An Elegant, Southern Wedding at Mountain Brook Club in Birmingham, Alabama

The Deep South played more of a role than just the setting of Keeley Patterson (25 and an auditor) Graham Tayloe’s (35 and a recreational land special

The Deep South played more of a role than just the setting of Keeley Patterson (25 and an auditor) Graham Tayloe’s (35 and a recreational land specialist) wedding. It was also the theme for their big day. Born in a small Southern town, Keeley wanted to stay close to her roots, as well as to those of Graham, who enjoys hunting and exploring the great outdoors of their home in Alabama. In addition to incorporating friends’ businesses into their special day, the couple worked to make sure both of their interests were represented, blending hunting elements perfectly with stunning floral arrangements. “Graham is very outdoorsy and adventurous, and I play to the more glamorous things in life," Keely says. "Between the turkey feathers and the beauty our wedding party, the wedding was a perfect combination of us together." —Ginger Harris

"I wanted to channel a sexy yet timeless version of myself with texture," Keeley says. With the help of her friend Heidi Baker, of Heidi Elnora Atelier, she created a 30-plus-pound gown boasting more than 200 hours of handwork. The pops of ruby in her bouquet and throughout the wedding were in an homage to her late grandmother, Ruby.
"I had ruby-colored envelopes to match the theme of our wedding. The invitations were addressed with casual calligraphy in gold by my sweet sorority sister, the new owner of the Script Studio and Elle James Bridal in Ridgeland, Mississippi," Keeley says.
Bridesmaids wore six different dresses from six designers. "They were all different shades of neutral, from sand to mocha, in different fabrics by different designers. I wanted them to [be] like their personalities, from sweet to sassy, and it worked perfectly," Keeley says.
"Graham and I met at an outdoor country music festival after being introduced by a friend of his. It was very unlike me to pay much attention to anyone at events like that, but he was pretty cute so I stepped out of my comfort zone a little," Keeley says.
Graham wore a brackish bow tie made of turkey feathers to pay tribute to his love for the outdoors.
"For the groomsmen, we kept things classic with black, slim-fit tuxes and black bow ties. "The groomsmen also had Alabama turkey feathers incorporated into their boutonnieres," Keeley says.
"Our reception was held at Mountain Brook County Club. We loved the setup there and the very classic feel the club provided," Keeley says.
"We also chose to have a seating and lounge area so our guests could relax but also view the dance floor," Keeley says.
For the day, Keeley brought the outdoors in. "We incorporated our love for the outdoors and adventure with small rustic touches that I glammed up just a little, such as gold deer antlers and turkey feathers from Graham's most recent turkey season throughout our decor," she says.
"We had a head table with gold chiavari chairs laced with peach chiffon, along with many candles throughout," Keeley says. The intricate flowers gave the table true Southern charm.
"It was important our menu reflected my very Southern small-town upbringing," Keeley says, listing a menu of fried chicken, haricots verts, twice-baked potatoes and shrimp.
Guests also feasted on bacon-wrapped quail legs, mini ham and cheese biscuits, and fried green tomatoes.
Keeley and Graham swayed to "Born to Love You" by Nathan Angelo as their first dance. "We were looking for something different from your typical first-dance song, and it could not have been more perfect for the two of us," Keeley says.
"We loved the gold-painted cake, in traditional wedding cake flavor, which we designed together. It was traditional yet unexpected and tasted divine," Keeley says.
"The best piece of advice we can give seems so cliche, but enjoy the moment, enjoy your engagement, and laugh throughout the process. At the end of the day, you're married—you accomplished the biggest goal. Stop and take it in. It's rare you will have this many people who love you all in the same room again," Keeley shares.