February Bride of the Month: Ashley

Meet Ashley, our February bride of the month! Ashley and her fiance Billy had a cozy and picture-perfect engagement session with Horn Photography and Design thanks to the early Georgia snow in December.
Read on to hear about this couple’s engagement story and their visions for the big day at Blue Mountain Vineyard this May.
How did you meet? Billy and I met at Georgia Gwinnett College through a mutual friend. Billy was playing college basketball and I was playing college softball when we crossed paths in the dorm parking lot one day. After about six months of running into each other around campus, we started going on dates.
How did he propose?  He proposed on a beautiful sunny morning in Destin while we were on his family beach trip over the 4th of July weekend. We were sitting on the balcony of our condo, watching the waves and talking about how excited we were for graduation. I reached for my phone and when I couldn’t find it, I got frustrated and said “I lose everything,” and Billy responded with m“Please don’t lose this,” and had the ring in his hand. He was so nervous that he forgot everything he was going to say!

What is your vision for your wedding?  Our wedding style is rustic chic. Although we are having a big wedding, we want the atmosphere to feel romantic and intimate so that our guests feel like one big family.

Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? I am most excited about our venue. The ceremony site has beautiful mountains and the background looks surreal. Billy is excited that our photographers will be bringing a TV for the reception so that they can display ceremony and engagement pictures.


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

Finding the perfect venue took a while because nothing felt just right. Once we did find our dream venue, everything fell into place. Our venue owner recommended Horn Photography to us and we feel like they are going to be lifelong friends.

Best wishes, Ashley and Billy!

Horn Photography and Design: Michelle and Brandon Horn are a husband and wife wedding photography team located in Dahlonega, Georgia. They seamlessly merge creative styles of photography and film to create gorgeous visual imagery to document your love story.

Incorporating the Pantone Color of the Year in Your Wedding

Each year we anxiously await Pantone’s release of the color of the year. Pantone’s color select predicts color trends for fashion, interior design and of course, wedding planning. Whether you like the color or not, it always evokes emotion.

Pantone’s 2018 color of the year is, drumroll…..Ultra Violet! Very bold and very unexpected, we are more than excited to see this quirky, yet beautiful color throughout the year.

Pantone Vice President Laurie Pressman said about the color: “Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”

Purple is traditionally seen as a rather majestic color that strikes the balance of calming peace and bold empowerment. Of what the color means for the year ahead, Pressman said, “I see this very much as an optimistic color, an empowering color. We want to find some peace and calm within ourselves…quiet our minds.” We’ll raise a glass to that in the midst of wedding planning!

So how does this color play out in weddings? Well, we’ve seen hints of the color at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta in our wedding galleries. The most predictive was the ultraviolet signage by Raw Sound and Lighting. Couples glowed in front of the ultraviolet light for picture-perfect moments.

But we know violet is a bold color and could be intimidating for the color-averse, but you don’t have to use the color in every detail to stand out. Use the color in small designs, like this small table arrangement from Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ display at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta.

If you love the color, include it in a large statement-making arrangement like this gorgeous floral design by Imperial Events at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta in August.

Whether it’s the smallest details or large, over-the-top lighting and flowers, using the Pantone color of the year in your wedding can ensure your wedding is on-trend, daring and elegant.

What do you think of UltraViolet in weddings?


December Bride of the Month: Victoria

Meet Victoria, our December Bride of the Month. Victoria and Lew’s engagement session by Viridian Images was as fun and adorable as this couple.

Read on for a look behind the love story. 

Tell us about your love story. My fiance and I met when we were 16. My best friend told me I had to meet this guy because he was perfect for me. We eventually met up a few months later and he was perfect for me! We have been dating ever since.

On July 6, 2017, Lew and I went out for a nice date night in Flowery Branch, his hometown. When we got to the restaurant, our hostess directed us outside while our table was being prepared. We walked outside to grab a seat, I dusted off a chair to sit down, and when I turned around, Lew was down on one knee! I have no idea what he said because I was just ready to say YES! He had a photographer to capture the special moment and a video prepared from all of our friends and family for me to watch. In the video, each of our family members and friends congratulated us and detailed how our relationship had impacted their lives. After dinner, we went back to Lew’s parents home where our families greeted us and had an engagement party the next day. 

What does your wedding vision look like? We want the atmosphere of our wedding to be soft and romantic. We want our guests to feel comfortable and know just how much we appreciate them being there for us on our special day. With Christ as the center of our relationship, it was important to us have our ceremony in a church. After, we’ll go to The Chair Factory for a reception where our soft and romantic theme will continue.  

Which wedding details are you most excited about? There are so many details about our wedding that I am excited to see come to life. I am very excited about our venue, The Chair Factory. It’s a historic building, but a new venue with exposed brick and wood beams. I’m also excited about a memorial tribute to our family members who are no longer here with us. With heaven so far away, we will have a special memorial outside of our ceremony with pictures and flowers to make them a part of our day.

What has been the most challenging and the best part of wedding planning? The most challenging part of wedding planning has been all of the decisions! We want it to be a special day, and there are so many small details we’ve thought about. Ultimately, we have learned it’s about the marriage, not the wedding, so it makes the details more fun when you look at the big picture and remember you are getting to marry your best friend!

Congrats to this sweet couple!
Photos: Viridian Images
Viridian Images is a husband and wife photography team based in Atlanta. Georgia.  With an artistic background, their style has a strong documentary approach. They are always seeking those sincere moments when subjects are camera unaware but photographed from a distinctly artistic perspective.

Real Wedding: Midtown Museum

Tia and Shawn first shared their collegiate love story with us in our October Bride of the Month series. The couple was married on October 14, 2017 in midtown Atlanta at the Millennium Gate Museum.

We caught up with Tia to hear about the big day and with the photos as evidence, it was nothing short of amazing. Read more for a look behind this Midtown museum wedding captured by Made You Look Photo & Film.

Having finished planning your wedding, what piece of advice would you offer brides-to-be going through the process? If I could offer brides-to-be one piece of advice it would be to soak up every single bit of the wedding day with family and friends. The entire day goes by so fast!

What is your favorite memory from your wedding day? The vow exchange is by far my favorite memory of our wedding day because it was such a special moment for me and my groom to share together in front of our family and friends.

During your engagement you told us you were really excited about the decor. What were your favorite elements? One of my favorite decor elements of our wedding was a family crest we had designed and installed at the venue. You could see the personalized crest hanging from blocks away! It coordinated with our invitations and was an immediate symbol to guests that they had arrived at our wedding.

Of course the entire day was fun, but which part was the most fun to see come together after all the planning? Creating an amazing guest experience was the most important thing throughout the planning process. Seeing our guests in awe at the venue, florals, food, drinks and favors was fun to watch since we had put so much thought into it.

You had an amazing team of vendors! How did you choose them? When we started wedding planning I knew I wanted Made You Look Photo & Film to capture our day. Their team has an incredible reputation and is extremely nice and caring. From the engagement shoot to the wedding day, they created an amazing experience for us. Every moment and every angle was captured on film and still photos with a special attention to detail.

Best wishes Tia and Shawn!

Made You Look Photo & Film  The Made You Look Photography team consists of award-winning, professional wedding photographers and expert graphic artists/image editors. The team is committed to capturing exceptional high quality wedding images that uniquely captures those once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Behind the Design: Utopian Events

When brides entered White Hall of Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta, there was a lot of pointing, smiles and gasping at the first gallery in their line of sight. Utopian Events is known for their reception backdrops and their gallery display for Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta did not disappoint. 

We caught up with Angelica Boyd, one of the designers from the Utopian Events team, to learn more about what went into this striking design. 

What was your inspiration for this design? Since 2017 was full of blush and gold, we want it to create something different and contemporary for spring. We really wanted a design that would excite any bride and make her think and even feel in new, exciting ways. We were inspired by the beautiful lynx silver and white linen with square and round patterns. It moved us to create a contemporary and chic look. Our ambition was to be unique and create something was out of the box. 

What color schemes, textures, and themes were included? Our color palette was silver, yellow and green. Mirrors were a focal point for the silver, with our gorgeous mirror backdrops and “tree mirror centerpieces” that had cascading crystals. 

What’s your design process like? A creation of this caliber is only possible with a great team. Our team gets together to brainstorm often and enthusiastically. We play and argue until we birth beautiful concepts full of details and beauty. 

What keeps you inspired? Inspiration is a beautiful gift and can come from anywhere. A piece of fabric, a beautiful morning, a flower, a color, and of course from our brides and their wonderful dreams and visions.

What is your favorite thing about weddings? Our favorite thing about weddings is to see the brides and the grooms’ faces when they enter the room and they are mesmerized and enchanted by our amazing décor. To see them happy and in love makes our hard work so fulfilling and rewarding.

Photos by Janet Howard Studio
Gallery Design by Utopian Events

Utopian Events is one of Atlanta’s premier wedding and event decor and design companies. Their team specializes in florals, centerpiece design, ceremony altars, mandaps, aisle way, backdrops, bouquets and other personal flowers, reception stages, backdrops, table design, specialty linens, charger plates, chiavari chairs and so much more. Utopian Events is headquartered in Atlanta and travels all over the United States. 

November Bride of the Month | Brittany

Our November bride of the month has a modern-day prince charming love story with a love that grew through social media. 

Read more about Brittany and Matt’s sweet story below.  

When and where are you getting married? We are getting married on November 4, 2017, at a Lewallen Farms. 

How did you meet? Matt and I met in the summer of 1999 at Lost Mountain Baptist Church. He was in high school and I was in middle school. Matt played guitar in the church band and thought of himself as a “rock star,” and I wanted nothing to do with him. Many of my friends thought of him as the “heartthrob” of our youth group. I was too busy with school work, cheerleading and was in an awkward teenage phase in my life. We both attended youth functions and socialized as friendly acquaintances. After he graduated high school we lost touch and went our separate ways.

Facebook helped us reconnect later. Matt’s name came across my mutual friends and I sent him a friend request. Within 12 hours, Matt messaged me and this is where the next stage of our relationship began. His opening line was, “Brittany you look amazing”. I sat back and thought for a second about the astronomical odds that Matt Sims, after all these years, would be single and interested in me. After talking all night, Matt asked if I would like to go out for dinner. We met up at Henrys Louisiana Grill and talked the night away. I was so impressed with the man that Matt had become. I was becoming captivated by his hypnotizing blue eyes, infectious smile and big heart. The next morning, I was walking on Cloud 9 and all kinds of emotions went through my mind. He sent me a text message and asked me out on a date. I was trying to not seem too excited or eager and I couldn’t send the word “Yes” back fast enough. For our first official date, we went ice skating in Centennial Park. He was a perfect gentleman and made it a special night that I will never forget. Needless to say, yes, Matt is my Prince Charming and we ended our night with a kiss, beginning our love story.

How did he propose? Matt and I had just gotten back from a zip lining trip in Tennessee and he had been acting a bit strange. He asked if I wanted to go to dinner at Henry’s Louisiana Grill and go for a walk before dinner. Even though I was upset that he was acting abnormal, I agreed and began getting ready for our date.  After dinner, we walked toward the pier and he slowly began to tell me how much he loved me and bent down on one knee. The proposal was a blur! I began to tear up and excitedly said “YES”. I jumped into his arms and he began spinning me around. So excited, he almost dropped the ring into the lake! Then, I began to hear cheering and clapping. Matt had organized my family and some close friends to witness the proposal. Not only were my family and friends there, but Matt had hired photographers to capture this magical moment.

What is your overall vision for your wedding? Our vision is a shabby chic southern wedding that is classy, rustic, and filled with love from our family and friends. We hope our guests will feel the whole Sweet Home Alabama/Steel Magnolia experience and two-step the night away.

Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? We are both excited to have all of our family and friends be a part of our big day. I’m personally excited to have Matt see me in my wedding dress!

What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult part of planning for the wedding was choosing the perfect caterer. We wanted our guests to enjoy and experience southern hospitality without having fried chicken and baked beans. Southern Grace was able to provide us with a classy southern cuisine. The most fun part of the wedding planning was taking dance classes together. We were able to cut loose, kick off our Sunday shoes and enjoy time together.

Congratulations to this special couple!

Photos by Janet Howard Studio. Janet is an Atlanta wedding and portrait photographer. Always ready to capture laughter, tears, joy and love, Janet has an editorial approach to both weddings and portraits.  

Behind the Design: Chuck Milne

While pale pinks and taupes been popular in weddings, trends featured in August’s Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta predict bold pops of color and more lush greenery for upcoming wedding seasons.

Always bringing garden party vibes to Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta, Chuck Milne’s gallery with Club Corp drew brides in with large statement arrangements, cascading greenery and punches of hot pink and orange. Read on for a look behind the design with Chuck Milne of Chuck Milne Productions

What inspired this design? This design was inspired by a bride and her mother. The bride’s style was very organic, colorful, brave and whimsical. She had pinned a picture of a Mackenzie Childs chair she loved that had multiple patterns and was very whimsical. The mother of the bride was more traditional and preferred blush and gold. Our design was a nod to the pair with colorful and bold patterns channeling texture mixture like Mackenzie Childs, but with a touch of tradition throughout. 

The cake display really caught brides’ attention, how did you make this a centerpiece? The cake design was inspired by the watercolor table linen. We took a photo of the watercolor linen, ran it through the computer,  then Perfect Wedding Cake replicated it with a painted design. Rather than putting the beautiful cake on a standard table, we wanted it to sit up more and be a centerpiece for the whole design so we put it on a large urn with greenery. 

There is an art to the perfectly designed table. Tell us about how you layered so many elements for a cohesive design. The bride loved fruit, she had tons of fruit images pinned on her Pinterest board so we incorporated oranges for a pop of color and depth. The linen was from I Do Linens and was at the center of much of the design. For the place settings, we took inspiration from the bride and her mother. Inspired by the bride, we did a leaf-shaped charger that was organic and whimsical. To give a nod to tradition for the mother’s style, we did vintage gold plates, gold silverware, and glassware. 

What is your process like working with brides? Anytime I talk to brides, I will start by looking at their Pinterest board. Even if they don’t know what they want. Seeing images they like and have repinned is helpful to see their style. I take it as my job to reign in their style no matter how many different things they may have interest in. 

Photos by Janet Howard Studio
Floral Design by Chuck Milne
Cake by Perfect Wedding Cake
Furniture Rental by Collection Event Furnishings

Venue sponsor: Club Corp
Linens by I Do Linens

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.

Real Wedding: Quirky Superstition

Becca and Trey Various were married on Friday, October 13, 2017. From opened umbrellas indoors to breaking a mirror, the day was a creative vision from the self-proclaimed “slightly odd” couple. Read more about the wedding day from Becca, captured by Peter Togel Photography.

We got married on Friday, October 13th, 2017 in a town called Hiram, Georgia. Ninety-percent of our family lives in or close to Hiram so it was an easy location. Chene Rouge was the perfect fit for us. They loved all of the ideas we had for a very nontraditional wedding. My husband and I both embrace being a little odd, so it was a perfect fit to get married on a very superstitious day.

The decor was the most important part of the whole wedding to me. I wanted something that was unforgettable and totally my husband and me. I wanted every superstition I could think of incorporated into the wedding – breaking a mirror, a spider on my wedding dress, opening umbrellas indoors, ravens, black cats, knocking on wood, and even the salt ceremony that has a superstitious meaning behind it.

One of the most memorable events of the day was when my husband and two of his groomsmen came out dressed as Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees. I could not stop laughing. It was completely unexpected. I was surprised he was able to keep something like that from me.

The biggest piece of advice I could offer another bride-to-be is, please don’t feel bad to ask for help. It took so much out of me trying to do everything myself. By the day of the wedding, I was so exhausted that I couldn’t think straight enough to remember my vows! Just relax and enjoy the process. It is a stressful time but it can also be a very fun time if you let it be!

When we met Peter and Karen I was stunned at the photos they took and how nice and fun they would be. From all of the pieces of advice I got from other people about planning a wedding, the most common was, “Don’t skimp on a photographer!” After seeing their work, the decision was easy. They are so much fun and weird, so we meshed together perfectly.

Best wishes, Mr. and Mrs. Various!

Peter Togel Photography is an international, published and multi award-winning husband and wife photography team. The pairs’ creative, magical and dramatic signature-style images coupled with a photojournalistic style – documenting the humor, joy, tears, and excitement of your unique wedding day – will result in wedding memories and heirlooms that will last for generations to come.

Behind the Design: Designs by TTOC Floral

Designs by TTOC knows glam, and their gallery at August’s Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta brought plenty of it with Berkeley Hills Country Club. While still making an up-scale statement, Designs by TTOC shifted from their Millennium Chic pink gallery in the January show, to black and gold glam in the August show. 

Keep reading for a look behind the design with Antoinette Smith Jones of Designs by TTOC.

What was your inspiration for this design? The inspiration actually came from the linen we used in the design. I was looking through samples for something to catch my eye, and I came across this beautiful two-tone black and gold linen. If you brushed it one way it was black, if you brushed it another way it was gold. It was a dynamic interest piece that guided the rest of the design.

What color schemes, textures and themes were included in the design? In addition to the sequin linen, we brought in a few different shades of gold to give the design more depth. The flowers added another layer of interest with a mix of high and low arrangements to complement the glam table setting. We used orchids, a variety of roses and hydrangeas. 

The design had very bold colors, but still drew you in with details. How did you achieve this? When you are designing with a bold color, you want to bring variations of that color into the decor to balance the hard and soft. For example, when using black, it’s important to have different textures. A mask black is much harder than a matte black. You can see this in our satin black napkins which were a perfect balance of bold color, and light texture. 

What major trends are you seeing brides ask for right now? Greenery is still very popular. Although, it’s a common misconception that greenery is less expensive! Designs that incorporate different textures of greenery can be just as costly as blooms. We are also seeing a bigger trend toward head tables and estate tables. They are a great conversation piece and give that wow effect when you walk into the room.

Photos by Janet Howard Studio and Made You Look Photo
Floral Design by Designs by TTOC
Venue Sponsor: Berkeley Hills
Designs By TTOC Floral operates with the fundamental belief that customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. With over 25 years of floral experience and industry certifications, the entire team is committed to meeting those needs. 

6 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Videographer

No doubt you’ve seen the emotional, cinematic wedding videos all over social media, on your favorite wedding blogs, and even on television. Is it worth shelling out some extra money to have a wedding video to look back on? 

We think it absolutely is. Here are 6 reasons why. 

1. You will want to look back on your entire wedding in later years

Photos are great, but they offer stylized snapshots, not the full experience. You worked hard on every detail of your wedding, and a wedding video will be the best way to relive that bliss years on down the line. 

2. You want to avoid one of the top 5 regrets brides have from their big days

It’s true! When BRIDES Magazine interviewed real brides, many of them said they regretted not having someone there to properly document the day.


3. You’re eloping, marrying abroad, or simply having a small wedding

If you’re having a destination wedding, eloping, or even if you’re just keeping the guest list to only your nearest and dearest, it’s important to make sure that family and friends who can’t make it still have a way to experience your wedding and celebrate it with you. Whether you hold a large reception at home and show it there or just send your friends a link to the video, you’ll be glad you had a way to include them.

4. You want to incorporate your history told in your own voice through voiceover

Forget how giddy it will make you to hear your partner gush to the videographer about how excited he is to marry you, though it is fantastic. Video offers something that photos alone can’t: sound. To hear your story in your own voice will be such a treat for those who watch it, including you and your spouse-to-be.

5. You’re on a budget

Wait, what? ADD a vendor if you’re on a budget? Yep, that’s right. Videographers don’t have to be expensive. Many offer photography as well and package deals could save you a ton. Or you could hire your videographer and then whittle down your guest list (see point 3 for the wonders of that wedding hack). 

6. You’re worried your photographs won’t capture everything

Photographers are trained to document the best, most intimate details, but what happens when the wind is so strong that your veil is only out of the way at the same time the photographer’s being blown over? What about when you’re spinning out on the dance floor, gazing lovingly at your new spouse, but you’re moving too fast for your photographer? Don’t worry, you hired a videographer, and all of those moments can be hand selected and pulled as stills from the video.

See the importance for yourself with our fabulous show video from Southern Potrait and Video that brings every moment to life: 

Southern Portrait and Video is a team of photographers, cinematographers and videographers dedicated to getting the perfect shot with a unique edge. SP&V is located in downtown Acworth.