Birmingham Wedding by Stephen DeVries

March 21, 2014 | By | Comments (4)

There are many places to find wedding inspiration, but we think Hayden found it in one of the best possible sources: her family’s heirloom wedding photographs. Not only did these pictures inspire her and Andy’s old-made-new wedding style, they also served as a beautiful reminder of what weddings are really about: marriage and family. With the help of their loved ones, Hayden and Andy combined their favorite Southern traditions (and recipes!) with plenty of fresh, modern details at their Birmingham wedding, resulting in a celebration that was enjoyed by young and old alike!

Thank you so much to Stephen DeVries for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

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I had long dreamed of a wedding that took place on a farm or somewhere that felt like a backyard. My sweet mom visited several venues with me in the Birmingham area, and when we saw Sonnet House, we both knew it was the perfect place. It was everything that I had dreamed of and more.

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Describe your wedding flowers. I was so grateful that my friend, Katie McDaniel of Cloth of Gold, blessed us with her amazing gift. We sat together several times talking about the overall styling of our special day. I trusted her with everything, and she proved herself in her fabulous floral design. We had a vision of making the old new by using a muted color palette. She also incorporated dried hydrangea and gourds that were gifted to us by my aunt and uncle. The aesthetics of our wedding day would not have been the same without Katie’s vision. She brought my dreams to life!

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Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes, Andy and I decided together to do a first look prior to the ceremony. My perspective was that I loved the photographs I had seen of first looks. From his perspective, he simply did not want to build up his nerves anymore than he had to, and he believed that once he saw me, he would be much less nervous. I think we made the right decision. The pictures and the video footage really captured the feeling that we shared in that moment, and that is irreplaceable to me.

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Walking down the aisle, our friends played the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Throughout my relationship with Andy, I have reflected on God’s goodness and how He has always been so faithful to both of us. Walking back up the aisle, my friend played “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash. I have a deep admiration for Johnny Cash that I share with one of the most important men in my life, the patriarch of my family, my Papa. I have read almost every Johnny Cash biography around. The lyrics “…because you’re mine, I walk the line” were a no-brainer for leaving our ceremony.

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What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My inspiration all along was to draw on our family heritage, which is Southern through and through. The vision was to take inspiration from the past and create something new. I started by looking over wedding photographs from our family members–my parents, his parents, grandparents on each side, etc. These photographs actually became a part of the decor at the reception. The menu was inspired by old Southern recipes and family dishes. The colors we used included grey, peachy-pink, cream, taupe, and light mint green, which reminded me of my grandmother’s china.

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Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Laura Burton created a bride’s cake beyond my wildest dreams! Many people have told me that the cake was their favorite detail of the wedding, and I may have to agree. Not only did it look incredible, but it tasted amazing as well. Every layer was a different flavor–red velvet, almond, vanilla, and my favorite, oatmeal spice. We added flowers from Cloth of Gold to the bride’s cake, and a bride and groom soccer player cake topper to the groom’s cake.

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What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Your wedding day will be the best day of your life, undoubtedly, but not every minute of the planning will be flawless or without stress. Embrace that truth, but cling to knowing that in the end, you will be married to the man of your dreams.

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We both distinctly remember meeting one another two years prior to our first date. Andy had just moved back to Birmingham from Auburn, and I had just graduated from Samford. A few years later, we talked and flirted at a mutual friend’s birthday party. A few drinks, a Facebook app on my phone, and some moxie led me to send the message “You’re cute” to him while I was on my way home that night. The next day, he asked for my number and then asked me to attend a wedding with him. The rest was history and we were engaged six months later!

Tell us all about the proposal! My man knew that planning an elaborate affair and still surprising me would be practically impossible, so in the middle of the week, he asked my friends to help him pull off a perfectly simple proposal. I had the “worst day” at work, so to make it better, two of my friends and I planned to get dinner together that evening, or so I thought. I was also under the impression that Andy was getting drinks with his boss and another colleague. It seemed like a very typical evening to me. While I was getting ready, wearing my robe and curling my hair, without a stitch of makeup on, I heard my front door open. By the time I turned to see what was going on, Andy had the most beautiful rose gold, teardrop-shaped ring in my face. I was so surprised that I don’t even remember what we said! When I finally came to, Andy was popping a bottle of champagne and told me to finish getting ready because family members and friends were waiting for us at Rojo, the restaurant where we had first met a few years prior. My horrible day at work quickly became one of the best days of my life, thanks to my thoughtful Andrew.

When did y’all get married? November 23, 2013

How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 300+

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mother, aunt, cousin (my maid of honor), and my best friend came with me to Atlanta to find the dress. I had always dreamed of getting a dress from Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta, but we went to Bridals by Lori first. Our honest intention in visiting Bridals by Lori was more to meet Monty than to “say yes to the dress.” However, my expectations were trumped when I tried on the dress, and my entire entourage and I all cried! In the company of both Monty and Lori, I said “yes!”

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows, but our vows and ceremony were written for us by Dr. John Ed Mathison, my pastor, who also happens to be a close family friend. My favorite thing he said was that the “Stephen Andrew Sentenn” family had never existed before. What a treasure!

If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Traveling and enjoying time together as a family of two. We enjoy being homeowners and making our house a home together. We are really treasuring these moments that will one day be memories.

Photographer: Stephen DeVries / Videographer: Kinora Films / Venue: Sonnet House / Florist: Cloth of Gold / Cake Baker: Uprising Cakes / Caterer: Happy Catering / Ceremony Musicians: Bekah Fox, Lori Cheng, Matthew Mayfield, Jeanette Hightower / Reception Music: The Soul Searchers / Bride’s Gown: “Delicata” by Rivini / Paper Products: Fine Day Press / Hair and Makeup: Joanna Ballentine / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Men’s Ties: TopMan

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    June 17, 2014 at 2:44 am
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  3. Beth

    Lovely !
    I agree with Marilyn, the offciant is really important for the ceremony. But in my opinion, one of the things that makes guest to remember a wedding is the food! That’s why I choose my wedding’s catering service so carefully, and I have to say it, it was a complete succes. This is the info about it:

    March 24, 2014 at 10:47 am
  4. Marilyn D’Auria

    It was very nice that the bride acknowledged their officiant. So often the officiant isn’t mentioned, and that’s a shame because the ceremony sets the tone for the entire day, if not for their entire married life.

    March 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

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