It’s a new year, actually it’s a new decade and The Sonnet House is so excited for the upcoming year! Did everyone have an amazing holiday? We were all able to slip away for a few days and spend much needed time with our families, resting, and most importantly recharging to see what 2020 has in store for us. Right before Christmas we put the final touches on Elise + Sam and Carolina + Seth’s January weddings and know they will be here before we know it.
Shameless plug alert, if you are newly engaged and browsing photos on top of photos is your thing please make sure you are following us on social media! Our direct links are listed at the bottom but you know the routine, search The Sonnet House and you’ll find us pretty easily. Don’t forget that on our Facebook page we post weddings listed by date so that you can look specifically at April weddings, May weddings, October weddings, etc. It is where you’ll find 99% of our photos. Instagram tends to be where we post highlights, announcements, contests (I think we’re due for one, any ideas??) and of course some of our favorite ceremony and reception ideas. Happy Planning!
Now, all about Lauren + Ryan! We can’t even begin to tell you what an amazing couple these two are and how wonderful it was to work alongside them and their families. Lauren did a fabulous job working closely with all of her vendors not only making sure everyone was on the same page to bring her vision to life, but to make sure everyone felt as if they were personally a part of her and Ryan’s wedding day.
Birmingham wedding photographer Julie Johnson of Piper Vine Photography was the perfect fit for Lauren + Ryan personality wise but also as the person who would capture the most important day of their lives to be remembered forever. Julie’s relaxed yet detailed style of photography blends so well with the setting of The Sonnet House and we consider ourselves extremely lucky to work with her a few times each year. If you are newly engaged and still on the hunt for a photographer we know you won’t regret reaching out to Julie.
Lauren chose a stunning lace over sheer V-Neck wedding gown by Made With Love Bridal from Village Bridal. It was so unique and perfect for her style which is pretty common when our brides shop for their perfect dress at Village Bridal. Have you heard of them? If not, let us introduce you. They are a bridal shop like no other in the Birmingham area. Self-described as a bridal boutique for the free spirited bride and honestly we can’t think of a better way to describe them. You can also shop their entire collection online. That’s right. You can visit their website, shop by designer and see every single gown available to try on in the store (make sure to schedule an appointment ahead of time, like most wedding vendors they work by appointment only!) They’re located downtown in Five Points South and their dresses range in price from $1,300 – $3,375. Another great thing to consider is trying on sample gowns and this is the perfect time of year for keeping an eye open for sample sales where you can usually find that perfect dress for less than $1,500.
Corey Daniel Florals knocked another wedding out of the park when it comes to Lauren + Ryan’s beautiful March wedding. Their ceremony was held at our outdoor fireplace and their reception took place on the back patio. The bouquets were made with the most romantic blooms all in shades of white, cream and champagne. A multitude of greenery such as Italian ruscus, silver dollar eucalyptus, salal, and seeded eucalyptus added to the elegant garden flowers.
Barb Sullivan of Barb’s Cakes designed a four tier brushed buttercream masterpiece where the florals really shone. Textured flowers like anemones, Sahara roses, white snow berries, ranunculus, and seeded eucalyptus trailed from top to bottom and looked so great that many guests wondered if it was even real. One hundred percent real, folks. Guests had several choices when it came to feeding their sweet tooth. Instead of a traditional groom’s cake, Ryan opted for a medley of cookies from local cookier, Cookie Fix (Homewood, Alabama.) If chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, white macadamia nut and snickerdoodle aren’t your jam, rest assured — Cookie Fix has over sixty flavors available on their rotating menu so everyone is sure to find something they love!
While guests danced all night underneath the cafe lights on our patio to music from The Emerald Empire Band they also had a selection of libations to choose from. In addition to the standard beer and wine offerings, Lauren + Ryan surprised guests with a bourbon tasting. If you’re on the fence deciding between just offering beer and wine or providing a full bar, opting for a signature drink (or two) or a bourbon tasting is an excellent choice. Their friends and family were delighted and it’s definitely unexpected.
Once the reception was over, Lauren + Ryan beamed as the exited through a tunnel of dried lavender. Not only is dried lavender natural, it won’t plant or sprout in the yard causing a nightmare of weeds. We personally love it because of the visual. Although the reception exit often times gets overlooked in the planning process it’s a pretty special time of night. Everyone has big smiles and you are literally at the top of your happy meter. Exit photos are some of our favorites simply because of the candidness. These two newlyweds took it one step further and were driven away in a stunning 1959 Jaguar Mk.IX Saloon from the fleet over at Coats Classic Cars. This particular beauty is named “Caroline” and when rented lends herself well for beautiful wedding pictures all day long.
Thank you Lauren, Ryan, and your families for making sure we felt like family on the most important day of your lives. We enjoyed celebrating you, celebrating with you, and getting to know you. Congratulations!
Wedding Vendors Who Made it Happen:
Venue, Catering & Coordination: The Sonnet House
Florals & Decor: Corey Daniel Florals
Photographer: Piper Vine Photography
Hair & Make Up Artist: The Hair and Make Up Collective
Ceremony Music: Patti Pilon
Reception Band: The Emerald Empire Band
Bride’s Cake: Barb’s Cakes (Barb Sullivan)
Groom’s Dessert: Cookie Fix – Homewood, Alabama
Bridal Gown: Village Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Bridal Gown Designer: Made With Love
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