Someone once said, "When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen in her face." This couldn't be more true for this darling Birmingham bride.
When I first met Rosie, she and Stuart had just started the journey of living 750 miles apart as Stuart had the honor of being in the McLean Presbyterian Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.. As my own husband and I dated long distance I knew the difficulties of living far away but it was so evident that Rosie had such security in her relationship with the Lord and with Stuart that rarely did their distance show. She radiated when she talked about Stuart - every. single. time. To the point that when the day finally came for me to meet Stuart I felt like I already knew him. From taking months to select each piece of music for their ceremony because that's how important it was, to putting rosemary in the boutinears not only for smell but for the brides namesake, to getting ready at the home she grew up in, to driving away in her dads vintage car, to having an ice cream bar instead of a grooms cake, to stealing the show from the band when the entire reception linked arms for the Auburn fight song, to serving Jim N Nicks famous cheese biscuts, this wedding was wonderful. Being the oldest of four girls, Rosie had a lot of eyes watching as she embarked on this wedding planning journey and she handled each decision with such grace and gratefulness. Happy one year and a couple weeks Mr. and Mrs. Spooner it was an honor serving your families.
Ceremony Location: Briarwood Presbyterian Church | Reception Location: BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft | Photography: Madelyn Nicole Photography | Catering: Jim N Nicks | Videography: Matt Wolfe | Bridal: Bella Couture | MUAH: Ashley Morgan Salon | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids, Inc. | Cake: Pen & Pastry | Lighting: Amerson Events | Stationery: Fine Paperwork |Reception Entertainment: Tapestry | Florals & Decor: Dean and Cindy
Beautiful Steelwood Country Club and Chapel in Loxley, Alabama set the perfect tone for Anna and Nics wedding weekend.
Thank you Jesus and Lifehouse Wedding Films for bringing this precious couple to each other and for the honor and privilege to serve their families. This video will melt your heart as you get to see a tiny glimpse of the love and dedication this couple and these families have for each other. Happy three months to a few of our favorites! Time flies when you're in love. - xoxo
"The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction." - Laurie Colwin
To "gather" means:
1. To bring together into one group, collection or place; collect.
2. To pick, or scoop up.
3. To increase gradually and steadily.
4. To assemble or collect as for an effort.
5. To come together around a central point; assemble.
Yesterday, as my husband and I were enjoying a lovely salad on the porch of my parents Summer Home in Birmingham, the door bell rang and a neighbor came over to invite my parents to a neighborhood dinner party. What a better way to welcome someone to the neighborhood than to invite them over for food and fellowship! I was so encouraged by the kind gesture that I had to pull together a post on easy entertaining and the gift of gathering! Enjoy!!
1. Eat Simply and Eat Together. Something magical happens when family and friends gather at the dinner table - no matter what's on the menu - even if its a burger. Check out Brooklyn Suppers recipe for Cheeseburgers with Quick-Pickled Onions & Avocado and invite your neighbors over to celebrate Summer on the grill!
2. Consider serving a Signature Summer Drink! Try Whole Foods version of Fresh Cherry Limeade and wow your guests with this easy and delicious recipe!
3. Homemade Salsa won't disappoint. Ali, from Gimme Some Oven has a fabulous 5 Ingredient Mango Salsa and I bet you can get almost every ingredient on Saturday at the Farmers Market at Pepper Place! Pepper Place is celebrating 15 Years of "Knowing Thy Farmer" so grab the family and make a morning out of it!
4. Save on flowers, spend on candles, specifically candles that ward off bugs! Try these potted citronella candles from Martha Stewart.com. Not only will these candles set the mood for a more intimate night on the porch, but will help keep those unwanted guests away.
Photo Credit: DuCastel Photography | Real Life Wedding: Abby & Joe | Floral & Decor: Lindsay Bean & Adorned Floral
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right." - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Rehearsal Dinner is the kick-off to the wedding weekend and besides the invitations and whatever you graciously leave at the hotel for when your guests check-in, the Rehearsal Dinner is your guests first impression of the wedding weekend. So why not start off with a splash!?
1. Know your guests. Will they know each other? How far are they traveling to be there? Where are your guests from? What will make them feel at home? How far is the Hotel from the Rehearsal Dinner location? Take these questions and more into consideration as you are planning the flow and timeline of the evening.
2. Hospitality is love in action, max it out. Your wedding weekend is one of the most magical weekends because all of your favorite people, who may not even know each other, are together in one room. These people have invested, loved and challenged you (and your groom) in each and every one of your different stages and ages of life and it is truly humbling to look around and see all those who have helped shape who you are today. Stick by your grooms side as you together make a point to welcome and spend precious moments with as many guests as you can, it may not hurt to go through your guest list before the dinner and give short bios about each guest to each other as well.
3. Remember your roots. Incorporating your grandmothers silver candlesticks, using your mothers crystal champagne flutes, getting personalized napkins printed with special quotes either from family members or friends, serving your mother-in-laws chocolate mousse recipe, displaying wedding pictures from extended family members whose marriages were those whose footsteps you wish to follow, these ideas and more create a beautiful backdrop for stories and memories that can't help but make your guests feel at home.
4. Have a statement piece. Whether it is a tower of Champagne flutes, or a whisky and cigar bar, or a stunning ice sculpture in the foyer, organize your budget so that you are able to "wow" your guests in a big or little way and talk about conversation piece! Your statement piece can be a natural way to get your guests mingling and form these relationships that will Lord willing last a lifetime. A current trend, is to hire a professional barista and offer a full coffee bar as your guests are leaving your dinner. Note: serving decaf coffee is essential.
5. Hire a photographer and videographer. A great way to be friendly to your budget, is to share vendors with the bride! Per approval of the bride and her family, consider hiring the same stationer, florist, photographer and videographer to capture those precious moments with your guests at the Rehearsal Dinner. Many Rehearsal Dinners, because of the more intimate setting, are seated and set a perfect scene to toast the bride and groom with well wishes. The toasts from those closest to you, are some of the things you will forever treasure - so allow a photographer and videographer to help you cherish them!
Sometimes in life you meet people that make you realize without a doubt that God is good and people aren't all that bad either. Those people, who without knowing you, your background nor your family history, show genuine care for your well being and have your best interest at heart instead of just their own, those people you come to trust. Last month, KBE had the absolute honor and privilege to be featured in American Lifestyle Magazine compliments of Graham Holmes at RE/MAX Over the Mountain. Graham is a Realtor in Birmingham, Alabama who helped my husband and I (for over a year!) until we found the perfect home to start our family. Thank you Graham for your professional guidance, personal attention to our priorities and unwavering commitment to our family. We are forever grateful.
Photography: Madelyn Nicole Photography | Design Layout: Holly Hollon | Best Realtor in the World: Graham Holmes with RE/MAX Over the Mountain