January 18, 2023

Photos by Sarah Partain Photography


Two of my college friends happened to live in Jake’s neighborhood. One of my friends told me, “Emily, you have to come and visit me, so you can meet this guy named Jake. Y’all are perfect for each other!” After a few weeks, I made my way to Birmingham for a visit. We ordered pizza and hung out on the back porch, which eventually turned into a night of dancing and singing karaoke.


Jake told me he was taking me for a detour to see a house with a great view of the city. We pulled into the driveway, got out of the car and I immediately saw candles, flowers and champagne. He walked me to the beautifully decorated porch and said so many sweet things (that I cannot remember), prayed over me and asked me to marry him. After I said yes, we drove to his parent’s house, where all of our closest friends and family were there to celebrate with us. Second only to our wedding day, it was the best day of my life!


I fell in love with all of the details of my dress. The blush undertone, lace detailing and the sweetheart neckline paired with low cut back made the dress absolutely stunning.


My number one piece of advice is to hire a wedding planner that you love and trust–one that you are compatible with and who understands your vision. This makes wedding planning so much fun, and in my opinion, is something you must fit into the budget.

Ceremony Venue: Canterbury United Methodist Church Reception Venue: The Florentine Wedding Planner/Day Of Coordinator: La Belle Vie Weddings Florist: Southern Posies Caterer: Corretti Catering Cake: Sweet Magnolias Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady at Bridals by Lori Bridal Hair/Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Danielle Ivy Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear Stationery: Annabelle’s DJ/Wedding Band: Creativity Transportation: Rare Transportation