There are a lot of boxes to check off as you plan your wedding and one of the things often left to the end of the to do list are groomsmen gifts.
McClellan and Dylan had a March wedding at Camp Beckwith, and we loved working with them! McClellan lives in Colorado, so we only got to meet with her in person once, but we loved getting to bring her southern wedding to life. She wore the most beautiful flower crown and the couple vowed to forever overlooking the most beautiful view of Weeks Bay. They celebrated with friends and family afterwards, and then left their reception in a boat! Check out more about McClellan and Dylan and a few of our favorite pictures from their day below. Cheers to the McRoberts!
Tell us your story.
Dylan and I met in 2010 in the Mississippi Delta through the Teach for America program. We were both assigned to be high school math teachers. He was cute, but we were both preoccupied with our new jobs and were seeing other people. In 2014, we reconnected at a mutual friend’s wedding and almost immediately began dating. I moved to Colorado, where Dylan is from, and the rest is history!
What was your favorite part of the planning process?
Once I sent Jenna my vision for the wedding day, she sent a vision board that was almost exactly what I was thinking! I was shocked and fell in love with her ideas immediately. It was really cool to work with someone that could turn the rambling email that I sent into something so spot on. I also live in Colorado, so we only met in person once. Her communication and organization were excellent and we were able to accomplish all of the planning long distance with no hiccups!
What was your favorite moment of the day?
There are so many of them! I thought the ceremony was a perfect mix of traditional church procedures and our laid back and outdoorsy style. I loved the canoe entrance--the groomsmen carried me in a canoe into the venue. I wore a life jacket and it was absurdly fun! The band was super fun (they are called Second Groove Showband--check them out!) and made for a wild reception that ended in a sparkler send-off and boat ride back to my parents’ house. The after party was a blast because we created song books for people to sing along to our favorite songs, like a group karaoke event!
If you could give advice to another bride in the process of planning her wedding what would it be?
Relax! This is such a special time of life and although it can be stressful and hectic, it is a beautiful experience to plan. No one will notice the little things that go differently than you planned, so focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Design, Planning, Coordination: Jenna Laine Weddings | Venue: Camp Beckwith | Photographer & Videographer: Chad Riley Photography | Florist: Wildflowers | Rentals: SOHO | Catering: Berglin Catering | Cakes: Couture Cakes | Band: 2nd Groove | Invitations: Jenna Laine Weddings
Last week, Leslie and Ashley had the chance to visit the Hazen & Co Trunk Show at Chapel Farm Collection. They loved seeing all the new pieces from their bridal collection! Not only did they have the bridal collection, but they also had their entire jewelry line as well. Even though the entire team did not get to attend the trunk show, everyone got to view the collection and we wanted to share all of our team member’s picks.
The Poppy Earring is one of their top sellers! This earring would add the sweetest touch to a bridal look for any event- showers, rehearsal or reception.
These teardrop earrings are the sweetest touch! These would even make a perfect gift to your bridesmaids.
The pearl detail on these earrings is even more incredible in person! Another great pick for all ages.
These super fun and trendy earrings are super popular for bridesmaids! Lizzy loves how these even have a touch of light pink.
Ashley loves this sweet necklace for any occasion. It would be the perfect gift for brides-to-be.
The sweetest set of pearl earrings- a college girl essential. This pair even comes with the gorgeous pink velvet box!
Kathleen loves this dainty bracelet. It is perfect for anyone who loves a little sparkle.
More from the Bridal Collection
If you aren’t looking for bridal jewelry pieces, Hazen & Co still has you covered! Check out some of the other pieces they have.
Be sure to check out the Hazen & Co website to see all their beautiful pieces. Thank you so much to Chapel Farm Collection for hosting this wonderful event!
We were so honored when Leah called and asked us to travel to Highlands, NC to help her plan the perfect destination wedding at the beautiful Lullwater House. We loved working with Leah and Raleigh on their Highlands, North Carolina wedding. You can see from their pictures how excited they both were, and it was just the sweetest day. Guests attended a beautiful outdoor ceremony, and then enjoyed a night of celebration under a beautifully lit tent. We loved that Leah changed into the cutest 2-piece outfit to dance the night away. They don’t get much sweeter than Leah and Raleigh, and we were honored to play a part in their wedding day. Cheers to the Christman’s!
Design, Planning, Coordination: Jenna Laine Weddings | Venue: Private Residence | Photographer: Mattie Bell Photography | Catering: Rosewood Catering | Band: Smokey’s Farmland Band | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Florist: The Blossom Jar | Cake: Cream and Flutter | Invitations: Scriptura | Cups, Koozies, etc: Jenna Laine Weddings
Tori and Ryan’s March wedding at Bella Sera Gardens was the sweetest celebration to be apart of. Tori chose to incorporate different shades of peach into the design of her day, and we don’t think it could have looked any more perfect! Guests gathered with the couple near a beautiful floral arbor as they vowed to forever. The celebration continued with an amazing meal, followed by dancing all night long under a beautiful white tent. Cheers to the McVay’s!
Design, Planning, Coordination: Jenna Laine Weddings | Photography: Dragonfly Photography | Venue: Bella Sera Gardens | Florist: Wildflowers | Rentals: Port City Rentals | Videographer: Indy Productions | Band: Fountain City Players | Ceremony Music: The Atkinson Duo | Transportation: Gulf Coast Tours | Hair: Tease Hair Salon | Makeup: Alexis Ruby Makeup | Bridesmaid Dresses: I Do Bridal | Bridal Gown: I Do Bridal | Invitations: The Brumby Nest
Our weekly team meetings are usually jam packed, but they don’t always consist of just work :) This week we shared some items we have been eying for summer that we think you’ll love too! Check out what the girls on our team are crushing on this season:
We have heard nothing but good things about the book Where The Crawdads Sing. Ashley is hoping to read this by the pool during her off days!
Leslie has her eyes on this speaker. Since she will be spending more time with her kiddos this summer, we think it would be perfect for summer dance parties!
Turkish Towels have been all the rage this season! We think this set would be perfect for lounging by the pool or a picnic at the beach— which would be perfect for Lizzie while on her honeymoon!
Not only is this Floral Dress. adorable for date night, we think it would be a perfect wedding guest dress too! Hard to beat when it’s less that $50, too! Alex is hoping to snag this cute dress ASAP!
Farm Girl Flowers is the sweetest way to send someone a floral happy! Need to cheer up a friend, celebrate mom’s birthday or send congratulations from afar? This is the perfect solution!
We think this Hat was made for life in Fairhope! The perfect poolside to dinner out addition to your closet. Jessica is hoping to snag this cute pick!
Finding cute statement earrings that don’t break the bank can be difficult, but these Earrings are a total win in our opinion! Dress them up or down— we agree with Jessica that they are the perfect summer look.
Y’all know we are a huge fan of Diff Eyewear, and Kathleen has her eyes on these Sunglasses. The perfect fun style to spice up and old outfit. Plus, they would look super cute with the straw hat!
Ashley loves a good pair of shoes, and shoes got her eyes on these! Snakeskin is so popular this season, and these sandals are the perfect way to have a pop of fun with a simple outfit.
Jenna is a sucker for seasonal decor, so this Outdoor Pillow was no surprise! Target’s line OpalHouse has been killing it lately & this pillow might make it’s way to the office soon :)
A girl can never have too many simple, staple necklaces, right?! This Necklace from eNewton can’t be beat- the design, style and price is incredible! You might find Kathleen wearing this soon!
And lastly, Leslie thinks this Straw Bag is perfect for toting all the things to work, kiddo pool stuff, and more. We’re hoping this look never goes out of style because we are huge fans.
There you have it— our team’s summer wishlist! If you follow us on Instagram, you might see some of these items pop up in the near future :)
Caroline & Thomas’s Grand Hotel wedding was one for the books! They had the sweetest group of friends and family surrounding them in celebration as they tied the knot. We had the opportunity to work closely with both of their families, as we got to plan the rehearsal dinner and wedding day! From the rehearsal dinner at The Venue to the ceremony on the lawn of the Grand Hotel to the reception in the ballroom, every detail of their wedding weekend was so special. Y’all know we love paper design, and Caroline had some of our favorite paper choices of the year! She had a smile on her face all weekend long and it was so sweet and infectious. One of our favorite memories of their day was when one Thomas’s groomsmen dressed up and pretended he was Caroline during the first look. Thomas’s reaction was priceless! Check out some of our favorite pictures from their wedding weekend below. Cheers to the Brennan’s!
Tell us about your story.
Thomas and I both grew up in the same circle of friends, but somehow never met until a couple of years ago on a very special night at a bar in New Orleans called Fat Harry’s. As soon as I walked into the bar, I saw Thomas talking to my good friends, Brooks and Mallory, who also happen to be his cousins. I remember talking to Brooks saying, “Why have you never introduced me to him before?” So in an attempt to get Thomas’ attention, I shot a spit ball at his from across the bar. He claims that was the moment he knew I was the one- he even looked over at Brooks and said, “I’m going to marry that girl.” From that night on, Thomas and I have been on cloud nine!
He asked me to marry him in my favorite place in the whole world, at my grandfather’s fishing camp in Grand Isle, LA. I call it “my happy place.” He did such a good job and even invited all of our best friends down for the weekend to celebrate! He proposed on the dock at sunset. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to kick off the wedding festivities!
What was your vision for the wedding?
My vision for the wedding was everyone together- smiling, dancing, and happy- which is exactly what we got! From the wedding reception to the Karaoke pool party, we never stopped dancing and I definitely never stopped smiling! Everything flowed so well thanks to the set up that Jenna recommended. The reception and rehearsal dinner were set up perfectly to accommodate all of our loved ones. At the rehearsal dinner, she put together a very, very, long and beautiful table to fit everyone in our wedding party. I loved looking to my left and right and seeing all of my favorite people at one dinner table!
At the reception, the dance floor was definitely my favorite- there was a white dance floor from SOHO which sat under a huge flower chandelier hung by Wildflowers and the lighting people (can’t think of their name). I was so excited about the flower chandeliers over the dance floor and they turned out even more beautiful than I ever imagined! It was the perfect, most beautiful spot for our first dance as husband and wife!
What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment of the day was when we did the “first look prank” on Thomas. We chose to do our first look on the beach and it was BEAUTIFUL. But, I decided to have a little fun with it. When Thomas turned around, expecting to see me, our friend Brooks was standing there in my mom’s wedding dress from the 80’s. The look on Thomas’ face was absolutely priceless.
If you could give advice to another bride in the process of planning her wedding what would it be?
My #1 advice would be to hire an incredibly organized and sophisticated wedding planner, such as Jenna Laine weddings! It was so nice having her and her assistant there to make sure everything went smoothly. As I’m sure many of you have probably heard, planning a wedding can become a stressful situation, especially when you’re trying to juggle a job, school, and other aspects of life. Jenna and her team made the whole process effortless and put my dream into a reality! They met us all the way in New Orleans with SOHO rentals and Wildflowers to help us design the wedding. The hair and makeup artists, Brushed and Blushed, also made a trip to New Orleans to do my hair and makeup trial- which was so fun! Everyone associated with Jenna Laine weddings went above and beyond to help me have the most beautiful wedding weekend. I am SO thankful for their help and I know I could not have done any of it without their (or my mom/mother-in-law’s) help along the way!
Design, Planning, Coordination & Invitations: Jenna Laine Wedding | Photographer & Videographer: Katie Childs | Rehearsal Dinner: The Venue | Reception Venue: The Grand Hotel | Florist: Wildflowers | Rentals: SOHO | Cake: Cakes by Judi | Hair and Makeup: Blushed and Brushed | Transportation: Gulf Coast Tours | Band: Phunky Monkey Music
Since May went by so quickly, we are a few days late— but we wanted to share our team’s top 10 things we loved last month! We are quickly approaching the end of the marathon of spring weddings, so June will be a time for our team to relax and work on the rush of fall weddings we have lined up! We have a ton of exciting content coming your way from our favorite summer wedding guest dresses to giveaways to our favorite southern wedding traditions and tons of real wedding features. We hope you will follow along with us through our blog, Instagram, and Facebook. Check out our top 10 favorite things from May that we think you’ll love too!
Capri Blue Lotion - this may go down as one of Jenna’s all time favorites! This lotion is a must have— the smell is our favorite! We are totally wishing our office smelled like this 24/7.
The Southern Atelier- the sweetest local blogger team who posts local fashion finds & beauty products worth purchasing and all of their pictures are so cute! Be sure to check them out :)
Bluelight Blocking Glasses- since we spend the majority of the day working on a computer, bluelight blocking glasses are super popular in our office! Stop by JJ Eyes in downtown Fairhope to grab a pair.
Thomas Rhett’s new album- the perfect summer tunes! These songs have us ready to head to the beach.
The Fairhope Store goodies- we love when destination brides gift their wedding party something from the Fairhope Store! Its the perfect way for them to remember your wedding weekend getaway.
A Simplified Life- this book from Emily Ley has been so popular in our office! The perfect poolside reading filled with tons of tips for simplifying everyday life.
Baking Me Happy Cookies- sweet Jessica made some of the most beautiful (and delicious) cookies for a special project we have been working on. Her cookies are the best!
Wedding Day Shoes from Shoefly- being on your feet for 14+ hours on weddings days can take a toll, but Shoefly has the comfiest shoes that make wedding days run even more smoothly.
Harvest Jewels- they have the cutest statement necklaces for any occasion!
Working with some of the sweetest brides- we had a super packed month of May- but we wouldn’t trade it for the world!