Classic Black Tie Wedding
We have such a soft spot for couples who are unafraid to joke around in front of the camera, mainly because it results in the most amazing pictures. Katie Beth and Brandon are one adorable couple — not to mention talented! Katie Beth took on many of the wedding projects herself and ended up with a darling small town wedding with a big bang. Thanks to the always incredible Heidi of Our Labor of Love for these wonderful photographs!
From the bride, Katie Beth: I wanted a romantic but rustic affair with lots of candlelight and accented with the muted, saturated tones of winter. Eufaula is a small, southern town so there are not a lot of venue options and everyone typically uses the same place. I knew the reception would be outside under a tent so I had to brainstorm and come up with something unique for my hometown. My dad and I are both designers, so once I declared the “theme” our creative minds started going!
The wedding involved a lot of natural elements that we collected ourselves – lily pad seed pods, cotton bolls, wood sectionals, greenery, magnolia leaves, etc. – and our florist did an amazing job incorporating them into all pieces. Along with the natural elements, we used a lot of candles to create a romantic, but casual atmosphere.
We used a lot of natural tones pulled from the winter season. I concentrated mostly on grays, sage green, and cream. They all blended in so well together. We anticipated for late February to be cold, but somehow the day had blue skies, sunshine, and a high around 70 degrees. It was a beautiful day!
My dad (along with lots of family members!) constructed these rustic mason jar chandeliers that hung above each dining table under the tent. Each one was strung with twine and held about 15 mason jars with tea lights. They illuminated the tent beautifully!
One of my main focuses was to create separate dining and dancing atmospheres. Most receptions at the Mansion keep the layout symmetrical for the band and tables, but I wanted a cozy, unique dining experience with music and dancing on the other side. We essentially split the tent in half with a walk way and had the catering on one side with buffet style dinner tables and the band with dance floor set up on the opposite side. I really loved how they turned out.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think that wedding planning can be stressful regardless so just try and keep you head up and don’t sweat the small stuff. Also, don’t be afraid to delegate or ask for help. I am a perfectionist and wanted to do everything myself (or with my mom), but I realized I could have saved a lot of time if I would have asked for assistance. In the end, no matter what happens, you will still be husband and wife and look back and think everything turned out perfectly.
Processional: Bridal Chorus from Lohgengrin by Wagner
Recessional: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Ludwig Van Beethoven
First Dance: Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
Wedding vendors (Eufaula, AL):
Ceremony venue: First United Methodist Church / Reception venue: Shorter Mansion / Wedding photographer: Heidi and Julia of Our Labor of Love / Wedding flowers: Selena Bond / Wedding dress: Nicole Miller from The White Room / Jeweled applique: Romona Keveza / Bride’s necklace: Nordstrom / Wedding shoes: BCBG / Bride’s veil: made by bride’s great aunt / Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew / Musician: 2nd Coming / Wedding catering: Quality Catering / Wedding cakes: Teresa’s Cake Art and Bakery / Wedding invitations: designed by bride