Mariana & John Paul

Real Engaged Wedding

Mariana & John Paul

  Du Castel Photography

Mariana Ghossein & John Paul Albert celebrated their marriage on June 2, 2018. They said their vows in the beautiful Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church near downtown Birmingham and threw the most grand after-party at Iron City. The genuine happiness that radiates through their wedding day photographs is a true depiction of how the lovebirds’ special day really went. The bride tells us that “It's so hard to choose a favorite part. The whole day was perfect!”

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1- Pinterest will be your best friend! Show your vendors your Pinterest board so they know what you are looking for. 2- Follow a checklist so you are on top of planning. I used the checklist from the Engaged Wedding Library! 3- If you are not using a wedding planner, get a day-of coordinator. I was able to enjoy my wedding day knowing that my coordinator had everything under control! 4- There will be something that goes wrong, and it’s alright! Anything that went wrong at our wedding ended up being funny! 5- Take time to breathe and take it all in!
— Mariana

Vendor Love

Ceremony Venue: Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Iron City

Photographer: 2b Photography

Videographer: 2b Photography

Red Trolley: Rare Transportation

Getaway Transportation: Coats Classic Cars

Catering: Iron City

Floral Decor: Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market

Cake: Louise's Cakes N Things

Rentals: Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market and Iron City

Lighting/Drapery/Production: On-Site Productions

Invitations: Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market

Day-Of Coordinator: Jeffrey Powell

Reception Band: Emerald Empire

Hair: Jessie Moore

Makeup: Meredith Castleberry

Dress, Alterations, & Veil: Diane's Formal Affair

Wedding Rings: The groom’s grandfather gifted him a Moroccan gold ring containing a beautiful round-cut diamond. The groom had the stone removed and re-set in a cathedral setting and presented it to the bride as her engagement ring. The wedding bands are from B.C. Clark in Oklahoma City.

Save-the-Dates: minted.com

Honeymoon Destination: Florence, Italy

Hotel Room Block & Wedding Night Suite: The Westin Birmingham

Bridesmaids Attire: jjshouse.com

Bridesmaids' Gifts: Swoozies and Target

Groomsmen Attire: Most groomsmen wore their own black tuxedos. Some rented from Men's Warehouse.

Groomsmen Gifts: their favorite liquors

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Texas de Brazil

Favors: made by bride’s aunt in Lebanon

Programs: typed and printed by groom

Signage: done by bride’s cousin

Exit Decor: weddingsparklersoutlet.com