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As you’re planning your wedding, be sure to set aside some of that brainstorming time and a few of those clever ideas not for the day you say “I do,” but for the days around it! When I was planning my wedding, one of the sweetest parts was all of the opportunities my engagement gave me to celebrate the ladies I loved most, through bridal shower hostess thank you gifts, the lunch I ordered in for everyone on the wedding day, and my bridesmaid gifts. If my gals had been local, I would have LOVED to do a get-together like this one from Lauren Liddell Photography and Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals, too! Those who do have local ‘maids, I’ll live vicariously through you :)

Thank you to this talented team for sharing these sweet ideas!

Photographer: Lauren Liddell Photography | Planner and stylist: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals | Venue: Wisteria Bed & Breakfast | Rentals, decor, and ring box: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals | Florist: Maidenhair Floral and Event Design | Cake: The Twelve Five Cakery | Cookies: Candi’s Cookies | Catering: Elements Catering and Floral Design | Paper products and pillows: Adam Trest Home | Fashion: BHLDN | Hair and makeup: Molly Gee Designs | Gift boxes and jewelry: Simple Joys by Ginny | Ribbon and runner: Nettle Textiles | Stamps: Lovegood Market

Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals and Elements Catering are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory, and BHLDN is a wonderful SW sponsor!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Pixel Weddings reply

    Such a beautiful wedding! stunning!

  2. avatar Sheffield Wedding Photographer reply

    we love the wedding photos! wow!

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One of the biggest delights of my job is getting to interact with our Blue Ribbon Vendors. They’re just such a neat group of people — passionate about their jobs, weddings, and marriages. We feel so lucky to have like-minded partners, and grateful that we can recommend them to y’all! A few of our newest favorites who have joined the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory

Bustle is a luxury wedding gown consignment boutique in Birmingham specializing in designer, vintage and sample gowns. Meredith’s sweet Southern style and impeccable eye leave us with no doubt that the collection of gowns she pulls together will please the most discerning bride!

Carla White’s hair and makeup team is based in Greensboro, NC, and they specialize in making brides even more beautiful! We love her soft spot for the love stories of her couples, and know she’d be a kind, encouraging presence on your wedding morning.

Jeff and Jane Greenough’s years of experience don’t dim their excitement for each new couple they work with, and their fresh approach is apparent in their elegant, classic images. They are based in Charlottesville, VA.

Jennifer Pharr’s work is quiet and lovely. We love how she finds the beauty in each wedding day by capturing the intimate and tender moments! She is based in Spanish Fort, AL.

We love the way Jessica Rourke goes about her job — with the belief that she’s not just planning a wedding, she’s “marrying the stylistic and strategic details of the day that marks the beginning of a beautiful new adventure.” She is based in South Carolina.

Katie Nesbitt has a modern and fun style that will appeal to our delightful Virginia brides! Her infectious enthusiasm for life, love, and her clients shines through in her images.

There’s no shortage of gorgeous images in Michelle Boyd’s portfolio (so dreamy and full of beautiful smiles!), but we almost love her gorgeous heart more. You will love her sweet personality and devotion to capturing the love and legacy of your wedding! Michelle is based in Austin, TX.

Catherine’s work is clean and joyful. We love her belief that no one needs to feel rushed on their wedding day, and know a day spent with her would be calm and encouraging! MyLife Photography is based in Georgia.

It’s easy to see that Perry Vaile is a lover of life, and it shows in her images — whether intimate and sweet or joyful and exuberant, they capture the wide range of human emotion and record it beautifully for posterity. Perry is based in Raleigh, NC, but regularly shoots throughout NC, SC, and VA.

Aside from being one of the sweetest souls we’ve had the pleasure of working with, Kaitlin’s collection of vintage goodies is lovely and enviable. You will adore working with her to pick out the perfect pieces for your wedding! Simply Put Vintage Rentals is based in Raleigh, NC.

Take a peek at all of the talented folks in our Directory right here! Of course, we’re always happy to hear your recommendations for others who should be added – just email Emily!

emily Written with love by Emily
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Sophie + Brian’s Kentucky wedding is especially appropriate for us to feature today since it’s Derby Week! Even more fun is the fact that S + B actually met in the show jumping circuit as junior riders. Though they weren’t snug as a bug at first, sparks eventually flew and the horse industry led them down South to Kentucky! For Sophie + Brian, their wedding was a way for them to showcase the food, landscape, hospitality and history of the area that they fell in love with. That sounds like the perfect way to honor your life together and start a marriage, doesn’t it?

We’re dolling out hugs to Honey Heart Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
It was a slightly disastrous and stressful, actually. I had wanted to go to New York City for dress shopping with friends but my schedule made that challenging. I tried a few bridal shops here in Florida. One was particularly nice but had a small selection. I went in a few times to peruse with friends. When my mother was in town, we went back in and purchased two dresses. But as soon as I bought the dresses, I knew they were wrong and wanted to exchange them. I couldn’t sleep all night and called the next morning to find out the return policy was store credit only! Long story short, I returned those dresses, and after a lot of stress and a few sleepless nights, found two fun, beautiful dresses for the wedding. The first was an off-white sweetheart strapless dress with a draped sunburst bodice. The second was a Reem Acra Ready to Wear I had seen in store in black that I had them make in white for me. It was more of a romantic party dress and less of a princess ball gown to enjoy the evening festivities in.

Oh! The light in the next two shots is so dreamy! High fives Honey Heart Photography!

We did a twist on traditional vows, but did not each write our own piece. We were too shy for that! Instead, we spent time creating fun-loving words that related to our love and our relationship ” I, Sophie, choose you, Brian, as my best friend and the love of my life. I choose you to embark upon this great journey of marriage with me. You are my soulmate, my companion and my confidant.  I take you today to be my husband my teammate and my true love now and forever.  I love you.”

We had two readings and a Wedding Blessing at the ceremony. The first reading, “Love” by Roy Croft was read by my sister-in-law, Irene. The second reading ,”To Love is Not to Possess” by James Kavanaugh was read by my husband’s aunt Bettina. The officiant also read an anonymous wedding blessing that we loved. It read, “May the love you both feel for each today, grow and deepen as each day passes. May you know what it is to be a couple, and yet remain the individuals that brought the other to you. May your days together bring you great joys and much laughter. When sadness arrives, as at times it will, may the bond that you share and the promise you make to each other be enough to pull you through. Above all, may you always be friends; true friends. The kind of friends who are honest, and faithful, and loyal. Such friends can share lifetimes.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding?
 Neither my husband nor I are actually Southern (though maybe he would disagree because he was born in Aiken, SC). We had moved to Lexington from the Northeast the year before the wedding and fell in love with the area. We wanted the wedding to include all the things we loved about Lexington: the landscape, the natural beauty, the hospitality, the history and the cuisine.

Describe your wedding flowers.
 The wedding was mostly all white and cream tones, with natural accents, woods, metals, and greenery. The flowers were a reflection of that.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I loved the simple ambiance and décor, but of course, the photo booth was a little bit of extra fun.

The wedding cake was the easiest decision we made during the entire planning process. We knew we wanted a simple white butter cream style cake, and we went to a few local bakeries trying cake and flavors. Martine’s Pastries was the clear winner. We both loved white cake and pistachio cake so we did half and half with simple butter cream fill. That was easy! We also had a Valentine’s ice cream bar and hot Spaulding’s donuts (both are local Lexington shops).

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. 
We both competed on the show jumping circuit as junior riders. We even had the same trainer for a period. We always knew each other but were never close. Brian was a bit older and we had different friends. Then, one year he seemed to take quite an interest in me, and we began to spend more and more time together. I guess the rest is history.
In what month did you get married? 
How many guests attended your wedding? 170
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes, we decided on a “first look.” We are pretty low-key and chose to do the majority of the photographs prior to the wedding. The pre-ceremony lighting was beautiful. It was the perfect opportunity to get good shots. Post ceremony, we were mostly done with pictures and could get right to the fun stuff. We do not consider ourselves very traditional anyway so that decision was an easy one.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. We had a string trio for our ceremony. The prelude was “Such Great Heights,” by The Postal Service. The processional was “Caribbean Blue” by Enya. The bridal processional was to “Here Comes the Sun,” by The Beatles and the recessional was to “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. Our first dance song was “By Your Side” by Sade.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on?
 Our band “Jesse’s Girls’ from Atlanta and the hair team from Marie Robinson Salon in New York City.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
 To be honest, it’s all kind of a blur now! But just being relaxed and enjoying the whole day while it was happening was memorable.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding?
 Don’t over-think it or stress too much in all the planning and the details. Its just one day in your life. Enjoy it!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lauren reply

    I absolutely love her hair. What a beautiful couple!

  2. avatar Kylie reply

    Gorgeous wedding! Love the tent over the pool!

  3. avatar Ken Tan reply

    Beautiful photographs! Loving the venue!

  4. avatar jane reply

    Is there anyway I can get a hold of the bride from this wedding? Would love to know where she found a swiss dot table cloth.


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  8. avatar Lauren reply

    Hi! Love the suits — where did they come from?

  9. avatar Cassidy reply

    Who makes the swiss dot linen! It is so perfect!

  10. avatar Jasmine reply

    I can’t seem to find the name of this venue! Does anyone know where this is?

  11. avatar janelle reply

    please tell me where this stunning venue is!!!

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  13. avatar Allie reply

    In love with the table numbers. Any idea where I can get them?

  14. avatar Kylee reply

    Wondering where this venue is in Lexington?

  15. avatar Brooke Paris reply

    Do you know where that swiss dot table cloth is from? I have been looking for one everywhere!

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