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Anna & Perry’s Classic Mountain Brook Club Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Perry and I both are from Birmingham, but we really didn’t know each other very well.  Perry is four years older than I.  My sister was in Perry’s kindergarten class, and his sister was in my 2nd grade class.  So our families knew each other.  Plus, our parent’s live only a few miles apart.  I’m sure we’ve run into each other many times growing up, and I wish I could remember that!  We officially met when mutual friends from Birmingham set us up on a date.  I was living in Atlanta, and Perry was living in Birmingham.  We went to Rojo for drinks, and the rest is history!

How did he propose? I was living in Atlanta at the time. I had driven over to visit one Fridayevening, and I pulled up to see Perry and our dog, McGee, on the front porch.  Perry had lit our string lights around the front porch, and he was just sitting there with McGee at his feet.  It was a cute scene. Right when I walked up, he asked me to marry him.  We went inside, and Perry had all my favorite cheeses, wine and chocolate (he knows me well).  It was really sweet and low-key, and it fit our personalities. Both our families were at Perry’s parent’s house for a celebration after the proposal.

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you execute that? I always had a vision of something different and unique for my wedding. I never wanted anything traditional. But when I got into planning, everything I thought would be different and unique (interesting venue, colors, etc.) just felt cliché. So, I really surprised myself in that I came around to a very traditional ceremony and reception. Somehow, a traditional seated dinner with a jazz band felt more appealing than anything I’ve seen recently.  

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I really couldn’t have pulled anything off without Ginny Au (my wedding planner). I wanted something classic but relaxed, unique but not cliché, fashionable but approachable. All those are ideas that are pretty intangible and very hard to articulate to someone. Ginny made an inspiration board that showed that she really understood my idea for the wedding. I had a vision in my head, and Ginny is so good at transforming that into a reality. Ginny also connected me to so many fabulous vendors that made the day perfect. The photographer, Mandy Busby, and floral designer, Katie McDaniel were irreplaceable, and I would not have met them without Ginny.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We had a seated dinner for our guests. My favorite part of the entire day was sitting at the dinner with Perry and looking out onto the tables. Everyone was laughing and talking. There were so many candles, and the lights were very dim. I saw Perry’s parents’ friends talking to my college friends and my extended family laughing with Perry’s siblings.  It was so fun to see so many special people having so much fun with each other. I really loved the interaction that a seated dinner provided.

Where did you find your dress? My dress was the Nadia dress from J. Crew, which is a strapless dress. I loved the silhouette of the dress, but I didn’t want to go strapless. I had Charlsie Hand in Birmingham add a sheer top and buttons, and I think it made the dress feel a bit more classic and bridal.

CREDITS :: Creative Director and Stylist, Ginny Au  | Photographer, Mandy Busby | Floral Design, Cloth of Gold | Paper and Calligraphy, Brown Paper Linen | Venue, Mountain Brook Club | Dress, J. Crew Nadia Gown with custom alterations | Shoes,  J. Crew Maya Sandals | Veil, Etsy IheartBride | Bridesmaids’ Feather Bracelet, Etsy chainchainchained | Bridesmaids’ Dresses, J. Crew Heidi Dress | Bride’s Earrings, White Flowers in Birmingham | Bride’s Gold Bracelet, Brides grandmother’s | Engagement Rings, Brides grandmother’s | Wedding Band, Estate Jewelers of Fairhope | Groom’s Suit and Shoes, Mobley and Sons | Groomsmen’s Suits, Mobley and Son

 

2014 Fall Internship

Hello Birmingham Bride Readers!

We are so excited to announce that we are hiring an intern for the fall and are looking for someone creative to fill the spot. We are looking for an individual who has a heart for weddings and the local Birmingham area. We are looking for the following person to join our team:

An undergraduate student who can commit to working approximately 12-16 hours a week late September through December (and possibly spring semester as well). Someone who loves weddings, has a familiarity with wedding trends, and the local Birmingham area. We want someone who loves to learn, can work and problem solve independently, is very responsible, and is a self-motivated. Must have a firm grasp on grammar and good communication skills.

Here are a few things you can expect to experience while working with the Birmingham Bride.

Attending and contributing to biweekly staff meetings and brainstorming sessions
 | Learning the basics of working with a WordPress blog | Attending wedding industry events | Assisting with styled photo shoots | Researching images and content for features | Managing social media accounts | Communication with wedding industry vendors

Sound like something you or someone you know would be interested in? Please send us your resume by Monday September 1, 2014 at 11:59pm. Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions. We will be in touch with applicants who we think might be a good fit within the first two weeks of September.

This position is unpaid, but we are happy to work with you to get college credit if that’s something your school offers.

Send resume to info@thebirminghambride.com

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Kellie & Collier’s Modern Downtown Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met 11 years ago at a local smoothie shop. We were both teenagers. I thought he was arrogant and with bad-manners. He thought I was fiesty and “stuffy”. We were both wrong. We talked for hours and it felt like we had known each other for years already. Over a 7 year period we remained friends but eventually failed to keep in touch. In December of 2010 he came to see my family because my sister had fallen ill and was terminal. Though not over the most ideal circumstances, we reconnected. Two years later on Tuesday, July 3,  2012 9:32 p.m (yes I even remember the time) he proposed. Pretty sure my sister orchestrate the whole thing from heaven. To say she was his biggest fan would be an understatement!

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you execute that. When our wedding planners asked us this question my response was “if the Great Gatsby and the Hunger Games had a baby…that would be our wedding”. What we meant was: we wanted modern, clean, and organic without sacrificing sophistication. We executed this by making sure we had vendors that shared our aesthetic.

What about your wedding was unique to Birmingham? The people. Collier and I come from different backgrounds and have different life experiences. People of every age, ethnicity, ideology, etc were plentiful at our wedding, which is currently reflective of our city. The diversity amongst our friends and family created the most rich, memorable night ever. We had FUN.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Without a doubt, our floral designers – Hot House Design Studio.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I did not have bridesmaids; rather, I had “men of honor”. I LOVE my girls, however, some of the my most fondest memories are playing “nerf gun war” with my big brother or creating silly music videos with my nephew. To my surprise my guys were extremely attentive that day. They straighten out my train, lift me over muddy puddles, AND carried me when my feet were hurting. Can bridesmaids do that?;)

CREDITS :: Wedding Venue: Bridge Street Gallery & Loft | Wedding Coordination: Elite Engagements | Photography: Elle Danielle Photography | Wedding Gown: Finery Boutique | Groom’s Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank | Hair: William Winslet, Oak Street Hair Group | Makeup: Jestina Howard, Aware Cosmetics | Flowers: Hot House Design Studio | Catering: Happy Catering | DJ/Entertainment: Soul Collaboration (Band) DJ Ant-Lo (DJ and MC)

 

Alexa Martin - Oh my god what a beautiful wedding! We live downtown and have been looking into having our wedding somewhere in the neighborhood, when we scrolled through the pictures we realized they must live in the same building as us! The pictures are amazing, my favorite is when he saw her in the dress :’)