We're always looking for the perfect bridesmaid's gifts and we think these are pretty spot-on. These custom goodie-boxes are from Bridesmaid Gift Boutique and include a floral monogrammed robe, a monogrammed wine cooler cup, and a personalized gift box. It's easy, affordable and your gals will love you for it.
If you're still looking for groomsmen gift ideas, check out our blog post featuring some easy custom gifts for them as well.
Callie Barganier Hanahan met Gil in college at Auburn where they became best friends. His family lived at the beach and he would often join her family when they came to the beach for summer vacation. Callie said it wasn’t until Gil came to live in Birmingham (after she had started a job there) that they became more than friends and developed a romantic relationship. When they finally started dating, Callie knew within the first week that he would be the one she married.
Callie’s favorite part of the day was her first look with Gil. They exchanged heartfelt letters with each other during this time. She loved getting to soak in their special moment together and all that was about to come on their wedding day. They were married March 24th, 2018.
Darcy Echols and Jake Wilks met in high school. Jake asked for Darcy’s number and things went from there. “A good bit of time went by and we found ourselves still together in college and crazy in love,” said Darcy. They were married on January 6th, 2017!
This particular couple is so special to me because I know them and actually got to attend their wedding. It is so easy to see that these two people have so much love for each other and for God. It was so beautiful getting to worship with them as they became husband and wife.
Mary Kate and Charlie Scott got married on March 10th, 2018. They met their freshman year at Samford University and have been together ever since! We adore this lovely couple and are so excited to share their beautiful wedding day with you. So happy for this bride and groom!
Photography: Josh Rigsby Photography
Floral: Gregg Foster
Hair and Makeup: Cotton Rouge and Company
Cake: The Bakery off Augusta
Ceremony: Daniel Chapel at Furman University
Reception: The Cliffs at Mountain Park
Entertainment: Mo' Sol with Sam Hill Entertainment
Rentals: Professional Party Rentals
Event Planning: Bespoken Weddings & Events
Dress: Bustle (Yay!)
We're over the moon for our newest Bustle Bride, Danielle Fillmore Jaudon! Danielle and her husband Chris said "I do," on a beautiful Alabama March day!
The pair met their freshman year at Auburn University. Chris attended Danielle's sorority fall formal with one of their mutual friends. Then, about a month later, out of the blue, Chris asked her out. Danielle didn't remember meeting him at formal, but after doing a little digging on Facebook, she agreed to the date. "Who knew my first date with my future husband would be a blind date at a college dining hall."
Danielle said "yes" to a stunning Allure lace fit & flare gown, complete with bateau neckline and illusion back! It was a match made in bridal heaven because she was an absolute dream on the day she and Chris began their forever together!
This week all eyes are on the beautiful Erica Lawrence Hoffman! Erica and her husband, Allen, began their happily ever after on April 7, 2018 on a gorgeous Alabama day.
The pair knew each other growing up, but their love story didn't begin until they ran into each other 4 years ago at the doctor's office. They reminisced on old times, then a few weeks later and much to Allen's persistence, the pair went on a first date, and the rest is history!
Erica's dream dress was a Theia lace fit & flare beauty which she paired with a gorgeous beaded belt to complete her bridal look! We so loved helping this sweet bride find her perfect dress!!
The gorgeous Haley Walker Taylor is our featured Bustle Bride, and we are over the moon! She and her husband, Dylan, became officially husband and wife on March 16, 2018. The pair met on a church serve project, and the rest is history!
Haley was simply radiant in her Enaura fully beaded fit & flare gown, and we're so thankful we had the opportunity to help her find that gown of her dreams!
We're so thrilled to announce Caitlin Bagget Hagedorn as our newest Bustle Bride! Caitlin and her hubby, Grant, began their happily ever after on a beautiful March day at Bluff Park Methodist Church. The pair has such a fun one-in-a-million story of how they met! We'll let Caitlin tell the story in her own words:
"Grant and I met our freshman year at the University of Alabama. My maid of honor and best friend found a wallet in the dorm hallway, so she reached out to that person on Facebook. The person she reached out to ended up being Grant’s roommate, so that’s where it all started! Grant and I attended many date parties together, became best friends, and finally before senior year, we started dating! We prayed a lot throughout college and after that the Lord would give us the right timing for every part of our relationship, so we are so thankful for His goodness!"
Caitlin is such a gem. She has the kindest smile and heart to match, and we so loved helping her find the perfect gown! She looked nothing short of gorgeous in her mermaid alencon and corded chantilly lace gown by Enzoani!
4 Tips For Your Dream Engagement Session
You’ve booked your engagement session…now, how do you make it into the dream you envisioned? Thoughts are racing around your head… What to wear? Where to photograph? What makeup to chose? How shall I do my hair?
Are you stressed yet? That’s why I’m here to help. Here are four tips to preparing for your dream engagement session without all the stress!
The most frequently-asked-question in regards to engagement sessions is, “What do I wear?!” It can feel intimidating choosing an outfit that everybody will see when the images are posted online! But, girl, you can do this! Whether it means rummaging through a friend’s closet, buying a new outfit or putting together a fun combination you’ve always wanted to try, you’ve got lots of options. When looking for your outfits, however, keep these things in mind...
tiny patterns, as they mess with the camera’s sensor
bright red or orange
matching outfits (let’s go with coordinating, instead!)
long, flowy skirts or dresses
variety in your outfit choices (one formal, one casual)
something that flatters your best features and makes you feel confident
Network To Find Your Dream Location
I always ask my couples to think within their network of connections for a special place to photograph their engagement session. Maybe a family member owns a boat, maybe they know the event coordinator at a beautiful venue or maybe their first date was at a significant place. I encourage couples to choose somewhere meaningful to them so we can create something personal and unique. Urban or botanical? Beautiful architecture or a wide open field? The choices are yours, and there are plenty of them!
Invest in Hair and Makeup
Just as you want to look your best on your wedding day, why not splurge a little on your engagement session? Investing in professional hair and makeup can be an extra fun way to celebrate the occasion and allow you to be extra confident during your shoot! If you're not able to splurge, consider false lashes. That will make the most impact on your portraits!
Respect The Sun
You’ll always hear photographers rave about “golden hour,” but is it really that great? The answer is yes!!! Photographers plan around the sun, and being late cuts down on the time you have to capture the best light! Try to leave earlier than you usually would out of respect for your photographer and the sun.
Eleanor Stenner is a wedding and portrait photographer in Birmingham, Alabama, who photographs endless love with vibrancy and class. As native of England, her accent is a strange mix of British-Southern. You can catch her photographing weddings, going on walks in Homewood or serving at her church. Follow her work at @eleanorstenner or visit her website at eleanorstenner.com
We're over the moon to introduce Lauren Hanna Nilsen as our newest Bustle Bride! Lauren and her husband Jonathan met at Ashley Mac's in Birmingham where they both work, so they have Andy and Ashley McMakin for being their matchmakers!
The pair tied the knot on January 7th, and Lauren was an absolute dream in her Anne Barge fit & flare lace gown! She also added a stunning crystal belt and beautiful catherdral length veil to complete her look, and we're so glad we had the opportunity to help her wedding gown vision become a reality!
Photography: Jenn Davis Imagery
Hair/Makeup: Rachel Hardesty
Cake: Megan Gust