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Chelsea & Payden’s University Club Wedding

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How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Payden and I meet in medical school at UAB. It was love at first sight, and we soon became inseparable. Early on, the majority of our date nights consisted of late nights at the library and many, many walks through the hospital to Starbucks. From the beginning we took advantage of our precious vacation time by traveling. From the beach to the mountains, east coast to west coast, we used any excuse we could find to buy plane tickets to a new city. Payden recently graduated medical school and is starting his General Surgery residency. I am beginning my final year of medical school, and we are both constantly chasing after our wonderful boxer puppy, Clyde.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I was absolutely blown away by Holly Hollon. She effortlessly incorporated my very vague and scattered ideas into the most beautiful, unique pieces. I truly felt that each piece, from the Save-the-Dates to the invitation suite to the favors, truly reflected our personality as a couple and were unlike anything I had ever seen before. In addition to her outstanding art, working with Holly is an absolute pleasure. She is always punctual, flexible, and a joy to be around. I truly felt that Holly’s work made our wedding unlike any other, and her touches are the most memorable of all.

Where did you find your dress? The Something Blue Shoppe, Hartselle, AL

Any advice for current Birmingham Brides? From the moment we were engaged (okay, let’s be honest several months before we were engaged) I began searching Pinterest and wedding blogs for DIY projects that would make our wedding unique in an inexpensive way. However, as the wedding grew close and I embarked on my DIY projects I quickly learned that DIY does not always equal inexpensive but can easily look cheap. Luckily, I found that the key to adding a unique touch is to incorporate personal touches such as a wedding logo. The wedding logo can be added to almost all paper goods, and even to some unexpected places like a cornhole board. Take advantage of a wedding logo, and you will find that you can add a high-end, personal touch in an inexpensive way without the headache or unforeseen costs of a DIY project.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to use a wedding planner. M. Elizabeth Events planned the most perfect day and absorbed all the stress of putting the tiny details together.  Utilizing a wedding planner allows you to focus on the fun elements of wedding planning without having to tackle things like linen counts and table sizes. A wedding planner is the key to making your wedding day dreams a reality and also to saving your sanity!

Photography: Stacy Richardson | Planning: M. Elizabeth Events | Venue: The University Club | Flowers: Norton’s Florist | Videography: Kinora Films | Lighting: Design Productions | Rentals: Special Events | Band: The Schmohawks | Cake: Barb’s Cakes | Stationery and Paper Goods: Holly Hollon | Bouquet Locket: ExVoto

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