August 5, 2023

Photos by Sidney Smith Photography


We met through mutual friends in college. He was a defensive lineman on the football team, and I played indoor and beach volleyball. Naturally, we hung out in the same crowd. Although it took us eight months of friendship to start actually dating, we quickly learned we were meant for each other.


Zach had this proposal planned for at least five-to-six months. We had an early Christmas dinner at his nanny’s lake house in Wetumpka, and we had to show up early to help set up. I knew about it for at least three weeks. I got my nails done, got my hair done and got a whole new outfit because I just knew this was happening. When we arrived at the lake house, we made our way up the stairs. At the very top of the stairs, everything was set up for the proposal. It was perfect. We were able to have that experience just to ourselves, and we celebrated with our families later on.


You can never go wrong with simplistic beauty. I knew I wanted the star of the show to be the pearls on the veil, the pearls on the shoes and the touch of the turquoise necklace, which represented my grandmother. The dress was just an accessory to everything else, but at the same time, it was simply perfect. The shop that we used was called McClendon Bridals in Sylacauga. The bridal consultants were so kind and welcoming. They really gave me the experience of a lifetime as a bride.


My advice would be to relax, take care of yourself and focus on the reason why you are getting married.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Barn at Henley Florist: Gwynn Pyle Caterer: Tammy Raymond Cake: Publix Wedding Dress: McClendon Bridals Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s Bridal Hair/Makeup: Cece Bunch & Tessa Nail Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse