Hunter Worley and Katherine Sneed’s love story began on February 14, 2014. The pair met on Valentine’s Day for a blind date arranged by Hunter’s cousin, who happened to be Katherine’s roommate, and they had an instant connection. “We were so comfortable and enthralled with each other immediately,” Katherine says. “We joke that we never had an ‘awkward’ phase, but I really don’t think we did.”

Katherine and Hunter head to the oceanfront to savor their special day.

Katherine and Hunter head to the oceanfront to savor their special day.

Three months after they met, Hunter relocated to Birmingham from Memphis, and then in May 2015, on a Sunday afternoon bike ride through Oak Mountain State Park, he asked her to be his wife. “We stopped where the trail overlooked the lake, and he got down on one knee in the middle of the trail,” Katherine says. “It took me a while to register what he was doing, but when I finally did, I jumped in his arms and cried.” Oak Mountain had always been special to the couple, because it was their “place,” where they spent a day together the weekend after they met, exploring the park and getting to know each other better.

When it came time to decide on a location for their December 2015 wedding, the choice was simple. “My family grew up going to Seaside when the community simply consisted of Bud & Alley’s and Modica Market, and there were no houses on the beach. It has always held such a special place in my heart,” Katherine says. “We both thought it would be amazing to have a destination wedding in neither of our hometowns, and we knew that everyone who made the trip truly wanted to be there.” 

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Katherine couldn’t stop smiling on the day of their wedding.

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Hunter gives Katherine a sweet kiss on the cheek as the beaming couple prepares to say “I do.”

The couple’s top priority in planning their wedding day was incorporating their faith into the ceremony. “We knew we wanted to have our assistant pastor from our church, Cahaba Park Church, officiate our ceremony,” Katherine says. “We really wanted it to be a worship service, and we knew he would make God the priority while keeping it personal to us.” Under the stunning pitched ceilings of the Seaside Chapel, surrounded by their bridesmaids and groomsmen and close family and friends, Katherine and Hunter were pronounced husband and wife.

With its view of the Gulf and the Seaside skyline, Kelly Green, a large lawn along Alys Beach flanked by a hedge of palmettos, was the perfect location for Hunter and Katherine’s dreamy tent reception. With help from Christie Broadhead at It’s a Shore Thing, Katherine created the reception of her dreams from the ground up — literally. Katherine drew inspiration for the day’s color scheme from their surroundings. Nudes and neutrals were pulled in to echo the sand of the beach while pops of greenery, sparkling light and metallics incorporated a festive holiday feel for the December wedding. Candles throughout the space and Christmas lights strung from the roof of the tent set the magical atmosphere, and under those sparkling lights the black-and-white checkerboard dance floor stayed packed all night long.

From a blind date to their fairy-tale wedding, Hunter and Katherine were truly meant to be. “We knew we would be together forever the night we met,” Katherine says. And with a beautiful, sparkling exit, they set off toward their forever as husband and wife.

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Katherine incorporated her “something old” in a truly special way. Gorgeous pieces of lace from her mother’s wedding dress were sewn along the edge of Katherine’s veil. “The lace from my mom’s veil was so special to me and was symbolic of carrying forward the values and deep love of my parents’ marriage.”

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One of the couple’s favorite moments of the day was the moment they first saw each other. Aren’t they a gorgeous pair?

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Katherine’s gown is an incredible Monique Lhuillier fit-and-flair dress with tulle and lace from Ivory & White.

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We’re obsessed with this bouquet from Florals by the Sea! Cream garden roses with white ranunculus and gorgeous silver dusty miller combined to create the ultimate lush, romantic bouquet.

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“It was so cool to be able to plan such an amazing day around all of our favorite people,” Katherine says. “We picked out our favorite place, foods, songs, flowers and people. The personal touches and details really helped make our day special.“

There’s nothing more southern than a big bridal party. The bridesmaids are stunning in their nude Joanna August gowns from Bella Bridesmaids.

There’s nothing more Southern than a big bridal party. The bridesmaids are stunning in their nude Joanna August gowns from Bella Bridesmaids.

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“The most memorable part of the day, besides our first look, was being together on the beach at sunset in the most gorgeous weather taking pictures 10 minutes before our ceremony,” Katherine says. “It was such a blessing to have that time right before the ceremony to savor the day and relax with each other in the most amazing setting.”

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Katherine’s vision for the day was romantic, whimsical and magical. “It was inspired by a winter wonderland vision on a beach setting,” Katherine says.

The Seaside Chapel

The Seaside Chapel, with its seven-story bell tower, is the tallest building in Seaside, and it was the perfect place for Hunter and Katherine’s ceremony.

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One of Katherine’s favorite details from the day were the candle walls featured at the reception. “The candle walls behind the bars made a great statement on each end of the tent,” Katherine says. “The lighting was truly magical.”

The bride’s cake

The bride’s cake was elegant and refined, with five layers of alternating quilted details with piped pearl accents and beautiful piped roses, created by Sweet for Sirten. A wreath of dusty miller lined the base, and simple white roses topped the cake.

The groom’s cake

The groom’s cake offered a playful nod to the couple’s hometowns, college towns and their new home together in Homewood.

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With an oceanfront wedding, the food had to feature a nod to the sea! Townsend Catering incorporated fresh seafood into many of the dishes served, and Katherine says it was the best wedding food she’s ever had.

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“Relax and enjoy the whole process,” says Katherine. “Everyone will show up, and it will all come together. Try to remember as much of the ceremony as possible, because you won’t. And soak up being with all of your favorite people!”

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“During the wedding, take moments with your husband to stop and create memories,” says Katherine. “It will be the best day of your life!”

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The newlyweds loved dancing the night away to the tunes of their band, Musical Fantasy, with their friends and family.

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“The band was phenomenal, and the dance floor was packed the whole night,” Katherine says.

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Katherine and Hunter leave their reception with an enchanting sparkler send-off!

And they lived happily ever after!

RESOURCES:

Photography: Beth Hontzas and Karla Pound
Wedding planner: Christie Broadhead with It’s a Shore Thing
Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier from Ivory & White
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen and groom’s formalwear: Joseph A. Bank
Cake: Sweet for Sirten
Flowers: Florals by the Sea
Ceremony: Seaside Chapel
Reception: Kelly Green at Alys Beach
Catering: Townsend Catering
Band: Musical Fantasy
Hair: Mindy Norris with J&S Salon
Merchandise, stationery design: Fresh Ink
Videographer: Pure 7

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