July 15, 2023

Photos by Leslie Hollingsworth Photography


Andrew and I have known each other basically our whole lives. Our dads have been business partners and best friends since before we were born. Every summer, we would take a lake trip with both of our families. Andrew and I always got along so well and became really good friends. It wasn’t until the summer after I graduated from college that things changed. After the lake trip, we stayed in touch more than we ever had in the past. Andrew went from my friend to my best friend, and then became the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.


Andrew proposed at the church he grew up in, Trinity United Methodist Church. Andrew’s mom works at Trinity, so when he said that we needed to go grab something she had left there on our way to dinner one night, I didn’t think anything of it. Trinity has a beautiful prayer garden that I had never been in before, so I was excited to see it when Andrew said that was where his mom’s AirPods were. I was looking around, taking in the view. When I turned towards Andrew, I saw that he was down on one knee. I was so shocked!


My wedding dress was actually the first dress I tried on! I immediately fell in love with it and knew that it was probably going to be the one. As I tried on more dresses, it just confirmed that the first dress was the dress!


My biggest advice is to remember the reason for the season. The wedding planning process is so fun, but it can be overwhelming at times. If I ever felt like I was starting to stress, I would think about Andrew and the fact that what really matters is our marriage and starting our life together.

Ceremony Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church Reception Venue: Vestavia Country Club Wedding Planner/Day Of Coordinator: Summer Schor with Southern Seasons Events Florist: Beth Jordan with The King’s Garden Caterer: Vestavia Country Club Cake: Barb’s Cakes Wedding Dress: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique Bridal Hair: Lynsey Richardson with Perfectly Undone Beauty Makeup: GLOW Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear Stationery: Fine Paperwork Videographer: Brad Treadwell with IB Event Video DJ/Wedding Band: Big Night Dynamite Transportation: Rare Transportation Wedding Night Accommodations: The Valley Hotel