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February “Wedding Wednesdays” are here! Today’s post is by one of my all-time favorite people, Birmingham wedding photographer Allison Lewis. Allison has a unique ability to capture the joy and heart of the weddings she photographs, as you’ll see in the beautiful photos that follow.

 

Allison:

If the mantra of real estate is location, location, location, then that of wedding planning is all about personalization. The sterile ceremony with the cookie-cutter reception is a thing of the past, and in its place lies a unique and vibrant day that speaks to who the bride and groom are both as individuals and as a couple. As a wedding photographer, I’m honored to work with who I’m convinced are simply the best and most creative couples in the world; so from venues and vendors to dresses and details, I’m thrilled to share a few of my favorite bride-inspired tips and ideas for creating your perfect personalized wedding day.

 

Where it all begins…

One of the best ways to personalize your wedding day is to begin the planning process with a theme in mind. As Becky Baker of Becky’s Brides recommends, “Think of a hobby, personality trait, or career that describes you as a couple and run with that theme. For example, if you love to travel, incorporate maps of all of the places you’ve been together. You can use map paper for your stationary, a large, vintage framed map for your guests to sign, and photos of states or countries you’ve been to as table numbers. With a little creativity, the possibilities are endless!”

 

 

These are a few of my favorite things…

Some of the most incredible trends in recent wedding fashion revolve around dresses and shoes. Brides gave up white satin heels long ago in favor of color, style and personality…

 

 

And say goodbye to that closet full of bridesmaid’s dresses that you’ll never wear again. Fun and stylish practicality is the new way to go.

 

 

But a personalized wedding day isn’t just about what looks good…it’s about what tastes good, as well.

Local vendors and small shop owners can be invaluable resources when it comes to inserting pieces of you and your city into your wedding day. Invite your favorite restaurant to cater your rehearsal dinner, or bring in your local specialty dessert maker for a fun addition to your reception. (Just know that if some of Birmingham’s best, like Steel City PopsDreamcakes, and O’Henry’s are on the menu, I’ll certainly be making an appearance!)

 

 

Speaking of delicious, wedding cakes have evolved incredibly over the last decade. What used to be humdrum and expected has turned into amazing and exciting. And with the creation of cake pops and candy bars, no sweet tooth is left unsatisfied.

 

 

The DIY touch…

While I don’t recommend trying to pull the whole wedding together by yourself as a bride, I love to see the wedding day peppered with small DIY details that speak to the bride’s (or groom’s!) taste and talent.

 

 

I’m so glad I…

And though DIY details add a perfect, personalized touch, a whole DIY wedding probably isn’t a great idea, either. I’ve seen far too many brides starting the day thinking, I’m so ready for this to be over, while those girls who’ve handed off much of that responsibility seem to be floating carelessly throughout their day, simply enjoying their time with the groom, family, and friends. So what’s the secret to an effortless event? It’s the first of the three most common tips I hear from brides:

1. Hire a wedding planner. I always breathe a little sigh of relief when I get a bride’s vendor sheet and see that she’s hired a planner. Not only does a wedding planner act as the point person for all concerns that inevitably spring up somewhere at the last minute (taking the burden off the bride and her mother), but a planner helps focus the bride and groom’s vision for their special day. Becky of Becky’s Brides says, “The keys to planning a fabulous personalized wedding are finding a designer who understands your style and personality and a planner to help pull all the details together!”

 

 

2. Have a private first look. Not only does this allow for a more natural flow in the schedule, but it’s without question, the most intimate and emotional part of the day.

 

 

3. Have a photographer present for the actual engagement. Girls, you may have to put a bug in his ear about this one, but it’s such a fabulous way to relive one of the single most exciting and surprising moments in your life.

 

Make your wedding day memorable. Make your wedding day fun. But above all, make your wedding day a personal reflection of you, your husband-to-be and your love for one another.

 

 

Thanks, Allison!

Allison is the deliriously happy wife to Josh and mom to Abby, Jack, Isabel, Micah, and Julia. As the owner of Allison Lewis Photography, she’s blessed to work with fabulous clients-turned-friends as a wedding photographer based in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want more wedding love? Say “I do” and click on the links below to see what our other SB cities are featuring today!

A Fall Outdoor Wedding: louisville.styleblueprint.com

The Beautiful Wedding of one of Atlanta’s Best Interior Designers! atlanta.styleblueprint.com

 

 

 

 

 

A Southern Christmas Wedding: www.styleblueprint.com

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