Dawn and Jeff's June KDE wedding was recently featured on Ashley's Bride Guide!Read More
Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Words cannot express how thrilled I was to have my work featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs (one I've followed for years and years!)... 100 Layer Cake! Working with W&E Photographie was an absolute joy and pleasure -- Emma's vision for a wintry, lovely, Northwest-inspired cabin wedding turned out just stunning when it came to fruition.
Photography: W & E Photographie / Event Designer: Kelly Dellinger Events / Hair Stylist: Joanna Ballentine / Floral Designer: Mandy Busby / Venue: Sweet Apple Farms / Dress Store:Ivory & White / Dress Designer: Ivy & Aster / Suit: Olia Zavozina / Heirlooms: Feather Me This / Props: At Home Furnishings / Linens & Rentals: Southern Events Party Rentals / Paper Props: Four Hats Press
What do you love about the wedding industry & working with brides?
I love the gravity involved with weddings: they’re events, first and foremost, but they hold so much importance to people. It’s probably the most memorable party of a person’s life! With that in mind, wedding industry professionals take that very seriously. We understand it’s not just a dress, a bouquet is more than flowers, and why everything is such a big deal. It’s also amazing to be in the industry that celebrates love the most – literally every decision is made around a pivotal relationship between two people who love each other. As far as working with brides is concerned, I love helping bring their dreams to fruition, finding them the perfect vendors that fit their values and tastes, coming up with beautiful ideas and ways to incorporate their relationship into the day’s celebrations. I love how intimate the relationship between my clients and me can be: I see couples extensively for months (sometimes years!), help problem-solve and plan the most important party of their lives, and get to share in the experience of their wedding day. It’s such an honor and absolutely humbling to be chosen to walk with them through that period of their lives. It’s fulfilling and meaningful for me.
What is your advice for a couple on a strict budget?
The one thing I drill into my clients’ heads over and over, no matter their budget, is PRIORITIZE!!! Regardless of how much money you have to play with, you have to know exactly what you care about and want to invest in – even if you’re not shelling out a ton of money, you’re still limited by timelines and the boundaries of reality, so it is absolutely imperative that you and your fiancé prioritize what will be going into your wedding. I also strongly encourage my more limited budget clients to think outside of the traditional realms of what a wedding “should” be. You might want a huge blowout wedding with a full meal, 200 of your closest friends, and flowers for days, for example. If you can’t afford to feed everyone a four-course supper (food’s expensive, y’all!), why not have a brunch wedding? You can still have just as many people attend but fewer people are going to drink heavily in the morning (hello, mimosa or bloody mary bar!), and depending on what you serve, you can get away with serving less food (for less money). You can also provide less reception seating (and therefore fewer centerpieces, saving costs), you won’t need as much lighting, and you can limit the timeline from start to finish (saving on hourly expenses). Morning weddings are just as charming as evening affairs. PLUS, you get to spend a whole day with your new spouse… you can get dinner afterwards for the two of you, maybe massages, actually get to ENJOY your wedding night hotel suite… think of the opportunities!
Another surefire way to lower your wedding costs is to cut down that guest list. Do you REALLY need 300 people at your wedding? Would you seriously buy every person on your list dinner if you went out to eat with him or her? That’s essentially what you’re doing. Are you still going to be close friends with them six months after the wedding? Remember your time is limited on your wedding day. You only get to talk to people for a few minutes over the course of the whole day. If you invite substantially fewer guests, you get to spend more quality time with each of them. Food for thought!
You are happily married. Can you share one piece of marriage advice for our brides-to-be?
The most important thing is to love your spouse more than yourself. Our natural human tendency is to be selfish (I’m particularly guilty of this most of the time), but I guarantee your marriage will be a thousand times happier and more fulfilling when you bless your spouse by loving them first. Also, always be gracious. Both of you will make mistakes frequently (welcome to reality!), but have grace with one another. Be quick to forgive, slow to anger. Drew and I strive to have our relationship reflect that of Jesus and the Church – we may be far from perfect, but when your goals and hearts are in the right place, even if you fall short, it’s so much better than being unintentional.
I cannot tell you how excited I was (and the dance party that ensued) when I got a text from esteemed photographer Morgan Trinker that our "You're My Lucky Charm" stylized shoot was going to be published by Green Wedding Shoes for St. Patrick's Day! Morgan and I have been swapping emails and scatterbrained phone calls since early January, making her gorgeous St. Paddy's Day dreams come true for this gorgeousness. Ob-sessed.
One weekend nearing the end of February, I loaded up my Yaris with table linens, gorgeous florals by Artisan Flowers, a LulaKate dress from The Bride Room, rental votives, glassware, and chargers from Liberty Party Rentals, a bunch of miscellaneous bits and pieces to fill in the blanks, and an adventuresome husband happy to "work" on a shoot at a brewery in the lovely Magic City of Birmingham, Alabama.
Artisan Flowers' florals were just stunning! Love her pops-of-color ranunculus bouquet and fun lotus centerpieces. Also -- don't you just adore the little charm necklace our bride wore? Morgan made it! She's so crafty!!
Last but not least, the gorgeous tablescape! I had a BLAST styling this little satin number up with raspberry striped napkins, glittery placemats (can you BELIEVE they're just scrapbook paper pieces?!), and a host of gorgeously shaped glasses from Liberty Party Rental!
Being a part of such an amazing shoot was just an unbelievable experience! I still can't get over how gorgeous everything was and how much fun (albeit exhausting) the weekend played out to be. :) Here's a sneak peek below from behind-the-scenes! See film footage from the shoot on our feature at Green Wedding Shoes by Kinora Films -- and check out GWS or the KDE Facebook page to see even more beautiful images from the shoot!
photography + concept: Morgan Trinker Photography // coordination + styling: Kelly Dellinger Events // venue: Avondale Brewery // florals: Artisan Flowers // cake: Uprising Cakes // hair: Joanna Ballentine // makeup: Molly Stilley of Morgan Ashley Salon // wardrobe styling: Megan LaRussa of Southern Femme // paper goods: Be True Designs // calligraphy:Kelly Cummings // cinematography: Kinora Films // dress shop: The Bride Room // dress designer: Lula Kate // bride’s charm Necklace: DIY // rentals: Liberty Party Rental
Farms all over the world, especially within the Southern United States, have been popping up as fully-functioning event venues and couples are booking them like crazy! There is something so classic, homegrown, and relaxed about saying “I do” and dancing ’til dawn in a barn or open field. It evokes memories from childhood for many and gives a well-deserved nod to one’s heritage.
What’s even lovelier is the openness of possibility in planning and styling a wedding of this sort! At first, a lot of people think immediately of mason jars and shabby chic — vintage furniture, mismatched place settings, and quilts; an overload of burlap and lace. While that has been the trend for a few years now, there is so much more you can do in a farm atmosphere!! Instead of regurgitating the same-old typical “farm wedding” you see countless times on Pinterest, why not go for something polished and fresh with that same laid-back feel? Use rich colors and textures — quality over quantity! — to simplify your wedding vision and bring the focus back to the gorgeous natural features of your wedding venue (and the whole reason why the farm feel appeals to you!). A beautiful, sumptuous table linen with simple but richly colored floral centerpieces will make much more of an impact than a cluttered table topped with a thousand antique knickknacks and burlap-covered votives that really mean nothing to you personally. Perhaps you could incorporate beautiful herbs and produce (maybe even from the farm itself?!) in with the florals! I’ve seen stunning arrangements mixing farmer’s market-fresh peaches and garden roses galore. And the colors cabbage comes in are divine!
Words cannot express how excited I was this afternoon to see last year's full planning clients Brittany & Jeff's wedding featured on the Vera Wang Vera Unveiled Blog! Brittany and Jeff's wedding was one very dear to me -- not only were they some of the most WONDERFUL full planning clients I've had the joy to work with, they're also dear friends of mine from college years! Brittany is one of my sorority sisters (and one of the major reasons why I decided to go Greek:). While she has the looks and figure to make any dress shine, she looked absolutely dream-like in her perfect wedding gown -- Vera Wang's stunning "Velvet Roses."
Working with Brittany for over a year, it was evident from Day One that she didn't care much for the traditional "bride" experience. She wanted a FABULOUS party, chock full of a lot of people having a really good time. But as far as intricate centerpieces and trying on a thousand veils go, she had more important things to think about.
I think that's why the Vera Wang gown she decided upon was so perfect for her -- it was classic and stunning but not overly fussy or "bridal." It was figure-flattering on her tiny frame and had BEAUTIFUL little details (like the rosettes and tulle bow in the back) that left guests Ooohing and Ahhhing from every angle.
I am just tickled pink to see a recent article I wrote for Glessner Photography posted on their blog! Elizabeth is one of my very dear friends and an absolute delight to work with! I had the privilege to plan two weddings that were shot by Liz and her husband last year (as evidenced by the photos below -- also see Brittany's & Kristin's galleries here) and hope to work with her again in 2013!
In planning a wedding, the easiest mistake to make is to focus primarily on the details. Call it the Pinterest Curse, if you will. Hordes of gorgeous images bombard us every time we log onto a wedding blog or website, resulting in countless hours pinning breathtaking details. Brides bookmark crazy numbers of little things they’d like to incorporate in their wedding plans and somewhere along the way, forget to think about the bigger picture.
Don’t get me wrong – details matter. They make up the “Oooh!!” moments that leave wedding guests pleasantly surprised or impressed. Small things, curated by a keen eye, can truly personalize a wedding. They can evoke memories of how the couple met and fell in love, or emulate certain personality aspects of the bride and groom that are endearing.
However, if you’re shooting in the dark and expect to throw together a successful wedding just by replicating a thousand random “good ideas,” you’re misguided. Cohesiveness is key. I hate to use the word “theme” because that tends to bring to mind visions of senior prom and tacky weddings broadcasted on bad reality shows, but some semblance of a theme or aura can be extremely helpful in conceptualizing a wedding.