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Commerce Street Events

This wedding is everything.  A heartfelt ceremony set against a breathtaking backdrop, a dance ’til the sun comes up reception and drop-dead gorgeous details wowing each and every guest.  It’s the kind of wedding that mixes Southern tradition with a little modern bling, and it was all planned and designed by the team at Commerce Street Events, a group of ladies that know a thing or two about perfect weddings.

From the stunning ceremony featuring a floral arbor, fabulous custom made doors and wooden church pews to the rustic farm tables highlighting the reception, this is a day that is all about the details. Something the team at Commerce Street Events is so very, very good at.  They have the ability to take your story (in this case, an adorable duo who literally fell in love over their shared love of wine) and make that story the centerpiece of your big day.  Think an Arrington Vineyards setting meets a sophisticated elegance that is literally jaw-dropping (hello, chandeliers).  Teaming up with Commerce Street Events means hiring a group of amazing planners and designers who will walk with you step by step throughout the process, from event design and management, set-up and tear down, timeline management, guest services, vendor negotiations… and more.  Which means that fairytale wedding you’ve been envisioning is right at your fingertips.

Contact Commerce Street Events TODAY to begin planning that wedding of a lifetime.  You most definitely won’t regret it.

Photography: Ace Photography | Florals: Making Arrangements Florist | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Dessert Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane, Bella Bridesmaids Nashville | Catering: Chef's Market | Hair & Makeup: Meg Boes | Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting | Band: The Nashville Bluetones | Transportation: Grand Avenue | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lilac Farms At Arrington Vineyards | Ceremony Musicians: Bluetone Chamber Players | Custom Logo: Green Bean Paper Company | Draping: Visual Elements | Event Design & Planning: Commerce Street Events | Fine Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Paper Goods: Donna Birtle's Gifts | Rentals & Linens: Southern Events Party Rentals | Wine: Arrington Vineyards


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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

With the holidays just behind us, and engagement season in full force, there are lots of sparkly new rings upon fingers! Now that you and your honey have decided on forever, the wedding planning can begin. First up? A gorgeous venue. Lucky for you, I’ve got just the place — the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

This incredible venue located on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is as gorgeous as they come. Offering couples a huge variety of settings where they can tie the knot — garden, beachfront, ballroom, cottage lawn + chapel to name a few — the breathtaking grounds of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will have you and your guests head-over-heels. To help you navigate the planning process, the hotel has a top-notch sales + catering department that will walk you through everything from package options, room blocks, booking vendors, day-of coordination and so much more.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m seriously smitten with this stunning locale. It’s not too late to book your 2015 big day at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel — there are even a handful of discounted weekends available! To learn more about the venue and to get started planning, call 912.635.5170, email sales{at} or head over to their website. Happy planning, my dears!


Weddings at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

Fact: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is the type of place that just makes your soul happy.  The perfect combo of luxury and elegance, it’s glistening beaches meets amazing accommodations meets that sweet Florida sun.  In other words?  It’s the ideal setting for your wedding, vow renewal or honeymoon.

Located against a stunning Gulf of Mexico backdrop, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort knows a thing or two about throwing a perfect party.  From that intimate vow renewal to that 200-person affair, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort has the venue just right for you and yours.  Think grand ballrooms, poolside spaces and sandy beaches that will wow you and your guests with their awesomeness.  Not to mention an amazing team of wedding professionals that will make sure each and every moment of your day is simply flawless.  Add all of that to the peace and tranquility of a Naples vacation and it’s the wedding of your dreams… and then some.

Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015

Fact: if you’re tying the knot in Wilmington, NC, I am sooo jealous.  And not just because Wilmington happens to be a place known for magical + oh-so beautiful I do’s.  Nope, it’s also the home to the fab Courtyards & Cobblestones event, a walking tour through several downtown wedding venues.  It’s a glamour-filled night of good food, yummy drinks, amazing vendors and a whole lot of inspiration.

At Courtyards & Cobblestones, you can leisurely stroll through all that downtown has to offer, making it that much easier to select a wedding venue.  And your self-guided tour doesn’t just include fabulous locales, you’ll also be meeting some of the finest wedding professionals Wilmington has to offer, from awesome photogs to cupcake masters to floral pros that will take your breath away.  Soak in each space that has been meticulously crafted by an amazing Wilmington designer, and munch on the yummy samplings from some seriously talented caterers.  Oh, and did I mention the live entertainment?  Sooo awesome.  Call it date night or even a girl’s night out, but seriously don’t forget to mark your calendar for January 17th, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $18 online or $25 at the door.

For day to day updates go to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Facebook page… and don’t forget to check out the amazing film below!

Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Photography: Susie Linquist Photography | Photography: KMI Photography | Photography: Scott Piner Photography | Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Videography: Green Hope Productions | Videography: Philip James Films | Videography: Light Cannon Films | Videography: Blueberry Creative | Videography: Seven Season Films | Event Design: Lily Belles Event Design | Event Design: Kickstand Events | Event Design: Fiore Fine Flowers | Event Design: Design Perfection | Event Design: Social Butterfly Events | Event Design: Salt Harbor Designs | Floral Design: Beautiful Flowers By June | Floral Design: Eco Chic Blossoms | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Cake: Alison's Cakery | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Cupcakes: Coastal Cupcakes | Reception Venue: The Loft On Front | Catering: City Club At De Rosset | Catering: 128 South Events & Catering | Catering: Culinary Creations | Catering: Pine Valley Market | Catering: The Balcony On Dock | Catering: The Beam Room | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Co. | Transportation: Event Shuttle Service | Transportation: The British Taxi | Beverages: Wilmington Wine | Ceremony & Reception Venue: 128 South Events & Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Brooklyn Arts Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Balcony On Dock | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Atrium By Ligon Flynn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: City Club At De Rosset | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bakery 105 | Health & Beauty: Makeup For Your Day | Health & Beauty: ADG Fashion Styling | Health & Beauty: Salon Fringe Wilmington | Health & Beauty: GoGirl Fitness | Ice Sculpture: Ice Sensations | Invitations & Calligraphy: Southern Bee Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Live Music: The Midatlantic Band | Live Music: Violinist Maura Kropke | Live Music: Guitarist Trey Hamlin | Live Music: Benny Hill Music | Live Music: Possum Creek Bluegrass Band | Photo & Video Booth: The Soapbox Photo & Video Booth | Photo Booth: The YouBooth | Photo Booth: The Truth Booth | Rentals: CE Rentals | Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Rentals: Eventful Furnishings & Design | Specialty Gifts: Pressed Cotton | Specialty Gifts: Reeds Jewelers | Specialty Rentals: Harborside Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: DP Etc. | Specialty Rentals: Pomp Event Furnishings | Sweets: Nye's Cream Sandwiches | Wedding Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones | Wedding Publications: Southern Bride & Groom | Wedding Publications: SALT Magazine | Wedding Publications: Weddings Unveiled Magazine | Wedding Publications: Southern Weddings Magazine | Wedding Publications: The Knot Magazine NC


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Elegant Mississippi Manor Wedding at the Dunleith Historic Inn

Charming yet beautifully elegant, this Mississippi wedding as seen through the lens of Kelly Ginn couldn’t be more lovely if it tried. It’s a little bit preppy, a little bit classic and a whole lot gorgeous – so if you need to find me today, I’ll be poring through all the pretty right here.

From Kelly Ginn PhotographyI’ve only been mildly obsessed with SMP since I was engaged back in 2010. I saw an add on the side of your website of a girl wearing a blush colored dress with a diamond studded bodice. It was ABSOLUTELY perfect. I ran and showed my mom, after doing TONS of research, I found that my perfect dress was a Vera Wang. NO WONDER it was flipping perfect. I begged, I cried, and prayed, and guess what? We were able to afford my DREAM dress (Vera Wang Dorothy) I owe that to you, so CHEERS to you SMP folks. OK, OK, OK enough about me and my perfect dress (there I go again) I have the EPITOME of a Style Me Pretty wedding to share with you guys today. We’re talking seersucker suits paired with Patina striped ties from the Tie Bar (with custom engraved tie clips), an Antebellum Historic Inn (Dunleith Historic Inn) that dates back to the 1790’s in one of the most charming cities I’ve ever laid these blue eyes on (Natchez, Mississippi), and stunning spanish moss that draped over 100+ year old trees. Dunleith Historic Inn has a Greek revival design and includes 26 Tuscan columns built of brick and stucco. (Which literally just translates to perfection.) Meet Sadie and Clayton. Yes, even their names are perfect. HAVE I MENTIONED THERE WAS AN ADORABLE GREENHOUSE? Get ready for 10+ images of JUST the greenhouse. It was literally the most charismatic venue I have ever seen. Giant magnolia trees lined the driveway, and provided the most prefect back drop for bride and groom portraits. Sadie and Clayton spent hours dancing and snuggling under these monumental giants. The bridal party wore the preppiest attire so well. It all so perfectly fit with the venue. The bridesmaids wore a lush Kelly Green Love Lane dress that popped against their bouquets filled with cotton, succulents, and garden roses. The flower girls wore white smocks with green embroidered monograms and white flower crowns. White fruitwood folding chairs gleamed in the sun as the aisle chairs were lined with cotton and magnolia leafs. It was a charming souther affair. In fact, I don’t think it gets anymore southern than this. I could go on and on about all of the reasons this wedding is an impeccable SMP match, but I really should let you guys hear the brides voice, and all of the things SHE has to say about her special day! From The Bride…Since I was 12 years old my dream was to get married in Natchez, Mississippi. My parents first discovered this quaint town on their 25th wedding anniversary, and they fell in love with its culture and beauty. Natchez has a unique mix of Creole influences while maintaining the traditional Southern delta spirit. Nearly ten years ago, Dunleith Historic Inn was my first taste of Natchez culture, and I am so blessed that it is also where I married my love on May 31, 2014. When my husband, Clayton, and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to keep our wedding day as small and as stress free as possible. The best way to go about this, we believed, was to have a destination wedding. (spoiler: we were right!) I instantly knew Natchez was the place. So we packed up my parents and his parents and hit the road for a scouting trip to book a venue. Right away, Natchez stole the hearts of everyone, and we decided that Dunleith Historic Inn was the perfect choice for our May wedding. I loved the fact that Natchez is such a small town and that all the vendors have such close relationships with each other. We chose Morton’s Flowerland for the flowers and Edna’s Cake Creations for the three-tiered almond cake with raspberry filling. Madeline England, the wedding coordinator at Dunleith, took care of the catering, the rentals, and the accommodations. The toughest part of planning my wedding was picking out my invitations! There’s just so many to choose from! By the time the week of the wedding arrived, Clayton and I had already taken exams, graduated, had two showers, celebrated three birthdays, and moved into a home all in the in the month of May. So, one could say that we were ready to relax. The weather had other ideas, the entire week before the wedding, the weather predicted massive rainstorms, which is odd for the end of May in the South. I did my best to keep calm and not stress, but what is a bride to do? My entire wedding was to take place outside, and I did not book a tent. As the week went by, the weather prediction only got worse. By the time we left for Natchez on Thursday afternoon, I was completely freaking out. But as we got closer and closer to the destination the sun began to shine, and I literally forgot about my stress as soon as I stepped onto the grounds at Dunleith. It was even more beautiful than I had remembered. That night, family flew in from Seattle and Canada, and we were so thankful we decided to rent out the property at Dunleith. Because we chose a destination wedding, I feel like we were able to experience and remember more of our special weekend. It warmed my heart to see both sides of our family gossiping in the rockers on the porch and enjoying daily breakfast all together. It was a time that I will never forget. We also love sharing our love of Natchez with our guests. The morning of our wedding was beautiful, and it seemed as though the weather was going to be wonderful. I was less stressed about rain because when we arrived at Dunleith, I saw a tent sitting in our reception area that was supposed to be taken down days before we arrived. But the rain had delayed the disassembly, and we were able to keep the tent for half price! It felt like a little miracle to get that tent on such short notice. At 10:00 a.m. on the wedding day, the rain set in. It poured on and off, and the radar showed that the storm would last all day. By 1:45 the radar was clear, and there was not a cloud in the sky. I knew that the Lord was providing for Clayton and I, and it was amazing to see another miracle surrounding our wedding day. At 6:00 in the evening on Saturday, May 31, 2014, my dad walked me down the isle with the most beautiful sunlight I have ever seen. I cried like a baby at the altar as I finally married my best friend. The night was perfect thanks to all of our vendors, and we ate, danced and tried to make sure we remembered every second of it. It was the most perfect day.

Photography: Kelly Ginn Photography | Florist: Moreton's Flowerland | Wedding Dress: The Barefoot Bride | Cake: Edna's Cake Creations | Wedding Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane | Makeup: Grace Anderson | Hair Stylist: Anne Shackelford | Ties: Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Joseph A Banks | Harpist: Jacques Weaver | Custom Tie Clips: Hope Of My Heart Designs | Dunleith Historic Inn: Dunleith Historic Inn | Father Of The Bride Attire: Oak Hall | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Amsale | Save The Dates: Smitten On Paper

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Weddings + Events at Georgia Aquarium

As a bride who said “I do” in a converted industrial warehouse, I’m all about unique venues. And how much more special could it get than the one-of-a-kind Georgia Aquarium?! The perfect spot for your wedding day (or engagement shoot!), this amazing locale offers couples top-of-the-line catering from Wolfgang Puck, a stunning space and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your guests.

Georgia Aquarium ensures your big day is seamless + stress free thanks to their incredible special event planners who will leave no detail attended! To get started planning your unforgettable Georgia Aquarium wedding, call 404.581.4126.