Alabama Weddings 2022 / The Wanderlust Issue

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WANDERLUST.

I am not by nature an adventurer. I cherish photos of my childhood trips to Disney, but some of my earliest memories are connected to children’s theatre, and how being on stage would take me to new and exciting places. As we prepared for the Wanderlust Issue, the desire for a new way of thinking was at the forefront of my mind – the need to journey within yourself, to follow your inner compass and to let love lead the way. After much time of prolonged postponements, the wedding industry did what it has always done: endured. We redefined weddings while also looking ahead to show you what’s next. Coming out of a time where we all need an escape, there is a renewed excitement for grand adventure. Weddings are back in full swing, and couples need to be inspired. I hope you find a treasure trove of inspiration in these pages, with expert insight on all things design, fashion, planning, and more. In times like these, it can be hard to find a sense of adventure, to feel like exploring is important. But it’s in these moments that seeking magic matters most. In our fashion story, “Up and Away,” we look at all the imaginative ways a bride can escape the everyday and daydream of fantasy and fashion. A sense of Wanderlust can also be explored during a dining experience that transports you with different flavors and aromas. That’s the aim of our “Taste the World” feature, which looks at global cuisine prepared by local chefs.

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travel anywhere. Journey within yourself. Enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light.” - Rumi

As a wedding planner, I know that I am only as strong as the team I surround myself with. In that spirit, collaboration and culture are also at the heart of this issue. We invited a diverse array of local planners to lead a series in showcasing ceremonies and “table escapes”. They brought in dreamy decor from places all over Alabama to create a starting point of inspiration for your event. Every person who has been part of this issue is dedicated to excellence throughout times of uncertainty. That is why you invest in quality professionals. This issue celebrates the differences that bind us all together, as we get reinspired after a year that forced us to look at things in a new way. Consider this issue your guide to immersing yourself in imagination and redefining how you can plan your wedding. The old ways of doing things may not be relevant anymore, but love, adventure, culture and finding our place in the world is ever relevant. Go outside, lay down on a blanket, and look up. Wherever you are, you’ll see magic and possibility - which, after all, is what Wanderlust is made of.

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looking and feeling your best

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women of the warehouse life by the bell

56 WEDDING PLANNING insight from Alabama's best

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taste the world

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sugar & salt of the earth

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ceremony into the woods table escapes

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PIN.TAP. LIKE. LOVE! Our paths in life are a curiouser and curiouser experience. When you think you know what lies around the corner, you may be surprised where your road really takes you. But I've learned that if you follow your North Star, the places you'll go will be exactly where you need to be. I dedicate my work in this issue to all my dear friends that have pulled me onto trains to faraway islands, let me crash on their couches while chasing my dreams, toasted me on flights soaring across oceans, and made every journey with me to who I am today. Thank you for always believing in me. Never lose your Wonder. Never forget to let yourself wander. Always remember places you can call home. David Kirk Art Director & Sr. Editor

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WEDDINGS Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Christopher Confero

Art Director & Sr. Editor David Kirk

Contributing Photographer Maggie Rae

Contributing Writers Claire Sullivan Alice Doyle

Contributing Stylists

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May 1 - June 30 Photo: Rob & Wynter Bridal Mini Dress: Heidi Elnora Atelier Hair & Makeup: Brushed & Blushed Jewelry: Anthony & Co. Earrings & Clutch: Manhattan South Venue: Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa Styling: Christian Jinnette See more on pages: 94-100

Mar 1 - Apr 30 Photo: Elizabeth Gelineau Stationery: My Lady Dye Styling: David Kirk See more on pages: 144-146

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Sept 1 - Oct 31 Photo: Arden Photography Bridal Gown: The White Room Event Design: CONFERO Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio Hair & Makeup: GLOW - Yazmin Cavale Jewelry: Bromberg's Rentals: EventWorks Venue: Windwood Equestrian See more on pages: 130-133 Nov 1 - Dec 31 Photo: Rob & Wynter Bride's Attire: Millionaire's Collections Event Design: Valia Rose Events Floral Design: CeCe Designs Hair Stylist: GLOW - Teresa Boyd Makeup Artist: GLOW - Gabriella Gonzalez Henna Artist: Rosina Khoja Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Venue: Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook See more on pages: 126-128


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SPARKLE! When it comes to accessory selection, a sense of adventure is always in style.

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BON VOYAGE! Travel essentials for a honeymoon adventure in Bora Bora, or a relaxing vacation along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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Alabama’s acclaimed pagaent expert lends his style expertise for the well-dressed man, from head-to-toe.

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POWER COUPLE This go-getting duo brings beauty to Birmingham with top-notch dermatology and plastic surgery. Story by Claire Sullivan Photography by Alisha Crossley

Holly and Stephen Gunn have been married for 15 years and counting. But their love extends beyond the household: Holly, a dermatologist, and Stephen, a plastic surgeon, are also passionate about making their patients feel confident as can be.

evaluate the results. The same goes for non-invasive options like facials; it’s best to test-drive a treatment about two to three months out from your wedding, so you have a clear idea of how your skin will react.

Over at Stephen’s practice, Hedden The Alabama natives met at the and Gunn Plastic Surgery, you can University of South Alabama College find head-to-toe options, from body of Medicine. “In our first conversation, contouring to breast enhancements. Stephen said he Where Holly has was going to be “Being your best self takes the latest and a surgeon, and greatest devices, surrounding yourself I thought, ‘I will Stephen owes with those that push you his success to his never marry a surgeon,’” Holly invasive to be better. Whether it’s minimally recalls. “But it technique. And our marriage, skincare many of their turns out he’s the nicest surgeon end up knowledge, or treatment patients out there— seeing both of techniques.” so funny and them. “There’s humble.” Besides no such thing as - Dr. Holly Gunn a degree, they a non-invasive also share something unique: Both of facelift, so if someone comes to me their mothers are artists. “And there’s wanting that, I’ll send them over to a lot of artistry to what we do,” Holly Stephen,” says Holly. And if a surgical explains. patient needs to improve their skin health before operating, Stephen will Holly opened her boutique Mountain refer them to Holly. Brook practice, Gunn Dermatology, a little over a year ago, where her Their biggest piece of advice: Find a team provides medical, cosmetic, and provider that shares your same idea of even pediatric dermatology. “We see beauty and has realistic expectations brides come in requesting three main about the result. For the Gunns, it’s things: Botox, Hydrafacials, and lip always about enhancing your natural filler,” she says. Holly likes to consult features, so you look and feel your brides-to-be as soon as they begin absolute best. wedding planning; this gives time for injectables to settle and for you to

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WELL DRESSED Dr. Stephen Gunn dons a classic shawl collar tuxedo with custom bow tie from The Modern Gent. Dr. Holly Gunn wears a strapless emerald gown, available at The Clothes Tree by Deborah with hair and makeup by Melissa Moore Bogardus.

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BEAUTY ROUTINE Having a plan for your glam goals sets the path for success. Story by Claire Sullivan

When we look our best, we feel our best. But planning a wedding makes it tricky to really focus on achieving our goals. Don’t fret: With a few simple changes to your routines, you’ll be glowing down the aisle. Whether you’re aiming to tone up or just drop a few pounds, focus on tiny tweaks in your day-to-day. The most efficient way to get in shape is by moving your body every day. “Instead of working out hard three days a week, find something you love to do daily,” says Thomas Cox, owner of Meal Fit. “Change your lifestyle instead of jumping on a diet trend. And do something that’s easy and manageable for you.” For some, that may be opting for a salad instead of a sandwich at lunch, and for others, it could be replacing your nightly glass of wine with a quick walk around the block. To feel glam during dress fittings, showers, and beyond, start with self-tanner. “It gives you an instant boost,” says Yazmin Cavale, CEO and co-founder of Glow. For makeup, highlight your favorite features: Rock a bold lip or a subtle cat-eye. Keeping it true to your natural look is key. “I always recommend an enhanced look instead of a full transformation,” says Cavale. Working with your preferred beauty professional ahead of your big day will give them time to make the right recommendations as well as plan a trial run of your hair and makeup. By making time for yourself during the planning process, you’ll kick off your newlywed bliss as the most gorgeous version of you.

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“I would always try to focus on the features that you love the most. So if you love your eyes, I would play up your eyes. If you love your lips, I would play up your lips. Always go for the enhanced look rather than the transformation look. That way, you can’t go wrong and people are always going to look at you and see you. Trying to alter that is where it can go wrong for a lot of people. Staying natural and true to yourself is always key.”

“There are two things to do on your wedding day. First, eat what you normally eat – oatmeal and OJ, eggs and smoothies. If you don’t eat breakfast, don’t eat it. Just because it’s your wedding day doesn’t mean you need to eat something different. Keep the flow of the normal day, and skip the multi-course breakfast and brunch. Eat normally. Second is exercise. Get up and exercise the day of your wedding. Unspent energy is hazardous to us. We gotta get up and move; having a sweat will give you more usable energy. You won’t be as tired. Think of it as gameday for the bride.”


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BEAUTYGOALS How Lily and Sami Nizam joined together to manifest their Montgomery practice, Alabama Surgical Arts. Story by Claire Sullivan Photography by Frank Carnaggio

When Lily and Sami Nizam met, they were each off to the races in their respective fields. Sami was completing his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency in New Jersey, and Lily was working as a physician associate in general surgery in Long Island, New York. During his training, Sami saw nurse practitioner and physician assistant injectors working side by side with their surgeons and suggested it to Lily—but it took her another year until she decided it was worth a shot. “After spending time in that field, we decided that our ultimate goal would be to collaborate our skillsets and open a medical office together,” says Lily, who also reigns as 2021’s Mrs. Alabama. In August 2019, that dream became a reality. In a whirlwind two weeks, they both moved to Montgomery, said their “I do’s,”

and opened their practice, Alabama be beautiful, not bruised.) For parents Surgical Arts. of the wedding party, it’s never too early for a consult—treatments they’re With Sami’s expertise in global considering could take some time to facial rejuvenation (think high- heal. payoff procedures like deep plane facelifts) and Lily’s knack for subtle “Everyone’s skin is different, so we enhancements (Botox, fillers, and also offer tailored regimens for each facials), Alabama Surgical Arts is a of our patients,” Lily explains. For one-stop shop not only for brides and most people, they like a routine that grooms, but also for their parents, who incorporates vitamin C, sunscreen and may be seeking a bigger visual change tretinoin, at a minimum. Other words ahead of the festivities. of wisdom: Be sure to remove your makeup nightly, drink plenty of water, The Nizams have an in-depth approach and rest up. to consultations. You can expect a full assessment and several different For the Nizams, their practice shines treatment plans to choose from. And because of its range: You’ll have access for brides and grooms, you’ll get a to everything from skincare to surgery. checklist that outlines what to consider “What we love most about it is being in the months leading up to the big able to see the smiles on people’s day. “We go nice and slow to give our faces and hearing how we’ve changed patients a natural result over several their outlook on life,” says Lily. sessions,” Lily says. (This way you’ll

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A chemical peel is helpful for wrinkles, light acne scarring and irregular pigmentation such as freckles and age spots. Precancerous conditions such as keratoses (thick, rough, reddish growths) also respond well to this procedure.

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WOMEN OF THE WAREHOUSE

Making sure every detail is perfect for an event takes a lot of effort, but the women behind the scenes of B&A Warehouse know how to get the job done with great style and great aplomb. Story by Alice Doyle / Photography by Maggie Rae

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Birmingham institution B&A Warehouse is consistently a first choice for events from weddings to fundraisers. If you ask around town, you’ll discover that almost everyone has been to the historic venue at some point. Its innate appeal springs from the building itself; once a plumbing and mill supply company dating

back to the early 1900s, the original detailing (exposed brick and wooden columns) was kept intact during its renovation, but beautifully restored and enhanced. B&A is also celebrated for its excellent onsite and off-site catering services and diverse spaces within—areas for more intimate gatherings and large-scale wedding

receptions. While the goal is a seamless presentation, it takes a dedicated and talented team to pull it off time and time again. Alabama Weddings talks to the women who make it happen: Managing Partner Susan Mason, Sales & Marketing Manager Haley Roebuck, and Executive Chef Deborah Thomas.

Q: What do you think makes the Warehouse a consistent favorite among event givers?

couple had collected all types of cocktail napkins in their signature colors. We always ask the couple about special recipes from their mother or grandmother that they want to serve to honor the family nature of weddings. One groom had proposed in Paris, so we had a crepe station. These type of elements say, ‘This is my wedding, not just any wedding,’ and allow the couple to take ownership in their wedding.” - Susan Mason

Q: For wedding receptions, what are tried-and-true crowd pleasers?

A: “We offer everything for an event except the flowers, wedding cake and music, as those are such personal decisions – so many linens, glassware options, and over 4,000 menu choices. People know they will get their money’s worth plus the quality of the food is excellent. Our food is full of flavor and is stylishly displayed. And it’s abundant, so you will never be stopping by a drive-through on the way home!” - Susan Mason Q: What’s something you’ve learned working on wedding receptions? A: “We always make sure the bride and groom eat before they enter the reception. There is nothing more unattractive than a bride that’s had too much to drink. Often brides especially are nervous on the day, and they simply don’t eat enough. I had one almost faint and it was scary, so I never made that mistake again! We also send this nice B&A tote bag filled with some of the wedding food, cake and champagne to have at the hotel, and the newlyweds are always so grateful.” - Susan Mason Q: What do you encourage every bride to consider? A: “The best events have personal, special touches that really make a statement. For example, one bride had a collection of milk glass that we used during the reception; another

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Q: Can you share a challenge in a particular event and how you troubleshot? A: “The day of a wedding, the band that was coming from Atlanta called and said they had broken down and were not going to be able to make it. Their story was fishy but I just had to improvise, and eventually the band manager found a replacement. Before the reception, the bride asked if everything was in order. I smiled and said yes! After the first dance, she came up to me and said, “That is not my band. Remind me never to play poker with you!” - Haley Roebuck Q: You work every weekend! You must love your job. A: “No matter the long hours and weekends, it’s all worth it when the bride comes up beaming and ecstatically announces: ‘This is the best day ever. It’s everything I could have ever imagined and more!’ That is so rewarding!” - Haley Roebuck

A: “My garlic chicken is a favorite as well as the pork and beef tenderloin dishes, always mac & cheese, and my special green beans. People love our different stations. We do a grits station, a fried rice station, and a fajita setup— all these are very popular.” - Deborah Thomas Q: The Warehouse is known for your fine cooking. What makes it so appealing? A: “Well, in addition to tasting good, I also make sure the food looks as good, paying special attention to the way it is served and displayed. For example, grits are often a taste-specific dish and people either like them or they don’t. When they see and taste my grits, they fall in love – mine take three hours to cook!” - Deborah Thomas Q: What do you cook for yourself and family? A: “Even though Sunday is my day off, I still cook Sunday dinner for my children and grandchildren. They stop by every Sunday and take a plate home with them for everyone in the family. Often it’s fried chicken, or when we have a fried seafood night, everyone comes, including my nieces and nephews!” - Deborah Thomas For more information about B&A Warehouse, visit bawarehouse.com.

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LIFE BY THE BELL From your first home to your last, having a rock-star team of real-estate agents is your best asset.

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 Sold by the Bell, and her outstanding team of real-

estate professionals are ready to help you with this critical decision.

Q: When and how do you suggest couples start considering their first home purchase together, especially with consideration to their timeline of planning their wedding?

their needs and desires in their first home. Some couples will be ready to purchase right away, possibly prior to the wedding; some may want to rent for a year before purchasing; and some may want to purchase right after the wedding and want to have everything in place ahead of time. No matter what their desires, the Sold by the Bell agents will be there to help them along the way and help put their plan into play.” - Jordan Hosey

Whether you are buying your first place as a couple, upsizing for a house where you will raise kids, or finding a home where you can grow old together, working with the right team will help you at every stage in life.

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Q: What are the first materials/ documents couples should compile before looking at a home to purchase? A: “Discussing financial situations ahead of time is crucial for couples purchasing their first home, and even prior to getting married. Couples should know each others’ financial situation ahead of time, even down

to knowing credit scores—especially before making a financial decision together as big as buying a house, since finances can be one of the largest reasons for marital issues.” - Sheree Cobia Q: What is your top advice to help first-time home buyers through the process? A 1: “First and foremost, listen to your agent. First-time home buyers typically don’t realize what all goes into the process, and stress over what all it entails. Trust your agent to walk you through it and guide you in the right direction. Couples can rest easier knowing that Sold by the Bell has put much time and resources into making sure the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.” - Mary Bell


A 2: “There are an overwhelming amount of steps that go into the buying process, and we have put together guides that will walk them through the process so they know what to expect. And Sold by the Bell handles about 90-95% of everything for them!” - Jordan Hosey

make those changes when the time comes. This will help in making sure they are ready financially to move up in house when the time comes.” - Brandon Cobia

Q: After a couple has bought their first home, what are the next steps to prepare for their next home as their family continues to grow?

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THE GARDEN SECRET Bridal portraits off the beaten path at Huntsville Botanical Garden Photography by Twenty Oaks Photography

A bridal portrait session with your photographer ahead of your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to get all the photos you want without the rush, test-run your full day-of look, and build rapport with your photographer. Selecting a location with plenty of beautiful vignettes will set the scene. “The Garden is an incredibly unique and beautiful place for bridal portraits,” says Debbie Jones, Special Occasions and Event Sales Associate. "From blooming florals in the spring to changing leaves in the fall, every season offers its own natural charm, and with 112 acres of diverse landscapes, plant collections and architectural features, we have something here to suit every taste and style.”

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The Fern Glade is a cool, shady oasis that offers a touch of mystique as you make your way through the meandering paths to find your perfect portrait.

The charming gazebo provides architectural interest, and nearby, seasonal blooms and perennial favorites burst into life throughout the year.

Segments of the historic columns that graced the Madison County Courthouse until 1964 are scattered throughout a natural meadow full of unique textures and colors.

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How a childhood hobby became a life’s work became a dream fully realized. Story by James Coats / Photography by Maggie Rae

I’ve always been interested in history and in vehicles, from a young age. As a young boy, when an airplane would fly over or a train would go past, I would immediately take notice. I spent many an afternoon playing on the tractors at the golf course where we lived, and I learned to drive in a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson golf cart. At age 6, I took my first airplane ride in a shiny silver Navion, and was immediately hooked by the view from above. At 15, I began hanging around our tiny airport in Marion, NC, where family friend Gene Padgett restored old cars and old airplanes. That summer, I did odd jobs for Gene in exchange for flying lessons, and made my first solo flight on my 16th birthday. Just a couple months later, I purchased my first car – a red 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury, which is still in our collection today. Coats Classic Cars was born in the afternoons after school, where I bought and sold cars alongside my good friend, car dealer Scott Huskins. Twenty two years later, things came full circle when Scott became one of our chauffeurs! It doesn’t take long owning or having access to antique cars before you get asked to bring one out for a wedding. I chauffeured the first on my 18th birthday, in a borrowed 1930 Ford Model A. Immediately after high

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school, Coats Classic Cars became a classic car service shop in downtown Birmingham, [in what is] now the location of Regions Field. I continued my studies (history, naturally) at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, while chauffeuring weddings as a sideline. As so often happens with entrepreneurs, one day we looked up and this hobby had become a business. I had a decision to make! Family has always been a big part of our business, so in May 2005, with the help and advice of my father, I purchased one of Gene’s cars, our 1929 Hudson “Eleanor”, to begin building CCC into what it is today. In those days, in addition to our own cars, we partnered with other local collectors to add to our selection. We bought and restored our white 1959 Jaguar “Caroline” in 2008; today, she is our most requested car. In 2012, I again went to the counsel of family (this time, my mother and stepfather) and purchased our first Rolls-Royce, 1951 Silver Wraith “Catherine”. This opened the floodgates of car collecting and expansion. Today we offer over thirty classic cars, including eleven Rolls-Royces, across the Southeast and Midwest, from collections in Birmingham and Huntsville; Jackson, MS; Kansas City; and the Western Carolinas. We have several more

under restoration, which we perform right here in-house. My father fills in as a chauffeur for us still today, and my mother, a businesswoman herself, is always available to lend advice or a helping hand. My “better half” Kirsten expertly heads up our reservations office. Even my 16-year-old daughter has gotten involved, with her ‘own’ Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow “Abigail”! In August 2019, I had the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream and purchased a 1947 North American Navion – an identical make and model to that shiny silver airplane which made an unforgettable impression at age 6, and in which I learned to fly at 15. In doing so, we founded Coats Classic Wings, which provides classic aircraft for productions and photo shoots. Our particular Navion has a very interesting past, having been owned in the 1950s by national media sensation “The Flying Grandmother” Zaddie Bunker of Palm Springs, flown for many years as a transcontinental racer, and made an appearance in the film It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. As with our classic cars, our Navion fulfills my passion of using the history of yesterday to make unforgettable memories for today. See you on the open road – or in the skies!


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BUILT ON THE BLUFF Historic elements meet modern style on Burns Bluff at High Falls. Story by David Kirk

Karen Tillery and her husband, Glenn, had a vision for Burns Bluff at High Falls for many years. In December of 2017, their prayers were answered when the land they would need to build this dream became available.

“Burns Bluff was not created to be your average wedding venue that you rent for just a few hours on the day of your wedding,” says Tillery. “We have built Burns Bluff to be a destination location for a wedding, a place to make your wedding weekend an experience for everyone to enjoy. From the moment our couples arrive, we want them to feel like our lodge and cabins are their home for the weekend.” From the graciously appointed lodge, where the entire wedding party can stay comfortably, to the Charn, styled as a half-church and half-barn, Burns Bluff has all the space you will need to host your wedding weekend. “Celebrate the big day with a beautiful ceremony in one of our three ceremony sites, including the outdoor lodge lawn with bluff-edge arbor and

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antique church pews,” says Tillery. “We’ve also recently opened our Bluff’s Edge Pavilion where you can walk through a pair of antique church doors, set in a wall made of 1800s hand-hewn logs, into the pavilion with a soaring reclaimed-wood ceiling against massive steel trusses sitting atop antique factory beams. All of this reclaimed awesomeness is perched over the edge of the bluff with breathtaking views down the gorge.” Tillery and her husband have poured their hearts into this venture together, and it shows at every turn. “Building Burns Bluff has been such a huge part of my life for the last three years,” says Tillery. “I feel like so much of myself is here. I am very passionate about what I do in regards to preserving and rebuilding history. I love that I have been able to combine that passion for history and create an amazing place for couples to get married. They may not all have the infatuation with the historic side of things that I do, but the fact that so many people see the beauty in these reclaimed pieces of history brings me so much joy!”

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Karen, owner of Restoration Log Cabins, combines her passion for history and construction with illustration and design skills by renovating and restoring 1800s-era log cabins and barns. Being a licensed home builder gives her the knowledge of construction needed to help marry together historic elements with modern construction. Tapping into all these skills, Karen and Glenn set out to create a destination where couples could start their lives together surrounded by family, history and sweeping views of this beautiful area.


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GOING TO THE SOCIAL The party begins when you step upstairs at The Fennec.

One of downtown Birmingham’s newest music venues is ready to rock your wedding reception. As well as hosting live music four nights a week and other entertainment, The Fennec boasts multiple private event spaces perfect for any party, big or small.

Upstairs at The Fennec, you will first discover The Cypress Room, perfect for hosting a cocktail hour prior to guests entering the main event in The Social. Here we have a imagined an updated Southern soirée, perfect for the couple that can often be seen at The Fennec’s rock shows downstairs, ready to entertain their family and friends upstairs for their wedding reception. “While we offer a beautiful open space that can be designed to fit any couple’s needs, we also know how to turn the whole upstairs into one big dance floor that will even have the grandparents grooving,” says Storm Ellis, Marketing and Retail Manager of The Fennec. “We also have perfect natural lighting, which is great for beautiful photos.” Dancing isn’t the only thing guests will be raving about. Menu options for rehearsal dinners and receptions range anywhere from Caprese Skewers to Seared Diver Scallops with White Truffle Butter Sauce for appetizers, and Grilled Gulf Fish with Vegetables or Grilled Filet Mignon with Foie Gras Butter for entrées. Combined with excellent craft cocktails, you’re sure to have a dining experience to remember. For the couple that loves a night on the town, The Social at The Fennec is ready to put on a good show for you.

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Bridal Gown: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique. Catering, Cocktails & Venue: The Social at The Fennec. Cake: Daughter’s Baking. Car: Coats Cars. Floral Design: Sugar & Stems. Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mel. Jewelry: Bromberg’s. Linen: I Do Linens. Menswear: Billy Reid. Rentals: EventWorks, Prophouse. Photography: Maggie Rae Photography.

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A LOVELY BLUEPRINT At Windmill Station, a historic structure brings modern celebrations to life. Story by Claire Sullivan

The venue you choose for your wedding weekend will forever be a special place for you: It’s where you’ll embark on your new life together as a married couple. And Windmill Station, a storied property in Dothan, brings more than a beautiful backdrop. At nearly a century old, Windmill Station has seen a bevy of tenants. It was originally a facility for the Civilian Conservation Corps, and over the years it’s evolved from a biker’s club to a wrestling center to a flea market. And the property had the wear and tear (water-soaked floors, leaky roofs) to prove it when father-daughter duo Eddie and Jennifer Donaldson purchased it in 2013. They set out with restoration – not total renovation – in mind. Eddie has a background in construction, so conserving the property was a no-brainer. And he’s been able to restore 90 percent of it, carefully salvaging wood and repurposing it wherever possible while keeping the authenticity of the space. “It was a 46,000-square-foot building with an open floor plan,” Jennifer explains. “The possibilities were endless, but the building chose its own destiny.” Now, Windmill Station houses two separate wedding venues, with each one letting the structure’s original features shine. And they’re both oneof-a-kind and rich in history. The Boiler Room debuted first, in 2016. “It features unique wooden walls and mixed metals, giving the space an industrial backdrop,” says

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Jennifer. (It’s also aptly named, as it’s located adjacent to the 1930s boiler room.) The Donaldsons expected the space (which holds up to 200 guests) to sufficiently meet Dothan’s needs, but they quickly realized the community needed a bigger option, and Windmill Station had the bones to accommodate. In 2018, they began hosting weddings in the Roosevelt, a bright and airy locale with lofty ceilings and original wood walls and beams. The name nods to the venue’s history and its new owners: Franklin D. Roosevelt was president when the building was created, and New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel is one of Jennifer’s favorites from her decade living in Manhattan. Beyond helping couples bring their dream days to life, the Donaldsons also make a point to foster community in Dothan. Jennifer started an upcycling passion project called ReBloom in 2020. To prevent gorgeous blooms from going in the dumpster, the nonprofit repurposes floral arrangements from events and gifts them to local schools, hospices, nursing homes and more in the Dothan community. “We feel honored to play a small part in the weddings here,” says Jennifer. “When you first sit down with a couple, most of them have some idea of what they would like for their wedding and it’s just a great feeling seeing their visions come to life.”

The Bridal Suite The Bridal Suite is a stunning and intimate space for you and your bridal party to be perfectly pampered. This space is decorated in shades of pink and cream with many unique details that will make getting ready for your special day perfect.


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The Roosevelt is a bright and open space showcasing wood walls and beams from the original construction in 1930. These unique details offer the perfect backdrop for your event. The Roosevelt is 10,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 600 guests.

The Boiler Room features unique wooden walls and mixed metals, giving the space an industrial backdrop with an intimate feel. The 4,000-square-foot building can accommodate up to 200 guests, and offers an outdoor space with a covered sitting area to give your event a scenic and dynamic touch.

The Bower is our newest space, offering a smaller and more intimate feel with a modern twist. This space is perfect for small to medium gatherings with minimal setup, and holds up to 40 people. Enjoy the outdoors without being exposed to the elements.

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MAKE YOUR SPECIAL DAY A WORK OF ART WEDDINGS + CELEBRATIONS AT THE MMFA

If you are searching for the perfect wedding venue in Montgomery, let us show you how we can make your dreams a reality. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, and receptions—offering unique indoor and outdoor spaces. Scan the QR code or visit mmfa.org to learn more.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, One Museum Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 | Open Tuesday through Sunday | Free Entry | 334.625.4350 | mmfa.org | @MontgomeryMFA Above: 2018–2020 installation of Craig Wedderspoon’s (American, born 1966) Oval, 2018, welded aluminum, Lent by the artist. Please note, the art on view changes every 12–18 months. Ask for a preview of what will be installed on your special day. Photograph by Anna Goodwin Photography. Aneesah Duke, model. Makeup by BeYoutifull Creations. Hair by Kimberly Birmingham. Floral/Design by Laura Bocquin. Dress from I Do Bridal.


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Inspired by the flavors of India, Samosa Chaat Flatbread and Vegan Samosas are served with Cucumber Raita.

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Andalusian Gazpacho, Spanish Potato & Saffron Croquettes, and Portuguese Clams & Bacon transport you to the Iberian Peninsula in Europe.

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Give guests a taste of the Gulf with this fabulous Roaming Seafood Bar featuring Raw Murder Point Oysters on the half shell, Mini Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Mini Lobster Rolls on homemade buns, and Chilled Gulf Shrimp skewered with Cocktail Sauce Pipettes. Guests eat the shrimp and then squeeze the pipette of cocktail sauce for a burst of flavor!

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For a fresh taste of Asian cuisine, try these Tuna Tartare in Wonton Cups, Vegetable Rice Rolls, and Steamed Buns with Pork Belly & Asian Slaw.

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A beautiful presentation of Mexican Street Corn, Mini Shrimp Nachos, Chorizo Mini Tacos, and Watermelon Fries served with a Lime Yogurt Dipping Sauce will be sure to impress guests.

APRON AESTHETICS Smartly-dressed staff elevates the dining experience. Throughout this story, we feature custom monogram aprons by Paperhaus. Incorporating your new monogram doesn’t have to stop with the stationery suite!

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HOME HOMAGE To complete our Taste the World story, Kathy G. Mezrano, founder of Kathy G. and Company, invited us to her home to prepare traditional Lebanese cuisine that speaks to her family heritage. Seen below are Grape-leaf Rolls Stuffed with Lamb and Rice, served with fresh lemon. The grape-leaf wall seen here is steps from her kitchen where she prepares meals for all who gather.

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Our beautiful bakers with hearts of gold and talent galore share the places that inspire their creative confections. Alisha Crossley Photography at GLOW Beauty Studio Hair and Makeup by GLOW - Isabel Estes, Jasmine Johnson Tableware by Table Matters Rentals by Prophouse Custom Silks by Cocoon Silk Ribbon


“I love creating edible art that celebrates people. Every cake we create is unique to each couple, and then shared with all their loved ones together. I think that is an incredibly special tradition.” Diane Olexa Olexa’s Cakes

“I’m incredibly inspired by old-world baroque style and rococo architecture throughout Europe. With an adventurous couple in mind, I created this four-tier, pale cocoa buttercream cake with gilded lace and floral touches for romantic dimension.“ For a personal touch, Diane hand-piped the cocoa buttercream lettering featured on the opposite page.

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“The place that inspired me for these designs is the Western United States! I am a huge nature-lover, and I have felt deeply inspired by the extraordinary scenery that I have experienced in several National Parks. The West has so many different types of scenery, from huge mountains and cliffs to beautiful wooded areas to expansive grassy plains to breath-taking desert scenes. I love it all, and wanted the cakes to replicate the rawness and authenticity of these natural scenes."

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“My family travels to different quiet beaches multiple times throughout the year. Whether it’s a two-week stay in the fall or a quick day trip in the summer, I come home feeling refocused and reinspired by all the textures and colors. I take closeup pictures of the terrain and then use different types of sweet edible ingredients to replicate its textures – the sand, coral, foamy whitecaps, shells, and seaweed that wash up and line the shore.”

“The inspiration I draw from its landscape is endless, continually asking for a cake to be made to interpret its beauty.” Haven Thompson Sugar & Stems

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“I absolutely cherish the beach. While I can’t pinpoint exactly when this love began, I’m pretty sure that it dates back to the time I spent living in California as a young girl. There’s just something about the tranquility of waves as far as the eye can see that never fails to relax and center me. With that in mind, these designs were inspired by the hues, curls, and ripples of the sea.”

“As a girl consumed by wanderlust, the beach is my favorite place to be. That is, of course, except for when I have the pleasure of making beautiful and delicious wedding cakes for the sweetest couples!” Kim Wiggins Cakes by Kim

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RESORT WEAR Pack your bags, darling – it’s time for your honeymoon! Fashion from the reception, direct to vacation. Photographed by Rob and Wynter at Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

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allelujah A classic Southern ceremony showcases abundant florals and timeless accents.

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the creatives Bridal Gown: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique. Event Design & Planning: Handley Breaux Designs. Floral Design: Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market. Rentals: Prophouse. Hair & Makeup: GLOW - Teresa Boyd. Jewelry: Bromberg’s. Lighting & Drapery: AG Lighting. Menswear: The Modern Gent. Photography: Arden Photography. Stationery: Paperhaus. Venue: Birmingham Museum of Art.

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Indian and Pakistani cultures come together under a vibrant floral mandap with grand golden accents. Rob & Wynter at Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook Planned and Designed by Valia Rose Events

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the creatives Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake, Floral Design, & Macarons: Sugar & Stems. Calligraphy: Penned by Chrissy. Catering: Table & Thyme. Cocktails: B&B Beverage Management. Event Design & Planning: Anna Wynn Event Designs. Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mel Team - Mandi Trawick, Claire Clark. Jewelry: Anthony & Co. Linen: I Do Linens. Photography: Twenty Oaks Photography. Rentals: EventWorks. Venue: Infinity - Event Venue. Vintage China: Tea & Old Roses.

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dinner over downtown A post-reheasal breaking of bread, under the gaze of Birmingham’s most beloved statue. Photographed by Rob & Wynter at Vulcan Park & Museum Planned and Designed by Posh Occasions by Sheriah

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WELL-PLANNED When developing a menu for your rehearsal dinnner, take into consideration the flavors that will be served at the wedding reception. Offer your guests a varied culinary experience from one event to another.

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the creatives Bride’s Rehearsal Dress: The Clothes Tree by Deborah. Cake & Pies: Cakes by Kim. Catering: The Happy Catering Company. Cocktails: B&B Beverage Management. Floral Design: Nece Floral Designs. Hair & Makeup: GLOW - Isabel Estes. Jewelry: Diamonds Direct. Linen: I Do Linens. Lounge Furniture & Prop Rentals: Prophouse. Menswear: Billy Reid. Photography: Rob & Wynter. Rentals: EventWorks. Stationery: Paperhaus. Venue: Vulcan Museum & Park.

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PATTERN PLAY When it comes to mixing patterns, dare to be different. From table linens to place settings to the paper suite, mix and match colors, textures, and patterns to provide visual interest.

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the creatives Bride’s Dress: Bella Bridesmaids, Mobile. Catering & Cocktails: Kathy G. & Company. Cookies: Lorraine’s Bake Shop. Custom Bar Decal: Decal Doodle. Entertainment: Roman Street. Event & Floral Design: Jubilee Flowers Fairhope. Rentals: Soho Tents & Events. Hair & Makeup: Brushed & Blushed. Jewelry: Zundel’s Jewelry. Linen: BBJ Linen & LaTavola Linen. Photography: Elizabeth Gelineau. Stationery: My Lady Dye. Venue: Little Point Clear.

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- Advice from the Bride -

“Most will say to not worry about the small details and enjoy the moment; but, I would say to focus on the small details that mean the most to you and your fiancé, so you can remember those together forever. I spent a lot of time on invitations, using a painting my mother did for the envelope liner, as well as the music for the ceremony because Brian and I both love music.” - Suzanna

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Suzanna Wasserman & Brian Edwards May 01, 2021 - Montgomery

Bridal Gown: Build-A-Bride Auburn. Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo. Cake: Peggy McKinney. Ceremony & Reception Venue: The 1616 House. Catering: Jennie Weller Catering. Floral Design: Designs Nouveau. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank. Hair Stylist: Sarah Garner. Linen: Brendle Rentals. Makeup Artist: Patrick Pride. Music & Entertainment: Dave Guiler - Premiere Entertainment Group. Photographer: Kim Box Photography. Rentals: District Event Rentals, Brendle Rentals. Stationery: Suzanna Edwards. Videographer: Two Hawks

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Alex Field Russell & Cam Lee Ransburgh April 9, 2021 - Mountain Brook

Bridal Gown: The White Room. Cake: Olexa’s Cakes. Ceremony & Reception Venue, Catering, Wedding Night Accomodations: Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook. Floral Design, Lighting & Drapery, Linen, Rentals: AG Lighting and Events. Groom’s Attire: Tom James. Hair Stylist: Perfectly Undone Beauty. Makeup Artist: Cosmetics by Mackenzie. Stationery: Annabelle’s. Music & Entertainment: Cahaba River Strings, Emerald Empire Band. Photography: Leslie Hollingsworth Photography. Rings: Lindsay Leigh Jewelry, Blue Nile. Wedding Planner: M. Elizabeth Events.

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- Advice from the Bride -

“I wanted a wedding filled with the colors that I like every day instead of a traditional wedding color palette. I had only one floral picture for my inspiration. The talented Meghan and Jill built an amazing vision around that one picture. Engaged couples should not be hesitant to explore outside of the traditional wedding box to create something that represents them individually.” - Alex

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Kathryn Lynn Elam & Michael David Shapiro September 05, 2021 - Birmingham

Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Magic Muffins. Catering: The Happy Catering Company. Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Barn at Shady Lane. Floral Design: Stems and Styles. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse. Hair Stylist: Hali Gurley. Lighting and Drapery, Linen, Rentals: Top Notch Rentals. Makeup Artist: Olivia Sparks MUA. Music & Entertainment: Crystal Clear Band Music Garden. Photography: Hannah Terry Photography. Rings: Diamonds Direct. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: AMR Bridal. Videography: Magnolia Tree Media.

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- The Proposal “In March of 2019, Michael and I went on a ski trip to Utah with a group of friends. Michael and my future sister-in-law went to the mountain early to ‘hit the black runs’ and told us to meet them at the top of the mountain for brunch. When we arrived, Michael led me onto a balcony on the edge of the mountain. There I saw a pathway lined with candles, lanterns, roses, and a table decorated with some of our favorite memories. Most of his speech was a blur, but I’ll always remember he ended it with, ‘You’re my lobster,’ which is a nod to my favorite TV show, Friends.” - Kathryn

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Bridal Gown: Bella Bridesmaids, Mobile. Bridal Jumpsuit: Saks Fifth Avenue. Cake: Sukar Bakes. Catering: Naman’s Catering. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence. Floral Design, Stationery: Victoria Austin Designs. Flower Girl Attire: Heidi Elnora. Hair Stylist: Krista Wilke. Linen, Rentals: SOHO Events. Lighting & Drapery: Willow Bridges. Makeup Artists: Mallory Fitzgerald, Ashley West. Music & Entertainment: Maggie Rose, Cooper Trent, Blowhouse. Photographer: Amber Fletcher Photography. Rings: Karat Patch. Transportation: Old Shell Trolley. Wedding Planner: Blair Events. Videography: AJ Crenshaw.

- The Proposal -

“We met at Crew Fitness, Carrie’s gym, and quickly became close friends – the kind of friendship you feel like you’ve had your whole life. Carrie proposed on Christmas Day of 2020 at my family’s Christmas. Only my dad knew it was coming. It was very private, very special, and very sweet.” - Mary Kendall

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Mary Kendall Butler & Carrie Leigh Cox April 24, 2021 - Mobile

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Bridal Gown, Stationery: The Something Blue Shoppe. Bridesmaid Gowns: Azazie. Cake: Batter Up Cakes. Catering: Urban Cookhouse. Ceremony, Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venue, Linen, Rentals: Burns Bluff at High Falls. Floral Design: Lake Guntersville Flowers. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Generation Tux. Hair & Makeup: Relook Artistry. Music & Entertainment: Metropolitan. Photography: Katie Jewell Co. Rings: Stratton Jewelry. Wedding Planner: Wedding Planning and Directing by Carrie. Videographer: Woodnote Media.

- Advice from the Bride -

“Don’t lose sight of what a wedding is truly about. It is easy to get caught up in the small stressors of wedding planning, but try to enjoy this season of life. You are about to marry your best friend and the love of your life. So don’t listen to your Aunt Karen when she tells you that the napkins aren’t the right shade of green. Your big day is about the two of you, so do what makes you happy.” - Kendall

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Kendall Lynn Souder & Zak Lee Bearden August 28, 2021 - Albertville

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Bridal Gown, Bridesmaid Gowns: Heidi Elnora Atelier. Cake: Cakes by Kim. Ceremony & Reception Venue, Catering: The Valley Hotel. Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio. Groom’s Attire: Canali. Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Hair & Makeup: GLOW. Lighting & Drapery: AG Lighting. Linen: Nuage Designs. Music & Entertainment: Roman Street, Port City Party Band. Photographer: Arden Photography. Rentals: EventWorks. Rings: Levy’s Fine Jewelry. Stationery: Paperhaus. Wedding Planning & Design: CONFERO. Videographer: Wages Films.

- The Proposal -

“While we were at our beach house in Miramar Beach, Rik invited me for a walk on the beach before dinner. After walking and talking as the sun was beginning to set, Rik stopped and got down on one knee. I said, ‘Yes!’ and we spent the rest of our vacation talking about our wedding and our future together as husband and wife.” - Laura

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Laura Michele O’Connor & Rik Stanford Tozzi July 24, 2021 -

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- The Proposal -

“When Perry decided he wanted to propose, he consulted my mom. They came up with a plan for him to give me the Wine Making Class from The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook for Christmas. The class was on December 27, and he said it would only be us two. I talked cluelessly the entire class and he enjoyed every minute with no nerves. At the very end, they came out with one more bottle for us to share and the bottle read, ‘Will You Marry Me?’ Next thing I knew, he was on one knee!” - Devan

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Devan Susanne Snider & Samuel Perry Given, III August 28, 2021 - Mountain Brook

Bridal Gown: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Catering: Jennie Weller Catering. Ceremony & Reception Venue. Floral Design, Décor: Dana’s Floral Designs. Groom’s & Best Man’s Attire: Custom tuxedos. Hair & Makeup: Lush Makeup Art. Lighting & Drapery, Lounge Furniture: AG Lighting. Linen: Nuage Designs. Maid of Honor Gown: Shoshanna. Music & Entertainment: The Groove Factor. Photography: Nick Frontiero Photography. Registry: Bromberg’s. Rehearsal Dinner Venue: OvenBird. Stationery. Wiregrass Weddings. Transportation: Dream Drives Birmingham. Wedding Night Accomodations: The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook. Wedding Planner: Jackie Frontiero of Dana’s Floral Design.

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Sarah Frances Harris & Zane Butter February 27, 2021 - Tuscaloosa

Bridal Gown: Stanley Korshak. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cakes: Olexa’s Cakes. Catering: Kathy G. & Company. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence. Floral Design, Lighting & Drapery, Linen, Lounge Furniture: AG Event Design. Hair & Makeup: Emily Summerville. Music & Entertainment: Simply Irresistible - East Coast Entertainment. Photography: Alisha Crossley Photography. Rings: Hudson Poole. Stationery: Pink Champagne Designs. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: M. Elizabeth Events. Videography: Holloway Productions.

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- How They Met “After I completed grad school in 2015, I moved to Texas to start my new job. My first night in Dallas, I went out with my best girlfriend from college, Morgan, and ended up meeting Zane for the first time. They already knew each other and were good friends. The next day, Zane invited us to his lake house for the following weekend. After the lake trip, we continued to go on dates and have so much fun together. I knew he was the one when he drove nine hours in the pouring rain to come to his first Alabama football game and meet my family.” - Sarah Frances

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Bridal Gown: Heidi Elnora Atelier. Bridesmaid Gowns: Birdy Grey. Cake: Sonshine Cakes. Catering: Billy Lee. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fountainview Mansion. Floral Design: The Flower Store. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair Stylist: Lana Spicer. Lighting & Drapery, Linen: Party Tables Linen & Drapery. Linen: LaTavola Linen. Makeup Artist: Rachel Nunnally. Music & Entertainment: The Main Attraction Band - Music Garden. Photography: Fallen Photography. Rentals: Crush Event Design. Rings: Howard’s Fine Jewelry. Stationery: Paperhaus. Wedding Planner: Invision Events.

- The Proposal -

“The proposal happened during the summer of 2019. We both were off from our jobs during the week, and we loved to spend the day boating on Lake Martin. It was on one of those middle-of-the-week lake days that Patrick popped the question in the middle of Lake Martin. It was a perfect moment with just the two of us.” - Marley

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Marley Jean Livingston & Patrick William Thrower March 20, 2021 - Auburn

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Tanner Elizabeth Hammond & James Wilcox Ormond April 23, 2021 - Springville

Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Bridesmaid Gowns: Birdy Grey. Cake, Catering, Ceremony, Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venue, Floral Design, Rentals, Lighting & Drapery, Linen, Wedding Planning: Mathews Manor. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mel. Stationery: Tittle Stationery. Photographer: Eric & Jamie Photography. Rings: Diamonds Direct. Videographer: Drew Williams.

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- Favorite Memory “My favorite two memories from the day were our first look together and our last dance before send off. These two moments were solely the two of us alone, and they were the sweetest, most intimate moments.” - Tanner

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- How They Met -

“Andrew and I met at a local restaurant in Birmingham thanks to my best friend Mary Ann Stevenson; however, it was not love at first sight. We exchanged numbers but didn’t use them until we ran into each other at work a couple of weeks later. Andrew asked me to dinner the night before Valentine’s Day, and the rest is history.” - Ashlyn

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Ashlyn Sunseri & Andrew Cain June 26, 2021 - Birmingham

Bridal Gown: Bridals by Aimée. Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue, Rentals: The Theodore. Floral Design: Rachel Bennett of Dana’s Floral Design. Lounge Furniture: Prophouse. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse. Hair & Makeup: GLOW. Lighting & Drapery: AG Lighting. Linen: BBJ Linen. Music & Entertainment: Ascension - East Coast Entertainment: Photography: Nick Frontiero Photography. Rings: Kimball’s Jewelry. Transportation: Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: Jackie Frontiero of Dana’s Floral Design.

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- How They Met -

“Rachel moved to Charlotte, NC, for her first job after graduating from Auburn University in 2018. This was a very bold move considering she didn’t know anyone in North Carolina. Lucky for me, I met her within a couple of weeks of her moving to Charlotte. Our first date was on a Sunday afternoon in August at one of Charlotte’s local spots, Seoul Food. We sat outside on the porch talking and getting to know one another. By the end of our date, I knew I had to convince her to go out with me again. In the weeks following our first date, we went out several more times. It didn’t take long (three weeks to be exact) for me to ask Rachel to be my girlfriend – to which she replied, ‘We’ll see.’ But I knew I had her hooked.” - CT

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Rachel Erin Culp & Claude Thurman Moorman, IV October 09, 2021 - Ohatchee

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Bridal Gown: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Edible Memories by Lorraine. Catering: Otter Creek Farmstead & Distillery, Savoie Catering, Garfrerick’s Cafe & Catering, High Roller Sushi. Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church, Gadsden. Floral Design: Kathryn Anne Weddings. Lighting & Drapery: Design Productions. Linen: I Do Linens. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Paul Simon. Hair & Makeup: GLOW. Music & Entertainment: Five Star Funk Lounge - Music Garden. Photography: AL Weddings. Reception Venue, Wedding Night Accomodations: Otter Creek Farmstead & Distillery. Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Classic On Noble. Rentals: EventWorks. Rings: Perry’s Diamonds & Estate Jewelry. Stationery: Fine Paperwork. Transportation: Coats Cars, Rare Transportation. Wedding Planner: Details by Rebecca. Videographer: Main Street Productions.

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Leila Deep & Josh Head September 12, 2021 - Sylacauga

Bridal Gown: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake, Catering, Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venue, Wedding Night Accomodations: Pursell Farms. Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral Church of the Advent. Floral Design: Rachel Gaudel. Hair & Makeup: Celine Russell. Lighting & Drapery, Lounge Furniture: AG Lighting. Linen: Décor to Adore. Music & Entertainment: Fountain City Players - Music Garden. Photography: Leslie Hollingsworth Photography. Registry: Table Matters, Bromberg’s, Williams Sonoma. Rings: Diamonds Direct. Videographer: Holloway Productions.

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- Favorite Memory -

“My dad made all of the votive candle holders we gave to each guest as a favor. He had our monogram and the date of our wedding hand-stamped into each one. This was such a special touch. I am the middle child and the last in my family to get married. It’s been a tradition that he has made these for all of our weddings.” - Leila alabamaweddings.com

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Matthew Monroe Bees & Addison Matthew Metcalfe May 15, 2021 - Fairhope

Bridesmaid Gowns: Saks Fifth Avenue. Cake: Sugar & Stems. Catering, Reception Venue: The Fairhope Inn. Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church. Custom Cake Backdrop: Miles Redd Design for Schumacher. Custom Table Runners & Barskirt: Brunschwig & Fils. Floral Design: Wildflowers Fairhope. Grooms’ Attire: Bin Silver, Charleston. Hair Stylist: Bailey Bail. Lighting: Southern Sounds Productions. Music & Entertainment: Roman Street. Photography: Oh Honey Photo Co. Rings: Cartier. Stationery: Paperhaus. Tabletop Rentals: EventWorks. Tenting: SOHO Tents and Events. Transportation: Gulf Coast Tours. Wedding Night Accomodations: Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa. Wedding Planner: CONFERO.

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“An intimate wedding of fifty guests meant we could focus on spending time with our closest family and friends. A heavy Anglican service, rich with music, was planned. I had a ring given to my mother by my late father restyled into a lapel pin by Elizabeth Adams Jewelers. Addison carried a timepiece belonging to his great grandfather. The flower girl and ring bearer announced our arrival with the ringing of glass bells that could be heard over the symphony of music. As we entered the church to the music of ‘I Was Glad,’ the joy and theme of the day was set.” - Matthew

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- The Proposal -

“We met a few years ago through a mutual friend and went on a fishing double-date at Lake Martin. Kent and I share a standard poodle together named Lew that I adore. We were at Children’s Harbor with him and my parents taking pictures. Then his mom and step-dad showed up with Lew wearing a bandana that said, ‘Will you marry my dad?’ on it. I was totally surprised, and it was perfect!” - Claire

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Claire Griffith & Kent Whetstone August 28, 2021 - Coosada

Bridal Gown: Bliss Bridal. Bridesmaid Gown: David’s Bridal. Cake: Liz Gray. Catering: Debbie Kemsel Catering. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence. Floral Design: Flowers by Amanda. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Linda’s in Talisi. Hair & Makeup: Abby Noble. Music & Entertainment: C&C Entertainment. Photography: April Bagley Photography. Rentals: Brendle Rentals. Rings: Ware Jewelers. Videography: Joey Watkins Photography & Videography.

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Bridal Gown: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique. Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids. Cake: Magic Muffins. Catering: Kathy G. & Co. Ceremony, Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Windwood Equestrian. Floral Design, Wedding Planner: BK Wed. Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Hair & Makeup: Natalie Moore. Linen: Décor to Adore. Music & Entertainment: Park Band - Music Garden. Photography: Arden Photography. Rentals: Prophouse. Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations.

- The Proposal -

“On Valentine’s Day weekend of 2020, Bowen planned a romantic getaway to the Greystone Inn in Lake Toxaway, NC. We went on a hike the day after Valentine’s Day; and, one mile into the hike, at Cedar Rock Creek Falls, he dropped down to one knee and asked me to be his wife.” - Maranda

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Maranda Renee Dearing & Bowen Smith Gurkin April 17, 2021 - Pelham

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Hjordys Marie Perez Matos & Marcus Childs Moore, Jr. May 29, 2021 - Marion

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Bridal Gown: RK Bridal. Bridal Jumpsuit: Patsy by Rime Arodaky. Bridal Party Dresses: Amsale. Cake: Barb’s Cakes. Catering: Tre Luna. Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church. Drapery: Amor Events. Floral & Event Design, Décor, Custom Dancefloor, Lighting: Sweet Luxury Events. Groom’s Suit: Black Lapel. Groom’s Party Suits: Indochino. Photographer: YNOT iMages. Hair Stylist: Katrina Kurtz. Makeup Artist: Jenn Thompson. Music & Entertainment: Brian Murray Jazz Band, DJ Top Notch, Hilarie Rivas Quartet, Orquesta MaCuba, IV Motion. Officiant: Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr. Reception Venue: Lincoln Normal School Auditorium. Stationery: Longest Time Design. Videographer: Fractal Image.

- Advice from the Bride -

“Take the time to be intentional in your planning – your wedding party, your vendor team, the creatives in your circle. We wanted our day to be filled with our values: love, patience, creativity, and most of all abundance. Our vendors were a dream to work with, and the common denominator was always their love for their art and creating something special for others. Marcus and I are both artists, and it was such an honor to have our wedding and union as a platform to showcase other artists.” - Hjordys alabamaweddings.com

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THE 1616 HOUSE Montgomery

The 1616 House is Montgomery’s only event venue that honors the historical significance of the property while enveloping it in contemporary luxury. Our venue provides a unique setting to celebrate your wedding while guests are pampered with our full-service offerings. the1616house.com / 334.324.8606 / @the1616house

B&A WAREHOUSE Birmingham

B&A Warehouse is a full-service 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 / @bawarehousebham

THE BARN AT SHADY LANE Birmingham

Perfectly nested between the Robert Trent Oxmoor Valley Golf Course and the Marriott Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. This elegant wedding and event venue has been propelled to repeated “Best Of” status thru creativity, innovation and consistently superior service. shadylaneevents.com / 205.410.7238 / @thebarnatshadylane

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BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART Birmingham

The Birmingham Museum of Art is a grand, elegant space for hosting wedding events. From intimate brunches to elaborate receptions, the BMA has many beautiful spaces to fit your needs. The Museum’s skilled professional staff will assist you in making your wedding event flawless. artsbma.org / 205.254.2689 / @bhammuseum

BURNS BLUFF AT HIGH FALLS Albertville

Burns Bluff at High Falls is a premier wedding destination location on a stunning mountaintop in North Alabama. Our beautifully reclaimed church barn offers the couple a dreamy space for their special day. We would love to host you! burnsbluffweddings.com / 256.658.3244 / @burnsbluffweddings

THE FENNEC Birmingham

The Fennec is Birmingham’s newest dining and entertainment destination like no other. The Fennec offers many private event spaces, perfect for any size event. Whether you’re hosting a large wedding reception or a small business meeting – we can host it all. thefennecbham.com / 659.208.2480 / @thefennecbham

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GRAND BOHEMIAN HOTEL Mountain Brook

A story as unique as yours deserves dramatic flair served up with a few unexpected details. Let our wedding venue in Mountain Brook take your story beyond the ordinary, transforming one of the most anticipated days of your life into a timeless memory. grandbohemainmountainbrook.com 205.414.0505 / @grandbohemianmountainbrook

GRAND HOTEL RESORT

Point Clear

There has always been something magical about a grand Southern wedding. And nowhere does this spirit shine more splendidly than at the Grand. With its wondrous elixir of gracious traditions, glorious settings and personal touches, the Grand has played host to inspired celebrations for decades. grand1847.com / 251.928.9201 / @grandhotelresort

HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN Huntsville

Whether you dream of colorful blooms in the 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. hsvbg.org/weddings / 256.830.4447 ext. 251 / @hsvgarden

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Wedding and Event Florist on the Gulf Coast

There is an art to creating the perfect wedding. Let us be your canvas. 205.254.2681 · plananevent@artsbma.org

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INFINITY - EVENT VENUE Section

A remarkable Northern Alabama wedding venue. Timeless. Distinctive. Anything but ordinary. Infinity is beautifully appointed. Fall in love with our outrageous ceremony views, the pristine stone home ideal for cocktails and conversations, aww-worthy dressing suites, and a covered ceremony and reception space. infinityeventvenue.com / 256.630.1046 / @infinityeventvenue

IRON CITY

Birmingham

Multi-level staging accentuates exposed brick and dark-stained wooden floors, creating the perfect picture of industrial chic. Beneath the high beams, our fantastic chefs pair a vibrant, innovative menu with fresh local produce and unparalleled service for unforgettable weddings. ironcitybham.com / 205.761.6104 / @ironcityprivateevents

MATHEWS MANOR

Springville

Mathews Manor’s landmark venues and facilities make hosting weddings, rehearsal dinners and special events an unforgettable experience. They offer three unique venues with indoor and outdoor wedding options. on-site catering cakes, floral services and wedding directing to ensure your day is perfect. mathewsmanor.com / 205.467.3935 / @mathewsmanor

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Imperial Formal Wear

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MONTGOMERY MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Montgomery

Located within the Blount Cultural Park, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is nestled in one of the most picturesque spots in Montgomery. The Museum provides a unique and sophisticated setting to showcase dreams and make celebrations genuinely memorable. mmfa.org / 334.625.4350 / @montgomerymfa

OLEXA’S CAFE

Mountain Brook

Nestled in Mountain Brook Village, Olexa’s serves salads, soups, paninis, quiche, and crépes. This venue is perfect for bridesmaids luncheons, private parties and rehearsal dinners, and offers catering services, wedding cakes, and birthday cakes. olexas.com / 205.871.2060 / @olexascafe

OVENBIRD

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. ovenbirdrestaurant.com / 205.957.6686 / @ovenbirdbham

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OTTER CREEK FARMSTEAD

Ohatchee

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 rustinc setting. ottercreekfarmstead.com 256.892.2177 / @ottercreekfarmstead_distillery

PURSELL FARMS

Sylacauga

Luxury destination resort with 22-acre wedding venue offering 4,300-sq.-ft. ballroom, lakeside ceremonial lawn, lighted event terrace, 1852 Historic Hamilton Home. Chef-created catering menus, wedding cakes. Beautiful locations for wedding photography. Honeymoon suite plus 80 guestrooms. pursellfarms.com / 256.249.7437 / @pursellfarms

SPRING CREEK

Vincent

Spring Creek is a 150-acre property with a horse barn converted into an event space as well as a five-bedroom house. Enjoy access to the sunflower field, wildflower field, and acres upon acres of beautiful grass and trees with picturesque sunsets.

springcreekevents.com / 205.862.2888 @springcreekweddingsandevents

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M Y L A D Y DY E f ine art wedding invitations

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by appointment only kerribunn.com

www.MyLadyDye.com @ myladydye


VULCAN PARK & MUSEUM

Birmingham

Home to the world’s largest cast-iron statue, Vulcan Park & Museum is one of Birmingham’s most celebrated wedding venues. Thanks to the spacious indoor banquet room and scenic breathtaking views atop Red Mountain, each event is unforgettable. visitvulcan.com / 205.933.1409 / @visitvulcan

WINDMILL STATION

Dothan

With multiple event spaces for all occasions, Windmill Station is a venue that is truly unique and rich in history. Each space has its own aesthetic, ready to accomodate intimate groups of 40 in The Bower up to 600 in The Roosevelt. windmillstationdothan.com 334.805.9057 / @windmillstationdothan

WINDWOOD EQUESTRIAN Pelham

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.

windwoodweddings.com / 205365.4139 / @windwoodweddings

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ALABAMA

WEDDINGS Accommodations Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook - 17 205.414.0505

grandbohemianmountainbrook.com @grandbohemianmountainbrook

Grand Hotel Resort - 101 251.928.9201 grand1847.com @grandhotelresort Otter Creek Farmstead - 9 256.892.2177 ottercreekfarmstead.com

@ottercreekfarmstead_distillery

Pursell Farms - 13 256.249.7437 pursellfarms.com @pursellfarms Bartending

Little Blue Book

The Happy Catering Co. - 72 205.251.8925 happycatering.net @happycateringco Hastings Catering - 77 205.855.9277 hastingscatering.com @hastingscatering Kathy G & Co. - 87 205.942.4210 kathyg.com @kathygandcompany Olexa’s Catering - 18 205.871.2060 olexas.com @olexascafe Savoie Catering - 76 205.902.3726 savoiecatering.com @savoiecatering

334.734.2468 beveragemgmt.com @beveragemgmt

Table & Thyme - 71 931.267.0928 tableandthyme.co @tableandthyme.co

Cakes & Sweets

Entertainment

Cakes by Kim - 143 205.565.8667 cakesbykim.net @cakesbykimllc

Music Excursions 205.585.2342 musicexcursions.com

B&B Beverage Management - 76

Daughter’s Baking - 79 205.637.6238 daughtersbaking.com @daughtersbaking Lorraine’s Bake Shop - 147 lorrainesbakeshop.com @lorrainesbakeshop Olexa’s Cakes - 18 205.871.2060 olexas.com @olexascafe Sugar & Stems - 12 sugar-and-stems.com @sugar_and_stems Catering B&A Warehouse - Back Cover 205.326.4220 bawarehouse.com @bawarehousebham

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Roman Street - 191 251.209.0751 romanstreet.com @romanstreetband Event Design AG Lighting & Events - 11 205.527.0652 aglightingandevents.com @aglighting Handley Breaux Designs - 125 205.900.8804 handleybreauxdesigns.com @handleybreauxdesigns Jackie Frontiero of Dana’s Floral Design - 75 334.361.7778 danasfloraldesign.com @danasfloraldesign Valia Rose Events - 197 valiaroseevents.com @valiaroseevents

Fashion - Femme

Bella Couture - 19 205.995.3444 bellacouturellc.com @bellacouturellc Bella Bridesmaids - 27 205.942.6444 bellabridesmaids.com @bellabridesmaids Bella's Bridal & Formal - 2 205.403.7977 bellasalabama.com @bellasbridal Birch On Main - 29 256.270.8895 birchonmain.com @birchonmain Build-A-Bride - 6 Auburn - 334.246.1089 Birmingham - 205.223.0007 Huntsville - 256.858.1633 buildabride.com @buildabride_official The Clothes Tree by Deborah Inside Front Cover 205.822.1902 theclothestreebydeborah.com @theclothestree_ Heidi Elnora Atelier - 6 205.250.5233 heidielnora.com @heidielnoraatelier Imperial Formal Wear - 191 205.767.5453 imperialformalwear.com @imperialformalwear Ivory & White Boutique - 23 205.871.2888 ivoryandwhiteboutique.com @ivoryandwhiteboutique The White Room - 4 205.970.6767 thewhiteroombirmingham.com @thewhiteroombirmingham Fashion - Homme Billy Reid - 37 Birmingham - 205.588.4533 Florence - 256.767.4692 billyreid.com @billy_reid

Imperial Formal Wear - 191 205.767.5453 imperialformalwear.com @imperialformalwear The Modern Gent - 14 themodern-gent.com @moderngentstyle Floral Design CeCe Designs - 129 205.317.1413 cecedesignsllc.com @cecedesignsllc Dana’s Floral Design - 75 334.361.7778 danasfloraldesign.com @danasfloraldesign Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market - 39 205.871.0092 dorothymcdaniel.com

@dorothmcdanielsflowermarket

HotHouse Design Studio - 20 205.324.2663 hothousedesignstudio.com @hothousedesignstudio Jubilee Flowers Fairhope - 189 jubileeflowersfairhope.com @jubilee_flowers Nece Floral Designs - 143 205.710.7022 necefloraldesigns.com @necefloraldesigns Sugar & Stems - 12 sugar-and-stems.com @sugar_and_stems Hair, Makeup & Beauty Alabama Surgical Arts - 47 334.271.2002 alabamasurgicalarts.com @alabamasurgicalarts Brushed & Blushed - 147 251.210.7113 brushedandblushed.com @brushedandblushedmua Simply Abbey Esthetician - 193 295.522.9332 simplyabbeyesthetician.com @simplyabbeyesthetician


GLOW - 79 205.671.4569 theglowapp.com/weddings @theglowapp

Table Matters - 197 205.879.0125 table-matters.com @tablematters

Gunn Dermatology - 42 205.415.7536 gunndermatology.com @gunndermatology

Rentals & Linen

Kerri Bunn - 195 205. 243.4845 kerribunn.com @kerribunn Makeup Mel Team - 41 205.370.9177 makeupmel.com @make_up_mel

District Event Rentals - 68 334.544.0015 districteventrentals.com @districteventrentals Event Works - 59 205.545.9500 eventworksrentals.com @eventworksrentals

Lighting & Draping

The Grand Event Design - 193 205.535.9592 grandeventdesign.com @grandeventdesign

AG Lighting & Events - 11 205.527.0652 aglightingandevents.com @aglighting

PropHouse - 20 205.324.2663 prophousebirmingham.com @prophousebirmingham

Photography

Soho Tents & Events - 147 251.517.7322 sohoeventsandrentals.com @eventswithsoho

Alisha Crossley Photography - 78 205.529.0305 alishacrossleyphotography.com @alishacrossleyphotography

Arden Photography - 16 205.427.1144 ardenphotography.com @ardenwardupton Elizabeth Gelineau - 144 elizabethgelineau.com @elizabethgelineau Nick Frontiero Photography - 74 334.568.2062 nickfrontierophotography.com @nickfrontierophotography

Rob and Wynter - 25 205.451.6143 robandwynter.com @robandwynter Twenty Oaks Photography - 197 256.497.9651 twentyoaksphotography.com @twentyoaksphotography

Registry, Jewelry & Gifts Anthony & Co. Jewelers - 73 205.987.2224 anthonycojewelers.com @anthonycojewelers 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

Special Services BlackMagic Ballooning - 112 256.566.2257

Penned by Chrissy - 136 pennedbychrissy.com @pennedbychrissy Venues The 1616 House - 121 334.216.7585 the1616house.com @the1616house B&A Warehouse - Back Cover 205.326.4220 bawarehouse.com @bawarehousebham The Barn at Shady Lane - 15 205.790.7238 shadylaneevents.com @thebarnatshadylane Birmingham Museum of Art - 189

205.254.2565 artsbma.org @bhammuseum

Burns Bluff at High Falls - 61 256.658.3244 burnsbluffweddings.com @burnsbluffweddings Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook - 17 205.414.0505

grandbohemianmountainbrook.com @grandbohemianmountainbrook

OvenBird - 192 205.957.6686 ovenbirdrestaurant.com @ovenbirdbham Pursell Farms - 168 256.249.7437 pursellfarms.com @pursellfarms The Social at The Fennec - 35 659.208.2480 thefennecbham.com @thefennecbham Spring Creek - 73 205.871.2060 springcreekevents.com

@springcreekweddingsandevents

Vulcan Park & Museum - 143 205.933.1409 visitvulcan.com @visitvulcan Windwood Equestrian - 33 205.365.4139 windwoodweddings.com @windwoodweddings Windmill Station - 67 334.805.9057 windmillstationdothan.com @windmillstationdothan Videography

Coats Cars - 191 205.413.0480 ridebackintime.com @coatscars

Grand Hotel Resort - 101 251.928.9201 grand1847.com @grandhotelresort

HUD Productions - 195 334.322.5195 hud_productions.com @hud_productions

Cocoon Silk Ribbon - 88 @cocoonsilkribbon

Hunstville Botanical Garden - 57 256.830.4447 ext. 251 hsvbg.org/weddings @hsvgarden

Huf Wedding Films 808.221.7273 hufweddingfilms.com @hufweddingfilms

Infinity - Event Venue - 70 256.630.1046 infinityeventvenue.com @infinityeventvenue

Wedding Planners

Meta Fitness Studio 205.783.1218 metafitstudio.com @meta_fitness_studio The Rainbow Balloon Co. - 107 205.542.5881 @therainbowballooncompany Sold by the Bell - 52 205.440.0860 soldbythebell.com @soldbythebell Worldwide Travel & Tours - 94 205.752.3272 greekformals.com Stationery Jan Pruitt Calligraphy @jpruittcalligraphy My Lady Dye - 195 615.541.9174 myladydye.com @myladydye Paperhaus - 78 205.701.0983 paperhausstudio.com @paperhausstudio

Iron City - 10 205.761.5100 ironcitybham.com @ironcityprivateevents Little Point Clear - 144 251.929.8568 littlepointclear.com @littlepointclear Mathews Manor - 21 205.467.3935 mathewsmanor.com @mathewsmanor Montgomery Museum of Art - 69

334.624.4350 mmfa.org @montgomerymfa

Otter Creek Farmstead - 9 256.892.2177 ottercreekfarmstead.com

@ottercreekfarmstead_distillery

Anna Wynn Event Designs - 139 205.962.2631 annawynneventdesigns.com @annawynneventdesigns

Handley Breaux Designs - 125 205.900.8804 handleybreauxdesigns.com @handleybreauxdesigns Jackie Frontiero of Dana’s Floral Design - 75 334.361.7778 danasfloraldesign.com @danasfloraldesign Kendal Perry Wedding Planning Studio - 193 205.677.3133 kendalperry.com @kperryplanning Posh Occasions by Sheriah - 143 205.393.8101 poshoccasionsbysheriah.com @poshoccasionsbysheriah

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“If we walk far enough," says Dorothy, "we shall sometime come to someplace.” - L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

My hope is that this issue inspired a spark of adventure within you. But remember, wanderlust doesn't always lead you on a journey to a faraway place. The road we walk to find a home within ourselves is the most important journey of our lives. Home isn't a place, it's a feeling. Home is also in the time we spend together, gathered around the table sharing tales of days past and dreams of days to come. May you always find enchanting inspiration and the comfort of home within our pages. We will see you on our next adventure, AW 2023 - Storytellers. x, Christopher

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