Bustle Bride: Emma Freeze

Emma and Zach first met at Pelham High school. “I was a Junior and he was a Senior. We were set up by a mutual friend, and the rest is history!” They were married October 12, 2018 at ShellB Acres, and what a beautiful day it was!

Emma’s favorite part of the day was getting to take pictures with her husband, Zach. It gave them time to be alone together and soak in the moment.

We are so happy to share their beautiful wedding day with you all. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Freeze!

Another favorite memory was reading our written vows to each other. I pretty much laughed the whole time Zach was reading his - they were so funny but true! It was a true representation of our relationship and I’m so glad our guests got to witness that.

Artist Spotlight: Darcy Wilks

Recently, I visited Darcy Wilks’ art studio in Birmingham where she creates abstract art using paint and sawdust. She was beginning to work on a brand new piece, and she took me through the process of working with these materials.

Darcy enjoys working with sawdust because she loves using materials that would otherwise be thrown away. One day, Darcy saw someone preparing to throw away a box of sawdust, so she asked if she could have it. Along with paintings, Darcy also enjoys making abstract charcoal prints.

We are excited to share some photos of Darcy’s art, as well as some behind the scenes shots of her at work in her Birmingham studio!

It’s a Bustle Wedding!

Lisa Harris and Mason Boyd met at church 13 years ago and reconnected this past summer. They had their first date July 31, 2018, got engaged on New Year’s Eve, and were married February 9th, 2019. “To pull the wedding off so quickly, we kept it small and intimate, but still wanted to incorporate special touches,” Lisa said.

Lisa and Mason’s wedding became Bustle’s first ever wedding. Yes, we hosted their lovely wedding in our little dress shop! It was so special and beautiful, and we are so happy for this sweet couple and their family!

Our cake was made by my 12-year-old daughter who insisted on making the cake from the second she learned we were engaged. It may not have been perfect, but it was beautiful and much more special than any cake from a high-end bakery.
Bustle was the perfect place for us to get married. The white, clean and classic space was already beautiful, but it became simply magical just by adding lanterns on the porch, fairy lights inside and flowers.
My “something old” was my husband’s Eagle Scout pin that his mom gave to me which I pinned inside my dress.
Our wedding vendors were all personal friends which meant a lot and made every detail fun. I never once got stressed about the wedding and enjoyed working with people that I loved and who already knew me and I what I liked. Involving friends in the planning and ceremony was a nice way for us to include them despite having such a small ceremony.


Venue: Bustle Gowns

Flowers: Kindred Events

Photography: Jason Wallis (Instagram: @jasonwallis)

(With some photos by Claire H. Jackson)

Invitation: Mary Virginia Baugh (Instagram: @Marvisb)

Hair & Makeup: Celine Russell (Instagram: @celine.russell)

Business Spotlight: Wild Honey Flower Truck

We had the pleasure of hosting Birmingham’s Wild Honey Flower Truck at Bustle last week on the most beautiful spring Saturday ever. So many lovely people stopped by to create the prettiest bouquets, and we had such a fun time!

Owners, Josh and Kelsey Sizemore, launched their business in November of 2018 and we are so glad they did! Here are some photos from the most perfect flower truck day!

Photo by: Claire H. Jackson

Photo by: Claire H. Jackson

Photo by: Laura Barry Starnes


Lauren Barry Starnes (@laurenstarnes_)

Claire Hovater Jackson (@clairehovaterjackson)

Cuteness alert!

How cute are these cosmetic bags!? They’re easy to order and so affordable at only $14.99/ea. Fill them with treats for all your bridesmaids or give as hostess gifts. {You’re probably going to want one for yourself as well.}

Venue Spotlight: The Theodore

We recently paid a visit to the new wedding and event venue, The Theodore, located in downtown Birmingham. We were treated to a private tour by owner, Cindy Rhoden. The space is not only beautiful, but was carefully designed to be both functional and accessible. For example, the loading docks are designed to allow caterers, florists and other wedding pros to load/unload easily and to slip in and out unnoticed by guests.

The Theodore has the space to host more guests than most venues, with max capacity being 860 guests. The grand historical rooms are a perfect canvas for a wide variety of weddings and events, and booking The Theodore includes rental of their chairs and stage. The venue also has a chic, cozy room for small meetings/presentations or for the bride and groom to share a moment together before joining their reception. 

Take a peek at a few of the pics from our tour of this fab new Birmingham wedding venue!

Bustle Bride: Dee Repici

Dee Repici and Blake Boland met years ago at work and quickly hit it off! After a considerable amount of thought and planning, they decided to join their families. They had two wedding ceremonies to celebrate. The first was a beautiful wedding ceremony on May 25th, 2018 in Birmingham, surrounded by their families and their four children, Harper, Carter, Henley, and Claire. Their second was a private romantic ceremony in Positano, Italy, on June 1st, 2018.

We are so happy for Dee and Blake and are so excited to share their beautiful weddings with you. What a dream!

Positano Ceremony:

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Our entire trip to Positano was a dream! We especially loved walking through the streets of the city in our wedding attire and hearing the travelers and locals applaud and exclaim “Congratulazioni!” and “Bella sposa!”

Birmingham Ceremony:

Our favorite part of the Birmingham ceremony was the first look. Since this ceremony was mainly for our four children, having the first look just between the two of us was very memorable.
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Birmingham, AL

Photography - Photos By Heart

Videography - FWD Digital

Florals - RD Designs

Hair & Makeup - Brittany Massey

Venue - Redmont Hotel

Cake made by my then 8-year-old daughter Claire

Harpist - Charla Murray

Positano, Italy

Photography - Maison Pestea

Videography - Luigi DeGregorio

Wedding Planner - Capri Moments (flowers, boat, Vespa, cake, etc.)

Hair & Makeup - Alessandro Mancini 

Ceremony Venue - Marincanto Hotel

Mandolin and Guitar - Giuseppe Rispoli

Bustle Bride: Anna Elizabeth (Griffin) Price

Anna Elizabeth (Griffin) Price first met Grant at a church she was visiting. A friend of hers was planning to introduce them to each other that day, but they locked eyes before she had a chance to. From that moment, Anna had a feeling Grant would change her future forever, and she was right! They dated for 2 years after that, and then he proposed Aug 11th 2018. Grant and Anna got married, December 1st, in the same church they first saw each other in. We are so happy to share their wedding with you today!

It was a perfect day! Thanks to friends and family, it went seamlessly. My favorite part was, of course, seeing him for the first time. I didn’t think my heart could beat that fast.
My second favorite part was getting to drive away from the church as a married couple. That was such a real moment for us. I am so thankful for him, and the joy he brings to my life as my husband.


Photographers - Evan and Sarah Travers 

Hair & Makeup - Abby Robertson

Cake - Kathy Brodock

Dress - Bustle Gowns

Flowers - Hannah Howard

Valentine's Day Bouquets

This Valentine’s Day, we partnered with Kindred Events, to provide some beautiful flower arrangements for all the lovebirds out there! It was so much fun, and we wanted to share some of the photos from the day with you.


Bustle Bride: Catherine Hails Chmiel

Catherine + Scott Chmiel


Catherine Hails and Scott Chmiel were introduced to each other on Tinder! “We met January 22, 2017 and I knew it was different,” Catherine said. She said he was so caring and respectful and called when he said he would. Pretty soon they were engaged, got a house and a dog and then got married all in 2018.

When the wedding planning started, Catherine felt a bit overwhelmed with all the details and decisions. She finally decided she wanted a beautiful, comfortable outdoor wedding, and that is certainly what she got! They were married October 28th, 2018. We are so excited to share Catherine and Scotts wedding day with you all.

Everything we’d hoped for was far exceeded with the help of family, friends, and a team of incredibly talented and professional vendors.
One of my favorite parts was how much love and happiness surrounded the entire day. Every person there was genuinely happy to be a part of our special day!
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My dad passed away 13 years ago with cancer. The last week of his life, I asked him how would I know if I’m marrying the right man. He said pebbles would be my answer. We never knew how that would show itself and I’d never told Scott about it. After getting Moose, who’d dug up the grass in our yard, Scott came home one day with a Pinterest picture of how to fix it... it was a low maintenance yard covered in pebbles. He just kept saying “pebbles” and I was like “oh my gosh!” We had pebbles lining the cabin where we stayed on our wedding night and pebbles all around the venue. My dad showed us a gazillion different ways he was with us. I’m sure he was the reason we ended up with a dream come true start to our married life together!


Venue: Belle Farm Events

Photography: Mary Fehr

Catering: Premium Hospitality Catering

Dress: Bustle Gowns (us)

Flowers: Lindsay Kessler Designs

Videography: BBmedia

DJ: Platinum Entertainment 

Dress cleaners: Berthon’s Mtn Brook

Hair & Makeup: Melissa Bogardus @make_up_mel

Dress alterations: Luz @LDhautecouture

Cake: April Smith @aprileesmith on Instagram