When Lindsey and Michael met with me in my office to talk about their wedding day I was frantically taking notes with a smile on my face. Lindsey and Michael met at Alabama and live in Tuscaloosa (you can see their house in some of the bride and groom portraits below!), and they were going to have a full on Roll Tide wedding complete with rehearsal dinner and reception at Bryant Denney Stadium. I had no idea that anyone could even be that cool. I loved spending the weekend with Lindsey and Michael and their families, they are all such warm and loving people and everyone had known about the two of them since the beginning, really. The wedding day began with all of the girls relaxing in monogrammed white button up shirts (an idea of the groom’s I believe), mimosas, and hair and makeup, and I was tempted to steal the playlist going for days when I need to get up and dance instead of work. I looooved Lindsey’s gown, a lightweight silk and tulle Amsale dress with buttons and a sweet little bow in the back, absolutely perfect for her, and so unique but still so classic. Paired with her red lipstick, perfect tan, dark hair, and gold jewelry, she was a knockout. She is anyway, as I’m sure Michael would agree.
I adored the long black gowns the bridesmaids wore, and the all white bouquets and floral details. The cake, the decor, the food, and the band were all incredible (if you went to college in Alabama apparently you already know Az Izz, I didn’t yet but now I know, such a good band!). I could go on and on about what fun was had but that would just be cruel for anyone who wasn’t there. Check out the bottom of the post for some vendor love and Q&A with the bride!
Lindsey and Michael really wanted to include Henry and Baxter, their two dogs, in some of their portraits and I love this one on the front steps of their Historic Tuscaloosa home that they’d remodeled themselves over the past few years!
The groom’s cake was in the shape of The Coaches’ Trophy from the National Championship!
The menu included mini crabcakes, mini fried green tomato BLTs, BBQ pork Sliders, Grits with sausage. Basically, heaven.
The favors were roasted peanuts from The Nut Shop in Tuscaloosa, with monogrammed stickers added to personalize the bags. Yes I did consume both of these bags. Almost too quickly to photograph them properly.
The guests were offered grilled cheese sandwiches as a late night snack as they left the venue to see off the couple with red and white Alabama shakers.
Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa
Reception Venue: The North Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
Hair and Makeup: Chaney Boatwright of New Creations Salon
Planner/Coordinator: Jo Ann Williams
Ceremony Music: The Lamb Family Violin Ensemble
Reception Music: Az Izz, The Music Garden
Cake: Mary’s Cakes and Pastries
Catering: Cypress Inn
China: Special Events, A Gameday Tents Company
Dance Floor, Tents: Special Events, A Gameday Tents Company
Specialty Lighting: AG Lighting Company
Gown designer and shop: Amsale Blue Label, Bridals by Lori
Bridesmaid’s attire: Bari Jay, Bridals by Lori
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Burch and Hatfield
Stationery/invitations: Anna Kate and Company
Calligrapher: Connie Ward
Videographer: Hampton Road Studios
Favors: The Nut Shop
Some Q&A with Lindsey, the bride:
How did you meet?
We met in 2005, freshman year of college at Alabama at a fraternity party and our sense of humor completely clicked. We went on a dinner date the next night and have been together ever since. There never really was a point where we decided “this is it.” We- and our friends can attest to this from years of late night heart-to-hearts- have known from the start.
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.)
I wanted the bridal party to enjoy themselves and also feel like they were a part of something really special. The girls had a great morning listening to music, having mimosas, and getting their hair and makeup done in the bridal suite, and the boys got to kick back and catch up over cocktails and lunch at Innisfree.
We wanted the day to feel classic and formal, starting with the bridal party’s black attire. Our vendors did a great job of transforming the Zone at the stadium into a cream and gold ballroom with draped tents, chandeliers, lots of candle-light specialty lighting, and all white flowers. The theme for the food was fancy southern food, and the cakes were focal points in the room. Guests could dance to Motown under twinkle-lighting, have dinner with friends and family, or mingle over cocktails on the balcony overlooking campus.
What was most important to you when you were wedding planning (Biggest priority, first decision, biggest splurge for example, such as you had to have a certain venue or your dress had to have a certain neckline, etc.)
Our bottom line from the beginning was that we wanted the weekend to be fun for our guests. We kept that in mind in planning every aspect. At the rehearsal dinner, we limited the speeches to encourage mingling instead of tears. We kept the ceremony light and uplifting. The reception venue (the stadium) is a place that holds great memories for many of the guests. The band is known for playing music that appeals to both the young and old. We also knew that as long as we had fun our guests would also. So as soon as we were introduced, we grabbed a cocktail and danced the night away.
What do you remember most about the day/what are your favorite memories from the day? Did anything surprise you?
The little moments with our family and close friends were the best part of the weekend. Most of them are spread across the country and we don’t get to see them often. Having our friends by our side made what could be a nerve-wracking experience a lot of fun. We were sad to leave them at the end of the night!
The biggest surprise was seeing finished product after a year of planning. We weren’t overly specific with our vendors- more or less: here is how we want it to look and feel, now go! I had no idea how the church or the Zone would look until that day. Needless to say, our vendors came together and created something that exceeded every expectation.
What advice would you give other brides now that you’re official?
Everyone has a different idea as to what makes the perfect wedding weekend, and that’s ok. The bride and groom set the tone for the weekend. If you both feel good about what you have put together and enjoy yourselves, your guests will too.
I’m also elated to tell you that Lindsey and Michael’s wedding was featured on Southern Weddings Magazine’s blog! They did such an amazing job with the post and I’m thrilled to see all of the hard work of all of Lindsey and Michael and all of their vendors promoted on one of my favorite wedding blogs!
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