November 6, 2018
The Sonnet House was excited for Stephanie + Taylor’s August wedding from the second they came to tour with us. Referred to us by one of Birmingham’s favorite wedding planners, Ann Marie Leveille of Tres Beau Weddings, we knew it was going to be a fabulous day before the first detail was planned. The excitement that these two love birds radiate is absolutely contagious and it was an honor getting to plan along side them.
Stephanie knew early on that she wanted a classic, Southern wedding with personal touches and y’all know how much we love personalized details. Taylor hand drew their wedding invitation, a montage of all things Birmingham including the Vulcan Statue, The Historic Alabama Theatre, Sloss Furnace, the Sonnet House, and of course – a sketch of the bride and groom to be. Ironically Taylor drew the invitation, including the sketch of themselves, before he ever saw Stephanie’s custom Heidi Elnora gown which happens to be darn close to the actual wedding dress. Talk about having a vision of your bride…
The beautiful August day was captured in all of its glory by Meghan Murphy and words cannot express what a pleasure it was to finally get to work with her! She is one of the calmest and reassuring photographer’s we have ever had the joy to work with and we look forward to many many more great wedding days with her. In fact, she recently shot Kameron + Ben’s wedding and we will be posting sneak peeks from that one very soon. Between the lovely floral palette of soft greens, creams and textural blooms from Corey Daniel Florals and the expertly chosen beaded bridesmaid’s dresses the day truly couldn’t have been more perfect.
As the bride and her ladies were putting the final touches on their hair and makeup, Taylor and his groomsmen were taking part in a Southern tradition of ‘burying the bourbon.” As tradition states, you should bury a bottle of bourbon at your ceremony site one month prior to your wedding day. The story goes that it will ward off rain on your wedding day. We aren’t here to say it works or that it doesn’t but our couples who have chosen to do this so far have avoided wet skies. Plus, regardless of the weather you have a bottle of bourbon waiting on you at your venue!
The rest of the vendor dream-team included On Site Media who filmed the day from beginning to end, Sweet Magnolia who created two delicious cakes — a classic buttercream cake adorned with olive branches and cream roses plus a Star Trek cake for Taylor. Funny story, throughout the planning process Stephanie would mistakenly refer to his cake as a Star Wars cake. Each time, Taylor would patiently reminder her it was Star Trek and it became a running joke that they would practice. When it came time for the cutting of the groom’s cake, Stephanie slipped and again called it a Star Wars cake. It was genuinely a funny slip and the look on both of their faces was priceless (and one of our favorite photos!)
Stephanie and Taylor danced the night away, in their light up kicks, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of their wonderful day. Congratulations you two!
Venue, Catering & Linens: The Sonnet House
Florals: Corey Daniel Florals
Photographer: Meghan Murphy
Videographer: OnSite Media
Planner: Tres Beau Weddings
Ceremony Sound: Music Excursions
Bride’s and Groom’s Cakes: Sweet Magnolia
Bridal Salon: Heidi Elnora Atelier (Birmingham, Alabama)
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