Happy Thanksgiving from our table to yours. We will be taking the week off to spend time with family and we hope you are able to do the same.
We are so excited that our Birmingham maps will now be sold at Chickadee in Cahaba Heights. Tomorrow they will be having their annual made in the south event. Make sure to stop by between 10-4 and see some of our favorite local artisans.
We loved this proposal story from a couple who has just recently moved to Birmingham:
We’d been talking about marriage for, well, ever since we began dating about 2 years from the time of this photo. Not that either of us are wedding crazy – we just always knew. Call it intuition or luck or God, I don’t know, but we both simply just knew there was no one better for either of us. So this summer, I planned a trip to California and arranged for us to hike Half Dome in Yosemite “for her birthday.” Half Dome is about a 20 mile hike and took us about 15 hours to complete. The forecast had said it would be sunny all weekend, but the morning we woke up there was all the sudden a 60% chance of rain (which is bad because the cables you have to pull yourself up to the summit are situated on extremely steep, slick granite, which, if gets wet, can pose a mortal threat. Not to mention you’re hanging on to a giant metal wire 8000 ft. up and are extremely prone to lightning strikes). We hiked anyway, hoping that by the time we reach the summit the rain chance might have cleared. But, of course, as soon as we reach the cables we feel one drop. Literally one rain drop. Half way up the cables, we deliberated about whether we should keep going because people have slipped and died while it’s raining and they’re on the cables. I noticed the rain cloud was pretty far off and decided if we could just hurry: get up, propose, get down – all in 20-30 minutes then we’d be fine. So we continued up and I handed my phone to a dude who just so happened to be a professional photographer. I told him to literally not stop taking photos. We went out to the ledge, I asked her to marry me, and literally the second “marry me” left my lips… it began pouring.
We rushed back to the cables, and well, I won’t lie – barely made it out alive. It was the stupidest, most dangerous thing that’s ever happened to either of us. We had to really encourage each other, take our time, keep composed, pray a lot, and be strong for one another – lest we’d both fall. I suppose you could say it was pretty metaphorical regarding marriage and how supporting each other will keep your love alive.
It was a typical Thursday night, and we had just gotten to Trevor’s house from a date night at Slice. When we stepped onto the porch Trevor jokingly mentioned that he had something inside for me. (Side note: Trevor is a typical dude and didn’t get me anything for Valentine’s Day – two weeks prior to this night – so I had been giving him a hard time about it, playfully of course.) He told me to take a seat on the front porch swing and close my eyes. A few moments later, Trevor walked out on the porch and kneeled before me on the concrete floor. Once I was instructed to open my eyes, I was given the sweetest gift – the most important and intentional words promising a life of pursuit, failures, and joys. I can still recall most of what Trevor said that night, but he would kill me if I shared those things with you guys, so I’ll refrain. In the end, it was perfect and it represented us well – relaxed, low-key, and chill. It will always mean the world to me that the first place he told me he loved me and the night he promised his life to me would be on the porch of the house that would become our first home, the place we would build a family. Such a gift.
What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you execute that?
We simply wanted our wedding to be a clear representation of us, Trevor and Lauren. We are very laid-back people who love music, our community, and the Lord. With that in mind, we wanted to have a day that represented much more than our story. We wanted an opportunity to give glory to God, the one who wove this story of redemption together. We also wanted to stay true to who we are. We aren’t overly the fancy, traditional types, so we didn’t want to conform to the norms set before us by other weddings we had either been to or seen via the internet. Looking back, I think we pulled it off! There isn’t a thing I would change about that day and the environment that was created for our favorite people to commune in.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding?
Our vendors were absolutely incredible, so I would like to brag about a fewFirst off, our incredibly talented friends Wesley and Emma over at W&E Photographie made all of our photography dreams come true (including an epic trip to Colorado to capture some engagement photos). They have the ability to make anyone and everyone feel to ease in front of the camera. We also had the pleasure of working with Lauren James from Tazikis. Let it be known, having Tazikis cater was one of the best decisions we made in the whole process. The food was incredible and Lauren James went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. Lastly, our beautiful florals were crafted by the one and only Laura McCarty of Marked. Talk about a game changer. This girl stuck with me throughout my many design changes until we dreamed up a beautiful vision.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
Trevor: The entire wedding ceremony. I felt like it was the perfect display of our love for one another, the faithfulness of God, and the support of our family and friends.
Lauren: The whole day (really the weekend) was incredibly memorable, but if I had to pick a particular moment I would have to say walking to Trevor. Music is one of the most important things in our relationship (I am a musician and Trevor works as a concert promoter in the music industry), so choosing the perfect song to build up to me walking down to the river was a long process. In the end, Belmont alumna Dinah Smith’s arrangement of Come Thou Fount and Bon Iver’s Perth couldn’t have been more fitting. As the song echoed through the forest we were surrounded by and my amazing dad steadied my hand, I walked toward my groom. The particular moment that will forever be firmly fixed into my mind is when I stepped onto the river’s concrete slab and could finally see Trevor’s eyes. They were not only brimming with tears, but they were filled with awe, adoration, and unwavering love for me. In that moment I knew that I had never loved anyone more than him, and I would spend the rest of my life learning how to love him well.
Where did you find your dress?
I knew that I wanted to do something different – more me – so I started to dream up different ideas. I knew I didn’t want to spend loads on a dress that I would only wear for 8 hours of my whole life, so I started searching all sorts of stores. I ended up finding the top at Revolve Clothing and paired it with a high-waisted skirt by Joanna August. It was the most comfortable I have ever felt in my life, and most importantly, I felt like myself.
Any advice for current Birmingham Brides?
I would encourage everyone to look at the planning process in the greater scheme of life. Your wedding day, although extremely important and irreplaceable, is just that – a day. When the process becomes overwhelming, remind yourself that at the end of it all you will be married to your best friend. What’s better than that? I would also encourage people to consider investing more time in preparing their hearts for the huge life change that is marriage, rather than becoming consumed with color schemes and seating charts.
What was the best advice you received as a bride?
I had multiple people remind me to slow down and be present on the actual day (and really the whole weekend) of our wedding. This ran through my mind over and over throughout the weekend, and in the moments when time seemed to want to speed up, I took a step back and soaked it all in. (This also applies to all of you ladies out their on the road to engagement. When he does finally drop a knee, be sure to listen. Diligently listen. Because he is about to express some of the most important emotions and promises that he will ever say and that you will ever hear.)
Did you do anything special for out of town guests to make them feel welcome to Birmingham?
After our rehearsal dinner we invited everyone to come hang with us at Avondale Brewery. It was a great way to actually talk with people versus being rushed to quickly say hello the day of your wedding. We also provided a map and a list of our favorite Birmingham places, so our out of town guests could get a true taste of this city that we call home.