A perfectly elegant day brimming with romantic florals, beautiful bridesmaids, dapper groomsmen and an evening of joyous celebration with family and friends was the picture-perfect plan for the wedding of Joslyn Smith and Charlie Dennis. The pair tied the knot at Joslyn’s home church on June 4, 2016, and then danced the night away with their family and friends under a lush canopy of flowers.

Among the many highlights of the day for Joslyn was getting ready at her childhood home with her bridesmaids and family. Those moments of relaxed laughter and respite before the busy day begins are so special!

Among the many highlights of the day for Joslyn was getting ready at her childhood home with her bridesmaids and family. Those moments of relaxed laughter and respite before the busy day begins are so special!

Joslyn found her beautiful wedding gown at Carriage House in Homewood. Her bridal consultant, Paige Drew, helped lead Joslyn to the mermaid-style gown with delicate lace overlay and helped design it as well.

Joslyn found her beautiful wedding gown at Carriage House in Homewood. Her bridal consultant, Paige Drew, helped lead Joslyn to the mermaid-style gown with delicate lace overlay — and helped design it, as well.

The groom’s family hosted the rehearsal dinner in the backyard of the bride’s childhood home in Mountain Brook. Joslyn especially loved the hand-strung lights, which add a bit of whimsy to these beautiful portraits snapped before the ceremony.

The groom’s family hosted the rehearsal dinner in the backyard of the bride’s childhood home in Mountain Brook. Joslyn especially loved the hand-strung lights, which added a bit of whimsy to these beautiful portraits snapped before the ceremony.

Though their beautiful wedding day was certainly among the best days of her life, Joslyn describes the day that Charlie asked her to be his wife as perhaps her favorite day ever. The couple planned to spend Thanksgiving simply eating dinner and spending some quality time with Joslyn’s immediate family. The low-key day took a turn when Charlie caught his hard-to-surprise bride-to-be off guard by asking her to be his wife with a thoughtful, carefully planned proposal. He even arranged to bring the couple’s dog from St. Louis to be present for the surprise! Following the inevitable “yes” from Joslyn, the couple spent the evening celebrating with Joslyn’s family and a few of their closest friends who planned to stay in town just for the occasion. “I am not sure I have ever felt so loved by Charlie, family or friends as I did that day,” Joslyn says. “Each person was so thoughtful and it was just a wonderful day all around.”

As evidenced by their family-centered engagement, the top focus for Joslyn and Charlie as they began to consider their wedding day was making sure it was a joyous, festive occasion for their loved ones. “Charlie and I have a lot of friends and large families, so we just wanted to enjoy being with them and make sure they had fun,” Joslyn says. Aside from that one key priority, when it came to planning the wedding itself, Joslyn was overwhelmed by the process and a bit at a loss. Fortunately, one of her best friends and bridesmaids, Louise Pritchard, is among the expert wedding planners at Mariée Ami wedding planning studio and was more than capable of creating a fun-filled wedding day to remember. Joslyn entrusted Louise with the details of the day — offered bits of guidance here and there — and enjoyed a more relaxed approach to the planning process.

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On the morning of the wedding, Joslyn and her bridesmaids sipped champagne as they got ready at her childhood home. Joslyn slipped on her elegant mermaid-style wedding gown with a delicate lace overlay and rainy satin buttons up the back, then stole away to the backyard to snap a few pre-wedding photos. The lush backyard had hosted the previous night’s rehearsal dinner and still featured enchanting hand-strung lights for a little extra magic in the portraits. Meanwhile, the groom and his groomsmen donned their handsome white dinner jackets, black bowties and tuxedo pants and met the girls at the altar.

We love these effortlessly elegant bridesmaids dresses!

We love these effortlessly elegant bridesmaids dresses!

Is there anything more classically Southern than a large party of handsome groomsmen dressed in white dinner jackets?

Is there anything more classically Southern than a large party of handsome groomsmen dressed in white dinner jackets?

The bride’s home church, Cathedral Church of the Advent, is a beautiful stone building tucked among it lush gardens in downtown Birmingham.

The bride’s home church, Cathedral Church of the Advent, is a beautiful stone building tucked among lush gardens in Downtown Birmingham.

The bride peeks into the chapel before walking down the aisle.

The bride peeks into the chapel before walking down the aisle.

Joslyn grew up attending Cathedral Church of the Advent, a stunning stone building with dramatic cathedral ceilings, arched windows and intricate stained glass, which served as the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. Joslyn remembers walking down the long aisle toward her groom as her fondest memory from the wedding day. “The most special moment was when I first saw Charlie as I was walking down the aisle,” Joslyn says. “Seeing him for the first time completely took away any stress or anxiety I felt.” Flanked by their large wedding party and supported by all of their loved ones, Joslyn and Charlie exchanged “I do’s.”

Following the bride and groom’s first kiss, the wedding party and guests headed over to the Mountain Brook Club, another special spot from Joslyn’s childhood. The already beautiful venue was transformed with the aid of colorful florals — blue, purple and cream hydrangeas, bright pops of white ranunculus, and boughs of lush greenery — and airy white linens draped at the doors and along the edges of the dance floor. The dreamy canopy of wisteria and greenery with twinkle lights draped over the dance floor set the tone for a perfectly romantic Southern summer reception, underneath which Charlie and Joslyn shared their first dance to “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole.

Walking down the aisle toward Charlie was the highlight of the day for Joslyn. She says in that moment, all of her anxieties and nerves about the day simply melted away.

Walking down the aisle toward Charlie was the highlight of the day for Joslyn. She says in that moment, all of her anxieties and nerves about the day simply melted away.

The new Mr. & Mrs. Dennis!

The new Mr. & Mrs. Dennis!

The bride and groom steal a few moments together in the gardens before heading back into the church to take family photos.

The bride and groom steal a few moments together in the gardens before heading back into the church to take family photos.

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A bit of rain couldn’t dampen this beautiful couple’s wedding day. After all, rain on your wedding day is good luck!

A bit of rain couldn’t dampen this beautiful couple’s wedding day. After all, rain on your wedding day is good luck!

The large bridal party cheers on their beloved bride and groom.

The large bridal party cheers on their beloved bride and groom.

Guests enjoyed a menu featuring Mountain Brook Club’s traditional dishes and a few additional selections made by the bride and groom and the father of the bride. “My dad was all about the food at the reception,” Joslyn says. “He is the ultimate entertainer and really helped plan all of the fun food.” Traditional fried chicken, okra and cornpone were served alongside an Alabama barbecue station featuring an array of local barbecue sauces and a Mobile-inspired station laden with oysters and shrimp in a nod to the groom’s hometown. Sips served included local moonshine and beer, liquor and, of course, “Orange Things” made to emulate Bottega’s famed cocktail. Guests danced the night away to a selection of hits by Evolution Party Band — including a few heated “dance-offs” among the guests — and refueled with late-night favorites from the bride’s and groom’s college days: “Quick Grill Messy Fries” and Bushwackers.

Joslyn grew up frequenting the Mountain Brook Club with her family, making it the perfect elegant venue for the couple’s reception.

Joslyn grew up frequenting the Mountain Brook Club with her family, making it the perfect elegant venue for the couple’s reception.

We are never going to get over this romantic canopy of wisteria and greenery designed and built by Mariée Ami and Dykes Culp. Dreamy!

We are never going to get over this romantic canopy of wisteria and greenery designed and built by Mariée Ami and Dykes Culp. Dreamy!

Even the drink coozie favors, featuring elegant calligraphy and a romantic wreath-ringed monogram designed by Mariée Ami, had the touch of refinement present throughout the day.

Even the drink coozie favors, featuring elegant calligraphy and a romantic wreath-ringed monogram designed by Mariée Ami, had the touch of refinement present throughout the day.

Alongside the barbecue station, Joslyn and Charlie offered a selection of Alabama barbecue sauces, including selections from Jim ’N Nicks, Full Moon, and Dreamland.

Alongside the barbecue station, Joslyn and Charlie offered a selection of Alabama barbecue sauces, including selections from Jim ’N Nicks, Full Moon and Dreamland.

The mother of the bride helped to inspire the breathtaking florals throughout Charlie and Joslyn’s wedding day. “She encouraged me to think about color rather than the sometimes tradition all white, and I think it worked out really well,” Joslyn says. And we agree! Classic floral design dressed in vibrant purples and blues makes for a stunning statement.

The mother of the bride helped to inspire the breathtaking florals throughout Charlie and Joslyn’s wedding day. “She encouraged me to think about color rather than the sometimes traditional all-white and I think it worked out really well,” Joslyn says. And we agree! Classic floral design dressed in vibrant purples and blues makes for a stunning statement.

Joslyn says her dad weighed in on many of the food selections offered at the reception. With a delicious menu including fried chicken, okra, corn pone, barbecue, oysters and shrimp, we can’t say he steered them wrong!

Joslyn says her dad weighed in on many of the food selections offered at the reception. With a delicious menu, including fried chicken, okra, cornpone, barbecue, oysters and shrimp, we can’t say he steered them wrong!

Delicate blue and purple hydrangea petals made of sugar add a personal touch to the design of this stunning six-tiered wedding cake.

Delicate blue and purple hydrangea petals made of sugar add a personal touch to the design of this stunning six-tiered wedding cake.

The bride and groom cut the traditional first slice of cake.

The bride and groom cut the traditional first slice of cake.

The new Mr. & Mrs. share their first dance under the canopy to the classic “This Will Be,” by Natalie Cole.

The new Mr. & Mrs. share their first dance under the canopy to the classic “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole.

The bride and groom loved dancing with all of their friends and family, and that their high-energy band facilitated a great time for all of the guests. Joslyn even says there were a few dance-offs throughout the course of the night!

The bride and groom loved dancing with all of their friends and family and their high-energy band facilitated a great time for all of the guests. Joslyn even says there were a few dance-offs throughout the course of the night!

The band looks on white Joslyn and Charlie take the stage!

The band looks on while Joslyn and Charlie take the stage!

Joslyn and Charlie depart their reception under a shower of white rose petals. Joslyn’s elegant going away dress was hand made by one of her closest friends from college, who is now a fashion designer in New York.

Joslyn and Charlie depart their reception under a shower of white rose petals. Joslyn’s elegant going-away dress was hand-made by one of her closest friends from college who now is a fashion designer in New York.

The bride and groom were showered with white rose petals by family and friends as they departed the reception and headed toward their new life together as husband and wife. But for all the festivities, the beautiful wedding attire and romantic flowers, Joslyn says that “the best part of getting married is being married,” and we couldn’t agree more!

Cheers to you, Joslyn and Charlie!

RESOURCES

Photography: 509 Photo
Wedding planner: Mariée Ami
Wedding dress: Carriage House Weddings
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen and groom’s formal wear: Mr. Burch Formal Wear
Cake: Barb’s Cakes
Flowers: Dykes Culp
Ceremony: Cathedral Church of the Advent
Reception: Mountain Brook Club
Catering: Mountain Brook Club
Band: Evolution Party Band
Hair and makeup: Celine Russell
Stationery design: Mary Baugh at Mariée Ami
Videographer: 509 Photo

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