Rosie Maguire and Matt Robinson don’t remember exactly when they met, but that doesn’t really matter. They ran in the same circles in college even though they attended different schools, and at some point or another, they became Facebook friends. Years later, Rosie was living in Montevallo when she had a job interview in Livingston, and she somewhat randomly reached out to Matt, who was living in Tuscaloosa, to see if he wanted to meet up for a drink on her way home. Rosie says she got cold feet and tried to back out at the last minute, but it’s a good thing she didn’t. These two were destined for a fun and funky fall wedding — and a wonderful life together.

One Saturday morning several years later, Rosie, a teacher, grabbed cinnamon rolls from a local bakery on the way home from a cross country meet she was helping to coach. “Matt did not seem to be that interested in the cinnamon rolls, which really confused me because they are his favorite,” Rosie says. Instead, he told her to look at their cat, Samson. Samson was wearing a new collar and a tag that said: “Marry Me!” Needless to say, with a proposal that darling, she said yes.

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Matt and Rosie knew they wanted to get married in the woods, and the cozy and romantic setting at Blackberry Lane Farm fit the bill perfectly.

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We love Matt and Rosie’s lighthearted approach to planning their wedding. Their pets are a huge part of their life, so they incorporated them where ever they could, from the save the dates to the koozies passed out at the reception!

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Rosie didn’t worry too much about the something old-new-borrowed-blue tradition. “I didn’t take it all very seriously. I had my dress and shoes, which I considered my new. I borrowed my sister in law’s earrings. And I had a blue handkerchief and an old pin that belonged to each of my grandmothers, but I actually forgot to put them on my bouquet!”

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How divine are these shoes? Rosie says they were difficult to wear with her dress, but they were so pretty she managed to put up with them until kicking them off for the reception.

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The bride and her bridesmaids spent a relaxed morning in the cabin getting ready for the big day ahead.

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What a lovely group of ladies!

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Rosie gets ready to walk through the woods to meet her groom.

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Custom-made ties and matching pocket squares finished Matt’s dapper wedding day look.

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This bridal bouquet is maybe one of our most favorite autumn bouquets ever. With sprawling greenery framing white poppies, a moody king protea and dramatic berry-colored garden roses to pick up the bride’s gorgeous lip color, this lush bouquet is truly unforgettable.

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Matt made the most handsome groom, and the boutonnieres he and his groomsmen wore were one of Rosie’s favorite details of the day. The teeny tiny succulents and sprigs of flowers wrapped up in twine were exactly what she had envisioned.

Rosie and Matt dreamed up a wooded wedding. They weren’t concerned with tradition or typical expectations, opting instead to create an experience that fit their personalities perfectly and would provide a fun evening for their guests. The venue would be key in creating that experience, and on a day of venue shopping, they found something that they thought fit the bill — until they pulled up to Blackberry Lane Farm. The cozy cabin in the middle of the woods was exactly what they had in mind, plus there were goats! They booked the venue for early November 2017 and began planning.

Rosie found her whimsical color palette for the day in a pretty unexpected place — on a floral shirt one of her students wore to class. She snapped a photo of the pattern and began building the palette for the day around it. She shared the color story with her bridesmaids and asked them each to find a dress that made them feel comfortable and beautiful. The end result is a knock-out collection of confident ladies in shades of mustard, blush, lilac and mint. More muted seasonal tones came into play in the bouquets the ladies carried; creamy white roses, seeded eucalyptus and white poppies with moody black centers were the perfect finishing touches.

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Outfitted with a GoPro to capture her perspective on the day, Rosie and Matt’s pup Zula made the greatest "best dog" ever! “Having our dog there was a very important part,” Rosie says.

Outfitted with a GoPro to capture her perspective on the day, Rosie and Matt’s pup Zula made the greatest “best dog” ever! “Having our dog there was a very important part,” Rosie says.

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Check out the Go-Pro — for a dog’s eye view of the festivities!

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Matt and Rosie didn’t want a lot of fuss about their day. They wanted it to be uniquely and perfectly them, and they definitely achieved that goal!

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Rosie’s color palette inspiration came from an unusual place: a floral printed shirt one of her students wore to class one day!

Illustrations of their dog Zula and four cats were featured on their save-the-dates but also made an appearance via these darling cutouts.

Illustrations of their dog Zula and four cats were featured on their save-the-dates but also made an appearance via these darling cutouts.

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Rosie and Matt’s pets are so important to them that they wanted to be sure to incorporate them into the big day.

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All smiles before the ceremony

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Intricate details and dreamy layers of tulle — Rosie is a vision in her bridal gown. “I’d gone to David’s Bridal with a friend and was considering a dress unlike anything I would have ever thought I would have picked. It was low cut and a ball gown,” Rosie says. “But when I went back with my mom, she wasn’t sold, and I wasn’t sure it fit the rest of our vision for the day. So she insisted we try at least one other shop. Walking up to Imperial Formalwear in Woodlawn, I saw it in the window and fell in love. I pulled several to try on, but I saved this one for last because I had a feeling about it. The moment I put it on, I was certain.”

Rosie and her bridal party spent the morning of the wedding wrapped in matching floral print robes, getting ready in the little cabin on the Blackberry Lane Farm property in Chelsea. When the bride was ready, with delicate sprigs of flowers tucked into her hair, she went to meet her groom in the woods for the dreamiest first look with an extra special guest: their pup Zula. “She’s a huge part of our lives, and we couldn’t imagine doing it without her,” Rosie says. “The pictures with Zula are our favorites.”

At 4 p.m. that afternoon, family and friends gathered on the hillside at Blackberry Lane Farm to witness Rosie and Matt’s beautiful and perfectly personal ceremony. The groom entered to The National’s “I Need My Girl,” followed by the wedding party, who walked down the aisle to “New Orleans Instrumental No. 1” by R.E.M. Then, the congregation rose to their feet as Rosie’s bridal processional, “Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent, played. Rosie’s maid of honor and best friend also served as their officiant and led the bride and groom as they exchanged vows and rings. “We had a little panic moment about two months out when our original plans for an officiant didn’t work out,” Rosie says. “I somewhat jokingly asked my best friend, who was already acting as a maid of honor, if she would marry us. She got ordained online and ended up executing the most perfect and personal ceremony I could have ever dreamed of.” The finishing touches on a beautiful ceremony were the abundant smiles as Rosie’s brother and sister-in-law sang Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do, I Do It For You.” The bride and groom shared their first kiss as husband and wife and recessed up the aisle to the admittedly completely-not-romantic “No Children” by The Mountain Goats.

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This outdoor ceremony space is beyond perfect.

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A collection of framed photographs of Matt and Rosie and glasses of champagne greeted guests as they arrived.

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Rosie’s original vision for the day included a bit of a mid-century vibe, and you can definitely see it in the color palette for the bridesmaids, the florals and other little details throughout the day.

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Guests gather at Blackberry Lane Farm.

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Rosie’s mother and father escort her down the aisle toward her groom.

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One of the best moments of the ceremony came when the bride’s brother and his wife sang Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do, I Do It For You.”

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Mr. & Mrs. share their first kiss!

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Rosie’s favorite moment from her wedding day is a quiet, unassuming one. “After the ceremony and family pictures, we snuck into the cabin to eat the plates of food our amazing venue coordinator grabbed for us,” Rosie says. “Just having that moment alone but knowing so many people we loved were close by celebrating us was a wonderful feeling.”

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Campfires and twinkle lights — the reception was a casual affair, but a completely enchanting one.

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As good Alabamians, the bride and groom love Jason Isbell and have seen him perform together several times. “Cover Me Up” is a song of his that they both love and wound up being the perfect tune for their first dance.

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Never afraid to buck tradition, Rosie and Matt went their own direction for their wedding “cake.” Says Rosie, “Neither of us like cake that much, and we have vastly different opinions on cake flavor anyway, so we went for something we both love dearly. We had our own full-sized donuts for the ‘cake cutting’ — maple sea salt for Matt and Boston cream for me. We had minis in chocolate, sugar and spice, maple sea salt and vanilla.”

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Rosie and Matt exited their reception with a sparkler send-off.

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We love this fun bride’s parting advice: “Don’t worry about what weddings are ‘supposed to be’ and plan the wedding that you want!

The reception was teeming with the same personal touches found in the ceremony. Guests enjoyed dinner under the twinkle lights outside and gathered around the fire. Friends and family made toasts to the bride and groom before the new Mr. and Mrs. took the dance floor to “Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell. In lieu of a wedding cake, the bride and groom opted for a delectable mountain of Hero Doughnuts, a decision equal parts delicious and fun. They danced all night and were sent off with sparklers, with those signature newlywed grins on their faces.

Thanks for giving us a little peek into your utterly charming day, Rosie and Matt! Cheers to many joyful days ahead!

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