November 21, 2020

Photos by Elizabeth Fowler Photography

How We Met: We both grew up in Vestavia but didn’t really know each other until we met in Mrs. Walker’s freshman English class at Vestavia Hills High School and also at track practice after school. I (Bennett) quickly developed a crush on Kathleen, while she was not so sure at first. After several months of heavy pursuit, I convinced Kathleen to go on a date with me to the famous Cheesecake Factory at The Summit. We both attended Auburn University and decided to take a break as we navigated our way through college. It was while we were apart we realized how much we loved each other and needed each other.

The Proposal: A surprise winter storm came through Chattanooga, and as we were walking out the door to go for a hike in the snow, I had a gut feeling to run back inside and grab the ring out of its hiding place. As we hiked atop Lookout Mountain, I set up my camera and told Kathleen I wanted to “take a picture of us in the snow,” but in reality, I hit the record button and captured the moment.

Favorite Moment: During the ceremony Pastor Wade asked us to turn around and see everyone that came to support us on our big day. Seeing all of our close friends and family made us feel so loved! Something extra special to mention is that we were so fortunate to have many of our childhood friends in the wedding. In fact, most of our wedding party are from Vestavia too.

Favorite Details: Our first dance was “Your Song” by Elton John. The groom’s cake was a kayaker going over a waterfall. The bride’s bouquet had all of Kathleen’s favorite flowers, and she wore a bracelet that belonged to her late grandmother.

Venue: The Sonnet House Wedding Planner: Ellen Morgan, The Sonnet House Florist: Corey Hults, The Sonnet House Caterer: The Sonnet House Cake: Magic Muffins  Videographer: Pinnacle Media Invitations: Wedding Dress: All about the Bride Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids  Hair & Makeup: Glow Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Music: Cahaba River Strings, Matt Carroll Band Transportation: Vintage Auto and Wedding Chauffeur