When Gayden Holman moved to Denver, CO, for graduate school in 2015, she didn’t know anyone aside from her roommates. They decided to amend that situation and threw a Halloween party, each inviting everyone they had met thus far in Denver, and they encouraged those people to invite their friends too. At 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night, no one had shown up, and the girls worried their party was a bust. But just a few hours later, not only had 100 guests arrived, but Gayden’s future husband, Tim Lewis, was among them.
Tim and Gayden were just friends at first, but a year and a half after they met, he asked her to a charity fundraiser function out of the blue, and things progressed quickly from there. A little less than 10 months later, Tim told Gayden to circle August 25th on her calendar. He told her they were going for a hike at her favorite trail in Denver, and not-so-subtly kept reminding her of the date. “I knew I was going to marry him after we’d been dating for two months,” Gayden says. “I know it was only 10 months, but it still felt like a really long time, and I was so ready.” So Gayden had a sneaking suspicion about what was coming, but when her mother called and told her to treat herself to a manicure, like any good Southern mom would, she knew for sure. They got to the trail on a beautiful August day, where Tim asked Gayden to be his wife, and she was thrilled to say yes. Amid her joy at the engagement, Gayden couldn’t help but feel a tug on her heart that her parents weren’t there to celebrate this milestone. Little did she know, Tim had arranged for both his parents and hers to fly in and celebrate with an engagement party at a nearby brewery, along with 40 of their friends. “That was really the surprise,” Gayden says. “I was not expecting that, because my parents had told me they were at a wedding in Mobile that weekend.”
The day after the engagement, Gayden, Tim and Gayden’s parents went to lunch in Denver and did some of the major planning of the wedding. They decided on a spring wedding at the most wonderful of venues – Gayden’s family home in Mountain Brook. “My dad built our house for that purpose,” Gayden says. “My parents are very social, so our house was definitely meant for parties, but specifically a wedding. He’d always kind of planned that.”
Gayden and Tim envisioned a relaxed and simple day that first and foremost honored their shared faith. “Our faith is the center of our relationship and really important to us,” Gayden says. “That was the most important thing, and everything else I wanted to be really simple and not a huge production.” Simple and elegant with a bit of 1920s sophistication would guide the aesthetic for the day, and Gayden and her mom entrusted Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events to pull all of the details together. An abundance of white, from the flowers to the linens and decor, would lend a simple yet ethereal feel, and utilizing family heirlooms like Gayden’s grandmother’s silver in the centerpieces and floral arrangements captured the elegance that Gayden was looking for. Bridesmaids in sparkling champagne-colored dresses of their choosing and groomsmen in black tuxedos also exuded a sleek Gatsby-esque glamour.
Gayden awoke the morning of the wedding in the bedroom of her family home, where mere steps away she would marry the man of her dreams. The day was peaceful and relaxed, filled with quality time with friends and special moments with family. At 5:30 p.m. on March 24, 2018, 150 guests gathered in the backyard to witness the beginning of Gayden and Tim’s life together. Gayden walked down the aisle on her father’s arm as the notes of an acoustic rendition of “Amazing Grace” filled the space, setting the tone for the personal, worship-focused ceremony. Tim’s oldest brother is a pastor and officiated the ceremony, leading them as they took communion together as their first act as a married couple.
After recessing up the aisle as husband and wife, Gayden and Tim stole away to catch their breath over a sweetheart dinner while guests enjoyed mint juleps on the front lawn. They headed across the street to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for some photos before joining the reception, where they shared their first dance to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. The reception was a lively celebration with 400 guests led by ATL Groove Factory, whose performance progressed through the night from Frank Sinatra and classic tunes to current hits that kept the celebration going late into the evening.
At the end of the night, the new Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were sent off with sparklers and well wishes from their beloved friends and family.
Thanks for sharing your day with us, Gayden and Tim! We wish you all the very best!
- Photography: Rob and Wynter
- Wedding planner: M. Elizabeth Events
- Wedding dress: The White Room
- Cake: Olexa’s
- Flowers: Uncut Flowers
- Venue: Private residence
- Catering: Savoie
- Band: ATL Groove Factory
- Hair: Lynsey Richardson
- Merchandise/stationery design: Allison R. Banks Designs
- Guest accommodations: Grand Bohemian Hotel