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It’s really a joy to get to introduce y’all to a new set of Blue Ribbon Vendors each month, because I just know any one of them would be a joy to you if you choose to work together! This time around, we’re introducing you to a few of them through their answers to some of our favorite BRV interview questions. Click through to their listings to find out more about them!

Name: Vista West Ranch
Where you call home: Dripping Springs, Texas
Favorite part of a wedding day? For me, it’s when the couple checks in — going over all of the activities, making sure that everything is in order, and being able to talk with them as they arrive at VWR. Seeing all of the excitement that is building up before the festivities start is my favorite part.

Name: Two Sweets Bake Shop
Where you call home: Winter Garden, Florida
Best piece of advice for brides and grooms? When considering your dessert options, give some thought to offering a variety of desserts to your guests. Just about every dessert can be created in small portions, allowing guests to select from several offerings. They’ll love you for it!

Name: Tucker Images
Where you call home: Crandall, Texas
How I got into weddings: Since I was young I knew that I wanted to make people happy for a living. I didn’t have a clue how I was going to do that but my junior year in college when I was hired to work with a wedding photographer I quickly started to realize that shooting weddings embodied everything I love: big moments, joyful people, and pretties!

Name: Tres Beau Weddings
Where you call home: Hoover, Alabama
How I got into weddings: I think it started with my sixth birthday party: a “Here Comes the Bride”-themed party! Then, I joke that I just never got over planning my own wedding in 2001. I also went to culinary school and learned about event management while working at Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate headquarters!

Name: Tracy Melton Artistry
Where you call home: Dallas, Texas
Favorite part of a wedding day? Well the ‘getting ready’ part, of course! :) I love getting to spend that precious time with brides and their best ladies. It’s always such a fun time filled with laughter, love, hairspray, and lipstick – which just so happen to be a few of my favorite things!!

Name: The Southern Barn
Where you call home: Fort Lonesome, Florida
How I got into weddings: The Southern Barn at Lonesome G Ranch began when our son was married on the ranch. This was the beginning of many weddings for our family and friends. When the word about our passion to create beautiful unique Southern vintage style weddings spread, The Southern Barn name was created.

Name: The Reason
Where you call home: Atlanta, Georgia
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.

Name: The Chef Next Door
Where you call home: Huntsville, Alabama
Favorite part of a wedding day? It’s a tie: either seeing the bride’s face as she sees her reception for the first time… hopefully, her dream come true! Or the hug from the bride and groom at the end of the night. I’m sweaty, my hair is in a dirty bun, and I smell like food, but it’s that hug that makes my job worth doing and solidifies that I am where I am meant to be in the world.

Name: Swanky I Do’s
Where you call home: Orlando, Florida
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? I love the emphasis on details and hospitality, and that venues range from barns to waterfront properties.

Name: Suite Paper
Where you call home: Cameron, North Carolina
Favorite part of a wedding day? I’m a sucker for the kiss!

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!

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Oh my word, y’all! Though all of our Best of 2012 posts were hard to narrow down, this category might have been the very hardest. When you feature as many gorgeous, heartfelt, carefully planned Southern weddings as we do, there is no end to the meaningful details! Here, ten of our very favorites.

A porch swing covered in a family quilt at the reception: photo by Cali Ashton from Sydney + Lucas’s wedding.

A gigantic red heart done up with calligraphy: photo by Adam Barnes from Blair + Luke’s wedding (obviously!).

Burlap gone chic (a Pinterest favorite!): photo by Kristyn Hogan from Kristal + Johnny’s wedding.

A guest book fashioned from a family Bible: photo by Paige Newton from Alison + Brent’s wedding.

A lush monogrammed hay bale! Photo by Kim Box from Crystal + Trip’s wedding.

Preppy striped linens and coral crackers: photo by Justin DeMutiis from Blair + Brian’s wedding (which has popped up in several of these year end posts!).

We had seen monogrammed guest books, but never a guest book that WAS a monogram before this! Photo by Brett Heidebrecht from Lauren + Justin’s wedding.

Sweet wedding cornhole board: photo by The Reason from Melanie + Cale’s wedding.

Chair wreaths with a favorite country song line (we loved this so much we included it in print!): photo by Paula O’Hara from Alise + Conor’s wedding.

Yep, that about sums it up. Photo by Brett Heidebrecht from Claire + Nathan’s wedding.

Adam Barnes and Justin DeMutiis are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    I love the giant red heart, and the Bible and monogram guest book ideas!

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I’m going to a wedding today, friends! Yahoo!! I’m using this awesome film from our friends at The Reason to get in the mood for this afternoon’s festivities, and I think you should, too! Enjoy!

P.S. Don’t you adore Emily’s fascinator?

From the bride:

Our wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect to us! Growing up in Atlanta our whole lives, we wanted to get away from the hustle and the bustle and therefore, picked Neverland Farms as our wedding venue. It is a cozy little vintage farm situated within the wine region of the North Georgia Mountains. Without much surrounding it, the venue allowed us and all of our guests to be completely immersed in the day and all of its lovely details! The horses, pastures, hand-made wooden fences, and windy dirt roads made for the perfect nostalgic, simple, yet chic wedding day that I had always dreamed of. I rode up to the ceremony in a horse and carriage with my dad and then away with my husband as we got a private tour of the grounds- just us as Mr. & Mrs. The reception consisted of some good ole southern cooking- bacon mac & cheese, beef brisket, corn chowder…and a whole LOT of dancing!! We wouldn’t trade our wedding day (or this video) for the world!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar kristina reply

    Yayy!! Looove this couple, and this video! :D

  2. avatar Christie Evans reply

    I just realized that I sent the email to the wrong place. Sorry! I was looking at the article for The Reason and I wanted to see their video. But, you must have a password to view. Sorry about the inconvenience!

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