Ben + Mary Grace {wedding} Montgomery, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Mary Grace: "We do not really recall the first time we saw each other-- probably because we were only four years old! However, we do remember starting to like each other in the sixth grade. We had sixth period together at Trinity Presbyterian School, which is where we grew to become close friends, which led to exchanging messages via AIM and email, which led to becoming an official couple in the 7th grade. Because we have been together so long we really do not recall life without the other which is what made our wedding day so special to us. The opportunity to gather in the church we both grew up in surrounded by our favorite people made for the BEST day."

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?

Mary Grace: "Since moving to Atlanta, Ben and I have found enjoying cheering on our city's team-- the Braves! We both enjoy going to college sporting events and the fellowship that surrounds them. Ben enjoys playing golf, and I enjoy watching him play--especially when it’s with my sister! We also love spending our summer weekends at the lake with our favorite people. In the fall/winter, you can find us at Ben’s family farm with our family."

How and when did Ben propose?

Mary Grace: "Ben’s proposal was very sneaky because I am very nosey and can be hard to surprise. The two weeks prior to the proposal, I was completely consumed in sorority recruitment at Auburn, so Ben and I actually didn’t see each other for about two weeks. The Saturday after Auburn’s bid day was Ben’s birthday. I was focused on celebrating him on Saturday and then taking Sunday as a full day of rest (but Ben had other plans!) He encouraged me to go up to the lake with him on Sunday to see my family which I was content with; however, on our drive up there when it began to rain-- my mood quickly shifted. I was disappointed that we were going to be stuck in the lake house while it rained all day, but Ben reassured me that it would be a great day! We stopped at SpringHouse restaurant on our way in for a quick brunch. Afterwards, our waitress asked us if we wanted to go see the new baby goats. Though I had no immediate interest in the goats, Ben again encouraged us to go look at them. We went down to the stables where Ben proposed! Looking back, I am thankful for that morning together and the celebration of engagement that we had together! After leaving the stables, we went to my parents' lake house where our families had gathers to celebrate with us! After celebrating with them, we went back to Auburn where our closest friends from school had all gather for another celebration! We were overwhelmed with the love that was poured onto us that day—and second to June 22-- it was the best day!"

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

Ben: "It's hard to pick just one thing that I admire most about Mary Grace because there are so many traits she possesses that makes her the beautiful person she is-- both inside and out. However, if I had to pick one thing that I admire most about Mary Grace, it is how selfless she is. She is constantly looking out for others and wanting to help others be the best that they can be. It is evident in all of her friendships where she is always calling to check in, writing them a note of encouragement or taking time out of her day to assist them. She is never too busy and always makes herself available. It is also evident in our relationship where she is always putting me first and placing my needs in front of hers. And finally, in her choice to be an occupational therapist where she will be helping others be the best versions of themselves."

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

Mary Grace: "Ben has an innate ability of making people feel included and welcomed in any situation. I believe this characteristic is a reflection of his love for the Lord and his desire for others to know this love also. This quality can also been seen in his loyalty to his people. You can always count on Ben to be your biggest fan in every season of life. There are many things I admire about Ben, but this is the one I admire the most!"

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

Mary Grace: "My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle to Ben. All the anticipation of that moment was far exceeded when those doors opened at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and I saw Ben Jones at the end of that aisle."


Ben: "I have to say my favorite part of our wedding day was the moment the doors opened for Mary Grace to walk down the aisle. This seems to be every groom’s answer, and now I understand why. There is no other time in life where you have a view of a church full of people that you love with the one you love the most walking down the aisle."

What's next for you two?

Mary Grace: "After we returned from our honeymoon, we made the move to Atlanta where Ben has taken a job with a commercial landscape company, and I am working to make Atlanta home! We look forward to exploring our BIG new city and all the adventures it will bring!"

Vendors:

Venue and catering: Montgomery Country Club
Hair and makeup: GLOW App
Bride's dress: The White Room
Flower: Jenny Noland Designs
Cakes: Peggy McKinney
Inviations: the bride, herself!

Bee + Becca {engagement :: Montgomery, Ala.}

How did you two meet?

Becca: "I never recall not knowing Bee! ;) Growing up together in school, church and supper club definitely built a foundation of friendship that I have many funny memories from."

Bee: "I wish we could remember actually 'meeting' each other, but truth is, we've never not known each other. Attending school together at Trinity and church together at Frazer provided a strong basis for our friendship. We ultimately became good friends during junior high and high school, and it's funny now to look back together as a couple on shared experiences and memories from our lives pre-dating/engaged. Given that, the question that's more fun/funny for both of us to answer is, 'When did you first become interested in the other person...?'

How did Bee propose?

Bee: "I wanted the proposal to be special, but I couldn't figure out exactly how I wanted to do it. When it was suggested by one of my closest friends that I fly to NYC and surprise her while she was there on a girls trip with her sister and mother, I knew that was the ticket! I booked my flight, and the planning began for this NYC rookie. Her sister, Rachel, and brother in-law, Chase, definitely helped me think through various details and their VERY detailed NYC schedule-- which included pictures in Central Park before their dinner on Monday, April 8th. I flew up to NYC that morning, Ubered to my hotel, got ready and headed to Central Park. It was a surreal feeling to be in Central Park waiting on your future wife to show up on the Gapstow Bridge so you can surprise her and ask her to marry you. While they were 'taking pictures,' I came onto the bridge, said her name, gave a stunned Becca a huge hug, and then got down on one knee!"

Becca: "He surprised me in Central Park in NYC! I was on a girls trip with my mom and sister and we were "taking photos" before sunset on the ? bridge. I heard my name, turned around, and there Bee was! Instant tears. The sweetest moment I'll cherish forever :)"

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?
Becca: "What do we not enjoy doing together?! Ha! Simple errands or to-dos are the most fun with Bee-- but our favorite things to enjoy together are live music (especially jazz or blues), road trips, exploring new cities and restaurants together, the farm (especially with our new little pup, Mayor) cooking and hosting friends, frequenting Vintage Cafe too much and shopping at Costco- (lol --free samples!)

Bee: "We enjoy pretty much everything together, but our favorites are: live music (shows at Standard Deluxe in Waverly, blues at Capitol Oyster Bar, Jazz from Henry Pugh in the Blue Room, etc.), sharing good food/drinks at local favorites in MGM and new spots in various cities we're visiting, traveling, cooking, hosting people, the farm, and dreaming together about the future.

Bee— describe Becca in three words.

Bee: " Becca is joy-filled, confident and fun-loving."

Becca— describe Bee in three words.

Becca: "Bee is fun-loving, intentional/thoughtful and kindhearted."

Tyler + Kaylan {wedding} :: Pell City, Ala.

How did you two meet?
Kaylan: "The first thing I remember about Tyler was seeing his smile. He has the most genuine smile ever. We didn’t talk much but meeting him that day began our wonderful friendship nearly 8 years ago. I just can remember how kind he was to me. He just has one of those personalities that can capture a whole room."

Tyler: "I will never forget when I first saw Kaylan. Everyone at school told me about this tall and beautiful girl named Kaylan. The first time that I saw her, I knew it was her everyone was talking about. I can just remember how kind and beautiful she was and how I wanted to get to know her more."

How and when did Tyler propose?
Kaylan: "Our families usually always vacation together. It’s not a surprise when they decide to go on a cruise or a beach trip. We had decided to go to Panama City Beach for the week. A couple of days into the trip, Tyler and I went on a date. We signed and dated the wall at Hammerhead Fred’s and came back for beach pictures with our families. He proposed to me in front of all of the people whom we love and in one of our favorite places to be-- the beach! It was such a special day, and I’ll never forget it. Prior to our dinner date, there was a hotel fire and everyone was freaking out because they were afraid this would mess up picture time-- but it all worked out."

Tyler: "I had been planning for a while to propose to Kaylan at the beach in front of all of the people we love. By this point, I was already in Charlotte, so it was important to me that everyone was there. We had just gotten ready for our date to Hammerhead Fred’s and the fire alarm went off. I grabbed a bag and stuck the ring in it. I tried to play it cool and she never wondered why I was carrying a bag. We finally left for our date and had a great time. We came back and took family pictures, and I proposed to the love of my life."

What are some things y'all like to do together?
Kaylan: "We both just enjoy being together. He’s a big golfer, so I enjoy being at the course and watching him play. We are a big movie couple and could watch movies all day. Being in a new city, we like to explore together. We are both fairly competitive and when I was in shape, I could whip him in a game of basketball. I guess our new hobby should be getting me in shape. It doesn’t matter what the day brings, just being by his side will always be my favorite."

Tyler: "It doesn't matter what we do together, we enjoy it. We do get competitive, so sometimes I have to let her win. We both can be lazy and we find ourselves watching TV when I get home from work. We don’t have to constantly be doing something to enjoy each other’s company."

What was each yall's favorite part of the day?
Kaylan: "My favorite part of the day was seeing Tyler for our first look. He shows his emotions more when it’s just him and I so getting to see him before walking down the aisle was so special to me. I just remember him smiling so big when he turned around. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other; it was the sweetest thing in the world to hear what he had written for me on our wedding day."

Tyler: "I would say the first look. Before the wedding I was very hesitant about a first look because the first time I wanted to see her was walking down the aisle. However, the first look was a very special moment we were able to share together. However, I did love seeing her walk down the aisle. In my head, I was thinking, 'She is about to be wife.' The whole day was just special, but those two moments I will remember forever."

Tyler--what's one of the things you admire most about Kaylan?
Tyler: "Her kind heart. She's so compassionate to everyone she comes into contact with. It doesn’t matter who she meets, she will be kind to them. That is one trait that I truly have always admired. She has always shown me kindness and compassion too. She’s an incredible woman with a big heart for the Lord and others."

Kaylan-- what's one of the things you admire most about Tyler?
Kaylan: "One thing I admire about Tyler is his willingness to try and do new things. Once he has something set in his mind, he will go after it. He moved to a new state seven hours away from his family and me. He didn’t know many people at all, but he was so determined to get to Charlotte and start a life for us there. We did long distance for over two years. Just knowing that he was creating a life for us two there meant the world to me. I am so thankful he is so strong-minded and is able to lead me. I know that he will always take care of me. He also has one of the sweetest personalities. He’s so easy going and kind to everyone he meets. He’s more extroverted than me, so he’s really helped me get out of my shell some."

What's next for you two?
Kaylan :"We are both officially in Charlotte together. I just want to take in and fully appreciate this time with my husband. We are learning to be so depedent on each other, and I’m so excited to see where this journey leads us. God has really blessed us beyond belief and He has continually answered prayers and promises. I don’t know where we will end up in the future, but I will follow him wherever he takes us."

Vendors:
Venue: Applewood Farm
Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Lambert (shop: Savvy Chic)
Dress + Veil: Diane’s Formal Affair
Flowers: BoxwoodandBows
Cakes: Heavens Gold Cakes
Invitations: Diane’s Formal Affair
Videographer: JGO Films
Catering: Taco Mama
Violinist: Bethany Bracker

Patrick + Claire {wedding} :: Montgomery, 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.”

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."

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

Claire: "I absolutely loved our wedding day! I loved spending the morning with my best friends, getting ready with my mom and sisters, and seeing my dad and brother’s faces when they first saw me in my wedding dress-- but I would have to say my favorite part of the day was the ceremony. I cannot describe the peace that washed over me as my daddy and I rounded the corner to make our way down the aisle, arm-in-arm-- and the look on my new husband’s face made the moment even sweeter. I knew this before, but it hit me even harder in that moment just how incredibly blessed I am. God has given me the most precious gift in a loving and Christ-like husband that loves me exactly for who I am. He is even more than I could’ve asked or prayed for! Looking around at the faces of all our best friends as we worshipped Jesus together made my heart want to burst. I could go on and on about this sweet time of worship, and I know it is something I will never forget! I also have to say that having our reception at the house I grew up in was a dream. That place is filled with more precious memories than I can count and getting to share it with all of the people we love was incredible. It felt like a fairytale and, if you know me, that couldn’t be more perfect! I have so much to be thankful for."

Patrick: "Our wedding day was simply unforgettable. One of the best moments for me was seeing my beautiful wife in her wedding dress for the first look at her house. It may have been about 100 degrees outside, but it didn’t faze me. I was completely in shock that this woman, my best friend, was going to be my life partner. She looked so beautiful. After I had walked down the aisle at the church and was waiting on my bride to be, I tried to soak it all in and enjoy the moment. It was awesome high-fiving my groomsmen and cracking smiles at everyone, but when the organ got loud and Claire’s mom stood up, it got so much better. Watching Claire walk down the aisle was one of the happiest moments of my life. I felt so blessed that God placed me in her path and that we fell in love—in that moment, I felt complete peace that only comes from God. Throughout the ceremony, I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as we prayed together, worshipped and looked deep into each other’s eyes as we repeated our vows. It was an unforgettable night—I love my wife."

Patrick-- what's one thing you admire most about Claire?

Patrick: "What I love most about Claire is the love she shows me every day. I can tell by the way she looks at me and talks to me that she loves me unconditionally. She has been encouraging and respectful throughout our entire relationship. She pushes me to be stronger and wiser physically and spiritually. She reminds me to trust God’s timing, which has helped me develop a stronger mindset about patience and how to wait on Him. She always points me to Christ. Everyday I am motivated to please her and to love her more because she is constantly doing the same for me. I am blessed to have her as my wife."

Claire-- what's one thing you admire most about Patrick?

Claire: "My favorite thing about Patrick is his love for Jesus and how that overflows into every aspect of his life. He is constantly pointing me to Christ, no matter what the situation may be. He is always encouraging me to see people the way God sees them and to treat others with kindness-- even when it’s hard. He has the best heart and makes it easy to trust him with anything. Patrick has a heart after the Lord and always shows me grace and forgiveness as we navigate life together. I can’t believe God chose me to be his wife and to have the privilege of serving Jesus with him by my side."

Vendors:

Wedding ceremony: First Baptist Church Montgomery
Reception: Home of the bride
Wedding planner: Mary Sanders
Videographer: Adam Coppock
Florist: Michelle Beaty
Cake: Vickie Kyser
Catering: Jennie Weller
Wedding dress designer: Anna Maier
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Azazie
Groomsmen’s Suits: ASOS
Band: Blue Denim Band
Invitations: Anna Slawson
Hair: Kamee Kwak
Makeup: Meagan Anderson

Austin + Shelby {wedding} Ohatchee, Ala.

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. 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. 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! 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! “

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.”

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.”

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

Shelby: "My favorite part of the day was our first look. It was the moment that I had been most excited about from the beginning. I had so much fun that morning getting ready with all of my bridesmaids, but all I could think about all was how ready I was to see Austin and start spending our wedding day together. I remember waiting inside before walking to out to him, and I was so nervous that it was going to start pouring rain. Instead, the moment I walked outside the sun was shining brightly and it could not have been a more beautiful. Seeing him immediately made all the nervousness disappear as we laughed and smiled and took in such a special moment together!"

Austin: "Easily, my favorite part of the day was watching Shelby walk down the aisle. After years of dating and over a year of engagement, that was the moment where all the (im)patience had paid off. It was finally happening. We had spent a lot of time during our pre-marital counseling discussing how marriage is symbolic of God’s love for us. For that moment specifically, we talked about how me waiting at the altar for Shelby was representative of how Christ will be waiting for us as we walk into Heaven. All the anticipation, pride, and joy that I felt watching those doors open and seeing her in all her beauty was just a small glimpse of what will happen as we walk through the doors of Heaven. It gave me a whole new perspective that would be hard to grasp otherwise, and it’s a moment I will never forget."

What's next for you two?

Shelby: "Austin and I will be in Auburn for the next couple of years as I finish my pharmacy degree while he is working on a master’s in mechanical engineering. We love our community, church and everything about Auburn and could see ourselves here forever. However, we are excited to see the plans the Lord has for our future as husband and wife and plan to go wherever His sovereign hand leads us."

Vendors:

Ceremony: Rainbow Presbyterian Church 

Reception: Otter Creek Farmstead and Distillery 

Planning/coordinating: Melanie Grace Weddings 

Hair and makeup: Danielle Ivy Chiepalich

Dress: Ivory and White 

Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie 

Flowers: Attalla Florist 

Cakes: Cakes by Lee 

Invitations: LCM Design 

Catering: The Happy Catering Company 

Band: Big Night Dynamite/Music Garden

Videography: Aly Hughes 

Groom and groomsmen suits: Jos A. Banks

Blake + Susan {engagement} :: Huntsville, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Susan: “Blake and I met when I was 15 and he was 16. Blake was a year older than me, and he was one of my brother’s good friends from the golf team. He actually spent the night at my house one night because he and my brother had a golf tournament early in the morning. The next day, I remember seeing him and thinking he was so cute! I even texted my best friend about him. Later, I found out he didn’t even see me that night and thought my brother was an only child. My best friend and him had a short stent of dating (I even third wheeled with them to Chick-Fil-A, and we talked the whole time.) —and then they ended up becoming good friends. A few months later, she told him she thought that me and him would be great together, and he texted me and asked me to go on a date— golfing (lol)— and the rest is history!”

Blake: “The first time we met was when we went to Chick-Fil-A in high school and it was Susan, her best friend and me. I remember we just ended up talking the whole time and then a few months later we ended up going on our first date. Since I was a golfer, I figured no better first date than the golf course.”

How and when did Blake propose?

Susan: “Obviously, Blake and I have been dating for a long time, so I was SO ready to get engaged. The Friday before he proposed, my roommate listened to me cry in the shower about it and was so convincing that she knew nothing. Blake gave me a giftcard to the spa at Ross Bridge in Birmingham for Christmas, so my two roommates and I decided to have a girls weekend and go stay there. We had a spa day all Saturday and then went up to our room and got ready for dinner. .I actually fell asleep, and was asleep 10 minutes before he proposed. They talked me into walking down to the nice restaurant at the hotel, and when I got to the stairs I saw Blake waiting! He had decorated the wine cellar of the restaurant with flowers and candles, and he had gotten family heirlooms from my parents (silver, white linen/lace table cloths, etc). He asked me to marry him, and then we ate and met our families afterwards!”

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?

Susan: "Blake and I really just love to spend time together! We always love going to the movies, going on walks and looking at houses (pretending we have a million dollars and picking out which parts of each house we would add to ours), playing with our dog, cooking, hanging out with family, and going golfing (Blake golfs-- I ride in the golf cart!)"


Blake: "We’re big fans of movies, and we also like to take our dog on walks and let her run around and have fun. We also like to cook together-- which could be described more by Susan cooking and me helping here and there. Plus, I’m a really good stirrer."

Blake-- describe Susan in three words: 

Blake: "Susan is independent, loving and smart."

Susan-- describe Blake in three words:

Susan: "Home, patient and gentle.

Home-- Blake has been with me through so many seasons of life. He has been a constant and when I think of him I’m immediately comforted-- just like you feel when you’re home. He can instantly calm my fears and anxieties. He’s the first person I want to tell every part of my day to. When I’m sick or upset, he’s the person that makes me feel better every single time.

Patient-- I’m what some would call type A, OCD, always has a plan, etc. I love to know what’s going to happen next and life has thrown me a million curve balls--nothing in my plan. Blake is the exact opposite--he goes with the flow, has faith that all things will work out always, and doesn’t sweat the small stuff. He is patient with me every single day--even when I’m not being the best version of myself--and always handles my freak outs with grace, understanding and LOADS of patience.

Gentle-- Blake is the kind of person that has a soothing presence. He is kind to everyone, always willing to listen and to just be there for you. His presence is gentle. He’s the kind of person that stray animals immediately walk up to or that a baby automatically stops crying in the arms of. You just feel like you can immediately trust him. It’s one of my favorite things about him--he always makes me feel safe and taken care of."

James Robert + Jami {engagement} Pursell Farms :: Sylacauga, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Jami: "We first met at some point growing up due to our parents both being in the cattle industry, so not the typical love at first sight thing-- although I've always thought he was so handsome and still is! My mother tells a story about driving by the Parnell's home, and James Robert was in the front yard playing. All he had on was his cowboy boots and a diaper-- she said she will never forget that! Let's just say we met when HE was in diapers! I can't recall what I thought the first time we met, but we laugh about the first time he visited my home. I was scared to let him come in because I told him I didn't want Charli Bay's (my little girl) toys to scare him away. That night, we sat on my front porch in rocking chairs while it rained and talked for hours. Here we are over three years later and the toys are still everywhere— and so is he. James Robert came into my life during the hardest time I have ever experienced. He was an unplanned adventure that only God could have planned."

James Robert: "Our families have known each other our whole lives, so we both would have been very young when we first 'met.' We reconnected once I came back home from Auburn to run the farm and hit it off."

What are some things y'all like to do together? 
Jami: "Us time! We love to sit and talk. James Robert said talking to me is like listening to your favorite song on the radio and all other conversation are static-- and I couldn't agree more!"

James Robert: "We love cooking together. I like to grill and cook anything in a skillet, and Jami handles everything else. By the way, she’s a great cook! We also have the best conversations that can last for hours and it’s always enjoyable!"

How and when did James Robert propose?
Jami: "James Robert proposed to Charli Bay and I on Jan. 25, 2019. We planned to take Charli Bay skiing this winter and just never made it. So, on a spur of the moment decision we decided to go to Gatlinburg for the weekend and take her to Ober. I knew we would get engaged at some point in 2019, but I did not think on this trip. We joked that he had to propose this year and he said it would be on Dec. 31, 2019. The best thing about our proposal was the inclusion of Charli Bay-- because he is marrying her also! He let her pick out my ring which still makes me smile today, but the cherry on top was when he proposed to both of us. It was just the three of us in an intimate setting just how I wanted it to be. Charli Bay was so shocked she ran into the other room. When she came back to us, I asked her what was wrong. She stated: 'I went to see if I was crying too.'"

James Robert-- describe Jami in three words.

James Robert: " Jami is independent, loving and selfless."

Jami- describe James Robert in three words.

Jami: "James Robert is godly, strong, leader, calm and confident."

Stephen + Britton {engagement} :: Atlanta, Ga.

How did you two meet?
Britton: "Stephen and I met through the college ministry spring break mission trip our junior year at Auburn. I thought, 'Who is the cute quiet guy?' We didn’t talk much until we returned to campus, and I was trying to sell philanthropy tickets for a dodge ball tournament. He and his friends made a team to compete. Plus, he had a sweet black lab that reeled me in for quality dog time."

Stephen: "Britton and I met on Amplify 2013 (First Baptist Church of Opelika's college spring break mission trip) while we were both juniors in college at Auburn. We were both assigned to the same group to repaint a fire station in the Port St. Joe area during the week. We interacted some during the painting and the rides to and from the fire station. I remember her being very outgoing and bubbly...and asked a lot of questions. That definitely forced me out of my comfort zone, but I thought it was endearing. After the trip we reconnected back at school, and the rest is history."

What are some things y'all like to do together?
Britton: "We love to hike with each of our dogs-- Lexi and Raisin. We also enjoy traveling and already dreaming about future trips."

Stephen: "Hiking, playing with our dogs (Raisin and Lexi), spending time with friends, skiing, traveling, trying out new breweries, going to the lake and eating pizza-- just to name a few."

How and when did Stephen propose?
Britton: "Stephen’s proposal was beautifully romantic with (the a little touch of 'us.') About a year prior, we were emailing while Stephen was serving in the Navy. He mentioned taking a trip to Europe—I was in! When planning our trip to Italy, he asked me what was I most excited about. Stephen used my top choice by proposing on our gondola ride. I genuinely had no idea in the moment because I was in such awe of the sights. I wondered why he was fidgeting around, but was too distracted to question. After he asked, "Do you think you’d be able to live with my quirks forever?' And my joking reply was, 'Yah, I don’t know, maybe.' I’m sure glad he still had the courage to ask me to marry him!"

Stephen: "We had planned a trip to Europe in November-December of 2018 while I was between duty stations. On the trip, we were planning on going to Zurich, Switzerland and several places in Italy-- including Venice. I thought this would be the perfect place to propose. I carried the ring around hidden in my backpack while we explored the city on November 26th, but I decided to pop the question while we were on a gondola ride...which is not easy to try and get down on one knee on!"

Britton- describe Stephen in three words:
Britton: "Stephen is conscientious, honest and patience. He thinks about all possibilities before making decisions-- including myself. His honesty is authentic and unwavering. Most of all, he is a God-fearing and patient man. I am indescribably thankful for who he is, and who he will be as we grow together as husband and wife."

Stephen-- describe Britton on three words:

Stephen: "Britton is outgoing, loving and beautiful."

Matt + Mary Katherine {engagement} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Mary Katherine: "Matt and I met through my older brother, Bo, in 2010 at Quixotes. Matt and Bo had recently started a band together, The Bama Gamblers, and I drove from Tuscaloosa to Auburn to watch them play for the first time. I remember immediately thinking he was so cute the first time I saw him. Matt and I became close friends quickly, and once I transferred to Auburn in 2012 we saw each other pretty much everyday. In 2013, we finally stopped trying to convince everyone, including ourselves, that we were just friends and became a couple! A few months later, he bought me our dog, Waylon, and I’ve been in love with him ever since. He’s truly my best friend and my favorite person!"

Matt: "The first time we met was at a bar in Auburn called Quixote’s now referred to
as 'Q’s' by the college kids. I was on stage playing with a band that happened
to have her brother as the bass player. We didn’t really talk that much to each
other that night, but as the band progressed, we started seeing each other
more and more often."

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?
Mary Katherine: "We really love to do anything and everything together! Our favorite thing to do is probably go see live music. We have been to SO many concerts over the past six years. We also love to do anything with Waylon, so we spend lots of time at the park. Matt won’t ever admit it, but he loves watching reality TV with me so we do that together too." 

Matt: "One of our favorite things to do together is take Waylon to the park. That’s
where the idea to propose at the park with Waylon there came from. Another
one of our favorite things to do is to watch American Idol while eating dinner
in the bed."

How and when did Matt propose?

Matt: "I proposed on September 30, 2018, at Kiesel Park in Auburn, Al (the same place that our incredible engagement pictures were taken). It was the day before our fifth anniversary and it was about 90 degrees but felt like a 110 to me. We walked our normal route with Waylon (our 5 year old puppy) and I was doing my best to keep my cool when we finally made it to a bench on the back trail of the park. After a couple of minutes of fumbling through my words, I hit one knee and vividly remember MK’s hand shaking furiously as I asked her to marry me. The details get a little fuzzy after that but I’m assuming she said yes since we’re getting married in December!"

Mary Katherine: "We got engaged on September 30, 2018-- also known as the hottest day of the entire year (in my opinion.) We love to take our dog, Waylon, out to Kiesel Park on Sundays to let him run off some energy. That Sunday was like any other Sunday, except I did NOT want to go. It was HOT and we had been to the Auburn game the day before. However, Matt was insisting that we go. We walked our normal route, and I thought Matt was acting totally normal-- other than the fact that he was drenched in sweat. We decided to take a break and sit down on a bench. Of course right when we sit down, Waylon darts into the woods, so I had to go after him. When I came back, Matt was awkwardly standing next to the bench and grabbed my hands. He said a bunch of words that I’m 100% sure he had not rehearsed and finally dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him! I was totally caught off guard. We celebrated that night with our favorites-- Chinese food and Kardashians. Hands down best day of my life and easiest decision I’ve ever made!"

Matt-- describe Mary Katherine in three words:

Matt: "Three words is difficult!

Hilarious-- especially when she’s not trying to be
Bright-- personality-wise and intelligence-wise
Loving-- in order to take care of Waylon and me there has to be a lot
of love there!”

Mary Katherine-- describe Matt in three words:

Mary Katherine: "Kind-- to know Matt truly is to love him. I constantly hear people talk about how kind and considerate Matt is-- and it’s so true. He has the kindest heart and the sweetest soul. Everyone loves him-- my friends love him more than they love me, and I love that! He can talk to anyone and would give you the shirt off his back before you even realized you needed it. He’s never judgmental and is so sweet. He gives the BEST hugs and lights up every room he walks into. I love my 'Mr. Kind Eyes.' 

Patient-- Matt is probably the most patient person I have ever met. Trust me when I say that because I test his patience on a daily basis. Whether he is teaching guitar lessons at work or simply being a friend, he is patient and understanding. He is the definition of a partner in all aspects-- a shoulder to cry on, a confidence booster and the ultimate listener all while never getting frustrated. He’s my favorite person to talk things through with because he can always help me see things from a different perspective-- and will let me ramble until I run out of energy! 

Talented-- Matt is one of the most talented guitar players I’ve ever seen! Every time he plays, there are literally groups of people standing in front of him staring in awe. There was even one time where the crowd started chanting his name (you know he loved that!) I see his face truly light up with joy when he’s playing guitar and seeing him so genuinely happy makes me so happy. The passion he has for playing guitar is contagious, and I love watching him be so incredibly dedicated to something. I am so thankful for Matt, ALL of his guitars, and that Bama Gamblers show in 2010 which led me to this man that is 1,000 times better than anything I could have ever imagined!"

Parker + Lexie {engagement} :: Montgomery, Ala.

How did you two meet?
Parker: "We met at Lexie’s sorority formal, but we weren’t each other’s dates. I went with a good friend of mine, and she got set up with one of my fraternity brothers, so we all ended up hanging out all night at the formal. I remember realizing how beautiful she was in her red dress, and I was upset when she went home after the formal instead of hanging out with the group longer. Earlier in the night we had added each other on social media, so we were able to keep communicating and haven’t stopped since."

Lexie: "I met Parker at my sorority’s formal! I was set up with one of his fraternity brothers, and he was the date for one of my sorority sisters. We all ended up riding to formal together, and we immediately hit it off. After formal was over, our group was going back to his fraternity house to hang out, and I decided to go home because I had a big test the following week. Somewhere along the way, we had added each other on Snapchat and just kept talking. I told my mom the next day that I bonded with an aerospace engineer-- little did I know I would be marrying him almost three years later!"

What are some things yall like to do together?
Parker: "We love going to Disney World, golf tournaments, eating good food and just being with each other!"

Lexie: "Parker has a knack for being entertaining even in the most boring of places so it really doesn’t matter what we are doing! He is always up for an adventure, so I am excited to get to experience life with him!"

How and when did Parker propose? 
Lexie: "Parker proposed on November 2, 2018! He started work in Orlando during the summer, so he was coming back a lot of weekends for football games. He told me that it would happen before the end of the year, so honestly every time he visited I thought it was going to be the weekend, haha! He really surprised me with how much thought and detail he put into the proposal. He and his mom came up to Auburn on Thursday, and I had no idea they were there. He was telling me lies all along to make me believe that he was still in Orlando, and he even called me to tell me he was going to have to fly up on Saturday before the game so that he could watch his sister cheer at her last football game. Some of my friends were supposed to be coming in to town that weekend too, and he had them tell me they couldn’t come anymore to throw me off. My sister was also in on the scheming, and they came up with a plan for Maddie and me to have Christmas card pictures taken in Auburn on Friday afternoon. I thought this was kind of weird at first, but went with it because my mom really wanted them done. When there was no evidence of a proposal happening at the first place we went for pictures, I really didn’t think it was going to happen. At the second stop, we walked around a corner, and I saw him standing in a gazebo on a pond at Town Creek Park. He had strung the gazebo in string lights and had candles lining the walk way. He asked and I said 'yes!' We went to dinner after the proposal, then when we got back to my apartment he had arranged for our friends and family to be there to celebrate us!"

Parker – describe Lexie in three words. 

Parker: "Lexie is sincere, caring and intentional." 

Lexie – describe Parker in three words.

Lexie: "Parker is adventurous, patient and kind."

Connor + Maggie {wedding} :: Auburn, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Maggie: "Connor and I met one summer in Auburn when we were at 1716 with mutual friends. Connor worked at home during the summers, but had made a trip down to visit for the weekend. We immediately hit it off as friends. I found Connor to be really fun and laid back. He was almost a little too goofy sometimes-- definitely too goofy to date so I thought-- but I knew there was just something different about him from the get go. It didn't take long to realize that Connor was different that anyone else I'd ever met, and we definitely connected on a different level. All that to say, sometimes you do marry the guy you meet in a bar!"

Connor: "We met at 1716-- a bar in Auburn. We were sitting across the bar from each other. A few friends I was with knew her, so when she looked over at us, I winked at her. She smiled and then I knew I had to go talk to her."