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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.

How To Pick the Perfect Outfit for Your Engagement Session

Hi, fellow brides-to-be! It’s Ali from Love You, Mean It. I’m so excited to share our engagement photos with you today! Planning our e-sesh has been one of my favorite parts our engagement so far. We’ve used these beautiful images captured by Leslee Mitchell and Tarin Frantz on our wedding website and also printed a few for gifting to family. That said, it can also be stressful when deciding where to shoot and what to wear. So, I’ve put together a list of five tips to make the “what to wear” part a breeze.

1. Location

The first element to consider should be where you will be taking your photos. Will you be outside? What will the temperature be? Thinking through the locations will ensure you dress appropriately for the weather and will help inspire your outfits. If it will be chilly, you don’t want to be freezing the entire day. If you’re uncomfortable in your setting, you won’t be able to properly relax for the photos and be able to have fun. Will you be taking photos on a horse farm (like me!) or on grass? Don’t forget the appropriate footwear!

2. Number of Outfits

Once you have the location (or locations!) set with your photographer, it makes it easier to envision the appropriate outfits. Personally, I had two venues that I wanted different outfits for. I knew that I wanted to take more casual photos as well as dressier ones, and a few right in between. For me, it made sense to do the more casual photos when we were at home in Kentucky and take fancier ones in front of Perkins Chapel at SMU (just a few feet away from where we first met!). If you’re worried about coming off as “cheesy,” wear a typical Saturday outfit and it will make the photos look less staged and more real-life. On the other hand, I think it’s special to have photos that are a little more dressed-up to celebrate this exciting time. Ultimately, however, this is not the time to go completely out of your comfort zone when it comes to what you wear which leads me to my next point: deciding on the outfits!

3. Coordinate and Prepare Your Looks

It’s definitely necessary for both of you to think through and try-on your outfits before the day-of. You want to make sure you “match” each other when it comes to the level of dressiness. You also want to make sure you and your fiancé won’t clash and that everything is clean, pressed, and ready to go. If either of you have bought something new for the photos, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to receive the item and try it on so you can make any necessary alterations– you don’t want any surprises on the actual day! For our casual photos, I wore a solid color sweater and jeans and Ben wore a button down and jeans. Easy and comfortable! For the pictures we took in front of Perkins Chapel, I wore an ivory tulle skirt and embellished sweater from Jenny Yoo. My skirt felt bridal and super special. It’s actually from the same fabric that my bridesmaids dresses (also Jenny Yoo, of course!) will be made from which I thought was a special touch!

4. Test Your Wedding Hair/Make-up

If possible, engagement photos make a great occasion to test out your wedding hair and/or make-up. Luckily for me, I was able to meet with my wedding stylist when I was home in Kentucky for our photos. It allows you to get to know each other a little bit and, not to mention, your hair and make-up will be looking great in the photos! Because I wanted to look super natural, I asked for “my everyday look, just a little better!”

5. Be yourselves and have fun!

It’s a fact, staged photos can be AWKWARD. What you will wear should be the least of your worries! If you plan your outfits out ahead of time and feel good about them, it will be one less thing on your mind the day of the shoot. Also recommended: packing a cooler with snacks and champagne to celebrate as the day goes on!

I’ve also included a bunch of my favorite pieces for engagement sessions below, starting off with some beauties from Jenny Yoo!

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Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Photography: Tarin Frantz | Church: Perkins Chapel | Embellished Sweater: Jenny Yoo | Tulle Skirt: Jenny Yoo

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We Found the Perfect Venue for Your Intimate Wedding

If your idea of the perfect wedding is an intimate locale set against the picturesque Smoky Mountains, then this, loves, is for you. Because whether you plan on hosting a small get-together or plan on tying the knot in a sweet elopement, Majors Estate is THE place to do it. Think a stunning heaven on earth where rustic romance takes center stage. Scroll to start planning that dream day.

Located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains on 200+ breathtaking acres, Majors Estate is a little slice of heaven on earth with some of the most amazing venue spaces you will ever lay your eyes upon. (Truly.) From their fabulous Chapel in the woods to their three-story Tower that overlooks the gorgeous valley below, your Big Day weekend will be the definition of serene and peaceful. Not to mention their talented staff + awesome customizable wedding packages that totally take the stress out of planning, i.e., you can make the day completely yours by creating a package that fits all of your needs and wants. They’ll even help you choose vendors, so there’s not a box left unchecked on your wish list. In other words? Majors Estate is the sort of idyllic locale that was basically made for those intimate nuptials where you can really truly celebrate with your closest friends and family… OR the best place ever to elope. Your choice.

Contact Majors Estate to start talking all things wedding. Their talented staff will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process to guarantee everything you’ve ever wanted… whether it’s a day that includes 80 guests or it’s just you and your love at your very cutest. And don’t forget to ask about their engagement weekends and photo shoots. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate saying “YES!” with the one you love.

Photography: Kevin Adams | Photography: Earthmuse Photography