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bridal details

If you want beautiful photos of your wedding day details like this be sure to ask your florist for a photographer’s pack of flowers, ribbon, and any other details that may be available for use. You can also provide your own styling trays, accoutrements, and heirlooms but many photographers and videographers have options available too, just ask!

the mrs box

Everyone has seen The Mrs. Box customized velvet box and of course they’re beautiful, but did you know you can buy simple,  ring boxes like this one in all shapes, styles, and textures at various retailers like Etsy, Amazon, and even Target.

white slip dress

If you’re having little ones in your wedding be sure to schedule time to spend with them. It’s likely that they can’t wait to be one of the ‘big girls’ and moments like this with the bride are priceless.

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elegant southern bride

father of the bride

gold bridesmaids robes

three piece suit

wedding day stationery

handsome groom with facial hair

corey daniel florals

Riley Anna + Alex had a first look meaning they took all of their necessary pictures before the ceremony. They specifically chose this spot that is tucked away in the shade behind the ceremony stage. It’s completely hidden from view from the main house and creates a sanctuary just for the two of you…and your media team of course.

photos before the ceremony

couple in love

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glam southern bride

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picture poses

Navy Neoprene Koozies | Gold Stadium Cups with a custom monogram from Coleman Lane Designs

We’ve been busy, can you tell we’ve been busy? You guys, it was never our intention to post wedding galleries a year after the fact but what can we say, between events and planning events, not to mention the havoc that Covid-19 has caused the industry as a whole, we let social media and blogging specifically fall to the wayside. Better late than never though, right?!

As we are putting the final touches on our January and February weddings, doing tastings for our Spring couples, and of course non-stop planning it’s been fun to look back on 2020 weddings and really highlight them with the credit they deserve. Without further ado, Riley Anna + Alex’s wedding last July was one of the first full-size weddings we did after returning from quarantine.

The two of them were originally set to tie the knot in late May, Memorial Day Weekend to be exact, early July was a better fit when all was said and done. On top of wedding planning, a worldwide pandemic, and Riley Anna being an Elementary school teacher — these two also relocated to North Alabama! They handled every step of the way with complete grace and by the time July 10th finally rolled around they were more than ready to celebrate and had plenty of reasons.

Kristy Lee Events planned the day from beginning to end [twice!] but luckily couples at The Sonnet House didn’t have much shuffling to do since we provide so many of the things necessary for a wedding. This was our first time having the chance to work with her but we truly hope we have another opportunity soon. Tuscaloosa brides — if you’re on the hunt for a planner we strongly suggest Kristy, she was fantastic!

Speaking of fantastic – Kristen Pugh Photography, one of our favorites, was around to capture every little detail. One of our favorite parts about working with Kristen is the ease that she manages couples, their wedding party, and their families on the wedding day. No matter how well organized and planned the day is there will always be small snags but Kristen is able to adjust on the fly and make photos go seamlessly.

While we’re on the topic of media please be sure to scroll to the bottom of this blog post so that you can see IB Video’s incredible highlight video of their wedding day.

Riley Anna dazzled with her long, blonde locks in a curled up-do. She wore a stunning Heidi Elnora wedding gown from the Build-A-Bride Birmingham collection [formerly Tuscaloosa] and her bridesmaids wore Champagne chiffon dresses by Bill Levkoff.

Riley Anna chose neutral colors in shades of white, champagne, and soft pink for her decor and flowers. Corey Daniel Florals used gold accents and lots of candlelight to add extra romance and charm to her details. Flowers he used included standard and garden roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus, and Italian ruscus.

Their reception and dance floor were held in our courtyard with additional seating in the chapel for guests who wanted a respite from the warm July day. One of the best parts about our wedding venue is the ability to offer indoor and outdoor options while keeping all of your guests close enough that they don’t miss any important announcements like cake cutting, bouquet, toss, or anything else that’s going on during the reception.

At the end of the night Riley Anna + Alex enjoyed one last dance together underneath the cafe lights while we lined guests up for their exit at the front of the house. The two rode off in Riley Anna’s Jeep Wrangler amid a shower of rose petals and smiles from ear to ear.

We loved having the chance to work with Riley Anna, Alex, and their families. Although we know you would have loved to say ‘I do’ on your original date we even appreciated getting a little extra time to work together! We ended up being able to host their rehearsal dinner as well after their original venue was unable due to social distancing restrictions. The Paynes are all set for their next adventure as Mom and Dad, Baby Girl Payne will arrive in Spring 2022 and we wish you guys nothing but the best!

Wedding Vendors Who Made It Happen:

Venue, Catering & Linens: The Sonnet House

Planner: Kristy Lee Events

Florals & Decor: Corey Daniel Florals

Photographer: Kristen Pugh Photography

Videographer: IB Event Video

Ceremony & Reception Music: Elite Productions (DJ)

Bride & Groom’s Cakes: The Cottage Bakery

Bridal Gown: Build A Bride Birmingham

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff in Champagne

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Formals on Main [Northport]

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Riley Anna and Alex from IB Event Video on Vimeo.