Kate and Campbell Blog



We've taken a bit of a break from the blog to focus on wedding season!  It's been crazy busy, but we've shared in some absolutely wonderful celebrations!  We promise to post professional photos on each of these weddings, but in the meantime .... enjoy a snapshot!












Big News! 

Have you missed us? We have been super busy sending some awesome brides down the aisle. Will post some wonderful weddings soon! In the meantime, we have some BIG news!! Barb and I started Kate and Campbell Weddings about seven years ago and some days we cannot believe how much it's grown. This business is our baby. We pour our heart and soul into making wedding planning a special time for brides and their families. It's thanks to those families and our amazing vendor relationships, that we have been able to grow this business. For that, a huge thank you. 

Barb and I have a great system. We know who is going to respond to which email without asking. Barb handles all of the decor and design flawlessly, while I knock out the spreadsheets and behind the scenes logistics and emails. We make a pretty stellar team if I do say so myself. Might be in part because we happen to know each other pretty well :) We have had numerous conversations over the years about adding someone to our team, but we haven't been able to find the perfect fit.... until now!!! We have talked about what we would look for a in partner. But it's not the tangible stuff that tops the list. Of course we want someone with great attention to detail, a creative eye, a strong work ethic, event planning experience, etc. etc. But what we really want is someone who LOVES this "job" as much as we do. We want someone who genuinely cares about these brides and these families. We want someone who just has that spirit, that spunk that you can't exactly put your finger on. We are thrilled to announce that we have found that person. You guys, she is amazing!!! I would like to introduce you to the new Kate and Campbell teammate... Renee Smith!!! 

Renee started in the wedding business more than 20 years ago and she's worked in many areas of the industry .... from invites to bridal gowns, in addition to flawless wedding planning!  She brings great energy, creativity, and commitment to all of our Kate and Campbell brides.... in addition to her huge heart!

Renee dove in fast and has already helped plan several of our weddings! She's just wonderful and we are so lucky to have her on our team. 

Welcome Renee! Looking forward to many more celebrations with you. 


And of course you'll continue to see our lovely assistants, Emily and Claire!


Burying Bourbon

Barb on the blog today!  Are you familiar with the Southern tradition of burying bourbon to guarantee good weather on your wedding?
We've got some Spring weddings for which we really, really need perfect weather, so I figured I'd give it a try. 
Here's the scoop:

Some sources say this tradition began in Virginia or Tennessee .... but I first heard it from the wonderful Lee Epting of Epting Events. Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day.  Maybe it's just Lee's luck, but the tradition has been upheld at every fabulous wedding we've done with him.  At one, several years ago, it poured all day .... but as the bride and groom left for the church, the sun came out and we had perfect weather that evening.

Now, some folks say that this must be done exactly one month before the wedding and the bottle must be buried upside down at the site to keep the rain away.  We can't go digging holes all over Barnsley Gardens, for example, but I thought I'd take a chance and bury some bottles at my home.  Can't hurt, right?
A trip to the liquor store
A pansy bed full of bourbon
Caroline, Courtney, Andrea, Jillian, Greta, Laura, Katie, and Allison - a bottle for each of you!! 

For more info on this, and other Southern traditions, check out: http://www.bourbonandboots.com/bury-the-bourbon-and-other-wedding-traditions/



Gift ideas and a giveaway!! 

We saw some very cute things the other day at an Origami Owl gift show and wanted to share them with you.  Some of these pieces might be great for bridesmaid gifts, for MOBs or MOGs, or to add to a bride or bridesmaid's bouquets.

There are lots of options - earrings, bracelets, chains, and charms galore. The company specializes in beautifully personalized lockets. We thought these were perfect for bridal gifts.

First you start with your locket, then your necklace, then the fun part - picking out some cute charms to go inside!!


When I got married, my bouquet was wrapped in a piece of lace from my mom's wedding dress and pearls from my mother in law's wedding veil. I also carried a cross that was given to me after our dear family friend Katie passed away. It was so special to have these sentimental things with me as I walked down the aisle.

I was honored to have my very best friends stand at the altar with me. These girls .... I just can't even tell you how incredible they are.

I wanted to have something a little extra special on my maid of honor's bouquet. Not only did Lauren introduce me to Eddie, but she is my very best friend. I always tell her she's the sister I never had.

I love an extra little touch on a beautiful bouquet!  When Barb and I saw some of the Origami Owl pieces, I was immediately drawn to the bouquet pins! I thought they would be such a fun addition to a bridal, bridesmaid, or mom bouquet!  Just a little bling!

We created this pretty piece!  For a chance to win it, comment here or on facebook with your favorite gift - either one you received or gave. We will pick a random winner next week!


For more gift ideas check out our Pinterest board here!

For more information on how to design your own- contact Julie Golsen at juliegolsen.origamiowl.com


Caroline and Will - Professional Pictures

Thank you Ardent Story for the incredible pictures of Caroline and Will's wedding day!