One of my favorite things about this job is that I have the opportunity to witness some of the most profound and meaningful moments in our clients’ lives. I don’t mean just the marriage ceremony itself, but all the small moments and interactions that build up a wedding day. Allie and Buddy’s wedding was a great example of this – they met when they were 13 and have been together for ten years (their wedding day was actually their ten-year anniversary!). I enjoyed the sense of familiarity and comfort that the families obviously had with one another – after ten years, Allie was already pretty much a part of Buddy’s family, and vice versa!
Allie and Buddy chose to have their hometown ceremony in Buddy’s family church in Theodore. It was truly special watching his family beam while watching their son marry, from the pews where they sit each and every Sunday. Their nieces and nephews were the sweetest flower girls and ring bearers, and the feeling of family permeated every part of the day. The bride’s aunt had her great-great grandmother’s wedding gown restored, and it was moving to see Allie’s gown hanging next to one worn in 1910. At their downtown Mobile reception, the couple gave everyone (EVEYRONE!) personalized coffee mugs that everyone used to make yummy hot chocolate and coffee drinks on this cold January day. It was the coldest day of the year (pretty consistently 27 degrees, which in lower Alabama is pretty much arctic), but no one cared. The guest bundled up, sipped steaming cocoa, and heaped hugs onto this couple.
SIGNATURE COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Aislinn // Second Shooter: Tiffany
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
COORDINATION: Katie Leavins with Noble Events // GETTING READY VENUE: Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza // CEREMONY: St. Philip Neri Church // RECEPTION: Ezell House // CAKES: The Pastry Shop // FLOWERS: All-A-Bloom Florist // OFFICIANT: Father Carlsen // HAIR + MAKEUP: Jessica Price at Primp // DJ: Gary Fuller // TRANSPORTATION: Hunter Limos // RENTALS: Mobile Popcorn // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Bella’s (Birmingham) // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: David’s Bridal // GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Bay Gourmet
Marie and Allen traveled all the way from Grenada (where Allen attends school) to have an amazing Miramar Beach wedding celebration on New Year’s Eve. Marie looked absolutely amazing in her backless sheath dress and long veil. Allen, one of the kindest souls I’ve ever worked with, looked quite dapper himself. Though the elements (overcast, breezy and chilly with a slight drizzle of rain) barely cooperated for the outdoor beach ceremony, the love between Marie and Allen brightened the atmosphere and warmed the hearts of their family and friends. The wind and rain simply couldn’t keep these two from smiling!
The couple chose the Embassy Suites hotel to host their reception where the bridal party, especially, made their mark on the dance floor. Rather than having a traditional wedding cake, they decided to celebrate with cannolis brought in all the way from Gruttadauria Bakery, Rochester, New York. The speeches from the bride and groom’s longtime friends were very heartfelt and funny keeping everyone in the room at full attention. During the grand exit, I’m sure that everyone within blocks of the hotel could hear the loud honking from those crazy New Year’s blow horns that were crazily out of control celebrating the wonderful send off. Congratulations, Marie and Allen!
–much love, Jeremy
ASSOCIATE COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Jeremy // Second Shooter: Mallory
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Angela Maloy // GETTING READY VENUE: Embassy Suites // CEREMONY: Embassy Suites // RECEPTION: Embassy Suites // FLOWERS: The Bouqs.com // CEREMONY MUSIC: Bboy Productions // DJ: Bboy Productions // DESERTS: Gruttadauria’s Bakery (Italian Cookies) & Cakemasters Bakery (Groom’s Cake) // OFFICIANT: Bboy Productions // HAIR: Lyla Widick // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Willowby by Watters // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: CC’s Bridal Boutique (Tampa) // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Calvin Klein // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Embassy Suites // RENTALS: The Celebration Place (Benches) // INVITATIONS: Minted
Catherine and David planned their wedding for the week of Christmas, in Fairhope, Alabama (one of my very favorite small towns in the world). Their Fairhope wedding captured so many of the things I love most about the location – the gorgeous live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss, the quaint white chapel just big enough for family and friends, and the sense of tradition of this lovely Southern state.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
GETTING READY VENUE: The Grand Hotel // CEREMONY: Sacred Heart // RECEPTION: The Venue // FLOWERS: Jubilee Flowers // CEREMONY MUSIC: The Atkinson Duo // BAND: Winston Rambles // CAKES: Flour Girls // OFFICIANT: Father Dan Good (Christ the King Church) // HAIR: The Sanctuary // MAKEUP: The Sanctuary // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: BleuBelle Bridal (Savannah) // CATERING: The Venue (Tamara’s Restaurant Group) // INVITATIONS: Chelsea Phillips