A Long-Distance Love Story Turned Charming Lakeside Wedding
There are few things as relaxing as time spent on the water, and Rob and Tatum know that to be true. During their long-distance courtship between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, the two found haven in Tatum’s family home on Lake Martin in Alabama. When the sounds of boat horns shifted to wedding bells, they knew they wanted to infuse their Big Day with the easygoing elegance they’d come to love on the lake.
If you ask us, they nailed it. From the natural beauty of the water in early autumn to the relaxing and rustic touches carefully incorporated throughout the day, their alfresco affair made the most of this lush lake landscape.
Scroll on to take in the sweet Southern simplicity of this wedding day by the water.
The Bride and Groom
After a long-distance courtship back and forth from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa, Rob popped the question over Christmas on the very back porch where they first decided to start dating. When it came time to start planning, the two lovers of ease and a weekend by the water knew that a celebration at Lake Martin would seal the deal.
Tatum was raised on the no-fuss, laidback spirit of Lake Martin family weekends. The in-land waters of this Alabama lake hold a treasure-trove of stories, old and new, and offered the couple a scenic spot begin making their own family memories. The couple celebrated on the grounds of the Stables at Russell Lands, taking full advantage of the venue’s rustic stalls and lakeside views.
Carefree Beauty in Ruffles
Tatum’s ruffled bridal ensemble brought an upbeat air of romance to the alter. And, unlike most anxious brides, she remembers her wedding day as “one of the most peaceful days [she’s] ever had.”
Natural, All-White Bouquet
Tatum’s bouquet infused her bridal look with natural beauty, using white roses and hydrangeas with greenery to complement her surroundings.
Subtle Bridal Bling
While most of her day was full of simplistic, natural touches, Tatum took her footwear over the top. Best yet, she even dared to wear her white, jeweled heals out to the muddy banks of Lake Martian with her beau.
Ladies by the Lake
The bride boasted a Southern-sized bridal party of eleven beautiful ladies wearing neutral, calm-colored dresses.
Rob’s loving group of guys looked wedding ready in their stylish blue suits.
A Rustic Ceremony
Rob and Tatum exchanged vows in timeless farmhouse fashion, surrounded by beautiful exposed beams and an intimate group of family and friends.
Tented Dinner by the Dock
The newlyweds kicked off dinner outdoors, brining their vision of an elegant lake party to life with tabletop greenery, scenic views, and lots of string lights.
Guest tables were trimmed with golden candlesticks and lush greens.
Classic White Cake
After dinner, the couple served a timeless, three-tired cake in the hall of the stalls.
Dancing the Night Away
The glow of string lights set the scene for a celebration as dinner turned to dancing.
At Ease After an Evening in Their Favorite Place
The two kissed the day goodbye, admittedly drenched from a night full of alfresco dancing, in a place that they’ll always call home.