Every marriage has a story, and the tale of Temple Tutwiler finding Allyson Thompson truly plucks at our heartstrings.
Fate threw its hand when both of them checked in the the UAB EatRight Optifast Program, to begin their journey of weight loss. The program is designed to build camaraderie with other participants by giving a much-needed boost for the long journey ahead.
From the minute Temple met Allyson, he knew she was special. Both had struggled with their weight for a long time, and both knew that they could, together, get healthier. One year after they met, Temple and Allison were engaged.
Allyson selected an elegant, sophisticated veil and dress and adorned her bouquet with brooches she and her mom selected. In keeping with her desire to have an intimate wedding, her best friend, Heather Sampley, was the sole bridesmaid. Temple selected his father and his namesake to be his best man.
Their wedding was reflective of what they share in common– love of family and a mutual desire to have a small, intimate wedding. Since the groom’s father has had an office on the top floor of Bottega for years, it was the perfect choice for the wedding and the reception.
Only 100 guests, mostly family and friends, attended the celebration which was held at one of Birmingham’s most venerable establishments, Bottega. The groom’s family has had a special relationship with Frank and Pardis Stitt for years, and so together with Allyson’s family, all joined in to create a memorable wedding for Temple and Allyson.
The ceremony was short and sweet with Judge Alan King presiding over the marriage. Family and friends offered their special prayers and words of encouragement to the couple.
The critical details of the wedding were masterfully handled by Michael Dyer of Uncut Flowers. Not only did he design the gorgeous flowers, but he served as the consultant extraordinaire, assisting both families in ways to spend their money wisely. Michael’s creative and inventive touch can be found in every aspect of the wedding.
From the trio of college musicians from Samford University, to the bride’s bouquet studded with memorable broaches, Michael offered ideas that were unique and creative, making the planning process so much fun.
Temple’s mom, Lucy Tutwiler, noted that Tracy James from Chic Made Simple was invaluable when it came to assisting with the bride’s trousseau and many of the wedding parties’ outfits. Always cool, calm and collective, Tracy’s eye for style at affordable prices was so appreciated.
Bottega, under the guidance of Frank Stitt, is certainly one of Birmingham’s most revered restaurants. He did not disappoint with a sumptuous menu of avocado tartare canapé, beef carpaccio canapé, fried oysters, shrimp risotto, smoked salmon with watercress and more. Each dish was a masterpiece in itself.
- Venue: Bottega Restaurant
- Wedding Coordinator/Floral Designer: Michael Dyer of Uncut Flowers
- Bride’s and Groom’s Cakes: Gia’s Cakes
- Wedding Music: Bethany Borg
- Reception Music: Samford University’s music graduate students
- Invitations: Please Reply
- Photographer: Dee Moore
- Wardrobe Consultant: Tracy James of Chic Made Simple
- Tent and rental equipment: Event Rentals Unlimited, ( ERU)
- Linens: BB and J Linens
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