How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Perry and I both are from Birmingham, but we really didn’t know each other very well. Perry is four years older than I. My sister was in Perry’s kindergarten class, and his sister was in my 2nd grade class. So our families knew each other. Plus, our parent’s live only a few miles apart. I’m sure we’ve run into each other many times growing up, and I wish I could remember that! We officially met when mutual friends from Birmingham set us up on a date. I was living in Atlanta, and Perry was living in Birmingham. We went to Rojo for drinks, and the rest is history!
How did he propose? I was living in Atlanta at the time. I had driven over to visit one Fridayevening, and I pulled up to see Perry and our dog, McGee, on the front porch. Perry had lit our string lights around the front porch, and he was just sitting there with McGee at his feet. It was a cute scene. Right when I walked up, he asked me to marry him. We went inside, and Perry had all my favorite cheeses, wine and chocolate (he knows me well). It was really sweet and low-key, and it fit our personalities. Both our families were at Perry’s parent’s house for a celebration after the proposal.
What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you execute that? I always had a vision of something different and unique for my wedding. I never wanted anything traditional. But when I got into planning, everything I thought would be different and unique (interesting venue, colors, etc.) just felt cliché. So, I really surprised myself in that I came around to a very traditional ceremony and reception. Somehow, a traditional seated dinner with a jazz band felt more appealing than anything I’ve seen recently.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I really couldn’t have pulled anything off without Ginny Au (my wedding planner). I wanted something classic but relaxed, unique but not cliché, fashionable but approachable. All those are ideas that are pretty intangible and very hard to articulate to someone. Ginny made an inspiration board that showed that she really understood my idea for the wedding. I had a vision in my head, and Ginny is so good at transforming that into a reality. Ginny also connected me to so many fabulous vendors that made the day perfect. The photographer, Mandy Busby, and floral designer, Katie McDaniel were irreplaceable, and I would not have met them without Ginny.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We had a seated dinner for our guests. My favorite part of the entire day was sitting at the dinner with Perry and looking out onto the tables. Everyone was laughing and talking. There were so many candles, and the lights were very dim. I saw Perry’s parents’ friends talking to my college friends and my extended family laughing with Perry’s siblings. It was so fun to see so many special people having so much fun with each other. I really loved the interaction that a seated dinner provided.
Where did you find your dress? My dress was the Nadia dress from J. Crew, which is a strapless dress. I loved the silhouette of the dress, but I didn’t want to go strapless. I had Charlsie Hand in Birmingham add a sheer top and buttons, and I think it made the dress feel a bit more classic and bridal.
CREDITS :: Creative Director and Stylist, Ginny Au | Photographer, Mandy Busby | Floral Design, Cloth of Gold | Paper and Calligraphy, Brown Paper Linen | Venue, Mountain Brook Club | Dress, J. Crew Nadia Gown with custom alterations | Shoes, J. Crew Maya Sandals | Veil, Etsy IheartBride | Bridesmaids’ Feather Bracelet, Etsy chainchainchained | Bridesmaids’ Dresses, J. Crew Heidi Dress | Bride’s Earrings, White Flowers in Birmingham | Bride’s Gold Bracelet, Brides grandmother’s | Engagement Rings, Brides grandmother’s | Wedding Band, Estate Jewelers of Fairhope | Groom’s Suit and Shoes, Mobley and Sons | Groomsmen’s Suits, Mobley and Son