Molly & Chad | Canterbury United Methodist Church & Family’s Private Home

Molly & Chad | Canterbury United Methodist Church & Family’s Private Home

If a word was used to describe Molly & Chad’s wedding day, only one word would suffice: detailed. Molly’s family, long time customers of Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, hired Birmingham wedding planner Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events to coordinate her details and believe us, there were plenty! Molly also hired one of our favorite photographers, Kelly Cummings of Spindle Photography. Kelly is wonderful for many reasons, but from our stand point she always gets the fine points, and we believe photographs flowers especially well.

Molly’s bouquet was a traditional hand-tied bouquet comprised of cream garden roses, Sahara roses {a soft pink/champagne/light peach colored rose available year-round}, soft pink spray roses, and dusty miller and was wrapped in ivory ribbon.

Her two flower girls wore hair wreaths made up of several shades of soft pink, ivory, and white spray roses with ivory ribbon. Each girl also carried a tussie mussie {a Victorian-style bouquet where a small group of flowers is placed in a metal vase specifically designed to be carried} which was hand engraved with their monograms. We think they looked like angels.

The most important ladies of Molly’s life carried clutch bouquets in a soft pallette of antique green hydrangea, Sahara roses, soft pink garden roses, soft pink sweetheart roses, pink ranunculas, peach garden roses, dusty miller and scabiosa pods. The stems were finished in ivory ribbon with natural twine wrapped from the base of the blooms to the end of the stems. The contrast of the blush flowers against the deep charcoal of their dresses was stunning.

Chad and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres made from Sahara Roses with a dusty miller accent, wrapped in natural twine.

The children of the wedding led the way with a hand painted sign which read ‘Here Comes the Bride”.

Molly had Birmingham calligrapher and designer Allison Banks create a custom monogram which was used throughout the wedding, from save the dates, invitations, koozies, napkins, and more! For Molly’s invitation she chose a beautiful design which incorporated the monogram on the velum overlay.

One thing many brides don’t realize until it is time to plan their wedding is how many details go into it. And I don’t mean just the pretty details such as monograms, koozies, and natural twine being incorporated into different aspects of the wedding. I mean vendors, schedule coordination, and in the case of Molly’s wedding: a team of vendors and tons of schedule coordination!

When guests arrived at the family’s home for the reception, they parked off site and were shuttled by Rare Transportation to the home. A marvelous clear top tent had been installed by Event Rentals Unlimited and housed guest seating as well as the band and one of the bars. Wooden barrels from Morgan Creek Winery were brought in to supplement as additional hi-boy tables. One of Birmingham’s best lighting companies, Design Productions, installed ambient lighting on the landscape as well as trussing that allowed for a canopy of lights across the driveway.

The entrance to the home was draped with a garland of greenery and badges of coordinating flowers while the windows were outfitted with multiple glass vases of alternating sizes containing single blooms.

The bridal cake, created by Edgar’s Bakery, was tiered with a brushed stucco design which had a cascade of cream garden roses from the top to the bottom. Behind the cake on the mantle was a large arrangment also in the wedding colors with green hanging amaranthus and bells of Ireland.

Catering, provided by The Happy Catering Company, was southern comfort food and was served on the family dining table. Mix matched vintage china was brought in from Birmingham rental company, Market 46, located in Crestline.

Table centerpieces ranged from repurposed bridesmaid’s bouquets, to julep cups with tied bouquets of flowers, and mason jars with a variety of soft garden blooms. Table linens were provided by Décor to Adore of Birmingham. Several linens were used: a platinum pintuck as well as a classic ivory linen with natural burlap overlay.

Guest tables located on the upper deck of the home used three bridesmaids bouquets each along with votive candles to set a romantic tone to the reception.

The upper deck overlooked the garden, terrace, and lake. Design Productions created another canopy of lights over the estate tables. Mahogany chiavari chairs were also brought in from Event Rentals Unlimited. For the estate tables, the family used their own vintage blue Ball jars for centerpieces. Designer Alan Townsend created a lush garden look by incorporating the wedding flowers along with antique green hydrangea, white hydrangea, green hanging amaranthus, astilbe, snap dragons, scabiosa pods, cream sweetheart roses, and more. Tea light candles were added while the lids of the Ball jars served as candle holders.

Similarly tied bouquets were used for guest tables located on the lower patio and in an area located near the band area and garden.

Within the tent and band area, Design Productions outdid themselves by bringing in vintage hanging lights hung at multiple heights. Against the clear top tent (which reflected the lights beautifully), it created quite possibly the best looking tent we’ve ever seen. The tables in this area were topped with clear Mason jars with clusters of flowers within the wedding tones as well as votive candles.

All in all this wedding was spectacular and beautiful! It was expertly planned, as always, by M. Elizabeth Events, and the effort paid off. We urge you to check out all of the vendors involved as well as invite you to see more photos from this wedding on our Facebook page (link located at the bottom of this post). Congratulations to the beautiful couple and we wish you sincere happiness in your future endeavors!


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