There are so many things I loved about Amanda and Bentley’s wedding. The colors, the invitations (and I loved getting one in the mail!), the bouquets (I love the dahlias!), and THE DRESS. Amanda’s grandmother MADE her dress and it was just so lovely. One of my favorite photographs I’ve ever taken is the black and white one of her grandmother fluffing the back of the dress during the bride and groom portraits. I love the crazy and lovely energy that Amanda exudes and I love how easy Amanda and Bentley’s love feels. A big thank you to Becca Paul & Brittany Arias for their help during the day, to all of the wonderful vendors, to the awesome and sweet bridal party (I loved the mustaches, girls), and to Amanda and Bentley for being in love and letting me capture it! More from Amanda at the end of the post!
From the bride, Amanda:
How did the two of you meet and when did you know this was it?!
Bentley: We met in high school and I knew I wanted to marry her then, but sadly I got shafted. So I gave it another shot in college and there was no looking back after that.
Amanda: We met my senior year of high school. He asked me to his school’s spring fling and I had no idea that he liked me. I went off to college while he was still in high school and always regretted not dating him. Four years later, I ran into at Auburn and was gushing over him..just like it was high school again. He took me on a date to Yellow Hammer in Auburn and we have never gone a day without seeing each other since. I think my heart knew he was the one a long time ago..it was just all a part of God’s plan.
Tell me about the day: The feel of it, the colors/theme, special details. (Why you chose certain details, what made them unique to you, etc.)
Our goal was for the entire wedding to express us. The ceremony was spiritual and true which reflect Bentley’s idea of how a marriage should be. The reception was hand crafted, detailed, and different which I feel like expressed me very well. We wanted everything to be relaxing and fun. From our food, which we liked to call “gourmet tailgating food”, to the outside reception everything was easy and more casual just like us. We went with the “vintage” look by using corals and teals which are my two favorite colors. One of my bridesmaids is a great decorator so she helped me a ton..thanks Becky. My dress was handmade by my grandmother. She spent 7 months hand sewing my belt and appliqueing lace to the tulle layers. It was beautiful and 10 times more than I could have never have dreamed of. She is such a blessing and it means more than words can describe.
What was most important to you when you were wedding planning?
The photography!! I am a huge photography geek (even though I am not the best at it) so I wanted to make sure I had the best pictures that captured our day , and for us to have to look back at in 10 years and Kelly was perfect!! [Haha, thank you, Amanda!]
What do you remember most about the day/what are your favorite memories from the day? Did anything surprise you?
There are so many things I remember and loved about the day. I was so happy I got to spend the whole day with my most wonderful friends and they definitely helped calm my nerves. They knew when I started to get nervous, someone would turn on music and make me dance..haha. I think the best moment was when I went to walk down the isle. We decided not to see each other before the wedding so my heart was about to come out of my throat and I had to take deep breaths, but that is a moment I will NEVER forget. I remember feeling tears running down my face and seeing Bentley fighting so hard not to cry like a baby. Once I got to the alter, all I could hear was sniffling. I don’t think there was a dry eye in that church! I remember his dad dropped my ring on the stage and it almost fell into an air vent..story of our life. It actually was really funny and definitely calmed my nerves. Oh gosh, I remember our first dance, doing the wobble, watching Kelly sneak a few dance moves in, and watching our parents and friends having the time of their life. It was perfect!
What advice would you give other brides now that you’re official?
I am a HUGE detailed oriented person and planner. I planned most of my own wedding and my advice to all of those “do it yourself” brides, let all of your people (caterer, florist, band) deal with the details so you can focus on what is important to you. Remember it is what they do for a living..so they’ve got your back. Also, something will go wrong (I might have been attacked my mosquitoes) , so go ahead and accept it and move on. You will be so focused on your boy, that you will forget it even happened.
-Ceremony Venue : Covenant Presbyterian Church Birmingham, AL
-Reception Venue : Aldridge Botanical Gardens Hoover, AL
-Hair and Makeup : Hair: Alison Rockett Ramsey (Salon Amanda K Mtn. Brook, AL)
Makeup: Kendall Connell Smith (CK Collection Fairhope, AL)
-Ceremony Music : Ben Watson and Catie Marie Martin
-Reception Music : Tim Tyler and Lane Wood
-Cake : Louise’s Cakes N Things
-Catering : IZ Catering
-Florist : Pink Pear Florists (Melanie Hughes)
-Gown designer and shop : Amanda’s grandmother (my favorite detail!)
-Bridesmaid’s attire: Amsale
-Bride’s Shoes : Nina (the white ones that I wore for the wedding) and then the teal ones were Audrey Brooke.
-Groom’s attire : Vera Wang
-Groomsmen’s attire : Vera Wang
-Stationery/invitations : Invitations: Robin Watts (Bentley’s Aunt)
-Favors : Koozie logo designed by the bride!
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