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 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