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Welcome back to our finalist series for our third Ultimate Southern Challenge! As you may recall, this time we’re all about burlap. Our next finalists, Tying the Knot and Greer G. Photography, combined to produce a full shoot based on oysters and burlap (since oysters traditionally are packaged in burlap sacks), and we love their ideas for lending a little bit of glamour to this humble material! They put together several different projects, so let’s take a look:

First, the team put together a beautiful boxed invitation with a burlap and lace wrap.

An old window and burlap-backed seating charts made for a fun twist on the traditional escort card.

This rustic glam burlap garland would be perfect at the entrance to your venue or strung from chair to chair at a wedding ceremony. And it’s so easy to make!

For a beyond-easy DIY, dress up store-bought pillar candles with burlap and twine bands.

Finally, we had to share this adorable burlap banner:

If you’d like to see more from this shoot, you can check it out right here!


Planning and Design: Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination // Photography: Greer G. Photography // Florist: Bee’s Wedding and Events // Lighting Decor: Luminous Events // Invitation Suite: Tupelo Honey // Venue: Race and Religious // Makeup: Ashley Melzer Sievert // Hair: Ginger Dickey at Color Bar Salon

Thank you so much, Elyse and team! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar giselle g cuccia reply

    These pictures are amazing. I wish you were my photographer when I got married. XOXO

  2. avatar Bobbie reply

    Love the Rehearsal Dinner shoot. It is fresh and delightful and Bride and Groom would be lucky to have those memories captured in such beautiful photos.

  3. avatar Stevie reply

    Love!! These are my favorite for sure :) Greer is fabulous, and they make a great team!

  4. avatar Heather reply

    This is the best! Absolutely stunning and very well put together!

  5. avatar Tracu reply

    I really love the attention to detail in every photograph. I especially love the window idea for the seating charts. Who knew burlap could look so beautiful?

  6. avatar Katie reply

    I love this look… and the candles are just perfect!

  7. avatar Lisa LaFrance reply

    Beautiful, classic, elegant and most importantly UNIQUE! Fabulous work!

  8. avatar Toni Napolitano reply

    Love this! So unique & thoughtful in both concept & execution. Who would have thought burlap could be elegant? Absolutely adore the seating chart idea always refreshing to see a new twist on tradition. You have my vote!

  9. avatar Jason Anthony reply

    This is THE ONE, fresh, classic, duplicable, glam meets southern charm, perfect!!!

  10. avatar Mona reply

    The perfect amount of details, each coming together seamlessly, from the burlap to the lace, to the candles and florals, so incredible…wow!

  11. avatar Brandon O’Neal reply

    This is stunning, I love it! Truly some really beautiful, chic ideas. Any bride would be lucky to work with Greer and this team.

  12. avatar jessica crawford reply

    gorgeous! I am in love with the invitation suite and the neutral color scheme

  13. avatar Ashley reply

    So New Orleans Classy… LOVE the oyster and pearl detail on the invitation!

  14. avatar Melissa Johnson reply

    Wonderful representation of New Orleans and burlap! We do love our NOLA wedding industry family! Brava!

  15. avatar ChickiD reply

    Just gorgeous!

  16. avatar Sybil reply

    Rustic and elegant in a perfect blend. Every detail absolutely beautiful…Got My Vote!

  17. avatar vicki reply

    Love the theme…very original; and, the the photography is amazing, does it justice!!!!!

  18. avatar Eddie Marroquin reply

    LOVE the old world feel of race and religious! and greer, your amazing eye captured these details beautifully! excellent work, y’all!

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  20. avatar Justin reply

    The flowers look great. Some real beautiful work by bees weddings and event design

    • avatar Andree C reply

      Justin: I agree, Justin. The whole thing is beautiful, but the flowers, which can make or break it ,definitely pulled the whole thing together and are just exquisite. Beautiful job Bees Florist!

  21. avatar Heather reply

    Great decorations and a unique theme. Great job by the entire team

  22. avatar kayla reply

    the flowers look amazing! great job to bee’s wedding and events :)

  23. avatar Wendy reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Bee’s does incredible floral work and the pictures capture the elegant and unique feel of this wedding.

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  25. avatar Lindsay reply

    I love this creative use of burlap on the table, garlands, and menus! What a creative way to tie New Orleans’ oyster heritage into a gorgeous event!

  26. avatar Julia reply

    Stunning! Absolutely burlap-tastic!

  27. avatar Valerie reply

    These photos are breathtaking! Im definately hiring you to shoot all my future events!

  28. avatar Chase LaBure reply

    Beautiful design!!

  29. avatar Jeremy Fredricks reply

    This is amazing work! best of the best!!!

  30. avatar Robyn reply

    This photoshoot is amazing!! The flowers by Bee’s Wedding and Events are phenomenal! Great work as usual Mrs. Carolyn and Mr. Eric!!

  31. avatar Terry Taravella reply

    Very Beautiful!!!

  32. avatar Debbie reply

    Love the flowers – so elegant, simple and unique! Just beautiful!

  33. avatar Megan reply

    I LOVE this, everything is so unique and thoughtful!

  34. avatar Denise Grein reply

    Love the photos by greer g photography. Beautiful!!!

  35. avatar Kelly reply

    LOVE Elyse at Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination! I wouldn’t have anyone else coordinate my wedding! :)

  36. avatar Sandy Spitale reply

    Amazing! Flowers are magnificent – natural colors and white arrangements are outstanding. Just stunning!

  37. avatar Tina p reply

    I love Love LOVE how all the different textures were captured to create a stunning event! Great design…. Even better photography!! Rustic glamorous!!!

  38. avatar Carmel Johnson reply

    This is the best! Love all of the creativity!

  39. avatar Danielle reply

    This is so beautiful!! Great work everyone!!

  40. avatar Kathy H. reply

    Beautiful photography and love the flowers. Great job by all!!

  41. avatar Kathy K reply

    Beautiful work done by Bees Weddings and Designs. Especially loved the unique way they used burlap in the old window as a part of the seating chart and the burlap banner that the couple is carrying.

  42. avatar Christopher Wise reply

    These pictures look amazing. Splendid job!!!

  43. avatar Jen reply

    Absolutely amazing! Im impressed with the photographers keen eye.

  44. avatar Elizabeth Zweiback reply

    Great photos, nicely done Greer G!

  45. avatar eric fredricks reply

    Thanks to everyone who had a part in this photo shoot. This was truly a group effort. We had so many great ideas came to the table that we did not even use. In the end I think the best ideas came to the table.

  46. avatar Shannon Rhodes reply

    Fantastic ideas! Especially looooove luminous events! The candles are simply beautiful!

  47. avatar Kathy Herrmann reply

    Great job by Bee’s!!!

  48. avatar Danielle reply

    love the pictures, absolutly gorgeous… amazing job Greer G. Photography!!

  49. avatar Jacqueline Simon reply

    Elyse did a PERFECT job designing the burlap photo shoot! It’s simply breathtaking! Also, the candles/lighting from Lisa at Luminous and the flowers from Bee’s are magnificent. Greer did such an amazing job of capturing the organic beauty of the materials used. Again, it’s pure perfection! New Orleans has such amazing vendors and is the perfect place to host a real southern wedding. This is definitely the winner of the burlap challenge! :) :)

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