Mary and Clay

Lovelies, we’ve all heard the adage that a little rain on your wedding day is good luck in a marriage, so let me be the first to say that Mary and Clay should have decades of wedded bliss ahead!


The Big Picture

I truly had my work cut out for me when this beautiful couple’s late April wedding was hit with a storm that not only brought torrential rain showers, but thunder, lightning, and dangerous wind gusts resulting in an unraveling reception tent, power outages at the church and the hotel where the guests were staying, and downed trees in the roadway.


But fear not…through it all, Mary stayed focused on the purpose of the day – to marry her beloved Clay. And somehow, even though Mother Nature had concocted an enormous recipe for disaster, all the essential details fell into place. In fact, the lack of electricity lent itself well to an unexpectedly romantic atmosphere created at the church through candlelight and the last few rosy rays of post-storm sunlight coming in through the window panes. The vows were still exchanged, all of the guests made it safely through the littered streets to the reception, the cake was cut and by the end of the night the storm was long forgotten.



All the Details

With families on sides of both the bride and the groom living out of town, all but one of the couple’s guests traveled to Lower Alabama to see them wed. As a special thank you, upon arrival to their hotel guests were treated to a gift bag filled with Mary and Clay’s favorite hometown goodies: beef jerky from Clay’s native Texas, and iced sugar cookies from Mary’s favorite bakery in Indiana. Additionally, the couple arranged for transportation to all events throughout the weekend to ease the burden from their visitors.


For the rehearsal dinner, everyone was invited to indulge in a true low country boil prepared by the bride’s brother-in-law, Chef Will Hughes, and hosted at the home of Dr. and Mrs. William Sullivan in Fairhope. And for dessert? A surprise visit from an ice cream truck (nostalgic music and all) – a fabulous frozen surprise for kids and adults alike. To top off the feast and the night, guests were invited to enjoy a bonfire, cocktails and s’mores, at the Grand Hotel.


In every element of the wedding, the couple incorporated their most important value: family. From Mary’s custom cathedral-length veil with flower embellishments sewn on from her mother’s wedding gown, to the bride’s chosen processional song (“When Irish Eyes are Smiling” – the same song played when her parents exited the church at their own wedding), to the “Czech Wedding March” played at the reception – a tradition from the groom’s family, every detail was wrapped up in meaning and love.


Take a look…

ice cream truck


bouqet & ring


Mary pic

pre-ceremony prayer


ceremomy exit

flower center piece

first dances

C & M cake


trolley exit


How Everything Came Together

Ceremony Venue: Church of the Apostles in Daphne

Ceremony Music: Shaunna Fuller (vocalist) & George Searcy (pianist)

Reception Venue: The Fairhope Inn

Reception Music: Mid Life Crisis

Photographer: Cindy McCrory of Blue Room Photography

Florist: Wild Flowers

Cakes: JAM Cakery

Rentals: Port City Rentals

Transportation: Gulf Coast Tours

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Share the Love

Lovelies, here we are again in February, the month of romance! While your personal “I dos” may still be weeks or months away, ‘tis the season to be inspired for creative ways to ensure not just you and your groom, but your guests are feeling the love!


While, of course, the happy couple will only have eyes for each other on the big day, there’s no reason your friends and family can’t benefit from the love you’re radiating, too. The proverbial stage will be set for romance with the flowers, the music, the twinkling lights…why not incorporate heart shaped balloons or a fabulous spread of sweet treats to truly make it an affair to remember?


So snuggle up with your sweetheart, grab a glass of bubbly, open that box of chocolate, and feast your eyes on these ideas for special touches sure to go a long way in love:

Heart cookies

Vday champagne

vday dessert table

Vday straws

Vday balloons


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Year of the Wine

Well, lovely ladies, 2014 has been a year of magnificent celebrations and as we lift our glasses to ring in 2015, how about holding the bubbly and instead trying a robust red? Yes, I am so excited about the just-announced Pantone Color of the Year for 2015…Marsala.

Pantone marsala

This luxurious shade of red is named for the wine bearing the same name produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily. And if the thought of strolling through Sicilian vineyards with your groom-to-be doesn’t conjure up visions of passion and romance…I don’t know what does.

Bouquet marsala

Not only is this hue rich, earthy, and bold, it can be used as a strong statement color (think bridesmaids gowns, centerpieces, and ties for the groomsmen), or as an accent color played up against softer tones of creams, peaches and greens. If you don’t want to entirely incorporate the shade into your bridal palette, why not try just a taste of Marsala with your shoes, nails or lipstick? Just a little can pack quite a punch.

Bridesmaid marsala

nail polish marsala

So, goodbye, Radiant Orchid and hello, Marsala. Year of the Wine? I’ll drink to that. Year Wine wedding ideas

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