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!

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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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35 Atlanta

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