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Top 5 Reasons You Should Get Married in Birmingham

Luxurious city weddings are the type of celebration we can always get behind, so if you’re contemplating tying the knot in Uptown Birmingham, we say just do it. From the fab hotels like The Westin Birmingham and Sheraton Birmingham Hotel to the amazing eateries to the awesome entertainment, it’s a place where dream weddings really do come true. Need a few more reasons? We’re breaking down our top five below.

ONE: THE HOTELS

It all starts with an amazing locale and when it comes to saying “I do” in Birmingham, it just doesn’t get any better than The Westin Birmingham and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. These two iconic (+ connected) properties offer up everything you’ll ever need for your wedding weekend, from gorgeous bridal suites to stellar views of Uptown to venue choices that are out of this world. Not to mention the fabulous perks that make everything oh-so-convenient, like The Westin Birmingham’s complimentary suite for your wedding night (with a $10,000 food minimum), complimentary shuttle for out of town guests and the proximity to the airport. The Westin Birmingham will even waive your room fee for your rehearsal dinner if your wedding reception is held in the same spot. And did I mention the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel’s ballroom? It’s the largest ballroom in all of Alabama and we love it.

TWO: THE EATERIES

Throwing the world’s most amazing wedding weekend means making sure the food and drinks are flowing, and when you book either The Westin Birmingham or the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel for your Big Day, you can guarantee a foodie paradise will follow. That’s because both hotels happen to be located within walking distance of some of the best restaurants Birmingham has to offer, including Todd English P.U.B., an award-winning bar and restaurant perfect for your pre and post-wedding hang-outs.

THREE: THE VENDORS

You can’t have that wedding of your dreams without a team of awesome vendors making it all happen and the city of Birmingham (and nearby Atlanta!) is literally overflowing with talent. From amazing florists to creative planners to bakers that know a thing or two about yummy + beautiful cakes, you’ll be in good hands. Even better? The Westin Birmingham and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel happen to have unique connections with all of them… and that means a wedding with some of the best in the biz. Who doesn’t love that?

FOUR: THE LOCATION

Let’s be honest… when it comes to your Big Day, it’s all about location, location, location. And it honestly doesn’t get any better than Uptown Birmingham, a spot where The Westin Birmingham and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel happily sit. From your gorgeous digs, you’ll be able to walk to amazing restaurants and bars, catch your flight out in just a ten minute drive (!) and experience all of the history and unique entertainment that lives in the city. It’s a wedding paradise.

FIVE: THE ENTERTAINMENT

And speaking of entertainment… the museums, parks and tourist attractions that make up the city of Birmingham are out of this world amazing, making for one jam-packed itinerary when it comes to your wedding weekend. Not to mention the awesome activities you can partake in just at your hotel alone. Yep, The Westin Birmingham and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel both offer top-notch dining, with The Westin Birmingham sporting an awe-inspiring pool terrace with amazing views of the city AND in-room spa service. Soo fun.

Whether you’re hosting an intimate celebration for just your closest friends and family or want to throw the party of the century, call either The Westin Birmingham or the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel TODAY to talk all things wedding. Their talented staff will work with you to create that dream day you’ve always wanted and will even be on hand the day-of to coordinate. You won’t regret choosing them, loves… we promise.

A Sweet Southern Wedding Inspired by the City that Hosted It

Hunter and Kaitlyn’s big day gives new meaning to at-home weddings. Inspired by their adopted hometown of Birmingham, the beautiful couple incorporated the city’s significant throughout the day — from the stationery to the welcome boxes to the “Magic City” sign that served as a photo backdrop. See every pretty detail, captured by Alisha Crossley Photography, in The Vault!

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From Alisha CrossleyBorn and raised in Alabama, Kaitlyn’s Southern roots started strong. Growing up in the South, her wedding dreams blossomed around classics like Steel Magnolias. Following a swoon worthy proposal in Colorado, Kaitlyn and her mother went fast to work with the precious M. Elizabeth Weddings and Events to create an event that would welcome every guest with certain Southern hospitality.

The ATL girl moved to the Magic City for her groom and wanted the wedding to represent their new hometown. Kaitlyn and Hunter incorporated the iconic “It’s Nice to Have You In Birmingham” slogan into their paper details and reception decor. The lovely welcome boxes contained local treats from The Peanut Depot, Bud’s Best Cookies and Savage’s Bakery. All in all, the couple created a Southern welcome worthy of praise.

From The Bride…Our story is so fun to tell. We met through being in mutual friends’ weddings, but we should have met so many times before. We were even in the same house for various get togethers over the years, but God had us meet at the perfect timing. I was living in Atlanta when we started dating, having made up my mind that I’d never move back to Birmingham (where I attended high school). I learned to never say never – not even a year after Hunter and I started dating I moved back to the Magic City and fell in love with it. Hunter and I both lived near downtown, and really enjoyed all the revitalization and growth happening in the area (we actually bought our first home in Avondale for this reason). We committed to supporting our city and have been diligent about getting involved, shopping local and exploring new venues/restaurants/parks/shops as they are built. We wanted to incorporate Birmingham’s significance to us into our wedding. We added small touches into our save-the-dates, welcome boxes, engagement photos and wedding décor. At the wedding, we even had a replica of the original “Magic City” sign that was erected in the 1920s, which served as a perfect backdrop for guest photos. Aside from the “Magic City” feel, my vision for the wedding spanned romantic and soft with a touch of bohemian. Hanging flowers were the most important part to me – I wanted guests to feel as if they were at an ethereal and romantic celebration. Mandy with HotHouse knocked it out of the park! Hanging flowers covered the dancefloor and bar and served as a centerpiece for the reception. The tents were a last minute addition with the expectancy of poor weather but ended up working beautifully with the decorations.

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Photography: Alisha Crossley Photography | Cinematography: Main Street | Event Planning: M. Elizabeth Events | Floral Design: HOTHOUSE DESIGN STUDIO | Wedding Dress: Olia Zavozina | Cake: Barb's Cakes | Invitations: Annabelle's | Catering: Savoie Catering | DJ: JAMM Entertainment | Venue: The Donnelly House

Historical Downtown Birmingham New Year’s Eve Wedding

While I’ve always been a summer girl, there’s something so romantic about an ultra-festive holiday affair — and what holiday could possibly be more festive than New Year’s Eve? This Groom proposed to his beautiful Bride in a big way (an NFL stadium!), so it’s no surprise that their NYE nuptials ended up rivaling the festivities in Times Square. Leslee Mitchell captured all the wintry magic here so take a peek!

 

From the beautiful Bride… Wade and I met through our mutual interest in outdoor recreation as students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. We began by going on group trips to the local rock climbing gym, and eventually the group got smaller and smaller, until it was just the two of us.

Fast-forward three years, and I find myself walking down a white candle-lined carpet to meet my finace-to-be at the 50-yard line of LP Field where the Tennessee Titans play. I said “yes” as a good friend in the music business played my favorite Garth Brooks song over the sound system. As if an NLF football stadium proposal wasn’t enough, I was shocked and humbled to see 40 of our closest family members and friends waving from the press box, where we quickly joined for hugs and champagne toasts. It was certainly a night to remember, so we knew our wedding would be a blast!

When Wade and I decided our wedding would be on New Year’s Eve, the style and feel unfolded very naturally over the planning process. My hometown of Birmingham, AL, is undergoing such an amazing period of restoration, and we wanted our celebrations to reflect this process by honoring the past and the present on a holiday when time is particularly salient. I was instantly attracted to a downtown venue undergoing major restorations, the Florentine Building. The Florentine was originally built in the 1920s, and its architecture really showcases the decadence of the time. When I found out that my grandmother used to go dancing there as a young girl, I knew it would be the perfect place for our New Year’s Eve reception.

Next, we chose First Church Birmingham, founded in 1872 and just a few blocks away from the Florentine. To our surprise, the church was also undergoing a restoration to uncover the building’s original crown molding in the ceiling. The brown stone and red doors were a perfect backdrop for some of our favorite wedding day photographs. Finally, we chose to host our out-of-town guests in the elegant Tutwiler Hotel, which has served visitors to the city since 1914.

Everything about our wedding day was the perfect balance of timeless elegance and New Year’s Eve glam. Hair and makeup began over mimosas in my mom’s sunroom with my nine lovely bridesmaids, and I love that our Christmas tree was still displayed in the background. One of my favorite details of my look was the double panel cathedral-length Vera Wang veil. The movement of the tulle and lace made me feel so regal. Also, my mother made an elegant lace handkerchief that I carried around my bouquet down the aisle.

We kept the church décor simple, as the architecture and stained glass made a beautiful statement on their own. Flowers and décor at the Florentine consisted largely of greenery and white, with splashes of festive gold, and hints of wine and raspberry for some added drama.

Aside from the climactic midnight countdown complete with champagne toasts, kisses, and flying gold streamers, one of my favorite moments was our exit in my dad’s 1959 Lincoln convertible. It was the perfect cap to our celebratory tribute to the past, present, and future. Our photographer captured many special moments in back and white film, which contributed to the timeless feel.

Wade and I are so thankful to our parents for this special day and are looking forward to 100 more New Year’s Eve celebrations as husband and wife.

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Event Planning: I Do, I Do! Wedding Planning & Consulting | Floral Design: Cloth Of Gold Floral Artistry | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Barb's Cakes | Invitations: Huck And Pippa | Ceremony: First Church Birmingham | Ceremony Venue: First Church Birmingham | Reception Venue: The Florentine Building | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Corretti Catering | Makeup : Makeup by Melissa | Band: Moon Dance | Bridal Salon: b.Hughes Bridal | Caligraphy: Huck And Pippa | Veil: Vera Wang

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