Madison + Cole September 5, 2021 Thomas Jefferson Tower Birmingham, Alabama
Madison Harvey approached me nearly a year before her wedding and we got right to work planning. Being referred to us by another vendor, she was looking for coordination help but also just a sounding board through her journey. We met at Panera and talked over coffee with her mother, Jennifer. Madison, who has perfect dusty auburn hair and big eyes, tells me she is excited but anxious, wanting all her unique angles to align. Her personal situation would be different from most Brides in a couple of ways.
Firstly, she and her groom, Cole, were living, not only in different states throughout the planning, but Madison also travels for work, sometimes weeks at a time. She works in the diamond industry and often travels off to New York or Las Vegas, meeting vendors and generally just living her best life! Planning would therefore need to be strategic, decisive and efficient in light of her busy schedule! Cole, who is in the Air Force, was currently stationed in the Dakotas and wouldn't be able to come to town until the wedding so he would give his opinions from afar!
Secondly, while she had chosen the beautiful TJ Tower for her venue, she would be calling upon her Grandmother to do the catering, which is an option but unusual for the venue which doubles as a restaurant. Her Grandmother, who I would later meet and want to keep in my pocket, was the catering supervisor for her church and had years and years of experience feeding large crowds with traditional Southern favorites. The question would be how to ensure the catering staff could have easy access to a downtown (limited parking) venue so they could transfer an entire kitchen up to the second floor. Hmmmm. How big is your freight elevator?
The months passed and Madison booked the rest of her vendors. Nathan Forbes of Forbes Photography and Creative Ninety Three (videography) would capture the day! Lisa Perez and her team would be brought in to do hair and makeup for the girls. Linda Bearden would supply her talents in the florals. On Instagram as blessed_by_blooms, Linda has known Madison's family for a long time and was so excited to do this wedding! Madison chose fluffy white textures accented by peachy pinks and lovely anemones. Since the ceremony would be in the same room as the reception, the large standing floral displays, seen below, would be used to create a ceremony space and then become the backdrop for the head table. Linda added candles and smilax to all of the venues beautiful windows. An oversized arrangement centered the appetizer table and another was placed at the Bar while Bridesmaids bouquets would double as centerpieces.
Magic Muffins was chosen to create two very special cakes! The Bride's cake would be decorated with a monogram and classic swiss dots and topped with a ceramic figurine passed down from Madison's grandparents. Cole's cake would pay homage to his love of movies and chocolate, complete with fondant film strips and custom clapperboard!
For ceremony sound and reception entertainment, Madison chose Steve Sills, aka DJ Sillz. Steve was a pleasure to work with! He set up early in the day executed all of the ceremony sound and music perfectly.
Madison had a special song written by her close friend Melinda played live as a Prelude. It is truly a beautiful song and how many couples can say they have their own personal song written just for them?? It was so special. After this Prelude, Melinda and a long-time friend of Madison's, Brady, sang "The Blessing" for the Processional. This mixture of live guitar, live singing and personal songs made the ceremony feel so genuine and heartfelt.
After the Officiant said the initial welcome and gave a short sermon, Gary, Madison's Father, stepped in and added his own portion to the ceremony. Having her Dad read verses and be a part of the vows was another way to tailor the festivities and make them that much more special for the Bride.
At the reception, DJ Sillz kept everyone going and played numerous special request songs so that the Bride could relive her New York and college days with all her best friends. All the Bridal Party entered with cowboy hats and light sticks, ready to lead the charge on the dance floor! A highlight was listening to the Bride belt out a few of her favorite lines and her favorite song. Downtownnnnnnnnnnn!
After much dancing and much cake, Madison and Cole were sent off with bubbles. Overall the day was a success. Thank you to the Groomsmen who were so very helpful during the room flip and so polite all day long. Thank you to the Bridesmaids who did absolutely anything needed to make the day run smoothly and keep the Bride happy - like running a key fob back and forth, up and down and fetching snacks!
I especially loved becoming friends with Madison's mother and Grandmother. Jennifer was selling one home and buying another amidst the planning process, in addition to working her full time job. She could have let all that stress get to her but instead she handled it all calmly and with a sense of humor. And Grandma was feisty and fun, running between the catering team and the dance floor in a cowboy hat, trying not to get her blue sequin dress in the mashed potatoes or waffle syrup.
I am always thankful when a Bride has trusted me with her day. Madison is full of life and joy and ambition and it was my pleasure to help send her off into the next phase of her life as a married woman.
Madison and Cole are now settled in the snowy Dakotas with a new addition to the family: Lucy, and Yorkie/Shitzu puppy who is just the cherry on top for this happy pair.
"Happy Valentine's Day, loves! Today, we wanted to bring you one of our favorite 2018 weddings full of pinks, reds, and lots of love. This wedding definitely makes my top 5 favorite color stories we've ever executed, and we're hoping for even more color in 2019!
Not only are Amanda + Dusty basically models (seriously wait until you see how photogenic they are!), they are also two of the most genuine, kind, salt-of-the-earth type people I've ever met. They make everyone feel loved and cherished, and the feeling is definitely mutual between their family and friends. The entire day was just so full of true joy. I can only dream of what their marriage and home is going to be like..
Amanda + Dusty chose not to do a first look; and if you know me, you know I always try to talk couples into a first look. It's good for the schedule, gets the nerves out, yada yada yada. These two were set. And I'm so glad they stuck to the plan. They were both so relaxed the entire day and the excitement about that walk down the aisle never got them anxious. They were giddy. They were eager. But never anxious. The moment Dusty saw his bride walking toward him and into their forever was one I'll never forget. Both of their eyes lit up, tears fell, and I truly believe that moment was when it all sank in for them.
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Register, for inviting us in on your day. We wish you the absolute best! Love you guys. And Happy Valentine's Day!" -Kelsea
This LIGHT y'all!
The flowers on this cake were hand painted by Christian at Pen & Pastry. Amazing!
planning & design: southern styled events | photography: stefanie madison - be light photography | videography: molly vines | venue: aldridge gardens | lighting: ag lighting | rentals + linens: decor to adore | florals: fists full designs | catering: happy catering | cake: pen & pastry | dj: hank womble | hair: courtney white styles | makeup: glow app
"Proverbs 17:22 says, 'A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.' These two exemplify what it means to have a 'joyful heart.' The ENTIRE day was full of laughs - just wait until you see their first look photos! Abby + Will have a love that is so pure, so innocent, and so refreshing. You can't help but laugh when you're around them, which is probably why over 300 people showed up to celebrate with them.
There is a time and place for everything under the sun. That's why Abby + Will chose a ceremony space that affirmed their respect for God's covenant of marriage, and a reception space that exemplified the fact that marriage should be FUN! I'm not sure anyone stopped smiling the entire night (I know we didn't!). Abby, Will, nor any of their guests will ever forget this incredible celebration. I'm so grateful to have met them and their families. Congratulations, again, Abby + Will! We love you two." -Kelsea
Father/Daughter moments like this get me every time!
This face never gets old!
Family prayer moments are one of my favorite ceremony traditions.
I'm pretty sure the cake tastings were their favorite part of planning :)
Abby + Will's first date was at Doodle's, so I loved that they brought in the cart as a late night snack!
He couldn't do it again if he tried, but Will landed the garter perfectly on one of the rafters in the ceiling!
His reaction was totally priceless.
planning & design: southern styled events | photography: stefanie madison - be light photography | videography: bird's eye video | ceremony venue: covenant presbyterian church | reception venue + catering: iron city | lighting + drape: ag lighting | florals: lilie jane | linens: decor to adore | rentals: prophouse | cakes: olexa's | late night snack: doodle's | band: city heat | transportation: rare transportation | getaway car: vintage auto wedding chauffeur | valet: apex valet | bridal gown: the white room | bridesmaid dresses: bella bridesmaids | hair + makeup: danielle ivy | formal wear: mr. burch | paper suite: alex fly designs