Caroline & Daniel [Vestavia Country Club, Birmingham AL]

Caroline and Daniel’s wedding was planned to perfection by Anita Kanellis of AK Brides. She curated elements of southern charm, sophistication and gorgeous floral design by Carol Riley of Lillie’s, to create a beautiful day for this fun couple who met at The University of Alabama. You can see their Tuscaloosa Engagement Session here.

From her blush Badgley Mischka shoes and her “something old” emerald estate ring to her exquisite “something new” Augusta Jones gown from Carriage House Weddings, Caroline was a lovely southern bride with so much grace and beauty.

A few sweet takeaways from the day…Caroline’s relationship with her mother was a precious one to watch, her bridesmaids were best friends that rejoiced and celebrated every single detail that excited Caroline about her wedding day, and finally, Daniel and Caroline are the truest of romantics. That will serve them so well in their married life.

Best wishes for a lifetime of health and happiness for the Harbaughs. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your day!

(Forgive the lengthiness of this post. I loved this wedding and all of its blissful moments.)

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Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Planner: AK Brides | Floral Design: Carol Riley, Lillie’s | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones from Carriage House Weddings | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup Artist: Lynsey Richardson with Lina Ciambrone | Hair Stylist: Kevin Conner | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Tuxes: Mr. Burch | Invitation Suite: Annabelle’s | Videography: Main Street Productions | Prop Design: Design Productions, LLC  | Ceremony: Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Vestavia Country Club | Trolley: Rare Transportation | Classic Car: Coats Classic Cars “Caroline”

 

 

Caroline & Daniel’s Rehearsal Dinner at The Club [Birmingham, AL]

It was a privilege for me to get to know Caroline and Daniel from their Engagement Session to rehearsal dinner, and finally their beautiful wedding. They are the sweetest couple and their chemistry and love for each other made my job so easy. I hardly had to direct them because their adoration came through in the images very naturally.

Caroline and Daniel’s rehearsal dinner was held at The Club, atop Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama on a beautiful summer evening, glistening with late afternoon sunlight. Caroline wore her mother’s ivory beaded wedding gown, which was such a lovely way for Caroline to acknowledge her close relationship with her mom on her wedding weekend. This mother-daughter bond is quite special and I loved watching their moments together unfold as they were taking in a day they had both dreamed about for so long.

Here are some of my favorite portraits from the rehearsal dinner. I’ll post the wedding very soon… and I promise, it will be worth the wait. It was perfect.

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Planning: AK Brides, Anita Kanellis | Venue: The Club, Birmingham AL

Weddings & The Hand-Rolled Cigar Experience

There’s been a real wedding trend lately for cigars…as groomsman gifts, for bachelor parties, and reception favors. “There’s something celebratory about a cigar, which is why I think the cigar bar trend has really gained in popularity over the last few years. From custom cigar bands with the couple’s monogram to a cigar lounge offering a signature cocktail to sip while you enjoy the finest hand-rolled cigar, these are the details that create an experience that guests truly remember.” — Meghan Cease, M. Elizabeth Events (Birmingham Based wedding planner who also serves the beaches of 30A)

So, while at my favorite 30A beaches this week for a little work and a little play, I stopped by The Hub at Watersound to check out Shore Thing Cigars, the new cigar shop, owned by Paul Copeland and country signer Luke Bryan. It opened just over a week ago and is sure to become cigar aficionados’ favorite stop at the beach.

This lifestyle lounge boasts a walk-in humidor with hundreds of different kinds of hand-rolled cigars in handsome packaging, imported from Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Shore Thing also offers a selection of fine cigar boxes and various wines and champagne.

When I walked in the door, I was impressed with the clean lines and gentlemanly beach decor. Copeland told me that the humidor room’s dark stained wood floors are reclaimed wood from Bryan’s torn down barn. The leather sofa and chairs, cowhide rugs and flat screened TVs invite guests to relax and stay a while. There’s also lockers for discerning clientele.

So, whether you are at the beach for a bachelor party and stop in with the guys for a smoke, or want to order cigars as wedding party gifts, Copeland can hook you up. Shore Thing Cigars will ship anywhere in the United States. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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