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Tiny Weddings Bham

July 26, 2017

Tiny Weddings Bham

The lyrics of that Bryan Holland song keep ringing in my ear: “Itsy, bitsy, teenie weenie, yellow polka dot bikini.” I probably just like the rhyme and the use of “itsy bitsy.”  But let’s be honest, anything small is just so darn cute –  puppies, micro houses, and Frank Underwood’s civil war miniatures. (Anyone else a House of Cards fan?)  There is something so fascinating about the time and attention it takes to add detail to small things – special and delicately handled.

Tiny Weddings Bham is just that – small, of course, but handled with the utmost care by a team of the best in Birmingham. So what is it exactly? As they call it, Tiny Weddings Bham is a “pop-up wedding” or “styled elopement.” They handle the detail; you just show up. And most of all, the cost is tiny. The price generally ranges from $3,500-$4,500 depending on the venue. This is a huge price difference with the average cost of a wedding in Birmingham at $30,000.

Tiny Weddings Bham

Tiny Weddings Bham

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“We believe in memories and moments and all the tiny unforgettable things that happen in between. We believe in love and that starting your life together does not have to be complicated- but is worth celebrating and marking in a special way.”

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Tiny Weddings Bham Tiny Weddings Bham

Anny Marie Leveille, experienced wedding planner and coordinator, brought this concept to Birmingham. She and a team of vendors do it all. All you need is a killer outfit and groom (and up to 20 guests if you choose). They announce the date of the next pop-up wedding; you submit your story, and then choose your time.

The list of vendors that TWB has worked with are some of the best: The Nest, an historic Avondale space – think rustic and modern with the coolest wall as a backdrop for photos; Gold Leaf Floral; Photos by Heart; Tres Beau Weddings; and Swan Lindsey Lettering, custom invitations. (Yes, please!).

The next pop-up wedding is Oct. 22 at the Clubhouse on Highland. Visit the TWB for more detail.

Brittany Windle

Shop Talk: Engaged

May 31, 2016

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Stephanie Whitacker, own of Engaged and publisher of Birmingham’s The Perfect Wedding Guide

Situated in the quaint neighborhood of Edgewood, Engaged welcomed me with its sea-foam green walls and light touches of cream and white. Just as welcoming and warm as the room, Stephanie and Katie greeted me energetically. This dynamic duo, down-to-earth and personable, are the types you’d want to have as your best girlfriends. I felt as if I had known them for years.

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Engaged is a Wedding Library. I wasn’t familiar with the term before but intrigued with what they do. With hundreds of sources at their fingertips, Stephanie and Katie make wedding planning stress free and fun.

Stephanie Whitaker, the owner of Engaged, first began in 2007 when she left the accounting world to become the publisher of Birmingham’s Perfect Wedding Guide. This guide provides brides with a list of vendors from photographers and venues to bridal shops and florals – all the necessary elements in making that special day perfect.

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Although the guide provides the premier wedding vendors in Birmingham, Stephanie took it one step further and opened Engaged which is a store front that offers one-on-one consultations for brides. The guide and consultations are free. What’s the catch? There isn’t one!

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Katie Calhan, bridal consultant of Engaged

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Katie Calhan is one of the consultants with seven years of experience. When meeting her, it’s evident that she loves what she does. “My job is to educate brides on price points and give them the why’s and how’s on what to do. Sometimes they don’t know that Aunt Sally shouldn’t do the flowers, ” she jokes. “We help build a team to make the wedding successful and stress free,” she continues.

Katie suggests that brides should come in with a vision, but if they don’t, not to worry: “They will leave with three things no matter what: 1. A plan 2. Feeling less stressed and 3. The knowledge of the best vendors in town.”

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Engaged and The Perfect Wedding Guide host two bridal shows a year. These shows provide inspiration for brides of any style.

There will be a launch party on April 7th at 6:00 pm for the spring book edition at Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market.

Engaged should be every brides “first stop after he pops the question.”

Photo Credit: Becca Bell of 2b Photography

Article by Brittany Windle

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31 Bits: Eliminating Poverty

June 23, 2015
Sophia Bush in Gulu, Uganda and the women of 31 Bits.

Sophia Bush in Gulu, Uganda and the women of 31 Bits.

Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I saw Sophia Bush in a long, white and black checkered skirt surrounded by a group of women in Uganda. I couldn’t help but read what her latest adventure was. She was and is still visiting the women of 31 Bits. She is a part of a project that will be telling the stories of these artisans.

31 Bits is more than just a jewelry company. It is a business that was founded by five women from California who saw a way to eliminate poverty with fashion. One of the founders, Kallie Dovel, returned from a “life-changing” trip from Uganda during her senior year of college. “Kallie brought a box of the jewelry back, and we fell in love instantly. We sold the jewelry to friends and ran out within weeks. That’s when it hit us. These women had a skill, but needed a market,” the founders state in their story.

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Within a year or so of traveling back and forth and selling the jewelry, they implemented a five year development program where the women of Gulu receive health education, finance training, counseling, and business training. They knew that these women needed more than just a paycheck. “After five years in our program, the women graduate, leaving with an education, a career, social equity, confidence, and a voice.”

The beads of each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and made from recycled paper. 99% of the materials are from local markets in Eastern Africa. “All of our products are carefully crafted by hand. From the first cut of paper to stringing on the final bead, every detail was thought through. You might find tiny differences from bead to bead, but we call those the “perfect imperfections” of having a handmade product. Each piece is unique and tells a story because it was made by a real person.”

Summer Collection - the "Marrakesh" necklace

Summer Collection – the “Marrakesh” necklace

Arach Nighty grew up a child enslaved to the war traveling through Eastern Africa. She never had a chance to go to school, and didn’t think her own children would ever get to either.

Arach Nighty grew up a child enslaved to the war traveling through Eastern Africa. She never had a chance to go to school, and didn’t think her own children would ever get to either.

Sophia Bush sums it up beautifully with these words: “31 Bits was born to help rehabilitate a war-torn region. To help empower the most disadvantaged women. To return hope to families. And these amazing ladies have done it. Their stories will move you to tears, make you thankful for the sheer magic that is the human spirit, and bring so much joy into your heart that you’ll realize you’re clutching your hand to your chest just to feel it beating, and you didn’t even notice that you put it there. Being conscious of what you support, even through such simple actions as buying a bracelet or necklace for a loved one, can literally impact entire communities halfway around the world.”

Impact an entire community by supporting companies like 31 Bits. Every purchase is life-changing.

Article by Brittany Windle

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Monogram Love-Shop Memento

July 14, 2014

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As a southern girl, I am obviously obsessed with monograms. I stumbled across Shop Memento on Twitter (@shopmemento) and immediately fell in love with their monogrammed frocket tees, boot socks, clutches and practically everything they had on their website (shopmemento.com), but more importantly, I fell in love with their amazing service, Godly values and overall genuine love for their brand and customers.
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Meet my online monogram love- SHOP MEMENTO!

Memento, LLC was launched in 2007 by Terri Johnson – a woman with a dream who never settled for anything less than excellence.

Terri had a vision to offer products that represent a person’s legacy, individual taste, or, makes a unique statement about an individual’s spirit & character. It’s a timeless reminder of a special moment, person, place or time. It’s a gift that’s fun & creates smiles and laughter.

Terri Johnson-Owner

Terri Johnson-Owner


Memento, LLC began in Terri’s basement with just one commercial embroidery machine. She wore all the hats – Customer Service Representative, Production Coordinator, Shipper, Cleaner, Embroiderer, etc. By 2010, Terri had 3 embroidery machines was able to hire seasonal helpers during Christmas and the peak seasons. In August 2011, she hired her first full time employee. In April of 2012, she moved into her first commercial space and began the Greek life branch of Memento, Greek Life Girl. Now in June of 2014, Terri is in a 5000 sq ft commercial space with 11 employees.

Perfect for summer!

Perfect for summer!


Terri continues to strive to provide each and every customer with outstanding customer service, a personalized online shopping experience, and a variety of unique products which you can only find at Memento.

“Your spark, passion, and drive is a song only you can write, If you don’t play it the world can’t hear it.” -Terri Johnson, TJD

Check Shop Memento out on Twitter, Instagram and online! You won’t be disappointed!
@shopmemento
www.shopmemento.com

Brynlea Cunniff

Boutique Feature: bevello

June 30, 2014

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Founded 2009 in the ever-so charming Raleigh, NC, bevello was born (it’s spelled with a lowercase b). With the influence of the word “bella” (meaning beautiful in Italian) and “love”, bevello captures the essence of what every woman lives for-beauty and love! Dedicated to providing a unique shopping experience, bevello is bound to shine.

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Deservedly, bevello boutique is growing rapidly! They are up to 23 stores nationwide, and I can see why. I just need to say-I am in LOVE. Something that draws me in is the genuine customer service, the charm of the store, the VIP Rewards program and of course, the amazing collection of clothing and accessories!

With every price point for every type of woman, this boutique brings southern style to the everyday woman.

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French Connection

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DV by Dolce Vita


The brands they carry are my absolute favorites from French Connection to Lilly Pulitzer to Loren Hope to DV by Dolce Vita. It’s a melting pot of fabulousness! The buyers for bevello obviously know what’s hot, loveable, wearable and fashionable. I have yet to see a piece in the store that I did not like. Often with boutiques, you pay for really cute clothes that lack in quality. With bevello, you get that unique boutique experience, wonderful clothing and you are buying brands that everyone knows and loves.

Casual Friday

Casual Friday

Loren Hope

Loren Hope

Find a store near you at http://locations.bevello.com/locations or shop online at bevello.com! You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @bevello! Ciao, bellas!

Brynlea Cunniff

Etsy Store Obsession

June 23, 2014

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Meet Mrs. SassaFrass! I stumbled upon this crafting princess on Twitter since she was one of my followers ( follow her @sassa_frass_). I immediately became obsessed with her precious wreaths, hand-painted monogram wall decor, Lilly Pulitzer inspired paintings & unique crafts. She truly is talented and is staying quite busy these days with orders through her Etsy store, Sassa Frass Home Decor. I hope you check her out and order something for yourself, a friend, a wedding gift…the perfect, specialized gift!
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A Little About Mrs. SassaFrass:
“A little about me: I’m a 21 year old working wife and step mom who needed some kind of hobby to do on the side and a way of sprucing up the boring bachelor pad that I moved into when I married my husband. I never knew I had any crafting ability but somehow I was wrong. There’s something so rewarding about being able to make things that people love!! I love crafting because it’s a wonderful stress relief for me, a way to show my creativity and make things that people love in the meantime!”

Check out her Etsy store at www.etsy.com/SassaFrassHomeDecor
Fnd her on Facebook!
Email her at sassafrasshomedecor@gmail.com
Follow her @sassa_frass_

Brynlea Cunniff
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Play That Funky Music

January 2, 2014

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Whoever said teachers aren’t cool or adventurous was completely wrong! Two teachers from Texas decided to venture out of the classroom and spin some records as a side business. Little did they know that there venture would take off and become such a success! And take it from me, they are awesome! How do I know? They were the DJs for my wedding-from the music to the lighting, my reception was perfection! Here’s there story!

Laura Mayfield: “Jason and I met in college at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. He came to Wayland from Wichita Falls, and I came to Wayland from Pueblo, Colorado. We were actually laughing because we literally started talking about marriage the first week we met. Jason was a music major and I was an education major.  Jason was a music minister at a small church and started collecting PA speakers and sound equipment for his praise band. It wasn’t for a couple years when we were teachers that we started to DJ. It was honestly not intentional, the high school where we were teacher needed a DJ for a school dance and Jason had the equipment. I DJed because I have been a music collector since I was a small child. Somehow it just clicked…

Over the past 11 years (we have been married 12, almost 13 years) in business God has blessed our company in the most unbelievable ways. We have been lucky enough to work with some we amazing couples. For me, (Laura) I still moved by each couple I work with. As crazy as it sounds, I am moved that in this day and age, with divorce as high as it is, I am always moved when two people find each other and make that commitment to one another. We work very closely with out couples to give them their special day, that often after the wedding we are blessed to call so many of our clients friends. That is so special to us.

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The best part about or business is that we do it together. Jason is the host and I work with our couples to make sure that when I DJ it is a reflection of their unique style. We have two little girls and we love that we are able to provide for them by doing something that we both love so much. It really is our business that we build from the ground up. After the new year we are really excited because our business is going to be making some awesome new changes. First, we will be expanding and as a result we will have a new take on our old name. We will become Mayfield Events. (This is so that we can now take on Day of Coordination, custom lighting, concert sound rentals and DJing.) The other things we are thrilled about is that we have been named 2014 Best of Wedding by TheKnot.com. This award named us among the top 8 wedding DJs in the DFW area, and most importantly, it was something that we were rated on based on our service to our previous brides.”

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We hope that this story inspires you. No matter what you are doing at this moment, what your occupation is or how far away your dream may seem to be, always know that with a desire and hard work, anything is possible. So what are you waiting for?

In Texas? Need a DJ? Contact Laura and Jason at www.mayfieldaudio.com

Brynlea Cunniff

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