Casey + Bekah {wedding :: Montgomery, Ala.}

How did you two meet?
Bekah: "We first met at the 5 a.m. crossfit class at CrossFit Opelika, and that place will always hold special memories for the both of us. I remember thinking that Casey was very handsome, but I also thought he was loud. It was the start of football season, and he walked into the gym yelling how excited he was."


Casey: "I remember thinking Bekah was very,very, very pretty, but there was no way a girl like that was ever going to date me.”

How and when did Casey propose?
Bekah: "This story is probably best told by him, but Casey proposed to me on the beach on my birthday. I have always wanted to get married in December, and I told Casey I did not want to have a long engagement. So, after the proposal, he told me he tried to propose at a time that would allow both of those to happen-- but I had no idea he was going to propose or even that he bought a ring! I was completely in the dark. I knew we would get married, but I had NO idea when that would be."

Casey: I wanted to propose somewhere that was special for us. Bekah’s family was already planning a beach trip in May, so I asked her family if I could highjacked the family vacation with my proposal. The beach is her very favorite place to be, so I thought what better place… and it will even be on her birthday (which she will never see coming.) After deciding on the when and where, I arranged for my family and some of our closest friends to be staying/hiding at a beach house down the road from her family. Bekah was already down at the beach, and I was coming in from a conference and meeting her there. I got into town earlier and scoped out the perfect place on the beach for the proposals (and the perfect hiding place for my brother to take pictures). They were all getting ready for her 'birthday dinner.' She knew they were having a birthday dinner for her that evening-- what she didn’t know was that it would double as an engagement dinner. Once I got to the house, I sat down for all of two minutes then asked her to go on a walk on the beach with me because my legs were stiff from driving all day. We walked out on to the beach, and I made it about 10 steps before I dropped to one knee so quickly the indention may still be there."

Bekah: "I had no idea what was going on because he walked, seriously, two steps and said, 'You know I want to spend the rest of my life with you, right?' Then, I looked over, and he was on one knee."

Casey: "After three 'Is this real?' and a few steps forward and backwards, she finally said, 'yes!' Afterwards, we walked back up to the house where our family and friends were waiting with a surprise engagement party."

Casey-- what's one of the things you admire most about Bekah?
Casey: "I admire her dedication to everything she sets her mind to. I admire the love and patience she continually shows to me. I admire her work ethic in getting her doctorate, and I admire her relationship with Christ."

Bekah--what's one of the things you admire most about Casey?
Bekah: "I admire how genuine and giving Casey is in everything he does. He loves and cares about others-- especially his family. He is always willing to help when there is a need. I admire how hard he works, and I’m so proud of what he has accomplished. I admire his love for Christ."

What are some things y'all like to do together?
Bekah: "We like to workout together. Of course, this is a major part of both our lives, and we are glad we get to enjoy it together. We like staying in and watching movies. We love going on road trips and spending time together in the car. We enjoy spending time with each of our families. We enjoy going to church together, and we’ve enjoyed getting involved and serving as a married couple. I’m slowly turning Casey into a regular beach goer-- which is my favorite thing to do."

What was each yall's favorite part of the day?
Casey: "I had a lot of moments during the day that meant a lot to me and that I will always remember, but the first look was hands down my favorite."

Bekah: "The day was everything and nothing like I expected. I loved being able to share those special moments with my mom and sister, along with my bridesmaids. Showing my dad my dress for the first time (well second time) but first for that day. Being able to spend time and share memories with our closest friends and family throughout the whole day and then talking and dancing with those at the reception. But, my favorite part of the day was seeing Casey at the end of the aisle and saying, 'I do.' At the end of the day, we both agreed that becoming husband and wife in the eyes of God is the best memory and gift we received that day."

What's next for you two?
Bekah: "Casey would tell you we are off to train for the Avengers. A little movie humor– he’s a movie buff, and now I’m his permanent tag along that ask a lot of questions. But… in reality, we are returning to Kentucky (our current home) and will be there for at least the next two years. I am currently working on my PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Kentucky, and Casey is the director of strength and conditioning at Kentucky Christian University. We hope to move back to Alabama or at least the South as soon as I am finished with school. We are loving married life!"

Michael + Sarah {engagement}

How did you two meet?
Michael: "I met Sarah just over two years ago at a friend’s house where we gathered to
watch the Super Bowl. I just arrived from coaching a baseball practice and knew everyone that
was coming was either married or in a relationship, but that’s when I noticed Sarah by herself. I
couldn’t help but look at her in a sneaky non-creepy way, but I was too nervous to say a whole
lot to her. The following day I asked my friend about his 'home add-on,' but only with the
intentions to ask about Sarah-- which he then gave me her phone number. That evening I asked
her out, and I remember the first time I saw Sarah pulling in to the Firebird’s restaurant. She
came flying in as if she owned the place or was practicing for the Talladega 500 race, but I was
also surprised she showed up after I jokingly told her, "My mom had just dropped me off, and
that I was waiting on her”. We hit it off from the very beginning and from that point on I knew
she was a God-send, and I enjoy every second I’m with her!"


Sarah: "We met about two years ago at a mutual friends Super Bowl party. I remember
as soon as Michael walked in the door immediately asking my friend who he was and wanting to
know all the scoop she could let me know about him. He was the tall, dark, handsome and quiet
type from first glance, which made me really intrigued, so I introduced myself, but we really
didn’t talk much that night. I knew I thought he was cute, but I didn’t have a clue that he was
interested in me until the next day I got a text from my friend’s husband telling me that Michael
wanted to get my phone number. He texted me one day after that, and we went out on our first
date that week. Then, we started seeing each other almost every day after that."

How and when did Michael propose? 
Michael: "I knew early on I was going to marry Sarah, and several ideas had crossed my mind. My original idea was to propose the Sunday before Thanksgiving when we all gathered at her family’s house, but time was not on my side. Afterwards, it was getting close to Christmas time, Sarah and I had planned to take Christmas pictures with our dog, Sasha, so we can send out Christmas cards. I knew right then my plans were to ask that important question. I reached out to Sarah’s friend, Kristin, whom took our pictures, and informed her of my plans, so we were on the same page. We began taking pictures in front of the town hall in Moss Preserve in Hoover, AL when I grabbed the ring and got down on one knee to asked her to marry me."

What are some things yall like to do together? 

Michael: "One of the biggest attractions about Sarah was her passion for baseball because her father is a head baseball coach in Montgomery, AL, and I’ve played my whole life. We enjoy watching and going to baseball games, trying out new restaurants, watching movies, going to the hunting camp, visiting her family and my soon-to-be niece, Mary Landers, and being spontaneous by going on trips which we went to Ellijay, GA last year."

Michael—describe Sarah in three words.
Michael: "Loving, sweet and angelic. I know no one is perfect, but in my eyes, that’s what Sarah is to me. I've never met a more loving, caring and selfless person in my life. She brings out the best in myself and others-- and even on my worse day, she brightens it up the second I see her. I’ve heard the expressions that most marriages are people whom marry their best friends, and I thought that’s not usually the case. However, I can vouch for that now because I love tackling life with her. I enjoy the lazy nights in and the chaotic weekends vacuuming Sasha’s hair all over the house. I thank the Lord everyday for putting her in my life. Everything happens on the Lord’s timing and happens for a reason. Every morning I wake up smiling knowing that she makes this world a better place, and I’m grateful and blessed beyond measures to soon call her my wife!"

Sarah—describe Michael in three words.
Sarah: "Caring, patient and funny. He has pursued me through our entire relationship, and he always shows and tells me how much he loves and cares for me. I am so blessed that the Lord put this amazing man that I have prayed for in my life. He truly is the first person I want to share my good and bad days with. His jokes and personality always put a smile on my face, and it reminds me to not take life so seriously. He is patient in my indecisiveness and how I have no sense of direction-- that part will only make sense to him because I can never decide on where I want to go eat. Early on in our relationship, we met my parents at the SEC baseball tournament, and he tried to walk me to my car in the rain, but I forgot where I parked, so he patiently helped me for almost an hour tp find my car. Then, there was the first date that he told me his mom dropped him off at the restaurant, and I had no idea he was kidding-- but I almost didn’t want to show up for our date. I could go on and on about how this man is so special to me in the way he makes me feel loved, cared for, secure and lets me be me despite all my shortcomings and flaws. I can't wait until I get to marry my best friend that makes me a better person.”

Patrick + Claire {engagement} :: Pike Road, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Claire: “Patrick and I met the summer of 2014 when I interned with the youth group at First Baptist Church Montgomery. I worked under his dad, who was then the associate minister of music, and I remember him telling me he had a son my age. We ended up spending time together at youth camp that summer, and that's where our friendship really began. We kept up some after that summer, but life happens and we went on doing our own thing. It was 2017 when things changed for both of us. I came home from Tennessee, where I was living at the time, for a weekend to help lead a group for Disciple Now at First Baptist. Patrick was also a leader that weekend. Let's just say, seeing him for the first time in a long time brought back lots of butterflies. I ended up moving back to Montgomery a few months later, and he asked me on a date. I don't think a day has gone by since then that we haven't spent time together. I never would have thought that a small summer job would lead me to meeting my future husband!”

Patrick: “Claire and I met at First Baptist Montgomery while she was a youth intern during the summer of 2014. My dad had recently become the associate minister of music at First Baptist, and I had just moved to Montgomery to transfer from Auburn to AUM. Claire and I became good friends after spending some time together at youth camp that summer. We always knew how to make each other laugh, and that's how I knew we would be good friends. Fast forward three years--I saw her at Disciple Now where we were both leaders and found out she was moving back to Montgomery from Nashville that spring. After catching up that weekend and in the weeks that followed, I realized I wanted to pursue a serious relationship with her.”

How and when did Patrick propose?

Claire: "Patrick proposed on October 27, 2018. One of my most cherished places is the little town where my daddy grew up. My grandfather has some land there, and Pat and I love to go down there with my family and ride through the woods, sit around a bonfire, fish (yes, I fish with him), or really anything that let's us enjoy the beautiful scenery. That day wasn't different from any other times we had been at the farm. My siblings were home from college for fall break, and my mom said she wanted us all to go down there and spend time together. Patrick's parents came, but that wasn't out of the ordinary either. We even brought some of our friends, but I accidentally orchestrated that myself. We enjoyed the day with the people we loved, and when we were all sitting around a bonfire, right before the sun was setting, Patrick told me he wanted to take a walk. I immediately froze and asked him why, but he said he just wanted to talk about his job, so I went along. We went to this little bench that looks over the water and sat down, but I realized he wasn't really saying anything that made sense. That's when I got suspicious. We stood up after awhile to walk back and he grabbed my hand, said a bunch of sweet things that I didn't really hear, and got on his knee to ask me to marry him. The special part was that we got to celebrate with both of our families and some of our closest friends. I will never forget that day!"

Patrick: "On October 22, 2018, I told my parents I was going to buy a ring for Claire. We had been dating nearly a year and a half and through prayer, I knew that God had revealed to me that she would be my wife. I bought a ring the next day and went to ask for her dad's blessing. I planned the whole thing out with her parents and mine, as well as my best friend, Garrett, and his wife, Krista. Claire obviously knew none of this, and she asked Garrett and Krista if they wanted to go down to her family's farm in the town that her dad grew up in. I knew the perfect spot to ask her--next to a bench her grandfather had had made, looking out at the lake. We spent the day with our families and friends and when the sun began to set, I asked her to go on a walk. Once we got to the spot, I dropped to one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes and we sat on the bench and prayed together before celebrating with our families and friends."

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?

Claire: "We like to go hiking but also to cozy up and watch movies. We love watching Friends or The Office and football and basketball. We like spending time with our family and friends and our new nephew. We go to church together each week and we love to pray together. We love singing really loud in the car, especially all of the old patriotic songs. We love to just be together and learn more about each other than we knew the day before."

Claire-- describe Patrick in three words.

Claire: "Patrick is kind-hearted, selfless and trustworthy."

Patrick-- describe Claire in three words.

Patrick: "Claire is beautiful, supportive and irreplaceable."

Hunter + Lorin {engagement :: Huntsville, Ala.}

How did you two meet?
Lorin: "Hunter and I first met when we were in sixth grade at Huntsville Middle School. I used to think Hunter was soooo cute with his long bowl cut and huge cow lick. Shortly after meeting, we became boyfriend and girlfriend, and then we attended our first middle school spring dance together. Our sixth grade fling only lasted a few months, and then we remained friends throughout middle and high school. For a few years after high school, we lost touch and would occasionally run into each other hanging out with mutual friends when Hunter would come home on breaks from school. My son, Grayson and I moved into a new house around the same time Hunter moved back to Huntsville from chiropractic school. We ended up being next-door neighbors. Like, right next door. For the first few weeks of being neighbors, Hunter, Grayson and I spent every night sitting out back talking and hanging out. Our dogs even became best friends! It didn't take long before I had fallen in love with my neighbor." 

Hunter:  "I came home on break from school and saw Lorin at a mutual friend's party. I hadn't seen Lorin in about five years or more, and I remember thinking: 'My gosh! She is so hot! I need to rekindle this middle school dream.' We ended up keeping in touch throughout the last couple of years of school. After moving back to Huntsville, we ended up being next-door neighbors and have been together ever since."

How and when did Hunter propose?
Lorin: "Hunter proposed on the Fourh of July. We had no plans for the holiday and were just going to 'go with the flow.' (Hunter's idea) I am the type of person that needs to have a plan and know exactly what we are going to do, but I agreed to relax and enjoy the day. We spent the day at Hunter's parents' house hanging out by the pool with our friends, Alex and Brooke. Apparently throughout the day, Hunter and Alex had been working on a plan for all of us to go watch a firework show from one of their office building rooftops. I had no idea what was going on and actually was panicking that we were going to miss the fireworks! Once we were there, the view on the rooftop was amazing! We were overlooking the Space & Rocket Center and next thing I know, Hunter was down on one knee! I had absolutely no idea! It was such a surprise and so special. I am so glad that we had our friends there to share that special moment with us."

What are some things y'all like to do together?
Lorin: "Everything. We really do love doing pretty much anything together. Hunter and I just enjoy laughing, joking around and having a good time together! We both love summertime, the outdoors and anything that involves being on the water-- so really enjoy taking the boat out on the lake, being at the beach or just hanging out by the pool. Hunter has a two-year-old Lab and I have a two-year-old GSP/Weimaraner who are best friends! We love taking them to swim and just letting them run around together. Hunter has SO MANY hobbies. He loves golfing, fishing, hunting, so I often tag along with him. Overall, we just love having fun!"

Lorin-- describe Hunter in three words:

Funny-- this is the first word that comes to my mind when describing Hunter because it is probably one of the qualities I love most about him. Hunter makes me laugh hysterically on a daily basis. There is never a dull moment at home with him...EVER. He makes life fun, and I can't wait to spend forever laughing with him every day. 

Caring-- this is one of the qualities that made me fall in love with Hunter. He has such a big heart! He is always willing to help anyone and everyone and genuinely cares about the feelings of others. He is the greatest partner and the most amazing step-dad to Grayson. From taking Grayson hunting, going to baseball and basketball games, or just playing video games together-- it makes my heart so happy to see how much Hunter cares and loves. Grayson and I are so blessed to have him!

Positive-- Hunter is a positive person in many different ways. He is so laid-back, caring and funny that he brings such a positive energy every where he goes, which is one of the many things I love about him. Hunter also has such a positive outlook on life. No matter how crazy and hectic a situation may be, Hunter is always so optimistic. 

Hunter-- describe Lorin in three words.

Firecracker-- Lorin is hot like a firecracker. She has always been a very strong minded woman who has never been afraid to speak her mind. She is fearless and forthright. She is loud and outspoken, and always a joy to be around. She is my little firecracker.

Thoughtful-- anyone who knows Lorin, knows that she wears her heart on her sleeve. She is considerate, attentive and always in some way looking out for others. She is very in-tune with her emotions and believe me-- she is not scared to shed a few tears. 

Mother-- above all, Lorin is a mother. She is caring, loving and supportive. She will be at every sporting event or after school activity even if it means missing a little sleep. She cares more about supporting and caring for us as a family than she does for her own self. 

Austin + Jacee {wedding} :: Selma. Ala.

How did you two meet?

Jacee: "Austin and I initially met this side of a turn-row in the heart of the Mississippi Delta under the smoldering heat of the sun. We were in Leland, MS for a field day surrounded by soybeans, corn and cotton. We shared lunch and a conversation under a big, white tent. After this day, I wouldn’t get to visit with Austin again until a year later.

Fast forward to a Young Farmers meeting in the middle of nowhere, Alabama. I am the speaker for the evening at a camp house with mostly men. Working and being involved in agriculture, this is something I have become used to on a Thursday night. Earlier in the week, one of my customers took me to Austin’s family farm where I met with his brother in the hayfield to visit their cattle operation. My customer had told me about Austin, and how he had just graduated from Auburn and was back on the farm. He also put in a good word about him. At the meeting, I was hoping Austin would show. I remembered how enjoyable he was to be around and the thought provoking conversations we had a year ago in the Delta. As we were getting ready to eat our burgers and start the program, Austin walked into the meeting last minute.

After the meeting, it was late and I still had quite the drive to make home. Starting down highway 80, my phone rang and the number that showed up was not recognized. Typically, I let these numbers go to voicemail, but decided to answer. Low and behold, it was Austin, calling to check on me and make sure I was getting home okay. During our conversation, he politely asked me to spend time with him and some of his family that weekend.

Next thing you know we are spending more and more time together. A few weeks after we had started spending time, Austin and I attended a small-town rodeo. We watched the young cowboys try their hand at calf roping from the tailgate of a truck. Afterward, we danced to a live band and had a great time. The next day, Austin asked me to be his girlfriend. I knew the connection and relationship Austin and I had was special. He is exactly who I’ve been praying for in a partner. The first time I met Austin, I knew he was a genuine and purposeful person. I was captivated by our conversations and his politeness toward me. His character, personality and attitude helped me realize what qualities are important in a future spouse and life partner.”

How and when did Austin propose?

Jacee: "Austin asked me to marry him on March 10, 2018. He asked under my favorite Spanish moss tree in the middle of a pasture on the farm.

For months, Austin had told me to be prepared for his brother’s surprise birthday the day he asked. He had it lined up where I was going to help his sister-in-law with their new baby girl, Ellis, while she prepared for the party. I had the Alabama State Cattlemen’s convention this day, as well. Driving to the farm from the convention, it rained on me the entire way. Once I got to the farm, it was cool and calm and the rain had stopped. I arrived and got dressed to go to his brother’s surprise party. On our way, he asked if I minded going to look at hayfields they had sprayed earlier in the week with a product I manage. I travel most of the time for my job, so this request did not seem out of the ordinary. However, I didn’t want to be late to help with the baby, but he insisted we had a little time.

As we drove through the pastures to the hayfields, he was asking me recommendations on when to spray for weed control and which products to use. Then, he stopped the truck and asked me to get out and look at a typical 'prairie' weed- Cherokee Rose. This species is commonly found throughout the Blackbelt or Prairie region of Alabama, and I think it is the toughest weed producers are faced with! To my pleasant surprise, we weren’t going to look at that species of rose.

We walked up to the big tree covered in Spanish moss and the trunk was covered in a beautiful floral display. Before Austin got down on one knee, he described me using the letters of the name, read the sweetest letter he wrote to me, and we had the most heartfelt conversation. He pulled the ring out of his cowboy boot and the rest in history! I have never felt more overcome by peace and the presence of God until this day. Austin’s brother, sister-in-law and lifelong friend were hiding out in the pasture capturing the candidness of the proposal and we are fortunate to have most of it on camera!

After the proposal, we called family and close friends to share the news. Then, Austin had another surprise in the form of an after proposal party with some of our friends and family! We are truly surrounded by such a great support system who show us love, kindness and Godly direction.”

Jacee--what's one of the things you admire most about Austin?

Jacee: "There are many things I admire about Austin-- it’s hard to pick just one! Overall, I admire Austin for his work ethic, purposeful attitude and sincere thoughtfulness toward others. Austin gets up every morning with a driven spirit that lingers through the day. He will do what is expected of him and then some-- he goes the extra mile. Austin keeps his word and is someone you can count on. He doesn’t just say something to speak-- he truly seeks to listen to understand. You can bet what comes out of his mouth has a purpose. He is the type of person that would do anything for anyone and genuinely cares about people. I am thankful God put him in my life and we get to take on this life as husband and wife!"

Austin-- what's one of the things you admire most about Jacee?

Austin: "There are many things I admire about Jacee to pick just one. I would say Jacee’s determination. She is very motivated. Which can be a difficult thing for many people. She makes it seem easy."

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

Austin: "Our day as whole was very special. One of my favorite parts was saying our vows in the presence of the Lord and our family and friends."

Jacee: "The whole day couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s hard to pick just one thing out of the day as my favorite part. One of the most special parts for both of us was not only saying our vows under the presence of God, but also in the church we were both baptized in. I have never felt so overwhelmed by the presence of God until this day. His grace over poured on us, literally, as it rained that morning and tornadoes that afternoon. Despite the forecast, there was no worry or concern of the conditions in my mind. It actually turned out nice and sunny that afternoon, and it was 75 degrees that evening for our outdoor tent reception in December! I think that is a perfect example of no matter the circumstances in life, God’s plan for each of our lives will prevail. There is no need to worry because He has it all worked out. I am so grateful for His plan for us! Another favorite part of our day that exemplified God’s glory, was when all of our family and friends joined us to sing a couple verses of “How Great Thou Art” before we said our vows. The worship was moving for both of us to have so many special people in our lives share such a sacred moment with us."

What are some things you two like to do together?

Jacee: "We like to do just about anything together, but here are some of our favorites: check the pivots in the corn and soybean fields, ride through the cows, watch John Wayne westerns, fish for bass and hunt turkeys and deer."

What's next for you two?

Jacee: "We live on a farm in west Alabama (the prairie) and raise crops and cattle. Specifically, we grow corn and soybeans, and Jacee sells agriculture products. We are excited to continue life as one with God leading our life!"

Vendors:
Ceremony: First Baptist Church of Selma, AL
Reception venue: Sturdivant Hall
Florals + planning: Shabby and Chic Events
Videographer: 1717 Wedding Cinema
Hair + makeup: Emily Summerville and Andi Watson
Bride’s dress: Heidi El NoraVeil: Sara Gabriel
Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Bridesmaid robes: PJ Harlow
Tux: Mr. Burch Mountain Brook
Jewelry: Steed’s Jewelry
Cakes: Amanda Kiser Cakes
Groom’s cookies: CookieFix
Catering: CafeIZ or EverythingIZ
Invitations: Brooke Lindsey
Napkin and Koozie artwork: Lane Ross Designs
Band: Music Garden, Wes Loper Band
Furniture: PropHouse
Lighting + tent: Encore Designs

Cody + Laura Jean {The journey to Emmy Lou}

How did you two meet and when did y'all get married?

Laura Jean: "We met in fourth period English class in eleventh grade. He was the new guy at our highschool. We ended up dating towards the end of our senior year and married a little over four years later!"

Did you have "plans" for you and Cody once y'all got married? How has that lined up with your reality now?

Laura Jean: "OH YES! We had lots of plans. I was planning to be a youth minister in Memphis, TN. Cody wanted to do something along the lines of accounting, but wasn't sure what that looked like at the time. I ended up not getting the job in Memphis, and Cody ended up with a desk job doing audits and renewals. Needless to say, after a lot of 'no's' we just dove into what we could get and made side plans of our own. When it comes to me and Cody, the side plans just keep brewing. Never did we think we would run a sidewalk coffee cart or renovate houses or even still live in Montgomery. Honestly we are not doing anything that we thought we would be doing. I seriously cannot make up some of the crazy stuff we have done, and the opportunities we have encountered that all kind of grew out of a place of not getting what we hoped for. God is interesting like that."

Tell us about your journey to begin having children.

Laura Jean: "I think having children was one of those things that I just thought, 'Oh, when we are ready, it'll just happen.' That is not our story. I am very open and willing to share that I have stage 3 endometriosis. Throughout college, I dealt with unbelievable pain that just was never explained. We were told after my first surgery (after they discovered my case) that we needed to have children ASAP. And we just... well— couldn't. The pain returned, and the same story: surgery, doctors said, 'have babies' and we, again— couldn't. 

Through a long story and series of events, we ended up at a different practice outside of the city. This doctor was able to hand more attention to my case and find better solutions to what I was dealing with so that I could see that there was hope to have children.

But honestly, I know it was the Lord. 

My doctor in town looked at my records when I was 14 weeks pregnant and said, 'This is truly a miracle that you have conceived. Praise God that this has happened." I know we talked to good people who prayed. We believed and hoped and cried and got offended by people— we did all the steps that so many walk through.

...But there is nothing our God cannot do, and I know this baby is a product of who Jesus is and the faith of so many who believed FOR us to have a baby.”

What's a piece of advice you'd give couples who are desiring to have children?

Laura Jean: "Something Cody and I used to say to each other was, 'Someone else's story is not mine, but my story is GOOD.' It was a way for us to stay focused on what we needed to pray for and not hear terrible stories and doubt what God was able to do. It was a way to not sink into self-pity when someone, 'accidentally got pregnant and we were told, 'This might not happen for you.'

More than anything, give yourself some grace. Give yourself patience and know that there is so much to lean into and pour your life into while you wait. The Lord is in the beginning, the journey and the final result. Try to just find the Lord in every step. He is there and good and showing off every single day."

What's one thing you are most looking forward to once Emmy Lou arrives?

Cody: "It's exciting being able to know that you are about to raise a human and have a tremendous impact on the way she see things— and also how she will help us see things. I can't wait for all the change and learning how to adapt with her in our lives. 

I cannot wait just to meet this little person— to see her face and think of how many people prayed her here. I can't wait to see what traits she inherits from us and how she makes the world brighter. I know Jesus knows her so well already  and I am excited to know her too."

Zane + Kasey {engagement}

How did you two meet?

Kasey: "We meet online after encouragement from close friends to join a dating app. The first time I met Zane, based off our conversation, I could tell he really enjoyed serving others, was very intelligent and could hold a great conversation with inquiring questions."

Zane: "On our first date, I remember thinking that Kasey was a great conversationalist, and that I definitely wanted to spend more time with her."

How did Zane propose?

Kasey: "Zane proposed on September 15, 2018. Earlier in the week, he has asked to take me on a date and said that we were going somewhere nice. He told me he'd pick me up Saturday evening. We went to downtown Montgomery where we spent many coffee dates after work walking from Dexter Avenue to the River Front amphitheater. Once downtown, he asked if we could go for a walk as we had some time before our reservation at Central. We walked to an overlook of the river where he proposed."

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?

Kasey: "We enjoy drinking a good cup of coffee, listening to and discussing podcasts, and finding the best tacos in town."

Zane— what’s one thing you admire most about Kasey?

Zane: "The thing I admire most about Kasey is how much she cares about people-- not just her friends and family, but each new person she meets. She genuinely wants to get to know everyone, learn about thier life and struggles, then help them however she can. Kasey has an excellent memory for every detail of a conversation because she really does care about each person she talks with."

Kasey— what’s one thing you admire most about Zane?

Kasey: "There are many things to admire about Zane. However, some of his most admirable qualities are his patience, how hard working he is and how much he enjoys serving others. He is also always learning something. Zane is very patient with me and a great listener at all times-- always being slow to speak and quick to listen. Zane is an extremely hard working along with how well he serves me and others daily. Zane is always learning and sharing with me so that I can learn with him. As Zane’s fiancé and future wife, I know that he will continue to bless me with these qualities with his patience, servanthood and continuing to teach me all that he’s learning."

Austin + Shelby {engagement}

How did you two meet?

Austin: “I met Shelby on the morning of October 4, 2014. That was the day Auburn played LSU at home our freshman year, and Shelby was my date for the game. I had been set up with her earlier in the week by Cailyn Sandoval (she was Cailyn Levant then, but has since married her longtime boyfriend and my best friend, John Sandoval). At that time, John and I were still pledges at our fraternity and had weekly swaps with different sororities on campus. It just so happens that the week before the LSU game, we had a swap with Chi Omega, which was Shelby and Cailyn’s sorority. Shelby and I did not meet each other then, but she enjoyed the swap so much that when she found out Cailyn was dating John, she told Cailyn that if any of his friends needed a date to anything to let her know. Coincidentally, that week I found myself in the extremely rare situation of not having a date. In my shock, I asked Cailyn if she could set me up with any of her friends, and luckily, she sent me Shelby’s phone number. That Saturday morning, a group of us drove to pick up our dates, and we pulled into Shelby’s apartment complex. Shelby walked out of her door, and I remember having to scrape my jaw off the asphalt of the parking lot to pull out my smooth line of ,“Hellllooooo,” and try my best not to be awkward as I gave her my best casual side hug. We had an awesome time tailgating and cheering Auburn on against LSU. It is always more fun when Auburn runs over the other team like we did to LSU that day. After the game, my friend Connor Koch and I were walking Shelby and his date home. I was actually hoping that when we got back to Shelby’s apartment we could keep hanging out because I just was not quite ready for our date to be over yet. She apparently had different plans though because as soon as we got to the door she thanked me for everything and walked inside and locked the door. Luckily, I have no shame and she mentioned during the day that we had the same chemistry professor and that she was doing well in the class, so I was able to trick her into ‘tutoring’ me in chemistry that semester, and the rest is history.”

Shelby: “Austin and I met in October of our freshman year at Auburn. My sorority, Chi Omega, had a swap at his fraternity and it was a blast! Though I did not meet Austin that day, one of my sorority sisters told us that she was dating a Theta Chi and that she would set us up on a gameday date. I gave her my number and a few days later, Austin texted me asking me to the Auburn/LSU game. When Austin picked me up from my apartment and we met for the first time, my first thought what a gentleman he was! He opened all my doors and was so sweet, hilarious and polite the entire day. He was such a gentleman and gave me his coat during the game and bought me drinks from the concession stand without me asking. We laughed, talked and cheered on The Tigers the entire night, and I realized how much we both LOVE Auburn football! Auburn ended up winning the game 41-7! Austin and I hung out the next few months and started dating officially in December-- and the rest was history! Auburn had a big win that day, but it was nothing compared to what I gained meeting Austin!”

How and when did Austin propose?

Austin: “I proposed on Star Wars day, May the Fourth, 2018. I had been sneaking around Shelby since November looking at rings and talking to her family. It was particularly difficult since we lived in the same apartment complex. There were times where I would tell her I was taking a nap and would be sneaking around in the parking lot when she would walk out of her apartment, so I would have to find something to hide behind until she left. As smart as Shelby is though, she was completely oblivious to everything. One time, I even accidentally pulled up a picture of a diamond ring on my phone when she was looking at it with me, and she didn’t even notice. I bought the ring right after Spring Break, which just so happens to be the week that I told her I wouldn’t be able to propose for at least another year. I felt bad for lying, but I knew she would appreciate it later. The week leading up to May 4 was finals week for me, and that weekend was graduation for most of our friends. I told her since I would not be able to hang out that week that we should go to dinner Friday night while our friends were with their families for graduation dinners. She thought that was a great idea, so on Friday we got ready to go eat and started driving to the spot I had picked out on Lake Martin. When she asked where we were going, I told her that everywhere in Auburn was booked up because of graduation and that I thought it would be nice to do a picnic on the lake. She bought it hook, line and sinker. We drove for the longest 45 minutes of my life to a park at Lake Martin. My mom and Shelby and mine’s best friends had been at that park for a couple hours beforehand setting up everything just like I had asked them to. When we pulled into the park, it was lined with mason jar candles leading to a table that had pictures of us, a letter to Shelby, a Bible, and a framed piece of paper that said, ‘Yes,’ from when she agreed to be my girlfriend freshman year. As I put the car in park, Shelby and I looked at each other, and she exhaled a long breath as I suppose why we were there was starting to hit her. We walked to the table, and I told her all the things that I had been rehearsing in my shower for weeks. I got down on a knee and pulled the ring out just like I had practiced. Shelby said, ‘yes’ several times and her left hand shot out faster than any human should be capable of. Her sister, Lauren, and best friends, Cailyn and Rachel, came out from various hiding spots after taking pictures and congratulated us. After taking more pictures, we drove a few houses down from the park to my Aunt Laura and Uncle Greg’s lake house where our family and friends were waiting to celebrate with us. We had Taco Mama catered because Mexican is Shelby’s favorite meal. The best part is that Shelby is so loved that we actually could not even fit everyone into the lake house and had to have another party in Auburn later that night for even more of our friends. In all the excitement, Shelby never actually ate anything though, so after it was all done, she and I went to Sonic to get her some tater tots. It was such a great time, and Shelby and I will always look back and talk about how great that night was.”

Shelby: “Austin proposed on May 4, 2018 at Lake Martin. As our relationship progressed through college, I knew that I could see myself marrying Austin and knew that he would make an incredible husband one day. In the Spring of 2018, Austin and I had a conversation about marriage and, though he confirmed that it was the next step for us, he told me that we would have to wait a year because of his grad school. Little did I know, Austin was already looking at rings!! A few months later, Austin told me that we should plan a date the Friday of Auburn’s graduation weekend. This wasn’t unusual for him at all. With pharmacy school and being college students in general, when we have time to go on a nice date together, Austin typically plans it ahead of time and keeps it a surprise from me. We spent most of the day together hanging out in Auburn, and when Austin came to pick me up for our date, he told me we were going to the lake to have a picnic because all of the restaurants were booked for graduation! However, when we got to the lake, we didn’t pull into his family’s lake house like I expected, but a small park with mason jars lining a walkway to the spot that he proposed! I was in such shock that I barely remember what he said at the time, but he knew that would happen, so he wrote me a letter with everything that he had rehearsed to say in it! Asking me to marry him was the easiest question I have ever had to answer! After I said yes, and got the most beautiful ring in the WORLD, my sister and two best friends came out from taking pictures to congratulate us! After, he had all of our family and friends come to the lake to celebrate with my favorite meal and even more friends waiting on us at my apartment back at Auburn! It was a day of pure joy and I could not be more thankful or more excited to be his wife! “

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?

Shelby: “We love to dance together. We love weddings and formals because it is just hours of dancing. We love cooking together. We both really like to travel. We love Auburn football. We love the beach and lake. We love watching movies and The Office. We love our friends and anytime that we get to spend with them!”

Austin—describe Shelby in three words.

“Godly– Above everything else, Shelby loves God. She is very involved in our church, and she loves people like Jesus does. She always points me back to God, and there is no better word to describe her.

Passionate– Anyone that knows Shelby knows that when she is in, she is all in. Whether it is her faith, becoming a pharmacist, or kettlebell class, Shelby will put everything she has into it.

Efficient– I have to include this one because this is always what Shelby says is the one word that describes her best. She always gives me a hard time because I move pretty slowly unless there’s a good reason to speed up. From the moment Shelby wakes up, she is productive and getting stuff done and done quickly. It is something I really do respect about her.”

Shelby—describe Austin in three words.

“Joyful– Austin is the happiest person I have ever met! He is always laughing and joking around and always has a positive perspective in any situation. Even when life gets hard, Austin is always the bright side to my day because he finds the good in every situation and every person. 

Constant– Austin is constant in so many different ways! He is so reliable, and I know that I can always count on him. Whether it is running over to my apartment to kill a bug (it happens, a lot) or knowing that he can always make me laugh, he is 100% himself all the time. Most importantly though, he is constant in showing me the love our Heavenly Father has for us and leads me in that truth daily. 

Servant-hearted– This by far describes Austin more than any other word. He amazes me the way that he not only loves serving others, but is ALWAYS looking for opportunities to serve me, his friends, his family or anyone! He does so joyfully and works so hard to help others.”

Lance + Betsy {wedding} Scottsboro, Ala.

How did you two meet?
Betsy: "Lance and I knew of each other all through high school, but he was at Grissom High, and I was at Huntsville High! For college, I went to The University of Alabama and he went to Auburn University. (Opposites attract!!) It wasn't until my sophomore year I decided to go to Auburn for the Iron Bowl weekend. (Which I told myself I WOULD NEVER DO! Ha!) but God's plan was greater than my own and had me go this one time. (Thankful I did!) Through mutual friends telling me Lance wanted to meet me and had a crush on me, I officially met Lance at the Iron Bowl game in 2013. His roommate was dating my sorority sister, and God decided this would be a perfect time for us to meet. I remember thinking Lance was so selfless, kind, helpful cute and funny. He had me laughing as soon as he introduced himself to me. After the Iron Bowl, it was soon Christmas break for the both of us, so we were both in our hometown Huntsville. We began going on dates and the rest is history :) Little did I know going to the town I said I would never go to I would end up meeting my future husband!! God's timing is perfect, and His plan is so much better than our own!! p.s. Alabama lost that game in the last second, and instead of Lance being a rude Auburn fan he went out of his way to make sure I wasn't upset about the loss. Although Alabama lost, I definitely won by meeting him!!"

How and when did Lance propose?
Betsy: "Lance and I love going on adventures and being spontaneous! If the sun is out so are we, and we are more than likely riding around listening to country music in the Jeep! It was a warm Saturday in October and we had plans to go watch the Alabama/TN game at Mellow Mushroom! During halftime, we decided to ride around in the Jeep. As we were riding, Lance slowed down in front of this hiking trail that he took me on right when we first started dating. He looked at me and asked, 'Remember one of our first dates up there?' (This is when I knew something was up) I said, 'Yes, it was fun!' He said, 'Want to go hiking up there again? I said, 'Sure, but I'm in sandals'... Long story short, he talked me into it and we got to hiking!! Halfway up the mountain, I stubbed my toe and it began to bleed I was like, 'Okay Lance, let's turn around,' and he said, 'You're fine the view will be worth it and we're almost there' -- it was then I definitely knew something was up!!!

When we got to the top of the mountain the view was gorgeous it overlooked the valley in Huntsville, and we sat down and began talking. His voice was shaking, and he said he was going to get a rock to throw off the mountain. This point I knew (!!!!!!) so I stood up turned around and he had a picture of my Gmom! I immediately began to cry. He took very good care of Gmom for the last couple years she was alive and she always told me, 'You better marry that boy.' He grabbed my hands and began to tell me the sweetest things about me and our relationship and our future. Next thing you know, he was on one knee!!!! I didn't even look at the ring and fell into his arms and gave him a bear hug which felt like I never let go!!! He even had a family friend in the power lines taking pictures the entire time!! After celebrating at the top of the mountain, we walked back down!!


At the bottom of the mountain was my family and some of my best friends who traveled from South Carolina, Birmingham and Montgomery just for this!! I began to cry when I saw all them!!
The surprises were still not over with! He said he had one more thing planned: we got in the Jeep and drove down to the Lumberyard restaurant where our families and more of our friends were!!! We celebrated, ate good food and enjoyed everyone's company! October 21, 2017 was a magical day and one I will never forget!! p.s. The ring he had completely customized with the diamonds on the side were from my mom's wedding band!! Lance Wallace did so good!!"

What are some things y’all like to do together? 
Betsy: "Lance and I love doing anything outside!! We are huge lake and beach people! We also love riding around in the jeep, hiking, boating swimming, grilling (we love to cook!). We also love live music, so if we find out there's a country concert in town we will definitely be there!! Lastly,  we just got a lab puppy so we enjoy taking him places and playing with him!"

Lance— what’s one thing you admire most about Betsy? 
Lance: "That’s a hard question because I love everything about Betsy! I would have to say the one thing I admire most about Betsy is her heart. She is so giving and loves everyone equally. If anyone is having a hard time, you can always depend on Betsy to show them love and compassion."

Betsy-- what's one thing you admire most about Lance?
Betsy: "There are so many things I admire about Lance to pick just one is hard!! I guess I have to say I admire how driven/hardworking Lance is in a selfless way. If he puts his mind to something he will do it-- for anyone. He is always willing to go out of his way to help someone out and fix whatever is the issue! He works hard at all he does and will do anything for anyone, and I admire that about him so much."

What was each of yall's favorite parts of the day?
Betsy: "The whole day was my favorite it’s hard to pick one moment!! Definitely walking down the aisle to see Lance (we didn’t do a first look, so this moment was so special for us) but honestly I think out of the entire day my most favorite part of had to have been Lance and mine's first dance. It was right at sunset which God painted so beautiful that night. We chose the song Best of My Love because it was a fun upbeat song that described us! We didn’t rehearse our dance because we wanted to be in the moment and it went exactly how we wanted! We had our closest friends bridesmaids and groomsmen standing right beside us and our family and friends above us and it was so much fun! I felt like I was on cloud nine dancing and couldn’t stop smiling!!! It hit me at this point that Lance was my husband, and God blessed us with the most beautiful night!"

Lance: "The day was a dream, so it’s hard just picking one moment! It’s rare that I don’t see Betsy, so it would have to be seeing here for the first time walking down the aisle. I couldn’t stop smiling-- she was the most beautiful bride!"

What’s next for you two?
Lance: "Once we return from our honeymoon in St. Lucia, we will continue life in Huntsville, AL-- our hometown. I work as an engineer, and Betsy works as a pharmaceutical sales rep and child life specialist for grief support groups. Betsy will move in to our home in 5 points with our white lab puppy Walter Wallace. We will continue to work hard, have fun, serve God and love each other! We’re so excited to begin life as husband and wife!"

Vendors:
Venue: Gorhams Bluff
Flowers: In Bloom--Mark Kimbrough and Ron Cooper 
Beauty: Emily Summerville 
Bride's dress: Village Bridal 
Bridesmaids: (PJ's) - PJharlow / (dresses): Kennedy Blue
Videographer: Southern Wedding Films (Colby)
Tux: Thrashers Clothing
Catering: Bubbas Catering
Band: Lisa and the Elusion

Andy + Madeleine {engagement} :: Birmingham, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Madeleine: “We met at UAB Hospital sometime in 2015 when he was a resident and I was a nurse. I don't remember the first time we met, but I do remember the first time he asked me out. We had both been taking care of a very sick patient, and he sat in the patient's room all day and chatted with me. He asked me out at the end of the day as I was leaving work.”

How and when did Andy propose?
Madeleine: "Andy proposed on April 28 on a trip to Ireland. I suspected something was up when he refused to let his suitcase out of his sight when we on a bus on the way to our hotel. The actual proposal happened when we were driving the Ring of Kerry. Our guidebook pointed us to a vista that was supposed to have the most beautiful views in all of Ireland. Andy was very eager to go, but when we got there there were at least three tour busses, so he quickly suggested we get back in the car and keep driving. Finally we stopped at a vista that we could have all to ourselves and that's where he proposed."

What are some things y'all like to do together?
Madeleine: "We enjoy the pursuit of trying every restaurant and brewery in Birmingham, beating our friends during game nights, trying to find a time to both sit down to watch the latest show we've been binge watching, and listening to records chosen by DJ Andy."

Madeleine-- describe Andy in three words.
Madeleine: "Andy is quick-witted, loyal and observant."

Andy-- describe Madeleine in three words.
Andy: "Madeleine is enthusiastic, steadfast and friendly."

Patrick + Hollin {wedding} :: Birmingham, Ala.

How did you two meet?
Patrick: "We met through mutual friends one Friday at Oteys Tavern. As soon as I walked in, I immediately asked a buddy of mine, Adam Manning, 'Man, who is that girl over there? You’ve got to introduce me.' Not too long after the introduction, I was already asking to take her on a date the following day. However, she said she couldn’t because was going to wedding. Without hesitation, I asked 'Well, do you have a date?' We went to the wedding together for our first date, and she wore a pink dress that made my jaw drop. I’ve been hooked ever since."

Hollin: "I met Patrick one night when I was out with all of my friends at Otey's Tavern. I remember my guy friends talking to Patrick and wondering who that cute boy was that they were all talking to. After getting a good 'talking up' by my girls and a teeeeny bit of liquid courage, I ended up waving Patrick over to where we were all sitting. We ended up talking outside at a table the rest of the night. It was then that Patrick asked me out on our first date, which ended up being a wedding that I was attending the next night and from there on it was history. "

How and when did Patrick propose?
Patrick: "I proposed on her birthday, the day after Christmas. My famous quote that I told her was, 'celebrating the day of the life that changed mine.' Yet, I was more nervous than I had ever been in my life. We had just gotten back to Birmingham from celebrating Christmas in Muscle Shoals with her family. I had told her I had gotten her a birthday present and made dinner reservations for us. I gave her a big gift bag with just tissue paper inside, and I was on a knee with the ring behind her while she was looking through the bag. It felt like I was on a knee for an eternity, and I finally said, 'Hollin, there’s nothing in the bag sweetheart-- turn around.' The waterworks began, and she said yes. We celebrated after with both of our families and friends at Dram afterword."

Hollin: "It was my birthday, the day after Christmas, and we had been to my hometown to celebrate with my family. I remember riding back to Birmingham jamming out and singing to music together (which I later found out we did because P was so nervous, hehe). Patrick had told me that we were going out for dinner so when we got back I was getting ready and Patrick left to go pick up my birthday cake. I remember when he got back he told me he wanted me to go ahead and open my gift. I came out into the living room and he had a BIG bag full of tissue paper sitting on the coffee table. I started tearing through all the paper because I was convinced he had gotten me a new purse and I was so excited! I remember I kept looking and looking in the bag hoping to find something and Patrick was like, 'Hollin, there's not anything in there.' In that moment, I kind of had an idea and my heart immediately started beating out of my chest. I then turned around to see Patrick kneeling on one knee with the ring in his hand. I honestly don't think I even said anything for about a solid minute because I was definitely doing the ugly cry and later finally managed to get out a, 'YES.' I remember Patrick saying, 'This is way better than that Chanel purse, huh?' He had lined up to surprise me with both of our families and close friends at Avo & Dram after to celebrate. It couldn't have been any more perfect!"

Patrick--what's one of the things you admire most about Hollin                                                                                                
Patrick: “She’s my sunshine. I love everything about her, and she makes me a better person. Her smile will light up a room, and she’s got the best personality of anyone that I’ve ever met. She’s got the biggest heart, and the saying, 'She’s beautiful inside and out' couldn’t be more true about Hollin. She’s loved by everyone, she works so hard, and she’s brilliant. I don’t deserve her, and I’m honestly the luckiest guy in the world."

Hollin-- what's one of the things you admire most about Patrick?
Hollin: "Patrick has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met. He loves so hard and cares about others so much. If I've ever had a bad day or a long day at work, Patrick will go out of his way to bring me up and put that smile right back on my face. I'll never forget losing my first dog and of course the next second, P was buying me a ticket to the zoo to try and turn my day around. He is always putting others before himself and is the definition of selfless, and I admire that so mud about him. Patrick brings out the very best in me, and when I'm with him I am the happiest girl in the world."

What are some things y'all like to do together?
Hollin: "Feasting on Mexican food (at least three times a week). We love watching movies together, going on walks around our neighborhood, and playing with our sweet Pippa girl."

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

Hollin: "Can I say the whole entire day?! I had so many favorite parts, but if I had to narrow it down to one it would be right when I started walking down the aisle and looked up to see Patrick smiling back at me with the sweetest smile I’ve ever seen. I had so many butterflies when I got at the church waiting to go in the sanctuary, but the moment I found Patrick’s face, I was so relaxed and so happy! That moment made me realize throughout life we will always have each other no matter what. He is truly my other half!"

Patrick: “The entire day and night was perfect, minus the heat. I was pretty nervous early on, but I was on cloud nine as soon as I read her letter and saw how amazing she looked. My jaw locked up, and I haven’t stopped smiling since.”

What's next for you two?
Hollin: "We have a lot of things we want to do in the years to come. Right now, we are finishing up the renovation on our new home, and we also are wanting to travel and see new parts of the world. I do have to say: every day with Patrick is a new adventure and if we did spend everyday in Birmingham, AL, it would be the best life I could ever ask for. God has blessed us incredibly, and I can’t wait to see what all else He has in store for us."

Patrick: “It’s the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m the luckiest guy in the world, and I still don’t feel like I deserve her.”

Vendors:

Planning: M. Elizabeth Events
Dress: Ivory and white 
Hair: The Hair and Makeup Collective
Makeup: Glow
Video: Chip Burns
Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids
Flowers: Lola’s
Cakes: Barbs cakes
Invitations: Swag

Clay + Blair {wedding} :: Montgomery, Ala.

How did you two meet?
Clay: "Blair and I, both being from Montgomery, always knew of each other, but technically our relationship began after college. As I went to Washington and Lee, and she went to Alabama, our careers led us both to Birmingham, Alabama. When I got a job with Merrill Lynch, me and two friends had to find a place to live in Birmingham. Through mutual friends, I found out that Blair and her roommates were moving out of their house in Crestline Park, and were moving to a more spacious house! We jumped on this opportunity, and moved in the week they moved out! Our friend groups converged-- and going out together and supper clubs were constant. Over a year or two, Blair and I had been hitting it off as best friends. The first time I saw Blair, she showed me her true colors through her culinary skills and near sommelier-like wine obsession."


Blair: "Clay and I always knew of each other! We started becoming close friends after he moved into a house me and my friends moved out of."

How and when did Clay propose?
Blair: "Clay proposed at his farm on November 24, 2017. He had been begging me to go deer hunting and had gotten some camo for me to wear. Once the sun came up and we began to unthaw, Clay proposed. All of our friends and family came on Saturday before the Auburn Alabama game to celebrate! It was such a special time at one of Clay’s favorite places!"

Blair-- what's one thing you admire most about Clay?
Blair: "Clay has a heart of gold! He is so thoughtful and always puts others first. He cares so deeply and is genuine with everything he does. He honestly makes me a better person!"

Clay-- what's one thing you admire most about Blair?

Clay: " I admire Blairs honesty, dedication and hard work to everything. She is the most loving and caring person I’ve ever met, and I hope I can be just like that to her. She is a family oriented person and takes care of those who matter to her!"

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?
Blair: "Clay and I enjoy doing lots of things together. We love being outside at the lake or the beach. We also love cooking!"


Clay: "The two of us love to be outside. Anything from going on walks to fishing together, we both have a passion for the outdoors. Hopefully I will get her a little more into hunting one day!"

What was each yall's favorite part of the big day?
Clay: "My favorite part of my wedding day was of course seeing my to be wife in her wedding gown, but also watching the smile on her father, Skip Parks, face when dancing with his only daughter on her wedding night. That smile is something that will never be forgotten! I was able to truly tell what Blair meant to her daddy on that night! What a party he threw!"

Blair: "There are so many things that made our wedding day so special!! My favorite part of the day was seeing Clay for the first time. There is such a rush of emotions leading up to that moment, and Clay made me feel so loved and excited to become his wife!"

What's next for you two?
Blair: "I am excited to see what the future holds! We both are getting back to our normal routines with work and enjoying each day. We are getting a puppy in the middle of October so that will fun!"

Clay: "We are getting our first dog, Chief, a male black lab, in the middle of October. Between the responsibility of being a dog owner and a home owner, and both having full time jobs (Blair as a Speech Language Pathologist and me as a Financial Advisor with River Bank & Trust) I believe we will have our hands full!"

Vendors:
Dress: Ivory and White
Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Hair and makeup: The Hair & Makeup Collective
Flowers and decorations: Sarah Spratling
Grooms/groomsmen attire: The Locker Room
Cakes: Peggy McKinney and Cake by Designs

Hoke + Hollan {wedding} :: High Ridge, 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."

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 wife"

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 him 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-- that is key when having to deal with me (haha!). There is never a dull moment in our relationship. Hoke constantly keeps me laughing. I am truly lucky to have Hoke as my husband."

What was each of yall’s favorite part of the day?
Hollan: "I have so many favorite parts of the day! However, my absolute most favorite was stepping onto the aisle with my brother, Hunter, and looking down the aisle at Hoke waiting for me. In that moment- Hoke and I were stepping into the next chapter in our life as husband and wife!" 

Hoke: "My favorite part of our wedding day was when Reverend Pat Mcwhorter pronounced Hollan and I as husband and wife! Hand in hand, we turned to face all of our family and friends at a place that is so special to Hollan, and has become special to me as well! I proposed to her on this property, and now we officially became husband and wife there too! We are so thankful for our family and friends who helped us celebrate our special day."

What are some things 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!"

What’s next for you two?
Hoke: "There’s a lot I could think is next in our lives and goals we want to accomplish— but since I have met Hollan, our lives have changed for the better, so there is no telling where our lives will be in five years. (But I am looking forward to it!) The only thing I know for sure is that I will spend the rest of my life loving her and doing the best I can to make sure she knows and feels that. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to as Mr. and Mrs. Smith!"

Hollan: "We are currently renovating my grandparents' home in Mathews! We are truly blessed to be able to start our new life right where I grew up. I am so excited to see what God has in store for us!"

Vendors:
Dress: Carriage House
Hair + makeup: The Hair and Makeup Collective / The Glow App
Invitations/programs/monogram logo/acrylic signs: Kara Anne Paper
Flowers: Southern Posies
Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Planning + design: Invision Events
Linens/Furniture: 
— Draping: Party Tables
— Lighting: Design Productions
— Furniture: Crush Event Design
— Linens: Nuage, LaTovala, I Do Linens
— Sailcloth tent, dance floor, customer built aisle and stage: Event Rentals Unlited Birmingham (ERU Birmingham)
Catering: Kathy G & Co. 
Cakes: Cake Designs and Peggy McKinney

Evan + Ashley {wedding} :: Wetumpka, Ala

How did you two meet?

Evan: "I was only 14 when we met, so I was very immature. I’ve always been attracted to Ashley, and even when we weren’t that close for a couple years, I still kept in touch because I always saw us together. Three years later, I made some moves and the rest is history! 

Ashley: "We met at my middle school volleyball game in 2009. I remember thinking how funny Evan was the first time I talked to him. He had one of those laughs that made everyone around him bust out laughing too. (Still does!) I just told someone a few days ago that I knew even back then he was someone special!"

How and when did Evan propose?
Ashley: "Evan proposed on September 29th, 2017. Evan’s sister, Ava, was in town and we had plans to meet her and her fiance Adam to eat at Hampstead. When Ava and I arrived, Evan and Adam texted saying they would be late. Ava asked me if I wanted to walk around and I agreed to do so. While walking around, Ava pointed to a table in the middle of the field where I noticed a wrapped present sitting on the table. I walked over and read the letter sitting on top. It was THE SWEETEST thing I had ever read. I then opened the present and a t-shirt was inside that read 'Diamonds and Doodles.' Our goldendoodle, Bentley, ran out and Evan followed right behind him. Evan walked to me in the middle of that field, got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Easiest yes of my life!!! We then went to an engagement party Evan had planned with both of our families. It really was such a special, thoughtful night!"

Evan-- what's one of the things you admire most about Ashley?
Evan: "Ashley is so encouraging. There are days that are tough, and I’m doubting myself or my decisions, and she’s always there to build me up. She’s pretty much been like that from the beginning of our relationship."

Ashley--what's one of the things you admire most about Evan?
Ashley: "Evan has the most servant heart of anyone I know. He will help anyone in need without one complaint. He is calm when I am frantic, has the most solid character and is so kind hearted. There is no doubt in my mind he will lead me and our future family in the way of the Lord! I look forward to the life we have ahead of us!"

What was each yall's favorite part of the big day?
Evan: "There are so many moments that I loved about our wedding day, like seeing her for the first time, taking pictures with our closest friends, and then the reception where we got a chance to talk and dance with more of our family and friends. However, the best part had to be when the two of us prayed after we took communion. That day was very busy, and in those two minutes it’s like time stopped, and we had a chance to thank God and pray for our future."


Ashley: "My favorite part of the day was taking communion with Evan during the ceremony. As Evan prayed over us and “Come to the Altar” was played, I truly felt the Lord was right there standing with His arms wrapped around the both of us. I was overwhelmed with emotion as I stood there with Evan, and I was reminded how faithful the Lord is and how He keeps His promises."

What's next for you two?
Ashley: "We are staying here in good ole’ Montgomery! We are blessed with great families, a great church home, jobs that we love and many wonderful friends!"

Venue: Jasmine Hill Gardens
Hair: Lisa Grant/Mary Katherine Golson
Makeup: Mollie Etheridge
Flowers: Flowers By Amanda
Cakes: Vickie Kyser (Bride's)/Cayce Davis (groom's)
Invitations: Taylor Mills
Catering: Jennie Weller Catering

Tripp + Mary Ruth {wedding} :: Huntsville, 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 awhile. 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."