Amy and Nolan’s Alabama wedding took place on a beautiful spring day in Birmingham. Soft purple hues and crisp white accents created a beautiful look that suited their classic Southern wedding style perfectly. We love the way that this couple incorporated purple into their color palette in a way that truly inspires us, reminiscent of the 2018 Pantone Color, Ultra Violet.
Amy and Nolan were decisive in their vendor choices, and they knew that Eric & Jamie Photography would be perfect for them even before they met. Well, we think that they made an excellent decision, because they captured the beauty and joy of their day in the most perfect way! The Sonnet House offered a variety of services, from being a beautiful location, to planning and florals, all simplifying some of their decisions while planning. Their cake from Magnificent Cakes was absolutely gorgeous, and we loved the addition of the monogram- a perfect Southern touch!
We hope you will enjoy the pretty spring inspiration, and make sure you catch the insight that Amy shared in regards to planning her special day!
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding.
Our central focus for our entire wedding was us. We wanted everything to portray both of our styles with mixtures of masculinity and femininity throughout. We both liked the idea of having everything being timeless and antique. We worked with The Sonnet House on how to incorporate this and they came up with ideas like using antique silver platters. We achieved a romantic feel by using a lot of candles with flowers that looked natural and whimsical. Geodes and books were added to create a more masculine feel. Much of the creative touches were produced by the Sonnet House. The house and the property exudes a unique mixture of rustic romance that itself is timeless.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
We had 3 important things that we discussed over and over in the planning process. They were photography, quartet for the ceremony, and music for the reception (in that order). We never had to discuss whether or not Eric & Jamie Photography were right for us. We knew they were going to be the ones before we even met them. This was based on their website, work, and as my husband will tell you, insistent stalking. The quartet was something we wanted but discussed for a while before we decided to go ahead and splurge. As far as reception music, we looked at bands for a long time. We contacted a few and then started to compare with a DJ. We ended up going with a phenomenal DJ because of the variety and getting more bang for our buck. We also really liked what On-Site Productions had to offer and how quick they were to respond to any and all questions.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
My favorite part of the day was when the doors opened to begin walking down the aisle. When I locked eyes with Nolan, I forgot anyone else was there. I had been super stressed all day but an immense calm fell over me as soon as I saw him. I couldn’t believe that we were in that moment, the one where I became his wife (finally). Nolan’s favorite part of the day was immediately following the ceremony, we had to go out the side of the house until all of the guest were moved to the courtyard for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. There was about 5 minutes that we had alone on the porch to be together as husband and wife.
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
The cross that sat on the mantle of the outside fireplace, where the ceremony took place, was carved by Nolan and his uncle a few months before the wedding. They felled a pine tree on his family farm, carving it using only hand tools and a chainsaw. It is such a special personal touch and will be something we hang in our home.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
The chalices that we drank out of while cutting the cakes are antique silver and were picked out by Nolan’s grandmother pre-World War 2. They are hand chased and very special to us. The bowl that the lavender was kept in was from the same set.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Look at all of your options. Don’t just go to one venue, go to multiple and see what they offer. Some venues offer more bang for your buck and with that may come a lot more experience. Also, it’s about the bride AND the groom. We each listed what we really wanted out of our one and only wedding day and took all of each other’s wants into consideration. Sometimes we had to compromise and that was okay because we were getting married and that’s what mattered at the end of the day.
A beautiful and joyful couple, a color palette of soft hues, and charming details… what more could you ask for in a spring wedding day?
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photography: Eric & Jamie Photography // Venue, Event Planning, Florals: The Sonnet House // Stationery: Max and Mila Co // Wedding Cake: Magnificent Cakes // Hair + Makeup: Amber Wright – Morgan Ashley Salon // DJ: On-Site Productions // Wedding Ring: Levy’s Fine Jewelry // Wedding Dress: Bridal Bliss Homewood // Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids // Headpiece: Molly Gee Designs