Jenna Laine Weddings

Wedding Day Shoes

Although your wedding dress may be the most important article of clothing on your wedding day, today’s blog post is all about wedding day shoes. Below are a few helpful tips for finding the perfect fit and a round up of our favorite wedding shoes.

1) Be realistic when selecting year heel height. I know its fun to pick out 6 inch Jimmy Choo’s and more power to you if you can walk all day in those, but make sure the heel hight is something you are comfortable with and comfortable in. Your aching feet should be the last thing on your mind as you walk down the aisle.

2) Have fun with your shoes! For the most part your shoes will be hidden under your dress, so why not make them your something blue or show some of your personality with platform Kate Spade sneakers. Of course we love a traditional white or ivory heel, but this is one place you can really have some fun and more than likely you would wear them again post wedding.

3) Get your shoes early enough to break them in prior to walking down the aisle. A few months before the big day, throw on a two pairs of socks and your wedding day shoes and walk around your house. I know it’s silly, but it works to break them in and soften them up. A few weeks prior to the wedding go ahead and walk around in them without socks and add mole skin to the insides any place it still rubs. This will help you to avoid blisters while taking all those pre ceremony photos.

Jenna Laine Weddings: Whitfield and Blake

We absolutely loved working with Whitfield and Blake, along with their families, to plan their beautiful April wedding day. From the floral details to the beautiful bridesmaid dresses to tented reception, the design details of their wedding were incredible. They had some of the sweetest moments, too— from the precious first look between Whitfield and her dad to the emotional moment she walked down the aisle to Blake. Aimee and Robbie Reynolds captured the day perfectly with the photos and video below. Working with this sweet couple was a joy, and we wish we could do it all over again! Cheers to the Griffeth’s!

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Tell us your story as a couple.

Our story begins at a Christmas bonfire 2013 when a group of friends gathered to celebrate being home for the holidays.  You read about “love at first sight” but it really does happen – we’ve been together ever since that night!  The first few years were challenged by distance with Blake working in Seattle and I finishing school in Tuscaloosa.  Three years later, underneath a beautiful arbor with twinkling lights, Blake proposed marriage to me on bended knee!  With tears and a joyful heart – the answer was yes.  Planning began immediately.  April 7, 2018, Blake and I tied the knot with the help of friends, family and the best wedding coordinators ever!  It was an absolute dream – I wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding day.  Blake and I happily reside in Williamsburg, Virginia with our two pups, Cyrus and Bailey.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

My favorite part of the planning process was being able to talk openly about a variety of options with Jenna and Courtney.  They would bring wonderful ideas to the table and we would discuss the pros and cons of all until a decision was made.  I chose every single detail of our big day with Mom by my side the whole way. It was such a special time for Mom and I and …she kept me sane!  Jenna and Courtney made the planning so easy and let’s not forget the famous Leslie Gilbert as she orchestrated the wedding day without a ripple!  They had a plan for everything – rain, sleet or snow – they were ready to go!!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Favorite details abound about our wedding day, but one particular memory is my favorite.  I’ve had many special people who loved and molded me through the years.  One such person was my Grandfather, S.M. Broughton - we called him Pop for short.  Pop had a silver cross that he kept near and dear to him at all times.  Another such person was my Grandmother, Betty Carolyn McDonnieal Kittrell– we called her Memaw.  Memaw loved a good handkerchief but she had some favorites that she always carried to church or special occasions such as weddings or funerals.  One of her favorites was an initialed handkerchief embroidered in light blue. To my surprise, Mom carefully stitched both treasures inside the skirt of my wedding dress so these two important people were beside me the whole way!

If you could give advice to another bride in the process of planning her wedding what would it be?

I would advise every bride to take a deep breath and love every second of the planning process!  I know it can be stressful but take a minute to enjoy where you are because your big day will be here before you know it!

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Design, Planning, Coordination: Jenna Laine Weddings | Venue: Fox Meadow Farms | Photography: Aimee Reynolds Photography | Florist: Wildflowers | Catering: Rob and Brandy | Rentals: SOHO | Cake: Couture Cakes | Videography: Robbie Reynolds | Band: 2nd Groove Band I Hair and Makeup: Makeup and Hair by Chaney

Jenna Laine Weddings: Sunny and Mic

Nestled under beautiful Oak Trees along Mobile Bay is a beautiful Bay Home with wrap around porches, where many family weddings have taken place in the past. When Sunny and Mic got engaged they thought they would continue this family tradition. We worked hard to put together a beautiful, bay inspired wedding. However, mother nature had other plans and sent a massive thunderstorm right up the middle of Mobile Bay. Despite the downpour and pool of water that gathered on Sunny and Mic’s dance floor they made the best of it by kicking off their shoes, poured another drink and dancing the night away with all their guests. Ironically enough the downpour became one of their favorite parts of the entire day.

Photographer:  Josh Malahy Photography

Tell us your story.

Mic and I met in a college bar. I was with my mom and one of my bridesmaids, Alison. Alison introduced us, and my mother sparked interest by saying “One of y’all needs to date him.” Mic had a girlfriend at the time, but we became instant friends. Fast forward six months - we are in the same bar, and my mother asks him “Where’s your girlfriend?” When he replied that he was single, she kicked me so hard under the table I am still recovering from the bruise. Then I convinced Mic to be the coach of a charity flag football league I was playing in for Alzheimer’s Awareness. My stunning athleticism and knack for injuring myself just captivated him. At the post-game party. Mic cornered me and said: “If you’re all in, I’m all in.” We had out first date shortly after and have been inseparable since. I called my friends and said, “ So, I think I am dating a boy…I think we will get engaged.” They gave me a lot of grief, naturally, but we were engaged 10 months later and married two days shy of our two year dating anniversary.

What was your favorite moment of your wedding day?

There are so many to choose from. My favorite part of our day was the torrential downpour. We are used to rainy days in the Grove at Ole Miss before football games. Weather is unpredictable. It should have rained all day, but for some reason, it waited until around 9 p.m. and it poured! It should have been an absolute mess, but Jenna and all our friends rolled with it! The tent flooded, we took off our shoes, the boys rolled up their pants and we all poured another drink. It has to be my favorite moment of the day. Mic and I were married. All of our friends were together, and it was similar to the best Grove day ever. It also helped that Mic requested ‘Africa’ by Toto, and we sure “blessed the rains” down in Fairhope.

If you could come give advice to another bride in the process of planning her wedding what would that be?

My advice would be to relax, as hard as that is! At the end of the day, you are still married and most guests only remember the rocking good time they had. Also, working with Jenna and her team, we were on a great timeline. We only had a couple of to-do items a month, and it was manageable! Also, I would suggest trying to have “dates” with your mom where you don’t talk about wedding stuff! My mom and I got together a lot to do “wedding stuff” and travel back and forth from Fairhope. It was nice to go to lunch or shopping with her and not talk about wedding details and just be normal. Same with Mic! Date night meant no wedding talk.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Cake tasting. Mic and I both have a huge sweet tooth and love a good piece of cake! Cake tasting was something we looked forward to for so long. I honestly want to cake taste everyday. Couture Cakes in Daphne has the best cake. We decided on the coconut filling and can’t wait to have another slice at one year.


Vendor Information

Photographer: Josh Malahy Photography , Florist: Wildflowers , Rental Company: SOHO Events and Rentals, Lighting: Willow Bridges, INC Cake: Couture Cakes Band: East Coast Entertainment Catering: Clifton Morrissette Catering Bar: Mark Kidd

Jenna Laine Weddings: Kayla and Ross

The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama is one of our favorite local venues. It offers a gorgeous Oak Tree lined lagoon, a beautiful white beach and long pier over the bay, and the best sunsets around. All of these beautiful elements and the sentimental value it holds for Kayla and her family is why Ross chose this very location for his grand (and we do mean GRAND) proposal and why they decided to bring all their friends and family to Point Clear, Alabama for their romantic wedding.

Photographer:  Starling and Sage

Photographer: Starling and Sage

Tell us about your story as a couple.

Ross and I first met on December 12th, 2014 at a graduation celebration. I didn’t know who he was, but I knew that I wanted to meet him.  As the night progressed this mystery man walked up to me and introduced himself. After our initial "hello," we walked outside and took a seat on the porch swing. We began with small talk and before we knew it, the small talk had turned into a two-hour conversation.  Eventually the night came to an end and we went our separate ways. After several long phone conversations and a few dates later, we began officially dating.

For several weeks, my friends had been making plans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at one of our favorite restaurants.  Ross had planned to join us but then called to tell me that his plans had changed and he would be going to his hunting camp to cut down trees that had fallen in a recent storm. Little did I know, his sneaky plan was beginning to unfold. After our Cinco de Mayo celebration, Amelia, one of my best friends and bridesmaids, spent the night at my house like she often does.  We had planned to spend the next day by the pool; however, when I woke up the next morning- she was gone and on the pillow next to me was an envelope and a single red rose. I immediately recognized Ross’ handwriting and at that point, I thought..."Could this be the day I had been waiting for?!" With shaking hands I opened the letter and began to read. Instant tears. The first line, “Today is a day we have been talking about for quite some time now.”  More tears. Ross had planned a day of my favorite things starting with a massage, followed by my favorite lunch, then a manicure and pedicure. At each stop, there were red roses and a bundle of handwritten letters from my best friends. Their sweet notes were full of memories, encouragement, and most of all excitement for what was to come. I seriously have the best friends in the world! Once I finished my pampering, I was instructed to go home, get ready and be waiting at my front door at 4:15.  As the time drew near, I could hardly wait to see Ross. What did he have in store??! But instead of him greeting me at the door, it was a driver that he sent to take me to my destination. My mind was racing and I thought, “A driver?! Where in the world is he taking me?” After getting on the interstate and passing up all of the familiar exits, I couldn't imagine where in the world I was going. What had he planned? After several minutes and a few miles later, we pulled into the Hattiesburg-Laurel airport and made the turn into the gate. At last, Ross was there standing next to an airplane holding a beautiful bouquet of red roses.  I could hardly believe this was happening! An airplane?? I could not quit smiling! We ran to each other, hugged, kissed and posed for some pictures. With the sun beginning to set, we boarded the plane and took off. After about 45 minutes of flying, the plane began to descend and then landed. I was still clueless as to our destination until a sign just outside of the airport read: Fairhope, Alabama; one of my favorite cities in the world and a place I grew up visiting every summer with my family. I was shocked! What a wonderful and sweet surprise! We left the airport and before I knew it, we arrived at The Grand Hotel! We began walking around the lagoon talking about this day and reminiscing of memories from the past 2 years we shared together until we reached the cascades.  Standing in the very place I dreamed of being proposed to as a little girl, Ross dropped down onto one knee and asked me to spend forever with him! I said "YES!!!" After a flood of tears and a mixture of joy and excitement, there was one more surprise... All of our closest friends and family ran out to join us after watching it all from behind the bushes. More tears, lots of hugs, and a celebration dinner followed. It was truly a fairy tale and the best day of our lives!

What was your favorite detail of your wedding day?

That’s a hard question to answer. There were so many small details that made up the entire event! At the reception, the romantic ambiance was exactly as we envisioned!  From the escort card table to the candlelit head table and guest tables paired with the amazing details of my cake created by Tara at Couture Cakes, it was more perfect than we could have ever imagined. To sum it all up... my absolute favorite detail was having a fantastic wedding planner to assure that all details that we had planned for months were carried through... from the rehearsal the afternoon before, until the last vendor loaded up and left well after midnight, having her gave us the opportunity to relax and soak up every minute of the day! We can truthfully say that because of the faith we had in Jenna, we didn’t worry about a thing and can remember every detail!

What was your favorite part of wedding planning?

After stressing about bringing my vision to life, it was a blessing to find Jenna and work with her to secure vendors that could make my dream wedding a reality. Meeting and working the vendors for tastings, decor, floral was definitely a favorite part of the planning process!

What was your vision for your wedding day?

We envisioned our ceremony to be traditional and reverent with beautiful hymns filling the church.  Our vision for the reception was sophisticated glamour with candlelight filling the room and creating a feeling of romanticism.

Vendors:

Photographer: Starling and Sage Florist: Wildflowers Fairhope Rentals: SOHO Events and Rentals Videographer: Sixpence Productions Bridal Gown : Lows Bridal and Formal Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Candle: Firefly Ambiance Cake: Couture Cakes Lighting/Draping: Willow Bridge, INC Hair and Makeup: Fireflies Salon Venue: The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort and Spa

Meet Leslie

Leslie grew up in Helena, Alabama and graduated from The University of Montevallo with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics. After teaching High School math for two years she and Justin, who is active duty Coast Guard, were married and began moving with the military. The first station was Charleston, SC where Leslie was able to intern with one of the city’s most exclusive wedding planners. Knowing that this was the career path she wanted to pursue she applied and was hired on as an associate planner with a company in the next duty station of Key West, FL. After a four year tour there, the Coast Guard brought the Gilberts to the eastern shore where she joined the Jenna Laine Weddings team. 

Leslie and Justin live in Fairhope with their three children, Cohen (4), Kerrigan (2) and Baylor (8 months), and two dogs, Ace and Maggle. When not planning, Leslie can be found at home playing in the yard with the babies, or on a weekend getaway to see friends and family.

Photography Credit: Aimee Reynolds Photography

What advice would you give to brides?

Be honest and open about the budget- Planning will be a much smoother process if you have been honest about your budget and what aspects of the wedding are most important to you. Wedding vendors aren’t trying to swindle you (despite what you read in online articles) and if you have a good planner on your side you can likely avoid some back and forth, and stress by being upfront about your expectations.

Do you prefer indoor or outdoor wedding receptions?

Outdoor! I love the unpredictability and the ability to make the space your own. Everyone interprets the space differently and you aren’t usually boxed into the “normal” by the walls and outlets an indoor venue provides.

What detail do you feel is most overlooked by brides?

Trash-It’s not a glamorous answer but practically, every party creates trash. It’s important to have a conversation ahead of time with your vendors as to where that trash will go and who is responsible for it at the end of the evening. This can also extend to your bridal suite, a lot of brides use the honeymoon suite in the morning to get ready and then end up coming back to a room that has junk everywhere, designating a person to straighten up after you clear out for pictures will really help you enjoy the honeymoon suite that night.

What’s your favorite trend of 2018?

My current favorite wedding trend is bold colors-the jewel tones- with simple architectural details in bronze or gold. I love to see an unexpected linen and colorful flowers and bridesmaids dresses that actually have the couple’s personalty versus a “safer" option.

Finding the Perfect Bling.....I mean Ring!

Today's post is all about engagement rings, and what better day than Valentines day to talk about pretty diamonds!  No guy wants to go to the jewelry store without some knowledge about rings and what his future fiance likes. It's a big investment so you want to make sure its perfect and with so many options for cut, color, and styles it can be a bit overwhelming.  My friend Aimee, owner of Aimee Reynolds Photography, and I took a day trip to Stowe's Jewelers in Fairhope, Alabama to get a little insight on finding the perfect ring that will have her saying “I Do.” 

Budgeting for the Ring:  First, its important to note everyone’s budget is different, so you need to set one that you are comfortable with.  It may be helpful to ring shop well in advance of your ideal proposal date so you have time to save up. Also, keep in mind that most jewelers can work out a payment plan for you to pay off the ring over the course of several months. Beautiful rings come in all price ranges. Today while at Stowe's Jewelers we looked at rings that ranged from $1,500 up to $40,000.00. 

The Four C’s: Cut, Clarity , Color and Carat. Every guy should brush up on the four c’s prior to ring shopping. This will help to ensure you know the product you are getting is worth the price tag. Here is a brief description of the four c’s;

Cut: We often think cut refers to round, oval, pear, cushion, but the cut of a diamond is really about how well a diamonds facets interact with light, aka its sparkle. Even if a diamond has a perfect clarity and color it can still apear dull if the cut is bad. 

Clarity: The clarity of the diamond refers to its inclusions (blemishes) on the inside or outside of the diamond. The purer the diamond the more the value. 

Color: The color evaluation of most diamonds is based on the absence of color. A perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of water. The clearer the diamond the higher the value.

Carat: Diamond carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. The higher the carat, the higher the price. 

Popular Wedding Ring Shapes

Oval: Below the ring in the center of the display is an oval cut center stone. It is 2.71 ct accented with .61ct diamonds and .55ct of sapphires in a platinum setting. 

Cushion Cut: The ring on the top left is .74 cushion cut diamond accented with .50ct of diamonds in a platinum setting.  

Round: This is probably the most popular shape of all three. The top right corner is a 1.51ct round diamond accented with .45ct diamonds in the platinum setting.   

Three of the more popular cuts, round, cushion and oval. 

Three of the more popular cuts, round, cushion and oval. 

Popular Wedding Ring Styles

Antique Rings

Antique rings are usually easy to identify based on their ornate feel and ‘different’ settings. This one pictured below is a 14K Yellow Gold Setting and .68 ct diamonds. 

Antique Engagement Ring 

Antique Engagement Ring 

Oval Morganite

Morganite is a beautiful stone that will help those working within a tighter budget. This ring pictured below is 1.03 ct., .28 ct worth of diamonds accents and a 14k Rose Gold Setting. Rose Gold is also a very popular setting for 2018. 

Morganite and Rose Gold Engagement

Morganite and Rose Gold Engagement

Halo Rings

Halo rings became very popular about five years ago and still remain a top seller. The halo ring below features 1.0 ct worth of diamonds in a 14kt white gold setting. 

Halo ring and wedding band

Halo ring and wedding band

Colored Diamonds

Colored stones are a big trend right now. We have seen pink, blue and yellow all make for beautiful and unique engagement rings. One of the most popular colored diamonds, and one of the most expensive, is the canary diamond. This ring features a 1.02ct canary diamond, accented by .46cts in a platinum band. 

Canary Diamond Engagement Ring

Canary Diamond Engagement Ring

Traditional

You can never go wrong with a traditional ring like the one featured below. This 4 prong ring features a 1ct diamond with a white gold setting. 

Tradtional solitary diamond ring 

Tradtional solitary diamond ring 

Custom Rings

Stowe's also loves working with clients to design custom rings using all new diamonds and settings or turning family heirlooms into new one of a kind rings. The picture below is a custom ring designed and created at Stowe's Jewelers. It features at 2ct diamond with .25 carat baguettes flanking either side set in a platinum setting.

Custom Ring 

Custom Ring 

Horice and Joyce Stowe opened Stowe’s Jewelers in 1959.  Fifty-nine years later it continues to thrive under the ownership of their daughters Beth Fugard and Peggy Wiggins. Stowes specializes in fine jewelry with a wide range of prices, custom jewelry design,  fine china, crystal, silver and many other serving pieces. 

We hope everyone has a happy Valentines Day and best of luck to all the guys out there proposing to their favorite girls! We hope to hear from you in the coming day so we can help you plan your dream wedding. 

 

 

Best,

Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC

251-517-9530

info@jennalaineweddings.com

www.jennalaineweddings.com

 

 

2017 in Review

2017 was a great year at Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC. We had so many exciting things take place this year where do we even begin? Lets start with the amazing brides and grooms we had the chance to work with. We did a total of 49 events, which is our best year yet and we loved getting to know each and every one of you. We also celebrated our 100th wedding back in February. The purchase of our new planning studio in July. Five years of business in November and we welcomed a few new faces to our team! Here's a little glimpse into all the fun we had! 

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100th Wedding Celebration

This year we celebrated our 100th wedding. Our first year in business five years ago we did 8 weddings, the following year 15, and this year we did 49! We are so thankful for this growth and can not wait to see what happens in the years to come! Hopefully we will be celebrating our 200th wedding in 2018 or early 2019! 

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THANK YOU! 

 

Thank you to all of our friends, family, and vendors for your love and support throughout this year. 2018 is shaping up to be just as amazing and we can not wait to see how it unfolds!

 

Best,

Jenna Rachal

Jenna Laine Weddings,LLC

24336 US Highway 98

Fairhope, AL 36532

251-517-9530