Wednesday, July 6, 2016

There are so many choices in Birmingham when couples are selecting a wedding venue. We like to send our friends to people and places we can trust. Park Crest in Hoover is a one stop shop that doesn't disappoint.
Park Crest is a beautiful and contemporary event facility located in Hoover, Alabama. It is the perfect venue for weddings, receptions, anniversary parties, corporate events, and so much more. They offer several unique settings that can satisfy any event, small or large.
Whether you are looking for an indoor or outdoor setting, Park Crest can accommodate. Their indoor venue is a converted restaurant which consists of several rooms, that are perfect for any party. They also offer Park Crest Gardens, which is our beautifully designed and landscaped outdoor venue.
Park Crest can provide event coordinating, catering, floral, and many more services for your convenience. Also, do not forget to ask about their classic car collection.  At Park Crest, they can provide you with in-house catering, florists, photographers, and any other service you may need. However, they do allow outside services of any kind. Outside caterers are allowed to use the fully-equipped kitchen for a small fee.
Park Crest can even help couples plan their honeymoon destinations.  There are vacation homes available, located on the Gulf Coast, that are perfect for private getaways or large family/friends vacations.  Call them today to book your tour!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

As a seasoned wedding and event vendor in Birmingham, Mr. Burch has the opportunity of working with some of Birmingham's elite photographers.  Beautiful photos shared among wedding guests and friends vial email and social media help to showcase our latest styles and fashions all over town and beyond.



This week, we'd like to highlight Gretchen Birdwell of Gretchen B Photography.  Gretchen has been an avid student of photography since junior high and has been found behind the camera pretty much ever since.  




Originally from North Carolina, Gretchen had a hand-tinting portrait business there before relocating to Birmingham.  She has over 10 years in portrait experience, and has been shooting weddings for over 5 years now.  Gretchen is a Certified Professional Photographer, a distinction seldom achieved by many, and is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the Camera Club.  



Gretchen's vast experience coupled with her love of the art of Photography give her a classic and emotional style to both her portraits and candid event shots.  She regularly celebrates the art of photography when she hosts her monthly Unscripted: Fine Art Photography events in which several local photographers showcase their work in her studio.



Gretchen B Photography has a full service studio in Historic Old Town Helena where she holds indoor and outdoor portrait sessions for her clients.  For the convenience of others, she also has an office in Cahaba Heights to meet with current and prospective clients.  



Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Gretchen!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mr Burch Formal Wear has the distinct privilege of working with some of Birmingham’s best wedding vendors and and venues.  We would like to take this opportunity to spotlight:  The White Room.
Carolyn  Kelley, founder and owner, is the driving force behind The White Room.  Carolyn drove by a building in Helena in October 2004 and saw it was for rent.  She called her daughter Cathy to share her thoughts about opening a bridal salon.  January 2, 2005,  The White Room opened with dresses in the store.  Cathy continued her corporate day job for a while and worked with Carolyn nights and weekends.  The two worked side by side seeing brides every Saturday.  Eventually, Cathy transitioned to work at the bridal salon full time and became the customer service expert while Carolyn remained the talented seamstress who makes ALL the alterations.    The two have a  unique relationship and love working together.  
What makes you different?
The White Room is all about the bride.  They invest profit back into the shop in order to give their brides more options and a greater quantity to choose from.  Carolyn is the alterations department and constantly gives so bride will feel extra special and really love what she has.
How / when should a bride select a dress?
Most girls get engaged and then the best friend calls 6 shops to schedule appointments  The bride might not be ready and  you shouldn't force her.   The bride will get to the dress in her time, usually after she has selected a venue.
What are the most common mistakes a bride makes when shopping for a dress?

A common mistake when shopping for a wedding gown is bringing too many people.  If the bride has more than 3 people with her, her opinion tends to get lost.  Another mistake is not putting any 
thought in the style or type of dress she wants.  What does the theme or venue dictate?  Do some research.   Have a few ideas so you know what you're looking for.  If you're having a beach wedding, a full length, long sleeve formal gown, might not work.
Of course you also need to have a firm grasp on your budget.  It will be difficult to shop if you don't know how much you have to spend.  Once you get a vision for your dress, it should be right for your body type.  If you are 5 feet tall, a mermaid style might not be the best for your body shape.  If you're working with The White Room, prepare for honesty.  Were going to tell you what looks good and what doesn't. 
If you're getting dress from us, you're going to be spectacular in it.

If you haven't had the opportunity, you might want to check out the new Sale Room.  It's for any bride who wants a couture dress but doesn't have $7,000 to spend.  The Sale Room is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am-6pm with no appointment needed.  If a bride is willing to buy a dress off rack and have alteration, she can save thousands of dollars.

If you're shopping for a wedding dress, we suggest you visit Cathy and Carolyn at White Room.  We promise, you won't regret it.