Birmingham Wedding Experts & Resources

Handley Breaux

Photography by Leslie Hollingsworth

From planners and production to talents in florals, food, and photography, Birmingham boasts an impressive list of exceptional wedding experts to execute your fairytale affair. Whether your partner is dropping hints that they are about to pop the question or wedding bells are already ringing, wherever you are in the planning process, we’ve Scouted the best-of-the-best to handle your every wedding want and need!


PLANNERS


Mariee Ami

Photography by Elizabeth Lanier

HANDLEY BREAUX DESIGNS

SCOUTED | 9 Office Park Cir | @handleybreauxdesigns | For couples looking for a passionate planner with a talent for bringing wedding visions to life in the most spectacular way, look no further than Handley Breaux Designs. Helmed by event planner and designer, Handley McCrory Smith, past clients praise her and her team’s creativity, knowledge, and ability to handle every detail with grace and ease. With Handley Breaux Designs by your side, you can rest assured that your day will be nothing short of perfect.

MARIÉE AMI WEDDING PLANNING STUDIO

VOLUME 6 MEMBER | 813 Shades Creek Pkwy | @mariee_ami | Equipped with an expert team and a lengthy network of high-end resources, Mariee Ami fully immerses themselves in every aspect of your wedding planning process to ensure every want and need of your big day. From elegant hometown affairs to destination celebrations, they are excellent for flawless weddings of all styles and scales in Birmingham and beyond! Read our exclusive interview with Mariee Ami…


VENUES


Marigold Designs, Handley Breaux

Photography by Brittany Sturdivant

BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

SCOUTED | 2612 Lane Park Rd |@bbgardens | A true urban paradise, Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers 67 awe-inspiring acres of possibilities for planning your big day. At the intersection of serene, elegant, and garden-chic, this Birmingham gem is unlike any other venue offering beautiful blooms, magical specialty gardens, and beautifully landscaped terraces as the sophisticated backdrop for your idyllic al fresco affair. They also offer three event suites for any indoor setting needs.

OVENBIRD

VOLUME 6 MEMBER | 2810 3rd Ave S | @ovenbirdrestaurant | For those looking for a sleek indoor/outdoor setting that is the ideal combination of rustic charm and modern design, OvenBird offers just that and more. Both spacious and versatile, this beautiful restaurant maintains an elegant, intimate ambiance for celebrations of 10 to 200. While they offer a variety of attractive spaces, it’s their main dining room in particular that poses the perfect epicenter of your reception from the long marble bar and floor to ceiling doors that expand the party under the twinkling lights of the scenic garden.

SHOPPE

SCOUTED| 3815 Clairmont Ave |@shoppebham | While Shoppe might be a lush garden oasis for cultivating your green thumb, it also doubles as a picturesque wonderland for your wedding or any pre-wedding events. Whether you choose to begin your wedding bliss in the ethereal greenhouse where your guests can seamlessly transition to cocktail hour in the garden or opt for an intimate rehearsal dinner under the warm glow of the hanging lights and among the greenery, Shoppe guarantees an occasion as magical as it is memorable.

PURSELL FARMS

1386 Talladega Springs Road | @pursellfarms | At Pursell Farms, storybook settings, 5-star service, and elevated southern hospitality are a way of life. Their beautifully designed venues are framed by elegant gardens, 100-year-old trees and plush lawns that spill to the edge of a sparkling lake. These backdrops and their seasonal beauty offer an array of unique possibilities for staging the perfect wedding ceremony and reception.

THE FARRELL

2719 19th Street South | @2719thefarrell | Established in 2022, The Farrell is a gorgeous event space designed by Architect Paul Bates and Interior Designer Melanie Pounds. With a 3,200 square feet main hall, two private suites, a European courtyard and a caterer’s dream prep room, The Farrell is the perfect venue for friends, family and guests to be able to share and celebrate life’s greatest moments.

SHOAL CREEK CLUB

100 New Williamsburg Dr, Shoal Creek | @shoalcreekclub | Nested within the peaceful Dunnavant Valley, Shoal Creek Club embodies the best of Southern elegance and sophisticated draws. Inside the gorgeous Georgian mansion, antiques and luxurious finishes accentuate every space, while just outside, the beautiful lawn sits shaded by towering Southern pines with the picturesque golf course stretched out before it, setting the stage for the perfect wedding day.

MOUNTAIN BROOK CLUB

19 Beechwood Rd | @mountain_brook_club | An atmosphere combining exquisite antebellum architecture and genuine Southern hospitality backdropped by rolling green hills of a meticulously manicured golf course, Mountain Brook Club is idyllic. Stylish and timeless, the atmosphere offers both indoor and outdoor options so whether you want to say your vows overlooking the golf course, dance the night away under the stars, or gather for cocktail hour in the charming main house, this scenic site will help make the occasion memorable.

THE CLUB

1 Robert S Smith Dr | @theclubbham | A premier wedding destination in Birmingham for their wonderful ability to custom-design every detail for the most effortless, and unforgettable of events, this historic venue is an elite location to tie the knot. Here, guests will be whisked away into jazz-age elegance with modern glamorous charm highlighted by sparkling skyline views, refined dining, and a multitude of versatile spaces. For weddings with extravagant appeal, look no further.

THE COUNTRY CLUB OF BIRMINGHAM

3325 Country Club Rd | @thecountryclubofbirmingham | Situated on the sprawling grounds of a beautiful green golf course, The Country Club of Birmingham is the quintessential setting for a Southern wedding affair. In addition to the serene lawn that is the ideal for ceremonies or alfresco tented receptions, the grand stonework mansion houses light-filled indoor areas complete with coffered ceilings and elegant wainscoting, offering even more space for your dazzling affair to unfold.


CATERING & CAKES


Hastings Catering

Photography by Rob and Wynter Ingram

HASTINGS CATERING

@hastingscatering | For extraordinary dining worthy of your big day – or any of the events leading up to it – Hastings Catering holds a reputation for exceeding expectations in both excellent food and impeccable service. From the duo behind Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird, James Beard Best Chef in the South, Chris Hastings and his wife Idie, Hastings Catering specialize in Southern-inspired, sophisticated fare highlighted by seasonality. Each menu is highly-customized and guaranteed to wow both you and your guests.

TRE LUNA CATERING

2513 5th Ave S | @trelunacatering | For over twenty years, Tre Luna Catering has added an unforgettable touch to extraordinary occasions through crowd-pleasing, gourmet cuisine. From extravagant rehearsal dinner spreads to sophisticated seated reception dinners, Tre Luna delivers fine dining for each course from hors d’oeuvres through desert. We also highly recommend them as an incredible breakfast/brunch option to tie over your wedding party on the morning of the big day!

DAUGHTERS BAKING

2812 Cahaba Road | @daughtersbaking | Daughters Baking is a boutique cake business in Mountain Brook known for their “naked” cakes and various other delicious products! They add a fun and playful spin to the traditional style of cakes with beautifully exposed edges and colorful contrasting layers of delicious filling.

BARB’S CAKES

@barbs_cakes | An award-winning cake designer, confectionery artist, and esteemed member of the International Cake Exploration Society, Barb Sullivan of Barb’s Cakes is internationally renowned for crafting dream wedding cakes that dazzle in both taste and design. Whether you envision a multi-tier with fresh florals, intricate sugar work, or a themed grooms cake, Barb’s Cakes delivers delicious works of art.


TRANSPORTATION


Dream Drives Birmingham

Photography by Eric and Jamie Photography

DREAM DRIVES

SCOUTED | @dreamdrivesbhm | Founded by Layne McDougal, Dream Drives is a vintage and classic car transportation service for weddings, special occasions, photo shoots, and films. Layne’s love of classic cars shifted into high gear when her son was planning to marry. She saw an opportunity to be a part of the wedding community and with the support of her husband Prince, she purchased her first car – the 1951 Packard convertible known as Ruby!


FLORALS


Kathleen Varner

Photography by Bryan Johnson Studio

KATHLEEN VARNER

SCOUTED | @kathleen_varner | Kathleen Varner’s floral designs are highly-customized, offering a timeless garden style with a loosely modern edge to seamlessly compliment your wedding aesthetic. From bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and show-stopping floral installations to table-top topiaries and lush overhead greenery, each exquisite arrangement and distinctly designed floral display is nothing short of stunning.

MARIGOLD DESIGNS

SCOUTED | @marigolddesign | A highly-coveted Birmingham resource for breathtaking blooms, Marigold Designs is a must for artfully-designed arrangements that will amplify the ambiance on your big day. Whether you prefer soft and sophisticated or bright and bold, Mary Cox Brown and her Marigold team intentionally tailor each bouquet and floral display to wonderfully encapsulate your wedding vision.

WILD THINGS

SCOUTED | @wild.things.flowers | Wild Things arrangements are individually unique, with a garden-style aesthetic that embraces the natural beauty of each flower, imperfections and all! Wild Things is woman-owned and operated. Their mission is to collaboratively work with each client in order to craft an experience that stirs the heart, creates a mood & tells a story. With imagination and technique, they weave every petal, frond and vine into the next chapter.


RENTALS & VENDORS


Photography Be Light Photography

CELEBRATE!

SCOUTED | 1743 Reese St | @celebratebirmingham | Ultra-chic and always festive, Celebrate! is a must for beautiful luxury balloon decor to make your wedding or pre-wedding parties pop. In addition to their custom balloon installations like engagement party backdrops and bridal brunch bouquets, we love them for their plethora of bachelorette party-approved supplies like custom banners, drinkware, cocktail napkins, and fun extras like Prosecco Pong!

EVENTWORKS

201 Distribution Dr |@eventworksrentals | The largest event rental provider in the southeast, Eventworks has mastered the art of entertaining by creating events that continue to be talked about. With access to a wide variety of decor and furnishings to compliment any aesthetic, Eventworks proves absolute pros at curating beautiful bridal atmospheres of all scales. Ceremony seating? Cocktail hour high-top tables? Reception tablescapes? Climate-controlled tents? Look no further.

PROPHOUSE 

89 Robert Jemison Rd |@prophousebirmingham | Trend-forward and always high-quality, this boutique rental company has just about every decor element and furniture piece you could possibly need for bringing your unique wedding vision to life. Their 30,000 sq ft. showroom space houses an inspiring inventory of hand-selected, curated collections to fit truly every style and taste. Have something super specific in mind? They even offer custom-build services!


PHOTOGRAPHERS


RACHEL AND NOAH RAY

@rachelandnoahraye | For beautiful wedding photography that steps away from the stereotypical, husband and wife duo, Rachel and Noah Ray, are talented artists who specialize in exquisite imagery that captures both the atmosphere and emotion of the special day. They’ll float around getting the expected shots while mixing in priceless, unposed moments, resulting in exceptional photographs that will stand the test of time. Check out our editor Rebecca’s wedding day shot by Rachel and Noah here! “Working with Rachel and Noah was a gift. We will remember exactly how we felt on our wedding day for the rest of our lives because of them.” – Rebecca Stewart

BRYAN JOHNSON STUDIO

@abryanphoto | Bryan Johnson is a Birmingham based photographer that tells stories and captures life! His quest is to capture what makes you interesting. This happens by keeping his crew small & letting things unfold naturally. It happens by looking for moments that live outside of their pre-planned shot list. It happens by waiting and watching. By exploring the interesting, his clients often end up with some truly magical images.

BRITTANY STURDIVANT

@brittany.sturdivant | Brittany is committed to documenting love, in all its forms, across all cultures, and supporting all communities. Having spent most of a decade photographing weddings, families, and other momentous occasions, she is skilled at predicting and capturing moments, reading people, and smoothly navigating a wedding day even though no two are ever the same. She creates photographs that allow you to look back on the emotions, relationships, and love that are uniquely known and felt by you. And to preserve those bonds and those feelings.

LESLIE HOLLINGSWORTH

@lesliehollingsworthphoto | From the sweet, sentimental moments to the whirlwind excitement, Leslie Hollingsworth is a fine art wedding photographer who has a talent for capturing the magic and authenticity of occasion. Past clients say she is an absolute joy to work with, praising her ability to put couples at ease in front of the camera and her expertise at delivering classically beautiful photographs.


STATIONARY SUITE


Photography by Michelle Scott

DOGWOOD HILL

SCOUTED | @dogwood.hill | Dogwood Hill specializes in semi-custom stationery and wedding suites for discerning clients looking for luxurious, artfully-driven paper products without the high price tag and long production times. A collaboration of more than 30 artists and their fabulous in-house graphic design team, their distinctive collection caters to every style, sensibility, and color scheme from delicate save the dates to illustrated invitations, and every wedding stationary need in between.

PAPER ELIZA

SCOUTED | @paperfromeliza | Paper Eliza is known for its gorgeous custom wedding paper that tells a story almost as beautiful as your love story itself. Eliza can create anything from a custom wedding crest to your save the dates to your entire paper suite. Each piece will highlight your personality and set the tone for your special day.

THE SCRIBBLER

VOLUME 6 MEMBER | @scribblerpink | Ginny at The Scribbler creates beautiful and timeless suites for your wedding day! From save the dates and welcome party invites to koozies and cups for the day of, she makes sure no detail is missed, while maintaining coherence and staying true to her brides!

BESS BOOTH DESIGN AND CALLIGRAPHY

VOLUME 6 MEMBER | @bessboothcalligraphy | Bess Booth can bring any wedding suite to life. With her gorgeous calligraphy and hand lettering, she adds the special finishing touches to your most special day. From addressing envelopes to creating the invitation itself, she works with each bride to create something unique!


GIFTING & REGISTRY


From homeware and decor to kitchen essentials, fine linens, and every want and need in between, Birmingham boasts fabulous shops for brides and grooms-to-be to register for everything they need for successful homemaking and entertaining. For our list of favorites, refer to our list of registry experts. Birmingham’s Registry Guide…


BACHELORETTE PARTY PLANNING


Photography by Maddie Sullivan

AMI À VIE

@ami.a.vie | Ami à Vie specializes in customized bachelorette fêtes with one-of-a-kind, luxe gifts crafted with care – think your ultimate fantasy bachelorette party Pinterest board come to life. From gifting suites and look books to the actual party, every facet of your special occasion is curated to perfection for the most sophisticated and stress-free celebrations surrounded by your closest friends.


BRIDAL PARTY PRIMPING


Photography by The Film Collective

CELINE RUSSEL

@celine.russell | If you are looking for extreme talent and true expertise in makeup artistry and hair for your wedding day glam, look no further than Celine Russel. A master in the industry who often lends her talents to major editorials, she is an authority on gorgeous looks that translate beautifully both on-camera and in person. Her bridal style is glowy, fresh, and naturally glamorous for a look that is practically the very definition of blushing bride. She books up months in advance so don’t delay reserving her for your big day!

LOUISE ROBERSTON

@louiserobertson.hmua | An artist in both bridal makeup and hair, Louise Robertson’s style is soft, fresh, and glowy with the slightest touch of glamour for an effortless look that highlights your natural features while making you feel like most beautiful version of you. From flushed cheeks, pinky-nude pouts, and sparkling eyes to stylish, sleek buns, softy curled tresses, and bouncy blowouts, she is an absolute expert at breath-taking bridal looks.

KERRI BUNN

@kerribunn | Kerri Bunn is an amazing makeup artist in Birmingham that grew up in the industry. She knew from early on that beauty came from within, and that we each have a unique way of expressing it. Because of that background, makeup became a second language to her and she made a career of it!

GLOW BY GABBY

@glowbygabby_ | Glow by Gabby came out of a desire to enhance and inspire. Their goal is to encourage women that just a simple spray tan can incite the confidence to do things you’ve never done before, wear things you’ve never worn before, and remind yourself that the body you’ve been blessed with is beyond beautiful! We seek to bring out your best self so that you truly GLOW Inside and Out!

VERDE LUSSO

SCOUTED | 2004 Cahaba Road | @verdelussocleanbeauty | Verde Lusso is a luxury clean beauty and wellness shop offering clean beauty you can feel good about. Over the years it has expanded into a full-fledged clean beauty retailer, curating the top brands and products in clean beauty, including skincare, make-up, hair-care, wellness, and lifestyle. Perfect to stock up on all of your beauty needs before engagement shoots, bachelorette parties and your wedding day!

GUNN DERMATOLOGY 

SCOUTED | 391 Rele Street + 32 Church Street | @gunndermatology | Feel your best on the big day with the help of Gunn Dermatology – they are here to make you feel beautiful and confident in your own skin! They offer several packages to help prep your skin during your wedding season!


WEDDING WARDROBE


Styled By MG

ETC…

SCOUTED | 2726 Cahaba Rd |@shopetcjewelry | A longtime staple for Birmingham’s most stylish residents, Etc… is a premier destination for one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, and accessories for your bachelorette weekend, rehearsal dinner, or honeymoon. Drop in for sparkling adornments from Jenna Black and Sorrelina, designer luxuries like Golden Goose and vintage Louis Vuitton, plus a well-edited assortment of unique apparel in a variety of styles.

LE WEEKEND

SCOUTED | 1917 Cahaba Rd | @leweekendstudio | Every piece in this English Village shop was selected to embody the free spirit and laid-back ease of the weekend. In other words, this is the spot for assembling a fresh bridesmaids luncheon look or an irresistible honeymoon wardrobe that exudes cool girl chic. Shop everything you need to take you from day to night while on destination including resort wear, elevated basics, flirty frocks, plus plenty of elegant evening-ready looks.

THE ATELIER

SCOUTED | 1915 Cahaba Rd | @theatelierbhm | A varietal workshop for all things beautiful, The Atelier brings together a highly stylized and exquisitely curated collection of clothing, skincare, cosmetics, and accessories. Whether you need luxurious products for getting your skin wedding-ready, high-end makeup goodies for looking fresh and glowy on your honeymoon, or a dainty dress for your rehearsal dinner, this shop covers all the bases for bridal primping and wedding wardrobe prep. And don’t forget about Mom! They have great formal wear for any MOB!

STYLED by MG

SCOUTED | @m.g._style | For clothing curation for every occasion during your wedding season, Mary Glen is an essential wardrobe resource for brides-to-be. Through every step of the styling process, Mary has a wonderful talent for making clients feel like their most beautiful, confident selves through fabulous, effortlessly chic head-to-toe looks. Need assistance assembling outfits for your honeymoon too? She offers personal shopping services too!

BENNIE + COCO

SCOUTED | 2415 Montevallo Road | @bennieandcocobham |Bennie and Coco Surf Co. opened four years ago in Charleston, but Vicki Barclay recently opened her own version of the vision in Mountain Brook. It’s for those that constantly feel the pull of the water and a more casual way of life. From nice dresses to trucker hats, Vicki aims to fill the shop with beautiful and thoughtfully made pieces that she personally love! It is the perfect spot to find a fun dress for your bachelorette party or honeymoon!

TULIPANO

SCOUTED | 230 Rele St | @tulipanoboutique | Upscale, modern, and always on-trend, this beloved Mountain Brook boutique equips brides-to-be with luxe looks for all wedding-related occasions. Boasting coveted brands like Ganni, Frame, Veronica Beard, and more, this spot is a go-to for day-to-night dresses, designer handbags, cozy cashmere, as well as cocktail and formal attire.


WEDDING DRESS


wedding dresses birmingham

Photography by Rachel and Noah Ray

IVORY AND WHITE

55 Church Street | @ivoryandwhiteboutique | Ivory & White is an intimate bridal boutique tucked away in the heart of Crestline Village. They are known for their impeccable customer service, attention to detail, and customization of dresses. Their mission is to bring the bride’s complete vision to life. From aiding in the process of finding the perfect dress to providing custom fitting and alterations, they make sure every detail is covered.

THE WHITE ROOM

2415 Canterbury Road | @thewhiteroombirmingham | The White Room is a couture bridal boutique redefining the dress shopping-experience. With over 16 years of experience, The White Room has maintained its classic and effortless reputation by offering exclusive wedding gown designers, providing in-house alterations, and offering a specially curated selection of wedding dress accessories for any bride or mother of the bride.

CARRIAGE HOUSE WEDDINGS

241 Rele Street | @carriage_house | Featuring over 200 styles by designers Sareh Nouri, Augusta Jones, Jenny Packham and more, The Carriage House team travels to New York twice a year to give Southern brides access to the worlds elite designers without leaving the southeast.


BRIDAL & ENGAGEMENT JEWELRY


studio mullins wedding rings birmingham

Photography by Jared Ladia

STUDIO MULLINS

SCOUTED@studio.mullins | In addition to being one of Birmingham’s favorite resources for one-of-a-kind engagement rings, Shelby Mullins is a multifaceted designer who boasts a small-but-mighty collection of “modern heirloom,” hand-crafted jewelry. From diamond and pearl drops to dainty chains and sparkling ring stacks, Studio Mullins offers swoon-worthy pieces that are worth the splurge. Her bespoke services are a must for those getting ready to pop the question as well as for brides needing jewelry for their big day.


HONEYMOON


the travel studio honeymoons birmingham

THE TRAVEL STUDIO

SCOUTED | 2012 Cahaba Road | @shopthetravelstudio | Plan, prep, and pack for your honeymoon all in one place! In addition to a fabulous network of luxury travel advisors who will go above and beyond when planning every little detail of your romantic vacation, you can check off a number of necessities on your honeymoon packing list from their gorgeous range of high-end, travel-related goods and gear. Think luxe luggage sets, handbags, sun hats, sarongs, and even practical items like sunscreen and silk sleep masks. Visit online and in-store…


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