When Timi planned to attend the UAB Match Day Ceremony, to support his friends who were finding out where they would be spending their residency, he had no idea he would find his future wife. He noticed her from afar and immediately started asking her classmates about her. Later that evening, he went to the Match Day party, so that a mutual friend could introduce him to her. They hit it off immediately, talking, laughing, and dancing the night away. They exchanged numbers that evening and have been together since, despite being long distance.
Last month, the two became one during a gorgeous ceremony at Brittany’s home church, Shiloh Baptist in Montgomery, Alabama. Their reception was held at Wynlakes country club and included classic wedding traditions along with many to reflect Timi’s Nigerian heritage.
Brittany was such a gorgeous bride! I absolutely love this picture of her in the limousine, moments before heading to the church.
According to Brittany: “The wedding seemed like non-stop action. From the moment my feet hit the floor, there was an array of things to do. That day was an endless string of unforgettable moments: laughing and joking with the bridal party, sharing special moments with my mom, the look of love on my husband’s face at our first look… the list just goes on and on. One thing that we both agreed, during the planning, was that we wanted our guest to have fun at our wedding! So we had a traditional but short wedding ceremony with a 6 hour reception so there could be plenty of dancing. From a sassy dance introduction to Michael Jackson to my father-daughter dance ending with my brother break dancing, it was truly a great night. After cutting the cake and the single men skirting the garter toss, we incorporated my husband’s Nigerian roots. The bridal party, our parents, Timi, and I changed into traditional African dress as we reentered the reception hall with Nigerian music playing. Our family friends joined us on the dance floor while people spraying us, which entails tossing money on the bride and groom to celebrate their union. The night was truly amazing and I still find myself reliving all the great moments.”
“I will never forget dancing with my father for the father-daughter dance when suddenly the music changes to “Five Minutes of Funk.” My dad calls my quiet, reserved brother onto the dance floor with us and we proceed to bring back some early 90’s dances. My brother stole the show by break dancing! I will never forget just cutting loose with my big brother and father.”
I would like to offer a huge thank you to my second shooter for the day, Emma, for all of her hard work and good company. I absolutely LOVE this image she captured of Brittany and Timi from above!
Advice from the Bride: “When planning such a big affair, it is easy to be boggled down and want to shut out other people. The one thing to remember that while it is always the bride’s show there are still many people (parents, the groom, relatives) who all want to have a stake in making that day special. So, don’t get overwhelmed by all the many people you’ll have calling and adding opinions. And please remember that if you can find a compromise that may not be your vision but can fit in your overall picture, then try to compromise. Because when all the flowers are in place and everyone is dressed in their custom attire for the day, the details will blur together. The one thing that will be clear is who you are walking down the aisle to. That moment is worth all the planning, money, and time you put in.”
Event Planning and Design: Weddings by Day + Ambience Decor // Venue: Wynlakes Country Club // Cake: Cake Design // DJ: DJ Talawa // Lighting: AG Lighting // Stationary: Weddings by Day // Limo: Touch of Class // Ceremony Musicians: Clare Weil Strings