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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

Remember these two? The photo just makes you happy, doesn’t it? Their May wedding was clean, classic and full of little quirks that were perfectly Erin & James.

From the pre-cermeony photos at Florida’s historic old capitol building to the reception venue (an old, prestigious politician’s hangout) to the decor, their event showed off the capital city and packed in plenty of old-Florida charm.

Since Erin & James planned an 11 a.m. full Catholic mass ceremony with a reception brunch to follow (which I am now crazy about!), the day started bright and early with hair, makeup and Lilly Pulitzer bridesmaids dresses.

Terri Smith Photo | Shannon Reeves Events

Just before her walk down the aisle…probably my favorite photo from the whole day.

…with ceremony and saber arch exit to follow

Terri Smith Photo | Shannon Reeves Events

Terri Smith Photo | Shannon Reeves Events

See the whole day in photos by Terri Smith Photo here, including the afterparty at Tallahassee landmark, Ken’s, a college favorite rented out for wedding night (so perfectly Erin & James).

Vendor Team
Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Governor’s Club
Event Coordinator: Shannon Reeves Events
Photographer: Terri Smith Photo
Flowers: At Last Florals
Cake: Sandy Stone
Catering and Bartending: Governor’s Club
Band: Ben Daniels Band
Bridal Boutique: Vocelles
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer
Afterparty Venue: Ken’s Tavern
Bride and Groom Accommodations: Governor’s Inn

Edgar’s Bakery | Tuscaloosa-Birmingham Cake Baker

July 18

When the parents of a new SRE bride wanted to drive over to Tuscaloosa from Birmingham to talk plans over breakfast a few weeks ago, Edgar’s came to mind first. Edgar’s actually always comes to mind first. If you haven’t visited yet, do yourself a favor and pop by. From classic, home-y breakfasts to cold salads and sandwiches to counters filled with cakes, cookies and everything else that will get you in trouble – it’s the best. (;

I love to grab little treats to welcome houseguests and as hostess gifts (their tea-towel-wrapped pound cakes are the cutest!). Everyone there is super-nice (brides, ask Lynette to tell you about her wedding cakes – she’s the sweetest!) and their Wifi is super fast, so working from there is always productive.

Tuscaloosa brides – if you need a cake-tasting partner, I’m your girl. Happy Friday!

Edgar's Bakery | Tuscaloosa Cake Baker

Edgar's Bakery | Tuscaloosa Cake Baker

TBT: Wedding Wire – A Great Resource for Brides

July 17

Brides and Grooms: Have you visited Wedding Wire?

Such a good resource for planning. Vendor listings, photos, reviews. Everything you need to confidently build your vendor team.

I’ve loved building the Shannon Reeves Events Wedding Wire page into a spot where couples can peek and decide if we may be a good fit. Brides, definitely put this site on your list to explore. (:

Today, it’s a coffee date with a newly engaged bride-to-be before heading over to Birmingham for a few fun meetings, a date night with DC and a few special little extras set up by the sweet people at the Aloft hotel.

Happy Thursday ladies!

Shannon

Leah’s Bridal Tea | Honey Lake Plantation

July 16

I shared Leah & Brian’s south-meets-Paris wedding on Monday, and thought I would be cheating you ladies a little bit if I didn’t share a peek from her bridal tea, too. It was sweet and feminine and classy to a T – perfectly grateful, sweet Leah. Also: Honey Lake Plantation’s White Room is a little bit of heaven.

Thank you to Terri Smith Photo for sharing photos from such a pretty afternoon. <3

Shannon Reeves Events Featured: The Knot Florida

July 15

Meghan had a completely different vision than I had ever done. Handpicked, unfussy, organic, free, natural.

It was new, but I was totally up for it, and I think we really pulled it off together. And thanks to Woodland Fields Photography’s beautiful photos, we have a little proof that Meghan was very right on this one. And seeing my name in The Knot Florida. My goodness, so exciting!

Leah & Brian | Southern-Parisian Hometown Wedding

July 14

When Leah got engaged, she naturally started planning her big, beautiful wedding in California where she grew up. But she had strong family roots in North Florida, and the south was pulling her back, which the south has a way of doing. (;

So at Leah’s polite requests, plans were canceled in California, her mom called me and we spent the next 16 months planning Leah’s big, beautiful wedding in a tiny little town in the south, on the lawn of the church her great-grandfather built. Tradition and memories and family and flowers everywhere you looked that day.

It was a rainy weekend, but Terri Smith Photo makes rain look good doesn’t she? And although the weather presented its fair share of challenges that weekend, the mist against the North Florida fields made everything look super romantic on wedding day.

After I Dos, guests moved a few minutes down the road to Leah’s grandfather’s home, where a tented reception waited on the lawn. Since Leah & Brian got engaged in Paris, mixing French touches – striped napkins, wine carafes and macarons with southern staples – monograms, ribbons and pretty pitchers of sweet tea – was a perfect fit.

A tea party for the little ones under its own mini tent held mini babies breath boutonnieres for the boys and halos for the little ladies. And sweets and coloring books and a swing handmade by the bride’s brother. This mommy-to-be was in kiddie heaven watching how much they all loved this.

The south is so much better than California. (;

For the full gallery from Terri Smith Photo, peek here.

Vendor Team
Ceremony: Midway Church of God; Lee, FL
Reception: Grandfather of the Bride’s Home
Photographer: Terri Smith Photo
Florist: Missy Gunnels Flowers
Officiant: Rev. Retis Flowers
Caterer: Black Fig
Bartender: On the Rocks
Ceremony Music: Shaker Lakes Chamber Players
Reception Band: Emerald Empire
Church Pews: Primrose Pews
Cake: Artistic Confections
Hair: Jenny Dease
Dressing Service: Hayley Mann, Hayley Lauren Couture
Makeup: Audrey Sweet
Videographer: Remedy Wedding Films
Lighting: Andrew Tent Co. and Terri Smith Details
Rentals: Andrew Tent Co. and Terri Smith Details
Linens: Silver Lining Linens
Transportation: Top Hat Limo
Portable Restrooms: Royal Restrooms

Lesley & Stuart | Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta

July 11

DVR is set for tonight! These two cute kids are finally airing on Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta after their pretty southern wedding at Southwind Plantation in South Georgia last October. It was so much fun to watch Lesley as she filmed – I can’t wait to see how it came out!

Their episode is set to air at 9 p.m. EST/8 Central on TLC, and if you need a little refresher before show time, peek here. (:

Can’t wait, Lesley!

#TBT: 3 Tips to Looking Your Best in Wedding Photos | Alabama Wedding Planner

July 10

Everyone seems to have tips on how to look good in wedding photos. With respect to those writers, I think most of those tips are enough to jumble anyone’s mind. By the time a girl gets married, she usually knows what makes her look and feel the prettiest. She knows which conditioners make her hair the shiniest and just how much moisturizer to use each night.

I happen to think that there really are only three things a bride-to-be really needs to know to present her prettiest, most natural self. And they’re simple. And they don’t require practicing red carpet-esque poses in the mirror. (;

Get comfy.
Make the camera (and how you look/pose/smile) an afterthought. Notice all the good around you – that new hubby of yours, all your nearest and dearest next to you, actually getting to wear that dress you’ve only been able to sneak peeks of until today. Think about the fact that you’re a wife (!!), about those two rings on that finger of yours, or about how darn cute that boy of yours looks all cleaned up. Staying relaxed, happy and excited inside will translate brilliantly – in everything from your sparkly eyes to your smile to the way you carry yourself.

Stop sipping early.
Limit yourself to just one or two alcoholic drinks the day before, then switch to water. It may be tempting to get tipsy, but your bright, pretty eyes (with no dark circles!), clear head and glowing skin will thank you on wedding day.

Keep your head up.
Someone once told me to carry myself as if there was a permanent invisible string at the top of my head, always pulling it up to the sky. Love that advice. Good posture looks composed and confident, so keep that string pulled tight on wedding day.

…and with that, I think you’ll be just fine. (;