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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! 

VENDORS:

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

Yellow Branch Open House

Although a newer establishment, Yellow Branch Plantation has quickly become one of the premier wedding venues in Alabama. Yellow Branch Plantation is a rustic wedding venue with proximity to Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA and Chattanooga, TN. T Alabama, the soft whispers of Yellow Branch plantation’s peaceful elegance and breathtaking vistas ucked away in the rolling hills of Central beckon a more refined taste for special occasions and getaways. One of the more eye-catching features of Yellow Branch is their use of reclaimed wood, adding an extra special touch to the lodge and other facilities. No details were spared in the design of this breathtaking two-story lodge, located on its own private lake. The luxurious retreat features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, a spacious kitchen and dining area, plus a
living room with open wet bar, built to entertain. The lodge also has a front and back porch that combines elegance with comfort. The tall rustic barn at Yellow Branch Plantation serves as the perfect structure and setting for a wedding, overlooking the mountainous vistas for scores of miles, providing the ideal backdrop for the ultimate wedding, creating memories that will last a lifetime. The bridal party can pack their bags and stay overnight for the rehearsal, while the accommodating staff at Yellow Branch Plantation takes care of everything. Yellow Branch offers an array of wedding services and event planning to help make the bride and groom’s dream day a magnificent reality. Yellow Branch is a must-see! Yellow Branch always listens to their guests and works to help turn their gift of beauty into its clients’ most cherished moments! Yellow Branch is the perfect place for all special occasions.

Located in the rolling hills of Sterrett, AL, Birmingham’s hottest new wedding venue, Yellow Branch Plantation, will hold their inaugural Open House on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 1:00-5:00. The Open House is a free event, and is for “Brides-and-grooms-to-be,” wedding professionals and vendors, as well as the Birmingham and Central Alabama community. Tours will be given and light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will also be served.

Yellow Branch Plantation is located at 2150 Mystic Valley View, Sterrett, AL 35147 Telephone: (205) 427-2517 | Contact: Stephanie Brumbeloe | Web: www.YellowBranchPlantation.com | email: info@YellowBranchPlantation.com

The Big Fake Wedding

We are so happy to share some gorgeous images from the 2016 Big Fake Wedding Birmingham.

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides-and-grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action.

The event was held on November 3rd, 2016 at Park Crest Events it featured some fabulous new vendors as well as celebrate the vow renewal of a sweet couple.

Take a look at this year’s challenge and see how these vendors brought it to life.

VENDORS

Band Just A Few Cats | Bridesmaid Attire Southern Bridesmaids | Cake Cakes by Kim | Ceremony Musician Jenn Brooker, Nontraditional Pianist | Ceremony Seating P.E.W.S. – Purely Elegant Wedding Statements Event Rentals Top Notch | Floral + Event Design: Bouquets + Boutonierres + Tables 4, 5, 6 BKWedevents | Floral + Event Design: Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 1, 2, 3 333 Designs “Your Event in Full Bloom” | Floral + Event Design: Head Table Thorne and Thistle | Floral + Event Design: Registration Table + Tables 7, 8, 9 ValiaRose Events | Hair + Makeup Gilded Beauty | Hotel Marriott Hotels and Resorts | Invitations Oliver Tell Studio | Linens I Do Linens | Menswear J. Hilburn | Photo Booth Facetime Photobooth | Photography A Still Breath Photography | Photography Cathrine Taylor Photography | Photography Southern Cotton Photography | Pie + Candy Bar Louise’s Cakes N’ Things | Registry Dinner 4 Two | Skin Care Rodan + Fields | Thank You Cards Weezie B. Designs | Travel Janelle & Co Travel | Venue Park Crest Events | Videography Threefold Films | Wedding Dress Divine Design Formalwear | White Wine Sponsor HALL Wines

Sarah & Bubba’s Swann Lake Stables Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Bubba and I met after one of my close sorority sisters got engaged. My friend was having a surprise engagement party and one of Bubba’s best friends was at the party and he introduced us. We immediately hit it off and the rest is history!

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding? The feel I was looking for with my wedding was timeless, white and clean. I wanted to look back at my wedding pictures and love every detail.

What was your venue and why did you select it? Bubba and I chose Swann Lake Stables as our venue site and reception site. The venue fit us perfectly. It has an rustic twist which was everything Bubba was looking for since he is a outdoorsman. Yet you can bring a romantic elegance to this indoor/ outdoor venue that I was looking for. This venue truly is a hidden treasure tucked within the city. We loved that we had never attended a wedding there and felt that we could make this venue our own. One key factor I loved was that this venue also has a upstairs loft where my bridesmaids and I were able to get ready and enjoy the day.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? One vendor that we felt went above and beyond was Barbs Cakes. Bubba loves to turkey hunt and I wanted him to have a grooms cake that was special to him. We had Barbs Cakes design a turkey grooms cake and everything was edible, even the feathers! Barbs Cakes went above and beyond our expectation!

What southern traditions did you incorporate into your wedding? One southern tradition we incorporated in our wedding was to burry the bourbon. We had such a fun time together burying it and the pictures of Bubba digging it up is so fun! Also, the traditions lives up to its name because it did not rain at our wedding!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment of the day was our first look. I will never forget how nervous I was. Our first look was down by the Cahaba River which runs on the backside of the property, which is beautiful! The pictures that our photographer Heather Durham captured are perfect and I love reliving that moment.

Where did you find your dress? My dress is a Kelly Faetinini gown and I purchased it from Carriage House in Homewood, Alabama. I highly recommend Carriage House!

Any advice for current Birmingham brides? Get a wedding planner. If you are feeling overwhelmed, work full time and have a lot on your plate a wedding planner can help. I highly  recommend Invision Events planner Courtney Wolf. My mom and I were so skeptical at the beginning of hiring a planner because we thought we had everything under control. In reality we were so overwhelmed. Courtney stepped in and gave us so much peace and enjoyment throughout the process. Not to mention the day of the wedding you can just sit back and enjoy the day!

What was the best advice you received as a bride? On the day of your wedding, take a step back, look around at everything, breathe the air and live in the moment. Everything goes by so quickly on your special day and you will want to remember it!

VENDORS:

Planner: Invision Events | Photographer: Heather Durham Photography | Venue: Swann Lake Stables | Florals: Hot House Design Studio | Paper: Empress Stationery | Caterer: D’Armond Catering | Entertainment: Brother tu Brother via Music Garden | Bride’s Dress: Kelly Faetini via Carriage House | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited  | Ceremony Musician: Cahaba River Strings | Hair & Make Up : Emily Summerville