Last year my mom was battling breast cancer (she was one of the lucky ones thank goodness), so when I read Elizabeth's last memory of her mom, I was saddened and touched. This Alabama wedding has gorgeous details, sentimental touches during the ceremony and a darling couple. And the floral arrangements are lovely. Enjoy the interview with the bride ... it's definitely worth a read!
I was most inspired by the venue, the natural settings, and the time of year. A lot of the elements were made by myself or friends and family, so I wanted everyone's hard work to be reflected in our special day. The homemade elements made our wedding feel more fun and casual, which was exactly what I was going for!
I knew I wanted a photographer and videographer on the day of the wedding so I wanted to find someone that could provide both services. I lived in Huntsville during most of the wedding planning process and somehow I stumbled upon White Rabbit Studios. I saw on their website that they shot a wedding at The Sonnet House so that made me even more confident in making the decision to hire them for my wedding photography. They also offer DJ services, so that worked out perfectly! It was just so easy to have them take care of all the photography, videography, and music. They did a great job!
There were many elements that made our ceremony unique and special! We hung homemade muffin liner balls in the trees for the ceremony. Two of our friends played some of our favorite songs on ukulele for the ceremony and my uncle was our officiant. My mom passed away the year before we got married and Michael's mom made a special wreath for her chair. For me, that was the most special element of our wedding day.
I had visited several wedding venues before deciding on The Sonnet House. I loved the Sonnet House because it gave me lots of options for the ceremony and reception spaces, a bad weather back-up plan, and freedom to make our day unique to us. I would have loved to have the wedding in my own backyard, but my house and yard aren't really ideal for that, so the Sonnet House allowed us to have a backyard wedding in their backyard! They have done so many weddings there so the day ran very smoothly and I couldn't be happier with how our wedding turned out!
I had been to a few dress shops with my mom, Michael’s mom, and friends and I had a few favorites picked out, but I wasn't ready to commit just yet. My mom came to visit me in Huntsville to go shopping for her dresses for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding and at the last minute, we decided to go wedding dress shopping for me at Diane's Formal Affair in Jasper, AL. When I put the dress on, my mom kept saying “This is your dress! This is it!” The day we found my wedding dress was the last day I saw my mom outside of the hospital before she passed away suddenly from cancer, so my wedding dress will always be very special to me.
An online company, Love Vs. Design, designed our save the dates, invitations, RSVPs, and our thank you notes. They were really great to work with and have options for all budgets. We purchased PDFs, which they emailed to me, and then I had them printed locally. I incorporated each of our wedding colors into the printed goods and I love how they turned out. Love Vs. Design is a great company if you want flexibility but don't want to sacrifice great design.
Let your friends and family help you out! Use their special talents and gifts to your advantage! Don’t worry if something doesn’t go according to your plan because something will go wrong! But at the end of the day, you will be married to the person you love and that is all that matters.
Photographer: White Rabbit Studios
Venue: The Sonnet House
Cinematographer: White Rabbit Studios
Catering: IZ Catering
Stationery: Love Vs. Design Wedding Stationery
Bride's Dress: Diane's Formal Affair