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When you work for a wedding magazine, family and friends often come out of the woodwork when they get engaged to ask for planning tips and vendor recommendations. It’s one of my favorite things about my job! That said, while I pride myself in my knowledge of wedding vendors across the South, I turn to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory time and time again to check out specific locations or services that I may not recall off the top of my head. When you head to the BRV, rest assured knowing that these are the exact same folks the SW gals would personally recommend if we met up over coffee to celebrate your engagement! Here are a few recent additions that we’d love for you to get to know:

Name: Be Light Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Birmingham, AL
Favorite Southern city? Charleston, South Carolina. There is nothing dreamier than whimsical rows of window boxes and colorful architecture. Charleston embodies Southern hospitality and you just can’t help but feel happy walking its streets. We would definitely live there in a heartbeat.

Name: Belles Fleurs Designs
Category: Floral Design
Where you call home: Franklin, TN
How I got into weddings: Flowers have been my passion for many years. I worked in retail floral design and knew I wanted to pursue my own business in wedding floral and event design someday. Once my children were old enough to move out of the house, I decided to take the leap, and started Belles Fleurs Designs shortly afterward.

Name: Dillon Photo
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Jupiter, FL
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The amazing backdrops, like wide blue oceans and moss-covered oak trees! But also, the warm smiles, open hearts, and true love I witness among my couples.

Name: Exchange Vintage Rentals
Category: Rentals
Where you call home: Cullmann, AL
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Soak in every moment. Leave the details to your wedding team and enjoy your most beautiful day!

Name: Handspun Cinema
Category: Videography
Where you call home: Richmond, VA
Favorite part of a wedding day? Can we say every part?? If I had to choose, I would say that the post-ceremony time for the bride and groom can’t be beat–there is so much joy shared between the brand new husband and wife, and it is magical to witness. Josh’s favorite part? The grand exit. Though our part of their journey is coming to a close, their journey is just beginning–and it’s usually a very sparkling start.

Name: Leslie Alford-Mims House
Category: Venue
Where you call home: Holly Springs, NC
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Stay focused on what the day is about. Something is bound to go wrong or not according to plan. Stay calm and hooked into one another and the meaning behind the vows you are making. You’ll be more relaxed and enjoy the day to the fullest.

Name: Lindsay Bishop Events
Category: Event Planning and Design
Where you call home: Charleston, SC
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Southern hospitality! I love helping brides be the Hostess with the Mostest, making sure that all of their guests feel well taken care of and valued. The food is a close second. Southern weddings always have the most delicious food!

Name: LowCountry Catering
Category: Catering
Where you call home: Atlanta, GA
Favorite part of a wedding day? Right after the bride goes down the aisle. I love seeing the look on the groom’s face, and the sweet moment between the bride, groom, and father of the bride.

Name: Montage Palmetto Bluff
Category: Venue
Where you call home: Bluffton, SC
Early bird or night owl? Early bird–the sunrises at Palmetto Bluff are some of the most spectacular in the world.

Name: Stephanie Brazzle Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Dallas, TX
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? I would say Southern weddings are extra sweet in every way. The beautiful backdrops, the Southern mom who is always so sweet and polite, the big bridal parties, and my gosh, the food!

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    We’re just tickled to get to introduce y’all to a new set of Blue Ribbon Vendors, because we know any one of them would be a joy to you if you choose to work together! We’re using a few of our favorite BRV interview questions to help you get to know these lovely ladies and gents. Click through to their listings to find out more about them!!

    Name: A.J. Dunlap Photography
    Category: Photography
    Where you call home: Raleigh, North Carolina
    Favorite part of a wedding day? The moment just after a couple is pronounced husband and wife. It never fails, every single couple gives the biggest smiles and joy radiates from them!

    Name: Kelly Parker Smith of Hello World Paper Co.
    Category: Invitations & Paper Goods
    Where you call home: Belleville, Illinois
    Favorite part of a wedding day? The cake! White on white cakes with simple details are my absolute favorite!

    Name: Jesilyn Kay Calligraphy
    Category: Calligraphy
    Where you call home: Austin, Texas
    How I got into weddings: I have always been drawn to creating beauty in whatever craft or project I decided to take on. The wedding industry is ultimately about creating beauty and joy that will be cherished in memories forever, so it was a natural fit to find myself working here. I am blessed to work with clients every day who want beautiful details to add to their big day, and it’s an honor to be able to provide that for them. I truly love it!

    Name: LC Custom Vacations
    Category: Honeymoon Travel
    Where you call home: Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia
    Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The hospitality! I love weddings where everyone is treated like family. It is really special to see two families become one.

    Name: LULA Hair & Makeup
    Category: Beauty
    Where you call home: Raleigh, North Carolina
    Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Laugh as much as possible.

    Name: LulaKate
    Category: Fashion
    Where you call home: Charleston, South Carolina
    How I got into weddings: My best friend’s sister got married early on in my career and was asked to do the bridesmaid dresses. After saying no a number of times, I was finally convinced and the rest is history! My first wedding took place in a barn in the mountains of NC. The dresses were a beautiful persimmon orange. It was a great way to get my start in the bridesmaid world!

    Names: Rebecca Rose Creative
    Category: Invitations and Paper Goods
    Where you call home: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Favorite part of a wedding day? The moment the doors open and the bride walks down the aisle is always so special. We dare you to say you’ve never shed a tear at that moment!

    Name: Southern Season
    Category: Venue
    Where you call home: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    Favorite thing about weddings in the South? All of the thoughtful details that go into the planning. And lots of flowers and lots of dressed up people!

    Name: Strasburg Children
    Category: Fashion
    Where you call home: Nashville, Tennessee
    Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Always forgive. Try not to mess up big, but if you do, remember that we are all just people.

    Name: Tracy Enoch Photography
    Category: Photography
    Where you call home: Dallas, Texas
    Favorite part of a wedding day? Bride and groom portraits, when they have a bit of time to themselves and I get the opportunity to document their natural excitement!

    Check out all of our favorite vendors in the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory! I also want 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!

    kristin Written with love by Kristin
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