Being a part of Wade and Carrie's 1920's/Great Gatsby themed wedding was exciting in several ways. First and foremost, they are my good friends and I was honored to be a small part of the most important day of their lives. Second, this was my first wedding as the lead florist. Finally, their wedding was the first ever wedding at the historic Lyric Theatre!
The Lyric was built in 1914 and is the oldest theatre still standing in Birmingham. After spending decades in ruins, the theatre just came out of a full renovation and restoration. This restoration has been very dear to the hearts of many Birminghamians, so the first wedding was a huge celebration!
When Wade and Carrie finally got confirmation that they would, in fact, be having the first wedding at the Lyric, the first thing I did was introduce them to Ann Marie Leveille, of Tres Beau Weddings. Ann Marie is a wedding planner extraordinaire and I knew she was the right person to make this wedding perfect... and she didn't disappoint! Ann Marie put together an A+ team of vendors who worked together to create a truly beautiful party. Guests ate, drank, and danced the night away to big band music. Please checkout all of the awesome vendors listed in the photo below!
We went with a color palette of blush and burgundy for the flowers, and gold accents for all of the decor. Since the wedding was a 1920's/Great Gatsby theme, we knew we had to have lots of grand statement pieces, glitz, and glam!
Want some behind the scenes drama? The day before the wedding, I got a severe stomach flu. Then I gave it to my husband. Then to one of my helpers. Then to another one of my helpers. During what should have been my final designing day, I had a temperature of 103 degrees and I could barely get out of bed. Thank goodness for COMMUNITY, and more specifically, thank goodness for Tiffany Robinson of Studio Flower. I texted her from my death bed (not really, but it kind of felt like it) and asked her if she could come help me finish the arrangements. She rearranged her whole day to help out and I'm forever grateful. She lead the team on my behalf when I was too weak and my brain was too fuzzy to give direction. I love Tiffany.
Wade and Carrie's wedding was so fun and unique! They let their out-of-the-box personalities shine with details like asking their guests to attend in costume and having a live accordion player and a (nearly) life size giraffe welcoming guests on the sidewalk. Carrie is a piano teacher and she included every one of her kids in the wedding by having them play the prelude before the ceremony. The couple also paid homage to their love of film making by creating a black and white short film which played at the beginning of the ceremony. The entire evening was packed with creative expression and fun details! Now I'll let the wedding photos speak for themselves. I know you're all here for a little eye-candy. Enjoy!