June 26, 2021
Photos by Eleanor Stenner
How We Met: Hardie and I grew up together. We have been family friends since we were young and would always spend the Fourth of July together. We were in the same friend group in high school and started dating our senior year. We took on Auburn University together and built a relationship stronger than ever! Once we both knew that we would be back in Birmingham after college, we decided to start on a journey into marriage.
The Proposal: Hardie proposed to me right in front of the pond at the entrance to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. My best friend convinced me that we were getting dinner with her family at the Grand Bohemian to make sure I was dressed accordingly, but we took a detour to meet my soon-to-be fiancé.
The Wedding Dress: I found my dress at Ivory & White Boutique in Mountain Brook. It was actually the first dress that I tried on there, and my sister knew from that instant that it would end up being my dress.
Favorite Moment: Our last dance was by far the greatest part of the day. As we started dancing, many of our guests joined in as well, but as the song progressed they slowly trickled out to the front lawn for our exit. By the end of the song, it was just me and Hardie on the dance floor, soaking in all of the joy of the most wonderful day.
Favorite Details: My most favorite wedding detail was my veil. I wanted to incorporate something from my mom’s dress into mine, so she and I were able to take all of the lace off of her dress and hand stitch it onto my veil. It was truly so special and something that I hope my sister and my children will use as well.
Ceremony Venue: Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Reception Venue: Hoover-Randle Home and Gardens Day-of Coordinator: Grace and Truth Weddings Florist: Susan Milner Designs Caterer: Happy Catering Company Cake: Telia Johnson Cakes Invitations: Carlson Craft Wedding Dress: Ivory & White Boutique Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry Hair & Makeup: The Collective Salon Makeup: Jaysa Hope Caldwell Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank Music: DJ Ben Bruud Transportation: Rare Transportation Emcee: Jerell Horton