The Couple: Sarah and Dave
The Wedding: 11.17.12 – The Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama
The Photographer: Kellie Kano Photography
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Sarah and Dave: Perfect, Honest, Fanciful.
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Sarah and Dave: I love simple elegance and wanted that to be conveyed through every detail of the wedding. We chose to compliment the beautiful location with some of our favorite decorative elements: burlap, mercury glass, moss, twigs, and Italian lighting. The intimate ceremony took place under a huge live oak tree with Spanish moss draped from every branch. Although our reception took place in a ballroom, we wanted our guests to feel as though we were in a courtyard instead of between four walls. Our florist did just that by incorporating all of our decorative elements. We had various shapes and sizes of tables with alternating centerpieces to add dimension to the room. But the biggest contributor to having that courtyard feel was the three large king tables centered in the room. The florist resurrected burlap and twig posts on each corner of the table, where Italian lights were draped. Sitting tall on each table was mixed candlelight and candelabras topped with robust arrangements of peonies, hydrangeas, and roses. It was simply magical.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Sarah and Dave: It was extremely important to both of us to keep our wedding small and intimate – to be surrounded with family and friends who are the most important in our lives. We wanted to keep the meaning of marriage and significance of a wedding at the forefront of all of our plans. We wanted to provide opportunities for our family and friends to get to know each other throughout the weekend’s events, so we all felt as one group vs. the bride’s side and the groom’s side. This idea was captured on a wooden sign staked in the ground at the ceremony saying “Today, two families become one. Pick a seat, not a side.” The Grand Hotel is a beautiful property that sits on Mobile Bay. It comes as a surprise to many people not from here because you do not feel like you are in Alabama. Dave grew up in Mobile, so this made us feel a greater connection to having it here vs. somewhere else. We kept every event on property – rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception – to try and make it more enjoyable for our guests.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Kellie Kano Photography and her imagery?
Sarah and Dave: Photography was at the top of our list of importance. We had a very specific type of photographer that we wanted and when we came upon Kellie Kano, it was a match made in heaven. I was in awe when I looked through Kellie’s website and saw the most incredible moments that she captured through her lens. The write-ups she had to go along with each couple really touched me – I could tell that she truly cared about the people she photographed. When I first talked to Kellie on the phone, there was an instant connection. I could tell that she was not as interested in just taking pictures, rather telling a story through the photographs…and that is exactly what we wanted.
Congratulations, Sarah and Dave! Visit Kellie Kano Photography’s blog to experience more of her creative and romantic wedding photography.
The Wedding Team:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Grand Hotel
Videographer: Lifehouse Wedding Films – see Sarah and Dave’s video here
Officiant: Conrad Sharps
Invitation Designer: Mary Virginia Baugh of Mariée Ami
Calligraphy: Avivi Behel
Catering: The Grand Hotel
Florist: Cleveland the Florist