When: Jan 21, 2017 | Where: Anniston, AL | Theme: Classic, Elegant | Colors: Pink |
Keeping things timeless and classic, Ellen and Matt tied the knot in a stunning and brightly colored elegant country club wedding. The couple had the ceremony at Ellen’s childhood church and the reception at the beautiful Anniston Country Club.
Elegant Country Club Wedding
“Since I was a little girl weddings have always been a favorite. I even made a “wedding box” where I kept cutouts of magazines and old invitations from people. It was comical going back through that box and laughing at the pictures I had kept.
When I started planning our wedding I knew I wanted it to be elegant and classy. The type of wedding that you could transport into any decade and it still be beautiful. It was also important to me that Matt had a say in the matter too. We both love to dress up and decided to make our wedding black tie optional.
We really didn’t have a true theme other than “classy”. I had always dreamed of getting married in the church I grew up in and both of us were really set on having a Christ centered wedding ceremony. So, with the decision to have the wedding in my childhood church that led us to having the reception at the Anniston Country Club which overlooks a beautiful golf course.”
“Choosing my wedding gown was probably one of the most difficult clothing decisions I have ever made. The gown had to be perfect and I wanted to not only love it myself but I also wanted Matt to love it as much as I did. I shopped in Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA and eventually fell in love with the most beautiful, intricate, unique gown I had ever seen.
It was a fit and flare, lace strapless gown, with a sweetheart neckline, and a beaded belt. What I loved most about the gown was that it wasn’t just a standard floral lace pattern but more of a baroque pattern that was also embroidered with pearls and crystals on the bodice of the dress. I also had dreams of buttons on the back of the gown so we had the designer add lace covered buttons from the top of the gown down to the beaded belt. Adding the buttons was the perfect detail to complete the gown.
This gown is truly what wedding dreams are made of. My favorite color is pink so I knew I wanted my bridesmaids to wear pink dresses. I worked really hard to find a unique shade of pink that everyone would like. Fortunately I was able to do just that and was very happy with their dresses. I wanted everyone to feel comfortable in the dress so I chose a floor length, cap sleeve dress, with a v-neck, faux wrap, and a gathered waisteband.
The groomsmen wore a classic black tux with a peaked lapel appropriate for a black tie wedding. We had them wear black bow ties and cummerbunds. Matt wore the same black tux as the groomsmen but I wanted him to standout and have something special to wear as well. I had a custom bow tie and cummerbund made in a white silk that matched the same shade white as my gown. Adding in this detail really made him standout in pictures and I liked that he would be able to keep the bow tie and cummerbund after the wedding.”
“Wedding flowers have always been something I remembered about other weddings so I knew I wanted mine to be spectacular. As I said above, pink is my favorite color but I didn’t want it to be overbearing. So with the help of my florist we designed some of the most beautiful arrangements I have ever seen. I wanted my bouquet to be mostly white but incorporate some pink as well.
My florist used pink peonies and blush David Austen roses to add to the white peonies, cotton, roses, white tulips, and lambs ear. The cotton and lambs ear really provided texture to the bouquet and put a unique detail in their.
The groomsmen wore blush ranunculus with a lambs ear as their boutonniere and Matt had two blush roses on a lambs ear as his boutonniere. My bridesmaids carried petite bouquets with blue curiosa roses that miraculously were the same color as their dresses. Their bouquets also included some David Austen roses both white and pink, cotton, wax flower, and evergreen. We tied the bouquets together with pink silk ribbon.
In the church we placed large arrangements at the alter and two smaller arrangements on the kneeling bench that Matt and I kneeled at during the ceremony. Down the aisle of the church we placed a bouquet of flowers on the outside of every third pew with white silk chiffon hanging down. Their two wreaths on the church doors that consisted of similar flowers to the Bride and Bridesmaid bouquets and a garland down the railing in front of the church.
The reception included arrangements in mercury glass vases, milk glass compotes, and silver vases/baskets. We used a lot of candles to decorate around the arrangements as well. Over the fireplace in the ballroom we created a garland consisting of pink roses and peonies. We also had arrangements made to encircle the top of columns in the entryway of the ballroom.”
Wedding favors – Edible
“For our wedding favors I wanted to do something that was different. We decided that since we both love chocolate that we would take one of our engagement photos and put that on the wrapper of a candy bar. We went through a local marketing company to do that and they turned out really great. The chocolate was delicious and our guest loved them.
One reason I chose the chocolate bar was to keep from giving my guest something that would just be placed in a drawer for years to come. I liked the idea that this was a little sweet treat at the end of the evening.”
Wedding Planning Advice
“My advice would be not to get wrapped up in the material aspects of planning and remember why you are planning in the first place. Brides, remember that the wedding includes you and your soon to be husband. Don’t forget to ask for his input as well. You will be surprised how much they want to help with if you give them the chance.
Also, it’s okay if certain aspects go differently than planned. The important thing to remember is, at the end of the day the two of you will be married and that is all that matters.”
“It was mid January of 2016 and Matt told Ellen they had dinner plans with his brother, Mark, and Mark’s girlfriend. On their way to dinner Matt let Ellen know they needed to pick up the others to carpool to dinner. As the the two of them drove down Clairmont Avenue (in the Forest Park neighborhood of Birmingham, AL) they took a turn off of Clairmont. Matt said this was just a quick stop. Ellen thought it was weird but went along with it anyway. Ellen said “Ok, but not too long. We can’t miss our reservation.”
As Matt put the car in park Ellen looked up and realized they were parked at The Triangle Park. Ellen’s heart began to race as she remembered this was the exact place her father had proposed to her mother 32 years earlier. Matt asked Ellen if she would like to take a walk with him and with a quiver in her voice Ellen said “I guess.” They began to walk through the park as the sun started to set.
Suddenly Matt turned to Ellen and said how much he loved and that he could not imagine another day without her beside him. Matt knelt to one knee, pulled out a velvet ring box and asked her, “Ellen, will you marry me?” With tears in her eyes, Ellen nodded and said yes. As Matt stood up she reached forward to kiss him. Matt then slipped a beautiful antique ring on her finger that had belonged to his 2nd great grandmother.
Much to Ellen’s surprise one of their friends was hiding behind a tree and was taking pictures the whole time. After Ellen and Matt had taken some more pictures they left the park to go to dinner. Matt had told her they were meeting some family at a restaurant in town. When they arrived all of their close family’s and friends were there to surprise Ellen.”
Photography: Eric & Jamie Photography | Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church Anniston | Reception Venue: The Anniston Country Club | Floral: Kathryn Anne Weddings | Stationery: Crane & Co | Videography: The Film Poets | Wedding Cake: Edible Memories by Lorraine | Rentals: Top Notch events and rentals | Hair: Melissa Bogardus | Makeup: Melissa Bogardus | Accommodations: The Hotel Finial | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Clothes Tree by Deborah | Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear | Transportation: Rare Transportation | Catering: Classic on Noble, David Mashburn | Drinks: David Garfrerick | Day-of Coordination: Cindy Williams | Officiant: The Reverend William Edward Decker | Printing: Moore Printing | Favors: New Leaf Marketing | Napkins: Atlanta Promotional Products | Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture | Groom’s Attire: Shaia’s of Homewood Inc. | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Clothes Tree by Deborah