Leah & Benjamin | Avondale Villa Wedding & Reception Birmingham, Alabama

One of the things we love at Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market is when brides have a fantastic “do-it-yourself” concept. Leah came to us last winter and had wonderful ideas for her spring wedding and reception being held at Birmingham’s Avondale Villa.

We had the opportunity to work with photographer Mary Katherine Morris of MKM Weddings for the first time, and she did a wonderful job on the photos! One of our favorite parts about this wedding was all of the photos taken around Avondale Park. The sunlight coming through the trees is to die for?

Leah carried a yellow, white, and green bridal bouquet which included sunflowers, snap dragons, Queen Anne's lace, stock, hydrangea, ranunulus, and white garden roses.

Leah carried a yellow, white, and green bridal bouquet which included sunflowers, snap dragons, Queen Anne’s lace, stock, hydrangea, ranunculus, dusty miller and white garden roses which was wrapped in twine.

Birmingham's Avondale Park was a great location for Leah's bridal photos.

Birmingham’s Avondale Park was a great location for Leah’s bridal photos.

Springtime in Alabama is beautiful. We love this bridal portrait of Leah at Avondale Park before her wedding.

Springtime in Alabama is beautiful. We love this bridal portrait of Leah at Avondale Park before her wedding.

The bridesmaid's yellow wildflower bouquets looked wonderful against their sky blue dresses.

The bridesmaid’s yellow wildflower bouquets looked wonderful against their sky blue dresses.

Leah's bridesmaid bouquets were made up of sunflowers, scabiosa, thistle, yellow snap dragons, white stock, dusty miller, Queen Anne's lace, and craspedia. Their bouquets were wrapped in burlap.

Leah’s bridesmaid bouquets were made up of sunflowers, scabiosa, thistle, yellow snap dragons, white stock, dusty miller, Queen Anne’s lace, and craspedia. Their bouquets were wrapped in burlap.

Leah’s family built a fabulous wooden arbor for their wedding ceremony which took place on the back patio at Avondale Villa. They did the flowers for the alter themselves and did a fabulous job!

Leah and her family did the flowers for the wooden arbor they built. The flowers included sunflowers, hydrangea, baby's breath, and curly willow.

Leah and her family did the flowers for the wooden arbor they built. The flowers included sunflowers, hydrangea, baby’s breath, and curly willow.

Leah and Benjamin walk happily down the aisle after saying their vows.

Leah and Benjamin walk happily down the aisle after saying their vows.

Leah and Benjamin took photos around Avondale Park immediately following their wedding ceremony at Avondale Villa. We love Benjamin's plaid bowtie!

Leah and Benjamin took photos around Avondale Park immediately following their wedding ceremony at Avondale Villa. We love Benjamin’s plaid bowtie!

The newlyweds dance in the shade at Avondale Park after their wedding. Leah was such a beautiful, classic bride with her sling-back pumps and tea length veil.

The newlyweds dance in the shade at Avondale Park after their wedding. Leah was such a beautiful, classic bride with her sling-back pumps and tea length veil.

Floral design by Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market

Floral design by Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market

Photography by MKM Weddings

Photography by MKM Weddings

For Leah's sign in table she opted for a "tip jar" where guests left a tip for happiness for the newlyweds.

For Leah’s sign in table she opted for a “tip jar” where guests left a tip for happiness for the newlyweds.

The bridesmaid's bouquets were repurposed and used on the hi-boy tables at Leah and Benjamin's Avondale Villa wedding reception.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets were repurposed and used on the hi-boy tables at Leah and Benjamin’s Avondale Villa wedding reception.

Leah created her own guest table centerpieces out of multi-colored bottles using wildflowers. The red and white checked picnic tablecloths were the perfect touch.

Leah created her own guest table centerpieces out of multi-colored bottles using wildflowers. The red and white checked picnic tablecloths were the perfect touch.

The sidewalk at Avondale Villa was lined with blue mason jars on shepherd hooks filled with sunflowers, daisies, and solidago.

The sidewalk at Avondale Villa was lined with blue mason jars on shepherd hooks filled with sunflowers, daisies, and solidago.

Avondale Villa sits at the top of the hill at Avondale Park. The reception was a fun, do-it-yourself picnic theme. Leah used red and white check tablecloths on the picnic tables for guest seating, and the yard game "Cornhole" was set up for everyone to enjoy.

Avondale Villa sits at the top of the hill at Avondale Park. The reception was a fun, do-it-yourself picnic theme. Leah used red and white check tablecloths on the picnic tables for guest seating, and the yard game “Cornhole” was set up for everyone to enjoy.

Leah poses with a pinwheel underneath a home-made banner made from fabric samples.

Leah poses with a pinwheel underneath a home-made banner made from fabric samples.

We love this fun wedding banner made with triangles of mix matched fabric!

We love this fun wedding banner made with triangles of mix matched fabric!

Leah and her family made the food table centerpiece as well. It was displayed inside the villa and enjoyed by everyone.

Leah and her family made the food table centerpiece as well. It was displayed inside the villa and enjoyed by everyone.

Leah and Benjamin displayed photos of themselves as well as their family inside the fireplace at Avondale Villa. A backdrop of magnolia branches was a nice touch as well as the dried bouquets of lavender.

Leah and Benjamin displayed photos of themselves as well as their family inside the fireplace at Avondale Villa. A backdrop of magnolia branches was a nice touch as well as the dried bouquets of lavender.

Leah and Benjamin sent each of their wedding guests home with a favor of a single succulent plant.

Leah and Benjamin sent each of their wedding guests home with a favor of a single succulent plant.

Single succulents (or echevaria) make wonderful wedding favors.

Single succulents (or echevaria) make wonderful wedding favors.

Congratulations Leah and Benjamin! We enjoyed working with you and hope you have a blessed life together!

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