PUBLISHED: hi note’s very own wedding!
Those of you who might not be familiar with the faces behind hi note, might not realize we are a husband and wife design team. We got hitched back in May this year, and we are fortunate enough to have our very own wedding featured in the latest, 5th anniversary issue of Southern Weddings Magazine on newsstands now! Michael and I, along with so many friends and family members, worked every weekend, day and night, for over a year perfecting every detail of our wedding. It was so very important to us that our wedding to reflect our personalities and style and also to be able to showcase our talent and creativity with hi note. In addition to being responsible for all the graphics, stationery, signage and favors for the event, Michael, my mother and I took on another tiny role (haha!) in the wedding day details by planning and styling the whole event ourselves. Needless to say, we were completely exhausted by the time May 19th finally rolled around, but we think (and hope you do as well!) that it was completely worth the results. Be on the look-out for an extended look into our very special wedding day in the near future, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the spreads from SW mag and some special behind the scenes captions about all of the photos featured in print.
1) You can find Southern Weddings Magazine in most Southeastern Target, Publix and Barnes and Noble stores, but if you are having trouble finding a glossy copy of your own, try ordering directly from their site here.
2) Our main inspiration for our wedding invitation suite was the venue – the natural scenery and aesthetic that is lakeside living. We were also influenced by vintage graphics, so the combination of wood etched invitations with nostalgic airmail RSVP postcard and enclosures, all wrapped in a custom laser cut pocketfold seemed pretty appropriate for the occasion.
3) Our nephew Jasper was our fine ring bearer! His adorable bowtie was a special creation by Handmade by Emy.
4) Michael’s tie was also created by Emy and his boutonnière was custom made by my very own mother, Nila McBrier. She is the amazing artist behind Art by Redbird and creates one-of-a-kind costume jewelry pieces on a daily basis, but seeing as it was her daughter’s wedding, her talents were showcased in so many ways beyond jewelry when it came to our wedding. The groom and best man boutonnières were created from vintage fishing lures from my father’s tackle collection.
5) This is just a small glimpse of the save-the-date we sent out to guests. You can see more images and the story behind our little booklet here in feature by Style Unveiled.
6) One of the earliest decisions I made while planning the wedding was to have a brooch bouquet in lieu of real florals. I asked all my close female friends, family members and loved ones to contribute a brooch to my bouquet. All those who did, brought me such wonderful pieces that had so much meaning to me personally, so I am extremely proud to be able to cherish this momento for life. Thanks so much also to my mother (Art by Redbird) for putting it all together into such a spectacular masterpiece!
7) Michael and I wrote our own vows, and we literally almost spilled the beans before the ceremony because we both had such jitters about saying them for the first time in front of all our closest family and friends. We held out, and those of you at the wedding should know how glad I was that we did…I would not have laughed nearly as hard had it been the second time around, so we were both so happy we held out for the surprise and that our genuine reactions were able to be caught on camera. We can’t wait to see the video from Nate Stewart. We know it will be entertaining!
8) Otis was our second ring bearer. Jasper (our nephew in caption 3) did such a wonderful job of keeping Otis in check and down the aisle without heading straight into Lake Logan Martin! The dog collar and bow tie was created by Catey Blue.
9) For the ceremony, we used hay bails for guests’ seats, and while this is no new concept in the wedding world, we were really proud of our cost savings with the idea. Special thanks to the Pell City Coop for allowing us to borrow the hay bails (NO JOKE! FOR FREE!) and for all the locals who have donated quilts to the Pell City Goodwill in the past. Between the $3 thrift store and attic/family heirloom finds, they made such a colorful statement with the sunset view over the water.
10) My wedding dress was a custom creation by Clarie La Faye. My mom and I worked closely with her, sending sketches of what we were envisioning, and she mirrored our ideas to a ‘T’. A pale grey silk gown, with handmade rosettes, feathers and a one-shoulder strap, that transitioned into the train that trailed behind me down the aisle – I could not have asked for anything more ‘me’.
11) Our STUNNING florals were a work of art. We obviously wanted the arrangements to compliment all the other details we planned for our big day, so wildflowers in household containers like tins, bottles and old jars were completely fitting for the occasion. Angie from Birch Blooms did such an amazing job! I am pretty sure she had everyone’s jaws on the ground as they entered our reception space. It was most definitely the icing on the cake for me. They made the venue and our whole vision come to life!
12) We used wax seals left over from our invitation suite for our programs and displayed the finished pieces in an old tackle box we found in my parent’s attic.
13) We adorned a tree that neighbored the ceremony site with family photos and a wood-etched note of remembrance for loved ones who are no longer with us.
14) A lot of the photos on the tree were of our family members on their very own wedding day. This one is of my mom and dad cutting their cake.
15) My mother and I found an old vanity at the local Goodwill. It was missing the mirrors and some knobs, so my friend (and wedding photographer) Melissa Schollaert, helped me dress it up. We put new colorful knobs on the drawers and fabric in the holes where the mirrors used to be. We pinned polaroid-like engagement photos of Michael and me on the fabric boards, and a vintage typewriter (again, found in the attic!), with a typed message asking everyone to sign our guest book, sat on one side, while our guest book puzzle sat on the other. Yup, we had a jigsaw puzzle in the shape of Alabama as our guest book. I’ll be sure to share more photos of that in the near future.
16) We had all of our wine and beer in an old boat next to the dance floor during the reception, so guests could self-serve. We also made a brew especially for the wedding.
17) Another find from the thrift store! hi note created a directional sign out of an discarded announcement board, so guests could find their way easily.
18, 19, 20) Michael built and painted our cornhole boards himself. Each board had our home state painted on it for guests to choose the bride or groom’s team and play during cocktail hour.
21) We had 2 different cocktail napkin designs – one for our cocktail hour and one for the reception. Both had our monogram we created and carried throughout the event, and the same monogram now adorns our personal stationery.
22) Each table at our reception was completely unique in its decor and had a table number that was laser cut out of fabric and mounted on wood veneer. The same fabric was used on escort cards so guests’ found their table by fabric swatch, a nod to my Interior Design background.
23) We had a bar during cocktail hour with my mom’s famous margaritas. Guests self-served from spigot jars and placed their drinks in these glasses with custom straw stirs.
24) Michael and my chairs were joined together with an ampersand laser cut out of wood.
25) We opted to have clear plates at the reception and use a doily under each one for an added touch of nostalgia. Of course, we couldn’t have just an old doily! We dressed them up by laser cutting our monogram out of each one. Then, my mom and I created custom place mats that rested underneath the chargers and were made in the same fabric as the coordinating table number.
26) One of our favors for our guests was a bottle opener that also acts as a keychain. We love that you can carry it with you anywhere – it easily fits in your pocket!
27) Another giveaway for guests were koozies, and like the bottle openers, they had another iconic graphic from our wedding, ‘Greetings from Lake Logan Martin’. Most wedding koozies have the bride and groom’s names/monogram and wedding date on it, but we wanted everyone to be able to take something home that felt more like a tourist trinket than a wedding favor and put our initials and date on the bottom instead.
28) Here’s our brew I mentioned in 16). Michael designed a custom label for it. It was SUCH a hit…people really enjoyed the beer too!
29) This is actually our neighbors dock. We loved the red chairs and their view, so we had to capture a photo there before the wedding.
I hope you have enjoyed hearing more about our special wedding day! Please be sure to check out all of our fabulous vendors below and stay tuned for many more photos and behind-the-scenes info in the near future.
Photographer: Melissa Schollaert Photography
Planners: Bride (Erin Palermo); Mother of the Bride (Nila McBrier); Groom (Michael Palermo)
Designers: hi note, Bride; Mother of the Bride
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bride’s Family Home
Florist: Birch Blooms Floral & Design (Angie Gunja)
Wedding Cake and Pastries: Everyday Celebrations (Besty Distler)
Cocktail Hour Food: Felix Food (Felix Hu)
Caterer: Catering Connection (Alan Singleton, 256.454.1051)
Videographer: Nathan Stewart
Band: Nationwide Coverage (Matt Casey)
Maid of Honor Dress: J. Crew
Bride’s Dress: Bride, Claire la Faye
Hair Stylist: Mother of the Bride
Makeup Artist: Maid of Honor
Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto
Bride’s Jewelry & Hair Accessories: Art by Redbird (Nila McBrier)
Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Art by Redbird (Nila McBrier)
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Stationery and Custom Graphics: hi note (Erin & Michael Palermo)
Ceremony & Reception Décor: All borrowed, recycled or found at thrift and bargain stores
Favors: hi note (Erin & Michael Palermo)
Transportation: Universal Stage Coach
Lighting Design: Bride; Groom; Mother of the Bride