10 Wedding Vendors Jess Levin Loves for a Southern Celebration

The region is quickly becoming a hot spot for destination celebrations, thanks to its assortment of venues, photographers, planners, and more. Here, the blogger behind Carats & Cake shares some of her favorites among the bunch. 

Easton Events
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Easton Events

A refined sensibility and national acclaim distinguish this company as one of the South’s most elite in planning and design. Lynn Easton and her team collaborate with some of the finest partners in the industry to bring each couple’s vision to life. 


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Sea Island
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Sea Island

For almost 80 years, this Georgian island has provided guests with a complete range of features and services, including five-star catering and expert wedding coordinators. Choose from its extensive list of on-property locations, such as an outdoor venue on the beach or a wedding chapel. 


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Beehive Events
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Beehive Events

Personalized design to fit each bride’s specific wedding style is what this full-service event company ensures with its unique creations. Balancing each design to complement nature is what makes it one of the South’s premier florists. 


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Eric Kellly
Photo by Eric Kelley

Eric Kelley Photography

For more than ten years, Eric Kelley has captured the most intimate moments of couples all around the world. Currently covering weddings in Charleston, Eric and his wife, Lora, take pride in shooting every moment of a couple’s special day with an exceptional attention to detail and professional performance.

Nola Bash
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Nola Bash

New Orleans native Danielle Papania utilized her Gulf Coast design and planning expertise to establish this luxury event company. From conceptualizing design ideas to executing floral arrangements, Nola Bash provides customizable options for every future bride and groom.  

Cru Catering
Photo by Gayle Brooker

Cru Catering

Ranked as one of Charleston’s top eateries, this award-winning catering company has been serving up success for more than two decades. No matter the size of your guest list, this full-service company cooks up comfort food with a gourmet spin.  

king street studio
Photo by King Street Studios

King Street Studios

Photography with a dramatic feel is exactly what Todd Surber set out to achieve when he established his cinematic style of shooting at King Street Studios. Encompassed by the magic of an event, Surber believes each moment should tell a compelling story about the couple.

Sara York

Sara York Grimshaw Designs

This South Carolina floral company only works with a limited number of clients each year. Sara York Grimshaw Designs guarantees the utmost in quality when it comes to design for your big day. 

Photo by Donna Von Bruening

Donna Von Bruening

Savannah photographer Donna Von Bruening uses her photojournalist style of shooting to capture the emotionally candid elements of each of her weddings. Professional ease and an eye for detail are what make her photographs one of a kind. 

Photo by Tim Will

Ford Plantation 

Once Henry Ford’s winter home, this 1,800-acre lavish residential estate has been transformed into one of Georgia’s most luxurious venues. Located on the edge of the Ogeechee River, the deluxe mansion houses a range of amenities such as guest suites and an entire sporting community.

About the Author

Jess Levin

Jess Levin is the founder & CEO of Carats & Cake, a premier network representing the best in the wedding industry. A native of Laguna Beach, California, Jess attended the University of Pennsylvania before heading to New York to work in venture capital at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that includes Poppin and...


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