Friday’s Find – Bring On The Sun

Summer is officially here – which means warm weather, cookouts, beach trips or lake living and of course dreaded bathing suit season! All winter long, we complain about it being too cold and how we “can’t wait for summer,” then Summer’s here and we complain about how its too hot and how we “weren’t ready for bikini season!” Clearly – we can’t win!  Luckily, I have compiled some of the cutest bathing suits for the season that will have you running for the pool and the best part – all of them are under $50!!  Click on each caption to be taken directly to the site.

First Up – TARGET!  Disclaimer: If you don’t love Target, we can no longer be friends. Just saying. 

Navy and white stripes – so nautical! 


Peach and Gold Bikini


Paisley one Piece


KOHLS – Keep an eye out for sales and coupons!

Fun Aztec Bikini 


Candie’s Pink


Victoria’s Secret – the Mothership of Bathing Suits

Mix and Match Bandeau Bikini


Mix & Match Flounce Halter Bikini




Ruffled one piece – in my new favorite color – MINT


Hope these have you ready for the beach!!  Have a good weekend!


By |June 27th, 2014|Categories: Friday's Find|0 Comments

{Wedding} – Mary & John

This past weekend I had the pleasure of coordinating the wedding of Mary & John in beautiful Wilmington, NC. Mary is not only a great friend, but she is my cousin also – which just made the whole thing so special!  Their love for one another is so strong and they both radiated pure joy the whole day.  This wedding was full of fun, including a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and an old Volkswagen beetle for the getaway! I feel honored to have been a part of the process and happy to welcome John to our family!

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Wedding Coordination & Design – Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design

Venue – St Thomas Preservation Hall

Photography – Mackenzie Kern Photography 

Videography – Light Cannon Films

Flowers – Sarah Coe & Olivia Prevatt

Catering – Angie’s Catering

DJ – Nate McCorkle

Linens – L&L Rentals

Cake – Whole Foods

Lighting – High Performance Lighting



Eat Your Heart Out

I’ve definitely said this before but I love when an event includes something unique and personalized. Last week, we looked at how a monogram can play this role and this week we will be looking at desserts! So, if you are reading this at your desk before lunch time – you have been forewarned. 🙂

Obviously the traditional choice for a wedding dessert is a tiered wedding cake. This is always lovely and is definitely a great way to go. If you are searching for a way to make your event uniquely yours though, different dessert options can be so fun! One of our fabulous couples served Cold Stone Creamery at their reception and it was AWESOME. There are endless options when it comes to serving some special sweets at your event!



Talk about a crowd pleasing treat! Who doesn’t love donuts? And bonus – it makes for a very cute display!

Mini Individual Cakes

If you still love the idea of cake but want to do something different, why not individual cakes?! These look so elegant … and yummy!

Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is one of my favs so obviously I’m loving this idea! How great would these be for a truly Southern wedding? Serve up some pig and then indulge in this sweet treat!


If you want to serve different kinds of dessert, shooters are a good idea! Your guests will have multiple options to choose from when being served!


Umm, seriously?! How fun is this? I love this idea!

Now that I have sufficiently given you a sweet craving – go enjoy a little treat!

Thanks for reading!


Friday’s Find – The Best Things Come in Small Packages!

Hey Y’all – I am writing this in between final preparations for a wedding this weekend in B.E.A.utiful Wilmington, NC! Love that town and super pumped!

Growing up, I was teased for being so small – but God love my Mama who always told me that the best things come in small packages (she usually meant diamonds – but that’s neither here nor there). So, today’s find is for all my petite women out there! Being all of 5 feet tall and the size of a peanut, I have always had a hard time finding business clothing – especially pants,  that not only looked appropriate, but didn’t need any alterations – until now.

Enter Banana Republic Sloan Fit Pants


These puppies are not only the perfect length, they also have “power stretch” fabric that retains its shape and hugs your body. Plus – they come in like 2,417 colors & patterns (okay, not really that many, but you get the point).  I currently own 3 pairs of these and cannot wait for them to go 40% off again so I can stock up!  All my slim and petite women out there – don’t hesitate, go buy yours HERE!

Also – I don’t know if it because of the european sizing or what, but H&M skirts and pants run smaller than normal – so that is another great, super affordable option. Check out H&M HERE! FYI – they are currently having BIG sale!

While you shop away – I am off to the coast for a fun filled wedding weekend! Have a good one!



By |June 20th, 2014|Categories: Friday's Find|0 Comments

Wedding Monograms 101

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is staying cool in this hot weather! Safe to say that summer has come to Charlotte!

I may have stated this before, but I love when an event has a subtle theme running throughout. Obviously your color scheme creates a consistent look, but having something even more specific can really tie everything together! My favorite way to do this is with a monogram! This should come at no surprise, since I do have a slight obsession with them. 🙂

Therefore, we will be looking at ways to incorporate your new monogram on your wedding day!


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Creating a monogram with the first 2 letters of your name is a great option. This same image could be used on all of your paper products, from the invitation to cocktail napkins!

crest monogram

This elegant monogram has the resemblance of a crest! You are starting a new family on your wedding day, so why not create a new family crest?

gold foil monogram

This image combines two of my favorite things, monograms and gold foil! How pretty would this be on a cocktail napkin?

 While I love the idea of having your monogram run throughout your decor, I realize that not everyone shares the same obsession. 😉

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Having one large monogram or single letter placed centrally is a great option! Either of these would be really pretty in a ceremony scape!

guestbook frame monogram

I think this would be a great ‘guestbook’! All of your guests can fill in the border with their signatures and well wishes. Hang this in your home and be reminded of your special day every time you look at it!

centerpiece monogram

This is a great way to personalize your centerpieces! This would be pretty on a sweetheart table or on all of your guest tables!

Okay, now I have to go find something to monogram!

Thanks for reading!


Friday’s Find – Blog Loves!

Happy Friday Everyone!  This week has been a busy (yet fun!) one for me and I am SO looking forward to my first weekend off in a month!!  What should I get into this weekend?!?

While I am newer to being a blogger myself, I have been reading other blogs for years and have a few that I make sure I read weekly. Some are about fashion, some about weddings and others about home decor, but all of them make me smile, laugh and usually open my purse strings! So without further adieu, here is my Top 5 Blog Loves List:

5. What Courtney Wore (

If you read last week’s post (go here if you missed it), you know my love affair with Courtney Kerr.  I first learned about her while getting my reality TV fix with “Most Eligible Dallas” where she was the ever-single, outspoken, spunky fashionista! Her blog has some of the best outfits and accessories and for those of you who remember, one of my 2014 goals was to “take fashion risks” – Courtney’s blog makes me do that and I LOVE IT! Here are a few of my favorite looks she has created:

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4. Dwellings By Devore (

Believe it or not, this is a girl I went to high school with (Northwest Cabarrus class of 2003 representing!)  Bethany has an interior design background and not only has the most gorgeous home (I want to steal her dining room), but is one of the best DIY-ers I have ever seen!  Check her out and be sure to take a peek at her projects list for step-by-step inspiration that will have you running to Ikea and Home Depot!

Her GORGEOUS Dining Room:


3. Desiree Hartsock (

Yes, another reality TV girl – clearly I am a sucker for it!  Desiree was The Bachelorette last year, however, she is a wedding dress designer (currently working on a line with Maggie Sottero) and runs a blog full of wedding inspiration!  Flowers, dresses, real life weddings, giveaways and her fiancé Chris even chimes in! She is also a bride-to-be – can’t wait to see her wedding dress!


2. The Every Last Detail (

What a fun blog this one is!  Edited by a former wedding planner and bride herself, this one not only provides inspiration and wedding tips, but it is also a great search tool for vendors in your area! Be sure to check out the inspiration gallery where everything is broken down by individual styles! Also, I may be a little biased, but the articles “7 Things A Wedding Planner Might Not Tell You”  and “What A Wedding Planner Really Does” might be some of my all time favorites!

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1. Pinterest Told Me To (

This girl is my comic relief!  Sheaffer is a Texas-dwelling, no filter mama who follows pinterest fashions and recreates them with her own flair.  Not only is she pee your pants funny, but she is my go-to girl for knowing what stores are having sales, introducing me to new styles and sharing a genuine love for Dr. Pepper!  (She might also do Bachelor/Bachelorette recaps that I thoroughly enjoy reading!) Just check out her Bio and About the Blog for what I mean about funny!

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Hope you guys can relate to one of these blogs and become a follower yourself! Would love to hear from you in the comments below some of your favorite blogs!!

Have a great weekend!


Fun & Fabulous Favors!

Hello all! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! We at Simply Southern had an action packed weekend that included an absolutely adorable photo shoot followed by a beautiful wedding! Another great weekend in the books 🙂

Lately I have seen so many fun ideas for wedding (or party) favors. This is such a fun way to thank your guests for coming, while letting your creativity shine!

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As a girl who swoons over a pretty bouquet of flowers, I love these favors! How great would it look to have individual bouquets or plants at each person’s seat? So pretty!


You have to love a favor that is fun, but practical! We all hate having to hold a cold, wet drink while trying to mingle at an event. These koozies will save the day – while looking super cute! Your guests can take them home and remember your event for years to come whenever they break out their koozie!


Homemade favors are such a great idea! Show off your talents by creating a little special something for each of your guests. These jars of jam are adorable – and yummy!

cookie smores

Speaking of yummy, these sweet treats are fabulous gifts! Your guests have just danced and partied the night away celebrating you. Why not send them out with a sweet treat to enjoy on their ride home?!


This idea was too adorable not to share. Champagne is the ultimate celebration drink – treat your guests to their own miniature bottle! How perfect would these be for a New Years Eve wedding?!

I love looking at these creative ideas for an event with you all – I hope that they serve as great inspiration for your perfect day! Thanks for reading!


Friday’s Find – What’s In A Name?

Happy June Y’all! Wedding season is in full gear over at the SS Wed Headquarters and we are loving every minute of it!

I feel that I would not be a true southerner if I didn’t love a good monogram. Whether it is my initials, my full name or anything else, I just love things that are personalized to me!  Maybe it is because I grew up around the movie industry and like the idea of my name in lights!! “Erin Padgett – Wedding Planner Extraordinaire” – such a nice ring to it! 🙂

Anyway, you can imagine how excited I was to find this option from BaubleBar:


YES – An acrylic necklace made from your signature!  Ahhh – I die a little!

To top it all off – Courtney Kerr (Dallas fashion blogger at What Courtney Wore) is the spokeswoman behind it.  I adore her style.  I adore her personality. I adore her wittiness.  I basically adore her (and maybe stalk her blog a little!)  I mean, how beautiful is she??


 You better believe that a pink one is on its way to my house! If you need one too, check them out at BaubleBar

If you sign up to get their emails, you get 15% off AND it is FREE shipping and returns! Winning!

Hope you guys have a great weekend – we are off to a photo shoot today with GAP (yes, GAP clothing – eek…) and a wedding tomorrow!!


By |June 6th, 2014|Categories: Friday's Find|0 Comments

Lovely Looks For Your Lovely Ladies!

Happy Tuesday everyone! In honor of one of the funniest chick flicks of our time (who can forget the scene in the bridal shop!), I thought we would look at some bridesmaid dresses!! There are so many options these days and more and more brides are choosing dresses that are not only gorgeous, but can be worn again! Score for all bridesmaids out there! Let’s look at some of the current bridesmaid dress trends:

Option 1: Long Dresses

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How beautiful are these gowns? I have always thought that long dresses look so elegant!

Option 2: Short Dresses

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While long gowns certainly are elegant, short dresses are beautiful as well! For weddings during warmer months, these are a great option – lovely and comfortable! *Side note – Peonies for President!  Seriously gorgeous!*

Option 3: Same Color, Different Style

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Letting your bridesmaids choose their own style is a great idea! Pick a color and let your girls show their unique fashion sense!

Option 4: Different Color, Same Style

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If you have a certain style in mind but can’t nail down the color, this is a great option! Choosing a particular color palette keeps this option unique without being too busy.

Option 5: All Different 

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For an extra unique look, each bridesmaid can pick out their own dress! I think this look always works best with soft, neutral colors.

Hopefully these looks are inspiring to all of our brides-to-be out there! At the very least, it’s always fun looking at pretty dresses, right? 🙂

Now I will leave you with a clip from the aforementioned chick flick:

Thanks for reading!