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Brittany and Eric’s Sloss Furnace Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met in our Structures III class at Auburn University. After discussing our common (and super cool) interest in music, we started making mix tapes for each other. The mix tapes were an awesome way to get new music, but they were really a wonderful reason to meet outside of class. It didn’t take long for these little meetings to turn into dates. We quickly realized we were two of a kind: we loved music, travel and adventures!

How did he propose? Eric had to be in Washington D.C. for a work meeting, so I flew up to meet him for the long weekend. We visited a ton a museums and an antsy Eric lead me to the gift shop where he bought me a surprise. After the purchase we walked to a little green garden and found a secret nook where he wanted to give me the gift. Butterflies danced around us as I opened a picture frame with tiny interchangeable letters. But then Eric took out another box. “Two gifts?!?”, I thought. I found a white viewmaster peering up at me from the box. I quickly lifted it to my eyes and held it up towards the sun to see a photograph of the two of us canoeing. I clicked the reel for the next photo and began to wonder how he was able to get our photos inside the viewmaster so quickly. By the third frame, I realized what was happening and could hardly contain my excitement to the last frame which was a photo of me kissing Eric on the cheek with text reading, “Will you marry me?” I took the view master down and saw Eric down on his knee with ring in hand! He then asked me out loud; I said, “OF COURSE!”

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that. We wanted the wedding to be a perfect reflection of us and offer the guests insight into our unconventional style. Eric and I have fallen in love with each other through travel, good food, good music and good beer –  we wanted all of these things to play a part in our union. We never had a “theme” in mind; however, after I described the look we wanted to our florist, she coined it “industrial garden party”.  And that’s probably the best description. We used the yellow, grays and rusty red of Sloss and added purples and greens. Because Sloss is beautiful and dramatic enough to stand on its own, I focused on little details of decor: I made paper poms to hang from the trees, a paper pom garland, cake toppers, labels for the foods and different flavored cakes, and all the paper design was my own. Instead of a guest book, I designed 8 postcards of major cities we have been, and the guests signed the back of their favorite one with a note to us.

What about your wedding was unique to Birmingham? Sloss Furnaces is a historic landmark and is one of the many reasons Birmingham is called the Magic City. We loved the idea of juxtaposing our wedding and soft florals with the industrial, rusty iron mill. We definitely got some puzzled faces from our families when we told them we were getting married at Sloss, but Eric and I could envision it. (After the wedding, the families did admit that it was the absolute perfect venue for us and that they now understood!) Sloss Furnaces also allowed us to choose our own vendors and completely customize the spaces to fit our vision. Plus, the wedding coordinator, Joy Hullett, is one of the sweetest and most productive people I’ve ever met!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Oh, just one?!? Honestly, our wedding could not have been what it was without every one of vendors. We very carefully chose each one specifically for their wonderful talents (florals, photography, food, etc!), and it was their work and ours that made it OUR wedding.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment of the day was standing at the end of the aisle with my daddy, looking down at my smiling groom. I had so much nervousness about tripping and saying my part of the vows correctly (which I didn’t, oops!), but it all washed away when I saw Eric waiting on me. (Eric agrees that this is also his favorite moment.)

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Our favorite part of the day was “fake exiting” on the tandem bicycle. I say “fake exiting” because we didn’t actually leave (we were giving our tired guests a chance to tell us goodbye), and we liked riding the bike through the sparklers so much that we did it again just for kicks! It was hilarious and so much fun. The groomsmen tied tin cans to the back and even made a “just married” sign for it.  The bike was also significant because we both love riding.

Any advice for current Birmingham Brides? Delegate! When family and friends offer their help, take them up on it! Even small tasks during the week of the wedding can see huge and stressful, so do not be afraid to ask someone for help. Also, be sure to slow down on your wedding weekend – realize the day you’ve been planning for is finally here, and soak up every second of it!

What was the best advice you received as a bride? My friend gave me a wedding planning binder when I got engaged, and I’m pretty sure I could not have planned without it. She included a Martha Stewart guideline of what to do and when to do it at the front. She divided the rest into categories (dress, florals, food, etc) and included empty sleeves for my inspiration clippings and contracts. It was simply the best!

 Anything else that you would like to share about your day? We kept everything true to us for our wedding day, down to every last detail. We were on a budget, but we worked hard to make sure we had quality vendors. We didn’t want, and couldn’t afford, to just check items off a list because it was in a “typical wedding”- each decision we made was thoughtful and meaningful. We believe our efforts and hard work (making hundreds of paper poms isn’t easy!) allowed us to have a wonderful wedding.

CREDITS :: Venue, Sloss Furnaces | Florist, Mandy Majerik of HotHouse Design Studio | Photographer, Jamie Clayton Photography | Caterer, Brick & Tin | Drinks : Good People Brown Ale & IPA | Wedding Cake, Cake Dianne  | Bride’s Veil and hairpiece, Molly Gee Designs  | Bride’s Dress, Angel Sanchez from Kelly’s Closet | Bridesmaids’ dresses, J. Crew | Groom’s suit, J. Crew | Groom’s shoes, Allen Edmond | Groomsmen’s suits,  Indochino | Wedding Invitations and papers, Brittany Baker Paper Co. | Band : Bottle Up and Explode

Jamie - Thank you so much for this. I wish every couple was like Brittany and Eric. Its just not possible.

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