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This fall I had the pleasure of working alongside Simply Sarah Photography to create this beautiful editorial at the Cove in Eleuthera in the Bahamas. I’m so thankful to have been a part of it and excited to share these images with you.

Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors for bringing this gorgeous inspiration to life and to Style Me Pretty for the feature.

Check out the full vendor list on the feature page here.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography // Planning + Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals + Rentals: Boy Meets Girl Weddings // Venue: The Cove // Stationary: Lazywood Lane // Gown: Alexandra Grecc // Bridal Boutique: BASH // Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Hair and Makeup: The Hair & Makeup Collective

Layla Lester and Justin Harkness got married on September 2nd, 2017 at the Cathedral of Christ the King and followed up their elegant ceremony with an energetic reception at Monday Night Brewing. We loved working with Layla and Justin because of the sweet and fun essence of their relationship! The nature of their love was definitely captured in the sophisticated yet fun-loving style of their wedding design. Two of our favorite elements of the wedding party’s looks were Layla’s colorful heels and the groomsmen’s classic yet modern black tuxedos.

The whole day was full of laughter and wonderful touches. One of the most memorable moments was the wedding party’s spontaneous midday trip to Chick-fil-A for an afternoon snack after pictures. Two of the sweetest details were Layla’s monogrammed necklace gifted to her by Justin and her edgy “Harklest” custom leather jacket. Layla and Justin’s goal was for the wedding to feel like a celebration for all of the guests, and the live band and eclectic brewery setting absolutely conveyed that.

The florals by Adaptation Floral Design were beautiful, and their band, The Retreat, wowed guests with their arrangements of Layla and Justin’s favorite songs. The crowd danced the night away and Layla and Justin were in the middle of the dance floor the whole time!

It was so special to be a part of such a loving couple’s big day. One of our favorite aspects of the day was witnessing the couple’s excited smiles and sweet first dance – it was SO evident just how much these two are meant to be! The happiness these two share will undoubtedly last a lifetime, and Laura Barnes Photo and Oak & Willow Wedding Films captured it so perfectly!

We are so thankful to Layla and Justin for asking us to take part in the best day of their lives – we love you, Mr. and Mrs. Harkness!

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Photography: Laura Barnes Photo // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King // Reception Venue: Monday Night Brewing // Planning, Design + Coordination: Molly McKinley Designs // Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman // Florals: Adaptation Floral Design // Catering: Mac the Cheese // Cake: Lush Cakery  // Videography: Oak & Willow Wedding Films // Band: The Retreat // Rentals: Peachtree Tents & Events

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At the end of August, our team had the privilege of attending Gold and Bloom’s Bottles and Blooms workshop to tap into our inner florists! The owner of Gold and Bloom, Jenna Griffin, instructed us on how to create a floral centerpiece from start to finish showcasing some of the most beautiful blooms of the season. Laura Barnes of Laura Barnes Photo was there to capture every moment. We loved that Jenna’s ultimate advice from the beginning of the workshop was to use our personal taste to inspire the shape of our centerpieces. Some people had rounder centerpieces, while other centerpieces were nontraditional in shape. Some people were drawn to symmetry, while others enjoyed creating asymmetrical arrangements. Once we chose the shapes we had in mind, Jenna invited us to forage from the yard to select additional greenery or flowers. She challenged us to mix textures and to add pops of colored greenery to bring unique flavor to our designs.

After we collected all of the greenery we wanted to use, Jenna instructed us on how to create the foundation of the arrangement, placing greenery so that the shape and height we wanted for our pieces was present before we added any flowers. Jenna walked us through the various flowers she provided for the arrangements, explaining which played more of a supporting role in an arrangement and which typically sat higher and sprung out further, giving more height or width to the piece.

Jenna encouraged us to place our “wow” factor accents in the arrangement before adding all of the flowers. For her, it was a single twig extending sideways from the piece. For others, it was a statement flower in the center of the vase or a cluster of berries.

With that, we began creating. Using the floral shears, floral foam, and charming vases Jenna provided us, we listened to music and bounced ideas off of one another as we designed our masterpieces. Our team had a combination of approaches to putting together our arrangements, each having a final product with a different shape, fullness, color palette, and mood.

We had a wonderful time learning about the art of floral design and cannot wait to attend another workshop. Although we don’t offer floral design, this workshop allowed us to get more insight into how our clients’ personalities and tastes can be represented in their wedding day florals. Thank you, Jenna, for your expertise and for such a fun and inspiring experience!

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Floral Designer: Gold and Bloom // Photography: Laura Barnes Photo // Paper Goods: Elenotes Calligraphy

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

The holidays bring so many of our favorite things- festive weather, quality times with loved ones, cheery celebrations, and often engagements.

Before long we’ll be right in the midst of wedding season, so we wanted to share this helpful (and adorable) graphic created by our friends over at The Black Tux.

Navigating the terminology of dress code can be tricky but this etiquette chart can help along with any of your modern-day Emily Post inquiries.

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I love how comprehensive this chart is, but here are a few more tips and tricks of our own.

When there is no stated dress code:

Do check the couple’s wedding website or Google the venue for additional tips. Venue and time can give hints to the dress code of an event. An afternoon or outdoor wedding may lend itself to a more casual atmosphere.

Don’t text the bride about what to wear the week of her wedding.

When choosing what color to wear:

Do consider avoiding any color that may be prominent in the invitation suite. You may show up in the same exact shade as the bridesmaids.

Don’t wear white. That includes off-white, ivory, eggshell, ecru, and beige. Just don’t do it.

When in doubt:

Do consider a cocktail attire Little Black Dress. These days, LBD is always a safe bet, and may be the only time not to follow your grandma’s etiquette advice.

Don’t go too casual. As a general rule, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Lastly, if you don’t have anything to wear, visit our friends over at The Black Tux. Click here to see a selection of their specially curated outfits for rent (I’m partial to the Whitman), styled from head to toe and shipped right to your door.