Smylie Kaufman's Classic Wedding in Birmingham, Alabama

The pro golfer and his longtime love, Francie Harris, took portraits on a golf course and exited in a golf cart

Updated 04/19/18
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Photo by Heather Durham Photography

Smylie Kaufman definitely has a good reason to smile! This past Saturday, the pro golfer married Francie Harris, his high school sweetheart, in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.

After dating for nearly a decade, Smylie proposed last August—on the 14th hole of a golf course, naturally—and the Birmingham-based couple started planning their springtime wedding. And even though Smylie is currently traveling on the PGA Tour, they continued to plan from afar. (Francie tags along and documents their time on the road for her blog, Fairway Finds.) "The hardest part of planning was trying to make arrangements from the road while traveling to watch Smylie play golf," she says. Thankfully, Francie had the team at Mariée Ami on the ground in Birmingham to coordinate all the details. Everything came together on April 14, 2018, when 500 guests—including pro golfers Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Thomas—joined the couple in Birmingham. There, Smylie and Francie exchanged vows in a personalized ceremony at Brookwood Baptist Church, the church where the bride was baptized, before partying—with late-night nachos and the hit band, Azz Izz!—at The Club, an iconic venue overlooking the city's beautiful Red Mountain.

Keep reading to see how Heather Durham Photography captured the couple's beautifully classic wedding. We'd say it was definitely a hole-in-one kind of day for Francie and Smylie!

<p>welcome box</p>

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To welcome everyone to their hometown, the couple put together welcome boxes filled with their favorite snacks and local goodies. These included local toffee, cheese straws, and smiley face-shaped cookies as a nod to the groom's name.

<p>bride with bridesmaids</p>

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Francie spent the day relaxing and enjoying time with all of her bridesmaids. As a "thank you" gift, she gave her friends custom Nicola Bathie earrings and ice blue Lake Pajamas, which they all wore for a fun photo op.

bride with mom

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The bride worked with Carriage House Bridal to create a custom gown featuring an ivory bodice by Liancarlo and a full skirt in silk mikado by Augusta Jones. "They let me take my two favorite elements of the dresses and make them into one," she says. "It was my dream dress!" Francie paired her gown with Schutz heels in pale blue, which acted as her "something blue" and tied her look in with the day's color palette.

<p>bridesmaids first look</p>

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<p>bride with bridesmaids</p>

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Francie's ten bridesmaids wore blue dresses by Amsale, which they paired with their new earrings from the bride. "Light blue has always been my favorite color and I knew it would look beautiful with the color scheme we had planned for the day," she says.

<p>groomsmen</p>

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<p>groomsmen</p>

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The groom had several pro golfers—including Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler—in his wedding-day entourage. The men wore classic black tuxes, while Smylie opted for a similar look by Ralph Lauren, the label he wears on the green. "We had our dear friends at Ralph Lauren help with his look," says Francie. "We had the best time visiting Ralph Lauren's flagship store in New York City for his fitting!"

<p>first look</p>

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<p>bride and groom</p>

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<p>bride and groom</p>

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The couple did their first look at Vestavia Hills Country Club, where they both grew up going (and playing golf!) with their families.

<p>ceremony program</p>

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The ceremony programs, by Weezie B. Designs, were printed with Francie and Smylie's monogrammed crest and tied together with blue silk ribbon.

<p>bride and her dad</p>

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<p>bride walking down aisle</p>

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Francie walked down the aisle on the arm on her father, as an organist played "Prince of Denmark's March." The couple personalized their ceremony with particular music selections such as “O Come to the Altar” (as a welcoming worship song) and “Multiplied" by Needtobreathe, one of their favorite bands.

<p>first kiss</p>

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<p>bride and groom</p>

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"We wanted our ceremony to be a joyful celebration of marriage," says Francie. "Our favorite passage is 'James 1:2-4,' so we included it as a reading and centered the ceremony's message around that passage."

<p>flowers</p>

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<p>cake</p>

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The indoor reception space was decorated to have the feel of a Southern garden. Upon arrival, guests walked through a grand entrance, which was framed with vines, greenery, blooming branches, roses, and hydrangea. "I will never forget walking into the ceremony and the reception for the first time and being completely in awe," says the bride. "After months of planning, seeing all of your plans come to life (and be better than you even dreamed!) is really, really special."

The evening's menu featured a mix of Southern staples, as well as few of the groom's favorite foods like fried mac and cheese balls, chocolate ice cream balls, and Momma Goldberg's famous nachos (an Alabama staple).

cake cutting

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kiss

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The couple's six-tiered cake was the focal point of the reception space. "I wanted simple white buttercream cake to make room for the beautiful cascading flowers," says the bride.

<p>golf cart exit</p>

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After guests showered them with rose petals, Smylie and Francie made their grand exit in a golf cart. "We had this fabulous getaway with fireworks planned but the weather forecast included severe storms and a lot of rain," she says. "But while it was still raining, there was a break in the storms and we were able to make the getaway plan a reality!"

Following their whirlwind weekend in Birmingham, the newlyweds are on road again for Smylie's season but plan on honeymooning when it ends. "We plan to vacation somewhere that we do not travel to for golf when we have some downtime," she says. "We have Italy on our minds!"

Wedding Planner: Mariee Ami || Ceremony Venue: Brookwood Baptist Church || Reception Venue: The Club || Wedding Dresses: Carriage House Weddings, Liancarlo, Augusta Jones || Bride's Veil: Carriage House Weddings, Toni Federici || Jewelry: Elizabeth Bower || Bride's Shoes: Schutz || Hair: Candi Gonzalez || Makeup: Kerri Bunn || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids || Mother of the Bride Dress: A Exclusive from Susan Lee in Atlanta || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren || Groomsmen's Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear || Engagement Ring: Van Atkins Jewelers || Wedding Bands: Bromberg’s, Levy’s Fine Jewelry || Florist: Susan Huff and Beth Jordan of The King’s Garden || Invitations & Other Paper Products: Weezie B. Designs || Music: Az Izz booked through Music Garden || Cake: Magic Muffins || Rentals: Prophouse Event Rentals, Event Rentals Unlimited || Transportation: Rare Transportation || Videographer: Four 10 Films || Photographer: Heather Durham Photography

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