The Bride Paige, Licensed Veterinary Technician
The Groom Matt, Information Systems Manager/Programmer
Date of Wedding: August 20
Matt and Paige were married at The Sterling Castle in front of 100 of their closest friends and family. The couple exchanged vows under a lakeside pergola decorated with Vendela and Pearlina roses and hand-painted gold magnolia leaves. In place of programs, the couple gave out mint colored fans with Bible verse Matthew 19:6,
“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
On the back was a touching letter from the Bride’s parents, David and Cindy.
The bride wore a gorgeous lace ball gown that she purchased on eBay and had altered at By George in Helena AL. The bridesmaids wore knee length chiffon from Amazon, and the groomsmen, ring bearer, and grooms tuxes all came from Jos. A Banks.
The bride was preceded down the aisle by four bridesmaids, each carrying a bouquet of white hydrangea, Pearlina, and Vendela roses, which coordinated with the bride’s own pearl adorned bouquet of the same flowers. The sunlight danced off of the sparkling crystal chandelier as they became husband and wife.
“My favorite moment was the exhilarating moment after kissing my husband for the first time, when we turned back to start the recessional and we looked at each other. 🙂 🙂 it was such a wonderful feeling. And then we ran like heck to beat the rain lol”
After the ceremony, the guests made their way to the reception hall. In addition to a guestbook, there was a thumbprint tree that was hand painted by the bride. The couple’s parents’ thumbprints were at the roots of the tree, and their extended families and friends made up the leaves. Guests sat in gold chivari chairs and admired the centerpieces of gold mercury vases with vendela roses, placed atop mirrors which were scattered with keys to represent the bride and groom’s commitment to one another.
Paige and Matt delighted their friends and family with a choreographed first dance to “Mirrors” by Tyler Carter. “Matt is a huge Tyler Carter fan and his rendition of Justin Timberlakes Mirrors was even better than the original and really spoke to both of us and the way we feel about each other, which is why we chose it.” says Paige. “It was also written by Justin Timberlake about his grandparents and their long life together and how they loved each other, which I found out while researching the songs meaning. It was such a sweet and beautiful story that it moved me to tears.”
The couple enjoyed a heartfelt toast from the best man, Danial, and a poem, “Love is the Number Two”, written by a Matt’s groomsman Carlin. “We have only been friends for about 3-4 years but ever since we first met he has really always felt like family. In addition to writing us that special poem for us he also gave us $100 in $2 bills…He had to go to 6 different banks in the area to get them. It’s was the most thoughtful gift we received.”
Loved ones were treated to a delicious meal of cheese tortellini with Pomodoro cream sauce, chicken parmesan, and a salad with homemade sun dried tomato vinaigrette dressing.
The wedding cake (From Indulge Sweet Shoppe) was decorated with mint fondant with a white lace overlay, and topped with a gold silhouette of the couple and their dogs. There was also a cheesecake bar where guests had their choice of apple, caramel, chocolate, and strawberry toppings. As guests dined, pictures of the couple were projected above the dance floor.
Once the feasting concluded, party-goers were entertained by poi spinners. Some of the guests participated as well, including the best man, the groom, and the groom’s mother!
As the festivities reached an end, each guest was gifted a delicately carved rose soap and Ferrero Rocher chocolates. The couple descended the stairs in front of the castle while their loved ones surrounded them with sparklers, and a fireworks display marked an explosive end to a magical evening.
“My advice to other brides is that your wedding day will be imperfectly perfect. Just take it all in stride by keeping the foremost thought that at the end of the day you will have your happily ever after with the one you have always dreamed of.”
Bridal Gown: eBay
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amazon
Tuxes: Jos. A Bank
Hairstylist: Brian Avery Salon
Makeup: Casey Troulias
Officiant: Ben Styles
Tables: Alabama Wedding Rentals
Linens: Decor to Adore
Flowers: Silvermoon Floral
Caterer: Nino’s Italian
Cake: Indulge Sweet Shoppe
Photographer: Bryan Campbell
Videographer: Tyler Tuten, the bride’s brother