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All writing samples are taken from Real Wedding blogs that I wrote for Heidi Elnora Atelier. To see more, click here!


Victoria & Holden

Victoria and Holden’s stunning garden wedding is truly what modern brides’ dreams are made of. Greenville wedding planner Ally Stein arranged an elegant outdoor wedding ceremony at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens where the couple exchanged vows.

Victoria’s bridesmaids started their day in matching pink silk bridesmaids pajamas, while the bride wore a personalized white silk bride pajamas inscribed with her new last name. Experienced makeup artist Makeup By Corey gave Victoria a glam bridal makeup look to go with her long loose curled wedding hairstyle that Hunter Fielder with Society Salon styled.   

When Victoria came to Heidi Elnora Atelier, she knew she wanted a unique wedding dress for a truly one-of-a-kind wedding look. The bride hand-picked every aspect of her custom wedding dress, starting with the deep V-neckline and spaghetti strap bodice of our Breeze Darling lace wedding dress. She chose to customize the back to a deep V-back with an organic lace edge. The skirt from our lace mermaid wedding dress Shelby Rae was the perfect choice to pair with the top. Victoria customized her dress even further by choosing to add a stunning sparkly lace amidst the layers. Our couture brides love the custom experience of getting to work with our team of fashion designers; Victoria was able to personally select the lace for her wedding dress from our unique selection of high quality fabrics we source from across the world.

The true showstopping element of Victoria’s bridal look was her custom lace bridal capelet. This shortened version of our Christina Cape features a spectacular embellished lace that mimics the sweetheart neckline of Victoria’s wedding dress and drapes around the shoulders to the back of the capelet. Victoria chose to customize her wedding cape by shortening it and creating a cowl draped back to make the look her own. Her couture wedding dress was completed by adding a dramatic cathedral veil with a custom organic lace border that perfectly matched the lace on her chapel length train wedding dress. 

During the ceremony, Victoria walked down a rose petal covered aisle to meet her groom. Grand floral arrangements from Laurel & Sage Florals adorned the altar cross and were highlighted by the blush pink satin bridesmaid slip dresses. The couple shared a kiss in a vintage white convertible with red interior before heading to their reception.

Following the ceremony, Victoria and Holden had a fun-filled reception with music and dancing. Victoria pulled her hair back into a bridal ponytail and removed her cape for the reception for a two-in-one wedding dress look. The buffet-style reception dinner was followed by a pink and white floral tiered wedding cake and an Alabama themed groom’s cake. Our designer Heidi Elnora sketched Victoria’s custom wedding dress, which she proudly displayed at the reception. Videographer Awaken Films captured the choreographed bridal party dance that the bride and her bridesmaids performed for her new groom, and Huntsville wedding photographer Madison Martin photographed every exciting moment.

We adored working with Victoria to help her design a one-of-a-kind custom wedding dress for her special day. She made the most beautiful bride, and we wish her and Holden the best as they begin their lives together!

Hayley & Erik

The authenticity of Hayley and Erik’s love for each other was unmistakable at their July garden wedding! Birmingham Botanical Gardens was the perfect summer wedding venue for their intimate wedding. The spirit of their modern boho wedding day was elegantly curated by Birmingham wedding planner Leveille Creative Co.

Hayley shared a special morning with her bridesmaids getting ready in a cozy family home. She showcased her refined beauty with natural glam bridal makeup done by Cosmetics by Mackenzie and a curled half up half down bridal hair style by Perfectly Undone Beauty. Along with her stunning vintage wedding ring from Trumpet & Horn, Hayley accessorized with a pair of gold Loeffler Randall heels. Her bridesmaids each wore unique floral print bridesmaids dresses, and the groom sported attire from Suit Supply.

Hayley worked with our designer Heidi to create her minimalist wedding dress. She started with the May May Cates crepe wedding dress from our Build-a-Bride collection and customized it with a small waistband. This cowl back wedding dress was a showstopper as she walked down the aisle. She chose Diane’s Reweaving Alterations for her wedding dress alterations to make sure her dress was perfectly fitted for her. To complete her look, Hayley chose our chapel length Rae Veil. This Alencon lace trimmed wedding veil beautifully complemented her wedding look.  

Hayley and Erik’s ceremony venue was filled with vibrant floral arrangements by Laurel and Sage Florals. These unique flower arrangements tied back into the imagery used on their invitations by Party Sally. A vintage photo wall of past family weddings added a sentimental and personal touch. Their joy-filled ceremony was accompanied by ceremony music from Music Excursions.

Following the couple’s intimate ceremony, guests headed to the Ireland Room at the Gardens for the wedding reception. The reception decorations from Decor 2 Adore and PropHouse Birmingham tied in colors and elements from the wedding ceremony floral arrangements. This buffet-style wedding reception, catered by Kathy G & Co., included a decadent array of food, followed by a modern tiered wedding cake from local bakery Magic Muffins. The couple and guests danced the night away while reception band The Negotiators kept them on the dance floor. Birmingham wedding photographer Oh Honey Photos perfectly captured the energy and excitement of the reception. Guests were treated to a late night wedding snack from Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co. before the bride and groom’s streamer send-off.

We are so happy for Hayley and Erik and are thrilled that we could be part of their celebration! We wish the best to the happy couple!

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