August 24, 2019

How We Met: Michael and I (Courtney) met in 2012 after being set up on a blind date by a mutual friend for a fraternity Christmas party at the University of Alabama. We started dating six months later, and it has been nonstop fun since the day we met.

The Proposal: I am fairly hard to surprise but Michael pulled off a day full of surprises on February 3, 2019. We were on our way to Sunday brunch (there was actually no brunch reservation), and Michael turned into the Cahaba Riverwalk by my parents’ house in Mountain Brook. I went along with it because this was a place we frequently walked. Once we were down by the river, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! We had champagne together, and just when I thought the surprises were over, we got to my parents’ house and it was full of our families and friends. It was the best day ever!

The Dress: My vision for a wedding dress was elegant and timeless, but I had no idea what that was going to look like! Dress shopping with my mom was so much fun. Once I tried on my Monique Lhuillier dress at Ivory and White, I just knew it was the perfect dress. It felt so comfortable and classy! The low back, bow detail and long train made it my dream wedding dress.

Favorite Moment: Seeing each other down the aisle for the first time was so special. My dad and I walked down the same aisle at Brookwood Baptist Church that my mom and him walked down 35 years ago! Celebrating with our family and friends was so much fun. We are so thankful and blessed!


  • Ceremony Venue: Brookwood Baptist Church
  • Reception Venue: The Country Club of Birmingham
  • Wedding Planner: Handley Breaux Designs
  • Florist: Marigold Designs
  • Cakes: Magic Muffins
  • Videographer: Down in Front Productions
  • Invitations: Annabelle’s
  • Wedding Dress: Ivory & White
  • Hair & Makeup: Katie Hodges
  • Music: The Schmohawks
  • Lighting/Draping: Design Productions
  • Furniture/Bar Rental: Prophouse Birmingham