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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 Jenna

Owner and Executive Planner of Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC

Jenna Laine Rachal grew up in Fairhope, Alabama. She graduated from Bayside Academy and attended Auburn University. She then graduated from Auburn in May 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and certification in event planning then moved to New York just a few weeks later. While attending Auburn, Jenna worked under the marketing and events director at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art for three years, which is where her love for wedding and event planning began. In New York, Jenna interned and worked with several top marketing and event producers, one of them being event designer Matthew Robbins Design. In late 2012, Jenna moved home to Fairhope to open Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC., formerly known as Weddings and Events by Jenna Laine. Her first year in business Jenna planned 8 weddings, now almost six years later Jenna Laine Weddings produces around 50 beautiful weddings a year!

What’s your favorite part of planning a wedding?

My favorite part of planning a wedding is the design. I love making each event unique and special for our clients. My favorite design element is the tablescape. I love a full place setting, custom place cards, a beautiful centerpiece and glowing candle light. I also think a patterned linen really goes a long way in elevating the overall wedding design.

Favorite wedding trend for 2018?

I think 2018 has brought a lot of texture and color to tables. The linens have beautiful patterns and feel, such as velvet, one of my favorites. I have also seen a lot of colored tapered candles, you can’t go wrong with a standard ivory or white, but adding even a subtle grey really adds to the overall look of the table.

Most overlooked detail?

Lighting and a stage facade are my two biggest details I always try and get brides to work into their budget. Lighting can really change the entire feel of a room. Just adding soft amber lights around the edge of a ballroom can transform the space into a more intimate setting. Also, pin spotting your centerpieces and focal points, such as floral chandeliers or the cake, really make those elements pop, especially in photos.

A stage facade can come in many forms. You can rent a simple white facade or go with a ‘living’ boxwood facade or something patterned. Any of these options help to dress up the dance floor and hide the bulky black stages. At first thought you may not understand the necessity of a stage facade, but when you get your photos back you will.

What do you do when you aren’t planning weddings?

When I’m not planning a wedding I can usually be found at home or walking in our neighborhood with my 3 (almost 4) year old daughter Maddie, and husband Josh. My husband is a firefighter, which puts him out of the house for 24 hours or sometimes 48 hours at a time, so when he is off shift and I am home I try and close the computer and enjoy our time together. We live near several playgrounds, so most afternoons we take a family walk to the park or down to the water.

Vendor Spotlight- RHR Media

RHR Media

Part of our 2018 blog resolutions is to connect more with our local vendors. Each month we are going to post a vendor spotlight to educate you on their journeys as small business owners and give you a more in depth look at their services. 

For our first vendor spotlight we connected with one of our favorite videographers Robbie Reynolds. Robbie is the owner of RHR Media, one of the fastest growing wedding film companies in the southeast. In 2014, after two decades of working with video as a hobby, and photographing hundreds of weddings, Robbie decided to begin this new adventure. We hope as you read through this post you learn a little more about RHR Media and be sure to watch the beautiful wedding video below featuring one of our 2017 couples. 

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Tell me a little about the services you offer? RHR Media offers three basic products: the highlight film, short film, and ceremony edit. Our highlight film is more like a music video, while the short film is significantly longer and more cinematic. The ceremony edit is simply the wedding ceremony in its entirety. Our pricing ranges from $2,500 to $4,800. Occasionally, clients want something outside of these packages, and we are more than happy to customize a product to fit their needs.

What do you love most about wedding films? There are so many things I love about filming weddings. The phenomenal vendors we get to work with, the uniqueness of each wedding, the creative outlet, and the constant opportunity for growth and improvement all make this more like a fun hobby than an job. But, what I love most about filming weddings are the clients. I constantly hear nightmare stories about working with Bridezillas. Maybe I’ve just been lucky, but I haven’t even come close to having an experience like that. Fortunately, I’ve been blessed to not only work with so many amazing couples and families, but to form friendships that continue to this day. When a bride or family member contacts me days after seeing their film for the first time, and says they can’t quit watching it…..when they tell me they cry every time they see it, that’s what I enjoy most about filming weddings.

Do you travel for weddings or stay local? Not only are we willing to travel, but we enjoy seeing new places. We’ve been fortunate enough to work weddings in New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Key West, Florida. With that said, when our travel is less than 120 miles in one direction, there are typically no travel charges added.

How would you describe your style of filming? My style of filming would probably be best described as Romantic Storytelling. I love to push the boundaries of traditional composition, adding subtle special effects, and color grades. But at the end of the day, it’s all about highlighting the couples story.

What are some tips for Brides as they search for a videographer? When selecting a videographer, there are several things brides should consider. 

  1. Hire an experienced, competent professional. All sorts of unexpected obstacles occur in almost every wedding. Nothing beats experience in dealing with these issues.
  2. Meet your videographer in person prior to the wedding if possible. Forming a comfortable working relationship in advance helps to quell the nervousness some people feel in front of the camera.
  3. As much as possible, avoid choosing a filmmaker based on price. There’s a reason for the drastic differences in what videographers charge. The best equipment in the world is useless in the wrong hands, but the most experienced filmmakers out there would struggle to produce acceptable wedding films with consumer grade equipment. We use very expensive cameras and lenses, audio equipment, lighting, hired assistants, licensed music, etc. These things are essential to producing high quality wedding films. You get one chance at a wedding film. Good enough, just isn’t good enough. 

From a planner stand point we can not stress enough how important wedding films are.  Photos are great, but there's nothing like hearing your vows over and over again as you grow old together or seeing loved ones on film who are no longer with you or reliving that funny first dance.  We are proud to say that all of our brides who chose to work with RHR Media are so happy with their finished products. Robbie and his crew do a great job capturing the essence of the day and the love shared between every couple. Below is a short clip Robbie did this past October of our bride and groom Hannah and Andrew. To see more videos you can check out his profile page on Vimeo 

Contact information for RHR Media:

Email: robbie@rhrmedia.com

Facebook: RHR Media

Website: RHR Media

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

 

 

Purchasing Your First Home as NewlyWeds

One of the first steps every newly, married couple faces is the purchase of their first home together. With this big purchase comes many questions. To help sort through some of those questions and the purchasing process I sat down with Realtor Kersten Bowman of Livin' Right Real Estate. Kersten is a licensed Realtor in both Florida and Alabama. She specializes in Residential Real Estate and is one of the top selling agents along Florida's Emerald Coast. She is currently expanding her footprint into Alabama and hopes to find equal success along the Gulf Coast. 

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How do we know we are ready to buy a house? 

You married the person of your dreams and you are ready to start a life together. To buy a home, or not to buy a home is the next question that often comes to many young newlywed's minds. My initial response to any first time home buyer is, "How long will you be in the area?" For tax purposes, it is beneficial to own a primary residence for a minimum of two years. If this fits into your timeline, take the plunge! Real estate, more times than not, is one of the most secure financial investment options. 

Once we decide to we are ready to buy a home, what's next? 

Once you decide to purchase a home, your next step will be to find a lender and review your finances. Feel free to shop around for a lender you feel comfortable with (Aim to discuss your options with 1-3 loan officers before making your decision). A lender will be involved in your real estate transaction just as much, if not more, than your Realtor. Find a lender that thoroughly explains the lending process to you, is easily accessible (not only from 9:00AM- 5:00PM ) and has competitive mortgage interest rates. I personally suggest using a local lender, however many lenders are licensed in all states and can work with you from a distance. 

How do we find a Realtor and how do we know the Realtor is a good fit for us? 

The best way to find a Realtor is through referral! If you do not have any referrals in the state you will be located in, ask a friend or family member if they have a Realtor that can help you locate an agent in that specific area. You want a Realtor that works with you AND for you. Find a Realtor that thoroughly explains the buying process, answers your phone calls or promptly returns your phone calls, and knows the market area well. To keep it simple, have him/her explain to you their duties and you explain to him/her your expectations before beginning a working relationship. 

Time to Shop! 

Your lender will pre-approve you for a loan and begin communication with your Realtor if they have not already done so. This will help you decide on a budget according to the monthly payment you can afford. Once you have decided your budget, talk with your spouse about a wish list. You may want to visit a few open houses to get a realistic feel for what your budget can buy in your area. Please note, that if you are working with a Realtor during this time, it is polite to inform all parties of this fact while shopping. Once you have your wish list, begin working with your Realtor. He or she will help continue your search, make appointments to view the homes that are convenient with your schedule, and advise you on how to and when to make an offer on the home you choose. 

Contract Review

NEVER feel pressured to sign a contract. Review and understand all of the terms. Do not hesitate to ask your Realtor any questions during this time. Once both parties have agreed to the terms and the contract has been fully executed, escrow begins. A typical closing involving a loan can take 30-45 days. 

How much should we be prepared to put down on a house? 

Depending on the type of loan you qualify for will determine how much money you are required to put down on a home. Some loans, such as a VA Loan, require 0% down. Other loans can require up to 20% down. A licensed lender can help you further answer any financial questions. One thing to note is the earnest money deposit, often referred to as Trust Money or an EMD. This is required to be put down on a home within three to five business days once the contract has been fully executed. This amount can be negotiated, however it is typically 1% of the purchase price of the home. It will be held by the Title Company in an Escrow Account. 

If you have more questions about purchasing a home or are in need of a Realtor you can contact Kersten for information or referrals. She would love to help you start your new life together in a new home! 

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Kersten Reed Bowman

Lead Residential Sales Associate

Licensed in Alabama and Florida

kersten@livinrightrealestate.com

251.455.8177

The Day Of Bride--Package Details

The Day Of Planning Package is really better described as month of service. Our brides who utilize this service are handling all aspects of the planning process on their own but recognize the value of having a third party coordinate all the details those last few weeks leading up to the wedding day. 

Photographer:  Rae Leytham Photography

With the Day Of Bride we begin around thirty days out from the wedding. At this point we will set up a call or meeting to discuss all the details of the day. We get the vendor information and begin to contact them to come up with a master timeline for how the day will flow. We will meet with the bride for a final walk through of the venue space to learn the layout and where you envision seeing everything from the food and cake to the welcome book and favors. Day Of Brides often have welcome gifts for their out of town guests, and we will even take care of delivering these to hotels for you.

Photographer:  Rae Leytham Photography

When it comes to the wedding weekend we are your right hand gals. We're there to coordinate and run your ceremony rehearsal, set up all of your personal items and break down the wedding itself. We are there on site for up to ten hours on the wedding day. We are there to ensure every vendor is on time and performs the tasks you hired them to do. We stay through to the end of your reception and make sure all of your personal items and gifts are packed away leaving you and your family to enjoy the festivities. 

Photographer:  Rae Leytham Photography

Please let us know if The Day Of Planning Package meets your needs. We would love to get started with you today! 

Best,

Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC

Click here to see more images from this gorgeous wedding captured by Rae Leytham Photogarphy, designed by mother of the Groom- Lorna Huey and Wildflower. 

Thank you for a Great Spring & Summer

Before we launch into our fall and winter wedding season we wanted to take a second to say thank you to all of our wonderful brides and grooms from this past spring and summer 2016 season. We were busier than ever, with over thirty weddings all over Gulf Coast and enjoyed each and every one. We feel so blessed to be able to do this job and we have met so many wonderful people along the way. We take such pride and joy in witnessing two people as they exchange vows and make such a special commitment to one another. We wish all of our couples a long and happy life together as husband and wife.

Thank you for trusting us with one of the most special days of your lives. We hope we were able to create your dream weddings and many cherished memories. - Jenna ,Courtney, Alex

To see photos of our gorgeous weddings please visit out gallery page or our Facebook page!

 

Best Wishes,
Jenna Laine Weddings
info@jennalaineweddings.com
251-929-0485
www.jennalaineweddings.com

Meet our Team

Jenna Laine Weddings has been in business since November of 2012, and time has really flown by. In the beginning, Jenna operated the business by herself, but as Jenna Laine Weddings began working on more and more events, sometimes multiple events in the same weekend, Jenna added talented associates to her team. So, for todays post we want to introduce you to our awesome event planners and show off our new head shots taken by Michelle Taulbee Photography

Jenna Laine Rachal

Jenna Laine Rachal is owner and founder of Jenna Laine Weddings. She started in the wedding industry in 2008 as assistant to the Director of Events at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art in Auburn. She worked there until graduating from Auburn University in 2011. After graduation Jenna moved to New York to further her career in event planning. While in New York, Jenna worked for several highly esteemed companies in the event industry and took courses at the Fashion Institute in Wedding Coordination. In 2012, Jenna received a call from her first client in Fairhope wanting help coordinating her wedding, which would take place in November of 2012. Jenna took this opportunity to move back to her hometown of Fairhope and open her very own company, which today helps more than thirty brides every year with designing and coordinating the wedding of their dreams. Jenna loves the event planning business and enjoys living in Fairhope with her husband, Joshua, and little girl, Madison (Maddie).

 

Alex Watkins 

Alex Watkins has been a member of the Jenna Laine Weddings team since the fall of 2014. Alex grew up in Daphne, Alabama and went to Bayside Academy, where she and Jenna became friends. After graduating from Bayside, Alex moved to Tuscaloosa and attended the University of Alabama. Alex majored in marketing and graduated in 2011. Upon graduation Alex moved back to Daphne and began working as the Marketing and Events Director at Steelwood Country Club. While working at Steelwood, Alex grew to love weddings and events of all kind and developed a close relationship with some of the areas top vendors. After giving birth to her daughter, Landry, in 2015 Alex decided to leave Steelwood in order to have a little more time at home, however she still wanted to be a part of creating gorgeous and memorable events, which is why she continued to work at Jenna Laine Weddings part time. Alex is now an Event Producer at Jenna Laine Weddings and loves bringing a brides vision to life on their wedding day! When she isn't working, you can find Alex relaxing with her daughter Landry and husband Jordan. 

Courtney Araszkiewicz

Courtney joined the Jenna Laine Weddings team in January 2016 as the office manager and event assistant. Courtney grew up in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from St. Pauls Episcopal in 2010 and attended the University of Alabama. Courtney graduated in 2014 with a degree in Communications and moved to Virginia. After living in Virginia for a little over a year Courtney moved back to Mobile and began working at Jenna Laine Weddings. Courtney's friendly personality and organization skills is what keeps the office running efficiently. If you call or swing by the office you will be greeted by Courtney's chipper voice and smiling face! Courtney loves being a part of every event we do here at Jenna Laine Weddings and is looking forward to moving up to Event Producer within the coming year. 

Thank you to Michelle Taulbee Photography for a fun afternoon and thank you to Gari Lynn for the makeup! 

Best Wishes,

The Jenna Laine Weddings Team