by: Carly

There’s something so simply beautiful about a garden wedding, which is why garden venues are always among some of my very favorites. Today’s wedding took place at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, Alabama, and it should come as no surprise that I love everything about Emily and Josh’s day! Emily wore a Justin Alexander gown complete with a bow, her cathedral veil stole the show in her portraits with Josh, and the hydrangea, peony, and rose bouquets tied together with cascading ribbon perfectly accented the vintage-garden vibe. Their venue is known for it’s gardens, native flowers, and beautiful lake, and each and every choice Emily and Josh made while designing their wedding made it feel as though the couple tucked their celebration into the venue’s natural beauty. V List Member J.Woodbery Photography captured this sweet couple’s wedding day beautifully, and I can’t wait for you to see more!

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These two recited their vows (in the rain!) under a floral adorned arbor right along lake and followed with a reception complete with beautiful lighting, a cake baked by a friend, and an exit that had the newly married couple driving away in a vintage car. It’s a day that looks amazing, and I’m so glad that we were able to share it in via the beautiful images!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: j.woodbery photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Becky's Brides / Flowers & Decor: Bushel & Peck Floral Artistry / Reception Venue: Aldridge Gardens / Catering: Kathy G. & Company / Linens: Decor to Adore / Rentals: PropHouse Birmingham / Cinematography: Rush Videos / Bridal Salon: The Something Blue Shoppe

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by: Carly

As I was looking through each image from Katie and Michael’s Carillon Beach wedding, I kept coming back to one single feeling: every photograph, detail, and moment captured is completely thoughtful. V List Member Holly Gardner photographed stunning shots of Katie’s flowers and bridal details, it will be a long time before I forget Michael crying at the altar after seeing his bride, and there’s simply nothing like a sunset at Carillon Beach. However, what’s even more telling is K+M’s wedding truly does feel exactly how Holly described it, “I sat back and watched, waiting to document the emotions that were sure to spring forth throughout the day” and I definitely their wedding planner, V List Member Carillon Weddings, is partly to thank for that. By stepping back, Holly allowed K+M’s story to truly shine in such a thoughtful way because she photographed exactly what she saw. And you might say I’m a bit obsessed. Enjoy, y’all!

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The beautiful photography captured of a bride, groom, family, and friends on a wedding day never ceases to amaze me. However, it’s also how a photographer captures the day that I find so interesting and telling. While planning your wedding, it’s something you should consider too!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Holly Gardner Photography / Flowers & Decor: Bella Flora 30A / Venue: Carillon Beach / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Carillon Weddings / DJ: Gulf Talent Services / Officiant : Kevin Tillman / Makeup Artist: Marry Me At The Beach / Hairstylist: Mindy Norris / Band: Steve Adams / Cake Baker: Sweet For Sirten


by: Adair

[Editor’s Note: Although at ELD we typically share tips for couples planning their wedding, the bridal party is an integral part of the day too, and so we’re excited to be sharing a few tips and insight with you all today on how to be the BEST bridesmaid for your bride!]

As a wedding planner, I’ve interacted with lots of brides and their bridesmaids- and I’ve been one a few times myself too! Some of my brides have had bridesmaids that were less than helpful, and some have had bridesmaids that were AWESOME. So today I’m using my experience of being on both sides of the bridesmaid’s dress to share a few tips on how you can be the “best” bridesmaid… or at least just a helpful one!

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1. Always be supportive.

It’s a pretty common notion that bridesmaids should help the bride out in some way, shape, or form. The least you can do is be supportive of her. Even if you hate the idea of a flash mob entrance or you are walking down the aisle with her smelly cousin who has always had a thing for you… be supportive. Put your big girl panties on and suck it up for a few months during the planning process and on the wedding day. The. End.

2. Gifting.

There will be a lot of parties throughout the whole wedding process, but don’t feel like you have to bring a huge gift to each one! Simply bring a card and if you are contributing in other ways, she will definitely know that! But, if you are still trying to come up with the perfect gift, think of something she will need for the week of the wedding- a mani/pedi date, a massage, or even a “something borrowed or something blue”. Another option would be gift your bride with a special detail for the wedding day- this sequin hanger is one of our favorites!

3. A plus one...

Let me break this down really quickly. Are you married? Do you have a Fiancé? If you answered yes to either of those questions then yes, you absolutely get a plus one. If you are single or have only been dating your guy for a few months, don’t be upset when you don’t get to bring them. The advice I typically give a bride is, “If you wouldn’t give a particular guest a $150.00 gift certificate for Christmas, then they shouldn’t get an invitation either.” Harsh? Maybe. But it is your friend’s day and you need to respect that when it comes down to it, it’s money being spent on those who are closest to them.

4. Have an Emergency Kit!

Even if your bride has a wedding planner, he or she might not be with you the whole time you’re getting ready, and the emergency kit the planner has won’t be available to you until you get to the venue! I would suggest that you chat with the other girls and either take on the task of creating a little emergency kit yourself, or elect someone else to so you can steer clear of any casualties earlier in the day. A few things to include: tampons, Tylenol, dry shampoo, clear nail polish, double sided table, straws, tissues, safety pins and wipes. Basically clean out the travel size area at your local Target!

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5. EAT!

Without fail, everyone always forgets to eat (or just doesn’t do it) while getting ready for a wedding, and then they are starving by the time the ceremony comes around. You are an adult who most likely likes to eat lunch around 12 or 1 every day. Remember that and be the one to order food for the whole group, or make a plan the day before for what you all will be having for lunch.

6. Timing is Everything!

Be on time for your hair and makeup appointments in the morning- and for goodness sakes ladies, please stay till the end of the wedding. That may sound easy enough, but a wedding day is a LONG one. You will be wiped out and your significant other will be begging you to leave, but you need to stay. The bride may need you (IE help in the bathroom for one last potty break) and chances are she will hold it against you if you leave. After such a great day we don’t want to end it with a grudge being formed, do we?

7. Don’t be a brat to the Wedding Planner.

Your friend hired the wedding planner, not you. It’s not a good idea to boss the wedding planner around and tell her what to do. Chances are good that if there is some kind of issue, she is already aware of it and is doing her best to take care of it. Also, don’t comment that something hasn’t been set correctly or put out yet when there are still 2 hours to go until the ceremony or reception. There are so many things going on behind the scenes of a wedding and the wedding planner is being pulled in 12 different directions, but it’s her job and she knows what she’s doing. Truth be told, if she ends up needing your help, she will ask you.


So there you have it! A few of my tips for being the BEST bridesmaid… and they’re pretty darn easy, don’t you think? This time (hopefully) will only come once for your friend, and the fact that she wants you to be there by her side throughout it is something really special. We hope you will enjoy it!

Have any other tips to add?

Feel free to share your suggestions below! 



by: Lauren

Today’s California vineyard wedding comes to us from Blueberry Photography and is full of vibrant shades of purple, lush florals, and gorgeous vineyard views. Drawing their color inspiration from a simple package of candles from Ikea, Amelia and Brett wanted their wedding to be a reflection of themselves. A love for wine, signature cocktails with names reminiscent of how they met, and incorporating florals with driftwood are just a few of the ways that Amelia and Brett created their perfect wedding day. Amelia is here with us today sharing more insight into her planning, so scroll on to see and find out more!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

I was pleasantly surprised by how involved Brett wanted to be in the planning process. We love throwing parties for our friends, so we decided that our wedding was an opportunity for the biggest party we’ll ever throw! He came to every single vendor meeting, ran countless errands, and even spent an entire holiday weekend assembling invitations with me. I couldn’t ask for a better partner!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

I’ve been in the event planning industry for 5+ years and it’s always really important to me that I hire people who I not only like on a personal level but who also truly love what they do. I feel so fortunate to have worked with such an amazing group of people on our wedding. Everything was above and beyond what I had imagined, and there’s no way it could have all come together without their expertise and hard work!

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

I love color! When we settled on a November wedding date, I knew I wanted rich palate to complement the season and also help bring some life to the ceremony site. Inspiration struck me from a package of Ikea candles. I loved the shades of the vibrant purples!

It was really important to me that all the bridesmaids had a dress that they felt beautiful wearing. I love when things don’t match…I think it comes from growing up wearing a school uniform! Each bridesmaid chose her own dress and shade of purple. I think it helped create a fresh, interesting palate while allowing each girl to have a dress that she will hopefully wear again.

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Our florist Nicole Ha helped us to really combine our styles and focus on a cohesive design. Brett loves succulents, driftwoods and neutrals…while I love bright colors, lush florals, and anything that sparkles! Nicole pulled inspiration from both sides and helped us create a beautiful day. And as an added bonus, the succulents from my bouquet are lovely in our yard!

I think there are so many little details that can make an event personal. Brett and I both really wanted our day to be a reflection of us. We love wine, so a winery wedding was a no brainer. We wrote our own vows and worked with a fabulous officiant who created a ceremony that was very “us”. Our signature cocktails were named after his fraternity and my sorority, which is how we met. On the reply card, we asked our guests what songs would get them out on the dance floor and incorporated as many as possible. We have always dreamed of owning a VW Van and it made the perfect getaway car! (Fun fact – I was so determined to surprise Brett with the van that I had been leaving notes on cars that I had seen and had posted multiple ads on Craigslist. He ended up finding Vantigo, which ended up being a much better option. If you’re ever in San Francisco, they host some rad tours!)

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Having all of our friends and family together was the best part of the day – besides marrying Brett of course!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Make a budget and stick to it. Sit down together and decide which parts of the wedding are most important to you, and scale your budget accordingly. Don’t feel like you have to spend a ton of money to have a great wedding!

Oh I love Amelia’s color selection, and that Brett was so involved in the planning process! I think their teamwork made for one absolutely amazing wedding, don’t you?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Blueberry Photography / Reception Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard / Flowers & Decor: Nicole Ha Designs / Linens: Napa Valley Linens / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Milkglass Vintage Rentals / Lighting: Enhanced Lighting / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Cake Baker: Sweet Tooth Confections / Bride’s Dress: Haute Bride / Bride's Accessories: Haute Bride / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Bridesmaid Accessories: Rent the Runway / Hair & Makeup: Professional Makeup Artistry (Maria Chang) / DJ & Photo Booth: Fantasy Sound Event Services / Ceremony Officiant: Chris Thielen / Ceremony Musicians: Krista Strader, Harpist