December 16, 2014
It’s seems as though you guys really enjoyed The Sonnet House’s previous post about the Best Bouquets of 2014, thank y’all! We’ve decided to do another, more encompassing post, including best dresses, favors, details, cakes, photos, and more! As the year draws to a close we realize more and more how grateful we are to be able to work with such wonderful couples, families, and vendors. We sincerely thank you all for helping us love what we do. 2014 was amazing and 2015 is going to be even better. Enjoy!
Hannah + Jack’s September wedding at The Sonnet House is one we will never forget. The overall beauty of the day was something that we will think back to and draw inspiration from for a very long time. Hannah wore a jeweled Jenny Packham gown from Carriage House Weddings in Homewood, Alabama. Grecian Goddess is one of the first words that comes to mind when we think about this beautiful, flowing gown.
Anna dazzled us all at her June wedding by wearing a Maggie Sottero beaded ball gown from Bella’s Bridal in Hoover, Alabama. Anna’s natural ability in front of the camera combined with her stunning beauty made her wedding dress one we will not forget.
Gabrielle’s lace, mermaid style wedding dress was jaw dropping. Add that to a figure most women would die for and her stunning dark hair and olive skin, Gabrielle’s wedding dress was definitely one of our favorites this year.
Maggie’s wedding is one that current brides are bringing us photos of as inspiration. It was a classic, stunningly beautiful wedding. She purchased her Rivini wedding dress from The White Room in Mountain Brook, Alabama.
Kara’s bridesmaids wore beautiful, floor length, teal gowns at her March wedding. They were amazing against the end-of-winter tree line at The Sonnet House.
Gabrielle chose to have her bridesmaids wear ivory dresses. We absolutely love the fresh, crisp look it gave to the wedding party.
Mint has been a color that was everywhere in 2014, especially weddings. Lauren chose a unique mint dress for her ladies to wear, and our favorite thing about these dresses is that it’s a dress you could totally wear again!
We feel like the guys usually get left out of blogs like this so here goes! Scott and his groomsmen wore sleek, gray suits with navy ties and their boutonnieres were uniquely elegant too.
Can you get any better than a simple black suit? No. Jack and his groomsmen wore black suits, very simple, but extremely good looking.
The ultimate in men’s wedding fashion is the traditional black tuxedo. Chris’s groomsmen looked ultra handsome at his September wedding.
Brooks’s October wedding was a more casual affair. He and his groomsmen mixed it up between suspenders and vests, and they even wore fun, purple shirts.
As a venue that does anywhere from 60 to 80 weddings each year – we see a lot of photos. A lot. Each year there are some that stick out above the rest. These are the ones that we think of first when we remember 2014.
One of the things we hear most often during tours is, “I didn’t realize how big this place is!” To be fair, it’s really hard to have get a photo that shows how big The Sonnet House really is. Rob Ingram of Rob and Wynter Photography nailed it at Holly + Steven’s wedding in October.
It doesn’t matter if you spend one month or on lifetime planning a wedding, the one thing you cannot control is the weather. Our advice when it rains it to just roll with the situation and trust your photographer. If you can do those two things, then in the end it won’t matter than it rained on your wedding day. Lauren + Kameron rolled with the punches and were fortunate enough that they were able to do a majority of their photos pre-ceremony without rain. They also trusted their photographer, the wonderful Jennifer Woodbery of J Woodbery Photography, and towards the end of their reception they ended up with this gem.
Aryn + Rocky also used Jennifer Woodbery. She’s one of our favorites and for good reason: she’s awesome! At the end of their reception when all of their guests had lined up out front to see them off, Jennifer pulled them to the back for a quick shot alone. Aryn’s dress was absolutely perfect for this twirling photo.
Lauren’s bouquet was definitely one of our favorites this year, and let’s be honest…Lauren + Collier could be models, but they’re not. Rob and Wynter Ingram snapped this beautiful, colorful photo on the front porch at their May wedding. It’s one of our favorites because of the look on her face, the look Collier is giving her, that bouquet is amazing, and the Japanese Maple tree is giving off beautiful hues. Kudos you guys!
If you don’t have fun at your reception then you’re doing something wrong. Jamie + Diego’s wedding brought people to The Sonnet House from all over the world and to put it simply: they had a blast. This photo is the epitome of having a ball.
When choosing a wedding cake there is no reason to have to choose looks over taste or taste over looks. You can certainly have your cake and eat it too, pun intended. Michelle + Donnie used Olexa’s Cakes for their wedding cake and it may have been the most fun of the year. Diane Olexa created a funfetti cake which was a wonderful surprise to the guests when we cut it.
Pastry Arts Bake Shoppe is at The Sonnet House at least once each month, usually to deliver their signature baby bites. Adrienne + Corey used them for the best of both worlds. Adrienne’s cake was a strawberry cake with lime buttercream icing. The stucco design was beautiful on the outside, but once the cake was cut it was pretty too! The pink and green were exactly what Adrienne wanted and even better, it tasted like a strawberry margarita.
Maggie + Jeff used Magnificent Cakes for their wedding cake. Hilde, the owner, does some of the best detail work of any cake baker we’ve ever seen. Her freehand has matched lace on wedding dresses as well as drawn caricatures of brides and grooms.
Seriously, it’s all in the details, and our brides have got those details covered. The Sonnet House now provides personalized items such as koozies, napkins, cups, paper straws, and many many more items. While we didn’t do all of these pictured, these are what we thought of as the best of 2014.
Molly’s February wedding was chilly so a hot chocolate bar was brilliant. She had koozies to keep her guest’s hands warm as well as personalized cups for hot chocolate.
Kara took details to the next level. From the programs, welcome sign, directional pointers, to stir sticks, koozies, and their coffee bean wedding favors. Everything was personal and her guests loved it.
Allyson + Chase had guests sign a guitar as their guestbook. After the wedding they hung it in their home. What a perfect way to remember your wedding day!
Hannah + Jack’s wedding also had tons of details, our favorite were the succulent favors that welcomed guests to their seat at dinner.
As we mentioned earlier, Jamie + Diego’s wedding brought people to Alabama from all over. We helped them create a festive koozie which read “Salud, y’all!” Salud means “cheers” in Spanish and you can’t have a wedding in the South without saying y’all.
At Laura + Scott’s welcome table, they had a customized directional sign which perfectly reflected the feel of their wedding.
One of the things that becomes stressful for a bride is deciding what to send her guests home with. We always recommend edible favors because they are always a crowd favorite.
Rachel + Bristol’s October wedding was the perfect opportunity to pass out candy. Rather than going with a traditional candy table, they boxed candy in cute Halloween boxes.
Katie + Brooks’s favor was more personalized than some people realized. Brooks’s dad, Taylor, bottles jam and it as the perfect opportunity to share something special to them. Guests took home an assortment of flavors: strawberry, peach, or blueberry. By the way…it was delicious!
Jazmine + Ryan gave their guests something they love: coffee! Individual jars were tagged with “The Perfect Blend”.
Jenna + John’s favor for their guests may have been our favorite ever. John’s family owns a bee farm in Birmingham and gifted Jenna + John with their first bee hive. The couple used that hive to create honey for their wedding favors. Not only was it a great, personal idea, their presentation could not have been better.
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