Angie & Michael’s Colorful Mardi Gras Party Southern Wedding
I’m here to bring a splash of color to your Monday via this gorgeous, quirky, and all-around awesome Mardi Gras-themed Southern wedding. Angie and Michael’s first trip together was to New Orleans where they had a memorable time so they brought the look and party mood of NOLA– complete with sparkly masks, pearls, feathers, a brass band and a second line parade — with them to Alabama for their big day! The beautiful photos speak for themselves but I do have photographer Jennifer Woodbery of J. Woodbery Photography here to tell you more about the event:
Angie and Michael had an AMAZING wedding day at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL. Angie had such an incredible vision to have a mardi gras themed wedding and every detail was executed perfectly! Angie and Michael are two of Birmingham’s finest, and there were many details incorporated from this aspect as well. I was so happy to be a part of it!
Here’s a little back story on their fab wedding, in the lovely Angie’s own words:
The first trip we ever took was down to New Orleans. We both adore that city, our favorite dirty, drunk city in the world. We’ve always loved the music, food, and culture of NOLA. And that trip was incredibly special to us. So it was only natural for us to have it as the theme for our wedding. We’ve always been non traditional, and we wanted people to be able to come to our wedding and really enjoy themselves, more of a party atmosphere than anything else. I think we were successful, people still talk about how much they enjoyed it.
Angie also kindly shared their super cute love story!
Michael and I met on the first night I was a cop. I was super nervous. He was in plain clothes, doing undercover work with the South Precinct Task Force and had heard there was a hot new rookie. So he and his partner found where we were and came to meet us. He said it was love at first sight when he saw me. When I saw him, I had an immediate crush, I mean, who could resist his gorgeous smile and shaggy blonde hair?
As the weeks and month went by and I continued my training, he continued to find reasons to conveniently back me up on calls. And we would talk at the precinct in passing or I would just ind of stare at him from a distance while he was surrounded by the other cops listening to his stories and jokes. He has an amazing laugh. As a rookie in training, we have to work 8 weeks on two different shifts. At the beginning of my morning shift at 11pm, he would just so happen to be outside at the end of roll call every night. Then when I switched to day shift and was done at 3pm every day, he just so happened to be getting done with his workout at the precinct, even though his shift didn’t actually start until 6pm. Every time he would show up on one of my calls, my heart would flutter and it would completely make me lose concentration. He has that affect on me.
Eventually I came off of the training car and went to evening shift, 3pm-11pm. One day I needed a car to drive, so I went outside and saw his vehicle that he was assigned to, and took it. Come 6pm I hear on the radio, “342 to the unit driving MY car?” i replied, “330 go ahead” a slight pause, then “342 make sure you bring my car back. Better yet, what’s your number?” and that’s how it all began. From then on it was flirty texts and calls, many nights when we saw the sun rise, and finally, the first kiss. After the first kiss, we started talking and officially dating. It was perfect. We had many nights where we would talk for hours and hours until I literally fell asleep mid sentence. Then one day we talked about getting married, about what our life would be like, two cops under one roof, together forever. It sounded like a dream. Then on the day the world was supposed to end (12/21/12) he took me up to our favorite place in the city that looks out over all of Birmingham. It was freezing that night, but he got me out of the car and convinced me to watch for some fictitious lights that were supposed to come on. And right as I was about to say let’s leave, it’s too cold, I saw police lights brighten up the sky around us. I turned around laughing thinking it was one of our co-workers playing a joke on us, then i realized there were 3 cars with their lights on. As I squinted into the blinding lights, I saw my brother get out of the car with a video camera and my parents walking up the sidewalk. Oh ya, I finally knew what was going on. I turned around to Michael on one knew with the most beautiful ring ever crafted in his hand. He said “Angie, you’ve made me the happiest man alive, now give me the chance to make you happy. Will you marry me?” I said hell yes! And thus started our journey.
The bride also shares a few highlights from their special day:
The best moment of the day was when he saw me for the first time. We actually both share this as our favorite memory. The look in his eyes when he saw me was like he had never seen something so beautiful. It was a look that took my breath away, as he said the way I looked took his as well. Then after that, the wedding party took pictures before the ceremony, and honestly those moments are the ones I remember most. Our closest friends and family all together laughing, drinking, and singing. It was amazing.
When asked if DIY’ed details were incorporated, here’s what Angie said:
Oh god yes. Too many. I glued the bridesmaids shoe clips together, I made my own hair clip, I glued rhinestones and feathers to my shoes AND flip flops (which were plain white), I glued some extras to some of the masks for the wedding party, I glued the invitations together, although the design was done by Meda, I also printed and glued my programs together, I put the chair decorations together, I made the mini signs around the ceremony and reception (ones that said sign the guestbook, the beer and wine we had, etc) as well as the ceremony/reception sign hanging on the lamp post, and finally, all the pictures of New Orleans (including 10 posters) were taken by me in NOLA and the printed out. That’s one thing I’m proud of, I love taking pictures.
Their first dance:
We have two songs. Our first dance was to one of them, “Maps” by the YeahYeahYeahs. Our last dance was to our other song, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli.
The music that the wedding party marched in to was Indiana Jones Theme song, but my favorite song was what I marched in to “Summer” by Joe Hisaishi from the motion picture “Kikujiro”. BEAUTIFUL song, seriously, listen to it 🙂
A few words of advice:
Do NOT plan it on your own. Call Lorenda!! She is a life saver and a wonderful person!! For brides, like me, who don’t do confrontations well, she will do it for you. She also will help you save money, while making the wedding look perfect, I mean, look at mine!!
Do what YOU want, don’t let anyone tell you how to do your own wedding, no way. It’s worth it to be a little selfish, it is your day after all.
Take a moment to eat something by yourself with your husband. Put a table off to the side somewhere where NO ONE can get to you, it almost worked at our, but our friends kept coming up there to talk, it was sweet though.
Huge thanks to Jennifer for sending this totally wonderful wedding my way, and congratulations Angie and Michael! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of wedded bliss. 🙂
Photography: Jennifer Woodbery of J. Woodbery Photography
Venue: Sloss Furnaces, Alabama
Planner: Lorenda Pryor
Florist: Nelda Shiftlett, a friend of the family
Invitations: Special order from Invitatii Couture
Bride’s gown: David’s Bridal
Tux rental shop: Jos. A Bank
Cake: Friend of the family
Catering: Cajun Steamers
DJ: DJ Crazy A
Image submission via Two Bright Lights