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Friday, December 31, 2010


Boutonniere also boutonnière ( ) n. A flower or small bunch of flowers worn in a buttonhole. [French boutonnière , from Old French. 

Rosebuds are always available for men to wear on a wedding day, but many of Lillie's brides think outside the box when choosing a boutonniere for their grooms.

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In keeping with the theme of the wedding, this bout gets its vintage look from soft lamb's ear, two types of silk ribbon and a tiny silver charm bearing an old family photograph.

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This groom wore a mini calla lily with stephanotis and varigated ivy when he married at the Sonnet House in Leeds, Alabama.

or, go green . . .

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This groom wears a boutonniere of boxwood, hypericum berry, seeded eucalyptus and wax flower for and afternoon wedding ceremony at Aldridge Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama.

Thank you Jason Wallis, Frank Carnaggio and Jim Little for sharing the boutonniere images with Lillie's

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

brides and grooms

Alabama has so many beautiful places to marry and Lillie's gets to experience them all! I so enjoyed my weekend at beautiful Lake Martin with the Owen's family. 

Bride Lauren married in the chapel at Children's Harbor carrying a hand tied bouquet of Anna roses, Eskimo roses, white calla and freesia.

Frank Carnaggio of Birmingham was Lauren's wedding photographer and kind to share these images. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Queen Anne's Lace

A wedding ceremony under large oak trees on the edge of a pasture, the bride carried the most feminine of all the field flowers . . . Queen Anne's Lace.

Thank you Frank Carnaggio for the images. 

bouquets for brides

A bride's bouquet is unique and personal.
Many bride's carry sweet mementos down the aisle to meet their grooms.

. . . treasured family heirlooms are nestled between blossoms, pinned onto bouquet handles or tied on with ribbons.

When bride Jessica married in May she pinned a locket onto her bouquet of white peonies.

Thank you Jerrod Brown Photography for these images.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Flower girls

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What is it about watching a flower girl row skip and sashay down an aisle that makes us coo and aww? Because they're irresistibly cute. 

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Tiny sunny yellow flowers and bits of twine..

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 ...girls in white dresses with covered buttons, double back satin ribbon, love knots ~the blossoms in the flower girl halos are majolica ivory roses and white kalanchoe.

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A bride that remembers the little details for her day is rewarded with beautiful images.

Thank you to Jerrod Brown and Arden for these sweet pictures

Monday, July 26, 2010

bouquet day

Engaged Wedding Library invited Birmingham Brides last week to "Bouquet Day." Engaged girls were able to see all shapes, sizes and flavors of flowers gathered together in bouquets and nosegays.
~ the maids carried wildflowers ~

This French bouquet my favorite. The little pink spray roses were baby pink majolica spray roses, the snapdragons were also a soft pink, but the lavender veronica upstaged them both. A lambs ear collar of soft silvery green completed the look.
~ the bride carried pink peonies ~

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

bridesmaid's in the fall

Bride Amy married on a beautiful Fall afternoon at South Highland Presbyterian.
The windows in the sanctuary are bright and colorful. Amy wanted a fall look incorporating seeds and berries but requested an ivory color palette so as not to distract from the church's windows.
When we gathered for her bouquets we kept this in mind using thistle, seeded eucalyptus, wheat, chamomile and champagne roses.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Happy news came today ~ the sister of one of my favorite brides is engaged and planning a wedding in early February. I have always loved this image of sweet sisters blonde and brunette.
Can't wait to get to know the little sis!

Monday, June 21, 2010

~ baby blue ~

Bride Allison loved baby blue. After a wedding ceremony inside Samford University's Reid Chapel, Allison sashed her wedding dress with baby blue satin ribbon and danced the night away at the Avon Theater in Lakeview. She asked to have sap buckets of flower to greet guests as they entered the reception. We enjoyed working with the Happy Catering Company (see their van peeking through the slats of the fence?) The wedding cake by Julie Hendricks of Sweet Magnolia was beautiful and delicious. And thanks to the staff of GoPro Event Soulutions the entire event ran smoothly. Best Wishes to the bride and groom!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


From out of town guests to bridesmaids, people pour through the front doors of the Bride's parents.
The mother of this May bride asked for fresh flowers on her door welcoming guests to the wedding weekend.
This wreath is made of hydrangea, casa blancas, white snap dragons and Virginia alstromaria. The hosta leaves fern and illeagnus are from the bride's mother's garden.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ask an expert . . .

Thank you to Birmingham Party Planning for including Lillie's on their web site. They were even kind enough to call us "Experts!"

Should you ask for references before deciding on a floral designer?

Carol says that it is very acceptable to ask for references. She also suggests that you talk to other wedding or event vendors such as your caterer, photographer or venue about the floral designer you are considering. "Have you worked with ...?" There is a lot of coordination between vendors and most of them know each other. A "thumbs up" from someone else in a related industry will surely help you feel confident in your choice.

Follow the link below to read the full interview.

Happy flower planning!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Evie and Lee's Wedding Reception

Evie and Lee were married on a cold winter night in January of 2010. The Bride and Groom celebrated with family and friends at Vestavia Country Club. Thank you to Main Street Productions for the video.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Morning Sunshine on the Church Doors

I often tell brides - consider where the sun will be shining on your wedding day. Your photographer will be able to help place you and your groom in just the right light. I would also encourage you to visit the wedding venue four weeks out, preferably at the exact time of the ceremony. This will give you a good idea of what the light will look like on the day of the wedding and how the sunshine will be streaming in the church windows.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


~ My snips, ribbon, pictures and pretty are spread all over the table this rainy morning ~

I am happy to be working on inspiration boards for new 2010 Brides. Often girls come to me with bits and pieces of a dream . . . a fabric swatch, a word, a page torn from a magazine. It is fun for me to pull all of this together and begin creating the vision for a Wedding.

This is the happiest job in the world!

I have lost count of the number of times a bride says to me, "I am not sure how to describe exactly what I want." The wedding inspiration boards are wonderful to give just that, "Inspiration!"

My job is just to figure out what is in the head of the Bride. After all this is the Bride's day. Above all I want my bride to have her heart's desire.

It is my goal for the guests at the wedding to say . . . "This looks just like the Bride!"

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Spring and Summer Brides ~ great event at Engaged coming March 26th & 27th

Looking for dresses for your Bridal Shower, Tea, Engagement Party, Engagement Portraits, Bachelorette Party, and Rehearsal Dinner?
Don't miss your chance to receive 25% off Couture Dresses!

Stop by Engaged, A Wedding Library, Friday March 25th 10:00am to 5:00pm & Saturday, March 26th 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sugar Britches Design Trunk Show
Bring your bridesmaids
Pop Champagne
Taste yummy sweets
Find the perfect outfit for each occasion
Call 205.637.0735 for more details
Engaged A Wedding Library ~ 1807 Oxmoor Road, Homewood AL

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Vacation Time

Summer Haven Beach on Anastasia Island ~ Yesterday morning we watched a whale right off the beach for an hour. The dolphins and pelicans were in a frenzy all around the whale in the ocean. Mr. Whale was even slapping his tail on the sea. Yesterday afternoon after a short shower a complete rainbow crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Two "Firsts" for me ~ perfect holiday.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

early spring flowers

My March brides are enjoying the earliest Spring blossoms.

~ fragrant winter honeysuckle and flowering quince blooming now ~ romantic wisteria and eager tulips can't be far behind.

Hurry up Springtime!

Monday, February 22, 2010

lindsey and trip

Lindsey and Tripp ~ It is hard to believe you have been married over a year! Here's to Spring, romance and the opening day of baseball season.

thank you jason for the memories.

Friday, February 19, 2010

bride rachel

Bride Rachel dreamed of a wedding with feminine pink flowers and a ballroom bathed in soft candelight. Thank you Rush Video for the memories.
Anita Kanellis headed a strong team of wedding professionals. Rachel's gown was designed by Heidi Elnora, Barbara Sullivan baked the delicious cakes and Design Productions lit the new ballroom at American Village.

Monday, February 15, 2010

the white wedding

Brides and Bridesmaids don't miss the introduction of Heidi's new gowns.


Follow on twitter @ theWHITEwedding.

Birmingham's own Heidi Elnora will introduce her Spring line.
She has gathered together the top wedding professionals in the city, 0ne team for each Bride.
The girls will be beautiful, The gowns fabulous, The band is Red Halo and . . .

most importantly we are going to raise so much money for the kids!

Every penny from ticket sales and silent auction items goes to Camp Smile a Mile!