Bare shoulders draped in mink stoles, long locks swept up in chic chignons, men dressed in freshly pressed white dinner jackets and an art deco-inspired light-up dance floor — Amy Eddings and Michael Garber’s wedding was the perfect picture of vintage Hollywood glamour.
Amy and Michael met in Birmingham in 2012 and became fast friends but it was through their shared love for Auburn University that their connection moved toward something more than friendship. “We are both big Auburn fans and we went to the Auburn A-Day game for the final roll of Toomer’s Corner,” Amy says. “It was there, after the final roll, that we had our first kiss under the trees.” Nearly two years later, on that same corner in front of Samford Hall, Michael asked Amy to be his wife.
As she began planning their winter wedding, Amy had a clear vision in mind: vintage elegance inspired by The Great Gatsby with personal touches incorporated, throughout. Selecting the venues to serve as the setting for this vision was simple. Amy had fallen in love with the stained glass windows and dramatic display of organ pipes at the A. Hamilton Reid Chapel at Samford University during her first year at McWhorter School of Pharmacy and had long had the festive light-up dance floor in The Signature room at The Club in mind for her reception. “The dance floor kept with the vintage theme we were going for and I feel as though it is a great treasure at The Club that people sometimes forget about,” Amy says.
To bring the venues to life with her classic vintage aesthetic, Amy selected a color palette of soft winter hues … “Like there was a light dusting of snow on some muted winter colors,” Amy says. The bridesmaids donned mismatched floor-length Amsale gowns in shades of soft grey and muted blue and carried bouquets of pale pink roses and peonies with white anemones and sprigs of dusty miller and other greenery to soften the florals. The finishing touch on the beautiful bridesmaids’ ensembles were the vintage mink stoles gifted to each girl from the bride on the morning of the wedding. “I have my grandmother’s mink stole with her initials monogrammed inside. It has always been so special to me and I love any occasion to wear it,” Amy says. “I knew when we starting planning a vintage January wedding that I wanted to wear it on the big day.” While planning one evening, Amy and her mother were inspired to gift matching stoles to the bridesmaids. “We started looking in March and found them all by May,” Amy says. “I kept it a secret from all my bridesmaids, so I was able to surprise them with their gifts the morning of the wedding.”
Of course, Amy’s heirloom mink stole perfectly complemented the glamour of her breathtaking Judd Waddell gown. The mermaid-style gown with a gorgeous fitted bodice and delicate illusion neckline was the very first Amy tried on at The White Room. Later that day, while shopping at another bridal boutique, she found that she just couldn’t get that first gown out of her mind. “We went to another store to try a few more styles and saw a portrait in the dressing room that matched the dress almost exactly,” Amy says. “We walked out and went straight back to The White Room to get the first dress.” On the day of the wedding, dressed in the perfect gown and with the perfect cathedral-length veil tucked into her hair, Amy was more than ready to see her handsome groom and begin their life together.
After Amy and Michael exchanged vows in their lovely chapel ceremony, guests gathered at The Club where they were greeted with signature drinks — champagne to represent the bride and margaritas to represent the groom. “Michael was born in Mexico and lived there until 2000, so we tried to incorporate that as much as possible,” Amy says. “We passed margaritas and champagne in the vintage coupe champagne flutes as the guests arrived, so we had a drink that represented us both.” Amy and Michael incorporated their personalities into the menu as well, with a street-taco table and a selection of other personal favorites, including late-night buffalo chicken cups and mini corn dogs to keep the party going.
After a night of dining and dancing, guests gathered around the windows and on The Club’s patio overlooking Birmingham, the lights of downtown sparkling below. Huddled together in the chilly January evening, guests gazed up at the night sky over to enjoy Amy and Michael’s dazzling fireworks display. The bride and groom remember that moment — soaking up the magic of their very own fireworks display as they embarked on their life together — as the perfect finishing touch to a perfect day.
Cheers to you, Amy and Michael! We wish you many years of love and happiness!
Photography: Leslee Mitchell
Wedding planner: DeAnna Morgan
Wedding dress: Judd Waddell from The White Room
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen and groom’s formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bride’s cake: Sweet Magnolia Cakes
Groom’s cake: Barb’s Cakes
Flowers: HotHouse Design Studio
Ceremony: A. Hamilton Reid Chapel
Reception: The Club – The Signature
Catering: The Club
Band: Musical Fantasy
Hair & makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus
Stationery design: Alan’s Invitations
Day-of merchandise design: Audrey Meadows of Huck and Pippa
Guest accommodations: The Westin Birmingham
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