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alabamaweddingsmagazine.com 8 Alabama Weddings Magazine is turning 15 years old! Oh wow… it is hard to believe sometimes, but as I fondly refect back over the past ffteen years, my thoughts walk through a fun, adventurous journey… the day and life of the publisher of Alabama Weddings Magazine . The journey of the birth of a business. The journey of building relationships and teamwork. The journey of growing pains. The journey of changing with the times. The journey of creating new ideas. The journey of personal challenges. The journey of faith. The journey of determination. I could easily continue with numerous pages of these journeys, but my heart wants to celebrate. With tremendous gratefulness, I celebrate and appreciate the many blessings in both my business and personal life. I want to dedicate this special Fifteenth Anniversary issue to all who have made it possible throughout the years. Much love to my mom and all my family for supporting, loving and praying for me each day and understanding all the missed holidays while I'm working on the magazine. Big hugs to my friends for encouragement and making fun times happen throughout my crazy schedule. To the special friends and colleagues -- you've made this happen. I have depended, trusted and very much valued everything you are to me. Thanks to all, and especially Allen, Tracy, David and Christopher. My wedding world frst began with several people who believed in me from the beginning and are part of the foundation that built the Alabama Weddings Magazine team. Thank you Mr. Burch, Bromberg's, Diane Olexa and Kathy G. -- Happy AWM 15th Anniversary to you and everyone whose creative talent has grown the number one bridal magazine in Alabama. I am looking forward to the next anniversary – the BIG 2 0 !! Thank you to all the readers, you make this entire publication possible. Enjoy each page of the Alabama Weddings Magazine experience. Let it become an inspirational journey toward your special day – your wedding day. Michelle Van Every publisher and editor in chief To be part of this incredible legacy is nothing short of humbilng. Thank you to Michelle for giving an odd, artsy kid a chance. This issue is truly a testament to your determination. I dedicate my work in this Fifteenth Anniversary issue to my mother for her sacrifces, my father for his understanding, Wowo and Pa for believing in me, and Nanny - a woman who taught me to show love for those that need it the most. David K. Haugen editor and creative director After an eight year journey with Alabama Weddings Magazine , I'm proud to have still been a part, and now at the helm, of crafting a beautiful magazine alongside all of you. I know all too well how hard our advertisers work bringing to life these inspirational shoots, and it is an honor to lend my design eye to sharing them with our readers. To my friends, family and team of creative colleagues who have supported me through the years - I cherish you and your talent you lend to giving life to my crazy dreams. Christopher Confero style and managing editor e d i t o r s l e t t e r s Photography by Chuck St. John Hair & Makeup by Melissa Moore Bogardus