We’re just smitten with our new Blue Ribbon Vendors and we can’t wait for y’all to meet them! Each one of these vendors was hand-picked, and I’m confident working with whichever one you choose would be a joy. Get to know these ladies and gents through some of our favorite interview questions, then click through to their listings to find out more!
Name: Kristen Kilpatrick
Where you call home: Austin, TX
Favorite part of a wedding day? This changes with each wedding I shoot, because over time, I’ve found that my favorite part of a wedding day is the emotional moments that are special to that particular couple. For some, this could mean the first dance or when the bride first puts on her dress.
Name: Ashli Hernández, Brookside Barn
Where you call home: Ellisville, MS
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Trust your industry professionals. This is our job, and we do it every weekend! We see really great ideas go off without a hitch and we also see really great ideas fail. So ask us questions, ask our advice, and let us help you. It’s what we’re here for and we’re delighted to do it!
Name: Caroline Lima
Where you call home: Newport News, VA
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The value placed on family.
Name: Amanda Robinson, Sweet Fix
Category: Cakes and Sweets
Where you call home: Richmond, VA
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? We have mountains, beaches, farmland, country, and beautiful cityscapes, all in the South. We truly have something for everyone.
Name: Amy Clarke, The Halcyon Agency
Where you call home: Los Angeles, CA
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Surround yourself with calm people who love you, not family/lifelong friends who stress you out.
Name: Rasberry Greene
Where you call home: Soso, MS
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? There are very few events in the South that are more celebrated than a wedding–a grand event that celebrates two families joining together, love on its brightest day, and a couple’s very first moments of forever. In the South, there is a sensitivity that creates a sense of open-armed welcome.
Name: Rachael McIntosh
Where you call home: Asheville, NC
Favorite part of a wedding day? I love when the bride and groom turn around, grab a hold of each other, and walk through their guests for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. All of their nerves have dissipated and they’re overflowing with joy! This is my favorite photograph I take of the day.
Name: Tina Rodosta, Verde Beauty
Where you call home: Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA
Favorite part of a wedding day? The moment that a bride gets butterflies in her stomach while sitting with me to do hair and makeup. You can feel the room change with the emotions; everything gets loud with excitement and then quiet with anticipation.
Name: Proximity Hotel
Where you call home: Greensboro, NC
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Southern hospitality, beautiful landscapes, and lots of sugar!
Name: Meredith Teasley
Where you call home: Brentwood, TN…but I’ll always be an Alabama girl at heart!
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The warm smiles, the big hugs, and of course, the people! I love that people in the South have a way of preserving family heirlooms and carrying on traditions that make weddings so much more unique and meaningful!
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 Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. If you would like to recommend someone (or nominate yourself!) for any of these states, please email kristin at southernweddings.com!