REAL WEDDING | Erin + Greg | A twinkling, shabby chic Alabama wedding with chandelier mason jars and meaningful floral choices, by Simply Bloom Photography


We’ve got a super gorgeous Valentine’s Day free printable AND giveaway coming up (!!!), but we thought we should kick off the week with a ridiculously pretty wedding… mainly because this is a wedding blog, not a Valentine’s Day blog.  And it’s easy for we bloggers to lose sight of that during the holidays.  You dig?  Awesome.  But first, a story, obvs

We started the always enjoyable and not at all frustrating process of moving into our brand new apartment over the weekend (FYI – it’s AWESOME), and we couldn’t be more excited about the whole thing.  If you follow on Twitter, you’ve heard a bit about the shenanigans we experienced at the hands of our former landlady.  … But if you didn’t, let me just get you up to speed: our old landlady hosted what essentially amounts to an estate sale of our belongings while we were in transition between homes (you may know this concept by its more commonly used street name, *stealing*).  Now, while we admit that’s a bit of a major bummer, we’ve still got huge smiles on our faces despite it all, because… drum roll please… she didn’t pawn our brand new super pricey dream bed!  She liked it so much that she kept it in our old apartment and had her daughter sleep on it!  I realize this is all sounding crazy.  And you’re right – it is crazy.  I mean, who sells the belongings of their tenants?  Our old landlady, that’s who.  And we’re definitely trying to get some justice.  But, if I’m honest, we can’t help but be overjoyed right now that the bed didn’t go bye bye… and yesterday we got it back in our possession!  High kick, woot!  You guys, if you’re looking for a really good mattress, and if you want to treat yourself, we totes recommend dipping into your savings and purchasing a Kluft.  Best decision we’ve ever made (we’ve had weird bed luck, which is to say we’ve had no bed luck, ever, in our collective lives).

Anywho!  We always get a little extra hyper around here whenever the ladies of Simply Bloom, aka the face of our other beloved home, Vendor Love, submit another wedding for us to premiere on TKB.  It makes our hearts skip a beat whenever we open up a brand new email from Vania and Christine, and that’s ’cause we know the contents of said email will, without fail, inspire the crap out of you guys, each and every time.  :)  Their breathtaking photography never ceases to bring oohhhhs and aahhhhs from our mouths, and today’s wedding is no exception.  Bride Erin is a truly independent kind of woman, who’s not afraid to break a few rules when it comes to traditional etiquette.  For example, her brothers were her “bridesmen” and they stood on her side… which, to me, makes total sense if that’s what works.  Etiquette-schmetiquette.  I could write a lot more, but I think it’s time to let you guys soak up the inspo… enjoy!

Some details about what went into this gorgeous day, from our bride, Erin:

Our inspiration for the day really started with the location.  Mooresville, Alabama is a beautiful, quaint historical town with a shabby chic feel that I think is incredibly romantic.  The church was built in 1839; I loved the thought of getting married in a place with such rich history. I chose the flowers for our  mothers, Greg’s mom loves blue hydrangea and my mom loves yellow roses, ivory roses were also added as they are a favorite of mine. We wanted the day to feel simple and easy, not fussy.  We wanted everyone to just relax and enjoy themselves. Our group was small, only about 65 guests, including our immediate families and closest friends. We broke a few rules of etiquette and didn’t ask the groomsmen to wear jackets, even though it was a late afternoon wedding. Instead we asked them to wear their favorite khaki’s and then outfitted them in the same dress shirt with mismatched yet coordinating ties in various prints. We also had a very large wedding party despite the short guest list.  My brothers were “bridesmen” and stood on my side during the ceremony, I think they were relieved that I didn’t ask them to wear dresses.  The reception was held under a tent filled with twinkling lights and candles; it took my breath away when we walked in.  I loved the “chandelier” mason  jars hanging from the tent with a candle burning over each table.  We asked two of our best friends to provide the music for the evening; they played songs by Jack Johnson and Ray Lamontagne.  I don’t think there’s anything more romantic than the  soft strumming of a guitar in the background. Greg’s sister sang for our first dance, as well as two songs during the ceremony.  She sang the Lord’s Prayer accompanied by a string quartette which left everyone with chills. It is one of my  favorite memories from the day.  My favorite moment of all was seeing my groom as my dad walked me down  the aisle.  Our faces lit up when we saw each other, everyone joked that I “ran” down the aisle but I couldn’t wait to get to him.  It all came together in that moment.  It was magical.

Congratulations, Erin and Greg!  We wish you a lifetime of good health and happiness!

xoxo!  – Alison

Photography: Simply Bloom Photography, LLC / Venue: Limestone Bay Trading Co. / Wedding Dress Designer: Liancarlo / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair Stylist: Katherine Hendrickson, Terrame Salon and Spa / Make-up Artist: Erin Heider, Bare Escentual / Caterer: Limestone Bay Trading Co. / Florist: Glenn’s / Band/DJ: Jonathan Carter and Tyler Steinfath / #1 Wedding Inspiration (site, blog, magazine) Simply Bloom!

Label(s): Blue, Color, White, {Real Weddings}

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  1. jacin {lovely little details} on February 7, 2011

    oh how i love this!

  2. Judy/FancyPantsWeddings on February 7, 2011

    I love the pops of cobalt blue. The ring shot is a-dor-able!

  3. Cathe Holden on February 7, 2011

    Gorgeous. The beauty in the modesty of the styling of this celebration is breathtaking. The photography- perfection. The couple- stunning. Thanks for an amazing Monday morning share.

  4. Jenna on February 7, 2011

    I love Simply Bloom! And I really like that the bride didn’t let etiquette control her. That’s so cool that her brothers were her bridesmaids – er, men. ;) Gorgeous wedding, gorgeous bride, and I love the reception lighting!

  5. lizzie on February 7, 2011

    BEAUTIFUL wedding…everything about it…so fresh and romantic!

    B-t-dubs, I would WHOOP that bitches ass for stealing your shiz?! What in the world?! Kick it Chicago style and get a mini-bat at the next baseball game you’re at…no?

  6. Glamour and Grace on February 7, 2011

    This is amazingly gorgeous!! Love all the beautiful details!

  7. Lauren Elise on February 7, 2011

    I absolutely love this beautiful wedding and of course Simply Bloom’s amazing photography! The bride is stunning!

    Amazing details but still very simple and non-fussy, just like the bride wanted. Love!

  8. Wedding Sparrow on February 7, 2011

    What a stunning wedding! It looks really well put together and cohesive. Love the colour of the bridesmaids dresses too. x

  9. The Demoiselle on February 7, 2011

    So much lovely!! The colors especially…loft the breezy, cool and soft hues.

  10. Emma | Emmaline Bride on February 7, 2011

    I LOVE Simply Bloom! These mason jars are gorgeous – and this is definitely one of the most beautifully orchestrated outdoor weddings I’ve ever seen!

  11. thank you so much, Alison. You are always too kind and we are endlessly honored to appear on TKB :D

  12. meg manion silliker on February 7, 2011

    i love the interior of the tent. so original and certainly special. gorgeous images from the beautiful ladies of simply bloom. simply magnificent. xo

  13. Sheila Comer on February 7, 2011

    I LOVE the photography! Beautiful blending!

  14. erin * sparkle & hay on February 7, 2011

    my rustic-chic loving heart be still… oh my loveliness!

  15. Margaret Ivory on February 7, 2011

    The silver and tin influences are so cute ~ the planters, the hanging ball and the cake plate…. just love this rustic wedding!

  16. Dee Green - Limestone Bay Trading Company on February 7, 2011

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments. Erin and Simply Bloom were so much fun to work with, and I love it when a bride knows what she wants and isn’t a slave to “rules” and photographers that know how to capture it all. It’s your day, you rule! Thank Jeff Green for the lighting. He rocks.

  17. Libby James on February 7, 2011

    amazing! LOVE the ethereal-ness of the dress shots and the reception deets are adorable!

  18. Kristin @ BonaFideBride on February 8, 2011

    Amazing photography, and a beautiful wedding! It’s so important to hire a photographer who will *really* capture all the tiny little details on your wedding day. Major trust involved there. Great post!

  19. Megan-FashionableBride on February 10, 2011

    So charming! The table setting and all the colors are beautiful and the photography is absolutely stunning!

  20. Kelly on July 23, 2011

    Everything about this wedding is simply gorgeous!

  21. Kat - Kingdom Wedding Photography on December 10, 2012

    Lovely bride, lovely dresses and the color scheme is simply stunning!!! Very beautiful wedding.


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