January 24, 2017
Normally we get long winded with blog posts and today’s your lucky day because we’re going to spare you from that. Kelsey + Zach’s mid-July summer wedding at The Sonnet House was one for the record books! Magen Davis Photography, one of our favorite Birmingham photographers, captured the day so brilliantly that we think it’s best to let her pictures tell the story. The things you need to know about Kelsey + Zach’s perfect day is that there was more love and emotion shown on their wedding day than I can remember seeing in a long time. No detail was left out. None. Like, at all. These lovebirds also chose a vendor list more reflective of a styled photo shoot than a real wedding and we highly recommend checking out all of them (complete list at the very bottom of this post.) And lastly, their first dance started off with a beautifully rehearsed dance to Gavin DeGraw’s “More Than Anyone,” then surprised e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e by breaking it down to a hip-hop mix of crowd favorites like Walk It Out, All I Do Is Win, and so on.
But seriously, this is one of those weddings that we wish we could relive a thousand times so we can’t even begin to imagine how Kelsey + Zach feel. A million thanks wouldn’t be enough to convey how much we enjoyed working with you during the planning process and we thank you for choosing us!
Q&A with Kelsey + Zach | January 2017
There was literally no detail left out of your wedding. Where did you find your inspiration for your wedding day and what advice would you give to future brides wanting to personalize their day? I was actually super indecisive over EVERYTHING! My maid of honor, Maggie, would be so annoyed with me because I would constantly change my mind about everything. I used Pinterest for pretty much everything. I am very Type A, so I made my own binder with how I wanted things to look. The best advice I can give is actually what my maid of honor finally told me… “Just stick with what you like and move on, it doesn’t matter if I like it or not it matters what you like.” I think brides get so caught up in what other people are going to think instead of worrying about their own opinion. At the end of the day all the small details really don’t matter. There is a bigger picture to the wedding and that is getting to marry your best friend!
The two of you chose a very non-traditional “guest book”, can you tell us a little bit about how that idea came about & what it means to be able to display something like that in your home that was created by the family and friends who mean the most to you? I knew that if we did the traditional “guest book” it would get lost and we would probably never even look at it. From the beginning we just wanted our wedding to be fun and that meant from start to finish. One of my coworkers is an artist and we were talking one day and it just clicked to have a canvas for people to paint! She helped me get things together and it turned out AMAZING! The best thing to me is that every time I look at it I am able to visualize people signing the painting and actually remember being able to paint it as well!
THE DANCE. How long did it take the two of you to learn your choreographed dance and let’s be real, people are still talking about it, right? Lorddddd that dance. Can I just say that I stressed about that dance for the whole week leading up to the wedding. So Zach has a coworker that teaches dance so we knew we wanted her to choreograph it for us! We came up with a list of songs and she put the music together for us. I would say we met with her 4 times to learn the whole dance and then we would practice randomly to make sure we nailed every part. Zach and I are not serious people, we are both loud and fun and we knew that if we did a serious slow dance it would not reflect who we are as a couple. We also knew that this dance would help set the mood for people to get up and dance and we wanted the reception to be full of dancing and laughter, which we achieved! As far as people still talking about it…. Lets just say I thought I had forgotten the dance until we had a gym Christmas party and Zach and I actually did the dance for everyone as a joke!
Kelsey, what was your favorite part about the wedding planning process? I loved every minute of it! I will say that I loved how Zach actually wanted to be apart of it. You hear so many stories about how the groom doesn’t care about any of the details and his one job it to basically show up, well that was not the case with Zach. He actually would look at Pinterest with me and give his opinion. It made the wedding feel more like OUR wedding instead of it being MY wedding.
Zach, what was your favorite part of the wedding day itself? My favorite part of the day was our first look! Kelsey had been keeping everything under wraps so I didn’t have the slightest clue as to what her dress would look like or whether her hair would be up or down, I knew nothing. So standing there as she was about to come out, (while holding her at least 10 pound bouquet) felt like an eternity! As soon as I turned around and saw how absolutely gorgeous she looked, I couldn’t have been happier. As soon as that moment happened, any worry or stress that I had about that day just melted away. I was marrying my best friend. That was definitely my favorite part. Everything else was just the icing on the cake. Disclaimer: Kelsey asked, multiple times, for a *huge* bouquet and she got one! 😉
Wedding Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Ceremony: 6:00pm The Fireplace
Reception: Couryard & Chapel
Venue, Catering, & Coordination: The Sonnet House
Florals: Corey Daniel Florals
Photographer: Magen Davis Photography
Hair & Make Up Artist: Brittany Benton Massey (Hair & Make Up by BBM)
Ceremony & Reception Music: Just A Few Cats
Bride’s Dessert: Baby Bites from Pasty Art Bake Shoppe
Groom’s Dessert: The Heavenly Donut Company
Late Night Snack: Big Spoon Creamery’s ice cream cart
Photo Booth: Cool Shots Photo Booth
Transportation: Coats Classic Cars
Bridal Salon: Bella’s Bridal in Hoover, Alabama
Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse