January 30, 2021
Photos by Anna Godwin
How We Met: Our paths definitely crossed while attending rival high schools, but we officially met through a mutual friend when I was moving back home from Auburn for an internship. We went on our first date to my favorite restaurant, and the rest is history!
The Proposal: On Mother’s Day weekend, Ford told me we had to get dressed up and take photos for his grandparents who live out of town. We went to Vestavia Drive and took photos like normal, and he walked me over to a gazebo for a “better view” and got down on one knee. I immediately said yes, and we were joined in celebration by our family hiding in the bushes watching it all happen.
Favorite Moment: My favorite moment was walking down the aisle with my dad to Ford. Being surrounded by all of our favorite people while saying our vows was truly the best.
Favorite Details: Ford and his dad, along with the help of his mom’s painting skills, built the flower wall behind our cake. I saw a photo of this on Instagram and wanted to create it for our wedding. We did wait until the week of the wedding to make the wall, but after a few late nights, it turned out perfectly and was a great backdrop for photos throughout the reception. Another stand-out detail was Ford singing “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias with the band like he was on an American Idol audition.
What We Are Doing Now: With a bit of convincing Ford, a life-long Hoover Bucs fan, we are living in a house in Vestavia. We renovated the entire house in three months leading up to our wedding and are getting to enjoy it together. I work in the medical staff office at Grandview Medical Center, and Ford works in petrol sales with Verifone.
Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Reception Venue: Events at Haven Wedding Planner: Occasions with Symone Shaw Florist: Jean Brown & Linda Bearden Caterer: Happy Catering Cake: Magnificent Cakes Videographer: Jen & Matt Landrum Invitations: Cotton & Pine Wedding Dress: Bustle Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Melissa Bogardus & Carter and Morgan Music: OBOV Band Transportation: The Struggle Bus Photography Venue: Old Overton Club