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Candice & Brett’s Botanical Garden Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Brett and I met very randomly through our mutual friends, Memorie and Mark (who are now married). At the time I was a junior in college at the University of Alabama and I was interning at Walt Disney World in Orlando. I had asked my parents if they would fly me to Birmingham the weekend of A-Day (Alabama’s spring football game) and they said yes. I was so excited; I had been gone for about 4 months so I really missed all of my friends. My college roommate, Memorie picked me up from the airport and was my ride around town for the weekend. After we made it back to our apartment in Tuscaloosa we decided to head over to her boyfriend (at the time), Mark’s house. Brett happened to be in town visiting and interviewing for jobs in Tuscaloosa that weekend and was staying at Mark’s house. The first night we were all hanging out and I wouldn’t give Brett the time of day, whoops! But the second night was a completely different story, all night we talked and got to know each other and at the end of the night Brett gave me his jacket because I was cold, which I thought was a really sweet gesture. The next day was A-Day, we all tailgated at Mark’s parent’s tailgate spot and Brett asked me for my phone number…unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the game because I had to be back at work the next day in Orlando so in the middle of the day Brett, Memorie, our other roommate Cortlin, and Brett’s friend Thomas walked me back to the Zeta house where I was meeting another friend who was driving me to the airport. We hugged and on our way to the airport Brett texted me and we’ve been together ever since, that was three and a half years ago.

How did he propose? As Brett and I became more and more serious we both knew that we had found in each other the partner that God had created for us, so naturally we talked about taking the next step in our relationship. I had always told Brett that there were four things that were important to me for when he proposed…I wanted our friends and family to be there, I wanted my nails to be freshly painted (of course), I wanted someone to photograph it and I wanted my ring to be made from my grandmother’s engagement ring. Boy did he listen! It all started when my friend Jennifer asked if I wanted to get my nails done, I told her I didn’t really have the money at the time because I had just recently quit my job and her quick response was, “Don’t worry about it, I’ve got it.” Well that was a Friday and the next day – Saturday, March 1st was the 10th Annual Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run which Brett, myself, my mom and Brett’s older sister Courtney had “run” the year before. The run is so special to Brett and I because my mom is a Breast Cancer survivor and Brett’s mom is a Lung Cancer survivor and we had kind of made it a tradition. Saturday morning Brett and I were waiting for my friend Memorie to head to the race and Brett told me that he had hurt his back at work. I was really bummed that he wasn’t going to “run” with my mom, Memorie and I but little did I know what he had up his sleeves. We ran the race and as I we were coming down the final hill toward the finish line my mom pulled out her phone to video us coming across the finish line…or so I thought. Memorie and my mom started pushing me off to the side of the finish line where Brett had gathered all of our closest friends and family. Right there at the finish line he got down on his knee and asked me for forever – I said yes and it is the best decision I’ve ever made.

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you execute that. I wanted our wedding to be a happy marriage of both Brett and I which was a challenge. Brett and I have very different tastes and interests – opposites really do attract! I also wanted our wedding to be different and have a lot of personal touches, this was important to me especially being a wedding planner I didn’t want to walk into my own wedding thinking, “This is so much like, insert bride’s name here, wedding.” I knew from the very beginning I wanted color, lots of color! I established the color scheme I was going for through floral design that Jessica Morris of HotHouse Design Studio knocked out of the park! I also pulled in color in my bridesmaids dresses, I had all of my girls where different styles in the same color and Charlotte at Bella Bridesmaids really helped in the decision process of color and style – we eventually settled on a color in the Dessy Collection called Cloudy and it was absolutely perfect! We pulled in touches of guinea feathers to nod to Brett’s love of hunting and he wore a guinea feather bowtie from Brackish Bowties which allowed him to stand out from his groomsmen. All in all I just really wanted people to walk away from our wedding having had a wonderful time and looking back thinking that our wedding was a great representation of Brett and I and our new life together.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Where to begin…the whole day was wonderful but I have to say the most memorable part of the day was when my dad walked me down the aisle and gave me away. I am an only child and have been a daddy’s girl my whole life; it was a really special moment to be standing at the altar with my two favorite men knowing how much they both love me.

Where did you find your dress? I found my dress at Bustle in Homewood with the help of Bustle Owner, Meredith Carter and I can’t say enough wonderful things about my experience! My dress is an Amsale gown that originally had a beautiful beaded belt with a lot of bling. I am not a “bling” girl so I opted to remove the belt and took my dress to Catherine Ryals for a custom belt, buttons down the back and alterations. It was perfect in every way!

Any advice for current Birmingham Brides? My first piece of advice not only as a former bride but also as a wedding planner is to choose a group of vendors whom you trust whole-heartedly. You should walk away from meetings and not be worried about a single thing because you know that the group of vendors you’ve chosen to create the most important day of your life understand you. My second piece of advice is to do what makes YOU happy – so often I see people trying to please everyone around them but at the end of the day it is about you and your spouse and you want the day to be a reflection of y’all. My last piece of advice would be not to sweat the small stuff because at the end of the day, you’re married to the love of your life and that is all that matters!

CREDITS: Photography, Magen Davis Photography | Videography, Holloway Productions | Catering, Kathy G. & Company | Floral Design, Jessica Morris at HotHouse Design Studio |Cake, Barb’s Cakes | Reception Entertainment, The Stephen McCullough Band | Ceremony Musicians, Jason Bailey | Draping and Lighting, A.G. Lighting | Photobooth, JAMM Entertainment | Hair and Make Up, Melissa Bogardus | Invitations and Custom Monogram, Allison R. Banks | Reception Details, Annabelle’s | Wedding Dress, Bustle | Bridesmaids Dresses, Bella Bridesmaids Birmingham

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