Happy Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day from Social Graces.  We hope you have a very special day with your loved ones!  Enjoy our sweet little party, it’s a perfect way to spice up your afternoon tea (or coffee).edits172




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Real Wedding: Jessica & Shane

Jessica & Shane were such a sweet couple and I had a great time photographing their special day back in June. Although we take part in so many weddings, it is so cool to see how each wedding has their own personality. I definitely saw that in Jessica & Shane’s wedding.

Here’s a bit of inspiration for your own planning!

To see more images from Jessica & Shane’s wedding, head over to Meg White Photography’s blog.


DIY: Lampshades

If you are looking to add a special touch to the lights on your outdoor tent for a reasonable price, consider this DIY. You can make it look full by putting a shade on every light or make a more simple look by spreading the shades out to every third or fourth light. It’s completely up to you.
We put these lights up for Karly and Shaun’s reception and once the sun set, they added a beautiful glow.

To get step by step directions click here.

Real Wedding: Karly and Shaun

Today’s wedding is your classic backyard wedding that was filled with so much love and peace. The yard was perfect, the bride was beautiful and the weather turned out in our favor. The morning was unbearably hot, 100+ degrees as we decorated and took pictures. However, once it was time for the wedding a little rain came and cooled things off for the evening. The groom called it, “Such a blessing.” Both of them couldn’t stop smiling the rest of the night.

This couple is means a lot to me and I wish them the best of luck. You can check out their engagement pictures here and also their wedding shower here.

Images by Becca Murdaugh
Cake by Belinda Wingo
Wedding by Social Graces

Love Stories: Evening Whimsy

If you’ve following along this week you’ll know that we are showcasing our work that we did with the 417 Bride’s Summer Love Stories shoot. Today, we are looking at a theme inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Evening Whimsy.

Hair: Studio 417, Carly Hamilton, Jared Cluck
Make Up: Grove Spa, Krista Murphy
Bride Model: Ashley Toner
Bridesmaid Models: Kinsey Mhire , Mikaela Peterson, Michella Tenneson

Shot on location at Enchanted Hills.

Custom-designed gown and headpiece by Frock Bridal.

Fresh bouquet including delphenium and carnations by Linda’s Flowers. 

1. Pergola, votive lanterns, silver tree, candle stands and mercury vases available at Swept Away Rentals. Linens available at The Total Bride. Blue vases available at Creative Touches. Mikasa countryside collection cake plate, $80 at Dillard’s. Flowers by Linda’s Flowers. Two-tier cake by Beth’s Bake Shoppe.

2. Synergy Save the Date available at PaperWorld.

3. Purple bridesmaid dress, $199; magenta Venus Bella bridesmaid dress, $172; Bari Jay peacock bridesmaid dress, $230; all at Normans Springfield. Hairpieces by Felicita Studios.

4. Black linen available at The Total Bride. Purple clutch by Liddie Mae. Sterling silver David Yurman blue topaz and diamond ring, $1,200; 18-karat white gold flower fashion ring with diamonds, $3,499; both at Justice Jewelers

5. 14-karat white gold sapphire and diamond ring, $4,950; 18-karat white gold cabochon ruby and diamond ring, $6,799; both at Justice Jewelers 


DIY: Seating Chart Part 3 of 3

Wednesday we introduced you to the name tags, Thursday was the fabric flowers and today, we get to the easiest part:  Gluing and tacking everything together.

Things you will need:

Peg boards (We used two different colors)  A good idea is to map out your tags first to make sure they fit and can be arranged correctly, then you can tell how many boards you will need.

Tumb tacks

Hot glue gun with extra sticks


Arrange the flowers around the boarder of the board however you like it…a little more, a little less, have fun with it!  Then hot glue the flowers down.Once the glue is dry, tack the name tags on in alphabetical order.  We put A-L on one board and M-Z on the other.  Then label your boards with how you arranged them to make things easy on your guest as they arrive (we used larger tags from Etsy, you can see one in the top picture).  A little hit to help the traffic flow, we placed the boards on easel at each side of the door so there was less hovering to find their name.