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.”
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.”
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.
And they lived happily ever after!
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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