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Alabama Fall Orchard Wedding

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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Fall
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Orchard
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Rustic

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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Romantic Alabama Wedding at the Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation

Any day we have a Simply Bloom wedding on the pages of SMP is a good day in my book, and it will only take on look at the pretty below to see why. Romantic, gorgeously captured and filled with heart-felt details – this gallery is basically my dream come true. See it all here.

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From The Bride…Krzysztof and I met a few years ago and fell in love instantly. He took me to Poland to meet his parents two months after our meeting and from then on we just knew. It was funny because we actually went to the same high school at the same time but did not know each other then. It must have been fate. We got engaged on Christmas Eve when he got down on one knee in our little house’s foyer. While I was going to school for another degree I planned the wedding myself (my Korean background and analness would not allow for any delegation). Luckily we had a 1 1/2 year engagement.

Every since I was a little girl I loved the color pink (blush pink in particular) and I love the color with gold. This was basically my inspiration. I am an avid lover of thrift store shopping and bargain hunting. Pretty much everything for the wedding was found in a local thrift store. Vintage couches, anything brass or gold, and anything Victorian. I was going for a “Marie Antoinette in Alabama”.

We found the venue together and it was not like the usual Southern barns you see in weddings down South. It was fairly new and was set upon 23 acres of beautiful landscape. The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s of the Visitation Catholic Church where Krzysztof and I were member’s of. We had a full mass and included 7 groomsmen and 7 bridesmaids. The church was beautiful on it’s own so decor was unnecessary. Finery’s Traci Rush and I got together and I was able to explain to her my vision for the reception and she was able to set everything up according to my plan. We had a cigar bar out under the “hay barn” where there were two gorgeous vintage sitting areas and an electric violinist playing during cocktail hour. The DJ played much techno since that was our favorite genre of music. And our Polish and Korean families danced together.

The incredible cake that I sketched up was put together by Slice at a Time and was a showstopper….she made it look exactly like I envisioned. An almost 3′ tall fondant, almond cake surrounded by ruffles and gold touches. And of course what “french princess” wouldn’t have a delicious macaron tower to go along with it? We also included a tea and coffee station for after our plated dinner (on vintage mismatched china) that included a full course of Polish cuisine, we loved being able to see all of our family and bridal party at the head of a 48 foot long head table centered in the barn. Our lengthy reception of 6 hours ended with us walking between our wonderful friends and family lighting sparklers. The videographer, I Do Flix did a remarkable job capturing what all we missed and our lovely and talented photographer, Vania Morris from Simply Bloom Photography took some amazing shots. We could not have asked for a better wedding. I finally married my Polish Prince and lived happily ever after.

Photography: Simply Bloom Photography | Videography: I Do Flix | Planner: Finery | Florist: 333 Designs | Wedding Gown: Mori Lee | Stationary: Colorhouse | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Caterer: The Chef Next Door | DJ: Metropolitan DJ | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Baker: Slice At A Time | Bar Service: Premium Shakers | Barn: Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation | China Rental: Decorous Dishes | Church: St. Mary Of The Visitation Catholic Church | Photobooth Rental: Memory Maker Photobooth | Violinist: Winslow Davis

Rustic Chic Birmingham Wedding

Give me a good rustic, southern wedding, and you’ll have a blogger with a smile as wide as her screen. With the help of Mariee Ami, this Birmingham bride and groom designed the casual-yet-cool day of their dreams, and W&E Photographie didn’t miss a beat. Click right here for soooo much more.

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Spring
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From W&E Photographie… Sara Anne got ready along with her ‘maids in Birmingham’s most charming hotel, The Tutwiler. The Bride & Groom exchanged vows at the historic, european style Independent Presbyterian Church. Their reception was complete with a live jazz band, light up tamborines for the dance floor and tasty signature cocktails. The groom opted for a southern BBQ table in lieu of a groom’s cake. DIY details were in abundance throughout the stables, from the handmade shutters which displayed the couples childhood photos to the Alabama shaped puzzle which served as a fun, interactive guest book.

Photography: W&E Photographie | Event Planning: Mariee Ami | Floral Design: Buffy Hargett | Wedding Dress: White Room Bridal Salon | Catering: Saw's BBQ | Catering: Savoie Catering | Barn: Swann Lake Stables | Church: Independent Presbryterian Church | Hair & Make Up: Lynsey Richardson

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