Exposed brick, romantic greenery, soft candlelight and plenty of sparkle — Brittni’s vision for her wedding day involved thoughtfully marrying two contrasting styles to create the day of her dreams.
Jacob Kirschenbaum and Brittni Williford’s paths first crossed during freshman orientation at Samford University. Six years later, the couple returned to the very spot where they first met, Brock Recital Hall — but this time Jacob asked Brittni to be his wife.
As they began planning their August wedding, Jacob and Brittni decided that their top priority was that the entire day be a fun celebration with their friends and family. In that effort, the pair booked the first band they saw together in college, Trotline, before even interviewing planners or considering their venue. “We loved them and knew they would be a blast,” Brittni says. “We had an open bar, an awesome band and bacon — it was a party where we just happened to get married!”
With the band selected, the pair began seeking out their venue. Brittni knew that she wanted to avoid the traditional options — sprawling lawns, white farmhouses, stables and barns wouldn’t cut it for this unique bride. She stumbled upon B&A Warehouse and was smitten right as she walked through the doors. “I visited B&A and immediately fell in love with the exposed brick and the original beams,” Brittni says. “It’s rustic, but not in a burlap way. It has this natural, romantic feel you just can’t find anywhere else.” Brittni added a glamorous yet earthy touch to the space with modern, elegant orbs draped in greenery and filled with twinkle lights, each suspended from the beams above the altar, and mercury glass lanterns sparkling along the aisle.
Brittni didn’t rely on a firm color scheme when planning her day, opting instead to take cues from her venue and luxe bohemian theme she had in mind for the wedding. Slate gray dresses on her beautiful bridesmaids and white after-dinner jackets for her groom and groomsmen provided a classic, neutral palette for the sparkle of accessories and bright pops of color. She picked up on the blush underlay of her gown through touches of blush in the florals, and incorporated wine and deep blackberry-colored accents throughout.
The morning of the wedding, Brittni and her wedding party gathered at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook to relax, enjoy quality time together and get ready for the big day ahead. Brittni put on her stunning, fit-and-flare Hayley Paige gown covered with intricate beading, stepped into her blackberry-colored ombre Jimmy Choos and, with her gorgeous hair styled in loose, glam curls around her face, she was the perfect bride, ready and excited to meet her handsome groom in an intimate al fresco first look.
The Kirschenbaums were married in a beautiful ceremony before 200 of their closest friends and family members, and then the celebration of their dreams began. The bride and groom stole away to take some photos during the golden hour as their guests enjoyed the couple’s signature drink, honeysuckle lemonade with Cathead vodka. Guests also enjoyed a selection of Southern-style appetizers, including fried green tomatoes and chicken and waffles, while the ceremony space was reset for the reception.
The reception space was as beautifully styled as it had been for the ceremony, with long wooden tables. Arrangements of greenery studded with florals ran the length of each table, spilling onto the floor in wild and breathtaking vignettes. Vintage gold candlesticks of varying heights and mercury glass votives added Brittni’s signature sparkle to the space. The dinner menu included a grits bar, carving station, and biscuit and bacon bar, which, according to Brittni, was “definitely a crowd favorite and our favorite, too!”
The bride and groom shared their first dance to “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, a nod to the bride’s home state, and cut into their white-chocolate buttercream cake with blackberry and white-chocolate filling before dancing the night away. The party was everything that the couple had dreamed of — a truly joyful, lighthearted celebration with all of their closest friends in a perfectly glamorous, bohemian setting.
After hours of dancing, laughing and enjoying time with their guests, the newlyweds were bid adieu with a romantic sparkler send-off before they drove off into the Birmingham night in a vintage ruby-red getaway car.
Congratulations, Brittni and Jacob! We wish you many years of love and happiness!
Photography: Eric & Jamie Photography
Wedding planner: Becky Baker of Becky’s Brides
Accommodations: The Grand Bohemian Hotel
Bride’s dress: Hayley Paige gown from Ivory & White
Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Cake: Magic Muffins
Floral design: HotHouse Design Studio
Getaway car: Rob Conrad’s Classic Cars
Groom & groomsmen’s suits: Mr. Burch Formal Wear
Hair & makeup: RAWWBEAUTY
Paper suite: Linen & Leaf
Props & furniture: PropHouse Birmingham
Transportation: Rare Transportation
Venue: B&A Warehouse
Videographer: Back Down South Films
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