How did you meet?
We met through a mutual friend. Our worlds had been running parallel without colliding for years before we ever met. Worked in the same office building, looked at buying some of the same properties for our first homes in Atlanta, and ultimately worked on launching the same brand – her on the agency side, me on the client side. It was that very launch that prompted our dear friend to introduce us under the notion that knowing each other would benefit us professionally.
What about the proposal?
The setting – Portugal. We planned a trip to Portugal in March 2017. Our first international trip together. The morning started leisurely with coffee and pastries and a stroll around the city, followed by a long run along the water. I knew we had dinner plans and that we were taking a ferry to get across to another island. What I didn’t know was that the timing was extremely important. I was in no rush, she was anxious. We actually missed the ferry she had been planning. In my mind, it was ok because the next one came in 15 minutes. What I didn’t know is that she had been communicating with a photographer from Portugal to meet us on the island to capture the proposal at sunset, so timing was crucial. She planned the entire moment out to perfection. She knows how much I love street art so the island she took us too is an abandoned city with walls full of street art and one tiny restaurant at the tip with a view of Lisbon across the water. She took me out to a dock, took out a book that we have of our daily notes to each other, and added her proposal to the back page. She got down on one knee and pulled out an engagement ring that was in the box of my grandmothers wedding ring.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
When we finally had our first date. You see, after that networking introduction, we didn’t communicate on the regular or see each other. She had made the decision to not date. I respected that and showed up in her life as a friend. Little texts when her beloved Auburn Tiger football team was playing or when I ran into one of her friends. I wanted and needed to give her the time she needed.
Then one day, out of the blue three months later, she texted me. And a month after that, I finally had the moment that would change my life. A drink, at Bar Margot, that turned into our forever.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
The one and only thing that was required of our wedding was FUN. We have an amazing circle of love that we wanted to throw a party for. What that meant for us was a great DJ and great food. The two things we are passionate about – music and food.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
We were definitely not prepared for all the tiny details (which really don't matter but can increase stress if you let it). The easy part was showing up. Knowing that we got to stand in front of our VIPs and let them into our love and future. The hard part was trying not to trip in heels in front of those VIPs.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We never believed people when they said it was the best day of your life. We thought that was silly and cliché. Sure, we thought it would be fun and special, but no words or advice could have prepared our hearts for the utter explosion it felt for an unsurpassable amount of time. People aren't embellishing, it really was the best day of our lives.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Take time to breathe. Soak in every phase, step, smile, and moment of joy. Your VIPs are so for you, so let them be.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
That moment when we were standing together looking at the scene of friends dancing their hearts out and thinking “they showed up for us. To celebrate our love.” That was powerful.