A Vintage, Industrial-Inspired Wedding at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama

Brandy Bajalia (26 and an artist) and Peter Corn (25 and a musician) love all things vintage. And they knew two things from the start for their weddin

Brandy Bajalia (26 and an artist) and Peter Corn (25 and a musician) love all things vintage. And they knew two things from the start for their wedding day: They wanted it to be 1950s-inspired, and they wanted to have it at Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama. "We knew everything would have to work around this historical landmark," Brandy says. "As it turns out, white, black and gold with a touch of lush greenery looks pretty great against an old rusted steel mill." The couple, who are high school sweethearts, chose to offset the industrial backdrop with vignettes of moss, glowing tealight candles and textural floral arrangements that incorporated seeded eucalyptus, succulents, Queen Anne's lace and cotton. Brandy's beautiful Hayley Paige gown—she wanted to look like a Hollywood siren from a black-and-white film, she says—and the patterned black Anthropologie bridesmaid sheaths added a touch of glamour to the raw setting. Family members and talented friends helped pull off the day's logistics. Brandy's father catered a hearty autumn menu of soups and spiked cider, and her grandmother made a traditional baklava for dessert, while the couple's friends handled the florals and ring designs. The result? A personal and distinctive affair. —Michelle Thomas

Brandy's art deco ring is a family heirloom that belonged to Peter's grandmother. Jeweler Laura Bezant, a friend of the couple's, made Peter's ring using gold from a bracelet that had belonged to Brandy's grandmother.
Brandy, who was once a floral designer for Whole Foods, worked with a friend to design the highly textured, wild floral arrangements, which incorporated magnolia leaves, raw cotton, moss, succulents, wheat, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, white garden roses, seeded eucalyptus and berries.
Brandy's ivory silk georgette Hayley Paige sheath featured a draped bodice and tulle illusion crystal collar neckline.
A beaded cutout-back detail lent some drama to Brandy's vintage-inspired gown, which she found at Kleinfeld Bridal.
Brandy took inspiration from vintage Hollywood screen sirens for her look. "It was just the kind of dress that my beautiful grandmother would have favored in the early 1950s," Brandy says.
"It was really important to me that they purchased a dress that they could actually wear again and that they liked," Brandy says of the bridesmaid attire.
The bridesmaids wore patterned, fitted black sheaths from Anthropologie with gold pashminas.
Peter's groomsmen wore their own suits—none matching—with white shirts and black ties.
Peter wore a slim-fit gray glen plaid suit from J.Crew.
Brandy and Peter had been visiting their venue, Sloss Furnaces, throughout their relationship. "We believe it to be Birmingham’s finest treasure," Brandy says.
Brandy and Peter chose not to see each other before the ceremony.
A longtime friend officiated the ceremony, which took place in front of the steel altar at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama.
Brandy and Peter, who met in high school in Alabama, dated for nine years before marrying.
Brandy's vintage-inspired silk tulle veil by English millinery designer Vivien Sheriff draped along her back and secured to her hair with crystal combs.
Brandy channeled Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly for her look, accessorizing her dress with red lips and gold glitter kitten heels.
The reception tables were decorated with textured arrangements of moss, tealight candles and eucalyptus and Queen Anne’s lace in white milk-glass vases.
Birmingham bakery Louise's Cakes N Things designed the two-tier cake, which featured a gold-leaf bottom tier and berry topper.
After the ceremony, the festivities moved to an outdoor area with a big oak tree and the Sloss Furnaces tower seen in the Birmingham, Alabama, skyline. Bad Brad & the Sipsey Slims performed soul and funk music.
Brandy kept warm in the late-November evening with a fur stole that belonged to Peter's grandmother.