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April 14

Happy Monday from Tallahassee! I drove in from Tuscaloosa last Thursday and it’s been a whirlwind since then! An all-day install and ceremony rehearsal for Sarah and Brian’s outdoor wedding at Lichgate on Friday and wedding day on Saturday. Side note: You guys HAVE to visit this place. Grab a book and a picnic and have the most peaceful lunch hour ever. Really, do it. More photos from Amanda Sumner soon!

And yesterday, a visit to Lee, a tiny little farm town in North-Central Florida to visit Leah & Brian, who will get married there on Saturday. We’ve been planning their wedding for more than a year now – beautiful linens and draped tents, a children’s tea party with mini boutonnieres and flower halos, an eight-piece band and a striped dance floor, a giant wooden altar cross and old-fashioned church pews (Easter-weekend perfect) and a million other little details. One excited girl here.

And after that, what I thought was going to be a little visit with a girlfriend was actually a surprise Sunday tea party and baby shower planned by my best girlfriends in Tallahassee – pink and monogrammed and the girlist of girly. Such a sweet surprise, and left me thinking about what I must have done so right to deserve all these good things. So grateful for friends who are so excited for us and with us…just unreal. (:

Off to a lunch date to hear all about Miss Erin’s May wedding plans (my very last booked Tallahassee wedding). Happy Monday!

xoxo,
Shannon

Our most exciting announcement

April 1

So excited to finally share our exciting news!

Our new little lady is due August 20 and I’m already shopping for bloomers and bows, tiny little leggings and all-things-girly. (;

Also: I’m pretty certain that seeing DC with a little girl is going to make me cry every single day. Just couldn’t be more excited!

Thank you to Heather Davis of Paper Please Studio for designing this precious little announcement for us! Our first little framer for the nursery. <3

Birthday Week in Destin

March 28

Those of you who follow along on the Shannon Reeves Events Facebook or Instagram pages may know that I’ve spent the last week in Destin and Pensacola, Fla. celebrating DC’s 30th birthday. We celebrated in a precious beach bungalow packed with 14 best friends, a sunny boat day and the clearest emerald gulf water we could have hoped for, cookouts and fancy dinners, golf and shopping and birthday cake and surprise presents. So fun.

Home sweet Tuscaloosa now, with new-house closing scheduled (!), spring weddings right around the corner, two new SRE clients to get excited with and a wonderful little surprise email from Style Me Pretty with some good news. And today…a gloomy day perfect for cozying up with wedding work and pretty things.

Happy Friday!

xoxo,
Shannon

Children’s Chapel at Lake Martin | Lake Martin Wedding Planner

March 17

I haven’t been posting lately, but things have been the best kind of busy around here! After months and months of house hunting in Tuscaloosa, we found one that was literally love at first sight. In a historic neighborhood where kids play in front yards and people working in their gardens stop to look up and wave when you drive by. Old hardwood floors, light pouring in everywhere you look and a cute white kitchen with a big white farmhouse sink. More on this soon (if all goes well with inspection and closing in the next few weeks!)

I posted a call for interns and got such great applications. So many positive, creative, fun responses (thank you so much ladies!), but I’m super excited about the two (picking one = impossible) ladies on board for the spring and summer. You’ll meet them really soon. (;

I met with a Birmingham bride-to-be about helping to design and coordinate her October wedding and it was one of those meetings where things just click. The best kind.

Since then, I visited Lake Martin, where she and her fiancé have been spending summers for as long as they’ve been together. It’s the perfect perfect backdrop for the wedding of a classic, southern girl and her outdoor-loving, sportsmen fiancé. And you guys, I visited Lake Martin on the perfect day last week. Warm sunny weather and water like glass. And the Chapel at Children’s Harbor tucked right along the banks, with a little harbor lighthouse to match. How cute and perfect.

I promise to keep you updated on all these fun things going on! In the meantime, it’ll be a busy week tying finishing-touch bows on all the details of our spring weddings before heading to the beach for a big friend-packed birthday weekend in Destin (DC turns 30!).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Shannon Reeves Events Featured: The Southern C

March 5

Sharing an older (but always helpful) post over on The Southern C today! Pop over and visit, and grab some home-y southern recipes, etiquette tips, good reads and southern city travel advice while you’re there. (;

Happy Wednesday!

Thank you again to Crystal and Alex, two of our closest friends, for modeling your pretty faces and Ashley Daniell Photography for this photo from my very first SRE shoot!

Happy Anniversary! | Aida & Dustin

March 3

I’m so excited to start the week with such happy, fun wedding memories. Remember these two? They celebrated their first wedding anniversary yesterday, and with a new baby boy to add to the happiness!

Aida sent me a little thank you yesterday and every time “thank yous” from past brides come my way, I feel like I should send one right on back. I just love this work and being able to play a part in one of the biggest days of people’s lives is the biggest honor. Really.

Happy anniversary to my sweet, grateful, oh-so-glam new mommy friend Aida, and thank YOU for letting me play a small part in your Big Day.

xoxo,
Shannon

All the pretty photos by Woodland Fields Photography are right here for anyone who wants to take a peek. (;

Shannon Reeves Events is Looking for an Intern!

February 21

Alabama has given Shannon Reeves Events the biggest, best first impression after its move from Florida last November. Dates are booking, and with spring and summer in Tuscaloosa quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to bring on another set of hands to start learning the ropes and getting up-to-speed on the Shannon Reeves Events brand before we officially jump into our first wedding season here in Alabama.

Shannon Reeves Events is looking for a Spring/Summer 2014 intern and the perfect fit could be you!

The position is unpaid, but can be used for college credit. The ideal candidate would be available to meet in person at least once a week through this spring and summer to brainstorm creative, fun ideas relating to current and future projects, to assist with styled shoots and design projects and to be a friendly, positive face to help promote the SRE brand in the Tuscaloosa community.

The SRE intern will also be expected to assist on event and wedding days, which are long, but come with big morning coffees, cute picnic basket lunches and so much fun. Our perfect fit must be available on June 6th and 7th, and loving Lilly Pulitzer sundresses, monograms and all-things-girly gets you bonus-points. (;

So if this sounds like just your thing, or if you’re looking to learn more about event planning, coordinating and design, please inquire with a general introductory email, your resume and a quick statement about why you are the best fit for the Shannon Reeves Events brand. Bundle it all together in an email and send along to me at Shannon@ShannonReevesEvents.com by Wednesday, March 5 and I promise to keep you posted!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

xoxo,
Shannon

Photo from Caitlin & Jamison’s wedding by Terri Smith Photo.

TBT: The Post-Wedding Brunch: Tips to Hosting a Sweet Southern Send-Off

February 19

My desk has become a catch-all this week for mimosa bar designs and the perfect accompaniments to go with shrimp-and-grits. We’re planning a post-wedding brunch over here! Here’s a bit of what’s been on our minds:

Keep it casual.
Whether it’s hosted at a parent’s home, the pretty waterfront deck at the hotel where your guests are staying or your favorite local brunch spot, it’s nice to keep a “drop-by-and-say-hi” format rather than a scheduled seated meal. Since everyone will likely be heading out in different directions, this will allow guests to pop in, enjoy brunch and bid farewell at at time that works with their travel schedule.

Hosting duties.
…belong to whomever extends an offer to host! This is usually the bride’s or groom’s parents, but can certainly be split between them (since everyone will be family post-wedding!). Or it may be hosted by another family member or friend altogether.

Give your flowers an encore.
Designate someone to carefully pack up those pretty arrangements after the reception (a wedding coordinator comes in quite handy here!) and let them shine in round two the next morning.

Planning the menu.
I always suggest hosting earlier in the day so guests can say their goodbyes before heading home to their everyday lives, and brunch food seems to please everyone. A waffle bar, omelets and plenty of the tried-and-true southern brunch hits – biscuits, gravy, local jams and jellies and shrimp and grits should do the trick!

Bubbles? While alcohol isn’t a necessity here, you may choose to offer mimosas or bloody marys for those who believe a southern brunch isn’t complete without one or the other. (; Chances are if you offered an open bar the night before, there won’t be many takers, anyway.

Spreading the word.
I always recommend including an enclosure note mentioning brunch in the wedding invitation so guests can make appropriate travel arrangements early. If you make guest welcome bags, you should be sure to remind them with a note there, too!

Be gracious. While busy brides and grooms may not get the chance to chat with everyone at the wedding, the day-after brunch is a relaxed, informal spot to turn on that gracious southern charm and deliver as many sweet “thank yous” as there are guests.

…and remember, have fun with it! This is a casual, relaxed setting to say your goodbyes and hear everyone’s favorite parts of wedding day before you head off to honeymoon with that brand new hubby of yours! Soak in every last second and enjoy every last sip of that mimosa. (;

Photo from Becca & Aaron’s wedding by Black & Hue Photography.

Caroline & Taylor | Mission San Luis Wedding

February 15

A few of my favorites from Caroline & Taylor’s fall wedding in Tallahassee…

Photos by Woodland Fields Photography. See the full gallery here.

January.

February 3

January was so cozy. Lots of warm nights in with comfort food, popcorn and guilty pleasure reality TV. Shannon Reeves Events’ very first event in Birmingham – a National Championship party for a former Auburn player (I really had to keep my inner FSU fan under control!). Five days in Pensacola with family and with friends who may as well be. Working on some absolutely precious projects with SRE couples (three weddings in Florida this spring!), learning to become an Alabama fan with gymnastics meets and basketball games, and a January grand finale – a snow day in Alabama.

Happy February!

xoxo,
Shannon