Ashley Baber Weddings on The Wedding Planning Audiocast Podcast

I am excited to report that our podcast with The Wedding Planning Audiocast is up and available {for free!} on itunes! It was so fun to chat with the host Ralph Mucci not only about Southern Weddings, but also about ways to effectively budget for your wedding.

The NotWedding Inspiration Boards: Sneak Peek II

The NotWedding is this Sunday! Here is another sneak peek at 2 of the 5 design boards that our stylist Joy Thigpen has created. See Joy's thoughts on each board below and stay tuned for one more beautiful board to come!

"I wanted this look to be the most formal of the bunch. It's formal, yet not stuffy- I would call it elegant and playful. I like the idea of mixing lace and suit material for the tabletops, and the fake mustaches add a fun touch. This board aims to mix masculine and feminine elements in a classic and cohesive way."

"This look is the for the budget-minded and those who are wanting to invest money into a few items of the day. I imagine that the splurge of this wedding would be on the dress. You could compensate for that expense with homemade and DIY items, such as the pictures in upside down jars. This wedding evokes thoughts of barbecue and a pie table instead of a cake."

Splurge vs. Save

You decide..... {We love both of them!}

Badgley Mischka: $215 from Perfect Details

RSVP: $89 from Zappos

Custom Wedding Art

Amanda from our Virginia office sent me this adorable custom art work that was created for Ashley + Patrick's wedding in October. Ashley + Patrick live in San Francisco, but will be having their wedding on a farm, so Angilina Douglas created a Save-the-Date that reflects the best of both worlds. Cute!

Still looking for your wedding gown?

If so, you may just find the designer gown of your dreams at a fraction of the cost all while benefiting an amazing charity at the annual Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sale here in Atlanta April 16-18. is the sponsor of this annual event. Find out more information about the sale here.

Fabulous Frock Friday

My roots in this industry began on the fashion side of the bridal world and I still admire the beauty and craftmanship of gorgeous bridal gowns. So, from time to time, we will have Fabulous Frock Friday around here.... This Monique Lhuillier Alençon lace gown + veil combo is stunning. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Last Chance for Romance {Well, at least for a FreeWedding}

Please note that there are only a few more days to apply for the FreeWedding that will be given away at the NotWedding on April 5th. Fill out the application no later than this Sunday, March 22nd for your chance at an absolutely FreeWedding!!! That is right-- the lucky couple that is chosen will receive a FREE wedding on May 31st of this year that will include everything: venue + catering {thank you Sun in my Belly!}, photography, wedding dress + other attire, cake, flowers, invites, coordination... everything! All donated by our amazing vendors from The NotWedding. The wedding will be featured in the summer issue of Weddings Unveiled Magazine. And more good news: Your chances of winning have increased! The number of finalists have been increased from 3 to 5! Find out more information under the FreeWedding link on The NotWedding's website.

The Bert Show's Big Wedding Giveaway

We are so happy we have been chosen as the planner for Q100 and The Bert Show's Big Wedding Giveaway! This is a great opportunity for not just one lucky bride-to-be. Each day, the Bert Show will give away one category. Other vendors include flowers from The Perfect Stem, DJ services from Lethal Rhythms, a gown from Anne Barge, a cake from Chocolate Pink, Make-up services from Raney O'Keefe, an entire reception package from the Defoor Centre- even an amazing honeymoon package! Listen mornings 5-10 am and when Bert tells you to call, be caller #100 at (404)741-7100. You'll get to chose one of the bridal prizes listed here. Good Luck!

The NotWedding Inspiration Boards: Sneak Peek I

We are gearing up for The NotWedding on April 5th! I want to share a sneak peek of the 5 design boards that our stylist Joy Thigpen created and is working from for her fabulous wedding concepts to be unveiled at the event. Here are the first couple of boards {with Joy's thoughts on each board}... more to come!

“This board was definitely inspired by California. It’s a fun and sunny look, absolutely for the girl who is flirty and fun-loving, and still modern. I incorporated some eco-friendly options for this look, including the succulents that could be reused or given as favors.”

"This board was inspired by a picture of Betsy Johnson. The look of this wedding is vintage- punk. It's pretty and feminine but not very sugary. I would consider this to be a modern garden wedding in Atlanta, especially with the addition of the garden bouquet."

Ellie & Dave: Part I

Ellie and Dave were married at Northside United Methodist Church on January 24th. What a sweet couple and amazing details!

I love the florals! The use of cabbage is unexpected and stunning.

The girls looked beautiful in Olive dresses from Paisley Umbrella.

You can just feel the powerful emotion in this moment- this is definitely my favorite ceremony shot to date.

A few sweet moments right after the ceremony...

Stay tuned for all of the amazing reception details..... and more gorgeous photographs from Our Labor of Love.

Ellie & Dave: Part II

After the beautiful ceremony, guests headed to the Foundry at Puritan Mill for a fabulous party. Just before they made their grand entrance, Ellie and Dave had some time for pictures of just the two of them around the Mill.

Ellie's Dad owns a furniture showroom, so he brought in a bunch of amazing wood furniture and decor including the huge lanterns that hung from the ceilings.

I adore these two pictures- Ellie dancing with Dave and her Dad.

Another beautiful cake from Classic Cheesecakes. The florals and branches are the perfect compliment to all of the natural reception decor.

Papa Sol had the crowd partying hard!

Guests received these adorable bags with little jars of local honey as favors.

Ellie and Dave were sent off in grand style with a sparkler exit to an orange vintage Mercedes.
A huge thank you to the uber-talented Whitney and Jesse of Our Labor of Love for these amazing images. We are excited to see this stunning wedding in print in the Spring. And we were thrilled to see Ellie and Dave's wedding featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs last week. Congrats, Ellie & Dave!

Palm Beach Inspiration

As I look out at the rainy weather here in Atlanta, this board from Christine Gallagher brightens my day...

Fit to be Wed: The Giveaway

Fit to be Wed is a 3-day workshop at the award winning Hilton Head Health Spa designed to help brides-to-be get in shape for their big day. We have been given a special invitation for one of our readers to attend Fit to be Wed the weekend of March 19-21 including all meals, participation in fitness activities, nutritional info, a cooking course, stress management sessions, a wedding hair and make-up consultation and, of course, some well-deserved pampering! {The only cost for you is transportation to Hilton Head and accommodations}. It is recommended that you get to Hilton Head by Wednesday evening {March 18th} so that you will not miss out on opening session, which begins at 7am Thursday, March 19th. The activities conclude Saturday afternoon therefore it is your choice if you wish to stay Saturday evening as well. The 3-day Fit to Be Wed package is valued at $1790. Please send us an e-mail {with "Fit to be Wed" as the subject to} and tell us why you should attend the Fit to be Wed workshop (and that you are able to get to Hilton Head and acquire your own accomodations) no later than this Thursday {March 12th} at Midnight.

NEW!... and Improved! {Tell us what you think!}

We are so excited to finally launch our new website complete with our shiny new logo. A huge thank you to Melanie Carter of Lucky Paperie for all of her hard work {we are talking lots of late night e-mails and endless phone calls} on our logo and cards. Thank you to Kristen Alexander for taking our group and head shots. Thank you to all of the wonderful photographers who contributed images to the site. We hope you enjoy it- and we would LOVE your feedback! That is right- we are opening up the blog for comments {I know- finally}, so let us know what you think. Also, check back later today for a HUGE giveaway for one lucky bride who wants to be "Fit to be Wed....."

Free!! DIY Template from betsywhite

Crafty? Trying to save but not skimp on fabulous wedding details? betsywhite has posted a link on their blog Flights of Fancy for a free dowload for these super cute favor or welcome bag tags. I admire all you DIY brides!

NotWedding Blog Love

As you know, we are excited and gearing up for the NotWedding on April 5th at the W Buckhead. I came across a lovely suprise on the NotWedding Blog today- they recently did a cool feature about Ashley Baber Weddings! Read the post here. And, if you have not already done so, be sure to purchase your tickets to the event here!

Top Topper

How cute! The Small Object will customize a topper just for you- complete with attire to match your wedding day ensembles. See more of their work here.

Gamaguchis {And other things we love right now}

I apologize- we have been slacking a little bit on the blog posts as we prepare for lots of wonderful Spring weddings and industry events. So, to try to make it up to you, we are going to post some of our recent favorite finds. First up: Gamaguchis! I do not know the origin of the name, but I do think these are SUPER cute bridesmaids gifts- or just a little gift for yourself!

Available at for $22-74

New + Old

I love this image from a beautiful wedding on the Tim Will photography blog. It looks like it could be straight from an heirloom family album.