February 3, 2018

How You Met: Russ and I (Nicole) met at Auburn University, where we both graduated. War Eagle! We still disagree on the exact location but so glad our paths crossed. We both grew up in Birmingham but went to rival high schools, so we didn’t end up meeting until my junior and his senior year at Auburn.

The Proposal: Russ proposed on HIS birthday, thinking this was the least day I would expect it. We had been living in Mississippi at the time, so he figured anytime we came back to Birmingham on the weekends I would be suspicious of it. We enjoyed lunch at Rojo and then he suggested we stop at Bluff Park Ice Cream. This is when I started to wonder. It was November and Russ wasn’t a huge fan of ice cream but knew I loved it. It turns out he was buying some time while family and friends gathered at my parents’ house to celebrate with us afterwards. He ended up proposing at Lover’s Leap by Tip Top Grill in Bluff Park.

The Wedding Dress: All over lace, form fitted with cuff sleeves and a beaded belt.

Favorite Moment from the Big Day: The big reveal. We decided to do a first look to help with the jitters. It was the sweetest moment! The picture sequences of Russ’s face are some of my favorite wedding day photos. We exchanged letters we each wrote to one another during this moment and it ended up being very special!

What You Are Doing Now: We are living in Hoover and pregnant with a baby girl!

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Wedding Venues: Prince of Peace Catholic Church (ceremony) and B&A Warehouse (reception)

Florist: Lillie Jane

Caterer: B&A Warehouse

Cake(s): Sweet Magnolia Cakes

Wedding Dress: Village Bridal in Homewood
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids in Homewood

Hair & Makeup: The Hair & Makeup Collective

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Mr Burch