Elisabeth Welden and Whit Woodring were introduced by mutual friends at a debutante ball in Montgomery their junior year at the University of Alabama. On a cold, dreary day, Whit asked Elisabeth to go on a walk on the Jemison Trail, something they never did. Already in on what was to come, her parents encouraged her to go. While on the trail, Whit faked a knee injury to get down on one knee and pop the question! Of course, she said yes, and then the wedding planning began …

The couple enlisted the help of wedding planner extraordinaire Mariée Ami to help make their dream day a reality. Elisabeth envisioned a simple, yet beautiful, white wedding with a clean and crisp modern flavor. A very neutral color palette of whites, creams and a hint of blush was chosen. Even the bridesmaids dressed in a creamy white, and the table linens were white with a few blush, sequined runners sprinkled in to add a touch of color and texture.

Special touches

It’s the little things that come together to create an unforgettable event. Here are a few highlights of those special touches that helped create this magical day.

The mailbox was adorned with flowers for the big day.

The mailbox at the bride’s family home was adorned with flowers for the big day.

The brides shoes

These shoes carried the bride into the next chapter of her life.

Beautiful invitations

Beautiful invitations

Elisabeth found the one at Carriage House Weddings.

Elisabeth found “the one” at Carriage House Weddings. The tulle ball gown overlay was removed for the reception, so the dress was sleek for the party.

The wedding bands

The wedding bands

Even the flowers carried the monogram theme.

Even the flowers celebrated the couple’s monogram.

The bridal bouquet featured

The bridal bouquet featured roses, peonies and lilies in white, cream and blush tones.

The groom's parents welcomed Elisabeth into the family.

The groom’s parents welcomed Elisabeth into the family with a sweet note and a key.

Getting ready

Elisabeth got ready, with the help of her mother and her bridesmaids, in her family home.

The bride's mother

The bride’s mother helps tie the sash on the gown.

Lots of buttons means extra hands are needed.

Lots of buttons mean extra hands are needed.

Elizabeth's low chignon is a work of art fitting for a fairy tale wedding day.

Elisabeth’s low chignon is a work of art, fitting for a fairytale wedding day.

First look/preview

As many couples choose to do these days, Elisabeth and Whit met before the ceremony and had pictures made with their family and cherished friends at Elisabeth’s family home.

The couple chose to have photos taken before the ceremony and here is their first look moment.

The couple chose to have photos taken before the ceremony, and here is their first look moment.

The bridesmaids wore gowns found at Bella Bridesmaids and looked stunning.

The bridesmaids wore gowns found at Bella Bridesmaids, and looked stunning in creamy white. Of course, none was fairer than the glowing bride!

The groom and his groomsmen looking dashing.

The groom and his groomsmen looking dashing

Laughing children bring even more joy to the day.

Laughing children bring even more joy to the day.

The ceremony

The bride’s home church, Mountain Brook Community Church, was undergoing renovation, so the couple opted to be married at Canterbury United Methodist Church.

Beautiful train

Elisabeth wore her mother’s veil.

The groom kisses his new bride.

The groom kisses his bride.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodring

The deal is sealed: Mr. and Mrs. Woodring!

The reception

After the beautiful ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed over to the Country Club of Birmingham for a lively reception.

Roses were hung from the ceiling to create a modern romantic entrance.

Roses were hung from the ceiling to create a modern, romantic entrance.

The wedding cake was adorned with flowers and a simple monogram.

The wedding cake was adorned with white, cream and blush-colored flowers and a simple monogram.

The grooms cake consisted of Pastry Arts Baby Bites arranged in monogram formation.

The groom’s cake consisted of Pastry Arts Baby Bites arranged in monogram formation. Blush sequined linens were used to add color and texture to an otherwise white and cream theme. So pretty!

The couple cuts the cake.

The couple cuts the cake.

Elisabeth and her proud father share a dance.

Elisabeth and her proud father performed a special choreographed dance, which they had rehearsed through private dance instruction in preparation for the big day.

Guests were entertained by

Guests were entertained by the lively band and were given glow-in-the-dark tambourines and feather boas.

The couple left in a special vehicle.

The couple left in a rather special vehicle.

The happy couple is celebrated by all their friends and family.

The happy couple is celebrated by all their friends and family.

Congratulations, Elisabeth and Whit! Thank you for sharing your special day with us, and here’s to a lifetime of happiness.

Here’s how they pulled off their big day:

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