Lake Martin has always been special to Ginny Hazelrig and Nathan Allred. It’s where they spent countless summer days floating in the water and enjoying the sun with friends and family. It’s where they first exchanged “I love yous.” And it was the perfect setting for their picturesque wedding on a beautiful September day last fall.
Ginny and Nathan are the definition of a perfect match. They met through a mutual friend seven years ago, had an instant connection and have been together ever since. Nathan asked Ginny to be forever his at Christmas in 2014. He gave his future bride a meaningful Christmas gift, and when she looked up from opening it she found Nathan on one knee with an engagement ring in his hand. Ginny, of course, said yes, and from there, the couple began planning their September wedding and their future together.
Ginny says she and Nathan are best friends and incredibly alike, which made planning their wedding a fun and special experience for the couple. “My husband was not like most men, I guess. He actually enjoyed planning the wedding with me,” Ginny says. “He would come to all of the meetings with me, and I loved having his input.” Together, with the expert guidance of wedding planner Neillie Kirk Butler at Mariée Ami, Ginny and Nathan crafted a day that was as personal as it was beautiful, as classic as it was effortless and more fun than the couple ever dreamed.
They envisioned a wedding with a clean, modern look and classic accents, and, most importantly, a fun and personal day. And Neillie and her team at Mariée Ami created the day of their dreams. “One of the things I love about Neillie is that she just gets to know you and then takes your personality and incorporates it into the wedding,” Ginny says.
Their first decision when planning the day was the location. The family’s lake house is located in the Willow Point Country Club area, so they knew the country club would serve as the perfect spot for the reception, and the chapel at Children’s Harbor, with its charming lighthouse, was picture perfect for Ginny’s vision for the ceremony.
The reception was the ultimate celebration. Delicious food, festive drinks and a fabulous band all combined to make the evening a true night to remember. From the pink “cheers” drink stirrers to the tambourines and hot dogs handed out late in the evening, every detail created the day of Ginny’s dreams.
Now happily married and living in their new Birmingham home, Ginny encourages other brides to remember to savor the experience. “Enjoy every minute of it. Don’t stress over the little details,” Ginny says. “It all goes by so fast, and it will be perfect and you will be married!”
Here’s to you, Ginny and Nathan, and your long, happy life together!
Photography: Rob and Wynter Ingram
Wedding planner: Mariée Ami
Wedding dress: Olia Zavozina via Carriage House Weddings
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung and Amsale
Groomsmen and groom’s formal wear: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Barb’s Cakes
Flowers: Lagniappe Designs
Ceremony: Children’s Harbor Chapel
Reception and Catering: Willow Point Country Club
Band: Party Crashers
Hair and makeup: Kerri Bunn
Logo, merchandise and stationery design: Mariée Ami
Videographer: Film Poets
Guest accommodations: Hampton Inn
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