Michael + Sarah {wedding} :: Montgomery, Ala.

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

Michael: "Sarah’s the most compassionate and selfless person I’ve ever met. There’s never a dull moment with her. Her love not just for me, but for other people, is contagious and is felt by everyone she meets. I truly am the luckiest and most blessed man to call Sarah my wife and to share this life with her."

Sarah what’s one of the things you admire most about Michael?

Sarah: "I admire how kind and patient he is towards others. He is quiet and reserved when you meet him as he listens and gets to truly know someone with his kind heart. He makes me want to be a better person when it comes to patience for others in all circumstances. I get rushed trying to check things off my list that I become impatient and frustrated with others instead of just being in the moment and enjoying what is all around me. He has brought so much perspective in this area that I have to daily work to get better at. We are so blessed God put us into one another’s lives and I hope and pray our marriage can be an example of Christ’s love."

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

Michael: "Mine was the moment I first turned around to see Sarah in her wedding dress. Words can’t describe how I felt and how beautiful she was. It’s a memory I will never forget, and it was a day that I will always remember."

Sarah: "My favorite part was of course was first look I had when Michael saw me for the first time and that anticipation as we begin this journey to join our lives together. All the months of planning for this special moment is what a girl dreams of her whole life especially when you know you have found the person God has for you. I couldn’t stop smiling at him knowing this is just the beginning. I know he will always protect and provide for me. I feel safe and secure knowing that he is the leader of our family to guide us where we need to go. I think we were both so blessed and thankful to see all the friends and family that came out to celebrate our big day. All the friends that we have made along the way separated and now together as a couple was so special."

What is next for you two?

Sarah: "We will be living and working in Birmingham. We love to travel so we will be taking some trips this year like Blue Ridge, GA which is starting to be an annual trip. Greece is on our bucket list for our first trip together abroad. We plan on starting a family soon! We both love kids, and we can’t wait to have some of our own. Until that time comes, we will just enjoy time together and getting our house ready to have friends and family over."

Vendors:

Venue- The Oaks Plantation
Church- First Baptist Church of Montgomery, AL
Bride’s cake- Cake Design’s
Groom’s donuts- Shipley’s in Birmingham
Dress- Anne Barge at Bustle Gowns
Hair- Emily Shanks @ Dougs 2
Makeup- Eva Crockett @ Gus Mayer
Catering- A Catered Affair
Rental’s- Brendle’s Rentals
Flowers- Elizabeth Fritz
Bridesmaids dresses- Bella Bridesmaids
Groom’s & Groomsmen Suits- Joseph A. Banks
Band- Blanton Reed Band

Grayson + Haley :: engagement {Pike Road, Ala.}

How did you two meet?
Haley: "Grayson and I apparently met for the first time when I was two years old. My family moved to Huntsville, and Grayson’s dad was the builder for our first home. Our families participated in car pools with our siblings, but Grayson did not attend my school until second grade. We went about our separate elementary school lives, but ended up becoming friends once he joined the church band in eighth grade with one of my best friends, Paige. We were in the same 'friend group' and were friends for years until the middle of eleventh grade. We had a school dance where the girls had to ask guys, so I decided to ask Grayson to the dance. It all started from there."

How and when did Grayson propose?
Haley: "Grayson proposed on Dec. 15, 2017. I had just finished up my first semester of grad school in Birmingham and was coming to Huntsville for Christmas break. Grayson had mentioned wanting to go somewhere nice to eat once I got into town and go to some 'secret event' that I believed was a concert as to why it had to be Dec. 15. I knew we were going somewhere nice to eat, but honestly thought it was just because I had just wrapped up the semester, and we wanted to celebrate being back in the same town for the next month. We went to dinner at Cotton Row, and he wanted to go for a walk through the tinsel trail of Christmas trees in downtown Huntsville. We had discussed all we had been through as a couple in the past five years and where our lives were heading together and as we were walking up the steps by the spring, he stopped for a moment and got down on a knee. I honestly don’t remember what all was said at the time, but I was shocked beyond belief and so excited to say yes! I looked up and several of my family and friends were gathered together up more steps cheering, and I was overwhelmed with joy. Grayson had planned such a special moment to my surprise and made the night so special."

What are some things y'all like to do together?
Haley: "We enjoy going to the lake together with our families, hanging out with our friends for football games and regular get-togethers, and spending time with our dog, Kate."

Grayson-- describe Haley in three words.
Grayson: "Haley is compassionate, loving and funny."

Haley-- describe Grayson in three words.
Haley: "Grayson is caring, goofy and dedicated."

Ross + Kasey {wedding} :: Montgomery, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Kasey: "The first time we met was when I was a sophomore at Auburn and Ross was a junior. Kali, my sister, brought a few people to our family land one weekend, and Ross was one of the people that came. We really did not talk to each other much, and I honestly didn’t really remember meeting Ross at this time. I would say we really met and started to get to know each other a little over three years ago when we were both living in Birmingham. We had a group that went to Taco Mama every Tuesday for dinner, and this is where we really started seeing each other and got to know each other. It was fun getting to know each other in a group setting first before we even started to like each other."

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

Kasey: "Ross and I love to cook together and go on walks. We do this pretty much every night during the week. We also really enjoy going to the beach and have gone several times a year since we started dating."

How and when did Ross propose?
Kasey: "Ross proposed on December 1, 2018. My sisters, mom and I had been at the women’s Christmas brunch that morning at Frazer, and Ross was in Montgomery because my family was planning on going to our family land that afternoon. I rode with Tara, my sister, from the church to our house, and when we pulled up, Ross was outside. He told me he needed to show me something around the back of the house. When I came around, Ross had a sign that Kali had written on, and he proposed at the house that I had lived in since I was two years old. This was so special because my parents had the house on the market and sold it soon after. After Ross proposed, we walked in my house, and he had invited all our friends and family-- so everyone was there to celebrate our engagement! Later, I found out this was not the original plan, but due to the weather not being great, he ended up changing it and proposing at the house. I remember after Ross proposed, he told me, 'I just couldn’t wait any longer.’ I will never forget that. It was so sweet!"

Ross --what's one of the things you admire most about Kasey?

Ross: "Her dedication is what I admire most about Kasey. Whether it is for something small or something really important-- she is very dedicated and puts her whole heart into everything she does. I am very blessed by her."

Kasey -- what's one of the things you admire most about Ross?

Kasey: "Right after Ross and I officially started dating, I had so many of his friends tell me that Ross is the most loyal person-- and since then, I have seen that to be true more and more. Ross is so loyal to everyone in his life. He would do anything for me and loves me in a way that is a hard to describe!"

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

Kasey: "It is hard to choose just one favorite, but I think mine would have to be the first look. I feel like that was such a sweet moment between the two of us. Seeing Ross and his reaction to me in my wedding dress was so special."

Ross: "My favorite part was seeing Kasey come down the aisle. I had dreamed about seeing her walk down the aisle on several occasions, and when it finally happened, it was very hard to keep from crying like a baby."

What's next for you two?

Kasey: "Ross and I will be living and working in Birmingham. We are learning to live together and truly understand what it means to live together as husband and wife!"

Vendors:
Ceremony: Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church
Reception: The Warehouse at Alley Station
Hair: Kelly Freeman
Makeup: Sarah Marie Kelley
Bride’s dress: Diane’s Formal Affair
Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Flowers: Graylillies
Catering: Tammy Griffin’s A Catered Affair
Bride's cake: Donna Oliphint
Groom's cake: Vicki Kyser
Invitations: Emily Bailey
Envelopes, chalk boards, food signs: Kasey Eidson
Videographer: Jeff Bush Videography

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."