Real Wedding: Sarah and Jason


We had a beautiful, fun filled day with Sarah and Jason.  Sarah was such an easy bride who made sure to enjoy every moment of her day.  These two couldn’t be more in love and we couldn’t have been more proud to be a part of their special day.  Sarah, you were a gem to work with and we wish you all the happiness in the world!  To catch their engagement photos, click here.

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Wedding Planner: Social Graces
Photographer: Meg White Photography
Ceremony Venue:  Weathered Wisdom Barn
Catering: Infused Catering
Cake: Celebrations by Sonja
Dress: Gracie’s Bridal
Hair and makeup: Sara at Salon Deco
Florists: Shannon’s Custom Florals
DJ: All That Music
Videographer: Joseph Bulger

6 Ways to Make Your Reception More Fun

The itinerary for a lot of weddings is relatively predictable. After the ceremony, there’s typically dinner and dancing, and possibly a toast from the best man that’s cringe worthy. There’s nothing wrong with being traditional, but what if you want more?

Making your wedding more memorable for you and your guests doesn’t have to be expensive; it just requires a little creativity and openness on your part. We put together a list of activities for you to choose from to make your wedding less textbook and more “playful.”

Play Giant Jenga

Normal sized Jenga is fun, but for an outdoor wedding, Giant Jenga could be a blast. Instead of engaging in friendly small talk about how they know the bride and groom, guests have the opportunity to engage in a little friendly competition.

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Fun cocktails paired with a hula hoop contest may help your guests loosen up, especially if you want to get your money’s worth out of the dance floor all night long. Guests may need the kids to show them how it’s done initially. (image via Tulle and Chantilly)

Lip-sync Battle

You’ve seen it on Jimmy Fallon and it’s hilarious, so why not bring that kind of energy to your wedding? Some of your guests may surprise you with their skills! Check out Emma Stone’s performance for inspiration.

Have a Sack Race

Obviously, if guests are dressed too formally, this isn’t an option.  Having a sack race would be ideal for a casual outdoor wedding. While this activity is certainly unique as far as post wedding activities goes, it is also extremely cheap because you only need sacks and a few energetic volunteers.

Keep ScoreScoreboard

Keep track of who wins the most games (bridesmaids versus groomsmen). Even if your guests don’t choose to participate directly, they can still cheer on their favorite “team.” (image via Element of Elegance )

America’s Best Wedding Dance Crew

This activity may take a little planning and a whole lot of rhythm. Again, you could make it bridesmaids versus grooms. Each “crew” can showcase their best moves while providing ample entertainment for your guests in the process.

These are all just merely suggestions to help you switch up the traditional wedding agenda and possibly obtain some hilarious videos for Facebook! For more ideas and inspiration, visit our Pinterest page.

Styled Wedding: Winter Love

Social Graces loves to collaborate with other vendors to bring our amazing brides a little inspiration.  This past fall one of our teammates, Alli was able to do just that.  She pulled together a beautiful winter wedding that will leave you wanting more.New folder11
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I wanted to bring cozy fall luxuries that you find inside, outdoors. Warm apple cider with cinnamon sticks, intimate conversation and richly textured furs. I wanted to create a space that made the nip in the air enhance the experience. Weddings are the ultimate romantic celebration, this outdoor space was built to create a romantic experience.
When you have a winter wedding outdoors it’s important that it not only look fabulous but feels fabulous to your guests. Backing each chair with a fux fur throw does just that. Whether it be throws, warm drinks, or a fire pit it is always a good idea to create opportunities for guests to feel as comfortable as possible. Nestling reception tables in cozy wooded outdoor areas can also help create a more warm intimate experience for guests.
I would also be sure and note in your invitation that the celebration will be held outdoors. Guests are always more comfortable when they can come prepared and dress appropriately.
Styling & Coordination by Alli Pool: Social Graces
Photography: Jordan Brittley
Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers
Wedding Dress and Tux: Ella Weiss
Invitation Suite & Menu: Paperworld
Hair Design by Shannon Calvin: Karma Salon
Make up Design: Airbrush by Andie

Styling Away For 417 Bride


For the summer issue of 417 Bride, the Social Graces team styled another amazing photo shoot for the magazine. Alex Crowder, the photographer, shot Aunna Beckemeyer, Stephen Morgan, and Sarah Thomas on location at Big Cedar Lodge in May. The photo shoot was produced by Jessica Kennon Spencer of 417 Magazine. Hair was done by Megan Ogle of Frost Salon and Melanie Gibbs of Karma Salon. The flawless makeup was created by Andie Reynolds of Lavaré Spa & Salon.

The gorgeous wedding dresses for Aunna and Sarah were selected from Ella Weiss Wedding Design, Gracie’s Bridal, and Normans Bridal. The tuxes and other fabrics for Stephen were chosen from Blackwells Men’s Clothing, Ella Weiss Wedding Design, and Town & County.

We selected jewelry and accessories from Maxon’s Diamond MerchantsHarem & Company, Justice Jewelers, Mitchum Jewelers, STAXX, Ella Weiss Wedding Design, Normans Bridal, and Gracie’s Bridal.

Here is a sample of the stunning pictures for the magazine!

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Make sure you keep an eye out for the issue on stands now!

Picture Backdrop DIY

For Easter this year, we had the pleasure of doing Mini Sessions for some really great clients. We wanted to share our cute fabric backdrop that we made, because it is so, so easy to do yourself!

First, a few pictures of our kiddos on our Easter set. 🙂

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And, now, for the DIY…

Get your supplies: We chose neutral fabrics and ribbon.

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Real Wedding: Kindra and Phil

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Kindra and Phil celebrated their wedding on September 21, 2013 at their family farm. The couple chose Splashdrop Photography to capture the special day. Infused Catering provided the meal and Sugar Leaf Bakery created the delicious cake for the reception. Shannon Custom Floral designed all the arrangements, including the stunning bouquet, and decorated the reception tent. The yummy S’mores bar was designed by Social Graces. Kindra bought her beautiful gown from Normans in Downtown Springfield.

Here’s a sample of the gorgeous day!

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