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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!

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I don’t know how on earth my wedding is almost two months away, but here we are! I am definitely feeling the pressure of everything that still needs to get done, but it’s all coming together, and now that RSVP cards are showing up in my mailbox, it’s feeling more real than ever! Fellow spring brides, know that I am thinking of y’all–we’re almost there! :)

Next up on my wedding to-do list is my hair and makeup trial, so I thought this would be a good time to share some of my inspiration. I am SO excited that Samantha of Lula Hair and Makeup (she worked her magic at this shoot last year!) will be prettifying my favorite ladies and me on my wedding day. She is so talented at achieving the really beautiful, natural look I love, and she’s also as sweet as can be–exactly the type of person a girl wants around on her wedding morning!

When thinking about how I want to look on my wedding day, one of the most important things to me is that I feel like myself. That said, I have two “signature” beauty looks: my hair is really long, and I never shy away from bright lipstick. Long hair means that I can do pretty much anything with it, so I’ve been collecting inspiration that runs the gamut from long, romantic curls to chic updos. Let’s take a look!

There are the “all down” looks–I love the princess-y feel of these styles!

Clockwise from top left: Keely + Hill by Lauren Friday, Tec Petaja, Vogue, Elizabeth Messina via Wedding Chicks

There’s the classic half up/half down, AKA the perfect happy medium.

Clockwise from top left: Meredith + Beau by Lauren Kinsey, Blair + Brian by Justin DeMutiis, Jemma Keech via Once Wed, Sally Ward + Patrick by Geneoh

And, the updos! I rarely wear my hair up, which makes it feel extra special when I do (like at the V7 launch party). I love these elegant, piece-y (but not messy) styles.

Clockwise from top left: Kristen + Patrick by Rachel May, Savannah + Robbie by Andi Mans, unknown, Ben Q Photography

I always feel my most dressed up with color on my lips, and while I wouldn’t want to go too bold for my wedding, I do have my eye on a few bright-ish shades as possibilities (this one in Strawberry Sorbet and this one in Primerose look gorgeous!). Here is some pretty lipstick inspiration from past SW editorials!

Clockwise from top left: Carolina on My Mind by Joey Seawell, A Southern Gentleman by Stephen DeVries, Fun and Fancy Free by Nancy Ray, Berry Bliss by Katie Stoops

How did you/will you wear your hair on your wedding day? Are you incorporating any of your go-to beauty looks? I’d love to hear!

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    Samantha is the perfect choice for someone to do your hair and makeup!! She did ours for my sister’s Chapel Hill wedding, and cannot say enough good things about her (from her sweet, sunny personality to her incredible hair & makeup styling skills)! Y’all are in good hands. And I love the pop of color in the lip, for sure!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    My entire engagement I planned on wearing my hair in an updo (something I never do). But while getting ready on the morning of the wedding I was worried that I might not look like or feel like myself with my hair up but I was also worried that if I wore my hair down that it wouldn’t be special enough. However, my bridesmaids reminded me that Kate Middleton wore her hair down on her wedding day and that convinced me! :) I decided to go with a half up/half down and I’m so glad I did. I felt like myself and when you add a veil, any hairstyle turns special. I know you’ll look lovely whatever you choose!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      That is so sweet!! Love that your bridesmaids were so supportive and encouraging of your last-minute switch…and Kate Middleton is pretty great encouragement, too! :)

  3. avatar Morgan reply

    You are going to look stunning, Lisa!

  4. avatar Emily reply

    Well hmm, those all down styles do look lovely, and you certainly looked beautiful rocking something similar at the peach shoot!! I wore my hair up, as you know, and am very glad that I did – I think I would have been fussing too much with it otherwise, and my sleeves needed space to shine :) The funniest part of my wedding day hair and makeup session was that Tia unilaterally decided I and all of my bridesmaids needed eyebrow plucking. Luckily she is a master, and my brows have never looked better!! If only she lived in NC…

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Your hair and makeup was perfect on you, especially with your gorgeous dress! I have not thought about my eyebrows at all…maybe Sam will give me some insight as to if they need any wedding day prep! :P

  5. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    You can’t go wrong with loose curls and wavy hair. I adore the last braid, it is both low-key and elegant at the same time.

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