Real Wedding: Morgan + Grant

Today’s Real Wedding Submission comes to us from Be Light Photography. Morgan and Grant tied the knot on Sept. 27, 2014 at the Cypress Inn Pavilion in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The day was perfectly inspired for a relaxed, fun afternoon by the Black Warrior River. We love the delicate lace back on the bride’s gown, the groom’s cheesecakes instead of a traditional cake, and some very well dressed young guests! Our favorite image though is the three generations of hands clasping and showing their symbols of commitment. Those are the images that will take your breath away for a lifetime even when loved ones are not near because that was an incredible moment in time that can never be taken away.

“My husband and I decided when we got engaged that we did not want an overly fancy wedding,” said Morgan. “We got married outside at the Cypress Inn gazebo and had our reception in the pavilion next door. Our church does not have a building and since we both enjoy the outdoors, Cypress Inn was a wonderful fit for us. I wanted our wedding to be rustic but not necessarily ‘country’ so I decided to go with more of a garden theme. I found a picture of a bouquet that I fell in love with and pretty much built my whole wedding around this picture of flowers. I chose simple, orange bridesmaid dresses that I thought would flatter everyone and match the flowers I had found in the picture. To compliment the bridesmaid dresses, we decided on grey suits for the men.”

“To stay a little more casual, we had our wedding at 4:00 in the afternoon and served heavy hors d’ oeuvres like bacon wrapped shrimp, prime rib sliders and buffalo chicken dip,” said Morgan. “Drinks included beer and wine as well as basics such as water and tea. My cakes were done by a friend of mine, and she did a tremendous job. The bridal cake was a buttercream pound cake with flowers from our arrangements for decoration, and my husband had a medley of three strawberry-topped cheesecakes. Strawberry cheesecake is Grant’s favorite dessert, so I thought this would be more enjoyable for him than a traditional chocolate cake. Not to mention, they turned out to be gorgeous! We opted not to have a first dance and decided to go with the trend of having lawn games. The pavilion has these amazing roll up garage-style doors and grass areas that really suited this decision well. People were able to flow easily from inside to outside, and the weather was perfect. We left around 7:30 in his car that everyone had decorated. I thought the end result of our wedding was a beautiful and laid back day. I would not have changed a thing.” (That’s what we like to hear!)

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Photography: Be Light Photography + Venue & Catering: Cypress Inn + Bridal & Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella’s Bridal & Formal + Hair & Makeup: Lauren Brawley + Cakes: Carley Butts + Floral Design: Flowers Etc. + Wedding Day Director- Keely Duke and Christy Crawford of Signature Events

If you have a wedding you would like featured on the AWM Blog, see our Open Submissions page for more details.


Real Wedding: Carrie + Joe

Today’s Real Wedding comes from Maggie Beam of BleuBird Photography. Carrie and Joe Erdner were wed at Nichols Arbor of Huntsville Botanical Gardens on August 2, 2014. We instantly fell in love with this wedding for the gorgeous images taken around the gardens, the whimsical details and the look of true love in this couple’s eyes. The fashion is gorgeous, from the mother of the bride’s and bridesmaid’s dresses, the dapper men’s suits and the brides stunning Intuzuri gown from White Dresses Boutique. Pearls and a simple fabric flower in the her hair complete Carrie’s look. We love this wedding and wish our best to Carrie and Joe! Congrats you two!awm_erdner_1 awm_erdner_2 awm_erdner_3 awm_erdner_4 awm_erdner_5 awm_erdner_6 awm_erdner_7 awm_erdner_8 awm_erdner_9 awm_erdner_10 awm_erdner_11 awm_erdner_12awm_erdner_13awm_erdner_14 awm_erdner_15 awm_erdner_16 awm_erdner_17awm_erdner_18 awm_erdner_19awm_erdner_20 awm_erdner_21awm_erdner_24awm_erdner_22

Photographer: BleuBird Photography +  Dress: White Dresses Boutique – Designer: Intuzuri + Venue: Nichols Arbor @ Huntsville Botanical Gardens + Flowers: Kayla Hollis + Grooms Attire: Men’s WH + Caterer: Endless Catering + Wedding Coordinator: Paige Faulkner + Hair: Travis Fox + Entertainment: DJWellDunn Entertainment by Brandon Dunn + Makeup: Laura Werth Skin Care by Laura LLC at In the Nails + Cake: June Stafford & Jimmie Lou Harris

If you have a wedding you would like featured on the AWM Blog, see our Open Submissions page for more details.


Real Wedding: Michael + Sylvia

Today’s Real Wedding comes to us from Kristi Chappell Photography. Michael and Sylvia Warren were wed on October 11, 2013 at Guntersville State Park. Rich autumn tones and Southern details bring to mind all the things we love about this time of year. Sylvia’s candy apple red shoes are a fab pop of color, and the groom is sharply dressed in his Army Service Uniform. We just adore the young gentleman attending the blueberry lemonade station as a refreshment before the ceremony, which is a great detail to have for your guests as they arrive. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Warren as their first anniversary approaches very soon!

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Photography: Kristi Chappell Photography + Venue, Catering: Guntersville State Park Lodge + Wedding Planner, Décor, Floral Design: VM Weddings + Bridal Gown: Vera Wang + DJ: Citybeatz DJ Services 

If you have a wedding you would like to share on the AWM Blog, please see our Open Submissions page!


Real Wedding: Holly + Jarred

Today’s Real Wedding submission comes from Betty Donne Photography. Holly and Jarred had a sweet country wedding at Kalioka Stables in Saraland, Ala. this past May. There are so many details about this wedding that make us smile, from the flowers in Holly’s hair to the adorable ring bearer’s attire and the pastel/neutral color palette. The floral garland on the ceremony cross is absolutely gorgeous and you will love that Holly and her family/friends all worked together to create the floral arrangements. Our favorite part though is the popcorn bar! Guests can grab their popped snack from the vintage popper and customize with a selection of seasonings. Thanks again Betty Donne Photography for sharing and congratulations to Holly and Jarred!

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Photography: Betty Donne Photography + Caterer: Laura Reddit and Johnnie Smith + Venue: Kalioka Stables + Cake: Flour Girls + Band: Southern Approach + Ceremony Chairs and Popcorn: Mobile Popcorn Company + Bridal and Bridemaid Attire: David’s Bridal + Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

If you have a wedding you would like featured on the AWM Blog, please see our Open Submissions page. We can’t wait to see!


The 2nd Birmingham NotWedding

Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of welcoming Birmingham’s first NotWedding to Bridge Street Gallery and Loft for an evening of love, dinner and dancing for a night dedicated to fab wedding design for happy couples. This event that takes place in cities around the country connects brides to local vendors in the form of a fake wedding and reception. Brides with their family and friends attend a “wedding” of a real Birmingham couple. They renew their vows, everyone cheers and then the party really gets started. Attendees can meet with the vendors that create the magic, and head to the reception. Check out some of the highlights from the first Birmingham NotWedding!

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Now we are pleased to announce the 2nd NotCouple to renew their vows next Thursday, Sept. 25, at Avon Theater! Nedra and Jeremy are an adorable couple that are also behind the wonderful organization She Dances, which provides holistic restoration for young girls that have been sexually trafficked in Honduras. Stephanie Benzaia of Benzaia Photography recently took the couple out for “engagement session” shoot in Mountain Brook’s English Village. See more of this engagement shoot on the NotWedding Blog!

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Do you have your tickets yet for the 2nd NotWedding on Thursday, Sept. 25 yet? You can purchase them here. We are so excited to share some HUGE news with our AWM readers as well! You can now get 50% off your ticket price with the promo code: HALFOFFTHENW. Join us for this bridal event like no other and experience what local Birmingham vendors can bring to your big day. We can’t wait to see you at the NotWedding!





Real Wedding: Megan + Joe

Today’s Open Submission comes to us from Freshly Bold Photography. Megan and Joe were high school sweethearts that tied the knot in front of Megan’s great great grandmother’s “little house” in Grand Bay, Ala. Setting your ceremony in front of an old family property adds a personal, sentimental touch to  the momentous occasion of a wedding that is perfectly Southern. It brings you back to a place that holds memories for an entire family and shares it with your new family. The bridesmaid dresses and bouquets are a nice pop of color against the neutral palette of the menswear and natural surroundings. And what rustic Southern wedding would be complete without cowboy boots? The couple wanted to create a casual, fun experience with their guests – a true shindig! Everyone in the family had a hand in making all the details come together, from the flowers and bridal cake to the clean-up afterward. “We are more than grateful for the help from our friends and family,” said Megan. That is the true spirit of a Southern wedding. Congratulations to Megan & Joe!

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If you have a wedding you would like featured on the AWM Blog, please see our Open Submissions page!


Real Wedding: Melissa + Matthew

Today’s Open Submission is Melissa and Matt’s gorgeous wedding at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin on March 15, 2014. A big thanks goes to Alisha Crossley Photography for sharing her work on these nautical nuptials with us! Everything about this wedding is picture perfect. Melissa’s gown features lovely lace sleeves that we are sure she was grateful to have on a brisk March day by the water. We love the clean styling and attention to detail. The navy and neutrals palette is so lovely at this scenic venue. The wonderful thing about renting the Children’s Harbor facilities is that all proceeds directly benefit the services for children with long-term, serious illnesses and their families offered by the non-profit organization. Just by choosing this location for your wedding, you can help a child in need in your community. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Newland!

If you have a wedding you want featured on the AWM Blog, see our Open Submissions page!

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Photography: Alisha Crossley Photography + Cake: Barb’s Cakes + Event Rentals: Special Events + Lighting Design: A.G. Lighting  Wedding Planner: M. Elizabeth Wedding & Events + Venue: Children’s Harbor, Alexander City. Hair & Makeup: Jeremy Stephens – The Salon + Floral Design: Grace’s Flowers + Catering: Springhouse Restaurant +  Ceremony Music: Auburn String Quartet + Reception Entertainmant: Feel the Beat Entertainment + Photo Booth: Birmingham Photo Booths



Birmingham’s First Not Wedding

On March 19th, we had the pleasure of attending Birmingham’s first Not Wedding at Bridge Street Gallery and Loft in the heart of downtown. The Not Wedding is a twist on the traditional bridal show where local vendors collaborate to create a fake wedding so that brides can get the full experience of their talents. The driving inspiration of this event was the Japanese technique of dyeing cloth known as shibori, with a focus on the color indigo with pops of vibrant hues and glints of gold. The airy, open venue with natural light pouring through wide windows at Bridge Street Gallery and Loft was the perfect palette for this creative team to bring this unique design together.

Brides could peruse vendor booths as they entered the building before taking a seat for the ceremony separated by sheer draping. HotHouse Design Studio set the ceremony with a grand backdrop incorporating oversized vases supporting a contemporary floral installation with suspended bubble vases. P.E.W.S debuted their fantastic new GOLD wedding pews that were custom-painted just for this event. Unique wedding seating just got a little more unique! A special part about this event is that the fake bride and groom aren’t just recruited models – they are a married couple that took this moment to renew their vows together. The bride, Laura McCarty wore a splendid gown from White Dresses Boutique and her bridesmaids wore gowns from that matched the shibori theme perfectly.

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After the happy couple said, “I do!” again, guests were invited upstairs where a gorgeous reception awaited them after a meet and greet with the vendors who created everything they had seen. The Bar Hops were mixing libations and Bayles Catering had savory fare hot and ready. Café lighting was strung from the open rafters over guest tables that were designed by Invision Events, HotHouse Design Studio and Adorned European Floral Design. We love the attention to styling on these tables with layers of golden props and chargers, candlesticks and of course lush floral designs.

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The cake by Kim’s Cakes was a truly inspired creation that gave a sampling of several techniques wrapped into one fab confection. An fleet of light and fluffy cupcakes were arranged on golden pedestals. We have a fine appreciation for a certain talent that Kim’s Cakes shares with the cake designers featured in AWM – the ability to create cakes that not are not only visually stunning, but also delicious. It can be tricky, but a symphony when done just right. We grabbed a bite as we let the guests take to the dance floor and said our goodbyes.

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If you want to join us for the next Birmingham Not Wedding, mark you calendar for September 25 when the next team will create a completely different vision at The Avon Theater! We can’t wait to see what inspires them. Of course, AWM will be there with copies of our 2014 issue in hand. We will see you there!

Check out the awesome vendors below that made it all happen!

Videography: 35 Atlanta + Floral Design for Wedding Party and Tables 9, 10, 11, 12: Adorned European Floral Design + Drapery and Entertainment: Amerson Events + Transportation: Apex Valet / Rare Transportation + Libations: Bar Hops + Catering: Bayles Catering + Venue: BridgeStreet Gallery and Loft + National Travel Vendor: Bliss Luxury Concierge Travel + Wedding Cake: Cakes by Kim + National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari + Program Design: Gray Cloud Print + Alcohol: High Ridge Spirits + Floral Design for Ceremony and Tables 1, 3, 5 , 7: HotHouse Design Studio + Event Design for Head Table and Tables 2, 4, 6, 8: Invision Events + Photography: Koli Nichols Photography, Morgan Trinker Photography, Spindle Photography + National Linen Sponsor: Linen Tablecloth + Live Event Painter: Live Event Art – The Wedding Artist + Day-Of Coordination: M. Elizabeth Events + Event Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited + Pew Rentals: P.E.W.S. + Makeup: Rawwbeauty Makeup Artistry + Bridesmaid Attire: Rent The Runway + Wedding Dress: White Dresses Boutique


Real Wedding: Amy + Alex

Today’s Real Wedding comes to us from  j.woodbery photography. Amy and Alex recently tied the knot on the gorgeous grounds of Antebellum Weddings at Oak Island on April 5, 2014. We love roses and succulents with lovely deep hues of purple for the bridesmaid gowns as well as the delicate beading of Amy’s bridal gown. Our absolute favorite photo though is three generations of women showing their rings at the reception. Of course, we think a sparkler sendoff always completes the night perfectly! Be sure to check out their wedding highlight film by Hampton Road Studios at the end. Congratulations Amy and Alex!

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Catering, Flowers, Coordination: Antebellum Weddings at Oak Island + Photography: j.woodbery photography + Videography: Hampton Road Studios + Bride’s Cake: Barb’s Cakes + Groom’s Cake: Evelyn Criswell + Bridal Gown: – Something Blue – Allure Bridals + Bridesmaid Gowns: Something Blue – Bill Levkoff + Makeup Artist: Rawwbeauty + Hair Stylist: Molly Stilley + Band: Nick Carver Band

If you have a Real Wedding you would like to have featured on the AWM Blog, please see our Open Submissions page!


Real Wedding: Allison + Brady

Today’s Open Submissions comes to us from CWF Photography. Allison and Brady McGee tied the knot in Montgomery last year on April 20. The sweet Southern details and gorgeous scenery have us ready for Alabama to be back in bloom for spring! We can’t get enough of this couple’s beaming faces. You can truly see just how excited they were to start their journey as husband and wife together! “”I loved working with Allison and Brady planning their day!” said Mary Sanders, Allison’s wedding planner of Mary Me. “Hearing the vision Allison had and bringing it to life was so unique, especially with the reception venue being a close family friend’s private residence. She wanted it to have Southern flair and to be comfortable for all guests. With Brady and his family being from Texas, we wanted to show them true Southern hospitality.” If you have a wedding you would like featured on the AWM Blog, see our Open Submissions details. awm_cfp_1 awm_cfp_2 awm_cfp_3 awm_cfp_4 awm_cfp_5 awm_cfp_6 awm_cfp_7 awm_cfp_8 awm_cfp_9 awm_cfp_10 awm_cfp_11 awm_cfp_12 awm_cfp_13 awm_cfp_14 awm_cfp_15 awm_cfp_16 awm_cfp_17 awm_cfp_18 awm_cfp_19 awm_cfp_20 awm_cfp_21 awm_cfp_22 awm_cfp_23 awm_cfp_24 awm_cfp_25 Photographer: CWF Photography + Wedding Planner & Event Design: Mary Me + Floral Design: Melissa Kendall Floral Design + Rentals & Linens: Brendle Rentals + Lighting Design: Special Event Lighting + Catering: Jennie Weller Catering + Entertainment: Cornbred Band + Cake: Cake Designs


Real Wedding: Julianne + Scott Joe

Our Real Wedding today on the AWM Blog was shared with us by Spindle Photography. Julianne and Scott Joe’s wedding on September 21, 2013 was a darling affair at Swann Lake Stables.  Neutral tones, a perfectly draped tent with chandeliers and fab fashion make this wedding a true eye-catcher. You know we love the pup dressed in a tutu for the occasion! If we could just get a taste of Savoie Catering’s fare, we’d be tinkled pink. Mazel tov Julianne and Scott Joe!

If you have a wedding you like featured on the AWM Blog, please see our Open Submissions page!
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Bridal Gown: The White Room + Catering: Savoie Catering + Lighting: A.G. Lighting + Venue: Swann Lake Stables + Wedding Planner: Mariee Ami– Neillie Butler + Photographer: Spindle Photography + Video: Kinora Films + Florist: Flowerbuds + Cake: Magic Muffin + Band: Atlanta Rhythm and Groove + Bridesmaids: Clothes Tree + Invitations: Checkerboard + Hair/Makeup: Oak Street- Melanie Dodson + Rabbi: Barry Altmark – Deep South Rabbi


Win Two Tickets to Birmingham’s First NotWedding!

Want to win two tickets to the first Birmingham NotWedding at Bridge Street Gallery & Loft on Wed, March 19? Just follow the instructions in this handy-dandy graphic to enter via Instagram. Make sure to include the tags so we can see your entry! The winner will be announced at noon on Friday, March 14! Post your selfie today! For more information about this NotWedding and the next one on September 25, 2014, click here! See you there!




The Not Wedding is Coming!

Wonderful news! The famed bridal sensation, The Not Wedding, is hosting its inaugural Birmingham appearance at Bridge Street Gallery & Loft on March 19! This wonderful event takes the idea of a bridal show and turns it on its head. You don’t just meet with the participating vendors – you actually get to see their talents in action! What better way to see how they work than to experience a (fake) wedding they’ve produced? We are thrilled to have this event coming to Birmingham, working with some amazing creative partners from across the state to show what Alabama has to offer. Check out the Save The Date session of Birmingham’s first Not Bride & Groom with Morgan Trinker Photography. The date is quickly approaching so make sure to mark you calendar and get your tickets today!

See more images from this Save The Date session here.

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More About The Not Wedding

“Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional ceremony and a dance-party reception, The NotWedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the ‘wedding guests’  get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-to-be saying, ‘I want my wedding to be just like that!'” –  The Not Wedding

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“For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! For participating wedding vendors, the event exposes their business to new referral sources, while also exposing each vendor to a wealth of inspiration, resources and confidence to take their business to the next level.” – The Not Wedding

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Real Wedding: Rachel + Cody

We are thrilled to share this lovely Tallasee fall wedding from Nick Frontiero Productions on the blog today! Rachel and Cody shared their nuptials at the First Baptist Church with a reception at a private residence, which provided an expansive meadow perfect for a tent to house their festivities. Rachel’s bouquet is a mix of hydrangea, roses and calla lilies with a touch of sparkle that match the beaded belt paired with Rachel’s gown. We love the bridesmaids’ chocolate dresses with ruffled collars and bright bouquets that pop with autumn tones. The reception’s eclectic centerpieces on lace runners give us that “collected, vintage” feel that is oh-so-sweet. We’d also certainly like a chance to peruse the darling sweets table featuring the groom’s cake and custom burlap table skirt. With the event designer/wedding planner, Jackie Frontiero, at the helm of this event, all the details tell a full story that transition smoothly throughout the day. Congratulations to Rachel and Cody!

If you have a wedding you would like featured on the AWM Blog, see all the details for our Open Submissions here.

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Photography: Nick Frontiero Productions + Floral Design & Décor:  Dana’s Floral Design + Event Design, Wedding Planning:  Jackie Frontiero – Dana’s Floral Design + Bridal Gown:  Bella Couture + Hair & Makeup:  Melissa Moore Bogardus – Joyce’s Salon + Ceremony Venue:  First Baptist Church, Tallasse, AL + Cake: Ligers Bakery + Linen: BBJ linens + Rentals:  Brendle Rentals + Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Inc. + Catering: Debbie Kemsel Catering +  Groom’s * Groomsmen Attire:  Prattville Bridal Boutique & Tux Shop


Real Wedding: Joanna and Aaron

We are thrilled to share this downtown throw down at B&A Warehouse shot by Sweet Julep Photography as part of the AWM Open Submissions today. This hip, spacious venue is located directly across from Birmingham’s Railroad Park, which makes for gorgeous images of the bridal party before the ceremony. Joanna is a stunning bride with a simply perfect Hailey Paige gown and darling hair piece. The guys are dashing in three piece suits, which give a bit of that Mad Men vibe that we love. Our absolute favorite moment is Aaron’s addition to the iconic “Before I Die…” chalkboard art project, which now spans the globe. His large proclamation of “Before I Die I Want To MARRY JOANNA” on Birmingham’s board across from Regions Field is completely adorable. We love the personality of this couple that shines in all of these images and know they have some incredible fun ahead of them as husband and wife. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Miller!

If you have a wedding that you would like to see featured on the AWM Blog, please see our Open Submissions for more details.

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Photography : Sweet Julep Photography + Venue, Catering : B&A Warehouse + Cakes : Barb’s Cakes + Florist : Ricky Whitley Bridal Events Florist + Bridal Gown: White Dresses + Hair & Makeup: Molly Stilley + Music : Craig Stilley + Videography : Kelsey Freeman Creative


Wedding or Knot at Capital City Club

Bridal shows are the ultimate chance to meet and greet with a group of vendors that can ultimately become part of the team that makes your wedding dreams come true. A new trend though is the “faux wedding” show, which is a chance to experience a mock ceremony with models playing the part of the bridal party and attendees are guests. It’s the perfect opportunity to see wedding professionals in action. Guests can then take part in the reception where they can socialize with other brides as well as get information from vendors about their own needs. The party is complete with lots of bites to sample, a band/DJ, gorgeous atmosphere and plenty of cake for all.

We were thrilled to be part of the Capital City Club 2nd Annual Wedding or Knot this year! Jackie Frontiero at Dana’s Floral Design was the event designer for the full show, working with Nikole Martel, private events director for the club. They enlisted some of Alabama’s finest to pull together a team to create a Gatsby-inspired ceremony and reception. We had a blast handing out the new issue of AWM and seeing all the Montgomery area brides! Thanks to Nick Frontiero Productions for the images!

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Vendors included: Capital City Club, Dana’s Floral Design, Nick Frontiero Productions, A.G. Lighting, The White Room, Liger’s Bakery, Doug’s 2 Salon & Spa, Brendle Rentals, Two Hawks Video Production, Prattville Bridal Boutique, Jim Massey Formal Wear, Blackbird Pickers, Ready Set Smile Photobooth, BBJ Linens, In The Groove Entertainment, Ice Sculpture by Chef David Bromley & Little Magic Cards.


Real Wedding: Brittany + Bobby

Today’s Open Submission from ellyB Eventsis a peacock extravaganza! Every detail of Brittany and Bobby’s big day is perfectly coordinated for the theme. Even the bridal party’s monogrammed shirts have been stitched to perfection in the peacock palette. The floral design is lush, colorful and full of beautiful textures with a touch of bling to really make this wedding sparkle. The reception takes place at one of Birmingham’s newest event venues, The Westin Hotel Birmingham, which lends it modern style to this event’s look. We especially love the gorgeous cake from Olexa’s Café with a juxtaposition of smooth buttercream to sprinkle-adorned layers with fresh floral details. Soak in all the fab color below and congrats to Brittany and Bobby!

If you have a wedding you would like to share on the AWM Blog, please see our Open Submissions page. We can’t wait to see!
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Wedding Planner, Lighting Design: Eliana Baucicault, ellyB Events + Cake: Olexa’s Café, Cakes, and Catering+ Floral Design: Andy Beach of Andy Beach & Co. + Photography: Milanés Photography
Wedding Dress Designer: Ian Stuart + Wedding Veil: Brooke’s Bridal + Bride’ Shoes: Badgley Mischka + Bridesmaids Dresses: Lazaro – Bridals by Lori + Hostess Dresses: Jim Hjelm –  Bella Bridesmaids, Wtoo – Bridesmaid Inc. + Grooms, Groomsmen, and Usher Tuxedos: The Modern Gent 
Flower Girl Dresses: That’s So Cute Boutique + Makeup Artists: Tiffany Flowers-Hurst, Kristie Peoples + Hair Stylist: Michella Carter + Ceremony location: Sixth Avenue Baptist Church + Reception Venue: Westin Hotel Birmingham + Stationery: Pampered Paperie


Real Wedding: Dori + Tyler

Today’s Real Wedding submission from Simple Color Photography will have visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads. Dori and Tyler’s Christmastime nuptials at Stone Bridge Farm make a winter wedding look fabulous. We especially love their proposal story:

Dori and Tyler knew they were meant for each other the moment they met in the concession stand line of an Auburn University football game. They grew up about 10 minutes from each other in their home town, and Tyler’s mom even made Dori pageant dresses when she was young, but they didn’t meet until they got to Auburn. After three years, Tyler popped the question by convincing Dori that they were filming a music video for their musician friends. After walking around downtown Birmingham shooting their “music video,” Tyler proposed overlooking Birmingham.

You can even spot Aubie make a cameo at their reception as an ode to their first meeting! Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Wheldon!

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Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue: Stone Bridge Farm + Event & Floral Design, Wedding Planner, Linen: Ava Grace Designs at Stone Bridge Farm + Bridal Gown: The White Room + Hair & Makeup: Brittany Benton Massey + Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear + Music & Entertainment: Az Izz – Music Garden + Photographer: Simple Color Photography + Bridesmaid Gowns: + Wedding Night Accommodations: The Westin Birmingham + Stationary: + Calligraphy: Sarah Tate Designs + Bride’s Cake: Creative Cakes of Cullman +
Groom’s Cake: Hannah Whitner’s Cake Creations

Let us know if you have a wedding you would like to share on the AWM Bog! See our Open Submissions page for more info!


Real Wedding: Kelly + Josh

Today’s wedding submission from High Cotton Photography has us seeing double! The color palette and details remind us of our styled shoot with A.G. Lighting at The Sonnet House currently appearing in our 2014 issue. We love this venue for its many picturesque moments from the signature red tub inside the house to the farm on the grounds. It’s also perfect for hosting a ceremony in the backyard and transitioning to the reception both inside and outside the house, and your guests never have to leave one location to celebrate your full wedding day! Our friends at A.G. Lighting are experts at this bringing their lighting and draping techniques to this venue for a customized look and feel. Cafe lights over the back patio ensures your reception can continue into the night with a warm glow lighting the way. We are especially fans of the favor – personalized hot sauces! What Southern home is complete with hot sauce handy? Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Roberts!

If you have a wedding you would like to share on the AWM Blog, head over to our Open Submissions page for more details. We can’t wait to see!

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Venue: The Sonnet House + Lighting: A.G. Lighting + Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear + Wedding Planner, Floral Design & Decor: KRM Designs + Caterer: D’Armond Catering + Photographer: High Cotton Photography + DJ/Music: Feel the Beat Entertainment + Cake: Indulge Sweet Shoppe + Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid Gowns: Diane’s Formal Affair + Videographer: Claus Martel + Invitations and Programs: Vistaprint


Real Wedding: Emily + Zach

If you love a wedding with natural, Southern details then you are going to love this Real Wedding submission from J&D Photography. Emily & Zach’s soiree had the personal touches that make their day so special – the bride even crafted her own bouquet and flowers that are absolutely gorgeous. We must say we are impressed! The pews and paper lanterns at the wedding site create a fairytale ceremony scene in the woods. And at the reception outside the J&D Farms barn, guests can play a round of cornhole toss under glowing cafe lights before the party gets into full swing. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Davis!

If you have a wedding you would like to share on the AWM Blog, please see our Open Submissions page for more details!

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Credits: Wedding Cake: Pastry Arts + Catering: Urban Cookhouse + Photography: J&D Photography + Venue: J&D Farms  + Dress: David’s Bridals


Real Wedding: Amy + Lane

Today’s Open Submission comes to us via Shae Owens Photography. Amy Marquis & Lane Brunson tied the knot on a private property in Leeds on a crisp fall morning on October 26, 2013. We love weddings. We love brunch. Combine the two and we have a match made in heaven. After seeing these images, you will certainly join us in voting for more brunch weddings. Living in the South, we have the luxury of still being able to have outdoor weddings during the chillier portions of the year. Amy’s fur stole was the perfect accessory to keep away the chill and made for quite the stunning look we must say. Perfect papers from Annabelle’s, loose garden-style florals from HotHouse Design Studio and a ruffled cake from Olexa’s complete the rustic charm of this soiree. Kudos to all involved and congratulations to Mr & Mrs. Brunson!

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Photography: Shae Owens Photography + Event Planning: GoPro Event Solutions + Floral Design: HotHouse Design Studio + Catering: Yellow Bicycle Catering + Bella Bridesmaids + Bridal Gown: Diane’s Formal Affair + Car Service: Vintage Auto + Rentals: Market 46 + Vintage China: Plate of Chicago + Stationery: Annabelle’s  + Custom Monogram / Calligraphy: Jan Pruitt + Cake: Olexa’s + Music: Cahaba River Strings + Hair & Makeup: Kerri Bunn


Real Wedding: Jillian + Jesse

AWM 2014 is officially completed, on newsstands and in hands of future brides! Now we are thrilled to continue sharing even more Real Weddings on the AWM Blog. Our first wedding to share for the new year takes us back to the cool, crisp fall days for which we long again. Jesse Edwards and Jillian Wright were married on November 23, 2013 at Seven Gables in Tallassee, Ala. Pumpkins galore and deep, rich tones make this wedding a true ode to autumn. One of our favorite details is the chalkboard program in lieu of a printed version. The more chalk, the better we say! Kudos to Campbell Photography, on these lovely images. Congratulations to Jillian and Jesse!!


Photographer: Campbell Photography + Videographer: Claus Martel + Cakes: Cakes by Tania +
Florist: Godwin’s Flowers + Venue: Seven Gables