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Vendors We Love: Spindle Photography

Kelly Cummings from Spindle Photography is definitely one of our favorite vendors! She is an amazing photographer located here in Birmingham! We loved working with Kelly on our 2014 ad campaign and she even photographed the wedding of our manager and bridal stylist, Molly! Every photo you see on our website was taken by Kelly - isn't she wonderful? Get to know Kelly below! Learn how she got into photography and the hobbies that she has taken up to stay creative!

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When did you decide to pursue photography?

I was actually majoring in anthropology with a focus in archaeology in college, but had been interested in photography since learning black and white film photography in high school art class. My dad owns newspapers and after spending a summer as a photojournalist for my hometown paper, I fell in love with digital photography as well. Senior year in college I volunteered for a photojournalism conference and met a wedding photographer who had switched from a major newspaper to weddings, and I started to really see photographing weddings as a potential way to combine my increasing love for photography and secret love for weddings. My husband (we were still just dating back then) encouraged me to pursue photography, and it has now been six years since the first wedding I photographed.

What is your favorite part of the wedding to photograph?

I really love spending time with just the bride and groom. I love how on a wedding day even if the couple usually doesn't feel comfortable around a camera they are usually so swept up in the euphoria of the day that they barely notice I'm there capturing it all. I love seeing the smiles they couldn't hide if they tried, the look of disbelief after the ceremony, the way grooms tend to play with their new wedding bands, the whisperings here and there that suggest that even in all the hustle and bustle there is a secret story and experience happening just between the two of them. These are the moments that seem the most real to me, and I love helping preserve a memory of them.

We love your calligraphy too! What other creative hobbies do you have when you aren't shooting weddings?

I have loved getting into lettering just as another creative outlet. I'd always loved calligraphy and I finally took a Copperplate class in September 2012 and loved it! I'm also in a children's book bookclub at Church Street Coffee and Books which has definitely revived my long lost love of reading, and I'm so glad I've started making more time for reading, including the occasional grown-up book as well! I fulfilled another lifelong dream of learning to quilt at a Gee's Bend quilting camp this April, so I've been working on machine piecing squares for a quilt top when I can. I have a general obsession with France and being faux French, which could probably be considered a hobby at this point. I've been joking that gardening is the only thing left on my desired hobby list. I'd love to have a rose garden at some point!

Besides Birmingham, what is your favorite city to photograph weddings?

I'm currently quite smitten with Mobile, Alabama; this summer I have photographed two weddings there and am just in love with the oak trees, the historic homes, and the general charm of Southern cities by the water. I have quite a long list of favorite cities that I'd love to spend more time in, and would definitely love to photograph more weddings in: Paris and Fontainebleau in France, New Orleans, Chicago, Nashville, Savannah (I just finished Midnight in the Garden of Evil so now I have to go back and see all of the places from the book!), Charleston, San Francisco (where my husband and I got married!), Natchez, MS (where my husband and I met!), Galveston (where my grandmother lived and where my dad grew up!), and Chapel Hill, NC (where my husband and I went to college!).

What can we find you doing on your days off?

Most of my days off my husband and I will eat brunch and ideally drink some champagne, but the day definitely tends to revolve around really good food. I like spending off days catching up on reading, doing some lettering for fun, maybe cleaning or organizing at home if the mood hits me! And of course daydreaming about life in France! It's just nice to get away from the computer screen and change things up!

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Real Ivory & White Bride: Mary Beth

This feature is very special to our store, especially Brooke, Ivory & White's owner! Mary Beth is Brooke's sister-in-law! We had such a wonderful time helping Mary Beth find her Monique Lhuillier gown and watching her prepare for her wedding! These wedding photos taken by Arden Photography really highlight the beauty of this December wedding!

Brooke's son, Sawyer, made such a handsome junior groomsman and Brooke was a bridesmaid for the beautiful bride! Mary Beth looked amazing in her wedding dress!

Congrats Mary Beth and Thomas!

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Photography: Arden Photography | Flowers: KG Designs | Catering : Kathy G. & Company | Cake: Olexas | Bridesmaids Gowns: Bella Bridesmaid | Ceremony: The Donnelly House

Ivory & White Sits Down With: Marked

We had so much fun yesterday sitting down with Laura McCarty from Marked! We have been loving all of her latest work and it was such a joy to watch her create these gorgeous flower crowns that she offers her brides! Our brides will love this perfect accent for our Ivy & Aster trunk show this weekend! Ivy & Aster gowns are so gorgeous and bohemian that we can't think of a more perfect addition for these wedding dresses! Thank you Laura for sharing your talents with us! Our brides are going to feel so special this weekend!

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Vendors We Love: Invision Events

We are loving the gorgeous work of Invision Events and are so excited to feature them as our 'Vendor We Love' this week! We have also loved getting to know their talented owner and creative director, Julie! Scroll below to get to know Julie and the service she strives to give her brides!

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How did you get started in the wedding industry?

I have always wanted to own my own business. I had been working with some local girls who were directing wedding ceremonies while they were in school. Their paths took them away from directing weddings after they graduated and I decided that this was what I wanted to start my own brand with: weddings and events.

What special service do you offer your brides?

I like to think that our service is professional and personal all at the same time. I would never want someone to feel like just another wedding. We look at each wedding as something special and an opportunity to let the people in it shine.

What are your favorite accents this season in the weddings you're planning?

For us, this is the year of pink! I see it everywhere and in all shades. One of my favorite ways to use it is with subtle touches of blush pink and gold accents. It's perfect!

What is your favorite part of the wedding to plan?

If you love weddings, you know you really can't answer this question correctly because you love it all! But, I know that I have a solid love of logistics and what makes things click along just right. Watching everything come together into one wedding day that runs like clockwork because of the planning beforehand is a special kind of high for me.

What can we find you doing on your days off?

Days off are hard to come by in this business! So, I love to catch up with my friends over a great dinner and glass of wine (or champagne if I'm honest). I love to travel, but my version of travel is usually to places where I can visit my family and friends who are spread out all over the country.

What is the best advice you were given when beginning your business?

Give it time! An overnight success wouldn't have a solid foundation. You have to give your business time to mature. Just keep doing good work.

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Headshot: Chanterelle Photography | Photo 1 & 2: Honey Heart Photography | Photo 3, 4, & 6: Morgan Trinker Photography | Photo 5 & 6: Tiffany Hughes Photography

Real Ivory & White Bride: Amanda

We love these images from Amanda's beautiful January wedding taken by Tiffany Hughes! She looked so gorgeous in her LEGENDS Romona Keveza gown and beautiful fur! Scroll down to view some of our favorite images from this wedding! Congrats Amanda!

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Wedding Planning: Mariee Ami | Photography: Tiffany Hughes | Wedding Venue: Temple Beth-El | Wedding Reception: Avon Theater | Catering: Savoie Catering |  Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited | Lighting: AG Lighting | Flowers: Dykes Culp | Make-Up: Kerri Bunn