Ventanas and High Museum Engagement Session

We love sharing engagement shoots from classic Atlanta locations! Southern Portrait & Video photographed this Atlanta power couple at both Ventanas and the High Museum of Art. Congratulations Janelle and Michael! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos! 

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Southern Portrait & Video is an artsy and eclectic wedding photo and video company serving Atlanta, GA and surrounding cities and states. They have a package to meet the needs of nearly every bride and groom, and are told daily that their energy is what draws people in! 

Ventanas offers breathtaking views, amazing catering and a wide selection of services. Featuring a terraced Twin Level event space with a skyline view and a roof top Helipad for that spectacular departure, Ventanas sets the perfect scene for your unique celebration.


Spring 2017 Trends and Upcoming Trunk Shows


Getting married next spring? We rounded up some of our favorite Spring 2017 bridal trends and upcoming trunk shows so you can see the best new designs! 

Jennifer Rovansek, owner of Bride Beautiful of Atlanta, just got back from market buying gowns for their 2017 brides. “Upcoming trends include beaded mermaids, lace ballgowns and sexy crepe gowns to pull off that European look that is so popular right now.  One of our favorite upcoming trends is the use of different variations of lace, layered on top of each other to create a unique pattern and vintage feel.  We cannot wait for these new gowns to come in!” she said.

“Our designers were clearly inspired by romance of epic proportions for the Spring 2017 season!” said Jacqueline Westney, owner of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique. “We saw crepe featured in every fashion show, paired with exquisite beadwork or timeless lace for the ultimate sophisticated look. Silhouettes to flatter a woman’s figure were covered in beadwork to die for! Hayley Paige used cosmic-inspired star shaped sequins on several of her gowns. Removable trains of organza or lace made their fashion debut for this season, a convertible feature giving brides the option to wow their guests with cathedral length trains for the ceremony and remove them at the reception. By far the most exceptional emerging trend was the sheer, unlined side cutouts on gown bodices. We were wowed at every turn as we discovered all this season had to offer! We can’t wait to invite brides into our boutique as these gowns begin to arrive. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram!” 


Silhouettes that are flowy and lightweight. Simplistic and elegant designs match the mood for a sunset beach wedding.

Enchanted garden

Whimsical and romantic gowns, with lace applique or floral embellishments. Think secret garden meets princess.

Nouveau classic

Classic silhouettes are updated with a modern twist, such as peplum or cutouts. 

Upcoming trunk shows: 

Calla Blanche Trunk Show at Bride Beautiful of Atlanta 10/14-10/16

Essence of Australia Designer Preview Show at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 10/21-10/23

Allure Bridals Trunk Show at Bride Beautiful of Atlanta 10/28-10/30

Best of Joy by Eugenia Couture Trunk Show at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 11/5

Ashley & Justin Bridal Trunk Show at Impression Bridal Store 11/11-11/13

White Friday Sale-15% off select special order bridal gowns at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 11/26

P.S. Purchase tickets to Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29, 2017 to see gorgeous dresses on the runway in two fashion shows! 


Go Gluten-Free With 2B Whole Bakery

Just because you’re gluten-free or vegan doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your wedding cake! Thanks to 2B Whole European Gluten-Free Bakery in Alpharetta, you can have your cake and actually eat it too. We talked to owner Toula Argentis about the inspiration behind her business and how it’s changing the game for weddings.


What comes standard on 2B Whole baked goods? What options can you specify?

All 2B Whole baked goods automatically come gluten-free, soy free and dairy free. From there you can specify vegan (no eggs) or paleo (no cane sugar and grain free). We are great for brides with a lot of dietary restrictions because you can completely customize your order!


What inspired the creation of 2B Whole Bakery?

My children had a lot of dietary restrictions due to allergies. I wanted to provide customers with the same high quality baked goods I was providing my family. 


What is your process for working with brides on cake designs? 

Brides send us pictures and then we set up a wedding consultation. We can create just about anything you send our way! 


What trends are you seeing in wedding cakes right now?

  • Ombre ruffle
  • Naked cakes
  • Cupcakes


Learn more about 2B Whole Bakery here and contact them today for your wedding consultation! 


Inspired Design: Behind the Scenes With LendingPoint

Budgeting for your dream wedding can be difficult, but you can put those worries at ease with a wedding loan from LendingPoint! We loved their recent exhibit design at Bridal Extravaganza. In fact, we got a behind the scenes look at all the details from the designer, Flowers by Holland


Tell us about the inspiration behind this design.

Our client, LendingPoint, asked for something that was romantic with grays, pinks and golds. So when I walked into The Collection Showroom and saw the Silver Regency Croc sofa, I knew we had to use it! The sofa is a gray charcoal velvet, embossed with croc. Truly gorgeous!


What color schemes, textures and themes are included?

Soft pinks, grays, greens and gold with a little sparkle from gold sequin table runners, gold candle sticks and mercury glass containers.



What other vendors did you work with to complete the look? 

The furniture and pillows are from Collection Event Furniture Rentals. The rest of the items are from Flowers By Holland. 


What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

Well of course I love working with our wedding couples…but I REALLY love working with other vendors that are as creative as we are!  Whether it’s in the invitation suite, the photographer who takes time to create special moments, the specially designed menu or the artfully crafted cocktails, we love working with others who ensure our mutual client has an amazing day!

LendingPoint has affordable fixed rates, flexible terms and no prepayment penalty, so you don’t have to be married to a variable interest loan or credit card debt. Say “I Do” to a LendingPoint wedding loan and don’t compromise your Happily Ever After! Check your rates and offers here, or contact Cinda Lawson at 678-974-1233,

Flowers by Holland customizes their floral designs just for you. They believe floral décor should help to enhance the affair, and use high quality products to achieve the look and feel of your event. 

Photos by Janet Howard Studio


October Bride of the Month – Bess

Meet Bess, our October Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Michael, are getting married in March 2017 in Roswell, Georgia! 


How did he propose? In August of this year, I was in a bad car accident. I wasn’t injured physically, but the weight of the accident made a lasting impact on me. Michael could tell that I was struggling and came up with an amazing plan. He put together a spontaneous trip for us (just three days in advance!) to Pawley’s Island, SC–my favorite place in the world! 

While on the trip, I suggested we wake up super early Sunday morning so we could see the sunrise on the island. There’s just something special about watching the sun come up over the water. Little did I know Michael had planned to take me out at sunrise all along–I just made it easier for him! That morning, I rolled out of bed without any thought of looking cute. I barely did my hair, had on zero makeup and threw on the same clothes as the day before. I remember being very worried that we were going to miss the sunrise because the sky was already pink when we walked outside. I encouraged Michael to drive quickly, but he seemed to be in no rush. He was a little chatty for 7 am, but I figured he was just excited to see his first Pawley’s sunrise. 

When we got down to the beach, he suggested we take a walk and continue to do so even after the sunrise. That’s when we found two bachelor button shells. I’ve rarely found a whole bachelor button, let alone TWO, so I was freaking out! Michael told me to go wash them off in the ocean. When I ran back with them he reached out to put the shells in his pocket, said “trade ya,” and pulled out the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. I don’t really remember what he said, but he was on one knee faster than I could blink and I said yes! The rest is happy history! 


What has been the most fun and most difficult part of the wedding planning process? 

The most fun aspect of planning so far has been looking at venues and picking the decor details, like the wedding colors and my dress. I purchased my dream dress from Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique in Roswell a week after we were engaged, and they were incredible! I recommend every bride go there. 

The most difficult aspect of planning has been coming up with a solid budget. I had no idea how expensive everything is in the wedding industry, so I was not prepared for how to correctly budget. I have done a lot of research on vendors to figure out average prices. Don’t be afraid to negotiate!

Congratulations Bess and Michael! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!


Inspired Design: Behind the Scenes With Chuck Milne Productions

Brides were wowed by the booth design from Chuck Milne Productions and ClubCorp at last month’s Bridal Extravaganza! In fact, they went home with the Bride’s Choice Award! We spoke with Chuck to get the inspiration behind his stunning floral designs.


Tell us about the inspiration behind this design.

The inspiration was Formal Country Casual. A look at the sophisticated side of country, inspired by the Flemish art of the 15th century. In other words, I tried to put a little chic in country and lighten it up for today’s bride.


What color schemes, textures and themes are included?

The colors of fuchsia, pinks, sage and hints of purple are reminiscent of the Flemish art, minus some gold. The gold was incorporated in the china and accent on the crystal. We included the bird cages and little iron birds found in the artwork of 15th and 16th century Europe. We took the liberties to be opulent with the eclectic mix of china and crystal of today and yesterday.

The flowers were a collection of garden flowers with kale, Cocks Comb Celosia, David Austin roses, peonies, muscadine vine, Smilax, Magnolia and Dusty Miller.

The featured guest card table with florals looked like an original 15th century painting from France. We did a sweetheart table for the bride and groom featuring an iron obelisk, birds with assorted silver, iron candle sticks and gold accents. High top tables were covered with tissue organza pink rose linen and accented with chippendale lanterns with flowers.


What other vendors did you work with to complete the look? 

I had the pleasure of working with Janae and Janelle from ClubCorp. They wanted a casual country look, yet still suited for the country club. That is why I put the sophisticated spin on it.

I also worked with Lois from Collection Event Furniture Rentals. I feel very lucky to have her in our wedding market. Her vast inventory of furniture is timeless and I can always find the item or inspiration I need.

Geri Sims supplied pipe and drape. We Rent Atlanta supplied chargers, china, crystal, silverware and the black and white dance floor. I Do Linens supplied the sweetheart table linen. 

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

My favorite part of working in the wedding industry is taking a bride’s idea, Pinterest pins, photos and magazine clippings, and using them to combine and create a wedding decor vision that is uniquely hers.

Chuck Milne Productions is a full service event decor company with cutting edge designs in floristry and event decor. Combined, their staff has just under 100 years of design experience. They love nothing more than creating spaces for celebrating and commemorating the milestones of one’s life journey.

ClubCorp has you covered for all your wedding events to fit all styles and budgets. Exchange vows in an exclusive, private club setting followed by a spectacular reception with gorgeous city views and/or golf course views. You can celebrate indoors or outdoors with dinner and dancing for 300 or an intimate gathering for 50. Both members and nonmembers are welcome.

Photos by Janet Howard Studio


Fall in Love With These Wedding Trends From Swoozie’s

Finally! Fall is here! Grab your sweater and pumpkin spice latte because Swoozie’s gave us a sneak peek into their newly launched Fall Wedding Lookbook! Here are some of our favorite themes.

Modern Berry


Think rich and classic colors like navy and burgundy, with a touch of gold. Amp up your look with vibrant floral arrangements and plenty of greenery. 

Eat, Drink and Be Married 


This is the quintessential fall theme, full of warmth and jewel tones. Gold dipped candles and wine cork place card holders are welcoming and unique additions to the tablescape. 

Romantic Garden 


This look is romantic, whimsical and elegant. Take inspiration from the garden with a floral theme throughout and decorative items such as vintage birdcage lanterns. 

Swoozie’s is your one-stop shop for personalized gifts, favors, invitations and stationery. They have helped over 5,000 couples create the wedding of their dreams and specialize in customizing everything. From the moment you say, “I DO” they can help — from your engagement party to your bachelorette to the big day.

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Inspired Design: Behind the Scenes With Venetian Room

Venetian Room had a beautiful exhibit design at last month’s Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta! In fact, they won the Best Gallery Design Award! We got an inside look from the designer, Blake Pippin.

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Tell us about the inspiration behind this design. 

The inspiration behind our design was to promote Venetian Room and really show the character of the space. We wanted brides to feel they had stepped right into our venue and could envision their dream wedding. Our venue includes ornate chandeliers, molding, marble columns and floors with a grand staircase. The look is stunning and creates a lasting visual effect that we wanted to re-create at the Bridal Extravaganza. 

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What color schemes, textures and themes are included?

Our concept was very clean and crisp. Golds, whites, and neutrals to accent the colors of the room itself. The different textures in the linens, floral and decor elements compliment each other so that we could do the venue justice by highlighting and not overpowering.

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What other vendors did you work with to complete the look?

Event Rentals Unlimited, I Do Linens, Magnum and Hewlett Packard – HUGE thanks to all of them for helping us! 

What’s your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

The moment when you walk into the room and see the finished product–the room that you spent months envisioning, pricing and agonizing over every little detail to make just right for the bride. There is just nothing that compares to seeing the finished product and the look on the bride’s face! 

Venetian Room is a premiere event venue specializing in weddings, social parties and corporate events in Downtown Atlanta. Located at Hurt Plaza, Venetian Room boasts incredible historic details such as stately chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows, a spacious two level main room, and commanding central staircase to the overlook. When you choose Venetian Room for your next event, you gain access to their exclusive design team that will execute your event flawlessly.

Photos by Janet Howard Studio


September Bride of the Month – Summer

Meet Summer, our September Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Seth, are getting married in April 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia! 


How did he propose? We had been hiking all day through Acadia National Park north of Portland, Maine and we decided to end the long day down at Sand Beach. We took off our socks and shoes and sat there for a minute with our feet in the water while I was taking pictures with my camera. Seth saw a woman approaching where we were sitting, so he asked me to ask her to take our picture. I agreed and asked if she would take a picture of us on the beach. While I was walking away to go get in the spot, Seth grabbed the lady’s arm and told her to not stop taking pictures! She was a little freaked out by his tone, but she agreed.

While she was taking pictures of us smiling, Seth turned to me and told me “how much he loved me, how I comfort him in times of need and how thankful he is to God that I was placed in his life.” Then he got down on one knee and proposed. I said yes! The lady captured the whole thing on camera and she congratulated us on our new engagement. We never got the lady’s name, but I’m so thankful she got to be a part of our special moment.


What has been the most difficult and most fun part of the wedding planning process? 

The most difficult thing so far has been figuring out the budget and what’s worth spending our money on versus what isn’t worth the time and effort. But I think the best part of planning our wedding is getting to see both our families come together in order to be involved with different aspects of the process. For example, both my mom and Seth’s mom are coming with me to pick out a wedding dress. His grandma is sewing a quilt for us to be our guest book, and my grandma will be helping with baking the cake. My dad is building an arch for us to get married underneath. I love the family involvement!


Congratulations Summer and Seth! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos! 

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Get in the Spirit! Football Themed Wedding Ideas!

Football season is here! If you and your fiance are big fans, why not show it off in your wedding? From engagement photos to color schemes and cakes, you can incorporate just the right amount for you. Check out the following ideas below…you’re sure to score a touchdown with your guests!

Kick off your wedding planning with some fan inspired engagement photos or save the dates. These are the perfect opportunity to show your team of choice some love! Take to the field like these Falcons fans did for their football themed shoot with Craig Obrist Photography

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These bridesmaids scored some major style points! Dress your girls in the proper hue for an eye-catching way to display your team colors.

What better place to sneak in some logo love than the cake? Perfect Wedding Cake creates the most amazing groom’s cakes to show off your team spirit!

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Best of all, you can draft your fantasy team…of wedding pros! Browse through the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta All-Star Roster to learn more about Atlanta’s top wedding professionals. 

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Save the date for the next “Super Bowl of Bridal Shows.” Plan now to meet an all-star lineup of wedding professionals on January 29, 2017 at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta