Wright Wedding // Caity + Dan // The Tutwiler Hotel // B&A Warehouse // Birmingham, AL

As the garland that hung above the hotel fireplace said... This was the best day ever. It's funny because the idea of a "perfect" wedding day could probably be interpreted several different ways. On Caity and Dan's wedding day, there was actually a torrential downpour for probably a solid hour (and we mean, this storm came out of nowhere!) After checking weather apps every day leading up to Saturday and even many times the morning of, we were all a little confused about the rain. That's Alabama for you, right? But let us tell you something about this bride... Caity barely flinched. She looked outside as it was raining cats and dogs, just took a deep breath, smiled, and went on laughing with her girls. We are so proud of our brides in those kinds of moments. We know we've found our perfect client when a torrential downpour of a storm hardly puts a dent in our girl's parade for even a second. That is the best day ever! The storm passed. We got to go outside for a freaking adorable first look. And these two beautiful people loved and played for the rest of the day!

When we met Caity, the first thing we immediately noticed were her unbelievable blue eyes. (Seriously, they're like the most beautiful sky blue you've ever seen.) And then a few seconds later, you notice her huge, bright smile and this adorable personality! From our first consultation, we knew that Caity cared about the details and the little things. We absolutely loved all the thought and time she put into her day. It truly makes the difference! And can we just talk about her dress for a minute?! We could not stop gushing over this incredible Hayley Paige gown. Caity said she wanted a show-stopper, and my gosh, she got it. She was unbelievably radiant. Dan didn't stand a chance! While Caity is truly a beauty, Dan is her perfect complement. We've had the absolute sweetest grooms this year. We saw it first at their engagement session, but we saw the sweetness all over again on their wedding day. The way Dan treats his bride is so attentive, gentle, and loving. We got a little teary-eyed when after their first kiss, Dan gave Caity a little forehead kiss before they walked back down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. We know for a fact that these two had an absolute blast on their wedding day. They soaked up every minute and we could not be happier for you, Caity and Dan! Congratulations! <3 <3<3<<

Photography: Sweet Julep Photography // Pre-Ceremony Venue: The Tutwiler Hotel // Bride's Gown: Hayley Paige // Dress Boutique: Ivory & White // Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids // Dress Hanger: BHLDN // Bride and Groom's Rings and Bands: Bromberg's // Hair and Makeup Artist: Emily Summerville // Grooms Attire: Jos. A. Bank // Floral: Sarah Peinhardt // Ceremony and Reception Venue: B&A Warehouse // // Invitations, Programs, Napkins and Koozies: Sarah Peinhardt // Catering: B&A Warehouse // Cakes: Magic Muffins // DJ: Feel The Beat // Film Scans: Indie Film Lab 

Hollis Wedding // Victoria + Ryder // Anderson Gail Farms // Shelby, AL

It had been four years since we shot at Anderson Gail Farms, and we were so happy to be coming back with this precious couple. Victoria and Ryder are the epitome of adorable. After six years together, it seemed that they were more in love with each other than ever before. From the moment we met Victoria, we knew we were going to love this girl. She's one of the most infectiously happy people and is always, always, always upbeat. No one can be sad around this girl! We met Ryder for the first time on their wedding day. We always have a mental idea of how we picture the groom based on the descriptions we've been given and how the bride's talked about him. Nothing could quite prepare us for the adorableness we were about to witness from Ryder. Victoria and her mom, Donna had tried to convey to us the sweetness that is Ryder, but we just couldn't completely understand. If you ever need an example of how a man can truly cherish a woman...here is your perfect example. We've never seen a groom adore his bride as well and as constant as Ryder did with Victoria.

Victoria is definitely one of a kind, which is why it was no surprise that she designed her own dress after not finding exactly what she wanted! Piecing together items from Diane's Formal Affair, she created her dream dress. And it looked STUNNING. From the bride herself to the gorgeous greenery and florals by Lillie Jane's to the gorgeous summer colors, this day was truly amazing. We are so happy for our brides when we finally arrive on the wedding day and all the ideas and vision she's been dreaming up have been created into a reality for her. Congratulations, Victoria and Ryder! We wish you two an even more beautiful marriage than your wedding day!

"You have ravished my heart, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes." -Song of Solomon 4:9

Photography: Sweet Julep Photography // Venue: Anderson Gail Farms // Bride's Dress Boutique: Diane's Formal Affair // Bridesmaid Dress Boutique: Divine Design Formalwear // Hair and Makeup Artist: Melissa Moore Bogardus // Groom's Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear // Florals: Lillie Jane's // Invitation: Matilda Ruth Designs // Cakes: Celestial Cakes // Catering: The Complete Catering Company // DJ: Chris Hartley // Film Scans: Indie Film Lab  

Laura + Cody // One Year Wedding Anniversary Session // Mobile, AL

Sometimes you just need to find a hot pink dress, get your man all cleaned up in a nice suit, and drive to a beautiful place. We seriously believe in celebration around here at Sweet Julep. (And we also seriously believe in champagne - as most of our brides know!!) You may have seen us share, oh you know... maybe a hundred or so photos from Laura and Cody's wedding last June at Bridgestreet Gallery and Loft. So when she said she wanted to do an anniversary session with us, we were like, "DUH!" We jump at any chance to photograph these two remarkably beautiful people. 

So off we went to Mobile, AL! We threw around a few ideas and Mobile ended up as the winner! Neither of us had any experience shooting in the city. We'd both visited several times, but never had an opportunity to take photos there. Laura booked the most adorable little hotel in a historic district. We didn't even have to venture far from their hotel room to find amazing locations. We loved spending time with these friends, and we love Laura even more for trusting us so much. Laura is a fellow film lover and allowed us to shoot her entire session on film. (Yes, we were literally dying of excitement.) So behold, our first ever 100% film-shot session. We've slowly been incorporating more and more film into our work in a plan to become mostly film shooters. Nearly all of our 2016 weddings have been shot with both digital and film. And based on this day and the year so far...we are REALLY excited about this transition!  

Laura and Cody, we are so happy to have known you for the past few years now! We are even more thankful that you've allowed us to photograph the different seasons of your life. We can't wait to see what year two has in store for you! <3

Hill Wedding // Hanna Grace + Caleb // The Givens House at Glenn Hill // Town Creek, AL

 

We're a sucker for many things around here and young love is definitely one of those many things! Hanna Grace and Caleb are Danville High School sweethearts. He was the quarterback and she was a softball player. On a school trip to Washington, DC, they crossed paths and just hit it off! They spent the entire time together talking and hanging out. When they got back home to Alabama, Caleb started showing up at some of Hanna's softball games and the rest is pretty much history! It is absolutely no surprise that Caleb fell for this sweet, beautiful girl.

We hear from Hanna that Caleb can be so goofy when you really get to know him, but he was pretty shy the times that we photographed him! When we have a groom as quiet and reserved as Caleb, it can really get our tears flowing when they react the way that he did when he saw Hanna walking down the aisle. These two did not want to see each other before the ceremony, and Caleb was doing all that he could to hold himself together as he saw his bride for the first time. She was completely radiant. We loved the way that Hanna and Caleb looked at each other through their ceremony and throughout the entire rest of the day! The biggest smile we've ever seen Caleb give and Hanna laughing and playing is the best and easiest thing we get to photograph. We absolutely loved the time we spent with these two after they said their vows. It's always sad for us when a wedding day we've been anticipating finally arrives and just like that, it passes. We truly enjoyed getting to know this couple and their family! Hanna Grace and Caleb, we wish you two all the best in your new married life and we hope to see you soon!! <3 

Photography: Sweet Julep Photography // Venue: The Givens House at Glenn Hill // Bride's Dress Boutique: The Something Blue Shoppe // Bridesmaids Robes: Jane // Hair and Makeup Artist: Lori Adgate, Oh Darling Event Hair and Makeup // Groom's Attire: Belk // Cake: Bernice Givens // Floral: Bernice Givens // Catering: Kathy Sanders // Invitations: Etsy // Videography: Seth Adgate, Woodnote Media 

Walker Wedding // Sallie + Matt // Historic Rucker Place // Birmingham, AL

If you're looking for THE most joyful couple ever, you have found them... When we met with these two for the first time, we immediately fell in love with both of them. Matt is more stylish that all three of us girls put together. No joke. (He's basically a walking J. Crew model.) And Sallie's infectious personality makes her loved by everyone she comes in contact with, we're sure of it! Sallie and Matt were hands down the happiest people we've ever seen on their wedding day. Every time Sallie looked at her groom, her smile would just get bigger and bigger. Sallie chose all the colors of the rainbow for her wedding day it seemed, which just goes perfectly with her personality! A wedding overflowing with color for an extremely colorful couple.

We fell in love with Sallie's family's home when we did her bridal portraits there a few weeks before the wedding day, and we were super excited to go back. Getting ready in the house you've called home for your entire life is something really special to us. Not to mention, we loved browsing and incorporating many of her mom's antiques and knick knacks into photos! Sallie's mom, Beverly, hung out with us for awhile and told us all about some of the things she had in the living and dining room. We loved hearing the stories and explanations behind some of these generational pieces. It was basically the equivalent of a five-year-old at Disney World for us. 

This was our second time shooting at Rucker Place, but our first time taking all of the day's photos on the property. We loved how much the white backdrop of the house made all of Sallie's bright colors pop even more. From the moment these two saw each other, we spent the day with two people who were crazy in love with one another. It's the best thing when we can see a couple truly LOVE their day and take in every moment. It's too easy to get stressed out or overwhelmed with everything going on, but Sallie and Matt were completely focused and wrapped up in the realization that this was the first day of the rest of their lives. Their happiness clearly filtered through to all their friends and family, and we were able to watch it throughout the entire ceremony and reception. Sallie and Matt, we are so thrilled that we were chosen to be part of your day! We wish you two all the best in this new chapter together in Nashville! 

Photography: Sweet Julep Photography // Venue: Historic Rucker Place // Bride's Dress: David Tutera // Makeup Artist: Amber Wright, Morgan Ashley Studio Salon // Bride's Hair Stylist: Carol Stokes // Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: Harpers Salon // Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff // Groom's Attire: J. Crew // Ceremony Musicians: Cahaba River Strings // Invitations: Annabelle's // Floral: LSL Event Design + the mothers of the bride and groom // Catering: Savoie Catering // Cakes: Pen and Pastry // DJ: Kevin Bush, SEA 

Arkins Wedding // Jade + Dan // Highlands House // Santa Rosa Beach, FL

It's official. We're ready to move to the beach. Our entire lives, we've lived only four hours from the Gulf. But asap, we're packing our bags and hitting the road to live seaside. 

The most flattering thing a bride can ever do is book Sweet Julep without ever meeting us. It seriously is the highest form of a compliment you can give us. When Jade originally contacted us about her Santa Rosa Beach wedding, we were like, "Oh heck yes!" But then we learned that she and Dan didn't even live near Florida. Or Alabama. They lived in Ft Worth, TX! Destination weddings are our absolute favorite, and we were in love with Jade from the very beginning. So with only email and Facebook as a means to get to know each other, we anxiously waited for the day to come when we could finally talk face to face with this girl! 

Highlands House was the most quaint little bed & breakfast nestled back in the trees only a couple blocks away from Gulf Place (where we had shot our very first 30A wedding with Abbie and John last year.) HH had a beautiful bridal suite with the most gorgeous, soft light. The white aesthetic of the house made the perfect backdrop for all of Jade's colorful details. We were obsessed with Jade's personal style and loved the color palette that she chose for her day. Our favorite feature of the property had to be the boardwalk through the natural area to the beach! We loved that you could go from a modern b&b to a lush, green lawn to an overgrown boardwalk to the sandy Gulf coast. It wasn't your every day, average beach rental!

The guys chose to get ready at a condo about a block down the road. We had the most amazing weather on this day, so we really enjoyed that we were able to walk back and forth between the two locations! Per usual, the guys were relaxed and watching baseball until about 30 minutes before the ceremony. We tried to make friends with Dan's little nephew who was so cute, but he just wasn't having us... Poor thing hated when we made him model. (But you can't tell us he isn't freaking adorable in those pictures!) 

Jade and Dan chose to not see each other before the ceremony, so we had to do most all of the photos after the ceremony, which made for some gorgeous images. Everyone was so light-hearted and happy that getting beautiful pictures was effortless. As we headed back to the house for the reception, we loved that you could stand on the porch and watch the whole setting on the lawn while still seeing the bright blue colors of the ocean. The sun dipped below the horizon pretty quickly, making the most perfect atmosphere for dancing under the string lights. Jade and Danny, you had one amazing wedding. We are so thankful that you chose us to help in sharing your story with everyone. 

(PS. We've also officially decided that Waffle House is our new post-wedding tradition.)  

Photography: Sweet Julep Photography // Venue: Highlands House // Bride's Dress: Essense of Australia // Bridal Boutique: De Ma Fille // Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Hair and Makeup: The Grove Salon // Bride's Bracelet: Kendra Scott // Bride's Earrings: Nadri // Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch // Groom's Attire: J. Crew // Floral Designer: Stems // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Catering: Highlands House // Cake: Bonne Vie Speciality // DJ: B-Boy Productions // Film Scans: Indie Film Lab

Laan Wedding // Kim + Dan // The Sonnet House // Birmingham, AL

When we get the opportunity to do an engagement session with our couples, we feel that gives us an early look into your wedding day! We personally get to know how the two of you behave in front of a camera and not to mention, we get to watch you interact with each other. Of course, we're not always able to do an engagement shoot with all of our couples. On those wedding days, it's always kind of exciting for us because we don't really know what we're going into. Most of the time, we've never met the groom and have only met the bride a few times over coffee. It can make us a little nervous sometimes, but as soon as we walked into The Sonnet House on this day, there was none of that! Kim was her usual super cool self (we've been so jealous of her calm and relaxed demeanor since the moment we met her!) Her girls were casually lounging around in their beautiful robes while Danielle was glamming everyone up. We really enjoy a slow getting ready process, especially if it's in a bridal suite as gorgeous as The Sonnet House! 

Kim and Dan ended up moving to Minnesota mid-wedding planning for Dan's residency. If these two lived here, they would be forced into friendship with us. So lucky for them, they're 900 miles away from Birmingham! :) We see a lot of sweet things in our job. We see a lot of romance and a lot of beautiful relationships. It's the ones like Kim and Dan, though that remind us why we love what we do. It was evident to us that beneath their love, there was a real friendship between them. They were so comfortable and so natural around each other. There's actually a photo in here that may be one of our favorites of all time. It's on the front porch after Kim and Dan had been playing and twirling around. I was busy changing out film, and Kayci told me later what I had missed. Kim was quietly telling Dan how surprised she was that he continued to tear up throughout their portraits. (They had a super adorable first look complete with unplanned crying!) And Dan responded, "I'm just so overwhelmed with emotion. It's really gotten to me." And then Kim laid her head against his, and they just held each other for a moment, and it's honestly the sweetest thing we've ever seen.

Yes, these two are adorable and perfect, but they also are a freaking ton of fun. With Kim being from New Orleans, Dan really wanted to do a second line (and they also had a lot of Louisiana guests that came to the wedding!) Kim arranged to surprise Dan by doing the second line like he wanted, and he had a BLAST. Originally, it was supposed to storm on their day, but by some miracle, not a single drop landed on The Sonnet House. Guests mingled between the house, chapel, and the beautiful outside courtyard. We loved how everyone was able to travel around the whole property and enjoy the night air. Kim and Dan, we had an amazing day with you and your guests! We're so thankful to have met you and been able to capture your wedding day for y'all. Wishing you guys all the best (and please come back and visit us!)

Photography: Sweet Julep Photography // Venue: The Sonnet House // Bride's Dress: BHLDN // Bride's Shoes: Jack Rogers // Girls' Robes: Piyama // Bridesmaids Dresses: Kennedy Blue // Flower Girls Dresses: Sweet Cottontail // Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse // Hair and Makeup Artist: Danielle Ivy // Floral: Corey Daniel Florals // Invitations: Minted // Catering: The Sonnet House // Cakes: Magnificent Cakes // Donut Favors: The Heavenly Donut Truck // DJ: Metropolitan DJ // Transportation: Over the Mountain // Film Scans: Indie Film Lab

Bowman Wedding // Kayla + Jonathan // Independent Presbyterian Church // Inverness Country Club // Birmingham, AL

We have truly lucked out this spring. This was only our fourth wedding of 2016, and with each new wedding day that we shoot, we swear the weddings just keep getting prettier and prettier. Kayla is one of our most stylish brides for sure! Don't remember? Maybe their engagement session will jog your memory! That hat...those leather pants...her candy red blazer...the Birmingham skyline... They were a dream come true! And the crazy thing was, that was a January day. If they got that beautiful of day in mid-January, then there should've been so surprise to us when the sun was shining extra warm and bright on their April wedding day! Good weather must follow wherever they go.

The day we met Kayla for her initial consultation, her dad came along, which was definitely a great surprise! We meet lots of moms and the occasional friend or MOH, but a dad was a first. We loved meeting Gary, and after talking with them, we realized we were going to love her entire family and could not wait for her and Jonathan's big day! The morning of the wedding, we arrived at one of the bridesmaid's homes to find the girls all relaxed and sipping mimosas. Lauren's house had the perfect amount of space and gorgeous light to give the whole atmosphere just the right calmness. We loved having all the bridesmaids in the room when Kayla was getting into her gown. They brought down any nerves and instead, they added some laughter before we headed to the church for their first look. 

We had already done our own personal site visit to Independent Presbyterian after meeting with Kayla one day. We were so excited about their wedding, we just had to go check out this sanctuary! We fell in love immediately. The colors of the stained glass literally create prisms of light over the entire room. Kayla had a very specific vision for her first look in the courtyard. She wanted Jonathan to read a letter from her first, which actually brought him to tears. We were all a little surprised by this sweet show of emotion, but soon both Kayla and Jonathan were in tears as she joined him in the courtyard. The rest of the day continued in the same pattern of joyful moments as we watched them become husband and wife, and then dance the night away at Inverness Country Club. Everything was perfect with the help of Liz and Invision Events, and we're so happy that we got to join this vendor team and wonderful couple in such an amazing day!

Photography: Sweet Julep Photography // Coordination: Invision Events // Ceremony Venue: Independent Presbyterian Church // Bride's Dress: Watters // Bridal Boutique: Finery // Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay // Bridesmaids Dress Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids // Hair Stylist: Beth Russell, Morgan Ashley Studio Salon // Makeup Artist: Casey Troulias, BeraBeauty // Groom's Tux: Mr. Burch Formal Wear // Invitations: Empress Stationery // Floral: Christopher Joseph Designs // Reception Venue: Inverness Country Club // Catering: Inverness Country Club // Cake: Magic Muffins // Band: Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces // Transportation: Rob Conrad's Classic Cars // Film Scans: Indie Film Lab

Moore Wedding // Annie + Hunter // Reid Chapel, Samford University // Backyard Wedding Reception // Birmingham, AL

From our very first email with Annie, we were in love with this girl, and we were determined to make her love us, as well! She used words like romantic, playful, and natural to describe the feel that she and fiancĂ©, Hunter, wanted for their wedding day. When they said they were envisioning an "enchanted garden" reception at her landlord's home, we were all in! From the beginning, we were obsessed with this wedding day and could not wait for it to finally arrive! 

When we met Annie in person for coffee, she shared with us her engagement photos that she and Hunter had taken in Hunter's hometown of Washington, NC. We never knew that two people could be so adorable together. (You have to check those photos out here!) We were already excited about their wedding, but now knowing how precious they were in front of the camera, we could hardly wait for April 16th! And when the day arrived, they were even more adorable than we ever expected. No direction was needed as Hunter twirled, dipped, and led Annie around like they were two perfect tiny dancers in a jewelry box. It was UNREAL. 

Annie chose to get ready at her landlord's home where the reception was going to be held that evening. We had already done a walk-thru a few months prior to the day and knew that the owner was such an amazing guy. It really is no surprise that Annie became so close to this family! The property is gorgeous on its own, but they had done some beautiful landscaping just for her big day! The property along with Laurel Greene Studio's unbelievable blooms everywhere made this day a complete DREAM. We really feel that Annie's original vision was brought to life with the help of her friends, family, and vendors. We are so thankful that these two somehow found Sweet Julep and we were able to be part of their beautiful day! 

Photography: Sweet Julep Photography // Ceremony Venue: Reid Chapel, Samford University // Reception Venue: Private Residence // Bride's Shoes: Seychelles // Bride's Dress: Allure Bridals // Bridal Shop: Divine Design Formalwear // Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Bridesmaids Dress Shop: Bella Bridesmaids // Groomsmen Tuxes: Generation Tux // Florals: Laurel Greene Studio // Invitations: Minted // Calligraphy: By Arlin // Cake: Cakes by Jan // Coordination: Allison Westlake // Catering: Simply Reds Catering // Band: Total Assests // Film Scans: Indie Film Lab

Lambert Wedding // Gina + Rusty // St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church // Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church // Birmingham, AL

Most of our brides know that one of our favorite parts of the wedding day is the getting ready process. We love that time with our bride and her maids. We do a lot of observing during that part of the morning, just watching you interact with your girls. Every bride is different. Some girls are giggly the entire getting ready time, and some are more reflective and still. Gina was one that kept to herself a little bit. You could tell there was a lot going on in her head, but she'd always make sure to flash us a quick smile. Right before it was time to put on her dress though, you could tell she was excited and all smiles! 

Because the getting ready process is our favorite, we always encourage our brides to choose a location that is meaningful to them, which is why we LOVED that Gina chose to get ready at her grandfather's house. The entire home was filled to the brim with family photos and memorable keepsakes. Gina even got ready in the room that she claimed as hers as a child (you know you had one too at your grandparents' house!) In that room was actually her grandparents' very first set of bedroom furniture from when they were first married! (No wonder Gina thought she was a princess when she stayed with them. It was so perfect! The room even had a balcony.) We also loved that Gina did a first look with her dad and her grandfather separately in her grandmother's favorite sitting room. Everything had meaning. In between moments, we loved just going from room to room looking at the amazing generations after generations of family photos. 

Gina and Rusty chose not to see each other before the ceremony. If Rusty was nervous, you could not tell it one bit... Another one of our favorites things about wedding days is when the groom is just ear-to-ear with huge smiles. And that was Rusty! It was the happiest we'd ever seen him! The ceremony was just over an hour long, so we were losing sunlight pretty fast when they walked back down the aisle together as a new husband and wife! As soon as we walked through the doors to an outside courtyard, we didn't even have to give them any direction. They immediately were in each other's arms and were the cutest and sweetest we'd seen them all day. Gina and Rusty, we are so happy for you two! Congratulations on a beautiful wedding day and lifetime together! :) 

Ceremony Venue: St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church // Reception Venue: Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church // Bride's Gown: Maggie Sottero // Bridal Boutique: Bella's Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: JCPenney // Hair Stylist: Karley Campbell // Makeup Artist: Kim Allen // Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse // Bride's Tiara: Vintage // Bride's Shoes: Lauren Lorraine // Floral: FlowerArt Designs // Catering: Christian Catering // Cake: Magnificent Cakes