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Talented, professional, compassionate vendors are the backbone of every smoothly running wedding day. When you hire people who are great at what they do AND good people to boot, your only job on your wedding day will be to act as a gracious hostess, love your family and friends well, and say “I do.” What a blessing! That’s why we’re passionate about our Blue Ribbon Vendors–because we want y’all to be worrying about those three things, and nothing else. Here are a few we’d love to introduce you to!

Name: Caroline Parrone of Stella Plantation
Category: Venue
Where you call home: New Orleans
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The couples are so sweet! It’s always a pleasure to help combine their two personalities to create a celebration that joins their families and represents them as a couple.

Names: MaryClare and Chris Serio of Bride Film
Category: Videography
Where you call home: New Orleans
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Food, music, more food…need we say more? Only at a Southern wedding will you indulge in shrimp and grits, gumbo, AND beignets, and then take your happy tummy out to the streets to dance the night away with the most fabulous jazz band and a drink in hand. Southern weddings have a charm and vibrancy second to none!

Name: Ginger Cook Event & Floral Design
Category: Event Planning and Design
Where you call home: Diamondhead, MS
Favorite part of a wedding day? I have a bunch! But one of my top favorites is seeing the bride’s face when she sees her wedding ceremony and reception for the first time. I absolutely love the moment that she sees her dream wedding come to life.

Name: Hannah Mayson Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Austin, Texas
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Enjoy your day! Trust the details to the people you’ve hired so you can celebrate. Above all, remember that your marriage is so much more important than you wedding!

Name: Heather Kline Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Any small town with a main street, oak trees, front porches with swings, and cold sweet tea!
How I got into weddings: My family and I went on vacation one year, and on the Blue Ridge train ride met this incredible guy with an impressive gear bag of photographic equipment. I was already looking for a creative outlet in my life, and that was the official impetus to begin the journey that began a reawakening of a talent discovered way back in my high school darkroom! A few more classes, some mentoring, and a lot of shutter clicks later, I knew that photographing weddings was it for me. The energy of the day, the emotions and giggles, all kept me on an adrenaline rush that I absolutely love! I love the couples and families I work with, the vendors I meet, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else in the world than what I’m doing now!

Name: Judy Hill of High Cotton
Category: Fashion
Where you call home: Raleigh, North Carolina
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? I love the small details about Southern weddings the most: strings of lights, fragrant Southern flowers, grandma’s recipes on the pie bar, a beau tie bar with colorful bow ties, and the delightfully warm and carefree atmosphere that Southern weddings exude.

Name: Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Lexington, KY
Favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite part of the wedding day is listening to the vows and watching the newlyweds walk down the aisle after they are married and seeing their heavenly smiles.

Name: Justin DeMutiis Photography
Category: Photography
Where you call home: Tampa, Florida
How I got into weddings: I started in high school with a passion for nature and landscape photography and a desire to preserve the most beautiful scenes and moments in a faithful way. My health teacher was also a wedding photographer, and when she saw my passion for photography she took me under her wing and taught me about portraits and weddings!

Name: Sarah Ntouskas of Make It Posh
Category: Event Planning and Design
Where you call home: Mechanicsville, VA
Favorite part of a wedding day? The father-daughter dance. It gets me every time. I am not a crier by nature and can stay dry through the most touching of vows, but it’s all waterworks during the dances. I can’t help but think one day that will be my husband with our girls.

Name: Anna Stouffer of Urban Petals
Category: Floral Design
Where you call home: Greenville, South Carolina
Favorite part of a wedding day? Giving a bride her bouquet, hands down! I absolutely love seeing her expression and often tears of joy!!

Check out all of our favorite vendors in the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory! If you would like to recommend someone (or nominate yourself!), please send me an email!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Joanne Frey reply

    Have seen many ofGinger Cooks weddings and events! Absolutely flawless! Can’t say enough about her talent and attention to detail!

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Wedding videography played a much bigger role in MaryClare and Chris’ story than just this beautiful film of their special day–in fact, it’s what brought them together in the first place! Cinematographers themselves, they met at a film conference in New Orleans and began working together–as MaryClare so beautifully put it, they “fell in love while telling others’ love stories.” Well, on a gorgeous fall day in Rosemary Beach, Florida, it was their turn to be in front of the camera and experience the moments they had captured for so many others: saying their vows, twirling around during their first dance, and celebrating with their loved ones. Their joy of finally coming to this day is so evident, and I’m sure MaryClare and Chris are thrilled with the way our Blue Ribbon Vendor PenWeddings captured it all!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story! We are both wedding cinematographers, and we met at a film conference in New Orleans. We started working together, and our shared passions for all things film, traveling, food, and wine blossomed into a romance. We fell in love while telling others’ love stories!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The most Southern aspect of our wedding was the sense of family I think everyone could feel throughout the weekend. I also surprised Chris with a groom’s cake made up of all of his favorite things. He cried when he saw it because it brought back some sweet memories from the start of our relationship! My best girls also participated in the Southern tradition of a cake pull, pulling all New Orleans-themed charm bracelets my mom made herself. Finally, we brought New Orleans with us to our Florida wedding, ending the night with a second line!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Chris and I have trouble picking one moment because it truly was our favorite weekend ever! For me, waiting to walk down the aisle with my dad while looking at Chris and everyone on the beautiful beach below was unforgettable. For both of us, saying our vows to one another and our first dance were two of the BEST moments!

Cinematography: PenWeddings | Photography: Mark Eric Photography and Marroquin Photography | Planning and Design: It’s a Shore Thing | Venue: Rosemary Beach Eastern Green | Florals and Decor: Florals by the Sea | Catering and Rentals: Townsend Catering | Paper Goods: The Little Blue Chair | Calligraphy and Logo: Janice Montoya | Bonfire and Ceremony Musician: Michael Liuzza | Wedding Cake: Cindy Pagragan | Groom’s Cake: Confections on the Coast | Band: Mo’ Sol | Hair: Mindy Norris | Makeup: Make Me Blush | Bride’s Gown: Judd Waddell | Groom’s Suit: Luca Falcone | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale

See more Southern wedding films here!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Geoff reply

    What a perfect speech to start a film. Great video as always. Love your work.

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Everyone has their own favorite part of a wedding–maybe the bride’s walk down the aisle, the exchange of vows, the first dance, or the sparkler exit. Personally, I don’t have a favorite (I love them all!!), but when it comes to wedding films, my favorite thing about them is when they make me feel like I’m there, witnessing all those moments right alongside a couple’s beloved guests. That’s why I loved Michelle and Ryan’s highlights film by Nowsay Films so very much–y’all please join me virtually at Boone Hall Plantation to enjoy this darling couple’s special day!

From the bride:

We were married on a Southern plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, and included cotton boutonnieres, dried palmettos roses, Southern cocktails and beers from local breweries, pimento cheese sliders, and shrimp and grits. Our most memorable moments were when the sun magically came out in time for our outdoor ceremony, and walking back up the aisle after being announced husband and wife and seeing that we were surrounded by all of the people we love.

Planning and Coordination: Holly Simpson of A Charleston Event / Hair and Makeup: Allure Salon / Venue: Boone Hall Plantation / Photographer: Crystal Genes Photography / Catering and Bar: Relish / Videography: Nowsay Films / DJ and Transportation: Burt Lawson of Finger Snappin’ Entertainment / Florist: Country and Lace / Lighting and Draping: Charleston Uplighting / Furniture and Linens: Snyder Events / Cake and Cupcakes: Publix Bake Shop / Bride’s Gown: Watters / Bridal Salon: Lily Rose Bridal Salon / Bride’s Shoes and Bracelet: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Bridesmaid Necklaces: Moon and Lola / Groom’s Suit and Groomsmen’s Shirts: Armor Bespoke by Anne Cox Private Tailoring / Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank

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  1. avatar Debbie Mock reply

    Michelle you looked so beautiful! So glad the weather was nice for you. You and Ryan make a cute couple. I hope you will be very happy together forever. God bless you both. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. Debbie

  2. avatar Kelsey reply

    What a beautiful couple! That dress is just gorgeous. Everything from the plantation wedding venue to the barn reception makes this a perfect southern wedding.

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