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.

Nothing says vintage glamour like The Club, a swanky, posh hangout overlooking the twinkling lights of the Magic City.

Nothing says vintage glamour like The Club, a swanky, posh hangout overlooking the twinkling lights of the Magic City.

The breathtaking floral arrangements in this elegant affair featured pale pink roses and peonies, white anemones and sprigs of dusty miller and other greenery.

The breathtaking floral arrangements in this elegant affair featured pale pink roses and peonies, white anemones and sprigs of dusty miller and other greenery.

Just married, Mr. and Mrs. Garber are all smiles.

Just married, Mr. and Mrs. Garber are all smiles.

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.

We’re obsessed with the delicate neckline and soft yet dramatic veil of this gorgeous bridal ensemble.

We’re obsessed with the delicate neckline and soft yet dramatic veil of this gorgeous bridal ensemble.

Don't even get us started on these divine, pale pink Badgley Mischka shoes!

Don’t even get us started on these divine, pale pink Badgley Mischka shoes!

“B-ham” welcome bags gifted to the wedding party and out of town guests were filled with Birmingham-themed goodies, including McEwen & Sons grits, Peanut Depot peanuts and Bud’s Best Cookies, as well as a brochure listing some of the bride and groom’s favorite places to eat and explore around Birmingham.

Original B’ham welcome bags gifted to the wedding party and out-of-town guests were filled with Birmingham-themed goodies, including McEwen & Sons grits, Peanut Depot peanuts and Bud’s Best Cookies, as well as a brochure listing some of the bride and groom’s favorite places to eat and explore around Birmingham.

Dressed in her breathtaking Judd Waddell gown, Amy waits to see her groom for the first time on their wedding day.

Dressed in her breathtaking Judd Waddell gown, Amy waits to see her groom for the first time on their wedding day.

As Amy awaits the "first look" with her groom, she enjoys a quiet moment in the chapel, taking in the beautiful stained glass windows in the A. H. Reid Chapel at Samford University — windows she fell in love with during her first year at McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

As Amy awaits the “first look,” she enjoys a quiet moment in the chapel, taking in the beautiful stained glass windows in the A. Hamilton Reid Chapel at Samford University — windows she fell in love with during her first year at McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

“Their eyes met and they stared together at each other, alone in space.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Their eyes met and they stared together at each other, alone in space.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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.”

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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.

Amy’s heirloom mink stole once belonged to her grandmother, and it inspired the bride to collect similar vintage stoles to give her group of bridesmaids on the big day.

Amy’s heirloom mink stole once belonged to her grandmother and it inspired the bride to collect similar vintage stoles to give her group of bridesmaids on the big day.

Does it get more vintage Hollywood glam than this gorgeous wedding party?

Does it get more vintage Hollywood glam than this gorgeous wedding party?

Even Michael’s dog, Diesel, made a special appearance for Michael and Amy’s big day. What could be better than a handsome pup in a bow tie?

Even Michael’s dog, Diesel, made a special appearance for Michael and Amy’s big day. What could be better than a handsome pup in a bow tie?

The bride and groom share a few moments of quiet together before the ceremony.

The bride and groom share a few moments of quiet together before the ceremony.

It’s the little details that seamlessly infuse the bride and groom’s personalities into their wedding day. One of those little details: the beautiful rendering of the chapel on the front of the wedding programs was sketched by the groom!

It’s the details that seamlessly infuse the bride and groom’s personalities into their wedding day. One of those little details: the beautiful rendering of the chapel on the front of the wedding program was sketched by the groom!

We can't get enough of the drop-dead gorgeous floral designs by HotHouse Design Studio.

We can’t get enough of the drop-dead gorgeous floral designs by HotHouse Design Studio.

Amy's stepfather walks her down aisle to meet her father, who gave her away.

Amy’s stepfather walks her down aisle to meet her father, who gave her away.

Amy was enchanted by the gorgeous A. H. Reid Chapel on Samford’s campus the moment she saw it, and even then she knew that one day she would walk down that aisle toward her future groom. Just a few years later, Amy and Michael were wed on that very stage.

Amy was enchanted by the gorgeous chapel on Samford’s campus the moment she saw it and, even then, she knew that one day she would walk down that aisle toward her future groom. Just a few years later, Amy and Michael were wed at that very spot.

Amy is gleaming with newlywed joy!

Amy is gleaming with newlywed joy!

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.

Amy and Michael share their first dance to “You Are the Best Thing” to Ray LaMontagne atop the magical lit dance floor in The Signature Room at The Club.

Amy and Michael share their first dance to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne atop the magical lit dance floor in The Signature room at The Club.

The bride and groom serve up the traditional first slice of their gorgeous five-tier wedding cake with pale pink flowers trailing down the side.

The bride and groom serve up the traditional first slice of their gorgeous five-tier wedding cake with pale pink flowers trailing down the side.

“Michael and I love Auburn and we love tailgating,” Amy says. “We go down for every game and travel to almost all away games. When we met, he had an old school bus that he transformed into a big tailgate bus. Barb’s Cakes created a perfect replica for Michael’s cake and was a perfect touch for the reception.” A rolled Toomer’s tree is also featured, a nod to the spot where the bride and groom shared their first kiss and where Michael asked Amy to marry him.

“Michael and I love Auburn and we love tailgating,” Amy says. “We go down for every game and travel to almost all away games. When we met, he had an old school bus that he transformed into a big tailgate bus. Barb’s Cakes created a perfect replica for Michael’s cake and was a perfect touch for the reception.” A rolled Toomer’s Corner tree is also featured — a nod to the spot where the bride and groom shared their first kiss and where Michael asked Amy to marry him.

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Sparks light up the night sky over Red Mountain as the newlyweds soak in their first evening as Mr. & Mrs. Garber.

Sparks light up the night sky over Red Mountain as the newlyweds soak in their first evening as Mr. & Mrs. Garber.

“Our getaway car, a vintage 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible, belongs to my step-dad,” Amy says. “Despite the cold, we were able to ride off with the top down and I tossed by bouquet from the top of the backseat.”

“Our getaway car, a vintage 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible, belongs to my step-dad,” Amy says. “Despite the cold, we were able to ride off with the top down — and I tossed by bouquet from the top of the backseat.”

The bride and groom drive away from their reception towards their honeymoon and a long life together!

The bride and groom drive away from their reception towards their honeymoon and a long life together!

Cheers to you, Amy and Michael! We wish you many years of love and happiness!

RESOURCES

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 ClubThe 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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