In 2001, Michelle V. Hawkins began Alabama Weddings and led it to become one of the most respected, well-received bridal magazines in the Southeast. In 2020, longtime contributing editor, Christopher Confero, became the new publisher and editor-in-chief of Alabama Weddings in advance of the publication’s 20th Anniversary Issue, to be released in Jan. 2021.
Alabama Weddings is the bridge between inspiration and implementation. We connect our readers with the creative community, empower our advertisers for success, and endure an evolving industry so that we may continue to inspire. Our dedication is to beauty, in all its forms.
We tie together all details of wedding planning and marriage preparation with our annual publication, digital platforms, and moments we share together in crafting our content. We are in the hands of the newly engaged, in the handbags of mothers-in-law to-be, and at the fingertips of all those in love with love. May we continue to be the trusted stewards of the Alabama wedding industry and the storytellers of love and authentic engagement throughout our great state.
Letter from the Publisher
When I first began working with Alabama Weddings more than ten years ago, it provided a perfect medium to prove my creative skills in editorial design. I’ve been a small business owner for my own wedding design company since graduating Auburn University in 2007, but I also have worked as a photo shoot creative and graphic designer for various publications. You should see the mountains of magazines I’ve collected over the past decade. I have a passion for the printed page and the stories we share in every form.
With that also comes my responsibility to tell your stories utilizing all the talents I’ve cultivated over these many years, far and wide. I’m blessed to be back home, where my heart is, to continue building on the legacy of Alabama Weddings and contributing to its elevation.
That’s the love I’ve always brought to this table and the desire I have to lend my talents to benefit our industry as a whole. Any individual’s success contributes to all of our success and sets us apart as a community of the hardest-working people in our field. In Alabama, we do weddings like nobody else.
Our message is simple – love.
The intricate ways in which we show and share that message will be my duty to uphold; with beautiful design, thoughtful words, eye-catching editorial, and forward-thinking in all channels of communication.
As we all have faced trials and change during this year, it is my belief that we must also have determination to press forward. It will be a challenge I take with earnestness to bring this publication to print yet again, because we will endure. Love will continue to love.
I hope you can join us for this 20th Anniversary Issue of Alabama Weddings. If not, we will be here when the time is right and I will be ready to hear how we can help. I can’t wait for us to see what we create together.
Sincerely Yours, Christopher Confero, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief