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Lance & Marianne’s Clubhouse on Highland Wedding

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

We met through mutual friends in Troy, AL. We both attended Troy University, but did not know each other while attending college. (He even lived upstairs in the same dorm and our paths never crossed). I transferred to Alabama, and was on a visit back to Troy when we connected at a Football game.  It’s been full of the best adventures ever since!

How did he propose? 

Lance proposed at Oak Mountain State Park. We hiked often enough for me not to think anything of it. We made it to a nice spot for lunch and instead of handing me a sandwich, he turns on one knee. It was the BEST DAY! Lance had given our families less than a 24-hour heads up… and they were all at the trail head waiting on us with champagne, balloons, and excitement!

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that?

I think we were just so excited to have ALL our friends and family under one roof! We wanted a traditional ceremony with a very relaxed reception. The Church was very traditional and so beautiful. The reception was very relaxed as we had food trucks on the back driveway.

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

First Presbyterian Church Birmingham: It was incredibly special as my parents were married at this church, along with many family members. It is a gorgeous Church in the heart of downtown Birmingham.

Clubhouse on Highland: Once we saw Clubhouse on Highland, it was hard to look at any other venue. Owner, Bob McKenna, was a joy to work with – so laid back and really catered to our needs.

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

Becky’s Brides: Brittany and Becky with Becky’s Brides MADE this wedding happen! As a very detailed planner myself, I wanted to take away the stress on me and my mom. They allowed us to ENJOY EVERYTHING about the wedding process and the wedding day!

Amore Vita Photography: Julia Tinagero was a JOY to have for our wedding weekend. She is from Charlotte and felt like family the minute she arrived to town. I had my eye on Julia’s work for years, so I was thrilled to have her photograph our big day. It was one of the best decisions of the wedding process. She captured our day perfectly! Timeless photos!

 What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?

One of the most memorable moments was WHO married us. Tom Winter married my parents, performed my dad’s funeral service, along with marrying lots of family. It came full circle having him marry me and Lance. It was very special!

 What was your favorite moment or part of the day?

We used Rare Transportation for a trolley to take the wedding party around Birmingham for photos. It was so much fun hanging out with those closest to us on our big day. We, of course, had the i-pod doc ready to go and enjoyed riding around town. It was a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon and get many different back drops for our photos (which was important to me).

Another favorite moment, was when the entire reception sang a Christmas carol my grandmother wrote, years ago, to the tune of Jingle Bells… we had the lyrics printed and the band play along.

Where did you find your dress? 

Bustle – I had a WONDERFUL experience with the girls at Bustle Gowns. Meredith Carter has something so special at her boutique in Homewood. It was a dreamy and most perfect experience! 


Planner: Becky’s Brides | Photographer: Amore Vita Photography | Church: First Presbyterian Church Birmingham | Venue: Clubhouse on Highland  | Florals: Studio Flower  | Paper: Empress Stationery | Caterer: Saw’s Street Kitchen, Cantina on Wheels, Mobile Mixology  | Entertainment: Derek Sellers  | Bride’s Dress: Bustle | Bolero: Catherine Ryals | Transportation: Rare Transportation  | Hair & Make Up : Beth Russell | Cake: Magic Muffin | Linens: Decor to Adore

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