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LSL Event Design is #1 in Versatility...and has done it all through the years at Historic Rucker Place

At LSL Event Design, the beginning of a new year always brings reflections on past joys, even as we look ahead to a fantastic future.  One of our favorite weddings at Historic Rucker Place was the exquisite vintage celebration of Mary Highfield and Jonathan LeCroy.  Though we’ve loved every event we’ve done in our ten-year affiliation with Rucker, this wedding simply radiated Southern charm — which is what Rucker Place is all about!  From the garden pergola adorned with pastel ribbons, lace embroidery hoops, and a magnificent spray of flowers, to the fabulous hundred year-old wrap-around porch hung with delicate paper lanterns, the flowers and decorations reflected this couple’s roots in Southern soil.

The details of this event were so important, and it was our pleasure to bring Mary’s vision into focus.  She started the ball rolling herself, but when time grew short for this “DIY” bride, LSL Event Design jumped in to create additional lace hoops, and an ample supply of paper cones filled with rose petals meant for tossing on the happy couple.


LSL Event Design felt so fortunate that this lovely Huntsville bride found her dream venue in Birmingham’s Historic Rucker Place…..and we were thrilled to learn that she’d be bringing White Rabbit Studios with her!  Her desire for true Southern style and a vintage look gave us the opportunity to utilize elements from several of our collections:  silver trays from Bromberg’s, tiny antique bottles, and milk glass vases.  As a signature flower, this bride wanted poppies—not always easy to find in late September—and we managed to fulfill her wishes.  A few unopened buds added extra interest, along with tulips, tea roses, ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace, and thistle. 

LSL Event Design also took great delight in granting a special request by creating little flowers of lace to tuck into her bouquet and other unexpected places.  Our bride loved so many flowers that the final mix — including gorgeous garden roses, dahlias, freesia, lisianthus, and hydrangea -- was simply breathtaking! 

As the bride and groom departed their celebration, they saw one last surprise: the special message Mary had given LSL’s Laure Friedman at the last minute.  Around the trunk of a stately oak, glittered letters attached to a braid flowing with fringe read “LOVE ALWAYS”. 

And as LSL Event Design looks back on this fabulous and joyful experience, we are reminded that we ALWAYS LOVE doing beautiful weddings and events at this consummately Southern and gracious Historic home...Rucker Place!



Men's Wedding Fashion

Whether it's a chilled-out beach service, a backyard commitment ceremony, or a ballroom affair where everyone's supposed to be fully tuxedoed, a wedding is the rare celebration that lets you pull out all the stops. While almost no outfit will get you thrown out of the chapel these days, you're not trying to look like you're in costume. You're just trying to come off as the best, most jubilant version of yourself.
Need To Jolt Your Tux Out of a Coma? Just Change Your Shirt
This is one of the easiest, most dramatic moves in your wedding playbook. Leave your white tux shirt on the hanger and go with a bold color instead. It'll instantly give an old tux new life, and all kinds of color make the look pop. Not into the pink? Try powder blue. Or gray. Or khaki.
Your Suit Should Say "Meet Me At The Bar." Not "I Have a Job Interview."
When weddings call for a suit, the onus is on you to go beyond the charcoal gray number you nine-to-five in. Plaid suits were made for times like these. And check out how Max mixes patterns in his suit, tie, and hankie. None of it feels forced, and it certainly doesn't feel business-y. It's how you dress for both the service and the dance floor— and for whatever happens afterward, back at the hotel.
Break Every Rule Except This One: Get Groomed
Even if you're defying convention with your clothes, your grooming should be clean and classic. Start by getting a haircut a week before the wedding, as opposed to the day before, to avoid that awkward new- haircut feeling. Pre-wedding, part your hair with product and a comb, give yourself a clean shave, and be sure your eyebrows aren't crashing together. Remember, man, "groom" is both a noun and a verb.
Bottom line, you should dress appropriately, but dress for yourself. If you're attire is an expression of your personality, you can't go wrong.  Need help with your wedding arrangemen?  Contact Rucker Place and find out what an amazing wedding venue we are.

Wedding Transportation: Classic Car, Limo or Party Bus

You've got the date, the dress, the man of your will you and your guests get there? The details of transportation may not be the most exciting to plan, but they will certainly help your big day to run more efficiently. Wedding transportation can come is all shapes and sizes and covers a wide variety of issues you may face on your wedding day. Would you and your groom prefer a private ride alone to your reception or would you rather party with your friends all day? Does your venue have enough parking to accommodate your guests. Wedding transportation professionals will provide several solutions to meet your needs.
Classic Cars and Limos
If you'd like to keep it private for the ride to the reception and going away, a classic car or limo rental is a great option for you. They provide great photo opportunities and special moments alone to let the magnitude of this major life event sink in. These rides may be one of the only opportunities for you and your new spouse to share a private conversation all day.
Party Buses and Trolleys
These vehicles offer transportation for the entire wedding party together. This is a great option if you have a party crowd. A group vehicle will ensure everyone's safe and timely arrival. They are also great is you'd like to take photos at an off-site location on wedding day. Be sure your photographers and videographers are along for the ride.
Valet Services
Parking may be limited at the venue of your dreams and offering parking services solves other issues like time management and weather concerns as well. Be sure to hire enough drivers to accommodate your guest list as well as letting guests know about the valet service in advance to avoid self parking delays.
Many transportation companies offer all of these services under one roof. Call your local transportation provider today.



Love Songs for 2014 Weddings

What will the soundtrack of 2014 sound like? Wedding days are one of the memorable days in life and hard to forget.   To make these days more memorable the presence of good wedding music is a must. The atmosphere is set of the wedding ceremony with the playing of romantic wedding music at the background. There are various different patterns of wedding songs which centers round different relationships of the groom and bride with other family members.
Although there are many new love songs to choose from such as “Nothing Left to Lose” Matt Hire, “She's My Kind of Rain” Tim McGraw, or “One Day” Melody Gardo; many couples go with classics like “At Last” Etta James or “Can't Help Falling in Love” Elvis Presley. Whether you go with new or old, the soundtrack of your wedding day is something that will set the tone for the event for you and your guests.
This tone-setting is best represented in the couple's first dance song choice. If you come out full on energy to “You Are the Best Thing” Ray LeMontagne and dance full out, your guests will know to hit the dancefloor as soon as possible to party all night. However, if you choose a more sentimental and subdued “The Very Thought of You” Bille Holiday, they'll know to pay attention to lyrics throughout the evening to hear the words of your love story.
Enjoy the process of choosing a soundtrack with your intended and your selected entertainment professionals to insure celebration success. A CD highlighting your favorite selections of the evening makes a great favor for your guests also.  Happy Planning!



Traditional vs Personal Wedding Vows

When planning your wedding, the time will come to decide whether you and your future spouse will recite traditional vows to according to your faith and/or cultural preference or if you will each write personal vows of your own to pledge your lifelong commitment.
Traditional Vows
Traditional wedding vows are what your guests will expect to hear no matter your faith base or culture. Hearing the Dearly Beloved beginning your Christian ceremony will recall the vows of many long married couples in your congregation allowing them to relive their experiences with you while you promise to have and to hold your sweetheart.
Buddhist brides and grooms promise to help each other develop their hearts and minds. They promise to cultivate compassion, generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, concentration and wisdom as they undergo the various ups and downs of life, and to transform these qualities into love, compassion, joy and equanimity.
Rather than reciting vows, Hindu take seven steps as they declare their matrimonial promises to:
1.  Maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid forming close relationships with people who do not.
2.  Continually develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities.
3.  Provide for their family through honorable means.
4.  Cultivate understanding and respect to maintain a happy and harmonious marriage.
5.  Raise honest and brave children.
6.  Exercise self-control over their minds, bodies and souls
Your Own Vows
Your wedding may have a more original feel to it and/or you may have something particular you'd like to vow to your intended that isn't included in the traditional verses. Writing your own vows is certainly personal and sentimental, however, it can also be tricky. Follow these easy steps to writing vows success:
Start Early:  Don't leave writing your vows until the day before the wedding! You'll be too nervous, excited and rattled to give them the time and thought they deserve. Give yourselves at least a month, or work on your vows in that pocket of time after you've set up all your major vendors and before you have to start thinking about the details. Vow writing should be done in a relaxed, not rushed, frame of mind. Some loose deadlines to aim for: Try to get a first draft together about three weeks before the wedding and have your final version completed at least two days out.


Same Page:  Make sure you and your fiance are both on the same page. Are you each going to write your own vows, or will you write them together? If you want them to be a surprise on your wedding day, make sure you both send a copy of what you've written to your officiant or to one friend or family member so they can check that your vows are about the same length and similar in tone.


Remember Your Audience:  Don't make your vows so personal that they're cryptic -- or embarrassing! You've invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words.


Practice Out Loud:  These are words meant to be heard by a live audience, so check that they sound good when spoken. Read your vows out loud to make sure they flow easily. Watch out for tongue twisters and super-long sentences -- you don't want to get out of breath or stumble. 


Remember, your vows are the actual promises you'll be making to your spouse. It is with these word that you'll be joined forever, so take some time to decide which is right for you. Happy Planning!

When planning your wedding, the time will come to decide whether you and your future spouse will recite traditional vows to according to your faith and/or cultural preference or if you will each write personal vows of your own to pledge your lifelong commitment.