Abby and CJ’s natural and romantic Alabama wedding photographed by j.woodbery photography was everything they wanted…a beautiful autumn soiree focused around nature and their love, with classy elements, gorgeous flowers and friends and family who were loads and loads of fun.
In my opinion, I think there’s nothing better than keeping as many things simple as possible while letting a gorgeous venue’s natural beauty shine through.
Lucky for us, Abby and CJ thought this too and look how beautifully their big day came out!
Photographer: j.woodbery photography // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Cake Designer: Gigi’s Cupcakes // Dress Designer: Justin Alexander // Floral Designer: Studio Flower // Caterer: Yellow Bicycle Catering Company // Dress designer: Justin Alexander, purchased from the Something Blue Shoppe (headpiece was also purchased from here) // Bridesmaids dresses: Ann Taylor (which they got for half off!) // CJ’s suit: Macy’s (brand: Bar III) // Ceremony musicians: Emma Peters (violin), Meg Conely (cello) and Sarah Dennis (violin), Kerri Sanders (piano), Chance Eakin (singer) – all friends from high school and college // DJ- Ryan Griffin (cousin of the groom) // Floral: Studio Flower made the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere, and the rest of the flowers were arranged by a friend of the MOB, Sally Chastain // Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Q & A with the bride:
1. What was your inspiration for the day?
“I had a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, but I tried to stick with things that felt natural to me. CJ and I both love nature and were loving the idea of an outdoor wedding, but didn’t love the risk involved. When we found the chapel, we loved that it was an indoor option that had an outdoorsy feel. We wanted everything to seem natural and romantic. We stuck with our vision the whole time, but whenever our vision seemed too pricey we found a way to DIY or shop around for cheaper options.”
2. What was your favorite memory from the day?
“There are so many favorite parts of the day, but I think my absolute favorite was having a first look with CJ. Things are so hectic leading up to the wedding and it was so special to have a calm moment just to be together on our wedding day.”
3. Did you have any DIY projects for your wedding?
“I made my brooch from a couple of my grandmother’s old earrings. The center is an actual earring. I took the matching earring apart and strung the beads around the other one. My maid of honor, Steffani Kitayama, made the invitations (map, rsvp card and everything), my programs, and my thank-you notes (unfortunately not pictured; didn’t have them on the wedding day). CJ and I picked out all the ceremony music ourselves (our recessional and “The Lord’s Prayer” were the only things that are traditionally played at weddings). The piece I walked down the aisle to is by CJ’s favorite composer. It’s a theme from a symphony, but a good friend of mine, Patricia Rudisill arranged it for string trio for me as a wedding gift. My mom made the cake topper. It was wooden birds that she bought and covered with chalkboard paint. She also made the guestbook sign. She bought an old chalkboard from the thrift store and covered it with fresh chalkboard paint. My mom also made the picture frames with strung pictures. She antiqued old frames and just strung them across. We also made all the table numbers and escort cards. The mason jars that were used on the centerpieces came from our basement; my grandmother used to make jams all the time so we didn’t have to buy any of them! We also made our playlist with the help from our friends. Our DJ (Ryan) picked most of the songs but we included a line on the rsvp cards for our guests to request a song.”
4. What advice do you have for brides planning their weddings now?
“The best advice that someone gave to me was to always keep the big picture in mind. If you start getting stressed about something, ask yourself “does this really matter?” and if you think it doesn’t… drop it! I did that a few times. Planning should be fun!”
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