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I’ve spent the last 12 years of my life as a wedding planner, telling the love stories of my clients by creating beautiful experiences. It remains my passion, and I will continue to help couples share their stories. But now it is time for me to begin a new chapter in tandem. Alabama Weddings will be my love letter to you, the reader, and my mission is to be a storyteller for all. For all who love, no matter if it is your first love or a rekindled flame, no matter your color or creed – everyone is worthy of love. This 20th Anniversary Edition, The Love Issue, is dedicated to love in all its forms. AW will be a resource for planning a wedding as well as a healthy marriage. A pretty wedding isn’t the beginning to a great marriage if a strong foundation hasn’t been laid. Love doesn’t only shine through the highs of life, but real love is found in the mundane: bringing your partner peanut butter toast in the mornings or stuffing wedding invitations as you sit together watching The Great British Bake Off. Love is also found in relationships with your best of friends, family, and, most importantly, with yourself. I hope that you find, in these pages, a truer insight into yourself and the things you love, by discovering your style and connecting with our creatives. But just as I hope to inspire you, I know I will also be inspired by the love you share with us. And in return, I want my years at the helm to teach me how to love more selflessly and be a better human.

else. It is the most precious commodity in the world and should be lavished on those we care most about.” - Sydney J. Harris

To Sheyda and Donna, thank you for contributing your time and talent to my premier issue, but more importantly for your unfailing friendship through the highs and lows of life and love. I survived and made it here with your support. To David, thank you for helping me breathe a vibrant new energy into Alabama Weddings. May you never wander away from lending your art and eye to its pages and your wonderful chaos to my life. Lastly, thank you to my family, both chosen and given; to my friends; and to all of the talented creatives who supported me on this new journey. For the basements I have worked in and the sounding boards you've provided, I couldn’t have done it without you. I am nothing without those who love me. All my love,

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206 LITTLE BLUE BOOK your resource guide





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Throughout the changing seasons, love remains. With color palettes warm and cool, our 2021 Features showcase the fabulous talents of Alabama's event creatives. We invite you to be inspired, make it your own, and begin building the wedding of your dreams.














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When Christopher called to ask that I join him for another issue of AW, I agreed in an instant. I knew his vision for rebranding the book would be a significant undertaking, and I believe these pages reflect a step forward, molded by our years with and away from it. Thank you, my friend, for keeping the wonder going. I dedicate my work in this issue to the educators who see something different in students and celebrate it, leading them places that once only existed in their wildest dreams. Thank you, Angie Robinson, Lynne Elliott, and the teachers who showed me the way. And Mom too. The most beautiful thing about this wedding industry is that it is mostly all small businesses. When you support them, you build up your own community. Don't do what is easy. Do what has meaning. Be love. David Kirk Art Director & Sr. Editor

Samantha Cupero began her media career at The University of Alabama. After graduating she moved to Atlanta to work at Modern Luxury, eventually launching their Palm Beach publication. For the last few years, she has worked in marketing in Boca Raton, FL. She is excited to be back behind the pages, beginning her next chapter at Alabama Weddings for its 20th Anniversary Edition.

Born and raised in the South to two Persian parents, Sheyda Mehrara has always felt a little bit of an outsider. She just didn't recognize and leverage it as a superpower until the latter half of her 20s. Whether it's through painting, styling, social media content creation, public relations, onsite activations, or engaging her community, she bridges concept to creation with a sophisticated touch.

Donna Von Bruening has an extraordinary ability to bring clarity to a moment. Melding her Midwestern sensibility with two decades as a Savannahian, she has built a reputation as a prominent Southern photographer and writer. She calls the salty marshes of the Georgia coast home, along with her beloved husband, two teenage boys and their cavapoo, Archie.




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Jan 1 - Feb 29 Photo: Arden Photography Bridal Gown: Ivory & White Hair & Makeup: GLOW - Yazmin Cavale, Jasmine Johnson, Tiffany Martin Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Styling: Sheyda Mehrara See more on pages: 102-114 Mar 1 - Apr 30 Photo: Arden Photography Floral Design CeCe Designs Paper Doll Dress: Heidi Elnora Atelier Hair & Makeup: GLOW, Tiffany Martin, Yazmin Cavale Venue: Hunstville Botanical Garden See more on pages: 116-120 May 1 - June 30 Photo: Rob & Wynter Bridesmaid Gown: Bella Bridesmaids Groomsmen Attire: Billy Reid Hair & Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus, Sydni Anderson Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Venue: Grand Bohemian Hotel See more on pages: 96-101



Jul 1 - Aug 31 Photo: A. Williams Photography Cake: Sugar & Stems Location: South Walton Beach, FL See more cakes on pages: 78-83 Sept 1 - Oct 31 Photo: Alisha Crossley Photography Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio Rentals: PropHouse Tableware: Event Rentals Unlimited See more on pages: 128-132 Nov 1 - Dec 31 Photo: Eric & Jamie Photo Bridal Gown: Bella's Bridal & Formal Cake: Olexa's Cakes Floral Design: Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market Groom's Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear Hair & Makeup: MadStyle Jewelry: Bromberg’s Linen: BBJ Linen & La Tavola Linen Venue: TJ Tower Events Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited See more on pages:134-138

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Love is like a gilded crocodile – beautiful, but dangerous. It ensnares you so deftly; you're in deep before you're aware.

Like a tart so sweet, so delicate – love takes time and balanced ingredients to make right. Love takes work. Love is hard. Loving another requires that you love yourself first. In our 20TH Anniversary Edition, we celebrate love in all its forms. Whether it be the passion our creatives pour into their work, the sweet romanticism of details great and small, or the nuptials shared between people before dear friends and families, we embrace what it means to love and be loved. Share it with someone today. Receive it from others. Start with love and see where it leads you. We proudly present Alabama Weddings 2021.

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Although your registry items live at home, these curated looks can boldly communicate your sense of style and adventure.


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Jennifer Behr Arielle Headband Carriage House Weddings $1,250

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HEALTHY & HAPPY Say these words: “I am beautiful.”

Looking and feeling your best on your wedding day does not start in the makeup aisle or with a few quick tips and tricks. It is not a dress size or number of “likes.” It means maintaining peace of mind throughout the planning process, practicing proper nutrition and self-care, and taking steps that move you closer to your personal goals over time. Whether you have been on track for those goals or want to start today, our professionals have plans and services that will improve your health so you can be your most beautiful self for your walk down the aisle.


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“Looking and feeling your best for your big day is important, but we encourage our brides and grooms to prioritize their health and wellness beyond their nuptials – to make it part of their life for the remainder of their life. Walking alongside our clients every step of the way, we work with them to develop a plan that is unique to the individual – a balanced approach focusing on what we do outside of the gym with what we do inside the gym (e.g., resistance training, cardiovascular development and flexibility). Truly, transformation together.”

“Yoga helps brides release stress and feel grounded, confident and glowing on their big day. Your wedding day is one of the most memorable moments in your life. Take a few moments to reset with a short, morning yoga session. The flowers can wait; the guests will be fine. A brief flow not only grounds you and brings you back into the present, but it’s also a special moment you’ll cherish with the folks you love most. Whether you prefer a private session or one with your entire bridal party, our bridal session is sure to provide a moment of calm on your busy day.”

“When planning your wedding, you should always consider setting a plan and goal when it comes to health, wellness, and beauty; they all play a role when trying to look your best for the big day. We consult with the bride and give them plans that start from six months to a year prior to the wedding date. For example, hiring a personal trainer from Iron Tribe Fitness is a great long-term goal plan for nutrition and exercise. They customize the experience to fit any bride’s needs. Nutrition is vital because it not only helps with weight loss, but it also helps you have radiant skin.”

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TALK IT OUT Healthy conversations for setting realistic expectations for married life By Donna Von Bruening

Newlyweds may fantasize about romantic dinners and weekend getaways, but the true beauty of marriage is found in caring for one another through the passing of ordinary days. My fiance and I were determined to build a strong foundation, so, with starry-eyed, unshakeable love, we signed up for a weekend retreat for engaged couples. The structure format was on four key areas: family, communication, values, and intimacy. Driving to the retreat, we agreed that this would be a breeze. I mean, we were so in love and sympatico already. What we discovered is that we each brought unspoken assumptions and expectations to marriage. Through the retreat, we gained time for self reflection and open dialogue with one another that built a stronger connection and deeper love between us. Love! Twenty-four years later, we both agree that retreat intensified our commitment. When our unshakeable love started to quake, we had the skills to listen, understand, and move forward together. We learned to always turn toward our marriage instead of away from one another. While the weekend format we attended was formal, the method is simple enough to do on your own. Set aside a day or a few evenings and tune out distractions (yes, shut off your phone). If you are home, light a candle, prepare nice food, or better yet, stay at a hotel or cabin. The idea is to focus solely on each other. Bring two notebooks, pens, and a timer and these questions. You can even add your own questions. Choose a topic and write for 10 minutes in your notebook. When the timer goes off, switch notebooks and read one another’s reflections. Set the timer for 20 minutes and discuss what you read. Move on to the next topic and repeat.



Financial Fidelity

Family Values

1. What are your financial goals? 2. Do you value saving or spending? 3. Who will manage the money and the investing? 4. Do you have a spending threshold where you check in with one another? 5. Will you have your own accounts and a house account, or will you merge your money together?

1. What are your top three values? 2. What values do you bring from your family? 3. What values did your family have that you don’t care for? 4. Do you want children? 5. Are you open to adoption? IVF? Staying childless? 6. If you do have children, will you both work? If not, who will stay home?

Conflict Resolution


1. What cues can you offer your spouse to let them know you need to talk? 2. What are your rules for arguing? No name calling? No walking away? 3. What are your expectations for discussion? 4. Will you be able to apologize and forgive? 5. How will you end an argument and move forward?

1. How do you feel connected to one another? 2. How do you choose to celebrate one another for birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones? 3. Do you expect lavish gifts? Surprises? Trips? 4. Do you prefer simple nights at home? Letters and cards? 5. How will you celebrate the holidays with family?

Family Expectations


1. What did you love about the way you were raised? 2. What did you love or dislike about how your parents interacted? 3. What family obligations or traditions are important to you? 4. How will you manage conflict between your spouse and parents or siblings?

1. How important is touching, cudding, holding hands to you to feel loved? 2. How often do you expect sex? 3. How will you communicate when you are tired, not in the mood or when you want to change your sex life? 4. Who will be responsible for birth control?

Why not just talk about it over dinner? Well, the writing and reading forces you to focus, slow down, and understand yourself and your fiance, and the timer provides an ending. I keep our notebooks in our fire safe. Every few years we pull them out for a refresher evening. Twenty-four years later, we are well practiced in sharing, listening, and understanding, and those notebooks are as cherished as my wedding band. My hope is that you, too, are able to find a deeper connection and shared values to build a strong marriage for the ages.

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LEGACY OF LOVE Hard-working women in the Alabama wedding industry. By Donna Von Bruening

Just like you, we do it for love. Weddings are a high-touch industry, and the professionals within are often part of family legacies, spanning generations. Growing up watching parents and grandparents tends to cultivate artistic interest and talent and helps one understand the sacrifice required to be a business owner. Owner of HotHouse Design Studio and PropHouse, Mandy Majerick’s family legacy spans nearly 55 years since her Grandmother Tommie purchased Bell Florist. Working at the flower shop was an integral part of her childhood, from sweeping floors for a quarter to assisting her mom, Frances, when she took the lead at Bell Florist. In 2006, highly-styled weddings were taking over the market, and that same year, Mandy took over the business and moved it to Birmingham. With degrees in interior design and business, she was excited about the opportunity to evolve and elevate the offerings to meet clients’ design needs. “All the women in my family have an internal drive, and I just honed in on that talent and ambition,” explains Mandy. “I consider floral design my profession, and I think my grandmother would be so proud to see that her 500-square-foot shop is now a 30,000-square-foot warehouse.” Diane Olexa started her business like most professionals in the industry – she made a cake for a friend’s wedding. Diane will tell you, however, that she owes her success to her mom Marilyn. She watched her mother bake cakes for family and friends, then wedding



clients and then catering clients. “She loved people through food, and I couldn’t have done this without her,” said Diane. While traveling in Japan in the late 1960s, Marilyn Olexa took a cooking class. She tweaked the cake recipe from the class, and that same recipe became the basis for Diane’s business, Olexa’s Catering, Café and Cakes. Diane watched her mother naturally expand her business from wedding cakes to catering, and Diane followed suit. When the opportunity came along to open a restaurant, Diane knew she could fulfill one of her mother’s dreams. Her parents moved to Birmingham to help Diane expand Olexa’s, and that wedding cake Marilyn tweaked is still on the cafe menu today. Wedding businesses are born from love – family love. We root for one another and care for one another and our clients. With any luck, we will pass it on to the next generation.

How A Flower Market Grew In 1977, I rented a room in a small house (turned boutique) on Linden Ave. in Homewood, bought a Pepsi cooler and painted over the logo with flowers. Through my mother I landed my first real account; Hare, Wynn, Newell, and Newton. They are still my customers, and the rest is history. From that 12x12 room to our current 7,000-square-foot shop, we have joyfully served the people of Birmingham for 44 years. I have been blessed to know thousands of customers who have spanned generations and availed themselves of our services, including weddings for mothers whose daughters were then also our bridal clients. I am still excited by each new project; and, as the saying goes, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” I love what I do! - Dorothy McDaniel

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FAMILY STYLE Beyond mom-and-pop, Mathews Manor is a one-stop family shop.

Debbie Mathews had a dream that began when her eldest son Trey was one year old: she wanted to make his first birthday cake. “I took classes on cake decorating, and that’s when the love of it all began,” says Mathews. “Soon after, friends and family began asking me to do wedding cakes and florals for their children’s weddings. I first started out doing weddings at churches and halls in the 1980s, working out of my full kitchen in the basement of my home.“ “In the late 90s I felt the Lord was calling me to start a wedding venue business. In 1998, my husband, Harold Mathews Jr., began helping to make my dream come true to have a venue to hold weddings, and in 2000 that dream came true when we purchased the property from my



husband’s parents, Harold and Reba Mathews. We purchased the house and the property on 12 acres and began to remodel their home into a beautiful, wedding and gardens venue in Springville, Alabama.” Debbie and Harold opened their first venue on the property in 2001, Rebecca Garden, named for their first granddaughter. As Mathews Manor continued to grow over the years, they would go on to also open Grace Hall and Micah’s Meadow on the property – both also named for their grandchildren. A family labor of love began. You’ll find their son, Trey, in the office as general manager and in the kitchen as a chef. Their daughter, Traci, is a wedding director, and their daughter-in-law, Tammy, is the onsite event planner and coordinator. Their youngest son, Tyler, manages corporate sales for the venue. Even the grandchildren for whom the property’s venues are named are part of making all the magic happen. They are only part of the full team, however, which consists of two event planners, seven wedding directors, five florists, a pastry chef, three

kitchen chefs, and 45 weekend staff members. Together, they complete the true extended Mathews Manor family. For more than twenty years, the Mathews family has built its reputation for hosting all-inclusive weddings of every style. From planning and floral design to catering and fabulous cakes, Mathews Manor beautifully brings together all the details for weddings that make the planning process simple and low-stress. “This job has its challenging days when working with family,” says Mathews, “yet, we wouldn’t trade it for the world. We all have experienced the joy of planning the happiest and most memorable days of someone’s life.” We can only wait to see what comes next for Debbie Mathews and her family as they continue to make dreams come true for Alabama couples. “We are very blessed with four other grandchildren: Sadie, Carson, Amelia, Lyla, and Mary Ellen,” says Mathews. “In the future, we have special plans for all of them too.”



HOUSE & HOME Home-buying insight for life after "I do."

Deep in the heart of Mountain Brook, Griff and Miriam Israel and their three children welcome us into their home on a Sunday afternoon. After working with experienced vendors to plan their wedding, the Israels knew hiring the right people to start their new family home was the way to go. "Over the last twelve months, we renovated our home and welcomed our third child," says Israel. "Having a team of professionals is so important during these life changes. We couldn't have asked for a better team effort from AG Designs, contractor Mike Benton, architect Adams-Gerndt, Will Casey of Cottage Supply Company, and TMD Landscape Design. We are grateful they all made it so easy for us." Getting married typically involves serious financial and logistical decisions – the greatest of which involves buying the right home for your family. As newlyweds, you want to ensure that your decision to buy and own a new home doesn't negatively impact your long-term financial goals. Mary Bell, owner of Saved By the Bell, and her outstanding team of real estate professionals are ready to help you with this critical decision. The first step is understanding several key terms you will hear throughout the process: Mortgage Lender A mortgage lender is a financial institution or mortgage bank that offers and underwrites home loans. They set the terms, interest rate, repayment schedule, and other key aspects of your mortgage. alabamaweddings.com


Earnest Money Earnest money is a deposit made to a seller that represents a buyer's good faith to buy a home. The money gives the buyer extra time to get financing and conduct the title search, property appraisal, and inspections before closing. Home Inspection In the process of closing a home sale, the buyer usually hires a home inspector to come to the house and perform a visual observation. In accordance with the state’s standards, the home inspector identifies health, safety, or mechanical issues. A buyer’s inspection occurs after the buyer has made an offer on the home and before closing the sale. After the home inspection, the buyer may be able to renegotiate their offer or request repairs. Addendum An addendum is an additional document that gets added to the purchase and sale agreement. The document will include any additional information or requests that the buyer did not put into the original purchase and sale agreement. Appraisal An appraisal is the estimated value of a home determined by an inspection of the property and its comparison to recently sold homes in the area to estimate the value. Before you can buy the home, it’s required that you first get a home valuation, the most common of which is an appraisal, which gives an estimate of the value of the home in question. The findings from an appraisal determine the amount a mortgage lender will let you borrow for the property. Closing Costs Closing costs include the myriad fees for the services and expenses required to finalize a mortgage. You’ll have to pay closing costs whether you buy a home or refinance. Average closing



costs for the buyer run between 2% to 5% of the loan amount. The most costeffective way to cover your closing costs is to pay them out-of-pocket as a one-time expense. You may be able to finance them by including them with the loan, if the lender allows, but you will pay interest on those costs through the life of the mortgage. An experienced real-estate agent can help you negotiate closing costs with the seller.

specific details, such as countertops, tiled floors, etc. With more than fifteen years of experience in the tile and stone industry, Will Casey of Cottage Supply Company helps builders, designers, and architects carry out their vision in residential and commercial projects. Will was honored to work with AG Designs to implement this amazing renovation, making careful selections that complement the interiors and work for the Israel family’s needs.

Designing the Interior

Buying a home for the first time may be a daunting experience, but working with the right team will help you every step of the way to make your new house a home.

Once you are officially homeowners, it's time to begin thinking design. At AG Interior Designs, their motto is that your home should be a reflection of your style and not of your designer. With the use of antiques, new and existing furniture, along with personal touches, it’s their job to help guide clients to turn their new house into a home with a style of their own. Finishing Touches Along with an interior designer, you may want to seek those with an eye for

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WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW Our planners answer common questions you didn't know you needed to ask.

If you're in the throes of planning a wedding, you're sure to have a few dozen questions buzzing in your head at any given moment. Take a moment right now to breathe, relax, and breathe again. Wedding planning is all about discussion and delegation. When you work with a great wedding planner, they facilitate these discussions with an experienced hand and sage advice.

Though you may already have ideas about your attire or flowers, there are some details that most couples agree they aren't sure of. Who makes toasts? Who do you tip? While answers to these questions may help give peace of mind on a few topics, it's nothing compared to having a planner on top of every detail and keeping your wedding day running like clockwork.

Q: When should we send out all pieces of our stationery suite?

opportunities, you very possibly could find yourself better served to choose a “First Look.” This enables more time for photos without feeling rushed. Also, it is lovely to first see one another in a personal, intimate setting without onlookers. However, if an “at the aisle” first look is your heart’s desire, do exactly that! Combat the time crunch by preparing a detailed photo want list with your photographer and planner." - Melanie Smith

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A: "Your stationery suite is the very first vision of your wedding design your guests will receive. Save-the-dates, usually sent out after the creation of the website and your engagement photos, should be sent approximately four to six months prior. As a planner, we also help you to stay on track for sending your invitations out approximately six to eight weeks prior to the big day. For destination events, six months can be given to maximize the notification process for travel arrangements. Holidays, graduations, and other celebrations should be avoided, as you do not want your stationery missed." - Sheriah Gibson Q: Is a “First Look” a good idea? A: “It greatly depends on the couple's priority. If you are marrying in a lovely location with many photo



Q: How can I manage the use of social media/cameras at our wedding? A: “This is challenging! Signage is one way to remind guests to unplug. The officiant can also make a brief announcement as the ceremony begins. Sharing your feelings with close friends and relatives can also assist in setting a tone for the ceremony. If they choose to leave their phone away, perhaps others will too!” - Melanie Smith

Q: How do meals and gratuities work for our wedding day vendors? A: “Vendor meals should be discussed in the preliminary meetings to ensure vendors working more than six hours or working during the dinner hour are covered in your guest count. With the exception of your bar and catering staff, you want to ensure that the meal is organized and planned to be given during a time that works well for the overall timeline. We offer all of our wedding planning clients a guide for tipping and gratuities to ensure that everyone is aware of etiquette to follow based on the total of their contract with each vendor.” - Sheriah Gibson Q: Who should give the toasts? A: “Many of our clients opt to do toasts during the rehearsal dinner to allow more people the opportunity to share their precious memories with the

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"I serve my clients based on their specific needs. Ranging from full planning services to dayof coordination, our offerings accommodate each specific couple. Attention to detail and focus on each client's main priorities creates a stress-free day."

couple. If done during the reception, toasts should be done by the father of the bride (or host of the event), matron of honor, and best man. We always love to chat with those respective parties to give tips on the best toast.” - Sheriah Gibson Q: Do we have to do favors? A: “A favor is exactly that, a small show of gratitude. It is not necessary, but quite often greatly appreciated and an opportunity to share some of your favorite things or interests.” - Melanie Smith Q: What tips do you have for a couple to best enjoy their wedding day? A: “Plan and organize! Make sure every detail is conveyed to your team and let them do what they do best! Your role is to enjoy your day and those you hold dear. Surround yourself with these people and have confidence in

your team to create the day you all have planned. In that planning, focus on your priorities and use vendors you feel comfortable with.” - Melanie Smith A: “We believe in a unique experience for each of our clients. We get to know our clients and their priorities to ensure that the planning experience is surrounded by moments you enjoy the most and help to build the excitement for the big day! Our timeline for the day is built to create moments for you and your significant other and your families to make sure your day is a blast. On your day, our certified team of planners takes care of the little details and handles any tasks as they arise so you are able to fully enjoy the experience. We love our clients and express this in every way we can by making your day seamlessly planned and one of a kind.” - Sheriah Gibson

Sheriah Gibson Posh Occasions by Sheriah @poshoccasionsbysheriah

"Hi, I'm Sheriah, the owner and certified wedding and event planner/designer serving Alabama and beyond behind the awardwinning Posh Occasions by Sheriah. Crafting unforgettable special events that reflect the personalities and lifestyles of their hosts is my passion! I believe that the perfect event is an exquisite collaboration and a seamless journey of preparation. We are committed to turning your vision into reality, and we are happy to handle every detail!"



MONEY MATTERS Financial conversations don't have to be uncomfortable. By Donna Von Bruening

Love may be the reason for your wedding, but make no mistake, money is central to your celebration. As a longtime married industry pro (24 years), I’d like to share a few secrets to plan the stress-free wedding of your dreams that honors your finances.

Define the celebration you want. Before you start choosing venues with your mom, create a united vision as a couple. Does an intimate brunch wedding sound like heaven, or are you hell-bent on bringing friends and family from the four corners of the earth for a weekend-long dance party? Maybe you prefer a wedding at your childhood home or an elopement at City Hall? Be aware of social expectations or media influences. There is no right answer, just your united vision.

Discover the price of the dream. Media declares that the average cost of a wedding ranges from $20,000$50,000. Those numbers are unrealistic when set against the backdrop of Instagram. The true driver behind the price of a wedding is the guest count. A $25,000 wedding for 20 people is luxurious but a $25,000 wedding for 200 buys a casual, DIY wedding. The price per guest includes everything from food, rentals, linens, florals, photography, music, ceremony, etc. and falls into three categories: Lovely at $100 - $500 per guest Lush at $500 - $1,000 per guest Luxury at $1,000+ per guest This is usually the first time purchasing services for an event, and sticker shock is real. Be realistic with your financial comfort level before signing contracts.



Prioritize your “Must Haves”. I tell each of my couples that no matter the budget, choose three things that they are not willing to compromise. The rest is negotiable. Is it a 21-piece band or a custom cocktail bar or an 8-tier cake covered in hand-painted sugar flowers, or is it incredible photographs, a couture gown or having every single important person in your life under the same roof? Choose three and then go from there.

Communicate with key players. Weddings are the merging of two families, and parents often have their own celebration dreams and the checkbook. Begin the planning

conversation with your overall vision including your “must haves” and, if possible, the costs. Ask if your parents planned on financially contributing, if they had a number or range in mind and what their wishes are for the celebration. Your father might say “whatever you want” until he learns the price of your band or that he can’t invite his golf buddies. As for me, twenty-four years later, we stuck to our guns with a guest list of only 75, a fantastic band and, of course, great photography. I let my mom choose my dress and the flowers, and, in the end, I still wish I would have spent more money on the honeymoon.

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HITCH A RIDE Safely navigating wedding transportation for those you love.

Wedding day logistics are the not-soglamorous side of getting married, and we suggest leaving it to the professionals. Full-service companies such as Rare Transportation are ready to take the wheel for you, your wedding party and even Great Aunt Teatsie if she needs a ride too.

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If getting there is half the fun, then we say do it in style. Whether it be a picturesque trolley ride or luxury car service, having transportation managed for your wedding will make sure you stay in the right lane, there and back again.

Keep 'Em Together

There & Back

Share a Ride

“If you are using multiple venues for your wedding day, group transportation ensures that everyone arrives safely and on time, while providing them with a memorable experience. At Rare Transportation, our fleet can accommodate any size group and includes specialty vehicles such as trolleys and executive sprinter-style vans. Our mission is to provide safe and reliable group transportation so that everyone can fully enjoy your wedding day and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

If you have a unique car in mind, such as this vintage taxi from Coats Classic Cars, invest in having it reserved for the entire day. Most receptions are in the evening, so when it’s time for the happy couple to leave, there is very little light to get the perfect image. Having the vehicle earlier in the day allows ample time to get the right shot. Reserve time in the schedule to stage those photos so that it doesn’t slip away forgotten. Having a chauffeur will also give you both a time to breathe in between destinations.

In lieu of favors for guests, consider offering a safe ride home via rideshare services in cities where they are offered and practical. You can easily create unique codes for your wedding day, set a budget and have peace of mind knowing your friends and family have an option to get home safely after the celebration. Work with your stationer to create cards with detailed instructions on how to use the code. If you want to include them with a bag of Jordan almonds, then that’s fine with us, too.

- Peyton Reid, @raretransportation



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REHEARSAL DINNER “I’d like to propose a toast...” An evening at the Elyton Hotel.

To make sure everyone knows their roles and places, a wedding weekend commences with rehearsal of the ceremony, typically the evening before the wedding day. Afterward, the rehearsal dinner is a chance to gather with your families and the wedding party for an evening of toasts, thankyous and hospitality. For fabulous rehearsal dinner inspiration, we look to the Elyton Hotel in downtown Birmingham, which is home to the iconic former Empire Building, one of the South’s best-known architectural landmarks. Capable of comfortably seating up to 80 guests, the Empire Ballroom of the Elyton hosts intimate events for every occasion, with delectable dining and hand-crafted cocktails. “All food and beverage menus can be customized,” says Elyton’s General Manager, Chris Townsley. “We provide guests with our private event menus as well as our seasonal restaurant menus from our in-house restaurant, The Yard. Those menus provide the backbone to any custom offering that our Executive Chef, Chris Moore, tailors to our client’s wants and needs.” After dinner, guests can adjourn to Moon Shine, the Elyton’s rooftop bar, for a nightcap before a good night’s rest before the big day. “Our full-service hotel provides a retreat for your wedding guest, no matter if they call Birmingham home or are visiting from afar. Our luxurious suites offer a space for bridal parties to gather on the wedding day and an intimate space for newlyweds to escape in the evening. From the proposal to the wedding day, we want to be a part of your love story.”



Catering: Elyton Hotel. H/M: MadStyle. Event Coordination: Valia Rose Events. Dress: Heidi Elnora Atelier. Linen: I Do Linens. Jewelry: Diamonds Direct. Floral Design: CeCe Designs. Photography: Eric & Jamie Photo. Rentals: ERU. Stationery: Paperhaus.

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WELCOME PARTY The most beautiful bar in Birmingham is the hotspot for a warm welcome.

When you have many out-of-town guests and need a less formal space to kick off the weekend, a welcome party is perfect for bringing together everyone you need to greet. This event can stand alone or directly follow the rehearsal dinner. The guest list can extend beyond the wedding party and family to include all your invited guests to stop by, have a cocktail and a light bite, and begin the celebration with you. Paper Doll, located in Downtown Birmingham, is a fabulous choice for an upscale, intimate welcome party or get-together. Floor-to-ceiling velvet drapes, chic sitting areas, and moody, dim lighting throughout are staples of the aesthetic that make Paper Doll the sexiest bar in the Magic City – and the cocktails aren’t too shabby either. We highly recommend the Cosmo, which they have perfected, or the Campfire, a smoked bourbon cocktail that will truly light a fire under you. Their newest offering, the Doll House, is a private space that can host up to 30 seated guests for an elevated experience, by reservation only. You’ll want to book ahead with plenty of notice to reserve the space for your own soirée. Signature cocktails can be customized for your event, but we suggest letting their team take your preferred spirit and craft something they know you will love. Their cheese and charcuterie boards are an excellent nosh, but outside catering is also welcome for private events. Allow the Paper Doll team to assist with entertainment, musicians, valet, and all your hosting needs for a seamless experience that will certainly say, “Welcome.”



Cocktails & Venue: Paper Doll Dress: The Clothes Tree by Deborah Photography: YNOT iMages Jewelry: Bromberg’s Hair & Makeup: GLOW Teresa Boyd, Jasmine Johnson

SHAKING UP THE SCENE GM and head barteneder, Reese Hovater, shakes a signature cocktail that will please any palette.

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WIDE OPEN SPACES Destination weddings, complete with weekend getaway, can be found in the heart of Alabama.

Less than an hour from Birmingham, Pursell Farms is an expansive, 3,200acre resort offering picturesque views, fresh air, and a quiet escape from the world as you exchange your vows before family and friends. The centerpiece of the resort is the Hamilton Place wedding venue, comprised of the Hamilton Place Grand Ballroom, lakeside ceremonial lawn, and a spacious terrace, ideal for outdoor staging, as well as the circa-1852 Historic Hamilton Home, a popular setting for the wedding party to prepare for the day together.

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Gathering Outdoors

Give your wedding guests the full resort experience with a plethora of outdoor activities – from Alabama’s top-rated, all-access golf course to the only Orvis-operated shooting grounds in the South to walking and biking trails and UTV mountaintop drives. Wind down your nights seated together around outdoor fire pits. Start the wedding day with a stop by the Spring House spa, or plan a yoga session atop Chalybeate Mountain, with sweeping views of the Alabama countryside.

The ceremonial lawn and gardens surrounding Hamilton Place offer inspiring possibilities for presenting the perfect outdoor wedding ceremony. As well, a 3,000-sq-ft. terrace may be tented for a wedding or reception under a canopy of twinkling lights with panoramic views of pristine surroundings at every turn. Inside Hamilton Place Hamilton Place is graciously appointed with furnishings reflective of a fine Southern home, including a magnificent painting by Pursell Farms’ Artist-in-Residence, Vaughan Pursell Spanjer. The Grand Ballroom offers more than 3,500 square feet of space, 20-ft. vaulted ceilings with skylights, and handsome oak hardwood floors. A glass-enclosed porch spans the length of the ballroom and overlooks the ceremonial lawn.



When it comes to catering and cakes, onsite food and beverage catering is made exquisite with ease by Pursell Farms’ executive chef and pastry chef. This eliminates the extra step of arranging outside catering or transporting a wedding cake to the venue. Farm-fresh cuisine combined with true Southern hospitality are a hallmark of Pursell Farms, and a highlight of wedding weekends. Activities for All

Stay a While A destination wedding wouldn’t be complete without staying the night, or three. Accommodations for a variety of guest preferences range from the 40-room Inn, including the Honeymoon Suite with a vintage Charleston canopy rice bed, to seven four-bedroom cottages and cabins. The nine-bedroom, three-story Parker

Lodge is perfect to bring together the wedding party for the weekend. For couples seeking a destination feel without going the distance, Pursell Farms has open doors and wide, open spaces ready to make dreams come true. Whether toasting the happy couple on the terrace, swapping stories by the fireplace or dancing together under the night sky, you’re sure to feel far away, yet still at home.



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Light what you love. Drape what you don’t.

From outdoor tents to indoor receptions and more, lighting and draping are key to creating finished, dramatic spaces. Proper lighting draws the eye where it’s needed and creates visual impact. Draping can reshape spaces, soften rustic features, and cover items that disrupt aesthetics. Together, they create a setting full of ambiance and warmth. Jill Garmon of AG Lighting and Events shares with us the staples of producing events that shine bright.

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Q: What are key things a couple needs to know about lighting and drapery? A: “These installations take time! Be sure to communicate with us about how much time is needed to get the job done. Once you have received our estimate, move quickly to secure our lighting and drapery services with a deposit. Changes can still be made to the invoice after the deposit has been placed. Don’t lose your spot! Our services may be limited based on the popularity of the date, especially in busy wedding months. Although we have a sizable full-time staff, we take limited events outside of our regular clients on popular dates. Our regular clients include wedding planners, corporate clients, and designers. Read the estimate for deadlines and requirements to secure our services.

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1. Uplight the Perimeter

2. Backlight the Liner

“This is the most effective way to incorporate a color or create a warm ambiance for your reception. It’s beautiful in pictures and makes a tent perimeter, venue walls, or drapery installation glow for more impact.”

“This is the most effective way to make your tent canopy beautiful. Like any drapery installation, it needs light to make it special. It is also the most effective way to distribute light throughout the event.”

3. Highlight the Tables

4. Add Decorative Fixtures

“This is the most effective and affordable lighting option in a venue or tent for your reception. Everything that you have invested in and want to pop in pictures should be highlighted. Our first recommendation is to light the wedding cakes and floral centerpieces to make your pictures beautiful.”

“This element is a decor statement and it offers another layer to the design or space transformation. While fixtures should not be considered the primary lighting source for a reception, they offer another decorative element for consideration to create your dream space!”

bad idea to hire a professional who can and video services to play pictures or videos during the event. help you navigate the process.”

Q: What else can your lighting company We offer power distribution for tented receptions. We will provide a generator offer for the wedding reception? and run power to the band stage, A: “We offer audiovisual services catering equipment, and all lighting for rehearsal dinners and weddings. for the event, so those needs do not This can include live streaming of the create a strain on the home or venue.” wedding ceremony with a private link to share with your guests, bringing in virtual guest toasts for the rehearsal Hire an experienced wedding planner dinner from any guest who cannot or designer for guidance! It’s never a attend. We also provide sound services





TENDING THE BAR Serve your guests something smart, neat, but with a twist.

If you are planning to serve alcohol at your wedding, you need to ensure you adhere to legal regulations, know what you can and cannot do, and have impeccable service, of course. Full-service bartending company, B&B Beverage Management, has immense experience in all these areas with a knack for preparing perfect cocktails to boot. Rhianna Greenawalt, executive vice president at B&B Beverage Management, answers common questions couples have during the planning process.

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Q: Where do I begin with B&B? What information should I have ready? A: “You can call our office and speak with an Account Manager, or you can fill out our contact form on our website. We typically need to know the date and times for your event, the venue you selected, estimated guest count ,and what type of alcohol services you are interested in to get started. If you don’t have many specific details at that time, we can get you a general estimate and update it as more details are finalized.” Q: Does B&B provide the beer, wine, and spirits, or do I? A: “This will depend on if your event is at one of our licensed venues. We hold our liquor license at 16 venues across the state of Alabama. At these venues, we have to provide and serve all alcoholic beverages. If your event is at a non-licensed venue, you are



able to provide the alcohol, and we Q: What will the bartenders be can still provide the mixers, rentals, wearing? equipment, and labor.” A: “Our standard bartender uniform Q: What Alabama regulations should I is a black polo with our logo on it, consider when planning bar service for black pants, and black shoes. We also have a white and khaki, vest and ties, my event? and tuxedo option available upon A: “Alcohol liability is a serious issue request.” and should be taken seriously when planning. Be sure to use a professional Q: What is the most popular service service that is insured with at least you offer? $1,000,000 in liquor liability and has a reputable background for providing A: “Our most popular service at safe and responsible services. The our Licensed Venues would be our host of the event can be held liable Open Consumption Bar option. With for alcohol negligence if these steps this option you are only charged for aren’t taken.” the alcohol your guests consume, instead of a predetermined amount. Q: Does B&B offer all barware items Many clients like this option because needed? What will I need to provide? they aren’t having to try to guess the perfect amount of alcohol they need A: “Yes, we can provide as much or to purchase, so they don’t run out; we as little as you need. We offer many take care of all of that for them.” different rental items that range from glassware to shelving units. Most of our services include all the bar tools Photography: Alisha Crossley Photography needed, but if you prefer to provide Barware: Hammett those, we also have that option.”

BOXTAIL BY MAIL B&B Beverage Management's newest offering, Boxtail, is perfect for party favors, corporate gifting, and bridal party gifts. The boxes come without the alcohol due to alcohol restrictions, and provide a fun environment for

many to enjoy. Along with the boxes, they also sell the tools needed to make the cocktails, glassware, and more. For bulk orders, their staff can assist with ordering, but for general orders visit: www.myboxtail.com

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HONEYMOON NEAR HOME Whether it’s Savannah or another Southern staple, vibrant Kessler Collection properties are only a drive away.

There is something oh-so romantic about hopping into the car at the end of your wedding and driving directly to your honeymoon destination. How lucky are we to live in the glorious South where there are beautiful and inspiring destinations within half a day’s drive? Look no further than the playful and luxurious Kessler Collection of hotels sprinkled around the South. Asheville, Charleston, Charlotte, and Savannah are all home to hotels offering the exceptional Kessler experience. Savannah is the anchor to Kessler Collection properties, with three gorgeous gems in the Historic District. The artful and glamorous Mansion on Forsyth Park has a splendid spa, delicious restaurants, and a cooking school. Enjoy a more casual, yet gothic, vibe at The Bohemian on the River, with a rooftop bar and restaurant. You’ll find the true pinnacle of the Kessler Bohemian lifestyle at Plant Riverside District, Richard Kessler’s latest endeavor. The JW Marriott is the cornerstone to this new complex, built on the shores of the Savannah River from a hollowed-out electric plant. The original power plant stacks are central to the design, lighting up the sky at night and providing private dining indoors. You’ll find spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river, plenty of quiet spaces to connect, dozens of delicious restaurants, and a relaxing spa. When you are ready to join the world again, wander along the riverfront, where you’ll find pop-up shops, outdoor restaurants and bars, and art galleries along with live music and events.



The best part is that all three properties are within walking distance to Savannah’s Historic District. Spend an afternoon or an entire day meandering the lush squares and historic sites. You’ll discover historic sites, museums, culture, art, shopping, food, and, of course, libations. Savannah College of Art and Design galleries as well as the Jepson Center for the Arts and the Telfair Academy will make the art-admirer’s heart sing. A history buff will delight in the dozens of sites honoring Savannah’s history, such as the birthplace of the Girl Scouts at the Juliette Gordon Low House, Mercer House, First African Baptist Church, Beach Institute, Congregation Mickve Israel, or Bonaventure Cemetery. Savannah celebrates hundreds of years of Black history and our strong African-American community with monuments, museums, and historic sites. Prefer a guided experience? There are dozens of tours for every interest, including food, movies, history, Black history, and the everenchanting ghost tours. Don’t forget to enjoy Savannah’s natural beauty. Picnic in Forsyth Park, walk along the river front, or park yourself on a bench and people-watch.

Venture outside the historic district and discover the artsy, vintage Starland District. Hit up Bull Street Taco or Back in the Day Bakery. Shop for vintage finds and original artwork, then finish your evening at Starland Yard with live music and food trucks. Need the sun and surf? Tybee Island, Savannah’s beach community, is a 15-minute drive You can literally eat your way through from downtown. Don’t miss the iconic Savannah, but don’t miss Leopold’s Ice Crab Shack on your way. Cream, Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House, Crystal Beer Parlor, Vinnie Van Go- Savannah weaves together cultural Go’s, The Grey, or my personal favorite touchpoints and experiences that are a for a romantic dinner, The Olde Pink lovely way to celebrate the beginning House. Shop Broughton Street for of your marriage. Step away from the unique gems at Gia or custom leather usual at Kessler Collection properties, goods at Satche, or head to the more which is exactly what honeymoons are eclectic shops along Whitaker and meant for. - Donna Von Bruening Jones streets, including Red Clover and One Fish Two Fish.

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Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte

Shrouded in a smoky haze, hotels near the Blue Ridge Mountains possess a mysterious primal draw. But one stands apart from the rest. Feel it for yourself inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, in the patina of worn leather, the crackle of the fire, and in the secrets that echo from the antique curiosities on display. Sink into the rustic atmosphere of Red Stag Grill and prepare for a delicious culture clash where midEuropean preparations meets Carolina comfort food.

Glamour and luxury beget one offbeat space, and one of the most unique hotels in downtown Charleston. From the lobby, draped in chandeliers, to the bold statement furniture, indulge yourself in a Southern escape like no other. Get lost in the city’s vibrant historic district, just steps away from one of the best boutique hotels in Charleston. Uncover stories of the local landmarks, or make new ones on the rooftop as you enjoy one of the best skyline views in the city.

A new story unfolds in the heart of Uptown, brimming with relentless charm, glamorous design, and artful experiences. Level up your Charlotte adventure at the city’s newest high-rise hotel. You can’t help but explore the wonderful twists, turns, and scenic perches when you step inside. Or go completely off grid and indulge yourself at a signature Kessler Collection experience, Poseidon Spa.




A love story as vibrant as yours deserves a space grand enough to inspire it. Let us transform one of the most anticipated days of your life into a perfect moment in time. With intuitive service and a passion for personalized detail, we’ll deliver something truly exceptional—your love story brought to life.

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For the Love of Papers

From the Save-the-Date to the late-night snack, we invite you to peruse these paper particulars. Alisha Crossley Photography


All in the Details

A stationery suite is more than an invitation. It is the first moment of telling your wedding story. Your papers are able to communicate hospitality, gratitude, insight, information, humor, and more. When you put thought into every detail, it completes the experience for memories that last a lifetime. Stationery Suite & Branded Gifts: Paperhaus



When to Send

Timing is everything when it comes to sending your invitations and save-the-dates. Your guests will need ample time to add you to their calendar. Typically, savethe-dates should go out six to eight months ahead of your wedding, or earlier if it's a destination event. Formal invitations can be mailed six to eight weeks before the big day with an RSVP date at least two weeks before the wedding. Guests, please be courteous and send your RSVP card ASAP. Stationery Suite: Annabelle's



Stamp of Approval

We recommend taking a trip to the post office before sending your invitations to have them weigh a complete suite and review the calligraphy or lettering for the address. These factors may mean more necessary postage, so it's good to know ahead of time if you need will need to include extra stamps. Beautifully curated stamps complete the stationery look, so seek choices in your color palette and theme. Stationery Suite: Fine Paperwork



To Box or Bag Welcome your out-of-town guests with a collection of small gifts that speak to your wedding locale. Items can range from sweets and treats to local beer, wines or spirits to notable souvenirs. These welcome packages are perfect to coordinate with your paper suite, either in bags, totes, boxes, or more that match your stationery.

enture outside the historic district and discover the artsy, vintage Startland District. Hit up Bull Street Taco, Back in the Day Bakery. shop for vintage finds and original artwork and finish your

The possibilities are endless when you work with a creative designer that can perfectly prepare every detail with your vision in mind. Right: Welcome bag by Annabelle's with hand-painted cookies by Sugar & Stems Below: Welcome box by Paperhaus

Locally Sourced

Fab gifts can be found across Alabama, and we've rounded up a handful of our favorites we think are perfect for out-of-state visitors or longtime natives. 1. Custom Cookies by Sugar & Stems 2. Joyce's Cheese Straws 3. Trimtab 205 Southern Pale Ale 4. Palo Santo Bundle at Club Duquette 5. Creative Chocolates by Pizzelle's 6. Bronnie's Brittle by Alabama Peanut Co. 7. Wickle's Pickles 8. Jennifer's Kitchen Confetti Pepper Jelly 9. Maison Louis Marie Candle at Shoppe



Suite & Salty

Carrying through your design in all aspects of your paper suite can lead to creativity for you and exciting moments for your guests. What will you think of?

Save-the-Date, Custom Creations: Paperhaus Chocolates: Pizzelle's Confections alabamaweddings.com




"Romance is the icing but love is the cake." - Julia Child

Alisha Crossley Photography On location at General

Cakes, Tarts, Macarons & Meringues: Cakes by Kim Herend Crocodile Figurine: Table Matters



“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” - Audrey Hepburn



NOT, NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S CHOCOLATE CAKE Elevate the traditional strawberry and chocolate groom’s cake with this delectable chocolate ganache and candied pecan layer cake with edible gold-brushed blackberries. Perfect for serving at the rehearsal dinner!

Cakes: Olexa’s Cakes Cake Stands, Flatware & Dessert Plate: Table Matters Polka-Dot Linen Napkin: General alabamaweddings.com


Cakes, Macarons: Sugar & Stems Cake Stands, Tea Set: General Monogram Linen Napkin & Herend Rabbit Figurine: Table Matters



CAKES 6 SUGAR & STEMS “No rule of etiquette is of less importance than which fork we use.” - Emily Post



For 2021, initmate is in. Alabama’s top chefs and cooks share composed dishes for sophisticated Southern weddings, and recipes for easy entertaining at home. Dig in! Eric & Jamie Photo on location at OvenBird

From Our Table To Yours


AVOCADO TOAST BITES by Chef Richard Bishop Time Est: 45 min | Serves: 8 Ingredients • 1 slice of whole grain bread • 1 ripe avocado • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • 1 teaspoon of tabasco sauce • ¼ cup sour cream • ½ cup chopped fresh basil • Pinch of kosher salt Preparation Step 1. Cut bread into two-bite sized pieces and brush with extra virgin olive oil. (Any bread will work but we tend to use a whole grain type with lots of seeds as it helps with the crunch.) Bake at 325 degrees until browned and crunchy. Step 2. Peel and pit ripe avocado and mash in bowl. Squeeze a little lemon juice, a shot or two of tabasco and a pinch or two of kosher salt. Add a spoon of sour cream (this can be omitted for vegans), and mix/mash with the back of a fork. Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Orange and Pomegranate Soy Reduction Braised Collards with Conecuh Sausage Mississippi Sweet Potatoes with Cayenne Shortbread Crumbs

Step 3. Spoon avocado on toast and top with garnish. Garnish Ideas Grape tomato, radish slice, micro greens, cilantro sprig, pickled pepper, everything seasoning, black sesame seeds, sliced grape, shredded carrot or Greek olive.


PIMENTO CHEESE by Chef Chris Morina

Time Est: 5 min | Serves: 6 Ingredients • 8 oz freshly grated sharp chedder • ½ cup roasted red peppers • 2 teaspoons favorite hot sauce • ¼ cup favorite mayo • Salt and pepper to taste Preparation Combine in a bowl, making sure to mix well. Store for up to a week. Serve with gourmet crackers, celery or crudite of your choice.

Fall Salad with Persimmon, Almonds and Sherry Orange Dressing

NY Strip with Oakview Farms Grits and Braised Greens




BROWN BUTTER HONEY-GLAZED CARROTS Time Est: 40 min | Serves: 6-8 Ingredients • 1¼ pound carrots • 3 tablespoons butter • 2 tablespoons honey • ½ teaspoon garlic powder • ½ teaspoon salt & black pepper • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme • Chopped parsley for serving Preparation

Step 1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375ºF. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place the carrots on top and set aside. Step 2. Heat the butter in a small, stainless steel saucepan over low heat. Allow the butter to brown while whisking constantly. You’ll notice it will start to foam, but keep whisking. This will take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes total to make brown butter. Remove the saucepan from the stove when the butter smells like hazelnuts and has a similar color. Step 3. Add the honey, garlic powder, salt, pepper and thyme to the butter and stir until the honey blends with the brown butter.

Slow-Roasted Short Rib with Fresh Herbs and Cranberries in a Red Wine Sauce

Step 4. Drizzle over carrots using a rubber spatula and toss to coat. Bake the carrots for 25-40 minutes. Flip the carrots around the 13-15 minute mark. The carrots are done when fork-tender. Top with chopped parsley and serve warm. alabamaweddings.com


Pork and Beans with Homemade Chow Chow


Yields about 50 fritters Ingredients • 1½ cups fresh corn kernels • ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper • ½ cup finely diced yellow bell pepper • ½ cup finely diced poblano pepper • ¾ cup chopped green onions (green part only) • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper • ½ cup all-purpose flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 2 quarts peanut oil, for frying • 3 large egg whites Preparation

CORN FRITTERS by Chef Chris Hastings



Step 1. Combine the corn, peppers and green onions in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Once chilled, season the mixture with salt, pepper and cayenne, stirring until well seasoned. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking

powder. Add the flour mixture to the corn mixture and toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Step 2. Pour the oil into a deep-sided skillet to a depth of 3 inches. Alternately, a deep fryer can be filled with peanut oil. Preheat the oil to 350 degrees. Step 3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until medium-stiff peaks form. Gently fold one-third of the whipped egg whites into the corn mixture. Repeat with the remaining egg whites, making sure the egg whites are incorporated before adding the next third. At this point, the fritter batter can be used immediately or chilled for up to 2 hours before serving. Step 4. Carefully drop rounded tablespoon-size scoops of the fritter batter into the preheated oil and fry for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the fritters with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Artisan Chocolates & Confections for your special event

at historic Lowe Mill 2211 Seminole Dr, RR Room 4 Huntsville, AL 35805 256-513-9745 www.pizzellesconfections.com





Photographed by Rob & Wynter on location at Shoppe Hair & Makeup by Makeup Mel Team Lisa Nguyen Perez, Joyia Cline



I love flowers because they are a testimony to the beauty of our world and to the sacred nature of all things that grow. I never tire of the extraordinarily beautiful flowers that come to my shop from all over the world, and I am very proud of the quality arrangements that our designers create.

Going forward to my eightieth year, I hope to continue to keep my fingers in the flowers. Dorothy McDaniel, Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market




I started growing and arranging flowers when I was just a kid. I love that it is a craft that has grown with me. Today I try to capture that same childlike creativity with an adult discipline.

I look forward to continued exploration of the world of manipulating flowers and foliage. Mark Thompson, Shoppe




Designing through the medium of flowers is what allows me the opportunity to create beautiful pieces of art that last only for a short period of time.

No matter the occasion, flowers make the memory a bit more beautiful ! Mandy Majerik, HotHouse Design Studio




I am a servant at heart, a creative, and a perfectionist.

There is no better career for me than this to flourish. Even after 20 years, I still love creating the perfect day for each one of my brides.



CeCe Todd, CeCe Designs


For more than 25 years, I have been designing inventive, living works of art utilizing seasonal and regional elements in a modern way for Alabama brides.

Our deep-rooted passion for flowers and dedication to service are the pillars of Bloom & Petal. Vince Gray, Bloom & Petal




The term “love languages� comes from the book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, published in 1992 by Dr. Gary Chapman.

In it, Chapman explains the ways we communicate love to our partners in five different ways: physical touch, words of affirmation, receiving gifts, acts of services, and quality time. Understanding the importance of how to speak your partner's love language can help strengthen your relationship and keep the spark alive. We explore these languages with styles perfect for bridesmaids, groomsmen, wedding guests, or even date night.

Photography by Rob & Wynter On location at The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook Hair & Makeup by Melissa Moore Bogardus & Sydney Anderson

To find out your love lanugage, visit: 5lovelanguages.com


Physical touch

Intimacy, holding hands, kissing, and hugs demonstrate your bond to your partner, when they consent to it. Suit & Shirt: Billy Reid, Tie: J. Crew Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Dress: Bella Bridesmaids



Words of affirmation

Encouraging texts, long-distance phone calls, and a whispered, "I love you," in a crowded room are reassuring and welcome. Put into words how you feel so they can really hear you. Suit: Mr. Burch Formal Wear, Shirt: Theory Dress: Bella Bridesmaids, Jewelry: Diamonds Direct



Receiving gifts

Small gestures can go a long way. Bring them flowers for no reason or surprise them with those earrings they've been eyeing. As they say, it's truly the thought that counts. Suiting: Mr. Burch Formal Wear, Shirt: Burberry Dress: Imperial Formal Wear, Jewelry: Bromberg's Market Bouquet: Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market



Acts of service

Show your partner you're thinking of them by bringing a cup of coffee without them asking, or offering your coat when you know they're cold. Do the dishes or fold their laundry when they have a bad day and need you to lift them up. Men's Coat & Attire: Billy Reid, Dress: Bella Bridesmaids, Jewelry: Bromberg's



Quality time

Date night is a must for every couple. If quality time is your partner's language, then disconnect from your phones, get dressed up and go for a night on the town together. Tuxedo: Billy Reid, Dress: Bella's Bridal & Formal, Jewelry: Bromberg's Dinner & Drinks: Habitat Feed & Social at The Grand Bohemian Hotel alabamaweddings.com


THE NEW ROMANTICISM Simple silhouettes, hints of skin, and sheer beauty. Step outside the old and embrace the new. Arden Photography on location at Windwood Equestrian Hair and Makeup by GLOW

Yazmin Cavale, Jasmine Johnson, Tiffany Martin

Styled by Sheyda Mehrara



The Clothes Tree by Deborah Tarik Ediz $539 Jewelry: Bromberg's



This Page: Birch On Main Van der Vedle, Natasha $3,324 Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Opposite: Birch On Main Jenny Woo, Annalise $1,200 Jewelry: Diamonds Direct alabamaweddings.com


This Page: Bella Couture Tara Keely, Style 2808 $2,200 Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Opposite: Bella Couture Erin Cole, Eny $3,300 Jewelry: Bromberg's







This Page: Ivory & White Martina Liana Luxe, Style LE1101 $5,700 Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Opposite: Build-A-Bride Aurora Maya $2,950 Jewelry: Diamonds Direct





This Page: Build-A-Bride Sugar Magnolia $1,646 Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Opposite: Imperial Formal Wear Made With Love, Lola $2,999 Jewelry: Bromberg's alabamaweddings.com


This Page: Bella's Bridal & Formal Watters, Lotus $2,575 Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Opposite: Ivory & White Monique Lhuillier, Style BL20211 $4,200 Monique Lhuillier Tulle Wrap $600 Jewelry: Bromberg's





Bella’s Bridal & Formal Watters, Caroll Beaded $3180 Jewelry: Diamonds Direct




As April showers wander across Alabama, something new flowers and flutters. Arden Photography at Hunstville Botanical Garden




AVANT GARDEN Let your floral designer create beyond the table dĂŠcor. Fabulous, artistic installations are statement pieces that will be sure to wow and awe.



Everything’s Coming Up Rose Gold

14k Rose Gold Morganite Earrings Diamonds Direct, $1,590 Scan to see more styles.

Minimal Design, Maximum Impact Not all arrangements need be en masse. Cloche Design, CeCe Designs, $75 Follow @cecedesignsllc on IG.

the creatives Barware: Hammett. Bridal Gown: Birch On Main. Cake: Olexa’s Cakes. Catering: Hastings Catering. Cocktails: B&B Beverage Management. Danish Taper Candles: Shoppe. Floral Design: CeCe Designs. Flower Girl Attire: Heidi Elnora Atelier. Furniture & Rentals: Mayker. Hair & Makeup: GLOW - Yazmin Cavale, Tiffany Martin. Jewelry: Diamonds Direct. Linen: Nuage Designs. Photography: Arden Photography. Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Saks Fifth Avenue. Stationery: Paperhaus. Tableware: Event Rentals Unlimited. Venue: Huntsville Botanical Garden.




Coming home when it matters most. Rob & Wynter at Fountainview Mansion





HOME ENTERTAINMENT Gathering your nearest and dearest means you can be more personal and intentional with the details. Intimate weddings held in the backyard have and will always be in style.



GETthe LOOK! That Summer Glow

Scan to download the GLOW App and book an appointment today to get the glow year-round.

Something Old, Made New Again

See more vintage and heirloom china for every occassion curated by Tea & Old Roses: Follow @teaandoldroses On IG.

the creatives Bridal Gown: Bella Couture. Calligraphy: Jan Pruitt Calligraphy. Cake: Cakes by Kim. Catering: Russell Lands on Lake Martin. Cocktails: B&B Beverage Management. Floral Design: Bloom & Petal. Furniture & Rentals: The Grand Event Design. Barware, Tableware: Hammett. Hair & Makeup: GLOW Yazmin Cavale. Jewelry: Bromberg’s. Linen: I Do Linens. Mother of the Bride Attire: The Clothes Tree by Deborah. Photography: Rob & Wynter. Vintage China, Flatware, Stemware: Tea & Old Roses. Stationery: Annabelle’s. Venue: Fountainview Mansion.



Fall in love with vibrant hues and tonal textures.

ARTFUL AUTUMN Alisha Crossley Photography at Birmingham Museum of Art





SOMETHING BORROWED Scan to see more doodads and whatnots available at PropHouse.


The Walton cashmere-linen jacket and pleated trouser suit pairs pefectly with the Irvine shirt. Available at Billy Reid. alabamaweddings.com


the creatives

Bridal Gown: Ivory & White. Cake: Sugar & Stems. Catering: Savoie Catering. Cellist: Laura Raymond - Music Excursions. Cocktails: B&B Beverage Management. Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio. Furniture & Rentals: PropHouse. Barware: Hammett. Groom’s Attire: Billy Reid. Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mel Team - Joiya Cline, Erin Milkay. Jewelry: Diamonds Direct. Photography: Alisha Crossley Photography. Stationery: Paperhaus. Tableware: Event Rentals Unlimited. Venue: Birmingham Museum of Art and City of Birmingham. Vintage Taxi: Coats Classic Cars.





WINTER BLUES S E U L B WINTER Celebrating the joy and warmth of an Alabama winter wedding. Eric & Jamie Photo at Thomas Jefferson Tower




GETthe LOOK! Fit to be Tied

Cocoon Silk Ribbon is the perfect accent for place settings, bouquets and more. Follow @cocoonsilkribbon on IG.

Something Blue

Sliced Aquamarine and Diamond Ring Bromberg's, $5,900 Scan to see more styles.

LAYERS ON LAYERS Start by selecting a textural linen, then add floral and decor at varying heights. Lay in place settings, but don't forget the chargers and napkin rings. Remember, you can never have enough candles.

the creatives

Bridal & Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella's Bridal & Formal. Cake: Olexa's Cakes. Catering: B&A Warehouse. Cocktails: B&B Beverage Management. Floral Design: Dorothy McDaniel Flower Market. Furniture & Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited. Groom’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Hair & Makeup: MadStyle and Morgan Biggers. Jewelry: Bromberg's. Linen: BBJ Linen & La Tavola Linen. Photography: Eric & Jamie Photo. Silver Candlesticks: AMW Jewelry. Stationery: Fine Paperwork. Venue: TJ Tower Events.




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Jessica Elyse Post & Brandon Lewis Hulsey March 30, 2019 / Birmingham

- Wedding Memory -

“My favorite memory from the wedding was during our first dance when the flower cannons burst. I had completely forgotten that detail from planning, and it was the best surprise! My favorite picture is our kiss under the flower petals.”

Lighting, Draping, Lounge Furniture, Décor, Floral: AG Lighting and Events. Bridal Gown: Bella Couture. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Ceremony & Reception Venue, Catering: Shoal Creek Club. Desserts: Doodles, Grammie’s Cookies ‘N Goodies. Event Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Hair & Makeup: Brittney Massey. Lawn Games: PropHouse. Music & Entertainment: Act of Congress. Photographer: Alisha Crossley Photography. Registry: Bromberg’s. Rings: Southeastern Jewelers. Stationery: Annabelle’s. Wedding Planner: M. Elizabeth Events. Videographer: On-Site Productions. Wedding Party Attire: The Lily Pad, The White Room.



Anna Melissa Way & Ashley Marie Roberts September 27, 2019 / Mountain Brook

- Their Advice -

“One of the best pieces of advice we could offer is to hire a designer and planner who can handle the small items so that you don’t have to worry about them.”



Photographer: Alisha Crossley Photography. Bridal Gown: BHLDN. Bridal Suit: Brooks Brothers. Cake: Leisa Crossley. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence, Mountain Brook. Event Rentals & Décor: PropHouse. Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio. Hair & Makeup: Gypset Beauty Co. Music & Entertainment: Nancy Lewis, Cellist. Rings: Heirlooms & Etsy. Stationery: Anna Way. Wedding Planner: Candice Henderson.





Brooke Lauren Haney & Trevor Michael Spann July 04, 2020 / Birmingham

- The Proposal -

In 2018, Brooke was spending Christmas with her family in Kentucky, her first holiday away from Trevor. That afternoon, her father invited everyone to join him in the living room where, unbeknownst to Brooke, Trevor had arrived. In that moment, Trevor proposed to Brooke, surrounded by her entire family.

Ceremony & Reception Venue, Catering: B&A Warehouse. Bridal Gown: Bella Couture. Bridesmaid Gowns: Show Me Your Mumu. Cake: Magic Muffins. Event Rentals & Drapery: D4 Events. Floral Design: Lillie Jane. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair Stylist: Lynsey Richardson, Perfectly Undone Beauty. Lounge Furniture & Décor: PropHouse. Makeup Artist: Cosmetics By Mackenzie. Music & Entertainment: Just a Few Cats, Jennifer Louie. Photographer: Jennifer Oetting Photography. Rings: Diamonds Direct, Levy’s Fine Jewelry. Stationery: Gracefully Made Art. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Party Attire: Bella Bridesmaids. Wedding Planner: Magnolia Vine Events. Videographer: Morgan Film Co.





Elizabeth Mastrandonas & Jared Armstrong O’Neal November 02, 2019 / Birmingham

- Favorite Memory “Our favorite memory was eating alone in the bride’s loft following the ceremony. After a long, emotional day, it was nice to spend time together, just the two of us, before getting back to the celebration.”

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Barn at Shady Lane. Bridal Gown: Bella Couture. Bridesmaid Gowns: Azazie. Cake: Magnificent Cakes. Catering & Linens: The Happy Catering Co. Draping: On-Site Productions. Floral Design: Vera Flora. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux. Hair Stylist: Gypset Beauty Co. Makeup Artist: Destin Bailey, The Glam Glutes. Music & Entertainment: Emerald Empire Band. Photographer: Kelsey Justice Creative. Rings: Family Heirloom, Diamonds Direct. Stationery: Minted. Wedding Planner: Engaged Wedding Library. Wedding Night Accommodations: Grand Bohemian Hotel.





Ashley Elizabeth Sorrell & Cory Clay Whitsett October 24, 2020 / Birmingham

- Their Advice -

“This probably isn’t the first or last time hearing this, but it goes by so fast. Enjoy every single second together. Cory and I were very intentional about spending as much time together during our wedding weekend. The intimate moments, as well as the moments of being surrounded by our friends and families together, are my favorites.”

Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Bridal Gown: Ivory & White. Cake: Pen and Pastry. Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Advent. Event Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited. Floral Design: Marigold Designs. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mobley and Sons. Hair & Makeup: Brittany Massey. Lighting & Draping: On-Site Productions. Lounge Furniture & Décor: PropHouse. Music & Entertainment: Five Star Funk Lounge - Music Garden. Photographer: Alisha Crossley Photography. Registry: Bromberg’s. Rehearsal Dinner, Reception Venue, Catering: Shoal Creek Club. Rings: Universal Diamonds. Stationery: Annabelle’s. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: Handley Breaux Designs.



Catherine Annette Rowe & Thomas Andrew Swindle August 22, 2020 / Auburn

- How They Met -

Catherine and Andrew met through their mutual friend, Emily. After Emily shared Catherine’s number, and a week of waiting on Catherine’s end, the couple planned their first date after they returned from traveling. However, both of them were so eager to meet the other that they decided to get together for lunch earlier than expected. Upon meeting him, Catherine instantly knew that Andrew was something special.



Bridal Gown: Bella Couture. Bridesmaid Gowns: David’s Bridal. Cake, Wedding Planning: Lala’s Cakes and Events. Cake: Bearden Catering. Catering: Pam Price. Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church Opelika. Rentals: PRE Event Resource. Floral Design: Marika Knowles Designs. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair & Makeup: Caitlin Short. Music & Entertainment: Ty Reynolds Band - Music Garden. Photographer: Penni Lauren Photography. Rehearsal Dinner & Reception Venue: Legacy at Serenity Farms. Rings: Edwards Jewelers. Stationery: Prattville Printing. Wedding Party Attire: The Clothes Tree by Deborah, Dillard’s, Agnes Moseley Designs. Videographer: Aly Hughes Videography.





Katherine Madison Hill & Thomas Clay Guerin May 30, 2020 / Auburn

- The Proposal -

On a trip to California for a golf tournament, Clay took Katie for a romantic picnic on Carmel Beach. While enjoying the beautiful sunset, Clay asked a couple near them to take some photos for them. As Clay and Katie posed for photos, Clay dropped to one knee and asked Katie to marry him.

Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Bridesmaid Gowns: Birdy Grey. Cake: Publix. Catering: China Palace. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Parker Hill. Event Rentals: PRE Event Resources. Floral Design: Kukka Flowers. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: The Locker Room. Hair Stylist: Jacklyn Talarico. Makeup Artist: Trevor Perkins & Jasmine. Lighting & Draping: Brendle Rentals. Lounge Furniture & Décor: FrouFrou Chic. Music & Entertainment: Tim Tyler Duo - Music Garden. Photographer: Hannah Miller Photography. Rings: Diamonds Direct. Stationery: Zazzle.



Lindsey Brooke Moore & Logan Chase Pettus June 19, 2020 / Huntsville

- Their Advice -

“My advice to other couples planning a wedding is to try not to stress over the small details. At the end of the day, you are married, and no one is going to know if something does not go the way you planned. Enjoy your day! It goes by in the blink of an eye, so try to take in every moment!”



Bridal Gown: Birch On Main. Bridesmaid Gowns: Juanita’s Fashions. Cake: Debbie Hardaway. Catering: Jill’s Sweet Memories. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm. Floral Design & Wedding Planner: Weddings by Jeannie. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Coats Clothing Co. Hair & Makeup: Hali Gurley. Music & Entertainment: Dixie Mafia Band & DJ Kid Rock. Photographer: Joelle Brooks Photography. Registry: Target and Bed Bath and Beyond. Rings: Grogan Jewelers by Lon. Stationery: Brooke Pettus. Transportation: Unique Car Care & Limousine Service. Videographer: Nelson Studios.





Adrianne Moultrie & Eddie Talley September 19, 2020 / Birmingham

- Their Advice -

“When it comes to planning, plan the wedding you would like to have and not what others desire your day to be for them. Family and friends will often have ideas of what your wedding day should look like; however, make sure you are satisfied with your day from start to finish.”

Floral Design: Bloom and Petal. Bridal & Bridesmaid Gowns: David’s Bridal. Cake: K & J’s Elegant Pastries. Catering: The Happy Catering Co. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Events at Haven. Event Rentals: Luxe Décor Event Rentals. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Hair Stylist: Integrity Salon Spa. Makeup Artist: PSanders Makeup. Music & Entertainment: DJ Lenny - Lenco Management. Rings: Diamond’s Direct, Jared. Photographer: YNOT iMages. Stationery: Minted. Wedding Planner: The Sharp Standard. Wedding Night Accommodations: Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott. Wedding Party Attire: David’s Bridal, Mr. Burch Formal Wear.





Shelley Lyn Carrigan & Dustin Joseph Garson November 02, 2019

- Their Advice -

“Hiring a wedding planner is the best decision we made. It was really important to us that we incorporate both of our styles. My style is traditional yet trendy, and his is more modern and simple. Having every detail represent our style and seeing it come to life was truly the best part!”

/ Birmingham

Ceremony & Reception Venue: BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft. Bridal Gown: Heidi Elnora Atelier. Bridesmaid Gowns: Azazie. Cake: Magic Muffins. Catering: Kathy G & Co. Floral Design: Forever Wild Floral Co. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair & Makeup: The Look by Brittney Shelton. Music & Entertainment: Music Excursions. Photographer: Sweet Julep Photography. Rings: David Yurman, Davis Douglas Diamonds. Stationery: Prim Pretty Prints, M. Harris Designs. Transportation: Coats Classic Cars. Wedding Planner: Becky’s Brides.





Margaret Gail Cole & Austin Paul Shiver October 16, 2020 / Vestavia

Registry & Rings: Bromberg’s. Bridal Gown: Heidi Elnora Atelier. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Ceremony, Reception & Rehearsal Meg, a nurse on the TBICU unit at UAB, had Dinner Venue: Vestavia Country Club. Rentals, Décor: Decor to Adore, PropHouse. Austin’s grandfather as a patient for a short time. Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Austin’s mother met Meg and insisted that she meet Formal Wear. Hair Stylist: Lynsey Richardson - Perfectly Undone Beauty. Makeup her son, Austin, when he was visiting. They met, went on a date the next night, and then Meg left to Artist: Cosmetics by Mackenzie. Entertainment: Fountain City Players - Music continue her travel nursing assignment in St. Louis. Garden, Angela Flaniken. Photographer: Eric & Jamie Photo. Stationery: Alex Fly. Immediately after Meg’s return to Birmingham, they Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: Two Hearts Weddings. started seeing each other again and Videographer: Rush Videos. Wedding Night Accommodations: Grand Bohemian became inseparable. Hotel. Wedding Party Attire: Bella Bridesmaids, The White Room.

- How They Met -





Krystle Williams & Martez Henderson March 14, 2020 / Birmingham

- Wedding Memory -

“My favorite memory from my wedding day was when I received a charm necklace from Martez with my beloved father’s photo in it. At that very moment, I felt my dad with me as my brother walked me down the aisle.”

Floral Design: CeCe Designs. Bridal Accessories: Appetite of A Millionaire. Bridal Gown: Anya’s Bridal. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids, Kingdom Boutique. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Catering: Savoie Catering. Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Theodore. Desserts: Say Cheese Gourmet Cheesecakes. Draping: Design Productions. Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank. Hair Stylist: Keaa Bray, MiRich Hair. Linen: Nuage Designs. Lighting: B Brian Inc. Makeup Artist: Tiffany Logan. Music & Entertainment: DJ Vic, Maurice Arrington, Playworx Music Group, Sherice Carter, Elaine Carter, Derrick Stevenson. Photographer: Sam Jasper Photography. Stationery: Minted. Transportation: Rob Conrad Classic Cars. Wedding Planner: Valia Rose Events. alabamaweddings.com


Tabitha Thomas & Robert Fowler July 31, 2020 / Birmingham

- The Proposal -

Like most couples during the pandemic, Robert and Tabitha began spending more time outdoors. One day they decided to take their four children for a hike. During the hike the children sprinted up a hill, leaving their parents behind. When Robert and Tabitha finally reached the top, Tabitha found her children holding signs that read, “Will you marry me?” The answer, of course, was, “Yes!”



Ceremony & Reception Venue, Catering: City Club of Birmingham. Bridal Gown: Aisle and Veil. Bridesmaid Gowns: David’s Bridal. Cake: Cakes by Kim. Clergy: Shane Prettyman. Décor & Photo Booth: Superior Sound Entertainment. Floral Design: Dana’s Floral Design. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr Burch Formal Wear. Hair Stylist: Tabitha Fowler. Makeup Artist: Kimberly Jones. Music & Entertainment: DJ Dupri - Superior Sound Entertainment. Photographer: B Nicole Photography. Rings: Sanders Jewelry. Stationery: Crystal’s Stationery.





Geri Laine Wilson & Jerome Victor Ambrosia August 31, 2019 / Birmingham

- The Proposal -

While on a business trip to New York City, the proposal of Geri’s dreams came true. Before their flight home to Birmingham, Jerry and Geri ventured off to the Gansevoort Hotel. On the rooftop of the hotel with the city skyline in the background, Jerry proposed with the most beautiful ring.

Rings: Diamonds Direct. Bridal Gown, Bridesmaid Gowns, Wedding Party Attire: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Ceremony Venue: St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Event Rentals & Décor: PropHouse. Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos A. Bank. Hair & Makeup: Brittany Massey. Linens: BBJ Linen. Lighting & Draping: On-Site Productions. Music & Entertainment: The Respectables. Photographer: AL Weddings. Stationery: Paper Source. Reception Venue, Catering: Iron City. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: Kendal Perry Wedding Planning. Wedding Party Attire: J.Crew. Videographer: Down in Front Productions.





Zoe Ruth Zaslawsky & Alec Ryan Weil November 01, 2020

- Their Advice -

“Get a wedding planner! There is so much a professional knows, from the best and most reliable vendors, to what to look for in contracts – and not to mention the stress you save yourself by not coordinating with a million people. I didn’t think it was necessary before we started planning, but I cannot imagine doing it alone.”

/ Hoover

Floral Design: Dorthy McDaniel’s Flower Market. Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Cake: Magnificent Cakes. Catering: The Happy Catering Co. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Aldridge Gardens. Event Rentals, Draping: Decor to Adore. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Generation Tux. Hair & Makeup: GLOW. Music & Entertainment: DJ Prez - Superior Sound Entertainment. Photographer: AL Weddings. Rings: Soloman Brothers. Stationery: Birmingham Printing. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: Becky’s Brides. Videographer: Aaron Wilhite Productions.





Hannah Kate Coblentz & John Benjamin Satterfield October 24, 2020 / Sylacauga

- The Proposal -

Hannah and Ben began dating as juniors in high school. Years later, in August of 2019, Ben took Hannah out for dinner, followed by a walk around Mt. Laurel. When they reached the town square, Ben completely surprised Hannah by proposing right where they had taken their high school prom photos.

Event Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited. Bridal Gown: Ivory and White. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Ceremony & Reception Venue, Wedding Night Accommodations: Pursell Farms. Floral Design: Vera Flora. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank. Hair & Makeup: Abby Moorer. Linen: BBJ Linen. Music & Entertainment: Well Dunn DJs. Photographer: Eric and Jamie Photo. Rings: Diamonds Direct. Stationery: Empress Stationery. Wedding Planner: Becky’s Brides. Wedding Party Attire: Saks Fifth Avenue.





Summer Lee Perry & Garet Brink McCroskey July 18, 2020 /

- Their Advice -

“Remember to focus on what is important to you and your partner. It is easy to get caught up on the little details because you want everything to be perfect. But when I look back on our wedding day, what I remember the most is looking into my husband’s eyes, pledging my love, and dancing with him; everything else seemed to melt away.”

Mountain Brook

Rehearsal Dinner, Ceremony & Reception Venue, Catering: Grand Bohemian Hotel. Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal. Cake: Olexa’s Cakes. Floral Design: CeCe Designs. Furniture Rentals, Decor, Lighting & Draping, Linens: Decor to Adore. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair Stylist: Stephanie Brooks - Salon 2412. Music & Entertainment: Andre - Platinum Entertainment, Matt Wiley. Photographer: Lauren Bailey Lankford. Rings: Bromberg’s, Manning Jewelry. Stationery: Zola. Wedding Planner: Jayna Goedecke. Videographer: Holloway Productions.



Megan Leigh Siddens & Lewis Carpenter Doggett September 19, 2020

- The Proposal -

Megan Leigh and Car began dating after they met each other while working together in Tuscaloosa. The couple eventually moved to finish school at Jacksonville State University. Six years later, Car proposed to Megan Leigh while in Mexico, surrounded by their friends.



/ Birmingham

Bridal Gown: Heidi Elnora Atelier. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Catering: Parkview Catering. Ceremony Venue: BridgeStreet Gallery and Loft. Rentals: PropHouse, Decor to Adore. Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Hair Stylist: Halee Broke. Linens: BBJ Linen. Lighting Design: On-Site Productions. Makeup Artist: Beloved Beauty. Music & Entertainment: Big Blast & The Party Masters. Photographer: Leslie Hollingsworth Photography. Reception Venue: Regions Field. Rings: Roy’s Fine Jewelry. Stationery: M. Harris Design. Transportation: Rare Transportation, Coats Classic Cars. Wedding Planner: Becky’s Brides. Videographer: Hampton Road Studios. Wedding Party Attire: The Clothes Tree by Deborah.





Clare Crawford Dowell & Troy Wesley Daniel February 24, 2018 / Birmingham

- Their Advice -

“Troy and I are both very close with our families, so having them attend meetings with our wedding planner was very special to us. Our wedding day wouldn’t have been what it was without the love and support from both of our families.”

Catering, Reception Venue: Iron City. Bridal Gown: Heidi Elnora Atelier. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Sweet Magnolia. Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church. Draping: Unique Event Elements. Floral Design: Mandy Busby. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank. Hair & Makeup: Irrelephant. Music & Entertainment: Party Jammers - RAM Entertainment. Photographer: Mary Margaret Smith. Rings: Southeastern Jewelers, Family Heirloom. Stationery: Linen and Leaf, Southern Engraving. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: Invision Events. Videographer: Film Poets. Wedding Night Accommodations: Grand Bohemian Hotel. Wedding Party Attire: Bella Bridesmaids, Saks Fifth Avenue.



Mary Glenn Culp & Brooks McElveen November 02, 2019 / Alys Beach, Florida

- The Proposal -

As high school sweethearts, Mary Glenn and Brooks share many memories of growing up together in Birmingham. One of them was walking the Mountain Brook Parkway Trail with Brooks’ late father and their dog, Max. Just a few days before Christmas, Brooks and Max surprised Mary Glenn in one of their favorite spots along the trail, with the ring tied to Max’s collar.



Bridal Gown: Ivory & White Boutique. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Confections on the Coast. Catering: Townsend Catering. Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Seaside. Floral Design & Event Rentals: Myrtie Blue. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Hair Stylist: Rolland’s Beauty Bar. Makeup Artist: The Perfect Makeup. Music & Entertainment: Big Night Dynamite. Photographer: Paul Johnson Photography. Reception Venue: Alys Beach. Registry: Brombergs, Table Matters, The Cook Store, Williams Sonoma. Stationery: The Scribbler. Wedding Planner: Arden Sanders Events.





Stephanie Elise Burgett & Joshua Phillip Keaveny August 08, 2020 / Springville

- Wedding Memory -

“We had a wine box engraved with our name and our wedding date. During our ceremony, we placed a bottle of wine in the box along with letters addressed to each other that held our vows. We locked the box and plan to open it on our first anniversary. Each year we will write another letter to each other to open on the next anniversary.

Ceremony & Reception Venue, Cake, Caterer, Rentals, Floral Design, Wedding Planner: Mathews Manor. Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Bridesmaid Gowns: David’s Bridal. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank. Hair & Makeup: H&M by Asia Nicole. Music & Entertainment: Superior Sound Entertainment. Photographer: AL Weddings. Rings: Diamonds Direct. Transportation: Kimbi Eesome Transportation. Videographer: Benj Smith Productions.





Erica Lynn Williams & Gavin Floyd King August 15, 2020 /

- The Proposal -

Gavin and Erica were in New Orleans with friends to cheer on Mississippi State in their season opener. While visiting a local park, Gavin proposed. As soon as Erica said, “Yes,” a street band arrived and they danced their way to a restaurant to celebrate their engagement. When they returned home, Gavin had another proposal planned: He asked Erica’s adopted daughter if he could be her dad. She said, “Yes!”


Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Bridesmaid Gowns: Birdy Grey, David’s Bridal. Cake: Bethany Jones. Catering: Full Moon BBQ. Ceremony Venue: Southside Baptist Church. Floral Design, Wedding Planner: Hilliary Hallman. Hair & Makeup: Brittany Scoggins. Music & Entertainment: First Unit Band. Photographer: Alexandra Davie Photography. Reception Venue: Events at Haven. Rings: Olive Avenue Jewelry. Stationery: Val’s Print and Copy. Wedding Party Attire: Matching Look.



Kathryn Nicole Cooper & Justin Kurkhum Hoyt October 05, 2019 / Ohatchee

- Their Advice -

“My biggest piece of advice is, if you have to choose one thing to splurge on, let it be a great photographer. After all, that’s how you will relive your day for all the years to come. It’s important that every moment is captured beautifully and that you feel comfortable and confident with your photographer.”



Ceremony & Reception Venue: Oak Meadow Event Center. Bridal Gown: Rhylan Lang Bridal. Bridesmaid Gowns: Azazie. Cake, Floral Design: Gilmer Weddings. Catering: Local Joe’s Catering. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair Stylist: Lynze Bandy. Makeup Artist: Alex Knight - Makeup with Alexandria. Music & Entertainment: Bonus Round - Southeastern Attractions. Photographer: Nordic Photo Co. Stationery: Minted. Wedding Planner: Wanda Huddleston.





Bryson Reid McGwier & Matthew Riley West October 08, 2019 / Ohatchee

- The Proposal -

Although they have known each other since middle school, Reid and Matt truly connected during their time at The University of Alabama. One weekend while home from college, Matt surprised Reid with a rose-petal trail surrounded by flowers and lanterns. At the end of the trail was a letter from Matt, and when she looked up from the letter, Matt was getting down on one knee.

Rehearsal Dinner, Ceremony & Reception Venue: Otter Creek Farmstead & Distillery. Bridal Gown: Bella Couture. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Daryl Montgomery. Catering: Savoie Catering. Rentals, Lounge Furniture: Event Rentals Unlimited. Décor, Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Tuxedo Inn. Hair & Makeup: Danielle Ivy Chiepalich. Linen: I Do Linens. Lighting & Draping: Design Productions. Entertainment: Chad Ellis Ent., Five Star Funk Lounge - Music Garden. Photo Booth: On-Site Productions. Photographer: Eric & Jamie Photo. Stationery: Gracefully Made Art. Wedding Planner: Details by Rebecca. Videographer: Main Street Productions. Wedding Night Accommodations: Elyton Hotel. alabamaweddings.com


Emily Lauren Lytle & Patrick Stuart Keim June 13, 2020 / Lake Martin

- Their Advice -

“Planning a wedding in less than three months and during the rise of COVID, I clung to Philippians 4:6-7 and submitted every detail to the Lord in prayer so that I could experience His peace, which surpasses all understanding. The Lord provided an engagement season and wedding overflowing with His peace and provision.”



Ceremony & Reception Venue: Russell Lands on Lake Martin. Catering: Kowaliga Restaurant - Russell Lands. Bridal Gown: Carriage House Weddings. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Peggy McKinney Cakes. Event Rentals: PRE Event Resources. Floral Design: Tori Brinson Design. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair & Makeup: Brittany Massey. Linen: BBJ Linen. Music & Entertainment: Tim Tyler - Music Garden. Photographer: Hannah Miller Photography. Stationery: Paper Eliza. Wedding Planner: Mary Me Brides. Videographer: Four 10 Films.



Alexis Layne Ingram & Donald Earl Findley October 03, 2020 / Lake Martin

- Their Advice -

“Our advice to any couple planning a wedding is to stay calm and have fun while doing it. It is such a hectic time and a lot of hard work to try to make sure everything is perfect. Just take it one step at a time and enjoy it. Everything will be just perfect!”



Ceremony, Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Russell Lands on Lake Martin. Catering: Kowaliga Restaurant - Russell Lands. Bridal Gown: Bridal Bliss. Bridesmaid Gowns: David’s Bridal. Cake: Sweet Gaga’s. Floral Design: Grace’s Flowers. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair Stylist: Danielle Price. Makeup Artist: Lauren Welcher. Music & Entertainment: The Jason Tapley Band. Photographer: T2 Photography. Stationery: Service Printing. Wedding Planner: Linda Ingram. Videographer: Justin Clayton.





Aneesa Sood & Vernon Bone June 29, 2019 / Birmingham

- Their Advice “Find ways to enjoy your engagement. It is so easy to get stressed and overwhelmed while planning the big day. Don’t forget to enjoy the time. Our planning team truly allowed us to live in the moment.”

Wedding Planner: Valia Rose Events. Catering: Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine. Drapery: On-Site Productions. Event Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited, Georgia’s Party Rentals, Iconic Party Rentals. Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux, The Millionaires Collection. Hair Stylist: MiRich Hair. Henna: Sonia’s Threading & Spa. Makeup Artist: Jayson Glenn. Music & Entertainment: B Brian Inc. Photographer: YNOT iMages. Reception Venue: Events at Haven. Stationery: LePenn Designs. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Videographer: J. McCoy Photography. Wedding Night Accommodations: Grand Bohemian Hotel.





Sydney Reed Johnson & Kenton Locke St. John October 03, 2020 / Pelham

- The Proposal -

The weekend of Locke’s graduation from The University of South Alabama, Sydney and both families traveled to Dauphin Island to throw a surprise graduation party for Locke. When they arrived at the party, Locke took Sydney out to the beach and proposed. Their families were watching from a nearby balcony, and what Sydney thought would be a graduation party actually turned out to be a surprise engagement party.

Ceremony, Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Windwood Equestrian. Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Bridesmaid Gowns: Show Me Your Mumu. Cake: Dana Crim Beasley & Kelly Gronke. Catering: The Bright Star Catering Company. Décor, Rentals, Floral Design: The White Willow Events. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank. Hair & Makeup: The Look by Brittney Shelton. Music & Entertainment: Trotline - Music Garden. Photographer: Arden Photography. Stationery: Minted. Wedding Planner: Sadie Dagineau.



Tiffany Nicole Brown & Ralph Wesley Ervin, Jr. September 14, 2020 / Birmingham

- The Proposal -

On July 6, 2019, Wesley executed the perfect proposal. Following a date night cooking class at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, surrounded by their families and closest friends, Wesley proposed to Tiffany. Without hesitation, she said, “Yes!” to the man of her dreams.



Photographer: YNOT iMages. Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Park Crest Event Facility. Floral Design: Forever Wild Floral Company. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Miguel Wilson Collection. Hair Stylist: Plush by Elace Minnifield. Lighting & Draping Design: Design Productions. Makeup Artist: Sylvia Pro Makeup. Music & Entertainment: B Brian Inc. Rings: Diamonds Direct. Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations. Transportation: Rob Conrad’s Classic Cars. Videographer: A Wyatt Productions. Wedding Planner: Valia Rose Events.



ALABAMA VENUES Find the perfect place to say I do, whatever your wedding style.

The venue is one of the first and most important decisions to be made for a wedding. It is the foundation for setting the mood for the entire day. From city spaces and historic homes, to resort properties and rustic barns, Alabama boasts a wide range of locations to capture the personality of any couple.



B&A Warehouse is a fullservice catering and event venue located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Large or small, lavish or simple, B&A Warehouse is here to provide you with excellent service. bawarehouse.com 205.326.4220





Shady Lane is a little piece of heaven nestled at the entrance of the Robert Trent Oxmoor Valley Golf Course just a mile from Ross Bridge. Sprawling wooded acres, fully air-conditioned, with indoor and outdoor ceremony space. shadylaneevents.com 205.790.7238

bridgestreetvenue.com 205.521.7716

BridgeStreet has the space and authentic atmosphere to be the perfect backdrop to any special occasion. Exposed brick walls, red oak hardwoods, and a custom lace-cut staircase are just some of the special features of this amazing venue.





cityclub-birmingham.com 205.252.0088

www.marriott.com/bhmak 205.731.3600

City Club of Birmingham is a wedding ceremony and reception venue located in Birmingham, Alabama. This venue, a premier business and social facility, provides a first-class stage for wedding celebrations large and small.



The Elyton Hotel, Autograph Collection, invites you to experience a new definition of indulgence at the intersection of rich tradition modern sophistication. Let us offer you an experience exactly like nothing else.

213 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S, Birmingham, Alabama 35233 205.521.7716 | www.bridgestreetvenue.com | @bridgestreet_venue



Mountain Brook


kesslercollection.com 205.414.0505

hsvbg.org/weddings 256.830.4447





Built in 1929, Iron City blends industrial charm with polished finesse, making it ideal for any bridal vision. With its exposed brick and dark-stained wooden floors, it’s the perfect picture of industrial chic.

Mathews Manor's landmark venues and facilities make hosting weddings, rehearsal dinners, and special events a spectacular experience. They offer full-service onsite catering, floral services, cakes and wedding direction to ensure your day is perfect.

Define your wedding day in the Mountain Brook Ballroom or the impeccably landscaped lawn for a sophisticated outdoor event. Our spaces offer functional and flexible settings perfect for a ceremony or reception that is distinctively you.

ironcitybham.com 205.761.5104



Mountain Brook

oakmeadowevents.com 256.310.1574


mathewsmanor.com 205.467.3935


Oak Meadow is a light and airy, modern farmhouse venue serving couples across the Southeast, with floor-tovaulted-ceiling white walls, a stunning fireplace, and a spacious bridal suite laced with shiplap.


Whether you dream of colorful blooms in spring or rustling leaves in the fall, the Garden offers an exquisite backdrop for your special day. It’s the perfect location for quaint ceremonies, lavish receptions, and everything in between.

Nestled in Mountain Brook Village, Olexa's serves salads, soups, paninis, quiche, and crepes. This venue is perfect for private parties and rehearsal dinners, and offers catering services, wedding cakes, and birthday cakes.

olexas.com 205.871.2060

THE GRAND EVENT Design and Decor



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invitation suites, custom monograms, stationery, favors, napkins finepaperwork.com | finepaperwork@bellsouth.net


Tables | Chairs | Linens | Draping | Furniture | Props Decor | Plates | Glassware | Flatware | and more





Serving couples throughout the Southeast, Otter Creek is known for refined Southern elegance. Offering estate wines and fine cuisine with exceptional service creates an experience you and your guests will enjoy in an elegant rustic setting. ottercreekfarmstead.com 256.892.2177

ovenbirdrestaurant.com 205.957.6686




Alexander City

Destination resort with 22acre wedding venue for ceremonies and receptions, with lakeside ceremonial lawn, lighted terrace for large tents, and the 4,300sq-ft. Hamilton Place Grand Ballroom. Under an hour from Birmingham.



OvenBird, by Chris and Idie Hastings, is a unique venue with an indoor-outdoor vibe, located in the popular Pepper Place entertainment district of downtown Birmingham. It is perfect for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and showers for 10-200.

Russell Lands on Lake Martin offers an array of both indoor and outdoor spaces, all naturally beautiful with distinctly different backdrops, easily customizable for each event to make it truly unforgettable.

pursellfarms.com/weddings 256.208.4454

russelllands.com/weddings 256.794.1397





The historic TJ Tower ballroom is perfect for large events, with a parlor for cocktail hour and a terrace that overlooks Downtown Birmingham. They also offer The Suite, a chic and modern apartment perfect for bridal parties to get ready in. tjtowerevents.com 205.518.0794

windwoodequestrian.com 205.365.4139

Windwood is a charming European estate-inspired venue, capable of hosting any size event. Couples and guests enjoy the pastoral oasis while being only minutes from town.

Good skin never felt so simple COME & SEE FOR YOURSELF!

by appointment only kerribunn.com

All-English china ∙ Teapots ∙ Napkins Silver plate flatware ∙ Gold flatware Vintage glassware ∙ Charger plates

205-413-7753 ∙ teaandoldroses.com


WEDDINGS Little Blue Book

Accommodations Elyton Hotel 205.731.3600 elytonhotel.com @elytonhotelbirmingham Fairfield by Marriott Birmingham Downtown 205.263.9157 Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook - 70 205.414.0505

grandbohemianmountainbrook.com @grandbohemianmountainbrook

Kessler Collection - 70 Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville - 828.505.2949 Charleston - 843.722.5711 Charolette - 704.372.1877 kesslercollection.com @kesslercollection Otter Creek Farmstead & Distillery - 16 256.892.2177 ottercreekfarmstead.com


Pursell Farms - 10 256.208.4454 pursellfarms.com @pursellfarms

Sugar & Stems - 19 256.478.2253 sugar-and-stems.com @sugar_and_stems Pizzelle's Confections - 89 256.513.9745 pizzellesconfections.com @pizzellesconfections Catering B&A Warehouse - Back Cover 205.326.4220 bawarehouse.com @bawarehousebham Hastings Catering - 35 205.855.9277 hastingscatering.com @hastingscatering Olexa’s Catering - 11 205.871.2060 olexas.com @olexascafe Russell Lands on Lake Martin - 4 256.794.1397 russelllands.com/weddings @russelllands

Springhill Suites by Marriott Birmingham Downtown, UAB 205.322.8600

Savoie Catering & Event Space - 89 205.902.3726 savoiecatering.com @savoiecatering



B&B Beverage Management- 67 334.734.2468 beveragemgmt.com @beveragemgmt

Music Excursions 205.585.2342 musicexcursions.com

Cakes & Sweets

AG Lighting & Events - 7 205.527.0652 aglightingandevents.com @aglighting

Cakes by Kim - 89 205.565.8667 cakesbykim.net @cakebykimllc Olexa’s Cakes - 11 205.871.2060 olexas.com @olexascafe



Event Design

Valia Rose Events - 59 valiaroseevents.com @valiaroseevents

Fashion - Femme

Fashion - Homme

Bella Couture - 17 205.995.3444 bellacouturellc.com @bellacouturellc

Billy Reid - 33 Birmingham - 205.588.4533 Florence - 256.767.4692 billyreid.com @billy_reid Imperial Formal Wear - 55 205.767.5453 imperialformalwear.com @imperialformalwear

Bella Bridesmaids - 27 205.942.6444 bellabridesmaids.com @bellabridesmaids Bella's Bridal & Formal - 2 205.403.7977 bellasalabama.com @bellasbridal Birch On Main - 25 256.431.6223 birchonmain.com @birchonmain Build-A-Bride - 13 Auburn - 256.310.9651 Birmingham - 407.435.0571 Huntsville - 429.565.5264 Mobile - 205.250.5232 buildabride.com @buildabride_official The Clothes Tree by Deborah Inside Front Cover 205.822.1902 theclothestreebydeborah.com @theclothestree_ Heidi Elnora Atelier - 13 205.250.5233 heidielnora.com @heidielnoraatelier Imperial Formal Wear - 55 205.767.5453 imperialformalwear.com @imperialformalwear Ivory & White - 23 205.871.2888 ivoryandwhiteboutique.com @ivoryandwhiteboutique Refined Bridal Boutique 205.593.4289 refinedbridalboutique.com @refinedbridalboutique

Mr. Burch Formal Wear - 8 Birmingham - 205.252.3600 Hoover - 205.979.6464 Mtn. Brook - 205.871.3589 mbfwtux.com @mrburchformal The Modern Gent 404.909.3750 themodern-gent.com @moderngentstyle Floral Design Bloom & Petal - 127 205.994.2434 bloomandpetal.com @bloomandpetal CeCe Designs - 121 205.317.1413 cecedesignsllc.com @cecedesignsllc Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market - 45 205.871.0092 dorothymcdaniel.com


HotHouse Design Studio - 133 205.324.2663 hothousedesignstudio.com @hothousedesignstudio Hair, Makeup & Beauty Simply Abbey Esthetician - 201 295.522.9332 simplyabbeyesthetician.com @simplyabbeyesthetician GLOW - 41 205.671.4569 glowout.io @theglowapp

Kerri Bunn - 205 205. 243.4845 kerribunn.com @kerribunn Makeup Mel - 14 205.370.9177 makeupmel.com @make_up_mel MadStyle - 41 205.269.0997 themadstyle.com @_mad.style Melanie Petro, MD - 39 205.420.8043 petromd.com @drmelaniepetro Lighting & Draping AG Lighting & Events - 7 205.527.0652 aglightingandevents.com @aglighting Photography Alisha Crossley Photography - 18 205.529.0305

alishacrossleyphotography.com @alishacrossleyphotography

Arden Photography - 115 205.427.1144 ardenphotography.com @ardenphotography Eric and Jamie Photo - 43 ericandjamiephoto.com @ericandjamiephoto Rob & Wynter - 21 205.451.6143 robandwynter.com @robandwynter YNOT iMages - 59 205.253.2779 ynotimages.com @ynot_images Registry, Jewelry & Gifts Bromberg’s - 1 205.871.3276 - Mtn. Brook 205.969.1776 - The Summit brombergsbride.com @brombergs Diamonds Direct Inside Back Cover 205.201.7400 diamondsdirect.com @diamondsdirect Table Matters - 57 205.879.0125 table-matters.com @tablematters

Rentals & Linen


BBJ Linen & La Tavola Linen - 136 bbjlinen.com @bbjlinen latavolalinen.com @latavolalinen

Annabelle’s - 201 205.979.4444 annabellestoo.com @annabellestoobham

Event Rentals Unlimited - 65 205.545.9500 ERULTD.com @erubirmingham.com The Grand Event Design - 203 205.737.3695 grandeventdesign.com @grandeventdesign I Do Linens - 57 404.367.0010 idolinens.com @idolinens Nuage Designs - 118 305.573.7840 nuagedesigns.com @nuagedesignsinc PropHouse - 133 205.324.2663 prophousebirmingham.com @prophousebirmingham Tea & Old Roses - 205 205.413.7753 teaandoldroses.com @teaandoldroses Special Services Bubbles, A Mini Prosecco Truck bubblesminitruck.com @bubblesminitruck Cocoon Silk Ribbon @cocoonsilkribbon Jan Pruitt Calligraphy @jpruittcalligraphy The Flash Bar theflashbar.com @theflashbar Mary Bell Sold by the Bell - 51 205.440.0860 soldbythebell.com @soldbythebell

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