About Us

Pouring Passion into Weddings for 20 Years!

The secret to a successful marriage is true love and passion, and the same holds true in the continued success of Alabama Weddings Magazine. Alabama Weddings Magazine is an annual publication with four seasonal covers. The contents remain the same from the Spring issue to the Winter issue. For twenty years, AWM has received exceptionally high accolades and reviews from both local and national wedding experts, along with brides-to-be! We invite you to join Alabama’s number-one bridal resource and become a part of our extraordinary team of wedding experts.

Michelle is the owner, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Alabama Weddings Magazine. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Michelle graduated Cum Laude from Brenau University Women’s College in Gainesville, Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. She now officially calls herself an Alabamian since living in Alabama for more than 20 years. Michelle’s years of experience in business publication and fields of marketing led to the founding of PRO-Motion Publishing, Inc. in 1998.

In 2001, Michelle began Alabama Weddings Magazine and has grown it to become one of the most respected, well-received bridal magazines in the Southeast. In 2009 Michelle received the highly coveted Apex Award in Print, and continually strives to make Alabama Weddings Magazine more beautiful and innovative with each passing year. Having recently embraced the opportunities that the Web offers, Michelle looks forward to expanding her magazine’s concept still further by offering advertisers, fans, and readers a continually updated Website, with how-to videos, fresh, timely articles, and more.

Michelle Hawkins

Owner | Publisher | Editor-in-Chief

In love and married to my wonderful husband Allen. Family time with our four boys & two pupsters are what I cherish the most. We love God, traveling, sports, family dinners, playing board and card games, Alabama game day and piling up on the sofa for popcorn movie night. We are Alabama and Georgia football fans which makes fall Saturdays fun. Cooking for my family is joyful and special to me. Boating, swimming and sunsets over the water bring happy relaxation to this lover of water.

Jessi Tygielski

Managing Editor | Design

Married to my wonderful husband, Matt. We have one adorable dog, Peanut and two sweet cats, Rocky and Waffles. Fall is our favorite time of year because of Alabama football. Cooking and baking are secret passions of mine. I am an avid lover of all things monogrammed and Lilly Pulitzer! When I’m not working you can find me tucking it out at Pure Barre or logging some miles on a long run.