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Southern Weddings Planner Review

More than just a Organizational Tool

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You may remember our Wedding Collective Giveaway that we launched two months ago. It was an exciting time and we were blown away by the incredible response and support from all areas of the wedding industry. Southern Weddings didn’t think twice about being involved and their support means the world to us. These women work day in and day out to create resources for brides and we were THRILLED when they offered to gift one of their incredible “Southern Weddings” planners to our winning couple!

This planner is so much more than just an organizational tool. It could easily be called a “Marriage Planner”! The vision behind this resource wasn’t just to help brides plan a beautiful wedding, it was inspired by the idea that our marriages matter more than the wedding day. Sure, gorgeous decor and stunning florals are amazing and they do matter…. but ultimately, a couple’s marriage is what remains after the florals are gone and the decor is taken down. Well, that’s not totally true… they still have their images too!!! :) But really, in the grand scheme of things, the wedding industry is focused on the WEDDING… but few are focused on the MARRIAGE and that’s why I love the SW gals so much.

This planner is not only beautiful, it’s USABLE. It’s chock-full of advice, planning tools and  inspiration…. and the part I love is that it’s GORGEOUS! I don’t know about you but when I’m trying to get organized, I am more motivated when my organizational system is PRETTY! :) Here are my FAVORITE sections of the SW Planner! :

  • Brainstorming worksheet : As a bride, I was swamped with SO many ideas of what I wanted.. TOO many ideas of what I wanted! It was hard to decipher what I really loved versus what was trending! I wish I had this worksheet to help me hone in my vision!
  • Budget Priorities Worksheet: This is huge! You have to start with your big vendors first and then work down from there. For us, Photography was #1! This worksheet will help you figure out where you want to invest the most!
  • Bridesmaid Tracker: Why didn’t I THINK OF THIS?! Trying to remember how many of my girls had been fitted, had shoes and had ordered their dresses was a struggle!! This is genius!
  • The whole Marriage Planning section! This area of the planner is full of activities to do together as an engaged couple to help brides not become consumed with the planning process. This section brings the focus back to the couple and their relationship!!

I’m so excited for our bride and giveaway winner Laura to use this as she continues to plan her wedding!!! Thank you SO much to Southern Weddings for believing in us, our giveaway and our amazing couple!!! Congratulations again to Alex and Laura! We are so excited to celebrate with you in September!!!

View more info about the SW Planner HERE! 

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Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

Student Spotlight February 2021

Welcome to a brand new installment of KJ Student Spotlight!! It’s always a good day on the blog when we get to introduce you to some of our students and share their wins and advice!!! These three students have taken courses, watched Youtube episodes, are KJ All Access members, use our templates and have invested in themselves time and time again in order to grow their businesses! They deserve this recognition!!!


Here it is! Post one of twelve! I’m committing, once again, to blogging my favorite images each month of Everett’s first year and I’m excited about it because I know from past experience that this is truly the BEST motivation and accountability to stay on top of family editing!!


Rhett’s First Month


Introducing Everett Hill Alsop His Birth Story

It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful.  These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!


Quick end-of-year tips from Michael!

Whether you’re brand new to business or have been in business for quite a while, this brand new Youtube video is for you! Michael and I, early on in our business, struggled to relinquish tasks to other professionals outside of our business. Really…. It was more of MY STRUGGLE than his.

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Welcome to December’s Student Spotlight!! It’s a new month and we have new photographers to celebrate!! I’m so thankful for them and for their willingness to give of their time and share their stories!!!


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Tyler + Abby | Engaged A Washington DC Capitol Engagement Session

This shoot was supposed to happen about a month earlier on the exact day that leftover rains from a hurricane swept through Washington. I’m so thankful we rescheduled! Our reschedule date was absolute perfection! The temperature, the glow, the locations…. it was beautiful! Tyler and Abby’s outfit choices were wonderful and the leaves were full of color and still hanging on the trees.




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