April 22, 2023

Photos by Red Magnolia Photography


We met through mutual friends while we were both living in downtown Birmingham in 2018. I was about to start my third year at UAB School of Dentistry, while Adam was working at Motorola Solutions as a software engineer. We went on our first date at Church Street Coffee and Books and soon realized it was the best first date either of us had been on.


Adam planned a date night for our fourth anniversary at Automatic Seafood and Oysters, but our reservations were not until 8 p.m. on August 5, 2022. Prior to our dinner, Adam took us to Church Street Coffee and Books, where we often went to celebrate anniversaries and special occasions. After getting our coffee, he drove us to a hilltop at Redmont Park, which overlooked the sun setting on Birmingham. He dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My younger sister and brother-in-law, along with their wedding photographer, Eleanor Stenner, were hiding and taking pictures. It was the most perfect, picturesque and thoughtful proposal.


I fell in love with the details of my wedding dress, such as the buttons that ran the entire length of the back of the dress; the bow that was also a built-in bustle; and the way the material flowed over the bodice. The dress was originally strapless, but Leslie Salzman added the off-the-shoulder sleeves that made the already beautiful dress, uniquely mine.


I recommend working with Engaged Wedding Library to help with the wedding planning timeline. While it is important to book vendors and plan early, remember to cherish the reason for the wedding season with your fiancé.

Ceremony Venue: Shades Crest Baptist Church Reception Venue: The Donnelly House Wedding Planner/Day Of Coordinator: Rachael Milner Florist: The Wired Owl Caterer: The Donnelly House Cake: Sweet Magnolia Cakes Wedding Dress: The Something Blue Shoppe Bridal Hair/Makeup: Danielle Ivy Chiepalich Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s House Groom’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear Stationery: Annabelle’s Videographer: Jason Morales with A Morales Production DJ/Wedding Band: Encore Strings Birmingham and Blanton Reed Band Wedding Night Accommodations: The Tutwiler Hotel