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Erin & Brent’s Classic Black Tie wedding

Venue: Shoal Creek Golf Club | Photographer: Stacy Richardson Photography | Planner: M. Elizabeth Events | Florals: Lillies | Band: Total Assets | Cakes: Pen & Pastry

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.

Brent and I were introduced by mutual friends who invited us as dinner guests one evening. Actually, Brent was apparently aware of the plans to “introduce us” to each other – I, however, had no idea of the plan. That night, Brent even tolerated a “chick flick” movie in order to spend more time together. He extended the dinner and movie night with the classic surprise – ice cream! I really hoped to see him again soon. It was clearly a mutual attraction because the next weekend was our first real date. That is when our story began…

How did he propose?

Brent and I visited the courtyard outside of the church where his parents were married. We said prayers together out loud. He was so casual about it that it did not occur to me that he was about to propose. Brent prayed for one more request… “Please God, I pray that Erin says YES!” as he got down on one knee and looked up at me. I immediately said “YES!” The surprises did not end there. Brent casually (he is so smooth) drove us by his parent’s house to go surprise them before our “dinner reservation”. We agreed we would facetime my parents from there, as we wanted to tell them the good news together! We walked into his parent’s house where both his parents and mine surprised us! We celebrated with our favorite Italian food, bride & groom cupcakes, Japanese lanterns, fireworks, wonderful wine and champagne. An evening we will never forget!

What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it?

We chose St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church for our wedding ceremony because we are both Catholic and wanted our Sacrament of Holy Matrimony blessed by our favorite priest, Father Culotta. Shoal Creek Country Club was selected for the reception because it provided both the perfect indoor elegant location and outdoor festive atmosphere for our celebration. Since the first moment that I imagined our wedding, I hoped that our day would take place at these two beautiful, spiritual and romantic locations.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding?

It is so hard to answer this question! I am so grateful for all the vendors we had at our wedding. Everyone made our day so easy and really exceeded my expectations on every level. Our talented photographer, Stacy Richardson, skillfully captured the most beautiful and memorable moments of our day! Carol Harris of Lillie’s Flowers for Weddings created arrangements that “were to die for” beautiful! The food at Shoal Creek, I am still craving! Shoal Creek was so wonderful to work with throughout the entire wedding planning process.

Our wedding coordinators from Saint Marks and M. Elizabeth Events were also fabulous! Our day went so smoothly and it was so wonderful not having to worry about anything except our wedding vows and celebrating with our wonderful family and friends! Our band, Total Assets, was so awesome and so fun! I loved how they had my wedding party dancing and singing on the band stage by the end of the night! J Can we do this again soon? Anniversary in April??

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?

Our “First Look” was one of our most memorable moments! Our special time together before the wedding ceremony calmed our nerves, let us reflect together and enjoy a few quiet moments before the celebration began. Exchanging our vows of marriage with my best friend, Brent, was the BEST part of the day!

Any advice for current Birmingham brides?

There are so many decisions involved in wedding planning and it can get overwhelming. Remember to plan dates with your fiancée without wedding details discussion. Stay focused on you and your fiancée preparing for MARRIAGE.


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