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Heidi Elnora’s Staff : Rachel

Meet Heidi Elnora’s Wholesale Operations Manager, Rachel.

Rachel has been working with Heidi Elnora since 2012 | Rachel met her husband through a church of the Highlands Small group | She realized he was “the one” when she realized that he is just as goofy as she is | Her favorite Heidi gown is Vivienne Beau | Rachel hand sewed vintage lace to the back of her Vivienne Beau gown for her wedding | The one thing she can’t live without is laughter

Rachel in her customized Vivienne Beau gown: Be sure to tune into Bride by Design on TLC Friday at 9pm to see if you get a sneak peak of her in action.

Heidi Elnora’s Staff : Leslie

We are so excited for Friday’s premiere of Bride by Design on TLC at 9 o’clock.  Heidi Elnora is an incredible wedding gown designer from right here in Birmingham and last Spring Hollywood visited Birmingham to film  her new reality TV show called Bride by Design (working title) on TLC. In light of the new series we have decided to take time to introduce some of her staff who you may also be able to see on the show.   First up is Linda, Heidi’s in house seamstress.

A few fun facts about Leslie:

Leslie has been working with Heidi Elnora since 2012 | Leslie met her husband while working in New York. | She has been married for 27 years | Leslie’s favorite Heidi Elnora dress is the Evergreen Howard from the Fall 2013 Collection | The one thing Leslie cannot live without is her family.

Stay tuned all week as we meet more of Heidi’s incredible staff. Staff Photo : Stacy Richardson Photography

Leslie’s Favorite Heidi Dress:

Be sure to tune into Bride by Design on TLC Friday at 9pm to see if you get a sneak peak of her in action.

Kelly and Wes’ Summer Wedding at the Zoo

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We both met at the Birmingham Zoo where we were both employed. I had been working as a zookeeper in the Children’s Zoo for four years when Wes was hired on as a new keeper in 2009. We started hanging out a lot as friends with coworkers and started to get to know each other very well. Our first officially unofficial date was when I made him go shoe shopping with me for work shoes… only zookeepers would ever consider that a date. Though we eventually moved into different departments within the zoo our friendship grew into a strong relationship.

How did he propose? Wes proposed to me on Christmas Day 2013, which turned out to be a very long day for Wes up until the proposal! We both had to work on Christmas Day since the animals have to eat after all, but we got to leave work earlier than usual since the zoo is closed on Christmas. We then had to go to Wes’ mom’s house for Christmas lunch, then Wes’ dad’s house for dinner. Finally we came back to my house to exchange gifts and while I was casually doing things around the house Wes is beyond anxious about opening gifts and keeps asking when we’re going to open them since it was now8pm. Wes opens all of his gifts first and then we get around to mine. He tells me to save the huge box for last. I open all of my gifts except for the giant box that was poorly wrapped (Wes ran out of wrapping paper on the sides of the box). I tear into the big box and find a ridiculous amount of packing peanuts, which Wes thought was pretty funny. After digging to the bottom of the box I find a small case and within it is the ring. Wes got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” That was followed by a reassuring, “Yes!!!”

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that. We joke an say that the feel of the wedding was “Kelly”. A few things you need to know about me are that I love UGA and animals.  So we easily accomplished that by having a red and black color scheme and having our reception at the zoo, complete with animal greeters. One of which I had hand reared since she was 2 weeks old, Sarabi and African serval.

What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it? We had our ceremony at Mountain Brook Baptist church, this was the church I have attended since 5th grade. Our reception was at the Birmingham zoo in the Safari Peak area. We thought is couldn’t be any more appropriate than to have our wedding reception at the place we met.  In fact June 14th is Wes’s hire date at the zoo!

What about your wedding was unique to Birmingham? I think having our reception at the Birmingham Zoo made it very unique.  Its not every wedding you attend that you can say you had an African elephant on the guest list.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I loved having Barb’s cake make our cakes. Not only were the delicious but the looked amazing!  I wanted to incorporate both our favorite things into our cakes. Mine had safari animals silhouettes wrapped around it and Wes- an avid Star Wars fan- a Storm trooper.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Besides saying “I do”. Having our photos taken with the animals and getting to include them in our special day.  My dog, Whiskey came to the church and we got to have our pictures taken before Wes and I had even had out First Look.  At the zoo we had an African serval- Sarabi, Great Horned Owl- Winkie, Fennec fox- Critter and Greater Sulfur Crested Cockatoo- Big Momma, greet guests as they arrived to the reception. Sarabi and I took a few photos together, she even played with my dress which included her hiding under it!

Photography, Mary Margaret Smith :: Venue, The Birmingham Zoo :: Food and Cake, Barb’s Cakes :: Flowers, Flower Buds :: Hair and Makeup, Katheryn Lea and Karen Glass :: Invitations and Lettering, Please Reply :: DJ, Reckless :: Attire, Alfred Angelo and Mr. Burch :: Additional Vendors, Kathy G Catering


Jennifer Brooks - A beautiful day! Thank you for sharing with us :) It was a wonderful trip!