How did he propose? I went over to John’s house on a Sunday morning. When I glanced into the bedroom, I saw a box on the bed and candles in the room, so I knew something was up! John told me the gift was for me…just because! I opened it and found a little Louis Vuitton clutch. I was like, “What? Why in the world did you go spend money on this!?” As I was unzipping and examining the clutch, John turned on our special little song “Thank You for Stepping into My Life,” and got down on one knee! It was so special and sweet. He had planned a nice brunch to celebrate with both of our families afterward, and it was perfect.
What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it? Our ceremony was at our beautiful church–I always knew I would be married there. It is such a special place for me and it has recently become special to John as well. We grew so much in our faith journey together throughout our engagement! Our reception was on the rooftop of a building in downtown Birmingham. I knew I wanted a reception venue that was different, and my now sister-in-law suggested the rooftop of the Kress Building. We fell in love with the rooftop concept and the view of the city!
What southern traditions did you incorporate into your wedding? The vibe of our reception was very city chic, but I think everything about our ceremony was simply Southern! We wanted all the traditional Southern aspects in our ceremony. We also made sure our signature cocktail had some Southern flair and was aptly named Alabama Sunshine!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? A moment I just loved and very clearly remember from the day was getting ready and having fun with all my ladies. My dad stopped by to deliver champs and other goodies and we had an impromptu dance rehearsal of our father/daughter dance – Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – it was such a fun and sweet moment with my dad – it took the nervous edge off of the day too!
Any advice for current Birmingham Brides? Take in every moment and enjoy it. We all get so wrapped up and stressed out about the dress, the reception, the cake, the caterer, etc. Everything falls into place, so don’t sweat the small stuff!
Photographer, Morgan Trinker | Planner, Invision Events | Ceremony Venue, Trinity United Methodist Church | Reception Venue, The Historic Kress Building| Florist: Christopher Joseph Designs | Cake Baker, Magic Muffins Bakery | Catering, Shindigs Catering | Rentals, Event Rentals Unlimited | Lighting, AG Lighting | Band: The Fountain City Players | Paper Products, Alan’s Invitations | Bride’s Gown, Enzoani | Hair Stylist, Salon M Squared | Makeup Artist: Louise Robertson| Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Bari Jay | Groom’s Attire, Mr. Burch Formal Affair