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Wedding Favor Ideas and Wedding Favor Tips | AK Brides | Alabama and Southern California

I always look at wedding favors as an optional addition to your wedding day.  I would say about half of my brides do favors now but it really depends on what part of the country you live in.  The upper East Coast, it’s a must have and probably 90% have favors from engraved cake knives to glass olive oil jars and anything personalized with the couple’s names and wedding date on them.    But are favors really necessary??   I would say it’s a matter of personal preference but if you are really trying to keep your budget under control this is definitely an expense I would much rather see you put towards your food or your band or bar.  I know you want to thank your guests for coming to your wedding and celebrating with you. Wedding favors are such a great way to put your personal stamp on your wedding day that reflects you and your groom completely but serving them a great dinner and giving them a wonderful evening of celebration is really a great thank you all in it’s own right?  Of course you will send them a hand written thank you note after the wedding but favors on a wedding day so often get left behind.  Here are some helpful tips and great ideas to help you choose some really clever wedding favors for your guests to take home. Above images by Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography Photo by David Boyd Photography  Cookies by Savages Bakery Photo by Love B Photography, Krispy Kreme Donuts Photo by David Boyd Photography If you really really really want to have a favor... read more

Jaley and Will | Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides | Real Wedding

Jaley and Will are two successful Birmingham professionals who were so ready to say “I Do” and have a great party to celebrate their union together.  Incorporating elegance and a fun night was not difficult to do with this awesome and fun loving bride and groom and a fabulous venue like Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. There were so many beautiful details in this design plan for the ceremony and reception from soft white draping fabric at the alter area with crystal chandeliers to a sweet memory table filled with family wedding heirlooms.  Here are some of the images capturing the day from our star photographer Allison Lewis Photography!   Enjoy!             Our Flower Girl was absolutely adorable and wore the same little white dress that our bride Jaley wore when she herself was a flower girl many years ago.             Exquisite aisle runner with a personal monogram absolutely made this aisle come together!           This was one of my most favorite moments in my career as a wedding planner when our tiny flower girl just decided she was flat out tired and wanted to take a nap…. so sweet!!       We love included our fur babies for the bride and groom in wedding pictures on wedding day!                                                         Thank you to the many wedding professionals who worked so tirelessly on this wedding for our bride... read more

Lisette and Wynn | City Club of Birmingham | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides | Real Wedding

What a glorious wedding day for our bride Lisette and her groom Wynn with so many sweet details in place.   Lisette wanted her wedding day to reflect her regal sense of style,  traditional elegance and her love for lace and all things pretty.    We started the day at The Tutwiler Hotel with hair and make up in the balcony suite.  Her gown was a gorgeous design by Judd Waddell from The White Room in Mountain Brook and she wore her sweet Mama’s cathedral length lace veil to complete her look.  After a beautiful ceremony at All Saints Episcopal Church ,  guests enjoyed an elegant seated dinner at The City Club of Birmingham overlooking the entire city and a spectacular view followed by lots of dancing and a great night of fun!      A very special detail incorporated into the day’s design was the Ginko tree and the leaf’s significance to our bride and groom meaning resilience and fortitude.    We sprinkled this little detail in the paper suite and also by the escort card table just for that sweet touch of remembering how they met under a Ginko tree on the campus of Birmingham Southern College.    The night ended with Lisette and Wynn taking a romantic stroll up the street from the reception venue back over to the Tutwiler.  It was completely enchanting!    Our photographer David Boyd Photography captured every special moment for us throughout the day!! Thank you so much to this fabulous team including… Wedding Planner –   AK Brides Photographer – David Boyd Photography Getting ready venue – The Tutwiler Hotel Reception Venue – City Club of Birmingham Ceremony – All Saints Episcopal Church... read more

Olivia and Blake | Engagement Shoot | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides

I am so excited to be working and celebrating with Olivia and Blake!!  This weekend will be the most enchanting wedding day with 15 bridesmaids, 15 groomsmen, 2 Junior bridesmaids, 2 ring bearers and 2 flower girls!  And you know the really special part??  The groom and his men are serving our country in the Navy and will be dressed in their dress blues, gloves and swords!  I can not wait to hear to command from these boys at the end of our ceremony exclaiming “Welcome to the Navy Mrs. Copeland!”   Oh, I just got chills!!!    Enjoy these gorgeous engagement images from Blake and Olivia’s engagement shoot with our fabulous photographer David Boyd Photography Stay tuned for these wedding images in a short while!!!  It will be amazing!!                                                             Our fabulous vendor team for this weekend will be amazing!!  Can not wait to work with them! Photographer – David Boyd Photography Venue – Gardens Cafe – Birmingham Botanical Gardens Catering – Kathy G & Company Transportation – Coats Classic Cars Videography – 410 Films Floral Design – Flowers from the Heart Cakes – Sweet Magnolia Wedding Gown – Bridal Bliss Men’s Attire non military –Mr. Burch Formalwear Mountain Brook Invitations – Annabelle’s Hair and Make up – Ashley Vines Music – Perfect Events... read more

Brittany and Paul | Engagement Shoot | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides

The wedding week is finally here!!!  Brittany and Paul will say “I Do” on Saturday and we are beyond excited for this one to come to life!!  After many many hours of production meetings and many more hours of putting all the right team members in place, we all get to see this gorgeous day come to life!!!  Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa will be our host venue this weekend and we have guests coming in from all over the world to join in the fun and celebration.  Take a look at our gorgeous bride and groom from their engagement shoot at the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens!  Photographers Eric and Jamie Photography captured these two perfectly in their oh so fun loving ways, and come back and see our blog for the epic images we will be getting in from Brittany and Paul’s wedding day!!!  Can’t wait!!   Once again, thank you to Eric and Jamie Photography and also Raww Beauty for hair and make up on our bride Brittany! Wedding Planner – AK Brides Engagement shoot Venue – Birmingham Botanical Gardens... read more

Caitlin and Ben | Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides | Real Wedding

Caitlin and Ben are both “top of the charts” Disney fanatics and when our bride came to us and told us her dream theme for her wedding day, I was so excited to get started on all the planning details and the fun!  Not only were her little toe nails painted with Mickey Mouse ears, we even had a a sparkling blue “Cinderella Sipper” and the “Mad Hatter” signature drinks but we also had a show stopper wedding cake topped with a Swarovski Crystal castle!  Wait staff entered the ballroom in unison with trays of plated entrees to the theme song from Beauty and the Beast “Be Our Guest”. Caitlin chose colors of purples, lavenders and silvers displayed throughout the details including the linens, table top chargers, centerpieces and her stunning bridal teardrop bouquet.  Don’t miss the glass slipper on the ring bearer’s pillow! Our host venue, Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa did an outstanding job serving all of our guests and all of our professional vendors went above and beyond their creative talents to transform this ballroom into a magical Disney experience!                                                                                             Our “Cinderella Sipper” signature drink!!         How much fun are these Mickey ears and gloves!!!  All of their guests were treated to the mouse ears and some fun things throughout the night!   A beautiful first dance... read more