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Industrial Alabama Wedding

This wedding shot by Jamie Clayton could easily be the definition of indie chic. Brittany and Eric met in Alabama, moved to Africa, and returned to their home state for their November nuptials. They chose a historical industrial setting for their venue, and Hothouse Design Studio designed the concept of a industrial garden party, with oodles of gorgeous florals. The bride, Brittany, is a designer herself and designed all of their stunning invitations and paper goods. We’re loving their vintage-inspired city postcard guestbook!


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Industrial Alabama wedding

From the bride, Brittany:

How did you choose your venue? Sloss Furnaces is a beautiful historic landmark and is one of the reasons Birmingham, Alabama is called the Magic City. Sloss was such a perfect setting – outdoors, industrial, full of character and history, and something totally unexpected. Being inhabitants of the downtown area and wanting to push the revitalization, Eric and I had specific vendors chosen. Sloss welcomed these choices with open arms, and allowed us to completely customize the space to fit our vision; something we had a hard time finding…

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We wanted the wedding to be a perfect reflection of us and offer the guests insight to our unconventional style. Eric and I have fallen in love with each other through travel, good food, good music and good beer – and we wanted all of these things to play a part in our union.

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We never really had a “theme” in mind – however, after I described the look we wanted to the florist she coined it “Industrial Garden Party”. And that’s probably the best description. We didn’t limit ourselves to a specific scheme, but there were recurring colors: the yellow, grays and reds of Sloss, and purples and greens that we contributed. Because Sloss is beautiful enough to stand on its own, I focused on little details of décor: I made paper poms to hang from the trees, a paper pom garland to run the railing toward the ceremony, cake toppers, labels for all the foods and different flavored cakes, and all the paper design was my own. Instead of using a guest book, I designed 8 postcards of major cities we have been, and the guests signed the back of their favorite one with a note to us.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Delegate! When family and friends that offer their help, take them up on it! Even small tasks during the week of the wedding can seem huge and stressful, so don’t be afraid to ask someone to help. Also, be sure to slow down on your wedding weekend – realize that the day you’ve been planning is finally here, and soak up every second of it!


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Music has played an important role in our relationship – we exchanged “mixtapes” before our first date! and still continue to make playlists for one another now.
Prelude: “Love Song,” The Cure; “No One’s Gonna Love You,” Band of Horses; “La Ritournelle,” Sebastien Tellier
Processional: “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver; “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzalez
Recessional: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap
First Dance: “Green Eyes,” Coldplay

Wedding Vendors (Birmingham, AL):

Wedding Venue: Sloss Furnaces / Wedding Photographer: Jamie Clayton Photography / Wedding Flowers: Mandy Majerik of Hothouse Design Studio / Wedding Caterer: Brick & Tin / Wedding Cake: Cake Dianne / Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez, style AB16 / Bride’s Hair Accessories: Molly Gee Designs / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Suits: Indochino / Grooms’ Suit: Ludlow Suit from J. Crew / Groom’s Tie: Fig / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmond / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Kate Herring of Envy Salon / Wedding Band: Bottle Up and Explode / Wedding Invitations: Card Stock

17 Comments on Industrial Alabama Wedding

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  • 1

    Beautiful Wedding! I love the unique venue and personalized menu! Looks like a fun party!

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  • 2

    We are SOOOOOO honored to have our wedding published on Ruffled!!! Thank you so much for loving our wedding!

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  • 3

    I am so in love with the menu board, her dress, and the sweets table! Such a lovely day, throughout.

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  • 4
    Madelynne Miller on February 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Wow – these pictures don’t even do this wedding justice! I had the absolute JOY and PLEASURE to witness these nuptials and I must say it was one of the most beautiful and unique weddings I’ve ever been to. It was a true reflection of the bride and groom’s personality. The food was so good, we hired them to cater our rehearsal dinner! AND, most beautiful bride/dress ever.

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  • 5

    Thank you so much for the feature! It is truly an honor to be featured on Ruffled. Brittany and Eric were the most amazing people to work with ever. Thanks again for doing such a great job of highlighting all of the handwork that went into putting this wedding together!

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  • 6

    What an amazing venue – fantastic photo moments !
    Such a beautiful bouquet – in fact everything looks so well . . . huge effort must have gone into all the personal touches – I see hours and hours of work !! Love the travel references and the fantastic graphics. Super cool !!

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  • 7

    WOW!! Different… but works. Congrats oxox

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  • 8

    Wow. This is our kind of couple. We’re not sure whether we love the soundtrack or the setting more. Maybe both? Gorgeous work.

    Sometimes you read a wedding post and realize you and the couple would be friends from the start if you met.

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  • 9

    beautiful wedding ! especially love the groom’s socks, lovely detail

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  • 10

    Beautiful wedding!

    Where is the bride’s shawl/shrug from? I’m looking for something similar.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  • 11

    Love this wedding! The venue, the headpiece, and the photography are all wonderful. I felt compelled to comment because my fiancé and I are using “Green Eyes” for our first dance too! It was one of the first wedding-related decisions we made. What are the odds? :)

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  • 12

    There are so many things to love….the bicycle cake topper, the different styles of cakes, love the coined theme Industrial Garden Party, the setting, attire, the drop dead gorgeous brides bouquet….Very beautiful and fun!

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  • 13

    I absolutely love everything about this wedding. Can you tell me where you found those personalized mugs? I think they are great!

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  • 14

    Shannon D – I crocheted the shawl using two kinds of yarn (a cream wool and a shimmery silk). I can’t find the pattern, but it’s really simple to crochet! Go for it!

    Erin – The mugs are from the Sloss Gift Shop. You could probably contact Joy Hullett (jhullett@slossfurnaces.com) to see where she gets them.

    Everyone – Thank you so much for all the kind words! I’m beyond ecstatic to be featured on Ruffled and see such amazing feedback! YAY!

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  • 15

    Beautiful wedding! Creative and simple

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  • 16

    this is my favorite wedding that i’ve seen…i love the mug idea and your dress and that you guys rode a bike out..everything :))))

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  • 17

    Love everything about this wedding!

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