Brittany and Nate were married in a ceremony at The Brick Church followed by a reception at Lyla’s Dance Hall in Mooresville, Ala. “I absolutely fell in love with this old rustic church from the moment I saw it,” Brittany said. “To me, it represented a part of who I am as a person. First of all, the shutters are black. Anyone who knows me, knows that my wardrobe consists of black, and nothing else. Secondly, the church was simple and seemed to look a little beat down. The last nine months were tough for my dad. He was a simple man and that was all there was to it. He accepted life as it came at him, taking everything day by day. Near the end of his life, he looked beat down on the outside, but on the inside, he was still beautiful. When I walked into the church, it took my breath away. It was beautiful, but yet, still simple. Dad always loved old churches , and loved the simple ways of the people in old churches. He led me to this church.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, and dusty miller.
The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. “My hands couldn’t stop shaking, and thank goodness my girlfriends were there to give me some champagne before I saw him for the first time,” she said. “I kept thinking what if he doesn’t like my hair, or what if he thinks this dress makes me look fat? I tapped him on the shoulder, and when he turned around tears rolled down his eyes. He said, ‘I have never seen you look so beautiful.’ And that was the moment I had been waiting for since I was a little girl.” Her brother walked her down the aisle to The Piano Guys version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 275 witnessing.
Guests were greeted at the pavilion with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome to the best day ever. We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19.” And encouraged to take a mason jar to use for drinks. “I have danced my entire life, and I knew I had to have a good band for everyone to dance to,” Brittany said. “We danced and laughed the entire night, and my vision was complete.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was a fully-stocked candy buffet, which also served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Everyone is going to have an opinion about what your wedding day should be like,” she said. “Don’t follow their advice. This is your special day, and it should be everything and more that YOU want. Some people told me to go with a more formal wedding, but that’s not who I am. I believe in sweet tea, dancing the night away, and happiness. They are some of the main ingredients to a good life. I am satisfied I followed my vision, and didn’t let others influence what I wanted for our big day.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
Candace and Iain were married in a traditional church ceremony at The Old Brick Church followed by a reception at Limestone Bay Trading Co. in Moorseville, Ala. on June 28. “The vintage detail of it all,” Candace said. “Dee was wonderful and provided us with all of our decorations. Think: mason jars and lace tablecloths, and the beautiful mismatched china plates we ate dinner on. It all fit our personality perfectly from the tent outback decked out with strng lights to the detailed organic flower arrangements.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of “something blue” strappy high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped yellow bow tie. Fun fact: “I put my old and new monograms on the soles of my shoes, so I could start off my new life on the right foot and remember what I left behind,” she said. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look and exchanging of gifts. “My husband’s vows, I cried, of course, but they were tailored to our relationship,” Candace said. “He even promised we could have pizza every night if I wanted to. (It is my all-time favorite food.) Also after finishing up, he tried putting the ring on the wrong finger, which definitely lightened the tears and made it an unforgettable moment.” The reception went off without a hitch underneath the summer sky. “Food came in a close second knowing it was for us,” she said. “BBQ pork on corn cakes with mac ‘n’ cheese, green beans, baked beans, broccoli salad, and fruit skewers! Topped off with our delicious red velvet cake! We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.” After a few dances, dips, and twirls, the newlyweds were worn out. Plus, it was almost time for their honeymoon roadtrip across California.
Ashlee and Jacob were married at Matthews Manor in Springville, Ala. on November 3. “It was perfect,” Ashlee said. “I always wanted an outdoor wedding, and Micah’s Meadow was beautiful for that. I also loved that Grace Hall was there too, so guests didn’t have to travel.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with sparkly flats, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie and polka dot socks. Bridesmaids wore satin ivory dresses and carried wildflower bouquets. “The walk back down the aisle, it felt so amazing to escape the spotlight and be close to my husband,” she said. “He swept me off my feet (literally!) and put me in the horse-drawn carriage that awaited us.” Of course, there was a “Just Married” sign on the back for all to see. Most of the reception details were handmade by Ashlee, including the centerpieces and jars of honey. “At the end of the day I would have done it all over again,” Ashlee said. “I loved every part of my wedding day. It was truly a fairytale. I owe it all to my mother! While I thought I had a lot of good ideas, it was her timeless class and wisdom that kept us focused and on budget. Looking back I’m glad we collaborated our own ideas and kept it simple and natural.”
Tricia and Dave were married at Stone Bridge Farms in Cullman, Ala. on February 20 — a Wednesday! “It had a beautiful rustic interior, combined with a dreamy Southern landscape,” Tricia said. “Their all-inclusive service was important to us as we were planning the wedding in a different country (I was backpacking through Europe) and state (he lived in New York).” The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with lace straps, while bridesmaids wore gray dresses with illusion necklines. “I loved the little personalities in my wedding outfit,” she said. “Particularly, the yellow buttons that my mum sewed ontp [my white peacoat] the night before. . .I treasure the crocheted ensemble made by our good friend and owner of Fiction Stitches, who made the girls’ cowls, plus the cardigan and that gorgeous hooded poncho for her children, the flower girl and ring bearer.” Guests were greeted inside with a sign that said, “Yay! You’re here! If you’re feeling a little chilly, please wrap your hands around a warm cup of hot chocolate. . . Mmmm.” As Tricia walked down the aisle, everything slowed down, the door swung open, and she had the biggest grin on her face, followed by tears. “There’s a photo of my husband wiping his eye at that moment, and he still maintains to this day that he was ‘scratching it.'” Tricia said. The reception was lit with hanging mason jars and votive candles and decorated with burlap table runners and centerpieces filled with yellow ranunculuses, dahlias, roses, and succulents. The entertainment and desserts? A do-it-yourself photo booth complete with props and cupcakes!
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
My then fiance and I fell in love with Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church because of its historic charm. The church was constructed to be a replica of its original building, and it was love at first sight for us. I wanted a vintage feel that was still comfortable and cozy and that is exactly what this church and its grounds portray.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. I loved my bridal party’s attire. The girl’s dresses and pearl necklaces turned out so southern and sweet, and I loved the classic black tuxes we went with for the groomsmen.
2. I loved the fresh peaches we scored from a local farm outside the city limits of Birmingham. They were so fresh and delicious in July and made beautiful centerpieces and accents.
3. I loved our wedding cake. Not only was it scrumptious, but Julie Hendricks made an incredible cake stand out of a peach basket that made my heart swoon.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
There were so many great moments in our whirlwind of a wedding day, but one moment that is still particularly sweet going on 3 years later is the car ride back to the hotel. For us, I can still remember that sweet long exhale after leaving the church still on a natural high from all the celebrating that just happened and yet still in awe that you both actually did it — you got married and are now husband and wife from that moment on until forever. A very overlooked moment throughout the wedding day I would say, but special indeed. We really appreciated having a driver, so we could bask in that moment wholeheartedly.