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.

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The floor-to-ceiling windows at Haven are unreal. Can you believe this venue was once home to the Mack Truck Company?

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.

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The perfect blend of bohemian and timeless, with thin spaghetti straps and a flattering trumpet silhouette, Macie’s Heidi Elnora gown is an absolute dream! “From the second we walked into the atelier, the experience was amazing,” Macie says. “I tried on several dresses that day and loved them all, but still was not 100 percent on any of them. I liked the top on one dress, and the skirt on another, and the lace on another. At that point, my consultant called in the reinforcements, and their team remembered a gown that was in the process of being made, the Blakelee Darling, that matched everything I wanted. They literally had to pin the dress onto me, because the sample was not finished yet, and I fell in love. I walked out of the dressing room, and my mom, grandmother and best friends immediately cried.”

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Macie fell head-over-heels for this gorgeous beaded belt. “I tried it on with every dress,” Macie says. “I said ‘yes’ to the belt before even saying ‘yes’ to the dress!”

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The bridesmaids’ reactions to seeing Macie in her wedding dress for the first time are priceless!

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Macie’s bouquet was so perfect, her jaw literally dropped when she saw it for the first time! The dramatic king protea is definitely the star of this bouquet with gorgeous ranunculus, roses and plenty of sprawling greenery to soften the look.

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What a handsome groom!

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.

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This blushing bride exudes utter contentment.

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Can you handle the sweetness of this first look?

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“The pre-wedding jitters were definitely a thing, so seeing him before we got into the craziness of the day was huge,” Macie says. “I was immediately at peace and just so beyond excited to marry him.”

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Macie and Brendan got married exactly one year after their very first date! When you know, you know!

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Macie and Brendan are beaming as they prepare to say “I do.”

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.

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Macie had all of her bridesmaids choose their own style of dress in this gorgeous gray shade, the perfect complement to the soft blush and peach tones in their bouquets!

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Macie and Brendan’s flower girl and ring bearer are too cute!

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The groom and his dapper groomsmen pose before the gorgeous exposed brick at Haven.

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These two are all smiles!

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Brides, take some advice from this laid-back bride when planning your wedding. “Just have fun with it! You only get one wedding day, and it should be whatever you want it to be,” says Macie. “If you want traditional, be traditional! If you want crazy and unique, do it! Be okay with your wedding trends going out of style eventually, because how fun will it be one day to look back and have your wedding photos describe your style back then perfectly?”

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Macie’s bridesmaids were an especially important part of the day for this bride — from getting ready together to praying together before the ceremony and tearing up the dance floor that night. “Have some bridesmaids who remind you to stop and take it all in,” Macie says. “My bridesmaids were so amazing. So many times throughout the day, they would stop me and tell me to look around and take it all in. Because of that, I remember every single part of our wedding day.”

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Brendan also had a supportive crew.

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This beautifully lettered mirror wedding program was one of Macie’s favorite little details of the day.

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Macie loves Hillsong United’s album Of Dirt and Grace and chose several of those worship songs for the ceremony music. “The wedding party walked down the aisle to ‘When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah),’ and I walked down the aisle to ‘Empires’ from the same album. During communion, our friends sang ‘Grace to Grace’ by Hillsong United. Our music was so perfect.”

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Seating for the ceremony was set up in a circle around the altar, so that Macie and Brendan would truly be surrounded by their loved ones as they exchanged vows. We are obsessed with this sweet and beautiful idea!

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“It was very important to both my husband and to me to have communion as our first act as a married couple,” Macie says. “We wanted to begin our marriage with that, because ultimately God’s grace is why we even ended up together. We did communion in place of a unity candle or something like that. We also wanted to have a time of prayer, but to make it a little more personal, we had our wedding party and family surround us in prayer. It was such a special moment for us.”

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The happy couple is beaming with “just married” joy!

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.”

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For their first dance, Macie and Brendan chose to dance to “Touching Heaven” by Johnnyswim. They were struggling to settle on a song for their first dance and attended a Johnnyswim concert the November before the wedding. “They played the song, and we were both in love,” Macie says. “It was perfect.”

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Macie knew she wanted the design of her wedding cake to be simple with flowers and touches of greenery, but deciding on the flavor of the cake was a bit more of a challenge. “If it says anything about the kind of person I am, I couldn’t choose a wedding cake flavor to save my life,” Macie says. “We had a close friend making the cake for us, so when we met to talk through the details, she said ‘Why don’t we do all the flavors then?’ and it was perfect! We had caramel, strawberry and vanilla.” And in lieu of a traditional groom’s cake, they served a variety of cheesecake, Brendan’s favorite!

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Incredible florals and brass accents softened the venue’s industrial feel. Macie says she loved the contrast of these elements, creating a unique look for their special day.

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With late-night cheese fries to sustain them, Brendan and Macie had the most fun dancing the night away with their friends.

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Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Posey!

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.

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Thanks so much for sharing your dreamy day with us, Macie and Brendan! Cheers to many, many happy years ahead!

RESOURCES

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
Venue: Haven
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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