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Basic Invites Online Stationary

A new addition to The Birmingham Bride family, Basic Invite, has a bunch of new additions of their own. We are really excited to have them as a resource for all the beautiful brides of Birmingham.  This online stationery company serves the brides of Birmingham as well as the brides of Boston, Baton Rouge, and beyond. Their small and dedicated production team of designers and editors have been creating the perfect card for every event since 2006. Through the development of unique technology Basic Invite is able to provide customers with limitless options that allow them to instantly create a card that is truly unique.

From Save-The-Dates to Thank You Cards and everything in between the variety of styles to choose from will have every bride swooning. And to take some of the stress of planning a wedding off of your shoulders, you can do all of this from the comfort of your home with the assistance of you favorite wedding magazines, Basic Invite’s amazing live chat feature, and maybe even a glass of bubbly to celebrate.  Head on over to Basic Invites to learn more.

Hosting a Garden Party

How to Throw a Garden Party Inspired Bridesmaid’s Luncheon

by: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Choose a theme.

When choosing a theme, pick something that inspires you, whether it is your favorite china pattern, flower or movie. If it gives you inspiration, you will enjoy yourself more and be more excited about bringing your party to fruition.

Begin planning.

  • Guests: You will first need to think who will be invited to your luncheon. Once that is decided, making assessments about the menu and décor will be easier. You should always keep your guests in mind through out the planning process.
  • Menu: Plan out a menu that is easy to assemble, as well as eat. Finger foods are great for garden parties! Portable food gives guests the opportunity to mingle freely and they are less likely to have any awkward spills.
  • Décor: Choosing your décor should be a cinch now that you have a theme.  With your menu and theme in mind, pick out dishes to place your finger foods on or in. Also, think of smaller décor that you could use to help bring your theme to life. 
  • Tablescape:  To plan your table, you need to decide where your plates and napkins will go, as well as your food and décor. Make sure a leave room for a beautiful floral centerpiece or an interesting dish.

Gather and shop.

Gather together your own dishes, linens, and utensils that will work for the place setting and serving the food. If you don’t own enough pieces already, you can find some in your local antique or home goods store. A couple of days before your luncheon purchase the ingredients that are in your dishes. 

Prep and cook food.

Either the day before or the morning of, prep and cook your dishes and have them ready as early as possible. You need to get this out of the way early so you aren’t running around finishing them up when your guests arrive.

Set up the tablescape.

Start setting your table by laying down a tablecloth and add a table runner or two over it.  Place in the place setting, dishes, and décor that were picked out during the planning process.

Add food and guests.

Add your pre-prepped food and drinks onto your table right before guests arrive and then great them warmly.


Since everything was ready ahead of time, then you will be able to chill out, relax, and enjoy your company and beautiful décor for the remainder of your gathering.


CREDITS: Photography, Love Be | Styling & Food, Repertoire | Calligraphy, Ginger Swan Lindsey | Florals, Sarah Woodall

Heidi Elnora Atelier Grand Opening

What a gift it was to be invited to the grand opening of the Heidi Elnora Atelier. The new Atelier is just breathtaking from floor to ceiling every detail has been designed by the talented fashion designer, TLC television host Heidi Elnora.  Not only has Heidi created an elegant space to experience the joys of finding the perfect wedding dress, but is also the famous designer of the hundreds of amazing dresses you can try on right here in Birmingham. With her love for the heart of the city of Birmingham, it has always been a dream to restore a historic building on Morris Ave. This year that dream has become a reality. We are so excited to see how this incredible restoration shapes and restores the heart of the city.  Heidi has always been known a fashion forward trend setting hometown Alabama girl and her new space is over the top amazing.  If you are a bride panning a wedding you must visit the Atelier, you will feel at home the moment you walk through the doors.

The heidi elnora Atelier is an elegant bridal boutique shop serving Hunstville, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, and Birmingham, Alabama. Alabama’s bridal couture destination.Visit the exclusive heidi elnora Atelier in Birmingham, Alabama to find your perfect wedding dress from any of her three collections; Build-a-Bride, Hello Darling, and heidi elnora. Shop our bridal boutique for the latest in bridal shoes from Badgley Mischka, jewelry from Florence, Italy, bridal lingerie by For Love and Lemons, and many more. Make a bridal or accessories appointment today, or visit our event calendar and hang out with Heidi, star of the TLC show Bride by Design

Photography: Stacy Richardson Photography | Florals: Hothouse Design Studio

2024 Morris Ave | Birmingham AL | 205.250.5233

Meaghan & Josh’s Florentine Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I never believed the saying, “It will happen when you least expect it,” but now I do. During small talk with my hairdresser, I mentioned a guy with whom I had gone on a few dates. Out of the blue she said she had someone to set me up with.  It was very unexpected, and I honestly didn’t think much of it. She and Josh grew up on the same street and had been friends since childhood. He sounded like a great guy, so I agreed that she could share my number with him. I heard from Josh the night of my haircut, and we met on a blind date two weeks later. We both knew very quickly we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.  We were engaged within 7 months and married 11 months later. I would have never thought that my hairdresser would have set me up with my husband, but it truly happened when I least expected it. 

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that? I wanted our wedding to be classic – something that when I looked back at the pictures in 30 years that I still loved. I give all credit to my vendors as they took all of the my ideas and made them a reality. It honestly was a dream come true.

What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it? Josh and I were married at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, and the reception was held at The Florentine Building in Downtown Birmingham. Josh was a member at Trinity UMC – and with it being close to the reception venue, it was a no brainer. I wanted a traditional church service to observe the blessing of our marriage. Trinity is such a beautiful, old church with stunning architecture and stained glass windows – and it honored a church that was special to Josh.   

We both love Birmingham as we both grew up here, and we are so excited with the revitalization of downtown.  The Florentine Building had recently been renovated by Corretti, Inc. It is the most gorgeous and stunning venue.  We loved the character that was brought back to life from the renovation. I also love that it is one large room, so all of your guests are together and not separated.  Not to mention Corretti Catering provides the catering which is the absolute best.  

What about your wedding was unique to Birmingham? I wanted to have a Birmingham vendor provide the “groom’s cake.” Once I saw that We Have Doughnuts has a doughnut wall, I knew that was it. It was such a hit at the wedding and a nice change from having a traditional groom’s cake.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We were blessed to have the most incredible team of vendors. Our photographer, Mandy Busby, and videographer, Kinora Films, captured our day and all of the details that we will always remember. Holly Hollon Design and Calligraphy, who designed the invitations and all of the printed materials, is the most beautiful artist and caters to each of her clients. From the drawing of our house on the back of the program to the flags with each doughnut flavor – those are the details that I love that Holly made come to life. Corretti Catering provided the most beautiful venue for our reception and such a delicious menu for our guests to enjoy. Our florist, Lillie Jane, created the most lovely garland around the doors of Trinity and really made my desired garden look come to life. Last but not least, Kalee Baker Events, who kept me sane throughout the entire planning process. She was a friend, mentor, and the most wonderful wedding planner who loves the Lord and is His hands and feet to everyone she meets.   

I could go on and on about other vendors who are not mentioned.  It was truly a dream team and an honor to work with each and every one of them.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I have quite a few favorite moments of the day, but there’s a few that really stick out to me.  My mom spent the night at my house the night before the wedding.  She wrote me the most heartfelt note the day of the wedding and gave me a Mrs. Box with my Great Aunt Anne’s ring in it to wear as my “Something Old” for the day. It was an emotional, but sweet moment between just my mom and I that I’ll always cherish.

My house is very close to Trinity UMC, so the bridesmaids and I got ready there before the wedding.  It was so calming to be in my home with my best friends getting ready, singing, and dancing before the best day of my life. Josh and I also had our first look at my house (which is now our house), so that was incredibly special to see each other for the first time that day in the house where we would spend our future as husband and wife.

Lastly, communion was very important to us to have as a part of our wedding ceremony. We had the pleasure to serve our wedding party the Lord’s Supper while the rest of the congregation also participated in communion. I didn’t realize until it was happening how special and sacred that moment was. The people who we love the most and have influenced our lives were a part of our wedding ceremony in a way that we’ll never forget. 

 Where did you find your dress? The White Room in Mountain Brook.  I had only been to one other place, but knew as soon as I put it on that it was the dress. It was sweet and classic – exactly what I had always wanted. Mrs. Carolyn and Ms. Cathy were absolutely wonderful and made it such a wonderful memory.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? A good friend reminded me that the wedding is not about how good the cake tastes or that everything that day goes off without a hitch. It is about a lifelong commitment between Josh and I before God, most importantly, and the people we love most in our lives. All that really mattered was that the pastor showed up! 

Photography: Mandy Busby | Planner: Kalee Baker Events | Florals: Lillie’s | Paper: Holly Hollon Design and Calligraphy | Videography: Kinora Films | Beauty: Morgan Ashley| Ceremony: Trinity United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Florentine | Bride’s Cake: Sweet Magnolias | Groom’s Cake: We Have Donuts | Catering: Coretti Catering