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 

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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!