Macon Georgia Wedding | Terminal Station

Our super talented Ashley Stalvey paired up with Mary Katherine, our sweet and stylish bride, to perfect this classic winter wedding in Macon, Georgia. We love all of the well thought out details, the amazing floral hoop, and the beauty and happiness that surrounded this special day!

Huge thanks to Trendy Bride for featuring, and an even bigger ‘wow you’re amazing, thank you!’ to the talented Candice Hope Emerson who captured every special moment for MK and Sam.

Winter white + lilies never looked so good!

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How To Get Your ‘Husband-to-Be’ Excited About Wedding Planning!

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday! I’m so excited for the weekend- so much work to do and so many dreams to make a reality. I hope everyone had a lovely, productive week!

I recently traveled to Arizona where I saw first-hand the beauty of the terrain. To be so dry, so rocky, and so parched, the views were breathtaking. The stylized shoot we did there? Even more breathtaking! The Bridal Theory agreed and chose to showcase the work we did...so exciting! You can check it out here!

As I was looking back reminiscing on the soft taupe tones found in the dress and the landscape, my thoughts started going to the groom. His blue suit and brown dress shoes perfectly accent everything about this session.

My creative wheels started turning as I looked at these photographs...what can we do to get our men more involved in planning the wedding?

Sit back, take a sip of coffee (or champs!), and learn how we can all work to get grooms more pumped about being a part of this process!

How To Get Your Husband-to-Be Excited About Wedding Planning!

Though we are living in the 21st century and a lot has changed about the wedding industry and planning, there’s one thing I can say for certain: most brides (and their mothers...love you ladies!) are still at the forefront of wedding planning.

I’ve met grooms in consultations who are very vocal about their wants and desires, others who yield to their partner to make the decisions, and then there are those whom I didn’t meet until the actual day of the wedding!

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Here’s the thing we need to remember, and I think we often forget! It’s his day too! And it is my job to make sure the ceremony and reception are pleasing to everyone involved- regardless of gender!

Here’s a few ways I believe us ladies can work to make grooms around the world feel like they are more involved in the planning process. After all, they should be! It’s not just a girl’s thing, guys...it’s a life thing!


Involve him from the beginning.

Once the planning starts, make the groom feel like his opinions are important. Bring him to that first consultation with your wedding planner. Take him to every stop along the way- the wine and food tastings, the meeting with your officiant, and so on! Ask him what he wants, and work to find a way to make this coincide with your vision. Let him know it is NOT taboo for a groom to be a part of all of these special moments!

Register...TOGETHER!

I believe this is super important and almost serves as a nice little exercise on working together. Though your future husband may say he doesn’t care what set of kitchen glasses or towels you receive, chances are deep down he has an opinion (we know they always do!). By registering together, you get to make decisions about items you will share together in the years to come!

Ask Him to Work on Projects!

With many weddings, there are always things that need to be built! Whether its a platform for the ceremony to take place on, a wooden centerpiece for a table, or even painting a “here comes your bride” sign, this could motivate him to contribute to the process!

Additionally, task your groom with booking bands or DJ’s...I recommend double checking behind him… :).


Give Him a Space at the Wedding that is His!

Grooms like to have their space- even at the reception! Perhaps your guy would enjoy setting up a cigar bar to enjoy with his buddies. Or, a whiskey bar to take the edge off after the ceremony!

Write Your Own Vows!

The practice of writing your own vows is being utilized by couples more and more! It allows for an intimate, personal display of affection. It takes us away from the traditional “I ___ take you ___!” (nothing wrong with traditional, by the way!) to what can be an emotionally charged moment of a ceremony. By writing your own vows, the groom will have to search deep to find the right words to contribute to the ceremony!



Wheww! I know that’s a lot...and might sound challenging. However, I believe having both the bride and groom involved in the planning process can lead to a more cohesive wedding day that pleases both parties!

I hope to meet you...and your husband-to-be very, very soon!


Cheers!

-Whitney

Styling+Planning - Whitney, Whitewood Events

Photography - Ashley Rae Photography

Videography - Love Story Films

Gown - Carol Hannah

Florals - The Wildflower AZ

Hair + Makeup - Pearls Make-Up

Suit - The Black Tux

Venue - Saguaro Lake Ranch

Stationary - Sarah Ingram

Stationary Artwork - Britt Vasina

Emily + Kevin | Charming Southern Garden Wedding

Announcing today that this sweetest couple's wedding is being featured on Southern Weddings! The engagement and planning process was around 16 months, and we loved every single moment of it. We loved that Emily and her mother were as excited about all of the details as we were, and to see it all come together is a dream.

This wedding is the epitome of a Southern Garden Wedding, and the beautiful Taylor Grady House is the backdrop. Enjoy!

-Whitney

Emily + Kevin

Real Georgia Wedding | A Charming Southern Garden Affair

Published on Southern Weddings

Planning + Design | Whitney, Whitewood Events

Photography | Anna Shackleford

Videography | Daniel Shackleford

Venue | The Taylor Grady House 

Florist | Christy Griner Hulsey 

Cake | Classic City Confections 

Catering | LRG provisions 

Tent Rentals | Barron's Rental 

Chair and Table Rentals | Oconee Event Rentals

Linens | La Tavola Fine Linen

Watercolor Escort Cards | Britt Vasina

Custom Cocktails Sign | Cami Monet Watercolor Artist

Band | Sonic Groove

Invitation + Programs | Oconee Printing 

Bride's Gown | “Dandelion” by Amy Kuschel 

Hair Stylist | Stephanie Hollis 

Make-up Artist | Eli Jana 

Bride's Shoes | Badgley Mischka 

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids 

Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire | The Black Tux

Brennan + Dylan | Refined Rustic Wedding at Smithonia Farms

Brennan and Dylan's story is one that reminds us that the people we need most come into our lives when we need them the most. From meeting by chance briefly one night to a surprise run in while on a friend date in Colorado, and then living in New York then Atlanta, you might agree that these two know what fate looks like.

We had the pleasure of being a part of this special day, while Brennan and Dylan partied into the night with their closest friends and family. Smithonia Farm's sunset did NOT disappoint, and Ashley Cox captured it stunningly, and honestly we had a hard time picking our favorites! From the organic feel of the greenery with the burgundy and blush flowers, handmade signs, to the bride and groom portraits at sunset...Check it out!

Design and Coordinating | Cassie, Whitewood Events

Photography | Ashley Cox Photography

Videography | Brandon Zauche

Venue | Historic Smithonia Farms

Stationary | Minted

Florals | Bud and Bloom

Catering | Mama's Boy

Wedding Cake | Cecilia's Cakes

Bride's Dress | 'Wren' gown by Rebecca Schoneveld, from The Sentamentalist

Groom's Suit | J. Crew

Make up | Elijana Cosmetics

Hair | Lindsay at Salon DM3

Signage | Lily's Window

Rentals | Barron's Rental Center

Transportation | Stephens Limo Services