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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Wedding

Sabrina and Hamad exchanged vows in picturesque St. Lucia, but they didn’t let that stop them from celebrating back in the states with their friends and family. Birmingham Botanical Gardens was the ideal location for their reception, where Mary Margaret Smith, Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events, and Hothouse Design Studio brought their A-game to create a memorable celebration.

eucalyptus bouquet - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

From the bride, Sabrina: Hamad and I really have a love for travel, so we decided on a private ceremony in St. Lucia and honeymoon while there. We were already legally married in the States as to avoid the hassle of their marriage laws. It was just the two of us saying our vows that we wrote on napkins the morning of the ceremony. It was important to us to be in the moment and capture our feelings of the day. Once we returned home, we had a small reception for only close friends and family to celebrate our marriage. We wanted to create a laid back atmosphere as if you were coming over to our house for dinner. The event was held in a small cafe at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens where guests were welcome to walk around, eat, and mingle. No schedules or itineraries, just fun!

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wedding flowers - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

peach wedding invitations - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

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thistle wedding bouquet - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Bouquet recipe: I love blue thistle, and our florist added light blue delphinium, peach Campanella roses, and poppy seeds to make my stunning bouquet.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens wedding - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

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chair back signs - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Our style had a whimsical and eclectic flair which very much suits our own personality. I love the look of oil lamps, so the design team took this idea and ran with it. They were brilliant! Our colors were different shades of blue, peach, blush, and cream. A few DIY touches were added to the decor like the photo booth. My husband is very techie so he set up the photo booth while I made the fabric strips backdrop and photo booth props. I also made honey jar wedding favors filled with local Alabama honey, bride/groom signs, Mad Libs words of wisdom cards, and framed pictures of us throughout the venue of our ceremony in St. Lucia.

milk glass centerpieces - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

vintage book diy idea - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If you are considering a destination wedding, find out the marriage laws of that particular country. Some are more strict than others and you will want to be prepared. As far as the reception planning, go with vendors that you feel the most comfortable and those who understand your vision. Then, trust them! It makes the planning process less stressful. I know the saying goes “the devil is in the detail,” and to an extent, it is. But there is so much online now days, you could spend hours and hours pouring over it. This can be a little overwhelming so don’t get swept away in it all. I recommend internet browsing just to get a general idea for your style, brainstorm with your design team, and then let your imagination take over!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens wedding - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

milk glass centerpieces - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

cake tables - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens wedding - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

dessert tables - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding cake - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

reception dinners - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding
Birmingham honey wedding favors - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Birmingham Botanical Gardens wedding - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
We had background music inside the Cafe: a mix of Frank Sinatra, Nora Jones, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole. Our song is “Come Away with Me” by Nora Jones and was our feature song.

Wedding Location: Birmingham, AL / Photographer: Mary Margaret Smith / Planning and Coordination: Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events / Floral Design: Hothouse Design Studio / Ceremony Location: Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, Saint Lucia / Reception Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via Ivory and White / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair and Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Tie: Calvin Klein / Catering and Pies: Kathy G. and Company / Wedding Cake: Dreamcakes / Decor: Prophouse Birmingham / Rentals: Decor to Adore / Wedding Invitations: Sonia Davis

Unique Packaging and Gift Ideas with Zazzle

We are undoubtedly devoted fans of pretty packaging, paper goods and personal gifts. Much to our delight, Zazzle has everything your heart desires in these departments. There you can customize or create your own, and you know when it comes to weddings, you will want to do just that. From wedding pillows, to posters and seating charts, you can stylize your wedding with some truly unique finds. You can also create gifts for your wedding party and make cute mementos for your home once your wedding photos arrive. Let’s get to our favorite finds already:




Think of Zazzle as your own personal creative factory, where you can have nearly anything printed or designed on virtually anything. You can make a monogram porcelain plate to use as your guestbook, have totes printed for out of town guests filled with goodies, make custom coolers for the groomsmen, pretty + personal pillows or wristlets for the girls, iphone cases…take a gander at everything they offer.

When it comes to weddings, oh do they do wonders for weddings. Go ahead make your own gold foil stamps to match the gorgeous gold-dot invitations you selected, and get matching cocktail napkins too. From custom stamps to invitations, to favor boxes and labels, you can have an entire coordinating suite. You’ll likely want to grab all of the coordinating products including stickers, napkins, table numbers, favor boxes, tote bags and so much more. If you don’t find anything exactly as you wanted, you can design your own, upload your files and bam. Your wedding vision is granted.


Wedding champagne

Champagne photo, shot by Soul Mates Photo

As you see, Zazzle is so SO much more than custom stamps. Bookmark this site, folks, because it will be our secret tool to get unique wedding items customized in a jiffy. See and have fun choosing your wedding line + gifts!






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Dallas Arboretum Wedding

There’s something about coral that just brings a smile to my face — and all the better when it’s paired with gold! Erin and Alex‘s wedding was the perfect blend of glitz and laid-back, keeping an elegant aesthetic while still making guests feel at home and welcome to let loose. Naturally, it couldn’t have been done without the talented team of Amy Zumwalt Photographers, Sweet Pea Events, and We + You Studios!

Dallas Arboretum Wedding - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

From the bride, Erin: Our wedding was held at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens… at first I couldn’t quite put a name on the style I was envisioning but after perusing a few wedding blogs (and Pinterest of course), Rustic Glam seemed to strike a chord with me! I wanted something romantic without going overboard on ruffle, and something very down to earth. Alex is from England (just west of London) and I’m from the Midwest (small town Illinois). We are truly a very laid back couple that enjoys having a really fabulous time no matter where we go… usually involving great food, great drinks and great friends… Therefore, in terms of atmosphere, we truly just wanted everyone to have a freakin’ blast! Our guests came from as far away as Australia, Thailand, London, Mexico, Canada, and all over the US… and we wanted to throw an absolutely amazing party! We wanted everything to flow seamlessly without anyone else having to lift a finger!

jeweled wedding shoes - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

coral ties - photo by Amy Zumwalt http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

something blue - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

bridal portraits - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

coral bridesmaid dresses - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

organic wedding bouquet - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

coral charm peony bouquet - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

wedding processionals - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

wedding processional - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

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Dallas Arboretum Wedding - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

We knew the Arboretum itself would provide a gorgeous natural backdrop and we wanted something that would not only flow with all of the greenery, but also give a bit of edge… a bit of POP and glam. Ivory, Coral and Gold became our colors and I instantly fell in love with everything that entailed! The boys wore charcoal grey, plaid suits with coral accents as this seemed to flow perfectly! In terms of DIY, I may have gone slightly overboard… the following things were put together by the bride (and in some cases, a few helpful crafty hands): gold dipped jars of all sized for the centerpieces/ floral displays, gold sequined LOVE sign by the coffee table, ribbon wands with gold, coral and lace ribbon (for the send-off), gold painted frames with (non-cliche) quotes about love to adorn the reception tables, The Menu Chalkboard as well as Bar Menu (“Wet Your Whistle”) Chalkboard and smaller board for the Polaroid Guest Book Instructions, the coral & gold table numbers, the wine cork place card holders, and the gold flecked seating arrangement board/ chart. We also utilized Etsy for the following personalized additions: “Deep in the heart of Texas” Koozies as favors (in coral and charcoal), our fabulous “infographic” programs, ivory napkins with “Best. Day. Ever.” gold foiling, “Just Married” sign for the getaway town car, personalized handkerchiefs as thank-you gifts for our parents, gold/peach teardrop earrings for the bridesmaids, and engraved wine box for our “wine box” unity ceremony.

Dallas Arboretum Wedding - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

wedding cake toppers - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

gold centerpieces - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

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tall gold centerpieces - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

dessert tables - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

bundt wedding cake - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

bundt cake cupcakes - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? While I planned a good deal of the wedding, I did give Alex his respective duties (DJ, Transportation, Lighting, etc). Even though we had our own “jobs”, we would still sit down together very often and go over what the other person was thinking and the progress we were making. I was very impressed with how much help Alex was and his ability to help me through a tough decision when I got stuck… so I guess the moral of the story is don’t think your groom doesn’t want to be involved – he may even be really proud of the help he provides! Also, when dealing with vendors you have to realize that they are most likely involved in many many many weddings over the course of the year or over the course of their existence as a company but that does not mean that they do not have to provide you with 100% personal service. This is your ONE wedding – I’m not saying “try to be as difficult as possible” but if there’s something you want, ask for it. You are paying for their services and they should be happy to oblige if your request within reason. For brides who aren’t so DIY themselves: Did you know that most stores in the mall are willing to donate or sell you their displays when they are finished with them? If you catch a display you absolutely love (think Free People, Anthropologie, etc), it doesn’t hurt to ask when they will be taking the displays down and how you can go about getting your hands on those little beauties! It could give you the perfect touch you always wanted!

Dallas Arboretum Wedding - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

Dallas Arboretum Wedding - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

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Dallas Arboretum Wedding - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding

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wedding getaways - photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dallas-arboretum-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
Bridal Party Entrance: “Higher & Higher,” Jackie Wilson
First Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Van Morrison
Bouquet Toss: “I Was Made For You,” She & Him
Last Dance: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney Houston

Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Amy Zumwalt Photographers / Event Planner: Sweet Pea Events / Floral Design: We + You Studios / Venue: Dallas Arboretum / Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige “Carrie” via Stardust Celebrations / Alterations: Lulu’s Bridal Boutique / Wedding Veil: ParisienneLuxe / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Earrings and Bracelet: Nordstrom / Wedding Rings: Shapiro Diamonds / Makeup: Emily Ward / Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering / Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes / DJ and Marquee Lights: Nate Nelson of LeForce Entertainment / Lighting: A Very Special Day / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Wedding Programs: BisforBrown / Videographer: Memories Films

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