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Iron City Wedding – Mattie & Blake

Blake and Mattie met in college, Samford University. They were both invited by mutual friends to watch the Panthers vs. Broncos Super Bowl game. Mattie is a BIG Panthers fan and showed up to the party wearing an extra-large vintage jersey. Blake, who is a die-hard sports fan of all teams, says that’s when he “knew.” They dated for three and a half years before getting engaged.

“I admit I was on the lookout for when Blake would pop the question; however, he tricked me in the most clever way. We were on our way to meet my parents for dinner. On the way, he received a phone call from his one of his producers (Blake is a sports play-by-play broadcaster). After he ended the call, Blake apologized and asked if I minded if we stopped by Samford to pick up some paperwork his producer needed for their game tomorrow. Of course, I said yes, that it wasn’t a problem. We parked by Hodges Chapel at Samford University. He asked me to walk with him to get the documents, which I thought was a bit odd but really didn’t think through it at the time. We walk up to the front of the chapel where there is a bouquet of white roses, a book that is opened up, and a letter. It’s when I saw all of this that I knew what was happening and all of the happiness, excitement, and adrenaline started. I read the letter which celebrated our years of dating and talked about our future forever. When I finished reading, Blake got on one knee and asked me to marry him! YES! After, he told me to pick up the opened book; it was a Bible. On the front, he had what would be my new name stamped. After, we went to his parents for what he told me would be a quiet, celebratory dinner with our immediate families. He tricked me AGAIN! We were greeted by friends and family alike for a fun party. Such a special and memorable day.”

“I wanted our wedding weekend to be joyful. That was my theme word for the entire planning process: joy. My vision included simplicity, elegance, thoughtfulness, romance, and fun. I wanted a very classic look for myself and wedding party, and I thought mixing the men’s black tuxes with the bridesmaids’ navy dresses accomplished this. It is black, navy, and metallics that were the base of all decorating decisions. Blake and I both come from families of faith, so having a traditional wedding service in a church mattered to us. We are members of Church of the Highlands and thought it would be a great fit. When deciding our reception venue, we wanted to highlight Birmingham. Both of our families are from out of town, so we wanted friends and families to see our city. Iron City had the fun party atmosphere I wanted- everyone dancing on the dance floor was my goal. Check!”

“To me, black and navy represent a classic, timeless look. Blake wanted the guys to wear black bowties, and he would wear a white one so that as the groom he stood out. For a quiet, laid back guy, it was perfect, just a subtle difference between him and his groomsmen. For me, I had no idea what I wanted in a dress when I started looking. I actually found my dress the first and only day of wedding dress shopping I went on. I am a simple style but I did want to have some bling to stand out. My consultant at Bella’s Formal found my dress, and it was perfect- classic, elegant, a hint of bling and was so comfortable!”

“We both wanted to just have a rockin’ party, so a band was the definite choice and also a splurge. We skipped on a videographer and invested more in photography. We almost skipped on hiring a 6 weeks coordinator, and I am SO happy we didn’t- Carly was awesome in taking everything from my hands 6 weeks until and the day of.”

“My favourite part of the day was in the morning as my bridesmaids were getting their hair and make-up done, and my mom was helping me hang up my dress from the bag. We shared about 30 minutes, her and I, giggling with excitement and even shedding a few happy tears. It was such a valuable and memorable time with my mom and also gave me a quiet, private place to release some emotion- the rest of the day I felt like I could just soak in! Blake would say his favourite part of the day was when he and I had dinner alone before doing to the reception. He enjoyed having a personal moment, just us two before going out and partying with our loved ones. A funny story is that the band had Blake go up on stage and sing “Mr Brightside” with them. It was like a real concert- he had lots of adoring fans.”

“My wedding flowers I completely trusted to my florist. I don’t have favourite types of flowers, all I knew were the colours. I wanted a majority of green and white- simple elegance. He had the idea to add pops of blue to add dimension, and it turned out wonderfully! I especially loved the flowers on the cross- it highlighted how Blake and I’s faith is so important to us as individuals and then as a couple.”

“The wedding cake went along with our theme of simple, romantic elegance with thoughtful details intertwined. The cake was 4 layers- each a different flavour with the third layer being pentagon shape vs. round. Each layer also had different textures- smooth, polka-dots, and our initial. Plus, our cake topper was the same cake topper my parents had on their wedding cake.”

“Strawberry, vanilla with lemon-raspberry filling, almond, and red velvet. Strawberry was the biggest hit! My favourite dessert is ice cream, so as a personal touch, we hired Big Spoon Creamery to serve ice cream sandwiches as well. Both dessert options were great!”

“At our reception, there were a lot of TVs, so we had our engagement photos cycle throughout the reception. Our officiant for the wedding was actually my childhood pastor. During the ceremony, my cousin sang Ben Rector’s, “Forever Like That.”- one of Blake and I’s favourite songs. Blake’s cufflinks were chilli-peppers because on our second date I nicknamed him “hot tamale.””

“On our welcome table, we had both of our parents’ and all the grandparents’ wedding photos framed. We wanted to honour family and celebrate the goodness of marriage. My centre diamond on my engagement ring was my maternal grandmother’s; 4 of the diamonds on my wedding band were from my mom’s original engagement ring, and I wore my paternal grandmother’s ring the day of. I loved representing my favourite women (both grandmothers had passed already) who loved family dearly.”

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Iron City Wedding – Mattie & Blake

Photography: Katie & Alec Photography // Ceremony Venue: Church of the Highlands // Reception Venue: Iron City // Event Planning: Elizabeth Carlisle Events // Floral: Rickey Whitley // Stationery: Papersource // Wedding Cake & Desserts: Magnificent Cakes // Rentals & Linens: Decor to Adore // Makeup: Emmy Hunt // Hair: Merrell Hubbard // Desserts: Big Spoon Creamery // Transportation: Rare Transportation // Entertainment: Big Night Dynamite // Wedding Dress: Bella’s Bridal // Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux // Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids // Veil: Bella’s Bridal & Formal // Submitted via: Matchology

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