Southern winters are not what you’d expect. With temperatures averaging in the 50s and 60s (even the 70s here in Florida!), snow is the last thing you’d expect to see at an Alabama winter wedding. However, Josh and Brittney got quite the surprise when the temperatures dropped well below average a snow system moved through central Alabama last January.
When you unexpectedly wake-up to a winter wonderland the day of your wedding, things can be a bit challenging. Here on The I Do List, we talk a lot about preparing for the unexpected when it comes to your wedding day – rain plans, natural disasters, high winds, and more. But, it’s hard to prepare for everything.
The day was met with challenges no doubt from closed roads to icy patches. But, that didn’t stop Josh and Brittany from having a beautiful, joy filled wedding day. In these types of situations, it’s easy to let the small things get to you. But, Brittney and Josh stayed focused on what really matters. As we always say, if at the end of the day you get to marry the one you love, nothing else matters! Congratulations Brittney and Josh! From all of us at The I Do List, we’re wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!
From Eric + Jamie Photography: It’s not often that Alabama gets snow or ice. Really, the chances are slim to none, and no one thinks twice about getting married in the winter here. Heck, we got married in February, and the high was in the mid 50’s! But every once in a while, we’ll get a little tweak in our typically mild winter season that leaves people flocking to the grocery store for milk and bread, because they might be stuck inside their house for a few days… and forced to eat milk sandwiches, obviously. Cue Brittney & Josh’s wedding day. The day before their wedding, a whole mess of rain dropped on central Alabama as the temperature fell below freezing. After nightfall, the sleet turned into snow, and we woke up to a winter wonderland. We were thanking our lucky stars though, because we chose to be super safe and get a hotel a mile away from Aldridge Gardens, so that if the roads were too bad to drive, we could at least walk to our wedding! The day was met with challenges, no doubt. Roads were blocked because of multi-car accidents, and roads were so icy in some places, that even if you had the road to yourself, you probably couldn’t get out of your own driveway.That didn’t stop Brittney and Josh from having the most beautiful, incredible wedding day, so full of love. We were inspired by Brittney and Josh’s incredible attitude and decided at the end of the day that we could all be a little more like Brittney and Josh. They do not sweat the small stuff and they are laser focused on what is truly important. Yes, things happened due to the ice that wasn’t ideal, but NO, it did not remove one ounce of love and happiness from this wedding. These two kept each other smiling and warm, and in turn, guests had a ball! Dancing, eating, and hugging necks – it was a party!
Venue: Aldridge Gardens
Photographer: Eric & Jamie Photography
Floral Designer: Kappi Naftel
Cinema and Video: Message in a Bottle Productions
Bakery: Pastry Art Bake Shoppe
Event Venue: Aldridge Gardens