It took Brendan Posey and Macie Haymon a long time to go on their first date and a short time to realize they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. This pair met while studying at Highlands College, a biblical higher education program in Birmingham, and were friends for three years before finally relenting and going on the date that their friends had long been suggesting. “All of our friends said that we should date each other before we actually did, so one day we decided ‘Why not?’” Macie says. They went on their first date to El Barrio, and on that March evening they both knew — this was it.
Six months later, Brendan and Macie stopped by “the lookout,” their favorite spot to sit and watch the sunset over downtown Birmingham, before heading to dinner at a friend’s home. “While we were standing there, he started telling me that he has loved our relationship and our time together and that he loved me, which was when I knew exactly what was happening,” Macie says. “We had decided early on in our relationship to not tell each other we loved each other unless we got engaged. We wanted that to be something special in our relationship. So when he finally said it, I freaked out.” Brendan then got down on one knee and asked Macie to be his wife. After a gleeful yes from the bride-to-be, they headed to the dinner party-turned-engagement party, and there they spent the night celebrating alongside their beloved family and closest friends.
Macie and Brendan had a six-month engagement, so with minimal time to plan, they had to quickly establish their priorities for the wedding. Macie says she and her groom wanted the day to be uniquely them: light and airy, laid-back and fun and, most importantly, full of the friends and family they hold dear. She says one of the best decisions she made in achieving this vision was enlisting the help of BKwed Events. “Brooke and her team took all the jumbled up, crazy ideas and inspiration I had in my head and showed me how to practically make it a reality,” Macie says.
Tall windows, exposed brick and beams, and large, open space to accommodate their guests made Haven, a recently restored circa-1924 space in the Lakeview District, the perfect backdrop for the unique and personal day that Macie and Brendan envisioned. A soft color palette and plenty of greenery would give a nod to the first hints of spring outside and contrast the industrial feel of the venue, with brass accents and plenty of candlelight to add a touch of romance.
The bridesmaids each selected their favorite style of floor-length dress from Show Me Your Mumu in a flattering soft charcoal color and carried bouquets in shades of peach, blush and cream spilling with ranunculus, roses, thistle and silver dollar eucalyptus. The groom and groomsmen were refined but relaxed in their suits and white button-downs, finished off with delicate boutonnieres to pick up some of the day’s softer tones. Macie, of course, was the most stunning bride in her Heidi Elnora gown, and her incredible bouquet was the perfect finishing touch to her timeless-yet-bohemian bridal look.
The morning of the wedding, Macie and her 11 bridesmaids gathered to spend some quality time together and get ready, which Macie says was one of the highlights of a day filled with special moments. “My girls and I had the best time getting ready for the wedding,” Macie says. “We danced around, freaked out, sat on the porch and just talked for hours. It was amazing.” After every curl was pinned and button buttoned, Macie went to meet her groom for one of the sweetest first looks of all time.
On the evening of March 10, 2017, exactly one year following Macie and Brendan’s first date, they met at the altar to become husband and wife. About 250 guests gathered in a circle that radiated out from the center altar, a physical representation of the love and support that this bride and groom felt throughout their relationship. “I just loved the idea of being surrounded by our family and friends as we said ‘I do,’” Macie says. “I just couldn’t get away from it. We had our wedding party and families, besides my maids of honor and Brendan’s best man, sit on the front row and it was so special to see them all around us.” So, literally surrounded by their loved ones and under a chandelier of greenery, Macie and Brendan exchanged vows and rings, had communion as their first act as a married couple and shared their first kiss as husband and wife.
At the reception, guests enjoyed a menu composed of the bride and groom’s favorite dishes. Macie says she wanted the food at the reception to be delicious and memorable, so they came up with a menu that incorporated a taco bar, barbecue sandwiches, corn nuggets and chicken kabobs, as well as a special late-night delivery of cheese fries to the dance floor. With the late-night snack and DJ Jesse Pilkenton to keep the party going, this fun bride and groom and their family and friends tore up the dance floor. “The dance party was amazing!” Macie says. “Our DJ killed it, and I think dancing the night away was one of the best, most fun moments of my life. Our friends and wedding party made it such a night to remember.”
At the end of the night, with a sparkler send-off, the bride and groom headed toward their new life together as Mr. and Mrs. Posey.
Thanks so much for sharing your dreamy day with us, Macie and Brendan! Cheers to many, many happy years ahead!
Photography: W&E Photographie
Wedding planner: BKwed Events
Wedding dress: Heidi Elnora
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Groom and groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Bank
Cake: Sharon Johnson
Flowers: BKwed Events
Catering: Savoie Catering
Hair and makeup: Brittany B. Massey of Hair & Makeup by BBM
Merchandise and stationery design: Lovely Lettering Co.
Videography: Hampton Road Studios
DJ and music: DJ Jesse Pilkenton, Judah Press Entertainment
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