DIY Alabama Wedding by j.woodbery photography

Weddings like this make me want to move to a remote area with sprawling land and gorgeous scenery. This wedding features both, as well as some gorgeous details!

1. What was your favorite memory from the day?
The whole day was incredible! One of the most fun things I remember was the morning of the wedding. I got all of my bridesmaids to spend the night at one of their apartments with me the night before, and we all cooked a big, yummy breakfast together when we woke up! We invited other friends to come too and just shared stories, did our hair, and watched the Katy Perry movie; it was so chill and awesome. I loved getting ready with all of them and feeling so stress-free because all of the girls I loved and admired were with me encouraging me before the most important day of my life. I also loved having a first look with my husband before the ceremony and taking so many beautiful and creative pictures together. We were in our own world and not thinking about anything but each other and how excited we were to be married! It really made us feel so much less antsy before the ceremony and helped us to get more of the pictures we wanted.

2. What advice do you have for brides planning their weddings now?

My advice to other brides is to soak up every moment and not stress about the small things. There were definitely a hundred tiny mess-ups that happened throughout the day, but when I just let it roll off my back and said a quick prayer, none of it mattered, and I felt a lot better. At the end of the day, we were married, and everything was beautiful. I would also recommend hiring babysitters for your ceremony if you are expecting a lot of kids to show up, and tell the guests ahead of time and before they walk into the ceremony. It really helped the parents enjoy the event so much more, and it made sure there were no crying babies during your vows. We had an entire tent dedicated to kids' activities, and made coloring books, got hula hoops and bubbles, painted a table with chalkboard paint that they could draw on, and had all sorts of other fun things for them to do; they loved it. Also, DANCE :) take at least 30 minutes to just dance with your husband and enjoy it, not worrying about anything else. We had an incredible band that played all kinds of fun swing dance music, and we made sure to take full advantage of it. Our friends said it was the most fun wedding they've ever been to, and I know that's partly because of all of us doing the Wop and the Wobble and all sorts of other crazy dances. Our photographers even got on the dance floor and showed off a few moves ;) The photobooth was also a HUGE hit, and people loved all the fun props we had for it! If it's in your budget, definitely try to get one! Most of all, have the most incredible day with all the people you love!


Photographer:  j.woodbery photography//Dress Store: Bella Couture//Bridesmaid Dresses: Enzoani//Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo Collection//Event Venue: The Oaks at Centreville//