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Saks 5th Avenue Birmingham | Birmingham Wedding Planner

July 27

As part of my relaxing little weekend in Birmingham a couple weekends ago, I was invited for a spa facial at Saks and makeover at their Guerlain counter.

Did you know Saks did facials? I didn’t! Have you heard of Guerlain? I had not!

Let me tell you, girls. It was SUCH a treat. A pretty, all-white private room, a spa robe, fresh, light moisturizers and creams…enough to totally relax this mom-to-be AND the busiest bride-to-be, I’d be willing to bet!

And Guerlain! Girls, it’s the oldest cosmetics company in the world and oh-so-fancy. I’m terrible at makeup, but Teresa Thompson at the counter is a pro, and makes the whole experience so fun. I’m thinking it’d be perfect for you – pre-shower makeup, engagement party makeup, bachelorette party makeup, (and all those goodies to make you just glow as a bride-to-be should).

Thank you for such a nice invitation to visit and experience Saks and Guerlain, Teresa! It was fabulous to feel a little fancy before I turned back into a pumpkin. (;

Happy Monday, ladies! Make it a good one!


Shannon Reeves Events Featured: Style Me Pretty Florida

July 24

Exciting morning around here, girls! Jenn & Ian’s pretty faces are featured on Style Me Pretty Florida today…not a bad little start to a Thursday morning. (:

Such a fun couple. Such a pretty spot on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Good music. Good food. Fun drinks. Pretty flowers. The prettiest photos. A little salty air. …a can’t miss.

Have a little eye candy with your coffee and have the happiest of Thursdays, ladies!


Birmingham Bridal Shop | Ivory & White Bridal Boutique

July 23

On a cute little main road in the darling little Birmingham neighborhood of Mountain Brook, Ivory & White stands with a white brick facade and the prettiest peeks for window-shoppers. Inside, private dressing rooms welcome you, with enough space for your favorite ladies, a bottle of champagne and hopefully “the dress.” It makes me giddy just thinking about girls’ experiences here!

And the owner, Brooke Mason, couldn’t be more precious. This gal is so fun and makes you feel instantly comfy in her boutique (so important!).

Loved my behind-the-scenes shop tour, Brooke! Can’t wait to visit again with a bride, no baby bump and some bubbly. (;

Visit Ivory & White here.

Aloft Birmingham Soho Square | Birmingham Wedding Planner

July 22

Aloft Birmingham | Birmingham Wedding

I didn’t know anything about the Aloft hotel brand before last Thursday, but today is a different story. (;

I was invited to experience the Aloft Birmingham last week, so I packed up my little family for one last visit away from home before baby.

You guys, we had the best time.

As soon as I arrived, the sweet girl at the check in desk knew just who I was (I asked her if it was the baby belly or the two yorkies that gave me away). First, the people couldn’t have been nicer, which for this girl, is always most important.

I got a quick tour of the hotel, its colorful lobby, cute courtyard and wxyz lounge (couples can host “post toast” wedding after-parties here!), an indoor pool with fluffy white towels on every chair and a gym with everything you’d need, including a wall of Dasani waters (I get excited about the small things just as much as the big ones, clearly).

The hotel is set in the adorable Homewood/Soho district of Birmingham, so there were dozens of restaurants, boutiques and dessert spots within walking distance. After a little exploring, we headed to Saw’s BBQ (Paula Deen voted it Number One BBQ spot in America!) for the cutest al fresco date and a split-Dreamcakes cupcake for dessert.

We headed back to Aloft after dinner and got cozy on one of the lounge’s trendy couches, which was exactly where I wanted to be after a packed week of “being on” almost every minute of every day (you know that feeling?). There were a couple cocktails, a couple of my signature waters-with-lemon (I miss you, champagne – I’ll see you soon!) and the hotel’s live guitar duo in the background.

And bonus: Our room had a perfect up-close-and-personal view of Birmingham landmark Vulcan statue, a fun little local perk. (;

Brides: With all this friendliness going on inside and the neighborhood’s heavy dose of cuteness going on outside, this is the perfect pick for wedding blocks, and Sales Director Sallie Hallmark makes things easy-as-can-be.

Thank you for having us, Aloft – you’ve created a fan in me for sure!

Erin & James | Classic, Preppy Florida Wedding

July 21