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Meaghan & Josh’s Florentine Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I never believed the saying, “It will happen when you least expect it,” but now I do. During small talk with my hairdresser, I mentioned a guy with whom I had gone on a few dates. Out of the blue she said she had someone to set me up with.  It was very unexpected, and I honestly didn’t think much of it. She and Josh grew up on the same street and had been friends since childhood. He sounded like a great guy, so I agreed that she could share my number with him. I heard from Josh the night of my haircut, and we met on a blind date two weeks later. We both knew very quickly we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.  We were engaged within 7 months and married 11 months later. I would have never thought that my hairdresser would have set me up with my husband, but it truly happened when I least expected it. 

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that? I wanted our wedding to be classic – something that when I looked back at the pictures in 30 years that I still loved. I give all credit to my vendors as they took all of the my ideas and made them a reality. It honestly was a dream come true.

What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it? Josh and I were married at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, and the reception was held at The Florentine Building in Downtown Birmingham. Josh was a member at Trinity UMC – and with it being close to the reception venue, it was a no brainer. I wanted a traditional church service to observe the blessing of our marriage. Trinity is such a beautiful, old church with stunning architecture and stained glass windows – and it honored a church that was special to Josh.   

We both love Birmingham as we both grew up here, and we are so excited with the revitalization of downtown.  The Florentine Building had recently been renovated by Corretti, Inc. It is the most gorgeous and stunning venue.  We loved the character that was brought back to life from the renovation. I also love that it is one large room, so all of your guests are together and not separated.  Not to mention Corretti Catering provides the catering which is the absolute best.  

What about your wedding was unique to Birmingham? I wanted to have a Birmingham vendor provide the “groom’s cake.” Once I saw that We Have Doughnuts has a doughnut wall, I knew that was it. It was such a hit at the wedding and a nice change from having a traditional groom’s cake.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We were blessed to have the most incredible team of vendors. Our photographer, Mandy Busby, and videographer, Kinora Films, captured our day and all of the details that we will always remember. Holly Hollon Design and Calligraphy, who designed the invitations and all of the printed materials, is the most beautiful artist and caters to each of her clients. From the drawing of our house on the back of the program to the flags with each doughnut flavor – those are the details that I love that Holly made come to life. Corretti Catering provided the most beautiful venue for our reception and such a delicious menu for our guests to enjoy. Our florist, Lillie Jane, created the most lovely garland around the doors of Trinity and really made my desired garden look come to life. Last but not least, Kalee Baker Events, who kept me sane throughout the entire planning process. She was a friend, mentor, and the most wonderful wedding planner who loves the Lord and is His hands and feet to everyone she meets.   

I could go on and on about other vendors who are not mentioned.  It was truly a dream team and an honor to work with each and every one of them.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I have quite a few favorite moments of the day, but there’s a few that really stick out to me.  My mom spent the night at my house the night before the wedding.  She wrote me the most heartfelt note the day of the wedding and gave me a Mrs. Box with my Great Aunt Anne’s ring in it to wear as my “Something Old” for the day. It was an emotional, but sweet moment between just my mom and I that I’ll always cherish.

My house is very close to Trinity UMC, so the bridesmaids and I got ready there before the wedding.  It was so calming to be in my home with my best friends getting ready, singing, and dancing before the best day of my life. Josh and I also had our first look at my house (which is now our house), so that was incredibly special to see each other for the first time that day in the house where we would spend our future as husband and wife.

Lastly, communion was very important to us to have as a part of our wedding ceremony. We had the pleasure to serve our wedding party the Lord’s Supper while the rest of the congregation also participated in communion. I didn’t realize until it was happening how special and sacred that moment was. The people who we love the most and have influenced our lives were a part of our wedding ceremony in a way that we’ll never forget. 

 Where did you find your dress? The White Room in Mountain Brook.  I had only been to one other place, but knew as soon as I put it on that it was the dress. It was sweet and classic – exactly what I had always wanted. Mrs. Carolyn and Ms. Cathy were absolutely wonderful and made it such a wonderful memory.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? A good friend reminded me that the wedding is not about how good the cake tastes or that everything that day goes off without a hitch. It is about a lifelong commitment between Josh and I before God, most importantly, and the people we love most in our lives. All that really mattered was that the pastor showed up! 

Photography: Mandy Busby | Planner: Kalee Baker Events | Florals: Lillie’s | Paper: Holly Hollon Design and Calligraphy | Videography: Kinora Films | Beauty: Morgan Ashley| Ceremony: Trinity United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Florentine | Bride’s Cake: Sweet Magnolias | Groom’s Cake: We Have Donuts | Catering: Coretti Catering

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