Engaged real w e d d i n g feature:
Chris & Kimberly Hooks
January 4, 2014
What was your favorite moment about the wedding day? I honestly enjoyed the entire day, but my favorite part was probably walking down the aisle and seeing all the people who had come to my wedding. It was a day I never thought would happen to me, and that was when it first felt real… and surreal, at the same time.
What would you do different? I enjoyed the whole process, from planning the wedding to the send-off. And I was very pleased with how everything came together. It was a perfect day for me, so I can’t think of anything I’d actually do differently. I do wish, however, that I had known and had prepared myself for how fast the reception would fly by. It seemed like it was over the moment it began, and I felt disappointed.
What is the one piece of advice you would give a current bride-to-be? Try not to panic too much about getting things accomplished early so you can check them off your list. In the end, plans will change, and everything will work out perfectly anyway.
V E N D O R S:
Venue: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church & the Alabama Theatre
Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander from Diane’s Formal Affair
Photographer: Robert Norris
Cake: Magnificent Cakes
Caterer: Savoie Catering
Invitations: Carlson Craft Pearl Poetry
Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids Inc
Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse
Hair: David Lumpkin at the Gary Anthony Salon
Honeymoon: The Big Island of Hawaii; we used Adventure Travel/Sharon McCarthy
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Engaged real w e d d i n g feature:
Mark & Ashley May
September 28, 2013
What was your favorite moment about the wedding day? My groom surprised me and sang to me as I walked down the aisle.
What would you do different? Hire a videographer
What is the one piece of advice you would give a current bride-to-be? Enjoy the day. Everyone said how fast it would go by….they weren’t kidding! It’s only been a five months and it all seems like a dream!!
V E N D O R S:
Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora
Photographer: Natalie Jones
Cake: Magic Muffin
Caterer: Private Chef Doug Thienpont, Clark Henderson, Alan Gazaway
Florist: CeCe Designs
Invitations: designed online from an Etsy shop
Other Décor: We used a lot of lanterns w/ candles, made my own table runners out of natural/navy burlap, green moss
Transportation: Larry’s Limos
Bridesmaids: J Crew navy
Groomsmen: Calvin Klein linen pants/ white button ups/suspender/ and bow ties from Tie the Knot
Hair: Tori Cantavespre @ Blonde Salon & Spa
Makeup: MAC @ Riverchase Galleria
Honeymoon: Negril, Jamaica (Honeymoons by Classic Travel Connection) I won the honeymoon grand prize at the Bridal Show in Oct. 2012.
March 7, 2014 No Comments
Engaged Real W e d d i n g Feature
Leah and Chad Patterson
Wedding Date: December 14, 2013
What was your favorite moment about the wedding day? My favorite moment of the day was watching all the planning and my dream unfold before my friends and families. Watching the vision that I had at such a young age become real!
What would you do different? I would have left the honeymoon planning process 100% for Chad. He had it completely under control and I had a lot of surprises when I arrived in New Zealand. I could have saved myself of that “worrying” time and focused on the wedding. Trust your groom to do the planning; in return you will have the most memorable honeymoon!
What is the one piece of advice you would give a current bride-to-be? Savor every minute starting with the engagement because it will all be over in the blink of an eye. Get involved in the planning process! I felt a lot of gratitude on that day when looked around at all the details that made my wedding personable.
V E N D O R S:
Venue: American Village (Montevallo, Alabama)
Planner: Becky Baker with Becky’s Brides
Photographer: Joanna Ballentine
Videographer: Paul and Courtney Bryant with Kinora Films
Cake: Jan O’Donnell
Invitations: Wiregrass Weddings (Lyndsay Elliott)
Other Décor: Cathy Taylor and Lisa Wilkins reupholstered and painted my grandmother’s old parlor furniture
Hair: Emily Summerville (bride and bridesmaids)
Makeup: Emily Summerville (bride) Tori Crocker (bridesmaids)
Honeymoon: 2 weeks in New Zealand (no agent)
March 5, 2014 No Comments
Have you heard the news?!? White Dresses gown boutique in Huntsville is having a sample sale!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 16th, for a large spring sample sale!
The Sample Sale will be from 1pm to 6pm and no appointment is needed. Be sure to get their early before your dream dress is gone!
This would be the perfect time for brides on a budget to find a gorgeous gently used couture gown for their wedding day!
* * *Gowns will be between 50-80% off * * *
*Image by Stacy Richardson Photography
March 1, 2014 No Comments
The w o n d e r f u l gown shop, White Dresses in Huntsville
is hosting Modern Troussaeu Trunk Show March 7-8th
Here is your opportunity to meet the designer, receive 10% your gown, and have custom alterations!
Reserve your appointment today by calling the ladies at White Dresses: 256.270.8895
Gorgeous custom gowns await from Modern Trousseau! Book your appointment today!
About the Designer: The distinctive designs of Modern Trousseau are the romantic creations of Australian-born designer, Callie Tein. Each design evokes classic couture while expressing a vision of modern style and sophistication. The hallmark of Modern Trousseau is customization. Each bridal design may be modified to suit a bride’s individual style. The ability to modify any gown, along with the couture fit Modern Trousseau’s made to measure gowns provide, allow brides who select this line to feel confident and beautiful on their wedding day.
February 28, 2014 No Comments
Join the lovely ladies of Chickadee Birmingham this Sunday for one amazing bridal event!
February 27, 2014 No Comments
Let’s b r e a k the ice
Paper or Plastic? Well I have the reusable bags, but if I leave them at home plastic. I just feel like paper doesn’t recycle as well as plastic. LOL
Coke or Pepsi? COKE is there anything else out there besides Sweet tea to drink?
Beach or Mountains? Beach defiantly. It is my place to relax and unwind. I got married on the beach and I love it.
Cake or Ice Cream? Depends on the cake. LOL Ice Cream.
Wine or Beer? Beer but no IPA’s not a fan of those.
Listener or Talker? I am definitely a talker, but I love to listen too.
Auburn or Alabama? Auburn!
Where are you from? And what brought you to Birmingham?
I am from all over, but when I was in 3rd grade we moved to Alabama. My dad was in the army.
How long have you been “shooting people” ?
Since I was 10. I would take my dads Pentax camera and try to shoot humming birds at my Great Aunts house. I took film photography classes in high school, but professionally for 7 years now.
Where do you find inspiration?
I normally pull it off my couples vibe and love for each other. I do look at Pintrest but a great pose on Pintrest will not work for every couple. I also find it in my surroundings.
What is your favorite moment about the wedding day?
I have done a lot of weddings, and the Father Daughter dance will get me every time.
Advice to future MRS.
Wedding day advice- Don’t stress out. Enjoy your day however it plays out. You have to have confidence in the people you have hired to make your wedding day a success. Trust that.
Marriage advice- You have to tell your hubby everything. Be best friends. Find something to do together as a hobby. You can fight and even go to bed mad but wake up the next morning with the mind set that it was yesterday and not the present day you are in. Forgive.
What is in your iPod right now?
A mix of everything from Blake Shelton to Kesha
What is the one thing you cannot make it throughout the day without?
Talking to my husband. I know….He is my best friend and he just makes me feel better about my day and myself. So not being able to talk to him or have him in my life would make me go crazy. But other then that my iPhone.
If you could be the photographer for one celeb, who would it be?
Ugh such a tough one. Anna Kendrick. You could dress her up and also dress her down. I’m sure she would be funny and have fun either way. If I could pick two the other would be Adam Sandler. Just because you know he would make you laugh all the time.
More from Stefani Marie Photography visit: www.stefanimarie.com
February 26, 2014 No Comments
Did you attend Harbert Center’s ‘A Bridal Affair’ this past weekend?
We got to hang with some of Birmingham’s best while chatting weddings with bridal beauties.
Here is a sneak peak
February 26, 2014 No Comments
Calling all brides still looking to say YES to THE dress <3
We invite all Birmingham area brides and guests to browse through hundreds of new and lovingly worn designer and couture wedding gowns, all at an incredible savings. Gowns range from $99 to $3,900, are available in all styles and in sizes 4-18. You will also meet some of the area’s top wedding vendors, and enter exciting giveaways — all while supporting a great cause.
At The Tutwiler Hotel
February 21-22, 2014
Get all your information for attending and volunteering here:
February 20, 2014 No Comments
Meet Rachael Grammer, owner of Two Hearts Weddings and Event Planning!
Let’s b r e a k the ice – -
Paper or Plastic? Well, I’m a friend for paper products, especially gorgeous stationery. But if you mean at the grocery store… ahem, here’s my gorgeous reusable bags. Paaalease… I have a conscious you know?
Coke or Pepsi? Coca-Cola baby… Have a coke and smile!
Beach or Mountains? Beach always! But don’t expect me to get in the ocean, ever… too many close encounters of the unwanted kind in past adventures… for realz. Love the sand for walking and the breeze in my hair, but you’ll find me at the pool!
Veil or no veil? As if… Veil! Nothing puts the “pièce de résistance” to the wedding day look like the right veil. You can always take if off after the ceremony.
Listener or Talker? I hope I’m a listener, but I know I get excited sometimes and can’t stand it until I jump in.
TV – book – or music? Music… first and foremost… cannot live without it! TV would have to be second… love my shows! I’m not hate’n on books by any means though… I’ve been known to read quite a bit.
Where are you from? And what brought you to Birmingham? I’m kind of from all over. I’m not a military brat, but my family has moved quite a bit over the years. I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Then I lived in South Florida for several years. In the third grade my parents decided to move to Anchorage, Alaska where I lived until I graduated high school. They then moved again to the lower 48 (eastern U.S.) and I went to Auburn University (War Eagle!). While there, I visited Tuscaloosa one weekend with some friends where I met my husband at that other school. We started dating of course (what was I thinking?… but so glad I did!) and after graduation, I followed him to Birmingham.
How long have you been in the wedding biz? I celebrated 10 years as a wedding planner in 2013. My, how time flies!
What made you decide on your business name? Ha, I actually talk about how I named my biz on my “about” page on the website. It all stems from my love of music and how just about anything I do, I manage to some how revolve it around some song. Two Hearts came to be from the second music video I ever saw on MTV… you know when they actually showed music videos. The song is “Two Hearts” by Phil Collins. When couples get married, there’s two hearts coming together to make one mind and soul… at least that’s my take on it. I took it one step further and even made it my ring tone on my cell. I told my web designer the story and shared the song with him. He told me later he was not happy because he had it stuck in his head for days… it’s catchy… check it out!
Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere… seriously! Usually from my clients is where my wheels begin to turn. After just a few minutes of talking to them I can pull inspirations that I’ve had tucked away for that perfect couple to come along. I spend a lot of time browsing all kinds of magazines (not just wedding mags) and websites (including blogs). You never know what will inspire you… you just have to be open about how you can use inspiration. Music is still my biggest avenue though. I’m always looking for ways to infuse more emotion for a couple’s wedding day and music to me gets to the heart of that. From the ceremony to the reception, music can turn your event from ordinary to extraordinary.
What is your favorite moment about the wedding day? Hands down that would be when I send my bride down the aisle to her guy and I get to watch his face as she approaches. I don’t care if they’ve already shared a first look or not, I’m almost always treated to a “chin tremble” from the groom. It is pure love that I’m getting to witness and I never get tired of it! A close second though is the big hugs I get from my couples and their families at the end of the night. Sometimes I even get a “let’s do it again!” from them and my heart swells with pride.
Advice to future MRS.
“Hire a Day-of Fairy Godmother”… if you cannot afford a full-service planner, at least hire a day-of/month-of coordinator to execute the day for you. The only chance you, your bridesmaids, or your mother have of actually enjoying your wedding day is if you allow someone else to handle and oversee all the details.
“Just Be Engaged” and cease the wedding planning from time to time to remind your hubby-to-be of the girl he proposed to. Make time to connect with conversation outside of the wedding… your hopes, dreams, thoughts about your first home, color of your master bedroom, a puppy you’d like to have and the life you want to build together.
“Prioritize” and know what’s most important to you both about your wedding day. Be flexible on the details that don’t really matter as much.
“Don’t Compare” your wedding plans to the wedding you just attended. You’ll veer off your charted planning course and ultimately end up being disappointed that you did.
“Expect the Unexpected” and don’t get caught up in perfection. No wedding is perfect and sometimes those unexpected moments turn out to be the most treasured ones of all. How you embrace them makes all the difference.
“Ography”… don’t skimp of photography and please think twice about cutting videography. Just trust me here. I’ve witness so many amazing moments that were not captured forever.
“Trust and Be Kind to Your Vendors”… listen to their recommendations and advice, feed them on wedding day and compliment them if you are happy with the work they did for you. We like our egos stroked and respond favorably to reinforcement. Take the time to provide online reviews for them for the next bride to be. I could go on and on and on and on, but that’s what I get paid for.
What is in your iPod right now? I guess the best response is what’s not on my iPod right now. My latest obsessions are “Counting Stars” by OneRepubic and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, but I also can’t get enough of listening to The Voice’s Matthew Schuler’s rendition of “Hallelujah” lately. I get chills every time I hear it.
What is the one thing you cannot make it throughout the day without? Um, pretty sure I have a reoccurring theme going already. That would definitely be music. I was at a meeting the other day and someone said “if you were on a deserted island and could take one thing with you, what would it be?” Yep, you guessed it… my iPod! I realize this is not realistic, but then again is the question really? We are who we are, right?
If you could do one celebrities wedding, who would it be? This is a tough one… Justin Timberlake comes to mind first, just because of the musical fun I could have with him. But I would be beside myself if I could plan for Wendi McLendon-Covey. Yes, I realize she is married already (so is Justin for that matter) but she makes me laugh out loud constantly with the crazy overbearing, hyper-emotional with no sense of boundaries character she plays on NBC’s “The Goldbergs”. I can see myself having a blast planning with her. But that’s just me. Of course I would love planning for all the beautiful people out there, but nothing is better to me than having a good time hanging out and planning with my clients. I have been very fortunate over the years to have had the pleasure of planning for so many fantastic couples!
Rachael Grammer: Two Hearts Weddings
Images (top to bottom) Jessica Wright Photography, Wes Roberts Photography, Unplugged Photography, Wes Roberts Photography
February 11, 2014 No Comments