Category: Events

Hi friends!

It was almost 6 years ago (whoa) when I started planning styled shoots alongside new vendor friends to try to get my name out in the wedding industry.

Since then, we’ve had editorials featured on many blogs & in magazines. I’ll list a few of my favorites for you to see!

Love of My Life, featured on Green Wedding Shoes

A Storied Love, featured in Southern Weddings V9

Tuscan Skies, featured in The Celebration Society

When Natalie of 4 Corners Photography asked me about speaking at a workshop for those who are interested in learning how to successfully plan a styled shoot, I was so excited. This is such a needed discussion, especially for new vendors and planners.

Here is a link where you can find more information. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Hi everyone! As many of you know, we partner with two of our local Pure Barres (Virginia Highlands & Decatur) to encourage our brides to pursue fitness & time for themselves during their planning season. I tried this workout a few years ago, and I LOVE it. And this week – April 17th through the 23rd – is BRIDAL WEEK!

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Pure Barre Virginia Highlands
& Pure Barre Decatur
Get “I do” ready at the barre and celebrate your engagement with us during our Bridal Week – taking place now through April 23rd!

We’re showing our brides and bridesmaids some serious love with the following packages:
Brides can purchase the Bridal Week Bride-To-Be
3 Month Unlimited Package for $300 ($100/month)
– AND –
Bridesmaids can purchase a Bridesmaid Bridal Week
3 Month Unlimited package for $375 ($125/month)

Pure Barre will help you lift, tone and burn your way to your big day!
Looking for a gift for a bride in your life? We have some adorable bride-to-be tanks and sticky socks in the studio! With our Bridal Week specials taking place this week,
this is the best time to give them the gift of Pure Barre!
Call or email the studio today and we’ll take care of everything else.
Virginia Highland: 404.883.3882 or virginiahighlands@purebarre.com
Decatur: 470.428.2290 or decatur@purebarre.com


Personally, I have a hard time pushing myself without being in a class environment. Classes have always been my best option, because I can’t just stop before the class is done like I can with a regular workout. When you own your own business, it’s hard to step away from work to take care of yourself. The same thing is true when you’re planning a wedding. You have so much on your to-do list that it’s hard to stop, and just focus on you. 

Pure Barre is not only an amazing way to tone your body (it’s done wonders for mine!), it’s also super fun. The music starts really high energy as you focus on working out every part of your body for 55 minutes. I’ve been sore in places that I didn’t realize I had muscles. Sounds terrible – but it’s a GOOD feeling.

As you near the end of class, the music becomes relaxing. Confession: I’ve almost fallen asleep during some of our stretches. I need that wind down at the end of a workout. It’s so therapeutic for me and is an amazing start to my day. I feel focused and ready to tackle anything.

I hope that many of you can take advantage of the Bridal Week deal. It’s for brides & bridesmaids, and one bride will win a “barre-ty” (private class) for 15 of her girlfriends. Just remember to invite your planner since you love her so much. (A-hem! Just kidding – maybe.) 

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Sweet owners Ashley & Katy, photographed by Paige Jones

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Photography: Morning Light by Michelle Landreau    |    Wedding Planner: Molly McKinley Designs    |    Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Georgian Terrace    |    Florals: Lindsay Coletta Designs    |    Paper Goods: Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press    |    Linens: Nuage Designs    |    Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon    |    Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal    |    Hair and Makeup: Brielle Brenner    |    Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet    |    DJ: Pirone Entertainment, LLC    |    Videographer: Brandon Zauche

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Here is a small sneak peek of Laura and Michael’s big day at Foxhall Resort. I can’t wait to post this wedding in its entirety! We absolutely loved being a part of Laura and Michael’s planning process and wedding day. Sweetest clients and families ever!

Photography: Erica Akroyd // Wedding Planner: Molly McKinley Designs // Invitations: Plainjane Designs // Calligraphy: Yes Ma’am Paper Goods // Rentals: Unlimited Party Rental // Farm Tables: Crush Event Rentals + Unlimited Party Rental // Florals: The Perfect Poppy // Linens: BBJ // Specialty Linens: Silk and Willow, I Do Linens // Menswear: The Modern Gent // Bridal Gown: Bridals by Lori // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Videography: Hampton Road

StudioWed has been a great home for my company since the year began, and I was thrilled to get to design the window display table for spring and for the Weddings Unveiled Launch Party! I wanted the table to be moody, romantic, and anthropologie-inspired (my favorite place!). Thanks to Jonathan and Kaye for these gorgeous photos!

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Bloomin’ Bouquets put together the perfect springy florals. You can’t go wrong with pale pink peonies and clematis. 🙂 I loved the unique containers and cloches.

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Papered Wonders floored me with the beautiful floral inspired paper goods.

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After seeing our inspiration board, Nuage Designs suggested their platinum ruffle linen. Isn’t it amazing? Loved the mauve napkins, too! Napkins are always a great option for a pop of color. We loved this new china option from Classic Party Rentals – simple and organic. Right up my alley! Aren’t their dark wood Tuscan chairs amazing, too?

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Unique Event Elements brought in stunning draping in a charcoal gray along with blush uplighting (so gorgeous!). Miss Milly’s vintage chairs, frame, and birdcage added a pop of personality. The frame was decorated with foraged spring branches and served as a fun welcome to guests arriving to the Weddings Unveiled party.

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My favorite part of the evening was getting to meet the editor of Weddings Unveiled, Brooke, in person. My husband Matt and I loved chatting all things with Brooke… from stocks and investing to wedding inspiration, she’s a wealth of knowledge with the kindest disposition. MMD loves you and Weddings Unveiled, Brooke! (insert picture I wish I’d gotten here 😉 )

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In other news, the food was delicious (thanks Simply Catering!). It was so fun to see how the inspiration was translated by other planners (loved your table, Lemiga Events). A Pinch Bakery‘s cake pops were killer, as usual. Seeing our vendor friends was the perfect end to a busy April week.

Happy Spring!

This week, Amanda Claire and Thomas’s big day was featured on Style Me Pretty’s front page!! How cool is it that Desiree Hartsock (The Bachelorette) had her wedding featured right after theirs? (I am a Bachelor fan, so this is a big deal.) Basically, AC and Thomas are famous in my book.

I’m thrilled to finally share this wedding and so thankful to have been a part of it! See the feature by clicking here. Thank you to my friend Julie Cate for the most beautiful photos. See the full vendor list on the feature page.

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Thank you SMP for the feature! Bigger blog post to come soon. 🙂

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Wedding Planner: Molly McKinley Designs // Photographer: Alyssa Alig // Venue: Biltmore Ballrooms // Catering and Linens: Affairs to Remember // Florals: Stylish Stems // DJ: Marquee Events // Cake: Pastry Shells // Officiant: Reverend Dawn

 

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Ashlee and Tom’s sweet wedding was one of the most beautiful days we have ever gotten to be a part of. From the beginning, Ashlee wanted everything to be focused around Georgia Peaches. From getting married at a peach farm to their reception in their own backyard barn, you couldn’t have asked for a more Southern day. Ashlee, Tom, their families and friends put countless hours into creating the perfect venue.

These two even stopped by Lane Peaches for some fresh peach ice cream during pictures – isn’t that the cutest thing ever?

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A special thank you to Southern Weddings for featuring this sweet fete. You can view their feature here. Also, make sure to check out their amazing wedding day film here.

Congratulations Tom & Ashlee! Lots of love! 🙂 Thank you for letting me spend such a special season and day with you.

Thanks to the vendors who made Tom & Ashlee’s Southern, rustic wedding happen:

Photography: Haley Sheffield // Wedding Planner: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Lindsay Coletta // Videography: Hampton Road Studios // Linens: BBJ // Specialty Rentals: Southern Vintage // Tent and Rentals: Macon Tent Rentals // Cake: Jan McCord // Caterer: Cousin’s Catering // Band: Celebration Band // Bride + Groom Chair Signs: Host & Toast // Ceremony Doors: Bride’s Father // Bride’s Gown: Elizabeth Dye via The Sentimentalist  // Hair + Makeup: Sarah Gilbert Beauty // Invitations: Emma Torrence, Printing and Assistance by Plainjane Designs // Peaches and Peach Ice Cream: Lane Southern Orchards

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DSC_1923 DSC_1971bw DSC_2403 DSC_2404I can’t explain how much I fell in love with these two during the planning process! I’m so happy we got to be a part of Ashley and Jordan’s sweet day this past fall. Silvers, steel blue, gray, and ivory made a stunning and classic color combination for their wedding. We always love working at The Solarium, a hidden gem in Decatur. Thanks to the vendors below for making the day so wonderful!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Lee!

Photographer: Stephie Hicks // Wedding Planner: Molly McKinley Designs // Venues: First Baptist Decatur + The Solarium at Old Scottish Rite, Decatur, GA // Catering and Linens: Simply Catering // DJ: Black Tie Events