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Oh my sweet engaged friend, I am so excited for you! I know that this time is filled with equal parts pure bliss and utter overwhelm and I hope that I can help make the crazy parts less heavy.

If I had a dollar for every time I've said, "I wish I had known that when I was getting married" I think I could pay for my entire wedding, and my goal is to pass that knowledge on to you.

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The resources guide

An important disclaimer/note:

Anything I say reflects my own personal opinions, viewpoints, and analyses and should not be construed as investment advice. The information and opinions presented are of a general nature only and do not take into account the particular needs or individual circumstances of you or your wedding. Past performance of any resource is not a guarantee of future success. Though I make every effort to ensure these resources are up to date, I cannot personally take responsibility for the actions of any vendors, businesses, or resources here.

Also, I am an affiliate for some of the resources on this page which means I might get a small commission if you use one of the links here. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything more (in fact, sometimes it costs you less because I have a special deal set up with them!) and I would NEVER recommend something I didn't 100% believe in, affiliate links aside! 

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If you are a tangible person and want a pretty planner to house all your wedding notes and lists, this is my favorite to recommend! Not only is it functional, but it is beautiful in it's heart! It will help keep you organized while also intentionally guiding you through deeper aspects of the wedding day and marriage.  

the joyful wedding planner

(by Southern Weddings)

This is one of The Bare Bride's products that I love so much that it gets it's own little shout out! It's an easy, guided journal that I love because it helps you savor each part of your engagement. One day, you'll be able to look back on it as a keepsake and see exactly how you were feeling in the months before you married the love of your life. I love this resource so much that I've started gifting it to each of my brides!

This pair of journals from Val Marie Paper is a sweet way to plan for marriage and get a sweet keepsake out of it, as well. I love their suggestion to make date nights and go through the conversations together if you aren't the journaling type!

marriage creed journals

Another sweet journal, this keepsake helps you document every aspect of your love story (using guided prompts) from when you met to your 70th anniversary! What a treasure! 

promptly's love story journal

This website it chock full of heartfelt resources that help brides see through all the stress and pretty and embrace what is REALLY important to them. I love that the resources are affordable AND practical, but will also leave you feeling fully at peace in an incredibly stressful time. 

The bare bride

the bare bride journal 

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PLANNING & COORDINATION

FLORALS

Detailed I Do’s
Taylor Dawn Events 
Suzanne Ties Knots 
Molly McKinley
Brianne McMullan
EmBee Events
The Season Events (Rome, GA)
Invision Events
Lean on Me Events

Amanda Jewel Floral Design
Gold & Bloom
Colonial House of Flowers
Beautiful/Wild Design (florals + design)
By Bow Events (florals + design)
Bloomin Bouquets
The Wildflower

Here's the truth- when a vendor you trust recommends another vendor, that's a pretty great sign that they are wedding gold! I've been blessed to work with some amazing people BUT you better believe I also remember those who don't take amazing care of my brides! I get absolutely no kickbacks or commission from recommending these lovely people, only the assurance and hope that you will be well taken care of. 

My favorite vendors

Vendors are in NO particular order and are based in/serve the Southeastern US (with the majority being based out of Georgia, my personal stomping grounds)

CAKE ARTISTS

Lush Cakery
Peche Petite 
Honeymoon Bakery (Rome, GA)
Savannah Hall of Cakes 
Gingerspice Bakery
Cake Envy
Pastry Shells


WEDDING EATS/SWEETS

Jeni’s Ice Cream
Pie Bar
Chillybean Coffee Cart
Okie Doughkie
Sugar Studio
King of Pops
Steel City Pops
Refuge Coffee Co. Truck
Nothing Bundt Cakes

(great to surprise guests with at the reception!)

CATERING

The Season Events (Rome, GA)
Bold American
ZiL Catering
Lowcountry Catering

FOOD TRUCKS

Tex’s Tacos
Chillybean Coffee Cart
Happy Belly
Mac the Cheese
Refuge Coffee Co. Truck

BRIDESMAID GIFTS

Rosalynne Love
Stamped + Finch
Candlefish
Delicacies
Ariem Body Co. 
Tea Heritage
Frazier Lynn Jewelry

1821 Bitters
Lasers N Stuff

GUEST WELCOME/
HOSPITALITY GIFTS

Marigold & Grey
Teak & Twine



RENTALS

Vintage English Tea Cup
I Do Linens
Southern Vintage Rentals
Crush Event Design

VIDEOGRAPHY

Kinora Films
The Corner Portfolio
Jonathan & Kaye
Kevin Hursh Films

STATIONERY, INVITATIONS, &/OR CALLIGRAPHY

Alee + Press
Lairsey Paper Co 
Paper & Honey 
Lazy Woodlane 
Captivating Calligraphy 
Stacey Holbrook Designs
Elisa Anne Calligraphy 
Empress Stationery
Ciarra Claire

DJs, MUSICIANS, ENTERTAINMENT

The Free
Crooked Wits
Emerald Empire 
The Downtown Band
Amp’d Entertainment
Harpist for the King 

TRANSPORTATION & GETAWAY CARS

Atlanta Hot Rod Limos
Historic Marietta Trolley Co 
Premier Trolleys

WEDDING DECOR

Host & Toast
Pressed Cotton

HAIR & MAKEUP

Erin Ryser
Jennifer Nieman
Kari Roberts
Vigilante Cosmetics
Stella Blu

GROOM ATTIRE/
ACCESSORIES

The Modern Gent
The Tie Bar
High Cotton Ties

WEDDING DRESSES

The Sentimentalist (Atlanta)
Kelly’s Closet (Atlanta)
Wedding Angels (Atlanta)
Elite Pour La Vie (Atlanta, Couture Gowns)
Bel Fiore (Atlanta)
Bella Bridesmaid (Bridesmaids)
Curvy Rose (Atlanta)
White Magnolia

VEILS & ACCESSORIES

BHLDN
Sibo Designs
Twigs & Honey
Bella Belle Shoes

RIBBON (FOR DECOR OR BOUQUETS)

Tono & Co
Silk & Willow
Honey Silk
Poetry of Silk

UNIQUE WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT

Sherri Arias (Live Painter)
Maggie Smith (Live Painter)
Mary Carpenter (Live Painter) 
Event Performance Entertainment (Cigar Rolling Bar)
The Cigar Guys (Cigar Rolling Bar)

ANNIVERSARY GIFTS

Fine Art Marriage
Anna Kay Artworks
Love Notery
The Wells Makery

GROOMSMAN GIFTS

VOW BOOKS

Ciarra Claire
Claire Magnolia
Elmo Paper

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION

Don't get me wrong, Pinterest can be a very helpful inspiration tool if used properly! But I also wanted to share some of my FAVORITE sources to pull beautiful and meaningful wedding inspiration from. Need some new ideas? Take a look at some of these wonderful publications!

southern weddings

The Southeastern bride

the white wren

Though they aren't producing a physical magazine anymore, their blog is wonderful! I love their heartfelt and meaningful attitude towards wedding days which so similarly mirrors my own. If you are looking for wedding inspiration with a Southern influence, I highly recommend them for inspiration.

Though it has transitioned primarily into a lifestyle blog, Cottage Hill still provides the sweetest encouragement for wholehearted living. The wedding inspiration they occasionally feature is always intentional and full of heart.

Another wonderful blog that also puts out periodic magazines, their focus and mantra is to inspire beautiful marriages as much as beautiful wedding days. 

cottage hill

A fine art wedding blog that, unlike most, focuses on more than just the pretty! They encourage deeper relationships, strong marriages, and emotional reflections with a fine art aesthetic.

North + peach

Working to inspire brides specifically in the North Georgia area, this is one of my absolute favorite local magazines! Their print magazine is beautiful, their blog is helpful, and they even host local education and open house events to help brides plan their weddings!