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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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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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Vendors We Love: Brittany Massey

We love and admire the amazing make-up artistry of Brittany Massey! She has an incredible way of highlighting your best features and making you look beautiful and natural. We recommend her all the time and brides always comment about how talented she is as well as how sweet her heart is! Scroll down to view these gorgeous images of her work!

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When did you decide to start doing hair and makeup professionally?

I was 19, a freshman at Alabama, and had already changed my major twice! Needless to say, I had no clue what I wanted to do. A ministry that I was involved with decided to put me in the Miss Corola pageant, and even though it was way out of my comfort zone, I thought the chance to give God a shout out in a mainly sorority based pageant was a pretty cool opportunity. Hair and makeup had always been a hidden passion of mine, but when it came to pageants I was clueless, so I hired a professional. The lady who did mine seemed to be having the time of her life, and after talking with her about how she got started, I felt like it was God who orchestrated the whole thing, and I left inspired and encouraged me to give hair and makeup a shot! Scariest decision I've made to quit 'normal college' and go to hair school, but He held my hand the whole way through, and I haven't looked back once!

What makeup/hair trends are you loving right now?

Messy messy messy. Perfectly undone you could say. I love it when a bride isn't afraid to step out of the 'perfect hair' boundaries and try a slightly textured style! And I'm still a fan of clean and simple of the face. It's refreshing.

Which part of the face is your favorite to work with?

If you had asked me a couple months ago, it would've been all about the eyes. But I'm loving the transformation that can take place with an easy highlight and contour on the face! Brides are always so shocked when they see it properly done, and then learn how easily they can achieve it on their own.

What do you like to do on your weekends off?
Nothing! Hahahaha any time I get to spend with just my little boy and my man is time well spent, no matter what were doing. Right now were trying to transform our backyard, so that's a fun little project we like to pick up on when we get the chance.

What music are you listening to this summer?

I've always been a little bit of everything kind of girl. From Jasmine Thompson, to Bethel, Bublé or Adele, I'm all about some variety to keep things interesting and fun!

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Vendors We Love: M. Elizabeth Events

Meghan Cease from M. Elizabeth Events is such a talented wedding planner that we are so excited to feature! She is such a wonderful friend of ours and we are always blown away when we see photos of her incredible work! Read what she has to say below about how she got into wedding planning and how travel has inspired her in building M. Elizabeth Events!

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When did you decide to go into wedding planning?

I didn't grow up dreaming of being a wedding planner. I always thought I would be a pediatrician or teacher. However, as I began choosing college classes, I realized that business was what really excited me. To be specific -- marketing and public relations. I moved to New York City after graduating from Ole Miss and got my first job in events and public relations, and that is where I stayed for three years. I loved the creativity. I loved that each new client brought new ideas or hurdles to jump over. The event industry was fast paced and ever changing, and that's what I craved. However, as a true Southerner, it was eventually time to return to my roots and move back to Alabama. After moving home, starting M. Elizabeth Events was the next logical step in my career.

What experience do you hope to give your brides?

Every bride comes into my office with a different story to tell, a different vision of what they're dream wedding looks like. My first job in the event industry was in New York City working in one of the most exciting cities in the world. I've lived amongst the Roman ruins and vineyards of Tuscany, and have traveled and studied abroad extensively. I think these life experiences help me to design and execute weddings that are planned perfectly to the couple's personality and vision instead of planning every wedding the same way.

What are some wedding trends you are loving?

I love seeing patterns incorporated in weddings. From envelope liners to reception details to table linens. The hint of a pattern gives definition and texture, and breaks up the common monotony of using the same linen on a sea of tables. I also adore the freehand illustrations that have been popping up on paper suites over the past year. What a perfect touch of personalization that tells your guests that your invitations are completely custom.

What is your favorite part of the wedding to plan?

I love it all or else I wouldn't be in it, but helping the bride and groom personalize their wedding and creating their vision is my favorite. I never want to plan "cookie cutter" weddings. I love getting to know our clients on a personal level so that their wedding isn't like anyone else's. Watching all the details come together is my absolute favorite.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Days off are rare in this industry. I love to travel. Anytime I have a few days off, I try to get away by going to our family lake home on Lake Martin. It's quiet and beautiful...and it always helps me to simply "catch my breath". If I have a week or more off, which only happens two to three times a year, you can most likely find me in New York City or on an island in the Caribbean. My motto has always been..."work hard to play hard."

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