Always a treat to feature a wedding from our friends at A Bryan Photo, and these images really capture the energy of the couple and the day. Not to mention, when the bride is a planner for boutique planning studio, Mariée Ami, you know it’s going to be a gorgeous, glamorous celebration!
The bride shares about the decision to get married at Mobile’s Christ Church Cathedral: “There was no question as to where we were getting married. I love my hometown and my parents would not have had it any other way. Billy and I were married in my childhood church were I was baptized and confirmed.”
As a planner, Louise had a very clear vision for the design of the wedding: “We always dreamed of being married in a large tent over looking the water. While an outdoor wedding in August was out of the question, a tent was still something I wanted, so we created that feel inside. I new I wanted navy as the basis of the wedding. I also love a mix of garden-like design and straight line modern pieces. I love the crispness of true white and the preppy touch of boxwoods and ribbon.”
“Our friends and family love good food, but they also love to talk and drink. We had three huge square tables in the middle of the reception that allowed for guests to pick and eat directly from the tables. Oyster, shrimp, tuna, hot sausage with melted cheese, a variety of salads and antipasti presentations, and we couldn’t end the night without the groom’s favorite thing: mini fried chicken pieces on Sister Schubert rolls and beignets covered in powdered sugar!”
Signature drinks were an Arnold Palmer for the groom and vodka milkshakes for the bride.
Doesn’t this photo look like it could have come from the 1950s?! I love it! The classic wedding cake was decorated with a lattice pattern and sugar calla lilies. Says Louise, “Both the wedding cake and groom’s cake were served on large silver trays that have been in my family for years. The tablecloths for the cakes were also meaningful family heirlooms. I was also given a toasting cup from my grandmother that both she and my mother used at their wedding receptions.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We chose to get married in August for a few reasons. We didn’t want a long engagement, a wedding during football season was out of the question, and, as a wedding planner, it was the only open weekend I had. I was worried about the heat in Mobile in August, so we choose an indoor venue rather than the outdoor bay wedding I had always dreamed of. Fort Whiting was the largest indoor venue we could find and I knew we could accomplish exactly what we wanted in the big open space.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Billy and I decided not to see each other before the ceremony and wait for that moment of walking down the aisle to see each other.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. When it came to the details my mind was going 100 miles a minute. My favorite detail of the wedding was actually all the little gifts and favors we had. Hypercolor cups and linen cocktail napkins were two of my favorite reception details. The hotel gifts really came together well. I wanted to incorporate my dog into the details so we had a local artist do a sketch. We used this sketch on canvas bags for the hotel guests, frisbees that could be taken home by other fellow dog lovers, and koozies. The monogramed playing cards were a favorite find in the hotel bags. // I also loved the paintings that hung above the bars. They were painted by one of my best friends and bridesmaids, Liz Legg (Liz Legg Designs), and are now hanging in my home. I also gave my bridesmaids earrings from Liz’s jewelry collection that they wore on the wedding day! She is so talented! [Check out these great details in the gallery!]
What was the best advice you received as a bride? At the end of the day the most important thing is you will be married…. Don’t sweat the small things and enjoy every moment!
What advice do you have for other brides? Hire a wedding planner and do things differently from what you see all the time. Being a wedding planner by day, I did not do one thing from Wednesday on. With my team doing what they do every weekend, it was so nice to be the bride and let someone else handle the details!