One of the things that struck me the most about Leila and Alex’s wedding was the amazing venue. The Bell Event Center is a cathedral that has been converted into a space for both ceremony and reception. This idea is so unique, and Leila says they were drawn to the location by the beautiful architecture, stained glass, and courtyards. Not to mention the hundreds of candles that make that create a romantic ambiance. A big thank you to Leila for sharing all the details of the day, and to Sunny Studios for the lovely images.
Who, What, Where ~ Ceremony/Reception: The Bell Event Centre. Photography: Sunny Studios. Flowers: Inspired Floral Design. Cake: Tres Belle Cakes. Videography: Lifetime Films. Invites: M Hopple & Company. Wine Tags: Nation Band and Tag.
Even more details and loveliness…
Alex and I started dating in 2005 while we were in high school. I was a baby 15 year old sophomore and he was a hunky senior soccer player. We was smitten and quickly we realized that we were meant for each other…but at that age we had a lot we needed to do before we got married. We dated long distance for two years while Alex was in Birmingham, Alabama at school and then when I graduated from high school I headed to Birmingham for school too! We are so completely opposite- he is a quiet, analytical, computer programmer and I am a loud, giddy, elementary art teacher, however we complemented each other perfectly…as they say opposites attract and this was the case for us! We were deeply in love and in November of 2009 Alex proposed in front of our huge family.
Instead of a ring pillow, we made a box for my nephew to carry down the aisle. We painted it gold and wrote “With This Ring” on the top. We have it in our home now and it always reminds us what these rings mean to us. We also did something really special to honor my grandmother. She and my mother have always used hankies instead of tissues. I ordered 150 hankies and wrote a poem to describe how special these are to me. I pinned the poem on every hankie and thought about the special women who would be receiving these. It was such a wonderful way to honor my grandmother and incorporate her into our wedding day even though she would not be there to share the day with us. We also had a caricature artist do caricatures for our guests because Alex and I have had quite a few done over the years!
Alex is the IT specialist at his 100 year old family business that makes identification tags. We thought it would fun to incorporate this into our wedding, so we had his cousin design a tag in eggplant with our monogram that we used as wine tags.
The only place we took pictures, other than at The Bell, was at P&G Gardens. Alex and I have driven past this beautiful landmark so many times and every time we dreamed of having our wedding pictures taken there. As I stepped out of the limo to show my gorgeous dress to my groom, I was filled with excitement because finally we were here to take our wedding pictures at the place we had dreamt of for 6 years!
The favorite part of our wedding day would have to be seeing each other for the first time!! It felt so real and we were able to soak up the moment. Then we were able to enjoy every second of the evening!! We had such a blast taking pictures and laughed more in that little bit than we had in a long time. Having that moment actually be there was so incredible! My suggestion to every couple is to just relax and enjoy their wedding day! All of the details will come together, and if something goes wrong you’ll have no idea! Just take a deep breath and enjoy…because the wedding day is wonderful, but married life is even better.