Lauren Hand + Alex Coley
December 22, 2017
photographer - Julie Holmes
Wedding Assistant: Laura Gilkerson (We gave her a to-do list for the day before & the day of. She was an amazing help! Receiving and paying vendors, lighting the 100+ candles, ironing loads of painter's cloth to cover the walls!, keeping us on schedule and organizing clean up! Worth every penny and more that we paid her!)
Places Couple Registered: Anthropology and Bed, Bath & Beyond
Invitations: Vista Print (designed online by bride/groom)
Bay-Waveland accommodations for wedding party: Groomsmen rented VRBO properties, bridesmaids at the bride's home
Out of Town Guests: Hollywood Casino Hotel
Bridal Luncheon: Hosted by aunts of the bride at the bride's home with local flute player, Amanda Lizana
Rehearsal Dinner: Starfish Café (they did an UNBELIEVABLE job....very personable! Incredible food selection with a homemade ice cream bar including a banana pudding flavor that put a smile on the groom's face!)
Bride's hair/makeup: Connie Bourgeois of Hairworks
Wedding Party Hair/Makeup by: Shannon Kelley and Dianne Dudek of Hairworks
Florals by: Rachel Bonds, Pine Hill Floral Design
Wedding ceremony music: Provided by the bride's music team from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Student Association at the University of South Alabama (they've been singing at each other's weddings throughout the year!)
Wedding Officiated by: Fr. James Dean (YES! his real name)
Co-Celebrated by: Fr. Michael O'Connor, pastor at Our Lady of the Gulf Church
Groomsmen: Jacob Heckman, Alden Coley, Will Hand, Blake Hayes, Colton Knight and Rohan Ghosh
Bridesmaids: Aubrey Mushinski, Jessi Hand, Camille Kergosien, Tanna Vayon, Maria Longo and Susan Sieja
Flower girl: Riley Styron, cousin of the groom
Bride wore: Blush Essence of Australia sweetheart dress purchased at I Do Bridal - Mobile, AL and Lace Bolero created by Timeless Bride - Mobile, AL
Groom wore: Jos A Banks 1905 Collection Mini-Check Suit with a blush shirt and brown derby shoes.
*Groomsmen purchased the same suits in bulk for less than rentals. They intend to wear them at job/graduate/medical school interviews as the majority graduate in 2018.
Time of day: 3 pm Nuptial Mass with reception following
Weather: blustery and beautifully mild
Most Romantic Moment: The bride and groom both agreed that the moments together after the ceremony and before the reception walking on the lovely church grounds taking pictures was the most romantic time throughout the day.
Wedding reception music: Grabriella Loiacano, pianist, a BSL local pursuing a degree in Music Performance at the University of Mobile
Catering: Cajun Gourmet Catering Co., Executive Chef Scott Simpson, Pass Christian, MS
The Reception Menu: Smoked Beef Brisket Sliders, Crawfish Queso & Spinach/Artichoke Dip, Mashed Potato Bar, Chef's Mac & Cheese, Pirate's Cove Corn Nuggets, Fruit/Veggie/Cheese Kabobs, Bride/Groom Cookies by Candis Hotard, Cupcakes by the Bridal Party and Chocolate Chip Cookies-N-Milk Shots
The Most Talked About Food Item: Fresh Corn Nuggets (caterer was able to acquire a case of the real deal from Pirate's Cove) and the Chocolate chip cookies w/Milk shots late in the evening!
Signature Cocktail: Lavender Lemonade from the Starfish Cafe AND Dulces Moscato d'Asti wine
Cakes by: Cakes by Theresa, Theresa Ralph, Pass Christian, MS
The groom's cake was OVER THE TOP clever...see picture and caption!
Favorite toast: Dueling toasts about the groom between the father of the groom and best man.
The "wow factor" of your wedding/reception that everyone talked about: Hanging bed on the balcony overlooking the Gulf, live oak trees and OLG church. A spectacular BSL sunset was a bonus!
The most unique detail of your wedding/reception: Handmade reception pieces made by the father of the bride, Bill Hand. Included in the special pieces were a wooden backdrop, sweetheart table, cake base, table centerpiece bases, hanging bed, monogrammed corn hole boards, entrance table and lectionary stand that held a 1880's family Bible where guests signed in.
Lighting: Bistro and table candles inside... three floors of twinkle lights on the balcony railings outside
Rentals: ABC Rental: Farmhouse Tables, Chairs and Benches
Marshall Moving Services, LLC (moved the family piano, dry bar and large wooden furniture)
Honeymoon location: Christmas Cabin in the mountains of North Carolina
Bride's favorite part of the entire event: Was getting married to her best friend and how comfortable the day was sharing her joy with family and friends.
Groom's favorite part of the entire event: Was being surrounded by family, both old and new, as I married the woman I love.
Gifts for Wedding Party:
Gifts for mother of the groom & mother of the bride: OLG Church ceramic plaques by Clay Creations
Groomsmen - Socks to match each groomsman's personality
Bridesmaids - Matching robes, jewelry, Tervis personalized wineglasses and monogrammed goodie bag
Guest Favors: Burlap treat sack ornaments hanging from a pre-lit forest of bark trees on the balcony porch