How The Sonnet House got to work with Kaitlin + Drew’s wedding day is one of our favorite stories. You see, back in May of 2014 Allyson + Chase tied the knot with us and instantly became one of our all time favorite couples ever. Kaitlin was Allyson’s Maid of Honor and told us then that she would be back one day. Fast forward about two years later and we got the call that Kaitlin was engaged and would love to schedule a time to tour with us for her wedding and reception.
Kaitlin and her mom came by for an official tour and to go over everything The Sonnet House offers with our bookings and it quickly became obvious that this tour was also a partial planning meeting. She knew from the beginning that an indoor ceremony in our Chapel with an outdoor Spring reception was perfect for their vision. Her great taste combined with the all star team of vendors she brought in was a recipe for a dream wedding. A neutral, Spring palette of flowers like roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, thistle, hydrangea, and lots of greenery was used by Corey Daniel Florals throughout the wedding day from start to finish. Julie of Piper Vine Photography captured everything perfectly, as always, and we love having her out for that reason (and many many more!) You’ll also be able to see a snippet of Kaitlin + Drew’s wedding video from White Oak Productions on our updated website.
The bride and bridesmaids had their hair and make up done by Birmingham hair and make up artist, Melissa Bogardus. Kathy Smith played the prelude and ceremony music while party band Union Road kept guests dancing during the reception. I don’t think there was a minute of the entire night where the dance floor wasn’t packed. Ever wanted to have that detail at your wedding or reception that left guests talking for days, maybe even weeks? Kaitlin + Drew had two details that left their guests’ head spinning: Live event artist Joy Varnell (Joy Varnell Art) and a surprise appearance by Big Al, The University of Alabama’s mascot! Having an artist paint during your ceremony or reception is one of the most personalized details and memories you’ll have of your wedding day. It not only allows you to capture a different perspective of your event but it also serves as entertainment. Have you ever been to a wedding where they had a live artist? How long did you stand there and watch? I could watch them all night long!
After dinner was over and dancing had commenced, the newlyweds cut into their two amazing cakes from Barb’s Cakes. The traditional wedding cake was a sugar and floral statement. The cake itself was a four tiered buttercream cake which was accented with a floral topper and greenery framing in the bottom tier. It was displayed on a simple white cake pedestal and one of our favorite tablecloths, the Ramsay linen which is a soft blue and gold accented damask weave. Simply put, it’s amazing. Drew went for a more casual and fun cake, his ode to his love of Alabama football. It wouldn’t be complete without houndstooth cap wearing pooches and even a “hidden” dog tag on the back which read, “mommy married our daddy!”
Kaitlin + Drew rode away into the night in her father’s Corvette after running through a tunnel of glow sticks and Alabama shakers. We love you guys and can’t thank you enough for choosing The Sonnet House!
Wedding Vendors Who Made it Happen:
Venue, Catering & Coordination: The Sonnet House
Florals: Corey Daniel Florals
Photographer: Piper Vine Photography
Videographer: White Oak Productions
Hair & Make Up Artist: Melissa Bogardus of MakeUp Mel
Ceremony Music: Kathy Smith
Reception Music: Union Road
Bride & Groom’s Cakes: Barb’s Cakes
Live Event Artist: Joy Varnell
Special Guest: Mascot Big Al from The University of Alabama
Transportation: Personal Vehicle // Corvette
Bridal Salon: Bridal Bliss Homewood
Bridal Gown: LaSposa Bridals
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