We’ve seen quite a few brides in our days, but this bride is seriously as cute as they come. Her hair? Utter perfection. Her makeup? Clean and understated. And that dress? It has to be the epitome of simple, vintage sophistication. As soon as we saw this wedding on 1313 Photography‘s blog, we just had to snatch it up to share with all of our dear readers.
From the bride, Charlie: As a bride, I first began wedding planning with the knowledge my mother has always instilled: to keep things classic yet simple and there will always be elegance! Brian and I knew we wanted a small, intimate ceremony and reception, with our dearest friends and closest loved ones. We strived to keep Mobile, its southern charm and southern influences a part of our wedding.
To celebrate the city where we met and fell in love, we designed our day around Mobile, Alabama and the city’s charm and Southern sensibility. Southern influence was included throughout the wedding; from the the invitations and wedding cake to the menu and local band.
It was very important that in the future I wanted to look at our photos and our wedding not look dated or trendy. I didn’t want to be able to be placed in a decade, I wanted it to be timeless. No official theme was selected and no colors. I wanted everything to flow together, for nothing to look out of place. The Ezell House was the site of both the wedding ceremony and reception. It has both French and Spanish architectural influences with coordinating décor. It was important to keep floral aspects simple, to make since in the house.
Wrought iron detail is seen throughout Mobile and is a highlight of the fence, gates and courtyard of the house. We used black metal lanterns (that we found one by one) to hang from the porch and place in the Carriage House (bar). We used antique silver pitchers and serving pieces from family and friends to display candles, the bouquets (centerpieces) and programs. A handmade basket, a gift from bridesmaids mother held the flower petals for our exit. I also made handmade cards for my bridesmaids, asking them in a poem, to be a part of our wedding. They said, YES!
We incorporated a hand ceremony into our wedding ceremony. We also had our close friends, a young family with two young children present our rings to us foregoing the traditional ring bearer. We felt it was more symbolic to have a family who we respect and has happiness, health, joy, birth and prosperity – all things we as newlyweds want and strive for in our future.
Wedding Vendors (Mobile, Alabama):
Ceremony and reception venue: The Ezell House / Wedding Photographer: 1313 Photography / Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Maysoon Sayaad / Flower arrangement: Belle Bouquet / Wedding Dress: San Patrick Pronovias / Wedding Veil: San Patrick / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair accessories: Sweet Briar Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Flower girls’ dresses: Strasburg Children / Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Makeup: Whitney Starling / Hairstylist: Jeff Carrell of Shear Glamour / Wedding Music: The Cary Laine Band / Catering and cakes: Martha Rutledge Catering / Wedding Cake: The Pastry Shop / Invitation graphics: San Smith / Wedding invitations and paper goods: Soiree Signatures / Calligraphy: Soiree Signatures