Real Wedding: Chad + Aleisha Gilchrist

Welcome to our first Open Submission on the AWM Blog! So often we hear from brides that want to share their beautiful weddings with us. All the weddings we feature in the magazine are submitted by our talented advertisers, but we have plenty of room to spare here on the blog. We will start publishing 2-4 weddings per month that feature gorgeous details, unique ideas and plenty of inspiration to all Southern brides. Our first submission highlights the seaside nuptials of Chad and Aleisha Gilchrist, photographed by Kristi Chappell Photography. We adore the bride’s personally-made jewelry accessories almost as much as her contagious smile. The groom’s starfish boutonniere is a clever alternative to flowers and you can’t resist their pup’s bow tie. The night is complete as the couple and their loved ones light heart-shaped lanterns that float into the sky as an announcement of their union. We’re so pleased to share this sweet, sunny celebration and can’t wait to see more. If you want to share your wedding with us, see our Open Submissions page! Also, check out our friends at Kaiser Realty if you would love to tie the knot on the white beaches of Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, Alabama. Congratulations Chad and Aleisha!

Photography: Kristi Chappell Photography + Venue: Sea Star Cottage in Gulf Shores, Alabama + Chair, table and food service: Pelican Pete Party Rentals + Wedding Cake: A local market bakery + All decorations, flowers, favors, and ceremony arbor were made by bride, her mother and father + Head piece and foot jewelry made by bride + Dress: David’s Bridal + Belt and bracelet: JV Gems – an Etsy store