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.

Brittni loves trendy bohemian styles, but wanted her wedding day to reflect a look that aired more on the glamorous, luxurious side than on the earthy, natural side. She found much of her inspiration from Free People and Anthropologie, and worked with her lovely wedding planner, Becky Baker of Becky’s Brides, to pull the finished look together.

Brittni loves trendy bohemian styles, but wanted her wedding day to reflect a look that aired more on the glamorous, luxurious side than on the earthy, natural side. She worked with her lovely wedding planner, Becky Baker of Becky’s Brides, to pull the finished look together.

We are obsessed with this gorgeous wedding paper suite by Linen & Leaf, complete with a classic wax seal. The blue silk ribbon by Silk & Willow was wrapped around the bride’s bouquet for her “something blue” and is one of her favorite keepsakes from the wedding!

We are obsessed with this gorgeous wedding paper suite by Linen & Leaf, complete with a classic wax seal. The blue silk ribbon by Silk & Willow was wrapped around the bride’s bouquet for her “something blue” and is one of her favorite keepsakes from the wedding!

Brittni found her dream wedding dress at Ivory & White in Mountain Brook, where they happened to be hosting a spring 2016 Hayley Paige trunk show. “I tried on her Comet gown. It was the only sample of that dress made at the time and the moment my mom and I saw it on me, it took our breath away,” Brittni says. “My gown made me feel more beautiful and confident than I ever felt before. It was unique, glamorous and classy. Fitted shape, beading, blush underlay — it was the perfect dress.”

Brittni found her dream wedding dress at Ivory & White in Mountain Brook, where they happened to be hosting a Spring 2016 Hayley Paige trunk show. “I tried on her Comet gown. It was the only sample of that dress made at the time, and the moment my mom and I saw it on me, it took our breath away,” Brittni says. “My gown made me feel more beautiful and confident than I ever felt before. It was unique, glamorous and classy. Fitted shape, beading, blush underlay — it was the perfect dress.”

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.

In addition her more neutral color palette, Brittni used the rich color of blackberries to inspire pops of color throughout her day. “Blackberries are so beautiful because they are that classic black color on the outside that everyone loves,” she says, adding, “and then the inside reveals this perfect purple-and-red shade.”

In addition her more neutral color palette, Brittni used the rich color of blackberries to inspire pops of color throughout her day. “Blackberries are so beautiful because they are that classic black color on the outside that everyone loves,” she says, adding, “and then the inside reveals this perfect purple-and-red shade.”

Brittni’s advice to other brides? Remember your priorities as you plan your wedding day. “It’s all about you and your husband," she says. "No one else matters right now. This is your day that you two get to make the memories to look back on the rest of your lives! Prioritize yourself and the things most important to you two.”

Brittni’s advice to other brides? Remember your priorities as you plan your wedding day. “It’s all about you and your husband,” she says. “No one else matters right now. This is your day that you two get to make the memories to look back on the rest of your lives! Prioritize yourself and the things most important to you two.”

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The bride and groom put on their finishing touches before seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.

The bride and groom put on their finishing touches before seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.

We love a sweet first look! How smitten do these two lovebirds look?

We love a sweet first look! How smitten do these two lovebirds look?

Keeping with tradition, Brittni incorporated something old, new, borrowed and blue into her wedding day ensemble. “Something old was my late grandmother’s diamond ring,” Brittni says. “She is my stepdad’s mother and it meant the world to me to wear her ring on my wedding day. I probably had the most tears of the day when my aunt brought me her ring.” Her Hayley Paige wedding gown was new, she borrowed diamond earrings from her mother’s best friend, and tied a blue silk ribbon around her bouquet to finish the look.

Keeping with tradition, Brittni incorporated something old, new, borrowed and blue into her wedding day ensemble. “Something old was my late grandmother’s diamond ring,” Brittni says. “She is my stepdad’s mother, and it meant the world to me to wear her ring on my wedding day. I probably had the most tears of the day when my aunt brought me her ring.” Her Hayley Paige wedding gown was new, she borrowed diamond earrings from her mother’s best friend, and she tied a blue silk ribbon around her bouquet to finish the look.

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.

Smart, white after-dinner jackets gave the groom and his groomsmen the perfectly dapper look that Brittni had envisioned.

Smart, white after-dinner jackets gave the groom and his groomsmen the perfectly dapper look that Brittni had envisioned.

These slate gray bridesmaids dresses from Bella Bridesmaids are elegant and ethereal.

These slate gray bridesmaids’ dresses from Bella Bridesmaids are elegant and ethereal.

HotHouse Design Studio created these beautiful neutral cream and blush bouquets teeming with greenery and soft flowing ribbons from Silk & Willow for a truly stunning bridal accessory.

HotHouse Design Studio created these beautiful neutral cream and blush bouquets teeming with greenery and soft flowing ribbons from Silk & Willow for a truly stunning bridal accessory.

Mercury glass lanterns glowing with candlelight and sparkling chandeliers above the altar space lent a softened opulence to the rustic vibe of the B&A Warehouse space.

Mercury glass lanterns glowing with candlelight and sparkling chandeliers above the altar space lent a softened opulence to the rustic vibe of the B&A Warehouse space.

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The new Mr. & Mrs. share their first kiss as husband and wife!

The new Mr. & Mrs. share their first kiss as husband and wife!

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!”

Following the ceremony, the bride and groom stole away for some golden-hour portraits in downtown Birmingham while their guests enjoyed delightful appetizers and drinks during a cocktail hour.

Following the ceremony, the bride and groom stole away for some golden-hour portraits in downtown Birmingham while their guests enjoyed delightful appetizers and drinks during a cocktail hour.

“I wanted rich, delicate greenery everywhere. Jessica at HotHouse Design Studio went above and beyond for me and found this beautiful, dainty greenery indigenous to my home state, Tennessee," says Brittni. "It really dressed up the dark exposed brick and beams and gave that luxe bohemian feel I was wanting."

“I wanted rich, delicate greenery everywhere. Jessica at HotHouse Design Studio went above and beyond for me and found this beautiful, dainty greenery indigenous to my home state, Tennessee,” says Brittni. “It really dressed up the dark exposed brick and beams and gave that luxe bohemian feel I was wanting.”

Brittni loved the ingenious floral designs. Another of Brittni's favorite touches were the monogrammed koozies for guests.

Brittni loved the ingenious floral designs. Another of Brittni’s favorite touches were the monogrammed koozies for guests.

The bride and groom share their first dance to “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton under the romantic twinkle lights at B&A Warehouse.

The bride and groom share their first dance to “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton under the romantic twinkle lights at B&A Warehouse.

This elegant wedding cake is every bride’s dream, and the bacon-centric groom’s cake was perfect for Jacob and any other like-minded bacon lover. “My cake was white chocolate buttercream with blackberry and white chocolate filling. I’m from Tennessee and have always loved fresh blackberries,” Brittni says. “Jacob loves bacon, so his cake was maple cake with maple buttercream and bacon. I wanted to do something he would really like and avoid the clichéd Southern football-themed groom’s cake.”

This elegant wedding cake is every bride’s dream, and the bacon-centric groom’s cake was perfect for Jacob and any other like-minded bacon lover. “My cake was white chocolate buttercream with blackberry and white chocolate filling. I’m from Tennessee and have always loved fresh blackberries,” Brittni says. “Jacob loves bacon, so his cake was maple cake with maple buttercream and bacon. I wanted to do something he would really like and avoid the clichéd Southern football-themed groom’s cake.”

In addition to a carving station, grits bar, and plenty of delicious sides and appetizers, Brittni and Jacob served a biscuit and bacon bar, featuring chocolate-covered bacon and plenty of delicious biscuits and spreads—a crowd favorite for sure!

In addition to a carving station, grits bar and plenty of delicious sides and appetizers, Brittni and Jacob served a biscuit and bacon bar, featuring chocolate-covered bacon and plenty of delicious biscuits and spreads—a crowd favorite for sure!

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.

A fun reception was a top priority for this bride and groom! The newlyweds and their guests had such a good time dancing the night away with their band, Trotline, that the bride even hopped up on stage to play the cowbell!

A fun reception was a top priority for this bride and groom! The newlyweds and their guests had such a good time dancing the night away with their band, Trotline, that the bride even hopped up on stage to play the cowbell!

The party continues well into the evening!

The party continues well into the evening!

There’s nothing like a romantic sparkler exit to put the finishing touch on a beautiful wedding day.

There’s nothing like a romantic sparkler exit to put the finishing touch on a beautiful wedding day.

Cheers to the new Mr. & Mrs. Kirschenbaum!

Cheers to the new Mr. & Mrs. Kirschenbaum!

Congratulations, Brittni and Jacob! We wish you many years of love and happiness!

RESOURCES

Photography: Eric & Jamie Photography
Wedding planner: Becky Baker of Becky’s Brides
Accommodations: The Grand Bohemian Hotel
Band: Trotline
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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