Written by Lindsey Lowe Osborne
Photography by Cathrine Taylor
When my husband, Caleb, and I got engaged, we knew three things about our wedding: We wanted a short engagement, an intimate wedding, and a pizza dinner. Luckily, the first two go hand-in-hand and the third didn’t seem out of the realm of possibility.
As we planned our wedding, we talked about the other aspects of it that were important to us. One of those was having a “Birmingham” wedding. Birmingham means a lot to us—it was the first city we both lived in, and together, we’ve discovered so many wonderful parts of her (our first date was at the J. Clyde!) We wanted to pay homage to the city and to as many of her people (and places) that we could.
The day, December 20, 2014, was just perfect. Since my husband and I were to live in his tiny Southside apartment, I got ready at my friend Robin’s house (B-Metro’s creative director!) We had a relaxing day, snacking on trail mix and taking turns getting our hair and make-up done (by Ginny Wilson). Finally, it was time for me to slip on my dress, which I found at Ivory & White. Though the forecast has been calling for rain all week, we didn’t even get a drizzle that day and we went outside to snap pictures. My photographer, Cathrine Taylor, captured the exact essence—joy—of the day.
Caleb and I were married as the sun set at Avondale Villa (located at Avondale Park). The chapel-like feeling I was going for was made possible by the villa’s beautiful windows and pews by Purely Elegant Wedding Statements (P.E.W.S). The sun broke through and filled the room with that perfect, golden light that dreams are made of (I’d chosen 4:30 as our wedding time just so we could get married in it!)
After the ceremony, we invited our guests to join us for pizza by Slice Pizza & Brew at the Red Cat Coffee House just down the way in Pepper Place. The Red Cat provided a coffee and hot chocolate bar to warm up our guests (after all, all you need is love and coffee.) Our cake—a brownie cake (brownies are my favorite food)—was made by Baking Bandits. The reception flowers were all done by my amazing mother-in-law and her friend and ceremony flowers were by Bloom Florist.
As we chatted the next day about our favorite parts of the wedding, we kept saying that it was everything we envisioned. Lots of people told us later that the wedding was “so Caleb and Lindsey,” which is exactly what we were going for! We wanted people to look around and recognize us, so we did things like give away our favorite books as favors and make a playlist that included Flogging Molly (Caleb’s favorite), Ben Howard (my favorite), and Jose Gonzalez (our favorite).
My very favorite thing about the day, though, was getting to marry Caleb.
Photography by Morgan Trinker
An Auburn grad raised in Birmingham, Jordan Huff McAdams moved to Charlotte, the hometown of her new husband, Matt McAdams, to work as an investment banking analyst for Wells Fargo Securities. At the time the couple met, Matt, a graduate of North Carolina State and the College of William and Mary, was working in commercial real estate. The couple met through mutual friends in Charlotte and now live in Washington D.C., where Matt works in management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton and Jordan works as a senior recruiter for Wells Fargo Securities.
Matt grew up spending summers at his family’s house on Lake Wylie in North Carolina. Since the very beginning of his and Jordan’s relationship, it had always been a favorite place to spend a weekend, where the couple played fetch with their dog, Boone, grilled on the back porch, and enjoyed the water with friends and family.
The lake was where Matt proposed, dressing Boone in a bow-tie tuxedo collar and dropping to one knee on the boat dock to propose. That afternoon both families enjoyed a wonderful celebratory lunch.
“Being on the water/at the lake has always been an important part of both of our lives and has meant a lot to us throughout our relationship,” Jordan says. “We knew we wanted to get married in my home state of Alabama and as soon as we visited the Stables at Russell Lands on Lake Martin, we knew we had found the perfect venue. The location combined everything that was important and special to us (the lake, the setting, the food, the people) and we couldn’t imagine working with a better team to plan our wedding. People always talk about how stressful weddings and planning can be, but I can honestly say it was the most relaxing and special weekend I could have imagined. Lake Martin was far enough away from Birmingham and Charlotte that it felt a little like a destination wedding, but was still close enough to make it doable for our guests. It was so nice to have everyone we loved there for the entire weekend. We rented the lodge for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to stay in, which proved to be a great decision as it allowed the entire wedding party (and some friends!) to be under one roof the whole weekend.”
Their ceremony worked out perfectly, Jordan says. “The chapel was absolutely adorable and the perfect size for the wedding I had always wanted—not too big, but not too small. My sweet grandmother is a very talented florist and did all of our flowers. To me, that was one of the most special things and definitely took a lot of stress out of planning, because I knew whatever she did would be perfect. One of my favorite memories was when our little nephew, who was our ring bearer, came and stood between us during our vows…it was hilarious and made for some really funny pictures.”
The reception was catered by SpringHouse Restaurant. The band Black Jacket performed “Happy to Be Stuck With You” (by Huey Lewis and the News) as the couple’s first dance. “We absolutely love to dance and wanted everyone to enjoy themselves throughout the entire reception (and they definitely did). I love looking back and knowing that I would never change a single thing! It truly was the best weekend of our entire lives,” Jordan says.