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November Bride of the Month | Brittany

Our November bride of the month has a modern-day prince charming love story with a love that grew through social media. 

Read more about Brittany and Matt’s sweet story below.  

When and where are you getting married? We are getting married on November 4, 2017, at a Lewallen Farms. 

How did you meet? Matt and I met in the summer of 1999 at Lost Mountain Baptist Church. He was in high school and I was in middle school. Matt played guitar in the church band and thought of himself as a “rock star,” and I wanted nothing to do with him. Many of my friends thought of him as the “heartthrob” of our youth group. I was too busy with school work, cheerleading and was in an awkward teenage phase in my life. We both attended youth functions and socialized as friendly acquaintances. After he graduated high school we lost touch and went our separate ways.

Facebook helped us reconnect later. Matt’s name came across my mutual friends and I sent him a friend request. Within 12 hours, Matt messaged me and this is where the next stage of our relationship began. His opening line was, “Brittany you look amazing”. I sat back and thought for a second about the astronomical odds that Matt Sims, after all these years, would be single and interested in me. After talking all night, Matt asked if I would like to go out for dinner. We met up at Henrys Louisiana Grill and talked the night away. I was so impressed with the man that Matt had become. I was becoming captivated by his hypnotizing blue eyes, infectious smile and big heart. The next morning, I was walking on Cloud 9 and all kinds of emotions went through my mind. He sent me a text message and asked me out on a date. I was trying to not seem too excited or eager and I couldn’t send the word “Yes” back fast enough. For our first official date, we went ice skating in Centennial Park. He was a perfect gentleman and made it a special night that I will never forget. Needless to say, yes, Matt is my Prince Charming and we ended our night with a kiss, beginning our love story.

How did he propose? Matt and I had just gotten back from a zip lining trip in Tennessee and he had been acting a bit strange. He asked if I wanted to go to dinner at Henry’s Louisiana Grill and go for a walk before dinner. Even though I was upset that he was acting abnormal, I agreed and began getting ready for our date.  After dinner, we walked toward the pier and he slowly began to tell me how much he loved me and bent down on one knee. The proposal was a blur! I began to tear up and excitedly said “YES”. I jumped into his arms and he began spinning me around. So excited, he almost dropped the ring into the lake! Then, I began to hear cheering and clapping. Matt had organized my family and some close friends to witness the proposal. Not only were my family and friends there, but Matt had hired photographers to capture this magical moment.

What is your overall vision for your wedding? Our vision is a shabby chic southern wedding that is classy, rustic, and filled with love from our family and friends. We hope our guests will feel the whole Sweet Home Alabama/Steel Magnolia experience and two-step the night away.

Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? We are both excited to have all of our family and friends be a part of our big day. I’m personally excited to have Matt see me in my wedding dress!

What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult part of planning for the wedding was choosing the perfect caterer. We wanted our guests to enjoy and experience southern hospitality without having fried chicken and baked beans. Southern Grace was able to provide us with a classy southern cuisine. The most fun part of the wedding planning was taking dance classes together. We were able to cut loose, kick off our Sunday shoes and enjoy time together.

Congratulations to this special couple!

Photos by Janet Howard Studio. Janet is an Atlanta wedding and portrait photographer. Always ready to capture laughter, tears, joy and love, Janet has an editorial approach to both weddings and portraits.  

Bride of the Month: Hillary

Meet Hillary – our Bride of the Month for May! She and her fiancé, Joshua, are getting married in May 2015 at The Carl House in Auburn, GA.

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How did he propose?

On the one year anniversary of our dating relationship, Josh surprised me in the Athens Botanical Gardens. He had two of my best friends (and now bridesmaids) convince me to dress up for “breakfast,” but they took me to the Botanical Gardens instead, where he was waiting for me. He first gave me a scrapbook with pictures from the past year and all of our favorite memories together. The scrapbook also had letters of approval from both of our families, describing how happy they were that we had found each other. After I read through the scrapbook, Josh got down on one knee and asked me to marry him as he presented me with the most beautiful ring I could have ever imagined. As I was crying tears of joy, he pointed behind me. Both of our families emerged from the bushes to congratulate us, as well as two of his friends who had photographed the whole thing! It was the most beautiful proposal I could have ever asked for or imagined.

What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process?

The most difficult part of the wedding process has most definitely been long distance planning. Josh lives in our hometown. He works full time and he is in school. I am also still in school at the University of Georgia. Given that both of our schedules are incredibly busy, planning can be difficult at times. We are constantly working around work days, tests, and my clinical rotations. However, despite the distance, we have been able to get a lot of planning done with patience and lots of great time management skills (in addition to lots of help from our great vendors and our parents, of course)!

The most fun part of the wedding planning process is watching it all come together. Because we are having such a long engagement, we can both become anxious for the big day to get here! Sometimes the wedding planning is slow, and I get discouraged. I am ready to marry my best friend already! However, as more and more of the pieces come together, we are able to see just how beautiful our day will be, and how perfect God’s timing truly is. We work as a team on everything, always remembering that our day will be special no matter what!

Congratulations, Hillary and Joshua!