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Cameron’s boutonniere was made with a succulent and accented with seeded eucalyptus and lavender limonium. The groomsmen’s boutonnieres were made using cream spray roses instead of succulents.

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Never be afraid to incorporate color into your bouquet, even if it’s subtle. Stephanie worked closely with Corey of Corey Daniel Florals to design the perfect Spring palette using shades of purple, peach & pink with pops of cream and eucalyptus green.


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What an amazing year 2019 was for The Sonnet House and it all began with Stephanie + Cameron’s beautiful March wedding! Not only did we have mild weather which was perfect for all of their outside photos, but we got to work with some of our favorite vendors too. 

Whether you are new to wedding planning or have been there and done that, you’ve probably run across Eric & Jamie Photography at some point. Of course you have – they’re amazing, have you seen their work?! If you’re really in the loop then you also know all about their Associate Photographer Program. Now do we have your attention? Any couple who books with us is given our Preferred Vendor List and of course Eric & Jamie have been on it for years. Unfortunately from time to time they are already booked on a prospective bride’s date or even out of budget but now that isn’t the worst case scenario thanks to the Associate Program. Their AP allows couples to receive the same loving care, bright and timeless wedding photography with more availability and at a lower price point. Seriously, go check it out. We one thousand percent recommend it and hey – we wouldn’t be looking at these beautiful photos from Grace Bedsole Photography if the E&J Associate Program wasn’t around!

Grace wasn’t the only vendor around on their big day that we love, there were quite a few to be exact. In addition to the beautiful wedding pictures, Stephanie + Cameron also have an amazing wedding video from Genesis Media Solutions to remember their day by. Jessica Lavender Tinsley of Beauty by Jess was on site to take care of Stephanie and her bridesmaid’s hair and make up. We are always excited to have Jessica around on wedding days because she handles any size bridal party efficiently and does an amazing job.   

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Cameron and his groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos from Mr. Burch Formal Wear. Stephanie is in an Allure Bridals gown from Bella’s Bridal & Formal, with hair and make up done by Jessica Lavender Tinsley of Beauty By Jess.

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Stephanie + Cameron take a minute to read their letters from each other prior to their first look.

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Stephanie wore a stunning beaded Allure Bridals wedding dress from Bella’s Bridal and Formal in Hoover, Alabama which is also where the bridesmaid’s floor length lavender gowns were purchased. Cameron and his groomsmen donned classic black tuxedos from our favorite spot, Mr. Burch Formal Wear.

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Bella’s Bridal & Formal in Hoover, Alabama is a one stop shop when it comes to searching for the perfect gown for Bride, Mother of the Bride and Groom, and Bridesmaids.

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Stephanie’s bridesmaids carried garden style bouquets in shades of lavender and cream with willow eucalyptus accents.

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Stephanie + Cameron’s bridal party was the best group of rock stars there ever was.

Corey Daniel Florals nailed it, again, with the most perfect lavender, purple, pink and cream blooms on Earth. We love that Stephanie wasn’t afraid to bring in color because it truly does add that much more depth and dimension to such already beautiful designs. 

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Did you know? Any paper that is being used before the ceremony should include your first initials OR your full names, but not your new last name. Why? Because you aren’t married quite yet. This would include save the dates, programs, invitations, announcements, etc. Your guest book would be the first opportunity for your guests to see your new name.

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Birmingham Violinist Karen McDowell played the prelude music as well as the ceremony song selections.

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Be sure to schedule time after your ceremony for golden hour photos. We promise they’ll be some of your favorites!

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A five tier wedding cake with buttercream icing by Wedding Cakes by Jan O’Donnell. Flowers by Corey Daniel Florals.

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Reusing your bridesmaids bouquets is always a great idea. Make sure to choose a spot where they will get plenty of attention such as the mantel behind the wedding cake or even the bookcase where photos are displayed.

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Silver Lamour tablecloths are a great accent when using mercury glass containers. After the sun goes down they will reflect candlelight beautifully.

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Textured flowers like Queen Anne’s Lace, seeded eucalyptus, standard roses, purple hydrangea, and fuchsia stock brought together the perfect look to complement the silver mercury glass container and cut crystal votive candles.

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Silver mercury glass centerpieces with purple hydrangea, lavender stock, Cool Water roses, and willow eucalyptus with silver lamour linens.

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Although the main portion of the reception was planned for the courtyard, additional guest seating was provided inside our chapel for guests who preferred to be inside.

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White cocktail napkins & dove gray koozies with the Bailey’s custom monogram were displayed at the bar and the wedding cake tables.

At the end of their reception the newlyweds left through a shower of rose petals before hopping in a vintage car from the Sweet Glide Vintage Ride fleet. We loved working with you guys and wish you nothing but the best in the new year and all that follow. Have a safe and Happy New Year, y’all!

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You’re still here? Awesome! We’re offering unsolicited advice for helping to decide the perfect color palette for your wedding day. Choosing the perfect colors won’t come easy and will require some planning on your part but we promise the end result is worth it. The first step is knowing where to begin. 

Definitely consider the location of your wedding when coming up with a main color. This color will be the one that shows through the most and really sets the tone for your wedding. This isn’t necessarily the color of your bridesmaids dresses but it absolutely could be. Always look to your venue or church for inspiration. If your church has red carpet for instance, go with complementary colors instead of choosing something to disguise the obvious. If you haven’t already chosen a venue, you should really consider The Sonnet House, look for blank, neutral spaces when possible. While white washed walls or standard carpeting may not be your vision of gorgeous, it means you can do absolutely whatever you want to when it comes to your vision for decor. 

Keep your wedding season in mind. In no way should the time of year dictate what colors you choose, but there is no arguing that certain colors lend themselves better in certain times of the year. It may also play a role in seasonal availability if certain blooms are only available during certain seasons. You’ll definitely want to consult with your floral artist on this one. 

Know your own personal style. When we meet with new couples one of the first things we ask is to see photos of themselves out and about, enjoying date night or attending a gala. While we’re absolutely interested in you guys personally, we also want to see trends you lean towards. Are you more of a simplistic and timeless style or do you prefer bold, textured, and vibrant designs? There is no right or wrong answer of course, everyone is different. 

Wedding Vendors Who Made it Happen:

Venue, Catering & Coordination: The Sonnet House

Florals & Decor: Corey Daniel Florals

Photographer:  Grace Bedsole for Eric & Jamie Photography 

Videographer: Genesis Media Solutions

Hair & Make Up Artist: Beauty by Jess

Ceremony Music: Karen McDowell Violinist

Reception Band: Established 

Bride’s & Groom’s Cakes: Wedding Cakes by Jan O’Donnell

Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella’s Bridal and Formal in Hoover, Alabama

Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridals

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear

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