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repertoire turns 2!

This summer our editor Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland’s business, repertoire – assistant services, had its 2nd anniversary. With the help of many talented clients, friends and family, repertoire’s “2nd birthday” was a chic success. A large part of the success is due to the location of the event, the new venue/creative studio space, 2nd Space Studio, located at The Phoenix Lofts downtown. Check out the images below to see this stylish venue, delicious food, and maybe even a tasty recipe!

Sponsor for the event include:

Photography – Mary Margaret Smith Photography & Stacy Richardson Photography | Venue: 2nd Space Studio | Lettering: Newly Scripted | Pepper Jelly: Jennifer’s Kitchen | Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar: Oli.O | Goat Cheese: Stone Hollow Farmstead | Flowers: Trader Joe’s | Paintings: Sally Boyd


Jennifer’s Kitchen Pepper Jelly Meatballs

1 jar Jennifer’s Kitchen Peach Pepper Jelly – 6 lbs frozen Italian Meatballs – 12 oz. sweet BBQ sauce

Remove jelly lid & microwave jelly in jar for 30 second increments until loose enough to pour into crock pot. Add BBQ sauce and mix well. Pour in meatballs and stir to coat. Set crock pot on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours. Stir once or twice during cook time. Frozen meatballs will thaw and cook perfectly in this time frame. Fresh meatballs should be browned separately first.

Notes from Sarah Elizabeth (owner of repertoire – assistant services): “To all those who came out for my anniversary party and have supported me over the last two years, I cannot thank you all enough! It has been an incredible experience to see all the love and support coming in from family, friends and clients since I started my little business! I truly could not be where I am today without you all! I love you all so much and am so thankful for each and every one of you!”





Paper Petals Plates with Myka Meier & Etiquette and Entrepreneurship Luncheon

Paper, Petals, Plates will be Thursday August 10th from 5 to 8. at the Florentine. View wedding stationery, tablescapes, china and florals from Birmingham’s top event vendors. Guest speaker, Myka Meier, etiquette expert from Beaumont Etiquette at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, will educate us on modern day etiquette while enjoying light bites from Corretti Catering.  A Swag Bag of local and regional goods is included with ticket purchase.

Door Prizes will include: Susan Gordon Pottery Bowl, Two Nights at The Elyton Hotel • Day of Styling Package from Augusta Cole, Cocoon Silk Ribbon, Calligraphy Class with Holly Hollon, Dixie Design Collective Gift Set

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Etiquette and Entrepreneurship will be Friday, August 11th at 11 a.m. at the John Hand Club. Come join creative women entrepreneurs and enjoy an exclusive educational luncheon alongside entrepreneur and etiquette expert, Myka Meier.

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Abby & Evan

My husband (Evan) and I met at a Birmingham Barons game. We were both fresh out of college (I went to Auburn and he went to Vandy) and had moved to Birmingham that summer to begin our first year of medical school at UAB. We were introduced through mutual friends at the baseball game and were pretty much inseparable ever since. We got married during our third year of medical school and graduated this past spring. We matched at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS and started residency last week. I am in Pediatrics, and my husband is in Emergency Medicine. 

Planning a wedding during medical school was not an easy task, especially with the wedding venue (and my mother) being 4 hours away. Because I had limited free time in between my clinical rotations and studying for board exams, I took advantage of the amazing wedding vendors right there in Birmingham such as Mariee Ami, Ivory & White, Stacy Richardson, etc. which gave our wedding a Birmingham flair.  I would not have survived it had it not been for Neillie, Louise and their team at Mariee Ami. 

Our wedding venue (ceremony and reception) was in Point Clear, AL at the Grand Hotel Marriott, which is a short drive from where I grew up in Mobile. Evan was raised primarily in Montgomery, but a lot of his family are in New York and Philadelphia so we wanted a “one stop shop” venue that could host several wedding events, provide nice accommodations, and allow his family to get a small glimpse of the southern coast. We had a interfaith ceremony incorporating some Christian traditions from my upbringing and some Jewish traditions from my husband’s. Mariee Ami and Wildflowers worked together to design & create our chuppah that was more than I could have ever dreamed of for the center piece of our ceremony!! 

One of the most memorable moments of our wedding day was receiving the wedding gift my husband gave me. One of our favorite movie is Up, so Evan created our own adventure book to give me on our wedding day. Much to my surprise, he had been saving everything (event tickets, love notes, cards, etc) since that first day we met at the Baron’s game. The first page of the scrapbook had the baseball game ticket and t-shirt he caught for me the day we met. It was such a special gift and really shows just how big of a heart my husband has! That was probably my favorite moment when I finally got to see the gift he had been working on for so many hours instead of studying 🙂

I found my dress at Ivory & White Boutique with the help of my mother and sister. Sloan at Ivory & White made our experience dress shopping so much fun! After trying on about 15 dresses, I finally found THE dress, which was nothing like what I thought I would pick out. The girls at Ivory & White were so great with squeezing me in for fittings with my crazy school schedule. They did such a amazing such, and I felt great in my dress. 

Planner: Mariee Ami |Venue: Grand Hotel Marriott (Point Clear, AL) | Photographer: Stacy Richardson PhotographyGown: Lela Rose from Ivory & WhiteFloral: Wildflowers in Fairhope, AL | Cake: Couture Cakes 

Empress Stationery Collection Launch Party

Empress Stationery has a new line of products and heres what they had to say about their launch party.

After many months of hard work and planning, we were so excited to celebrate the launch of our collection line surrounded by flowers and friends! Bubbly was served with hand drawn calligraphy name tags done by the talented Sarah Moore from Pursuit Creative, who also photographed the afternoon. We loved partnering with Bustle, who hosted the event at their Homewood boutique, along with Invision Events, who collaborated with us on two of our collection suites, the Margaret and the Helene. Edna K. Designs brought the blooms, and we were so happy to be joined by the Sassy Biscuit Monogramming, The Charming Scribe, Leslie Hollingsworth Photography, The Refined Pen Calligraphy, Anna Sayers Calligraphy, and the most gorgeous welcome sign from Beau Tied Affairs, in making this day so special and beautiful. Shop our collection now at!

Lance & Marianne’s Clubhouse on Highland Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.

We met through mutual friends in Troy, AL. We both attended Troy University, but did not know each other while attending college. (He even lived upstairs in the same dorm and our paths never crossed). I transferred to Alabama, and was on a visit back to Troy when we connected at a Football game.  It’s been full of the best adventures ever since!

How did he propose? 

Lance proposed at Oak Mountain State Park. We hiked often enough for me not to think anything of it. We made it to a nice spot for lunch and instead of handing me a sandwich, he turns on one knee. It was the BEST DAY! Lance had given our families less than a 24-hour heads up… and they were all at the trail head waiting on us with champagne, balloons, and excitement!

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that?

I think we were just so excited to have ALL our friends and family under one roof! We wanted a traditional ceremony with a very relaxed reception. The Church was very traditional and so beautiful. The reception was very relaxed as we had food trucks on the back driveway.

What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it? 

First Presbyterian Church Birmingham: It was incredibly special as my parents were married at this church, along with many family members. It is a gorgeous Church in the heart of downtown Birmingham.

Clubhouse on Highland: Once we saw Clubhouse on Highland, it was hard to look at any other venue. Owner, Bob McKenna, was a joy to work with – so laid back and really catered to our needs.

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

Becky’s Brides: Brittany and Becky with Becky’s Brides MADE this wedding happen! As a very detailed planner myself, I wanted to take away the stress on me and my mom. They allowed us to ENJOY EVERYTHING about the wedding process and the wedding day!

Amore Vita Photography: Julia Tinagero was a JOY to have for our wedding weekend. She is from Charlotte and felt like family the minute she arrived to town. I had my eye on Julia’s work for years, so I was thrilled to have her photograph our big day. It was one of the best decisions of the wedding process. She captured our day perfectly! Timeless photos!

 What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?

One of the most memorable moments was WHO married us. Tom Winter married my parents, performed my dad’s funeral service, along with marrying lots of family. It came full circle having him marry me and Lance. It was very special!

 What was your favorite moment or part of the day?

We used Rare Transportation for a trolley to take the wedding party around Birmingham for photos. It was so much fun hanging out with those closest to us on our big day. We, of course, had the i-pod doc ready to go and enjoyed riding around town. It was a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon and get many different back drops for our photos (which was important to me).

Another favorite moment, was when the entire reception sang a Christmas carol my grandmother wrote, years ago, to the tune of Jingle Bells… we had the lyrics printed and the band play along.

Where did you find your dress? 

Bustle – I had a WONDERFUL experience with the girls at Bustle Gowns. Meredith Carter has something so special at her boutique in Homewood. It was a dreamy and most perfect experience! 


Planner: Becky’s Brides | Photographer: Amore Vita Photography | Church: First Presbyterian Church Birmingham | Venue: Clubhouse on Highland  | Florals: Studio Flower  | Paper: Empress Stationery | Caterer: Saw’s Street Kitchen, Cantina on Wheels, Mobile Mixology  | Entertainment: Derek Sellers  | Bride’s Dress: Bustle | Bolero: Catherine Ryals | Transportation: Rare Transportation  | Hair & Make Up : Beth Russell | Cake: Magic Muffin | Linens: Decor to Adore