Fearless adventurers and lovers of travel, Natalie and Adam Beasley’s original vision for their wedding day included a romantic destination wedding in Montana. The pair dreamed up an intimate ceremony in a national park, with just family members and a few friends gathered around them as they began their life together. But when they learned that they’d be moving to Australia for Adam to attend graduate school shortly after the ceremony, this couple decided to refocus their plans a little closer to home, and reimagined a beautiful ceremony that was every bit as intimate and thoughtful as the destination wedding they had originally dreamed of.
This darling pair met in college and dated for four years before tying the knot. Adam had to be careful when plotting the proposal, as Natalie has a distinct knack for figuring out plans and surprises before they happen. All this sweet bride wanted was to be truly surprised when Adam asked the big question, so he cleverly circumvented her surprise-ruining tendencies and simply didn’t make a plan. “He kept the ring in his pocket until the perfect moment arrived, which was when we were exploring the rooftop of a building in Birmingham — something we were doing when we first met,” Natalie says.
In what can so often be a busy, hectic season of engagement, Natalie and Adam were very intentional in remaining grounded and focused on the bigger picture as they envisioned their wedding day and, moreover, their marriage. “We just really wanted the focus to be on celebrating and rejoicing in God’s bringing us together in marriage and not get caught up in details and things that wouldn’t last at the end of the day,” Natalie says. This careful focus and perspective served this couple well in crafting a day that was a reflection of some of the greatest tenants of marriage, one brimming with love, intentionality and joy.
After deciding on Birmingham for their wedding day, Natalie and Adam gravitated toward the upstairs venue at Avondale Brewing Company for the ceremony and reception. “We knew we needed an indoor venue because of the Birmingham summer heat, and we really loved the urban and modern feel of Avondale,” Natalie says. A simple space with exposed brick and wooden beams, hardwood floors and plenty of natural light, the venue had the distinct look they were seeking and also provided the flexibility of a non-traditional wedding venue.
To add their own touches to the space, Natalie and Adam kept things fairly simple and effortlessly chic. Rows of globe string lights strung up from the rafters gave a hint of romance to the space while boughs of lush greenery lined the aisle and hung from the windows above the altar space. Soft candlelight and touches of gold, white and navy — the bride’s favorite color — enhanced the soft, neutral look of the day. The couple also made sure to utilize the talents of friends and family members in creating a day that felt unique and personal to them. “Our friends and family put so much into our wedding, from videography to save-the-date designs and everything in between,” Natalie says. “And that just made us feel so loved and is something we can’t even begin to thank them enough for.”
The morning of the wedding, the bride and groom and their wedding party got ready at the beautiful Tutwiler Hotel downtown. Natalie donned her stunning Sarah Seven gown, which happened to be the very first dress she tried on. “I’ve been a fan of Sarah Seven for years and always knew I’d like to wear one of her dresses if I ever found the right occasion,” Natalie says. “And I figured our wedding was the perfect time to do that!” Adam dressed in his handsome navy suit and put on his tie, complete with a patch hand-embroidered by the bride with a surprise wedding-day message for her groom.
Then at 5 p.m., as the evening sun streamed through the wall of windows at Avondale, Natalie and Adam entered into marriage before nearly 200 of their family members and friends. Guests sang worship songs together and Natalie and Adam held hands and prayed over their marriage before walking back up the aisle as husband and wife.
Long tables topped with white linens and dressed in rich greenery and soft candlelight filled the space for the reception. Guests enjoyed an indulgent buffet-style Jim ’N Nick’s meal of barbecue and all the fixings, complete with the ever-popular cheese biscuits, before dancing all evening alongside the bride and groom.
The true highlight of the day for Natalie and Adam didn’t come until the last moments of the reception, and truly encapsulated the feel of the entire wedding.
“For the last song of the night, many of our friends and family members decided to gather around us in a circle and sing at the top of their lungs while the two of us danced,” Natalie remembers. “Being surrounded by so many people who have loved and supported us throughout our relationship was so humbling and was a moment we’ll never forget.”
Cheers to you, Natalie and Adam! Thank you for sharing your lovely day with us!
Photography: W&E Photographie
Wedding planner: La Belle Vie Weddings
Wedding dress: Sarah Seven
Bridal shop: Ivory & White
Groom’s attire: J.Crew
Groomsmen’s attire: H&M, Etsy and J.Crew
Cake: Louise’s Cakes-n-Things
Flowers: Savannah Kilpatrick Design
Venue: Avondale Brewing Company
Catering: Jim ‘N Nick’s
Music: Jules Huff and Laura Lynn Williams
DJ: Matt Taylor a.k.a. DJ Roomba
Hair: Kelsy Taber of Morgan Ashley Salon
Makeup: Katelin Skinner
Invitation design: Empress Stationery
Calligraphy/signs: The Wildflower Creative
Videographer: Jenna and Cole Adams
Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited
Linens: Decor To Adore
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