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B-Metro’s A-List Weddings

A Wedding in Paradise By Lesley DeCastro Vedel Greg and I knew we wanted to have a private destination wedding (meaning only Greg and I made the trip) from the beginning of our engagement; luckily he let me pick the location. I have been in love with Turtle Island, Fiji from the moment I saw… Read More

A Colorful Path

Children’s of Alabama chaplain, Brett Vebber, found his own way to do God’s work in a place that felt strangely like home. By Rosalind Fournier On the day a pastor is ordained, you would expect friends, family, and church members to be in attendance to observe this holy occasion. You might not expect clowns. “Some people in the… Read More


in Birmingham by way of Russia, Yuri Shapochka finds that a home in the south and a career in film are not mutually exclusive ideas. by jesse chambers   A suicidal video-store clerk must fight to escape a nightmarish game world. Two men wait impatiently in a hospital for a liver  donation, and their competition… Read More


Produced and styled by Mindi Shapiro Levine Recipe development and food styling by Marian Cooper Cairns Photography by Mary Britton Senseney Summer and seafood go hand in hand.  Whether you are fishing for red snapper off the coast, shucking raw oysters and eating them fresh or checking your shrimp nets for those delicious Royal Reds,… Read More

One on One June 2012

People. Talking. This month we bring together a tour de force of creativity in our One on One feature: entertainer Jan D. Hunter and photographer Carolyn Sherer. The discussion centered on the nature of creativity and the temperature and temperament of the Birmingham audience.

The Heidi Elnora Collection

Home-grown haute couture for the Birmingham Bride. Photos by Angela Karen In November of 2006, the brand heidi elnora was created back in Birmingham. Heidi Standridge Baker stays true to her roots by taking a handmade approach when it comes to designing her gowns, which are known for their polished lines and attention to detail…. Read More

The Last Hotel for Women

Birmingham Festival Theatre revives  a classic of its own making. By Tom Wofford     Photography by Kim Riegel In the mind of board president Edward Miller, there was only one play to consider for closing out Birmingham Festival Theatre’s 40th anniversary season this month. “The Last Hotel for Women is the quintessential BFT play,”… Read More

A Lost Art

Emmanuel Benetollo builds for the future based on the past by Cindy Riley Emmanuel Benetollo can hardly remember a time he wasn’t captivated by wood. “I grew up going to bed at night staring at an old farmhouse timber-framed roof structure,” explains the Le Vesinet, France, native. “From the age of 12, I would just look… Read More

Tangle and Drift

To Build a Banjo Written and Photographed by Edward Badham “One thing he discovered with a great deal of astonishment was that music held for him more then just pleasure. There was meat to it. The grouping of sounds, their forms in the air as they rang out and faded, said something comforting to him… Read More

The Doctor and the Earthquake

Angelo Caery was a tough young man, a laborer in Port au Prince, with a pretty wife and a couple of kids about four and five. When the building fell on his leg, he was trapped for a few hours, and when the remainder looked like it would pancake him entirely, he yanked his leg for all he was worth.