Styled Shoot: Nautical Dream

Alabama Weddings Magazine is known for its incredible styled shoots produced by some of Alabama’s best creative minds each year. Now we are so excited to begin sharing submitted styled shoots from across the state to continue inspiring brides throughout the year. Every so often, a group of talented vendors will come together with an idea that they want to create, get a game plan, and go make it happen. These styled shoots featured on the AWM Blog represent the fruition of their collaborations and we are always amazed to see what other vendors in the state are producing between crazy wedding schedules and their own personal lives.

The first styled shoot submission we are thrilled to be sharing today comes to us from Dragonfly Photography and a team of South Alabama wedding pros, including shoot coordinator and stylist, Weddings and Events by Jenna Laine.  “This styled wedding shoot took place along the deep blue waters of Orange Beach, located in South Alabama,” said Jenna. “The sugary white sands of Orange Beach are a popular location for Southern weddings, so with this shoot we wanted to inspire readers by creating a beautiful, classic beach wedding with an unexpected twist.”

We adore the abundance of texture in the floral designs and flowing gowns perfect for catching the winds off the ocean. The soft tones mixed with the navy nautical stripes gives that perfect balance of feminine and masculine elements. Every detail works together perfectly to elevate the look of a beach wedding to something extremely chic and glamourous without missing the relaxed feel that makes a wedding on the coast so special. All of this is an absolute dream with the lovely natural light streaming though the room. It has us ready to stop what we’re doing immediately and escape to the beach for a weekend!

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Venue: Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, Alabama + Coordinator and Stylist: Weddings and Events by Jenna Laine  + Photographer: Dragonfly Photography + Rental Company: SOHO Events and Rentals + Florist: Wildflowers Fairhope + Cake:  J.A.M. Cakery + Paper,Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy + Gowns: Bella Bridesmaid, Mobile

Thank you again to Dragonfly Photography and the entire creative team that pulled together this gorgeous shoot! If you have a styled shoot you would like to submit to the AWM Blog, please see the details here.

Please note, all shoots that appear in the annual Alabama Weddings Magazine printed edition are created by AWM vendors for the magazine. Outside shoots are not accepted for features in print.


Real Wedding: Jason + Ingrid

Today’s Real Wedding submission comes to us from 205 Photography! Jason and Ingrid were all set to wed at The Sonnet House in Leeds, Ala. on March 21, 2015 when the ever-dreaded rain clouds came rolling in. But a little rain couldn’t bring down Ingrid’s spirits and this perfect venue selection made it possible for the day to continue as scheduled without worry. With a few umbrellas to catch any drizzle during the outdoor ceremony, all was well!

AWM: What advice would you give brides as they plan their wedding?”

Ingrid: “The only advice I have is to try to not get caught up in the small things. You will argue during the planning process – Jason was less than pleased when I drug him to a cake consult and spent over an hour describing the perfect shade of ivory. I am a perfectionist and spent over 1 1/2 years planning the wedding, so I was more shocked than anyone when I didn’t care it started raining on our wedding day. All that mattered to me was that I was finally getting to marry Jason and all our friends, family, and beloved dog Duke got to celebrate with us.”

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One of our favorite parts of this wedding is that Ingrid actually discovered her wedding dress from an AWM photo shoot  that appeared in our 2014 issue!

“I already had my heart set on The Sonnet House so it was pretty amazing to fall in love with a dress that you all styled at my venue,” said Ingrid. “Jason and I started dating freshman year of college in 2004, so I was ‘lucky’ to have had so much time to think about our wedding day. I think it can often be overwhelming with all the Pinterest pages and ideas being thrown out, so you really have to know what you and your fiancé’s style is before diving too deep. We are definitely more classic and traditional.”

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We love this wedding because it reminds us to not let a little storm cloud or the other small details rain on your parade. At the end of the day, you are marrying the person you love and are surrounded by the people that care about you the most. Congratulations Jason and Ingrid!

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

Venue: The Sonnet House + Photographer: 205 Photography + Cakes: Barb’s Cakes + Wedding Dress: Bella Couture – Justin Alexander + Tuxedos: Mr. Burch Formal Wear + Caterer:                 The Happy Catering Company + Hair/Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus + Florist: Corey Daniels – The Sonnet House + Reception Music: D’Zyre – Music Garden + Ceremony Music:    Jennifer Louie Violinist