How did the two of you meet? We met through a mutual friend in the late spring of 2012 and started dating in June of that year. The friend that introduced us was my matron of honor in the wedding, Heather Hallman. Heather and Jon were co-workers, and she had been trying to introduce us for a while. One day after work, I met Heather for a run at Lakeshore trail. Being the clever person that she is, she had asked Jon to go for a run with us. I knew the moment I met him that he was something special. We started dating a month or so after we met and then were engaged in March 2013. Jon actually lived at the same apartment complex I did. I actually moved before we ever started dating, but it’s kind of ironic that we lived 500 ft. from each other for a year and never met!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as part of your wedding? All of the vendors we used were absolutely fantastic and so accommodating, but I would have to say that I couldn’t have imagined our wedding day without our wonderful photographers, Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography. Kelli and Daniel did all or our wedding photography, from engagement pictures to my bridal portraits, and of course our wedding day. They always made us feel like we were their main focus, not to mention their photography style is absolutely exquisite! Kelli and Daniel demonstrated such patience, compassion, flexibility, but most of all professionalism. They always went above and beyond the call of duty: from driving to my in-laws house in Fort Payne, AL for my bridal session, to standing in the streets of downtown Birmingham (in the drizzling rain might I add) to capture some last minute shots after our reception. They became more to us than just photographers, they became our friends. We feel so blessed to have had Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography to capture every moment of this special time in our lives!
What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding, and how did you execute that? I wanted a very traditional wedding with an elegant and timeless style. We had a traditional wedding ceremony: walking down the aisle to the “Bridal Chorus,” lighting the unity candle, recessional to the “Wedding March,” etc. To achieve an elegant style, I choose very neutral color tones that blended with the winter and holiday season since we got married two weeks before Christmas.
Where did you find your dress? I got my dress at Bella’s Bridal in Hoover. Like every other bride, I had looked at tons of dresses in bridal magazines and online and already knew what style of dress I wanted. I tried on maybe six dresses. The dress I chose was the second one I put on. The day after I said “Yes to the Dress”, I started second guessing my decision and actually went back to Bella’s to try the dress on again. After seeing myself in it a second time, though, I knew the dress was made for me.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Oh wow, there were so many it’s hard to choose just one! My favorite moment by far was seeing Jon for the first time. We wanted to see each other before the wedding. We knew the day was going to go by so quickly and there wouldn’t be a lot of alone time, not to mention our nerves and emotions were running high. Our first look was such a sweet, intimate time, and I wouldn’t have traded that moment for anything else. Standing in the church, just the two of us (and our photographers of course), each shedding tears of joy and excitement is a moment I will never forget!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Again, there are so many memorable moments it’s hard to choose just one! There are a few moments, though, that were extra special. One of those was our first dance. My uncle, Steven Dale Jones, who is a songwriter in Nashville, wrote a song just for us and sang it for our first dance called “I Prayed for You”. The lyrics to the song are a true description of our life story; if one single thing had happened differently in our lives, we would have never met. But, we both prayed for each other and in God’s perfect timing, He brought us together.
Another memorable moment was an ice sculpture that my mom surprised us with at our reception. My mom and I planned the entire wedding and the fact that she kept this a secret from me the entire time still shocks me to this day. Without me knowing, my mom met with my florist, Kathy Miller, as well as the staff at The Club, to come up with the perfect design for an ice sculpture. The design was our custom monogram which was created by Allison Banks. I never will forget walking in to our reception and seeing the ice sculpture. It added so much beauty to the reception décor. I can’t even imagine what it would have looked like without it!
CREDITS :: Photography: Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography | Wedding gown: Bella’s Bridal | Groom’s suit: Jos. A. Bank | Florals: Kathy Miller | Coats Classic Cars | HMUA: Make-up by Mary-Jane Clements | Cakes: Magnificent Cakes | Reception band: Rythms