Today, we get to do one of our favorite things in the world. Rave about one of our most beloved Studio1658 vendors around, VUE Photography's creator, Genya!
Where do we even start when it comes to Genya? Maybe in Highlands, NC, where we got our first taste working along side her during Kendall + Patrick's big ol', way perfect, wedding. She wowed us then and every wedding since! Genya's got an incredible eye for photography and the ambition to make any shot possible. And the proof is in the pudding... errrr pictures. Time and time again we have felt so lucky to have weddings where she is listed at the photographer, knowing it's going to be a slam dunk, without a doubt.  Just take a look for yourself.

HOLY CANOLI! Imagine having your wedding photos turn out like these. Wedding photography was never what Genya imagined she'd be doing. But after studying photography in college, and gearing up to go the commercial route, Genya took a job shooting a wedding while in England and fell in love!  One exhausting 8 hour day later, she was hooked, and realized how priceless the opportunity to create precious art for clients, that they would hold dear forever, really was! She moved back to the States, and VUE was born! Since then, she's been kicking butt and taking names, and it was an absolute treat to have her join us at Studio1658. She recently re-did our store front in Candler Park, proving she's got creativity flowing from her fingertips. 
Genya lives just down the street from the cafe and Studio1658, so as our neighbor, she, and her uber adorable family have been coming to eat with us for years. They are such big SIMB fans, when Genya + Pete got married a few years ago, it was a no brainer (we hope) who would feed their guests. It was so special getting to spend their special day with this wonderful crew, even if we did have to dodge some mid-summer thunderstorms. 

Genya was sweet enough to sit down and let us pick her brain too, so here's what phenom photog had to say.
From styled shoots to the real deal weddings, when VUE Photography's Genya is behind the lens, it's sure to be pure bliss! 


Callen + Danny

When a bride first gets engaged, the possibilities for her wedding seem endless, and often overwhelming. Where to have it? What time of year? What sort of dress? Flowers? Food? Dessert? Band or DJ? It's the stuff that can (and does!) keep a girl up at night! But for Callen + Danny's beautiful backyard wedding, every piece of the puzzle fit just right and seemed effortless, like the whole thing was a perfectly packaged present for the happy couple. Maybe that's because Callen + Danny turned to the spectacular Shanna Skidmore to coordinate their wedding day. We met the darling Shanna years ago via Amy Osaba, and just can't get over her organization and grace... she's truly incredible!! Callen + Danny seemed to have a solid idea of what they wanted their wedding to look and feel like, so it seemed only natural to pick some of the best Studio1658 vendors available. This of course, includes the Buffy Dekmar, the uber ingenious photographer behind these awesome photos
Our Studio1658 vendors are above and beyond amazing to work with, and teaming up with Amy Osaba and her group of gals is always a dream! Besides always being a joy to collaborate with, AO also crushes the floral design game, as if you weren't already aware. For instance, Shanna and Amy's chuppa for Callen + Danny, one of the best we've ever seen! To top it off, add rentals from Blue Eyed Yonder and Goodwin Rentals, and you've got yourself an absolute picturesque set up. These are to go-to companies to go for when it comes to rentals, BEY has every aspect of vintage, one-of-a-kind, and sentimental pieces, while Goodwin Rentals covers everything from tents, to rustic tables, lighting and more. Both are Studio1658 vendors and the combination of the two makes for the most unbelievable furnished wedding.

Callen, along with a few members of her immediate family, has food allergies that were of the upmost priority when it came to selecting a menu,which was no problem for our team. During cocktail hour guests noshed on seared crab cakes with ancho chili aoili, fried green tomatoes with spicy pimento cheese, and Alison's famous deviled eggs with candied bacon. Their large buffet dinner menu featured a trio of entrees, including horseradish encrusted salmon with season chutney, wild mushroom ravioli + truffled mushrooms + brown butter sauce, and pepper seared filet of beef with a burgundy demi glaze. Roasted sweet corn + zucchini in thyme butter, garlic + shallot sauteed haricot vert with grape tomatoes + toasted pine nuts, and roasted fingerling potatoes with truffled mushrooms were served up as sides. Callen + Danny skipped the traditional cake and went with a dessert bar featuring homemade chocolate chip cookies with chilled milk shots, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, lavender lemon tarts, and local apple tarts with a cinnamon crust. Is your mouth watering yet? 
A huge congratulations to this beautiful couple and an even bigger thanks for setting up such an unstoppable team of creative folks to make your wedding a dream come true. 


Beth + Brian

The new year is almost here, but we've got one more wedding from 2014 that is sure to please. We trekked up to Highlands, NC, one of our favorite spots, for Beth + Brian's wedding celebration earlier this year, and it was well worth the trip. Beth + Brian pickedThe Bascom: Center for Visual Arts  for their ceremony and reception, one of the neatest places we've ever been. Do you remember Kendall + Patrick's wedding from a few years ago in Highlands? That was our first trip to The Bascom, as K + P picked this gorgeous backdrop for some of their wedding pictures. But his time, we got to spend the whole day there, and soak up all of the good things The Bascom has to offer.  

We love all of the sophisticated spin on rustic that Beth + Brian had going on in their wedding celebration. From their venue, to their flowers, to little natural accents throughout the evening, Beth + Brian's taste is top notch! Of course, they did have a little help in the form of their amazing wedding coordinator, Michelle with Occasions by Emily. Plus, we were WILD about Beth's bouquet and all the sweet arrangements from Fern Studio. But our jaws really hit the floor when we saw the arbor at Beth + Brian's alter. It's so perfect, I mean really?! And of course, none of these show stopping details could be appreciated today if it weren't for the man, the myth, the legendary Jeremy Harwell, of Harwell Photography. His photos are always spot on and spectacular!  For cocktail hour, Beth + Brian chose passed items like our bleu cheese shortbread with candied figs,  bloody mary soup shots with sesame spiced lump crab, pomegranate glazed chicken skewers, and our fried green tomatoes with pimento cheeseBeth + Brian's buffet dinner featured our venus salad of baby field greens with lemon scented artichoke hearts + roasted red peppers + crumbled gorgonzola +  black walnuts drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. For proteins, they picked the grain mustard + aged balsamic roasted pork tenderloin and fresh mountain trout with pecans + fresh basil with yellow tomato beurre blanc. And as side items, Beth + Brian selected our mac-n-cheese and our roasted seasonal vegetables with maple glaze + sea salt. 
There is something light and airy about Beth + Brian's wedding celebration that just makes us pause, even during the busiest days, and feel calm. We loved being a part of this wonderfully talented team of vendors, and are so lucky to share some memories with this exceptional couple! 
Here's to 2014, hope you had as much fun as we did! And to 2015, let's make it another memorable year! 


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