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After a serendipitous meeting on a cruise ship, Jeni and Adam knew there was something special between them. So special, in fact, that just three weeks after their vacations, Jeni flew to Oklahoma to see Adam, and they began a long-distance relationship. Over the next year, Jeni and Adam not only fell in love with each other, Jeni also fell in love with Oklahoma, so when given the opportunity, she decided to take a chance on what she and Adam had by moving cross country. A few years later, charming country details, a rustic venue, and plenty of hospitality gave Jeni’s family a lovely introduction to the Southern state Jeni and Adam had made their home, and the celebration couldn’t have been sweeter!

Thank you so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Amanda Watson, for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

My mom flew out to Oklahoma City from San Diego to go dress shopping with me. We went to three different boutiques and had a great experience at each of them, complete with champagne and oversized mirrors, but by the end of the day, I become somewhat discouraged because no one dress seemed to be perfect for me. After I tried on the last dress that I had picked out, my stylist, Christina, said she had one more that may fit my desires. I wasn’t too impressed when I saw it on the hanger, but when I came out of the dressing room, we all knew it was the ONE!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I wanted to give my family (who is mainly from California) the perfect Oklahoma experience. We wanted a venue that was country, but also clean and romantic. We searched for weeks and visited so many, but when we pulled up to the Tatanka Ranch, we knew it was perfect. My whole family was able to stay on the ranch for the entire weekend, which made it feel like a family reunion. It was in a perfect central location in Oklahoma too, so none of our local guests had to drive more than an hour.

Our entire wedding had a rustic, country theme that highlighted the natural beauty of Oklahoma. The field we got married in, the boots we all wore, the oversized barn doors draped in white fabric, the homestyle food we served, the horses all around us…all of it made for the perfect Southern wedding.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every minute, because no matter how long your engagement seems, time goes by so quickly. Also, spoil your bridesmaids and your parents–they deserve it.

Don’t miss Jeni + Adam’s wedding highlights by Glorious Day Films!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. In May 2011, my mom and I took off for the California coast for a “girls trip” to Cabo San Lucas and Puerta Vallarta. Along with his parents and older brother, Adam also set out on a trip to visit Los Angeles and Hollywood. After seeing the sights of Southern California, we boarded the same Carnival cruise ship. We were introduced to one another on the cruise ship deck (the seas of Mexico are quite romantic!). We spent the rest of the trip together, and started making plans to see each other afterwards–I was finishing school in Tucson, Arizona, and Adam in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Three weeks later, I took my first trip to Oklahoma, and after a year of long distance, I moved to central Oklahoma to pursue graduate school and love.
Tell us all about the proposal! We made plans to attend our first OKC Redhawks game of the season together. The day of the game, we walked around Downtown OKC Bricktown and had lunch at a local taco shop. With sunny skies above, we finished lunch and made our way to the Redhawks stadium across the street, but first, we stopped at the fountain to take a photo. After asking my brother, Jake, to take the picture, we posed and Jake counted to three. On three, Adam dropped to one knee and asked for my hand in marriage. Jake caught the whole experience on video.
When did y’all get married? May 17, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 140
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did do a first look because we wanted to maximize our time together on our special day. We don’t like hearing that first looks are “untraditional” because that time together really did ease our nerves out before the ceremony, and even more so, it gave us the most romantic time between the two of us, where our photographer captured some of our favorite photos. We were never rushed for time, we were able to enjoy each other all dressed up, and we were able to savor every minute.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We were honest with vendors about our budget from day one. Every single one of them worked with us and found a package that fit our budget and needs. We were very blessed in that regard.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Growing closer to God, together. We are so excited about everything that comes along with being married and spending forever with one another–growing our family, setting and achieving goals, serving our communities, traveling, and making memories.

Photographer: Amanda Watson Photography / Videographer: Glorious Day Films / Venue, Catering, and Lighting: The Tatanka Ranch / Florist: Emerson Events / Cake Baker: Rosebeary Design / Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals / Music: Xcell Productions / Paper Products: Unhinged Designs / Makeup Artist: Regina Rodriguez / Bride’s Shoes: Old Gringo Boots / Men’s Attire: Perry Ellis

Amanda Watson is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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    […] What better way to kick off the new blog than with a featured wedding?! We were so blessed to be a part of Jeni & Adam’s big day and are proud to have it featured over on Southern Weddings, see the feature here: http://southernweddings.com/2014/09/25/oklahoma-wedding-by-amanda-watson/ […]

  2. avatar Loverly reply

    Love the green truck! It adds such a great vintage element!

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We Want You in Southern Weddings V7!

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Friends! We are SO close to sending our next issue to print, but before we do, we need some help from our sweet married readers with one of our favorite upcoming features!

Love this photo of Clark and Caroline Brewer from their Southern Newlywed post!

We would love to hear your answer to this question: what is your favorite thing about being married? Please feel free to elaborate and get creative!

Comment below and tell us by Friday! We’ll sprinkle our favorite answers throughout the next issue, so please only comment if it’s okay for us to include your quote, plus your first name, last initial, and hometown in print. We’d love to have you join us!

P.S. Have you preordered your copy of V7 yet? If not, you can do so here!

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  1. avatar Ashley Hirst reply

    The best thing about being married is having your best friend always by your side. I love seeing his smiling face everyday after work, it makes going home so much better!
    Ashley H, Orlando, FL

  2. avatar Mary V. reply

    I think my comment got eaten so I’m trying again!

    My husband and I dated long distance for almost 5 years before we got married 2 years ago so my favorite thing about being married is all the time we get to spend together now! Since most of our dating was spent rushing around weekends trying to fit a month’s worth of activities into two days, we now look forward to any weekend that has zero plans and use that time to create a blanket nest on the couch.

  3. avatar Jillian reply

    My favorite thing about being married is having a partner, to help you, hug you and be there for you whenever you need it. My second favorite, a close runner up, is a having a lifelong sleepover with your favorite person.

    Jillian S. Beltsville, MD

  4. avatar Maggie Hickman reply

    The absolute best thing about being married is having an accountability partner in my walk with Jesus Christ. My husband keeps me grounded, and helps me to remember to always keep God first in every aspect of life. He’s also pretty cute to look at!

  5. avatar Whitney M reply

    Knowing that I always have someone in my corner & on my side (: No matter if my hair is a mess or I completely burn a casserole, he’s right there waiting with a hug & kiss. He truly embodies what “extending grace” means, & it’s one of my favorite things about having a husband!

  6. avatar Lauren P reply

    It’s been surprisingly fun to have the same last name. Newly monogrammed things aside :).. When you’re dating you don’t think how it will feel for people to refer to you as mrs-his-name. There’s something about it that feels so fun and special and permanent, connecting you to generations before you and beginning your own little family of two.

  7. avatar Amy Salo reply

    My favorite part of marriage is getting to start and end each day with my best friend. It’s the fact that his home is my home, too.

  8. avatar Lauren P reply

    I was surprised by how much I love sharing a last name. There’s something so sweet and special about being Mrs-his-name. You feel connected to generations before and that somehow it makes your little family of two official.

  9. avatar Lesley Tapley reply

    The best part about being married is having a partner to experience every walk of life with; the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

  10. avatar Melissa P. reply

    My favorite thing about being married is having someone who makes me want to be the best version of myself. Even after almost 9 years, he still constantly encourages me to be successful, loves me like I’m the most deserving person in the world- even when most times I feel far from deserving.

  11. avatar Lacey Rabalais reply

    There’s so many things I love about being married. Besides having someone to take out the trash and kill bugs, it’s wonderful to have a partner in life. Someone to enjoy the big moments along with the little ones. Someone to cheer you on and lift you up. Someone to keep you in check when you’re getting a little crazy. Someone to just truly love you and for you to love back.

  12. avatar Juliana Spivey reply

    I am the luckiest girl in the world simply because I got to marry the man of my dreams. As I’ve grown older, I have had many goals + aspirations added to my “bucket list”, but now I realize that my husband, Clayton, entirely encompasses it. He is my bucket list. He is my glass half-full, if not overflowing, and he makes me a better person because of that. He makes me laugh, he comforts me when I cry, he takes my breath away, & still makes my heart skip a beat. He captured my heart and I gladly threw away the key, and I am beyond blessed to have gained a partner who will walk with me by my side, hand in hand, to wherever our journey leads us.

  13. avatar Meredith Shanks reply

    My favorite thing about married is doing life with my best friend. Whether it’s praying before we go to sleep or making chocolate chip pancakes on a Saturday morning, I love making memories with him.

  14. avatar Jennifer M reply

    My favorite things about being married are Friday date nights, daily runs outside…even though I get passed because I’m much slower ;), traveling to new and exciting places, long chats over coffee on Saturday mornings, nighttime snuggles and best of all…knowing my husband and I are living “OUR” dream together!!

  15. avatar Bryson Kessler reply

    I met my husband in college. My mother passed away the year prior to breast cancer. I knew, when I met my husband, that he was the one – instantly. He felt the same thing. Because I was still dealing with the loss of my mother, I was not emotionally ready for the relationship. I moved to a different college and we both moved forward with our lives. After 15 years and failed marriages, we were randomly reunited. We have now been married for three years. My favorite part of my marriage is knowing each day that, although the path has been broken and painful, by grace, I was given a second chance to walk through my crazy, joyful, flawed and completely beautiful life with my best friend and love of my life!

  16. avatar Jamie Leakey reply

    My favorite thing about marriage is creating and establishing family traditions with my husband! I live for sweet memories and it has been so much fun to share them with my best friend!

  17. avatar Stacy W. reply

    To put it simply, I get to see my favorite person in the entire world every single day. What’s better than that?

  18. avatar Leanne Woodward reply

    My favorite part of being married is continuously learning from each other and growing with each other. We each have our own passions, but are always willing to share those interests with each other. My husband taught me to fish, golf and shoot; I shared my passion for running, yoga and cooking. We love the opportunity to engage in these interests with each other!

  19. avatar Tanya P reply

    There are so many! But my favorite part is falling asleep wrapped in each other’s arms and waking up to sweet, good morning kisses. We’ve been married for 5 years now, and it’s still something we look forward to all day and can’t wait to get home for!

  20. avatar Mandy Volpe reply

    My favorite thing about being married is that he knows me better than I know myself and shows that to me with little gestures of surprises. That moment when he comes home from work with a lemonade in hand because he knows I had a rough day is truly the sweet spot of marriage!

  21. avatar Laura Kittrell reply

    The best thing about being married is never having to say goodbye at the end of the night! I remember hating that when we were dating, and now we don’t have to! I love doing life with my very best friend. He see’s me at my best and worst, and I love that at the end of a hard day or argument he will lean over and say, “You know there is no one that I would rather do this with….right?” For better or worse.

  22. avatar Haley M; Raleigh, NC reply

    The little moments are my favorite part of marriage; fits of laughter, morning coffee, silly dancing, and evening strolls with our dog.

  23. avatar Leanne Woodward reply

    My favorite part about being married is continuously learning from each other and always growing with each other. We each have our own passions, but are always willing to share our interests with one another. My husband has taught me to fish, golf and shoot; I’ve shared my passion for running, yoga and cooking. We love the opportunity to engage in these interests together! – Leanne W. Durham, North Carolina

  24. avatar Kelsey Hawkins reply

    My husband and I have been married for 3 months and I am a brand new military wife. I still get butterflies when he walks in our door is his uniform. I love hearing him introduce me as his wife, I don’t think that will ever get old. I love knowing that in all of the ups and downs of life, we get to go through them together.

    -Kelsey H
    Savannah, GA

  25. avatar Janine P reply

    My favorite thing about being married is two-fold. It’s the pride I feel when I call him my husband and the comfort I feel knowing that I have a companion for life with whom I love more and more every day.

  26. avatar Sally Maxwell reply

    Laughing everyday like I’m in high-school. My husband is mature and serious and but has always made me laugh with a good sense of humour, however it wasn’t until we were married that I saw his real silly side. He is a creative (graphic designer) so he’s forever making up silly but creative on-the-spot songs depending on what I’m doing (like making sandwiches) and turns an otherwise menial moment into hilarity. I love that he tries to make me laugh and loves to see me happy! How nice that it’s someone’s goal each day just to see you happy and laughing.

  27. avatar Emma A. reply

    Having a built in late night chinese take out partner and fellow car dancing aficionado. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that mean the most. Emma A. Washington D.C.

  28. avatar Katie Harper reply

    I feel like my favorite thing about being married should somehow sound more glamorous. We have been married for 6 years and anytime anyone asks me about marrital advice I tell them you have to want to be married just as much as you want the person. It’s not enough to love the person next to you, you have to love being yolked to them. That is my very favorite thing – that i am connected to my spouse. He makes my burdens lighter, my happiness more happy and my sorrows less cumbersome. He pulls with me everyday. I love how the Savior said, take my yolk upon you…and he shall find rest unto your soul. I think it’s the perfect model for marriage. Commit to one another and pull with all your might through this life. I love that my husband is my dear companion through the good and rough terrain of this life. And that we are not just in love with each other, but in love with being yolked together.

  29. avatar Carolyn G. reply

    My favorite part of being married is witnessing the vulnerable moments, the things that don’t happen around anyone but me, knowing that my husband trusts me enough to be himself without concern for judgement.

    I would love it if you would like to include my quote!
    Carolyn G.
    Greenwood, SC

  30. avatar Haley Bohon reply

    On a serious note, I love having a teammate. We have such a baby marriage, but it is already the sweetest thing to have a partner to walk through life with.

    On a less serious note? Well, my husband is a fantastic cook, and it’s his turn in the kitchen every Tuesday. So…Tuesday evenings are one of my favorite parts of marriage ;)

    - Haley B.
    Charlotte, North Carolina

  31. avatar Kati Mallory reply

    There are so many great things about being married, but my favorite is that I get to start and end each day with my best friend. However, there are simple pleasures about marriage that bring a smile to my face – I love getting my mail and seeing his last name behind my first, and I love sending Christmas Cards from our family to others. I think marriage is about the simple things in life, and just knowing that I get to share my everything with him brings me the greatest joy!

  32. avatar Kati C. reply

    My favorite part of being married is cooking dinner for my hubby each night. Like many Southern women I show love through food, and it makes me so happy to make his favorite dishes and watch him clean his plate!

  33. avatar Marilisa reply

    My favorite thing about being married is having a “forever” date to all of life’s events and adventures! Whether it’s going to weddings, dinners, movies, concerts, work events- you name it- I love that even though we’re married, he’s always my date :)

  34. avatar Marilisa S. reply

    Athens, Georgia!!

  35. avatar Emily P. reply

    Our favorite part of being married is the amazing sense of comfort we find in our relationship. When our lives outside of our relationship get chaotic and stressful we know that our stability at home will carry us through. While we have many things in our lives to question, we never question our relationship.

  36. avatar Tiffany H. reply

    My favorite thing about being married is knowing that – as happy and full of love as our lives are now- the best is yet to come!

    Washington, D.C. (always a Tennessee girl at heart)

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When it comes to mixing decor genres, I believe Southern and nautical make the perfect pair! Throwing some British inspiration into the mix could have made it more than interesting, but for Heather and Eric, with the help of their planner and florist, Crystal at Southern Posies, incorporating all the different strands of their heritage came together in an absolutely lovely day! I’m officially obsessed with the oyster shell table runner and the story behind Heather’s single magnolia bloom bouquet (be sure to read below)!

We’re sending bug hugs all the way to Austin to Mrs. Caroline Joy for capturing this pretty day!

My something borrowed was my late grandfather’s tie pin that my grandmother lent me; my grandfather was the beloved patriarch of our entire family, and we lost him just a few years ago, so I just had to have him there with us somehow. My something blue was an evil eye charm that a stranger pinned on me when I was a baby–he told my parents that “I would need it,” as they are supposed to protect the wearer from evil thoughts. My something old was my antique sapphire ring that my parents found when we lived in England. My something new turned out to be a solitaire teardrop sapphire necklace that Eric gave me on our wedding day. I also had a sixpence in my shoe that my brother’s best friend brought me over from England when he came for the wedding to surprise my brother!

The décor was an odd mix of Southern, nautical, and a little British (my family and I lived in England when I was in high school). My planner and florist, Crystal, and I picked out soft blooms in cream and blush to complement everything, and anemones, succulents, and dusty miller really brought out the nautical elements. After Crystal and I had designed a beautiful bridal bouquet, Eric and I were having a hard day with a difficult, very personal family issue. Driving into my neighborhood, I saw that the magnolia trees were in bloom, and seeing them cheered me up, so I asked Eric to stop so I could pick one. I’ve always loved magnolias, so I apologized to Crystal and asked her to change my bouquet–I carried a single magnolia bloom, and Eric’s boutonniere was a magnolia seed.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows, going with tradition. We did write promise notes to each other though, and our favorite promises were to never stop working on our marriage and to always speak kindly to each other, no matter what. That’s a promise we live by now.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I made an appointment at Ivory and White in Birmingham and showed my consultant, Molly, several pictures of dresses. She laughed and told me that all my pictures were of the same dress, and she had it in the store! I tried it on and just loved it. My momma, however, really didn’t like it. Even though it made me sad that my mom wasn’t in love with it like I was, I just didn’t see another dress I liked. We found out the designer was having a trunk show at the store in a few months, so we waited until then to purchase the dress. The day my mom, my mother-in-law, and I went to buy the dress, I tried on lots of trunk show dresses, just for fun. My mom really liked one of them, and when I put it on, I realized it had everything the first dress had, and more. The only thing this dress didn’t have was a train, but Molly told me the designer could add a train to the dress. It was perfect!

Short of the British pub table outside the church, I am not sure what wasn’t Southern about our wedding. All of the food was Southern–sweet potato fries, oysters, green beans, fried chicken, prime rib, mashed potatoes, cornbread, collards, and chicken tenders and mac and cheese for the kids. The pound cake and red velvet cake are both Southern favorites. A lot of the details included seersucker and grosgrain. We included our love for Auburn–guests signed a framed and matted print from Auburn that says “from family grows tradition,” and I had a garter from Tiger Rags. We are the fourth generation in my family to be married in June. My favorite Southern details were the hand-sewn heirloom dresses we gave to the bell ringers, because they turned out to be the prettiest ones I have ever seen. And of course, our favorite Southern tradition was our receiving line.

I really love classical music, and being a ballet dancer, visualizing things to classical music comes easily to me. When I listened to the wedding pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, I could just see all of those walks up and down the aisle. The music is so, so beautiful and romantic and just lent itself perfectly to our wedding.

When we told Ms. Rose Pollman, the wedding cake designer at the Staple bakery in Mobile, that we wanted a traditionally decorated cake, she was over the moon. Too funny! She made the most delicious cream cheese pound cake that we served with strawberries.Eric’s groom cake was red velvet, and the cake topper on it held special significance to us. On a road trip, we passed two horses on opposite sides of a fence that were nuzzling necks as close as they could get. We just knew they loved each other! The nuzzling birds now always remind us of those horses and to love each other, no matter what fence is in the way.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. The summer after my junior year at Auburn University, a friend invited me to go downtown one night. There, I met all of his friends, including Eric. We were instantly attracted to each other, and were pleasantly surprised to find out that we were both majoring in engineering. We started to hang out more and more, and not long after we met, Eric brought up talk of a relationship, which I didn’t quite respond to the way he had hoped, and apparently, I didn’t talk to him for two weeks. As fate would have it, magic was in the air that fall, and we grew closer with each date and exciting football game. A few months later, a friend of a friend blatantly asked us, in front of a lot of people, if we were “like, together?” to which Eric furiously shook his head and said that was not the case. I thought his response was a little too quick–I guess it was his revenge for the alleged “two weeks of silence,” because when I asked him if that wasn’t a possibility, he said it was possible. The next morning, on his birthday, I remember waking up so happy because I was thinking of him. I told him later that I had a birthday present for him–that if he wanted to talk about a relationship, I wouldn’t freak out. It took us six months from when we first met to put aside our stubbornness, but we’ve pretty much been inseparable ever since.
Tell us all about the proposal! From Eric: It was December, and I picked the ring up on Saturday morning with a reservation at Hamilton’s Restaurant that night to “celebrate her performances in The Nutcracker Ballet.” After dinner, I convinced Heather to go on campus with me instead of going to see her family, who were in town for her ballet performances, at a nearby restaurant. After some nerve-wracking conversation, we finally walked over to the swing where we had gone to talk after our first date. After reminiscing about that date, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. After a noticeable and, once again, nerve-wracking pause, she started to cry, so I tried to lighten the mood and said “Please?” She said yes!
When did y’all get married? June 7, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 200
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We cut having a videographer pretty early on, which is actually something I really regret–I wish we had taken a longer look to cut out other things that weren’t lasting. We used a lot of our own décor, which cut down on flower costs and rentals. Also, my planner and the awesome lady who designed our paper suite are both just starting out in the industry, so their costs were not as high as most other vendors. They were both fantastic and attentive and so personable to work with, and their work turned out more beautifully than I could have imagined!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I’m a crier, and I surprised myself the entire day by not crying. I was just so happy all day! But then, we started saying our vows, and tears just started streaming down my face. The most memorable moment for me was when Eric wiped my tears away.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are just happy to be living together and having quiet days to ourselves. We are definitely looking forward to building our home, traditions, and family together!

Photographer: Caroline Joy Photography / Planner and Florist: Crystal Strickland from Southern Posies / Ceremony Venue: Fairhope United Methodist Church / Reception Venue and Catering: Steelwood / Wedding Cake: Pollman’s Bakery / Band: The Voltage Brothers through EastCoast Entertainment / Paper Products: Kara Anne Paper / Bride’s Gown: “Katarina” by Vera Wang / Bride’s Second Gown: “Sweet Dreams” by Ivy and Aster / Bride’s Veil: “Leda” by Vera Wang / Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade /Hair Stylist: Joanna Ballentine and Molly Stilley from Morgan Ashley Salon / Makeup Artist: Celine Russell / Bride’s Shoes: “Chantilly Booties” from BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Niceties Dress” in French Grey from BHLDN / Men’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse / Bow Ties: J. Hilburn / Cufflinks: Bullet Cufflinks / Girls’ Getting Ready Robes: BHLDN

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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Heather’s magnolia bouquet is perfect, and I love their all-calligraphy invitation!

  2. avatar Hallie Deyton reply

    I loved this article! I absolutely loved her dress and hearing about all of her personal details she put into the wedding. I think that’s what a wedding should be about – the little personal details. My favorite part was her bouquet – that is something she will definitely remember for the rest of her life!

  3. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    Even the church doors match your nautical inspiration! The dress looks beautiful and I love that long dark wood table with the string of lights in the background. Rustic, comfortable, and intimate.

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  1. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    Love the packaging design and my mouth is watering from the pictures. The wedding favor options look fantastic, some must try flavor combinations!

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After “the first time around,” Robert had to work hard to win Brittany back, and after reading their sweet interview below, especially their proposal story, it’s clear that he certainly did. Upon their engagement, these two set out to not only show their love to each other, but also to their friends and family. With a guest list of 650 strong, I’m sure it was hard to make everyone feel welcome, but Brittany and Robert are the kind of couple who could do it! Everyone not only felt welcomed by this darling couple, Brittany also said that after the wedding, people didn’t talk about details or colors–they talked about their love! I can completely see why–it spills right out of these gorgeous photos from Spindle Photography.

I had found a dress I liked while looking with my mom, but since my aunt (also my matron of honor) and my grandmother weren’t with us, we didn’t buy it right away. When we went back to get the dress, my aunt poked around and picked just one other dress off the rack for me to try on. I tried on the dress we came back for, then tried on the dress my aunt picked out, and the dress my aunt picked definitely had the wow factor. It fit like a glove, and suited me, my personality, and the feel of our big day perfectly!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The guest list. Robert is a youth pastor to a group of around 400-500 kids, and we both went to a smaller college where we had close relationships with a lot of people. We both grew up in Birmingham, went to school and church in Birmingham, and now work in Birmingham. If money grew on trees, we would have just had an open invitation to our wedding.

Our families are both really involved in two Methodist churches in Birmingham, so it was a little hard to decide which church to get married at. Robert and I started attending another Methodist church, Trinity UMC, when he first started interning with the youth department almost five years ago. We really grew into the people we are today while we were attending that church, and we started dating when we started going to Trinity. Robert started working there full-time as the middle school youth pastor while he finished his senior year in college. The people at Trinity watched our relationship grow and helped foster that growth, so we chose to get married there. As for the reception, I had photographed a couple of weddings at Swann Lake Stables, and I was in love with the venue. Robert wanted a reception where people felt comfortable loosening their ties and relaxing, and as soon as he and our families saw Swann Lake, we knew it was perfect for the feel of our wedding.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? From Brittany: I loved the ceremony. The pastor that did our homily had watched us date and grow together over the last four years. He asked Robert and I to write letters about each other and give them to him. He surprised us by incorporating parts of those letters into the ceremony, and it was so special to us. From Robert: The one thing I don’t think I could ever forget was when the church doors opened and Brittany began to walk down the aisle. We had already had our first look, but that was the moment where it all really came together, and for the first time, saying “this is my wife” really hit me.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I loved having my childhood table and chairs tea set for the kids to sit at. I also LOVED our welcome baskets for our out-of-town guests. My grandmother made kitchen towels to go in the baskets with a cutout of the state of Alabama sewn on them. We are a little obsessed with Birmingham, so it was fun to pick out treats, drinks, and items unique to our city to share with others. I think what made our wedding feel Southern to me though was having so many people we loved talking, dancing, and congratulating Robert and I under the twinkly dance floor lights. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My mom is a retired art teacher and my grandmother is a master seamstress and the queen of crafts, so we loved being able to make a lot of details that were special to Robert and I and our families. My favorite details were the drawings and watercolors my mom did of our favorite places in Birmingham. Another favorite detail was the portrait my mom painted of me trying on my wedding dress. She loved doing these so much that she is now starting her own watercolor business!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? In the end, the little decisions don’t matter. No matter what color the flowers are, what band is playing, what food is served, or where you are, you will still be marrying the love of your life when it’s all said and done, so don’t stress! After our wedding, people didn’t talk about the details or the colors–they talked about our ceremony and our love.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Robert’s family has a long-time family friend, Pam, who has made every birthday, wedding, and family event cake for years. It was a no-brainer that Pam would make the cakes for our big day! The groom’s cake was a family tradition: chocolate peanut butter cake (I wish I could virtually send you a bite of this cake!). The bride’s cake was strawberry with vanilla icing, which was equally good, of course :)

Don’t miss their wedding video by The Film Poets!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We knew each other in middle school and high school, but our paths didn’t cross too much. When the time came to look at colleges, I contacted Robert and some of his friends to ask about what life was like at Birmingham-Southern College. Fast forward a few months, and I was a freshman at BSC, still keeping in touch with these boys. Unfortunately for Robert, I was a little oblivious, and after months of telling friends and family that we were “just friends,” Robert asked me to dinner. We dated for five months, which became known as “the first time around” because one break up, a sad summer apart, and several life lessons learned later, we got back together, and the rest is history!
Tell us about the proposal! After our breakup, I had to “work for it,” as we joke now, to get Brittany back. One of the ways was to show Brittany that I wasn’t just telling her “I love you” because it was convenient or would make seeing each other less awkward. So, almost every day for a month and half, I wrote Brittany a letter. We then decided to continue writing to each other, especially when one of us was out of town. We typically wrote the letters in a journal we share. In March, when Brittany went to Mexico for a mission trip, I decided to write to her, but this time, I wrote about the journey of me picking out a ring, talking to her parents, and finally saying “Today, I asked you to marry me. Look down.” I proposed on April 20 by the lake on Birmingham-Southern’s campus. I gave her the journal and let her read through it, and then popped the big question! She said yes! I gave her a Bible with her new name engraved on it and said a prayer for our future life and marriage together. The best surprise was her reaction afterwards, when our families and a few of her best friends came running up after hiding on the other side of the lake. Brittany’s two best friends are photographers, so the whole experience was captured perfectly.
When did y’all get married? June 14, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 650 at the ceremony and probably 550 or so at the reception
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had two readings read by two dear friends. The first was Colossians 3:12-17 and the second was Colossians 12:9-18.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something blue was the ring my parents gave me as a graduation present from high school. My something new was my Kate Spade heels. My something borrowed and something old were two pins from my grandmother. One was a spoon that my grandmother got when she was engaged and picking out her china, since girls used to get a pin of the china and silver that they picked out. The other was a pin that my grandmother’s Aunt Pearl used to wear.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Since I know how to use Photoshop, we were able to do a lot of things ourselves. Our wonderful design company, Empress Stationery, gave us our logo to use for many other things we were making for the wedding. I used the logo on the cotton candy bags and the fans that we had at the reception. I designed the wedding programs, bridesmaids luncheon programs, and welcome basket tags myself as well.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? That’s so hard to say! I had an incredible team of vendors, but I have to say, what I was most excited about was the photography and videography. Kelly is not only a mentor, but also a friend and partner in crime, so I couldn’t wait to go through my own wedding day with her capturing and experiencing each moment with me. Robert and I do a lot of video work with his youth ministry, so we looked around a lot before we found The Film Poets. To say we are obsessed with them, is an understatement. We were (and still are) blown away by the brilliant video they created for us.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We’re just excited about living life together, as simple as that is. We have great friends and great family, and we’re happy to have a home to welcome them into after they have housed and hosted us for so long. I had been looking forward to getting a dog, and finally convinced Robert to adopt a dog a couple months after we were married! Just one day after adopting a hound-lab mix, Sadie, Robert and I went back to adopt her brother, Cooper! Now we just love spending nights on our back deck with our two precious puppies, family, and friends.

Photographer: Spindle Photography / Videographer: The Film Poets / Planner: Brittany Lott of Elle Affairs / Ceremony Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church / Reception Venue: Swann Lake Stables / Florist: Lillie’s / Caterer: Shindigs / Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited / Lighting: Design Productions / Band: 2nd Coming / Watercolors: SArias Creates / Paper Products: Empress Stationery / Bridal Salon and Veil: Diane’s Formal Affair / Bride’s Jewelry and Getaway Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair Stylist: Lynze Prater of Click Salon / Makeup Artist: Lisa Phillips / Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaids / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
3 Comments
  1. avatar F. Hays reply

    I am still reliving the wedding. It was my grand daughter’s and it was so meaningful to us. One of the ministers was a long time friend and his part in the service was a treasure. Faith, family and friends are truly what the South is all about and Brittany’s wedding was a showcase for these things. I simply loved being a part of it.

  2. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    Such a sweet wedding! And they sound like a very sweet couple too!

  3. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    This was a large wedding that still manages to feel intimate with the warm space of the reception to touches like cotton candy and custom fans for each guest.

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