December 27, 2016
Lauren was one of the first Sonnet House brides in 2016 to declare that she wanted to stay away from the current (at the time) trends of burlap and mason jars, but instead let the decor complement the rustic ambiance of our 1918 farmhouse itself. It was 100% the correct call to make. With the help of our talented in-house florist and co-owner, Corey, the overall feel of the day was romantic Southern charm. With tons of greenery, a wide variety of peach and cream flowers, and rustic touches here and there, the day came together beautifully and was exactly what Lauren + Dusty were dreaming of. For example, whiskey barrels were brought in and topped with overflowing arrangements to welcome guests to the ceremony and a family friend loaned their antique work truck for the getaway car. No details were overlooked beginning with a lovely floral monogram that was used throughout the paper suites and also welcome signs, hashtag signs, food displays, and even personalized name labels for each bridesmaid and groomsmen’s flowers.
This beautiful late June wedding couldn’t have come together with out an all-star lineup of vendors. It was our first time to work with Kim Brantley Photography and it was such a wonderful experience! Your photographer does far more than snap photos, they are water bottle holders, veil fixers, make up toucher upper, and most importantly: they round up your crew for you all..day..long. Thank you Kim for so generously sharing your beautiful work with us! The Elliott Davis Band provided music for not just the ceremony but also the reception. Guests dined on classic Southern comfort food like shrimp and grits, macaroni and cheese, swiss bacon dip with fresh tortilla chips, and bacon wrapped jumbo Gulf shrimp. Hungry yet? Once the food had settled and the music was turned up, the cakes were cut and dessert was served. Lauren’s bride’s cake was a traditional buttercream design while Dusty’s groom’s cake was a two tiered cake designed to look like a New York Mets baseball jersey. Local cake baker Magnificent Cakes created both of these beautiful designs and did a fabulous job!
Lauren was dolled up by local hair and make up artist, Casey Troulias, of Bera Beauty. She wore an amazing Maggie Sottero wedding gown while the bridesmaids wore soft blue dresses all from Bella’s Bridal in Hoover, Alabama (they do it all folks!) We can’t leave the guys out, Dusty and his groomsmen donned soft gray suits from Mr. Burch, the only men’s formal attire we recommend in Birmingham.
Q&A with Lauren + Dusty | December 2016
How did the two of you meet? Dusty and I met through The University of Alabama Dance Marathon, which is an organization that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network. We were filming a recruitment video and I was dressed in a funny bunny costume. Dusty asked around to find out who I was and we ended up spending the rest of the afternoon talking. I was dating someone at the time but we both volunteered with the organization the following year, too. It may have taken a year and a half but the timing finally worked out and the rest is history!
Lauren, what was your favorite part about the wedding planning process? I think my favorite part of planning the wedding was how, with each small part getting completed, I could see our wedding day coming together in my mind. As the day got closer and closer, it finally started to feel real and I was so excited and ready for it to actually happen. Of course the real thing was better than I could have ever imagined, and I will never forget how perfectly everything seemed to coordinate and come together.
What was your inspiration for the wedding decor/overall look? For the overall feel of our wedding I knew I wanted to incorporate the beautiful property of The Sonnet House. I wanted a romantic, yet rustic feel for our day, and I think Corey’s floral design mixed with certain details, such as the whiskey barrels and the vintage red pickup truck, certainly achieved that look and feel. Can we talk about those barrels? That was the one thing I knew I wanted from day one and of course it was the one thing that fell through the week of. But you guys pulled your Sonnet House magic and make it happen so beautifully. Dusty always jokes that I hate color and use white way too much, but the white and greenery looked so beautiful in combination with the wooden house and barrels along with the perfectly manicured landscape.
The overall feel of your wedding day complemented the surroundings perfectly. What do you hope your future children see when they browse through your wedding album? I hope that our children see how beautifully and perfect our day was; from the florals, decor, beautiful attire, and little details. But most importantly, I hope they can see how loved we are by our friends and family and can see our love for each other.
Lauren, what was your favorite part about the day? Dusty, yours too! My favorite part of the day was right after we were pronounced husband and wife, and we were recessing down the aisle. It was the happiest moment of my life and seeing our loved ones cheering us on as we took our first steps as a married couple was an amazing experience. Dusty: My favorite part was right before the ceremony. There were a few guests milling around in the house, so we hid ourselves away until everyone was seated for the start of the wedding. It was the one part of the day where we had no concerns and nothing to worry about. The planning was done and all we had left was to get married. I was so ready to make Lauren my wife and we were literally only minutes away.
Wedding Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Ceremony: 6:30pm The Fireplace
Reception: Couryard & Chapel
Catering, Florals & Coordination: The Sonnet House
Photographer: Kim Brantley Photography
Hair & Make Up Artist: Casey Troulias of Bera Beauty
Ceremony & Reception Music: Elliott Davis Band
Bride & Groom’s Cakes: Magnificent Cakes
Bridal Salon: Bella’s Bridal in Hoover, AL (Bridal gown & bridesmaids dresses)
Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Burch
Transportation: Friend of the family