sweet home alabama: andy & hailey’s wedding.

as you know, we were in alabama this last weekend celebrating the nuptials of our good friends andy & hailey. since aaron was a groomsman, we decided to head down to the south a few days early & spend some time with the bride & groom to-be & the rest of the wedding party.

{redneck night at flora-bama bar.}

we spend thursday afternoon on the beach on the florida panhandle & then changed into our finest redneck attire to dance the night away at flora-bama bar (named for its location on the border of, you guessed it, florida & alabama).

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{our travel buddies: colin & carolyn.}

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{the groom & bride to-be: andy & hailey.}

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{colin, hailey, & chris.}

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{shannon, hailey, & two of andy’s adorable nieces.}

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{andy & hailey.}

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{the beautiful sunset. & also colin watching the nba finals.}

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{andy, hailey, & jaime. andy & hailey were donning their new trucker hats. his says “hitchin’ a bride” & hers says “randy for andy.”}

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{me, andy, tyler, & alyssa.}

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{rehearsal dinner.}

the rehearsal dinner was held at oak hollow farms in fairhope, AL in a beautiful, old (air-conditioned!) barn. there were twinkling lights hanging draped from the ceiling – as seen in this week’s my weekend in photos – & wood chips on the floor. we had delicious southern food, including catfish, pulled pork bbq, sweet southern tea, & peach cobbler. the toasts by the best man, & maid & matron of honor were given, followed by lots of dancing & karaoke. aaron even got on stage & sang me everything by michael buble which is what he surprised me with at our wedding; it was wonderful!

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{the rustic centerpieces.}

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{me & carolyn.}

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{colin & carolyn.}

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{the hosts & parents of the groom: barb & alan.}

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{hailey & andy.}

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{me & aaron. the dress for the rehearsal dinner was southern, so aaron wore a bow tie, & it wasn’t even a clip-on (i learned to tie one before we left)!}

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{hailey, andy, aaron, & me.}

{wedding day!}

aaron stayed in fairhope with the rest of the wedding party on friday night while carolyn & i stayed at a little motel in town. on saturday, the wedding party got ready in fairhope, took some pictures, & headed to mobile for the ceremony. carolyn & i spent the morning at target, before heading to mobile to lunch & do some shopping before we got ready.

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{apparently this guy’s rack makes a nice place for hanging dress shirts.}

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{andy getting ready for the big day.}

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{the first dance.}

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{me & andy.}

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{me & aaron. doesn’t he look so handsome in a tux?}

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{cutting the cake.}

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{the cake was delish. so were the sugar cookies & the french macaroons. two thumbs up to the bride for the dessert selection!}

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{the traveling four-some all the way from seattle!}

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{my dress was matthew williamson which i got from rent the runway. (this is a referral link.) the wedding was black tie optional & since aaron was wearing a tux, i figured i should wear something a little fancy since i was his date. it was so fun to dress up & i think we should start dressing more formally in the pacific northwest. who’s with me?}

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{the ringbearer with his cool shades on.}

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{the bride dancing with her father, barre.}

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{the groom dancing with his mother, barbara.}

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{yes, that is the garter around her head!}

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{the send-off. we showered them in rose petals on their way out to the get-away car while the band played.}

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{congrats to the new mr. & mrs. steiner!}

{my up do.}

a few people asked about my hair, so i thought i would just include this quick note. i knew i needed my hair to be up & off my neck. also, my hairdresser always taught me: the more the dress, the higher the hair. basically, if you are wearing a strapless dress, you can leave your hair down, but if you have straps, you should have all of it up.

my hair is thick & super long right now, so i needed an updo that had different sections. i basically followed this hair tutorial, but did regular french braids instead of french fishtail braids (my arms get too tired to do fishtail!).

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it is definitely wedding season. have you been to any recently or do you have any to attend later this summer?

M

2 thoughts on “sweet home alabama: andy & hailey’s wedding.

  1. I enjoyed meeting you and Aaron, and yes you looked gorgeous in your formal dress with your hair up. Byron Dumas, Hailey’s uncle, Barre’s brother from Tennessee. I am still one joke ahead of Aaron, just so he will know…

  2. Pingback: aaron’s thirtieth birthday party. | emerald city diaries

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