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Katie + Justin: An Americana-Inspired Wedding

Weddings + Celebrations

July 4, 2017

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.

This Americana-inspired wedding was absolutely perfect for these two!

bridal portraits with white and greenery bouquet

groom straightening bow tie before wedding

bride and groom individual portraits

bride and groom portraits with white and greenery bouquet

white and greenery bride and bridesmaid bouquets

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.

bride reading bible and note from groom on wedding morning

groomsmen gifts of red bow tie, suspenders, and pecan pie

collection of letters and photos displayed on window frame

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)

wedding rings on heirloom quilt

wedding invitation suite on kraft paper

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!).

bride with head on groom's shoulder looking out over lake after ceremony

bride twirling in wedding dress with pockets

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 moments 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.

bride anticipating wedding ceremony

bride and groom praying before ceremony

outdoor wedding chapel with cross and couple praying before ceremony

family surrounding bride and groom in prayer during ceremony

 

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

Christina Sloan Events is a Wedding and Event Planning and Design Studio, offering Full Service Planning, Design, Production, Management, and Month Of Coordination | Serving Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama and the surrounding Southeast region | Destination Services Available Worldwide

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