November 29, 2016
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller | So by now you’ve seen Caitlyn + Dustin’s rehearsal dinner which took place at The Sonnet House which means it’s finally time to share their wedding day! Any wedding professional will tell you that on any given wedding day it’s pretty likely that there will be a hiccup somewhere. It may mean that the bride’s grandmother is twenty minutes late for the ceremony and it may mean that the ring bearer throws a tantrum and refuses to walk down the aisle. Caitlyn + Dustin’s wedding day was one of those rare times that everything went flawlessly and one glance through their photos will show you just how perfect their day was.
Of course, a perfect day couldn’t happen without the perfect couple, family and even vendors. Your vendors are super important, brides! You certainly get what you pay for and in today’s market, there are excellent vendors in every category at fantastic price points. To find them, you need someone with experience (usually a coordinator/planner is best) and that’s where we come in. Caitlyn + Dustin booked every single one of their vendors from our preferred vendor list. One of our favorite wedding photographers, J. Woodbery Photography, captured the wedding day as well as the rehearsal dinner the evening before. Main Street Productions was also on hand so that no detail was left out when the newlyweds reflect back.
Caitlyn shone in an Ella Rosa bridal gown from Bridal Bliss in Homewood, Alabama. Stop what you’re doing right now and go back and take a look at her dress. Have you ever seen such beautiful lace and beadwork in your life? Swoon. One of Birmingham’s best hair and make up artists, Melissa Bogardus, made sure that not only Caitlyn but the rest of her bridal party were flawless. Her bridesmaids chose mismatched dresses in tones of pink and carried lush bouquets of cream flowers and greenery. Dustin wore a charcoal suit which distinguished him from the groomsmen who wore lighter grey suits from Mr. Burch Formal Wear. While we’re on the topic of Mr. Burch, there is not another men’s wear store in Birmingham that will provide better or more accurate service than the folks at Mr. Burch.
Jared with On Site Productions (DJ) provided the music for both the ceremony and reception. Caitlyn’s wedding cake was a brushed buttercream design from Magnificent Cakes while Dustin’s groom’s dessert was a variety of pies including apple, cherry, and key lime. Talk about making the wedding guests happy!
We caught up with Caitlyn + Dustin recently and here’s what they had to say almost six months after their wedding.
How did you know The Sonnet House was the right venue for your wedding day? We knew almost instantly that they were the right venue for us. During our visit we just got the sense that the crew really knew what they were doing and genuinely care about making each couples’ day super special. We loved that they made everything so easy so that we would be able to focus on getting married! It also didn’t hurt that the house and grounds are extremely beautiful.
We’d love for everyone to hear your proposal story, seriously, it’s one of our favorites! Dustin and I are both huge Harry Potter fans, and he proposed to me in front of the Hogwart’s Castle at Harry Potter World while we were on vacation in Orlando with his family. We were taking photos in front of the castle and a cast member approached us and asked if we wanted to get a photo with a Golden Snitch that was a prop from the movies. Of course we did! Little did I know, the Golden Snitch was not a movie prop, but was a super clever and totally awesome ring box that Dustin (with some help from the great guys at Strata-G) had designed just for my ring. The cast member was staged and was in on the secret too! While we were having our photos taken by a photographer that he had booked for the occasion, Dustin got down on one knee and proposed. I was completely surprised, and so excited! We had to make the Golden Snitch a part of our big day, so we incorporated candy versions as our wedding guests’s favors.
Caitlyn, what was your favorite part about your wedding day? Besides getting all dolled up and wearing my dress (which I was SO super excited about), my favorite part was having fun at our reception with all of our wonderful family and friends!
Dustin, what has been your favorite part about being married? Without a doubt getting to do life with my best friend.
What advice would you newlyweds give couples? Dustin: I would say to keep dating after you get married and make sure to take time out of each week to spend time together and focus on each other. Caitlyn: What they tell you is true! Your wedding day goes by so quickly. You put in months (sometimes years) of effort planning and then the whole thing goes by in the blink of an eye. My advice to engaged couples (especially brides) is to soak in every second, don’t sweat the small stuff, and take a million mental pictures of the first day of your forever.
Wedding Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Ceremony: 6:30pm The Fireplace
Reception: Couryard & Chapel
Catering, Florals & Coordination: The Sonnet House
Photographer: J. Woodbery Photography
Hair & Make Up: Melissa Bogardus
Ceremony & Reception Music: On Site Productions (DJ)
Bride’s Cake: Magnificent Cakes
Groom’s Dessert: Pie Station through The Sonnet House
Transportation: Personal Vehicle
Bridal Gown: Ella Rosa
Bridal Salon: Bridal Bliss
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Burch