How did he propose? Josh proposed at his family’s lake house in Lake Martin. We had taken many trips there together and had many wonderful memories. Josh is not a planner and when asked if I could clear my schedule to take a trip to the lake in January, and double checked, and triple checked, I had a feeling something was up! He was very adamant we timed our errands that day so we could be back to take a walk at sunset. We happened upon a bench at the top of a hill looking over the water where we stopped and he began to talking very sweetly. Next thing I knew he was down on one knee and the rest is a blur! We celebrated back at the lake house with champagne and cheese (two of my favorite things).
What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that. I knew I wanted a winter wedding and for it to have a very warm / romantic / old world and intimate feel. I fell in love with The Clubhouse on Highland with its rich wood panelling, fireplaces and dramatic staircase. It made you feel like you were being invited to a friends beautiful home. This started with an intimate ceremony at the staircase with seating for only immediate family. I was so worried everyone would feel crowded around but it made it so much more personal. I love a timeless element to a wedding with a modern twist. Shindigs created a champagne cocktail and their take on an old fashioned that included both! Holly Carlisle is the flower queen and dressed up the mantles and staircase with her organic arrangements like no other. The bridesmaids wore long tulle dresses and furs my Mother-in-Law so kindly found. We also used my great grandmother’s mirror to write the menu on (done by my talented friend Amy Stone).
What about your wedding was unique to Birmingham? Anyone that knows me knows I love good food! This was an easy way to incorporate some local flavor! We also had a lot of out of town guests, with my mother’s side being from Philadelphia, PA, it was fun to give them a taste of the south. We served Pastry Arts famous baby bites for Josh’s groom’s cake, Magic City Macarons (in Maple Bourbon, Vanilla and Cranberry Marscapone), those delicious salted chocolate chip cookies from Church Street Coffee, and my cake was from Dreamcakes (white velvet with peppermint cream cheese icing). The bar included two local brews from Avondale as well.
What southern traditions did you incorporate into your wedding? My Dad and his family are from Nashville. Growing up in the North he always loved to embrace anything and everything southern around us, especially music. “The Tennessee Waltz” is one of his favorite songs and memorable to my sisters and I growing up. When we decided to have a mandolin player for the ceremony music, I made sure they would play it in the prelude. That, among other things, brought my dad to tears before the ceremony! Of course it’s not a southern wedding with some college football component, as a Tennessee grad we just had to have to band play “Rocky Top” at some point during the reception!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Of course there are so many – but dancing with Josh until I could almost fall over was so much fun! We love to dance together and always had. I felt guilty in the beginning because you want to talk and spend time with all of your guests. I can remember making the rounds and then hearing the band start to play one of our favorite songs and thinking “we need to be dancing right now!”
Where did you find your dress? I found my dress at Ivory and White. I was lucky to have gotten to know the girls there really well and they knew my style and what I would like. It was incredibly hard to choose because I loved everything and could see myself in so many of their dresses! I knew I wanted sleeves because it was January and loved the mermaid cut. Brooke found my dress from an older Monique Lhuiller line and had it brought in. There was no question once I put it on!
Any advice for current Birmingham Brides? I really loved all of our vendors. One thing I felt very strongly about was doing your research and knowing which vendors you would like to work with. Whether it be your planner, caterer, florist or whoever, you picked that person because you appreciate their talent. Let them do their job! Trust they have your best interest and don’t be an overbearing bride! This creates a smooth and happier environment for everyone. At the end of the day you will find those vendors will be more likely to go above and beyond when you don’t nit pick every detail! They have your best interest at heart! Also, let the wedding day be a representation of you and your groom, you only do this once and if you both want peanut butter banana cake for goodness sake you should have it! Of course – make sure to try and relax and have fun, you’ve worked too hard not to!
CREDITS :: Photography: Spindle Photography | Event Planning & Design: Mariée Ami | Venue: The Clubhouse on Highland in Birmingham, Alabama | Dress: Addie by Monique Lhuillier via Ivory & White Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Kate Spade | Sash, Earrings: J. Crew | Bracelet: Ex Voto| Blue Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Plum Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes, Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear | Stationery: Ragan House Lettering | Floral Design: Rosegolden | Hair: Beth, Morgan Ashley Salon | Makeup: Melanie Dobson, Fry Sauce and Grits | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited | Ceremony Music: Jason Bailey | Reception Music: Tim Tyler Productions| Catering: Shindigs Catering | Cake: Dreamcakes Bakery | Macarons: Magic City Macarons | Cookies: Church Street Coffee and Books | Cake Bites: Pastry Art Bake Shoppe | Mirror Menu Lettering: Amy Stone