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Spring Into Summer With This Must-See Merlot and Blush Wedding Editorial

Is it too early to start getting excited about all things Summer!? I mean how can you blame us when an editorial as darling as this one comes our way. Natasha Gates’ recipe for the perfect summer soirée is lakeside, laidback yet elegant, paired with a glass of rosé – sign us up! In a color palette of the prettiest shades from Rosé to Merlot, Silks a Bloom created organic arrangements that every romantic bride is about to obsess over. See all the details and spring into Summer with us at full gallery – all taken by Erin Wilson Photography.

From Erin Wilson PhotographyRosé to Merlot the prettiest shades of wine and lush over-the-top wedding florals to inspire the extra romantic bride getting married in that late Spring to early Summertime. 

Sharing a beautiful cocktail at the outdoor bar and sharing watermelon appetizers is pure perfection. We love the idea of being inspired by the beautiful lake, a glass of rose, a laidback but elegant wedding to kick off summer. 

After you enjoy a gorgeous ceremony and cocktail hour outside we imagine a couple settling down inside at a candle lit, piano side reception dripping flowers, champagne and charcuterie. One of our favorite details is a floral pocket square! How fun!

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Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Videography: Erin Wilson Photography | Event Planning: Natasha Gates | Florals: Silks a Bloom | Dress: Tesori | Invitations: Shelby Lynne Cake Shoppe | Reception Venue: Heroncrest | Catering: The Event Group | MUAH: Brushed Beauty Co

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This Couple Pulled off the Sweetest Southern Micro-Wedding After COVID Drastically Changed Their Plans

One of the good things to come out of this pandemic (we’re trying to find the positive here, people), has been seeing how many couples have powered through and proved that love is definitely not cancelled. Today’s micro-wedding is a beautiful reminder that just because your wedding plans changed, doesn’t mean it will be any less meaningful or special. To watch it all unfold, head on over to the full gallery, taken by Erin Wilson Photography and Films and planned by Jessika McCuin.

From Erin Wilson Photography Erin and Ryan were amongst many many couples who had to change their big spring 2020 wedding plans due to COVID-19. 

They had to make some major changes and decisions and decide to have a micro wedding with 10 people and get married on their original wedding date with plans to have a big reception later this year. 

They were married with just their parents and siblings attending and it was the sweetest day. They had a mini-reception with charcuterie and champagne and cake. We absolutely adore this couple and are so happy they made the decision to celebrate in their own way during the craziest time this country has seen. It was the most perfect day.

Florals : Tanarah Luxe Floral | Dress: BHLDN | Cake: PattiCakes Bakery | Catering: Vibrant Occasions | Makeup: Jessica Humerick | Hair: Lynlee Wyatt | Modern: Cold Springs Events | Photography and Videography: Erin Wilson Photography | Planning and Design: Jessica McCuin Weddings | Rentals: Eventology

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This Savvy Table Decor Idea Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

Say hello to happily ever after! When a wedding starts with a sunset ceremony, on the prettiest of fall days, and continues with unique touches like custom artwork you know you’re in for a treat. This Arkansas celebration is one for the books, Jessika Mccuin Weddings pulled it all togetehr seamlessly. Just check out the vases filled with single flowers floating down long tables created by Tanarah Luxe Floral to see what we mean! Leave it to Erin Wilson Photography to capture a love story in the most elegant of ways. Head over to the full gallery to check out every detail!



From Erin Wilson PhotographyKathleen and Zach had their modern, fresh wedding at The Clinton Center in downtown Little Rock. Their wedding was in early fall and they chose fresh soft colors to pop against the warm fall colors.



They had beautiful custom artwork at their bar and added so many little pops of their personality while making it fresh and inviting. In their lounge seating, they added some of their favorite books to the coffee tables so guests could look through them while spending time there.



Their reception was equal parts beautiful and romantic, much like the couple themselves. It was a magical evening and a true celebration of their unique personality and love story.



Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Film: Forestland | Florals: Tanarah Luxe Floral | Cake: PattiCakes Bakery | Hair: Lynlee Wyatt | Band: Al Paris And The Heartbreakers | Artists: Hannah Hill | MUA: Haley Hanna | Museum: William Clinton Presidential Center | Planning and Design: Jessica McCuin Weddings | Rentals: Eventology Weddings

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This Modern Classic Little Rock Wedding Brings The Fun

This wedding is one for the books! Not only is every bit of this beautiful day impeccably styled by Bella Baxter Events, the gold-accented reception tables will leave you swooning, but you can feel the joy of the day through the pictures! Just one look at these gorgeous snaps by Erin Wilson Photography and you’ll see what we mean. The day dazzled with white floral arrangements by Cabbage Rose rich with texture and romance. All the pretty awaits you inside the full gallery.



From Erin Wilson PhotographyHair influencer CaLynna and her handsome groom Stephen chose to get married at the Clinton Center in downtown Little Rock for a beautiful, chic celebration. Bridesmaids were swathed in lavender gowns that played perfectly with accents of gold that filled the day.



Their ceremony took place outdoors, surrounded by gorgeous flowers and all their closest family and friends. An all-white floral ceremony arch was the perfect backdrop for the exchanging of vows.



The reception was filled with elegance. Stunning gold chairs, candlelight, orchids, and so many beautiful textures and details made the space come to life. Friends toasted and sang to the newlyweds and everyone danced and celebrated the night away.



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Florals: Cabbage Rose | Cake: Mickey's Cakes and Sweets | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: William Clinton Presidential Center | DJ: DJ Derrick | Hair Influencer: Calynna | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | MUA: Morrissa Brown | Museum: William Clinton Presidential Center | Paper: Minted | Photography and Videography: Erin Wilson Photography | Planning and Design: Bella Baxter | Rentals: Studio 1524 | Wedding Hair: Candace Reese Beauty

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The Perfect Transitional Color Palette Between Summer and Fall

Not too much Summer, not too much Fall – this color palette is justttt right. If you’re stuck between your love of two seasons but can’t decide which to inspire your wedding palette, why not combine them to create one unique, gorgeous and totally your own design! Allow this gorgeous shoot from Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design to inspire you. From summery terra cotta accents to cozy fall-inspired pear candles… there’s so much to love – head on over to the full gallery captured by Kati Mallory Photo & Design to see it all!

From Kati Mallory Photo + Design Weddings have stayed in a more neutral color palette for awhile, so we wanted to inspire couples with a palette that was not-quite-summer and not-quite-fall, but rather the transitional period between the two. Intrigued by what would happen when the blush and citrus colors of summertime merged with the warmer and darker amber and mauve tones of autumn, these vendors pulled together a shoot that was both unique and colorful, warm and cozy. 

Throughout the shoot, different elements were chosen to represent the seasons we were trying to portray: the blush three-toned cake represented summer while the pecan pie bites were a nod to fall. The summery terra cotta vases lined the reception table with the fall-inspired pear candles and thick velvet napkins set nearby. All throughout the shoot we were constantly trying to mix the two seasons in an intentional and cohesive way! As a way to also lighten the mood and show couples how much fun they can have on their wedding days – that it can be more laid back – we incorporated a fun take on the bar, using mismatching cans of rosé instead of more traditional drinks. 

We loved the fun designs that the cans added to the shoot, and the unique way they fit into the overall color story was so fun! For an added twist on drinks, Paper Supply Co designed custom drink floats that were edible and matched the invitation branding. It was such a fun risk and something we’d never seen done before! We also choose an assortment of patterns and fabrics for the bridesmaid dresses, which really portrayed each of the girls’ personalities in a fun way. Last but not least, we were very intentional with the gown our bride wore – we loved the feathery texture on top matched with the flowy chiffon skirt. It seemed the perfect combination of that summer-meets-fall vibe we were going for (even more so with the short sleeves, a perfect compromise between sleeveless and long-sleeves). 

We wanted to shoot to portray joy that couples feel on their wedding day, so we incorporated real moments from a wedding to give our shoot life: vows being spoken, cutting the cake, dining and laughing with guests. 

Our models are a real couple, and all of the bridesmaids were actual friends of the “bride.” It made the day so fun because there were so many real relationships happening in each moment! There was so much laughter in the room, you could feel the love! Definitely a wedding I would love to attend! 

Photography: Kati Mallory Photo Design | Florals: Magnolia Belle Floral | Wedding Dress: Inverness Bridal Couture | Cake: Sweet Lavender BakeShop | Invitations: Paper Supply Co | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Sissys Log Cabin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Little Rock Cheese Please | Makeup: Pretty by Price | Hair: Heather Copeland | Wedding Venue: The Grandeur House | Event: Anne Claire Allen Planning & Design | Linen and Napkins: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Eventology

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Proof That Indoor Weddings Can Be JUST as Beautiful as Outdoor Affairs!

Whether you’re second guessing your indoor ceremony or stressed about your reception rain plans – this wedding will make you feel a million times better, proving that indoor weddings can be just as beautiful (sometimes even more beautiful) than outdoor affairs. Magnolia Belle Floral created stunning arrangements including a blooming circle arbor lush with greenery and florals – making for the perfect color contrast up against the white barn walls. Their special day couldn’t have happened without the help of Natalie Scott who turned their dreams into reality with her planning magic. Check out the full gallery of images captured by Erin Wilson Photography for all the can’t-miss indoor wedding inspo!

From Erin Wilson PhotographyBrittany and Casey had the most fun floral filled farmhouse wedding in the heart of Arkansas outside of Little Rock. Their day was light and emotion filled as they celebrated with their closest family and friends.

Their wedding planner Natalie Scott used their loved for beautiful naturals, textures, florals, greenery and romantic touches to create their perfect day.

There was beautiful signature cocktails, stunning lighting, a fun cocktail hour and tons of dancing and celebrating. Brittany and Casey had their wedding ceremony in a beautiful white chapel filled with windows showcasing the Arkansas scenery in front of a lush floral filled arch. 

Their wedding party wore classic black suits and rose pink bridesmaids gowns. I loved the organic style of their wedding florals and greenery and it filled the spaces in such a beautiful way. 

The reception was full of gold touches, candles, florals, cakes and all their loved ones.

Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Videographer: James Bickham | Florals: Magnolia Belle Floral | Dress: She Said Yes | Cake: PattiCakes Bakery | Stationery : Alexa Nelson Prints | Catering: Melinda Stafford | Entertainment : Central Arkansas Entertainment | Transportation: Twin City Limo | Farmhouse: The Grandeur House | MUAH: Pretty by Price | Planning and Design: Natalie Scott | Rentals: Party Time Rentals

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Looking for the Perfect Summer Wedding Color Palette? This is it!

If your Pinterest wedding board is covered in color, this one is for you my friend. It’s lush, luxe and modern all while giving off the sweetest vibe thanks to a pink, blush, coral, peach and yellow palette, crafted by Anne-Claire Allen and bloomed by Vase and Vine. Fair warning, you may be adding a handful more pins to your board today, thanks to Erin Wilson‘s captures of it all. Enter the explosion of hues here in the full gallery!

From Erin Wilson Photography and Films… Peyton and Chase were married in Little Rock Arkansas at their church and celebrated with a large reception at the Clinton Presidential center full of bright bold colorful florals and details, southern food, a big grand wedding cake, live band and tons of dancing.

The wedding was classic with a modern twist and I absolutely loved all the bright bold colorful florals mixed with modern chairs and architecture. Anne-Claire Allen did an amazing job designing and planning their beautiful wedding. Peyton’s gorgeous classic and chic dress was from Unveiled and I loved her use of soft gray bridesmaids dresses to make the florals pop.

Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Florals: Vase and Vine | Dress: Unveiled Bridal | Cake: Mickey's Cakes and Sweets | Jewelry: Sissys Log Cabin | Makeup: Jessica Humerick | Hair: Face Your Day Salon | Lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Planning and Design: Anne Claire Allen Planning & Design | Rentals: Hank's Event Rentals | Video: Beaer Spear Films

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A Modern Southern Wedding with a Panama Twist at William Clinton Presidential Center

Since the groom is from the mountains of Panama and the bride is from The South, this couple wanted to incorporate details that represented both of their unique cultural backgrounds to their overall wedding décor. To do so, they enlisted the help of Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design to bring their vision to life. Prepare for the most beautiful bright pink bouquets by Silks A Bloom, darling baby blue bridesmaid dresses, some traditional southern fare and a modern reception space that will take your breath away. It all came together seamlessly and truly represented the best of both worlds. Check out all the details from this southern wedding with a twist captured perfectly by Kati Mallory Photo & Design!

From the bride, Mary Daniel… John and I met during a law school function (to be specific – a 90s theme party), and from our first date on, I knew I wanted to marry him. Although we are both attorneys, and seemingly quite similar (we joke that we began finishing each other’s sentences on our first date and haven’t ever stopped), I view him as my perfect complement. I wanted our wedding to reflect our similarities and our differences. The overarching theme became just that – To place a focus on the details that composed us as a couple. Although John grew up in Texas, he is from the mountains of Panama, and I am from Little Rock, Arkansas. From day one of planning it became about combining those cultures in the form of one large party. Our wonderful wedding planner, Anne-Claire Allen Owens of Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design, embraced this full swing. She helped guide us toward an overall theme of “Southern with Twist.” We incorporated bright pink florals as a nod to Panama’s more tropical feel to complement the more traditional wedding ceremony venue. We greeted guests to the reception with traditional Panamanian sangria, topped with fresh fruit, and they feasted on some Arkansas staples afterward. As a child I’d always dreamed of a hometown wedding with all of my family surrounding me. Unfortunately, several important members of my family, including both of my grandmothers, passed away prior to our marriage, so my style vision for our wedding day began about honoring the role my grandmothers played in my life. My maternal grandmother loved almost nothing more than blue and white chinoiserie pieces, and my paternal grandmother cherished gardenias and all things gardenia scented.

Anne-Claire worked with us to incorporate those details throughout our wedding, from the gardenia-scented Lux Fragrances candles in the gift baskets to the chinoiserie-printed fans on the balcony at our reception venue. Our invitations were lined with a custom created gardenia print, and our crest was adorned with gardenias. We even used my family’s collection of chinoiserie vases for most of the florals! At that point in the planning process, the vision truly began to stand out for a blue and white wedding with pops of pink. While I was focused on incorporating chinoiserie throughout our wedding, I did not want to create an overly traditional décor because John is drawn to a more clean, simplistic design style. That’s where our venue comes into play. We took trolleys from the very traditional church where our ceremony took place to the Clinton Presidential Library, which is one of the most modern pieces of architecture in Little Rock. I think the transition from a stone and wood paneled church interior to the glass and limestone ballroom at the Clinton Center truly signaled the switch to party mode! John and I are total foodies that could not settle on one menu, so instead of having a seated dinner, we had an oversized buffet. There was passed hors-d’oeuvre’s, a raw bar with East-Coast oysters and tuna tartare (a nod to our love for traveling – Cape Cod has been our favorite vacation spot so far), pork tenderloin with horseradish sauce, fried chicken (in honor of our first date – John says he knew I was a keeper when I ordered fried chicken and greens on our first date), macaroni and cheese, an entire bread assortment (another nod to Panamanian custom), and more sides than you could ever count!

John and I are huge Tex-Mex fans, so after a while we had sliders and quesadillas brought out to the dance floor, just to make sure everyone stayed full – Ha! We were fortunate enough to get married over a holiday weekend, so many of our friends and family were able to travel in and attend. We joke that our guests filled most of Little Rock’s downtown hotels, because we had guests fly in from Panama, China, Peru, France, and all over the United States. It was absolutely the most humbling feeling, and I knew I wanted to make sure we treated them to a weekend they’d always remember. Guests were greeted at their hotels with “Welcome to Little Rock” baskets composed of [mostly] Arkansas-made products: J&M cheese straws, a Lux Fragrances scented candle wrapped in a pink box and topped with a blue hydrangea in honor of our wedding colors, a marshmallow crispy cake from The Crispery (which is based in Virginia, where John and I met, but has its bakery in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where I was born and where most of my family lives), and finally, a miniature pecan pie made in Texas by the Gilbert Pecan Company because John and I were moving to Houston, Texas after our honeymoon. I have too many “favorites” to name, but I think the aspect I most enjoyed planning was creating the perfect nod to John’s [other] two loves: flying and our dog, Winston. John did not want a traditional groom’s cake, so instead, I surprised him with a milk and cookie bar, his favorite late-night snack.

We had a custom drawing of Winston that could be made into stickers, and the wonderful chefs at the Clinton Center created airplane-shaped cookies for the station. We labeled the station “Winston’s Wag Bags” and instructed guests to fill a to-go bag with cookies, sealed shut with a sticker of Winston! Another favorite was working with Shuler Studio to create our monogram. We first incorporated it in our save-the-date and then sealed our invitations with wax seals stamped with our monogram. At the reception, Deborah Allen painted a beautiful centerpiece for the back wall of the ballroom with our monogram and the dance floor was adorned with it. Smaller details incorporated it as well; we had custom pillows monogrammed and placed in the lounge areas, stir-sticks and koozies at the bars monogrammed in navy and white to pick up the navy lounge furniture, the guest book ring bearer pillow were properly embroidered, and even the favors by The Crispery were iced with our monogram! Although I loved every minute of our wedding, there are five moments (in consecutive order) that are my most cherished. (1) Opening my wedding present from John to learn we’d gotten each other the exact same gift – an oil painting by beloved Kristen Hess Art. I cried from laughing so hard when I realized! Luckily, she was smart and advised him to give me a certificate for a painting from our wedding day. (2) A balloon release at the church with our family in honor of our deceased family members and friends. When I was young, my brother passed away, and my grandmother helped me understand the concept of death by sending balloons up to Heaven for my brother. It was incredibly important to me that we incorporate a prayer and balloon release prior to our service. (3) Communion. John and I are both religious, and while we wanted the reception to consist of nothing but the world’s most fun party, we wanted to make sure our ceremony honored the commitment we were making. (4) Private dinner after the ceremony with just John and me. Y’all. You need a moment to relish in the fact that you just got married!! Eating in a private dining room ensured that we got that (and that we got to taste all the magnificent food)! (5) Private last dance to end the night. Again – You really need several moments to process the rush of it all and try to commit all those feelings to memory. Our last dance was the most incredible way to wrap up our wedding and head into marriage together!

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Photography: Kati Mallory Photo Design | Videography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Event Planning: Anne Claire Allen Planning & Design | Florals: Silks a Bloom | Wedding Dress: Laine Berry | Cake: Mickey's Cakes and Sweets | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: William Clinton Presidential Center | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Megan Irwin | Hair: Hope Stanley | Band: Funkytown | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Bank | Bridesmaid Pajamas: Deshler Designs | Crispy Cakes: The Crispery | Guest Book: Charming Scribe | Invitation: Hobart Printing | Koozies, Drink Stirrers, Matches: Sip Hip Hooray | Monogram: Shuler Studio | Monogram Painting: Hope Stanley | Oil Painting: Kristen Hess Art | Rentals: Hank's Event Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: ElegantThreadsEtc | Wax Seals: Nostalgic Impressions

CMT’s Music City Star Jessica Mack’s Wedding at Moss Mountain Farm

If you’re a fan of all things Southern love, CMT’s Music City and utter romance with a hefty dose of blush, you’re going to do a little happy dance when you see the wedding Erin Wilson and Anne-Claire Allen are delivering today. Jessica Mack is the glowing Bride and her fete at Moss Mountain Farm is off the charts my friends—not to mention, full of lit-up smiling faces. Have a look for yourself right this way.

From Erin Wilson PhotographyThe bride, Jessica Mack, is a musician following her dreams to become a professional musician in Nashville on the show Music City on CMT, which follows her and a handful of cast members journey of being young in Nashville and following their dreams. Jessica is an absolute sweetheart and met Andreas (goes by Dre and he’s in med school right now) between season 1 and season 2 and they got engaged and started planning their wedding. They are a super fun and kind couple and they have a unique story about how they are saving themselves for marriage. They are truly what you see on the show and I was so honored to photograph their wedding. Just to know them is a blessing. 

Their wedding took place at the MOST beautiful location in Arkansas. The venue is owned by P Allen Smith who has a show on PBS and he is a world renown Gardner and every location, and corner and view on the entire property is just breathtaking. The entire venue is 650 acres on the side of a mountain over looking the river. Each portion of the venue is broken up into sections and various perfectly designed gardens. Jessica and Dre had their ceremony down in the Rose Garden overlooking the river with is a circular garden surrounded by roses and it was absolutely stunning. The entire wedding was designed and planned by Anne-Claire Allen and she used Jessica’s favorite pastel color palette, specifically Jessica’s favorite color blush and accented it with small touches of buttery yellow and creams for a pop. Jessica is quite the southern belle and loved all the southern elegant classic touches for her wedding. Her gown was classic and soft and flowy designed by Allison Webb. The groom Andreas had a handsome custom made suit by a local Little Rock Arkansas tailer Barakat Bespoke. The couple wanted the day to be about their friends and family coming to gather to celebrate and they wanted everyone to know how much they loved and appreciated them. After the ceremony the guests could wander the gardens having an appetizer and taking in the view. They danced the night away in front of the buttery yellow classic southern home in the center of the property under the big oak tree and dancing lights. They wanted to have a big dance party and celebrate with their friends. They ended the evening with a beautiful sparkler send off and swept away in a gorgeous burgundy classic car off to their honeymoon.

Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Florals: Silks a Bloom | Cake: Sweet Love | Bride's Shoes: Kate Whitcomb | Catering: Heritage Catering | DJ: Central Arkansas Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Barakat Bespoke | Transportation : Capital City Cars | Venue: Moss Mountain Farms | Air Conditioning: Sunbelt Rentals | Bride and Bridesmaid Hair: Heather Copeland | Bride and Bridesmaid Makeup: Belle And Blush | Bride's Jewelry: Haute Bride | Brides Wedding Gown: JLM Couture | Draping and Lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment | Garden Venue: Moss Mountain Farms | Invitation Suite and Paper: Hobart Printing | Planning and Design: Anne Claire Allen Planning & Design | Rentals: Party Time Rental and Events | Rentals: Hank's Event Rentals

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Shay and Hannah Tie The Knot & We Have the Pics You’ve Been Waiting For!

You might know him as one half of Country musics’ most loved duos, Dan + Shay, but I know him as the groom behind one of my now all time favorite weddings. And her as the ray of lovely that made this wedding truly sparkle. Welcome to Shay and Hannah’s gorgeous Arkansas celebration. Where laughter and love and a whole lot of perfect flowers came together into what I guarantee you will become one of the most popular weddings on SMP to date. Thanks in large part to a dream team of vendors including Heather Payne Photography, Cinematography: Anchor Heart Films, Styling & Coordination by Jessica Sloane and said stunning florals by Jessica Zimmerman. It’s rare that a wedding sweeps me off my feet entirely…but today, one did.



From the Bride, Hannah… Shay and I initially met through social media. We had many mutual friends and kept in friendly communication ever so often for a couple of years. However, in March of 2015 I contacted him out of the blue and asked if he ever played in Arkansas. He immediately responded that he would be there in four days…playing in the very town I lived in! (The odds of this still astound me because he has since only had two shows in Arkansas in the last three and a half years)! So, we officially met, on March 11th, 2015 at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas. That night, after the show, he asked me to be his date to the upcoming ACM Awards in Dallas. I agreed. And the rest, as they say, is history! Shay is everything I never knew I needed. (I truly never imagined being with a man in the music industry so it took me some time to come around). But God had other plans. Shay was. and is. patient as the day is long and makes me laugh at every turn. He’s my person. I love him more than words can express.



 



One of my favorite moments of the day was the first look. To give a little backstory, when Shay and I first started dating, he took me to the top of this massive hill on his farm. We just sat there looking out over the land. We talked about our lives and our dreams. We talked about wanting to build a house on a hilltop one day. We talked about how pretty it would be in the fall… Fast forward two years, and there we were again. Back on this hilltop for our first look. The wind was whipping my veil around and I was laughing as I held it onto my head and turned to see Shay, waiting for me. Patiently waiting. The pictures and video captured in these moments will stay with me all my life. It was perfect.



The bridesmaids all wore mix match dresses. I let everyone choose their own. The only parameter I set was the color palette. I wanted shades of nudes, beige, and champagnes. Honestly, I was nervous they wouldn’t end up looking cohesive but I was blown away by HOW good they all looked together! Every girl got to choose a style and fit that flattered her own body and at the end of the day, I wanted my girls to feel their most comfortable as well as beautiful!  All of the guys wore crisp white shirts and black suits with slim black tie’s. Our precious nieces looked like little angels walking down the aisle. Our precious baby boy, Asher (9 months at the time), and his cousin, Caul (6 months at the time), were both carried down the aisle in their tiny baby tuxedos. Our nephew, Gabriel brought up the end with the ring pillow looking as handsome as ever in his little tux as well.



Shay and I both grew up on farms in Arkansas. It was so special for us to be able to be married on Shay’s family farm in Natural Dam, Arkansas. To be married on the land where we were raised, to repeat our vows at home amongst the people who love us most, in the place we love most was exactly what we wanted. We were married by a very special man. Papa Mooney (Shay’s grandpa). We were so honored to be able to vow our love in front of this man. His marriage, and the marriages of all of our grandparents, were and are such beautiful examples of lasting love, founded in Christ. Shay has written songs about this kind of love. I had prayed for this kind of love. And on that day, we were married by a man who is a testament to this kind of love. Truly truly a special thing. Shay and I had written personal vows but we kept them private. On the day of the wedding, we followed Papa Mooney’s vow recital in the traditional way!


I have never been a planner, per se, but I am a creative/visual person. We were blessed to be able to work with the unbelievably talented Jessica Sloane. She allowed me to sift through images to pull what I was drawn to – to give her a feel for my aesthetic. More than anything, Shay and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable, like family. To begin with, Jessica offered me a list of words to review to see what adjectives really resonated with me. This really helped highlight the type of atmosphere we wanted. I had always admired rustic Tuscan style weddings (in movies) and imagined something similar set in fields of home. With soft breezes and an Autumn backdrop. Something inviting and warm. With Jessica’s invaluable help, we were able to achieve the mood of warmth, timelessness, a touch of romance, and an overall sense of welcome.



We used stoneware dinner plates, and golden utensils to bring the settings to life. String lights hung throughout the sailcloth tent and every table was alight with candles. Some low, in blush and mauve and mercury glass holders, some standing tall on brass candlesticks. Greenery was woven throughout the tables along with gorgeous bouquets of varying sizes; everywhere. The tables were all farmhouse style and the chairs all cross backs, hinting at the rustic warmth I wanted to impart. I loved all of the florals, designed by Jessica Zimmerman, but did I mention the grass that lined the aisle? I do not know the name of it, but it was one of my favorite details of the decor! It looked like sheaves of wheat rippling in the wind as the sun streamed through the stalks, dancing with light. It was airy and light and natural and everything I could have wanted.



We tried to incorporate personal touches throughout the day. One was the groom’s cake. Shay is not a huge cake fan. So, in leu of a traditional groom’s cake, we had maple glazed donut bars from his favorite local bakery instead! When we first met, we discovered an intense common love of maple donuts, so this substitution suited us beautifully! And our wedding favors were so special to me… My sweet momma made every single jar of jam and jelly (nearly 400)! We labeled them, “Spread the Love” because my mom’s maiden name, and my middle name, is Love. This was a small detail, but it warmed my heart to include family where we could.  



I was never the girl who knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding. But I did know the only thing that really mattered to me was the man who would be standing by my side. 

And now… enjoy the sunset ceremony and tented celebration that follows ~ some true movie magic from Anchor Heart Films from Hanna and Shay’s love story![iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/255412230 600 338]
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And because I know you’re all dying to hear more about Hannah and Shay’s love story, we have more!

HOW SHAY PROPOSED
On August 9th of 2016, Shay told me we had reservations for an early dinner at a nice place in town. I got all dressed up and when we set out on our way to ‘dinner’ Shay began to stall. He told me he got the reservation time wrong and we needed to kill some time. So, we took a back road in to town. However, the further we went, the farther away from town we headed! I suspected a proposal was coming so I just laughed and let him take me wherever we were going. I never could have dreamed where we would end up, though. As we turned into a narrow, tree lined, drive, Shay’s song “From The Ground Up” came on the radio. We both began to cry. At the end of the drive we came to a stop in front of a stunning stone chapel (still wiping our tears as the song ended).
Ivy climbed the rock walls and in each diamond pane window, there was a candle lit. It looked like it came straight out of a fairytale. We got out of the car and Shay led me to a spot in the lawn where he dropped to a knee. I don’t think either of us remember exactly what he said in the moment, as we were both so overcome with emotion. I heard the clicking of photographers in the background as I said YES! (My one proposal request had been that there be a photographer present to capture the moment). He then led me around the front entrance of the chapel and asked if I wanted to explore a bit. He opened the ancient European doors and there, in the chapel, were my parents and his own family along with a handful of friends. I cried like a baby. The whole evening was a dream.

WEDDING PLANNING
The easiest parts of wedding planning were: A.) choosing the venue and B.) choosing the cake!
We had both always wanted to get married at home and Shay is not a big cake person so he let me go with some of my girlfriends to pick whatever I wanted for our cake flavor! 
The cake was (almost) naked with touches of gold foil throughout and a trail of blush roses up the 3 tiers. Every cake tier was a traditional vanilla cake. However, every other layer was iced with either buttercream filling or strawberry filling.
Since the wedding was in Arkansas, and Shay and I live in Nashville, it was a bit difficult to schedule appointments with vendors. Not only did this require 16 hours of driving per trip (8 hours both ways) but it also meant sifting through Shay’s crazy work schedule to figure out date availabilities.
Once Jessica and I narrowed down the look and feel that Shay and I wanted for our wedding, Jessica worked her magic with the rest. She referred contacts in the wedding industry she thought may be a good fit for us. She also provided vendor options and quotes. Basically, she was my wedding fairy godmother!

WEDDING GOWN SHOPPING
I went shopping with both of my sisters-in-law. (I had a background in pageantry and have been known to be a little picky {ha!}. I had tried on all I was going to try on for the day and finally the girl assisting my search asked me “What do people expect you to wear?” I had specifically mentioned to her that I liked to keep things a little different. So, once she posed this question, I answered by saying I was sure people would be expecting me to where a form fitting gown. And for that very reason I told her I was open to trying on a fuller skirt. She ran and pulled a dress and brought it in. It was designed by Rita Vinieris and was nothing like I had tried on before. The top of the dress was sheer with lace forming a V up the front. Cream buttons were the only adornments on the back, rising from waist to nape over the sheer fabric. The girls thought I was finishing up to leave so when I came out in the dress, they both turned and gasped. Once they put the veil on, we all started crying. It was the one. My momma was unable to make the trip so we Facetime’d her for her thoughts/blessing and that was it! At the end of the day, I wanted to feel like a bride.

JEWELRY and FASHION ACCESSORIES
Since we were married on the farm, I saw no point in wearing heels. I knew they would be sinking in the ground all day. So, while I gave the photographers nude heels to photograph with our other items, I actually wore cream high-top vans under my gown. They made my life easier that day and have the added bonus of being able to be worn again! I love practicality. My jewelry, as well as my bridesmaids’ was from Haute Bride. My sweet friend, Lindsie Jones, who owns this company reached out and offered to adorn me for my special day! She was so patient and thoughtful in sending me samples for everything! I made my selections and more importantly made a connection with a sweet momma friend in Lindsie.

DIY PROJECTS
Per usual, I was scrambling around last minute to find just the right guest book. (The one I wanted to order wouldn’t arrive on time). So, I ended up purchasing one of those books that have been carved out to form a letter… Specifically, the letter “M”. I didn’t love the burgundy cloth covering the book, so I bought gold leaf and adhesive spray and voila! A golden “M” that looks decorative but now holds all of our guest’s signatures and well wishes on a shelf in our home!

OTHER TIDBITS FROM THE DAY
Music: We used A Thousand Years – Instrumental Version for the processional and Multiplied by Need To Breathe for our recessional. (All recorded)
At the reception, we had a DJ with a preselected genre of music for the mood. Our First Dance Song was Then by Brad Paisley. The Father-Daughter Dance was to Butterfly Kisses. Shay sang a song he wrote for me, which was completely special and brought me to tears.
Menu: We had bbq chicken, steamed broccoli, steamed asparagus, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. We had maple bar donuts for dessert for those who preferred it to cake!
Honeymooon: We honeymooned at Breathless Resort in Riviera Maya

ADVICE FROM HANNAH & SHAY
Shay and I both felt pressure to please our families and guests. We wanted to make sure everyone else was taken care of and everyone had something they would personally enjoy about the wedding. But, at the end of the day, our family only wanted OUR happiness and we recognized we were adding a lot of stress that was unnecessarily. Easier said than done, but, do try to remember whose wedding it is. This is your daI was never the girl who knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding. I won’s say don’t stress, because you will. But, at the end of the day, you will have a memory as perfectly unique and beautiful as your own love story.

Photographer: Heather Payne | Videographer: Anchor Heart Films | Design & Styling: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Florals: A Southern Tradition | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Makeup Artist : Jessica Humerick | Hair: Bryan Wood | Officiant : Shay's Grandfather | Dress Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Dress Designer: Rita Vinieris

Why Finding the Perfect Wedding Vendors has Never Been This Easy

We all know that you can’t have an amazing wedding without an amazing team of vendors, but we also know that finding that oh-so-awesome dream team takes a lot of work and research. Unless, you make plans to attend the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort on Sunday, March 10th from 5 – 9 pm. It’s your chance to mix and mingle with the best in the biz, plus find those wedding pros that will turn your destination wedding on the Outer Banks into the celebration you’ve always wanted.

Duck, North Carolina is one of those vacay spots you never want to leave and Sanderling Resort sits right smack-dab in the center of all of the action. With gorgeous views, luxe accommodations and a talented staff that knows a thing or two about dream weddings, you can count on that celebration of the century to happen. Now add in a meet + greet with talented OBX Wedding Professionals, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, a reception style dinner and dessert samplings and it’s not just an evening planning your big day… it’s a lot of fun, too. You can even dabble in Sassy S’mores at the Firepits at the Event House. (Yum.)

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Trust us on this one, you guys – the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort is one of those events you seriously can’t miss. Mark those calendars for March 10th from 5-9 pm, then visit Sanderling Resort to purchase tickets, book rooms and learn more about getting those engagement pictures taken. You’re going to have a blast.

Your Sneak Peek At One Of Miami Beach’s Most Stylish Wedding Venues

You know what’s better than ogling over one of our fave South Beach venues? Seeing one seriously stylish duo tie the knot in that very space. We call that that a win-win, and we suggest you cozy on up for one of the prettiest weddings ever at the W South Beach. It’s one glam detail after another that will have you booking this Miami hot spot in a heartbeat.

When it comes to your Big Day, we know that finding that dream locale isn’t always easy – whether you plan on tying the knot with only a few in attendance or want to host a luxe reception in that over-the-top Miami style we all love. The W South Beach makes it so, so easy with an experienced team of wedding professionals that will help you create that statement-making event you’ve always wanted – big or small. From their breathtaking Atlantic views to their fabulous amenities to their FOUR venues (check out the tree-filled Grove, one of our faves), they have you covered. And don’t just take our word on it – take your cue from this stunning duo, who hosted what can only be described as a movie-like celebration, complete with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception with dancing ’til dawn.

W South Beach is all about next level weddings with every glamorous detail that you could possibly imagine. Trust us, your every want will be taken care of, right down to their amazing Whatever/Whenever® service, aka, the best concierge service on the planet. Need even more proof? Take it from beautiful bride, Samantha – The best part of working with the W was not having to worry about our day not being beautiful. The venue itself is so stunning without anything extra, it was comforting to know that, no matter what, it would be beautiful. Working with Marina made everything about the day less stressful. She really helped organize our dream wedding from start to finish!

See more of their beautiful day here, then contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get planning.

The Key to the Perfect Outer Banks Wedding

We don’t need to tell you that the Outer Banks in North Carolina is a gorgeous place to tie the knot – the beauty in this seaside paradise truly speaks for itself. But if you’re on the lookout for a resort that can host your Big Day sans any stress on your part, we can help. The Sanderling Resort sits right on the Atlantic and has some amazing venue + package options that will bring your entire vision full-circle. Check it out.

The key to any amazing wedding? Finding the right locale. And with Sanderling Resort, you can pretty much sit back and relax while their planners take care of it all for you, starting with helping you land on the right package option. Sanderling Resort offers five elopement packages for 15 – 60 guests that include everything from wedding cakes to s’mores around the fire pit. Their full-service package works for those larger celebrations for up to 180 guests and their winter package waives the facility fee and the food and beverage minimum, which is awesome. And if you want to talk venues – you can tie the knot seaside on their beautiful beach or Observation Deck, host a grander event at their House + Deck or Pavilion, or celebrate in an intimate soiree at their Kimball’s Kitchen or Keeper’s Loft.

From their fresh southern coastal cuisine to their team of pros that know everything there is to know about planning a seaside wedding, we love Sanderling Resort and their breathtaking Outer Banks locale. To find out more about planning your Big Day, call their fab team of wedding planners at 877.300.0624 or visit their website here.

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THIS Is How You Throw the Ultimate South Beach Wedding

Thinking of saying “I do” in South Beach? Then let this gorgeous wedding (and couple) be your guide. Literally everything about their day screams total glamour – from the decor to the dance ’til your drop reception to the luxurious W South Beach locale. Find out so much more about throwing your very own dream wedding below.

Miami is made for marrying. And the W South Beach? They know how to get it done. From your very first moments of planning to your last sip of champagne, their team of wedding professionals will help you create that wedding you’ve always wanted, just like this gorgeous couple’s Big Day. They definitely took advantage of the amazing views from the oceanfront locale, awesome venue choices (indoor AND outdoor) and customizable menus. We love the way they transformed the Great Room into an ultra-luxe Miami party, and are especially smitten with The Grove for an al fresco reception up to 150 and the Cabana at WET for an intimate celebration if you’re looking for something a bit different. And don’t even get us started on the gorgeous rooms, guest amenities and fun activities. We love the WOW factor.

Whether you plan on saying “I do” with just a few close friends and family or want to throw the celebration of the century like this stunning duo, the W South Beach can make it all happen… and beautifully. From their amazing staff to their Whatever/Whenever® service (they’ll truly bend over backwards) to their awesome wedding packages, you honestly can’t go wrong. For site tours and booking, contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get your Miami party started.

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Photography : Max Photo | Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Veronica Gonzalez | DJ: DJ Xio | Officiant: South Florida Officiant | Monogram, escort cards, welcome sign, & welcome bag stationary: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Bridal Robes: Etsy | Cake and Dessert Bar: Elegant Temptations | Ceremony and Reception Venue: W South Beach | Floral Design and Decor: Nellie Matos | Here Comes the Bride Sign: The Ritzy Rose | Programs: Infinity Paper | Reserved Sign: Etsy

An Insider’s Guide To Your Birmingham Wedding

When it comes to tying the knot, Birmingham is one of those hidden gems that makes your wedding weekend just as fun as it is stylish. Trust us, just one stop in “The Magic City” and you’ll be smitten. Which is why we’re teaming up The Westin Birmingham to bring you a little insider’s guide on how to make the most of your Birmingham celebration. From fun activities to amazing restaurants, we’ve got you covered.

BEST SPOT FOR PHOTO OPS

Our Pick: The Westin Birmingham.

Why we love it: We all know that choosing a venue with stellar photo ops is sooo important, and The Westin Birmingham will definitely not disappoint. We can’t get over the vertical wall and stairs combo that jumps out at you the second you walk into the lobby (hello, drama) AND the views of Uptown from the rooftop pool. Taking those newlywed images to an entirely new (breathtaking) level has never been easier.

Our Pick: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Why we love it: Three words: sooo many flowers. Plus, gorgeous greenery and awe-inspiring structures, too. Which means that you can snap those moments with your love surrounded by everything from beautiful roses to tulips to camellias, the perfect backdrop for those fall wedding captures. Bonus? It’s just a 10 minute drive from The Westin Birmingham, so you don’t have to miss your entire cocktail hour.

FAVE RESTAURANTS 

Our Pick: Todd English P.U.B.

Why we love it: No wedding is complete without a fabulous lineup of restaurants on the itinerary, and if one of those restaurants happens to be in the lobby of The Westin Birmingham? Even better. Todd English P.U.B. boasts a full Raw Bar, plus a lineup of traditional American “comfort foods” that will leave your tummies happy. And the Bloody Mary Cart? A must for your morning-after brunch AND a quick jaunt down from your luxe accommodations.

Our Pick: Perry’s Steakhouse

Why we love it: Just a short 20 minute Uber from The Westin Birmingham’s Uptown location, Perry’s Steakhouse is one of our fave spots in Birmingham. Why? It’s tasty award-winning menu will get you every. single. time. and the cocktails are super tasty. We suggest trying this locale out for a yummy rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette party.

Our Pick: Galley and Garden

Why we love it: And speaking of rehearsal dinners, the Galley and Garden is a beautiful spot for that night-before celebration with your nearest and dearest. We’re sort of obsessed with the historic Merritt House locale and the beautiful private dining options will really make your evening stand out. Oh, and the food? Spectacular.

FUN ACTIVITIES

Our Pick: Top Golf Birmingham

Why we love it: Guys, Top Golf is the best. Whether you’ve never picked up a club in your life, or happen to be the next Jordan Spieth, trust us on this one: you and your guests will love it. Plus, with good food, good drinks and fun to be had by all, it’s the perfect spot for any of those pre-wedding parties you have on the lineup… or a getaway with your love post-nuptials.

Our Pick: Sips n Strokes

Why we love it: If you’re looking for a more laid-back activity, Sips n Strokes is IT. Think wine, painting (your very own works of art) and tons of laughs with your besties. We’re loving this Birmingham hot spot as an amazing girls’ getaway with your bridal party – or a fun activity with all of your nearest and dearest who are in town to celebrate you and your love.

Our Pick: Locked in Birmingham

Why we love it: Having a list of activities for your guests is one of the most important parts of planning your Big Day and they’ll absolutely LOVE you when you add this brain charger to their itinerary. Because nothing says “bonding experience” quite like a game that requires you to use clues to escape from a room with your friends and family. So fun, you guys.

Ready to plan the week or weekend of a lifetime? Contact The Westin Birmingham as your starting point. They’ll take care of all of your wedding dreams (luxe accommodations, beautiful venues) and the city of Birmingham will handle the rest of the fun.

Photography: Sam Jasper Photography | Photography: NicTay Photography

Charming Southern Wedding With Modern Design Moments

When stylish couples like Alex and Jon tie the knot, really cool weddings tend to happen. Think classic Southern charm with a modern twist and organic-style florals designed in the hands of Jessica Zimmerman. They capped off the celebration with dinner at an epic king’s table lined with ghost chairs for a look that took the whole day to another level. Erin Wilson Photography captured the design goodness and it’s all waiting right here.

Alex and Jon are the kind of couple who are cool but love that southern style. Their wedding was very classic southern but full of modern details which was such a beautiful blend. Their day was gorgeous, fun and sentimental. Hearing family and friend toasts around the huge king’s table had everyone in tears. The details were stunning, the created a cozy environment for a more intimate wedding feel and danced the night away under the lights of the patio. It was such a gorgeous day.

As a photographer, I was in love with the way they planned the day full of details, gorgeous dresses, and stunning florals. They are two kind souls and their wedding was absolutely styling. The mixture of the modern chairs, sleek design, and organic florals mixed with the southern backdrop was just perfect!

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Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Dress: a&be bridal shop | Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Catering Concepts | Hair: Adrianne Jobe | Barn: The Barn at The Springs | Cake + Donut Favors: Rick's Bakery | Floral Design + Paper Goods: A Southern Tradition | MU: Ashley Howard | Rentals: KFB Events | Signs : Koglo Kreations

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9 Wedding Locations You Havent Heard About Yet

We know that finding the perfect wedding venue isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for something that totally speaks to you and yours. So today we’re running through a list of nine (yes, NINE) fab venues we absolutely love, so you can find that dream locale. Scroll for some hidden gems you haven’t even heard of.

THE ST. REGIS WASHINGTON, D.C.

Why we love it: Just steps from the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the perfect mix of luxe accommodations and upscale wedding offerings – all with a dash of historical charm. You can opt for a cocktail hour in the Italianate revival lobby, or celebrate your “I do’s” in the Astor Ballroom with its hand-stenciled ceiling (an original 1926 decorative feature) and Palladian windows overlooking The Astor Terrace. This place is beautiful, you guys – and it’s no wonder it continues to be named the “Best Hotel for Small Weddings” by Washington Magazine. It’s just that good.

What you can’t miss: The Astor Terrace. Perfect for ceremonies OR receptions, this gem of an outdoor space features a dreamy fountain. Need we say more?

W SCOTTSDALE

Why we love it: Located smack-dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is every modern lovin’ bride’s dream. Think totally chic contemporary spaces (both indoor and outdoor) perfect for celebrating your Big Day, plus amazing accommodations that will make your entire wedding weekend.

What you can’t miss: Their fab W Insider service. It’s concierge plus some with everything you’ll ever need just a push of a button away. Whatever you want, whenever you want it.

LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA

Why we love it: Situated just three blocks from the ocean with great access and breathtaking views, plus offering up some awesome amenities for guests (hey there, Bicycle Programme), Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica seamlessly combines a glam spot to say “I do” with all of that laid-back Southern Cali charm we love so much. We’re obsessed with their Pool Terrace receptions, not to mention their chef-inspired catering menus and views of the Pacific Ocean.

What you can’t miss: Their venues. From the Delfina Ballroom to the Terrazza GardenLe Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has you covered when it comes to celebrating in style.

HOTEL COLONNADE CORAL GABLES, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 

Why we love it: Ideal for those travel lovers who want to say “I do” in complete luxury, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables has elegant weddings (and accommodations) down to an absolute science. From their 23,000 square feet of event space to their gorgeous venue options (hello, marble-tiled rotunda) to their talented staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing the perfect wedding, you’ll most definitely be making a statement.

What you can’t miss: Their Make a Green Choice Program. Guests receive a $5 food credit or 500 SPG points just for making the choice to conserve natural resources in their room. We love that.

THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST

Why we love it: It’s hard not to fall in love with a setting as pretty as Hamilton Lake and when you add in a climate-controlled tent and fully-renovated guest rooms, you have yourselves one of the prettiest wedding locales in all of Chicago. Plus, the Westin Chicago Northwest also offers up a plethora of indoor + outdoor venue options, customizable menus AND your very own wedding specialist.

What you can’t miss: Their 24-hour room service. (Enough said.)

SHERATON SAN DIEGO HOTEL & MARINA

Why we love it: You honestly can’t go wrong with a San Diego wedding, and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is the epitome of a perfect SoCal soiree with a gorgeous seaside location and deluxe amenities. Now add in a stunning garden ceremony spot (with marina views) and indoor venue options that are just as cool and you have the perfect place to say “I do.”

What you can’t miss: The Culinary team. They’ve been named “Best Caterer” by San Diego Magazine for 15 years running. Yum.

THE EQUINOX, A LUXURY COLLECTION GOLF RESORT & SPA, VERMONT

Why we love it: You know we can never get enough of Vermont weddings and if you’re looking for the perfect destination spot: this is it. From their three unique venues (Pond Pavilion, Colonnade Ballroom and Meadow House) to the amazing views of the Equinox Mountain and the Taconic Mountain Ridge, The Equinox Resort has everything you’ll ever need for that dream wedding… AND can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 250 guests.

What you can’t miss: The activities. This four-season resort offers up a world of fun-filled adventures, from golfing to skiing to fishing to snowshoeing – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

THE ST. ANTHONY, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, SAN ANTONIO

Why we love it: Four words: Open-air rooftop ballroom. Yep, you can literally dance the night away under the stars. Plus, the St. Anthony has been hosting weddings for over a century, so you know you’re in good hands with their talented staff of event professionals. From their gorgeous rooms to their convenient downtown locale, you won’t be missing a thing.

What you can’t miss: The details. From crystal chandeliers to a winding staircase to theatrical lighting and a 19th Century French tapestry, get ready for some non-stop oohing and ahhing.

THE WESTIN GALLERIA & OAKS HOUSTON

Why we love it: If you’re having a celebration with a lot of out-of-town guests, you can’t pick a locale better than the Westin Galleria & Oaks Houston. Its Uptown location paired with its amazing guest amenities and reception space for up to 1,000 makes it the ideal location for those looking to explore the Galleria neighborhood of Houston. Think shopping, dining and spa-ing the days away. It’s perfect.

What you can’t miss: The Monarch Ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city, this 24th floor gem is a reception dreamland.

Visit SPG Weddings to find out even more about these hidden gems AND all of the amazing perks of having an SPG Wedding. You can thank us later, friends.

5 Bridesmaid Dress Trends Your Besties Will Actually Love

When it comes to choosing the perfect bridesmaids dresses, keeping your besties happy is priority number one. Which means finding gowns that are chic, show off all of their best features AND bring the bride’s vision to life. That’s where Brideside and their lineup of designer dresses comes in to play. From romantic Jenny Yoo frocks to glam Sorella Vita numbers, they’ve got you sooo covered. Scroll for five trends we’re all about in 2017.

HUES OF BLUES

Remember when mixing and matching bridesmaid gowns meant your bridal party had to wear the exact same dress, but each chose a different neckline? Yep, those days are gone. Now you can mix it up with color to add dimension to your ladies, all while keeping the look completely cohesive. We love playing with the many blue options available from Brideside, from seaglass to sapphire to that gorgeous hue of navy that is everything you’ve ever wanted.

Photo Credit: (Top to Bottom): Joanna August + Wtoo

BOHEMIAN FLAIR

You and your love are definitely more Coachella than ballroom, so your wedding day look should totally reflect that. And that includes your bridal party. With Brideside, you can peruse their lineup of dreamy gowns that are so, so perfect for your one-of-a-kind besties, whether that’s an ulta-boho look with flowy chiffon overlays or an off-the-shoulder number that is the epitome of romance with a dash of bohemian flair.

Photo Credit: Joanna August

FLORAL TAKEOVER

Beautiful blooms aren’t just for those centerpieces and bouquets… they’re also an awesome way to make your besties stand out. Think drop-dead gorgeous floral prints in amazing textures like chiffon and embroidered tulle and you are sooo on the right track. Jump right in and have all of your besties rock stunning floral numbers from Brideside… or mix it up with a few florals and a few solid prints. It’s also a perfect way to have your Maid of Honor stand out. All in all, it’s beautiful, my friends.

Photo Credit: Jenny Yoo

ROSE GOLD ROMANCE

You know we never say “no” to a metallic anything. But rose gold? We love it a little extra special. This beautiful hue is the perfect way to add a little modern romance to your festivities and we’re totally on board with the glitzy and glamorous sequin options available at Brideside. Want to add just a touch of shine, but not go overboard with the bling? Mix and match the sparkle with solid blush hues for a subtler look that is just as special.

Photo Credit: Watters

SLEEK AND SEXY

Your ladies aren’t your average besties, so shouldn’t their dresses match their crazy cool personalities? With Brideside, you can dive head first into looks that are sleek, sexy AND sophisticated… just like your loves. Which means saying “goodbye” to full skirts and “hello” to slim silhouettes and flat-front shapes that are flattering and hip-hugging and so, so easy to re-wear. It’s ultra-modern and completely versatile and, well… we love.

Photo Credit: Watters

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Ready to find those gowns of your besties’ dreams? Visit Brideside today and talk to a complimentary style consultant about their amazing designer assortment of gowns, new showrooms opening this spring and their Try at Home program, which makes your life beyond easy. Oh, and if you sign up with Brideside by May 25, 2017, you’ll receive 15% off your entire bridal party. Just another reason to love them, you guys. Happy shopping!

Bridesmaid Gowns: Wtoo | Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaid Gowns: Watters | Bridesmaid Gowns: Joanna August

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5 Ways to Involve Pets in Your Wedding

Hands down, there’s nothing better than a sweet fur baby making an appearance on your Big Day. So if your best friend happens to be an adorable pooch (or cat, or bird, or pig…), we’re teaming up with The Westin Birmingham to run down a list of 5 ways to include your loves in the most important celebration of your life. Prepare for a cuteness overload below.

ONE: AS THE CUTEST BEST MAN OR MAID OF HONOR EVER

There’s nothing cuter than a pet in a bow tie or floral crown, so when it comes to stealing the show (they will), let your sweetie shine as your Best Man or Maid of Honor. You’ll love it, your guests will love it and it will most definitely go down in history as one of your fave wedding moments.

Photography: Jose Villa

TWO: AS THE PERFECT FAVORS

Love your furry friend more than anything? Then be sure to pay tribute to them in every possible way. One of our faves? A cute little favor that also happens to be in the shape of their likeness. It’s taking “puppy treats” to an entirely new level and your guests will appreciate the ode to your sweet little pooch.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

THREE: AS YOUR INVITATION SHOWPIECE

Want your fur baby to make a giant wedding statement? Then include them in your invitation suite, so your nearest and dearest know just where your heart is. It’s creative, unique and, let’s be honest, sooo darn cute. We’re totally on board with this.

Photography: Brumley & Wells / Invitation Design: Karen O’Bryan

FOUR: AS CRAZY CUTE ESCORT CARDS

And speaking of paper, why not include Fido on your escort cards? Whether you’re having a romantic soiree, a modern celebration or something else entirely, it’s a detail that will leave everyone talking. We promise.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography

FIVE: AS THE MOST ADORABLE RING BEARER IN THE WORLD

Your nephew is definitely a cutie, but you know what’s even cuter? Having that sweet little guy walk your adorable pooch down the aisle. It’s a double dose of sweetness that will make your entire day. We promise.

Photography: Jose Villa

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From the cutest Best Man ever to a yummy treat your guests will love, including your fave fur baby in the celebration of the century is a definite must. Just be sure to book a pet-friendly venue like The Westin Birmingham, so that everything goes off without a hitch. Think breathtaking views of Uptown, an amazing locale close to awesome eateries and shopping and a team of talented wedding coordinators that will take your pet-centric celebration to the next level. You’re going to love every moment of your Big Day… and so will your best friend.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Photography: Brumley & Wells | Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Invitation Design: Karen O'Bryan

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