Every year I take on a select number of full-service wedding planning clients. This is perfect for the client who is a busy professional and simply doesn’t have time to devote to all the needs wedding planning requires. With full wedding planning, we are there every step of the way from initial design, venue and vendor selection all the way to complete wedding day execution. We LOVED working with Danielle and Toby in to bring their vision to life. Today we’re sharing the final post of this series-  the specific details that tied this beautiful event together and showed off a little personality! See part one (the full recap) and part two (reception decor) also!


The florals

Danielle knew some flowers she liked and didn’t but was not 100% sure on all of them. In keeping with the color palette, season and budget, CeCe Designs and I determined what flowers to use. The garden is so beautiful on its own so we didn’t want to block your view of the gardens while in the space. Also, height was needed as the gazebo is quite tall and if we did something low and short there would have been a lot of negative space. The goal was to create a real focal point when guests entered and we did just that! Pro Tip: Another reason to have your centerpieces a bit taller is so guests can still see one another and chat.

Paper goods

Paper is probably my favorite part of the wedding design process. I just love good paper! Danielle had an inspiration image we used to guide our inspiration. Danielle found the website Elli for her invitation. The design was a bit modern but still keeping in traditional elements. It wasn’t a custom design suite but we gave it a custom feel with the assembly details of silk ribbon and wax seals to finish the presentation. Pro Tip: Budget twice as long as you think it will take for you to put them together. The correct order your invitation should be placed into the envelope is invitation on bottom, RSVP envelope with card tucked into flap, and details card on top. If doing wax seals, get a good hot glue gun, make sure you have ice to keep your seal cold. If possible find the pre-made seals! I promise it will save you lots of time!


Reception menu was such an experience as it always is with Kathy G! Presentation meets outstanding food always! For Danielle, & Toby, we wanted their guests to have a bit of an Alabama flair to the menu but also keep with their favorites. Guests had a choice of chicken, catfish, or steak, with catfish and steak being the most popular. Guests were served their heirloom tomato salad to start and entrees brought to the table following. Dinner is such a special experience with those you love & sharing a meal together. It’s nice to have that on your wedding day! We also did quesadillas & mini tacos as a nod to Cinco de Mayo!


Danielle and Toby’s wedding fell on Cinco de Mayo so we knew we had to add small nods to the festivities! Thinking about the season or small themes you can add in always add a little something extra for guests to enjoy. We had precious piñata cookie favors done by Icing on the Cookie and filled the dance floor with maracas and other flair from Party City!

That’s a wrap on this wonderful event!


Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Photograph: Photos by Heart

Florals: CeCe Designs

Catering: Kathy G Catering

Entertainment: Fly by Radio, Wes Goode

Rentals & Decor: 12th TableDecor to AdoreEvent Rentals Unlimited

Transportation: Rare Transportation

Cake: Edgars Baker

Beauty: Glow

Rehearsal Dinner: Galley & Garden

Cookies: Icing on the Cookie


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