It’s in the [Wedding] Details

Oh how I love to shoot the details that define each of my bride’s unique and beautiful style. Before the wedding day, I remind all of my brides to bring everything to the getting ready location, so that I can shoot it when I arrive. A bride’s perfume, invitation suite, programs, notes, gifts, jewelry, shoes, garters, and handkerchief are thoughtfully curated and begged to be remembered as part of the wedding day story. It’s also a great idea to set aside lingerie, so I can style it lying on a chair or on the bed to be photographed before the bride puts it on. Pets are family and also an important part of the story I try to include when I can. Often, it’s a family dog, but sometimes it’s the horse the bride grew up riding from childhood.

In addition to the personal and paper details, the floral, cake and reception design set the tone for the day. There’s always a “wow” moment thanks to the talented planners who meticulously think through every important element with our brides. This post features some of the loveliness I’ve photographed over the years. Hope you enjoy. And, what a pleasure it is to work with the planners featured and listed at the end of this post.

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Wedding and Event Planners featured in this post:

Mariée Ami
Handley Breaux Designs
Invision Events
Jayne Bubis Events
M. Elizabeth Events
AK Brides
Laura Burchfield Events
Thorne & Thistle

 

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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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