We have a packed day of wedding lovelies waiting in the wings so I hope you are bright eyed, bushy-tailed and fully caffeinated. And in hopes of not completely overwhelming you, we're going to display just a snippet of each affair. To see the FULL wedding, simply click on the gallery.
We are going to start things off with a bang. And by bang I mean a really gorgeous wedding with the perfect mix of traditional elements and shabby chic details all captured by Shannon Mathis of Mi Amore Foto. Her pictures are beyond gorgeous and so worth a trip to the gallery for the FULL wedding!
From the Bride...I love telling our story. My freshman year of college in Birmingham I was a nanny for a little girl. Aaron just so happened to be her preschool teacher. I picked her up three days a week, but Aaron never really talked to me about anything other than the little girl (so I assumed he wasn’t interested). Come to find out, he was interested all along and would wake the little girl up first every day to have her start eating snack in hopes that I would stay while she finished – but I always just had her pack up the snack and left. During Christmas break, Aaron decided to make it happen. Bad news was that the little girl’s mom left her job and no longer needed me to babysit and pick her up from preschool. But the Lord brought us together anyway. Right after I got back from Christmas break Aaron and I ran into each other at our college ministry. We had both been involved the entire year but since it was such a large ministry our paths had never crossed. I remember seeing him sit in front of me during the worship time. That was our connection – I realized that he loved the Lord as I watched him worship. Afterward we talked and ended up sitting together the next week, which was when he asked me out on a date. We had the best first date ever. A pizza parlor, a late night stroll through Mountain Brook, breaking into the Botanical Gardens, and talking for hours on what later became “our” bench. It was after this night that both of us could see ourselves marrying one another. Two and a half years later, Aaron proposed to me on our bench. The Lord has continued His faithfulness to us throughout our entire relationship, leading all the way up to our wedding weekend. Everything could not have been more perfect. The Lord was glorified in every aspect and we were so blessed to have had so much fun with our friends and family. It was an amazing way to start our marriage!
I wanted my wedding style to be simple, but very "shabby chic". I was really excited about using baby's breath. Along with the mason jars, burlap, different shabby chic fabrics for the place card boards, the suitcases for the cards, and the distressed books for the sign-in, the baby's breath was the delicate touch that brought everything together. I was also really excited about my favors- I'm obsessed with chapstick. We found some yummy flavors and put song lyrics on the chapsticks from our favorite band, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. During the reception, Aaron and I were saying hello to the guests in the side room. This had been going on for some time while the wedding party was dancing in the main room. Our wedding party decided that it was time for us to join them so they dragged us into the main room and onto the dance floor. That was when the party really got started. The groomsmen decided that it would be a great idea to lift Aaron up into the air. Naturally, the bridesmaids followed the groomsmen's example and lifted me up into the air as well. This was such a fun and exciting moment that captured the celebration that took place that night.
Wedding Dress: Casablanca Couture via Sweet Elegance / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Flower Girl Dresses: Strasburg / Groom's + Groomsman Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Groom's Tie: Tux and Tulle / Wedding Invitations: Sam Flax / Floral Design: Dalsimer / Wedding Cake: We Take the Cake / Groomsmen Ties: J.Crew / Bride's Make-up: Terrisa Coleman (Family Friend) / Bride's Hair: Erin of Wild Orchid Hair Salon / Wedding Photography: Mi Amore Foto