Tyler and Will’s January wedding was about as perfect as anyone could have hoped for! We were terrified of freezing rain or snow, but the day was only mildly overcast and temperatures in the 60s were more than tolerable! We feel so lucky to have spent the day with the Asbury and Grogan families. They treated US like WE were family, and we have never felt so welcome!
To start, we wanted to share some of the stunning details that Tyler and Will spent so much time finalizing. We understand that we need to give a HUGE shout-out to Tyler’s mom, who was, we hear, the mastermind behind the beauty of the entire day. (Great job, Joan!) So, first, the details:
1.) Tyler and Will’s wedding reception was held at Tyler’s family’s house in Opelika, Alabama. 2.) The reception tent displayed a huge mossy “G”, in honor of Tyler’s new last initial! 3.) The bridesmaids and groomsmen changed into cowboy boots for the reception! 4.) Tyler’s veil was an incredible combination of a new veil, and a piece of the veil her mother wore at her own wedding. The lace on the edges were from her mother’s wedding dress. 5.) Tyler’s shoes, by Caparros. 6.) Tyler’s choker was a gorgeous creation of pearls and a diamond-studded clasp. 7.) The floral designs were all crafted by friends and family! 8.) Tyler’s pinned this beautiful antique cameo to her bouquet. 9.) Having the reception at the Asbury’s home meant there were personal touches everywhere you looked, like this piano, covered with photographs of Tyler and Will through the years. 10.) The Vera Wang Weddings book was used as a guest signing book. 11.) Fresh BBQ was grilled on the back terrace. 12.) Centerpiece. 13.) Centerpiece. 14.) Tyler and Will’s rings. 15.) At the end of the night, the guests took home a small sapling to plant in honor of the celebration. 16.) Two monogrammed chairs were given as gifts to the newlyweds, and sat in the dining area with the cake.
Now for the story…
Tyler gets ready to put on her Monique Lhullier gown.
Tyler’s mom helps button the dress.
Will ties his bowtie.
Tyler’s dad sees her in her wedding gown for the first time.
Tyler… isn’t she gorgeous?!? Bridesmaid Lauren Bricken did an incredible job on her makeup!
Tyler and Will see one another in their wedding clothes for the first time.
Family portraits were hugely important to Tyler and Will — and they had a large family to accommodate! We spent a full 2 hours before their ceremony capturing different family and wedding party groupings. We’ve shared two of the portraits below, and a few more in the slideshow. **Contact Tyler and Will if you’re a family member who wants to see ALL of the portraits!
A silhouette of the First Baptist Church of Opelika, where Tyler and Will were married.
Will prays with his brother and pastor before the ceremony.
And Tyler is surrounded in prayer by her bridesmaids, her mom, aunts, and grandmother.
The girls ride up to sanctuary-level in the elevator.
The dad’s were really emotional while waiting for the ceremony to begin. Tyler’s mom speaks quietly to Tyler’s dad…
…and Will’s dad has a (semi-)private moment alone on the stairs of the foyer.
Here comes the bride!
Will makes eye contact with his bride-to-be.
…and the pre-kiss — sometimes so much sweeter than even the kiss itself! Look how excited they are to be married!
The guests all moved from the church to the Asbury home. This stunning cake was created by Peggy McKinney.
The first dance begins.
I can’t help but love Tyler’s serious, super-sexy expression in this shot.
Tyler dances with her father.
Tyler gave her bridesmaids these gorgeous fur wraps to wear during the outdoor tented reception. So sweet!
Will’s mom and brother share a dance.
The entire wedding party — including the bride and groom — wore cowboy boots during the reception. So perfectly “them.”
We kicked everyone out of this cute little side parlor for a few shots of the newlyweds! ;)
One of Tyler’s grandmothers tore up the dance floor!
Tyler dances with one of her brothers.
Time to leave! The bouquet and garter tosses got going on the front porch.
This poor horse was a little intimidated by all the people cheering and the sparklers waving, so we were firmly instructed NOT to let the flash fire ANYWHERE near Mr. Horse’s head! This silhouette shot is pretty sweet though!
Tyler and Will, you guys are AWESOME! We had such a WONDERFUL time with you guys, and we hope we did your incredible celebration justice! Give us a call next time you want to eat fish tacos! Love and blessings…