Though Tyler Martin Haskins and Keith Carmichael Sherman knew of each other while attending The University of Alabama, it wasn’t until they started working for Bruno Event Team that they really got to know each another. “We first hit it off at a coworker’s wedding, where we danced the night away!” Tyler shares; however, Keith left town to work a golf tournament shortly after. Six months later, they were reunited once again at the U.S. Senior Open in Colorado Springs, and one and a half years later, Keith proposed in Beaver Creek at the base of the slopes under fireworks while on a family ski trip.
The pair spent just eight short months planning alongside their wedding planner and families; however, in that short time frame, quite a few changes of plans were made due to the pandemic. They originally looked at the Grand Bohemian, but their 400-person guest list couldn’t be accommodated, so they booked elsewhere.
Once Covid hit, their venue only allowed the couple to have 30 guests, so they planned to instead host everything at the groom’s parents’ lake house on Lake Martin. That too posed challenges, so they came full circle to their initial selection. Thankfully, they had a trusted team by their side that ensured the day would be perfect, despite cutting their guest list by 300.
“Although we faced many challenges planning a wedding during a pandemic, we were very blessed with an amazing weekend surrounded by so many loved ones and we will cherish those memories forever!”
When organizing the details of their perfect day, the bride knew she wanted mainly white florals with a touch of green, as well as a hint of pale pink. “I love color in general, but not for my wedding,” she notes of the decision. To set the tone for the wedding weekend, guests received welcome boxes featuring Alabama goodies – including an array of snacks, custom cookies, and glass bottles of Coke and Diet Coke as an ode to the groom’s father’s role as CEO of Coca Cola Bottling Company United – in their hotel rooms.
To ensure the event had an “elegant and classy” feel, bridesmaids were dressed in black velvet gowns while groomsmen donned smart tuxedos for the ceremony, which was held on the lawn in front of the venue. Loved ones were passed Champagne as they entered the alfresco area. The bride was gorgeous in a strapless gown featuring lace detailing as she walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” – chosen since she knew it would mean a lot to her parents as she played the traditional song as a little girl at piano recitals.
Once the couple entered the reception space, they were in awe of how everything came together. “I was in all the planning meetings, but nothing prepared me for how amazing the flowers would be. It was incredible!” shares Tyler. “That’s one of the things that our wedding guests still bring up to us… I think my jaw hit the floor when they revealed the room to us.” The stately ballroom was decorated with rectangular tables strewn with embellished linens and lush centerpieces on tables, as well as overhead arrangements.
The live band – 1 More Song from EastCoast Entertainment – performed in front of the large white dance floor, which displayed the couple’s gorgeous six-layer cake decorated with white buttercream, fondant pearls, and ruffles during the sit-down dinner service. After dancing the night away with their closest friends and family, Tyler and Keith made their way out of the venue and into a classic car for a joyous, grand sparkler exit.
“The entire weekend was so much fun… From the amazing band, to the open bar, glow items on the dance floor, and more, our guests had a fun and memorable night,” Tyler shares. “Although we faced many challenges planning a wedding during a pandemic, we were very blessed with an amazing weekend surrounded by so many loved ones and we will cherish those memories forever!”
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