wedding planners

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.

À La Carte Items--Package Details

If you have been following along with us for the past few weeks and have concluded that while our services are wonderful, they don't exactly meet your needs, we've got good news for you. Our À La Carte menu offers a way to completely customize your service. We have the ability to price out and add to any package at any time. 

If you are choosing the Partial Package but also want us to help out with the Rehearsal Dinner and the Bridesmaid's Luncheon, we can! Maybe you want us to take care of designing and  assembling your welcome boxes or need to add on vendor assistance that is outside your package description, absolutely doable!! 

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We want our brides to be able to fully relax and enjoy the planning process for this important season of your life. We are willing to be as involved as you need and want to help in the way you need it. Sometimes you may not even know what help you need until you're right up on it and get overwhelmed, no worries, we can step in and add services at any time!

Aside from additional wedding coverages we also offer our custom wedding paper suites as an add on. If you want to create all or part of your wedding stationary with us we can help with that. Our graphic designer can even work with you to design a custom logo to be used throughout your wedding design. We also have a select portion of retail items such as customizable guest books, garters, toasting flutes and other wedding accessories.

Photographer:  Avery Forrest Photography  Calligraphy:  Southern Calligraphy  

Photographer: Avery Forrest Photography Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy 

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Let us start customizing a package for you today!

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Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC

info@jennalaineweddings.com

Check out our new store products

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In 2016 we made the decision to start carrying retail products in our studio making it easier for brides to find those last minute things without having to search the internet or visit a million different stores. We have Rifle Paper Company 'Will you be my Bridesmaid" cards, Kara Anne Paper stationery and "Will you be my Bridesmaids Cards", toasting flutes, cake knives and servers, beautiful hand made garters and guest books. Within the last year, one of our brides introduced us to her company and these fun products pictured below.

Bride & Bridesmaid Champagne Flutes- These flutes are perfect for asking your bridesmaids to be in your wedding party, accompanied by champagne bottle of course or you can use them while getting ready on your wedding day. We can also have your bridesmaids initials put on the flutes or order them in sets of four to make a great hostess gift. Stemless wine glasses also available. 
Custom Jewelry Dishes- there are many ways to personalize these ring dishes by selecting up to two colors and choosing one of many monogram styles.
Cheers champagne flutes - perfect for getting ready drinks on your wedding day!
Disco Ball Cups- these  cups are great for bachelorette parties! 

To place an order please call us at 251-929-0485 or email us at info@jennalaineweddings.com. Some custom items take a few weeks to get in, but most things are available right in our store, located at 409-A North Section Street, Fairhope Al.

Come see us soon!

Happy 100!

Photo by: Aimee Reynolds Photography

Photo by: Aimee Reynolds Photography

It's been just under five years since I, Jenna Laine Rachal, started this little business and I am thrilled to see how its grown and excited to reach 100 weddings along side these fabulous ladies pictured above.

My very first wedding in Fairhope, Alabama was in November of 2012. I had just moved home from New York City a few months earlier with hopes of a creating a successful wedding planning business and was very nervous and excited to be helping Elisabeth and William Hays with their special day. The weekend couldn't have gone better and I thank both Elisabeth and William for placing so much trust in me.

 Here's a sweet shot from Posh Images of Mr. and Mrs. Hays, who have since then added a precious little girl to their family.

Photo by: Posh Images

Photo by: Posh Images

 

Since the Hayes wedding, four and a half years ago, we have added new members to our team, began selling custom stationery in the store, and also offer retail items, such as custom jewelry dishes, champagne flutes, custom guest books, garters, stationery sets, and more.

We celebrated our 100th wedding on February 25th, with the marriage of my dear friend Meg Perkins and Brian Wittendorfer. We actually pulled triple duty at this wedding. We were planners, bridesmaids and mine and Alexs daughters were flower girls. It was one of our most exciting weddings and probably the most stressful. Getting two two year olds down the aisle is no easy task, but it all went off without a hitch and it was fun having our entire team at the wedding to celebrate this milestone.

Here's an image from Meg and Brian's special day;

Photo by Dragonfly Photography

Photo by Dragonfly Photography

 

It has been a joy to work with so many brides, grooms and their families over the past four and half years. We have developed many friendships with our brides and with our vendors and we thank both for all the trust they put in Jenna Laine Weddings. I also owe a BIG thank you to my family for their support and letting me work so many long and late hours and most weekends. And to my amazing team, y'all are the best group of creative, kind and smart women and without you Jenna Laine Weddings would not be where it is today! We are looking forward to a busy 2017 and many more milestones ahead! Thank you for your continued support!

Photo by Aimee Reynolds Photography

Photo by Aimee Reynolds Photography

Photo by Aimee Reynolds Photography

Photo by Aimee Reynolds Photography

Cheers to the next 100!