Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gorgeous Southern Wedding in Fairhope Alabama

Gorgeous bride Laurel had her wedding day dreams on her family compound in the sweet Southern town of Magnolia Springs Alabama near the city of Fairhope Alabama.   A beautiful setting rich with family tradition made for an exceptional wedding day weekend.

Laurel had visions of a nautical theme with a preppy touch.  Bridesmaids dressed in pink seersucker summer dresses and guys dressed in lime green pants with royal blue jackets and lime green seersucker bow tie completed the preppy look.  Navy blue linens on all guests tables with candles and lanterns surrounded by moss and milk glass filled with buds of florals created gorgeous displays of centerpieces throughout the reception.

A beach trolly carried guests from the ceremony site to the reception site and the bride and groom departed their reception in their get-a-way boat to whisk them off.

Thank you to Jerrod Brown Studios  for all of these wonderful images of Laurel and Thomas's wedding day!

A gorgeous floral cross hangs from this great oak tree where Laurel and Thomas will marry

Seating is set for about 500 + guests with the pool house in the back drop where bride Laurel will make her entrance

Last minute thank you notes from the bride before she is ready to get dressed

Bridesmaids assist their bride as she is dressed in her gown of wedding white

Beautiful bride Laurel having a light hearted moment with Mom Pam as they get dressed

Whimsical maps for all the guests to find our wedding locations on the family compound

Beautiful pink bridesmaids bouquets tucked inside the banister of the pool house 

All ready for pictures with her girls

Pretty in Pink seersucker Summer dresses for our bridesmaids

A Beach Trolly carry the girls and our bride all around town for pictures

Sweet flower girl pose for pictures

One of my favorites, gorgeous bride Laurel with her Daddy

A moment with sweet Mom

Just gorgeous

Thomas and the men are ready in the boathouse

Not a glimpse of the bride, Thomas gives Laurel his wedding gift

Such a tender moment

One last touch before walking down the aisle

Carrying out the preppie and nautical theme are these beautiful programs of blue and white stripes tied with a sweet pink ribbon

Our very young ring bearer and flower girls will be pulled down the aisle in this adorable wagon

This gorgeous archway was personally handcrafted by our groom Thomas who is a timber framer by trade

Prayer time with Groom Thomas, Best Man/Father of the Groom and Pastor

A grand entrance for our bride Laurel and her Daddy

A precious first look at his bride for our Groom

Not missing a moment of memories, Photographer Jerrod Brown captures a proud look on this Mother of the Bride

Proud parents watch their daughter marry the love of her life

Finally married!!!

A happy and excited bridal party ready to start the evening

A great use of 14 bridesmaids bouquets was placing each one inside one of the larger lanterns on guest seating tables

A nautical and preppie beach wedding loaded with details, a clever guest book idea are these boat oars for guests to sign as they enter the reception grounds

Guests enjoy several scenes on the reception grounds including lounge chairs adorned with cozy pillows and a roaring fire overlooking the water

Lanterns with candles light the way to a cozy side of the reception grounds

How can we have a beach/nautical theme without a canoe filled with ice cold beer and wine

Centerpieces of lanterns and milk glass surrounded by moss and candles atop navy blue linens gives the reception seating tables an eclectic and warm glow - Milk Glass and lanterns all courtesy of Hot House Design Studio

Our gorgeous lighting design created by Andy Tolar of Design Productions LLC with a dramatic Spring Alabama sky in the backdrop

Fire side for guests watching the festivities 

A grand introduction for our Bride and Groom

A romantic first dance under a starry sky and rustic chandelier 

Love the way this groom looks at his new bride

And the fun begins!!

A memorable moment and a precious look from Father of the Bride as he dances with his little girl on her wedding day

Hot air balloons inflate and rise into the night sky

Gazing at a beautiful display

Guests wave sparklers as the bride and groom run to their get-a-way boat

And our bride and groom are off on their get-a-way boat in the waterways.....  A perfect ending to a perfect beach side celebration!

This took an amazing team of wedding professionals and as always, I give so much credit to those who contributed their talents to this fabulous wedding day!  Thank you so much to Jerrod Brown who took these amazing images, Lance Holloway of Lance Holloway Productions for capturing every moment on film, Jesse's Restaurant in Magnolia Springs Alabama for their magnificent catering, Mandy Majerik of Hot House Design Studio for all the props we used for florals and centerpieces, Andy Tolar with Design Productions LLC for all the beautiful lighting design,  Port City Rentals in Mobile Alabama provided all our chiavari chairs, tables and other rentals and Southern Veranda provided all the floral designs.  Thank you also to Aveda Salon in Fair Hope Alabama,  Jeanne O'Connell of Fair Hope Alabama for playing the beautiful harp for our ceremony and Peek Band for the fantastic music all night long.

Thank you so much to the Reaves Family and the Downs Family for this wonderful opportunity to work with all of you!  Such a sweet and very loving family who remain very dear to my heart!  xoxo