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!
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…
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.
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.
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!
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