Marisa + Nathan: A Joyful Birmingham Celebration {The Barn at Shady Lane} | Wedding Planners Birmingham, Alabama

Last July we spent a Saturday at The Barn at Shady Lane celebrating Marisa and Nathan in a day that was nothing short of epic. From the always gorgeous palette of whites and blushes to the phenomenal band and full dance floor, we loved every second of celebrating their love story with them.

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

Y'all know how much we love a bridesmaids' first look, and this one definitely did not disappoint! Marisa was stunning in her Hayley Paige gown!

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

How cute is Marisa and Nathan's little boy, Declan?! We just couldn't get enough of that smile and those chubby cheeks!

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

Masterpiece brought the party and kept the dance floor full the entire night. I'm talking about some serious dance moves, y'all.

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

And is there a better way to end the night than with one of their best friends at the mic busting out some rap? When I tell you this was an awesome celebration, I don't say that lightly. It was definitely a night we won't be forgetting! 

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Once Upon a Click Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

Venue: The Barn at Shady Lane / Photography: Once Upon a Click / Coordination: Christina Sloan Events / Catering: Jim N Nicks / Florals: Christina Sloan Events / Cake: Edgar's Bakery / Band: Masterpiece / Uplighting and Photobooth: Feel the Beat Entertainment

 

Marisa + Nathan: A Joyful Birmingham Celebration {The Barn at Shady Lane} | Wedding Planners Birmingham, Alabama

Christina Sloan Events is a Wedding Planning and Design Studio, offering Full Service Wedding and Event Planning and Design, Event Management, and Day and Month Of Coordination | Serving Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery, Alabama, and the surrounding Southeast region | Destination Services Available Worldwide

Bailey + Joshua: A Colorful Plantation Fete {The Elms of Coosada} | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL

You've seen a few posts on Instagram over the past year, it was featured on Every Last Detail in May, and today's the day we're finally getting it up on the blog! (Be sure to scroll to the end to see the gorgeous video of their day.)

I'm so excited to share more of these gorgeous photos from Cathrine Taylor, but more than that, to share a few details about their story and their day. It was a day full of SO. MUCH. GOODNESS. with two of the most genuinely joyful and happy people.

Bailey's vibrant personality was represented throughout the day, from her bridesmaids' robes to the bold florals to the conga line and maracas.

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada

As bright and fun as the day was, it was also full of emotion and a strong faith as they prepared themselves for the greatest joy of marriage. Their personal and handwritten vows had everyone in tears and are some of the most heartfelt words I have had the privilege of hearing on a wedding day.

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada

To know Bailey is to know how her bubbly and bright personality colors everything around her. I knew from our very first meeting together that this was going to be such an extraordinary day.

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Cathrine Taylor Photography | Elms of Coosada

While there's so much more I can say about their gorgeous day and heartfelt vows, I just can't do it justice. Their video from I Do Flix is stunning (and has been viewed more than 140k times!).

 

Vendor Team - Venue: Elms of Coosada / Photography: Cathrine Taylor Photography / Videography: I Do Flix / Planning + Coordination: Christina Sloan Events / Floral Design: Christina Sloan Events / Catering: Bon Appetite / Cake: CT Cakes / DJ: Kenny Stiles / Rentals: Brendle Rentals / Hair and Makeup: Tera Lane

 

Bailey + Joshua: A Colorful Plantation Fete {The Elms of Coosada} | Wedding Planners Birmingham, Alabama

Christina Sloan Events is a Wedding Planning and Design Studio, offering Full Service Wedding and Event Planning and Design, Event Management, and Day and Month Of Coordination | Serving Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery, Alabama, and the surrounding Southeast region | Destination Services Available Worldwide

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings | Birmingham AL Wedding Planner

You may have noticed it’s been pretty quiet around the blog and our social media the past few months. Part of that is because we have had some pretty great things happening: CSE has had a busy season with some stunning weddings (blog posts coming soon!), I’ve been working on some pretty exciting projects I hope to launch by the end of the year, and what I think is the best news of all – Cliff and I brought our baby girl home! If we are Instagram friends, you’ve seen a few Insta stories and peeks of her, but I’ll be sharing more about our her and our adoption journey here on the blog in the coming weeks.

The other side of that has been a little less exciting, but much more refining. I’ll be blogging about this in a lot more detail over the coming weeks and months, but today is all about Fresh Starts and New Beginnings. As my friend Lara Casey says, there’s nothing magical about January 1. It’s never too late to begin.

Christina Sloan Events | Birmingham AL Wedding Planner

So, I’m getting back to goal setting. Business goals and personal goals. Monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals.

I’m going to focus and drown out the noise.

I’m going to find joy in every day. Where I am right now.

I’m going to be present. Soak up all of the moments that seem to go by so fast.

The thing I’ve learned most over the past several months is that I am not in control. God’s plans for my life are far greater than anything I can ever imagine. And the best thing I can do is to let go of how things “should” be or how I’d like them to be (and how I’d like to plan for what’s going to happen), and trust Him to do what He does best.

I’m letting go. Of anxiety. Of resentment. Of fear. Of comparison.

I’m opening my heart to genuine kindness and joy. Not the kind that is just on the surface because it’s supposed to be, but the kind that comes from deep within and radiates through everything.

So, what does this mean for CSE and the blog? We’re still going to be blogging real weddings. But we’re also going to be mixing in a little bit of business talk for fellow creative entrepreneurs and wedding planners, a little bit of personal and life, and a little bit of lifestyle and entertaining content.

So here’s to fresh starts and new beginnings, friends!

 

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings | Birmingham AL Wedding Planner

Christina Sloan Events is a Wedding Planning and Design Studio, offering Full Service Wedding and Event Planning and Design, Event Management, and Day and Month Of Coordination | Serving Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery, Alabama, and the surrounding Southeast region | Destination Services Available Worldwide