Real Wedding: Nicole + Andy

Today’s Real Wedding submission comes to us from Natalie Elyse Photography. Nicole and Andy’s love story is a global affair straight out of a fairytale. Their images caught our eye first, but then their story captured our hearts. You never know where you may meet your soulmate!

“Well, to say that Andy & Nicole have quite the love story would be an understatement,” said Natalie Elyse. “In short, Andy saw Nicole crossing the street one day while he was in traveling through Alabama on an exchange program – he’s from Australia – and he immediately just knew he had to get to know her. He ended up asking a friend to find out who she was, and they went on their first date a few days before his exchange program ended and he had to return to Australia. They wrote letters back and forth from Australia to Alabama for several years until Andy decided to pack up his things and officially move to Birmingham to be near her.”

Oh be still our hearts!  On June 20, 2015, the couple tied the knot at the stunning Gabrella Manor, a venue that is a beautiful backdrop for any wedding. They chose Gabrella specifically for the worldly setting it would give for their guests.

“Since so many of Nicole & Andy’s family members came from out of the country to attend their wedding, they chose Gabrella Manor as their venue because of its Spanish Colonial architecture that they felt created a cultural feel to bring their guests from all over the world together in one place. And what a celebration it was! These two and their families and friends danced the night away and were so full of joy in their celebration of this new marriage. Seeing so many people from all over the world coming together in Birmingham was truly beautiful.”

Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Keene! We hope your future together includes many more world travels and memories!

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Venue, Floral Design & Catering: Gabrella Manor + Photography: Natalie Elyse Photography + Videography: Chris Adler + Wedding Dress: Bridal Bliss + Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie + Groom’s Tuxedo: DKNY + Groomsmen Suits: Macy’s + Rings: Levy’s Fine Jewelry + Hair/Makeup: Bailey Doyle + Cake: Magnificent Cakes + Drinks: Avondale Brewery + Band: The Negotiators + Officiant: Jonathan Haefs

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AWM: Behind-The-Scenes

Ever wonder what all goes into an AWM inspirational photo shoot? It takes much more than just a little hard work to bring these concepts to life for each issue. Thanks to the beautiful work of Holloway Productions, we bring you an inside look at the building of these shoots. From the moment a designer is contacted to begin planning to the final product that inspires you, our AWM creative teams always dedicate 110%. Just wait until you see what they’ve been creating for our 15th Anniversary Issue!

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