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

It was such a joy to experience the happiness that radiated around Andrea and Tyler’s wedding day. We loved all the personal touches that were planned throughout the whole day- from the cross Tyler built for the ceremony to the hilarious garter toss show. It’s easy to see these two have something very special.

Congratulations Andrea and Tyler! Thank you for letting us be a part of your story!

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Planning and Design: Molly McKinley Designs | Photography: Scobey Photography | Ceremony and Reception Location: Foxhall Legacy Lookout | Hair and Makeup: Yuliya Niko Artistry | Dress Designer: Ellis Bridal | Bridal Salon: Wedding Angels |  Groom’s Suit: The Black Tux | Catering: Talk of The Town | Florals: Gold and Bloom | Rentals: Unlimited Party Rental

Aren’t Stacie and Scott precious? Their July Summerour Studio wedding was a joy to be a part of. My favorite part is when the DJ played “Stacy’s Mom” and Stacie and her mom went crazy on the dance floor. That may have been one of my favorite moments of last year – haha!

Enjoy their photos from Photosynthesis Studio. Thanks to our sweet friends at Bloomin’ Bouquets for the referral! (They’re the best, y’all.)

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Photographer: Photosynthesis Studio // Venue: Summerour Studio // Month of Coordination: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Bloomin’ Bouquets // Hair and Makeup: Beauty Asylum

We loved being a part of Natalie and Arif’s day! We met Natalie while setting up for a previous bride’s wedding at Callanwolde. Her personality was so infectious that we followed up with the venue to see if she still needed a coordinator. Lucky for us, she did. 🙂 It was an honor working with this sweet couple.

Natalie and Arif, we wish you all the best in your marriage!

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Photography: Sowing Clover // Ceremony Venue: Druid Hills Presbyterian Church // Reception Venue: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center // Month of Coordination:  Molly McKinley Designs 

When we first met with Rachel about her big day, we loved her vision for a moody floral-inspired event. This wedding was special to us since Rachel has been a model in many styled shoots in the past couple years. We’re so happy that she found Taylor and we loved being a part of their story.

Thanks to Rustic White for sharing these beautiful images. We hope you enjoy them!

Check out their Green Wedding Shoes feature here.

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Photography: Rustic White Photography // Venue: Ambient + Studio Atlanta, Georgia // Planning + Styling: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Flowers By Yona // Wallpaper Backdrop: Ashley Woodson Bailey // Gown: Custom Leanne Marshall // Gown Boutique: The Sentimentalist // Hairpiece: Pipstarpop // Bride’s Shoes + Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein // Hair Stylist: Claudia Mejerle // Videography: LifeView Motion Pictures // Paper Goods: Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press // Cake: Sugar and Slate // Tabletop Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Furniture Rentals + Draping: Crush Event Design // Music: Strictly Business