It’s 2019 and we say it’s time to throw the wedding rules out the window. We don’t know who said brides should wear all white, but we are SO GLAD that this beautiful bride broke that rule!
This amazing wedding is full of bold colors, trendy decor and a whole lot of joy! Planned perfectly by our favorite Rachael Grammer of Two Hearts Weddings and Events, this stunning wedding is one of the most unique weddings we’ve ever seen. Featuring the most beautiful bridal gown, bold bridesmaids dresses, gorgeous lighting, and lots of greenery – it’s such a unique wedding and one you definitely don’t want to miss! This sweet bride so graciously shared her thoughts with us on her wedding day. We loving hear from recent brides about their big day!
Tell us about your inspiration for your wedding day.
When we first started planning, our focus was creating a day that felt genuine and approachable, but also interesting and unique. We kept saying during planning, “If a guest walks away saying ‘that was a polished and elegant southern wedding’”, then we didn’t achieve the vibe what we were going for. We wanted our guests to learn about our relationship through their time spent celebrating with us, and we are not polished nor elegant!
I am a very visual person. I know that the atmosphere of a space immediately affects how I am feeling, so I wanted to keep that in mind for any guests that may feel the same way. I knew what I going for design-wise and I learned how to communicate what I wanted.
My inspiration became more focused when I got my dress. I tried on ten white dresses but my heart lit up at the big goldenrod yellow one. With such a bright color at the center of the day, it became a lot easier to narrow down the color palette we wanted to use. I love dark moody tones, and they worked great for highlighting the color of my dress. Once a vibe and a color scheme was decided upon, the inspiration for the rest easily fell into place.
What was the most important thing to you when you were planning your big day?
We didn’t feel required to check every box of a “southern wedding”. We didn’t want to schedule ourselves to do anything that we weren’t going to be looking forward to. We didn’t feel strongly about having a cake, so we didn’t have a cake. No part of me wanted my family to watch my husband take an undergarment out from under my dress and sling it into a sea of single men, so there was no garter toss. Making decisions like that made it so we were thrilled about every part. Everything a guest experienced was consciously included, not just included because “it’s a thing you do at weddings”.
Was it important for you to get married in Birmingham? If so, why?
It was very important! We met in Birmingham, I went to school at Birmingham-Southern, and both of us feel a deep connection with the city. I could write you a book on why Birmingham is the best city in the United States, but I’ll save you the reading. All of that aside, I think Birmingham is stocked with high caliber wedding vendors, so I knew that we could bring our vision to life with a Birmingham wedding. It also helped that 75% of our friends were living in Birmingham, so we thought we would save them some money on a hotel and let them sleep in their own beds.
Tell us your favorite part of your wedding day?
When we got to our hotel after the reception, our room wasn’t ready yet. So we dropped off our bags and headed up to the rooftop bar to grab drinks. It was the most gorgeous evening and we were still wearing our wedding attire. We sat up there, overlooking the city we met in, got engaged in, and just got married in. We talked about the highlights of the day the other person might have missed. I’ll think back to the stillness of that moment forever.
Do you have any advice to share with brides who are currently planning their big day?
There is no correct way to feel on your wedding day! No one says this, so I want to put it in writing. Your wedding day is a happy day, but don’t put the pressure on yourself to have THE happiest day of your life. Allow yourself to have moments of feeling frustrated, or overwhelmed, or nervous. It is okay to feel however you feel on that day, because it is a huge day and you are still just a person.
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs! We loved your wedding and are so happy to share it!
Other Vendors: Band: The Emerald Empire Band | Brides Dress: The Sentimentalist | Catering: Jim N’Nicks BBQ and B&B Bartending | Ceremony: Yeilding Chapel | Flowers: Party Petals by Deana | Hair and Makeup: Shelby Sasser | Lighting: On-Site Productions | Photography: Katie Jewell Co. | Reception Venue: Aldridge Gardens | Stationery: Minted