Welcome!

A lot of people agree that planning an event can be stressful and intimidating. The Southerly is here to ease your worries and make you feel more comfortable with the process. Anyone can plan the perfect event with the right help. We will provide you with effective ways to be more confident and to have the ideal stress-free event!

The Southerly Warehouse is all about your story, your experience and your day. From the time you step inside of our historic event space, you will feel an immediate connection. We want to further grow our connection with you with our blog.

What began as an industrial supply store in the heart of Opelika’s Historic District is now over 5,500 square feet of beautiful event space. With original brick walls, timeless wood beam ceilings, and antique light fixtures, The Southerly serves as the perfect setting to create an event ideally suited for your unique story.

Part of helping you create the perfect wedding, party or event is guiding you along the way - step by step. We hope to offer you, through this blog, a behind the scenes look into our world. From the best way to layout your tables, the latest decor trends, to what’s new with us, our intent is for this to be the place where you find expert tips and tricks for your event.

To introduce myself, my name is Julia Kalinowski and I am the venue manager here at The Southerly Warehouse. I grew up in Fairhope, AL near Mobile Bay so anything coastal is very close to my heart. For years I worked at a bridal shop in downtown Fairhope known as Bliss Bridal. Helping brides find their dream wedding dress was my first exposure to the industry. Immediately, I knew I loved helping brides make their big day special.

I graduated from Troy University with my Bachelor’s Degree in English & Spanish. During my time at Troy, I met my fiancé, Kyle, and continued to work in the wedding industry. 

Although I studied language and literature in college, I have years of experience when it comes to weddings. From bridal styling to event management, I absolutely love it. And as I am a bride myself this year, I will be sharing my personal experiences when it comes to planning my own wedding with you.

You will get a first hand look into my planning experience when following the blog. The Southerly blog will show you both sides of the planning process. Let me be your guide during this exciting time and show you the best ways to create the perfect event. Forget the stress. Learn to be present at your own event and enjoy all of your hard work.

We hope you enjoy our new venture and we officially welcome you to The Southerly Warehouse blog!

always more to come!
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