Emily + Jim

After all of these years, the variety of weddings that come our way still surprises us sometimes. From bold and dramatic, to quirky and fun, and everything in between, our brides and grooms are all over the spectrum. Emily + Jim's Atlanta Botanical Garden wedding is simple and sweet, in the very best way

There are a ton of elements that we love about this wedding, but one of our absolute favorites? It might be that lavender bouquet. We're a sucker for anything lavender, but that just made us SWOON!  Check out more details of Emily + Jim's "best day ever!" below, shot by Andrew Thomas Lee Photography. And after you're done checking out his photos from Emily + Jim's celebration, jump over to his blog or site to see more of this talented man's genius work! 
Of course, where would a wedding be without a wedding planner? We were lucky enough to call Ashley Baber Emily + Jim's coordinator, a serious vet on the Atlanta wedding scene who always has her ducks in a row, creating a stress free occasion for all involved. Emily and her girls' bouquets, and the floral arrangements were done by Unique Floral Expressions, and the simple cake topped with rosemary was a Highland Bakery creation. After the I Dos and the dances, guests took advantage of Smilebooth, there to snap tons of silly photos through the night. What a great vendor team! Some other fun facts that Emily passed along to us: The invitation included artwork done by the groom himself, and were letter pressed by the matron of honor, talk about sentimental meaning.

Emily + Jim stuck to a cocktail themed menu, featuring finger foods and small plate stations throughout Day Hall. The Atlanta Station included coca-cola glazed ham served with miniature sweet potato biscuits + grainy mustard, our mac n' cheese (which if you haven't tried before, is out of this world!!), and a goat cheese torta with sundried tomatoes + basil pesto + pine nuts. The Carving Station featured a prime rib of beef with yellow onion confit + horseradish sauce, our fanta se salad with valencia oranges + avocado + spicy pecan with chile vinaigrette, and grilled asparagus with lemon butter drizzle. And finally the French Quarter Station served up low country shrimp + sausage over three cheese grits, garlic + shallot sautéed haricot vert with grape tomatoes + toasted pine nut, and beef steak tomatoes + red onion + charred corn with balsamic vinegar. And to round out Highland Bakery's cake, Emily + Jim went for a super fun confection... COTTON CANDY! The inner child in everyone could not get enough.
What a fun night and what a lovely couple. Wishing Emily + Jim, and all of SIMB newlyweds a very happy 1st married holiday season together!   



In Full Bloom- Featured in Southern Wedding

Okay, so it may be just a tad chilly outside, but have no fear, this southern inspired styled shoot is about to warm you right up! Rich in romance and pretty petals, this visionary shoot, photographed by Ali Harper at the beautiful Serenbe Farms, was recently a part of Southern Weddings V7 and we're sure it will melt any frost away instantly.
You may remember us bragging about another shoot for Southern Weddings down at Serenbe last year, well this is another brain child from some of the very same folks! Once again, our darling and ever so mind-blowingly talented friend Krista at Blue Eyed Yonder took the reins, styling the details of the day, blending soft textures, dusty rose hues, and the wonderful whimsy of wildflowers. She never ceases to amaze us, and we're lucky that Ali Harper's amazing eye (and lens) were there again to fantastically frame each moment of this day. 
The wild spontaneity of wildflowers is perfect for a summer time wedding, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the way Victory Blooms' dreamy bouquets and centerpieces meshed with all of our seasonal stories. And to top it off, the lovely Mrs. Loesing, from Yes Ma'am Paper Goods, lent her skills for the the super sweet invitation suite and table runner menu. 
We think the lovely ladies over at Southern Weddings have the greatest taste, so flattered doesn't even skim the surface when we were selected to be a part of one of their features for the second year in a row! If you are a soon-to-be bride searching for some serious inspiration for your wedding, you've got to get yourself a copy of Southern Wedding V7. Even if you're nowhere near planning a wedding, do yourself a favor and get one anyways. It's PACKED with all sorts of pretty things! 
Check out the behind the scenes video from Before Your Eyes, and read more about all the fun we had making this dream come to life on Southern Wedding's site.

Behind The Scenes With Southern Weddings Magazine from Paul Moody on Vimeo.

Credits | Photography- Ali Harper | Styling + Set Design- Blue Eyed Yonder | Floral Design- Victory Blooms | Paper + Calligraphy - Yes Ma'am | Food + Drink- Sun in my Belly | Cake- Sugar and SlateHair + Makeup- Claudia Mejerle + Raney O'Keefe | Venue- Serenbe | Videography- Before Your Eyes 


Coloring Outside The Lines- Styled City Shoot

Aren't there some days you go to work, and you struggle to get through every minute of it? Well we've got that in common then. But then there are also days that you look around and think-- Wow! Is this really my job? How did I land this gig?!? The latter happens on days like this one; When we get to go "work" with our darling friends in the industry, dance across brightly painting walls, and are surrounded by vibrance from all angles. Pinch us, we must be dreaming! 
We headed to Weside Cultural Arts Center, where inspiration is begging to be found, and met up with a few top notch vendors including the absolutely remarkable Juli Vaughn, who was mastermind behind  the event design, floral design and styling with this delightful day. It should come as no surprise that Juli was responsible for this shoot; it screams Juli's name. Vibrant, fun, full of energy! Inspired by Atlanta's Living Walls project, Juli and Genya at Vue teamed up and started brain storming on ways to celebrate the city scenes that we sometimes take for granted. Well guess what? They've got our attention. Coordinated by the marvelous Melissa of Pretty Swell Parties, and photographed by one of our most talented Studio1658 photographers, Vue Photography, this shoot is so full of life, it explodes off the screen, and we cannot get enough! Are you ready for a little more razzle-dazzle now too?
For our menu, we supplied eye-catching and mouth-watering morsels. Mission figs stuffed with soft brie + wrapped with honey bacon and drizzled with honey, check. A gorgeous and fresh heirloom tomato stack with Buffalo mozzarella + baby arugula + avocado vinaigrette, check. And an amazing Vietnamese green curry lobster over black risotto with purple basil shoots, check. Just like the other elements of this styled shoot, this menu was a great way to breathe life into what can sometimes seem like same ol' thing. Every piece of this photo shoot is a breath of fresh air, and a great reminder that traditional weddings, although they are beautiful and timeless, aren't for everyone, but that are some great alternatives out there!  

Such an incredible way to spend the day!  Check out Ruffled's feature on our sweet little city shoot, and for more details about the contributors on this shoot, be sure to take a look at the credits below. 
Credits | Photography - Vue Photography | Event Design + Floral Design + Styling - Juli Vaughn Designs | Coordination - Pretty Swell Parties | Venue - Westside Cultural Arts Center | Food - Sun in my Belly | Cake - Sugar & Slate | Hair + Make Up - Andrea Carter Artistry | Paper Goods - Fresh Love & Co. | Rentals - Event Rentals Unlimited | Linens - I Do Linens | Bride's Attire - The Sentimentalist | Grooms Attire - The Modern Gent | Videographer - The Reason | Art/Canvas Place Mats - Renee Bouchon


Lauren + Christian

Soaked in Southern charm, Lauren + Christian's wedding is one that we'll never forget. This was such a fun day, full of energy and picture perfect moments, and we're thrilled to share it with you today. Working with Simply Charming Socials on one of our first weddings together was an incredible experience, and set us up for a continued vendor-friendship that we've enjoyed for a long time now. Remember when we gushed about SCS in August? Well, here's further proof of their amazing abilities to tie together ideas, accents, and atmosphere to create a truly wonderful wedding.

Nestled away in Monroe, at Fair Weather Farms, Lauren + Christian's celebration was every ounce of perfection seen here, thanks to 35 Atlanta, and then some. This family owned and operated property is magical. Saying "I do" under a 200 year old oak tree, surrounded by rustic beauty and shimmering water, Lauren + Christian had the right idea. Throw in beautiful bouquets and stunning stems from Gardenia Floral, and you have your self a storybook wedding. Not to mention the Southern chicness of Lauren + Christian's wedding. The vintage rentals from 4 Inch Fold and preppy pink pops against burlap and seersucker were just darling!  
Before the ceremony, guests enjoyed fresh lemonade and fruit infused chilled water on the lawn, where they also nibbled on medjol dates wrapped in proscuitto with soft goat cheese, mini corn muffins topped with our notorious pimento cheese, and fried green tomatoes with horseradish sauce and caramelized onions, post ceremony. After collecting Lauren + Christian's custom made koozies, and a few cocktails, guests made their way inside the screened in pavilion. There they found our fried green tomato napoleon salad, with fresh goat cheese, smoked trout + wild rocket greens, drizzled with a green goddess dressing at each setting at 4 Inch Fold's farm tables. Lauren + Christian's buffet menu was made up of a balsamic glazed free range chicken breast with caramelized onions + fresh rosemary, grain mustard + aged balsamic roasted pork tenderloin, and fresh vegetables, including sautéed haricot vert with grape tomatoes and toasted pine nuts. Deeeee-lish. After dinner, whoopee pies from The Cookie Studio and lots of dancing were on the agenda, desserts and dancing... sign us up!
Pinch us, we must have been dreaming! 


Wendy + Chris

October is here already! Which just goes to show that time flies when you're having fun, because it doesn't seem too long ago that we were enjoying a spring wedding celebration in Piedmont Park for Wendy + Chris. Their ceremony was super sweet and sentimental, as their closest family and friends gazed at the happy couple with Lake Clara Meer in the background. There was something so special about being in the heart of Piedmont Park and Midtown Atlanta for this wedding. It's like the whole world was spinning right outside, but Wendy + Chris made time stand still. We just loved it, and we know you will too, so take a look at all the delicious details of Wendy + Chris's wedding, shot by the skilled Anna and Spencer Photography.  
After their dockside ceremony, Wendy + Chris and their guests mingled on the lawn as our fried green tomatoes with horseradish sauce + caramelized onions, miniature grilled cheese sandwiches on brioche, and cocktails were served. Then guests moved inside the dockside visitor center to find rows of farm tables, sprinkled with candles and pretty pastel flowers from Holly Bryan Design. Wendy + Chris kept their menu casual and fun, featuring some of their favorite finger foods, including out pistachio + coconut chicken satay with lime + cilantro coulis, Alison's famous meatloaf sliders on buttery brioche rolls, and wild mushroom + gruyere crostini with fresh thyme. Their buffet menu also included a beautiful antipasto display, cumin + sriracha spiced chick pea hummus, and basil laced roasted salmon with lemongrass creme fraiche.   
For dessert, we provided Wendy + Chris with a dessert bar that will make your mouth water. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, raspberry + lemon parfaits with oatmeal crumbles, and a fruit + cheese display featuring strawberries, dates, and artisan cheeses. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Chris has a blueberry pie "groom's cake" and a simple, but spectacular almond pound cake

It's no surprise that we were crazy about another wedding at one of the many Piedmont Park venues, and we are pleased as punch to have been a part of Wendy + Chris's wedding celebration. Here's to the happy couple! 


Jennifer + Ray

We think we might be about to blow your mind. Because for the first time, in a very long time, we're featuring a wedding where we did more than just the catering. That's right, we're not a one trick pony, and when the amazing Jennifer + Ray came to us for a consultation, we knew it was a perfect match. Not only between them, but for us to provide coordination, flowers, and design for this lovely little laid back couple. The creative guru Max LeBlanc rolled up his sleeves and pulled every swatch from the book to create Jennifer's dream textures and color palates, and just like that SIMB took the reigns of Jennifer + Ray's wedding. Our first wedding at Heritage Sandy Springs was a big project, but we're pretty pleased with the outcome, and with Amanda Summerlin behind the lens, we've got the photos to let you see what we mean.
Jennifer + Ray's wedding flowers were designed with an ethereal and elegant, yet casual, feel in mind. They were married under "cloud" of manzanita branches, garden roses, ranunculus, anemones and hanging lanterns. For her bouquet, Jennifer wanted a soft, snowy, loose arrangement, wrapped in a personal scarf for an heirloom effect. Our always ingenious Alison Lueker hit the nail on the head and delivered the day-of, finding the perfect balance between elegant romance and casual whimsy with Jennifer + Ray's floral designs.
When it came to the food for their festivities, Jennifer + Ray went for a buffet style dinner and butler passed hors d'oeuvres. Fried green tomatoes with horseradish cream sauce and caramelized onions, and miniature New England crab cakes topped with ancho chili aioli were passed throughout the garden are after the ceremony. Tomato napoleon with fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella with a green goddess dressing, and coriander + cumin grilled shrimp served curried mango sauce were part of the dinner menu. Along with grain mustard and aged balsamic pork tenderloin and roasted cauliflower + dried cherries + toasted pine nuts. After dinner Jennifer + Ray cut their creative cake from Cakes by Darcy, delicious desserts from our pastry department were passed around, and guests broke it down on the dance floor, until the happy couple was swept away into the night.
What a special celebration! And we hear this happy duo became a trio not too long ago! Check out Amanda Summerlin's most recent photo shoot with Jennifer + Ray! Congratulations, and a million thanks for letting SIMB play such a big role in your wedding day!


Graham + Michael

 Be still our hearts! Graham + Michael's wedding is one for the books, and we couldn't be more proud to have been a part of their stunning celebration in Sharpsburg, Ga. This wedding is soaked in good ol' Southern charm, which of course means family first. Graham + Michael chose to have their ceremony and reception at Graham's family farm, where the renovated barn and rolling hills were sprinkled with rustic farm tables and mis-matched chairs, brought in by The Vintage Rental Company. And the simple and chic centerpieces and bouquets, with garden roses, Queen Anne's lace, and peonies, were made by family friends (we know, right?!?). Shot by Paige of Once Like a Spark, the photos are just the way we remember this evening...heart stopping!
Beyond being a ridiculously attractive pair, Graham and Michael are down-to-earth, laid back, and so sweet, you may get a cavity if you hang around them long enough. Their families, wedding party, and guests were just the same, which made this picturesque evening all the more perfect. Ironically though, only two hours before the ceremony, we weren't sure this wedding was going to happen at all, because it was pouring!! Setting up for a wedding in an open field with little shelter, during one of the worst summer thunderstorms we could imagine wasn't exactly ideal. But by some miracle, about an hour before the ceremony, the sky clears up, and there wasn't a cloud in sight by 6:00pm. It couldn't have been a more gorgeous night.
Sticking to their roots and knowing they'd want to spend tons of time on the dance floor, Graham + Michael chose a cocktail style menu, mixing Southern favorites and classic crowd pleasers. During cocktail hour, our all star appetizers were fried green tomatoes with spicy pimento cheese, mini crab cakes with ancho aioli, and chorizo + cheddar hand pies. While their tapas dinner stations included a mason station with build your own shrimp and grits, buttermilk fried chicken skewers, a traditional wedge salad, and our deconstructed corn muffin, carolina pulled pork, and purple slaw jars. The carving station leaned towards the traditional side, with caesar salad,  roasted seasonal vegetables, country bread, and prime rib with a yellow onion confit + horseradish sauce. The delicious desserts and cake  were provided by Blooming Flour Bakery
We are still weak in the knees over Graham + Michael's wedding. If you can't get enough either, check out Once Like a Spark's blog for more jaw dropping details. Here's to this radiant couple!