The Engaged Collective: A Styled Photo Shoot

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 2:47 pm

What an absolute privilege it was to be a part of #TeamClaire for the Engaged Collective bridal show put on by Engaged Wedding Library!  Jason with A Morales Production captured the details of our photo shoot, perfectly showcasing the talents of all the vendors involved. See the line up of the amazing vendors below!

The Engaged Collective #TeamClaire from A Morales Production on Vimeo.

Video:  A Morales Production

Photo: Rachel Coffey Photography

Wedding/Event Planner: Shannel Aiken Weddings & Events

Flowers/Floral Design:  Cece Designs

Cakes:  Cakes By Kim

Transportation:  Sweet Glide Vintage Ride

Chair & Table Rentals:  Event Rentals Unlimited – Birmingham

Wedding Dress:  Heidi Elnora

Venue: The Harbert Center

Hair & Make Up: Marliceia Chavers Artistry

Invitations & Stationary: Fine Paperwork

China: Tea & Old Roses

Confetti Canon: Total Entertainment Events

Music licensed by: Soundstripe

Sophisticated Purple Rain Downtown Wedding: Monique & Travis

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

All photo credits go to Sam Jasper Photography

Travis and Monique’s ‘Purple Rain’ themed wedding was like no other!


A magical first look for Monique and Travis before the wedding party takes to the streets of downtown Birmingham for a stylish photo shoot in the city


The Atrium was elegantly appointed with soft candlelight and rose petals which made the purple bridesmaids dresses really pop! The audience watched in awe as Monique descended down the spiral staircase in her mermaid-style gown.


Now that Monique and Travis have said ‘I do’, the guests are treated to cocktail hour and a ‘Purple Rain’ themed reception in Beeson Hall. BrittanyB Events and the cast of talented Birmingham wedding vendors transformed the space and incorporated the theme into each detail. If you look closely, you’ll notice raindrops projected on the drapery behind the head table!
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Mr. and Mrs. Agee are introduced and the celebration begins! Guests enjoy a ‘Southern Style’ buffet, wedding cake from Cakes by Kim, and a lavish candy buffet.


The bouquet and garter have been tossed, the night draws to an end, and it’s time to send Monique and Travis on their way!

A special thanks to all the vendors that played a part in creating Monique & Travis’ wedding day!

Ceremony & Reception Venue  |  Catering – The Harbert Center

Wedding Planner – BrittanyB Events

Photographer/Videographer – Sam Jasper Photography

Floral Design – HotHouse Design Studio  |  Lighting & Drapery – A.G. Lighting

Cake – Cakes by Kim  |  Candy Buffet – Kim’z Catering and Creative Designz

Ceremony Music – Valley Conservatory  |  Reception Entertainment – DJ 1 Time, II Da Maxx Band

Linens – Decor 2 Adore  |  Chiavari Chairs – Event Rentals Unlimited

Photo Booth – We Are Absolute Entertainment

Wedding Gown – Diane’s Formal Affair  | Groom – Jos A Bank  | Bridesmaids – David’s Bridal

The Harbert Center & Main Street Productions: Wedding Flashback!

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

Thank you Main Street Productions for sharing this Instagram video (and kind words!) from the June 2014 Beavers-Williams wedding! The ceremony was held in the Atrium and the reception was in Beeson Hall.


Real Weddings: Ali & Clayton | 1/23/2016

Posted on March 21, 2016 at 10:22 am

All photo credits go to: Eric & Jamie

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After all the months of preparation, the beautiful details come together and the big day is finally here!

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Ali’s bridesmaids couldn’t resist looking on as Clayton saw Ali for the first time on their wedding day. It was such a sincere moment filled with raw emotion!

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Their ceremony played out like a beautiful fairy tale…

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The tables are beautifully set in Beeson Hall, Rhythm Nation has completed sound checks…

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The first dance is done, and the cakes are cut…

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Which means it’s time to PARTY!!! The staff even enjoyed themselves at this one!

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After the bouquet and garter toss, the night drew to a close, and it was time to see the newlyweds off!

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A special thanks to all the vendors that played a part in creating Ali & Clayton’s wedding day!

Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Harbert Center
Photography – Eric & Jamie
Florals – Mary Burge
Ceremony Music – Cahaba River Strings | Reception Entertainment – Rhythm Nation
Wedding Cake – Magnificent Cakes | Groom’s Cake – Magic Muffins
Catering – The Harbert Center

Real Wedding: Rusty & Christina | 08/29/2015

Posted on February 6, 2016 at 2:32 pm

All photo credits go to: Amber Ford Photography

After a beautiful ceremony at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover, newlyweds Christina and Rusty, along with their wedding party, arrive at The Harbert Center, courtesy of Rare Transportation

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Inside, guests mingled in the Atrium and enjoyed light hors d’ouevres featuring Arnone’s Italian Sausage.  The signature cocktail was a huge hit – ‘world famous’ Yellowhammers from Gallette’s Bar in Tuscaloosa.

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The tables in Beeson Hall are beautifully adorned with floral centerpieces by FlowerArt Designs, white satin linens and cashmere satin napkins, and dinner menus hand-written by the bride herself.  Christina also designed the invitations, hand addressed the envelopes, and hand wrote all 432 guest escort cards – she is a very talented calligrapher!

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Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Bunn were introduced into a room of adoring friends and family, and shared their first dance together.

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Dinner was served…


Then the Fountain City Players got the party started!


You can’t have a huge Italian wedding without doing the traditional ‘Italian Wedding Dance’!


All the single ladies…


All the single men…


After a night full of dancing and fun, it was time to send Christina and Rusty off in style. Guests lit up the night with sparklers, and the newlyweds made a grand exit courtesy of Vintage Auto Chauffeur.

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Thank you to all of the vendors that made this such a magical evening!

FlowerArt Designs | Amber Ford Photography | Johnny Rockett Video | Barb’s Cakes | Fountain City Players and Music Garden | Rare Transportation | Vintage Auto Chauffeur


This was just too cute not to include!

Hand in Paw’s Picasso Pets 15th Annifursary

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Vendors and volunteers of all ages swiftly entered The Harbert Center Saturday,August 15th to set up for a large event benefiting Hand in Paw that would take place later that evening.
Vendor tables full of raffles were put up and decorated so that when guests arrived, they could bid during a silent auction on a multitude of items. There were eight themed pods including: Wine, Wine, Wine! The Artsy Side of Life, It’s a Man’s World, Woman’s Wonderland
Let Me Entertain You, The Great Outdoors
Pet’s Palace, and Delectable Desserts 
On the second floor, paintings created by local artists and their pets were placed beside other items that would be up for bidding in the Live Auction.  The Live Auction Items included 
items such as a Wagon of Whiskey,
a Handcrafted Wine Barrel Chair+Wine Rack,
a Tanzanite Bracelet, an Unforgettable Long Weekend for Twoin New York,
a Cigar Party for 25,The chance for Your Dog to Be a Therapy Dog,
several paintings and  other exquisite items. 


 The Live Auction was entertaining and went over very well! The profits made went to Hand In Paw, and during the Auction, they had a very special presentation fr
om a child who is so beautifully affected by Hand in Paw. 
The room was beautifully set, covered in black and gold 
accents to add just the right amount of shine. The space used for dinner and the Live Auction was Beeson Hall, which is perfect for large events such as this one. The room is so open and is set as a blank canvas for true creativity to complete it.
 “Hand in Paw’s Picasso Pets 15th Annifursary” was such a fun event for such a great cause! The Harbert Center always loves hosting such purrfectly planned events like this one!

Real Wedding: Arlyn & Langdon | 06/14/2014

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 3:09 pm

All photo credits go to: Ann Wade Photography

Once upon a time, a dashing young man named Langdon King met the lovely Arlyn Cook and they fell in love. He popped the question, she said yes and the rest is history!!!

After tying the knot in a beautiful church…

the newly weds arrived at The Harbert Center in style for their glamorous reception!

They even got a sneak peak of the ballroom before all the guests arrived…

One grand entrance…

And a few first dances later…

It was clear to see where the bride got her smile from!

A toast…

A taste…

And a kiss later…

It was offically time…

To get this party started!

There was no shortage of people on the dance floor…

And the fun was only just beginning…

According to these two, anyway…

Who, me? asked the bride. Yes, you. Yes you indeed.

And then it was time for the ceremonial garter & bouquet toss..

Which was a big success!

The time for goodbye’s eventually came…

And the bride & groom made their getaway…

in true Langdon & Arlyn fashion of course…

And they lived happily ever after!

Vendor Credits:
Reception Venue: The Harbert Center – Beeson Hall | Photography: Ann Wade Photography | Entertainment: Nationwide Coverage | Decorator/Florist: Carolyn Pate | Cakes: Cakes by Jan O’Donnell | Lighting: Total Entertainment | Transportation: Larry’s Limos | Dance Instruction: TBD

Real Wedding: Gretchen & Jerrel | 06/07/2014

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:35 am

Such a beautiful couple – this video captures the love and sweetness of their big day!

Plus it is set to Beyonce’s love song – Smash Into You from the I AM…Sasha Fierce album.  Did we mention how much we love Beyonce?

Warning: Get ready to break out the Kleenex!

Videographer:   K.Bryant Images – Photography + Cinematography

To see more of K.Bryant’s work, click HERE.

The Harbert Center: Featured on Every Last Detail

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

We were thrilled to see one of our wedding reception’s featured on the Every Last Detail Blog recently!

(To all those newly engaged, you should definitely add the ELD to your reading list.)

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For the full recap of Lizzie & Matt’s glamorous wedding day, click HERE.

You can thank the ELD and the talented Chanterelle Photography for the eye candy below:

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Photographer:  Chanterelle Photography// Event Planner: Wink //Floral Designer: HotHouse Design Studio//Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth//Makeup Artist: Rawwbeauty Makeup Artistry//Cake Designer: Sweet Spot Confections//Other Ceremony Location:The Cathedral of Saint Paul//Reception Location:The Harbert Center//Other:The Redmont Hotel// Bridesmaid Dresses:Alfred Sung //Dress Designer: Allure Bridals//Dress Designer:Amsale Bridesmaid//Dress Designer:Cynthia Bui Collection//Dress Designer:Dessy Bridesmaid Dresses // Shoes: Vince Camuto