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Carrie and Boopathy | The Club | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides | Real Wedding

Carrie and Boopathy came to me with a very specific vision for their wedding day joining two cultures of American and Hindu traditions together honoring both of their family’s heritage.  They absolutely fell in love with The Club as their venue to host the American portion of their wedding day.  This is part one of this glorious wedding representing the American traditions of the day.  I was so excited to work with this color palette of soft blush tones and gold accents and all the elegant details from the pink ribbon wrapped around macaroons as favors to Carrie’s gorgeous Badgley Mischka wedding shoes.   The day began early at the Hindu Temple with a celebration of marriage and a light lunch.  Our bride Carrie was then off to The Club where her hair and make up team was waiting to transform her from Indian traditions to American elegance and an evening ceremony ensued followed by a lively reception of dinner and dancing.  The weather gave us a little threat of rain and honestly one of my favorite memories from this day was Carrie and Boopathy agreeing to begin their ceremony about 10 minutes early to avoid the impending thunderstorm looming in the distance.   Well, the timing was perfect and just as soon as the minister pronounced them husband and wife and guests made their way inside the club, the rain arrived… but we made it!!!!   These stunning images from our wonderful friends Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography represent just a part of this special day!                              ... read more

Jennifer and David | Shoal Creek Country Club | Birmingham Alabama | Akbrides

We had such a wonderful time planning Jennifer and David’s  exquisite wedding ceremony and reception  out at Shoal Creek Country Club.  All of their guests were surrounded by lush green landscaping and cool Fall breezes, ivory and blush tones with candle light and elegant romantic lighting.  This wedding was full of personal touches with a mix of lounge furniture and high top iron tables and a variety of delicious foods that brought flavors of their Southern hometown together with the excitement of New York City, where our bride and groom reside.    Jen and David surprised their guests with a visit from Steel City Pops as an added late night treat as guests danced the night away with the sounds of Evolution Party Band with East Coast Entertainment under a gorgeous canopy of elegant cafe lighting by Design Production LLC.  Here are some of the fabulous images from Jennifer and David’s wedding extravaganza thanks to  Allison Lewis Photography  Enjoy! Anita             Wow!!  Now that’s what I call a great first look!       Jen and her bridesmaids carried the most romantic florals and each bridesmaids wore delicate colors with a romantic touch   These gorgeous wreaths were perfect for each window in the chapel   A gorgeous chuppah  Signing the Ketubah!!               A sweet moment with her Daddy     Thank you to this wonderful team of professionals! Photography – Allison Lewis Photography Floral Design – Hot House Design Studio Lighting Design – Design Productions LLC Venue – Shoal Creek Country Club Rentals – Event Rentals Unlimited Entertainment – East Coast Entertainment – Evolution Party Band Hair and Make... read more

Winter Wonderland Wedding at The Club Birmingham

Nicole dreamed of a winter wedding in December to marry the love of her life Drew.  She chose the elegant wedding reception venue The Club Birmingham to hold her elaborate wedding reception draped with white linen, elegant lighting and delicious food for guests to enjoy.  Nicole and her bridesmaids all enjoyed a refreshing morning at Halcyon Days Salon and Spa with hair and make up by Melissa Bogardus of Joyce’s Formals.  Nicole was glowing from the very start of the day!   Nicole wore a gorgeous gown from Ivory and White Bridal Salon in Crestline Alabama.   A perfect choice for this stunning bride with lace from top to bottom and a gorgeous plunging back.   The textures, colors and beautiful floral blooms made up a stunning bridal bouquet for bride Nicole created by Mandy Majerik of Hot House Design Studio and perfect for a winter weather themed wedding day.       Nicole and Drew chose to have a first look privately in the sanctuary of their church Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Homewood Alabama.  It’s such a special moment for a bride and a groom before the family and guests arrive to celebrate in this wonderful day ahead!           Beautiful bride Nicole takes her walk down the aisle holding tightly to her daddy’s arm   Pretty bridesmaids in pretty pink blush holding wintry textured bouquets so sweet and perfect for the season   With the colder air moving in and feeling the winter chill, Nicole is wrapped in fur of winter white     Enjoying a moment alone right and that newly married “glow” right after the ceremony   Simple yet... read more

Classic Elegance at the Tutwiler Hotel for Jenny and Mike’s wedding day

Jennifer and Michael dreamed of a simple but classic and elegant wedding day experience in Birmingham Alabama with the fresh new landscape of budding blooms and greenery in the Spring.  Jennifer had visions of a grand and regal entrance when she made her way down the aisle and we knew, after searching many days, that The Tutwiler Hotel in downtown Birmingham was the perfect space to achieve this look!   Rich jewel tone colors were a striking contract to the spectacular greenery surrounding the property.  Hand tied florals mark the family rows at the end of the aisle   Jenny and her bridesmaids had the balcony suite upstairs to prepare for the day beginning with hair and make up, while this stunning wedding gown from Diane’s Formal Affair hangs beautifully by the french doors of the suite.           Jennifer’s bridal bouquet is another striking contract of red red roses against her gorgeous ivory beaded gown.  Bride Jennifer’s florals for her wedding day were created by Mandy Majerik of Hot House Design Studios               A first sweet moment with her daddy, Father of the bride is taking it all in….   Those colorful jewel tones are simply gorgeous with white florals for our bridesmaids, while bride Jenny carries all red roses with a white collar       The groom and his guys having a great time downtown, right outside the Tutwiler Hotel   Handsome groomsmen dressed in their classy tuxedoes from Mr. Burch Formalwear in Mountain Brook Alabama   Simple yet elegant reception centerpiece of those beautiful colors of orange, berries and whites along side rustic... read more

Summer Lake Side Wedding for Lacey and Nik

The bride’s family lake house on Lake Mitchell was the gorgeous setting for Lacey and Nik’s Summer wedding day.  Blue skies above, calm waters on the lake and lots of excitement in the air.  The lake house had been a common family gathering place to the bride’s family so it was very special for Lacey and Nik to marry in the same special location where so much love and laughter has been shared and will continue for years to come. Bride Lacey wanted all her puppy dogs to be a part of her day and this little one was close by during hair and make up preparations..   All the details were in place to reflect the warm and loving lake lifestyle the family enjoys including koozies with a map of the area   More puppy love for bride Lacey   The “get-a-way” boat is polished and ready to skip out over the water immediately after the couple says “I Do”!   The other end of the pier right off the lake house was a screen in dock we made into the “Cigar Bar”.. Guests enjoyed fine cigars in the cool evening air               A precious moment with her flower girl wearing the big girl shoes   The boat house is set and ready for a whimsical, light airy ceremony with most of the window panes lifted and opened inviting fresh breezes inside   Ready to see his bride for the first time, Nik is waiting in anticipation   The first look….       Puppies enjoy the first look as well……  ... read more

Wedding Planning Check List

I get the wonderful opportunity to meet with many many brides with all different expectations for their wedding day.  Some have all their ideas and visions on their Pinterest boards, organized by category, color, theme, etc.  Other brides come to me with so many ideas and plans in their minds they feel overwhelmed without a direction on which task to start first.  This is where a wedding planner becomes invaluable to a bride and can help “chunk down” those overwhelming tasks with a simple wedding planning check list!  Here is an example that I hope will help you sweet bride! David Shirk – Unplugged Photography Tasks to be complete Six to Nine months before your wedding: Choose your date Set your budget Hire a wedding planner!!  🙂   (Just my own 2 cents worth.. :-)) Begin compiling your guest list for both wedding and rehearsal dinner Choose ceremony location Choose reception location Choose your Bridal Attendants Contract your Photographer Schedule your engagement session Contract your Videographer Contract your Caterer Design and order your wedding cake Contract your Officiate Begin shopping for and purchase your wedding gown Contract your Floral Design and Lighting Design Contract music for the Reception Contract musicians for the ceremony Begin to plan your honeymoon Order your Save the Date Cards Brandon Gresham – Simple-Color Photography Tasks to be complete Four to Six months before your wedding:  Mail out your Save the Date cards Six months before your wedding  Contract and arrange for wedding day transportation including a Shuttle Bus and your get-a-way car Order your invitations Register for gifts Purchase wedding rings Reserve Groom and... read more