Katie + Justin: An Americana-Inspired Fete {Alabama 4-H Center} | Wedding Planners Birmingham, Alabama

As we continue to reminisce on some of our favorite weddings over the past year, I knew this week would be the perfect time to feature one of the sweetest couples we've had the honor of serving. From my very first meeting with Katie, I knew this was going to be a day full of joy, emotion, fun, and most importantly, God.

To see two people as dedicated to serving God in their marriage as Katie and Justin has been such a joy and an inspiration, and I am so thrilled that even though the wedding day has come and gone, I am blessed to be able to call her a friend. 

 

Christina Sloan Events | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography | Birmingham Alabama Wedding Planner
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Birmingham AL Wedding Planner | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography

The personal touches throughout the day had everyone in tears...and it wasn't just about the gift exchange (although Katie and Justin's sweet notes and gifts, and the plaque to Katie from her dad was so, so special). At the welcome table, Katie had framed pictures and momentos from their time together, prior to the wedding day. The best part of it? The notes and letters they had written to one another during that time. Giving their guests a little glimpse into "Justin and Katie" and what brought them to this day was such an intentional touch. 

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Another sweet touch that had us swooning was Katie's use of heirloom quilts as accents throughout the day. Styling backdrops, scraps tied around the bridesmaids' bouquets - it was such a sweet nod to the tradition and legacy they were celebrating. And were these groomsmen's gifts not the cutest? (Side note for all my fellow Friday Night Lights fans out there - take a closer look at the invitation envelope used for styling. #texasforever)

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Katie's dress was a beautiful play on tradition with the lace neckline and gorgeous back, with a little bit of modern flair (pockets, y'all!). 

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Although the day was full of fun, tradition, and excitement, at the center of it all was their faith. They didn't see one another before Katie walked down the aisle, but Justin led them in a private prayer to calm their nerves and prepare their hearts. And perhaps one of my favorite pictures of all is Katie's girls surrounding her in prayer just minutes before walking down the aisle. 

During the ceremony, the wedding party and their immediate families covered them in prayer as the minister blessed their marriage. 

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama | Alabama 4-H Center Wedding | Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Vendor Team - Venue: Alabama 4-H Center / Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography / Planning and Coordination: Christina Sloan Events / Florals: Christina Sloan Events / Videography: Grissom Productions / Lighting: Lighting the Way / Hair and Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus / DJ: JAMM Entertainment

 

 

Katie + Justin: An Americana-Inspired Fete {Alabama 4-H Center} | Wedding Planners Birmingham, Alabama

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