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!

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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.

 

Hi friends! I am still pretty overwhelmed at the opportunity I was given to design an editorial “Storied Love” in Southern Wedding’s V9. I mean, that was a dream, right? When our sweet bride graced this year’s cover, I was even more blown away. Thankful doesn’t describe it!

I’m posting the magazine spreads below, but I’ll post more of my favorite images in another post soon. Special thanks to Emily and Lisa at Southern Weddings, and to my talented friends Davy and Lydia Whitener.

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Publication: SouthernWeddings // Planning, Design & Styling: Molly McKinley Designs // Photography: Davy Whitener // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab // Invitations + Paper Goods: Lydia Whitener // Venue: Coastal Discovery Museum // Florals: August Design // Vintage Rentals and Place Settings: Southern Vintage GA // Gown: Christos Bridal // Bridesmaids: Paper Crown // Menswear: Bonobos // Ties: High Cotton Ties // Hair + Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Painting: Elaine Burge | Catering: Thrive Catering // Lounge Rentals: Ooh Events // Vintage Rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals// Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes // Candles: Creative Candles // Custom Spoons: Milk and Honey Luxuries //Ribbon: Susanna Luck // Linens: I Do Linens // Hair Piece: Tessa Kim // Jewelry: Gabrielle Jewelry

Joana and Ryan’s midtown wedding was studded with personal touches that showed their lively, joyful personalities. Throughout the day, this couple emphasized their loved ones, especially their pets, who joined their First Look portrait session and adorned their wedding cake.

The couple and their guests danced the night away while a (perfectly color coordinated) sun set over their rooftop reception. So beautiful! Thank you Hannah Woodard for sharing these lovely photos. We loved working with you Joana and Ryan! 🙂 Thank you for letting us share in your joy.

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Photography: Hannah Woodard Photography // Venue: The Peachtree Club // Coordination + Styling: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Candler Park Flowers // Cake: Peche Petite // Linens: I Do Linens // Hair + Makeup: Vigilante Cosmetics // DJ: Portable Soundz

Happy Holidays, sweet friends!

We are so excited to share Kendrick & Mike’s winter wedding at Summerour from this past December. Winter weddings end up having some of my favorite details. In Georgia, the season passes too quickly!

Kendrick was so easy to work with – laid back, but had a stunning vision. We are honored to have been part of their beautiful day, which ended in a killer dance party with Fernando from Lethal Rhythms. Happy One Year, Kendrick & Mike!

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Venue: Summerour Studio // Photography: Anna Shackleford // Coordination + Styling: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Bloomin’ Bouquets // Cake: Gluten Free Cutie // Catering + Linens: Saffold with Affairs to Remember // DJ: Lethal Rhythms

Wow! One of my favorite projects this year by far was working with Simply Sarah Photography to plan a workshop at The Rockwood Lodge at Old Edwards Inn And Spa. Just over two hours from Atlanta, the North Carolina mountains are the perfect destination for a wedding.

It was so fun to work alongside Sarah and explain a little more about styling to the attendees. We started with a boudoir shoot in the morning, and in the afternoon, the attendees shot a ceremony + reception set up, as well as our (adorable) couple.

See the full feature on Style Me Pretty’s front page here.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography // Planning + Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Forage & Fleur // Venue: Old Edwards Inn And Spa // Invitations: Fig & Flourish // Gown: Alexandra Grecco // Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle // Jewelry: Susie Saltzman // Hair + Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman // Groom’s Attire: The Modern Gent //  Bridal Boutique: Bash Bozeman // Linens: I Do Linens // Rentals: Crush Event Rentals // Rentals: Professional Party Rentals

I have a slight obsession with 30A. The sweet little towns of Seaside, Watercolor, Rosemary, and Alys Beach are really beautifully done – each one has its own feel and design, all perfect for destination weddings! I will follow weddings anywhere – but especially here.

This inspiration shoot in particular follows the sweet storyline of a couple’s private getaway to Alys Beach to celebrate their one year anniversary with a vow renewal.

Thank you so much to Simply Sarah Photography for these beautiful photos and to Style Me Pretty for the feature. Check out the full feature on Style Me Pretty here.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography // Photography: Simply Sarah Photography //  Planning + Styling: Molly McKinley Designs // Floral Design: Lindsay Coletta // Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven // Jewelry: Susie Salesman // Hair + Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman // Venue: Alys Beach // Bridal Boutique: Bash Bozeman // Calligraphy + Stationery: Fig & Flourish // Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints // Ribbon: Adorn Company// Ring Box: The Mrs Box