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This Alabama Couple Put a Formal Spin on Their Rustic Wedding

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Oct 312016

Given that they both grew up in the same small town in Alabama, it's pretty surprising that Paige Bone and Hunter Hayes didn't meet until August of 2008. "He was a football player and I was a cheerleader — but for rival schools," Paige says. "We spotted one another in the crowd at a football game, and were introduced by mutual friends the next night. The rest is history!" And even though she went to college at the University of Alabama and he's from an Auburn University family, the longstanding rivalry couldn't keep them apart. After four years of long-distance dating and two years back together in Gadsden, Hunter proposed to Paige at his family's vacation house on Lake Neely Henry, and the couple got started planning their September 19, 2015, wedding at a family friend's farm in Ashville, Alabama.

The groom is an outdoorsman who loves hunting and fishing, but the bride wanted to put a dressier spin on a rustic Southern wedding. She skipped the burlap in favor English garden-style arrangements and hundreds of brass candlesticks. "It was the perfect mix of both of our personalities and our Southern heritage," Paige explains. The whimsical yet traditional celebration was full of homey touches, and Rob & Wynter Photography captured every sweet detail.

The elegant invitation suite was dressed up with rose gold calligraphy and the pair's wedding logo, a crest decorated with antlers and soft florals around an H in the middle. "We used it on everything from the invitations and programs to koozies and pillows used in the reception décor," says Paige. She and her bridesmaids wore matching Natalie Deayala pajamas (the bride in white, her girls in navy) as they got ready for the big day.

Paige had always dreamed of wearing a delicate lace gown for her wedding, and loved the combination of Chantilly and tulle in this gorgeous Martina Liana. She added a modern spin to the strapless silhouette by topping it with a lace crop top by Girl and a Serious Dream. And every Southern bride needs some sparkle! Paige's came in the form of her gold glitter Kate Spade pumps.

The bride carried a flowing, oversized bouquet of Italian ruscus, David Austin roses, seeded eucalyptus, wax flower, green hydrangeas, and pheasant feather — a nod to her hunting-obsessed groom.

Hunter donned a modern shawl-collar tuxedo with a black cummerbund. His organic boutonniere mixed strands of wheat and white wax flower. "The farm was covered in bistro lights, garlands of greenery, and soft candle light," says Piage.

The bridesmaids all wore powder pink Natalie Deayala dresses. "I loved the combination of a formal and elegant silhouette with a soft feel," says Paige. The 'maids carried smaller versions of the bride's bouquet, all tied with flowing silk ribbons. The groomsmen matched Hunter in shawl-collar tuxedos.

The couple wed in a traditional Presbyterian ceremony, with urns of lilies and roses on either side of the altar.

Immediately after the ceremony, the caterers treated the couple to an intimate dinner for two in the farmhouse. The menu included mushroom grits, apple-bacon canapés, and bacon-wrapped venison tenderloin tips. "Hunter actually provided the venison for our caterers himself!" says Paige.

Long tables were arranged in the barn, which was strung with café lights. Paige spent the couple's nine-month engagement collecting brass candlesticks to use as décor. Along the barn stalls, hay bales were framed with greenery and posts were hung with deer mounts dressed with lilies and hydrangeas. The couple's wedding coordinator, Courtney Bell, did all of the calligraphy for the menus.

"Having dinner privately inside meant we could head around the farm at sunset to take pictures and still have a chance to eat," says Paige.

For dessert, the pair offered both a chocolate groom's cake (decorated by the groom with shotgun shells, antlers, and feathers) and a five-tiered wedding cake with layers of white cake with buttercream and strawberry cake with cream cheese icing.

The couple and both of their parents took dance lessons in advance of the wedding. Paige and Hunter performed a swing dance to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder.

Then, Paige and her father danced the foxtrot to "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker, and surprised guests by breaking into a fun dance to "You Never Can Tell" by Chuck Berry.

At the end of the evening, a sparkler exit led the bride and groom to their getaway car, a friend's 1961 Lincoln. "We did our best to enjoy every moment," says Paige. "Remember, you're only engaged for a small amount of time. There is something so wonderful about planning a this celebration, but don't let the hiccups get in the way of how amazing an engagement can be!"

Ceremony Venue: Rainbow Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: Dawson's Honeysuckle Farm || Wedding Coordinator: La Belle Vie Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Martina Liana; Girl and a Serious Dream || Shoes: Kate Spade || Jewelry: Ex Voto Vintage || Hair & Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Tuxedo Inn || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Levy's Fine Jewelry || Florist: Attalla Florist || Invitations & Paper Goods: Sincerely Me || Music: 2nd Groove Showband || Catering: Garfrerick's Café || Cake: Edible Memories by Lorraine || Rentals: Top Notch Events & Rentals; Prophouse Rentals & Styling; Ultrapom || Videographer: Crooked Tree Productions || Photographer: Rob & Wynter Photography

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These College Sweethearts Hosted a Traditional Southern Wedding in Auburn, Alabama

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Dec 302015
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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

Coleman Humphrey and Hayden Gunter both grew up in Auburn, Alabama, but since the two went to different schools, they only knew of each other. But fate brought them together when both Coleman and Hayden decided to attend the University of Alabama for college. "It doesn't happen often when you live in Auburn, since that's University of Alabama's rival," the bride explains. "It wasn't until our sophomore year of college, in September of 2011, that we started dating."

And since college brought these two together, it was only fitting that Hayden popped the question the weekend after graduation in May of 2014. "We went to the beach with family to celebrate. One morning, Hayden was very eager to wake up early and go to breakfast and then explore the Seagrove State Park," Coleman says. "When we got to the park, he sat me down by the water and pulled out a ring. He asked me then and there if I wanted to create a future with him, and of course, I said yes!" The pair started planning a hometown wedding in Auburn, Alabama, packed with traditional, Southern appeal. Keep reading to see all of the photos from their June 20, 2015, wedding, as photographed by Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers.

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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

With a timeless, Southern look in mind, Coleman and Hayden worked with Kara Anne Paper to create a white and gold invitation suite with a magnolia leaf motif. "The magnolia was used on our invitations and other paper products, as well as placed decoratively at the ceremony and reception," Coleman says. "It was the symbol of a wedding that honored the timeless traditions of weddings from years past."

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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

The bride worked with designer Heidi Elnora to create the perfect wedding gown. "When I walked into her studio in Birmingham, Alabama, she sat me down and asked everything I wanted in a dress. After she had some ideas about what I was looking for, she started putting different dresses on me," Coleman says. "She has dress designs called 'Build-a-Bride' where you start with a simple gown and add on to it with various trends and accessories. It was the ultimate game of dress up. When we had tried a lot of different options, we knew it was the one because she basically designed it specifically for me."

She left the salon with a customized two-piece gown: Coleman chose a Chantilly lace strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, which she topped with an Alencon lace off-the-shoulder crop top for coverage during the ceremony. "It was very elegant during the ceremony, but then I could remove the top when I started dancing," she says. "It was a good combination of my traditional but funky style."

The designer took lace and pearls from Coleman's mother's veil and added those heirloom pieces onto a brand new chapel-length veil the bride donned for her ceremony. Her white and cream bouquet was made up of David Austin garden roses, stephanotis, lisianthus, hydrangea, gardenias, and trailing ivy.

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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

Coleman's 10 bridesmaids looked radiant in sleek cream-colored gowns from Joanna August. Each 'maid wore an antique gold locket the bride had gifted them on the morning of the wedding and carried a bouquet of white and green hydrangeas.

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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

Hayden chose a traditional black tuxedo, white pocket square, and black suspenders for the big day.

Coleman and Hayden shared a private first look before heading to Auburn United Methodist Church for their traditional ceremony. The bride's father walked her down the aisle. "We didn't write our own vows, but we had a sermon performed by one of our officiants," the bride says. The couple personalized that portion of their day by choosing special readings and pieces of scripture.

Immediately following the ceremony, the bride and groom ate dinner with their parents privately before meeting their friends and family at the reception. "Our parents left to give us a minute alone and Hayden pulled out a sweet, hand-written note that he had written me describing all of the reasons he thought I would be a great wife and why he had fallen in love with me," the bride says. "The moment was short and sweet, but I thought it was important to have a second to ourselves to remember what the day was all about."

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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

Cocktail hour kicked off with tasty drinks, which included the couple's signature cocktail: The Yellowhammer. "It's the specialty drink of Gallette's, a bar in Tuscaloosa where we went when we were in college," the bride says. Drinks were served up in gold monogrammed cups and served with a customized cocktail napkin, or else placed inside a green and gold koozie with the couple's names and wedding date.

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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

The reception was held beneath a wood and stone pavilion. Round tables were topped with towering arrangements of hydrangeas, lilies, stock, garden roses, daisies, and textured foliage or a low arrangement of peonies, roses, and stock. Additional tables were arranged across the lawn, beneath a canopy of twinkling café lights. While guests dined on a buffet dinner, with selections like a grits station, country ham biscuits, a local artist did a live painting of the reception. "All of the guests enjoyed watching her create the painting," Coleman says. "She painted our close family and friends in the portrait and now we have her lovely work above our mantle at home as a sweet treasure from our special day."

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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

After dinner, the couple cut into their two wedding cakes. The bride's confection was a four-tiered rich butter cake with buttercream icing, and was decorated with fresh flowers. Hayden chose a three-tiered Devil's Food cake with chocolate buttercream icing.

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Photo: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

A live band kept the couple's 400 guests on the dance floor throughout the evening. To keep the party going, Coleman and Hayden had their caterers serve hamburger sliders mid-way through the reception.

Coleman and Hayden, who honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico, advise other couple's to try and avoid pre-wedding stress. "Don't let that make you forget why you are even planning a wedding in the first place," the bride says. "Things aren't gong to run absolutely perfectly, and that's okay! You will be the only one who notices."

Ceremony Venue: Auburn United Methodist Church || Reception Venue & Catering: Moore's Mill Club || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Heidi Elnora || Hair & Makeup: Envy Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A Bank || Engagement Ring: Tom Neville || Wedding Bands: Bromberg's || Flowers: Albright's Florist || Invitations: Kara Anne Paper || Reception Band: Kidd Blue || Cake: Sonshine Cakes || Rentals: The Event Group || Favors: The Overall Company || Videographer: Luke Lindgren || Photographer: Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers

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One Couple’s Rustic-Chic Wedding at Chapel Valley Farms in Alabama

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Jan 242014

Be careful what you tweet—you never know who might be paying attention! As the 2012 winter holidays approached, Savannah tweeted that "Everyone gets engaged on a holiday. I want mine to be on a random Tuesday," then promptly forgot about it. But her now-husband Wes's younger brother, Easton, didn't forget. And when Wes told his family that he was planning to propose on Valentine's Day, Easton talked him into proposing a few days earlier, on Tuesday, February 12th.

On what was, for Savannah, just a normal Tuesday, she and Wes were heading out for a casual early Valentine's dinner, as she had to work on the actual day. On their way, Wes got a call from his dad (and boss), saying that he needed to stop by a family friend's warehouse to check on the heating system. When they pulled up, Wes's dad met them with a flashlight, saying the power had been turned off because the building was for sale. As they made their way up the service elevator, Savannah saw the glow of candles and a table covered with roses. Wes walked to the table, picked up a box, and got down on one knee, asking Savannah to make him the happiest man in the world. As she nodded, he turned her around to reveal a sign saying "She said YES" and their family and friends appeared. They'd all come together to set up her perfect "random Tuesday" proposal!

The couple, who spent their first date on a horseback ride, were married on July 13th, 2013, at Chapel Valley Farms in Vinemont, Alabama. The barn and orchard gave their wedding the rustic, vintage feel they'd dreamed of, infusing their wedding with a sense of romance and nostalgia.

Savannah's Justin Alexander gown "complimented the vintage style of the wedding perfectly," she says. An alencon lace overlay flowed down to a dropped waist, while the skirt was all drama. To top it all off, a pair of cowboy boots with bright teal cut-outs peeked out from beneath her skirt. Inside her dress, she wore pins belonging to her great grandmother and great-great grandmother. "I loved having them close to me on my big day," she says.

The bride carried a soft bouquet of garden roses, mums, and dusty miller in ivory, peach, and light pink.

The groom's boutonniere featured a peach rose, wrapped in burlap and a pink ribbon.

Wes wore a three-piece tan tuxedo with a porcelain blue tie. And cowboy boots, of course!

The couple took advantage of Chapel Valley Farm's old buildings and beautiful scenery.

Savannah dressed her bridesmaids in blue chiffon dresses with a high-low hem to show off their boots. The groomsmen wore tuxedos to match Wes.

"We assembled all of the programs ourselves," says Savannah, who tied them with twine and attached key charms to the ends.

The ceremony took place in the farm's open-air barn. "My mother draped burlap and muslin to create the altar," says Savannah. A wreath and flowing arrangements of mums, roses, and vines gave the space a touch of color.

The couple had a traditional Methodist ceremony, officiated by Wes's childhood minister. "We literally tied the knot," says Savannah. "We love to fish together, so tying a fisherman's knot during the ceremony was the perfect fit for us."

Savannah was having a hard time choosing between two dresses until her consultant asked, "What dress do you want Wes to see you in on your wedding day?" She immediately knew that her lace and tulle gown was exactly what she should wear down the aisle.

"I stacked vintage hardcover books anywhere I possibly could," says Savannah.

The reception took place in an old barn arranged with long tables. The head table, draped with muslin and a burlap runner, was topped with candles, vines, and bud vases overflowing with baby's breath.

Guests' tables were decorated with vines, baby's breath, and pages from old books. Strings of lights cast a warm glow over the room.

Wes and Savannah treated guests to vintage sweets, like wax bottles, and asked them to sign a traditional guest book.

Wes's grandfather built corn hole boards, which the groom's mother customized with the couple's monogram. The bride and groom's grandmothers sewed beanbags to use for the game.

Savannah and Wes's wedding cake featured piped rosettes and was decorated with fresh flowers. And, says Savannah, the days since that first bite have been amazing. "I love sharing each day with my best friend."

Savannah and Wes were lucky to have so much help from their family and friends, but she's glad that they stuck to the traditions and ideas that really mattered to them. "Some of the things we chose were really unique to us," she says, "and we're so happy looking back, because the day turned out exactly how we wanted it to be."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chapel Valley Farms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander, from The Something Blue Shoppe || Shoes: Preston's Western Wear || Hair & Makeup: Mandy Rowe of Salon 714, (256) 751-1225 || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: The Something Blue Shoppe || Wedding Bands: Bride - Billy Mitchell Jewelry, Groom - Goldmine Jewelry || Florist: Linda Graves of Buttercup Design || Music: Darrel Widman || Catering: JW Steakhouse || Cake: Creative Cakes of Cullman || Photography: Anna Pociask Photography

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