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Celebrating your “I do’s” in paradise is sort of the end-all, be-all of glam weddings – and when it comes to finding that perfect locale to host your drop-dead gorgeous “party of the century”, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has you totally covered. Think world-class resorts, seriously stunning ocean views and wedding pros that will make all of your dreams come true. It doesn’t get better than this, loves… take a look below.

Destination weddings are all about kicking back with your toes in the sand, sippin’ those tasty libations and really, really pampering yourself AND all the ones you love. Whether that’s a day of fun-filled activities (hello, kayaking and beachside yoga), or simply spending some luxurious time in a Sanibel spa. That’s the beauty of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel… with a plethora of amazing resorts and inns to choose from, you’re guaranteed a weekend (or week!) of total fun. From your sure-to-be awesome bachelor + bachelorette parties, to those breathtaking “I do’s” with the ocean waves crashing in the distance and the goodbye brunch with your nearest and dearest, it’s a vacation of a lifetime meets a beautiful wedding celebration. Ah, yes… that’s the best way ever to tie the knot.

We can’t say it enough, you guys… contact The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel TODAY to start planning that dream destination wedding with wedding experts that know everything about celebrating your “I do’s” in paradise. Then enter for your chance to win a romantic getaway for a much-needed preview. Details are below!

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Photography: Sundial Resort | Photography: DiamondHead Beach Resort | Photography: Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

A Hurricane Threatened to Ruin Their Coastal Wedding Day!

Just 10 days before their wedding, threats of Hurricane Matthew began to hit the headlines of media outlets across the Atlantic coast. “I anxiously refreshed my weather web page a million times hoping this was all but a bad dream. I was in complete denial and refused to believe our perfect day was on the brink of being washed away,” said the Bride. But as luck would have it, Sea Island was re-opened and operating just in time for the wedding and Perry Vaile photographed the joyous occasion from start to finish.

From the Bride… Eddie and I live in Santa Monica, California, and when we got engaged we decided we wanted to throw a destination wedding. Our list for destinations narrowed quickly, and we decided Sea Island, Georgia would be a dream location for our wedding day. We had visited the resort for New Year’s Eve the year before and had fallen in love with the resort’s southern charm. Now, it may not sound like your typical “destination” since we weren’t leaving the country but 80% of our guests had never even been to the South, let alone coastal Georgia. So we decided to roll with a “Destination Southern Wedding” theme and quickly began selecting southern touches to wow our guests with.

The Hurricane

Fifteen months of wedding planning seemed to fly by, and before we knew it we were 10 days away from the wedding. While Eddie and I finished our last minute wedding to-do’s from sunny southern California, a hurricane was brewing in the Atlantic. His name was Matthew. Over the course of a couple days, what began to look like a small storm had now reached Category 4 strength. Weather experts were warning business owners and residents to prepare for the worst.

“Hurricane Matthew is a monster”, “Parts of Georgia will be uninhabitable for weeks” were among some of the headlines I was reading. I anxiously refreshed my weather webpage a million times hoping this was all but a bad dream. I was in complete denial and refused to believe our perfect day was on the brink of being washed away. The forecast was projecting Hurricane Matthew to reach Sea Island just 5 days before our wedding. The entire island and surrounding areas were under mandatory evacuation. Our resort was evacuated, and all of our vendors had packed up and headed inland to brace for the storm. Only thing we could do was helplessly wait, a couple thousand miles away…

The Big Clean Up

When Hurricane Matthew hit Sea Island the storm had been downgraded to a Category 3. Despite the drop in severity the island experienced record-breaking floods, thousands of downed trees, island-wide power outages, and plumbing issues that could take weeks to fix. Because the island was deemed unsafe, business owners and residents were not allowed back on the island after the storm passed. It was Tuesday morning, the day we were due to leave for Georgia, and the island was still under a mandatory evacuation. We left Los Angeles having no idea if the resort or island would open in time for our wedding. From the plane, Eddie and I sent out mass emails and texts to our 90 some odd guests letting them know there was potential for a change of plans.

When we arrived in Georgia the coast was still very much in cleanup mode. We passed 27 (I counted) tree removal trucks and about two dozen water and power vehicles, all of which were headed to clean up the mess. Sea Island was only allowing first responders onto the island at that time, which meant Eddie and I were stuck on the mainland scrambling to find accommodations and any answers we could. Talk about an anxious bride! But thankfully our luck was about to change. Wednesday morning Eddie and I received one of the best phone calls an anxious bride and groom could ask for. It was our wedding planner! She had just received word that Sea Island was due to re-open Thursday evening. The power had been restored, and the first responders were working day and night to restore the island back to its full glory.

The wedding team felt confident that the wedding could still go on as planned. Our wedding planner assured me they had everything handled and insisted we go and enjoy our wedding week. Our prayers had been answered! We quickly called our guests and let them know the good news. The wedding is HAPPENING!

The Wedding Day

The morning of our wedding we were greeted with a downpour of rain. Despite the weather I couldn’t help but smile. I was so thankful and filled with gratitude that we were at this place, “I can take a little rain, we just made it through a hurricane!” And if fate would have it, just as my bridesmaids and I were finishing up with our hair and makeup the clouds parted and the sun began to peek out. Perry Vaile, our amazing photographer, jumped at the opportunity to shoot us outside and gathered us all for portraits.

For my bouquet, we selected Dahlias, and Oxblood colored Chocolate Cosmos to adorn the white blooms, which were all draped with wispy greenery and wrapped with ivory silk ribbons. Our ceremony took place in the Cloister Chapel. The ceremony was all the more sweet because my grandfather “Papa Jackson” was our minister. Having my Papa there to marry Eddie and I was one of the highlights of our day.

Our reception was held in the resort’s Clubroom, the most glamorous and elegant ballroom I had ever seen! Crystal chandeliers hung from the ornate gilded ceiling and provided all the glitz and sparkle a bride could ask for. We selected long estate tables, topped with lush floral arrangements that included fruit elements accented with long tapered candles. Gold cross back chairs and gold-rimmed china added even more splendor to the space. One of my favorite wedding elements was our personalized place settings. Eddie and I took hexagonal marble floor tiles, and added cork to the back, to make them into coasters. We finished them by adding the guests’ names printed on top in gold vinyl. The gift was a huge hit with our friends and family, and made for a fun DIY project for Eddie and me.

To end the evening Eddie and I were lead out to the front of the hotel where our friends and family were waiting to wave goodbye! We hopped into our vintage getaway car and as we drove away, sparklers erupted from the ground, giving us quiet the perfect ending to our magical day.

Happily Ever After

Despite the hurricane and weather worry our wedding truly turned out even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. A strong word of advice I could give to any future bride would be to remain positive! Wedding planning can be stressful, hurricane or not. But with a positive outlook you can always make the best out of any situation. You deserve a wedding day where worries don’t get in the way. Remember what this day is truly about, and you are guaranteed to have the time of your life.

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Photography: Perry Vaile Photography | Event Planning: Sea Island | Floral Design: The Vine Garden Market | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Ceremony Venue: Sea Island | Reception Venue: Sea Island | Bride's Shoes : Badgley Mischka | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair and Makeup: Sea Island | Calligraphy : The Inviting Place | DJ: Island Sound | Grooms Attire: Canali | Ceremony Music: Music By Pegge | Bride's Hairpiece: Untamed Petals | Bride's Jewelry : Marchesa | Bride's Reception Shoes: Kate Spade | Cocktail Hour Venue: Sea Island | Gift Bags: Give Lovely | Groom's Tie: Burberry | Photo Booth: Studio Pixel Pop | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Wedding Signage: The Bride

Proof Neutral Weddings Are Beyond Gorgeous

Don’t get me wrong I love color at weddings, but there is something so incredibly romantic and tasteful about an all neutral palette and this wedding is living proof! From gorgeous nude-colored bridesmaid dresses to rich floral designs by Stylish Stems in white and soft blush, the subtle details of the day are pure perfection. With Invision Events behind the planning, this wedding was bound to be beautiful and the images captured by Hillary Lee Photography are unreal!

From Photographer, Hillary Leah… The detail of this wedding was absolutely incredibly. First off, the bridesmaid’s dresses were Show Me Your Mumu– which are to die for. Jacqui’s florals and centerpieces were so much fun to capture. The venue itself is gorgeous, especially in Mid-November. However, the head table is what had all of my attention. The dark stain head table with mercury glass and place settings made such a statement in that reception room. The chargers and gold china made for a photographer’s dream! My favorite thing about Jacqui and Zach was that they were intentional with incorporating pieces to their relationship (they dated since high school!). They handed out Chick-Fil-A sandwiches during the send-off because that’s where they had their first date. Although they had a gorgeous and big wedding, they were both so in the moment and hired incredible vendors that you could just tell they were at ease with thoroughly not worrying about anything! Favorite moment was when Zach saw Jacqui… I mean, just look at the picture!

From the bride and groom… Jacqui and Zach said “I do” on a crisp fall day at Foxhall Resort’s Legacy Lookout, overlooking the beautiful fall foliage in Atlanta, Georgia. Their vision of simple elegance was brought to life with stunning, yet understated details like a semi-naked wedding cake, farm estate tables, soft candlelight and plenty of lush greenery. Jacqui looked beautiful in her tulle ball gown that made it look like she was floating on air as she twirled around the dance floor with her sweet groom. The bridesmaids all wore Show Me Your Mumu and the groom + groomsmen looked sharp in their classic black tuxes. Even Jacqui and Zach’s pup, Turner, dressed the part with an adorable floral and greenery necklace that complimented the maids’ floral crowns. It was a beautiful celebration of love and family, as shown though lots of sweet, candid moments, hugs and pup snuggles. 

From the bride… This may sound bad and I can’t believe I’m admitting it, but because Zach and I have been dating for seven years, its hard to remember the beginning of our relationship as it started out when I was only 15 and a sophomore in high school. I first met Zach on February 7th, 2009. I do remember that date because it was the morning of my first ACT, and my friend Brandy had to pick me up beforehand as I still wasn’t old enough to drive. We stopped by Chic-fil-A for a quick breakfast, and that’s when Zach walked in looking less than excited to be awake that early. He sat with us during the short time we had, and then we went our separate ways for the test. Later that evening, Brandy asked if I wanted to go to the movies with her, Zach, and one of their other best friends. I love the movies, so I agreed to go. Zach came straight from a baseball banquet (if that’s not a foreshadowing of our relationship, I don’t know what is), and of course the first words out of his mouth were complaints about having to dress nice (again.. The foreshadowing).

From that day forward, we spent a majority of our days rotating between each other’s tennis matches and baseball games and we became inseparable. We were able to tough it through two years of long distance while Zach was playing baseball for East Tennessee State University, and then by the grace of God, he made his way to the University of Georgia to continue his baseball career. We became even closer than we were before, which I didn’t think was possible, and were able to spend two years together in our favorite city. From homecomings and proms to high school graduations, to college graduations, to our first real world jobs, Zach and I have seen each at our worst but also at our best. I truly feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have such a selfless, supportive, encouraging, and loving best friend.

From the groom (about the proposal)… The first part of this whole process was picking out a ring. As everyone knows, Jacqui is a total perfectionist and is very specific when it comes to what she wants. This made the ring shopping process and planning the proposal intimidating to say the least. Luckily, after only about an hour of shopping, and a little help from my mom, I finally had the perfect ring that I knew Jacqui would fall in love with. Now came the part of asking Jacqui’s dad for her hand in marriage. I decided to do it at one of his favorite places- the golf course. We booked a tee time at Towne Lake Hills, and I had my fingers crossed that he would be having a good round when it came time to ask him. Thankfully he was having fun through the front nine, but I was not so fortunate. My golf game was struggling as all I could think about was what I was going to say. After 9 holes of running the scenario through my head, I finally built up the courage to ask him. Even though I caught him off guard, he gave me his permission to ask Jacqui. It had been a long time coming, and he was excited that it was finally going to happen. On a side note, my golf game drastically improved on the back nine.

Planning the proposal was the next step. My one requirement throughout the whole planning process was that it had to be a complete and total surprise. It is close to impossible to surprise Jacqui, but I was up for the task. With that being said, Jacqui and I have always done adventurous things together such as skydiving (I now hate flying), swimming with sharks, snowboarding, white water rafting, and the list continues. The only activity that we had not done together, which happened to be one of Jacqui’s favorite things to do, was zip lining. I started researching the best location to have this go down, and that’s when I decided on Historic Banning Mills, the world’s longest zip line canopy tour. I then called and got the entire staff on board with my plan for the day. Now the real work began- I had to invite families, grandparents, and siblings, all while keeping this a secret from Jacqui. After numerous secret meetings, we had all of the details worked out.

The big day was finally here, and I picked Jacqui up to go and start our zip line adventure. We arrive at Banning Mills and the life changing adventure is about to begin. We were paired with about 8 other people, and I told Jacqui we needed to let them go first. Jacqui doesn’t like waiting so she was not happy when got stuck in the back. Now we had to pick an order that we would stay in through the whole tour. Obviously I needed to go first, but again, Jacqui did not want to be the last person to go each time. I finally told her that I would be too scared to go if I went last, and she agreed to the last position. The tour was going smoothly, and Jacqui still had no idea what she was in for. Then there we were at the last zip line. Unlike the other zip lines, this last one dropped down below the trees so you couldn’t see the landing. I zipped down and our families were waiting at the landing with everything in place. I get the ring from my dad and take a deep breath. I then gave the guide a thumbs up and he radios in telling Jacqui she was good to go. She comes down the line, and after she came up from under the trees she immediately started tearing up. She stopped on the landing, and I got down on one knee. Luckily, she said yes!


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Photography: Hillary Leah Photography | Videographer : Rooted Pine Films | Event Planning: Invision Events | Floral Design: Stylish Stems | Cake: Lush Cakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: LowCountry Catering & Events | Makeup: Glam By Ruthie | Hair: K. Barone Salon | DJ: Club Rett | Ceremony Music: Andrew Lombardi | Venue: Foxhall Resort And Sporting Club | Farm Tables: The Vintage Rental Company

Top 5 Reasons to Say “I do” at The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

When it comes to celebrating your Big Day, being true to yourselves is THE number one priority. Whether that’s keeping your guest list small with just close friends + family or infusing your day with cultural details that are meaningful to you both. And that means finding a locale that can take all of those dreams and run with them; a place like The Westin Buckhead Atlanta. It’s a little slice of wedding heaven that will easily be the best decision you’ll make while planning. Scroll to find out why.

ONE: ROOM FOR WEDDINGS OF ALL SHAPES + SIZES

Whether you plan to say “I do” in front of your immediate family only, want to throw the biggest celebration Atlanta has ever seen or need enough room to host for your stunning cultural affair, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta is THE place to make it all happen. Think a 10,000 square foot Grand Ballroom that can be divided into five different spaces, 20 different venue options and a grand staircase that will make those bridal portraits POP. Even better, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta’s team of event professionals are skilled in coordinating all types of affairs, no matter the size, shape or budget. So that fabulous three-day Indian affair of your dreams? They have you covered.

TWO: PROXIMITY TO FINE DINING + SHOPPING

Your wedding isn’t just a one-day celebration, it’s an entire experience. Which is why we love The Westin Buckhead Atlanta and their close proximity to everything that the city has to offer. Located right smack-dab in the middle of Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, it’s amazing shopping opportunities meets top-rated restaurants meets everything your guests will ever need. Totally convenient.

THREE: Professional Event Planning Services

From breathtaking cultural affairs to small, intimate soirees, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta’s talented staff is here to help you every step of the way. And I mean every step of the way. They’ll even put you in touch with an amazing team of vendors who can bring you vision to reality – from stunning floral arrangements to the perfect lighting. Not to mention that The Westin Buckhead Atlanta will work with outside caterers, so if you have any special dietary needs – absolutely no problem.

FOUR: An Amazing Culinary Team

And speaking of food… The Westin Buckhead Atlanta happens to boast a team of culinary experts that will make your foodie dreams come true with decades+ of experience cooking up tasty meals. (Yes, that’s a lot of experience.) From yummy cocktails to going away brunches to specialty menus, they’ll leave all of your guests talking. And full.

FIVE: LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

You can’t talk about The Westin Buckhead Atlanta without mentioning their fabulous accommodations, aka, the most luxurious suites + rooms you AND your guests will ever have the privilege to stay in. Think the Westin Heavenly Bed®, a marble bathroom (with dual showerhead) and a club lounge with daily breakfast service… and that’s just the beginning. Oh, and did I mention the complimentary bridal suite? It honestly can’t get any better.

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Ready to book the wedding of the century at The Westin Buckhead Atlanta? Contact their talented staff today to talk all things wedding, from receptions to rehearsals to golf outings, they’ll take care of your every wish. And the best part? It will scream YOU from start to finish.

Photography: Derek Wintermute Photography

When High-School Sweethearts Tie the Knot

Allie and Matt met when they were babies. And when I say babies, I mean the tender age of 15 and 16 years old as high-school students turned boyfriend and girlfriend. Fast forward many years later and these two decided to spend forever together with a celebration for the books. Think classic with a modern, industrial chic spin and there’s more to see in the gallery photographed by Sawyer Baird.

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From the couple… Matt and Allie met for the first time as high school students at the ages of fifteen (Allie) and sixteen (Matt). After two and a half years of dating in high school, Matt graduated and went on to play baseball at The University of Georgia. With Matt constantly traveling for baseball and Allie still being in high school, they made the extremely tough decision to go their separate ways and told each other- ‘If you love something set it free. If it comes back it was meant to be’. After Allie graduated from high school she went on to attend The University of Alabama and while she frequently thought about Matt and his baseball career, she knew she didn’t want to get in the way of his success, and therefore, decided to keep her longing thoughts to herself.

After four years of college, Matt ran into a family friend at a Mexican restaurant who informed him that Allie was recently in a serious accident. Shortly thereafter, Matt reached out to Allie to check on her well-being and they continued to call and text as if they were never apart. That next weekend, Matt decided to travel to Tuscaloosa to visit Allie after not seeing her for four years. As the weekend approached, Matt stood on the corner of University Avenue near a light pole while he waited for Allie to meet him. Once Allie rounded the corner, they locked eyes, slowly ran towards each other, and hugged for what felt like hours. After attending a concert together, they spent the night reminiscing and catching up on the past four years of each other’s lives. From that moment on, they were inseparable, all over again, just as they were in high school. Five fun-filled years later, Matt proposed on the beach of Lake Michigan near a lighthouse at sunset while his family looked on from the top of a hill.

Upon their arrival back to Georgia, they immediately went venue hunting and knew that The Foundry at Puritan Mill was ‘the one’. After a fourteenth month engagement filled with meticulous planning and an amazing team of vendors, Matt and Allie had the wedding of their dreams while surrounded by close family, friends, beautiful white flowers, and sequins galore. As they were whisked away in their classic 1964 Rolls Royce at the end of the night, they began their very own, happily ever after!

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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Cinematography: Before Your Eyes Cinema | Wedding Planning: We Tie The Knots | Floral Design: Boukates | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Food: Bold American Events | Venue: The Foundry At Puritan Mill | Linens: Bold American Events | Photography - Assistance: Lindsey Eller

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This Wedding Planning Party is Everything You Need to Plan Your Big Day

We never need a reason to escape to Sanderling Resort for a fun-filled getaway, but when they also happen to be hosting the 2017 Outer Banks Meet and Greet? That’s what we call a happy day. Think a fab meet and greet with some of the region’s most amazing vendors, plus an entire world of inspo all in one place. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1, 2017. This one’s a necessity.

No matter when and where you are planning on saying your “I do’s”, the 2017 Outer Banks Meet and Greet is an absolute must. From the extensive list of talented wedding professionals to the beautifully designed, party-like setting to the yummy bites and wine tastings, it’s a one-stop planning event that is as informative as it is FUN. Starting at 5 pm and running until 9 pm, it’s some serious face to face time with the vendors who are going to make your dreams happen. Not to mention the amazing live performances from some of the Outer Banks’ fave musicians AND the tasty “Sassy S’mores bar” – hello, gourmet goodies. And did I mention that you’ll be bopping around Sanderling Resort, the Outer Banks’ only AAA Four Diamond resort and spa destination? Sooo much fun.

With over 30 expert vendors and a fun-filled agenda, the 2017 Outer Banks Meet and Greet most definitely needs to be on your agenda. Mark those calendars NOW for April 1, 2017 and prepare to soak in as much inspiration as possible, followed by a nightcap under the stars. And don’t forget that tickets are $10 in advance here and $20 at the door. To learn more about the 2017 Outer Banks Meet and Greet and to book rooms and tickets visit here. Go get your planning on!

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For those attending the 2017 Outer Banks Meet and Greet, a special overnight rate of $139 will be available March 29-April 4, 2017. Reservations can be made by calling 877.650.4812 or booking online using the group code: SHOW2016.

This is Where You Tie the Knot in the Florida Keys

There’s saying “I do” in paradise, and then there’s saying “I do” at Morada Bay in the Florida Keys. The former is always awesome, but the latter? It will rock your wedding world. From the crystal blue ocean backdrop to the uber-talented staff to the laid-back charm that bursts from every moment, this is a place where celebrating your nuptials is the epitome of dreamy. Scroll to learn more.

Located in the heart of Islamorada, Florida, Morada Bay is the sort of casually elegant resort you and your special someone have been looking for. From their amazing restaurant options (hello, Morada Bay Beach Cafe and Pierre’s Restaurant & Lounge) to their talented staff to their luxurious accommodations you’ll never want to leave, Morada Bay is that sweet locale where everything you’ve ever wanted really and truly becomes reality. I’m talking “I do’s” with your toes in the sand followed up by a seaside reception with the salty breeze in your hair. It’s absolute magic.

Whether you dream of a small, intimate celebration or something much larger, Morada Bay can accommodate you AND your guests with their stunning venue options and talented staff that happens to know everything about hosting the world’s most fabulous wedding. They’ll even refer you to the perfect vendors to make your day come together, plus walk with you step by step on the day-of to guarantee a celebration that goes off without a hitch. Oh, and did I mention the amazing weather and activities you can find in the Florida Keys? Sooo fun.

Contact Morada Bay TODAY at 305-664-8414 or events-catering@moradabay.com to start planning that wedding meets vacay of your dreams.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Get Married in Birmingham

Luxurious city weddings are the type of celebration we can always get behind, so if you’re contemplating tying the knot in Uptown Birmingham, we say just do it. From the fab hotels like The Westin Birmingham and Sheraton Birmingham Hotel to the amazing eateries to the awesome entertainment, it’s a place where dream weddings really do come true. Need a few more reasons? We’re breaking down our top five below.

ONE: THE HOTELS

It all starts with an amazing locale and when it comes to saying “I do” in Birmingham, it just doesn’t get any better than The Westin Birmingham and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. These two iconic (+ connected) properties offer up everything you’ll ever need for your wedding weekend, from gorgeous bridal suites to stellar views of Uptown to venue choices that are out of this world. Not to mention the fabulous perks that make everything oh-so-convenient, like The Westin Birmingham’s complimentary suite for your wedding night (with a $10,000 food minimum), complimentary shuttle for out of town guests and the proximity to the airport. The Westin Birmingham will even waive your room fee for your rehearsal dinner if your wedding reception is held in the same spot. And did I mention the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel’s ballroom? It’s the largest ballroom in all of Alabama and we love it.

TWO: THE EATERIES

Throwing the world’s most amazing wedding weekend means making sure the food and drinks are flowing, and when you book either The Westin Birmingham or the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel for your Big Day, you can guarantee a foodie paradise will follow. That’s because both hotels happen to be located within walking distance of some of the best restaurants Birmingham has to offer, including Todd English P.U.B., an award-winning bar and restaurant perfect for your pre and post-wedding hang-outs.

THREE: THE VENDORS

You can’t have that wedding of your dreams without a team of awesome vendors making it all happen and the city of Birmingham (and nearby Atlanta!) is literally overflowing with talent. From amazing florists to creative planners to bakers that know a thing or two about yummy + beautiful cakes, you’ll be in good hands. Even better? The Westin Birmingham and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel happen to have unique connections with all of them… and that means a wedding with some of the best in the biz. Who doesn’t love that?

FOUR: THE LOCATION

Let’s be honest… when it comes to your Big Day, it’s all about location, location, location. And it honestly doesn’t get any better than Uptown Birmingham, a spot where The Westin Birmingham and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel happily sit. From your gorgeous digs, you’ll be able to walk to amazing restaurants and bars, catch your flight out in just a ten minute drive (!) and experience all of the history and unique entertainment that lives in the city. It’s a wedding paradise.

FIVE: THE ENTERTAINMENT

And speaking of entertainment… the museums, parks and tourist attractions that make up the city of Birmingham are out of this world amazing, making for one jam-packed itinerary when it comes to your wedding weekend. Not to mention the awesome activities you can partake in just at your hotel alone. Yep, The Westin Birmingham and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel both offer top-notch dining, with The Westin Birmingham sporting an awe-inspiring pool terrace with amazing views of the city AND in-room spa service. Soo fun.

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Whether you’re hosting an intimate celebration for just your closest friends and family or want to throw the party of the century, call either The Westin Birmingham or the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel TODAY to talk all things wedding. Their talented staff will work with you to create that dream day you’ve always wanted and will even be on hand the day-of to coordinate. You won’t regret choosing them, loves… we promise.

This is How You Do Southern Charm on St. Simons Island

Give us a wedding packed with Southern charm and you’ll find a happy group of wedding bloggers. But when said wedding is that of one of our very own? It’s time to pop the extra bottle of bubbly. Not only is Maggie and Jamie’s big day sprinkled with the prettiest views at Musgrove, it’s layered with gorgeous bridal portraits (Maggie, you’re stunning!), twinkling market lights and loads of blooms. Ready for more? See it all captured by Brooke Roberts Photography in The Vault.

From the Bride… Jamie and I met at the University of Alabama, it was one of those moments that we instantly knew that we were meant for one another. We settled in New Orleans and after six amazing years of dating Jamie proposed. He thoughtfully planned it all out with numerous surprises: proposing at one of our favorite wine & cocktail bars Oak, flying my parents and sister into town and throwing a surprise party with a few of our close friends and family members. I never would have dreamed this moment up!

The next day while talking with my mother, who had been secretly putting together ideas for the most special day, I reminisced of visiting Musgrove Plantation, one of the most memorable landmarks of my childhood spent on St. Simons Island. My mother couldn’t have been more excited to let me know that she had contacted Musgrove and they had recently started hosting weddings. This hidden gem of a location represented my roots and would be the perfect backdrop to come full circle and share this special memory with my New Orleans family.

Musgrove draws you in like a storybook romance. This beautiful picturesque 600-acre hidden sanctuary on the banks of Village Creek takes you back in time. Musgrove is rich with history from its construction in 1938 by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco heir and philanthropist Nancy Susan Reynolds, to the site for President Carter’s first pre-inaugural cabinet meeting. Musgrove was named after Mary Musgrove, a pioneer acclaimed as the Pocahontas and Sacagawea of the South and known as a cultural liaison between colonial Georgia and Native American societies, for her peace keeping efforts, entrepreneurship, and land claims to the Sea Islands in Georgia.

Mrs. Reynolds felt strongly that the Musgrove mission of family gathering and philanthropy carry on. In the spirit of that mission, generations still enjoy the lush grounds amidst the draping Spanish moss for conferences, retreats and…OUR wedding! While Musgrove offers incredible views and settings for both ceremonies and receptions, we chose nearby Christ Church for our ceremony prior to heading over to Musgrove for our reception. The English colonists established Christ Church in the 1800’s and the current parish house has been preserved with loving care ever since.

Knowing that festival season in New Orleans makes it difficult for our family and friends to travel, we booked May, a perfect time on the island for weather and for guests to get away for a vacation in a unique destination. As soon as we booked Musgrove and Christ Church, we knew we had to start getting down to the nitty gritty with the rest of the wedding planning. Thankfully my mother and her friend Mary Bostock are two incredibly talented and creative women. I knew I had nothing to worry about when it came to making sure my day was everything I could ever want and more.

When it came to my wedding dress I knew I wanted to keep it classic, chic and simple. I was out one day shopping by myself and came across Yvonne La Fleur, known for their beautiful handmade clothes. I had to see what all of the fuss was about. I knew as soon as I tried on my dress that it was, without question, the one. The hand woven lace with pearls overlay and the silk slip was so different from anything I had ever seen. It spoke to me and with much excitement and awe, my soon to be mother-in-law, mother and my sister chimed in with approval.

In searching for non-traditional bridesmaids dresses, I came across a fellow University of Alabama graduate who had been designing beautiful silk bridesmaids gowns in several different styles and hues. Natalie Deayala’s designs were the perfect compliment to my classic wedding dress style. My bridesmaids could pick their favorite style in my chosen blush hue that best complimented them ensuring that everyone felt beautiful and enjoyed wearing the dress throughout the day.

My sister happens to be good friends with Lisa Kerns of Lisa Kerns Jewelry. I am lucky enough to have some of Lisa’s pieces and felt that having pops of blues and greens with the blush hues of the bridesmaid dresses would align with the theme of nature both around us and on us. Plus who doesn’t love the gift of jewelry that will last a lifetime and is very unique?!

Amy Jenkins, of Bienvenue, has been my hairdresser from the time I was a young girl. I trusted her implicitly and knew that she and her colleague Tiffany Jones were exactly whom I needed to bring out the natural beauty in our bridal party. Similarly, Ashley Jordan didn’t miss a brush stroke with compliments of light and natural make-up. I couldn’t have felt more at ease and comforted knowing that this hair and makeup team was on the scene helping us to look natural and feel like ourselves.

Our day was filled with New Orleans wedding ceremonial traditions including the second line tradition and a New Orleans based American funk rock band procession. All of the wedding guests received handkerchiefs designed by my mother-in-law Diane Rabin. Our guests swung their handkerchiefs around behind us while our good friends from Flow Tribe lead the way to the reception.

Brooke Roberts and her husband captured every moment and detail of my special day with ease and grace….even those moments that I was not able to experience during such a busy day. Brooke is so incredibly talented with her natural ability to make you feel at ease and her style of catching the light and the perfect angles. It was something I had never experienced before in a photographer. Every smile and every happy tear was caught on camera without us even noticing that Brooke and her team were around.

Edward Armstrong of Edwards on St. Simons is one of my mother’s near and dear friends. He had already started to help plan the wedding before our engagement. Knowing how classic, natural and tasteful my mother is when it comes to her interior decorating, he took all of that into consideration when they sat down to plan the floral decorations. I knew that I wanted to incorporate the natural vegetation of the island as well as peonies, which are my favorite flowers. Edward combined all of these elements and more by including a touching surprise; adding my grandmother’s very special prayer book to my bouquet. In this way, my grandmother was present with me walking down the aisle and throughout the day.

Our choice of tents and chair, table and linen rentals was easy. Beachview Event Rental & Design is unquestionably one of the best in the business featuring, namely, effortless and classic tent styles. And who better than Janet Brown our talented, creative and thoughtful wedding planner, designer and caterer to take this blank canvas and paint it to mirror Musgrove’s natural elements from oversized festive floral features to local festive fare.

Janet is one of those planners who takes your special day and makes it her own to ensure that the day goes perfectly. She created a beautiful invite to our tent that included elegant classic entryway drapes that glistened with hanging garden lights. The Maplewood dance floor and the grapevine twig balls chandelier mimicked the feel of the beautiful moss covered oak trees. The green and white florals in moss covered urns and vases along with the natural elegance of the bamboo furnishings and celery green and white striped linens were yet more reminders of the gorgeous Musgrove grounds.

This simple southern charm carried over from decor into every aspect of the delicious local foods. Janet did an incredible job of juxtaposing my husband’s New Orleans background and my island lifestyle when designing delicious appetizers and a beautiful dinner. She spent hours at the local farmer’s markets sourcing only the best and most colorful fresh vegetables to roast including yellow summer squash and green beans with cauliflower for a bright and beautiful vegetable display. To compliment the vegetable offering, Janet loves to create elaborate cheese and fruit displays featuring layer upon layer of artisanal cheeses with an abundance of fruits including pears, figs and apricots. This particular display consisted of Georgia’s Sweet Grass Dairy goat cheese rolled in cranberries and pistachio nuts, creamy brie topped with Kahlua and Georgia pecans from Buccaneer Farms, Maytag blue cheese served with bourbon infused honey from Savannah Bee Company, and a mango chutney torta with Georgia peanuts, green onions and golden raisins. Last but not least Janet delighted us with more locally sourced and creatively arranged appetizers including tomato and Vidalia onion tarts and her famous house-made pimento cheese in edible cracker spoons.

Janet didn’t quit there. She made sure that our guests would taste every option that is unique to our specially chosen wedding destination. We had shrimp for days in various formations since Janet is able to get it fresh daily off of the Bay Street docks. Janet’s creations included sweet Georgia shrimp and Andouille sausage in Cajun cream sauce (a tribute to New Orleans) served over stone-ground grits in martini glasses and cold cocktail shrimp marinated in Vidalia onions, lemons, tomato dressing and capers. This dish is very traditionally named Sweet Ga. Shrimp Sea Island. I love Blue Crab and it’s also local so Janet served light lump blue crab salad served in cucumber rounds, and stuffed in cherry tomatoes and endive leaves. It goes without saying that our reception hit every sensory note and our exit lit up the waterfront through a pathway of sparklers and our unforgettable evening.

The wedding cake designed by Mary Ann Daniels of I Do Wedding Cakes was by far the most beautiful and delicious cake I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. It was incredibly moist with just a slight hint of sugar. This is the kind of cake that looks too good to eat and keeps you coming back for more when you do. Mary Bostock surprised us by making the cake tablecloth out my mother’s wedding veil. The veil included both our wedding date and my parents wedding date; an heirloom that can be passed down and cherished for generations to come. Another commemorative touch that will remind us of this special day is the guest book. Janet Brown sourced a copy of Island Time by Jingle Davis, a local coffee table history book illustrated with unbelievably fabulous photographs from St. Simons Island.

Even after the farewells and the sparklers shining against the natural moonlight we are reminded of the gift of celebrating as Nancy Reynolds would have intended…surrounded by those we love amidst a backdrop that doesn’t require much adornment. This incredible evening wrapped in love, the natural privacy of the live oaks draped in Spanish moss, the colorful reflections off of the marsh and the wonder of the one-of-a-kind Podocarpus maze will forever be etched in our memory and in Musgrove’s history.

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Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography | Event Planning and Design: Nancy Stoddard | Floral Design: Edward on St. Simons | Wedding Dress: Yvonne Lafleur | Wedding Cake: I Do Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection | Makeup: Ashley Jordan | Hair: Bienvenue | Band: Flow Tribe | Groom's Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Venue: Musgrove | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Lisa Kerns | Catering, Event Planning and Design: Janet Brown | Event Design and Event Planning: Mary Bostock | Rentals: Beachview

Saturday Morning Movie: Glamorous + Elegant St. Regis Wedding

Within seconds we’re transported into the too sweet for words love story of these two via love notes they wrote and read aloud on the morning of their wedding day. It’s one magical piece of an amazing puzzle, complete with glamour and elegance galore and with Jonathan and Kaye behind the camera, we get to be the lucky witnesses. Sit back and prepare to be dazzled!

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From Jonathan and KayeIf you are looking for one of the most elegant, inspired weddings of the year, look no further – this is it!  From the cherry blossom trees at the ceremony, the beautiful head table and guest tables at the reception, the cherry blossom decal on the dance floor, to BOTH of the bride’s gorgeous gowns – this wedding is as elegant and luxurious as they come.

Jonathan and Clare, having been together for 12 years, have traveled the world together and supported each other through thick and thin.  There is nothing like the love between two people that has truly overcome the test of time.

Their day was stunning from beginning to end.  Mid-way through the reception, the bride re-entered in her new dress with much deserved fanfare.  From there, her and her groom had a surprise choreographed dance planned for their guests, which was executed with perfection.

Jonathan and Clare, your wedding is one for the books!  We will always remember your wedding as one of the most beautiful, yet fun weddings we have ever done.  Congratulations you two!  We wish the best to both of you and what’s yet to come!

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Photography: Anna And Spencer Photography | Cinematography: Jonathan and Kaye | Event Design: Edge Design Group | Event Planning: By Brian Green | Floral Design: Edge Design Group | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Wedding Dress: Lazaro bridal | Stationery: Papered Wonders | DJ: Amp'd Entertainment | Wedding Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Atlanta | Lighting Design: Unique Event Elements | Linens: I Do Linens | Menswear: The Modern Gent | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

Rustic + Romantically Cozy Winter Wedding

Simple, elegant and surrounded by family, friends and nature; does it get any better? With a Christmas proposal already in the books, it was only fitting that these two said “I do” at the same time of year. Simply Sarah captured all the seasonal style and sweet moments (from kisses to cake) and it all can be found in our gallery right this way! Happy Friday!

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From the Bride… Josh and I first met about 10 years ago on the school bus. From that moment I knew that he wasn’t your typical high school boy, and had a crush on him for two years before he asked me out. This January will mark eight years together. On Christmas Day of 2015, he proposed by hiding under a large box that was wrapped like a present. When his mom and sister lifted it off, he was already down on one knee. It completely caught me off guard even though I knew it was coming… only because I may have “hinted” numerous times before.

When it came to planning the wedding, I never had a specific theme in mind but knew that I didn’t want it to be a stereotypical barn wedding. I wanted it to feel very romantic with lots of florals and candlelight. The terms simple and elegant were often used throughout the process. We were very blessed to have the help of friends and family to pull everything together. Josh’s mom has her own business on the side doing cakes and catering called Singell Events, and went above and beyond with making our cakes and desserts, as well as creating the floral arrangements for the reception. The florals for our ceremony created by French Market Flowers were stunning. Cindy was able to capture everything I had imagined and more!

Before the ceremony began, it became significantly colder and started to sprinkle. As Josh and I were standing at the alter, we both became worried as we saw more and more rain drops hitting the officiant’s notebook. I honestly thought that everyone was going to be gone when we turned around! It turned out to be perfect though, and we couldn’t imagine it being any other way. Some of our favorite memories from our day include the ceremony music that a few of our friends and Josh’s sister provided, two of my friends from SCAD painted our ceremony and sketched portraits of our guests, we practiced our first dance in the bridal suite before we made our entrance at the reception, and the dance his sister coordinated for the mother-son dance.

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Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Floral Design: French Market Flowers | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cakes: Singell Events | Ceremony Venue: Sweet Meadow | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mori Lee | Calligraphy on Signage: Mulberry Market Design | Coordination + Event Design: Singell Events | Hair Accessory: Lavender By Jurgita

Timeless Elegance for a Southern Winter Wedding

Simply put, this Georgia affair is a winter wedding done so right. Dressed up with the deepest shades of green, there were subtle nods to the season throughout, including the bride’s fur stole that perfectly set the scene. Shauna Veasey didn’t miss a moment behind the camera, and we’re happily spending our day tucked inside the full album.

From Shauna Veasey PhotographyI love this foggy winter wedding at Foxhall Resort featuring a green, white and taupe color palette. The tables were adorned with classic and elegant centerpieces, candles and greenery paired with black Chiavari chair and taupe tablecloths. Bridesmaids wore mismatched green dresses so that each one could choose a style they liked. Groomsmen wore plaid ties while the groom sported a solid, more classic green tie.

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Photography: Shauna Veasey Photography | Coordination: Signature Weddings By Candice | Floral Design: By Tulip | Wedding Dress: J Andrews Bridal | Cake: Sheilah Doyal | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: Simply Catering | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Asylum | DJ: Amp'd Atlanta | Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Foxhall Resort And Sporting Club | Bridal Shoes: Menbur | Reception Shoes: Keds

We Found the Perfect Venue for Your Intimate Wedding

If your idea of the perfect wedding is an intimate locale set against the picturesque Smoky Mountains, then this, loves, is for you. Because whether you plan on hosting a small get-together or plan on tying the knot in a sweet elopement, Majors Estate is THE place to do it. Think a stunning heaven on earth where rustic romance takes center stage. Scroll to start planning that dream day.

Located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains on 200+ breathtaking acres, Majors Estate is a little slice of heaven on earth with some of the most amazing venue spaces you will ever lay your eyes upon. (Truly.) From their fabulous Chapel in the woods to their three-story Tower that overlooks the gorgeous valley below, your Big Day weekend will be the definition of serene and peaceful. Not to mention their talented staff + awesome customizable wedding packages that totally take the stress out of planning, i.e., you can make the day completely yours by creating a package that fits all of your needs and wants. They’ll even help you choose vendors, so there’s not a box left unchecked on your wish list. In other words? Majors Estate is the sort of idyllic locale that was basically made for those intimate nuptials where you can really truly celebrate with your closest friends and family… OR the best place ever to elope. Your choice.

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Contact Majors Estate to start talking all things wedding. Their talented staff will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process to guarantee everything you’ve ever wanted… whether it’s a day that includes 80 guests or it’s just you and your love at your very cutest. And don’t forget to ask about their engagement weekends and photo shoots. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate saying “YES!” with the one you love.

Photography: Earthmuse Photography | Photography: Kevin Adams

Say Hello to the Perfect Atlanta Venue

When it comes to tying the knot in style, finding the right locale is key. And if you happen to be saying “I do” in Atlanta, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta most definitely needs to be on your radar. Think over 30,000 square feet of event space, a talented staff with over 17+ years of service experience and a culinary team that will leave all of your guests talking. It’s the wedding of your dreams.

Whether you’re tying the knot in a small, intimate affair with just your nearest and dearest or planning a more extravagant party with all of your friends and family, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta has everything you’ll ever need for that celebration of a lifetime. From the wow-inducing grand staircase to the two story, glass-encased lobby to the picturesque green space located just outside the hotel, it’s THE perfect place to host everything from your rehearsal dinner to your farewell brunches to, of course, your wedding. And don’t even get us started on the tasty menu options. It’s a foodie paradise… literally.

If you’re dreaming of a wedding that is glamorous, chic AND fun, contact the talented staff at The Westin Buckhead Atlanta today to start planning. They’ll walk with you step by step throughout the entire process to guarantee a celebration that is as awesome as you always imagined. They’ll even accommodate dietary restrictions and work with outside catering. You’re going to love them.

A Real Life “Night at the Museum” Wedding!

Matthew and Dawn weren’t about to have your run-of-the-mill wedding day. Not a chance. Instead, they chose The Fernbank Museum (the location of their first date!) and totally embraced the unique venue – dinosaurs and all. Thanks to Kelli Lynn Photography for the images that speak for themselves!

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From Kelli Lynn Photography… This wedding was so unique! The bride & groom own their own photography business, so they had a certain vision in mind for their wedding, and their vision came to life perfectly! The Fernbank Museum is where Matthew & Dawn had their first date, and they wanted to come back to where it all started for their wedding. The museum itself is amazing, with a huge dinosaur sculpture located in the Atrium of the museum. They decided to add to the natural essence of the museum and incorporate dinosaurs into their wedding theme! Not only that, Dawn herself made several of the geometric shapes that were used for centerpieces and for the ceremony decorations herself! One of the highlight features of the wedding decor was the amazing cake that looks like there was geode rock in the cake!

I absolutely LOVE this couple! As photographers themselves, I knew their wedding would be amazing. Not only that, they were the best bride and groom to work with and were a dream to photograph! This wedding definitely promotes taking your wedding vision and running with it. Do not be afraid to step out of the box for your wedding and use decorations and colors that stand out and represent who you are!

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Photography: Kelli Lynn Photography | Event Coordination : Mabry Events | Floral Design: Flowerbuds Florals | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Stephanie Norton | Catering: Bold American Events | Hair + Makeup : Brushworx Hair & Makeup | DJ: SiFi Entertainment, Simon Rimmer | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Fernbank Natural History Museum | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Invite Suite: Peach and Oak | Photobooth: Good Karma Photobooth | Venue Coordinator: Fernbank Natural History Museum

Saturday Morning Movie: Romantic Wedding on the River Bank

On a hot Southern day, these two cuties said “I do” surrounded by their friends and family and Iris Films captured it all. They captured the smiles and sweet kisses, the gorgeous Georgia sights, the nonstop dancing and most importantly, the love between these newlyweds. If this doesn’t make you a fan of Southern weddings, I just don’t know what will! Warm up with this romantic wedding right this way!

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From Iris FilmsThere are not too many weddings that get every single detail nailed down to perfection. This was an absolute exception. It was my first time in Augusta, GA, and I loved it. Some of our favorite weddings are outdoor ones and to see Lindsey and Brandon covered in lush greenery while saying their “I do’s” next to the scenic rivers was something to remember. And these guys know how to party!! They were ready to go from the second we arrived until the sun set and long after. From custom airbrushed snap backs, a naked wedding cake, and some killer performances (including one frpm L and B themselves), it was a day to remember for sure. Enjoy!

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Photography: Kyle Shell | Cinematography: Iris Films | Event Planning: Rohdy Events & Design | Cake: Kendras Cakes | Band: EastCoast Entertainment

Stunning Hindu Temple Engagement Session in Atlanta

To put it simply, these photographs took my breath away. Photographed by Elle Golden outside of Atlanta, you are instantly transported and the couple holding your hand is as beautiful as the surroundings. Click here to see the entire gorgeous gallery.

From Elle Golden PhotographyYou don’t have to travel all the way to India for stunning views of traditional Hindu temples. Tucked away in an Atlanta suburb is the BAPS Mandir temple where couple Nihar + Pratibha decided to hold part of their engagement session with Elle Golden Photography. The first half of the session was dedicated to their more casual, daily attire at Atlanta’s charming Summerour Studios. The second half was held at the temple and the couple wore traditional south Asian garments, including a floral saree in beautiful pink and gold tones.

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Photography: Elle Golden Photography | Ceremony Venue: Summerour Studio | Venue: BAPS Mandir

The One Event You Absolutely Can’t Miss

Whether you’re starting out the new year newly engaged, just now jumping into your wedding planning or are obsessed with weddings in general (we hear ya), the annual Courtyards & Cobblestones event is one that we always recommend.  It’s the coolest way ever to meet the best wedding vendors in Southeastern North Carolina and you’ll even get to peruse eight mock weddings on a walking tour of downtown Wilmington. It’s awesome – and so is their amazing giveaway that includes tickets AND a hotel stay. Check it out below.

When it comes to wedding shows, Courtyards & Cobblestones, A Walk Through Wedding Row reigns supreme. Why? Because this isn’t just any old grouping of wedding vendors – it’s a hand-picked selection of amazing creatives showing off their stuff with eight mock weddings (ceremony AND reception) that will keep the inspiration flowing in a relaxed environment. You’ll love walking through downtown Wilmington, browsing the gorgeous details and soaking in the live music, table settings, flowers, cake tastings, yummy samplings and incredible giveaways. But the best part? Meeting the vendors that put it all together. These are the talented people that will work tirelessly on your wedding – staying up late into the evenings, taking your phone calls and collaborating with you to build that day you’ve always dreamed of. They’re the best of the best… and all in one amazing place. Oh, and we mentioned you can win tickets AND a hotel stay, right?

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Ready to get inspired and start planning your big day? The Courtyards & Cobblestones Venue Tour is happening on January 13th with the Courtyards & Cobblestones Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 14th. Trust us, you’ll want to mark your calendars for this one – it’s definitely an event that will bring your entire planning process together. Start planning your nights out with your loved ones and purchase tickets here, and be sure to enter the giveaway below for two tickets to both events, plus a one night stay at Courtyard by Marriott Historic/Downtown in Wilmington!

What: Courtyards & Cobblestones is giving one lucky reader two (2) tickets to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Venue Tour on January 13th and two (2) tickets to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 14th, plus a one night stay at Courtyard by Marriott Historic/Downtown in Wilmington, NC.

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to the most at Courtyards & Cobblestones! (Ex: I can’t wait to find the florist of my dreams!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced on Monday, January 8, 2018. Good luck!

Photography: Susie Linquist Photography | Videography: Philip James Films | Makeup: meraki beauty | Hair: By Melissa Kinnamon | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | Ceremony Music: Maura Kropke | Ceremony Music: Benny Hill Music | Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Historic District | Venue: City Club of Wilmington | Wedding Venue: 128 South | Wedding Venue: Atrium by Ligon Flynn | Wedding Venue: Bakery 105 | Wedding Venue: City Club of Wilmington | Wedding Venue: Station No. 2 | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew's | Bridal: Coastal Knot | Bridal Suite & Venue: Belle Vue Wilmington | Cake & Sweets: Sweets Bakery & Confectionery | Calligraphy & Paper: Southern Bee Designs | Design & Floral : Port City Event Planners | Event Furniture: Pomp Event Furnishings | Jewlery: Reeds | Linens & Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Stylist: ADG Fashion Styling | Wedding Planning Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones

Planning your Big Day? This event is an absolute must.

Every January, we bust out our party shoes and hit the ground running in one of Wilmington’s coolest ever events. Yes, I’m talking about Courtyards & Cobblestones, the awesome downtown walking tour that features the area’s finest wedding vendors. Think seven fully styled venues, live music and tasty treats, all happening on January 14th and 15th. This celebration? It’s a can’t miss, lovelies.

An evening perusing seven (yes, seven) mock weddings in one of our fave cities is basically a dream come true, and Courtyards & Cobblestones does NOT disappoint. I’m talking creative teams made up of amazing vendors from Southeastern North Carolina all coming together to conceptualize and style some of the coolest mock weddings you will ever lay your eyes upon. Even better? You’ll be strolling through each and every masterpiece, gathering ideas + inspiration for your own Big Day AND having the time of your life with your loved ones, besties and in-laws included. Not to mention meeting each and every one of the wedding pros that will make it all happen. It’s sooo much fun.

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From gorgeous florals to yummy cake tastings to amazing giveaways to swag bags full of goodies, Courtyards & Cobblestones is one celebration you definitely need to attend. Mark those calendars NOW and head to the Courtyards & Cobblestones website here to get tickets. And be sure to enter the giveaway below for one seriously fun weekend.

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GIVEAWAY!

What: Courtyards & Cobblestones is giving one lucky reader two (2) tickets to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Venue Tour on January 14th and two (2) tickets to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15th, plus a one night stay at Courtyard by Marriott Historic/Downtown in Wilmington, NC.

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to the most at Courtyards & Cobblestones! (ex: I can’t wait to find the florist of my dreams!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be chosen on Friday, January 13, 2017. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

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Wedding Planning Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones | Photography: Eric Boneske Photography | Videography: The Good Life Film Company | Event Design & Planning: Social Butterfly Events | Flowers: Eco Chic Blossoms | Wedding Dress: Heidi Elnora Atelier | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Jewelry: Reeds | Catering: 128 South | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Brian Hood | Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Company | Venue: Belle Vue Wilmington | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew’s | Wedding Venue: 128 South | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew’s | Wedding Venue: City Club At De Rosset | Wedding Venue: Atrium by Ligon Flynn | Wedding Venue: Bakery 105 | Fashion Styling: ADG Fashion Styling | Health: Pure Barre | Linens & Rentals: CE Rental | Music: Benny Hill Music | Paper & Graphics: Alexis Scott Designs | Photobooth: KMI Photography | Rentals & Tent: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Pomp Event Furnishings | Wedding Dress Boutique: Coastal Knot

This is How You Celebrate the Perfect Island “I Do’s”

We’re big fans of coastal soirees and when it comes to saying “I do” with the stunning blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, Jekyll Island Club Hotel is IT. From the crazy cool venue options to the breathtaking views to the talented staff that knows everything about throwing a fab wedding, this is a place that has dream day written all over it. See just what I mean below.

Whether you’re planning an intimate soiree for two, want to celebrate the night away with 300 of your nearest and dearest or fall somewhere firmly in between, Jekyll Island Club Hotel has you totally covered with their 30 years of wedding planning experience and variety of breathtaking venues. Think the sand-in-your-toes perfection of the Beach Pavilion, the Italian Renaissance-inspired Crane Cottage and the luxurious Morgan Center… just to name a few. Not to mention their world-class catering, top-notch event professionals and chic accommodations that will make every invited guest sooo happy. It just doesn’t get better, you guys.

From romantic celebrations overlooking the water to nights spent cozying up in true Victorian style, Jekyll Island Club Hotel is most definitely the locale for you… We promise. Contact them today to start your journey towards happily ever after.

Photography: Caitlin Lee Photographers | Photography: Peacock Photo and Video