April 30, 2022
Photos by Lauren Bailey Photography
How did you two meet?
We were introduced by our very best friends, Julia and Ches Thomas. Julia is my best friend from middle school, and Ches is Ben’s best friend from college. They told us we should get married, but Ben thought we should meet for drinks first–or so that’s what his first text to me read. We met for drinks at the local bar in my neighborhood, which turned into tacos and ended with ice cream at the one and only, Jeni’s.
Ben really showed his sentimental side with the proposal, surprising me at the location of our first date, Old Glory. I met him there for happy hour after work on June 4, 2021. I didn’t even notice the bar was empty because he had a photographer at one booth and other servers acting like customers to keep the surprise going. Ben got down on one knee with the most beautiful ring and replayed the first time he met me, walking down the steps at Old Glory.
Favorite Wedding Moment
Midway through the reception, the band called Ben’s mom on stage to play the saxophone and then called my dad on stage to play drums. Next thing I know, Ben is pulling me up on stage, and we’re dancing with his mom and my dad. It was the highlight of the night!
Favorite Wedding Details
The Cathedral of Saint Paul’s altar was a gorgeous detail. Father Fallon’s homily and messages throughout the ceremony really hit home, and his presence meant so much to us. The new organ at the Cathedral of Saint Paul is a work of art by itself. The OPOV Band played music that got everyone dancing, even our grandparents, too.
Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral of Saint Paul Reception Venue: The Florentine Caterer: Corretti Catering Florist: Stems & Styles Wedding Planner/Day Of Coordinator: Kelsea Nassif with Southern Styled Events Cake: Magic Muffins Wedding Dress: The White Room Birmingham Bridal Hair & Makeup: Holly Clough & Meagan Gilbert Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Stationery: True North Paper Co. DJ/Wedding Band: The OPOV Band Videography: Hampton Road Studios Wedding Transportation: Rare Transportation Wedding Night Accommodations: The Railyard Loft on Morris