Think Pink!

Just a reminder as we wrap up the month to continue to think pink! with breast cancer awareness and screenings all year long- not just in October. These fabulous hot pink Christian Louboutins {featured on the cover of Brides Magazine this Summer} have been on our mind as they are the inspiration for Jennifer and Greg's wedding in the Spring. They are using a simple and sophisticated black and white color palette with bright splashes of pink. I can't wait to see this design board we created come to life!

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Happy Anniversary Elizabeth & Brendan!

I wanted to post this earlier in the month {closer to their actual wedding date}, but the month flew by! I would like to wish my good friends Liz & Brendan a Happy 1 Year Anniversary! They were married last October at Rhodes Hall. It was such an honor (and a nice change of pace!) to be in a wedding and it was so much fun! Here are some of my favorite images from their day courtesy of the super talented Marc Climie:

Liz affectionately refers to Brendan as "Bear," so he sent her a bear for her wedding gift as she was getting ready. This bear had a super sweet note attached along with a second wedding band Liz had her eye on...

I love this shot of Liz and her Dad just before they walk down the aisle...

I see this at almost every wedding and it always makes me smile {it takes a while for the groom to get used to his new hardware}

One of Brendan's friends is a fabulous swing dancer and he managed to get Liz's step-sister out on the dance floor. I love her dress and shoes!

Erica & David

Erica and David had their Fall garden wedding and reception at Glen Errol Estate on September 13th. I love that Jewish weddings are so rich in tradition, so I thought this would be the perfect post to talk about some of those traditions. Erica and David were fortunate to have Erica's Aunt cater their wedding- she really went all out for them. As guests arrived, they were greeted with champagne and hors d'oeuvres and were able to mingle with friends and family for a bit. Just before the ceremony began, Erica and David signed the ketubah, which is the Hebrew marriage "contract" that the couple will hang in their home as a reminder of their comittment to one another. The ceremony then took place outside under a beautiful birchwood chuppah- a marriage canopy that symbolizes the home the bride and groom will build together. The chuppah is typically open on all sides as a symbol of hospitality to their family and friends. As the ceremony progressed, the Rabbi said a blessing over a glass of wine. This ritual of sanctification- with blessings recited over a cup of wine- is known as kiddush. Erica and David then both drank from the kiddush cup. As the ceremony came to a close, David broke the wedding glass as everyone proclaimed "mazel tov," which literally means "good fortune" in Hebrew, but is often used to mean "Congratulations." Guests then enjoyed cocktails and more hors d'oeuvres until both Erica and David's Uncles blessed the challah bread before dinner. Erica's Mother made the Challah and the family was so excited because they all say she makes the best challah! Everyone then enjoyed 2 elaborate buffets of a variety of food and a huge dessert display prepared by Erica's Grandmother. Family and friends then danced the night away including dancing the hora when the bride and groom are raised up in chairs as their guests join hands and dance in a circle around the couple. Guests enjoyed a candy bar on their way out and as I was cleaning up for the night, I noticed that one of the guests is a dentist and had left several of his cards on the candy bar- hilarious. What a lovely day full of special traditions and family touches. Thank you so much to Shannon Belletti for these beautiful images and for always being a pleaure to work with!

DOUBLE Blog Love + a Giveaway!

The fabulous Southern Weddings Magazine blog is hosting a giveaway from one of our favorite Atlanta stationers, Gia Graham. Gia, formerly of the stationary design house Paper Dolls Design, has created a new stationary company called betsywhite with truly unique, beautiful and fun stationary. Betsy White is offering $100 Gift Certificate to one lucky Southern Weddings reader, valid for any purchase on All you have to do to enter is to stop by the SW blog and leave a comment before this Friday (October 31st). Good Luck and be sure you stop by betsywhite's blog, Flights of Fancy, for regular inspiration and some of our real weddings!

Walking, walking, walking.....

This weekend I will be doing the Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60 mile walk to promote breast cancer awareness a raise money for research. Thank you to all of my friends, family, clients and colleagues who donated to this great cause- you are the best! I will not be available via e-mail and phone through Monday, but we will be answer all e-mails and phone calls no later than Tuesday and will be back to the blog next week with info on wedding websites and pictures from Erica and David's lovely garden wedding. Wish me luck!!!!

winter wedding warm up

Since the weather has been cooler this week I have had my mind on Winter weddings and ways to stay warm. What came to mind, you may ask...? Hot chocolate, of course! I was thinking that it would be so fun to replace the oh-so-typical coffee station with a hot chocolate bar with white, milk and dark hot chocolate and lots of flavors of homemade marshmallows such as those found on Plush Puffs. Mmmmm- I'm getting warmer already!

Sunny & Tony

Sunny and Tony were married at Decatur First United Methodist Chapel on September 6th. The ceremony was very intimate as Sunny and Tony both decided to only have one parent stand up with them {Sunny chose her Mother as her Maid of Honor and Tony's Father was his Best Man}. After the ceremony, it was party time at The Fabulous Fox Theatre! As guests arrived, they were asked to sign in on a beautiful painting of the beach Sunny and Tony had commissioned to always remind them of their honeymoon in Mexico. It was a casual, yet elegant affair with cocktail seating, fall tones in the florals and decor and a band that was good friends with the couple. The guests loved the live music and danced the night away. Tony plays the bass guitar, so Sunny suprised him with a grooms cake that looked exactly like his guitar! And because Tony can play the guitar, the band asked him to join them on stage to play the last song of the night-- and then Sunny joined him on stage! Guests were treated to not one but 2 favors at the end of the night- customized coozies and a CD of the couple's favorite tunes before sending Sunny and Tony off with a bubble exit. It was such a pleaure to work with this fun couple! Thank you to John Campbell Photography for these wonderul pictures.


As I head to an undoubtedly wonderful and luxurious event at The High Museum of Art tonight, I wanted to be sure all of you know that The High is available for weddings! They have several spaces that are great options for weddings from 50 guests to 650 guests! The larger spaces- the Robinson Atrium and the Grand Lobby- are a little pricey, so if you can't afford to have your entire reception at the museum {or just want to buy yourself some extra time for photos after the wedding ceremony}, consider having a cocktail hour in the Atrium between your ceremony and reception while the museum is still open. Your guests will get to experience the entire museum at their leisure and enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres! If you already have your wedding venues booked, but still love the High, be sure you stop on the property to get an amazing shot like this one below from Sara and Derrick's wedding. And Table 128o, which is on the High's property, is a great venue for a rehearsal dinner. Invite your guests to arrive early to peruse the current exhibits- be sure to include a ticket for admission to the museum with your Rehearsal Dinner invites. Photo below courtesy of Laura Negri

Silhouette Save-the-Date

I met with our client Avery earlier this week and we were catching up on the details of her big day when she pulls out one of the cutest Save-the-Dates I have seen! I really love the wording of the card- it infuses so much of Avery and Jeff's personality somewhere you rarely see such detail. And Avery plans to incorporate the silhouettes into her wedding day, so guests have a glimpse of details to come... Love it! These Save-the-Dates were created by the fabulous Lisa Hladish of Paper Daisies. Contact her at for your wedding stationary consultation.