B-Metro Weddings


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MEAGAN AND MICHAEL

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Maggie Rae Photography

price409Though the destination was only about 30 minutes away from Birmingham—the ceremony held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Pell City, followed by the reception at nearby Applewood Farm—the wedding of Meagan Freeman and Michael Price felt like a celebration that was a thousand miles away from everyday life.

The couple now lives in downtown Birmingham but grew up in Pell City, so getting married there was a natural choice. “It is my family church,” Meagan explains, “so as a little girl I always imagined having a very traditional Catholic nuptial mass there.” Then they discovered that Applewood Farm, which has been meticulously refurbished by its owners to host special events, was located just steps from the church. It had all the amenities they needed for the special weekend: the “Chandelier Barn” as the main reception hall; the Farm House with vaulted ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and bedrooms where the bridesmaids spent the night before; and the natural beauty of the grounds, where guests could mingle outside, play lawn games and refresh their drinks from the main bar.

With the church and reception venue set, there were still plenty of details to plan, but things continued to fall into place.

price220“It was actually a pretty easy, stress-free process,” Meagan says. “I worked the most with my mom, Christine, and she and I make a really great team. I already knew the style, look and feel that I wanted and did not want, so it was really just executing the ideas. The hardest (part) of the wedding planning was to make sure we did not overlook anyone on the wedding list.”

That last part was no small feat. Michael and Meagan had so many different groups of friends they wanted to include, from people they went to high school with to their college buddies, and of course the many people they’ve come to know since from their post-graduation and professional lives (Michael is a dentist in Liberty Park, and Meagan is director of marketing and advertising for Schaeffer Eye Center).

Other choices were inspired by their wedding date: April 22, 2017, which happened to be Earth Day, so they gave out little envelopes filled with seeds and adorned with a custom stamp of a wreath and the words, “Let Love Grow.” Meagan also took great care to get exactly the invitations she wanted, down to a particular silk ribbon she’d seen and wanted to wrap around the invitations and reply cards. “It probably took me two weeks to find that,” she says. “I think I ended up ordering it out of Seattle. It was hand-dyed silk ribbon, absolutely beautiful. But things like that…sometimes you get stuck on wanting something specific and you’re not going to stop until you get exactly what you want.”

With the bridesmaids staying on site at Applewood Farms, it was easier for everyone to get up early and start getting ready for the ceremony, which was at 2 p.m. Along they way everybody enjoyed the chance to catch up, since many of them had flown in from out of town.

The reception started around 3:15, with an Italian menu by Roselynn Catering served buffet style, music by DJ Feel the Beat—who played a wide variety, from older, classic songs to popular newer artists like Bruno Mars and eventually rap music as the evening progressed—and through it all, they had a photo booth (replete with dress-up props) for guests to have fun taking old-style selfies. When it was time to cut the cake, the DJ broke out the Alabama fight song, a nod to the bride and groom’s alma mater.

price341That night, Meagan and Michael stayed at the honeymoon cabin on site, but as the wedding died down they went back over to the Farm House to spend more time with old friends.

“It’s funny,” Meagan says. “After the wedding and honeymoon, we came back and kept saying, ‘We want another wedding! That was so much fun.’

“And people would look at us like, ‘No. You don’t want another wedding. Just have an anniversary party.’”

The Deatils

♠Rings: Diamonds Direct

♠Wedding Invitations: Annabelle’s

♠Wedding Dress: Bella Couture (Allure Couture)

♠Veil: Bella Couture

♠Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

♠Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid (Bill Levkoff)

♠Groom / Groomsmen Tux: Mr. Burch

♠Photographer: Maggie Rae Photography

♠Hair & Makeup: The Look by Brittney Shelton

♠Florist: Beth Buckner

♠Cake: Katie’s Sweet Creations

♠Catering: Roselynn Catering

♠Disc Jockey: Feel the Beat

♠Photobooth: Cool Shots (Feel the Beat)

♠Personalized Yellowhammer Cups, Koozies: Tag Specialties

♠Reception: Applewood Farm

♠Ceremony: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

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EMILY AND JUSTIN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAYSEN MICHAEL

ASSISTED BY CHASE LAWRENCE

1100_2657-20171104_saturn_emilyjustin_weddingWhen Justin and Emily Todd got married recently—at Saturn, the popular live performance hall/neighborhood hangout and bar located in Avondale—there weren’t just two people tying the knot. Emily’s eight-year-old daughter, Grayson, was every bit as much a part of the nuptials as she has been throughout the couple’s courtship.

Justin and Emily met more than seven years ago at a party Emily was hosting. “I knew from the moment I saw him that I was looking at the man I was going to marry,” Emily says. “He is literally my best friend and my partner in crime! I am extremely lucky to have such an amazing man who adores not only me but my daughter, as well.”

Emily says they had been dating five-and-a-half years when Justin proposed. During that time, as their relationship was deepening, Emily saw Justin’s relationship with Grayson grow and flourish, too. Justin even “proposed” to Grayson to become her official father one night at Zoo Light Safari. “It was the most heartwarming thing to watch!”

With Grayson’s blessing, details for the wedding itself began to fall in place. “We picked Saturn because it is like a second home to us,” Emily says. Justin plays in a local band, Future Primitives, which has played Saturn many times, and they’ve become personal friends with owner Brian Teasley. It turned out to be the perfect location for them. Teasley gave the spacious loft space upstairs over to the bridal party to use prior to the ceremony. Decorating in the main room for the wedding and reception, Emily says they and their wedding planner, Kathryn Davis, went for a look that was “modern with a little bit of rustic charm” with a navy, burgundy, and gold color scheme, but didn’t want to overwhelm a space that already has its own special charm. “We went kind of simple for the decorations, because Saturn is so unique in itself that we didn’t need much to make the place magical.” They did add one, final touch that was personal to them. “We are obsessed with foxes, and our last name, Todd, actually means ‘fox,’ so we tried to incorporate foxes as much as we could throughout.”

0863_1324-20171104_saturn_emilyjustin_wedding_3_chaseWith a wedding party of 15 and about 120 guests in attendance, the ceremony itself was held in the main room at Saturn, with Emily’s pastor Randy Greene officiating and music by five members of the Black Jacket Symphony. When they exchanged vows, they added another personal touch: the vows Justin had written to Grayson, his promises to her as they made their new family official.

Afterward, in true Avondale-chic style, the reception was catered by Post Office Pies and featured a spread of pizzas and pastas, replete with a full bar. The cakes—for Emily, a sour cream pound cake with almost cream-cheese icing; for Justin, a death-by-chocolate cake adorned with his band’s logo on the front—were a homemade gift from their friend Cassie Jackson.

For the music, Emily and Todd had brought in an Elvis impersonator who doubled as a DJ whenever he took breaks from the stage. For the couple’s first dance, they took to the floor for a classic rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Finally, once all the toasts were made in honor of the new family—Justin, Emily and Grayson—there was plenty of dancing and karaoke. And when it was time to make their grand exit, the couple sped off in a 1940 Ford Tudor Sedan which Emily’s uncle had meticulously restored and given them to use that night as his wedding gift.

Emily says it felt like everything she had hoped for—being surrounded by love and support from their friends and families; a lot of great people pitching in to make the evening beautiful; many personal touches; and the confidence that her daughter Grayson felt every bit as special that night as the bride and groom. (Justin also plans to formally adopt Grayson in the coming months.)

0492_1074-20171104_saturn_emilyjustin_weddingAnd, of course, there was the setting—Saturn—which the couple wouldn’t have traded for anywhere else. “We have been fortunate to be a part of the Birmingham music scene which has brought many friendships to us,” Emily says. “No one hesitated or had any doubts about our getting married at Saturn. They all said it was perfect for us and everything we represent.”

♠Wedding planner: Kathryn Davis

♠Caterer: Raquel Dublin at Post Office Pies

♠Bridal dress: Bridals by Lori in Atlanta

♠Bride’s hairstyling: Kara Isbell at Ashes for ♠Beauty / Makeup: Janie Recknor

♠Floral arrangements: Sherri Arias at S. Arias Creates

♠Wedding music: Members of the Black Jacket Symphony

♠Reception entertainment: Elvis impersonator Rob Langford

♠Photography: Jaysen Michael, assisted by Chase Lawrence

One Response to “B-Metro Weddings”

  1. Kara Isbell says:

    Hey there!

    My name is Kara and you listed me as the hairstylist for Emily and Justin Todd’s wedding. Im super grateful but I wanted to point out before the magazine itself comes out that the salon I work for is actually called Beauty for Ashes Salon and Colorbar, not Ashes for Beauty Salon. I hope this helps! Thanks so much!!!

    Kara Isbell

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