Mark + Katie {engagement} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

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.”

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 Valentine's 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, seven 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."

What do y'all enjoy doing together?

Mark: "One of the very first things Katie and I ever did together was ride around Auburn and look at houses-- not for us, just to look and be together. Somethings never change. After eight years of knowing each other, we still look at houses whenever we are in the car together. All that to say, any time I get to spend with Katie is always a joy and delight, even when its something as girly as looking at houses."

Katie: "Mark and I just love to be with each other. This works out well because having a long distance relationship has 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."

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, July3, 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." 

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 thing 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, coworkers and friends. He daily works hard to make sure we are happy and cared for."

 

Sean + Katelin {wedding} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Katelin: "The first time we met was through mutual friends in Auburn at a friend's house in Ross Park. We had some classes together in the same building, and would constantly see each other on campus. We later studied abroad together in Innsbruck, Austria-- and that's where the sparks flew! 

How and when did Sean propose?

Katelin: "Sean proposed at the most unexpected time! Early one Saturday morning, Sean suggested that we take our pup-child, Lucy, on a walk along the Chattahoochee River. He was just gifted a river pass from his parents, so I didn't think anything of it. Our plan was to take Lucy on a walk, drop some stuff off at Sean's parents' house nearby, then go to Scotts Antique Market. So I threw on some workout clothes, didn't put makeup on, and tossed by hair on top of my head.

We got to the park and started walking on this secluded path along the river. As soon as we turned the corner, Sean grabbed my hand and just said, 'Katelin' with a huge grin on his face. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I said 'yes' before he could fully finish his question. I was totally caught off guard and beyond excited. We rushed back to the car, to head to his parents to tell them the news. Little did I know that Sean had planned out the whole weekend and had my parents drive up from Valdosta. BOTH of our parents were at the house to celebrate.

After celebrating with our parents, we headed to the Mandarin Oriental where Sean had planned more surprises. We had a special dinner nearby where everyone in the restaurant wrote a message on the menu for us, and were pampered and spoiled at the Mandarin. It was the most perfect weekend, and I wouldn't have changed a thing!

 

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

Katelin: "We LOVE anything that involves hanging out with our pup Lucy, anything exciting and active, trying out new restaurants around Atlanta for date nights, and taking weekend trips!"

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

Sean: "Other than her wicked looks and brilliant mind, Katelin is the most thoughtful person I've met in my entire life. From a simple gift, to a little surprise here and there-- she makes everyday special that we're together. Along with our relationship, all of Katelin's family and friends would agree that her thoughtfulness is felt in every individual relationship she has with those close to her. I can't wait to be surprised and delighted the rest of my life with her."   

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

Katelin: "Sean's personality is one my favorite thing about him. He is always encouraging, optimistic and loving. Not just to me, but to our family, friends and his colleagues. His handsome smile and overall happiness is contagious and he makes me a better person on a daily basis."

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

Katelin: "May favorite part was dancing all night with all of our favorite friends and family!"

Sean: "My favorite part was seeing Katelin walk down the aisle."

What's next for you two?

Sean: "Planning our retirement."

Katelin: "Getting settled in our new house in Atlanta!"

Vendors:

Ceremony: First Baptist Church Auburn

Reception: Moore's Mill

Coordinating: Invision Events

Save-the-date, invitation, program seal and envelopes: Ashlyn Carter {ashlynwrites.com}

Flowers: Thorne and Thistle

Makeup: Melissa Bogardus

Hair: Adrienne Knapp and Jamison Shaw

Bride's dress: Wedding Angels (Roswell, GA)

Dan + Kennon {engagement}

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 are some things y'all like to do together?


Kennon: "We really enjoy being active so we love tackling new activities together. We also love cooking, watching movies, working out, and playing games. Overall, we just enjoy being together!"

Parker + Sarah {wedding} :: Huntsville, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Sarah: "Parker and I grew up together and we always ran around with the same friends. It wasn't until my last year of college that we started dating though! I actually had a crush on Parker in middle school, little did he know. When we were in college though, we always seemed to pick each other out when I was cheering and he was in the stands."

How and when did Parker propose?

Sarah: "Parker proposed the day before Thanksgiving of 2016. We went out to the lake which has always been our special spot and watched the sunset on the dock. It was just the two of us and that is when he got down on one knee and proposed! Our families were both in town for the holiday and we went back into town and had a big family dinner together!"

Sarah-- what's one thing you admire most about Parker?

Sarah: "One thing I love about Parker is his work ethic. He is one of the hardest workers I know, not just in work but in life. He is motivated in so many different aspects, and I love watching him take on new roles in work and in our relationship. I know Parker will always work hard to provide for our family and be a strong leader for our house."

Parker-- what's one thing you admire most about Sarah?

Parker: "Sarah is the most genuine person I have ever met. She sincerely cares about others and will do anything to help someone out. No matter who or what she is dealing with, you can always count on her."

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

Sarah: "The first look and the reception are two that stick out from the big day. The first time we saw each other and saw the reaction on each of our faces was such a special moment that we will never forget. The reception was incredible because we finally got to enjoy and celebrate our marriage with our friends and family. We danced all night-- it was truly the best night and we wouldn't have changed a thing!"

What's next for you two?

Sarah: "Well, we are getting settled into our house and loving married life so far! I think the next step is just adjusting to living together and making our house a home."

Vendors:

Church venue: First United Methodist Church

Reception venue: Huntsville Botanical Gardens- Grand Hall

Hair + makeup: Danielle Ivy

Flowers: Gracie Roberts and KK Bush (family friends)

Brides and bridesmaids dresses: Something Blue (Hartselle, Ala.)

Groom's cake: Baby Bites from Pastry Arts (Birmingham, Ala.)

Bride's cake: Edgar's Bakery

Catering: Catering by Narvell

Band: The Main Attraction

Videographer: Al Hammond with Awaken Films 

Haynes + Mary {engagement}

How did you two meet?

Mary: "Haynes came to Saint James in the 8th grade. During 10th and 11th grade, I considered Haynes one of my best friends. In the 11th grade, we had a history class together, and we sat in the very back of the room next to each other. We would pass notes to each other during class, and he would always make me laugh. I actually still have the post-it-note that he passed to me during class which he told me he liked me. That's when I started to see Haynes as more than my best friend, and that I had feelings for him."

Hanyes: "Mary and I met in high school in eighth grade and became really close friends. In 11th grade, we became best friends when we got to sit next to each other in the back of history class. Luckily, the teacher was not strict at all, and we basically talked the whole time. We would sit in the back pass notes, which is when I started to fall for her. When we went to Auburn, we quickly started dating and have been dating ever since! I think we’ve had such a great relationship because we became best friends before dating."

How did Haynes propose?

Mary: "Haynes proposed on March 31st. A couple of weeks prior, he sent me a picture of an email invitation from his boss that the firm was having a party to meet clients in Birmingham, and that I was invited. At first, I had no idea the email was fake, and that Haynes had asked his boss to send the email so there would be a reason for me to come to Birmingham. On the way to the party, Haynes received a phone call from someone pretending to be his boss to stop and get ice. After I heard the phone call, all my suspicions were thrown out the window, and I realized we were really going to an office party. When we pulled up, there were people inside the building wearing nice business clothes. I told Haynes I was not dressed appropriately, and I refused to get out of the car and go inside. Poor Haynes was probably freaking out at this point. He told me that their event was supposed to be in the garden. The glaring sun blinded my eyes, so when I walked into the garden I could not see anything. I did not even realize that there were candles and rose petals lining along the walkway. When I realized what was actually going to happen, I began to cry. I looked over at Haynes and he was also crying. We walked up to the platform and at that moment Haynes asked me to marry him. Thank goodness he had written down what he had said to me because neither of us remember. After he proposed, my best friends, who I did not know were in on this special moment, came out of hiding, and Haynes popped open a bottle of champagne for all of us to celebrate. We then met our families for dinner and afterwards went back to Haynes’ home where many of our friends from Auburn had come to celebrate with us!"

Haynes:  "I proposed in March. I have been traveling for work, so getting a chance to do it was tough. When I was home, I told her I had a customer event at Park Crest Event Facility in Hoover and had a fake email and fake phone call from my boss to throw her off. I proposed that night and then surprised her with friends in family back at my house in Homewood!"

 

Mary-- what's one of the things you admire most about Haynes?

Mary: "There are many things that I admire about Haynes. One of the things I admire most about him is his kind heart as he always sees the positive and good in everyone. I also admire his patience. No matter the situation Haynes is always calm and collective."

Haynes-- what's one thing you admire most about Mary?

Haynes: "One of the things I admire most about Mary is how much she cares for her friends and family. She would go to the ends of the earth for them (and me!). It shows me how kind and loving her heart is. I always tell her that she is a major support system for me, but she is also that way for those she is close to."

What are some things you two like to do together?

Mary: "Whether we are sitting around the house watching T.V., going out for drinks, or just me driving the golf cart while he golfs, as long as I am with him, I am happy. He is my best friend, and I am always content when I am with him."

Haynes: "We love to go to Lake Martin together and fish, drink beer, get tan, and ride on the boat! Occasionally I can convince her to drive the golf cart and be my moral support on the course."

Matt + Jamie {wedding} :: Mobile, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Jamie: "We met in the fall of 2009 at Auburn University in honors music appreciation class. I had noticed that this cute boy in my class was good friends with my little sister in the sorority, and I wanted to meet him. He noticed me as well and every class would try to move up one seat closer to me (because of course I sat in the front of the class). He eventually introduced himself to me one day after class! I was immediately drawn to his entertaining personality! We were friends for about a year before we started to date."

How and when did Matt propose?

Jamie: "Matt outdid himself with the proposal-- it was almost as magical as our wedding day! We had planned a trip to Charleston, SC for our 5 year anniversary. At first I was hoping that he would propose that weekend, but Matt had been on his hardest rotations of medical school in Huntsville so he made it very clear he had no time to plan any sort of engagement-- let alone purchase a ring. Matt takes school very seriously so I was 100% convinced he wasn’t proposing for a few more months ,and he doesn’t hold surprises in well so I always know what’s about to happen. We got into Charleston late on Friday so we started our touristy trip on Saturday. We went to breakfast, to the market, walked all around town window shopping, and to lunch before getting ready for our carriage ride (which I didn’t think twice about because I knew he wasn’t proposing). During the carriage ride the driver took us to Battery Park and said this was a great place for pictures so he would wait on us to take a few selfies at the gazebo. We walked over to the gazebo and Matt asked a random mom and daughter to take a picture of us. What I didn’t notice was the note he handed them with my camera that said, 'Proposal pictures, please?' So we take a picture and then Matt started to turn to me and said, 'I know you said I could never surprise you…' and began to get down on one knee! Not going to lie, at first I thought he was messing with me, so after he pulled out a real engagement ring I started crying! The mother and daughter had pictures of all of it! We get back on the carriage ride, and I’m just elated, I didn’t pay attention to the rest of the tour because I couldn’t believe what just happened. He dropped us off at the rooftop bar we planned to go to before our dinner reservations. Matt led me upstairs and both of our families were waiting for us there! He had been planning this trip with them for months and the whole day had been in contact with them to make sure we didn’t run into anyone and ruin the surprise. Matt had put so much time and effort into planning this proposal just for me, and I had absolutely no clue what was going on. It was the best surprise ever!

Matt-- what's one of the things you admire most about Jamie?

Matt: "I admire Jamie’s ability to sacrifice her own time and personal enjoyment for that of others. She really loves her friends and family and always puts others happiness before her own. Jamie values relationships more than anyone I have ever met and is an extremely loyal friend."

Jamie- what's one of the things you admire most about Matt?

Jamie: "Matt has so many amazing qualities its hard to pick just one, but one thing that stands out about Matt is his friendship. Matt is literally the best friend that anyone could ever want, not just to me, but to all of his friends. When it comes to his friends, he is the most loyal, reliable and caring person. I think all of his friends know that he would drop anything to be there for them and support them in any way he could. I admire that about him and it has definitely taught me how to be a better friend."

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

Jamie: "The whole day!!! It was by far my favorite day ever, but if I had to pick one specific part I think it would be dancing with my new husband surrounded by everyone we love. Our band was absolutely amazing, and it was so much fun to be in the middle of the dance floor watching all of our friends and family have a good time."

Matt: "My favorite part was towards the end of the night when everyone was dancing and catching up with all of our closest friends. Looking out over all of the people and seeing so many of our friends that made the effort to join us for the wedding was amazing."

What's next for you two?

Jamie: "Matt is graduating from medical school and has accepted an internal medicine residency at Duke University so we will be moving to North Carolina in June!"

Vendors:

Wedding coordinator: Jacquie Burkett

Ceremony venue: The Steeple on St. Francis (Mobile, Ala.)

Reception venue: The Ezell House (Mobile, Ala.)

Wedding dress: The Carriage House

Hair and makeup: Hair and Makeup by Lynsey and Rachel

Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Homewood

Tuxes: The Black Tux

Flowers: Ron Barrett

Cake: Couture Cakes

Caterer: Bay Gourmet

Band: Powerhouse

Rentals: Gulf Coast Events and Rentals

Monogram: Anna Sayers Calligraphy

Britton + Laura {wedding} :: Montgomery, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Laura: "We met through a mutual friend. She is one of my closest friends, and she graduated high school with Britton. He was doing some IT work for her company, they reconnected and she thought he would be a great person to set me up on a date with. I hadn't dated in awhile, and she asked me if she could set me up with him and I said, 'Go for it.' Our first date was to a movie, so we didn't get to talk much, but we quickly realized we had a lot in common and shared many interests-- one of one which was our love for history as I majored in history in college."

How did Britton propose?

 Laura: "Britton proposed in July 2016 at his parents cabin on Lake Jordan."

Laura-- what's one thing you admire most about Britton?

Laura: "I admire his patience."

Britton- what's one of the things you admire most about Laura?

Britton: "I admire Laura's intelligence."

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

Britton: "My favorite part was getting to see Laura the first time in her dress."

Laura: "My favorite part was the time that Britton and I took after the ceremony to sit alone together in the sanctuary and reflect on the day and our future as husband and wife."

What's next for you two?

Laura: "Right now we plan on relaxing and enjoying married life. We are also getting our house organized and saving money for a new house!"

Vendors:

Flowers + reception set-up: Graylillies

Wedding dress: Bustle

Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie

Caterer: Jenny Weller

Bride's cake: Peggy Mckinney

Groom's cake: Oven Lovin Cakes

 

Jimmy + Molly {wedding} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Molly: "We met at a choir party at church when we were in middle school. He had just moved to Montgomery, and a mutual friend invited him to church. We became friends, and we would hang out in groups-- we would go out to eat, go to the movies and grab coffee. We didn't start dating until a year or two after we first met. We were friends first."

How did Jimmy propose?

Molly: "We had plans to go to Birmingham for a concert on my very last day of pharmacy school. We had this trip planned for a while, so I didn't know anything was going on; I was just excited to be done with school! We were going to Oven Bird before the concert, a restaurant we had been to several times because we had friends who worked there. We pulled into the parking lot, and there were plenty of spaces to park, but he was just driving around. I said, 'Aren't you going to park?' And he said, 'I don't think this is the right entrance.' Apparently, he had a beautiful flower display set up at a different entrance, but of course I had no idea. I was getting frustrated and said, 'Just park here!' He didn't want to ruin the surprise so he parked, and we went in the wrong entrance... woops! As we're walking up, I saw two of my best friends (who lived in Atlanta) run inside the restaurant. I was so confused, and I turned around to face Jimmy, and he dropped to one knee, opened a box, and asked me to marry him. I was so confused/excited/surprised, I just screamed for a while before saying, 'Yes' Jimmy had invited all our friends from all different cities, and they all came out from inside the restaurant where they were hiding and we celebrated. I've never been so surprised in all my life!"

Jimmy-- what's one thing you admire most about Molly?

Jimmy: "One of the things I admire most about Molly is her sweet and loving nature to everyone. It's why everyone is instantly drawn to her."

Molly-- what's one of the things you admire most about Jimmy?

Molly: "One of the things I admire most about Jimmy is his ability to stay calm and to calm me down in stressful times. I stress easily, but he balances me out and assures me that things are going to be alright."

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

Molly: "My favorite part of the day was eating alone together after the ceremony. It was the first time we had been alone all day to actually talk to each other and take in everything."

Jimmy: "My favorite part of the day was when I first saw my bride in her wedding dress. She was so beautiful, and it was a perfect moment."

Molly: "We're currently living and working in Asheville, NC. We love this city, but we're considering moving closer to home. No definite plans have been made, so stay tuned!"

Vendors:

Dress: Anya Bridal Atlanta

Florist and wedding coordinator: Susan Konstant

Venue: Water Oak Manor

Videography: Jeff Bush Videography

Band: Matt Carroll and the Browncoats

Food: Acre Auburn

Beverage: B&B Bartending

Rentals: The Event Group

Invitations and Programs: George Moulas with Skinner Printing Company

Calligraphy: M. Branch Designs

Cakes: Robin Fowler with Sonshine Cakes

Getaway car: Memories in Motion Classics

Mary Me {RSVP magazine styled shoot}

It's pretty fun to have some of your favorite people working on the same project! We had a blast one morning on the Tallapoosa River creating these images for RSVP magazine. Enjoy a few of my favorites below!

Vendor friends:

Design + styling: Mary Me

Flowers: Melissa Kendall Floral Design

Paper goods: Kara Anne Paper

Jewelry: Burgwin Studios

Wedding party models: Mitch + Megan Florence, David McPhillips, Tyler Ann Mathews, Mackenzie Mathews

Rentals: Event Group Rentals

Location: Tallapoosa River

Nimrod + Katy {wedding :: Montgomery, Ala.}

How did you two meet? 

Katy: "Nimrod and I met our freshman year at Auburn before the Auburn vs. Georgia football game in November."

Do either of your remember what you thought the first time y'all saw/met each other? 

Katy: "I sure do! I will never forget the first time that I saw Nimrod. I thought: 'Who is THAT boy??' and was immediately drawn to his infectious smile and laugh. Nimrod has such a fun-loving personality that truly caught my attention!

Nimrod: "The first time I saw Katy, I knew I had to meet that cute little blonde haired blue-eyed girl. I loved her outgoing personality and how she always laughed at her own jokes, which kept me laughing too! She has a sense of humor that I find to be so cute."

Nimrod- what's one of the things you admire most about Katy? 

Nimrod: "I love the fact that Katy is so driven and independent. Once she sets her mind to something, she will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal and she always gives 110 percent. I also love that she is so kind-hearted and always puts others first. She is a true best friend!"

How and when did Nimrod propose? 

Katy: "Nimrod proposed in the most perfect and thoughtful way possible. It was a TOTAL surprise. We were in Seagrove Beach, which is a place that is very special to the both of us-- a place where our love began and grew. He proposed at his grandparents' beach house on the beach walkover where we often sit to watch the sunset. I was in total shock! It was the happiest day of my life."

Katy- what's one of the things you admire most about Nimrod? 

Katy: "Nimrod is the most confident person that I know. I admire that so much about him. No matter what Nimrod’s situation is, he is always himself and doesn’t let his circumstances change him. Nimrod knows who he is and that is something that is so important to me. In a world that is constantly changing, he is always true to who he is."

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

Katy: "I would have to say that my favorite part of the big day was seeing Nimrod for the first time at the ceremony. We decided not to do a first look, and it was so special seeing him for the very first time as I walked down the aisle. Our first dance was also so much fun!"

Nimrod: "My favorite part of the day was seeing Katy at the end of that aisle. I also loved having all of our best friends in one place to celebrate with us. Just seeing our wedding party walk down the aisle before Katy put the biggest smile on my face."

What's next for you two? 

Katy: "Nimrod and I love to travel, try new things, and go on new adventures together. We’ve been doing long distance for a little over 3 years now, so we are just ecstatic to be living in the same city! We’re excited to explore our new state of South Carolina and truly just enjoy each others presence now that we are finally MARRIED!"

Vendors:

  • Flowers: Melissa Kendall 
  • Hair and makeup: Danielle Ivy
  • Catering: Debbie Kimsel
  • Rentals: Brendle Rentals
  • Bride's dress: The White Room 
  • Bridesmaids' dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
  • Tuxes: The Locker Room - Montgomery 
  • Videography: Luke Lindgren Cinematography
  • Church: First Baptist Montgomery
  • Day-Of Coordinator: Kathryn Lott
  • Bar: Wanda Patterson
  • Sav-the-dates: Weezie B 
  • Monogram, invitation suite and calligraphy: Lucy Mashburn
  • Invitation Printing: Please Reply 
  • Cakes: Peggy McKinney Cakes
  • Band: Norris Dates and the Power Surge 

Mark + Olivia {wedding :: Huntsville, Ala.}

How did you two meet? 

We met at the rock climbing gym at Auburn University. A couple days after we met, we went on a climbing trip with friends to Sand Rock, AL. During that trip we got to know each other better, and several dates after that, we started dating!

Do either of your remember what you thought the first time y'all saw/met each other?

Olivia: "I thought he was very handsome and polite. After hanging out with him for a while, I quickly had a crush on him, but I was about to graduate from Auburn and move to Knoxville in less than a month, so I didn’t think we would be able to more than friends…but thankfully, God had better plans!"

Mark: "Well, the first time I met her I didn’t even remember... but the first time I spent time with her we climbed with a group of friends, I was very impressed by how well she could climb!"

How and when did Mark propose? 

Olivia: "On May 7, 2016, Mark and I took a trip to Foster Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee to go hiking. After hiking for only five minutes, we were crossing a bridge and Mark stopped me and told me he had an important question to ask me. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was overwhelmed, excited and surprised, and with no doubt in my mind, said, 'yes!'"

Mark: "From the beginning of our relationship, we were focused on dating for marriage. Our prayer was that the Lord would lead our hearts and guide us to date as if we were preparing for marriage. After almost two years of dating long distance, I felt the Lord was guiding us together and that it was time for me to ask her the question. I chose a spot that we were both familiar with and a spot that was similar to where we first met. The spot was a rock climbing crag in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The weather was perfect, and I thought I could fool her. So we hiked down to the river crossing, and I asked her the question... she said 'YES!'"

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

Mark: "One thing I admire about Olivia is that she is filled with the love and grace of Christ. Olivia is always one to encourage and point me to Christ. Olivia treats every person with whom she interacts with grace in her actions and her words."

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

Olivia:" Mark continually gives me perspective in Christ, and I admire that his heart is grounded in Christ and he is continually aiming to seek Christ. Whenever I am overwhelmed and stressed by things of the world, he reminds me with grace of our purpose on this earth and of the promise of eternity with our Heavenly Father."

What was each of fall’s favorite part of the big day?

Olivia: "I loved every minute of that day! Once the ceremony started, the rest of the day became a blur because we were so overwhelmed and humbled by all of our friends and family being present to celebrate that day with us. Right before the ceremony, I had a time of prayer with my bridesmaids, and I will always cherish that quiet time that I got to spend with women I hold so close to my heart!"

Mark: "I really enjoyed spending time with my groomsmen. That morning we all went to a shooting range, and it was really great to spend time with my closest friends."

What’s next for you two?

Olivia: "We will be living in Huntsville, AL. Olivia will be starting her career as a PA with Decatur Orthopedic Clinic and Mark is working with Turner Construction. We can’t wait for the many adventures ahead of us!"

Vendors:

Ceremony: Christ Presbyterian Church

Reception: Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation

Dress and Veil: Anne Barge

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Bank

Flowers: Paper & Petal

Hair and Make Up: Callie Roberts

Caterer and Cakes: Becky Hartley

Antique China: Decorous Dishes

Calligraphy: Olivia S. Walsh

Invitations, Programs, and Menus: Mprint

Band: Radio X

Rings: Genesis Diamonds

Robert + Morgan {wedding :: Birmingham, Ala.}

 How long have you two been together?

Morgan: "Two years now. We met in March 2015, shortly after I moved to Birmingham."

How and when did Robert propose?

Morgan: "Our families took a joint trip to the beach over Memorial Day weekend. We had already been ring shopping and had the discussed the possibility of getting engaged, but Robert wanted to keep me in the dark and make it a surprise. I had secretly been hoping to get engaged over the long weekend, so we could celebrate with both of our families. Robert slow-played it, and finally took me on a walk along the beach at sunset on the last night. I had no idea it was coming (neither did our families), so everyone was pleasantly surprised and we had a great celebration together that night!"

Robert- what's one of the things you admire most about Morgan?

Robert: "One of the many things I admire about Morgan is her sweet, friendly and outgoing personality. I'm pretty introverted by nature, and I'm always amazed how easily she makes friends, and how everyone seems to love her. She helps me to get out and meet people and be social, and maybe I help to keep her calm and grounded. We're great complements to each other."

Morgan- what's one of the things you admire most about Robert?

Morgan: "How can I pick just one? I admire so many things about Robs. He is kind, loving and gentle. His patience and calming spirit is the perfect balance to my stress and impatience. As the saying goes, he is 'the calm to my storm.' He's also very encouraging and uplifting-- I'm so lucky to be his wife."

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

Morgan: My favorite part, aside from seeing Robert during our "first look," was celebrating our special day with our closest friends and family. It was so special to us that so many traveled to Birmingham for this weekend that we've been dreaming about for so long.  Also, I loved seeing all of the little details come together. Kalee Baker has an amazing talent and her vision is what made this weekend an absolute dream. She was such a blessing.  I also loved hearing reports from Robert throughout the morning from Kalee as she would go back and forth-- it gave me chill bumps :)."

Robert: "My favorite part of the wedding was walking back down the aisle arm-in-arm with Morgan, then hopping on a trolley with all of our bridal party (and maybe some champagne) and heading to the reception. It just felt really amazing to say, 'I do' to my best friend and then head to the biggest party of my life with all of my friends and family."

What's next for you two?

Morgan: "We delayed our honeymoon a few weeks-- we're headed to Italy at the end of March and we couldn't be more excited to explore a new country together."

Vendors:

Planning: Kalee Baker Events 

Church venue: First Presbyterian Church Birmingham

Getting ready photos: The Tutwiler Hotel

Reception and catering: B&A Warehouse

Bride and Grooms cakes: Pen & Pastry (Christian Terell)

Bride's gown: Aline from Bella Couture, Mt. Laurel 

Bridesmaids gowns: Bella Bridesmaids 

Flowers: Hot House Floral Designs

Reception signage/weekender/box sticker, etc: Courtney Holt Graphic Design

Invitation, program, koozie: Fine Paper Work 

Rings and Morgan's earrings: Levy's Fine Jewelry 

Parker + Sarah {engagement}

How did you two meet?

Sarah: "Parker and I grew up together, and we always ran around with the same friends. It wasn't until my last year of college that we started dating though!"

Do either of you remember what you thought when you first saw/met each other?

Sarah: "I actually had a crush on Parker in middle school, little did he know. When we were in college, we always seemed to pick each other out when I was cheering and he was in the stands."

How and when did Parker propose?

Sarah: "Parker proposed the day before Thanksgiving of 2016. We went out to the lake which has always been our special spot and watched the sunset on the dock. It was just the two of us and that is when he got down on one knee and proposed! Our families were both in town for the holiday, and we went back into town and had a big family dinner together!"

What are some things you two like to do together?

Sarah: "Parker and I love to be active! We love to be outdoors. Anything from shooting my first buck with him to ATV riding in Utah! We love any kind of outdoor adventure!"

Shoutout to The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. for allowing us to shoot at their beautiful location!

Christopher + Lauren {engagement}

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, 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. This may seem like a cliché answer, but due to us living two hours apart from each other it could not be more true. 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 3 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!"

Jacob + Rachel {wedding}

How did you two meet?

Rachel: "We met through my best friend and bridesmaid, Stephanie. He was visiting her boyfriend at the time, and they were all going out to dinner while I had plans to go out with another group of people. We only met briefly before going our separate ways."

Do either of your remember what you thought the first time y'all saw/met each other?

Rachel: "Before leaving that night, I couldn't decide which shoe to wear. I specifically remember me going into the living room where Stephanie was (and Jacob) and asking whether I should wear a sandal or heel. I remember him making this horrible face and saying "go with the sandal. the heel is way too much". At this point I only knew his name, so I was surprised he had input on my outfit-- I decided to wear the heel. The following week I ended up sick with the stomach flu and almost every night Jacob would stop by and see how I was feeling and bring me soup or food. At this point we didn't have each other's number, so I had no clue when or if he was coming over. I looked and felt horrible. I thought if he could see me at my worst and still like me, I would give him a try... even if we didn't have the same sense of fashion. Since that week we have been inseparable."

How and when did Jacob propose?

"Jacob proposed after about two and a half years of dating. He kept telling me it wouldn't be any time soon. He would take me on nice trips to the mountains or the beach, and I would always think it was going to happen. He made plans for the beach, and this time I didn't expect anything to happen. Apparently he bought a ring on a whim, and asked my dad the week before our trip. The night we arrived we walked to the beach, and I thought something was odd because it was May. He wouldn't take his hands out of his pockets because he was 'cold.' I brushed it off, and we kept walking. At one point I decided it was time to turn around, so we did. As we were walking he stopped and told me to turn around, so I did. When I turned he said, 'look at the bird prints in the sand' (he chickened out.) I laughed and kept walking-- then he asked me to turn again. This time I expected another joke. When I turned he was down on one knee and already tearing up (which he hates to admit). He asked, I said, 'yes.' We cried a little and walked down the beach a little longer."

What was yall's favorite part of the day?

Rachel: "We both enjoyed the first look. The funniest part of the wedding/ceremony was actually as we were doing our vows. Jacob kept pulling my ring finger on my right hand (I had a ring from my mother on that finger) and whispering he needed to take it off and put my wedding ring there. I was pulling back whispering, 'left hand, not right hand. That's my right hand,' the whole time until I forcefully pushed my left hand making him realize he was about to put the ring on my right hand."

Venue: The Elms of Coosada

Makeup: LUSH Makeup Art

Mark + Olivia {engagement}

 How did you two meet?

Olivia: "We met at the rock climbing gym at Auburn University. A couple days after we met, we went on a climbing trip with friends to Sand Rock, Ala. During that trip, we got to know each other better, and several dates after that, we started dating!"

Do either of your remember what you thought the first time y'all saw/met each other?

Olivia: "I thought he was very handsome and polite. After hanging out with him for awhile, I quickly had a crush on him, but I was about to graduate from Auburn and move to Knoxville in less than a month. I didn’t think we would be able to more than friends…but thankfully, God had better plans!"

Mark: "Well, the first time I met her, I didn’t even remember... but the first time I spent time with her we climbed with a group of friends, I was very impressed by how well she could climb!"

How and when did Mark propose?

Olivia: "On May 7, 2016, Mark and I took a trip to Foster Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee to go hiking. After hiking for only five minutes, we were crossing a bridge and Mark stopped me and told me he had an important question to ask me. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was overwhelmed, excited and surprised, and with no doubt in my mind, said,  'yes.'"

Mark: "From the beginning of our relationship, we were focused on dating for marriage. Our prayer was that the Lord would lead our hearts and guide us to date as if we were preparing for marriage. After almost two years of dating long distance, I felt the Lord was guiding us together and that it was time for me to ask her the question. I chose a spot that we were both familiar with and, a spot that was similar to where we first met. The spot was a rock climbing crag in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The weather was perfect and I thought I could fool her. So we hiked down to the river crossing and I asked her the question. She said, 'YES!'"

What's one thing you both admire about one another?

Olivia: "Mark continually gives me perspective in Christ, and I admire that his heart is grounded in Christ and he is continually aiming to seek Christ. Whenever I am overwhelmed and stressed by things of the world, he reminds me with grace of our purpose on this earth and of the promise of eternity with our Heavenly Father."

Mark: "One thing I admire about Olivia is that she is filled with the love and grace of Christ. Olivia is always one to encourage and point me to Christ. Olivia treats every person with whom she interacts with grace in her actions and her words."

Seth + Melissa {engagement}

How did you two meet?

Melissa: "Seth and I met through mutual friends while watching the Auburn National Championship game at a friend’s home back in January of 2014. Me being an Alabama fan and Seth being an avid Alabama fan, we weren’t exactly interested in watching the game. I was more interested in talking to my best friends, but little did I know Seth was interested in finding out more about me. If you know anything about the two of us, you know that we are both huge Alabama fans. It is safe to say we were both secretly cheering against Auburn during this game. We never thought anything of 'the meet and greet' because we were both returning back to our separate colleges at the end of the break to finish our last semester of undergrad. Fast forward to May of 2014, when a close friend randomly asked him while playing basketball, 'What do you think about my friend Melissa?' His response, 'She’s cute,' triggered our friend to ask him if he would ever consider taking me on a date. With that being said, he immediately followed me on Instagram and this was a huge deal because Seth apparently never talked about other girls or ever said other girls were even cute. Seth and I spent the entire summer getting to know each other before I would let him take me out on our very first date. Seth was, and still is, the definition of patience as he continued to pursue me, met my entire extended family and more while waiting for me to agree to let him take me out on a date. I knew from the beginning he was a keeper!"

 How did Seth propose?

"On February 12, 2016 the man of my dreams dropped to one knee and asked me to spend forever with him. Seth and I had our first date outside of The Club as we spent hours getting to know each other. Since that day, The Club has always been one of our favorite places to go to and make memories. Both of our families were going to The Club for what I thought was a 'political campaign fundraiser' with both of our families. It was nothing out of the ordinary to go out on the balcony to take pictures with the beautiful scenery. Before taking the first picture, Seth caught me off guard by grabbing me by both arms saying, 'Before we take a picture…' I knew instantly that he was about to ask me to marry him. It was perfect because both of our families were standing right there to witness the proposal and capture it on camera. It turns out that Seth had been coordinating with my older brother, Drew, to find a way to get both families to The Club. About a week before the event, Drew sent a text message to our family text thread inviting us to what he said was going to be a 'political fundraiser' for one of our family friends. Both families responded with interest and played along. It worked out perfectly, along with a surprise engagement party at The Club after the proposal with our close friends and extended family members! It was a remarkable night we will never forget!"

Melissa-- what's one thing you admire most about Seth?

Melissa: "Seth is my biggest cheerleader/encourager in life! I admire his heart to love, serve and lead others. I am forever thankful for the amazing blessing the Lord granted him with which is patience. The gentleness and patience he shows through loving me each day is a pure reflection of Christ and the way He loves His church. Seth's sense of humor and positive attitude each and every day is so easy to love."

Seth-- what's one thing you admire most about Melissa?

Seth: "The one thing that drew me close to Melissa in the beginning stages of dating is her faith, and the way she lives her life. Her love for The Lord is undeniable. Melissa challenges me and pushes me to be better in every aspect of my life. She's one in a million-- there's no one like her."

Melissa's makeup: Brittany Elkins Makeup // Instagram name: be.beauty11

Will + Brittany {St. Thomas wedding}

How did you two meet?

Brittany: "We met on a ski trip our sophomore year at Auburn. The first morning we left to go skiing with our group Will and I ended up on a ski lift with strangers who tumbled off at the top getting off the lift--with everyone else already off ahead of us we stopped to help them get back on their feet.  We didn’t end up catching up with our friends by the time we got the newbies untangled, and with both of us without our phones we had no way to track down anyone we knew so we ended up skiing together the rest of the day. The long ski lift lines provided plenty of time for us to get to know each other.  A week after we returned from our trip, we had our first official date and we ended up sitting on a bench in the lobby of my building talking until the sun came up-- the rest is history!"

Do either of you remember what each thought about one another?

Brittany: "I saw Will as a true gentlemen, he was chivalrous in every act! He was also clever and charming. Seven years later, I have come to know this all to remain true, and I still admire those same traits that landed him a second date!"

Will: "The first time I met Brittany I was blown way by her beauty and loving personality. She was funny and very intelligent making me not wanting to leave her side. The first week after we meet, I skipped almost every class just to spend time with her-- it was like we had been friends forever."

How did Will propose?

Will: "Brittany and I had talked about taking a much needed get-away since she was flying around 18 days a month and I was working about 18 hours a day in the middle of our busy seasons. We were living in separate cities and very focused, but knew we needed some time to relax! We had talked about a lot of places, but St. Thomas seemed perfect for us. I knew Brittany was flying in from Canada and would want a relaxing care free trip after weeks on the road and since we both love being out on the water I wanted to plan a boat trip to explore around the BVIs. After connecting with a local captain, securing a boat, and planning a route, with one island stop planned for the engagement -- I told Brittany I had booked us a snorkeling trip for the first day we were there. Luckily she went along with the plan and was excited to see the islands.  We snorkeled, bar hopped, and cruised around until we parked at a remote island, Sandy Spit, off the coast of Jost Van Dyke. We swam to the island and explored while I waited patiently for her get in position for the photographers view. Out on lava rocks in the middle of the ocean I got down on one knee (Brittany thought I had fallen,) and attempted to share with her what I had written on wax paper (to keep from ruining if it got wet), but I had then nervously dropped in the ocean and watched it float away before I asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. From there we celebrated and relaxed in paradise before deciding to bring our closest family and friends back a year later to celebrate our marriage with us!"

Brittany-- what do you admire most about Will:

Brittany: "Will is strong in his convictions, disciplined in his works and deeds, and faithful in all circumstances. He provides stability, acts humbly, and loves fiercely. Wills character is undeniably one of his greatest attributes. He choses to pursue to live a life that reflects a living sermon—He sets a strong example by providing servant leadership and maintains a teachable spirit. He is the best teammate, encourager, and adventurer I could have ever hoped for!"

Will-- what do you admire most about Brittany?

Will: "I have been blessed with a remarkable wife, one that exemplifies God's grace on a daily basis. Brittany's ministry and desire to help those in need both here and abroad is inspiring. I cannot wait to see the impact she will make on others through our marriage. She is a strong provider of others needs and an encourager when I’ve had a long day. She is always going out of her way to make me happy! I believe I am the luckiest man in the world to get to spend the rest of my life with such a special woman."

Favorite part of the wedding day?

Will: "Brittany did an incredible job planning the wedding, down the to the last detail. It was special to have so many of our best friends and family travel to St. Thomas for such a special weekend. My favorite part of our wedding was the ceremony— it was quaint on a remote beach, waves crashing, miles away from the distractions of daily life. I will always cherish our vows and the commitment I made to her standing under those trees."

Brittany: "I don’t have a single moment – the entire weekend provided us an unexplainable amount of joy! Having our family and friends coming together in a place so special to Will and I was the biggest gift in the world. We felt truly humbled at the sacrifices they made to be there to support us!"

Vendors:

Bride's dress: Marissa/Bridals by LoriVendors:

Flowers: East End Flower Shop

Tuxes: Joseph A. Banks

Favors (paintings): Sara Pittman Studios

Calligraphy: Sweet as Paper

Paper/sinage/day-of details: Victoria Austin Designs

Band: Cooper Trent

Linens: BBJ linens

Coordination and venue: Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas

Design and planning: Jenn Events

Catering: Ritz Carlton

Jewelry: Diamonds Direct

Hair + makeup: Sugar and Spice Artistry

Cake: Ritz Carlton