Wedding

Think Pink | A Celebration of Life| Vow ReNEWal Photo Shoot

Every once in a while, we vendors get a wild idea to organize a styled photo shoot that is usually for the purpose of showing off our talents and having fun. This time, however, Jackie from Vintage on Macon (and a host of other vendors) organized the most amazing photo shoot with a very special story.

I have been waiting to share this photo shoot with you guys for a while now, but felt like October would be the perfect time to do so. Why October, you ask? Well, that’s because beautiful Kasi is a breast cancer survivor and October is breast cancer awareness month. What a perfect time to celebrate a story of survival. Her story is one that will bring you to tears and make you rejoice all at the same time. She and her husband Jamey share a love story that is worth celebrating and a vow renewal photo shoot was the perfect way to do so.

What you’re about to see is a labor of love and a work of heart from some of Huntsville’s most amazing wedding vendors, but it is so much more than that. It is a celebration of life, love and miracles. It is a celebration of overcoming the grief and pain that cancer leaves behind and coming through that journey with a stronger, deeper, more passionate love. It’s a celebration of a love that lived up to its “in sickness and in health” promise. Most importantly it’s a celebration of a family, who despite the unfair hand they were dealt, have emerged from trials still united.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you A Celebration of Life: A Vow ReNEWal Photo Shoot:

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Christina from The Transformation working her transforming magic on Kasi and Jamey

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Stunning Kasi in a one-of-a-kind, show stopping dress from White Dresses

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Handsome Jamey is rocking his pink attire!

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Kasi and her mom, a fellow breast cancer survivor herself, take a minute to honor the memory their late sister and daughter

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Beautiful florals from Soul Flowers and Styling from Vintage on Macon

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Donny’s Diamond Gallery made Kasi feel like a princess with all of this beautiful jewelry. And how about those shoes and bow tie that I’m pretty sure were hand glittered by the gals at Sweet Roots Photography?! I LOVE them!

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Shaken Not Stirred Salad-Tini with a Martini Curtain

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Pickle Bar featuring homemade Bread and Butter Pickles, Sriracha Pickled Swiss Chard, Pickled Asparagus, Pickled Tomatoes, and Taco Pickles with Carrots and Radish

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Teriyaki Glazed Salmon over Purple Cauliflower Mash and topped with Tangy Slaw and Sriracha Cream Sauce

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Cake by Slice At A Time and Mini Desserts by Hamley Bake Shoppe

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Tea Bar by Piper and Leaf

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Love like this needs no explanation!

Contributing Vendors:

Event Planning and Styling: Vintage on Macon
Photography: Sweet Roots Photography
Wedding Dress: White Dresses
Jewelry: Donny’s Diamond Gallery
Hair and Makeup: The Transformation
Flowers: Soul Flowers
Cake: Slice At A Time
Mini Desserts: Hamley Bake Shoppe
Tea Bar: Paper and Leaf
Catering: Ashley’s Creative Catering

Ashley’s Creative Catering Real Wedding: Slaten-Biehn | Decatur, AL | Princess Theatre

Maegan and Alex have been long time sweethearts and have always had special ties to The Princess Theatre. It seemed only natural to celebrate their nuptials at the beloved theatre back in July. From the first time I had contact with Maegan, I knew I wanted to be part of her wedding day but then she said the words “vintage glam” and I was in LOVE!

From the moment their guests stepped onto the sidewalk in front of The Princess Theatre, they were given the VIP treatment. With the marquee sign displaying well wishes to the happy couple, their guests walked the red carpet past movie posters of the happy couple back in time to a party fit for the most lavish of Old Hollywood stars.

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(iPhone Photos)

As the guests entered the theatre they were welcomed with a sweet and salty treat at the popcorn bar designed by Maegan and Alex.

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Their guests were invited to grab a treat and take a seat in the theatre’s auditorium for the premier of “Love Story,” a video slide show of photographs documenting their years together and their proposal story at Bryant Denny Stadium. Um, how cool is that? Short story: Alex surprised Maegan with the most perfect proposal ever on the 50 yard line of Bryant Denny under a twinkle of bistro lights with the help of their late friend Reba. You can read all about it here. It’s pretty perfect. 😉

While the newlyweds were finishing up their photographs, their guests were happily snacking on some popcorn and sipping their bottled Cokes while watching the video. Soon, the video would change from the slide show to a black and white video of the streets traveled between the church where the wedding took place and The Princess Theatre. All at once the screen is lifted and suddenly Maegan and Alex are making their first entrance into their reception onto the stage of The Princess in Alex’s beloved VW Beetle that has been in his family for generations.

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(“Borrowed” Photos from Maegan’s Facebook)

Like any dapper gentleman would do, Alex opens the car door for Maegan and extends a hand to assist his bride in getting out of the car. With their guests cheering, the DJ cues Frank Sinatra’s “It Started All Over Again” and the beautiful couple began their first dance as husband and wife. I’m sure they are both naturally beautiful dancers, but with the help of choreography and lessons from Elegant Dance Company, their first dance was flawless perfection.

All of this just for the cocktail hour? You know the guests are in for a treat when we move into the next portion of the reception! The details that went into this reception are just awesome. Join me on a little stroll around the room, will you?

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A vintage typewriter requesting happy thoughts, well wishes, and advise for Maegan and Alex was displayed alongside their proposal story that was featured in The Decatur Daily.

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A cigar bar for the gentlemen was set up on the patio just outside of the reception. This area was quite the gathering spot towards the end of the evening.

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And what show would be complete without a little costume, right? This area was set up to display the wedding gowns and wedding photographs of both Maegan and Alex’s parents and grandparents weddings. Such a beautiful way to honor them that just so happen to fit in with the theme of their event. It was perfect.

Finally, guests were invited to join the bridal party in beginning the buffet line which was served on the mezzanine level of the theatre. Guest enjoyed a “Shaken Not Stirred Salad-Tini” where “bartenders” would shake the guest’s salad in their dressing of choice and pour it over into a martini glass. It was such a fun way to jazz up a salad bar. Maegan and Alex also chose to feature our ever popular Marinated Pork Tenderloin alongside a griddle of Roasted Vegetables with Lemon-Basil Aioli dipping sauce. Last, but not least, their guests had a blast with out Shrimp and Grits and Mashed Potato Bar.

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With their guests seated at tables styled by the ever talented ladies at Vintage on Macon, Maegan and Alex took a minute to sit down and enjoy their dinner.

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(“Borrowed” from Maegan’s Facebook again)

As the evening went on, it was time to cut the beautiful cakes provided by Nana’s Bakery in Hartselle.

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After cake, the guests were invited back into the auditorium to dance the night away on the stage of the theatre. It was then that we decided to pull out one last surprise for Maegan and Alex. Pretty early on in the planning process, Maegan has mentioned wanting to do a late night milk and cookie bar, but it ended up getting cut from the menu. We decided instead of an entire bar of milk and cookies, we would surprise the couple with a few platters of milk shooters with our famous “pity cookies” that were passed around the dance floor at the end of the night. It was the perfect little treat to end the most perfect evening.

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Maegan and Alex, I don’t even know where to begin in saying “thank you” and “I love you” to you guys! You guys are truly amazing and the love you have for one another is so special. I cannot thank you enough for inviting us to share your special day with you. I look forward to following your love story for many years to come. May God bless you both in your life together as you continue to bless those around you with your beautiful love story.

Venue: Princess Theatre 

Event Coordinator: Kathleen Bernal Events

Event Styling and Vintage Rentals: Vintage on Macon

DJ and Lighting: Metropolitan Disc Jockey

Cakes: Nana’s Bakery 

Linens and Rentals: Mullins Special Occasions

Photography: Spindle Photography

(Whose professional photos are a million times better than my amateur photos shown in this post)

Videography: Holloway Productions

Ashley’s Creative Catering Real Wedding: Bobo-Simmons | Huntsville, AL | Huntsville Museum of Art

The first time I met with Heidi and her mom they said, “We’re pretty easy clients. We know what we like, we make decisions and we stick to them.” As the wedding day approached, I emailed Heidi’s mom to tell her that calling them “easy clients” would be the understatement of the year. While they were in fact every caterers dream client for so many reasons, what I will remember most about working with them is how incredibly grateful they were to all of their wedding vendors. Helping make a bride’s day special for her and her family is all I’ve ever wanted to do, and it is even more enjoyable when you just “click” with people who you know you will remember for years to come.

Heidi picked some of my favorite menu items to share with her guests and they loved them.

We started with a beautiful fruit display with a hand carved monogrammed watermelon as the centerpiece.

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Next, the guests enjoyed our whiskey barrel table the featured all cold hors d’oeuvre. It was also home to our infused olive oils and flavored balsamic vinegar that was served with torn bread pieces for dipping.

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From the whiskey barrel table, guests moved on to the main buffet that hosted the bulk of the items that Heidi chose for her menu. As always, our Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Bites were the star of the show.

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Last stop in the dinner line was at the Taco Station Heidi chose for her guests to enjoy. With the help of an Ashley’s Creative Catering team member, guests could make their own tacos and add a variety of toppings. It was a huge hit!

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And what wedding would be complete without an incredible wedding cake? As you can tell, Slice at a Time did not disappoint with this beauty. If you follow us on Instagram (@ashleyscreativecatering), you’ve already read all about how I have never, ever served a cake that cut so perfectly. It was like cutting through butter but it tasted a million times better!

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Thank you, Heidi and Austin for allowing us to share in the joy of your day. All of us at Ashley’s Creative Catering wish you all the joy and happiness in the world!

Ashley’s Creative Catering Real Wedding: Hatfield-Smith | Huntsville, AL | Roundhouse Depot

We were so honored to get to celebrate with Laura and Chris on their wedding day this month. I cannot wait to see their professional photos from Eternal Reflections Photography by Alyson, but until then my extremely amature photography skills will have to do. 😉

Chris and Laura had such a fun menu complete with a Chicken Tenders Station and a French Fry bar where guests could create their own loaded french fries. They could even make Chili Cheese Fries if they wanted. They loved it!

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They also wanted a table of hors d’oeuvre for their guests to enjoy. It is always a blast to team up with In Bloom and see the amazing florals they create! Pairing their arrangements with our food makes for a stunning table, if I may say so myself.

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Perhaps my favorite table we created for their event was the Mini Dessert Station we did for Chris’ groom’s table. He opted to have our Banana Pudding Shooters and Mini Pecan, Lemon and Apple Pies in place of a traditional groom’s cake. I’m so glad that he did because their guests LOVED this table!

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But while we’re on the subject of cake, y’all check out this show stopper from Old Vienna. My sweet friend Teresa makes some of the best cakes I’ve ever put in my mouth. Laura’s cake looks stunning on that amazing linen from Mullins Special Occasion.

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Chris and Laura wanted to send their guests away with some yummies to enjoy later. Towards the end of the night, we brought out some homemade Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, Peanut Butter and Mint Fudge. We served them on our beautiful new marble serving pieces we got from our friends at The Stonecutter’s Guild. Guests carved off pieces of fudge to take home and enjoy later. I have to admit I tried a bite or two! It’s a toss up for me between the Peanut Butter or the Cookies and Cream as to which one I like best. 😉

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Congratulations to Chris and Laura and thank you for sharing your day with us! Wishing you guys all the joy and happiness in the world. You certainly deserve it.