From the moment I laid eyes on this stunning shoot from Ashley Kelemen and Mary Me Brides I wanted to let out the loudest of squeals. It’s pure gorgeous. With florals from Melissa Kendall Floral Design so gorgeous I could cry and perfectly curated pretty, I’m head over heels in love with this gallery.
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From Ashley Kelemen
…When planning a trip down South, I was able to team up with these incredible local vendors to pull together some true southern inspiration! I have always had a fascination with the culture and beautiful scenery in this part of the country, and dreamed of shooting some beautiful inspiration below the dripping spanish moss. Though the shoot was focused on bridal style, we had a lot of fun pulling together a little whiskey bar as an homage to the groom! The day of the shoot, we were hit with an unseasonable rainstorm, which added to the moodiness and drama of the scenery around us.
From Mary Me Brides…With this being Ashley’s very first time to Alabama we wanted to pull together a shoot that gave her the ultimate southern experience. Our inspiration came largely in part from the true southern charm that Alabama has to offer. Taking the classic southern aspects and adding a touch of elegance and a little wow factor we came up with the concept. We wanted to portray the natural beauty of Alabama while still bringing in the elegance we so love.
Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Videography: Luke Lindgren | Floral Design: Melissa Kendall Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Denson's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Lush Make-Up Art | Design/Concept/Styling: Mary Me Brides | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Invitation Design: Poppy Pedals | Rentals: Brendle Rentals | Venue: Private Estate
Southern weddings have charm down to a science, and this wedding from White Rabbit Studios couldn’t be a better representation of those sweet soirees. Overflowing with romantic yet personal styling and a couple totally in love, this gallery is a perfect example of why we can’t get enough of southern weddings.
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From White Rabbit Studios…The afternoon in which Sonia and Matt tied the knot was a warm one for May, but that can be expected here in Alabama. The beautiful antebellum home, called Creekside Plantation, is situated right along Limestone Creek. The oak leaf hydrangeas were in full bloom, the birds were chirping, the bees were busy between buds, and every single person had a smile on their face! It was such a wondrous occasion to be a part of – a winning combination of magical and whimsical, carefree and blissful!
From the pops of color in the beautiful florals, to the stunning sunset ceremony, to the romantic newlyweds, to the fun with family and friends – this was a day to remember! Sonia and Matt were surrounded with joy as everyone came together to celebrate the love they have for each other! It was such an honor photographing their wedding and Sonia and Matt are wonderful subjects to capture! Their wedding was shot on Portra 400, which makes the colors absolutely sing!
Photography: White Rabbit Studios | Flowers: Sacred Stone | Cake: Slice At A Time | Location: Creekside Plantation | Photo Lab: Indie Film Lab
When you sit down with this little autumn wedding, you’ll realize it’s exactly the pretty yet personal approach we preach here on SMP. Held at the Bride’s family peach orchard, it’s chock-full of meaningful moments – not to mention the Groom’s own home brew – and the kind of relaxed-yet-totally-chic day ANY guest would die to attend. Just Crumbs designed the cake, Mary Margaret Smith snapped the goodies and Southern Vibe put it all to film. Dive in here.
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From the Bride… Matt and I have known each other pretty much all of our lives, growing up in the same town where our parents knew each other. I was three years younger than Matt in high school so we didn’t really connect until I graduated from college and he was finishing up his Bachelors Degree. One of my best friends (a bridesmaid) and one of his best friends (a groomsmen) got married a few years back so Matt and I were always the 3rd wheel (or 4th wheels?). We spent a lot of time together as friends for years – until the timing was perfect. I asked him on our 3rd date if he was going to marry me one day. He said yes.
I think it is safe to say that the most unique portion of our wedding day was the fact that I got to have my wedding in a location were no one else had been married, my family’s peach orchard. I had my wedding at home in my back yard where I grew up looking for arrowheads with my dad or fishing with my granddaddy. Matt got to get married at the local fruit stand that his mom took him to when he was a kid. The orchard consists of a pond surrounded by peach and apple trees. We had the ceremony in one set of peach rows, social hour/dancing around the pond, and dinner in another set of peach rows.
Everyone says “Don’t worry about the small details” well I say just the opposite – do worry about the small details! In the end it is all of those small details that come together to make your wedding unique. A lot of the details we decided on weren’t necessarily out of the box original, but we made them unique. We accomplished this by choosing details that were special not only to Matt and I but our families as well. For example, the guestbook on quilt squares has been done before, but my mom is actually going to be the one to put those squares together for us. This turns the guestbook quilt squares into a gift not only from our guest but from my mom as well. Another detail Matt and I were head over heels for were our table numbers, they were listed Table One – Table Twenty. But what made them special to us is that we took the time to sit down and go through song after song from all of our favorite artists and choose lyrics that remind us of each other to put on the table numbers.
One last thing I have to point out about my fairytale orchard wedding is that this wedding was not just about the bride and groom. This wedding was also about celebrating family and friends. Between Matt’s family and mine there haven’t been a lot of weddings. His parents/grandparents and my parents/grandparents all had court house weddings. No dresses or cakes, no suits or birdseed; this wedding was a chance for everyone to celebrate their marriage. And everyone treated it that way; we were surrounded by people doing things for Matt and I even when we didn’t ask. We had zero upsets the entire day. I found it relaxing and he had fun. The whole night was magical and romantic, it was so romantic. I think everyone there fell in love all over again. Matt and I were very blessed to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of people; we have families that feel like friends and friends that feel like family. You really could not ask for anything more. At the end of the night it was rewarding to hear our guests gush over and over about how perfect this wedding was. And they were right, it was perfect.
Photography: Mary Margaret Smith | Videography: Southern Vibe | Cakes: Just Crumbs | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Ashley's Creative Catering | Lighting: Metropolitan Disc Jockey | Ceremony Music: Felicity String Quartet | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Day-of Coordination: Christy Nunnelee | Florals: Heritage Florist | Invitations And Lettering: Salt And Paperie | Location: Isom's Orchard | Reception Band: Mox Nix | Venue: Private Residence
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