July 20, 2016
The Sonnet House was thrilled last fall when Leslie’s mother, Patti, reached out to us that her daughter was engaged and looking for a venue with availability in the Spring. The catch was that we only had one Saturday still available (April 9th) and that happened to be Leslie’s birthday. After a tour (and assurance that we could completely plan a wedding with a long distance bride in seven months) we were all set and ready to hit the ground running.
Leslie and Patti were such a delight to work with. Leslie lives in Chicago full time and made several trips back to Birmingham for the fun stuff like picking out her Augusta Jones bridal gown from Carriage House Weddings, floral meetings, food tastings and who can pass up a delicious wedding cake from Edgar’s Bakery? They also chose one of our favorite photographers, Be Light Photography, who happens to be local to Birmingham. Emily Summerville did a beautiful job (as always) on Leslie’s hair and make up. We absolutely love the style Leslie chose and Emily’s execution of it. Dreamy!
Music and entertainment was a high priority for Leslie + Jim. A lovely string quartet was organized by musician Bonnie Furuto for the ceremony. The reception was definitely a party with tunes delivered by the awesome (no, seriously, you should check them out…) Matt Carroll and the Browncoats. They play at The Sonnet House often and their style and playlists never get old. When was the last time you heard Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something? I bet it’s stuck in your head now though, you’re welcome. 😉
We always enjoy when a couple finds a way to bring in special touches to the most important day of their life. Leslie + Jim did so by hiring Joy Varnell, a live event artist in Birmingham who specializes in weddings and receptions. They wanted their first dance painted live during the reception and she did such a beautiful job. It’s a momento that they will always display proudly to remind them of the day they became Mr. and Mrs. Hackbardt.
In June we caught up with the newlyweds to ask them a few questions about their day and their experience with us. Here’s what they had to say :
Leslie, you planned your wedding in Birmingham from Chicago. You have an amazing mom that helped every step of the way which is obviously priceless. D you have any advice for brides that are planning a wedding from a distance? My advice would be to go with a place like The Sonnet House that has most of the services needed on-site. If I were to have to coordinate my own caterer, florist, or planner on my own that would have been overwhelming. It only took a couple of meetings and I had the wedding of my dreams come true with no worries about a certain service falling through or not showing up. Having on-site planning also helped with the services I outsourced, i.e. photographer and cake baker. They spoke to these vendors each step of the way and really had all of the logistics figured out for me.
What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? I loved picking out all of the decorations with The Sonnet House team. My overall favorite part was probably choosing a menu then getting to taste test it with a meal provided to my family and me.
What is your favorite memory of your wedding day? It was definitely walking down the aisle. Everything around me disappeared. The whole day was so easy and smooth that I was able to focus on the most important part: marrying the love of my life. It was also so much fun walking into the venue on my wedding day and seeing everything we planned come together. Every decoration flowed so well together and there were so many little touches that meant the world to me.
Your father/daughter dance during the reception was a complete surprise to you, the song at least, what went through your head as you realized what song it was? So I’ll admit, I found out about it by accident the week leading up to the wedding, but it didn’t change how special it was to me. I was thinking it was the perfect choice. My dad and I both wanted something fun and light-hearted so we both didn’t lose it during the dance. I was so happy he picked it.
Jim, what is the best part about being married? Getting to hang out with my best friend every single day.
Short and sweet. We love it. Congratulations you two!
Ceremony: 6:00pm The Fireplace
Catering, Florals, & Coordination: The Sonnet House
Photographer: Be Light Photography
Hair & Make Up Artist: Emily Summerville
Ceremony Music: Bonnie Furuto Quartet
Live Event Artist: Joy Varnell
Reception Music: Matt Carroll & the Browncoats
Bride’s & Groom’s Cakes: Edgar’s Bakery
Bridal Salon: Carriage House Weddings
Gown Designer: Augusta Jones
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groom/Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse
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