January 8, 2020
On a breezy, January day, Nikolette and Warner said, “I do.” Their winter wedding in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was full of family, personality, and fun. The decorations were thoughtfully curated, with Nikolette wearing a stunning long-sleeve gown, and Warner in a timeless navy suit. Mixtures of blush, white, and green gave their wedding a definite winter feel while still keeping a light, fun atmosphere.
But beyond the gorgeous details, Nikolette and Warner were surrounded by incredibly supportive family. I admired watching as each family group patiently served the couple, cried tears of joy as they saw their love, and laughed with each sarcastic joke. I will never forget the way Adam, Nikolette’s father, choked back tears when he saw Nikolette for the first time. With a soft smile on his face, he hugged Nikolette and they cried for several minutes. The look of pride could not be erased from his face all day. My husband, Chris, was shooting with me and commented on how sweet this moment was as we were driving home. It even touched his daddy heart.
Warner’s friends and family were obviously invested in his life as several of them traveled hundreds of miles to this southern state to be with him on his wedding day. Of course the sweet tea and BBQ were wonderful ways to greet his crew from north of the Mason-Dixon. And I cannot post this blog without mentioning the wedding cake. As one guest told me, “That was the BEST cake I’ve ever tasted.” Seriously, it was amazing!
While Nikolette and Warner’s obvious love, their supportive families, and timeless winter details had me swooning, what made this wedding extra special was that I got married in this same church in January 2013. There was something incredibly unique and meaningful about being back in my home church, the month of my anniversary, shooting a wedding with my husband. While that is not the reason I was invited to photograph their day, I am so thankful for such a special opportunity. I rarely get home to Tuscaloosa, but never for a Tuscaloosa wedding!
So take a look at just how much love can be seen in Nikolette and Warner’s eyes. Make sure to see those beautiful details she picked out and even those fun family smiles. My first wedding of 2020 was obviously a memorable one.
Nikolette and Warner, thank you so much for the opportunity to share in your wedding day. It was wonderful seeing you make a lasting commitment with obvious love in your eyes. Now, soak up some sun and enjoy your cruise!
Are you a friend of Nikolette and Warner? Comment below and let me know how much you loved their Tuscaloosa wedding day!
Cake: Amanda Raey Hahn, Sweetthangs
Bride’s Hair and Make-up: Savannah Tidwell
Bridemaids’ Hair and Make-up: Vivian Tant
Bride and Bridemaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse