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

Lea & Jarryd Wallace were married at one of our preferred venues, Historic Smithonia Farm in Athens, on a crisp October day. I loved how personal, warm, and rich this wedding was. Lea & her mom took great care in making sure everything reflected their unique stories and personalities, as well as pointed to their faith.

Although this wedding had so many memorable moments and details, I’ll just mention a few favorites. Best moment? Lea’s dad sang a duet during her ceremony, which was incredibly beautiful and so special (you can see this in their video at the bottom of the post!). Best detail? First, I have to mention the awesome DIY favors by Lea’s mom. Y’all – these favors were a labor of love. She aged the little pots and grew rosemary for each guest. I loved that pomegranates (and artichokes!) were incorporated from the paper goods to the decor on the tables. Healthy eating is important to both Lea & Jarryd, and is a huge part of their lives. It was fun to weave it throughout the wedding – from the aesthetics to the delicious menu prepared by their caterer.

The florals by Bloomin’ Bouquets were jaw-dropping, and The Neons definitely gave an awesome party. This group danced all night. During the reception, Lea even surprised Jarryd with a whiskey bar. I love thoughtful surprises!

In addition to being super fun, this couple is driven and truly amazing. Lea works with Teach for America. It was always inspiring to hear about her students and work within the organization. Jarryd is a Paralympic runner. He ran in the Rio Olympics and just won the World Championship this year in London.  So, yeah, they are pretty cool. 🙂 Their proposal story was one of my favorites, ever. You can read it here.

The joyful emotions that poured through this sweet couple and their families won’t ever be forgotten. Thank you L & J for letting us share in your planning journey and first day of marriage. We love you guys!

Thank you to the very talented Caroline Fontenot for the photos, and to my friend Candice Lorraine for styling on the day of the wedding!

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Photography: Caroline Fontenot // Venue: Historic Smithonia Farm // Planning, Design + Coordination: Molly McKinley Designs // Day of Styling: Candice Lorraine // Florals: Bloomin Bouquets // Cake: Cecilia’s Cakes // Rentals: Barron’s Rentals // Videography: Oak & Willow // Band: The Neons

Stephanie and Ted celebrated with all their family and friends on the beautiful grounds of Cator Woolford Garden. Throughout her day, Stephanie incorporated several elements of a traditional Chinese wedding, including the classic colors of red and gold, cocktail hour in her Mom’s wedding gown, and a total of five outfit changes throughout the evening.

They said their vows in a hedge-lined garden, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner in a cobblestone courtyard. After dinner, guests were driven by golf cart, up to the reception space, a glass atrium with soaring ceilings. At the end of the evening, Stephanie and Ted’s exited on bicycles, a favorite pastime for the couple!

We loved being a part of this unique wedding. Stephanie and Ted, wishing many blessings on your marriage! Hoping to come to California soon to visit!

A special thank you to Borrowed & Blue for featuring this wedding.

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Photography: Matthew Driun Photography // Venue: Cator Woolford Gardens // Design + Planning: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Amanda Jewel Floral Design // Linens: I Do Linens // Cake: Lush Cakery // Hair + Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Catering: Fox Brothers // DJ: Black Tie Events // Rentals: Unlimited Party Rental // Paper Goods: Minted

Last year, we helped our brides to create some of the PRETTIEST weddings, if I do say so myself. This early summer wedding at The Hill was absolutely magical. Our bride Brittany (who works with Matchstic Branding) is so good at all the things, y’all.

Look at these paper goods, which were a collaboration between the bride herself and Jess from Bohemian Ink. They are so fun and different! I am obsessed, and so grateful I got to style these pretties. Brittany is a trendsetter, too. Watercolor wasn’t really a thing last year, and I love this take on it. She also created her own wedding signage – can you say talented?

Although all of the details were stunning, the thing I loved most about Brit & Wes’s wedding day was the intention and love they poured into those around them. The details mattered – because the people mattered. Brit and Wes wanted their wedding day to exude the love of Christ! They are inclusive and dedicated friends. I couldn’t imagine a more love-filled and Christ-centered day.

Thank you to Rustic White & Rusticus Films for telling their story.

Also, a big thank you to Grey Likes for featuring this beautiful day, as well! Click to the link to see more.

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Photography: Rustic White Photography // Planning & Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Videography: Rusticus Films // Reception & Wedding Party Florals: Gardenia Floral Design // Bridal Bouquet, Flower Crown, Head Table & Signage Florals: ESTORIE // Print Design  and  Signage: Brittany Blankenship at Matchstic // Calligraphy: Boho Ink // Venue: The Hill // Cake: CECILIA’S CAKES // Band: A-Town A- List // Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Dress Designer: Anna Campbell // Dress Boutique: The Dress Theory // Bridesmaids Dresses: Various Designers // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux // Shoe Designer: Something Blue by Betsey Johnson // Catering: Epting Events // Linens: BBJ LINEN // Reception Tent & Chargers: Peachtree Tents & Events // Furniture & Speciality Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder // Farm Table & Chair Rentals: Barron’s Rentals

Julianne & Alex’s soft, pretty spring wedding at The Stables at Foxhall Resort was such a joy to plan & design. These two have this contagious giddiness when they are around each other. I can’t tell you what a sweet gift it is to be around them. They are both so genuinely kind and caring.

Our sweet couple met through a ministry at Auburn. We quickly connected since my husband Matt and I actually met through a ministry at the University of Georgia. (Fun fact!)

My favorite detail had to be their paper goods. Julianne had such a hard time deciding what direction to go in, and I am so glad she finally chose our friend Karla with Written Word Calligraphy. For their table numbers, they chose locations important to their story as a couple, which brought a unique touch to the reception.

The florals by Tulip were lush and soft. They brought Julianne’s organic vision to life perfectly. So excited to finally share this wedding on the blog. Thank you to Michelle Landreau with Morning Light Photography for always doing a beautiful job.

Oh – and can you even tell we had to enact the rain plan? The ceremony setting is still absolutely perfect. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Photography: Morning Light by Michelle Landreau // Planning + Design: Molly McKinley Designs //Venue: Foxhall Sporting Club // Florals: Tulip // Cake: Lush Cakery // Hair + Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Linens: I Do Linens // Paper Goods: Written Word 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

So happy to finally get to share one of my favorite weddings from this past year at The Stave Room. Aubrie and Trae were so wonderful to work with… aren’t they cute? Aubrie and her mom had a gorgeous vision for her day, and I was thrilled they hired me to help make it happen. Her mom is so creative – she actually MADE the grapevine lights over the dance floor and recovered two small settees to use at the wedding. Isn’t that amazing?

We loved incorporating some details from New Orleans, where A & T fell in love, and also giving a nod to the groom’s French heritage. Thanks to Rustic White Photography for the beautiful pictures… see the full feature here on Every Last Detail!

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Magnolia leaves were used throughout the event. Magnolias are Louisiana’s state flower! At cocktail hour, guests enjoyed an oyster bar, French 75’s, and Southern Mules (made with American Spirit whiskey – the venue’s own!). Following the first dances, guests were invited to a Southern buffet with fried chicken, collards, grits, mac and cheese and more. Tables were named after the couple’s favorite spots in NOLA.

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Hand tied lavender was placed at each setting. Such a pretty detail for Aubrie’s guests, with inspiration pulled from French lavender fields. The architectural pattern in the linens reminded us of the cast iron gates and balconies of Creole homes.

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The New Royals kept the party going, and guests also enjoyed a photobooth with purple & gold props. The couple exited with sparklers to a gorgeous Rolls Royce… our fave!


Photography: Rustic White // Planning + Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Floral Design: Tulip // Cake: For Goodness Cakes // Groomsmen Attire: The Modern Gent // Bridesmaid’s Attire: BHLDN // Linens: I Do Linens // Decor: Leaves to Let // Photobooth: Shutterbooth // Invitations: Plainjane Designs

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.