This backyard wedding in Alabama is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s from start to finish. Margaret and Clay chose to have the ceremony in the backyard of Margaret’s parents’ house and the reception just across the street at her grandparent’s house. We love this unique spin on a backyard wedding that even has a second line band from the ceremony to the reception. Mariee Ami planned this wedding to a T with a lush floral canopy at the ceremony, and a massive luxe tent with a jaw-dropping floral installation at the reception. We can’t help but ooh and ahh at each and every photo captured by Davy Whitener. Get ready to be swept away in the luxe backyard wedding that is just…WOW!
From the planner, Mariee Ami: Growing up across the street from your grandparents isn’t something most families experience, but this was the only upbringing that Margaret knew. Spending her childhood running back and forth between her home and her grandparents’ allowed her imagination to run wild as she saw the endless possibilities in these places. This experience made decision making much easier when it came time for Margaret and Clay to choose where they would be married. They aptly chose for their ceremony to be in the backyard of Margaret’s parents’ home followed by an elegant reception in the backyard of her grandparents’ home.
When planning began, Margaret’s family was thrilled about the wedding and her grandparents were especially excited to immediately begin taking on projects to get their home ready for the celebration. Margaret’s grandparents have always had a special place in her heart because they played such a large part in her life, so she was ecstatic they would be part of the planning and her big day as well. The bride’s inspiration was pulled from the overall style of both homes and her desire to bring a real connection between the ceremony and reception. A watercolor of the bride’s home on the save the date was the perfect piece to set the tone for the entire wedding and many other classic southern themes were seen throughout the weekend.
Heartbreak overcame this family when Margaret’s grandfather fell ill during the planning and ultimately passed away before the big day. An immense void was felt by all, but when Margaret and Clay’s wedding day came it was evident he had a hand in the beauty of tit – the perfectly manicured lawns, fresh potted window boxes, rod iron gates and traditional beauty of the family’s spaces were a big part in the design of the wedding and it was all perfectly executed just as if he had been there to make sure of it himself.
After a beautiful ceremony, the wedding party was led to the reception by a second line band which really got the party started. With the setting of his home surrounding the celebration, Margaret’s grandfather continued to shine down on the day as the happy couple danced into the night with their loved ones. The elegance of the evening concluded with the bride and groom departing in an antique Rolls Royce to begin their life as husband and wife.
Yea, we’re pretty speechless after that backyard wedding in Alabama too! We love how sentimental it can be to have a backyard wedding so if you’re considering an at home wedding check out our guide here!
Planning, Design + Paper: Mariee Ami
Photographer: Davy Whitener
Floral Design: In Bloom
Tent + Rentals: Pre Events
Speciality Rentals: Please Be Seated
Videographer: Film Poets
Band: Atlanta Rhythm and Groove
Cake: Barb’s Cake
Get Away Car: Coats Classic Cars
Dress: Oscar de La Renta
Hair + Makeup: Celine Russell