Wedding inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere, but we believe the best source of inspiration is always your own life and love story. Such was certainly the case for today’s gorgeous couple! Megan is a stylist who is passionate about fashion, so when she fell in love with the look of a Chanel runway show in Paris, she knew she wanted to bring that same “Parisian chic” style to her and Barnett’s Alabama wedding. Add that unique design aesthetic to a pair of sentimental venues, throw in a few extra-sweet details (don’t miss the story behind their heart monogram!), and you have a wedding that I imagine had Megan and Barnett’s guests proclaiming “so them!” In my opinion, that’s the best compliment a bride and groom can ask for.
Many thanks to Stephen DeVries for sharing this special day with us!
Barnett and I met over 10 years ago! I was a junior in high school and he was a sophomore. I first noticed his beautiful hair and the fact that he didn’t dress like the other guys at our school. As girls do, I told my best friends about my new crush…and they set out to fix me up with him! Lucky for us, my friend’s boyfriend was driving Barnett home from school, and before I knew it, I was the one taking him–it was the perfect excuse to talk to him! Long story short, Barnett and I started dating, and the remainder of my time in high school was made perfect with Barnett in my life. We ended up going our separate ways for college, but reconnected four years ago on my birthday. Barnett texted me out of the blue wishing me happy birthday and inviting me to lunch. We got to know one another again and both admitted that we had never gotten over one another. The rest is history!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. As a a stylist, I work with wedding gowns often and have seen my fair share of divine dresses. While I have loved so many of the gowns I’ve had the pleasure of working with, it wasn’t until I spotted Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl’s pale blue, long-sleeve Elie Saab wedding gown that I knew I wanted that style of dress for our special day. My friend, Brooke Mason of Ivory and White, was able to order a dress straight off of the Monique Lhuillier runway with a similar feel and look. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one! I changed the dress slightly to suit my silhouette with a shorter sleeve and a slightly lower neckline than the runway sample. All in all, I couldn’t have been more ecstatic to have found a wedding dress that reflected my style so perfectly.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Barnett and I did have a first look, and I’m thrilled we made that decision. We both have wonderfully large families, and therefore wanted to enjoy the time taking pictures together prior to the ceremony. After our ceremony, we were both so happy to hop on the shuttle with our friends and enjoy our night together.
Confession: I shrieked out loud at the sight of their two adorable bichon frisés! My dog is a bichon too, so I have a soft spot for these fluffy pups! :)
Both venues hold a special place in our hearts. Barnett’s family has been attending the church where we were married for generations. We both practically grew up at our reception venue, the Country Club of Birmingham–from long days swimming in the pool every summer as kids, to their delicious meals at Sunday brunch, to special dances and events throughout high school and college. We truly love both of our venues and cherish all of our memories there.
Describe your wedding flowers. My flowers were inspired by a Chanel haute couture fashion show in Paris. I wanted the arrangements to be understated, yet elegant–“Parisian chic,” if you will. Sybil Sylvester was just the person to help me achieve the perfect wedding flowers! We used deep reds, creams, lavender, and a hint of gold.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Barnett’s mother is a beautiful artist. On every single birthday or holiday card she has given us over the years, she draws a sweet heart with an arrow through it on the envelope. I surprised Barnett by having her draw one of her hearts with our initials inside it. I then worked with my vendors to take the drawing and convert it into stickers for the popcorn boxes, napkins, and a light that shined on the outside of the country club that greeted our guests upon arrival.
I have two most memorable moments from our wedding day: first and foremost, standing at the altar with Barnett and seeing all of our friends and family surrounding us was surreal and life changing. The second moment would have to be dancing with all of our friends to our incredible band, especially when the band pulled me on stage and I danced alongside them!
Tell us all about the proposal! Our very first date at age 16 was at a local Thai restaurant. Nearly 10 years after our first date, after a long week of work for both of us, Barnett suggested we order takeout from that same Thai spot. After dinner, he informed me that they had messed up his order and had given him a free piece of chocolate cake. I didn’t blink twice and took the box with the cake in it. Upon opening it, I realized there was no cake inside, but rather, a beautiful emerald green ring box. The next few moments are a complete blur, as I couldn’t stop crying, smiling, and telling him how happy I was. After the proposal, Barnett had planned a wonderful evening visiting with our families, drinking champagne, and celebrating!
When did y’all get married? November 2, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 550
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Barnett and I chose Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” as our first dance song. It holds a special place in our hearts, as it became “our song” when we were 16. Every time we went to my family’s lake house, we would just sit on the dock, looking up at the stars and enjoying that song.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had two wedding cakes–one was a traditional wedding cake that was kept very understated and elegant. It was topped with winter berries and dried pomegranates. Our other wedding cake was a traditional French wedding cake, a croquembouche.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was my emerald and diamond drop earrings from Bromberg’s. My something blue was the inside lining of my Christian Louboutin heels. My something old was my great-grandmother’s birdcage hat that I wore when we left the reception. My something new was my dress!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? On the day of your wedding, don’t let anything stress you out or ruin your day. I made a conscious decision to not let anything bother me and it made the entire experience so joyful and relaxing!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We’re six months into being married, and it just keeps getting better and better! Barnett and I currently live in Birmingham with our precious bichons, Rosie and Joey. We are excited to continue to grow as a couple, and travel lots over the next few years. It’s off to a great start, thanks to our incredible honeymoon in Bali!
Photographer: Stephen DeVries / Videographer: Kinora Films / Planner: The Major Event / Ceremony Venue: Independent Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue and Catering: The Country Club of Birmingham / Florist: Wildflower Designs / Wedding Cake: Barb’s Cakes / Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited / Lighting: Design Productions / Band: Jessie’s Girls with East Coast Entertainment / Calligraphy: Jan Pruitt / Napkins: Scribbler / Heart Logo: Suzanne Chenoweth / Bride’s Gown: “Candice” by Monique Lhuillier / Bridal Salon: Ivory & White / Paper Products: Press Charming / Bride’s Earrings: Bromberg’s Fine Jewelry / Bridal Salon and Veil: Ivory & White / Hair Stylist: Mandie Joelle Powell of Joelle Salon / Makeup Artist: Christopher Magidson with Laura Mercier / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Men’s Tuxedos: Mr. Burch / Groom’s Bow Tie: Billy Reid / Groom’s Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue