There is nothing more rewarding to me than when I meet a bride and groom for the first time and can immediately sense the love they have for each other! Heather and Ryan are a beautiful couple and from our initial meeting to their big day, time and again I saw that beauty radiate from the inside out.

 

The Big Picture

From the moment we started planning, Heather and Ryan had specific ideas about incorporating meaningful details into each element of their wedding. For starters, the ceremony for this delightful duo was extra special as Ryan’s two adorable sons served as ring bearers. For a creative twist added to their traditional vows, they each placed sealed love letters in a box, along with a bottle of wine, to open during a “rough patch” in the years ahead. What a fabulous (and practical) idea! Capturing their whole story from beginning to end (well, the next chapter, that is!) were photographers Jason and Tammy from Renaissance Portrait Studio – true pictorial storytellers!

 

All the Details

If I had to sum up this wedding into one word, it would be FUN! From the Yeti cooler groom’s cake to the photo booth to the handheld sparklers lighting the couple’s path to their getaway car, it was truly an event to remember. Take a peek…

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How Everything Came Together

Ceremony: Saint Francis at the Point

Ceremony Music: Atkinson Duo

Photographer: Renaissance Portrait Studio

Videographer: Silver Thread Video

Florist: Jubilee Flowers

Reception Venue and Catering: Chaufee’s Catering

Cakes: The Pastry Shop

Rentals: Miller’s Grand Events

Reception Band: Rez and The Solutions

Photo Booth: Facetime

Limo: Modern Limousine

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Without a doubt, one of the oldest and most eagerly anticipated pre-wedding events down here in the South is the bridal shower. In its most basic form, the shower is the opportunity for guests to bestow gifts upon the blushing bride. But more than that, a shower is the chance for friends and family to come together and celebrate with the bride (and nowadays, the groom too!) in a fun and unique way.

Long gone are the days when a shower was an elegant and quiet afternoon tea – although those can still be fun! Today a bride may anticipate multiple showers from various groups of hostesses, opening the door for a wide variety of themes and strategic gift giving. Some of my personal favorites are the kitchen shower (it’s always fun for guests to include a special recipe to share), a traditional brunch (try a yogurt or biscuit bar for a new spin!), Monograms and Mimosas, and of course, the new standard that no groom wants to miss – Stock the Bar.

As the hostess, the opportunities are endless to plan an event around a central theme to make a memory the bride will treasure always. As the bride, let yourself indulge in this show of love and support from your nearest and dearest, just remember these tips that never go out of style.

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/228680/etiquette-bridal-showers/@center/272440/wedding-etiquette-adviser

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Last weekend I turned my attention to the birthday of my own little boy as we celebrated Mercer turning SIX YEARS OLD! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by!

 For ideas for his party I went straight to the source, and my baby was very clear about his expectations – to go fishing with his friends. It was a tall order, to be sure, but we were able to pull together a fun-filled afternoon on the water that was a splashing success. Even the threatening storm clouds overhead did nothing to dampen the spirits of these excited little boys!

 Take a look below at all the fun…

 

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The Details:

Venue: “Chinaberry,” the family bay house

Printed Materials (invitations, favor tags & food labels): Ashleigh Barkley Designs www.abarkleydesign.com

Cake: Publix

Favors and Fun: In between fishing, playing corn hole, and whacking the fish piñata, our fishermen snacked on PB&J’s shaped like fish, “fish n rods” (pretzel sticks mixed with goldfish crackers), and gummy worms and fish in “bait” buckets. Before they left their afternoon at sea, they received a tackle box filled with gummy fish, sharks, and worms, to enjoy at home.



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So, a little about me – I recently celebrated 12 years of near bliss (he’s still learning) with my one true love, and as we popped that bottle of champagne to celebrate, it got me thinking…

 I know, I know, my beautiful brides, your heads are already spinning with every minute detail of your upcoming nuptials and far be it from me, the wedding planner, to add one more sliver of stress to your shoulders – however, there are a few things you will truly want to think about now to ensure that first anniversary is just as memorable as your wedding day. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

 Save the Best for Last

Freezing the top tier of your wedding cake is not as intimidating as it sounds.  Click here for a full tutorial on the best way to save and enjoy the best bites one year later.

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Better with Age

Of course, what better way to enjoy your cake than to serve it with a glass of vino saved from your reception? Let’s face it, you’re probably not going to enjoy much of that wine on your wedding day anyway – you’ll be too busy posing for pictures, dancing with all of your guests, and letting your new husband admire you. Save a bottle and tuck it away to toast a successful first year together!

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For Better, For Worse

Save a copy of your vows, look into each others eyes, and say them all over again. It might bring a few sentimental tears, and perhaps even a few giggles, but this is a perfectly romantic way to remind each other that you’re still in this together.

Vows

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And Now, for the Gifts!

I’m not saying you have to exchange gifts, but my goodness, an anniversary is as good a reason as any to encourage a little present-opening, right, ladies? Click here for a list of traditional and modern suggestions, year by year.

 



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Well, lovely ladies, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 is…drum roll, pleaseRadiant Orchid.

 This exquisite shade can emulate decadence, royalty, and power, but also peace, tranquility, and sensitivity. No matter what style or mood you’re trying to create, purple can pack a powerful punch in your floral arrangements and bridesmaids’ gowns, or offer a subtle touch like lavender sprigs tucked into your place settings. And what better time to start thinking about this simply gorgeous hue of violet than as we’re catching that first sweet glimpse of spring?

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If you are looking to go against the trend, or if you just don’t think of yourself as a radiant orchid kind of girl, be inspired by the other colors blooming around you in the form of daffodils, cherry blossoms, and tulips. Take a look below at some of the latest color trends for spring and find the perfect palette for your palate:

Spring Colors

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This Justin Alexander gown would be just perfect for a Spring wedding!

Justin Alexander gown

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Lovelies, I simply could not have been more pleased with the turnout at the Wed with Style booth at the Premier Bridal Expo! This was our very first appearance in a bridal show and the experience was nothing short of spectacular.

 

We could not have done it without the help of everyone who assisted in greeting the lovely brides-to-be and their friends and families, who helped set up and break down our display, and who so graciously gave their moral support in this exciting step for Wed with Style.

 

I had the pleasure of meeting so many brides (it turns out October is a very popular month for weddings this year!) and discovering just exactly what these beauties are looking for in their perfect day.

 

If you weren’t able to make it to the expo, take a look below for a peek at the Wed with Style booth and display, and visit the expo website, www.PremierWeddingExpo.com , for a complete listing of all vendors in attendance,

 

It’s time to get busy – LOTS of planning to do!

 

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1. The Wed with Style booth showcased our services as well as a sampling of the items we have available for rental, a la carte.

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2. Each bride received a Wed with Style water bottle as a special “thank you.”

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While we adore working with our brides-to-be, Wed with Style also specializes in a myriad of special occasions, including children’s birthday parties, too!

Just a few weeks ago we swapped our roses and romance for starfish and seashells to help little mermaid, Georgia Anne, celebrate her biggest and best birthday yet – number THREE! While an initial meeting with mommy helped us assess the logistics and priorities of the day, the birthday girl herself was very involved in leading us to create her ideal vision – incorporating lots of pink, and lots of cake! With the help of our fabulous vendors, we did just that.

 Here’s a peek at the fun…

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Many thanks to Brooke Kalifeh and Georgia Anne for including Wed with Style in your special day! And to the vendors who helped make the magic happen:

Venue: The Little Gym

Printed Materials (invite, water labels, favor tags & banner): Ashleigh Barkley Designs

Cake: J.A.M Cakery

Favors and Fun: Guests enjoyed the tunes of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” soundtrack while nibbling grapes and birthday cake flavored goldfish crackers, and sipping pink lemonade. As Georgia Anne thanked each mermaid for attending, she distributed starfish wands and strings of pearls.



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Well, lovelies, it’s that time again: time for red wine and roses, heart-shaped cards and chocolate truffles, poetry, romance, dinner by candlelight and long walks into the starlit night. Ahhh, yes, it’s Valentine’s Day.

 

What better time to find inspiration for incorporating Cupid’s touch into your own big day? You can take a Valentine’s theme as far as you’d like, but my personal philosophy is less is more. Everyone’s expecting a little something blue – so surprise them with a little red pump peeking out from your white gown. And be sure to share the love. We at Wed with Style are crazy for Tom Ford’s “Cherry Red” lipstick this season – what a perfect gift idea for your bridesmaids! Looking for jewelry? Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but rubies can be your best accessory.

 

Love is in the air. Indulge yourself in a little dark chocolate and take a look:

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Get a way car

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P.S. Don’t forget to attend the Premier Wedding Expo in Daphne on February 9th!



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For all our beautiful Brides-to-Be,

Freshly Bold PhotographyThe pleasure of your company is requested at the Gulf Coast Wedding Expo in Daphne on February 9, 2014! Wed with Style is thrilled to be participating in this event and we hope you will join us on this special day to peruse vendors and converse with professionals dedicated to your special day! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PremierWeddingExpo.com.

XO,

Wed with Style

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Hello, lovelies, and Happy New Year! We at Wed with Style took a little break from blogging over the holidays, and the respite has left us freshly inspired and looking forward to the next, and most romantic, of holidays just around the corner – Valentine’s Day! Before we say goodbye to 2013, here’s a look at one of our final weddings of the year…

 Before any bride and groom can move forward with the venue, the band, the caterer, and all the many, many details of their perfect day, the very first thing they must do is pick the perfect wedding date. For this couple, both PhD’s at the University of Alabama and Crimson Tide fanatics, the choice was actually quite simple – they knew they must select a Bama bye-week! As for those details, this couple had it covered. In fact, they even presented ME with a minute-by-minute agenda of how the day should flow! As their planner, I was in heaven.

The Big Picture

MK and Wyley were dedicated to pulling off a nautical feel for their fall wedding, which meshed beautifully with their choice of reception venue: the Fairhope Yacht Club. Pulling from the water’s natural hues, they used gorgeous blooms of blue and green hydrangeas as well as sophisticated shades of lime and royal blue throughout their décor. They also incorporated driftwood and oyster shells for a soft and subtle nod to the sea.

 All the Details

This wedding was definitely a family affair with many edible treats and breathtaking decorations created by relations from both sides. Incorporating such personal talent and gifts into their day took the sentimentality to the next level. Take a peek…

 The bride’s mother handcrafted several tabletop decorations from oyster shells, and even incorporated them into her daughter’s upswept ’do – a keepsake they will treasure always.

The bride’s mother handcrafted several tabletop decorations from oyster shells, and even incorporated them into her daughter’s upswept ’do – a keepsake they will treasure always.

 Just like every other detail of the day, the sunset gave off a perfect glow that matched that of the new husband and wife.

Just like every other detail of the day, the sunset gave off a perfect glow that matched that of the new husband and wife.

 

The hydrangeas and driftwood table décor gave a rustic, yet elegant feel to the reception.

The hydrangeas and driftwood table décor gave a rustic, yet elegant feel to the reception.

Both the wedding and groom’s cake were created by the groom’s aunt and uncle, respectively.

CakeBoth the wedding and groom’s cake were created by the groom’s aunt and uncle, respectively.

There is just something romantic about trolleys, and this one whisked MK and Wyley away, waving to their sea of guests blowing bubbles in their wake.

There is just something romantic about trolleys, and this one whisked MK and Wyley away, waving to their sea of guests blowing bubbles in their wake.

 

 

How Everything Came Together

Ceremony: Christ The King Catholic Church (Full Mass)

Photographer: Chad Riley Photography & Design

Florist: A Flower Box, LLC (Ava Hopkins)

Hair & Makeup: Tami’s Mask and Mirror Studio (Tami Williams)

Ceremony Music: Enen Yu, Violinist

Reception Venue & Catering: Fairhope Yacht Club

Wedding Cakes: The Little Cake Shop (Groom’s Aunt)

Groom’s Cake: The Pastry Shop (Groom’s Uncle)

Reception Entertainment: Azalea City DJs (Ron Anthony)

Photo Booth: Snaps Photo Booth Rentals

Trolley: Gulf Coast Tours

 

 



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