Mariée Ami: Sarah & William

The snow couldn't stop this show from going on! Early Friday morning before  Sarah & William's wedding day, Birmingham woke up to a white winter wonderland. With a rehearsal dinner hours away and a fabulous wedding the next day, the weather tried to put a kink in our plans. Thankfully, roads cleared and the snow made for some pretty incredible photos. A snowy December wedding was exactly what Sarah wanted, and Mother Nature made sure of it!

Please tell us a little about your story as a couple.

Bride:

William and I met at the University of Alabama in 2011 at the good ole Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. He introduced himself and I thought he was cute, then I said something about the gross basement and he followed with, “Marry me?” I simply laughed. A few days later he called and asked me to go to the Alabama Arkansas football game. I remember thinking, “signed, sealed, delivered”, as I am an avid Alabama football fan. Followed by a few dinner dates too, I was head over heels. Six years later he proposed, the following December we sealed the deal with a winter wedding…-Sarah

Groom:

We all have moments in our lives that will change the path we travel moving forward. For me the moment that remains most immutable in my mind is the first time I saw Sarah Letcher. After trading only a few short quips in the now demolished Phi Delta Theta house, I jokingly asked her to marry me. She laughed it off, but we soon began dating. As our love grew, so too did my charisma, confidence, and style. (She often reminds me I was wearing light blue wrangler jeans on our first dinner date). As I endured the numerous ups and downs of life with her at my side, I realized that I needed to spend the rest of my life with her. As soon as we were able to find some stability in our lives, I asked Sarah to marry me. The first look the day of our wedding is perhaps the only memory I have that will match the one from that old grimy basement so many years ago. Surrounded by glistening white snow, Sarah glowed with a radiance often spoken of, but rarely achieved. A beautiful person inside and out, at that moment I could hardly wait to start the rest of my life with her. Our surprise white wedding ended up being a blast. Sarah and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the friends and family that worked extremely hard to make it happen, and for everyone that braved the inclement weather. Fortunately, the best is yet to come and I look forward to working hard at continuing to build our relationship and enjoying every minute of it. -William

What was your vision for your wedding?

There were four adjectives that I used when describing my hopes for our wedding. Sophisticated, elegant, crisp and classic with a twist.

Favorite detail?

Definitely difficult to choose only one…all of the velvet, anemones, and the sour Santa candies.

What was your favorite part of the planning?

Every little detail! I loved everything about the planning process, specifically getting my monthly memos from Mariée Ami.

What was your most memorable part of the day?

Walking down the aisle to the hornpipe organ, in the place where I spent so much of my childhood to marry my best friend, surrounded by so many loved ones.

 The most surprising part?

Having an actual white wedding in Alabama.

If you could give another bride in the planning process any piece of advice, what would it be?

Enjoy every second of it all and have fun with it, you are in great hands!

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mariee ami wedding

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Photography: 509 Photo | Flowers: Rosegolden | Dress: Ivory & White | Cake: Barb's Cakes | Paper: Mariee Ami | Catering: Shindigs | Venue: Roots and Revelry Ballroom | Hair and Makeup: Celine Russell