Allison and Hunter

Birmingham, Alabama

 

 

Photography | Megan Mullins Photography | @meganmullinsphoto

Venue/Event Design/Caterer | The Sonnet House | @thesonnethouse

Floral Designer | Corey Daniel Florals | @cdflorals

Gown Salon | Bella’s Bridal & Formal | @bellasbridal

Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse @menswearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie | @iheartazazie

Makeup | Beauty By Jess | @beauty_byjess

Bakery | Girl Friday Baked Goods | @girl_friday_baked_goods

DJ | DiJital Entertainment | @dijital_mirror

Invitations | The Print Shop

From the Photographer

Hunter and Allison’s wedding day had no shortage of love and color at an amazing venue that’s charming and quintessentially southern. Even the venue complemented the colorful day with its own pops of vibrance such as the bright pink blooms from the crepe myrtle (a staple tree of the south) and the turquoise iron gate we used in a few of Allison’s bridal portraits. This allowed Allison’s personal choices for decor, flowers, and styling to flow seamlessly with her venue.

 

Hunter and Allison’s wedding day style is already inspiring more brides-to-be. The Sonnet House has catered to brides since that have been hugely inspired by the decor and florals from this day. On top of beautiful stylistic choices, this day was full of sweet moments and a love worth sharing. Hunter’s reaction to seeing Allison for the first time was absolute priceless. He was almost speechless for several minutes and shed a few tears while finding the right words to say. He was truly in complete shock at the beauty that stood before him. The entire moment was made that much more special by a prayer shared between the bride and groom immediately before the first look.

 

Allison described her ideal wedding day for me in three words: memorable, upbeat, and romantic. Full of simple yet elegant decor, pops of whimsical color, feminine touches, the cutest flower girl pup, and a couple madly in love, Hunter and Allison’s big day turned out exactly as it was dreamed!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

I visited several venues, but once I visited The Sonnet House, I knew it was the one. It was located in a central location for both of our friends and family. The indoor and outdoor options were exactly what we were looking for. Also, I fell in love with the wedding planners there. I chose my colors based on ideas I gathered from magazines, blogs, Pinterest, etc. during the first few months of wedding planning. I wanted a color palette that was vibrant and colorful – fun, romantic, and perfect for summer! We didn’t really have a set theme for our wedding other than colorful and fun.I had so many visions for my wedding day, as I’m sure every bride does, but the biggest thing I wanted was for the day to be packed full of memories and time spent with family and friends. I wanted everybody to laugh, fellowship, and dance the night away! We chose to tour our venue based off of pictures and reviews we saw on Wedding Wire. As soon as we toured in person and met the planners, we knew it was the one! Our DJ was the DJ at one of Hunter’s best friend’s wedding a few years prior, and he knew that was who he wanted to keep our party going. He keeps the crowd engaged and dancing the entire reception. Picking our photographer was easy! I knew I wanted Megan Mullins to do our wedding as soon as I was in a friend’s wedding that she also photographed. Her pictures are bright and airy, which I love, but most importantly, she is so lighthearted and easy to work with!

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Overall, the wedding decor was more on the minimalist side with the vibrant florals being the center of attention. The venue is already so gorgeous that it didn’t need much additional decorating. The ceremony took place inside of a chapel located right on site. The arbor was draped with lots of greenery and little pops of color from the vibrant florals. The reception took place directly outside of the chapel. White tables and chairs were set up, each with blush pink tablecloths and colorful florals for centerpieces. Inside of The Sonnet House were the cake displays and several self-serve dinner stations. We actually didn’t do anything DIY. I’m not very crafty, so thankfully the venue had every single piece of décor you would ever need! With that being said, the planning process was a breeze thanks to our venue! The Sonnet House took care of everything: flowers, décor, food, and even every single minute of the wedding day. The overall planning process took right under a year. I booked everything early so that I could focus on the smaller details closer to the wedding date.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Yes! The wedding day was really brought to life thanks to my florals. I wanted my flowers to be vibrant and colorful, with pops of pink, purple, green, and orange. The ceremony arbor was draped with lots of greenery and little pops of color from the vibrant florals. All bouquets, boutonnières, and reception table centerpieces were complete with these same florals. The cake was a simple white and was really brought to life with the amazing addition of many of the most colorful flowers.

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

The wedding day was made even more perfect by including our dog, Baeleigh, as the flower girl. Baeleigh watched the girls get ready in the morning, gave lots of wet kisses during wedding party portraits and was the sweetest girl all day long!

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted my girls to be in a color that looked good on every skin tone. After a lot of looking and comparing, I thought that a navy/gray would be perfect and that the vibrant colors of the pink, purple, and green florals would add a pop of color against the navy. The bridesmaids’ dresses are in the color “stormy”, a perfect mix of navy and gray. All girls were able to choose a style that made them feel pretty and comfortable.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Hunter and I actually met on a dating app. I moved to Birmingham and didn’t really know anybody so decided I would give it a try. After talking for several weeks, we went on our first date to Paramount in Birmingham and talked and laughed over drinks and arcade games! For our honeymoon, we went to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for a week. We knew we wanted to go somewhere tropical, sunny, and out of the country. We stayed at Hilton Playa Del Carmen. Hunter’s parents had been to that same resort years before and loved it, so that’s how we chose!

 

We used Book It for our trip, which helped us get our resort and flights together. Our favorite part of the trip, aside from the amazing food and weather, was our day trip to Cozumel. We took the ferry across, and once we got off, we booked mopeds for the day (against our families’ wishes). We drove down the coast, parked, and found a beach where the water was crystal clear. We took tons of photos and just enjoyed each other’s company. We found a little local bar along the road with fresh coconut and drinks. We spoke to the bartended in broken English and Spanish. It was such a day and trip to remember!

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

I didn’t really have any “fears” going into the big day. I was just overall nervous and anxious about the entire day flowing smoothly rather than being focused on specific details not turning out right. We both wish we would have taken more time to really enjoy some of our favorite songs on our playlist and dance with our friends during the reception! Of course you want to speak to everyone who traveled to see you, but I think it’s important to cherish YOUR day and soak up every moment with your significant other before it ends.

 

My advice to future couples and brides-to-be is to slow down, and really enjoy your day! It flies by so fast, and although it was the best day of our lives, we still feel like some of it was a complete blur. Dance to all of your favorite songs, catch up with friends and family, and enjoy every second that you can.