Glam Garden Summer Wedding in Birmingham: Ashley + Michael

Ashley Coleman, a Government Employee and Michael Taylor, an Operations Manager were overjoyed as their big day arrived, when they could finally exchange vows and celebrate their union with all of their family and friends. On a sunny August day, the couple took to a lovely garden, the perfect location to witness their blooming love. A beautiful moment that the couple, now nearing their one year anniversary, set out to plan shortly after their Valentine’s Day proposal.

Wedding Date: August 31, 2014
Wedding Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

 Tell us all about the proposal!

The proposal was very intimate. At the time, Michael was living in Tennessee due to his job and I was in Birmingham. Since Valentine’s Day fell on a weekday, we decided to wait until the weekend afterward to celebrate. We had a short getaway to Atlanta planned, had a great trip there and ended up back home on Sunday evening. We somehow ended up in a very deep conversation about life and our future, when suddenly Michael began to tell me about the future he wished for us, dropped to his knee, pulled out a ring, and popped the question. It couldn't have been more sincere and more perfect. 

Wedding Style

I shopped for a dress for a couple of months. I tried on dress after dress and I just never fell in love with anything. I knew the look I wanted so it was hard finding the dress that was just right. Eventually, I visited Sweet Elegance Bridal in Decatur and the first dress I tried on I knew was the one. I guess you can say it was love at first sight. 

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Photography: Sam Jasper Photography
Photo Booth: Paparroxi Pad
Videography: Mark’s Media Cinematography
Wedding Planner: Valerie McMillian, VM Weddings and Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia
Wedding Dress Salon: Sweet Elegance Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Coralie Beatrix
Hair: Sharonda Hogan, Best Resultz Styles
Makeup: Kim Colvin, Kimistry Ink Makeup Studio
Flowers and Linen: Christopher Laren Flowers and Decor
Drapery and Chairs: American Tent and Rental
Lighting: B Brian Inc.
Catering: Mama Annie's Southern Style Cuisine
Cake: Magnificent Cakes
DJ: DJ Cdubb
Musician and Soloist: Rosalyn Crawford

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