June 23, 2018

How We Met: Ricky and I (Susanna) met through mutual friends at Auburn University. We dated our sophomore year of college for a few weeks. Ricky asked me to a fraternity Christmas Cocktail, but I ended up breaking up with him (that’s the only person I ever broke up with). Exactly one year later at the same Christmas Cocktail function, we locked eyes from across the room and knew that there was something special there. We started talking with one another the next day and have not gone a day without talking to each other since.

The Proposal: Ricky proposed on Aug. 4, 2017 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I was returning to Auburn for one more semester for student teaching, so Ricky surprised me by asking me to go to dinner that night as a send-off. He was driving us to dinner, but said we were a little early for the reservation, so he drove us to the Botanical Gardens. I thought nothing of it; I just went with it. He took me inside to a white gazebo where there was a table with flowers, a bible with my new name and the ring box. At first I thought we might be crashing someone else’s engagement, but then he took me over there and asked me to marry him. It was the easiest yes I have ever said!

What You Are Doing Now: We reside in Vestavia Hills and are loving starting our lives together in Birmingham. Ricky is currently in his second year at UAB Medical School. He has hopes of specializing in Orthopedic Surgery or Radiology. I am teaching math at Hoover High School and am the coach for the Junior Varsity Buccanettes dance team.

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Venue: Ceremony – Riverchase United Methodist Church; reception – Riverchase Country Club

Wedding Planner: Meghan Cease – M. Elizabeth Events

Florist: Jean Brown

Caterer: Riverchase Country Club

Cake: Magic Muffins

Videographer: Hannah Ruggles

Invitations: Weezie B. Designs – Walls Media

Wedding Dress: The White Room

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid in Homewood

Hair and Makeup: The Hair and Make Up Collective – Lynsey Richardson

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Mr Burch Formal Wear in Hoover

Music: The Park Band

Transportation: Rare Transportation