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Engagement Party

Wednesday, March 4th from 6-8pm at Avondale Brewery. Food will be provided by Saw’s Juke Joint and Avondale will have their famous brews on tap. Invision Events will be there to answer any planning questions and the ladies of HotHouse and PropHouse will also be availble. Looks like it is going to be a good time! Head on over to Avondale to meet and greet some talented vendors.

Swagbags will be given to the first 100 guests.

Bouquet Painting Instagram Giveaway

We are so excited to giveaway a bride bouquet painting by Abby Little on Instagram. The winner will receive a custom painting done by Abby of their bridal bouquet. For more about Abby’s services, visit the Reflect Visual Arts website.

How to enter…
1. Like Reflect Visual Arts and The Birmingham Bride on Instagram.
2. Post this photo and make sure to include #thebirminghambride #bridalrva

We will pick a winner next Monday at noon!


Abby Little, Event & Bouquet Artist

We thought you might enjoy seeing a few other pieces of Abby’s work… How long have you been painting? Fifteen years. On my 9th birthday, my grandmother took me to a little art studio in Gardendale for oil classes. I had no idea I’d still have a paint brush in my hand today! And never could I have dreamed I’d be running a small art company, traveling to teach lessons and selling works!

What inspired you to start bridal bouquet paintings? I love botanicals. The colors, textures, and shapes simply quicken the beat of my heart! A bride spends so much time selecting her colors and florals, but to remember her day always, what does she have? Yes, hopefully some great photos, and maybe a dried bouquet in a glass box with the loss of all its original color and splendor. By creating a painting, the bride is able to display in her home for generations the capture of that truly blissful day! Not every daughter or granddaughter will want her wedding gown, but they will all want that painting. It makes the most perfect gift to the bride or mother of the bride, and if it’s done live at the reception, it’s a great source of entertainment for your guests!

How are you able to paint live? I like how Claude Monet could take his studio anywhere. I’ve been deemed the gypsy artist simply because I can do just that. Because I am an art teacher, I’m used to painting in front of observers. I’m not bashful about hiding behind my canvas, and I love chatting while I paint. In preparation for the live event, I ask the wedding planner to send a quick snapshot of the bouquet. I set my background before I arrive and work from that photo until, at the reception, the actual bouquet is set before me. I then paint as much as I can until the end of the reception. Finishing touches are added in the studio. If everything goes smoothly, I try to have it to the bride by her first month’s anniversary! Believe me when I say, guests will never forget watching an artist at your day.

Can you just paint from a photo and can you paint something other than the bouquet? Absolutely! Once you order, you just send me a link to your wedding photos. And I’m always up for different projects!

Any advice to aspiring artists? Fine art takes time. And that is good! Don’t rush your journey. Study art history and know everything you can about your favorite artist, down to if he liked biscuits for breakfast. Then study who that artist studied and you’ll be able to find what you like to create. But don’t worry about trying to “define yourself” — just work. Eventually you’ll do good work. And that is beautiful.

For mroe details on Abby’s work, visit the Reflect Visual Arts website.

A Tour of Prophouse

Hothouse Design Studio recently opened Prophouse, an event rental division of the company offering an array of unique goods for styling, design and florals.

Hothouse has been known for their incredible floral designs in the wedding industry. They found that as their creativity grew, so was their collection of accent pieces to pair with their florals. As the years passed by and the collection grew, Mandy decided it would be a great opportunity to give the public the accessibility to rent from their curated treasures. Items can be rented from Prophouse for any occasion, from showers, parties, corporate events and weddings. Mandy and Jessica are fun to work with and love having Prophouse add a unique and creative touch to your event.

Last week we were given a personal tour of the warehouse and could have spent hours looking into every nook and cranny that was filled to the brim with unique treasures. Prophouse’s most popular items are the gold candelabras, cakes stands and couches. Appointments are open to anyone and there is no minimum to rent. The images shown are just a sneak peak of all the goods they have to offer. If you would like more information about Mandy and her team please visit their website.

Ann Evans & Michael’s Country Club of Birmingham Wedding

1. What southern traditions did you incorporate into your wedding? We both wanted our wedding day to be romantic, classically southern, timeless and fun! A few things that stick out in my mind that we were really excited about as we planned were the groomsmen’s white dinner jackets, the trolley we rented to take our bridal party and from the church so everyone could take in the short ride through downtown Birmingham, and our fun signature drink, the rum-based Missionary Downfall, which was perfect for our summer wedding.

2. What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The first look, absolutely!

3. What was your favorite moment or part of the day? The band announcing us as Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nix! And dancing! Our band was so much fun.

4. Where did you find your dress? I found my dress at Ivory and White in Crestline Village in Mountain Brook. It’s Lela Rose, who my best friend Caitlin Costello works for in NYC, so it’s extra special!

5. Any advice for current Birmingham Brides?  Thank your moms for helping. :)Ceremony Venue: Church: Cathedral Church of the Advent |Reception Venue: Country Club of Birmingham |Photographer: Du castel photography |Coordinator: Shannon Reeves Events | Flowers: Lagniappe Designs | Dress: Lela Rose from Ivory & White | Bridesmaids Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection from Sash Bridesmaid Boutique | Lighting: AG Lighting & Total Entertainment |Draping: AG Lighting |Band: The Answer Band |Catering & Bartending: Country Club of Birmingham | Cake: Mary’s Cake and Pastries | Groom’s Cake: Sweet Magnolia | Hair: Rebecca York, Centrifuge | Makeup: Alex Stone | Trolley: Rare Transportation

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