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Pam & James’ Samford Lawn Wedding

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Oftentimes, our story seems too crazy to be true. James and I lived in the same dorm our freshman year at Auburn, but we had opposite schedules. When he would be leaving and I would be returning and vice versa, we’d see each other in the crowd of people and smile at each other. It got to be such an interesting relationship that I dubbed him my “Soul Mate” to all of my friends, since I didn’t know his name! I’d tell my friends that I had seen my Soul Mate and that he’d smiled at me again. This went on for about a year! One of my friends has posted a status about James and tagged him in it and for some reason, I said to myself, “I bet that’s my Soul Mate’s name.” Lo and behold, I added him without having even spoken one word to each other. I did find out he was from Austin and my heart jumped at the thought of finding a fellow Texan in Alabama (I’m from Fort Worth). After a year of reciprocal stalking, James walked into my World Literature class only to find me sitting right behind him and the rest is, as they say, history. God has a funny sense of humor, sending two Texans 12+ hours away from home to a sleepy town in Alabama to find each oth

How did he propose? My friend and I had been co-captains of a Relay for Life team and our team raised the most money. In order to lure me, the head of Relay for Life contacted me and my friend to say that he wanted to take some pictures and bounce off some fundraising ideas off of us. Needless to say, when I went to meet the head of Relay for Life on a May afternoon, I was not expecting to get proposed to! Appropriate to our story, James proposed right in front of the our dorm where we first saw each other.

​What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it? Because Auburn had brought us together, it was fitting that we would tie the knot beneath Auburn’s most iconic structure, Samford Hall. Our reception venue, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, was perfect for us, and the love story behind the museum is that it was Albert Smith’s gift to his wife in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary and that just made it even more romantic. It’s one of the most modern buildings in Auburn and the clean interiors and gorgeous terrace were a perfect match for our decorations and guests.​

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? It’s impossible to pick one! All of our vendors were truly amazing and the day was absolutely perfect because of them. As James and I planned our wedding, we wanted to emphasize all of things that we love about Auburn and Alabama. We wanted to showcase authentic Alabama, and we focused on local food and Alabama breweries. We were so happy to have Overall Company from Opelika, AL come out and provide gourmet popsicles as one of our dessert options. We were also psyched to feature Alabama breweries in our beer choices, specifically Good People Brewing Co, Blue Pants Brewery, Straight to Ale Brewing, and Back Forty Brewing.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? For both of us, it was when we said our vows. We chose to write our own vows and it was so special to hear James’ vows to me.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? When we saw all our family and friends gathered to celebrate with us. It meant so much to us to have them all present for our special day, especially my family members who were able to travel from Mexico.

Any advice for current Birmingham Brides? As you plan and prepare for your wedding, prepare for your marriage, too! Your wedding is one day (and a wonderful one!), but your marriage is every day.

Did you do anything special for out of town guests to make them feel welcome to Birmingham? Yes! For a lot of our out of town guests, it was their first time in Auburn and we wanted to give them a big Auburn Family welcome. We hosted a cocktail hour for our out of town guests on Friday, and it was such a great way to kick off the wedding weekend! We also prepared out of town welcome bags complete with a custom drawn map by an insanely talented friend, a handwritten note from James and I on an Auburn postcard, brochures about the Auburn-Opelika area, as well as flavored pecans from Montgomery, and no true Auburn welcome would be complete without some Toomer’s Lemonade.

Anything else that you would like to share about your day?​ Yes! We still can’t stop gushing about our wonderful vendors who made it all possible. We really had a dream team, headed by our wonderful and insanely talented wedding planner/coordinator, Brittany Lott of Elle Affairs. Truly, every vendor was simply amazing and we are so, so, so grateful for them. We want to thank all of our vendors for making our wedding day a dream, and our family and friends for joining us in our celebration!

Photography,  Little Acorn Photo | Planning and Design, Elle Affairs | Florals, Southern Posies | Videography, KS Films | Makeup and Hair, Joanna Ballentine | Makeup, Jacob Ryan Beauty | Ceremony Entertainment, Chase Kinsley | Reception Entertainment, Emerald Empire Band | Catering, Ursula’s Catering | Popsicles, Overall Company | Cake, Publix Bakery | Paper Goods, Designed by Bride and Groom | Linens, BBJ Linen | Ceremony Venue, Samford Lawn | Reception Venue, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

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