featured:: green wedding shoes:: lucky charm styled shoot

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.

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Joanna Ballentine and Molly Stilley made our gorgeous (real-life engaged couple) bride & groom models look dashing, as well as our team of lovely wedding partygoers!

Kelly Dellinger Events st. patrick's day wedding
Kelly Dellinger Events cheers shoot

The gorgeous cake (complete with beribboned cake pulls) was made by Birmingham's fabulous Uprising Cakes. Be True Designs (based out of Knoxville) created the lovely paper goods suite, and Kelly Cummings did calligraphy for signage and a few fun little projects scattered.

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Kelly Dellinger Events - Kelly Cummings calligraphy
Kelly Dellinger Events emerald invitation suite

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!!

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Kelly Dellinger Events charm necklace
Kelly Dellinger Events ranunculus bright bouquet

Southern Femme did an excellent job dressing our groom & bridal party models! Love Zack's tie and vest combination and the jewel-toned bridesmaid gowns.

Kelly Dellinger Events Southern Femme styling
Kelly Dellinger Events St. Patrick's Day shoot

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!

Kelly Dellinger Events styling
Beyond obsessed with these custom vinyl sticker bottle labels -- such a perfect touch for any wedding!

Beyond obsessed with these custom vinyl sticker bottle labels -- such a perfect touch for any wedding!

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Kelly Dellinger Events styling

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!

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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

real wedding:: brittany & doug

Where to even begin with these two?! Brittany is a classic Southern belle. (I like to think this is why we have much in common!) When Doug proposed at a gorgeous Tennessee vineyard in the fall of 2011 (with a STUNNING emerald-cut diamond ring, might I add!), Brittany dove headfirst into planning after her dream Southern wedding. She dreamed up a gorgeous pink and grey affair, complete with fresh peonies, garden roses, and hydrangea, queenly attire (a darling Jim Hjelm lace dress with Badgley Mischka floral pumps), and a reception replete with details. The calligrapher for Southern Weddings magazine's logo, Kathryn Murray, drew up some beautiful verbiage and a custom monogram for the couple's striking geometrically-printed paper goods suite. Brittany had the monogram made into a gobo which was cast on a brick wall in the reception space (creating a beautiful, cohesive look!). String lights illuminated the pink and grey table linens, and mason jars with fresh flowers accented each and every table.

Following the traditional church ceremony, guests were greeted at the door of the Factory at Franklin with a spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail served in Mason jars (and iconic striped straws!). Live music, performed by the Nick Carver Band, serenaded the party for the duration of the night. Dinner was composed of Southern classics, such as a mashed potato bar, sautéed green beans, and stuffed chicken. Every last sweet tooth was satisfied with wedding cakes from Puffy Muffin and the groom's cobbler bar (the most SCRUMPTIOUS dessert ever!) served hot and a la mode.

Brittany and Doug, I wish the two of you a marriage full of love, happiness, and Southern charm!

Photography | Nancy Ray Photography 
Ceremony Venue | Baskin Chapel in Brentwood Baptist Church 
Reception Venue | The Factory
Planner | Kelly Dellinger Events
Florist | Susan Barnett
Officiant | Jay Strother
Cake Artist |The Puffy Muffin
Caterer | Stoveworks Restaurant
Reception Band | Nick Carver Band
Hair Stylist | Dion South
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting | SpringTree Media
Wedding Gown | The Bride Room 
Calligraphy | Kathryn Murray
Hair Accessories | The Headband Shoppe
Favor Table Print | Sparkle & Rust

a few reasons i love weddings | part two

To get to know me a little better, I'm sharing a multi-part series on how on earth I stumbled upon this marvelous career and found my calling. Stay tuned every day this week for the remaining installments! {See Part One here!}

In the meantime, I was trying desperately to figure out some path for my career goals. I started out at Belmont on the musical theatre track, then switched to theatre when I realized I'd be getting a music degree rather than a BFA, and then toyed around with political science and possibly going to law school. I actually worked the event setup for the special unveiling party for Belmont's brand new Troutt Theatre just a week or two after classes had started my freshman year, and followed the event planner around asking her about what she did and how she liked it. Everyone in theatre insisted that event planners had way too hard of jobs and never could make any money (ironic, no?!), so even my professors were super discouraging when I mentioned having those interests outside of acting. It stayed at the back of my mind, however. One of the communications professors I'd had a freshman seminar with had become a mentor to me for several semesters after I had his class, and I casually brought up how I thought it'd be lovely to be a wedding planner during one of our conversations. "Oh no, you don't want to be a wedding planner. Dealing with all those terrible bridezillas and their neediness? That'd be awful! You're much more suited for lobbying or something meaningful like law school. You have the potential to actually help people this way," he insisted.

{i'm third from the left... My sassy freshman theatre days!}

{i'm third from the left... My sassy freshman theatre days!}

I resigned myself to continue pursuing something government-related (probably helping Aborigines or native tribal people maintain their cultural rights, you know...) and registered for a sophomore fall semester of upper-level PoliSci classes. I happened to go through sorority recruitment that fall. During recruitment I talked with girls about amazing things like socials and mixers and planning formals -- it sounded like such a dream! On bid day I happened to catch a ride to our off-campus celebration with my chapter's current Social Chair:  a ridiculously cool and impressively ambitious girl who was my year. I told her I LOVED throwing parties and would totally help her with anything if she needed it. She invited me to the Social Committee's monthly meeting that upcoming Monday, and I spent many an evening from that point on painting props, making crafts, and listening to the active members' stories of Event Planning classes Belmont offered and how they got to be elected to fancy positions like Social Chair & Assistant.

My first sorority friend -- the fabulous former Social Chair Liz!

My first sorority friend -- the fabulous former Social Chair Liz!

I was having a blast planning parties, but Comparative Political Regimes and International Politics were kicking my butt in the classroom. My "never-made-a-B-in-my-life" status vanished rapidly before my eyes -- and I started to realize my studies were more about feeling self-important than doing anything I was called to or found legitimate meaning in. In November, my sorority president approached me about running for Social Chair. "ME? I just got initiated! There's no way I'm qualified for this!" I responded. A couple weeks passed, EC election happened, and the new Executive Officers appointed Staff Positions. "Don't tell anyone, but you got voted Social Chair!" one of my sisters whispered to me in class. My day, dimmed by my boyfriend having just broken up with me and impending exams, immediately brightened!

...stay tuned tomorrow for installment #3!

for the sparkle in your stocking

Did you have the BEST.HOLIDAY.EVER this year? Find a "sparkler in your stocking"? Was a ring hiding in your favorite ornament last night?

engagement rings

For all of you newly engaged ladies now officially on the dress hunt, check out The Bride Room in Green Hills! See their beautiful, informative post on wedding dress shopping here!

Oh -- and CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :) Shoot me an email if you'd like a bit of planning assistance!!