Birmingham wedding vendor interviewAshley Stork of I Do I Do Weddings

I originally bumped into Ashley from I Do I Do Weddings on the internet when I posted a question in the local Birmingham Tuesdays Together group and she so graciously offered to help.  As I transition to the Birmingham wedding market, one of the key things to help make that relocation go smoothly is vendor interviews.  Not only did she fill me in on some of the best wedding venues in the area but she also shared some of her favorite places to eat, being a fellow foodie, that list was greatly appreciated!

A Transplant

I asked Ashley to fill me in a little bit on who she is and how she came to be in the wedding industry.  A transplant from Baltimore, she came to Alabama to attend school where she met her future husband over ten years ago.  While she and her mom are expert planners, she recognized the need for help in planning a wedding 13 hours from home.  Through hiring a wedding planner, she met the former owner of I Do I Do weddings and later began to assist her in planning and the coordination of weddings.  Three years ago the owner sold the company to Ashley and she has been running this thriving business ever sense.

Love for Birmingham

I invited Ashley to share with me some of the things that made Birmingham so special and she not only highlighted the amazing places to eat and things to do but also the community oriented atmosphere that thrives in the wedding industry there as well as in the small towns of Helena and Edgewood.  I can’t wait to visit Red Mountain Park or go shopping in Homewood after hearing how charming they are.  Make sure you download her list of some of her favorite venues below.

Plans for 2017

For 2017 and 2018, Ashley shared some of the exciting projects she is working on.  The first is Wed Plan Love that will launch this month and will act as a resource for brides looking for valuable information in planning their weddings.  The second one has me even more excited as a business owner and it is the Retreat Concierge.  This amazing service will not only help guide creatives as the host workshops and conferences but also have the option to help them plan and implement the details of the events.  We can’t wait to share more about both of these projects as they launch.  To see more of Ashley’s work, make sure you follow her here:

Interview with Ashley StorkWebsite: www.idoidoweddingplanning.com

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A Spring Dogwood Engagement Session

Last weekend I walked the dogwood filled college campus where Paul and Sophie met to capture their engagement session.  Dressed in a pretty peach colored dress, Sophie giggled as Paul gazed adoringly at her sweet smile.  When I asked Paul what his favorite thing was about Sophie he said, “She is my favorite person in the world to talk to – I can tell her anything, and she always thinks of something I never would have come up with on my own. She makes me a more complete, well-rounded person.”

I loved Sophie’s response to the same question I asked Paul, as she said, “I’m always excited to spend time with Paul, no matter what we’re doing – he’s really smart and thoughtful, he has a great sense of humor, and he helps me be more laid back and spontaneous about how I approach things.”  I could tell how absolutely true that was as he kept Sophie laughing throughout the session.

Paul proposed to Sophie after going to dinner last September.  On the way home, Paul stopped in front of the first place that he and Sophie had lived together and got down on one knee on the sidewalk right outside the building. Sophie was totally shocked and made him repeat his proposal a bunch of times after the fact, and then she said yes right away!   I look forward to their fall winery wedding in September filled with blush details and a fun elegant evening.

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Teal and Blush College Sweethearts Wedding

A Teal and Blush Wedding

This sweet teal and blush wedding on the William and Mary campus is featured on Tidewater and Tulle today.  If you are a dog lover like me then this has a sweet story to go with their first look.  Make sure you head on over there to read all about it.

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An Interview with South Carolina Wedding PlannerTimeless Events Wedding Planner Interview

I first met Heather from Timeless Events when I photographed a wedding in Flat Rock, North Carolina.  She and I had kept in touch through the past two years and I immediately thought to interview her when we learned that we would be relocating to the south.

How Did You Get Involved in Weddings

I have always planned and helped delegate for friends and friends of friends but my company didn’t launch until wedding professionals gave me that extra push that I needed. I have been a lead designer and office manager for a local floral artist and designer, Renee Burroughs Design, for a few years before launching Timeless Events. I would also help guide her brides, answer tons of questions, create floor plans and so much more! It was then, I knew that I needed to launch my own company so I could help so many other brides around the area. I have always had a passion to help others and have always been drawn to events. Timeless Events was launched as a full service planning and coordinating company. What started as just being helpful has developed into a successful business.

What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job

I love being able to help!!! To take a couple under my wing, develop complete trust and a friendship is what I love. Just knowing that our guidance and being so hands on will give them a day that they can completely enjoy without a stress in the world is just so rewarding. We are more than just planners or coordinators, we are their cheerleaders, voice of reason, counselors at times, confidant and friend. What could get better than that!

What Makes a South Carolina Wedding Unique

Weddings in SC are always amazing! We have so many options! We have mountains, the ocean, historic towns, mansions with oak lined streets, and so much more.   I love our location. We are located in upstate South Carolina right outside of Greenville and just a few minutes from Clemson (Go Tigers)! I love that one weekend I can be at an old carriage house, The Bleckley Inn, with a courtyard right in historic Downtown Anderson and the next weekend enjoying a view from Paris Mountain.  Then heading to Wyche Pavilion to enjoy a reception on the river. It never gets boring here.

Talk Wedding Trends

Trends, oh all the trends . . . Of course, the abundance of greenery being used everywhere is hot and heavy this year. For floral design, I have always been a fan of hanging or elevated designs. I love the use of mixing metals or kind of a mid-century modern feel to weddings. I’m really loving brunch weddings we are seeing lately! We are also starting to see more food trucks and more involved and exciting food displays! We are starting to see unique sendoffs that are not waiting until the end of the night but instead doing it right after the first kiss as they walk down the ceremony aisle.  Especially when the ceremony is outdoors, it makes for some awesome pictures since everyone is in the moment!
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Instagram:  @timeless.events11
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Hispanic Traditional Catholic Wedding Birmingham Wedding 42Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Filled with beatiful stained glass and a vaulted ceiling, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church played host to Felipe and Dilma’s traditional Catholic wedding this past Saturday.  Friends and family came from all over to celebrate the day with them, including Felipe’s grandparents who brought a beautiful crystal Lazo for the ceremony.  As they prepared to exchange their wedding rings, family members came forward with the Lazo, bracelets, and necklaces for the bride and groom to wear.  They were blessed by the priest and then the grandparents placed the Lazo on the bride and groom while offering marital advice and wisdom from their many years together.

A Colorful Reception

As they exited the church, Felipe and Dilma were greeted with a lively Mariachi band that sang to them as they were congratulated and embraced by each of their guests.  Once the portraits were done, we headed to the Marriott for a very colorful reception and one of the most fun filled I have ever attended.  Before dinner the wedding party was again serenaded by the Mariachi band and then the DJ took over after dinner as the guests played a version of “La Vibora de la Mar”. In some ways similar to our London Bridges, an arch is created using the brides veil or a scarf and the women and men separately weave between the bride and groom attempting to separate them.  Eventually the men succeeded and carried Felipe away, stealing his socks and shoes and throwing him in the air.  Once the games were done, the real dancing began with hardly anyone left sitting.  Even the youngest got in to the music as they danced with more grace than this wedding photographer could ever muster.  Felicidades Felipe and Dilma.

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