08/23/2012

Fairhope Wedding Rehearsal Dinner – Point Clear Marriott

Brooke & Brandon’s rehearsal dinner was at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama. The Grand is known for their southern charm and hospitality. The grounds are gorgeous and the staff is some of the best in our area. The Ballroom was transformed into in a Bay Retreat and was full of beautiful details from driftwood art to oyster-covered candle vases.  The theme was chosen because it represented the groom’s favorite past time…………spending time, boating, fishing or just relaxing on Mobile Bay! The florist was Zimlich’s Patio and Garden/Elizabeth’s Garden, (owners and siblings Carol Reeves, Donald and Tommy Zimlich). Band was Trot Line, Lighting by Will Bridges (Willow Bridge), Cake designed by the Pastry Chef at the Grand Hotel. The Theme represented life on Mobile Bay, and all indigenous plant materials were used along with props like sails, kayaks, paddles, crab traps, buoys, even a Stauter Boat was brought in to finish out the theme. The head table was made into a wharf and a driftwood Bride and Groom was designed by the talented Zimlich’s. Oyster Shells were harvested from Mobile Bay and made into mirrored and vase table scapes by local artist Celia De Laney. Marriott’s Grand Hotel was the perfect setting as the guest watched the sunset before gathering for a sumptuous meal featuring local seafood and farm to table vegetables all created by Master Chef Mike Wallace.  Videography was covered by our good friends at Diva Productions!

The decor’ was breath-taking, the food was delicious, but the best part of the evening was the love and emotion. Both dads had us all crying, Brandon’s childhood friend has us laughing until we cried, and Brooke’s best friends had us giggling as they read an email from Brooke when she first met (and started to like) Brandon. After the crying and giggling were over, the band started and so did the dancing. These people can seriously dance….and they don’t stop!

Loved the boat paddle signature board! Tip: Use items like this that can be used as house decor’ for years to come!Loved the driftwood mannequins! The head table… Details were just so intricate all the way to the crab pots and driftwood garland. This is a working vintage coke machine and it is AWESOME!This might have been one of the funniest toasts ever!

08/01/2011
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This post comes to you courtesy of the gracious Bonnie & Lea from Atlanta. Their wedding was held in the quaint little college  town of Athens, GA this past May. Occasionally we get the opportunity to photograph rehearsal dinners, especially for destination weddings since we’re in town a day early. The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia in Athens was a perfect place for this rehearsal dinner catered by the fantastic Epting Events, whom I cannot say enough great things about. There will be much more about them on the wedding post following this one. If you are interested in rehearsal coverage for your wedding, please get in touch with us.

The grounds at the Botanical Gardens are a little piece of heaven. Just beautiful….

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undefinedCocktail hour outside the atrium was a great time for the guests to mingle and catch up.  Live music and specialty drinks were a nice start to the evening!
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undefinedInside the atrium there was beautiful decor’ and a southern dinner buffet fit for a King…
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undefinedI can tell you with conviction that the fried chicken tasted as good as it looked!
undefinedWe loved the stories and physical demonstrations like Lea as a young lad here in his favorite superman costume…
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undefinedSome of these are just better left to your imagination….
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undefinedCome back for the next blog post  and a beautiful Athens, GA wedding!
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