Hello, beautiful girls. You know down here in Lower Alabama we love to merge a little rustic with a little romance and that’s exactly what we accomplished for Valerie and Kevin this summer.


Oak Hollow Farm provided the perfect backdrop for the shabby chic fete and I have honestly never seen the venue look lovelier. We traded the barn’s standard picnic tables and benches for gold Chiavari chairs, and draped table rounds in navy linens with white cutout overlays. Gold chargers and gold trimmed glass plates were accentuated with a personal note from the bride and groom as a special touch.


Valerie was a dream to work with and relaxed to let her mother take the lead on several details – including the copious amounts of flowers that added a powerful punch to the summer setting.


Take a peek…

Monogrammed shirts

Bridal gown


First look

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Bridesmaids bouquets

Reception decor

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Wedding cake

Family photos

Ice Ice Baby


Under the oaks 

How Everything Came Together

Ceremony: St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church

Photographer: Funes Photography (Irwin Funes)

Florist: Ellen Beauchamp

Ceremony Music: Michelle Maxwell (vocalist), Jimmy Jones (organist), Chelsea Smith (violin) and Hailey Sims (cello)

Reception Venue & Catering: Oak Hollow Farm

Wedding Cake: Andree’s Wine, Cheese & Things

Reception Entertainment: The Fabulous Classics

Lighting: Southern Sounds

Rentals: PortCity Rentals

Transportation for Wedding Party: Gulf Coast Tours

Bridesmaids dresses: Bliss Bridal

Bridal gown: I do Bridal and Formal

Hair & Makeup: Garilynn Gillespie


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Well, lovelies, good things come to those who wait and that was exactly the case for Jordan and Andin, who spent more than 13 months planning their summer soiree. Jordan was a dream bride in every way and even looked the part from start to finish – I called her my Barbie bride! – a beautiful person on the inside and out.

This pair had several ideas for incorporating unique personal elements into the big day. Both graduates of Mississippi State University, adding a little cowbell to the mix was an absolute must for the bride and groom – in fact, each guest got to take one home as a keepsake! Their personal cowbells from college were also on display at the reception. An avid outdoorsman, Andin insisted on a camo Polaris golf cart as their “getaway car” – and, what can I say, it was an exit to remember!

Nothing says southern and summer like seersucker and pearls, and that’s exactly what Andin and his groomsmen wore (see their khaki and white striped suits below) while Jordan gifted her bridesmaids with Kate Spade gold and pearl earrings.

Take a look at these details and more…

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Cowbell favors

How Everything Came Together
Ceremony: Fairhope United Methodist Church
Photographer: Aimee Reynolds Photography
Videographer: Crestview Films
Florist: Southern Veranda
Reception Venue & Catering: The Venue
Wedding Cake: J.A.M Cakery
Reception Entertainment: Figure Eight
Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander from Bliss Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate from Bella Bridesmaid
Chairs: Gulf Coast Events & Rentals
Tent: Port City Rentals
Cake Stand: SOHO Events & Rentals

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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…

St. Francis at the Point

 First look


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wedding rings

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reception decor

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photo booth


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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.


M&M invite


note tree


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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…








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.



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


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!


Kiss, kiss.


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.

 WWS booth


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…

Mermaid Invitation

Mermaid Party

 Water bottles




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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red shoes


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

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