Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to make tons of changes to our wedding day. We decided to still get married on our original wedding date of May 9, 2020. We had to change the location and Dr. Lynn and Missy Ridgeway kindly offered their home because my dream was to be married by the river. Our ceremony consisted of Wes & I, attended by our immediate families. However, we had some family friends surprise us by showing up on their boats to watch our special day.
Once Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, we had a reception on August 7, 2020 at our original wedding location at Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge. This day we got to capture the pictures of our wedding party and celebrate with all of our other friends and family. My favorite part was the delicious food. Wes and I have spent every Valentine’s Day at Waffle House. So we wanted to include our love of breakfast food at our reception. We served a breakfast buffet that included biscuits, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, gravy, carved ham, and a waffle bar with a variety of toppings.
Madison Tidwell and Wesley Sharpston were married May 9, 2020 in a 6:00 evening lakeside ceremony held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Lynn Ridgeway on Wilson Lake with Bobby Isbell officiating. A reception was held on August 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge.
The bride is the daughter of Leon and Cindy Tidwell of Muscle Shoals. She is the granddaughter of Roy and Peggy Gieske of Leighton, Dora and Devaughn Ricketts of Tuscumbia, and the late Leon Tidwell, Sr. and the late Barbara Tidwell of Muscle Shoals.
The groom is the son of Waylon and Angel Sharpston of Tuscumbia. He is the grandson of Marilyn Higginbotham of Florence, Robert Sharpston of Florence, Mable Johnson of Tuscumbia, and the late Randy Higginbotham of Elgin.
The bride chose a champagne color A-line gown by designer Kenneth Winston from the Ella Rosa Collection. It featured a beaded lace top, corset back, and tulle skirt.
Matrons of honor were Taylor Tidwell Wallace, twin sister of the bride, and Hannah Barnes Denton, best friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jessi Blackstock Tidwell, sister-in-law of the bride; Alyssa Sharpston, sister of the groom; Suzanne Simms, Taylor Haguewood, friends of the bride; and Kayla Isbell, cousin of the bride. The bridal party all wore black one shoulder gowns from Cherry Tree Lane.
Groomsmen were Trey Tidwell, brother of the bride; Jon Owens, Jake Pennington, Griffin Vinson, David Bruce, and Matthew Norris, all friends of the groom. The groomsmen all wore black suits from Coats Clothing Company.
Wedding director/coordinator was Kelli Whitehead Brown of Something to Celebrate. Floral designers were Cindy Harrison and Kelli Whitehead Brown. Caterer was Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge. The wedding cake was made by Tori Jones, and a waffle bar was set up for the groom’s table. Reception entertainment was provided by Mark Rohling of Hey Mr. DJ. Hair stylist and makeup artist was Lauren Lindholm. Photographer was Jenna Perry of Love + Bloom Photography and videographer was Ace Eaton.
Due to the pandamic travel restrictions, the couple could not take the California to Mexico cruise that they had planned, so they instead spent a week in Gulf Shores. They are now residing in Tuscumbia.
Photos by Love + Bloom Photography