While I was getting ready with all of the bridesmaids, my sister, Ashley, said: I feel like you've surrounded yourself with really talented, nice, calm professionals today.
Aaaand I could not have said it better myself. We were blown away with our vendors and I wanted to share a few of them for anyone who might be planning a wedding. I highly recommend any of the amazing women below. This is not a referral post and I won't receive any compensation for promoting them. These girls are just the bomb :)
Some are Atlanta- and Indianapolis-specific, which I have noted below.
Photographer: Natalie Puls // Natalie is Oregon-based but will go anywhere. She's amazing, calm and just the type of person you want to share a moment so intimate as your first look. One of the best parts is that, with her wedding package, she spends the entire weekend with you. I didn't realize what a perk this was until I experienced it. She took photos of my family the morning of the rehearsal, did fake engagement photos with Chris and me before dinner, stayed for all of the rehearsal dinner and was with us the entire wedding day. I can't recommend her enough. She completely captured the essence of our wedding day.
Hair & makeup: Danielle Ivy // I could say the same for Danielle. She's professional, sweet and so talented. Everyone loved their hair and makeup. And, she's quick! She cruised through 10 bridesmaids, my mom and my hair and makeup in no time. She's based in Tuscaloosa but affordable enough that paying for her travel is worth it. I basically just wish I could hang out with her all the time because she's so wonderful.
Band: Mo' Sol // We loved our band! They kept the crowd alive and were so fun to work with. They let people DJ when they take breaks, which is happy and low key. They typically service the southeast, but if you're willing to pay for travel, they go anywhere.
Wedding planner: Erin Stapleton at Stella Harper // The Knot reviews don't lie! Erin is awesome. She's organized and sweet, but puts her foot down when she needs to. Basically the ideal personality for a wedding planner. I loved working with her. (Atlanta based)
Calligraphy: Stacy Spiro // Stacy was in my old bible study and is such a talented calligrapher. She can do anything - from traditional, formal calligraphy, to playful, curly script. She just started working with water colors, too. She's still young in her business owning, so her prices are very affordable. Also, she's awesome :) She just did the invitations for my cousins wedding in New York, too.
Welcome Maps: Haley Thoms at Savvy Scribe // I had a real vision for welcome maps for our hotel bags and had, pretty much, no clue where to start. Enter Haley! She whipped them up so quickly and I was thrilled with the results. It was such a sweet touch to add to the welcome bags. Haley also helped me when I got into a bind with our programs. She works quickly and can meet all your paper/graphic needs.
Wedding Dress: MH Pomanders // Ah, dress shopping. My mom and I went last fall, thinking it might take a while to find a dress. We found my dress at the second shop we visited and it was one of the first ones I tried on. We couldn't believe it! The ladies at MH Pomanders are so kind, which is wonderful because dress shopping can leave you feeling a little tender. I'm going back in a few weeks with one of my best friends and cannot wait to see the owners again! I feel like they are my friends at this point. I got my veil and jewelry there, as well. (Indianapolis based)
Bridesmaids dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaids // I loved working with both Amsale and Bella. Amsale had a million options and fabrics within one color scheme, which I loved, because I wanted all of my bridesmaids to be comfortable and feel beautiful. Bella was the perfect vendor for us, as we had people spread from LA to Denver to Atlanta and everywhere in between. It helped to have so many locations from which we could choose.
Getting ready PJs and robes: Piyama // The trouble with discovering Piyama is that I want everything they make. My friends loved these comfy pajamas and I felt very pretty in the white robe. They take a while to ship to the States (~six weeks), so plan ahead if you want to order.
Caterer: Zest // Our food was delicious - people kept saying how much they loved it. Everything was gluten free (wahoo!) and husband and wife duo, Hannah and Dana, were so accommodating. We loved working with them and highly recommend them. (Atlanta based)
Save the dates and place cards: Minted / This is the *one* referral link in this post because I can give you $25 off. Wahoo :) Minted made ordering paper goods super simple and we loved the elegance of them. We didn't use Minted for our invitation suite, but did really appreciate the free, beautiful addressing on the save the dates.
All of our vendors were truly amazing and the day would not have been complete without them! Thank you all!
All photos by the amazing and beautiful Natalie Puls.