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Beautifully Classic The Club Wedding

How did the two of you meet? We met through a mutual friend in the late spring of 2012 and started dating in June of that year. The friend that introduced us was my matron of honor in the wedding, Heather Hallman. Heather and Jon were co-workers, and she had been trying to introduce us for a while. One day after work, I met Heather for a run at Lakeshore trail. Being the clever person that she is, she had asked Jon to go for a run with us. I knew the moment I met him that he was something special. We started dating a month or so after we met and then were engaged in March 2013. Jon actually lived at the same apartment complex I did. I actually moved before we ever started dating, but it’s kind of ironic that we lived 500 ft. from each other for a year and never met!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as part of your wedding? All of the vendors we used were absolutely fantastic and so accommodating, but I would have to say that I couldn’t have imagined our wedding day without our wonderful photographers, Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography. Kelli and Daniel did all or our wedding photography, from engagement pictures to my bridal portraits, and of course our wedding day. They always made us feel like we were their main focus, not to mention their photography style is absolutely exquisite! Kelli and Daniel demonstrated such patience, compassion, flexibility, but most of all professionalism. They always went above and beyond the call of duty: from driving to my in-laws house in Fort Payne, AL for my bridal session, to standing in the streets of downtown Birmingham (in the drizzling rain might I add) to capture some last minute shots after our reception. They became more to us than just photographers, they became our friends. We feel so blessed to have had Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography to capture every moment of this special time in our lives!

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding, and how did you execute that? I wanted a very traditional wedding with an elegant and timeless style. We had a traditional wedding ceremony: walking down the aisle to the “Bridal Chorus,” lighting the unity candle, recessional to the “Wedding March,” etc. To achieve an elegant style, I choose very neutral color tones that blended with the winter and holiday season since we got married two weeks before Christmas.

Where did you find your dress? I got my dress at Bella’s Bridal in Hoover. Like every other bride, I had looked at tons of dresses in bridal magazines and online and already knew what style of dress I wanted. I tried on maybe six dresses. The dress I chose was the second one I put on. The day after I said “Yes to the Dress”, I started second guessing my decision and actually went back to Bella’s to try the dress on again. After seeing myself in it a second time, though, I knew the dress was made for me.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Oh wow, there were so many it’s hard to choose just one! My favorite moment by far was seeing Jon for the first time. We wanted to see each other before the wedding. We knew the day was going to go by so quickly and there wouldn’t be a lot of alone time, not to mention our nerves and emotions were running high. Our first look was such a sweet, intimate time, and I wouldn’t have traded that moment for anything else. Standing in the church, just the two of us (and our photographers of course), each shedding tears of joy and excitement is a moment I will never forget!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Again, there are so many memorable moments it’s hard to choose just one! There are a few moments, though, that were extra special. One of those was our first dance. My uncle, Steven Dale Jones, who is a songwriter in Nashville, wrote a song just for us and sang it for our first dance called “I Prayed for You”. The lyrics to the song are a true description of our life story; if one single thing had happened differently in our lives, we would have never met. But, we both prayed for each other and in God’s perfect timing, He brought us together.

Another memorable moment was an ice sculpture that my mom surprised us with at our reception. My mom and I planned the entire wedding and the fact that she kept this a secret from me the entire time still shocks me to this day. Without me knowing, my mom met with my florist, Kathy Miller, as well as the staff at The Club, to come up with the perfect design for an ice sculpture. The design was our custom monogram which was created by Allison Banks. I never will forget walking in to our reception and seeing the ice sculpture. It added so much beauty to the reception décor. I can’t even imagine what it would have looked like without it!

CREDITS :: Photography: Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography | Wedding gown: Bella’s Bridal | Groom’s suit: Jos. A. Bank | Florals: Kathy Miller | Coats Classic Cars | HMUA: Make-up by Mary-Jane Clements | Cakes: Magnificent Cakes | Reception band: Rythms

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Rehearsal Dinner tips from Kalee Baker Events

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Rehearsal Dinner is the kick-off to the wedding weekend and besides the invitations and whatever you graciously leave at the hotel for when your guests check-in, the Rehearsal Dinner is your guests first impression of the wedding weekend. So why not start off with a splash!?

1. Know your guests. Will they know each other? How far are they traveling to be there? Where are your guests from? What will make them feel at home? How far is the Hotel from the Rehearsal Dinner location? Take these questions and more into consideration as you are planning the flow and timeline of the evening.

2. Hospitality is love in action, max it out. Your wedding weekend is one of the most magical weekends because all of your favorite people, who may not even know each other, are together in one room. These people have invested, loved and challenged you (and your groom) in each and every one of your different stages and ages of life and it is truly humbling to look around and see all those who have helped shape who you are today. Stick by your grooms side as you together make a point to welcome and spend precious moments with as many guests as you can, it may not hurt to go through your guest list before the dinner and give short bios about each guest to each other as well.

3. Remember your roots. Incorporating your grandmothers silver candlesticks, using your mothers crystal champagne flutes, getting personalized napkins printed with special quotes either from family members or friends, serving your mother-in-laws chocolate mousse recipe, displaying wedding pictures from extended family members whose marriages were those whose footsteps you wish to follow, these ideas and more create a beautiful backdrop for stories and memories that can’t help but make your guests feel at home.

4. Have a statement piece. Whether it is a tower of Champagne flutes, or a whisky and cigar bar, or a stunning ice sculpture in the foyer, organize your budget so that you are able to “wow” your guests in a big or little way and talk about conversation piece! Your statement piece can be a natural way to get your guests mingling and form these relationships that will Lord willing last a lifetime. A current trend, is to hire professional barista and offer a full coffee bar as your guests are leaving your dinner to rest for the celebration the next day. Note: serving decaf coffee is essential.

5. Hire a photographer and videographer. A great way to be friendly to your budget, is to share vendors with the bride! Per approval of the bride and her family, consider hiring the same stationer, florist, photographer and videographer to capture those precious moments with your guests at the Rehearsal Dinner. Many Rehearsal Dinners, because of the more intimate setting, are seated and set a perfect scene to toast the bride and groom with well wishes. The toasts from those closest to you, are some of the things you will forever treasure – so allow a photographer and videographer to help you cherish them!

Jordan & Christopher : Rosemary Beach Wedding

Christopher + Jordan – Rosemary Beach Wedding from Holloway Productions on Vimeo.

How did the two of you meet?

We probably have the nerdiest version of a fairy tale ever. We met in high school at ACT prep. class, which is probably the worst possible way to spend a week of your summer. I’ll never forget the first time we met. Glancing around the room, I saw him, and I instantly fell in love. We became friends and reconnected our freshman year at The University of Alabama. We often ran into each other around campus and our friendship later blossomed into something more. We began dating the second half of our sophomore year and the rest is history. Christopher proposed in late June and we were married in late March. I’ll be the first to admit that our story isn’t the most romantic story in the book, but it’s ours, and I love it!

How did he propose?

While we were at the beach with Christopher’s family, he spoiled me with the most romantic, thoughtful day I could ever ask for. We spent the entire day together doing all of my favorite things. We spent the morning on the beach, he took me shopping, to my favorite restaurant for lunch, to our favorite wine bar, and then took me for a sunset stroll in Seaside where he proposed on the beach. Afterwards, we celebrated with dinner at Café Thirty-A.

What was the feel you wanted to accomplish?

I wanted my wedding to have a very timeless, romantic feel to it. I wanted to be able to look back through the pictures when it was all over and see something really classic. I envisioned soft, delicate champagnes and blushes, elegant furniture and décor, and a sophisticated menu. I also wanted it to feel very thoughtful, with lots of personal details.

Without a doubt, if I had not worked with the amazing and extremely talented Meghan Cease with M. Elizabeth Weddings and Events, I know I could not have accomplished any of this by myself. The thing that sets Meghan apart is that she is so extremely connected. She was able to connect me with a wedding vendor dream team that made my vision a reality.

What about your wedding was unique to Birmingham?

I think the most unique aspect of my wedding was the location, and why we decided on the location. For both Christopher’s family and my own, the beach has always been a very special place. I remember right after we got engaged, my mother’s family was reminiscing over all of our wonderful memories at the beach, and I began thinking how memorable and special a wedding at the beach would be for them. We ultimately decided on Rosemary Beach, and I’m so glad we did.

What is one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding?

I honestly cannot pick just one. My mother has always said, after your wedding day is all over, all you have left are the memories and the photographs. The photography and videography were extremely important to us, so in choosing my favorite vendors I would have to say Leslee Mitchell and Lance Holloway win hands down. Leslee and Lance went above and beyond to beautifully capture and forever preserve the best day of my life. I am beyond thrilled with my photos and videos and absolutely cannot thank them enough. Both of their work has this magical quality to it that sets them apart from everyone else. Thanks to them, I can relive that evening over and over again. There is no better gift than that. I honestly think their work is priceless, and was so thankful to have them there with me on my wedding day. Not to mention, they could not be more fun to hang out with.

What was your favorite moment?

The whole evening was filled with favorite moments. I remember how fun it was to get ready with all of my best friends and family. I remember how it felt when my mom zipped up my dress and how Christopher’s face lit up when he first saw me. I really remember my dad waiting with me before he walked me down the isle. And I remember how much fun everyone had at our reception. It really was the best day of my life. I wish I could do it all over again.

Any advice to Birmingham Brides?

Make it personal! Include as many personal details as you want. Even small details like a personal monogram can turn ordinary things like napkins into something special. And be creative! Do something out of the box that no one has ever done before.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?

The best advice I received was to enjoy every second of it, even all of the stress and craziness that come with planning a wedding. All of it happens so quickly, so do your best to slow it down as much as you can and enjoy it

What Southern traditions did you incorporate into your wedding?

I wanted Southern comfort food and seafood to be the star of the show at our reception. Because we chose the beach, I really wanted my guests to feel relaxed like they were on a beach vacation. My favorite Southern dish we served was shrimp and grits, and Christopher’s “His” cocktail was a mint julep. The guests loved it and thought it was a really cool idea.

Still Video Photos: Lance Holloway | Planner: M. Elizabeth Events | Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Videography: Holloway Productions