May 20, 2023

Photos by Erica Dortch Photography


William was a sophomore and I was a freshman at Vestavia Hills High School when we met. Several of our mutual friends thought we would be a good match and coaxed me into asking him to the Sadie Hawkins dance that year. We ended up having a wonderful time together, and the rest is history.


I thought I was coming home for my grandmother’s birthday party at my house. When I walked in, no one was in the house. William always whistles to let me know he is around, so when I heard him whistle, I followed the sound to the backdoor. There, William was waiting with a ring and the most handsome grin.


I wanted a simple, strapless gown. I went to The Something Blue Shoppe in Hartselle, Alabama. I tried on two gowns of which I loved different parts. One was a Robert Bullock gown that I loved everything about except that it did not have a detachable train. The Something Blue Shoppe reached out to Robert, and he designed my dream gown! I had the long train for the wedding and was able to remove it for the reception.


I had so much fun planning our wedding! I was able to incorporate meaningful details. I wore my grandmother’s ring and bracelet. I had my mom’s wedding gown redesigned and wore it for my rehearsal. Several sweet ladies from my church created my floral arrangements, and my mom’s friends designed the florals for our reception. My advice is to make your wedding more meaningful with the small, personal details.

Ceremony Venue: Vestavia Hills Baptist Church Reception Venue: Iron City Bham Wedding Planner/Day Of Coordinator: Elizabeth Carlisle Events Florist: Becky Griffith and friends Caterer: Iron City Bham Cake: Magic Muffins Wedding Dress: The Something Blue Shoppe Bridal Hair/Makeup: Makeup Mel and Dearly Beloved Hair and Makeup Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank Stationery: Cindy Cherry Fine Stationery DJ/Wedding Band: 2nd Coming Band Transportation: Struggle Bus BHAM and Event Rides Birmingham