Hoke + Hollan {engagement} :: Pike Road, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Hollan: "We met in Auburn, Alabama. I remember smiling from ear to ear when I first met Hoke-- we just clicked automatically. It was like I had known him for forever!"

Hoke: "We met in Auburn, Alabama. Her brother and I had spent several weeks over the summer together, so I had heard a lot about her. When I finally met Hollan, I saw her from aways away and was so excited to finally meet her (my friend's good looking sister.) We talked so easily to each other, and I wasn't worried about what else was going on."

How did Hoke propose?

Hollan: "Hoke proposed October 14, 2017. He proposed on my grandfather's hunting field. My grandfather passed away a few years ago, and we were super close-- so it was very special spot."

What do you two enjoy doing together?

Hollan: "We do everything and anything outdoors! We love going to his hunting land or my hunting land. We love taking trips! We love going to the beach and the lake with friends!"

Hoke-- what's one thing you admire most about Hollan?

Hoke: "There are so many characteristics that I admire of Hollan, but one thing I think of the most is that she makes me want to be a better person everyday through her actions. Her kindness to other people, her hardworking mentality and thought and effort she puts forth to help others makes me feel very blessed to call her my fiancé!"

Hollan-- what's one thing you admire most about Hoke?

Hollan: "One of the things I admire most about Hoke is how he sees the good in everything and everyone. He is always positive and uplifting. To know Hoke is to love Hoke-- anyone who knows Hoke always has something good to say about him. He is an all-around good guy who has a heart of gold. Hoke is one of the most patient people I have ever met, and that is key when having to deal with me (haha).  There is never a dull moment in our relationship as Hoke constantly keeps me laughing. I am truly lucky to have Hoke as my future husband."

Mitch + Chandler {wedding} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Chandler: "One of my co-workers introduced us. Her husband and Mitch are long time friends, and she had previously mentioned that she thought we should get to know each other. She asked if she could give him my number. At the time, he was working in Pensacola, FL so we starting talking on the phone and texting a little. The next time he was in town, he asked me to dinner, and we ended up riding around talking for a few hours afterwards. He asked me to go on a second date before he dropped me off that night, and neither of us ever looked back. I had seen pictures of Mitch, so I knew he was good looking, but my first thought was that he was really tall and had a huge smile that immediately made me feel at ease."

Mitch: "I was really nervous, but my first thought when I saw her was that she was beautiful. I could tell right away that she was a really sweet person."

How and when did Mitch propose?

Chandler: "Mitch proposed on April 22, 2017. Some of our first dates were going for walks or throwing a Frisbee at the park-- so it wasn't out of the ordinary when he told me we were going to meet my sister and brother-in-law at the park that morning before going to an Auburn baseball game that afternoon and a concert that night. When we arrived we met up with my sister and brother-in-law, Mitch said he left something in the car and would be right back. The three of us threw the Frisbee while we waited on Mitch. The next thing I knew he was behind me on one knee. I couldn't tell you what exactly he said. It was all a blur, but I know he asked me to marry him, and I know I said; 'yes!' We then went to my parents' house where he had planned a celebration with our families and friends. He even had one my best friends fly into town from Colorado for the weekend. It was absolutely one of the best days of my life."

Mitch-- what's one thing you admire most about Chandler?

Mitch: "I admire her loving heart and kind spirit. She loves Jesus, and I'm grateful she is committed to being my companion for life. I also admire that she always knows what to say to keep me calm and level-headed, and she makes me want to strive to be better."

Chandler-- what's one thing you admire most about Mitch?

Chandler: "It is hard to name just one because there are so many things I admire about Mitch. I most admire the way he loves the Lord and seeks to grow closer to Him. But secondly, I admire Mitch's enthusiasm for life. Whether it is loving me, pursuing his career or being a loyal friend, brother and son, Mitch is all in, all the time. He makes life fun, and he is continuously teaching me to see the good in everyone and find the positive in every situation."

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?

Chandler: "We honestly enjoy doing anything as long as we are together. We love to be outside so most weekends include a run, a hike or a tennis match. We both have wonderful families, so we enjoy spending time with our parents and siblings. We attend lots of Auburn sporting events together, and we both cherish our date nights whether going out to dinner followed by O Town Ice Cream or ordering take-out and watching football (or NASCAR) at home."

What was each of yall's favorite part of the day?

Mitch: "My favorite part was the ceremony because it meant I could finally call Chandler my wife." 

Chandler: "l loved having an entire day to spend with Mitch surrounded by our family and friends."  

What's next for you two?

Chandler: " We are excited to start our life as husband and wife living in Opelika. Mitch will still be traveling to August, GA for work often during the week, but we are hoping for less travel in the near future!"

Vendors:

Planner: Donna Phillips - Special Arrangements Party and Event Rentals

Ceremony: Trinity United Methodist Church Opelika, AL

Reception: Barrett Home

Hair and makeup: Jessica Tinsley 

Florals: Catherine Wayman/ C. Wayman Floral and Events

Bride's dress: Carriage House 

Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Cake: Robbin Fowler Sonshine Wedding Cakes, LLC

Paper Design: Laura McCarty/Marked 

Calligraphy: Kelly Sasser

Videographer: 1717 Cinema 

Caterer: Billy Lee - Terra Cotta Catering

Rentals: Special Arrangements Party and Event Rentals

Lighting and Draping: Special Arrangements Party and Event Rentals

Band: The Main Attraction Band 

Grooms Attire: Men's Warehouse

Tripp + Mary Ruth {engagement} :: Wetumpka, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Mary Ruth: "I had just graduated from Auburn University and was home for the summer before I started graduate school. I had only been home for a few days when a friend of mine had invited me over to hang out by her pool. When I arrived, I noticed Tripp in the corner, however, at the time I was way more concerned with catching up with my friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. Because of this, we left the pool having little to no interaction. I was pretty oblivious, but little did I know Tripp had been asking everyone there about me. Later that night, a bunch of people from the pool all met back up for dinner. Tripp left a wedding early in hopes that he could come join us, and I would be there. Shortly after he arrived at the dinner, he came up to start a conversation with me. This is when he caught my attention. I remember it being so easy to carry on a conversation with him. We talked and laughed the rest of the night. At the end of the night, Tripp asked me on a date, and the rest is pretty much history. Other than my three week trip to Italy, we spent every second that we could together that summer. Tripp quickly became my best friend. Looking back, it truly is amazing how the Lord is in every single detail of our lives. Tripp and I grew up in the same town, with many mutual best friends, and were in the same places on numerous occasions. However, the Lord was not quite ready for us to meet until that one day at the pool. We are both so thankful the Lord’s plans are higher than our own."

Tripp: "We met at a mutual friends house at the very beginning of summer. I just remember being almost star struck when I first spoke to her. I remember being so nervous. It sounds cliche, but I instantly felt like this person meant something to me. That is a feeling you wait for your whole life."

How and when did Tripp propose?

Mary Ruth: "Tripp proposed on May 12th, 2017. To start the night, we went to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. After the dinner, Tripp had told me we were going to stop by his friend’s graduation party. We had a little time to kill before the party, so Tripp made up some reason for us to go walk around the courtyard of the Nativity Church (the church where his parents were married). Once we got into the courtyard, Tripp turned to face me and started rambling and fiddling with his fingers as he adorably does when he gets nervous. At this moment, I started to realize what was happening. I was so excited when he got down on one knee. I just remember yelling, 'yes' and leaning down to give him a kiss. After the proposal, we had time to pray over our future lives together and everything that is to come. Both of us felt like it was so important to praise God for bringing our relationship to the point of engagement, and to pray that He continues to bind us together throughout our future marriage. After we had time to ourselves, we went to 'his friend’s graduation party' which was really a gathering of close family and friends to celebrate our engagement."

Tripp: "I proposed to Mary Ruth on May 12th 2017. We both grew up in the Episcopal church, and also both went to the same church briefly while we were young. We were celebrating our anniversary this night, and I wanted it to mean something-- but was also given strict instructions for it to be simple. After dinner we went to the courtyard outside of the church we both went to as kids (Nativity Episcopal Church). I proposed to her there because we both know and agree that any successful marriage has God at the center of it."

What are some things ya’ll like to do together?

Mary Ruth: "Tripp and I have fun doing absolutely anything together! (Except maybe watching the Iron Bowl, haha.) But seriously, he is my best friend, which makes anything fun. We both have a passion for sports. We love eating a good meal together, whether we are cooking or finding a new, fun restaurant. We love binge watching television series. We love refurbishing old furniture for our future home together when we get married. We love spending time with family and friends. We love spending time at the beach. We love anything competitive. The list could go on and on."

Tripp: "I didn’t think I would meet someone that loved food as much as I do! One of the things we love to do the most is eat and try new places. We both love sports, although we have very different opinions on who the best team is:  Alabama or Auburn. We can also binge watch TV shows with the best of them!"

Describe each other in three words.

Mary Ruth: "Tripp is selfless, hardworking and compassionate."


Tripp: "Mary Ruth is patient, understanding and spectacular."

William + Hope {engagement} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Hope: "William and I both went to Auburn University. Our junior year, mutual friends set William up to go to a Halloween social with me. I made him dress up in a Great Gatsby theme costume, and although he hated the costume, we really hit it off. I don’t remember what exactly I thought when I first met William, but I know I was definitely crushing hard at this point. Every weekend, either William or I was out of town. I remember praying so many times asking God if William and I were supposed to work out, God would give me a sign or make it happen. God sure had a plan!"

William: "Hope and I met through mutual friends at Hope's sorority Halloween social. The first thing I thought when I met Hope was how much everyone enjoyed being around her. She was so kind and personable to everyone. And of course, on top of that, I thought she was beautiful."

What do you two enjoy doing together?

Hope: "William and I enjoy doing a lot of things outside whether it be watching him play golf, going on walks and sometimes runs. We also love to play games like tennis, and card or board games. We also have started cooking together finding recipes we both like. We also enjoy hanging out with friends and family. As long as we are together we enjoy doing just about anything!"

How and when did William propose? 

Hope: "Right after my graduation from nursing school in August, William, my family and I were headed out to dinner to celebrate. William and I got out of the car at Toomer's Corner and walked over to Langdon Hall where he said he wanted to take a picture, and I just kind of went with it. William then had me open a gift which was a Bible that had what will be my new initials, HMS. Neither of us are sure what was said because we both blacked out in the moment, I do remember he asked me to spend forever with him and I said yes! William then told me to go to the marked page in the Bible where Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 was underlined with the date. That verse will forever be special to us and a beautiful reminder God’s marriage intended for us. Then William told me that the ring was his grandmothers ring. Early in our relationship, his grandparents invited William over to give to him his grandmother’s ring if he were to get married. The timing of this meant so much to me to know that the people that knew him the best knew that there was something special about us!"

William-- describe Hope in three words.

William: "Ambitious, personable, beautiful."

Hope-- describe William in three words.

Hope: "Can I use four? Determined, outgoing, leader, handsome."

Zach + Lauren {engagement} :: Birmingham, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Lauren: "Zach and I met on his first night in Birmingham. Some friends from church were having a movie night, and he had been invited. I remember him being introduced to the group, but I didn't think too much of it."

Zach: "We met the night I moved to Birmingham at a friend’s movie night. I remember seeing her on the couch and thinking to myself, 'She is really pretty! I think I am going to like Birmingham!'"

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?

Zach: "We love traveling, cooking, movies, music, and of course anything related to Auburn."

Lauren: "Honestly, I have so much fun doing literally anything with Zach! Long car rides are probably some of my favorites because we get to talk about anything and everything with no distractions! We had a long car ride to move him out to Arizona in May, and it was awesome! Many people suggest taking a road trip with your significant other before you marry them to be sure you can stand them after being cooped up in a small space for a long amount of time! I definitely agree! In the future, we really want to travel over seas!"

Lauren-- what's one thing you admire most about Zach?

Lauren: "What I admire most about Zach is his patience. This is a virtue that does not come naturally to me. I always knew that I would need a patient man for a husband, and I have found exactly that and so much more in Zach. I also love that he is on my side no matter what. He is my biggest fan and supporter and is always so encouraging in anything I wish to do. He never puts me down, and I have gained so much confidence since dating him. He truly is my best friend, and I cannot wait to marry him!"

How and when did Zach propose?

Zach: "I proposed on April 2, 2017. I tried to surprise her after her birthday, but she caught on! We had brunch that we were both a little too nervous to eat, and then went for a walk on Jemison trail where I got down on one knee and for some reason she said, 'yes!'"

Lauren: "Zach proposed on April 2, 2017. It was a Sunday afternoon, and we had gone to Another Broken Egg for brunch after church. He then took me on a walk in Jemison Park and got down on one knee near the concrete bridge that allows you to cross the stream. It was a PERFECT day. My birthday was two days prior, and he mentioned something about a walk after church at dinner that night. I said I would bring clothes to change in after church, but he insisted that we stay in our nice church clothes which I thought was odd. I went the rest of the weekend wondering if this could be it, but didn't want to get my hopes up. So I made sure my nails were painted and had a nice dress on just in case! ;)

Zach-- what's one thing you admire most about Lauren?

Zach: "It’s hard to pick just one thing, but I love her fire. She is strong and pushes me to better myself and experience new things. She makes each day new and exciting. She is the best person I know and I cannot wait to experience life with Lauren!"

Jared + Stacy {engagement} :: Pike Road, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Stacy: "Jared and I first met when we were in high school. We were actually in the same physics class, and ended up becoming lab partners that year. As we were lab partners, we became really good friends and supported each other in our different activities and involvements in school. He was on the football team, and I played volleyball so we always would make time to go to each other's games to support one another. We remained friends for a year or so during that time, and as our friendship developed, we started dating."

How did Jared propose?

Stacy: "Jared proposed March 5, 2017. My friends decided it would be fun to have one last girls' trip our senior year at Auburn, and suggested the idea of going to my parents' lake house. I was of course all in, and was so excited to get away and spend a weekend with all of the girls. Little did I know they were all in on the surprise that Jared would be driving up to the lake as well that weekend and proposing."

What do you two enjoy doing together?

Stacy: "Jared and I have quite a few common interests. One of our favorite things we enjoy together is watching sports, especially Auburn football. We are both Auburn grads and went to the same high school, so we enjoy hanging out with our college friends and friends from our hometown in Huntsville. We also like to stay active and enjoy working out together. Jared wanted a dog as long as I have known him, so I gave him a golden retriever, Rudy, for Christmas several years ago. We love to take Rudy for walks or swimming and spend a lot of time spoiling him rotten!"

Anthony + Chelsea {engagement} :: Pike Road, Ala.

How did you two meet?


Chelsea: "Anthony and I both grew up in Montgomery and went to different small private schools there, but we didn’t meet until college. Actually, we had hung out with the same group of people in a small apartment every weekend for a whole year before even speaking to each other. We finally spoke to each other in August of 2014 at a mutual friend’s birthday party and I just remember how easy it was to hold a conversation with him. It never felt like there was a pause in conversation, and I loved that he could easily pick up on my sarcastic sense of humor. I think the most intriguing thing about Anthony for me was that he seemed to not take life too seriously, and I desperately needed that. For me, meeting Anthony was like a breath of fresh air. He made me laugh that entire night, and I truly felt like we were the only people at that party."

Anthony: "We first officially met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 2014. We hung out in the same apartment for a whole year without saying a word to each other until the birthday party in 2014. We got to talking that night and I thought to myself that I could see myself with her. Later that night we went to Krystal’s for a late-night snack and that proved to me even more that we were perfect for each other. I remember thinking how pretty she was, that she has a bubbly personality and very fun to be around."

How and when did Anthony propose?

Chelsea: "Anthony proposed on May 29, 2016. It was a Sunday afternoon, and we just had plans to go to church with his family like normal at Frazier and then afterwards we were going to eat at Wintzell’s in downtown Montgomery. I was ecstatic about eating Wintzell’s because it’s normally where we go for our birthday dinners, not just a random Sunday. Well, we get to church and everything seemed normal, the church sermon was actually about marriage. Throughout the service Anthony was shaking his legs, tapping his feet, but I didn’t think much about it because Anthony has a hard time sitting still anyways, but looking back I’m sure the marriage sermon was making him nervous about him proposing in a few hours. So, after church got out he asked me if I wanted to go down to the riverfront and just hang out until his parents got done with Sunday school and I said sure because we typically do stuff like this. Well when we got downtown we were like an hour and a half early for lunch, so I was like goodness we’re going to have a lot of time to spare and it was so hot this day. I reluctantly walked down to the river with him, and he was so quiet the whole way down there which was odd, but then we got to a really pretty spot and he got me to turn around by asking me, 'Do you think that stick in the water goes all the way to the bottom of the river?' I started laughing thinking what kind of question is that, but when I turned back around he was down on one knee. Saying, 'Yes!' to him was the easiest question I’ve ever answered; however, I did not get my Wintzell’s that day because afterwards he had a party with all of our family and friends for me to celebrate. It was truly the best day and I cannot wait to finally be his wife."

Anthony: "I proposed on May 29th, 2016. It’s never easy to plan a surprise for Chelsea because she’s very nosey. Planning the engagement was very difficult so she wouldn’t find out. The morning of the 29th we went to church and the sermon happened to be on marriage. Little did she know that after church I was going to propose to her. During that sermon, all I think about was proposing to her and how much of coincidence that the sermon was about marriage. I felt like it was God telling me that I was doing the right thing, and that He was going to be at the center of our marriage. After church, I promised her that I would take her to Wintzell’s. When we got to downtown, I told her that I wanted to go walk on the riverfront before lunch to kill some time before Wintzell’s opened. This day just so happened to be the hottest day in May to that point, so she kept saying she didn’t want to go down there, but I kept asking and finally she gave in and said okay. She always told me that she wanted it to be a private moment between us. I planned for the photographer to be down there and that’s it. After the proposal, I had planned for all of our family and friends to come to town and surprise her. It was a perfect day."

What are some things you two like doing together?

Anthony: "Chelsea and I love to be outside together. Whether its hunting, fishing, playing with our dog or just sitting outside. We also love to watch any Auburn sports. Football and softball are our favorites, but we will be watching anything Auburn related. During the winter when the weather isn’t good enough to be sitting outside, we love to sit and watch TV, especially Cops. Chelsea and I love doing everything together and we always have a blast doing it."

Chelsea: "Anthony and I can really do anything together and have a blast-- we are just simply best friends so we enjoy doing everything together. Most of the time we love sitting outside or going on walks. We will sit outside, grill, have something to drink, and listen to music a lot of nights. During the summer and fall, we love to just go on walks with our dog and talk about anything and everything. We also love Auburn sports, mainly football and softball, but anything that has to do with Auburn-- we love it! When the weather isn’t ideal for being outside we just like to sit inside and watch TV."

Chelsea-- what's one of the things you admire most about Anthony?

Chelsea: "It’s hard to pick only one thing about Anthony that I admire because I truly admire all of his qualities. Anthony is a true reflection of Christ’s love because he is so forgiving, patient, calm, understanding and loyal. Anthony is truly slow to anger, and quick to forgive. I am so thankful I get to marry Anthony because he loves me unconditionally and has always made sure we have a Christ-centered relationship. There have been days where I have been anxious over something, and he has just wrapped his arms around me and prayed over me. I am forever thankful for such a godly partner. He is such a genuine person and does not ever take a single day for granted. Anthony can always make me laugh too. For me that’s so important because life is going to be full of hard times and bad days, but having someone who can make me laugh and smile on those bad days will make them not so bad. He makes me want to be a better person every day and brings out the best of me. I am so thankful I get to be loved and led by him for the rest of our lives."

Anthony-- what's one thing you admire most about Chelsea?

Anthony: "It’s very hard to pick one thing that I admire most about Chelsea. The one thing that I admire most about Chelsea is her loving personality. Whenever I’m having a bad day, she always is there to cheer me up and make me laugh. She will always do whatever is needed to help me and help others as well. She always makes the worst situations better. Whenever I need someone to lean on, she is always there for me. Chelsea is the perfect partner for me."

Mitch + Chandler {engagement :: Auburn, Ala.}

How did you to meet?

Chandler: "One of my co-workers introduced us. Her husband and Mitch are long time friends, and she had previously mentioned that she thought we should get to know each other. She asked if she could give him my number. At the time, he was working in Pensacola, FL, so we starting talking on the phone and texting a little. I had seen pictures of Mitch, so I knew he was good-looking, but my first thought was that he was really tall and had a huge smile that immediately made me feel at ease. The next time he was in town, he asked me to dinner, and we ended up riding around talking for a few hours afterwards. He asked me to go on a second date before he dropped me off that night, and neither of us ever looked back.  

Mitch: "I was really nervous, but my first thought when I saw her was that she was beautiful. I could tell right away that she was a really sweet person."

How did Mitch propose?

Chandler: "Mitch proposed on April 22, 2017. Some of our first dates were going for walks or throwing a Frisbee at the park. So it wasn't out of the ordinary when he told me we were going to meet my sister and brother-in-law at the park that morning before going to an Auburn baseball game that afternoon and a concert that night. When we arrived we met up with my sister and brother-in-law, and Mitch said he left something in the car and would be right back. The three of us threw the Frisbee while we waited on Mitch. The next thing I knew he was behind me on one knee. I couldn't tell you what exactly he said. It was all a blur, but I know he asked me to marry him, and I know I said, 'yes!' We then went to my parents' house where he had planned a celebration with our families and friends. He even had one my best friends fly into town from Colorado for the weekend. It was absolutely one of the best days of my life."

Chandler-- what's one thing you admire most about Mitch?

Chandler: "It is hard to name just one because there are so many things I admire about Mitch. I most admire the way he loves the Lord and seeks to grow closer to Him. But secondly, I admire Mitch's enthusiasm for life. Whether it is loving me, pursuing his career, or being a loyal friend, brother and son-- Mitch is all in, all the time. He makes life fun, and he is continuously teaching me to see the good in everyone and find the positive in every situation."

Mitch-- what's one thing you admire most about Chandler?

Mitch: "I admire her loving heart and kind spirit. She loves Jesus, and I'm grateful she is committed to being my companion for life. I also admire that she always knows what to say to keep me calm and level-headed, and she makes me want to strive to be better."

What are some things you two do enjoy doing together?

Chandler: "We honestly enjoy doing anything as long as we are together. We love to be outside so most weekends include a run, a hike or a tennis match. We both have wonderful families, so we enjoy spending time with our parents and siblings. We attend lots of Auburn sporting events together, and we both cherish our date nights whether going out to dinner followed by O Town Ice Cream or ordering take-out and watching football (or NASCAR) at home."

These two are saying, 'I do,' on Nov. 4, and I can't wait to document it! -Brooke

Mark + Katie {wedding :: Andalusia, Ala.}

How did you two meet and do either of your remember what you thought the first time y'all saw/met each other?

Katie: "Our saying is, 'It was always you,' but that doesn’t mean it was love at first site. I had become friends with Mark’s sister Amelia through mutual friends and was familiar with his mom while teaching Sunday School at Lakeview Baptist Church. My story is we met Valentines night 2009 for the first time at a church scavenger hunt for the youth. A few weeks later, I texted Mark for his sister, which I am sure was a set up to get my number the whole time, and we began talking. We hung out a few times after that but after a few months Mark decided it just wasn’t going to work. Weeks, months, 7 years went by, and we stayed distant friends. We would text on occasion, go to dinner every once in a while, and maybe see each other with mutual friends. I went on dates, but I always came home and complained about how bad they were. They were no comparison to Mark Foshee. As time went on the text messages got more frequent, and we knew this time it would work. We began dating unofficially after a weekend at the beach in May 2016, and the rest is history."

Mark: "I met Katie through my younger sister, Amelia. She called me one day and said, 'Hey I’ve got a girl you need to meet!' The first thing I thought when I first saw Katie was “Noway this girl is single, she’s too pretty.'"

How and when did Mark propose?

Katie: "I had been eager for a proposal and bombarded Mark with questions and wedding planning on a daily basis. He patiently always answered with a vague time description and a reassuring, 'I love you.' Mark had promised that I would have a ring by my birthday, July 3, but I knew as May approached it was getting closer and closer. I had an outfit picked out and was diligent to keep my nails perfect. Our calendars were very busy, and Mark continued to point me to the middle of June for a proposal so I let my guard down and my nails be natural. On Memorial Day weekend, we had plans to meet my family and friends at our beach condo on Okaloosa Island. Mark was bringing the boat and we had plans to just relax. On Friday, I worked late, went by the grocery store, and unpacked our luggage at the condo while all the time telling Mark I would ride on the boat when I got finished. I was taking my time! Once on the boat, Mark explained that we were riding out to some islands we had discovered earlier in the season to see if they were a good fishing spot. I agreed but made sure he knew we were supposed to meet family at a local restaurant in an hour. We drove quickly, very quickly, to this spot. Hopped out of the boat and began looking around. Mark complained of something biting his leg. After about this third complaint, I impatiently told him to get in the water and wash his legs off. (He really just couldn’t get the ring out of his pocket.) I turned my back and walked away. He then began to call my name. When I turned around he had gotten down on a knee with a ring box in his hand. I was shocked and began to laugh knowing he had caught me off guard. He told me how much he loved me and asked if I would marry him. Once I said yes, he pointed to the bushes across the sand where his sister, my little brother, and our mothers were hiding. We celebrated with dinner and a weekend at the beach with both of our families. It was the perfect surprise."

What are some things y'all like to do together?

Katie: "Mark and I just love to be with each other. This works out well because having had a long distance relationship comes with its challenges. One of us traveled four hours round trip each weekend just to hang out for 48 hours. This means we had very few planned dates and spent most busy weekends with family. We do love being on the water, Auburn sporting events, and making memories with new adventures."

Mark-- what's one thing you admire most about Katie?

Mark: :The one thing I admire most about Katie is that she is my biggest cheerleader. When the work day turns into late night, she is always prompt to respond with a gentle yet full of confidence, 'You got this.' In those moments I’m instantly energized to continue and finish whatever I’m doing."

Katie-- what's one of the things you admire most about Mark?

Katie: "Mark Foshee is one of the most humble, hard working, selfless men I know. He truly lives out the command to love your neighbor as yourself. Not only does he place my needs, desires, and wants above his own, he does the same for his family, siblings, coworker and friends. He daily works hard to make sure we are happy and cared for."

What was each yall's favorite part of the big day?

Katie: "The day, from start to finish, was absolutely as I had always imagined: filled with family and friends, a beautiful outdoor setting, and the most wonderful beginning to a new chapter with my husband. If I have to pick one moment, it would be the few minutes of time alone with Mark when the reality of our marriage set in, and we shared in our excitement."

Mark: "Walking back down the aisle as husband and wife was the best part of the day. The excitement of the moment surrounded by family and friends who had traveled so far was a blessing."

What's next for you two?

Katie: "Mark and I just returned from an amazing honeymoon in Alaska. We are settling into lives not only in our new home, but in the same town for the first time in five years. We are excited about enjoying all things fall: Auburn football, cooler weather, and pumpkin season at Farmer in the Dell Pumpkin Patch, our farm."

Vendors:

Venue: Spicer Farm

Hair + Makeup: Utopia Salon & Spa

Flowers: Southern Simplicity

Bride's dress: The White Room

Bridesmaids dresses: Nordstrom 

Suits: Jos A Banks

Cakes: Robin Fowler / Sonshine Cakes

Invitations: Gracefully Made Art

Catering: Karen Chavers

Popsicles: Frios Gourmet Pops- River Region

Hudson + Sarah {wedding :: Birmingham, Ala}

How did you two meet?

Sarah: "Hudson and I first met in an abnormal psychology class at Auburn! We had been a part of the same college ministry while we were in Auburn, and Hudson played for the worship band on Wednesday nights, so I saw him regularly. I saw him in my abnormal psychology class and decided to go introduce myself and sit by him. We didn't get to know each other too well that semester but we were in the same major so we eventually started having most of our classes together. Our major was small, but dominated by girls (Hudson was about 1 of 10 or so guys in our major). During this time, my roommate was trying to encourage Hudson to ask me on a date, and trying to see if I was interested in Hudson. Hudson told her that I was, "too quiet," and when she asked me what I thought about Hudson I said, that he was, "a little too loud for me." -- but we obviously got over that, and we went on our first date about six months later!"

Hudson: "Sarah and I met for the very first time in an abnormal psychology class at Auburn. She came and sat down next to me on the first day and introduced herself. I like to take things slow, so admittedly, I couldn’t remember her name after that whole semester… BUT, we had a lot of classes together after that and we became good friends."

How and when did Hudson propose?

Sarah: "Hudson proposed on our one-year anniversary. We originally thought that we would be dating for another year or so before marriage would be an option, but God led Hudson to a job at Briarwood Presbyterian, so getting married earlier than expected became an option. A few weeks after Hudson got his job, he proposed (on our one-year anniversary)! We went to church together that morning, and we went to lunch at Amsterdam in Auburn. After we had lunch together, we went on a drive all across Auburn/Opelika. It was not unusual for Hudson and I to ride around and just spend time together, but this day it felt like he was taking me to the oddest and most remote parts of Auburn. Finally, he starts driving toward Kiesel Park, and we got out to go for a walk. We turned a corner on our walk and there was this huge wooden sign that said, "Will You Marry Me?" propped up against a tree. In front of the sign, Hudson had a blanket for us to sit on and there were picture of us hanging on strings connected to the trees. Hudson got down on one knee and proposed, and after I said, 'yes,' he read me a letter that he had written me. It was so thoughtful and meaningful because I could tell he had worked very hard to make that moment perfect!"

What are some things y'all like to do together?

Hudson: "I get super stir-crazy if I cant get out and do something active for long periods of time. I love going hiking, camping and basically anything outside. Getting to bring Sarah along for some of those adventures have made them exponentially more fun! But, as far as normal life together goes, we enjoy hanging out with our college friends, playing with our dog Abe and watching New Girl."

Hudson-- what's one of the things you admire most about Sarah?

Hudson: "As I got to know Sarah in college, I saw that she loved other people so so well. Sarah is continually putting other people‘s needs above her own, and she does that so well with me! We didn’t come into our relationship with pretty much any of the same friends or hobbies, but she has always had a great attitude about all of the crazy things I’m trying to get her to do! She is patient and gentle, and is teaching me to look more like Jesus in those ways."

Sarah-- what's one of the things you admire most about Hudson?

Sarah: "I admire the way that Hudson loves me and loves life. It's clear that Hudson loves the Lord because of the way he pursues me. From day one Hudson has made me feel cherished and safe. I've never had to question his intentions or his feelings for me and that has been a blessing. Hudson is passionate about living well. If Hudson has work that needs to be done, he is going to work to the best of his ability and he is going to enjoy it along the way. On the other hand, Hudson loves to have fun and he is always seeking out his next adventure."

What was each yall's favorite part of the big day?

Sarah: "I think the best part of our wedding was being surrounded by people who are so dear to us and having the opportunity to covenant ourselves to each other in front of them. Everyone in our bridal party has been by our side through different seasons of life, our musicians were some of our close friends/played with Hudson in the worship band at our church in Auburn, and Hudson's dad officiated our ceremony. Everything was very personal, and I'm so thankful that we have amazing friends and family members!"

Hudson: "The second those doors opened up, and I got to see Sarah walking down the aisle. I couldn’t explain what I was feeling in that moment if I tried, but it was perfect."

What's next for you two?

Sarah: "Hudson and I are now living in Birmingham. I'm working for UAB Medicine, and Hudson works with Briarwood Presbyterian's youth group where we're both starting to lead small groups for 11th graders. We're adjusting to living in Birmingham and being married, and we're praying that God would use us in mighty ways as we start our new lives together!"

^ Sarah + Hudson were surprised with their pup child at the end of their exit line!

Vendors:

Venue: Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Wedding Director: Deanna Morgan

Hair + Makeup: Abby Moorer

Flowers: Dean Hodge

Dress: Bridal Bliss

Catering: Moe's BBQ

Wedding Cake: Molly Perry

Groom's Cake/Donuts: Heavenly Donuts

DJ: Wayne Ingram

Matt + Lauren {wedding} Taylor, MS

How did you two meet?

Lauren: "Matt and I met senior year of high school on New Years Eve in Jackson, MS. I had the opportunity to dance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade that year and had met girls from Matts's high school who were also in the parade. We became friends and kept in touch and before I knew it they had invited me to Jackson to visit for New Years Eve. Matt and I actually both rode in the same car out to this New Years party with all of his friends. We hung out all night, and Matt told his friends he thought I was cute. He made a bet to get my number, and he did. I did not know many people that and I remember just thinking how well liked and outgoing he was, yet how sweet it was that he spent his night making me feel included. We talked for a couple of weeks, and then he finally asked if he could come to Montgomery to visit and get to know me better. That first night in Montgomery being together is truly when we both knew."

Matt: "Honestly, the first time I talked to Lauren, in my head all I could think was, 'I am going to marry this girl.'"

What are some things yall like to do together? 

Lauren: "To be honest, I like doing absolutely anything with Matt as long as we are together. We love to be outside. I love just watching TV or often sitting in silence. I love riding in the golf cart on a beautiful day while Matt golfs. I love cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels in football and baseball with Matt. I love spending time with our friends and family. Although I study so much every day, the best part about marriage has been that even if I'm studying all night, it's comforting to just be in the same room. We just love to be together."

How and when did Matt propose? 

Lauren: "Matt actually proposed on New Years Eve, the same day that we had met four years prior. We were spending the holiday in Montgomery, and I thought he had planned to go to dinner at this nice restaurant that I had always talked about going to up at Lake Martin. We got dressed for dinner and got in the car ready to go. On the way there Matt was extremely uncomfortable in the car, wouldn't let his seat belt touch his shirt to prevent wrinkles, and drove about 20 miles per hour slower than the speed limit--I mean the whole nine yards of nervousness. We ended up taking a detour to go to a different restaurant to have a drink and watch the Alabama game because we had some time to spare. There is this outside chapel, Church in the Pines, that we go to in the summers for church that we were driving by. Still at this time I had NO IDEA that our familes had set up everything for the proposal at the altar, and that my sweet sisters were hiding ready to get pictures and videos. But of course, as we come up on the chapel, I am going on and on about how beautiful it is, so naturally Matt asked if I wanted to go walk around the chapel. I am truly embarrased at how clueless I was about the entire thing. The church is slanted down so you cannot see the front until you are actually inside. As we start down the aisle, Matt grabs my hand as I see the candles, old pictures of us and the "S" at the front and the next think I knew he was down on one knee asking if we could spend forever together."

Lauren- what do you admire about Matt? 

Lauren: "It is hard to put my finger on the thing I admire MOST, because Matt is everything to me. Matt is the most optimistic person I know. He still constantly sees the good in people, and the good in this world in the middle of the very broken world that we live in. Matt radiates joy in a way that I truly do not think I have ever experienced. He puts others above himelf daily, and cares for the people around him with such compassion. Matt truly is my best friend and biggest encourager. It is such an honor to do life with him and be his wife."

Matt-- what do you admire about Lauren? 

Matt: "There are so many things that I love and admire about Lauren. But for one, I admire the tenacity that Lauren has about everything in her life. Every day she has the motivation to push through, even in the hard times, and constantly puts herself second in order to complete the tasks at hand; her drive is what I need in my life. She is always making me desire to be better."

What was each of yalls favorite part of the big day? 

Lauren: "My favorite part of the day was seeing Matt at 2:30 p.m. From the time my eyes opened on the wedding day, all I could think about was I am going to get to see Matt at 2:30. I spent the entire morning getting ready with my best friends in anticipation of seeing Matt. We loved the idea of a first look. While the first look did not calm my nerves enough, seeing Matt made it real. After eight months of planning, seeing him was like, 'OK WOW, this is it!!' That first look will forever be a special moment."

Matt: "One of my favorite parts of the day was riding out to Plein Air with my dad on the way to our first look. I was somewhat nervous, and he did the best job at calming me down. It was so meaningful to have that car ride with him before all the activities started. Really and truly though, my favorite part was having to sit outside facing the opposite direction of all the cameras and turning around to see Lauren for the first time. I'm so glad we did that."

What is next for you two? 

Lauren: "Our life is pretty much unknown past August 2018. I am in the UMMC Accelerated BSN program here in Oxford that is one year long. I will be done the end of next july. Matt will be working in real estate, which he absolutely loves and is so good at. Honestly, after I finish school, where ever I get a job we will go. We are just excited to be doing life together!"

Vendors:

Wedding and reception venue- The Mill at Plein Air 

Coordinator- Kendall Poole Event Planning

Videographer- 22 Magnolias 

Florist- Fresh Cut of Jackson 

Hair + makeup- Style by Sarah Kate 

Bridesmaids dreses- Bella Bridesmaids

Invitations- Kwick Kopy

Catering- A & N Catering

Rentals- Details of Oxford

Sean + Kellie {wedding} :: Huntsville, Ala.

How did you two meet!

Kellie: "Sean and I met through a mutual friend, Jenna. I recently moved to Mobile and was living with Jenna. We both went downtown one night and she introduced me to some high school friends, Sean Garrett and Sean Peabody (the best man). We moved on and were talking to another group of Jenna’s high school friends. I got a little bored in their conversation as they were reminiscing and I was looking around and saw Sean looking at me. We locked eyes and he did this little finger motion (I never let him forget this) for me to come here and I thought, 'What do I have to lose?' (Plus he was really handsome!!) So, I went over and started to get to know him. He got my number that night, and a few days later we went on our first date! My first thought of Sean was that he was a true gentleman and was handsome."


Sean: "My first thought of Kellie was that she was a beautiful young lady with a classy appeal."

What are some things y'all like to do together?

Kellie: "We really enjoy cooking dinner together. It is something we do every day and just talk and spend quality time together. The Lord has blessed us both with such wonderful families that we are very close to, so we love getting together and spending time with them! Honestly, we just love being together and doing whatever adventure each day brings us."

How and when did Sean propose?

Kellie: "Sean proposed on July 8, 2016. Sean took me out to a nice restaurant to celebrate that night. July 4th was our three-year anniversary, and we were driving back from Huntsville that day so we decided to celebrate that Friday. During dinner, Sean got a staged text from his mom asking us to come help move some furniture after dinner for his grandfather. We were talking about what movie we were going to watch when we pulled up into his parents driveway. Everything was really dark, but I didn’t think anything of it. When we pulled up, Sean pointed out this little canopy in his parent’s yard that had never been there and said, 'Oh mom must have just gotten this to do some star gazing or something.' Once again, I thought nothing of it, and we got out of the car to go look at it. We walked over to it and were underneath it when I noticed something light up in the field. Then fireworks lit up the sky! Sean put together a beautiful firework display. My head was on his chest, and I could feel his heart pounding and thought, 'Could this really be it?! Is he about to propose?!' But then Sean said, 'Happy three years, babe.” So, I thought how sweet it was that he did this to celebrate three years together. Sean knows I LOVE fireworks, and I was upset we didn’t get to see any on the 4th of July. After the fireworks stopped, café lights on the canopy suddenly came on. Sean faced me and started to talk to me and reached for a box, got down on one knee and proposed! Of course I started crying and eventually got out the words, 'yes.' But wait there is more…. After a few minutes, I called my mom and dad. While I was talking to my mom and telling her what happened, I turned around to see my parents walking towards us. And once again, more tears came! My parents and his parents were hiding, watching the whole thing! I was so surprised. It was absolutely perfect!!"

Kellie- what's one of the things you admire most about Sean?


Kellie: "It is hard to think of one thing I admire most about Sean because honestly each thing is what makes him the man I am in love with. That sounded cheesy, but it is so true. He is such a hard working, kind and selfless man. I see those things in him every day in everything he does. I also love how goofy he is!"

Sean- what's one of the things you admire most about Kellie?

Sean: "Kellie is the most thoughtful and selfless person I know. She puts other peoples' needs before her own. The fact that she is so kind is what I admire the most about her."

What was each yall's favorite part of the big day?

Sean: "Seeing all the people that came to celebrate and support us on such a special day was something I will always remember, but my favorite part of our wedding day was when those doors opened and getting to see Kellie walk down the aisle."


Kellie: "I loved everything about our wedding day! I had such a wonderful time getting ready with my bridesmaids all day and spending time with them. I loved the ceremony and seeing everyone that came to celebrate such a special time with us. I also loved everything about the reception from sharing a dance with Sean and my father to breaking it down with my grandfather. I would say my favorite part though was saying our vows to each other. It was such a sweet and beautiful moment for the both of us."

What's next for you two?

Kellie: "We plan on decorating and doing some home improvement projects to our new home!"

Vendors:

Ceremony: Southwood Presbyterian Church

Reception Venue: Burritt on The Mountain

Florist: In Bloom

Hair stylist: Randi Roberts-Bridal Hair Huntsville

Make up artist: Kyla Glover

Dress: Carriage House Weddings

Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Caterer: Betty Lankford Catering

Cake: Cakes Etc.

DJ: Steve Metz-Metropolitan Disc Jockey

Landon + Samantha {engagement} Pike Road, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Samantha: "Land and I grew up one street apart, but we did not meet until 2014 at a Christmas party. This was fitting considering his avid love for Christmas-- one of the many things I adore about him. From the moment I met Landon, I was completely enamored by him. Six years older, he was just what I needed. His maturity, goofy dance moves, and adorable dog, Fox, won my heart.-- not to mention his looks ;)."

Landon: "Sam and I first met here in Montgomery at a Christmas party in 2014. At the time, we were both dating other people, but I continued to find myself thinking about her over the next few months. I remember my immediate attraction to her from the very beginning. Her smile, laugh and personality were just a few of the many attributes I was drawn to. In October of 2015, I was blessed with the opportunity to take Sam to a concert in Nashville, TN. On November 14, 2015, I mustered up the courage to ask Sam to be my girlfriend, and we have been dating ever since."

How and when did Landon propose?

Sam: "June 2, 2017. I still get giddy thinking about this day. With a girls beach trip planned, I got off of work with every intention of packing my bag and hitting the road. One of my best friends and maid-of-honor, Lindsay, and I were planning to ride together. She texted me with an excuse as to why we would need to leave later than originally planned. When talking to my mom, I dropped that we would be leaving later and she suggested having dinner at Wynlakes. She told me to invite Landon, which I did, oblivious to what was in store for the night. He said that he was going to 'hit some some balls' at the club then meet us to eat. When we arrived, I called him to see where he was, assuming he was late, per usual. He told me he had a glass of wine for me and that there was music playing outside (two things he knows I am a sucker for). He wanted me to join him, but it was sprinkling outside so I gave him the runaround. When I told my parents, they seemed interested in what was going on outside, so I followed them out the door. When I didn't see him, my mom pointed in the distance and my heart stopped. There was Landon standing in the rain by a gorgeous cross his mom made with hydrangeas, my favorite flowers, on it. The rain no longer seemed to be an issue. Shaking, I walked towards him. He begin his gushing spill, while showing me a photo album that he had put together with some of our favorite memories we have shared. The next thing I know he was down on his knee, with the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen, asking me to be his wife. When I thought things could not be more perfect, I turned around and saw both of our families. We popped champagne and speeches were made. Mrs. Lisa told me we were going to have dinner at their house with both of our families, so we headed that way. Thinking the surprises were over, we pulled up to Landon's parents' house that had cars all down the street and up the driveway. I walked in to a house full of our best friends and families. The night could not have been more perfect."

Landon: "I asked Sam to marry me on June 2, 2017. A lot of thought and planning went into this proposal, and without the tremendous amount of help from our families and friends, I may not have been able to pull off this big surprise. Sam was scheduled to attend a girls trip that weekend; however, a few weeks before, I called a few of her friends to inform them that I was proposing on this date. Her friends worked with me and someone convinced Sam to wait and ride down to the beach with them sometime after dinner. Once she called to confirm she wasn't leaving until later in the evening, I asked her if she and her family wanted to go eat dinner at Wynlakes Country Club. I was already up at Wynlakes with the ring in my pocket. When she and her family arrived, I asked her if she would walk down to the terrace and have have a glass of wine with me. Once I saw her walking towards me, I could barely control my emotions. In my hand was a scrapbook that I had made with pictures we had taken over the years. I explained to her that these past few years were the happiest times of my life and that there was no question that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. At that point, with emotions running high, I got down on one knee and asked for her to marry me."

What are some things y'all like to do together?

Samantha: "Most of our nights are spent with wine and music. Whether it is listening to vinyl records, playing songs through the Jambox, or live at a show, we both love unwinding to music. We have been to countless concerts together from Sturgill Simpson to Leon Bridges to Grace Potter to my personal favorite, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Although I enjoy going to concerts, my favorite nights are the ones spent in the kitchen cooking together, while dancing to music playing in the background. While music is ONE of our favorite things, our families and friends are the most important to us. Family has always been extremely important to me, and I knew I would end up with someone who felt the same way. We are both blessed to have such amazing families that we enjoy being around and can look up to. I value the fact that we live in the same city as both of our families. We also love getting to go to the beach with my family and the lake with his. So to answer your question in fewer words: spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, lake, and concerts, and sipping wine cooking together are some of the things we like to do together."

Landon: "Sam and I love going to concerts together. We've probably attended 20+ shows since we started dating back in November of 2015. We also love spending time at the lake and beach with both of our families. Over New Years 2016, we flew to Telluride, CO and went skiing with her entire extended family."

These two tie the knot on March 24, 2018, and I cannot wait to document it!

Christopher + Lauren {wedding} :: Montgomery, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Lauren: "Christopher and I actually met by happenstance in pharmacy school. We both (rather unexpectedly) were elected to serve on the executive council of an organization at school. I was president and he was the vice president, so he always jokes about how, 'I was his boss.' We ended up spending a lot of time communicating and planning for events and meetings within the organization, and I realized pretty quickly that he was someone that was crucial in order for me to be successful in my position within the organization. Christopher was always so supportive and kind when I was totally losing my cool! It wasn't until later on that I realized these qualities would roll over into my day-to-day life, and Christopher would become someone that was crucial to me being successful and happy in every aspect of my life-- not just this position in this organization. The rest honestly is history, and I can't imagine who I'd be today without this same constant support and kindness that Christopher has always provided me!"

How and when did Christopher propose?

Lauren: "Christopher proposed on October 8, 2016. We had just come off a long string of busy Auburn home game weekends and were in need of a serious chill weekend. I thought I was being so genius by planning us a weekend at the lake to get some much needed R&R, but of course I didn't realize that I was totally biting the bait in a grand scheme that Christopher had already planned. Saturday morning, we decided to have our quiet time out on the dock, drink coffee and watch the sunrise. I thought this was a great idea, and had no idea of the implications behind this decision we had made. Keep in mind, I totally thought I was in control of everything at this point-- I'd planned this weekend, I'd made these decisions, I was in control. NOT! So I mindlessly walked down to the dock, holding our bibles and coffee.. I sat down, reached over for my coffee, looked back over at Christopher, and realized there was a letter in my lap that read, 'Read out loud.' I had no idea how this had gotten here, but I guess I was going to read it now. I opened the letter and pretty immediately realized what it was. The tears started flowing. Christopher had laid out, by date, every big moment in our lives together. He had detailed our first date, our first trip together, and when he knew he wanted to marry me. All of these moments that he had taken the time to make note of throughout the course of our relationship. I'm completely sobbing at this point, just in time to read about how, about a month earlier, he had told me he was napping on a Wednesday afternoon. However, instead of napping, Christopher had driven himself down to Montgomery to talk to my mom about wanting to marry me. He had then driven to Dothan and picked out the most perfect ring that he would be giving me on this day. This perfect letter ended with a simple phrase that has come to mean so much to both of us: 'Regardless of your answer to my next question, I love you today, I'll love you tomorrow, I'll love you forever.' After wiping my eyes, I looked up to realize Christopher was on one knee, asking me to marry him. I SAID YES!! I absolutely could not imagine a more perfect day."

What are some things y'all like to do together?

Christopher: "This question is pretty easy because we like to do just about anything. We really make it a point to be intentional with our time together and this is something we have done since the very beginning of our relationship. We put value in having our quiet times together when we are together (see engagement story!) and have been doing this since the start of us dating. We decided we were going to read the whole Bible in 2016, and this has been an amazing experience for the both of us, together and individually.

We also like to travel! We have been on some pretty awesome trips over the past year to places like Boston, Nashville, Charleston, Savannah, Oxford, New Orleans, and even to visit my sister in California! Some of these trips have even incorporated another one of my (borderline) obsessions, which is watching the Boston Bruins hockey team. We managed to make it to three games in person this year (in Boston, Anaheim, and Los Angeles) and watched countless more on tv. This is something that I didn’t expect Lauren to enjoy as much as she does, but once she realized that I loved hockey, she dove in head first. Often times now, she is the one reminding me that there is a game on that night. Travelling has also allowed us to do another one of our favorite things… eating! We love to try out cool local places to eat wherever we go, and doing that in all kinds of different cities over the last year has been a lot of fun.

Lastly, we both love to be outside. One of the first things we ever did together was after finals week in December of 2015. I finished my last test and we spontaneously drove out to Tuskegee National Park with a couple lawn chairs and spent a few hours just talking by the water to unwind after a long week of school. We also love to spend time outside at the lake, be it in the water, or hiking around Lake Martin. My love for fishing has also become something we love doing together. She is such a trooper, even if that means just watching me fish. She always has such a good attitude!"

Christopher-- what's one of the things you admire most about Lauren?

Christopher: "One of the many things I admire most about Lauren is her selflessness. No matter what the situation, or how hard her day has been, she always goes out of her way to help others-- especially me! She is always thinking about other people and often times never about herself. Everyone that knows Lauren knows how much of a servant she is and benefits from this quality. This trait is something that I want to emulate in my life so that I can serve her better every day!"

Lauren-- what's one of the things you admire most about Christopher?

Lauren: "Everything! But seriously, one of the many things I admire most about Christopher is his work ethic. No matter what he puts his mind to, whether school, work, projects for our house, or making me feel special, he always works tirelessly until the task is done. I look up to him so much on this front, and he definitely challenges me to work harder and more thoroughly at the things I want to accomplish in my life!"

What was each yall's favorite part of the big day?

Lauren: "My favorite part of the wedding day was opening my wedding gift from Christopher. I had hyped up this moment in my head for a long time and it FAR exceeded my expectations. Christopher had written me the sweetest note, and he gave me a devotional book and journal for my quiet times. The best part is that he found a journal with my dad's verse on it, Jeremiah 29:11. This was the verse my dad lived during the time he was sick, and it has been my favorite verse ever since. I can't wait to start using the journal!"

Christopher: "My favorite part of the big day was definitely seeing Lauren walk down the aisle. It was a long day of not seeing her, and being told how amazing she looked, but waiting was more worth it than I ever could have imagined. She was and is the most beautiful person I have ever seen. A lot of the big day was a blur, but seeing her walk down the aisle was something I will never forget."

What's next for you two?

Lauren: "Christopher is finishing up pharmacy school at Auburn University with rotations in the Birmingham area and will graduate next May. I am working as a pharmacist at CVS in Birmingham. We have a lot of plans to figure out past that and are so excited to figure it out together!"

Vendors:

Flowers: Graylillies

Brides dress: Ivory and White 

Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids 

Makeup: LUSH Makeup Art

Hair: Hannah Holsomback

Ceremony: Frazer UMC 

Reception: Wynlakes Golf and Country Club 

Signs: Jeter Signs 

Cakes: Peggy McKinney

Graham + Carlyn {wedding}

How did you two meet?

Graham: "To answer this question, we would most likely have to ask our preschool teacher from Frazer United Methodist Church. Thinking through this question calls for a bit of speculation on how we exactly met: could've been sharing a juice in class or something like that. We only have one photo of our time in that preschool class together as evidence that we met that long ago, but what we do know is that we became best friends not long after that class. We became very close in second grade when I transferred into St James School. Our older siblings Kendall (Carlyn's sister) and Wade (my older brother) were in the same grade at STJ as well, which caused our parents to meet and become good friends. This further guided Carlyn and I to become close."

Carlyn: "Despite my best effort, I cannot recall exactly how G and I met. But, it is clear that we became best friends in second grade. Our families were close so we had the chance to develop a close friendship outside of school hours. Honestly, I can’t remember a time without being best friends with Graham."

What are some things yall like to do together?

Graham: "The short answer: it doesn’t really matter. Carlyn and I have a unique relationship that is founded on a very strong friendship that developed over many years. In light of this, we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy many different things together. It’s honestly not as important what we are doing, but rather the fact we are doing it together that makes it so enjoyable.

Our parents recall that, even as young kids, Carlyn and I would do seemingly boring tasks together just for the sake of being around one another. I can recall getting a brand new desk when I was young and being tasked with piecing the desk together by myself. Carlyn came over, brought her book, and sat alongside me while we both paid attention to our own business. It wasn’t the fact she was there to help or anything like that, but rather just to be there with me made it better for the both of us. It’s funny how the Lord established that kind of bond because today our interactions are often limited due to my studies, so, in the same way she did many years ago, Carlyn will often come over and simply sit near me while I work. I feel the same way I did when I was putting that desk together: its just always better having her there. Her mother explains it perfectly: we are better together as a couple than apart as individuals. 

How and when did Graham propose?

Carlyn: "G proposed September 9, 2016. Roughly a week before, he told me that we were invited to attend a couple’s shower for his cousin who is getting married in December. A few days later, he provided me with the invitation to the shower he received in the mail. (Later, I found out that his mom sent the invite to his house in Birmingham from Montgomery to make it seem more legitimate). I agreed to go, and he instructed me that he would pick me up after class in Birmingham that day (Friday, the 9th). 

We drove down to Montgomery around lunchtime. Upon arrival, G told me that he needed to go to the dentist for a check up. In reality, he was headed to meet with the photographer and our moms at the engagement spot. I simply stayed at home until it was time to get ready for the engagement shower beginning at 6:30 pm. When G arrived at my house at about 5:45pm, he received a phone call from his mom, who was allegedly one of the hostesses for the shower. She explained that the flower arrangement for one of the tables was not completed in time, so she needed us to pick it up on the way there. We agreed to drive to the florist’s workshop at her home in Pike Road, AL around 6:15 pm to grab the flowers. On the way to the florist’s home, G began playing one of our very favorite worship songs to which we belted (per usual) for most of the short ride there. Upon arrival, I was immediately distracted by a number of horses grazing in the pasture to our right. I was slightly confused when Graham stopped the car in the middle of the pecan orchard we were passing through. Soon after, I turned to the left to notice that there was a wooden cross (which his dad built for us) with a couple of chairs and a small table at it’s base. I soon realized what was happening. Graham waited for me to get out of the car and walked me to the area. 

Once I was able to breathe, G began our time together with a short prayer because, as he explained, we needed to first acknowledge and thank the Lord who brought us to this point. After praying together, G removed a small black journal from the table and began reading a long note. This journal is one that we pass back and forth to keep track of our letters. As G finished the letter, he asked me to stand and he proposed!! Soon after he asked me to sit back down and he removed my shoes. He knelt at my feet and removed a small brown bible from the table. He proceeded to read a few verses in John, which is where Jesus teaches us to wash one another’s feet just as He washed the disciples’ feet. He explained that he wanted our marriage journey to begin with an act of service and love. Since we were in the youth group together, washing one another’s feet has always been a special act. He prayed over our relationship while washing and then returned to his seat alongside me. He then showed me the front of the Bible that read “Carlyn Watson Norwood” in small gold lettering.

Afterwards, G drove me over to Wynlakes country club where he claimed a small group of family and close friends have gathered. I was blown away by the large number of family and friends who traveled from out of town to celebrate this special time with us! It was such a special time being able to celebrate with family and friends who have loved on us and poured into our relationship for several years."

Graham, What is one thing you admire most about Carlyn?

Graham: "Carlyn exemplifies Christ’s command to love God and love people. Above all, Carlyn loves like we all should. Anyone that knows her can see the evidence of her faith in Jesus and how that flows into how she loves others. It’s easy for some people to love from a distance, yet Carlyn is the kind of girl who will care for friends and family so much that she even feels the burden of pain or hurt that they do. Although that can sometimes be heavy, the reality is that she is simply giving of herself exactly what the Father asks of us-- to love and love deeply. I am constantly reminded of her dedication to caring for her friends, family and even those she has never met. Those who know her best can attest that she is a dependable and loyal person who is a blessing to those who have the chance to know her. I get the unbelievable opportunity to marry a girl who, above all else, loves the Lord, loves others, and loves me."

Carlyn, what’s one thing you admire most about G?

Carlyn: "This is a really tough question because there are so many things I admire about G. He loves and serves me in a way that I could never dreamed a guy would. From the sweet notes he leaves me, the random phone calls just to pray for me, and so much more-- G never ceases to show me love. More importantly, I admire Graham’s faith in the Lord. Graham reminds me of our Father’s promises and goodness daily. He loves the Lord so passionately and he challenges me in my walk with Christ. It’s really awesome to look and see how the Lord truly has crafted our relationship. When I am fearful and doubting, Graham is calm and faithful. He is my best friend, my constant encourager, and he brings so much laughter and joy into my life. It’s such an honor to be his fiancé!"

What was each of yall's favorite part of the day?

Carlyn: "Truth be told, there are so many things that I loved about the big day. From getting ready with my bridesmaids to dancing with everyone at the reception, I will never forget many of the things about our wedding. But, my favorite part of the day had to be the eager anticipation and excitement I felt to know that I would be Graham’s wife at the end of the night. I have prayed for that day for a long time, and it was overwhelming to finally make it to our big day. I knew that no matter how smoothly the ceremony and reception went, we would be married and that was enough for me. We are so blessed to be the Norwoods together!"

Graham: "It’s very difficult to choose one part to dwell upon when it seems the whole day was so special.The reception was such a wonderful time where we celebrated with many people who are near and dear to us. However, the ceremony was something we will truly never forget. For one, the fact that we were lacking air conditioning created quite the warm environment. But despite the heat, the Lord showed up as we had asked of Him. Our dream was that our friends and family would come together to worship and hear the Gospel on account of our marriage. It was humbling to present our relationship as an imperfect, yet dedicated witness to God’s grace and mercy, which carried us to that place. We will forever reflect on the love we felt in that church as we promised our lives to one another in front of our pastor, the musicians, our families and our guests."

What's next for you two?

Carlyn: "We have settled in an apartment in downtown Homewood, AL. Graham will remain a medical student at UAB for the next three years, and I am a nurse at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Fortunately, we will be going to school and working in adjacent buildings, which is a huge blessing. We are super excited to be in the small community of Homewood, which is a great place to begin doing life together. After three years here, the Lord will place us somewhere for Graham’s residency, and we will see where He take us. The Norwoods are super excited to see what the Lord has for us in the future!"

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator:  Jill Garmon/AG Events

Lighting: AG Lighting

Videographer: Matt Wolfe

Florist: Graylillies

Hair: Lynsey Richardson/Hair and Make-up by Lynsey and Yazmin Cavale/Glow

Invitations: Red Bird Paper Co.

Catering: Jennie Weller Catering

Bride's dress: Ivory & White

Bridesmaids dresses:  Bella Bridesmaids

Live painting artist:  Jordan Marx

Church:  River City Church

Reception:  Ware-Farley-Hood House/Old Alabama Town

Band: Four Barrel Funk-Music Garden

Rentals:  Brendle Rentals

Dan + Kennon {wedding} :: Montgomery, Ala.

How did you two meet?
Dan: "Kennon and I met at Camp War Eagle, the orientation for incoming freshmen at Auburn. We were assigned to the same group of about 15 students in a class of about 5,000, so it's obvious that the Lord was at work. When I first saw Kennon, I had a mixture of emotions: surprise at the fact that we had both grown up in Montgomery and had not met, and eagerness to get to know this beautiful girl better."

How and when did Dan propose?
Kennon: "Dan proposed on October 9, 2016. He asked me out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Auburn, Hamilton's. When he drove past the restaurant I knew something was up. He proceeded to drive us to campus and he walked me through our most meaningful locations in the Quad. We walked through the lower-quad where our Camp War Eagle group gathered for the first time, the upper-quad where we introduced ourselves to each other, and finally onto the porch of Cater Hall where we spent countless hours talking, laughing, and becoming best friends our freshman year. He got down on one knee and it was the easiest, 'yes' I have ever said!"

Dan-- what's one of the things you admire most about Kennon?
Dan: "What I admire most about Kennon is the sheer joy with which she approaches life and the love that she has for others. In the three and a half years that we've been together, she has challenged me to see others through the lens of Christ and to let the joy of the Lord permeate every area of my life. She has continually shown me the love of Christ in the way that she loves me and loves others."

Kennon-- what's one of the things you admire most about Dan?
Kennon: "First and foremost, I admire Dan's wisdom. He is truly quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry like it says in James 1:19. He is wise beyond his years and I get the benefit of being led by him every day! Dan is also very true to himself and what you see is what you get. He is as real as they come and that is one of my favorite things about him! He challenges me and encourages me on a daily basis in ways that no one else could, and I have a deeper understanding of Christ's love for His children because of the way Dan unconditionally loves me."

What was each of yall's favorite parts of the day?

Kennon: "My favorite part of our wedding day was our first look. We went back and forth about if we wanted to do one or not, and I am so glad we did! It was so nice having a few minutes just the two of us and it thoroughly calmed my nerves. It was such a sweet moment to share together and one of the first things that comes to mind when I think back to our big day!"

Dan: "It's really hard to choose my favorite part of the day, but if I have to choose, I would have to say the time that we got to have dinner by ourselves before the reception. Although our first look was a very special time, I felt that this time that we had just the two of us was all the more special because we are able to take a moment to just breathe and spend our first few minutes of married life together. It was great to have that time to spend together with all the anticipation of the wedding behind us."

What's next for you two?

Kennon: "Our next step is moving to Birmingham, and Dan will be starting medical school at the end of July!"

Vendors:

Church venue: First Baptist Church of Montgomery

Reception venue: The Warehouse at Alley Station

Planning: Mary Me

Bridal gown: Ivory and White

Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaid

Makeup: Meagan Anderson

Hair: Anne Lumley

Flowers: Graylillies

Cakes: Cake Designs

Catering: Jennie Weller

Tyler + Katie {wedding} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Katie: "We met at Auburn our sophomore year of college. I’m sure we had seen each other and briefly met before, but I remember meeting Tyler in the Village dining area one day, knowing a big group of us were about to take a trip to Tennessee for the Auburn-Tennessee game in the next few weeks. It just so happened that Tyler was in the same car, crammed in the tiny back seat between me and a friend for the six-hour trip. By the end of the weekend, I had a crush. I remember telling my good friends how cute and fun I thought he was, though we both weren’t really looking to be anything more than friends. Thank goodness a few months later he asked for my number :)"

Tyler: "When I first met Katie I thought that she was different from the rest of the girls that I had been around. Katie was much more down to earth and was very genuine. I knew that she was someone I wanted to be around more often because of these things, and the fact that she was attractive didn't hurt either.."

How and when did Tyler propose?

Katie: "Tyler proposed in Playa Mujeres, Mexico last July. We had planned a trip to celebrate the end of my pharmacy residency/birthday and his new job. As many times as people asked if I thought he was going to propose while we were on the trip, I never once seriously considered it. I just knew he was waiting and never imagined he had already purchased a ring! (I tend to figure things out, which makes surprises really hard for Tyler!)

After a major hiccup and almost not making it to Mexico (it’s a great story— now that we can look back and laugh!), we were having the best time relaxing and enjoying a much-needed break from our busy lives. The morning of the proposal, Tyler went to the “gym” while I went to the pool. Later that night, the resort had a huge celebration for the 4th of July. We were having the best time, and a couple we had met earlier in the week had just joined us when Tyler insisted we go back to the room so he could “change shirts" (it was hot, so it made sense). I was pretty adamant that I didn’t want to leave, but he finally convinced me. We got to the room and there were rose petals all over, which I thought was just a really nice treat from the turn-down service we had nightly. I looked at Tyler and he had the biggest smile as he told me to go up to our rooftop terrace. That was the moment I knew something was happening. Once he got the ring, he joined me on the rooftop and got down on one knee. We had champagne to celebrate before later heading back down to the beach for fireworks. He pulled off the best surprise — it was the most perfect proposal! We had the rest of the week to celebrate and enjoy time with each other before heading back home to celebrate with family and friends. It was the best week!"

Tyler-- what's one of the things you admire most about Katie?

Tyler: "I admire how she puts others before herself and her kind heart."

Katie-- what's one of the things you admire most about Tyler?

Katie: "I love that Tyler is hard-working, selfless and has the biggest heart. He gives everything 110%, whether it be work, relationships or any other part of life. This is especially true in our relationship. He ensures I always have what I need, encourages me and loves me so well."

What was each of yall's favorite parts of the day?

Katie: "How can I pick just one?! I think seeing Tyler as I was walking down the aisle was one of the most special moments to me. Although we had done a first look earlier in the day, that moment walking down the aisle to my best friend in a church full of our loved ones was the best. The rest of the night was pretty great too! We had so much fun!"

Tyler: "Prior to the wedding, I thought that the ceremony would be more of a formality because that's how I always felt about weddings we had attended. I knew it would be different when it was us up there, but I never truly understood that until Katie and I were listening to Blake talk to us about how important it is to have each other to lean on for the rest of our lives and what our vows truly meant. It was surprisingly surreal to me. I honestly didn't think it would have impacted me to that extent, but it definitely did."

What's next for you two?

Katie: "We just returned from an amazing week in St. Lucia, so now its back to our new home in Homewood, AL!"

Vendors:

Ceremony: Auburn United Methodist Church

Reception and catering: Moore's Mill Club

Videography: Jeff Bush Videography

Bride's dress: Ivory and White

Bridesmaids' dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Flowers: Clay Mitchell (Hollyhock Gallery)

Bride's cake: Tania Cobine/GiGi's

Band: 4 Barrel Funk (Music Garden)

Adam + Hannah {engagement} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Adam: "We first met after our weekly Bible study group from Shades Mountain Baptist Church went to Purple Onion to hang out and grab dinner. Both of us were fairly new to Shades and the young professionals' class, and we were hoping to become immersed in a thriving Gospel community. Not knowing many people there, we sat next to each other, and after a few minutes we introduced ourselves. I could tell she was really shy because Hannah was on her phone some of the time, but she caught my eye quickly. After a couple of weeks of not seeing each other at church due to being out of town or work, I decided to invite Hannah to play in my annual college football pick'em via Facebook in hopes that I might get a chance to talk to her. Well, I got that chance. One night after Bible study, we went with a small group of people from Shades to eat at Urban Cookhouse, but we weren't able to talk to each other like we wanted. As we were walking back to our cars, which were strategically parked next to each other, I asked Hannah if she wanted to go out on a date with me sometime. She said yes, and the rest is history."      

Hannah: "When meeting Adam after Bible study at dinner that night, I knew there was something different about him that intrigued me, and I wanted to get to know him better. I couldn't get him off of my mind. For several weeks after that I made an effort to talk to him each time I saw him at church in the hopes of getting closer. I am a pretty shy person too so this was way out of my comfort zone, but definitely worth it. When I saw the message invite from him to play in his college football pick ’em contest, I was so excited. He didn’t have my phone number yet so had to send me a cute Facebook message, but it worked. Adam had caught my attention even more than before. It seemed to always be difficult to find a chance to talk just the two of us in our large church group, and I felt like I would never have to opportunity to get to know him. Finally, after dinner after Bible study one night, where I once again didn’t have the chance to talk to Adam much, he walked me to my car and asked me on a date."

What are some things y'all like to do together?

Hannah: "When we are not cooking together we always love trying new Birmingham restaurants, and we especially love getting ice cream at Edgewood Creamery and going to The Heavenly Donut Company. We also enjoy doing outdoor activities like going on walks, playing tennis and lounging in the ENO under the stars. Of course we are also perfectly content with a night in watching Friends. Most recently, though, we thoroughly enjoy shopping for and fixing up our new home."

Hannah-- what's one of the things you admire most about Adam?

Hannah: "What I love most about Adam is his caring and humble spirit. He is so selfless. Adam values the simple things in life, and he will go out of his way to make me feel so special, even with the smallest gestures. He constantly uplifts me whether it is with a scripture passage, an excerpt from a book or article, a funny video or a corny joke. His thoughtfulness is admirable, and there is no act of kindness too great for him-- and I believe our friends and family would agree wholeheartedly. He has the most encouraging words and always knows exactly what to say to reign me back in. His love for me reflects Christ’s love for us and that brings me so much joy."

How and when did Adam propose?

Hannah: "We were visiting Adam’s parents in Opelika as we often do, and things were going like they normally do on our trips down there; shopping, eating at our favorite places and looking around Auburn’s campus. We woke up that Saturday morning to terrible weather and quite the monsoon. Adam and I had made waffles for breakfast while his mom actually made us put down our breakfast, grab shoes and helmets, and hide in the hallway because of the tornado warnings. Little did I know while this was going on. Adam was frantically pulling out his back up proposal plan for that afternoon. After the rain started to clear some, we decided to get out and about around town. I noticed at lunch Adam barely ate anything which is not like him, but I didn’t think much of it. Then he kept driving us to several stores to go shopping which was not uncommon for us either, but he seemed to be dragging it out. He finally said that we should go get some ice cream, and on the way he drove the scenic route past our favorite spot in Auburn, the Red Barn, which is where he had originally planned to propose that day. A few minutes after that, I actually fell asleep in the car which worked for Adam’s advantage. When I woke up we were parked in front of First Baptist Opelika, and I quickly realized there was no ice cream. He grabbed his Bible and walked me into the small chapel at the church down to the altar. He stopped at the front where there was a picture of us and hydrangeas, my favorite flowers. He opened his Bible and read some passages from 1 John 4, then proceeded to say some very sweet words. He got down on one knee, pulled out the most beautiful ring which he had been carrying in his vest pocket the entire day, and asked me to marry him. I didn't just say, 'yes,' I said, 'absolutely!' After he proposed, there were more surprises waiting at his parents' house. He had invited many our friends and my family to join us after to celebrate. It was such a special day."

Adam- what's one of the things you admire most about Hannah?

Adam: "It’s hard to pick just one thing, so I’ll pick two. Hannah’s smile can light up any room. If I’m having a rough day, her smile can make things so much better. She always knows how to keep me grounded and is such a great encourager. Her love of encouragement is a direct reflection of how she imitates Christ’s love. I also love the passion that she shows when she gets excited about something big or small. I love hearing about her interactions with her patients at work, and seeing her get excited about things like that gives me joy. Her joy is my joy."