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Purple Southern Wedding with Persian Flare

When Persian meets the South it’s bound to be a charming, beautiful thing, and all expectations have been blown out of the water courtesy of this stunning soiree from Glass Jar Photography. The hues of purple are making my heart race, but that ceremony venue has straight up stolen it right out of my chest!


From Glass Jar Photography… Amanda is Persian, but grew up in Alabama, met Ben (from Cullman, AL) then they moved to Chicago, now LA…So, they wanted to throw a wedding party that mixed her heritage with his, and their shared southern roots into a beautiful and fun wedding on the mountain.

The colors were a mix of purple, red and black, and at the reception they had belly dancer’s, fire breathers and all kinda of cutely named southern drinks, etc…they even had a cereal bar for later in the night!

Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Flowers: Christopher Joseph Design | Wedding Dress: Joan Pillow Bridal | Cakes: Hamley Bake Shoppe | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Ashley's Creative Catering | Makeup Artist: Nancy Finnegan | Lighting: Metropolitan DJ + Lighting | Grooms Attire: Indochino | Espresso Bar: Grounded Coffee | Event Planning And Coordination: Wedding Belles Events | Groomsmen Attire: INC International Concepts | Hairpiece : Belt From BHLDN | Veil: Joan Pillow Bridal | Vintage Rental: Vintage On Macon | Wedding Venue: Burritt On The Mountain

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Garden Wedding Photoshoot + Wrap It Up Pretty!

To wrap up our day of garden wedding pretty, we give you this absolutely lovely photoshoot that the always inspiring team at Simply Bloom Photography sent our way. It take garden gorg to an entirely new level and I think that I could live forever in so many of these photographs. So for all of you garden brides out there, this is a moment where you can kick up your heels, grab a mason jar filled to the brim with lemonade (full disclosure: mine might have a little some-thin some-thin in it) and prepare to lose yourself in the beautiful…

Click here to see the entire image gallery!

Don’t worry, garden brides…no one in the world would expect you to have a wedding that looks like it’s been torn out of the pages of a glossy. The reason that we will always love photoshoots like this beautiful one by Simply Bloom Photography is that they can give you ideas for color palettes, flowers, subtle details. Little moments of pretty that you can thread through your own wedding day. To put it simply, they allow you to be inspired and to dream a little bit. They aren’t real though and the layers that you will bring to your real wedding will always outshine the perfect styling. Here’s to Garden Gorg.

From Simply Bloom Photography, LLCWith this inspirational photo shoot we wanted to showcase the quaintness of our local botanical gardens, and all the charming nooks that this venue offers for photos. Simultaneously, we wanted to inspire brides to think outside the box with small details such as favors containers (ours were in a lantern) or using a pot as a pie stand. A local botanical garden is a wonderful place for a charming wedding, and if the grounds allow, there are typically countless picture perfect vignettes throughout, not only for photos, but for a quaint and timeless outside wedding.

Photography: Simply Bloom Photography, LLC / Venue: Huntsville, AL Botanical Gardens / Hair & Make up: Erin Smith Beauty / Florist: Huntsville Florist / Favors & Styling: Simply Bloom Photography, LLC / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Belt: Vera Wang

If you missed any, here are all of our pretty posts from the week:

a winter wonderland wedding in Lake Tahoe
a sleek and modern Palm Springs fête
an effortlessly elegant New York affair
a stunning Grand Cayman soiree
a swoon-worthy Santa Barbara stunner
a beautiful Santa Ynez mountain wedding part I and part II + a buying guide
a day filled with eight gorgeous weddings
a beyond gorgeous Ocean Springs soiree
an uber-chic Napa Vallery rehearsal dinner + an oh-so-dreamy wedding
a jaw-droppingly beautiful Altadena soiree + one seriously awesome groomsmen dance
a lovely Cape Cod garden affair
a breathtaking Santa Barbara ballroom affair

Some fabulous links from around the web:

sweet as can be canning labels via {frolic!}
an uber-fabulous DIY fabric garland chandelier via A Beautiful Mess
delicious pear cranberry and gingersnap crumble via Smitten Kitchen

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Little Black Book members…

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The Piccadilly Flower Company
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To apply to become a member of our LBB click here. We’d love to hear from you!

And last, but certainly not least…

Don’t forget to head on over to Style Me Pretty California and leave your ultimate wedding planning questions for the oh-so-amazing Valley and Co.!  The awesome team of Aleah and Nick will be picking THREE of your fabulous questions and will be back with all of their planning expertise next Friday, November 4th!  Don’t miss out!

Have a pretty, pretty weekend! See you back here Monday morning. xoxo

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Alabama Wedding by Simply Bloom Photography

We have fallen ever so hard for this Alabama wedding and the second you catch a glimpse of the dreamy photography by Simply Bloom, you’ll understand why. Seriously, everything these ladies shoot turns to picture perfect gold. And the detail we positively can’t get enough of – that gorgeous light! It’s so soft and pretty and pairs perfectly with this Southern soiree. Ok, we lied. There are definitely a few more details we are going nuts over…namely that pretty, pretty dress and the holy cow gorgeous flowers by In Bloom. We’ll stop typing and let you fawn over all of the pretty images AND there’s even more of this day in the gallery so hop on over and have a look.

find the FULL Alabama wedding here!

Our wedding was truly a Southern family affair. Brandon’s father officiated our ceremony, and his mother quilted the ring pillow carried by our charming ring bearer, Brandon’s nephew Cameryn. My mother took on the enormous role of wedding planner and stylist, ensuring that every detail of our day turned out just exactly the way we had been dreaming of. Our “getaway car” was a 1958 Triumph TR3A, fully restored by my father from a hunk of rusty old metal purchased nearly a decade ago on eBay. This car, the same model and color as one he owned in his 20s, had been a garage project of his for many years, and I had always dreamed of having it ready for my wedding. When we announced our engagement in December, the car was still in a million pieces, so I didn’t think it would be possible to have it ready by our October wedding. But my father was determined (and, thankfully, retired). He began working overtime on the car, and over the course of nine months, he transformed those pieces of rusty metal into the most beautiful car I have ever seen.

One of my favorite projects for the wedding was our library card catalog “guestbook.” I work at the local public library, and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in library science, so incorporating something library-related into the wedding was a must for me. My mother found this charming little 2-drawer catalog at auction, and I was able to scavenge some cards from the library’s catalog cabinets, now abandoned in favor of a computer-based catalog. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, guests left us wonderful messages and drawings on the backs of the cards. Along with being a cute and meaningful piece of décor in our home, the catalog is now full of these cards. Anytime I need cheering up, I can flip through them and read these wonderful messages from friends and loved ones. For our reception décor, I wanted everything to be organic and understated, to match the rustic atmosphere of our reception venue, the Roundhouse. Now part of a train depot museum, the Roundhouse would have been used for train-car storage during the time of passenger train travel. My father found several styles of antique glass bottles in my grandmother’s attic, and my mother and I scoured antique stores to find as many more as we could. We eventually ended up with dozens of bottles in all shapes and sizes. For half of the centerpieces, my mother’s friends filled these bottles with locally grown organic wildflowers we bought by the bucketful from our florist. For the second half of the centerpieces, our florist filled some delightful octagonal terrariums I found at a craft store with small succulents and other greenery.

Food was a very important part of our reception. Being from the south, finding a caterer who does great barbecue was a must. We were fortunate to find one who, when not catering weddings, cooks barbeque competitively (and wins). Starting the day before, he cooked us delicious North Carolina-style pulled pork and rotisserie smoked turkey. For our handful of guests who were vegan and vegetarian we had a pasta buffet with plenty of meatless options. Our baker whipped up the most divine vegan carrot and hummingbird cakes; even meat-eaters were going back for seconds! We also had plenty of apple and cranberry pies, a favorite autumn treat of ours. Finally, we had the best photographers in the world. We are so grateful to Christine, Vania, and Breanna of Simply Bloom Photography for turning our joy and love into art. Our wedding would not have been complete without these beautiful and touching images. These women are truly magical!

Photography: Simply Bloom Photography, LLC / Venue: Roundhouse Depot / Wedding Dress Designer: Justin Alexander / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Guy’s Suits: Indochino / Shoe Designer: Ragazza / Rings: Chris Parry / Hair and Makeup: Breanna Grissett / Caterer: Creative Catering / Cakes: Ellen’s Creative Cakes / Florist: In Bloom / Band and DJ: Hartley Entertainment / Videographer: AVO