The love and sweetness between couple, Natalie and Adam, is totally contagious. They chose one of the coolest venues in Birmingham to host their urban and personal wedding celebration. Friends and family were at the center of this beautiful day and we are loving the sweet details and moments; from the quirky wedding cake topper to the exact same beaming smile they shared after saying “I do”, these two are as sweet as they come.
Photography by W&E Photographie.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? When we were first planning our wedding, we were torn between eloping in Montana or having a more traditional wedding in Birmingham. Our main reason for wanting to elope was to keep the focus on what was most important about the day and not get caught up in the little details. While talking to some friends about our decision, one of them said something along the lines of, “the amount of people at your wedding or the number of vendors involved isn’t going to change your focus for the day; if you decide to stay focused on what’s most important for the day, you will be, no matter what kind of wedding you have.”
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Spend more time preparing for your marriage than planning for your wedding. We did that through several books, pre-marital counseling, and a few other methods. It may sound cliche, but a wedding is one day and a marriage is a lifetime, so the focus of your engagement period should be to prepare for your marriage.
Natalie’s bridesmaids chose their own dresses in such a beautiful shade of blue.
The patch on Adam’s tie is just the cutest detail ever. The groom’s style is often overlooked and we love seeing creative and sentimental touches like this.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Make sure to let your friends and family members use their talents and be your wedding vendors if they’re willing! This can help a whole lot for your budget, and it makes your wedding so much more personal when you’re close to the people who helped make it happen.
“Once we decided to get married in Birmingham during July, we definitely knew that we wanted to have our wedding held indoors to make sure it was a comfortable environment for our guests. As soon as we toured Avondale Brewery, we knew it was the venue for us. We loved that it’s so urban, yet it feels very natural inside because of the expansive windows and wood flooring.”
Your ceremony in three words. Personal, worshipful, urban
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We followed a fairly traditional template. The things that were the most important to us were that we had a time for us to take communion and a time for us to worship through song.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We both took communion before our time of worship as a reminder of the fact that we would not be standing there sharing our vows and becoming husband and wife if not for God and His plan for us to be together.
Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Our pastor, Jonathan Haefs. We chose him because it was important to us both that the officiant of our ceremony knew both of us. He also counseled our pre-marital counseling sessions, so we loved that he knew us as individuals but also as a couple because of those sessions.
What was your ceremony music? We had a friend and incredible violinist, Jules Huff, play our processional music. The wedding party walked down the aisle to “Once Upon A Time…Storybook Love” from The Princess Bride, then the bridal procession song was “Canon in D”. During our ceremony, we had a time of worship when our musicians played “In Christ Alone,” and our guests were able to sing and rejoice in worship with us. For our processional, we opted to do something upbeat and played over the speakers so that we could dance and have a blast walking down the aisle as husband and wife for the first time, so we chose “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates.
What were your ceremony readings? Our pastor read from Ephesians 5, which was extremely important to us because we both feel as though Ephesians 5:32 truly encompasses what we want our marriage to be—a reflection of Christ and the church. That verse was actually engraved in Adam’s wedding band.
What were your vows like? We both wrote vows separately, then we compiled them together to create one list of vows. When we brought our individually written vows together, we realized that we had both written many of the same vows!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our vows. Being able to commit to each other in such vulnerable ways in front of each other, God, and our families and friends was such an honor and a joy.
“We really just wanted our wedding to be focused on our coming together as husband and wife and celebrating that with our family and friends, so we let that be our inspiration to keep us from focusing too much on the small details.”
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Our friend, Maddie Davis, did a really incredible job with all of the signs—entrance sign, guest book sign, etc. We were so fortunate to have so many talented friends who wanted to share their gifts with us for our big day, and it was awesome to be able to involve our loved ones in our wedding in that way.
How would you describe your reception? Lots of dancing! We both really love dance and wanted to make sure the dance floor served as a place for us to celebrate with our families and friends.
What was your wedding menu? Our menu was catered by Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, and they did such a fantastic job! Immediately following the ceremony, guests went outside while the room was flipped, and there they enjoyed pimento cheese sliders and a queso dip. For the actual dinner, there was chicken and pork BBQ, pimento cheese, baked beans, green beans, mac-and-cheese, the famous Jim ‘N Nick’s cheese biscuits, and a few other sides.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? The groom’s cake was a chocolate cake with gold fleur-de-lis on it since Adam is from New Orleans and is a huge New Orleans Saints fan. Our wedding cake was one of our favorite wedding details. We both really love animals, and we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding somehow. So we took a sloth figurine (my favorite animal) and an orangutan figurine (Adam’s favorite animal), spray-painted them gold, and put them as our cake toppers! We had a lot of people try to talk us out of that one, but we knew it was what we wanted since we felt like it was such a great representation of who we are.
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First dance: cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” by Maroon 5
Father/daughter: “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
Mother/son: “In My Life” by The Beatles
Sibling dance with Adam and his sister: “It Don’t Have To Change” by John Legend
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? During the last song of the night, many of our friends and family members decided to gather in a circle around us and sing at the top of their lungs while we danced. It was so humbling to be truly surrounded by so many people who have loved and supported us throughout the journey of our relationship.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Absolutely not! But we sure would love to do it all over again.