become a family heirloom, it makes perfect sense to search for “the one” among vintage engagement rings, and EraGem has plenty of gorgeous options from which to choose.

I love that antique engagement rings already come with a story. Doesn’t that seem so Southern? I think there’s something really beautiful about wearing a ring that both symbolizes your future and has so much history.

I ALSO love these gorgeous colored numbers! EraGem’s selection of sapphire engagement rings is stunning, and if you’ve ever wanted to make like Kate, this would be the place to start your search.

Besides beautiful rings, EraGem has the back-end details down to a science, too: free shipping, and a full 60-day money back guarantee. Additionally, something that would set my mind at ease is that all of the photos on their site (and in this post) were taken by the owners, Michael and Weston, and are of the actual items for sale. They are also great with customer service via phone or email!

What do you think, ladies? Would you wear a vintage engagement ring? Is your engagement ring vintage?

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Marletha reply

    I would definitely wear a vintage ring! Receiving a gorgeous ring with so much history and meaning behind it would be awesome. Besides who wouldn’t want that amazing 4 carat yellow diamond engagement ring above??!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Um, yes, no kidding!! Though I am a bit partial to the pink one… :)

    • avatar Rebecca reply

      Emily: Hi, This has nothing to do with this string, but I have a question about another piece you wrote titled: V4 Feature :: Polo Shoot

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE those bridesmaid dresses and I’m glad that you put the skirts as being Anne M Cramer, but what about the tops? I can’t find them. Any clue? Thanks! and Love what you do :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Rebecca! Those tops are actually from Victoria’s Secret! Best of luck with your search!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    I LOVE that yellow cushion-cut diamond ring! I’d want that as a right-hand ring, definitely! I’m all for vintage jewelry and rock an antique engagement ring (my man’s mother’s, grandmother’s, AND great-grandmother’s engagement ring!)

  3. avatar Brit {Colure Weddings} reply

    They’re all so gorgeous! I’m a little relieved that it is the guy’s job to choose, because I don’t think I could!

  4. avatar Laura F. reply

    I just got my engagement ring last week (!!!!!!!!!!!) and my favorite part about it is that the band is from the 1940’s. My sweet fiance spent months looking for the perfect band and then had it fitted for a diamond. I love that it was a part of someone else’s love story and now it’s a part of ours.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Congratulations, Laura!!! I’m sure your ring is stunningly beautiful!

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