by: Lauren

One of the things that I love most about wedding design is that you can really and truly find your inspiration anywhere, and this chic, modern & industrial wedding inspiration is the perfect example! Inspired by the unique pattern of a set of dishes from Boutique by Corelle, we used gray, silver, and neutral tones to bring out the modern, chic design. Adding in another bit of inspiration to the design, we turned to industrial elements for details like concrete containers and pipe fitting candle holders. My friend Emily Grace Design joined me in creating this awesome modern wedding look, and The Hons photographed everything to perfection- I can’t wait for you to see!

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How AMAZING is this dress?! Thanks to Solutions Bridal, we were able to get our hands on this stunning Theia dress, and it’s everything that I imagined!

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I myself am a big fan of Corelle dishes thanks to their stylish durability, so being able to use a dining pattern of theirs as inspiration was fun and exciting for me! This particular pattern from the Boutique line had the perfect amount of modern elegance- in fact, I think it’s a great idea to incorporate special dishes (like what Corelle.com offers) in your wedding. The concept of having speciality dishes for your Sweetheart Table or Head Table is another awesome way to incorporate a personal, unique detail into your wedding day.

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I love seeing that a wedding design can come together just based on inspiration from something as simple and everyday as a plate from Corelle! It’s my hope that this inspiration enables you to see that you can look outside of typical “wedding” items for your wedding inspiration. You should absolutely check out what other designs they have- who knows, maybe you’ll be able to use a set in your own wedding design!

A huge thank you to The Hons, our awesome models, Emily Grace Design, and Solutions Bridal for helping me bring my industrial chic vision to live!

*This post was sponsored by Corelle. Design and opinions are the author’s own. 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: The Hons / Planner & Designer: Emily Grace Design / Design: Every Last Detail / Bridal Salon: Solutions Bridal / Bride’s Dress: Theia at Solutions Bridal / Hair & Makeup: Amanda Stone Hair & Makeup Artist / Bride’s Jewelry: Maria Elena at Solutions Bridal / Chairs: AFR Event Furnishings / Plates: Boutique By Corelle

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by: Michelle

Inspired by the natural beauty of greenery and the joy surrounding a wedding day, Caroline and Davis’ rustic green and white wedding was absolutely fabulous! Combining a desire to have a beautiful wedding and bringing the people they love most together, the two decided to host a brunch wedding so they could spend as much time with their loves ones as possible. Lauren Carnes Photography was there to capture the day, and Caroline is here with us today sharing more about her wedding…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My sweet momma definitely helped the most throughout the planning process. She was on board from day one of our engagement to help us plan a wedding that perfectly fit our personalities. Once we chose a venue, the folks at Indigo falls were also super helpful throughout the process. Kelley Garner, the decorator at Indigo, is amazing and so talented. We sat down with her throughout the planning and talked about our vision for the wedding and how to make it come to life. On our actual wedding day the two people who really helped to make the day amazing were our wedding planner, Tonya Cole, and our photographer, Lauren Carnes. These two made the day flow so beautifully! We loved working with all of our amazing vendors, and could not have had such a sweet day without them.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

When choosing vendors, the most important thing to me was choosing people who were sweet and down to earth. There are so many talented people in the wedding business, and talent was important to us but more than that we cared about personality and how well we would mesh with the people who would be a part of our wedding. I am confident that we ended up with some of the kindest, genuine, and talented vendors out there!

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What was the inspiration for your wedding details and design?

There was not one particular thing that inspired the details and design. From the start we wanted a wedding that was fun and naturally beautiful. After we got engaged I started flipping through magazines and wedding blogs and I knew that I did not want a lot of color. I started looking into greenery on pinterest and loved what I found. Once I knew I wanted to run with the greenery my mom and I were able to brainstorm and come up with all of the details to go with it. We fell in love with seeded eucalyptus, italian ruscus, garden roses, and magnolia leaves. We used greenery/florals as an inspiration throughout all of the wedding details/decor as a thread to weave them together. It was so much fun to design labels, signs, and other decor for the wedding. The way everything turned out was better than I dreamed it. The whole day came together and was so special and beautiful.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite part of our wedding day was hands down the ceremony. The ceremony was the hardest part for me to plan because I longed for it to really capture who we are and for it to be a time that really honored the Lord. With the help of our amazing officiant and his wife we were able to come up with a ceremony that exceeded all of my expectations. It was sweet, joyful, tearful, and encouraging and I loved every minute of it. I loved looking over my shoulder and seeing so many sweet faces smiling at us. I’ve never felt so loved.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My advice for brides would be to spend enough time thinking and searching for their perfect vision for the day. This part takes a while but spending sufficient time really developing a vision is so worth it and so much fun. I also would encourage brides to slow down, relax, and enjoy time with their friends and families during engagement season. It flies by so fast, and while marriage is such a gift and an amazing blessing it is a big change. Some of my sweetest memories with my family are from our season of engagement. Laugh with your momma as you walk through hobby lobby aisles for what seems like hours looking for the perfect votives and hug your dad extra tight when he comes with you to that caterer meeting. Wedding planning is an amazing opportunity to get extra sweet time with the people you love. Soak it up! Enjoy every minute. And get so so excited about marrying your groom and starting the new adventure of marriage with him.

I love that greenery was a major piece of inspiration for Caroline and how it was incorporated into so much of the wedding design!

So are any of you using something as simple as greenery as the inspiration for your own wedding? What are you inspired by? Share in the comments! :)

 

 Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Lauren Carnes Photography - / Reception Venue: Indigo Falls Events / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Tonya Cole of Indigo Falls / Event Stylist/Designer: Kelley Garner of Indigo Falls / Flowers & Decor: A Perfect Wedding Floral Design - / Cake Baker: Kristen McGuffin / Catering: Atlanta’s Finest Catering / DJ: Brett Reece// Pro Sound Productions / Makeup Artist: Becca Whittinghill / Hairstylist: Mari Matthews / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca from Wedding Angels / Bride’s Shoes: Something Bleu from BHLDN / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jessica Simpson from Belk / Men's Attire: Savvi Formalwear


by: Carly

As you will quickly learn while researching, there are a vast number of wedding professionals eager to work with you while you’re planning your wedding. At first, this may seem completely overwhelming- plus you’re also likely wondering how to even find the best vendors for your wedding. But, keep this point mind: while there are a number of wedding professionals out there, only a select few are truly right for you.

In order to build the best team of professionals for your wedding day, we’ve put together six tidbits to keep in mind so you can find a vendor team you can’t live without:

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1. Envision Your Wedding Day

Before you start asking for advice and scouring the web, think about how you envision both your wedding planning journey and your wedding day. For example, if the mere thought of planning your wedding makes you feel stressed, perhaps the first person to contact is a wedding planner who will walk through every step with you. Further, if reciting your vows in front of a backdrop of mountain views is part of your (realistic) dream, let that point guide your ceremony and reception space search. Knowing how you want to feel and also how you want things to look will help to guide your search.

2. Think About Your Most Important Pros

What one couple values may not be what you value, so don’t compare your wedding must-haves to someone else’s! Instead, take a look at your budget and decide which pros you and your fiancé cannot live without. Then start researching this group of vendors first, especially if you value things like the venue, food, photography, and entertainment, as these are also usually the first vendors to inquire with and book. Once you find a professional you think you might like, make sure to inquire right away to learn about their pricing and check their availability because calendars fill quickly!

Tip: Every professional is important, but it’s helpful to pinpoint your top three or top five most important pros because it will help you to further allocate your budget accordingly.

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3. Talk with Family & Friends

Once you’re ready to start searching, one of the very best places to start is by talking with family and friends. It’s highly likely that someone else from your most valued group has either recently gotten married or knows someone who has just walked down the aisle. Contact them, and always ask which of their wedding professionals stood out the most. Also, don’t be afraid to ask if there was someone who they didn’t love as much as they had hoped. Knowing your friends and family trusted and loved a professional will likely carry more weight than the reviews you find online.

4. Chat with Wedding Pros

Most wedding pros have a number of weddings on their calendars every year, and everyone can pinpoint their favorite teams. Whether it’s a wedding planner, venue, photographer, or videographer, ask them whom they would recommend you contact! Word-of-mouth is tremendously valuable to wedding professionals, and they won’t take this question lightly. But once they do make a recommendation, trust their judgment and contact that professional.

“For couples working with a planner, trust in their vendor recommendations for you. Your interest and well-being is always our top priority so we are matching you up with the folks we know you will 1) click with 2) provide great service and 3) work within your budget. You could say it is our super power. Also, another tip for couples working with a planner: do not jump the gun and inquire with or book vendors without your planner’s knowledge. We have a long term plan for your planning process, so if we have not talked about your lighting vendor yet, there is probably a good reason. When in doubt, ask us!” – Leigh Pearce Weddings

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5. Attend Bridal Shows

Attending a bridal show is likely either something you cannot wait to do or something you would prefer to avoid entirely. It’s completely up to you! If you do decide to purchase a ticket, it’s helpful to attend with a very small group (I.E: your mom or future mother-in-law and perhaps your sister or best friend) as that will limit the number of opinions and ideas present. Also, know how you envision your wedding day and also which professionals you’re looking to hire first. Having these guidelines in place will help to shape your experience because you won’t feel a need to talk to every pro in attendance.

Tip: Look into alternative bridal shows, like The Big Fake Wedding. These types of shows have a vetted group of pros in attendance, plus you will see vendors working in their element as you are attending a pseudo event.

6. Search The Web

At some point, you will definitely be taking to the web to source vendors. The V List is a great place to search because we stand behind the work of each and every member. You can search using various elements, such as your wedding budget, location, and even style. Plus, you can know that anyone who you find in The V List is awesome and has been extensively vetted by Lauren (I mean, have you heard about her own wedding vendor experience?)!

Browsing through our real wedding galleries is also a great idea because you will be able to see the work of many different professionals with varying styles. A few tips to keep in mind while researching on the web:

- Really pay attention to the vendor’s style. Their work is tremendously important, but so is their personality. Make sure both shine through!

- Never shy away from contacting a vendor who does not live in your area! Most vendors are more than happy to travel to you, but note that you will be paying for the costs associated.

- While you’re on their website, don’t be surprised or deterred if you can’t find information on pricing. Many vendors choose not to publish this information, so simply send a note asking to speak further. In fact, we’ll be talking about this very subject soon!

- Look at reviews, but don’t put all of your decision-making weight on them. Reviews are a great tool to hear about others’ experiences, however, there have been several instances lately that we’ve heard of in which vendors are receiving false negative reviews. They are still a great tool though, so be sure to check them out!

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Remember, you are building a team of creatives who are going to stand with you and work with you throughout your wedding planning process. The time you spend researching will be well worth it when you realize you have pulled together a team you love and one that you will continue to be proud of long into the future.

Tell us: how are you researching your wedding vendors? Sound off in the comments!



by: Lauren

Taking place among the rolling hills of a lovely Georgia estate, Courtney and Ray’s vintage inspired garden wedding is going to take your breath away! This southern fête, captured by Rustic White Photography, is full of love, joy, and some of the most stunning florals by Amy Osaba Events that I’ve ever seen. Seriously absolutely gorgeous…

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I know I already gushed about the gorgeous florals, but… aren’t they stunning?! And did you catch the gospel choir at the ceremony? Talk about some awesome ceremony music!

From the bride’s wedding day fashions to the lovely placesettings, a vintage style paired with garden elements was perfectly displayed all throughout this gorgeous wedding, and I just love it!

How are you planning on carrying your wedding style or theme throughout your wedding?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Rustic White Photography / Event Design, Coordination & Florals: Amy Osaba Events / Catering: Epting Events / Rentals: Goodwin Events / Rental Furniture: Crush Event Rentals / Rental Furniture: Epting Events / Vintage Placesettings: Southern Vintage / Linens: BBJ Linen / Lighting: Goodwin Events / Band: The Drive By Big Band / Makeup Artist: Haley Bidez / Hairstylist: Drew Delaney of Velvet Salon / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Bridal Salon: Kelly's Closet / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: White Orchid Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Venue: Private Residence / Cinematography: Dekmar Films