AWM: How It’s Made

After all the images have been placed, the articles have been proofed and every page has a seal of approval from our publisher and editor-in-chief, Michelle Tubbs, it is time to see the new issue of AWM come to life via our friends at Publishers Press in Louisville, Kentucky. In early December, we packed our bags and hit the road for our annual press check to personally inspect every page of the book to ensure the greatest quality for our readers and our advertisers. It’s a journey that finalizes our efforts throughout the entire year.

The process of printing a magazine is quite fantastic. At the enormous plant with barrels of carefully tested ink and rolls of paper that create cities in a warehouse, we started the day in the wee hours and stayed until every page of the 2013 issue was complete that night. Plates of every page are created to transfer ink on paper that runs in, out and around huge machines that eventually fold spreads into neat bundles. Once each spread is scrutinized and approved, thousands more are printed, stacked and sent to binding. Machines that look nothing sort of a incredible carnival ride will bind sheets together into one solid, complete magazine that is ready to be shipped just in time for the holidays. There may be a ton of work that goes into getting each magazine put together, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want you to tear out pages with the perfect cake, table linen or dress for your planning folders. Of course, if you can’t bear to tear your copy asunder, all images on our website are ready to Pin now!

Of course, we couldn’t pass the chance to celebrate another wonderful issue! When we arrived in town we headed to the Maker’s Mark restaurant since we were in Kentucky after all! As a toast to our first Signature Style Series shoot in the magazine by Kathy G. & Co. at The Donnelly House, I had a mint julep and we finished a fantastic meal with bourbon balls. On the second night, we left the printing press and our Publishers Press representative, Bryan, showed us an exquisite night at Decca complete with a viewing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we do! We are excited to start planning our 2014 issue and even more excited to be back on our way to Louisville to complete it.


Katherine Webb through the years with AWM

Monday evening, the Crimson Tide faced the Fighting Irish in the BCS National Championship and we must admit the results have us saying, “Proud to be from Alabama!” We never would have guessed that the attention of America would have been focused on our sweet cover model, Katherine Webb. The national media may have just discovered Katherine’s beauty (only ONE aspect of this wonderful young woman mind you,) but we have long known that Miss Webb has a grace that shines radiantly on camera. Since 2007, Katherine Webb has worked with Alabama Weddings Magazine on several photo shoots to share emerging trends and timeless inspiration with our Southern brides. You could say she is a staple in our repertoire of models that make our shoots so successful. When she was crowned Miss Alabama, USA 2012, that was a guarantee that she would be back in front of our cameras once again for one of our biggest shoots of our 2013 issue – the Designer Profile. Once we received the images, there was no question that she would appear on the first cover of our 2013 issue. She embodies the grace, poise and charm of a true Southern lady and we couldn’t be happier that all of America can now see that too. Take a look at Katherine Webb as she has grown through the years with Alabama Weddings Magazine!

2008 | Photography: flip flop foto + Floral & Event Design: Kimberly Nelson, Bloomwoods + Gown: Heidi Elnora + Hair: Tom Rehle + Makeup: Heidi Slocumb + Venue: Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National

2010 | Photography: Frank Carnaggio Photography & Jerrod Brown Studios + Floral & Event Design: Jill Sampson Garmon + Lighting Design: A.G. Lighting + Bridal Gown: Bella Couture + Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Couture + Hair & Makeup: Misty Smith + Venue: Chapel Hill Meeting House, at The Waters

2011 | Photography: Mark Broadway Photography + Floral & Event Design: Kimberly Nelson, Bloomwoods + Gown: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique +  Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaid + Hair & Makeup: Brittany Benton Massey + Venue: The John A Sibley Horticultural Center, Callaway Gardens


2013 | Bridal Gowns & Accessories: The White Room + Floral Design: Lillie’s + Hair & Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus – Joyce’s Salon + Photography: Arden Photography