& FOR LOVE #realbride



We first heard about bride Katie from our first trunk show with our awesome stockist, Finery Boutique, located in Huntsville Alabama. Katie was looking for something beautiful, romantic, and clean, and fell in love with our french lace Celestine gown, and made it extra special by customizing the gown with a nude slip instead of an ivory one.

We're so in love with this rad bride an her amazing sense of humour. Read their love story and prepare for your heart to melt. 

The Deets:

Photographer: Abraham Rowe Photography

Location: Huntsville, AL

Venue: Good Shepherd Catholic Church (ceremony), Baron Bluff at Burritt on the Mountain (reception)

Headpiece: Honey Pie Bridal (Etsy-Netherlands)

Hair/makeup: Salon Allure (hair), Molly Zoladz (makeup)

Shoes: Sam Edelman

Dress: & FOR LOVE "Celestine" from Finery Boutique  

Cake: Just Crumbs

Flowers: Simpson's Florist

Wedding Planner: Kathleen Bernal Events


Describe you and your guy? How did you know he was The One?

We're both engineers here in Huntsville-- he's Chemical and I'm Mechanical. He does biomedical and chemical analysis work and I work in optics with specialized cameras. We met our freshman year at Auburn University but didn't date until senior year. It was one of those things where we kinda always knew we should date but waited way too long. It's weird when your gut feeling works out like that. We talk about this a lot, actually. How we fell in love too early to admit to each other and without really knowing why. Yesterday he compared it to becoming obsessed with a song and having to play it over and over-- not really knowing why you love it, just that you do. That's the best way to describe it.

What's your bridal style?

Romantic, no fuss. I really loved the idea of lots of lace with a long blusher. Seemed like it could be pretty dramatic and romantic with minimal effort-- just let the dress and veil do all the work!

What made you fall in love with your dress?

I had my heart set on finding one with lace, long sleeves, and a low back but nothing I found matched the one I'd been imagining. I found the Celestine when I saw Finery carried &FL and went through the lookbooks-- I just freaking knew that was it. Honestly I stopped looking after that! The dress was simple and elegant and perfect.  

Describe your wedding- any inspiration or themes were your drawn to when planning?What was the vibe?

I initially wanted a sort of southern gothic vibe with candles everywhere, lots of greenery, and darker plum/marsala flowers. The lace dress was definitely part of that too. We kept those things but gradually brought in more seasonal elements with the leaf escort cards and fall colors in the bouquets and flower arrangements. I think it was ultimately a good blend!

Fave thing about your day? Any surprises?!

We had a few minutes to ourselves right before we went in for our first dance-- it was so beautiful outside, the sun was setting, and we could see and hear all of our friends and family inside. We got to breathe for a second and soak everything in. 

Ok so this was semi-planned but I wasn't sure if it would pan out... Will wanted to end the night with the Tenacious D song "F*** Her Gently", so I said sure, why not? It was safe to say at that point in the night most people weren't really listening to lyrics anyways. The best part of that, though, was seeing everyone dancing to this song, most of them not knowing what it was, and having a blast. My brother and sister actually danced together to this song-- I just remember looking over and seeing them, knowing if we got a picture of them dancing to this they could truly never live it down. We got the pic :) 

What does marriage mean to you?

Loving and being loved by someone completely and unconditionally.  

What's the one piece of advice you could give to brides?

Chill out! Focus on a few things that matter, a few details, and let everything else be what it is. And if people offer to help you, let them!! 

Life post-wedding means ....

No more planning! 

Words by Katie Mccann