ˈsəT͟Hərn/ ɡrās/ Living in or originating from the south with simple elegance or refinement.
At Southern Grace our goal is to capture the vision you have and create the memories you have dreamed. Whether these dreams include something you have believed would be your day since you were a child, or an event you were asked to coordinate a week ago. Our goal is to bring your vision to life with simple elegance and our team has the experience and integrity to follow through on every “I do.”
Events, Floral, and Design are about a feeling. How you feel when you walk into a beautifully lighted and detailed room or how you feel when you see a beautiful field of flowers, the smells, the beauty, the complete “picture.” All of these things draw you in and capture your senses to create an experience. We are in the business of creating unforgettable experiences and we specialize in creating memories through our events, floral, and design.
Southern Grace started as an event and floral company business plan and transformed into a 1925 6,000 square foot historic and large commercial property in the heart of Flowery Branch, Main Street. After a two month long renovation with long days that led into long nights, 7 days a week we now have a location we can be proud of offering event planning and design, floral studio, and home décor and gift boutique.
Our expansive boutique will fit all of your home décor and gift needs and who doesn’t need flowers? The floral studio strives to not be the cookie-cutter flower shop. With our farm to floral concept and unique containers and floral designs, we hope to have something for everyone. Shop the boutique as a one stop shop for unique gifts for anyone on your list. We also have a fun line of doggie items, lake items, and as the seasons change we will keep up with the turning of the leaves and the holiday spirit.
Our bridal boutique is full of perfect gift for our couple as well as customizable options. We also offer custom farmhouse tables for our clients from a local vendor. What a great gift-a custom dining room table.
With many events happening every day, we offer full planning and design services as well as the availability to rent our space for your event needs. Our Alice Room, named after the former owner of the property, is available for events up to 80 people. We enjoy every event we have the opportunity to be a part of and look forward to making an impact in Flowery Branch.
Who We Are
With a creative edge and true enjoyment to make people feel good about themselves and enjoying important moments I began hosting and planning parties over a decade ago. It wasn’t on purpose, it was on passion. It was not a formal venture, but looking back, many roads led me to formally start Southern Grace. I am frequently asked to plan events and while I love it, I have a few other irons in the fire with multiple companies. I found myself connecting with Merilynn every time for the flawless execution. After much discussion and a glass of wine or two we decided to pursue this venture. Naming Southern Grace was easy, both of my daughter’s middle names are Grace and nothing is more beautiful than the South, the landscape, the people, and those cotton fields always were mesmerizing, hence the cotton in the logo.
Flowery Branch was the perfect location to build this dream and we love being a part of Old Town Main Street. My parents met in Atlanta, my father the country boy from Eatonton and my mom the city gal from Alpharetta who spent any extra time her family could find on Lake Lanier. What started as my grandparents beautiful piece of property on the Lake, turning into a trailer on the lake, and eventually a beautifully custom designed by my Boo aka grandfather and built home has really been a planted seed for my family. I have many cherished memories on Lake Lanier, but growing up military and living in Alaska, Florida, and Hawaii and attending Florida State I never planned or dreamed I would live in Georgia, much less in the exact area my grandparents chose to create some of the best memories for our large family. But, here we are, that seed planted long ago has definitely grown into something beautiful. Going on 7 years now we have enjoyed everything “The Branch” and Lake Lanier have to offer. I met my husband, Will, here and we are raising our three kids in what we feel to be the perfect mix of just enough activity, yet still safe, and a place where the people make all the difference. Madelynn Grace, Landon James, Mia Grace, and now Southern Grace love being a part of Flowery Branch and cannot wait to continue the journey through our events, floral, and boutique with our wonderful neighbors and friends.
Planner & Designer
Born and raised in Gainesville Ga, Merilynn gained her love of events and everything southern from her large, loud, and wonderful family. With over 10 years of event experience. She has worked for one of the worlds largest casino companies, private country clubs, luxury resorts, and private companies; all while building a vast understanding of all aspects of the event industry. At the urging of clients, friends, and family she decided to officially become a full time event planner and designer. She knew she would have to find just the right person to take on this amazing adventure with. When she meet Tracy she knew she found her kindred spirit and Southern Grace was born.
Merilynn loves to create the perfect event for not just her clients but for all the guests. She strives to create a flawless event through detailed logistics, perfect vendor/ client partnering, unique design, and most importantly fun. Growing up in a true small southern town has taught Merilynn you get more bees with honey then vinegar. She uses her strong southern upbringing to negotiate the best deal for her clients while allowing everyone walk away with a smile on their face.
Balancing is Merilynn’s greatest talent. One that she has learned at the small hands of her adorable daughter Evelyn. Keeping up with a spirited little one, being a wife to her wonderful husband Jordan and handling 200 plus events a year would make most people exhausted but Merilynn finds that to be exhilarating.