Ashleigh + Drew | Rehearsal Dinner | Fairhope, Alabama

Before I show you the details of A + D's beautiful wedding, I want to start by sharing their intimate rehearsal dinner. I loved this evening so much! I worked alongside Jane Dolan of Southern Calligraphy to bring this event to life. The groom and his family took their Italian heritage into consideration when choosing the plans for their dinner. With it's tuscan architecture and authentic menu, Pinzone's Italian Village was the obvious choice for them. We kept the florals and decor clean and simple, so the atmosphere wasn't overlooked. We chose family-style seating and prayed for clear skies so the dinner can take place in the courtyard like we envisioned! It was just perfect.
Southern Calligraphy created an organic style menu (that can be found with our 2016 paper goods collection) and hand-torn calligraphy place cards. These bounced perfectly off the crisp white table linens and against the deep Italian Ruscus greenery we adorned the tables with. Paige Reaux Photography captured every detail perfectly and was a dream to work with! Can't wait to team up with her talented self again soon.

Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography
Fairhope Rehearsal Dinner | Victoria Austin Designs | Paige Reaux Photography

What a beautiful and joyous evening celebrating Ashleigh + Drew! Pinzone's Courtyard was the perfect setting for their dinner and they were able to mingle with friends and family before their big day. The details came together perfectly.. vendors listed below (and can be found on my local vendor recommendations page too)!

Photography: Paige Reaux Photography // Rentals: SOHO Event and Rentals // Paper Goods: Southern Calligraphy and VAD // Stems and Decor: VAD // Venue: Pinzone's Italian Village

xo, Tori

Camellia Shoot for Cottage Hill Magazine

Happy June! Today, I am blogging a tidbit about a shoot I planned and styled back in February for Cottage Hill Magazine. I was so thrilled when editor, Katie, emailed me and explained that she is originally from Mobile (no way!) and was hoping to tie in our lovely little dot on the map in the latest publication. Of course, I said YES! I wanted to include some of our coast's most talented vendors and really create a shoot that cut out all the fuss, and focused on a woman's beauty. I didn't want to make this all about the "bride" despite the industry I work in. To me, the best part about my job is meeting so many talented and kind entrepreneurs, and in most cases, they are women. The wedding industry is full of girl bosses, and it's not an easy industry! Just ask Forbes, they put Event Coordinator in the top 10 most stressful jobs in 2015. Yikes. Anyways, I wanted to celebrate women, old and young, near and far. I hoped that with pulling the right vendors, we could have a laid-back day capturing just that. And keeping the "look" timeless and simple.
Ashley Upchurch Photography captured everything perfectly and she was beyond easy to work with! Our model, Paige Reaux (also a kick ass photographer on the Gulf), killed it all day in the freezing cold! I couldn't have done it without these two! Paige is so naturally beautiful, I knew she would be perfect for the gig. She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. Southern Calligraphy calligraphed beautiful "letters to myself" that complimented our color scheme, with shades of ivory and gold. I loved how they turned out and brought some more "realness" to our shoot. 

Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine
Victoria Austin Designs and Ashley Upchurch Photography | Cottage Hill Magazine

Absolutely love how these images turned out! And after a super busy Spring, they really bring me back to focus! See the full feature and editorial in Cottage Hill Magazine (The Captivated Issue) in Barnes and Noble stores! We have a special BTS video from Lifehouse Wedding Films to share soon too!
Ashley Upchurch Photography, Model: Paige Reaux, Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy, Venue: Bellingrath Gardens, Videography: Cheree Givens, Lifehouse Wedding Films, Hair: Kathy Stringer, Salon Bella, Gown: Sarah Seven via Ivory and White
Planning, Styling and Florals: Victoria Austin Designs