Tidbits + Tips | Social Media Etiquette

1The age of social media has changed how many of us behave in our day-to-day lives. We seek out the perfect Instagram photo and retake it until we get it right; we post our thoughts to Twitter with hardly even the thought of a filter; and when it comes to big occasions like pregnancy announcements or engagements, we are sure to let our whole social network know about our special day.

But what do you do when your daily activities coincide with someone else’s special day – for example, someone’s wedding? After all, being a wedding guest is fun, and most fun occasion should be shared online. However, it is important that wedding guests are respectful of the bride and groom’s wishes when it comes to documenting their nuptials. Here are a few tips to handling wedding day social media with ease:

Don’t Post Until After The Ceremony

A wedding ceremony is more than just a pretty picture on an app. The ceremony should be experienced “IRL” – and that means turning off the phone until the couple has said “I do.” Imagine what might happen if the groom, casually scrolling through Instagram before the ceremony starts, finds a photo of his bride in her wedding dress! Carelessly posting photos to your feed can spoil the magic of someone else’s wedding.

Of course, some couples may want you to keep their newsfeed updated. Some even designate a “Tweeter of Honor” for their wedding, whose job is to make sure that the World Wide Web has up-to-the-minute wedding information. If you’re that person, post away. But if you’re not, it is a wiser decision not to post at all.

Stay Out Of The Photographer’s Way

A woman walking down the aisle is an iconic image. She looks striking in a beautiful gown. Usually her father is by her side, beaming with pride. It’s an image so integral to the wedding that couples hire photographers to make sure they capture that magic moment, so the couple can look back on it for years to come.

Do you know what could ruin that moment? You leaning into the aisle to take a picture with your smartphone. Guests trying to snap a photo of the bride have become a common complaint for wedding photographers in recent years. To avoid becoming a nuisance (and interfering with a service the couple shelled out money for), just enjoy the bride’s walk down the aisle without photographic evidence. You can always get a photo of her lovely gown at the reception.

Flexibility is Key

It may sound like we’re telling you not to post anything at the next wedding you attend. Not so: the reception is the perfect time to get your post on. Take a selfie with the guests at your table, film that adorable flower girl dancing on the groom’s feet, add any filter you like over that photo of your wedding cake. However, don’t be surprised if not every photo gets to stay.

Be flexible with your posts, and realize that it is someone else’s special day. If the bride calls you and asks you to take down a photo because her mother-in-law doesn’t like how she looks in it, happily oblige. After all, you’d hope that when you get married, she’d do the same for you.

Article by: Naomi Shaw

Real Weddings | Winter Inspiration

Can you believe that winter is right around the corner!? In just a few short weeks we’ll be welcoming holiday decor + hot chocolate to our weddings and we can’t wait!

Lakeside Winter CeremonyOne of our favorite winter weddings took place at Cypress Grove Estate House – the combination of semi sparkly details, greenery, and rustic details was sheer perfection.

We {almost} couldn’t believe that each of the table runners were handmade by the bride’s mom!


Fall Inspiration | Pumpkins

Can’t have Autumn without pumpkins now can you!? How about a fall inspired wedding? If your wedding style involves a seasonal touch, these pumpkins infused into centerpieces, aisle decorations, and venue details can make a statement without being cheesy. A few of our favs – pumpkin guest sign in, escort cards/favors, and monogrammed pumpkins!

Fall Wedding | Pumpkin Details

Floral Recipes | Summer Blooms

Whether it’s bold blooms, unique elements {like herbs or veggies}, or an eye-catching design, we’re always excited to see the creations florists dream up for our clients. One of our latest favs – this bridal arrangement from Bluegrass Chic. It was the perfect combination of southern staples and summertime florals!

Summer Bridal BouquetPhoto: Wings of Glory

Floral Recipe | Chocolate Sunflower, Antique Green Hydrangea, Purple Cabbage, Peach StockChocolate Sunflower | Antique Green Hydrangea | Purple Cabbage | Peach Stock

Floral Recipe | Thistle, Verbinum Snowball, Peach Spray RosesThistle | Verbinum Snowball | Peach Spray Roses

Favorite Friday | Wedding Traditions

I was so excited when I found out our summer couple, Amber + Matthew, were using two of my favorite traditions in their wedding! Neither require too much pre-planning, so they’re super easy to incorporate into the day:

Bury the bourbon – a tradition typically seen at southern weddings, burying a bottle of bourbon is supposed to ward off rain on the wedding day. There are two caveats, though – you must bury the bottle upside down and it must be buried at the ceremony site. I’m not one for bourbon, but if it’s going to keep away rain, I’ll do it 😉

Bury the Bourbon

Penny in the bride’s shoe – this actually comes from the Victorian “something old, something new” rhyme {I’ll bet you didn’t know there were actually five items included in this}. It started out as a sixpence and changed to a penny overtime, and the idea was that the coin was a symbol of wealth and good fortune for the couple. Some brides would save the penny for her future daughter to be used on her wedding day.

Penny in the Bride's Shoe

Photos: Wings of Glory

RW Chronicles | Hello Fall!

The RW gals are saying “adios” to summer and “welcome” to the fall wedding season with some flavorful drinks this holiday weekend! Not only are these super easy to make at home, but wedding guests would love these as a signature drink option. Oh, and be sure to check out this recipe for my all time favorite drink – strawberry daiquiris {perfect for sipping by the pool with your gal pals}!

Sangria LemonadeSangria Lemonade

1/2 g. Lemonade
1 bottle Chardonnay or other white wine
2/3 c. Light Rum
1/2 c. Raspberries
1 Orange, sliced
1 Granny Smith Apple, sliced

In a large pitcher, combine lemonade, wine, + rum. Stir, then add fruit. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.


Rum SunsetRum Sunset

12 oz. Orange Juice
3 oz. Light Rum
2 tbsp. Grenadine
Lime slices for garnish

See the full recipe here.




Tidbits + Tips | Selecting the Perfect Wedding Location

Hooray, you’re engaged! After the wonderful congratulations from friends and family pour in, you might feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the when + where questions. Not to fret, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you and your honey select the perfect venue. You might be surprised to learn that a lot more goes into picking a venue besides it just being pretty!

1. Estimate your guest list + budget – You might not have a solid guest count just yet, but having a idea of the number of guests is crucial in helping you narrow down the options. Your wedding budget goes hand in hand with your guest count. Once you begin pricing out venues, you’ll have a better idea of how the remainder of your wedding budget will look.

2. Think about your wedding day style – You and your partner’s wedding style will greatly help you determine which wedding venues will work best. Whether it’s classic, elegant, rustic, bohemian, or simple and low-key, figuring out the direction you both love will certainly be a big help. You’ll also need to consider the all-important budget!

Classic Ballroom WeddingPhoto: Ross Oscar Knight Photography

3. Full or limited service venue – Does your venue include items such as tables, chairs, linens, etc.? How much creative freedom are you looking for within your venue? There are full-service venues, specializing in weddings, that have an arsenal of rentals, some included and some add an additional charge. If you know you might want different chairs or tables, be sure your venue will allow this prior to booking.

4. Catering + Vendors – Some venues have exclusive caterers that you must work with. While this definitely is not a downfall by any means, if you have a specific dish or cuisine in mind, make sure the exclusive caterer is able to accommodate beforehand. Some venues require that you hire certain vendors, while others just have a preferred list. If you have a certain caterer or vendor in mind for your wedding, make sure they are permitted before booking your venue. Often times, venues will require that your vendors are licensed + insured. Whatever the case, be sure the venue is right for you and your vendor needs.

Photo: Victoria Angela Photography

5. Make multiple venue visits – The first time you visit a venue you might be so in awe that you overlook certain details. If you’re able to make a few visits to the venue, we’d highly recommend it! Along with making multiple visits, try to visit at different times of the day {and don’t forget to take photos}.

Tidbits + Tips | The Little Moments

Of course weddings are all about tying the knot and celebrating love, but we’ll never get enough of the little moments leading up to the ceremony. Our sweet clients Nicki + Ronnie {remember their wedding at Luxmore Grande?} exchanged gifts before saying “I Do,” and flipping through those photos just makes our hearts smile – their joy and excitement is just contagious!

Luxmore Grande Estate Bridal Suite

Aren’t these images just precious!? Such wonderful memories to look back on ❤

Luxmore Grande Estate Groom's RoomPhotos: Ashley McCormick Photography

Tidbits + Tips | Trust Your Vendors

We can’t stress enough how important it is to have a good vendor team, and once you’ve put that team together don’t be afraid to put your trust in them! Remember, this isn’t their first rodeo and they’ll know from experience what’s going to work best for your event and what’s not. One of the biggest topics that come up between vendors and clients is the weather, and as much as we wish we could control it, this is something that we always encourage clients to trust their vendors with:

The rain call – venues and wedding planners are the best people to talk to about back-up plans and rain calls. Your venue rep will be most familiar with the weather patterns in their area, so if they’re pretty sure it’s going to rain, there’s a good chance that it will. Take their advice and change to Plan B for your layout, whether that’s moving the event inside or under a tent. If the weather clears up, you can still take photos outdoors even if you can’t move the event.

Our international clients, Sarah + Will, with Shadow {one of our amazing planners} and their photographers.
Our international clients, Sarah + Will, with Shadow {one of our amazing planners} and their photographers.

Seasonal temperatures – talk to your florist about the types of flowers you’d like and make sure you provide your wedding date up front. Certain flowers don’t do well in particular climates – for example, hydrangea wilt very quickly in the heat. So if you love these flowers the florist will need to plan to keep them refrigerated right up until they need to be set out. Even then, they may recommend using chilled water in the vases to help them last longer, or they might suggest another flower similar to hydrangea that will last longer.

While you’re certainly not obligated to take the advice of your vendors, remember that they are vested in the success of your event and they want to help you have the best day possible =)

Tidbits + Tips | Summer Bridal Beauty

With summer officially in full swing {it is the first day of summer after all}, we’re sharing a few of our top tips for being picture ready when it’s warmer and muggier than usual outside.

  • Choose lighter fabrics – this goes for the ladies and the gents! Look for dresses and suits in fabrics like silk-organza chiffon, tulle, and cotton. Pro tip – avoid satin gowns in the summer months. It’s a thicker fabric so it doesn’t breathe well or hide sweat stains {and we certainly don’t want that!}.

Summer Bridal Gown Karin’s gown was semi-casual, but it was a great match with her fun + bubbly personality and relaxed wedding decor. It also featured a light, flowy fabric, perfect for humid Florida summers.

    • Check your shoes – if you’re getting married outside, choose thicker heels, wedges, or flats so you don’t sink into the grass {summer rain can make the ground especially soft}.
    • Go for a simple up-do – curls and fancy up-dos aren’t don’t fare well in summer heat and humidity, so try a simple chignon or side ponytail. Opt for a hair comb vs. fresh flowers since blooms will wilt faster in the heat.

Bridal Up-Do

  • Pack extra beauty supplies – double up on the powder and blotting sheets! Do a couple of quick make-up checks throughout the day to make sure you’re always picture ready.
  • Bug spray – this one’s more for comfort and not so much for beauty, and may or may not be necessary depending on your venue. Some outdoor locations spray for bugs on a regular basis, but it’s always a good idea to have bug repellent on hand for the evening.

Photos: Kristen Weaver Photography