October 18, 2017
There are few things The Sonnet House loves more than a couple who is not only completely head over heels in love with each other, but that is also excited about the actual planning process. Planning meetings, tastings, and decision making is always a lot more fun when it’s something you’re excited to be doing. Enter Amy + Nolan. From our first meeting with them it was obvious that they trusted our insight and experience and things only took off from there.
Literally every vendor involved in their March wedding was from our preferred vendor list. Choosing from a vendor list is encouraged because these are tried and true vendors who have worked with our venue dozens of times and that we know will bend over backwards in any way necessary to pull of the perfect day for our couples. Eric & Jamie Photography, Magnificent Cakes, On Site Productions, Cahaba River Strings, Morgan Ashley Salon, Bridal Bliss, Bella Bridesmaids, and of course, Corey Daniel Florals, are all firmly cemented on that list and we don’t expect that to change any time soon! This team absolutely rocked Amy + Nolan’s wedding and we’re so excited to finally be able to share that with you guys!
We recently caught up with Amy + Nolan to reflect back on their big day. | October 2017
We still talk about your dress on a near weekly basis, can you tell us about your dress shopping experience and how you knew it was the one? The dress I chose was the first dress I tried on. Bridal Bliss had just gotten that dress in and hadn’t even steamed it. My mom and sister walked passed and asked if it was one I would like to try on and I was down for anything at that point so I said sure! Needless to say… I cried at the second bridal shop while trying on dresses because I knew the perfect dress was at Bridal Bliss!
The two of you allowed us to help style details for your wedding day, how did the results measure compare to your expectations? We think you guys met and far exceeded our wildest expectations. Everyone really took to heart in learning our style, what we liked, wanted to see and feel and went to great lengths in order to respect that. The excitement and passion that everyone felt in communicating ideas and possibilities was infectious. It was really liberating and made the process so much more fun that we felt we could trust everyone involved enough to just say, “yeah, go for it, we love that!”
Nolan scored one awesome get-away car for you guys. What was it, how did you find it, and how much fun did you have in it? (From Nolan) The car was a 1970 Cadillac DeVille convertible. The story of how we landed it was pretty neat. We had thought to use a vendor, someone who rents cars for weddings until we saw the cost!! We figured there had to be somebody with a cool car that we can borrow…… Well 3 weeks before the wedding that hadn’t happened and I had just about settled on driving off in one of our cars. In a last effort, I asked the VP of my company (who is a gear head and enjoys cars) if he knew anyone. I get a picture 45 minutes later of THE Caddy and one text, “Will this work?” (From Amy) Needless to say, I was excited! I asked him how, when, what kind of money, who??? He tells me it’s a friend of a friend, we can pick it up anytime, and as long as we bring it back with a car wash…. it’s free…. WHAT!!!?? We had a blast in that thing, especially the drive off, we couldn’t figure out the headlights…. that was an adventure driving down 119 without lights. My father-in-law really enjoyed cruising around the following day before returning it spit shined!
Your wedding vendor list is an all-star line up from our preferred vendor list. Do you think the planning process was easier because of this? Absolutely. It gave us a solid place to start looking and reaching out. We felt a lot more confident in choosing those vendors because of the experiences y’all had with them. We pretty much trusted you guy’s opinions on everything from the get go so we knew we couldn’t go wrong!
For each of you, what was your favorite part of the entire day? (Amy) The minute I walked out on the porch with my dad and locked eyes with Nolan. There was this overwhelming calm that just took over and all of the nerves subsided. It was a feeling of assurance that we were supposed to be right there in that moment. It’s like I had tunnel vision and forgot everyone was there. I blocked out all of the other sound. I was so relieved that I didn’t have to wait to become Nolan’s wife anymore. Of the entire day, this is the one thing I remember the most vividly. (Nolan) My favorite part was after the ceremony, when we all gathered along the side of the house and waited for everyone to leave for pictures. It was the moment when we could step away for the first time, be alone, and I was able to look at my bride. Take her in, absorb her beauty, and know she was all mine. It was breathtaking and thrilling and awesome. We laughed uncontrollably and it was a pure moment of love I’ll never forget.
Wedding Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Ceremony: 5:30pm The Fireplace
Reception: The Courtyard & Chapel
Venue, Catering, & Coordination: The Sonnet House
Florals & Styled Details: Corey Daniel Florals
Photographer: Eric & Jamie Photography
Hair & Make Up Artist: Morgan Ashley Salon
Bride’s & Groom’s Cake: Magnificent Cakes
Hand Painted Macarons: The Tattooed Macaroon
Ceremony Music – Cahaba River Strings
Reception Music: On Site Productions
Bridal Gown: Madison James
Bridal Salon: Bridal Bliss
Bridesmaids Gowns: Bella’s Bridesmaids
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Bank
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