Rustic Elegant Chic Wedding at Park Crest Event Facility

Rustic Elegant Chic Wedding at Park Crest Event Facility

Meredith & Dan

I am geeking out over sharing this wedding with you. Meredith & Dan are one of the sweetest couples I have had the chance to work with. Meredith’s parents lived out of town so we did some planning from afar with them. Meredith and her mother Sheila, knew that they would need full wedding planning with Meredith completing her college degree and Sheila being in Atlanta. We hit it off right away and knew we would be the team to make Meredith & Dan’s wedding dreams happen.

Meredith & Dan love the outdoors and wanted a rustic feel with elements that were reflective of their taste but still keeping it elegant and refined. We decided on a buffet style dinner for the guests, with varying table sizes & types to give the room lots of interest. Once we began working with Jacki from Salt & Paperie, we knew that the monogram Jacki would create would become the focus of our design elements. Basically like Reese Witherspoon says, if its not moving, monogram it! From the favor, to welcome boxes, to cups & napkins, we made sure their wreath monogram design was proudly displayed everywhere.

With Meredith & Dan we worked with them on design, production in organizing, researching, and gathering vendor information & communicating with them, managing budgets, payments & deadlines, hotels, stationery design and timeline, welcome bag design, assembly, delivery, transportation, site visits, rental management, timelines & logistics and of course running the big day. It was a great event, full of love, laughter, and maybe the chillest/easiest going Bride & Groom I have ever seen. Meredith & Dan, we are so lucky to have been a part of your love story & wedding day. We love you guys!

Creative Vendor Partners aka ROCK STARS who made this day a dream:

Venue & Catering Park Crest Event Facility

Photography Eric & Jamie Photography

Videography Crooked Tree Productions

Floral CeCe Designs

Cake Cakes by Kim

Linens BBJ Linen Company

Rentals Special Events Company

Pipe & Drape & Photo Booth On Site Productions

DJ Dijital Entertainment

Hair Rawwbeauty

Makeup Porcelain & Pink 

Ashley & Aaron: Engagement

Ashley & Aaron: Engagement

Ashley & Aaron’s wedding week is here! We couldn’t be more excited to get these two down the aisle this weekend. Ashley & her mom have become close friends of the Create Studio. This is our second Create Studio Bride so over here at Create we are all abuzz getting ready for the big weekend!

We love seeing our couples stories unfold over the planning time together & getting to know them so well. A big thank you to AL Weddings for the photos & Rawwbeauty for Ashley’s Hair & Makeup

Warm Rustic Chic Winter Wedding: Emily + Nick

Warm Rustic Chic Winter Wedding: Emily + Nick

Warm, rustic chic, winter wedding

Emily & Nick were the most laid back, chill couple I ever met. They literally just wanted to get married and all the other stuff was the cherry on top. They wanted to be sure their friends and family were well taken care of and had a great time. Emily & I were introduced by my sorority little sister so we automatically hit off the bat having a friend in common. We planned Emily & Nick’s wedding pretty quickly which is actually my favorite–there is no lag time, there is no down planning time, we just knock it all out! I adored Emily’s dress and the light airy look of it. You know it is a rockin’ party when the bride gets on the mic and kills some Adele. It may have been a winter wedding but we were lucky to get the most beautiful, sun-shiny day. One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the wedding favor. Nick is a dentist with a new practice & so all of the guests were given Dr. Nick Brown toothbrushes! Emily & Nick, it was a pleasure to work with you & your families to plan your special day. We wish you nothing but happiness in the years to come!

 

Creative Vendor Partners:

Venue: Barn at Shady lane

Catering: Happy Catering Company

Photography: Eric & Jamie Photography

Florals: Lillie Jane

Rentals: Decor to Adore

Cake: Cakes by Kim

Band: Teenage Daddy

Five Wedding Day Timeline Tips

Five Wedding Day Timeline Tips

Happy Thursday y’all! Today is a video day! We are chatting all things wedding day timeline today over on I do, I do! TV. Click below to watch the show!

5 top things to pay attention to when making your wedding day timeline:

  1. The number of people getting hair and makeup done. This number will determine when you need to start the H&MU process. Do not let your maids drag their feet in deciding if they are getting this service if you are not already providing it for them. I would suggest having this number 3 months before wedding date at the very latest.
  2. Ceremony time—Seems like a no brainer but if you have 12 bridesmaids that all need hair and makeup but you want a 2pm wedding, get ready for an EARLY wakeup call.  
  3. To first look or not to first look? There are pros and cons to both and you and your fiance should really discuss what is best for you as a couple–don’t let your planner, photographer, videographer, friend, rando person on the street tell you otherwise. If it is something you feel convicted about, and you are working with pros they will make it work in their timeline. Not doing a first look does have some extra logistical matters to consider but is totally normal and doable. Just discuss with your fiance and go from there.
  4. Venue rental time—be sure to have the number of hours you have your venue for in your contract, written down, brought to you by harry potter owl–whatever. You need this number to determine if you will be able to get ready at your venue, and then the total length of ceremony & reception including dinner time. I think a 3.5 hour reception is plenty and let’s you leave on a high note rather than with the 15 guests who have stuck it out til the bitter end. Personally I never understand this, I am not one to leave a party early–so we want to send you off with a bang!
  5. Load out time for your vendors–does your venue rental time include the time that your vendors need to be out by? If you have elaborate lighting, and draping, and rentals, and #allthethings it is going to take us a while to break that down, does the venue factor that into your rental time or is that load out time additional? Important question to ask your venue contact.
Birmingham Alabama Wedding Venues

Birmingham Alabama Wedding Venues

We know many of you are in the selection process for your wedding venue. You might be trying to decide budget, style, capacity for your guest count, and many more things. Having the right venue for your wedding is very critical. Today we wanted to share our Birmingham Alabama Venue Guide with you!

Warehouse/Industrial Style

Screen shot 2017-02-28 at 12.04.29 PMHaven. Haven is a new industrial style space in Downtown Birmingham. They feature a beautiful parlor area with a bar, which is large enough to feature a lounge or the bride’s cake as well. Photo from Haven Website

13198480_10154084964180520_7662954765458316290_oB&A Warehouse. B&A features 4 rooms which can be rented together or separately, a beautiful built in bar, and some of the best catering in Birmingham! Photo Credit: Rebecca Long Photography

magen-davis-photography_i-do-i-do-wedding-planning-17BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft. BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft is one of our favorite venues in downtown Birmingham! The white palate allows clients to really design the space how they want it. They feature two floors, chavari chairs, and beautiful brick white washed walls. Photo Credit: Magen Davis Photography

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Iron City. Iron City is one of the coolest venues in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. As a concert venue, it features a stage bands dream of. If you are looking for a good time, amazing food & pastries, Iron City is the place for you! Photo Credit: AL Weddings

Hotels & Ballrooms We Love

stacy-richardson-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning-ross-bridge_0001Renaissance Ross Bridge. Affectionately known as “the castle”, Ross Bridge offers a true resort experience for guests, and couples alike. They have beautiful ballroom spaces to accommodate anywhere from small to very large groups, as well as a beautiful terrace for ceremony and/or reception. Photo Credit: Stacy Richardson Photography

stacy-richardson-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning_0036Westin Hotel. In the heart of the Uptown district of downtown Birmingham, The Westin Hotel is a modern, sleek look with a ballroom that can accommodate around 175-200 guests. They have a fantastic chef, and you and your guests would be walking distance to many downtown Birmingham, Alabama attractions which is attractive for guests traveling! Photo Credit: Stacy Richardson Photography

 

jett-walker-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning-the-club_0073The Tutwiler Hotel. The historic Tutwiler Hotel features two ballroom spaces. It is one of our favorite getting ready location options for clients because of the historic charm! Photo Credit: Jett Walker Photography

kelli-daniel-taylor-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning_0057The Grand Bohemian Hotel. The Grand Bohemain Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of Mountain Brook, Alabama. The ballroom is elegant, and opulent–perfect for the client looking to deliver an upscale, over the top, grand experience for their guests! Photo Credit: Kelli & Daniel Taylor Photography

jett-walker-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning-the-club_0024The Club. A Birmingham, Alabama classic. The Club is a private membership dinning club with several ballroom options for events. Even if you are not a member, you can have a sponsor for your wedding! Photo Credit: Jett Walker Photography

abbyThe City Club of Birmingham. Overlooking the downtown Birmingham, Alabama city skyline, The City Club of Birmingham features three ballroom spaces that can be used together or individually. Guests will love coming to this Birmingham staple! Photo Credit: Love Behind the Lens

Beautiful Barns & Outdoor Gardens

simple-color-at-barn-at-shady-lane_0024The Barn at Shady Lane. One of our favorite Birmingham venues! We love that the barn feels rustic and warm, but classic and elegant at the same time. The porches on the front and back of the venue allow for additional space for guests to mix and mingle. Photo Credit: Simple Color Photography

 

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claire windwood 3Windwood Weddings. A true working horse barn that features world renowned horses on rolling hills and beautiful scenery in Pelham, Alabama. There are so many location options for ceremony and reception, although our favorite is under the string lights on the patio while your band or DJ kicks it up on stage. Give me this venue in the fall ANY DAY! Photo Credit: Arden Photography

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Aldridge Gardens. Beautiful acres of meticulously kept gardens in the heart of Hoover, Alabama makes this venue a favorite of ours. The feature lakeside, house and pavilion options for your event. Photo Credit: Andrea Mabry Photography

 

We hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite Birmingham, Alabama wedding venues! We are so lucky to have so many great properties to work with!