How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Jon and I met at the 2012 Graduates and Careers Thanksgiving Feast. I was talking to Jon’s sister, Anna, when he joined the conversation. We got to know each other slowly over the next couple of months before he asked me on a date. After going on a few dates I did not think we should continue. However, after spending time with him as friends and getting to know him better, I realized what I was missing out on and told him that I was wrong. Jon then began to seriously pursue me again and we never looked back.
How did he propose? Jon purposed on March 22, 2014 and he will tell you that I picked that day. I had given him tickets to the theater production of “War Horse” for Christmas and that was the best day for us to go. It is extremely hard to surprise me so Jon pulled it off by using a date night that I had already planned. We went to a nice dinner and saw the show. When he brought me back to my parents’ house he pulled around to the back, at which point I knew something was up. The deck where I told him that I would like to date him was decorated with flowers and candles and there he asked me to be his wife.
What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that. We wanted our wedding to be a worship service. The Lord brought us together and brought so many wonderful people into our lives that we truly wanted to honor him with our whole wedding day. I think we were able to accomplish that by considering God with ever decision that we made. It also helped to be surrounded by a wonderful community of family, friends, and vendors who had the same goal that we did.
What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it? Our ceremony was at Briarwood Presbyterian Church and that was an easy decision. I have been a member there for thirteen years and we met in the G&C class. Our reception was at The Club and that decision was made based on a combination of availability, size, and location. But I never could have imagined how much I would love both locations (even though I was excited about them all along).
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I feel unbelievably blessed because, even with a relatively short engagement, nearly every vendor that we wanted was either available for our wedding or made themselves available. It feels almost mean to choose one but I honestly could not have made it through the process without Kalee Baker of Kalee Baker events. I took a new job two months before the wedding and Jon travels a lot so, without her, I am sure we would have lost our minds. I also have to add that Kalee, Holly Hollon, and Stacy Richardson work so well together that I felt like we had a “dream team” working on our wedding.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Everything flew by so quickly that it is hard to pick! My most vivid memories are from right after the ceremony when we were taking pictures and waiting for everyone to make their way to the reception. The day had been very emotional up to that point and I felt like I was walking on air from then on. Plus, it gave Jon and I some time to let it sink in that we were finally married!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? There were so many!! Seeing Jon for the first time that day was really special. Seeing him calmed all of my nerves/jitters, not to mention the fact that he looked very handsome.
Where did you find your dress? My dress came from White Dresses in Huntsville. My mom and I had SO much fun picking it out with the women there!
Any advice for current Birmingham Brides? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. No matter how big or small your wedding is, getting married is a major life change that you have to prepare for. Lean on your friends, family, and fiancee (as well as your vendors) for help logistically, emotionally, and spiritually because you can’t do it all on your own.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? I was fortunate to have three close friends get married during our five month engagement so I was provided with lost of great wisdom. They were great to remind me that you cannot please everyone because it is definitely in my nature to try.
Did you do anything special for out of town guests to make them feel welcome to Birmingham? We had gift bags in all the hotel rooms with half moon cookies from Full Moon Barbecue and a gift certificate for a Steel City Pop. Holly made adorable tags for the sweet treats that said “Sweet Home Alabama”. We also made newspapers with information about Jon and I, our wedding party, and the city of Birmingham for everyone who came in town.
Anything else that you would like to share about your day? I honestly just felt so blessed by everyone involved with our wedding. Having the people that have influenced my life and Jon’s life all in one room is something I will never forget. A lot were from Birmingham but there were guests from Texas, Iowa, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and more. We have been provided with a wonderful community of friends and family both here and elsewhere and we were honored that they all spent the evening celebrating with us.
CREDITS :: Photography, Stacy Richardson | Event Planning & Coordination, Kalee Baker Events | Venue, Briarwood Presbyterian Church and The Club | Flowers, Dean Hodge | Hair and Makeup, Lynsey Richardson | Stationery & Calligraphy, Holly Hollon | Cake, Christian Terrell of Pen and Pastry | Wedding Dress, White Dresses | Bridesmaids Dresses, Bella Bridesmaids | Linens, Decor to Adore | Getaway Card, Coats Classic Cars | Event Painter, Reflect Visual Arts